CANTO: Behemoth, Undeath, Mizmor, and More

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How many weeks in a row have I said “if I can just get to Friday…”? Oh yeah, all of them.

  • One more (at least) massive tour announcement to share. Behemoth are heading back to North America with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, and Unto Others. Those dates run from April 16th through May 15th, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
  • Undeath unveiled new details behind their sophomore album. It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave is set for an April 22nd release through Prosthetic Records. “Rise From The Grave” is streaming now, and you can pre-order the album at this location.
  • Cradle of Filth have announced “The Infernal Vernal Equinox” stream, scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing Dusk… and Her Embrace in full, along with other fan favorites. Tickets are available here.
  • Týr has announced a new live DVD, A Night at the Nordic House, which features a performance with the Symphony Orchestra of the Faroe Islands. That will be out on March 18th through Metal Blade. Check out the clip for “By the Sword in My Hand” right now.
  • Let’s close with the new, incredible, music video from Mizmor for “Wit’s End”. That, of course, is the title track from the new EP, which is out now through Gilead Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2021: Corey’s List

Best of 2021

Is that it? Am I the last one? Dang. Again. Wait, maybe one more to come… Anyway, I guess I’ll start this off on my soapbox as always, by noting that I truly cannot comprehend where we are as a society. Well, I suppose I can, which is even more frustrating. If 2020 wasn’t a brutal enough year (not in a good way), 2021 seemed to serve as an appropriate encore. Seemingly everything we experience in life has been weaponized for political gain in one way or another, a global pandemic has been widely accepted as an endemic thanks, in part, to widespread misinformation, and, just as bluntly, climate disasters resulting from human activity are on the brink of running rampant for the duration of humanity’s remaining existence… however brief that may be. And those are just my three favorite, non-personal, items to discuss in our corner of the universe. It sucks, and I’m burnt out. Optimism has completely faded at this point, and I’m ready to run screaming into the woods. But hey, cheers to 2020, right?!

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Best of 2021: Chris’s List

Best of 2021

The beginning is the end. Literally, in this case. I started this post with the entries for my list a few weeks ago, wrote my 1,000 word review (sorry) on my Album of the Year and concluding paragraph right before Christmas, and now here I am in the vaporous ether before the new year pondering the introduction.

And there are no words left.

I’ve wrangled with the why, trying to make sense of the music I consume and what it says, and I hit a point where trying to find an answer was…pointless. Not because it’s unimportant to know, but in the last two years the rest of the world became so much harder to deal with, life became so much harder to deal with, something in my brain went into emergency mode and just shut down the logic circuits, sending one single message over and over again:

“Stop thinking, stupid. It’s just music.”

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CANTO: Battle Beast, Dragonforce, Nite, and More

Today seemed a bit quiet for a Monday, but I’m sure I’ll find something.

  • I suppose we can start with a tour. Battle Beast is joining Dragonforce for a North American tour this coming March and April. It all kicks off March 20th in Denver and wraps up on April 23rd in Berkeley. The Dragonforce tour actually starts March 7th, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch those guys if you’re interested.
  • Can’t remember the last time I mentioned Skid Row, so let’s go down that road next. They’re releasing a new box set, SKID ROW: The Atlantic Years 1989-1996, on December 3rd. You can pre-order any of the formats here.
  • If you happen to be on the West Coast, you should probably try to attend one of these two Nite performances. The first date is November 26th in San Francisco supporting Cradle of Filth, and the second falls on December 1st across the bay in Oakland with Unto Others.
  • I don’t feel like scrolling through the inbox anymore, so we’ll close with some more Dragonforce. Here is the new video for “Strangers”, which is taken from 2019’s Extreme Power Metal.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 198 (9.25.2021)

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Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist, friends. This week, we have a slew of new singles, from the death metal of Atrae Bilis and Dream Unending to the scenecore revival of Seeyouspacecowboy. Plus, my personal favorite Envy song, Chvrches upbeat synthpop, and much more. Check it out below.

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