I always have a tough time with these introduction things when it comes to End of Year lists. The temptation is to sum up the year with some anecdotes about what it meant to me and how the music I loved played into it. Yet what could I say about a year that was such a mixed bag for me? On a personal note, my mental health took an all-out nosedive last year that I’m still trying to claw my way out of, yet my partner and I got engaged and are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together (not that we weren’t already, but you get the point). The weight of the worst depression and anxiety I’ve ever faced affected my ability to connect to a lot of the music I heard last year, yet I started a column on here that lead me back to a genre of music I had not seriously kept up with for some time, and in doing so I found a little piece of myself again. Years are years are years, and life is cyclical and spiralic in nature. I won’t pretend there weren’t good things to come out of last year, just as I won’t pretend there won’t be hard times in the year ahead. But I will always have a carefully curated soundtrack to help me along the way, and below represents what helped me get through 2019. Continue reading
Welcome back to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist, guaranteed to wake you up faster than a cup of coffee and a Red Bull combined. Every week we’re bringing you the best of what we’ve been listening to in our spare time, because we know you’re curious about what our staff do with their off-hours. This week, Josh stacks up Cloak and Tribulation side-by-side in a battle of goth-n-roll, Hera combines black metal, melodeath, and Rammstein in a quintessential Hera move, and I throw in a tribute to an artist I’ve long admired who unfortunately passed away this past week, the inimitable Daniel Johnston. Sit down, tune in, and get your weekend started right.
Some of you may know me as Nine Circle’s resident screamo apologist/evangelist. In the past, I’ve tried to work mention of albums in this style into my larger body of heavy music writing. Yet screamo has always been my favorite brand of hardcore, and I’ve always believed in screamo’s ability to stand on its own, even if its name still seems, at least to me, to be considered a dirty word. So, since the good folks of this website give me the freedom to write about what I want (they will come to regret this eventually), I decided to do something about that. Welcome to Chaos is Me, a monthly column where I will be listing off my favorite screamo releases from the past month (and beyond, as you’ll see below). August was the perfect month to kick this off as we got two absolutely gigantic albums dropping in back-to-back weeks. Without further ado, let’s do this… Continue reading