CANTO: Inexorum, Killswitch Engage, The Machinist, and More

Did you miss me? …Of course you didn’t.

  • We’ll start out with Gilead Media, which I subscribe to for some reason. Anyway, Inexorum have announced a new album, Equinox Vigil. That’s set for a June 17th release, and the title track is streaming over at Decibel.
  • As we all know by now, Killswitch Engage are releasing Live at the Palladium on June 3rd through Metal Blade. Taken from that collection is this new video for “Vide Infra”, one of my favorite KSE track’s ever.
  • The Machinist have unveiled details surrounding their second album. All is Not Well is set for a July 8th release through Prosthetic Records, and the title track is streaming over at Metal Injection right now.
  • Alright, let’s check out some live material from Powerwolf. This is the live action version of “Venom of Venus”, taken from The Monumental Mass – A Cinematic Metal Event. That will be out on July 8th through Napalm Records, for those interested.
  • Eyehategod has some tour dates coming up, so we’ll acknowledge that with their latest video. This one is for “Every Thing, Every Day”. That, of course, is taken from A History of Nomadic Behavior, which dropped last year through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 184 (6.5.2021)

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Good morning and welcome to another Saturday morning mixtape. We have a full house of picks this week, from a Pride month kickoff from Violet Cold, to some classic Wolves in the Throne Room, to the mesmerizing new single from King Woman (a particular staff favorite). Check all that out and much more at the link below

– Vincent

The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Addendum, Part II

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It’s been a while (9/19) since I have written something for the column, but real life sucks; between grad school and putting my body through the wringer, priorities shifted and this kept getting pushed back. However, this hasn’t stopped me from listening to music and writing about other things, so we are going to continue the addenda. There are five genres left and then we can finally move on to other genres and whatever else I want to write about, because after two more genres, we might be going into no man’s land.

Also, when this gets published, it might be the new year, so Happy New Year, everyone! Continue reading

Best of 2018: Dan tried to keep up on his metal. It went…not great.

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So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)

Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading

December 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Lovebites – “Clockwork Immortality” & the Top 10 Power Metal Albums of 2018

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It’s been a blast covering the vast expanse of styles that power metal has to offer on a monthly basis, but sadly all things must pass.  As I went through each month finding amazing records I kept holding off writing about them until the end of month post, and by doing so there were times I couldn’t give some of the albums their proper turn in the spotlight.  So rather than one post a month where we cover the genre my goal is to integrate power metal more fully into the coverage here at Nine Circles, allowing the bands and albums the proper room to shine on their own.

But before we do that, let’s get December out of the way with the only band to make the Power Metal Album of the Month twice in the same year: Lovebites and their new full length Clockwork ImmortalContinue reading