Spotify Best Of 2018 Playlist

I updated the "Best Of 2018" Playlist on Spotify to reflect everyone's year-end lists. 
Check it out if you have 6 hours to kill.

BiteMarks-Sucia 12" (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Post Hardcore, Punk, Post Punk
Label: Belladonna Records
Tracks: 6
Length: 12.0'

BiteMarks is a four piece band from Gainesville, FL who formed in 2016, from the looks of things.  BiteMarks play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, punk, and post punk within their sound.  Musically, BiteMarks can be loosely compared to bands such as early White Lung, Brain F, Whore Paint, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2016, BiteMarks have released a self-titled four song demo in October of 2016 and a six song EP titled SAWWY in November of 2017.  Sucia is the band's latest six song EP, which was released as a one sided 12" via Belladonna records on August 1st, 2018.  On Sucia, BiteMarks offer up six tracks of tense, angular, and discordant sounding post hardcore punk, and post punk.  Overall, Sucia makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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BiteMarks-SAWWY EP (2017)

(U.K.) Irk-Recipes From The Bible LP (2018)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Punk, Grunge, Noise Rock
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 9
Length: 36.10'

Irk is a three piece band from Leeds. UK who formed in 2014, from the looks of things.  Irk play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of punk, grunge, and noise rock within their sound.  Musically, Irk can be loosely compared to bands such as Unsane, Sinking Suns, Christian Fitness, Tongue Party, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2014, Irk have released a three song EP titled Bread And Honey in May of 2014, a split LP with Wren, and contributed a cover of Unsane's Disdain to the Shattered, Flattered, & Covered: A Tribute To Unsane in September of 2017.  Recipes From The Bible is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released on December 7th, 2018.  On Recipes From The Bible, Irk offer up nine tracks of weird and off-kilter punk, grunge and noise rock.  Overall, Recipes From The Bible makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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(U.S.) Godcollider-S/T EP (2018)

Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Metal

Label: Indecision Records
Tracks: 5
Length: 19.30'

Godcollider is a four piece band from Los Angeles, CA who formed in 2017, from the looks of things. Godcollider features ex-members of Darkest Hour and current members of Hope conspiracy, Suicide File, and Narrows.  Godcollider play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and metal within their sound.  Musically, Godcollider can be loosely compared to bands such as Heiress, The Hope Conspiracy, 108, Kiss It Goodbye, Yashira, and other like-minded bands.  This is the band's debut EP, which was released via Indecision records on December7th, 2018.  On their debut EP, Godcollider offer up five tracks of brutal and heavy as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, and metal.  Overall, Godcollider's debut EP makes for an amazing listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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Ona Snop-Geezer LP (2018)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Hardcore, Punk, Fastcore, Grindcore, Powerviolence
Label: Lixiviat/Rip Roaring Shit Storm/Here And Now/No Bread! Records
Tracks: 18
Length: 15.50'

Ona Snop is a four piece band from Leeds, UK who formed in 2015, from the looks of things.  Ona Snop play a killer style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, fastcore, grindcore, and powerviolence within their sound.  Musically, Ona Snop can be loosely compared to bands such as Boak, Tired Of Everything, Despise You, Realize, and other like-minded bands.  Since forming in 2015, Ona Snoop have released a split 7" with Nothing Clean in December of 2015, a six song EP titled Tempestuous Grinding Insolence in December of 2016, a split 7" with Chinsniffer in February of 2017, and a live cassette titled Geezer, We're Going Down: Live At The 1in 12 Club in July of 2018.  Geezer is the band's debut 12", which was released via : Lixiviat, Rip Roaring Shit Storm, Here And Now, andNo Bread! records on August 24th, 2018.  On Geezer, Ona Snop offer up eighteen tracks of scathing, vicious, and completely unhinged sounding hardcore, punk, fastcore, grindcore, and powerviolence.  Overall, Geezer makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

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DeadWinterMoon's Personal Preferences of 2018


Hard to argue against Thou winning 2018. Release after release of fucking magic. My personal favorite was Inconsolable. It's been a rough year, and I cannot express how much this album helped soothe my troubled psyche. I am reminded of the first time I heard Jar of Flies, and how blown away I was by the change in sound/direction. As I said, it was all magic, and I could've gone with Magus or Rhea Sylvia, but Inconsolable was just perfect for this time of my life.




This band has been an absolute monster in my speakers/head for almost a decade now. Australia really does have a lot of great bands in many genres, and this is one of my absolute favorites. I feel Portal are kings of this demented Death Metal I have grown so fond of. Ion is easily their most accessible album to date, and it still won't make much sense to anyone who isn't completely damaged.


