She Likes It Heavy on Tuesdays, 7pm PST on bostonfreeradio.com, prajmetal@gmail.com

0:25-4:03
OUTRE-TOMBE (Quebec)
Concile Cadaverique
— Monstrous groove and riffs, building with melody, Frenchly-epic.

4:56-12:10
KRIEGSMASCHINE (Poland)
Residual Blight
— Members of Polish band Mgla created this drumming beast, dynamic and hypnotic.

12:36-17:24
ORDER OV RIVEN CATHEDRALS (Italy)
Wrath ov a photon god
— Frenzied pace with horror psychedelic, incredibly diverse and dense 2-piece.

17:47-21:37
INOCULATED LIFE (Denver)
Birthed into Purgatory
— Colorado is rising high in bleak death. Must be the serial killer mountains.

21:58-26:20
WYTCH HAZEL (UK)
See My Demons
— Honey vocalist dripping through powerful retro-revitalist.

26:58-30:50
FRONTIERER (Scotland)
Glitcher
— Electro-math prog and hardcore with absolutely no emotion.

31:16-35:29
SIEGE COLUMN (NJ)
Inferno Deathpassion
— Lofi 2-piece snarls with rusty, distorted, intense death.

35:49-41:08
METAL CHURCH (WA)
Revolution Underway
— Powerful vocals lead Metal Church's release, still going strong after 30 years. Heavy metal with progs, riff, chorus and old school ballads.

41:29-46:25
PRIMAL RITE (SF)
Immutable Law
— So catchy, Primal Rite kicks out a blast of thrash and brutally diverse pace, in this debut full-length.

47:24-51:14
VENOM (UK)
We The Loud
— Venom with Cronos releases this 15th album, still gritty and thrashy as fuck.

51:35-END
NACHTMYSTIUM (Chicago)
Resilient
— After many years, Nachtmystium roars back with new Chicago black metal.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_290_121818.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

0:25-5:58
ALKALOID (Germany)
Azagthoth
— Members of Obscura and Aborted. Proggy complex theatrical death with nerdy guitar solos and tons of riffs.

7:16-13:54
SVARTIDAUÐI (Iceland)
Sol Ascending
— Icelandic black metal is desperate, bleak, romantic. Drumming is part of this blanket of complex instrumentation. Great wolf beast album cover.

14:20-18:27
AKHENATEN (CO)
Pazuzu: Harbinger of Darkness
— Colorado 2-piece uniquely threads original Middle-Eastern folk within a vicious death.

19:20-23:30
ECHO BEDS (CO)
Buried Language
— Another Colorado 2-piece, on the industrial spectrum. These guys went to Ground Zero in the 90’s, and we definitely attended the same shoes. Small stupid Colorado world. This is fragmented dystopian industrial cracked in a million pieces.

24:21-33:04
NIGHT GAUNT (Italy)
Labyrinth
— Creepy doom with versatile vocals, and all of it will make you headbang.

33:25-37:40
BLACKRAT (CAN)
Thrall to the Gallows
— Filthy, crusty teeth-baring Blackrat, chomping aggressively.

38:03-39:21
THESE BASTARDS (SF)
Scorched Vellum
— Old and pissed off, seething, catchy, charming fast-paced thrash and core.

40:08-44:46
A THOUSAND SUFFERINGS (Belgium)
Ghostriders
— The album name is Bleakness. Fucking Belgians are sad man.

45:35-49:52
CIST (Russia)
Cryonesia
— Crusty, proggy old school death with dynamic tempo changes.

50:26-54:48
RAUHNÅCHT (Austria)
Zwischen den Jahren
— One-man Austrian haunting black metal with gorgeous organic instrumentation, including a flute.

55:10-END
ZEALOTRY (Boston)
At The Nexus Of All Stillborn Worlds
— Boston is pissed off.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_289_121118.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

0:25-2:43
BAUHAUS (UK)(previously unreleased)
Some Faces
— Brand new 1979 unreleased Bauhaus! https://bauhaus.bandcamp.com/

3:48-8:34
LEBANON HANOVER (Germany)
Alien
— German dark danceable wave done to perfection by a duo of vocal perfection, both male and female. Gorgeous synth and bass.

9:01-15:19
GROSS MISCONDUCT (Vancouver)
Triserpentine
— Vancouver death and thrash, so incredibly catchy. 20 years brings technical prowess.

15:56-20:22
CORPSESSED (Finland)
Graveborne
— Finns create the weirdest monster album art in an alien world. The music is sledgehammer death.

20:48-30:09
CHAPEL OF DISEASE (Germany)
The Sound Of Shallow Grey
— Chapel of Disease incorporates bluesy 70's into their take on death.

30:56-37:11
SIGH (Japan)
In Memories Delusional
— Japanese Sigh continue their fluorescent LSD carnival dream album.

37:30-43:50
MUSMAHHU (2019)(Sweden)
Musmahhu, Rise
— Musmahhu is a mythological hybrid of serpent, lion and bird. The musician has his own record label and is involved in a lot of other projects; and this is blistering awesomeness. I am stoked to hear the album next year.

44:42-51:31
THE WIZARDS (Spain)
Distorted Mirrors
— This band has been a fave of mine, and were in the running for Best Retro last year. The lead singer is a Spanish god.

51:51-54:56
SLEGEST (Norway)
Undergangens Tankesmed
— Beer and rock and Norwegian spitting.

55:21-END
DANTALION (Spain)
The End Of Everything
— Desolate anguished death.

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

0:25-4:59
BARING TEETH (TX)
Impressions Left Behind
— Swarming, rolling, relentless and mesmerizing layers creating dynamic and haunting.

6:19-11:00
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT (TX)
Daymare
— Younguns speak to the horrors of living. Vocals range from screamo to guttural thick rage. Hardcore and grind mixes with electronic and other diverse thoughts.

11:38-18:14
GREENLEAF (Sweden)
The Rumble and the Weight
— Swedes do psychedelic jamming blues the best; and Greenleaf has been one of my favorites of these bands. They changed their incredible singer a few years ago, which was terrifying to me. But holy shit, they must have sacrificed to Satan because he is amazing. This is one of their strongest soulful albums to date.

18:45-26:16
VEILBURNER (PA)
Glory Glory Grotesque
— I await Veilburner's new album with much anticipation, as this teaser is as strange and horror-filled, but blended so well with riffs and groove. Pennsylvania is filled with vampires.

26:52-29:52
ANCST (Germany)
Degradation & Subordination
— Crust is never my favorite, but Ancst plays with black and groove and melodic so well. The vocalist drives a stake through the heart.

30:34-36:03
CURSE ETERNAL (Finland)
I Love Transylvania
— Album art of these Finns is demonic. A raw sound is rounded out by ragged vocals and melodic guitar wailing.

36:30-43:36
WITHERFALL (Los Angeles)
Shadows
— White Wizzard members will always mean amazing harmonizing, groove and technical prowess. This band is way more dramatic, if that is possible. The vocalist is stunning heavy metal.

44:37-50:26
MARCHE FUNÈBRE (Belgium)
Death Wish Woman
— Gloomy melodic death cloaked with snarling vomits of vocals.

50:49-56:11
ULTHAR (Oakland)
Asymmetric Warfare
— Oakland debut offers chompy speedy-thrash with bloody death and evil black.

56:53-END
DEATHRITE (Germany)
Appetite for Murder
— Sludge and crust and death is slow to mid-tempo, mixed with atmosphere. A change for this band.

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

0:25-6:33
1914 (Ukraine)
Arrival. the Meuse-Argonne
— Ukranians know how to be dark and wicked and infuse melody to give them a chance, just enough for them to rip you apart. They released this album on 11/11 at 11am, for the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. N.E.R.D.S.

7:28-11:35
ARSIS (VA)
Hell Sworn
— Highlight is the unique and multi-dimensional raspy singing in a solid thrash and death album.

12:06-16:00
GOROD (FR)
Goddess of Dirt
— French aliens who want to take over the world in guitar battles.

16:25-21:01
SYLVAINE (Norway)
Severance
— Post-metal landscape is an accompaniment to gorgeous and brutal female vocals.

21:26-25:12
PSYCROPTIC (AU)
Beyond the Black
— Sweaty and heaving Australian grind. Almost too much, but just enough.

25:56-30:44
CRYPTOPSY (Montréal)
The Wretched Living
— Sadistic pain to get you out of this hell on earth. Just for a moment. Revel and be grateful they provide this torture for your brain.

31:05-40:11
DEITUS (UK)
Salvifici Doloris
— Dynamic black metal with just the right moments of aggression against slower movements.

40:41-46:06
SEROCS (Mexico, CAN, FR)
Nonbeing
— Fucking international dudes.

46:58-49:53
NOCTURN (Romania)
Memento
— Black and thrash and vampiric, cause, see above. Romania.

50:26-END
MISOTHEIST (Norway)
Beast and Soil
— Hatred of god is why we have this.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_286_111318.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 2:53am EDT

0:25-4:55
OUTRE (Poland)
Distant Daylight
— This band made my Best Black Metal list in 2015.  This is more of the same relentless, claustrophobic, drum-pummelling excellence.  

6:14-11:07
HATE ETERNAL (FL)
Upon Desolate Sands
— Muscular death, crushing riffs, and innovative compositions takes it beyond sweaty testicle metal.  

11:39-15:01
BRAINOIL (Oakland)
Blank Static Void
— Bay area Brainoil releases groove rampage sludge that is that Brainoil-style of satisfaction.  Greg's vocals are epic.  John Santos created-album art!! 

15:30-20:31
GLACIAL TOMB (Denver)
Sunless Dawn
— Khemmis lead singer in a new blistering death and core project.   

20:53-25:11
XUL (CAN)
Life Disintegrating
— A spectrum of inventive black metal, gorgeous to snarling, warm to cutting, suspense to breakdown.  Oh fuck yes – “I worship NOTHING”.

25:59-28:23
EVULSE (Oakland)
Agoraphobia
— Filthy guttural death eruptions from Oakland.  
https://transylvaniantapes.bandcamp.com/album/evulse-call-of-the-void

28:46-33:54
THE ORDER OF APOLLYON (FR)
— Delicious headbanging black metal with a French accent.

34:28-40:44
ESOCTRILIHUM (FR)
— A dying gasp of medieval apocalyptic death.  Released early this year, and didn't want to miss it.

41:12-45:40
BLOODBATH (Sweden)
— Supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, Opeth and Craft diving into multiple styles of death, crust and black.  

46:46-52:27
VALDRIN (OH)
— Horror, creepy and carnivalesque storytelling death and black metal. 

52:46-56:13
WELTSCHMERZ (Netherlands)
— Raw crusty chomping black metal with a bit of your dead soul. 

56:51-END
UNLEASHED (Sweden)
— Glory of the vikings!

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

0:25-7:110:25-7:11
YAZ (1982)
Don't Go (12" remix)
— Allison Moyet is up there with Siouxsie in alternative queendom.  This is Vince Clark brilliance pre-Erasure.  Yazoo will be releasing 4 albums this month - both original albums, a remix album and 2 BBC sessions.  It is on my Christmas wish list. 

7:12-13:18
O.M.D. (1985)
Secret
— You may remember O.M.D. from the topnotch Pretty in Pink soundtrack, but their prime sound goes back to their singles and EPs from the early 1980's.  Crush was one of the best new wave albums of all time. 

13:19-19:42
DEPECHE MODE (1987)
StrangeLove (blind mix)
— Music for the Masses is in the running for the best new wave album of all time.  Every song was a hit. 

