Saturday, December 31, 2011

TMHTimes Top 50 Albums of 2011: Part 6 -- The Final 5

You've waited and waited, now it is here. The final 5. Check out the recap below of all the other albums and songs that made our end of the year list!
50) The Bunny The Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say (June 28th, 2011 via Victory Records)
49) Suicide Silence - The Black Crown (July 12th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
48) Periphery - Periphery (April 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
47) The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (September 13th, 2011 via Ferret Music)
46) August Burns Red - Leveler (June 21st, 2011 via Solid State Records)
45) Big Business - Quadruple Single (2011 via Gold Metal Records)
44) The Browning - Burn This World (October 4th, 2011 via Earache Records)
43) Tonight Alive - "Little Lion Man" (Single from Pop Goes Punk 4 via Fearless Records)
42) In The Midst Of Lions - Shadows (November 22nd, 2011 via Facedown Records
41) Thomas Giles - Pulse (February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
40) Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (July 19th via Artery Records)
39) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record (April 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
38) Gallows - "True Colours" (Single)
37) Betrayal - Abandonment (April 26th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
36) Monsters - Monsters (s/t) (January 11th, 2011 via False Prophet Records)
35) As Blood Runs Black - Instinct (March 15th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
34) Wormrot - Dirge (May 3rd, 2011 via Earache Records)
33) The Plot In You - First Born (April 19th, 2011 via Rise Records)
32) The Human Abstract - Digital Veil (March 8th, 2011 via eOne Music)
31) Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)
30) Whitechapel - Recorrupted (November 8th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
29) Jedi Mind Tricks - Violence Begets Violence (October 25th, 2011 via Enemy Soil Records)
28) Confession - The Long Way Home (November 8th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
27) Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life (September 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
26) A Plea For Purging - The Life & Death of A Plea For Purging (November 8th, 2011 via Facedown Records)
25) Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (September 27th, 2011 via Geffen Records)
24) Dead & Divine - Antimacy (August 2nd, 2011 via Distort Entertainment)
23) Architects - The Here & Now (January 25th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
22) Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra (June 28th, 2011 via Interscope Records)
21) Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (March 22nd, 2011 via Underground Operations)
20) Stick To Your Guns - "Bringing You Down" (December 2011 via Sumerian Records)
19) Liferuiner - Sons of Straight Edge EP (December 2011/Self-released)
18) For The Fallen Dreams - Back Burner (May 24th, 2011 via Rise Records)
17) Like Moths To Flames - When We Don't Exist (November 8th, 2011 via Rise Records)
16) The Acacia Strain - The Most Known Unknown (Live) (June 21st, 2011 via Prosthetic Records)
15) Architects - Devil's Island (October 31st, 2011 via Century Media Records)\
14) Legend - The Pale Horse (May 17th, 2011 via Rise Records)
13) Dr. Acula - Slander (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)
12) Attila - Outlawed (August 16th, 2011 via Artery Recordings)
11) Dancing With Paris - The Drought (September 20th, 2011 via Self-released/Unsigned)
10) Thy Art Is Murder - Infinite Forms (Single) (December 2011/Self-released)
9) Rooks - Infinite II EP (June 21st, 2011/Self-released)
8) Bury Your Dead - Mosh 'n' Roll (August 2nd, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
7) The Eyes Of A Traitor - The Disease EP (September 16th, 2011/Self-released)
6) Structures - Divided By (October 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)

Part 6: 5 to 1

5) Volumes - Via (September 27th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)

This was one of the most hyped up records of the year and fortunately it was worth all the attention it got. Volumes released an EP titled The Concept of Dreaming in 2010 that garnered them quite a bit of attention within the metal scene. Two of these songs, "Intake" and "Wormholes" appeared re-recorded on VIA. Known has a young group of men with a do-it-yourself ethic, they quickly made a name for themselves as a forerunner in the emerging djent scene. Something that makes this band unique is their use of two vocalists. Unlike most vocal duo's in metal bands, both vocalists seem to have about the same range however their voices are different in their own right. There are only a couple singing parts on the album featured in "Edge of the Earth" and "The Colombian Faction". These singing parts are some of my favourite clean vocal work from this year, I'm just glad they don't over use it. The band also creates many ambient segues between songs which add a great sense of flow on the album. This album grew on me more and more with each listen. It was fun to listen to the record every time and find something new within the music that I hadn't noticed before. This is without a doubt in my mind the best debut full length of the year.



4) Born Of Osiris - The Discovery (March 22nd, 2011 via Sumerian Records)

While in a lot of ways this is the Born Of Osiris we've always known with fast breakdowns and catchy keyboard hooks; the band has gone to lengths to push their sound forward and release their most technical and progressive album to date. Granted that two of the songs are purely instrumental segues, it was also really nice to get a record that was 15 songs long and over 50 minutes in length. The New Reign was only 18 minutes (although one of my favourite albums ever) and there are too many releases lately that fall under 10 songs and still try to pass as LP's (I'm looking at you Human Abstract and After The Burial). Not only has the band expanded on their musicianship they've also expanded on vocal themes including environmentalism and global politics. It's also the first album to feature their new guitarist Jason Richardson and 7 string guitars. Both the new member and choice to employ a heavier element to their music are great fits for the band. A Higher Place was accused of not having enough keyboard parts but it's safe to say they are plentiful on The Discovery. 2011 was a big year for this band where we saw them shoot to one of the forerunners of the progressive metal scene.



3) Ligeia - Welcome To Palm City EP (November 8th, 2011/Self-released)

What a year for Ligeia... Many fans were excited to hear when the band announced they were making a comeback after a brief hiatus. It was announced they would self-release a 7 song EP for free and then begin touring full-time again. Thousands of fans were able to get their hands on the album in early November but a little more than a week later the band had gone back on hiatus due to singer Keith Holuk's drinking issues. Holuk was too intoxicated to play a show in Rhode Island and the other members walked off stage. The future of the band is still unclear. With all of that being said, the situation the band found themselves in adds a deeper meaning to EP's lyrics that mostly deal with alcoholism, drug addiction, and promiscuous women. You know, sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. "Two Weeks Notice" & "Vodka Demon" are particularly dark pieces that deal with Holuk's addictions and thoughts of suicide. In fact, this record is by far the darkest release of 2011. While Ligeia might not use blast beats and growls, they are extremely good at grasping the true emotions of anger, angst, and just a generally pissed off attitude and making a tune out of it. Ligeia have retained most elements of their previous release Bad News but that's all I wanted, some straight up rock n roll without djent riffs or a dub-step remix. "Lie To Me" contains one of the most bad-ass riffs of the year and was one of my personal favourites as well as the appearance of Drew York from Stray From the Path on "Vodka Demon". Ligeia is still the party from hell they always were.



2) Beheading Of A King - Quasar: Preserving Legacy (July 7th, 2011 via Outerloop Management)

For anyone that heard this amazing album this year you probably know that sad story that will always linger in it's past. Shortly after the albums completion, vocalist Matthieu Paquette took his own life at a very young 19 years old. This loss was devastating to the Canadian music scene and others abroad since Paquette was known to be charismatic and a friend to many. Five months later, the band released Quasar to the world and added Preserving Legacy to the title. Fans of the band will know that Paquette was a vocal perfectionist who practiced relentlessly (videos of him can be found here and here). All of his hard work translates onto the album and we witness some of the heaviest and most authentic death metal screams ever! There is a force of energy behind that guy's voice that would be impossible for many to imitate or do any better. Paquette uses an extremely wide range and variety of screams to create a sound that is interesting and unique. For a non-English speaking band the lyrics are well written. The music is up to par with the vocals too. The drumming on this record is tight and out of this world. The guitar work and songwriting is progressive and very technical. This is definetly a record for fans of Born of Osiris or Whitechapel. They have since replaced Paquette and plan to release a full length in 2012. You can check out their new song here.



Congratulations to:

1) Stray From The Path - Rising Sun (August 29th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)

There was never a doubt in my mind while I was compiling this list that this would end up at number 1. Nothing that came out in this shitty year of music is as original, genuine, fierce, etc etc etc as this record. I loved their previous release Make Your Own History too and there are many elements from that record that return. Their ability to write 'focused' songs beginning to end has increased with their maturity. Drew York has created almost a signature style of vocals, especially with his now infamous "blegh!" Not only are his vocals distinct but so are his lyrics. I think this album contains my favourite lyrics of the year especially on certain songs. "Bring It Back To The Street" is about stealing music, "iMember" is about bands playing their iPods instead of instruments live, and "Prey" is about "christian" bands using their religion as a platform to make more money. The list I love about this album could go on and on but the main thing is there's a lot of passion and meaning behind these songs. The band also draws influences from old favourites of mine like Norma Jean and Poison The Well. This album is the defining album of this band's career so far and will be one of my favourites for years to come.



Jaime Bosvik of Beheading of a King also submit to us his top 5 albums of the year. Check 'em out.

1) Born of Osiris - The Discovery
2) The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual
3) Structures - Divided By
4) Volumes - Via
5) Flesh God Apocalypse - Agony


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That's it, that's all! I hope you enjoyed reading about all these bands in 2011! 2012 will be a big year for TMHTimes so be sure to check back every day! Happy New Year,

- Austin M.




Friday, December 30, 2011

Bring Me The Horizon Recording "Post-Rock" Album?


According to a report by nme.com, Bring Me The Horizon are beginning to work on their fourth full length album due out sometime in 2012. The interview is with guitarist Jona Weinhofen who says the band are going with a "post rock" direction. Huh? What is post rock? "Lee and I are listening to a lot of post-rock lately. It might sound strange, but we listen to this laid-back, epic music and think 'If this was heavy - if we made metal out of this kind of music - it would be exactly what we want to sound like".  I'm still confused. He doesn't even name a band. You can check out the rest of the article here.

Rather Long Tweet of the Day: Randy Blythe of Lamb of God


 D. Randall Blythe Ok, here it is. The ONLY correct and ETHICAL way to wipe your ass. It these economically uncertain times, & with new diseases popping up like bad Republican presidential prospects, this manner of wipeage is CRITICAL to continuation of civilization as we know it, perhaps even the VERY SURVIVAL OF THE HUMAN RACE. As taught to me, by my Dad, you wipe sitting down, front to back, and you FOLD the paper. I'll address each facet of this individually. 

#1. Front to back- I'm glad to hear that NO ONE advocated back to front- this is unhygienic, especially for women. My God, dingleberries in the bush? HORRIFYING. WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING? Or shit on your balls? You will NEVER get teabagged if your nuts have the SLIGHTEST aroma of poo. GROSS. Front to back: for yourself, for your family, for your friends....FOR AMERICA. (fuck yeah!)

#2. Folded toilet paper. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS folded- UNLESS things are SO FUCKED UP down there, and the scene is so messy & straight up ILL that you HAVE to do a pre-wipe wad daubing kind of clean. If it's that messy, you need a shower immediately aftershave anyway. You better have eaten some bad sushi or somethin to warrant the pre-wipe wad clean. Otherwise it's folded. You start off with 2 to 4 squares, depending on the consistency of the dook. If it's runny, go with 4. You CAREFULLY wipe, then fold, then wipe again. You repeat this process until it feels clean. You take a final pass over the brown eye, then you CHECK THE PAPER for visual confirmation of the absence of shit. My old man taught me this, because wadding up paper is WASTEFUL. Like leaving the lights on, the door open to let the heat out, driving the car 2 blocks to 7-11, wadded wiping is an atrocious & UNETHICAL display of gluttony, greed, & disprespect to our planet. Gojira wrote a song about it. Like my Dad used to say "DO YOU THINK I'M MADE OUT OF MONEY, SON?!?!?" If you wad, you hate our planet & want to see all the forests destroyed & replaced with strip malls full of Rack Room Shoes, Hallmark Card stores, & check cashing joints. FOLD! FOR THE PLANET!

#3. Sitting vs Standing. This one TRUELY blew my mind. I had NO IDEA so many people would take a crap, and then actually STAND UP to wipe! WRONG. WRONG. WRONG!!!!!! GODDAMIT WRONG! Were you people raised by STORKS?!? WTF? Since ancient times, long before the toilet was invented, primitive humans pooped in a SQUATTING position. They secured the perimeter, then squatted down to crap. This is NATURAL- the body is positioned perfectly, the intestines, colon, & sphincter are pointed in a direction that is aided by gravity itself for maximum elimination.Then came the toilet, which while not 100% natural at all, places you in a FAR SUPERIOR position than standing to poop & then clean yourself. The cheeks are spread for automatic anal access. You aren't wobbling about uncertainly on one foot, with the possibly deadly consequences of falling & spreading excrement all over the place. Jesus Christ people, I CAN'T BELIEVE you stand there like a Thanksgiving turkey with your ass in the air, wiping blindly like some sort of vertical poop mole. If those checks touch- GAME OVER. Poop shifting around faster than a NASCAR driver in the final lap. SIT AND WIPE. Fold your paper, pop up your preferred cheek, and wipe front to back. This standing & wiping business is a sure indicator that civilization is in trouble and may in fact end next years predicted by the Mayans. SIT DOWN, SON! And if you don't wash your hands after using the bathroom? May God have mercy on your immortal soul. Cuz I won't. SAVAGES. That is all.

