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  • My 2014 Year End List

    16 jan 2015, 05:43 av irishtim

    Wow, it's hard to believe it's that time again. Is it just me, or did this year just fly by in a blink. After compiling my list of albums I obtained and listened to, I'm convinced that this year was pretty bland as far as great albums go. There definitely are a few the were stellar, but with the exception of a select few, nothing absolutely blew me away. Enough chatter and on to the list.

    My 10 Favorite*
    *(in alphabetical order)



    Baptists - Bloodmines
    This album has gotten a lot of negative reviews and press complaining that it fell flat in comparison to their debut, Bushcraft. While I agree that this album doesn't come close to the brilliance that Bushcraft was, Bloodmines certainly does not suck. In fact, songs like Vistas, Festered, and Calling are some of my favorites that they've written to date. Nick Yacyshyn also continues to establish himself as one of the best drummers in the heavy music realm with his incredibly technical and speedy delivery.




    Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
    These guys have always been hit and miss with me. I loved Gutter Phenomenon, didn't like The Big Dirty as much; I loved New Junk Aesthetic, but didn't like Ex Lives. It seems like every other album lacked from the previous. By that thinking and reasoning, I should love this new one... and I do. The band also did themselves a favor by enlisting the services of the best producer in the metal scene, Kurt Ballou. The end result is a well produced, technically solid release that does not disappoint.




    Enabler - La Fin Absolute Du Monte
    Their release "All Hail The Void" narrowly missed my cut for the top ten in 2012. This year brought us their follow up full length. Although not as strong as their previous release, this 3-piece from Milwaukee sure knows how to melt faces with their blend of fast pissed off hardcore, punk, metal. Highly recommended for fans of bands such as Converge and All Pigs Must Die.




    Generation of Vipers - Coffin Wisdom
    This was probably my favorite release of 2014. This band fucking slays!!! If you're not familiar with these guys, they play an awesome mix of post-metal and sludge with riffs and rhythms that hit so hard, you'll be picking your teeth up off the floor. If you're into heavy music with growling vocals, chugging dark riffage, and pounding drum rhythms, do yourself a favor and get this album.




    Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
    This band has gotten better with every album in my opinion. Their debut Night Terrors was great, their follow up Weatherhead was even better and made my top ten in 2011. This year, the band releases their best album to date. Great heavy, sludgy song-writing with 3 part, male/female vocal harmonies. I've also said it before and I'll say it again, Hozoji Matheson-margullis is my favorite female drummer and she keeps getting better. She's got some serious chops on this album.




    Minus the Bear - Lost Loves
    I wasn't expecting this album to be this good let alone to crack the exclusive top ten. Don't get me wrong, I love me some MTB, but their last few releases have not lived up to the greatness of their earlier releases. Lost Loves brings back those elements of technical finger tapping and complex song-writing that hooked me in the first place. This album puts to the wayside the simplified and mainstreamed sound of the last few releases and returns the band to their earlier sound that put them on the map.




    Mursa - MRSA
    Here's my curveball in the top ten. This album was a gem of a find while cursing around on Bandcamp one day. This 3-piece band of youngsters from Portland, Oregon solidified their spot in the top ten with an album chalked full of crushing, heavy, sludgy goodness. Looking for that new metal band that no one has ever heard of? Than look no further than these guys. Check it out for yourself, you won't be letdown http://mursa.bandcamp.com




    Run With The Hunted - The Sieve and The Sand
    This was another random discovery while poking around on Bandcamp. Run With The Hunted play a blend of high energy, pissed off, chaotic, hardcore punk that would be a welcome sound in the toughest of mosh pits. I have a hard time not pumping my fists while listening to this album at an ungodly volume. This could easily be the soundtrack to a massive street brawl or neighborhood riot.




    Steaksauce Mustache - The Almighty Aardvoctomalark!
    After years of playing shows, and numerous line-up changes, my hometown Grants Pass, Oregon's own Steaksauce Mustache finally released their debut full length album via Bandcamp. This album is highly recommended for any fans of early The Dillinger Escape Plan, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Arsonists Get All The Girls. Check it our for yourself, name your price @ http://steaksaucemustache.bandcamp.com/releases




    United Nations - The Next Four Years
    It was a long 4 year wait since their epic EP Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures, but it was well worth the wait. This supergroup featuring members of Thursday, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Pianos Become the Teeth, and one of my favorite drummers Ben Koller of Converge, Mutoid Man & All Pigs Must Die to name a few, delivers an all out assault on their second full length album. I can only hope it won't take another 4 long years before we'll from this awesome band again.

