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

0:25-3:49
CRYPTS OF DESPAIR (Lithuania)
Condemned To Life
— Vocal extremes, hurricane of death noise and crushing beat with an underlying melancholy. A powerhouse of an album.

5:07-9:07
ALTARAGE (Spain)
Forja
— Sinister, meditative drone pace builds to a cacophony, with pockets of grind and sludge and death chugging. Runner-up up in my Best of 2016, and another hit.

9:47-14:14
THE ARMED (Detroit)
Average Death
— 90’s-esque indie blended to modernity with a Converge-textural hardcore, industrial and synth, and pop. 19 musicians include some famous ones.

14:34-19:08
DESOLATE REALM (Finland)
Spire
— 2-piece heavy metal includes all the good stuff, including a jamming guitar, breaks into ballads, and a heavy dose of headbanging.

19:23-25:03
DEATHTRIPPERS (UK)
Unity of light
— Lovely goth vocals in a richly melodic and romantic electronic dark wave.

25:50-33:29
SPECTRAL LORE (Greece)
Initiation Into The Mystery
— Last year’s split with Mare Cognitum led to this chaotic, beautiful, abstract and ethnic black metal.

33:55-40:33
BONES OF THE EARTH (Arkansas)
Machine Rising
— The unexpected galaxy-driven compositions took me out of what I was listening to. Already a unique mix of doom, proggy sludge, droning guitars, and chomping hardcore

40:55-42:24
BONE CUTTER (San Jose)
Sea of Broken Needs
— 2 thumbs-up to the song titles. Short and sweet crushing grindcore and death that is unexpectedly charming.

42:53-48:57
UNGFELL (Switzerland)
Tyfels Antlitz (Wie e Huerä zwei Chind empfanget)
— Just picture these dudes in Heidi-pigtails on a Swiss countryside singing their fantasy medieval and orchestral black metal. .

49:55-53:57
CICADA THE BURROWER (Madison)
Where Old Crystals Grow
— Shimmering with sharp waves right under the surface. Meandering jazz meets raw aggression. All proceeds off this record go to the ACLU, yah!

54:40-END
PAYSAGE d’HIVER (Switzerland)
Wärzä
— Paysage d’Hiver’s “Wanderer” continues to explore an alien world. A shorter album than last year’s stunner, but still a raw biting wind.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_398_05042021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm PDT

Special new wave/cold wave/dark wave/electro/synth/industrial show - all super brand new songs.

0:25-3:43
CHEMICAL CLUB (NM)
Drunk in the Dark

3:44-7:03
JE T'AIME (France)
Fuck Me (Live at Gibus)

7:04-10:32
LESSER ANGELS (OR)
Cloth and Ashes

10:33-14:27
BLACK PLASTIC (Chicago)
Savage

14:28-19:04
SEVIT (TX)
War Chest (Unholy Mix)

19:05-21:37
CAWATANA (Hungary)
White (Again) - (live)

21:38-25:45
KÆLAN MIKLA (Iceland)
Sólstöður

25:58-29:40
DELIRIUM (Ukraine)
Затерянные (feat. Povod)

29:41-33:14
GRAVEYARD GOSSIP (Portland)
Lift The Veil

33:15-36:10
SEXUAL PURITY (Ukraine)
Chains

36:11-40:06
HALLOWS (Seattle)
All That Is True Dies

40:07-45:58
HANTE. (France)
Blank Love

46:29-51:14
BLACK LULLABIES (LA)
Crown Shyness

51:15-55:15
UR URSULA VERA (?)
Slow Danse With The Dead - So obnoxious

55:16-END
LESSER CARE (TX)
Palm

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_397_042721.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:36pm PDT

0:25-6:52
GABESTOK (Denmark)
Tågens melodi
— A duo creating pagan horror psychedelic black metal and punk thrash with notes of 60's garage guitar and a whisper rasp. Album shipping fees of fucking $20, but I pushed forward.

7:58-13:29
KARMA VIOLENS (Greece)
Kingdom of the Deserters
— Another duo-charged frenetic death with delicious groove and flourished guitar solos and an infusion of thrash pace.

14:07-20:30
SPECTRAL WOUND (Montreal)
Diabolic Immanence
— My 2018 choice for Best Traditional Black Metal, this is their follow up album. The vocalist stains your brain with his monstrous shrieks that invoke pity. The black metal is raw, leaving you broken. This is pure devastation perfection.

21:01-26:57
INTONATE (Montreal)
Sever
— Gloomy, moody, reflective death metal transitioning into doomy instrumental sections. Menacing and romantic.

27:48-32:43
AUTARKH (Netherlands)
Cyclic Terror
— On my pile for a while and was persuaded to take another gander after their burning Roadburn performance. Solid industrial bent in this version of textualized chaos. Electronic effects serve to abrade and soothe.

33:19-37:43
KËKHT ARÄKH (Ukraine)
Crystal
— Opposing black metal with a gentle touch is not surprising. These musicians are incredibly thoughtful. This version uses melodic strains behind the raw and stripped sound providing a touching, nostalgic and difficult result.

38:05-44:22
CREEPING FEAR (Paris)
Hategod Triumph
— Chugging pace and a massive slab of death pummeling with excellent guitar solos.

45:09-49:25
BEWITCHER (Portland)
Electric Phantoms
— Black’n’roll with catchy heavy metal that dives into speed. Raise a flagon.

49:50-57:52
ILDARUNI (Armenia)
Boundless Numen Gardens of Ardini
— Armenian traditional instruments that bring that ethnic edge to an emotional, riff-heavy black metal

58:30-END
ASH CODE (Italy)
Indifference
— Italian cold wave remixing Clan of Xymox and Molchat Doma, big in the scene right now.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_396_042021.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT

0:25-4:51
CRYPTOSIS (Netherlands)
Game of Souls
— Groove-leaning, proggy, intricate thrash breaking into synth and guitar solo interludes.

5:44-9:37
THRONE (MI)
All Creation Wept
— Best guttural and screeching vocals emoting utter fury, a dance between black and death in a hyper-pace.

9:57-17:03
CATHARTIC DEMISE (CAN)
Disparity
— More tight thrash with cool heavy metal melody and a biting guitar and drum coupling. Fist up.

17:35-23:15
SOOTHSAYER (Ireland)
Cities of Smoke
— Sludge that unravels to massive drums and desperate, enraged vocals with instrumentals that transform to savage explosions. Free download from bandcamp! https://soothsayer.bandcamp.com/album/echoes-of-the-earth-atmospheric-doom-sludge-metal

23:53-26:56
OLD NICK (CA?)
Bastion Of Bubonic Debauchery
— Do a line of coke, take a hit of acid, turn on the black metal and go on a carnival ride.

27:20-32:10
INOCULATION (OH)
The Edge of Town
— Relentless sharp death metal infused with cool effects and noodle-y guitar creating a head-churning affair all around.

32:30-37:00
HORNDAL (Sweden)
Horndal's Blodbad
— Shimmering melodic over a dramatic hardcore vocal and abrasive sludge band with filthy riffs. But the melody, that shit was good.

37:21-41:46
PHLEBOTOMIZED (Netherlands)
No Surrender
— Hailing from 1989 and still rocking a modern brutal death with unique doomy melodic, even from old farts.

42:38-56:40
夢遊病者 (aka Sleepwalker) (NY, Japan, Russia)
Redemption / Retaliation
— Bros. This is sound that will break apart your bored brain with meditative psychedelic, jazz, black metal, and just out-there.

57:09-END
MIRROR OF HAZE (Norway)
Drifting into the Void
— A dark Norwegian gothic with sweet vocals.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_395_041321.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 9:03pm PDT

0:25-4:48
MORAL COLLAPSE (Bengalaru)
Your stillborn be praised
— Bangalore/Bengaluru band Moral Collapse has guest musicians from huge bands like Death and Gorguts, creating a tight proggy technical death that builds a balanced and infectious sound, and spots of experimentation like horror violins to mix it up.

6:01-11:44
VITRAIL (CAN)
Devant l'Autel
— Languid, unrushed and anguished melodic interweave with a black scratched vocal and vicious drums.

12:09-13:54
DEAD NEANDERTHALS (Netherlands)
Restraining Order
— Deranged grind with a saxophone vocal that sounds like it is being murdered; and disjointed drums creating their brand of mayhem.

14:23-20:12
STEEL BEARING HAND (TX)
Per Tenebras Ad Lucem
— Death and thrash are hand in hand with sped up tempo and sharp guitar solos with variety of tempo and a bit of doom. All of it erupts.

20:53-29:23
LABORED BREATH (Oakland)
Hypoesthesia
— Where you start is not where you end. Theatrical black metal with meditative sections proves dense, but worthy of unpacking.

29:59-36:33
UNFLESH (New Hampshire)
Amongst Horrors Must I Dwell
— Technical death metal swings to melodic black metal with beautiful acoustic passages that really take it to an atmospheric route.

37:03-44:30
MYRDØD (PA)
Heart ov Gharlrath
— Bloodied, monstrous vocals with a swarming atmospheric black propelled with a death beat and industrial groove in parts, eventually breaking back to its mangled horror.

45:31-49:20
ORECUS (Sweden)
My Manifest
— Straight-forward pummeling death infiltrated with heavy groove, made for the bangers.

49:37-53:09
CELESTIAL SANCTUARY (UK)
Mass Extinction
— Unafraid of a doomy slower pace, eventually building to massive head-churning death and part grind.

53:33-58:17
PUTRESCINE (San Diego)
The Abyss
— Off-centered brutal death, with multiple layered melodies making it weird, and added female vocals.

58:39-END
ROOSEVELT (Germany)
Strangers
— The antithesis of the previous songs, some euphoric disco pop to sweeten your brain.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_394_040621.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT

0:25-4:02
DEMISER (SC)
Deathstrike
— Debut thrash from a fiery rasp in a Lemmy style and guitars that careen off a cliff.

5:08-12:34
SEPULCROS (Portugal)
Marcha Funebre
— Funeral doom death? This one engulfs and saturates, and then explodes into a cavernous death with monstrous beat. Be patient, this is gratifying. Massive album.

12:58-18:10
HERZEL (France)
La Flamme
— French heavy metal that jam with guitar rides, with changing tempos and epic leadups to dramatic Mercyful Fate vocals.

18:35-23:24
VARMIA (Poland)
bielmo
— Tribal Polish black metal with strange instrumentation including the didgeridoo and a range of vocals, including chants, female vocals and a guttural mutterer.

24:13-28:47
GREENLEAF (Sweden)
Tides
— 20 years for me, following this band. The lead singer was also shared with Dozer, another fave. The new vocalist has been around for a while now, and he is as epic. Sun-drenched Swedish retro done perfectly.

29:11-34:01
TURRIS EBURNEA (Italy)
Unified Fields
— A duo from Cosmic Putrefaction and Krallice, mesmerizing with twisted death and a touch of really unique melodic and droney bits.

34:31-40:17
MARIANAS REST (Finland)
Pointless Tale
— Finnish decompresses you with their style of melancholy blackened and a hot vocalist.

40:49-47:55
GENGHIS TRON (NY)
Alone In The Heart Of The Light
— Synth-based psychedelic, post- and spacey-rock that is immersive and heady.

48:47-54:13
KOLDOVSTVO (?Russia?)
IV
— Dr. Zhivago metal. Dramatic, romantic and melancholy-sweet driving to a bitterly cold ending.

54:40-59:24
MARASMUS (KC)
Archaic Burial Rites
— Marasmus balances delicate instrumentation and a brutal technical death. Raw and sparse that packs a wallop, with a blast of riffs when necessary.

59:49-END
HAPLESS WRETCH (London)
Necrotizing Fasciitus
— 10 minutes of filthy grime-y death that is as impactful as a much longer album.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_393_033021.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 7:46pm PDT

0:25-6:48
STORTREGN (Switzerland)
Grand Nexion Abyss
— Guitars galore; strummed to galaxy-driven solos to technical. Textures and genres include technical death, melodic black, and a blast of proggy lurches and massive riffs. A chilling rasp of a vocalist drops perfectly to the hottest muscular. Huge album.

8:02-11:59
PUPIL SLICER (UK)
Wounds Upon My Skin
— Yes, this album is that good. Not just another Dillinger; this pulls its weight from all directions. Grind and noise make way for massive riffs and groove with unexpected moments. Her vocals are strength and agony.

12:27-16:50
ENFORCED (VA)
Malignance
— Lighten this shit UP, with some brutal hardcore. Richmond in the HIZ-HOOOOOUSE. Appropriate fist on the album cover.

17:23-28:02
MARE COGNITUM (Portland)
Luminous Accretion
— Intricately woven guitar and drums, building to always something bigger. The suffocation is manageable with breaks of melody and a softened edge. Always stellar.

29:04-36:14
WESENWILLE (Netherlands)
The Descent
— A duo that has packed it all in there: sharp, angular, chaotic black metal sweetened with drama. It will take time to figure it out.

36:52-40:57
KANKAR (Germany)
Thüringer Schwarzmetall
— Another 2-piece with a powerful weaponized vocal, an equally effective drum, and moments of beer rock’n’roll warming it all up.

41:34-46:00
LUNAR SHADOW (Germany)
And Silence Screamed
— 80’s heavy metal soul with poignant lyrics and reflective ballads. Emotional and solid.

47:04-51:02
DVNE (Scotland)
Enûma Eliš
— Pronounced Dune. Thick, rich sludge with proggy overtones and epic breakdowns. A cool breeze of post-metal and experimental ambient really break it apart.

51:36-57:59
FUATH (Scotland)
The Pyre
— Two Scottish bands in a row! This is the most medieval warrior wintry black forest black metal you’ll hear in a while.

58:23-END
TOPOGRAPHIES (SF)
Lonely Figure
— I wondered how the vocalist Gray Tolhurst, son of the Cure's drummer/keyboardist, ended up in San Francisco. He was going to college here! He pushed away cold wave and post-punk for a long time, and finally broke down.  We should be so lucky. This is a luscious, poppy, misting, moody, dreamy album.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_392_032321.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 9:04pm PDT

Tribute to our dear friend Brian who was gone before his time. These songs represent the time we spent together dancing, drinking, gossiping, griping, loving.  And yes, there are two Hole songs.

0:25-4:16
SKINNY PUPPY (CAN)(1988)
Testure

4:17-8:52
KMFDM (UK)(1990)
Friede

8:53-11:45
HOLE (USA)(1991)
Teenage Whore

11:46-15:12
HOLE (USA)(1994)
Doll Parts

15:13-18:58
BAUHAUS (UK)(1981)
Passion of Lovers

18:59-23:55
MINISTRY (USA)(1989)
Thieves

24:15-27:08
PIXIES (USA)(1989)
Monkey Gone to Heaven

27:09-31:35
DEPECHE MODE (UK)(1987)
Never Let Me Down Again

31:36-34:38
THE SMITHS (UK)(1986)
Bigmouth Strikes Again

34-39-38:25
NINE INCH NAILS (USA)(1989)
Down In It

38:26-44:07
YAZ (UK)(1982)
Situation (U.S. 12'' Mix)

44:38-47:31
THE CURE (UK)(1985)
In Between Days

47:32-52:34
NEW ORDER (UK)(1989)
Dream Attack

52:35-56:29
SISTERS OF MERCY (UK)(1985)
Nine While Nine

56:29-END
PINK FLOYD (UK)(1975)
Wish You Were Here

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Tribute_to_Brian_031621.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:08pm PDT

0:25-5:04
INVULTATION (Ohio)
Cathedral Of Impaled
— Ohio weirdos in a cavernous death, pummeling raw black, and a sludgy groove.

5:58-9:44
SIGNIFICANT POINT (Japan)
Attacker
— Stylish retro Japanese that hit 80’s soaring epic heavy and speed metal on the head. Jamming, harmonizing, technical guitars steal the show.

10:06-14:09
THROWING BRICKS (Netherlands)
Constant Failure
— This will thaw your heart and pummel it to a pulp all at the same time. The desperate vocals really threw some arrows. Hardcore, sludge, black, post-metal and even drone.

