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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Best of 2018: Josh’s List

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I had a plan in January. The same plan I have every January: to only document the albums that strike a major chord in one way or another. Yet, here we sit in December and I’m debating on at least one or two of my locked list and mourning those who fell off. Don’t take ‘fell off’ as a knock either. It simply means there was no shortage of amazing albums this year and well, I just enjoy the torture of whittling away on my favorites (not).

I’ve spoken at length about how important music is for life in general and how important it is for me as someone that had a finger on the play button for nearly all 8,760 hours that made up this year. EOY lists, I love them – always have and always will. It’s a chance to purge all the best and move on to yet another cycle into the unknown. Fire walk with me through the albums that hit home the hardest… Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Twilight Fauna and Cherry Jane Sour Ale

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Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Twilight Fauna’s Where Birds Sing My Name and Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Cherry Jane.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 22 – 28, 2018

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Last week, things happened. All over the place. AND we featured a lot of things – good things as a matter of fact, so when you get some free time head back and check it all out. Plus, we will feature more good things this week. Speaking of good things, there’s new metal and plenty of it. What you ask? Read on…

Leading the charge is a pair of stunning black metal releases; the first of which is Inexorum with their melodic black metal debut Lore of the Lakes. This thing has had me in a trance since it hit our inbox, it’s an extremely personal piece of music that is as huge in scope as the landscape and themes at its core. And the second of which is the atmospheric black metal of Twilight Fauna on Where Birds Sing My Name and if you’ve somehow missed any of the past praise we’ve heaped on Twilight Fauna just listen to this album and formulate your own opinions — original release date was this week but it dropped late last week, still including it here so you DON’T MISS IT and because I can. Missouri’s Degrave bring the old school of thrash metal roaring back to life on their debut Degrave and Bloodsoaked Necrovoid give new meaning to slowly raising the dead from old infected crypts on their death / doom four-track Demo.

There’s more to follow so hang around awhile. We’ll be seeing you here throughout the week, stay tuned. Continue reading