Editors’ Picks – June 2019

Hello and welcome once again to “An Exercise In Which a Bunch of Music Addicts Try to Funnel Incredible Amounts of Music Into Readable Amounts of Text!” We should probably work on making the title a bit catchier, but the lengthy name does justice to how much getting these posts…

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Release Day Roundup – 6/14/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…

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Baroness – Gold & Grey

It’s always a tricky thing when an established group puts out a new record. You don’t want to get your hopes up necessarily, but you’re just really looking forward to hearing it. Especially if that artist is one of your favorites. You don’t want to project on them but it’s…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Head Into Savannah With Graveface Records and Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks!

Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks. Yeah, that’s their name. Problem? Not for these guys, as is evident from how much they lean into this weird branding choice with their upcoming album’s track names; the track we’re premiering today is titled “Dan Halen”. Their self-titled release, out on August 31st, is also seeing releases via new offshoot Graveface Records & Curiosities, branching off from the excellent Graveface Records. It takes its name from a local record store, centering it firmly within the Savannah scene.

The Progress Melter – Steel Panther and the Extent of “Comedy”

This should go without saying, but women have always had the ability to excel at playing guitar, and they often have. The rock and metal scene specifically has benefited from the contributions of players like Chelsea Wolfe, Liz Buckingham (Electric Wizard), Simone Dow (Voyager), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Lori Von Linstruth (Ayreon), Sarah Longfield, Laura…

Heavy Rewind // Cathedral – The Ethereal Mirror

Just two years after their debut, Cathedral pumped up the tempo and incorporated a slew of influences stretching beyond their solid, but somewhat limited, doom metal sound on Forest of Equilibrium. Shades of sludge à la Black Flag and The Melvins are most apparent, but the band reaches further beyond the low-and-slow realm to pull in influences from hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock. Most importantly, the band’s vibrant personality sheds its skin entirely and reveals its true colors, thanks in large part by an unhinged, dynamic vocal performance from Lee Dorrian. It’s an exceptional combination that slightly edges out the band’s initial groundbreaking efforts. Whereas several bands contributed to the sound developed in part by Cathedral on Forest of Equilibrium, there’s never really been an album that sounds quite like The Ethereal Mirror, and it remains a multifaceted album with reverberations felt in music from the likes of Baroness, Pallbearer and a decent chunk of modern stoner metal.

ASG – Survive Sunrise

Scenes are a funny thing, right? They’re basically just another form of narrative, an attempt by human brains to quench their hunger for patterns. Reality is often a lot more complicated but narratives (with scenes among them) give us a pretty little diagram that we can refer to when trying…