Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Guttural Munk's Top 13 of '13

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. 

1. Krypts- Unending Degradation 

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. 

3. Portal- Vexovoid

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.

4. Grave Miasma- Odori Sepulcrorum 

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 (?). 

7. Vastum- Patricidal Lust

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. 

8. Panopticon/Vestiges 

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...

9. Gorguts- Colored Sands

Me in 2012: Oh cool new Gorguts next year, I bet that will be kind of cool.

Me in 2013: Oh fuck the new Gorguts rules harder than just about everything. 

Does Colin Marston ever fucking stop? Oh and while I'm praising, his work on the Geryon EP is phenomenal, basically everything he touches is legit. 

10. Lantern- Below
Imprecation- Satane Tenebris Infinita
Vorum- Poisoned Void (Woodcut/Dark Descent)
Craven Idol- Towards Eschaton
San La Muerte- Lip Reading The Dead
etc, etc, etc

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!

11. Immolation- Kingdom of Conspiracy

Me in 2012: The new Immolation album will probably rule.

Me in 2013: The new Immolation album fucking rules.

12. Tribulation- The Formulas Of Death

Sweden's Tribulation has breathed life back into what progressive death metal can be. This album is fucking long but is not a chore to get through. Inventive stuff here.

13. Carcass- Surgical Steel

Me in 2012: a new Carcass record, ugh...

Me in 2013: you really suck, me from 2012

This album fucking kills shit. I couldn't believe how impressive this return was. 

Honorable Mentions...

Inquisition- Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
Autopsy- The Headless Ritual 
The Black Dahlia Murder- Everblack
Mouth of the Architect- Dawning
Exhumed- Necrocracy 

Best Reissues...

Scanner- Hypertrace (1988)
Fulmination- Humanity's Dirge (92-94)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top 13 of '13 (so far...a mid years fart to giving a shit)

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! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Gukurahundi- An Apparition In Nocturnal Splendor (2013)

'An Apparition In Nocturnal Splendor'
Year: 2013
Genre: Blackened Death Metal

1. An Apparition In Nocturnal Splendor
2. Dethroned
3. The Anarchist 
4. Sombre Dreams To Gaze Upon
5. The Carcass Of Christ

All links supplied by the band, please take the time to give them a 'like' on Facebook. These guys sound fucking incredible and deserve a listen!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sore Implanted- Promo 2013

Sore Implanted
Promo 2013
From- Germany
Genre- Death Metal

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.

(link posted with the bands permission)

Friday, March 1, 2013


Genre- Black Metal

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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Forced- Accursed Share (2012)

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Title: Accursed Share
Release Date: June, 2012

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"

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Munk's Top 66(6) of 2012, Part 4, 29-1 (been super lazy edition)

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... 

1. Panopticon- Kentucky
Genre- Atmospheric Folk Black Metal

2. Horrendous- The Chills
Genre- Death Metal

3. Indesinence- Vessels of Light and Decay
Genre- Doom/Death

4. Mutilation Rites- Devoid/I Am Legion
Genre- Blackened 

5. Enabler- All Hail The Void
Genre- Hardcore/Thrash

6. Troglodyte- Don't Go In To The Woods
Genre- Death Metal

7. Drawn and Quartered- Feeding Hells Furnace
Genre- Death Metal

8. Cannibal Corpse- Torture 
Genre- Death Metal

9. Necrovation
Genre- Death Metal

10. Horrizon- Time For Revenge
Genre- Epic Death Metal

11. Angel Witch- As Above So Below
Genre- Heavy Metal

12. Maveth- Coils of the Black Earth
Genre- Blackened Death

13. Homewrecker- Worms and Dirt
Genre- Hardcore

14. Necroven- Worship of Humiliation 
Genre- Death Metal

15. Evoken- Atra Mors
Genre- Doom/Death

16. Entrapment- The Obscurity Within
Genre- Death Metal

17. Cattle Decapitation- Monolith of Inhumanity 
Genre- Tech Death/Grind

18. Putrevore- Macabre Kingdom
Genre- Death/Grind

19. Kalopsia
Genre- Death Metal

20. Murder Construct- Results
Genre- Death/Grind

21. Wodensthrone- Curse
Genre- Folk Black Metal

22. Unleashed- Odalheim
Genre- Death Metal

23. Deathspell Omega- Drought 
Genre- Blackened Death Metal

24. Binah- Hallucinating In Resurecture 
Genre- Death Metal/Doom

25. Krallice- Years Past Matter
Genre- Atmospheric Black Metal

26. Serpentine Path
Genre- Death Metal/Doom

27. Skogen- Eld
Genre- Folk Black Metal

28. Ragnarok- Malediction 
Genre- Blackened Death Metal

29. Dying Fetus- Reign Supreme 
Genre- Tech Brutal Death Metal

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Munk's Top 66(6) of 2012, Part 3, 39-30

30. Agalloch- Faustian Echoes  
Release Date- June 26th 2012
Genre- Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal
From- Oregon, USA
Label- Dammerung Arts

31. Rings of Saturn- Dingir 
Release Date- October 28th 2012
Genre- Technical Death Metal
From- CA, USA
Label- Unique Leader Records

32. Urlog- Vernichtung
Release Date- February 2012
Genre- Black Metal
From- Germany
Label- Sturmglanz Black Metal Manufaktur

33. Windfaerer- Solar
Release Date- July 10th 2012
Genre- Black Metal
From- NJ, USA
Label- none

34. Agruss- Morok 
Release Date- April 26th 2012
Genre- Black/Death Metal
From- Ukraine 
Label- Code666 Records

35. Sepulcral- Anthropophagy of Doom
Release Date- April 2012
Genre- Death/Doom
From- Italy 
Label- Razorback Records

36. Somrak- The Blackwinged Serpent Crowned  
Release Date- ??? 2012
Genre- Black Metal
From- Slovenia 
Label- Necroterror Records

37. Winterfylleth- The Threnody of Triumph 
Release Date- Sept 10th 2012
Genre- Folk/Black Metal
From- Manchester, UK
Label- Candlelight Records

38. Asphyx- Deathhammer
Release Date- Feb 27th 2012
Genre- Death/Doom
From- Netherlands
Label- Century Media

39. Cryptopsy- Cryptopsy 
Release Date- Sept 11th 2012
Genre- Technical Death Metal
From- Canada
Label- Century Media