Best of 2016, Q2: Literati Overlord’s List

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With June winding down (already, somehow), it’s time to start looking back at the past quarter and highlight some of the better albums that have dropped. I suppose another way to look at this is by way of a mid year recap. However, with the abundance of quality albums that have come out in the past few months, going back any further than that is just a bit too arduous. (You can only imagine what year-end does to me.) Regardless, allow me to usher in the end of Q2 with my highlights from the last few months. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 7 (July 5, 2015)

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Happy post-4th-of-July! With Q3 now fully underway, the guys look back at some of their favorite albums from the last three months of the year. (No headlines this week, folks–just right into the #BestofQ2 recap!) Plus, Dan discusses recent concert experiences seeing Royal Thunder and Rush!

All that and much, much more in Episode 7, so check it out!

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Best of Q2: Dan’s List

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It’s funny…up until June, I was kind of ready to declare Q2 a “lost quarter.” We had a handful of decent releases early on in April, but then the well seemed to run a bit dry. It’s not like NOTHING good came out; the gems just weren’t quite dropping at the same rate they’d done during the first three months of the year. Enter June, though, and that all changed. We had Vattnet Viskar. We had Vanum. We had two stellar black metal releases (on the same day!) from Gilead Media, and we had the latest hour-long kick in the ass from the riff lord himself, Matt Pike. All of a sudden, Q2 didn’t look too bad!

Indeed, the last month’s made this recap difficult for a completely different reason than I’d expected. Instead of a shortage of great metal, we ended up with an abundance. I’ve tried my best to whittle it all down to 10 for this list — five favorites and five honorable mentions, all unordered — so here goes nothing:  Continue reading

Best of Q2: Corey’s List

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I was incredibly impressed with the onslaught of new metal that came our in the first quarter of the year. Headlined by the likes of Thulcandra, Enslaved, and Leviathan, to name a very small few, it seemed like a tough quarter to stack up against. But, then came Q2. Since April, we’ve been blessed with quality release after quality release from all stretches of the metal universe. Let’s look a little closer at it:

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Best of Q2: Manny-O-War’s List

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Another three months has flown by. Here we are, halfway through yet another year of metal releases and real life. Theoretically, we all should be a few months older and wiser by now but we all know that is a bunch of malarkey. What we are is slightly more confused about what we are, who we are and what our purpose is in this world. Well, I can tell you one thing: a noble purpose is to consume absurd amounts of art. So this year, consume absurd amounts of metal and remember, as always, to Hail Satan!

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