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
No meandering preamble. Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul. Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1. Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list. Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.
Enough. Let’s do this. Continue reading
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: Vastum’s Orificial Purge and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Accumulated Knowledge.
Boston tomorrow. Lots of things to share tonight.
- I caught this late last night, so I obviously need to share it today. Migration Fest 2020 details. The Gilead/20 Buck Spin festival dropped the first round of bands for next year, and highlights include Falls of Rauros, Yellow Eyes, False, and Vastum. If you follow either of these labels, those names won’t surprise you. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting!
- Deathwhite has revealed that their next album, titled Grave Image, will be out on January 31st through Season Of Mist. I really enjoyed their debut, and if the first single from this effort is any indication, we could be in for another tremendous listen in a couple more months.
- More album updates. Remember that killer album from Woorms that dropped just this past January, titled Slake? Well, we get even more Woorms this coming March. Twitching, as Prey will be released through The Hospital and Sludgelord Records. Here’s a new track, called “Silence and the Saints”. Pretty sure the album name in the caption is wrong but what are ya gonna do?
- In case anyone needed an Enslaved update, I’m happy to report that they have re-signed with Nuclear Blast. They’ve been working together for about a decade, with excellent results I might add, so this is a good thing. With the announcement, the band also dropped a music video for “What Else Is There”. That particular number is a cover of the Röyksopp song and features as a bonus track on E.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Went on a ghost walk last night and even though we didn’t run into any, it did make me think about Ken Foree’s iconic line in the also iconic 1978 Dawn of the Dead film “When there’s no more room left in hell, the dead will walk the earth.” In my estimation, we’ve got to be hurtling towards max capacity down there. Soooo, food for thought and I’ll leave it at that. But before you think on that too much, dive into this new list of metal we’ve got up for grabs – that’s why we’re here so let’s burn it down…
Atlanta’s Cloak offer up their second full length and it betters their debut with larger than life rock swagger, seedier gothic undertones, deeper hooks, and blacker black metal – Cloak rules. Period. Speaking of ruling, Vastum does it again on their filthy, debauchery filled fourth death metal expedition, Texas based Cleric bring even more filthiness with their second full length of classic sounding Swe/Fin/Dutch inspired death metal, and the absolutely electrifying heavy metallers Savage Master are back with their third epic concoction. You need all of these and there’s still a ton more to follow, GET SOME. Continue reading