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Due to pushing a huge last set of the year, I forgo me talking between the songs.  In a couple of weeks I will have two weeks of my “Best of 2015” shows.

[Releases January 2016] 2 piece experimental black metal band Spektr will be releasing their album in late January. It has the weirdness of early industrial, which is mainly experimentation + catchy headrolling stuff.

Through the Darkness of Future Past: Spektr (France)(0:28-5:30)

SOLO project Rebel Wizard is blistering heavy metal thrash, catchy to the extreme, groove-laden, and accompanied by screechingly-jolting vocals.

A place to rest the dead inside is never to be found: Rebel Wizard (Australia)(5:31-8:31)

Fórn and Yautja came out with the best EP, one song each, both of them addictive. Fórn is the filthy sludge song.  Yautja had a Converge-esque noise hardcore song, which is fucking awesome too. 

Ancient Tongues: Fórn (Boston)(8:32-13:58)

Freedom Hawk has a twinge of young Ozzy in it.  Traditionally heavy rock, in the best classic way, surges through your blood, building up with fun hooks, rocking riffs, and those guitars harmonizing.  Listen to on a warm couch with a cold beer in your hand.

Lost in Space: Freedom Hawk (VA)(13:59-19:37)

Large dreary bleak rotting landscape: noise noise noise assault.

A Sheep Among the Wolves: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (France)(19:38-26:56)

Psychedelic melody, large riffs strumming through the air, thick compositions, cascading vocals, all from three people from Wisconsin.

Beneath the Waves: Moon Curse (Milwaukee)(27:31-34:34)

French black metal spin-off band with members of Aosoth and Antaeus.  This is a debut album from VI: relentlessly fast black metal, no nothing breaking this shit up.  Raw, fast, tight, fist clenching brutality.

Il Est Trop Tard Pour Rendre Gloire: VI (Paris)(35:35-39:55)

The Black Wizards recorded this second album in a live setting in 24 hours. The female lead singer is gorgeous, fuzzy blues, and rocks out.

Waiting For A Train: The Black Wizards (Portugal)(39:56-46:49)

Young, fresh-faced Luthuanians bring forth innovative hallucination-creating black metal.

III: Au-Dessus (Luthuania)(47:20-53:51)

[Releases in January 2016] The first element I heard was darkwave/post-punk, and then epic, large dark-atmosphere metal.

Mirage: Lycus (Oakland)(53:52-1:01:06)

Led by female vocalist, warm and rich heavy hard rock psychedelic doom and stoner. 

Green Queen: Disenchanter (Portland)(1:01:07-1:07:44)

Solo project Finnish bro's large chaotic compositions that somehow pulls together in a catchy way.

The Dreaming Tombs: Devouring Star (Finland)(1:07:45-1:13:08)

[Releases February 2016] Ocerco is described as post-black metal, but no one wants to be called that shit.  What they are is ominous, tight and tense, creating a very dark atmosphere.  I didn't hear any romance, which sort of hinders the post-black metal genre. I love me my romance, but I need it within dissonance.

O Colapso: Ocerco (Portugal)(1:13:09-1:18:53)

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Psychedelic atmospheric soundtrack for Russian cosmonauts.

Oblivion: Yuri Gagarin (Sweden)(0:28-8:18)

Noise, folk, theatrical black metal from some Frenchies. 

Absolution: Maieutiste (France)(9:42-17:39)

Creepy Detroit noise. 

Catching the Rich Train: Wolf Eyes (Detroit)(18:12-24:51)

Egypt is the best at always adding the best guitar riffs, jams out at the end of every song.  Wait for it.

Tres Madres: Egypt (Fargo)(25:45-31:21)

Rich blues crooning.  Whole album is a trip. 

Black Woman: Mammothwing (31:53-40:26)

Top-notch party stoner.

Great Awakening: Toke (North Carolina)(41:04-46:40)

Greek sludgey hardcore.

Clean Cop: Chronoboros (Greece)(47:37-50:42)

Fuzzy Polish groove.

Supercluster: Major Kong (Poland)(50:58-57:12)

Christmas song (to end)

Behind My Vocals: Darth Vader, The Smiths, Christopher Cross, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Sisters, The The

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Polish anonymous band is part monastery, part pummeling, part melodic, part black metal. 

Yekteniya 3: Batushka (Poland)(0:28-5:08)

New Fell Voices/Vanum/Vorde drummer in Yellow Eyes.  American black metal at its best: clean dense pretty.

The Mangrove, The Preserver: Yellow Eyes (NY)(6:32-12:34)

[Releases in February] Heavy gaze with a heavy hand of doom.  Guest Dale Crover.

Wolves Within Wolves: Low Flying Hawks (Mexico City/nomads)(13:28-19:06)

Female-led Cloud Rat is filthy grind.

Rusting Belt: Cloud Rat (Michigan)(19:33-21:48)

[Releases in January] Tight thrash from 30-year-old band.

The raging tides: Exumer (Germany)(22:13-26:18)

Technical death metal, but they do a great job of breaking up the density in fun ways.  Catchy.

I Defy For I Am Free: Sarpanitum (UK/Japan)(27:33-32:05)

[Releases in 2016] Blues-rock at its best.  This band was runner-up in 2014’s Best 70’s Revitalist.

Black Magic: Brimstone Coven (W. VA)(32:35-37:41)

Triumvir Foul is Ash Borer’s death metal side. Fast and filthy.

Pathways to Decay: Triumvir Foul (Portland)(38:06-42:51)

[Releases March 2016] Fantastic dark post-punk gorgeousness.

Silk Ribbon: Moth (Denmark)(43:18-47:25)

Greeks do it right.  Aggressive GREEK black metal. 

Fucking Your Creation: Dodsferd (Greece)(48:44-55:07)

Un’s guitarist and vocalist is bassist of Samothrace. If you like funeral doom, this is one of the best this year.

Forgotten Path: Un (Seattle)(55:52-END)

Behind My Vocals: Flash Arnold, Vector Sector, NightStop, BloodDragon, Dynatron, Nightcrawler, Pertubator, Grooveworthy, Vincenzo Salvia

 

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It doesn’t surprise me that Cloak of Altering and Gnaw Their Tongues are connected.  They both came out with some of the most dense, bizarre, horror, avante-garde-infused-assault metal this year.  You know, the usual.   

-3.003486962(6)+ 10-66: Cloak of Altering (Netherlands)(0:28-7:19)

Hot sweaty, I mean, Swedish doom.

Fornjot: Mammoth Storm (Sweden)(8:47-16:58)

Evil Australian-bleached death metal in a shot glass of prog.  

Fertile Crescent: Ur Draugr (Australia)(17:37-24:58)

Scorpion Child is finally coming out with their second album early next year.  This is their first release which makes ya salivate fo’mo’.  They are all-American rockers.

She Sings, I Kill: Scorpion Child (Austin)(26:01-31:01)

Luminous Vault started off as anonymous.  My guess was that they were doing a study on how reputation affects record sales.  They are members of Artificial Brain and Castevet, mixing up a blend of romantic death metal.

Deliver the Wound: Luminous Vault (NY)(32:14-37:01)

LA!! Sonic Medusa is SO frigging LA, boasting of celebrities and glam. I am waiting for the full album, this is the LA-mix of NWOBHM, done so well by some cute old guys who know how to sing and play guitar.  This ain’t some kids and it shows.

Cold Wind: Sonic Medusa (LA)(37:48-44:16)

Female vocalist shines in this filthy band from Toronto. 

Rejection Is Agony: Antibody (Toronto)(44:44-50:35)

Dopelord went to see UFOMAMMUT live, is my theory.  They have pulled elements of space and stoner bliss into their swampy sludge. 

Distant Lights: Dopelord (Poland)(51:00-57:59)

Italian angular dissonance from Lamantide.

Immortalis Lapis: Lamantide (Italy)(58:16-1:02:01)

Relentless fucking drone from the drone gods themselves.

Kannon 2: Sunn O))) (Seattle)(1:02:42-END)

Behind My Vocals: CRYSEHD, Kid Machine, BALevolent Virtue, Lowghos, Time Travel, Cryocon, VHS Dreams

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Bog Oak dude in GraveCoven.  Sacramento apparently seethes with metal.  

Furious Fires: GraveCoven (Sacramento)(0:28-5:15)

Yum, emotional proggy psychedelic. 

Hey Ya Sun Ra: Death Hawks (Finland)(6:11-11:30)

Cross Vault has that Pallbearer-sound: epic emotional heavy melodic metal.  Great vocals. 

Footprints: Cross Vault (Germany)(12:00-19:03)

Nostalgia-heavy post-punk.  New Orleans has a great scene.  

(Hopefully) Alone: Heat Dust (New Orleans)(19:34-22:59)

Indiana sucks.  But here you go.

Love Sermon: Slave Cylinder (Indiana)(24:20-31:16)

More post-punk?!?! Yep, and this shit is TIGHT.  

Hurricane: Diät (East Berlin)(31:46-36:07)

Death-y black metal.   

Impure Blood: Serum Dreg (Portland)(36:33-40:19)

Hells to the yeah, good 7” alert.  Death Church is death rock good stuff.

Betrayal: Death Church (New Orleans)(41:03-43:49)

Fast, vicious.  Like me.

Valueless: Svffer (Berlin)(44:40-46:29)

You like Joy Division? New cover album.

Atroscity Exhibition: Ambersmoke (from CVLT's Joy Division cover album)(47:16-52:27)

American black metal, rough around the edges, the way I like it.

Rotten Diadem: Uškumgallu (Portland)(52:39-58:00)

Swedish jamming.

