Album Review: Sigh — “Shiki”

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Sigh is a trailblazer of a band with a career nearly spanning three decades. Any thoughts of this band sitting on their laurels or going through the motions are crushed within the opening cadence here. Sigh continues to strive toward new heights, constantly reinventing themselves to create music that is both hauntingly eerie and extremely catchy all at once. All of this is encapsulated on their twelfth album, Shiki, which not only showcases the beginning of something new, with the pomp and circumstance of ceremony, but also shows us a sense of this band’s mortality.

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Initial Descent: August 21 – 27, 2022

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We start with a non new release related item: seek out the 2022 Joe Barresi Remix of Dio’s Holy Diver. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of remixes or reimaginings or re-recordings but THIS is a remix I can get behind. And now for the new release items: most of these opening four have been highly anticipated and hotly hyped, but that hype is well deserved in the black metal of Blackbraid and Sigh, in the progressive metal of Dreadnought, and in the destructive black metal meets hardcore force of Hexis. Moving on, and as always is the case with these lists, there’s a ton lying in wait below so there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Enjoy the search and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 244 (8.13.2022)

Can we all agree the world is a garbage fire right now? I think we can all agree. We might not agree on the reasons WHY we think it’s a garbage fire, but maybe we can all unite under the commonality that the flames are curling ever closer to our toes. And if not, there’s always metal, right?

And to that end we’re kicking off the 244th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with a couple veterans churning out some kille rnew music, like the latest from Megadeth and the reunion of Fates Warning alums Ray Alder and Mark Zonder in the aptly named A-Z. Plus we have razor sharp slices of new (not nu) metal from the likes of Sigh, Sumerlands, The Antichrist Imperium, Liminal Shroud and Arch Enemy. Plus some off the beaten path tracks from bands like Slowdive and Ride before jumping back into extremity with Black Anvil, In Flames, The Answer Lies in the Black Void and more!

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Khemmis, Ghost, Tronos, and More

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There is a very real chance this is the only Canto you see this week. None of me apologizes for that. Also, it’s April 1st… is any of this news even real?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2018: Chris’s Honorable Mentions List

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We’ll save the long-winded rhetoric for the final list.  There’s fifteen albums listed here that are categorized as “Honorable Mentions” because that’s typically how these list things work.  But in reality it’s a disservice to relegate the incredible music contained herein to a tier of “also ran.”  I spent much of the year thinking about what I needed music to do for me, and hunting for the songs, the bands, and the albums that worked – selfishly – for me.  All of the albums listed below work on me and for me: pushing me to move further, holding me back when I’ve gone too far.  I can’t ask for much more than that.  Last year I titled my honorable mentions albums #40-26, but in truth a number can’t define the reinforcement and excitement this music provided.

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