I dont even deserve any traffic for this post, I've seriously slacked this year. Only 7 measly posts over the last 12 months is pathetic but oh well.
Honestly, if I didn't see JGD over at The Living Doorway make a year end list I was probably going to say fuck it, get depressed and give up the internet completely. Thanks again for the inspiration, again, i guess.
So, I learned next to nothing about my musical tastes this year, I've listened to probably 300+ releases from 2013 and I am still pretty dead set in my ways as far as what I dig and dont dig... Its probably too early to be making this list but if I dont do it now it wont ever get done.
I'm not going to fucking lie and say I'll be back fully in 2014!!! But if you do want to follow me on my daily listening habits you can look me up on RateYourMusic.com, ATPete is my handle over there.
Finland tops my 2013 list in such evil fashion. Just absurdly heavy stuff here. Crushing riffs that stick with you and punish the ears. I listened to this on repeat for weeks after purchasing this disc. Its thick filthy atmosphere will stain you. There is nothing more to be said, just shut up and buy it.
2. Age of Taurus- Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times
As far as catchy riffs and song structure goes it was hard to beat Age of Taurus' debut full length this year. This album got me through a lot of rough times over the last few months. This is true doom metal done extremely well. Fans of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus will love this record. By far Metal Blades finest release in some time.
This album is a sound track to my most paranoid of nightmares. Disturbing sonic torture on my ears. I've never truly called myself a fan of these Aussie chaos bringers but consider me sold. This disc has been in constant rotation for me this year. The absolute driving nature of Vexovoid is comparable to a fucking jet engine heading straight for your face.
One of the more dark and yet beautiful death metal releases I can remember. Denis Forkas Kostromitin is the fucking man and the choice of artwork that dawns the cover of this album couldnt be more fitting for the disgusting sounds held inside. These UK based occult worshipping fiends have taken over my IPod since this release dropped, this is the stuff that turns a shitty day worse.
5. Gigan- Multi Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super-Science
Its no secret that I love music geared towards the narrowest nitch of extreme ears. This album blew my fucking mind the first couple spins and I am far from done with it. Absolutely on my list of purchases as soon as my broke ass goes on a binge again. This US act is crazy technical and has such wondrous song writing and execution. Gigan's best effort to date.
6. Prosanctus Inferi- Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
Speaking of best efforts to date... I've been following this Ohio based beastial devastation squad for a few years now. Red Streams Of Flesh in 2011 perked my ears up for sure. This album went and fucking severed my brain from body. Aggressive, loud and powerful. Look I get the desire for vinyl but I'm not that guy, I cant wait for the CD release to drop in February 2014 (?).
OK, I'm a huge fan of Paolo Girardi's artwork, the guy is a fucking detail madman! Vastum have released such a killer record this year even if the subject matter is extremely sexually driven in a bizarre kind of way. I'm not at all familiar with 2011's Carnal Law but I guess I need to be. To me this California based band came out of fucking nowhere and made a huge chunk of this years death metal look like absolute shit.
A fine line between beauty and destruction. The symbolism of the cover art greatly sums up both bands efforts on this monstrous split. Vestiges take on a more hardcore approach to there side, slower, glacial and doomy yet angry as can be and violently intimidating. Panopticon's half explores an emotional ride over 3 tracks. 'A Letter' may be one of my favorite Austin Lunn tracks to date and the Suicide Nation cover is fucking incredible. On the subject of Panopticon I'd like to add that Kentucky topped my 2012 best of list and this guy has 2 releases in store for 2014 (that we know of...). What a machine. Please though, release this on CD. Again, the vinyl thing...
This may be considered cheating but I dont fucking care what you think. This is a big wet phlegmy tongue kiss to Dark Descent Records' efforts in 2013. This label can do no wrong. I purchase everything Matt releases on CD with no questions asked. May he and the label just grow stronger and may his taste in music never stray. Looking forward to Lvcifyre, Lie in Ruins, Corpsessed releases in 2014!
As I sit here drinking a friends homebrew I'm reminded of the amazing efforts produced thus far by this years metal offerings. This year is all but half way over and there has been an outstanding number of stand out releases so far. Although I have quite the back log of albums in wait, the following list is of my favorite so far over the first 6 months... i hope you enjoy (and purchase) these albums!
So these guys just dropped me an email containing 2 vicious tracks that really grabbed my attention right away. Sore Implanted hails from Germany and plays an aggressive semi-slamming style of brutal death metal with a grinding edge. This is a promising demo that is worth your time. Check it out and give these guys a 'like' on Facebook.
These guys just uploaded 2 songs from their upcoming free EP titled 'An Apparition In Nocturnal Splendor'. Check these 2 songs out now, I really think these guys are going to make some noise this year. I'll try to post the Apparition EP when its available.
Track Listing: 1. Accursed Share 2. At Empire's End 3. Lost Life 4. Devours Everything 5. Partitioning the Sensible
"Our sound can be described as a riff heavy doom-laden blend of black metal and really fucking pissed off hardcore, with a tendency from time to time to drop tempo into slower paced death metal. We hail from Brooklyn NY and all grew up in and around the NYHC scene playing in bands and going to shows. While our sound is as metal as it comes, we carry our selves like the hardcore bands we grew up digging, that is DIY and pissed as fuck! FFO: craft, converge, hooded menace, vastum, mamothgrinder, deathwish bands, etc"
Here we are about to wrap up the first full month of 2013 and my fat ass is still dwelling in the past choking on every one else's grimy blogging dust. Alright, no news flash! I'm a lazy piece of shit, but if JGD can get back into the swing of things I guess I could at least give my much shittier blog the good old didn't-make-it-though-2-weeks-of-college try. Its quite sad because I really thought I had my shit together there for a minute. Before I can even pretend to begin posting new shit I felt obligated to finish the massive undertaking I set out on about a month ago. Note to self, don't ever try to compile a list of your 66 favorite albums for this (or any) blog ever again. Here is the 'lazy edition' of the second half of my Top 66(6) of 2012 list. This, by the way, is the final nail in 2012's coffin. This is me dotting the i's and crossing the inverted t's on what was the most shitty year ov my puny life. Personal life, handcuffs and all the other whiney bullshit aside, 2012 was an absolutely amazing year for music, fuck what you say. If I had the patience and time this list could have easily been twice as long and I still wouldnt have mentioned every good album that was spun in my pathetic one bedroom dumpster of an apartment during the last year. Comment this list if you'd like but honestly I dont give a fuck if you didn't think Kentucky was the shit... I may have spun 'The Chills' in its entirety much more than I did 'Kentucky' but honestly I listened to 'Bodies Under The Falls' like a professional fucking mad man.. Far too many times for me to count honestly during the last half of the past year and that was reason enough for me to give it the top spot. More vomits soon, hopefully...