Welcome back, friendo. This month we’re going to do it a little different, because December was slow AF, and we’re all in the spirit of year-end lists. So this time, I’m going to give you a selection of my absolute favorite tracks of the year. Things you might have missed, things *I* might have missed. Just good music all around. 2019 was a year for the books, fingers crossed 2020 delivers. We’ll see what January gives us.
Oh yeah. This one’s a double. What can I say? It was a great year. Oh, and it ain’t all metal. Sorry metal fam, sometimes you just gotta take your medicine. Clocking in at just over two hours, I hope this helps you adjust to the fact that we now live in the future.
Every year I come up with a list of albums, and every year I have trouble trying to firmly rank them. Also, doesn’t everyone just scroll to the end to see what the best album is? I know I do. So here’s my list where the first entries are the best, and it gets decidedly fuzzier after that. But one thing is certain, every album on this list is one of the best albums of the year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
(ed: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or just happy Wednesday, whatever. Consider this a break from the family deal where there’s too many bags of torn gift wrap and cousin Eddie is playing banjo on your last nerve. Enjoy Charles’ picks and check all these out seeing as you’ve got all those gift cards and/or extra cash burning a hole in that pocket.)
Well folks, this is it. The 100th edition of our weekly mixtape. This week, we’re kicking things off with the trippy new video for Blood Incantation’s new single (!!!) plus live footage of another song off the upcoming Hidden Histories of the Human Race. I’m still waaaay deep in my screamo binge, and Josh reps my local boys in Teeth, who you should all be listening to way more than you currently are. Thanks a ton for checking this out enough to keep it going this long. We appreciate the hell out of ALL of you.
Now, let’s party.
Full disclosure: I love Intronaut. Reviewing an album from one of your favorite bands can be tough; you want to be fair, but listening to music is a subjective experience. If you like something, you just plain like it. When I listen to Intronaut, I just plain like it. That said, I try to recognize when a band doesn’t live up to its potential just as much as when they do. I felt very strongly that their previous record, Habitual Levitations, was a letdown. It wasn’t a bad album, per se, but it lacked many of the elements of Intronaut’s sound that I feel make them one of the best bands in the contemporary metal landscape. Thankfully, on their newest album, The Direction of Last Things, Intronaut have not only once again mastered another incarnation of their sound, but have quite possibly crafted their finest outing yet. Continue reading