Oh hey, you thought lists were all done? Nope, I’ve got one more in the tank and some more albums to talk about. I wrote one of these lists last year, amid a flurry of excitement and trepidation that I had missed something truly great, which is kind of a silly thing to worry about now that I think about it. Of course I did then, and of course I do now. There just isn’t enough time in the world for me to take every great album in, even in the span of a whole year. And, not least of all, new bands and new albums are always being thrown my way thanks to the good folks we have on staff. So, here I sit with some leftovers of 2021, albums that for whatever reason didn’t jump out at me right away but have since found their way into my heart. Don’t consider these throwaways; they stack up to anything on anyone else’s list, and in fact, many of them WERE on other peoples’ list and that’s what brought them to my attention. Just consider it a nice bonus present, post-holidays.Continue reading
It’s been a long almost six years since the last time So Hideous graced us with a new record. The New York City based outfit blasted into critical favor with a style truly all their own on 2016’s Laurestine, and it seemed like there was no stopping the momentum they had built, but then…silence. A lot happened personally in the meantime, but the good news is that the band is back and refocused on None but a Pure Heart Can Sing, an album that is thankfully not merely a rehashing of old ideas, but a complete refreshing of their sound.Continue reading
It has rained every single damn day this week. Which, really, is just what I need less than two weeks removed from a breakup. Good job, universe! Oh well, May’s upon us. There’s no way it won’t improve upon April from a lifeical standpoint, but it may also do so from a metallic perspective as well. Quite a bit to look forward to over the next 25 days.
That starts today, with new stuff from U.K. death crew Grave Miasma, who release their gnarly new EP, Endless Pilgrimage. I’ll have a full review of that thing up early next week, but as a pre-emptive TL;DR — it’s worth your time. We’ve also got new albums from Alaric, Vektor…hell, even one from not-metal-but-yes-awesome synthwave mainstay Perturbator. It’s a solid week, so let’s jump in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, May 6:
I need to start getting ready to get drunk, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
- A bit of a slow day, but let’s start with upcoming album news. Swallow the Sun has been hard at work and is set to release a triple album in November. Triple. That’s ambitious.
- Wasting no time after Soulfly’s latest album, Max Cavalera and the rest of the gang in Killer Be Killed are set to start work on a new album. This guy has been working tirelessly for a number of years. How come I don’t really care?
- It won’t be long now until The Ride Majestic finally drops. In the meantime, Soilwork are streaming one of the new tracks from their shiny new album. The song is called “Enemies in Fidelity” and it’s wildly… fine.
- Today would have been Dimebag Darrell‘s 49th birthday. So let’s honor that with Pantera’s classic “5 Minutes Alone”.
- Alright, now chill out to this new So Hideous track called “Yesteryear”.
Isn’t that something? I sure think so. Anyway, that’s enough outta me until tomorrow.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”