By now, it has become customary for me to recall at the turn of the year how great the past 12 months were for metal and its myriad sub-genres and styles, and how difficult it has become to keep one’s head above the water in the face of the deluge of releases. I have been listening to metal for over 25 years but am still astonished and impressed on a daily basis by the boundless imagination on display, be it the ever-blossoming creativity of bands who have been operating for 20 years or the ravenous appetite of newcomers. Continue reading →
As I sit here writing out this 2019 list quite literally on New Year’s Eve (I swear I’m later and later with this post every year), I look back a bit and realize that 2019 was pretty much insane. Sure, we’re burning the Earth alive and democracy here is pretty much dead, but from a narrower lens, there were some positives. From a selfish standpoint, 2019 kicked ass. We should all look at the world with a greater perspective, and share in the trials and tribulations the world is going through and aspire for better… for everyone. But within all that, for the sake of sanity, it’s also healthy to look back on personal achievements and moments with some pride. And that’s where I’m at right now. Continue reading →
Here’s cool news. Saor have signed on with Season of Mist. This can only lead to great things. It sounds like Andy is already working on new material, so we may not even need to wait that long for those things!
How about Enforcer, since they have a massive North American tour with Warbringer coming up anyway? This track is called “Sail On”.Zenith, is available now worldwide on Nuclear Blast.
Most importantly (to me), is Cult of Luna. The video for “Lay Your Head to Rest” caught my attention today. Oh how I cannot wait for September 20th… that’s when A Dawn to Fear is released. In case you forgot.
It’s love week. Cupid, hearts….and all that. Who do you love? I say, who do you LOooOVE?! Whoa, the spirit of Bo Diddley got me for a sec. But, to further his point: we love metal and lists of new metal. We have both, in spades, right here. Keep reading, dear reader…
It’s been awhile since the last really good powerviolence fix but Endorphins Lost repair that missing element on the devastatingly vicious Seclusions – think Choose Your Way with more hate and venom. If you’ve been paying attention, speed metal with a heavy lean towards all things 80s is a very good thing and Chainbreaker do just that, tremendously so, on debut Lethal Desire. Saor don’t exactly break their own mold on Forgotten Paths but they still execute their brand of folk and atmospheric black metal well and if we we’re betting folks, we would bet that this album will be much better when played at Fire In the Mountains Fest. Last up top are the black ‘n’ punk phenoms Truchło Strzygi who offer one of the most seamless mixes of those two genres on Nad Którymi Nie Czuw Żaden Stróż.
I’m baaaaaaaack. Thanks to Josh for covering for me while I was away. I spent a great two weeks back in the icy winter of my home, Chicago, IL. I got to spend the holidays with all my family, catch up with some old friends from high school and college, eat and drink myself into oblivion, and watch my California-Born-and-Raised partner’s face light up when some unexpected snow flurries blew in. It was exactly the kind of recharge I needed after the trash fire that was 2018. I feel ready to get back in the saddle again, and what better way to do that than share all the good stuff I and my cohorts have been jamming over our respective holiday-time adventures? Check below for a list of tunes to whip your year into shape.