These are insane times. Each day seems like “Groundhog Day” all over again. So how do we overcome the monotony? We surf YouTube, mosh in our bedroom, and set fire to ants with a magnifying glass when we get tired. Here are some of our favorite finds that will help you manage through these listless end times.
Cattle Decapitation: “One Day Closer to the End of the World”
There, we said it, with help from Cattle Decapitation. We are indeed at a pivotal time in the history of man. Is it the end of the world? We couldn’t be that lucky, but can certainly envision the apocalypse set to this track.
OK, we aren’t all gloom and doom, so may as well enjoy some mind-bending melody if we are all on our way out. Intronaut always deliver, and this track is an epic rendering of their trademark, prog-metal sound.
Gorgatron: “Inner Supremecy”
If you don’t know Gorgatron, you don’t know much. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, these guys shred. Not only does this track slice and dice with precision, but it cracks us up to see our boy Matt Johnson and his bandmates playing in the bushes. They love bushes.
Covet: “Sea Dragon”
I discovered Covet while at a local smoke shop. The music eminating from the speakers was textured, polished, and intricately woven. I had to ask who the culprits could be, and the answer has fed my ears for a couple of years now. While not technically metal, guitarist Yvette Young is an anomaly; she’s a woman who defies preconceptions with a finger-tapping style that is all her own.
The Black Dahlia Murder: “In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me”
The Black Dahlia Murder can turn a club upside down with the opening salvo of “In Hell is Where She waits for Me.” It is the epitome of pit-worthy, and quite frankly, it makes me want to break things. May as well channel that inclination toward distruction somewhere since the world is coughing up a lung and dying.
Lamb of God: “Momento Mori”
Lamb of God‘s new, eponymous album is a rager, to say the least. Randy Blythe and the boys bring the noise on the album’s 10 tracks, including “Momento Mori.”
Myrkur: “Leaves Of Yggdrasil”
Taken from Myrkur‘s recent release, Folksange, “Leaves of Yggdrasil” finds our favorite songbird delivering a hauntingly impressive performance. If you find me on my deathbed due to COVID-19, this is going to be playing in the background, so please be quiet and join me in a good cry.
Cannibal Corpse: “Hammer Smashed Face”
To say we are missing live shows is an understatement, so why not remember the good ole days with Cannibal Corpse‘s classic set closer, “Hammer Smashed Face.”
Bloodbath: “Chainsaw Lullaby”
Nothing compliments my cabin fever madness than Bloodbath, and the sing-songy chorus to “Chainsaw Lullaby” is pure insanity. Dig it.
Mastodon: “The Motherload”
“This time, this time, Things will work out just fine, We won’t let you slip away.” Thank you, Mastodon! Need we say more?
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