Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Releases I'm Excited For

The One Album That Excites Me Over All Others

Pig Destroyer - TBA  
Is there any more anticipated album this year than whatever Pig Destroyer puts out? No. I can't wait to see what Scott Hull and Co. have planned for the follow-up to the phenomenal album, Phantom Limb.

Albums That Are High On My List of Anticipation

Primordial - The Puritan's Hand
Ever since I heard the song "The Coffin Ships" on the album "The Gathering Witness" I've been hooked to Primordial, and not to mention their previous album, "To The Nameless Dead" was a masterpiece in its own right.

Tombs - Path of Totality
"Winter Hours" was really good, but it had just a little something missing. Hopefully they hit it on this release coming in spring.

Down - Down IV
Hopefully Phil Anselmo and the rest of the supergroup known as Down don't disappoint after "Over the Under" like they did after NOLA.

Yob - TBA
Having gotten better as they have progressed album to album expectations are high for Mike Scheidt.

Vreid - V
I was a little disappointed with "Milorg" but it mainly wasn't the music or the mood that it put me in, mainly it was because the lyrics weren't sung in their native tongue which is what made "I Krig" so god damn good. Due out early 2011.

Rotten Sound - Cursed
In '08 "Cycles" really surprised me. I figured the absence of Kai Hahto would possibly doom the band after he left for Wintersun. Nope, very interested to see whats in store. Due out March 15th.

GridLink - Orphan
This is the album that is probably second in terms of excitement this year. Jon Chang is my favorite grinder since Mieszko Talarczyk. Discordance Axis, Hayaino Daisuki, and now GridLink that's an impressive career if there ever was one.

The Best Of The Rest

Morbid Angel - TBA
Napalm Death - TBA
Origin - TBA
Touche Amore - TBA
Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
Municipal Waste - TBA
Total Fucking Destruction - TBA
Obscura - Omnivium
Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
Red Fang - TBA
Millions - Failure Tactics
Hammers of Misfortune - TBA
Witchcraft - TBA
Agnostic Front - TBA
Decapitated - TBA
My Dying Bride - Evinta
Samael - TBA
Unholy Cadaver - TBA
Engel - Threnody
Kryoburn - Three Years Eclipsed
Crowbar - Sever the Wicked Hand
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
Disma - TBA
Krallice - TBA
Oxbow - King of the Jews
Goatwhore - TBA
Brutal Truth - TBA
The Red Chord - TBA
J. Bannon - Wear Your Wounds
Amon - Liar in Wait
Baroness - TBA
Cave In - White Silence
Cretin - TBA
Evoken - TBA
Fleshgod Apocalypse - TBA
The Fucking Wrath - TBA
The Gates of Slumber - TBA
Genghis Tron - TBA
Goes Cube - In Tides and Drifts
Hull - TBA

DVD Releases That Will Get You Wet
Converge - Thousands of Miles Between Us
The Dillinger Escape Plan - TBA
In Flames- TBA

Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 Songs of 2010

Honorable Mentions:
Austerity Program - Song 25
Kvelertak - Mjod
Black Breath - I Am Beyond
Watain - Waters of Ain

10. Torche - Cast Into Unknown

9. Integrity - Through the Shadows of Forever

8. Intronaut - Miasma

7. Nachtmystium - Every Last Drop

6. Yakuza - Be That As It May

5. Enslaved - Ethica Odini

4. Electric Wizard - Turn Off Your Mind

3. Ghost - Satan Prayer

2. Triptykon - A Thousand Lies

1. Nails - Depths

Top 20 of 2010

Well after much delay, I release my year end list here. I have to tell ya, even though there really wasn't one standout, better than the rest album this year there were a lot of really god damn awesome albums this year and boy was it hard to choose which was best, but here they are.

20. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis --  There was a lot of hype leading up to this album's release this year and boy did it deliver. There was just a great flow listening to this album throughout and that's something  I think their 2007 release of Ire Works lacked.

19. Woe - Unquietly, Undramatically --  An artistic and stimulating black metal album, very interested in seeing where Chris Griggs goes next with this project.

18. Nachtmystium - Addicts: Black Meddle Part 2 --   After 2008's release of Assassins we were all interested in where Blake Judd would take Nachtmystium next. Well he took it beyond what we thought into what he calls Disco Metal. What works best on this album is the stuff that is non-traditional BM and can't wait to see where he takes it next.

17. East of the Wall - Ressentiment --  Musically this is high grade musicianship. Singing wise I almost could do without the heavy vocals, but everything in this album is so good that it is really, really easy to overlook it.

16. No Hawaii - Snake My Charms -- Album starts out making you think uh oh, NeurIsis again. Nope, I like to describe No Hawaii like a donut. A Neurosis chocolate donut, with a Poison the Well custard filling, Mastodon vanilla frosting, and Botch sprinkles. A delicious combination.

15. Torche - Songs for Singles -- Steve Brooks writes some of the most catchiest riffs today. On this album they took part of what made "Meanderthal" so successful and then added some more sludgier songs too. They really coincide together on this album really well.

14. Thou - Summit --  Lots of detail to pay attention to when listening I like to compare it to a Quentin Tarantino movie. You really have to pay attention to what's going on, so if you walk away from it for 10 seconds you're going to miss something important and each and every time you watch it there is something new to find in it.

13. The Austerity Progam - Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn --  A very original and interesting album created by Justin Foley. The best part of this here album is the lyrics that Foley comes up with. They are outstanding and they get stuck in your head. 

12. Salome - Terminal  --  You MUST see Salome live to get the best effect of what they are about. A great album to listen to but their live show is phenomenal.

11. Castevet - Mounds of Ash --  Delicious drumming is the mold that keeps these guys running at a high MPH. A quite different take on American Black Metal as you don't get that depressing mood from it, but rather feel rather high on life whilst listening.

