My Most Played: 2019

I don’t use Spotify that often, so I can’t get my stats from them. But I know who I obsessed over the most this year and I just felt like sharing.

(Note: This list is not strictly limited to bands that released new music in 2019, it is simply comprised of who I had on repeat over the last twelve months.)

1. Alter Bridge

I know, I know. Duh, right? When do I not have AB on repeat? They are my favorite band, after all.

Alter Bridge released Walk the Sky in October and made me fall in love all over again. I also saw them for the sixth time this year and met lead guitarist Mark Tremonti for the fifth time. There is nothing better than a talented band who are also humble and kind.

2. Rammstein

I promise, I’m not late to the party. I have been listening to Rammstein for years. However, for some reason, they skyrocketed to the top of my list in 2019. Perhaps it was due to my absolute adoration of “Puppe,” from their untitled May release. Whatever the cause, I now have a legit Rammstein collection and have spent too much time and money on them. Ha!

3. Sköld

I didn’t discover Tim Sköld as a solo artist until 2017, but he has been a major music crush ever since. When he released Never Is Now back in April, I preordered it without question. I love every track.

2019 brought me the opportunity to see — and meet! — Tim. It was a great experience, made even better by the fact that his touring keyboardist was Nero Bellum (of Psyclon Nine fame). I have been a fan of Nero’s even longer than Tim, so meeting him was truly the cherry on top of an amazing day.

4. Echo Black

It all started with Instagram. I did a tiny little blurb about this band back in…2017?…and added them to my playlists and a wishlist of those I’d love to see in concert. Coincidentally, they were opening for Sköld on his Never Is Now tour.

I wrote an entire post about them after the show. You can read it here. The short version is this: they were great live, their music kicks ass, and the band members are absolute dolls.

5. Emigrate

Okay. I’ll admit, I didn’t know Rammstein’s lead guitarist — Richard Kruspe — had another band until last year. My enjoyment of them reached full-blown obsession in 2019. They are just so unbelievably good! Honestly, I think I like them more than Rammstein…

6. Lindemann

Another Rammstein side project, this time from Till Lindemann. I once described Lindemann’s first album as “Till being Till, just in English,” and I stand by it. A friend of mine told me that their 2019 release, F & M, is basically Rammstein lite (as the album is entirely in German).

Whatever comparisons I or others have made, I still love Lindemann.

7. Skynd

One of my newer discoveries, Skynd has an interesting approach to writing songs: they focus entirely on stories of true crime. I was hooked from the instant I heard their first single, “Gary Heidnik,” and the tracks “Jim Jones” and “Katherine Knight” have put Skynd on my Favorites list. Even my mom enjoys them.

8. Optic Oppression

I discovered Optic Oppression thanks to the Sköld tour, and now I can’t go a day without listening to them. They just released a new record, Halfway to Hell, and it is fire!

For a more detailed reaction to Optic, read the Bands You Should Know I wrote about them.

9. Third Realm

I have been a fan of Third Realm for several years, starting back when I was in college. I simply stumbled across them on YouTube one day.

Recently, The Art of Despair came out and I bought it for myself for Christmas. There’s not a single song I need to skip while listening to it, though my favorites are the title track, “Garden of Lust,” and “Medusa.”

10. Asking Alexandria

I hated AA the first time I saw them in 2011. I thought they were just…terrible. Then I heard the self-titled album and saw them touring for it, and I am now a certified fan.

They seem to be trying a new direction (again), based on this year’s single “The Violence,” and I’m 100% behind that. I want band’s to explore their creativity rather than sticking to the same mundane sound, so I applaud Asking Alexandria for trying to grow.

And that’s it. These are the ten bands/artists who got me through 2019. I am looking forward to what they will do in the future, and I hope to discover new music to get excited about in 2020.

Happy New Year!

New Music (8/5 — 8/11)

Skynd: “Tyler Hadley”

Altona: “My Thoughts (Will Be The Death Of Me)”

Silent Theory: “Sticks and Stones”

Crashdïet: “In The Maze”

Sleeping With Sirens: “Agree To Disagree”

The Darkness: “Rock and Roll Deserves To Die”

HellYeah: “Perfect”

Soleil Moon: “Nothing Matters”

Erra: “Eye of God”

Gatecreeper: “Boiled Over”

From Sorrow To Serenity: “Resurgence”

Scarlet Rebels: “Part Of Me”

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me: “Social Climb”

Flight Paths: “Weathered & Broken”

Shangrila: “Fade Away”

Epica: “Kingdom Of Heaven”

Underoath: “Wake Me”

coldrain: “January 1st”

Winona Oak: “Break My Broken Heart”

As I Lay Dying: “Shaped By Fire”

The 69 Eyes: “Black Orchid”

Spite: “Judgement Day”

Bat For Lashes: “The Hunger”

Norma Jean: [Mind Over Mind]

Kadavar: “The Devil’s Master”

Barns Courtney: “Hollow”

The Score: “In My Bones”

Band-Maid: “endless Story”

Hey Violet: “Queen Of The Night”

KXM: “Lightning”

Vile A Sin: “Carnival Of Souls”

The Serpent Servant: “The Slithering Torment”

New Music (7/15 — 7/28)

I’m hitting the highlights of the past two weeks since I didn’t post last Sunday.

Texas Hippie Coalition: “Dirty Finger”

The All-American Rejects: “Send Her To Heaven”

Killswitch Engage: “I Am Broken Too”

Crown The Empire: “Blurry (out of place)”

Skillet: “Legendary”

Fit For An Autopsy: “Mirrors”

Imminence: “Lighthouse”

Volbeat ft. Gary Holt: “Cheapside Sloggers”

Beth Hart: “War In My Mind”

Picturesque: “Swipe”

Being As An Ocean: “Play Pretend”

Godsmack: “Under Your Scars”

Through Fire: “Medicine”

Strong Like Bull: “Live While You Can”

Slipknot: “Solway Firth”

Bullet For My Valentine: “Piece Of Me”

Prznt: “Codeine Dreams”

Havens: “Stranger”

The Chainsmokers & Illenium ft. Lennon Stella: “Takeaway”

Kenzie: “HOT”

Wolves at the Gate: “Drifter”

brokeNCYDE: “Bout It”

Saint Asonia ft. Sully Erna: “The Hunted”

Alter Bridge: “Pay No Mind”

Justin Symbol (aka Star Daddy) ft. VoKillz & Angel Nightmare: “Trash Fire”

Sköld: “Small World”

Lacuna Coil: “Layers Of Time”

Wednesday 13: “Decompose”

Of Mice & Men: “Earth & Sky”

Behemoth: “Sabbath Mater”

Bring Me The Horizon: “sugar honey ice & tea”

Pacific Radio: “Katie”

Imagine Dragons: “Birds”

Slaves: “Heavier”

Shadow of Intent: “Malediction”

Thy Art Is Murder: “New Gods”

Call Me Karizma: “I’m ok”

Kobra and the Lotus: “Burn!”

Stick To Your Guns: “56”

Our Future Leaders: “You’re The Void”

KXM: “War Of Words”

The 69 Eyes: “Cheyenna”

Infant Annihilator: “Three Bastards”

The Agonist: “Burn It All Down”

CeCe: “Never Be”

Demon Hunter: “The Negative”

Skynd: “Katherine Knight”

BlackRain: “Hellfire”

New Music (4/8 — 4/14)

Devil’s Hand ft. Andrew Freeman and Mike Slamer: “We Come Alive”

Europe: “Turn To Dust”

Pelican: “Midnight and Mescaline”

Abbath: “Harvest Pyre”

Baroness: “Seasons”

Danny Worsnop: “Best Bad Habit”

Druids: “New Breath”

Gears ft. Lajon Witherspoon: “Tango Yankee”

Venom: “Bring Out Your Dead”

Electric Mary: “Gimme Love”

Santa Cruz: “Changing of Seasons”

X-Plicit: “Shake Up Your Life”

Falling in Reverse ft. Corey Taylor: “Drugs”

Skynd: “Jim Jones”

Carousel Kings: “Lock Meowt”

As I Lay Dying: “Redefined”

Danko Jones: “Lipstick City”

Gloryhammer: “Gloryhammer”

Affäire: “Paradise Café”

Ryan Roxie: “Look Me in the Eye”

Sandness: “Tyger Bite”

Extrema: “For the Loved and the Lost”

Rachel Lorin: “Under My Skin”

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#25)

1. Here’s To Fightin’

Indie folk music from Colorado. For fans of Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, etc. Here’s To Fightin’ is currently playing shows to promote their unique style of folk. You can listen to them here and download 2016’s Becoming Native for free. In the meantime, here is “Ghosts.”

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2. Fira

Fantasy metal from California. For fans of The Pretty Reckless, Nightwish, In This Moment, etc. Fira released their first music video in January and have been booking shows while searching for a touring drummer. Check out “beLIEve.”

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3. Terra

Alternative rock from Italy. For fans of Tool, Thrice, Seether, etc. Terra recently surpassed 200,000 plays of their song “Close Enough” on Spotify. Listen to it and their latest single, “Create, Mutate, Erase,” below.

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4. DiveboTTomhell

EDM/synthwave/trip hop from Kazakhstan. For fans of Suicidewave, Univ3rses, Skynd, etc. DiveboTTomhell released Every back in February, which you can stream on Soundcloud or his YouTube page. Here is “With Me.”

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5. Ravenscry

Rock from Italy. For fans of Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Temperance, etc. Ravenscry is currently working on a new album, but you can hear “Missing Words” and “Oscillation” now.

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New Music (8/13 — 8/19)

Master Charger: “One For Sorrow”

Boston Manor: “Bad Machine”

The Brew: “Seven Days Too Long”

From Ashes to New: “Broken”

TrueHeights: “No Tomorrow”

Morne: “Scorn”

Wolfheart: “Breakwater”

I Hate Heroes: “Light the Way”

Spinn: “Shallow”

Thrice: “Only Us”

Steve Perry: “No Erasin'”

New Found Glory: “Barbed Wire”

Household: “Give Me Time”

Modern Mimes: “Stare”

Coheed & Cambria: “The Gutter”

Skynd: “Richard Ramirez”

Disturbed: “Are You Ready”

Romance & Rebellion: “Put Me Out of My Misery”

DORO: “It Cuts So Deep”

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators: “Mind Your Manners”

Mushroomhead: “Devils Be Damned”

Images of Eden: “Harvest Day”

Beyond Unbroken: “Memories”

Future Fires: “Midnight Sky”

Gama Bomb: “666teen”

Sixgun Renegades: “My Way or the Highway”

Grave Digger: “Zombie Dance”

August 2018 Album Releases (Week Three)

— 8/14 —

-The Necks: Body

-Lucio Capece/Marc Baron: My Trust in You

— 8/15 —

-Skynd: Chapter 1 EP

-Perfume: Future Pop

— 8/17 —

-Oh Sees: Smote Reverser

-Trevor Powers: Mulberry Violence

-Claw Marks: Hee Hee

-Ariana Grande: Sweetener

-Lil Pump: The Harvard Dropout

-Papa M: A Broke Moon Rises

-Belmont: Belmont

-The Brazen Youth: Primitive Initiative

-Conner Youngblood: Cheyenne

-Dizzy: Baby Teeth

-Mystic Braves: The Great Unknown

-Stefflon Don: Secure

-Our Girl: Stranger Today

-Slaves: Acts of Fear and Love

-Ninja Sex Party: Cool Patrol

-Black Tusk: TCBT

-Cole Swindell: All of It

-Roy Montgomery: Suffuse

-Animal Collective: Tangerine Reef

-Great Lake Swimmers: The Waves, The Wake

-Death Cab for Cutie: Thank You for Today

-Julee Cruise: Three Demos

-Blue October: I Hope You’re Happy

-Circles Around the Sun: Let It Wander

-Adam Remnant: Sourwood

-Carnation: Chapel of Abhorrence

-Cults: The Motels

-Dragon Inn 3: Double Line

-Forming the Void: Rift

-The Myrrors: Borderlands

-Sonny Falls: Spectre

-Uniform: The Long Walk

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#18)

1. Meka Nism

Metal from Florida. For fans of Arch Enemy, Within Temptation, Nightwish, etc. Meka Nism just released their latest EP, The War Inside, in May and are now booking shows. Check out the title track and “Bring the Sun Back.”

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2. Love The Hate

Rock from Mobile, Alabama. For fans of 10 Years, Tantric, Chevelle, etc. Love The Hate recently opened for From Ashes to New and Bad Wolves at a hometown show. Their latest album, Burn, is available for purchase through various digital outlets. Get a taste of Burn on ReverbNation, and listen to “Bleed the Weak” now!

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3. A Light in the Darkness

Progressive metal from Texas. For fans of Lamb of God, Soilwork, early Trivium, etc. A Light in the Darkness currently has two EPs available — Conspire and Athens to Piraeus — on digital platforms such as iTunes and BandCamp. Here is “Ransom,” from Conspire.

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4. Skynd

Electronic/industrial/dubstep duo that formed in Australia. For fans of Sköld, Die Antwoord, Skrillex, etc. Skynd premiered their video for “Gary Heidnik” recently, which features Korn front man Jonathan Davis. This is my new favorite band. Thus far, their songs and videos have been delving into the minds of murderers, and I love it! Please check out both of their singles, “Elisa Lam” and “Gary Heidnik.”

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5. Hank the Businessman

Folk/progressive rock from Pennsylvania. For fans of Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, etc. Hank the Businessman released the Mountain EP in June. Here are my two favorite songs, “One” and “Tangled.”

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