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.
No meandering preamble. Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul. Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1. Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list. Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.
Did all the ham and turkey expand your waistline? Are you reading this from somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving? Does anyone care either way? Right. New metal. We got it. Let’s go.
NY’s blackened deathgrinders Vomit Fist are back to regale us with more tales of the “Frogvasion” and this time they’re exploring a bit with an avantgarde touch to their razor-raw riffs which means this second outing rules that much harder. Imprecation and Black Blood Invocation get bestial enough to make Satan blush on their split release, and Fen do unexpectedly great things with their atmospheric black metal – it’s an early call but this just might be their finest moment yet.
Welcome back to number 101 folks. We may have just hit mixtape number 100 in our weekly series, but the confetti is all swept up and we’re back in business mode here at 9CHQ. Just kidding, it’s always a party when we do these things, because we love sharing music with you all. This week, I’m in Yeehaw Mode (TM), our interview wizard Matt is loving the new Toxic Holocaust, and the return of Castle Metal gives us all something to be grateful for. Check out these and much more (ed: and DEATH METAL) below.
I need to go for a run. Also, some of this news is from yesterday. Deal with it.
Fen, a band I love but feel like I haven’t mentioned in awhile, are set to release their next album on December 6th. It will be called The Dead Light and will be available through Prophecy Productions. Apparently Winter came out in 2017, so I suppose it hasn’t been that long.
Check out this new video from Cloak for “A Voice in the Night”. The song is obviously great, and this video is very much appropriate on a number of levels. The Burning Dawn will be out on October 25th via Season Of Mist.