Nine (or so Heavily Qualified) Circles ov…2022: A Mid-Year Report

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Okay, so I may have only formally reviewed 11 albums by the mid point this year, but that’s one more than I was at last year, so victory! However, that doesn’t count the 30 other albums covered in earlier editions of Nine Circles ov (like the Stoner Metal one, or the promo pile one, or the non-promo pile one) or Second Circle. Not to mention my folders telling me I’ve listened to 151 metal albums so far this year. It’s scratching the surface, I know…but at least there are quantifiable metrics for you to assess whether or not I’ve met my acceptance criteria to mark this feature as Done.

And now that my work life has completely blended into this post, let’s talk about how massive 2022 has been so far. We’re once again turning this edition of Nine Circles ov… into a dozen and I’m even going to throw some bonus mentions into the mix. Are these my absolute favorites of the year? Kind of: I wanted to highlight some albums I haven’t seen a lot of coverage on as well as some definite big guns I really dig so far. So what I’m saying is, here’s a big list of stuff I love. Maybe you’ll love it, too.

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CANTO: Werewolves, Satan, The Devil’s Trade, and More

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It’s Friday, so I’m going to do my best to keep this short and sweet.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Satan – “Earth Infernal”

Satan - Earth Infernal

Some bands evolve and adapt, morphing into forms that incorporate diverse and growing influences. And some band keep on keepin’ on. I have no idea how bands a band like Satan is able to continually harness that NWOBHM flame they first stoked on 1983’s Court in the Act and not only keep it alight, but keep it fresh and new and completely unique from other bands out there doing the same. All of which is to say that Earth Infernal, the band’s sixth album and fourth since their 2011 re-emergence is another standard bearer for the cause, 10 tracks of righteous rock signal another classic entry in the annals of traditional metal.

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Initial Descent: March 27 – April 2, 2022

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A renewed sense of panic and crushing weight settles in…ah, it’s Monday again. But, fear not, the memes will come hot and fresh, the sun will come out this week, AND we’ve got a full clip of new metal that consists of more treats than tricks this week starting off with Atlanta’s black metal practitioners Vimur returning with their third offering and this one blisters their previous material, Meshuggah roar back to life after a six year slumber and whether you call them tech or djent, they still got it in spades, traditional heavy metal gets a swift kick in the ass from both Satan and Wolf, and, as always, a full list of other stuff to explore. Just FYI: as much as we try to feature as many releases as possible, we miss them occasionally so if we’ve missed any here, or in the future, feel free to drop them in the comments so everyone can benefit. And, if your (metal of some sort) band wants to be featured here, click on our about page to find our email and send us one. We’d love to hear from you…probably.  

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CANTO: Christian Death, Satan, Midnight, and More

I truly cannot believe we are just over the hump this week.

  • Let’s start with The Space Control Tour 2022, which features the likes of Misery Index, Origin, and Wolf King. That’s an awesome trio. Those dates run through the month of May, kicking off on the 6th in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Friday here.
  • Eight Bells premiered a new track and video recently, titled “The Well”, which you can check out here. That’s another one from Legacy of Ruin, which will be out on February 25th through Prophecy Productions.
  • I’ve heard really good things from the new Midnight album, Let There Be Witchery, so I suppose it would be a good idea to include new material from that one. So, here’s “Nocturnal Molestation“. That album drops on March 4th through Metal Blade.
  • Another one from Metal Blade today features Satan. Their sixth studio album, Earth Infernal, is set for an April 1st release. You can pre-order that, and check out “Burning Portrait”, right here.
  • We’ll close with new material from Christian Death. Evil Becomes Rule is out on May 6th through Season of Mist, and a visualizer for “Blood Moon” is available below. They’ve also got May tour dates coming up, so make sure you get in on that as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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