Best of 2018: Dan tried to keep up on his metal. It went…not great.

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So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)

Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading

Best of 2018: Chris’s List

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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 for you.

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CANTO: Sleep, Periphery, ASG, and More

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Photo Credit: Dana (Distortion) Yavin / Huffington Post UK

Friday’s Friday.

  • Sooooo Sleep did something Sleep would do and dropped (will drop) a surprise new album on 4/20. It’s called The Sciences.
  • Periphery left Sumerian Records. Based on label owner Ash Avildsen’s reaction, it sounds like it went… well.
  • The Boston Marathon was Monday. The dude that won? Super into BabymetalFun fact of the day.
  • ASG dropped a new song ahead of the release of their first album in like… I don’t know a long time. This is “Survive Sunrise” off of Blood Drive (out June 13th.)

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: A Couple Massive Tours, A New Video from The Crown, and More

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2/13/2018.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Donuts & CANTO: Adrenaline Mob, Fallujah, Sleep and more!

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Adrenaline Mob bassist Dave Z.

July 17, 2017

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

    • As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music, including Expulsion and Boris. Check out Josh’s Initial Descent post for the full list!
    • Sad news from Adrenaline Mob, whose bass player David (“Dave Z”) Zablidowsky was killed in a three-car accident in Florida over the weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an Adrenaline Mob song, but this is terrible either way. Rest in peace, Dave.

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