A while back MetalSucks released their first two compilations: NYC Sucks, Vol. 1 & 2 and now they have returned with their third. This compilation features tracks by Primitive Weapons, Ruine, So Hideous, Car Bomb and many more from the New York metal scene.. You can stream the whole thing below and download it over on MetalSucks. Rad tunes.
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
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.
After listening to their debut release, 2007′s Centralia, I knew that Car Bomb was on to something special. Their rhythmically complex and psychologically devastating brand of heavy music is something you have to experience for yourself to believe. Car Bomb’s deconstructed, chopped and screwed instrumentation combined with psychotically eccentric vocals are the band’s essential tools to make them stand out among the rest. Car Bomb released their long awaited sophomore record, w^w^^w^w earlier this year and was met with a enormous amount of positive praise, as it should. I recently caught up with guitarist Greg Kubacki to get the scoop on the new record and the band’s endeavors.
These are three album that I have been listening to a lot lately and I hope you thoroughly hate them. Wink Wink.
Sonic Youth-Confusion is Sex [Plus Kill Yr Idols]
Ah, Sonic Youth’s first full length record Confusion is Sex (more so the 1995 re-release with Kill Yr Idols) will always be one of my favorites of theirs. The entire album is is dissonant, nearly inharmonious sounding (due to the usage of prepared guitars with screwdrivers) and overall unnerving to listen to at times. It is one of the most important album in the No Wave and noise rock scene and still sounds fresh today in my opinion. We need more unique sounding bands like Sonic Youth today and I really wish they would release something new. But until then, if it ever happens, I will be listening to them extensively. Especially this record.
It’s sunday funday again, You know what that means, right? It’s time to turn off that stupid football game and get some insight to what it’s like touring in a tech metal band. In honor of Car Bomb‘s new album”w^w^^w^w“, please watch the documentary “Why_You_Do_This“. The film is produced and directed by Car Bomb’s vocalist Michael Dafferner, and it’s pretty good.
The documentary follows Car Bomb on their first few tours and documents the band’s constant struggles. It also features interviews from members of The Chariot, Gojira and Lamb Of God. Watch the film, you’ll enjoy it.
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By Lane Oliver
It’s been about five long, grueling years since the release of Car Bomb’s debut album, Centralia. That record was filled to the brim with dense complex rhythms, sporadic instrumentation and lots of extra eccentricities. Centralia sounded like no album I had heard before at the time and even today it still holds a place in my technical metal loving heart. Fans waited patiently for a follow up to the classic Centralia, which has been in development hell for the past couple of years. Our patience was finally rewarded this year with the release of their sophomore effort, w^w^^w^w. Car Bomb is back in full force and this record was well worth the wait.
In celebration of the long awaited sophomore release from Car Bomb, the band has uploaded the entire record to bandcamp for streaming. I wouldn’t suggest listening to this thing if you have a weak stomach or have bouts of vertigo because this album is intense! Go ahead and stream this bad boy below and if you are interested in a physical copy, pre-order it here. Also, if you have not heard their 2007 debut, Centralia, you can stream on their bandcamp site as well.
Car Bomb have released the official track listing along with pre-orders for their new record, w^w^^w^w. The album will available digitally in TWO DAYS while the physical copies will ship sometime in early October according to the band. Here is the official track listing according to the site:
- “The Sentinel”
- “Finish It”
- “Lower the Blade”
- “Third Revelation”
- “Recursive Patterns”
- “Spirit of Poison”
- “Magic Bullet”
- “This Will Do The Job”
- “The Second”
This is their first album in five years and I couldn’t be more excited for it. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out “Third Revelation” below:
Fucking Car Bomb. I love this band and their whacky, spazzy, techy experimental metal. Every single song this band writes is an insane work of art and they kill it every time. I have been impatiently awaiting the release of their new album w^w^^w^w which will be released on September 25th. Car Bomb have just released the first single off of the new album and it’s a fucking doozy.
The track is called “Third Revelation” and it features guest vocals by Gojira front man Joe Duplantier. Yeah, when I heard that I scratch my head and went “what the fuck?” but then I was cool with it once I heard the track. “Third Revelation” is a total ripper, so check it out below. You won’t be sorry you did it, I promise. Car Bomb is back!
By Lane Oliver
Loincloth formed out of the ashes of the very influential “math rock” band, Breadwinner. Guitarist Pen Rollings went on to form the ludicrously named Loincloth around 2003. Around the same time, the band released their very first demo that garnered attention from Southern Lord. Southern Lord released some of the band’s songs on various compilations but after that, Loincloth fell silent and Rollings left the band. Nine years later, the band broke their silence (minus Rollings) and released their first outing in nine years on Southern Lord Records this month. Iron Balls of Steel, despite its ridiculous name, is an album that deserves to be heard this year.
Car Bomb vocalist Michael Dafferner recently uploaded his documentary Why You Do This to youtube! In this film, Dafferner documents Car Bomb’s major tours since the band’s beginning and asks the question, “why do people in heavier forms of music choose to play that type of music?” It features interviews from members of The Chariot, Gojira, Last Chance to Reason, and many more. I actually really, really enjoy this film and it gives you a good insight into what keeps tech metal bands going. You can watch the hour long documentary below and if you’re interested in a DVD copy, you can purchase it here.
Gaza is one of the most vile and powerful heavy bands that has ever graced my ears. If you are unaware of Gaza’s existence, shame on you! Their last album, He Is Never Coming Back was met with critical acclaim from music critics and heavy music fans alike. I recently got a hold of drummer, Casey Hansen to answer some questions about Gaza’s upcoming album, their past work, and others.