Graveyard: Salem's Pot (Sweden)(58:17-END)

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This week is a collection of my favorite (so far) 2015 prog, psychedelic, retro doom, traditional and nostalgic WITHOUT me talking in-between songs (for those people who hate me).  I will be back next week for a regular show.

Retro-speed thrash that has burrowed deep into my heart.

Mask of Red Death: Enforcer (Sweden)(0:28-6:08)

One of my favorite artists, Chris Black, just played in SF with another one of his bands High Spirits.  This is even better: it has that surprising element of strange, scifi and fantasy.  He is collaborating with dudes from Circle, and they have put together this awesome 70’s and 80’s space rock disco sound with cool synth. 

Never-Ending No: Aktor (Chicago/Finland)(6:10-9:42)

Sorceror has everything I love about traditional epic heavy metal: lead singer rules, riffs of catchy loveliness, and ballads you could feather your hair to.

In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross: Sorceror (Sweden)(9:43-15:03)

Electric Moon have released a brand lp set of live 2014 recordings.  They played live in 2014?!? Founded by the brilliant Dave Schmidt, also of Sula Bassana fame, and many German space rock projects.

The Picture: Electric Moon (Germany)(15:05-29:01)

Oh Sweden, you just know what the fuck is up.  I love, LOVE Horisont.  I have never missed any of their albums, and this is yet another piece of revitalist art.

Light My Way: Horisont (Sweden)(29:33-34:55)

Doom and roll, bro.

Shadow Of Reality: Valkyrie (VA)(34:56-40:52)

Oh the lovely Spaniards.  They have come out with a strong showing here in jammy psychedelic rolled into some prog.

Alquimia: Acid Mess (Spain)(40:54-52:41)

I am seriously in love with this guy's vocals. This is blues-y psychedelic, with some organ to boot.

The Journey: Grusom (Denmark)(53:13-58:11)

One of my favorite bands of all time, Graveyard, have an incredible blues-soaked offering this year.  My favorite part is his achingly lovely vocals, bathing you in its honey.  This album is better than their last album.  Just, fantastic.

Cause & Defect: Graveyard (Sweden)(58:12-END)

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Back of my Vocals: Zombi's newest release Shape Shift

Eclectic noise mixed with roaring breakdowns.

Breed Regret: Yautja (Nashville)(0:28-5:23)

Phantom Glue members have dipped their toes into that Boston hardcore scene: which is the best hardcore scene there is.

Closed Casket: Lunglust (Boston)(6:33-8:43)

Yacht-rock metal Baroness with emotionally-drenched composition.

Chlorine & Wine: Baroness (GA)(9:14-15:58)

Death groove perfect for the running man in your underwear.

Mayhem Remains: Deathrite (Sweden)(16:42-19:48)

Stop. Trying. To. Be. Matt. Pike.  When you don’t, it’s pretty good.

Burning Shrine: Saviours (Oakland)(20:29-24:31)

Guttural troll metal.

Forest of Magic: Ride for Revenge (Finland)(25:31-31:03)

Bluesy jammy local retro stuff, makes me want to see them live.

Memories: Blackwulf (Oakland)(31:28-36:15)

Nauseous Floridian metal.

Futility: Ad Nauseum (Florida)(36:42-42:21)

Elder and Black Pyramid members do stoner heavy metal. 

Siberia: Kind (Boston)(42:41-47:04)

The Swedish Converge with a lot more punk-influence.

Reckless Recluse: Totem Skin (Sweden)(47:58-51:39)

Stoner from a band called Space Bong??

Burnt By Time: Space Bong (Australia)(52:01-END!)

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Behind my Vocals: From the soundtrack of "Cub" by Steve Moore (2015 Belgian horror)

Highlight of Cult Leader is the vocals.  Melancholy wretched aggressive metal, with some death rock in the mix.  

A Good Life: Cult Leader (SLC)(0:28-5:15)

American black metal: muddied black metal with sludge and epic.  This band is highly talented, and brings in a lot of atmosphere.  They are best when blistering. 

Pale Ghosts: Panopticon (Kentucky)(6:45-14:49)

Christian Mistress lead singer is the shit.  And then the band is just kickaass.  So why haven’t you listened to this album yet?  Classic heavy metal, awesome riffs. 

Ultimate Freedom: Christian Mistress (Olympia)(15:23-21:34)

I absolutely love this new bluesy, heavy 70’s-retro psychedelic album. 

Burning Wreath: Fuzz (SF)(22:13-26:31)

Make out to a vampire listening to Grift.

Undergörare: Grift (Sweden)(27:41-32:12)

Bassist from Graveyard has this new poppy wonderful garage album.

Blizzard: Truls Mörck (Sweden)(32:44-35:47)

Don’t underestimate Old Man Lizard as a southern swamp sludge band.  They really know how to jam it out, and great melody to boot. 

King Clone: Old Man Lizard (UK)(36:22-42:01)

Converge/Unsane’s project Pigs’ second album is disjointed noise fun.  This song is sung by guest singer from Made Out of Babies.

Bug Boy: Pigs (Brooklyn)(42:31-45:14)

Dark atmosphere and prog from depressed Massachusetts band.

The Oath: Protolith (MA)(46:28-51:56)

OLD, and I mean OLD school heavy metal from a band more than 36 years old. 

Farewell Evolution: Satan (UK)(52:28-57:00)

Top-notch industrial and post-punk elements from Killing Joke – who have been around for 37 years.  This is their 16th album.

I Am The Virus: Killing Joke (UK)(57:59-END)

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Behind My Vocals: Ubre Blanca (Scotland)

Chicago lead-up specialists.  Technical electronics.

Arc of Extinction: Locrian (Chicago)(0:28-7:34)

Last year’s best Classic Death album.  New one dropped, and it is more of the technical mixed with old school fun.

Ozymandias: Horrendous (Philly)(8:51-15:50)

Gorgeous retro psychedelic folkish Finnish brilliance.

Kantaa taakan maa: Malady (Finland)(16:12-24:49)

Headbanger-friendly.

Reaping Flesh: Black Breath (Seattle)(25:38-30:54)

Deconstructed doom. 

The Pathfinder: Spelljammer (Sweden)(31:23-39:39)

Classic black metal with lots of atmosphere.  Sung in Polish.

Exercises in Futility V: Mgla (Poland)(40:35-48:14)

2-piece electronic psychedelic art.

Brown Rainbow: Pinkish Black (TX)(49:15-55:46)

Bong music.  Band made up of the following members: Cheesy dude, Alky dude, Falony dude, Sheepy dude and Boogie dude. 

Diabolical Dopenosis: Belzebong (Poland)(56:55-END)

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Behind my Vocals: Goblin's soundtrack to the Italian movie "La via della droga" (1977)

If you love 70's revitalist, then you need to go buy the last two records of Horisont and this brand new one.

Light My Way: Horisont (Sweden)(0:28-5:09)

One 16-minute release off their thunderous new album, and I am excited to hear more.  This is way more brutal than their last album.

Misanthropic: Cult of Occult (France)(6:43-14:53)

Aquarius Records needs more keggers.  Golden Void is psychedelic mountain rock, and I alone knows what that means.

Burbank's Dream: Golden Void (SF)(15:43-21:06)

First anonymous, but no more.  This Danish lady has famous guest musicians including Mayhem and Arch Enemy.

Mordet: Myrkur (Denmark)(21:51-25:27)

The Secret's bassist has a new record label, and Grime is their first release.  Thick, dirty evil sludge.

Get Immortal: Grime (Italy)(26:36-29:51)

Rockin' blues from Nashville, have followed them for years.

Old Saltillo: The Heavy Eyes (Nashville)(30:44-35:04)

Badass female lead for a Finnish crust band.

Massakuolema: Kohti Tuhoa (Finland)(35:30-36:49)

Debut album, strong psychedelic fuzzy space rock.

Journey: Ecstatic Vision (Philly)(37:02-41:33)

New stuff from the bassist of Electric Wizard.

Heavy King: Mirror (UK)(41:48-45:22)

Yes, on the cheese side, but solid prog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it5qQtUg9EY

The Isle of Mull: Scale the Summit (Houston)(46:47-51:15)

Young, fun hardcore. 

Unexist: Forced Order (SoCal)(51:38-53:23)

Northwest doom.

Desolate: Serial Hawk (Seattle)(53:58-END)

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The fun of crossover, with the weight of technical and grind.    

No Forgiveness in Death: Ramming Speed (Boston)(0:28-4:33)

Bruce Dickinson cannot be stopped, nor should he be. 

Death or Glory: Iron Maiden (UK)(6:34-11:46)

Throaat takes their old school Mayhem and Venom influences, adds some occult, but keeps it macabre 80’s evil. 

Her Altar Needs More Blood (Sign of the Coven): Throaat (Brooklyn)(12:41-16:35)

Finally, Uncle Acid gets down to business.  This is the best one to date: meatier, creepier, darker.  This is exactly what I want from my garage rock.

Downtown: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (UK)(17:13-21:30)

Fun, heavy-hitting 2 piece from Belgium.  Instrumental.

Ruined Decay: Sardonis (Belgium)(22:27-29:08)

I named Magic Circle Best Joyous Doom in 2013.  Brand new stuff is the same fun, jammy, rockin’ stuff.  Shared drummer with Doomriders. 

Lightning Cage: Magic Circle (Boston)(30:07-34:25)

Senior Fellows excels in crusty sludge, injecting tons of energy when they need to.  This is high end sludge. 

Flag of Convenience: Senior Fellows (OK)(34:58-38:15)

This new Windhand is their best yet.  I am not a fan of them live because they are good at knocking you off your feet, onto a couch, in order to drink wine and smoke a joint.  The lead singer is exceptional on this new album.

