The Be(a)st of 2018 – J’s List

 

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Every year is an interesting trip around the sun.  New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others.  2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape.  There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year.  Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them.  Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!).  Continue reading

CANTO: Devin Townsend, Hinayana, Demon Hunter, and More

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I took two days off last week because I felt like it.

  • Queen is going on tour with Adam Lambert following the release of Bohemian Rhapsody and not a single part of me is at all surprised.
  • Some of the guests on the new Devin Townsend record: Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, among others of course. Interesting.
  • Demon Hunter (which is a name I haven’t said in awhile) will drop two albums in March, War and Peace. I’m a little intrigued about what they will do with such a project.
  • You know who I really like? Hinayana. You know who dropped a new video today? Also Hinayana. It’s for “The Window” and it’s as awesome as I would have hoped. If I can get my junk together, I’ll be talking about this in more depth in the coming days.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q1 2018

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From time to time we all get together as a team and discuss some of our favorite albums we missed covering at release time. Whether due to time slipping away from us or whatever the case may be, we miss them. Well, now that we’ve just passed the end of March, we are proud to bring you some overlooked highlights from the first quarter. So, without further delay, let’s jump right into it. Albums we missed in Q1 2018. Here. We. Go. Continue reading

Album Review (ICYMI): Hinayana – “Endless”

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Released back on August 28th, 2014, Endless was a debut demo from Hinayana that I’m willing to bet slipped through the cracks for many, including myself until just recently. Based in Austin, TX, Hinayana is a project born from the mind of Casey Hurd, who is responsible for the writing and recording of all songs. A sound best described as doom metal delivered with melodic prowess is able to keep an audience captivated throughout this impressive debut.

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