Huh, it appears that I blinked and a whole year went by just like that. Luckily there was metal, a lot of it in fact, to the extent that none of the albums on my list ended up on our staff’s combined list, which shows just how much diversity there is, in terms of releases, genres and our respective tastes and preferences. With majestic hails to the bands whose releases enriched my life in the past 12 months, the following contains my 20 favorite albums of the year. I hope you will find something that intrigues, excites and animates you.Continue reading
The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 167 (2.6.2021)
Late again. However, still in time for whatever rowdiness you may have up your sleeve for a Saturday. We’ve got new Cannibal Corpse, Cult of Luna and Gravesend. Plus a nasty one from Bonecarver, and choice cuts from Baest, Biesy, and Visigoth. All that and much more is hiding behind that playlist button below. Hit it and go crazy.
CANTO: Suffering Hour, Sanhedrin, Wounded Not Dead, and More
The gloom has set in. But at least Thanksgiving is this week, that’s still a thing, right?
- I’m tired and therefore need to start with something fun and easy. Here’s a clip of Dirk Verbeuren, Steve DiGiorgio, Tom Draper, and Charles Elliot covering “Living Dead” from Entombed A.D.
- Suffering Hour are releasing The Cyclic Reckoning via Profound Lore Records next February. You can stream a new track called “Strongholds Of Awakening” right now.
- Brooklyn’s Sanhedrin have signed on to a worldwide deal with Metal Blade and are jumping into the studio to record their third full-length, and label debut, sometime early next year.
- And we’ll close with some tech death. This is Wounded Not Dead with a new video for “Register of Embodiments”. The Alchemist should be out sometime in January.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Receiving the Evcharist: Suffering Hour and Pliny the Elder
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Suffering Hour’s Dwell and Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder. Continue reading