Best of 2019: Josh’s List

Best of 2019

I know, you’ve come here in hopes of some diatribe about how my 2019 sucked ass or how I loathed a lot of stuff this year. But, if that’s what you came for look elsewhere. 2019 has been a good year for me on many fronts. My family continually prove to me that true beauty does exist, I have a great job that was extremely busy all year, I got to speak with a few bands I truly adore, I trimmed social media, I kept up with those who matter, and those who matter kept up with me. Oh, almost forgot, amazing bourbon was had along the way and we found a new local brewery with a top shelf IPA. One thing that hasn’t changed is the impact music has on my life and this list, my list, encompasses what raised the hair on the back of my neck. Buckle up buttercup. Continue reading

Initial Descent: December 8 – 14, 2019

Night Goat
Night Goat

It’s Initial Descent time which means another list of new metal for your earholes. The quality is still high so count your blessings. Or don’t. 

My love of noise rock runs deep but up until this point in the year nothing has really grabbed me by the throat. Ohio’s Night Goat offer up a scorching debut that has everything I need to call it THE noise rock album of the year; it’s loud, visceral, nasty, and has an unshakeable darkness to it – in other words, perfect. In Human Form put the A in avantgarde with an even larger batch of 70s prog to go with their forward thinking black metal, and NEDXXX cash in on the whole ‘sent by the devil to do the devil’s work’ schtick with the kind of black metal that sounds like ol’ scratch himself puked it up. Put those three in your pipe and smoke them but don’t forget about the rest that await immediately below. GO. Continue reading

Profile: Julia Bentley of Noisemongers Night Goat

Night Goat

I’ve said it before, somewhere on this very site even, true and real noise rock / metal should elicit raw nastiness and leave an indelible mark on whoever comes in contact with it (by mark I mean the need to go wash off afterwards). And anyone that loves true noise absolutely adores it; lock, stock, and barrel. Ohio’s Night Goat gets it and on their upcoming full length debut, Milk, they careen down a road filled with disease ridden razor blades and gutter brutality but the real key to how big of a success this album will be is their stark conviction and dedication to this particular art form. Its ten tracks are some of the vilest yet beautiful noise these ears have come across in quite some time and we’re honored to feature the following Profile we received from vocalist Julia Bentley. It’s a sincere response and a great look at Night Goat so jump in and don’t forget to hit the links to show them some support. Continue reading