• 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: Shroud of Despondency - Pine

    23 Mar 2012, 16:46 by optisailor2002


    Shroud of Despondency
    Full Length
    Black Metal

    After a long period of inactivity, Shroud of Despondency returned last year with not one, but two albums worth of new material, with Dark Meditations in Monastic Seclusion and Objective:Isolation, displaying 2 vastly different styles of black metal on each of the albums, and both leaving a lasting impression, making the receiving of the new effort of the band, Pine, an extremely pleasant surprise.

    As Objective:Isolation was more of a compilation of the band's earlier works and style of black metal, one would then expect Pine to be some sort of a continuation of where Dark Meditations in Monastic Seclusion left off. Wanderlust (Winged Seed in the Breeze) immediately presents a dark atmosphere in the music, with the ominous roll of the thunder in the background as synths slowly fades in, eventually giving way to a melancholic clean guitar melody. …
  • Picks for 2011

    17 Oct 2011, 13:08 by optisailor2002