Best of 2019: Zyklonius’ List

Best of 2019

By now, it has become customary for me to recall at the turn of the year how great the past 12 months were for metal and its myriad sub-genres and styles, and how difficult it has become to keep one’s head above the water in the face of the deluge of releases. I have been listening to metal for over 25 years but am still astonished and impressed on a daily basis by the boundless imagination on display, be it the ever-blossoming creativity of bands who have been operating for 20 years or the ravenous appetite of newcomers.  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 98 (9.28.2019)

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Welcome one, welcome all to another Saturday morning, and another edition of our weekly mixtape, made just for you.  This week we’ve got new jams from Caïna (YES), Alcest (FUCK YES), Josh brings a slew of good death metal to the table, and I finally listened to The Cowboy Album ™ and found it…pretty good honestly.  Get your weekend started at the play button below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 90 (8.3.2019)

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Everything is a madhouse right now.  Which is maybe part of the reason I straight up forgot to write up this post last week.  Thanks to Josh for covering me.  But I’m back, and ready to share more of the good stuff we’ve been listening to on another glorious Saturday morning.  We’ve got new tunes from Hope Drone, Coffins, White Ward, The Great Old Ones, Russian Circles, as well as a smattering of some of the best songs from other releases from this year and beyond.  There’s even a few electro-pop songs thrown in there by a certain band that I personally feel got a raw treatment from the 2edgy4u hardcore crowd this week.  Just my opinion though.

There’s plenty in here for every taste, so grab a seat and your headphones and let’s get down to business.

– Vincent

CANTO: The Great Old Ones, Visceral Disgorge, Asthma Castle, and More

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I saw Wayfarer and Falls of Rauros last night and now my life is whole.

  • As they kick off their European tour today/tonight, Queensryche have dropped a new lyric video for “Bent”, which was pulled from their most recent record titled The Verdict. Check it out.
  • Death metallers Visceral Disgorge are streaming a new track today, also in lyric video form. This one is called “Necrotic Biogenesis” and it will be featured on the upcoming Slithering Evisceration, which is slated for a September 13th release via Agonia Records. They have upcoming U.S. dates starting in September as well.
  • Asthma Castle, the stoner metal project featuring members of Pig Destroyer and Misery Index, have upcoming live dates in August in conjunction with the release of their latest effort, titled Mount Crushmore, which is available now.
  • Because streaming new tracks is apparently the theme today, let’s check out one from The Great Old Ones titled “The Omniscient”. It’s long and I am enjoying it immensely. Cosmicism will be out on October 25th via Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov…FRANCE

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Intentionally terrible Photoshop job courtesy of yours, truly.

By now, most of y’all are probably aware that the 2018 World Cup has concluded. On Sunday afternoon, France capped off a dominant tournament run by beating Croatia, 4-2, in the final. And while we’re not still dopey enough to commemorate the occasion with something like the “World Cup of Metal,” (Remember that? Gross.) we also weren’t going to let it go completely unnoticed. Hence, here we are with The Nine Circles ov France!

Side note before we begin: as much as I wanted Croatia to win it all, I also know exactly one Croatian metal band. (This one.) So, having preemptively claimed this post before the game, I’m low-key THRILLED that France and its comparably enormous metal scene ended up victorious. Okay, I’ll shut up now. Here we go… Continue reading