27 Jul 2014, 06:14 by Necrologue
2 Apr 2014, 11:53 by Coffinwood_Millhttp://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/Coffinwood_Mill/skull2_zpse351f805.jpg
The years have come and gone, and yet for some odd reason I still receive requests for my 'Best Of' journal entries in Heavy Metal, as well as several other genres. Why I still receive these requests I have no idea, but I've relented on being an e-seclusionist curmudgeon and eternally lazy long enough to post my Best in Heavy Metal of 2012 list. I hope whatever poor soul or bored last.fm troll that reads this dated meandering of metal finds something that they haven't otherwise heard or thought to listen to since '12. Unlike the previous journal entry, many if not most of the reviews here are sourced from other writers, webzines, and various publications as noted at the bottom of the review. Also, I encourage any suggestions for albums released in 2012 that I've omitted as it's painfully obvious from my list that I can't possibly listen to everything out there.
2 Apr 2014, 07:08 by Coffinwood_Millhttp://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/Coffinwood_Mill/skull2_zpse351f805.jpg
The years have come and gone, and yet for some odd reason I still receive requests for my 'Best Of' journal entries in Heavy Metal, as well as several other genres. Why I still receive these requests I have no idea, but I've relented on being an e-seclusionist curmudgeon and eternally lazy long enough to post my Best in Heavy Metal of 2011 list. I hope whatever poor soul or bored last.fm troll that reads this dated meandering of metal finds something that they haven't otherwise heard or thought to listen to since '11. Also, I encourage any suggestions for albums released in 2011 that I've omitted as it's painfully obvious from my list that I can't possibly listen to everything out there.
Journal entries for 2012 and 2013 are forthcoming. No, for real this time.
26 Mar 2013, 13:53 by wrathchild88Well 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”. …
29 Dec 2012, 15:54 by nassuttaja2I tried my best to add some commentary this year. It's not much, but at least there's something about every release. Writing an in-depth analysis on 95, or even 30, releases is not my idea of a good time.
Some of the releases can be downloaded legally for free from Bandcamp. I will not check which ones specifically, but thedowngoing, USKO and Dark Cloak should be there. Some others, like FALSE LIGHT, Syntax and Water Torture, can be downloaded for free from Grindcore Karaoke. I just revealed 1/3 of my EP list... oh well.
Honorable mentions: A Place to Bury Strangers, Alcest, Alkerdeel, Arkhamin Kirjasto, Baroness, Bastard Deceiver, Bosse-de-Nage, Cattle Decapitation, Coffins, Deftones, Desecresy, Dysrhythmia, Flourishing, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Goatwhore, Horrendous, Kendrick Lamar, Meshuggah, Necro Deathmort, Nihill, Nile, Noisear, Pharaoh Overlord, Plague Widow, Protestant, Tame Impala, Torch Runner, Tragedy, War from a Harlots Mouth, Wrathprayer
Top 5 splits
29 Oct 2012, 14:10 by urolithiasis
10 May 2012, 21:00 by astronomersStarting a list for this, considering going to shows is quickly becoming my new favorite hobby. It's a quite small list, but I expect it'll grow pretty quickly.
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Devin Townsend Project (2)
Ides of Gemini
Mouth of the Architect
3 Mar 2012, 23:20 by Milkshake8Scientists have come up with device for silencing speech, but the hand-held "Speechjammer" has people talking up a storm. The scientists--from Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology--said in a new paper that the experimental device is designed to help curb "inappropriate speech in public places." But one can easily imagine how the gun-like gizmo might be used as a "Weapon" against loud-mouthed Protestors and others who voice unpopular opinions.
Gizmodo noted that the device's "rally-quelling application to mind the Arab Spring and The Occupy Movement."
Other reports have been more sympathetic—the original MIT Technology Review report stated, "Clearly, speech jamming has a significant future role in contributing to world peace and should obviously be installed at The United Nations with immediate effect."
10 Aug 2011, 15:56 by RelapseRecordsRelapse Records is proud to announce the signing of the blackened death metal juggernaut Weapon.
Weapon (Vetis Monarch: guitars and vocals, Kha Tumos: bass, Apostle VIII: guitar, The Disciple: drums) have previously released two full-length albums including the acclaimed From The Devil’s Tomb (2010). Weapon is currently writing the follow-up to From The Devil’s Tomb which promises to be a more vicious strain of their all-out-evil blackened death.
Vetis Monarch commented on the recent signing and upcoming album; “Weapon is ready to take over the world, and our signing with a legendary label like Relapse Records is a key element in achieving that goal. We are in the process of writing the follow-up album to 'From The Devil's Tomb', and all our supporters can rest assured that the new material is a direct continuation of the sinister and violent music we have delivered thus far. Onwards and upwards by the blessing of Lucifer..."
21 May 2011, 23:48 by Omega_Switch22B1349- Demonoir (black metal, ★★★)
65daysofstatic- We Were Exploding Anyway (idm, ★★★½)
A Forest of Stars- Opportunistic Thieves of Spring (atmospheric black metal, ★★★½/★★★★)
A Silver Mt. Zion- Kollaps Tradixionales (post-rock, ★★★)
Abbadon- The Great Fall (black metal, ★½)
Abigor- Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint - An Excursion on Satan's Fragmenting Principle (industrial black metal, ★★★½)
Aborym- Psychogrotesque (industrial black metal, ★★½)
Abscess- Dawn of Inhumanity (death metal, ★★★)
Access to Arasaka- Void(); (idm, ★★★★)
Addaura- Addaura (black metal, ★★★)
Adversarial- All Idols Fall Before the Hammer (death metal, ★★½)
Agalloch- Marrow of the Spirit (atmospheric black/folk/doom metal, neofolk, drone, ★★★★
Agyrpnine- 16 (melodic black metal, ★★★)
Alcest- Écailles de lune (shoegaze/atmospheric black metal, ★★★★)
All India Radio- The Silent Surf (ambient/downtempo/post-rock, ★★★)
All That Remains- For We Are Many (melodic metalcore, ★★)