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)





Metal Hammer Review: Pelican

30 05 2012

Here’s a reprint of a review of the new Pelican mini album that ran in Metal Hammer a few months ago.

PELICAN

ATARAXIA/TARAXIS

SOUTHERN LORD

This month the un-pigeonhole-able quartet that is Pelican pen a brand new chapter in their storied career with the release of Ataraxia/Taraxis and it’s a grandiose, imaginative affair from the instrumentalists that will leave your speakers a quivering wreck by the time it reaches its epic conclusion. Recorded in four different studios, the EP is their first new material since ‘09’s What We All Come To Need and is a strong offering that shows something of a unified front despite the members living in three different cities at the time of writing. The two tension-filled title tracks bookend the four-song release and  sees the band try to break new ground by putting more emphasis on dynamics and atmosphere than ever before and they are throbbing, intense numbers that employ acoustic guitars and strange alien sounds to great effect. Lathe Biosas and Parasite Colony on the other hand are vintage Pelican efforts that prove they’re still compelled by the power of the riff and our only problem with the EP is that the end comes far too soon. [7]

EDWIN McFEE