Thursday, March 2, 2023

Nebular Nine: February 2023


I spent most of February obsessing over a handful of albums. Most notably that Slomosa debut from 2020. I missed it then but I'm making up for it now as there was news of a new album on the way. I love everything about it. The riffs, the vocals, the lyrics even. Obsessed.

The Weedian Trip to Maryland comp ranks high mostly because there are a lot of tracks. But also because it's cool. So are Blue Heron but I know I  didn't listen to it more than Acid King. 'Beyond Vision' is album of the year material, my friends. All praise to Lori S.!

I found Warp through reddit (and Doom Charts) and listened to 'Bound by Gravity' a ton of times. I love everything about that one too. 

Miss Mellow came to me via Morphy on YouTube. Funk, psych, riffs, swagger, all around good times. 

I heard a new Isaak track and immediately said "Shit, man, shit. This song rocks fuckin ass!" Then proceeded to see what I'd been missing all this time. A killer band, that's what. Eager for the new album! Happy to have found 'Sermonize'!

I can't quite remember how I found Mountains but I'm glad I did. Grunge-ier than most other bands in my rotation but there's nothing wrong with 90s-early 2000s influence. Another happy discovery. 

Ok. Last but not least. Deep Purple's 'Deep Purple In Rock'. Why, why, why for the love of all that riffs had I never listened to this before. I failed myself. I heard "Child in Time" on a show or movie and was captivated by the snippet. Then became captivated by the whole album. I know Deep Purple. I own 'Machine Head' on cassette, CD, and vinyl (I think). So why did I not explore their other albums? My bad.

In the van I listened to the newest Megadeth, Brant Bjork. Melvins 'Stoner Witch'. Dozer's 'Madre de Dios'. Some others I suppose that I can't recall at the moment. But it was mostly the stuff above and some podcasts about Marxism.

Garage tunes only happened Feb 1 and it was Dozer's 'In the Tail of a Comet'. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

January 2023 Playlist

I've canned my weekly The Week That Was Wednesdays feature on Instagram for a bunch of reasons. (Previous posts @notglossyeh) But I still want to share what I've listened to. 
Just less frequently and less visibly. 
Anyway, here are the artists I listened to in January!

Full studio album runs of Fu Manchu, Acid King, Dead Meadow, Baroness, Electric Wizard, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Royal Thunder, and Egypt.
A Weedian comp or two, some Lair of the Minotaur, a couple Wrong releases. I started a Black Rainbows run which I will return to when I'm done with Kylesa.
And the only new album that really got my attention was the debut from Daevar. They sound just like Windhand so I'm all in! Oh and Earthbong!
Van tunes consisted of uh, Megadeth, Beaver, some QOTSA...and others? It was a whole month. I can't remember! 
Until next month!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

2022: My Favourites

Well, here we are again. 2022 was actually a decent year personally. There are always big things hanging overhead but at least not many fell. I drifted further and further from the more extreme forms of metal. I mean, most of what I'm going to list below isn't even metal. Most of it can be heavy but there's almost no death, black, grind, noise or whatever. 
I've even sort of reinvented myself in terms internet presentation. "MetalMatt Hinch" doesn't really exist. I dropped Twitter a while ago, I changed my IG handle, lastfm account, and other associations with that handle. It's just me now. And these are 40 albums that really turned my crank in 2022 tiered into the four higher states of being. Enjoy!

FULLY ENLIGHTENED BEINGS (pure beings devoid of faults)

Clutch - Sunrise on Slaughter Beach (Weathermaker)
Stöner - ...totally (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Brant Bjork - Bougainvillea Suite (Heavy Psych Sounds)
16 - Into Dust (Relapse)
Elder - Innate Passage (Armageddon Shop)
Dead Meadow - Force Form Free (Blues Funeral)
Colour Haze - Sacred (Elektrohash)
King Buffalo - Regenerator (self-released)
Mammoth Volume - The Cursed Who Perform The Larvagod Rites (Blues Funeral)
MWWB - The Harvest (New Heavy Sounds)

GODS OF THE FORM AND FORMLESS REALMS (aeons of refined bliss)

Black Space Riders - We Have Been Here Before (self-released)
Marc Urselli's Steppendoom - Steppendoom (Magnetic Eye Records)
Baardvader - Foolish Fires (Baardvader Records)
Freedom Hawk - Take All That You Can (Ripple Music)
Soulfly - Totem (Nuclear Blast)
Gypsybyrd - Visions (self-released)
Wo Fat - The Singularity (Ripple)
Ufomammut - Fenice (Neurot)
Fuzz Meadows - Orange Sunshine (self-released)
Dhidalah - Sensoria (Guruguru Brain)

DESIRE REALM GODS (enjoyment and satisfaction of desires)

Witchfinder - Forgotten Mansion (Mrs. Red Sound)
Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead! (Universal)
Blackbraid - I (self-released)
Ian Blurton's Future Now - Second Skin (Pajama Party)
Druids - Shadow Work (Pelagic)
Nebula - Transmission From Mothership Earth (Heavy Psych Sounds)
10,000 Years - III (Death Valley Records)
Uncle Woe - Pennyfold Haberdashery & Abbatoir Deluxe (Red Spade)
Cult of Luna - The Long Road North (Metal Blade)
Gnome - King (Polder Records)


Earthless - Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Nuclear Blast)
Pike vs The Automaton- Pike vs The Automaton (MNRK)
Crowbar - Zero and Below (MNRK)
Somali Yacht Club - The Space (Season of Mist)
Lazer Beam - Man In The House/Lost in Oblivion (LCF)
Cancer Bats - Psychic Jailbreak (New Damage)
My Sleeping Karma - Atma (Napalm Records)
Messa - Close (Svart)
Mizmor - Wit's End/Myopia (split with Thou) (Gilead Media)
Sons of Arrakis - Volume 1 (self-released)

Tell me what I missed!