CANTO: Ensiferum, Swallow The Sun, Northtale, and More

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Mountain bound right after work. Yay!

  • Ensiferum have revealed details behind their next album. Thalassic will be out on July 10th through Metal Blade Records. To get a bit of a preview, they also released a new track called “Rum, Women, Victory”, which you can check out right now.
  • Swallow The Sun will be performing a live acoustic show on May 7th (tomorrow) at 1:00 PM EDT. That gig will take place at Sonic Pump Studios, and you can get your access ticket here.
  • I’m really excited about the new album from Paradise Lost, so here’s a fresh new trailerObsidian is out on May 15th (next Friday) through Nuclear Blast. I hope you pre-ordered it like I did.
  • And we’ll close with this guitar playthrough for “Shape Your Reality” from power metallers Northtale, the band’s first song ever. Their most recent album, Welcome To Paradise dropped last year through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2019

Best of 2019

The Dark Souls franchise may own this title, but Aldia’s got nothing on me.

Last year around this time I made a statement, hoping that I would take it easier on the album listening; however, I also said that it would be for naught, as my 2019 release calendar was looking great and I was so excited about it.

However, life has a way of kicking you in the bollocks. Continue reading

Best of 2019: Dan still likes metal, but maybe not writing?

Best of 2019

Oh look, it’s been over a month since my last post.

Related: I don’t really know if I like blog writing anymore?

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CANTO: Fire In The Mountains, Swallow the Sun, Tombs, and More

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Wow. The last two days have been a whirlwind. You all peep that team EOY list from earlier? That sure was fun.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

All In: The Nine Circles Combined Staff Top 9 of 2019

Best of 2019

In a few short weeks another year will finally kick the bucket.  At this point most of us are on autopilot, dead-walking through a daze of days gesturing in the fervent hope we can pass as having some semblance of work ethic until the clock turns over and it’s back to the same old song and dance again in the Year of Our (Loud) Lord 2020.

Until then, we managed to pry some choice picks of 2019 from the gnawed fingers of the 9C staff.  We’ve crunched the numbers, tallied the votes, screwed up and tallied them again, and came up with the first ever (unless I’m wrong… it’s too late and I’m too lazy to check) Nine Circles Combined Staff Top 9 for the year.  It’s basically a Nine Circles ov… Nine Circles, v. 2019. So enough procrastinating… hit that link and let’s do this thing. Continue reading