Monday, 1 May 2017

Randy Shatkowski

Randy’s Top 25 Songs of 2016

Top 25 Songs of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year for music, in pretty much every genre, but especially for punk and metal. Because of the sometimes dramatic difference between the best albums and the best songs, my yearly tradition is to give a shout out to the 25 best songs of the year as well. Here's how I felt about 2016!

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Album Review: I PREVAIL – Lifelines

I Prevail

I Prevail were catapulted into the spotlight last year thanks to their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” becoming a surprise hit on Sirius XM. Now their first full-length, Lifelines, attempts to cash in on that popularity. Alas, it’s not a particularly successful attempt. [columns] [column size=”1/3″][/column] [column size=”2/3″] [/column] …

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Album Review: OPETH – Sorceress

On the surface, Sorceress is a bright, relatively sunny affair, especially compared to Opeth‘s past, even their more melodic recent work. Look a little further and you hear the menace and malice. This is a dark, deep album, and it doesn’t truly unfold unless you can pay full attention. I’d expect no less from Opeth.

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Album Review: CANE HILL – Smile

Smile

One definition of the world “subtle” is “delicately complex and understated.” Cane Hill‘s debut album, Smile, is the exact opposite of that. There is not a single moment on this album that can be described as “delicate” or “understated.” For that matter, there’s very little on this album that can …

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Album Review: DESPISED ICON – Beast

Despised Icon - Beast

Over time, heavy music has mutated into an often confusing mass of more and more specialized sub-genres. Death metal, industrial, hardcore, metalcore, each has its own distinct sound. Despised Icon are another subgenre, deathcore, blending elements of extreme death metal and the rhythmic focus of hardcore. For many bands who …

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