Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018

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2018 has been quite the year. It was a roller coaster personally, nationally, globally, and in the realm of metal. There are people that I loved that are gone now. There are people who are gone that I should have loved more. I failed a lot of people. I’ve struggled in so many ways. If you are curious about that, just listen to the last Slaves BC record or read any interviews I did during that release cycle. I got fatter, fitter, quit smoking, joined five or six more bands, did artwork for some bands, did PR for some others, and spent a lot (but never enough) of time with my wonderful wife and animals.

Anyway, I listened to a ton of music again in 2018. I didn’t get a chance to talk about any of it very much, but I listened to a ton. 2018 was another fantastic year for metal/hardcore/whatever. I’ve been altering this list for months and I had a real hard time narrowing it down as much as I did. Just like last year, I have compiled my favorite 50 full length metal/hardcore records, favorite 10 non-metal records, and my top 10 favorite EP’s/singles/etc.

I made this playlist with one track from each of the records that are on Spotify for you to listen to a sampling of everything below. Thank you for checking this out and here’s to a better 2019!

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Initial Descent: October 9 – 15, 2016

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It always seems that October flies by faster than any other month. Here we are, already halfway through and thankfully, the new metal releases just seem to get better each week. This one is no different but with Darkthrone‘s Arctic Thunder, it just got a lot bigger and for a lot of metalheads that have been anxiously awaiting their return. But we also have the latest entry into grindcore perfection with Voices from Wormrot, Waldgeflüster return with their pagan, atmospheric black metal on Ruinen, hard driving contemporary metallers Anciients offer up their second full length Voice of the Void, 40 Watt Sun‘s Wider Than the Sky is an emotionally stirring doom album and Our Place of Worship is Silence give us some gritty death metal on The Embodiment of Hate. Powerful week for sure, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet so dive deeper after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: Our Place of Worship is Silence – “The Embodiment of Hate”

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Southern California’s Our Place of Worship is Silence have walked a long, hard road to get to where they are today. Where many bands would have called it a day after dealing with the death of a founding member before their first album was even released, Our Place of Worship is Silence soldiered on in spite of the obstacles. Their debut album, The Embodiment of Hate stands as a testament to where the band came from, the uncompromising strength that took them to its release, and the catharsis that is experienced surfacing on the other side of negativity.  Continue reading