Sunday Sesh: Seasons In The Abyss (Summer)


Has it been a year already? Wow! That went so quickly/slowly/steadily at exactly 1 second per second. Time for the final installment of our longest running Sunday Sesh series.

Our series began last September, where we endeavoured to discover whether the changing seasons had an effect on our collective listening habits. While there are a few among us who proclaim that they listen to the same sub-genres and bands all year-round, it seems the greater majority of us noticed a tendency to gravitate towards certain styles at certain times of the year. While Winter was dominated by black metal (and rightly so), Spring and Autumn offered a greater diversity of responses. This week, we’re going to be discussing our favourite Summer jams. You know, that time of year when you get heatstroke from being clad neck to toe in black and the corpse paint melts off your face before you even leave the kvlt salon (I assume that’s where the cool kids go to get that professional look).


Hey! We can’t all afford pools.

For me, Summer seems to be the time to listen to some old classics, more death/thrashy stuff, and other genres outside of metal, in particular hip-hop. Summer down here coincides with the xmas and New Year’s public holidays and most people (except me) are on holidays, whether it be from school, uni, or work. Which basically equates to a shitload of long nights having BBQ’s, swimming at the beach, in people’s pools, or in any body of water you can find. So as you might expect, the music choices generally shift towards the more upbeat end of the spectrum. Not many people are fuckin’ with say funeral doom, or other oppressive sounding genres at get-togethers and piss-ups. Like any fruit-bowl worth its weight in uhhh… wicker, Southern Summers are full of vivid colours and a healthy diversity.

During the scorching hot days at work I’ve also noticed that I’m drawn to bands that utilise exotic Egyptian sounds and middle-eastern instruments. Bands such as Acherontas, Scarab, Zaum, Nile, Akhenaten, and perhaps most notably, Melechesh, get a solid work out. Karl Sanders’ solo albums have also provided me with a sort of musical oasis during those sweltering days. Their meditative sonic waves shimmer in unison with the rising heat haze that engulfs the mainland of this perpetually parched continent. Psychedelic-laced sounds also seem to pervade my playlists during the hotter months. Providing the dose I require has typically been left up to artists such as Jupiter, Yuri Gagarin, and for the last two summers Lotus Thief‘s transcendent debut Rervm has been a staple feature; its ethereal majesty acting in tandem with the heat, subsequently melting my mind into an iridescent pool of neuron soup. This coming Southern Summer is shaping up to follow in a similar fashion, as only a couple of weeks ago the San Franciscans released the first track titled “The Book Of The Dead” from their upcoming album Gramarye.

So which genres/bands get you through the Summer heat? Maybe staying tech helps you stay cool? Do you shut the curtains, turn your air-conditioner down to single digits and pretend it’s Winter so you can blast black metal? Let’s hear it in the comments below!

Previous Seasons In The Abyss editions:

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  • Sir Tapir The Based

    New Lotus Thief song is sounding tasty.

  • Eliza

    I can’t believe summer is almost over. This year it felt like it really went by very fast. Anyway, seasons don’t influence what kind of music I listen to, but weather does. If it’s sunny day, I’ll listen to old school death/thrash or stoner. If it’s cloudy, I prefer doom or sludge and if it rains I listen to black metal. However, that’s not set in stone, and I usually just listen to the kind of music I feel like in that specific moment.





        GORAK HYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joaquin Stick

    Dis song right here is my favorite windows-open-on-a-hot-day driving song.

    • EsusMoose

      Soooo gud. Even if it’s foggy I’m gonna blare this while doing errands

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I find this a really good summer album

    Robot Hive / Exodus (2005):

  • Dagon

    I’m from a place where there was little to none seasonal variation in weather. Now I’m living in São Paulo which has little, but not neglectable differences. Maybe I’ll be able to chime in on the next edition.

    The winter is pretty much over in the Southern hemisphere. It’s gonna be scorching hot soon.

    • St. Louis has a wonderful range of weathers! i dunno, try coming to there?

      • EsusMoose

        Resisting making a getting stolen joke.

        • Dagon

          It would take a lot more than St. Louis to make me fear a robbery, bro. I’m from Brasil.

          • EsusMoose

            I’m not saying you should be afraid, just you would be stolen. It’s St.Louis where metal things go to be taken.

          • Dagon

            I knew, I just wanted to reaffirm I’m a badass on the internet because this has never been done before

          • ¡Jajajajajaja!

      • Dagon

        Only if I could settle next to a certain detective…

  • EsusMoose

    Allaegeon, Vektor, the Armed, TFN, periphery, fast paced, high energy things, and as always things that were just released.

  • 1. I want to add “piss-up” to my daily lexicon.
    2. What will replace Sunday Sesh?
    3. Are we dying- is this a dream?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Well I can answer number 2 by saying this is only the end of the Seasons series not Sunday Sesh in general.

      • i hope the boys have something planned, like maybe… um… Sunday Clutch Sessions

      • Oh. Derp.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™


  • Tom Warriors Beanie

    Summer is definitely thrash season. Blast Agent Orange, run over tourists, get ice cream. Repeat.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I was driving around yesterday listening to 40 More Reasons To Hate Us, that seemed to do the trick for a hot and humid South Texas summer day.

    As was mentioned below and above, you’re location really has an effect on your seasonal listening habits as well. Here in the South where we have 100+ degree days coupled with 75+% humidity in some places, the weather is practically begging for Sludge/Stoner. Nasty groove riffs are integral for a proper summer.

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Same here in southeast VA with the 110 degree days. I can’t wait for fall and winter to come, and take some finally comfortable walks listening to Moonsorrow, Diary Of Dreams, and darker stuff. My playlist on my headphones has pretty much been synth pop and power metal (mostly Alquimia, Adagio, and Mago De Oz) as usual, and a bit of pop stuff like Perfume and Maria And The Diamonds, of course some Electric Six, the new King 810, and Infected Mushroom.

  • Just give me blast beats, D-Beats, and filth and I’ll be happy all year long.

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  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Van Halen and other 80s hair metal is my summer music of choice.

    • Howard Dean

      For some reason I always imagined JJD’s preferred summer tunes would include Canned Heat.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        They’re on there because of On The Road Again and their album with John Lee Hooker.

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      I always thought your summer jams were more like:

  • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

    Heading out in a bit, and blasting the new Equilibrium on my headphones. Onward to victory (and the grocery store, for victory means nothing without some beer and caldo verde)!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod


  • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds
  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Also Dio is always good summer listening. I’m planning on buying the Decade Of Dio set do I hope it’s as good as some of you say it is.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe
  • Howard Dean

    “You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder Because You Are Gay.”

    –Seth Putnam

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      If my nose hairs are croutons, my aunt is a tow truck. I’m mad because toasters ate my duck and made it fart a pickle.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    you mean im supposed to listen to something other than black fucking metal?

    • Heaven’s to Betsy, No!

      • Abradolf Lincler

        betsy’s a fucking slut

        • MISOGYNIST

          • Abradolf Lincler


    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Unleash your inner weeb!

  • Dialectician

    Lots of dub reggae and war metal.

  • InfinityOfThoughts

    I tend to listen to more thrash, melodic death metal and old school death metal in summer, along with classic rock and blues. When fall sets in, it’s time for more “trees n shit” black metal and some jazz. Winter, the cavernous death metal comes out as does more ugly black metal.

  • JWEG

    It seems that, apart from the Fall, I was at least consistent with the last two.

    In Winter, I posted “Terra Hiberna” from Harvest of Seasons. Then made the observation that the “Seasons” in HoS don’t actually ‘obviously’ include Summer, although it might end there depending on how the last track is interpreted.

    The next-to-last track “Awaken the Season of Old” is definitely set in Spring (when the Orchard’s bloom / is set aloft en masse / on the breezes of April…); though I forgot to post it.

    But the last – “The Fallow Earth” is ambiguous. It’s about the awakening of the Harvest, which might be August. In the second post I wasn’t so sure, because some of the “Harvest” season in this part of Canada is still late Spring. But I’m going to assert that it works, now, anyway:

    You could, I suppose, argue that this kind of not-quite-black metal sounds more suitable for the Fall or Winter despite the lyrical Subject matter. I’d disagree of course. But you could

  • atchdav

    Vector, Gwar, Vale of Pnath and Kvelertak have been received frequent play this summer

  • BobLoblaw

    Lots of grind this summer. Cycles with no pattern though.

  • JWEG

    Anyone notice the shenanigans on High on Fire’s twitter account this last week? Is someone having a laugh, or was it hacked and followers are very very slow to catch on?

    I just assumed the latter and unfollowed until I know better. I can’t even imagine being one of the people cavalier enough to RT or reply to the potential-hacker’s current nonsense tweets whether or not that’s actually the case.

  • Max

    Van Halen is the ultimate summer-metal band.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Awww hell yea!

  • tigeraid

    More rock-ish stoner/doom than usual, for me. Orange Goblin, being a big one. I also tend to listen to more rock in general, than other months. The great Gord Downie’s retirement has me on a bit of a discography dive with my old Tragically Hip albums, the past few weeks.