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

Nine Circles ov…2018 Metal Catch Up

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It seems silly to judge the volume and or content of music from one year to another – I’m sure I was feeling the crunch of not being able to adequately catch up with new music this time last year as well, but this year it just feels heavier.  Between surprise releases I never saw coming to recommendations from friends and stuff that’s been either on our radar or blasted into the ether by huge marketing pushes, there’s just a weight of distorted riffs sitting on my shoulder no amount of headphone time seems to disperse.  Which is not to diminish any of the records I’m about to cover that we haven’t devoted a full review to: there are easily two in this list I’m over the moon for.  Nevertheless, for this edition of Nine Circles ov… let’s spend a little time with some early 2018 releases we may not have covered in depth, but are still worth your time.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Woe, RIP Allan Holdsworth, Kirk Hammett and more!

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April 17, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

  • As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including Craven IdolOranssi Pazuzu and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list!
  • Woe and Ultha were kicked off the Hamburg ist Droneburg festival. Apparently, officials at the venue playing host to the festival got cold feet after finding out the groups had once played at a different festival with Inquisition. Never mind the fact that both bands are openly anti-fascist. Just disregard that little tidbit.

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