Best Of 2012: Gnarly’s Top 10 Split Releases Of 2012

It’s that time of year again: when we tell all of you folks what our favorite albums of 2012 were. Well, like last year I have compiled a few different lists and I wanted to start off with this one.

Who doesn’t love split albums? I mean, getting not one, but two bands on a single record is a thing of beauty. I listened a shit-ton of split albums this year and it was a pain in my ass narrowing down to only ten splits. This is what I have come to think of as the best split releases of 2012.

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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.

Casa De Zombie: VESTIGES Cover The Cranberries

Bands have been covering bands material for ages and in my time I have heard some strange covers. Many of the stranger ones are done poorly or they are just uninteresting. Well, post-blackened crust band Vestiges have completed work on a cover that I went into being very iffy. But believe me, once the track was done, my mind was fucked.

Vestiges have covered The Cranberries‘ classic track “Zombie” for an upcoming compilation of cover songs by Casa De Diversion, who have put out some killer compilations in the past. Vestiges take the classic track and completely revamp it to make it fit their style. The track is slow and mesmerizing while being mournful and wicked at the same time. Definitely one of my favorite covers I have heard in a while. Good shit. Check out the cover below and check out more here. One of the other covers is a spectacular rendition of Nirvana‘s “Dive” by the great Caulfield. Get into it. The complete compilation will be available on Friday.