Initial Descent: May 24 – 30, 2020

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Centinex (photo courtesy of Jelena Sulce)

New metal, long list, you need it, we got it, let’s do it. Alright then, if you had to ask yourself who that is in the header image…FOR SHAME! It’s none other than Centinex who’ve been around for 30 years now and who continue to be a freaking PILLAR of death metal on their eleventh full length—just do it. Violent Hammer couldn’t have picked a better band name since the sound on their war/black/death full length debut hits like a damn hammer, Adzes take the all in approach with their sludge, noise, post-alot, gazey sound but it works and amazingly so, and Sorcerer shed the doom by numbers approach on their third full length and opt for the epic approach and, yes indeed, it works. There it is, four rotundly killer releases to kick things off AND we’ve got so much more hiding just below. Go now and drop all the cash on all the metals. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 130 (5.23.2020)

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We had this playlist all sorted until Enslaved dropped “Homebound” and now we’ve got a new lead off video. If this is any indication of what to expect from their next album, we are in for a treat, folks. A TREAT, I tell you. We’ve got that, some new Couch Slut, a new one from Ulcerate and Triptykon, Sorcerer and Binary Code, and Zyklonius closes things out in epic fashion with a 24 minute Fleshvessel pick. All that and much more awaits directly below. Making your Saturday better is our goal so we hope you’ll enjoy. Missing brother Vince? No worries, he’s off saving the world but he’ll be back in short order. Kick back, pop a top or fresh crack a bourbon, and enjoy some tunes. See you here again soon.

– Josh

CANTO: Korpiklaani, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Sorcerer, and More

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Alright, let’s shut this week down.

  • We’ll start with Korpiklaani, who released a new version of “Beer Beer”. This time, it’s “Bira Bira”, featuring Jesper Anastasiadis of Turisas. Check out the new lyric video here. Frankly, anything beer related is exactly what I’m looking for.
  • A bit late on this news, but Sonata Arctica have announced some live stream shows. Those will be acoustic performances taking place on May 29th, aimed at fans in North America, and May 30th, for fans in Europe.
  • Metal Injection’s “Slay At Home” fest, which is scheduled for May 29th and 30th, now also includes Der Weg einer Freiheit on the bill. In case you weren’t aware, I’m obsessed with this band, so I approve of this development.
  • And we’ll close with a new video from Sorcerer for “Deliverance”. Their new album, titled Lamenting of the Innocent, drops on May 29th through Metal Blade Records. Enjoy and Happy Friday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Katatonia, Planning For Burial, Converge, and More

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Some good news today from the metal world!

  • Planning For Burial will be streaming a live acoustic show on March 21st through Facebook Live (here is the event link). While it’s a bummer the in-person show couldn’t go on as planned, this alternative is pretty dang cool.
  • Converge have released a 30 minute long experimental version of their track “Aimless Arrow”. This is a really cool thing. It’s available on Bandcamp now, so I hope you know what you need to do without me telling you.
  • Sorcerer revealed details behind a new album, Lamenting of the Innocent, which drops on May 29th through Metal Blade Records. You can stream the first track from that album, “The Hammer of Witches”, right now.
  • Katatonia have unveiled another song and video from the upcoming new album, City Burials, and the track is called “Behind The Blood”. Legit, this is some of the best Katatonia I’ve ever heard. That album is out on April 24th and yes I already pre-ordered it.

 

Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2017: Some stuff Dan liked this year!

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Hey y’all, it’s been a minute! More accurately, it’s been about 221,000! Over the last four months, when I haven’t been watching the world rapidly start to resemble a toilet overflowing with diarrhea, I’ve been slaving away at my first semester of nursing school. Which has meant that finally, after a solid 2-3 years in a row of telling myself, “I’m gonna listen to less music this year,” I actually did listen to less music this year! My best estimate is…probably 165 albums? Maybe 170? Still a bunch, but down more than a hundred from each of the last couple of years. MISSION [SORTA] ACCOMPLISHED.

On the other hand, this puts me in something of an odd position when it comes to picking my “Best of 2017.” I didn’t listen to as much music. I deleted my Twitter and reduced my overall social media presence by, conservatively, 75% — which, by the way, was a fucking AMAZING life decision that I recommend all of you try — so I had neither a steady stream of albums-you-must-hear-or-you-will-be-shunned crossing my radar screen, nor the urge to seek out even more obscure albums that I could shun others for not having heard. Oh, and also, most of my favorite albums this year were from outside the metal genre. Me putting this list together and claiming it to be THE BEST OF 2017 would be a little delusional.

So, that’s why I’m not doing that. Okay fine, I’ve made a list and ordered it — alphabetically, because EAT IT, BIG RANKINGS — but that’s it. This is just some stuff I listened to and happened to really enjoy this year. Authoritativeness be damned. (Or left for the folks over at Last Rites.) Let’s jump in.

A note before beginning:

This list is going to focus on the metal portion of this year’s listening. (And perhaps, in some cases, the metal-adjacent.) So, even though Ulver put out my favorite album of the year in any genre with The Assassination of Julius Caesar, you’re not going to see that thing in this post. Same with Anathema. Same with…I dunno, Steven Wilson, or The War on Drugs, or other contributions from pretty-blatantly-not-metal artists. If time permits, I’ll do a year-end Rainbows in the Dark recap. (Maybe.) But this is my metal list, and it shall be kept metal. Now, all that said…

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