The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 62 (01.12.2019)

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I’m baaaaaaaack.  Thanks to Josh for covering for me while I was away.  I spent a great two weeks back in the icy winter of my home, Chicago, IL.  I got to spend the holidays with all my family, catch up with some old friends from high school and college, eat and drink myself into oblivion, and watch my California-Born-and-Raised partner’s face light up when some unexpected snow flurries blew in.  It was exactly the kind of recharge I needed after the trash fire that was 2018.  I feel ready to get back in the saddle again, and what better way to do that than share all the good stuff I and my cohorts have been jamming over our respective holiday-time adventures?  Check below for a list of tunes to whip your year into shape.

– Vincent

CANTO: In Flames, Fire in the Mountains, At The Gates, and More

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On a Friday? In this economy?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 59 (12.8.2018)

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Greetings once again, y’all.  As another week comes to a close, we’ve got another batch of killer songs that we’ve been listening to in our free time to share with you.  It’s a crazy time of year for music listening; there’s a push to finish out the year listening to all the albums still coming out in the next three weeks while also going back over everything that came out earlier in the year to flesh out those year-end lists we all love to read (and yell about) so much.  For now, forget about deadlines and distractions, and enjoy our weekly present to you.  Catch you next week.

– Vincent

CANTO: Insomnium, Fire in the Mountains, Psycho Las Vegas, and More

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Decision were made this week.

  • This is a couple days old, but I wasn’t here a couple days ago. Deal with it. First round of bands for Psycho Las Vegas. Notables include High On Fire, Yob, and Oranssi Pazuzu.
  • How about another festival? Fire In The Mountains out in WyomingSaor and The Ruins Of Beverast are a couple early names I am VERY excited about. A couple out of three, so far.
  • Insomnium doing stuff! … We’ll leave it at that.
  • Only video I came across in the inbox tonight comes by way of bluesy hard rock something or other 100 Watt Vipers and the song is called “The Bell Tolls Heavy”. Check it out if you feel so inclined.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: November 6 – 12, 2016

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Spiritus Mortis – Photo courtesy of Jarkko Pietarinen

There’s nothing I can add or say about the events this week on US soil that hasn’t already been said or shouted at the top of devastated lungs…and I’ll leave it at that. I’m, instead, retreating to my happy place; metal. And there’s tons of it to get to here on Initial Descent. Finland’s first doom metal band Spiritus Mortis return from a 7 year absence with an absolute juggernaut of classic heavy metal and jaw dropping doom on The Year Is One, Gloam‘s Hex of Nine Heads receives the long overdue vinyl treatment, Saor offer up a friendly reminder as to why black metal and folk go so well together on Guardians, Hammer King still hold the heavy-power metal flag high on King Is Rising and at a time like this we all could use a pick me up, and In Flames are still riding clean on Battles but sound more like In Flames than they have on their past 4 albums combined, so thats a plus right? Anyway, all that and so much more after the jump.

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