We’re kicking through November, and I’m here with my usual: a steaming cup of coffee in a cup big enough to swim in, and a playlist of all the metal I’ve listened to in 2021 to start sorting out end of year stuff.
It’s a loooong list.
So to make it easier OF COURSE I’m going to kick it off with some Darkthrone. But the rest of the crew is definitely going to bring you to some uncharted corners for Volume 205 of the Nine Circles Playlist. I don’t know who Thangorodrim are, but they’re bringing the dark vibes on their debut. Jon just has a birthday, so he’s letting loose with some faves like Dethklok and Strapping Young Lad. Josh is over the moon over the news that Death Breath are coming back, and The Halo Effect, aka In Flames 2.0 seem to be moving in a good direction with their debut single. Vincent crosses the border into pop with some good good CHVRCHES but quickly hops back over with the long awaited new song from Nechochwen. And Ian closes us out this week with some Spiritbox, Owen, and Coheed and Cambria. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in this week’s list, so settle in and give your ears a workout.
The cold weather’s finally kicked in. I’ve got a steaming cup of coffee so big I need two hands to bring its caffeinated goodness to my lips, and I’ve spent the past hour fiddling with parametric EQs to kick my headphones into high gear while listening to newest single by one of my favorite guitarists on this great glob of a world, Wata from Boris. Wherever you are I hope you’re finding some kind of aural and chemical comfort (feel free to pick your own poison; I’ll stick with coffee) right now.
Of course that’s not the only thing we’re blasting in Volume 204 of the Nine Circles Playlist. After thinking they were done Porcupine Tree is back in the saddle and released a new single which feels like Steven Wilson bringing his pop sensibility into the band and the band fighting back, and I love it. Josh brings the filthy death metal with Under the Church and Concrete Winds, while Vincent splits his time between the grace of Alcest and the brutality of Atræ Bilis. Anton revels in the swirling symphonic chaos of Dessiderium, and Buke? Buke is living in the glory his (and my) youth with classics from Twisted Sister, Down, and even some Spinal Tap. Finally, Angela brings it all home with the latest from 9C favorite Emma Ruth Rundle and some new stuff from Monolord. In other words it’s a stacked house, so settle in and enjoy the tunes.
Welcome to another Saturday morning mixtape, perfect to get you up and awake if you find yourself in a post-Christmas hangover state. We jammed this one full of our favorite holiday themed tracks, plus a few choice secular jams to round things out. Grab your cup of cheer and listen down below.
Needed further fuel on the rumor that Chris Adler‘s working with Megadeth? Photographic evidence has surfaced of the Lamb of God drummer on a “taco date” with Dave Mustaine. Hmmm…
A new report suggests that the members of Metallica have, since 2010, lost more money than they’ve made. Which…when you focus your efforts on an ill-conceived concert film and the worst album of your career…tends to happen.
SHOTS FIRED: In a new interview, Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum called bands like Limp Bizkit or KoRn “bad music.” Basically…these guys are awesome at calling stuff like it is. Remember Mike Patton’s rant against Wolfmother?
In case you missed it yesterday, Misery Index and Lord Dying are going to be touring in April! May 1 at St. Vitus would be fantastic if I wasn’t going out of town. Balls.
Honestly, not seeing many (/any) good videos today, so I’ll leave you there. Check back tomorrow for Episode 44!