So let’s talk about metal. And maybe keep it really simple. As I personally think one of the biggest hindrances to people actually trying to get into metal is how knotty the music and the history of it is. When I was a kid metal was pretty simple. You had Black Sabbath and then a bunch of 70’s shit that was kinda metal, but not really. Then the “New Wave Of English Heavy Metal” came with Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest, etc and the early 80’s heyday of metal really started. Eventually Metallica and the rest of the thrash metal revolution would come along and that’s when the massive splintering into what seems to be a million sub-genres started. That’s about the time I stop listening to metal altogether. I think I can safely say I listened to zero heavy metal from about 1986 to 2014. Obviously 28 years is a helluva long time away from anything. Suffice it to say when I got back into metal a few years back I had blind spots. And I still have tons of them. But metal is such a healthy genre in 2017 I’ve more or less decided I’m not gonna go back and try to mine the past and find all that shit I missed. Keeping up with the new stuff is hard enough, trust me.

There! We just covered the history of heavy metal in it’s entirety! Feels good, right? JK, dear reader, jk. But that does lead me to today’s playlist. I like the new extreme metal but not TOO extreme. Some of the stuff our metal staff listen to is simply too much for me at this point. Although I must admit my tolerance for extreme metal seems to grow with each passing month. It’s worthy of note that basically ALL my knowledge of heavy metal comes from the writing staff for The Black Market over at Stereogum and even more so from the collected metal writing team here at Blocland. So thanks to Lobster, DFrye, Black Antler, and of course, our man Meat. Who I kinda got back into metal with a couple of years back. I chose to dabble in metal. Meat actually became a goat’s head. Which was a commitment I simply was not willing to make. But good on him for the kvltness of that choice.

I’ve attached a little playlist below. I try and keep my playlists as close to a one hour running time as possible. But considering this is a metal playlist I figured at least double the standard running time is appropriate. These tracks are banded together loosely in mini groups. But I didn’t want to get too hung up on keeping genres segregated. This is a bunch of the metal I love. For the serious metal people most of this stuff is more or less the usual suspects. But hopefully somebody will come along that isn’t a metal fiend and some, if not all, of this new and fresh. I genuinely think heavy metal is the single healthiest genre in all of music right now. I think a good argument could be made for outlaw country or ambient as well. But right now heavy metal just feels extremely fresh and exciting with bands pushing the boundaries of what is and what isn’t metal in ways 18 year old Blochead could’ve never imagined. As they old timers are fond of sayin’ “Jump in, son. The water’s fine”

  • theyachtmaster

    We’ve already been over this–Deafheaven is not only chillwave, it is the most chillwave possible.

    • theyachtmaster

      Flagged and reported to the mods

      • Doris Montgomery

        Thank you for bringing this to our attention

  • DFrye

    “I try and keep my playlists as close to a one hour running time as possible. But considering this is a metal playlist I figured at least double the standard running time is appropriate.”

    And with this one simple thought, Bloc nails what is inherent to metal’s DNA – less is not more, MORE IS FUCKING MORE!

    • Blochead4real

      My local brewing supply store has a giant white board they write various shit on. One day when they went to the back to get something for me I wrote “I did the math and it turns out more is actually more”

  • Black Antlers

    Allow me to say nice play-list Bloc. And to echo DFrye more is where it’s at. Even if your more is actually less ala Switchblade where they dialed back the notes and left huge negative spaces between the riffs, when those riffs came crashing it sounded more, it is MORE!!

    • lobster man

      Antlers make sure you check your email today. I sent you something.

      • Black Antlers

        😀

  • Cooolin

    Damn, bookended with two of the greatest metal tracks of this decade. (based on my very very limited time listening to metal)

    • DFrye

      Agree or disagree, it’s a very valid opinion Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolin.

    • lobster man

      Essentials not included:

      1. Into the North Woods – Panopticon
      2. Transfiguration – Inter Arma
      3. Entranced by the Wolfshook РB̦lzer
      4. Vitrification of Blood Pt. 1 – Blood Incantation
      5. Suffocation, a Drowning – Bell Witch

      • Blochead4real

        For the record the final two minutes of “Holy Libations” is absolute perfection.

        • DFrye

          Tribulation are rock stars without the arenas. See them live if you ever get the chance and you will see what I mean.

        • lobster man

          I it absolutely is. And they may be the band with the stickiest hooks in metal.

    • Black Antlers

      Here’s another 5 from the last couple of years (in no particular order)
      1. Exercises in Futility V – Mgla
      2. The Serpent Eats It’s Tail – Mizmor
      3. A Veil Is Lifted – Leviathan
      4. Regarde tes cadavres car il ne te permettra pas qu’on les enterre – VI
      5. Distant Haze Was Arising – Sivyj Yar

      • lobster man

        Yep that’s those are the correct choices from Yodh and Exercises In Futility.

  • lobster man

    Dope stuff Bloc. I’m happy to see Horrendous and Ruins of Beverast made the cut. But our brand includes Artificial Brain ya know.

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