Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2022

Best of 2022

Last year, I supplied a list of 20 albums, thinking that I would be able to shorten to ten by the time list season came around. As it would turn out, even the best-laid plans can be upended, so I am back in EOY list hell.

Welcome to slowly wondering if I was too hasty in writing my lists EOY list season!

You know the drill: there are 20 albums here, and I reviewed some of them. Eps are off the list, which means Epica’s brilliant The Alchemy Project will not be here. With this is mind, this list is divided into four parts, which are as follows:

  • the nebulous, where any of those albums’ placements could be placed anywhere at any time
  • the hypothetical, where the albums’ placements are more concrete, but can also be moved around
  • the theoretical, where the albums’ placements have been solidified
  • the top album of the year. Please start placing your bets.

Also, please note: I submitted a previous list to our benevolent editors, which you’ll see soon. Since then, and even while writing this list, I have made so many changes in placement because I couldn’t decide where they all fit in the grand scheme of things. With this, I now present the fruits of my labor.

Here we go!

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CANTO: Obscura, Gorguts, Eluveitie, and More


Coming at ya late because… beers.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Katatonia, Municipal Waste, Entheos, and More


New Katatonia arrived today… let us rejoice in gloom!

  • Starting off, we have a co-headlining tour to talk about with Municipal Waste and High On Fire. Additional support will be in the form of Gel and The Early Moods. Those North American dates are in early December, and tickets can be found here.
  • Entheos are back with a video for a new single titled “Absolute Zero”. That track marks their first material through their new label, Metal Blade. Give it a listen and watch here.
  • Decibel Books has announced the publication of Amorphis: The Official Story of Finland’s Greatest Metal Band, a fully authorized biography of the legends, in English for the first time. Pick up your copy here.
  • Closing out, like I said, we got new Katatonia. Sky Void of Stars will be out on January 20, 2023 through Napalm Records. Check out the video for the first single, “Atrium”, directly below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Lorna Shore, Eluveitie, Gomorra, and More

And now I’m in Acadia National Park. Good times. Happy weekend, all!

  • Leading off, we have new material from Eluveitie to share. The lyric video for “Exile of the Gods” is available here. I didn’t see any word on a new album, but you can catch them on the road with Amorphis in Europe if you happen to be over there.
  • From there, we’ll jump over to Wage War. The hard rockers unveiled a new video for “Godspeed (Stripped)” today, a new take on a track originally from 2021’s Manic. Give it a watch here, and catch Wage War on tour with A Day to Remember starting late next month.
  • Next, we have some Swiss thrash. Gomorra shared a new video for “Stand United”, the latest sample taken from Dealer of Souls. That album is set for a December 9th release through Noble Demon.
  • Ritual Death are releasing their self-titled debut album on December 5th through Shadow Records, and you can preview what’s to come with “Lunae” over on Bandcamp.
  • It’s Lorna Shore release date, so naturally we’ll end our week with the new video clip for “Pain Remains III: In a Sea of Fire”, the epic conclusion to Pain Remains. That album is available through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Concert Review: Hoaxed, Sylvaine, Uada, and Amorphis, 4.30.2022

When I said to keep the concerts coming, I didn’t expect to see another one so soon.

After taking the chance to see The Ocean and Leprous last month, I headed back to the El Rey Theatre to see a favorite band of mine, Amorphis. Other bands on the bill included Hoaxed, a band from Portland who released an EP last year; Sylvaine, who were on their first North American tour promoting Nova; and Uada, a band who I have listened to before but never got into. Given the range of metal genres across all the bands, I expected more people to continue to show up throughout the latter half of the bill. Thus, as soon as I entered, I headed straight towards the front, parked myself there, and held that spot throughout the night.

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