Two months into 2013 i was absolutely gutted. I was dumbfounded by the sheer lack of good metal this year. Probably so because i did not do the required amount of digging and unearthing that i usually do. Yet again i was plain upset compared to the spate of brilliant releases that dotted (quite frequently) the previous year, and nothing of the like this time around. All said and done, the fact remains that metal will come through come what may. And that is precisely what happened. It was time for a second session of dumbfoundedness, only this time, spurred on by the sheer quality of good releases, i seem to have ignored all long.
Well with that in mind, along with the rest of the (active)writers on board, we’ve decided to put up our own little mid year best-of lists. Also hopeful are we, to the fact, that you guys might stumble on something new in the process as well.
Mohammad Kabeer, the man of Grind has just sent me through, this little list. He’s a lazy half ass, but yet still one of the best men in the country for all the latest grind and hardcore. A genre that is still really to catch on around here. Read on!
All right here goes!
1. Disciples of Christ/TRIAC split
Great DOC owns this split right here creating some really fast grind that is pure aural destruction. It is unstoppable. TRIAC is not far behind, although much more predictable but still raw and brutal
2. Nails – Abandon all Hope
A pretty decent follow up to their last album not as epic but still a lot of fun!
3. Sex prisoner – State property (EP)
Sex Prisoner make a triumphant return after a pretty dismal split with Magnum Force and ACxDC sounding a lot heavier, almost falling into the category of Entombedcore.
4. Inter Arma – Sky Burial
Fantastic album which refuses to fall into any category, if you haven’t heard it HEAR IT NOW!
5. Seven sisters of Sleep – Opium Morals
Just really thick and punishing Sludge/hardcore that just makes me bang my head without fail, every single time!
6. Full of Hell – Rudiments of Mutilation
Full of Hell make their mark this year with a really experimental hardcore album that refuses to play to the gallery
7. Fuck the facts – Amer (EP)
As always these guys know their grind and do what they know best! To shock and awe!! Do what no one else can. Definitely a must listen!
8. Rotten Sound – Species at War
Rotten Sound still sounding heavy and a letting go of their robot like precision which makes this record sound much more raw in terms of playing.
9. NVRD – Coma
Some great catchy hardcore in the vein of converge.
10. All Pigs must Die – Nothing Violates this Nature
Another great hardcore/sludge album. A lot faster and kinda like fusing High on Fire or Black Tusk with hardcore.
11.Call of the Void – Dragged Down a Dead End Path
Awesome old school grind mixed with a slight touch of technicality!