I’m very tired. Let’s see what lurks in the inbox on this fine Monday.
- Amorphis and Dimmu Borgir have announced an awesome co-headlining tour. The bad news? Only European dates so far – and there aren’t even many of those. Still, if your schedule allows it, you should dabble. Oh, and did I mention Wolves In The Throne Room will be supporting? Yeahhhhh.
- In other tour news, Rotting Christ have had to back out of their performance at Psycho Las Vegas due to issues obtaining work visas. Shit happens. Not an easy process and changing band members only makes it more challenging. The blame, however, was directed entirely at the band and label by the festival team. From their account, they claim RC/Season of Mist waited way too long to submit their applications. The label owner responded with very good points. It’s all very dramatic.
- In today’s random news, you can see the Slayer logo on NASCAR driver JJ Yeley’s car this weekend. Honestly, it’s a collaboration that kinda makes sense. Regardless, I’m not a NASCAR fan, so I’m going to forget about this basically as soon as I finish typing it.
- Next month, specifically September 13th, Winterfylleth will be releasing a live album/DVD through Candlelight called The Siege of Mercia. The footage was taken from their performance at Bloodstock back in 2017. For a preview, check out their performance of “The Swart Raven” below. This is awesome, but I really really need to see them live eventually.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Ah, yes. Here we are again. Yet another journey around the sun has given us reason to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have, almost literally, an indefinite source of music and art to appreciate at any moment in time. In this case, the musical form known as heavy metal. Yes, even in our very defined place in the artistic world, there is an unending wave of inspired music that we endlessly celebrate, together, across the globe. Except… wait, metal internet is basically the worst and ruins everything, doesn’t it? Nevermind. Continue reading
So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)
Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading
I had a plan in January. The same plan I have every January: to only document the albums that strike a major chord in one way or another. Yet, here we sit in December and I’m debating on at least one or two of my locked list and mourning those who fell off. Don’t take ‘fell off’ as a knock either. It simply means there was no shortage of amazing albums this year and well, I just enjoy the torture of whittling away on my favorites (not).
I’ve spoken at length about how important music is for life in general and how important it is for me as someone that had a finger on the play button for nearly all 8,760 hours that made up this year. EOY lists, I love them – always have and always will. It’s a chance to purge all the best and move on to yet another cycle into the unknown. Fire walk with me through the albums that hit home the hardest… Continue reading
Yes, that title is a Dark Souls reference, and it’s a title I would like to have some day.
Anyway, it’s that time of year where we all just want to enjoy the last vestiges of holidays before the new year begins and we all decide to make lists. Whether it is for presents, things to throw out, or just a general shopping list for Christmas, we are bound to make one.
However, here in the hallowed halls of 9C, we are making one better: It’s time for EOY list season!
2018 was an impressive year for music in general. The sheer amount of releases this year was mind-blowing – so much so that I decided to make it into a top 20. That’s right: I expanded my list because 10 ain’t gonna cut it. However, there were a lot of albums left out from this list because they weren’t being as heavily played as they were supposed to be or they came out too late for me to actually put on this list (sorry Within Temptation!). I also decided to cut EPs from this list, as they deserve their own separate thing that won’t be explored until I have some more time. Let’s get started… Continue reading