Hyperion: Windhand (VA)(38:56-44:24)

Sabbath Assembly used to be part of The Process Church of the Final Judgment.  This is folk occult, knocking on the door of rock and metal.  For fans of occult rock.

Ave Satanas: Sabbath Assembly (Texas/NY)(45:30-49:39)

Post-black metal from Belgium.

Altered State: Witch Trail (Belgium)(50:01-55:45)

Compare the last band with on-the-mark black metal.

The Scourge: Shaidar Logoth (Minnesota)(56:46-END)

Behind my Vocals: Fantastic 80's style electronic horror soundtrack-style music from Anders Manga.

 

https://andersmanga.bandcamp.com/

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Dark, dank Philly has created filthy atmospheric sludge.  Yep, of course.

Begotten Grimoire: Hivelords (Philly)(0:28-6:53)

My 2013’s Best Saturday band Kadavar has a new album, and I am in love.  Retro-revitalist stuff, they do it so well.

The Old Man: Kadavar (Germany)(8:10-12:10)

Belgium has that dark pummeling stuff, goes down as well as one of their ales.  Gawd, I want that red sour Flemish ale right now, go check it out at La Trappe after listening to this.

Kwaad Bloed: Wiegedood (Belgium)(12:48-19:29)

2012’s Best Saturday band has a new split, and more of their awesomeness in hardcore sludge doom stuff.

Skull File: Sons of Tonatiuh (Atlanta)(20:09-26:03)

You may hate this Swedish band, it is an acquired taste.  It is a feel-good Mercyful Fate

Riders of Vultures: Year of the Goat (Sweden)(27:18-34:38)

Foggy, filthy, bloody.  Theatrical as all hell.

I Am Contempt: Lychgate (London)(35:04-39:24)

Crust from West Oak-town..

consumed: Atrament (W.Oakland)(39:54-42:58)

Gorgeous compositions, classical in nature, and then just plain brutal cold black metal stuff.

Yesteryear: So Hideous (NYC)(43:49-51:20)

Canadians.  Are they the best people or what?

Storm Of Silence: Fuck the Facts (Ottowa)(51:44-54:23)

Just, depressing.

 

Drear: Creeping (New Zealand)(55:11-END)

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Hedonistic thrash fun blast party beer headbang love everyone fuck you.

To Propagate The Void: Black Fast (St.Louis)(0:28-5:38)

Math-y, completely pretentious and absolutely lovely.

Over Spirit: Krallice (NYC)(7:26-14:07)

Emotional, catchy, dark, hot, evil.  Does that make sense? Who the fuck cares.

The Mithriditist: Behold! the Monolith (LA)(14:50-22:39)

Dense as fuck, but your brain grabs the thread of melody running through.  Exquisite.

Abyss of Longing Throats: Gnaw Their Tongues (Netherlands)(23:46-31:17)

I will wait for this full album.  So far the E.P. is doom-y psychedelic fist-pumping, lead-up fun.

Ape Cave: Ape Cave (Portland)(31:55-38:50)

Weight black metal?  Sure.  And you’re like, can I listen to this anymore. But you have to, because for some reason, the shit will grab you by your pussy lapels and shake you and tell you that you need to fucking chill out.

Saturnalia: False (Minneapolis)(39:34-49:34)

Australian doom that is like, cool and shit.

A: YLVA (Melbourne)(50:21-58:14)

Jamming shit from San Francisco, but this band pretends they aren’t from San Francisco, which now makes a lot of sense because SF SUCKS.  I used to love this town, and it ain’t good.  It ain’t good.  And I don’t think it will ever be good again.  Fuck you techies.  Fuck you all.  You are the lamest pieces of shit.  You fucking spoiled brats.

Sign of the Witch: Orchid (SF)(58:57-END)

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Behind my Vocals: 70's rock bro

4-piece Australian band who think humans are the true DOOM.  This is really wonderful black metal, gorgeous and almost up-lifting.  I need that sometimes.

Every End is Fated In Its Beginning: Hope Drone (Australia)(0:28-9:17)

You can’t push Locrian to show you their sound right away.  These are masters of lead-up.

Arc of Extinction: Locrian (Chicago)(10:33-17:39)

You may not understand the next Tee Pee Records band, if you don’t know Quest for Fire, who have members in Comet Control. Quest for Fire is one of the best psychedelic rock band (modern!!!). 

Future Forever: Comet Control (Toronto)(18:23-22:23)

LA doom sludge band Ancient Altar breaks into the best headbanging.  New album releases in September.

Dead Earth: Ancient Altar (LA)(23:25-29:51)

Hells yeah, yet another awesome blues-y psychedelic band with gorgeous vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSzdBlvnURA

Grusome: Grusom (Denmark)(30:27-37:11)

French black death metal = technical, slightly progg

Fvlgvr Lvx Terror: Vortex of End (France)(37:40-42:27)

Riding Easy Records are kings of bluesy vocals-oriented rock.

Easy Rider: Old Man's Will (Sweden)(43:00-45:52)

25 year-old Sathanas is thrash-y traditional fun heavy metal.

Satan's Cross: Sathanas (PA)(46:47-51:02)

Suffocating atmosphere.

Desert Trail: Indesinence (UK)(51:39-57:15)

Beer metal! Best band name!

 

Possession: Sacred Leather (Indiana)(57:37-END)

 

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Behind my Vocals: Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman

A chick is in this band or something? Is she the lead singer? It is a mystery, and let it stay so. Angularity from the best scene, Chicago.

Neoplastic: Immortal Bird (Chicago)(0:28-5:06)

Massive doom band from Col-eh-rado.

The Bereaved: Khemmis (Denver)(6:23-15:04)

Look, I hate V-band names.  But this shit is fucking good black metal.  So, try to remember their V-name.  Dudes from Ash Borer and Fell Voices.

Realm of Sacrifice: Vanum (Seattle/NYC)(16:19-24:08)

Ooze is oozing all over the place.  Yeah, that makes sense OK? Why don’t you f off.

Targeted: Ooze (Italy)(25:03-28:18)

More black metal? Are you serious? YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES.

Application of Malthusian Principle: Barghest (Baton Rouge)(28:58-36:02)

Retro!!! ROCK!!!! In the stylings of Graveyard.

Relax You're Dead: DoctoR DooM (France)(36:28-43:14)

Raw raw brutal stuff, but a finger in punk.

Fuck Up: Korp (Sweden)(43:34-44:27)

Emotional sludge from people that may have a lead singer that may be a chick.  Again hard to tell, so who cares.

Adversarial Light: Vaee Solis (Portugal)(45:24-52:37)

Deconstructed black metal, because this is from the Finnish.

Kosmoksesta tuli: Abyssion (Finland)(53:19-57:35)

Great DIY stuff.

 

Rekni Ne: Gattaca (Czech Republic)(58:06-END)

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Behind my vocals: Corpus (1971)

Norwegian duo who have come out with some awesome old school and speed and thrash and fun and evil. 

Sinner's Possession: Deathhammer (Norway)(0:28-5:40)

Blaze of Perdition has a tragic past, and have a new album called “Near Death Revelations”. 

Into The Void Again: Blaze of Perdition (Poland)(6:55-14:00)

ORGAN!!! And Zorn.

Marmarath: John Zorn (NY)(14:22-19:31)

Formerly known as Contempt, Drouth has laid in some slayage.

Vast, Loathsome: Drouth (Portland)(20:07-28:07)

Bright, aggressive hardcore to decompress the brain. 

Love the Liar: Concrete Walls (SF)(29:09-31:24)

Industrial mixed with a slowed down touch of sludge.

Apnea: Crown (France)(32:15-37:34)

Anonymous old school death metal that really pounds out the riffs.

Descending Souls: Undead (Anonymous/Europe)(38:13-42:40)

Raw and technical, what else from Cattle Decapitation.

Manufactured Extinct: Cattle Decapitation (San Diego)(43:25-47:56)

Full-length will be produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. That means this is going to be a big album. 

Gutter Gods: Cult Leader (SLC)(49:09-50:40)

Grind album that goes all over the place.  I couldn’t stop listening for the last 2 weeks.

Nostalgic Memories: Nervous Impulse (Montreal)(51:21-54:41)

Real Spanish weirdos.  The whole album is all over the place, including new age droning breaking into heavy distortion and metal.

Into The Bowels Of The Absolute: Hic lacet (Spain)(55:18-END)

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Members of Converge and Cave-In have come out with another winning album.  Mutoid Man is not brutal.  But they keep the hardcore and spin it with romance and psychedelic and rock.

Bridgeburner: Mutoid Man (Boston/California)(0:28-3:30)

French experimental band creates apocalyptic horror noise, but in a catchy way.  Album is all over the place, and you will find something new in every corner. 

Soul Ruiner: Chaos Echoes (France)(4:51-12:07)

Female vocals are just a small part of Fucked Up's new album, but I dug it the most.  It provided a sweet counterpart for Fucked Up’s brand of hardcore

Year of the Hare: Fucked Up (Toronto)(12:59-22:28)

Doom-y, catchy, riffy Austrian black metal.  The lead singer was my favorite part.

Demiurg: Amestigon (Austria)(23:00-34:10)

Australian bands are usually meaner and rawer.  Lo! takes their Converge-influenced roots and makes it more power-aggressive.   

Megafauna: Lo! (Australia)(35:23-40:12)

I have played Mispyrming before – Icelandic metal is truly frigid cold stuff.  Black metal, of course.

Af þjáningu og þrá: Misþyrming (Iceland)(40:35-44:51)

I know, this is screamo.  But Richmond is a rich source of hardcore and metal, and the bands are great from this area.  This band puts in a lot of interesting tempo-changing proggy compositions into their hardcore.  Emotional hardcore at its finest. 

chrysanthemum: Truman (VA)(45:50-49:55)

Classic old school death metal from Sweden.  Need I say more. 

