Nine Circles ov…Ian’s Mid-Year Favorites

I’ve really been itching to do a mid-year round-up for a while now, but I have a little bit of reservation about it.  Mostly, I don’t really want to spoil anything for the end of the year, because it’s usually around this time that I find the one or two albums that I KNOW are going to top my December list, and this year feels no different.  You gotta wait if you want the goods, but in the meantime, this edition of Nine Circles ov… is a list, in no particular order, of albums that I have been really enjoying this year.  Some are metal, some are non-metal, some may keep their position until the end of the year and some might end up as honorable mentions, but none of them are the absolute top.  Sorry, no spoilers, but these are still fantastic albums well worth the repeated listens I have given them.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 240 (7.16.2022)

We’re doing something a little different for this, our 240th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist. Around the 9C offices the jibberjab has been about mid-year favorites (maybe you’ve read a few of our posts), and so I decided to ask each of the folks on staff to supply me with a track from their favorite metal (or metal adjacent) album this year.

I’m not gonna say who picked what, but I can say all of these choices righteously rock. And there was one album that was a three-way tie among the staff (what can I say, Corey, Josh and I have excellent – and similar – taste) so in instances of duplicates we let one person pick the track and the others would choose from their second favorite album. So settle in and crank it LOUD, and enjoy some of the best music to come out so far in 2022, including cuts from Saor, Pyrithe, Zeal & Ardor, A Pregnant Light, Nite, Kreator, Wilderun, Tzompantli and a bunch more…

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Wilderun, Dawn Of Solace, The World Without Us, and More

Wilderun

Tomorrow is going to be a long one. Anyway, not much to share here but I’m sure we’ll find something.

  • Most importantly, we’ll lead off with the Wilderun headlining tour, set to kick off on June 2nd in Atlanta, and wrapping up on the 10th in Boston. Tickets are available here. I’m really hoping to get to at least one of those dates. Wilderun rules.
  • Next up we have The World Without Us, who are releasing a new EP on July 8th, titled Body Forth. Check out the video for “Eden”, premiered by The Circle Pit. Side note: I bet the world without us would be a wonderful, wonderful place.
  • Hyperspace Metal Festival announced 2023 details, and they don’t suck! The Vancouver festival will feature Exmortus, Striker, Judicator and more, and is set for April 13th through 15th next year. Should be a good time. Here’s the ticket link.
  • We’ll wrap up our Monday with Dawn Of Solace, who are following up the January release of Flames Of Perdition with a new EP, titled Notes Of Perdition. That drops on May 20th through Noble Demon. Check out the acoustic studio video for “Event Horizon” directly below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Wilderun was January 2022’s Album of the Month!

Wilderun January 2022 AOTM

January was atypically strong for metal even with short new release lists. However, Buke jumped all over picking Wilderun’s fourth full length Epigone as soon as it was announced. Wilderun are no strangers to Nine Circles with a recent interview and album review, we dig them, obviously. So, the normal gang of Buke, Ian, Angela, Vincent, and Hera discuss the album at length and it’s a pretty even split of those who love it and those who don’t. They also cover several other albums that tripped triggers throughout January so be sure to keep a pen and paper handy. All that and more so dive into the first Album of the Month discussion for 2022!

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 216 (1.29.2022)

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It’s getting a bit ridiculous, listening to so many great releases so early in the year. I’ve already listened to four albums coming out in the next few weeks that could easily be an AOTY contender…and we haven’t even gotten out of the first month of 2022 yet. And I’m not even talking about the new Earthless record which came just came out – they were my AOTY back in 2018 and damn if Night Parade of One Hundred Demons isn’t currently kicking my ass as I write this, so why not have a preview kick off the 216th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist?

You know who else has a new album album that we never talk about on Nine Circles? Steve Vai. So let’s get one of his new tracks on here, too. And since I don’t want to hog too much of the spotlight (although I threw one of my favorite Opeth tracks in there, too) we’ll start with Anton who is rocking his shiny bald pate to the new Allegaeon as well as Dischordia. Josh has been enraptured with the new Zeal & Ardor (so say we all….jeez it’s phenomenal) but still finds some serious gutter time with Malefic Throne and some classic sludge from Eyehategod. Like me, Vincent is bemoaning the breakup of The Might Mighty Bosstones but manages to find some solace in new music from 40 Watt Sun and Boris, as well as some older music from Elliott and Mitski. Buke gets down in the dirt with Crowbar, Cathedral, and Nile while Ian both confuses and concerns me by injecting some Mac Miller and something called “Getcho Mans” before wrapping up with some Wilderun and Coheed and Cambria bringing Springfield back for “Jessie’s Girl 2”.

Oh, and maybe one more new track for Buke…be seeing you.

Chris