By in large, 2012 was an extraordinary year for metal music. Countless bands released either their very best material (Malignancy, Spawn Of Possession, Cattle Decapitation, Hour Of Penance, Gorod, Kraanium, Dehumanized – even if they aren’t tech-death) or their best material in years. (Dying Fetus, Gojira, Meshuggah, Aborted, Putrid Pile – even if Shaun LaCanne doesn’t play tech-death) Of course, every year has their stinkers…
The albums that could have been great, good or even just passable but for one reason or another have ended up either hopelessly generic or down right awful. It’s time to go through the final 7 disappointments and abject failures of 2012. Get your boots on; it’s time to wade straight into the shit. Continue reading Goshuggist’s (Final) Top 7 Disappointments / Abject Failures Of 2012
BENEATH THE MASSACRE
Canada, Prosthetic Records, Technical Deathcore
Beneath the Massacre albums remind me of being trapped under an industrial machine of some type. Something really, really, big, used to build tanks or something. Oh, and its extremely modern, with all kinds of touchscreen displays and complicated sensors. I mean this in the good way, as in bluntly heavy, yet still filled with intricate surprises.
I imagine Beneath the Massacre are staunch advocates of the “more is more” philosophy. Incongruous is filled with more weedly-deedly guitar doodlies and light-speed drum fills than you can shake a stick at. And they are damn fine weedly-deedlies and drum ratta-tat-tat-tats.
However, that isn’t to say that Incongruous blurs by in a technical whirlwind. Tracks like “Hopes” have memorable mid-paced hooks, while others pair the guitar fireworks with slow, stomping elephant riffs. Thankfully, Incongruous is devoid of any overly simplified breakdowns. Continue reading Review: Beneath the Massacre – Incongruous
By in large, 2012 has been an extraordinary year for metal music. Countless bands have released either their very best material (Spawn Of Possession, Cattle Decapitation, Hour Of Penance, Gorod, Kraanium – even if they aren’t tech-death) or their best material in years. (Dying Fetus, Gojira, Meshuggah, Aborted, Putrid Pile – even if Shaun LaCanne doesn’t play tech-death) Of course, every year has their stinkers. The albums that could have been great, good or even just passable but for one reason or another have ended up either hopelessly generic or down right awful. I’ll be counting down my personal Top Five here today. Continue reading Goshuggist’s Top Five Disappointments And Abject Failures of 2012 (Thus Far)
I originally had numerous ideas for this week’s column, but while at work (I think about metal a LOT at work) it occurred to me to check which albums I had listened to most in 2012. The list was completely dominated by technical death metal (naturally) as well as the latest Paradise Lost and Cannibal Corpse offerings. Then, I thought to myself, “Man, metalheads LOVE (and HATE) lists! This is a great idea!”
This list is based entirely on number of plays. Hence, an album like Detrimentum’s Inhuman Disgrace, released in January, has a major edge on something like Nile’s At the Gates of Sethu, released months later. Gojira, also a recent release, simply didn’t have enough plays to make the top 15, along with other major players that will most certainly see better representation in a year-end list based on my opinion of the albums. Continue reading Technical Tuesday – The half-year best of!
This week’s Technical Tuesday begins with a bit of an editorial on my part. Both Gorod’s A Perfect Absolution and Gory Blister’s Earth Sick are not available through my preferred retailers, Amazon and iTunes, which is a problem for me. Furthermore, Gorod’s new album, which I have been looking forward to for months, was released in Europe on MARCH 12th! A Stateside release is not going to happen until APRIL 18th! C’mon guys, what are you doing here? I could pay the extra money to have the album imported (Amazon quotes the import at nearly four times the digital download price), I suppose, but then I just feel silly because I could use that extra money to buy other albums, like Earth Sick. Continue reading Technical Tuesday – In which Italy stole the show…