Friday, December 31, 2010

the grim goods MMX

as Berkay discussed before, it is virtually impossible for there to be a bad year in music. this year is most definitely included in that sentiment. if you can't find anything you like, you're just not taking the time to look. this is my top 20, but there are also 40 honorable mentions to reflect that there were indeed many wonderful albums released this year. some of these should probably even be in the top twenty. regardless, every album listed here is top notch and shouldn't go unnoticed. there are actually quite a few i haven't listened to yet like The National, Deerhunter, the new Arizmenda, and the other Yrsel album that could very well be somewhere on this list soon. im not going to write about my picks, but intsead will try and give you a link(s) of some sort so you can listen to them and maybe buy their stuff if you want. this is what i have to date, the last day of 2010.

Top 20
1 Pyramids - Wvndrkmmer
2 Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
3 Aesahaettr - Aesahaettr
4 Encoffination - Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh
5 Eibon - Entering Darkness
6 Ash Borer / Fell Voices - Split
7 Adversarial - All Idols Fall Before the Hammer (link is different mix. if you can't get over the snare, you'll dig this version.)
8 Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
9 Thou - Summit
10 Emuul - Crawling Across the Rafters
11 Torture Corpse - Stop the Mind
12 Grails - Black Tar Prophecies vol 4
13 Vasaeleth - Crypt Born and Tethered to Ruin
14 Coffinworm - When All Became None
15 Gnaw Their Tongues - L'arrivee de la Terne Mort Triomphante
16 Batillus / Hallowed Butchery - Split
17 Daughters - Daughters
18 The Austrasian Goat - Stains of Resignation
19 Horseback - Forbidden Planet
20 Sailors With Wax Wings - Sailors With Wax Wings

Honorable Mention (Random)
Grave Ritual - Euphoric Hymns From the Altar of Death
Ensorcelor - Urarctica Begins
Menace Ruine - Union of Irreconcilables
Menace Ruine - Sigil Sessions
Enslaved by Owls / Bad Life - Split
Chiodos - Illuminaudio
Celeste - Morte(s) Nee(s)
The Secret - Solve et Coagula
Annthennath - States of Liberating Departure
Encircling Sea - Ecru
The Body - All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood
Evoken / Beneath the Frozen Soil - Split
Inter Arma - Sundown
Weapon - From the Devil's Tomb
Diocletian - War of All Against All
Black Swan - Black Swan (In 8 Movements)
Dispirit - Rehearsal at Oboroten
Prosanctus Inferi - Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic Palpitation
Father Befouled - Morbid Destitution of Covenant
Forteresse - Par Hauts Bois et Vastes Plaines
Innumerable Forms - Dark Worship
Swollowed - Swollowed
Immolation - Majesty and Decay
Begrime Exemious - Impending Funeral of Man
StarGazer - A Great Work of Ages
The Wakedead Gathering - Tenements of Ephemera
Mortuss Auris & Black Hand - Sleep
Mortuss Auris & Black Hand - Freiheit ist immer Freiheit der Andersdenkenden
Emuul - ...On the Origins of Motion
Emuul - Further Stations
Aderlating - Dying of the Light
Aderlating - Dood
Detritivore - Pakt
Barn Owl - Ancestral Star
Yrsel - Requiem for the Three Kharites
Bad Life / Pink Playground - Split
Burial Invocation - Rituals of the Grotesque
Life in the Dark - The Sunya is Rising
Torch Runner - Locust Swarm
Twilight - Monument to End Time

Thursday, December 30, 2010

jingle's 2 thousand 10



The last few years have been good to me, mostly. I’ve found stability and peace and the only thing that I bitch about nowadays is my university and the weather. Though, each year there’s this one bad incident that has to stand out like a giant fucking sore thumb. Much like the past few years, most of this year has been good (sort of) but that one bad incident? Well, I think I’ve lost 90% of my music.

Every form of death, black and doom metal, not to mention a bunch of indie, post-rock and other bullshit, all gone. Yeah so, almost 8 years of collecting material from various genres, all down the fucking pooper because my portable hard disk decided to die on me a few days ago and now I’m left with whatever I had on my laptop and PC (which isn’t much). Oh and today I just found out that my iPod got into the washing machine accidentally and now that’s gone too. But enough with all this negativity, time for us to look at 15 fantastic albums that I had the privilege of listening to this year.


A ritualistic, apocalyptic and hallucinogenic wall of ambient noise with some shrieks thrown in, creating a horrific atmosphere perfect for late night listening with the lights off. Definitely, one of the most interesting things I’ve heard this year.


The Australian death metal scene has been thriving and it seems like some of that awesome kangaroo juice has spilled over to their kiwi neighbors. To confirm this statement we have two highly promising releases from Witchrist and Diocletian this year. Diocletian barely missed the cut for my top 15 but these guys get in because of the sheer amount of non-stop crush that they display over the 40 minute duration of the album.


A humble return to the music scene for these guys featuring a more straightforward and accessible approach but even so it’s still difficult to properly pin down their sound so I’m not going to waste my time writing nonsense but I am going to say that this is massive and beautiful (and no, not like some cock you fucking pervs).


These stoner/doom big boys returned this year with another slab of marijuana music featuring a high dose of spacey psychedelia and some borrowed elements from Neurosis’ post-metal domain. Listening to this when you’re inebriated or baked makes you feel like you’re floating in a bubble that’s on its way to mars or some shit idk get high and find out for yourself fool.


Like Witchrist, I love this because of the filthy sound, crushing doom/death riffs and the overall intensity that makes me wonder why this didn’t blast a hole through my fucking face.


The soothing, serene and beautiful nature present on this folk/indie release makes it my relaxation album for 2010. After you run around a putrid little wasteland like Dhaka for the entire day, coming home and listening to this washes away all the filth.


The one shining light in the poor little metal scene we have here in this country. This splendid Ep features some of the best bass work I’ve heard all year, a bunch of the beastliest riffs ever to come out of Asia and an overall sound that’s just the perfect sort of filthy that you expect from most death metal, all in all making this a supreme death/thrash release that shouldn’t go unnoticed by anyone this year.


Probably not something for the usual S4D crowd because this has prog melodies, clean vocals, catchy riffs and other such material that would make most seasoned black metal elitists cringe but these guys were one of the first black metal bands I actually liked and after all these years they’re still releasing original and interesting material so they get a spot on here, big woop.


TING TING TING TING is all you’ll hear on the first few listens but as you get used to the overbearing snare, you get to slowly uncover the bucket loads of glorious riffing and then this all you want to listen to for the next day or two.


This band features members of Deathchain and of course, the almighty Demilich so going into this you’d expect some great riffs and that’s what you’ll get. As a bonus you also get to hear some of those classic Demilich burp vocals. So it’s like dun dun BURP BURP dunnunun.


I’m with Frank on this one, initially this felt lazy and boring but as I warmed up to it I realized that though it’s not as good as the superb Funeral it’s still a good deal better than Neon Bible.


I started to listen to both this and Microcastle around the same time and I still don’t know which one I like better but the shoe-gazey, relaxing pastures of this album make it the ideal stoner album for 2010.


This for me is the finest death metal release from this year and it’s also the best thing I’ve heard from these guys since Close to a World Below.


No other metal album from this year touches the sheer ingenuity and malevolence of this release. It’s the most accessible album in the trilogy but it’s also the perfect amalgamation of the ideas that were featured on their past releases making it an absolute mind-fuck of a black metal whirlwind to listen to.


Better than Boxer and on par with Alligator, I adore this album because of a simple enough reason: I’ve listened to it more than any other album this year and it has yet to wear out on me. It’s because of this immense replay value that it remains the crown on top of my 2010 list.

Well then, it’s been a great year for music for sure, too bad my dumb luck had to scar my 2010 but there’s no use crying over split chocolate milk so I’m going to drown myself in a pool of alcohol come New Year’s Eve and look at 2011 with renewed hungover hope that maybe I’ll be able to recover most of what I’ve lost by the end of twenty 11. Oh and a Happy fucking New Year to all!

You can view my 2010 list in it's entirety here.
you can also check out my 2010 Death metal list here.

“You were seeking strength, justice, splendor! You were seeking love!
Here is the pit, here is your pit! Its name is SILENCE…”

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is Indie Dead?



It is a question that tantalizes both fans, who perhaps secretly fear that it is, and haters, who possibly suspect that the answer is no. Let us explore this notion with this year's best offerings according to me.

10. The Moondoggies - Tidelands



Alternative-folk outfit from Seattle who first caught my attention with their bizarre name. I felt compelled to find out what kind of sound a moondoggie makes, turns out it's rather pleasant. Glad I found this little-known gem.

THE MOONDOGGIES - It's a Shame, It's a Pity by Triad Publicity

9. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast



I think people like to bicker about this album more than they like to listen to it. Which is a shame. It's a totally inoffensive little throwback to nineties surf-rock with vocals that are reminiscent of eighties new-wave and I like it. Floating Vibes is far and away the best track.

Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes by HighVoltageMusic

8. The Love Language - Libraries



Dreamy indie pop record. Makes me happy.

Heart To Tell - The Love Language by musicismyhappiness

7. Lost In The Trees - All Alone In An Empty House



It was love at first listen with this 'folk orchestra'. I can't quite put my finger on it but there's something a little different about this lot. Freak power.

Lost In The Trees - Walk Around the Lake by Lost In The Trees

6. Broken Bells - Self-Titled



Danger Mouse and that dude from The Shins got together and gave birth to this delightful piece of music. I shall take this indie-pop baby and raise it as my own. Since this is only their first-born I expect great things yet to come.

Vaporize by Broken Bells (MySpace Transmissions) by thalgyur


5. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt



Take into account I'm a Bob Dylan freak. Now take into account I haven't been particularly fond of Kristian Matsson's previous offerings, you could say I treated them with nothing but hostility and contempt for no good reason. I wanted to hate this album. God-damn impossible.

The Tallest Man On Earth - King of Spain by MusicForBears

4. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor



Technically released in late 2009, so I'm holding it back a grade. This means I've managed to relentlessly dig it ALL year therefore it must be something special. It's my bottom bitch. Do you know what I'm saying?

Airplanes by Local Natives by infectiousmusicuk

3. The Black Keys - Brothers



You already know what I think of this album. It's a slightly new direction. Some say too polished. And while I begrudgingly cling to the past like an infant incessantly suckling the teat of Rubber Factory I dare say this really could be their best so far.

The Black Keys - Howlin' For You by MMMusic

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs



I'll be the first to admit when I got my grubby little mits on Suburbs I huffed and I puffed about how disappointed I was. Bad fanship. Time to eat some humble pie. This album is fast becoming my favourite from Aracde Fire and despite taking home the silver, I believe in the years to come it will be my definitive album of 2010 for deeply-nostalgic, highly-personal reasons. Gross.

Sprawl II - Arcade Fire by Tot Somerset

1. The Morning Benders - Big Echo



The winner because I listen to it so often and so loud that it will probably leave me with substantial hearing disabilities but by god I'll say - it was worth it.

The Morning Benders - Excuses by yvz

Conclusion: Indie is not dead, but God certainly is.

Note: I purposely left The National's 'High Violet' off the list because everyone at RYM relentlessly continued to jizz all over it and quite frankly who knows what hideous diseases those people have...

happy new year.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

count's two thousand ten


you want it you got it.

2010 jams straight out of my tape deck and wreckord player. no walkmans allowed 8->).

Before i give you a tl;dr blurb of my year let me point out that there was a few shits i wasin't able to listen to because i am poor and sometimes i rely on rips and by sometimes i mean alot of the time. Easily these few I havent heard could easily take the number one spot, but instead greedy faggotheads are spinning album of the year material laughing while admiring their hundreds of dollars in their paypal accounts.

But if i were in their position i wouldn't rip it either and tell everyone to 'just buy it, it's only $ __'. Other than that the year two thousand ten was filled with some good shit and had some serious bump in the car via ipod. Ive gotten increasingly more obese and lazier since last year so that is why i am not going to take the time out of busy schedule to explain the album and why ive ranked it there. Its actually a little more based on what ive listened the most rather than what was best.

1. Ash Borer/Fell Voices - Split2. Axeman - Arrive
3. BizarreSSMania - What's Your Pleasure, Sir
4. Earl Sweatshirt - Earl
5. Koufar - The Purity of Cedars6. SQRM - Rodeo
7. Bizarre Uproar - Lily The Flesh
8. Drunkdriver - Drunkdriver
9. Sump - Taken Dead
10. Total Abuse - Mutt11. S.T.A.B. Electronics - Born For Righteous Abuse12. Coma Detox - Concussed & Asphyxiated13. The Men - Immaculada
14. Thou - Summit15. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
16. Broken Water - Whet
17. Pogrom - Liberal Cunt
18. Sexdrome - Grown Younger
19. Darkthrone - Circle the Wagons
20. Neon Blud - B Girls

?? Vordr - V?? Wince - Wince

There you have it, a rough top twenty of my 2010. Filled with atmosphere, drum hiss, tv fuzz, whooshing sounds, lyrics about rape, drummers who've raped, crescendos, politics, male/female vocal duos, crust punk attitude, srs mosh, big foreheads, ex emos getting into power electronics, wierdo thrash riffs, nine minute build ups, king diamond yells, heavily bent guitar strings, overuse of the word 'fuck' and 'fucking', blast beats, twenty six minute sample loops, piano underlaying, strong sexual themes, and limited quantities. That pretty much sums it all up.


Last but not least if you are a huge enough faggot to look at my complete 2010 list on rym then you can see it here. It's filled with other obscure stuff that didin't make the cut because it was either too limited or too well known to be on my list. combust and inhale cannibis daily.

