Review & Full Album Stream: Bison Machine, Seas of Titan

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on September 24th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Bison Machine’s Seas of Titan in its entirety. Album is out Sept. 27 on Small Stone Records.]

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A sense of movement is essential to what¬†Bison Machine do on their sophomore full-length, and that starts from the galloping guitar and emphasize-the-point snare of “The Tower” and continues one way or another through everything that follows. An echo treatment on¬†Stec‘s vocals proves a uniting factor throughout, but isn’t any more overdone than intended, and as he seems to tap his inner¬†Plant on “The Tower,” the message of what he’s going for comes through clearly. One might say the same of the band’s work on the whole. They inject boogie rock with a much-needed sense of energy and a much-needed sense of danger, not through violent lyrical themes or anything like that, but through the vitality of their swing, of the sharpness of their performance as captured here. Hooky enough to warrant its leadoff position, “The Tower” leads to “Knights of the Stars,” whereby¬†Thin Lizzy‘s boys end up back in town and in a brawl with¬†Cactus, only to resolve their differences peacefully in the song’s languid, solo-enriched second half, which cuts out before its 5:11 are done and gives way to “Cloak and Bones,” which channels biker-style death fetishism in its lyrics and sets it to an insistent rhythm and percussive foundation.

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Bass and guitar wind their way around the snapping drums, and together with¬†Stec, all seem to be resolved to conveying the same crucial aspects of their performance. Like “The Tower,” “Cloak and Bones” is more proto-metallic than not, but¬†Bison Machine‘s ability to shift the balance between such runs and jams or boogie-downs is a big part of what makes¬†Seas of Titan work so well for the duration. As “Echoes in Space” digs into a mellower softshoe riff, that range becomes that much clearer as a part of the listening experience, and while it’s all still well within a similar-enough vibe to be coherent — that is,¬†Bison Machine aren’t trying to do something just to catch their audience off-guard — neither are they repeating themselves anymore than they want to be doing to nail down the grooves that so well populate the album, and indeed “Echoes in Space,” which picks up its tempo and adds a line of presumably Moog or other keyboard under the broad-sounding guitar solo for which one assumes the song was named in the first place.

So yes, movement. But also warmth. The synth that begins the side-B-opening title-track is an intro for one of¬†Seas of Titan‘s most driving progressions, but even that carries a distinctly human warmth and character, mirroring the chorus of “The Tower” and some of that same burst of energy, but locking into a bluesier chorus as well, reminding a bit of¬†Radio Moscow as it struts into and out of lead sections. “Seas of Titan” is the longest inclusion at 6:10, but not by so much over “Cloak and Bones” (6:02) or “The Tower” (5:46) that it’s out of step with the rest of the record that shares its name — that intro is essentially the difference, but it’s well enough earned.

They follow-it with a build of momentum through “Star Child,” which oddly enough is more¬†Rainbow than¬†KISS¬†in terms of its sound, but a welcome delving into minor-key fretwork either way as¬†O’Ryan‘s guitar swaps channels before the hook comes back through and leads to an effective section of starts and stops and a last push ahead of the already-going-already-gone “Electric Eliminator,” which somehow finds room in its sub-four-minute run for a winding, boogie-dense jam in its midsection that almost seems like it’s going to hold sway for the duration and then turns quickly back to the central riff. That lets the initial strum of closer “A Distant Sun” make an immediately more peaceful impression, but the tempo remains up and fuller fuzz makes its way in,¬†Stec‘s vocals seeming to tap their inner¬†Freedom Hawk past the midpoint just before they ride the last solo into a roundout with the last hook and then end the set with a ringout and fade, their sense of class coming through almost in spite of the grit of their presentation.

One wouldn’t necessarily accuse Bison Machine of reinventing the wheel in terms of aesthetic, but the fact of the matter is their take on boogie rock is presented with an energy and an edge of its own on¬†Seas of Titan, and though acts like¬†Kadavar,¬†Graveyard, and half the population of San Diego have cut their teeth on ’70s riffage over the last decade, the grit¬†Bison Machine bring to the proceedings — and again, that class underlying — is well on display throughout these songs. I wouldn’t be surprised in the future to find them loosening up the structure a bit — contrary to my usual impulse, I almost found myself wishing “Electric Eliminator” just let itself go without returning to the hook; the band’s songwriting acumen had already been thoroughly established, so why not? — but their tightness here extends to all levels of what they do and it becomes part of the overarching statement¬†Seas of Titan¬†makes, and makes resoundingly. Maybe it’ll be four years until the next one and maybe not, but it’ll be worth waiting for, in any case.

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The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio Playlist: Episode 21

Posted in Radio on August 16th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Last time around, I actually managed to post the playlist for¬†The Obelisk Show before¬†Gimme Radio aired it, and I thought that worked pretty well, letting people know what was going to be on and all that. As it stands, I haven’t even had the chance to record the voice breaks yet for this one, but it’ll get done before airtime. Again, lots of new stuff this episode and a lot of it drawn from recent coverage around here, as well as some stuff that will be upcoming, whether it’s¬†V‘s new single or the 20-minute¬†Comacozer track that ends out.

That song and the¬†We Lost the Sea track before it make up the final 35 minutes of the show. I wanted a couple longer tracks this time out, so between those,¬†V,¬†Monolord,¬†Oblivion Reptilian and¬†Hound the Wolves, I feel like we got there. There’s a couple rockers up front with Bison Machine,¬†Blackwater Holylight and¬†Lightning Born, but from then on pretty much all bets are off. I never know how that kind of thing will be received by the¬†Gimme listenership, but screw it, I haven’t been fired yet, so I’ll take that for what it tells me. Not much, I suppose.

Dug these songs though. The¬†Lightning Born,¬†Sleeping Giant and¬†The Black Wizards cuts were standouts from their respective albums, and the new¬†Goatess¬†single was just premiered elsewhere, but I’ll be covering the album too, so wanted to give that a chance to shine here. And a little bit of¬†Crowbar seemed appropriate as I’ve already seen them once this month and plan to do so again before the month is out. Some bands you just can’t get enough.

