She Likes It Heavy on Tuesdays, 7pm PST on bostonfreeradio.com, prajmetal@gmail.com (Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

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

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

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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0:25-5:44
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.

57:01-END
TOMBTOKER (Baltimore)
Warfare Revolution
— Groove stoner doom and sludge, always with an edge.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_284_102318.mp3
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.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_283_101618.mp3
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
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

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.

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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
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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.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_262_041718.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

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

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_261_041018.mp3
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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 

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_260_040318.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

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

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_259_032718.mp3
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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.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_258_032018.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

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

 

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_257_031318.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

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

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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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

0:29-6:33
VINCE GUARALDI TRIO
Charlie Brown

7:17-11:07
DIO
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

11:08-15:27
KING DIAMOND
No Presents for Christmas

15:28-19:40
JOAN JETT
Little Drummer Boy

19:41-24:19
TWISTED SISTER
Oh Come All Ye Faithful

24:20-26:57
GUNS N ROSES
White Christmas

27:28-30:49
LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Run Run Rudolph

30:50-32:48
ERLSUNG
Carol of the Bells

32:49-37:02
ALICE COOPER
Santa Claws is Coming To Town

37:03-40:45
DEAD KENNEDYS
Holiday in Cambodia

40:46-44:47
CINDERELLA
Blue Christmas

45:19-49:16
DOKKEN
Santa Claus is Coming to Town

49:17-52:08
LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Christmas in New Orleans

52:09-55:35
FRANK SINATRA
The Christmas Song

55:36-end
SCORPS
Winds of Change
— The Scorpions sing about a new year or end of the world, you take your pick

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0:25-7:38
DSNKT (Switzerland)
Resurgence of Primordial Void Aperture
— Suffocate in swarming, dense, primordial, black metal noise.

8:41-13:15
GENOCIDE PACT (DC)(releases 2018)
Conquered And Disposed
— Bludgeoning death, but in that super fun way.

13:38-21:17
TONGUES (Denmark)
Grove Of Mithridate
— Rock and doom and black and groove.

21:40-25:32
BURIED IN A WOMB (Germany)
Spectrality of Inborn Neuroticism
— Thrash and hardcore-infiltrated death.

26:08-29:25
HARM'S WAY (Chicago)(releases 2018)
Human Carrying Capacity
— I mean, the lead singer. Wow. Also, this is Chicago hardcore.

30:04-37:35
THAW (Poland)
Wielki Piec
— Poland does it again, what a fantastic scene. The album art is top-notch: black and white minimalist alien bird creatures. Need a t-shirt!

38:06-45:28
VEILED (PA)(releases 2018)
Luminous
— 2-piece does shimmering black.

46:22-48:59
MAMMOTH GRINDER (Austin)(releases 2018)
Superior Firepower
— Mammoth Grinder has members of Iron Reagan and Power Trip. This is going to be a powerful album next year.

49:39-55:01
SORXE (Phoenix)
Hypnotizer
— Do NOT be turned off by the genres: post-metal and sludge. It is diverse and rich with rock and melodic psychedelic; each song takes you in different directions. The lead singer is a highlight.

55:44-END
HOODED MENACE (Finland)
Cascade of Ashes
— Of course, the Finnish are fucking weird. Wonderfully so. Aliens living on earth, making creepy weird music. We bend a knee.

Behind My Vocals
Carpenter Brut, Dynatron, M.O.O.N., Mega Drive, Trevor Something, Magic Sword, Speed Machine, Daisuke, Lifelike

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

0:25-5:22
INQUISITOR (Netherlands)
Castigate into Divine Apostle
— Inquisitor released this second album 22 years after their debut, which is a long time to bake. This is a brilliant contribution to the art of thrash and death, bold and technical, fun and rage.

6:22-13:02
CLARET ASH (AUS)
Essence Of Fire
— Australia is a brilliant cesspool of aggressive metal.  This is yet another compelling addition.

13:38-20:36
SVARTIDAUÐI (Iceland)
Exultation
— I’m in love with Iceland in general, well before this black metal wave. And now Iceland has their own version: atmospheric and bleak and romantic. Matches the country to perfection.

21:02-29:20
CRYPTIC FOG (Chicago/IN)
Eternal Internment of the Prolific Paradigm; Staring Through the Veil of Aberration
— Yes, this band is a 2-piece; and they are so fucking badass. Plenty to sift through, death and melodic black metal.

30:00-34:50
PORTAL (AUS)(releases 1/2018)
Phreqs
— YET another Aussie band; and this one is relentlessly brutal; it will be a great way to start next year. Menacing death: the way it was meant to be.

35:22-37:42
MARGINAL (Belgium)
Barbarians
— And now the Belgians do death, but infused with a wave of hardcore. The recording has no drum editing, and everything is mostly off their first or second take! Bros got it down.

38:08-44:55
CALLIGRAM (UK)
Scourge
— Fine, I’m middle-aged, and these guys are the future.

45:57-53:22
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS (UK)
The Crowning Quietus
— As I say on the show: this is a blood and gore-filled black metal, but they also gleefully skip over your dead body breaking between minimalist and catchy rock, breathing fresh spirit in dank filth.

53:45-55:57
FULL OF HELL (MD/PA)
The Cosmic Vein
— My best live band of the year.

56:49-END
CORPORATE DEATH (Brazil)
In the Vastness of Time
— Corporations need to die. Also, this Brazilian act is brutal, and catchy.

Behind My Vocals
Rory Gallagher, Traffic, Out of Focus, Frame, Dreams and Nightmares, Missing Link, Carmen Maki & Blues Creation, Moondog & The London Saxophonic, Magic Potion

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_248_120517.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

0:25-9:01
AOSOTH (France)
Contaminating All Tongues
— Melodic black and death immersive metal seems to be a French specialty. Mixed with a Oranssi-style psychedelic elevates this sound.

10:06-15:43
GENEVIEVE (MD)
No for an Answer
— Assaultive death bordering on grind, but neck-breaking ability to dissolve into sparse minimalist.

16:05-19:52
ANIMA DAMNATA (Poland)
Your Life Is Cursed
— A twisted disjointed Polish beast. Aw! Sounds so cute.

20:10-28:42
AMENRA (Belgium)
Plus Pre`s De Toi
— Blistering brooding Belgians. These guys know how to do heart-wrenching.

29:27-34:07
CODE (UK)
Plot of Skinned Heavens
— Dude from Grave Pleasures (ex-Beastmilk)/Hexvessel, so you know this shit is good. Vocalist is the highlight; a stunning ability to be sweet while breaking your face in.

34:40-40:58
BLOODWAY (Romania)
Midlight Scout
— Romanian metal is melancholy, vampiric, and fierce; of course. The vocalist is a standout, and also created the album art.

41:17-48:08
APOLOGOETHIA (Spain)
De Aeterno Praesentia
— Flamenco guitar introduces a bit of folk in atmospheric black metal.

49:21-END
THANTIFAXATH (CAN)
Self-Devouring Womb
— Cloak-wearing and anonymous, continuing to create horrorscapes. These guys got my 2015 Best Horror album.

Behind My Vocals:
Ideal Husbands; The Soft Moon; Dead Husband; She Past Away; Trisomie 21; Molly Nilsson; Boy Harsher

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_247_112817.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

0:25-8:20
THE CLEARING PATH (Italy)
Stargazer Monolith
Sweet angular Italians. This was such a meditative journey. Don’t be scared of angular, these guys do it to perfection.

9:28-17:13
DESOLATE SHRINE (Finland)
The Silent Star
Chilled Finnish death metal with a dollop of swirling black metal on top. One of the top offerings for death metal this year, do NOT miss this album

17:41-20:40
SOFT KILL (Portland)
Insider (Tom Petty cover)
Rough gazey post cover of Tom Petty. Free: https://anopendoor.bandcamp.com/

21:04-28:00
MORVIGOR (Netherlands)
No Repentance
Dynamic Morvigor, vocalist packs an emotional punch. Top notch.

28:37-36:47
PURPLE HILL WITCH (Norway)
Ghouls in Leather
Norwegian classic rock, nostalgic beautiful doom.

37:28-44:06
KRALLICE (NYC)
Kronus Deposed
Krallice is bludgeon metal, expanding and pulverizing. More of the same: which is really really good.

44:57-48:17
LADY BEAST (Pittsburgh)
Lone Hunter
Last year’s E.P. from Lady Beast is SOOOOO badass. This new full-length is a bit softer, but still speed and roaring riffs.

48:44-52:46
HEXIS (Denmark)
Sacrificium
Suffocating, demonic and brooding Danish.

53:41-END
GODFLESH (UK)
Be God
Godflesh still has the same noise-y attitude, but it also feels like they’ve redefined themselves. This is relevant.

Behind My VocalsHuman Tetris; Ruh; Pink Turns Blue; Pleasure Symbols, Phosphor; Sad Lovers and Giants; Sixth June; Boy Harsher

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

0:25-6:00
HORN (Germany)
Retrograd
— Folk has never been my favorite, so to start with a folk song means I fucking fell in love. Just the perfect black metal song infused with gorgeous folk. This EP will contain dulcimer and trumpets, stoked for it to be released. I love that the pictured released was a band member with his arms wrapped around a dulcimer (nerd).

6:56-14:10
RAM (Sweden)
Gulag
— Romping 80’s heavy metal style, done Swedish.

14:41-17:41
CONVERGE (MA)
Murk & Marrow
— What the hell do I need to say about Converge, these guys are gods.

18:14-24:54
CLOAK (GA)
Beyond The Veil
— Debut album, groove perfection, infectious, endearing, need to get it on vinyl. They claim Fields of the Nephilim as one of their influences, which is a very influential gothic band. I don’t hear goth in this band, but definitely a touch of psychedelic and rock, which Fields skirted.

25:35-32:05
RED SCALP (Poland)
Faces
— Really, Poland is erupting as a powerful scene. Now they are excelling in jamming psychedelic stoner riffage? Not expecting that.

32:30-40:28
BLAZE OF PERDITION (Poland)
Weight of the Shadow
— The other obvious spectrum of Polish metal: bleak, dark, gritty black metal. The vocalist is a badass. What stands out in this sound is the melancholy undertone.

41:01-43:15
WITHERING HERD (OH)
Perfect Recursion
— Fuck. You know when you are middle-aged and cranky and miss the power of the music of your youth? I thought industrial was fucking over. Withering Herd is a 2-piece redefining this genre; and I love the incorporation of synth and electronic – it sounded like the soundtrack of 70’s B-movie horror. https://witheringherd.bandcamp.com/releases

44:10-49:27
AUÐN (Iceland)
Í Hálmstráið Held
— Yet another STUNNING Icelandic black metal band; but this one is intensely rich and lush and I soaked in it.

50:03-53:39
PROCESSION (Chile/EU)
When Doomdays Has Come
— One member left in Chile; the others scattered across Sweden, Berlin, Amsterdam, Denmark. How easy does that make recording? Epic, heavy metal, doom.

54:20-END
BERGRIZEN (Ukraine)
Der Unsterbliche Geist
—One of the best black metal releases, the Ukraine gots it goin’ on.

Behind My Vocals
John Maus, album - Screen Memories (2017)

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

0:25-6:38
MINISTRY (1984)
Every Day is Halloween

6:39-14:06
BAUHAUS (1982)
Bela Lugosi's Dead

14:08-18:41
DEPECHE MODE (1986)
Black Celebration

18:42-24:58
OINGO BOINGO (1985)
Dead Man's Party

25:16-29:02
SKINNY PUPPY (1992)
Killing Game

29:03-33:25
SISTERS OF MERCY (1985)
Black Planet

33:26-39:02
PINK TURNS BLUE (1987)
I Coldly Stare Out

39:03-44:12
MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT (1990)
Do You Fear (For Your Child)

44:43-49:36
THE CURE (1980)
A Forest

49:37-55:33
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES (1981)
Night Shift

55:34-END
XYMOX (1989)
Tonight

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

0:25-3:19
LAPIN HELVETTI (Finland)
Noutaja Otti
— What's not to love about a Finnish band that is reminiscent of super early Metallica.  A bit more punk.

4:23-8:46
THROANE (France)
Et ceux en lesquels ils croyaient
— Swarming weirdo experimental French that still retains the groove.  You gotta love the French.  

9:15-15:38
WITCH TRAIL (Belgium)
Splendour
— Belgian post-punk that erupts in noise and black metal and hardcore.
 
15:55-24:38
PUBLIC PSYCHE (Belgium)
New Days
Belgian post-punk that swirls into krautrock and noise.  So frigging cool.  

25:09-28:46
PARTISAN (Belgium)
Change
— Belgian post-punk that dives into dark shoe-gaze.  

29:04-34:34
BELLTOWER (Brooklyn)
Echoes Sung by Winter Winds
— Oh hell, more black metal from Brooklyn.

34:59-44:00
YOUNG HUNTER (Portland)
Black Mass
— Female and male vocals are a highlight in rocking catchy melodic Young Hunter.  

44:37-50:08
AFRAID OF DESTINY (Italy)
Hear Me
— Afraid of Destiny released a full-length earlier in the year.  This is from a just-released split with Eyelids.  Italian black metal.  
 
50:23-54:14
NIGHT VIPER (Sweden)
No Escape
— Swedish husky female vocals fronting a heavy metal band.  Fuck. Yes.
 
54:45-END
ROPE SECT (Germany)
Death is your lover
— Jamming blues and doom in a sweet post-punk band.

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

0:25-9:25
SPECTRAL VOICE (CO)
Dissolution
— Members hail from Blood Incantation, but this is another style of death – falling into horror noise and the unexpected.

10:33-13:39
DAEVA (Philly)
Deathcrush
— Crypt Sermon’s guitarist; Philly filthy gritty thrash with a scraping vocalist.

14:10-19:01
GNAW THEIR TONGUES (Netherlands)
Never Give Up The Dream Of Total Annihilation
— Fucking weirdos.

19:28-22:56
ARCADEA (GA)
Infinite End
— New band with Mastodon drummer and Withered’s vocalist, creating psychedelic synth.

23:39-27:50
ARCHSPIRE (Vancouver)
Human Murmuration
— Too difficult to listen to, so just move forward. Also, great.

28:12-31:22
HARD ACTION (Finland)
Nothing Ever Changed
— Oh the Finnish are taking over the world. 70’s rockin’, bell bottoms and pop.

31:43-35:42
STASS (Sweden/GER)
Warriors Land
— Chomping death made to kill your neck.

36:16-40:17
AUTHOR & PUNISHER (SD)
Pressure Lover
— Metal-infused industrial for snobs.

40:43-46:54
BLACK ANVIL (NYC)
Ultra
— The melodic vocals really are a wonderful touch here.

47:40-51:54
DEAD IS DEAD (Milwaukee)
Wolves
— Milwaukeean sludge with a kick of hardcore boots.

52:36-END
BELUS (Brooklyn)
Illusions
— You gotta love Woe’s vocalist added to yet another Brooklyn black metal band.

Behind My Vocals
(electronic disco) Manuel; Expansives; Decadance vs Italoconnection; Freak Electrique; Steel Mind; Laser; Pineapples; Body Electric; Louis

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Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 1:32am EDT

0:25-7:27
ARKHON INFAUSTUS (France)
Yesh li el yadi
— French grim neck-wrenching yet groovy.

8:43-15:45
SPIRIT ADRIFT (Arizona)
Spectral Savior
— Guitarist from Take Over and Destroy is one of my favorite vocalists. No longer a one-man band, bro is a boy band now.

16:24-21:46
BLUT AUS NORD (France)
Apostasis
— Uneasy and threatening, horror and texture. French bros are insane.

22:07-26:10
RADIO MOSCOW (San Diego)
New Beginning
— I immediately bought the vinyl.

26:54-30:47
REDENIK (Serbia)
Otpadnik
— Did you think about the fact that your band name sounds like "redneck"? Filthy chomping black and thrash and a touch of hardcore goodness.

31:16-38:39
HORRIFIED (UK)
The Perceiver
— Somehow all the genres, death and black flows into doom and minimalist at points.

39:13-41:32
VIRGIN IN VEIL (Finland)
Qedesha
— Yes, here is Christian Death influence on Finnish. 'nuff said.

42:25-47:26
THE MOTH (Germany)
Jupiter
— Bowel-releasing bass. Don't pass out. Great female and male vocals.

48:43-54:22
PRIMITIVE MAN (CO)
Sterility
— Noisy and explosive. Wait, that sounds gross.

55:13-END
SUNROT (NJ)
Riverbed
— New Jersey is the new cool, with sludge and hardcore, experimental and spacey.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_241_101017.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

0:25-5:34
ALL PIGS MUST DIE (MA)
Slave Morality
All-star All Pigs Must Die releases after 4 years - and it is worth it. A filthy hardcore encrusted sound that dives into death.

6:59-12:08
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
Core
Ufommamut is hella heavy-hitting doom, but still retain their modernized space acid trip.

12:56-16:37
GRAVE PLEASURES (Finland)
Joy Through Death
One of the best post-punk band out there. This is their second release, still catchy and unique and romantic and nostalgic.

17:09-21:55
SEROTONIN (Netherlands)
Grey Hell
Dry and sharp black metal that feels very Oranssi Pazuzu: eclectic and weird, and bringing in different elements like vocal styles and synth.

22:18-28:22
YELLOW EYES (NYC)
Immersion Trench Reverie
FUCK. YES. NYC Yellow Eyes, I have loved every single one of their albums and prmoted them from day fucking one. This is melodic American raw black at its best.

29:02-33:04
FUTURE FACES (Switzerland)
Embraces
Aw. shit. So glad I didn't miss this very special romantic synth cold wave from Switzerland. Released earlier this year.

33:28-37:11
THE WAKE (Romania)
Trial Against Humanity
Romania. Let's imagine the natural: vampires. And what would these vampires love? Heavy fucking shit.

37:40-47:10
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM (WA)
Born from the Serpent's Eye
OK, everyone apparently hates Wolves, cause they were fucking awesome at one point. So let's pull them down now. This was a solid dense black metal album. As usual.

48:45-51:30
KUBLAI KHAN (TX)
True Fear
If music manifested into the physical, this would manifest into a punching, violent skinhead. (non-racist).

52:01-56:09
SATYRICON (Norway)
Dissonant
Fuck I hate the name of this band. I never knew these guys were a two-piece. Hella talented dudes, vocalist is a story-teller from hell.

57:00-END
MONOLORD (Sweden)
Wormland
Swedish thick. That's right.

Behind My Vocals
(all new 2017 albums except Lebanon Hanover, that came out 2013) Lebanon Hanover; The Wraith; Chain of Flowers; Virgin in Veil; Marbled Eye; Pawns; Nerve Quakes; Arcane

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Special “upcoming shows” set – showcasing bands that are on tour and will be playing in the bay area soon. 

0:25-9:05
COBALT (Sunday, October 8, Elbo Room)
Hunt The Buffalo
— The original duo of Cobalt ended 2015 in public social media battle, sort of like CNN and Trump. It ended with one of them holding the reins of Cobalt, and adding the vocalist from Lord Mantis. What a boon, the vocalist is expert in intensity, desperate and emotional. For a duo, this strong of a vocal is a must. And holy shit, the original member did all the instrumentation.

9:05-12:19
VERMIN WOMB (Friday, October 13, Thee Parkside)
Rank & File
— Vermin Womb won my 2016 Best Grind album of the year. “Shit yeah bro” is what you say when you hear this debut full-length Vermin Womb album. Vocalist from Primitive Man fucking howls perfectly. Fortunately, Vermin Womb is way more dynamic and furious than Primitive Man. Maybe purists will say there is too much sludge and crust to make this truly grind, but fuck that. Shit just makes the album great.

12:20-16:32
NOISEM (Sunday, October 8, DNA Lounge)
Cascade of Stars
— Noisem is ambient, death, thrash, grind, punk and technical hardcore. Tons of grind, but their young energy breaks it up into a ripping hardcore album. They won my Best 2016 Hardcore/Punk-influenced.

16:33-21:17
STATIQBLOOM (Tuesday, October 10, DNA Lounge)
Despair Are Shadows
— Fade from Batillus is the modern EBM/Industrial leader. His industrial offerings are relentlessly danceable and dark. I fucking love this new album.

 

21:17-25:27
CULT LEADER (Friday, October 13, Thee Parkside)
Sympathetic
— Members of Gaza. Suffocating grind infuses this album, breaking into pummeling hardcore. Produced by Kurt Ballou.

25:27-32:51
WARNING (Wednesday, October 18, DNA Lounge)
Footprints
— Warning broke up in 2009 after releasing two albums, including a critical favorite in 2006 (Watching From a Distance). Two members went on to form 40 Watt Sun. Highly influential in the genre of emotional, dense, down-tuned doom.

32:52-37:18
ALTAR DE FEY (Friday, October 13, Hemlock)
Veil Of Death
— Old school deathrock in a new album from 80's band Altar De Fey, proving that the Bay Area indeed had a thriving deathrock scene in the 80's. You can tell they existed at the same time as Christian Death. This album is a mix of new and newly recorded old; and the vocalist strikes that perfect note of whine and badass.

37:18-41:07
ARTIFICIAL BRAIN (Tuesday, November 21, DNA Lounge)
Anchored To The Inlayed Arc
— Artificial Brain is mostly technical, raw, pummeling and painful all around. They incorporate just the right amount of progressive to keep your neck in a whiplash from the tempo changes. Vocalist scrapes the bottom of his throat and vomits it out. Just a stunningly talented band.

41:38-49:09
ATRIARCH (Saturday, October 21, Golden Bull (Oakland))
Inferno
— Atriarch have a great twist of retro industrial and post-punk mixed with intense bleak sludge leadup to a black hole in your heart. The album contains traditional industrial “remixes” to their songs, including one by Statiqbloom!

49:09-56:05
PILLORIAN (Sunday, October 22, Cornerstone (Berkeley))
Forged iron crucible
— Lead singer from defunct Agalloch. This album contains pretty melodic atmosphere and shining moments of black metal density with a diversity of vocal styles.

56:05-END
MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT (Tuesday, October 31, Brick and Mortar)
A Daisy Chain for Satan
— One of my favorite industrial bands of all time, and on Halloween? Come on.

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0:25-6:33
BELPHEGOR (Austria)
Apophis - Black Dragon
— Hot Austrian vile that is so fucking evil.  Breathes life into my withered soul.

7:29-11:08
THEN COMES SILENCE (Sweden)
The Dead Cry For No One
— Swedish dark wave dances happily on a gloomy coast in a trench coat in the 80’s with spiky black hair in its face. You know?

11:57-20:21
BOTANIST (SF)
The Shape Of He To Come
— New album starts another series of Botanist albums that are a collaboration between all six members. Ethereal vocals are reminiscent of Controlled Bleeding's Songs from the Ashes – beautiful and airy against a storm of sounds. I do love the evil vocals also; and the compositions retain melody throughout. Probably my fave Botanist album yet.

20:33-23:01
ISOTOPE (Oakland)
Wake Up Screaming
— Oakland has a vivacious crust scene. Can I say vivacious? We are all so fucking vivacious.

23:28-27:42
DAWN RAY'D (UK)
Future Perfect Conditional
— Gorgeous use of violin that cuts a clean melodic swathe through dense black metal.

28:23-32:09
CANNABIS CORPSE (VA)
The Fiends That Come to Steal the Weed of the Deceased
— Song title: "Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Bong Water". Bro from Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan. Solid and technical beyond the hilarity.

32:38-39:49
USNEA (Portland)
Lathe of Heaven
— Pacific Northwest style: epic sludge with brutal vocals mixed with stellar riffage brah pass the spliff.

40:11-42:12
PLAQUE MARKS (Philly)
Plaque Marks
— Scraped off the sidewalks of Philly. Dirty and filthy noise.

42:43-49:02
SATOR (Italy)
Heartache
— Unusual vocals drifts into Italian-style psychedelic space.

50:05-56:06
NIGHT (Sweden)
— Third album is light retro psychedelic rock, with harmonizing guitars in the forefront.

56:29-END
KRIEG (Philly)
— Slithering vocals against raw.

Behind My Vocals
Notchnoi Prospect; Velvet Condom; Sect; Message; Ikon (cover of She Likes Parties); Trentemøller; Clan Of Xymox; Lebanon Hanover; She Past Away; Linea Aspera

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0:25-5:06
BLOODLUST (Perth)
Death the Conqueror
— Perth thrash, so you know it'll be venomous. Those kangaroo-loving weirdos.

6:04-11:11
GIGAN (Chicago)
Plume Of Ink Within A Vacuum
— Left-handed progressive jazz and death in Gigan's 4th release.

11:44-19:38
EHNAHRE (Boston)
The Marrow
— Haunting, skulking horror soundscapes.

20:07-27:50
PORTRAIT (Sweden)
Martyrs
— Classic heavy metal from Sweden with emotional vocal storytelling.

29:10-34:36
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT (Germany)
Skepsis Part II
— Dynamic, sparse and dense, cold and heartbreaking. Germanic meditation.

35:12-42:07
RUBY THE HATCHET (Philly)
Lightning Strikes Again
— Lush vocals and melancholy 70's blues.

42:39-47:00
AKERCOCKE (London)
Unbound by Sin
— Akercocke plays with vocal styles, soft to guttural, multi-dimensional tempo, death and thrash.

48:58-53:14
WAR CLOUD (Oakland)
No Man's Land
— Oakland grooves? Hells yeah.

53:59-END
CRAFTEON (Denver)
— Smoldering. Oh, and black metal and shit.

Behind My Vocals
The Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash, Outkast, Beastie Boys,
Biz Markie, Snoop, Tone Loc

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0:25-5:48
ATTIC (Germany)
The Hound of Heaven
— No, it isn’t King Diamond. This German band could be tongue-in-cheek, but they are too frigging good.

6:56-9:06
POISON BLOOD (NC)
Myths from the Desert
— Dude from Krieg and dude from Horseback. Duo creates creepy medieval sounds with jaunts into electro death rock.

9:34-13:40
DEMON EYE (NC)
Kismet
— North Carolina just came out with a Swedish band.

14:07-17:53
ALTARAGE (Spain)
Spearheaderon
— A Runner-Up in my 2016 Best Death Metal category. They release the full album in October; shit sounds as tight as their album last year. Swarm metal.

18:44-25:09
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
The Room of Shadows
— Pagan Altar started in 1978; and the lead singer died in 2014. His guitarist son pushed this album forward. 70’s rock with a touch of melancholy; and a vocalist who spins stories.

25:53-31:23
GRAVDAL (Norway)
Vi Som Ser I Mørket
— Charming spewing Norwegian black metal. Is there any other kind?

31:48-32:34
AKATHARSIA (Oakland)
Plastic Wrapped and Useless
— Oakland knows its crust: this is raw and chaotic, gritty and gnarly.

34:54-41:55
THE NECROMANCERS (France)
Grand Orbiter
— French occult, psychedelic and stoner with a honey-toned vocalist.

42:49-49:14
ETERNAL BLACK (NYC)
Sea of Graves
— Brooklyn does their distorted sludge with whiskey gravelly vocals.

50:06-END
DAXMA (Oakland)
Abandoning All Hope
— Guitarist and violinist, melancholy funeral doom with female Oakland vocalist.

Behind My Vocals
Kavinsky, Lazerhawk, Dynatron, Power Glove, Lifelike, Bourgeoisie, d.notive, Zombie Hyperdrive, Led Er Est

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0:25-4:38
KADAVAR (Germany)
Die Baby Die
— Red wine, warm sun, groove-out to the sexy crooners Kadavar, one of my favorite blues bands on this fucked up earth.

5:41-8:59
SEVENTH CIRCLE (Belgium)
Spinesnapper
— Viciously aggressive Belgians fit my mood. At least we unite in bleak.

9:33-13:50
THE LURKING FEAR (Sweden/UK)
The Cold Jaws Of Death
— Supergroup with the lead singer of At The Gates? Sign me up.

14:20-19:50
THE WIZARDS (Spain)
Leaving the Past Behind
— Spain’s The Wizards immerse in the righteousness of 70’s blues. Epic album, highly recommended.

20:21-26:41
CORPUS DIAVOLIS (France)
Wine Of The Beast
— Satanic French do ceremonial black with a serpent vocalist.

27:37-35:27
CORMORANT (Petaluma)
The Devourer
— This is an incredible band live, which is all you should ever want to know about a band. Their new four songs are massive, falling on a spectrum of genres.

35:54-42:59
ATRIARCH (Portland)
Void
— Jagged deathrock and post-punk with a lush vocalist.

43:25-52:48
HELL (Oakland)
Helmzmen
— One-man crusty distorted screeching despair. Love this album.

53:57-58:00
VENOM INC. (UK)
Time To Die
— Whatever the drama behind Venom Inc., this is a blast of a speed album.

58:33-END
INCANTATION (PA)
Omens To The Altar Of Onyx
— Pummeling crushing technical death.

Behind My Vocals
Electronic Disco: Nexus; Luna; BHW; Paul Paul; Manuel; Expansives; Coda; Material; Wet

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0:25-5:17
URN (Finland)
Celestial Light
— Finnish riffs creating combat boot metal with a throaty vocalist.

6:09-10:55
COUCH SLUT (NYC)
Company Picnic With Dust Off
— Bleak, angry female vocals let you know whattup. Rockin’ noise. We need more screaming, strong women.

11:33-16:03
TEMPLE OF VOID (Detroit)
The Hidden Fiend
— Bowel-filthy vocals drive slow, epic doom into chugging death and back again.

16:25-26:44
SEMPITERNAL DUSK (Portland)
Blessed In A Hail
— Let your brain steep in the ambient; it is an investment for the riffing death.

27:55-30:23
DEPHOSPHORUS (Greece)
Blessed In A Hail
— Unique high-pitched vocalist displays immediate tension and desperation. Drumming is tight and tempo-changing.

30:50-36:16
BORIS (Japan)
Biotope
— Boris does not lose their shoegaze. They play with texture, layering breathy vocals and noise and distortions.

36:39-43:45
MORIBUNDO (Spain)
Luz (Ciego Color)
— Moribundo means dying; these guys incorporate romance in their version of death.

44:42-48:40
FALSE (WI)
Anhedonia
— Wisconsin is as wretched as the rest of us. False has a new EP of (2) frenzied black metal songs screaming from the tundra of North America.

49:18-54:21
SINMARA (Iceland)
Nine Halls
— Icelandic does black metal perfect. Dense and gorgeous.

55:04-END
WRETCH (Indiana)
Bastards Born
— Sad story behind Wretch. Lead singer of Gates of Slumber loses two members to addiction. Proceeds from this distorted groove sludge goes to charity for addiction

Behind My Vocals
Eleven Pond; Pink Turns Blue; Trans-X; Twins; Zweite Invasion; iamMANOLIS; Kirlian Camera; Modern Eon; She Past Away

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0:25-9:20
TERRY GROSS (SF)
Shameless Imposter
— Meditational psychedelic from members of Fucking Champs, Triclops and Pins of Light. Check them out on this multi-lens camera and ambisonic microphone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdOOsp81gd0

10:31-16:52
RAGANA (Oakland)
You Take Nothing
— Raspy raw vocals shines in this explosive female two-piece.

17:30-23:54
DESTROYER OF LIGHT (Austin)
Prisoner of Eternity
— Crooning doom that breaks into chugging riffs. Beautiful, epic song-writing.

24:37-27:45
LONG GONE (Finland)
Delusional Whimper
— Finnish fucking hardcore, need I say more. OK, I will: the vocalist is a guttural god.

28:23-36:-03
RUNESPELL (Australia)
Aeons of Ancient Blood
— Lonely one-man black metal band makes melancholy, vampiric sounds.

36:37-40:32
IDLES (Bristol)
Exeter
— Oh, I love this rock and punk album. It is perfect. Don’t miss out – strong punk lyrics, a vocalist that is fucking amazing, and a retro-indie melodic tinge to it.

40:48-46:18
NATTVERD (Norway)
Der Tronen Blender Vender Vi Oss Mot
— Fucking Norwegian black metal.

47:30-52:26
DROID (Ontario)
Amorphous Forms (Shapeless Shadows)
— The album art is amazing: 70’s art depicting an alien landscape. Catchy psychedelic prog thrash fits their art perfectly.

52:59-57:11
WITCHHELM (Ohio)
Death Worship
— The entire album is acoustic except for this lovely melodic diddly.

57:41-END
SELBST (Chile)
Visions of mankind withering
— Hailing from Venezuela, this now-Chilean band screams out despair.

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0:25-5:07
BLACKEVIL (Germany)
Heavy Forces Marching On
— Thrash force with King Diamond-style vocals.

6:01-10:39
EARTHLING (VA)
Obedience & Decay
— More thrash? With modernity. From one of my favorites, in one of the richest scenes in the U.S.

11:08-14:35
MYRKUR (Denmark)
Måneblôt
— Danish Myrkur is gorgeous, playing with soft and hard and light, floating over dense.

14:55-17:49
SOLANUM (Winnipeg)
Control
— Yes, ok, more thrash: crossover thrash and young Canadian attitude.

18:38-23:57
TOMBS (NYC)
Black Sun Horizon
— My boyfriend Fade is no longer in Tombs, and that is too bad because Fade BROUGHT it. I have nothing else to add.

24:30-27:40
BÜTCHER (Belgium)
Thermonuklear Road Warrior
— Belgian 80’s style thrash from a band with an umlaut, need I say more.

28:11-33:37
IMPURE WILHELMINA (Switzerland)
Murderers
— If you like Pallbearer, you’ll love this melodic-heavy, lyrically beautiful album.

34:04-39:38
BLISS OF FLESH (France)
Agnus Dei
— The third part of a trilogy of albums related to The Divine Comedy. Fucking smarty-pants.

40:05-47:22
SEER (Vancouver)
Burnt Offerings
— Rich, lush atmospheric and stuff. I don’t know, leave me alone. I say stuff about it on the show. I’m tired.

48:11-51:30
SACCAGE(Québec)
Ta dernière gorgée
— Dudes, French-spoken Saccage plays crust about beer and hot chicks. My kind of smelly men.

51:53-56:25
ASHCLOUD (Sweden/UK)
Suspended in Death
— 2-piece doing huge death.

56:47-END
BEASTMAKER (CA)
Now Howls The Beast
— California-style stoner, of course. Stoners. Sheesh.

Behind My Vocals
Passion Noire, Green On Red, Turquoise Days, Sad Lovers and Giants, Led Er Est, Deux¸ Le Lettere Di Anna, In Letter Form, Συνθετικοί, Maria Loves Me, magic de spell

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0:25-7:59
KAFIRUN (Vancouver)
Divine Providence
— Deeply atmospheric and melodic black metal with breathy vocals on the fringe.

9:07-13:00
WITCH VOMIT (Portland)
Circle Of Blood
— Energized groove-threaded death metal.

13:30-21:28
EX EYE (NYC)
Form Constant; the Grid
— A mixed bag of genres plus a saxophonist from a part-super group: Liturgy drummer and dude from Secret Chiefs 3.

21:57-27:09
DYING FETUS (MD)
Die with Integrity
— Sword-wielding metal, goring you with technical yet groove-filled brutality.

28:04-31:14
EGYPT (ND)
Dirge
— I picked the ballad, because the lead singer is so good. This is one of my favorite stoner, psychedelic doom bands.

31:42-35:54
UNDERGANG (Denmark)
Skåret i småstykker
— Danish does horror death metal.

36:22-41:24
PYRRHON (NYC)
The Happy Victims Creed
— Unexpected angular, technical and experimental.

41:45-45:31
EX PEOPLE (London)
Complainer
— Female-led garage punk fuzz with a heavy dose of the early 90’s Riot Grrrl sound.

46:35-51:54
MORDBRAND (Sweden)
At the Larvae Column
— Bald Swedish death metal.

52:22-58:25
REVELATIONS (Sweden)
Disillusion
— A blast of operatic heavy metal vocals mixed with Swedish rock’n’blues.

58:36-1:01:41
VALLENFYRE (Sweden)
Degeneration
— Chunky and crusty. Wait, gross.

1:02:04-END
ANTICHRIST (Sweden)
— 80’s style thrashed-out thrash.

Behind My Vocals
The Chameleons, B-Movie, Blood Fetish, Burlesque, Christof Glowalla, Modèle Mécanique, Idle Lovéll, Trisomie 21, Das Kabinette, Xmal Deutschland, Séptimo Sello

 

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0:25-3:40
BUCKSHOT FACELIFT (NY)
What Does Fergus Dream Of?
— Buckshot Facelift has members of Artificial Brain. The lead singer is the best. Just an incredibly medley of genres in this huge album.

4:55-8:24
IGORRR (France)
Houmous
— A carnival of weirdo French brains created this true avant-garde album.

8:51-14:36
THE SUMMONED (MA)
Fractal Patterns
— Futuristic unexpected angular prog breaks into crushing.

15:05-18:41
CLAN OF XYMOX (Netherlands)
Set You Free
— Legendary synthwave Clan of Xymox releases a stunningly nostalgic goth album.

19:16-27:44
AMERICAN (VA)
Amorous and Subdued
— Barbaric black metal with drum machines and suffocating vocals immersed in noise.

28:30-32:14
DROUGHT YEAR (NC)
Black Bile
— Sludge, atmospheric, industrial and deathrock mixed deliciously. This is their sophomore album; their first album made it to my “Best Of” list.

32:40-39:02
NJIQAHDDA (IL/CO)
The Divine Paradox
— I love bands that are anonymous, I don’t know why. And I’m not talking about Ghost, who I think suck.

39:37-43:25
MAGGOT HEART (Sweden)
Razorhead
— Gorgeous Linnea Olsson used to be in Beastmilk/Grave Pleasures!! So you know she’s fucking awesome. She now fronts her own alternative band.  And it rules.

44:18-50:55
FELLWARDEN (UK)
Sun of Ending
— Spinoff of Fen has that lush post-metal Fen sound with cold vocals.

51:14-54:16
DISCRÖYD (Germany)
Defenders Of The Realm
— German thrash for a drunk summer night.

54:36-END
POSEIDON (UK)
Chainbreaker
— Sonic doom from a band that loves YOB.

Behind My Vocals:
Circuit 7; Libido Blume; Pale TV; Second Glance; Aroma di Amore; Motorama; Ding An Sich; 2 Seconds Late; She Past Away; Scoria

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This show is dedicated to the 1980’s.  Dance away, my friends. 

0:25-5:03
SKINNY PUPPY (1987)
Deep Down Trauma Hounds
— When I was 13, I had nothing but my bedroom, my boombox and cds. Ogre was the emperor and harlequin romance hero of my pathetic little world. He is a godless god.

5:03-7:12
THE CURE (1980)
Plastic Passion
— I know everyone thinks the Cure is brilliant, but it hits full realization live.

7:13-12:30
MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT (1988)
And This Is What The Devil Does
— I cannot explain the level of devil worship that started after listening to this band.

12:31-18:12
YAZOO (1982)
Situation (Remix)
— The best women have great laughs. The incomparable Alison Moyet’s laugh is used in many songs, including the Macarena. Ridiculous. She is so fucking hot.
http://www.backofthecerealbox.com/2010/10/she-laughs-again.html

18:13-21:53
BAUHAUS (1981)
The Passion of Lovers
— I feel like Peter Murphy and David Bowie making out was probably the hottest thing ever. They had to have made out, right?

21:53-25:58
DEPECHE MODE (1983)
Everything Counts
— How fucking hard is it to pick a DM song out of their billion brilliant albums? Shitfaced hard. My fave album is the ever-moody Black Celebration. Stripped breaks me, to this day.

26:07-29:17
CHRISTIAN DEATH (1982)
Romeo's Distress
— I solely made out with a boy in college who professed his love for the seminal album ‘Only Theatre of Pain’. He was the worst kisser, ever. It was that wide-mouth never-ending tongue-kiss. His name was Jerry.

29:18-33:08
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (1985)
Bring on the Dancing Horses
— Ian McCulloch’s voice isn’t sexy, it’s beautiful. It cuts deep and blows delicious bubbles into your withered heart.

33:09-38:43
MINISTRY (1986)
We Believe
— The evolution of Ministry is an incredible one to hear. ‘With Sympathy’ is basically AWESOME pop wave. A few years later they released ‘The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste’ which is a flawless mix of metal and industrial. It’s difficult to believe the same band created all these different sounds, outside of the immense talent. ‘Twitch’ is their first jaunt into a harder industrial sound, and it is magnificent.

38:44-41:48
GENE LOVES JEZEBEL (1986)
Desire (Come and Get It)
— The poster of dyed-red-haired vixen Jay Aston hung above my bed. They were my first concert without parents: 14-years-old at the Glenn Miller Ballroom in Boulder.

41:49-45:35
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES (1988)
Ornaments Of Gold
— Every viciously cool girl I know worships Siouxsie.

46:06-50:59
NEW ORDER (1985)
Sub-Culture
— New Order was birthed from the bloody remains of Joy Division, and we all praise be to earthly cycles that create such phenomenon.

50:59-54:34
THE SMITHS (1984)
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
— It’s weird when people judge Morrissey on the level of emotion in his music. All he wants is for us to laugh and cry into our pillows, and it’s magnificent to feel so deep.

54:34-END
THE SISTERS OF MERCY (1987)
Lucretia My Reflection
— I end with the epitome of majestic and lush, Andrew’s vocals are sexy as fuck. One of the best albums of all time. I have a dance routine to every one of these songs.

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0:25-2:40
PHOBIA (SoCal)
Damaged
— 90’s band Phobia reunites some of the original members to create political grindcore hating on Trump.  Trump is so awesomely inspirational.

3:44-11:28
ELDER (MA)
Sonntag
— 4th album from Elder creates expansive dreamy structure with kraut, psychedelic, keyboard, piano and excellent vocals

11:48-13:18
CONCRETE WALLS (SF)
Three And-A-Half Years
— Attitude from the bay area with thrash, hardcore, huge drumming and brutal vocals.

13:37-18:30
WODE (UK)
Celestial Dagger
— Because we need the UK version of black metal.

18:53-20:18
HEATHEN BEAST (India)
My note has GPS
— Hells yeah aggressive seething political grindcore from my hizz-hooooouse.

20:48-24:50
APPALLING (VA)
Secret of the Adept
— Appalling weaves in surprising and dynamic and catchy moments in their Richmond, Virginia filth.

25:25-29:22
VÖLUR (Toronto)
Breaker Of Famine (III. Emaciated Ghosts)
— Folk-tinged doom and melancholy violins. Different parts split into different songs create a large album.

29:39-33:56
NECROT (Oakland)
Empty Hands
— Oakland headbanging, what else could we ever want from life.

34:22-41:15
GRAVETEMPLE (NY)
A Szarka (The Magpie)
— 2nd album from Gravetemple after 8 years. It is a creepy drone broken up by drumming and electronic, growling and chants.

41:45-46:17
UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN (Chile)
Sabbatical Offering
— 20-year-old Unaussprechlichen Kulten are inspired by hot witchy women. Aren’t we all.

47:08-52:32
WITCHTHROAT SERPENT (France)
Striped Dragon
— French magical meditative fuzzy stoner.

53:05-END
VANITAS (Ohio)
Altum dolorem
— Despair and doom? Why the hell not. Something needs to match our moods.

