The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 231 (5.14.2022)

Words are useless, but here’s the gist: Trevor Strnad lived and breathed metal in a way we can only dream of. Even if he wasn’t the frontperson for The Black Dahlia Murder, a band whose consistency and commitment to crafting some of the best death metal to infect your brain are unparalleled…even if his vocal timbre wasn’t unique in the field, and his lyrics a masterclass in how to craft a metal narrative…even if none of that was true (and it was, folks…it was) few people who had a mouthpiece in the scene used it as passionately and effectively as Strnad did to champion bands, to champion metal, to champion the cause for what this music means to so many people. His death is a tragedy we haven’t come to terms with yet. It hammers home how hard it can be to see the pain in others, and how fucking essential it is that we reach to see, to know, to embrace each other to keep the darkness from consuming more vital flames.

Capping off the playlist this week we’ve included Symposium of Sickness #2 featuring Trevor alongside Schuler (DeathMetalRadio) and Crypticus who discuss Vader among other things death metal related.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.


CANTO: Axioma, Allegaeon, Behemoth, and More

Behemoth 2018

Last Canto this week! Yet… it’s only Wednesday.

  • Leading off the day, we have the new track and video from Axioma for “Septic”, which is streaming over at Metal Injection. Their sophomore full-length album, Sepsis, is out on June 24th through Translation Loss Records. I’ve seen some hype for this one, so it’s going to stay on my radar for sure.
  • I didn’t want to share this news because it fucking sucks and I try to keep this post strictly to more positive updates, but Trevor Scott Strnad has passed away. The vocalist of The Black Dahlia Murder will always be an absolute legend, and not much more needs to be added at this point. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and everyone else close to him.
  • Behemoth have finally revealed details surrounding their next album. Opvs Contra Natvram will be out on September 16th through Nuclear Blast. With the news, they also released the studio version and a video for “Ov My Herculean Exile”, a track we’ve seen emerge from live footage and such.
  • Symphonic metallers Visions of Atlantis released the third single from Pirates, titled “Master the Hurricane”. That album is out this coming Friday through Napalm Records.
  • And then closing out the day with a new clip from Allegaeon feels like a good idea. This is the video for “Called Home”, a track taken from Damnum, which was released earlier this year through Metal Blade. They’ve also got a bunch of tour dates on the schedule, if you’re into that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Amenra, Pessimist, The Black Dahlia Murder, and More

There is a correlation between the temperature outside, and my stress level inside.

  • Let’s start with a tour that I am pretty stoked for. The Black Dahlia Murder are touring North America with After The Burial, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil, and Undeath this coming September and October. There are some pre-sale links out there as well, so go do that thing.
  • There’s another tour announcement out there today that’s striking all the sentimental feels. P.O.D., yes P.O.D., has announced a headlining tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Satellite. And now I feel old. Anyway, those dates start in August, and tickets are available here.
  • More metal and booze collaborations! This time, it’s Pessimist teaming up with Brimming Horn Meadery to create their own “Blood for the Gods” mead. It’ll be made with plum and aronia berries that have been aged in oak barrels. Sounds pretty fucking delicious to me.
  • We’re going to wrap the day up with the new video from Amenra because, well, it’s expectedly incredible. This clip is for “Voor Immer”, the latest from De Doorn. That album is set for a June 25th release through Relapse Records, and can be purchased here. Additionally, there’s going to be a livestream event celebrating the album’s release on June 27th, and you can scoop up a ticket here. All kinds of good stuff.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Amorphis, Septicflesh, Ulcerate, and More


“Cold embrace is the savior in disguise. Through old age, only danger never dies.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Imperial Triumphant, Cloak, The Black Dahlia Murder, and More

The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous

Sprinting through the week at this point.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb