Thanks Fearless Editor Josh™ for covering the last two weeks of the playlist while I was away. I survived on a steady diet of alcohol and 80s thrash, and I *think* I got most of it out of my system by now.
Anyway, we’re gonna streamline this thing moving forward. You got tracks from the likes of Warforged, City of Caterpillar, Krisiun, and Amon Amarth, not to mention a whole lot of other stuff that may or may not be heavy. I mean, it’s the 243rd edition of the Nine Circles playlist, after all. What else did you expect? Well, since I’m back maybe you expected some classic rock or maybe some 80s thrash. We’ll see. There will definitely be some Boris, that’s for damn sure…maybe some Incantation, Night Eternal, you know – stuff like that.
I got nothing. Well, nothing except loads and loads of tour announcements.
Most significantly, King Diamond, who announced a new album and tour today. The album, which will mark the first studio album in about 12 years, will be called The Institute. It won’t be released until sometime next year but we can expect a new single in the next few months it appears. And the tour. Holy crap the tour. They are November and December dates in North America, and support is in the form of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands. This is absolutely incredible.
Now that (most) of today’s tour announcements are out of the way, let’s close with a little post-black metal. This comes from a band called Dawn of Ouroboros and the song is called “Sorrow’s Eclipse”. This track was pulled from their upcoming new album, The Art of Morphology. I’m into this. Check it out.
If you listen to our podcast regularly, you’ll know I’ve already run down my Top 15 albums of the year. If you don’t… firstly, what the hell’s wrong with you? And secondly, you can find my picks here (Nos. 15-11), here (10-6) and here (top five). I try to avoid being redundant — thanks, journalism school! — so I didn’t want to rewrite these picks out here again on the blog. Instead, this post will cover nine honorable mentions for 2015. These may not have made the final cut, and they certainly aren’t the only honorable mentions I’ve got from this year, but they’re all well worth your time. Here’s what I’ve got: Continue reading →
When you think of glam metal, a number of things come to mind: sleaze; falsity; a degree of catchiness, sure…but with that catchiness, a sell-by date—a point at which you realize that all of the hooks are mere surface sheen and then lose interest in it, absent all that much worth writing home about beyond that. It feels a little weird to be talking about sell-by dates (or, more to the point, outlasting sell-by dates) with Santa Cruz‘s new, self-titled second album—the thing only just dropped this week!—but if the early impression’s any indicator, this thing’s got a decent chance at sticking around in your head for a while. Continue reading →
It’s time for Episode 43 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!
This week, the guys discuss news from a range of metal festivals—including the upcoming Full Terror Assault, America’s first-ever true, open-air festival!—then review new albums from Enslaved, Ghost Bath and Santa Cruz. Plus, a look back at the one-year anniversary of our start in podcasting…with Horns Up’s predecessor series, “The Bracket,” that is.
All that and much, much more in Episode 43, so check it out!