The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 223 (3.19.2022)

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Another day, another dollar, another death…I just came back from a wake, poured myself a whiskey and left the bottle nearby even though I know it’s going to kill my numbers tomorrow (hello diabetes my old friend) and turned the music up. In other words I’m feeling the crush of life a little more than usual tonight, and that means the music needs to be loud. Loud and unapologetic in its intent. So whether that’s some classic Venom to kick off the 223rd edition of the Nine Circles Playlist or new music from blackened trad metal powerhouse Nite which I’ve been playing nonstop the last few weeks, it’s going to have to work overtime to get the job done.

As always there’s a lot more on deck to satisfy all metal cravings. Anton once again gets the early ticket with tracks from Defect Designer, Au-Dessus, and Sum of R. Josh comes in hot with what has become one of my most anticipated albums of the year in the form of the new Cave In, but he follows it up with some equally devastating music in the form of new music from Dead Register (back after far too long), Wormrot (JFC!) and a banging classic from The Red Chord. Leave it to Vincent to brings things to a darker, warmer place as he spins some Midwife, Ulver (you can never have too much Ulver), Orville Peck, and a double dose of Alexisonfire. Angela gets on a roll this week with a ton of new music, including Darkher, Konvent, Corpsegrinder, Holy Fawn and a little something from Jonathan Hultén. And finally Buke races in with some killer picks. He’s got Carpenter Brut right up front, and tags it with some new music from Witchcraft’s Magnus Pelander. Man, I wish I had some new rockin’ Witchcraft but I’ll take this…for now. Buke also throws in some classic Nailbomb, some killer neo old school metal with Merciless Law, and some tight new trad metal courtesy of Greyhawk.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.


The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 221 (3.5.2022)

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I wish I could say that with the arrival of March, we are also welcoming renewed optimism that comes with the more pleasant weather of the turning seasons. Alas, as we pivot from one global disaster to the next, there really isn’t much time for that perspective. As Chris said last week, tyrants are gonna tyrant… and I’ll add on that oligarchs are gonna oligarch.

So on that note, we’ll usher in an absolutely stacked playlist this week to distract ourselves from the world around us, even if just for a moment. Major props to all our contributors this week, a list of wonderful folks that obviously doesn’t include me. Again. The lineup this week contains everything from Drab Majesty to Absent In Body (a project that I am incredibly excited about), with highlighted new material from Hath and Ithaca. I need to point out that I’m super stoked that Josh made the decision to include the “Screaming for Vengeance” cover from Two Minutes to Late Night, and that Buke rounded us out with one of my favorite Triptykon tracks ever. It’s an awesome list, is what I’m saying.

You know what to do at this point. Press play. Get loud. And please, be well to each other.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Quickies: New England Metal & Hardcore adds bands, plus Babymetal and DragonForce cause a mass Seppuku outbreak!


Anyway, Corey’s off doing Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium things right now, so I’m in charge of today’s Quickies. And seeing as I’ve got a guest spot to record for the podcast, and a night’s worth of audio editing to do later on, I don’t want to waste any time. Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival has added another round of bands to their 2015 lineup, including The Red Chord, Allegaeon and Rivers of Nihil, among others. Goddamn it, did I just lose the ability to make fun of this thing? I think I might have.
  • Good news who like to feel like they’re going insane while listening to music: it looks like we can add Sunn O))) to the list of bands who will be releasing a new album sometime this year!
  • Ready to blow your collective brains out? Babymetal and DragonForce have apparently written and recorded a song together. God help us all.
  • DevilDriver have a new drummer–Austin D’Amond, formerly of Bleed the Sky and Chimaira. I’d tend not to say “good for you” to a guy who just joined DevilDriver, but when you leave Bleed the Sky and Chimaira, I think it’s warranted.
  • Oh look, kids–Marilyn Manson‘s still doing things! Things like putting out a new song called “Cupid Carries a Gun.” Aww, that’s cute. Good for you, Brian.
  • And finally, here’s a video of a young girl from Indonesia covering Lamb of God‘s “Hourglass” on guitar:

Welp, I’ve got ten years on this kid and she runs circles around me on guitar. Good stuff. Anyway, that’ll do it for tonight. Check back tomorrow for more!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.