A Life Once Los, Amenra, Ash Borer, Author & Punisher, Bastard Saping, Between The Buried And Me, Bone Dance, Bosse-De-Nage, cannibal corpse, Car Bomb, coheed and cambria, Column Of Heaven, Coverge, deftones, early graves, Everything Went Black, Gaza, hivesmasher, Homewrecker, hooded menace, Kowloon Walled City, Old Man Gloom, pig destroyer, Serpentine Path, Standing On A Floor Of Bodies, The Chariot, the secret, Torch Runner, veil of maya, War From A Harlots Mouth
An’ lemme jus’ say: Fuck December 21st in it’s ass. Ain’t no ‘pocalypse, mutha’ fuckas.
Man, there were way to many good albums released this year. I listened to as many as I could but there were some that I just couldn’t get to. There are also some that I listened to, just not enough for them to make my final list. I can’t let this slide, however and I want to give a shout out to new releases by Marty Friedman, The Mars Volta, Birds In Row, Code Orange Kids, Downfall Of Gaia and Krallice. I really wish I could have settled down to check these albums out in full, but I just couldn’t get down to do it.
Before we get to my actual list I would like to thank each and every one of you readers. Without you, I honestly probably would have given this up a long time ago. Sure, on this site I give my opinion on music, but it is really you guys/gals that count. I don’t know how I could repay you all for visiting American Aftermath these past two years. You have really made it worth while. Even the haters who talked shit, I appreciate you fucks also.
Torch Runner – Commited To The Ground
The Chariot – One Wing
Bosse de Nage – III
Ash Borer – Cold Of Ages
Homewrecker – Worms And Dirt
Cannibal Corpse – Torture
Veil Of Maya – Eclipse
Hooded Menace – Effigies Of Evil
Author & Punisher – Ursus Americanus
Everything Went Black – Cycles Of Light
#20 Amenra – Mass V (listen)
#19 Old Man Gloom – NO (listen)
#18 War From A Harlots Mouth – Voyeur (listen)
#17 Standing On A Floor Of Bodies – Sacrilegious & Culturally Deficient (listen)
#16 Hivesmasher – Gutter Choir (listen)
#15 Early Graves – Red Horse (listen)
#14 Pig Destroyer – Book Burner (listen)
#13 A Life Once Lost - Ecstatic Trance (listen)
#12 Between The Buried And Me – The Paralax II: Future Sequence (listen)
#11 Bone Dance - Bone Dance (listen)
#10 The Secret – Agnus Dei (listen)
Italy’s blackened crust grinders The Secret are back and Agnus Dei is a force to be reckoned with. Bursting right out of the box with insanity and hyperblasts, how was I not going to put this in my Top 10? It’s a major step forward from Solve Et Coagula which I still adore.
#9 Serpentine Path – Serpentine Path (listen)
This debut from deathdoom supergroup Serpentine Path was a shoe-in for my Top 10 right from the start. I wrote a pretty gnarly review of the album (comparing it to the classic film Lord Of The Flies) and my brain has yet to stop hemorrhaging.
#8 Car Bomb – w^w^^w^w (listen)
How the fuck do you pronounce that album title?! Jesus H., man. Fuck it, I don’t want to know how to pronounce it. All I know is that this album is not only one of the hardest albums I have ever attempted to headbang to, it is also one of the gnarliest, grittiest slabs of complex whathaveyou to ever come across my speakers. Sure, Centralia is good, but w^w^^w^w is a fucking masterpiece.
#7 Bastard Sapling – Dragged From Our Restless Trance (listen)
This debut full-length from Virginia’s Bastard Sapling is one of the most captivating black metal releases I have heard in recent times. I kept this album on repeat for a few days and it was incredible. No bad marks for Dragged From Our Restless Trance.
#6 Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships (listen)
I had a nice long while to listen to this baby and I can happily place it as my #6 because it is an incredible release by a band that has grown and expanded since their inception. Each album has been great, but Container Ships exceeds all expectations and is a fantastic listen through and through.
#5 Column Of Heaven – Mission From God (listen)
If you would have asked my back in January if I thought an independently released grindviolence album would make my Top 5, I probably would have laughed and shrugged it off. I was so blown away by Column Of Heaven the first time I heard them that it felt wrong to leave them off of this list. Who woulda thought they would land in my #5 spot?
#4 Deftones – No Koi Yokan (listen)
I have anticipated this album since I first got wind of it. I have been a die-hard Deftones fan for over ten years and I have watched this band grow, nay, evolve and it has been beautiful. I don’t quite love this album as much as I do Diamond Eyes, but it is still a mind-blowing record and you should love it as much as I do.
#3 Gaza - No Absolutes In Human Suffering (listen)
Gaza fucking slays. I think that’s about all that needs to be said about this one.
#2 Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind (listen)
Converge are a band that, once your into it you are a lifelong fan. I have been a huge fan of this band for a long time now and anticipating this record was downright torture. When it erupted across my speakers, I knew it was made to be loved. It’s incredible.
#1 Coheed And Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension
When it comes down to albums I could not stop listening to this year, there is no other choice for me than The Afterman: Ascension. From the first time I listened to this album in it’s entirety, I knew it was going to land in my #1 spot. I have never been disappointed in a Coheed And Cambria album and The Afterman: Ascension is definitely not a let down. Coheed‘s greatest work by far and there is never a dull moment on this album.
Sure, this could be considered a rock album and could have been on my “Top 5 Alternative/Rock” list I posted on Facebook, but I think it’s too heavy for that.
Favorite tracks: “Key Entity Extraction: IV: Evagria The Faithful” & “Key Entity Extraction: I: Domino The Destitute”