Author: bpmhill

2+2 Reviews: Memorial Day Weekend Edition (Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe, Esa Holopainen, An Autumn for Crippled Children)

Welcome to the Memorial Day Weekend Edition of 2+2.  I was out of town this weekend, relaxing by the ocean which has done wonders for me but also delayed this post.  Anyhow, I’m so glad to have a bunch of new tunes to jam while I watch the waves knock down some unsuspecting beach-goers.  Excited

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2+2 Reviews: Easter 2021 Edition (Harakiri For The Sky, Bodom After Midnight, Genghis Tron, and Xiu Xiu featuring Sharon Van Etten)

Welcome to the Easter Weekend Edition of 2+2 with BPMHill and George Folz.  Thanks for coming back or joining in for the first time.  I can’t say that any of these tracks have a particular Easter vibe; hell the first track out of the gate is most definitely about some dark shit.  That said, nothing

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2+2 Reviews: Evergrey, Cult of Luna, Soen, Gojira

Welcome to 2+2 with BPMHill and George Folz.  Thanks for coming back or joining in for the first time and hope you will continue to check out our posts through the year.  We’re expecting a lot of new tracks/albums to come from the summer through fall 2021 as bands start to unleash what they’ve been

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Fresh Earworms: 2021 Albums to Shape the Year

2021 is looking to be another great year in music even if we don’t get any live concerts. Several artists delayed their latest releases during the ongoing pandemic and as we’re inching closer to a time when they can tour again, some of the albums are finally seeing the light of day. Without further ado,

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BPMHILL’s Best Albums of 2020

More than almost anything in a hellish year that we’ve all just had, music has been the glue keeping me together. No matter what mood I’m in, there’s a variety of great new tunes that can either help me feel better or conquer whatever problem is in front of me. I found that this year

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BPMHILL’s Top 26 Songs of 2020

As we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s time for a roundup of all the best ear candy this difficult year had to offer us. Others on this site (Mates…) will claim their top songs of the year are the best, but I promise the songs below are all you really need to hear.

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Metal in the Morning – Soilwork’s “The Nothingness and the Devil”

I’ve been a fan of Soilwork since “Stabbing the Drama” released in 2005 and they’ve continued to be one of the most consistent and catchy bands out there today. They have a brand new EP called “A Whisp of the Atlantic” that is due for release December 4th. One of the singles featured is called

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Metal in the Morning – Imperial Triumphant’s “Excelsior”

One of my absolute favorite discoveries this year has been the band, Imperial Triumphant. Their new album, “Alphaville”, is phenomenal and will (SPOILER) definitely be on my Best of 2020 list. The group has been making the most of their time in quarantine, not only releasing “Alphaville”, but they recently did a live concert, made

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Metal in the Morning – Killer Be Killed “Inner Calm From Outer Storms”

If you’ve been following my column, you’ll notice there hasn’t been a post in a month. Life got a little crazy in October but I’m really glad to be back at it, particularly with this new killer track. Killer Be Killed featuring Greg Puciato (The Black Queen, The Dillinger Escape Plan), Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Troy

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Metal in the Morning – Ulver’s “Russian Doll”

Ulver is one of my favorite bands in part because they are always evolving and refuse to be pigeon-holed. Their early records in the 90’s such as “Bergtatt” are atmospheric black metal but through the years, they’ve quickly shifted gears into new (yet organic) territory on each subsequent release. 2017’s masterful “The Assassination of Julius

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