Metal Hammer Top 20 Albums Of The Year

13 12 2012

The Christmas/end of year Metal Hammer is out this week and as is customary, the Top 50 albums of 2012 (voted for by writers for the mag like myself) are revealed.Sadly this year, there wasn’t enough room to print the individual lists of all the scribes (boo!) but since I’m awful good to you Dead Horse readers I’ve posted up mine below.

Towards the end of the month I’ll also post up the less genre-specific list I sent to the other mags I write for,but for now, without further ado, here’s my pick of the heaviest records of ’12.

01) Therapy? ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ (Blast)

02) Gallows ”Gallows’ (Venn Records)

03) Wolfsbane ‘Wolfsane Save The World’ (Cargo)

04) Triggerman ‘Hail To The River Gods’ (Triggerlad Records)

05) Hour Of 13 ‘333’ (Earache)

06) Down ‘Down IV Part 1: Purple EP’ (Roadrunner)

07) Pulled Apart By Horses ‘Tough Love’ (Transgressive)

08) Gacys Threads ‘The Ignorance Of Purity’ (Savour Your Scene)

09) Turbonegro ‘Sexual Harassment’ (Volcom)

10) Trash Talk ‘119’ (Odd Future Records)

11) The Cult ‘Choice Of Weapon’ (Cooking Vinyl)

12) Rolo Tomassi ‘Astraea’ (Destination Moon)

13) Tankard ‘A Girl Called Cerveza’ (Plastic Head)

14) Pelican ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis’ (Southern Lord)

15) Purified In Blood ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ (Indie Recordings)

16) Orange Goblin ‘Eulogy For The Damned’ (Plastic Head)

17) Witchsorrow ‘God Curse Us All’ (Rise Above Records)

18) Paranoid Visions ‘Escape From The Austerity Complex'(Plastic Head)

19) Steve Harris ‘British Lion’ (EMI)

20) Corrosion Of Conformity ‘Corrosion Of Conformity'(Plastic Head)

Album Review: Paranoid Visions (Hot Press)

30 11 2012

Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Paranoid Visions record that ran in Hot Press a few issues ago.


Escape From The Austerity Complex (Overground Records)

Three and a half stars

Key Track: ‘Poles Apart’


Despite what some critics and self-appointed social commentators may try and tell you-punk rock isn’t, and never has been, a sub culture solely for those of a youthful (usually teenage) disposition. It’s a movement dominated by people with probing minds, a penchant for pissing off the moral majority and a mutual passion for barbed riffs and ballsy choruses. Don’t believe me? Just look at Bad Religion and Siouxsie Sioux for proof that there are plenty of artists who still “mean it, maaaannnn,” well into their middle age. And the names don’t stop there of course. Infamous, iconic Dublin band Paranoid Visions are another act who have loyally stuck by their principles over the years and their latest effort Escape From The Austerity Complex is as fiery and frenetic as anything they’ve released in their career to date, which began back in the early 80s for those keeping score.


Opening with the jarring, stomping, string-infused ‘Austerity Crusade,’ lines like “What have they done to our language?/The tongue of the devil we speak” are particularly relevant in an era of TXT SPK and wide-spread American-isms and it sets us up nicely for the mayhem to come. Highlights include the blood-thirsty ‘Outsider Artist’ (featuring TV Smith from the Adverts) and the riotous ‘Split Personality’ (with has vocals from Crass legend Steve Ignorant) but it’s the moody, bass-y rumble of ‘Poles Apart’ which really impresses thanks to a menacing, Banshees-esque arrangement and gothic vocals from Deka Coppa, Famine RelAoife and K SarahSarah. Fans of the first, second and indeed third wave of punk rock should check this out.