He saw the light flash like a child’s sparkler on the 4th of July. It registered for an instant, then faded in the roar of the explosion reverberating in the open air. There was an odor that he couldn’t identify by name (it was cordite, not really used in gunpowder mixtures since the end of WWII) but instinctually knew. All of this happened in the space between synapses before his body acknowledged the impact of the bullet that – according to the laws of physics – he should have noticed before the sound of the revolver, or indeed the smell. As he dropped to the ground, consciousness slowly fading into the ether he had one solitary, lonely thought:
“What’s going to kick off the 275th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist?”
“The title track from the new Night Demon album,” a voice we only hear at the end of our life’s thread replied.
What’s the rest of the staff listening to? How about Boris, new Frozen Soul, Sortilege, Noxium Ferus, Lunar Chamber, Hideous Divinity, Paraphilia, Úlfúð and Afsky, not to mention the “correct” mix of a classic Megadeth song. There’s also tracks from Midwife & Vyva Melinkolya, Catherine Wheel, Mrs. Piss, old school love with Exodus and Exumer, a brutal throwback to Death Grips and much more.
I’m bookending this list with Century Media happenings. First, we have a new track from Distant which features Will Ramos of Lorna Shore. Give “Heritage” a listen here. That’s the title track from their new album, which is officially released this coming Friday.
Out of the Season of Mist camp, we have a new track from Unfelled, the black metal project featuring members of Woods of Desolation, Drudkh, and Austere. Give “Veil of Perdition” a listen here. Their debut full-length, Pall of Endless Perdition, is out on March 10.
Let’s close out with the new video from Suicide Silence for “Dying Life”. That track is taken from Remember… You Must Die, which is set for a March 10 release through Century Media. But I’m sure you already knew that.
And so we’ve arrived at the big one, all preambles aside and sufficiently digested. These are the albums that stuck with me the most throughout 2022, and all of them hold their own special place in my heart, no matter what spot they occupy. I would say this list is somewhat in order. The top three are definitely the top three, although overall order is somewhat subjective and highly dependent on what I most recently listened to out of these picks, but rest assured that they are all superior examples of the music that came out over the previous twelve months. We had no shortage of great albums, and 2023 is already looking to be another year of great releases. So as we say goodbye to 2022 and look forward to the bright future, let’s take a look back on the best of the best, at least that I have found.
I actually told myself the last review I wrote for the site was going to be the last new album I would review this year. Not for any grim or tragic reason, it’s just list season, I told myself I was going to start early and focus on that instead of scrambling to get them in like I always do. But then, of course, there is a new Woods of Desolation album mucking up my well-thought-out plans. I couldn’t pass up this chance though, and I’m relieved that I didn’t. I knew my year end list wouldn’t be safe from The Falling Tide, and I was right and then some.
As Santa preps his brood for the impending travels, the new release lists will be shorter and shorter as we near the last week of 2022. Now, that doesn’t mean quality will suffer per se, but we shall see. Moving on, who hasn’t caught the new single from Metallica yet? Good lord go do that now if you haven’t. Alright then, this week we’ve got a hearty mix up top with black metal from Woods of Desolation, death metal from Ploughshare, and power metal from Arryan Path. And, of course, several more in the list that follows. Go check them out and enjoy. See you here throughout the week.