CANTO: Zeal & Ardor, Rob Zombie, Pestilent Hex, and More

Considering my next couple days will be spent in Boston, these will be sparse this week.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Concert Review: Hoaxed, Sylvaine, Uada, and Amorphis, 4.30.2022

When I said to keep the concerts coming, I didn’t expect to see another one so soon.

After taking the chance to see The Ocean and Leprous last month, I headed back to the El Rey Theatre to see a favorite band of mine, Amorphis. Other bands on the bill included Hoaxed, a band from Portland who released an EP last year; Sylvaine, who were on their first North American tour promoting Nova; and Uada, a band who I have listened to before but never got into. Given the range of metal genres across all the bands, I expected more people to continue to show up throughout the latter half of the bill. Thus, as soon as I entered, I headed straight towards the front, parked myself there, and held that spot throughout the night.

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CANTO: Sylvaine, Dark Funeral, Destruction, and More

Today has been such a long week.

  • We’ll lead off with the new track from Sylvaine for “Nova”. That’s the title-from from the new album, which is set for a March 4th release through Season of Mist.
  • Thrash metal veterans Destruction have announced a North American headlining tour this coming April and May. Support will come from Nervosa and Sunlord, and you can find the full schedule here.
  • NYC experimental tech death collective Aeviterne dropped a new track today, titled “The Gaunt Sky”. That’s taken from The Ailing Facade, which drops on March 18th through Profound Lore.
  • Death/industrial outfit To End It All have a brief run of shows over on that other coast this coming April, which I kind of wish I could be part of. Learn up on those dates here.
  • I’ve made a habit of closing with new Dark Funeral as their tracks have become available. No different today. Below is the clip for “Nightfall”. Yet another reminder that We Are The Apocalypse is out on March 18th through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 214 (1.15.2022)

playlist - mixtape

So now that two full weeks of 2022 are in the books, how have our outlooks changed? For the better, I hope? Alas, that’s definitely not the case for me, as pessimism continue to reign… but hey, music helps with all that so it’s cool.

For what it’s worth, I once again contributed nothing to this week’s collection. I haven’t personally been listening to much, primarily because my external hard drive failed and it seems those files, including all my music and photos, are gone forever. So, also once again, I am immensely grateful for the tremendous playlist pieced together by our team, with a couple of fun surprises in there. Wilderun rightfully made a presence after the release of the incredible Epigone, and then we dropped in some new stuff from Sylvaine and Konvent, among many others. As always, the older stuff is all over the map, and there are just enough non-metal adds to keep things interesting… but I’m not going to spoil any of that. You’ll just have to dive in when you have a little bit of time to kill.

For me? Well, here in the mountains of New Hampshire the high tomorrow will be exactly 1 degree. As a result, the first half of my weekend will be spent backing up whatever remaining files I can find across my devices, drinking at least a bottle of rye, and listening to this playlist throughout. Enjoy the weekend folks, and see ya on the other side.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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