16 May 2014, 09:30 by Astarot
4 Jan 2014, 21:30 by spikemobileJust like last year, over this year I checked several bands out and listened to the whole back catalogue, which hampered my objectivity concerning records of 2013 - if last year was the year for checking out some pop-punk bands and thrash legends, this year I was busy with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Dagoba, Ektomorf, Soulfly, Machine Head, Bullet for My Valentine as well as diving into some old-school Christian hard rock and metal artists such as Deliverance, Angelica, Saint and Seventh Angel. Oh and another occupation of mine was checking out everchanging collection of free downloads at Noisetrade.
Nevertheless, some of the records of 2013 left quite a lasting impression upon me.
Here are some Honorable mentions:
* Sepultura - The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
* Relient K - Collapsible Lung
* Defeater - Letters Home
* My Epic - Behold
* Beautiful Eulogy - Instruments Of Mercy
* Dessa - Parts of Speech
* Deliverance - Hear What I Say!
* Benea Reach - Possession
* Soul Embraced - Mythos
* Fallstar - Backdraft
* The Burial - In The Taking Of Flesh
* Five Iron Frenzy - Engine of a Million Plots
* Kvelertak - Meir
* All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature
Top Christmas album
Bad Religion - Christmas Songs
I know that Bad Religion stand against anything that has to do with organized religion, hence the name of their band. This record. however, was a treat indeed. There is no mocking of any sorts of any of the Christian hymns of the birth of the Savior. And that makes the record even more enjoyable - a true pop-punk greatness with Christmas anthemic value!
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only
A rather surprising appearance in my top 10. Honestly speaking, I've been trying to follow the tumultuous and quite exceptional history of the vox of Pantera. And if I find his Pantera history rather acceptable and enjoyable, some of his other ventures are not my cuppa tea. When it comes to his stint with The Illegals, it's a different story - from their two song split with Warbeast (released earlier) to their full-length it's a beast to be reckoned with - a collection of pummeling agnst. Words cannot describe the intensity.
Close Your Eyes - Line In The Sand
When Shane Raymond left CYE, I was somewhat skeptical about the future of the band with the new vocalist - Sam Robinson (ex-Blessed By A Broken Heart. I really enjoyed their debut full-length. Granted, it's different, but it's a great treat, nevermind the difference. Songwriting is tight and so is musicianship, which is only complimented by the new voice of the band.
Living Sacrifice - Ghost Thief
My favorite band of all time released another stellar record, but it's a grower, and that is why, perhaps, it does not top the list. The material is definitely darker than their previous efforts, which is understandable since the subject matter of the record is death. I am still torn about Ghost Thief, since I kinda feel "obliged" that I have to like it, but it's not totally there yet.
Extol - Extol
What a great comeback this record has been! It's right there along the lines with Undeceived, Burial and The Blueprint Dives. Peter Espevoll, Ole Børud and David Husvik are back, and hopefully they are back to stay for a number of stellar records to come. The musicianship is exactly what one would come to expect from these Norwegian pillars of progressive metal.
Brett Detar - Too Free to Live
The great thing about Brett Detar is simple, "He's golden" (well, at least in my book). Whether it's his stint with Zao (Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest) or his brainchild of The Juliana Theory. Pretty much every track is memorable enough to want to go back to and play it again, particularly “A Soldier's Burden,” “Tried To Hate The Angels” and “I Can See The Darkness”!
Everything In Slow Motion - Phoenix
The megamind behind EiSM, Shane Ochsner, has done it again. Hands was quite an endeavor, which has been tickling my ears since it came out, and Shane Ochsner's new piece of work is a logical follow-up to his Hands's albums. A great addition to the whole record is the appearance of Blindside's Christian Lindskog. It's hard to pigeonhole Phoenix, but it leaves you with a feeling that it needs not be pigeonholed - at times it sounds like Pelican, at others like Thrice, but in its entirety it's a beast of its own in a niche of its own!
Dynasty - Beyond Measure
Let's be honest, I really enjoyed this fast-paced in-your-face hardcore early in the year when it came out (back in January). As time went by I moved on to other musical interests of mine. But the Terror-like impact was undeniably left on me. Maybe it has to do with the rich guest appearances on the album - from the aforementioned Terror to Sleeping Giant to Agnostic Front to Stick to Your Guns to - surprise, surprise! - Wu-Tang Clan, or with my love for hardcore, whatever it is these SoCal natives whet my appetite, they delivered a record to be reckoned with!
