As the new year rolls in, we ask you to join us once again for an update on what the people of Hellbound have been digging these days.
New Release: Sigh – Heir To Despair. Managing to be both traditional metal and totally ‘out there’ at the same time. Well worth listening to.
Live: Not in impoverished January. Sigh!
Non Metal: The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead. Just beautiful. No more to say!
Wild Card: David McCraney – You Are Not So Smart. A book that will change the way you look at the world. Well worth a careful read.
Listening to: SAOR. Can’t wait to hear the full album Forgotten Paths, out in February.
New release: From this month’s newness I did like Carnal Forge, Gun To Mouth Salvation, released via The Orchard Music on January 25th, 2019.
Live: Powerwolf with supports Amaranthe and Kissin’ Dynamite. For some time I have not been to a gig where supports were as good as the main act.
Listening to: Weedeater – Jason the Dragon
New release: WOORMS – Slake
Live: Just saw Freedom Hawk live for the first time after listening to ’em for 10 years. They killed it!
Non-metal: Greta Van… nah, just kidding. Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.
Wild Card: Tim Hortons’ new chicken strips? Not worth it…
Listening to: I’m riding another Brant Bjork wave. I love that dude. Heavy Psych Sounds will be reissuing 2003 stoner classic Keep Your Cool. I’m keeping my cool by listening to it! https://brantbjork.bandcamp.com/album/keep-your-cool
New release: Keeping that vibe is John Garcia & The Band of Gold, the newest from the legendary John Garcia. His vocal performance on this one is just outstanding. The tunes are pretty groovy too. https://johngarcia.bandcamp.com/album/john-garcia-and-the-band-of-gold
Live: I took my 14-year-old daughter to Laval to see Panic! At the Disco a couple weeks ago. She called me an asshole for not getting up and dancing. I let it slide. The cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” gave me a reason to headbang for a few seconds at least.
Non-metal: Are Brant Bjork and John Garcia metal? What about Fu Manchu?
Wild Card: I still haven’t fleshed out my top 40 of 2018 but I have been listening to some of them. This gives me an opportunity to pump Sunnata yet another time. Just check out these Bandcamp tags: rock atmospheric doom grunge post-grunge post-metal psychedelic
New Release: Various – Trapped Under Ice. https://templeofmystery.bandcamp.com/album/trapper-under-ice
Live: King Diamond – Songs for the Dead Live https://kingdiamond.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-the-dead-live-at-the-fillmore-in-philadelphia
Non-metal: Leftöver Crack – Fuck World Trade https://leftover-crack.bandcamp.com/album/fuck-world-trade
Wild Card: NOFX – The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories https://fatwreck.com/collections/nofx/products/the-hepatitis-bathtub-and-other-stories
Listening to: Alunah – Wicked Game. I’ve been winding around on the winter season blues rollercoaster; this is a groovy cover that seems to fit the mood quite well.
New Release: Soen – Lotus
Live: Iron Maiden Tribute Night at Maxwell’s, Waterloo. January 18th, 2019
Non-metal: Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson – Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Wild Card: Guts, A short story written by Chuck Palahniuk
New Release: Vanum – Under the Banner of Death
Live: Xavier Wulf – Live at DSTRCT in Guelph on January 25, 2019
Non-Metal: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Listening to: Antimatter – Black Market Enlightenment (Music In Stone, 2018) https://antimatteronline.bandcamp.com/album/black-market-enlightenment
New release: Seer – Vol. 5 & 6 (Artoffact, 8 February 2019) https://seerbc.bandcamp.com/
Live: Wish I had been able to go to Black Flags Over Brooklyn. At least there’s still Vile Creature & Dawn Ray’d in Hamilton on January 30.
Non-metal: A little 60s soul and R&B.
Wild card: We just finished watching Wellington Paranormal and I want more.
Listening to: Virgin Black – Requiem – Pianissimo – https://virginblack.bandcamp.com/album/requiem-pianissimo
New Release: Swallow the Sun – When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light (Century Media)
Live: Vile Creature, Dawn Ray’d (UK), Seize, Sinner @ Doors Taco Joint & Metal Bar, Hamilton, ON
Non-metal: Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy (Original Soundtrack)
Wild Card: Maniac (Netflix) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6cDDmk-O5A