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Goshuggist’s (Final) Top 7 Disappointments / Abject Failures Of 2012

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

Goshuggist’s Top Five Disappointments And Abject Failures of 2012 (Thus Far)

 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)

‘The Eidolon Reality’: Clean vocals, sweeps and Sumerian Records, oh my!

In barely a week, The Faceless’ ‘Authotheism’ will be available. Almost every reaction I’ve been privy to since the confirmation of August 14th ranges from unbridled giddiness to rabid fanboy derision of any and all complaints or criticism. To be honest, I’m completely puzzled. Demilich, Timeghoul and Oppressor aren’t reforming. To Violently Vomit isn’t on a national tour and Doug Cerrito isn’t coming back to Suffocation. What is all the damn fuss about?

I know plenty of people really dug ‘Planetary Duality’ when it was released (I was one of them) but in that time I think the vast majority of folks who did have moved on to greener pastures, so to speak. Can any death metal fan worth their salt honestly tell me that they’d take an (inevitable) new Faceless album over say, the return of Gorguts? As far as I’m concerned, they really can’t. The Faceless have no laurels to rest on. They didn’t reinvent tech-death or define the sound of a decade, they released a couple of competent CD’s that accrued a large following of young metalheads that hadn’t explored the history or established classics of technical death metal. Nothing wrong with that per se but I’m genuinely surprised at the amount of people who have hung on to this band, especially since most folks have had ample time to become better acquainted with the genre introduced to them in 2008. Continue reading ‘The Eidolon Reality’: Clean vocals, sweeps and Sumerian Records, oh my!

InexorableRotting’s Top 25 Death Metal Breakdowns

I’ve seen a great number of people nowadays confusing the term “breakdown” with  “open-note chugging”. Now, all the deathcore/metalcore fans drool over them, while death metal fans hate them. Now that, if you ask me, is wrong. Here are my top 25 songs that gave better, brutal meaning to the term. The order doesn’t count for anything here, this is mostly a list of my favourites rather than any kind of ordering. All of these are good, and that’s what matters. Continue reading InexorableRotting’s Top 25 Death Metal Breakdowns