Best Of 2012: Eric’s Top 30 Releases Of The Year


Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.

The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.

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What’s Written Here: DODECAHEDRON Post Lyric Videos

I still hate fucking lyric videos. Seriously, I do. I didn’t make that post the other day for nothing. I fucking despise lyrics videos even if they are from bands that I love. Like Dodecahedron. Amazing band, have just release two lyrics videos for tracks off their debut album. Check ’em out below, I guess. I still don’t support this.


Exclusive Interview: DODECAHEDRON’s M. Nienhuis And M. Eikenaar

Dodecahedron’s debut album came out late last month and put my mind through the ringer. If you’re looking for complex, dissonant, experimental black metal than look no further. I recently caught up with guitarist M. Nienhuis and vocalist M. Eikenaar to answer some questions regarding the band’s new album, the band’s origin, and more.

-Lane Oliver

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Review: DODECAHEDRON-“Self Titled”

By Lane Oliver

A dodecahedron is any polyhedron with twelve faces or sides. Dodecahedron is also the name of an up and coming Dutch experimental black metal band. Their self titled debut was released just a few days ago via Season of Mist records. Black metal isn’t really my forte to be honest, but there are exceptions. Dodecahedron is one of these exceptions. Just like how the geometric figure sports multiple sides, the band’s music is multi-sided as well.

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Head Above The Heavens: DODECAHEDRON Streaming New Album

MetalSucks beat me to the punch, but yes it is true. The insanely insane Netherlands-based black metal entity Dodecahedron is currently streaming their debut album which was released today on Season of Mist. I have been swooning over this album for quite some time now and I cannot get enough of it. I cannot help but speak extremely high of this new band because they are accomplishing something on their debut record that most bands don’t get until their forth or fifth album. Maybe even later.

These guys know black metal and they take it, flip it on it’s head and make a completely new genre. Check out the stream below and may it sweep you into a sweet dream state as it does me.