2019, the year that closes the decade and with it a lot of interesting releases in the Heavy Metal world. In this article, you’ll get to see my top 20 favorite albums of the year. It was no easy task to choose just 20, a lot of talented bands released quality stuff this year, but I believe these are the ones that close the decade on a high note and gives us hope for more in the future.
Mexico’s premier springtime Metal and Punk festival, Domination Festival has announced its 2020 lineup. Def Leppard, Misfits, Nightwish, Rancid, Opeth, BOC, UFO, Testament, Lacuna Coil, Dropkick Murphys and more are set for the festivals that takes place May 1-2 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico. More bands are expected to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale from https://www.ticketmaster.mx Continue reading
2019 seems an odd year for me to be writing a post about my albums of year, and to have so many albums I want to name-check or mention. See, early in the year I stepped down from my role within Ghost Cult – nothing the Cult did wrong, just a question of life and balance. Stepping back from direct exposure to every rock, metal or alternative release should have meant I had fewer albums to care about, but, actually, it’s afforded me more time with each of the albums that I have connected with. Continue reading
Buckle up, you’re about to enter an epic journey. If you’re just like me, that gets into the music and just get chills by listening to certain melody arrangements and you just cry; yes, cry, then this album will probably lead you to that (maybe not necessarily crying, but you catch my drift). It’s not because the music is necessarily sad, this is not the case here, but rather from the excitement of what you’re listening to. Well, that was my initial reaction to Wilderun’s third album, Veil of Imagination (Self-Released), I literally couldn’t stop the tears coming out of my eyes in awe of what the information my brain was receiving. The first track ‘The Unimaginable Zero Summer’, my absolute favorite, by the way, it’s a summary of what you will get from this album. From epic choir vocals to great instrumentalization, this album surely brings a great variety of elements that will make any Progressive Metal fan jump in excitement. Continue reading
Anthrax will release a line of premium hockey apparel with their new partner PUCK HCKY! The new series of high-quality, small-batch hockey jerseys and streetwear that pull visual inspiration from the band’s rich catalogue of albums, EP, single, and t-shirt artwork, including Anthrax’s instantly-recognizable logo and its long-time mascot, “Not-Man” is available now! The hockey brand has already done collabos with Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, Overkill, Testament, Rivers of Nihil, Doyle, Darkest Hour, 36 Crazyfists, All Hail The Yeti, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, Less Thank Jake, Opeth and more. Continue reading
Opeth, who previously shared a short video teaser for the track ‘Ingen Sanning Är Allas (Universal Truth)’ from their latest album, In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast Records), has shared the full video version of the English language version of the song. The video was created with acclaimed director Jess Cope (“Frankenweenie,” “Metallica: Here Comes Revenge”, Steven Wilson) and follows a melancholic and bitter man on the brink of self-destruction and insanity as he delves into a sinister alternate world as reality crumbles around him. Cope previously collaborated with Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt on the music video for ‘Drag Ropes’ for his side project Storm Corrosion. You can watch the clip and check out Opeth’s full string of world tour dates, continuing next week in China, and into 2020 with a highly anticipated headline run of North America. Continue reading
Hellfest has announced its 15th-anniversary lineup for summer 2020, and it looks like a dream! Already announced Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and many more. Hellfest takes place June 19-21 in Clisson, France near Paris and ticket info is coming soon! Continue reading