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Top Ten Metal Albums of 2022

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by no country for old wainds, Jan 1, 2023.

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    deadline is end of march.

    wow that was easy, not sure why i didn't post this sooner.
     
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    I vote for none of them pictured ever to release an album

    Anyway here's a top 10

    1. Evil Invaders - Shattering Reflections
    2. Schizophrenia - Recollections Of The Insane
    3. Motherslug – Blood Moon Blues
    4. Korrosive - Toxic Apokalypse
    5. Razor - Cycle Of Contempt
    6. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Omnium Gatherum
    7. Megadeth – The Sick The Dying And The Dead
    8. Alestorm - Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum
    9. Tankard – Pavlov’s Dawgs
    10. Kreator - Hate Über Alles
     
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    i googled '2022 metal meme' and that was one of the top results. i particularly enjoy how it's cropped and pixelated.
     
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    1. Molder - Engrossed in Decay

    Molder has been a true revelation. Linking the past and present, Molder did more than any other band to convince me that there are new Death Metal bands that are not just carrying the torch of the old school but making music at the same level of quality. Their two albums are both instant classics from today's number one Death Metal riffmasters.

    2. Eric Wagner - In the Lonely Light of Mourning


    A fitting adieu from the legend Eric Wagner. This album brings his career full circle. It is reminiscent of his excellent, recent work with The Skull while evoking memories of Trouble. May his memory be eternal.

    3. Cryptic Hatred - Nocturnal Sickness

    Cryptic Hatred's debut really snuck up on me late in the year. This album by some talented Finnish teens has not generated nearly the buzz that it should have. These guys have an incredible knack for re-creating the spirit of the emerging Brutal Death Metal scene at the beginning of the 90s. They draw their primary inspiration from Cannibal Corpse circa Butchered at Birth but "Nocturnal Sickness" is not a carbon copy. Cryptic Hatred bring the riffs and are excellent songwriters. Take note.

    4. Morbific - Squirm Beyond the Mortal Realm

    Morbific has quickly become one of my favorite bands and near the very top of the pile of new Death Metal bands. Coming from the grimy Autopsy school of Death Metal, Morbific thankfully emulates that band's penchant for catchy riffs that linger with you and create memorable songs. Top notch stuff.

    5. Last Retch - Sadism and Severed Heads

    I discovered the debut album of Last Retch late in the year, but it made it all the way to number five. That is indicative of how much I enjoyed it from the get-go. This is the kind of mid-paced, groove oriented Death Metal that I'm a sucker for. Last Retch's OSDM grooves are laced with perfectly placed leads that set the songs off. I'm reminded of Jungle Rot and the early Six Feet Under albums (which I love).

    6. Monasterium - Cold Are the Graves

    My top current Doom band is Evangelist and Monasterium are the brother band of that group. They share members, most significantly Michał Strzelecki, who is undoubtedly the voice of Epic Doom today. Cold Are the Graves is a varied album that shows the strength Monasterium has playing in various tempos and styles. Highlights include "The Siege" which has an epic heavy metal vibe and recounts the tragic tale of the Fourth Crusade; "Remembered" - a ballad concerning a man's reflection on death and it's aftermath; and "The Great Plague" which is traditional Epic Doom perfected (ala Evangelist).

    7. Grenadier - Trumpets Blare in Blazing Glory

    Grenadier have largely succeeded in re-constructing the atmosphere of Arghoslent's "Incorrigible Bigotry," an album that I adore. There was little doubt, then, that this album would be a winner for me. Despite my generally high regard for the album's sound, however, it didn't quite click right away as I felt the urge to just listen to Arghoslent instead. However, repeated listens did reveal that this album has put it's own stamp on the style and the band have crafted some really well-written songs. Highlights are "Commending the Imperial" (which can stand toe-to-toe with any Arghoslent track) and "The Levant Sultanate."

    8. Inanna - Void of Unending Depths

    Inanna has got to be the biggest surprise in my Top 10. As you can tell from the rest of my list, this is not the mid-paced, groove-oriented, sewer DM that is my forte. Inanna is dense, technical, dissonant, and spacey. Those are qualities I typically either don't care about or actively dislike, yet somehow this album won me over. I think it's because the guys in Inanna are not only impressive musicians, but they are great songwriters and create some beautiful melodies (especially in the lead guitar work). Songs that could easily overwhelm me instead keep me following right along and banging my head. Everything is placed exactly where it should be. Outside of the largely slow-paced "Key to Alpha Centauri," I'm gripped by the record throughout...and that closer "Cabo de Hornos." Damn! What a song. Inanna comes in at number 8 and wins surprise of the year.

    9. Mother of Graves - Where Shadows Adorn

    Mother of Graves plays the absolute perfect style of Death/Doom for me. This band is influenced by the Katatonia/Paradise Lost/Novembers Doom school of Death/Doom that is filled with melody and melancholy atmospheric beauty. Keyboards are present and add tremendously to the mood of the album. Listening to this record is a moving experience and this album quickly made it's way into my Top 10.

    10. Dream Unending - Song of Salvation

    When I first listened to the sophomore album by Dream Unending, I figured "Eh, this is kinda boring - not for me." Of course, I was only half-listening while distracted with other business. This album is a great reminder that being in the right situation and listening intently is key to understanding a record. When I put on Song of Salvation at bedtime, the beauty of the album totally blew me away. There is some stunning, melodic guitar work here that has to be heard. As you may have guessed, I'm generally not a fan of super slow music so the funeral doom elements can be difficult for me, but this is such a varied release that they quickly shift into something else. Any fan of atmospheric Metal should give this a focused listen and hear the layers of beauty unfold.

    11. Autophagy - Bacteriophage

    As I sorted through the gamut of 2022 releases near the end of the year I discovered some gems that quickly rose to the top. Autophagy's debut is one of them. This album combines a variety of styles from traditional OSDM groove, to slower Death/Doom passages, all nestled within a rather brutal framework. The band is at their best when they pummel at full-speed and then crush you over the head with a meaty breakdown (like in the middle of "Eviscerated Remains"). Some of the slower passages, such as the latter part of the title track are too much for me, but there's not a weak track on the album. Highlights include "Beneath the Moss, Between the Roots" and "Return to Charnal Hall." This band is going places.

    12. Jungle Rot - A Call to Arms

    Jungle Rot is consistently good. Critics say they repeatedly make the same album but that's not true. Their sound has certainly shifted since Dead and Buried and while I have a slight preference for that earlier sound, new Jungle Rot is still fantastic Death Metal that delivers the groove.

    13. Undeath - It's Time to Rise From the Grave

    It's easy to see why this album blew up and garnered so much attention. It's great material and well-played. I really dig some of the influence of "The Bleeding" era Cannibal Corpse. Like CC on that album, Undeath has a penchant for creating catchy, almost anthemic Death Metal that translates well to a live environment.

    14. Autopsy - Morbidity Triumphant

    This is just Autopsy doing Autopsy things. The album definitely has a throwback feeling to the classic first two. Some of the material, like "The Voracious One," is right up there with that earlier work.

    15. Trinity - Memories of the Ancient Presence

    This is an album that almost no one knows about, but it's quite well done Atmospheric/Epic Doom. The compositions are evocative of early Solitude Aeternus and the album would be enjoyed by anyone who is a fan of that band. Highlights include "The Ancient Presence," "Kyrie Eleison," and "The Fall (Jericho)."

    16. Tzompantli - Tlazcaltiliztli

    Here's another band/album that continued to elevate my interest in Death/Doom in 2022. Tzompantli often hedges a little closer to the mid-tempo range to thrown down some monstrous grooves which helps create a nice pacing for the album. The uniqueness of this act comes in the form of a commitment to Mesoamerican cultural themes and instruments. These are very well done - especially on the track "Eltequi." I would only like to see the native elements integrated into the Death/Doom a little more seamlessly. This band has an "Unas, Slayer of the Gods" in there somewhere, waiting to be unleashed in the future.

    17. Saxon - Carpe Diem

    While I enjoy Saxon's early works, I am primarily of fan of what they've done from "Unleash the Beast" onward. It's rare for a band to excel in their style for so long, especially in the latter years of their career, but Saxon has done that. "Carpe Diem" is another strong release with instant Saxon classics such as "The Pilgrimmage" (an epic song that is a throwback to "Crusader"), the up-tempo "Remember the Fallen," and the atmospheric mid-tempo gem "Lady in Gray" which will enter my Heavy Metal Halloween rotation.

    18. Paterikon - The Way Down

    This is a very well done Trad Doom album by an Orthodox Christian priest from the South - literally my perfect match. Great doomy riffs with a bit of Southern soul and warm vocals. This was an incredibly cool find and I look forward to supporting this project in the future. I hear CDs will be coming soon!

    19. Abysmalist - Vile Possession

    For the most part, this album is on the slower side of Death Metal that I can stand, but the songs are well crafted with well placed blast beats and mid-tempo sections that keep everything interesting. If not for the final track (which is largely pointless) and the brevity of the album, this would have rated even higher. I look forward to seeing where Abysmalist goes next.

    20. The Chasm - The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow

    I've never really been a fan of The Chasm, but I've also not spent a lot of time digging in to their discography. As a result, this album took me by surprise. It's a rather straight-forward affair of slicing Death Metal riffs (which is probably why it immediately appealed to me). On the flip side, many of the riffs are quite similar and a little more variation within songs (as in the highlight track "An Occult Gift Responds") would elevate the album even higher.

    21. Phobophilic - Enveloping Absurdity


    Phobophilic is not typically the kind of Death Metal that I listen to, but this album really grew on me (especially after I saw the band live). They have a way of making technical riffing still very catchy. Enveloping Absurdity is a very thoughtful album that includes some atmosphere, particularly in the instrumental track "Individuation." The album strengthens as it progresses with the final track "Enveloping Absurdity" best combining the technicality, groove, and atmosphere of the record. Being a simpleton, I might prefer the extra groovy breakdowns of the EP, but this is a great debut.

    22. Suppression - The Sorrow of Soul Through Flesh

    I enjoy how Suppression throws it back to some of the early technical Death Metal bands and that they seem to be influenced by Pestilence which is not too common among new bands. I prefer the slightly more straightforward sound of the EP (my favorite track from the album is "Self-Eaten Alive" which appeared previously on the EP). Suppression's music can be a bit dense for me, but I appreciate it and there's a lot that I enjoy about this album.

    23. Obscene - From Dead Horizon to Dead Horizon

    This album really put Obscene on my radar. It is certainly an improvement over their debut which I had been a bit iffy on previously. These guys have one of the more unique sounds of the new OSDM bands and I think that is what requires a bit of adjustment. The vocals are particularly different and interesting but effective for me. There's no denying the quality of the riffs and songwriting on tracks like "Deathless Demigod."

    24. Stryper - The Final Battle

    I am one of the many fans of later period Stryper. I firmly believe that their best work has come over the last decade - beginning with "No More Hell to Pay." Fallen was the heavy, energetic peak of Stryper. The following albums have been more mixed, though still of generally higher quality than the well-known 80s works. One of the weaknesses of those 80s albums, to me, is the overabundance of ballads. While not as great of a problem on "The Final Battle," it is still an album that leans too heavily on the ballad for my tastes and while solid, fails to reach the heights of No More Hell to Pay or Fallen.

    25. Temple of Void - Summoning the Slayer

    This album was a pleasant surprise. Though I love OSDM and Traditional/Epic Doom, I have not been particularly drawn to Death/Doom Metal. What I have begun to notice, however, is that Death/Doom has a number of variants (just as any other Metal sub-genre) and I do prefer some styles over others. I do not particularly enjoy heavy Death Metal riffs played at a glacial pace with growled vocals and little variation or melody. I greatly prefer when Death/Doom bands incorporate some melodic riffs or leads or even other instruments as in the case of Paradise Lost's "Gothic" or Paramaecium's "Within the Ancient Forest." I am a fan of November's Doom's "The Pale Haunt Departure" as well and there are moments on this album that remind me of that gem such as on the highlight tracks "Deathtouch" and "A Sequence of Rot." Releases such as this helped me connect with Death/Doom this year.

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    Please provide one of those handy links to the 2022 chart for those of us (probably just me) that don't know what the fuck we're doing
     
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    CiG Sand Boondie ist Krieg!

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    Subject to possible changes....:err:

    1. Miscreance - Convergence

    Love at first listen. Sounds a lot like Death, Atheist, Cynic, etc.

    2. Hellish - The Dance of the Four Elemental Serpents

    ripping, evil thrash. Could easily be #1...need more time listening as it just came out a few weeks ago

    3. Critical Extravasation - Order of Decadence

    like if miscreance and hellish had a child...again recent release, so some more listens and could easily be #1

    4. Suppression - The Sorrow of Soul Through Flesh

    Just a fuckin badass monster album....another that could be in the top spot

    5. Insecurity - Intruder of Reality

    crossoverish thrash that leans harder into the thrash side. Lots of riffs and melodic parts and solos. Reminds me (especially in the solos) of I.N.C.(Indestructible Noise Command)

    6. Razor - Cycle of Contempt

    so great to see these guys releasing another album. Dave Carlo's like 60 years old or something. Does it touch their past, classic releases....no. Still awesome though. Sounds like their 90's output. I seen a lot of lame reviews trashing this?!?! Huh, motherfuckers! Must be cool or something to do that. Seen people saying Decibels is better!?!? Wtf....losers!

    7. Critical Defiance - No Life Forms

    a little different than there first album. More streamlined songs, think their first album is miles better, but this is still great

    8. Molder - Engrossed in Decay

    killer thrashy death metal. Guys are local...like 15 - 20 minutes down the road. Play local a lot. Would like to go see them..but knowing myself will probably never happen. Fun album/band

    9. Rave in Fire - Sons of a Lie

    awesome oldschool 80's heavy metal mixed with some AOR. great female vocals...always a sucker for this kind of stuff

    10. Behead - Choose Your Death

    killer death/thrash metal. I've given this album lots of spins


    Running train of thoughts and a song from each album in the spoilers....you've been warned


    Honorable mentions/possible contenders

    Besieged - Violence Beyond All Reason ( killer brutal thrash)
    Phobophilic - Enveloping Absurdity ( solid death metal)
    Morbus Grave - Lurking into Absurdity (filthy nasty sounding dm)
    Konquest - Time and Tyranny (Heavy Load sounding shit...pretty damn goood)
    Venator - Echoes from the Gutter
    Cosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones

    And more..... maybe I'll type later
     
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    Not sure if I can order, but of metal/metal-related shit I dug these in 2022:

    Candelabrum - Nocturnal Trance
    Blut aus Nord - Disharmonium
    White Ward - False Light
    Autoneosis - Moon of Foul Magics
    Fleshwater - We're Not Here to Be Loved
    Holy Fawn - Dimensional Bleed
    Amorphis - Halo
    Autopsy - Morbidity Triumphant
    Trinity - Memories of the Ancient Presence
    Sadness - Tortuga
     
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    I'm shocked that someone else on here has heard this. :eek:
     
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    There's still a bunch of shit I need to check out properly/spend more time with, so this might change.

    1. Desecresy - Unveil in the Abyss

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    2. Wampyrinacht - Night of the Desecration

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    3. The Chasm - The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow

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    4. Autopsy - Morbidity Triumphant

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    5. Synteleia - The Secret Last Syllable

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    6. Morrigan - Anwynn

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    7. Riot City - Electric Elite

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    8. Deviants - Legion

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    9. Suppression - The Sorrow of Soul Through Flesh

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    10. Venator - Echoes from the Gutter

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    HM:

    Ancient Death - Sacred Vessel
    Azaxul - Echoes of Dreariness
    Darkthrone - Astral Fortress
    Grand Belial's Key - Kohanic Charmers
    Hearse - Traipse Across Empty Graves
    Miscreance - Convergence
    Molten Chains - Orisons of Vengeance
    Mortuary Drape - Wisdom Vibration Repent
    Nither - Cast in Dark Grandeur
    Rotten Tomb - Visions of a Dismal Fate
    Sadistic - Rotting Eternal
    Slugathor - Crypt of the Ancient Fire
    Ultra Silvam - The Sanctity of Death
     
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    I feel like I haven't seen you talk about the new Desecresy at all, otherwise it might've been on my radar more. Top spot? I gotta hear it now!
     
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    Yeah it only really hit me in the last month but I've been playing it non-stop since. Worth noting that it's the first Desecresy album I've given proper attention. It's my kind of death metal anyway - enormous mid-paced riffs, monstrously heavy, total skullcrusher. Looking forward to digging into their back catalogue this year.
     
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    Oh nice. I haven't listened to them since they dropped Stoic Death back in 2015, but that was a sick album. Huge riffage.
     
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    Ah fuck, not even sure if I'd squeeze it into my top 10, but forgot about that Deviants ep. Pretty awesome stuff
     
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    1. Wadge - Grindcore Penitentiary
    90's Canadian grind band mostly infamous for their run of Hawaiian-themed surfgrind (between 2005 and 2012) are this time back with a prison-themed album of ultra-heavy ultra-retarded grind. As soon as I heard the two advance tracks I knew this would be at the top of the pile. I didn't expect it to blow the new Autopsy away though! Not only is this ripping grindcore (with some cybergrind drumming that makes Mortician sound weak) but it also dips into hardcore punk and noisecore areas, especially emphasized by a gigantic list of guest appearances from guys in Captain 3 Leg, Anal Cunt etc. As funny as it is heavy, CD pretty much hasn't left my car.

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    2. Autopsy - Morbidity Triumphant
    With Greg Wilkinson replacing Joe Allen on bass I was slightly hesitant to hear the new Autopsy, but then Greg and Reifert dropped that Static Abyss album and crushed any doubts I had. This is fucking feral and full of riffs that sound a lot like a crossover between Severed Survival and Mental Funeral which is surprisingly refreshing after decades of bands trying to emulate that era. A visceral reminder that when it cums to doomed out demented death metal Autopsy are still the masters. Some tracks aren't as good as others but it peaks so high that it doesn't really matter. Reifert sounds particularly unhinged.

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    3. Static Abyss - Labyrinth of Veins
    Might seem like overkill having this band and Autopsy back-to-back but this album was crushing my brain almost half a year straight before the new Autopsy dropped, so it earned its spot. Not to mention because it's a collaboration between Reifert and Greg Wilkinson of Brainoil, it's a lot punkier and sludgier than Morbidity Triumphant and in a lot of ways reminds me more of Tormented and Through the Cracks of Death by Abscess. Even borrows some punk energy from Violation Wound in places, and reaches into realms of black blood psychedelia with twisted doomy drugfucked breakdowns and solos! Greg is a sick fuckin' guitarist.

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    4. Eric Wagner - In the Lonely Light of Mourning
    Eric is timeless, man. This sounds like it could've been recorded in the 80's or yesterday. Incredibly vocal performance aside, the riffing is so fucking heavy and the drums have just the perfect amount of crispness and pop without sounding overproduced. Anybody calling themselves a doom fan sleeping on this is out of their mind. Easily holds up against my favourite Trouble material, let alone The Skull's albums (which rule too). It's been said a million times but this album is an incredible parting gift from a master who died at his peak powers! "Will you remember that I was even here, by the end of the day?"

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    5. Darkthrone - Astral Fortress
    Huge riffs reaching into space. Fenriz and Nocturno Culto continue their descent (ascent?) into the nursing home of underground metal. But this nursing home has illegal tape trading networks, black market sew-on patches and midnight hiking trips when the overground orderlies aren't watching. Darkthrone have completely stopped caring. In their black metal days they were edgelords, then they recreated themselves in 2006 as "we don't give a fuck" posturers, but now like old men in their rocking chairs wearing shit sweaters screaming at youths, they truly no longer care and that album cover is proof. Also the synths on this album RULE (and are also proof).

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    6. Gronibard - Regarde les hommes sucer
    Late 90's French goregrind but in sound only, because they mostly sing about very gay things. Pretty sure the album translates to "watch men suck" or something like that. Loved these guys pretty much since I first got into grind and I was pleasantly surprised when they dropped an album, and it sounds as retarded as ever! Some of the most mongoloid vocal performances to grace the 2020's. There's a track on here where the chorus is a guy shouting "FINGER IN ANUS" like a spastic. The funniest part though is if you stripped the album of the vocals it'd be a pretty dark and heavy grind album in its own right. Gotta respect that level of commitment. It's fun to sit dowwn and translate the French lyrics. Probably nobody here would ever like this album though, haha!

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    7. Funereality - Til Death
    My good Swedish mate's passion project he's being plugging away at for almost 15 years at this point. Fond memories of getting his demo cassettes in the mail back in the day. A lot of dark psychedelia going on here with some truly tortured riffs. I've heard this album a shitload of times, from early pre-mixed demos to alternative remixes to the finalised product, so it's had a lot of time to worm its way into my brain and set up home there. Say what you want about the obvious Autopsy worship, but this motherfucker plays all the instruments himself. No programming whatsoever. Gonna be a trip to finally hold an officially released LP in my hands soon.

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    8. Deathhammer - Electric Warfare
    For some, predictability is a bad quality but I appreciate that I can always rely on Deathhammer to smash my head into pieces whenever they drop a new record!!! Razor sharp barely held together riffage and mentally deranged vocals is the name of the game here. There are also 3 tracks over 7 minutes long which was a nice twist. Basically everything I want in speed/thrash. The album closer fucking rules so much!

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    9. Morbo - Possessed with Amorous Intent
    Grumpy cynical old fuck music that throws a bunch of shit like grind, heavy metal, punk rock and thrash together with no real care for aesthetic or marketability. The drumming is particularly enjoyable. The song taking the piss out of Candlemass (the Messiah line!) always gives me a chuckle. "Making love in a mausoleum? Fuck, dude gimme a break. Some dumpy dude who can't really sing is probably not really closin' ass."

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    10. Sphinx - Deathstroke
    The only youngsters in my top 10 (Deathhammer are getting crusty like me at this point) and they blasted their way through the crowd with no remorse. Aggressive riffage and pure speed here. Very bombastic and nonstop headbang fodder with no fat to trim. You can't listen to this in full online I don't think which is unfortunate, but the CD is absolutely worth grabbing asap.

    Mostly a bunch of albums by grumpy old men this year. Very few young bloods in the sacrificial cup. All things considered 2022 was a killer year for me. The amount of shit I had to leave off...

    Decided to revive my blog.
    Top 5 EPs:
    1. Magt - Afmagt
    2. Funereality - Black Blood
    3. Effluence - Liquefied
    4. Bat Sacrifice - Infected Sorcery
    5. Impugner - Advent of the Wretched

    Top 5 Demos:
    1. Vomit Angel - Bucolic Nightmare
    2. Sequestrum - Epitome of Putridity
    3. Extinguished - Vomitous Manifestations
    4. Witchcraft - Sodomythic Temple
    5. Blood Loss - The Order of Malevolence

    Top 5 Splits:
    1. Captain Three Leg / H-Squad / Sub Rats - 31 Uplifting Songs
    2. Captain Three Leg / Burt Bacharach - Captain Three Leg / Burt Bacharach
    3. Reeking Cross / Sidetracked - Reeking Cross / Sidetracked
    4. Lucifer's Fall / Eldritch Rites - Graveyard Rites
    5. Anatomia / Undergang - Anatomia / Undergang
     
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    grizzlybutts/terraasymmetry's top 100 is out btw. second most pretentious reviewer in the history of metal, but he has good taste on the whole.
     
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    Love that description of the Eric Wagner album @CiG
     
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    Nice writeups @RadicalThrasher and @CiG!
    Not sure that anything listed here will be regarded as future classics but they kept me entertained throughout 2022:
    1) Destruction - Diabolical
    2) Immolation - Acts of God
    3) Blind Guardian - The God Machine
    4) Voivod - Synchro Anarchy
    5) High Command - Eclipse of the Dual Moons
    6) Fer-de-Lance - The Hyperborian
    7) Suppresion - The Sorrow of Souls Through Flesh
    8) Druid Lord - Relics of the Dead
    9) Revocation - Netherheaven
    10) Xentrix - Seven Words

    HMs:
    Goatwhore - Angels Hung From the Arches of Heaven
    Nite - Visions of the Kronian Moon
    Autopsy - Morbidity Triumphant
    Molder - Engrossed in Decay
    Destroyer 666 - Never Surrender
    Exhumed - To The Dead
    Aeternam - Heir of the Rising Sun
    Midnight - Let There Be Witchery
    Hellfire - Reckoning
    Ghost - Impera
    Sedimentum - Suppuration Morphogenesiaque

    Biggest Disappointments:
    Kreator - Hate Uber Alles
    Municipal Waste - Electrified Brain
    Witchery - Nightside
    Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying and The Dead
     

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