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kalfitegrdan
11-22-2012, 01:45 PM
I've now listened to over 100 albums in 2012, so I've decided to just wrap up listening to the rest that I already have on my computer and cut my losses. There's still a bunch of releases that I haven't got to yet that I should, but ya can't listen to everything...unless you're MPF. ;)

So I'm just gonna start this thing. I'll probably do EPs, top 50 albums, top songs and a few live shows worth mentioning. That's my goal at least.

Well, fuck, here it goes...

kalfitegrdan
11-22-2012, 01:46 PM
I've only listened to ten EPs this year, so I'm just gonna review all them since they were all pretty okay to varying degrees.

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10.) The End of the Ocean - In Excelsis

This EP from this post-rock band from Columbus just comes off as bland after hearing these songs live. I saw them twice this year (once with Alcest and once with If These Trees Could Talk) and absolutely loved them both times, so I bought their EP. My main gripe with it is its lack of the audio samples that they play live that conveyed the certain feelings in the songs. It's by no means a bad EP, but it just gets a little boring and the songs lack the same feeling that they have live.

The End of the Ocean - Star Crossed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn5JmFY-VzU)

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9.) Disfiguring the Goddess - Sleeper

Big Chocolate is probably one of my favorite people, so I'm pretty much doomed to like anything he puts out and while this is no different, I also feel there are some major flaws to this that keeps it from being a really great EP. Mainly, there are way more keyboards featured than a slam death release should have and most of them feel out of place. DTG has always had electronics present in the background, but this release shows them moving up to the foreground quite often. There's also something off with the guitar tone in the song Daughter of Depths that just bugs the shit out of me. But make no mistake if this type of music is your thing, then there's plenty of good here for you. Big Chocolate's vocals are as guttural as ever and the slams are heavy as fuck and that's pretty much all you can ask for from something like this.

Disfiguring the Goddess - Sleeper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElwersjlIxk)

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8.) Revocation - Teratogenesis

I wasn't really the biggest fan of their last album, Chaos of Forms, and this EP seems to pretty much follow along the same path as that one. It's full of the overly technical goodness that makes Revocation themselves, but at times gets too melodic for my tastes. When it's good, it's really fuckin' good. When it's not it borders on boring, while never quite reaching it, it does stray dangerously close. There are certain moments I like in all the songs like the riff in The Grip Tightens or the solo in Maniacally Unleashed or the vocal performance in Teratogenesis, but none of the songs are singularly great.

Revocation - Maniacally Unleashed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEVkz0c845Q)

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7.) Cypress Hill & Rusko - Cypress x Rusko

First of all, I do like dubstep. Both my roommates are into it a lot and it's pretty much the only music we can all agree on, so it's playing frequently at my house. Anyway, I think this release is special because it combines the intensity of dubstep with the flows of Cypress Hill's music. It's a great combination that really works with this release. Of all the DJs out there, Rusko was a great choice for Cypress Hill's style because he was around before dubstep's burst into the media and has more of a chill style to his beats than a lot of artists than lean more towards brostep.


Cypress Hill & Rusko - Lez Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAjM-CJxt30)

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6.) Massacre - Condemned to the Shadows

While this EP doens't even top ten minutes, it's stil eight minutes of pounding old-school death metal. Condemned to the Shadows more closely resembles the quality of death metal classic, From Beyond than their critically panned second release, Promise. I haven't looked at the lyrics, but from what I've caught the lyrics for Back From Beyond are pretty much all self-referencing to the band's history which I think is pretty cool. This would be higher up in this list if it were more than two songs long. To quote some dude at Central Illinois Metalfest where I saw Massacre, "Massacre! Bad as fuck! Rick Rozz, you bad as fuck!" Bad, meaning good in this case.

Massacre - Back From Beyond (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-svcA59hogA)

Feedback, taunts, shit-talking would all be appreciated. I'll get to the last five as I have time.

dcmetal108
11-22-2012, 03:55 PM
I wouldn't consider DTG a EP right?

kalfitegrdan
11-22-2012, 11:13 PM
I wouldn't consider DTG a EP right?

Yeah, Sleeper was definitely an EP.

kalfitegrdan
11-23-2012, 11:30 AM
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5.) Down - Down IV: Part I - The Purple EP

While I'm admittedly not much of a Down fan, this EP is pretty damn good. The EP is really groovy and mid-paced for the most part and some of the songs (Witchtripper especially) are really catchy. It seems to be a real throwback to the early days of doom metal with clear influences from Saint Vitus and the almighty Black Sabbath while never compromising Down's trademarked sludgey sound. Open Coffins is the only song that I have a particular problem with, as I feel the vocals sound off in it and it just seems to drag on and become boring.

Down - Witchtripper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xw2siSx7Ew)

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4.) Deathspell Omega - Drought

Deathspell starts this album out with an almost haunting atmosphere with the instrumental Salowe Vision, then go straight into the raw fury that is Fiery Serpents. The onslaught continues with the avant-garde influenced rager Scorpions & Drought. Soon after, Abrasive Swirling Murk comes up and is definitely the highlight of the album to me. It sounds just like its name, as it is a very fast, abrasive song at times, but there is definitely that gloomy, murky atmosphere ever present throughout its duration. The EP is bookended by another instrumental, The Crackled Book of Life, which brings back and expands on the haunting atmosphere displayed in Salowe Vision.

Deathspell Omega - Abrasive Swirling Murk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0pmEhOjqH4)

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3.) Corrosion of Conformity - Megalodon

My roommate does not like metal pretty much at all, but one day after I let him take my car to work, he walked in the house singing The Megalodon from this EP and asking who that was in my car. That's how fucking catchy this EP is. I think this is a huge improvement from the album they released earlier this year as the songs are actually memorable and just better overall. This is a must have EP for any rabid fans of stoner metal and thanks to Scion, it's free!

Corrosion of Conformity - The Megalodon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5tHrpYxLdg)
Corrosion of Conformity - The Vulture (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFygH5Tzsj8&feature=relmfu)

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2.) Agalloch - Faustian Echoes

This might be my favorite Agalloch song, which, since it's one song, might make it my favorite Agalloch release. I absolutely love the audio samples that feature throughout the song and I personally am more of a fan of harsh vocals over clean vocals, so this EP suits me well since it's all harsh vocals. The instrumentation is marvelous from the clean guitar interludes to the faster black metal segments. The riff that comes in at about six minutes and continues for a few minutes with all the other instruments joining around it is the best part of the song in my opinion.

Agalloch - Faustian Echoes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIF0d4PLsjY)

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1.) Smash Potater - The EP

This is a band from Aurora that features MetalSetlists' own, MetallicBrian. This is kinda biased since they're a local band and I kinda know people from the band and shit like that, but fuck it. I've probably listened to this EP around fifty times and it's been in constant rotation in my car, This is just some fun, fast thrash with hilarious lyrics. I believe they are self-described as high cholesterol thrash metal. I can't tell you how many times I've had the chorus to Smash Potater stuck in my head or some random lyric from the bonus rap track Yezzir!!!. So, you should all, like, go listen to this and shit.

Smash Potater - Pit-o-Phile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JKPbn54g_w)
Smash Potater - Smash Potater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMkPm7JTEi4)
Smash Potater - Yezzir!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFLEHpUsuVM&feature=relmfu)

metallicbrian666
11-23-2012, 12:05 PM
Number one made me smile. Dawww

THANX 4 SUPPORTIN LOCAL METAL BRO

slapguitarer
11-23-2012, 12:16 PM
Yeah I actually like the Smash Potater EP quite a bit. I should check out that CoC EP.

kalfitegrdan
11-29-2012, 06:37 AM
Now on to the full lengths...

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50. Evil Ways - Self-Titled

This is a hardcore band that JD posted about awhile back who has their album for free on Bandcamp. This band definitely listened to a lot of Slayer growing up as it shows heavily in their music. The song Evil Ways is a total Slayer tribute even complete with a scream in the begin that is reminiscent of the beginning of Angel of Death, not to mention a nod to Hell Awaits in the chorus. One thing that gets on my nerves about this release though is the clean vocals that pop up in a few songs. They can get a bit whiny which is one thing that I cannot stand with cleans.

Evil Ways - Evil Ways (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCDw52mrZac)
Evil Ways - Forget the Rest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6sQa1NPteQ)

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49. Beneath the Massacre - Incongruous

I've always really liked Beneath the Massacre's -core influenced approach to technical death metal and this album is no different. It brings the widdlys, so to speak. This album seems to be almost all about speed, whereas their last album, Dystopia, took it slow sometimes with a slow breakdown here and there. There are some pretty great solos scattered here and there throughout the album, such as the one in the song It. As with any album of its ilk, it can get pretty samey after awhile, but it's a great album if you want to get your adrenaline flowing.

Beneath the Massacre - Left Hand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdwxk7LAKzc)
Beneath the Massacre - Hopes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_saiT1ZpjGc)

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48. Abigail Williams - Becoming

As usual, Abigail Williams is back with a new album and completely changing their approach to black metal. This one shows them taking a more atmospheric approach a la Wolves in the Throne Room. Most of the songs contain a very dark and brooding atmosphere, but sometimes will venture in the more serene as in the mid-section of Radiance. Ken has furthered his vocal style to belt out some pretty tortured rasps which are great at furthering the mood. A downside of the record though is that the long length of some of the songs leads them to drag on at times and feel overlong.

Abigail Williams - Ascension Sickness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUNMdCWHtHQ)
Abigail Williams - Radiance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH_bdwCNpPQ)

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47. If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest

Weirdly enough I didn't know these guys released a new album until I heard it played between bands at a Marduk show. Odd choice by the venue to say the least. Anyway, I've been exploring more into post-rock this past year and this is one of the bands that I find myself really enjoying. I like it when a band can mix heavier bits in with their soaring compositions and If These Trees Could Talk delivers in that respect. The music stays in the more serene, peaceful realm for the most part, but wanders into the heavier, faster bits often enough to satiate my metalhead sensibilities.

If These Trees Could Talk - Barren Lands of the Modern Dinosaur (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex2OZTTNeeM)
If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYa4gZ59-1c)

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46. Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering

I heard of these guys a couple years ago when I saw them with Whitechapel and Cattle Decapitation, but never actually checked them out until I saw them this year with Black Cobra. That was definitely a mistake because these guys are great. I guess at the core they could be compared to the likes of Converge, but add a sludgy aesthetic to the music. This release shows a more controlled chaos then their previous effort and overall better in my eyes. Despite this, the best part of Gaza's music will always be when they open the flood gates and let the chaos flow out such as the into to The Truth Weighs Nothing which begins with a blitzkrieg of noise, but is soon reined in to a more controlled pace.

Gaza - Mostly Hair and Bones Now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waf9C3XOixg)
Gaza - Winter in Her Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpcc5RK4nkQ)

hellawaits77ny
11-29-2012, 08:04 AM
Will have to check out Evil Ways. I like your short, but still throrough review pattern.

kalfitegrdan
12-04-2012, 08:45 AM
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45. Accept - Stalingrad

Mark Tornillo is really proving that he is the right fit for Accept as Stalingrad is the second great album that he's released with them. This album probably has one of the best opening one-two punches of the year with Hung, Drawn and Quartered and Stalingrad. The former is a real rager wheras the latter is a slower paced song comparatively, but doesn't lack in intensity. The quality of the album kind of tapers off as the album goes on and the second half just can't keep up with the quality of the first half.

Accept - Hung, Drawn and Quartered (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJJDJwQ9mmU)
Accept - Stalingrad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZlvGsJifKc)

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44. Sabaton - Carolus Rex

Ah, Sabaton, some good ol' cheesy power metal with some symphonic elements. That essentially is what Sabaton is, except that they take some really interesting historical concepts to craft an album that goes beyond your average power metal themes of battle and glory. The subject of Carolus Rex is basically the history of the Swedish Empire. I really enjoy the choral vocals on this album. Especially in the track The Lion From the North. The keyboard/guitar solo switch off is also pretty cool.

Sabaton - The Lion From the North (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLt0lerdgKs)
Sabaton - Carolus Rex (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZMY-YXLa38)

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43. Weapon - Embers and Revelations

After an impressive album in From the Devil's Tomb, Weapon releases a new album that looks to expand on their ferocious blackened death sound. Embers and Revelations sees them expanding more on the atmospheric elements that were present on the last album, but were mainly kept in the background. The frequent use of pinch harmonics kinda reminds me of Pantera or Rotting Christ covering Pantera in some songs. :lol: The vocals also have a really nice modern black metal feel as in the intensity of them.

Weapon - The First Witnesses of Lucifer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLyVecy2Kks)
Weapon - Liber Lilith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyIlvdp2oEU&playnext=1&list=PLD9B809DE4DEE7F6B&feature=results_video)

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42. Horrendous - The Chills

This is some great new old school death metal that someone on the board mentioned earlier in the year and I finally got around to checking out until last month. This is a really great death metal release that calls back to Swedish death metal (think Entombed) mixed with mid-era Death. The vocalist reminds me of John Tardy (Obituary) mixed with Lars from Entombed. Most of the solos on this album are notable as they are all pretty unique and interesting for the most part.

Horrendous - The Womb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk0l1dIZqMo)
Horrendous - Fleshrot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gMxB-i6o6E&playnext=1&list=PLE47640C19057BCB1&feature=results_video)

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41. The Men - Open Your Heart

I first heard about this album from something Dethmaiden said in the 2012 thread and decided to check it out. This album, at the core, is indie rock, but with a cluster fuck of other influences that pop up on a song to song basis. Everything from Country to Hardcore is represented at some point. I'm not usually big on Indie, but the experimental nature of this album has kept me captivated through every play through. Usually an album tries to be seen as one cohesive piece of music, but Open Your Heart seems to go the opposite direction and tries to be as varied as possible.

The Men - Animal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSFAtieNonE)
The Men - Open Your Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en1lfsSaOqw)

kalfitegrdan
12-04-2012, 08:45 AM
Will have to check out Evil Ways. I like your short, but still throrough review pattern.

Do it, man. Their album is up for free on Bandcamp. Thanks, dude. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
12-10-2012, 06:05 AM
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40. Ex Deo - Caligvla

While Ex Deo get quite a lot of flak in the metal community, I actually enjoy them quite a bit and Caligvla is quite a step up from their borderline "meh" first album. For starters, they added a bunch of symphonic elements, which I'm a sucker for, to their Roman themed death metal to spice up the music a bit and it worked. The symphonics give the music more of an epic feel which is what a band like Ex Deo needs. Maurizio's vocals took a dive in quality though and sound off in a few scattered songs throughout the album.

Ex Deo - I, Caligvla (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JESYQw_quCk)
Ex Deo - Cliff of Tiberius (Exile to Capri) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT2XsVjG950)

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39. Marduk - Serpent Sermon

Serpent Sermon is a giant step up from Marduk's last full-length, Wormwood, which I though was awful. I'd go so far as to say that this is their best release since their mid-'90s material. This continues Marduk's raw, punishing approach to black metal, but the songs are actually entertaining to listen to. The weak point on the album comes in the form of "Souls for Belial" where the vocalist gets on my nerves when he is continually screaming "for Belial" for a minute or so.

Marduk - Serpent Sermon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAHUzspfUKY)
Marduk - World of Blades (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LGmVWCVkDo)

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38. Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme

This album is pretty much a complete mix of the two styles that Dying Fetus does really well; really groove laden songs with slamming breakdowns and technical as fuck mind-melting songs. I've always loved how Dying Fetus can transition seamlessly from overt technicality to grooving brutality. While I don't think Reign Supreme is as great as their last album, Descend Into Depravity, it is a great album for them. John Gallagher is probably also one of my favorite guitarist/vocalists of all-time because of how perfectly his vocals flow with the guitar riffs and this album is no different in that regard.

Dying Fetus - From Womb to Waste (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGfyySlwqKw)
Dying Fetus - Devout Atrocity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se0-e2bvDlA)

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37. Alcest - Les Voyages de l'Ame

Neige makes some of the most ethereal and straight up beautiful music that I've ever heard this album is no different. Les Voyages also sees Alcest further distancing itself from its black metal roots in favor of more shoegaze. My favorite Alcest song resides on this disc in Faiseurs De Mondes. I love how even the harsh vocal/black metal section has a beautifully haunting quality to it, Autre Temps might also be one of the most peaceful songs that I've ever heard.

Alcest - Autre Temps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwGMLncumM)
Alcest - Faiseurs De Mondes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE309orsgSA)

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36. Grave - Endless Procession of Souls

Grave are back with their follow-up to 2010's Burial Ground and I think this one blows Burial Ground out of the water. I personally found Burial Ground to be a bit boring, but Endless Procession of Souls is a great mix of crushing riffs like the one in Flesh Epistle and brutal grooves like the last forty five seconds of Passion of the Weak and is entertaining all the way through. Also, the guitar sound on this album is just perfect for their type of death metal in my opinion.

Grave - Passion of the Weak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cULPDkG5Fq8)
Grave - Perimortem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbPvbhYdeU)

Check out Flesh Epistle and Winds of Chains too. Those two were the original two tracks I was going to put up, but I couldn't find them on Youtube for some reason.

kalfitegrdan
12-18-2012, 09:49 AM
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35. Wretched - Son of Perdition

The Wretched are a technical death metal band from California that I'm really surprised isn't getting more attention. I suppose it's because of the scattered breakdowns and deathcore influences throughout the album, but the amount of sweet melodic leads and technical riffs should make a fan of the genre pretty happy. I think this is one of the better newer bands of this genre.

Wretched - Repeat...The End is Near (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YBcX9JcvcQ)
Wretched - Dreams of Chaos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ekPgn1f7o)

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34. Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes

Most people were disappointed with this release from folk metal stalwarts Ensiferum, but I feel that while it's not up to par with their previous effort, From Afar, it still holds its own in their discography. This album seemed to be more melodic and featuring a prog influence (at least to my ear) which are both usually huge turn-offs for me, but in this case they work. Aside from Burning Leaves, the first song released the songs all remain interesting throughout. Although the seventeen minute epic Passion Proof Power can be tiring at times.

Ensiferum - In My Sword I Trust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I89m7EeDba4)
Ensiferum - Last Breath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLHnqJeiV38)

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33. Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin

Russian band Abominable Putridity are back with a great slamming brutal death metal release that makes their previous effort pale in compaison. Even though last album had Big Chocolate (:lovedup:) on vocals, it just came off as mediocre. On this release they recruited brutal death veteran Matti Way (ex-Disgorge, ex-Pathology) to grunt and gurgle and I guess he just let them know how to do slam properly. The songs seem to be more coherent then they were on their first album and the better production helps it come off as even more brutal.

Abominable Putridity - A Burial for the Abandoned (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_sE6VdY9y4)
Abominable Putridity - Lack of Oxygen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CweruxPv1Vc)

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32. Big Chocolate - Red Headed Locc

Big Chocolate is one of my favorite people in the music business and I pretty much love all of the stuff that he does from his brutal death metal projects to his electronic projects and everything in between. This album shows Big Chocolate going further away from his usual brostep approach to dubstep (although there still are plenty of filthy drops as the kids say) and exploring some other electronic sub-genres. If you don't like dubstep though, this is definitely not the album to change your mind.

Big Chocolate - Blue Milk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suz1qZovy9s)
Big Chocolate - Locc City Allstar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftRxDn1hyBE)

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31. Ufomammut - ORO: Opus Alter

I just listened to this out of the blue because I saw some people on the board talking about it. I'm not usually a huge fan of sludge and I guess that's what this release would be at heart even though it shows heavy influences from early psychedelic rock and doom, but this is some great shit. The guitar tone on here is really dirty sounding if that makes any sense and it works fantastically for the music. The bass is also very audible which is something that I enjoy a lot. I can't wait to see these guys at MDF next year. Also, I never got a chance to check out the other album Ufomammut released this year, so I have no idea how they stacked up against each other.

Ufomammut - Oroborus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avNHxMRhrx0)
Ufomammut - Deityrant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7XR1vQkHdA)

Natrlhi
12-18-2012, 02:08 PM
^ That album (#31) is rated way too low. WAY too fucking low. :bouville:

(Just kidding. I realize you have probably only listened to it a few times.)

P.S. - I would classify it as psychedelic instrumental post-doom. :D

P.P.S. - The other album is more trippy and cerebral, but still quite heavy in parts. If you liked Opus Alter, you'll definitely want to check out Opus Primum as well.



EDIT: Pretty decent assessment of Ensiferum as well. I felt the same way.

kalfitegrdan
12-20-2012, 08:39 AM
^ That album (#31) is rated way too low. WAY too fucking low. :bouville:

(Just kidding. I realize you have probably only listened to it a few times.)

P.S. - I would classify it as psychedelic instrumental post-doom. :D

P.P.S. - The other album is more trippy and cerebral, but still quite heavy in parts. If you liked Opus Alter, you'll definitely want to check out Opus Primum as well.



EDIT: Pretty decent assessment of Ensiferum as well. I felt the same way.

I figured ranking Ufomammut this low would elicit a comment from you. :lol: I certainly haven't gotten to it as much as I'd like to have.

The album may be kinda low (although I still do love it), but thanks to that live video you posted in the "Now Watching" thread, I'm pretty sure Oroborus will be near the top of my songs of the year. :D DAT BASS LINE! :bowdown:


I plan on checking out the other album once the craziness of all the year end lists and whatnot ends and I can assess what albums I missed and need to check out.

illuminatus917
12-20-2012, 04:42 PM
This album seemed to be more melodic and featuring a prog influence (at least to my ear) which are both usually huge turn-offs for me, but in this case they work. Aside from Burning Leaves, the first song released the songs all remain interesting throughout. Although the seventeen minute epic Passion Proof Power can be tiring at times.


Agreed. I thought it was a good album - better than it's reception indicated. But I can still easily imagine the band members sitting around saying "eh, good enough" while writing it.

I liked Burning Leaves though. Very catchy.

hellawaits77ny
12-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Good list so far, man. I'm suprised you have Dying Fetus and Abominable Putridity this low. Makes me curious to the rest.

dcmetal108
12-23-2012, 04:14 PM
Did your Big Chocolates "The Red EP"?

kalfitegrdan
12-27-2012, 05:45 PM
Good list so far, man. I'm suprised you have Dying Fetus and Abominable Putridity this low. Makes me curious to the rest.

Thank, man! The Dying Fetus one is mainly because I loved Descend into Depravity so much that I feel Reign Supreme is a distinctive step down. Also, I listened to a bunch of albums and really do enjoy the shit out of every album in my top 50.

@DC He put out another release this year?!

kalfitegrdan
12-27-2012, 06:04 PM
Getting a new roommate has really set me behind on this..:eyes:

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30. NOFX - Self-Entitled

Punk veterans NOFX are back with their twelfth album and it's basically more of the same quality punk rock. The album stays true to their tongue-in-cheek approach to their sociopolitical lyrics, but is flavored with some pessimism. "She Didn't Lose Your Baby" is actually pretty depressing lyrically as is "I've Got One Jealous Again, Again" which is about Fat Mike and his ex-wife dividing up their record collection after their divorce. Musically, the album stays true to NOFX's catchy songwriting and remains interesting throughout its half hour running time.

NOFX - I Believe in Goddess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htl70S5O9wk)
NOFX - She Didn't Lose Her Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPVHeV4XLP4)

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/tankard-a-girl-called-cerveza-300x300.jpg

29. Tankard - A Girl Called Cerveza

While Tankard, lyrically, are completely tongue-in-cheek their music is some seriously great thrash metal. This release is chock full of tasty thrash riffs and catchy choruses. The lyrics are kind of hokey, but that's what you kind of come to expect from a Tankard album. I guess the song "Witch-Hunt 2.0" is some sort of anti-cyber-bullying anthem (:lol:) and "The Metal Ladyboy" is, well, kinda self-explanatory, but are kick ass songs one and all and will have you screaming along in no time. Also, :lol: at the song "Master of Farces" which I'm pretty sure is about/referencing Newt Gingrich.

Tankard - Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUZo1w84DIE)
Tankard - The Metal Ladyboy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUZo1w84DIE)

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28. Anti-Flag - The General Strike

Ah, the Anti-Flag I know and love is back after two lackluster albums. The Bright Lights of America saw Anti-Flag taking a more alt. rock approach that was not interesting in the least and The People or the Gun was just a stale punk by the numbers album. The General Strike shows that Anti-Flag are back to being pissed off at the current state of the world which make the songs feel more genuine, not to mention the songwriting is considerably better on this album than the last few. Anti-Flag have always been my favorite punk band, so I'm really hoping they can continue with this quality in their future releases.

Anti-Flag - The Neoliberal Anthem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo8Oj75l6E0)
Anti-Flag - This Is the New Sound (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZvICZ7mQ40)

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27. Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65

Wino is back and Saint Vitus is sounding as depressive as ever. This album is pretty much exactly like its namesake: a real downer. It's a downer in a good way of course as it succeeds in evoking the proper feelings to fit the music. I could really go without the five to seven minutes throughout the album of filler that doesn't really serve a purpose. It's just kind of lame to have a fifth of your running time be occupied by non-music, but, despite the complaint, the songs more than make up for it.

Saint Vitus - Let Them Fall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK2SYWeQgyo)
Saint Vitus - Blessed Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSR-T8Ix4vQ)

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26. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge, in my eyes, are the masters of melodic chaos. Their music is such a blend of those two elements that at times you can't tell the two apart. Also, the vocal delivery by Jacob Bannon, especially on All We Love We Leave Behind, is so emotional yet so visceral at the same time and his screams work perfectly for the music that Converge plays. This is definitely their best album since 2001's classic Jane Doe (not that any of the albums in between were bad). I've heard a lot of people complain about the album opener, Aimless Arrow, but I think it's the best song on the disc. It gives out a distinctive post-hardcore feel that I dig a lot. This album shows why Converge are still the best band in metalcore.

Converge - Aimless Arrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoZlujggIq0)
Converge - Trespasses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7IcJLdBwQA)

energymetal14
12-28-2012, 11:45 AM
Really liking this list man! I agree with most of your reviews of the albums I have listened to on here, and looking forward to see what you ranked closer to the top :rocker:

kalfitegrdan
12-29-2012, 12:18 AM
Really liking this list man! I agree with most of your reviews of the albums I have listened to on here, and looking forward to see what you ranked closer to the top :rocker:

Thanks for checking it out, man! :horns:

kalfitegrdan
01-03-2013, 06:21 PM
Well. fuck, since my external hard drive crapped out on me and a "power surge" (my roommate's drunk girlfriend) deleted the next five reviews I had written, I'm just gonna finish this up with really short, couple sentence reviews.

http://www.spin.com/sites/all/files/styles/style300_300/public/120229%20-%20Incurso.jpg

25. Spawn of Possession - Incurso

Still waiting for that new Necrophagist album? Have no fear, Spawn of Possession is here to ease the wait! This tech death release is oozing with great riffs and technical prowess.

Spawn of Possession - Where Angels Go Demons Follow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3MdFvJDKg)
Spawn of Possession - The Evangelist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl1yCKOQQO8)

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24. Death Grips - The Money Store

This is some of the most aggressive hip-hop that I've heard. The industrial influences aid in that.

Death Grips - The Fever (Aye Aye) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W43aQxzjyeM)
Death Grips - I've Seen Footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigtCrO77L8)

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23. Orange Goblin - A Eulogy for the Damned

This is one of the most catchy stoner/traditional releases that I've ever heard. The choruses will be stuck in your head for days.

Orange Goblin - Red Tide Rising (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9NHMmreVN0)
Orange Goblin - The Filthy and the Few (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQs6yFhN3dg)

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22. Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil

Death/doom is probably one of my favorite genres at the moment and Hooded Menace just delivers everything I need in a death/doom release. It has the slow/crushing riffs with melodic parts interspersed with some great vocals.

Hooded Menace - Crumbling Insanity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7LLqRYOPZ0)
Hooded Menace - Evoken Vulgarity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpWq673Fh6s)

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21. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction

Any traditional doom band is inevitably going to get likened to Black Sabbath, but in Pallbearer's case it's completely founded because the vocalist sounds like an exact mix of Ozzy and Geddy Lee and it's fucking fantastic. Devoid of Redemption also may have my favorite riff of the year.

Pallbearer - Devoid of Redemption (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKACdmfdkO4)
Pallbearer - An Offering of Grief (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNFlHnyM-7o)

XDoomsayerX
01-03-2013, 11:52 PM
Good thread! I dig a bit of these albums. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
01-04-2013, 03:33 PM
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20. Cancer Bats - Dead Set on Living

I guess this is considered Southern influence metallic hardcore. Whatever it is it kicks ass. I even enjoy the occasional bit of melodic vocals which is something that is rare for me.

Cancer Bats - RATS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Sl9MTHqLw)
Cancer Bats - Road Sick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6tJUlx51sw)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wDMNzv680mU/ULoLQHW9Q6I/AAAAAAAAGLY/IaaXB2DkDJ4/s320/pig%2Bdestroyer.jpg

19. Pig Destroyer - Book Burner

Pig Destroyer deliver another grindcore masterpiece with Book Burner. This album is more of what Pig Destroyer is best known for: catchy grindcore.

Pig Destroyer - Sis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TQHATW9AHY)
Pig Destroyer - The Diplomat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjUudfhfomQ)

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18. Eluveitie - Helvetios

This is damn close to being Eluveitie's best album to date, but Slania is just too damn good. Helvetios is a great mix of really heavy folk metal tracks and some great folky pseudo-ballads.

Eluveitie - Luxtos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pdGLsFjRSM)
Eluveitie - The Siege (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6SaPNUdqI0)

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17. Unleashed - Odalheim

This is more melodic death metal than the Swedish death metal that Unleashed used to be, but it's still a great release. Great riffs everywhere. You just can't argue with viking themed death metal.

