21.Conducting From the Grave-Conducting From the Grave
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.