Nine (or so Heavily Qualified) Circles ov…2022: A Mid-Year Report

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Okay, so I may have only formally reviewed 11 albums by the mid point this year, but that’s one more than I was at last year, so victory! However, that doesn’t count the 30 other albums covered in earlier editions of Nine Circles ov (like the Stoner Metal one, or the promo pile one, or the non-promo pile one) or Second Circle. Not to mention my folders telling me I’ve listened to 151 metal albums so far this year. It’s scratching the surface, I know…but at least there are quantifiable metrics for you to assess whether or not I’ve met my acceptance criteria to mark this feature as Done.

And now that my work life has completely blended into this post, let’s talk about how massive 2022 has been so far. We’re once again turning this edition of Nine Circles ov… into a dozen and I’m even going to throw some bonus mentions into the mix. Are these my absolute favorites of the year? Kind of: I wanted to highlight some albums I haven’t seen a lot of coverage on as well as some definite big guns I really dig so far. So what I’m saying is, here’s a big list of stuff I love. Maybe you’ll love it, too.

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CANTO: Kreator, Monuments, Arch Enemy, and More

Everyone go spend a bunch of money on Bandcamp Friday.

  • I like the idea of leading off with Venom Prison. Check out the visualizer for the new track titled “Comfort of Complicity”. That, of course, is taken from Erebos, which is officially out today through Century Media.
  • A whole lot from Century Media today, apparently. Next we have Arch Enemy, who unveiled a new video for “Handshake with Hell”. Deceivers is out on July 29th. Here’s that purchase link, should you need it.
  • Josh was right, Kreator still has incredible album art. Such is the case with their upcoming new album, Hate Über Alles, which will be released on June 3rd through Nuclear Blast. Check out the music video for the title-track right here.
  • Chris told me this was good, so I’m including it. Here’s the latest from Ithaca, titled “They Fear Us”. That’s the title-track from their new album, which is set for a July 29th drop through Hassle Records.
  • Switching back to Century Media to wrap up, we have another new one from Monuments. Below is the video for “Cardinal Red”. In Stasis is out on April 15th, and can be pre-ordered here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Venom Prison — “Erebos”

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The for-profit prison system across the world is a vile, repugnant institution where no true reform is doled out; punishment for its own sake is the transaction, along with torture, violence and trauma.  In the US, we feel this all too well in the pipelines that seem to transport the vulnerable straight into cell blocks with no deviation, and Wales’ Venom Prison feel it as well in their home country/ies.  Erebos, the latest release from a band that has never shied away from outspoken political and social commentary, revolves around these horrors and the lives that are destroyed in the process of “justice.”

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Initial Descent: January 30 – February 5, 2022

It is not today as I write this so maybe your team got in the Super Bowl, and maybe not. If so, I’m sure you’re still celebrating and if not, or maybe you just don’t care, welcome to another list of new metal. Glad you stopped by as we’ve got new stuff from Thorn who made my best of 2021 list with their genius take on death metal, straight forward and lacerating metal from Venom Prison and Mass Worship, another death metal album from Golgothan who I’ve seen some positive feedback on as of late, and of course a few more bangers in the list that follows. You know what to do from here…get in there and get some. 

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CANTO: Falls of Rauros, Meshuggah, Ingested, and More

Extended weekend, just in time for a sanity check.

  • Missed this yesterday, but Venom Prison released a new track and video for “Nemesis”. That, of course, is a track taken from Erebos, which is out on February 14th through Century Media.
  • The biggest news of the day, however, comes from Meshuggah. New album details have finally been unveiled. Immutable will be out on April 1st through Atomic Fire Records. Preorders start in a couple weeks, so we’ll keep you posted.
  • More good stuff emerged today from Falls of Rauros, who are releasing Key to a Vanishing Future on March 25th through Gilead Media. They’re streaming a new song titled “Clarity” over at Bandcamp. Spoiler alert: it’s different, and it’s awesome.
  • Slaegt also revealed new album details today. Goddess will be out on March 18th through Century Media, and you can preview that with “Fealty, Thunder Whip” right here.
  • And we’ll wrap up the week with the new video from Ingested. This one is for “Rebirth”, a track taken from the new album that is set for a release later this year through Metal Blade Records. Give it a watch below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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