The best music of 2018 so far + My one year anniversary freelancing for Metal Injection

I (and others) wrote about my top five records of 2018 so far for Metal Injection. It was genuinely challenging to narrow this list down to five entries, which says a lot about the superb quality of music released in the last six months. It’s been a phenomenal year for music and many of my most-anticipated albums haven’t even come out yet. Plus, I’ve missed a couple of albums that I have particularly high hopes for.

Anyway, here’s my part of the article.

I have to give an honorable mention to Of Feather and Bone’s excellent “Bestial Hymns of Perversion,” which just barely missed the cut. Check out one of the songs and support this great band.

Anyway (again), this feature roughly marks my one year anniversary writing for Metal Injection. Although I’ve been writing about heavy metal since high school, I never had a real outlet to publish my content, since school newspapers are generally (in fairness, rightfully so) hesitant to regularly publish such niche content.

I started this blog in late 2016 with the singular intent of building a portfolio of high-quality writing that would eventually cause editors to take notice. I’m not the best at networking for careers. I’d reckon it’s one of my largest professional weaknesses and while I’m trying to work on that, I hadn’t actively written about music—or any of my interests, really—for about a year and knew I needed new content to show off.

I spent about seven months writing a minimum of three articles per month for this blog with the hopes that it would result in…something. I don’t know how many hours I put in, but it was probably somewhere in the triple digits. It’s brutally demoralizing to put so much time into article after article for seemingly zero payoff, only to end up looking like “another idiot with a blog.”

Of course, none of that should imply that my struggle was unique or that I was owed anything. I’m sure there are countless people who have been on a similar path, and I’m lucky enough to at least have a “normal” 9-5 journalism job.

Regardless, when Metal Injection co-founder Robert Pasbani responded to one of my emails inquiring about freelance work last June, it was one of the most exciting professional moments of my life.

I think it’s reasonable to say that the last two years have generally been fairly bleak, especially for those of us that work in the journalism world. Having an outlet to write about (primarily metal) music, one of my true passions, has made it bearable. Here’s to…more of that in the future.

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