It’s a sad day. UK independent record label Brew Records has announced that they are closing their doors after 6 years of service. The label has been a home to some of the noisiest and loudest bands in the UK including Hawk Eyes, Blacklisters and Nine Black Alps and released over 25 releases during their lifetime. As their parting piece, the label have made all of their releases (barring the latest Humanfly release) available digitally as pay what you want through their bandcamp and have reduced the prices on physical releases, giving you the chance to check out some really great music and hopefully throw their cash their way too. Check it out here, I would highly recommend Blacklisters BLKLSTRS, Hawk Eyes Mindhammers and Humanfly‘s Darker Later, but honestly you really can’t go wrong here.
Noisy, angry and disturbing — those are the three words I’d use to describe Blacklisters‘ personal brand of pissed off noise rock. But if that wasn’t enough for you, then the band have decided to take the same route for their music videos, with a particular emphasis on the last one. Honestly, I should have learned after the last one, but instead I naively dived headfirst straight into ‘Clubfoot By Kasabian‘ with no hesitation, only to be bombarded by gimp suits, balloons and black tar… It’s not worth trying to explain, just watch it.
T’is that beautiful time of year again. A season of good will, understanding and compassion towards your fellow man — a time for giving, loving and appreciating. The cold may have rolled in and the trees may have shed their once vibrant foliage, but the world finds solace in the love and company of others. It’s a time to reflect on the memories of the year and plan ahead for the next.
But most of all it’s a time to listen brutal fucking metal and drink a fuck tonne of Advocaat, because 2012 was full of great releases and now’s your chance to catch on releases you may have missed or may have never even heard of. My first draft of this list was composed of 30 albums, which then shot up to 37 when I realised that I had forgotten to include EPs. Everything from new bands that came out of nowhere to blow my mind (We Are Knuckle Dragger, Bloodshot Dawn, Oddland, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo etc) to the old guard continuing their brilliant legacy (Gojira, Aborted, Napalm Death, Deftones etc) all unfortunately fell by the wayside in the ruthless culling exercise that produced this list. And I regret cutting every single one of them, but alas, if I was talk about every album this year that was great, I’d probably lose your attention pretty quickly. Who am I kidding? You’ve most likely already skipped on to the list and you’re not even reading this bit. I could write anything I want here and no one would notice. Anything at all.