@@@ Dual: Fear of the Dead (Heavy Psych, 2016). Catchy uptempo heavy music at the crossroads of glam and stoner metal. Poppier than Queens of the Stone Age, great guitar sounds with pretty standard riffage. Get out the cheap beer and the motorcycle chaps, it’s gonna be a trailer park ho down. Don’t let the cover fool you, it’s not very death-y.
@@@ Ghostlimb: Difficult Loves (Vitriol, 2016). Some more metal off the Apple Music always on point playlists. No glam on this bad boy, just full post-rock spit. More punk pissed than nihilistic heavy metal. Ya still get a nice kick drum thwack for your money and a few sad emo breakdown sections before the shit starts stirring again. I dig the singer, the drummer is killing it and the guitar player is not a shredder but more of a slasher. Imma gonna swing back on this badboy.
@@@ Holy Grail: Times of Pride and Peril (Prosthetic Records, 2016). Ramped up classic metal off the same Apple Music playlist. Big operatic singer, super shreddy guitar player with the drummer providing most of the muscle. They gotta a little boogie going in this second tune, Waste Them All Away and they bring a little thrash to the third tune. Always within the classic metal frame. Not really my favorite style of metal but they put some mustard on it.
@@@ Fleshgod Apocalypse: King (Nuclear Blast, 2016) One hour and 48 minutes of metal off the Apple Music metal playlist. After an orchestral intro, they get into a battering second tune, with a caveman singer and a methed out kick drums. A blasting wall of guitars and then with strings tucked back in the mix. This is the full metal theater show. Brutal and a little dramatical at the very same time.
YTD recordings listened to: 195
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 107
Not good music: 70
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Matt Walker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb