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|Top 5 of 2012|
Plus some other junk.
|1||Hour of Penance|
You know when you have an absolutely killer album. Sometimes you know it when you first give it a spin, and other times the revelation doesn't come for another month or two. In any case, the genius of Hour of Penance's latest work, "Sedition", earned them a well-deserved ten out of ten in my book. This is a release that is not to be missed. Not convinced? Read the review: http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/hour-of-penance-sedition1
Son of Perdition
I'm all for the bashing of deathcore, but Wretched just aren't - not with "Son of Perdition", anyways. For some mind-boggling reason, people classify these guys as deathcore despite them having shifted far, far away from that genre. Hints and traces of their early foundations can still be found in this record, but it's vastly overpowered by musical brilliance and evolution. Fuck religion, and read the review: http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/wretched-son-of-perdition
Monolith of Inhumanity
I'm very familiar with this record - mostly due to hearing it in April, weeks before its release - and even though I gave it a ten out of ten in my original review, it sits behind two other albums on this list. Why? The answer is relatively simple: I don't feel it's deserving of a bullseye score any longer. That shouldn't stop you from checking this album out, though, because Cattle Decapitation do not disappoint. Read the (outdated) review: http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/cattle-decapitation-monolith-of-inhumanity
"Aeons Black" is a last-minute but certainly not undeserved addition to my list, beating Psycroptic out for first place. Aeon demonstrate a mastery of their instruments, as well as respectable and tasteful musicianship; they manage to be brutal while still carrying the emotion and melody that we've come to love from death metal. The Swedes know how to structure their songs! Read the review: http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/aeon-aeons-black
The Inherited Repression
With this year's release, Psycroptic have further cemented their position as a powerful and technically-proficient death metal band worthy of everyone and their mothers' attention. Their attention to detail, their musical skill, and their powerful and forceful sound demonstrates to me what I already knew: these guys are awesome. A lot of records could have landed this spot, but Psycockdick takes the cake. And they eat it too, because they're a bunch of fatasses.
|6||Spawn of Possession|
Biggest Disappointment of 2012!
When a band goes silent for six years, you figure they're dead, right? Not Spawn of Possession! They decided to release their third full-length, "Incurso". Does it suck? Nah, not really. It's just boring. Who the fuck wants to listen to "deedeededuhleedeedeeduhlee" over and over again? That's the guitar, in case you idiots were scratching your heads. And the vocals aren't even above average, let alone "good". No, fuck Spawn of Possession and fuck this record. When you go silent for six years before releasing a new record, at least make it worth the wait instead of just trying to demolish every mirror in my house with a fucking eight-string or whatever.
|7||Eye of Minerva|
Biggest Surprise of 2012!
Coming out of literally nowhere is Eye of Minerva, a death metal band based out of Colorado. They hark back to the days of yore with their first full length, "Spherical Perdition", and while they didn't place in the top five, they were pretty fuckin' close. They definitely deserve honourable mention - both as a close contender, and as a surprising one! Read the review: http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/eye-of-minerva-spherical-perdition
Dark Roots of Earth
Biggest 'what the fuck' of 2012!
The only reason I even mention this record is because it's fucking retarded. I have respect for sir Billy and his entourage of almost-"special" children that constitute Testament's current lineup (inb4 "TestAmenT HUAH m/ 4evah"), and I even enjoyed "Formation of Damnation" to an extent, but this record is embarrassing and I have yet to see someone here disagree. It's not even superbly terrible, it just doesn't have an excuse to exist. There's no reason it should be here. So, I reiterate: what the fuck? This album is fucking retarded, and Billy's a fucking fruit for thinking he could release something like this.
At the Gates of Sethu
Biggest Record I Didn't Give a Fuck About of 2012!
Who the fuck's Sethu? "Who the fuck's Nile" would be a more appropriate question. It's not that I don't know who they are - I have some of their CDs, believe it or not - it's that I don't give a flying froggy fuck about this band. Nothing they have made has stimulated me in the most remotely sexual sense, and that's bad news, because my cock will come out for even the most average of the average bands. I guess that explains a lot - including why this band doesn't deserve my attention. Some people claim this was everyone's "fave to hate", whatever the fuck that means, but I haven't even bothered to look at the thing's artwork, let alone listen to it.
Blood for the Master
Close, But No Cigar! (applies for all entries below, as well)
My review will tell you everything you need to know, but suffice it to say that Goatwhore delivered an intense kick to the jaw with this album. Blackened death metal has sounded good before, and this is no exception. Read the review: http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/goatwhore-blood-for-the-master-pr0
2012 is the year of Travis Ryan, I guess. With Cattle Decapitation, he put out "Monolith of Inhumanity". With Murder Construct, he delivered this pulsating grindstone, and has used it to grind our eardrums into nothingness. Great shit for sure, but it's a tad short of the bullseye. Grind lovers ought to give it a listen, even so.
|12||The Project Hate MCMXCIX|
The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda
The only reason this one didn't score higher on my list is because I wasn't given enough time to really sink my teeth into it. Death metal is still kicking in 2012, and if the records listed above didn't show it, this should be proof enough.
Perdition of the Sublime
Heard of these guys before? You should have, but it's not too late to make up for your folly. Combining a stunning technical display of skill with a forceful and intelligent execution, the only thing keeping this out of the main list was its unfortunately-flat production. The music still retains some aspect of emotion and drive, though, so go check this fucker out.
|Nice list. Think I'll check out #7.|
|Very good list! What is your current opinion on #12? I've been thinking about listening to their disco. Is it worth hearing?|
|TPH MCMXCIX is fantastic on all accounts. Checking out anything from 'Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate' to 'The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda' (2003-2012) will give you good stuff. I'm not a fan of 'In Hora Mortis Nostrae', but it has some good moments on it as well. I specifically recommend 'Armageddon March Eternal' and their 2012 record.|