Terrorizer #260: [8]+

Releases that scored [8] or more in Terrorizer magazine #260

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I got the newest issue of Terrorizer, issue #260, on my way down to Temples Festival, but have been so busy with copy-editing work that it’s only now that I’ve had time to sit and go through the reviews properly and pick out all those glorious ones that scored [8] or more. It’s not as high-scoring a month as the previous issue, but there have been some really great albums reviewed this year so far, and this issue does not buck that trend. The album of the month, in particular, Sigh’s Graveward, which I mentioned a number of weeks ago on this blog, is a triumphantly deranged piece of avant-garde extreme metal that everyone should hear at least a few times before making their minds up. As Ed Chapman at Terrorizer sums it up:

“It sounds like it’s come from an alternate dimension to show us what heavy metal could be like if only more bands were this ambitious.”

On top of that, the new Leprous album, The Congregation, is a definite contender for my album of the year (although there have admittedly been quite a few already)! Highly recommended if you’re looking for some of the most immaculate and cohesive arrangements in contemporary metal today.

So, this month’s albums, along with Spotify links where applicable, are as follows:

  • Dead Existence – Endless Misery [8] (Spotify)
  • Decayed – Into the Depths of Hell [8]
  • Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness [8] (Spotify)
  • Genocide Pact – Forged through Domination [8]
  • Goatsnake – Black Age Blues [8.5] (Spotify)
  • God Dethroned – The Ancient Ones [8]
  • Gorgoroth – Instinctus Bestisalis [8] (Spotify)
  • Helloween – My God-Given Right [8] (Spotify)
  • Invertebrate – Regression/Devolution [8.5]
  • Leechfeast / Meth Drinker – Split [8]
  • Leprous – The Congregation [9] (Spotify)
  • Macabre Omen – Gods of War – at War [8.5]
  • Maruta – Remain Dystopian [8] (Spotify)
  • Ninkharsag – Blood of Celestial Kings [8] (Spotify)
  • Obsequiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs [8] (Spotify)
  • Paradise Lost – The Plague Within [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls [8] (Spotify)
  • Sigh – Graveward [9] (Spotify) (Album of the Month)
  • The Sun Explodes – The Calm, the Storm [8] (Spotify)
  • Tau Cross – Tau Cross [8] (Spotify)
  • Throat – Short Circuit [8]
  • Will Haven – Open the Mind to Discomfort [8] (Spotify)
  • Winterfylleth – The Fathers of Albion: An Anthology 2007-2013 [8] (Spotify)

As always, any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if you discover any gems among these new releases.

Terrorizer #260 Cover (Goatsnake)
Terrorizer #260 Cover (Goatsnake)

Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time

Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time

As any regular reader of this blog will be aware, I have something of an a complete and utter obsession for lists, particularly lists of albums. I guess it’s got something to do with a desire to always have something semi-curated to inspire me to start listening. Well, I thought I’d put together a sort of go-to playlist for those moments where I’m indecisive over what to listen to next; something that I can shuffle with no fear of landing on anything tremendously poor.

To construct the playlist, I used Rate Your Music‘s charts system, using the various options to give me the top 100 metal albums of all time (you can see the chart for yourself here). Now as Rate Your Music allows its users to (obviously) rate their music, the site’s charts and ratings are fluid and ever-changing, so certain albums can of course drop out of this top 100, or move up and down, as well as albums making their way into the top 100. So this is essentially just a snapshot of how this particular list looked when I brought up the data to construct my playlist. Also, I removed any extraneous bonus tracks and such from my playlist, so as to be left with what one might describe as the ‘canon’ tracklist.

