A lot of things about this past year sucked, but the one thing that absolutely didn’t was the music. Between the scheduled releases and the surprise ones few were expecting, it’s been a stellar year of powerful, emotionally charged music, and I’ve been in a very fortunate position to be able to sit back and take it all in. So fortunate, in fact, that I couldn’t contain a year end list to just one article. So, here’s the first installment, the honorable mentions. Truthfully, any of these albums could have ended up on the “main” list on a different day, so really, this is just my way of extending the fun and talking about more of my favorite albums.Continue reading
Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning mix tape. This week, we’ve got the great new Terminal Nation track, a surprising amount of brutal death metal from Chris, and I bust out one of my favorite sad boy jams. Take a listen below.
I’ve had to work from home two days in a row which I’m not the biggest fan of.
- It would be a safe bet to assume that I will always lead off with Fire In The Mountains updates. Today, it was revealed that Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin would be performing a collaborative set. Haunter and Eternal Champion were also announced. This is getting exciting.
- Skillet have announced an early 2020 headlining tour with From Ashes To New and Ledger. Those dates are in February and March and cover most of the United States.
- Killswitch Engage have revealed their support for the upcoming spring tour. Light the Torch will serve as the opening act, with August Burns Red in as the main support. Did we already know all that? I’m not sure.
- Yo. Check out this new flick from Envy for “A Step in the Morning Glow.” Their next album, The Fallen Crimson, will be out on February 7th through Pelagic Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I’m in Boston tomorrow which means I’m tired today.
- Remember all those tours yesterday? Well guess what, there are more today! Starting off with my favorite: Neurosis with Bell Witch and Deafkids. I am so freaking excited about this tour. Holy crap. Oh, almost forgot, dates are in August and the run of shows is fairly limited.
- But wait, there’s more! Weedeater (a name I feel like I haven’t mentioned in awhile), is on their own headlining tour across North America. They’ll be supported by The Skull and High Tone Son of a Bitch in April. They’ve got some dates this month as well, but I don’t care about those as much for no particular reason.
- You know what? I’m being lazy. MOAR TOURS. Earth this time! Which I am also excited about. They haven’t cruised around in awhile. Tons of dates in May and June with Helms Alee.
- Closing with something visual is as reliable as the freaking sun. So here’s a new video from Crown of Autumn for “Cyclopean”.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
This past year, I was fortunate enough to attend 35 different metal performances. There were a couple of duplicates (This Will Destroy You), but for the most part each performance was unique and left an impression in its own way. So, in going back through the past year and finally deciding to tally these shows, I thought it’d be a worthwhile idea to go over some highlights. You’ve obviously seen the more detailed concert reviews the days and weeks following various shows here, but the goal here is a high level recap of my favorites. This has proven more taxing than I would have anticipated, however. Looking back now, I don’t think there was a single show that I did not get at least something out of. Regardless, in no particular order, here are nine (ten?) performances that stood out to me last year. Continue reading