After a couple days off, I am back to close out the week.
We’ll open up with some new material from White Ward that actually premiered yesterday. But since I’m a degenerate, you get it today. Check out “Cronus” here, the second track taken from False Light. As a reminder, that album is out on June 17th through Debemur Morti Productions.
Cynic released a live video of “King of Those Who Know”, with footage taken from a 2010 performance in Mexico City. Give it a watch here.
Arch Enemy is pretty reliable when it comes to new music videos, so that’s how we’re going to head into the weekend. Check out the clip for “Sunset Over The Empire” below. And if you want to purchase the single, you can do so here. They also have a new album out o July 29th through Century Media titled Deceivers. All kinds of good stuff.
As I write this it’s a few short hours until the next Record Store Day. I’m not normally the type to burst to my LRS in the dawn light just to snag an overpriced variant, but when you have sweet reissues from Opeth and Voivod, plus the debut of The Lord from Greg Anderson, well…you know I have to set the alarm for that, right?
So yeah…we’re gonna kick off the 228th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with what you can expect from those heavyweights, but we got more of the concrete coming straight for your head. Anton welcomes new music from Exocrine, Misanthropic Rage, and Ufomammut to the playlist while Josh doubles down on the brutality with Black Braid, Crypticus, Paganizer, Butchers Burial and a killer new track from site favorite Spirit Adrift. Vincent is knee-deep in his Pyrithe review, so he’s serving up some of their music along with Ultha, Orville Peck, and some classic New Order. Ian returns to the playlist with some Kardashev and Gojira, along with a healthy dose of the Pixies and some Planning for Burial. Angela is digging the latest from Tribulation and…wouldn’t you know it? For the first time, so am I! And she also has Mountaineer and Telekinetic Yeti bringing up the rear for this week.
Since it is Halo release day, we’ll wrap up the week with the 3D art video from Amorphis for “Northwards”, the opening track from the latest (and very awesome) new album. That’s out through Atomic Fire, if you weren’t aware.
Nothing can ever quite sound like Voivod. Bands will try to hack into the vibe, the peculiar discordant swing and SF inspired progressive metal meets punk hybrid that is the band’s signature sound, but will ultimately fail. You can never imitate Voivod; you can only try to follow in their wake. And speaking of terrible puns and following their own Wake, here we are with Synchro Anarchy and – surprising no one – the band have once again created a metal classic that stands tall with their back catalog while pushing their twisted progressive meanderings into stranger and stranger territories.
Four is enough for today. So we’re going to close this out with the new single and video from Mantic Ritual for “Black Funeral”. That Mercyful Fate cover is featured on the B-side of Crusader, the 7″ set for release on Friday through M-Theory Audio.