Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 12 January

Chord – Chord Ⅱ (experimental metal, noise)

New York, New York
On Punos Music

Defacement – Deviant [EP] (blackened death metal)

Utrecht, Netherlands

Leadtowill – The Leaden Echo [EP] (breakcore, experimental electro)


Monday, 14

Barque – Pyre Builders [EP] (hardcore)

Lille, France

Charlie Dennard – Deep Blue (jazz fusion, modern jazz)

New Orleans, Louisiana

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Hago – “Dawn of Machine”

Boston-based metallic jazzists and self-proclaimed falafel djentists Hago released an astonishing eponymous debut album, last year, which I praised in my review and subsequently included in my metal best-of for 2018. Today, I have the pleasure and honour of showing you the music video for their track “Dawn of Machine”. It’s one of their shorter compositions, but it’s exquisite and excellent, and it’s fun to see some guitar and keyboard action from the members of the band.

It’s never too late to grab their album; it’s amazing!

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Burning Ghosts, Yvette Young, My Wrist, MoE, Mastiff, RAIC, Somn, Potion & Car Made of Glass, and Wyxz

Burning Ghosts – American Circus (Orenda Records)

Burning Ghosts are no newcomers to extreme improvisation music. However, their release of a surprise full-length on January first is a welcome addition to the beginning of the year! With an unabashed reference to the state of the United States’ politics, American Circus takes you through three long-form—the longest being the 33-minute “Drowning on the High Ground”, an homage to Ornette Coleman—improvisations mixing free jazz and heavy progressive metal music. The result is wild and liberating, cathartic above everything. It’s a fantastic album to start the year with!

Yvette Young – Piano

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Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 5 January

Fantastic Swimmers Concertography – Concerto grosso #14 [EP] (contemporary classical, free jazz)

Minsk, Belarus

Sunday, 6

Jose Carra – Diario de vuelo (jazz fusion)

Málaga, Spain
On Taghrid Records

Lantern – Lost Paragraphs [EP] (blackened death metal)

On Dark Descent Records

Yaldabaoth – That Which Wets the Saccharine Palate (blackened death metal)

Anchorage, Alaska
On Lycaean Triune

Monday, 7

Hum – Hum (free jazz)

Bern, Switzerland
On TVL Rec

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Best Metal of 2018

There was a lot of good music in 2018. That is to be expected for any year; there are just so many artists and musicians out there that are creating, constantly… The absolute number of musical releases is utterly daunting and insignificant by its sheer size—it would be impossible to listen to everything released in a given year—but I’ve truly given it my best, listening to a total of 2,257 albums, EPs, and splits from this year alone (an average of over six releases every day). That is without mentioning older albums, or albums from 2019 that I had the … Read more