Great Metal Albums of 2018 (So Far…)

We're over halfway through 2018. Which means it's time to cut the sleeves off that denim jacket, sew on a Defenders of the Faith back patch, get your ass in the pit, and check out Blocland's favorite metal...

Interview: Svalbard’s Serena Cherry on It’s Hard to Have Hope

  We listen to hardcore for the urgency. It’s the kind of physical music that inspires and demands you to get off your ass and take action in a personal sense and in regards to the world...

Lifevests & Helmets 3: Don’t Fucking Drown

On February 17, 2018, I received an email from scruffy entitled: "L&H 3?" My reply: "Yes. Resounding Yes. Hell Yes." Fast forward to today: The First Day of Summer. Staying in step with the previous Lifevests & Helmets...

Bloc Metal II

  In this installment of Bloc Metal, we take a look at Sleep's long awaited comeback and Wreckmeister Harmonies' latest full-length. ***   On The Sciences, Sleep are Still Smoking  Stoner metal is pretty easy to pin down. The basic premise...

Why Don’t We Re-evaluate “Humbug”?

I remember revving up Humbug back in 2009 and expecting another “Brianstorm” or "View From the Afternoon" to obliterate the speakers of my '92 Accord. But rather than the delicious banger I craved, I got the awkward,...

Darkness On The Edge Of Margaritaville

Recently, it was announced that Jimmy Buffett will at long last realize his dream of a Broadway musical fashioned in his own image. The “Escape To Margaritaville” is iminent. What started as a benign celebration of...

Bloc Metal I

  Hey, hey! New column alert! 'Bloc Metal' will be Blocland's recurring column covering the happenings in extreme music and rounding up all of the releases we believe to be worth your time and admiration. We'll be...

Interview: Nap Eyes on Naps and Much More

  Nap Eyes’ Thought Rock Fish Scale was one of my favorite albums of 2016. I wrote about its “simple and easygoing but meticulously constructed” songs, the “top-notch treatises on family, friends, loneliness and the modern ennui,” and...

Colin’s Hip-Hop Bops: MIA Rappers + Classic Corner (feat. Raptor Jesus)

Okay everyone, settle down, I'm back with your favorite semi-regular hip-hop column. Featuring yours truly, talkin’ about hip-hop, from the bops to the flops. Meanwhile, groovy guest Raptor Jesus (who I have met in the flesh...

Teen Corner: How Many Likes is My Life Worth?

Back with a fresh pack of cigs and premorbid COPD the chainsmokers ring in 2018 with a song that says they are lit, chill, and sick.