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.
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 Xulwhich 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.
Next up, we have fresh stuff from Thy Art Is Murder. Give the visualizer for “Until There Is No Longer” a watch. That track will be featured on the upcoming Nuclear Blast mini-album titled The Aggression Sessions, which also features the likes of Malevolence and Fit For An Autopsy, and is set for an April 7 release.
Ihsahn just dropped the Fascination Street Sessions EP, so let’s check out some stuff from that. Give “The Observer” a listen, a track that features Øystein H. Aadland. That collection, by the way, is out through Candlelight.
Thanks to this wonderful team and their coverage, I have been on a serious Enslaved kick all day.
Cloak is popular around this corner of the internet, so let’s start there. Their third full-length album, Black Eternal Flame, is scheduled for a May 26 release through Season of Mist. Give the music video for “Invictus” a peak here, the first material off the forthcoming album, of course.
To close out, we’ve got some glam to throw at ya. Lord of the Lost released a video for “Leaving The Planet Earth”, which you can see below. That’s taken from Blood & Glitter, which you can pick up here.