This week has been… aggressive.
- Vile Creature have announced a North American tour as well as an exclusive London show. The tour runs in May and June, and Elizabeth Colour Wheel will be joining them for a few dates, which is super cool. Their debut album with Prosthetic Records should be out in the near future as well.
- Mörk Gryning have announced their first ever U.S. tour. There are only seven dates between April 30th and May 6th, but it includes an appearance at Art Noir Extreme Fest II in Brooklyn.
- Heilung announced an upcoming release of their performance at Castlefest in 2017. It will be called Lifa – Heilung Live at Castlefest, and it drops on April 24th through Season of Mist.
- Check out this new video from Fleshgod Apocalypse for “Monnalisa”. That’s a track taken from Veleno, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. They have a U.S. tour kicking off in just a couple weeks.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Welcome back, friendo. This month we’re going to do it a little different, because December was slow AF, and we’re all in the spirit of year-end lists. So this time, I’m going to give you a selection of my absolute favorite tracks of the year. Things you might have missed, things *I* might have missed. Just good music all around. 2019 was a year for the books, fingers crossed 2020 delivers. We’ll see what January gives us.
Oh yeah. This one’s a double. What can I say? It was a great year. Oh, and it ain’t all metal. Sorry metal fam, sometimes you just gotta take your medicine. Clocking in at just over two hours, I hope this helps you adjust to the fact that we now live in the future.
The end of March always seems to find me on the road to some far-off destination and folks, this year is no exception. When you are reading this, I will be leaving a night of camping in Northern California and will be on my way up to Portland, OR, one of my favorite places on Earth, followed by a few days in Seattle. I am ridiculously excited to spend some quality time with my family and my partner away from the nightmare hell world that is work. And if you need to spend some quality time away from the cares of the world too, why not dip into this week’s playlist? We made it just for you. It’d be rude of you not to.
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!
It’s beginning to look a lot like fuck this.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”