CANTO: Insomnium, Fire in the Mountains, Psycho Las Vegas, and More

insomnium8.31.5

Decision were made this week.

  • This is a couple days old, but I wasn’t here a couple days ago. Deal with it. First round of bands for Psycho Las Vegas. Notables include High On Fire, Yob, and Oranssi Pazuzu.
  • How about another festival? Fire In The Mountains out in WyomingSaor and The Ruins Of Beverast are a couple early names I am VERY excited about. A couple out of three, so far.
  • Insomnium doing stuff! … We’ll leave it at that.
  • Only video I came across in the inbox tonight comes by way of bluesy hard rock something or other 100 Watt Vipers and the song is called “The Bell Tolls Heavy”. Check it out if you feel so inclined.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 51 (8.25.2018)

playlist - mixtape

We skipped a week, again. Because things. But we’re back and man, I’m still loving that new art up there. It’s the little things in life that brings joy these days. Anyway, these playlists are sort of like Initial Descent in a way, you might find a song you haven’t heard or a new artist you had no idea about OR you simply use this to pass the time while mowing the lawn or kicking a can. No idea what you do with it but use as you wish. This week we’ve got picks from all over the place: some new some old and some bl…wait. Seriously, it’s another solid bunch that we’ve been jamming since Vol. 50 and it’s long enough to run through a twelve pack, or three, so score. One last thing: I know all of you understand the concept of a comment section so listen to this thing and offer up some picks you would’ve included. Or not, choice is yours.

Either way, have a great rest of the weekend.

– Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 31 (3.5.2018)

NINE-CIRCLES_LOGO-Light Background_SQUARE

Full disclosure here: as good a weather as we had this weekend and as much time as I spent out in it, I do not want today to be Monday. But, time marches on and so does the laborious task of a new week. Anyway, we’ve got a fresh batch of tunes for you to digest and pair with whatever coffee you have flowing this morning. As usual, the tastes are all over the place but that’s what makes these enjoyable. And honestly, who can’t use a little joy on a Monday?! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you don’t miss a thing and stay tuned later today for a giveaway from a band we’re excited about. Head inside. Listen. Guzzle coffee. Headbang at your desk. You’re welcome. Continue reading

Best of 2017: Mark’s List

9C 2017 EOY Header Image

It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018.  Late to the party,  I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road.   Continue reading

Best of 2017: Zyklonius’ List

9C 2017 EOY Header Image

Another trip around the sun, another stellar year for metal, with a wealth of riveting riffage, pulverizing beats, blood-curdling growls and blazing tremolos. Verily, this is an era of abundance, where it is impossible to stay on top of the deluge of top-shelf metal released every week. Best of all, quality seems to go hand in hand with quantity. If there ever was an antithesis to the contemporary temptation for instant gratification and disposability, every album I included in my mid-year stocktaking exercise ended up on my end-of-year list, having continued to impress and astonish me as time went by, testament to the spectacular songwriting, boundless creativity and killer riff delivery of the bands that conjured up these stunning works of art. And just when I thought things could not get any better, both seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers arrived, bearing gifts of seismic impact. I hope the following releases enrich your life, even if only with a fraction of the effect they had on me. Now, dig in! Continue reading