Behind My Vocals:
Zounds, QEK Junior, Obscurity Age, Magic de Spell, Metro Decay, Exit 13, The Reporters, Aimless Device, 1000 ohm, Libido Blume, The Chameleons

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0:25-8:50
MEDUSA1975 (CO)
Turn to Stone
— True 70’s band creating sorcerer metal on a new release. Grooving so hard.

10:04-17:09
JORDABLOD (Sweden)
Chants for the Black One
— Jordablod creates abstract black metal that jams out.

17:50-24:16
COMITY (France)
VI
— French mathcore band numbers, rather than names, their songs. Hardcore, angular, grindcore sounds harsh but this band splits up their sound.

24:56-28:37
ALL YOUR SISTERS (SF)
Open Wide
— Modern electronic dark wave duo do it so right.

29:15-34:55
WĘDROWCY~TUŁACZE~ZBIEGI (Poland)
Nad tajgą powiejmy
— Twangy guitar and theatrical Polish vocals bring eclectic to black metal. You must listen to me pronounce this band name, I am so good.

35:14-43:19
VISCERA (Italy)
Anxiety Prevails
— Melodic and grind pushed into a beast of a black metal sound, but with room for drone and psychedelic.

44:04-50:14
OFERMOD (Sweden)
Sun of Dead Seasons
— Another theatrical style of vocals, singing of Satan and dragons. Hot.

50:48-55:09
SELCOUTH (Finland/EU)
Below Hope
— A borg of European brains baking a carnivalesque and experimental concoction.

55:52-END
BELOW (Sweden)
1000 Broken Bones
— Flamboyant hair doom, flying dragons and warrior Vikings.

Behind My Vocals:
Pink Turns Blue, Red Zebra, Magic De Spell, Xmal Deutschland, Asylum Party, The Deep Eynde, Wolfsheim, The Frozen Autumn, Clan of Xymox

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(0:25-3:25)
AJATTARA (Finland)
Ristinkirot
— Wretched vocals spewing Finnish is so hot. Death and folk and Satanic.

(4:39-6:50)
FULL OF HELL (MD)
The Cosmic Vein
— Explosive dynamic grindcore from the young’uns Full of Hell. This is better than their last, which says a lot.

(7:16-14:37)
WHITE WARD (Ukraine)
Deviant Shapes
— Sax is big in this sound, with pop and electronic encasing death and black.

(15:16-19:35)
ULSECT (Netherlands)
Unveil
— Cool album cover; and the sound is Dutch and moody and black and creepy and angular.

(20:21-23:30)
MUTOID MAN (NYC)
Wreck and Survive
— John Santos did Mutoid’s new spectacular cover. Mutoid is the best at bubbly AND technical.

(24:12-31:50)
ANOMIE (Azerbaijan)
Violet Girl
— Shimmering electronic black galaxy.

(32:28-39:53)
NARGAROTH (Germany)
The Agony of a Dying Phoenix
— Beautiful melody weaving through mid-tempo black metal.

(40:28-43:49)
SABBATH ASSEMBLY (TX/NYC)
Seven Sermons to the Dead
— Shining star in this sound is the vocalist – witchy, death rock, pagan, folk, throaty and sexy.

(44:43-52:23)
EXCOMMUNION (CO)
Nemesis
— Wicked dense and evil.

(53:00-END)
LOSS (Nashville)
All grows on tears
— I know, funeral doom is a weird one. Super slow, where are we, what are we doing. But this is one of the best I’ve heard, tons of surprises, lead-ups, riffs, and fuck yeah. Pain brings pleasure.

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(0:25-7:41)
MURMUR (Chicago)
Larks Tongues in Aspic
— This is probably the best album in the last five years of my show. I have talked about it endlessly, and I think no one has listened. https://seasonofmist.bandcamp.com/album/murmur

(7:41-11:26)
YOUNG AND IN THE WAY (Charlotte)
Weep In My Dust
— Bros, YAITW are playing soon at DNA, so that is something to consider. They are churning black metal laden crust, and do it in this soul-crunching, beautifully brain-crushing way. Purely delicious.

(11:27-15:14)
HORISONT (Sweden)
Electrical
— Horisont is one of my all-time favorite revitalist bands. They've been around for 11 years and released their fifth album "About Time". I just went to see them live, and they were INCREDIBLE, as expected. They also wore the tightest pants EVER, and my eyes couldn't stop staring at their crotches. Not my fault.

(15:14-19:18)
EYESWITHOUTAFACE (Toronto)
Swallowing Static (The Law Falls Silent)
— In 2012 I named eyeswithoutaface Best Industrial band, creating modern club music for people in an asylum. 'Cause everyone needs to dance. They dive straight into experimental and just dark heavy sounds, mixing the edge of metal with synth and electronic.

(19:19-24:54)
BEZOAR (Brooklyn)
Vitamin B
— I am in love with the vocals for the Brooklyn band Bezoar; she is a witch. It is a bizarre Bezoar, with incredible avant-garde composition and immense song-writing.

(25:02-32:29)
MAGIC CIRCLE (Boston)
Magic Circle - Cloven In Two
— Members of Mind Eraser and Doomriders. I have loved this band so much, this is a riff-rich doom sound with incredible vocals, and it is just tasty as fuck. They have two full-length albums in the last few years; with an E.P. last year hopefully leading into another new album.

(32:30-36:02)
SECRET CUTTER (Pennsylvania)
Bees' Of The Mind
— The vocals will slice you, so sharp and heavy. Lovely boys. I fell in love with their self-titled album. They are just such a blindingly painful bright spot in sludge and black and everything naughty.

(36:03-40:53)
HORROR VACUI (Atlanta)
Return Of The Empire
— One of the best post-punk, goth, deathrock bands of this decade. Beastmilk came out with a hell of an album, but this is one that flew under the radar.

(40:54-47:02)
BLACK PYRAMID (Boston)
The Hidden Kingdom
— Black Pyramid is a severely underrated band. They are the perfect party album; to drink beer and shake fists in happy unison. If you haven't picked up any of their albums, and you aren't a curmudgeon and like catchy stuff, don't miss this shit. They are anthemic and Massachusetts folk, and mostly jam out deliciously.

(47:33-54:25)
CRYPT SERMON (Philly)
Out Of The Garden
- Crypt Sermon was definitely on everyone's lists when it came out, but did you actually listen to it? Their shining beacon was the vocalist, and builds and builds to a climax (doom).

(54:26-END)
BLUES PILLS (Sweden)
Little Sun
— Her voice drips with honey, soothing our tempestuous brains, allowing her soul to ease our pain. That is the blues, a comfort in these hard times. One of my favorite vocalists, accompanied with an incredibly talented jam-my band.

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Drug Honkey. I first thought it was a stoner band, of course; and it ain’t stoner.  It is gritty Chicago experimental death and industrial with psychedelic and noise, and will surprise you at every turn.

Sickening Wasteoid: Drug Honkey (Chicago)(0:25-6:19)

You gotta wait for The Ruins of Beverast.  Atmospheric black demons in a parallel universe.  This is leathery beast metal. 

Surtur Barbaar Maritime: The Ruins of Beverast (Germany)(7:51-16:40)

I love the new Hawkwind: still sci-fi space hounds with a touch of hippie and psychedelic.  This is their 30th studio album!!

Magic Scenes: Hawkwind (London)(17:28-23:40)

Drum-loving Ulvegr breathes out fumes from an alien universe with a bleak landscape and ethnic tribal sounds.

Manifestations Of Havoc: Ulvegr (Ukraine)(24:21-29:22)

Swedish Donald Fagen.

Sad State Of Affairs: The Night Flight Orchestra (Sweden)(30:07-34:42)

Imagine making out with a demon.

Disintigration to Absolute Void: Jyotisavedanga (India/Russia)(35:20-39:33)

70’s blues from long-haired Germans.

Sad Guru Returns: Samsara Blues Experiment (Berlin)(40:01-47:52)

New Jersey black metal ain’t stylish.  It is muscular and raw and likes Italian food. 

Rites of the Black Herald: Abazagorath (New Jersey)(48:57-53:32)

Austin riffs.

Prisoner Of Eternity: Destroyer of Light (Austin)(54:02-END)

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Ex-Aggaloch Jason Walton has created a trippy, mind-bending universe.

The Mothers Throat: Snares of Sixes (Portland)(0:25-4:28)

Writing and composition couples well with Swedes, creating a deep, textural thrash.   

Midnight Trial: Vampire (Sweden)(5:57-10:24)

Chomping hardcore, punk and thrash.

Grave Danger: Foreseen (Finland)(11:00-15:11)

One-woman drone minimalist industrial horror-soundtrack that scratches the roof of your brain.

No Natural Order: Pharmakon (NY)(16:07-22:53)

Summer night, old school, nostalgic retro groove.

Hallowed Ground: Night Demon (CA)(23:21-26:43)

Wait, this is a female singer? Holy shit.  Debut melodic death metal. 

The Raven: Nihilation (Germany)(27:27-34:41)

Epic, glorious power and speed.

No One Left To Kill: Armoured Knight (Chile)(35:04-39:11)

Massachusetts speed with the heart of punk.

Our Time to Riot: Lich King (MA)(39:39-44:54)

Finland doom.

The Offering: Altar of Betelgeuze (Finland)(45:50-51:04)

BBQ music with funk, jazz, and psychedelic.  Sweet and bubbly.

Belt of the Sun: Here Lies Man (Los Angeles)(51:39-55:29)

Crushing stoner.

Benediction Moon: Arc of Ascent (New Zealand)(56:03-END)

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A brand-new EP from Oranssi is haunting.  It is just two songs, but we’ll take anything!  You’ll have to get this vinyl at one of their European shows.

Vдrimyrsky: Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland)(0:25-10:14)

Screeching demonic witch spins spells on your neck to bang back and forth.

Evil Names: Necrowitch (France)(11:11-15:52)

Germanic doom is just that much sexier. There is an element of dark soul. 

Northern Lights: Obelyskkh (Germany)(16:30-24:57)

I have made these dudes Runner-Up to 2015’s Best Psychedelic, which for me, is one of the most competitive categories.  These guys have come out with a MASSIVE space rock brain-expanding album.

Twinkling Eye Pt. 3: Ecstatic Vision (Philly)(25:45-30:48)

The album cover in one to behold, based on an 1800’s wood carving – a creepy bird man with a human cowering at its feet and fire. The 1800’s was weird. Oh, and this is some old-school thrash and black metal.

Dashed To Death: Craven Idol (UK)(31:19-37:03)

Oh really, you don’t want to listen to a sweet post-punk doom-laden band? Well too bad.  This album rules.

Ochlesis: Rope Sect (Germany)(37:38-42:32)

Icelandic bands always manage to invoke images of their vast fields of ice and fire and lava and volcanoes and geysers and crashing icicles.  Wait, does Iceland have all of that? I don’t know.

Sorgarefni segi eg юйr: Dynfari (Iceland)(43:05-50:06)

Hellwell received 2012’s Best Use of Organ and 80's Horror Music, and everyone wanted to know who would win that category.  They have another extremely strange carnival-esque album, and you gotta love them for having white hair and wear sweatbands non-ironically. 

It's Alive: Hellwell (Kansas)(51:10-58:20)

An extremely clean technical death album from the mighty Suffocation.  If you can handle it more than one song at a time.

...Of The Dark Light: Suffocation (NY)(58:51-END)

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Uh, I just played these dudes off a split, and you should probably get to know them especially google images.

Midnight's Crown: Nightbringer (Denver)(0:25-6:30)

Denmark, Denmark.  The next two songs from Danish bands are fucking amazing hot revitalist hotness.  Groove out and bask in the warmth of these tones. 

Gallows Omen: Demon Head (Denmark)(7:24-13:17)

Another vinyl I must own.  Danes come through yet again.  Entire album fucking rocks.  These guys must be hot.

Here Comes The Serpent: Doublestone (Denmark)(14:05-17:56)

Death-lovers.

Closed Casket: Gruesome (FL)(18:32-22:19)

I think Australians are closer to Satan down under because they are touched by the hand of evil. 

Telum Vitae: Norse (Australia)(23:26-29:39)

Infectious thrashin’- out adorable Greeks.  They would hate I said that.

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

Shattered Sanity: Amken (Greece)(30:17-35:27)

Solid debut from Swedes doin’ death.

Crushing The Meek Of Heart: Ensnared (Sweden)(36:01-41:59)

Oh good, Xibalba is back again.  Full album in 2018. 

Con Amor: Xibalba (CA)(42:27-45:27)

Female lead vocalist sings melodic pop mixed with 60’s garage, 70’s rock, and 80’s cheese. 

Turnaround: Royal Thunder (Atlanta)(46:45-50:04)

Belgians base lyrics on the last known Vatican exorcist.   

Sacerdotium: Possession (Belgium)(50:28-55:49)

(3) 24:12 songs on the EP, completely confused me.  They sounded so similar, I didn’t get it.  SO I researched it and they are doing the Tribes of Neurot thing, where you layer the songs.  Here is a quarter of the layered song.

Waste (The Deconstruction of a Human Being): Mourning Dawn (France)(56:46-END)

Behind the Vocals: Theme songs - It Follows, Nightmare on Elm St., Exorcist, Halloween, Under the Skin, The Thing, 28 Days Later, Rosemary's Baby, Hellraiser, Jaws

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Sloth Herder shreds, massive drumming, sharp to melodic to grind. Excellent American black metal NOT from NY.

Antipathic Grades: Sloth Herder (MD)(0:25-3:37)

Animal-loving psychotic weirdos Czar create a bubbly electronic grind album that will soundtrack your fever dreams.

RxABBITS: Czar (WA)(4:35-6:39)

Denmark is the new metal god country.  Holy shit I love Orm and Hexis (played later in this show).  Orm means: "a long, cold and boneless flesh-eating beast that slithers in the abyss. Both hypnotizingly majestic in its calmness and unpredictable like a storm.” Swoon-worthy sounds.

Ancient Echoes: Orm (Denmark)(7:12-14:06)

Angsty, energetic black metal erupting with Ohio fury.  Bad ass album, hard to pick a song.

Charred Black Remains: Fever Nest (OH)(14:36-19:08)

Another Danish band that is intelligently composed; rich, enveloping black metal.

Ashanti: Hexis (Denmark)(19:57-25:13)

Disjointed avant-garde death. 

Magpie: Sunless (Minneapolis)(25:47-30:29)

Romantic brutal doom.

The Ritual: Bereft (Los Angeles)(30:55-37:51)

Raw, thrash permeated Finnish black with amazing guitar leads.

Black miasma: Lantern (Finland)(38:32-43:53)

Swedish melodic that is just so right.  Great balance of headbanging, melody and charming vocalist, so good. 

Quetzalcoatl: Sons ov Omega (Sweden)(45:08-51:13)

Aliens make this.

Goat Emperor: White Death (Finland)(51:37-55:51)

Surprising electronic sound in the new Artificial Brain.  If you don’t know this band by now, well, START.

Infrared Horizon: Artificial Brain (NY)(56:18-END)

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Fans pick their favorite HEAVY SONG, and detail why.

Russ - Double Edged Sword: Neurosis (CA, 1990) (0:25-4:27)

"A friend in high school told me that if I ever heard of a band and was going to buy a record that I should get the oldest one first.  I partied with these dudes in Seattle that were from the Bay like me and were really cool. So next time I was in San Jose I went to Streetlight Records on Bascom and found Neurosis vinyl. I bought the oldest one: The Word as Law. It came out in 1990 and I was buying it in 1995. The first song proved that I had made a lifetime purchase.  I had this this thing blasting on a crappy hand-me-down system so much, my little three-year-old niece started headbanging with me and singing the last line in her high chair. These guys are absolutely one of my all-time favorites and this song always gets me."

<Me: Thank gawd someone picked Neurosis, and of course it was Russ.  We went to see Neurosis several times together, the first was in 1999 when Times of Grace released.  His The Word as Law album started a hundred parties.>

Kate (Squid) - Friends are Evil: Jesu (UK, 2004) (6:47-16:22)

"(This song is) (f)illed with oppressive, flattening doom. It feels like lying on the ground looking straight up into a tornado. There's a tiny bit of mental solace to be found in the center of great sonic destruction."

<Me: Squid is an epically gorgeous strong-as-fuck independent chick that told me she was a little intimidated to do stuff like this.  I had to chuckle. She picked songs from Godflesh and Jesu as her heaviest, both featuring Justin Broadrick, I guess her fantasy boyfriend.  Justin created Jesu at the (early 2000s) end of Godflesh.  Jesu's first release was an EP in 2004, and Broadrick performed all the instruments and vocals.  Broadrick describes Jesu: "I really wanted to take that rhythm and weld it to the Godflesh sensibilities of abstract, surreal, mutated metal."  Jesu's first full-length album released in December, 2004, and contains Kate's pick for heaviest.>

Jules - Sacrifice: Flipper (CA, 1984) (17:01-21:35)

"Because I love the singer.  Also, I just discovered KUSF radio.  I had moved to SF from Detroit and I was sitting on the fire escape of my first crappy studio apartment on Bush street. I heard them coming through my crappy transistor radio.  Their sound made my chest ache....kinda like falling in love... or using hard drugs....magic!"

<Me: Jules is into that gritty, filthy, raw, heavy eye-makeup, glam sound.  Could be because she grew up in the outskirts of Detroit surrounded by nuns. She is one of the most badass women I have ever known, and listening to this song is like drinking a beer with her. Fucking cool.>

Phil: Continental Drift: Virus (Norway, 2011) (22:08-26:38)

"I mean, who sounds like this?  The drums are swinging, the guitars make The Jesus Lizard jealous, and I actually really dig the dramatic vocals. Throw in a touch of prog and this is right up my alley."

<Me: Phil and I often have the exact same taste in music, and that means he is extremely intelligent and good-looking.  Phil is a fucking hippie (long hair and all) from the mid-west, and you can practically hear the accent.  I met him in my first days of SF, falling in love with his band Lower Forty-Eight.  He is also the drummer of for Triclops!, Peace Creep, and Pins of Light.)

Chris: Numb: Sleep (CA, 1991) (27:48-31:15)

"Originally from the Volume I LP.  I first heard it on the Four Two Pudding compilation CD on Very Small Records back in '93, and it was a pipe to the knees.  'Numb' was like being buried in wet concrete.  It wasn't easy to stand out on that compilation, because it remains one of the best ever from that era. 

Sleep sounded like nothing else at that time.  They turned it up, slowed it down and defined heavy music for me going forward.  Neurosis were at their peak as well, but they didn't hit me like Sleep.  Certain bands create branches in one's music taste, Sleep did that for me."

<Me: Chris is my Roommate, and we grew up in the same tiny town in Colorado.  Before I knew him, I would see his hardcore/punk band play in town, but I don't remember him because he was younger than me and I wasn’t into robbing the cradle until later in my life. Sleep was a no-brainer for him.>

Ted - Frankenstein: The New York Dolls (uh NYC bro, 1973) (32:09-38:04)

"A lot gets said about these guys, but when you listen to them the shit really unravels your mind. It takes some time to get over the crappy production value of their records but when you get over that and listen to the songs, David Johansen's singing, delivery and lyrics, and the rest of the band's wild and searing music really gets to you. I consider this song the Everest of rock and roll songs, the way it winds up is fucking the shit. Make sure you listen to the 1973 album version if you do, the demo versions fucking SUCK."

<Me: I saw Ted for the first on stage in Boulder around 1993, for his punk/noise/performance art band Baldo Rex. It must have been fate because I randomly moved next door to him a year later.  And then years after that, I met him again in San Francisco.  I adore this musician to death, and his other bands Veronica and The Red Tack.  He is also into making film (does that sound dirty?), so I await his infamous destiny.>

Alex - Captor of Sin: Slayer (CA, 1984) (38:53-42:20)

"(Captor of Sin) is off the EP 'Haunting the Chapel'.  This is a phase where Slayer is finding their voice.  It took another album before they became the Slayer everyone knows but this was an important move away from the early 80s thrash.  This song rips from the devastating opening solo to the double bass attack.  Plus Satan and sex...........winning.  "I will take you down into the fire." That says it all.  Lastly, the not so perfect 80s production puts the finishing touches on my pick for favorite heavy song."

<Me: Alex loves headbanging to energetic, crazy-ass metal; he's got long fucking headbang hair; and is always up front of any show.  Alex is fucking raw as fuck, and is possessed by Frank Zappa.  He is in multiple bands: Voco, Conquest for Death, and is playing a reunion show of Say Bok Gwai on Wednesday, March 29 at the Knockout.>

Meg – Fear Merchant: House of Lightning (FL, December 2016) (42:52-47:33)

"One of my new fav bands, the closest to touch what Bad Brains did. Listen to Fear Merchant and Rapture off their latest release. Henry, the drummer from Floor plays guitar and sings in this band."

<Me: Meg is an earth goddess and the hot-as-fuck bassist of Totimoshi and her new band All Souls who are playing at Benders on May 27. Every woman who meets her loves her, and that says it all. Meg picked a new album, House of Lightning's sophomore album because she has her finger on the pulse of stuff.)

Sean - Blackened: Metallica (CA, 1988) (49:29-55:58)

"Close your eyes, put on the headphones and take a ride with what I consider to be the heaviest song every written. I have listened to that track on a variety of sound systems and I always consider it the most visceral sounding song - a unforgiving and brutal guitar tone, heavy as fuck drums, and James vocals are ferocious. I'll put that song up against anything from Sleep, Meshuggah, Pantera, Melvins, Cannibal Corpse, etc.  The middle of the song is easily one of the heaviest riffs ever composed. Kirk Hammett was at the top of his game (and fell off a cliff after this album - no pun intended) and this is one of my favorite solos. This was my first introduction to Metallica (and metal). My mom bought the album for me as a Valentine’s day gift in 1989. I recall being in awe of the crazy sounding guitar intro, never having heard anything like that.  There are a lot of Metallica detractors and I was with them when the black album came out, but for me... this is the quintessential metal song. And it's tuned to standard E and still heavy as fuck!"

<Me: Sean and I are on a "metal" email chain with, like, ten other people; and it has been going on for months. Much of this email chain is dedicated to Metallica: some of it ridicule, but a majority is laudatory. Sean picked from a severely underrated album, '...And Justice For All'. Lots of nerdy controversy on the production quality of the album, including the levels of Jason Newsted's bass.  I am so glad someone picked Metallica, they are the best road trip band EVER. Fun Fact: Sean is Lars Ulrich's very handsome doppelgänger.>

Ira - The Ballad Of Hollis Brown: Nazareth (Scotland, 1973) (56:39-1:05:38)

"Oof, that's impossible. I think if it wasn't "favorite" it might be a bit easier. I always thought Nazareth doing The Ballad of Hollis Brown was super heavy. There's this ominous droney rhythm/beat for a while and then it opens up heavier but more psychedelic. However, the song is about a guy that is poor and he kills his family, and then himself. It's originally a Bob Dylan song and has definitely been covered before. Never like this. It's just evil.  "

<Me: I met Ira almost 13 year ago, while he was touring with a band.  At the time, he hadn't heard the new Neurosis ‘The Eye of Every Storm’; and we listened to it over and over and over again.  He hails from the east coast, and we make sure to update each other on whatever insane sound we are hearing. He was one of the people who found it difficult to find a "favorite", no surprise to me.>

Casey - Surprise! You're Dead!: Faith No More (CA, 1989) (1:06:18-1:08:43)

"Two songs immediately pop in my mind when I think "heavy": "Surprise! You're Dead" by Faith No More and "Honey Bucket" by the Melvins. Both just fucking drive and don't let up. No Compromise for either, but Faith No More gets the edge because Mike Patton used to telepathically invade my friend Vince's mind, and that's just fucked up."

<Me: Casey is literally my #1 fan, and I hate using the word ‘literally’.  He is just like me; he took this assignment very seriously and let me know that it was keeping him awake at nights. Casey and I have drunk an entire keg together, talking about industrial and metal, and then I think he threw up. That is what I expect of anyone in my presence.>

Me – Dig It: Skinny Puppy (Vancouver, 1986) (1:10:04-END)

Of course, it had to be Skinny Puppy.  My first dark, evil little love.  At the age of 13, I died for Ogre.  They are the kings of transitions, the emperors.  Highly influenced by Throbbing Gristle, Coil and other noise experimentalists, Ogre started writing music and created the band in 1982.  First and foremost, they are vegans and animal rights activists. They engage the audience in blood and dirt-splattered performance art, creating visuals onstage about war and death and the phases of animal experimentation. In the early 80’s, this was met with incredulity and criminal charges.  Most recently they found out, horrified, that their music was being used in Guantanamo Bay.  Of all things, their anti-war and anti-torture music was being used to torture humans, and it broke their hearts.  They created the most heart-wrenching romantic moments of any songs to ever exist. They make you soar.

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German transitioning fiends.  Psychedelic black doom, flowing from dense to free.

Merging Nebular Drapes: Venenum (Germany)(0:25-9:15)

Mathematical concepts but not contrived.  Sharp to beautiful, evolving experiment.  

Dodecahedron: Dodecahedron (Netherlands)(10:46-18:03)

Spacy 70’s vintage fun. 

High Strangeness: Mothership (TX)(18:36-21:18)

Melodic Satanic black metal, not afraid to be pretty.

He, Who Liveth and Reigneth Forevermore: Sarkrista (Germany)(21:52-28:28)

Female-led folk and doom, catchy doom.  This one’s a Cure cover! 

A Forest: Alunah (UK)(29:32-35:48)

French Satanic is so much classier.

Wine Of The Beast: Corpus Diavolis (France)(36:28-42:47)

Rockin’ new 10th offering in a three-decade career. 

Kneel Before Me: Obituary (Florida)(43:14-46:14)

Stoner duo delving in southern rock.

Electronaut: Telekinetic Yeti (IA)(47:17-52:22)

Turkish death metal is a thing.  Mixed with moments of thrash. 

Mayhemic Flames Engulfed (Turkey)(53:16-END)

Behind My Vocals: Älgarnas Trädgård, Blues Addicts, Joint, Museo Rosenbach, Bump, Skorpis, Lyd, Suck

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Tight and technical, sharp, seething thrash touched with funk and groove and fun. 

Hang 'Em High: Havok (Denver)(0:25-4:58)

Distorted and intensity built, parts organic, parts that dive right off a cliff.  Surprising at every turn.

Nganda: Svart Crown (French)(6:27-12:12)

NYC distorted noisy hardcore that moshes into thrash.

Narc: Crushed (NYC)(12:35-15:25)

Badass, female-led massive doom album.

Ain Soph: Bathsheba (Belgium)(16:03-21:36)

Oh, my Fade, out with a new industrial album. 

Mortuary: Statiqbloom (Brooklyn)(22:02-25:43)

Excellent noise-touched rock that doesn’t become arty.  Just good fucking rock, each song is a blast. 

Fingers as Arrows: Dead (Australia)(26:36-31:06)

Straight up Swedish melodic metal, i.e. sounds just like early At the Gates.

Survival of the Sickest: Evocation (Sweden)(31:45-34:48)

One-man deathrock-influenced Light of the Morning Star will make you nostalgic.

Grey Carriages: Light of the Morning Star (London)(35:10-39:17)

The other spectrum of Colorado music is jamming the shit out. I love it when this band lets loose. 

Beyond the Electric Sun: Cloud Catcher (Denver)(39:50-46:52)

Meditative funeral doom that calls into mind hot black-cloaked angels of doom that will burn you alive with their sexy eyes.  I’m reading YA right now. 

Nocturnal Void: Frowning (Germany)(47:57-57:29)

Arizona desert stoner.

Disease: Goya (Phoenix)(57:59-END)

Behind My VocalsNexus, BHW, Paul Paul, Manuel, Expansives, Coda, Material, Moral Support, John Ozila, Automat

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Detroit’s Fell Ruin sounds like the city: destroyed, raw, distorted, stormy doom.  Vocalist sounds hot.

Spy Fiction Folds In Ready Streets: Fell Ruin (Detroit)(0:25-8:11)

Brooklyn black metal, a bit of sludge and groove and riff.  Another debut with a very strong vocalist.  Love these vocalists.  Free download: https://floodsbk.bandcamp.com/releases

Coercive: Floods (Brooklyn)(9:38-16:50)

Death-infused core.  I heard California Uber Alles.

Broken Oath: Ancst (Berlin)(17:16-21:07)

Hella strong album from Fen, each song is a journey.  Be patient, this is one of the best atmospheric albums.

Winter III (Fear): Fen (London)(21:51-31:24)

Stomping good old school death.  Tons of Blasphemer bands, so here you go: https://blasphemeruk666.bandcamp.com/

Blasphemer: Blasphemer (UK)(32:13-37:37)

Ferociousness from Australia with a wisp of demon.

The Alnwick Apotheosis: Somnium Nox (Australia)(38:00-44:55)

French KLLK is ethereal, but will kill you if necessary.

Celebration II: K.L.L.K. (France)(46:09-53:42)

Werewolf metal, you heard me. 

The Dweller Of The Woods: Cult of Eibon (Greece)(54:17-END)

Behind My Vocals: Giöbia, Krautzone, My Brother The Wind, Electric Moon, Sula Bassana, The Cosmic Dead, Interkosmos, Kikagaku Moyo

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Brazilian black metal, who knew.  Every song on this album is fucking great.  Crushing, aggressive, impassioned. 

Infidels: Patria (Brazil)(0:25-5:19)

Colorado costumed dark weirdo black metal, on a split with three other excellent bands from Sweden, Austria and Greece.

Nightbringer: Nightbringer (CO)(6:55-15:14)

Ah, finally, Unearthly Trance has reunited after seven years.  They’ve been releasing albums for project Serpentine Path, but this is way better.  Catchy, heavy, atmospheric fun. 

Dream State Arsenal: Unearthly Trance (Brooklyn)(15:51-21:47)

Yet another excellent, beautiful, bubbly, energetic, blues swagger band from Sweden.  Love you bros out there. 

Denim and Leather: Screamer (Sweden)(22:29-28:16)

Deconstructed death metal.  Clear, speedy, weird and full-on prime death metal.   

The Distorting Light: Immolation (NY)(29:09-32:23)

Finnish Demonic Death Judge riff-out in a black sludge of psychedelic tar

Saturnday: Demonic Death Judge (Finland)(32:49-39:50)

Painful and explosive, like your butt.

Reptilian: Benighted (France)(40:15-43:29)

Icelandic metal is so image-prone.  This is melodic, but dives deep into death in parts. 

Bót Eður Viðsjá Við illu Aðkasti: Draugsól (Iceland)(44:23-53:10)

Growling angry power death, because you need that horror. 

Dominance By Acquisition: Sinister (Netherlands)(53:38-58:53)

Female occult-led vocalist in fuzzy warm Italian psychedelic.

Godzilla: Psychedelic Witchcraft (Italy)(59:24-END)

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Norwegian dark folk, melody, rich instrumentation, wicked vocals.

Enda-dagr: Helheim (Norway)(0:28-8:24)

Brooklyn black metal with emotive vocals.

Abject In Defeat: Woe (Brooklyn)(10:07-17:11)

Solid raspy vocals pairs perfectly with furious death metal. 

Genesis To Your Curse: Ritualization (France)(17:46-22:15)

Nidingr has dude who plays with Mayhem.  This is a non-traditional black metal album, lots of surprising sounds and tempos. 

Gleipnir: Nidingr (Norway)(22:48-27:50)

Oh those Greeks.  They are such strange, dreamy, badass weirdos. 

Light/Fos: Locust Leaves (Greece)(28:46-36:53)

Lead singer from defunct Agalloch. This is a cleaner, simpler, doom-oriented sound. 

Dark is the river of man: Pillorian (Portland)(37:32-46:59)

Witty noise rock from Australia.

Picking Teeth: Dead (AU)(47:50-50:36)

Instrumental band Omega Massif spun out this post-metal, lead-up oriented, composition-heavy band with a duo of strong vocalists.

Lights: Cranial (Germany)(51:22-END)

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All proceeds from grind band Anal Trump go to Planned Parenthood.  The BEST song titles like ‘Some Mexicans aren't Rapists’ and ‘My Daughter is a Piece of Ass’.

There's My African American!: Anal Trump (San Diego)(0:28-0:41)

Iceland is a country of raw beauty and power, and bring forth Mispyrming.

Hof: Misþyrming (Iceland)(2:07-9:14)

Last album was in 2013. Power Trip was produced by a dude from Sumerlands (a Runner-Up in my Best of 2016) – so I’m not surprised at the strong vocals.  Varied tempos, all raw and tight.

If Not Us Then Who: Power Trip (TX)(9:54-14:00)

Nasty, dark Wiegedood that breaks into excellent pummeling. Members of Oathbreaker.

Smeekbede: Wiegedood (Belgium)(14:32-20:41)

Vancouver speed and thrash and complex fun drunk riffage. 

Skitzoid Embolism: Terrifier (CAN)(21:12-25:18)

German one-man band comes out with his 7th album.  He is incredibly varied: folk black, rock and punk.  Vocals are clean, beautiful and growling styles. 

Ä(h)renschnitter: Horn (German)(26:13-31:46)

Iron Reagan has fist-pumped out a skateboard thrash and punk album, that you’ll probably love. 

Dead With My Friends: Iron Reagan (VA)(32:19-35:54)

Balfor makes Ukranian corpse-painted medieval sword-fighting music that we can all make out to.

Serpents of the Black Sun: Balfor (Ukraine)(36:39-42:37)

Shimmering stoner? Yes, and beautiful psychedelic.  All from a cute Polish package.

Navigator: Dopelord (Poland)(43:35-51:39)

Grind and hella dissonant noise bros.  Good variation.

Death Erection: WVRM (South Carolina)(52:04-54:42)

Melodic death-rock style metal, with post-metal and prog elements and fully atmospheric at the forefront.

Devoid: Nailed to Obscurity (Germany)(55:37-END)

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14th album from Kreator, you wonder if any band with a 14th album can be good. Shit man, this shit is the SHIT.  Fun, anthemic, catchy, fist-pumping thrash.  Fuck you Metallica for being such assholes.

Totalitarian Terror: Kreator (Germany)(0:28-5:09)

Violent, yet melancholy and plaintive.  Music that fits my heart. 

Le jour se lève: Au Champ Des Morts (France)(6:47-13:39)

Oh shit, Pallbearer is about to drop their best album soon. 

Thorns: Pallbearer (Arkansas)(14:25-19:42)

Plagues knows that black metal that bangs thy head is my religion. 

Ascension: Plagues (MA)(20:07-24:32)

Dreamy, simple and elegant post-punk, Chicago-style (so very stylish).

No Game: Silent Age (Chicago)(25:26-28:56)

Chugging gritty dark death industrial. 

Kyrios: Luminous Vault (NYC)(29:24-34:10)

Oh holy shit, I didn’t realize Freedom Hawk’s debut album rocked so hard.  So glad they rereleased, and are on tour, I will be right up front. 

Lightning Charge: Freedom Hawk (VA - rerelease)(34:43-38:30)

Pigs (7X) is noise psychedelic fuzzed out doom.

Sweet Relief: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (UK)(39:06-43:39)

Dramatic erupting horror atmosphere.

In screams and flames: The Great Old Ones (France)(44:34-52:20)

Folk and acoustic and bluesy, such a gorgeous combination.  These guys are soulful.

Earthen Shroud: The Flight of Sleipnir (Denver)(53:09-END)

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Best Viking Metal/Folk-influenced

Enslaved’s Ivar and Wardruna’s Einar put their heads together to compose for the 200th Anniversary of the Norwegian constitution.  This is Norweigian folk: beautiful sweeping compositions that you can really melt into. This is the most folksy, ethnic, instrumental of the contenders with fully instrumental songs and choir-sung gorgeous passages dotting the album. Deep, sexy man singing in Norwegian.  There is a GORGEOUS trumpet, holy shit, and black metal portions, and a darker, raspy, evil vocalist joining the fun.  The album is complexly atmospheric, diverse, lovely and invariably creative.

Skuggsjá (Norway), album - A Piece For Mind & Mirror, song “Kvervandi” (0:28-6:50)

Runners-up:

Moonsorrow (Finland), album - Jumalten Aika:  Medieval is the atmosphere, where people sit around firepits and thump on drums.  Men in animal skins and furs ride glorious horses, fists around spears, hair flowing behind them.  This is the imagery created by the softest, romantic acoustic passages erupting in epic black metal.

Sig:ar:tyr (Ontario), album – Northern:  Apparently this band started as a one-man band.  I assume that any great one-man band will add members to their roster, I mean, who wants to continue doing everything. Of course acoustic folk guitars accompanied by even more guitars, and a hella focus on riffs.  The vocalist is a guttural black rasp, with no hint of loveliness.  So you know, it’s pretty cool.

Myrkgrav (Norway), album - Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen:  Last album from Myrgrav; the album title translates to “Thank you and farewell; Times have changed”.  Guy doesn’t mince words.  The violinist is a major player in this album; the fiddle is the national instrument of Norway.  This is mostly classic folk with a very folk singer, so if that would get on your nerves, than so will this style.

Best Hardcore/Crust/Punk-influenced

Oh geez, two of my favorite Illinois hardcore bands pitted against each other.

Gawddammit, this is Weekend Nachos’ last album after 12 years together.  They infuse hardcore, grind, punk, power metal, dirty crust and extreme wit into their unique sound.  They are so punk, fucking punk dude (and other angry things); and hilarious with song titles like “Fake Political Song” (a great grindcore song) and “Dog Shit Slave”.  I was like, how long can this feedback go? And it kept going.  Assholes. This just felt real.

Weekend Nachos (Dekalb), album – Apology, song “2015” (9:03-14:47)

Runners-up:

Oozing Wound (Chicago), album: Whatever Forever:  I’m sure Oozing Wound are best friends with Weekend Nachos, right?  This is their third album, with thrash, punk, sludge, and everything thrown in, tied in the coolest package.  It’s a bit TOO cleanly produced, but that isn’t a terrible thing. Though, if they had a bit more raw ferocity, then they would have come out on top.

Trap Them (Boston/Seattle), album – Crown Feral:  Trap Them sounds like Boston, they have that Converge brutalized hardcore sound, plenty of crust and crunch and prolific riffs. The lead singer jumped off a speaker during tour, breaking both feet, continued with the show and tour in casts. F’ing hardcore.

Head Wound City (San Diego), album - A New Wave of Violence:  The most punk vocalist style, with a bit of shriek; he even goes a bit post-punk in parts. An angular punk album.  Album came out after 11 years of silence; this is a supergroup: Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Locust.

Okus (Ireland), album – Scourge:  Coolest album art of the group, a cool bird skull.  Crusty, metallic, grind, intense as fuck.

Best Heavy Doom

Oh lord, of course this category had the most contenders. All different styles, so take your pic.

Holy shit, Spirit Adrift is a ONE-MAN doom band, with the guitarist from one of my faves, Take Over and Destroy! His vocals are a bit Pallbearish – huge compliment - emotional, lyric-heavy, full-range.  He shines when he brings in a bit of joy into the melody, but I also liked that he wasn’t in a rush to fill in every second with density.  Maybe because it was one person laying all the tracks, each instrument is given its due.  So much patience.  So be patient.  This is just, delicious. 

Spirit Adrift (Arizona), album – Chained to Oblivion, song “Hum Of Our Existence” (15:36-26:22)

Runners-up:

Khemmis (Denver), album – Hunted: Fuck, these harmonizing guitars, gaining strength and force with every passing second, erupting in fist-pumping riffs, groovy when needed; and slowing down to aching melodies.  But there is so much more, the vocalist encompasses a plethora of emotions, some of it funeral somber, a heaviness in lyrics, and still able to lift your soul.  Fuck yes dude.

Beastmaker (Fresno), album – Lusus Naturae: This the debut album from Beastmaker, reveling in 70’s psychedelic, the bubbly side of heavy rock.  Uplifting, cheery groove.  I think these dudes are just going to get better; and excited to see them live.

The Temple (Greece), album – Forevermourn: This is more funeral doom – a very gloomy but fantastically riff-y and bringing forth the headbang.  Fuck yeah, Greece.  The lead singer is nominated in ‘Best Warm Vocals’.

Messa (Italy), album – Belfry: Led by the most gorgeous female vocalist (also nominated for ‘Best Warm Vocals’.  Messa drones into massive leadups to headbanging.  It is an investment.

Lord Vicar (Finland), album - Gates of Flesh: With members of Reverend Bizarre and Saint Vitus, this is a super group that doesn't get lazy, which is the fate of most ego-led supergroups.  Incredibly underrated, and led by an incredible bluesy vocalist.  This album was a close second.

Spiritus Mortis (Finland), album - The Year Is One: The first thing you will notice is the vocalist.  He’s cheesy, but in that emotional hair metal way that we love.  And he’s Finnish, so everything he does is awesome.  I just wanted a few more songs to show their range, so I will wait for their next album.  But this is a great gloom and doom, plaintive doom album.

Best Modern Rock/Noise Rock/Alternative

Best part? The vocalist is fucking amazing.  She is sexy beyond.  Then bring in elements of gloomy Chicago post-punk and disjointed noise, and all of it is romantic as fuck.

Ganser (Chicago), album - This Feels Like Living, song “Strategies For Living” (27:17-32:46)

Runners-up:

Ex-Cult (Memphis), album – Negative Growth: Third full-length album.  Danceable distortion and defiant pop.  Engages in heavy use of drone-y and noisy electronic effects. 

Drought Year (NC), album – S/T: Atmospheric-infused industrial groove mixed with the horror of deathrock, and the vocalist of a sludge band.

So Pitted (Seattle), album – neo: On Sub Pop and from Seattle.  Thin, gritty, snarling and plaintive.  Angry-pacing music - it’s a walking mosh pit sound.  There is just so much here, don’t miss this album. 

Best Atmosphere/Drone/Moody

Whether aiming for shimmery or hardened, atmosphere is moody, ambient, emotional, and don’t follow traditional routes.  The two top albums are one-person bands, which I am usually wary of, but these dudes created epic compositional albums, and should be celebrated for their genius. 

A foot firmly in black metal, however Mizmor bubbles through the surfaces of doom and drone and atmosphere.  The album creeps and slithers in a torturous pace, turning into a form of meditation.  The sound invokes images of an unrecognizable alien landscape.  We need to be pushed to these boundaries.

Mizmor (OR), album – Yodh, song “Bask in the Lingering” (33:14-43:16)

Runners-up:

Alcest (France), album – Kodama: OK, this is more Heavy Gaze than atmosphere, but I had to fit Alcest somewhere, and they definitely are mood-making.  A gorgeous, shimmering melodic masterpiece. 

Old Graves (CAN), album – Long Shadows: One-man mostly instrumental atmospheric-heavy black metal. 

Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock:

Chris Black is a god.  He has a modern, groove-tastic take on everything old school.  He speeds up the riffs; the guitars provide warm, engaging melodies; and the dude knows how to perk up your soul, making you yearn for a convertible, a warm summer night, and a loud car stereo.  An emphasis on catchy lyrics, so you can sing along.   “This is the night, this is the night we’ve been waiting for.  This is the night, this is the night we go UP.”  Nostalgic ear candy.  I was reminded of High ‘n’ Dry.

High Spirits (Chicago), album – Motivator, song “Flying High” (43:39-46:56)

Runners-up:

Sumerlands (Philly), album – S/T: The vocalist is one with the Force.  He echoes emotion throughout, providing depth.  Technical and masterful heavy metal guitars and a perfect vocalist, you can’t want for more.

Dawnbringer (Chicago), album – XX: So this is an EP, but I like it so much, I had to include it in one of the categories.  It could be Dawnbringer’s last, which would be brutal to my heart.  I love Chris Black so much, and I am so glad that he is prolific, because I am one of the cult followers.

Denner-Shermann (Denmark), album – Masters of Evil: Guitar solos were the highlight on this album.  The vocalist has that epic, high-pitched style that may annoy you, but give him some room, he will rock it.

Best Death

Now a duo.  Howls of Ebb’s wicked vocalist whispers curses and speaks in tongue, an inhuman demonic growl other times. Galloping, disjointed, dramatic, chomping death and thrash, resting in horror atmospheric when the monster grows tired.  The quiet parts were as powerful as the most technical and dense death; it was thoughtful and relentlessly innovative.  I felt like I was watching a play.

Howls of Ebb (SF) album - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows, song “Cabals of Molder” (47:48-53:52)

Runners-up:

Mithras, album - On Strange Loops: Yet another duo concerned about creating unique compositions, each song so wildly different from each other.  Yes, they are chaotic and technical as fuck, but I feel they aren’t in it to jack each other off.  I fucking hate self-congratulating technical shit. 

Ulcerate (New Zealand), album - Shrines of Paralysis: Maybe someone told the vocalist he needed to fucking shake it up, because it sounds way better on this album.  Way more variation.  Geezus, this is the heaviest, relentless shit, beating your ears into bloody pulp.  They stand a head taller than any other band in technical prowess, oh fuck the density.  This is a toxic, chaotic, incomprehensibly massive wall; yet each instrument breaks a path clearly.

Altarage (Spain), album – NIHL: Anonymous band.  The vocalist growls melt over the dense, mostly fast and sometimes lumbering, atmospheric, technical wall of sound. It feels like drone, swarming all the instruments into one thick sound that is strangely meditative.

Witherscape (Sweden), album - The Northern Sanctuary: Hella proggy death with actual clean and very emotional singing mixed with growls;  slowed-down, sparse, ballad-y passages; guitar solos, piano and melodic keyboard.

Like Rats (Chicago), album – II: All right, I have to admit the fact that Weekend Nachos has members in this band, I knew I’d be all over it.  It’s way more tough boy, mainly because of the power vocals, not my favorite.  They bring in their hardcore influence into the clean, stripped sound.  It has that tuff mosh pit-circle stomp. 

Best Warm Vocals

Greenleaf has been one of my favorite bands for years, so for them to suddenly change up the VOCALIST, the melodic and emotional leader of the band?! Well, they did it.  Of course I should trust these geniuses, with members of Dozer and Truckfighters.  The album was in the “Best Jam/Blues/Stoner” category, of course.  The singer is soulful, ebullient, and arousing.  AROUSING.  Warm, honey vocals that make you climb out of your skin in glee, so personal, so expressive, so soulful.  He makes you want to know every word.

Greenleaf (Sweden), album - Rise Above The Meadow, song “Howl” (54:24-59:45)

Runners-up:

The Temple (Greece), album – Forevermourn: More plaintive and melancholy than the other vocalists, following the funeral doom sound of the band.

Lord Vicar (Finland), album - Gates of Flesh: Blues-driven vocalist on one of the best doom albums of the year.  

Dawnbringer (Chicago), album – XX: Look, Chris Black nearly makes me cry when I hear him.

Messa (Italy), album – Belfry:  The emotional vocalist is the melody in an otherwise stark, gloomy, drone sound.

Saturday Album and #1 Album of the Year

Saturday album is the record I listened to the most.  This shit has to be varied as fuck, the vocalist needs to be my hot mama, and I never get sick of hearing it. 

It’s almost unfair to all other bands when Oranssi releases their album.  This is so innovative, avant-garde, experimental; and maybe you need to live in the forests of Finland, decompressed from the rest of the world, to allow your brain to go way out into the universe and bring back this nugget of musical truth.  It is pure, it is madness, it will bring you religion.

Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland), album- Värähtelijä, song “Saturaatio” (1:00:40-END)

Runners-up (to Saturday Album):

Dawnbringer (Chicago), album – XX: Epic, is the sound of Dawnbringer.  Chris Black is effortlessly nostalgic and emotional, but you haven’t heard this sound in those eras of past.  He is completely original, and achieves somehow bringing back the rocker aspects of the 70’s and glam of the 80’s in the most excellent, non-contrived way.

Mizmor (OR), album - Yodh: Mizmor won my Best Atmosphere/Drone/Mood category.  This album is beyond, it is the darkest album I listen to constantly.  It makes me feel evil.  You will hear something different every time you listen to this album, which is why it fits so well in this category.

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Best Sludge

Sludge is the very dark evil cousin of doom; with brutal vocals, a dense wall of sound, and both epically slow AND frenetic tempos.  As with most of my categories, the bands dip their toes in multiple genres. 

Anciients’ debut album was one of my favorites of 2013. This 2016 album is WAY darker.  Dual vocal style: one guttural, one proggy; and none of it is contrived. Shit kicks into the best riffs, so epically headbang-worthy.  This is proggy without the cheese; it’s epic and fist-pumping.  They shine when the sound cleans up to beautiful, complex, epic, sweeping, emotional, organic compositions. It feels fresh, and that put them over the top. 

Anciients (CAN), album – Voice of the Void, song “Pentacle” (0:28-5:57)

Runners-up:

Tombs (NYC), album – All Empires Fall:  I love the vocalist of Tombs. Fun Fact: he has his own coffee (Savage Gold – named after a Tombs’ album).  And then they added Fade (of Batillus fame) to their roster, and I was head over heels.  Fade is also a big industrial mastermind, so he brings in the evil electronics here.  I feel like Fade has made them way darker, which is awesome.

Wolves Carry My Name (Germany), album – Black Earth Tongue:  This was overlooked by everyone, except me, because I rule. This is one of the grooviest metal albums out there.  As with all sludge, this is dense as fuck, led by the hottest snarl of a vocalist.  Another free album: https://wolvescarrymyname.bandcamp.com/album/black-earth-tongue

Inter Arma (VA), album – Paradise Gallows:  I’m wary of super popular (underground) bands.  If a ton of people relate to it, then is it truly good underground music (i.e. the suckage of Mastodon)? But this album has so many great things: Sweet acoustic parts, a gorgeous, emotional crooning vocalist who erupts when necessary.  These guys are the kings of EPIC, massive sound; sounding like ‘Enemy of the Sun’-era Neurosis.

Cobalt (CO), album – Slow Forever:  The original duo of Cobalt ended 2015 in public social media battle, sort of like CNN and Trump.  It ended with one of them holding the reins of Cobalt, and adding the vocalist from Lord Mantis. What a boon, the vocalist is expert in intensity, desperate and emotional.  For a duo, this strong of a vocal is a must.  And holy shit, the original member did all the instrumentation.

Black Tusk (GA), album – Pillars of Ash:  Last record with the late Jonathan Athon (original bassist and vocalist).  The band took this last year to put this album together.  Dudes have an influx of stoner, hardcore and punk energy.  These are dirty, fun, southern-rock swampy tunes.

Best Black Metal

SO much excellent black metal to weed through, to distill into these magnificent picks.  The top (3) were debut albums!

This is groove and melody-oriented black metal, you’re gonna want to headbang.  Shit is so crunchy and dynamic and fist-pumping.  Fun.  FUN, remember that concept? You fucking cynical bastard.  But, don’t get me wrong, this is true black metal – raw, somber, bitter, angry, harsh.  The vocalist howls, fucking howls, gave me chills bro. It doesn’t sound like other American black metal bands, with their focus on density.  These are simple and raw, technically-perfect, emotionally-laden, furious black metal with an emphasis on melody.  I thought it was perfect.

Uada (Portland), album – Devoid of Light, song “Our Pale Departure” (7:47-14:32)

Runners-up:

Wode (UK), album - S/T:  Wait, this is their debut?  Dense as fuck black metal showers relentlessly, both old school and modern, as it stomps around with a bit of death-style.  Lots of attention to melodies, which is what this lady needs.  When they slowed down, it just became so evil.

Anicon (Brooklyn), album – Exegeses:  Debut album with members of Yellow Eyes, Krallice/Geryon, so it is super Brooklyn, and a huge part of the NYBM scene.  It leans towards emotional and epic guitar melodies, and when they harmonize, fucking A.  The complexities of the arrangements is also where this band shines.  These guys are romantic as fuck, but man do they deliver the headbang.

Entropia (Poland), album – Ufonaut:  Drumming stands out here, varied, proggy, tight.  Tempo increasing to the frenetic black core.  Yet, this album never feels relentless, which I like.

Imperium Infernalis (Greece), album – Imago Dei:  Second album from this band.  Shit is so tight and angular and fast, felt a bit thrashy.

Forteresse (CAN), album - Thèmes Pour La Rébellion:  This is the sweeping, triumphant, riding the dragon, full-production black metal, but without the emotional post-metal side.  This is the densest of the bunch, and when you think you can’t handle it anymore, they give you some variation.

Best Jam/Blues/Stoner

The hardest category for me, very year, trying to determine the best blues rock, jamming out, 70’s boogie, rifftastic album.  The bands in this category often have multiple, if not all the members singing, as vocals are a big part of the sound. I love every single one of these bands and albums. This was a close competition, so it really came to variation in the album, depth of SOUL, the hotness of the vocalist, and the guitarist(s) grooving way out.

Brimstone’s new (3rd full length) album was profoundly gorgeous.  Down and dirty southern style charm, with the warmest whiskey vocals. These guys even harmonize between the three of them on the vocals, hella treat.  A huge album that warms up, burns down and makes your head spin.  Dudes fucking jam. Ballads make you cry.  Shit is magic.  Reminds me of Eloy, Paice Ashton Lord and other crooning 70’s psychedelic rockers.  These guys really fucking let loose.

Brimstone Coven (WV), album - Black Magic, song “Beyond the Astral” (15:05-21:57)

Runners-up:

Asteroid (Sweden), album – III:  Your brain is in a bubble floating so high.  Swedish psychedelic builds up so deliciously, the jams get intense. 

Scorpion Child (Austin), album - Acid Roulette:  Everyone knows Scorpion Child right? They are Friday nights, drinking beer against a muscle car, kickin’ it, rockin’ it, groovin’ it.  Lyrics stroke your penis. The songwriting is what puts this album over the top.  If the radio still played killer rock, this catchy album would be blasted on FM fo SHO.   

Greenleaf (Sweden), album - Rise Above The Meadow:  6th album from fuzz jamming rockers Greenleaf, with guitarist from Dozer.  Album is more structured, but the guitar solos are excellent when they appear.

Akasava (France), album – Nothing at Dawn:  It sounds like the vocalist is hiding something, he is naughty and a bit wicked.  Occult mixed with stoner, this sounds is more experimental than the other bands.  Dissonant and transcendental, a surprise of an album.  It’s Satan worshiping with tons of bong hits.

Spiritual Beggars (Sweden), album - Sunrise to Sundown:  Super strutting rocker, the vocalist with a bit of Chris Cornell-style.  They excel when they dipped into the soft, the ballads.

Duel (Austin), album - Fears of the Dead: Jean-clad hip swivels, rock groove, 70’s style badass attitude.

Best Thrash:

My favorite part of this year is that all the finalists are so different from each other.

Proggy, angular thrash with scifi storyline, how can you not love this band.  Even better, the band shows their charm in live shows, period.  You will be amazed at their ferociously clean twists and turns.  If you don’t like the vocal style, which is this insane throaty raspy screech, it may get in our way of enjoying the amazing thrash hooks, but I doubt it.  Vektor’s hooks are the best in the industry. 

Vektor (Philly), album – Terminal Redux, song “Cygnus Terminal” (22:58-31:12)

Runners-up:

Deströyer 666 (AU), album - Wildfire:  The standouts here are melody and groove.  It is part bar thrash, with choruses to shout out, while sloshing beer on your feet.  But then they go darker, deeper, and will make you sneer. The vocalist is versatile, able to sing and add to melody; but also raspy and evil when needed.  They don’t fall into the mediocrity of plain old aggression; these are fucking thoughtful songs.

Desaster (Germany), album - The Oath of an Iron Ritual:  This is these dudes’ 8th full-length album, and another thrash and black metal combo. Thick, energetic, Satanic sound; and just like Deströyer 666, these dudes want to party.  Holy shit though, the riffs have the power of Satan and rip through your neck.

Witchery (Sweden), album - In His Infernal Majesty's Service:  Riff-tastic, groove thrash pumped with energy and fucking Swedish soul.  Short and sweet songs, stays clean, not over-powering aggression which can get one-note and boring.  The guitar solos were old-school heavy metal, ripping into powerful riffs, and a touch of punk, just a tad, making this super fun.

Suicide Angels (Greece), album - In His Infernal Majesty's Service:  6th album, first in 9 years.  They live in the land of revitalist thrash, chugging mosh pit style, not super-fast tempo.  Heavy metal guitar solos, love it.

Best Progressive/Math/Nerd

Nerd metal is angular, mathematical, and proggy with a hint of middle-age.

The Mass reunited to make one more album in their old age.  They are still the abstract, angular, avant-garde weirdos that you know and love.  This album brings forth their looser, psychedelic side providing so much vivid texture to an already tight, innovate, experimental sound.

The Mass (Bay Area), album – Ghost Fleet, song “Don't Go Whaling High” (31:49-36:02)

Runners-up:

Gojira (NYC), album – Magma:  Two brothers make up Gojira, originating in France, now in NYC.  During recording they lost their mom, and this in turn they said affected their sound and songwriting.  You can hear the thread of melancholy.  This is a super melodic album, but still big build-ups to often intense violence and fury.

Car Bomb (NYC), album (Meta):  Actually produced by dude from Gojira, small incestuous community.  Whip-fast tempo changes, proggy vocals mixed with brutal calculatingly cold vocals, furious speeds.

Frontierer (Scotland), album - Orange Mathematics:  This album was completed in late 2015, repressed and released in 2016.  Incorporated electronic sounds breaking apart cold technical brutal math beats. The dudes even have math in the name of their album.  Lovely fellows even have a free download: https://frontierer.bandcamp.com/album/orange-mathematics.

Best Post-Punk/Deathrock/Goth/Darkwave/Industrial

Ritual Howls’ album is a dark cavern of old school deathrock, old school industrial, electronica and hella goth.  When it’s good you want to dance; and shit if this didn’t make me wanna pull up my big black platform boots.  You better look good in your black make-up and leather outfit at their show.  Oh, my favorite type of bitches.

Ritual Howls (Detroit), album -  Into The Water, song “Spirit Murder” (36:34-41:09)

Runners-Up

Soft Kill (Portland), album – Choke:  Soft Kill is dancing on a stormy night in a trench coat.  It is pure emotion and the pain of nostalgia. You want to dream in this sound. NEED I SAY MORE. 

Sievehead (UK), album – Buried Within:  OK, this is a 7”, but this band seems to just release EP’s and 7” albums.  Attitude, man.  Good music is fucking attitude, that drenches your brain in imagery.  When sound reaches image, you know it’s good.

Maudlin (Atlanta), album – S/T:  I love deathrock and darkwave for many reasons, but one big one is that these bands highlight female vocals so well.  Maudlin is headed by a top-notch female deathrock/dark punk vocalist.  80’s style shit, which to me, is the top echelon.

Brothers (Nashville), album – S/T:  Oh, this album is noise and boys and anger, but in a post-punk way.  So frigging good.  Free download: https://tapesofaneongod.bandcamp.com/album/brothers

Theologian/Lament Cityscape (NYC/Oakland), album – Soft Tissue:  OK, sure, this is a split, bit it’s a hell of an industrial album.  Yes, it has some hella noise and drone, but all of that is also. . .industrial.

Masses (AU), album – Moloch:  Dual vocals of female and male, poppy, infectious and happy.  Reminds me of a darker B-52’s and a touch of Dead Can Dance with some deathrock thrown in. 

Best Grind

One of the hardest categories to determine, every album is made up of 234 billion songs, 30 seconds long.  Grind expels bursts of violent energy; a great album makes the bursts diverse and memorable.  These guys must pack personality and punch into a spoonful measurement of sound.  Fucking difficult, and who are these weirdos that wanna do shit like that? 

“Shit yeah bro” is what you say when you hear this debut full-length Vermin Womb album.  Vocalist from Primitive Man fucking howls perfectly.  Fortunately, Vermin Womb is way more dynamic and furious than Primitive Man.  Maybe purists will say there is too much sludge and crust to make this truly grind, but fuck that.  Shit just makes the album great.

Vermin Womb (Denver), album – Decline, song “Cancer” (41:38-44:31)

Runners-Up:

Rotten Sound (Finland), album – Abuse to Suffer:  These bros growl in fucking the hottest sounding Finnish ever.  Pummeling you with a bat.  Everything I write is sexual.

Gadget (Sweden), album – The Great Destroyer:  The Swedish don’t ever retire.  These dudes have been around since the 90’s, and this is their first album in ten years.  This is the exhaustive type of grind (is there another kind); relentless with no soft edges.  The hardcore thread injects texture.

Neid (Italy), album - Atomoxetine:  Neid produces thick grind – the type that totally breaks down into a gripping, gnarly headbang. 

Best Evil Vocals

This album is also listed in Best Avant Garde (below!), one of my favorite categories.  The vocalist here IS the atmosphere.  Raspy perfection in horror hypnosis.  One of the best evil sounds I have heard, ever.  But of course, the album and band must be as perfect and compelling – this was one of the best albums of the year.  A great industrial album, bringing in some great electronic vocal effects.

Terra Tenebrosa (Sweden), album – The Reverses, song “Ghost at the End of the Rope” (45:33-49:41)

Runner-up:

Bethlehem (Germany), album – S/T:  Bethlehem is led by a raging witch.  She screams her rage, and feeds the evil demon living way deep in your soul.

Best Extreme Experimental

This category is the cold, brutal side of the avant-garde spectrum. 

First off, you can get the whole Plebeian Grandstand album for free. https://plebeiangrandstand.bandcamp.com/album/false-highs-true-lows. The intensity is meditation, bringing you into what you will believe is cosmic consciousness.  The vocalist is a high point, with raspy howling and the screams from hell.  He envelopes the entire conceptual brutality to perfection.

Plebeian Grandstand (France), album – False Highs, True Lows, song “Tributes and Oblivions” (50:15-55:29)

Runners-Up:

Convulsif (Switzerland), album – IV:  Hypnotic, menacing, experimental jazz drone and grind, with clarinet and violin.  The clarinet screeches and speaks, and your brain is more than happy to follow the sound of its voice.

Gnaw Their Tongues (Netherlands), album - Hymns for the Broken, Swollen And Silent:  GTT is really into horror soundtrack.  This sound can fit behind any gory, menacing, demon story, and scare the shit out of you.  Each song contains its own crazed, swarming, chaotic brutal world.  The lead singer speaks in tongue.

Gorguts (CAN), album - Pleiades' Dust:  It’s a pet peeve when a band doesn’t break the album into songs.  Yes, I get it, it’s one large package.  So are all other albums, whose song placement is very meaningful.  The EP’s build-ups, the individual instrumentation, the looser, abstract melody, was where I thought they excelled.  The other bands in this category had individual songs that stood out, and taken as a whole, this Gorguts’ song is a good fit here.

Balance Interruption (Ukraine), album – Door 218:  This is the third full-length from BI.  The bass guitar makes an unusual funk appearance, and then the sexy saxophone croons a new age melody.  But somehow, it all fits with the guttural, ferocity of the vocalist, riffs and drumming.

Cognizant (TX), album – S/T: What took this out of the grind category? Cognizant is also proggy, angular, and contains underlying melody.  They break down into the pace of death at times, and all of it is surprising.

Best Avant-garde and #2 Album of 2016

This Parisian duo delved into spectacular industrial, with hella thick electronic erupting in parts.  But above everything, it is a journey.  With spectacular riffs, the album spins and reverses to the most satisfying breakdowns, going into gnarly as fuck creep and horror and grit and tension and drone and space and even lounge.  Oh the groove in the midst of menacing.  It is surprising, electric, eclectic, and lovely.  You can even dance to parts.  And besides a few shrieks, no vocals, because they are completely unnecessary.  When I first heard it almost a year ago, I immediately thought: I think I found my Best Album.  I went back and forth with this one, and my # 1 album (announced next week).  Sophie’s choice.

Spektr (France), album – The Art to Disappear, song “From the Terrifying to the Fascinating” (56:17-END)

Runners-up:

Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland), album- Värähtelijä:  Oh these magnificent Finnish beasts. A richly thick album with incredibly original compositions up your butt.  Weird Finnish brains.  Psychedelic black metal dreamscapers.

Terra Tenebrosa (Sweden), album – The Reverses:  Vocalist won the ‘Best Evil Vocals’ category.  Terra Tenebrosa is the modern industrial-influenced metal.  But it is old school industrial, in that it is truly experimental and demented.  Industrial was all about pushing the envelope in musical boundaries.

Hail Spirit Noir (Greece), album – Mayhem in Blue:  Ah fuck, I love how Hail is campy carnival horror metal.  This is a warmer side to the avant-garde category, with flutes (I think?) and organ.  Just, charming.

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Oh, this is a perfect death album.  The epicness of the headbangingness.

Eucharistic Adoration: Mercyless (France)(0:28-3:50)

One-man horror, with violin, organ and the theramin.  Charming vocalist. 

Cadavre abandonné: Créatures (France)(5:13-12:13)

Oh Krallice, why don’t you marry Krallice and have their NYC hipster babies.  Actually I like this band.  But this shit can get pretentious and I think of SF techies attending their shows and of course that means a lot of windbreakers and yoga pants and cell phones.  Not to insult Krallice in any way, this is a stellar EP.

Conflagration: Krallice (NYC)(12:53-20:31)

Spanish Teitanblood has that creepy vocalist that hangs over you in a mist while you are sleeping.  Only two songs in this EP, but it’s hella long, and man it breaks down in the best way. 

Accursed Skin: Teitanblood (Spain)(21:09-28:47)

Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair.  Say that over and over again.  Dudes cracked me up, but their music is not funny. 

Daddy's Home: Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair (UK)(30:01-35:28)

Of course, weirdos from Colorado Springs.  Color me fucking surprised.

Hidden Species (Vitrification Of Blood Part 2): Blood Incantation (CO)(35:57-42:51)

Austrian nerd brings forth his palms and cups that imaginary chalice.

Woher Ich Stamme: Nahtrunar (Austria)(43:21-49:53)

NY black metal brah. I don’t know, I don’t care.

Nothing: Black Anvil (NYC)(51:21-57:24)

Look, it’s black metal and I like it ok?  Who are YOU?

The Great Beast: Grafvitnir (Sweden)(58:04-END)

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Glam hair metal that makes you want to jump in their rumbling muscle car with your mullet.

Sunsword: Mega Colossus (NC)(0:28-5:14)

Debut Norwegian duo with doom that ain’t fuzzy and warm.

Spectre: Hymn (Norway)(6:24-12:40)

Mesmer is the second coming of Gypsyhawk, but not coked up.  Girls love whiskey vocals and hard rock.

Wings of Evil: Mesmer (Oakland)(13:09-18:31)

Hardcore dominant Call of the Void rams through with yet another chugging energetic mosh pit of sound.

Never Enough: Call of the Void (Denver)(18:53-21:22)

Artificial Brain’s bassist makes up 50% of Luminous Vault. They are black, death and a touch of industrial.  So far. 

Charismata: Luminous Vault (NYC)(March 2017)(22:03-25:52)

Guitarist from Gorguts and Krallice is in this severely proggy technical instrumental band of nerds. 

Resummon the Unreaching: Behold...The Arctopus (Brooklyn)(26:56-33:33)

Sexy Swedes croon out psychedelic that will warm your grey withered heart.

All Come Hither: Domkraft (Sweden)(34:00-39:35)

Sludge-y, slow dirty Floridians.

Rats: Weltesser (FL)(Feb 2017)(39:59-44:59)

Oh, this Aussie has got to be hot.  Seriously.

Eleven Sigils: Convulsing (AU)(46:01-51:33)

Majestic swirling misty black metal.

Down into the Stream: The Shape of Despair (Finland)(re-release from 1998)(52:25-END)

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I’ve played Hivelords before, and in the past awarded them Runner-Up to 2015 Best Sludge.  Members make up Philly band Surgeon.  Check out the album art: http://www.ftg38.com/album-covers/

Proggy and symphonic mix up death and black.

Old Gods: Surgeon (Philly)(0:28-5:20)

The dulcet Swedish tones of Horisont are so hot, so blues-sexy.  If you don’t know this band, it is time.  Let these dudes swagger their jean-clad butts into your fantasies. 

The Hive: Horisont (Sweden)(Feb 2017)(6:25-9:57)

Bethlehem is led by a raging witch.  She screams her rage, and feeds the evil demon living way deep in your soul.   

Kalt' Ritt In Leicht Faltiger Leere: Bethlehem (Germany)(10:36-15:54)

Oskoreien recently released a split with Botanist.  They are symbiotic, playing the same type of emotive raw black metal with melancholy compositions.  This is from Oskoreien’s second album.

Ab Aeterno, Ad Infinitum: Oskoreien (LA)(16:33-25:55)

Spaced out trippy desert rock.  Now I know you’ve read that before, but these Finnish men have a way grooving out in the most delicious way.  A stellar record, thick and gorgeous.  I wish I could have played one of their longer songs, but 60 minutes goes by way too fast.

Tzar Bomba: Craneium (Finland)(27:10-34:42)

Jason Netherton of Misery Index leads this supergroup (Gwar, Black Dahlia Murder) of pumped up chugging death grind.

No Feast (Without Cruelty): Asphalt Graves (VA)(35:16-37:41)

Indian black metal doesn’t surprise me.  These guys have infused their culture, sounds and imagery in a gorgeously varied album.  Whole album is a big thumbs up.

A Clarity of Indignation: Démonos (India)(38:36-44:56)

Savage writhing grit.  Dirty dirty dirty.  Nightbringer drummer.  It represents my anger.

Shadow Fires: Antaeus (France)(45:57-49:56)

Another solid sludge groove album from Fistula.  Sorry you live in Ohio, your state sucks.

Tough Guy: Fistula (Ohio)(50:42-56:31)

One-man band Crimson Moon created a dense black metal album, broken up by stark folk melody and vocals.  First album after more than a decade.

Urilian Worm: Crimson Moon (San Diego)(57:15-END)

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You know how you just want to make out with a guy, because he’s a great lead singer?  Dudes, they’re Irish (hottest accent ever).  He has this Celtic-folk tune to his voice (bro got my 2014’s Best Vocalist); and the band is just epic.  I never play a live album unless the songs are new, but Primordial is one of those bands that probably HAS to be seen/listened live.  No overdub. 

Empire Falls (Live): Primordial (Ireland)(0:28-7:58)

[UGH I HATE MAKING MISTAKES. I called Drought Year”s”, instead of Drought Year, on the live show, I apologize.]

The force is strong with the bassist of Drought Year.  They have this atmospheric-infused industrial groove mixed with the horror of deathrock, and the vocalist of a sludge band.  I was forced to buy them on vinyl. https://droughtyear.bandcamp.com/

Blood Throne: Drought Year (NC)(9:09-12:42)

Wait, Gnaw Their Tongues is a solo thing?  Maybe I knew that?  This is the sound of a serial killer drilling your head while you are tied up in a bathtub, watching the blood drain from your body.  Aw. 

Hold High The Banners Of Truth Among The Swollen Dead: Gnaw Their Tongues (Netherlands)(13:03-17:53)

Riff-tastic, groove thrash pumped with energy and fucking Swedish soul.

Netherworld Emperor: Witchery (Sweden)(18:21-21:24)

Strange atmospheric Portuguese black metal.  Because, yeah.

the Smirk of Kings: Monte Penumbra (Portugal)(21:53-28:32)

Somehow it took these Swedish dudes 30 years to release their debut album.  That is some perfectionist shit.  Don’t judge by one song here, this album runs a gamut. 

Chaos Of Reign: F.O.A.D. (Sweden)(Fuck Off And Die)(29:24-34:00)

Guest female vocalist on this song.  These dudes are not afraid of empty space. 

Mirrors In A Black Room: Ultha (Germany)(34:27-42:43)

Imagine a deathrock dude laying on the ground, just drained of blood from a vampire.  Blood splattered, and his skin pale and drawn. 

Effundet Saguinem: True Love (Nevada)(43:09-48:39)

In 2014, Dead Congregation got one of my “Best of”.  They are relentless, filthy, and soul-crushing. 

Wind’s Bane: Dead Congregation (Greece)(49:40-54:10)

There is nothing but torture to the next sound.  Obviously it relaxed me.

Ever Downward: Bastard Noise/Sickness (CA)(54:39-END)

Behind the Vocals: Dean Martin, Pearl Bailey, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Buddy Greco

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