In 2020, time became a melting flat circle and the concept of eternal recurrence became far too real, mundane and inescapable. Thankfully the high quality of metal released during the year provided solace, perspective and inspiration that helped endure the blizzard of blurring days, weeks and months. Time lost all structural integrity and meaning also in the sense that you will find full-length albums, EPs and even single-track releases on my list, owing to their excellence, innovation, enjoyability, distinct identity and sound as well the evolutionary leaps the featured bands took. The fact that I could omit from my list so many fantastic releases, from the likes of Afterbirth, Havukruunu, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore, Serocs, Sweven, Wake and Wills Dissolve, is simply indicative of the sheer quantity of stellar-grade metal in 2020. The list is long and full of flowery prose elaborating why these particular releases resonated with me, so enough with the prefacing.Continue reading
San Francisco’s Lotus Thief have been bringing their particular brand of mystical, historical melange of doom, space, prog and post rock for a while now, with each release further settling into a dark corner of atmospheric post rock and metal. With Oresteia, the band feels more expansive than ever, even as that expansiveness leads to the songs losing some impact along the way. Continue reading
The ball has dropped, the headaches are gone, the messes are cleaned up, and it’s time for some new metal now that the lists will be growing in quantity. Killer week so let’s get to it.
Metal’s busiest band, Haunt, are back with another supercharged dose of heavy metal but this time we get some synth. And, it’s great. If you’re in the market for some soul crushing blackened doom that has no idea how to take it easy then Plague Weaver has you covered, and Lotus Thief are rounding out the top slots to cleanse the palate with some floating orbs of post-rock atmospherics. All that and more awaits below. Continue reading
Welcome back to another Saturday mixtape. Hopefully you aren’t still sleeping off a turkey hangover. If you are, fear not, because we’ve got plenty of goodness to wake you up right. Everything from black metal to Ozzy Osbourne to Tom Waits and Genesis is represented here this week so there’s bound to be something to spark your interest. Take a listen down below.
I am writing this intro blurb on Christmas eve, on Lemmy’s birthday and almost exactly a year after his death. Today, the largest newspaper in Finland published a fascinating article discussing Lemmy’s life (unfortunately in Finnish). The article’s lead paragraph notes the failure of humanity to carry on without Lemmy and the shockwave his death created, paving the way for 2016 in all its depressing grimness. Continue reading