Chaos is Me: August 2019

 

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Some of you may know me as Nine Circle’s resident screamo apologist/evangelist.  In the past, I’ve tried to work mention of albums in this style into my larger body of heavy music writing.  Yet screamo has always been my favorite brand of hardcore, and I’ve always believed in screamo’s ability to stand on its own, even if its name still seems, at least to me, to be considered a dirty word.  So, since the good folks of this website give me the freedom to write about what I want (they will come to regret this eventually), I decided to do something about that.  Welcome to Chaos is Me, a monthly column where I will be listing off my favorite screamo releases from the past month (and beyond, as you’ll see below).  August was the perfect month to kick this off as we got two absolutely gigantic albums dropping in back-to-back weeks. Without further ado, let’s do this…  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 88 (7.20.2019)

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Hello.  It’s me again, your old pal.  You’ll have to excuse my absence, I was off having the time of my life at Fire in the Mountains in Wyoming this past weekend.  Three straight days of camping, music, revelry, and the most glorious nature I’ve experienced in all my life added up to be one of the best weekends I’ve had in as long as I can remember.  More about my experiences there might be coming later on down the line, provided our own Corey Butterworth makes it back from backpacking in the Tetons alive.  But if you’re curious as to what my weekend was like, I included some choice cuts from some of my favorite sets in our weekly roundup playlist; it is Saturday after all, and that’s why we’re here.  Alongside my own picks are some of the best new tracks that this week has given us, plus just about whatever else floats our collective boat.  Tune in, turn the volume up, and get your weekend started right.

– Vincent

CANTO: Skeletonwitch, Mastodon, Elizabeth Colour Wheel, and More

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Skipped yesterday because… I was doing something? Skipping tomorrow and Monday as well because long weekend. Yay negligence!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2018: Vincent’s List

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It appears I’m destined to be late to the party with my year end list, again.  But really, who reads year-end lists in January anyway?

I do.

And you, apparently, read them as well, so thank you for checking mine out.  This year was quite a ride for me, with not as many ups as there were downs unfortunately, but I made it through, and if there is nothing else for me to hold on to, it’s that.  I made it.  I’m still here, I still have a roof over my head, a loving partner, and the support of a legion of family and friends.  And as always, good music to provide the soundtrack along the way.

Which brings us to what stood out to me in 2018.  While this was a great year for music as any we’ve been having, my list this year is a little more brief than previous years.  I found a lot of albums I liked this year, but the ones that I loved came fewer and farther between.  Perhaps this was a product of my headspace not being the best for most of the time.  Maybe I’m just getting pickier as time goes on.  Who knows.  Lists are subjective, and this is only representative of one humble person.  But if you’re curious about what I kept coming back to over the last twelve months, then read on…

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Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018

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2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.

Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.

I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!

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