In case you can't remember that far back, Tombs' last record, Path of Totality, was our top album of 2011. Fast forward three years, and the band's latest release appears to have garnered near-universal acclaim since it dropped earlier this month. So it's only fitting that guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill's playlist focuses on something that, in one way or another, most people have experienced. As the frontman explains about his "Songs for the Heartbroken" playlist, "Everyone has gotten their hearts broken at one time or another. For me, music always played a huge part in the recovery process. Below are some jams that I keep on hand for those heavy times." Be sure to pick up a copy of Savage Gold--another of my favorites so far this year--here.
Swans' "God Damn The Sun" (from 1989's The Burning World) This is the number one 4 a.m. track for those moments when you’re in the grips of the intensity of a breakup. This song just doesn’t sound the same during the day.
New Order's "Ceremony" (from 1981's "Ceremony"/"In a Lonely Place" single) This song was written by Ian Curtis, the saddest man in human history. Being involved in an intercontinental love triangle probably gives him the black belt in heartbreak. There is a version of this song on Heart and Soul, the Joy Division discography that came out a few years ago. A while back, I was given this as a gift from a woman that would ultimately break my heart; fitting, however, I like the New Order version better.
Rollins Band's "Turned Inside Out" (from 1989's Hard Volume) This is the soundtrack for the workout sessions that I put in during the dark times of heartbreak. Typically, during these periods I’m on some insane nutritional plan and I’m trying to burn the hard feelings out of me. I can taste the blood and smell the sweat.
Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" (from 1970's Paranoid) Though not a love song, this song makes me feel better when I’m living in the shadow of depression’s black wings. The line from the title track, “Can you help me / Occupy my brain?”, also really hits me because, at these times, distraction is really the thing that I’m seeking. Something to get my mind slowed down and pacified.
The Cure's "Pictures Of You" (from 1989's Disintegration) This whole jam is about looking at pictures of a young lady and almost believing that they’re real. I love Robert Smith’s voice and Porl Thompson’s guitar work; they dovetail really well creating this darkly beautiful paean to longing.
Samhain's "To Walk The Night" (from 1986's Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire) This song was the soundtrack to my youth, driving around at night alone, pretending that I was Marlon Brando. It’s the right song for those hours after midnight when the streetlights are blinking and there are no cops around to pull you over for speeding. Glenn has one of the most haunting voices in metal.
*Photo by Jason Hellmann
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***Past Decibrity entries include:
Sadgiqacea The Atlas Moth Arch Enemy Archspire Cormorant Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2) Floor Iron Reagan Fight Amp Cynic Melt-Banana Junius (Part 1) (Part 2) Alcest East Of The Wall Enabler Wolvserpent Drugs Of Faith SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2) Vattnet Viskar Skeletonwitch Ihsahn Earthless Watain Orange Goblin God Is An Astronaut Primitive Man Gorguts Exhumed Ulcerate Pelican Scale The Summit Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2) Mouth Of The Architect Howl Kings Destroy Zozobra Call of the Void Saint Vitus Bar Coliseum Woe Anciients Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid) Intronaut BATILLUS Inter Arma Helen Money Misery Index Ancient VVisdom Holy Grail Rotten Sound Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2) Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2) Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2) Early Graves All That Remains Bison B.C. A Life Once Lost Fight Amp Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander) Vision of Disorder Grave Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2) "Best of" Rush (Part 1) (Part 2) Dawnbringer Ufomammut Shadows Fall Horseback Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2) Torche "Best of" Meshuggah Astra Pallbearer Barren Earth Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)