    Other Greats*
    *(Not quite top ten)



    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX
    Not my favorite album of theirs, but really good nonetheless. these guys really can't do no wrong in my book.



    Audrey Fall - Mitau
    Really great , , album from this 4-piece band from Latvia.



    Barrows - Red Giant
    This Los Angeles , , caught my attention with their 2011 release, Imprecari Island. This release is just as memorable. Check out for yourself, both releases are name your price @ https://barrowstheband.bandcamp.com



    Dirt Cannon - Tough Love
    Superb , album from a band obviously heavily influenced by bands such as Every Time I Die, He Is Legend and Cancer Bats. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one.



    Ire Wolves - The Ascetic
    Very solid debut from this 3-piece band from Duluth, MN. Recommended for fans of Isis, Cult of Luna or Mouth of the Architect. Find out, name your price, here http://irewolves.bandcamp.com/releases



    Jack And The Bearded Fisherman - Minor Noise
    Don't let their kinda foolish name deter you. This French , band narrowly escaped my top ten in 2011 with their Places To Hide album. They did the same thing in 2014 with this release too.



    Kerretta - Pirohia
    I've love everything this , band has released to date, and this album is no exception.



    La Mar - Tides
    Great , , band from Caracas, Venezuela. I listened to this one a lot.



    Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
    I believe that I mentioned it before that I've came to terms with the fact that gone are the days of the Remission/Leviathan era Mastodon and that they've molded their sound into something different. With that said, I do love me some Mastodon. This album is catchy as hell and it grew on me quite a bit.



    Minerva Superduty - Minerva Superduty
    Anyone who knows me and my musical taste knows that I'm a sucker for a great instrumental band. This was probably my favorite album without vocals in 2014. I couldn't get enough of it. Not to mention they made it a name your price @ http://minervasuperduty.bandcamp.com



    Nero Di Marte - Derivae
    Awesome technical album from this 4-piece band hailing from Bologna, Italy. Recommended for fans of Gojira, Neurosis, and Tool.



    Oceanic - Origin
    When this , , band from Halifax, Nova Scotia locks into one of their many complex and off-time rhythms, it gives me goosebumps. Very solid debut album.


    Good, not great*
    *worth mentioning

    Akela -Akela (Hardcore, Post-Metal)

    Alaskan - Despair, Erosion, Loss (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Alinda - Comets' Tails (Post-Rock)

    Allochiria - Omonoia (Post-Metal)

    Aminals - Dead Air (Hardcore)

    Amniac - Infinite (Sludge)

    Amouth - Awaken (Post-Metal)

    Antethic - Origin (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Appollonia - Dull Parade (Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal, Alt Metal)

    As We Draw - Mirages (Post-Metal, Hardcore)

    Astralia - Atlas (Instrumental Rock)

    Attic - Seasons (Hardcore, Death Metal, Progressive)

    Bear the Mammoth - Yamadori (Post-Rock)

    Becoming The Lion - Automa (Instrumental Rock)

    Beware of Safety - Lotusville (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Bird Eater - Dead Mothers Make The Sun Set (Chaotic Hardcore, Sludge)

    Body Hound - Rhombus Now (Progressive, Math, Instrumental Rock)

    Brontide - Artery (Post-Hardcore)

    Carne - Ville Morgue (Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore, Sludge)

    Challenger Deep - Irreversible (Post-Metal)

    Clover - Vultures (Hardcore)

    Cold Blue Mountain - Old Blood (Post-Metal)

    Comrades - Safekeeper (Instrumental Rock)

    Cotidal - Lunar Day (Post-Metal)

    Deaf Eyes - Deaf Eyes (Instrumental Metal)

    Direwolves - Aegri Somnia (Hardcore)

    Earthship - Withered (Sludge, Post-Metal)