Creatures Among the Coffins: Feral (Sweden)(50:26-55:11)

2-piece raw lofi Skeletonwitch-sounding (tight and catchy) band from Greece. 

Summoning the Incarnations of the Worm: Ithaqua (Greece)(55:48-END)

Back of my vocals:

The Cure, The Smiths, Radiohead, The The, Depeche Mode, James, Siouxsie, Catherine Wheel

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Behind my Vocals: Soundtrack to "Under The Skin"

Instrumental headbang music.

Tomb of the Ancients: Tempel (Phoenix)(0:28-10:25)

All you need to know: badass crusty death metal with a hot indian chick drummer vocalist.

Cadaver: Ahna (Vancouver)(12:26-17:01)

Stocky muscular rock.

Happy Joyful Life: Fight Amp (Philly)(17:32-21:22)

Italians come up with some Avant-garde metal that sounds somewhat Finnish.  Mostly fun.

Standing on Bedlam, Buring in Bliss: Howls of Ebb (Italy)(22:02-31:31)

Straight-up hardcore from Canada, with a fist in your face.

Four: Weird Year (Edmonton)(32:45-35:38)

Eastern-influenced space rockers, that are not as jammy – this is definitely more texture acoustic stuff.

Moksha: My Sleeping Karma (Germany)(36:29-45:52)

90’s band Will Haven have another noise metal album, very epic and apocalyptic with some soft atmosphere.

Hermit: Will Haven (Sacramento)(47:19-50:54)

I’m tired of Matt Pike’s voice, but only because I’ve heard it too much.  He is still a good vocalist.  This is one of their better recent albums.  I liked when they slowed down.

The Sunless Years: High on Fire (Oakland)(52:15-57:07)

Dirty stoner rock from the Aussies.

 

Living Heads: Watchtower (Australia)(57:34-END)

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"Behind my Vocals" this week is the soundtrack from the excellent modern horror movie: It Follows. 

One of my favorite albums of this week, Senior Fellows, because the whole thing rocked.  No weak parts to it – all of it is sludge-y badass good stuff.

STEPPED FORWARD TO RULE (#15): Senior Fellows (Oklahoma)(0:28-4:35)

The new Ken Mode is completely different in sound – very reminiscent of ‘90’s.  Still math-y, clean vocals. 

Dead Actors: Ken Mode (Winnipeg)(5:58-12:26)

Pummeling raw grindy hardcore.  When I say pummeling, I mean it.

Wartime Children: Symptom (Boston)(13:04-14:31)

Doomed is groovy, but hardened with a touch of death metal.  Definitely allowed to headbang here. 

I'm Climbing: Doomed (Germany)(14:47-19:31)

European hardcore, packed with infectious riffs.  Packed with your butt. And your face.

Endless Escape: Discomfort (Italy/U.K.)(19:56-22:30)

Oh yeah, this German band is bitter because you won’t make out with them.  They stare at you across the room, and you ignore them.  Then they get mad, and get all crusty and filthy with you. 

Under a Bane: Nightslug (Germany)(23:03-25:29)

My runner-up to best Death metal has a new album, and it punches the shit out of your face. 

At the Antipodes of Chastity (Hail the Sons of Cain): Embrace of Thorns (Greece)(26:37-30:24)

Crushing leadups for this dramatic 2 piece.  They must watch reality tv

Partaken Incarnate: Ghold (UK)(30:57-37:25)

Old school, because they are old.

Victim Of The Past: Paradise Lost (UK)(37:59-42:23)

Complete compilation album from Coffins, so you can just get this and call it a DAY.

Reborn: Coffins (Japan)(43:06-46:35)

Pallbearer-esque emotion and moody.  German, so you know, got some attitude.  And very romantic. 

Sulphur Vitriol Angel: Valborg (Germany)(47:20-53:08)

Supergroup Goatsnake is not afraid to sing and soften up. Dudes from Obsessed and Sunn O))).

Elevated Man: Goatsnake (LA)(53:33-58:08)

28 seconds of painful hammering of your skull. So you weirdos will like it.  Fucking serial killers.

Sit in the Dark: Prey for Death (Minneapolis)(58:28-58:56)

Oh I love thee deathrock. 

https://haldol.bandcamp.com/album/self-titled-45-lp

 

Insomnia in Dream City: Haldol (Philly)(59:32-END)

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Behind my vocals are songs from John Carpenter’s new album Lost Themes.

Foreboding, emotional, proggy metal from Oakland.   

Eternal Wolves: Secrets of the Sky (Oakland)(0:28-7:14)

Doom and roll, bluesy rock.

Shadow Of Reality: Valkyrie (VA)(9:23-15:24)

Belgian brooding metal, with members of Amenra.  Great blistering, shrieking vocals.

De Doden Hebben Het Goed: Wiegedood (Belgium)(16:07-22:49)

New trippy psychedelic kraut-y stuff from Pharaoh Overlord (members of Circle).

Aavasaksa: Pharaoh Overlord (Finland)(24:06-30:45)

Jammy hook-y retro North Carolina rock.

Poison Garden: Demon Eye (NC)(31:10-36:33)

Swedish galloping death metal.

Abyss Of Corpses: Entrails (Sweden)(37:02-41:28)

Dutch smoking-joint psychedelic beer rock.

Golden Fields of Love: Death Alley (Netherlands)(41:54-47:36)

Avant-garde French unstructured proggy black metal.

Bouffon existentiel: Orakle (France)(48:46-57:04)

Italian retro psychedelic garage blues.  Grooves just right.

Fly Camel Fly: Ape Skull (Italy)(57:32-END)

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A set of 70’s songs I play behind my vocals on a regular show!

Suicide: Dust (NYC)(1972) (0:28-5:02)

Freefall: Camel (UK)(1974) (5:03-10:48)

Down and Out: Pluto (UK)(1971) (10:49-13:57)

Chocolate Piano: Orang-Utan (UK)(1970) (13:58-20:29)

Freelance Fiend: Leaf Hound (UK)(1971) (20:30-23:37)

One Way or Another: Cactus (Long Island)(1971) (23:38-28:35)

Corrine: Gravestone (Germany)(1979) (29:18-39:19)

Come On Home: Thundermother (UK)(1971) (39:20-46:34)

Season of the Witch: Suck (South Africa)(1970) (47:05-56:55)

 

Out of Uranus: Killing Floor (UK)(1970) (56:56-END)

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Theatrical band Peste Noire, is also very awesomely black metal.  This album is all over the place, and the lead singer is very avant-garde.

Payés sur la bête: Peste Noire (France)(0:28-6:44)  pest e nooare

This band is top-notch grindcore, but I choose to play the only spacey song in the album.  Grind band does space! 

Out Beyond: Antigama (Poland)(8:20-12:39)

Garage-influenced hardcore with the lead singer of Self Defense Family.  PHILLY band. 

Correctional Love: Loss Leader (Philly)(13:14-16:21)

Spanish band Tort’s entire album is full of fun riffs and fists.

When The Raven is Ravenous: Tort (Barcelona)(17:22-26:01)

Distorted rock and noise band, with a ton of hardcore in the mix. 

Godman: Young Widows (KY)(27:14-32:19)

Lead-up, atmosphere, lead-up, atmosphere, and then Soldat Hans breaks into some brutality. 

Meine Liebste; Sie zerbricht sich: Soldat Hans (Switzerland)(32:56-39:55)

If you don’t like singing, you won’t like Abrahma.  This band has had full press lately. Psychedelic rock that swirls into more ominous sounds.

Fountains of Vengeance: Abrahma (France)(40:58-45:58)

Epic funeral doom parts, big compositions, very long songs.  I edited this song into 10 minutes. 

Suffocation, A Drowning: II - Somniloquy (The Distance of Forever): Bell Witch (Seattle)(47:31-57:18)

Straight-up hardcore.

Leviathan Rot: Gallows (UK)(57:56-END)

Behind my Vocals: Salem Mass; Cactus; Rumplestiltskin; Pinnacle; November; Charlee; Ten Years After; Master's Apprentices

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Reached a new record on my show: 15 songs, mostly due to the influx of grind and hardcore.  Noisem was unholy grind, with creepy atmospheric pauses.

Cascade of Scars: Noisem (MD)(0:28-4:41)

Clean chaos – French band Death Engine knows how to be noisy, sharp hardcore.

Cure: Death Engine (France)(5:55-9:07)

Weekend Nachos does Weezer covers on their new 7”!!

Tired of Sex: Weekend Nachos (Chicago)(9:42-12:40)

This is my new fave record, Norwegian Avant-garde garage rock

Peephole Maze: Haust (Norway)(13:23-19:26)

Oh Fister, you can never do wrong.  The lead singer excels in my type of vocals: menacing.  They are king of dark lead-ups and breakdowns. 

portion of "IV": Fister (St. Louis)(20:10-25:00)

D.C. hardcore? Very different from the traditional type. 

Oubliette: Ilsa (D.C.)(25:58-28:48)

Coliseum shares the bassist of Yautja, which makes him a very busy man with all the touring and albums.  They are a fun hardcore band, when they lean towards that side of the coin. 

Denihilist: Yautja (2014)(Nashville)(29:16-32:39)

One of the leading doom songs of the year.

Random Cosmic Violence: Usnea (Portland)(33:29-44:19)

Young energetic aggression.  Of course, Australia.

Birkenau: Years of Abuse (Australia)(44:45-45:37)

Irreversible’s last album contains a whole buncha sounds and genres.  This song incorporates some industrial. 

Mandatory Death: Irreversible (Atlanta)(46:38-51:10)

Torch Runner has a great split with one of my fave bands, Young and in the Way.  That gives Torch Runner MAJOR street cred.  They know how to grind and groove with the best. 