TMHTimes Top 50 Albums of 2011: Part 5

The final 10 are upon us. Here is 10 to 6.
Here's a recap of the Top 50 so far:

50) The Bunny The Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say (June 28th, 2011 via Victory Records)
49) Suicide Silence - The Black Crown (July 12th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
48) Periphery - Periphery (April 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
47) The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (September 13th, 2011 via Ferret Music)
46) August Burns Red - Leveler (June 21st, 2011 via Solid State Records)
45) Big Business - Quadruple Single (2011 via Gold Metal Records)
44) The Browning - Burn This World (October 4th, 2011 via Earache Records)
43) Tonight Alive - "Little Lion Man" (Single from Pop Goes Punk 4 via Fearless Records)
42) In The Midst Of Lions - Shadows (November 22nd, 2011 via Facedown Records
41) Thomas Giles - Pulse (February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
40) Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (July 19th via Artery Records)
39) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record (April 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
38) Gallows - "True Colours" (Single)
37) Betrayal - Abandonment (April 26th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
36) Monsters - Monsters (s/t) (January 11th, 2011 via False Prophet Records)
35) As Blood Runs Black - Instinct (March 15th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
34) Wormrot - Dirge (May 3rd, 2011 via Earache Records)
33) The Plot In You - First Born (April 19th, 2011 via Rise Records)
32) The Human Abstract - Digital Veil (March 8th, 2011 via eOne Music)
31) Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)
30) Whitechapel - Recorrupted (November 8th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
29) Jedi Mind Tricks - Violence Begets Violence (October 25th, 2011 via Enemy Soil Records)
28) Confession - The Long Way Home (November 8th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
27) Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life (September 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
26) A Plea For Purging - The Life & Death of A Plea For Purging (November 8th, 2011 via Facedown Records)
25) Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (September 27th, 2011 via Geffen Records)
24) Dead & Divine - Antimacy (August 2nd, 2011 via Distort Entertainment)
23) Architects - The Here & Now (January 25th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
22) Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra (June 28th, 2011 via Interscope Records)
21) Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (March 22nd, 2011 via Underground Operations)
20) Stick To Your Guns - "Bringing You Down" (December 2011 via Sumerian Records)
19) Liferuiner - Sons of Straight Edge EP (December 2011/Self-released)
18) For The Fallen Dreams - Back Burner (May 24th, 2011 via Rise Records)
17) Like Moths To Flames - When We Don't Exist (November 8th, 2011 via Rise Records)
16) The Acacia Strain - The Most Known Unknown (Live) (June 21st, 2011 via Prosthetic Records)
15) Architects - Devil's Island (October 31st, 2011 via Century Media Records)\
14) Legend - The Pale Horse (May 17th, 2011 via Rise Records)
13) Dr. Acula - Slander (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)
12) Attila - Outlawed (August 16th, 2011 via Artery Recordings)
11) Dancing With Paris - The Drought (September 20th, 2011 via Self-released/Unsigned)

Part 5: 10 - 6

10) Thy Art Is Murder - Infinite Forms (Single) (December 2011/Self-released)

Although this is just a single song, it deserves the 10th spot on the Top 50 because it is without a doubt in my mind the heaviest song released this year. Hailing from Australia and releasing The Adversary last year, Thy Art Is Murder released this track over the internet earlier this month to showcase their new sound and direction. What we get is a mix of old Thy Art and with more of a grove feel, although still extremely fast and thrashy in some parts. Vocalist CJ McMahon's style has also changed a bit and is more of a "gutteral" scream vs. death metal growls. It actually sounds very similar to Vincent Bennett from The Acacia Strain. The nearly two-minute long outro proves that Thy Art Is Murder will be one of the most exciting bands in 2012.



9) Rooks - Infinite II EP (June 21st, 2011/Self-released)

Rooks is a band that has gone relatively unknown in the emerging djent scene. This is the band's 3rd EP released in a little more than a year, all of which have been recorded and produced by the band. But with quality riffs and some of the rawest most aggressive sounding vocals in business, they've garnered themselves a little underground following over the course of 2011. While this is only a 3 song EP, as was their previous release Infinite I, think quality over quantity. All 3 of the tracks on this little stroke of genius are equally great. Rooks writes infectious djent sounding riffs while keeping their sound original and fresh. A lot of the uniqueness behind their music can be credited towards vocalist Marco, who delivers a frantic and genuine energy to the vocal work. The band announced they were going on hiatus back in September but it seems lately there has been some activity down at the Rooks camp. Speculation is that the band is back at work on their follow-up to this EP, Infinite III which was originally announced by the band prior to their hiatus.



8) Bury Your Dead - Mosh 'n' Roll (August 2nd, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)

Finally I could rest easy again when I found out that Mat Bruso was once again back in Bury Your Dead. The days with Myke Terry in my opinion were dark, dark times for BYD. This was one of my most anticipated release's of 2011 and I wasn't disappointed at all the first time I heard "Slaughter House 5", the first single. They continued to release other strong tunes like "Bluebeard", "Deadeye Dick", and "The Sirens of Titan". These songs are definitely the strongest on the album while a few songs are monotonous endless breakdowns. Fortunately anything Bruso touches turns to gold which makes these tracks all listenable and fun. I think it's a sick joke they re-recorded Mosh 'n' Roll or Losin' It.. or whatever for the third time. This is the last release the band recorded with drummer Mark Castillo who left the band prior to albums release. I get the idea that this album was rushed into completion and now that they are back with a fully functional line-up their next release will be a much better thought out record. Regardless, it's just nice to have the fun back in Bury Your Dead.



