El Turtle Boy's shitty ass list that no one likes,but who cares. 2012 Edition.
My favorite time of the year. I get to list my favorite stuff in music that no one cares about but oh well. I had so much fun doing it last year I'm adding 5 more extra albums on my list. It was hard to do this year since I was computer less. But thanks to friends,blogs,and band camps,I was able to listen to 25 great albums that made 2012 one bad-ass year. There was a couple more I wanted to hear but due to lack of time,here it is. Hope you love it/hate it as much as you did last year.
[B][FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="6"]Top 25 albums of 2012[/SIZE][/FONT][/B]
[SIZE="5"][B]25. Joey Ramone- ....Ya Know?[/B][/SIZE]
11 years after his death Joey pulled a Tupac and released his 2nd solo album 10 years later. Not your typical Ramones songs but there was some stuff here that could've been gold if they had done so. Love songs,Punk songs,blah blah blah. It wasn't the greatest thing ever but I would've felt bad if I didn't put Joey in this list,because lets face it,The Ramones are the best band of all time. This one is for the hardcore fans.
[SIZE="5"][B]24. Larry David- Grind Your Enthusiasm[/B][/SIZE]
Yes! Its finally been done! A band devoted to Larry David that sings about Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld(The most grindcore show ever). Featuring members of Anal Blast,Killgasm,and Rotten Funeral. These assmen from Sacramento,CA released their debut as a goodbye,which sucks cause I never saw em,but at least I can listen to this. So put your cashmere spot sweater on,get thirsty over pretzels,and be the master of your domain with this album. Larry! Goodbye!
[SIZE="5"][B]23. MellowHype- Numbers[/B][/SIZE]
Don't let the album artwork fool you,this ain't Black Metal,This is Hip-Hop which of coarse has the dudes from the Hip-Hop collective OFWGKTA. Catchy rap tunes that your mom would hate. Some would argue with me when I say this is their best,but ill say it anyways. With songs like Grill,Monster,and 666 this makes it one of the catchiest albums I've heard this year. Tra-Trash Wang,Dats Wassup!
[SIZE="5"][B]22. Burzum- Umskiptar
3rd year in a row Varg has given us a great album(also 3 years he's been out of jail!). I'm not gonna lie that since then each album keeps getting less 'n less good. But its Varg,the most notorious Black Metal musician ever so he can do whatever he wants. So if he wants to be weird and folky in this album with soothing Black Metal then let it be. Still genius work of art from Varg Vikernes.
[B][SIZE="5"]21. Aborted- Global Flatline[/SIZE][/B]
Death/Grind from Belgium that for some stupid reason I just discovered. Holy balls this rules. Brutal songs about nasty shit that rules. Nothing much else to say other than it will blow you away from its Brutalness. Guest vocals from member's of Rotten Sound,Misery Index,and Black Dahlia Murder. Bump this with yo mama.
[B][SIZE="5"]20. Green Day - ĦUno![/SIZE][/B]
Yes,I'm putting Green Day on my list,suck my ass. They released 3 albums this year: Uno(which is old skool sounding),Dos(which is a Foxborrow Hotubs sequel),and Tre(which is like their recent stuff). So when that got out I figured I'd check this out. Thank Satan Billie Joe is was on drugs cause this album ruled. Total old GD with a mix of the stuff in American Idiot. A BIG IMPROVEMENT from the last album they put out. Some filler tracks but who cares,I still like Green Day.
[B][SIZE="5"]19. OFF!- OFF![/SIZE][/B]
Keith and the gang released their official album debut after 4 freaking amazing EP's already put out by the band. Not gonna lie, The First Four EP's were way better than this but this is still Old Skool Punk Rock in yo face. Angry teenager music made by what seems to be the oldest teenager ever. OFF! was created so the world would know what Black Flag would sound like if Keith had stayed in the band,and well this is it. This is so great I wouldn't mind Circle Jerks going on a longer hiatus.