    Echoes and Signals - V (Instrumental Rock)

    Escapethecult - All You Want To (Progressive Rock)

    Exalt - Pale Light - (Hardcore)

    Father Figure - Heavy Meddlers (Progressive, Jazz, Instrumental)

    Giza - I Am The Ocean, I Am The Sea (Instrumental, Sludge, Stoner)

    Gunfight Fever - Gunfight Fever (Instrumental Metal)

    Gust - Gust (Hardcore)

    HawkMoth - Calamitas (Instrumental, Post-Metal)

    Herod - They Were None (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Huldra - Black Tides (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Ilenkus - The Crossing (Hardcore)

    Ilydaen - The Crossing (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    In The Presence of Wolves - Thalassas (Progressive, Post-Hardcore)

    Jakob - Sines (Post-Rock)

    Key of Solomon - Exile (Progressive, Instrumental Metal)

    LANDS - Misanthropy (Post-Metal)

    Lost in the Riots - Move On, Make Trails (Instrumental Rock)

    Mantar - Death By Burning (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Marasme - De Ilums I Ombres (Post-Hardcore, Hardcore)

    The Mercury Tree - Countenance (Progressive, Indie Rock)

    Moanaa - Descent (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Mongrels - Gnawed Bones (Hardcore)

    Moutheater - Passing Key (Noise Rock)

    N.Tesla - Lux Manifesto (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Old Man Gloom - Ape Of God (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragments Of Uniforms (Instrumental Rock)

    Redwood Hill - Collider (Sludge)

    The Return South - The Return South (Instrumental Rock)

    Ritual Mess - Vile Art (Noise Rock)

    Rodha - Welter Through The Ashes (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    The Samuel Jackson Five - Seasons In The Hum (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Save Us From Archon - Thereafter (Math, Instrumental Rock)

    Show Me A Dinosaur - Dust (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Slugdge - Gastronomicon (Hardcore, Sludge)

    Sora Shima - You Are Surrounded (Post-Rock)

    Telepathy - 12 Areas (Instrumental Metal)

    Terraforma - Creatures (Instrumental Rock)

    Terronaut - (Instrumental Rock, Post-Metal)

    These Are My Tombs - Morphosis (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Torrential Downpour - Truth Knowledge Vision (Hardcore)

    TotorRo - Home Alone (Instrumental Rock)

    Trade in a Temple - Obsession (Instrumental Metal)

    Trudger - Dormiveglia (Hardcore, Sludge)

    Tsima - Shatter (Post-Metal)

    Watered - Some Are Born Into The Endless Night (Instrumental Rock)

    Yarn Of Norna - Ronové (Post-Metal)

    Yoma - Approaching Silence (Post-Metal)

    Biggest Disappointments



    Giant Squid - Minoans
    I've really enjoyed everything this band had released up to this point. This album fell flat to their previous work. I found it kind of boring and uninventive for their standards.


    He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit
    This makes me really sad that I have to put this one in the disappointment list. I just could not get into this one at all. After about song 4, it just drags and never picks back up to the intensity that they're know for.


    Maybeshewill - Fair Youth
    A big letdown of a release from one of my favorite cinematic instrumental rock bands. Nothing really grabbed me enough to stay interested in this album.


    This Will Destroy You - Another Language
    For a little time there, I though this band would battle Explosions In The Sky for the throne of best instrumental and climactic band. But, in my opinion, this band peaked with their debut EP, Young Mountain. Every album since then has gotten less and less interesting.


    Young and in the Way - When Life Comes To Death
    I was really hoping they would have built on the momentum from their last 3 releases. But this one feels a step in the opposite direction to me.


    Well I think that about wraps it up for 2014. It may seem like I listened to a ton of albums (which I did) but as you might notice, I didn't really have that much to say about the majority of them. All in all, I think this was a pretty down year as a whole as far as great albums goes. It was actually fairly difficult determining my favorite ten.

    As always, your comments, suggestions, two cents, and hate mail is more than welcome. If you feel I missed the mark on something, for sure let me know. It won't hurt my feelings.
  • The tentacles of Dr Orlovsky - Second trailer.

