Who the hell is Famt Wang, you ask?! He’s a graphic artist who has done shirt designs for the likes of Reflections and Bound by Exile, he is the creator of a line of limited edition guitar picks for Carnifex, Dweller, and Ophidian I, and member of up-and-coming death metal band Blue Waffle (for the love of Christ, don’t Google them). He reached out to us concerning his very own Top 10 list and we were happy to oblige! Read his thoughts on the year below.
So, I wanted my top 10 list to not get lost in my 1,000,000 blog posts a day on Facebook; so I asked my friend over at Heavy Blog is Heavy to post it for me. Luckily they all think my music taste is great and that I’m funny as fuck, or I wouldn’t have been worked into the last day of publishing. 2012, has been a year full of jacking off, bad relationships, and somewhat decent music; at least for me. Communications was my focus for this year, and laying low. I think I got high more then anything in the last year and just blasted music. 2013 will be much more productive; my band will actually make real music and not fuck up splits with other bands, I’ll produce more guitar picks, and I’ll still smoke way too much weed. Here’s my top 10 releases of 2012.
10. Breathe Carolina – Hell Is What You Make It: Reloaded
It’s probably illegal to put this album on this list, since the only difference between Hell Is What You Make It and Hell Is What You Make It: Reloaded, are three bonus tracks. But fuck it; every man has a guilty pleasure, and mine is Breathe Carolina. This album showed that Breathe Carolina could progress and build while still keeping close to their root sound, and hey, I got sold on it.
Check out: “Wooly” and “Last Night (Vegas)”
9. Lord Mantis – Pervertor
Lord Mantis‘ Sophomore album blew my mind out of the water. I think after the first time I heard it, I had to play it on repeat for a few hours; it was just that good. Everything on this album keeps me entranced; from the vocals, to the spiralling-twists-and-turns, to the lyrical content.
Check out: “Septichrist” and “The Whip and the Body”
8. The Acacia Strain - Death is the Only Mortal
I remember when I was a Sophomore in highschool, just getting into Deathcore, back when I was so ignorant I called everything Hardcore; The Acacia Strain was my favorite band growing up. Die hard for TAS to the grave. 2012 has come and pass, and TAS is still kicking ass. The “Djent-y” sound they have taken on, I don’t see as a negative factor; they made it just that much heavier. This album, is heavy as balls, and didn’t disappoint me to the least. This is a regularly play for me right now.
Check out: “The Mouth of the River” and “Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow”
7. Dead Icons – Condemned
I actually just got showed this band by a buddy of mine. Which in a lot of books, I’m late to the party; but in good news this album kicks ass and made it in the nmuber seven slot on my list. I’ve been listening to it all week, trying to make up for missed time; kinda like when you cheat on your girlfriend, and you buy her a bunch of gifts. (Future girlfriends are going to see this and chew my ass, but w/e.)
Check out: “No Pain Goes Unpunished”, “True Potential”, and “Condemned”
6. Struck By Lightning – True Predation
There are bands that I want to travel with and see play every night, this is one of them. Struck By Lightening’s Sophomore album hit home on several levels for me. True Predation, is one of those albums that I will listen to for years and years. If I could say there was a defining band for “Dark Hardcore” in 2012, these guys are it.
Check out: “We Are All Just Rotting Corpses”, “Mindfucker”, and Extinction Event”
5. Spawn of Possession – Incurso
Likely the most technical and beautiful piece of music I heard all year, Incurso bent me over and made me its bitch. When I talk to my own band about music I tell them to use this album as their ideal as to what Tech Death should be. There isn’t really a start and end to how I can describe this piece of artistic beauty. I highly recommend purchasing this album.
Check out: The whole thing, just buy it and put it on repeat till your stereo blows up from the high level of awesome.
4. Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity
Much like The Acacia Strain, I’ve been listening to Cattle Decapitation since I got into music as a kid. Being a band that has never disappointed me in the past, you can be reassured that Travis Ryan’s vocals still make me wish I was a better screamer. Cattle Decapitation is a standing symbol to the world, that djent doesn’t mean progressive metal. I’m very proud that I pre-ordered this album this year.
Check out: “Lifestalker” (DAT BASS)
3. Vinnie Paz – God of the Serengeti
God of the Serengeti…is probably one of the only rap albums I actually BUMPED this year. I got significantly less to say about this album; if you’re not already bumping this, then I’m currently questioning your IQ.
Check out: “Slum Chemist” and “Cold, Dark, and Empty”
2. Xibalba – Hasta La Muerte
It was hard to pick my number 1 and number 2, it took me several hours pre-writing this, in order to finally make the choice. I’m about 100% positive my roommates currently hate me for blasting this album almost daily, I’m also 100% positive they also fear me for the same reason. My Spanish speaking roommate has started walking around the house saying the Spanish parts under his breath. Xibalba being locals for me, just makes this album more special to me. Waking up with the lyrics “No soul, No identity. No peace, no serenity in the morning has scared and worried the shit out of my several times, which is exactly what I’ve always wanted from a heavy band. Xibalba, is the corner stone of what is heavy for me. This is pissed, this is angry, this is what your Mother doesn’t want you to be; this is what all the local hooligans I hang out with are. The whole album is like a sociology essay.
Check out: “Sentenced”, “Hasta La Muerte”, and “Stoneheart”
1. Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
I honestly wasn’t into Every Time I Die, until I was into Jordan Buckley as an artist. This new album though, blew my mind. The want to mosh, is strong with this one. I’ve never wanted to crowd kill and be a ignorant fuck in the pit…more then when I listen to this. This album is a standing ovation to every ignorant scene girl, that metalcore isn’t fucking post hardcore. It was hard to decide between this and Hasta La Muerte, for the pure purpose that they are almost polar opposites. Fast paced, pissed, punky, metalic, and rock n roll all at the same time.
Check out: “The Low Road Has No Exits” and “Grudge Music”