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For me it's Kvelertak, Kvelertak.
This chap agrees
do they shout "KVEEEEEEEELERTAK"?
I mean I guess it could be anything since it's in Norwegian but I always thought he was shouting Kvelertak.
What about half way through the last track, I'm sure they shout it then, right?
Yeah, sounds like it. Which - I'm reliably informed - translates roughly into "CHOOOOOOKEHOOOOOOOOOOOLD"
I did once google the lyrics for Fossegrim but unfortunately I found nothing. For now I will just go with Metalsucks interpretation ”HEY FOSSEGRIM I JUST GOT HIT BY A CAR!/ DO YOU THOUGHT THAT SHARE THE DEALLLLLLL?!?!”
I really wish some of the bigger publications would review it so more people would pay attention. I'd hate to see an album like this pass without the recognition it deserves.
deservedly. it's my favourite album of the year but i dunno if it's really metal?
have been enjoying metalsucks end of year stuff though. the mantric album is dead good as is murder construct's and that crown record.
I'm not really sure which metal/heavy music publications to trust though, to be honest. I quite like metalsucks, not sure I really know of any other decent publications who spend a fair amount of time on heavier music and give it the respect it deserves.
Which do you follow?
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/music/metal/ is great for the beardy metal - loadsa good mp3s, haunt the chapel is a good weekly rundown of that kinda stuff too. i don't really follow a major one though. terrorizer>metal hammer if you wanted to get something from the newsagents for a wee gander.
I'm currently checking out ZT, looks pretty cool. Did they do an end of year list/feature or anything?
I've never heard of Terrorizer so I'll have a look. Just noticed they have Electric Wizard on their front cover,this is good. I just bought Dopethrone on double vinyl, it's freakin' beautiful man.
i'd really recommend it though, i very rarely know of the bands they talk about and it's really beautifully designed and put together. dopethrone is fucking ace huh, that and come my fanatics win at doom.
closely followed by DEP's Option Paralysis
is my number two for this year as well. Though most of the metal I've bought this year has been from a few years ago. I have the new Nachmystium on vinyl but I've not listened to it enough yet, "Black Meddle Pt.1" is outstanding though.
I think my favourite OP track may be "Room Full Of Eyes"
They're brilliant - could be the perfect heavy band really. Great mix of hardcore punk rock with that 70s groove and thickness; even a bit of organ chucked in for good measure. Totally badass.
"But I can’t think of any other way to describe this record. It’s just so fun much to listen to, the music makes feel so fucking good and makes me so fucking HAPPY. If Converge made me wanna hug people instead of kill them, they’d be Kvelertak"
Look: "If Converge made me wanna hug people instead of kill them, they’d be Kvelertak."
I guess Baroness should really own that title already but Kvelertak are one of a number of bands in my mind that are really taking things in the right direction.
The Damned Things album is fucking ace.
(In my head I always say sadface the way Animal Collective say "boneface" in Peacebone)
Beyond cringeworthy at times, but a really fun, catchy record.
Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
Nachtmystim - Addicts: Black Meddle Part II
The Body - All The Waters Of The Earth Shall Turn To Blood
Nails - Unsilent Death
right now. Well their 2006 album on spotify, sounds pretty special and a few people have mention their 2010 album out so I'll have a wee look at prices.
Yes, The Needle Drop really loved Nails this year, I do intend to check it out.
I don't actually know anything about it I just keep seeing it's name pop up on DIS and it makes me smile.
intense raving lunatic vocals
It's good shit.
absolutely destroys me
I like...good shit.
Wish listed it on amazon. I'll have a look round monorail for all of these by the way, Agalloch, Body, Black Breath, Nails etc. Actually I know they have Nails but I kind of object to paying £9 or whatever for such a short piece of music in such flimsy packaging.
their small Metal section was perfectly formed. Had a nice chat with the guy who claimed responsibility for it.
I mean nothing beats getting sold a record by Stephen Pastel of The Pastels.
I think you may be talking about Russel, bald guy? Insanely passionate? He is pretty vital to my music collection. They have a stunning second hand metal section and Russell often writes impassioned notes on his favourites. I've taken a punt on a few of them and not been disappointed once yet. Akimbo- Jersey Shores, Agent Steel- Unstoppable Force and Mayhem- Deathcrush spring to mind as three recent successes
I just assumed that Mayhem album and the Hellhammer stuff wasn't available on vinyl anymore but I WAS WRONG
Deathcrush is so good. FIERCE
My latest metal vinyl buy in there was Dopethrone but you can find much harder to find vinyl in there, you just need to have a quick gander every time you're in. Plus they always have all the Burzum vinyl any man, woman or child could want for and I think COnverge- Axe To Fall is only £10 on vinyl for anyone who doesn't already have it. You just can't go wrong.