19:43-27:53
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES (1988)
Peek-A-Boo (remix)
— Siouxsie Sioux inspired every woman in her path.  She was massive prior to this album of course, but this album became new wave mainstream and hit all the clubs. 

28:13-35:17
NEW ORDER (1985)
Sub-culture (remix)
— Holy crap, the plethora of hits available from New Order's Substance album, a compilation of their singles. 

35:18-42:59
THE CURE (1989)
Lullaby (Extended Mix)
— When Disintegration released, I had already loved the Cure for years.  But then Disintegration blew my mind and heart and soul and my love for Robert Smith and his lyrics deepened to rapture.  He is a god. 

43:00-47:14
ALPHAVILLE (1984)
A Victory of Love
— Everyone remembers the famous Forever Young song, but the entire rest of the album contains some of the best new wave songs ever made.  This is in my top 10 new wave albums, and this is one of my favorite songs. 

47:44-55:21
PINK TURNS BLUE (1988)
Your Master Is Calling
— A relatively unknown but massive band that was incredibly vital to the new wave scene.  Buy every album right now. 

55:22-59:15
SISTERS OF MERCY (1987)
This Corrosion
— Patricia's hair and Andrew's deep baritone, and when that beat landed, holy shit.  I remember lending this cassette out and never getting it back.  Never again assholes. 

59:17-END
THE SMITHS (1984)
How Soon Is Now
— The most danced song of every new wave song ever to exist.  I mean, these lyrics were the soundtrack of our souls.
There's a club if you'd like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you
So you go and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home and you cry
And you want to die

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:06am EDT

0:25-4:41
OUTER HEAVEN (PA)
Decaying Realms
— Filthy, churning, riff-heavy death from start to finish.

5:40-8:53
CLOUD RAT (Michigan)
November
— Immense female lead singer of Cloud Rat expresses our emotions so well. Sick-of-your-shit vocals give way to brief respites of alternative rock, and it is a joy. Mostly grind and hardcore, don't worry.

9:26-13:32
AUTHOR & PUNISHER (San Diego)
Nazarene
— He stays true to old school industrial with vocals reminiscent of Ogre. Bro makes most of his noise-makers.

14:22-20:01
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
I See Through You
— Psychedelic blues in a cracked, distorted production. These guys know how to take you out on a stoner journey SO well. Don't miss this, the reviews are underwhelming but the album is not.

20:34-31:00
PIAH MATER (Brazil)
Earthbound Ruins
— Loose proggy death and rock and jazz.

31:44-35:55
SARGEIST (Finland)
To Wander the Night's Eternal Path
— One original member remains, bringing in new members from Nightbringer and Saturnian Mist. Retains brutal while still infusing the evil and the romance, the way I like it.

36:14-38:20
IRON REAGAN (VA)
Patronizer
— Cleaner-style vocals in the same punchy thrash and fun.

38:42-43:26
AETERNUS (Norway)
The Sword of Retribution
— Thick medieval vocals breathe out fire.

44:23-54:43
ULTHA (Germany)
With Knives to the Throat and Hell in Your Heart
— Emotional, bleak, distressed, anguished, moody black metal to listen to while putting on heavy eyeliner.

55:24-END
HOLOCAUSTO EM CHAMAS (Portugal)
After The Crucifixion
— Terror-driven black metal for serial killers.

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

0:25-5:14
DALKHU (Slovenia)
— Slovenian lead-ups and focus on drumming with hot hoodied dudes.

7:33-12:28
HIGH ON FIRE (Oakland)
— High on Fire tries their hand with menacing, chomping metal and it is badass. The drumming is tight and brutal and the highlight.

12:52-17:42
SLÆGT (Denmark)
Perfume and Steel
— Groove and black metal blasting ash into a Danish sky.

18:10-26:12
WINDHAND (VA)
— Her vocals harmonize so perfectly with this style of stoner, really allowing this genre to shine in her hands.

26:55-33:59
DEPTHS ABOVE (Czech)
— Romantic emotional melodies, vibrant and gloomy.

34:29-38:35
HYPERDONTIA (Denmark/Turkey)
— Monstrous aggressive death blowing from the bowels of hell.

39:07-43:25
ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD (Norway)
— First and last album, kind of makes you want to hear their story. Death mixed with more modern atmospheric. The bassist stands out.

44:19-51:04
INFESTUS (Germany)
— Acoustic instrumentation mixed with aggression and anguish.

51:22-57:04
ORDEAL (Denmark)
— Screaming, dying, tortured sludge.

 

57:35-END
CRUCIBLE OF HATE (OH)
— Galloping death and thrash from aggressive Ohio

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_282_100918.mp3
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0:25-6:24
HORRENDOUS (Philly)
Devotion (Blood for Ink)
— Bi-vocalist styled, unpredictable, proggy, witty memorable death.

9:31-15:00
HELRUNAR (Germany)
Als die Welt zur Nacht sich wandt
— Gravelly vocalist speaking German poetry, blending soft and death and emotional in their black metal.

15:33-19:36
SCORCHED (Delaware)
Bodies Collect
— Varied, unexpected, jaunty and spacey death.

19:53-27:08
GEVURAH (Montreal)
Across the Primordial Sea
— A duo pouring out rabid epic black metal.

27:43-35:21
VOIVOD (Quebec)
The End of Dormancy
— A unique, strange beast of a creation, with so many unexpected twists and turns. Made for nerds. Yes. . . you.

35:52-43:23
A FOREST OF STARS (UK)
Premature Invocation
— Theatrical, anguished, desperate, passionate with a fun twist of synth.

44:15-49:58
ABORTED (Belgium)
Vespertine Decay
— Melodic death with groove and riffs and tight as fuck drumming.

50:33-57:37
DÖDSRIT (Sweden)
A Drowning Voice
— Never underestimate one-man bands. Punchy hardcore-crust black metal with a raspy vocalist.

58:08-END
INOCULATION (Cleveland)
Xa'Ligha
— Filthy angular death from of course, Cleveland.

Behind My Vocals
Cigarettes After Sex, Hole, Sinead O’Connor, Alison Moyet, Siouxsie, Lebanon Hanover, Pleasure Symbols, Catherine Wheel w/ Tanya Donelly

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_281_100218.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

0:25-6:05
REVOCATION (Boston)
The Outer Ones
— Part of my Best Live Show 2017, Revocation has dropped a fuck bomb of an album, full of their proggy death, thrash, groove and riffs with a spin into their version of sci-fi horror space. Yeah, more of the same.

7:20-14:37
MORNE (Boston)
To the Night Unknown
— Yes, I actually lived in Boston and I would see the lead singer of Morne at shows and we used to call him Metal Fit Guy. He was very muscular. His sound is too.

14:58-18:54
CULT LEADER (SLC)
I Am Healed
— SLC grind, suffocating and hateful. Aw. So cute.

19:16-24:31
MOLOCH (Nottingham)
Hang
— UK sludge is slow motion sledgehammer metal.

24:58-31:54
INFERNAL COIL (Boise)
In Silent Vengeance
— Idaho is of course nuts. Suffocating walls of grind.

32:06-34:50
CRAWL (Sweden)
Sentenced To Rot
— Crusty Swedes swing into death.

35:15-39:01
MORGUE WALKER (Carolinas)
Forage the Ash
— Don't set aside his comical vomit vocals, it is badass.

39:26-45:53
ETERNAL ROT (Poland/UK)
In Their Decaying Eyes
— Creepy horror doom and death.

46:44-54:40
MALTHUSIAN (Ireland)
Across The Expanse Of Nothing
— Cavernous ominous death. Yes, more fucking death.

55:17-END
CATTLE DECAPITATION (SD)
An Exposition of Insides
— The album art is just the worst, so painful. This is a collection of their "rarities."

Behind My Vocals
Sixth of June, Oto, Message, File Not Found, Eleven Pond, Gold Zebra, Silicon Teens, Void Vision, Le Syndicat Electronique

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_280_092518.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:37am EDT

0:25-8:30
WINDFAERER (NJ)
Dawn of Phantom Light
— Distressed, anguished black metal with ethereal threads of violin. Every single song is fantastic.

9:29-14:53
MONSTROSITY (FL)
The Proselygeist
— Classic Floridian Death Metal, with ripping riffs to the headbanging end.

15:38-20:13
SATAN (UK)
My Prophetic Soul
— 40-year-old Satan with their charming vocals and brilliant retro guitar arrangements. Another legendary band with a stellar album this year.

20:44-28:02
ÖVER (UK/Ecuador)
Owner And Slave
— Moody black metal and a heavy mist of pummeling drums and dense guitar, with slithering vocals creeping around..

28:52-34:41
THE SKULL (Chicago)
All That Remains (Is True)
— Either you love or love Eric Wagner's vocals. Ballad-loving heavy doom.

35:07-40:42
BLACK VIPER (Norway)
Storming With Vengeance
— Norwegian speed with high-pitched King Diamond vocals.

41:07-48:17
KOMMANDANT (Italy)
Aeon Generator
— Scarring bludgeoning oppressive black metal with evil death metal drums.

49:09-53:20
PANZER SQUAD (Germany)
Delusionist
— Straight up pummeling thrash and hardcore beat.

53:53-END
SERPENTS OF DAWN (SF)
Communion
— San Francisco swampy rock and riffs in the hiz-house.

Behind My Vocals:
Rendez-Vous, Witches Rune, Maria Loves Me, Led Er Est, The Short Wave Mystery, Die Selektion, Under The Skin, Paralysed Age

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_279_091818.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Behind My Vocals: https://christophersneeringer.bandcamp.com/album/el-studio-session

0:25-8:40
CONVULSING (AU)
Strewn/Adrift
— Don't underestimate one-man bands. Convulsing has the brains of several weirdos, with a mix of black, psychedelic, melodic, drone and gloom. Structures caving to drifting and back to ferocious.

9:58-17:51
THOU (Baton Rouge)
Elimination Rhetoric
— 5th full-length from Thou is what you would expect: depressive sludge, ambient, melancholy melodic and a spectrum of vocals.

18:48-24:41
GOURMAND (Kansas City)
Perpetual Sickness
— Gourmand is styled like their album cover, a splash of warm color over a sharp, cold technical body. Cello and acoustic guitar is a bright respite in their brutality.

25:46-31:25
IDLES (Bristol)
Colossus
— Bristol punks want you to find joy as the resistance, gawd how sweet. These are hot British guys you want to hug and punch and drink beers with. Stylized punk with deep lyrical content.

32:00-39:38
OCCELENSBRIGG (Portugal)
The Falling Guardians of Death and Life
— Difficult raw muddy production with horror vocals. This gets mesmerizing. Don't give up.

40:08-43:42
ABYSMAL TORMENT (Malta)
Strains Of Brutality
— Maltese boys with a terrible attitude. Gorgeous coastal landscape and aqua water is a hotbed for gory death metal.

44:48-48:44
NACHTLIEDER (Sweden)
Eyes Ablaze
— Led by a hot woman, black metal obsessed with death. Bleak and hostile, the way we take it.

49:02-53:42
CARNATION (Belgium)
Magnum Chaos
— Debut from raging guttural death metal Belgians.

54:33-END
URIAH HEEP (UK)
It's All Been Said
— 50 years and rocking hard, this is a solid showing from a legendary band.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_278_090418.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

0:25-6:17
ABDUCTION (UK)
Permissible Death
— Pulsating black metal, droning swarming filling in space vacuums, bleeding into nowhere.

7:05-9:39
INNUMERABLE FORMS (Boston)
Stress Starvation
— Moody vocalist breathing over rampant death slowed down periodically in doom.

