Brett Thomas - Ladybird
1. In The Company Of Serpents “self titled” - Two piece sludge outfit from Denver that have that southern groove.
2. Pigeonwing “***” - Another two piece, but from Long Beach. These two fucks are amazing. Watching them live you can tell how much they play with each other. (Yes, that sexual pun was intended you shit stabber) Ryan’s bass is crushing, I think he played out of six full stacks at Southwest Terror Fest. And Rick, well, he fell asleep before the after party even started. But seriously, Rick beats those drum skins harder than Ryan’s dick.
3. BottomFeeder 7 inch - Angry and Danish as shit. Two of the heaviest and angriest songs I’ve heard in a while. These guys are going to be heading for the U.S. this year so be ready to have your dicks blown off.
4. Mars By Night “Savageland” - This isn’t even a full album, its one song that you can only watch on fucking youtube. I can’t wait for these guys to put something out, the vocals and rolling doom really gets me.
5. Om “Adviatic Songs” - Who doesn’t like Om?
6. Methdrinker “self titled” - Hell yeah. Right up there with Bottomfeeder. I doubt you could drink meth though, maybe if you put it in your water bottle and stir that shit up like a protein shake. You could probably lift more then that girl at the gym who counts her pelvic thrust repetitions.
7. Dopelord “Magick Rited” - Solid classic stoner doom metal. Distant vocals, sparse solos, satanic imagery with naked girls, doesn’t get much better than that. I guess a beer would be nice too.
8. Orb Weaver “self titled” - This three piece is from Tacoma. Big fan of three pieces especially when they all do vocals. Lo fi raw recordings, can’t wait for more. I hear the drummer is a babe.
9. The Body “self titled” - This album makes me drive faster.
10. Goya “demo” - These dudes run the space we practice at. Fucking awesome. A whole bunch of intricate guitar work and a pedal board that looks like a fucking space station. The guitarist has an Orange and an Emperor cab, every time I see it at the space I touch it.
Corey Rial - Seas Will Rise/Said Gun
Kowloon Walled City - Container Ships
Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
Martyrdod - Paranoia
Hot Water Music - Exister
Propagandhi - Failed States
Burning Love - Rotten Thing To Say
Torche - Harmonicraft
Black Breath - Sentenced To Life
The Evens - The Odds
...and an honorable mention to any beer made by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Lucas Gillette - Cave Dweller
1. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
2. Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction
3. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
4. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
5. Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity
6. Napalm Death - Utilitarian
7. Dragged Into Sunlight - Widowmaker
8. Old Man Gloom - NO
9. Graveyard - Lights Out
10. Krallice - Years Past Matter
Honorable Mention: Gaza - No Absolute in Human Suffering, Baroness - Yellow and Green (Not what I expected but solid album overall), Mastodon - The Hunter
Sarah Kitteringham - Metalifestyle.com
1. Mutilation Rites - EP & Empyrean
2. Dragged Into Sunlight - Widowmaker
3. Grand Magus - The Hunt
4. Swans - The Seer
5. Evoken - Atra Mors
6. Deathspell Omega - Drought
7. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
8. Witchstone - Witchstone
9. Napalm Death - Utilitarian
10. Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65
11. Enslaved - RIITIIR
12. Gaza - No Absolutes In Human Suffering
13. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
14. Ahab - The Giant
15. Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction
16. Mares Of Thrace - The Pilmgrimage
17. Witch Mountain - Cauldron Of The Wild
18. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
19. The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre
20. Hammerdrone - The Demon Rising
Sean Raines - We Killed The Union
1. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
2. Down - The Purple Ep - Down has never let me...well...down. They have everything that a southern boy could want, thick syrup in their groove, hammering rhythms, creepy lyrics. All that shit makes my day.
3.Bob Dylan - Tempest
4. The Hooten Hallers - Greetings from Welp City - Amazing music and a live show that makes you move like a fuckin' snake handler! This is real blues music. It would make Howlin' Wolf grin. They are Missouri based check them out.
5.Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas - He is the Elliot Ness of lyrics...UNTOUCHABLE! And he was born with the gift of a golden voice.
6. Baroness -Yellow&Green - DUH
7. The Killers - Battle Born - I hate pop music but these guys have wormed their way into my heart. HUGE sound.
8.The Reckless Kind - Golden Age Thinking - White boy rhythm and blues from the Bay area. I can hum and dance to this stuff without feeling ashamed about doing so.
9.Vision of Disorder - The Cursed Remain Cursed- This may be some of their best stuff yet. I simply love it. It may be my number one this year.
