Okay, some more honorable mentions:
- Majesty and Decay
As far as death metal, this isn't very accessible. Still, it's fairly enjoyable. The bass on "The Purge" is sick
- From Our Cold, Dead Hands
This is actually one of my favorite grind releases of the year. It has the Swedish Grind sound but it's a lot more brutal. Still, I'm sure I've heard this before...
- The Tenant
Pretty avant-garde black metal. Very, very captivating. "The Truth Will Set You Free" is amazing.
Strangely enough, the style of this album is very similar to that of my #1 album.
- Bears, Mayors, Scraps, and Bones
Man, what an album. I'm serious, this is some awesome hardcore/metal. As pissed off as it sounds, it has a carefree emotion to it, like its just going with the flow. It's heavy, but it's not brutal
; it's fun. A fun record, for sure.
- The Prophet Feeds
Cancer Bats may have been carefree, but these guys are pissed off. This album is pretty sludgy as well. Very interesting album, pretty kickass hardcore.