Best of 2016, Q1: Dan’s List

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So, yaeh…where the hell did the first three months of the year go? It’s April already? Really? Time flies when you’ve got a lot of good music to get through, and man, did we ever have that in Q1. All the death metal, and black metal, and death metal, and sludge, and death metal. Seriously, it was a good three months for death metal, y’all.

Corey and I already got started on our lists earlier this week in Episode 37 of the podcast, but now it’s time for my full breakdown. Same deal as usual from me — a Top Five, followed by five honorable mentions — so let’s dig in. Here’s my best of Q1 list: Continue reading

Best of 2016, Q1: Manny-O-War’s List

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I’m not going to lie to you people. I think 2016 might be the best year in metal (particularly death metal) in a very, very long time. This is something I’ve been ranting about in my monthly recaps but it needs to be said as much as possible: each month in 2016 has provided an endless amount of terrific albums. Picking a top 18 for any month this year wouldn’t pose a significant hurdle. That’s just how good it’s been. So, with that in mind let’s take a look back at the last three months in metal. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 37

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It’s the first episode of Q2, and as luck would have it, neither Dan nor Corey paid much attention to metal news in the last week. So instead, they’re recapping their favorite albums from Q1! Take a listen and catch up on albums from LycusNa∂raOranssi Pazuzu and more, plus a look ahead to some highly anticipated albums slated for the next three months!

All that and…not all that much more in Episode 37 — I mean, you’ll get your Heaven and Hell, of course, because water is wet — but check it out anyway!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Best of Q1: Dustin’s List

9_headerThe releases for any genre that come out in the first quarter of a given year are what usually set the precedent for the remaining nine months of music to be consumed. If a bunch of mediocre albums come out, the bar for quality (and expectations) is set low, and listeners won’t expect to be wowed anytime soon. But if solid albums come out within a year’s first quarter, we at least have the anticipation of more solid albums down the pike. As fortune would have it, the first quarter of 2016 has been stacked with great releases from both major label artists and those who are just now crossing our collective radar.   Continue reading

Horns Up’s Best of Q1: Jesse’s List

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Yearly or seasonal round-ups are useless when they merely rank each record according to the personal taste of the reviewer. However, the end of the quarter does provide us with a perfect opportunity to reflect on a few releases that might have been lost in the sea of information that overflows our minds every day. So here’s a list of releases from Q1 2015 and December 2014—yes, I cheated—that deserve more praise than they’ve ended up getting so far: Continue reading