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

0:25-3:02
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT (Austin)
Scarcity
— My Best of 2018 Hardcore band is releasing a new EP in August, both bleak and energetically young with tons of brutality.

3:57-9:39
DAWN OF NIL (France)
Our Crusade
— Huge strange complex album with lush melody and a lean to prog. Really big.

9:58-15:28
ORPHALIS (Germany)
From the Depths
— Utterly decimating, but so delicious when they breakdown to their fist-worthy riffs.

15:58-21:15
WEAR YOUR WOUNDS (MA)
Shrinking Violet
— What an beautiful album from Converge lead singer Jacob Bannon. It sounds like Afghan Whigs mixed with the sweet side of Neurosis.

21:32-25:40
DISENTOMB (AU)
Dismal Liturgies
— His vocals blow hot over furious grind and death.

26:16-36:12
ARKHAAIK (Switzerland)
u̯rsn̥gwhé̄n
— Tribal Swiss with haunting folk and unique instrumentation. Weird mountain music.

36:26-40:26
TORCHE (FL)
Admission
— Torche know how to stay dreamy in their retro trip to pop and grunge and alternative.

41:24-47:11
FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Sante Fe)
Frogs in the Distance After the Rain
— Prog and mathy and somehow tremendously heartfelt and just, out there. F

47:45-END
FALSE (MN)
A Victual For Our Dead Selves
— Wow, this is a female singer. Super Minneapolis viking black metal.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_314_071619.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

0:25-5:16
SKELATOR (Seattle)
Akira
— Dramatic operatic heavy metal with a love of soaring guitars and riffing riffs and thrashy thrash.

6:14-12:35
THIS GIFT IS A CURSE (Sweden)
Monuments for Dead Gods
— Swing the spectrum to pulverized melody within a scream and pummel.

13:01-17:49
DROUGHT YEAR (NC)
Drench
— A top notch distorted sludge filth with massive electronics and moody mayhem. The vocalist is a joy.

18:17-22:45
KRYPTOS (India)
Crimson Queen
— Indian stylized heavy metal with great album art and early 80's harmonizing solo guitars with a modern vocalist.

23:32-32:10
FETID (Seattle)
Draped in What Was
— Oh hell, this is just a bowel blowing beast.

33:00-38:00
A PREGNANT LIGHT (MI)
L.I.G.H.T.
— Conceptual without imagery. Punchy hardcore-heavy with a nod to black metal and a very strong lead singer with a lot of attitude.

38:24-43:57
NOCTURNAL BREED (Norway)
War-Metal Engine
— Sinister glorious infectious thundering and anthemic.

44:56-49:11
INCULTER (Norway)
Impending Doom
— Hammer precise drums and earth shattering riffs to keep it real.

49:37-54:58
MALIGNANT ALTAR (Houston)
Spectral Revulsion
— Texas creates malevolence. Fortunately this is the type we can love.

55:25-END
GRAFVITNIR (Sweden)
Nocturnal Sun
— Vivid slithering vocals.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_313_070919.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

0:25-6:02
HORNWOOD FELL (Italy)
Vulnera Pt. III
— The Italians are taking the control with versions of metal beyond your decrepit brain. This is abstracted black metal with sound effects and keyboard.

6:57-11:21
IATO (Italy)
Ucronia
— Speaking of Italy, another version of grind. Super satisfying and surprising.

12:22-19:14
WORSEN (North Carolina)
Cursed to Witness Life
— Young and In The Way was one of my favorites, and its lead singer started working on his one-man black metal 4 years ago. This is his debut, and it is harmony-driven punch black metal. Shit is good.

19:47-26:38
AXIOMA (Ohio)
Ascending the Mountain of Divinities
— Fucking Aaron Dallison of Keelhaul; this shit was IT. Honey on gravel on toast. Just, yeah.

27:20-35:38
ASHBRINGER (MN)
Absolution
— Ashbringer stretches out the sound. Take the ride.

36:16-40:24
HUMAN (Italy)
Human
— Damn, who knew I would love tech death, but of course this is Italian, so they push it in directions that increase your brain capacity.

40:48-45:15
BEASTWARS (New Zealand)
Storms of Mars
— Dimensional spacey stoner rock with an impassioned vocalist scratching his way through.

46:00-53:03
SUPERSTITION (Sante Fe)
Charnel Pleasures
— Raw sparse death that has a mullet you can't compete with.

53:28-END
CONSUMMATION (AU)
Ophidian Crown
— Dense filthy death from the aggress-iest scene. Australians don't like you

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_312_070219.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:48am EDT

0:25-5:39
БАТЮШКА (KRZYSZTOF DRABIKOWSKI) (Poland)
Песнь 6
— Batushka are in a heated legal battle, and there seems to be drama on both sides. The NON-Metal Blade version is incredible epic melodic massive intense black metal with awesome riffs and vocals.

Edit: Earlier I had said I liked the Metal Blade version, but it is not the version.  I like the guitarist/Kryzsctof's version - it is way fucking more awesome.  No comparison.  They have similar album covers, so it is way confusing.

6:42-11:09
VIMUR (GA)
Nuclear Desecration
— Atlanta Georgia is making their name in frostbitten dramatic black metal that breaks down deliciously.

11:42-18:03
DARKTHRONE (Norway)
I Muffle Your Inner Choir
— The 18th full length of Darkthrone is more of the same vein of their recent style of chomping rock with just a little bit of sinister thrown in. These guys still have ideas.

18:34-26:08
LUNAR SHADOW (Germany)
Hawk of the Hills
— Retro dramatic heavy metal with some modern twists of death rock.

27:05-35:47
ABYSSAL (UK)
II – Discernment: Khyphotic Suzerains
— Malevolent churning dystopian death in fragmented compositions that will really surprise you.

36:17-40:47
VIOLET COLD (Azerbaijan)
Ultraviolet
— Vivid frostscapes of atmospheric black gaze.

41:07-48:39
SÜHNOPFER (France)
Hic Regnant Borbonii Manes
Bludgeoning drumming with a beast of a lead singer.

49:20-52:41
FLUB (Sacramento)
Rise from Your Grave
— Alterbeast, Vale of Pnath and Rivers of Nihil members grooving their way into tongue-in-cheek tech death, lite.

53:12-58:03
DEATHSPELL OMEGA (France)
Imitatio Dei
— These guys create a weird story that is hard to follow, but necessary to know the ending.

58:27-END
BLACK SITES (Chicago)
Dream Long Dead
— Ear candy of death rock, heavy metal and headbanging.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_311_062519.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

0:25-7:56
ANCIENT HOSTILITY (Ukraine/US)
Through the Visceral
— 2-piece Ukranian band Ancient Hostility breaks interestingly to foreboding and sparse vacuums of sound, with gothic filthy sharp black metal in between.

9:03-12:44
TVX (New Zealand)
Skuttabrain
— TVX had the most crusty badass as a lead singer. Sadly, she has passed away, but not without leaving us fist in the air vocals.

13:09-20:15
YELLOW EYES (NYC)
Light Delusion Curtain
— Yellow Eyes is one of my faves, and this song released from their upcoming album proves this is going to be another incredible tempo-lurching madness.

20:43-25:04
SINNERS BLEED (Berlin)
The Second Being
— Technical death from old school Germans.

