CANTO: Venom Prison, Agnostic Front, The Spider Hole, and More

Venom Prison

Well. What a weekend that was.

  • First, from Friday, Venom Prison announced a North American tour with Homewrecker. They’re also playing with special guests Call of the Void, Joy, and Great American Ghost on various dates. These are in September and October.
  • You know what? All tours today. Next up is Agnostic Front’s 35th anniversary tour for their debut album Victim In Pain. They’ll be joined by Prong, which means this should be a ton of fun. Also September and October dates.
  • And how about Skillet and Alter Bridge? They’re doing things together those same months! What are the odds? That’s a co-headlining tour with support in the form of Dirty Honey who I’ve never heard of before.
  • Let’s get weird this Monday. This is the new music video from The Spider Hole for “The Leviathan Stomp”. It’s a quick burn but it’s quite a bit of fun.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 71 (03.16.2019)

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Welcome back and happy Saturday everyone.  I come to you again from the land of Post-Concert Exhaustion.  Last night, as of this writing, was the LA stop of the Baroness/Deafheaven co-headlining tour, which yours truly made an appearance at.  While the package’s opener left me a little cold (sorry, don’t @ me), Baroness turned me from a casual enjoyer to a full-on convert with their euphoric set, and Deafheaven continue to be head and shoulders above the vast majority of modern metal acts, always in fine form no matter how rigorous their tour schedule may be.  The cure for any wretched week usually involves seeing one of my all-time favorite bands live, and I feel like a brand new human being.  Of course, if your Saturday is looking glum, you can always throw on our mixtape and dance around the house in your pajamas.  That sounds like a good time too.  And really, you deserve it.

– Vincent

Receiving the Evcharist: Venom Prison and Allagash White Ale

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Venom Prison’s Samsara and Allagash Brewing Company’s White Ale.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 10 – 16, 2019

Venom Prison
Venom Prison

Rain. Rain. More rain. I just can’t deal. Soooo tired of it and ready for dry and summer and longer days. Well, one out of three ain’t bad and if you read that and said ‘dammit, totally forgot to spring forward on my clock’ good luck explaining that one to the boss – happy Monday. We have a fix for the blahs though and it comes in the form of new metals. Read on friends…

It’s safe to say we’ve established Venom Prison as complete bad-assery and on Samsara they kick their venomous death metal up several notches since their last outing – is that even possible?! Anyway, everything about this album topples Animus and that’s no easy feat nor is it a slight to that album in any way, the band has grown and it’s obvious during the opening salvo of “Matriphagy.” Moving along, Noisem returns with a new lease on life and a new attitude on Cease To Exist which finds them stoking their death thrash with extremely confrontational grind and it’s a sound to behold. Next up is the debut, Nocebo, from MA’s Elizabeth Colour Wheel and the blackgaze tag seems too simple after the onslaught of 90s rock, noise and ethereal moments of bliss found all over this thing – it’s hard to pin down but it is a journey best left travelled and enjoyed, I very much have enjoyed it – just sayin’. Last up top is progressive death metal stalwarts Fallujah with their fourth full length Undying Light which finds them, once again, toying with tech death, blackened stylings, and proggy structures – definitely a step up and one you won’t want to miss.

Feeling better? See? I knew it and glad we could help. You’re welcome. Now, get to the rest of this list… Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 67 (02.16.2019)

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Welcome to the glorious end of another week.  This is especially nice for me, as I’m staring a nice three-day weekend in the face at the moment, which is gonna give me plenty of time to catch up on all the new releases I’ve been slacking on getting to (I did check out the Coltsblood and Un split today and boy howdy was that some good doom).  You can catch me holed up in my bed with my tablet and Spotify for 72 uninterrupted hours as the greater Los Angeles area slowly succumbs to the relentless sheets of rain we’ve been having for the last two weeks.  And if you need some listening inspiration, check out what tunes we’ve been digging below. Stay cozy, wherever you are.

– Vincent