Thanks for checking it out if you get the chance.

Here’s the full playlist:

The Obelisk Show – 08.16.19

Bison Machine The Tower Seas of Titan*
Blackwater Holylight Motorcycle Veils of Winter*
Lightning Born Salvation Lightning Born*
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The Black Wizards Kaleidoscope Eyes Reflections*
Sleeping Giant Serpent Sleeping Giant*
Oblivion Reptilian Alien Shit Fried on Rock*
Hound the Wolves Godhead Split with Glasghote*
BREAK
Crowbar All I Had I Gave Crowbar (1993)
Monolord The Bastard Son No Comfort*
V Phantasmagoria Led into Exile*
Goatess Dunerider Blood and Wine*
BREAK
We Lost the Sea Towers Triumph & Disaster*
Comacozer Kykeneon Journey Mydriasis*

The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio airs every other Friday at 1PM Eastern, with replays every Sunday at 7PM Eastern. Next show is Aug. 30. Thanks for listening if you do.

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Bison Machine Announce Seas of Titan Due Sept. 27; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Even if you go by when the album came out on Kozmik Artifactz, it’s been four years since Bison Machine released their debut LP, Hoarfrost¬†(review here), and that’s plenty long enough. They’ve done copious touring over the course of their near-decade together, and had other offerings out along the way, but if you believe in due, they’re due for a record. Fortunately,¬†Seas of Titan will see release through¬†Small Stone on Sept. 27 as their sophomore full-length, arriving not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. The album art pretty much rules, and I’ve been seeing posts on thee social medias about their widely available new t-shirt designs, so all that makes me think they’ll continue to hit the road as they have all along, and that’s only a good thing. They’re streaming the opening track from¬†Seas of Titan now. I suggest you dig in.

PR wire info follows. I know I worked on this bio, but I think it was an update from what was already there rather than something I wrote from scratch. Kind of hard to keep it all straight in my head.

Either way, here it is:

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BISON MACHINE: Michigan Fuzz Rockers To Release Seas Of Titan Full-Length Via Small Stone This Fall; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Michigan fuzz rockers BISON MACHINE will release their Seas Of Titan full-length via Small Stone this fall.

Since 2010, BISON MACHINE has been plying their trade in the dank, vinyl-smelling basements of Detroit, Michigan, the birthplace of a rock tradition for brashness and all-in physicality to music that the group lovingly upholds. Seas Of Titan is the band’s first album for Small Stone and a record years in the making. Since getting their start in early 2015 with the critically-lauded Hoarfrost, the four-piece have spent time putting out material in drips and drabs — a video here, a split there — all the while honing their craft on stages throughout the greater Midwest and beyond. This has all been in the name of chipping away at the marble that would become an awaited sophomore outing; a long-player from a band whose reputation already precedes them among the converted and who leave nothing unsaid in their sweating-blood approach to rock and roll.

Progressive and intense, the eight smoking tracks that comprise Seas Of Titan finds BISON MACHINE melding the best of classic heavy rock a la Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Captain Beyond, and MC5 with a forward-thinking style that is as much class as it is likely to show up in a loincloth. Rooted now in Hamtramck, Michigan, the band are hungry to the point of starving and bring a spirit to their latest work that serves to remind why they made guitars electric in the first place. Seas Of Titan was recorded by Al Sutton (Five Horse Johnson, Don Cabellero) and Steve Lehane (Sasquatch, Luder, The Black Dahlia Murder) at Rustbelt Studios, mastered by Chris Goosman (La Chinga, Gozu, Acid King, The Glasspack) at Baseline Audio Labs and features artwork by Alan Forbes (The Black Crowes, Lucifer, Earthless, Ghost). 

BISON MACHINE’s Seas Of Titan will be released September 27th on CD and digitally via Small Stone. A limited-edition vinyl edition will also be released through Kozmik Artifacts in conjunction with Small Stone. Preorders are available at the label’s Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where first single, “The Tower,” can be streamed.

Seas Of Titan Track Listing:
1. The Tower
2. Knights Of The Stars
3. Cloak & Bones
4. Echoes In Space
5. Seas Of Titan
6. Star Child
7. Electric Eliminator
8. A Distant Sun

BISON MACHINE:
Casey O’ryan – guitar
Anthony Franchina – bass, moog
Breck Crandell – drums, percussion
Tom Stec – vocals

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Midas Stream Solid Gold Heavy Metal Tape in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on March 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Well earning their two Flying Vs, Detroit newcomer four-piece make their debut with the Solid Gold Heavy Metal tape, pressed up in an edition of 100 copies and set to release in time for the band’s first live appearance on March 23 alongside Lucifer and Spell in their Motor City hometown. The new group is born out of classic heavy rockers Bison Machine and Wild Savages, who are no strangers to each other having both participated in a split alongside SLO (review here) in 2016. Midas, though, are on a different trip, deep-diving into the NWOBHM with both guitars blazing as Casey O’Ryan and Joe Kupiec (the latter also vocals) remind all with ears that it was denim and leather that brought us together, and Anthony Franchina and Breck Crandell, bass and drums, respectively, hold together the forward charge that seems ready to hijack Iron Maiden‘s private jet and fly it to glory.

Opener “Clash of Steel” is a clarion to the converted, making natural use of the NWOBHM’s Thin Lizzy influence to affect an early-metal atmosphere will still remaining modern¬†midas solid gold heavy metal coverin terms of production value. They’re aware of the influences they’re working under and the style toward which they’re playing, of course, but there’s nothing tongue-in-cheek about Solid Gold Heavy Metal that wasn’t tongue-in-cheek about the genre four decades ago. “Gauntlet” picks up with tales of legendary battles that, you know, may or may not be based on the video game — I’d have to see a lyric sheet to confirm — and “White Lightning” ups the Priestly groove as they lock in a somewhat more mitigated tempo, and that leads smoothly into “Blackened Blade,” which complements the proceedings fluidly and taps into an easier-rolling line of lead guitar to go with its capstone hook, “Curse this blackened blade.” There’s a fifth song, hidden — don’t tell anybody — and it’s a cover, but I’ve been politely asked not to say what it is. I’ll just say it’s a riot and it fits and leave it at that.

