My albums of 2022

Most of the albums I acquired in 2022

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year.

  1. Lamb of God—Omens
  2. Porcupine Tree—Closure/Continuation
  3. Machine Head—Of Kingdom and Crown
  4. Thy Dispraise—A Human Trilogy (EP)
  5. Meshuggah—Immutable
  6. Slipknot—The End, So Far
  7. Gnome—King
  8. Rammstein—Zeit
  9. Steve Lawson—The Waiting Game
  10. PreHistoric Animals—The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter 2)
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List WordPress posts alphabetically beneath category headings

Now, this is going to be a niche blog post.

For the last ten years, I’ve been blogging metal, punk, hardcore and rock music reviews at 195metalcds.com.

Besides the main list of reviews, I also created three pages to list the reviews by artist, genre and score. I updated these manually because when I started the blog I hosted it at wordpress.com which had limitations about which themes and plugins I could use. But ever since moving the site to my own paid-hosting account at SiteGround, I’ve wanted to write a plugin or child theme function that could update these three pages automatically. Well, now I have and that’s what this blog post explains.

You can view the code on GitHub.

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Steve Vai—”Teeth of the Hydra”

Released on 1 April 2022, a new song from guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, “Teeth of the Hydra” from the forthcoming album Inviolate.

This is extraordinary, but what else would you expect from Frank Zappa’s former guitarist?

And just how heavy is that three-neck guitar? It comprises a 12-string guitar, a 7-string guitar and a 4-string bass, with a whole bunch of onboard gadgetry including what looks like three vacuum tubes.