Sunday Sesh: Whatchu Road Trippin’ To?

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When people ask me my preferred way to listen to music my response comes without hesitation: in my truck out on the road.

It’s an answer that raises a few eyebrows in a largely headphone dominated genre but it is easily where I get my most serious listening done. While I have headphones on or I’m listening to my stereo there is a decent chance that the music is acting as background noise while I do something else (like right now) rather than being something I can focus on. Out on the road, though, the music doesn’t just act as some sort of filler that I can occasionally tune into and enjoy: It becomes the soundtrack to a journey.

It probably goes without saying then that I get pretty excited about fairly lengthy road trips. A solid three to five hour road trip is intimate, uninterrupted time with music both beloved and brand new and there is nothing quite like it. I’m perhaps a little weird about it in that I spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out what I’m going to listen to. Exclusively new albums I’ve missed? A personal favorite? An older gem that I’ve overlooked or ignored? HORRENDOUS ON REPEAT?

I generally go for either all newer albums or a mix of everything, but it’s Sunday funday so let’s get a little silly with it and I’ll give you my choices for each of those categories listed above.

NEW ALBUM:

I haven’t “missed” this one as it just came out this weekend, but I haven’t gotten in more than one listen and I’m eager to spend more time with it.

PERSONAL FAVORITE:

Totally unsurprising, but Leviathan is a road trip staple for me. All these years later it still captivates me in a way few other albums do.

IGNORED GEM: 

As someone who mostly listens to death metal, I feel a bit embarrassed admitting that I’ve never really listened to Sentenced. I’ve heard a song or two from Shadows of the Past but never dug any deeper than that. I’d change the hell out of that on a road trip.

HORRENDOUS ON REPEAT:

For the sake of this exercise, let’s just say you had to choose one song and listen to it on repeat for the duration of the trip. I’d probably go with “Ozymandias” off of Anareta because it’s one of the jammiest jams I’ve ever heard in my life and I can’t help but rage along whenever I hear it.

Now it’s your turn! Given those 4 categories, what will you be jamming on your next road trip?

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  • Count_Breznak

    While I normally keep my driving 3 train&WIFI&Beer are too tempting), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLhSFATOhW0 somehow does it for me on longer trips

  • sopadeloro

    For long roadtrips, I listen to longish albums, usually doòm or postmetal albums.

    -Cult of luna : Salvation , SATH
    -The Ocean : Pelagial , Precambrian
    -Lightbearer : Lapsus , Silver Tongue
    -Yob : Atma , Clearing The Path To Ascend
    -Sleep : Dopesmoker
    -Obscure sphinx : Void Mother , Epitaphs

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Love those CoL, The Ocean, Yob and Sleep albums. As far as I’m concerned, Clearing the Path to Ascend was Yob’s strongest album since The Unreal Never Lived.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsDpbqWTsbs

    • GoatForest

      Yeah, I can certainly get that. That is also when I’ll usually bust out one of the DsO single song EPs.

    • Eliza

      Glad to see someone who enjoys Obscure Sphinx.

      • sopadeloro

        Very underrated band.

  • OLE’ GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    6 DISC CHANGER ON LAST GOOD ROAD TRIP
    1:RUSH CLOCKWORK ANGEL
    2:NEVERMORE DREAMING NEON BLACK
    3:BLIND GUARDIAN BEYOND THE RED MIRROR
    4:ANOREXIA NERVOSA DRUDENHAUS
    5:EXODUS BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT
    6:BEHEMOTH THE APOSTASY

  • KJM, Anla’Shok

    When I went to see Tool with my bff back in May, I burned a CD with the 1st 2 Duel albums on it, and a couple mix discs with recent faves such as Wo Fat & Monolord.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjYwFl_bQUE

    • Óðinn

      How was Tool?

  • Eliza

    I just play the songs I have saved on my mp3 player on shuffle mode when I travel.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Whenever I go road tripping and I want to soak up my surroundings, I tend to go for music other than metal to accompany me – which mostly tends to be on the classic folk rock side.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP0VBB7BO64

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq8TulMfRkk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwRFAFGIi5w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8RTGhe4nzU

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Unless of course my next stop is a decrepit post-industrial council estate. That only leaves room for one possible soundtrack:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naj0hmlDM6s

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Yay, Neil Young! Where’s Pentangle and Fairport Convention though?

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Both are good. Don’t really jam them a lot though.

  • GoatForest

    I actually feel the same way, Leif. Roadtrips are the best times to really just enjoy music. Anyway, here we go:

    New album: Carach Angren “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten ”
    Old Favorite: Nile “Annihilation of the Wicked”
    Fogotten Gem: Leviathan “Massive Conspiracy Against All Life”
    Repeat:Electric Wizard “Funeralopolis”

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Carach Angren…there’s band I never got into…even though they’re from a country close to me and often tackle all those cool mythic tell-tale stories I heard about when I was a kid.
      Those Nile, Leviathan and Electric Wizard picks on the other hand really satisfy my taste buds. Coincidentally I jammed Nile’s debut about an hour ago. For some reason, still my favorite Nile album.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9mBoGDWCMc

      • GoatForest

        Nile is my absolute favorite band. While their creativity has somewhat tapered off in the last few years, I feel that that the quality and skill of their work is unmatched by most bands out there.

        I just got into Leviathan recently, but I like what I’m hearing so far.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          My favorite Leviathan albums are The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide and Scar Sighted.
          Tenth Sub Level is probably his darkest album (which is saying something) and while it’s the most riff-based of his work, there’s already notable dark ambient influences coming through. With Scar Sighted on the other hand, I felt he managed to find the perfect middle ground between the doom and black-like metal elements and the experimental ambient he toyed with on the Lurker of Chalice album.
          Massive Conspiracy is still a great album as well tho.

