For those of you who celebrate it, welcome back from the throes of mass turkey consumption, of stuffing annihilation, and of pie decimation. For the rest of you, simply welcome back. I got a huge Thanksgiving gift when I learned Elder released their latest album Innate Passage a day early on Bandcamp, and then it just kept coming when I finally got to hear the totality of the new Spiritworld album. Both albums are putting serious crimps in my already drafted end of year list, so let’s kick off with them for this, the 259th Nine Circles Playlist.
The rest of the gang managed to pry themselves off the couch and offer up the usual assortment of metal maladies to get your body in shape for the holiday rush. We’ve got Jade, Fvnerals, live Der Weg Einer Freiheit, new Nothingness and Shedfromthebody. We’ve got a big ol’ epic from The Otolith, tracks from Esquela Grind, Intranced, and Reeking Aura. You want a little more moody and a little less extreme? Okay: we’ve got you dialed in with some Kathryn Mohr, some Silversun Pickups, and for the countryheads out there even a little slinky funk courtesy of Paul Cauthen. And one of the best bands in the world to close it out.
I love the phrase “cold comfort”. Taken in its intended meaning, the world may be falling apart, but at least the music’s been good, right? But I also find that with the cold weather comes the deep desire to drown in a wash of the nostalgic, the lived in, the…well, comfortable. So we’re kicking off the 258th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with the remaster of “Total Eclipse”, rightfully put back in the track listing for Iron Maiden‘s seminal 1982 album, now packaged with the incredible Beast Over Hammersmith live album.
From there we move onto more extreme corners, kicking things off with new Candlemass before going full on throat ripping with Sanguisugabogg, Ribspreader, Psionic Madness, Turbid North, Spider God, and new Nothingness. There are small breaks with classics from Against Me! and Refused before diving back into the filth with Cloud Rat, Wormrot, Falls of Rauros, The Otolith, new Gaupa and a lot more.
The Otolith, a symphonic doom project featuring SubRosa members (that I fell in love with at FITM), premiered a new track over at Metalsucks today titled “Andromeda’s Wing”. Their debut album, Folium Limina, is out now through Blues Funeral Recordings.
Closing out, we have the new music video from Bizarrekult for “Du Lovet Meg”. That track is taken from the solo black metal project’s sophomore album Den Tapte Krigen. That drops on January 27 through Season of Mist.
Fearless Editor Josh™ is on a much needed vacation from the 9C offices cooking up some lovely shrimp dishes with his family, so I’m taking the reins for this week’s Initial Descent to let you heathens know what’s the what in new music being released this week. And right off the bat we got Matt Harvey and the gang from Exhumed serving up their new platter just in time for, uh…monsters and pirate cosplay, I guess? Who knows, the album kicks ass. Elsewhere we got a pair of post-rock hammers falling with both God Alone and Lost in Kiev, the re-emergence of SubRosa in their new guise of The Otolith and finally, since you know you’re curious, rising like a one-eyed yellow and black phoenix it’s Stryper. Because I don’t know if we’ve ever mentioned Stryper on this site, and I admit I dig the single.
I really wanted to get to this yesterday because there was plenty of good stuff going on, but alas, I guess I’ll share all that a day late.
For instance, this Katatonia tour with The Oceanis one that I absolutely cannot miss. The dates are in November, and you can bet I’m going to be attending at least one of them. Tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
And closing out our Wednesday that feels like it should be a Friday, we have something new from Kampfar. Give “Flammen fra Nord” a listen below. Pre-order Til Klovers Takt right here. That drops on November 11.