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Top 10 Albums of 2012

Unlike previous years, 2012 was quite a lull, with numerous (high profile) releases that were disappointing, many that were mediocre and extremely few that created a lasting impression. That said though, below I have attempted to list down 10 albums that have stood out from the sea of average releases this year. In no particular order:

Kreator – Phantom Antichrist [Nuclear Blast]

Kreator - Phantom Antichrist

Phantom Antichrist managed to capture my attention like no other recent Kreator releases, with albums like Enemy of God being rather monotonous. This album saw the band taking a more melodic approach, and while there are some inconsistencies on the album, this has been one album that has been particularly memorable, helping me tide through some challenges that I have faced over the year. [Full review here]

Galneryus – Angel of Salvation [VAP]

Galneryus - Angel of Salvation

Galneryus was one of the first neoclassical power metal bands out of Japan that I encountered years ago, and with their new singer Masatoshi they faded into obscurity on my playlist. But Angel of Salvation was a nice surprise, and the things that made me fall in love with Japanese neoclassical power metal in the first place are still present, what with the big melodic hooks of band mastermind Syu, and Masatoshi’s tight fit with the band. [Full review here]

Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis [Kvlt/Hells Headbangers]

Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis

Pseudogod‘s debut full length release Deathwomb Catechesis has already made it to quite a number of 2012 top 10 lists, and it is not difficult to see why. 8 years after their formation the band finally drops this album, and they have indeed left quite a deep impact with their atmospheric yet crushing form of death metal, drawing influences from the old school death metal of Incantation to the the bestial black metal pioneered by bands like Blasphemy.

Albatross/Vestal Claret – The Kissing Flies/Black Priest [Roadcrew Records]

Albatross is easily one of my current favourite band out of India, and this split features American doom metal band Vestal Claret on the other side. While Albatross presents a more mature sound compared to their debut EP and all the energy on the split, Vestal Claret balances things out with an epic, 17 minute doom track. [Full review here]

Impiety – Ravage & Conquer [Pulverised Records]

Impiety - Ravage & Conquer

After the rather progressive effort Worshippers of the Seventh TyrannyImpiety goes back to their usual blasting style of black metal with their eighth full length album, Ravage & Conquer. But rather than that thrashy attack that the band is known for on classics like Skullfucking ArmageddonImpiety has a more death metal touch this time, with the aggressive riff work of guitarist Nizam and the relentless drumming of Dizazter (also of Mhorgl and The Furor fame). Certainly an easier album to get into than Worshippers… [Full review here]

Binah – Hallucinating in Resurrecture [Dark Descent Records]

Binah - Halllucinating in Resurrecture

This is probably the third or fourth time I’m mentioning this release this year, but Binah‘s debut Hallucinating in Resurrecture definitely lives up to the hype. Influences from a whole range of old school death metal bands can be heard over here, from Dutch legends such as Asphyx to Autopsy to Incantation, and is sure to please old school death metal heads. [Full review here]

Witchrist – The Grand Tormentor [Osmose Productions]

Witchrist - The Grand Tormentor

Witchrist perfects their craft with their sophomore full length album The Grand Tormentor. The dark, crushing atmosphere that they are known for is now more suffocating than ever, and the huge riffs that are unleashed makes the music sound fucking majestic. Add to that the Eastern occultism-inspired themes and concepts, The Grand Tormentor is one hell of a ritualistic journey, pleasing fans of bands such as DiocletianAntediluvian and the likes.

Endezzma – Erotik Nekrosis [Agonia Records]

Endezzma - Erotik Nekrosis

5 years in the making, Norwegians Endezzma finally release their debut full length album, which probably happens to be one of the last works of late Urgehal/Beastcraft guitarist Trondr. Erotik Nekrosis is an extremely satisfying listen, ranging from straightforward black metal with a tinge of thrash and punk influences to bordering upon depressive black metal. Trondr’s guitar works here are stellar as he masterfully steers the mood of the listener throughout. [Full review here]

Father Befouled – Revulsion of Seraphic Grace [Dark Descent Records]