Imagine yourself getting the tape, dubbing copies for friends and trading with other people you got in touch with after seeing their trade lists in the back of print magazines. It’s like that. You can stream Solid Gold Heavy Metal using the player below. Have fun with it, because the good times are just getting started.

Enjoy:

Rising from the ashes of two long running Michigan rock bands, MIDAS rides forth bringing SOLID GOLD HEAVY METAL to the world! With a tip of the hat to bands like Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Saxon, and all the late 70s precious metal, their debut promo tape spans the spectrum but is still grounded in a continuation of the progress made during their previous tenure as separate bands. A short tour is in the works for this summer and work has already begun on a full length LP.

MIDAS makes their on-stage debut at Small’s in Detroit MI alongside Sweden’s Lucifer and Canada’s Spell on March 23rd. Copies of the tape will be available at the show and for order on the MIDAS bandcamp page. Limited to 100 copies. Surprise bonus cover track only available with purchase.

MIDAS is:
Casey O’Ryan – Lead Guitar
Joe Kupiec – Vox, Rhythm Guitar
Anthony Franchina – Bass
Breck Crandell – Drums

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Bison Machine Sign to Small Stone Records; New Album Due this Year

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 1st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Bison Machine have inked a deal to release their second album on Small Stone Records. The Michigan-based four-piece will hit Rustbelt Studios this summer to record the follow-up to 2015’s Hoarfrost (review here), and on June 3, they’ll host the Burnin’ Turf II fest with BoneHawk, Wild Savages, Dead Feathers and others at the Parisville Saloon in Ruth, MI. That event (more info here) is also presented by The Obelisk, and ticket presales are on now if you’re so inclined. It looks like a damn good time, what with all the motorcycle silliness and the rock and roll and whatnot.

Even if both entities¬†weren’t Michigan natives, the pairing of¬†Bison Machine and¬†Small Stone strikes me as especially fitting given the band’s propensity for bringing a modern edge to classic boogie and the label being essentially the place where that method has been pioneered in the US over the last 15-plus years. Very much looking forward to the next Bison Machine album. Maybe a Fall release if they’re recording in the summer? I’ll take it whenever.

I wrote this press release, but you and I can just pretend it came through circled back from the PR wire. Our secret:

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Bison Machine Sign to Small Stone; New Album Coming Soon; Burnin’ Turf II Fest to be Held June 3

Michigan heavy rockers Bison Machine have signed to American heavy rock institution Small Stone Records. The Hamtramck-based volume dealers have been on a this-time-it’s-personal quest to hand-deliver their riffs across the country since the 2015 release of their debut album, Hoarfrost, on Kozmik Artifactz, and with tours of the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, North, South and in between under their belt, they’re ready to take their game to the next level.

Bison Machine are currently preparing a new album for release later this year as their Small Stone debut. They will enter Rustbelt Studios (Five Horse Johnson, Halfway to Gone, Novadriver) later this Summer to record.

“It’s amazing!” enthuses Bison Machine bassist¬†Anthony Franchina about the signing. “Small Stone has released some of my favorite records, from Sasquatch to Greenleaf to Lo-Pan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Scott [Hamilton] on our next record, which is going to completely blow away everything we’ve done before. We’ll be hitting the road too, so keep an eye out!”

In addition to working on their next LP, the members of Bison Machine are involved in organizing the Burnin’ Turf festival, which is set for June 3 at the Parisville Saloon in Ruth, MI, with a lineup featuring Bison Machine, Wild Savages, Dead Feathers, BoneHawk, Red Stone Souls, Rip VanRipper, and Gear Jammer, as well as chopper games, raffle prizes, van and tank lettering by Zak Warmann of Detroit Sign Painters, camping, DJ Smoak (Loy Smoak Jr.) all the way from San Antonio, bonfires, and of course, plenty of beer. Ticket presales are available AT THIS LOCATION: http://burninturf2.brownpapertickets.com

“I can’t wait to hear what Bison Machine bring to this next record,” says Scott Hamilton of Small Stone Records. “They’ve been unstoppable on tour for the last couple years and I’m thrilled to welcome them into the Small Stone fold representing the next generation of great American heavy rock and roll.”

Bison Machine released their latest single, “Cloak and Bones,” last year. A video for the track is streaming now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mcL_NF1CO8

Stay tuned for more on Bison Machine, Burnin Turf II, and the new album in the months ahead.

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Breck Crandell – Drums
Tom Stec – Vocals
Anthony Franchina – Bass

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The Obelisk Presents: Burnin’ Turf II at Parisville Saloon, Ruth, MI, on June 3

Posted in The Obelisk Presents on February 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

I’m thrilled to count The Obelisk among the slew of sponsors for¬†Burnin’ Turf II at¬†Parisville Saloon in Ruth, Michigan, this June 3. After seeing the first installment come together last year and look like such a damn good time and catching wind of this year’s formidable lineup, it was a no-brainer to get involved in this small way immediately upon being asked, and between the chopper show, the van show, and the show-show itself, the event put together by the dudes from¬†Bison Machine — who are also playing — looks like it’s going to be a killer party and something really special in a sense of more than just a show-up-and-stand-there-bands-changeover-gear kind of fest. All the better.

Ticket presale starts on April 20, but today marks the official unveiling of the lineup, which you can see in the announcement below, which the festival sent down the PR wire.

One more time, let me say out loud how much I appreciate being involved in this. Thanks to Anthony Franchina and all at work behind the scenes on making it happen.

