So here are my top 15 releases of this year, out of the 50 I have listened to. Obviously they‘re some killer albums I have not acquired yet like the new Hades Archer so this list could be subjected to change. But for the moment this is my top 15.
15. Speedwolf – Ride With Death
Ride with Death is background music you expect to hear in a pub fight. Packed with killer rock’n roll riffs, shredding solos and vocalist that sounds like Lemmy on steroids, Speedwolf is straight up thrashy speed metal that is hell of a lot of fun.
14. Autopsy – Macabre Eternal
Far from their magnum opuses Severed Survival and Mental Funeral, Macabre Eternal is still a solid comeback for the Lords of gore. Insanely, Chris Reifert vocals also have retained that sickening wetness after all these years. Take note Morbid Angel this how a comeback is done.
13. Cruciamentum – Engulfed In Desolation
After merely whetting our appetite with a split since there devastating 2009 Convocation of Crawling Chaos demo, Crucimentum finally strike back with Engulfed in Desolation.Continuing on with that cleaner sound on Eroding Chaos unto Ascendant Flesh, Engulfed in Desolation is packed with killer death metal riffs and crushing atmosphere.
12. Hic Iacet – Hedonist Of Death
Hedonist of Death is easily my most listened to demo of the year. Cryptic blackened death with a filthy atmosphere.
11. Mitochondrion – Parasignosis
Slightly less aspiring then their 2009 masterwork Archaeaeon, Parasignosis stills a worthy successor. Empathizing more on atmosphere Mitochondrion sound still remains chaotic and unconventional at the core.
10. Whitehorse – Progression
Noisy sludge from
, Australia play simple thick groovy riffs with scattered electronic parts in their crushing sound. It actually gets that heavy it sounds a deathly at times. Unique sludge I highly recommend. Whitehorse
9. Saturnalia Temple – Aion Of Drakon
Reminding me of Electric Wizard’s
, Black Mass is hypnotizing. Heaving doom passages, stoner riffs and ghostly vocals is what you can expect on Aion of Drakon. Saturnalia Temple
8. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
Improving from their s/t, these Swedish rockers will remind of acts like Deep Purple, Jimmi Hendrix and Blue Cheer. So if you’re a fan of 70’s rock check these guys out.
7. Disma – Towards The Megalith
With members of Funebarum and Craig Pillared of Incantation and Disciples of Mockery, you already know that Disma is going to be exercise in brutality. Lumbering around and devouring all that gets caught in its path, Towards the Megalith is probably the heaviest release this year.
6. Lantern – Subterranean Effulgence
Hailing from Finland, Lanterns mixes old school Stockholm sounds with their own deranged visions of death metal. I’m very much looking forward to their full length album next year.
5. Antichrist – Sacrament Of Blood
Recorded in 1994, Sacrament of Blood finally sees the day light. People have been claiming that this recording is better then anything Blasphemy has done. Though I disagree completely with that statement, this is still some high caliber bestial black metal and actually trumps many modern bands of the style.
4. Goatpenis – Depleted Ammunition
Being a huge step up from there previous full length Biochemterrorism, Depleted Ammunition is savage assault of blackened grind. While keeping the music intense Goatpenis manages keep it all rather catchy. A must listen for bestial grind fans.
3. Necros Christos – Doom Of The Occult
Don’t expect any Incantation worship or Swedish chainsaw buzz on Doom of the Occult. Necros Christos entrances you with rhythmic mid paced death metal. Scattered with Middle Eastern oriented instrumentals, Necros Christos gives a strong necromantic vibe, but not the type where dead rise to devour the living, more of descending below an ancient temple, finding a mysterious scripture, uttering its verses that transcend you into damnation.
2. Uncle Acid & The Dead Beats – Blood Lust
Sounding like Black Sabbath after intense session of The Beatles, smoking weed and watching horror movies, Uncle Acid & the Dead Beats Blood Lust is easily my most listen to album of this year. Stoner riffs and acid solos make Blood Lust as addictive as heroin.
1.Antediluvian –Cervix Of Hawaah
After several releases, each being an improvement on the last, Antediluvian first full length is a disturbing masterwork in chaos. Crawling and twisting in the darkest depths, Cervix of Hawaah’s bizarre style of ritualistic blackened death pushes the boundaries of extremity. Caution though this album is not for the weak.