This mix collects representative cuts from the vast bounty of this year's excellent metal, art rock, noise rock, goth, and dark IDM releases.
I'd close with my traditional "enjoy," but that's really not the point here.
Nonetheless, this is one of the two best of of our 2019 genre-specific mixes, closing with two of 2019s most striking songs in Lingua Ignota's searingly intense DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR and Nick Cave's long mediation on the acceptance of death Hollywood.
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3. bmbmbm - black midi: Quite possibly the best noise-rock album of 2019 came to us via a quartet of BRIT school performing art students out of London. Labeling themselves black midi, their debut Of Schlagenheim (Solid Recommend) traffics in many of the most repellent aspects of whiny indie, post-punk, math rock and experimental rock, but it all comes together in a surprisingly compelling way. Brilliantly mixed and daringly unpinned down directionally, the songwriting doesn't always match the band's youthful ambition, but there's enough conceptual daring convincingly pulled off here to suggest a we might have a budding new Radiohead-caliber art-rock talent on the horizon. We're profiling two songs on this mix, starting here with the band's lead single and best known song, the marvelously grating, in-your-face bmbmbm.
7. Mars For The Rich - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: From Infest The Rat's Nest. More coming soon!
18. Unsainted - Slipknot: My favorite song from one of the strongest metal efforts of 2019, Slipknot's We Are Not Your Kind (Solid Recommend) finds the veteran band both delivering the requisite top tier pummeling riffs while also finding plenty of room for experimentation and broadening of the palette. Doesn't quite hit the majesty of say a Tool or Deafheaven at their best, but at many times the album feels like they are successfully gunning for the same broad appeal (as least as far as contemporary metal acts can court broad appeal).
20. People - The 1975: I haven't heard popular mainstream Brit pop act The 1975's 2020 release Notes On A Conditional Form yet, but man was this lead single from the album a surprise. Talk about a stylistic shift! People is one of the most in-your-face aggressive songs of 2019, and has to have repulsed a significant number of the bands fans. Will be interesting to see if the rest of the new album follows form, or if people is just an edgy outlier. More coming soon!