10. Ghost - Opus Eponymous --  Mercyful Fate? Nope, these anonymous dudes sure took a lot of their stuff out of their playbook and boy did they deliver.

9. Black Breath - Heavy Breathing --  Fast-paced with tons of energy, great riffs, love the voice. One of the best headbangers of 2010.

8. Kvelertak - S/T --  Best party album to come out since Andrew W.K. came out with "I Get Wet". I may not be able to understand what the lyrics are since it is spoke in their native tongue, but I won't be damned if it's not fun to get drunk to.

7. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini --  Every time Enslaved puts out a new album, I am impressed. Every time I wait to get disappointed and realize that they just don't have "it" anymore and every time they prove me wrong. Album after album, song after song, riff after riff these guys prove to everyone that they are like fine wine. To get better with age and progress as a band as well as they do is just miraculous to me.

6. Intronaut - Valley of Smoke --  These guys sure know how to play their instruments and they are some of the best at writing actual songs. With "Valley of Smoke" these guys take you on an acid-tripped journey through the city of Los Angeles.

5. Yakuza - Of Seismic Consequence -- Bruce Lamont is one hell of a vocalist and musician. The way that he goes from singing to picking up the saxophone and laying down some beautiful music is exceptional.

4. Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones --  Thomas Fischer is one hell of an artist and great musical mind. This, basicially being a Celtic Frost album without the rest of Celtic Frost, is one heavy and thick album. That guitar tone that Fischer uses is one of the all-time best. Period. "Goetia" and "A Thousand Lies" are a couple of the best tracks released this year and the rest of this album doesn't disappoint.

3. Electric Wizard - Black Masses -- This may be a little higher than it should have been, but you know what I have a raging hard-on for anything Electric Wizard puts out. Time and Time again they seem to amaze me with whatever they release. I do have a good reason for putting them this high though and here it is, when you listen to an album and then go off to work and you constantly have those riffs in your head, its a pretty god damn awesome album. If you are listening to another album and one of those riffs or songs gets stuck in your head and you have to put that album in again, its pretty god damn awesome. This album has basically been on repeat in my car for the last two months and I can't help it and I don't have one problem with that.

2. Integrity - The Blackest Curse -- After disappearing off the map for a while these guys are back and  holy shit did they bring their A-game. In their best effort since "Seasons in the Size of Days" they bless us with ""The Blackest Curse". Fast-paced, full of life, full of rage, and quite possible full of shit they really pounded out some great tracks. "Through the Shadows of Forever", "Learn to Love the Lie", and "Process of Illumination" all have that classic Integrity sound, but its their other tracks that mix it up is what really gives this album its cojones. "When the VVorld VVas Young" is quite the slow jam for them and they pull it off well and "Spiderwoven" is really thrashy for these guys.

1. Nails - Unsilent Death -- Pure. Fucking. Energy. That would be the best way to describe this album. In only 14 minutes these guys manage to kick your ass through music. With Kurt Ballou turning the knobs on this one you kind of get a Converge moment on their closing song, and my song of the year, Depths and that is not a bad thing. Aside from Depths, the rest of the albums is unrelenting even though the songs aren't long. These guys are basically a straight to the fucking point band and for that you get album of the year.

Honorable Mentions:
Hayaino Dausuki - The Invisible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, Or Do You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?
Starkweather - This Sheltering Night
Coffinworm - When All Became None
Landmine Marathon - Sovereign Descent

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Figured I really need to post something here. I'm still having technical problems and I won't be able to post to much except for year end stuff, but hopefully next year I will be back up and running at full speed again. Before the end of the year I plan on releasing albums of the year, songs of the year, my live review of Triptykon from October yet and hopefully a couple other things, but we will see how it goes. Until then, cheers.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Technical Difficulties

I'm experience some technical difficulties at the moment, but it shouldn't be too long before I post something again. See you soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


A new weekly installment on this here blog, where I share my favorite album of the week. It could be some discreet band you never heard of or a very popular album or something fresh off the presses. It basically depends on what I'm listening to at the moment to be honest.

First up is Down's masterpiece of an album, NOLA. This has been my summer anthem for the last few weeks. There is just something about this album that cools me on them really hot summer days, driving your car with the windows down and listening to the song "Stone the Crow" is the most relaxing, cooling feeling I get during the hectic summer. If you haven't heard this album before either because you're too young to have even heard of this band before, recently discovered the greatness that is metal, or you're just living under a rock.


Isis/Melvins - Split
    A band that is going to be no longer together and a band that hasn't had it for a while team up here on this split each offering two tracks for your enjoyment. Nothing really to get excited about here but worth a listen for fans of each of the bands.

Norma Jean - Meridional
    Not really a fan of their past work although I didn't mind "Bless the Martyr". I've heard a lot of hype on this album and it does live up to the hype. They don't bring anything new to the table, but they deliver great riffage, and the lead singer has a pissed off vibe about him throughout the album even though he doesn't refrain from that too often. Some of the standout tracks off this album are, "Deathbed Atheist", "A Media Friendly Turn for the Worse", "High Noise Low Output", and "Innocent Bystanders United".

Torche/Boris - Chapter Ahead Being Fake (Split 10")
    Another split from two bands who I can't wait to here what direction they are going with their music next, especially Torche. The Torche song on this split is "King Beef" which has been released for quite a while now and I feel like there are two parst to that song. One, it feeling like something off of their last release, Meanderthal, where is was straight to the point really fast, catchy music and the second half gives you a sludge feeling towards it. If you ask me if they would have cut the sludgeyness of the second half of this song I would like it much better but it seems to drag on and on. Oh yeah, I forgot Boris is on this too laying down a 12 minute track called Luna.