The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 283 (5.13.2023)

I’m not sure what the Venn Diagram looks like for metal fans, video game fans, and zealots fawning over the just-released new chapter in the Zelda franchise, Tears of the Kingdom but I know for a fact we have staff firmly in that cross section, which is why I am kicking off the 283rd edition of the Nine Circles Playlist not with my picks, but with Dan K’s. You’re welcome, Dan. I hope you’re playing your heart out today.

From there we kick things off proper with new music from Danava and a quartet of “S” bands: Sunrot, Shodan, Sisyphean, and Sarmat. Then it’s brutal fun from the likes of Werewolves, Jesus Chrüsler Supercar, A Pregnant Light, Spectral Wound, Body Count, new music from Blackbraid, a classic Opeth track finally brought to life live, and of course the new Paul Cauthen. Plus more than a few surprises.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week…


Initial Descent: April 2 – 8, 2023


I’m on weekend time as I write this, three bourbons deep, and have at least one of the below opening four new releases cranked in my headphones. Good times indeed. Which one of the four? You probably didn’t ask but I’m telling anyway… Devangelic‘s Xul which is just as massive as I knew it would be. Brutal death meets extremely technical prowess and holy nuts this thing blazes. Elsewhere we’ve got black metal from Bacchus (up next, by the way), part sludge and part noise from Sunrot, deathgrind from heretic plague, and a slew of other releases in the long list that resides further below. If you’ve been waiting on the sidelines to pick up some new stuff, this is the week to get in the game. Happy hunting and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.

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Donuts & CANTO: Spirit Adrift, Thy Art Is Murder, Sunrot, and More

Yeah, I did that thing again where I went from work to beer and now this is a Saturday morning post.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Cloak, Ingested, Sunrot, and More

Thanks to this wonderful team and their coverage, I have been on a serious Enslaved kick all day.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Sunrot, Allegaeon, Spirit Possession, and More

This is about to be the coldest place on Earth over the next 48 hours.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”