CANTO: Lamb of God, Dream Unending, Mystic Circle, and More

Today was weird. But it’s also Friday. So I guess everything is fine!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 246 (8.27.2022)

This week Mastodon released a 90-minute documentary detailing the creation of our combined favorite album of 2021 (not to mention my personal favorite) so I’m leaving it to others to populate the playlist this week, lest you get nothing but the fearsome foursome in here.

(I might add a track or two, anyway. Prerogative of the writer, and all that)

Lots of good stuff on tap this week, including a new track from masters of metalcore Botch, new music from Tribal Gaze, The Halo Effect, Russian Circles, Devil’s Witches and Guapa (one to definitely watch out for). There’s also plenty of classics if that’s more your taste, including killer cuts from Twisted Sister, Running Wild, and Praying Mantis, a band I haven’t heard in FOREVER so thanks, Buke! All that and more…plus some Mastodon, of course.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Second Circle: Boris and The Halo Effect

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Good things come in threes…or is that celebrity deaths? Let’s go with the former, since despite being relatively skeptical of all things mystic and supernatural I don’t want to put out any bad karma and hear that tomorrow there’s a pile up and we lost whoever was on the most recent season of The Celebrity Dating Game. Instead for this edition of Second Circle let’s take a look at the latest from Boris, who this week release their third entry in their Heavy Rocks series, and The Halo Effect, who solve the equation of In Flames + Dark Tranquillity on their debut.

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Initial Descent: August 7 – 13, 2022

The Halo Effect

Shorter new metal list than usual this week. I guess everyone decided to take a quick breather? No idea really, but we’ve still got some quality gems to uncover from The Halo Effect, Boris, Grotesqueries, Arch Enemy, and a handful of others. In other words, the list may be short but it has girth. As always, happy hunting and if your band or label wants to be included in an upcoming edition of this here post, hit us up at the email found on our about page and include the pertinent information. I know that sounds elementary, but you’d be surprised. Enjoy and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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CANTO: Inhuman Condition, The Halo Effect, Killswitch Engage, and More

Happy Friday, everyone! I have nothing further to add beyond that.

  • So this is awesome. Crowbar is touring with Spirit Adrift this summer, beginning July 16th and running through August 27th. Not sure how I missed this update earlier in the week. Alas, no stops right in my backyard, but where there’s a will… there’s a way.
  • The Halo Effect unveiled another new single, titled “The Needless End”. Curiously, after loving the first single, I kind of lost sight of this project. Regardless, their debut album, titled Days Of The Lost, is out on August 12th through Nuclear Blast.
  • Killswitch Engage shared more material from their Live at the Palladium streaming event, so we’ll jump there next. Here is the clip for “As Sure as the Sun Will Rise”. That performance is available for the first time digitally today through Metal Blade.
  • Haunt are releasing their seventh full-length album, Windows of Your Heart, on July 1st through Iron Grip and Church Recordings, and today they unveiled a new lyric video for “Mercenaries”.
  • We’re going to wrap up with the ferocious new track from Inhuman Condition, titled “I’m Now The Monster”. That’s the third single taken from Fearsick, which is out on July 15th through Listenable Insanity Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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