7) The Eyes Of A Traitor - The Disease EP (September 16th, 2011/Self-released)

A common trend in 2011 was bands self releasing 3 or 4 song EPs online, usually for free or a few bucks. Such was the case with this young band from England when they released The Disease online this fall. I bought it. I'm glad I did. Just like with Rooks, we see an EP with 4 incredibly good songs that are all just as good as the next. Eyes of a Traitor show fans that their songwriting has matured and they're ready to take on a new heavier sound than we heard on their previous full length, Breathless. I grow tired of breakdowns with many bands these days but that's what makes "Into Dust" and "Searching With Solace" so good. They each contain two of my favourite headbangers from this year. They are rhythmically out of this world and the drumming is spot on. Vocalist Jack Delany (19 yrs old) gives fans some of his best and heaviest vocal work yet. His voice has taken on a more mature sound with a wider range than ever before. I really think that "The Disease" and "Thursday" have some of the best lyrics the band has come up with to date. The 80's synth riff incorporated into the outro of "Thursday" may sound weird and out of place at first to some; it quickly grew on me to become one of my favourite parts of the EP. Sadly, Eyes of a Traitor announced they were going on hiatus shortly after it's release and drummer and primary songwriting Sam Brennan is now drumming for Heart in Hand. Hopefully we will still see another release from these guys in late 2012 or 2013.

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6) Structures - Divided By (October 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)

Many long time fans of their All of the Above EP had been waiting for this full length debut for quite awhile. After the Canadian quintet was signed to Sumerian in the spring, fans were treated to their first full length offering this fall with Divided By. The result is 10 of the heaviest and LOUDEST songs of the year. Yes, many fans and critics marred the release for having shitty production. The general consensus was the guitars were too loud and the bass drops made your speakers crackle. I don't really agree with this and kind of enjoy the fact that when I listen to the record I feel like I'm being punched repeatedly in the temple. Seriously. This record is loud and heavy and that's partly what makes it unique. The album starts off with the cleverly titled Atlas[t] which sets off with an explosion of sound and finishes with the most melodic offering "/". In between Structures employs some of their most technical and fierce songwriting yet. The songs have more of a flow beginning to end which translates into a more mature sense of songwriting. Franki Palmeri of Emmure, Alex Erian of Despised Icon, and Kevin McCaughey of Ion Dissonance all provide guest vocals on the record. The addition of guest vocals in "Like Clockwork" make it one of the stand-out tracks on the album. A great debut from a  young band. I'm sure their next effort will only keep building on the sound they've begun to establish for themselves.



Check back tomorrow for the FINAL part!!
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Two More Artist Top Albums of 2011


Chris Hornbrook of Poison The Well & Johnny OC from Liferuiner were kind of enough to submit to us their Top Albums of the year. Check them out below!

Johnny OC from Liferuiner:

  • Gates - The Sun Will Rise & Lead Us Home
  • Trapped Under Ice - Big Kiss Goodnight
  • Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park
  • Bon Iver - s/t
  • This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket

Chris Hornbrook from Poison The Well:

  • Crosses - EP † - Self Released
  • Battles - Gloss Drop - Warp Records
  • M83 - Hurry Up, We're Still Dreaming - Mute Records
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Sour Mash Records
  • Mastodon - The Hunter - Warner Brothers Records
  • Puscifer - Conditions of My Parole - S/R

Djent Cover of Skrillex's "Equinox"


I thought that this was jaw dropping good.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tweet of the Day: Jordan Buckley of Every Time I Die


 Jordan Buckley 
if you drink a bad batch of green tea that results in a stomach ache, can that be diagnosed as Tea Pain?

Top 50 of 2011 Postponed Till Tomorrow

Hey guys,

I'm too sick with the flu today to get the final part of Top 50 up and going. It takes a surprising amount of time to put that all together. So make sure to check back tomorrow to find out who got number one. Was it Born of Osiris? No.. but they're on there! Be good,

- A. M.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

As Blood Runs Black Video Surfaces After A 4 Year Wait


Fans of the band have waited a considerable time for this video. Only 2 out of 5 of the members in this video remain in the band and drummer Leche even left for a couple years before rejoining the band to record 2011's Instinct. This video was delayed due to conflict between the members featured in the video years ago. For whatever reason it was posted on YouTube just before X-mas. After all these years, from 2006's Allegiance... the video for "The Brighter Side of Suffering" via Mediaskare Records.

Photo of the Day


All Shall Perish Cancel Tour


This just in. American metal band, All Shall Perish, have just informed fans that they are pulling out of their upcoming European tour due to problems "outside the band's control."

"We regret to inform our fans that All Shall Perish has been forced to
cancel our European run with Caliban in February. We have recently run
into some problems outside the band's control which forces us to
cancel this tour with our good friends in Caliban. We know they
understand but even so, we apologize to them. We also would like to
apologize to our fans who have been waiting so patiently to see ASP
again. We have already confirmed many dates for the summer festivals
in Europe so our European fans will be seeing us very soon!"
- All Shall Perish

You can check out the band's Facebook page here.

Bring Me The Horizon Doing Another Remix Album


British metal band, Bring Me The Horizon, have just announced that they will be releasing another remix album on New Years day. The band's statement below:

"Coming new years day. Selected tracks from Bring me the Horizons “There is a Hell” remixed by the amazing Draper…. Super chill out style. Perfect for those new years hangovers. Available from bringmethehorizon.co.uk new years day. Get ready."

Sounds like this one will be quite different from their previous remix album, Suicide Season: Cut Up, which featured mostly dub-step and house remixes.


TMHTimes Top 50 Albums of 2011: Part 4

Part 4 is now here! Who made the list for 20 to 11? (No pun intended! Bahaha)
Facebook has also been giving me shit since yesterday and won't let me post a proper link anymore. I think it thinks I'm trying spam bands. Fuck the world. Anyways, check out the recap from Parts 1 - 3 below.

50) The Bunny The Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say (June 28th, 2011 via Victory Records)
49) Suicide Silence - The Black Crown (July 12th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
48) Periphery - Periphery (April 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
47) The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (September 13th, 2011 via Ferret Music)
46) August Burns Red - Leveler (June 21st, 2011 via Solid State Records)
45) Big Business - Quadruple Single (2011 via Gold Metal Records)
44) The Browning - Burn This World (October 4th, 2011 via Earache Records)
43) Tonight Alive - "Little Lion Man" (Single from Pop Goes Punk 4 via Fearless Records)
42) In The Midst Of Lions - Shadows (November 22nd, 2011 via Facedown Records
41) Thomas Giles - Pulse (February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
40) Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (July 19th via Artery Records)
39) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record (April 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
38) Gallows - "True Colours" (Single)
37) Betrayal - Abandonment (April 26th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
36) Monsters - Monsters (s/t) (January 11th, 2011 via False Prophet Records)
35) As Blood Runs Black - Instinct (March 15th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
34) Wormrot - Dirge (May 3rd, 2011 via Earache Records)
33) The Plot In You - First Born (April 19th, 2011 via Rise Records)
32) The Human Abstract - Digital Veil (March 8th, 2011 via eOne Music)
31) Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)
30) Whitechapel - Recorrupted (November 8th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
29) Jedi Mind Tricks - Violence Begets Violence (October 25th, 2011 via Enemy Soil Records)
28) Confession - The Long Way Home (November 8th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
27) Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life (September 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
26) A Plea For Purging - The Life & Death of A Plea For Purging (November 8th, 2011 via Facedown Records)
25) Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (September 27th, 2011 via Geffen Records)
24) Dead & Divine - Antimacy (August 2nd, 2011 via Distort Entertainment)
23) Architects - The Here & Now (January 25th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
22) Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra (June 28th, 2011 via Interscope Records)
21) Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (March 22nd, 2011 via Underground Operations)