Here goes:

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BURNIN’ TURF II – June 3rd 2017 Parisville Saloon – Ruth, MI

“We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! … And we wanna get loaded. And we wanna have a good time. And that’s what we are gonna do. We are gonna have a good time… We are gonna have a party.” -Russ Tamblyn (The Wild Angels)

The Gassers R/C, Parisville Saloon and Bison Machine want you to hop on your bike, pack up your van, grab your friends, grab your tent, leave everything else behind and head up to Parisville for one of the best parties of the year. Burnin’ Turf has returned and its bigger than ever. Seven bands, chopper games, raffles, prizes, drink until you can’t stand because no one needs to leave. Set up camp and live it up because you came to the right place. Everyone is here for the same reason.

Pre-sale goes live on April 20th 2017
More info to come!

LINE-UP
Bison Machine
BoneHawk
Wild Savages
Red Stone Souls
Dead Feathers
Gear Jammer
Rip Vanripper

Heavy boogie vinyl spun by DJ Smoak

SPONSORS
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Lucifer’s Death Squad
Strange Cycle
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Rumbleville
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Bison Machine Announce March / April Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Michigan four-piece¬†Bison Machine will head out once again this Spring, following up on their Fall 2016 tour supporting the 2015¬†Kozmik Artifactz release of their debut album,¬†Hoarfrost (review here) as well as their early-2016 split with Wild Savages and¬†SLO (review here). When the last run was announced, the band sent word along with it that they’d soon¬†hit the studio for their second long-player, and in the update below, they note the writing process is finishing up.

Accordingly, I’d expect a good deal of new songs to be in the set as they head south toward Texas and around the Midwest, keeping good company with Denver’s¬†Cloud Catcher on several of the dates. Speaking of bands who should put out a split together. Where’s¬†Ripple‘s¬†Second Coming of Heavy series?

Looking forward to whatever¬†Bison Machine do next, including the second edition of their¬†Burnin’ Turf fest, which is set for June 3 and for which the lineup is yet to be announced. I’ll hope to have more on that as we get closer to the summer.

Till then, here’s the latest:

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New year, new van. Taking it on the road in 2017 and heading to Texas!

Excited to share the first four days of the tour with our buds from Denver in Cloud Catcher. We are currently finishing up writing the new album and will be working to hopefully get it out before the end of the year.

We have a lot on our plate this year and are stoked to announce we will also be reincarnating our Burnin’ Turf party this year, line-up coming soon!

BISON MACHINE – Sufficiently Van-Less Tour:
March 10th – Toledo OH – Ottawa Tavern
March 23rd – Fort Wayne IN – Brass Rail ^
March 24th – Detroit MI – Small’s ^
March 25th – Chicago IL – LiveWire Lounge ^
March 26th – Milwaukee WI – Riverwest Public House ^
March 27th – Minneapolis MN – Memory Lanes
March 29th – Kansas City MO – miniBar
March 30th – Denver CO – The Squire
March 31st – Oklahoma City OK – The Blue Note
April 1st – Arlington TX – Division Brewing
April 2nd – Houston TX – Rudyard’s
April 3rd – Austin TX – The Grand
April 4th – San Antonio TX – Hi-Tones
April 8th – Dayton OH – Jimmie’s Ladder 11 w/ Electric Citizen
June 3rd – Parisville MI – Burnin’ Turf II
^ with Cloud Catcher

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Tomorrow’s Dream: 200+ of 2017’s Most Anticipated Releases

Posted in Features on January 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Looks like it’s going to be another busy 12 months ahead. It’s been a busy better-part-of-a-month already, so that stands to reason, but you should know that of the several years now that I’ve done these ‘Tomorrow’s Dream’ posts, this is the biggest one yet, with over 150 upcoming releases that — one hopes — will be out between today and the end of 2017.

Actually, at last count, the list tops 180. Do I really expect you to listen to all of them? Nope. Will I? Well, it would be nice. But what I’ve done is gone through and highlighted 35 picks and then built lists off that in order of likelihood of arrival. You’ll note the categories are ‘Gonna Happen and/or Likely Candidates,’ ‘Definitely Could Happen’ and ‘Would be Awfully Nice.’

Beyond that last one, anything else just seems like speculation — one might as well go “new Sabbath this year!” with zero info backing it up. The idea here is that no matter where a given band is placed, there has been some talk of a new release. In some cases, it’s been years, but I think they’re still worth keeping in mind.

Another caveat: You can expect additions to this list over the next week — probably album titles, band names people (fingers crossed) suggest in the comments, and so on — so it will grow. It always does. The idea is to build as complete a document as possible, not to get it all nailed down immediately, so please, if you have something to contribute and you’re able to do so in a non-prickish, “You didn’t include Band X and therefore don’t deserve to breathe the same air as me,” kind of way, please contribute.

Other than that, I think it’s pretty straightforward what’s going on here and I’ll explain the category parameters as we go, so by all means, let’s jump in.

— Tomorrow’s Dream 2017 —

Presented Alphabetically

1. Abrahma, TBA

Late last year, Paris heavy progressives Abrahma announced a new lineup and third full-length in progress. No reason to think it won’t come to fruition, and a follow-up to 2015’s Reflections in the Bowels of a Bird (review here) is an easy pick¬†to look forward to. Even with the shift in personnel, it seems likely the band will continue their creative development, driven as they are by founding guitarist¬†Seb Bismuth.

2. All Them Witches, Sleeping Through the War

all them witches sleeping through the warIf 2017 ended today,¬†Sleeping Through the War would be my Album of the Year. Of course, there’s a lot of year to go, but for now,¬†Nashville’s¬†All Them Witches have set the standard with their¬†second album for¬†New West Records behind 2015’s¬†Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (review here) and fourth overall outing. They’ve got videos up so far for “3-5-7” (posted here) and “Bruce Lee” (posted here). Both are most definitely worth your time. Out Feb. 24. Full review should be¬†later this week.

3. Alunah, Solennial

Seems like UK forest riffers¬†Alunah are on this list every year. Wishful thinking on my part. Nonetheless, their fourth LP and¬†Svart Records debut,¬†Solennial, is out March 17, and if the tease they gave already with the clip for “Fire of Thornborough Henge” (posted here) is anything to go from, its Chris Fielding-produced expanses might just be¬†Alunah‘s most immersive yet.

4. Arbouretum, TBA

I asked the Baltimore folk fuzzers a while back on Thee Facebooks if they had a new record coming in 2017 and they said yes, so that’s what I’m going on here. The last¬†Arbouretum album was 2013’s¬†Coming out of the Fog (review here), and even with frontman¬†Dave Heumann‘s 2015 solo outing,¬†Here in the Deep (review here), factored in, you’d have to say they’re due. Keep an eye on¬†Thrill Jockey for word and I’ll do the same.

5. Atavismo, Inerte

This is another one that already has a spot reserved for it on my Best-of-2017 year-end list. Spanish heavy psych rockers¬†Atavismo up the progressive bliss level with their second full-length,¬†Inerte, without losing the depth of style that made 2014’s¬†Desintegraci√≥n (review here) so utterly glorious. It probably won’t have the biggest marketing budget of 2017, but if you let¬†Atavismo fly under your radar, you are 100 percent missing out on something special.

6. Bison Machine, TBA

In addition to the video for new track “Cloak and Bones” that premiered here, when Michigan raucousness-purveyors¬†Bison Machine put out the dates for their fall 2016 tour, they included further hints of new material in progress. As much as I dug their earlier-2016 split with¬†SLO¬†and¬†Wild Savages (review here) and 2015’s¬†Hoarfrost (review here), that’s more than enough for me to include them on this list. Killer next-gen heavy rock.

7. Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, TBA

News of a follow-up to¬†Brothers of the Sonic Cloth‘s 2015 Neurot Recordings¬†self-titled debut (review here) came through in October, and it remains some of the best news I’ve heard about 2017 doings. Took them a while to get the first record out, so we’ll see what happens, but it kind of feels like looking forward to a comet about to smash into the planet and cause a mass extinction, and by that I mean awesome. Can’t get here soon enough.

8. Cloud Catcher, Trails of Kosmic Dust

cloud catcher trails of kosmic dustOkay, so maybe I jumped the gun and did a super-early review of Denver trio¬†Cloud Catcher‘s second long-player and¬†Totem Cat Records debut,¬†Trails of Kosmic Dust, but hell, no regrets. Some albums require an early-warning system. Their 2015 debut,¬†Enlightened Beyond Existence (discussed here), was a gem as well, but this is a band in the process of upping their game on every level, and the songwriting and momentum they hone isn’t to be missed.

9. Colour Haze, TBA

I’ve gotten some details on the upcoming¬†full-length¬†from¬†Colour Haze. They do not include a title, artwork, audio, song titles or general direction. Less details, I guess, than word that the CD version of this answer to 2015’s¬†To the Highest Gods We Know (review here) is set to come out next month, as ever, on¬†Elektrohasch. That puts it out in time for¬†Colour Haze‘s upcoming tour with¬†My Sleeping Karma (announced here). Fingers crossed it happens.¬†Colour Haze are perpetual top-albums candidates in my book.

10. Corrosion of Conformity, TBA

Signed to¬†Nuclear Blast after being rejoined by guitarist/vocalist¬†Pepper Keenan, North Carolina’s¬†C.O.C.¬†have been in the studio since last year. The lineup of Keenan,¬†bassist/vocalist¬†Mike Dean and guitarist¬†Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin on drums is the stuff of legend and last worked together on 2000’s America’s Volume Dealer, so no question this reunion makes for one of 2017’s most anticipated heavy rock records. They nailed the nostalgia factor on tour. Can they now add to their legacy?

11. Elder, TBA

I was incredibly fortunate about a month ago to visit progressive heavy rockers¬†Elder at¬†Sonelab in Easthampton, MA, during the recording process for their upcoming fourth album. I heard a couple of the tracks, and of course it was all raw form, but the movement forward from 2015’s¬†Lore (review here) was palpable. That LP (on¬†Stickman) brought them to a wider audience, and I expect no less from this one as well, since the farther out¬†Elder go sound-wise, the deeper the level of connection with their listeners they seem to engage.

12. Electric Wizard, TBA

Could happen, could not happen. That’s how it goes. Announced for last Halloween.¬†That date came and went. Word of trouble building their own studio surfaced somewhere along the line. That was the last I heard. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it showed up tomorrow, if it showed up in 2018, or if the band broke up and never put it out. They’re¬†Electric Wizard. Anything’s possible.

13. John Garcia, The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues

Out Jan. 28 on¬†Napalm,¬†The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues (review here) is the first-ever acoustic album from former¬†Kyuss frontman¬†John Garcia, also of¬†Unida,¬†the reunited¬†Slo Burn,¬†Hermano,¬†Vista Chino,¬†Zun, etc. — basically the voice of desert rock. He does a couple¬†Kyuss¬†classics for good measure, but shines as well on the new/original tracks, and while it’s a piece for fans more than newcomers — that is, it helps if you know the original version of “Green Machine” — his presence remains as powerful as ever despite this new context.

14. Goya, Harvester of Bongloads

Riffs, dude.¬†Goya seem to have them to spare. The Arizona-based wizard doomers have set a pretty prolific clip for themselves at this point, with at least two short releases out in 2016, one a 7″ of¬†Nirvana¬†covers (review here), and the¬†The Enemy¬†EP (review here).¬†Set for a March 3 release through their own¬†Opoponax Records imprint,¬†Harvester of Bongloads continues the march into the abyss that 2015’s¬†Obelisk (review here) and 2013’s¬†777¬†set in motion, finding the band coming more into their own as well. Creative growth — and bongloads! The best of both worlds.

15. Ides of Gemini, TBA

Ides of Gemini are set to record their yet-untitled third album with¬†Sanford Parker early this year, and it will also mark their debut on¬†Rise Above Records upon its release. They’ve also got a new lineup around vocalist¬†Sera Timms and guitarist¬†J. Bennett, so as they look to move forward from¬†2014’s¬†Old World New Wave (review here), one can’t help but wonder what to expect, but to be honest, not knowing is part of the appeal, especially from a band who so readily specialize in the ethereal.

