“Flame Forged” by Hope For The Dying

Mar 13th, 2016 Song of the Week

Song of the Week #30 Christian Metal isn’t really my thing, guys. I cringe when someone even mentions it. But I did check out the new Hope For The Dying record, Legacy, completely unaware that they were, indeed, classified as such. I resisted my urge to dismiss them though. Only because I truly enjoyed listening to this album. Hope For The Dying has officially been added to my painfully…

"To Transcend" by Wildernessking

“To Transcend” by Wildernessking

Feb 27th, 2016 Song of the Week

Song of the Week #29 So – I was looking for some new post rock and I stumbled upon the new album by Wildernessking called Mystical Future. Don’t get me wrong though. They aren’t JUST post rock. The band actually features ex-members of Heathens so you best believe you’ll get your black metal fix as well. Having listened to both of the bands’ material, I imagine the intention for the transition from Heathens…

"Body Within a Body" by Latitudes

“Body Within a Body” by Latitudes

Feb 22nd, 2016 Song of the Week

Song of the Week #28 England’s progressive post-metalists’ Latitudes released their third full-length album Old Sunlight back in January and, overall, it’s a solid body of work though I felt like a little something was missing. Nevertheless, my Song of the Week is the first released single called “Body Within a Body”. It’s the most engaging track on the album without a doubt and I love how it…

"The Curse That Is" by Graves At Sea

“The Curse That Is” by Graves At Sea

Feb 13th, 2016 Song of the Week

Song of the Week #27 My Song of the Week this time around goes to “The Curse That Is” by Portland’s Graves At Sea and I have one of my followers to thank for turning my ear on to this. This is the title track off of their full-length debut. This band has been around since 2002 so let’s just say that this album has been a…

"Vesuvius" by Ape Cave

“Vesuvius” by Ape Cave

Jan 30th, 2016 Song of the Week

Song of the Week #26 Portland sludge apprentices, Ape Cave, self-released their debut LP, Pillars of Evolution, this month and all I can think about is how intelligently and consistently heavy this album is. This band has only been together for 1 year and having only released an EP Primoridum prior to this, they show incredible musicianship and progress. My Song of the Week is their starter track, “Vesuvius”, and it has…

"Desperation Burns" by Baroness

“Desperation Burns” by Baroness

Jan 23rd, 2016 Song of the Week

Song of the Week #25 Baroness are back with their fourth full-length album called “Purple” (keeping the rainbow theme of their album titles alive and well) and it’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive. Having followed these Savannah natives from their beginnings, I couldn’t help but notice how they’ve become more polished in every aspect of their music. Their harsh progressive sound is bit cleaner these…

Top 21 Albums of 2015

2015. The year of my birth… I’m referring to my blog, Metal & Coffee, of course. Starting this blog has influenced me to dive deeper into the metal genre where I was able to try on new subgenres and take it or leave it. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I am not the typical metalhead. Some of the cliche…

“Century of Youth” by Bleak

Jan 3rd, 2016 Song of the Week

Entering the new year, I thought about some of the metal releases that I might have overlooked and decided to back track a bit to see if I missed anything blood curdling… Turns out… I did! Shame on me. Let me first start off by saying mathcore is my favorite flavor of hardcore. There’s an extreme technicality associated with this genre that leaves me in awe…

Järtecken by ORO

Järtecken by ORO

Nov 19th, 2015 Song of the Week

Thanks so much to my follower, Robin Johansson, for turning me onto this Swedish post-metal band, ORO. When I first heard the latest EP “Järtecken” by ORO, it reinforced my love for the artistry that lies behind post-metal. The term “post-metal” arrived with the birth of Neurosis and Isis in an attempt to define bands who embrace both heavy metal and shoegazey post rock into their musical compositions….

"The Life in Pink" by Pigs

“The Life in Pink” by Pigs

Nov 11th, 2015 Song of the Week

Brooklyn noise rockers, Pigs, are back with their second full-length album called Wronger and it couldn’t sound any more right.   Pigs is made up of Dave Curran (Unsane), Jim Paradise (Player’s Club, Freshkills, Hellno), and Andrew Schneider (produced Cave In, Converge and many others). My Song of the Week goes out to these badasses who pushed out their first single from Wronger and nailed it. Check out…