I’m out of witty shit. Whatever. New metal incoming and so much in fact that I had a tough time singling out four standouts but, here we are. Just know there’s so much to dig into this week. Alright then… yes, I do know that black metallers Twilight Fauna dropped the button on Foundations last Friday but it was a surprise so I’m featuring it here because I can and because it’s AMAZING and you do not want to miss this sort of turn in their chapter. Another black metal band with a new album that rules is on deck and that band is Horn, so do that now, too. Binary Code offer up one of the most emotional heavy albums of the year, and Paradise Lost show that they are ready to usurp their best work with…their best work. Yep, it’s that kind of week. We need it so go do it and do it all and do it hard. Continue reading
Album Review: Twilight Fauna — “Foundations”
The thing I keep coming back to listening to the latest from Twilight Fauna is that title. I’ve found over the past few weeks of isolation that when I reach for music I’m looking for different things than I used to. I want connection, I want an experience that reassures me that we’re here, that we’re together. The music Paul Ravenwood has created over the years always provided that connection, but nowhere is that intent, that essence, as crystalized as it is on Foundations. More than being a new apex in the band’s catalog, it feels like the true foundation upon which Ravenwood will build moving forward. Continue reading
Visions ov Hell: Quarantined With Nine Circles, Part 3
Third part to this. THIRD. And no end in sight. Whatever. Don’t go insane, keep it tuned right here with us as we bring you live footage, actual videos, and a killer collab thanks to the fine folks at Two Minutes To Late Night. We’ve got the newest from Twilight Fauna, some old Acid Bath, a new..ish track from Pyrexia, grind from Nasum and Pig Destroyer (and more), and a whole slew of other gems to help stave off the mundaneness of looking at the walls or naps. Actually, I love naps but damn, enough is enough. I digress, quarantine with us and raise a glass. Ours is raised to you. Stay safe and well, friends.
Embracing the Descent: April 14 – 20, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Embracing the Descent and another opportunity to catch some molten nuggets of this week’s incoming metal. If it’s your first visit, we briefly discuss a handful of the current week’s new releases that stood out for whatever reason and maybe, from time to time, a week behind but who’s counting. We won’t be hitting everything because no one wants to read a 40 – 60 entry piece and who’s got that kind of time anyway. Let’s jump in and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent. Before you go, leave us a comment if you have thoughts or gripes or something we should be listening to. Continue reading
Josh Thieler’s Favorite Records of 2018
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!