Welcome to the final episode of the year! This week we go over what happened in the metal world in 2015, both in terms of our favorite albums of 2015, happenings in the scene, and some articles we published this year that we thought were noteworthy. Also, one “weekly happening”, which is Thy Art Is Murder vocalist CJ McMahon leaving for financial reasons, and the fallout in the community surrounding that. At the end, we have a bonus discussion about our favorite movies and video games of the year!


Episode 10: Of 2015 And  Blog


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Show notes:

Intro/Outro – Aftermath/Closure, Just as Planned by NYN

 

Why Did Everyone Claim to Enjoy Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’?

Of Modern Architecture

Maximum Cavaleration: Ranking 31 Years Of Max Cavalera Albums

Nick’s article on aggregating lists from mainstream metal sites

Nick’s article on Conde Nast’s acquisition of Pitchfork

Me and Eden on anti-intellectualism against criticism

Eden’s prognotes on Remedy Lane

The big editorial on misogyny in metal (part 2)

“What’s in a name”, Eden’s piece on black metal elitism against Myrkur

Axiom Verge OST (the game is great too!)

-NT

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  1. karlo

    man, i’m so gutted that arcane have disbanded. i know they’re all involved in other projects, particularly with caligula’s horse really taking off for jim, but in my opinion known/learned is far better than everything their other projects have created – and that’s really saying something because the people associated with this band are simply phenomenal. even if they just stayed as a predominantly studio band, i would be unbelievably excited to see where they went from here, after producing my AOTY for 2015 and what is undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of all time.

    agreed that nick’s article on the metal establishment’s AOTY lists was definitely one of the best of this year. given the lack of diversity with these outlets, it really is quite a surprise that they all still exist. i mean, they’re all covering virtually the same thing – so i wouldn’t be surprised if we see some consolidation amongst these websites as time goes on, otherwise they’re just stealing traffic from each other whilst, as you rightly pointed out, maintaining this echo chamber within the community.

    you also made good points about having to keep other points of view in mind and try to maintain at least weak objectivity. if we just stick to our feelings – as you said yourself, how do you reconcile a discussion if if one person says they’re warm, whilst the other is cold? they can only both be warm if they’re standing near a flame, with their shadows being cast onto a wall…

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  2. MelbCro

    Great podcast as usual. Just a correction on Arcane, Known/Learned isn’t their first album, its their third album. I was listening to the guys back when they released their debut Ashes back in 2007 which has some solid music but has really rough production. But their second album Chronicles in Waking is really good, you should check it out.

    My top two albums of the year were albums that got no mention on the blog Swallow the Sun – Songs From the North and Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields. Either of you guys check them out? On films Ex Machina was my fav film of the year as well Noyan, great minds. I also watched Goodnight Mommy very creepy. Another great movie I saw was 71, which is about a British soldier in Northern Ireland who is left behind after a riot in Belfast and it follows him as he struggles to survive the night. And when it comes to the best game of the year the only correct answer is Witcher 3. Can’t wait for CD Projekt red’s next project Cyberpunk 2077

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    • karlo

      yeah i love the cinematic quality to chronicles of the waking dream, jim’s story telling ability really is second to none

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    • Nayon

      Been meaning to watch 71 but it fell through the cracks. Totally forgot about it, so thanks for reminding me! Though I don’t know if I would love it as much as some of these.

      I’m pretty sure we talked about Swallow the Sun, maybe not on our year lists but their name was a thing in conversations we had. I think our general consensus was that the fact that it was 3 albums made it feel a bit drawn out, and we would have preferred for it to be a bit more focused.

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