Another round of staff playlists from the folks at Hellbound. This is what we’ve been spinning as summer turns to fall (in the northern hemisphere, anyway).
1. New release: The Steve Howe Trio – New Frontier. Music played with love, as it should be.
Live: Zealot Cult @ Dolans Limerick. Ireland’s best kept metal secret… not for much longer. Legends in waiting.
Non-Metal: Gerry Rafferty – Who Knows What The Day Will bring? Just one of the greatest songwriters ever.
Wild card: Orbital’s Event Horizon soundtrack. Far superior to the film it accompanies, you have never heard anything this weird and wonderful, like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop jamming with the Royal Philharmonic. It’s a shame the film and it’s exciting concept (spaceship travels to Hell and returns) can’t live up to the sublime score, but do check this out, pop-pickers, it’s splendid.
2. New Release: Darkthrone – Old Star
Live: Kingwitch @ Dolans Limerick. A truly superb band.
Non-metal: The Beatles – Yellow Submarine
Wildcard: Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell. Proably the most readable account of the battle on account of the writer’s skills as a storyteller.
1. Listening to: Prognosis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-qFiRT9PYU
New release: Eternal Storm – Come the Tide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU2pDmQPpFc
Live: Sick of it All headlining the second stage at Into The Grave Festival.
2. Listening to: Voyager https://voyager.bandcamp.com/
New release: Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
Live: Coldbones. Plenty of other great and bigger bands I’ve seen lately, but this was a new discover. https://coldbonesuk.bandcamp.com/
Listening to: The Doors – L.A. Woman
New Release: Gatecreeper – Deserted (Relapse Records, October 4th, 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLFAmWeCz
Live: Iron Maiden twice in one week, Oakland California and Los Angeles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsHQES7CUS8
Non Metal: Foxy – Get Off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKAsjTABUNY
Wild Card: Aftershock Festival October 11, 12, 136 at Discovery Park Sacramento California. https://aftershockfestival.com
Listening to: Digging on the tasty riffs of Darkthrone – Old Star
New release: The savage Immortal Bird – Thrive on Neglect
Live: It’s been an amazing season for live shows, I’ll have to use this space to say Iron Maiden are still untouchable. More on this later.
Non-metal: Just in time for the best season of the year, spooktacular Slasher Dave – The Creaking Door https://youtu.be/BugjEPC1oMI
Wild card: This has been getting regular nighttime listens, Castel Jaloux – Le petit orchestre de la nuit https://casteljaloux.bandcamp.com/album/le-petit-orchestre-de-la-nuit
1. Listening to: Acid King – Busse Woods
New release: Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity
Live: Brant Bjork @ Lee’s Palace, Sept 25th; Nashville Pussy @ Horseshoe Tavern, Sept 26th; Acid King @ Mohawk Place (Buffalo), Sept 28th.
Non-Metal: Currently watching Ken Burns’ Country Music doc series on PBS.
Wild card: Hoping that Dak Prescott is the real deal — he’s now the starting QB on my fantasy football team.
2. New release: Chron Goblin – Here Before
Live: Pagan Altar w/ Blood Ceremony, Cauchemar, Smoulder @ Lee’s Palace, August 24
Non-Metal: Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Wild card: Currently browsing the film schedule for TIFF. Lotsa movies about cults and Nazis this year!
Listening to: Onslaught – Killing Peace. Discovered this gem through pure chance. Filled with enough thrashy bangers to make yer ‘ead spin.
New release: VHS – We’re Going to Need Some Bigger Riffs. I find extreme metal always pairs best with a good sense of humor (See Zimmer’s Hole) Matt Harvey of Exhumed makes a great guest appearance.
Live: Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast tour 2019 – Hands down the best show I’ve ever seen. Singing along to fear of the dark in a sold out arena was a childhood dream come true.
Non-Metal: Bridge City Sinners – Here’s to the Devil : Great collection of folk punk inspired tunes.
Wild card: Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk – another great book from one of my favourite authors.
Listening to: Angel Witch – Gorgon (Angel Witch, Bronze Records, 1980). Definitely been feeling the classics lately.
Live: Conjurer, Skeletal Remains, Psycroptic, Voivod, Revocation @ The Opera House, Toronto, September 14th. Sweet line up, good friends and David Davidson of Revocation serenading my soul. I can’t say it gets much better than that.
Non-Metal: The Gun Club – Mother of Earth. (Miami, Animal Records, 1982)
A good buddy of mine showed me this record a few months back and honestly, a psychobilly band was something I never knew I needed in my life.
Wild card: Recently found out that Top Gun Burger in Kensington Market is unquestionably flavourtown. Soooo good.
1. Listening to: Leviathan – Scar Sighted
New release: Diocletian – Amongst the Flames of a Burning God
Live: Quebec Deathfest, Sept 13 & 14 (Possessed, Triptykon, Nuclear Assault, Cancer, Chthe’ilist)
Non-Metal: Denzl Curry – ZUU
Wild card: Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut in theaters
2. Listening to: Blood Incantation – Starspawn
New release: Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
Live: Quebec Deathfest 2 – Montreal – Sept 13, 14
Non-Metal: Charli XCX – Charli
Wild card: Ad Astra film by James Gray
Listening to: Leprous – Alleviate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12eFq16CXSU)
New release: Weeping Sores – False Confession (https://weepingsores.bandcamp.com/)
Live: Anneke van Giersbergen & Amorphis @ Toronto – while this wasn’t my favourite performance from Amorphis (it will be hard to beat seeing them play on their home turf at Tuska), the highlight unsurprisingly was the lovely Anneke van Giersbergen. Not many people can open up a metal show with an acoustic cover of Dolly Parton and have the crowd cheering for more.
Non-Metal: Swiss Army Man (Original Soundtrack) – Andy Hull & Robert McDowell
Wild card: Jojo Rabbit (dir. Taika Waititi) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-TdAi4FW-Y)