16. Kind, TBA

Three-fourths of¬†Kind feature elsewhere on this list.¬†Bassist¬†Tom Corino plays in¬†Rozamov. Drummer¬†Matt Couto is in¬†Elder. Vocalist¬†Craig Riggs is in¬†Roadsaw. And for what it’s worth, guitarist¬†Darryl Shepherd has a new band coming together called¬†Test Meat. How likely does that make¬†Kind to release a second LP in 2017? I don’t know, but their 2015 Ripple Music¬†debut,¬†Rocket Science (review here), deserves a follow-up, and I know they’ve demoed some new songs. If it happens, great. If it’s 2018, at least these dudes will be plenty busy besides.

17. Lo-Pan, In Tensions

lo-pan in tensionsYes,¬†Lo-Pan‘s¬†In Tensions (review here) has already been released — CD/LP with an artbook on¬†Aqualamb. It’s out. Limited numbers. You can get it now. Why include it on a list of most anticipated releases? Because that’s how strongly I feel about your need to hear it. The fruit of a shortlived lineup with guitarist¬†Adrian Zambrano, it distinguishes itself from everything they’ve done before in style while still keeping to the core righteousness that one hopes¬†the Ohio outfit will continue to carry forward. It’s more than a stopgap between albums. Listen to it.

18. The Midnight Ghost Train, TBA

It seems to have been a rough ride for hard-boogie specialists¬†The Midnight Ghost Train since their 2015¬†Napalm¬†debut and third album overall,¬†Cold was the Ground (review here). They’ve never taken it easy on the road or in terms of physicality on stage, and between injuries and who knows what else, their intensity at this point veers toward the directly confrontational. Nonetheless, they’ve been writing for album number four, may or may not have started the recording process, and I expect that confrontationalism to suit them well in their new material.

19. Monster Magnet, TBA

I have it on decent authority that NJ heavy psych innovators¬†Monster Magnet were in the studio this past autumn. I’ve seen no concrete word of a new album in progress from¬†Dave Wyndorf and company, and I wouldn’t necessarily expect to until it was time to start hyping the release, but after their two redux releases, 2015’s¬†Cobras and Fire (review here) and 2014’s¬†Milking the Stars (review here), their range feels broader than ever and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.

20. Mothership, High Strangeness

A pivotal moment for¬†Mothership arrives with¬†High Strangeness, and the heavy-touring, heavy-riffing Texas power trio seem to know it. Their third record on¬†Ripple Music pushes into new avenues of expression and keeps the energy of¬†2014‚Äôs Mothership II (review here) and 2012‚Äôs Mothership (review here), but thus far into their career, it’s been about their potential and what they might accomplish going forward. 2017 might be the year for¬†Mothership to declare a definitive place in the sphere of American heavy rock.

21. The Obsessed, Sacred

On Halloween 2016, founding¬†The Obsessed guitarist/vocalist and doom icon¬†Scott “Wino” Weinrich announced a new lineup for¬†the band, with his former¬†The Hidden Hand bandmate¬†Bruce Falkinburg on bass/vocals,¬†Sara Seraphim on guitar and¬†Brian Costantino¬†continuing on drums. A genuine surprise. Their first album since 1994,¬†Sacred¬†(due on Relapse)¬†was tracked as the trio¬†of¬†Weinrich,¬†Costantino and bassist/vocalist¬†Dave Sherman, but clearly they’ve moved into a new era already. Wouldn’t even guess what the future holds, but hopefully¬†Sacred still comes out.

22. Orange Goblin, TBA

When it was announced that London’s¬†Orange Goblin¬†were picked up by¬†Spinefarm as part of that label’s acquisition of¬†Candlelight Records last Spring, the subheadline from the PR wire was “Working on Ninth Studio Album.” I haven’t heard much since then, but even as 2014’s¬†Back from the Abyss (review here) pushed them deeper into metallic territory than ever before, their songs retained the character that’s made the band the institution they are. Always look forward to new¬†Orange Goblin.

23. Pallbearer, Heartless

pallbearer heartlessDoomers, this is your whole year right here. I haven’t heard¬†Pallbearer‘s third album,¬†Heartless (out March 24 on¬†Profound Lore), but I have to think even those who haven’t yet been won over by the Arkansas four-piece’s emotive, deep-running style have to be curious about what they’ve come up with this time around. I know I am. These guys have been making a¬†mark on the genre since their 2012 debut,¬†Sorrow and Extinction (review here), and there’s little doubt¬†Heartless will continue that thread upon its arrival.

24. Radio Moscow, TBA

Fact:¬†Radio Moscow¬†stand among the best classic heavy rock live acts in the US. They’re the kind of band you can watch upwards of 15¬†gigs in a row — I’ve done it — and find them putting on a better show night after night, in defiance of science, logic and sobriety. Word of their signing to¬†Century Media came just this past week¬†and brought with it confirmation of a follow-up to¬†2014‚Äôs stellar¬†Magical Dirt (review here), and for me to say hell yes, I’m absolutely on board, seems like the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. Can’t wait.

25. Roadsaw, TBA

Nearly six full years later, it’s only fair to call Boston scene godfathers¬†Roadsaw due for a follow-up to their 2011 self-titled (review here). Granted, members have been busy in¬†Kind,¬†White Dynomite, and other projects, but still. Their upcoming outing¬†finds them on¬†Ripple Music after years under the banner of¬†Small Stone Records, and though I haven’t seen a solid release date yet, my understanding is they hit¬†Mad Oak Studio in Allston, MA, this past fall to track it, so seems likely for sooner or¬†later. Sooner, preferably.

26. Rozamov, This Mortal Road

Speaking of albums by Boston bands a while in the making,¬†This Mortal Road (out March 3 on¬†Battleground Records and¬†Dullest Records) is the debut full-length from Boston atmospheric extremists¬†Rozamov. Haven’t heard it yet, but I got a taste of some of the material when I visited the band at¬†New Alliance Audio in Aug. 2015, and the bleak expanses of what I heard seem primed to turn heads. I’m a fan of these guys, but in addition, they’ve found a niche for themselves sound-wise and I’m curious to hear how they bring it to fruition.

