• Top Albums: 2012 in Mini Reviews

    26 Mar 2013, 13:53 by wrathchild88

    Well here it is, the top 50 that no-one gives a crap about. Mine. Despite the numberings, it's designed as more of a general upward trend, rather then being 'set in stone' or something because the places will probably change slightly with every listen. Scores range from about 75/100 to 100/100, with a very steep curve up through the 70s up to the mid 80 scores if they were given marks out of 100. I really enjoyed all the albums that made this top 50.

    But first, here are some albums that didn't quite make it, along with some EPs, compilations and a live album that I also enjoyed:

    Hypnosia rereleased some of their earlier demos under the title “Horror Infernal”. Full of dirty thrashy goodness. There are some different songs to those released on the EP and LP, but also quite a few different versions of songs. If you want to bang your head, this is what you need.

    Mekong Delta rerecorded a lot of old songs with the current (seemingly stable!) lineup and released them as “Intersections”. …
  • Album Review: Nocturnal Torment - They Come At Night

    29 Feb 2012, 15:36 by optisailor2002

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    Nocturnal Torment
    They Come At Night
    2012
    Full Length
    Deathgasm Records
    Death Metal

    Despite the band's formation being way back in 1988, They Come at Night is American death metal band Nocturnal Torment's debut full length album, with their only other release being their 2009 demo. Between the formation and this release though, the band has been involved in numerous other bands, perhaps explaining the inactivity in Nocturnal Torment, and this makes They Come at Night all the more interesting as a debut album, the result of the culmination of the individual members' experiences over the past 20 years.

    Fortunately, Nocturnal Torment makes the 20 years a well-deserved wait, as They Come at Night presents some of the most bludgeoning death metal. Right from opening track Vile Affliction, the band's numerous influences are immediately audible, from the dark, trem-picked style of Incantation to the abrasive…