    7 jan 2015, 21:37 av Slaggprodukt

    The Tentacles of Dr Orlovsky - Second official trailer is now online. Move into the 90´s and get embraced by the tentacles. This is also the second trailer done for this planned movie in 2014 (more trailers will be produced). It was sent to Förvaltningsrätten since it was #‎relevantförmittärende and has been there. Now, it is available on social media and it is possible; as with #sadoschoooccpock to get drawn into it. Get drawn into the Tentacles. The name may change to another title; but it is a planned tribute movie to Jess Franco and Lina Romay. The tentacles are real, they are closing in and you can get embraced - by ”The tentacles of Dr Orlovsky”. First, #‎sadoschoccocccpock which is finished. Then, ”The oasis of Dr Orlovsky” which is being produced. And later, as a planned film: The Tentacles of Dr Orlovsky. A Bollywood touch, and a planned #ffa & #pfk project.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kKyCMT5Tc

    Beware the tentacles, and beware Fhui Manzui
  • The tentacles of Dr Orlovsky official trailer

    19 dec 2014, 13:31 av Slaggprodukt

    Below is the first official trailer for the planned ”The tentacles of Dr Orlovsky” which is the proposed sequel to both ”Sadoschcooooock” and ”The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky”. Be aware that this is a proposed title that may change during the production for ”The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky”. As with Sadoschoooock this is a tribute movie for Jess Franco and Lina Romay. ”Sadoshcooooock” has 1970´s ethics and morals. ”The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky” has 1980´s ethics and morals. Move into the 90´s. Be embraced by the upcoming... Tentacles of Dr Orlovsky. The trailer is at Förvaltningsrätten and has so been for a while. It has been available in the closed, private group ”The disciples of 3K” and is now available on various social platforms. Beware of the Tentacles. Beware of Sadoschocccck. And come to the Oasis of Dr Orlovsky.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvJo_G4URWQ&list=UUZ3V2I2Ljx6l757oxhdDUFw

    Tentacles...
  • The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky - Second official trailer

    19 dec 2014, 10:52 av Slaggprodukt

    Below is the second official trailer to ”The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky.” The trailer was also sent to Förvaltningsrätten due to being very relevant for my case there.
    Get drawn into it. Get drawn into The oasis of Dr Orlovsky. And we are all part of…. Sadoschcccoooock.
    Sadoschocccck and The Oasis of Dr Olrlovsky are both feature films which are in honour of Jess Franco and Lina Romay. Sadoschoooock has 1970´s ethics and morals – The Oasis of Dr Orlovksy has 1980´s ethics and morals. And both have a Bollywood filter.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20CKaIiYTzY

    (Oh and yeah. The Sadoschocccck november trailer was published in 2014 and not in 2013) :)
  • Sadoschoccck Official Trailer (Made november 2013)

    14 dec 2014, 19:06 av Slaggprodukt

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3zV9D0ttGk

    The trailer that was sent to Förvaltningsrätten as part of my case #‎relevantförmittärende - There was also sent the second official trailer for "The oasis of Dr Orlovsky" and a trailer for the planned "The tentacles of Dr Orlovsky". Before 2015 starts the second trailer to "The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky" will be posted here. #‎sadoschocccck will have a premiere with an event in 2015 - hopefully before march. In the meantime; get drawn into another trailer. For Sadoschoccck. Also, another case was opened at Förvaltningsrätten regarding if moviemaking could be seen as getting support from the city. This means, naturally that at least three trailers will be made - one for Sadoschocccck, one for the Oasis of Dr Orlovsky and of course a trailer for the planned"The tentacles of Dr Orlovsky".
  • The concept of #ffa and #pfk

    21 nov 2014, 20:46 av Slaggprodukt

    The concept of Forced Futuristic Art and #PFK ( #ffa )
    Nov
    21
    The artist life.

    Silence.

    Did you hear that? Did you read that? Did you get noticed? Maybe.

    Clouds of #ffa
    Clouds of #ffa
    Then again, maybe not.

    True clouds of #FFA
    True clouds of #FFA
    Did you get a comment? Maybe. Then again; maybe not.

    Did you get a like? Mabye. Then again; maybe not.

