The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 113 (1.25.2020)

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We’re back at it again this weekend morning with another edition of our weekend playlist. This time around, I finally warm up to last year’s White Ward album, Josh gets the new 1349 video in the mix, and Chris is still preaching the Kirk Windstein gospel to us. All this and more at the link below. Happy Saturday.

– Vincent

CANTO: Lacuna Coil, All That Remains, Chevelle, and More

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I am back from Wyoming and have returned to the pathetic existence that is routine.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Pallbearer, Tomb Mold, Solitary, and More

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Two days in a row.

  • Biggest news of the day (for me at least), Tomb Mold have announced a new album titled Manor Of Infinite Forms, which will be out June 8th. Preorders are available here. Go do that.
  • While the NBA may not be my favorite thing, this guy very well might be.
  • Hey! Pallbearer dropped a new song today! It’s called “Dropout”. I’m not upset about it.
  • Here’s a music video for Solitary‘s “Wait”. Thrashy goodness to round out your Thursday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2017: Some stuff Dan liked this year!

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Hey y’all, it’s been a minute! More accurately, it’s been about 221,000! Over the last four months, when I haven’t been watching the world rapidly start to resemble a toilet overflowing with diarrhea, I’ve been slaving away at my first semester of nursing school. Which has meant that finally, after a solid 2-3 years in a row of telling myself, “I’m gonna listen to less music this year,” I actually did listen to less music this year! My best estimate is…probably 165 albums? Maybe 170? Still a bunch, but down more than a hundred from each of the last couple of years. MISSION [SORTA] ACCOMPLISHED.

On the other hand, this puts me in something of an odd position when it comes to picking my “Best of 2017.” I didn’t listen to as much music. I deleted my Twitter and reduced my overall social media presence by, conservatively, 75% — which, by the way, was a fucking AMAZING life decision that I recommend all of you try — so I had neither a steady stream of albums-you-must-hear-or-you-will-be-shunned crossing my radar screen, nor the urge to seek out even more obscure albums that I could shun others for not having heard. Oh, and also, most of my favorite albums this year were from outside the metal genre. Me putting this list together and claiming it to be THE BEST OF 2017 would be a little delusional.

So, that’s why I’m not doing that. Okay fine, I’ve made a list and ordered it — alphabetically, because EAT IT, BIG RANKINGS — but that’s it. This is just some stuff I listened to and happened to really enjoy this year. Authoritativeness be damned. (Or left for the folks over at Last Rites.) Let’s jump in.

A note before beginning:

This list is going to focus on the metal portion of this year’s listening. (And perhaps, in some cases, the metal-adjacent.) So, even though Ulver put out my favorite album of the year in any genre with The Assassination of Julius Caesar, you’re not going to see that thing in this post. Same with Anathema. Same with…I dunno, Steven Wilson, or The War on Drugs, or other contributions from pretty-blatantly-not-metal artists. If time permits, I’ll do a year-end Rainbows in the Dark recap. (Maybe.) But this is my metal list, and it shall be kept metal. Now, all that said…

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Donuts & CANTO: Maryland Deathfest, Converge, Cannibal Corpse and more!

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July 26, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:

    • Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the second wave of lineup additions for its 2018 edition. Some of the more notable acts in this round? HelmetToday is the DayMaster’s HammerKhemmis and a bunch more. Check out the full list here.

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