Welcome to Hellbound’s latest edition of our staff playlists and picks! This month there’s an added category we’re calling symptomatic slammers. It’s a choice of any tunes that help to pass the time while people begin to get some cabin fever practicing social distancing. We hope you enjoy these recommendations and let us know what you’re listening to in the comments!
Live: No live pick this month for obvious reasons. However, I found a
new stray cat that some git abandoned when the virus started (could
you all please welcome Salem to the fold). Now I have five cats, I’m
gonna teach ’em to play Heavy Metal – that’d be purr-fect. 🙂
Non-metal: Terror From The Universe. Groovy 60s sci-fi based tunes
courtesy of The Cramps!
Wild card: Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Oz, looking forward to seeing
the Ozman when this is all over, and they don’t come any wilder than
Symptomatic slammers: Mike Oldfield’s – Tubular Bells, always uplifting.
Listening to: Dynazty. Was really looking forward to see these guys live at Karmoygeddon festival end of April. Will have to be some other time, hopefully soon.
New release: In This Moment – Mother. Out on 27.03.2020. via Atlantic Records/Roadrunner Records
Live: Monuments, beginning of March in Manchester
Non-Metal: Myrkur – Folkesange. Such a beautiful album!
Symptomatic Slammers: Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Listening to: Lowrider – Ode to Io
New release: Caskets Open – Concrete Realms of Pain
Live: We sure we want to include this category for this month? I was supposed to see Monster Magnet tonight (March 25), but that, like every other gathering of over 50 people, has been postponed…
Wild card: Still planning to go to London for Desertfest on May 1 — although I expect that to be cancelled any day now…
Symptomatic Slammers: First one that came to mind was Accept – Pandemic from their post-Udo comeback album, Blood of the Nations.
Listening to: Gatecreeper – Absence of Light (Deserted, Relapse Records, 2019)
New release: Raider – Guardian of the Fire (Nomadic Arts, March 22nd, 2020).
Non-Metal: Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – Waylon & Willie (RCA Records, 1978)
Wild card: Highway of Tears, a book by Jessica McDiarmid
Symptomatic Slammers: The entire Dying Fetus discography
Listening to: Arghoslent – Hornets of the Pogrom
New release: Old Man Gloom – Seminar IX: Darkness of Being
Live: Haha very funny
Non-Metal: Bones – Offline
Wild card: Nostalghia (1983)
Symptomatic Slammers: Viraema – Viraemia
Listening to: My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion
New release: Candlemass – The Pendulum and “Benediction” by Prophecy
Non-Metal: The Weeknd – After Hours
Wild card: Don’t Starve Together on PS4 (cooperative play)
Symptomatic Slammers: Devin Townsend’s multi-part Quarantine Project
Selections from Adam’s #vinyloffice:
Tomahawk – Eponymous To Anonymous
Deathgasm – motion picture soundtrack
Subrosa – For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
Björk – Vulnicura
Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
Myrkur – Folkesange
The Gathering – if_then_else
Warning – The Albums
Melt Banana – Cell-scape