    Movement.
    Movement.
    Still, you and I as artists keep creating.

    And here is the thing. In Sweden, there is a concept of city goverment. The court system. And other instances that register and keep track of all that is part of their responsibilty. And that is a lot. All that you write, all that you turn in is mostly available for anyone to take part of. To get a copy of. To get a explanation. To notice.

    *

    This is why Forced Futuristic Art works. I use a USB stick. Or a CD. Or a DVD. Or paper. Any media will really do. I put my art on this media. I turn it into the court or the tax office or whatever. They have to register it. And if it is a text file they have to read it. Will they understand the art? Maybe. Maybe not. Is it registered? Yes. Can I myself get it back? Yes. Can anyone get it back or look into it? Yes.

    *

    They will take part of my art. They have to. It is forced. It is futuristic. It is art. Since I call it art.

    The trailers to Sadoschoccck? Part of #ffa and #pfk

    The trailer to The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky? Part of #ffa and #pfk

    The upcoming screening of Sadoschocck? Yes, it will also be part of #ffa and #pfk

    *

    The rule in Sweden is to keep all documents at least 5 years. I twice (2) got all my documents from Västerås. From 2008 until 2014. Also twice (2) from Södertälje from 2014. In 2018 there is an election year. There will be more to tell. I will again, choose to get all my documents from Västerås and from Södertälje. All will be part of #ffa and promo material for a performance, a movie, a short film, a photo session or some art related activity. And the thing is, I have the right to get all the material out. It may cost around 500-1000 krona but it will be art. It will be used. And you will take part of it. Or the tax agency. For another five years…

    Then a pause. 2022? Election year… Time for more #ffa

    A ongoing concept.

    My name is Pries Verhon. Or Dr Soledaro Orlovsky.

    This is Sadoschoccck (part of #FFA )

    Next: The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky.

    Get drawn into it. Or not. But the court will get drawn into it. The tax agency. They have to. It is so. #PFK

    Sadoschocck in sadoscocccpoc
    Sadoschocck in sadoscocccpoc
    Onwards. To Sadoschoccck. The little garden.

    This entry was posted on 21/11/2014, in Uncategorized.
  • The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky - Official trailer

    16 nov 2014, 19:01 av Slaggprodukt

    Below is the first trailer for: The oasis of Dr Orlovsky (Which is the sequel to Sadoschooooock). Both movies are in memory of Jess and Lina. ”Sadoschocccck” has a bollywood 1970´s look and ”The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky” will more be set in the 1980´s (morally and ethically still Bollywood).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMpb_...
    Well, the first traler for ”The Oasis of Dr Orlovsky” is now officially on youtube and will also be shared in other social media.
    On tuesday, another trailer for ”Sadoschoccccck” will be sent to Stockholms förvaltningsrätt - along with the second trailer for ”The oasis of Dr Orlovsky” if I have the energy for creating that. Before 2015 the trailer for ”Sadoschoccccck” will be posted here and officially on youtube and such at january, 17 2015.
    Get drawn into the Oasis. And get drawn into Sadoschocccck.Will post the event for the performance when the time comes for that - most probably in the beginning of 2015. Will show the video for Stormrider- Fuck the world, ”Love theme from Sadoschoccck” music video (Love in paradise) after which the performance will happen. After that, the official premerie of....
    Sadoschoccccck
  • Sadoschocck Theatrical Trailer

    3 aug 2014, 12:08 av Slaggprodukt

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrgugKPveXQ

    A trailer which was turned in to Förvaltningsrätten i Uppsala friday, 18/7 AD 2014. It was only available for the clerks their and a few days later for group members in D3K fb group.
  • Sadoshchock Second Theatrical Trailer

    1 jun 2014, 21:17 av Slaggprodukt

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVgnZ...

    It is also possible to see if proletaricallly working with handling postal errands in Nykvarns kommun from may 1 and also at the Swedish tax agency, as it was submitted to them while doing taxes.
    Members are welcome to share the trailer before june 1, if wanting so. If there is interest in participating in the movie making process it is still possible.

    Andra biotrailern online således.
  • My (belated) 2013 year end list.

