Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Beast of 2012

The end times Mayan calendar all that shit...I've watched enough ancient aliens to know we should be kissing our asses goodbye right about now. But you know what? Not without reviewing this years beast in metal (and other genres)!! Make sure to grab these puppies when the nuclear atomic suck-partay begins.

10. Dreaming Dead - Midnightmares

Thrash-Death-Black bouillabaisse...pretty much anything you can think of thrown into a delightfully tight and well constructed melting pot set to boil over at any moment. The proggy spirit of later Death and epicness of Destroyer 666 are incarnated through this talented LA band.

9. Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock

A daunting monument to all things dark and spaghetti westerny. Has always taken me a bit of time to get into this band's releases, but once things clicked I couldn't stop listening.

8. Diskord - Dystopics

Diskord's surreal technical purely Scandinavian form of death metal returns and once again blows my mind...just like Doomscapes did a few years back. Weird chords, bass HIGH up in the mix and that bizarre doomy/grindcore atmosphere that they seem to have perfected...also, best cover artwork of the year, total win.

7. Weapon - Embers and Revelations

What the fuck Paulus, when are your arms just gonna fall off you gaoddamn maniaac?!! Super catchy songs that sound just plain evil as fuck. The highlight of their rather impressive discography thus far.

6. Bigg Jus - Machines That Make Civilization Fun

Biggie stutter-steps his politically paranoid flow over glitch-dub-chill-beach-minimalist-house-wave ugly as it sounds and just about perfect.

5. Ultraista - Ultraista

Smalltalk is the song of the year...and the rest of the album lived up to the hype. Incidentally, seeing them live was prbly my favorite show of the year.

4. Linea Aspera - Linea Aspera

Dark Entries might just be the best label goin' right now. Bewitching gloom pop for your midnight seance... or your midnight romp!

3. MGLA - With Hearts Toward None

This was gonna be my number 1 for most of the year...hands down still could be. MGLAs best material to date, which is indeed saying something considering the masterpiece that was Groza. I will forever and no more make Polish jokes...well maybe a few, just not in MGLA's general direction.

2. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution

These are the most amazing musicians in metal. PERIOD. What that last Atheist disc should've sounded like.

1. Witchcraft - Legend

Riff sublimity empty into despair...a new world opens and I am there

The new Rush, the new Van Halen, the new Borknagar...all pretty good guys

Honorable Mentions
Die Antwoord - Ten$ion
Master's Hammer - Vracejte konce na místo
Comus - Out of the Coma
Yurei - Night Vision
Beastmilk - Use Your Deluge
Agmen - Call of Blood
Magma - Félicité Thösz
Linear Sphere - Manvantara
Trust - TRST
Realmbuilder - Fortifications of the Pale Architect
Avenger - Bohemian Dark Metal
Scenery - Mental Confusion
Vesperian Sorrow - Stormwinds of Ages
Occultation - Three & Seven
Blutmond - The Revolution Is Dead!
Starving Weirdos - Land Lines
Qhwertt - He Who Has Known The Gardens
Goat - World Music
Vaura - Selenelion
Violens - True
Self Spiller - Worms In The Keys
Graveland - Pamiêæ i Przeznaczenie
Grimes - Visions
Salamandra Eccentric - Moderato
Lunatic Gods - Vlnobytie
Iblis - Menthell
Dysrhythmia - Test Of Submission
Hellwell - Beyond The Boundaries Of Sin
Kontinuum - Earth Blood Magic 
Enthroned - Obsidium
Dodecahedron - Dodecahedron
Forgotten Silence - La Grande Bouffe
Favna Abisal - Rerum Imaginaria

Sunday, December 2, 2012