Hey y’all, it’s been a minute! More accurately, it’s been about 221,000! Over the last four months, when I haven’t been watching the world rapidly start to resemble a toilet overflowing with diarrhea, I’ve been slaving away at my first semester of nursing school. Which has meant that finally, after a solid 2-3 years in a row of telling myself, “I’m gonna listen to less music this year,” I actually did listen to less music this year! My best estimate is…probably 165 albums? Maybe 170? Still a bunch, but down more than a hundred from each of the last couple of years. MISSION [SORTA] ACCOMPLISHED.
On the other hand, this puts me in something of an odd position when it comes to picking my “Best of 2017.” I didn’t listen to as much music. I deleted my Twitter and reduced my overall social media presence by, conservatively, 75% — which, by the way, was a fucking AMAZING life decision that I recommend all of you try — so I had neither a steady stream of albums-you-must-hear-or-you-will-be-shunned crossing my radar screen, nor the urge to seek out even more obscure albums that I could shun others for not having heard. Oh, and also, most of my favorite albums this year were from outside the metal genre. Me putting this list together and claiming it to be THE BEST OF 2017 would be a little delusional.
So, that’s why I’m not doing that. Okay fine, I’ve made a list and ordered it — alphabetically, because EAT IT, BIG RANKINGS — but that’s it. This is just some stuff I listened to and happened to really enjoy this year. Authoritativeness be damned. (Or left for the folks over at Last Rites.) Let’s jump in.
A note before beginning:
This list is going to focus on the metal portion of this year’s listening. (And perhaps, in some cases, the metal-adjacent.) So, even though Ulver put out my favorite album of the year in any genre with The Assassination of Julius Caesar, you’re not going to see that thing in this post. Same with Anathema. Same with…I dunno, Steven Wilson, or The War on Drugs, or other contributions from pretty-blatantly-not-metal artists. If time permits, I’ll do a year-end Rainbows in the Dark recap. (Maybe.) But this is my metal list, and it shall be kept metal. Now, all that said…
10/24/2017. I’m back but still recovering. Let’s do this.
- Couple tour announcements coming your way today. The first is from Igorrr who will be hitting the road with Spotlights for a few dates in North America early the next year. I’m going to do my best to be there because that sounds fun.
- The second is, obviously, Decibel Magazine Tour, which features Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, Myrkur, and Khemmis. Yep. This one is definitely a must. Dates start February 15th, 2018.
- Sadly, I was informed this weekend that Celtic Frost bassist, Martin Eric Ain, has passed away. It may be old news at this point, but it’s new to me and I had to include it here.
- Finally, let’s switch things up and close with a new music video from 9Electric for “Beautiful”.
I’m no 9Electric fan, but bringing attention to breast cancer and suicide prevention and awareness gets this video/band props in my book.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Fitting that we’re in October and are on lucky playlist number 13. Not sure about you but I stayed up way too late watching Hammer Horror films last night and am currently drowning myself in pot after pot of coffee. But, ’tis the season for this kind of thing. As usual we have an eclectic mix for you in the following playlist and since it’s Monday we all need an extra kick in the head to get moving. Catch up on the last 12 volumes right here and subscribe while you’re at it. Without further ado, hit the play button below and see what we’ve all been listening to. Continue reading
Good bourbon and good metal go hand in hand. Either can strike a chord immediately or simmer over time as layers and nuances are slowly peeled back. However, it’s pure magic when you can experience both at the same time but I digress, there’s a ton of metal to cover today so, shall we? Leading us off this week is the triumphant return of black metal giants Enslaved with their fourteenth full length E and whether immediate or over time, this album is astounding. Next up, Spectral Voice‘s debut Eroded Corridors of Unbeing is a hefty beast of a death metal album that fully warrants the attention it has received. Moving along, grind / death / doomsters The King Is Blind return with their second full length We Are the Parasite, We Are the Cancer and heavy handedly topple their debut and closing out the opening slots, Gloam offer up an exceptional EP, Death is the Beginning, that pushes their brand of black metal even further with a hint of thrash and doom. With all that said, it would be a great week with just those four but we are a long way from being done — so get after it… Continue reading