Friday, December 28, 2012

P H I L M N O I R's Best Albums of 2012

Well it's that time of the year. Time to give props to the best of the best.  Today I'll start with my fav albums of the year.  And like clockwork my brain goes from "what the hell came out this year, I can't think of anything!?" to "Crap! too many albums to choose just 10!" Bah! Anyhoo, here are my top 11 (because I couldn't decide on just 10) albums of 2012 .

Here we go!

11. Opera IX - Strix Maledicte in Aeterum (Agonia Records)

This album tugs at my late 90's symphonic black metal heartstrings. In a sea of hipster black metal it is so refreshing & nostalgic.

10. Wodensthrone - Curse (Candlelight Records)

These guys duked it out real hard with Opera IX to make it as #10. Just listen... you'll understand.

9. Hung - Hung (ReThink)

It's like a layered progressive death metal biscuit topped with violin butter sauce.

8. Vattnet Viskar - Vattnet Viskar (Broken Limbs Recordings)

Surprisingly great album, despite being from.. I dunno New Hampshire or something.

7. Ihsahn - Eremita (Candlelight Records)

Let me tell you.. I tried really hard (REALLY REALLY HARD) to avoid putting this on the list. It's very typical of me to put this on just because it's Ihsahn and he can do no wrong.  But honestly it's too awesome! Seriously.. End of story.

6. Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light - Woods Of Ypres (Earache Records)

Probably my favorite of all Woods of Ypres albums.  Hauntingly beautiful. RIP David Gold.

5. Obolus - Lament (The Flenser)

Drown me in epic black metal-y goodness.

4. Evoken - Atra Mors (Profound Lore)

Evoken never fails to deliver.. ever.. This album is elegant yet soul destroying. OMG soo good.. Buy this now!

3. Abnormality - Contaminating The Hive Mind (Sevared Records)

Dear Abnormality,
Here are all my medical bills. My neck has been hurting ALL YEAR because of this album! \m/ OW \m/ Brutal!
K Thanks.

2. Wintersun - Time I (Nuclear Blast Records)

YEARS! FINALLY! (can die happy now)

1. Kalopsia - Amongst the Ruins (Godeater Records)
The winner.. at 9 YEARS in the making!!... Just remember kids THAT'S A WHOLE 9 YEARS TO POWER-UP THE BRUTALITY! Be Warned.. The Awesome might do this to your face:


Ok that's it for the list.  Don't forget: please support the artists! Buy their CD's, fancy limited edition vinyls and mp3 downloads so they can continue to make more great music! Wee!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kalopsia & Cannabis Corpse @ Dingbatz 9/6/12

Another awesome death metal show at Dingbatz.  A bunch of bands on the bill playing throughout the night. I really wished I stuck it out for Dying Fetus, but by the time they started it was almost 1am (I know I've turned into such an old lady).  Regardless, I did manage to snaps some shots of Kalopsia & Cannabis Corpse. Kalopsia took everyone by storm.  The room went from 8 ft of empty space in front of the stage to full blown mosh destruction!!  Cannabis Corpse also brought the raucous & hilarity.  Anyhoo, enough talk look at these:  

Ermahgerdd Kalerpsier!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Agalloch @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 7/26/12

It took 10 years, but I'm finally able to say I've seen Agalloch live in all their glory.  The proof is in the pictures: