Best of 2020: Vincent’s List

Best of 2020

Well that sure was one whole, entire year, wasn’t it?

Like many on this website, 2020 changed a lot of the ways in which I consume new music, and not for the better on my part. The constant thrum of anxiety coursing through my body and mind made critical music listening often difficult, and yet the albums I found this year that I love are some of the best and most affecting music I’ve heard in several years worth of doing this. I went over all of these picks in the end of year episode of our Audio Thing, which I would highly encourage you to listen to here, or wherever you consume podcasts; fair warning that it is a rather long episode, but we worked hard on it and had a lot of fun, so I’d appreciate it if you took the time to check it out. You can consider this main list a companion piece of sorts to the podcast episode. You can listen to me go into detail about the how’s and why’s of my main picks there, but I thought it would be fun to catalog them still, and I threw in some honorable mentions for good measure. Read along after the cut, and a very sincere thank you for another year of readership. I don’t do this for clout and I certainly don’t do this for money, so it means all the more that people take an interest in the things I am passionate about.

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Initial Descent: December 6 – 12, 2020

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Deeds of Flesh

It’s that time of year where we reflect on our metal choices over the past twelve months to separate the wheat from the chaff. BUT, as this week’s list of new metal will show you, DO NOT finalize any lists until you’ve seen what lies in wait. Or you can be content with your choices, tune out and miss the next two weeks, and then decide you fucked up. Free country and all. Anywho, a band we thought we may never hear from again, DEEDS OF FLESH, return in all their extreme death metal glory with a stunner, Heads for the Dead pump their brand of death metal full of gory fun, Heretical Sect mix black, death, and doom metal to complete success, and Folterkammer puts out a very unique album that showcases black metal as a backdrop with dark vocals and even darker atmospheres at the forefront. So yea, see? Tried to tell you. And, there’s a ton more lingering just below so get in there and do your thing.

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CANTO: Pessimist, Avatar, Heretical Sect, and More

It’s getting nice and dark out there these nice. Grimmmmmm, if you will.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Heretical Sect, PG.Lost, Harlott, and More

Everything is weird but at least Fall has arrived!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Embracing the Descent: February 24 – March 2, 2019

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Welcome to a fresh new thing called Embracing the Descent where we will briefly discuss somewhere between one and a handful of the current week’s new releases. Every now and then we might look back a week but for the most part we’ll try and keep it current and somewhat regular. That’s the plan anyway. Now, there will be bias because let’s face it: listening to 40-60 albums each week ain’t happening so we’ll be highlighting a select few that stood out for whatever reason. Almost like a grab bag of sorts. We don’t know how we’ll land on the albums we highlight, how many albums we will highlight, or who will be highlighting them… But we figure everyone likes a good mystery. So without further ado, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Continue reading