Father Befouled - Revulsion of Serpahic Grace

Before Incantation released their long-awaited follow up to 2006’s Primordial DominationFather Befouled some release for all the built up tension from the waiting. The suffocating atmosphere and crushing riffs, along with that doomish mood that lingers throughout the album all point towards Onward to Golgotha, causing Revulsion of Seraphic Grace to be a classic in the making. [Full review here]

Ignivomous – Contragenesis [Nuclear War Now! Productions]

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Ignivomous‘ debut Death Transmutation showed the world what the band was capable of, with their Incantation-brand of death metal crushing the masses. Contragenesis sees the band polishing up the style that they have presented thus far, making for a record that is even more impressive, with a more well-defined sound, making them one of the contenders for best old school death metal band along with bands such as Father Befouled and Dead Congregation.

Needs more listens:

And there are the releases that come in/discovered too late for 2012 for proper dissection…

Weregoat/Diocletian – Disciples of War
Destruction – Spiritual Genocide
Acrimonious – Sunyata
Incantation – Vanquish in Vengeance
The Secret – Agnus Dei
Nominon – The Cleansing
God Seed – I Begin
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
The Royal Arch Blaspheme – II
The Sword – Apocryphon
Vassafor – Obsidian Codex

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Heavy Metal Tribune Issue 1

The inaugural issue of the HEAVY METAL TRIBUNE fanzine is now out! This debut issue features interviews with tech-death legends Decapitated, UAE death/thrash metal band Nervecell and newly-minted death metal band, Binah!

In addition, we have 8 choice picks for the month from our editors.

Curious? Read our first issue over here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/101309026/Heavy-Metal-Tribune-Issue-1-August-2012 or http://www.mediafire.com/?rswe1eqhjgcqi2d (for higher resolution).

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Album Review: Binah – Hallucinating in Resurrecture

Binah [UK]
Hallucinating in Resurrecture
2012
Full Length
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal 

Despite being formed a mere year ago, UK death metal trio Binah has found themselves home in famed underground metal label Dark Descent Records, and the release of their debut full length album, Hallucinating in Resurrecture. Boasting influences from death metal from various different regions, Hallucinating in Resurrecture promises to be an exciting and interesting journey ahead.

Hallucinating in Resurrecture starts off with the haunting, keyboard-driven Into the Psychomanteum,  setting the atmosphere and the mood for the rest of the album. The female vocals that are present on the track helps to reinforce that chilling mood, and presents a stark contrast to the musical style of Binah as the band goes into overdrive as the next track, Morbid Obumbration begins. The gnarly guitar tone immediately brings about comparisons to Dutch death metal legends Asphyx, especially with the slow buildup being similar to the trademark doom-laden sound that the aforementioned has crafted. The slow buildup of the track towards a face-shredding climax, the heavy-hitting drums of A. Carrier and the abrasive guitar tone of guitarists Aort and Ilia all fuse together, along with the throaty growls of Ilia result in a crushing sound, and just on Morbid Obumbration one almost finds it hard to breathe with the heavy atmosphere that surrounds the listener. There are even rather subtle synths that are utilised in the album to reinforce the dark mood on the album, and can be heard on moments such as the intro to A New Rotten Dawn.

However, not the entire album is a slow, doom-paced experience though, as tracks like A New Rotten Dawn sees the band starting to quicken their pace, yet retain the intensity that the band has gained thus far in the album, and this helps to make the album a more enjoyable listen, presenting some of the heaviest and most intense death metal. Fitting to the band’s philosophy, the music on Hallucinating In Resurrecture are rarely technical wankery, and the focus of  album seems to be on the crushing rhythmic section, with rather few lead spots. However, when these are present such as on Eminence of the Sombre, axe-wielders Aort and Ilia often display their melodic side, trading guitar solos with each other, providing a dynamic feel, but even then, the lead guitars are often mixed rather low in comparison to the loud and bombastic rhythm guitars, though this is of little cause for concern considering the intentions of the band.

It is indeed surprising when realising that Hallucinating in Resurrecture is Binah‘s  debut full length album as one soaks in the material that is present. The aural onslaught that the band has presented here could easily surpass bands boasting more experience, and achieves what many bands have attempted but failed on numerous occasions.

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Mid-Year Recap

It’s been helluva year so far, and even though it’s only been half a  year, there have been many good releases, both from genres that I love and from genres that I hardly listen to. As well, there have been quite a number of disappointments. Below we shall list a couple of noteworthy releases over the past six months (in alphabetical order):

Albatross/Vestal Claret – The Kissing Flies/Black Priest (Heavy/Doom Metal)

What a release. Albatross‘ debut EP, Dinner is You was quite a hard one to get into, but this, this captivates the listener right from the beginning with its powerful riffs, vocals and absurdly good songwriting. And what better way to end off the split with Vestal Claret‘s Black Priest, blasphemous and occult, made even more beautiful with the vocals of Phil Swanson.

Anhedonist – Netherwards (Death/Doom Metal)

Death/doom never sounded so beautiful until Anhedonist‘s debut full length album, Netherwards. Absolutely crushing, it sucks all sense of light and hope out from the listener, leaving him to fall into complete darkness and desolation as the album progresses, further displaying the amount of thought that has been put into the release.

Belligerent Intent – Seven Are They (Black/Death Metal)

Seven Are They is a natural progression for Australia’s Belligerent Intent from their 2010 EP, Descending to Abaddon. Same intense, blasphemous lyrical contents and vocal works of Craig, yet more brutal and technical than ever, with the introduction of axe-wielding duo Mike and Luke. And how can one ever miss the battery of Matt?

Binah – Hallucinating in Resurrecture (Death Metal)

This young UK death metal trio bursts into the scene with their debut full length album, Hallucinating in Resurrecture, barely 1 year after their formation. But the songwriting that is present here is mature and complex, and the crushing music and oppressive atmosphere would easily leave one in smithereens in no time.

Essenz – Mundus Numen (Black/Doom Metal)

Germany black/doom metal trio Essenz releases their follow up to their 2010 debut this year, Mundus Numen and easily displays how black/doom metal should be done. Equally captivating and haunting, the band manages to fuse elements of both genres into one seamless one that they can easily call their own. As if black metal or doom metal weren’t hopeless enough in themselves.

Hexen – Being and Nothingness (Progressive/Thrash Metal)

Following the many other excellent modern thrash metal counterparts such as VektorHexen shows that they are also equally capable with their new album Being and Nothingness, and boasts a faster, more complex and overall more satisfying listening experience. Listen out for the neo-classical elements that the band has put into this release.

Nephelium – Coils of Entropy (Brutal Death Metal)

Nervecell has certainly become the face of UAE extreme metal. But Nephelium are here to tilt the equilibrium, and Coils of Entropy boasts some of the most technical and brutal performance out of the region so far and is easily one of my favourite brutal death metal releases, a genre that until this year I have consciously avoided.

Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis (Black/Death Metal)

Until this album, metal from Russia has been something of a mystery to me. But everything on Pseudogod‘s debut, Deathwomb Catechesis is perfect. The monstrous vocals, the crushing guitars, the spacey atmosphere, down to the creepy yet somewhat majestic album artwork of Antichrist Kramer.

Revenge – Scum.Collapse.Eradication (Black/Death Metal)

War metal masters Revenge returns with their long awaited follow up to Infiltration.Downfall.Death with Scum.Collapse.Eradication this year. The departure of Pete Helmkamp was certainly a bummer, but nothing was gonna stop James Read from doing what he had to do. Scum.Collapse.Eradiccation follows in the steps of its predecessor, so if you liked Infiltration.Downfall.Death, this one won’t be a disappointment.

Sigh – In Somniphobia (how-the-fuck-should-i-classify-this metal)

And of course, how could one forget Mirai and co.’s new release, In Somniphobia? In typical Sigh fashion, this album once again sounds nothing like its predecessors. After the overly dark Scenes from HellIn Somniphobia presents a somewhat light-hearted feel, with the indulgent usage of Dr. Mikkanibal’s saxophones, though evident from the album artwork, the mind of the band is still as sick and twisted as ever.