Last year, Austin, TX musician Matt Hobart—otherwise known as Scaphoid—released his first LP, Absent Passages, via Shunu Records. Picking up right where 2016’s Dies Mercurii EP left off, the instrumental sequence was produced by genre legend Jamie King (BTBAM, Scale the Summit). Every track presented an exhilarating and remarkable arrayContinue Reading

Unsurprisingly, my favorite metal albums of 2020 are a mix of always reliable heavy hitters and remarkable up-and-comers who absolutely deserve more attention. If there’s any connective tissue between them—aside from shared styles—it’s that a few of these records really took me by surprise regarding their peculiarities and experimentations. EvenContinue Reading