It’s been a few months since I’ve written for Metal Injection, but I’m back.
Going forward, reviews are going to come at a slower place. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the main point is that I don’t plan on completely quitting writing reviews. I still enjoy the process and love how it incentivizes me to dig through new releases to find the hidden gems. Though the two or three articles per month quota I held myself to for a time isn’t going to work anymore, my byline will still be popping up every now and then.
This is a belated share, but I reported on how California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax revenue from cities and counties that fail to meet their housing goals could impact Ventura County.
As regular readers of The Star know, Ventura County’s housing growth isn’t even close to where the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation process says it should be. So, that’s something to keep in mind. Story.
There were 10 good albums this year and everything else was irredeemable garbage. I wrote about those 10 albums for Metal Injection.
As is tradition, I look forward to diving into all the other AOTY lists people are putting out, discovering a bunch of amazing bands/artists I’ve never heard of and realizing they could’ve easily made my list.
Last review of 2018. Good album. Check out my review. Will possibly make my AOTY list.
Speaking of that, my AOTY list will be published by Metal Injection sometime next month. I haven’t started writing it yet but I have a pretty good idea of what most of the entries will be. Still need to power through a few more albums before I begin writing. Worse ways to kill time.
…I also wrote about this measure. At long last, the article has published. Here it is.
In other news, I will be writing one more album review this year. Cult Leader’s new one. As I mentioned on Twitter, this record is stupid good. Review will be out sometime next week.
I’m sure I’ll also be writing an album of the year list for Metal Injection, which will likely be published in mid December.
ICYMI I wrote about Proposition 10 for the Ventura County Star. Breakdown of the key players behind the “Yes” and “No” campaigns, financial information, the localized impact and all the other things you’d (hopefully) hope for. You can read the article here.
Anaal Nathrakh was the first band I covered on this website. The Whole of the Law was so good that I just needed to cover it, even if it was on some dumb blog that nobody was going to read. I thought that maybe it could be the start of something good…
I’ve had a few milestones with these guys. Primarily the VICE article I wrote earlier in the year about the band, which was my first major freelance article I had published.
Reviewing the new record feels sort of like coming full circle. It’s masterclass stuff, by the way. Spoilers for the review, I guess. Here’s my review.
I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of the record several months ago, so I have had a lot of time to listen to it and do a really deep dive into all its various aspects, which I hope reflects in the article. That also means I am 100% confident in my score. A New Kind of Horror is truly a modern classic.