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. Anythingatall.
Sometimes a band comes along and just gets the idea of a music video right. At the heart of it, they’re meant to be memorable in some way — something that you’ll forever associate with song. Revocation have done exactly that and while I don’t want to spoil it too much, you can get a good idea of what you’re about to let yourself in for just from the preview image above. Yes, it’s as funny as you’d image it would be and yes, Scion have once again backed a winner. It’s good to see bands that are willing have fun considering how po-faced and super serious metal can be sometimes and, just by virtue of being hilariously funny alone, ‘The Grip Tightens‘ is by far one of the best music videos of the year.
Teratogenesis is finally here and available for free download from those top gents at Scion AV. Although it was put late last night and many other places have already reported it, it would be a crime to ignore a new release from one of the metal scene’s most exciting bands. Teratogenesis finds the band aiming in a little more of a traditional thrash direction, with less of the reckless experimentation found on Chaos Of Forms and instead making a collection of more focused and cohesive songs. You have absolutely no excuse not to check this band out if you haven’t already, since they’re essentially serving it up to you on a silver platter.
It’s hard not to love Scion. After all they’ve done for us and they’re still showering us in gifts, the latest being a free EP from everybody’s favourite death-thrashers Revocation. Teratogenesis is set for release on the 25th of September and will be available as a free download through Scion’s media page (where you can also find free releases by Wormrot and Enslaved amongst others), with the title track being our first taster.
Naturally, it’s a face-melter. The riffs are furious, the drums are pummeling and the second half the track even degenerates into a moody downtempo stomp that could’ve easily been written by a band like Gojira. You shouldn’t need anymore convincing as these guys are very well respected in the blogosphere/IMN training camp, but if for whatever reason Revocation haven’t quite made themselves known to you, now would be a good time to catch up. The always awesome MetalInjection has the stream!
Revocation are headlining a tour with A Life Once Lost and Ken Mode as support, which is pretty damn cool. Then there’s Scion A/V making this announcement-
Not only are we putting out Revocation’s brand new EP, Teratogenesis, later this month, but we’re also sponsoring their upcoming tour with A Life Once Lost, and KEN mode. Stay tuned to our page for upcoming details and a sweepstakes announcement.
Yes, the EP was titled Invidious as of yesterday and now I’m really confused as well. Don’t bother trying to look up any more information though; there’s nothing aside from copy-and-pastes about the old title. Hell, who knows how long it’ll be called Teratogenesis with two name changes in less than a day. Anyone wanna start a betting pool? With all the lack of information, I feel like Scion A/V made the announcement to leave us hanging and make us go to the tour in hopes of hearing some new tunes. Or even just to get people talking about it in general. Damn their brilliant marketing schemes! Chaos of Forms was one of my top albums in 2011, and Existence is Futile was the best thing of all time in 2009, so I have some pretty high hopes for the new loosely-titled EP.
Tour dates listed below-
* = No KenMode
10/18 Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Champs*
10/19 Quebec City, QC @ L’Union Commercial
10/20 Toronto, ON @ WreckRoom
10/21 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
10/22 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
10/23 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
10/24 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
10/26 Calgary, AB @ Vern’s
10/27 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/29 Tacoma, WA @ The Lochs
10/30 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
10/31 Portland, OR @ Rotture
11/1 San Francisco, CA @ The Sub Mission
11/2 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
11/3 Tempe, AZ @ Chaser’s
11/4 El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
11/5 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/6 Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/8 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/9 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung-Fu Necktie
11/11 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
11/12 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
11/13 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11/14 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques