Best of 2021: Ian’s List

Best of 2021

Alright, the moment you all (read: maybe three of you) have been waiting for, although with the lists that are already up, I feel like this is going to be underwhelming.  We’re really good at writing, people, and it’s been really awesome to not only be a part of the site but also be a fan at the same time.  So now, the top; the cream of the crop.  Say whatever you want about the year in general (except, you know, that the state of the world was overall pleasant), but as far as music goes, it was pretty sensational.  Maybe that’s because I got to spend another year in the fortunate position of being able to sit and write about music that I love so much.  In fact, that’s almost definitely it, so let me say how humbled and thankful I am to continue to be a part of this family.  Now, on to the goods:

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 199 (10.2.2021)

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Good morning and welcome to another Nine Circles mixtape. This time around, we’ve got an excellent new collaboration between Converge and Chelsea Wolfe, Der Weg Einer Freiheit in 360 degrees, Capra live from Knotfest, and a killer audio/visual experience from Archspire. All that and more down below.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 172 (3.13.2021)

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Welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This week, we’re sharing some of our favorite Entombed/Entombed A.D. cuts in honor of the life and legacy of L-G Petrov, a presence that left an undeniable mark on the world of death metal and extreme music as a whole. Plus, a whole slew of everything else we’ve been listening to. Tune in at the link below.

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Album Review: Pupil Slicer — “Mirrors”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: grindcore is going through an absolute renaissance right now, and it’s all thanks to bands that are taking the familiar trappings of the genre and turning them completely on their head.  What better way to mix up the grindcore formula, one that is already all about creating as much sonic distress as possible in the shortest amount of time, and throw in odd meters, angular and jarring chords and wildly chaotic riffs, and you get Pupil Slicer and their debut full-length Mirrors, which provides just the breath of fresh air needed.

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CANTO: Harakiri For The Sky, The Amenta, Pupil Slicer, and More

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I should probably go outside one of these days.

  • So this is different and definitely worth a few minutes of time. Members of Archspire have launched an online cooking show? It’s called Good Morning Handsome, and you can check out episode 1, “Friends With Benny’s”, right now.
  • Harakiri For The Sky released a new single today, with accompanying drum playthrough. “I’m All About the Dusk” is, of course, taken from Mӕre, which is now set for a February 19th release through AOP Records.
  • Pupil Slicer, who just signed on with Prosthetic Records last year, have announced the release of their debut album, Mirrors, on March 12th. They’re streaming a new single today, “Wounds Upon My Skin”, if you’re interested in a preview.
  • And we’ll close with a video from The Amenta for “An Epoch Ellipsis”, a track taken from Revelator. That album drops on February 19th through Debemur Morti Productions. Get your pre-order on over at their Bandcamp link.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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