18. Harassor- Hater Of Man[/SIZE][/B]
Harassor made my list again this year with another evil crusty hardcore Black Metal release. They possibly could've been on my list twice since they released two full lengths this year,but I was only able to hear this one. Not as evil as the debut album but still a gem for Los Angeles Black Metal with raw sounding vocals and instruments which make this band one of my favorites of the genre. If I had time to listen to other I totally would,as of now my main concern to break my bad luck streak of still not seeing them live. 7 sloppy,distorted evil Black Metal songs with one Drone-y track that will give you chills. Hail Satan. Listen. -l-
[B][SIZE="5"]17. The Communion- A Desired Level Of Unease[/SIZE][/B]
You see this right here? You Cannot fuck with this. I saw these guys on a comp DVD and instantly loved the band to hope I can one day start a band as sloppy and shitty as them. And I say that with highest respect for these New Yorkers. Noisy as fuck Black Metal mixed with Grindcore,Death Metal,Sludge,Hardcore,you name it! In one listen I was instantly hooked. They have a bunch of splits and stuff but this is what you need to hear. God damn this shit rules. Just listen to it man,just listen.
[B][SIZE="5"]16. Phobia- Remnants of Filth[/SIZE][/B]
Orange County's Grinders have done it again with this new release. Typical Phobia tradition that I love. 20 minutes of fast and furious Grindcore. Short but sweet. It's just an album I can listen to again and again and not get tired of it. Grind.
[B][SIZE="5"]15. Mutilation Rites- Empyrean[/SIZE][/B]
Another debut Black Metal album from NY. Yes this does have elements of Grind/Crust but with some Depressive Black Metal for your mood swing needs. Doom/Thrash is also in the mix but its mostly a BM album. I'm having trouble describing this one.Point is its Black Metal with other shit that rules. A bit short and not in the good way but I loved it a lot. I'm expecting a lot of good things from this band.
[B][SIZE="5"]14. Bad Brains- Into The Future[/SIZE][/B]
YES! YES! YES! Bad Brains were able to make another great album that didn't suck ass! Even with all the weed they smoked they were able to put an album as great as 07's Build A Nation. This one has everything. Hardcore,Reggae,Hip Hop,Dub,blah blah! HR's vocals are weirder than ever, but BB still put out a heavy spiritual record. I was very happy with the turn out of this album,and any BB fan will not be disappointed. Now to get HR to act nuts on stage again...
[B][SIZE="5"]13. D.I.S.(Destroyed In Seconds)- Becoming Wrath[/SIZE][/B]
2nd album by my favorite local D-Beat/Crust band DIS. Line up change since the last album,but nevertheless the shit rules. They've added Thrash,HxC,Grind,and other shit that rules to make this one album that is a must listen. Plus the new singer looks like a Latino Ice Cube. Just listen for all your open minded Crusty needs. Listen foo!
12. Gallows- Gallows[/SIZE][/B]
I'm not gonna lie. I thought this British band and album would suck all the balls in the world after doing 2 great album with former singer Frank Carter and replacing him with Wade MacNeil(Who was in Alexisonfire,you sucked major ass). I boycotted them so I didn't bother to listen to the EP they released last year. I heard it this year after my friend kept convincing me,and that shit was hard. The band sounder harder,more pissed off,and just as great. They don't completely sound like a different band but I guess the only way to say is that the Gallows totally reinvented themselves and it wasn't so bad to let an American on board. I was pretty excited for this and it was no let down. Pissed,full of rage,and just a shotgun to the face. And I would be too if my singer left me to do an indie band,got kicked off a major label,and half my fans left me. Don't be like me. Give this a chance. This shit is so good I kick myself in the face for not giving them a chance at the (re)start.
[B][SIZE="5"]11. Arts- Thousand Wounds Of War[/SIZE][/B]
Mark McCoy of Charles Bronson,Das Oath,Holy Molar,and Failures doing a one man Black Metal band. That's enough info already for you to check this out. Marky has 4 other BM projects but Arts was my favorite one. Just the insanity,rawness,and fastness of Arts made fall in love with the band and just look into more Black Metal/Punk project. This is is second LP with ARTS and its just fuckin' raw. Nuff said.
