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)

playlist - mixtape

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.

Vincent

Album Review: Unto Others — “Strength”

Unto Others - Strength

With 2019’s Mana, Unto Others (then, Idle Hands) made quite possibly the biggest splash a band could make with a debut full length. It was an amalgamation of goth, classic metal, and tragically intense lyrics that painted itself across best of lists by the truckload. On follow up Strength, there’s burning questions aplenty and, admittedly, a bit of trepidation going into it that this would merely be a part II. And really, who could blame them? However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as the band has, somehow, made a tighter, better, more focused album. 

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Initial Descent: September 19 – 25, 2021

Unto Others

Look, I don’t know all the answers, nor does anyone else for that matter, apparently. However, I do know a good one which is something the old guard of country knew well: let’s just get wasted and kick all the footlights out. Very effective. Anyway, new metal time and we’ve got another long list ahead that’s full of it. First up are the undisputed kings of goth metal, Unto Others, with their second full length that’s everything you loved about Mana, but better. Next up is a technical platter from Rivers of Nihil who continue to show how adept they are at exceptional ideas and making them heavy as lead, then we’ve got Wraith who show that the thrash revival is better than ever, and last up top is LLNN with their healthy serving of sludge, hardcore, and post-metal. Many, many more follow these picks so jump in and grab them all.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 197 (9.18.2021)

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It’s Saturday. You already know we’ve got you covered. This week our playlist features a treasure trove of new singles; everything from the crushing piano-driven sorrow of Emma Ruth Rundle‘s “Return” to the crushing-in-a-different-sense-of-the-word swampy metal of Worm‘s “Empire of the Necromancers” gets a spot. If you’re looking for the best of what’s new, check all that out and more below.

Vincent