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mastodon421
12-29-2013, 08:43 AM
Hello peeps. It's that magical time of the year to do my year-end lists. In this thread, you will find:
-Top 10 live performances
-EP of the year
-Rankings of albums 100-51 (no write-ups)
-Top 50 albums (write-ups)
-Top 50 songs
-Bitching at me due to how low albums such as Colored Sands by Gorguts are on my list
-Expletives galore

I will get the ball rolling on this (hopefully) later today. If not, this will get started tomorrow. Get stoked Metal Setlists ;)

mastodon421
12-30-2013, 02:52 PM
Now let's get the ball rolling with my top 10 live performances of the year:

10.Skeletonwitch (10/27, The Met, Pawtucket, RI):
Skeletonwitch is one those of bands I could see a thousand times and I still wouldn't get sick of them. Their music really hits the next level in a live setting thanks to their relentless energy and the flow of their setlists, which see them consistently keeping the crowd amped while barely taking time to come up for air. Few acts have the intensity and stage presence that Skeletonwitch and that's why I will continue to see them at every possible chance I get.

9.Kanye West (11/17, TD Garden, Boston, MA)
Say what you want to about Kanye West as a person, but the man knows how to put on a show. His brash demeanor and supreme confidence is especially present in his live performance. The show that he put on was an absolute spectacle thanks one of the most elaborate stage setups I've ever seen (a giant rotating mountain with various, bizarre props and setpieces that only Kanye could think of appearing throughout the night) and a setlist that captured a vast range of emotions and flowed better than just about any other setlist I've ever seen. West's live show perfectly fits his over-the-top personality and I will gladly play a pretty penny to see him again the next time he tours.

8.Run the Jewels (8/13, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA)
El-P and Killer Mike really are hip-hop's dream team. Both these guys are good on their own (as they demonstrated with their solo sets earlier in their evening) but when they come together as Run the Jewels, they are quite simply a force to be reckoned with. They have this battle-rap rapport with one another that makes their pairing so special. They are on the same team, but they are constantly trying to one-up each other and it gives them this really fun edge that you don't see in hip-hop very often in the modern era. Killer Mike and El-P really step up to the next level when they're on-stage together and the dynamic the two of them have together made this one of the impressive hip-hop performances I've ever seen.

7.The Dillinger Escape Plan (8/3, The Palladium, Worcester, MA also saw on 4/20)
Summer Slaughter marked the fifth time (and second time of 2013) that I had seen The Dillinger Escape Plan this year and once again, they delivered the goods. The new material from One of Us is the Killer absolutely destroys in a live setting and this show marked the crazy stunt I've seen Greg Puciato pull as he jumped off the VIP balcony at The Palladium. The Dillinger Escape Plan is just the epitome of live chaos and are always a treat to see live.

6.Danny Brown (5/9), Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA)
I went to a lot of hip-hop shows in 2013 and no one impressed me more than Danny Brown. He was the first rapper I'd ever seen perform his songs all the way through live, which sounds like nothing to non hip-hop fans, but a lot of rappers don't finish their songs so it was awesome see someone actually do that. More importantly, Brown had this crazy energy that just lit up the entire room and did a lot of cool improvised things to make his material pop off even more live. I don't know if it's because of his raw sound in the studio or it's just the fact that's he an incredibly-talented MC, but Danny Brown is the uncontested best live rapper I've ever seen.

5.The Black Dahlia Murder (10/27, The Met, Pawtucket, RI also saw on 7/11)
Like Skeletonwitch, who opened the show for them, The Black Dahlia Murder is a veteran metal band that has made their mark in the scene with their consistently excellent live shows. This was the third time I've seen them headline (and sixth time seeing them overall) and each and every show is special. These guys always strive to step their game up and get tighter and tighter as a unit as the years go on, despite an insanely long list of lineup changes over the years. The Black Dahlia Murder are about as entertaining, precise and flat-out fun as a death band can be in a live setting.

4.Revocation (8/3, The Palladium, Worcester, MA also saw on 7/13 and 11/2)
Revocation has been one of my favorite bands for the past three or four years, but it wasn't until this year that they finally lived up to my expectations as a live act. They toured a bunch this year in support of their new album and apparently that consistent touring over the past year made them an elite live act. Their music video shoot at Great Scott in July was cool as hell due to the intimacy and sheer insanity of the crowd but the sound issues held it back from being a landmark show. Summer Slaughter stood out to me the most because it had the same raucous energy and wild crowd response as the Great Scott show, just with a great sound mix to back it up. Revocation continues to step their shit up as a live act and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see them get even better in the near future.

3.Killswitch Engage (6/8, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH)
Being a Killswitch Engage fan for almost 10 years now, this show was special to me. It not only marked my first time seeing them since February 2010, but it was also the first time I got to see the band perform with original vocalist Jesse Leach. Leach has absolutely rejuvenated the band and their live performances are better than ever. It was surreal hearing all of the Alive or Just Breathing material with Leach on vocals after years of hearing Howard Jones do them and he also did an excellent job with the Jones-era material. Seeing Killswitch with Leach back in the band was a dream come true and it made for one of the most enjoyable shows of the year by far.

2.Between the Buried and Me (3/14, House of Blues, Boston, MA)
Every time I see Between the Buried and Me live, it reminds me why I'm a BTBAM fanboy. Even in front of a polarizing crowd opening for Coheed and Cambria, they brought down the house with the same intensity and precision that they have at their headlining shows. The Parralax II material is just as dense and satisfying live as on-record and hearing "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" live again pretty much made my concert-going year. I've seen Between the Buried and Me eight times now and I can't wait to make it nine in February.

1. Every Time I Die (3/15, Royale, Boston, MA)
This was one of those performances that was so special that it almost didn't seem real. I had seen Every Time I Die twice before at Warped Tour 2010 and 2012, but nothing could've prepared me for just how insane they were when they headlined. The lack of a barrier brought the band and crowd energy to a level of bat-shit insanity (so much crowdsurfing and stage diving) that it had to be seen to be believed. It also helped that the setlist was incredible and loaded with a majority of my favorite tracks from their most recent record Ex Lives and the fact that Keith Buckley sounds so god damn amazing vocally. This performance from Every Time I Die was chaotic, hilarious and borderline euphoric. Not only the best performance of 2013, but one of the best performances I've ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Honorable Mentions: Coheed and Cambria (3/14), After the Burial (4/20), Darkest Hour (6/8) Mac Lethal (7/11), Rob Zombie (7/16), Machine Head (7/16) Battlecross (7/16, 11/2), The Ocean (8/3), Unearth (8/3), Death Angel (11/2), High on Fire (11/16)

smearCampaign
12-30-2013, 05:19 PM
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mastodon421
12-30-2013, 05:26 PM
EP of the Year
Fallujah-Nomadic
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San Fransisco progressive/technical death metal act Fallujah quickly became one of my favorite new bands after their incredible 2011 debut LP The Harvest Wombs. Their new EP, Nomadic, expands upon everything that was great about The Harvest Wombs. The music on Nomadic is a lot more moody and atmospheric without losing any of the technical, extreme edge that made their early material so memorable. The two main tracks on here, "The Dead Sea" and "Venom Upon the Blade", are two of my absolute favorite songs of the year due to how layered and vast-sounding they are. You get some beautiful melodic riffing, mind-blowing technicality, punishing blast beats and sinister black metal vocals all on the same track and it's just an awesome and frequent unpredictable combination. A lot of peeps were worshiping at the altar of Gorguts this year, but as I'm as I'm concerned, the technical death metal release of the year came from these Bay Area upstarts. If the trend continues, their second full-length has the potential to be something really, really special.

Standout Tracks
The whole thing

mastodon421
12-30-2013, 05:31 PM
Here's all the albums that didn't make the top 50.

100.Atilla-About That Life
99.Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
98.Eminem-The Marshall Mathers LP 2
97.A Loss for Words-Before it Caves
96.Arsonists Get all the Girls-Listen to the Color
95.Thee Oh Sees-Floating Coffin
94.The Weeknd-Kiss Land
93.Kid Cudi-Indicud
92.2 Chainz-B.O.A.T.S II #METIME
91.Dropkick Murphys-Signed and Sealed in Blood
90.Palms-Palms
89.A.F.I.-Burials
88.Juicy J-Stay Trippy
87.Korn-The Paradigm Shift
86.Bring Me the Horizon-Sempiternal
85.TesseracT-Altered State
84.Clipping-Midcity
83.Vampire Weekend-Modern Vampires of the City
82.A$AP Rocky-Long. Live. A$AP
81.Bad Religion-True North
80.Gorguts-Colored Sands
79.A$AP Ferg-Trap Lord
78.Ghostface Killah-Twelve Reasons to Die
77.Touche Amore-Is Survived By
76.Alice in Chains-The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
75.Queens of the Stone Age-Like Clockwork...
74.J. Cole-Born Sinner
73.Dark Tranquility-Construct
72.Reflections-Ex(i)st
71.Northlane-Singularity
70.mr.muthafuckin' eXquire-Kismet
69.Terror-Live By the Code
68.R.A the Rugged Man-Legends Never Die
67.Noisem-Agony Defined
66.Arcade Fire-Reflektor
65.Kverlatak-Meir
64.Kylesa-Ultraviolet
63.Volbeat-Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies
62.Havok-Unnatural Selection
61.Doomriders-Grand Blood
60.iwrestledabearonce-Late for Nothing
59.Chimaira-Crown of Phantoms
58.Captain, We're Sinking-The Future is Cancelled
57.Within the Ruins-Elite
56.Ramming Speed-Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die
55.Tyler, the Creator-Wolf
54.Amon Amarth-Deciver of the Gods
53.Children of Bodom-Halo of Blood
52.Red Fang-Whales and Leeches
51.CZARFACE-CZARFACE

hellawaits77ny
12-31-2013, 06:22 AM
Shit, I wanted to listen to the new Fallujah, forgot about it. Good to hear you liked it.

Had no idea Within the Ruins was still around. And I'm with you on the new AIC, it wasn't high on my list. Didn't dislike it, but I don't find myself coming back to it much.

Kinda bummed to see Terror is so low on your list, figured you'd like it. One of my favorites of the year.

Keep up the list, looking forward to it!

mastodon421
12-31-2013, 07:22 AM
Shit, I wanted to listen to the new Fallujah, forgot about it. Good to hear you liked it.

Had no idea Within the Ruins was still around. And I'm with you on the new AIC, it wasn't high on my list. Didn't dislike it, but I don't find myself coming back to it much.

Kinda bummed to see Terror is so low on your list, figured you'd like it. One of my favorites of the year.

Keep up the list, looking forward to it!

I thought by Live by the Code was solid, it just didn't strike me like Keepers of the Faith, One for the Underdogs and their other top-notch material did.

I'm completely with you on AIC. Few solid songs and definitely not a bad record, just really disappointing and no where near the quality I expected out of them.

mastodon421
12-31-2013, 07:37 AM
Let the top 50 commence!
50.Chance the Rapper-Acid Rap
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20 year-old Chance the Rapper has been the hot shit rapper of 2013 thanks to his new mixtape Acid Rap. You look at just about any publication's year-end best list and Chance is on it. It took me awhile to warm up to it and I certainly don't think it's revolutionary as a lot of people of do, but Acid Rap is solid and unique hip-hop. Think of Chance as a drugged-out version of Childish Gambino. He raps in an incredibly high-pitched voice, frequently sings his hooks and makes a bunch of abstract references that take a bit to fully understand just like Gambino, except he also a love of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. What makes Chance unique is his jazzy, oddball production. His lyrics don't always shine, but his production is consistently diverse and interesting. I also have to give him props for the guest spots. Despite being unsigned and basically brand-new on the scene, he got the likes of Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Twista and Gambino himself to appear on this record, which is completely awesome (not to mention Action Bronson's verse on "NaNa" is one of his funniest and flat-out best.) With the 2013 he's had, Chance the Rapper is no doubt on his way to become one of the most popular and dynamic acts in underground hip-hop.

Standout Tracks
1.NaNa (feat. Action Bronson)
2.Juice
3.Favorite Song (feat. Childish Gambino)

mastodon421
12-31-2013, 07:56 AM
49.Mac Miller-Watching Movies with the Sound Off
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I'm still having a hard time processing that Watching Movies with the Sound Off was made by the same guy that made songs like "Party on Fifth Ave" and "Donald Trump" just two short years ago. Mac Miller wanted to prove that he has evolved as an artist and he did so in a big way by improving every single aspect of his music. Miller's lyrics are far sharper than before with a lot of clever worldplay and legitimately amusing punchlines, as well as some surprisingly introspective tracks that look at his thoughts on fame and mourning the loss of one of his best friends who committed suicide ("The Star Room", "ReMEMBER"). The production choices are also unlike anything he's ever done before. Miller himself handles about half of the production while the other half is handled by such heavyweights as Pharell, The Alchemist, Clams Casino and Flying Lotus. The sound is mostly low-key and trippy with occasional bursts of flash on bangers like "Bird Call" and "Watching Movies". Miller still has a little bit of ways to go in his reinvention as an artist as he occasionally returns to his frat-boy roots here, but Watching Movies with the Sound Off is a great jumping off point for the rest of Miller's career.

Standout Tracks
1.Watching Movies
2.Bird Call
3.ReMEMBER

hellawaits77ny
12-31-2013, 08:08 AM
I thought by Live by the Code was solid, it just didn't strike me like Keepers of the Faith, One for the Underdogs and their other top-notch material did.

I'm completely with you on AIC. Few solid songs and definitely not a bad record, just really disappointing and no where near the quality I expected out of them.

Yes, Keepers of Faith suprised the hell outta me. I didn't do a Best Of 2010 list, but it might very well be my favorite of 2010, and my 2nd favorite Terror album after Underdogs.

Yep AIC wasn't bad and it did have good songs, but it just kind of dragged alongly boringly after a while.

mastodon421
12-31-2013, 01:39 PM
48.The Story So Far-What You Don't See
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The Story So Far had the dubious task of following a landmark pop-punk release in Under and Soil Dirt. Their second full-length, What You Don't See, doesn't even come close to touching Under Soil and Dirt but it still has enough of its own charm to be a respectable release. Initially, I was very disappointed with this record because there wasn't as much energy or punchy choruses this time around. To be honest, it wasn't until I saw The Story So Far play these songs live last month that it started to click with me. There's still plenty of the melodic guitar crunch and catchy hooks, they're just more subtle here than on Under Soil and Dirt Nonetheless, The Story So Far is still amongst the kings of the pop-punk revival and I'm sure they can improve on What You Don't See on their next record.

Standout Tracks
1.All Wrong
2.Stifled
3.The Glass

mankvill
12-31-2013, 01:49 PM
Really didn't like What You Don't See when it came out, especially because I picked up the new Man Overboard and TWY albums too and I liked those a lot more, but at the end of the year I actually am loving this album hard.

mastodon421
12-31-2013, 05:21 PM
47.Last Chance to Reason-Level 3
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It's a shame that this will probably be the final Last Chance to Reason record since vocalist Mike Lassard joined The Contortionist and a majority of the lineup left after recording this album. These guys have been one of the most exciting progressive metal acts to emerge in the past few years and Level 3 continues the trend. This record is more melodic and less technical than their earlier stuff, giving Lassard a lot of time shine vocally and he rises to the occasion. Tracks like "The Artist", "Rebirth" and "The Escapist" are amongst the most stunning vocal lines he's ever delivered. The music was definitely more textured and fluid in the past, but the vocals have never been better making, helping Level 3 overcomes its flaws and be a pretty damn impressive record.

Standout Tracks
1.The Artist
2.Rebirth
3.Adrift II: A Vision Ends

mastodon421
01-01-2014, 09:53 AM
46.Earl Sweatshirt-Doris
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In the world of hip-hop in 2013, it's hard to find an album that was as hyped as Earl Sweatshirt's Doris. All his fans wanted to hear how he would follow up his highly-acclaimed mixtape Earl, especially after his highly-publicized stint in Samoa. Doris is a confusing album for me because there are some aspects of the new Earl Sweatshirt that I absolutely love and other that I don't. When Doris hits, it's an absolute slam-dunk. "Burgundy", "Sunday" and "Chum" delve into emotional side of Sweatshirt that he's never exposed before. He's only 19, but he talks about themes like depression and his lack of a relationship with his father just as eloquently and intelligently as someone twice his age. There's also a couple of sick tracks ("Hive", "Centurion") that serve as a more refined and subtle throwback to the violent shit that he used to rap about when he was 15. The problem with Doris is that for every great song, there is filler to kill the momentum. Both Tyler, the Creator feature tracks ("Sasquatch, "Whoa") are wildly out-of-place for this album's more mature theme and feature probably the two worst verses Tyler has ever done. It also doesn't help that Earl's new flow is pretty stagnant. It's not that there isn't any emotion displayed, it's just that Earl's new flow doesn't have the same punch that his old one did. He should definitely stick with the more mature themes he explores on this record, he just needs to rap with the same intensity that he did in the past to really drive the power of these songs home. The lyricism is fantastic and there is a solid number of great tracks here, but if Sweatshirt wants to live to his immense potential, he needs to make an album that is consistent and passionate throughout.

Standout Tracks
1.Hive
2.Burgundy
3.Sunday

mastodon421
01-01-2014, 01:16 PM
45.Big K.R.I.T.-King Remembered in Time
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Big K.R.I.T's newest mixtape year doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's another collection of solid, fun and thoughtful southern hip-hop with a ton of great beats and hooks from the current ringleader of dirty south hip-hop.

Standout Tracks
1.Good 2Getha
2.REM
3.King Without a Crown

mastodon421
01-01-2014, 02:16 PM
44.Coheed and Cambria-The Afterman: Descension
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After their triumphant return to form last year with The Afterman: Ascension , Coheed and Cambria has regressed a bit with the second-part of the Afterman saga. This album is a lot more experimental than its predecessor and some of the experiments work better than others (the poppy synths on "Number City" are sick, but folk-esque ballad "2's My Favorite 1" didn't work for me at all.) Coheed is still at their best when making grand-scale prog anthems and we get a few of those across the record in "Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant", "Gravity's Union" and "The Hard Sell". The Afterman: Descension still gets a lot right, it's just not as strong on the whole as the first half of the double album.

Standout Tracks
1.Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
2.The Hard Sell
3.Gravity's Union

mastodon421
01-01-2014, 04:05 PM
43.Born of Osiris-Tommorow We Die Alive
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I was curious to see how Born of Osiris fared on their follow-up to The Discovery since lead guitarist/main reason the album was so special Jason Richardson had left the band and the answer is just fine for the most part. It's not quite as technical or interesting as what Richardson wrote on The Discovery, but there's still a lot of nice riffing/soloing and atmospheric guitar work from remaining guitarist Lee McKinney. The synths are also really cool and catchy and perfectly match the spacey vibe the rest of the band band lays down (when they're not rearing into dubstep territory like they do on "Divergency" and "Absolution"). It's not quite the powerhouse that The Discovery was, but Born of Osiris is still amongst the finest deathcore bands around.

Standout Tracks
1.Illusionist
2.Vengeance
3.Exhilarate

mastodon421
01-02-2014, 04:44 PM
42.Finntroll-Blodsvept
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Folk metal is really hit-or-miss for me. There needs to be something to distinguish it from the pack for it to click with me and Fintroll has that with the heavy black-metal influence on their music. Blodsvept, like the rest of Finntroll's music is really evil-sounding thanks to the black-metal vocals yet still fun as hell thanks to the instrumentation. This record is just a giant demonic party record and I absolutely love it.

Standout Tracks
1.Rosets Kung
2.Ett Folk Forbannat
3.Haxbrygd

mastodon421
01-02-2014, 04:51 PM
41.Crossfaith-Apocalyze
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Holy shit, I found a trancecore band that I actually like. On Apocalyze, Crossfaith takes a very stale genreand injects it with a much-needed spark of creativity. A lot of bands in the genre use the same tired formula of auto-tune, dubstep beats, frail screams and emo-inspired clean vocals catering towards the teenage girl audience. Aside from a couple of brief wub-wub brostep moments early on in the record with tracks like "We Are the Future" and "Hounds of the Apocalypse", Crossfaith (thankfully) does none of that and reaches outside the stereotypes of the genre for inspiration. The vocals are very much rooted in melodic death metal, there is a killer sense of groove that is reminiscent of old-school metalcore, the drums are explosive and loaded with crazy fills and the synths are mostly catchy and fun. It's very refreshing to see an act produce metal with a heavy electronic influence that isn't gimmicky or watered-down. This is some legitimate, classic metalcore that intertwines perfectly with the electronic elements to produce something that will stick with you and warrants multiple listens.

Standout Tracks
1.The Evolution
2.Gala Hala (Burn Down the Floor)
3.Scarlett

mastodon421
01-02-2014, 05:08 PM
40.Vince Staples & Larry Fisherman-Stolen Youth LP
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Vince Staples first appeared on my radar with his spotlight-stealing guest verse on Earl Sweatshirt's "Hive". Staples proves that verse isn't a fluke with his sophomore mixtape Stolen Youth. The subject matter Staples tackles is far from new ground (poverty, selling drugs, violence of the ghetto etc.) but he raps with such a raw intensity that it makes you pay attention. Bolstering Staple's fiery rhymes is the brilliant production from Mac Miller (under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman.) Miller's beats are psychedelic and subtle yet still have this edge that fits Staples's delivery perfectly ("Stuck in My Ways is one of the best beats of the year.) At only 20 years old and with all the big-name hip-hop acts he associates with, Vince Staples has a long, promising career ahead of him.

Standout Tracks
1.Stuck in my Ways
2.Guns & Roses
3.Thought About You

XDoomsayerX
01-03-2014, 01:55 PM
Really didn't like What You Don't See when it came out, especially because I picked up the new Man Overboard and TWY albums too and I liked those a lot more, but at the end of the year I actually am loving this album hard.

This right here!

Also I need to find time to listen to 100 albums a year haha good read thus far yo

mastodon421
01-03-2014, 02:14 PM
39.Warbringer-IV: Empires Collapse
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IV: Empires Collapse sort of limps of the gate with Warbringer trying some mid-paced songs to start the album off, which is not their forte at all. The album picks up when they decide to speed things on "Hunter-Seeker" and the breakneck pace doesn't let up for the rest of the album. It's definitely reminiscent of their older stuff so it won't win them any new fans, but you do get some cool unexpected stuff like party-thrash jam "Iron City" and the spastic, hardcore-inspired "Off With Their Heads!". When Warbringer sticks to their guns and just shreds your face off, they are one of the finest new acts thrash acts around.

Standout Tracks
1.Black Sun, Black Moon
2.Hunter-Seeker
3.Iron City

mastodon421
01-03-2014, 02:52 PM
38.Rivers of Nihil-The Conscious Seed of Light
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Out of all the extreme metal debuts to emerge this year, I can't think of one that was as hyped as The Conscious Seed of Light from Pennsylvania brutal/technical death metal outfit Rivers of Nihil. I was certainly intrigued right out of the gate since I am a pretty big fan of brutal and technical death metal, they are signed to my favorite record label (Metal Blade) and they got the legendary Dan Seagrave to do the album art. Well I didn't like this as much as a a majority of people, I can absolutely see why this album is so acclaimed. These guys packs a ton of punchy slam riffs into every song that would make forefathers like Suffocation and Dying Fetus proud. Also in the style of the aforementioned bands, they display bursts of dizzying technical prowess to break up the brutality. Really the only thing preventing this album from being really special to me is the vocals. The vocals are far from terrible, but they fail to match the power of the music and would be better suited for a less heavy band. Rivers of Nihil is definitely a band to watch in the years to come and this is a must-listen for any brutal/technical death metal fan.

Standout Tracks
1.Mechanical Trees
2.Soil & Seed
3.Place of Serpents

mastodon421
01-03-2014, 03:46 PM
37.Pusha T-My Name Is My Name
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The long-awaited solo full-length debut from ex-Clipse member Pusha T was absolutely worth wait. My Name Is My Name is one of the most varied hip-hop releases to come out this with everything from brag raps ("King Push") to tender love songs ("Let Me Love You") to a cautionary tales about the selling drugs ("40 Acres".) Pusha T approaches each track/subject with the same level of thoughtfulness and lyrical excellence, no matter how light or dark the tone of the track is. The production here kind of takes a backseat to the rapping, but there are a couple of beats that are downright amazing ("Suicide", "Pain", "S.N.I.T.C.H") and are amongst the coolest beats I've heard this year to make the production at least somewhat noteworthy. All hail King Push.

Standout Tracks
1.Suicide
2.S.N.I.T.C.H
3.Hold On

mastodon421
01-03-2014, 03:56 PM
36.Defeater-Letters Home
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Few musical acts are able to capture emotion the way Defeater does. In my eyes, Letters Home packs the biggest emotional punch of their career to-date. Each and every track is stuffed to the gills with passionate lyrics and moody riffing to accentuate the emotion of the vocals. The power of the genuine emotion that Defeater gives off on every second of Letters Home is more than enough to place this amongst the best records of 2013.

Standout Tracks
1.Blood in my Veins
2.No Saviour
3.Hopeless Again

dredg822
01-03-2014, 07:59 PM
36.Defeater-Letters Home
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Few musical acts are able to capture emotion the way Defeater does. In my eyes, Letters Home packs the biggest emotional punch of their career to-date. Each and every track is stuffed to the gills with passionate lyrics and moody riffing to accentuate the emotion of the vocals. The power of the genuine emotion that Defeater gives off on every second of Letters Home is more than enough to place this amongst the best records of 2013.

Standout Tracks
1.Blood in my Veins
2.No Saviour
3.Hopeless Again

Their singer works in a record store (Bull Moose) that I frequent. He's a cool fellow. I'm happy that their getting the recognition they deserve.

mastodon421
01-04-2014, 08:12 AM
Their singer works in a record store (Bull Moose) that I frequent. He's a cool fellow. I'm happy that their getting the recognition they deserve.

That's fucking awesome. I had known about Defeater for years, but I hadn't really checked them out till early last year. One of the better melodic hardcore bands around and it's always cool to see a band from around here make such an impact on the scene.

mastodon421
01-04-2014, 08:29 AM
35.Death Grips-Government Plates
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Death Grips is no longer a hip-hop act. Government Plates sees them confirming their new identity as a group that makes EDM for people who hate EDM. The evolution of Death Grips is kind of disappointing to me because I loved MC Ride's wild screaming/rapping and that is mostly replaced on this record with skip-heavy electronic vocals. What makes Death Grips transfer to EDM not that drastic and still thoroughly enjoyable is the work of Zach Hill and Flatlander. Flatlander lays down a plethora of godlike synth line ("Big House" and "You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money but I Know What He Really Loves You For It's Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat" in particular are perfection) on this record and Zach Hill gives arguably his most insane drum performance in Death Grips's discography. Government Plates is the Death Grips's at their strangest and most electronic.

Standout Tracks
1. You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money but I Know What He Really Loves You For It's Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat
2.Big House
3.This is Violence Now (Don't Get Me Wrong)

mastodon421
01-04-2014, 08:49 AM
34.Devildriver-Winter Kills
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Devildriver comes back from the disappointment of Beast with their strongest material since at least The Last Kind Words and maybe The Fury of Our Maker's Hand. Dez Fafara still sound great vocally at age 47 and while the band is primarily a groove metal act, they experiment more with melody and straight-up death metal on this record. The more melodic stuff like "Carings Overkill", "The Appetite", and "Curses and Epitaphs" are catchy as hell and feature some of the most ripping guitar solos of the band's career, while tracks like "Gutted" and "Tripping Over Tombstones" are heavy as shit. Devildriver is not the band to listen to for innovation, but they are damn good at what they do and the bursts of melody on Winter Kills are a welcome addition to their groove-based repertoire.

Standout Tracks
1.Curses and Epitaphs
2.The Appetite
3.Carings Overkill

mastodon421
01-04-2014, 09:04 AM
33.Rob Zombie-Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
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Speaking of bounceback albums, no one recovered from their weak last album in 2013 better than Rob Zombie. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is a return to form of sorts for Zombie after his underwhelming last release Hellbilly Deluxe 2. The only thing underwhelming about Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is its incredibly stupid title This record sees Zombie going back to what he does best: make fun, horror-inspired industrial metal. Zombie jam packs the entire record with lively hooks and a contagious sinister spirit. It's evident that he hasn't had this much fun making music in a long time and he just lets loose on this record. "Lucifer Rising", "Teenage Nosferatu Pussy" (one of my favorite song titles recent memory) and "Behold, the Pretty Filthy Creatures! in particular are just a pure unadulterated good time. For the duration of this record, you can't help getting fully immersed into Zombie's world of all things horror-related, he just makes it sound so damn appealing. In addition to the fun Zombie is having with the music, I really liked the old-school vibe this record has. There's a lot of 80's- inspired keyboard parts and some nice, traditional heavy metal solos from Zombie's long time axeman John 5 (who shreds as always) scattered throughout the record giving it an undeniable vintage flair. Hell there's even a surprisingly awesome cover of "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad on this record! Rob Zombie has always had a prominent classic rock/horror punk influence, but its never been more in the forefront of his music than on Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor marks the return of vintage Rob Zombie and as a longtime fan, I'm glad he's back after a brief descent into shit.

Standout Tracks
1.Lucifer Rising
2.Behold, the Pretty Filthy Creatures!
3.Revelation Revolution

mastodon421
01-04-2014, 12:29 PM
32.Fleshgod Apocalypse-Labyrinth
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Italian symphonic/technical death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse unleashes another savage attack on their third full-length Labyrinth. The symphonic elements are on a more epic-scale than ever with elaborate piano and violin pieces galore. The more straightforward metal elements are better written than on Agony with more solos and breaks from the orchestration. Labyrinth would be much higher on my list if it wasn't for the muddled production and noticeable decline in Tomasso Ricardi's vocals. Doesn't touch Agony or Oracles in my eyes, but Labyrinth is still another quality entry in Fleshgod's catalog.

Standout Tracks
1.Kingborn
2.Under Black Sails
3.Warpledge

mastodon421
01-05-2014, 12:33 PM
31.Intronaut-Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
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Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones sees Intronaut expanding upon the more progressive sound they introduced on their last record Valley of Smoke. This is easily the most melodic material Intronaut has produced in their career thus far. While there are still sludge elements to the music, there are virtually no harsh vocals and more of an overall focus on melody. Intronaut are brilliant at composing music at both ends of the spectrum so the transition to a more progressive-based sound is pretty seamless for them. The melodic sections are appropriately dark and create a really gloomy, interesting landscape that the album centers around. Helping emphasize the power of the album's landscape is the contrasting presence of heavy riffs and Intronaut's secret weapon: bassist Joe Lester and drummer Danny Walker. The heavy sections perfectly complement and accentuate the murky power of the melodic sections. The transitions between both ends of Intronaut's sound are well-executed throughout (the best of the bunch though is on album closer "The Way Down") and they never cease to be able to get the most of every section of music they create. The rhythmic section of Lester and Walker is a big reason why Intronaut's music is so effective. Few bands in the metal world (or music in general for that matter) use bass and drums as prominently as Intronaut, which gives the band a really unique dynamic. Intronaut are one of the most important bands in the world of progressive metal at the moment as far as I am concerned and while it doesn't quite reach the highs of Prehistoricisms and Valley of Smoke, Habitual Levitations is still an essential listen for fans of the band or the genre.

Standout Tracks
1.The Way Down
2.The Welding
3.Sore Sight for Eyes

VoidFlame
01-05-2014, 12:37 PM
31.Intronaut-Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)

:party:

Excellent reviews so far, man!

mastodon421
01-05-2014, 03:16 PM
30.Heaven Shall Burn-Veto
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Veteran German extreme metal act Heaven Shall Burn decides to go full-on melodic death metal on Veto and it works brilliantly for them. Album opener "Godiva" could've easily been on any In Flames or Dark Tranquility record from the 90's. While the rest of the album isn't quite as epic as "Godiva", there is still plenty of nice, Gothenberg-esque melo-death cuts such as "Land of the Upright Ones", "53 Nations" and a heavier take on Blind Guardian's "Valhalla" with guest vocals from Blind Guardian Hansi Kurch. I'm not completely familiar with all of Heaven Shall Burn's discography, but this is the finest material I've heard from them to-date.

Standout Tracks
1.Godiva
2.53 Nations
3.Valhalla (Blind Guardian Cover)

Nick_to_the_face
01-05-2014, 03:47 PM
I was completely unaware Heaven Shall Burn released a new album:eek:

TehBr00tulz
01-05-2014, 03:57 PM
I couldn't listen to Labyrinth. I thought the songs sounded great live in August, but it's just an ordeal to get through the record. I know a few people that were huge fans of it, and the more symphonic turn their taking in general, and the album did get them more fans, so more power to them. Mafia is their best release, though, IMO.

AnataFan4Life
01-05-2014, 04:37 PM
The new Revocation is on this...right?

christopher
01-05-2014, 04:42 PM
I was completely unaware Heaven Shall Burn released a new album:eek:

I was unaware they still existed.

mastodon421
01-05-2014, 04:49 PM
The new Revocation is on this...right?

Perhaps;)

mastodon421
01-05-2014, 04:52 PM
Might as well post this here. For hip-hop fans here, I posted a list of my 25 favorite beats of 2013 on my blog yesterday: http://maitlandsmadness.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-25-hip-hop-beats-of-2013.html

mastodon421
01-06-2014, 09:59 AM
29.A Day to Remember-Common Courtesy
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Like Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel last year and Arsonists Get all the Girls in 2011, here comes my sure-to be pick of the list from the Metal Setlists community with A Day to Remember's latest record Common Courtesy. After their underwhelming last record What Separates Me from You strayed a bit from their typical musical direction, Common Courtesy sees the band returning to their roots. The energy that ruled their earlier material and was noticeably absent from What Separates Me from You returns with a vengeance on Common Courtesy. The effect of the legal dispute between them and Victory Records seems to have rekindled their fire as a band and put the emotion back into their music. Aside from ballads "I'm Already Gone", "I Surrender" and "End of Me", this album gives you no time to breathe. The band bombards the listener with a series of whirlwind tracks and it makes for an absorbing, consistently fun listen throughout. Though the return of the energy and passion to their music is key, the really special thing about Common Courtesy is the maturation of sound the band has taken. The pop-punk and metalcore elements of their music have never been better written or executed in their prior music. A Day to Remember has always challenged the genre norms by fusing together two radically different genres of music, but it's not until now they've achieved the perfect balance of the two. The band takes a more nuanced approach to songwriting with more bits of melody on the pop-punk tracks and gradual buildups to the breakdowns on the metal tracks. Their past records suffered a bit from more of a focus on one side of their sound, Common Courtesy finally sees the band spending equal time on both sides and it shows in the quality of the album. Common Courtesy is the catchiest, heaviest and just plain best material A Day to Remember has ever crafted. They should continue to get into disputes with Victory if it means their albums will remain this good.

Standout Tracks
1.Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail
2.City of Ocala
3.Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way

mastodon421
01-06-2014, 02:09 PM
28.Action Bronson-Blue Chips 2
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You would be hard-pressed to find a 2013 record that's as whacked-out and hilarious as Action Bronson's new mixtape Blue Chips 2. Bronson teams up with producer Party Supplies for this sequel to their 2012 collaboration and the results are about as unorthodox and bonkers as you would expect from these two. Party Supplies likes to use a lot of weird shit in his songs. There's beats with bongos, latin guitar, strings arrangements that came straight out of a kung-fu movie and hell Bronson even raps over "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman on "Amadu Diablo". The only thing weirder than the beats are the random commercials and samples placed throughout the album. I mean what other hip-hop record are you going to get samples from Applebees commercials, "Sussudio" and Allen Iverson's infamous "We talkin bout practice" rant? These strange beats and samples for make a unique, unpredictable and frequently hilarious listening experience. In terms of the actual rapping, Bronson is a lot more polished than on his other 2013 release Saaab Stories. Bronson just seems a lot more in his element working with Party Supplies than he did with Harry Fraud and it shows in his lyrics and energy on the mic. Blue Chips 2 might not be my favorite hip-hop release of 2013, but it's certainly the most entertaining.

Standout Tracks
1.Silverado
2.The Don's Cheek
3.It's Me

mastodon421
01-06-2014, 02:35 PM
27.Rotting Out-The Wrong Way
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Los Angeles hardcore titans Rotting Out make hardcore just the way I like it: pissed-off, fast and full of energy. The Wrong Way puts you in a stranglehold for 26 minutes and does not let go till album closer "Bangarang" fades out. The Wrong Way is hardcore done right and I really hope Rotting Out can continue to gain a following. This might seem crazy, but I can see them becoming as celebrated as Terror or Bane over time if they keep putting up great records.

Standout Tracks
1.The Wrong Way
2.The Shoot Out
3.One More Kiss

mastodon421
01-06-2014, 05:30 PM
26.Counterparts-The Difference Between Hell and Home
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Melodic hardcore act Counterparts is Canada's answer to The Ghost Inside. The music is really emotional and heavy on melodic riffing and features many crushing breakdowns (The Ghost Inside definitely has more breakdowns than Counterparts though). For my money, Counterparts is the more complete band with some truly beautiful passages and occasional journeys into straight hardcore that serve as whirlwinds blasts of energy and fury to break up the melodic tone of the rest of the album. "Slave" especially hits like a freight train before the album's longest and most atmospheric track in "Soil". The Difference Between Hell and Home is loaded with genuine emotion and excellent melodic riffing. One of the more pleasant surprises of 2013 for sure.

Standout Tracks
1.Outlier
2.Slave
3.Decay

mastodon421
01-07-2014, 02:02 PM
25.Suffocation-Pinnacle of Bedlam
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The Suffocation of old has returned! Pinnacle of Bedlam sees the brutal death metal legends unleashing their most vicious attack in years. I don't know what caused this sudden re-ignition of fury in Suffocation's music, I'm just glad that it has returned. It's not that Suffocation's last few records were bad or not heavy, they were just missing the savage edge that their 90's releases had. The fire has undeniably returned and Suffocation wastes little time proving that point with the opening track "Cycles of Suffering". The guitars are chunky and loud, the drums are roaring and Frank Mullen is screaming his lungs out, every second of it is glorious. "Cycles of Suffering" is just the start of the brutal death metal master class that is Pinnacle of Bedlam. There are a boatload of memorable, uncompromising riffs, pounding blast beats from new drummer Dave Culross (who does a great job replacing legendary founding drummer Mike Smith,) and of course, Mullen's legendary pig squeals/low screams are on full display. There are even tracks like "Sullen Days" where they go out of their comfort zone and throw some melody into the mix. I never thought I'd see the day where one of the most relentlessly heavy bands of all-time puts melody into their music, but I must say it works well. It's not prominent enough to make Suffocation's music any less intense, but it does make for a nice brief diversion from the sledgehammer-esque heaviness that consumes most of the album. Pinnacle of Bedlam is easily my favorite Suffocation album since Despise the Sun and it's great to see these icons making great music again (especially since Frank's future status with the band is unknown.)

Standout Tracks
1.Cycles of Suffering
2.Eminent Wrath
3.Sullen Days

mastodon421
01-07-2014, 02:27 PM
24.Death Angel-The Dream Calls for Blood
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I'll admit I was really late on the Death Angel train. I had heard a few songs of theirs over the years here and there, but I hadn't really sat down and gave them a thorough listen till about a month before I saw play with 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Revocation. Now that I've been exposed to heavy doses of Death Angel, I realize I had been missing out on some great thrash over the years. The Dream Calls for Blood is right up there with the best 2000's releases from old-school thrash acts. As you would expect with Death Angel there is plenty of energy, catchy hooks and fret-melting guitar solos to go-around ( The solos on"Detonate", "Empty" and "Caster of Shame" are just :drool:. While all those elements are great, what makes Death Angel stick out to me is the vocals of Mark Osegueda. Osegueda has all the hard edge you want to hear in a thrash vocalist, but combines it with a greater sense of traditional singing than most other thrash acts. The Dreams Calls for Blood is just a ripping thrash record that embodies everything I love about the genre in 47 minutes.

Standout Tracks
1.Left for Dead
2.Detonate
3.Caster of Shame

hellawaits77ny
01-08-2014, 05:54 AM
We have a very similar opinion on the new Suffocation. I liked it, and while I didn't think it was anything outstanding, it was an improvement over Blood Oath.

mastodon421
01-08-2014, 04:41 PM
23.Soilwork-The Living Infinite
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I'm going to be completely honest, I thought Soilwork was done making great music. Their last couple records weren't terrible, but they paled in comparison to their earlier work. Well Soilwork made me eat a whole lot of crow with their fantastic 2013 double-album The Living Infinite. The Living Infinite brings back the melo-death punch of their first four albums and mixes it perfectly with their more alternative-rooted style of their newer material. This combination leads to a collection of songs with soaring, memorable hooks beautifully contrasted with sections of glorious death growls and massive riffing. The album is definitely a little too long with some filler tracks that kill a bit of the momentum (mostly on the second half), but a majority of this album is downright brilliant so it doesn't drag the quality down too much. It's great to see Soilwork back on their game and I'm very intrigued to see what they do next.

Standout Tracks
1.Tongue
2.Leech
3.Let the First Wave Rise

jhdeity
01-08-2014, 05:45 PM
24.Death Angel-The Dream Calls for Blood
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I'll admit I was really late on the Death Angel train. I had heard a few songs of theirs over the years here and there, but I hadn't really sat down and gave them a thorough listen till about a month before I saw play with 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Revocation. Now that I've been exposed to heavy doses of Death Angel, I realize I had been missing out on some great thrash over the years. The Dream Calls for Blood is right up there with the best 2000's releases from old-school thrash acts. As you would expect with Death Angel there is plenty of energy, catchy hooks and fret-melting guitar solos to go-around ( The solos on"Detonate", "Empty" and "Caster of Shame" are just :drool:. While all those elements are great, what makes Death Angel stick out to me is the vocals of Mark Osegueda. Osegueda has all the hard edge you want to hear in a thrash vocalist, but combines it with a greater sense of traditional singing than most other thrash acts. The Dreams Calls for Blood is just a ripping thrash record that embodies everything I love about the genre in 47 minutes.

Standout Tracks
1.Left for Dead
2.Detonate
3.Caster of Shame

Yeah I thought their last 2 cd's were ok. A couple of good tracks but not very good as a whole. Then I saw them live and they blew me away. I've been a fan since Day 1 and am glad to see them putting out some of the best music long after they were written off.

mastodon421
01-09-2014, 11:34 AM
22.The Wonder Years-The Greatest Generation
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Over the past few years, The Wonder Years went from being almost completely unknown to being the leaders of the pop-punk revival movement. Since the beginning, their music has been really emotional, authentic and just a lot of fun to listen to. The Upsides and Suburbia I've You My All and Now I'm Nothing are both solid records that made me a fan of the band, but The Greatest Generation sees the band finally fully hitting their stride and making music to their fullest potential. What struck me the most about this album is the fact that it goes outside the typical mold of pop-punk while remaining true to its pop-punk roots. There's a pretty heavy straight punk ("An American Religion (TSF)" and alternative influence ("The Devil in My Bloodstream, "I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral") to mix things up a bit from their typical poppy blueprint. Of course, there's still plenty of displays of their signature sound here and it's just as infectious as ever ("Dismantling Summer", "We Could Die Like This" and "Cul-de-sac" are some of their catchiest tracks to-date.) The Greatest Generation also succeeds at not succumbing to the overly sappy nature of their earlier material. The emotional-force behind their lyrics was sometimes a little too overdone, this time around its less corny without losing any of the power or passion in Soupy's lyrics. The Greatest Generation won't win The Wonder Years any new fans, but they change things up a bit and write the most complete album of their young career without losing any of the charm or fun of their earlier material.

Standout Tracks
1.An American Religion (FSF)
2.We Could Die Like This
3.Dismantling Summer

mastodon421
01-09-2014, 04:22 PM
21.Conducting From the Grave-Conducting From the Grave
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It's good see someone can still inject life into deathcore in 2013. Conducting from the Grave left Sumerian and decided to self-release their third full-length and in the process they release the most layered and rewarding album of their career The base of the music is much more death metal than -core orientated and their willingness to experiment with melody and occasional clean vocal lines further separates them from your stereotypical deathcore band. The secret weapon of Conducting From the Grave are the twin guitar of John Abernathy and Jeff Morgan, who are amongst most underrated guitar players in the entire world of modern metal imo. Their versatility allows to them write everything from stirring melodic passages to crushing breakdowns with ease and precision. Not to mention, they both can absolutely shred when you want to him (and shred they do on album standouts "Tyrant", "Dante", "Signs" and "The Harvest".) The well-crafted music is punctuated by the powerful vocals of Mikey Powell. Powell has greatly improved as a vocalist since joining the band in 2010 with distinct high screams and crushing, near-guttural lows. Conducting From the Grave will get written off because they are a deathcore act, but they have crafted some of the most blistering, complex and just plain best extreme metal of 2013.

Standout Tracks
1.Tyrant
2.Signs
3.The Harvest

mastodon421
01-10-2014, 01:37 PM
20.After the Burial-Wolves Within
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Wolves Within is exactly the bounceback record that After the Burial needed after In Dreams. The punishing grooves, incendiary solos, powerful vocals (major props to Anthony Notarmaso for his performance on this record, he continues to improve on each release he's been featured on) and gorgeous melodies that made them one of the best young bands out there are back in full force. Wolves Within just seems a lot more natural and fluid than In Dreams was. They are in their element when they're creating groove-heavy deathcore with flourishes of progressive riffing and speedy solowork, not screwing around with clean vocals and keeping the restraints on their twin-guitar attack. Wolves Within has me excited to see where the band goes from here and gives them their rightful spot back at the top of the Sumerian Records/deathcore heap.

Standout Tracks
1.Nine Summers
2.Pennyweight
3.Disconnect

mastodon421
01-10-2014, 02:31 PM
19.Scale the Summit-The Migration
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Scale the Summit continues to impress the hell out of me. The Migration has all the typical beautiful landscapes you've come to expect from them with an added heavy crunch to keep things fresh. It was cool to see Scale the Summit embrace their metal side more on this record after making such a moody and dark record last time out on The Collective. The band just has a such a knack for creating a different atmosphere on each record that is pretty much unparalleled by any other instrumental music I've listened to and the beautiful yet crushing vibe of The Migration is my favorite journey that Scale the Summit has taken me on so far.

Standout Tracks
1.Oracle
2.The Dark Horse
3.The Olive Tree

mastodon421
01-11-2014, 11:31 AM
18.Kanye West-Yeezus
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If you had told me in 2013 that I would enjoy Kanye West record this much, I would've questioned your sanity. I've never been a fan of West before, but Yeezus changed that immediately. Yeezus is the work of a man that wanted to break the confines of mainstream hip-hop and make a bold, bizarre record that didn't gel with the industry norms of a popular artist and West did just that. While it isn't quite Death Grips in terms of aggression and industrial, lo-fi production, there is a lot of rage and emotion delivered from West on this record backed by a plethora of amazing beats. From the pounding synths and percussion of album openers "On Sight" and "Black Skinhead" to the so-bizarre it's amazing sample of "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone on "Blood on the Leaves", West makes a lot of bold, unconventional choices on this record that pay off handsomely. Yeezus is an album that is as in-your-face and over-the-top as West himself and even with a couple of filler tracks, it's one of the most exciting and refreshing albums of 2013.

Standout Tracks
1.On Sight
2.Black Skinhead
3.Blood on the Leaves

mastodon421
01-12-2014, 08:24 AM
Alright I'm going to speed things along because this thread is getting too-drawn out and the interest level isn't exactly the highest :lol: Here are my picks for 17-11, I'll start the top 10 tonight or tomorrow.

17.letlive-The Blackest Beautiful
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Standout Tracks
1.Banshee (Ghost Fame)
2.That Fear Fever
3.The Priest and Used Cars

16.Clutch-Earth Rocker
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Standout Tracks
1.D.C. Sound Attack!
2.Crucial Velocity
3.Cyborg Bette

15.Hatebreed-The Divinity of Purpose
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Standout Tracks
1.The Language
2.Honor Never Dies
3.Own Your World

14.Anciients-Heart of Oak
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Standout Tracks
1.Falling in Line
2.Flood & Fire
3.Overthrone

13.Misery Signals-Absent Light
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Standout Tracks
1.Two Solitudes
2.Reborn (An Execution)
3.Shadows and Depth

12.August Burns Red-Rescue & Restore
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Standout Tracks
1.Count It All As Lost
2.Animals
3.Creative Captivity

11.Danny Brown-Old
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Standout Tracks
1.25 Bucks
2.Lonely
3.Clean Up

VoidFlame
01-12-2014, 08:28 AM
Alright I'm going to speed things along because this thread is getting too-drawn out and the interest level isn't exactly the highest :lol: Here are my picks for 17-11, I'll start the top 10 tonight or tomorrow.

:(

Please do some more reviews towards the end of the thread at least... I read everything and enjoyed it a lot.

mastodon421
01-12-2014, 08:34 AM
:(

Please do some more reviews towards the end of the thread at least... I read everything and enjoyed it a lot.

Thanks, I really appreciate it. I'm still going to do the full write-ups for the top 10 so I'm not completely ending the thread, I just wanted to progress to the top 10 because of how long the thread has been so far. Hell I may go back and add the full write-ups at a later date.

jhdeity
01-12-2014, 08:36 AM
Alright I'm going to speed things along because this thread is getting too-drawn out and the interest level isn't exactly the highest :lol: Here are my picks for 17-11, I'll start the top 10 tonight or tomorrow.

17.letlive-The Blackest Beautiful
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Standout Tracks
1.Banshee (Ghost Fame)
2.That Fear Fever
3.The Priest and Used Cars

16.Clutch-Earth Rocker
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Standout Tracks
1.D.C. Sound Attack!
2.Crucial Velocity
3.Cyborg Bette

15.Hatebreed-The Divinity of Purpose
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Standout Tracks
1.The Language
2.Honor Never Dies
3.Own Your World

14.Anciients-Heart of Oak
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Standout Tracks
1.Falling in Line
2.Flood & Fire
3.Overthrone

13.Misery Signals-Absent Light
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Standout Tracks
1.Two Solitudes
2.Reborn (An Execution)
3.Shadows and Depth

12.August Burns Red-Rescue & Restore
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Standout Tracks
1.Count It All As Lost
2.Animals
3.Creative Captivity

11.Danny Brown-Old
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Standout Tracks
1.25 Bucks
2.Lonely
3.Clean Up

All solid picks. I'll never understand why Misery Signals aren't bigger than they are.

jhdeity
01-12-2014, 09:35 AM
BTW if Carolina wins today you pretty much wrap up the Metalsetlists NFL Pick Em pool. Go 9ers! hahaha

mastodon421
01-12-2014, 11:06 AM
All solid picks. I'll never understand why Misery Signals aren't bigger than they are.
Thanks man. I think Misery Signals hiatus didn't do them any favors in terms of popularity, but they clearly have a somewhat strong following because they made a killing in crowdfunding to make Absent Light

BTW if Carolina wins today you pretty much wrap up the Metalsetlists NFL Pick Em pool. Go 9ers! hahaha
Yeah, but it's not looking so good for them right now. The 49ers finally woke up and they are tearing shit up right now:bouville:

jhdeity
01-12-2014, 11:57 AM
Thanks man. I think Misery Signals hiatus didn't do them any favors in terms of popularity, but they clearly have a somewhat strong following because they made a killing in crowdfunding to make Absent Light


Yeah, but it's not looking so good for them right now. The 49ers finally woke up and they are tearing shit up right now:bouville:

Looks like you'll be 1 up on me and 2 up on ES156. Might come down to the Super Bowl!

mastodon421
01-12-2014, 12:00 PM
Looks like you'll be 1 up on me and 2 up on ES156. Might come down to the Super Bowl!

Very well could be. Going to cross my fingers that the Chargers can pull off the upset against the Broncos so I can make up for this loss.

mastodon421
01-13-2014, 11:21 AM
10.Run the Jewels-Run the Jewels
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Killer Mike and El-P were coming off a strong 2012 with their respective solo albums R.A.P Music and Cancer 4 Cure nabbing a ton of praise and putting them both back at the top of the underground hip-hop radar. 2013 proved to be even better as the two teamed up for a full-length album under the name Run the Jewels and released a 10-track, 33-minute hip-hop assault of straight bangers with absolutely no filler. The rapport between Killer Mike and El-P is truly special. Their styles are different as Killer Mike has a southern tinge while El-P veers into abstract territory, but compliment fit each other perfectly because of the intensity they both bring on the mic. I also loved the friendly competition vibe of the album. Mike and El-P are trying to top each other on each and every verse, which makes them both go even harder than usual, which makes for great listening and an awesome throwback to the days of battle raps. Run the Jewels has all the energy, pissed-off verses, grimy, electronic beats and lyrical brilliance that I expected from a Killer Mike and El-P collaboration.

Standout Tracks
1.Sea Legs
2.Get It
3.Run the Jewels

mastodon421
01-14-2014, 10:04 AM
9.The Black Dahlia Murder-Everblack
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My status as an avid Black Dahlia Murder fan is well-known across the board. They were responsible for getting me into extreme metal and have been my favorite of mine since I was 15. Their most recent slab of death metal ferocity, Everblack, is yet another high-quality release that continues their reign of terror on the world of heavy metal. Everblack is arguably the most evil material the band has ever produced. The horror-inspired lyrics are more grotesque than ever ("Phantom Limb Masturbation" makes 99% of Cannibal Corpse's lyrics tame by comparison) and some odd experimentation (the closing piano on "Every Rope a Noose", the eerie choir sample on "Their Beloved Absentee", the strings on "Into the Everblack") add to album's sinister feel. Matching the vile lyrics and creepy ambiance, is the pure heaviness of the music that successfully combines the chugging brutality of John Kampien-era material such as Nocturnal with the more technical, experimental side they explored on Ryan Knight-era stuff like Ritual. It's the perfect marriage of Knight and Brian Eschbach, who was the sole songwriter before Knight joined the band, on their second album working together. The aforementioned "Into the Everblack" and "Map of Scars" are two of the most straightforward pummeling tracks they've ever made yet there is a greater sense of melody and technicality than before. I also have to give props to new drummer Alan Cassidy and bassist Max Lavelle for effortlessly replacing long-time members drummer Shannon Lucas and bassist Bart Williams. The number of member changes they've had over the years has been daunting and could really put a toll on a band's chemistry, Black Dahlia Murder is just too strong and well-oiled of a machine thanks to founding members Escbach and vocalist Trevor Strnad to let that happen. Everblack doesn't quite live up to the heights of Ritual, but it's another memorable record that lives up to The Black Dahlia Murder's legacy of producing consistently impressive extreme metal records. Long live the immortals.

Standout Tracks
1.Every Rope a Noose
2.Map of Scars
3.Into the Everblack

mastodon421
01-14-2014, 03:51 PM
8.Hope for the Dying-Aletheia
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No record I heard in 2013 fell more under-the-radar than Aletheia by Illinois metalcore act Hope for the Dying. Hope for the Dying isn't your typical metalcore as they make heavy use of acoustic guitars, keys and only implore clean vocals and breakdowns occasionally (and when they are used, they are used to perfection.) The keys have this old-school black metal tinged that give each song a grand atmosphere. They kind of remind of Between the Buried and Me since a lot of their songs are very long yet never dull due to frequent, well-executed tempo changes that sprawl across a number of genres. I was honestly disappointed that took me this long to find such a talented and adventurous young band that challenges the rules of progressive metalcore. If you dig bands like BTBAM, The Human Abstract and Misery Signals, check out Hope for the Dying immediately.

Standout Tracks
1.Acceptance
2.In Isolation
3.Iniquitous

XDoomsayerX
01-14-2014, 09:49 PM
Really enjoyed this thread nig, great dedication! :fist:

mastodon421
01-15-2014, 06:43 AM
Really enjoyed this thread nig, great dedication! :fist:

Thanks a lot man.

W0unds
01-15-2014, 07:55 AM
I have really enjoyed your recap thread as well. Reminded me about a ton of releases I missed checking out - Death Angel, Conducting From the Grave, etc.

Great work!

mastodon421
01-15-2014, 12:07 PM
7.Skeletonwitch-Serpents Unleashed
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Upon first listen, Serpents Unleashed somewhat underwhelmed for whatever reason. After about four or five spins, I realized that I must have been asleep or having an out-of-body experience the first time I listened to it because Serpents Unleashed slays and is the best record Skeletonwitch has made since Beyond the Permafrost.

Serpents Unleashed further expands upon the melodic side that was introduced on their previous record Forever Abomination. Tracks like "Burned in Bone" and "More Cruel than Weak" have a huge old-school Gothenburg melodic death metal influence. It was cool to Skeletonwitch add a new element to their sound that goes against yet perfectly complements their thrash/black metal roots. This increased level of melody is counteracted by the fact that this is arguably the heaviest material they've done since Beyond the Permafrost. "Beneath Dead Leaves" and "From a Cloudless Sky" are flat-out evil even for a band like Skeletonwitch who has made a name off being one of the most diabolical-sounding bands in the heavy metal realm. When the music kicked in, I was fairly sure a portal to hell was going to open in my living room. I absolutely love the fact that they simultaneously got more mellow and heavy on the same record.

While Serpents Unleashed offers up the typical thrills of a Skeletonwitch album, the band refines their sound enough to keep it fresh. Producer Kurt Ballou makes this the cleanest sounding Skeletonwitch album to-date without sacrificing the band's naturally raw, sinister sound. Ballou seems to be the go-to producer for bands who have a rough signature sound, but want it to be polished up a bit. The fact that he's able to make a band like Skeletonwitch sound so clear without taking away the vile nature of their sound is exactly why he's one of my favorite producers in metal. It also helps that the band once again stepped their game up musically. Guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hendrick continue to improve at solowriting and unleash some of the most furious solos of their career so far throughout the album. It also impresses me that Chance Garnette remains such a fantastic vocalist after all these years. A majority of extreme-vocalist start to lose their edge at this point in their career, but Garnette hasn't lost even an ounce of bite from his trademark low-pitched growls and high-pitched shrieks. Skeletonwitch delivers the good once again on Serpents Unleashed and I hope their remarkable streak of consistency doesn't end any time soon.

Standout Tracks
1.Burned From Bone
2.From A Cloudless Sky
3.Beneath Dead Leaves

mastodon421
01-18-2014, 09:08 AM
6.The Ocean-Pelagial
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Pelagial sees The Ocean taking on a behemoth of a concept by making an album in which each song represents a different level of the ocean. The concept is daunting and complex and The Ocean make an album that is completely worthy of its rich concept.

Pelagial was originally supposed to be instrumental (the strictly instrumental version is the second disc of the album) which means The Ocean put more of a focus on complexity and experimentation in the music and the results are simply stunning. The Ocean have always had a lot of wide-ranging influences and layers to their music, but they've never created music that use these elements more chaotically or brilliantly than on Pelagial. The frequent tonal shifts this record has could've been jarring going from a soothing orchestral piece to an incredibly heavy sludge section on a whim, but none of it sounds forced or inorganic in the slightest. The Ocean are just fantastic songwriters and everything flows together incredibly well making for a truly special listening experience.

Though there are many different genres and tempo-changes on this record, I have to say that the sludge elements standout above the rest. The riffs are absolutely monstrous throughout the record. I'm an absolute sucker for a good sludge riff and Pelagial has an abundance of them. The Bathyalpelagic trilogy ("Impasses", "The Wish in Dreams", "Disequilibriated") had my jaw on the floor. The riff work is amazing and I was shocked at how heavy some of the portions were. Don't get me wrong, The Ocean have never strayed from having heavy sections in their music, but they've never had anything as skull-crushing as the Bathyalpelagic trilogy in the past.

The record also makes for the best vocal performance from Loic Rossetti to-date. Rossetti had been battling a slew of health problems during the initial writing process of this record (hence why the album was originally supposed to be instrumental.) But he clearly recovered for the recording process and he returned to the band with a vengeance. His clean vocals are more crisp and emotional than ever while his screams have a lot more power behind them. Overall Rossetti has improved substantially as a vocalist from Helio/Anthropocentric and his work here elevates the immense musical landscape the rest of the band provided in his absence. After so many years making solid records, Pelagial finally sees The Ocean taking their music to the next level by making the near-masterpiece I knew they had in them for all these years.

Standout Tracks
1.Bathyalpelagic I-III
2.Mesopelagic: Into the Uncanny
3.Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe

mastodon421
01-21-2014, 01:38 PM
5.Battlecross-War of Will
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Battlecross is often written off because they open up a lot of tours and relentlessly pimp their band on social media. Battlecross is much more than that and I honestly think they're one of the most promising young bands coming up at the moment. They play a combination of thrash and melodic death metal that is heavy on killer riffs (of both the fast and melodic variety) and whirlwind energy. War of Will serves as a natural progression for Battlecross after their impressive 2011 breakout record Pursuit of Honor. The skeleton of what made Pursuit of Honor special is still present, they've just gotten better at their niche. The songwriting is more polished with a big improvement on their melo-death end of their sound (on "Get Over It", "Never Coming Back" and "Wage a War" they write better Gothenburg-style riffs than one of the original Gothenburg bands, Dark Tranquility, did on their 2013 record.) and the production is far cleaner and balanced than before. Another thing that has also stood out to me is just the sheer amount of talent they possess as a band. Guitarist Tony Asta effortlessly rips through fret-melting solos, Don Slater is a rare talent on bass that is actually given ample time to shine and not pushed into the background, Kyle "Gumby" Gunther has a sinister tinge to both his high-pitched and low-pitched screams and of course, session drummer Shannon Lucas delivers another insane performance on this record. War of Will is the work of a band that demands respect in the metal community.

Standout Tracks
1.Wage a War
2.Never Coming Back
3.The Will to Overcome

mastodon421
01-21-2014, 04:11 PM
4.Protest the Hero-Volition
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Volition can essentially be thought of as a "best of" album for Protest the Hero album. The grand scope of Keizia, the relentless chaos and brutality of Fortress and the beautiful melodies of Scurrilous are combined into one glorious package on Volition. These elements come together so organically and in typical Protest the Hero fashion, change drastically on a whim with spectacular results. One of the many examples of these different sides converging into one is the second track of the album "Drumhead Trial". "Drumhead Trial" starts off with a fast-paced yet melodic verse before descending into a crushing metalcore section at the halfway point before shifting gears again to a subtle outro with Rody Walker switching off vocals with little-known singer Kayla Howran (I don't know what is it with this band but between Howran and frequent collaborator Jadea Kelly, the Protest guys always find amazing female singers to work with.) I'm not knocking Scurrilous because it's an excellent record, but there is a lot more diversity on Volition. Scurrilous had more of an enhanced focus on melody, here the band has a reawakening of their metal side with the return of the heavier riffing and screaming of their earlier material to the fold. The return of the metal elements is more than welcome as Rody Walker's devastatingly badass screams and groove-oriented riffing are two of the major things that initially drew me to Protest the Hero. The best part about the return of the heaviness is the fact that none of the other elements suffer because of it. The band still bangs out top-notch melodies and memorable choruses in spades, they are now just broken up a bit with bursts of hair-raising intensity (especially on the string of the aforementioned "Drumhead Trial", "Tilting Against Windmills" "Without Prejudice" and "Yellow Teeth", which may be the strongest sequence of songs they've ever produced)

However, the record isn't just a trip down memory lane, the band brings plenty of fresh ideas to the table to complement the returning elements. Songs like "Mist" and "Skies" sound like they nothing they've ever done before. "Mist" is one of the most emotional tracks they've ever made with passionate vocals from Walker, layered riffing that ranges from punk to post-rock and an almost classical outro featuring violins, acoustic guitar and a haunting piano section. "Skies" closes out the album with another successful trek into the previously uncharted waters for the band. "Skies" is easily the most progressive territory they've entered as a band with gorgeous ambient riffing in the beginning and end of the song that took me completely by surprise They've always been an act that likes to change things up and Volition sees them expanding their sound further than ever before.

Standout Tracks
1.Yellow Teeth
2.Without Prejudice
3.Drumhead Trial

dredg822
01-21-2014, 06:51 PM
4.Protest the Hero-Volition
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Volition can essentially be thought of as a "best of" album for Protest the Hero album. The grand scope of Keizia, the relentless chaos and brutality of Fortress and the beautiful melodies of Scurrilous are combined into one glorious package on Volition. These elements come together so organically and in typical Protest the Hero fashion, change drastically on a whim with spectacular results. One of the many examples of these different sides converging into one is the second track of the album "Drumhead Trial". "Drumhead Trial" starts off with a fast-paced yet melodic verse before descending into a crushing metalcore section at the halfway point before shifting gears again to a subtle outro with Rody Walker switching off vocals with little-known singer Kayla Howran (I don't know what is it with this band but between Howran and frequent collaborator Jadea Kelly, the Protest guys always find amazing female singers to work with.) I'm not knocking Scurrilous because it's an excellent record, but there is a lot more diversity on Volition. Scurrilous had more of an enhanced focus on melody, here the band has a reawakening of their metal side with the return of the heavier riffing and screaming of their earlier material to the fold. The return of the metal elements is more than welcome as Rody Walker's devastatingly badass screams and groove-oriented riffing are two of the major things that initially drew me to Protest the Hero. The best part about the return of the heaviness is the fact that none of the other elements suffer because of it. The band still bangs out top-notch melodies and memorable choruses in spades, they are now just broken up a bit with bursts of hair-raising intensity (especially on the string of the aforementioned "Drumhead Trial", "Tilting Against Windmills" "Without Prejudice" and "Yellow Teeth", which may be the strongest sequence of songs they've ever produced)

However, the record isn't just a trip down memory lane, the band brings plenty of fresh ideas to the table to complement the returning elements. Songs like "Mist" and "Skies" sound like they nothing they've ever done before. "Mist" is one of the most emotional tracks they've ever made with passionate vocals from Walker, layered riffing that ranges from punk to post-rock and an almost classical outro featuring violins, acoustic guitar and a haunting piano section. "Skies" closes out the album with another successful trek into the previously uncharted waters for the band. "Skies" is easily the most progressive territory they've entered as a band with gorgeous ambient riffing in the beginning and end of the song that took me completely by surprise They've always been an act that likes to change things up and Volition sees them expanding their sound further than ever before.

Standout Tracks
1.Yellow Teeth
2.Without Prejudice
3.Drumhead Trial

Nice review. Yellow Teeth is my favorite track as well.

XDoomsayerX
01-28-2014, 09:26 PM
Finish this yo!

MetalIsArt
01-29-2014, 03:55 AM
Finish this yo!

This.

mastodon421
01-29-2014, 03:26 PM
Appreciate the love from you guys. I'll try and finish this shit tonight. Here's #3 for the moment:
3.The Dillinger Escape Plan-One of Us is the Killer
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One of Us is the Killer is the most restrained attack The Dillinger Escape Plan has unleashed thus far. By restrained I mean there's more moments to breathe in-between the musical tornadoes Dillinger stirs up than ever before. The artsier direction of the album sees Dillinger crafting two of the best slow songs of their career in "Nothing's Funny" and "One of Us is the Killler" (which is essentially a showcase of the amazing vocal range Greg Puiciato has.) Of course for every slow song, there are also songs like "Prancer" and "When I Lost My Best" that just rip your face off with the relentless, pummeling energy they give off. As usual with Dillinger, my favorite moments of One of Us is the Killer is when the two sides of their sound collide on the same track. Much of the second half of the album sees the band crafting songs with big hooks, beautiful melodic passages and moments of balls-out insanity ("Paranoia Shields", "Crossburner" and "Magic That I Held You Prisoner" being the standouts) and the results are just glorious. Dillinger may have become a bit more accessible with One of Us is the Killer, but they sure as hell aren't softening up. It's beautiful, it's chaotic, it's the Dillinger fucking Escape Plan.

Standout Tracks
1.Paranoia Shields
2.One of Us is the Killer
3.Crossburner

mastodon421
01-29-2014, 03:41 PM
2.Killswitch Engage-Disarm the Descent
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Yeah I was one of the assholes that led to Disarm the Descent finishing in the site's year-end top 10 :D I've defended why I loved this album so many times here, so I'll keep this brief. Disarm the Descent quite simply was a brilliant throwback to the glory days of metalcore and Killswitch as a band: Jesse Leach delivers an amazing vocal performance, the hooks/riffs are catchy as all hell and the energy level is infectious. Disarm the Descent is a bold reminder of exactly why Killswitch became one of my favorite bands and a triumphant return to the band for Leach.

Standout Tracks
1.Beyond the Flames
2.The Hell in Me
3.A Tribute to the Fallen

mastodon421
01-29-2014, 05:31 PM
1.Revocation-Revocation
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In honor of this being my album of the year, here is the full review I wrote for my blog back in August when this was released.

Boston technical death metal/thrash outfit Revocation has become one of the most popular extreme metal bands in the underground right now. Their newest self-titled release should see Revocation hitting the next level of popularity as they continue to prove their place as one of the modern masters of heavy metal.

Revocation doesn't necessarily see the band going into new territory with their sound, it just takes their established sound and makes more it polished. With Revocation you know you're going to get high levels of musicianship across the board, but this go-round the songwriting is beefed up and has never been better. Each track just has a better sense of flow and organization between balancing the different ends of their sound (Case in point on "Archfiend", which transfers very organically from tech-death to a beautiful acoustic section at the end of the song.) The tracks are longer than normal for them, which allows them to write more tight and exciting material that builds upon their technical strengths they've shown in the past. For the first time in their career they've crafted an album that maintains its quality all the way through with nothing even close to filler. Aside from the better songwriting, the biggest improvement on this record is the riffs. Revocation has always been a band that has had its fair share of quality riffs, but this record just takes it to the next level. Everything from crushing old-school death groove riffs (the ending of "Invidious", which is one of the most punishing, headbang-worthy riffs I've ever heard) to melodic gems ("The Gift You Gave",) Revocation doesn't a go song without dropping numerous catchy licks that are absolutely infectious to the listener. It doesn't matter if you like traditional death metal grooves or progressive riffing or anything in-between, Revocation has something for every metal riff connoisseur on this record. Of course, it wouldn't be a Revocation album without talking about the solowork of guitarist/vocalist David Davidson. Davidson once again proves why he is at the top of the heap of metal guitarists with yet another barrage of guitar wizardry on this record . His combination of fret-melting proficiency ( the solo on "Numbing Agents" made my head spin) and variety of solos make him the undisputed bests soloer in modern metal in my eyes. You never what you're going to get from him and I've yet to be not highly impressed by any solo he lays down.

Records like this make me proud to be a metal fan. This outing sees Revocation keeping their traditional sound in tact, while improving on it with more focused songwriting featuring the best riffs and harmonies they've ever written. This is clearly a band that know it's strengths and knows how to naturally build upon them on each new release. If the quality of Revocation holds up upon future listens (which so far it has through four full playthroughs and I'd be shocked if it didn't continue to hold up,) this will probably be my favorite record of the year. As a longtime fan of Revocation, this is the record that I've been waiting for them to put out. This record is just fifty minutes of fast, riffy and sometimes progressive heavy metal with mind-blowing musicianship that is pure bliss to listen to. This is a can't miss album for any fan of extreme and/or thrash metal and further cements the growing legacy of Revocation as one of the most exciting moderns acts in all of metal.

Standout Tracks
1.Numbing Agents
2.Archfiend
3.Invidious

AnataFan4Life
01-29-2014, 05:59 PM
1.Revocation-Revocation
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In honor of this being my album of the year, here is the full review I wrote for my blog back in August when this was released.

Boston technical death metal/thrash outfit Revocation has become one of the most popular extreme metal bands in the underground right now. Their newest self-titled release should see Revocation hitting the next level of popularity as they continue to prove their place as one of the modern masters of heavy metal.

Revocation doesn't necessarily see the band going into new territory with their sound, it just takes their established sound and makes more it polished. With Revocation you know you're going to get high levels of musicianship across the board, but this go-round the songwriting is beefed up and has never been better. Each track just has a better sense of flow and organization between balancing the different ends of their sound (Case in point on "Archfiend", which transfers very organically from tech-death to a beautiful acoustic section at the end of the song.) The tracks are longer than normal for them, which allows them to write more tight and exciting material that builds upon their technical strengths they've shown in the past. For the first time in their career they've crafted an album that maintains its quality all the way through with nothing even close to filler. Aside from the better songwriting, the biggest improvement on this record is the riffs. Revocation has always been a band that has had its fair share of quality riffs, but this record just takes it to the next level. Everything from crushing old-school death groove riffs (the ending of "Invidious", which is one of the most punishing, headbang-worthy riffs I've ever heard) to melodic gems ("The Gift You Gave",) Revocation doesn't a go song without dropping numerous catchy licks that are absolutely infectious to the listener. It doesn't matter if you like traditional death metal grooves or progressive riffing or anything in-between, Revocation has something for every metal riff connoisseur on this record. Of course, it wouldn't be a Revocation album without talking about the solowork of guitarist/vocalist David Davidson. Davidson once again proves why he is at the top of the heap of metal guitarists with yet another barrage of guitar wizardry on this record . His combination of fret-melting proficiency ( the solo on "Numbing Agents" made my head spin) and variety of solos make him the undisputed bests soloer in modern metal in my eyes. You never what you're going to get from him and I've yet to be not highly impressed by any solo he lays down.

Records like this make me proud to be a metal fan. This outing sees Revocation keeping their traditional sound in tact, while improving on it with more focused songwriting featuring the best riffs and harmonies they've ever written. This is clearly a band that know it's strengths and knows how to naturally build upon them on each new release. If the quality of Revocation holds up upon future listens (which so far it has through four full playthroughs and I'd be shocked if it didn't continue to hold up,) this will probably be my favorite record of the year. As a longtime fan of Revocation, this is the record that I've been waiting for them to put out. This record is just fifty minutes of fast, riffy and sometimes progressive heavy metal with mind-blowing musicianship that is pure bliss to listen to. This is a can't miss album for any fan of extreme and/or thrash metal and further cements the growing legacy of Revocation as one of the most exciting moderns acts in all of metal.

Standout Tracks
1.Numbing Agents
2.Archfiend
3.Invidious

Fuck I love this album. Whereas most newer metal bands will crap out after a couple of albums, Revocation are on their fourth and it is by far their best :rocker:

XDoomsayerX
01-29-2014, 06:21 PM
Need to relisten to TDEP and Revocation albums that's for sure.

Awesome thread dude!

mastodon421
01-30-2014, 02:24 PM
To close out the thread, here my top 50 songs of 2013 in no particular order:
$AP Ferg-Shabba (feat. A$AP Rocky)
Action Bronson-Silverado
After the Burial-Nine Summers
Anciients-Falling in Line
August Burns Red-Count It All As Lost
Battlecross-Never Coming Back
Battlecross-Wage a War
Clutch-D.C. Sound Attack!
Coheed and Cambria-Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
Danny Brown-25 Bucks (feat. Purity Ring)
Death Grips-You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money but I Know What He Really Loves You For It's Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat
Fallujah-The Dead Sea
Fallujah-Venom Upon the Blade
Hatebreed-The Language
Heaven Shall Burn-Godiva
Hope for the Dying-Acceptance
Intronaut-The Way Down
Kanye West-Black Skinhead
Kanye West-Blood on the Leaves
Kanye West-On Sight
Killswitch Engage-A Tribute to the Fallen
Killswitch Engage-Always
Killswitch Engage-Beyond the Flames
Killswitch Engage-The Hell in Me
Letlive.-Banshee (Ghost Fame)
Misery Signals-Two Solitudes
Protest the Hero-Drumhead Trial
Protest the Hero-Plato's Triplate
Protest the Hero-Tilting Against Windmills
Protest the Hero-Without Prejudice
Protest the Hero-Yellow Teeth
Revocation-Archfiend
Revocation-Fracked
Revocation-Invidious
Revocation-Numbing Agents
Revocation-The Gift You Gave
Rotting Out-The Wrong Way
Run the Jewels-Get It
Run the Jewels-Sea Legs
Skeletonwitch-Burned from Bone
Skeletonwitch-From A Cloudless Sky
Soilwork-Tongue
The Black Dahlia Murder-Every Rope a Noose
The Black Dahlia Murder-Map of Scars
The Dillinger Escape Plan-Crossburner
The Dillinger Escape Plan-Magic That I Held You Prisoner
The Dillinger Escape Plan-One of Us is the Killer
The Dillinger Escape Plan-Paranoia Shields
The Ocean-Bathylpelagic I-III: Impasses, The Wish in Dreams,Disequilibriated
The Ocean-Mesopelgaic: Into the Uncanny

mastodon421
01-30-2014, 02:28 PM
Need to relisten to TDEP and Revocation albums that's for sure.

Awesome thread dude!

Thank you so much man! Appreciate everyone that took the time to read this monstrosity of a thread. Here is the recap of my top 50 in case anyone missed it and doesn't want to thumb through the rest of the thread:

50.Chance the Rapper-Acid Rap
49.Mac Miller-Watching Movies With the Sound Off
48.The Story So Far-What You Don't See
47.Last Chance to Reason-Level 3
46.Earl Sweatshirt-Doris
45.Big K.R.I.T.-King Remembered in Time
44.Coheed and Cambria-The Afterman: Descension
43.Born of Osiris-Tommorow We Die Alive
42.Finntroll-Bloodsvept
41.Crossfaith-Apocalyze
40.Vince Staples & Larry Fisherman-Stolen Youth LP
39.Warbringer-IV: Empires Collapse
38.Rivers of Nihil-The Conscious Seed of Light
37.Pusha T-My Name Is My Name
36.Defeater-Letters Home
35.Death Grips-Government Plates
34.Devildriver-Winter Kills
33.Rob Zombie-Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
32.Fleshgod Apocalypse-Labyrinth
31.Intronaut-Habitual Leviations (Instilling Words With Tones)
30.Heaven Shall Burn-Veto
29.A Day to Remember-Common Courtesy
28.Action Bronson-Blue Chips 2
27.Rotting Out-The Wrong Way
26.Counterparts-The Difference Between Hell and Home
25.Suffocation-Pinnacle of Bedlam
24.Death Angel-The Dream Calls for Blood
23.Soilwork-The Living Infinite
22.The Wonder Years-The Greatest Generation
21.Conducting from the Grave-Conducting from the Grave
20.After the Burial-Wolves Within
19.Scale the Summit-The Migration
18.Kanye West-Yeezus
17.letlive.-The Blackest Beautiful
16.Clutch-Earth Rocker
15.Hatebreed-The Divinity of Purpose
14.Anciients-Heart of Oak
13.Misery Signals-Absent Light
12.August Burns Red-Rescue & Restore
11.Danny Brown-Old
10.Run the Jewels-Run the Jewels
9.The Black Dahlia Murder-Everblack
8.Hope for the Dying-Altheia
7.Skeletonwitch-Serpents Unleashed
6.The Ocean-Pelagial
5.Battlecross-War of Will
4.Protest the Hero-Volition
3.The Dillinger Escape Plan-One of Us is the Killer
2.Killswitch Engage-Disarm the Descent
1.Revocation-Revocation