  1. Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)
  2. Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)
  3. Black Sabbath – Master of Reality (1971)
  4. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)
  5. Metallica – Ride the Lightning (1984)
  6. Slayer – Reign in Blood (1986)
  7. Megadeth – Rust in Peace (1990)
  8. Opeth – Blackwater Park (2001)
  9. Tool – Ænima (1996)
  10. Tool – Lateralus (2001)
  11. Death – Symbolic (1995)
  12. Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984)
  13. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)
  14. Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
  15. Rage against the Machine – Rage against the Machine (1992)
  16. Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)
  17. Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
  18. Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)
  19. Metallica – …And Justice for All (1988)
  20. Opeth – Still Life (1999)
  21. Alice in Chains – Dirt (1992)
  22. Black Sabbath – Vol 4 (1972)
  23. Rainbow – Rising (1976)
  24. Death – Human (1991)
  25. Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
  26. Faith No More – Angel Dust (1992)
  27. Isis – Panopticon (2004)
  28. Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell (1980)
  29. Agalloch – The Mantle (2002)
  30. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden (1990)
  31. Death – The Sound of Perseverance (1998)
  32. Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath (1984)
  33. Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
  34. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (1983)
  35. Electric Wizard – Dopethrone (2000)
  36. Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness (1989)
  37. Agalloch – Ashes against the Grain (2006)
  38. Death – Individual Thought Patterns (1993)
  39. Dio – Holy Diver (1983)
  40. Atheist – Unquestionable Presence (1991)
  41. Mercyful Fate – Melissa (1983)
  42. Converge – Jane Doe (2001)
  43. Burzum – Filosofem (1996)
  44. Burzum – Hvis lyset tar oss (1994)
  45. Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane (1995)
  46. Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983)
  47. Ulver – Bergtatt (1995)
  48. Slayer – South of Heaven (1988)
  49. Motörhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
  50. Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
  51. Neurosis – Through Silver in Blood (1996)
  52. Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
  53. Opeth – Ghost Reveries (2005)
  54. Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997)
  55. Megadeth – Peace Sells … but Who’s Buying? (1986)
  56. Sepultura – Beneath the Remains (1989)
  57. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse (1994)
  58. Kyuss – Blues for the Red Sun (1992)
  59. Motörhead – Overkill (1979)
  60. Mastodon – Crack the Skye (2009)
  61. Edge of Sanity – Crimson (1996)
  62. Mastodon – Leviathan (2004)
  63. Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986)
  64. Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time (1986)
  65. Dismember – Like an Ever Flowing Stream (1991)
  66. King Diamond – Abigail (1987)
  67. Immortal – At the Heart of Winter (1999)
  68. Isis – Oceanic (2002)
  69. Boris – Boris at Last: Feedbacker (2003)
  70. Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith (1984)
  71. Immolation – Close to a World Below (2000)
  72. Judas Priest – Stained Class (1978)
  73. Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988)
  74. Sepultura – Arise (1991)
  75. Blind Guardian – Imaginations from the Other Side (1995)
  76. Opeth – My Arms, Your Hearse (1998)
  77. W.A.S.P. – The Crimson Idol (1992)
  78. Autopsy – Mental Funeral (1991)
  79. Black Sabbath – Sabotage (1975)
  80. Neurosis – A Sun That Never Sets (2001)
  81. Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978)
  82. Candlemass – Nightfall (1987)
  83. Dream Theater – Images and Words (1992)
  84. Diamond Head – Lightning to the Nations (1980)
  85. Primordial – To the Nameless Dead (2007)
  86. Neurosis – Times of Grace (1999)
  87. Deftones – White Pony (2000)
  88. Carcass – Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious (1991)
  89. Entombed – Left Hand Path (1990)
  90. Bathory – Blood Fire Death (1988)
  91. Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky (1992)
  92. Coroner – Mental Vortex (1991)
  93. Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999)
  94. Mayhem – De mysteriis dom Sathanas (1994)
  95. Tiamat – Wildhoney (1994)
  96. Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger (1994)
  97. Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987)
  98. Bruce Dickinson – The Chemical Wedding (1998)
  99. Gorguts – Obscura (1998)
  100. Entombed – Clandestine (1991)

I’ve embedded the Spotify playlist below, although it looks as though only the first 200 tracks seem to embed, so you can find the whole thing on Spotify here. It’s the sort of thing I’ll be going back to over the coming weeks, months, and most likely years, so if you do want to follow it, I’ll be making sure it’s always up to date with the most recent ratings.

I’d be very interested to hear anyone’s thoughts on this list, and if they find it as useful a ‘go-to playlist’ as I’ve been finding it. Do you think it gives a good representation of the best that metal has to offer? Remember, if you want to influence the list, you can sign up to Rate Your Music for free and assign albums your own ratings. If you do, you can find me here.

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Terrorizer #259: [8]+

Releases that scored [8] or more in Terrorizer magazine #259

So, Terrorizer #259 hit my digital ‘shelf’ last week, with a multitude of new heavy releases reviewed. Interestingly, the new Bell Witch album, Four Phantoms, scored a rare perfect [10], but was not selected for Album of the Month, this month going to Undersmile’s new album, Anhedonia, which scored an also very respectable [9].

Here’s the list, with accompanying Spotify links for those albums that are available on there:

  • Acid Witch – Midnight Movies [8]
  • Akhlys – The Dreaming I [8] (Spotify)
  • Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire
  • Bell Witch – Four Phantoms [10] (Spotify)
  • Cold in Berlin – The Comfort of Loss & Dust [8] (Spotify)
  • Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Groan – Highrospliffics [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Gruesome – Savage Land [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Hellbastard – Feral [8.5]
  • Henry Blacker – Summer Tombs [8] (Spotify)
  • Indian – Live at Roadburn [8]
  • Katatonia – Sanctitude [8] (Spotify)
  • Klone – Here Comes the Sun [8] (Spotify)
  • Kontinuum – Kyrr [8] (Spotify)
  • Malthusian – Below the Hengiform [8.5] (Spotify)
  • Noisem – Blossoming Decay [8] (Spotify)
  • Oblivionized – Life Is a Struggle, Give Up [8] (Spotify)
  • Razor – Violent Restitution (Deluxe Reissue) [8] (Spotify)
  • Razor – Shotgun Justice (Deluxe Reissue) [9] (Spotify)
  • Reign of Fury – Death Be Thy Shepherd [8] (Spotify)
  • Satyricon – Live at the Opera [8] (Spotify)
  • Shroud Eater – Face the Master [8]
  • Stearica – Fertile [8] (Spotify)
  • Steve Von Till – A Life unto Itself [8]
  • Sulphur Aeon – Gateways to the Antisphere [8]
  • Tribulation – The Children of the Night [9] (Spotify)
  • Undersmile – Anhedonia [9] (Spotify) (Album of the Month)
  • The Vintage Caravan – Arrival [8]
  • YDI – A Place in the Sun / Black Dust [8] (Spotify)
  • Zatokrev – Silk Spiders Underwater [8] (Spotify)
  • Zu – Cortar Todo [8.5] (Spotify)

I’ll make sure to add more Spotify links for those albums that become available over the next few weeks. As always, any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated. I hope you find some fantastic new music from this month’s best-reviewed releases.

New Noise: 20 April 2015

New heavy music on Spotify, 20 April 2015

Another week of new heavy releases is upon us as the clock strikes midnight this Monday. I’ll be checking out most of these, but I’ll be prioritising the new Shining album I think. Seems to be getting good reviews amidst a bit of a change in outlook from the band’s oftentimes controversial leader, Niklas Kvarforth. As always, let me know if you think I’ve missed anything, or if you’ve liked or disliked any of these new releases.

New Noise: 13 April 2015

New heavy music on Spotify, 13 April 2015

After some not so surprisingly incredible releases last week from Minsk and Royal Thunder, this week’s new releases have a lot to live up to. But then I have a feeling that Sigh’s Graveward might just do the trick, and then some! The Japanese avant-garde metallers’ new album has been a long time in the making, so anticipation for this one is high.

As always everything on the list is available on Spotify and embedded in the album titles for easy access to each respective release’s Spotify page. Hope you find something you love.

New Noise: 6 April 2015

New heavy music on Spotify, 6 April 2015

This week’s new releases available on Spotify feature two of my most anticipated releases, Royal Thunder’s Crooked Doors and Minsk’s The Crash and the Draw, both coincidentally on Relapse. Hope you find something you enjoy this week.

Terrorizer #258: [8]+

Releases that scored [8] or more in Terrorizer magazine

Another month, another Terrorizer magazine, now on to issue #258. As always, I’ve listed the releases that scored [8] or more in the reviews section. Interestingly (and the first time I can remember it ever happening), this issue’s album of the month, Leviathan’s Scar Sighted, only scored [7], so doesn’t actually make the list. Nonetheless, there’s a fantastic review for it written by Adrien Begrand, which does help to put the arbitrary scoring system in some context.

So here are those albums that scored [8] or more:

  • Abhor – Ritualia Stramonium [8]
  • Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere [8]
  • Agnostic Front – The American Dream Died [8.5]
  • Árstíðir lífsins – Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn [8]
  • Blown Out – Jet Black Hallucinations [8.5]
  • Coliseum – Anxiety’s Kiss [8]
  • Dødheimsgard – A Umbra Omega [9]
  • The Gentle Storm – The Diary [8]
  • Ghold – Of Ruin [8]
  • Heaving Earth – Denouncing the Holy Throne [8.5]
  • The Kill – Kill Them…All [8]
  • Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire [8]
  • Moonspell – Extinct [8]
  • Opium Lord – Eye of Earth [8.5]
  • Poison Idea – Confuse and Conquer [8]
  • A Pregnant Light – My Game Doesn’t Have a Name [8.5]
  • Primitive Man – Home Is Where the Hatred Is [8]
  • Pyramids – A Northern Meadow [8.5]
  • Ramlord – Ramlord [8]
  • Ranger – Where Evil Dwells [8]
  • Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors [9]
  • Shining – IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends [8]
  • Sorcerer – In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross [8]
  • Terra – Untitled [8]
  • Terveet Kädet – Lapin Helvetti [8]
  • Ufomammut – Ecate [8.5]
  • XII Boar – Pitworthy [8]

Let me know what you think of any of these in the comments.