27. Samsara Blues Experiment, TBA

It’s been a pleasure over the last couple months to watch a resurgence of Berlin heavy psych trio¬†Samsara Blues Experiment take shape, first with the announcement of a fourth album in October, then with subsequent confirmations for¬†Desertfest,¬†Riff Ritual in Barcelona, and a South American tour. Reportedly due in Spring, which fits with the timing on shows, etc., the record will follow 2013’s righteous Waiting for the Flood (review here) and as much as I’m looking forward to hearing it, I’m kind of just glad to have these guys back.

28. Seedy Jeezus, TBA

Work finished earlier this month on Melbourne trio¬†Seedy Jeezus‘ second full-length. As with their 2015 self-titled debut, the band brought¬†Tony Reed of¬†Mos Generator to Australia to produce, and after their blissed-out 2016 collaboration with¬†Earthless guitarist¬†Isaiah Mitchell,¬†Tranquonauts (review here), it’s hard not to wonder what experimentalist tendencies might¬†show in the trio’s style this time out, and likewise difficult not to anticipate what guitarist¬†Lex “Mr. Frumpy” Wattereus comes up with for the cover art.

29. Shroud Eater, Strike the Sun

Not to spoil the surprise, but Feb. 1 I’ll host¬†a track premiere from Florida’s¬†Shroud Eater that finds them working in a different context from everything we’ve heard from them to this point in their rightly-celebrated tenure. They also recently had a split out with¬†Dead Hand, and their second long-player,¬†Strike the Sun, will be¬†their debut through¬†STB Records. It’s been since 2011’s¬†ThunderNoise (review here) that we last got a¬†Shroud Eater album, so you bet your ass I’m dying to know what the last six years have wrought.

30. Sleep, TBA

If¬†Sleep were any other band, they’d probably be in the “Would be Awfully Nice” category. But they’re¬†Sleep, so even the thought of a new record is enough to put them here. The lords of¬†all things coated in THC are reissuing their¬†2014 single, The Clarity (review here), on¬†Southern Lord¬†next month, but rumors have been swirling about a proper album, which of course would be their first since the now-legendary¬†Dopesmoker. If it happens, it’ll automatically be a heavy underground landmark for 2017, but it’s one I’m going to have in my ears before I really believe it.

31. Stoned Jesus, TBA

Even as they tour playing¬†their second album, 2012’s¬†Seven Thunders Roar (review here), to mark its fifth anniversary and continued impact, Ukrainian trio¬†Stoned Jesus are forging ahead with a fourth record behind 2015’s¬†The Harvest (review here). The capital-‘q’ Question is whether or not looking back at¬†Seven Thunders Roar and engaging that big-riffing side of their sound will have an impact on the new material, and if so, how it will meld with the push of¬†The Harvest. Won’t speculate, but look forward to finding out.

32. Stubb, TBA

Since reveling in the soul¬†of 2015‚Äôs¬†Cry of the Ocean¬†(review here) on¬†Ripple, London trio¬†Stubb have swapped out bassists, and they were in¬†Skyhammer Studio this month recording a single that may be an extended psychedelic jam. I’ll take that happily, but I’m even more intrigued at the prospect of a third LP and what guitarist/vocalist¬†Jack Dickinson, bassist/vocalist¬†Tom Hobson and drummer¬†Tom Fyfe¬†might have in store as the band moves forward on multiple levels. Might be 2017, might not.

33. Sun Blood Stories, It Runs Around the Room with Us

sun blood stories it runs around the room with usIt Runs around the Room with Us¬†seems to find peace in its resonant experimentalist drones, loops, open, subdued spaces, but there’s always some underlying sense of foreboding to its drift, as if Boise’s¬†Sun Blood Stories could anticipate the moment before it happened. Toward the end of the follow-up to 2015’s¬†Twilight Midnight Morning (review here), they execute the 90-second assault “Burn” and turn serenity to ash. Look for it¬†in April and look for it again on my best of 2017 list in December.

34. Ufomammut, TBA

Any new offering from the Italian cosmic doom magnates is worth looking forward to, and¬†while Ufomammut¬†have left the 15-year mark behind, they’ve never stopped progressing in style and form. To wit,¬†2015‚Äôs Ecate¬†(review here) was a stunner after¬†2012‚Äôs two-part LP,¬†Oro (review here and review here), tightening the approach but assuring the vibe was no less expansive than ever. They started recording last summer, finished mixing in November, so I’m hoping for word of a release date soon.

35. Vokonis, The Sunken Djinn

Born out of¬†Creedsmen Arise, whose 2015 demo,¬†Temple (review here), offered formative thrills, Swedish trio¬†Vokonis debuted with last year’s¬†Olde One Ascending¬†(review here) and proved there’s still life in post-Sleep riffing when it’s wielded properly. They signed to¬†Ripple in November and confirmed the title of their sophomore effort as¬†The Sunken Djinn, as well as a reissue for the first album, which will probably arrive first. I don’t know how that will affect the timing on this one, but keep an eye out anyway.

Gonna Happen and/or Likely Candidates

Obviously some of these are more likely than others. Some have solidified, announced release dates — Dopelord‘s out this month, Demon Head‘s out in April, etc. — and others come from social media posts of bands in studios and hints at upcoming releases and so on. A big tell is whether or not a band has an album title with their listing, but even some of those without have their new albums done, like Atala and Royal Thunder, so it’s not necessarily absolute.

Either way, while I’m spending your money, you might want to look into:

36. Against the Grain
37. Amenra
38. Atala
39. Attalla, Glacial Rule
40. Ayahuasca Dark Trip, II
41. Beastmaker
42. Beaten Back to Pure
43. Blackout
44. Bretus
45. Buried Feather, Mind of the Swarm
46. The Clamps
47. Cold Stares
48. Coltsblood, Ascending into the Shimmering Darkness
49. Come to Grief, The Worst of Times EP
50. Cortez
51. Cruthu, The Angle of Eternity
52. The Dead-End Alley Band, Storms
53. Dead Witches, Dead Witches
54. Dealer
55. Death Alley, Live at Roadburn
56. Demon Head, Thunder on the Fields
57. The Devil and the Almighty Blues, II
58. Devil Electric
59. Doctor Cyclops, Local Dogs
60. Dool, Here Now There Then
61. Dopelord, Children of the Haze
62. Doublestone, Devil’s Own/Djævlens Egn
63. Dread Sovereign, For Doom the Bell Tolls
64. Drive by Wire
65. Elbrus, Elbrus
66. Electric Age
67. Electric Moon, Stardust Rituals
68. Endless Floods, II
69. Five Horse Johnson
70. Forming the Void, Relic
71. Funeral Horse
72. Greenbeard
73. Green Desert Water
74. Greenleaf
75. Grifter / Suns of Thunder, Split
76. Hair of the Dog, This World Turns
77. Heavy Temple, Chassit
78. Here Lies Man, Here Lies Man
79. Hollow Leg, Murder EP
80. Holy Mount, The Drought
81. Hooded Menace
82. Horisont, About Time
83. Hymn, Perish
84. Lecherous Gaze
85. Magnet, Feel Your Fire
86. Mastodon
87. Merlin, The Wizard
88. Merchant
89. Mindkult, Lucifer’s Dream
90. Mirror Queen
91. Moonbow, War Bear
92. Mos Generator
93. The Moth
94. MotherSloth
95. Mouth, Vortex
96. My Sleeping Karma, Mela Ananda – Live
97. Orango
98. Papir
99. PH, Eternal Hayden
100. Psychedelic Witchcraft, Magick Rites and Spells
101. Royal Thunder
102. Saturn, Beyond Spectra
103. Season of Arrows, Give it to the Mountain
104. Siena Root
105. Six Organs of Admittance, Burning the Threshold
106. Six Sigma, Tuxedo Brown
107. Sólstafir
108. The Sonic Dawn, Into the Long Night
109. Spelljammer
110. Spidergawd, IV
111. Steak
112. Stinking Lizaveta, Journey to the Underworld
113. Sula Bassana, Organ Accumulator
114. Summoner
115. Sun Voyager, Sun Voyager
116. Sweat Lodge, Tokens for Hell EP
117. Thera Roya, Stone and Skin
118. Toke
119. Troubled Horse, Revelation on Repeat
120. VA, Brown Acid The Third Trip
121. Weedpecker
122. Youngblood Supercult, The Great American Death Rattle

Definitely Could Happen

Maybe a recording process is upcoming (Gozu, Cities of Mars, YOB), or a band is looking for a label (The Flying Eyes), or they’ve said new stuff is in the works but the circumstances of an actual release aren’t known (Arc of Ascent, Dead Meadow, High on Fire), or I’ve just seen rumors of their hitting the studio (Freedom Hawk, La Chinga, Ruby the Hatchet). We’ve entered the realm of the entirely possible but not 100 percent.

So, you know, life.

Dig it:

123. The Age of Truth
124. Ape Machine
125. Arc of Ascent
126. At Devil Dirt
127. Bantoriak
128. Bask
129. BCAD
130. BoneHawk
131. La Chinga
132. Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters
133. Cities of Mars
134. Crypt Sermon
135. Dead Meadow
136. Death Alley (Studio LP)
137. Dee Calhoun
138. Destroyer of Light
139. Devil
140. Devil Worshipper
141. Duel
142. Dustrider
143. Egypt
144. Electric Moon
145. Elephant Tree
146. Farflung
147. The Flying Eyes
148. Freedom Hawk
149. Gozu
150. The Great Electric Quest
151. Green Meteor, Consumed by a Dying Sun
152. High on Fire
153. Horrendous
154. Insect Ark
155. In the Company of Serpents
156. Iron Monkey
157. Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus
158. The Judge
159. Killer Boogie
160. King Dead
161. The Kings of Frog Island
162. Lords of Beacon House, Recreational Sorcery
163. Mangoo
164. Mondo Drag
165. Monolord
166. Mountain God
167. The Munsens
168. Naxatras
169. Never Got Caught
170. Ommadon
171. Orchid
172. Ordos
173. Pilgrim
174. Poseidon
175. Purple Hill Witch
176. Ruby the Hatchet
177. Sasquatch
178. Satan’s Satyrs
179. Serpents of Secrecy
180. Shabda
181. Shooting Guns
182. Sleepy Sun
183. Slow Season
184. Snowy Dunes, Atlantis
185. Spectral Haze
186. The Sweet Heat
187. Switchblade Jesus
188. Superchief
189. T√Ņburn
190. YOB
191. Zone Six

Would be Awfully Nice

This last category is basically as close as I’m willing to come to rampant speculation. Endless Boogie have hinted at new material, and Queens of the Stone Age have talked about hitting the studio for the last two years. There were rumors about Om, and though Kings Destroy just put out an EP, they have new songs as well, though I doubt we’ll hear them before the end of 2017. I’ll admit that Across Tundras, Fever Dog, Lord Fowl, Lowrider and Hour of 13 are just wishful thinking on my part. A boy can hope:

192. Across Tundras
193. Eggnogg
194. Elephant Tree
195. Endless Boogie
196. Fever Dog
197. Fu Manchu
198. Halfway to Gone
199. Hour of 13
200. Kadavar
201. Kings Destroy
202. Lord Fowl
203. Lowrider
204. Masters of Reality
205. Om
206. Orodruin
207. Queens of the Stone Age

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. Whatever this year brings, I hope it’s been great so far for you and I hope it continues to be so as we proceed inexorably to 2018 and all the also-futuristic-sounding numbers thereafter. At least we know we’ll have plenty of good music to keep us company on that voyage.

As always, comments section is open if there’s anything I’ve left out. I’m happy to add, adjust, etc., as need be, so really, have at it, and thanks in advance.

All the best.

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