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#1 uber_pwnzor

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:27 AM

Hey,
Let's review the metal albums of 2012 here.

Edit:
I do NOT give a sh*t if you don't like metal.
I do NOT care if you don't think it's music.
I could honestly NOT care less if you don't understand metal.
Please do NOT come here and say that you don't like, understand, listen or care about metal. WE DON'T CARE.
It's like if somebody came to the "Canucks Talk-forum" and said that they hated hockey.
This isn't a thread where you're supposed to discuss if metal is music. Or if you like growl/screems. It's a thread about metal albums made in 2012. Doesn't really matter if it's glam, death, math or 70's metal.

These are mine:

Soulfly - Enslaved
Desn't sound like Soulfly; too fast, too modern, not as primitive as the other Soulfly albums. If Cavalera had released it from a band that wasn't Soulfly I think I would have liked it. Also, seeing them live with the current line up is the most intense thing you'll ever do! "Gladiator" is (to me) the best song Cavalera has written since "Roots, Bloody Roots"

Lamb of God - Resolution
Pretty good, not at all as good as Ashes of the Wake or Sacrament, but there are some good songs, "Desolution" is great, "King Me" is super epic, "Ghost Walking" is cool, but the other songs are mediocre.

Meshuggah - Koloss
This album was really good, "Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave it Motion" is super good, "Swarm" is awesome as well.

Miss May I - At Heart
Mediocre. Not at all as good as Monument or Apologies are for the Weak. "Hey Mister" is by far the best song, and it's not all that good.

Caliban - I am Nemesis
Their best album to date. Classic metalcore; "We are the Many" and "Memorial" are really, really good metalcore songs, and the breakdown of "Memorial" is EPIC!

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
Pretty good, very progressive, very heavy.

Edited by Grammar Police, 03 July 2012 - 06:54 AM.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:37 AM

0/10

all of them

every single one
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:41 AM

Never understand how people could like Death Metal, Screamo, etc...

All that screaming crap is not music.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:34 PM

Never understand how people could like Death Metal, Screamo, etc...

All that screaming crap is not music.

Yeah, the vocal style completely invalidates the fantastic songwriting ability and technical musicianship of many bands employing harsh vocals. Totally not music.

Anyways, here are some of my favourites from the year so far with a song from each:

Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol


In Mourning - The Weight of Oceans


Alcest - Les Voyages de L'Ame


God Forbid - Equllibrium


Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird


Before the Dawn - Rise of the Phoenix


Be'lakor - Of Breath and Bone

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:34 PM

Never understand how people could like Death Metal, Screamo, etc...

All that screaming crap is not music.


What do you listen to? Dubstep? Yeah, that's music alright.

Edit: don't come here talking about metal "not being music until you can tell me what happens musically in

Edited by Grammar Police, 01 July 2012 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:47 PM

Not a huge metal fan, but man was Resolution a awesome album.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:49 PM

Yeah, the vocal style completely invalidates the fantastic songwriting ability and technical musicianship of many bands employing harsh vocals. Totally not music.

Anyways, here are some of my favourites from the year so far with a song from each:

Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycUh_Fjlaj8

In Mourning - The Weight of Oceans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZLazWoiGRw

Alcest - Les Voyages de L'Ame
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwGMLncumM

God Forbid - Equllibrium
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAIYWDaC-l0

Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QukgqB9f38

Before the Dawn - Rise of the Phoenix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpAS9pioQz8

Be'lakor - Of Breath and Bone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPHJycgRLN8


Loved the Before the Dawn one.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:46 PM

Never understand how people could like Death Metal, Screamo, etc...

All that screaming crap is not music.

Wow, what a completely ignorant post.

2012 hasn't been as exciting as last years metal releases.
The ones I've heard so far:

Grind the Ocean by The Safety Fire. Something very different from most of the public metal. The album really grew on me.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROR4KWUA9rg

Evolve (EP) by Chelsea Grin. I used to hate these guys but this new album, well what I've heard of it, is intense. The song below is much softer than their previous stuff and I guess that's one of the reasons why I like the 'new' Chelsea Grin.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPVyI1M2xhs

Get What You Give by The Ghost Inside. Has some really cool tracks (45 Engine specifically) but even then, meh, The guitars need to be louder because the guitarist really knows how to add some flavour in song progression. I love when the Drummer picks up the tempo though, excellent.


