It’s List Season, which means it is time for countless publications to crank out arbitrary lists of music that they believe you should have listened to this year. Well, we’re no different. Below you will find my favorite 30 releases of 2018 as well as some honorable mentions. I decided to just list out the records this year for simplicity’s sake, and because I felt like being lazy. Without further ado, here are my questionable opinions. Continue Reading
In the past decade, Thou has become a household name in the heavy music scene. Arguably Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s best artistic export, the band has churned out an unrelenting stream of releases year after year, with 2018 possibly proving to be their most prolific yet. Of the four (yeah…4) records issued by them in the space of the last few months, their upcoming full length Magus, which sees the light of day via Sacred Bones Records on 8/31, is the one most representative of the totality of the band’s oeuvre up to this point. This new offering feels as though it follows in the footsteps of their 2014 LP Heathen, but does not tread precisely the same ground. Continue Reading
Philly/NJ’s newest doom titans Cowardice are something of a local supergroup, comprised of members of Black Urn, Sunrot, Thera Roya, Null&Void, Inertia, Sentient Horror, and Worthless. Respectively the other bands these guys are involved in cover a wide spectrum from post-metal to death metal to sludge, grind, and beyond. Cowardice though, sits solidly in the bracket of crusty-as-fuck, sludgy doom. If you like your heavy music to come at you by way of bands like Thou and Graves at Sea, then their debut release Without Condolence is solidly up your alley.
Virginian record label Robotic Empire have announced the release of yet another Nirvana tribute album. Titled Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach, the new record will pay tribute to the band’s first full-length record, Bleach. The album will feature covers by the likes of Thou, Defeater, This Will Destroy You, Daughters and more. The album’s track listing can be found after the break along with Circa Survive‘s cover of “Love Buzz”.
Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach will be released on April 16.
The Body and Full of Hell have released the official video for their track “Fleshworks” at Noisey. The noisy, electronic-fueled track, which will appear on their upcoming collaborative album One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, is set to a Mitch Wells (Thou)-directed clip depicting the “abduction” of a pregnant woman. Full of Hell vocalist Dylan Walker comments:
“We went into this track wanting to create a song that was mellow yet driving,…We were certainly channeling a lot of what The Body has been moving towards and a lot of what Full of Hell has been into for some time. Dave, Lee, Seth and Keith [Machines With Magnets] all played drums on this track at the same time. It was a great feeling to have Chrissy Wolpert of the Assembly Of Light Choir singing on the track as well. Our friend Mitch Wells [Thou] created the video with only the lyrics and basic album themes to guide him. He made something that is very different for both bands and something we are very proud of. He captured what we were writing about from an angle that we hadn’t even considered.”
Check out the video after the break along with the bands’ upcoming tour dates.
One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache will be released on March 25 via Neurot Recordings. Pre-order here.