Godlust: Torch Runner (NC)(51:49-53:59)

Philly beer, grit, venues under dark bridges all contribute to the level of musicianship coming forth from this town.   

HIPPAA Laws: Toska (2014)(Philly)(54:40-56:48)

Oh, Weedeater.  Need I say more.

This is old, but here is Weedeater doing a serious tasting of cough syrup and cheese.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=121&v=nze_JpRrksQ

Bully: Weedeater (NC)(57:44-59:29)

Richmond makes ‘em mean. 

United: Venomspitter (VA)(59:57-1:01:48)

Angry intensity from Ohio. 

Staring Into the Abyss: Hadak Ura (Ohio)(1:02:31-1:04:20)

Behind my Vocals:

 

Creepy John Thomas; Missing Link; UFO; The Flying Eyes; Camel; Red Dirt; Novalis; Golden Earring; Stoner Train; Felt; Atomic Rooster; May Blitz; Orang-Utan; Toad

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THE scene: Germany.  A people of insolence, aggression and death.  Perfect place for Morgoth to blister and excrete sinister sounds. They are plain old school death, but great for headbangers.

Ungod: Morgoth (Germany)(0:28-6:18)

Swedish band Tribulation are well-regarded.  A critic favorite, and for a reason.  This new album is more mature than their last: they show their technical prowess in rock, psychedelic, death rock, brutal. 

Holy Libations: Tribulation (Sweden)(7:31-13:56)

Trance metal: They stretch your brain in so many different directions that it is a relief when they finally just hit you with brutality. 

Soul Ruiner: Chaos Echoes (France)(14:32-21:49)

OLD band Poison Idea has come out with another ebullient hardcore and punk album.  I love “Dead Cowboy” that is plain old Mark Lanegan-style vocals. 

Cold Black Afternoon: Poison Idea (Portland)(22:30-25:30)

I am not a huge fan of bands made up of legendary musicians. They are usually lazy, and yeah I said it.  Dave Lombardo’s band Philm’s second album is fucking AWESOME.  I love the vocalist, their style, and their drummer obviously is fucking incredible.  It is a super varied album encompassing jazzy, psychedelic, bluesy, spacey, experimental, and most importantly, fucking metal. 

Omniscience: Philm (SoCal)(26:54-30:39)

Ohio band = dirty, dark, weirdos..  What is in their water.

Palms of the Earth: Plaguewielder (Ohio)(31:09-37:10)

Cursed Earth are “internal”.  Fucking exactly.

Herd Traitor: Cursed Earth (Australia)(37:56-39:13)

Swedish bands are ultimately, I am fucking serious, the best at jamming psychedelic music.  They have it in their blonde, Arian blood.   

Edge of Civilization and..: Montgolfière (Sweden)(39:35-44:22)

Apophys are made up of famous Dutch musicians, so none of you know them unless you are a technical death metal hound. 

The Final Step: Apophys (Netherlands)(45:18-49:00)

Ice Dragon have become very doom-y.  These guys seem like super nerds, which I appreciate.

The Rider: Ice Dragon (Boston)(49:34-53:22)

Reverend Bizarre babbles on this electronic Finnish project.  This is some of the weirdest shit.

Poikarakkaus: Tähtiportti (Finland)(54:09-57:28)

14 minutes of Russian.

Alien Monolith God: Mare Infinitum (Russia)(58:34-1:12:31)

Behind my vocals:

Babe Ruth

Fraction

Andromeda

Point Blank

Wishbone Ash

Shinki Chen

Mainhorse

Missing Link

November

Shangai

 

Socrates Drank the Conium

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Behind my vocals: John Carpenter-inspired retro synth! (The Thing, They Live, Halloween, etc.)  Free download:

http://retropromenade.bandcamp.com/album/carpenter

Retro-speed thrash to play at your next kegger bbq.

Hungry They Will Come: Enforcer (Sweden)(0:28-4:55)

Crusty epic hardcore, diving into grind, but enough tempo changes to keep it from being suffocating.   Ex-members of Gaza.

Skin Crawler: Cult Leader (2014 E.P.-release coming soon)(Utah)(6:37-9:29)

Japanese Sigh had my Best Album of the Year a few years ago.  They continue in their way: avant-garde, Carnival, psychedelic noise, and of course, metal.

The Casketburner: Sigh (Japan)(10:23-15:20)

A big scoop of old-school black metal warmed up with some fist-pumping thrash.

Pagan Warfront: Infernus (Portland)(15:56-20:23)

Fuzzy psychedelic stoner from our pals Acid King, after 10 years.

Coming Down From Outer Space: Acid King (San Francisco)(21:24-27:06)

Pittsburgh grit, screaming torture metal with a ton of catchy riffs coming through the chaos. 

Chemo: Purge (Pittsburgh)(27:58-29:53)

Vocals are unique in that it is chanting a lot of the time.  When they sing, I really enjoyed it – had a lot of sweet and endearing notes.  Groovy hook-filled sludge. 

To Rise (In Vino Veritas): The Moth (Germany)(30:36-35:25)

San Francisco weirdos (I mean that in the best way).  Seeing them live is the trick.  The lead singer is Ashton Kutcher’s twin, no joke. 

Flame of the Forest: Botanist (SF)(36:01-41:12)

Huge scene in Berlin.  Treedeon is a raw dirty garage sludge, with 2 vocalists, one of them is punk-ish.

Wendigo: Treedeon (Berlin)(41:43-46:27)

I am a huge fan of Shining’s vocalist.  He is extremely versatile, including some emotionally-laden tunes.  This is mostly an extreme band, but the freshness was in the acoustic and sweet notes.  They do a great job of putting a shitload of compositions in their albums.   

Människotankens Vägglösa Rum: Shining (Sweden)(47:51-54:15)

A ton of aggressive genres represented in Abyss, all the types: grind, punk, hardcore.  And this is only 20 minutes!  

Thrall Of The Elder Gods: Abyss (Toronto)(55:00-1:00:19)

Danish hardcore, young, smart and hip dudes. 

ABEER QASSIM HAMZA AL-JANABI: No Fealty (Denmark)(1:01:11-END)

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Minsk is experimental atmospheric metal – they always put a catchy filthy groove into the sound.  Headbang swoon-worthy.

Onward Procession II. The Soil Calls: Minsk (Illinois)(0:28-6:12)

The chaos of Sulphur Aeon breaks into the ultimate riffy, chugging swirl of satisfaction.  Don't let the brutal voice drive you away. The Lovecraftian octopus album art is awesome.

Into The Courts Of Azathoth: Sulphur Aeon (Germany)(8:15-12:33)

Belgian proggy atmosphere-infused death. 

Longing. . .for a Change: Thurisaz (Belgium)(13:07-18:44)

Organ jamming Satanic church music. Super weird, and even weirder vocals.

I... the witch: Abhor (Italy)(19:19-24:49)

Odraza breaks into so many different parts of compositions – prog, Avant-garde, black metal. 

Prog: Odraza (Poland)(11.2014)(25:44-33:08)

Filthy doom.

Cobwebs: Possessor (England)(33:32-36:25)

Sinister Finnish atmosphere with distortion and noise.  

Death: Desolate Shrine (Finland)(36:56-42:43)

These dudes have the best musician names EVER:  Grond, Torturer, Beast, Pestilence, Lord Ashtaroth.  Big epic death metal.

Industrial Homicide: Mor Dagor (Germany)(43:26-46:35)

San Francisco grind! Old school shit.

The Beast and the Drowning Bucket: Cretin (San Francisco)(47:53-50:24)

Hardcore stuff, with a full foot in punk.

Eyes Wide: Rotting Out (LA)(50:46-53:11)

This chick’s got some lungs.  It won’t appeal to you people who don’t like rock, cause this shit is rock.

Time Machine: Royal Thunder (Atlanta)(54:27-END)

Behind My Vocals:

Dust

Camel

Mobius Trip

Universe

Corpus

Sweet Smoke

Out of Focus

Virus

Andromeda

 

Point Blank

 

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Grind that breaks down satisfyingly into death and groove, prog and brutal.  The vocals add, rather than suffocate. 

Hell In Her Eyes: Theories (Seattle)(0:28-5:04)

Swedish psychedelic rock, vocals are gorgeous. 

The Stone: Nocturnalia (Sweden)(6:38-11:35)

Some akin the vocals to Dystopia, which I agree. This band is WAY more straight-forward than Dystopia.  This is catchy thick sludge. 

Hangover Suicide: Iron Witch (U.K.)(12:10-17:47)

Michael Shenker basically made a ton of music montage soundtracks for an 80’s movie. 

Something Of The Night: Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock (Germany)(18:31-22:17)

Napalm Death and shit.  Same sound – these guys are obviously talented in their take on brutal grind. 

Beyond The Pale: Napalm Death (U.K.)(23:06-26:09)

Colour Haze is one of my favorite psychedelic bands – they do that 70’s twang really well.  Atmospheric fo SHO, you can rip some bong hits to this one.

Circles: Colour Haze (Germany)(27:31-34:22)

Heavy metal band Sorceror is super old school.  They ARE from the 80’s.

Exorcise the Demon: Sorceror (Sweden)(34:48-42:17)

Covers from Prong.  It was ok, fun to hear once.  I wish they picked another song by Sisters of Mercy.

Give me the Cure (Fugazi cover): Prong (NYC)(43:04-46:09)

Gore metal, nothing new from Exhumed.

Limb From Limb: Exhumed (San Jose)(47:07-50:04)

Aldebaran dude, brings that sort of slumbering sound with heavy drums into this new band.