I haven't heard to much so far but maybe that's because I hate metal when it's all screaming and so my taste is very specific or even hard to appeal.

Shameless self promoting but keep your ears our for a band called Of Modern Architecture (My band). Our EP's coming out soon :D
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:55 PM

Don't really have anything to contribute to the thread as I've only really listened to Pantera, and the first 4 albums of Metallica as far as metal goes.
But to whoever the dude who says metal isn't music...
Some of the most talented musicians are in metal bands. It isn't an easy genre to play. Putting together broken sounds on a computer, and cranking bass every so often isn't music. It's broken electronics freaking out.
I know djs.
It isn't difficult to dj, it's a joke. The guy tells me his dj kit thing does most of the work, the timing's all provided, etc, etc. It's CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP, and people that listen to techno/electronic don't appreciate music, they just need something to move to while they're high as f**k.
Learning how to play an instrument, then getting the timing down on 3-5 people is music.
dummmm BEEEZUUUUUUUU baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahm WWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH DUH DUH DUH BAAAAYAAAAAMM CHEEEUUHHHH WUMP WUMP WUMP.
Terrible.

oh.
and here's my contribution
not 2012, but still kicks ass.


Edited by Stefan, 01 July 2012 - 04:57 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:57 PM

They make Metal albums still?
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

The Agonist new album is the best i've heard so far, Lamb of God's and Alcest's albums are not far behind.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:18 PM

horrendous
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:18 PM

Never understand how people could like Death Metal, Screamo, etc... All that screaming crap is not music.


This.
It's like standing in a slaughterhouse that is too close to the railroad tracks.

What do you listen to? Dubstep? Yeah, that's music alright.


Contrary to popular belief, there is more options than just Dubstep and Metal when considering music.
And thank god there is because they are both awful.


*Just for the record, I am just talking about Death Metal/Black Metal, not all styles. I rather like Traditional/Retro Metal (I guess that's not reallty considered metal anymore though)

Edited by Jagermeister, 02 July 2012 - 02:44 AM.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:19 PM

This.
It's like standing in a slaughterhouse that is too close to the railroad tracks.



Contrary to popular belief, there is more options than just Dubstep and Metal when considering music.
And thank god there is because they are both awful.

To each their own. But don't come into a thread about metal and put it down, it makes you look rather like a troll.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:13 AM

Fear Factory - The Industrialist





BTW, they are playing the Shockwave festival July 7th at the Vogue.

EDIT: Shockwave festival is cancelled. :(

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:39 AM

Edit: don't come here talking about metal "not being music until you can tell me what happens musically in
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc98u-eGzlc&ob=av3e


I really liked it at 4:20.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:22 AM





everything was second to Koloss, for me. 10/10

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well I'm sorry that gd is soo perfect


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:42 PM

"A Different Kind Of Truth" by Van Halen is an awesome album. I am a "Child of the '80's", though, so many people wouldn't consider this "metal".

Saw the band perform in Edmonton on May 11 and, aside from Dave's vox being a little rough (they always have been!), they played better than ever.

The new Korn, "The Path Of Totality", is pretty good, too. Saw them in Dawson Creek on Friday night. Put on a good show.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:10 PM

Now this is my kinda a thread! here's one album
Adestria's album Chapters-
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:41 AM

To each their own. But don't come into a thread about metal and put it down, it makes you look rather like a troll.


Oh ya forgot we couldn't share our opinions! <_<

I don't mind metal bands such as Clutch, Van Halen or Metallica but I don't like this crap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWkhCxCcWSE

How can someone enjoy that? Its just a man screaming with no words?

It makes most mainstream music like Pit Bull enjoyable and that's saying a lot.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:51 AM

This is just a question stemming out of innocent curiosity --- When would you listen to something like that?
Like its not pump up music (maybe it is?), it isn't not relaxing, its not something you can throw on in the background, it's not something you could dance to (is it?), I just don't know what situation somebody would decide "Hey, I'll throw on some Lamb of God"?
Also curious as to what the allure is, like what about it do you enjoy?

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:00 AM

Here are my cuts. Will check out others posted too:


Slice the Cake - The Man With No Face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2JPNDKI0as

Veil of Maya - Eclipse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18VxI4OI1qI

Nile - At the Gate of Sethu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6SZTiha8bwn

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJJ1RXzzkkA

Hour of Penance - Sedition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTLWMy8U9Cc

and the hidden gem...

Ascariasis - Ocean of Colour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpxsiyCkvxc

Never understand how people could like Death Metal, Screamo, etc...

All that screaming crap is not music.

I hate you and people like you.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:03 AM

This is just a question stemming out of innocent curiosity --- When would you listen to something like that?
Like its not pump up music (maybe it is?), it isn't not relaxing, its not something you can throw on in the background, it's not something you could dance to (is it?), I just don't know what situation somebody would decide "Hey, I'll throw on some Lamb of God"?
Also curious as to what the allure is, like what about it do you enjoy?

It's hard to explain. You either get it or you don't. If you don't get it, it's hard to understand. I listen to lots of things non-metal but metal is my jam. I get more rhythm and good vibes from death metal than anything else. I'll listen to Radiohead if I'm in a cafe studying, I'll listen to death metal in any other situation. Happy, sad, riled up, whatever.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:24 AM

It's hard to explain. You either get it or you don't. If you don't get it, it's hard to understand. I listen to lots of things non-metal but metal is my jam. I get more rhythm and good vibes from death metal than anything else. I'll listen to Radiohead if I'm in a cafe studying, I'll listen to death metal in any other situation. Happy, sad, riled up, whatever.


Yeah, I don't understand.
I can pretty much find a song from every single type of music that I enjoy, but for stuff like that (and really hard dubstep) I can't even bring myself to listen to more than a few seconds.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:27 AM

Yeah, I don't understand.
I can pretty much find a song from every single type of music that I enjoy, but for stuff like that (and really hard dubstep) I can't even bring myself to listen to more than a few seconds.


Couldn't have said it any better.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:13 AM



FInally a new album by these masters, wouldn't let me embed, so I hope link is good enough for you guys.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:52 AM

It's hard to explain. You either get it or you don't. If you don't get it, it's hard to understand. I listen to lots of things non-metal but metal is my jam. I get more rhythm and good vibes from death metal than anything else. I'll listen to Radiohead if I'm in a cafe studying, I'll listen to death metal in any other situation. Happy, sad, riled up, whatever.


Something to do with digging death and destruction to mankind?
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:44 AM

Something to do with digging death and destruction to mankind?


I love a lot of the music in lots of the heavier "genres" of metal, but, I too have a difficult time with the "vocals".

Black Sabbath was singing about "...Death and hatred to mankind..." in "War Pigs" in 1970! We're still here, though!

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:04 AM

I love a lot of the music in lots of the heavier "genres" of metal, but, I too have a difficult time with the "vocals".

Black Sabbath was singing about "...Death and hatred to mankind..." in "War Pigs" in 1970! We're still here, though!


You need to examine the lyrics to that song and see it in its proper context. It's actually very critical of war, and not exactly glorifying death, as the term "death metal" seems to suggest.

http://www.lyricsfre...s_20019418.html
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:11 AM

While I consider myself a metal fan I'm an old school metal head....got into it back in the early 80's Black Sabbath Ozzy Metallica Slayer megadeth Iron Maiden fates warning ect ect.... I like Lamb of god and some other newer metal bands but most of these vids posted I'm not a fan of that type of metal I like to be able to understand what they are singing not just the grunting roar stuff and a million mile an hour drumming... oh well metal has so many branches on the tree for all to enjoy or not...
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