Staff Playlists – April 2020

Another round of monthly staff picks and playlists from the folks at Hellbound. Leave your own favourites and recommendations in the comments.

Steve Earles

New Release: Hawkwind – Roadhawks. Hawkwind are the institution that
gave the world Lemmy and without him I would not be typing this!
Hawkwind are very special and Silver Machine should be the Nation

Otherwise with the virus I have been delving back into the past like
Bruce Willis in 12 Monkeys. Thus, I am currently listening to Lock Up
The Wolves from Dio, and it’s surprisingly great! Lovely.

Arta Gailuma

Listening to: Rotting Christ. If not for Covid, I would see them live this coming weekend at Karmoygeddon, but then again there’s never too much of Rotting Christ..

New release: Cirith Ungol – Forever Black. Out on April 24th, 2020, via Metal Blade Records

Symptomatic Slammers: None. The music changes constantly depending on my mood and what YouTube’s algorithm thinks I’d like

Gruesome Greg

Listening to: Saint Vitus – Born Too Late

New release: Tyrant – Hereafter

Non-Metal: The sound of pots and pans banging outside my window at 7:30 every day

Wild card: Last weekend, there was no lineup at the grocery store and the toilet paper aisle was fully stocked. Is this progress?

Symptomatic Slammers: Skinless – Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead

Danielle Griscti

Listening to: ORANSSI PAZUZU – Mestarin Kynsi

Finnish spellcasters return to expand the realm of the possible.

Full review to come, for now enjoy the music video for “Uusi Teknokratia” :

New release: VOLUR – Veiled City ft. Michael Eckert

Toronto doom-and-gloom sweethearts subtly crescendo their way into frequent rotation.

Live: ENSLAVED at Verftet online music festival

Progression, reminiscence, and general all-out rulage in an audiophile’s dream of a studio setup.

Non-Metal: DEEP SHIFT SOUND – Four Meditations

Far on the opposite end of the spectrum, ambient pieces of calm to soothe the surrounding chaos.

Wild card: LUSTRE – The Ashes of Light

Subtle screams co-exist with mellow, happy synths in a strange balance.

Symptomatic Slammers: BLOODY FORTRESS  – Isolation

Dank and delicious.

Sean Palmerston

Listening to: Primordial – on a total Primordial kick and am listening to the 8 albums I own by them.

New release: My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion (Metal Blade)

Live: Enslaved – Live in Concert (April 9, 2020 – online performance)

Just amazing. Enslaved crush just as much without an audience as they do playing in front of a full house.

Non-Metal: Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Volume 36 

Wild card: Zombi – Cosmos (Relapse)

Symptomatic Slammers: Edge of Sanity – Crimson (Black Mark Production).

40 minutes of brilliance. A single song that weaves in and out of many styles of metal. The perfect headphone album.

Sarah Riley

Listening to: Acid Bath – When the Kite String Pops (Road Runner Records, 1994)

New release: Theres a couple new releases from this past month that I want to mention.

  1. Becomes Astral – Purgatory (Nomadic Arts, April 30th, 2020). Super rad Progressive metal band from Southern Ontario. Well worth checking them out and giving them a listen. Well worth supporting the Ontario metal community.

  1. Benighted – Obscene Repressed (Season of Mist, April 10th, 2020). If you’re into Death/Grind you need to listen to this album. Absolutely brutal. In my opinion, it topped the newest Abortedrelease.

Non-Metal: The Cure – A Forest (Seventeen Seconds, Fiction Records, 1980)

Wild card: Is it considered a cop out if I say Tiger King?

Symptomatic Slammers: Obituary – Infected (Cause of Death, Roadrunner Records, 1990).

Daniel Smith

Listening to: Death – Leprosy

New release: Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi

Non-Metal: Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Wild card: The White Ribbon (2009) Directed by Michael Haneke

Symptomatic Slammers: Ulthar – Through Downward Dynasties