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MPF
01-07-2013, 09:21 PM
Hey guys. is it already that time of year?

No it's not November 2013, yet, but as I promised myself in the 2012 thread. I'm not spending my last two months of the year, staying 18 hours a day reviewing music, doing my radio show, interviewing bands, band practice, and my every day life without being able to take a break. So I'm starting early.

As of right now I already have 2 GBs of 2013....and i thought this year would be easier on me. Haha, I should have known. I will be doing reviews also for a few different start up magazine, and a website that some of you guys may be familiar with you are into Jukebox's and Metal.

Starting when I wake up tomorrow, I will be doing pretty much every album i get the chance to check out. Every single one. the only exceptions would be if the music is completely unbearable to my ears, or if the quality of the promo that I get is so bad that I can't make it through a song (both of these cases will be about 1% of all the music I get this year.

So expect the best, worst, mediocre and ok albums in Rock, Metal, Post, Black, Death, thrash, Doom, Post Prog, Fucked Up, Avant Garde, and anything other genre of Rock and Metal that come my way this year. I have a feeling this will be a great year.

*A note, NONE of these albums will be downloaded illegally, everything I review I either get as an advanced promo from one of the review sites or my radio show, a copy of the album from the bands themselves, or albums that I by myself. the only thing illegal about this how much of a crime it is that women aren't into Drummers who host radio shows, interview bands and get advanced copies of albums*

LET IT ALL COMMENCE.......TOMORROW!!!

adamclark52
01-08-2013, 04:03 AM
You should post the unbearable stuff, I find those reviews entertaining. When I skim the reviews pages in magazines I skip the ones ranked with a 6/10 to a 9/10 because that's average. But when I see a 1/10 I read it just to see what the hell is wrong.

W0unds
01-08-2013, 04:19 AM
You should post the unbearable stuff, I find those reviews entertaining. When I skim the reviews pages in magazines I skip the ones ranked with a 6/10 to a 9/10 because that's average. But when I see a 1/10 I read it just to see what the hell is wrong.

Haha I second this. If the review is for a 6/10 average metalcore band I will usually skip it but will always be sure to read a 1/10 just to see how awful it is.

adamclark52
01-08-2013, 06:11 AM
There used to be a magazine based out of Toronto called Unrestrained! They're gone now but they had some greay 0/10 and 1/10 reviews.

Going back even further there was a 'zine based out of Toronto again called Doom Hauled, it had some of the funniest reviews of bad albums ever. I remember when they did the first Slipknot. They gave it a zero and I remeber him saying something about "borrowing Johnathan Davis vocal pedal that makes you rap badly and swear a lot". Even though I like that album I thought it was awesome.

MPF
01-08-2013, 08:22 AM
By unbearable I did mean production wise. I mean I did listen and review the last In This Moment album. :lol:

MPF
01-08-2013, 10:32 AM
Alright guys, I am about to start, but before I do, I must stress again everything here is legal, so if I am reviewing an album that is not out yet, it is is because it is an advanced promo copy. So either look the stuff up on Youtube or wait for the album to be released before doing some possible illegal endeavors.

Also there is absolutely zero order as to how I am reviewing these albums. just whatever pops up first, as tradition in these threads of mine. Also I am changing the rating system. It will now be out of 5, with half points if needed. But as I have been doing since 2009, all ratings will be their own entity. Meaning I'm not reviewing on a scale. I review each album is if it is the only album to come out this year so I grade the album on my own preference to said album. *Basically, ff you were confused by my ratings last year of giving a lot of albums 8, 9, 9.5, and 10 you will be just as confused this year with it being out of 5*


Alright, so the next post will be the first album of the year. stick around!

MPF
01-08-2013, 10:50 AM
*One last note, each album will get it's own post this time around. This is going to be a full year thread so why not?*



Mario: HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOO


1.) Incura- Incura

I just got this album today. While some may say that is way too early to review, I have been doing this for 5 years now, so it will be ok I promise. Incura just put out their self titled album available as a free stream (check their Facebook for the stream). I gotta admit this is one of the most thought out well produced Rock epics I have heard in a very long time. While it is landscaped in a My Chemical Romance style opera story like The Black Parade. The band is as if Cedric from The Mars Volta joined Fair To Midland. The production is stellar. The musicianship and songwriting is top notch. The vocals, Damn this guy can sing, some very nice tasteful screams in just a couple songs, but mainly focused is the TMV style falsettos, which is a great touch with the aggression and melodies that are being displayed. Unlike TMV this is not one long free form jam album, this is well thought out and spectacular. This has top 20 of the year written all over it This is the album for fans of Alternative Prog Rock with some nice touches of aggression. Seriously some impressive work. Check it out while it is still fresh out of the oven by just a couple hours.

4.5/5

MPF
01-08-2013, 11:13 AM
2.) Pilotless Drone- The Other Road

This magnificent 2 man project from the US is worthy of some major praise, once they get recognition. A great combination of Prog and Alternative Rock with some laid back Metal at times. The Other Road will keep your attention rolling once you get into it. The vocals are reminiscent of the band Earshot, which do help to give it the Alternative Rock aspect to the band. One major surprise is that the last song is cover of the song Coil, by Opeth, it is done exceptionally well. the album is available on their bandcamp page as a PAY What You Want deal, which even if you go the free route, is very much worth it. check out this great stuff!

4/5

MPF
01-08-2013, 01:35 PM
3.) Cult Of Luna- Vertikal

This is a great crowning achievement in Post Metal. Cult Of Luna has been a powerhouse of Post Metal for so long, this album is no different. With a heavy lyrical influence from the movie, Metropolis, This album explores some new territory in Post Metal that has not been done in quite some time. there is a ton of dynamics and explorations on this album including the nearly 19 minute epic, Vicarious Redemption. If you aren't normally into the Post Metal genre, this may just pass you by, but if you dig what can be done with the genre, this will easily be one of the best Post Metal albums of the year without question. Isis is gone, but we still have Cult Of Luna, be every thankful!

4.5/5

hb420
01-08-2013, 03:00 PM
3.) Cult Of Luna- Vertikal

This is a great crowning achievement in Post Metal. Cult Of Luna has been a powerhouse of Post Metal for so long, this album is no different. With a heavy lyrical influence from the movie, Metropolis, This album explores some new territory in Post Metal that has not been done in quite some time. there is a ton of dynamics and explorations on this album including the nearly 19 minute epic, Vicarious Redemption. If you aren't normally into the Post Metal genre, this may just pass you by, but if you dig what can be done with the genre, this will easily be one of the best Post Metal albums of the year without question. Isis is gone, but we still have Cult Of Luna, be every thankful!

4.5/5

Thought this was really mediocre for them. Sucks too because Eternal Kingdom was sooo good. :mad: I:Weapon and Mute Departure are fucking beasts but Vicarious Redemption and In Awe Of are way too bloated with filler. The industrial and dubstep parts are cheesy too. lol With four out of the nine songs being being ambient interludes or the outro that's never a good sign either.

MPF
01-08-2013, 07:48 PM
Thought this was really mediocre for them. Sucks too because Eternal Kingdom was sooo good. :mad: I:Weapon and Mute Departure are fucking beasts but Vicarious Redemption and In Awe Of are way too bloated with filler. The industrial and dubstep parts are cheesy too. lol With four out of the nine songs being being ambient interludes or the outro that's never a good sign either.

That's the thing, I thought all of it fit together so very well. I didn't notice any cheese of any kind.

I'm so used to listening to albums as a whole so I tend to look at albums as one complete song *It's the prog thing to do*. But, that's just me.

MPF
01-09-2013, 08:14 PM
Sorry about the lack of albums today. A bunch of stuff came up today and I received a fuckload of new albums today that I haven't even had the chance to check out yet. So I plan on doing at least 5 albums tomorrow.

MPF
01-10-2013, 02:41 PM
4.) Steven Wilson- The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

This is an album that everyone has been going crazy waiting for, all while I was about to go, "meh". the first two Steven Wilson albums left me uninspired, more boring than anything else. Kinda keeping the same mellow-mid tempo stuff. While Grace For Drowning was a bit better, still nothing. The Raven on the other hand......WOW. it still has the SW signature mellow, minimalistic mellow parts, but there is something that hasn't been done since the last Porcupine Tree album...DYNAMICS! This is what I have been missing for so very song. The Pin Drop is a great example of this, starts off mellow then gets into it, then mellow again and ends on a glorious high impact note. It's good to see that Wilson left the atmospheric mellow stuff to the Storm Corrosion album of 2012, because another album of that would have left me wanting a Porcupine Tree comeback more than ever, now I couldn't care less for the time being if PT comes back (although i eventually do). The band lineup is pure excellence. Steven, you won me back, now let's do an interview in may when you come back to Minneapolis for the first time in 8 years. haha

5/5

MPF
01-30-2013, 11:24 PM
alright folks here is a few albums to make up for the lack of albums:

5.) Sons Of Aeon- Sons Of Aeon

Easily one of the most impressive Melodic Death Metal albums in recent times, and it really focuses on the Melodic side. It's as if Pain of Salvation started playing Melodic Death Metal. The song Wolf Eyes is my current favorite song of the year. The main riff reminds me of something off BE, just uptempo. This is definitely a band worth checking out for the fact that the music more then makes up for the screams and growls if you are not into those kinds of vocals. It keeps your interest from start to finish. Give it a spin if you can dig it, I think you will.

4.5/5

MPF
01-30-2013, 11:27 PM
6.) Riverside- Shrine Of The New Generation Slaves

Riverside is one of those bands that had my interest for a long time and then somehow lost it over the years. They have yet to top Second Life Syndrome in my eyes. This album kind of has the same problems I have had since that album, it just feels bland and one sided. I know a lot of people are crazy about them and even I would love to see them one day and could be won back over by them live, but this just feels too much like an attempt to be Pink Floyd, which is the cool thing to do in Prog now a days if you don't wanna be Djent. If you have been into these guys, this album won't disappoint you at all, if you are like me and just kinda into them, this won't win you over.

2.5/5

MPF
01-30-2013, 11:29 PM
7.) Mutiny Within- Synchronicity

The debut album from Mutiny Within is still one of my favorite albums of all time. Its the perfect accumulation of Progressive Metal and Metalcore. Dream Theater meets Killswitch Engage. Synchronicity is essentially the same album minus keyboards. To me that's what made the debut so damn good. the music on this of course is top notch in musicianship, but the overall songs just feel so bland and honestly uninspired. The biggest reason it has that feel is because they just wanted to release the album without intentions of continuing on. So in other words, it's an uninspired Swan Song of a band with 2 albums. That is really depressing. Do yourself a favor and check out the self titled debut album, and if you wanna hear the same album without keyboards, check out Synchronicity.

2/5

MPF
01-30-2013, 11:31 PM
8.) Bad Religion- True North

My favorite Punk band is back and again in top form. The music is of course 100% in the style of Bad Religion, uptempo for most of the songs, lyrically and vocal harmonic driven and overall just fun to listen to. The lyrics this time around are much less about just political themes like have been around for a while and go more towards life in general and American culture. there is a couple seconds of blast beats, most present in the beginning of the song My Head Is Full Of The Ghosts. It's a standard length Punk album at 36 minutes. If you want some fun fast music to enjoy without having to think to hard, this is for you. Enjoy the great Punk that's out there, not the bad Punk!

4/5

MPF
01-30-2013, 11:32 PM
9.) Portal- Vexovoid

Too Black Metal to be Death Metal....too Death Metal to be Black Metal. One of the best examples of Experimental Brutal Metal that there is out there today. Portal is back with another raw powerhouse of an album that will get all the dark anger in life out of your system. This is a mind screw of an album for sure and not for the weak of heart, but if you give it a chance you can appreciate everything that is going on. Unless you are into Experimental Metal, don't expect to get it on the first try, but give it a chance, you may just find what is so unique and great about this band.

4.5/5

MPF
01-30-2013, 11:34 PM
10.) Holy Grail- Ride The Void

Holy Grail is one of the bands that are keeping the spirit of Judas Priest alive. Very Melodic and Thrashy Power Metal. this album in particular shows the band going through a very guitar solo oriented, almost an over the top Dragonforce, style. They are not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve, which can be a good thing. The last song, Rains Of Sorrow is a very Trivium and Shadows Fall style ballad, a very odd song in comparison. Give this album a shot if you wanna hear some killer Thrashy Power Metal with some modern influences. Keep the spirit of the 80s alive!

3.5/5

adamclark52
01-30-2013, 11:35 PM
I'm really looking forward to the new Portal album.

kalfitegrdan
01-30-2013, 11:40 PM
I'll have to check out that Sons of Aeon. Sounds good. Can't fucking wait to hear the new Portal. I agree about True North.

hb420
01-31-2013, 01:44 AM
9.) Portal- Vexovoid

Too Black Metal to be Death Metal....too Death Metal to be Black Metal. One of the best examples of Experimental Brutal Metal that there is out there today. Portal is back with another raw powerhouse of an album that will get all the dark anger in life out of your system. This is a mind screw of an album for sure and not for the weak of heart, but if you give it a chance you can appreciate everything that is going on. Unless you are into Experimental Metal, don't expect to get it on the first try, but give it a chance, you may just find what is so unique and great about this band.

4.5/5

My AOTY at the moment, nice review. It's unbelievably good. :drool: