Check out the last post that inspired this new version of Metal Monday HERE.
Long time readers know how much I love clever titles for frequent themes. After my last post in which I wailed against mainstream rock radio I’ve decided to promote the music I love. Welcome to Brimstone. In Biblical times this word meant “burning rock” and I think that’s a fitting term to describe what I want here.
Every Monday tune in to the best music I’ve listened to in the last week. New, classic, and underground. Arenas to bars. All points in between.
Let’s get right to it:
My new favorite band on Instagram, Ænimus, released Dreamcatcher earlier this year. Hard to believe this is only a sophomore album when it’s so good. Be terrible for a little while! Have one or two good songs. But no, this whole album is insane. I’ve played it through twice today alone. “Eternal” may as well be on the Avengers: Infinity War soundtrack because it is Thanos – the Musical!
“The Dark Triad” features one of my favorite things on YouTube – guitar playthough videos! Opening riff alone and my eyes were wide with fear and awe. Like an audio storm appearing on the horizon. Get down in the cellar because I don’t know if I’m going to survive this entire song.
Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band with elements of doom and gothic metal mixed in. Formed in 1997, their latest album Resist came out this February. There is no reason this album shouldn’t be getting mainstream radio play. “Supernova” is my current favorite track. Beautiful lyrics, great singling, incredible songwriting. Every bit of music has a hook to it that immediately takes a barb into your subconscious. This is the song I’ve been humming and singing around the house for the last week.
Finally, I went into the archives for some Type O Negative. “Black No. 1” and “Christian Woman” are always on the playlist. Recently “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” jumped not only from my favorite songs of the band but to my all time favorite song list. Understanding lead singer Peter Steele’s sense of humor helps. Off the 2003 album, Life is Killing Me, the song is about Steele’s attempts at being someone else in order to attract women and fame. Most guys at some point have pretended to be something they’re not in order to find a girl. It takes a while to learn that in the end being yourself is the only path to happiness with yourself and with someone else.
Bonus points to the video starring Dan Fogler. I know him best from The Goldbergs and Fanboys. Your mileage may vary.
Please let me know what you thought of this new take on Metal Monday. If I get some good feedback expect more next week.