25:56-31:35
DIE SEKTOR (GA)
CrAsHiNdO
— Die Sektor is one of my favorite modern industrial bands, heavily influenced by Skinny Puppy, Front 242 and Front Line Assembly; and employing deeply emotional vocals.

31:36-40:26
ANDAVALD (Iceland)
Afvegaleiðsla
— These guys created a perfect mist of vampiric Icelandic black metal.

40:51-43:59
VADER (Poland)
Litany
— Thrash-light death with blasting drums, and a fantastic cover of Judas Priest. Excited to hear their full-length when released.

44:47-50:45
THONIAN HORDE (MD)
Gremalkin
— Crusty rocking black metal with surprising acoustic.

51:09-56:46
ADRIFT (Spain)
Mist
— Vocalist screech that adds texture to the proggy, warm black metal.

57:07-END
KRYPTS (Finland)
Mycelium
— Hostile dense blasts from our alien Finn friends.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_310_061819.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

0:25-7:47
VORTEX OF END (FRANCE)
Venomovs Triangle
— Ritualistic, blasting intensity, and check out their shirtless pics. I mean, they are really talented.

8:56-14:53
BARBARIAN (ITALY)
The Old Worship of Pain
— Warrior beasts throwing out spears of thrash and heavy metal. Diverse album - these Italians keep 'em guessing.

15:15-22:26
VALE (OAKLAND)
Grief Undone
— Her vocals are everything, and the tight drumming. Oakland is filth.

23:02-29:39
KALEIDOBOLT (FINLAND)
I Am The Seer
— Finnish kaleidoscope of psychedelic, bright and intense. And weird, they ARE Finnish.

30:31-37:31
INTER ARMA (VA)
Howling Lands
— Dreamy meditative sludge with a dollop of Enemy of the Sun post-metal and a death metal edge.

38:02-39:52
ZEALOT R.I.P. (San Diego)
The Extinction Of You
— Just an EP so far of stellar hardcore with a member of Pig Destroyer.

40:16-46:41
MISÞYRMING (ICELAND)
Ísland, Steingelda Krummaskuð
— Epic black metal with Icelandic melodic and emotional heartstring-pulling folk.

47:38-52:06
STATIQBLOOM (Brooklyn)
Possession
— Now a duo, and with Fade's brilliance in creating modern electronic that is even more dissonant. But he knows what the true industrial fan wants, which is to dance.

52:36-58:36
ENTHRONED (Belgium)
Silent Redemption
— Moments of stillness is where I live, and this band creates pockets that highlight the tight drumming and beautiful drifting melodies.

59:09-END
FUMING MOUTH (MA)
The Spirit's Chain
— Converge-loving Mass. This is in a similar vein of chaotic large hardcore sound.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_309_061119.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

0:25-7:53
WACHENFELDT (Sweden)
Ut
— Swedish evil melodic and riffs, non-testosteroney vocals with the energy of some thrash and speed.

8:59-15:18
SPIRIT ADRIFT (AR)
Angel & Abyss
— Nate Garrett is a lovely person who loves lyrics and has a pension for the heart-wrenching heavy metal ballad. This is (his)their best album.

16:09-21:23
GRAVEFIELDS (Ireland)
Psychoactive Rites
— Irish duo create a lovely melodic-enriched brutal partnership of a versatile vocalist and a guitarist that approaches grind.

21:44-25:23
IMMORTAL BIRD (Chicago)
Anger Breeds Contempt
— Angular death metal and female badass founding member from Woods of Ypres and Mares of Thrace.

26:33-30:29
BETHLEHEM (Germany)
Aberwitzige Infraschall-Ritualistik
— Another incredible female lead singer of a legendary 90's German black metal band that now infuses modern electronic into their iconic sound.

31:07-35:41
MOTHER IRON HORSE (MA)
In Effigy
— The raw vocalist and accompanying technical musicians pushes this band into a must-listen.

36:05-40:35
NUCLEUS (Chicago)
Entity
— Chicagoans love their crushing death with a focus on weird. It will bend you.

41:00-45:08
WIDOWER (Austin)
Cosmic Holocaust
— Texas compels you to raise a fist to this galloping thrash and demonic vocals.

46:22-48:16
FULL OF HELL (MD, PA)
Thundering Hammers
— Another incredible grind and noise and atmospheric offering with the best live lead singer. These guys are young and weird and it makes for always new.

48:37-56:19
NYSS (UK)
Face Down in the Blood and Piss
— Fusion-rich black with jazz and noise in the mix.

56:35-END
UHTCEARU (Minnesota)
Black Dreams
— You can see the spirits rise above the cold tundra of Minnesota. Or some shit.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_308_052119.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

A show of this year's faves so far.

0:56-6:36
WORMWITCH (Vancouver)
Vernal Womb
— Distinct twists within crusty riffy anarchistic tempo changes. The perfect album.

7:07-13:45
PHOBONOID (Italy)
MOA-192b
— Immersive guitars become meditation, with evil electronic heartbeats throbbing sinister.

14:07-18:02
SOULMASS (FL)
Praise the Sun
— Crisp production and strangling gurgling vocals, all within a wall of head churning explosion.

18:37-24:14
DIÄT (Berlin)
Missed the Bus
— This isn't just a modern take on nostalgia; this band plays homage to old school alternative, post-punk, electro, punk and industrial. They have created a unique mix on a wide spectrum ranging from poppy to ambient to gothy-dance. Respect.

24:52-29:05
FESTERDAY (Finland)
Gravelove
— Festerday had a splash of melodic and catchy - a bit like Deadbird - in their version of rampaging death. Super fun album. Crazy they started nearly 30 years ago, but haven't made music for 25.

29:37-34:45
LIGHT DWELLER (AR)
Sloven
— Arizona births jagged angular sharp complex death.

35:09-40:37
DOWNFALL OF GAIA (Germany)
The Grotesque Illusion of Being
— Ignore the terrible cheesy band name. Deeply emotional post-metal hides behind the melodic black metal in the forefront, heavy on the riffs.

41:05-47:07
FANGE (France)
Il Reconnaîtra Les Siens
— Fange has it all, including noise, industrial, hardcore, sludge, laid atop a slab of atmospheric black metal.

48:01-54:49
GUÐVEIKI (Iceland)
Gullveigar sverðsins
— Another explosive alien black metal offering from Iceland, raw and progressive and scary.

55:09-END
TERRE (Belgium)
Filth Below
— Dark species of sludge; down-tuned to reach the pit of your soul.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_307_051419.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

0:25-6:45
WARFORGED (Chicago)
We've Been Here Before
— A wide variety of brains from Gorguts, Alkaloid, Artificial Brain and Revocation bring forth a relentless flow of challenging death.

8:09-12:38
VALE OF PNATH (Denver)
The Darkest Gate
— Sinister electronic surround a concoction of evil, progressive death.

13:10-17:25
THOUGHT LEADERS (Bay Area)
Hello Unknown
— Romantic post-punk saturated with shimmering melody created by LEGENDARY musicians in the Bay Area.

17:57-24:02
MURG (Sweden)
Stjärnan
— Jagged edges of forest black metal with a murmur of melody running through.

