Donuts & CANTO: Scorpions, Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails and more!

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March 22, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • It appears Scorpions and Megadeth will be touring together this fall. Granted, this is just a single show announcement — for an October 7 date at the LA Forum — but it does mention something called the “Crazy World Tour,” so…there’s your two and two. Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to see reverse-aging phenomenon Rudolf Schenker in person!
  • If you’re in the Los Angeles area, congratulations! Nine Inch Nails have announced their first show in three years, and it’s in your area! (At this year’s FYF Fest on July 23) If you’re not in the Los Angeles area, you get nothing and like it.
  • It’s been a while since Mike Portnoy annoyed his way out of a band, so luckily for all of us, it looks like he’s got a new one in the works! Maybe. Rumors are suggesting it’ll be with ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and ex-Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. I give it about seven months until he’s unemployed again.
  • Judas Priest have officially entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer of Souls. Or at least, that’s what their Instagram would appear to suggest. Maybe they’ve just gotten Tom Allom and Andy Sneap to pose for pictures just to fuck with us. Who knows?
  • According to frontman Chuck BillyTestament is aiming to have the follow-up to last year’s Brotherhood of the Snake out in 2018. I wonder if a condensed recording schedule will lead to a less conspiracy theory-y album?
  • And finally, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of the last Novembers Doom album, Bled White. So naturally, we’re pretty stoked to hear a new song from them! Check out the lyric video for “Zephyr” below:

The band’s new album, Hamartia, will be out April 14 on The End Records. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

CANTO: Wolves in the Throne Room updates, a new project called Saudade, and more

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“All these words are dust within my mind. In these times that burn within our sight. Yearning to know deep into the marrow.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: A 2016 Ghost tour, Rocklahoma bands, and more!

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I’m not good at getting these done consistently anymore.

  • Ghost is back on tour! If you missed them back in 2015, you’re in luck. They’re stringing together a run of shows April and May of this year.
  • Blake Judd is back! Well, back on the internet at least. Apparently he is done with drugs and music for good. I wonder what 2016 will end up bringing him…
  • The Rocklahoma band lineup has been announced. Headliners include Scorpions, Disturbed, and Rob Zombie. How about a nice tall glass of ‘no thank you?’
  • So, this is new. It looks like you can now get Slipknot action figures, if you’re into that. Not all of them, because why would there be any kind of logic in this?
  • Oranssi Pazuzu have released a new track from their upcoming Värähtelijä, which drops on February 20th. The song is called “Hypnotisoitu Viharukous” and it’s amazing.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 17

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The guys look into the disappointing news around Cynic‘s (breakup?) then much more excitedly celebrate the No. 4 chart debut for Iron Maiden‘s new album, The Book of Souls. They then far-less-excitedly talk about the new Slayer album, Repentless. What can we say — it’s an episode of extremes!

All that and much, much more in Episode 17, so check it out!

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Initial Descent: September 11’s New Releases in Brief

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So remember that massive week we had last week? Yeah, well…things cooled off a bit this week. We’re leading with Slayer as a formality, Nightfell will be a must-listen, but beyond that…not quite as densely packed a new release lineup as the ones we’ve had the last couple of weeks. Which, honestly, is probably a good thing. Take a look at what’s on tap:
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