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: Witchsorrow ‘God Curse Us All’

19 07 2012

Here’s a reprint of a review of the ace Witchsorrow record that ran in Metal Hammer.

WITCHSORROW

GOD CURSE US ALL

RISE ABOVE RECORDS

Operating under the Spartan mindset of why have 100 riffs when a single colossal one will do, Hampshire doom trio Witchsorrow’s latest offering is a record that is pretty much tailor-made to soundtrack the impending apocalypse. Recorded in Wales last Hallowe’en, the opus possesses as many moments of primal pummeling as a slugfest between former UFC caveman Brock Lesnar and a velociraptor and there’s little respite from the pure unadulterated heavy metal thunder for the best part of an hour. Highlights include the heads down, no nonsense mindless demonic boogie of Breaking The Lore and the titanic, Goatsnake-esque Aurora Atra, but star of the show is the hulking title track God Curse Us All. Beginning with a suitably tension-filled sample from 80s flick War Games, the band then hit us with an (electric) funeral march that features waves of wah wah riffs which eventually make way for a super-charged, heavy as hell Sabbathy freak-out at the end. In short, if it doesn’t make you want to bang your head then you shouldn’t be reading this magazine. [7]

EDWIN McFEE