24:55-28:50
FIRESPAWN (Sweden)
The Hunter
— Supergroup of musicians from Entombed, Necrophobic and Dark Funeral. The new album is supposed to incorporate more heavy metal.

29:24-33:02
BELZEBUBS (Finland)
Blackened Call
— Finnish virtual comic band is serious. Seriously.

33:22-36:26
DAWN OF DEMISE (Denmark)
Collapse
— A fire-breathing Danish vocalist in a catchy, groove-filled death.

37:02-43:36
TÚRIN TURAMBAR (Poland)
Jestem kurwa Babilonu
— The Polish are also aliens, and this is a raw, experimental abstract creation with the vocalist speaking in (Polish) tongue.

44:29-50:32
CONJURER (Indiana)
Light of Death
— Indiana band is a lumbering stoner melodic beast with a stellar, endearing vocalist.

50:52-53:43
ENFORCER (Sweden)
Searching for You
— This was my 2015's 'Best Vintage Old School Beer Metal that Automatically Feathers Your Hair When You Listen to It.' Nuff said.

54:15-END
XAON (Switzerland)
Carillon
— Fantasy and folk mixed with just the right amount of cheese to make it a blast.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_306_050719.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:18am EDT

0:25-9:01
MESARTHIM (Australia)
Ghost Condensate I
― Synth beating through Australian black metal madness.

10:02-18:02
GOD'S BASTARD (Brooklyn)
God Raise The Sea
― Brooklyn duo project with musicians from Floods, Krallice, Anicon, Geryon. Tribal mesmerizing drums and low throaty vocals mixed with epic screeches scratching into my heart.

18:24-21:43
ULTRA SILVAM (Sweden)
Wings of Burial
― Energic speed-driven black, malicious chords, all chaotic and organic in texture.

22:05-28:41
ELLENDE (Austria)
Der Blick wird leer
― Melancholy black metal focused on the pain, rather than the fury.

29:22-34:56
AIHOS (Finland)
Ancestors Blood
― Finnish black metal with a savage blur of drumming weaved with a depressive scape of anguished melody.

35:23-39:20
CRAFTING THE CONSPIRACY (TX)
Dimension Door
― Groove and muscular mixed with intense hardcore blasts within death metal that sounds quite Swedish.

39:44-47:06
GARDSGHASTR (Sweden)
Slit Throat Requiem
― Majestic , epic, monstrous symphonic supergroup.

48:05-52:33
INCANDESCENCE (CAN)
Above All
― Duo that creates a large proggy, technical, black metal with death vocals and guitars that bring forth melodic.

53:05-END
VARAHA (Chicago)
Climax & Exile
― Gothic-influenced haunting post-metal with a variety of vocals, from doom to epic metal screech.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_305_043019.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

0:25-5:52
INFERI (Nashville)
Forged in the Phlegethon
― Members of Inferi are also in Equipoise, who have released one of the top albums this year. Intense vocals, technical speed, incredible guitar solos, all in a perfect package of fist punching groove. This was released originally (!0) years ago, but it was RE-RECORDED with all the musical knowledge gained, so this is NEW.

7:05-11:52
KETZER (GER)
No Stories Left
― Germany + melodic + extreme = the new formula. Here it is 1/5th melodic + 1/5th prog + 1/5th speed + 1/5th anthemic + 1/5th German accent. 4th release.

12:14-19:51
ALKYMIST (Montreal)
Letting Dust Fall Gracefully
― Post-apocalyptic doom and gloom and despair. So, my soundtrack.

20:15-26:37
ANTROPOMORPHIA (Netherlands)
Cathedral Ov Tombs
― Been around since the 80's, and know how to punch all of that hate and aggression and death and black down to that chilling groove.

27:22-30:18
EXUMER (GER)
He's a Woman - She's a Man (Scorps cover)
― Another German old school band in the vein of Kreator who have released a stellar bit of fun, quick thrash songs. AND THIS IS A COVER OF THE SCORPIONS!!

30:40-37:34
FRIISK (GER)
De Doden Van't Waterkant
― Yeah, it's Germany again. I am totally racist. Germanic black and blackgaze.

37:52-41:27
VLTIMAS (Portugal)
Everlasting
― Oh this is such a fun aggro death and black with so many incredible riffs from a supergroup of members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem and Cryptopsty.

42:03-49:37
EAST OF THE WALL (NJ)
Non-Functional Harmony
― East of the Wall will make you go, "what's going on." They are multi-instrumental-leaning, with a bit of jazz and a lot of prog all mixed with a smidge of sludge, and a vocalist that is earnest and lovely.

50:31-54:36
NOCTURNAL HOLLOW (Venezuela)
Ancestral Beings
― Death duo dealing out a sickening and tempo-lurching sound underscored with doom.

55:06-END
UNGRAVEN (UK)
Aggro Master
― Conan guitarist creates focus on the growling and hypnotic guitar with the rumble of drums throughout.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_304_041619.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

0:25-8:53
WASTE OF SPACE ORCHESTRA (Finland)
Wake Up The Possessor
— Listen up: members of *Oranssi Pazuzu* dude, AND Dark Buddha Rising. It reminded me of Enemy of the Sun on peyote with a female lead singer. Need. I. Say. Fucking. More.

10:08-15:47
CEREMONY OF SILENCE (Slovakia)
Arising Of No Man
— Really, we have psychedelic death metal now? Expand the brain and then pummel it into pieces, living the Slovakian dream. From a duo no less.

16:18-20:02
WORMWITCH (Vancouver)
Two Wolves
— Yeah, this is the death metal that I grew up on living in my Indian household. Distinct twists within crusty riffy anarchistic tempo changes. The perfect album.

20:37-25:12
HELL FIRE (Bay area)
Masochist
— The bay area let their collective mullet hair loose. Epic heavy metal and a lead singer that hit that high note so well my balls stood on edge.

25:46-33:28
DEVOURER (Sweden)
Evighetens Bila
— Wild guttural gurgling vocals with horror effects in a chomping black metal.

33:53-42:29
MORD'A'STIGMATA (Poland)
Spirit Into Cristal
— Industrial textured-Polish black metal, with the beat of darkwave vocals and industrial notes and beats, stomping back to black metal when suited.

42:49-48:15
GRAFVITNIR (Sweden)
Throne of Blackened Domains
— Yes, more Swedish black metal, this time from Grafvitnir, the vocalist a standout, a screech stain painted over blasting drum rolling over a starry medieval Swedish sky.

49:10-55:08
SCHATTENFALL (GER)
Misanthrop
— Germany is fully accelerating into incredible melodic black metal, their sound interspersed with chanting and poetry. That's what I always say, those Germans are big ole softies.

55:45-END
TRIUMVIR FOUL (Portland)
Urine of Abomination IV
— Shiny demon penis splattering bile-colored urine on the album cover. YES, this is fucking metal from a duo that chases their dense sound with roars and groans and simpers and blows away in ash.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_303_040919.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

0:25-5:57
TOTALED (USA?)
As Below
— I couldn't find any info on the members of this band - so I presume this is a supergroup.  The album cover and sound is muddled chaos. Muscular hardcore meets dense, explosive black metal and the result is destructive dissonance in yo' FACE. .

7:00-13:46
THORMESIS (Germany)
Lichtermeer
— Desperation-lined vocals creates heartfelt melancholy not shying away from sweet. This is what melodic black metal is all about, to me anyway. Fuck your definition.

14:24-18:23
BRUTUS (Belgium)
Horde V
— Belgian's version of Sugarcubes-era Bjork, power and sweet-combined vocals. Lead singer is also the drummer, and she aggressively chases the melodic post-metal guitars. Don't miss this album.

18:56-23:08
HATE FORCE (Chicago)
Stolen Valor
— Dude, the lead singer of Harm's Way (drool), drums and bass from Weekend Nachos and Like Rats?!? Yeeeees Chicago, come at me bros.

23:33-27:52
THESE BEASTS (Chicago)
End of the Whip
— Chicago defines dissonant noise rock with tempo-lurching punchy drums, explosive vocals, and melodic bursts.

28:23-33:59
THE BLACK MORIAH (TX)
Scholar Of Tongues
— Absu guitarist creates this new evil, galloping, groove-filled thrash album.

34:29-41:13
MAGIC CIRCLE (Boston)
Gone Again
— Magic fucking Circle does their THANG in 70's retro, and I am in the garden of their psychedelic flowers man.

41:46-46:07
IMPRECATION (TX)
Baptized in Satan's Blood
— Despicable filth from this band has burned slowly in ashes for years, and now vomit unto thee.

47:09-51:09
KALEIKR (Iceland)
Heart Of Lead
— Draugsól members create atmospheric Icelandic black with an emphasis on bass, with spacey effects mixed with proggy tempo dissonance.

51:42-57:19
TRUTH CORRODED (AU)
The Storm
— Australia, your heat and dust have made you so epically angry. This is technical with hella shredding and incredible guest musicians, including Misery Index and Suffocation.

57-56-END
COSMIC PUTREFACTION (Italy)
The Ancient Demagogue
— I heart Australian musician Brendan Sloan forever and ever. He is the one-man Australian genius behind my #2 album of last year - Convulsing. And he has been brought into the mix in this insanely vomiting Italian band. Just a joy.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_302_040219.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

0:25-5:55
SHABTI (Maine)
Shrouded and Veiled
— The Rhode Island and Portland Maine corridor is filthy with metal and cool tiny venues, like Machines with Magnets, http://www.machineswithmagnets.com/venue-about. Shabti has members from Obsidian Tongue and Panopticon who mix cool heavy metal guitar solos mixed with technical death and badass shredding and riffs.

7:23-12:43
AORATOS (CO)
Of Harvest, Scythe and Sickle Moon
— Melody creates space within multi-layered percussions, multi-faceted vocals, and multiple horror effects.

13:09-18:40
FROSTHELM (North Dakota)
Pisslord
— Riffs fly swiftly over the North Dakota coal-scorched tundra.

19:10-25:29
TEMPLE OF THE FUZZ WITCH (Detroit)
The Glowing of Satan
— Yes, we all hate fuzz don't we? This is the fuzz band that proves it is still relevant with magic vocals and each song that grooves so hard.

26:12-35:08
WOE (Brooklyn)
The Knell and the World
— Woe is best known for its black metal within plaintive melodies; just gorgeous.

35:29-39:22
DEVIL MASTER (Philly)
Christ's Last Hiss
— Philly pours us PBR after having way too many double IPAs. Refreshingly gleeful.

40:09-47:38
CHROME WAVES (Chicago)
Take Another Sip
— Members from Apostles of Solitude, The Gates of Slumber, Abigail Williams and Wolvhammer that have created a modern, innovative post-metal that redefines post-metal.

48:35-51:57
GOMORRAH (CAN)
Of Ghosts and the Grave
— A mix of aggressive writhing death that breaks into loose proggy instrumental.

52:33-END
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD (TX)
Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns
— Viola, piano and various percussion builds sweet atop ferocious black metal with vocal guests Jarboe and members of Swans and Bell Witch.

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0:25-5:04
VENOM PRISON (UK)
Uterine Industrialisation
— Beastly muscular vocals from a badass female vocalist accompanied by brain-bashing, stunning, surprising, dense, REQUIRED death metal mixed with aggressive hardcore.

7:44-12:26
HERETICAL SECT (NM)
Visceral Divination
— Anonymous and most likely well-known musicians make up Heretical Sect, released by (3) relatively big labels. Doom tempo intensifies into menacing black metal.

13:02-16:33
HEDONIHIL (Finland)
The Hedonist Anthem
— Swallow the Sun's new side project that incorporates restrained melodic compositions in speedy death.

17:07-20:49
DIÄT (Berlin)
Only My Own
— This isn't just a modern take on nostalgia; this band plays homage to old school alternative, post-punk, electro, punk and industrial. They have created a unique mix on a wide spectrum ranging from poppy to ambient to gothy-dance. Respect.

21:21-26:35
CONTRARIAN (NY)
The Petition
— Tight technical cold proggy riff-loving death and melodic death supported by the drummer of Nile who also adds secondary vocals.

27:15-30:50
MARTYRDÖD (Sweden)
Cashless Society
— The Swedes know how to stay filthy, crusty and chomping. Part of a huge tour with Skeletonwitch and Wiegedood.

31:24-40:30
TRISTE TERRE (France)
Corps Glorieux
— A hurricane of wailing vocals swirling until it hides in the eye of the storm, and then becomes furious again. It is the journey of anguish turning into reflection turning into anger and back again.

40:49-50:40
DRAWN INTO DESCENT (Belgium)
The Endless Endeavour
— Organic instrumentation within a reflective melodic atmosphere, diving deep into blasting black metal.

51:34-56:29
MY DILIGENCE (Belgium)
Hunt The Hunter
— Yes, stoner can be hard to deal with nowadays, and this is a name that does not inspire trust ('My Diligence' screams nu-metal - terrible). They blend shoegaze and alternative vocals with heavy thick buzz and riffs, and it is a good mix.

57:10-END
RINGARË (Nashville)
Sorrow Under Starry Sky
— Synth-heavy delectable vampire-kissed lofi black metal that rises behind dark mountains.

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0:25-5:17
EQUIPOISE (Pittsburgh)
A Suit of My Flesh
— A super-super group with members of technical death and grind bands like Perihelion, Hate Eternal, Vale of Pnath, and Inferi. Usually super groups can be idea-heavy and confusing, and often boring. This is such a talented, thoughtful, multi-faceted immense album.

6:36-13:33
SINMARA (Iceland)
Crimson Stars
— Is Icelandic black metal the best modern black metal? They manage to retain horror within a landscape of lush and vivid and perfectly produced.

14:01-18:43
OOZING WOUND (Chicago)
Riding the Universe
— Fans of Karp and Big Black, and produced by Steve Albini, and it shows. Thrashcore, noise, angular, prog-crust with smokey vocals. May be their best album yet.

19:18-27:48
BERGRAVEN (Sweden)
Den Dödes Stigar
— Theatrical horror black metal portions of meandering dreamy pagan folk .

28:21-32:04
FERAL (Sweden)
Dormant Disease
— Feral is apropos. Speed and death with distorted guitars pushed out to the periphery.

32:31-38:12
UNENDLICH (Baltimore)
My Own Misery
— Gravelly vocals atop icy ferocious black metal mixed with beautiful instrumentation. .

38:34-45:22
DREADNOUGHT (Denver)
Besieged
— Female-led psychedelic black metal with saxaphone, flute and mandolin.

46:24-52:15
KING APATHY (Germany)
Cleansing
— Political, anarchistic hardcore with an underlying post-black metal anguished atmosphere.

52:48-END
NAILED TO OBSCURITY (Germany)
The Aberrant Host
— Opeth-style proggy death metal with soaring melody and a mix of vocal styles. The spacy organic instrumentation was a highlight.

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0:25-7:45
ÆNIGMATUM (Portland)
Lashed and Scorned
— Portland rain-soaked aggressive fierce pummelling black and death.

8:47-14:47
HATH (NJ)
Currents
— Neck-chomping tempos with a scorched vocalist.

15:12-19:51
VALE OF PNATH (Denver)
Accursed
— Snake hissing vocalist writhing and powerful over shredding, cold and furious death.

20:10-25:44
PRÉCIPICES (Montreal)
Je t'écris
— Distorted bleak black gaze surrounding chanted French.

26:34-32:07
PHOBONOID (Italy)
CoRot-7b
— Immersive guitars become meditation, with evil electronic heartbeats throbbing sinister.

32:35-39:59
FANGE (France)
Second Soleil
— Fange has it all, including noise, industrial, hardcore, sludge, laid atop a slab of atmospheric black metal.

40:32-45:20
DUNKELNACHT (FR/Netherlands)
Verses and Allegations
— Oh, the evil brand of riffs is mountainous.

46:21-50:05
WOUNDS (Chicago)
Fractured
— Technical Chicago-styled death metal with guttural and screech, but in an endearing way of neck-breaking groove.

50:22-54:32
MORPHINIST (Germany)
Thousand Souls Unleashed
— Throaty intense melodic black metal from one weirdo’s brain.

55:14-END
ETHEREAL DARKNESS (Belgium)
Forgotten Shadows
— Anguished bordering on gothic emotional haunting melodic black and death.

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0:25-6:00
TRESSPASSER (11/2018)(Sweden)
Death To Fight Death
— Tresspasser released their album late last year, and I am sorry to have waited so long to listen. This is a groovy, catchy, rifftastic death and black and unleashed fist pumping enthusiasm from beginning to end.

6:56-9:33
ANTRE (UK)
Tyrant
— Black thrash and death filled with creeping, stalking dread. Sinister as all hell's beasts.


9:58-13:39
SPIRIT ADRIFT (AR)
Eyes Were Not Alive
— One of my fave smooth retro doom from the guitarist of Take Over and Destroy. They won my best doom band in 2016. Bro's vocals are hot.

14:19-18:13
PLAGUEBRINGER (CAN)
Frailty
— Don't mistake this band for Chicago's Plague Bringer (two words). This is the Canadian one-word band with the creepiest vocalist with a spectrum of styles, and a technical grind that fed my soul on an angry Monday morning.

18:33-21:48
TERRE (Belgium)
Ruins
— Dark species of sludge; down-tuned to reach the pit of your soul.

22:12-26:35
ASTROPHOBOS (Sweden)
Until the Red of Dawn
— You can feel the sound waves travel the ridges of his vocal chords; gasping wicked poetry with the support of guitars feeding off each other.

27:32-33:17
GATEKEEPER (Vancouver)
Richard III
— Next (2) bands share the same lead singer. Hooks, riffs, incredible melodic guitar work in a classic heavy metal structure. This song is a cover of Tredegar's.

33:44-39:21
TRAVELER (CAN)
Starbreaker
— Another classic heavy metal band with the same incredible lead singer, anthemic chorus-y fun.

39:47-43:22
WRETCHED FATE (Sweden)
Ominous Shadow
— Another Redefining Dark records classic of epic Swedish death metal with hella muscular vocals and technical, tight punchy guitars.

44:03-49:10
KAUNIS KUOLEMATON (Finland)
Yön tunteina
— Finnish vampires inject violins, synth and pale skin in their super melodic death metal.

49:30-54:43
PERNICION (UK)
The Darkness Comes
— Blasphemous 2-piece that hammers you into the ground.

55:02-END
REFUSAL (Finland)
Void
— Chomping crust and death.

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0:25-5:12
FESTERDAY (Finland)
Into The Void
— Festerday had a splash of melodic and catchy - a bit like Deadbird - in their version of rampaging death. Super fun album. Crazy they started nearly 30 years ago, but haven't made music for 25.

6:15-10:39
A MILLION DEAD BIRDS LAUGHING (AU)
Hersun
— How cool is the band name? Vivid storytelling, like a tech grind version of Edward Ka-Spel, singing of dragons and lions. These guys are a supergroup.

11:07-15:14
AD PATRES (FR)
Spellbound
— The French version of Misery Index: badass, tight, angular, relentless death.

15:41-21:52
PENSÉES NOCTURNES (FR)
Les Valseuses
— New Orleans on meth, carnival jazz prog that is witty, angular, ridiculous.

22:16-25:17
GOD DISEASE (Finland)
Death... Is Just a Beginning
— Finnish zombie doom and death, guttural and meandering.

25:56-33:37
NAXEN (GER)
Dawn Of New Despair
— Black metal bleeds into expressions of depression and pain.

34:05-38:40
A THOUSAND SUFFERINGS (Belgium)(11/2018)
Ghostriders
— Another raw suffering style of death and death rock, melodic and sweet and dark.

39:40-50:32
VELDES (Slovenia)
Keeper of the Flameless
— Atmospheric black metal is restraint within powerful aggression, grandiose and epic.

51:09-END
INTER ARMA (VA)
Citadel
— Their last album was a contender for 2016 Best Sludge.

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0:25-5:05
BLUE HUMMINGBIRD ON THE LEFT (SoCal)
Life Death Rebirth
– Project created by members of Black Twilight Circle, who devote themselves to supporting mesoamerican culture. This band name derives from aztec deity mythology. Tribal, dense, unique.

6:08-12:19
THRONUM VRONDOR (Belgium)
A Symbol Of Acrimony
– Belgian trio inspired by icy destructive theatrical horror black metal. Theme centers around Greek mythology.

12:44-17:12
CRITICAL DEFIANCE (Chile)
Misconception
– Bonding metal, for you and your bros to headbang the shit out of your headbanging.

17:35-21:29
GORGON (France)
Burned for Him
– Hardcore and thrash rear their ugly riff heads in French black metal.

21:50-29:16
OSSUARIUM (Portland)
Corrosive Hallucinations
– Doom and bowel death on every end of the spectrum of pace.

30:01-34:52
DOWNFALL OF GAIA (Germany)
As Our Bones Break to the Dance
– Ignore the terrible cheesy band name. Deeply emotional post-metal hides behind the melodic black metal in the forefront, heavy on the riffs.

35:17-41:39
CHARNEL ALTAR (AU)
Acephalic Worms
– Filthy-heavy funeral doom mixed with suffocating death.

41:58-46:37
PULCHRA MORTE (St. Louis)
Fire and Storm
– More of the doom and death scene, this doom based in blues.

47:38-52:23
YERÛŚELEM (FR)
Reverso
– Blut Aus Nord member in this 2-piece; bringing in his talent from horror black metal, now mixed with heavy industrial beat and rhythm, drone and noise.

