CANTO: Wolves in the Throne Room, Mastodon, LLNN, and More

Wolves In the Throne Room

I bought a CD today, which is weird thing. It was Iron Maiden’s Senjutsu, however, and that’s less of a weird thing.

  • I’m leading off with Fire In The Mountains, because those updates make me happy. Curator Ivar Bjørnson has announced that Wolves in the Throne Room will be returning to the Tetons next year, and Steve Von Till is officially back on the lineup following 2020’s postponement. All very, very good things.
  • It appears that Mastodon are up to something, and my hope (as well as assumption) is that a new album titled Hushed And Grim will soon be announced. They dropped various pieces of (alleged) album art throughout their socials, but I’m only going to share one example.
  • Swedish horror metal collective Opera Diabolicus have revealed new album details along with a new single. You know how these updates work. Death on a Pale Horse will be out on November 26th through Season of Mist, and you can listen to “Darkest Doom on the Brightest of Days” right now.
  • And we’ll wrap up the Monday-ist Tuesday with the latest video from LLNN, for “Desecrator”. I nerd out about camera stuff, and this very much falls into that category. Unmaker is out on September 24th through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 179 (5.1.2021)

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Greetings, fellow travelers of the path, and welcome to another Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape. This time around, we’ve got a slew of death metal tracks, BIG|BRAVE’s noisy, glorious sludge, a little Alcest, and some classic Tom Waits & newer Steve Von Till to round things out. Check it out below.

– Vincent

Rainbows in the Dark: Ian’s Best of 2020 List for Nonmetal

Best of 2020

This past year has seen some of the most exhilarating and emotionally deep metal that I’ve seen in a while, but what about the non-metal side of things?  Well, fortunately we’ve had just as many pleasant surprises on that front, and just as much music that will ultimately be talked about for years to come.  It bears repeating that I am humbled that I am in the position to be able to talk at length about all of this, and boy there sure is a lot to talk about.  From deep, brooding atmosphere to technical wizardry to lo-fi indie glory, polished folk and everything in between, there’s a lot to get into, so strap in as we bring you the very best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 151 (10.17.2020)

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Good morning and welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday morning playlist. This week, we’ve got a choice cut from the brand new Spirit Adrift album, more zany covers from the 2 Minutes to Late Night crew, and some Lizzo because we don’t hate fun around here. Check it all out below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 142 (8.15.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist series. This week, Khemmis covers Alice in Chains, I’m extatic over the announcement of a second new Mountain Goats album this year, and Anton won’t stop yelling about Dephosphorus again. All that and more down below.

– Vincent