CANTO: Psycho Las Vegas, Cable, Saint Vitus, and More

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So that Batushka news dropped yesterday, and I realize I’m not even sure which Batushka that was referring to… I basically just picture that Spiderman pointing meme when their name comes up now.

And now, back to Batushka.

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“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: May 12 – 18, 2019

Paladin
Paladin

Literally no one said ‘hey, I want to read this lengthy ass intro of blah blah’s and yada yada’s’ when there’s a mountain of metal to get to. So, shall we?! I know, it’s Monday. But still, LET’S DO IT.

When I think of power metal, what I really think of is the thrashy classic metal leaning sort that Atlanta’s Paladin provide on debut full length Ascension. After being head over heels with their previous pair of shweeet demos, this surpasses my expectations and brings a mile wide grin. Weeping Choir, the fourth full length from Full of Hell, touches on nearly every facet of the band’s busy history and is one of their most ferocious outings yet; grind, death, noise, experimental, the list could go on but you get the idea and you know they rule so, do that – choirs will definitely weep. Lo-Pan just continue to be one of the most exciting bands in heavy rock today and on Subtle they put an exclamation mark on that statement and are anything but subtle. Last up top is the legendary Saint Vitus with their first full length in seven years and ninth overall, Saint Vitus, AND with Scott Reagers back behind the mic. Personally, I was stoked for this thing and even though it’s not one of their best it is very good and I’m enjoying it. Your mileage may vary, etc etc.

One thing left to do…go and explore. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 72 (03.23.2019)

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The end of March always seems to find me on the road to some far-off destination and folks, this year is no exception.  When you are reading this, I will be leaving a night of camping in Northern California and will be on my way up to Portland, OR, one of my favorite places on Earth, followed by a few days in Seattle.  I am ridiculously excited to spend some quality time with my family and my partner away from the nightmare hell world that is work.  And if you need to spend some quality time away from the cares of the world too, why not dip into this week’s playlist?  We made it just for you.  It’d be rude of you not to.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 69 (03.02.2019)

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First off: NICE

Second: holy shit how am I alive right now.  I’ve been sick for pretty much this whole week and folks I gotta say, it’s not fun (although staying home from work has been very choice indeed).  Extreme thanks for picking up my duties this week goes out to my Nine Circles brethren, I’m thankful for the great friends I do this with, including our newest additions to the crew Marie and Charles.  Being sick doesn’t mean I’ve been off my music listening game, though, and neither have my cohorts, so check the link down below for the best of what we’ve been jamming.  We have such sights to show you.

– Vincent

CANTO: Saint Vitus, Deafheaven, Northwest Terror Fest, and More

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I should do my taxes eventually…

  • Saint Vitus dropped a new track today called “12 Years In The Tomb”. Their self-titled album will drop on May 17th. This doesn’t apply to me, but they’ve got some shows in Europe coming up soon as well.
  • You know who else dropped a new song today? Deafheaven. It’s called “Black Brick” and holy shit do I enjoy it. It’s like… super heavy and stuff. These guys are the freaking best.
  • The full Northwest Terror Fest lineup has been announced. The festival takes place in Seattle from May 30th to June 1st. I could list off some notable names here, but the reality is that most of them kick ass and I’m jealous I can’t go. So here’s a link to tickets and info instead.
  • Aaaaand a music video from The Three Tremors for “Bullets For The Damned”, just in case you were looking for some excessively entertaining/hilarious heavy metal.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb