Top 10 Albums of 2019: METAL EDITION

Year-End List Number Three is here! My Top 10 Metal Albums of 2019! This was a fantastic year for the Metal genre as a whole. And hopefully this wide range of exciting album I’ve selected – from bands new and old, high-profile and under-the-radar – reflects that. Above all, these lists are always a wonderful opportunity for a moment of gratitude. So THANK YOU to all of these bands for pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into their music and making all of our lives more manageable in the process! Artists discussed here include Allegaeon, Venom Prison, Liturgy, Fit for An Autopsy and more!

Check out the full list below:

As I Lay Dying – Shaped By Fire Album Review

What’s up, guys! Time for one of my biggest reviews of the Fall release season!

This week I dig into the long-awaited but controversial return of Metalcore veterans As I Lay Dying. Remember that little “attempted murder” thing that frontman Tim Lambesis went through? Well regardless of where you stand on the issue, Lambesis is now a free man, back on the streets AND the stage, fronting his old band.

However, rather than spend any time debating the ethical and moral implications of the situation, I chose to focus solely on the music. As I always do. We’re now 7 years removed from the band’s last album Awakened – how does Shaped by Fire measure up? Watch the full review below:

Venom Prison – Glitch: Mental Health and Touring Musicians REACTION

Happy Friday guys! Or I guess I could wish you a Happy As I Lay Dying Release Day, Happy Cult of Luna Release Day, Happy Blink-182 Release Day, Happy Zac Brown Band Release Day, or however you choose to make this otherwise-insignificant day meaningful.

I wanted to share a few thoughts on this mental health-centered tour documentary that the band Venom Prison did. You can watch the full documentary here. It’s certainly a unique spin on your typical idealized and/or goofy supercut of “backstage footage” from established bands. “Glitch” instead chooses to focus on the emotional hardships of the touring lifestyle. The boredom, the drudgery, the loneliness. And it brought up a lot of interesting themes that I enjoyed discussing. Check out my full reaction here:

Insomnium’s “Heart Like a Grave” Music Video

Not since The Lord of the Rings have such ugly men been surrounded by such breath-taking scenery.

Ahead of the release of album number eight next month, Finnish Melodic Death Metal songbirds Insomnium have unleashed the video for its title cut, “Heart Like a Grave”.

Considering I literally gave Winter’s Gate the album of the year in 2016, it’s safe to say that I’m excited for its follow-up. And to my delight as a fan who prefers evolution, “Heart Like a Grave” doesn’t have a ton in common with Winter’s Gate musically. The band’s feet are completely off the throttle tempo-wise as this track eschews blistering blast beats and lightning-fast tremolo guitars in favor of a more reserved, textural approach that dips its toes into a bit of Power Metal.

And the video? God, the footage is gorgeous. It’s a shame that someone always has to die (spoiler alert! as if you actually cared about a music video plot) in every Extreme Metal visual, though. Just let everybody live and fake play their instruments. Your album will sell the exact same guys, don’t worry.

Anyway, Insomnium’s Heart Like a Grave drops October 4th. And I’m definitely planning on reviewing it! Check out the music video for the title track below:

 

 

Top 10 Mid-Year Albums of 2019: METAL EDITION

Hey guys, it’s finally time for our Mid-Year Lists! I actually put these together in late June, but July got crazy and I haven’t had time to edit the footage and get it up on YouTube. Part 1 is our Metal list, featuring an AMAZING slew of releases ranging from heavy-hitters like Periphery and Baroness to criminally underrated music from the likes of Astronoid and Numenorean. Also featuring the…ehm…”colorful” commentary from yours truly, as always.

Check out the full video below, and let me know your picks! Non-Metal list coming soon too!