The dreaded “H” word has claimed many a band. What starts out as an innocent break from music turns into something indefinite, and often permanent. What’s worse, is that it often strikes when you least expect it. Independent psychedelic prog band The Odious appeared to be doing better than ever, scoring bigger gigs including local support for Tesseract, Intronaut, and Cloudkicker in Oregon a year and a half after their celebrated full-length debut Joint Ventures was released. Unfortunately, the band will soon be going dark for the foreseeable future.
01. Nuchal Cord
02. Ancestal Perplexities
03. The Gynecic Curse
06. A Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing
08. Fail Science!
09. Charlie Guiteau
10. Joint Ventures
11. Houses of Stone
The Odious are, it seems, the latest darling of the digital age. While not an ‘online band’ per se like Slice the Cake, their rise to relative recognition in the scene has been somewhat catalyzed by the metal blogosphere. It’s certainly well deserved, though, as the band released an absolute ripper of an EP in 2011’s That Night a Forest Grew, which fused elements of The Faceless and Between the Buried and Me together with hefty doses of jazz and psychedelia as well as clean vocals a la Alice in Chains. The uniqueness and talent showcased on this release garnered them quite the hype for their debut album, but now that it’s here, is it really the swansong 2012 deserves, or just the one it needs?
I know you don’t really read these openings to lists. You’re probably shifting on to the top of my list, preparing to either praise me or bury me for my list. Either way, hope you enjoy, and feel free to point out any errors I may have made; I’d be more than happy to talk about why it’s not on my list.
(VERY) HONORABLE MENTIONS
The Agonist – Prisoners
Unfortunately, I only had room for fifteen special albums, but this doesn’t mean that you should let this gem of a record pass you by. The Agonist are the perfect blend of metalcore and melodic death metal, and this is spearheaded by Alissa White-Gluz’s brutal harsh vocals and angelic cleans.
The Omega Experiment was undoubtedly one of the best progressive records of the year. Shredding guitars, melodies you’ll want to sing to over and over again, and some of the best clean vocals this year make it a standout.
What a year. Here is a summary of my most pleasurable listening experiences. Quick shout outs to Gaza, Eldrimner, Acrania (Mexico), DisfiguringtheGoddess, GodsofEden, TrashTalk,Xibalba and TesseracT who just barely missed the cut. Sorry guys.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy my list. I didn’t mess around. Just meat and potatoes. Also, I’d love it if you left a comment validating my list or insulting me for terrible taste! Either way, happy doomsday!
2012 has been an amazing year for music, and I find myself hard pressed to pick fifteen releases that I would consider to be the best and cover everything I want to cover. Nevertheless, here are the fifteen best albums of the year, in my humble opinion.
If you were friends with me on Facebook — Which you’re not, because I’m a false, and thus a social pariah — you’d have found out this week that my favorite metal release of all time is The Odious’That Night A Forest Grew EP. When a single was dropped and a full-length announcement/studio-update made earlier this year, my pacemaker literally had to go into overdrive to keep me from doing of fanboyism-induced seizures.
Now, those righteous dudes have given us a second studio update, even though it’s more of a teaser, it still makes me feel like I did that time that I hooked up with this girl at a house party and she dipped for more beer after a few minutes of foreplay. Out-of-context shredding, lulzy band antics, and random cute girls ahead, folks. This material seems to be some of their best yet, from what can be put together. Go like the band on Facebook, check out their studio-update, and then tell them they’re good and lovely, and that they have the ability. I’ll be stockpiling an unholy amount of psychedelics in the meantime.
You guys remember The Odious right? Their previous work That Night A Forest Grew was one of my favorite releases last year, and they’re working on an as-yet untitled full length follow up, due out this year. In case you missed it the first time around, they sound like Between The Buried And Me but with way more drugs. Don’t believe me? Well, they just released a new song titled ‘A Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing’, which is nearly 9 minutes long and totally insane/awesome. It’s hands down their best song yet. Listen to it right here!
Wow, this year was an amazing year for metal. There were many great technical and progressive albums, which is what I consider to be my ‘main’ genre. A lot of my favorite bands came out with excellent albums, and there were a few surprising newcomers. Some of these I’ve reviewed myself and given a great score, so it won’t be a surprise. Some of these I didn’t have the time to review, which was a shame. Anyway, without further ado, here is my list of top 20 of 2011:
Tre Watson – Gravestones
The reason I’m not giving this an actual rating is because Tre is a close friend of mine, so I can’t be unbiased about this. It’s a really great EP, and especially the last track is a masterpiece. Definitely listen to this.
Substructure – Monolith
These guys just came out of nowhere. They do a great blend of Born of Osiris and The Contortionist, a.k.a progressive spacecore. The reason it’s not in my actual list is because it’s quite short and a bit derivative. It’s still a good listen though.
Empirine – The Great Excursion
These guys perform a technical/progressive death blend of Opeth, Obscura and Cynic. They’re pretty incredible, and we’ve covered them a few times, so you should definitely check them out.