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Sepultura69
12-05-2012, 08:49 PM
Do it! :horns:

THIS :bliss:

Hey nat if it makes you feel better. I still need to finish my hip hop list which i started back november of 2011, Daimonos has two doom threads that he needs to finish up, and HB420 also has a couple of Doom lists that he's holding back on.. So you're not alone good sir :fist:

Natrlhi
12-05-2012, 09:13 PM
^ I have some damn better excuses than any of you chumps, too. :D

...and @ The Other Nat: while I'm inclined to agree, 2012 produced some rather wicked albums as well - especially if you're a doom fan (but that's a separate thread ;)).

hb420
12-05-2012, 09:17 PM
Yes, finish! :fist:

illuminatus917
12-05-2012, 09:33 PM
illumiNATus agrees, this year has produced some damn wicked doom. But no more than last year in my opinion.

Doom on.

Natrlhi
12-06-2012, 07:45 PM
So buckle up because here we go (again), bitches.


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13. Disma - Towards the Megalith

Yeah, this is one of the heaviest death metal albums ever made. Period. It's fucking ridiculous, that's what it is. I mean, when an an album comes along in a genre that's already known for being ultra heavy almost all the time, and it's listened to by someone who has been listening to the heaviest of the genre for a quarter of a century, and it makes that person say, "holy fucking shitballs, that is heavy," then that's when you know you're talking about some heavy ass shit. Seriously. Not sure what else to say here. This album scares me. I like it a lot. I would recommend it to you, but it would probably just make you cry for your mommy - so just move along.

Natrlhi
12-06-2012, 07:57 PM
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12. Altar of Plagues - Mammal

I have to admit that this album is the only exposure I've had to this band to date, but based on the high level of quality on display here, I will be checking out the rest of this band's catalog soon. This atmospheric blackened post-metal band from Cork, Ireland has created a real masterpiece here. This album is at times beautiful, at times scary, and always interesting. Lots of bands attempt to bend genres like this, especially black and post-metal, but these guys make it work like a charm, and they make it look easy. It's not. What's easy is to cram some elements of both genres together and to turn the crank on the meat grinder, being satisfied with whatever the fuck comes out the opposite end, but these guys have made something really beautiful here. The music is as atmospheric as it is punishing, and the more I listen, the more I find to love. Great stuff.

SomewhereInTime72
12-06-2012, 07:58 PM
That album was very good. Can't believe I'd nearly forgotten about it now. :eyes:

Natrlhi
12-06-2012, 08:26 PM
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11. Moonlit Sailor - Colors in Stereo

When I first listened to the song "Hope" on this Swedish post-rock quartet's sophomore album "So Close to Life", I almost fucking cried. Literally. Not virtually, which is what many folks mean when they say the word "literally", but literally. It moved me that much. It's such a triumphant, beautiful and uplifting song. Little did I know back then that this band probably has hundreds of songs just like that in them. This album busts out another ten gems and unleashes them upon the world, and while every single track on here may not be quite as good as the aforementioned "Hope", many of them come damn close. There is a blurb on the band's web site under the description for this album that reads, "If you don't find it difficult to listen without being overwhelmed with emotion, you're not listening." Indeed. I dare you to listen to this album and be in a genuinely bad mood afterward. It simply can't be done. This music is transformative. It changes you. It affects you deeply, and in the most positive way. In truth, this album should probably be top ten material for sure, but in a year with so many ridiculously good albums (especially in this genre), the first runner-up spot ain't too shabby.

Natrlhi
12-06-2012, 08:29 PM
That album was very good. Can't believe I'd nearly forgotten about it now. :eyes:Damn straight. That's exactly why I waited this long to finish my list. :eyes: As the late, great Heath Ledger once said, "It's all part of the plan."

....at least that's my story, and for now I'm sticking to it. :D

Natrlhi
12-06-2012, 08:56 PM
Top ten time, you low-life scumbags. :rocker:

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10. Grayceon - All We Destroy