Part 4: 20 - 11

20) Stick To Your Guns - "Bringing You Down" (December 2011 via Sumerian Records)

Here we have the first taste of STYG since their last release, The Hope Division. STYG have always been one of my top bands since their first release and I was naturally excited to hear new material. "Bringing You Down" is a demo for their upcoming release Diamond, due out in the beginning of 2012. This single is exactly what you would want from STYG but it actually has a bit more edge than their extremely positive previous release. "And now we're shit outta luck and they don't give a... FUCK!", too awesome, but you don't generally here STYG using profanity in their music. The addition of Carl Schwartz's vocals from another one of my favourites, First Blood, makes the song even more badass.



19) Liferuiner - Sons of Straight Edge EP (December 2011/Self-released)

If I were giving out medals, I would give Liferuiner's latest release, the S.O.S.E. EP, a medal for the most improved band of 2011. Now it might have something to do with the fact that they have 4 out 5 new members (of course Johnny OC is still on vocals) but the music and songwriting in general has gone up, way up. These songs are Liferuiner's most distinct and original (maybe with the exception of the Intro track) tunes to date. Even with the EP's title being what it is, the EP doesn't come across as having too much of an edge preachy sound which makes it listenable for someone like me. I would post one of the 3 videos they made but instead I'm going to post the true highlight. Their cover of "Revolution" by The Beatles.


The band released this EP for free. You can download it here.

18) For The Fallen Dreams - Back Burner (May 24th, 2011 via Rise Records)

I was interested to see what FTFD first release w/o drummer and primary songwriter, Andrew Tkaczyk, would sound like. FTFD promised fans their 'heaviest' release to date. I would say it's the opposite, but that doesn't mean it's bad. There are more singing parts and repeating chorus which make them sound like heavier version of A Day To Remember sometimes. Perhaps this is because ex. ADTR guitarist Tom Denny produced and co-wrote the album. Regardless, the songs are pretty catchy and distinct from each other.They still include plenty of melodic and chuggy breakdowns. This is a new and in some ways improved version of For The Fallen Dreams.



17) Like Moths To Flames - When We Don't Exist (November 8th, 2011 via Rise Records)

I was a moderate fan of their EP, so I wasn't expecting much from this LP. What I ended up getting was one of my favourite releases of the year! The album material mostly deals with vocalist Chris Roetter's descision to leave his strong religious beliefs behind and focus on living his life "freely". Amen brother. This in a way ends up becoming a concept album that has a nice flow from beginning to end. The guitar work is much more technical and interesting than on EP. Lance Greenfield's double-kick patters are as deadly as ever and there is a real sense of angst behind the music. The first half of the album plays much easier than the second but in the end this is one of the most solid releases of the year.



16) The Acacia Strain - The Most Known Unknown (Live) (June 21st, 2011 via Prosthetic Records)

This album was actually recorded at the very end of 2008! It wasn't released in a CD format until June of this year to help promote The Acacia Strain's run on Warped Tour. This is purely an audio version of the 2010 DVD. With all that being said, this is one of the best sounding live records I have heard in ages. The production is outstanding especially on the guitar and drum sound. Bennett's voice never lets up once either throughout the hour long show. Quite impressive. This features all the hits any fan could crave for (lots of oldies) up until Continent. It also features one of the last times the band has toured with guitarist DL Laskiewicz, who is at home writing and spending time with family.


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15) Architects - Devil's Island (October 31st, 2011 via Century Media Records)

This is a 2 song release by British band Architects (the only band to appear twice on the Top 50). Inspired by the rioting and looting in England that became a world-wide media spectacle this summer, the band wrote a song conveying their thoughts and emotions on the events that transpired. The result is one of the most heart-felt and genuine releases of 2011. "Devil's Island" was accompanied with a video that depicted many of the grisly and moving scenes captured by news cameras and amateur photographers. The result is bloody well brilliant and shows off the true talent this band has as songwriters. The other tune "Untitled" I really don't care for unfortunately.


14) Legend - The Pale Horse (May 17th, 2011 via Rise Records)

Many might be surprised to see this so high, but I absolutely think it deserves this spot. I wasn't much of a fan of their first release Valediction so I wasn't sure what to expect with the addition of new guitarist Aaron Bagby (ABACABB) into the mix. The Pale Horse might not sound technical in the sense of it being a "shred" album but it is extremely technical rhythmically and puts bands like Emmure and Bury Your Dead to shame. To hear what I'm talking about check out the intro track "Diagnosis: Doom" or "Shadow Stalker". There are also plenty of guest spots on the album including Caleb Shomo and Myke Terry. One of my favourite albums to drive and rage to!


*"Circle of Friends", the only single, is one of my least favourite tracks on the album. Check out the others.*

13) Dr. Acula - Slander (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)

Dr. Acula is back, with only 1 original member and 1 vocalist from their last TERRIBLE album, but that's okay! Why? Because Slander is the way Dr. Acula was always suppose to sound. With the addition of vocalist Casey Carrano, the band is heavier than ever. Their songs also have less of a 'random' feel and actually flow as one song beginning to end, which I'm sure upset many old fans. There are still plenty of movie clips, which have always defined Dr. Acula's sound. What I love is that all of the songs are distinguishable from each other which makes this album a hit beginning to end. This album is seriously heavy but at the same time not serious at all! Lots of metal party anthems.



12) Attila - Outlawed (August 16th, 2011 via Artery Recordings)

Something about this album is just loads of fun, beginning to end. It reminds me a lot of The Holly Springs Disaster. Everything about this album just cries sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. While obviously some lyrics like "She's a crazy bitch, I like the way she rides this dick," seem like pure trash, I'm positive Attila wouldn't deny that their music is anything but the trashiest stuff out there. Sometimes you just need an album you can drink a beer to and that's Outlawed. 2011 was a big year for the band getting on some serious tours and lots of exposure. I'm sure the band will continue with this new sound on their next release. Gotta love those fast spitting vocals.