Rasputin's 2010



2010 marked a change in the way I approached music. Two years ago I was making an effort to keep on top of every single genre there was and I felt like I was missing out if I didn’t listen to everything that came out. There was less of that last year, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered investing so much time into what essentially resulted in a single list at the end of the year that some people read and then quickly forgot. This year was different because I still listened to quite a few new releases but I mainly listened to new releases from bands I already liked, or new stuff in a couple of specific sub-genres that I listen to more of these days. It was of course far more enjoyable.

I stated in the blurb for my 09 list that anyone who ever thinks a single year is ‘bad’ in terms of releases is probably retarded. There are records being released every year which are great, and of course some years may have a higher quantity of really great albums, but generally if you haven’t found a good album in a particular year, you are most certainly not looking hard enough.

However, 2010 was in fact a year where nothing remarkably ‘essential’ was released. Some bands further perfected their style, while newcomers released fantastic albums in abundant styles. Indie rock had some ups and downs – The Gaslight Anthem failed to impress with the follow-up to their ’59 Sound record, but the slack was picked up by what is on par with Deerhunter’s best record thus far, Halcyon Digest. Titus Andronicus apparently released the best indie rock record of the year, but my single casual spin of that has yet to make any revelations. One of the more anticipated albums out this year was Arcade Fire’s third record, The Suburbs. Initially I found the record to be underwhelming but soon enough I began to realise its potency. It’s as good, if not more, as Neon Bible (neither touch Funeral at all though). The Magnetic Fields, one of my favourite bands, released their 9th record – it was a hit and miss record, but still had all the usual (therefore good) MagFields characteristics.

Death metal was of course on top again this year. The death metal underground is still seething with a constant stream of new bands playing old styles, but contrary to what some may think, this is fantastic. Vasaeleth, Begrime Exemious and Adversarial were very impressive with each of their debut LPs, while Immolation saw a return to form with their 8th record Majesty and Decay. There was a plethora of other releases among those, such as demos from Burial Invocation and Innumerable Forms, not to mention new material from Incantation and Imprecation. The best of the bunch you can view below.

Regardless, 2010 was of course a great year musically, and some really great albums were released. There were most definitely many I didn’t listen to, or even hear about, but I think it’s beyond me now to even try and keep up that level of consistency. The list below is in a rough order, but don’t take the ordering too seriously. I’ve made it in such a way so that everything on it is worth your time.


1. Vasaeleth – Crypt Born and Tethered to Ruin

Ordering my top 5 albums was rather difficult because I like them all almost equally, but Crypt Born... comes out on top. Vasaeleth burst out of nowhere with this debut release, reviving everything that Incantation did right in the early 90s. This record is filthy, fuzzy and utterly dank, and thus deserving of the top spot.

Review

2. Encoffination - Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh

I discovered this band through the underground label that distributed the tape pressing, Ritval Death Offerings. I admit it was a bit of a blind buy because the hype behind it had yet to materialise, but it was definitely a good decision. The level of improvement from their first EP is considerable, a level of consistency they’ve maintained on their most recent EP Seventh Temple of Laodicean Scripture. I’m confident the full length and EP they have scheduled for release in 2011 will not disappoint.

Review

3. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

My summer record. I still like Microcastle more but that has had over two years to grow friendly. Halcyon marks a change in Deerhunter’s style, moving on from the wacky psychadelia of earlier releases to a much more lush and relaxed sound.

4. Begrime Exemious - Impending Funeral of Man

Thrashy and very satan. Begrime Exemious improved upon their already stand out demos to release a well rounded slab of black/death.

Review

5. Adversarial - All Idols Fall Before the Hammer

The ‘controversial’ death metal release of the year. While it’s received many favourable reviews, it has also been harshly criticised for its production values and ‘that snare’. Regardless, All Idols... is a dense and resolute death metal record – it brings new light onto the Canadian black/death scene and certainly is setting Adversarial up for great things.

Review

6. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Great things were expected of Arcade Fire in 2010 and it’s safe to say these expectations were met. The album took a little time to click in but now months after its release I’m still listening to it regularly. ‘Suburban War’ is pretty much the best thing ever.

7. Immolation - Majesty and Decay

After a drop in form, Immolation are again living up to their reputation as hardened death metal veterans with the release of their 8th record. Unlike the previous two albums which were stale and uninteresting, the American group managed to write some killer riffs which make Majesty and Decay very listenable.

Review

8. Ash Borer/Fell Voices – Split

Count’s number one. This could possibly have been higher for me but after hearing it once I didn’t touch it again until recently and so I haven’t had a chance to completely absorb it yet. Regardless it’s good enough to make the top ten easily, and is my top black metal record of the year (though if I had properly listened to the new Panopticon compilation, this may have been different).

9. The Men – Immaculuda

I didn’t really listen to much punk this year, in fact this is the only album that has made the list and is perhaps one of only several punk albums I bothered to hear (which were probably average grind records). The Men play a noisy and feedback-ridden style of punk that shifts from a hardcore aesthetic to a dreamy, almost shoegaze-esque atmosphere with the change of a song. A captivating record.

10. Eibon - Entering Darkness

A huge improvement on their s/t EP, Entering Darkness showcases a band finding what they do best and doing it really fucking well.

Review

11. Burial Invocation - Rituals of the Grotesque

Other than a few brutal death bands, Turkey ‘s death metal scene is rather sparse and lacking in anything remotely worthwhile – this was true until Burial Invocation released their debut EP, Rituals of the Grotesque. It’s perhaps the only Turkish band who is buying into the old school resurgence, but for a lone act they’re certainly doing very well. Recalling the likes of Incantation but in a more contemporary form, similar to Dead Congregation, Burial Invocation wreck out four tracks of punishing and solid death metal on this EP. Well worth a listen and a good indicator of a band on the rise.

Review

12. The Magnetic Fields – Realism

Stephin Merritt releases his ninth record under his Magnetic Fields moniker, and while it is certainly no 69 Love Songs, Realism still channels Merritt’s wistful pop parody to a great effect.

Review

13. Ocean of Zero - The Wake

Out of Queensland Australia, Ocean of Zero is a group of young stoners or surfies or whatever playing crushing old school death metal. It’s obscure as shit but so good at the same time. Only a hundred copies of this cassette were pressed and if you happen to want your own (provided there are any left) contact their label Bloody Oath Records at this address – bloodynoize@yahoo.com

14. The Dead - Ritual Executions

Originally released in 2009, this album was remastered this year after the band signed with Diabolical Conquest Records. As can be read in the review below, the band sounds like Church of Misery playing death metal. The remaster is also tastefully done.

Review

15. Father Befouled - Morbid Destitution of Covenant

I think I like the idea of Father Befouled more than their music, or at least I did before they released Morbid Destitution of Covenant. Their debut LP was all right but suffered from sloppiness and was uninteresting in some parts. Luckily, the band found their feet with Morbid Destitution... and have released a very good, if derivative, death metal album.

16. Cardiac Arrest - Haven for the Insane

This is my first experience with Cardiac Arrest and I have to say, this band is relentless. It has enough filth to rival Autopsy, but plays it at twice the speed and with three times the brutality.

Review

17. Swallowed – Swallowed

Their last demo was a decent stab at copying Autopsy (which is okay to do I guess), but Swallowed just came out of the blue with this s/t demo and blew shit apart. This is slow and crushing death/doom that takes elements from early Finnish bands and plays them even slower. Well worth any death metal fan’s time.

18. Innumerable Forms - Dark Worship

Another death metal demo, and this one could definitely be higher but it’s here so deal with it. Fuzzy production that could be better but doesn’t really make a difference because this crushing and full of riffs. If you like any Finnish death metal of the early 90s (or just death metal in general), this is a must.

19. Diocletian - War of All Against All

New Zealand’s Diocletian released their Decimator EP a couple of years ago which I really enjoyed, but their debut LP Doom Cult was a step back and I subsequently let the band go (other than spinning the shit out my Decimator vinyl). Fortunately, Diocletian have improved on the mediocrity of Doom Cult with their follow up LP, War of All Against All – the pseudo-brutality of the first LP has been replaced with a sound and style that actually sounds evil and satan, which is a plus in my book.

20. Prosanctus Inferi - Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic Palpitation

I won’t go into how much I love this band, but their demo Sacreligious Desecration in Excelsis is a non-stop rollercoaster ride in getting your arse kicked, so when I found out that a full length was in the works, I developed a boner. Unfortunately, Pandemonic Ululations... was somewhat disappointing. It could have been so much more, but just didn’t have that somfin somfin that the demo had. Still, it’s good enough to make it into my best of year list, and is still a worthy listen.

Honourable Mentions:

Coffinworm - When All Became None
The Wakedead Gathering - Tenements of Ephemera
Aesahaettr - Aesahaettr
Doombringer - Abhorrent Dreams of the End
Defeated Sanity - Chapters of Repugnance
Aidan Baker - Lifeform/Liminoid
Incantation - Scapegoat
Imprecation - The Sigil of Lucifer
Furdidurke - Furdidurke
Ophis - Withered Shades