          • GoatForest

            I need to check out Tenth, then.

      • GoatForest

        I can get why CA may not appeal to you, they’re definitely students of Cradle of Filth, so many folks would not enjoy them, I think.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          I actually think Dusk…and her Embrace by CoF is a superb record. I like Principle of Evil and Flesh quite a bit as well. After Dusk… CoF never really managed to catch my interest anymore; and I don’t even care much for fan favorites like Cruelty And the Beast or Midian either. Further down the line they even released some straight-up atrocious music as well.

          In general, while I do like some keyboard work in extreme metal – and there’s many metal bands that have managed to successfully (and at times subtly) integrate keyboards and synths in their sound – it kinda puts me off when a band gets too “orchestral”. I do like soundscapes – like for instance Summoning or Skepticism had in the past – but when it gets busily bombastic as with Carach Angren, Bal-Sagoth, Fleshgod Apocalypse or even modern day Septic Flesh…just to name a few examples…it gets hard for me to get into the music.

          • GoatForest

            I can see where the overpowering symphonic pieces sometimes drown out the metal can be offputting.

      • BobLoblaw

        My favorite Nile song is still Black Hand of Set.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          The triple vocal attack was never as vicious again as it was on their debut tbh.

          • BobLoblaw

            The almost overbearing drum sound is pretty vicious as well.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    My music choices vary for road trips.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    New album: Swans – The Glowing Man
    Old favorite: Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
    Forgotten gem: Throwing Muses – S/T from 1986
    Repeat: Neurosis – Raze The Stray

    Disclaimer: TGM isn’t really that new anymore, but it was the last time I went on a road trip, and SFTD is the perfect road trip album if you live in the desert like me

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Always upvote Neurosis.

      • Eliza

        Always upvote “always upvote Neurosis”.

    • Hans

      Songs for the Deaf is perfect Road Trip music with that intro and all the radio skits in between.

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        Even at home that album takes me on a road trip mentally (and of course it helps if you also have some, ahem, “herbal inspiration”)

    • MUSE S/T!!!

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        I had been a fan of the Muses for a long time (particularly their University album) but for some reason their debut S/T never grabbed me until 2014 when I made a 6 hour drive to Phoenix to see Carcass. I listened to it during the drive and it finally clicked. It has been one of my favorite albums ever since

  • Hans

    I almost never drive and have never done a long trip by myself. Compromises are therefore necessary.
    I had a long-ish ride with my brother recently for which I carefully selected some stuff we could both enjoy. Amongst other things, we found out we’re both not as much into Kyuss as we used to be, and he ended up borrowing Night Demon’s latest from me.

    I’ve always wanted to try Giant Brain’s Plume on a Road Trip, but I suppose there’s a fair chance of getting hypnotized/falling asleep.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsEcgv-wY0E

  • Elmo

    YAY!!!!

    New album: None yet.
    Old favorite: ABBA – Best of.
    Forgotten gem: Hav’n fun with Bert and Ernie.
    Repeat: C is for Cookie.

  • AndySynn

    We just played Edinburgh, and had a tonne of old-school funk on the way there, then a bunch of albums by Abysmal Dawn, Job For A Cowboy, Turbid North, and Khonsu on the way back.

    Good times.

  • GrungierNine0

    I don’t have a car currently, but here’s my list;

    New Album ~ God Dethroned, “The World Ablaze” (easily tied for AOTY with Infrared Horizons, IMO)

    Personal Favorite ~ Artificial Brain, “Labyrinth Constellation”

    Ignored Gem ~ Disforia, “The Age of Ether”

    Repeat ~ Messina Ridge off “The World Ablaze” is a fuckin’ thrasher of a track, and I would happily listen to it hundreds of times over a 16 hour drive from central Utah to southern Arizona (which is the trip by which I gauge all others).

  • Al Bvndy

    If Leif is embarrassed that he doesn’t know Sentenced well enough, imagine how red my face is having never heard of them or the album.
    After 2 repeated listens, this has changed. Shadows Of The Past fucking rules!

  • JWG

    This would be an extreme hypothetical because I cannot drive for medical reasons, and nobody I know well enough to ‘road trip’ with are even grudgingly tolerant of my musical interests (let alone are also metal, punk &/or rock fans) excepting my sister’s boyfriend, who drives for a living so I’d imagine gets any desire for long trips out of his system daily.

    New Album: Headstones – Little Army
    Old Fave: Cryptopsy – None So Vile
    Personally-Forgotten Gem: Holocaust Lord – …Go To Hell (2014 Demo)
    (forgotten because it’s weirdly inaccessible from bandcamp even after purchase, but is if you have the app and set it to alphabetical order)

    Repeat Track:
    Possibly the only tune that would get universal agreement (though maybe not on repeat)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGRNEJiD3PY

    • Óðinn
      • JWG

        Possibly not the best tune to suggest while starting off on a road trip.

        Certainly not while staring uncomfortably. Definitely not while delivered in an unsettling monotone.

        • Óðinn

          Perhaps. Good song though.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Any singalomg type stuff gets heavy play in the car. Something cathartic about screaming at the top of your lungs that no one else can hear.

  • KJM, Anla’Shok

    My peoples, this shit is gonna be off the fucking hook
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRG5HeNKwKY

    • Óðinn

      Season 1 was good. Looking forward to season 2.