Before I launch into this first review of my top ten, I have to be honest. I fucking love this band, and I always have. So, while it's fair to say that it would be hard to imagine me not liking one of their releases, I have to admit that at first listen, I wasn't too sure about some of the songs on this album. I mean, certain tracks such as "Shellmounds" and "A Road Less Traveled" were instant hits in my book, but songs such as "Dreamer Deceived" and "Once a Shadow" took a bit longer to fully embrace. After spending sometime with this incredible album, however, I can honestly say I love every track. It's true, I love some more than others - for example, the ridiculously epic "We Can" is a stone cold fucking classic - but they're all fantastic in their own way. If you've never listened to this band, this album is as good a place to start as any, although I'd probably suggest starting at the beginning of their three-album catalog and moving forward, for the sake of listening to the band's progression over time if nothing else. For example, cellist Jackie Perez Gratz continues to challenge herself vocally with each new release, and she rises to the occasion every time. Drummer Zack Farwell continues to propel this excellent band forward rhythmically with his extremely precise skin work, and guitarist Max Doyle keeps making it look easy by blending seamlessly with Jackie's cello work in a way that's almost organic. In short, this album may only be the band's third, but on it, they demonstrate coherence, synergy and chemistry that bands with twice as many albums are still trying to achieve.

illuminatus917
12-06-2012, 09:29 PM
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masterguy49
12-06-2012, 10:00 PM
So buckle up because here we go (again), bitches.


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13. Disma - Towards the Megalith

Yeah, this is one of the heaviest death metal albums ever made. Period. It's fucking ridiculous, that's what it is. I mean, when an an album comes along in a genre that's already known for being ultra heavy almost all the time, and it's listened to by someone who has been listening to the heaviest of the genre for a quarter of a century, and it makes that person say, "holy fucking shitballs, that is heavy," then that's when you know you'retalking about some heavy ass shit. Seriously. Not sure what else to say here. This album scares me. I like it a lot. I would recommend it to you, but it would probably just make you cry for your mommy - so just move along.
You describe it perfectly, they were painful live, I felt like I was being crushed just by the sheer heaviness.

slapguitarer
12-06-2012, 11:35 PM
Top ten time, you low-life scumbags. :rocker:

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10. Grayceon - All We Destroy

Before I launch into this first review of my top ten, I have to be honest. I fucking love this band, and I always have. So, while it's fair to say that it would be hard to imagine me not liking one of their releases, I have to admit that at first listen, I wasn't too sure about some of the songs on this album. I mean, certain tracks such as "Shellmounds" and "A Road Less Traveled" were instant hits in my book, but songs such as "Dreamer Deceived" and "Once a Shadow" took a bit longer to fully embrace. After spending sometime with this incredible album, however, I can honestly say I love every track. It's true, I love some more than others - for example, the ridiculously epic "We Can" is a stone cold fucking classic - but they're all fantastic in their own way. If you've never listened to this band, this album is as good a place to start as any, although I'd probably suggest starting at the beginning of their three-album catalog and moving forward, for the sake of listening to the band's progression over time if nothing else. For example, cellist Jackie Perez Gratz continues to challenge herself vocally with each new release, and she rises to the occasion every time. Drummer Zack Farwell continues to propel this excellent band forward rhythmically with his extremely precise skin work, and guitarist Max Doyle keeps making it look easy by blending seamlessly with Jackie's cello work in a way that's almost organic. In short, this album may only be the band's third, but on it, they demonstrate coherence, synergy and chemistry that bands with twice as many albums are still trying to achieve.


:rocker: This album is fucking great. I also agree with your post on Disma.

ravenheart
12-07-2012, 04:47 AM
Some of the albums that have yet to appear in this list are better than anything that came out this year.

Heavy Kingdom exists, so this statement is incorrect.

illuminatus917
12-07-2012, 10:10 AM
Heavy Kingdom exists, so this statement is incorrect.

:lol: Indeed.

kalfitegrdan
12-07-2012, 03:41 PM
- Awesome (and completely true) review for Disma!

- If you haven't yet, you should check out White Tomb by Altar of Plagues. I personally think it's better than Mammal.

- That Grayceon album :drool:

Natrlhi
12-07-2012, 04:55 PM
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SHITTER WAS FULL!!!

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 07:29 AM
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9. Cormorant - Dwellings

There is so much to love about this sophomore full-length album from this truly talented group of Bay Area progressive blackened trad-metallers. For one thing, the album art is just stunning. The copy I pre-ordered comes with a full-page poster of the painting which is the centerpiece of the album art, and it’s just fantastic. Sonically, the album is nearly perfect in terms of production – almost too close to perfect. Musically, the amount of talent on display here is incredible – all musicians are firing on all cylinders throughout, and the result is a collection of extremely tight compositions. The samples, which are mixed into the songs artfully, serve to add to the overall proceedings without becoming overstated. Even the lyrics, which complement (and are complemented by) the samples are topical without being pretentious. Perhaps the only flaw this otherwise perfect album has is that the vocal style seems a bit unimpressive at times compared to the high quality of the rest of the palette of sound, and also the style of the music itself – which tends to shift between trad rock, some thrashy bits and some light death metal here and there – just doesn’t seem to be consistently in my wheelhouse for preferred listening. This is a comment which has more to do with my musical preferences than with the quality of the record, and so I count it as a minor point. Otherwise, as has been mentioned, this album is of extremely high quality all around, and quite deserving of the lavish praise it has received in the months since its release.

Dextrimental
12-15-2012, 08:24 AM
I have to admit, I laughed when I seen you had updated this!

That Cormorant is a serious grower. I'm STILL not huge on it, but with each listen I like it a little more!

slapguitarer
12-15-2012, 08:26 AM
That right there is the best album of this decade by far.

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 09:43 AM
That right there is the best album of this decade by far.While I appreciate your excitement for this album, I can think of at last eight albums in 2011 alone that were better. Of course, that kinda goes without saying, doesn't it?

Carrying on...




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8. Indian - Guiltess

Now this joker really knows what he is talking about. (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/indian-guiltless/)

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 09:47 AM
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7. Origin - Entity

Every year, there are usually at least one or two albums that I hate to listen to because, try as I might, I can’t help but have high expectations for them going in, which is something I try not to do because, like anyone, I hate to be disappointed by a band that I really love. However, when I do listen to them, not only are my expectations met, but in fact they are blown away. Entity is that type of album, and from first listen, I was blessed by that wonderful feeling that happens fairly rarely where an album that’s already expected to be very good turns out to be utterly outstanding. On this, their fifth full-length, KC area tech death masters Origin return with not only a new lead vocalist, but also what may prove to be their best album to date. Screamer Jason Keyser had some big shoes to fill (both literally as well as figuratively) with the departure of James Lee, but in spite of the immense challenge he basically shows up and knocks the ball out of the fucking park. Not only that, but the rest of the band members are in top form on this album as well. The musicianship is tight, the blast beats are furious, the vocals border on insanity, and perhaps best of all, the riffs are catchy and memorable. Origin’s basic formula is really pretty simple – melt the listener’s face with pure sonic aggression – and yet no one else seems to pull it off as well or make it look as easy as Origin does…and this album is a perfect example of that.

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 09:50 AM
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6. Red Fang - Murder the Mountains

Check out the opinions of this funky ninja right here. (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/red-fang-murder-the-mountains/)

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 09:58 AM
Top five time, bitches. Everybody try and act surprised by this next one...


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5. Russian Circles - Empros

Everybody who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of this amazing post-metal band. Having said that, it might surprise some folks to learn that I more or less tend to agree with those who say that they generally prefer the band’s work in reverse chronological order. However, it must also be clearly understood that, in my opinion, this band has never released an album which is anything less than stellar. To me, everything this band does is pure gold (at least so far). On this, their fourth full-length, the band eschews the experimentation that led them to include a few guest musicians on strings on their previous album, and they return to their signature minimalistic form. After being a die-hard fan since their first album, it still amazes me to this day how an instrumental power trio can make so much beautiful noise with essentially zero vocals and minimal use of technology. They use looping pedals from time to time, and…that’s about it. The rest of their sound is purely organic, and the proof of this is exemplified in their live show. They pride themselves on sounding exactly the same on stage as they do on record (the only exception to this being on their third album, as noted above). Also, the melodies and riffs these guys continue to come up with are sometimes achingly beautiful and other times crushingly powerful – and they move between these two extremes with such ease and grace, it just continues to blow me away. If you’ve never listened to this band, you are really missing out. I’ve never met someone yet who turned his or her nose up at them. Ever. If you have heard them but haven’t seen them play live, you need to get your ass to one of their shows. Trust me – you won’t be sorry.

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 10:23 AM
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4. The Seven Mile Journey - Notes for the Synthesis

As if the opening notes of the album's first song weren't mournful enough - a few minutes into the track, the deep string timbre of what I can only assume is a bowed guitar kicks in, and then things get truly morose. So it goes with this incredibe album. Early song layers evoke huge emotions from the listener, only to be lapped over and swallowed up by even thicker subsequent layers, creating an ever-growing, swirling mass of beautiful chaos that threatens to completely overcome anyone within earshot. In short, these four Danes are masters of the classic post-rock buildup and crescendo, to the point that they truly give legendary peers such as Mono and GY!BE a serious run for their money. In fact, since I have the unfair advantage of hindsight because I'm writing this review on the heels of both of those bands' latest releases, I can honestly say that this album is even better than either one of those - and no, I'm not kidding. They are both excellent, but this one is phenomenal. The keyboards alone are enough to make me a slave to this album, but the guitar parts and the expert use of percussion just completely seal the deal. Not to leave a spoiler in my own thread, but this album is the second-best post-rock album in a year which was absolutely ruled by excellent post-rock releases, in my opinion - and that's saying quite a bit. As it turns out, this was my first experience with this excellent band, but thanks to this album, I'll be checking out the rest of their catalog (two other full-lengths and a demo) very soon.

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 11:15 AM
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3. *shels - Plains of the Purple Buffalo



With a title like Plains of the Purple Buffalo, one might be tempted to think that this album would be filled with psychedlia and musical "visions" of mythical creatures the likes of which might only be found in Wonderland. Where the title is perhaps most apt, though, is in the imagery of the "Plains" which are described therein. One typically thinks of a plain as a vast expanse of land, stretching out in every direction as far as the eye can see, and indeed, this album fits that motif perfectly. Within its whopping seventy-six minutes, this album traverses a huge figurative landscape, taking the listener on a sonic journey which explores a range of emotional territories ranging from sadness and longing, to love and loss, to hope and redemption - and best of all - to euphoric victory and outright joy. It sounds like a lot to take in - and trust me, it is - but it's one of the most rewarding musical journeys I have ever experienced. The sheer volume and range of the sounds made by the many and varied instruments on this album (which range from guitars, drums and vocals to keyboards, horns and strings) is nearly overwhelming - but in the best possible way. Not only that, but the orchestration of the instruments is expertly done. It all just seems to fit together so naturally. Nothing is forced - everything has a definite meaning and purpose. To put it as simply and clearly as possible, this album is so absolutely beautiful in many places that it has nearly moved me to tears - literally - on more that one occasion. Enough said.


Source: http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2012/jukeboxmetals-the-best-of-2011-year-end-lists/

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 11:18 AM
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2. Bloodiest - Descent



Few would argue that the debut album from the seven-piece Illinois-based all-star ensemble Bloodiest is truly a unique piece of work. For starters, this band can bend and twist genres as easily as most folks can walk and talk. Various styles such as doom, sludge and even a dash of post-metal are dissolved in a thick broth of psychedelia, and the end result is, of course (you knew I was going to say it) - delicious. Add to this already rich mixture the fact that these extremely talented musicians have known each other for over a decade - although they do come from various different bands - and the end result is a unique but undeniable chemistry that melds together a myriad of different musical styles and influences in a way that feels perfectly organic and seemless. From the the doomy death-march opening track Fallen to the aptly-named closing track Obituary - which literally slows to a snail's pace and "dies" at its very end - each track is expertly and thoughtfully crafted into a beautiful nugget of raw emotion which, when added together as a whole, seem to be slightly unsatisfying if only for the fact that there aren't twice or three times as many of these little gems to enjoy. In other words, the album's one possible fault is that it may be a bit short compared to some listeners' expectations or desires (about thirty-eight minutes in total), but yet another way to say this is to state that the one thing a listener may be left wanting for at the end of Descent is...more - which is arguably one of the best "problems" an album can have.

Source: http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2012/jukeboxmetals-the-best-of-2011-year-end-lists/

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 11:28 AM
...and here it is, ladies and germs - the moment you all thought would never come - The Mighty Nat's Favorite Album of...the year before last. :snivel:

Oh well...at least I finished this beast. Now at least I can cross this item off my "To Do" list before the world ends next week. Speaking of forces which could cause the apocalypse...

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1. SubRosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones

Earlier this year, not long after this album was released, one of my metal colleagues made a remark about it, saying that if a better doom album was released this year, he would eat his hat. Indeed. Not only did this early prediction of "best doom album of 2011" prove to be true, but as it turns out, no other band released a better metal album this year, period. As in previous years for this reviewer, the primary quality for ranking albums on a list like this is overall appeal, as measured by the relative amount of time an album spends in my listening queue. Since its release, this album has never left that queue. It continues to amaze and mesmerize me every time I listen to it. Perhaps it's the way the strings mix so seamlessly with the heavy guitar work. Perhaps it's the creepy yet beautiful vocals, which range from a mere whisper to a foreboding death growl. Perhaps it's the overall atmosphere of the stories which are told. At the end of the day, putting one's finger on the exact reason "why" is much less meaningful than the mere fact that an album such as this can continue to truly captivate and enrapture the listener time after time after time. This album does that for me in a way that no other album did this year - hence, the mighty SubRosa have conquered all challengers with this beautiful, bludgeoning masterpiece.


Source: http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2012/jukeboxmetals-the-best-of-2011-year-end-lists/

slapguitarer
12-15-2012, 11:30 AM
Congrats on finishing the thread and a great list of albums! You've finished just in time to start your 2012 thread! :lol:

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 11:37 AM
Congrats on finishing the thread and a great list of albums! You've finished just in time to start your 2012 thread! :lol:
Thanks, man. Now maybe I can post a review of the Red Fang / Black Tusk show I saw a month ago. :lol:

Onioner
12-15-2012, 11:54 AM
Jason Keyser is a godlike vocalist to be sure, but he actually didn't sing on Entity. I think he couldn't make the studio dates in time or something. He is an outstanding frontman though, his performance last year at the free Scion show at the Roxy was utterly ridiculous. I have never seen a death metal singer command a crowd so easily.

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 12:14 PM
^Actually, I had forgotten all about that - you're absolutely right. Paul and Mike did the vocals on the album, and Jason joined the band when they started touring for the album. Thanks for the clarification.

You're right about Jason on stage though. He commands the crowd better than almost anyone I've ever seen. :rocker:

illuminatus917
12-15-2012, 01:36 PM
In fact, since I have the unfair advantage of hindsight because I'm writing this review on the heels of both of those bands' latest releases, I can honestly say that this album is even better than either one of those - and no, I'm not kidding.

I agree!

Goddamn I love your list.

kalfitegrdan
12-15-2012, 03:42 PM
That's a hell of a way to finish your list! Cormorant, Origin, Subrosa. I liked the new Russian Circles, but thought their last one was better. I still need to check out Red Fang, Indian, Bloodiest, *shels and Long Distance Calling. :eyes: They're all really high on my list of bands to check out.

Natrlhi
12-15-2012, 09:15 PM
Thanks guys for the comments. The fact that the last few albums I hadn't gotten around to posting about were so awesome is the exact reason I decided to finish this list. It's embarrassing as all fuck to me to be finishing this up a few weeks before the end of 2012 (but also a little funny, I guess :lol:), but I can deal with the fact of how silly it may seem if it means mentioning these great albums once more on the interwebs. I still listen to several of these albums to this day - especially SubRosa and Bloodiest (you need to get on that shit, kalf - f'sho!). I also still spin the Origin and Red Fang discs from time to time as well.

Also, I agree that the previous RC album was better than Empros, but like I said, they have never made a bad record in my opinion. If you liked Geneva, you should check out their first two (if you haven't done so already) - they're even better yet.

Natrlhi
12-17-2012, 10:10 AM
Here is one of many reasons this damn thing took so long:

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Enjoy the holidays. My "Best of 2012" list will be posted by next December or so. Probably.

illninoese
12-23-2012, 05:28 PM
Here is one of many reasons this damn thing took so long:

http://ourbw.babcock.com/News/LocalAnnouncements/Photo%20Gallery/2012%20Children%27s%20Christmas%20Party/Christmas2012-484.jpg

Enjoy the holidays. My "Best of 2012" list will be posted by next December or so. Probably.

*sigh* that's disappointing to hear. I love your end of the year lists. The most complete metal list that is posted at the end of the year honestly. I hope I didn't offend anyone with that. I was so excited to see the 2012 list but hopes are crushed. We have very similar taste btw so I hope you do get around to doing it. Or if you want to do a co-op list let me know.

EDIT: NEVERMIND!!! Dreams do come true!!! I didn't see the 2012 thread up on the album reviews.

XDoomsayerX
12-23-2012, 06:37 PM
Was Touche Amore on this list? :tongue: Also damn dude you be devoted and peeps dig it so props! :fist:

Natrlhi
12-25-2012, 08:16 AM
Was Touche Amore on this list? :tongue: Also damn dude you be devoted and peeps dig it so props! :fist:Nope, no Touche Amore for me. Never got into them (yet?).

But yeah, work has already begun for this year's list. With the streamlined format I hope to use, hopefully it'll get done more expeditiously. :snivel:

Natrlhi
01-06-2013, 06:53 PM
For those interested, I updated the original post with links to each of the mini-reviews.