From there, we also have the latest single taken from Death Siege, the next album in the Hierophant catalog. Give “Crypt of Existence” a listen here. That album drops on August 26th through Season of Mist.
END and Cult Leader are teaming up for a split EP, titled Gather & Mourn. That will be out on September 9th through Closed Casket Activities and Deathwish Inc, and we have two tracks to offer from this today, END’s “Eden Will Drown” and Cult Leader’s “Ataraxis”.
Swedish heavy metallers Trial have set September 2nd as the the release date for Feed The Fire, which will be out through Metal Blade. Check out “Sulphery”, and pre-order that one while you’re over there.
Closing out, we have the title-track from The Great Heathen Army, the upcoming new album from Amon Amarth that I’m sure you were already aware of. Anyway, that’s out on August 5th through Metal Blade Records.
Welcome back, weekend warriors. This time on our Saturday morning mixtape series, we have a grip of picks from almost everyone on staff, so you’re bound to find something good no matter what you’re into. Brew up something strong and take a listen down below.
It appears I’m destined to be late to the party with my year end list, again. But really, who reads year-end lists in January anyway?
And you, apparently, read them as well, so thank you for checking mine out. This year was quite a ride for me, with not as many ups as there were downs unfortunately, but I made it through, and if there is nothing else for me to hold on to, it’s that. I made it. I’m still here, I still have a roof over my head, a loving partner, and the support of a legion of family and friends. And as always, good music to provide the soundtrack along the way.
Which brings us to what stood out to me in 2018. While this was a great year for music as any we’ve been having, my list this year is a little more brief than previous years. I found a lot of albums I liked this year, but the ones that I loved came fewer and farther between. Perhaps this was a product of my headspace not being the best for most of the time. Maybe I’m just getting pickier as time goes on. Who knows. Lists are subjective, and this is only representative of one humble person. But if you’re curious about what I kept coming back to over the last twelve months, then read on…
2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.
Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.
I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!
Greetings once again, y’all. As another week comes to a close, we’ve got another batch of killer songs that we’ve been listening to in our free time to share with you. It’s a crazy time of year for music listening; there’s a push to finish out the year listening to all the albums still coming out in the next three weeks while also going back over everything that came out earlier in the year to flesh out those year-end lists we all love to read (and yell about) so much. For now, forget about deadlines and distractions, and enjoy our weekly present to you. Catch you next week.