CANTO: Unleash The Archers, Misery Index, Xandria, and More

Wolves In the Throne Room


Let’s see how quickly I can find four or five items to share from our inbox…

  • We’ll start with Unleash The Archers, who revealed “Acoustipex”, a reimagined version of the Apex title-track. A playthrough video is available here. The 5th anniversary edition of that album drops on November 18 through Napalm Records.
  • Symphonic metallers Xandria are releasing a new album, The Wonders Still Waiting, on February 3. That will also be out through Napalm Records, and a new single titled “Ghosts” can be seen and heard here.
  • Roadburn 2023 announced the first wave of artists, and it is expectedly impressive. Deafheaven, David Eugene Edwards, and Wolves In The Throne Room are among the names. I’m going to get to this some year, I promise.
  • Closing out, we have a new video from Misery Index. Give the clip for “Rites of Cruelty” a watch below. That track is taken from Complete Control, which dropped earlier this year through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Tribulation, Morbikon, Allegaeon, and More

Champions League… Work… Champions League… Work…

  • Morbikon, the blackened death metal trio featuring members of Municipal Waste and Finntroll, are releasing Ov Mournful Twilight through Tankcrimes on October 28th. Give “Cursed to March on Shattered Limbs” over at Decibel.
  • Allegaeon have announced their new (old) vocalist, welcoming Ezra Haynes back to the group. Since Elements of the Infinite is still my favorite Allegaeon record, I’m fine with this. Catch them on the European road this coming November with Rivers of Nihil, Fallujah, and more.
  • Power metallers Unleash The Archers are releasing a fifth anniversary edition of Apex on November 18th, which will feature reimagined versions of tracks like “Falls Walls”, which you can hear transformed into “Falsewave” here.
  • Tribulation unveiled a new standalone single, “Hamartia”, the video for which can be seen below. That’s their first new material since last year’s Where The Gloom Becomes Sound, and precedes their upcoming European tour with Abbath and Watain.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2020: Vincent’s List

Best of 2020

Well that sure was one whole, entire year, wasn’t it?

Like many on this website, 2020 changed a lot of the ways in which I consume new music, and not for the better on my part. The constant thrum of anxiety coursing through my body and mind made critical music listening often difficult, and yet the albums I found this year that I love are some of the best and most affecting music I’ve heard in several years worth of doing this. I went over all of these picks in the end of year episode of our Audio Thing, which I would highly encourage you to listen to here, or wherever you consume podcasts; fair warning that it is a rather long episode, but we worked hard on it and had a lot of fun, so I’d appreciate it if you took the time to check it out. You can consider this main list a companion piece of sorts to the podcast episode. You can listen to me go into detail about the how’s and why’s of my main picks there, but I thought it would be fun to catalog them still, and I threw in some honorable mentions for good measure. Read along after the cut, and a very sincere thank you for another year of readership. I don’t do this for clout and I certainly don’t do this for money, so it means all the more that people take an interest in the things I am passionate about.

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Best of 2020: Jon’s List

Best of 2020

Since every minute of every day in this year of our Lord 2020 seems hyperattenuated to *gestures vaguely at all of this*,  you don’t need me to remind you of anything. If you are reading this, you survived, and I hope that continues. While I count mine (and my family’s) survival as the accomplishment of the year, other things I didn’t hate were the Domestikwom EP I put out in June titled Wallowing in Misery, along with launching a full fledged website for fellow Nine Circler Chris and I’s movie podcast Cinema Dual.

I was also able to pull focus long enough to check out some albums this year, and unlike the year that spawned them, I was pretty impressed. Hopefully you find something you like or even something new. Best of luck next year.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Best of 2020

Best of 2020

For this episode we go all in with most of the staff for our best of 2020 picks. We hit the high notes of what tickled our fancies for the year that was a shitstorm and even welcomed in a new member to the family. So, buckle up for an epic episode that has a wealth of stuff you may have missed and be sure to take notes, artists we mention need your support so open up those wallets and purses.

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