Pallbearer – Foundations of burden
In no particular order:
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
Feels like this huge sounding Little Rock band is carrying my heroic body in a coffin celebrating my great doings in life as they take me to my final resting spot. His singing is beautiful and uplifting with that dark, thick, heavy wall of sound behind him giving it the perfect balance of brute beauty. Definite favorite of the year.
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
Damnation is near and this album is the soundtrack. These guys are all about feeling.
Marrow is the definite highlight; Mournful metal from clouded skies. His yearning wails hit me right in the ticker. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful is all I can say.
Pig Eyes – s/t
This album is a lunatic fighting with himself out on a cold rainy night. Its a hard music to describe taking you through a pleasantly confused and dizzying trip into familiar sounds made unfamiliar. Cant wait to see where these guys will go next.
Wreck and Reference – Want
Nausea hits you like an atomic bomb from late night taco bell from the first beat of this experimental drone duos album. Screams of despair on top of drums and a korg sampler, and eye catching minimalist art is the cherry on top of the rotten taco bell meat cake. These guys are definitely pioneering new frontiers in metal.
Indian – From All Purity
If Wreck and References’ Want made me sick to my stomach this album made me puke all over my shit drenched shorts. A cacophonous ode to all that is unholy and horrible in life. Hard one to swallow but once you do you wont want to let it go. Like any good drug. You know you shouldn’t but you just cant help yourself even though you know it will leave you with an emotional hangover for hours.
Big Business – Battlefields Forever
This album just rocks your socks…and feet right off. Great riffs and even better hooks, the singing is great heavy, raspy almost forced but yet not, which will have you singing along after one listen.
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Just music that brings a smile to my face. I love the direction this guy took with electronic music, exactly as a friend described it feels like music from from a man living in the fifties trying to make music that would fit the 2000s. Listened to this one on repeat for a few weeks.
Morbus Chron – Sweven
Classic death metal with a twist of tasty modern. Felt like a dark spirit enveloped me as I listen to this one, everything felt a bit darker after that. Riffs that keep coming back and telling you how dark the hellish experience they are giving you is going to be. The evil and progressive riffs and driving percussion beat your head to a pulp, as if your head was a grapefruit, and over your juiced head the angry and frustrated screams of a demon in heat….only to be picked up and healed by their beautiful demonic bonfire passages …. I love it!
Inter Arma – The Cavern
Welcome to the cavern I hear them tell me with that almost soothing beautiful ceremonial instrumental introduction to the 45 min song/album…..just to be squashed by the hammering of giants stomping the ground that you stand on minutes in. On the shoulder of these giants stands a man belching orders at them to squash the living shit out of you…… and just as your’re getting use to getting stomped to smithereens, slowly and smoothly you’re shoved into a deep cavern of introspection which you will never get out of. A definite masterpiece.
Arca – Xen
An album that could have been written by a robot trying to express itself emotionally. Almost psychedelic in a sense, taking you to sporadically to unexpected places you didn’t know existed and you never know what is coming next. This is what a person from the present might think the music from the future might sound like. Great experimental electronic album.
Old man Gloom – The Ape of God
Gridlink – Longhena
Run the Jewels 2
Flying Lotus – You’re dead
Electric Wizard – Time to Die
Gas Chamber – Hemorrhaging Light
This is Dr. Hezelbeef’s first contribution to this blog. He has a PHD in idiocy.