Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2019

Best of 2019

The Dark Souls franchise may own this title, but Aldia’s got nothing on me.

Last year around this time I made a statement, hoping that I would take it easier on the album listening; however, I also said that it would be for naught, as my 2019 release calendar was looking great and I was so excited about it.

However, life has a way of kicking you in the bollocks. Continue reading

CANTO: Within Temptation, Thy Art Is Murder, Killswitch Engage, and More

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I’m making a lot of cold brew. Weird, right?

  • Thy Art Is Murder announced a North American tour with Cannibal Corpse. They cover a lot of ground in October and mostly November, so check them out in a city near you.
  • Within Temptation canceled their set at a festival in Lebanon in response to another band, Mashrou’ Leila, being forced off the bill by Christian groups that apparently took issue with their openly gay singer and lyrical content, from what I read. I commend Within Temptation.
  • In case you wanted to see the cover artwork for Tool’s upcoming Fear Inoculum, here you go.
  • Check out this music video from Killswitch Engage for “I Am Broken Too”. It’s very Killswitch Engaging, and if you like clean vocal KSE, you’ll be all about this. Atonement drops on August 16th via Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

“What Did They Say?” Early 2019 Faves From the June AOTM Episode

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Did you listen to the June Album of the Month podcast episode?  Did you do the homework?  Did you think we would leave you hanging?  Fear not, for below you will find a quick list (with links to boot!) of all the albums mentioned by the Nine Circles crew as early 2019 favorites.  Dive in, take a listen, and let us know what else is killing you so far this year.

*Note: Abbath isn’t actually in this list.  That is an oversight, because I’ve been loving Outstrider.  But any chance to post a picture of Abbath can’t be passed up, so… Continue reading

Within Temptation live at the House of Blues, 3.3.2019

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Band: Within Temptation

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: House of Blues, Boston, MA

Date: March 3, 2019

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CANTO: Slayer, Fractal Universe, Children of Bodom, and More

Amon Amarth

I’ve been listening to a lot of Deafheaven today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb