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Gretchen Piening’s Top 10 Albums Of 2018!

2018 was just like every other year. It felt like it went by at the pace of molasses, and then all of a sudden it’s October. But seriously, this was my first year writing for Metal Nexus and it has been a blast. Reviewing sick albums, interviewing some fabulous people and having to immerse myself into music, helping me enjoy it more and more each day. Honestly, my top 10 list came together a lot easier than I anticipated. Having a handful of metalcore records this year built the 10, basically upon their release. I’m just such a sucker for that sound- hence my #1 pick. Often times I box myself in with what I listen to but keeping an ear open all year helped me to realize that there is beauty and fun in a diverse palette. The Spotify yearly wrap up did a hilarious job of reminding me of just that. So with all that said, here are my picks (begrudgingly without any of the country music I loved this year) for the top 10 rock and metal albums of 2018. Thank you for taking the time to read not just this, but any of my work this year published on Metal Nexus. It sincerely means the world. Metalcore 2019!

 

 

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Jeff Kunze Top 10 Albums Of 2018

 

I thought 2018 was impressive year for releases in metal music. I didn’t matter what genre of metal was your particular taste, there was something for everybody. Every year shows us some promising young talent, bands continuing to climb the ladder, and musical veterans still proving their value in metal hierarchy. This list was extremely difficult as I left out some great stuff by bands like Avatar, Underoath, and Parkway Drive. They say there is Black Sheep in every family, and my list just might be that lost black sheep of the Metal Nexus family. However, I live in Minnesota and wool is a fiber of warmth, and its cold outside, so I’ll deal with it. Continue reading

Exclusive Premiere: HEARTSICK – “Loveletter” [Official Video]

Exclusively at Metal Nexus, Heartsick premieres their brand-new music video today for the emotional ballad “Loveletter” off the band’s upcoming album ‘Sleep Cycles,’ scheduled for release on February 1st, 2019. The clip predominantly features vocalist Alfonso Civile, in a distinctly heartbroken state, roaming the cold streets in search of new direction. Just in time for winter, the song which was produced by Josh Schroeder and the music video which was directed by Zach Bridges, are the perfect melancholic mood and chilling atmosphere for those long, late-December nights. Continue reading

VENENO Release “Motörheadbanger” Honoring Lemmy Kilmister! [Song Stream]

 

Today would have marked the 73rd Birthday of Motorhead founder and metal legend Lemmy Kilmister. In his honor the Brazilian rock n rollers Veneno have released a song in tribute of the late great Lemmy. From the very get go they were inspired by Motorhead and their mission statement is something that all bands should take notice of. It states: “We have two choices: to raise up our horns to the young bands of our generation, or say goodbye to our legends, while letting go of their legacy! Which road are we going to take? We will RAISE UP OUR HORNS – of course!!! And spread it everywhere to inspire children and young people to do the same!” Continue reading

BATTLE BEAST Reveals Release Date & Details For New Album ‘No More Hollywood Endings’

Finnish heavy metal act Battle Beast have finally dropped the news about their upcoming studio album ‘No More Hollywood Endings,’ scheduled to be released March 22nd, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band also recently announced a six-week headlining European tour with power metallers and fellow countrymen Arion for Spring, 2019 to support the new record. Continue reading

REBEL WIZARD Premieres Video For “Mother Nature, Oh My Sweet Mistress…” [Video & Album Stream]

Rebel Wizard just premiered the brand-new video for “Mother Nature, Oh My Sweet Mistress, Showed Me the Other Worlds and It Was Just Fallacy,” off of the new album ‘Voluptuous Rapture of Worship and Response’ via Prosthetic Records. Continue reading

Just Announced: BUCKCHERRY & JOYOUS WOLF Warpaint Tour 2019 Dates

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Southern California rock veterans Buckcherry are hitting the road for leg one of the Warpaint Tour 2019 for 40 shows this spring, with the can’t miss, up-and-comers Joyous Wolf as their special guests. Buckcherry will be touring in support of their upcoming new album ‘Warpaint,’ scheduled to release March 8th, 2019, just as the tour is getting underway. The trek will begin in Northern California on March 6th, 2019, making its way up through Canada, then nationwide all across the rest of the US, and winding up in Southern California on May 5th, 2019. According to Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd, “There will be multiple legs to the tour, so any markets we miss on the first one, we will definitely be in your town somewhere down the line.” Tickets on sale today! (12/21/2018). Continue reading

YOB To Tour North America In Spring 2019 With VOIVOD And AMENRA

Riding high and massive on their success of the latest album, ‘Our Raw Heart‘, which in fact has featured on many top ten year end album list, YOB are ready to take on a North America tour to complete the album cycle. For a month long trek along North America, with Canadian heavy/thrash metaller veterans VOIVOD, and Belgian sludge rockers AMENRA, it does sound like a pretty promising tour.

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AVANTASIA Release Amazing New Single, “The Raven Child”!

With fun and suspense gearing up regarding AVANTASIA‘s next opus ‘Moonglow’, which is releasing on the February 15th, via Nuclear Blast, the band has released some fresh new music from the very same upcoming album. And oh boy, it sounds sumptuous! The new song is called “The Raven Child” and it delivers eleven minutes of magnificent aural pleasure. You can pre-order your copy of ‘Moonglow‘ here.

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OREYEON Release New Single “Trudging to Vacuity” With Album Announcement

Italian stoner rockers Oreyeon are back with their psyched-out with the single “Trudging to Vacuity”. Since 2014, Oreyeon (formerly known as Orion) has brought their Sabbath-worship front and center. The release of 2016’s Builders of Cosmos showed promise of heavy riffs and strong rhythm. After 2 years of experimental sessions at their studio between the mountains and the sea, they bring us a new heavier sound.

The new single, “Trudging to Vacuity” is a colorful cosmic journey full of dark vocals that envelope a psychedelic rhythm section. A nihilistic space adventure awaits us full of monoliths and guys named Dave. “Trudging to Vacuity is the most nihilist song of the entire album. It’s about the existence’s paradoxical passing of time in an ephemeral period of time in which the process of the end begins. We are born from vacuity and we will end up in vacuity. Musically the song is built on old grindcore riffs that were reshaped into slow and doom atmospheres.” says the band. This is what stoner rock is supposed to sound like.

TRACKLISTING:
1. T.I.O.
2. Trudging to Vacuity
3. Ode to Oblivion
4. Big Surprise
5. The Ones
6. Starship Pusher

With Ode To Oblivion, the band’s sophomore release, Oreyeon try to stay away from the stoner rock clichés with a “more elaborate and melodic style”. With more complex vocal structures and harmonizations, the tracks will also find a heavier path. The album will be available in a multitude of formats including: 25 test press, 250 transparent background splatter red / pink fluo / blue / black vinyl, 500 green fluo vinyl, black vinyl, Digipak (6 panels), and digital. Ode to Oblivion is out March 15 via Heavy Psych Sounds. To preorder follow this link. To keep up to date on Oreyeon follow them on Facebook, Heavy Psych Sounds website, and bandcamp