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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High Friends In Low Places: THE LOVE BELOW Streaming New Album

Even before I reviewed the new album from California’s The Love Below I was in love with it. It’s such an amazing, crushing album from one of the premiere vicious hardcore bands out there right now. If you haven’t gotten to check out this album yet, or if you’re new to the band in general, you can now appease yourself by listening to the album in it’s entirety thanks to the good folks at Toxicbreed’s Funhouse. Check out the album below and bang your fucking skull. Every Tongue Shall Caress is available now via A389 Recordings.

Review: THE LOVE BELOW – “Every Tongue Shall Caress”

As a longtime fan of The Love Below, I knew that when I finally got my hands on their new album Every Tongue Shall Caress that my mind would be blown from the get go. Fuck yes, I was absolutely right. Kicking the albums off is the ungodly anthem “High Friends In Low Places,” which is a fast, aggressive and mind-numbing forty-four second bastard. ”High Friends…” is followed up quickly by “Family Entertainment” which is a bass-driven, blistering track.  I love The Love Below’s strange take on hardcore. I mean, there really isn’t another band that sounds like them and I fucking love that fact. [Continue…]

House Of Covers: Download The Best Covers Compilation Ever

Toxicbreed’s Funhouse has a series of compilations titled Casa De Diversion, all of which are amazing and now they have compiled one of, if not the, greatest covers compilations I have ever heard. Every single band on this compilation is fucking spectacular and each one has their own sound and covers their song with flawless victory.

You all know that I am a huge fan of covers, especially covers compilations so when I caught wind of this, I was stoked immediately. Featuring bands like Masakari, The Love Below, Vestiges (who’s cover I posted about here), Old Wounds and many, many more, how could this be taken as anything but amazing? You can check out a stream of the compilation below and download it here. Get on it. I promise you, you do not want to miss this.

The Demo Reel: Exploring Six Killer Hardcore Demos

This is something new I am trying to do. I have a lot of demos bookmarked on my computer that I keep meaning to review, so I decided to briefly review a couple just for the hell of it. All of these demos are available to download for free and each time I do this I will try to stick to a specific genre. This time around, possibly my all time favorite genre, gnarly hardcore. Every band is aggressive, adrenaline-fueled and goddamn amazing. Hopefully I turn you on to something new and entertaining. Enjoy The Demo Reel. [Continue…]

Buyers Remorse: THE LOVE BELOW Reveal Album Details, Stream New Track

Crushing hardcore powerhouse The Love Below are preparing to release a new album via A389 Recordings. This new album will be titled Every Tongue Shall Caress and here is what the band and A389 had to say about the album:

Having spent the last few months holed up in the studio recording a slew of new material for two new releases, both A389 and the band have kept any news on the recordings relatively quiet until all the parts are in place.

However since their tour is right around the corner, and the layout is almost done.. A389 has decided to reveal a few details about THE LOVE BELOW‘s upcoming LP:

1) It’s coming out late February
2) It’s called ‘Every Tongue Shall Caress’… and It rules.
2) This song is going to be on it.  (It’s called ‘Buyers Remorse’)

And then there’s this song. It’s pretty fucking rad. Check it out and get stoked for the new The Love Below record!