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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012: Part 1 (40 - 31)

So it's that time of year again when we here at TMHT like to do all kinds best of the year lists. Starting off with the Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012. I'm sure you'll disagree with almost every selection made but just remember this more an opinion piece than anything else and hey, you might find some new jams that you missed in 2012. Let's begin...........

40) Faces - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)

Let me assure you that this isn't the only appearance by Whitechapel on this list. This breakdown acts almost like a chorus for the song and appears twice. However, the second time round it's twice as heavy as the first. You just want to bounce and then head-bang like crazy.

39) Death, Ascension, Resurrection - Impending Doom (Baptized in Filth)

This entire album was essentially a breakdown about God. Some of the lyrics I find hard to deal with because I'm a hardcore atheist. But putting that aside there are some great breakdowns on the album. I just like particularly how this flows from the last chorus into a truly crushing breakdown. Perfect way to end this album.

38) November, December - Fathoms (Transitions EP)

This band is a relatively unknown group that's on the rise in the UK. As someone put on YouTube "they remind me of old Emmure but in a good way". Couldn't have put it better myself. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album and the whole part from 1:00 to 2:20ish is a non-stop head-bang. Looking forward to seeing more from these guys in 2013. 

37) Twenty Two - Continent (Miscreation)

Another newish band that I came across this year and had to include them. All of their stuff is full of breakdowns that are heavy as fuck and I had to choose something. This is probably my favourite song on the album and showcases an awesome breakdown at the end with some excellent lead work. Check these guys out if you haven't and DO NOT confuse them with Continents from the UK. Different band. It's like Architect and Architects all over again. Sigh.

36) 6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach - King Conqueror (America's Most Haunted) 

I feel like I'm repeating myself but here's another band that doesn't get the respect they deserve. They are HEAVY AS FUCK and the vocalist is amazing. They combine elements of slam (mostly the vocal style) with deathcore and elements of death metal. The results are epic. See for yourself. If this breakdown didn't convince you switch to the 3:30 mark. You have been warned. 

35) Lifer - Lionheart (Undisputed)


34) Party With The Devil - Attila (Single)

I love this band. I really do. And I'm in my mid-twenties. Is there something wrong with me?

33) Punisher - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)

Yes, the infamous "All they have is brown note ,browwrrr brrnt burr dee durr browwrrr weedurrnnerrr wennerdennerrr". No band has every trolled some kid like this. Hilarious and epic at the same time. Marc Okubo you are a God.

32) Unlike Us - Hacktivist (Hacktivist EP)

This band emerged late last year and became quickly known as the guys who'd actually combined djent and rap together. 2012's Limp Bizkit if you will. It's just that their EP that dropped in November was actually awesome and I consider them maybe THE breakout act of the year. I'm sure they'll get a proper deal soon and have a full-length before you know it. Check out my favourite part of the EP.

31) Ironic Enclosure - Dr. Acula (Nation)

I might get some hate for this but I actually seemed to like this album more than most people. This section is definitely the highlight. I really enjoy the vocal switching and I think this song has a really cool vibe to it. This band always had problems but writing some good breakdowns was never one of them. RIP Dr. Acula. 

Hope you enjoyed the list and I didn't enrage you with my choices too much! Check back tomorrow for 30 to 21!

A Day To Remember Releases New Track

A Day To Remember have released the first single "Violence [Enough is Enough]" from their forthcoming release Common Courtesy. The new album will be available in early 2013 through Victory Records. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Attack Attack! Release New Single

As promised, Attack Attack! have released a brand new single titled "No Defeat" which features new vocalist Phil Druyor. The song is also available for free download. The vocals are completely sung and are slightly similar to Shomo's style of clean singing. There guitars sound very similar to the guitar work done on their previous release This Means War. I suppose Druyor will handle the screaming duties as well for their older songs, but that has not been confirmed. Check out this statement from the remaining members of the band:

Ladies and gentlemen,
I'm sure you have heard and seen the posts of Caleb and AJ leaving Attack Attack. Not to worry, for Andrew and I have great news!
We're proud to announce that Phil Druyor from I Am Abomination will be singing on the new jams. Phil totally kicks ass and is a sweet dude. You all will worship the ground he walks on before too long. Seriously.
I'm also proud to announce that Tyler Sapp will be filling out the 4th slot in the band, picking up where Aj left off. You all know Tyler. He's been one of my best friends, room mate, merch guy, and resident Muay Thai specialist in the AA crew since 2009.
Finally, let us preface your thoughts with this.
We do not give a shit.
Go download our new song for free.

If you hate it, then fuck you. We don't like your ass anyways.
-Wetzel, Andrew, Phil, Tyler

New Video for "The Depths" From Of Mice & Men

Of Mice & Men have released a new video for "The Depths" from the deluxe re-issue of The Flood via Rise Records. This song and video show the band taking a much heavier approach to their music. Quite the headbanger to be honest.

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets: "Conspiracy To Rape One Year-Old"

Ian Watkins has been charged with "Conspiracy To Rape A One Year-Old"
As we reported yesterday, Ian Watkins of the Lostprophets has been charged with Child Sex Offences. But now the details are starting to emerge after his court appearance yesterday and things have gotten much worse. According to reports the offence is for "Conspiracy to Rape a One Year-Old". Yes, you read the correctly. Sick. On top of that, Watkins faces two counts of touching underage children and various charges relating to child pornography. Did I also mention possessing "extreme" animal pornography? What the fuck is  wrong with this guy.

As for the band, they have cancelled all of their forthcoming tour dates in Japan and Russia and have released the following statement:
Following charges made against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of
shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It
is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for
their support as we seek answers.
I think this is the end of Lostprophets.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Phenakistoscope Documentary" From Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari have released the Phenakistoscope Documentary for free online. This documentary follows the band as they recorded their 2012 masterpiece A Flash Flood of Colour last year. A highly recommended watch if you have an hour to spare. 

Lostphrophets Frontman Is A Pedophile

Ian Watkins has been charged with Child Sex Offences.
Ian Watkins, the front-man for the Lostphrophets, has been charged with Child Sex Offences in the United Kingdom. The 35 year-old singer is accused of "conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children" according to a report from The Sun. Two other females aged 20 and 24 have also been charged in the same case. It's probably safe to say that's the end of Ian Watkins and the Lostprophets who have sold 3.5 million albums world-wide.

Architects New Video For "Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat"

Architects (UK) have uploaded a new lyrical/conceptual video for their track "Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat" from 2012's Daybreaker available from Distort/Century Media.

Attack Attack! Confirms New Singer

Phil Druyor of I Am Abomination is now the lead vocalist for Attack Attack!

Following the departure of Caleb Shomo, Attack Attack! has announced that Phil Druyor of I Am Abomination will be handling vocal duties in the future. According to the former frontman, Druyor has actually been writing and jamming with Attack Attack! for a few months now. Check out Druyor`s statement below.
After Caleb and AJ decided that they would no longer continue on with the band, I was asked if I would like to join and make a new record with them. I said yes to both. The decision was very easy to make due to the fact that we've been friends for almost the entire duration of both our bands' careers. To be clear, this does not mean that I Am Abomination is over. At all. I will be fulfilling my roll in each band simultaneously, and since I Am Abomination
doesn’t tour much (or at all), it really won’t change much about us. The biggest difference is that we won’t be in the same room while working on the early stages of each record.

This part is my favorite. Starting on January 5th, I will be making a new record with Attack Attack! Over the last few years, my best friend/guitarist/vocal coach/life coach has become one of the most amazing producers in the industry right now, and I am proud to say that Nick Sampson will be producing the new Attack Attack! record. The direction of the new album is definitely a bit of a change up, but I feel that the band has made a name for themselves inside of their genre by being the band to change the game first. We plan to do that again.

And in closing, thank you to every single person who has ever supported me in all that I do. I appreciate it more than you could ever know. However, I am not asking for your approval. I do not need you to sign off on the matter. This is not an application. I
wouldn’t have accepted the offer if I didn’t think that I could make respectable music with them. I am simply informing you that the world is going to be taken over in 2013, and I’m inviting you all along for the ride. I would enjoy your company.

P.S. There will be a new Attack Attack! song posted TOMORROW!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Glass Cloud Drops Video For "She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill"

Just like we promised earlier, here is Glass Cloud's new video for "She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill". This is the third video released from 2012's The Royal Thousand available now through Equal Vision Records.

"Let These Words Last Forever" - New We Came As Romans Single

We Came As Romans have jumped on the "single" bandwagon and released "Let These Words Last Forever". This is not for an upcoming album, just a stand alone single. Check it out and check out the band on the Take Action Tour in January.

The Afterimage Release New Single With Free Download

The Afterimage have released a brand new single titled "The Seeking" with is available for free download here. This is the first track to include new and 3rd guitarist Andrew Wilson (ex-Dancing With Paris). Expect more things from this band in 2013.

Counterparts Debuts New Video For "The Disconnect"

Counterparts have debuted their new video for "The Disconnect" from 2011's The Current Will Carry Us via Victory Records. I personally feel like these guys are one of the most underrated bands out there today so please check them out if you haven't already. For fans of Misery Signals, The Ghost Inside and Dead & Divine.

New Video From Fathoms for "November, December"

Fathoms have debuted a new video for their second single from 2012's Transitions. The song is titled "November, December" and was released through Blank TV.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Beheading Of A King Posts Debut Video "Handcrafted"

Beheading Of A King from Montreal have uploaded their debut music video for their new single "Handcrafted". A full length album is expected sometime in early 2013.