Unleashed - Fimbulwinter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUh3V98ZxI4)
Unleashed - White Christ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86HoqRWqh8E)

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16. Incantation - Vanquish in Vengeance

I've known about Incantation for years, but just started listening to them this year when I bought Onward to Golgotha and Mortal Throne of Nazarene. This is some great death metal that isn't afraid to get slow and almost doomy at times.

Incantation - Invoking Infinity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtDx9W_kq-o)
Incantation - From Hollow Sands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVNi8FX_xIM)

kalfitegrdan
01-10-2013, 06:05 PM
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15. Hour of Penance - Sedition

It's so uncompromisingly brutal, yet it sacrifices none of it's technicality. Some of the fastest shit to come out this year.

Hour of Penance - Decimate the Ancestry of the Only God (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x2irm61CYg)
Hour of Penance - Sedition Through Scorn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIdZ-OK3OQ0)

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14. 3 Inches of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal

Super cheesy album title, but solid as fuck traditional metal. I'm glad they started throwing in screams hear and there again.

3 Inches of Blood - Leather Lord (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-0Mb-Xkaaw)
3 Inches of Blood - Men of Fortune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6EhSqZP6ak)

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13. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life

It's got everything you need in it: crust, thrash, death, grind, hardcore, black, buzzsaw distortion. I'm still surprised these guys aren't from Sweden.

Black Breath - Sentenced to Life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcamnUuwTnw)
Black Breath - Endless Corpse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i42ffpQFHZY)

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12. Aborted - Global Flatline

I didn't have high expectations for this album since the Coronary Reconstruction EP kinda sucked, but this album rips. Also, there is an impressive array of guest vocalists. Sven is still one of the best vocalists in death metal.

Aborted - Global Flatline (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THvP2TXwBwk)
Aborted - Coronary Reconstruction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy8Mb6Oz-rs)

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11a. Derketa - In Death We Meet

I listened to this after I started my list and knew that I had to include it, so I'm just doing 11a and b instead of moving everything up a number. A death/doom band where 3/4 of the members are female! :lovedup: I absolutely love the slow doomy parts. The frontwoman's vocals also go so well with the music.

Derketa - Rest in Peace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqRmlmyghdc)
Derketa - In Death We Meet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU0LAZUUdoI)


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11b. Goatwhore - Blood for the Master

Goatwhore really solidified my love for them this year with this album and the three times I got to see them. It's another fantastic mix of black and death metal with some thrashiness to it.

Goatwhore - Collapse in Eternal Worth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybKifd3J0NI)
Goatwhore - When Steel and Bone Meet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czTBJ26P80U)

kalfitegrdan
01-10-2013, 06:22 PM
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10. Overkill - The Electric Age

I personally like it better than Ironbound, but I spent more time with this one than I did with Ironbound. Just some great ass thrash that sounds like it's straight out of the eighties.

Overkill - Come and Get It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y47qEIyzVFo)
Overkill - Save Yourself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiJHFlU1Dcg)
Overkill - Old Wounds, New Scars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_wloQZN1JA)

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/dethklok3.jpg

9. Dethklok - Dethalbum III

I wasn't big on this album at first, but after many, many repeated listens, I absolutely love it now. I still think "Starved" is the worst Dethklok song and shouldn't be on the album at all.

Dethklok - I Ejaculate Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jvBJlAZ5cM)
Dethklok - Crush the Industry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vgxAC0aSnQ)
Dethklok - The Galaxy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZS9KEJJWIc)


The next eight albums are the unfuckwithable 5/5 albums of 2012.

kalfitegrdan
01-19-2013, 12:00 PM
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8. Make Them Suffer - Neverbloom

Sweet ass symphonic deathcore with a bit of blackened vocals from Australia (the best place for the genre). I have a bit of an obsession with this band ever since their amazing EP Lord of Woe in 2010.

Make Them Suffer - Neverbloom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NyMGQd6BlE)
Make Them Suffer - Maelstrom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMu_ni2yCXE) (released as a standalone single, but rerecorded for the album)
Make Them Suffer - Weeping Wastelands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAJyrBb7LFY) (Originally on Lord of Woe EP, but rerecorded for the album)

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7. Cannibal Corpse - Torture

I thought that Evisceration Plague was their worst album to date and that Kill was their best album post-Barnes, so I was extremely pleased when this album turned out sounding more like Kill. This has song of CC's best songs to date. Dat bass solo in The Strangulation Chair :drool:! I hated Scourge of Iron when the album came out, but in the last month that song has really grown on me.

Cannibal Corpse - As Deep As the Knife Will Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb1HHQfbkXg)
Cannibal Corpse - Followed Home Then Killed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGzBCCowxQc)
Cannibal Corpse - The Strangulation Chair (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8KRhvG5dA0)


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6. Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte

Doomy hardcore? Yes fucking please! This album is absolutely crushing. One of the heaviest things I've heard all year.

Xibalba - No Serenity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRHwJmZ23lw)
Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Ai3KEG9x8)
Xibalba - Cold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejlaB8m3Mg)

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5. Teenage Bottlerocket - Freak Out!

This is just fun as fuck punk right here. Lots of songs with silly subject matter that end up being catchy as hell. This band is completely underrated and that's a shame. Plus, the two times I saw them this year, they came on stage to Slayer's South of Heaven. The guitarist was also wearing a Deicide shirt. :rocker:

Teenage Bottlerocket - Headbanger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50qJGs3iE5s) (Thumbs up for the Death Angel 'Frolic in the Park' shirt, Bathory shirt and Municipal Waste graffiti)
Teenage Bottlerocket - Cruising For Chicks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL8F4Lr31tk)
Teenage Bottlerocket - Necrocomicon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JufMu8QUmqY)
Teenage Bottlerocket - In the Pit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77SHav3xfzQ)

The last four as I write them.

kalfitegrdan
01-19-2013, 12:27 PM
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4. Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas

Anaal Nathrakh finally got back to being brutal as hell after going a bit too melodic on their last few albums. I think this is their best album since The Codex Necro. If you like black metal, industrial, grindcore or getting your mind fucked, then you should listen to this album. The opening 1-2-3-4 punch is phenomenal.

Anaal Nathrakh - The Blood-Dimmed Tide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC6LsJFbXFw)
Anaal Nathrakh - Forging Towards the Sunset (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzQpiJjdprQ)
Anaal Nathrakh - To Spite the Face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy4-JXKAizg)
Anaal Nathrakh - Todo Somos Humanos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAaQw1jDnDs)

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3. Royal Thunder - CVI

The riffs!! They're so catchy. This could possibly be classified as bluesy doom metal or at least that's what I call it. The vocal delivery from front woman Mlny is flawless. Whispering World might be one of the best songs in existence.

Royal Thunder - Parsonz Curse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK8v8QwEE8w)
Royal Thunder - Whispering World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0r2d5xPFOo) (This version sounds phenomenal)
Royal Thunder - Shake and Shift (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2zLGuOQlIo)
Royal Thunder - Blue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8JDCgHCXV4)

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2. Asphyx - Deathhammer

Martin van Drunen can do no wrong! Asphyx delivers another slow, crushing death/doom release. I absolutely love the drumming on this album.

Asphyx - Into the Timewastes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BST6j9l7uY)
Asphyx - Deathhammer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZTH05z3BLo)
Asphyx - Minefield (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a10QrU3j_A0)
Asphyx - Os Abysmi Vel Daath (Celtic Frost Cover) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gG5ILhMhNE) (An awesome bonus track)

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1. Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity

This has the longest run of perfect tracks of any album this year. Track 1 all the way up to the interlude track are perfect. Travis Ryan definitely gets vocal performance of the year for this one. His addition of "clean" vocals is just fucking awesome. This is a masterpiece of the deathgrind genre.

Cattle Decapitation - The Carbon Stampede (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ_BkdKlyms)
Cattle Decapitation - A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWeTeFn0LhM)
Cattle Decapitation - Lifestalker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ONl7gq9nHQ)
Cattle Decapitation - Kingdom of Tyrants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mgNLE4GHvk)

A lot of the songs I wanted weren't on Youtube for some reason (namely Dead Set on Suicide and Your Disposal).

Woo! Finally done. I plan on adding other shit because I like making lists, so, yeah...thanks for reading and stuff! I appreciate it.

kalfitegrdan
01-19-2013, 12:44 PM
Here's the full list of everything I've listened to this year all up to date for anyone who is interested. (http://rateyourmusic.com/list/kalfitegrdan/2012_music)

Natrlhi
01-19-2013, 03:35 PM
Well done, brother. You listened to some great stuff last year, and I also like a lot of the albums that appeared on here. Your list had some interesting choices, too. For example, I never would have ranked Unleashed that high. I gave it four stars when I reviewed it, and I still think it deserves that ranking, but it's not their best work at all, and I liked their previous album much more. You ranked Anaal Nathrakh quite high compared to me, but I still liked it very well. Also, I ranked Pallbearer and Pig Destroyer higher than you did, but we both liked them so who cares, right?

On the other hand, I agree with you that Xibalba was heavy as fuck, Hour of Penance was wonderfully brutal, Black Breath was just all-around fanfuckingtastic, and Royal Thunder was nearly perfect.

Your surprise fun pick for me was Dethklok. Wow, did you rank that higher than anyone I've seen...but ya know what? You're kinda right! That one was a nice surprise for me as well. It's actually quite good, and not only is it technically solid, but it's catchy and fun as well. I didn't rank it anywhere near as high as you did, but the more I think about it, maybe I forgot how good it really was when I made my list. Nice job having the balls to put an album like that in your top ten. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
01-19-2013, 04:05 PM
Well done, brother. You listened to some great stuff last year, and I also like a lot of the albums that appeared on here. Your list had some interesting choices, too. For example, I never would have ranked Unleashed that high. I gave it four stars when I reviewed it, and I still think it deserves that ranking, but it's not their best work at all, and I liked their previous album much more. You ranked Anaal Nathrakh quite high compared to me, but I still liked it very well. Also, I ranked Pallbearer and Pig Destroyer higher than you did, but we both liked them so who cares, right?

On the other hand, I agree with you that Xibalba was heavy as fuck, Hour of Penance was wonderfully brutal, Black Breath was just all-around fanfuckingtastic, and Royal Thunder was nearly perfect.

Your surprise fun pick for me was Dethklok. Wow, did you rank that higher than anyone I've seen...but ya know what? You're kinda right! That one was a nice surprise for me as well. It's actually quite good, and not only is it technically solid, but it's catchy and fun as well. I didn't rank it anywhere near as high as you did, but the more I think about it, maybe I forgot how good it really was when I made my list. Nice job having the balls to put an album like that in your top ten. :fist:

Honestly, I'm not as well versed on Unleashed as I should be :eyes:, which might be why Odalheim is high on my list as I don't have as much to base it off. Also, in hindsight, Pallbearer should have been a bit higher on my list. I guess I really just didn't give it as much time as it deserved. As for Dethklok, I just hold them at a higher regard than most people as I rank their first two albums in my top albums of all time, so I was bound to love this one as much.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to check out my list and comment! :fist: I eagerly await seeing your list, no matter how long it takes to get out. ;)

kalfitegrdan
01-22-2013, 06:30 AM
Biggest Disappointments of 2012

These are nowhere near the worst albums, just one's that I was expecting to be better.

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5. Terrorizer - Horde of Zombies

Just like everybody else, I love World Downfall and consider it a grindcore classic, but unlike everyone else, I also really liked their second album, Darker Days Ahead. I just couldn't get into this one though. This whole album is just really bland death metal that isn't necessarily bad, but there's just nothing memorable here for me.

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4. Nile - At the Gates of Sethu

This album suffers from the fact that the previous album, Those Whom the Gods Detest, was just too good that there was almost no way for this album to live up to it. Hopefully, this will just be a transition album between Nile masterpieces.

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3. Stick to Your Guns - Diamond

Half of this album is really kick ass hardcore (even a little kick ass melodic hardcore) and the other half is really bland and boring melodic metalcore/scenecore bullshit. Against Them All might be one of my favorite songs of the year still though.

Highlight: Against Them All (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHWW6hufi88)

Lowlight: Beyond the Sun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13fw3H76Vwk) (Has potential to be a great track, but the chorus is absolutely horrible and ruins it.)

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2. The Faceless - Autotheism

If I wanted to listen to the new Between the Buried and Me album, I would have just done that. To me, this album was just The Faceless playing BTBAM. I miss the spacey tech-death of Planetary Duality. I thought that The Faceless were one of a kind and didn't need to make an excessive change like this. I dunno, as long as they're writing what they want, I guess. I liked the album a little bit more after I listened to it 3 or 4 times, but I still find it disappointing.

Highlight: Hymn of Sanity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkyeIHKVKLo)

Lowlight: The Eidolon Reality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLPycXdZXyE)

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1. Napalm Death - Utilitarian

I went in expecting another blistering album by Napalm Death, but instead got what I thought was a too experimental and avant-garde approach to grindcore. It's just not what I'm looking for with a Napalm Death album. There was way too much melodic singing for my taste as well.

Highlight: Epidemic Pox (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d18F_2Z_v5s) (I fucking love John Zorn)

Lowlight: Wolf I Feed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA4E_2A4L3s) (Would be a cool song, but the clean vocals kill it for me)

dcmetal108
01-22-2013, 09:16 AM
I thought the new STYG album was phenomenal all the way through.

kalfitegrdan
01-22-2013, 09:26 AM
I thought the new STYG album was phenomenal all the way through.

The really bad clean singing ruins the album for me. The only song I like it on is Against Them All.

smearCampaign
01-22-2013, 09:30 AM
You make it sound like Napalm released a prog album. And your favorite track was Everyday Pox, but the album was too experimental? To each their own, but it was my favorite album of the year. It took a few listens to grow on me, but I can now listen to that album on repeat and not get bored for a moment. Also their "clean" vocals remind of Burton Bell, but I've always liked Fear Factory, so that wasn't really a turn off for me. And obviously ND is one of my favorite bands ever so I'm biased.

You are dead on about Terrorizer, Nile and Faceless IMO. I've never listened to any STYG. Killer top 25 too.

kalfitegrdan
01-22-2013, 09:41 AM
You make it sound like Napalm released a prog album. And your favorite track was Everyday Pox, but the album was too experimental? To each their own, but it was my favorite album of the year. It took a few listens to grow on me, but I can now listen to that album on repeat and not get bored for a moment. Also their "clean" vocals remind of Burton Bell, but I've always liked Fear Factory, so that wasn't really a turn off for me. And obviously ND is one of my favorite bands ever so I'm biased.

You are dead on about Terrorizer, Nile and Faceless IMO. I've never listened to any STYG. Killer top 25 too.

Everyday Pox is mainly my favorite because I love John Zorn and he is the perfect kind of avant-garde to add to a grind album. I dunno, I should probably throw it in and listen to it again, but it just completely caught me by surprise and I only ended up listening to it 3-4 times before I gave up on it back a month or so after it came out. I'm not huge on Fear Factory, so that might be why I wasn't too keen on 'em.

At least we agree on some things though. :fist: Thanks for checking out the list, man.

kalfitegrdan
01-22-2013, 11:56 AM
Best Albums that I Bought Last Year That Weren't Released in 2012

1. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
2. Vastum - Carnal Law
3. Sadus - Chemical Exposure
4. Cobalt - Gin
5. Demolition Hammer - Epidemic of Violence
6. Mastodon - Leviathan
7. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
8. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
9. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
10. Avantasia - The Scarecrow

kalfitegrdan
01-24-2013, 06:12 AM
Gonna lazily attempt to rank my top 50 songs with 1 per artist.

1. Royal Thunder - Whispering World - Tied for "Riff of the Year" with #11
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us
3. Smash Potater - Smash Potater
4. Cattle Decapitation - A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat
5. Ufomammut - Oroborus
6. Teenage Bottlerocket - Cruising For Chicks
7. Anaal Nathrakh - Forging Towards the Sunset
8. Agalloch - Faustian Echoes
9. Overkill - Save Yourself
10. Converge - Aimless Arrow
11. Pallbearer - Devoid of Redemption - Tied for "Riff of the Year" with #1
12. Corrosion of Conformity - The Megalodon
13. Orange Goblin - The Filthy and the Few
14. Cancer Bats - Road Sick
15. Alcest - Faiseurs de Mondes
16. Asphyx - Deathhammer
17. NOFX - I Believe in Goddess
18. Baroness - March to the Sea
19. Stick to Your Guns - Against Them All
20. The Men - Open Your Heart
21. Death Grips - The Fever (Aye Aye)
22. Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte
23. Dethklok - I Ejaculate Fire
24. Evil Ways - Evil Ways
25. If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest
26. Accept - Hung, Drawn and Quartered
27. Unleashed - White Christ
28. Biohazard - Vengeance is Mine
29. Grave - Winds of Chains
30. Big Chocolate - Blue Milk
31. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
32. Make Them Suffer - Maelstrom
33. Cannibal Corpse - The Strangulation Chair
34. 3 Inches of Blood - Leather Lord
35. Derketa - Rest in Peace
36. Goatwhore - Collapse in Eternal Worth
37. Abominable Putridity - Lack of Oxygen
38. Napalm Death - Epidemic Pox
39. Abigail Williams - Ascension Sickness
40. Dying Fetus - From Womb to Waste
41. Eluveitie - The Siege
42. Dragged Into Sunlight - III
43. Deathspell Omega - Abrasive Swirling Murk
44. Hour of Penance - Sedition Through Scorn
45. Enter Shikari - Meltdown
46. Beneath the Massacre - Left Hand
47. Sabaton - Carolus Rex
48. Spawn of Possession - The Evangelist
49. The Faceless - Hymn of Sanity
50. Disfiguring the Goddess - Sleeper