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.
A lot of things about this past year sucked, but the one thing that absolutely didn’t was the music. Between the scheduled releases and the surprise ones few were expecting, it’s been a stellar year of powerful, emotionally charged music, and I’ve been in a very fortunate position to be able to sit back and take it all in. So fortunate, in fact, that I couldn’t contain a year end list to just one article. So, here’s the first installment, the honorable mentions. Truthfully, any of these albums could have ended up on the “main” list on a different day, so really, this is just my way of extending the fun and talking about more of my favorite albums.
Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist. Today, we’ve got the new Gojira single for you, alongside other new cuts from Primitive Man, Black Crown Initiate, Uada, and Incantation. And you know there’s plenty more in there that you’ll like, so jump in below and get your morning started right.
My brother and I started high school at the heyday of the metalcore scene. We listened to quite a bit of awful, vapid breakdown-bots, but Misery Signals always stood out as a cut above the rest, right from the first time the guy sitting next to me in Spanish class put me on to them. Lyrically, sonically, technically, emotionally, there was something about them that made them resonate deeper with us, and it’s something that we still come back to. When I snagged Ultraviolet, I thought it would only be fitting that Vince and I tackle this one together. Continue reading →