    3 feb 2014, 08:16 av irishtim

    Every year I hope to get this list up earlier, but a new career change has consumed most of my time lately. I'm not complaining, I love my new job and I still get to listen to whatever I want all day, but I won't have as much time to spend searching for new music or contributing to this site.

    I don't care if these lists don't get read all that much anymore- other than by a few of you dedicated last.fm'ers (you know who you are)- I still enjoy putting them together. Enough said, here's my list for 2013.

    My 10 Favorite*
    *(in alphabetical order)



    Arsonists Get All The Girls-Listen To The Color
    The return of their former lead vocalist Remi Rodberg allowed Arsonists to return their earlier chaotic form. Not that I didn't enjoy their last two efforts, Portals and Motherland, I really did. Listen To The Color just takes the sometimes predictable sound of the previous two and replaces it with the fast, blast beat sound that put this band on the map. This album is killer!




    Baptists-Bushcraft
    This was probably my favorite album of the year. Baptists chose renowned producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou to record and mix this gem of a heavy album. And it was worth every penny of theirs. Bushcraft is heavy with hints of and all blended together. Every song is just downright brutal and badass. I'm also super stoked to see former A Textbook Tragedy drummer Nick Yacyshyn find a band worthy of his extraordinary drumming prowess. This one not to be missed for anyone a fan of this genre of music.




    East Of The Wall-Redaction Artifacts
    There is nothing that this band can't do that I just don't love. Although not as strong as their 2011 release, The Apologist, Redaction Artifacts is nothing short of progressive brilliance. This album is packed full of songs that vary from well-composed melodic structures to heavy and pounding arrangements. If you haven't given any of their albums a listen yet, you're missing out.



    Intronaut-Habitual Levitations
    This one actually took a little while to grow on me. I wasn't blown away with it after my first few listens. Come to think of it, I felt the same way about their 2010 release Valley Of Smoke too. I've come to terms with the fact that they've evolved from their earlier aggressive, growling sound found in their first few albums to a more melodic approach. The musicianship is incredible as usual. Joe Lester and Danny Walker are still the best bass and drum combo around, and Sacha and Dave's vocal harmonies get better with every album. Not my favorite of theirs', but an awesome album worthy of my top ten nonetheless.




    Kvelertak-Meir
    I don't care that these guys sing their songs in Swedish, it doesn't matter, this album is badass. Super catchy, high energy songs with hints of , , and . I enjoyed this one so much that I completely forget that I can't understand a word they're saying. By the way, this is another Kurt Ballou project.




    Nice Hooves-Nice Hooves
    Here's my surprise discovery of the year. Featuring members of another one of my favorite bands The Armed, Nice Hooves is incredibly loud and noisy with elements of hardcore, punk and metal. The best part about this awesome hard-hitting debut is that they're giving it away for FREE!!! You be missing out if you didn't grab it and find out for yourself. Check it out here http://nicehooves.bandcamp.com/album/nice-hooves. And what do you know, another Kurt Ballou undertaking.





    Queens of the Stone Age-...Like Clockwork
    After a long wait, Josh Homme is back again with his knack for cleaver and catchy song-writing. Although I enjoy all of their work, their previous two were probably my least favorites. Like Clockwork, on the other hand, reminds me more of their earlier work, and Songs For The Deaf in particular, my personal favorite. This album did however see the exit of drummer Joey Castillo. Good news is that he was replaced with one of my favorite drummers ever, Jon Theodore.




    Red Fang-Whales And Leaches
    These guys have quickly become one of my favorite bands in the last year or so. Whales And Leaches is a heavy blend of hooky, but sludgy and metal. It's a little more mainstream sounding than their previous two albums, but a great album worthy of my top ten nonetheless.




    Russian Circles-Memorial
    Russian Circles continue to establish themselves as a giant in the now somewhat stale genre. It amazes me the intricate and complex sound this band can create as a 3-piece with no vocals. Memorial is a great mix of melodic landscapes mixed with heavy, dynamic and layered riffs. This is my favorite album of theirs since Station.




