Staff picks & playlists: end of summer edition

Another round of playlists and picks from the Hellbound team. In this edition we look back on our soundtracks for the summer (or, in one case, winter) that was and forward to the new season ahead with some recommendations and anticipation.

Justin Allec

Summer Listening:khemmis
Khemmis – Absolution
Tau Cross
Deceased – Surreal Overdose
Amorphis – Tales from the Thousand Lakes
Noisem – Blossoming Decay

Most Anticipated: Four shows in two weeks, followed by Halloween!
Most Dreaded: The deluge of Deafheaven.

Summer Watching: Penny Dreadful
Summer Reading: The Terror, Dan Simmons

Adrien Begrand

2015 summer soundtrack:ironmaiden
Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls
Rush – Hemispheres (2015 vinyl reissue)
High on Fire – Luminiferous
Kadavar – Berlin
Steely Dan – Aja

Summer reads:
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Chips & Beer, Issue #9

It-Follows-Movie-PosterSummer flicks:
Straight Outta Compton
It Follows
The Guest

Most anticipated albums of the fall:
Clutch – Psychic Warfare
Vhöl – Deeper Than Sky
Shining – International Blackjazz Society

Gruesome Greg

Gruesome Greg’s feel-good albums of the summer:KADAVAR-Berlin-DLP
1. Kadavar – Berlin (Nuclear Blast)
2. Witchsorrow – No Light Only Fire (Candlelight)
3. High on Fire – Lumniferous (E1)
4. King Giant – Black Ocean Waves (indie)
5. Saint Vitus – Born Too Late (SST 1986)

Now Reading: Londoners by Craig Taylor (HarperCollins)

Looking forward to… AC/DC in Ottawa and Toronto, Iron Maiden 2016 tix going on sale (no price too high!), figuring out WTF to watch at TIFF

Craig Hayes

My soundtrack to a Southern Hemisphere winter:taucross
Tau Cross – S/T
Northumbria – Helluland
Sunn O))) Meets Nurse with Wound – The Iron Soul of Nothing
Dispirit – Separation
Abyssion – Luonnon harmonia ja vihreä liekki

Highly anticipated by me in the upcoming weeks…
Iron Maiden – Book of Souls !!!!!!!!
Black Breath – Slaves Beyond Death
Clutch – Psychic Warfare
Queensryche – Condition Human
W.A.S.P. – Golgotha
Vhol – Deeper Than Sky
Horrendous – Anareta
Stryper – Fallen
Saxon – Battering Ram

JulianCopeCopendiumThings I recommend as you settle into autumn and then winter’s embrace.
Re-watch Fringe all over again: it’s been a marvellous winter treat to tuck into.
Sit down to some weird and wonderful UK comedy from recent years, including shows like The Mighty Boosh, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Man to Man with Dean Learner, and The League of Gentlemen.
Read, The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band that Burned a Million Pounds, by John Higgs. Superb music writing. An incredibly oddball tale. And the books is packed with arcane knowledge and genuinely eccentric characters.
Read, The Humans (comic). Recommended to me by Hellbound alumnus Kyle Antivenin, and an absolute turbo-charged blast of simian pandemonium.
Read, Julian Cope’s Copendium. Some of the most madcap music writing ever published. I wish I could write like the Arch Druid Cope. His often surreal musings on music, life, history and art are well worth repeated reading.

Matt Hinch

noisem1. Noisem – Blossoming Decay (A389): These young lads are great motivation for endless lawn maintenance.
2. Second Sun – Hopp/Fortvivlan (Electric Assault): The lyrics are in Swedish but the tunes are sweet. Retro rock gold.
3. Dope Smoker – III, and Volume 4 (self): No explanation necessary.
4. Immortal Bird – Empress/Abscess (Broken Limbs/Manatee Rampage): Totally vicious. Gets the blood pumpin’ better than coffee. But coffee is good too.
5. Sons of Huns – While Sleeping Stay Awake (RidingEasy): Garage/stoner rock with members of Danava. Amazing, amazing stuff.

Anticipating: CLUTCH!!!!!!!!!
Still working my way through the Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley. I’m on Book 5: Death-Bringer.

Gabe Hugh

Kyuss_Welcome_to_Sky_Valley1. Welcome to Sky Valley – Kyuss. Delivers the smoking hot, grooviest riffs this side of any Desert and will keep your head nodding while cruising with the top down.
2. White Pony – Deftones. The cure to your end of summer blues, these Kings of Pain bringer the listener so much solace it’s hard to tell why they were heartbroken in the the first place
3. Valley of Smoke – Intronaut. This progressive album is a grower that blends stoner, jazz and technical sounds to keep you chilling on the beach, water or patio for endless hours while enjoying your favourite vice of choice; it is also the perfect soundtrack to summer star gazing!
4. Success – Ken Mode. Looking for a party and rock out album for your backyard BBQ or patio bash look no further. Combining noise, indie and punk for a mix that will have friends bouncing and moving to the catchiness it displays – let’s just hope no one gets hurt stagediving off your roof jumping into the pool or lake!
5. Hvis lyset tar oss – Burzum. If it’s too hot for you this summer you can always throw on some Black metal and hope that the tones bring you down to those cold, chilling, bleak and dark feelings that some of us feeling during the Canadian Winter.

Rob Kachluba

MyDyingBrideI’ve been on a massive My Dying Bride kick ever since I seen them at MDF last year… Honestly their whole discog has been on my weekly playlist on headphones, in the car, etc. Most played band ever.

Other notables have been the new Paradise Lost and Gruesome LPs.

Most anticipated is, of course… the new My Dying Bride LP (which I have preordered on LP and CD) and the new Hooded Menace (which I plan on getting in all 3 LP colours).

Jason Oberuc

AncientMoonMy top 5 for this summer is:
1. Ancient Moon – Vvltvre
2. Kommandant – The Architects of Extermination
3. Failure – The Heart is a Monster
4. Goat Torment – Sermons to Death
5. Sweat Lodge – Talismana

For fall I am definitely looking forward to the new Revenge album. That is my most anticipated release at the moment.

As for a movie recommendation, I’d have to go with The End of the Tour. It’s a movie that’s based on a true story, includes journalism and partially takes place where I live!

Sean Palmerston

Van_Halen_albumVan Halen – I (Warner Bros)
Iron Maiden – Killers (Harvest/EMI)
Motorhead – Ace of Spades (Bronze/Polygram)
Indesinence – III (Profound Lore)
King’s X – Faith Hope Love (Megaforce)

TV SHOW: Nashville

BOOK: Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

Anticipating: new Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Wilco albums

Renee Trotier

Cattle-Decapitation-The-Anthropocene-Extinction1. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade)
2. Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors (Relapse)
3. Imperial Triumphant – Abyssal Gods (Code 666)
4. Dead Quiet – Dead Quiet (Self Released)
5. Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence (Nuclear Blast)

Considering my list, it’s no surprise that I’m most looking forward to checking out the Cattle Decapitation show in Toronto next month. Having Black Crown Initiate and Dark Sermon as openers is just icing on the cake.

Summer Reading: Revival by Stephen King

Laura Wiebe

LeprousCongregationSummer soundtrack has included:
Leprous – The Congregation
Patsy Cline – the Definitive Collection
Faith No More – from The Real Thing to Sol Invictus and everything between
Riverside – Love, Fear & the Machine
Jungle Rot discography on shuffle

mass-market detective fiction featuring cats (thanks, Hamilton Public Library audiobook collection)

Murdoch Mysteries

Adam Wills

BjorkBjörk – Vulnicura
David Maxim Micic – Bilo 3.0
Mesarthim – Isolate
Warning – Watching From a Distance
Leprous – The Congregation

Anticipating: Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

Recommended Viewing: It Follows (David Robert Mitchell); Sense8 (Netflix)


And a late addition…

Matthew Elliott

Summer 2015 Top Five:
1. Immortal Bird – Empress / Abscess (Manatee Rampage)
2. Myrkyr – M (Relapse)
3. Undergang – døden læger alle sår (Dark Descent)
4. Year of the Goat – The Unspeakable (Napalm)
5. Noisem – (A389)


Anticipating (in no particular order):
Deafheaven – New Bermuda (Anti)
Christian Mistress – To Your Death (Relapse)
Cult of Occult – Five Degrees of Insanity (Vendetta)
Avatarium – The Girl With The Raven Mask (Nuclear Blast)
Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages (Profound Lore)


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