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)

News From The North Week 44

24 11 2009

This fortnight’s Hot Press is on the stands now  so here’s a reprint of the previous issue’s NI bands column!


Words: Edwin McFee

This fortnight Two Door Cinema Club escape from the studio for a bit to play a very special home coming show indeed. The Mandela Hall in Belfast is the venue of choice, the date for your diaries is Nov 17 and the bash is curated by the folks at BBC Introducing. Two Door are keeping the Northern end up on the bill which also features Scotland’s Twin Atlantic, Wales’ Save Your Breath and England’s Pulled Apart By Horses and the show should be a belter. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s even better news if you’re financially challenged in the run up to Crimbo-it’s free in, so you’ve got no excuses.

Southern fried retro rockers (who also boast an impressive array of hats) Jackson Cage cross the border into parts unknown on Nov 24. Well, when we say “parts unknown” we actually mean Dublin and the venue they’re playing in is Whelan’s, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a dramatic introduction. Aided and abetted by Ten Gallon Hat, Jackson Cage are highly recommended to those who are a bit partial to the likes of Crazy Horse and early Springsteen and you can listen to some new live tracks on their MySpace

Keeping it country for a second, Louisiana Joyride are offering free whiskey for everyone at the moment. What’s the catch, we hear you ask? Well, ‘Whiskey’ is actually the name of a song and not that sweet, sweet alcoholic nectar but hey, free songs are free songs. You can download the track by visiting and as if that wasn’t enough, the band also celebrate the release of their debut EP ‘The Journey Through’ on Nov 13 with a gig at McHugh’s in Belfast. Captain Cameron are also on the bill and at the time of going to press admission is TBC.

They’ve been bubbling just under the radar since their inception in 2005 and now it seems that the mosh-tastic Exit Wound are ready to step things up over the next few months. On Nov 20 they play a gig at the Rugby Club in Limavady and are set to head into the studio before Christmas. The boys are also keen for Hot Press to let you know that they are well up for any gig offers, so if you prefer things a little on the heavy side (and we’re not talking about all you closet chubby chasers) then give them a shout on their