    Tomahawk-Oddfellows
    Tomahawk is back. After embracing the weird and experimental sound of their 2001 self-titled and 2003 Mit Gas, they underwhelmed me with 2007's Anonymous. I know it was critically acclaimed, but I think it was too far of a departure from the first two albums. I just couldn't wrap my head around it, and I still can't to this day. Oddfellows, on the other hand, is a return to that weird and experimental sound that they captured in their early years. This is my favorite of all of Mike Patton's many projects.


    Other Greats*
    *(Not quite top ten)



    All Pigs Must Die-Nothing Violates This Nature
    Not as strong as 2011's God Is War, but an awesome album. Ben Koller continues to amaze me with his drumming chops. Another Kurt Ballou recorded and produced project.



    And So I Watch You From Afar-All Hail Bright Futures
    Awesome from northern Ireland. If you're not familiar with this band, all of their releases are stellar. This album is no exception.



    The Dillinger Escape Plan-One Of Us Is The Killer
    After all these years, DEP continues to kick our asses with energetic and chaotic madness. I had this in my top ten early in the year, but it got bumped out as the year progressed. Nevertheless, this is a badass album.



    Humanfly-Awesome Science
    It seems like every year someone recommends me an album from a band I don't care for. Awesome Science is that album this year. I haven't liked anything this band has put out, until Awesome Science. It's too bad that the band spilt up shortly after its release, this was by far their best work to date.



    Light Bearer-Silver Tongue
    This is a band to watch out for. Beautiful atmospheric sprawling landscapes that build into chugging heavy sludgy rhythms. Very well composed.



    Mutoid Man-Helium Head
    This band consists of Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and the aforementioned Ben Koller of Converge, United Nations and All Pigs Must Die just to name a few. The fact that Helium Head is more of an EP than a full length and that it came out real late in the year (I didn't get as much time to spin it) are the reasons it wasn't top ten. It was close though.



    Old Gods-Stylized Violence
    Here's another real close to my top ten. Stylized Violence is awesome chaotic hardcore featuring former Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle.



    Palms-Palms
    When I heard Chino from Deftones was teaming up with a member of Isis, I almost shit my pants. I was expecting it to be a lot heavier than it turned out. But given time to grow on me, this was a great debut. I just hope they stick around and follow it up with a couple more albums.



    Pelican-Forever Becoming
    Another solid effort from this staple. Not a far departure from anything they've done before, but solid.



    Portugal. The Man-Evil Friends
    This band is an album making machine. However, this leads to albums that are hit and miss. This one is definitely a hit though.



    Rosetta-The Anaesthete
    I've read so many negative reviews about this one. Most said the same thing, that it was monotonous and lacked passion. I don't know what album they were listening to. First of all, most Rosetta songs are built on a monotonous riff/rhythm that eventually builds and develops into explosions of melody and emotion. This album is no different. I hear passion all over the place. I loved this album.



    Sleeping in Gethsemane-When The Landscape Is Quiet Again
    One more Kurt Ballou project to add to this list. This 3-piece from Fargo, North Dakota play a great blend of heavy technical , that I just dig. I really enjoy their debut from a few years back, but there's something about this album that keeps me coming back... Ballou? It seems like everything he touches turns out just awesome.


    Good, not great*
    *worth mentioning

    Anorak-Go Up In Smoke (Hardcore)

    The Barber- Circus Tricks (Chaotic Hardcore)

    BIIPIIGWAN-Something For Everyone; Nothing For Anyone (Sludge, Crust, Hardcore)

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-Specter At The Feast (Indie Rock)

    blame it on the ocean-From The Depths (Hardcore)

    Blizzard at Sea-Certain Structures (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Boatrocker-Antagonize (Post-Hardcore, Hardcore)

    Castles-Fiction Or Truth (Math Rock) (Kurt Ballou produced/recorded)

    Children Of God-We Set The Sky On Fire (Hardcore)

    cleenteeth-Pushing Rope (Sludge)

    Cortez-Phœbus (Hardcore)

    Cult of Luna-Vertikal (Post-Metal)

    Deafheaven-Sunbather (Post-Metal, Black Metal)

    The Dismemberment Plan-Uncanney Valley (Indie Rock)

    Dogs for Breakfast-The Sun Left These Places (Hardcore)

    Doomriders-Grand Blood (Hardcore)

    Dorena-Nuet (Instrumental Rock, Post-Rock)

    Echoes Of Eon-Immensity (Instrumental Rock, Post-Rock)

    Enemies-Embark, Embrace (Instrumental Rock, Math Rock)

    Erosion-Kill Us All (Hardcore, Crust)

    Facing The Swarm Throught-Bridges (Chaotic Hardcore)

    Forge of Clouds-Ordinary Death (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Fura-Fura (Instrumental Rock)

    Globe and Beast-Grandfather (Hardcore)

    Great Falls-Accidents Grotesque (Hardcore)

    Grenades-Heaven Is Empty (Hardcore)

    grey season-Septem (Progressive, Post-Metal, Hardcore)

    Hedvika-The Evidence Of Absence (Post-Metal)

    KEN mode-Entrench (Metal, Hardcore, Sludge)

    KeralaThrough The Desert (Progressive, Post-Metal)

    Kings of Leon-Mechanical Bull (Rock)

    Kultika-The Strange Innerdweller (Post-Metal)

    Lite-Installation (Instrumental Rock, Math Rock)

    Maidens-Eve Of Absolution (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Mandroid Echostar-Citadels (Post-Hardcore)

    The Night Marchers-Allez Allez (Alternative, Punk)

    Norma Jean-Wrongdoers (Hardcore)

    Pariso-Consanguinity (Chaotic Hardcore)

    Phantom Glue-A War Of Light Comes (Stoner Metal, Sludge)

    Pyres-Year Of Sleep (Progressive, Hardcore, Sludge)

    Redwood Hill-Decender (Sludge)

    Reproacher-Nothing To Save (Chaotic Hardcore)

    Rise After Defeat-Adrift (Hardcore)

    Rising-Abominor (Hardcore, Sludge)

    The Rodeo Idiot Engine-Consequences (Chaotic Hardcore)

    Rogue Wave-Nightingale Floors (Indie Rock)

    Romero-Take The Pain (Stoner Metal, Sludge)

    Sabertooth-Sheol (Hardcore)

    Sceintist-Sceintist (Progressive, Hardcore)

    Seizures-The Sanity Universal (Hardcore)

    Septa-The Lover (Post-Metal)

    Sepultura-The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart (Metal)

    Seven Sisters of Sleep-Opium Morals (Chaotic Hardcore, Crust)

    Slugdge-Born Of Slime (Progressive, Hardcore, Sludge)

    Sofy Major-Idolize (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    A Storm of Light-Nations To Flames (Post-Metal)


    Disappointments*
    *total letdowns (turds)

    Alice in Chains-The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
    This one I don't quite consider a turd. It actually has a couple pretty good songs. It just seemed rushed like there was no passion in the song-writing. Especially after loving Black Gives Way To Blue

    Atoms for Peace-Amok
    I expected more from an album featuring Thom York and Flea on bass. Just nothing interesting to me in this album. What a waste of talent.

    EF-Ceremonies
    Really good post-rock band that unfortunately made a really boring album. Their older stuff is really good, just not this one.

    Kylesa-Ultraviolet
    Nothing special here, sounds like I heard it all before. I hope they can pull it together and release another gem like Static Tensions. I haven't liked their last two releases.

    Long Distance Calling-The Flood Inside
    Another example of a band straying from what they're really good at and trying something that just doesn't work, for me at least. This is a great progressive heavy instrumental that tried adding vocals that don't fit. They should go back to instrumental music.

    Pearl Jam-Lightning Bolt
    Not a total turd here either, but very un-inventive and boring. Feels like surrounding one or two good songs around a bunch of lazy song-writing fillers.

    Rival Schools-Found
    I've liked Walter Schreifels from his days with Quicksand in the 90's. I even liked the first Rival Schools album. This one doesn't even sound like the same stuff. I can't get into it, or maybe I'm outgrowing it.


    Well there it is folks. As always, feel free to leave comments suggestions, insults, hate mail, letter bombs, or whatever. Also PLEASE, let me know if you come across anything you think I might dig from this upcoming year. As I mentioned earlier, I'm not gonna have the time to sit around and search for new music like I did with my new job. Much appreciated!