9 Gates Of Shadow: Shrine of the Serpent (Portland)(51:06-END)

Behind my vocals:

Weed

Rare Earth

Gong

Warhorse

Shinki Chen

Golden Earring

Eloy

Corpus

Psycheground Group

 

 

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Pyramids have been in splits and projects with Nadja and Horseback; and just came out with their second album after 7 years.  One of the members is from Krallice and Gorguts, so you can imagine the compositions of the songs are going to be extremely imaginative.  This is an experiment in texture: an integration of disjointed sounds – soft and hard, extreme and beautiful, crisp and fuzzy.

The Earth Melts Into Red Gashes Like The Mouths Of Whales: Pyramids (TX)(0:28-6:11)

Ufomammut!! Only had to wait 3 years!!  Downtuned, riffy, spacey, and the usual heavy sound of this band.  They are experts at creating a landscape of heavy as hell psychedelic metal (not rock!)

Somnium: Ufomammut (Italy)(7:55-16:02)

Wait, just wait for the black metal to deconstruct in an awesome pummelling catchy riff.  They are so badass! Even if you don’t like black metal.  Man.  The French are fucking professionals.

The Cruse Is Poured Upon Them: The Order of Apollyon (France)(16:35-21:35)

Dopethrone are just, fucking stoners.

Dry Hitter: Dopethrone (Montreal)(21:58-28:05)

Holy shit, Dødheimsgard are so fucking charming.  The lead singer is a storyteller, he is definitely into folk style vocals.  The music is so complex; full of proggy intention, acoustic moments, darkly emotional.  Fuck yeah, modern Norwegian black metal. 

Architect Of Darkness: Dødheimsgard (Norway)(29:18-38:42)

Catchy hardcore, the vocals are great – i.e. they are not tuff bro crap. 

Kvælende Frygt: Halshug (Denmark)(39:04-41:39)

A comp of Hooded Menace's splits and hard-to-find E.P.s.  These guys are experts in being completely unexpected: they are foremost death-y, but they have a thick sound of space and rock and psychedelic too.  This is a great way to introduce all that is versatile about Hooded Menace. 

Catacombs of the Graceless: Hooded Menace (Finland)(42:29-49:08)

Yes, this is synthwave, because this guy is so fucking awesome to make me nostalgic for my weirdo youth. 

Retrogenesis: Perturbator (Paris)(50:12-55:05)

Black metal from Greece is basically heavy metal with heavier drumming once in awhile.  The lovely Greeks rule at heavy metal, so just dive into it: epic vocals, awesome jamming guitar riffs. 

Symphony Des Gravens: Katavasia (Greece)(55:39-END)

Behind my vocals:

Blade Runner

Karate Kid

Cantina Band (disco)

Dr. No

Pink Panther

Akira

Conan the Barbarian

 

Terminator

 

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Old school heavy metal, epic vocalist and fun tempo changes.  Great personality.

Panic in Urals (Burning skies): Sacral Rage (Greece)(0:28-4:37)

 

Icelandic black metal with way cool modern compositions – tons of stuff going on here. 

Söngur uppljómunar:  Misþyrming  (Iceland)(6:24-10:15)

Punk, metal, anthemic hardcore led by a very passionate lead singer. 

Satellites: Cancer Bats (Toronto)(11:01-15:04)

Usually this type of technical death metal does not stand out; but this band has created memorable songs. 

Sentence Of Immortality: Psycroptic (Tasmania)(15:54-20:18)

Finnish psychedelic which means the accent is gruff.  Great JAM bro. 

Fleeting Are the Days of Man: Garden of Worm (Finland)(20:36-26:11)

After 18 years, Eternal Solstice have brought forth a badass death album with awesome fun thrash thrown in.

Walk in Darkness: Eternal Solstice (Netherlands)(27:09-32:01)

So this is slower, but these dudes have made it groovy with instruments that stand out. 

La Liberte aux ailes brisees: Norilsk (Quebec)(32:48-38:37)

Nerd metal: themes of science and cybernetics; some spacy electronica faintly threads through.

Macroshift: Wardenclyffe (Sweden)(39:14-47:02)

Bluesy psychedelic from Maryland.

Black Moon: The Lunar Era (MD)(47:58-53:55)

Leadups and epicness in this post-metal album. 

Anger: Yanos (Germany)(54:47-END)

Behind my vocals:

Crazy Times: Black Spirit

Down and Out: Pluto

Season of the Witch: Suck

Super Heep: Elephants Memory

Come on Home: Thundermother

Morning Rain: Liquid Visions

Corrine: Gravestone

Chocolate Piano: Orang-Utan

 

White Hidden Fire: Weird Owl

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Lightning Bolt was recorded at Machines with Magnets – which is this incredible studio, art gallery venue.  I have seen YOB and Batillus there, and bought a painting.  Super cool place, I have yet to see anything like it anywhere else.  This new album has that experimental sound that is so creative – Liturgy falls flat in comparison.

Mythmaster: Lightning Bolt (RI)(0:28-5:32)

I definitely want to hear the new Blind Idiot God on vinyl, listening to wine: reggae, metal, psychedelic, jazz, surf.  Thick.

Wheels of Progress: Blind Idiot God (NYC)(7:03-14:48)

Chicago brings forth yet another top notch band: Hardcore Harm’s Way, who is touring in Europe with Converge, Trap Them and Young and in the Way.  Uh, the lead singer is way hot.

Ease My Mind: Harm's Way (Chicago)(16:02-20:22)

Yes, this is electronica, and an album that everyone needs to run out and get.  They put together a soundtrack to an imaginary 80’s scifi movie.  PERFECT THANK YOU. 

https://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Starlight: Night Runner (Mexico)(20:56-25:21)

OLD SCHOOL heavy metal, fucking awesome vocalist

Into The Holy Of Holies: Crypt Sermon (Philly)(26:38-33:18)

Wow, Heavydeath’s new album is awesome: the riffs are catchy, really groovy slumbering sludge. 

Eat The Sun: Heavydeath (Sweden)(33:54-38:33)

Apocalyptic landcape: jagged, space prog psychedelic, but in black metal roots.  Instrumental, but the music expresses well without vocals. 

Empty Harbor: Sannhet (Brooklyn)(39:10-43:16)

Lead singer of Rotten Sound has a new slow evil! band.

Pollute: Morbid Evils (Finland)(44:39-50:07)

TMZ background story of Leviathan: This is the dude that was charged with beating and raping his former girlfriend, had 32 charges against him, and convicted with one, which ended in 2 years of probation.  Apparently the alleged victim showed no signs of physical trauma, and made several inconsistent statements prior to and during trial.  He moved to Portland and is married to Stevie Floyd, the chick from Dark Castle, and have a baby together.

Other than that, this black metal shit is tight, scary, creepy.

Gardens Of Corprolite: Leviathan (Portland)(51:08-56:48)

The reissue of 1990’s The Key by Nocturnus, who expressed their death metal with a synthesizer with robot spacy sounds.  Sound interesting? Catch them live this month.  This week in SF!! 

Droid Sector: Nocturnus (Florida) (reissue, original release 1990)(57:42-END)

Behind my vocals:

Space Commando, Silver Lady: Intergalactic Touring Band

Suspiria: Goblin

Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings/Leaving Shire: Bo Hansson

Traveller in Time: Uriah Heep

Ticket to the Moon: ELO

Father of Day, Father of Night: Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Oxygene Pt. 1: Jean Michel Jarre

Space is Deep: Hawkwind

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This past week Bostonfreeradio suffered a devastating loss when our beloved Program Director Doug Ashford passed away.  He was the person that trained me in the station, told me whattup, and requested that I keep my show when I moved back to San Francisco.  He is the reason why I have my show.  He was actually a complete perfectionist, and I loved that. 

Everyone at the station loved him.  Kind, smart; and he is irreplaceable at the station.

So this show is dedicated to him, and I speak about him on the show.

Fuck.  BRAND NEW SCORPIONS.  Need I say anything more.  Sure, there is plenty of cheese in this album, but it still FUCKING RULES. New documentary about them coming out!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCG4wYXd1ao#t=26

Going Out With A Bang: Scorpions (Germany)(0:28-4:11)

Finnish dudes are NEVER CHEESY.  They get away with wearing leather jackets without shirts.

defcon1: Ranger (Finland)(6:17-12:56)

Elder’s new album is still very technical, as they were on their last album (and live); but they have a very awesome bluesy feel.  I like this way better than their last album

Compendium: Elder (MA)(13:25-23:56)

Awesome new psychedelic from TeePee Records.  Mirror Queen has members that are in other bands, but I am too lazy to tell you about it.

From Earth Below: Mirror Queen (NYC)(24:56-28:50)

Avant-garde psychedelic folk black metal with violins and flutes.  This album RULES, I love it.  The folk is not contrived, the vocals are rad, etc. etc. whatever who cares.   

Hive Mindless: A Forest of Stars (U.K.)(29:35-37:03)

Another awesome project by one of my favorite artists, Chris Black.  This is even better than last year’s High Spirits.  He is collaborating with dudes from Circle, and they have put together this awesome 70’s and 80’s rock disco sound with cool synth. 

Gone Again: Aktor (Chicago/Finland)(37:46-41:37)

Sweet standalone songs in the E.P from Forced Order: Noise, metal, hardcore

Supremacy Fallen: Forced Order (SoCal)(42:01-43:13)

The lead singer from Brothers of the Sonic Cloth reminds me of Steve Von Till.  He used to be in Tad!! (90’s grunge band).  I totally dug this album, super melodic doom, super catchy stuff. But not obvious.  SOLID.   

I Am: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (Seattle)(44:34-52:50)

German black, hmmm.  Sounds a bit harsh.  Fortunately Helrunar is smart enough to break it apart with pagan and it pulls you in. 

