Nothing like a Monday morning to bring you back to the realization that vacations just don’t last forever. Then it wouldn’t be a vacation. Which means….. completely lost that train of thought and just need coffee plus nobody cares. Anyway, we’re back with Vol. 46 of our weekly playlist and again have some fine specimens to offer up. Last week was so busy with sand, sun and other stuff that honestly it’s good to get back to the metal. Thanks to the fam for keeping things between the lines last week and if you missed any of that great content just go back and take it all in while you listen to what we’ve been digging. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here (if you did you would’ve had a sneak peek early) and we’ll be seeing you throughout the week. What did we miss? What have you been into? We’d love to know so leave them in the comments. Continue reading
Guys, 2015 was pretty rad, at least in terms of music (I’d also argue it was a watershed year in almost all creative and entertainment media I follow, but that’s a different discussion. Plus, I just had a really good year, in general).
The nine albums listed below earned their spots because they stuck with me all year for one reason or another. However, I wanted to give lip service to a few that ultimately didn’t make the top nine, but that still brought some great musical moments into my life. For instance, I have spent many a rainy night nodding to the cyberpunk synthwave of GosT’s Behemoth while riding the train home, feeling like a character in a William Gibson novel; I took long hikes in Oregon’s lower Willamette Valley to the sounds of Enslaved’s In Times and Misthyrming’s Söngvar elds og óreiðu; and I got to experience the sonic energy of Mutoid Man’s Bleeder (and Helium Head) live in its entirety, in what was probably my favorite show of 2015. These little moments are just a few in a year filled with them.
Anyway, enough nostalgic waxing from me. Here’s to hoping 2016 is as good of a year as 2015 (I’m looking at you Gorguts, Gojira, and Horrendous).
And with that, 2015 has come and gone. A stupendous year for metal. So many bands deserve a nod for their forays into death metal, experimentalism, progressiveness, power metal, speed metal, black metal, blackened death metal and even technical death metal. So without further ado, here are the best albums of 2015 (in my opinion of course). Continue reading
Greetings, everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday season and everything it has to offer. As we roll into our second week of our Best of 2015 series, we are honored to feature the doom metallers out of Seattle known simply as Un. Guitarist and vocalist Monte McCleery was kind enough to share his favorite albums of the past year with us, and subsequently with you. Check them out below. Continue reading
Generally, you’ll find one of two types of music writers at the end of the year: Bitter codgers who bemoan that there’s not enough to write about and that there are no noteworthy albums, and the hyper-excited “EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME” type that honestly can’t pick a true “best” album of the year. It is, of course, easy to get bogged down by the amount of mediocre, unremarkable crap that you subject yourself to over the course of an entire year as a reviewer — or alternately follow the hype machine on everything — but all things considered, 2015 was a good year for basically every sub-genre of metal. Continue reading