CANTO: Tankard, Virtual Symmetry, Outline In Color, and More

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Hustling through this so that I can get to the damn brewery. It’s Friday, ya’ll.

  • We’ll lead off with some progressive metal, in the form of Virtual Symmetry. The quintet revealed “Come Alive” today, taken from their upcoming self-titled album. That one is out on September 16th through Sensory Records.
  • I’ve been listening to False Light a lot this week, so we’ll jump to new a new lyric video from White Ward next. Check out the visualizer for “Phoenix” here. That album, by the way, dropped a couple weeks ago through Debemur Morti and it is incredible.
  • Moving in a completely different direction next, dark rockers Scarlet Dorn unveiled a new single titled “Unstill Life”. That’s taken from a new album dropping on September 30th through SPV Recordings titled Queen Of Broken Dreams.
  • If post-hardcore is your jam today, check out the latest from Outline In Color. The new single and video, “Quicksand”, is available here. If you dig it, they’ll be on the road for much of the remaining year. Tours are back, in case you weren’t aware.
  • Since we opened with beer, we shall also close with beer. Check out the new video and track from Tankard for “Beerbarians”. Pavlov’s Dawgs will be out on September 30th through Reaper Entertainment, their debut with the label.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 237 (6.25.2022)

“But wait, Chris! What happened to Episode 236 of the Nine Circles Playlist?!”

Sometimes playlists are just too wild to be contained on the webpage of a humble music blog. Even now, if you listen closely between the high pitched whine of the street lamps you can hear the fading tremolo picking and blast beats of a runaway playlist, foraging on the remains of boy bands (rest in peace, BTS) and the tattered remnants of forgotten 00s dub step. If you love something, set it free…but if you simply forget to post something at least make the story fun.

Anyway, let’s talk about the much more present edition, which is literally below for you to relish with your favorite accoutrements. Josh is kicking it off with the latest from Megadeth…maybe the best song they’ve done in 15 years or more. And if that doesn’t rock your world, the new Krisiun is even more brutal. Followed with a hefty dose of Lorna Shore you should be off to a great start. Anton gleefully shoves some Antigama, Aenaon, and Xenoglyph to ensure you have 100% of your extreme intake complete. Vincent gets a massive track from Scarcity on and is slowly fulfilling an unspoken promise to feature every track from Bloc Party‘s debut in the playlist. Hera fuels my nightmares with something called AWS which I am assured is not Amazon Web Services…unless it is? She also has White Ward, Apocalyptica, Leprous, and a great collaboration between Trent Reznor and Danny Elfman. Ian brings in some great new music from the likes of Wake, Saor, and Russian Circles, as well as a classic banger from Alexisonfire to celebrate the release of their new album. Finally Angela returns as a voice of calm and serenity, giving us soothing lullabies from the likes of Deathwhite, Silent Majority, Stay Inside, and Aptera, which I’ve also been enjoying immensely.

As for me? I’ll end the playlist this week with a few tracks you can expect to see me review in the coming weeks.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

Album Review: White Ward — “False Light”

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White Ward is not afraid of change. From the adventurous and heartbreaking Futility Report to the intricate, dangerous intimacy of Love Exchange Failure White Ward is mutable, changing sound according to their experiences – a testament to a moment in time. With an atmosphere akin to fluorescent lights illuminating a dark hallway, the band continue to push their musical limits, blending their brand of post-black metal with dark jazz and synth sections making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. False Light, their third album, is a continuation of their sonic explorations on Love Exchange Failure with a new, refined eye, one that speaks deeply to my avant-garde tastes.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 235 (6.11.2022)

Get ready folks…more sax-infused metal coming your way whether you want it or not. Some folks are sick of it, some folks love it…either way, you’re probably not going to be able to escape it. Just recently I’ve had the skronk of a reed instrument accompanying the likes of the latest from Imperial Triumphant (featuring Kenny G no less), a massive opener from the forthcoming White Ward album, and hot off the presses the new single from staff favorites KEN mode which absolutely slays. In other words, just another day for the 235th Nine Circles Playlist.

Elsewhere the 9C crew leave the orchestra instruments behind for some gnarled metal. Josh whips up a frenzy with new tracks from Hammer King, Inhuman Condition, Soreption, and some classic Slayer. Anton ups there ante with Aara, Panzerfaust, and High Castle Teleorkestra. Ian only brings one track to the playlist this week but it’s a whopper…if you’ve never heard the theme song from Home Improvement masked with the vocals of David Lee Roth, well…I welcome you to the insanity of Neil Cicierega. After mellowing things out a bit with some Elliot Smith, Vincent hits us with some Lantlôs and The Black Atlantic. Finally Angela closes the list with new music from Wake, recent Dopelord and Windhand.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Wailin Storms, White Ward, Living Wreckage, and More

And tomorrow I’m back on the highway. As the great Limp Bizkit would say, “keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…” And that’s enough of that.

  • DevilDriver are releasing a massive box set through BMG titled Clouds Over California. It will feature vinyl or CD offerings for their debut self-titled album, The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand, The Last Kind Words, Pray For Villains, and Beast.
  • Significant news emerging from Wailin Storms today. To start, the new full length, The Silver Snake Unfolds, will be out on July 22nd through Gilead Media. Check out “Broken Into Three” over at Brooklyn Vegan. Better yet, they also announced some tour dates in July and August. Get the full scoop here.
  • White Ward unveiled False Light in full, ahead of its June 17th release through Debemur Morti Productions. Give it a listen here.
  • Progressive rock crew Crippled Black Phoenix announced a new album. Banefyre will drop on September 9th through Season of Mist, the first single, “Blackout77”, is available for streaming now.
  • Wrapping up our day, we have the new video from Living Wreckage for “Endless War”. That’s the title track from their debut full length, set for a September 23rd release through M-Theory Audio. There are some familiar names in this project, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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