There is a correlation between the temperature outside, and my stress level inside.
Let’s start with a tour that I am pretty stoked for. The Black Dahlia Murder are touring North America with After The Burial, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil, and Undeath this coming September and October. There are some pre-sale links out there as well, so go do that thing.
There’s another tour announcement out there today that’s striking all the sentimental feels. P.O.D., yes P.O.D., has announced a headlining tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Satellite. And now I feel old. Anyway, those dates start in August, and tickets are available here.
More metal and booze collaborations! This time, it’s Pessimist teaming up with Brimming Horn Meadery to create their own “Blood for the Gods” mead. It’ll be made with plum and aronia berries that have been aged in oak barrels. Sounds pretty fucking delicious to me.
We’re going to wrap the day up with the new video from Amenra because, well, it’s expectedly incredible. This clip is for “Voor Immer”, the latest from De Doorn. That album is set for a June 25th release through Relapse Records, and can be purchased here. Additionally, there’s going to be a livestream event celebrating the album’s release on June 27th, and you can scoop up a ticket here. All kinds of good stuff.
Welcome to this week’s Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape playlist. This week, we’ve got Grey Aura‘s abstract black metal, the newest single from death metal stalwarts Hooded Menace, classic Batushka (from before there were, like, 80 of them), and much more. All available, free of charge, at the link below. Unless you feel like giving us your credit card information. We’ll gladly take it.
Witherfall shared a lyric video today for the new track “Another Face”. That’s another one taken from their upcoming new album, Curse Of Autumn, which officially drops on Marth 5th through Century Media.
This likely won’t apply to me, or anyone else in North America, but Archspire have ambitions for a 2021 European tour. It’s actually a pretty stacked bill with Allegaeon, Black Crown Initiate, Rivers of Nihil, and To The Grave. The dates aren’t until November, so we’ll see!
Michigan metalcore group Of Virtue dropped a new video today. Check out the clip below for “Pictures Of You (Reimagine)”, taken from What Defines You, which is available through SharpTone Records.
We haven’t heard from Corey Taylor in the last 12 minutes, so what’s he up to? Apparently planning a once in a lifetime streaming event that will include Slipknot, Stone Sour, and solo stuff… and apparently a whole lot more. Here’s a trailer. And here’s a ticket link.
Icelandic black metal crew Auðn are releasing a new full-length on October 30th titled Vökudraumsins fangi. That will be out through Season of Mist, and a video for the first single, “Ljóstýra”, can be viewed immediately below.
Ah, 2018. What an absurd, exhausting and often infuriating ride you were, with death as my ubiquitous companion and co-pilot. You entailed on one hand a near-cataclysmic series of loved ones dying around me in rapid succession, while on the other, an ever-flowing stream of metal that helped make that maelstrom somehow survivable and acceptable for yours truly.
As you, the well-informed reader, likely noticed during the course of the year, and will see again when you read further below, 2018 was a banner year for death metal of all colors and shapes, but most and especially for the boundary-pushing kind that redefines and reconfigures the entire genre. Another type of metal that really resonated with me was one of transcendence and catharsis, of dreamlike journey, cosmic marvel and triumphant rebirth. Overall, the vast array of diverse evolutionary pathways, latest career pinnacles, and dazzling artistic growth and achievement in the field of metal was a compelling sight to behold and a wondrous thing to experience.
As further proof of the excellent and exciting state of metal today, albums worthy of inclusion in the below list continued to be released until the very final days of the year, resulting in perhaps the strongest December release-wise in recent memory.
With this succinct backdrop in mind, I offer the following 23 releases as a tribute to goddess Eris.Continue reading →