I love the phrase “cold comfort”. Taken in its intended meaning, the world may be falling apart, but at least the music’s been good, right? But I also find that with the cold weather comes the deep desire to drown in a wash of the nostalgic, the lived in, the…well, comfortable. So we’re kicking off the 258th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with the remaster of “Total Eclipse”, rightfully put back in the track listing for Iron Maiden‘s seminal 1982 album, now packaged with the incredible Beast Over Hammersmith live album.
From there we move onto more extreme corners, kicking things off with new Candlemass before going full on throat ripping with Sanguisugabogg, Ribspreader, Psionic Madness, Turbid North, Spider God, and new Nothingness. There are small breaks with classics from Against Me! and Refused before diving back into the filth with Cloud Rat, Wormrot, Falls of Rauros, The Otolith, new Gaupa and a lot more.
And, of course, we’re going to close with the latest from Gaerea. Check out the video for “Mirage” below, the title-track from their upcoming new album. That release is one I have circled, and it’s set for September 23rd through Season of Mist.
Well, that certainly was a week. However, three days to recover ain’t a bad gig so there’s that. Brother Vince might be mad at me for hijacking this week’s mixtape but, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to congratulate Demiser on signing with Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records! Freakin’ stoked for them and can’t wait to see what the future holds. And for the mixtape, of course we’ve got the brand new joint from Demiser (obviously) but also new stuff from Archspire, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Shy, Low, as well as Vitriol, Osi and the Jupiter, and many more so smash that play button below….
Growth and change are never a bad thing in a band, within reason, of course. Some bands take the experiences of the road and of growing older and use it to forge a new path for themselves, and some use it to hunker down and double up on what makes them great. Wormwitch, a band I have had my eyes on for some time, have opted for the latter on their newest release, Wolf Hex. Their furious blend of black metal, old school thrash and death metal has always been a winning combination, and it is on this release that they seem to have found the winning proportion of everything.
A couple videos to share this Friday, and the first comes from Spirit Adrift. This one is for “Screaming from Beyond”, taken from Enlightened In Eternity. A reminder, that album drops October 16th through 20 Buck Spin if you haven’t already pre-ordered it. Hint: you should.
Belphegor are re-releasing Necrodaemon Terrorsathan on November 6th through Nuclear Blast. You can check out a brand new video for the brand new version of title-track right now… perfect for a Friday!