[B][SIZE="5"]10. Terrorizer- Hordes Of Zombies[/SIZE][/B]
Grindcore Pioneers put out their 3rd album. Tho the first one was groundbreaking ,the 2nd one seem to be "Pete Sandoval/Jesse Pintado & Resistant Culture playing Grindcore". It was ok I guess. Since then Jesse has passed away(RIP) and they got Dave Vincent back on Bass(SO CLOSE TO A LEGIT LINE UP). Anyways,I liked this a lot. I was surprised by how much the aggression ruled. I expected this to end up on the end of my list(if anything) but it was just a great Death/Grind album.Nothing will ever beat World Downfall or Oscar Garcia's vocals but it's just what Terrorizer need to redeem themselves. A lot of people did not like this album at all,but hey its better than the last Morbid Angel album.
[B][SIZE="5"]9. Black Breath- Sentenced To Life[/SIZE][/B]
You know when you listen to a band debut album and think, "Well this is so good,the rest of the shit after is just gonna be ok". Well that's what I thought about Seattle's Black Breath and they proved me wrong. Way wrong. Like holy shit those riffs,those vocals,those drums,FUCK! This was in a lot of peoples list from the start and now you know why. Death Metal/Thrash/Hardcore/Satan/ its just fucking strong. This album is one for the books and will be talked about for ages. Satanic Hardcore? Who knows,but this something unique.
[B][SIZE="5"] 8. Napalm Death- Utilitarian[/SIZE][/B]
Grindcore pioneers have done it again. Political lyrics,Barneys harsh vocals,and the rest of the band just make this one of 2012's best album. Of coarse all the original ND elements are there with the Death Metal approach they've been doing forever now. Some people say this one of Napalms best work. It's extraordinary ,its harsh,its Grindcore.
[B][SIZE="5"]7. Converge- All We Love We Leave Behind[/SIZE][/B]
Most people were shocked when I told them that i never listened to Converge. I never bothered giving them a chance but I knew they had a huge following and they were pioneers of something but I had no idea what. I gave this a listen as my first Converge album recently and everything made sense. These new genres of Hardcore bands ( Cursed,All Pigs Must Die, Early Graves,Nails) etc all reminded me of Converge and what they brought to the table. This album was a true masterpiece of Hardcore,Metal-core,whatever you wanna call it. Great guitar works,memorial songs,and just stuff that makes you wanna punch your dad in the face until there's nothing left to punch. This is Converge. This is the shit.
[B][SIZE="5"]6. Pig Destroyer- Book Burner[/SIZE][/B]
5 years. It took 5 freakin years for Virginia's Piggy to put out one hell of a Grind album. Every Grinder around the world is calling this one of the best Grind releases of 2012 and I could'nt agree more. People that don't even like Grindcore are highly praising this album and its just one great fuckin record. If you get the Deluxe edition(which is worth it it) it comes with a short story written by frontman JR Heyes called "The Atheist" which is as mind blowing as this album. Also included is the Blind, Deaf, and Bleeding EP which has Old Hardcore Punk covers from Black Flag,Misfits,Circle Jerks,etc. This is a very special album and it's worth a listen even if you don't like Grind. listen here.
[B][SIZE="5"]5. Murder Construct- Results[/SIZE][/B]
Finally the debut of Murder Construct. Death/Grind super-group Featuring members of some of my favorite bands including Cattle Decapitation,Exhumed,Phobia,Lack Of Interest,To The Point,Bad Acid Trip,DIS,Nausea,and way more. That enough said should convince you that this will be one crazy ass Death/Grind album. Well it is,and in my opinion its greatly underrated. The music rules,the songs rule,and my favorite about this is of coarse Travis Ryans vocals. If they ever tour again,see this shit live. Death/Grind done by people who've done it already,and are doing it better. This is like the Justice League of Death/Grind.
[B][SIZE="5"]4. OFWGKTA- The OF tape Vol. 2[/SIZE][/B]
Its true. I fell for the Odd Future craze that's sweeping the white boy swag nation. I asked my friend to play this in the car and it quickly became one of my favorite albums of the year,and one of my all time favorite Hip-Hop/Rap albums. I don't know where to start. Odd Future is more than a Hip-Hop group. It's group of young individuals bringing all their music together to give you one amazing record. Tyler,The Creator,Frank Ocean,MellowHype,Mike G,Earl Sweatshirt,The Internet,Domo Genesis,Hodgy Beats and more all partake in this official first full length from these kids. People are saying Odd Future are the Wu-Tang of today. Some people say its Hip-Hop for white kids and hipsters. I say it's the best fucking Hip-Hop of 2012 and if you don't agree your loss. Wolf Gang,Golf Wang,Kill Them All.