10.Ponykiller - The Wilderness - Apocalyptic, scary, beautiful soundscapes. Full of moans and freakouts. A great pot smoking album.
Travis White - Freedom Assault/Resisting Arrest Records
1. Propagandhi - Failed States
2. From Ashes Rise - Rejoice The End/ Rage Of Sanity
3. Reel Big Fish - Candy Coated Fury
4. Vomit Assault - Raised For The Slaughter...Until They Kill Us All
5. Early Graves - Red Horse
6. MC Chris - Friends
7. Dethklok - Dethalbum III
8. Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix
9. The Casualties - Resistance
10. Anti-Flag - The General Strike
Rudy Flores - Mosca Roja: The Art Of Rudy Flores
1. Baroness - Yellow and Green
2. Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
3. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
4. Isis - Temporal
5. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
6. Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
7. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
8. Paul Banks - Banks
9. Rituals - Rituals
10. Unsane - Wreck
Pepe "Wild Pepe Shepard" Medina - Lethal Dosage
1. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
2. Lamb Of God - Resolution
3. Iron Maiden - En Vivo!
4. Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix
5. The Faceless - Autotheism
6. Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction
7. Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy
8. The Sword - Apocryphon
9. The HAARP Machine - Disclosure
10. Revocation - Teratogenesis
Kenny Padilla - Three White Lies
1. While She Sleeps - This Is The Six
2. Lamb Of God - Resolution
3. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
4. AxeWound - Vultures
5. I AM WAR - Bat Out Of Hell
6. Motionless In White - Infamous
7. Soulfly - Enslaved
8. I, Omega - The Ravenous
9. In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
10. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
Andy Lehto - Pathology Nurse
1. Cross Stitched Eyes - Decomposition
2. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
3. Swans - The Seer
4. Pig Destroyer - Bookburner
5. War//Plague - On A Darker Dawn
6. Municipal Waste - The Fatal Feast
7. Nuclear Death Terror - Chaos Reigns
8. Martyrdod - Paranoia
9. Corrosion of Conformity - s/t
10. Deviated Instinct - Liberty Crawls...To The Sanctuary Of Slaves
Matt Orchid - Black Orchid
10. 3 Inches Of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
9. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
8. Nile - The Gates Of Sethu
7. Ulver - Childhood's End
6. Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme
5. Sylosis - Monolith
4. Soulfly - Enslaved
3. As I Lay Dying - Awaken
2. Machine Head - Locust
1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
D.P. Pennypacker - Yeti Ender
After consulting my golden plates and having prayed on it for over a month, I'm proud to share my favorite releases of 2012, ranked by how frequently one of the songs got stuck in my head. These songs have given me the strength to persevere through my daily struggles with gambling addiction and incontinence. In parentheses I put the parts of songs that were stuck in my head most often. God bless!
1. Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Damned (all of Red Tide Rising, Stand for Something @ :42, Acid Trial @ 1:52, Filthy and the Few @ 1:53, Death of Aquarius @ 4:23, Eulogy for the Damned @ 4:38)
2. Royal Thunder - CVI http://royalthunder.bandcamp.com/ (Parsonz Curse @ 1:15 & 1:31 & 4:10, Whispering World @ :31, Shake and Shift @ 2:47, Sleeping Witch @ 5:23)
3. Chiefs - EP & EP II http://wearechiefs.bandcamp.com/ (Like a Match @ 2:33, My Grain @ 1:09, Sharp Shooter @ 1:03)
4. Torche - Harmonicraft (Kicking @ :15 & :48, Reverse Inverted @ :58 & 2:50, Roaming @ :32)
5. Witch Mountain - Cauldron of the Wild http://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/album/cauldron-of-the-wild (Beekeeper @ 2:10 & @ 3:42, Shelter @ 3:30)
6. Highlight Bomb - Finals http://www.myspace.com/highlightbomb/music/albums/finals-explicit-18872903 (1-800-FIGHTUS @ :28, Parallels @ 3:18)
7. Black Pussy - On Blonde http://blackpussy.bandcamp.com/album/on-blonde (Marijuana @ 2:25, Ain't Talking About Love @ 2:12)
8. North - The Great Silence http://galacticdads.bandcamp.com/album/the-great-silence-2 (Inanimate Fathers @ :43)
9. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis (Serums of Liao @ 1:28)
10. Serial Hawk - Buried in the Gray http://serialhawk.bandcamp.com/album/buried-in-the-gray-ep (A Fraction of Light @ 2:42)