Best of 2021: Chris’s List

Best of 2021

The beginning is the end. Literally, in this case. I started this post with the entries for my list a few weeks ago, wrote my 1,000 word review (sorry) on my Album of the Year and concluding paragraph right before Christmas, and now here I am in the vaporous ether before the new year pondering the introduction.

And there are no words left.

I’ve wrangled with the why, trying to make sense of the music I consume and what it says, and I hit a point where trying to find an answer was…pointless. Not because it’s unimportant to know, but in the last two years the rest of the world became so much harder to deal with, life became so much harder to deal with, something in my brain went into emergency mode and just shut down the logic circuits, sending one single message over and over again:

“Stop thinking, stupid. It’s just music.”

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Initial Descent: October 31 – November 6, 2021

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Weather has turned a bit cool…and I don’t like it. Yea, yea, I know; that’s what fall and winter brings but I’m #teamold and hate cold weather so there’s that. If any of you do seasonal music listening at all, our lead off album for this week’s new releases is from Sarke and sits perfectly balanced between bitter black metal and melodically dark rock, and as expected, it’s really good…and cold…and grim. Following that is a devastating gut punch from Churchburn, a down and dirty old school death return from Outre-Tombe, a quick but raucously fun death romp from Heads For The Dead, and a seriously looooong list that follows. Seems tons of bands were trying to get that Halloween release in or at least close to Halloween. Anyway, tons to dig into here so jump in, enjoy, and we’ll see you around these parts through the week.

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CANTO: Hypocrisy, Trivium, Mastodon, and More

I was going to skip this today, but then I saw a lot of stuff happening, so I guess I’m not skipping it now.

  • We can start with Hypocrisy, who released another new track from Worship. Check out the clip for “Dead World” right here. That album drops on November 26th through Nuclear Blast and I am really fucking excited about it.
  • I think these are all going to be new singles and/or videos, and you’re going to need to deal with that. Next up is Massacre, who unveiled this gnarly clip for “The Whisperer In Darkness”. Resurgence is out on October 22nd, also through Nuclear Blast.
  • So if Matt Heafy calling out MGK was for any kind of publicity, it worked. (Side note: I don’t actually think it was.) Here’s the new music video from Trivium for “The Phalanx”. The Court of the Dragon is somehow out next Friday already, through Roadrunner. That’s cool.
  • If you live out in California, you’ll get a chance to see the Harm’s Way running man in person in November. They’re joining Stick To Your Guns for a trio of shows from the 18th to the 20th. Those tickets went on sale today, casual FYI.
  • Let’s toss in a new video from Sarke, for “Beheading of the Circus Director”. That’s the second single from Allsighr, which is out on November 5th through Soulseller Records. That album is really, really enjoyable, by the way.
  • And it’s only right that we close with the new video from Mastodon for “Teardrinker”. Hushed & Grim drops on October 29th… another one that I’m really fucking excited about.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 196 (9.11.2021)

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Hello one and all and welcome back to another mixtape of “what we’ve been listening to around the water cooler.” It’s Saturday so it’s TIIIIMmmeee. Reading that is a lot flatter than how it sounds on primetime MMA but, just know that’s the vibe I’m going for. As always we’ve got a ton to dig into; Kowloon Walled City (FINALLY), a new one from Massacre, gory stuff from Heads For The Dead, a kick ass new track from Sarke, likewise from Atræ Bilis, and same from Hippotraktor and Blood Red Throne. And, of course, many more from all across the heavier spectrum. So, smash that play button below and be somebody.

Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 103 (11.02.2019)

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Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist.  Hope your Halloween was more treat than trick.  We’re eschewing the movie clips this week and going back to our regular format.  This week, I’m still jamming the new Alcest on repeat, Josh throws the new Schammasch song in, which a few of us are loving, and Chris reminds me take another listen to the last Morne album.  Take a listen to these and more down below:

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