52:42-END
MISERY INDEX (Baltimore)
The Choir Invisible
– Dude.

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0:25-7:30
ALTARAGE (Spain)
Urn
– Newest album is even better than their last that made it to my Best of 2016 list. From drone to muscular chaos, made to challenge the cynical.

8:37-14:05
SOULMASS (FL)
Blacksmith's Wisdom
– Crisp production and strangling gurgling vocals, all within a wall of head churning explosion.

14:31-18:35
SVARTELDER (Norway)
Part V
– Norwegians speak of despair in a shitty world with melodic black and horror.

19:07-25:44
HERMÓDR (Sweden)
Northern Forest
– Stunning balance of soft gorgeous acoustic melodies against bleak frosty black metal. You understand why so many metal albums use the imagery of black limbed trees with light glowing between.

26:28-30:09
LIGHT DWELLER (AR)
Cradel
– Arizona births jagged angular sharp complex death.

30:30-36:47
FERNDAL (Germany)
Die Verlorenen
– Symphonic black metal with just the right touch of organic cello and organ and piano, without going overboard. Retains its sharp edge through out.

38:11-44:03
GUÐVEIKI (Iceland)
Vængför
– Another explosive alien black metal offering from Iceland, raw and progressive and scary.

45:04-51:25
DEATH FORTRESS (NJ)
Wrath of God
– Speaking of New Jersey, the black metal scene is seething here. This allows itself to breath between suffocating, and melody rises to the top.

51:55-55:15
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
The Chasm (Per Boder guest vocalist)
– At the Gates has guest vocalists for their 2018 B side songs, and they are pretty frigging spectacular.

55:52-END
NOCTAMBULIST (Denver)
Atmosphere of Desolation
– Rumbling rasping screeching vocalist god.

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Best Album Covers
BLACK FAST (St. Louis), album - Spectre of Ruin — https://www.discogs.com/Black-Fast-Spectre-Of-Ruin/release/12239718#images/35108594
FUTURE CORPSE (Melbourne), album - Culture Ruins Everything Around Me — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1191821332_10.jpg
PARIUS (PA), album - The Eldritch Realm — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3105691492_10.jpg
DEADBIRD (AR), album - III: The Forest Within The Tree — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2734892447_10.jpg
LURK (Finland), album - Fringe — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0798154700_10.jpg
GOURMAND (Kansas City), album - Blossoming from the Grave — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1479235691_10.jpg
BLACK VIPER (Norway), album - Hellions of Fire — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3156453153_10.jpg
DEATHRITE (Germany), album – Nightmares Reign — https://www.discogs.com/Deathrite-Nightmares-Reign/release/12773662#images/37027173
ULTHAR (Oakland), album – Cosmovore — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0007232483_10.jpg
CORPSESSED (Finland), album - Impetus of Death — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0079743140_10.jpg
GROSS MISCONDUCT (Vancouver), album – Equinox — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4070700797_10.jpg
CONVULSING (AU), album – Grievous — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2037270330_10.jpg
ANCST (Berlin), album – Abolitionist — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1912435359_10.jpg
SULPHUR AEON (Germany), album - The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos — https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1151529218_10.jpg

Best Traditional Black Metal
SPECTRAL WOUND (CAN), album - Infernal Decadence
Song: Feral Gates Of Flesh (0:25-5:51)
— Black metal split between Modern (last week #2 album Convulsing), Traditional and Melodic/Atmospheric. Spectral Wound stood out against an unbelievable year of black metal, with a vocalist that stains your brain.

Runners-Up:
HUMAN SERPENT (Greece), album - For I,The Misanthropist — They are equipped with an epically vicious vocalist, which is necessary for a 2-piece. The desperation lined with the brilliant melancholy was just immense here, and then punched in was a surprising amount of riffage and groove. Entirely satisfying. I almost chose this over Spectral Wound. Recorded 2015-16, released January 2018.
ABIGOR (Austria), album - Hollenzwang - Chronicles of Perdition — If you miss raw, well grab your balls and listen to the raking grueling sharp jangled black metal of Abigor. The evil oozes, and isn't that what black metal is all about. Rasping, snarling, bubbling, demonic gargled hell.
IMMORTAL (Norway), album - Northern Chaos Gods — Norwegian black metal, that frosty wind of high-pitched vocals in a whirlwind of blasts and head-spinning guitar frenzy.
INEXORUM (MN), album - Lore of the Lakes — I think one-person bands are really good within black metal because s/he focuses on the distinction of instruments, and it doesn't become muddled. Though muddled is also a welcome style in black metal.
SARGEIST (Finland), album – Unbound — Sargeist swings from vicious to melodic, bleak, depressing, emotionally-laden and all of it has the suffocating style we all know and love about black metal.

Best Pagan or Folk-infused Metal
WINDFAERER (NJ), album - Alma
Song: Becoming (7:39-14:15)
— Another black metal album bubbling with organic instruments, but somehow manages to fucking rip the shred of the riff off your butt.

Runners-Up:
HORN, album – Retrograd — This leans heavily into folk, with a vocalist singing to the heavens, a chorus behind him.
KALMAH (Finland), album – Palo — Strings threading through an immense cloud of melodic death, with viking lord musicians at the helm, super groovy and a blast. They sweeten their style of muscular power with folk.
PANOPTICON, album - The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I and II) — First of all, this album is massive - 18 story-telling epic songs of acoustic, folk, under-the-stars romantic diving into the ink of black.

Best Melodic or Proggy Death
SULPHUR AEON (Germany), album - The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
Song: Thou Shalt Not Speak His Name (14:53-21:37)
— Another Lovecraft-influenced album in art and lyric. One of the best death albums of the year, thundering and haunting and deeply fist-in-the-airable. They won Best Death in 2015.

Runners-Up:
HORRENDOUS (Philly), album - Idol — Prog mixed with death; and all of it is super catchy overall
OCEAN OF GRIEF (Greece), album - Nightfall's Lament — 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.
AT THE GATES (Sweden), album- To Drink from the Night Itself — 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.

Best Melodic/Post/Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal
DISCIPLES OF THE VOID (Finland), album - S/T
Song: The Heirs Of Wormwood (22:39-28:59)
— Torment-leaning, anonymous 2-piece creating symphonic black metal and shriek-infused melody. The duo creates so much fucking epicness that will defy your preconceived notions of atmospheric.

Runners-up:
SUMMONING (Vienna), album - With Doom We Come — A strange, strange mood with ethnic instrumentation and horns blowing across the frostbitten land.
KARG, (Austria) album – Dornenvögel — The vocals are the tool for fierceness in this band, with the emphasis on organic acoustic guitars strummed in gorgeous landscapes. Dude is from Harakiri for the Sky.
OMNIPOTENCE (Vancouver), album – Praecipitium — A late release in the year, a debut, and powerful impact. Thrash and riffs mixed with the pure melodic black modernizes the sound.
AVAST (Norway), album - Mother Culture — Who knew black metal could be influenced by shoegaze so successfully.

Best Bay Area Local Albums
Bay area dude. Fucking bay area.
THESE BASTARDS (SF), album - Old and Pissed
Song: Our Prayer (29:58-32:03)
– I just caught These Bastards, and they are fucking hilarious as you would expect from old farts who’ve been around forever. Their wit, technical prowess and chemistry is something to see live, punchy as fuck album.

PRIMAL RITE (Oakland), album - Dirge of Escapism
Song: Antivenom (32:04-34:15)
— I haven’t seen Primal Rite yet, not sure yet since I see their name everywhere, opening up for pretty big acts and they’ve been around for a handful of years. They are everything you expect from a crossover band: unbelievably catchy and frenzied. They play with tempos, slowing down unexpectedly, building upon each other.

Runners-Up:
BRAINOIL (Oakland), album - Singularity to Extinction — Sludge gods Brainoil were one of the forefathers of the downtuned thick bass and groove, led by profoundly deep vocals that made a girlfriend of mine pass out at a show.
ULTHAR (Oakland), album – Cosmovore — Oakland debut offers chompy speedy-thrash with bloody death and evil black.

Best Modern Death (mixed genre)
VEILBURNER (PA), album - A Sire To The Ghouls Of Lunacy
Song: Introvertoid (34:50-42:00)
— Veilburner swallowed Oranssi Pazuzu and burped out weird and synthy and theatrical within guttural death and a mix of black. So surprising.

Runners-Up:
RIVERS OF NIHIL (PA), album - Where Owls Know My Name — This band created one of the best videos for sure, technical death mixed with organic instrumentation like saxophone; dynamic, diverse and textured death
OUTRE-TOMBE (Quebec), album - Nécrovortex — Death and thrash and punk, refreshing a brutal mix
HISSING (Seattle), album - Permanent Destitution — Death noise, aggressive, seething, dissonant insanity with no patterns that somehow makes sense.

Best Modern Doom (mixed genre)
HOODED MENACE (Finland), album - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
Song: In Eerie Deliverance (42:58-49:35)
— Unafraid is the doom, and it swallows whole the death riffs and aggression. Finnish alien brain keeps ya guessing.

Runners-Up:
Thou (Baton Rouge), album- Magus — The released their 5th full-length in a flurry of releases last year, including multiple EPs. Thou is what you would expect: depressive sludge, ambient, melancholy melodic doom with a explosive spectrum of vocals that plead not to look at him. Well, I'm looking.
Khemmis (Denver), album – Desolation — Khemmis' vocalist soars in front of the sound, a blend of majestic doom, paced by a thick sludge. It erupts into catchy melodies, a lot like GypsyHawk, a spinoff of the original Skeletonwitch.
Deadbird (AR), album - III: The Forest Within The Tree — When I heard Deadbird nearly 15 years ago, the vocals did me in. Heart-wrenching. The incredible album art is by John Santos.

Saturday Album
SLUGDGE (UK), album - Esoteric Malacology
Song: Slave Goo World (50:27-56:52)
— An intense dense sweet funny creepy desolate clean filthy brutal challenging complex album. It is pure talent, and can fit any mood for any Saturday. Unbelievable from a duo.

Best Avant Garde/Experimental/#1 Album
IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT (NY), album - Vile Luxury
Song: Gotham Luxe (57:57-END)
— Conceptually capturing all aspects of NYC - beauty, grit, decay, sophistication with 2 trombones, 2 trumpets, a tuba, bass, and raving lunatic vocalists. As with all the best albums, you have to listen multiple times and each time is a different experience.

Runner-Up:
Gura (Belgium), album – Caligura — Gura is a crazed 2 piece of jazz saxaphone often following the singer off a ledge, a thick bass and drums that punch holes into each other, experimental to say the least, you have no idea where it starts and ends. All of it makes sense.

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Best Song Names
Rebel Wizard, album - Voluptuous Worship Of Rapture And Response — 
1. Persisting as it does
2. The prophecy came and it was soaked with the common fools forboding
3. High mastery of the woeful arts
4. Drunk on the wizdom of unicorn semen
5. The poor and ridiculous alchemy of Christ and Lucifer and us all
6. Mother Nature, oh my sweet mistress, showed me the other worlds and it was just fallacy
7. Majestic mystical burdens
8. Healing the chakras with heavy negative wizard metal
9. Voluptuous worship of rapture and response
10. Exhaustive glory

Best Traditional Death
MONSTROSITY (FL), album - The Passage of Existence
Song: The Hive (0:26-5:05)
— Sweaty old mullet metal bros that have headbanged their way around Florida death for decades. These guys know the riff, the guitar solos, the intricacies of vocals and the headbang. Just a gem.

Runners-up:
CORPSESSED (Finland), album - Impetus of Death — Blast blast blast in your face and Finnish country folk that bite the antlers off rabid beasts. These guys go all out epic.
LIK (Sweden), album - Carnage — I like Lik because it reminded me of At The Gates (listen to Rid You of Your Flesh), almost the exact same vocals, melodic touch to old school death. Fucking headbang with a fist in the air. Nothing new, but so much fun.
HATE ETERNAL (FL), album - Upon Desolate Sands — Muscular death metal that flex: technical, brutal, overtly masculine vocals. They are innovative beyond throwing around testicles. Guitar solos are epic, so many crushing riffs.

Best Hardcore/Punk
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT (TX), album - Let Pain Be Your Guide
Song: Your War (6:55-9:13)
— Bleak and raw, emotional; deeply-felt lyrics which is a staple of hardcore. This is just the beginning for these guys.

Runners-Up:
JESUS AIN'T IN POLAND (Italy), album - No Man's Land — Jesus Ain't in Poland have slowed their version of grindcore to dynamic, eruptive, melodic hardcore. With some grind sprinkled on top.
MAMMOTH GRINDER (Austin), album - Cosmic Crypt — With members of Iron Reagan and Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder unsurprisingly blended the chompiness of hardcore into death, short little bits of fun to dig your teeth into.
IDLES (UK), album - Joy as an Act of Resistance — Idles got my last year's Best Punk album. 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.
FUTURE CORPSE (Melbourne), album - Culture Ruins Everything Around Me — A triumphant experimental sound, diving face splat first into prog and punk, stir some badass death metal kick, simmer with jazz, and all with the young heart of poppy punk and hardcore vocals. Stunning fantasy album art.

Best Legendary Band
SATAN (UK), album - Cruel Magic
Song: Legions Hellbound (9:52-14:50)
— 40 years of dense and intricate guitars creating melodic thrash, and they don't need to speed it up to make their point.

Runners-up:
AT THE GATES (Sweden), album - To Drink From the Night Itself — 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.
JUDAS PRIEST (UK), album - Firepower — 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.

Best Female Vocalist
CLOUD RAT (Michigan), album - Silk Panic
Song: Nago (15:20-17:50)
— This album encompasses a universe of emotions that every woman possesses. She screams it for us. She sighs. She breathes. She is amazing.

Runners-Up:
IZEGRIM (Netherlands), album - Beheaded By Trust — Geezus, the female vocalist is nothing short of amazing. Check her out here: https://youtu.be/w3_-ps206sM
DEATHBELL (France/Ireland), album - With The Beyond — Incredibly jolting pagan psychedelic doom led by a French goddess with sultry vocals.
MESSA (Italy), album - Feast for Water — Don't worry, she's on the list below.
LUCIFER (Sweden/Berlin), album - California Son — Berlin has blues in their blood. This is perfect 70's rock with a badass female lead vocalist.

