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Monday
Dec212015

The Top 10 of Metal (and Mosh!) 2015

I'm drawn back to this empty screen each year to secrete my opinion on what I enjoyed this year. I've been doing it since at least 2009, back when I thought writing about music conferred some kind of numinous insight into music. I listen to a lot of bullshit and I'm cynical as hell. Sometimes, I leap out of my chair and whip my (no) hair back and forth in ecstacy. Some of those discs did that to me this year. Here's a numbered list of them.

1. Gazpacho - Molok

These guys are out of this world. Prog rock that's actually progressive and actually rock. It runs from ancient esoterics to futurist wanderings. This is such a trip. At the end there's this code that might blow the world up. For a second there, I tensed up and clenched my eyes tight...

2. Ghost - Meliora

It's pop music painted black. If metal had something close to Pet Sounds, this might be it.

3. Melechesh - Enki

Invoking ancient evil never sounded so badass.

4. Four Year Strong - Four Year Strong

Pop-punk? Fuck off, Tom. This can't be good. Actually no, fuck you. It's brilliant.

5. Hellions - Indian Summer

Saviours of Australian heavy music. Get into them before they burn out in a haze of cocaine dust.

6. Baroness - Purple

Sublime and surreal sounds from Savannah, again. John Baizley is a true artist in every sense.

7. Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase

The concept reads like a Hugo winner and sounds like a stoner's dream.

8. Trials - This Ruined World

Thrash done with brains and heart. Riffs born with destinies deeper than "must imitate Metallica" are winners.

9. Soilwork - The Ride Majestic

I never thought Soilwork would make one of these lists again. Boy, I was wrong. Hard.

10. Pyramaze - Disciples of the Sun

lol Power metal. I thought these guys were just a cheap, clean version of Mercenary. Nope. Crisp production and brain-worming hooks do justice to the genre. Finally.

The Honourable Mentions

Gold Award - Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death
Silver Award - Sigh - Graveward
Bronze Award - Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

14. The Black Dahlia Murder - Abysmal
15. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
16. My Dying Bride - Feel The Misery
17. Killing Joke - Pylon
18. Cancer Bats - Searching for Zero
19. Earth Caller - Degenerate
20. Born Lion - Final Words

 

Check Hysteria's albums of the year, here!

Wednesday
Nov042015

THE HYST LIST: The Best Ages to Be (According to Rock Stars)

What's the best age to be (according to rock stars?) We answered that question over at Hysteriamag.com.

(Yes, I know you never asked!)

Friday
Oct162015

Review: Gay Paris - Ladies And Gentlemen, May We Present To You: The Dark Arts (Beat)

Remember this proverb? "Metalheads don't dance, it's why they head bang." Not true, not any more. With a deep focus on arse-shaking grooves, Gay Paris play burlesque metal. It's not without precedent; think of bands like Danko Jones, Diablo Swing Orchestra, and Queens of the Stone Age to a degree. But I'll be damned if anyone does it better than Gay Paris.

Read more at Beat.com.au.

Monday
Oct122015

Hysteria #36 - SLAYER: Shows No Mercy for Haters

 

I should really update this blog more often. You'd think I'm dead otherwise. I'd be dead and someone would throw a cheap funeral. Uhh...

In this METAL...ALIVE! Edition of Hysteria, I had an epic sit down (phone down) with Tom Araya of the incomparable SLAYER. With the passing of Jeff Hanneman, they resolved to complete Repentless. Now that's done...what's next? Find out...

I also wrote a MAMMOTH feature on the Future of Heavy Metal, featuring insights from Soilwork, Bullet For My Valentine and Devin Townsend.

Chuck us a download, hey? It's free!

Tuesday
Jun162015

I Interviewed the Legend who Caught a Beer during a Crowdwalk

Seen that clip of an absolute legend that caught a beer while crowdwalking…then drank it? His name is David Achter de Molen. His band is John Coffey. This is his story.

Read here at Hysteriamag.com!