It was the perfect year to crank the music and dance, for real or just in your head.Read More We Got Together
Three veteran bands were under no pressure to recapture past glory, but they did anyway.Read More ‘Cause Heaven’s Full
The Deftones commemorated White Pony’s 20th anniversary with their best album in 20 years.Read More A Delayed Rebirth
It’s fitting that 2020 gave us a dystopian metal masterpiece.Read More Destination: Enlightenment
Hayley Williams’ solo debut is an experimental triumph.Read More Between Wrath and Mercy
An unfairly maligned, flawed but kind of great album.Read More Delete Forever.
It took a few tries, but the Haim sisters struck gold on their latest album.Read More Potential Realized
A few days ago I mentioned how I have two huge preferences when it comes to new metal music. One is the progressive and experimental side, as exemplified by Enslaved and Oranssi Pazuzu in my recent post. The other side is its polar opposite: traditional, old school heavy metal. I’m talking about the heavy metal […]Read More Hail and Kill, As the Gods Intended
Bob Dylan picked a good time to put out his best new music in many years.Read More Play Me a Song
Most of the heavy music I listen to is escapist, which goes back to my days as an ostracized and traumatized teenager. I’d go home, turn on some Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Priest, anything to drown out all the bad things that happened that day. And bad things happened a lot, every single day during those […]Read More I Hope They’re Dead Now
In 2020 a free download turned the Canadian music industry upside-down.Read More “I Don’t Wait For No One”
Two Scandinavian metal innovators made my 2020 a little better.Read More The Nail of the Master
Who doesn’t love a late-career masterpiece?Read More Heart On His Sleeve
Coping with the loss of hope.Read More 21st Century U.S.A.