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mastodon421
12-24-2012, 03:54 AM
Well everyone's most indifferent moment of the year has come.... It's time to post my year-end lists! In this thread you expect:
-My Top 45 albums with sure to be swell write-ups (I couldn't decide between 40 and 50, so I compromised at 45)
-The other 35 albums I heard this year w/star ratings (Spoiler Alert: Yellow and Green is at the bottom!)
-Top 10 Live Performances
-Top 50 Songs
-Bitching that I put Parkway Drive, Job For A Cowboy, and Whitechapel ahead of Meshuggah, Pig Destroyer, and Cannibal Corpse.
-And if we're lucky, other instances of bunched panties!;)

I will post the albums that didn't make the cut and #45 shortly. Thanks in advance for anyone that takes the time to read my thread:horns:

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 05:55 AM
Albums I heard this year that didn't make the top 45:
80.Baroness-Yellow & Green (1.5/5)
79.The Mars Volta-Noctourniquet (2/5)
78.Curren$y-The Stoned Immaculate (2/5)
77.Soundgarden-King Animal (2/5)
76.Trash Talk-119 (2.5/5)
75.Van Halen-A Different Kind of Truth (2.5/5)
74.Chiddy Bang-Breakfast (2.5/5)
73.All That Remains-A War You Cannot Win (2.5/5)
72.The Safety Fire-Grind the Ocean (2.5/5)
71.Schoolboy Q-Habits and Contradictions (2.5/5)
70.Devin Townsend Project-Epicloud (2.5/5)
69.Sleigh Bells-Reign of Terror (2.5/5)
68.Joey Bada$$-1999 (2.5/5)
67.Lacuna Coil-Dark Adrenaline (3/5)
66.Miss May I-At Heart (3/5)
65.Thy Art Is Murder-Hate (3/5)
64.Nile-At the Gate of Sethu (3/5)
63.Meshuggah-Koloss (3/5)
62.Napalm Death-Utilitarian (3/5)
61.OFWGKTA-OF Tape Vol.2 (3/5)
60.Psycroptic-The Inherited Repression (3.5/5)
59.Big K.R.I.T-Live From the Underground (3.5/5)
58.Texas in July-Texas in July (3.5/5)
57.Jack White-Blunderbuss (3.5/5)
56.The Ghost Inside-Get What You Give (3.5/5)
55.Pig Destroyer-Book Burner (3.5/5)
54.Monuments-Gnosis (3.5/5)
53.Eluveitie-Helvetios (3.5/5)
52.Aborted-Global Flatline (3.5/5)
51.Cancer Bats-Dead Set On Living (3.5/5)
50.Glass Cloud-The Royal Thousand (3.5/5)
49.Municipal Waste-The Fatal Feast....Waste in Space (3.5/5)
48.Cannibal Corpse-Torture (3.5/5)
47.War of Ages-Return to Life (3.5/5)
46.The Acacia Strain-Death is the Only Mortal (3.5/5)

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2012, 05:59 AM
Looking forward to this. My panties are already in a bunch after some of your 45-80 picks :D !! I see yet another person was disappointed by the new Soundgarden.

Respect your opinions, so I'll definately follow.

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 06:07 AM
And so it begins....
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45.JJ Doom-Key to the Kuffs

MF Doom is one of my favorite rappers of all-time. His super abstract style, clever lyics, and outstanding production usually ensure a spot in my year-end top 10. His newest project with Jneario Jarel isn't quite up to that level, but it's still a solid release. Jarel's production is a little less abstract than what we normally get on Doom's record. It took a little bit of getting used to, but Jarel's production is great. Doom isn't quite as sharp as he once was lyrically, but he still comes with plenty of witty lines. Key to the Kuffs isn't Doom's strongest material, but it's another worthwhile release from hip-hop's resident supervillian.

Standout Tracks
1.Wash Your Hands
2.'Bout the Shoes
3.GMO

dcmetal108
12-24-2012, 06:12 AM
That first list already got panties all bunched up big time.

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 07:16 AM
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44.The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza-Danza IIII: The Alpha-The Omega

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza has never been band I've been a big fan of. Their older material was a little bit too scattered and unfocused (even for mathcore) for me to get really into. They finally get it right on their fourth (and unfortunately) final album. Don't get wrong it's still a chaotic record, The chaos is just more streamlined and refined. Josh Travis is an incredible guitar player and his high-flying guitar acrobatics are the main attraction of this record. The dude does wonders with all 8 strings and he actually throws some occasional melody (best used on the 7-minute instrumental cut "Paul Bunyan and The Blue Ox") in with his usual technical prowess which was cool. Danza definitely goes out on top with their most mature and easily best record of their career. A very pleasant surprise.
Standout Tracks
1.You Won't
2.Canadian Bacon
3.Paul Buyan and the Blue Ox

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2012, 07:25 AM
These guys are breaking up? Such a shame :tp:

300%_Density
12-24-2012, 08:43 AM
I see yet another person was disappointed by the new Soundgarden.

With the exception of a few on here I haven't seen many who weren't disapointed by Soundgarden.

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2012, 09:06 AM
With the exception of a few on here I haven't seen many who weren't disapointed by Soundgarden.

And rightfully so.

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 09:20 AM
And rightfully so.

This, It's such a bland record. Way too many slow songs that don't go anywhere and not nearly enough uptempo tracks.

energymetal14
12-24-2012, 10:26 AM
Agreed on Soundgarden. :/

Really looking forward to these lists. Already some great ones in that first list, a few of them in my top 20. Excited to see the top 45!

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 11:31 AM
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43.Frank Ocean-Channel Orange
This will definitely catch some people by surprise. R&B normally isn't my bag at all, but Frank Ocean has such a great voice that it's an exception. He has such a wide vocal range and sings with so much power and emotion it's staggering. Tracks like the nine-minute epic "Pyramids", the somber "Bad Religion", sprawling love song "Thinkin Bout You", and the low-key, fun "Super Rich Kids" (with a really uncharacteristic slow yet still awesome verse from Earl Sweatshirt) are all super catchy and beautiful songs. The only reason this isn't higher is because there is a lot of filler that takes away from the standout portions. Ocean is super talented and with more consistency, he could become a truly special artist.

Standout Tracks
1.Pyramids
2.Super Rich Kids (feat.Earl Sweatshirt)
3.Thinkin Bout You

slapguitarer
12-24-2012, 12:20 PM
Yeh man, I've been digging Channel Orange too.

XDoomsayerX
12-24-2012, 01:28 PM
Still need to check out Channel Orange. Also nice pre list, bottom comes to no surprise to peeps I'm pretty sure.

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 03:14 PM
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42.Shadows Fall-Fire From the Sky
Shadows Fall doesn't reinvent the wheel with this record, but this is still a consistently fun collection of thrashy and catchy metalcore songs.

Standout Tracks
1.Save Your Soul
2.Divide and Conquer
3.Nothing Remains

Natrlhi
12-25-2012, 08:26 AM
64.Nile-At the Gate of Sethu (3/5)
63.Meshuggah-Koloss (3/5)
55.Pig Destroyer-Book Burner (3.5/5)Thanks for making it abundantly clear that there's no reason for me to read anything further in this thread. :finger:

mastodon421
12-25-2012, 09:09 AM
Thanks for making it abundantly clear that there's no reason for me to read anything further in this thread. :finger:

:finger: You won't hate me quite as much with some of my later picks trust me:D

mastodon421
12-25-2012, 09:20 AM
More than likely going to be my only write-up today, Merry Christmas everyone!
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41.Spawn of Possession-Incurso
Spawn of Possession returns from a 5-year absence with another slab of pretty killer tech death. Obscura's Christian Munzer shreds as usual on his first studio recordings with the band and is the highlight of the album imo. I can't say I love new vocalist Dennis Rodum, but he's definitely not bad and his style fits the music without any issue. I don't agree with the people that lauded this as a masterpiece, but it's a solid tech death record that will more than please fans of the genre.
Side Note: This is one of the sickest album covers of 2012.

Standout Tracks
1.Where Angels Go Demons Follow
2.Servitude of Souls
3.Spiritual Deception

Sanitarium78
12-25-2012, 06:35 PM
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42.Shadows Fall-Fire From the Sky
Shadows Fall doesn't reinvent the wheel with this record, but this is still a consistently fun collection of thrashy and catchy metalcore songs.

Standout Tracks
1.Save Your Soul
2.Divide and Conquer
3.Nothing Remains

Strange, I would've gone with the title track and Blind Faith as the two best on the album by far. Still another solid and enjoyable effort from them.

I'm glad to see others agree on what a mediocre piece of crap the new Soundgarden is.

Natrlhi
12-25-2012, 07:29 PM
:finger: You won't hate me quite as much with some of my later picks trust me:DIt's not you I hate, just some of your opinions on music. :D

mastodon421
12-26-2012, 03:52 AM
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40.Aesop Rock-Skelethon
Aesop Rock has been one of the driving forces of abstract hip-hop for some time now. His newest releases, Skelethon , proves that's not going to change anytime soon. His flow is great and the subtle production creates a really interesting vibe throughout the album. "Gopher Guts" also has to be one of the best songs of the year. All three verses are absolutely flawless and the lyrics are just outstanding. That being said, This album is just too abstract at times. A majority of the lyrics went above my head (Aesop Rock is way above my wavelength in terms of intelligence), which took away from my enjoyment of the record at times. The production and Aesop Rock's flow alone are enough for me to overlook the heavily encrypted lyrics that I didn't always understand. A must-listen for fans of abstract hip-hop.

Standout Tracks
1.Gopher Guts
2.ZZZ Top
3.Saturn Missiles

hellawaits77ny
12-26-2012, 04:01 AM
It's not you I hate, just some of your opinions on music. :D

Always the diplomat, I like that.

mastodon421
12-26-2012, 07:42 AM
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39.Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-The Heist
2012 has been a huge breakout year for the mostly previously unknown Seattle MC Macklemore. His single "Thrift Shop" has exploded to the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and given him a bonafide hit. "Thrift Shop", which is just alright to me, gives a poor representation of what Macklemore actually sounds like. A majority of his stuff is conscious, storytelling rap and it's pretty damn good stuff (Think of it as a more poppy version of Atmosphere.) He has a gift for telling personal, hard-hitting stories and can rap at every speed imaginable with ease. Producer Ryan Lewis makes heavy use of violin and piano and for the most part creates a lot of quality understated and mellow beats (though occasionally he breaks out of the box on tracks like the infectious "Can't Hold Us"). Macklemore is a rapper with a big heart and a lot of skill that is an artist to watch in the years to come.

Standout Tracks
1.Can't Hold Us (ft. Ray Dalton)
2.Wing$
3.Jimmy Iovine (ft Ab-Soul)

mastodon421
12-26-2012, 12:08 PM
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38.Big K.R.I.T-4eva N A Day
The first of Big K.R.I.T's two releases this year. I preferred this mixtape over his studio album Live from the Underground because the isn't any awful guest artists (which plagued most of his full-length and took away from K.R.I.T's verses) and the production is a bit better. K.R.I.T is a workhorse who not only raps, but does all the production himself. His southern meets jazz style really appeals to me and there are a lot of great hooks on here as well. I also liked the simple concept which essentially runs through a day in his life and the whole tape is very cohesive. 4eva N A Day is a solid collection of laid-back, southern hip-hop.

Standout Tracks
1.Boobie Miles
2.4eva N A Day Theme
3.Insomnia

BloodoftheKings
12-26-2012, 12:50 PM
Pretty good hip hop choices so far. Skelethon is in my top 10. I can see why the abstract lyricism could keep someone from really enjoying his music but I really dig his lyrics even when I have no clue what he's talking about, and the production on that album is fantastic.

mastodon421
12-27-2012, 04:54 AM
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37.Cattle Decapitation-Monolith of Inhumanity
Cattle Decapitation is back and they are savage as ever. This is probably their best work from a musical standpoint. They are still able to produce deathgrind ragers with the best of them, but there is an enhanced focus on melody and experimentation. I would've liked this record a lot more if it wasn't for Travis Ryan's "clean" vocals. They are way too over-the top and really grated on me. Though I could've have done without Ryan's clean vocals, Monolith of Inhumanity is still their best effort behind 2009's The Harvest Floor.

Standout Tracks
1.The Carbon Stampede
2.Kingdom of Tyrants
3.Projectile Ovulation

hellawaits77ny
12-27-2012, 05:03 AM
Clean vocals? WTF??!!

mastodon421
12-27-2012, 06:08 AM
Clean vocals? WTF??!!

They're not your typical clean vocals lol, but they are sung. An example would be around the 1:45 mark of this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXKLv6XToeA

mastodon421
12-27-2012, 07:36 AM
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36.Code Orange Kids-Love is Love// Return to Dust
Most hardcore I've listened to in the past year was decent, but nothing special. I was in desperate need to find some fresh-sounding hardcore and Pittsburgh's Code Orange Kids delivered. Their incorporation of sludge, post-hardcore, and even some ambient have makes them one of the most refreshing hardcore acts to come along in sometime. They have three vocalists and they make us of them beautifully. All three have a distinct yet similar hard-hitting vocal style that suits the intensity of the music.I can see why Jake Bannon signed them to Deathwish, I can see a lot of Converge in these young guys and girl. A lot of great sludgey riffs mixed with punk energy,soothing interludes, and a flair for drastic tempo changes make Code Orange Kids a new torchbearer for modern hardcore.

Standout Tracks
1.Nothing (The Rat)
2.Choices (Love is Love)
3.Sleep (I've Been Slipping)

hellawaits77ny
12-27-2012, 08:04 AM
They're not your typical clean vocals lol, but they are sung. An example would be around the 1:45 mark of this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXKLv6XToeA

Meh, still don't dig it. Thanks for the link, though.

mastodon421
12-27-2012, 10:46 AM
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35.El-P-Cancer 4 Cure
I slept on this album for a while, but thanks to Ryan (BloodoftheKings) and NecroRob's recommendation I checked it out. This is some great underground hip-hop. El-P has got a crisp flow and his lyrics have a nice edge to them. El-P also does most of the production himself and his synth/bass heavy style is amazing. An added bonus is the nice guest spots from the likes of Killer Mike and Danny Brown, who both kill their respective verses. Great record and this won't be the last record that El-P contributed to that appears on my list.

Standout Tracks
1.Tougher Colder Killer (ft. Killer Mike and Despot)
2.Oh Hail No (ft.Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire and Danny Brown)
3.The Full Retard

BloodoftheKings
12-27-2012, 11:58 AM
Just went back to Cancer 4 Cure the other day. Great stuff.

mastodon421
12-28-2012, 05:38 AM
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34.Parkway Drive-Atlas
Australian metalcore act Parkway Drive is one of the more consistent acts in the genre. You know pretty much exactly what your getting with them, but their music doesn't really get old. That being said, the quality of Atlas still surprised me. The breakdowns are used far more sparingly and effectively than they were on their previous record Deep Blue and there is an enhanced focus on melody and even some experimentation. I mean when did you expect to hear strings, piano, and female clean vocals to be featured on a Parkway Drive record? The cool thing is that amidst trying new things, Parkway Drive never forgets who they are. Winston McCall is still delivering intense, hardcore-inspired vocals, Luke Kilpatrick is still writing killer melodic riffs, and the breakdowns still hit hard. This is Parkway Drive's best since Horizons and is able to achieve just the right balance between experimenting with new elements and keeping the elements that made them enjoyable in the first place.

Standout Tracks
1.The River
2.Wild Eyes
3.Dream Run

smearCampaign
12-28-2012, 05:43 AM
Parkway Drive ahead of Cattle Decap?
You went full retard son.

mastodon421
12-28-2012, 10:08 AM
Parkway Drive ahead of Cattle Decap?
You went full retard son.
Thanks:finger: Like I said in Cattle Decap write-up, This album would've been a lot higher it wasn't for Travis Ryan's "clean vocals". They grated on me big time and it took away from the high quality of the music and Ryan's amazing screaming vocals to a pretty decent extent. Moving on with the countdown....
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33.Gaza-No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Gaza pulls no punches as usual on No Absolutes in Human Suffering. Their sludgey yet spastic and relentlessly heavy brand of hardcore is just as punishing and satisfying as ever. It's a little bit repetitive at times, but that's more than made up with the energy and intensity that Gaza has in droves. Not quite as good as He is Never Coming Back, but another savage and worthy effort from the finest export in the history of Utah.

Standout Tracks
1.The Vipers
2.Mostly Hair and Bones Now
3.Skull Trophy

mastodon421
12-29-2012, 05:55 AM
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32.Testament-Dark Roots of Earth
A bit more melodic than usual for Testament, but it's still great old-school thrash. It's got all the Testament staples: Nice riffs, amazing solos, thunderous drums, and Chuck Billy's soaring, gritty vocals. It's definitely a tad bit overrated and It didn't pack quite as much as punch as their comeback Formation of Damnation, but Dark Roots of Earth is still a damn fine record that will more than please thrash fans.

Standout Tracks
1.Man Kills Mankind
2.Rise Up
3.Dark Roots of Earth

mastodon421
12-29-2012, 08:29 PM
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31.Goatwhore-Blood for the Master
Goatwhore deliver another blast of thrash, death, and black metal that is a lot of extreme metal fun. Sammy Duet offers up a lot of distorted riffs and Ben Falgoust demonic bark is still as evil as ever. Goatwhore doesn't change up too much from album to album, but they are consistent band that knows what their audience wants and they deliver on the record.

Standout Tracks
1.Embodiment of This Bitter Chaos
2.In Deathless Tradition
3.An End to Nothing

mastodon421
12-30-2012, 08:08 AM
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30.Hour of Penance-Sedition
My main thought while listening to Sedition was why I haven't to Hour of Penance sooner? This is some really badass brutal/technical death metal. They combine the two sides brilliantly and effortlessly and it makes for extreme metal bliss. They remind me a lot of Behemoth and Fleshgod Apocalypse (which makes complete sense considering how many members of Fleshgod were once in Hour of Penance). "Ascension" is one of the best songs I've heard all year. The groove-esque riff in the middle is guaranteed to start crazy pits in the live setting. Sedition is great stuff and I will be delving more into Hour of Penance's discography soon.

Standout Tracks
1.Ascension
2.The Cannibal Gods
3.Decimate the Ancestry of the Only God

mastodon421
12-30-2012, 01:13 PM
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29.Gojira-L'Enfant Sauvage
This album really should be higher, but Gojira has been leaving a bad taste in my mouth after my whole debacle of failing to see them when I had tickets to in August (Not going to bitch about it any further and I'm fully aware it sounds stupid, but it's the truth.) While not quite up to par with their previous two masterpieces From Mars to Sirius and The Way of All Flesh, L'Enfant Sauvage is another quality album from Gojira. It's still plenty heavy and atmospheric with plenty of headbang-worthy riffs. Hopefully I get to see Gojira in 2013 so I can fully enjoy their music again.

Standout Tracks
1.The Gift of Guilt
2.Liquid Fire
3.Mouth of Kala

mastodon421
12-30-2012, 04:41 PM
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28.Job For a Cowboy-Demonocracy
I'm sure this pick will be very popular here;) With Demonocracy,Job For a Cowboy continues their trend of blowing the doors off their previous release. The songwriting has never been better and with the additions of guitarist Tony Sannicandro and bassist Nick Schendzielos, the band has never sounded tighter. Any doubt that this band is still deathcore have been completely shattered with this LP. This is straight-up technical death metal and it kicks a whole lot of ass. If there was any record that was going to sway elitists opinion on Job For a Cowboy, It would be this. Great record and I'm really excited to see what they come out with next.

Standout Tracks
1.The Manipulation Stream
2.Tongueless and Bound
3.Nourishment Through Bloodshed

mastodon421
12-31-2012, 06:33 AM
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27.Black Breath-Sentenced to Life
SeattleThrash/Crust Punk/Death/Whatever the fuck you want to call it act Black Breath just cannot be stopped. It's pretty similar to their older stuff, just bigger, badder, and better than before. This record is chock full of amazing thrash riffs, whirlwind energy, great hardcore vocals, and of course, the occasional well-placed guitar solo (The solo on "Obey":drool:). Definitely one of the more exciting and best underground metal bands at the moment.

Standout Tracks
1.Home of the Grave
2.Obey
3.Of Flesh

hellawaits77ny
12-31-2012, 07:04 AM
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28.Job For a Cowboy-Demonocracy
I'm sure this pick will be very popular here;) With Demonocracy,Job For a Cowboy continues their trend of blowing the doors off their previous release. The songwriting has never been better and with the additions of guitarist Tony Sannicandro and bassist Nick Schendzielos, the band has never sounded tighter. Any doubt that this band is still deathcore have been completely shattered with this LP. This is straight-up technical death metal and it kicks a whole lot of ass. If there was any record that was going to sway elitists opinion on Job For a Cowboy, It would be this. Great record and I'm really excited to see what they come out with next.

Standout Tracks
1.The Manipulation Stream
2.Tongueless and Bound
3.Nourishment Through Bloodshed

Interested pick this high. I'm a JFAC fan, and I really couldn't get into this album other than tracks 1,2, and 9. Not a bad album, but it doesn't come anywhere close to Ruination in listenability IMO. Definately a more technical album, but it just didn't sound great to me.

Definately enjoying this thread, though.

mastodon421
12-31-2012, 07:42 AM
Interested pick this high. I'm a JFAC fan, and I really couldn't get into this album other than tracks 1,2, and 9. Not a bad album, but it doesn't come anywhere close to Ruination in listenability IMO. Definately a more technical album, but it just didn't sound great to me.

Definately enjoying this thread, though.

Thanks man! Glad your digging the thread. I just really like the direction JFAC is headed in and they have never sounded better imo.

mastodon421
12-31-2012, 08:28 AM
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26.3 Inches of Blood-Long Live Heavy Metal
After a slight departure in sound for the worst on their last record Here Waits Thy Doom, 3 Inches of Blood is back to what they do best on Long Live Heavy Metal. The thrash edge that was missing on Here Waits Thy Doom is back in full force on this record and I couldn't be happier about it. Here Waits Thy Doom wasn't as dynamic from a musical standpoint and I think they realized that and corrected it on this record. Cam Pipes's vocals have admittedly declined a bit, but the catchy vintage riffs and much improved screaming from Justin Hagberg more than make up for it. These guys are hellbent on keeping traditional, old-school metal alive and they have definitely succeeded. Their love of metal is immense and infectious and Long Live Heavy Metal spends almost an hour hammering that point home.

Standout Tracks
1.Leave It on the Ice
2.Die for Gold (Upon the Boiling Sea IV)
3.My Sword Will Not Sleep

XDoomsayerX
12-31-2012, 12:20 PM
Need to re check out Parkway Drive, hated it the first listen. JFAC? really??? gross

mastodon421
12-31-2012, 01:08 PM
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25.Whitechapel-Whitechapel
This is one of the more pleasantly surprising records I've heard this year. I've liked Whitechapel for a while now, but they had never really impressed me until this record. The songwriting is monumentally improved from their older stuff. There is actually some cool riffs and solos on this record! They even experiment with some new stuff like Middle Eastern-scales, piano, and yes even nu-metal, but it all works extremely well and adds a lot of depth to their sound. The music is finally strong enough to match Phil Bozeman's vocals, which were previously my biggest attraction to this band and they continue to be very impressive and have only gotten better by the album. I applaud them for going outside the box a little on this record and it's easily their best record to date because of it.

Standout Tracks
1.Make it Bleed
2.Dead Silence
3.(Cult)uralist

mastodon421
12-31-2012, 03:36 PM
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24.Overkill-The Electric Age
Thrash icons Overkill still have it after all these years. Despite not being my favorite thrash band ever, since the dawn of the new millennium they have been the most consistent old-school thrash band. The Electric Age continues Overkill's trend of kicking ass well into their third decade. While not quite reaching the heights of their amazing last effort Ironbound, The Electric Age has a very similar feel and an almost equal end-result. This album is full of speed, catchy riffs and hooks, and Blitz's trademark snarl. The laggy midsection of "Wish You Were Dead", "Black Daze", and "Save Yourself" bring down the incendiary opening duo of "Come and Get It" and "Electric Rattlesnake" and temporarily derail the momentum of the album. Thankfully the second half is thoroughly consistent and just as good, if not better than the first two tracks. It's no Ironbound, but The Electric Age still packs a wallop and is damn fine thrash.

Standout Tracks
1.All Over but the Shouting
2.Come and Get It
3.Good Night

hellawaits77ny
01-02-2013, 06:32 AM
You and I seem to aknowledge Whitechapel's change the same way, our opinions on it differ just slightly, though :D.

mastodon421
01-02-2013, 06:39 AM
You and I seem to aknowledge Whitechapel's change the same way, our opinions on it differ just slightly, though :D.

Indeed they do:lol:

mastodon421
01-02-2013, 06:55 AM
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23.The Sword-Apocryphon
The Sword brings back a little bit of the doom of their earlier records while maintaining the hard rock sensibilities of Warp Riders on their newest releaseApocryphon. While not quite as good as Warp Riders, Apocryphon still has it's fair share of quality stoner riffs and catchy hooks. The return of some of the raw heaviness from their first two records was much appreciated as well and it gives these tracks a bit more of a crunch than those found on Warp Riders. Apocryphon won't win The Sword any new fans and it doesn't have nearly, but this gets the job done if you were a fan of them previously.

Standout Tracks
1.Cloak of Feathers
2.Dying Earth
3.Apocryphon

mastodon421
01-02-2013, 07:27 AM
(I figured I'd spare everyone a picture of a dick, so I'm not posting the album cover)
22.Death Grips-No Love Deep Web
The lesser of the two Death Grips records released this year, but it's still a noteworthy release. What i dug most about this record was the mixture of the raw sound of Exmillitary with the more polished production of The Money Store. The beats are more subtle (but still great) which makes MC Ride's rapping more audible, which is cool after he was kind of pushed into the background on The Money Store. The beats aren't always subtle though, There are still plenty of bangers like "No Love" and "Come Up and Get Me" where the beats are bassy and in-your face and MC Ride is screaming his fucking lungs out. There is a bit of a drag in the middle of the record, but with how good the first/last 3 songs and "Whammy" are, I can forgive the 3 or 4 track slow period in the middle of the record. No Love Deep Web is the type of fresh, no holds-barred experimental hip-hop that I've come to expect Death Grips to deliver.

Standout Tracks
1.No Love
2.Lil Boy
3.Come Up and Get Me

mastodon421
01-03-2013, 01:39 PM
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21.The Contortionist-Intrinsic
The Contortionist second full-length seems them embracing more progressive elements while retaining their death metal/core edge. Album opener "Holomovement" is probably the biggest risk they take with mostly clean vocals (which are much better than they were on Exoplanet[/I) melodic guitars and subtle, atmospheric keyboard. Amidst all the experimentation with vocoders, synth, and jazz fusion and post-rock melodies, The Contortionist never forgets who they are. The balance of catchy melodic riffs and well-timed breakdowns that made [I]Exoplanet special are used equally well on Intrinsic. The Contortionist have matured on Intrinsic becoming more progressive and experimental without sacrificing anything any of the best parts of their older material

Standout Tracks
1.Causality
2.Geocentric Confusion
3.Holomovement

mastodon421
01-04-2013, 08:25 AM
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20.Brother Ali-Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
Brother Ali has been making consistent, thought-provoking hip-hop for over a decade now and Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is no exception. Ali puts his heart and soul into everything he raps about and I really respect his intelligence and the way he conveys his social and political thoughts. The production is upbeat and jazzy for the most part with a few curveballs like the bass-heavy banger "Mourning in America" and the distorted-guitar driven "Gather Round". Brother Ali is one of the most unappreciated artists in the whole realm of hip-hop and I urge any hip-hop fans to check this record out if they haven't heard it yet.

Standout Tracks
1.Mourning in America
2.Only Life I Know
3.Gather Round

mastodon421
01-04-2013, 08:46 AM
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19.Deftones-Koi No Yokan
After making a triumphant comeback with their crushing 2010 effort Diamond Eyes, Deftones come back with a more mellow effort. This record to me at least is what Saturday Night Wrist was supposed to be: A calm, but still crushing record. Chino lets his indie/dream pop influences run wild on this record and it's really cool. Chino's vocals are amazing as always and make a lot of these songs really beautiful and powerful (especially "Tempest" and "Rosemary".) Of course this being the Deftones, there are still some heavy tracks. Being the metalhead whore that I am, these were my favorite tracks on the album for the most part. Tracks like "Poltergeist", "Leathers", and "Goon Squad" are just straight chaos with Stephen Carpenter banging out his distinctive riffs and Chino screaming his lungs out with his trademark shriek. Don't get me wrong the slow parts are great, but the heavy stuff just grabbed me and left more of a lasting impression on me. It took a little bit to grow on me, but Koi No Yokan is another excellent release from Deftones that effortlessly combines beauty and intensity.

Standout Tracks
1.Poltergeist
2.Leathers
3.Goon Squad

mastodon421
01-05-2013, 06:30 AM
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18.The HAARP Machine-Disclosure
England's The HAARP Machine have been hyped ever since they signed with Sumerian last year and after hearing their long-delayed debut full-length Disclosure, I can absolutely see why. This is some fantastic progressive metal with occasional bursts of technical death metal (They are frequently mislabeled as djent, which is complete bullshit. There is about 2-3 chug riffs on the whole record.) The two biggest reasons this band is special is the tandem of vocalist Michael Semsky and guitarist Abdullah Al'Mumin. Semsky is a dual threat vocalist with very powerful clean vocals rooted in progressive rock and screams that are filled with extreme metal intensity. Al'Mumin is a very diverse and skilled player that blends his Middle-Eastern background (In addition to guitar, he also plays sitar) with traditional metal and progressive rock influences. Disclosure is interesting record full of different influences converging beautifully to make the finest metal debut of the year.

Standout Tracks
1.Machine Over
2.Lower the Populace
3.Pleiadian Keys

mastodon421
01-05-2013, 07:21 AM
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17.Veil of Maya-Eclipse
Veil of Maya is near the top of the heap when it comes to deathcore acts and Eclipse is their best work to date. Eclipse is the next logical progression from their last record (id). Eclipse offers up similar pleasures as (id) with plenty of killer progressive and technical riffing, well-utilized breakdowns, and catchy synths, they're just stepped up big time. Brandon Butler has never sounded sharper on vocals and Marc Okuabo's guitarwork has never been more intricate or catchy. Really the only problem with this record is that it's too damn short at a very brief 28 minutes. If they continue to progress, the future is looking very bright for Veil of Maya.

Standout Tracks
1.The Glass Slide
2.Divide Paths
3.Vicious Circles

slapguitarer
01-05-2013, 08:25 AM
Too...much...progcore

mastodon421
01-05-2013, 09:09 AM
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16.Killer Mike-R.A.P. Music
Before this record, my only exposure to Killer Mike was his frequent collaborations with Outkast. Although I always dug his work on the tracks he did with Outkast, I never looked up his solo stuff. R.A.P Music made me instantly regret not looking up his shit sooner. R.A.P Music is a near-perfect balance of aggressive, hardcore hip hop and politically-driven, conscious, southern hip-hop. No matter what style is being tackled, Mike is on his game with intelligent lyrics and an impeccable flow. What drives the record home though is the production from El-P. His beats are synth-heavy yet still very southern-sounding, sticking to Mike's heavy southern influences. Killer Mike made a hell of an impression on the hip-hop world with this varied and memorable release.

Standout Tracks
1.Go!
2.Untitled ft. Scar
3.Ghetto Gospel

MetalIsArt
01-05-2013, 09:15 AM
I like The Haarp...

:allan:

Natrlhi
01-05-2013, 12:31 PM
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27.Black Breath-Sentenced to Life
SeattleThrash/Crust Punk/Death/Whatever the fuck you want to call it act Black Breath just cannot be stopped. It's pretty similar to their older stuff, just bigger, badder, and better than before. This record is chock full of amazing thrash riffs, whirlwind energy, great hardcore vocals, and of course, the occasional well-placed guitar solo (The solo on "Obey":drool:). Definitely one of the more exciting and best underground metal bands at the moment.

Standout Tracks
1.Home of the Grave
2.Obey
3.Of FleshYou and I don't always see eye to eye on things, but at least we agree on this. Excellent band and album.

Oh, and I somewhat prefer Apocryphon to Warp Riders - at least at the moment. It has grown on me in the last couple of weeks.

EDIT: One more thing...that Gaza is one helluva heavy album. Me likey.

daimonos
01-05-2013, 01:28 PM
If I ever had to subject myself to over 75 new releases in one year I would probably put a bullet in my head.

BloodoftheKings
01-05-2013, 01:36 PM
If I ever had to subject myself to over 75 new releases in one year I would probably put a bullet in my head.

I don't get why some people feel this way. Listening to an album only takes about 45 minutes of your time on average, plus you can do other things while listening. And how do you find new bands you like without trying them out?

daimonos
01-05-2013, 01:45 PM
I don't get why some people feel this way. Listening to an album only takes about 45 minutes of your time on average, plus you can do other things while listening. And how do you find new bands you like without trying them out?

Eh, I don't get the point of "listening" to new music just for the sake of listening to new music and put it on a gigantic list at the end of the year.

daimonos
01-05-2013, 01:55 PM
I don't know if I just maybe have a slow brain or something, but I couldn't ever picture any human actually being able to listen to that much music and digest it all fully.

mankvill
01-05-2013, 01:59 PM
I like listening to new music and I love hearing new bands, but I don't think I'm gonna go through and put every single album I heard in a year in a list by ranking. That's too much for me. :lol:

daimonos
01-05-2013, 02:00 PM
I like listening to new music and I love hearing new bands, but I don't think I'm gonna go through and put every single album I heard in a year in a list by ranking. That's too much for me. :lol:

^

slapguitarer
01-05-2013, 02:15 PM
How many review I write corresponds with how many records I listened to in that year. Like in 2011 I listened to like 90 albums, so I wrote up review for like 50, because I felt strongly about 50 of the records I heard, and the first few were half-assed. This past year (2012), I only listened to about 55, so I only wrote reviews for 25 albums and 5 eps, because I only felt strong about 25 albums. But if I listened to twice that, I might have felt strong about more records. All has to do with how much time I got on my hands.

BloodoftheKings
01-05-2013, 02:20 PM
Eh, I don't get the point of "listening" to new music just for the sake of listening to new music and put it on a gigantic list at the end of the year.

Listing is fun for a lot of people, and the real reason behind listening to new releases is to find new stuff you like.

XDoomsayerX
01-05-2013, 05:38 PM
Too much time needed to do these write ups but listening to tons of music is always great.

mastodon421
01-05-2013, 08:47 PM
I want to be a writer so doing these write-ups isn't a chore to me at all, but I can completely understand why some people don't like it. I have an odd fascination with making lists, ranking stuff, etc so I love doing shit like this. I'm going to sleep now, but I will resume the countdown when I wake up. Thanks to anyone who has checked this out thread so far, I really appreciate it:horns:

daimonos
01-05-2013, 09:01 PM
I want to be a writer so doing these write-ups isn't a chore to me at all, but I can completely understand why some people don't like it. I have an odd fascination with making lists, ranking stuff, etc so I love doing shit like this. I'm going to sleep now, but I will resume the countdown when I wake up. Thanks to anyone who has checked this out thread so far, I really appreciate it:horns:

It's not that I don't like it, I just think you're crazy. ;)

WOLVERINEKILLS
01-05-2013, 10:07 PM
Good stuff keep it up!!!

