The beginning of the year always rekindles the flame of metal for me. Excitement for what’s coming, for what already has been comes faster, easier. I’m still going through the latest CD and vinyl acquisitions and it’s been pretty much non-stop Celtic Frost (seriously that Danse Macabre box set is killer), Wayfarer, and – thanks to Fearless Editor™ Josh – the new Misþyrming, so let’s kick off the 266th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with what you can hear if you pass by my place right now.
As per usual the rest of the gang has plenty of the tunes pouring through their speakers for you to get down to (in a total, like, metal way of course). So let music from the likes of Sanhedrin, Black Magnet, Ulthar, Days of Desolation, Moonlight Sorcery, Inherits the Void, Periphery, Night Demon, Sanguisugabogg as well as cuts from Nile, Rotten Sound, Big Black, and a small tribute to guitar legend Jeff Beck (RIP) take you away for the week.
For those of you who celebrate it, welcome back from the throes of mass turkey consumption, of stuffing annihilation, and of pie decimation. For the rest of you, simply welcome back. I got a huge Thanksgiving gift when I learned Elder released their latest album Innate Passage a day early on Bandcamp, and then it just kept coming when I finally got to hear the totality of the new Spiritworld album. Both albums are putting serious crimps in my already drafted end of year list, so let’s kick off with them for this, the 259th Nine Circles Playlist.
The rest of the gang managed to pry themselves off the couch and offer up the usual assortment of metal maladies to get your body in shape for the holiday rush. We’ve got Jade, Fvnerals, live Der Weg Einer Freiheit, new Nothingness and Shedfromthebody. We’ve got a big ol’ epic from The Otolith, tracks from Esquela Grind, Intranced, and Reeking Aura. You want a little more moody and a little less extreme? Okay: we’ve got you dialed in with some Kathryn Mohr, some Silversun Pickups, and for the countryheads out there even a little slinky funk courtesy of Paul Cauthen. And one of the best bands in the world to close it out.
From there we have a quick update from Debemur Morti Productions, who have added Bacchus to their roster. The debut full-length from the atmospheric black metal collective should arrive in 2023, so we’ll keep an eye for more details as they emerge.
Sticking with black metal for a minute, but going a bit underground, we have the latest from Mons Veneris. September 11th has been set as the release date for Inversados d’Um Abismo de Podridão, through Signal Rex. If you need a preview, check out “Satanás Impera” here.
Witherfall have teamed up with Adroit Theory Brewing Company to release the Shadows Black IPA… which conveniently happens to be my favorite style of beer. There’s also a limited edition shirt! Anyway, get the full scoop here.
Reeking Aura, the death and doom act out of New York and New Jersey, are releasing Blood And Bonemeal on July 29th through Profound Lore. Check out the visualizer for “Seed The Size Of A Spider’s Eye” here.
We’ll wrap up the week with the new video from death metal legends Jungle Rot. The clip below is for “Genocidal Imperium”, a track from A Call to Arms. That album dropped this past Friday through Unique Leader, and it’s awesome.