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Favorite Albums of 2019

Update 12/4/2019: Since it doesn’t look like there are any more album releases that I am interested in for the rest of the year, I’m pretty sure that this is going to be the final list of my favorite albums of 2019 so I’ve now bumped it back up to the beginning of the blog! This year I decided to add an ‘Honorable Mentions’ list at the end of this post which includes albums that I really liked but that didn’t quite make my top favorites list. 2019 was an amazing year for music and is going to be hard to beat in 2020!

If you have followed along with this microBLOG over the past couple of years you might have noticed that I try to attend a lot of concerts throughout the year. Well, besides spending much of my free time exploring the Colorado Plateau and Rocky Mountains, music is also an important part of my life. Last year I decided to keep a continually updated list of my favorite albums and EP’s that are released during the year instead of making one post at the very end of the year. I think it worked out pretty well, so I’m going to do it again this year with this post. I will continue to update this post throughout the rest of the year when I come across an album I love and then will bump it back up to the top at the end of the year when the list is complete. If you are into hard rock and heavy metal music at all, you might want to check out some of these bands and albums!

You can check out my favorite albums from previous years by following these links:

 [2018]  [2017]  [2016]  [2015]  [2014]

One side note about the list this year is that I am including Palisades latest album which technically came out at the very end of 2018 (December 28th to be exact). That’s because it came out too late in the year to make my 2018 list (I needed time to actually listen to it for a bit), but it definitely deserves to be on my favorites list!


>> Palisades // Erase The Pain


>> Afterlife // Breaking Point


>> Outline In Color


>> Deadships // D.O.A.


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Year in Concerts 2019

Since the last concert of the year that we were supposed to go to tomorrow evening has now been cancelled, I guess it’s time for me to post up my Year in Concerts for 2019. I guess this last cancellation is a fitting way to end the year since a bunch of concerts were cancelled on us this year or had bands we wanted to see drop off the show. It has actually kind of soured me on going to more concerts (especially ones that I have to travel to), so I don’t think I will be trying to go to as many as I have in the past.

Below are the posters from all of the concerts we attended this year in order. This year I’ve decided to keep the posters of the cancelled shows with a note that they were cancelled. You can check out our previous years at the following links:  [2018]  [2017]  [2016]  [2015]

>> February // Salt Lake City, UT

The Amity Affliction 2019

>> February // Grand Junction, CO

Miss May I 2019

>> February // Las Vegas, NV ** This show was cancelled.

BMTH 2019

>> February // Salt Lake City, UT

The Truth Tour 2019

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Goodbye Osprey Atmos 65, Hello Gregory Baltoro 65

The purpose of this post is a send off to my trusty Osprey Atmos 65 backpack. I purchased my Osprey Atmos 65 in 2012 and have loved it ever since. This backpack has taken me to some amazing places over the years and carried my gear comfortably. Unfortunately, the pack is now falling apart from use and my trip into Chimney Canyon is going to be its last. When I started looking for a new backpack earlier this year I had originally planned to purchase a brand new Atmos 65 AG, however after trying one on with the new AG (Anti-Gravity) suspension I found that it just doesn’t fit me well at all, which was a bit disappointing.

After giving up on the Atmos 65 AG I started looking around at other packs and was not having much luck finding one I liked, but then I checked out the Gregory Baltoro 65 and found a backpack that had all the features of the Atmos that I liked, and then some! It also fit me very well (I have a long torso) and maybe fit me even better than my Atmos ever did. I can’t wait to try it out early next year!

I sure hope this Gregory backpack is up to the task because I have a lot of backpacking trips still to come!

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