Last week I was in the woods, contemplating where all the time went as my son celebrated his 16th birthday. This week it’s worse, because on Sunday I turn 50 fuckin’ years old. All I think about is where the time went, why every bone in my body hurts like someone took a hammer to all 206 of them, and why metal just can’t sound like it used to…
That last one’s a lie: metal sounds however you want it to, as long as you know where to look. And we got a bunch of it on this 286th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist. But you’ll have to see for yourself, but I’m not putting any band names in the post this week. Not even The Dirty Nil, which isn’t technically metal but none of us give a shit because the new album is so good and it’s all most of us in the 9C Top Brass have been talking about.
Are you all enjoying the Memorial Weekend? I was so excited to get out of the hellscape that is my job I ran into the woods without doing this week’s playlist…something I promised myself I’d take care of early. So here I am, tin foil and wire hangers concocted in such a way I can bend the bandwidth gods just enough to tell you about the new Horrendous and more in this, the 285th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist.
That means I’m going light with my picks and letting the staff speak for the site with a bevy of heavy, so to speak. We’ve got tracks from TheBleeding, Krocophile, Anchoret, Phlebotomized, Allfather, Pallid Veil, Panopticon (cannot wait for their vinyl remaster of Kentucky which is en route), KillingJoke, and a whole lot more.
Yeah…sometimes life just comes up and not only bites you in the ass, but grabs a hold and throws you down in the ditch, pisses on your head and laughs as it walks away. So this week’s edition – the 272nd – of the Nine Circles Playlist is coming a little later than it should, and that’s all on me. So I’m gonna make the preamble short and just get right into the meat of the matter, starting with a doozy from the new Venomous Concept album. I love the more punk and post-punk elements on it and hope you will, too. Looking through my recent vinyl acquisitions we’re also gonna drop a pair of 90s classics from Eucharist and Amorphis so you can all feel that weird snare and the cold ice blue of Finnish metal.
The rest of the staff will keep things on par with the usual varied insanity. So get your ears ready for music from the likes of Usnea, Klone, Polymoon, Grave Pleasures, Birdflesh, Lotus Eater Machine, Gravpel, Ulthar, Leander Kills, Dååth, Botanist, Big|Brave, Anatomy of Habit, and the newest from VoidCeremony. But that’s not all: you get some old emo from Marietta, some more In Flames love, older tracks from Opeth, Spectral Lore and Madder Mortem and a few more surprises, not to mention the ALWAYS appropriate Joy Division to close things out.
Change of scenery this morning. I’m up in the mountains, dogs and kids running all over and a most excellent pair of headphones blasting the new Ulthar to block their cries. Oh, and of course some piping hot coffee to wash the previous night’s alcoholic excursions away. If you haven’t heard their double offering of albums the 271st edition of the Nine Circles Playlist will get you right, my friends. Most right (oh, and synergy: while you listen check out our review by the righteous and noble Ian here).
What else do we have on deck this week? How about brand new tracks from The Ocean and Frozen Soul? Or a complete ripper from Cattle Decapitation? Yeah…it’s a killer week and we also have tracks from the likes of Emperor, the great Caladan Brood (get new music out please!), Gorod, Rzen, RottenSound, Little Pig, Emma Ruth Rundle, Majesties, not to mention some killer prog from Circle, Teksti-TV 666 and King Crimson, as well as a whole lot more.
Sometimes it takes something simple like, say…bullshitting with your friends over (virtual) drinks about a record to reignite your passion for something. Since starting these Album RAMBLES I’ve been listening to more metal than I have in ages, and In Flames in particular, so since I’m still so hot on new album Forgone we’re gonna bookend the 270th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with the two parts of the title track.
But that’s not all (it never is, is it?): we’ve got some classic All Out War and Turbonegro (we don’t talk enough about Turbonegro) and then the walls come down with new cuts from Dawn of Ouroboros, Wallowing, Dying Fetus, Distant, Torn in Half, Insomnium, Stormo, Blaze of Sorrow, some old and cold Sacramentum, and more. We’ve also sprinkled in some lighter fare with cuts from Elliot Smith, Channing Wilson and midwife to give your nerves a small break.