Staff playlists: the May two-four edition (2014)

Whatever monarchistic or memorial functions are attached to the first long weekend in May in North America, it’s also (and for many people, it’s predominantly) the first party weekend of the year. Americans have to wait another week, but here in Canada we’re just about ready for the party to start. And, behold, we have for you a selection of what some of us Hellbounders plan to listen to as we summon down the new summer nearly upon us. Enjoy our long weekend staff playlists!

Adrien Begrand

Lykke Li, ‘I’ll Never Learn‘ (LL Recordings)
Serge Gainsbourg, ‘Vue de l’Exterieur‘ (Mercury)
Blues Pills, ‘Blues Pills‘ (Nuclear Blast)
Fucked Up, ‘Glass Boys‘ (Matador)
11 Paranoias, ‘Spectralbestiaries‘ (Ritual)

Fantastic Mr. Fox, Criterion BluRay

Accept, Blind Rage (Nuclear Blast)

Gruesome Greg

1. Eyehategod – self-titled (Housecore)
2. Godstopper – Children are our Future (independent)
3. Comet Control – self-titled (Tee Pee)
4. Greenleaf – Trails and Passes (Small Stone)
5. Fu Manchu – In Search Of… (Mammoth Records) 
Fu Manchu youtube playlist

Finally getting my hands on that new, independently-released Fu Manchu album when I see ’em on Friday!

Matt Hinch

May Long Weekend is for partying!! Here’s some party-friendly albums I’ve been jammin’ since there was still snow on the ground!

Admiral - front coverAdmiral Sir Cloudesly Shovell – Check ’em Before You Wreck ’em (Rise Above)
The Shrine – Bless Off (Tee Pee)
Bateman – SMUT (self)

May means Spring is here and stuff is growing so how about some…

Psychotic Gardening – Hymnosis (self)

After all that hard work and hard partying, suffer through the pain with:

Of Spire & Throne – Toll of the Wound (Broken Limbs)
Lord Mantis – Death Mask (Profound Lore)
while waiting for…

EYEHATEGOD – Eyehategod (Housecore)
Crowbar – Symmetry in Black (EOne)

Party on!

Rob Hughes

I’ll probably just listen to Max Webster and Saga all weekend, but the following have been in heavy rotation lately:
1.    Morbus Chron—Sweven (Century Media)
2.    Motorspsycho—Behind the Sun (Rune Grammofon)
3.    Cynic—Kindly Bent to Free Us (Season of Mist)
4.    Heldon—Stand By (Cuneiform)
5.    Richard Pinhas/Yoshida Tatsuya—Welcome in the Void (Cuneiform)

1.    Super Duper Alice Cooper
2.    Gentlemen Broncos
3.    Marwencol
4.    The Grand Budapest Hotel
5.    Tarnation

Sean Palmerston

1. TRIPTYKON – Melana Chasmata (Century Media)
2. DEATH – Leprosy reissue (Relapse)
3. GRATEFUL DEAD – Dave’s Picks 10: Thelma, Los Angeles CA 12/12/1969 (Rhino)
4. WILLIE NELSON – Shotgun Willie (Atlantic)
5. KING’S X – Faith Hope Love (Megaforce)

1. Super Duper Alice Cooper
2. NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
3. Godzilla (2014 remake)
4. Status Quo: Hello Quo
5. Mad Men – Season 7 (2014)

Maryland Deathfest 2014

Justin Richardson

Leprous – Coal (InsideOut)
Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen (Candlelight / Mnemosyne)
Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun (Century Media)
Stam1na – Nocebo (Sakara Records)
Edge of Sanity – Crimson II (Black Mark)

Empire of the Sun – Ice on the Dune (Capitol Records)

Doctor Who

new Septicflesh
lots of sleep…
trip to Finland in June

Jon Smith

1. Def Leppard – Pyromania (Mercury)
2. Ulver – Bergtatt (Head Not Found)
3. Nightwish – Oceanborn (Spinefarm Records)
4. Sun Worship – Elder Giants (View From The Coffin)
5. Cynic – Focus (Roadrunner Records)

Laura Wiebe

Entombed – Hollowman (Earache)
Judas Priest – British Steel (Columbia)
Crowbar – Obedience Thru Suffering (Grind Core)
Decembre Noir – A Discouraged Believer (FDA Rekotz) “A Discouraged Believer”
Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun (Century Media) “While We Sleep”

Finally sitting down to listen to that new Prong record that’s been sitting in my inbox and catching up on Game of Thrones.

Adam Wills

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Casualties of CoolS/T (HevyDevy)
Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise (Dark Descent Records)
Decembre Noir – A Discouraged Believer (FDA Rekotz)
Anneke van Giersbergen – Drive (Inside Out)
Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction (Profound Lore)

Europa Report
NBA Playoffs
House of Cards

Maryland Deathfest
The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer (Profound Lore)
Anathema – Distant Satellites (KScope)

Laura is associate editor of and co-host of weekly metal show Kill Eat Exploit the Weak on CFMU 93.3 FM. She loves doom, prog, cats and basketball, believes in equity and social justice and is not cool with any form of discrimination, marginalization, harassment or oppression.