             


2018 will go down as the year I became enamored with Sentient Ruin Laboratories. This beast started that (Thanks GODSCOLDHANDS). Featuring members of such incredible bands as Wolvhammer & Gatecreeper (as well as others) this caught me off guard, and in the best ways possible. A volatile mixture of genres that combine to form one of the heaviest fucking albums this year had to offer. If you are into OSDM/Death Doom, this is an absolute must hear.
   
       
         4. Conjurer - Mire

Another album/band that came outta nowhere, and delivered one of the tastiest offerings I heard this year. I kept reading people comparing this to Mastodon, and not that I have anything against Mastodon, but I just don't hear it. This is one massively aggressive form of Sludge/Doom/Etc. These mad lads from Rugby are ones to keep an eye/ear on from here on out.

                                    
  


Holy fuck! Have you heard this insanity? As an old school Horror fan, and one who has a seriously macabre mindset a lot of the time, this is the kind of stuff that speaks to my darkest nature. I dig everything about this band. It's like the film Maniac (1980) became a Hardcore band. I absolutely must see this live.



Been a fan of the members in this band for some time, and though I love their previous projects, I feel Cult Leader might very well be the best thing they have done to date. Venomous, and dark. This album appeals to my many manic mood shifts.
            


   7. 夢遊病者 (sleepwalker) - 一期一会

I love this band. Absolutely unique stuff. I kinda wish this was around back when I would consume psychedelics on a regular basis. I can only imagine how much more head-fuckery would occur while listening to this genius album. Something for those who like their heavy a bit more experimental.


             
8. Møl – Jord

What was old is new again in the world of Blackgaze/Post Black Metal. One of those albums that manages to be heavy while also being uplifting. A light in the darkness, if you will.


 

                                                 9. Dopethrone - Transcanadian Anger

Took a while, but Dopethrone finally returned with another narcotic-fueled destroyer. Druggy Sludge/Doom doesn't get much better. The songs are varied, and are all pretty damn memorable.



                                                   
    
                                                      10. Mortuous - Through Wilderness

In a year filled with incredible releases in the genre, I feel this might have gotten a bit overlooked. As I age I find I appreciate my Death Metal more towards the muddy/raw vein. This is a great example of that. An ugly, and brutal album.



Okay. I won't lie. It was a pain in the ass to assemble even a Top 10 at this chaotic time of year, and I could easily move some of these around. When you hear as much music as some of us do, it can be easy to space on something truly deserving of recognition. With that said, here is a list, in no particular order, of other releases in 2018 that truly did something for me. This was my first attempt at anything so cohesive, and I am hoping to improve as I do it more often. Enjoy.

Virginia Creep - Dark Corners

No/Más - Raíz Del Mal


Recluse - Half Life


Nadja - Sonnborner


Atrament - Scum Sect


Assumption - Absconditus


Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die, And Love Will Bury It


Panopticon - The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I & II)


Wolftooth - S/T


Graf Orlock - Examination of Violent Cinema Vol. I


Those Poor Bastards - Inhuman Nature


GUNSHIP - Dark All Day


The Borkenlayne - Pain is the Fear Minder


The Body - O God Who Avenges, Shine Forth. Rise up, Judge of the Earth; Pay Back to the Proud What They Deserve


Anaal Nathrakh - A New Kind of Horror


Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms


Evoken - Hypnagogia


Mournful Congregation - The Incubus of Karma


Genocide Pact - Order of Torment


Jesus Piece - Only Self


Primal Rite - Dirge of Escapism


Phantom Winter - Into Dark Science


Ails - The Unraveling


Super Unison - Stella


CHRCH - Light Will Consume Us


So there are 35 things for y'all to consider. I wanna end this by thanking the clergy for bringing me on, and I wanna thank all of you in the chat who have been so kind. What a fucking year, eh?





Some Pretentious Asshole's Best Of 2018 List

2018 was an awesome year for underground music.  This year I decided to resume my year end favorite top 20 albums that were released for 2018.  There's no particular order in which albums I like the best. But anyway, thanks for reading and keep on supporting the The Pulpit.  I really appreciate the amount of feedback from you all!

