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This Year’s Bleeding Eargasms

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

by Stephanie Vossekuil

Here are some of the noteworthy releases of 2011 that drilled a permanent rust encrusted hole right through my beating heart. They are in no particular order, and yes, a couple have been chosen more or less for their comedic value because no one likes a weenie who takes everything so goddamn seriously.

1. Wolvhammer – The Obsidian Plains Raw and totally unforgiving. A must have for anyone who likes to listen to metal that hands their ass to them.

2. Toxic Holocaust – Conjure and Command Aside from Streetlight’s very own wizard of Mammoth Sound single-handedly mastering this unruly beast, it is without a doubt, Toxic’s best album in years.

3. Indian – Guiltless Sludge violation and upsetting shrieks that drown in a flood of noise.

4. Sutekh Hexen – Luciform Noise Black Metal priests of San Francisco smashing your skull against a wall of penetrating sound.

5. Premonition 13 – 13 Because Wino can still kick your fucking ass, and because it’s hard to say… hard to say… I love…

6. The Fucking Wrath – Valley of the Serpent’s Soul Heavy, rockin’ groove jams that prove drinking beer and fucking shit up is still a main priority.

7. Fell Voices – (untitled) Local droney, ambient black metal. One of Santa Cruz’s finest bands. Worth every second of your time.

8. Lake of Blood – As Time and Tide Erodes Stone Conscious LA melodic black metal. Beautiful bearded guitar player. Keeping the gorgeously cold ambience alive.

9. Ash Borer – Ash Borer Fuck, these guys are good. They recently played a show at local venue, 105 Pioneer with the two aforementioned bands above. With songs alternating between driving into bludgeoning frenzies and emerging into a beautifully eerie tone ever so seamlessly, this Arcata band prove themselves to be lords of texture.

10. Burzum – Fallen Submit to Jeg Faller!

11. Pale Chalice – Afflicting the Dichotomy of Trepid Creation Infectious, ruthless black metal with nice groovy thrash mid-tempo interludes. Plus, the front-man, Ephemeral Domignostika, is his own one man BM band called Pandiscordian Necrogenesis for which he plays all the instruments and howls at the same fucking time. On-turning.

12. Midnight – Satanic Royalty Perhaps a more emphasis put on the rock n’ roll of black rock n’ roll. Still venom worship heavy, still punishing, and as always, a purely evil good time.

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