CANTO: Tombs, Amon Amarth, Xenoglyph, and More


The work week before vacation always sucks, but what are ya gonna do?

  • The most obvious thing to open up with is the massive tour announcement featuring the likes of Amon Amarth, with Carcass, Obituary, and Cattle Decapitation. Those dates are in November and December, and tickets go on sale Friday at this location.
  • If you like trippy, psychedelic black metal, check out the latest from Xenoglyph. They’re streaming Spiritfraud in full over at Decibel (accompanied by an interview). That one is officially out Friday through Translation Loss.
  • Oceans Of Slumber covered “House Of The Rising Sun”, which is pretty dope. That track is featured on Starlight And Ash, which drops on July 22nd through Century Media. Check out that visualizer right here.
  • Withered added some dates over the next few months around their festival appearances. Get the full schedule here, and be sure to drop in on one of these shows if your calendar allows for it.
  • Tombs gave us new stuff today, and I really like Tombs, so that’s the note we’re going to end on. Check out “Murder Legendre” below, the final single from the Ex Oblivion EP. All those tracks will be available on your favorite streaming platform soon enough.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Blood Incantation, Primitive Man, Aquilus, and More

Anybody else super happy about the Facebook outage yesterday?

  • There is quite the tour planned for December, featuring the likes of Primitive Man and Blood Incantation. Furthermore, support will be provided by Withered, among others, on select dates. This is not a show to be missed.
  • For those on the West Coast, Immortal Guardian has a brief run of shows in November with Sifting. Not gonna lie, they sure are covering a decent amount of ground over those six dates.
  • Solar Cross, the progressive metal project featuring Omnium Gatherum alumni, are releasing their debut on November 19th. Echoes Of The Eternal Word will be out through Transcending Records, and you can check out a visualizer for “Bloodstreams” here.
  • Borknagar are joining the Devastation on the Nation tour in 2022, which kicks off on April 21st and features the likes of Rotting Christ, Wolfheart, and More. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • And we’ll close with the new video from Aquilus for “Into Wooded Hollows”. That’s the second track taken from the sophomore album, Bellum I, which drops on December 3rd through Blood Music.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Second Circle: Withered and Diabolizer

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

It’s almost July and we’ve eclipsed the mid point of 2021. It has been one hell of a year thus far in the world of metal and as usual, it has followed the hellish landscape we’ve all been trying to live in, but no news there as music generally follows whatever fresh hell we find ourselves in and rides the anger and angst surrounding it all. We’ve definitely weathered some pre-apocalypse type shit and somehow, the world still turns. So, enough small talk. This edition of Second Circle focuses on the likeminded obliteration of Withered and Diabolizer who both find a way to sever any thoughts of happy endings.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 187 (6.26.2021)

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Saturday. Finally. What a shit week. No matter though as we’re back with our mixtape of stuff we’ve been jamming this week and guaranteed there’s something here that’ll fit whatever you have going on today. We’ve got some newish Sanguisugabogg, fresh Thy Catafalque and tons of Suidakra, a demo track from Crypticus, a slappin’ death metal beast from Diabolizer, Kataan, Withered, and many more. Basically the perfect playlist to massacre some lawns with or light up an early party with, or just…whatever the hell you have on tap. Good times. Let them roll via the play button below.

– Josh

Initial Descent: June 20 – 26, 2021

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Life is sparking again, live shows are popping off left and right, and every week of new metal releases has many something’s for everyone. Things are looking up in those regards, so rejoice…or hail Satan. Or whatever you do these days. This week in new metal uncovers the newest ritual from Amenra, a return to holistically bleak beginnings from Withered, a slappin’ slab of death metal from The Absence, wicked ugly death metal from Cerebral Rot, and the next black/doom/punk chapter from Darkthrone. Oh, you noticed? Yes, there’s five up top and could’ve easily been more but in the context of getting you to the rest of what lies below, I chopped it at cinco. Plenty here for everyone, so go and fire up these band’s bank accounts, pronto. Support what you love with ferocity and sing its praises loud even if no one cares. You do, and that’s all that matters.

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