[B][SIZE="5"]3. Early Graves- Red Horse[/SIZE][/B]
In 2010 Early Graves tragically lost their singer Mahk Daniels in a car accident while on tour. They had released 2 amazing albums with him and they were a staple on San Francisco Hardcore. Last year they reunited with John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre who has been kicking so much ass with them all over America. When they announced the new record I knew it was gonna be great,but not this fucking great. John adds his Black Metal vocals mixed with Hardcore/Death Metal/Crusty album which just makes it one of my favorite albums this year. Everything about this album rules hard. Why haven't you heard this yet? I have no idea,but you totally should. First song plays,and your addicted.
[B][SIZE="5"]2. Trash Talk- 119[/SIZE][/B]
Oh soooooooo close to being number 1 but no cigar. I bought this the day it came out and played it like 20 times that night. It automatically became my favorite Trash Talk record and them signing with Odd Futures record label seemed to be a good move. Pissed,fast song that I'm always singing daily like Eat the Cycle,Apathy,and my personal favorite, Reasons. Since its on OF's Label Tyler,The Creator and Hodgy Beats do a song with them. Everyone had doubts on how it would sound but it ended up being the coolest fucking thing ever. Trash Wang finally happened and it ruled hard. I just cant get enough of this album. TT did so much cool stuff this year and this album proves how great they are.
[B][SIZE="5"]1. Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity[/SIZE][/B]
#1 album of 2012 according to me goes to Cattle D for putting out one of the best Death/Grind albums of all fuckin time. I use to like Cattle,but this album made love them to the max. I know people who hated Cattle but got into them after this master piece. Everything about this album is spot on perfection. The guitar,bass,drums,samples,sound,but the main thing is Travis Ryans vocals. Travis Ryan is also frontman of the year(also see #5) for his over the top vocals. They go from gurgling Goregrind to brutal Death Metal to this high pitched sounding screech that gives you the creeps but you just can't get enough of. And Cattle also put out the music video of the year for me. Its for the song Forced Gender Reassignment, and It's also probably the most disturbing thing ever and makes The Human Centipede look like Teletubbies. Travis and Cattle worked hard this year for putting out and promoting the best thing I've heard this year. Jesus Chris is Suicide. This is 2012s best work.
[B][SIZE="5"]4. OFWGKTA- The OF tape Vol. 2[/SIZE][/B]
Its true. I fell for the Odd Future craze that's sweeping the white boy swag nation. I asked my friend to play this in the car and it quickly became one of my favorite albums of the year,and one of my all time favorite Hip-Hop/Rap albums. I don't know where to start. Odd Future is more than a Hip-Hop group. It's group of young individuals bringing all their music together to give you one amazing record. Tyler,The Creator,Frank Ocean,MellowHype,Mike G,Earl Sweatshirt,The Internet,Domo Genesis,Hodgy Beats and more all partake in this official first full length from these kids. People are saying Odd Future are the Wu-Tang of today. Some people say its Hip-Hop for white kids and hipsters.[B] I say it's the best fucking Hip-Hop of 2012 and if you don't agree your loss.[/B] Wolf Gang,Golf Wang,Kill Them All.
Instead of laughing at you, i'll just tell you to go listen to Aesop Rock, Death Grips, Killer Mike, JJ DOOM, and El-P.
[QUOTE=BloodoftheKings;501548]Instead of laughing at you, i'll just tell you to go listen to Aesop Rock, Death Grips, Killer Mike, JJ DOOM, and El-P.[/QUOTE]
As i posted earlier I had no time to hear a lot of stuff. Death Grips (both albums) was on my list. And fuck you that shit was amazing
[B][SIZE="6"]Top 5 EP's
[B][SIZE="5"]5. Condition- Deteriorating [/SIZE][/B]
Total Japcore/D-Beat worship with this one. This band hardly plays live cause one of the members lives out of state or something. But if your lucky to catch em live, its one hell of a show. This EP was recorded in '11 but just released this year as an EP this year. Fuck it,I'm putting on the list cause it raw as fuck. Feat members of Trash Talk,DNF,and Raw Nerves.