10:03-14:22
REBEL WIZARD (AU)
The Poor and Ridiculous Alchemy of Christ and Lucifer and Us All
— One-man weirdo band with a screech of a voice painting over his heavy metal infused black metal.

14:53-17:35
SECRET CUTTER (PA)
4 1/2
— Sharp decapitating vocalist and noise breaking sludge.

17:56-25:04
GIANT OF THE MOUNTAIN (Texas)
Lamentations of Smoke
— Texan prog and black metal filled with epic and climactic songs of monsters and flames.

25:35-30:01
HADAL MAW (AU)
Charlatan II: Fervent Beasts
— Raw death metal made unique with atmospheric bubbles popping through.

30:35-36:43
VOID RITUAL (NM)
Given Unto The Water
— Another immensely talented one-man band creating gorgeous black metal with a ton of instruments.

37:08-41:10
MAJESTIC MASS (Denmark)
Clandestine Supremacy
— Pagan garage rock created for your Sunday sacrifices in front of the altar.

41:54-46:50
ANCESTORS (LA)
Into The Fall
— Ancestors is very TeePee Records - progressive and psychedelic and warm and vocal/lyrical-forward songs. The surprises are everywhere, and I love the horror electronica. Violin and piano make this utter loveliness. I love this band.

47:49-51:22
LURK (Finland)
Nether
— Depressive sludge and doom and death in an incredible album cover with skeleton zombies and an owl. 'Cause those go together.

51:45-54:51
SEPTEKH (Sweden)
Travesty
— Hot swedes breaking out thrash with the hard edge of death.

55:24-END
CEMETERY URN (AU)
Down The Path Of The Dead
— Monster death, brutal and powerful.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_277_082818.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

0:25-6:36
LEAD INTO GOLD (Portland)
The Sun Behind the Sun
— Ministry's Paul Barker, creating projects Pailhead and Revolting Cocks, has just released the second full-length Lead Into Gold album. Hella Wax Trax-era sounds; and his vocals are so incredibly nostalgic.

7:42-13:32
KVALVAAG (Norway)
Bergtatt
— Norwegian symphonic, theatrical, haunting and melodic black metal with some fun synth.

13:48-19:40
MONGREL’S CROSS (AU)
Neurian Transformations
— Thrash-infused black metal from the attitude of kangaroo-loving weirdos.

20:39-25:54
ohGr (LA)
Mind made goD
— Ogre was my fantasy boyfriend in every daydream since I was 13 years old. Skinny Puppy centered around promoting veganism, anti-animal experimentation and anti-war beliefs. This spiky-black haired hero has multiple albums under ohGr in 17 years, and this new one is the best one yet. If you don't love him, you won't love this album.

26:31-31:18
CANCER (AU)
The Sleepless Waltz
— Desolation and heartache is the crux of this black metal sound.

31:44-37:05
WOLFHEART (Finland)
Breakwater
— Epic romantic and melodic death metal from Finnish boys that raise a chalice to their Viking overlord.

37:30-44:00
DIE SEKTOR (GA)
Accelerant (vProjekt Version)
— Danceable, groovy, hard industrial sound reminiscent of everything we grew up loving about industrial.

44:58-47:52
PIG DESTROYER (VA)
The Torture Fields
— You may be surprised that the new songs released from upcoming Pig Destroyer's album is not grind, and way more groove-core.

48:28-54:54
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY (Vancouver)
Meteorfall
— It must be in the 80's industrial water. All these artists are still frigging HOT. Bill Leeb, fan my face, drummer-lover mama.

55:26-END
PLAGUEWIELDER (OH)
In Depths of Cold Hell
— Big and Ohio meaty.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_276_081418.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

0:25-5:58
VREID (Norway)
Lifehunger
— Norwegian black metal that breaks into galloping rock.

6:49-12:31
MANTICORA (Denmark)
Katana - Opium
— Blasting power metal instrumentals, hungry drumming and vocals reminiscent of Hammers of Misfortune - epic and dramatic.

12:50-19:53
THE SPIRIT (Germany)
The Clouds Of Damnation
— Throaty German vocals singing of fiery romance; and leather-clad arms on dual guitars.

20:31-24:33
BEHEMOTH (Poland)
God = Dog
— Polish extreme Behemoth revel in being sacreligious.

25:07-29:17
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN (Iceland)
Reflections
— Icelandic retro-rockers clench my heart with luscious vocals accompanied with jean jacket jams.

29:46-39:46
INFERA BRUO (Boston)
Shroud Enigma
— Super group with members of Trap Them and Pillory, and yes this is atmospheric - but don't let that scare you. They still break into epic head banging savagery.

37:03-44:27
UNEARTHLY TRANCE (NY)
Mechanism Error
— Layered thick with sludge, floating vocals and pummeling drums.

45:19-51:54
CONAN (UK)
Vexxagon
— Heavy doom mixed with their new drummer from Dread Sovereign.

52:15-56:26
BLACK TUSK (GA)
Scalped
— Signature snarling hardcore, punk and southern rock infused with thick beards.

56:56-END
MANTAR (Germany)
Seek + Forget
— Chunky 2-piece chunky black metal with massive drumming and the element of hardcore up your butt. These guys are supposed to be incredible live.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_275_080718.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

0:25-6:33
INEXORUM (MN)
To Omega
— Minnesota rages their icy-black metal on your head with vast and frothy romantic compositions.

7:32-14:17
KHORADA (Portland)
Edeste
— Agalloch and Giant Squid members create melancholy and college rock-style mixed with doom. Vocals-forward.

14:48-19:46
STATIQBLOOM (Brooklyn)
Ersatz Gaze
— You know I love Fade and everything that he creates.

20:09-27:33
DEADBIRD (AR)
Luciferous Heart
— When I call Deadbird stoners, I mean the individuals, not the genre. Bros smoke a mean joint, I’m sure, but they are romantic sludge. Those vocals kill me.

28:01-30:50
ANTICHRIST SIEGE MACHINE (VA)
Schism Perpetration
— Volcanic ash pummels down, fiery and suffocating. Why do we need to be punished gawdammit aren't we tortured enough?!

31:15-37:46
KHANUS (Finland)
Secular Spiritual Existence
— Finnish alien vocals sings of blood and gore and forests or whatever these weirdos are doing. These guys have unexpected lead-ups.

38:30-44:05
THOU (Baton Rouge)
The Lasting Dose
— Thou's new EP is the best balance of evil and lush, dramatic and badass. The last (3) EPs are on (3) different labels, and the full-length is on another label. It will be unexpected.

45:07-49:44
THE LION'S DAUGHTER (St. Louis)
Grease Infant
— Sci-fi metal horror synth-heavy metal-infused crazy.

50:18-54:37
REBEL WIZARD (AU)
The Poor and Ridiculous Alchemy of Christ and Lucifer and Us All
— You think you know it all. So you'll listen and categorize this immediately into classic heavy retro metal. Then the vocals drop - completely soulless raw and evil.

55:06-END
DIRE OMEN (CAN)
Null
— Suffocating dissonant death with blistering layers.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_274_073118.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

0:25-3:49
VANHELGA (Sweden)
Förpassad till misär
— Wing-beating dragon metal. Seriously. Just read the band name.

4:55-7:40
THE COLUMN (CA)
Turn Around
— Shimmering post-punk dark-wave synth-loveliness.

8:34-16:32
SKELETONWITCH (OH)
Fen Of Shadows
— Skeletonwitch is officially forgiven for replacing their singer. This is back-to-form, but in a completely new way. Sharp guitars in a more black metal sound. Still groove-as-all-hell.

17:06-20:14
PARIUS (PA)
Between Hell & I
— The old school horror album art couples grandly with their strange album.

20:36-25:38
LUCIFER (Sweden/Berlin)
Reaper on Your Heels
— Berlin has blues in their blood. This is perfect 70's rock with a badass female lead vocalist.

26:16-32:31
MUTILATION RITES (NY)
Chasm
— Choppy Brooklyn black and death, stomping raw with blistering.

32:58-37:40
SEAR BLISS (Hungary)
A Mirror in the Forest
— Hungarian black metal is majestic and climactic.

38:03-42:41
PHANTOM (Denmark)
Night Sweet Night
— Theatrical, operatic, majestic.

43:01-48:30
FORMING THE VOID (LA)
On We Sail
— Southern-style blues and doom, very warm.

49:23-56:20
MOONREICH (Paris)
Fugue, Pt. 1: Every Time She Passes Away
— Parisians painful progressions.

56:52-END
ARMORY (Sweden)
Vault Seven
— Speed for you and your one friend to play-mosh in your garage.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_273_072418.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

0:25-6:44
IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT (NYC)
Swarming Opulence
— Introspective metal, playing with jazz and evil.

7:48-13:43
OBSCURA (Germany)
An Epilogue to Infinity
— Germanic melodic death metal breaking into badassery.

14:23-20:15
FUTURE CORPSE (Melbourne)
Trapped in the Echo Chamber
— Prog and punk and energy and ebullient. These guys are like, excited about life and shit.

20:57-26:39
BLACK FAST (St. Louis)
Scarecrow and Spectre
— Evil album cover. Drums are spectacular here, along with a rotten, desperate vocalist.

27:31-33:50
CRAFT (Sweden)
Undone
— Clean instrumentation, riff-oriented and groovy Swedish black metal.

34:16-39:49
THE ANTICHRIST IMPERIUM (UK)
Death Ritual
— Cold serial killer metal.

40:10-49:27
CULT OF OCCULT (France)
NI
— Wretched vocals writhe in a shroud of black tar.

50:19-58:25
BURIAL INVOCATION (Turkey)
Visions Of The Hereafter
— Distorted atmospheric sometimes breaking into groove. Defs and totes hella aggressive.

59:04-END
GOREPHILIA (Finland)
Tranquility Of War (Perpetual Chaos Vortex)
— Finnish aggression is a perfect 7" with Undergang (Denmark)

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_272_071718.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

0:25-6:03
GAEREA (Portugal)
Extension to Nothingness
— Beast.

7:09-10:50
IMMORTAL (Norway)
Blacker of Worlds
— Legends have released a blisteringly savage black metal album.

11:24-16:37
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA (Sweden)
Paralyzed
— Bubbly disco and electronica-infused summer mullet hard rock. Made for your next bbq and big glass of wine.

17:06-20:28
DEADGAARD (CAN)
Take The Pain
— Very eastern northern Canadians created this chomping death and thrash split, both bands rock it.

20:52-25:46
EMBRACE OF THORNS (Greece)
Stoking The Fire Of Resentment
— Runner up to my 2015 Best Death Metal follow up with another blast of a death album.

26:22-31:34
ANTIPEEWEE (Germany)
Infected by Evil
— German-style American thrash, with groove and melody.

31:57-39:53
BARREN ALTAR (CA)
Delirium Vivens
— Barren Altar is the most romantic bludgeon music to make out with Kiefer Sutherland from the Lost Boys.

41:02-51:05
BONGRIPPER (Chicago)
Slow
— Another dense lead-up-infused melodic reverb-heavy top notch stoner.

51:36-54:41
MARDUK (Sweden)
Viktoria
— Another legendary band releases their 14th, creating romantic savage beatings.

55:10-END
MORTUOUS (CA)
Chrysalis of Sorrow
— Brooding and dank, with the drummer of Necrot.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_271_071018.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

0:25-5:13
VOIDHANGER (Poland)
Dark Days of the Soul
— Seething, aggressive Polish thrash and death that’s not fucking around.

5:14-10:22
TRIBULATION (Sweden)
Cries From the Underworld
— Tribulation is a unique mix of old school death rock mixed with horror and metal. They also delve into ambient and drone. Moody retro and black death rock sung by hot Swedish vampires? Were you looking into my dreams?

10:23-14:07
PORTAL (AU)
Husk
— Alien, bleak, comfortless chaos created by monsters from Australia.

14:08-20:02
JESUS AIN'T IN POLAND (Italy)
Nepenthe Pt.1
— Jesus Ain't in Poland have slowed their version of grindcore to dynamic, eruptive, melodic hardcore. With some grind sprinkled on top.

20:03-23:30
JUDAS PRIEST (UK)
Lightning Strike
— Judas Priest prove they are still heavy metal gods. They engage in their trademark hooks and harmonies and manage to remain muscular. A must-have album.

23:56-27:09
HUMAN SERPENT (Greece)
Seven Billion Slaves
— Slitheringly savage and silky-smooth black metal from Greece.

27:10-33:22
DEATHBELL (France)
Rise From Your Grave
— Incredibly jolting pagan psychedelic doom led by a French goddess.

33:23-41:08
SLUGDGE (UK)
War Squids
— Cartoony, tongue in cheek superficial layer of Slugdge covers a strange, twisted, gnarly proggy death.

41:08-45:27
THE SOFT MOON (Berlin)
Like a Father
— Stylish, intense industrial dark wave with a really cool-styled vocalist.

45:58-49:55
ABIGOR (Austria)
All Hail Darkness And Evil
— Rasp to shriek and oh so unique. The vocalist slices. Each song is a fresh angle on black metal.

49:56-54:59
OCEAN OF GRIEF (Greece)
The Breeding of Death
— Majestic melodic with overtly baritone and masculine vocals is so hard to keep from being cheesy. These Greeks do melodic to perfection, creating vivid gorgeous spell-binding stories.

54:59-END
HARM'S WAY (Chicago)
Become a Machine
— This is Chicago hardcore - chunky, technical, brutal.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_270_062618.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

0:25-8:17
CHURCHBURN (RI)
The Misery Hymns
— Providence is king of old beard metal – lumbering to epic, sludge to death.

9:17-13:36
WOMBBATH (Sweden)
Embrace Death
— Swedish muscular death with riffs galore and a brutally frameable album cover.

14:13-21:51
WITCH MOUNTAIN (Portland)
Burn You Down
— This band has been around for 20+ years, and has inspired an onslaught of female-led occult bands. I was sad when their first lead singer left in 2014, but she was replaced by an equally amazing husky-voiced beauty.

22:24-28:38
ANICON (NYC)
Drowned In The Mirage
— Brooklyn-style epic, complex composition-based black metal.


29:08-33:15
NERVOSA (Brazil)
Vultures
— Brazilian badass female thrash fiends.

33:58-39:36
ORANGE GOBLIN (London)
The Stranger
— 9th album is better than some of their previous, still infusing a ton of energy in an otherwise tired genre of stoner. Orange Goblin is why stoner can still be relevant.

39:57-49:34
ABSTRACTER (Oakland)
Nether
— Filthy swirling muddy oppression.

50:31-54:49
TOMB MOLD (Toronto)
Abysswalker
— Get out of your head by listening to rotting death.

55:13-END
URARV (Norway)
Sannhet
— Strange horror atmospheric spitting out in tongues.

Behind My Vocals: Giöbia, Squadra Omega, Kikagaku Moyo, Lamp of the Universe, Камни, Vespero, Erkin Koray, Guapo , Sacri Cuori

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_269_061918.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 2:59am EDT

0:25-6:16
UADA (Portland)
The Purging Fire
— The newest from my Best Black Metal of 2016. A Portland band that is badass, bitter, mean, and epic.

7:23-13:40
THOU (Baton Rouge)
The Changeling Prince
— The vocalist is scorching lava, a driving dramatic force through the impassioned melodies.

14:03-18:57
NAUT (UK)
I M Here
— A perfect post-punk album for the next rainy weekend you are dancing alone in your living room with your bottle of wine. Oh, is that just me?

19:21-23:36
SPECTRAL WOUND (CAN)
La Nuit Froide De L'oubli
— Another leading lead singer that leads the shit out of his band. Cold and melodic.

24:32-28:06
GHOST (Sweden)
Dance Macabre
— I was pleasantly surprised by this new Ghost, especially since I've never liked them before. Retro anthemic fun song; the rest of the album is strange and diverse. Good stuff.

28:33-33:22
WAYFARER (Denver)
Animal Crown
— Emotional lead-ups, growling into fevered pitch; breaking into organic harmonies.

33:49-37:03
DOPETHRONE (CAN)
Kingbilly Kush
— Tongue in cheek swamp, Canadian-style.

37:42-40:50
VIOLATION WOUND (CA)
Stalemate Suicide
— Chris Reifert is a surprisingly good whiskey-soaked vocalist; hailing from Death and Autopsy. This is for old people who have remained pissed off.

41:13-45:31
JUST BEFORE DAWN (Sweden/UK)
Day Of Days
— Demonic throated tales born of a different time and a parallel universe, where innocence no longer lives.

46:06-52:34
HIGH PRIESTESS (LA)
Earth Dive
— Female-only blues, with plaintive vocals and frothy lyrics.

52:58-58:18
AORNOS (Hungary)
The Kingdom Of Nemesis
— Theatrical rasping, Hungarian style.

58:41-END
DEATHSTORM (Austria)
Agent Of Dismay
— Beer and riffs, what we live for.

Behind My Vocals
Still Corners; Roosevelt; Jonathan Bree; Acid Ghost; Future Islands; Tame Impala; Mild Orange; Clio; Men I Trust; MorMor; Quixotic

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_268_060518.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:34am EDT

(0:25-8:25)
MESSA (Italy), album – Feast for Water (2018)
Song: Leah

(8:26-13:42)
GRAVEYARD (Sweden), album – Peace (2018)
Song: Walk On

(13:43-18:24)
DEATHBELL (France), album – With The Beyond (2018)
Song: Over the Rim

(18:24-21:59)
DEMON EYE (NC), album – Prophecies and Lies (2017)
Song: In the Spider's Eye

(21:59-26:03)
NIGHT DEMON (CA), album – Darkness Remains (2017)
Song: Flight of the Manticore

(26:12-30:56)
KADAVAR (Germany), album – Rough Times (2017)
Song: Vampires

(30:56-34:57)
DEMON HEAD (Denmark), album – Thunder on the Fields (2017)
Song: Thunder On The Fields

(34:57-41:26)
RUBY THE HATCHET (Philly), album – Planetary Space Child (2017)
Song: Planetary Space Child

(41:57-46:52)
DOUBLESTONE (Denmark), album – Devils Own/Djævlens Egn (2017)
Song: Devils Own

(46:52-55:27)
RED SCALP (Poland), album – Lost Ghosts (2017)
Song: Mantra Bufala

(55:27-END)
THE WIZARDS (Spain), album - Full Moon in Scorpio (2017)
Song: Leaving the Past Behind

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_267_052918.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

0:25-13:56
YOB (OR)
Our Raw Heart
— Mike's deeply-moving vocals and electrifying accompaniment created a matured sound that is meditative and perfect for coupling drugs and nature.

15:23-19:13
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
The Colours of the Beast
— In the 90's I headbanged to this band religiously in my car. Their new albums sound a lot like Slaughter, but why the hell not. Again, with age comes refinement.

19:40-25:42
DE PROFUNDIS (UK)
Opiate For The Masses
— Death and classic metal with black streaks, riffs, technical and prog. A full spectrum.

26:21-31:29
ISA (MA)
Stage IV - Evil
— One man band hails from bostonfreeradio station's hood. He somehow makes goblin music emotional and unexpected, rippling out in psychedelic waves. Really original stuff - check it out here:
https://dcurhan.bandcamp.com/album/chimera

31:46-35:23
CARDIAC ARREST (Chicago)
When The Teeth Sink In
— Chicago knows how to seethe and blast grooves at the same time.

35:51-44:14
FAAL (Netherlands)
Evoking Emotions
— Gawddammit if these little diddies didn't make this Indian gal's black heart clench. Evoking emotions indeed.

45:10-50:07
ZARRAZA (Kazakhstan)
Abyss Above Me
— Wow, metal from muscular bros in Kazakhstan. Guess how aggro this sound is.

50:46-56:46
URFAUST (Netherlands)
False Sensorial Impressions
— When the vocalist decided to do an unwavering screech with a wall of sound, it made my brain decompress perfectly. Thank you Satan, for allowing me this moment of peace.

57:08-END
GRÁ (Sweden)
Hvedrungs Maer
— Pet your black raven and listen to this Swedish black metal.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_266_052218.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

0:38-4:29
LIK (Sweden)
Celebration of the Twisted
— Lik is "corpse" in Swedish. Muscular vocals are a great partner to technical drumming.

5:22-11:01
VOIDTHRONE (Seattle)
Phantasm Epoch
— Cold, angular, malevolent death mixed with doom that can't stand up to a snarling lead singer.

11:26-20:44
CHRCH (Sacramento)
Aether
— Female demon vocals: need I say more? Ok, it is also hella achingly emotional.

21:10-22:47
ZEKE (Seattle)
Two Lane Blacktop
— Remember seeing Zeke at the Covered Wagon? Beer stained floors, jager shots, and going to the Bar Feeders house after. First album in 14 years.

23:23-28:20
FISTER (St. Louis)
I Am Kuru
— Fister, I ask of you, why art thou ignore my request to be slain for Satan.

29:14-33:12
IHSAHN (Norway)
In Rites Of Passage
— I don't even remember Ihsahn from Emperor. His solo albums are the new modern prog.

33:33-39:16
NEKROKRAFT (Sweden)
Rotten Husk
— Eruptive Swedish black metal band with organs. I fucking love organs.

39:55-44:38
THEOTOXIN (Austria)
Adoration Of The Blight
— Music that grabs your leg with a claw dragging you back down the basement steps.

45:38-52:53
GHASTLY (Finland)
Whispers Through the Aether
— Death and doom and thrash with pagan and retro in the mix.

53:25-END
VOICES (London)
Home Movies
— Members of Akercocke emphasize vocals and songwriting.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_265_050718.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

0:25-5:04
KHEMMIS (Denver)
Isolation
— Harmonizing groovy guitars and a lead singer that tells you whattup.

6:02-13:12
WRACK (SF)
I Will Not Be Peace
— Tyler from The Mass releases his solo project, Wrack, in June. Who can get enough of Tyler?! Shit is true. https://wrack.bandcamp.com/

13:48-21:25
PHARAOH OVERLORD (Finland)
I Drove All Night by My Solar Stomp
— Finnish supergroup allows their alien skin to glow in a rainbow of psychedelic sparkles.

21:48-29:42
YASHIRA (FL)
Ignis (Ascend)
— Yashira's drummer is the highlight while surrounded by angular shrieks of hardcore.

30:13-35:54
WORMLIGHT (Sweden)
On Tattered Wings
— Swedish black metal chomps against beautiful guitar and bleak vocals.

36:10-39:27
HERON (Vancouver)
A Gnawing Worry
— Brooding intensity.

39:58-46:07
AUTOKRATOR (France)
Against Flesh And Blood
— I love it when bands don’t make me look at their faces.

47:05-50:35
PETRIFICATION (Portland)
Technological Assimilation
— Lower bound sounds of bowel-reaching throaty wretchedness.

51:07-53:47
BLOOD TSUNAMI (Norway)
The Acid King
— Rooted in punk, exploding in Norwegian thrash.

54:07-57:32
AURA NOIR (Norway)
Dark Lung of the Storm
— Another old school thrash band from another old fart Norwegian band.

58:00-END
CHAINBREÄKER (Austria)
Mind Control
— Brand new fresh-faced Austrians playing their version of old school thrash.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_264_050118.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

0:25-7:35
WIEGEDOOD (Belgium)
Prowl
— Searing black metal sound in part 3 of a series of albums dedicated to a deceased friend.

8:24-14:25
SLEEP (Oakland)
The Botanist
— Sleep's loose ballad.

14:56-19:15
ADZALAAN (Portland)
Vermilion In Absentia
— A project of Ash Borer's lead singer and Witch Vomit's drummer, gasping their way into your heart.

19:39-24:06
THE SOFT MOON (Berlin)
Give Something
— Stylish, intense gothic dark wave with a really cool-styled vocalist.

24:48-30:15
NIGREDO (Greece)
Sons Of Worthlessness
— Ravencult's lead singer and Dephosphorous' drummer create a jaunty black and thrash style.

30:45-39:31
GOLDEN DAWN (Austria)
Lunar Serpent
— Austrian black metal split; Golden Dawn fractures into a playful occult electronic sound.

39:57-46:47
BLACK SALVATION (Germany)
In a Casket's Ride
— OK fine, I picked some hot Germans.

47:36-50:27
FERVENT HATE (Peru)
Last Night Of Pleasure
— Aggressive death metal with a pinch of melodic At The Gates.

50:52-END
CONVOCATION (Finland)
Allied Pows
Finnish gurgling.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_263_042418.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:33am EDT

0:25-8:38
MESSA (Italy)
The Seer
— My 2016's Runner-up to Best Heavy Doom, and nominated for Best Vocals have just released a bluesy, emotional and hella totes fleek fo sho album.

9:31-17:34
UNDERSAVE (Portugal)
Peacefully Floating in Prosperous Abyss
— Tortured and dense death from angry Portuguese.

18:15-22:21
GRAVEYARD (Sweden)
Please Don’t
— GRAVEYARD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I BOW DOWN TO MY SWEDISH OVERLORDS AND BATHE IN YOUR BRILLIANCE YOU ARE THE VOCALIST GOD. Oh and thanks for not splitting up, jerks.

22:50-28:38
VILKACIS (Brooklyn)
Sixty Three
— One-man Brooklyn black metal from the drummer of NY's Yellow Eyes, who explodes here in unhinged emotion.

29:15-34:34
MØL (Denmark)
Bruma
— Highlight is the evil screeching vocalist and Danish sweet mofo blackgaze brah.

34:52-38:02
UNRAVEL (AU)
Sycophant
— Australians are just...angry or some shit. Too many kangaroos and Vegemite? And btw, Vegemite is fucking the most disgusting ugh. But thumbs up brothers.

38:37-47:40
DESTROYER OF LIGHT (Austin)
Nyx
— Just decompress to the waves of this rolling over you. Great vocalist accompanying YOB-styled doom.

48:35-55:40
MESARTHIM (AU)
Collapse
— Cosmic, electronic, space bubbling through this black metal.

56:28-END
SKELETAL REMAINS (CA)
Mortal Decimation
— Classic Californian death.

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0:25-4:41
KALMAH (Finland)
Waiting in the Wings
— Finnish band Kalmah sweetens their style of muscular power with folk.

5:30-8:47
OXYGEN DESTROYER (Seattle)
Subsumed Within The Bowels Of The Perennial Monstrosity
— Rabid flailing thrash with filthy gurgling in a debut album.

9:22-17:34
EAGLE TWIN (SLC)
Elk Wolfv Hymn
— Weirdos/SLC duo doling out the unexpected.

17:59-26:10
RÛR (Norway)
I
— Starry skies, icestorms and approaching beasts fill this black metal aching with story.

26:51-32:05
BANG (Philly) (re-released in a "Best of" collection)
Feel the Hurt
— Unknown 70's band re-released in this fantastic brand new compilation.

32:42-39:31
PANOPTICON (Minnesota)
Blåtimen
— American black metal Panopticon always bring a blend of unorthodox styles, this one has folk, banjo, country-ing, and full on epic black metal.

39:58-46:35
ABOVE AURORA (Poland)
Path to Ruin
— Polish non-blistering black metal with sludgy vocals.

47:31-56:06
MuN (Poland)
Oracle's
— Polish infectious groovin' out psychedelic.

56:41-END
ROTTING CHRIST (Greece)
The Sign Of Evil Existence (Live)
— Live and legendary Rotting Christ with guest from Behemoth

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0:25-6:39
JESUS AIN'T IN POLAND (Italy)
He Who Giveth, He Who Taketh Away
— Jesus Ain't in Poland have slowed their version of grindcore to dynamic, eruptive, melodic hardcore. With some grind sprinkled on top.

7:35-13:36
REPRISAL (UK)
Monomania
— Thrash breaks in technical aggression.

14:14-22:15
AUGURY (Montreal)
Anchorite
— Political, chic Montreal has a seething metal scene. Melodic prog soften the edges of this masterful death album.

22:56-29:32
BARREN EARTH (Finland)
Spire
— Yes, you will hear Opeth, but you'll hear that for most prog-dominated death and melodic bands. This one has an immense lead singer, shared with Hamferð.

30:03-36:17
ALTARS OF GRIEF (CAN)
Iris
— Epic pec-heaving metal.

36:43-41:45
GLACIAL TOMB (Denver)
Sunless Dawn
— Shared members of Khemmis and Abigail Williams. Muscular sludge.

42:20-49:38
BORGNE (Switzerland)
La Porte Du Chaos
— Swiss band Borgne means "one eye", which made me think of a penis, I never claimed I was mature. It has all the elements I love in one big album: space, ethereal, black metal and full-on industrial.

50:37-54:06
QUANTUM HIERARCHY (Italy)
Neutron Breed
— Debut ball of naked Italian aggression.

54:32-END
DEADLY CARNAGE (Italy)
Lumis
— Italian trippiness filling a galaxy of shimmering goodness.

Behind My Vocals: The Cure; Southern Death Cult; Joy Division; Depeche Mode; The Smiths; The Stone Roses; Gene Loves Jezebel; New Order 

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0:25-6:17
UNGFELL (Switzerland)
Bluetmatt
— Swiss black metal that chomps thrash teeth at you.

7:01-9:14
THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR (TX)
Carrion For Beasts
— Filthy, belligerent groove from a 2-piece.

9:36-14:17
IZEGRIM (Netherlands)
Warmonger II
— You would never guess it, but it's a female lead singer. The lyrics are intense, and can only be sung by a woman.

14:42-21:01
DEATHBELL (France)
Emerald Eyes Shine
— Pagan, psychedelic doom led by a sexy female vocalist.

21:17-25:43
TOXIKULL (Portugal)
Surrender Or Die
— Portuguese thrash kicks you in the face with heavy boots.

26:27-31:16
NIGHTMARER (Florida)
Death
— Ex-Gigan and The Ocean members creating horror and industrial growls.

31:54-37:54
REPLICANT (NJ)
Oceans Of Dust
— Album cover is a dead formation of plants, and I dug. Prog and math, but in a warmer, sweeter technical death metal way.

38:22-43:46
PHANTOM WINTER (Berlin)
Into Dark Science
— Muscular, fit Germans. Oh, they make music and stuff

44:35-53:03
ABYSMAL GRIEF (Italy)
Ruthless Profaners
— Theatrical metal singing about Italian forests filled with goblins and ghosts.

53:34-58:01
BIBLE BLACK TYRANT (NY)
The Standard
— Noise dissolving in your face. And your butt.

58:24-END
THE ATLAS MOTH (CHICAGO)
Chloroform
— A long hiatus and these Chicagoans have put out a conceptual, thoughtful album.

Behind My Vocals: Milkways; Giorgio Moroder Evolution; Cristal; Ganymed; Space; Cerrone; By The Savers; Plastic Bertrand; Andre Brasseur; The Immortals

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0:25-6:05
JUDAS PRIEST (UK)
Traitors Gate
– Judas Priest prove they are still heavy metal gods. They engage in their trademark hooks and harmonies and manage to remain muscular. A must-have album.

7:04-11:19
HUMAN SERPENT (Greece)
...To Son Of Nothing
– Slitheringly savage and silky-smooth black metal from Greece.

11:34-16:02
ATONE (Oakland)
Bated Breath
– Thickly toned, vicious Oakland filthy weaved with groove.

16:40-22:35
SLUGDGE (UK)
Putrid Fairytale
– Cartoony, tongue in cheek superficial layer of Slugdge covers a strange, twisted, gnarly proggy death.

24:09-27:24
WHITE WIZZARD (LA)
Pretty May
– Oh, the revelry of heavy metal is so charming from these LA musicians.

28:21-32:00
BLACK ROYAL (Finland)
Pentagram Doctrine
– Leather clad warriors birthed these Finns in the middle of a forest, and the witches cackled with glee.

32:42-37:56
RIVERS OF NIHIL (PA)
A Home
– Melodic play in serious djent-style.

38:21-43:42
SIXES (SoCal)
Fogbreather
– Lumbering, oppressive throttle crushing you.

44:08-50:32
DRUDKH (Ukraine)
Za Zoreyu Scho Striloyu Syaye…
– 11th release, but still refreshing harsh Eastern European black metal simmering with emotion.

51:17-56:12
HORN (Germany)
Bocksfuß
– Dulcimer-loving nerd incorporating rich folk and pagan.

56:35-END
PRIMORDIAL (Ireland)
To Hell or the Hangman
– Straining leather pants metal.

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Special cold/dark/new wave show.

0:25-4:24
HUMAN TETRIS (Russia)
Things I Don't Need
— Russian post-punk sweetness, the loveliest singer.

4:25-11:00
CABARET NOCTURNE (Belgium)
Blind Trust
— Bro does synth-pop, darkwave and dark disco, all dance baby.

11:01-14:49
LEBANON HANOVER (Germany)
Gallowdance
— Sexy duo, female vocalist, dark wave magic. Touring right now.

14:50-19:47
SHE PAST AWAY (Turkey)
Kasvetli Kutlama
— Dark wave from Turkey? Yes, and it is delicious. Touring right now.

19:48-23:42
ROOSEVELT (Germany)
Montreal
— Super light, flirty synth pop.

23:55-29:13
MANICURE (Russia)
I Wanna Be Free
— Oh hells yeah, Russia has got it GOING ON in being depressed post-punk.


29:14-33:29
CARPENTER BRUT (France)
Le Perv
— Synth-loving bro who loves 80's cheese, including B-movies. A bit of industrial and metal in this electro sound.

33:31-36:38
REPLICANT (Chicago)
Drifter
— B-movie horror new wave. You know, the usual.

36:40-40:48
LINEA ASPERA (UK)
Malarone
— Thickly romantic atmosphere with gorgeous female vocals dancing in circles.

40:49-45:54
COLD CAVE (LA)
Glory
— Unapologetically reminiscent of New Order and Joy Division. This album released late last year; and they are playing in cities this summer.

46:25-49:40
VELVET CONDOM (Berlin)
Kalter Lippenstift
— This can't be any more German.

49:41-54:26
ZANIAS (Berlin)
Follow the Body
— Ethereal female vocals accompanied by dark wave and a fun amount of dancey-industrial.

54:27-END
JONATHAN BREE (New Zealand)
You're So Cool
— This guy is coming out with a new album. This video is amazing. https://youtu.be/gxRq23qVE8A

 

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0:25-4:24
VOIDHANGER (Poland)
Man of Dark Secrets
— Seething, aggressive Polish thrash and death that’s not fucking around.

5:33-11:38
KEYS OF ORTHANC (Montreal)
Mor Gashnum
— Nerdy Middle Earth-loving, melodic black metal with frosty vocals.

12:19-15:12
ANCST (Berlin)
Concrete Veins
— Yes, yes, yes, hells yes hardcore-lit black metal with incredible breakdowns.

15:31-22:19
VISIGOTH (Salt Lake City)
Traitor's Gate
— Warriors from Salt Lake City singing epic heavy metal.

22:50-26:19
GATECREEPER (AZ)
War Has Begun
— Gatecreeper is the highlight on this big split with Iron Reagan.

26:59-30:24
KNELT ROTE (Portland)
Salience
— Eruptive, brutal, and incredible drumming.

30:58-39:10
SOLSTICE(UK)
To Sol A Thane
— Pagan heavy metal for old people. Yes, that is you.

39:33-41:34
ROTTEN SOUND(Finland)
Harvester of Boredom
— More energetic, fresh grind from Rotten Sound, Finnish style.

41:50-48:03
APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE (Indiana)
Keeping the Lighthouse
— Two vocalists are a highlight in this doom.

49:06-53:19
OF FEATHER AND BONE (Denver)
Hymn Of Perversion
— Gurgling filthy grind. Colorado ain’t fucking around.


54:08-1:00:12
HAMFERÐ (Faroe Islands)
Hon Syndrast
— The theme of the album is serious dealing with the loss of a child. Theatrical with multiple styles of vocals.

1:00:43-END
DESTRÖYER 666 (AU)
Stone by Stone
— Australians love beer.

Behind The Vocals: Cabaret Nocturne, Schwefelgelb, Jonathan Bree, Boy Harsher, Popsimonova, Zanias, Gatos Negros, Lusine, Rouge Mécanique, Forever Grey, Depeche Mode

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0:25-7:01
VEILED (Pittsburgh)
Enshrouded
— "Life is born, it burns, it dies, and becomes nothing within nothingness. The great black emptiness swallows whole what once was."

7:57-12:49
USURPRESS (Sweden)
In Books Without Pages
— 4th album; prog and 70’s mixed with modern death and incredible drumming.

13:16-14:57
HELL TO PAY (Philly)
Bleed to Me
— Bold blistering hardcore from Philly.

15:19-19:30
CONJURER (UK)
The Mire
— Plays with both ends of the spectrum: harsh and melodic, deep and high-pitched vocals; quiet and loud, groove and crushing.

19:55-26:57
CRESCENT (fucking EGYPT)
Through The Scars Of Horus
Loud riffing dramatic Egyptian death metal. Fist up!

27:32-33:20
WINDHAND (VA)
Old Evil
— Sultry female vocalist-led Windhand have released another couple of fuzzed-out stoner psychedelic.

33:48-40:17
PAARA (Finland)
Hurmeen hauta
— Frantic emotional Finnish black metal broken up by melody and gorgeous vocals.

40:50-50:47
EIGENLICHT (WA)
Berzerker
— US black metal is stellar, now from Olympia, mixing their style of melodic and dissonant. Seems to be a hella trend nowadays.

51:07-END
BASALTE (Montreal)
Acouphène
— Thick and suffocating, just kill me now.

Behind My Vocals
Witching Hour; Goodbye Horses; The Smiths; Pleasure Symbols; She Past Away; Tropic Of Cancer; Savages; Dead Husband

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0:25-4:49
WRATHBLADE (Greece)
Castration Of Uranus
Vocalist stands out, reminding me of Mike Scalzi circa Hammers/The Bastard. Pagan, riffing and wizards makes up the secret recipe.

5:40-8:49
PORTAL (AU)
Phantom
Alien, bleak, comfortless chaos created only by aliens from Australia.

9:26-16:35
OCEAN OF GRIEF (Greece)
Majestic melodic is so hard to keep from being cheesy. These Greeks do melodic to perfection, creating vivid gorgeous spell-binding stories.

16:59-23:51
GURA (Belgium)
La Pêche aux Chats
Bass-prominent trippy jazz-fusion metal.

24:25-29:17
GNAW THEIR TONGUES (Netherlands)
Cold Oven
Oh the horror-ness. Ghoulish and blistering. These guys are influenced by no one.

29:39-34:42
CULTUS PROFANO (LA)
Cultus Profano OP. 9
LA black metal CAN be brutal.

35:01-35:58
THESE BASTARDS (SF)
Off My Lawn
I am Mr. Wilson. Bay area attitude-filled hardcore.

36:19-41:39
ABYSSAL VACUUM (France)
I
Demon vocals breathing fog over cavernous black metal.

42:11-46:29
MISERY INDEX (Baltimore)
I Disavow
Fuck yes Misery Index is about to deliver us a full-length at the end of the year. These guys are in my top 10 live bands.

47:28-53:10
THE WATCHERS (SF)
Black Abyss
The vocalist is a bit Chris Connelly. The drummer is ex-Orchid; sold local beer rock.

53:29-56:37
GUTSLIT (India)(2017)
Maraschino Eyeballs
BRUTAL GRIND FROM INDIA. This is an incredible album.

57:11-END
GRAFVITNIR (Sweden)
The vocalist splits his throat on a thick frigid indecipherable shriek. Nearly impossible to hear the melody.

Behind My Vocals: Pink Turns Blue, Sad Lovers and Giants, Killing Joke, Joy Division, Linea Aspera, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Sound, Asylum Party, 1919, Corpus Delicti, Skeletal Party

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This show is dedicated to the Runners-Up in my Best of 2017 list. 

VAMPIRE (Sweden), album - With Primeval Force
Song: Revenants (0:25-6:18)
— Vampire does this incredible job of capturing a retro style, with bite. Swedish melodic death metal mixed with heavy thrash. It is a fucking versatile album within each song, it hella swings. There is so much to headbang to here, but also a bit of folk and ballad creating a fully-rounded and thoughtful album. And they just let loose, this shit would be wild live. This is their second, more polished album, after a hiatus of 3 years.

ALL PIGS MUST DIE (MA), album – Hostage Animal
Song: A Caustic Vision (6:19-8:16)
— The ferocious intensity of a hardcore and crust band that dives headfirst into brutal death metal. Sounds like they took a good vacation for the last 4 years, pouring out all their pent-up energy, and adding Trap Them's guitarist. Their slowest moments were wicked and pulverizing.

NIGHT DEMON (CA), album - Darkness Remains
Song: Hallowed Ground (8:17-11:38)
— Magical summer night hard rock. Night Demon doesn't shy from their roots, with songs titled Maiden Hell, We Will Rock You, Welcome to the Night and so on. They remind me of Chris Black projects, melodic power and hooks, this is mullet and beer metal.

GRAVE PLEASURES (Finland), album – Motherblood
Song: Joy Through Death (11:39-15:20)
— Previously Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures just annihilates every post-punk sound out there. Beastmilk won my 2013 Best Post-Punk, and soon split up. They have converted themselves to Grave Pleasures and have released their second album. What makes this band stand out compared to other bands in their goth-influenced genre is their production value, their ability to be unrelentingly catchy but completely unique. They surprise you with how emotional their sound is, how romantic, how nostalgic for dark basement clubs.

DYING FETUS (MD), album - Wrong One to Fuck With
Song: Die With Integrity (15:21-20:33)
— You go into battle with Dying Fetus, and their music is the anthem, goring enemies. They hit you between the eyes with precision, tight, technical, brutality. The guitar work is fucking insane, it speaks in tongues, and geezus the breakdowns. They somehow make this a groove-filled viciousness, how does that happen. Genius.

FORESEEN (Finland), album - Grave Danger
Song: Violent Discipline (20:34-23:42)
— Contender for Best Thrash and Best Hardcore. Finnish band Foreseen does a crossover style of thrash, blending in the energy of hardcore into their dirty as hell gritty thrash with tons of ripping groove that you just tighten your hand into a fist to punch the air. Blows Iron Reagan's new album out of the water in terms of crossover perfection.

CLAN OF XYMOX (Netherlands), album - Days of Black
Song: Set You Free (23:53-27:59)
— One of my favorite gothic synthwave bands of all time, released 80's dark synth and goth perfection with some of the best vocals of all time. This album will slam you into nostalgia, that is, if you ever were a goth.

GIGAN (Chicago), album - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence
Song: Hyperjump-Ritual Madness (28:00-33:07)
— It is the manifestation of strange brains dreaming. There is streaming psychedelic pulsating through veins of brutal and master technical extreme. This is their 4th album.

PUBLIC PSYCHE (Belgium), album - No New Violence
Song: Patterns (33:08-36:25)
— Public Psyche has a unique take on post-punk, incorporating a less synthetic sound - post-punk mixed with krautrock and noise experimental.

SEER (Vancouver), album - Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void
Song: Burnt Offerings (36:26-43:44)
— This is their second album. Lots of unrushed acoustic, nature sounds, and when it finally explodes, the lead singer is at the helm, lush and emotional.

KRALLICE (NYC), album – Loüm
Song: Rank Mankind (44:14-49:16)
— This is the album with Dave Edwardson. Yet another push into complex math structure, difficult and challenging, abstract and completely fucking enjoyable. Let your brain be bludgeoned.

DEMON HEAD (Denmark), album - Thunder on the Fields
Song: Menneskeæderen (49:17-54:32)
— Sexy psychedelic groove, emotional epic vocals accompanied by moody melodies. Just yeah bro.

IMMOLATION (NY), album – Atonement
Song: Thrown To the Fire (54:33-END)
— Serious fucking death metal. Lead singer does his style so well, unflinchingly rumbling guttural, so fucking hot. Versatile and groove-filled, filled to the brim with massive riffs and unusually splintered melodies. The drumming. . . fuck, the drumming.

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This set is the conclusion of my Best of 2017 shows.  At the end I announce my Best Album of the Year.

Best Black Metal
NIGHTBRINGER (CO), album - Terra Damnata
Song: Misrule (0:25-6:29)
— Night Bringer is chilling; guitar and screeching vocalist hack away at the little humanity you haven’t killed already.

Runners-Up:
Kafirun (CAN), album – Eschaton — Vicious, so vicious, and the balance of melody coupled with the relentless blasts is perfection. A debut album to boot.
Der Weg Einer Freiheit (Germany), album - Finisterre — You know how black metal boys do: They cast a spell with shimmering, and then in this case, their fucking immense drummer beats your face in. A incredible mix of sparse and dense, cold and emotional. This is brutal and unrelenting mixed with heartbreaking gorgeousness, a welcome intensity and meditation out of my soul.
Wode (UK), album - Servants of the Countercosmos — Guitar-heavy and explosively energetic with a hardcore edge, with hella emphasis on riffs and a jaunt into melody. Those headbanging-worthy fuckin’ riffs. The vocals are a bit tedious, hence runner-up.
Belus (Brooklyn), album – Apophenia — Dense, intense, and hella passionate shimmering black metal with an incredible raspy singer.
Jordablod (Sweden), album - Upon My Cremation Pyre — Crisp, shimmering mixed with prog and death over a core of black. When psychedelic ad rock rear its beautiful head, it isn’t necessarily a respite in the brutality, but pushes your brain out further. I’m so glad that Finnish band Oranssi Pazuzu has proven to be an influence, this sound has so many different facets.
Woe (Brooklyn), album – Hope Attrition — A blast of fury, relentlessness, with plaintive melodies. Woe has created a masterpiece of Brooklyn-style metal, the vocals is one of my favorites, extremely emotive and escalating, heating your blood.