MetalIsArt
01-06-2013, 05:55 AM
This dude makes some good choices yo. :eek:

mastodon421
01-06-2013, 08:57 AM
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15.Nas-Life is Good
Nas just inched out Killer Mike for the number 15 spot. Life is Good is Nas's best record since Stillmatic. Nas gets back to doing what he does best: Telling stories and it's great. It takes a bit of a different direction since Nas is talking more about his daughters and failed marriage with Kelis and less about the streets and his rough upbringing. The album is mostly laid-back with a lot of low-key beats and soulful guest spots from Mary J.Blidge, Anthony Hamilton, and the late Amy Winehouse. These tracks are full of the lyrical bite and confidence that Nas has been exhibited throughout his career, just with different lyrical themes. There is still a few tracks like "The Don" and "Back When" where Nas brings in his hardcore tendencies and it provides a nice contrast to the rest of the records and shows Nas can still spit intense rhymes with the best of them. It's a bit of a change for Nas, but I like the sharp, emotionally charged storyelling hip-hop he explores on this record and I believe it accurately depicts what is going on his life at the moment.

Standout Tracks
1.Stay
2.A Queen's Story
3.The Don

jhdeity
01-06-2013, 02:35 PM
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27.Black Breath-Sentenced to Life
SeattleThrash/Crust Punk/Death/Whatever the fuck you want to call it act Black Breath just cannot be stopped. It's pretty similar to their older stuff, just bigger, badder, and better than before. This record is chock full of amazing thrash riffs, whirlwind energy, great hardcore vocals, and of course, the occasional well-placed guitar solo (The solo on "Obey":drool:). Definitely one of the more exciting and best underground metal bands at the moment.

Standout Tracks
1.Home of the Grave
2.Obey
3.Of Flesh

Funny story about this cd. I made a cd with Converge on it because of all the hype. I had a bunch of space left on the cd and threw Black Breath on just to check it out. Needless to say I liked Black Breath so much it made my Top 10 and Converge while I like it, just didn't grab me the same way.

Natrlhi
01-06-2013, 03:48 PM
I have an odd fascination with making lists, ranking stuff, etc so I love doing shit like this.It's called OCD. Welcome to the club. :lol:

mastodon421
01-06-2013, 04:10 PM
It's called OCD. Welcome to the club. :lol:

:lol: I'd say making list is about the only OCD tendency I have.

mastodon421
01-06-2013, 07:33 PM
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14.God Forbid-Equilibrium
God Forbid is one of the most underrated bands in all of metal in my opinion. They have quietly making great records for about 15 years now and their latest Equilibrium is no exception. This record is their most melodic to date with guitarists Doc Coyle and Matt Wicklund trading off excellent melodic riffs and solos throughout the record. The hooks on this album are also excellent with Coyle doing clean vocals taking over for his brother Dallas, who left the band shortly after they released their last record Earthsblood in 2009. The increased melody on their last two records to compliment the thrash-tinged metalcore side of their sound are what make them their best. Equillibrium is excellent metalcore with no shortage of great riffs, solos, and hooks.

Standout Tracks
1.Equilibrium
2.Move On
3.This is Who I Am

mastodon421
01-07-2013, 04:43 AM
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13.Converge-All We Love We Leave Behind
This record seems to be getting way more love than Converge normally gets and gained them a lot of new fans. I mean this with all do respect, but where have you people been for the last decade or so? All We Love We Leave Behind is the latest in a series of knockout punches for Converge. This record spends equal time between moody post-hardcore ("Coral Blue", "Aimless Arrow", the title track), the chaotic mathcore that they have pioneered ("Trespasses", "Tender Abuse", "Vicious Muse" and a combination of the two ("Sadness Comes Home", "Empty on the Inside", "Predatory Glow".) This record is a little bit more accessible and melodic than Converge typically is, but it's still a jarring whirlwind of a record that only Converge create.

Standout Tracks
1.Sadness Comes Home
2.Trespasses
3.Vicious Muse

mastodon421
01-07-2013, 05:33 AM
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12.Dying Fetus-Reign Supreme
Dying Fetus has been crushing skulls for a long time, but I think Reign Supreme might be their most brutal and just plain best aural assault to date. Reign Supreme sees Dying Fetus taking the more straightforward, groove-based sound of their early records and brilliantly combining with the more tech-death based sound of their last couple records. This record has all the Dying Fetus staples: crushing riffs, blast beats, and the pig squeals of John Gallagher and the high-pitched growls of Sean Beasley. All of these elements are amped up and hit even harder than usual. Reign Supreme very well could be Dying Fetus's crowning achievement thus far.

Standout Tracks
1.In the Trenches
2.Invert the Idols
3.Revisionist Past

mastodon421
01-07-2013, 10:31 AM
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11.Coheed and Cambria-The Afterman: Ascension
Old Coheed and Cambria is back! After two pretty good, but not great releases, Coheed and Cambria has returned to form with a kick-ass progressive rock record full of excellent riffs, hooks, atmosphere, and songwriting. No World for Tommorow and Year of the Black Rainbow had some standout songs, but they also had a lot of filler that took away from the record. The Afterman: Ascension is consistently great (save for the mediocre closing track "Subtraction") and sees Coheed creating their best music since 2005's From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Having original drummer Josh Eppard back in the lineup for the first time since 2006 seems to have revitalized the band. Chris Pennie was definitely a better drummer from a technical standpoint, but Eppard's style fits Coheed's sound better and his presence has brought the band back to their glory days. The Afterman: Ascension is a glorious turnaround album for Coheed and Cambria and I'm extremely excited for the second half of the record, The Afterman: Descension, to come out in February.

Standout Tracks
1.Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
2.Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
3.Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked

XDoomsayerX
01-07-2013, 11:29 AM
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13.Converge-All We Love We Leave Behind
This record seems to be getting way more love than Converge normally gets and gained them a lot of new fans. I mean this with all do respect, but where have you people been for the last decade or so? All We Love We Leave Behind is the latest in a series of knockout punches for Converge. This record spends equal time between moody post-hardcore ("Coral Blue", "Aimless Arrow", the title track), the chaotic mathcore that they have pioneered ("Trespasses", "Tender Abuse", "Vicious Muse" and a combination of the two ("Sadness Comes Home", "Empty on the Inside", "Predatory Glow".) This record is a little bit more accessible and melodic than Converge typically is, but it's still a jarring whirlwind of a record that only Converge create.

Standout Tracks
1.Sadness Comes Home
2.Trespasses
3.Vicious Muse

Those 2 things definitely go hand in hand. On the plus side, this album has got me checking out their older material.

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11.Coheed and Cambria-The Afterman: Ascension
Old Coheed and Cambria is back! After two pretty good, but not great releases, Coheed and Cambria has returned to form with a kick-ass progressive rock record full of excellent riffs, hooks, atmosphere, and songwriting. No World for Tommorow and Year of the Black Rainbow had some standout songs, but they also had a lot of filler that took away from the record. The Afterman: Ascension is consistently great (save for the mediocre closing track "Subtraction") and sees Coheed creating their best music since 2005's From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Having original drummer Josh Eppard back in the lineup for the first time since 2006 seems to have revitalized the band. Chris Pennie was definitely a better drummer from a technical standpoint, but Eppard's style fits Coheed's sound better and his presence has brought the band back to their glory days. The Afterman: Ascension is a glorious turnaround album for Coheed and Cambria and I'm extremely excited for the second half of the record, The Afterman: Descension, to come out in February.

Standout Tracks
1.Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
2.Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
3.Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked

Damn, it's really this good? I love Coheed but last three albums don't even touch their world prior to that. Def have to check this out.

Also God Forbid is pretty high so I will check them out again even though they never really impressed me. To me, Darkest Hour is the most underrated metalcore band. Pumped to see your top 10, keep it up!

mastodon421
01-07-2013, 01:22 PM
Damn, it's really this good? I love Coheed but last three albums don't even touch their world prior to that. Def have to check this out.

Also God Forbid is pretty high so I will check them out again even though they never really impressed me. To me, Darkest Hour is the most underrated metalcore band. Pumped to see your top 10, keep it up!

The new Coheed isn't quite as good In Keeping Secrets or From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, but it's still really good and absolutely worth checking out.

Darkest Hour is actually the 2nd most underrated metalcore band imo. They remind me a lot of God Forbid because they've been in the game for so long and they don't get a whole lot of credit, which is really unfortunate. Thanks for the kind words and I should be starting the top 10 tomorrow!

mankvill
01-07-2013, 01:24 PM
I heard a new Coheed track on the radio and it really was awesome. I should check it out.

mastodon421
01-08-2013, 06:47 AM
Before I start my top 10, Here are my picks for the top 10 (I cheated a little bit with two ties, but there were just way too amazing shows I saw within the year) performances of 2012.

10 (tie).Coheed and Cambria (9/28)/Skeletonwitch (9/20)
First time seeing Coheed in six years and they blew the doors off the first time i saw them. They have an immense new-found energy and Claudio sounds even better now vocally. The setlist balanced the new and old material perfectly and the sound mix was one of the best out of the shows I've been to at The Palladium. Can't wait to see them again in March with Between The Buried and Me and Russian Circles:party:

The Skeletonwitch show marked my fifth time seeing them (second in 2012), but it was first time seeing them headline and it was amazing. The venue was a tiny hipster bar in Allston with surprisingly good sound and the Witch just tore it up for a little over an hour. Pretty much everything I wanted to hear they played and it was really just an awesome and intimate experience. It was also cool to finally meet someone from the forum (energymetal.) He is a fucking awesome dude and I can't thank him enough for driving my sorry ass home after the show.

9.Protest the Hero (4/21)
This whole show was incredible with a stacked lineup and the fact that it was on my birthday. One of the highlights of my 20th birthday at NEMHF was finally getting to see Protest the Hero and they did not disappoint in the slightest. Rody Walker sounded absolutely outstanding on vocals and he was completely fucking hilarious. Watching Luke Hoskin play all the songs flawlessly on guitar from only a few feet was also incredible. Wish they didn't have to cut Blindfolds Aside, but besides that it was a damn near perfect performance.

8.The Black Dahlia Murder (4/20)
The Black Dahlia Murder closed out the first day of NEMHF with a bang. This was a tough day for me because I had attended my grandfather's funeral in the morning before the show and I was kind of out of it all day. Nile and All Shall Perish had started to get mind off of it, but Black Dahlia was finally able to get my mind off it and it was the first set of the day I was able to fully enjoy. Trevor Strnad is the fucking man and his energy and passion for his band is infectious. The set was heavy on Ritual material with some Black Dahlia staples thrown in for good measure. Black Dahlia is better each time I see them and will hopefully catch them sometime this year.

7.Unearth (4/21)
Unearth shows in Massachusetts are just insane. It was their first time playing NEMHF since 2007 and they were more than happy to be back. This was my first time being in the front during an Unearth show and it was incredible. Besides the intensity, it was hilarious to see rhythm guitarist Ken Susi's crowd interaction (I met him earlier in the day as well, super nice and funny dude.) Unearth is one of my favorite bands to see live. They always give 110% on stage and the crowd feeds off that energy exceptionally.

6.Machine Head (2/4)
Third time seeing Machine Head, but first time seeing them headline and it was well worth it. Robb Flynn and co. are one of the most live bands to see and they blew the roof off of The Palladium. Their almost two hour set was relentless and my neck almost fell off from headbanging so much. Flynn sounded great on vocals and the fact that he can sing/scream so well for so long at his age is incredibly impressive. I really hope they never stop playing "Halo" live, it's just too fucking perfect and is one of the most epic songs I've ever seen played live. Machine Head is built for mid-sized club venues like this and I hope I have the pleasure of seeing them in this setting again.

5.Lamb of God (1/25)
Seeing an incredibly popular act like Lamb of God in a pretty small venue is a dream come true. Lamb of God absolutely destroyed the Paradise, a 900-person venue in Boston. The whole show was just crazy. I lost an earplug during "Ghost Walking" and I wasn't even near the pit, the energy was that crazy. I'm honestly surprised no one got hurt because of the amount of poles around the venue. This was a once and a lifetime experience and I'm stoked Boston was one of the cities that was fortunate enough to get this brief, intimate club tour.

4.Rammstein (4/29)
I tried to go to the Madison Square Garden show a couple years back, but it sold out in under 10 minutes. I was stoked that I was actually getting a chance to see Rammstein, I honestly didn't think I would ever get to set them in my lifetime. As I expected, their show was crazy. All pyro will be anticlimactic after seeing their show. I really have never seen a greater stage show in my life. The shit these guys do with pyro is certifiably insane. Musically they were great too, but clearly the main attraction is their stage show. Excellent performance and their stage show is nothing short of a spectacle.

3.Between The Buried and Me (8/10)
BTBAM is always perfect and this was no exception. Their setlist was interesting for a tour like this and I did not expect them to play "Sun of Nothing" or "Fossil Genera" at Summer Slaughter. Hearing "Telos" live was incredible and it's already cemented it's place as one of my favorite songs in their catalog. "White Walls" gave me goosebumps as always and it was cool to hear them open with it after seeing them close with it the previous six times I saw them. Seeing BTBAM never gets old and they stole the show from an absolutely stacked Summer Slaughter lineup.

2.(tie) Slipknot/Slayer
Both co-headliners were equally impressive at Mayhem Fest this year in completely different ways. Slipknot was chaotic and their energy/showmanship is pretty much unmatched. Slayer isn't big on theatrics, but their music is so immense that it doesn't really matter. Their sets back-to-back made for two of the most enjoyable hours of live music I've ever seen. Their styles and live approach couldn't be anymore different and that's why these two sets were so special.

1.System of a Down
This was a day I never thought would come. When System of a Down announced their hiatus when I was in the 8th grade in 2006, I thought I had missed my chance to see them. When they announced their West Coast run in 2011, I figured it was possible yet improbable. When they announced they were coming to Massachusetts with Deftones as support, I thought I was dreaming. I honestly didn't even believe I was getting to see them after all these years until it actually happened. The whole show was like an out-of-body experience for me. Song after song, My jaw was on the floor at how good they were live. Serj and Daron sounded perfect and their stage presence was very strange, unique and entertaining. The set was excellent with them playing nine songs off of Toxicity, which is one of my all-time favorite records. The concert gods repaid me big time one year to the day of attending the worst concert I've ever been to at the same venue (blink-182) with one of the best shows I've ever been. System of a Down was nothing short of magical and I can happily check seeing them live off of my bucket list.

Based: Lil B (9/30)
Show was swag to the hundredth trillionth #thankyoubasedgod

Honorable Mentions: Dropkick Murphys (3/15), Periphery (4/21, 8/10), The Faceless (8/10), August Burns Red (2/29), Deftones (8/9), Sylosis (11/25), In Flames (11/25), Overkill (4/21), Suffocation (6/10), Dying Fetus (6/10), Revocation (6/10), Veil of Maya (8/10), Goatwhore (8/10), After the Burial (7/19), Every Time I Die (7/19), Anthrax (8/3), As I Lay Dying (8/3), The Story So Far (3/12)

Surprise of the year: Four Year Strong (7/19)
Most disappointing set: Job for a Cowboy (8/10)
Worst live band: Asking Alexandria (8/3)

Top 10 Bands I hope to finally see in 2013:
10.GWAR
9.The Sword
8.Terror
7.A Loss for Words
6.Fallujah
5.High on Fire
4.Converge
3.Queens of the Stone Age
2.Killswitch Engage (w/Jesse Leach)
1.Gojira

IrritatedTrout
01-08-2013, 07:39 AM
SOAD is amazing live, one of the best bands I saw this year too.

hellawaits77ny
01-08-2013, 09:30 AM
I liked the new God Forbid, too. And of course, loved the new Dying Fetus.

mastodon421
01-08-2013, 07:40 PM
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10.As I Lay Dying-Awakened
As I Lay Dying is one of the first and best metalcore acts. Their latest Awakened isn't radically different than their older records, but it never sounds stale or phoned in. Plan and Simple, As I Lay Dying is just great at what they do. There is thrash-influenced solos, melodic riffs and hooks galore, and of course their biggest asset, vocalist Tim Lambesis, who continues to be one of the best vocalists in all of metal in my opinion with his monstrous screams. As I Lay Dying has stuck to their guns and made another excellent and memorable record, Let's hope their consistency stays forever.

Standout Tracks
1.Wasted Words
2.Whispering Silence
3.Resilience

mankvill
01-08-2013, 08:05 PM
As I Lay Dying is one of the first and best metalcore acts.

:hecho:

XDoomsayerX
01-08-2013, 08:19 PM
Is Lil B really that good? From what I heard I cannot listen to him whatsover. :hecho:

slapguitarer
01-08-2013, 08:22 PM
:hecho:

:lol:

W0unds
01-09-2013, 04:38 AM
As I Lay Dying is one of the first and best metalcore acts. Their latest Awakened isn't radically different than their older records, but it never sounds stale or phoned in. Plan and Simple, As I Lay Dying is just great at what they do. There is thrash-influenced solos, melodic riffs and hooks galore, and of course their biggest asset, vocalist Tim Lambesis, who continues to be one of the best vocalists in all of metal in my opinion with his monstrous screams. As I Lay Dying has stuck to their guns and made another excellent and memorable record, Let's hope their consistency stays forever.


I agree with pretty much everything you said here. Tim is an absolutely killer vocalist, and his performance of "Wake Up" for the Mitch Lucker memorial show impressed me even more - it would be interesting to see his higher range in some future AILD songs.

mastodon421
01-09-2013, 09:03 AM
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9.Kendrick Lamar-good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar is the savior of mainstream hip-hop. His major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, is a layered, complex concept record about his upbringing in the rough streets of Compton and how was he able to overcome it and go onto to become a successful rapper. He is a master storyteller that expertly weaves 3-4 different stories with ease. His lyrics are full of honesty, no matter what the subject. It doesn't matter if it's stupid, brag-rap song like "Backseat Freestyle" set through the eyes of his teenage self or a magnum-opus like "Sing About Me/I'm Dying of Thirst" which is about a friend of his who was a gang member that shot and killed on the street, He approaches it with sincerity and intelligence. This is an ambitious, emotionally powerful, cohesive, and smart album that successfully bridges the gap between mainstream and underground hip-hop. It gets better upon each listen and if Kendrick Lamar keeps it up, he will be one of the most important and influential hip-hop artists of his generation.

Standout Tracks
1.Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
2.m.A.A.d city
3.The Art of Peer Pressure

mastodon421
01-09-2013, 03:26 PM
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8.Periphery-Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
The godfathers of the alleged "djent" genre are back and better than ever on their second record. There is less chug and groove riffs than their debut and more of a focus on their melodic elements. They balance the progressive, haunting tracks ("Luck as a Constant", "Scarlet", "Erised", "Mile Zero") and their heavier, more groove-based side ("Make Total Destroy", "Facepalm Mute", "Have a Blast") much better on this album and the songwriting is definitely improved. Spencer Sotelo busted his ass on vocals on this album. His cleans are even better than before and his screams are far superior to their past work. His performance on this album is nothing short of incredible. I also really dug the inclusion of guest guitarists performing solos. Jazz-fusion virtuso Guthurie Govan, Dream Theater's (and guitarist Jake Bowen's uncle) John Petrucci, and The Faceless's Wes Hauch all play diverse and exceptional solos that add depth to the respective songs they are featured on. Periphery has matured a lot from their first record. Everyone in the band stepped their game up big time on this record and it pays off with an incredibly satisfying and flat-out great record.

Standout Tracks
1.Have a Blast
2.Scarlet
3.Luck as a Constant

Ommie
01-09-2013, 06:08 PM
^Totally agree, definitely one of the best albums of 2012, and I hate djent. They improved so much from the first record. Can't wait to see the rest of the list!

XDoomsayerX
01-09-2013, 07:21 PM
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9.Kendrick Lamar-good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar is the savior of mainstream hip-hop. His major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, is a layered, complex concept record about his upbringing in the rough streets of Compton and how was he able to overcome it and go onto to become a successful rapper. He is a master storyteller that expertly weaves 3-4 different stories with ease. His lyrics are full of honesty, no matter what the subject. It doesn't matter if it's stupid, brag-rap song like "Backseat Freestyle" set through the eyes of his teenage self or a magnum-opus like "Sing About Me/I'm Dying of Thirst" which is about a friend of his who was a gang member that shot and killed on the street, He approaches it with sincerity and intelligence. This is an ambitious, emotionally powerful, cohesive, and smart album that successfully bridges the gap between mainstream and underground hip-hop. It gets better upon each listen and if Kendrick Lamar keeps it up, he will be one of the most important and influential hip-hop artists of his generation.

Standout Tracks
1.Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
2.m.A.A.d city
3.The Art of Peer Pressure

This cd is fucking ace.

mastodon421
01-11-2013, 04:55 AM
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7.Every Time I Die-Ex Lives
"I want to be dead with my friends" is the first lyric on the opening track of Every Time I Die's latest Ex Lives "Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space" and it perfectly sets the tone for how crushing this record is. From the opening notes of "Under Bimbos" to the closing notes of "Indian Giver", Every Time I Die grabs you by the throat and takes you on a ride that throws a lot of curveballs and is full of relentless intensity. Every Time I Die's mash of hardcore, metalcore, sludge, and southern rock adds even more to it's arsenal with some experimentation with bluegrass ("Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow") and low-key alternative rock ("Revial Mode"). Don't get me wrong, for the most part this is still the catchy, heavy, and chaotic Every Time I Die that has been decimating the metal community for the past decade or so, there is just a little of bit variation to their trademark attack on this record. In my opinion, Ex Lives is Every Time I Die's best work to date and I'm stoked to finally see these crazy bastards headline in March.

Standout Tracks
1.Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow
2.I Suck (Blood)
3.Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space

MetalIsArt
01-11-2013, 08:38 AM
Once again, thx a lot for making me discover so much great music.

:D:rocker:

mastodon421
01-11-2013, 08:50 AM
Once again, thx a lot for making me discover so much great music.

:D:rocker:
Thanks a lot man, I'm glad I exposed you to these records and you're digging them.

MetalIsArt
01-11-2013, 08:54 AM
Shows us again how diverse this great genre is.

mastodon421
01-11-2013, 01:22 PM
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6.High on Fire-De Vermis Mysteriis
Matt Pike and co. make another orgy of headbanging-worthy riffs. It doesn't matter if it's thrashy ("Serums of Liao", "Fertile Green", "Spiritual Rites") or slow and doomy ("Warhorn", "Madness of an Architect"), Pike has the perfect riff for the song. These guys don't fuck around, Just about every song rips and makes a lasting impression on the listener. High on Fire's sound is given even more power thanks to the flawless production from Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. If High on Fire needed to improve on something it would be the production and Ballous goes above and beyond in fixing that. High on Fire never disappoints and they have successfully crushed my fucking skull once again.

Standout Tracks
1.Fertile Green
2.Serums of Liao
3.Madness of an Architect

kalfitegrdan
01-12-2013, 01:38 AM
Been behind on all these threads, but just read through this and there's some great stuff in here, man. I'm actually really digging a lot of the hip-hop you're posting about. I may not always agree with your opinions, *cough*Whitechapel*cough*, but I enjoy your lists/reviews because they're so diverse. Keep it up, dude! :fist: Power to the list making OCD.

mastodon421
01-12-2013, 05:58 AM
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5.Sylosis-Monolith
Easily the most underrated record of 2012 by far in my book. Sylosis came out of nowhere to release a melodic death/thrash/progressive metal masterpiece. This has been a band I had heard about a couple of years ago, but slept on until they were announced to be opening for Lamb of God on their fall tour. Since I was going to the see them live, I figured I'd check them out and I'm so glad I did (Although I kind of hated myself for waiting so long to do so.) Their unique combination of styles make for some interesting tracks. You have everything here from vintage thrash riffs and fret-melting solos, melodic guitar work, and even the occasional, well-used clean vocal line and breakdown. Vocalist/lead guitarist Josh Middleton is one talented bastard who can shred as well as deliver incredible vocals that are very much rooted in old-school Gothenburg melodic death metal. This album is masterfully crafted all-around and if your looking for some good thrash/melodic death/progressive/(somewhat) metalcore than look no further than Sylosis.

Side Note: The cover art is without a doubt my favorite of 2012. It reminded me a lot of John Baizley's work and I was actually surprised that he didn't do it. Kudos to Dan Goldsworthy for creating a badass and beautiful album cover.

Standout Tracks
1.Out from Below
2.What Dwells Within
3.Fear the World

mastodon421
01-14-2013, 12:56 PM
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4.Lamb of God-Resolution
Lamb of God might not be the most innovative band around, but they are consistent as hell and Resolution is no exception. Of course, there is ample amounts of energy and excellent groove riffs that Lamb of God is known for. It's impressive that these guys still has this much relentless fury in their music after being active for so long. The mostly stick to their formula, but they stray from it every once in a while on tracks like the Crowbar-esque opener "Straight for the Sun" and the prominent string arrangements on "King Me". The most impressive aspect of this record was me the improved musicianship. Chris Adler's drumming has never been more intricate and Randy Blythe gives arguably his best vocal performance to date. It's not quite Ashes of the Wake, but Resolution is another excellent effort by metal's resident rednecks.

Standout Tracks
1.Desolation
2.King Me
3.The Number Six

slapguitarer
01-14-2013, 01:28 PM
._.

mastodon421
01-14-2013, 01:44 PM
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3.The Faceless-Autotheism
The Faceless return four long years after releasing modern metal masterpiece Planetary Duality with another fantastic and dynamic record in Autotheism. There was a lot of bitching about this record due to the change in sound seeing The Faceless go in a more progressive direction. I happened to really like their change in sound on this record. I've always liked Michael Keene's clean vocals and he does a good job with an expanded role. The progressive instrumentation has been one of the stronger aspects of the band since their inception. The progressive parts here are really well-done and maintain a sense of oddball unpredictability which I love (This is a big part of what makes 3-part album centerpiece "Autotheist Movement" so special.) Even with the more progressive sound in place, The Faceless never lose the tech-death side to their sound. New vocalist Gefforey Ficco is a more than worthy replacement for Derek Rydquist. His lows are better than Rydquist's and his highs are very black metal-esque and equally as good as Rydquist. Bottom line: It isn't quite as good as Planetary Duality, but this was well worth the four year wait and further cements The Faceless as one of the most important bands in modern extreme metal.

