Friday, January 22, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 2 : January 22, 2021

 Well holy cow, Durf's Weekly Workout is back for Week 2!  I'm just as surprised as you, honestly; I sort of figured I'd be excited about this for like two days and then go back to pretending I never thought it up as a way to feel less guilty about abandoning it.  But for now I'm still here, lifting and listening and passing insights on to you.  This week was a little rough; the Durfette has a head cold, so sleep was compromised and motivation waned.  I certainly don't want to complain, because I can't imagine being pregnant and dealing with all that goes on with that and then being sick on top of that, but maaaaybe the gap between being pregnant and dealing with a pregnant woman is sma... (Ed. Note: Durf is trending toward dangerous territory, so to protect him from himself I've put this Editor's Note over his probably-correct-but-incredibly-stupid-to-vocalize thoughts on being the partner of a pregnant women.  Brutalitopia values its writers' safety, because there are only three of them and they don't write that much anyway, so we have to keep them safe. *listens* Ok, I think he's finished.)..ou know?  But sleep or no sleep, I'm committed dammit; I made the lifts and listened to the tunes, so now all that's left is to recap!  Onward!

 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Best of 2020 Playlist on Spotify

Still catching up on the unholy goodness that 2020 had to offer? We're here to help. If you have yet to view any of our year-end lists, and have no intention of doing so, we've compiled our favorite tracks from each of the albums that made the cut onto a Spotify playlist.

You can get to that playlist using this link.

If you want to know the playlist but for some reason don't want to follow that link above, then read on after the break! 

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 1 : January 15, 2021

Ah, the dawning of another year.  A new beginning, a chance to really get your life together this time, a fresh start.  And you know what that means, don't you?  Why yes, it's another Brutalitopia attempt at a weekly article, something that will pop up at the same time, each week!  I know, I'm just as surprised as you are!  Much like New Year's Resolutions, it is my hope that I will stick with this column, as it fulfills my two personal goals for the year; much like New Year's Resolutions, it will surprise no one if we never speak of this column again after January.

I enjoy working out in the mornings before my family wakes up/I go to work.  There's something about getting a good sweat in before the day actually gets started that appeals to me, and it's also my time.  I have a wife, a toddler, and a baby due in a couple months, and while I love them all to death, I need time to be by myself.  So my alarm goes off at 3:15, I slug down a quick cup of coffee, and then it's out to the garage for an hour to an hour and a half of me time.  If I keep this up, maybe I'll go into my actual workouts, but for now, let's get to why this belongs on a metal blog.

 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Mick's Töp 15 Albums of 2020

With 2020 taking Game 1, we need to hone the resilience of MJ

Oh 2020, where do we even begin? You were a year that kept devouring more and more for itself, but if you were good for anything it was making obvious the value of music. In a year where the world is on pause, escapism becomes a hot commodity. Movies and video games will always offer that to an extent, but there's something completely unique to letting music take you on its own journey. From desolate forests to the American Wild West, my favorites from this year took me to some pretty sublime places. Hopefully, they can bring you a little comfort as well.

Check out my favorites from this abysmal year after the break!


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Durf's Töp 15 Albums of 2020

Listen, we all just lived through the same year, so let's not bother rehashing it.  Instead, let's jump right into fifteen albums that were bright spots in 2020, like finding graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars right next to a big ol' dumpster fire!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Tom's Töp 15 Albums of 2020

In a year that has by all accounts been an absolute disaster, 2020 has some silver lining moments. Both of my boys started school (Pre-K and Kindergarten), the wife and I are still gainfully employed as teachers and just recently I am officially qualified as a Special Education teacher. I haven't seen a live show since March 5th but have managed to fill the void of camaraderie with a weekly Zoom call that I titled "Heavy Metal Happy Hour". If any of that crowd reads this just know that you have all helped me get through this year in particular, I can only hope for the same for the rest of you. There were also some totally kick ass albums released this year and considering the lack of live events to take some of that in, this needs to be celebrated. In many ways music was more important to me this year than in recent years all of my writing notwithstanding. 

 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lamb of God - Lamb of God

Long-running Richmond collective Lamb of God return with their 8th album proper and their first major lineup change to date as they are now without founding drummer Chris Adler. As the metal scene started to pick back up in the United States in the early '00s, Lamb of God emerged as one of the most important bands in what some have considered to be the NWOAHM (New Wave of American Heavy Metal) alongside contemporaries like Shadows Fall and Unearth, but as time has moved forward Lamb of God are still extremely relevant in comparison to the latter two. In 2020, Lamb of God is likely as popular as ever and fans have eagerly awaited another volume to their 20 year career.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Exclusive Interview - Jamie Saint Merat (Ulcerate)

Crafting their unique, dissonant brand for nearly 20 years, Ulcerate should be considered a crucial member of extreme death metal's vanguard. Weaving melody throughout a chaotic blend of cavernous growls, spastic guitars, and dizzying drum-work is a monumental task, but one that the band's latest release, Stare Into Death and Be Still, accomplishes flawlessly. I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to drummer Jamie Saint Merat about the new album, his personal influences, and reflections on the band's history. I understand that this type of death metal doesn't resonate with everyone, but I cannot emphasize enough how, at the very least, this is a drummer who's among the best in his craft and one that you'll want to follow.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Elder - Omens

Elder is one of those bands that, if you ask a dozen people do describe their sound, will bring you a dozen potentially different answers built around the same few buzz words: "Psychedelic."  "Stoner."  "Prog."  "Rock."  "Metal."  Part of that has to do with how the band has tweaked and changed their sound over nine releases spanning fourteen years; perhaps more instrumental to those varied answers is the way they continue to incorporate where they've been with where they're going.  Each Elder album weaves and swirls in ways that are at once unexpected and comfortably familiar.  Omens, the band's fifth full-length album which drops this Friday, continues that trend with glorious aplomb.