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Old 12-24-2013, 04:35 AM
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46.) Acranius - When Mutation Becomes Homicidal

Acranius takes all the best parts of slam, hardcore and deathcore and pack them all into this ultra brutal release. If any of the aforementioned genres are your thing, then this album is an absolute must. I'm going to finish this review with an interesting quote from a review on MA referring to the genre-bending of Acranius: "it makes the title of the album seem to make a lot more sense being that they really did pull off an absolutely GENIUS mutation that ended up becoming "homicidal: in the means of the music being brutally badass."

Life Sustainment to Continue Mutilation
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FUCK YES! I thought I'd be the only one with this on their year-end list. Brutal deathcore at it's finest!

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I was actually listening to Acranius on my flight home yesterday and it was the most original Slam album I've heard all year. So good
Respect. It's not my top slam albums of the year, but certainly one of them.
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FUCK YES! I thought I'd be the only one with this on their year-end list. Brutal deathcore at it's finest!



Respect. It's not my top slam albums of the year, but certainly one of them.
It's definitely the most dynamic slam album I've heard this year. Or possibly any year. It certainly is a breath of fresh air in the typically stagnant world of slam.
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It's definitely the most dynamic slam album I've heard this year. Or possibly any year. It certainly is a breath of fresh air in the typically stagnant world of slam.
It's absolutely a breath of fresh air, which is needed in slam!!

And I don't mean disrespect nor do I want to argue, but I strongly disagree it's possibly the most dynamic slam album of any year. There are many albums that are not just more dynamic, but better.

But in the end, it's a very good album and above all else, a well needed "non-generic" slam death release!
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And I also checked out Extermination Dismemberment based on your recommendation. Another great slam album! Vocals are generic, but the slams are great.
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It's absolutely a breath of fresh air, which is needed in slam!!

And I don't mean disrespect nor do I want to argue, but I strongly disagree it's possibly the most dynamic slam album of any year. There are many albums that are not just more dynamic, but better.

But in the end, it's a very good album and above all else, a well needed "non-generic" slam death release!
Yeah, you're probably right. Any year is overstepping it. I stand by it for being the most dynamic of this year though. I'm definitely not saying it's the greatest slam album of all time or anything.

Extermination Dismemberment are just a really fun listen. Especially if you have something that has decent bass.
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Extermination Dismemberment are just a really fun listen. Especially if you have something that has decent bass.
Good call. The bass drop in the title track is redonk!
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5.) Enabler - Flies

Enabler seems to slowly be moving away from their metal infused hardcore sound that was apparent on "All Hail the Void" to the more straight up crust punk sound mixed with an almost emotive hardcore (a la Defeater) of this EP (and the last). Even if I don't like the change in direction as much, I still can't deny that no matter what genre they're playing, they can still make a damn good record. The EP ends with a damn impressive cover of Sepultura's "Arise" that is Enabler perfectly crafting the song to their sound.

Enabler - Arise
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4.) Harm's Way - Blinded

The last time I saw Harm's Way, the vocalist (imagine a gigantic, buff, behemoth of a man) was wearing an Entombed back patch on a jean jacket. That's pretty much exactly what this EP sounds like. Tough guy hardcore played with HM-2s to emulate Swedish death metal. Some of the heaviest hardcore you'll ever hear.

Frontal Lobe
Mind Control



3.) Nucleus - The Colony

Death metal done in the vein of Demilich, Obituary or Incantation with a sci-fi twist featuring MetalSetlists' own GarageMetal268. If you want some quality Old School Death Metal then look no further. "Biopsy" is definitely in the running for "Best Death Metal Song of the Year."

Biopsy
Echoes From the Abyss



2.) Enabler - Shift of Redemption

The first of two EPs by Enabler this year and the more melodic of the two. It sounds like Enabler were channeling some post-hardcore influence when writing this.

Shift of Redemption
Live Low/Sacrifice (A good quality live version since Youtube didn't have anything better.)



1.) Smash Potater - In Buffet There Is No Law

Smash Potater top my EP list for the second year in a row. This time with a slightly different approach to the almost crossover sound of their last EP. This EP takes an almost death metal approach to thrash. The song "Dude, I'm Wearing My Glasses!!!" wins audio sample of the century as well. Also, all of you take a minute to appreciate the beauty of that artwork.

Dude, I'm Wearing My Glasses!!!
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Just curious, are these all local bands for you or from your area? I can't get enough of this shit!
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Just curious, are these all local bands for you or from your area? I can't get enough of this shit!
Yeah Harms Way, Smash Potater, and Nucleus are Chicago and Enabler is Milwaukee.
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Yeah Harms Way, Smash Potater, and Nucleus are Chicago and Enabler is Milwaukee.
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