If you are going in there and not looking thoroughly looking through the second hand section then honestly, you are a waste. A fucking waste!!
It was very exciting. I'm sort of glad I don't live in Glasgow no mo cos I would be bankrupt by now.
Black Breath - Heavy Breathing
but Kvelertak would come a close second.
Southern Lord, always a good sign!!
I've really got into Wolves In The Throne Room this year, I know it's obvious but they are so, so god damn good.
Hmmm yeah, I'll be checking Black Breath out, I'm glad to see everyone is digging Kvelertak though.
Phenomenal album. Don't know if the Masakari record really has a place in this thread but it's been on pretty heavy rotation for months now, mostly off the back of 'Rapid Dominance'.
Masakari's release on southern lord a nice third :)
reminds me of early Entombed
High On Fire
I turned my radar this year to more heavy things, and I am going to continue that way going forward. The best metal album I DiScovered/got into this year is Gojira - From Mars To Sirius, courtesy of ryu/mehodor.
I mean I always liked the odd heavy thing but I made an extra effort this year. I took a lot from the Heavier Music Genres thread earlier this year, including Kvelertak itself. That thing was a gold mine.
I've seen a lot of mentions of High On Fire recently.
Great to see the love for Kvelertak, of course.
Nice to see someone gets Dillinger these days too: "so angry and so sad and so epic, and there is so nothing wrong with some healthy doses of Faith No More and Nine Inch Nails (What, you feel like there aren’t enough Calculating clones in the world right now?), "
I know it's not cool to like them anymore now they've gone 'pop' but they sound so fucking amazing I don't care.
Ire Works is my favourite Dillinger album, in fact it's one of my favourite albums ever.
They have more purpose now than they ever had before.
or Eparistera Daimones?
I have neither, I was just wondering. I've seen them noted a couple of times but thats about it.
It's pretty balls-out good.
but it's probably too experimental to be classed as a metal album. Same goes for Shining - 'Blackjazz' and Ufomammut - 'Eve'.
If were talking 100% PROPER METAL, it'd have to be Black Breath - 'Heavy Breathing'.
by Trash Talk. Or is that punk?
Anything heavy can be included, I guess thats what we are all looking for anyway.
All of the above has reminded me how much metal theres been this year that I have failed to check out. Kvelertak, High on Fire's new one, DEP, Agalloch, and much more by the sound of it. Ive heard much talk on these here boards of Kvelertak and Agalloch, they sound pretty interesting although normally im more into my doomy sludge.
Get on it Santa
I meant to say, im mainly loving Kylesa and the Body this year
You all know about the UK (and other Euro) dates in Feb right? This might be old news, but it i only caught wind of it yesterday. So yeah, heads up :)
Feb 7, 2011 London, United Kingdom The Underworld
Feb 8, 2011 Sheffield, United Kingdom Corporation
Feb 9, 2011 Glasgow, United Kingdom Ivory Blacks
Feb 10, 2011 Manchester, United Kingdom Moho Live
big time. that album is incredible, so I second it (or tenth, however many times it).
this bit I copied and pasted from my UKBM hread, apologies for the laziness:
Castevet brought the hardcore, put it on a rack and stretched it till it screamed
White Medal gave us short sharp bursts of melodic crust
The Body - What did the Body NOT do to BM?
Satanic Warmaster - Came back from the dead and released a perfect record of Scandanavian trance
Sargeist - similar agin to Warmaster in sound, it;s the side project of Shautrag of Horna who make incredible trancey Finnish Filth, just as good as them. Proper cold.
Winterfylleth released an exceptional rekkid of English history
Weapon - brought some Eastern mythology and musical form
to which i add
Witchrist - New Zealand dank sludge occult BM - similar to
Teitenblood, if you liked Seven Chalices you'll liek this. similar again to:
Innumerable Forms - demo tape from US one man band. pretty disgusting tones all round
Horseback - Contenttoplayvillaion talks about this album a lot, and I got it last week. Really good! Doomy ambient slow moving BM with great vocals
Dispirit - Demo tape from the founder of Weakling, also in
Asudner. It's pretty dense, but just as you're wondering when he;s going to start bashing heads the skulls start cracking
Deathspell Omega - really tight, airless and addictive closing part to their trilogy of albums. A little lighter in feel, less challenging but more fun for it.
Ludicra - Drummer Aesop Dekker plays on the new Agalloch album, should be recommendation for you enough; it's also out on Profound Lore shold be moreso.
Anything on Profund Lore - Hooded Menace especially.
Coffinworm - pretty deathy, sort of similar to Cobalt but grimmer and....deathier.
Black Sun - totally killer, brutish and violent full body raging Scottish hardness. Don't know what kind of music this really is, it;s totally rocking, sludgy and heavy, Eugene Oxbow on vocals.
Black Witchery - new album is the same as the last, but it;s a vicious sound and has an intimidating rhythm that isn't anywhere else.
Drudkh - plouging the same furrow of rural, arable forested black metal. Open skied hypnotic repetitious riffs that change only slightly over long timespans. much like the band.
Krieg - US legends back from the dead with a pretty rocking set of old shool hairy BM grooves that lock down into solid rhythms. Share membes with Woe who get a line of their own
Woe - aggressive Death/Black Metal; pretty fast, got some whiskey soaked chops too, so there's some soul integral to the sound, no matter if it's black-hard.
Furze - fucking Furze, what the hell? the drums almost get in time with the guitars at points, foot on the monitor Sabbath style stadium riffs. It's his ode to Sabbath, and it shows but the guys a proper lunatic. I reckon if Cronin formed a Scandinavian BM band it would sound like this, haha!
Fell Voices - splits and tapes from this US two piece. got to be heard to be believed - like a slowed down Bone Awl.
Petrychor - US transcendental stuff, acoustic pasages, folky, ambient. really beautiful and not easily defineable but it;s free download, so go find the album Dryad
Gallowbraid - really similar to Agalloch but with soem slightly more fist punching moments. I rally want to DJ this out soemwhere inappropriate and see what happens.
ahh, I should probably stop there, getign carried away. Plus, obvs also all that stuff I mentioned in the UKBMW here:
Hold on, I'll grab a drink and get to reading/researching.
I must say, I saw Black Sun supporting Torche this year and they really annoyed me with how generic they were and how little they had to offer me. I was really bored, I almost tapped out. They played one song they said was "really old" and actually I enjoyed that a bit. Maybe they are better on record or something than live.
But I barely scratched the surface. This year was pretty great for metal I'd say, and I don't reallyy like much actual Metal! My top 50 of the year is turning out quite metally as it goes.
The Mitochondrion album just got released on Profound Lore; I'm hoping it's goof to be as unknowably deep as Portal's Outre. Next level death metal.
Black Sun song might have been Crawling Like A Leech? On record it's fucking scary. Not Khanate overwhelming harsh, but it's not trying to be that inhospitable.
Stunning. You heard the Ensorcelor demo? Amazing, especially the long track at the end.
The opening vocal: Withering. Flesh flayingly spiteful and bone-chillingly withering all at once. This is incredible. the music about to fall apart at every crescendo, plunge and soar, collapse and reform. This is proper.
Thanks for this.
I'm delighted to have encouraged at least one person to listen to it. The universe needs more ambient black metal/krautrock hybrids.
I need to listen to lots of things on your list, and go through your UKBM week too as soon as I have a free day or two.
KrautMetal? Menace Ruine kind of do that don't they? I missed their new album out of my list, shouldn't have done it's really good.
Really good though. I don't believe the vocals are from this earth.
maybe should have included it, as it definitely has its moments, but on the whole I don't think it's as good as the previous two albums. I'm not sure about krautrock influences in there, but their female vocalist certainly sounds icily teutonic.
the first two albums are somewhat more satisfying, but their loose combination of industrial clang and black metal vapour is still pretty interesting.
Wormrot would take it though.
For me, it's the Returners by The Ghost Inside. Just really inspiring. I'd also have Darkthrone's Circle the Wagons in there too of course.
Kvelertak is the best metal album of the year.
Agalloch is pretty special as well.
Though there have been some really great albums by Kylesa, Enslaved, Black Breath, High On Fire and Nachtmystium as well. Another strong year for metal, fuck the haters etc, etc.
going to listen to it in a bit.
The Body gets my vote for best metal album of the year.
The Body got lots of love as well. I really want to get that actually, I like the album cover as well : )
- obviously the piano bit at the end of Blodtorst
- The "HUH!" on Sultans of Satan (3:41)
- The chorus on Mjod which sounds like a massive bar-room piss up.
-The two times they shout there own name as well
-Oh and that bit when they do that really thick, awesome guitar riff that makes you smile loads, y'know the one? The one in EVERY FUCKING SONG
They use them really well.
The melodic end to the album is also cool.
so far so good. any band who shouts their name at the beginning of an album is good by me.
This being the result of site contributors' votes, rather than any one person's decisions
and I still need to hear the Agalloch, Nachtmystium and Deathspell Omega albums, though I got the latter 2 off emusic today, so I'll be listening to them this evening.
but albums I have heard and liked are:
The Body : All The Waters... http://www.myspace.com/thevisionshallcometopass
Salome : Terminal http://www.myspace.com/salomedoom
Kylesa: Spiral Shadows http://www.myspace.com/kylesa
Horseback : The Invisible Mountain http://www.myspace.com/horsebacknoise
Drudkh : Handful of Stars http://www.myspace.com/drudkhofficial
Melvins : The Bride Screamed Murder http://www.myspace.com/themelvins
Motorpsycho : Heavy Metal Fruit http://www.last.fm/music/Motorpsycho
there are probably some others, those are just off the top of my head, and I've almost certainly forgotten a few.
but I need to give those albums more listens.
I've only had it a day or so, and I've only listened to it twice, so it's a bit early to say, but I like it a lot so far. Massive hypnotic grooves, unsettling ambience, unbelievably caustic guitar sounds, warped, gargling vocals. It's by far the best noise-rock thing I've heard in a while.
It is so fucking good. Is the rest of the album that good? I can't be bothered to listen to it to find out.
It's short so there's no excuse. If you can work out what's going on 1.50 into Our Queens then let me know.
Cathedral 'The Guessing Game'
Electric Wizard 'Black Masses'
High On Fire 'Snakes Of The Divine'
The Body 'And All The Waters...'
But personally... Cathedral. It's the riffs, man.
but I have nowhere else to post it.
Anyone else hear Refuse;Start Fires by Scorn? It's some guy who was in Napalm Death, and it's some grim, heavy fucking electronic.
And the cover looks pretty damn metal.
The Sword's Warp Riders is up there. I quite liked the Bring Me The Horizon album after expecting to hate it.
Thank you all.
ALSO, although I'm aware it's not proper metal, there are a few really good tracks on the latest Devil Sold His Soul record. Much more Envy than horrible teeny metalcore, as most I've spoken to on here have dismissed them as.
in april. annoyingly just a support slot though...
Man, haven't been to a xHARDCOREx show in ages, will check this out.
for Kvelertak. this is fucking amazing. another end of the year list thread succes.
but my son won't have it for more than two minutes. Going to keep trying.
When MrsScag tried to put some David Gray on instead she assaulted her and said "MORE CRASHY BASHY MUSIC!"*
*It was actually more like "MORE CWASSY BASSY MUSIC" if you take her little lisp into account.
I'm glad they're starting to get the love they deserve. Easily the most out and out fun band around, without ever being as irritating as out and out fun bands usually are. Can't wait to finally catch them live at the Corp next year. Hopefully they'll be headlining soon.
I AM THE BROKEN RECORD
hayaino daisuki's 'the invincible gate mind of the infernal hell fire or did you mean hawaii daisuki' is an unbelievable amount of fun. they completely ignore trying to be heavy and just play sooo fast and melodic and then jon chang squeals over the top.
Kayo Dot - Coyote
US Christmas - Run Thick in the Night
Haven't had either on yet, but they look good!
It's very good but it would be stretching the definition of metal really to include it here.
Nice sinister bass and wailing horn combo on at the moment. St. Cronin should be all over this.
if you read the reviews and wiki and all that baws then the record is all avantgardejazzfusionmetal but actually listening to it it's a really great riffy load of nonsense. reminds me of DFA1979 in places.
THEY SOUND LIKE BLOODY MUSE! LIKE A GOOD MUSE.
made my Year End list for whenever it came out. Reminds me I need to get the new one.
pulled apart by horses
and cosmology by rolo tomassi
Good point actually, naebdy giving Burzum any love anymore? Do you all prefer the old stuff? Before he went all Depeche Mode?
My 'metal' highlights of the year -
Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit
Year of No Light - Ausserwelt
Ufomammut - Eve
Kvelertak - Kvelertak
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
Sigh - Scenes From Hell
Not quite sure it it's as good as 'Fas...', but it offers pretty much all competition outside and leaves their teeth littering the road.
Celeste's Morte(s) Nee(s) is stunning. Like Converge and Neurosis soundtracking a particularly acrimonious session of Relate counselling.
Wanted to love the new Nachtmystium, but it's not quite clicking. Going to give it a few more tries, because I think there's something amazing buried underneath.
Any votes for Burzum require the asterisk *still a racist cockbin, mind.
even. my hands are cold.
too much black metal!
Akitsa -'Au Crépuscule De L'espérance'
Ash Pool - 'For Which He Plies the Lash'
Deathspell Omega - 'Paracletus'
Listening to that Kvelertak thing on Spotify and don't like it too much so far.
Bring Me the Horizon
Hasn't fully sunk in yet, but first impressions: Fuck yeah!
Due to my recent influx of new albums I haven't listened to this one for a week or so. Going to rectify that asap.