Devils, Devils Everywhere!: Helrunar (Germany)(53:14-1:00:03)

Death from Pennsylvania.  So you just know it is a bit filthy.

That Which Was Taken: Outer Heaven (PA)(1:00:50-END)

Bands behind my vocals: Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Grand Funk Railroad, Elton John, The Who, Neil Young, Traffic, Lynyrd

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Technical, disjointed hardcore.

Birth Of The Sadistic Son: Cowards (Paris)(0:28-4:28)

Enslaved is SUPER charming live, you can see them with YOB in March.

Thurisaz Dreaming: Enslaved (Norway)(5:27-10:16)

I finally get Torche.

No Servants: Torche (Florida)(11:02-14:48)

2013’s Best Grindcore, now with a brand new album, touring with Enabler (this week at Gilman!!).

The Sun Chaser: Call of the Void (Denver)(15:13-18:13)

Vocals vocals, that is the shrieking charm.

Megalomaniac (TT Mix): Porta Nigra (Germany)(18:34-24:01)

Really jammy psychedelic.

Temples: Kabbalah (Spain)(25:00-28:29)

Mature hardcore, taking its time when necessary and not just trying to bash your head in.

Nothing: Cease (CA)(29:02-31:55)

Aaron Turner does a good job keeping yet another project from the pitfalls of his former band Isis.  Old Man Gloom, and now Sumac.

Blight's End Angel: Sumac (WA/Vancouver)(32:37-39:52)

Good times drunk punk and fun, definitely need to learn the lyrics.  First album in 11 years.

Piss off, I'm Drinking: Gehennah (Sweden)(40:29-44:09)

I am not surprised Denver seethes with so many aggressive bands, they always have.

Loathe: Primitive Man (Denver)(45:32-55:29)

Second album by Xibalba is a bit more serious, I wish they kept a bit more of the breakdowns and emotion of their debut album.

Enemigo: Xibalba (SoCal)(55:57-END)

Behind my vocals: 6 Million Dollar Man, CHiPS, the Love Boat, Magnum P.I., Greatest American Hero, Welcome Back Kotter, WKRP in Cincinnati, Transformers, Star Wars (of course), The Incredible Hulk

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Chicagoans Oozing Wound is nerd hardcore you know?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSHZ3q6MH50#t=10

Hippie Speedball: Oozing Wound (Chicago) (2014)(0:28-6:03)

And Chris Hemsworth came forth between the clouds, garbed in Viking clothes, heaving muscles. Blind Guardian’s 10th album.

Twilight Of The Gods: Blind Guardian (Germany)(7:48-12:36)

Anonymous members in Dead in the Manger.  Black metal with an organic twist of catchy riffs.

Part III: Dead in the Manger (Germany)(13:16-17:56)

70’s style jazz and proggy. 

Morning Light: Crowned in Earth (U.K.)(18:14-25:40)

14th album from Venom, who I assumed were dead, but I guess not.   

Long Haired Punks: Venom (U.K.)(26:38-30:38)

Groovy black metal Abstracter, a triumph in layering ideas.

Lightless: Abstracter (CA)(31:27-39:04)

Italian spacey psychedelic with an edge. 

NGC 2244: Kayleth (Italy)(39:31-43:35)

Philly hardcore.

Turn in the Pike: Blacklisted (Philly)(43:49-45:25)

Evil garage rock with a foot in the 60’s

The Filthy Few: Alucarda (Denmark)(46:25-51:24)

Psychedlia from Sweden!  Monolord does their version of Black Sabbath from a new 12”.  New album in April.

Fairies Wear Boots: Monolord (Sweden)(51:44-59:47)

Speed and sludge, Portland style.

Poisoned Altars: Lord Dying (Portland) (1:00:17-END)

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Best Saturday Album:

Past bands have been Kadavar and Sons of Tonatiuh.  This year my most listened to album on Saturday is Murmur, which is avant-garde jazz fusion band.  Super nerdy fusion metal. You will hear a twinge of hardcore and of course, prog.

Murmur (Chicago), album - Murmur (song: Zeta II Reticuli (0:28-7:03))

Best Supergroup:

Dudes from Converge, Cave-In and Isis created Old Man Gloom.  They put out a fake album prior to the true release which ended them in some hot water with pretentious reviewers.  But, who cares, this album is yet another jaunt in heavy noise and hardcore and ferocity.

Old Man Gloom (New Mexico), album - Ape of God (song: Shoulder Meat (9:09-14:41))

Best Sludge:

No, this genre is not slow, you just listened to a few mediocre bands and think you know what the f you are talking about.  How about you settle down over there and realize you just don’t know.  Secret Cutter is a young Pennsylvanian band that have set up some kickass hooks in a swampy sound that kicks into grind.

Secret Cutter (PA), album - Secret Cutter (song: Craving The Silence (15:29-18:41))

Runner-Up: Tombs (NYC), album - Savage Gold: The first time I heard this, I knew it was going in my top list.  The album is full of surprising genre melds, but mostly it is just a brutally satisfying trip.  Tombs' lead singer just rips.

Runner-Up: Fistula (Cleveland), album - Vermin Prolificus: Crust-infused sludge, the taste I like

Best Ballad/Compositions:

This takes into consideration the structure of a sound that invokes heart strings getting pulled, in a way that is still immensely brutal and heavy.  This second album by Pallbearer is a step above their first, layered instrumentation and vocalization for a really epic emotional experience.    

Pallbearer (Arkansas), album - Foundations of Burden (song: Foundations (19:40-28:21))

Runner-Up: Primordial (Ireland), album - Where Greater Men Have Fallen (also Best Vocalist)

Best Horror:

This debut album by Thantifaxath was menacing, mechanical, cold, brutal, clean, scary and wicked.

Thantifaxath (Toronto), album - Sacred White Noise (song: Gasping In Darkness (29:32-34:55))

Best Vocalist/Best Fucking Passion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alY9BuvO4m0

I always had a huge crush on Irish men, the accents themselves lend a lyrical quality.  The vocalist of Primordial does not sing with an accent, but it is a gorgeous voice, powerful and fierce.  The band is going to put you away with speed and prowess.  This is their (8th) album. 

Primordial (Ireland), album - Where Greater Men Have Fallen (song: Come the Flood (35:33-42:42))

Runner-Up: Alunah (U.K.), album – Awakening the Forest (female): FUCK.  This chick is FUCKING AMAZING.  This is a close runner-up for Best Doom and Best Ballads.

Runner-Up: Dread Sovereign (Ireland), album – All Hell’s Martyrs: (SAME SINGER AS PRIMORDIAL!!): Ultimately, I am in love with this vocalist.  Dread Sovereign has this wonderful retro heavy-metal edge to it; but it is fully a dark and emotional album.

Runner-Up: Blues Pill (Sweden), album – Blues Pills (female - her band got Best 70's Revitalist)

Runner-Up: Pallbearer (Arkansas), album - Foundations of Burden (this band got Best Ballad/Compositions)

Runner-Up: Bulletbelt (New Zealand), album – Rise of the Banshee (female - badass)

Runner-Up: Hang the Bastard (U.K.), album – Sex in the Seventh Circle

Runner-Up: Order of Israfel (Sweden), album - Wisdom

Best Unorthodox Death:

Arty disjointed prog death, of course the Norwegians take something classic and spin it into some crazy product that is barely recognizable.  Must be their dark demon-ridden forests. 

Diskord (Norway), album - Oscillations (song: Horrid Engine (43:25-46:57))

Best Classic Death:

Horrendous’s take on the classic sound is just catchy riffs, strong pumping beat, and a great singer. This album won’t exhaust you. 

Horrendous (Virginia), album - Ecdysis (song: Monarch (48:06-51:57)

Runner-Up: Embrace of Thorns (Greece), album - A Plague Through the Heavens: If you are looking for a thick catchy sound incorporating tons of black metal, look no further.  This was a close second to the best death album of the year.

Runner-Up: Morbus Chron (Sweden), album - Sweven: Well, the part that is old school is an (awesome) layer in some of these songs - fun and fast, but what stands out is their take on proggy, and the genre of death is made that much more complex.  Their sound is one of the best this year, but it lost to Horrendous because their vocalist was not as strong.

Runner-Up: Dead Congregation (Greece), album - Promulgation of the Fall: A thicker sound, very straight, old school death metal.  I love musicians from Greece.

Runner-Up: Teitanblood (Spain), album - Death: Appropriately named album.  There is this cold mechanical cutting feel, slicing through your brain when you hear this. So fast.

Runner-Up: Exordium Mors (New Zealand), album - The Apotheosis of Death: Screeching, headbanging brutality

Best Stoner/Doom:

A close race this year, Alunah from the U.K. had one of the strongest doom albums of the year, you should rush out and get it.  But, I heart YOB forever.  This is them putting out another list of epic climactic songs, leaving an emotional ache in your heart. 

YOB (Oregon), album - Clearing The Path To Ascend (song: Nothing to Win (52:58-1:00:45))

Runner-Up: Alunah (U.K.), album – Awakening the Forest: This is also a runner-up to BEST VOCALIST, this chick rocks.  I would even put it under Best Ballads – fucking amazing emotional songs here.

Runner-Up: Order of Israfel (Sweden): Definitely more "catchy" than YOB style, which doesn't give a shit about setting a groove.  But hell, a girl likes a bit of groove.

Best Hardcore/Crust-Influenced:

Underrated Young and In The Way stole this category immediately, as soon as I heard the album early this year.  They do this churning black metal laden crust. BUT, don’t just stop there: their take on doom is a large part of this huge album. 

Young and In the Way (Charlotte), album - When Life Comes To Death (song: Fuck This Life (1:01:53-1:05:21))

Runner-Up: Enabler (Milwaukee), album - Le Fin Absolue Du Monde: One of the main things I look for in a crust album is energy, catchy, and grit.  It has to have the energy of a crust band, compel me to skip in a mosh pit, and make me clench my teeth.  Enabler's guitar work was deeper than what I usually hear in crust bands, way more composition here.  But it is fucking galloping crust.

Runner-Up: Husk (Norway), album - Hymns: A bit darker, these breakdowns are hypnotic.

Best Post-Punk/Deathrock/Industrial-influenced:

Atriarch is technically a metal band, but they have integrated post-punk and industrial, that made this album really compelling for me.  For straight up post-punk, you must listen to Pawns and Horror Vacui, two of the best bands I listened to last year. 

Atriarch (Portland), album - An Unending Pathway (song: Entropy (1:06:04-1:11:31))

Runner-Up: Pawns (Brooklyn), album – Pawns: Super raw, like you are at the club watching them live; a must-have

Runner-Up: Horror Vacui (Italy), album – Return of the Empire: If you are going to get one post-punk album, run and get this one.  Brilliant, and I hate that I missed them live.

Runner-Up: The New Flesh (Oakland), album –The Absurd: From Oakland, you will relive your 80’s youth

Runner-Up: House of Capricorn (New Zealand), album – Morning Star Rise: Leans towards psychedelic; but definitely gorgeous post-punk song structure

#1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Lord Mantis was created in every element with an artist’s mind, from the almost horrific lyrics to the difficult album imagery.  His vocals got “Best Shrieking Vocals”, one of my favorite styles.  It isn’t easy to create demonic sounds that you want to hear over and over again.  They are not sludge, they have mutated the sound and vocals, bringing in dark electronic and industrial in parts.  It is unexpected, a present to the dreary and bored mind.  Blistering is the word. 

Lord Mantis (Chicago), album - Death Mask (song: Negative Birth (1:12:44-END))

Backing my vocals in order: The Cure; Jesus And Mary Chain; Catherine Wheel; Sugarcubes; Gene Loves Jezebel; Radiohead; Brad; Joy Division; Sisters of Mercy; Thrill Kill Kult; Space Team Elektra

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Best Classic Black Metal:

Yes, it is controversial that I am saying this is classic black metal: the production is excellent and they integrate some sludge in here.  It has tons of melody.  Bite me. Some of these dudes are also in Inter Arma.

Bastard Sapling (Richmond, VA), album - Instinct is Forever (song - My Spine Will Be My Noose (0:28-7:45))

Runner-Up: Blut Aus Nord (France), album – Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry: It's not fair, Blut Aus Nord is just too good. This guy does no wrong, no matter how prolific he is. It is almost too hard to judge.

Runner-Up: The Great Old Ones (France), album – Tekeli-li: I love this album, really romantically menacing.  Pure as the snow black metal, but so thick and satisfying.  The pummeling.

Best 70's Revitalist

70’s Revitalist is one of my favorites, I love bluesy rock that jams, tons of psychedelic here.  This was a close race, but Blues Pills really hits a home run.  The female vocalist kicks ass, you will love her.  Just get both albums.  These dudes left Radio Moscow and started this band.  

Blues Pills (Sweden), albumBlues Pills (song – Astralplane (9:33-14:07))

Runner-Up: Brimstone Coven (WV), album – Brimstone Coven: You have to own this album, if you are a blues-rock fan. It was like Sophie’s Choice between these two bands.  You are going to fucking jam out.

Best Noise/Ambient

Full of Hell is a young band who caught a lucky break befriending the drummer of Merzbow at a show.  Next think you know, they are composing with a band via email.  Noise inspires images that are all of your making.  I personally get a torture vibe with axes and medieval boys running around. 

Full of Hell/Merzbow (MD/Japan), album - Full Of Hell & Merzbow (song - Raise Thee, Great Wall, Bloody And Terrible (15:00-17:29))

Runner-Up: Kikagaku Moyo (Tokyo), album - Mammatus Clouds: Very ethnic

Runner-Up: Suruni (Finland), album – Ikuus: This is just a gorgeous album, don't miss this one

Best Comeback Album

Even though Behemoth has only been quiet for (5) years, this is their 10th album.  They show their maturity in not just putting out speed and chaos; they patiently take their time and then suddenly rip. They don’t need to prove shit.

Behemoth (Poland), album - The Satanist(song: Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel (18:39-23:17))

Runner-Up: Misery Index (Baltimore), album – The Killing Gods: One of my favorite live bands of all time. Super pummeling technical shit. This album was 4 years in the making, which ain't that long, but it felt it. Solid, as expected.

Runner-Up: At the Gates (Sweden), album – At War with Reality: Dude, what a great follow-up to one of my favorite albums, Slaughter of the Soul.  This is fucking melodic metal in the only way I could ever listen to it.

Best Dark Psychedelic/Avante-Garde/Experimental

Close to the category noise/ambient, but incorporates more straight-forward song-writing.  Hail Spirit Noir borrows a bit from King Diamond, and the vocalist has some raspy shit going on.  The psychedelic songs have a dark edge to it. 

Hail Spirit Noir (Greece), album - Oi Magoi (song - Blood Guru (23:59-30:03))

Runner-Up: Murmur (Chicago), album – Murmur: Man this was a close call, I fucking love Murmur.  This band mixed progressive and hardcore into the mix.

Runner-Up: Megaton Leviathon (Portland), album - Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell: SO CLOSE!! Progressive atmosphere, very sci-fi; and then add some heavy sludge; holy shit this album contains a ton, no pun attended

Runner-Up: Spectral Haze (Norway), album - I.E.V.: Transmutated Nebula Remains: A lighter of the other bands, straight up awesome psychedelic

Runner-Up: Emptiness (Belgium), album - Nothing But The Whole: Darker than the others on this list, but oh so weird in where they take their emotional romantic take on metal, so I shoved it in this category. I feel like these peeps grew up with goth influences, though they are straight-up evil.

Best Unorthodox Black Metal:

Panopticon mixed a bunch of shit into their black metal sound: some organic instruments like banjo and violin.  But it is a vicious freeze of black metal fo sho. 

Panopticon (Minnesota), album - Roads to the north(song - The Echoes of a Disharmonic Evensong (31:03-39:59))

Runner-Up: Woods of Desolation (Australia): album - As The Stars: One-man band first of all, and incorporating a lot of gazy, emotional, and inherently sweet melody

Best Thrash

Revocation has death bleeding into it, but you got some great riffs going on here, it breaks into some real singing and fist pumping.  A touch of retro, as any good thrash band pulls in.   

Revocation (Boston), album – Deathless (song – Deathless (40:50-45:44))

Runner-Up: Alestorm (Scotland), album - Sunset on the Golden Age: Uh, have you heard this band!?? You first think it is a complete joke, and they have Scottish accents, but this is just a right-on, badass-in-the-riff-arena album, with the BEST LYRICS EVER “we are here to drink your beer, drink. drink. drink. drink. drink. drink. drink. drink.” I mean, this is what thrash is all about right?

Best Crossover Thrash

I love Iron Reagan, they are just one of those bands that know how to have fun, mosh in a circle and check it out.  Yes, this song is less than 40 secconds.

Iron Reagan (Richmond), album – The Tyranny of Will (song - The Living Skull (46:55-47:33))

Runner-Up: Foreseen (Sweden)

Best Assault Album That You Cannot Listen Through in One Sitting:

Artificial Brain’s progressive sound is technical, raw, pummeling and painful all around. 

Artificial Brain (NY), album - Labyrinth Constellation (song - Absorbing Black Ignition (48:15-53:26))

Runner-Up: Diocletian (New Zealand), album - Gesundrian: Fuck if this ain't an assault, but worthy of many tries to listen.

Best Evil Doom:

Thou brings in the menace to its take to doom.  It is cold, but the riffs break it up.  This also has some gorgeous melody. 

Thou (Baton Rouge), album - Heathen (song - Into the Marshland (54:18-1:01:14))

Runner-Up: Hang the Bastard (U.K), album - Sex in the Seventh Circle: One of my favorite elements is the vocals.  Fucking A.  And on top of it, completely catchy.

2nd BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR, and Best Grindcore

I can’t tell you how much I love this album.  It has all the elements: speed, tight, aggressive, brutal, catchy at times.  He has these gorgeous pops of melody.  Sadly, this band has since retired

Gridlink (NJ, Texas, Japan), album - Longhena(song- Look to Windward (1:02:26-END))

Runner-Up (to Best Grindcore): Piss Vortex (Denmark), album – Piss Vortex: Young, fresh, hard, crazy, tight, difficult.

 

Just in case you are interested, these are the bands that I am playing behind my vocals, in order:

Sunbirds

Gomorrha

McChurch Soundroom

Cosmic Jokers

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We are starting 2015 with a mellow hungover set of nostalgia. Next week starts my Best of 2014 babblings-on.

Stripped: Depeche Mode (0:28-3:59)

Tubular Bells: Book of Love (4:00-10:56)

Well I Wonder: The Smiths (10:57-14:44)

Creep (TLC cover): Afghan Whigs (14:45-18:21)

Tonight: Xymox (18:22-23:35)

All Night Long: Peter Murphy (23:55-29:14)

P.S.: James (29:15-34:07)

Revenge: Ministry (34:08-37:54), plus watch Al Jourgenson in the early 80's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L0q6FQY0Y4

Scarecrow: Siouxsie and the Banshees (37:55-42:36)

Love is Stronger than Death: The The (42:37-47:12)

Flood II: Sisters of Mercy (47:43-54:29)

Nearly Lost You: Screaming Trees (54:30-58:29)

The Howling: Babel (58:30-END)

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