[Music] Bassists Alliance Project – Crush

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of metal music, but this is because I acquired my bias living in Los Angeles during the worst of the “hair band” debacle. However, hearing music like this from the Bassists Alliance Project, especially the bass playing by Alberto Rigoni, reminds me of how intricate and, frankly, progressive, this kind of metal can be.

[Music] Bandcamp Daily: The Best Albums of 2017

Here are this year’s (disappointing, as usual) Bandcamp toppers of 2017. No Santiago Fradejas. No A.M. Ferrari-Fradejas. Nor Jeff Gburek. Nor Marco Lucchi. Nor Noël Akchoté. Nor so many other deserving artists who don’t offer up a plate of decent, non-offensive pseudo-soul, hip-hop or tacky dance music. Ah, well.

For your perusal, click on the links below. You WILL find some gems in here.

#1-20
#21-40
#41-60
#61-80
#81-100

[Music] Various Artists – Al​-​Mawtin Al​-​Aswad: Arabian Inheritance

Respect to Depressive Illusions Records out of Kyiv, Ukraine, for giving these folks a platform to spread their music out to the broader world, even if metal isn’t quite my cup of tea.

This compilation of Arabian and North African racket bears little resemblance to anything metal-heads in the United States are used to producing. The anger here is palpable to the point of being nearly psychotic in its energy level.  Brutal metal outside of the Middle East doesn’t have anything close to this intensity.

This record isn’t for the faint-of-heart, but for those who have an interest in how music is used as a tool for rebellion under extremely hostile cultural and governmental forces, it’s quite a window into the local metal scene.

[Music] Experimental Groundbreakers Controlled Bleeding Straddle the Primal and Cerebral

Controlled Bleeding were among the greatest of the post-Industrial acts the United States ever produced.  Bandcamp does a great job letting Paul Lemos speak of the band’s history, development, the loss of members Chris Moriarty and Joe Papa, and his future plans.