14:52-20:51
KRALLICE (NY)
Disgust Patterns
— Krallice off-roads and it is the insane that our brains need. The masters of dense, technical prowess break under atmospheric vocals and avant garde synth to create a post-apocalyptic sound.

21:39-26:57
VOID (London)
VIII: The End (This Is the Way the World Ends)
— Another weird album with multiple facets: moody mathematical, industrial, funk-bass and theatrical psychedelic. A member of Hexvessel and Grave Pleasures.

27:32-30:12
SWAMPBEAST (LA)
Convulsing In The Shit And Piss Of Man
— Absolutely no “swampy stoner” here. This is some filthy, deranged death with heavily head-bangable moments.

30:44-35:21
FORHIST (France)
VI
— Vocalist of Blut Aus Nord creates his style of modern, well-produced black metal with a touch of folk.

35:39-39:46
NIGHTFALL (Greece)
Darkness Forever
— Haunting instrumentals build to melodic death and frenzied thrash.

40:06-45:17
BAEST (Denmark)
Towers of Suffocation
— Don’t underestimate a hearty portion of old school debilitating power death.

46:07-49:21
BLEIB MODERN (Germany)
Loony Voices
— Melancholy, of course. This is post-punk that knows mood.

49:41-END
NOCTAMBULIST (Netherlands)
De Leegte Wenkt
— Dutch black metal. What can go wrong.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_391_030921.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 9:06pm PDT

0:25-3:01
KNOLL (Memphis)
Inherent of Life
— Intense vocals line up with the sharp knife of grind, with death breakdowns and a meditative drone. A powerhouse, mixed by Kurt Ballou.

4:04-9:48
PARANORM (Sweden)
The Immortal Generation
— Thrash-driven, angular death blast with noodling guitars, reminiscent of our 80’s favorites. It unpacks into a full universe of sound. Vinyl won't be offered until August-September.

10:12-16:24
OMINOUS RUIN (SF)
Deception
— Absolutely no superfluous note in this tight, crisp, proggy tech, with atmospheric and organic pockets and badass guitar wizardry. Stark mofos.

16:43-23:43
SPELLJAMMER (Sweden)
Lake
— Speaking of downtuned epic stoner doom, Spelljammer has come out of a 5 year retirement. Take a huge hit, feel this propel you into its cloud, Swedish gods of composition.

24:27-28:22
SUMMONING THE LICH (St. Louis)
Demon of the Snow
— Death-charged debut diving into chomping thrash, swift tech death and tempo changes with the backdrop of fantasy-based themes.

29:08-36:32
IOTUNN (Denmark)
The Tower of Cosmic Nihility
— Epic, grandiose metal with emotional vocals soaring high, the vocalist is the stunner. He is also the vocalist from Barren Earth and Hamferd. Reminded me of While Heaven Wept.

37:02-41:51
CULTED (Sweden/CAN)
Lifers
— Distorted doom, somber raw stoner, and industrial groove with machinic drone and hushed vocals with the most incredible album art.

42:28-47:10
LESSER CARE (TX)
Head On The Floor (live)
— More moody, richly melodic dark wave from a surging alternative scene in Texas. Fucking Texas. I guess I’d be depressed there too.

48:13-55:50
LAMP OF MURMUUR (UK)
Curse of Silent Thunder
— Part of a split with anonymous band dai-ichi, I love the melody shining through the fury of the thin, raw black metal that break into massive riffs. Both bands kill it on this split.

56:20-END
EMPYRIUM (Germany)
The Wild Swans
— Crystal melodies soothing and rolling out in waves that eventually erupt into post-metal with a monstrous vocalist.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_390_030221.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:29pm PDT

0:25-5:44
SPIRE (AU)
Hymn III
— Textural black metal slowed down to moody and reflective. The vocalist adds multiple dimensions with low growls, high shrieks, chanting and an overall thundering performance.

7:03-13:55
SENYAWA (Indonesia)
Istana
— Written-up by the NYT, Senyawa is an incredible part of the huge Indonesian experimental scene with a wild ride on homemade instrumentation. They offered graphics and audio files out to whoever wanted it, asking different labels to create mixes to appeal to their local region. 44 labels took them up on it. This one is from a British label.

14:39-21:07
SUFFERING HOUR (MN)
Obscuration
— Another explosive black metal band playing with death muscularity and lower-paced meditative atmospheric with a seething, gravelly vocalist.

21:39-23:38
GRAVESEND (NYC)
Ashen Piles Of The Incinerated
— Intensity ramps up through this album, gritty death, atmospheric grind and punk experimenting with density, aggression and mood.

24:21-29:23
HEAVE BLOOD AND DIE (Norway)
Post People
— The band name doesn’t necessarily match the chill post-punk 70’s influenced krautrock political band. Fantastic album.

29:39-32:26
SOCIOCLAST (San Jose)
Concrete and Steel
— Monstrous groove grind with blistering death and dread.

32:47-37:18
DEAD EXALTATION (India)
The Transformation
— Indian technicality puts this away with a blast of death and prog and satisfying riffs.

37:36-45:15
LIQUIFY (WA)
Quest for Eternity
— Jamming psychedelic brain candy that lets the brain just breathe. Lovely.

46:04-50:12
DEIQUISITOR (Denmark)
Below the frozen Tundra
— Demonic vocals claws you while burying you alive with a raw bleak death.

50:30-55:26
SARIN (CAN)
Reckoner
— Meditative stoner post-metal with a focus on unique instrumentals; another decompressive album.

55:45-END
MOTORAMA (Russia)
Up
— Sweet, bubbly new wave from one of my faves in this genre.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_389_022321.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:14pm PDT

0:25-7:42
AD NAUSEAM (Italy)
Inexorably Ousted Sente
— Frenetic black and pummeling, technical death hurtling against each other, creating a universe of density, breaking into rippling, meandering, brain melting compositions.

8:51-12:51
EMPTINESS (Belgium)
On n'en finit pas
— A bleak, unrefined goth mixed with some traditional melodic bass and synth, but thrown off-kilter by evil vocals and nothing sweet.

13:18-18:21
HUMANITY’S LAST BREATH (Sweden)
Tide
— Cinematic and horror experimental deathcore that explodes out of the traditional djent beat and muscular vocal.

18:46-22:14
EVIL (Japan)
閻魔天 Enmaten
— Chomping old school black metal speed with technical badass rock and roll guitar.

22:55-30:27
DSKNT (Swiss)
Deconvolution Jψ [Part I]
— A cavernous, disorienting black metal with a hurricane of satisfying riffs that erupt out of nowhere.

30:51-36:43
CAEDES CRUENTA (Greece)
From the Darkest Paths of Golgotha
— Majestic Greek black metal with desperate raw vocals and gothy synth work.

37:17-40:17
INTELLECT DEVOURER (AU) (09/2020)
Demons of the Skull
— Released last year. A member from StarGazer, but very different. Guitar shredding technical death with changes to lurching slow pace.

40:34-44:19
REVULSION (Finland)
Unravel
— First full length after 10 years. Throaty death with some Finnish mood.

45:14-50:01
UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE (UK)
Stationary State
— Reimagined weirdo staticky drone meditation.

50:34-END
ALKERDEEL (Belgium)
Trok
— Bludgeoned.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_388_021621.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:09pm PDT

0:25-4:17
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT (Austin)
Masochistic Oath
— Broken shards of bleak hardcore mixed with a demonic vocalist and grind, electronic, melodic pop.

5:49-17:05
THE RUINS OF BEVERAST (Germany)
The Tundra Shines
— One of my favorite metal bands, whose 2017 album made it to my top 20 of the last 20 years. Another vivid, moody, psychedelic, tribalistic black metal journey with surprising clean vocals that cut through. Touching. Massive.

17:34-22:31
EXIMPERITUSERQETHHZEBIBŠIPTUGAKKATHŠULWELIARZAXUŁUM (Belarus)
Tahâdu
— Anonymous group takes you on a weird, crazed death ride with a moody, rich doom. Unexpected.

23:00-27:20
STARGAZER (AU)
Star Vassal
— Indulgent, weird, proggy death with a rumbling and often theatrical singer, that culminates into kickass riffs.

28:00-36:44
THERMOHALINE (Argentina/Brazil/Belgium)
Sirens
— A debut that nails you to the wall with intensity, and changes shapes to droning guitars, industrial and keyboard effects.

37:08-40:27
ALTERED DEAD (CAN)
Prosodemic Realms
— Throat-clenched vocals within a hurricane of bleak death, slowed down to headbang-worthy sinister doom when needed.

41:02-47:26
TRIBULATION (Sweden)
The Wilderness
— Take the time and meld with this fantasy metal with vampiric blood and a storm of heavy metal and rising melody. Excellent.

48:18-54:27
AETHYRICK (Finland)
Flesh Once Divided
— Frosty massive black metal that often slows to dramatic vibrant melody.

54:50-END
THE SUN CAME UP UPON THE LEFT (Portland)
A Coward’s Expression of Doubt
— A fantastic split with moody, gorgeous acoustic and gothic melodies.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_387_020221.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:19pm PDT

0:25-8:34
GRAVE GNOSIS (FL)
Anathema
— Orthodox Satanic band practice dark spiritual arts in the form of sound, invoking spirits. That’s some dedication dude.

9:49-15:03
NOVAE MILITIAE (France)
Faithfully Reduced to Ashes
— Look, so this released last year, but just got released in the US by Sentient so we’ll go with that. USA! Another bout of Satanic black metal with a spectrum of pace from pummeling to lethargic to dense atmosphere.

15:46-22:53
AUTONOESIS (Toronto) (Released 8/2020)
Horrors of Nothing
— Long form thrash mixing death and black with guttural rasps and neck-wrenching spins. Such a great debut last year.

23:21-29:52
MYRDØD (PA?)
Elders Cave
— One person gurgling bloody chaotic swarming offset fighting hammering. Surprising.

30:44-35:17
SHAME (London)
Human, for a Minute
— Album name ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ is a color used to weaken. Disjointed punk pop, late 70’s style post-punk, and noise rock with Idles-style vocals.

35:42-41:35
ABERRATION (MN)
I
— Oppressive nature of Minnesota lends to a black metal filled with unease.

42:03-47:02
HULDER (OR)
From Whence and Ancient Evil Once Reigned
— One woman band mixing pagan, acoustic and medieval flair to a turbulent black metal.

47:48-51:12
SVRM (Ukraine)
Життя
— Emotionally relentless with intense vocals and grief-stricken melodies. Pummeling breaks to guitar breaks to folk instrumentation. Gorgeous.

51:47-END
DEAD NEANDERTHALS (Netherlands)
(part of) Cosmic Slime
— Members of my #1 2020 album Cryptae created another form of immersion: a distorted meditative drone sound wave. Love the touch of horn. You can download the 27 minute song for free from bandcamp (https://deadneanderthals.bandcamp.com/album/cosmic-slime).

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_386_012621.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:31pm PDT

0:25-8:28
AKHLYS (CO) (released 12/2020)
Ephialtes
— An ancient, warped, sinister, atmospheric black metal witch rasps out evil spells between bloody teeth.

9:54-14:55
FRACTAL GENERATOR (Ontario)
Shadows Of Infinity
— Stealthy knife vocal outlines vicious turns and decapitating riffs while everything rains down in bullets.

15:26-21:12
GRAVEHUFFER (MO)
Madwolf
— Smart, strange, varied, jaunty crusty metal sludge with horns, sounding like Imperial Triumphant on a joyride. There is so much here.

21:39-28:07
HERETICAL SECT (NM) (released 12/2020)
Ritual Inversion
— Misting, howling, raging atmospheric horror breaking into a hurricane of distortion and pummeling, ripping apart into multiple organisms.

28:52-31:36
WARSTONE (MA) (Released 11/2020)
Holy Steel
— If you like Gatecreeper, take a gander of this powerful set of throaty grind, death and slow-churning sludge. Excellent.

32:03-33:06
GATECREEPER (AZ)
Starved
— Short bundle of death-grind and one massive epic doom song with heated growls.

33:41-41:18
DREAD SOVEREIGN (Ireland)
Nature is the Devil's Church
— Primordial lead singer has been one of my favorite for years. Another one of his projects of retro heavy metal with death tone and warm stoner psychedelic.

41:39-47:48
SHAIDAR LOGOTH (MN) (released 12/20)
Machin Shin
— Minnesota screams despair in a ferocious atmospheric black metal.

48:37-52:04
STASS (Sweden)
As The Seasons Bleach Your Bones
— Swedes roll out rock and death, epically catchy, surprising tempo lurches and a tuff boy mosh pit attitude.

52:26-57:41
MALAKHIM (Sweden)
Slither O Serpent
— Just a touch of melody within a cauldron of bubbling black and death sweetens it just right.

58:08-END
BLOSSOM (MN)
Ingurgitating the Caliginous Orifice
— Short and sweet songs blasting out a crust and death impact.

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Show_385_011921.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT

Best of 2020, Show 2 of 2, counting down to my #1 Album!

Album Cover Art
The Spirit (Germany), album - Cosmic Terror: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3996197371_10.jpg
Psychotic Waltz (CA), album - The God Shaped Void: https://www.insideoutshop.de/images/products/large/0IO01998_637115800934067991.jpg
Phalanx (CA), album - Golden Horde: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2404742206_10.jpg
Blasphemer (Italy), album - The Sixth Hour: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0764213119_10.jpg
On Thorns I Lay (Greece), album - Threnos: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0195263489_10.jpg
Peripheral Cortex (Germany), album - God Kaiser Hell: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4257315599_10.jpg
Xenobiotic, album – Mordrake: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2471456487_10.jpg
Intronaut (CA), album - Fluid Existential Inversions: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0798790118_10.jpg
Heathen Foray (Austria), album – Weltenwandel: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4089437681_10.jpg
Man’n Sin (France), album - Garden of Starvation: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3989012929_10.jpg
Korgonthurus (Finland), album – Kuolleestasyntynyt: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0719671308_10.jpg
Crystal Coffin (CAN), album - The Transformation Room: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4001452580_10.jpg
Hyborian (KC), album - Volume II: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3175924485_10.jpg
Death On Fire (IN), album - Ghost Songs: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4129148932_10.jpg
Roman Ring (Chicago), album - The Halogen: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0817157893_10.jpg
Forlesen (Bay Area), album - Hierophant Violent: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4215778864_10.jpg
Graveir (AU), album - King of the Silent World: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3127444269_10.jpg
Light Dweller (AZ), album – Hominal: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0718838473_10.jpg
Khôra (Norway), album – Timaeus: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0231645775_10.jpg
Khthoniik Cerviiks (Germany), album – Æequiizoiikum: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0281983332_10.jpg
Xythlia, album - Immortality Through Quantum Suicide: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3169528353_10.jpg
Gaerea (Portugal), album – Limbo: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3738186031_10.jpg
Fides Inversa (Italy) , album – Historia Nocturna: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1364049488_10.jpg
Question (Mexico), album - Reflections of the Void: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3893888604_10.jpg
Krallice (NYC), album - Mass Cathexis: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0574786205_10.jpg
Ars Magna Umbrae (Poland), album – Apotheosis: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3001886981_10.jpg
Expander (Austin), album - Neuropunk Boostergang: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2673049905_10.jpg
Astringency (TX), album - Of Vacant Planes: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2891681845_10.jpg
Yatra (MD), album - All is Lost: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2190231781_10.jpg
Amiensus (MN), album – Abreaction: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0885904814_10.jpg
Lord Almighty (Boston), album – Wither: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1449725673_10.jpg
Maladie (GER), album - The Grand Aversion: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3234487487_10.jpg
Goratory (Boston), album - Sour Grapes: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3844836567_10.jpg
The Deviant (Norway), album - Rotting Dreams of Carrion: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2586727345_10.jpg

Behind My Vocals
Statiqbloom (NYC), album - Beneath The Whelm
Deathmaze (Belgium), album - Eau Rouge
Riki (LA), album - S/T
IAMTHESHADOW (Portugal), album - Pitchblack

Modern Black
WAYFARER (Denver), album - A Romance With Violence
The Crimson Rider (Gallows Frontier, Act I) (0:25-10:50)
— Western romance and melody infused with epic, pummeling, majestic black metal with a fiery lead singer.

UPRISING (Germany), album - II
Monuments (12:25-19:35)
— Folk and punk lend the steel-tipped boot of anti-nazi black metal a surprising groove and heart.

RUNNERS-UP:
Khthoniik Cerviiks (Germany), album - Æequiizoiikum
Esoctrilihum (France), album - Eternity Of Shaog
Meslamtaea (Netherlands), album - Geketend in de schaduw van het leven
Calligram (Europe), album - The Eye Is The First Circle

Alternative & New/Cold/Dark Wave
Saturday Album: MOANING (LA), album - Uneasy Laughter
Keep Out (20:16-24:26)
— My Saturday album is my most played album of the year. Buy this on vinyl and twirl in your living room, arms outstretched as you belt every word and fall in love with every sweet note. I cannot recommend more.

FEARING (Santa Cruz), album - Shadow
Pictured Perfect (25:08-30:02)
— Fearing played on my birthday in 2019 opening for She Past Away (Turkey); and I knew I had to follow them. And I was rewarded with the most danceable goth-leaning dark wave of 2020.

RUNNERS-UP:
Pleasure Policy (Oakland), album - Forever
Statiqbloom (NYC), album - Beneath The Whelm
Deathmaze (Belgium), album - Eau Rouge
Riki (LA), album - S/T
IAMTHESHADOW (Portugal), album - Pitchblack

Black'n'Death
VREDEHAMMER (Norway), album - Viperous
Winds of Dysphoria (30:50-35:42)
— Industrial-influenced keyboards and beat deconstruct this tight guitar soloing, neck-wrencher.

HAAPOJA (Finland), album - Mullan Keskeltä
Tunne Kylmä, Tunne Pelko (36:15-41:39)
— Scraped off the bowels of death with strangled vocals and alien guitar tone. Melodies shine between the crust and grime.

WARDAEMONIC (AU), album - Acts of Repentance
Act IV – Sufferance (42:07-50:32)
— The name suggests straight pummeling, but this was a journey, each song providing dynamics in thought and structure.

RUNNER-UP:
Earth Rot (AU), album – Black Tides of Obscurity

Debut
SKELETON (Austin), album - S/T
Catacombs (51:23-55:50)
— What a difficult category to choose from. Listening to Skeleton is like how I would imagine them live, massive chomping energy in complex morsels of structure and brutality.

RUNNERS-UP:
Autonoesis (CAN), album – S/T
Diabolic Oath (Portland), album – Profane Death Exodus
Thætas (NYC) , album – Shrines to Absurdity
Kommand (CA), album – Terrorscape
Abyssal Ascendant (France), album – Chronicles of the Doomed Worlds, Pt. 2: Deacons of Abhorrence
Antzaat (Belgium), album – For You Men Who Gaze into the Sun
Well Of Night (Ohio), album – The Lower Planes of Self-Abstraction
Cynabare Urne (Finland), album – Obsidian Daggers & Cinnabar Skulls
Carnosus (Sweden), album - Dogma of the Deceased
Volcandra (Kentucky), album - Into the Azure

Mood
ORANSSI PAZUZU (Finland), album - Mestarin kynsi
Oikeamielisten sali (56:38-1:02:14)
— Do you expect me to skip Oranssi? Because they consistently put out excellent, unique albums that can’t possibly be matched by their next recording? And yet they did it again, with their signature black psychedelic, hypnotic, eclectic textures creating a new fold in your brain.

SERMENT (CAN), album - Chante, Ô Flamme de la Liberté
Flamme Hivernale (1:02:47-1:10:40)
— Each song includes the sound of wind; soothing, still pockets before an unrelenting pummeling of heart-wrenching black metal with a range of emotions.

CONVOCATION (Finland), album - Ashes Coalesce
Martyrise (1:11:11-1:21:16)
— I am not a funeral doom fan, but these guys use it to create an immensely satisfying, sinister, atmospheric death with hot, taloned vocals.

Modern Death
AFTERBIRTH (NYC), album - Four Dimensional Flesh
Spiritually Transmitted Disease (1:22:16-1:26:23)
— Don’t turn away from the dehydrated guttural upon guttural vocals. It becomes a droning texture within the experimental, psychedelic grind and death with raging technical guitar. The melody pops, flares and bubbles to create a weird, unique experience.

#1 Album: CRYPTAE (Netherlands), album - Nightmare Traversal
Monastic Tomb (1:27:06-END)
— Power surges in the suffocating ocean of Cryptae. It will bash you against its raw edges, a hypnotizing pain that becomes pleasurable. It cracks open to melodic threads and drowns you again. A nightmare, a dose of reality, a meditation.

RUNNERS-UP:
Wake (CAN), album - Devouring Ruin
Ulcerate (New Zealand), album - Stare Into Death and Be Still 
Bedsore (Italy), album - Hypnagogic Hallucinations
Sepulchral Curse (Finland) , album - Only Ashes Remain

RUNNER UP CATEGORIES
Heavy Metal Retro Doom
NITE (SF), album - Darkness Silence Mirror Flame

RUNNERS-UP:
Wytch Hazel (UK), album - III: Pentecost
Traveler (CAN), album - Termination Shock
Eternal Champion (Austin), album - Ravening Iron

Melodic Death
FIRES IN THE DISTANCE, album - Echoes From Deep November

RUNNERS-UP:
Countless Skies (UK), album - Glow
On Thorns I Lay (Greece), album - Threnos
Rannoch (UK), album - Reflections Upon Darkness
Descend (Sweden), album - The Deviant

Sludge
KONVENT (Denmark), album - Puritan Masochism

RUNNERS-UP:
Vile Creature (CAN), album - Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!
Garganjua (UK), album - Toward the Sun
Irist (GA), album - Order Of The Mind
Drought Year (NC), album - Adorned with Death (also industrial)
Black Royal (Finland), album - Firebride

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Best_of_2020_Show_2.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 8:18pm PDT

Best (Livestream) Shows
Mr Bungle: Unbelievable
Obituary: Savage
Greg Dulli: Gorgeous
Deathgrave: Local Halloween theatrical fun
Terry Gross: Trippy with a handsome drummer

Behind my Vocals:
Moaning (LA), album - Uneasy Laughter
Fearing (CA), album - Shadow
Pleasure Policy (Oakland), album - Forever

Speed/Thrash-Influenced
KVAEN (Sweden), album - The Funeral Pyre
Revenge by Fire (0:25-6:40)
— Black metal with epic guitar solos and truth-laying vocals creating chomping, rifftastic, scrunch-face metal

HELLRIPPER (Scotland), album - The Affair of the Poisons
The Affair of the Poisons (8:47-13:35)
— Sniff up this line of pure adrenalin that charges, blasts and rips up your evil soul.

RUNNERS-UP:
Mr. Bungle (SF), album - The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny
Warbringer (CA), album - Weapons of Tomorrow
Havok (Denver), album - V
Carnosus (Sweden), album - Dogma of the Deceased
Bütcher (Belgium), album - 666 Goats Carry My Chariot
Midnight (Cleveland), album - Rebirth by Blasphemy

Folk
HAVUKRUUNU (Finland), album - Uinuos Syömein Sota
Kunnes Varjot Saa (14:08-19:02)
— Medieval ethnic Finnish Viking folk bubbles in a cauldron for drunk warriors. Guitars strum as witches dance to epic soaring intensity and indulgent guitar solos.

Grind/Technical/Extreme
ANAAL NATHRAKH (UK), album – Endarkenment
Libidinous (A Pig with Cocks in Its Eyes) (19:54-24:07)
— Theatrical, operatic grind playing with a range of serial killer vocals, riding atop a mountain of structures. Not your grandfather’s grind.

RUNNERS-UP:
Spectrum of Delusion, album - Neoconception
Xythlia (MN), album - Immortality Through Quantum Suicide
Benighted (France), album - Obscene Repressed

Split
SPECTRAL LORE AND MARE COGNITUM (Portland, Greece), album - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine
Mars (The Warrior) (24:43-33:10)
— The yin and yang achieved between rage and peace, meditation and torture, vicious and still. A thicket of dense sounds part for clear, majestic black metal moments.

RUNNER-UP:
Krallice/Geryon (NYC), album- Wolf/Astomatous

Black Metal
VALDRIN (Ohio), album - Effigy of Nightmares
Basilisk Of Light (34:12-39:07)
— A pool of bloody, dense, monstrous black metal from which no sweetness can emerge.

SNORLAX (AU), album - II
Encapsulated Apocalypse (39:38-44:30)
— Towering vocals within a red-hot, blistering furnace of evil.

RUNNERS-UP:
Cult of Fire (Czech Rep), album - Moksha
...And Oceans (Finland), album - Cosmic World Mother
Naglfar (Sweden), album - Cerecloth

Death
QUESTION (Mexico), album - Reflections of the Void
A Fate Worse Than Death (45:17-51:03)
— Thoughtful, moving death with headbanger riffs. More than you expect.

SKELETAL REMAINS (CA), album - The Entombment Of Chaos
Synthetic Impulse (51:35-56:15)
— Old school death impact with the violent joy of power in every song.

RUNNERS-UP:
Ulthar (CA), album - Providence
Undergang (Denmark), album - Aldrig i livet
Faceless Burial (AU), album - Speciation
Puteraeon (Sweden), album - The Cthulhian Pulse: Call FromThe Dead City

Melodic Black
PANZERFAUST (CAN), album - The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render unto Eden
The Snare of the Fowler (57:44-1:07:29)
— Cathedral meditation in a stormy, richly instrumented, epic black metal.

REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER (France), album - Ascension
Stellar Cross (1:07:55-1:15:51)
— Brooding, primal, anguished black metal that flips over into something different.

AFSKY (Denmark), album - Ascension Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død
Tyende Sang (1:16:40-1:24:39)
— Cold, shimmering soulful slicing and soothing, powerful in the melancholy and sweet of disappearing notes as much as the explosive wall of sound.

#2 Album: GAEREA (Portugal), album - Limbo
Null (1:25:19-END)
— Muscular vocals collapsing into shrieks, guitars propelling each other, and multiple layers of black metal giving way to death metal bold.

RUNNERS-UP:
Blaze Of Perdition (Poland), album - The Harrowing of Hearts
Silver Knife (Belgium), album - Unyielding/Unseeing
Liminal Shroud (CAN), album - Through the False Narrows

Direct download: She_Likes_It_Heavy_Best_of_2020_Show_1.mp3
Category:Radio Show: She Likes It Heavy -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

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