11) Dancing With Paris - The Drought (September 20th, 2011 via Self-released/Unsigned)

This band is a local favourite of mine from Toronto, Canada. Dancing With Paris self-released an entire full length this fall and it is an amazing debut from this up and coming band. Dancing With Paris has used 8 strings throughout their career but they do not fit into the emerging 'djent' scene we've seen so much of in 2011. They use these instruments to create a truly unique sound that compares to no one else. They brilliantly fuse heavy down-tuned riffs with other elements of pop-punk and hardcore. The vocals are raw and frantic with the occasional singing bit. The album also features a few tracks with girls from Courage My Love which add a truly chilling end to this strong debut.



That's all for Part 4! We're almost at the end finally! Check back tomorrow for the next part!
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Here is one of our main contributors, Dan "The Grinder" Hurtubise's Top 5 of 2011. He's also going to be doing a segment later this week on the worst albums of 2011. I'm sure a lot of my Top 50 albums will make his list :).

1. The Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction/Ghost 
2. Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Despise You - ...And On, And On
3. Mastodon - The Hunter
4. Fuck The Facts - Die Miserable
5. Weekend Nachos - Worthless

Dancing With Paris Does Their Top Albums Of 2011


The nice fellows down at Dancing With Paris were kind enough to submit some of their top picks from 2011. Dancing With Paris released their first full length The Drought in September. The Drought was one of our favourite releases of the year here at TMHTimes, as you'll see in Part 4 of the Top 50 later today.  Dancing With Paris have plenty lined up for 2012 including plenty of tour dates! Go on over to Dancing With Paris's Facebook page and give them a like.

  • Lmafo - Sorry For Party Rocking:
    • We thought it was just another bad dance album until a couple of us saw them live and they were just genuie entertainers and you can hear that through their music when listening back to it.
  • Structures - Divided By:
    • Good Buddies of ours, great guys and solid song writing on the new album.

  • Bjork - Biophillia:
    • Is my favourite artist of all times and this whole album was written on her ipad!! Enough said.
  • Childish Gambino - Camp:
    • When first listening to the stream of this album (around the time the new Drake album was leaked) it was dirty, aggressive, soothing, and melodic everything that I thought the new Drake album was going to posses. And with getting myself ready to hear that time of album and Drake falling so so very short of this, Camp filled this void more then I was expecting!
  • TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light:
    • They lost their bass player earlier this year and the whole album is about the fighting and the strength of the band going through tough times, something that I can relate to, as well as the other guys in the band.
  • Feist - The Metals: 
    • This album is mainly the most relaxing album I found for the year, and a lot of people's love story album of the year.


-  John Dow bass player for Dancing With Paris.





Beheading Of A King Post New Song "Sources"


Canadian metalcore act, Beheading Of A King, have just posted their brand new track featuring Fred Beaulieu. This is the first material from the band since Quasar. The new vocalist is everything I think fans could have hoped for and music has definitely taken a heavier and more progressive direction. Awesome track. I'm sure this album will pop up on the Top 50 of 2012. The band has put the track up for free download here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Video Alert: Conflicts - "I Am Conqueror"


New video for "I Am Conqueror" from Conflicts. (Self-released and unsigned).
New band. I'm into the tune. 7/10.

TMHTimes Top 50 Albums of 2011: Part 3

Part 3 is now here and we have a couple strange ones on here but with good reason. Today's list of 10 ranges from nu-metal to hip hop to pop punk. Here's a quick recap of 50 through 31 from the past two days below:

50) The Bunny The Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say (June 28th, 2011 via Victory Records)
49) Suicide Silence - The Black Crown (July 12th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
48) Periphery - Periphery (April 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
47) The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (September 13th, 2011 via Ferret Music)
46) August Burns Red - Leveler (June 21st, 2011 via Solid State Records)
45) Big Business - Quadruple Single (2011 via Gold Metal Records)
44) The Browning - Burn This World (October 4th, 2011 via Earache Records)
43) Tonight Alive - "Little Lion Man" (Single from Pop Goes Punk 4 via Fearless Records)
42) In The Midst Of Lions - Shadows (November 22nd, 2011 via Facedown Records
41) Thomas Giles - Pulse (February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
40) Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (July 19th via Artery Records)
39) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record (April 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
38) Gallows - "True Colours" (Single)
37) Betrayal - Abandonment (April 26th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
36) Monsters - Monsters (s/t) (January 11th, 2011 via False Prophet Records)
35) As Blood Runs Black - Instinct (March 15th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
34) Wormrot - Dirge (May 3rd, 2011 via Earache Records)
33) The Plot In You - First Born (April 19th, 2011 via Rise Records)
32) The Human Abstract - Digital Veil (March 8th, 2011 via eOne Music)
31) Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)

Part 3: 30 - 21

30) Whitechapel - Recorrupted (November 8th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)

I debated whether or not I should just put this up here as a single for "Section 8" the only new track on this EP but I thought fuck it, the other tracks are actually pretty good too. Whitechapel also takes the Pantera classic "Strength Beyond Strength" and make it their own with crushing 7 string guitars and Phil Bosman making Phil Anselmo sound like a little girl in comparison. Big Chocolate and Ben Weinman (DEP) lend their skills on this EP by remixing "This Is Exile" and "Breeding Violence". These two remixes are some of the few "metal remixes" I've actually really liked this year. The instrumental acoustic version of "End of Flesh" is... interesting. Solid little EP from one of my favourite bands of 2010.



29) Jedi Mind Tricks - Violence Begets Violence (October 25th, 2011 via Enemy Soil Records)

Jedi Mind Tricks to me have always been "rap metal" with out being "rap metal". The rawness and the true feeling of the underground you get with their albums just make them as I like to say, heavy as fuck.  Although this is their first record without producer Stoupe, Paz seems like he was successful in choosing a handful of other producers to get this album done in JMT fashion. The true spirit of JMT hasn't been lost in the production, in fact it's one of the hardest albums they've done since Violent By Design. Jus Allah's vocals are fueled with hate and angst like always and Paz proves once again he is true lyrical genius. While there might not be the same 'hooks' like in their older albums, JMT have proved once again they cannot be fucked with.



28) Confession - The Long Way Home (November 8th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)

This was my first experience with Austrilian metalcore band, Confession, fronted by Michael Crafter (ex. I Killed the Prom Queen). I was at a point in my life where I couldn't listen to another band using 8-strings and knowing that these guys just used good old down-tuned 6ers, I was down for listen. This record is heavy and fun. The songs are well written and there seems to be strong chemistry with the members of the current line-up. While occasionally they do employ the singing talents of their guitarist, it takes away from the authenticity of the sound especially because the vocals sound like they've been altered in the studio. If you don't like the video below go onto YouTube and check out "I Created This Horror" (my personal favourite) at the link here.



27) Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life (September 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)

There was a lot of hype behind this record from French deathcore act Betraying the Martyrs, especially because of its postponed release date due to their signing to Sumerian Records. What we get is one of the best debuts of the year. The inclusion of new front-man Aaron Matts is what has helped define their new sound. His vocals are one of the heaviest in the business and feature a wide range. However, keyboard Victor Guillet employs his singing vocals which to be honest give the band an almost "emo" sound. I hate it. For a mninute you're being taken on the heaviest ride of the year and then you've got some adult male whining in your ear about killing himself and jesus and shit. Fuck. Oh well. Check out their dub-step track here.



26) A Plea For Purging - The Life & Death of A Plea For Purging (November 8th, 2011 via Facedown Records)

This was my first A Plea For Purging record but it made me go and get another couple of their albums, and now I'm becoming a big fan. I would consider this band apart of the djent movement but there are several things that set them apart from others in the scene. One is vocalist Andy Atkins, known for being pretty much the fattest frontman ever. His lyrics are way above par and he delivers them in a clear and raw manner. There are no growls or high pitch shrieks, more of a old-school feel over top of some seriously deadly grooves. There are several stand-out tracks on this album like "Room for the Dead" and "Music City". If you haven't checked out this band yet I highly recommend them!



25) Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (September 27th, 2011 via Geffen Records)

Without a doubt in my mind, 90% of the bands on this list were influenced by Blink-182 in some way or another. All us dudes in our 20's were all 14/15 when these guys were in their hay-day. Now they return after a long hiatus with Neighborhoods. I would easily call this Blink's heaviest record but not my favourite. I think all fans were wanting something remnant of Enema or Take Off... but instead we got a progression for the most part from their 2003 s/t release. While some songs are fast and fun, there isn't enough of that energy throughout the album. I guess they've been going through a rough time and that's obvious on the record. The songwriting is great and Blink show they're not scared to progress with their sound and move forward.



24) Dead & Divine - Antimacy (August 2nd, 2011 via Distort Entertainment)

This could have easily been higher on my list if I hadn't been such an idiot and started listening to this album about 5 days ago when I began compiling this list. It had sat on my iTunes since August, even with all my friends telling me how good it was. I have been looking for Canadian band to fill the void in my life left by The Holly Springs and Alexis and I think I've found it right here. This album is extremely catchy and employs screaming and singing that is heavy and authentic. The guitars are rock n' roll and bring that southern element without sounding repetitive in any way. There are head-bangers, anthems, and a few slower tunes too. This album grows on me day by day.



23) Architects - The Here & Now (January 25th, 2011 via Century Media Records)

This release always caused me to have a personal debate, sometimes I wanted to say it was my favourite Architects record and sometimes I wanted to say it was my least. So in the end I wound up somewhere on the fence with this one. Some tracks on this record I absolutely love, and not just the heavy ones! "An Open Letter to Myself" shows Architects softer side but doesn't affect the album's flow in any way. In fact there are several what I would consider "soft" tunes and then there are a few tunes that are quite heavy. Architects employ a lot of punk elements into their fast songs on this record and only make use of their G# tuning on two tracks. Overall a well put together release but lacks the zest that you usually get with one of Britain's best.



22) Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra (June 28th, 2011 via Interscope Records)

Just like with Blink, who didn't listen to Limp Bizkit when they were 14? Gold Cobra is the first record with the original line-up since 2001's Chocolate Starfish. Having guitarist Wes Borland back makes all the difference in the world on their latest effort. While this won't be the same in the classic sense of Chocolate Starfish or Significant Other, I truly believe this is their best composed album ever. It shows a more mature side of the band while they still retain all the elements of their old sound and even aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves. "Shotgun" and "Gold Cobra" are Limp Bizkit staples but tracks like "Autotunage" and "Killer in You" are surprise goodies. I need a new Limp Bizkit record every 10 years.



21) Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (March 22nd, 2011 via Underground Operations)

"Vulgar verbal abuse; foul-mouthed; coarse, vulgar, abusive, or slanderous." This is the definition of Scurrilous and could also easily describe PTH if they added technical, progressive and down right awesome. This is my favourite PTH record since Kezia. They have taken all of their best elements and fused them together to create the true definition of their sound. There is less "screaming" on the record but it also features the best vocal work of Rody Walker, partly what makes this record so much better. Protest The Hero are at the top of their game with this one. With this album you get some of the best technical metal out there but it still has at shit eating grin written all over it.



That's all for Part 3 for today! Check back in tomorrow for Part 4.
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Check out site designer, Ryan Thiffault's top 10 of year down below.

  • August Burns Red - Leveler
  • Attila - Outlawed
  • Black Dahlia Murder - The Ritual
  • Dr. Acula - Slander
  • Emmure - Speaker of the Dead
  • Stray From The Path - Rising Sun
  • Suicide Silence - The Black Crown
  • The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne
  • The Human Abstract - Digital Veil
  • Dead and Divine - Antimacy

Monday, December 26, 2011

Band Rips Off Liferuiner's "1990"?

Came across this today. A band from Sudbury, Ontario called Seirens has been accused of plagiarizing Liferuiner's "1990" from the S.O.S.E. EP. You can check out the plagiarized song HERE.

TMHTimes Top 50 Albums of 2011: Part 2

I know you couldn't sleep last night because of how excited you were to see part 2. This is probably going to be a rough week for everyone. Finally we can start to move into some of the better records of this awful year in metal we call... 2011.

Recap:
50) The Bunny The Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say (June 28th, 2011 via Victory Records)
49) Suicide Silence - The Black Crown (July 12th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
48) Periphery - Periphery (April 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
47) The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (September 13th, 2011 via Ferret Music)
46) August Burns Red - Leveler (June 21st, 2011 via Solid State Records)
45) Big Business - Quadruple Single (2011 via Gold Metal Records)
44) The Browning - Burn This World (October 4th, 2011 via Earache Records)
43) Tonight Alive - "Little Lion Man" (Single from Pop Goes Punk 4 via Fearless Records)
42) In The Midst Of Lions - Shadows (November 22nd, 2011 via Facedown Records
41) Thomas Giles - Pulse (February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)

Part 2:
40) Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (July 19th via Artery Records)

Chelsea Grin have never been considered innovators of the genre but the relatively young band has been able to strive as one of the top bands in the deathcore scene. My Damnation is a sophomore release that you would expect from a young band. The are elements of technicality mixed with chugging breakdowns and blast beats riffs. However, the final mix is as tight and heavy as it should be. Vocalist Alex Koehler has one of the widest vocal ranges in the business and he is truly the standout performer on this album (as well as the last). A mature well put together release for a fairly young band. I especially like the guest vocals of Phil Bosman (Whitechapel) on the final track.



39) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record (April 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)


Four-piece melodic punk/hardcore band Lower Than Atlantis burst onto the scene this year with their newest release World Record. This record is full of punky riffing and drumming that is remiscent with the metal and hardcore scene but brings that pop punky edge to it. Despite the light hearted tunes and the happy hardcore feel, this record is in its own way heavy because it shows how a pop punk band can use metal elements without adding mindless breakdowns and senseless chugging. The songs sound like catchy summer anthems with a mix of upbeat and some rather sad sounding tunes as well. Perfect for chilling on the dock with some friends and a brew.



38) Gallows - "True Colours" (Single)

Clocking in at a quick 39 seconds, this is one of the angriest tunes I've heard in awhile. While this was released eventually with Gallows 4 song EP later this fall, it was originally put online at the end of the summer when guitarist/vocalist Wade MacNeil joined the group after the demise of his band Alexisonfire in early August. This proved to fans that MacNeil wasn't here to ligthen up Gallows sound but make it 10x heavier. His voice sounds like perfect combination of years of whisky and cigarettes. The guitars are faster and more furious than ever before, employing a darker and heavier sound into Gallows music. It seems like they are also moving away from more "emotional" songs and taking a political stance with their music. Can't wait to hear more from this band in 2012.



37) Betrayal - Abandonment (April 26th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)

With Abandonment we saw a young band move on from the generic run-of-the-mill metalcore sound and find their own niche within the genre. Betrayal is back and the riffs are fast and heavy enough to snap necks and melt faces. Tony's vocals (19 years old) sound like the guy is pulling all of the energy he can muster out of his gut and expelling it in a ferocious hardcore growl. While this is for the most part as I understand an 'edge' band, the lyrics don't come off as preachy and focus more on living life in a positive way. Tracks like "The Good Die Young" feature tons of group vocals and "bro-singing" which make for great live tunes. Betrayal is continuing to cement themselves a place within the scene as one of youngest and most in your face bands out there.



36) Monsters - Monsters (s/t) (January 11th, 2011 via False Prophet Records)

This record got tons of hate when it came out. First, haters love to hate on the vocalist using "rap" in some parts and two, the record came out on Frankie Palmeri's (Emmure) label. But fuck that, this record is good, really good. Yes, there are elements of rap in some parts of the vocals but that's just a part of this bands sound and makes the record a hell of a lot more interesting. I also particularly like the guitar work on this album. I would say the guitar riffs and drumming on this album are better than average, utilizing some cool and original sounds. Yes, the lyrics are pretty bad in some spots but sometimes you just need some metal and some cheese, and this record is a metal cheese platter!



35) As Blood Runs Black - Instinct (March 15th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)

It only took them about 5 years, a shit load of members, and tons of drama to release their sophomore release Instinct earlier this year. It was well worth the wait! I doubted for a long time that this album would ever be released. ABRB has two new guitarists, a new vocalist, and their old drummer back, so it's only 2/5 of what Allegiance was. This record is in some ways the same but with more mature song writing and much better vocals. The vocals are more clear and the lyrics are pretty good. While it might not have the same wow factor as their older material, this is in a lot of ways an improvement. It seems like ABRB is finally back on track to make 2012 an epic year for themselves.



34) Wormrot - Dirge (May 3rd, 2011 via Earache Records)

GRIND!!! This record is ridiculous and fun! Containing a whopping 25 songs, it still only clocks in at a mere 18 minutes, but that's a grindcore record for ya. Every time one of these tunes comes on my iTunes, a little shit eating grin comes across my face and I'll never skip the track, hell it's probably only 8 seconds long anyways. I love the musicianship and the raw energy behind the band but after listening to this album for about  half a year I can only pick out about 3 distinct songs... However, this is still a grindcore record and I have to keep reminding myself that. This band has a few music videos to check out. So for this band I'm going to post 2 videos.





33) The Plot In You - First Born (April 19th, 2011 via Rise Records)

"Hello" "I'm pregnant." "RAWRR!!" Lol. If you've heard this record then you know exactly what I'm taking about here. But it's not really a laughing matter I suppose. This is a concept album about a young child who is a victim of abuse. The quality of the lyrics and vocal work on the album helped it become a surprise hit to me this year. Usually I can't stand singing in music like this but the dual singing vocalists come off as authentic and not whiny or over produced. There are some stand out tracks on this album as well some complete filler. The band could work a bit on the flow of the album. "Miscarriage" is from their old EP and is stuck in the middle of the album.. the band also strangely chose it as their only single from their "concept" album.



32) The Human Abstract - Digital Veil (March 8th, 2011 via eOne Music)

Here's an album that I really was expecting to be much higher on my Top 50 list. Released earlier this year, we have a new and reunited version of The Human Abstract. AJ Minnette rejoined the band and they recruited Travis Ritcher from From First to Last to be their new vocalist. The record is extremely technical and well put together. The guitar riffing is innovative and it's by far the best drumming they've ever had on a record. But the record is only a disappointing 8 songs that aren't really that long in length either. They also fired their 3rd guitarist, Canadian Andrew Tapley, and then were dropped from their label due to poor album sales. In the end this record kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.



31) Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)

There are days when I want to delete my Emmure discography and there are days when I listen to their albums beginning to end. It's safe to say I spun Speaker of the Dead less than any Emmure album before it. Some of the tracks on this album like "Area 64", "Drug Dealer Friend", and "Word of Intulo" are brain-dead chugging disasters that are boring beyond belief. This record also contains some of the better songs  Emmure has put out since what I consider to be their best album, Goodbye to the Gallows (2006). While I can be a hater at times I admit that I find it to be "easy listening" in some weird way and I'm a sucker. I got a good laugh out of the "Children of Cybertron" video too.





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Check out Emmett Morris's top 10 Records of 2011 below.

War Hungry - S/T
Trapped Under Ice - Big Kiss Goodnight
Disengage - Expressions
Foundation - When The Smoke Clears
Harms Way - Isolation
Take Offense - Tables Have Turned
Trash Talk - Awake
Weekend Nachos - Worthless
All Pigs Must Die - God Is War
Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge split