Huzzah, good riddance to another weird year, not only on both personal and professional fronts which basically prevented me from engaging in music writing, but also in terms of metal itself. Weird in the sense that multiple previous EOY luminaries released albums that failed to resonate, while bands that had not clicked for me on earlier albums decided to surprise me. Amidst all the oddity, there was thankfully a degree of cosmic justice and continuing reliability, as old favorites released their best work to date while relative newcomers delivered on the promises and potential for greatness that were teased on their initial releases. Without further ado, here are my 15 favorite metal albums of 2022.Continue reading
Best of 2022: Colin’s List
Having only just joined the 9C crew around the end of November, I was hit with the sudden realization that I needed to get an EOY list together very soon. My top two slots were pretty much locked in, but the remainder needed a lot of work. I certainly haven’t had the time to craft the most immaculate Best Of list, but I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out. I wouldn’t have expected two EPs to make this list, and I’m glad that my top two slots are bands totally new to me in 2022. There’s a lot of material from last year I never had the opportunity to check out, but that’s what “Things I Missed” lists are for right?Continue reading
Receiving the Evcharist: Worm and Le Seul XVI
Cue the spooky Halloween music, I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Today’s pairing is Worm’s Bluenothing and Une Une Année’s Le Seul XVI. Drink from the cup of heresy.Continue reading
Initial Descent: October 23 – 29, 2022
First off, big thanks to brother Chris for holding it down for me last week here on Initial Descent. He brought the fire then, and I’m bringing it now. We’ve got the goods to help you get into the Halloween mood with a soul crushing outing from Worm, the next epic step from legendary black metallers Darkthrone, some absolutely extreme deathgrind from Psionic Madness, a rip roaring riff ride from Psychonaut, and a lengthy list of metal for every taste below these top four. So come one, come all and happy hunting. See you here throughout the week.Continue reading
CANTO: Black Anvil, Ingested, Judicator, and More
This week, much like last week, can go right in the fucking shredder.
- Ingested are releasing Ashes Lie Still on November 4th through Metal Blade, and today they unveiled the video for “Tides of Glass”. It’s awesome. Be sure to catch them on tour with Lorna Shore this coming October and November.
- Going in a bit of a different direction, Judicator have announced details surrounding their new album. The Majesty of Decay is set for a November 25th release through Prosthetic Records. The lead single, “The High Priestess”, is streaming over at Metal Injection.
- Florida black/doom metal collective Worm are releasing a new EP on October 28th through 20 Buck Spin, titled Bluenothing. I really enjoyed Foreverglade from last year, so yes I’m excited about this. Anyway, here’s a teaser for ya.
- We’re going to close the day, and maybe my week, with the second track from Black Anvil off of Regenesis. This one is titled “8 Bit Terror”, and you can see the video for it below. For what it’s worth, I enjoy this track much more than the last offering. That album drops on November 4th through Season of Mist.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”