                                               Idles-Joy As An Act Of Resistance LP

                                                   Brainoil-Singularity To Extinction 

                                                     Cult Leader-A Patient Man LP

                                            Daughters-You Won't Get What You Want LP

                                                 Erosion-Maximum Suffering LP

                                                         Gouge Away-Burnt Sugar LP

                                                         Drug Church-Cheer LP 

                                                           Hex Records on Bandcamp

                                                          Slow Crush-Aurora LP

                                                     Baptists-Beacon Of Faith LP 

                                                          Shook Ones-Body Feel LP

                                            Tongue Party-Looking For A Painful Death LP

                                                            Soul Grip-Not Ever LP

                                                        Blue Youth-Dead Forever LP

                                                               Thou-Magus LP 

                                                       Candy-Good To Feel LP 


                                                           Throat-Bareback LP

                                                        Bummer-Holy Terror LP

                                                          Super Unison-Stella LP

                                                  Jesus Piece-Only Self LP (2018)

ADAM'S BEST OF 2018

Hey everyone, sorry for my lack of visibility lately on the blog, lots of real world interference unfortunately. But I at least wanted to post my year end list. I'm never really great with informative, poignant reviews so here are the releases that I found myself listening to the most when I wasn't  listening to Synthwave or Mumble Rap about drugs and murder. And, while this list is in chronological order, I can tell you right now that I listened the SHIT out of Big Bite, Hundreds Of Au, Wayste and most recently, Funeral Chic.

I hope that everyone had a good year. The content on this blog EXPLODED in 2018 thanks to insanely consistent blog posts and the amazing chat community, So I thank everyone for that. Enjoy!

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And a special Synthwave mention for AWITW (A Walk In The Woods). This guy is insanely prolific and everything he does is crisp, beautiful & flawless. There were 16 releases just in 2018 alone from AWITW!

JERM'S TOP WHATEVER OF WHATEVER

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1. Warrel Dane "Shadow Work"

in my 25+ years of worshipping at the altar of music, few musicians' death have really effected me the way this one did.

kurt cobain, 1994.-i was 15. didn't really know what to do with it. i loved nirvana. couldn't really grasp the concept of suicide in the prime of your life. or suicide period. seemed like such a waste. i hated nirvana for a long time after that.

layne staley 2002- god such a waste. a talent unmatched in heavy music. many have tried to imitate the pain and purity in his voice. all have failed. "nutshell" is my lone request for my funeral.

johnny cash 2003- if there ever was one human who id have given anything to meet, it would have been him.

peter steele 2010- he just seemed bigger than life. in both size and personality. the others on this list you could almost see coming. not this one.

warrel dane 2017- dammit this one still hurts. i remember hearing he was working on a new album last year and i couldnt wait. then...the end. i didn't listen to anyone other than nevermore for days afterward. i honestly wished that this would never come out after he died. i just had this ridiculous fear that theyd do it anyway and rush out an unfinished album that never would have lived up to his standards. and thank god, satan, buddha, whoever, i have never been so happy to be more wrong. "shadow work" far beyond exceeded my expectations. this album could, for the most part, fit right between "enemies of reality" and "this godless endeavor" nevermore. he knew what he was doing when he put this group of brazilian musicians together. i cant imagine a better swansong to such an amazing voice. 

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2. Thou "Rhea Sylvia"

they finally delivered the grunge. believe me i have no real complaints about thou's career, but it just seemed like this was the album always promised and never fully delivered. until now.

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3. Alice In Chains "Rainier Fog"

there are those out there, and they're morons, that would say alice in chains died with layne staley. layne staley may have have been the magnificent voice, who as stated above, i fucking loved, but jerry cantrell was the brains. attention all bands out there who want to continue after the loss of a key member, alice in chains are 3 albums deep into showing you how to do it.

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4. Baptists "Beacon of Faith"

fuck you canada. why you always gotta be so good at everything.  and then you're too nice to get mad at you for it. you gave us cursed and now baptists. im starting to think you're just showing off. bunch of french fry and gravy eatin' motherfuckers.

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5. Erosion "Maximum Suffering"

so if canada wasn't showing off enough with baptists new album, they had to to take 3 of the members of baptists and put them on different instruments and add the good vocalist from 3 inches of blood and make a d-beat masterpiece. goddammit. fuck america's hat.

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6. Thou "Magus"

i love this band. for a band to put out this much material in such a relatively short career is just insane. it would take bands like tool or system of a down 300 years to put out this much music. and its not just quantity with thou. it's quality. i don't know how they do it.

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7. The Secret "Lux Tenebris"

the only thing keeping this from being #2 on this list is length. 3 songs. it's been 6 years since we've gotten anything new from this amazing bunch of italians. i should be happy with these 3 songs considering that towards the end of last year i thought they were done, but 3 songs from them is never enough.

