@@@ Jungle Rot: A Burning Cinder (Victory, 2018) A pre-release full metal dome banger off the Apple Music metal page. Big double kick thwacktion, super guitar ka-chunk and a post hardcore singer. It is a full steroided muscular formula. ‘It’s time to pull the trigger’ is a lyric that jumps out of the mix and the vocal hook revolves around the world being reduced to ‘a burning cinder.’ It switches to a more mosh-y vibe with a shoutalong vocal section as the tune moves through its second half. An angry nugget for sure.
@@@ Deafheaven: Canary Yellow (Anti-, 2018) Another pre-release tune off the Apple Music metal page. I’ve always considered Deafheaven to be the metal band of NPR listeners as it’s thoughtful and not super rough. This is no exception as the extended intro is a proggy/indie guitar jam. Oh fuck, this is a twelve minute shot of Deafheaven, I didn’t think I was signing up for that. About 2:30 it sets itself to rocking with some orc singing and an overall hopeful vibe to the music. I skipped ahead and it rocks for about six minutes before it gets back to a variation of the formula that started out the song. And then more rocking, oh I can’t hang. It’s all right, not really my thing — I get the idea of hard music escaping its darkness but I’m not enjoying it. Maybe you Hillary Clinton voters might.
@@@ Immortal: Mighty Ravendark (Nuclear Blast, 2018) We will finish up today’s listening with a 9-minute death metal track that Melania Trump puts on before the mighty Cheese Doodle mounts her and doth soil her punani. God, the horror of that orange fishing line hair flipping back and forth. Not that he’s Satan mind you, he’s our fearless leader. Goddammit Melania put some action on this, can you at least give a bit of a flying fuck here, I spent good money bringing you over from that Eastern European shithole! These guys get a good guitar grind going on with a rock drum sound and a righteous orc singer. Gravelly and staticky like the guitars. It has a plain but epic vibe to it. I’m sure the Donald can not continue with the feverish pumping of his wife for the full 9 minutes especially after a long day of rage tweeting at the world. I don’t care, do you?
YTD recordings listened to: 382
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 200
Not good music: 170
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts