Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012: Part 2 (30 - 21)

Yesterday we did 40 to 31 and now we're back with 30 to 21. You can check out yesterday's list here. I'm sure you've been on the edge of your seat wondering what number 24 will be. It's not The Acacia Strain. Regardless, prepare yourself for some chuga chuga and that good ol' double bass.

40) Faces - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)
39) Death, Ascension, Resurrection - Impending Doom (Baptized in Filth)
38) November, December - Fathoms (Transitions EP)
37) Twenty Two - Continent (Miscreation)
36) 6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach - King Conqueror (America's Most Haunted)
35) Lifer - Lionheart (Undisputed)
34) Party With The Devil - Attila (Single)
33) Punisher - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)
32) Unlike Us - Hacktivist (Hacktivist EP)
31) Ironic Enclosure - Dr. Acula (Nation)

30) Our Father ft. Jonathon Vigil - Solace (Call & Response)

This is Karl Schubach from Misery Signals' solo record. Karl has always been one of my favourite vocalists and it turns out he can write some pretty damn good music too. There were a few choices from this album I struggled between choosing but in the end this was the winner. It's heavy, it's melodic, it's crushing. 

29) Mountain - Disfiguring The Goddess (Sleeper EP)

This is actually another side project that turned out fucking awesome. Disfiguring the Goddess's sole member is none other than well known electronic artist Big Chocolate (he was also in I Declare Ware at one point). Turns out he can write breakdowns with quite the drop. This is my favourite from the EP. I love everything from the fast djent style guitar playing, the completely ridiculous drum track and that drop at the very end. HEAVY.

28) Candidus - Galactic Pegasus (Mirages EP)

This is a band you may or may not have heard of before. I think they got their start by being noticed through their YouTube channel... but I could be wrong about that. Anyways, they put out an EP this year and it was pretty damn good. When I first heard the ending of this song I laughed out loud because I thought to myself "is that the line from Emmure's '10 Sings You Should Leave'"? Well it is... I'm not sure if they were paying homage or it's purely coincidence but then it started growing on me. So.. whatever.

27) Don't Ask Don't Tell - Chelsea Grin (Evolve EP)

I was never the biggest fan of Chelsea Grin until their most recent work the Evolve EP. I think this is mainly due to the addition of guitarist Jason Richardson (ex-Born of Osiris/All Shall Perish). Just as the album title states, this was truly an evolution of their sound in the right direction. This little section from "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is a highlight of technical chugability. 

26) I Came I Saw I Conquered - Woe, Is Me (Genesi[s])

I wasn't really a big fan of this album. Too much of everything sounded the same and the singing is honestly shit compared to Tyler Carter. This little 30 second chunk though stood out to me on the few spins I gave it. I'm a sucker for gunfire and breakdowns (see Ghost Insides "This Is What I Know About Sacrifice). 

25) Empty Heads - Stick To Your Guns (Diamond)

Part of me feels that Stick To Your Guns have gotten a little too preachy and take themselves just a bit too seriously now. However, they still write fucking awesome songs. This track is definitely my favourite tune on the new album. "You better get back or get out!! Blehhhh!" Awww yeah.

24) Possibilities of an Impossible Existence - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)

This is the first time that a band has shown up twice on our list so far. And of course it would be deathcore veterans Whitechapel. This breakdown actually closes out their self-titled album in the best way possible. There's just something about Bozeman's lyrics "Just close your eyes and never wake up again," that chills me to the bone. 

23) Love.Sex.Riot ft. Fronz - Issues (Black Diamonds EP)

Is this a breakdown? Meh, kind of. Does this only rule because of Fronz's vocal work? Mostly.

22) Canadian Bacon - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (IIII)

Here is the first appearance of Mr. Josh Travis who has become one of my favourite guitarists between the release of IIII and Glass Cloud's The Royal Thousand. No one, I mean no one, plays an 8 string like Travis. DAT RIFF.

21) Tender Abuse - Converge (All We Love We Leave Behind)

This kids, is how you write a breakdown without just chugging the lowest note possible. Of course only Converge is capable of this. Do your fucking homework for today by listening to this piece of beautiful chaos that makes even Slayer look like a bunch of pussies.

Well there you have it. That's all for today folks. Tomorrow I'll be posting 20 through 11. We will also be posting our Top 50 Albums of 2012 starting on Christmas Day.

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