Yes, I actually kept my word this time. It remains to be seen how long I’ll be able to keep up this schedule but for now doing this once a month post might work. Regardless, here are 5 records that really blew me away this month. Unlike last month I actually listened to a lot more records this time so I actually had to narrow down my choices this time to only 5. Hopefully these are some records that might interest whoever is reading this (assuming you haven’t already heard them already).
Because it’s been months since I’ve posted anything and I’ve been struggling to think of a reason to post something. I’m going to try and do a post like this at least at the end of every month (it might not turn out that way, but I’m going to try and do a write up like this at the end of every month. For the last couple of months I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, so I haven’t really been listening to a whole lot of new music. Having said that, my music library has been expanding in those months so I’ve tried to take time while working to actually listen to new music. So what I’m going to try and do with this post is talk about a couple of records I’ve listened to during the month that particularly blew me away or that I’ve been playing on repeat. These albums are in no particular order.
Back when I was writing on the old(ish) blogspot version of this blog, I remember being sent the self-titled EP from Vatnett Viskar. It’s weird to think that that band is now getting so much hype (good or bad) – since a very few select bands who play black metal ever really touch mainstream consciousness in any sort of way. Deafheaven did it – and from the stuff I’ve been hearing and reading, people are all making this record from VV out to be this years version of Deafheaven’s Sunbather. Is it?
I can safely say that Isis was a big game changer in terms of the type of music I was listening to before I heard them and the type of music I started listening to after them. Aaron Turner and the rest of the band created something I had never heard before. I remember it was the record In the Absence of Truth that was my first album experience with them, a record I still love. Since Isis broke up several years ago though, Aaron (along with the rest of the other members of Isis) have kept busy with various other side-projects and bands. Sumac – is the newest project from Turner.
Here we are yet again with another reunion album – the only difference here being that it is the reunion album from my favorite band (EVER). We’ve had decent returns with albums like Soundgarden’s King Animal (which I am aware I like more than most people) or At The Gates’ At War With Reality and then really great ones like Carcass’ Surgical Steel and Gorguts’ Colored Sands, but I was much more skeptical this time because it was FNM. They made 2 of my favorite albums ever with 1992’s Angel Dust (my all time favorite record) and 1995’s King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime. I’ve been listening to this record for a while now, trying to gather my feelings about it and try and organize them into what is hopefully a semi-coherent way.