Staff Playlists, January 2019

As the new year rolls in, we ask you to join us once again for an update on what the people of Hellbound have been digging these days.


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Steve Earles

New Release: Sigh – Heir To Despair. Managing to be both traditional metal and totally ‘out there’ at the same time. Well worth listening to.

Live: Not in impoverished January. Sigh!

Non Metal: The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead. Just beautiful. No more to say!

Wild Card: David McCraney – You Are Not So Smart. A book that will change the way you look at the world. Well worth a careful read.

Arta Gailuma

Listening to: SAOR. Can’t wait to hear the full album Forgotten Paths, out in February.

New release: From this month’s newness I did like Carnal Forge, Gun To Mouth Salvation, released via The Orchard Music on January 25th, 2019.

Live: Powerwolf with supports Amaranthe and Kissin’ Dynamite. For some time I have not been to a gig where supports were as good as the main act.

Gruesome Greg

Listening to: Weedeater – Jason the Dragon

New release: WOORMS – Slake

Live: Just saw Freedom Hawk live for the first time after listening to ’em for 10 years. They killed it!

Non-metal: Greta Van… nah, just kidding. Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.

Wild Card: Tim Hortons’ new chicken strips? Not worth it…

Matt Hinch

Listening to: I’m riding another Brant Bjork wave. I love that dude. Heavy Psych Sounds will be reissuing 2003 stoner classic Keep Your Cool. I’m keeping my cool by listening to it!

New release: Keeping that vibe is John Garcia & The Band of Gold, the newest from the legendary John Garcia. His vocal performance on this one is just outstanding. The tunes are pretty groovy too.

Live: I took my 14-year-old daughter to Laval to see Panic! At the Disco a couple weeks ago. She called me an asshole for not getting up and dancing. I let it slide. The cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” gave me a reason to headbang for a few seconds at least.

Non-metal: Are Brant Bjork and John Garcia metal? What about Fu Manchu?

Wild Card: I still haven’t fleshed out my top 40 of 2018 but I have been listening to some of them. This gives me an opportunity to pump Sunnata yet another time. Just check out these Bandcamp tags: rock atmospheric doom grunge post-grunge post-metal psychedelic

Keith Lloyd

New Release: Various – Trapped Under Ice.

Live: King Diamond – Songs for the Dead Live

Non-metal: Leftöver Crack – Fuck World Trade

Wild Card: NOFX – The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories

Sarah Riley

Listening to: Alunah – Wicked Game. I’ve been winding around on the winter season blues rollercoaster; this is a groovy cover that seems to fit the mood quite well.

New Release: Soen – Lotus 

Live: Iron Maiden Tribute Night at Maxwell’s, Waterloo. January 18th, 2019

Non-metal: Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Wild Card: Guts, A short story written by Chuck Palahniuk

Daniel Smith

New Release: Vanum – Under the Banner of Death 

Live: Xavier Wulf – Live at DSTRCT in Guelph on January 25, 2019

Non-Metal: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Laura Wiebe

Listening to: Antimatter – Black Market Enlightenment (Music In Stone, 2018)

New release: Seer – Vol. 5 & 6 (Artoffact, 8 February 2019)

Live: Wish I had been able to go to Black Flags Over Brooklyn. At least there’s still Vile Creature & Dawn Ray’d in Hamilton on January 30.

Non-metal: A little 60s soul and R&B.

Wild card: We just finished watching Wellington Paranormal and I want more.

Adam Wills

Listening to: Virgin Black – RequiemPianissimo

New Release: Swallow the Sun – When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light (Century Media)

Live: Vile Creature, Dawn Ray’d (UK), Seize, Sinner @ Doors Taco Joint & Metal Bar, Hamilton, ON

Non-metal: Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy (Original Soundtrack)

Wild Card: Maniac (Netflix) –