Best Darkwave/Goth/Industrial
STATIQBLOOM (Brooklyn), album - Blue Moon Blood
Song: Black Walks Eternal (8:15-13:27)
— This is my second year Statiqbloom wins in this category. Fade Kainer of Batillus is Statiqbloom, a genius with dark electronics and production. He creates yet another danceable industrial album, reminiscent of the best of Skinny Puppy.

Runners-Up:
Clan of Xymox (Netherlands), album - Days of Black — One of my favorite gothic synthwave bands of all time, released 80's dark synth and goth perfection with some of the best vocals of all time. This album will slam you into nostalgia, that is, if you ever were a goth.
Godflesh (UK), album – Post Self — Metallic industrial with harsh vocals, seething under the surface, full on atmospheric, melodic and rounded.

The following are excellent goth, synth pop, deathrock, industrial bands that should not be missed:
3Teeth (LA), album – shutdown.exe https://3teeth.bandcamp.com/album/shutdown-exe
Pawns (NYC), album - The Gallows https://massmediarecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-gallows
Ritual Veil (Portland), album - Wolf In The Night https://ritualveil.bandcamp.com/releases
Night Sins (Philly), album – Dancing Chrome https://funeralparty.bandcamp.com/album/dancing-chrome
Virgin in Veil (Finland), album – Twisted Thrills https://virgininveil.bandcamp.com/
Orion (Sydney), album - S/T https://orionsydneyglam.bandcamp.com/releases

Best Technical Death or Grind
PYRRHON (NY), album - What Passes for Survival
Song: The Happy Victim's Creed (14:12-19:14)
— Pyrrhon had to be perfect to win this category over Buckshot Facelift and Gigan. And they were.

Runners-Up:
Buckshot Facelift (NY), album - Ulcer Island — Intelligent, angular grind, wildly different from song to song. I like that this band is meaty on top of being technical. They've got a ton of genres represented here, death and grindcore and hardcore and punk and heavy as fuck fuck. The absolute highlight of the entire album is the lead singer who is a monster in the best possible way, and is also from Artificial Brain.
Sunless (Minneapolis), album – Urraca — Sunless has the hard, angular head-spinning transitions, mixed with dissonance, but sprawls deliciously in atmosphere.
Dying Fetus (MD), album - Wrong One to Fuck With — You go into battle with Dying Fetus, and their music is the anthem, goring enemies. They hit you between the eyes with precision, tight, technical, brutality. The guitar work is fucking insane, it speaks in tongues, and geezus the breakdowns. They somehow make this a groove-filled viciousness, how does that happen. Genius.
Gigan (Chicago), album - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence — Totally the weirdest album in the bunch. It is the manifestation of strange brains dreaming. There is streaming psychedelic pulsating through veins of brutal and master technical extreme. This is their 4th album.
Full of Hell (PA/MD), album - Trumpeting Ecstasy — Full of Hell was my favorite brutal band to see live last year. They didn’t just hold their own with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation, they blew me away. The lead singer is in-fucking-sane.

Best Psychedelic/Space
DRUG HONKEY (Chicago), album - Cloak of Skies
Song: Sickening Wasteoid (19:53-25:48)
— Drug Honkey isn’t your mom’s psychedelic: Chicago grit, a very dark world of cold mechanical structures, noise effects, versatile vocals and jazz sax.

Runners-Up
Ufomammut (Italy), album – 8 — Ufommamut has become massive in the spacey psychedelic metal genre. The new album have infiltrated the doom sound, but still retain their unique fuzzed-out distorted spacey effects. It feels like a 70's acid trip in a hella stellar production.
Ecstatic Vision (Philly), album – Raw Rock Fury — These guys bring in a lot of 70's psychedelic groove and love to dissolve into the layers that make up their very complex compositions.

Best Hardcore
CONVERGE (MA), album – The Dusk in Us
Song: The Dusk in Us (26:33-33:36)
— These guys slaughter on their 9th album; how the fuck is that possible. Legendary band that brings an emotional depth that adds yet another facet to their sound.

Runners-Up:
Foreseen (Finland), album - Grave Danger — Also a contender for Best Thrash. Finnish band Foreseen does a crossover style of thrash, blending in the energy of hardcore into their dirty as hell gritty thrash with tons of ripping groove that you just tighten your hand into a fist to punch the air. Blows Iron Reagan's new album out of the water in terms of crossover perfection.
All Pigs Must Die (MA), album – Hostage Animal — The ferocious intensity of a hardcore and crust band that dives headfirst into brutal death metal. Sounds like they took a good vacation for the last 4 years, pouring out all their pent-up energy, and adding Trap Them's guitarist. Their slowest moments were wicked and pulverizing.

Best Epic/Crushing/Massive
AMENRA (Belgium), album – Mass VI
Song: Children of the Eye (34:10-43:10)
— Bold, crushing devastation.

Runner-Up
Elder (MA), album – Reflections of a Floating World — Their 4th album that builds tension and expands to groove and riff, and an eventual expansive dreamy melodic structure weaved with kraut and psychedelic, filled with piano and keyboard and vocals.

Best Male Warm Vocals
PAGAN ALTAR (UK), album – The Room of Shadows
Song: Dance of the Vampires (44:21-50:47)
— Pagan Altar are old dudes, around since 1978, and about 20 years actively making music. The original singer and guitarist are father and son. In 2014 they were set to release Never Quite Dead, and then Terry Jones, the singer, died of cancer. His son and some original members spent time touching up the album, the sound melancholy and nostalgic, and finally released it. There is a touch of folk, the vocalist spinning stories with a lilting vocal. The sound is reminiscent of their sound 40 years ago, and that is just badass.

Runners-Up
Demon Head (Denmark), album - Thunder on the Fields — Sexy psychedelic groove, emotional epic vocals accompanied by moody melodies.
Kadavar (Germany), album - Rough Times —Won Best Retro/Retro Doom

Best Male Cold Vocals
BELUS (Brooklyn), album – Apophenia
Song: Avarice (51:03-57:07)
— High pitched to rasp to screech to pure evil to throaty guttural, employing so many creepy styles. This is a band is one to watch, shimmering and passionate black metal. The vocalist is also in Woe.

Runners-Up
Full of Hell (PA/MD), album - Trumpeting Ecstasy — Full of Hell was my favorite brutal band to see live last year. They didn’t just hold their own with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation, they blew me away. The lead singer is in-fucking-sane.
Primitive Man (CO), album – Caustic — This vocalist is fucking unearthly. Growls and acidic-toned. This album is just a wall.

Saturday Album
SPECTRAL VOICE (CO), album - Visions Of Psychic Dismemberment
Song: Thresholds Beyond (57:45-1:05:04)
— Saturday album is the album I played the most at home.  Bloodied vocals and the harshness of death mixed with sweetness and pummeling badassery. I couldn’t help myself spinning this almost every week.

Runner-Up
Vampire (Sweden), album - With Primeval Force — Vampire does this incredible job of capturing a retro style, with bite. Totally Swedish death metal with melodic mixed with heavy thrash. It is a fucking versatile album within each song, it hella swings. There is so much to headbang to here, but also a bit of folk and ballad creating a fully-rounded and thoughtful album. And they just let loose, this shit would be wild live. This is their second, more polished album, after a hiatus of 3 years.

Best Female Vocals/#1 Album of the Year!!
COUCH SLUT (Brooklyn), album - Contempt
Song: Company Picnic With Dust Off (1:05:46-END)
— The lead singer’s bleak angry screech is weaved with Tormented raw emotional aggro noise; the emphasis on lyrics perhaps show a woman’s touch: “I will fuck you”.  We are angry, abused and we’re not going to take it. We’re not going to apologize for the anger. She touches on mental illness, drug abuse, anger, loss, the spectrum of human emotions living in such a fucked-up reality. This is my soundtrack, and once I thought about it, it was easy.

Runner-Up
Satan's Hollow (Chicago), album – S/T — Debut album with a powerhouse of a female vocalist leading a rifftastic classic heavy metal band with speed and power.
Myrkur (Denmark), album – Serpent — Her voice is ethereal until it's demonic, floating above dense, and playing with soft, light and dark.
Maggot Heart (Sweden), album - City Girls — Melodic pop and guitar is at the forefront; Linnea Olsson’s voice is sharp and sexy croons. This band is just going to get bigger.

Behind My Vocals
Alma Mater, Wolfsheim Kein Zurück, The Frozen Autumn, Page, Human Puppets, Metro Decay, The Chameleons, Chromagain, Aroma Di Amore

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This is the “Best of 2017” Part 1: winners in my categories  Next week is Part 2, where I let you know my favorite album of the year!

Best Thrash
KREATOR (Germany), album - Gods of Violence
Song: Gods of Violence (0:25-6:07)
— It was Sophie’s Choice between this and Power Trip, but everyone picked Power Trip. I went for the legendary band. Chomping power riffs and anthemic heavy metal says that old people can still make badass rippin’ metal. Fuck Metallica.

Runners-up:
Power Trip (Dallas), album - Nightmare Logic — Power Trip skips out, fists flailing, legs kicking, tongue in cheek, savage and gleefully groovy. Catchy to the extreme, but every song has its own story, powerful and just made to blast your face in.
Foreseen (Finland), album - Grave Danger — Finnish band Foreseen does a crossover style of thrash, blending in the energy of hardcore into their dirty as hell gritty thrash with tons of ripping groove that you just tighten your hand into a fist to punch the air. Blows Iron Reagan's new album out of the water in terms of crossover perfection.
Earthling (VA), album - Spinning in the Void — Earthling excels in what I love about thrash - the riffs bro, the riffs. Tempo-changing adds to their well thought-out compositions. This ain't just the straightforward thrash diddlies of yore.
Bloodlust (Perth), album - At The Devil's Left Hand — Tight, evil, hard-hitting, galloping, moshpit skipping melodies.

Best Doom
RED SCALP (Poland), album - Lost Ghosts
Song: Lost Ghosts (7:47-17:30)
— Lumbering, multi-instrumentation, crooning lovely vocalist, psychedelic and space. From beginning to end, just perfection.

Runners-up:
Pallbearer (Arkansas), album – Heartless — The focal point of Pallbearer is the vocalist, who has been extremely influential, including bands on this list. Melodic-heavy and lyrically-beautiful. I'm a little tired of this "funeral" doom-style; I think it is getting dated. Hence, I picked Red Scalp, who blew me away.
Destroyer of Light (Austin), album - Chamber of Horrors — Crooning, moody doom that breaks into chugging riffs. Beautiful, epic song-writing
Spirit Adrift (Arizona), album - Curse of Conception — Take Over and Destroy's guitarist created this one-mand band, which is a full band now. The vocal style of Pallbearer - a bit whiny, emotional. On the slow spectrum of doom, but breaks into great riffs.
Obelyskkh (Germany), album - The Providence — When it breaks, it breaks into full headbanging riffage. Huge lead-ups.

Best Death Metal
VENENUM (Germany), album - Trance of Death
Song: Trance Of Death Part III - There Are Other Worlds... (18:40-32:34)
— Please listen to the runners-up: Vampire is the best retro Swedish melodic death; and Immolation was serious death metal. Venenum is like a death metal demon did peyote with Oranssi Pazuzu.

