2019 Albums

Album Review: Black Mountain – Destroyer 9 (Stoner Rock)

Alright, I’ve reviewed a heap of stoner doom/metal/rock this month but none of them have started with this much groove and old heavy metal and hard rock sensibilities. It’s a very different beast from my usual review in that it sounds like it has mainstream potential and uses poppy rock hooks. Most of what I’ve been listening to it is the kind of dark and heavy shit that can bury your heart so it’s a nice surprise to have a new stoner release that sounds positive and proggy. […]

Upcoming Albums

All upcoming releases I like the look of I’ve added to this list, which starts below a short feed of my coverage (reviews) of upcoming releases. Check them out for a more detailed look into the future of metal. The links in the list go to Bandcamp, Spotify or Metal Archives. This is not a complete list or nor do I want it to be, it’s a list of albums with covers that interest me or that I want to remind myself of. Includes stuff from my email inbox. […]

Free Bandcamp Wiki

Here’s a list of Bandcamp albums that are Name Your Own Price (free). It’s encouraged to support the bands if possible but I know it’s not possible for all of us. If you want one added email it to me or even better join the FB group and post it there. If you enjoy or use these resources I make, I too would appreciate any donations through the sidebar (bottom on mobile) as it takes a long time to do things like this and also it helps me pay pesky site fees. […]

25 Glorious Metal Album Covers of 2019

Album art is such an important piece of music in 2019, the way we find music usually starts with the album artwork as the first point of contact. On Bandcamp new arrivals, social posts, at the record store and listicles just like this one – the covers are key. Despite how important art is to music, the majority of album posting on the internet does not credit the artist. So here is 25 of my favorite album covers from 2019, with artist credit and links – please follow these artists. […]

Aussie Metal Top 25 of 2019

This list isn’t pride in Australia as much as it is a list celebrating musicians who despite being Australians, managed to successfully create and distribute their music. There’s a lot of barriers to musicians here due to a fucked economy, poor employment availability and terrible telecommunications infrastructure. So these bands deserve praise and attention for having the ability to create potent art in this modern western culture, even at the risk of crippling debt, or even worse, no one hearing it. […]

Noob Heavy PR

This is a PR firm whose sole purpose is to email your releases far and wide to get them coverage and airplay, as well as represent you to press. To do all the socialising and thinking that would typically wipe you out after days and weeks on end on the grind, I can do it for you and using experience in the community rather than having to start fresh like new and independent bands have to. I offer discounts to solo and duo projects as well as a capped rate for independent bands. […]

Aussie metal

Album Review: Dr. Colossus – The Dank 9 (Stoner Doom)

I’m glad that after a year of this I’m still getting super excited by new discoveries, this year has been filled with conceptual albums and high art themes. Lovecraft, mental illness and Dark Souls. Now for something entirely different tasting, Simpson metal presented with the levity of something serious and from Australia of all places. These guys are committed to the image with full Stonecutters costume for live shows and promotional shots. Paired with a dark and groovy stoner doom/hard rock sound, it feels complete and fleshed out – not gimmicky. They have newer stuff out in 2019 as well. […]

2019 Albums

Mass’ Top 30 Album Covers of 2019

Any music album is doubtless a package in this day and age. It is more than just the music and consists, moreover, of artwork too. Unlike lyrics, which have been companion to music since the dawn of this inimitable human phenomenon, album art provides a rather new form of accompaniment to music and perhaps it is this aspect that gives meaning to a music “album”. We may have never been so dependent on visual cues as we are today; the impact of visuals on the audience is quite inevitable and many artists and producers have used this to their advantage. The listeners, on the other hand, have been aware of this matter as well and have taken it into account and, as a result, kept the cycle going. […]