Sunday, January 13, 2013
Best Albums of 2011 I Heard in 2012
Toxic Holocaust is a band that focuses on a very specific timeframe in creating their music. They play old school black/death/thrash metal with nods towards Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer, Sodom, and the like. It is all fast and intense music. Their albums are short and fun. This one was no exception.
Insomnium's somber take on melodeath can be heart-wrenching. That much is sure. The Finnish band has been putting out high-quality albums for years now and they certainly lived up to their past albums with this one.
The pioneering Polish death/thrash metal band has been one of the most consistent bands going for the last couple of decades. Every album destroys. You know what you will get with a Vader album, a steamroller of riffs and pounding drums. They never disappoint.
Incantation's Craig Pillard appears as vocalist for this album and the sound is fairly similar to Pillard's other band. It's grimy, old school death metal with a nod toward the occult death metal that was rising from the grave in the late 1980's.
I am a big fan of Vektor already and this is the only album I have heard to this point. The band combines styles from Voivod and later Death into a very impressive and original sound. The album is just a crushing beast of a release. This one would have easily made my Top 10 in 2011, likely at number two or three.