[B][SIZE="5"]4. Francis Harold & The Holograms- The White Bull Weeps From Valhalla[/SIZE][/B]
WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BAND BEFORE?! SERIOUSLY. HOLY SHIT. I'VE MISSING OUT BIG TIME. If Ceremony is considered the Black Flag of today,Rotting Out the Suicidal Tendencies,than no doubt in my mind would FH+Holograms be Flipper. This is some weird ass shit. Echo-y voices from a fat guy in a bull dog mask. That's it man. That's all you need to know from this Punk/Low-Fi?/ Garage/some how Hardcore band that claims to be from Arizona but they're really from the OC. Supposedly this is their last releases ever,which makes me sad to know I'm super late on them. Holy shit this is horrendous. And I love horrendous. Frances Harold is God. Well Kinda.
[B][SIZE="5"]3. Skvlt- 4 Songs EP[/SIZE][/B]
Skvlt is a Blackened Hardcore band from Massachusetts that I barely heard this year. If I would've heard their demo last year,it would've been #1 on my demo list. Luckily they gave us more great music this year,that kicks so much ass. A bit more on the Crust side with this one but still great Black Metal/Punk that you just can't stop blasting. I envy you people that get to see em all the time over there. This is so good.
[B][SIZE="5"]2. Hoax- 3rd EP[/SIZE][/B]
This is completely insane. Like fuck dude,I honestly believe the singers a madman and this EP shows it. This is some heavy stuff that makes you want to keep hitting yourself with a microphone. If not then well their front man will do it for you. But fuck man this is EP is for nut jobs and psycho's. So if you hate yourself and want to listen to the some of the most awesome Hardcore of this decade,I suggest Hoax.
[B][SIZE="5"]1. DNF- Hurt [/SIZE][/B]
My most anticipated EP of the year was by DNF. DNF have totally changed since their hiatus and their demo. They shortened their name to be more serious I'm assuming(formally Duke Nukem Forever), have gone from silly Grindviolence to a more serious angst-y Powerviolence/Hardcore/a bit Sludgy/Grind act,and just kick way more ass. Though they are kind of different band this EP did not let me down at all and is one of my favorite releases of this year. Total pissed off,fast,loud,and catchy songs that will have you stage diving and punching the person right next to you. DNF wins EP of the year, and I really can't wait for what they have in store next. Member's of Trash Talk,Touche Amore,Raw Nerves,and Condition. P.O.N.P.
Totally forgot about that Aborted.
[SIZE="6"][B]Top 5 Demo's[/B][/SIZE]
All have bandcamps. Look em up,download,support.
OC Fastcore. Brand new band that's getting known kinda fast and I remember crowed surfing with one of the member's in Gnarmageddon. Someone once described em as Suicidal Tendencies with blast beats.
FFO: Void,Charles Bronson, Septic Death
[B][SIZE="5"]4. Splatter Control[/SIZE][/B]
Chicago Grind. Silly lyrics with silly music. Your demo's good and you should FEEL good.
[B][SIZE="5"]3. Spring Break '95[/SIZE][/B]
I heard this like a week ago and had to boot another band on this list 'cause this demo was so good not show to the world. Riverside Powerviolence/HxC.
FFO: Coke Bust/Dangers/Xeres
[B][SIZE="5"]2. Iron Reagan[/SIZE][/B]
Municipal Waste side project with member's of Darkest Hours. This demo was actually better than Waste's album this year. Go Figure.
FFO: (Later) Cro-Mags, D.R.I.,Municipal Waste(Duh!)
Freakin badass Hardcore. Members of Dismembered,108,etc. You guys owe us an LA show.
Ill post live shows tomorrow morning
Had some good stuff like Mutilation Rites and Murder Construct. I'm gonna assume you don't listen to much hip-hop if you think OF Tape 2 is the best of the year, but it's not a bad tape. Also I did like that Splatter Control EP quite a bit actually.
I love your list.
Only thing that could make it better is if someone could find me a download link for the Larry David album since I can't find one.
Also Trash Talk <3
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