Newsted - Heavy Metal Music
For unknown to me reasons Jason Newsted had been my favorite Metallica member until he was somewhat forced to quit the multiplatinum metal machine. Luckily I had a chance to see the band live (when JN was still in the band) back in 1999 in Bucharest. I was checking on the four-stringer from time to time to see if any of his multiple endeavors were worth checking out. Finally, I saw his new brainchild - entirely his child, "appropriately" titled Newsted. In January 2013 the band released an EP titled Metal, and in August full-length was released also. Although the titles are something to be desired when it comes to creativity. The content of Heavy Metal Music feels like this is exactly what Metallica has been missing - a straight unadulterated Heavy Metal Music. I've enjoyed what they've done since JN left, but - perhaps I've been quite nostalgic - it just hasn't been the same since Metallica/Load/Reload.
Altars - Something More
If Conclusions, released in 2012, was a standard FACEDOWN RECORDS metallic release with a pinch of hardcore, which rendered them rather generic, Something More is a completely different matter - it's pure hardcore punk with soaring guitar melodies and singalongs and sprinkled with a clever dose of nu metal. It's truly a record to return to again and again and again.
Shai Hulud - Reach Beyond the Sun
I don't remember how I was introduced to Shai Hulud, but I'm thankful I was. Their first two records and numerous splits of this Matt Fox's brainchild are nothing short of breathtaking. Although Misanthropy Pure of 2008 did not quite cut it for me, I was somewhat skeptical about Reach Beyond the Sun and whether it would be on par with Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion and That Within Blood Ill-Tempered. The record was a double-blessing since it saw the return of Chad Gilbert as the vocalist for the band (even if his return is only that of the studio value). I'm positive RBtS will stand the test of time just as have their previous efforts!
3 Dec 2013, 20:58 by AstarotWIR FEIERN 5 JAHRE ROTTINGHILL.AT
RottingHill.at feiert das fünfjährige Bestehen. Im Rahmen dessen, wartet eine unglaublich tolle Verlosung auf euch. Vielen Dank an alle Bands, Labels und Veranstalter. Ausführliche Statements sowie Infos zum großartigen Gewinnspiel findet ihr unter folgendem Link:
VERLOSUNG / GEWINNSPIEL: http://www.rottinghill.at/articles.php?article_id=286
Danke an die bands die uns so zahlreich mit Material für die Verlosung versorgt haben:
Leaders of Margor
Streams of Blood
Breed of Scorn
ACROSS A BLACKENED SKY
Our Survival Depends on Us
19 Apr 2013, 10:29 by stulli
3 Mar 2013, 17:59 by spikemobileUnfortunately, I was rather busy catching up on discographies of thrash masters such as Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, Exodus, Sodom, Tourniquet and some punk bands Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Green Day. It took me two months of 2013 to check some of the records, and I can definitely say that 2012 was quite a year music-wise. Here are some of the records that impressed me.
Top Original Soundtrack
Kevin Costner & Modern West – Famous for Killing Each Other: Music from and Inspired By Hatfields & Mccoys
About 4 years ago or so I was surprised to hear Kevin Costner delivering a great country sound. This year found him record an original soundtrack to the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, where he also starred. Famous for Killing Each Other is more than just a soundtrack, it’s a story in and of itself.
Top Tribute Record
V/A - Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International
Now this is a must whether you enjoy the work of Bob Dylan or you couldn’t care less about him. It can’t be denied, though, that his influence upon the music industry as a whole is unquestionable. The beauty of this 4 CD collection is that the music is performed by a great number of famous and not so famous artists from all over the spectrum – from country to folk to soul to (punk) rock.
Maranatha - Incarnate
As I Lay Dying - Awakened
War Of Ages – Return To Life
Gideon - Milestone
Altars - Conclusions
Becoming the Archetype – I Am
The Insyderz – The Sinner’s Songbook
The Chariot – One Wing
Leaders – Now We Are Free
From The Eyes Of Servants – Change The World
Anberlin - Vital
Demon Hunter - True Defiance
The truth is my favorite record of DH is their self-titled debut, it was just a angsty Slipknot-influenced nu metal. From then on their sound changed to more metalcore with much melody to make it listenable and memorable. True Defiance marks the second record without the founding member, Don Clark. And it looks like they found their sound – the perfect blend of aggression and melody sprinkled with not-preachy-but-hopeful-and-yet-in-your-face lyrics.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
Billy Corgan is a legend, that’s all there is to it. Whether you like or not, whatever he lays his hands on it’s stellar, controversial, and worth a listen for the sheer beauty that it sheds with its listeners. Be it his solo more electronic effort or the supergroup outing of Zwan or the sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins that saw many grow up under its far-reaching wings. Adore is where I was taken into the fold of Pumpkins. Oceania may not be what many expected, but it is The Smashing Pumpkins even if it’s got Billy Corgan written all over it.
Matisyahu - Spark Seeker
This was the record I was both dreaming about when I heard it was coming out and was afraid of at the same time. I was dreaming about getting my hands on it, because Matisyahu left a huge impression on me since the very first tunes of his that I heard. I was afraid because the new record was going to be less rock and more pop as was indicated by many factors. This is exactly what I got when Spark Seeker first started playing. I felt the disappointment creeping in, but then I felt lifted on account of catchy pop melodies and the same honest Matis soul that comes through the lyrics. With this record, although not as “aggressive” as Youth, he definitely reaches a greater audience. More power to ya, Matis!
Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
Another long-anticipated reunion that many thought would not be possible. FSF is a band that could boast three awesome records each with a different frontman. The amazing part about each of the records is that each of the releases was stellar in its own way. Penny Black marks the return of the original vocalist Chris Carabba known also for his work in Dashboard Confessional. Even though, the production suffers a little, but the chemistry between the original members of FSF cannot be denied. It is a great comeback, and let us hope this won’t be the last we’ll see of them.
Flatfoot 56 - Toil
I’d listened to all records of F56 and although I had enjoyed each of the pieces, I’d say this is the most cohesive outing of theirs and it deserves a top-ten position. It is catchy and it ain’t just punk all the way, it’s got beautiful celtic melody going as well and this is what makes the record contagious. And a celtic punk gospel tune “I’Ll Fly Away” is a great incentive!
P.O.D. - Murdered Love
Well, where do I start with these crowd-favorites? I still remember that HM issue with four alternative covers featuring each P.O.D. member. In September of 2001 the world saw the release of Satellite. And since then – although they reached the rockstar status – it seems like they couldn’t find their sound again. There were changes in the line-up and then there was the return to the original fourpiece line up. Murdered Love sounds like a logical progression of Satellite. Honestly speaking, I’d call this record (with one obvious setback – “Bad Boy”) their most mature and theologically sound record to date (especially the title track and the closer, “I Am.”)
Tourniquet - Antiseptic Bloodbath
The last record of these monsters of metal led by a true drum (and not only) legend known as Ted Kirkpatrick was years and years ago. Honestly, their Where Moth and Rust Destroy
left me wanting. It felt as though the record prior to that, Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm,
was exactly where needed to be. Now, 10+ years later, they revisit the same musicianship and the same songwriting with this stellar piece – Antiseptic Bloodbath.
Worthwhile - Carry On Kid
Another surprise in my top ten is a melodic hardcore (at times bordering on some pop-punk sensibilities) offered by a Bay Area, CA bunch known as Worthwhile. Their Carry On Kid is exactly what a youthful vigor demands – fast and raw and yet melodic and emotional. Give it a listen if you enjoy Comeback Kid, It Prevails, Hundredth.
The O.C. Supertones - For the Glory
When I found out The O.C. Supertones were disbanding back in 2005 (which by that time was not actually what it used to be back in the 90s) I was devastated. For the Glory hits exactly where their previous records left off with the only exception – this is a more mature record than any of their efforts from the years past. Don’t be fooled, though, this is still ska, but it’s a mature version of it. Mojo and the Tones know exactly what they’re doing!
Being As An Ocean - Dear G-D
I remember when I first listened to Defeater’s stellar EP from several years ago. It was the melodic hardcore I had always wanted to hear – angst, passion, bleeding emotions (without becoming emo-tinged in any way). Now take the Defeater’s approach and blend it with the spoken-word kind of approach of La Dispute, and this is where Being As An Ocean hits. It does so for me with its soaring melodies, honest lyrics and deep convictions. Dear G-D is the record to pick up if you haven’t yet.
15 Jan 2013, 05:55 by USBallisticsUPDATED PHOTO AND YOUTUBE LINKS 1/19/2013
Chicago metal band Habit of Force has been busy in the recording studio. At midnight tonight HoF released their new single on their website. This free download contains three hot new metal tracks from their new album. The new album is expected to be released mid-March.
1 - Habit of Force - Cleansing of Hands
2 - Habit of Force - Swamp Kicker
3 - Habit of Force - Death Threat
Habit of Force is (L-R):
Alex "Junior" Loeber - Bass
Rich "Truck" Collins - Vocals/Guitar
Tony "Voodoo" Loveland - Drummer
4 Nov 2012, 13:42 by USBallistics
Habit of Force is a three piece metal band from Chicago. Their latest album (2011) is now available as a free download from http://www.habitofforce.com
Habit of Force is:
Truck - Vocals/Guitar
Junior - Bass
Voodoo - Drums
The band is currently recording a new album expected to be released in early 2013.
5 Aug 2012, 22:09 by tomcathaYes this is my first review in a year.
Caedere – Corruption
Caedere is a Dutch death metal band from the far eastern part of the country. You know the area where the legends Asphyx and Pestilence came from. This band has been active since 1998. This is their 2nd EP and 4th release overall. They released 2 full lengths in the past. This EP is meant as a teaser for their new album of which the release date is not known.
I personally heard of this band a few years ago when they were opening a local metal festival. I did not see them back then and my actual discovery of this band happened only fairly recently. Not too long ago they played at another local metal festival which I did attend. I was fairly impressed by their performance and decided to pick up their EP afterwards because it was just 3 euros.
This is a short EP with just 3 songs running just over 10 minutes. The overall style of this EP I would describe as mostly Floridan in style but with noticeable traces of the Swedish sound. Lastly the groove that a lot of Dutch death metal bands is also there lurking in the back. They actually don’t sound very different from Severe Torture a brutal death metal band from the same country. They however are no copycats. It is more a case of sharing influences and I’d say that this band has less of the classic Dutch death metal groove and sounds more American.
This EP for me has one obvious issue: the kickdrums. They are just too loud and dominate the mix too much. There are however no other issues with the mix. The bass guitar is audible and has a nice tone. The guitars sound decent albeit a bit too digital.
The instrumental part of this EP is rather varied. There is no constant blasting, the guitars play varied riffs going from tremolo picking to more groove based slower paced riffing. The bass guitar is surprisingly technical and does not just follow the guitars. In fact sometimes the bass seemingly breaks free and becomes the lead instrument. However these instruments only get to shine when the drummer doesn’t push everything out of the way with his kickdrums. The vocals are a bit bland. The vocals are in the same vein as most modern brutal death metal bands. No pig squealing however. I am not very fond of this style of vocals. Fortunately there is also a backing vocalist who performs higher shrieks. This changes things up a little and makes it quite a bit better in the vocals department.
The songs themselves are fairly decent. There are plenty of tempo changes but the pace never really becomes less than mid-paced. There is a decent amount of energy however the songs are not very memorable at the same time. Again it seems that the kickdrums are the primary cause of this problem. I am pretty sure I would enjoy the songwriting more if not for this. At the same time it’s the style of this band that is less about catchiness compared with old school death metal. However that’s a trade that this style makes for brutality, the kind of energy and atmosphere. It should thus not really be compared with OSDM. If you look at this release from such a vantage point I’d say that this is above average for its field.
Overall I’d say that this is a decent EP suffering from one big problem. In the other areas I’d say that there is no real issue but at the same time never really grabs me either. For a couple bucks it’s worth checking it out. Live this band however is quite a bit better and their material shines quite a bit more. Definitely worth checking out if they appear near you and in the end this is a positive sign. If a band sounds better live, maybe they will get that energy decently on a release in the future. In the end i think 6.8 is more and less how i feel about this scoring wise.
CaedereMorbid AngelCannibal CorpseDeathKreatorSodomDarkthroneBurzumNeurosis
14 Mar 2012, 17:55 by tomcathaFri 2 Mar – Neurotic Deathfest 2012
Ill be writing more metal related stuff for this site in the future.
19 Dec 2011, 09:56 by tomcathaI was making a best of 2011 list for a website and thought i might as well post it here.
However considering it always takes a few years before a i really know the best releases of a year this will change.
1) Autopsy – Macabre Eternal
2) Manilla Road – Playground of the Damned
3) Orphaned Land – The Road to Or-Shalem
4) Volture – Rulebreaker (single)
5) Septic Flesh – The Great Mass
6) Moonsorrow – Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
7) Crowbar – Sever the Wicked Hand
8) Rudra – Brahmavidya: Immortal I
9) Vintersorg – Jordpuls
10) Primordial – Redemption At The Puritans Hand
honourable mention: Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance
Manilla RoadOrphaned LandVoltureSeptic FleshMoonsorrowCrowbarRudraVintersorgPrimordialArch/Matheos