Considering my next couple days will be spent in Boston, these will be sparse this week.
We’ll start with a tour that I really want to get to if the stars align. Zeal & Ardor, with Sylvaine and Imperial Triumphant. Dates are in September and early October throughout North America, and tickets can be acquired here.
Get ready folks…more sax-infused metal coming your way whether you want it or not. Some folks are sick of it, some folks love it…either way, you’re probably not going to be able to escape it. Just recently I’ve had the skronk of a reed instrument accompanying the likes of the latest from Imperial Triumphant (featuring Kenny G no less), a massive opener from the forthcoming White Ward album, and hot off the presses the new single from staff favorites KEN mode which absolutely slays. In other words, just another day for the 235th Nine Circles Playlist.
Elsewhere the 9C crew leave the orchestra instruments behind for some gnarled metal. Josh whips up a frenzy with new tracks from Hammer King, Inhuman Condition, Soreption, and some classic Slayer. Anton ups there ante with Aara, Panzerfaust, and High Castle Teleorkestra. Ian only brings one track to the playlist this week but it’s a whopper…if you’ve never heard the theme song from Home Improvement masked with the vocals of David Lee Roth, well…I welcome you to the insanity of Neil Cicierega. After mellowing things out a bit with some Elliot Smith, Vincent hits us with some Lantlôs and The Black Atlantic. Finally Angela closes the list with new music from Wake, recent Dopelord and Windhand.
What was once Children of Bodom, is now Bodom After Midnight. Yes, the new project from Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg is a CoB spin-off in name. I get it, legally the name had to change and this allows them to maintain branding. I’ll be looking toward to hearing new material, out of curiosity as much as anything.
German black metal crew Krater have dropped a new music video for “Prayer for Demise”. That track was taken from 2019’s Venenare (Eisenwald). So if you want to close with something dark and grim, you sure got it.
Slayer have announced The Final Campaign.The final leg of their farewell tour begins on November 2nd and ends on the 30th. Support will be in the form of Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals for all dates.