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8. Wolf King "Loyal to the Soil"

the whole blackened hardcore thing has been done but rarely done this well. i was already a fan before this album but this...this shit right here...well, damn. they took that blackened hardcore and managed to turn it on it's head. constant twists and turns that always keep it it interesting. it's the little things they do that really push this to a whole new level. it'll be awhile till this is topped for this genre.


9. Descent "Towers of Grandiosity"

i have always been and always will be a sucker for that damn boss hm2 pedal. i fell in love with that sound the 1st time i heard entombed 27 years ago. this is one of the best examples of it in top form in a long time. not to mention the fantastic mix of hardcore, grind, death, and a little punk. these aussies have some excellent songwriting chops and i hope theyre around for a long time.


10. Wolvhammer "The Monuments of Ash & Bone"

with the loss of coffinworm, it pretty much leaves wolvhammer alone atop the blackened sludge mountain. this album more than proves why they were there in the first place.


11. Gaerea "Unsettling Whispers"

i spent far less time with black metal albums this year than i have in years past. except this one. i always found my way back to it. powerful and perfectly executed.


12. High On Fire "Electric Messiah"

high on fire is pretty much ol' reliable at this point. matt pike has long been solidified as a riff god. no matter how many toes he has.


13. Churchburn "None Shall Live...The Hymns Of Misery" 

the hymns of misery. rarely is an album titled so appropriately. and also this is, by far, my favrorite album art from this year.


14. Heads For The Dead "Serpent's Curse"

another transcending obscurity release. they are killing it right now. crusty, doomy death metal from one of jonny pettersson's 8000 bands and the singer from revel in flesh. i mean c'mon...


15. Bummer "Holy Terror"

even though it eventually fell out of what i sure was gonna be at least my top ten for the year, i still love this album. this is modern grunge done right. heavy as hell and a damn good time. or bad time as it were...


16. Mammoth Grinder "Cosmic Crypt"

"cosmic crypt"  really feel like the payoff of everything mammoth grinder has done up to this point. all the rough edges have  been smoothed down. all the loose ends tied up. fantastic death metal record.


17. Yob "Our Raw Heart"

i'll be honest here, up until a few months ago i'd never really paid much attention to yob. i liked mike scheidts voice as i'd listened to and liked lumbar and vhol, but i'd always passed on yob. not now. i see the error of my ways and i've been redeemed.


18. Fister "No Spirit Within"

this is pure blackened nihilism. rage at a snails pace. as a reds fan, and being that these guys are from st. louis, i can only hope that rage is coming from a place of frustration with the cardinals. fuck the cardinals.


19. Funeral Chic "Superstition"

by far, funeral chic's best output. and their last album made my list in 2016 as well. they added a pure rock n roll element that makes them so much better than they already were. their questionable past aside, young and in the way were great and this strongly resembles early yaitw and funeral chic are better for it.


20. Dead Oath "Demo 2018"

this falls in the same category as the secret's new ep. if it were longer it would have ranked higher. i fucking love these 2 songs. in my post on these guys a little while back, a commenter informed me they had called it quits. i am beyond disappointed with that news.


so there you have it. my list for 2018. this was a magnificent year for music. as i said above i spent a lot less time this year with black metal and hardcore than in previous years and a lot more time in death and doom metal which i thinks reflects in my year end list. there's a few albums, like cult leader, tomb mold, tribulation, pig destroyer, behemoth, will haven, and zeal & ardor that i just didn't spend enough time with. in a lesser year all those would have been included here.

Honorable Mentions

The Coltranes "White Hag"
Feral "Flesh for Funerals Eternal"
1914 "The Blind Leading the Blind"
Down Among the Dead Men "And You Will Obey Me"
Ilsa "Corpse Fortress"
Wrong "Feels Great"
Centuries "The Lights of this Earth are Blinding"
Subtype Zero "The Astral Awakening"
Atrament "Scum Sect"
Secret Cutter "Quantum Eraser"
Joy "No Light Below"
Slaves BC "Lo, and I am Burning"
Yith "Immemorial"
Zeke "Hellbender"
The Lion's Daughter "Future Cult"
Oxygen Destroyer "Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death"
Wombripper " From the Depths of Flesh"
House of Atreus "From the Madness of Ixiom"
Tragedy "Fury"
Scumpulse "Rotten"
Cave Bastard "The Bleak Shall Devour the Earth"