Thanks to the demands, deadlines and drudgery of my day job, this stocktaking listicle was delayed two weeks past its intended publication date at the half-way point of the year. In the intervening time, additional waves of releases were unleashed, a reminder of the golden era of quantity and quality we are currently living in. It has become increasingly challenging to stay on top of must-hear releases, even with obsessive research and vigilance, but the untold satisfaction of unearthing new records that hit you like a brick in the face, make being a metalhead in this day and age such a thrilling glory ride.
I had a difficult time narrowing the following list (in alphabetical order) down to only ten releases (ultimately, the aforementioned day job dictated its final length) that have made a lasting impact in my heart of hearts during the first six months of this year, thanks to their creativity, vision, emotion, pummeling ferocity, gripping melody, riff mastery, headbangability, confident musicianship and that certain je ne sais quoi that elevates some albums and the whole genre to dizzying artistic heights. Continue reading →
Oceans of Slumber are one of those bands I can’t figure out how I actually feel about them. The talent level is insane. They are progressive—sort of a progressive rock with some harder, grunge-like elements that border on metalcore at times. Because of this, the Evanescence comparisons become unavoidable. That isn’t the point though. The music they create is accessible, intoxicating and, at least on the surface, pretty entertaining. So let’s check out a video for the title track off their upcoming release Winter, due out March 4, 2016. Continue reading →
We’re back with our fourth and final recap of Maryland Deathfest 2015–this time, covering Sunday’s shenanigans. While bands like D.R.I., Early Graves, Thantifaxath and Portal were slaying at the Soundstage and Rams Head Live, Dan, Corey, Kevin and special guest / friend of the pod Dan Blumenthal were holding it down at the Edison Lot for Tombs, Goatsnake, Demilich, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Neurosis, AMORPHIS (!!!) and a whole host of others.
Special shout-outs again to the many friends we made or caught up with this weekend down in Baltimore. Won’t spell everyone out here, as we already do so in the episode, but suffice it to say, this weekend wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without you all!
That all being said, give this final mini-sode a listen and see how it all went down on Sunday!