The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 31 (3.5.2018)


Full disclosure here: as good a weather as we had this weekend and as much time as I spent out in it, I do not want today to be Monday. But, time marches on and so does the laborious task of a new week. Anyway, we’ve got a fresh batch of tunes for you to digest and pair with whatever coffee you have flowing this morning. As usual, the tastes are all over the place but that’s what makes these enjoyable. And honestly, who can’t use a little joy on a Monday?! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you don’t miss a thing and stay tuned later today for a giveaway from a band we’re excited about. Head inside. Listen. Guzzle coffee. Headbang at your desk. You’re welcome. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Rotting Christ – “Apage Satana”


Rotting Christ’s Rituals, so far, has been one of my favorite albums of 2016. No, I don’t necessarily think it’ll be among the top of the list at the end of 2016. But in terms of overall enjoyment, it’s certainly something I go back to regularly. While RC has often taken the cheesiness of black metal to new extremes, the sound behind “Apage Satana” is out there even for them. The rhythmic chanting is just on another level, and for this reason it hasn’t managed to stick with me as well as some of the other tracks on this most recent album. So when the announcement came that Rotting Christ had dropped a video for this particular track, I was a bit surprised. Yet, the end result ended up being a favorable one, as my appreciation for the track has undoubtedly grown. Continue reading

Best of 2016, Q1: Literati Overlord’s List


I can’t really decide how I feel about 2016 in terms of new metal just yet. The albums that have impressed me — and I mean really impressed me — are among some of the best works I’ve heard in years. But then on the other hand, those were rather limited in number and much of the rest was ‘good-not-great’. Regardless, quarterly recap time is always a blast, so I’m excited about the end of Q1 either way.

The one thing I will note before getting into my list is the diversity in quality metal from the past few months. While 2015 saw black metal rise to the top for the majority of the year, I have already been more impressed by various death, doom, and folk metal outfits, making 2016’s Q1 list far more diverse than last year’s. And that’s just good fun for everyone. Anyway, I don’t want to ramble anymore than I already have. Let’s get on with it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 37


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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“Wilderness will not claim the beast, nor civilized state deny its feast. Not gibberish of madman, hysteric chant of priest, nor lovers’ brutal sighs, lend the savage peace.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey