Monday, December 24, 2012

The Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012: Part 3 (20 - 1)

Here is the 3rd and final part of our Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012. You can check out the recap list below or read up on Part 1 here or Part 2 here.

Recap from Parts 1 and 2:
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)
29) Mountain - Disfiguring The Goddess (Sleeper EP)
28) Candidus - Galactic Pegasus (Mirages EP)
27) Don't Ask Don't Tell - Chelsea Grin (Evolve EP)
26) I Came I Saw I Conquered - Woe, Is Me (Genesi[s])
25) Empty Heads - Stick To Your Guns (Diamond)
24) Possibilities of an Impossible Existence - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)
23) Love.Sex.Riot ft. Fronz - Issues (Black Diamonds EP)
22) Canadian Bacon - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (IIII)
21) Tender Abuse - Converge (All We Love We Leave Behind)

20) Please Don't Hurt - For The Fallen Dreams (Wasted Youth)

For the Fallen Dreams new album Wasted Youth for the most part was a waste of time. However this little chunk or musical chugary always got my head a bobbin'. 2:04 = BAM!!!!

19) Reflection - Empires Fade (Reflection EP)

You might recognize the vocalist as Jack Delany from The Eyes of a Traitor. This is his band currently while EOAT is on hiatus. This release was pretty solid for the most part and the breakdown in this song showcases how powerful Delany's vocals can be.

18) Doomed From Birth - Thy Art Is Murder (Hate)

Thy Art Is Murder is finally breaking onto the scene this year after being ignored for years. This is the album closer to this year's Hate. Could you end an album any heavier?

17) She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill - Glass Cloud (The Royal Thousand)

Mr. Josh Travis we meet again. This time with his new band Glass Cloud. Remember when I said no one played guitar like Travis? At 3:47.... that is all.

16) Live And Learn - Obey The Brave (Young Blood)

This album was underwhelming in the end. But hey, remember when we were all stoked as hell for this album? No heroes, just fucking foes.

15) Handcrafted - Beheading of a King (Single)

Oh look, another band from Montreal. This guy squeezed in at the last second only being released last week. This track showcases new vocalist Fred Beaulieu (have you ever seen so many vowels squished into one last name?) and BOAK have proven without a doubt that they're ready for the comeback they deserve after all the shit the band has been through in the last 2 years.

14) Texas Blood Money - Upon A Burning Body (Red.White.Green.)

Ah, my summer drinking anthem. They should have just called this song "Intermission Part 2".

13) Swing - Parkway Drive (Atlas)

First time I heard this breakdown all I could picture was kids destroying each other in the pit. Parkway Drive on their new album focused heavily on build-up (cresendo) before their breakdowns and it paid off nicely. Well done Parkway, well done. 

12) Doomblade - The Acacia Strain (Death is the Only Mortal)

This needs 0 explanation. DL + Vincent = carnage.

11) 20/200 - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)

The whole song is a breakdown that shows Okubo's brain works differently that most peoples. I feel sorry for the drummer that had to learn this. I also love how the guitar effect towards the end sounds like Predator.

10) Old Ghosts/New Regrets - Parkway Drive (Atlas)

Google cresendo if you don't know what it means.

9) Ceilings - Reflections (The Fantasy Effect

I could have included 20 breakdowns from this new band. They put out one of the strongest releases of this year and they aren't even signed. Check out this slightly hilarious video for their album opener "Ceilings".

8) Engine 45 - The Ghost Inside (Get What You Give)

This is a song about addiction being like an unstoppable speeding train. I think I have an addiction to breakdowns. Help.

7) The Alpha/The Omega - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (IIII)

Josh Travis, Alex Erian and Phil Bozeman again... are you starting to see a correlation here? 

6) Gandhi Mate, Gandhi - Enter Shikari (A Flash Flood of Colour)

I opted for a live version of this track because if you've never seen Enter Shikari live you really ought to. The is a little more on the electronic side of things but if you don't think it's a breakdown then email me your address and I'll come bitch smack you proper.

5) Hate Creation - Whitechapel (Whitechapel

Phil Bozeman you are the winner with 4 entries into our Top 40 (Josh Travis with 3). This is the breakdown that got me super excited for this album. "Cram it down your throat and choke." Is this song about blowjobs?

4) The Mouth of the River - The Acacia Strain (Death is the Only Mortal)

DAT guitar tone.

3) These Colours Don't Run - Architects (Daybreaker)

Two things here. The lyrics are incredible and the sound of chugs and relentless pounding on the strings reminded me of a younger and pissed version of the Architects, circa Hollow Crown.

2) Sin City - Upon A Burning Body (Red.White.Green.)

2012 sucked for the most part. I think for everyone. So I hear-by declare this the anthem of 2012. "Life sucks, then you die." Couldn't have said it better myself.

1) Reign of Darkness - Thy Art Is Murder (Hate)

Winner! And if you're any of my roommates or neighbours, then you probably new this was going to be the winner long ago. I actually remember watching this first the first time and getting chills down my spine. Something about this is just... perfect.

Stay tuned because tomorrow we're starting the Top 50 Albums of 2012!! Merry Christmas and shit.