Best of 2021: Chris’s Honorable Mentions

Best of 2021

It’s the first year I’m at a loss for words. I think I said everything I had to say about lists, and honorable mentions in my 2020 post. It’s really about finding those albums that affected and impacted you, and sharing some sense of why in the hopes they might do the same for someone else. Arguing about what’s missing makes no sense; it wouldn’t change the fact that these 15 records all did something to me to make me include them on this list. Sure, maybe I forgot something, but the fact I forgot it also says something (though it could very likely be saying that my memory is going) – but I tell you what; I’ll make the same agreement with you I always do. Anything you think I might have missed I will listen to again – it might not make my End of Year lists, but it can still make an impact on me, and in the end that’s what’s always the most important.

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Nine Circles ov…Recent Albums I Only Have Time to Review in One Sentence…Part III?

I mean…it may be Part III, but who’s keeping The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 178 (4.24.2021)Nine track? Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and the metals are flying fast and furious enough that there’s a veritable cornucopia of releases worth your time. I mean, not my time…I’ve been busy, you know? Work, um…more work… that one YouTube video I’ve benn playing on repeat forever (it’s this one, by the way).

Really there’s no excuse for not enlightening you, the honorable and erudite Nine Circles reader, on my pithy and concise views of what’s been popping’ on the metal threads the last few weeks or months that our staff haven’t already covered. So for this edition of Nine Circles ov… sit down and fasten those seatbelts as I once again provide one-sentence reviews of stuff that’s been floating my proverbial boat.

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Initial Descent: March 28 – April 3, 2021

Wode – image courtesy of Phillip James Torriero

We’ll be crossing April Fools Day this week and maybe this is when we find out that all this shit has been a cruel April Fools joke. We won’t and don’t get your hopes up. One thing that isn’t a joke is this week’s list of new metal, let’s do that now; first up is a new one from black metallers Wode who absolutely kill it, again. Next up is a pair of black metalish albums; a weird but good one from Sleepwalker and a death metal leaning one from Unflesh, and rounding out the top slots in intergalactic death metal form is The Beast of Nod—think of a favorite sci-fi space flick then put this on as the soundtrack. Tasty. So, brave the jokes this week with some extra smart ass and go buy some stuff off this list. 

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CANTO: Wode, Genghis Tron, The Lion’s Daughter, and More

Today was less bad than yesterday!

  • Spanish thrash collective Angelus Apatrida have announced a livestream event scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing their new self-titled album, which can be picked up here, live for the first time. Tickets are available here, with an exclusive merch option as well.
  • Burn In Many Mirrors, the latest from Wode, will end up being one of the best albums of 2021. As such, I obviously need to share every track they drop in advance of the April 20th release date. This time, it’s “Lunar Madness”. That album will be out through 20 Buck Spin, and you can pre-order it here.
  • And then we have a bunch of new videos out there, so I’ll choose a couple to share here. First, we’ll start with The Lion’s Daughter, who shared another one from their upcoming new album, Skin Show. That album is out April 9th through Season of Mist, and the new video for “Curtains” is available now.
  • And then we have the latest from Genghis Tron, a kaleidoscopic video for “Pyrocene”. Dream Weapon is out on March 26th through Relapse Records, and I know this is one we are keeping an eye on in the Nine Circles camp. Check out that video directly below.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 171 (3.6.2021)

playlist - mixtape

Welcome back, weekend warriors. This time on our Saturday morning mixtape series, we have a grip of picks from almost everyone on staff, so you’re bound to find something good no matter what you’re into. Brew up something strong and take a listen down below.

– Vincent