As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. First up is our pal Seth Werkheiser from Skull Toaster Metal Trivia (@skulltoaster)
Hi – metal friends and people who enjoy reading things on the internet. My year-end list is a mix of metal and rock – but for a dude who grew up on Guns N Roses and Helmet – well – this is the sort of year-end list you get from me in 2015. I left some obvious picks (ahem – FNM) off my list – as they’ll get enough attention everywhere else – and tried to focus on picks that found their way into my life by random BandCamp exploring and listening to a handful of fine folk on Twitter (hey – I’m @sethw). Please enjoy.
10. Super Unison –Super Unison
This is Meghan O’Neil’s new band after leaving Punch and this EP is killer.
9. Spylacopa – Parallels
Groovy in some places, atmospheric in others. All makes for a solid album that I’ve spun many times this year.
8. Torpor – From Nothing Comes Everything
Airy and doomy, super loud trio from the UK.
7. Our Oceans – Our Oceans
Ex-Cynic projects will always win me over: catchy- pretty- and bound with energy.
6. Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors
This album is going to age like some sort of hard drink; burning and so smooth.
5. Kowloon Walled City – Grievances
‘Grievances’ sounds like what every overcast, rainy day looks like. And those are my favorite sorts of days.
4. Coliseum – Anxiety’s Kiss
Like an old car with a manual transmission and no power steering, ‘Anxiety’s Kiss’ hurts so good.
3. Mutoid Man – Bridgeburner
This album is majestic, like surfing on the back of a gold-plated eagle that shoots lightning bolts from its eyeballs.
2. OHHMS – Cold
Two songs is more than enough for me. Just like you don’t fast forward classic movies to the “good parts,” so is this album – you listen to the build-ups like an adult!
1. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
This is the most metal album of the year for me. I get chills listening to each chorus and all that riffing. The vocals on this whole album just sound ferocious – like they mean something.
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Seth online at sethw.com