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DementedX14 12-29-2012 08:51 PM

Dementedx14's Top 14 albums of 2012 plus other stuff thread
 
Well since I didn't do one last year I figured I will do one for this year since I am bored on a Saturday night. I will finish this top 14 list this week and hopefully rate other things like live shows, eps, & movies.

First, I liked to give a very short summary of my life during the year of 2012. From January to July I was unemployed with barely money. Everyday felt the same with exception of the occasionally disappointing interview and few concerts. By June I was really starting to lose my mind to an extent because of how bored I was until July where I made some progress with a few one day jobs that ultimately led to me being hired as an intern for a company in the city. Since then, I have been waiting patiently until I can obtain a full-time position so that I can hopefully one day move out of my parents house and get a apartment in city.

That being said, I am glad this year is over with and hopefully 2013 will be a a lot better. Now unto the first album on the list.

DementedX14 12-29-2012 09:23 PM

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[SIZE="4"]14. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage[/SIZE][/CENTER]

When I heard that Gojira signed on with Roadrunner I didn't know what I expected to hear from their next album. I was hoping that they can exceed their amazing fourth album "The Way Of All Flesh" but I knew that would be difficult for this band to surpass their best opus. However, they did a pretty good job of coming close. Many of these tracks do sound familiar to each other and most last around 5 minutes which is a little disappointing. The grooves, especially in the title track, sound amazing along with those crushing riffs that never fail to disappoint. A little more experimentation could heave helped this album sound more unique but it does sound like the most cohesive album which isn't a bad thing. Overall, it is great album from this amazing French band that definitely belongs in any top 20 list of 2012.

DementedX14 12-30-2012 12:16 PM

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[SIZE="4"]13. Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud[/SIZE][/CENTER]

I guess you can say that I am a casual fan of Devin Townsend, I haven't been able to hear all of his works since I discovered SYL in 2006. I love discovering all the wonders that he has brought to the metal landscape and how he continues to write new material every year however I don't always enjoy all of them. Now for this album in particular I must say that I do enjoy this much more than his last two records overall. The tracks are not dragged on like in Deconstruction or too mellow like in Ghost. When I heard this record for the first time I didn't like what I was hearing but than I gradually warm up to it the more I listened to it. Lucky Animals was a track that I hated immediately but I found out that if your are in happy mood it can sound amazing with the repetitive chorus and all. Anneke van Giersbergen sounds much better here than in Addicted! and it doesn't as sound out of place at all like it did in Addicted! in some tracks. The tracks Liberation, Where We Belong, Grace, Save Our Now, Hold On are the key stand outs and ultimaly what made this record sound fantastic. Kingdom does sound a little out of place and I felt it didn't need to be remastered since it already sounded great before. Besides that, this record is a great showcase of Devin brings to the table in 2012. I just wish he would growl more and hopefully one day bring back Strapping Young Lad so that I can see them live.

DementedX14 12-30-2012 12:40 PM

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[SIZE="4"]12. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol[/SIZE][/CENTER]

Once again, these Gothic Brits deliver another brilliant record reminisce of their early material in the 90s. Each track sounds fantastic and if you loved Draconian Times as much as I do than it will be obvious that you will like this album all the same. My favorite track is Crucify where the production sounds amazing with those awesome solos from Mackintosh. However, this whole album sounds great and I really can't say more than that. The I don't like about this album is the cover which could have look a lot better. If you have any interest in Gothic metal than this needs your attention. Listening to this record make me feel more upset that I missed a chance to see them live when they came with Katatonia/DTP back in September.

DementedX14 01-01-2013 11:34 AM

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[SIZE="4"][CENTER]11. Pig Destroyer - Book Burner[/CENTER][/SIZE]

Pig Destroyer is my favorite grindcore band and once again they never fail to create an amazing record filled with all the aggression and violent screams that everyone can enjoy. The production sounds amazing in this record and guitars shred perfectly. Though they are not breaking any new ground like in their previous records this album shows what they do best and that is why I love them.

DementedX14 01-01-2013 01:38 PM

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[SIZE="4"]10. Celldweller - Wish Upon A Blackstar[/SIZE][/CENTER]

I first heard Celldweller back in 2004, and I've been fan ever since. Klayton, the sole member of this band, does all the instrumentation and most of the production. Wish Upon a Blackstar has been a few years in the making, but it was worth it. There isn't another album out there that I can compare this to other than the self-titled debut. What makes this album unique in a sense is that it combines a lot of styles of electronic music such as EBM, pop, industrial rock and dubstep into one. The quality of production is second to none. The songs themselves have great hooks and catchy choruses.

[B][U]Stand out Tracks[/U][/B]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kkbYuYhZBw]I Can't Wait[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2WT2hH36Ec]Unshakeable[/url]
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IVIPT_8CXw]Eon[/url]

IrritatedTrout 01-01-2013 06:38 PM

Totally agree with that Gojira review.

hellawaits77ny 01-02-2013 06:30 AM

Good read so far.

Glad to hear things are coming along for you, best of luck in 2013 :rocker:.

DementedX14 01-02-2013 05:40 PM

[QUOTE=IrritatedTrout;504993]Totally agree with that Gojira review.[/QUOTE]

:fist:

[QUOTE=hellawaits77ny;505060]Good read so far.

Glad to hear things are coming along for you, best of luck in 2013 :rocker:.[/QUOTE]

Thanks! I hope things get more positive for me as soon as possible. :agree:

DementedX14 01-03-2013 08:29 PM

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[SIZE="4"]9. Aborted - Global Flatline[/SIZE][/CENTER]

After the somewhat disappointing Strychnine.213 album I wasn't expect much from Aborted's next opus but this album reminded me why I loved them in the first place. Excellent brutal death metal the way I like it. Violent screams, the perfect balance of aggression and grooves in the riffs, disgusting lyrics, horrifying artwork, deep growls, and those evil menacing soundbites.:drool: An exceptionally well done record from one of my favorite death metal bands.


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