Standout Tracks
1.Autotheist Movement I-III
2.In Solitude
3.Accelerated Evolution

W0unds
01-14-2013, 02:16 PM
The Faceless return four long years after releasing modern metal masterpiece Planetary Duality with another fantastic and dynamic record in Autotheism. There was a lot of bitching about this record due to the change in sound seeing The Faceless go in a more progressive direction. I happened to really like their change in sound on this record. I've always liked Michael Keene's clean vocals and he does a good job with an expanded role. The progressive instrumentation has been one of the stronger aspects of the band since their inception. The progressive parts here are really well-done and maintain a sense of oddball unpredictability which I love (This is a big part of what makes 3-part album centerpiece "Autotheist Movement" so special.) Even with the more progressive sound in place, The Faceless never lose the tech-death side to their sound. New vocalist Gefforey Ficco is a more than worthy replacement for Derek Rydquist. His lows are better than Rydquist's and his highs are very black metal-esque and equally as good as Rydquist. Bottom line: It isn't quite as good as Planetary Duality, but this was well worth the four year wait and further cements The Faceless as one of the most important bands in modern extreme metal.


So glad to see this on someone else's year end list.

It didn't seem to get as much love here as other year end lists.

mastodon421
01-15-2013, 02:46 PM
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2.Death Grips-The Money Store
Death Grips gives hip-hop a swift kick in the ass with The Money Store. This is some of the most original, genre-bending, aggressive, and best hip-hop to come out in a long time. This record takes the chaos of Exmilitary controls it and makes it something special. I was often overwhelmed by the production on Exmillitary, that's not the case at all on here. The production achieves the perfect balance of noise and clarity. Besides the production sounding sharp, I can not emphasize enough how amazing the beats on this record. Each one has a different quirk to them and not one beat on here isn't memorable. In addition to the flawless production, They are able to create a plethora of fantastic hooks. This is particularly impressive considering how aggressive this record is that they still were able to work a ton of infectious hooks in as well ("The Fever" and "I've Seen Footage" are particularly catchy.) The Money Store is a near masterpiece that shook up the structure of modern hip-hop.

Standout Tracks
1.The Cage
2.The Fever (Aye Aye)
3.I've Seen Footage

larvtard
01-15-2013, 03:13 PM
Hey, what'd you think of the new Baroness?

slapguitarer
01-15-2013, 03:31 PM
Hey, what'd you think of the new Baroness?

:deadhorse

larvtard
01-15-2013, 05:37 PM
:deadhorse

SUCK MY DICK

i ain't flogging no dead horse

jhdeity
01-16-2013, 03:34 PM
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5.Sylosis-Monolith
Easily the most underrated record of 2012 by far in my book. Sylosis came out of nowhere to release a melodic death/thrash/progressive metal masterpiece. This has been a band I had heard about a couple of years ago, but slept on until they were announced to be opening for Lamb of God on their fall tour. Since I was going to the see them live, I figured I'd check them out and I'm so glad I did (Although I kind of hated myself for waiting so long to do so.) Their unique combination of styles make for some interesting tracks. You have everything here from vintage thrash riffs and fret-melting solos, melodic guitar work, and even the occasional, well-used clean vocal line and breakdown. Vocalist/lead guitarist Josh Middleton is one talented bastard who can shred as well as deliver incredible vocals that are very much rooted in old-school Gothenburg melodic death metal. This album is masterfully crafted all-around and if your looking for some good thrash/melodic death/progressive/(somewhat) metalcore than look no further than Sylosis.

Side Note: The cover art is without a doubt my favorite of 2012. It reminded me a lot of John Baizley's work and I was actually surprised that he didn't do it. Kudos to Dan Goldsworthy for creating a badass and beautiful album cover.

Standout Tracks
1.Out from Below
2.What Dwells Within
3.Fear the World

Great CD!

mastodon421
01-22-2013, 12:27 PM
I should probably post my number 1 since I know the suspense is killing all of you motherfuckers.;) I sincerely thank everyone checked out this thread.

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1.Between The Buried and Me-The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Since this my album of the year I figured I would post the full review I did for my blog in October. Here is the link for those interested: http://maitlandsmadness.blogspot.com/2012/10/album-review-between-buried-and-me.html

slapguitarer
01-22-2013, 12:41 PM
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mastodon421
01-22-2013, 01:19 PM
Shocker right;)

mastodon421
01-22-2013, 01:42 PM
And to finish up the thread, here are my top 50 songs of 2012 in no particular order:
3 Inches of Blood-Leave it on the Ice
Aesop Rock-Gopher Guts
As I Lay Dying-Wasted Words
Between The Buried and Me-Bloom
Between The Buried and Me-Lay Your Ghosts to Rest
Between The Buried and Me-Slight Flight Parliament
Between The Buried and Me-Telos
Big K.R.I.T-Boobie Miles
Brother Ali-Mourning in America
Cattle Decapitation-The Carbon Stampede
Coheed and Cambria-Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
Coheed and Cambria-Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
Converge-Sadness Comes Home
Death Grips-I've Seen Footage
Death Grips-No Love
Death Grips-The Cage
Death Grips-The Fever (Aye Aye)
Deftones-Leathers
Deftones-Poltergiest
Dying Fetus-In the Trenches
Dying Fetus-Invert the Idols
El-P-Tougher Colder Killer ft.Killer Mike & Despot
Every Time I Die-I Suck (Blood)
Every Time I Die-Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow
Every Time I Die-Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space
Frank Ocean-Pyramids
God Forbid-Equilibrium
High on Fire-Fertile Green
High on Fire-Serums of Liao
Hour of Penance-Ascension
Kendrick Lamar-m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar-Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
Kendrick Lamar-The Art of Peer Pressure
Killer Mike-Go!
Lamb of God-Desolation
Lamb of God-King Me
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-Can't Hold Us ft.Ray Dalton
Nas-Stay
Parkway Drive-The River
Periphery-Have a Blast
Periphery-Scarlet
Sylosis-Out from Below
Sylosis-What Dwells Within
The Contortionist-Causality
The Faceless-Autotheist Movement I-III
The Faceless-In Solitude
The HAARP Machine-Machine Over
Veil of Maya-The Glass Slide
Whitechapel-Make It Bleed

slapguitarer
01-22-2013, 02:33 PM
And to finish up the thread, here are my top 50 songs of 2012 in no particular order:
Death Grips-The Cage

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BloodoftheKings
01-22-2013, 03:05 PM
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I don't think it's the best on the album but it's a pretty great track.

slapguitarer
01-22-2013, 03:14 PM
It's not shit, but it's objectively worst track on the album. So many better choices.

BloodoftheKings
01-22-2013, 03:51 PM
It's not shit, but it's objectively worst track on the album. So many better choices.

Objectively the worst track is Bitch Please or Fuck That.

slapguitarer
01-22-2013, 04:32 PM
You must be smoking rocks. Bitch Please goes hard. Dat jamaican moment. But yeah Fuck That isn't great either.

mastodon421
01-23-2013, 12:38 PM
Objectively the worst track is Bitch Please or Fuck That.

Hands down the worst two tracks for me as well. I am partial to The Cage because it's the standout beat in an album full of standout beats.

kalfitegrdan
02-03-2013, 01:04 PM
Kendrick Lamar-m.A.A.d city
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-Can't Hold Us ft.Ray Dalton

I keep forgetting to say...thank you for these.

energymetal14
02-06-2013, 06:53 PM
Great list! There are A LOT of albums on here I loved, and plenty I enjoyed that I did not expect to. Your writing style is great, and I can really get a sense of the whole album from your descriptions. Hope to see you at some shows this year, probably at the very least NEMHF!

mastodon421
02-07-2013, 04:12 AM
Great list! There are A LOT of albums on here I loved, and plenty I enjoyed that I did not expect to. Your writing style is great, and I can really get a sense of the whole album from your descriptions. Hope to see you at some shows this year, probably at the very least NEMHF!
Thanks a lot man! I greatly appreciate it and yes I hope to see you at some shows this year as well. What day/days are you planning to go to NEMHF? As of right now, I'm only going Saturday.

I keep forgetting to say...thank you for these.
No problem, Glad you dug those songs!

energymetal14
02-07-2013, 07:31 AM
Thanks a lot man! I greatly appreciate it and yes I hope to see you at some shows this year as well. What day/days are you planning to go to NEMHF? As of right now, I'm only going Saturday.


Damn, that's the only day I may not go :lol:. But I still don't know, Friday is my only guaranteed day at this point.

mastodon421
02-07-2013, 07:37 AM
Well shit:lol: I'd like to go Friday, but I don't get out of class till 3:20 and by the time I got to Worcester it would be around 6:30 or 7 so it wouldn't be really worth it. Your not going to Meshuggah/Animals as Leaders/Intronaut next Sunday at the House of Blues by any chance are you? That's the only other show I'm going to atm besides Coheed/BTBAM, NEMHF and Every Time I Die in the next couple months

energymetal14
02-07-2013, 08:15 AM
No, im not going to any of those. I wouldnt mind seeing Meshuggah, but I can't make it to that one. Too many shows, not enough $. Words to live by for a music fan.

mastodon421
02-07-2013, 09:17 AM
No, im not going to any of those. I wouldnt mind seeing Meshuggah, but I can't make it to that one. Too many shows, not enough $. Words to live by for a music fan.

You got that right man. I wish I was going to the Deftones show at the House of Blues, but it sold out before I could get a ticket. I'm considering going to that Bad Religion show at the end of March as well, but besides that and the other shows I mentioned I'm not going to anything else until the summer.