In less threatening words, hello readers! You might recognize me as your drinking buddy, who brings you album and beer pairings every Friday that I am not infected with E. Coli. Since I’ve been focusing on writing shorter reviews for the site this year, I’ve been thinking of more ways I can contribute outside of long-form writing. Our weekly mixtape is one of my favorite things we’ve added to the site; it’s fun to be able to give our readership a kind of behind the scenes look at what we’re all jamming in our spare time without the necessity of deadlines shaping our listening habits. So, I staged a coup-de-grace and snatched control of the column away from our editor, but in a nice way that actually helps him, because Josh is a very busy man. Thanks to him for being gracious in defeat, and to you for reading this. I hope you find something good to jam out to here, and if not, there’s always next week. Enjoy Volume 57, friends.
It’s been a busy half-year. After promising myself in January that I’d take it easy in 2016 and be more selective with the music I listened to, I proceeded to listen to roughly 125 albums in the first six months of the year. (You know, after listening to 170 all of 2015 and thinking that was too much.)
At any rate, I’ve done enough of these over the years for you to know the drill. I’m doing a Top 10, followed by 10 honorable mentions. A full sixth of my album listening in one post? So be it. As always, I’ll keep the blurbs for each album brief so as not to become tedious. Yada yada yada. Now let’s jump into the list…
I’m wondering where to even begin anymore. Every month is just so packed with tremendous releases that it’s hard to keep things straight. Well, for starters, Grave Miasmareleased a beyond solid EP, behemoths of clean vocals and heaviness Katatonia released a refreshingly mature and brilliant LP, Oakland purveyors of dark wave, post-punk and gothic rock Alaricdropped their best LP to date, Glorior Belli released what might be the black metal album of the year, blackened death metal band Ljosazabojstwa from Belarus dropped a debut via Hellthrasher, Howls of Ebb experimented with a genius blend of black metal and outside influences, Behexencontinued their path of no bullshit black metal, I, Voidhanger (making a case for record label of the year) released Khanusand Altare Productions released as Hatespirit and Ordem Satanica and Blood Harvest’s responded by releasing Luciferion, Maleficence and Cadaveric Fumes. Continue reading →
As Wo Fat unleashes Midnight Cometh, their fifth full-length album, I have a working thesis about their place in the metal world: Wo Fat is the AC/DC of stoner rock. Now before you react (positively or negatively), just go with me on this for a minute.Continue reading →
Guys. GUYS. We’ve got less than a week ’til MDF. If I sound like a broken record right now…fuck you, I don’t particularly care. I’m JACKED for this thing.
But until then, we’ve got quite a bit of new metal to hold us over. Like, oh, I don’t know…new Katatonia, for starters? The Swedes are back with album number ten, The Fall of Hearts, which you can bet your asses Mr. Butterworth and I are psyched for. (Check out his review after the jump if you don’t believe me.) We’ve also got a new EP from OSDM worshippers Gruesome — who, oh yeah, will also be all about that MDF life next week. Tons more in the queue, so let’s not waste any more time. Here’s what’s on tap for this week: Continue reading →