Best Extreme/Technical Death
GOROD (FR), album - Aethra
Song: Hina (18:24-23:38)
— And the guitar lords speak after the bloody battle. You have won, tech death nerds, you are the mighty warriors of all. This album is frighteningly fast, crazy, brutal, but most importantly a fucking blast.

Runners-Up:
PORTAL, album - Ion — Anonymous, cloaked members creating completely fucking alien dissonant atmospheric for your fucked up brain.
REPLICANT (NJ), album - Negative Life — Bass-heavy, harmonies and space between the chaos breathes fresh energy in this modern tech death, heavy on the riff. Then the vocals vomit its raw horror.
INOCULATED LIFE (Denver), album - Exist to Decay — Colorado rises, yet again. These guys have a long, long life. This was a killer debut.

Best Darkwave/Deathrock/Post-Punk
NAUT (UK), album - Raise the Lights
Song: Frames (24:17-30:41)
— I can't deny, this is one of my favorite categories. These guys use bass to create their brooding melody, with those death rock vocals, encompassed in a bow of shimmering guitars. They are nostalgic personified.

Runners-Up:
THE SOFT MOON (Berlin), album - Criminal — Stylish, intense industrial darkwave with a really cool-styled vocalist. Extremely danceable.
LEBANON HANOVER (Germany), album - Let Them Be Alien — German dark danceable wave done to perfection by a duo of vocal perfection, both male and female. Gorgeous synth and bass.

Best Traditional Doom
MESSA (Italy), album - Feast for Water
Song: Leah (31:34-39:34)
— Soft, strange, lovely mood created by angelic and powerful vocals with crisp, bluesy guitars. They were nominated last year, and a clear winner in this, hands down.

Runners-Up:
DEATHBELL (France/Ireland), album - With The Beyond — 4-female created distorted, thick melodic doom. Incredibly jolting pagan psychedelic doom led by a French goddess with sultry vocals.
URFAUST (Netherlands), album - The Constellatory Practice — The vocalist is a wavering thin screech between a wall of black meditation, an oppressive push that pressed my brain into a slit. Controlled Bleeding experimental style mixed with melodic and cathedral vocals in parts. This is the last part of a trilogy.
SOLSTICE (UK), album - White Horse Hill — Solstice started in 1990; if you are Indian and can do math in your head, that is a fuckload of time ago. Led by a charismatic lead singer, pagan heavy metal doom.
APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE (Indiana), album - From Gold to Ash — 2 vocalists are standouts, gorgeous harmonizing loveliness.

Best Sludge
1914 (Ukraine), album - The Blind Leading the Blind
Song: Passchenhell (40:11-47:03)
— I may have cheated placing this death-leaning band in sludge, but it has elements of sludge: filthy, crushing, dense, suffocating.

Runners-Up:
FISTER (St. Louis), album - No Spirit Within — Fister is one of the best sludge bands ever created. Infusing slow tempoed darkly filthy passages with the evil screech and rasp of the vocalist, bubbling into catchy rhythmic headbreaking, but only in brief slashes of time. The rest is just gurgling torture. Had one of my favorite songs all year: https://youtu.be/Vfoo0l9x14Y
BRAINOIL (Oakland), album - Singularity To Extinction — Bay area Brainoil releases groove rampage sludge that is that Brainoil-style of satisfaction. Greg's vocals are epic. John Santos created-album art.

Best Retro
Wytch Hazel (UK), album - II: Sojourn
Song: See My Demons (47:51-52:13)
— One of the hardest, worst categories for me to rate, because I loved every single one of these albums. For (2) of them - Graveyard and Greenleaf, I was banging my head on the wall, I love these bands so much. But, this was the album this year. Story-telling, jamming guitars, and those vocals. Rich, rich stuff.

Runners-Up:
Graveyard (Sweden), album - Peace — If you know anything about me, you know that I worship Graveyard, the warm melting sweet chocolate vocalist. In the midst of becoming famous, winning a grammy in their country, and discussions of breaking up, these guys took their sabbatical and came back together strong and vital and strong in storytelling, hooks, blues, ripping my heart apart yet again.
The Night Flight Orchestra, album - Sometimes the World Ain't Enough
They blend the funk of the 70's and classic metal ballad vocals and lyrical content of the 80's. Super fun.
Greenleaf (Sweden), album - Hear the Rivers — 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.

Best Modern Black Metal (mixed genre)/Best Evil Male Vocalist/#2 Album
CONVULSING (AU), album – Grievous
Song: Relent (53:37-END)
— This album reminded me of Ruins of Beverast and Venenum. Not in the sound, but the creation of an epic, unexpected trip within and outside your brain. Yes, this is a 1-man band. He has climbed through my brain with massive vocals, contrasting tempos, creepy atmosphere climbing into dissonance. Bleak and monstrous.

Runners-Up:
SKELETONWITCH (OH), album - Devouring Radiant Light — I don't care what anyone says, Skeletonwitch has always been genius. THe new lead singer put me at a loss at first, but I think he found his footing with this one. More focused on fierce cold black metal, rather than the charming previous lead singer's love for groovy thrash. It fits now.
REBEL WIZARD (AU), album - Voluptuous Worship Of Rapture And Response — The vocals are a knife, the technical guitar solos are worshipful. Australia had the most epic scene of 2018. Reb
GAEREA (Portugal), album - Unsettling Whispers — Bleak to its core, whispers of evil and death crawling up your spine, the tempo is not based on your need for headbanging. They will let you know when it is appropriate or necessary, nothing is staged.

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SULPHUR AEON (Germany)
Lungs into Gills
— Impactful monstrous Germanic riffs, isolated guitars and sonic vocals creating melodic death.

7:37-16:55
DØDSFERD (Greece)
Loyal To The Black Oath
— Vocals are touching, aching and powerful within emotional compositions.

17:26-22:27
PLOUGHSHARE (Australia)
In Offal, Salvation
— Strangled vocals, wicked melodies, blasting drums, electronic hisses in unexpected mixes.

22:54-29:07
HISSING (Seattle)
Eulogy in Squalor
— Death noise, aggressive, seething, dissonant insanity with no patterns that somehow makes sense.

29:48-34:00
UNMAKER (Richmond)
Used Future
— The shy boy waits to be noticed. Perfect post-punk soulfulness.

34:11-36:52
UBOA (Australia)
Thigh High Cat Tights
— Shocking.

37:18-41:11
DISCIPLES OF THE VOID (Finland)
The Apocalypse Reign
— Anonymous 2-piece creating symphonic black metal with shrieks and ferocious drumming threaded with melody.

41:30-44:30
WAN (Sweden)
Till maskarna slängd
— Blistering, raw, speed-driven black'n'thrash.

45:23-53:33
OMNIPOTENCE (Vancouver)
Beyond the Boundaries of Being
— One of the best melodic black metal of the year.

53:53-56:42
BRIDGE BURNER (New Zealand)
The Blood Never Lies
— Vocalist climbs up your spine in stilettos. Converge-style dissonant hardcore, distorted with a splash of death.

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TOMBTOKER (Baltimore)
Warfare Revolution
— Groove stoner doom and sludge, always with an edge.

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