Runners-up:
Vampire (Sweden), album - With Primeval Force — Vampire does this incredible job of capturing a retro style, with bite. Totally Swedish death metal with melodic mixed with heavy thrash. It is a fucking versatile album within each song, it hella swings. There is so much to headbang to here, but also a bit of folk and ballad creating a fully-rounded and thoughtful album. And they just let loose, this shit would be wild live. This is their second, more polished album, after a hiatus of 3 years.
Immolation (NY), album – Atonement — Serious fucking death metal. Lead singer does his style so well, unflinchingly rumbling guttural, so fucking hot. Versatile and groove-filled, filled to the brim with massive riffs and unusually splintered melodies. The drumming. . . fuck, the drumming.
Spectral Voice (CO), album - Visions Of Psychic Dismemberment — Members hail from Blood Incantation, but this is another style of death – falling into horror noise and the unexpected.
Necrot (Oakland), album - Blood Offerings — More speed-infused than most of my list; this rages forward, head down and horns up. But it is not unrelenting - it breaks into slower tempos and less-dense compositions. Heavy on the guitar work.
Artificial Brain (NYC), album – Infrared Horizon — Pummeling, technical, progressive death that is just fucking painful all around; and with aching melodies strung through.
Witch Vomit (Portland), album - Poisoned Blood — A formerly 2-piece, now 3-piece creating a grisly, bloody, indecipherable but somehow groovy straight-forward style of death.
Incantation (PA), album - Profane Nexus — Dense, intense, and what you expect from a death metal band - bombastic and crushing, and unafraid to slow it down.

Best Noise Rock/Punk
IDLES (Bristol), album – Brutalism
Song: Exeter (33:26-37:23)
— Young, intelligent, emotionally-driven punk album with fantastic lyrics. The vocalist is a huge part of this album, grieving his mother through the songs.
[NSFW] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuQG6_evFc8

Runners-up
Maggot Heart (Sweden), album - City Girls — Linnea Olsson was a guitarist in the legendary Beastmilk who changed their name to Grave Pleasures, who are in my "Best of Post-Punk" category. She now fronts her own noisy art punk band Maggot Heart. Melodic pop and guitar is at the forefront, her voice is sharp and sexy croons. Just four songs pack a punch.
Dead (AU), album - We Won't Let You Sleep — Australian two-piece alternative noise-rock band mixed with doom and sludge. a bit of nostalgic Pixies-style rock minimalist, some songs dive into a distorted thick psychedelic sound. It's got the energy of a middle-aged punk band. They're weighted with experience and wit.
Public Psyche (Belgium), album - No New Violence — Public Psyche has a unique take on post-punk, incorporating a less synthetic sound - post-punk mixed with krautrock and noise experimental.

Best NY Metal
EX EYE (NYC), album – S/T
Song: Opposition / Perihelion; the Coil (38:00-48:43)
— Liturgy drummer and Secret Chiefs 3 bro, creating an album that is surprising at every turn. The fact that I chose this band from the list below should say it all. Part improvisational, part jazz, part extreme, part meditative.

Runners-Up:
Buckshot Facelift (NY), album - Ulcer Island — Monstrous, meaty and mind-blowing.
Belus (Brooklyn), album – Apophenia — Dense, intense, and hella passionate shimmering black metal with an incredible raspy singer.
Belltower (Brooklyn), album – Hereafter — Wicked black metal erupting in brutal riffs, head wrenching, melody underlying.
Floods (Brooklyn), album – S/T — Debut album with roovey riff element, chugging sludge, unexpected dynamics, and erupts in cold black metal when needed. The vocalist is a treat.
Luminous Vault (NYC), album – Charismata — 2-piece supergroup, includes the bassist of Artificial Brain.
Artificial Brain, album – Infrared Horizon — Pummeling, technical, progressive death that is just fucking painful all around, but with aching melodies strung through
Krallice (NYC), album – Loüm — This is the album with Dave Edwardson. Yet another push into complex math structure, difficult and challenging, abstract and completely fucking enjoyable. Let your brain be bludgeoned.
Yellow Eyes (NYC), album - Immersion Trench Reverie — Yet another dive into melodic black metal with mind-melding tempo changes, rousing riffs. Dense and spectacular yet again.
Couch Slut (Brooklyn), album – Contempt — Tormented raw aggro noise mixed with emotional vocals, bleak and anger mixed, the vocals are difficult to come to terms with, but I like that in my face. Like fuck me, you're right. I want to hear a woman scream, it makes me pull the blanket to my side a bit more.
Pyrrhon (NYC), album - What Passes for Survival — Pyrrhon is just out there. They are brutal death and grind, angular, and drift to the unexpected. They are here to torture, and you won't know what hit you. Fucking weird, but effortlessly. Which obviously is the highest compliment.
Woe (Brooklyn), album – Hope Attrition — A blast of fury, relentlessness, with plaintive melodies. Woe has created a masterpiece of Brooklyn-style metal, the vocals is one of my favorites, extremely emotive and escalating, heating your blood.

Best Retro/Retro Doom
KADAVAR (Germany), album - Rough Times
Song: The Lost Child (49:43-55:20)
— These bands borrow from the best decade – the 70’s, infusing floating psychedelic and a vocalist with honeyed vocals. Lovely.  One of my favorite bands, and this is their best album.

Runners-up:
Demon Head (Denmark), album - Thunder on the Fields — Sexy psychedelic groove, emotional epic vocals accompanied by moody melodies. Just yeah bro.
The Wizards (Spain), album - Full Moon in Scorpio — Sexy blues rock fully immersed in their love of the 70's, jamming solos, the power vocalist and song-writing is epic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=bw7ezvR-fuM
Doublestone (Denmark), album - Devil's Own/Djævlens Egn — Stunning stoner psychedelic. Frigging warm jamming delicious. Holy shit. Fuck yes, Denmark. Lyrics-rich, vocalist crooning magnificence.
Night Demon (CA), album - Darkness Remains — Magical summer night hard rock. Night Demon doesn't shy from their roots, with songs titled Maiden Hell, We Will Rock You, Welcome to the Night and so on. They remind me of Chris Black projects, melodic power and hooks, this is mullet and beer metal.
Pagan Altar (UK), album – The Room of Shadows — Pagan Altar are old dudes, around since 1978, and about 20 years actively making music. The original singer and guitarist are father and son. In 2014 they were set to release Never Quite Dead, and then Terry Jones, the singer, died of cancer. His son and some original members spent time touching up the album, the sound melancholy and nostalgic, and finally released it. There is a touch of folk, the vocalist spinning stories with a lilting vocal. The sound is reminiscent of their sound 40 years ago, and that is just badass.
Demon Eye (NC), album - Prophecies and Lies — I'm just fine with Americans taking influence from the Swedish revitalist gods, especially when the result is as perfect as North Carolina's Demon Eye.

Best Sludge
HELL (Oregon), album - S/T
Song: Inscriptus (56:20-1:01:20)
— Filthy bleak sludge, pure and distilled, shrieking through a black hole.

Runners-Up
Sloth Herder (MD), album - No Pity, No Sunrise — Holy shit, their first fucking album; and they definitely have the Maryland influence of brutal and grind. This album shreds and pummels, from harsh disjointed sharp notes into epic fist pumping into haunting atmosphere into thick melodic sludge and a stint into grind, short as fuck songs infusing their album; and all of it results in this massive claustrophobic journey of an album.
Seer (Vancouver), album - Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void — This is their second album, lots of unrushed acoustic, nature sounds, and when it finally explodes, the lead singer is at the helm, lush and emotional.
Céleste (France), album - Infidèle(s) — Sinister French music is the trend, and Céleste creates that dense black metal structure with hardcore, gritty doom that creates a sonic sludge sound.

Best Post-Punk
ROPE SECT (Germany), album - Personae Ingratae
Song: Pretty Life (1:02:05-1:05:58)
— Shimmering guitars and emotional vocalist, blues and doom thread through.

Runners-Up:
Grave Pleasures (Finland), album – Motherblood — Previously Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures just annihilates every post-punk sound out there. Beastmilk won my 2013 Best Post-Punk, they have converted themselves to Grave Pleasures and have released their second album. What makes this band stand out compared to other bands in their goth-influenced genre is their production value, their ability to be unrelentingly catchy but completely unique. They surprise you with how emotional their sound is, how romantic, how nostalgic for dark basement clubs.
Partisan (Belgian), album - We Have Been so Terribly Betrayed — Lyrically dark, enough for you to shiver into your black cloak. The thickly plucked guitar is melancholy; and shoe-gaze, but in the right way.
Nerve Quakes (Perth), album - A New State — Political goth mixed with post-punk and synth pop.
All Your Sisters (SF), album – Uncomfortable Skin — A local duo creating their modern take on this genre.
Public Psyche (Belgium), album - No New Violence — Public Psyche has a unique take on post-punk, incorporating a less synthetic sound - post-punk mixed with krautrock and noise experimental.

Best Avante-Garde/Experimental + 2nd BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
THE RUINS OF BEVERAST (Germany), album – Exuvia
Song: Maere (On a Stillbirth's Tomb) (1:07:24-END)
— I always lean towards experimental; and this album is unique, ethereal, black, demonic, tribal. My brain floated in their vivid imagination. This album grows the more I listen to it.

Runners-Up
Drug Honkey (Chicago), album - Cloak of Skies — Gritty, experimental groove, a bit of industrial vocals and epicness, death vocals, tied to a weird personality of jazz sax and psychedelic noise effects and just loud.
Gigan (Chicago), album - Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence — It is the manifestation of strange brains dreaming. There is streaming psychedelic pulsating through veins of brutal and master technical extreme. This is their 4th album.
Pyrrhon (NY), album - What Passes for Survival — Pyrrhon is just out there. They are brutal death and grind, angular, and drift to the unexpected. They are here to torture, and you won't know what hit you. Fucking weird, but effortlessly. Which obviously is the highest compliment.
Czar (WA), album - Life Is No Way To Treat An Animal — Animal-loving psychotic weirdos Czar create a bubbly electronic grind album that will soundtrack your fever dreams. FREE DOWNLOAD: https://czar.bandcamp.com/album/life-is-no-way-to-treat-an-animal
Venenum (Germany), album - Trance of Death — Won my Best Death Metal album

Behind My Vocals
New Order, Ministry, Cabaret Nocturne, She Past Away, Zanias, Sixth June, Dead Husband, Manicure

 

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0:25-3:44
TRIBULATION (Sweden)
Lady Death
— Tribulation is such a unique mix of old school death rock mixed with horror and metal. They also delve into ambient and drone.

5:15-11:42
BELUS (Brooklyn)
omens
— Brooklyn-style: passionate, dense and intense.

12:13-15:06
ABIGOR (Austria)
Our Lord's Arrival - Black Death Sathanas
— Rasp to shriek and oh so unique. The vocalist slices. Each song is a fresh angle on black metal.

15:25-20:53
BEASTIALITY (Sweden)
Apocalyptic Storm
— Yet another Swedish groove-filled death metal band. Hells yeah.

21:18-27:09
SHADOWMASTER (Sweden)
Lost Reality
— Sinister and thick, the Swedes erupt in sludge.

27:45-32:22
WATAIN (Sweden)
Sacred Damnation
— Working man's Swedish black metal.

32:53-38:25
MYSTAGOS (Spain)
Drowning in the Sea of Unconsciousness
— Spanish brooding melody envelops black metal and spacy meditative.

38:48-45:47
VEXOVOID (Italy)
The Starforger
— Italian Vektor, and fucking good.

46:50-54:00
TAAKE (Norway)
Havet i Huset
— Lush melodies, smart guitar work, hella solid album.

54:29-END
CLERIC (Philly)
The Treme
— Contemplate, ingest and digest this mind-bending explosive craziness.

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