CANTO: Noctule, Cannibal Corpse, Mono, and More

Only one more day until one more day until the weekend!

  • Svalbard vocalist Serena Cherry has announced a new black metal solo project known as Noctule. The debut album, Wretched Abyss, is set for a May 28th release through Translation Loss. Today, a video for the title-track was released. Give that beast a watch.
  • Hey, there’s a new Mono live clip out there, so that’s a must. This is the official video for “Nowhere, Now Here”, performed live in London with The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra. The album that’s taken from, Beyond the Past, is out on March 19th through Pelagic Records.
  • Fun fact, you can stream the new split EP from -(16)- and Grime, titled Doom Sessions Vol. 3, in full over at Cvlt Nation. It’s highly recommended that you do so. It technically drops on Friday, but why the wait the extra couple of days if you don’t have absolutely have to?
  • The best way to wrap up yet another barely tolerable day is with a new Cannibal Corpse video. Check out the clip for the first single from Violence Unimagined, “Inhumane Harvest”, immediately below. That album drops on April 16th through Metal Blade Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Gatecreeper, Vintersea, Swampbeast, and More

I think this is going to be a pretty massive year in metal, and we’re gonna need it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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All In: Nine Circles ov 2020 — The Staff’s Combined List

Best of 2020

Greetings everyone, and welcome to Best of 2020 season! I know we are all anxiously awaiting another calendar turn, but before we start dealing with Decaying Society: Episode 2021, we have some highlights from the metal world to discuss. And let’s face it, despite the absurdity of 2020 in every sense of the term, there were still plenty of monster releases that graced our ears in the last 12 months. Before we roll into our individual lists, we’re kicking the season off with our combined staff list. First a reminder of how this all works…

Like last year, each member of the Nine Circles staff (well, most of them), chose their nine favorite albums (inclusive of EPs), listed in order, and up to nine honorable mentions. Obviously, branding counts. A scoring system was applied to the rankings. For example, one person’s first place album received 10 points, the second received 9, so on and so forth… and all honorable mentions received 1 point. Then, combining the scores between everyone’s lists, we have ourselves a Nine Circles ov 2020, brought to you by, well, everyone.

One change to it this year, however, is that we’ve also crowned a label of the year, using the same scoring process as above. Clearly the highest honor in the industry. Who claimed this title for 2020? You’ll have to wait until the very end.

Anyway, that’s all simple enough, right? Right. Enough reading, let’s get into it…

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Initial Descent: December 13 – 19, 2020

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Akhlys – photo courtesy of Kuba Leszko

I know; lists, right? We’re in that season and you’ve probably read a ton and will read a ton more but this list is new stuff and if you’ll remember, last week I said the hits just continue to roll in. Now, I prove it with more of those new hits. Black metallers Akhlys are back to wreck the sleep/dream continuum as only they can, Wombbath and Pillory keep death metal brutal and nasty, and Grayceon offer something vastly different in the form of prog rock but as the album cover eludes, it’s got way more depth than just prog and rock. Yep, hits. And lots of them. Roll through all the goods below and go support as many as you can. You can also gift them to your friends and enemies since we’re in that season too, just a thought.

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