Skipped yesterday because… I was doing something? Skipping tomorrow and Monday as well because long weekend. Yay negligence!
- We should probably start with the dope Skeletonwitch tour announcement that dropped yesterday. U.S. dates with Soft Kill, portrayal of guilt, Devil Master, Martyrdöd, and Wiegedood. Yes, that is a large bill. And holy crap am I pumped.
- Screw it. Here’s another tasty tour. Mastodon (yay), Coheed & Cambria (less yay), and Every Time I Die (yay again). In case you weren’t aware, Crack The Skye turns 10 this year, so Mastodon will be playing that album in full. That’s just straight up awesome. I wanna go.
- Not sure if you’ve familiarized with the project known as Elizabeth Colour Wheel. If you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to “Pink Palm”, the opening track to the upcoming debut album, Nocebo. That drops March 15th via The Flenser.
- I had a lot of videos to pick from today, so I decided to settle on some doom from Wolf Counsel. This track is called “Nova” and will be featured on their upcoming album, Destination Void, which drops next week.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Ah, yes. Here we are again. Yet another journey around the sun has given us reason to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have, almost literally, an indefinite source of music and art to appreciate at any moment in time. In this case, the musical form known as heavy metal. Yes, even in our very defined place in the artistic world, there is an unending wave of inspired music that we endlessly celebrate, together, across the globe. Except… wait, metal internet is basically the worst and ruins everything, doesn’t it? Nevermind. Continue reading
I had a plan in January. The same plan I have every January: to only document the albums that strike a major chord in one way or another. Yet, here we sit in December and I’m debating on at least one or two of my locked list and mourning those who fell off. Don’t take ‘fell off’ as a knock either. It simply means there was no shortage of amazing albums this year and well, I just enjoy the torture of whittling away on my favorites (not).
I’ve spoken at length about how important music is for life in general and how important it is for me as someone that had a finger on the play button for nearly all 8,760 hours that made up this year. EOY lists, I love them – always have and always will. It’s a chance to purge all the best and move on to yet another cycle into the unknown. Fire walk with me through the albums that hit home the hardest… Continue reading
What does music do for you?
In the end, it’s the only question that matters. An admittedly hard question to hear, what with the screaming of every opinion in every corner of the internet, but in the end when you step away from the noise and muck of screen shouting and scene guarding it’s your opinion in the end. Every year that I’ve written an end of year list for Nine Circles it’s been a variation of the same theme: when we write about music, we’re writing about ourselves. What matters is what the music does to you, and only for you.
But what’s the point, if you’re really only writing for yourself? Continue reading
Every year is an interesting trip around the sun. New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others. 2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape. There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year. Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them. Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!). Continue reading