Join us as we continue with this revived Hellbound tradition – our monthly staff picks/playlists. Every few weeks we ask our regular and longtime contributors to weigh in on what they’re listening to, watching, going to see… Expect a few quirks and idiosyncrasies now and then, but these are our standard staff pick categories:

Listening to – an album, ep or song from the library shelves (something that isn’t new)
New release – a worthy album, ep or song released within the past couple of months
Live – a recently enjoyed or highly anticipated live recording or gig
Non-metal – an album, ep or song of choice from the non-metal world
Wild card – a recommendation outside of or beyond the above picks


Bianca Bobescu

Listening to: Septicflesh – Codex Omega (Season of Mist, 2017)

New release: Parkway Drive – Reverence (Epitaph)

Live: Hellfest Open Air (

Non-metal: Zaz – “Je veux”

Wild card: reading – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Steve Earles

Listening to: Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple. So many bands today have no songs; not Purple, a masterclass in what heavy music should be.

New Release: Sleep – The Sciences (Third Man Records). Heavier than a dwarf star, Sleep are metal without any of its weaknesses.

Live: Pink Floyd – Live At Pompeii (1973). Far out!

Non Metal: Drive soundtrack by Cliff Martinez (2011). Excellent synthwave soundtrack.

Wild Card: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Made with innocence, despite being set in outer space it reminded me of Indiana Jones, heroic and exciting I recommend it highly. Form your own opinion; don’t rely on others.

Gruesome Greg

Listening to: Sleep – Dopesmoker (1998)

New release: Sleep – The Sciences (Third Man Records, green vinyl)

Live: Sleep @ Danforth Music Hall, July 30

Non-metal: Sleep – “Some Grass”

Wild card: unable to sleep in anticipation of Sleep

Rob Hughes

Listening to: Deep Purple—Fireball (Warner Bros)

New Release: Zevious—Lowlands (Nefarious Industries)

Live: Neurosis w/Converge and Amenra, July 7 at the Commodore Ballroom

Non-metal: Kensington Gore—Hexagon (More Than Human)

Wild Card: Letterkenny, Season 5

Sean Palmerston

Listening to: Voivod – Dimension Hatross (1988)

New release: Dark Incognito – World Requiem LP (Funeral Hymns)

Live: Slayer, Napalm Death and more, upcoming at Darien Lake Amphitheater on Friday, August 3

Non-metal: Jerry Garcia – Before The Dead 4CD boxed set (Round Records, 2018)

Wild card: X – Wild Gift (1981)

Daniel Smith

Listening to: Disma – Towards The Megalith (Profound Lore Records, 2011)

New release: Judas Iscariot – An Ancient Starry Sky (Elegy Records) (previously lost album)

Live: Sleep, An Evening With @ The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON (July 30, 2018) (SOLD OUT)

Non-metal: Rosalía – PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ (Cap.3: Celos)

Wild card: Josh Ritter – “Miles Away” (single) (Pytheas Recordings, 2018)

Laura Wiebe

Listening to: Long Distance Calling – Boundless (InsideOut, 2018)

New release: Astral Witch – Astral Witch

Live: Witch Mountain, Völur & Smoulder @ The Garrison, August 4

Non-metal: Thanks to a Videostream ad for Super Troopers 2 I’ve had Abba’s “Super Trouper” (1980) chiming on and off in my brain for a couple of weeks.

Wild card: The Good Place (Season 1, 2017-2018)

Adam Wills

Listening to: Mournful Congregation – The Incubus Of Karma (20 Buck Spin)

New release: Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit (MVKA Music)

Non-metal: Daniel Cavanagh – Monochrome (Kscope, 2017)

Wildcard: Schitt’s Creek (Season 4, 2018)