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Shits which came out this year and has shown NO MERCY

First I thought of making a list of best albums of 2012 so far. There is hell lotta shits came out in this year, some of which stuck in my mind for weeks. But then I came to realize that I am quite reluctant in making lists. So I decided, I will post those 2012 albums which I have been listening recently. Because I don’t wanna get killed by someone whose favorite album is not in the list. To make things clear, this is not any kinda “top albums so far” or something. This list may turn out to be a little different if you ask me tomorrow. 😛

And yea, this is not in any particular order. I made this list pretty quickly, wrote whichever album came first in my mind. So, here we go. Holy fuck! That “so” rhymed with “go”. I am a fucking poet. 😀

Okay, sorry for that 😛 . Here,

1.  IHSAHN – EREMITA – [Progressive Metal]

Former Emperor frontman, Ihsahn, a genius musician, crafted his solo album titled “Eremita”. Groovy riffs, Emperor-era blasts with keyboards, Jorgen Munkeby’s saxophone adding layer of brilliance and beautiful chorus melodies. This is scary, heavy, beautiful and ugly, making this weird shit worth listening.

2. STILLBORN MESSENGERS – SIGHTLESS – [Djent Metal/Hardcore]

Stillborn messengers is a french Hardcore, Metalcore, Djent metal act. They released their first EP this year. Sightless has astonishing guitar riffs, heavy drums, amazing and intense vocals, heavy, brutal and beautiful at the same time.

3. MESHUGGAH – KOLOSS – [Progressive/Tech Metal]

Here, GO! -> Meshuggah – The Metallica of Present Time.

4.  AHAB – THE GIANT – [Nautical Doom Metal]

Ahab is a nautical doom metal band from Germany.  It is difficult to find a band as dark, as slow, as strong, as brutal and as ridiculously heavy as Ahab.  If the link is not dead yet, listen full album here.

5. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – THERE’S NO LEAVING NOW – [FOLK]

Apart from other albums, this one’s no metal. Here GO! – > I Don’t Wanna Go Heaven, coz I Am Graced Already – THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

6.  TESTAMENT – DARK ROOTS OF EARTH – [Thrash Metal]

Testament! Enough said.

7.  GOJIRA – L’ENFANT  SAUVAGE – [Technical Death/Thrash/Groove/Progressive Metal]

Here, GO! -> Any GOJIRA album is a good GOJIRA album

8. PERIPHERY – PERIPHERY II – THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL –  [Progressive/Groove/Djent Metal]

American Metal band Periphery, popular with their Djent sound, released their second album last month. Periphery II is a lot heavier and catchier than their first release. Many would say “vocalist sounds gay”, “their sound’s no heavy” and blah blah blah.! But, I love Periphery  and I love Periphery and I love Periphery and I think you’ll like them too.

SHITS I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR [Upcoming Releases]:

                 SWANS – THE SEER           KATATONIA – DEAD END KINGS        SYLOSIS – MONOLITH


I Don’t Wanna Go Heaven, coz I Am Graced Already – THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

With the debut recorded in various living rooms, making a minimalist music with roots in an ancient tradition by the name The Tallest Man On Earth, Kristian Matsson, the young Swedish songwriter, hidden behind his sorcery spirits, puts his guitar on and gets off the magneto. Once asked why he chose such a big name, he said, “It’s great to have a huge name for one of these “small” music.” Well, I tell you, you won’t win listening his “small” music, but will remain a little double-locked in his log cabin.

He has a very uncanny voice, as if his throat is curled a bit at the end, and when you hear it for the first time you will probably not like it (I know I didn’t) but take my word for it and let the music grow on you for a day or two. Once that happens, the same songs will sound like the best you have ever heard, makes you shudder at the thought of impatience to hear the album in its entirety. Because sometimes when you listen to some good music, you don’t really care what’s going around.

Three albums in the space of six years is a brisk pace for an artist. However, what separates the grain wheat of Kristian Matsson from the rest of the melodic chaff is his consistently high quality of all the guitar pluckings and his sandpaper voice, in a direct line from folk virtuoso, Dylan, sounds more polished than ever.

His third album, There’s No Leaving Now, is mostly recorded at home over a stint of 5 months. There are some small refinements in this new album. With the addition of woodwinds, drums, and additional fingerpicked guitars to the mix, giving his songs a fuller sound, making it even more difficult for the listener to defend himself. There’s No Leaving Now is an adventure close to home, the sound of someone exploring a nature trail in his own backyard. Every song has a different gait, still picturesque. Lyrically, the album is a chef-d’oeuvre. To cherry-pick 3-4 songs is the hardest part. Still, my personal favorites are: “To Just Grow Away”, “Revelation Blues”, “1904”, “Bright Lanterns”, “There’s No Leaving Now” and “Little Brother”[6 out of 10. Almost the entirety :P. In this album, every track is a gem].  “Little Brother” was the first song I heard. “Why are you drinking again little brother. When your ramblings the hard part of loving you. You say the creek and the fogs wanna drown you. But there are deeper wells where we’re going to”, was enough for me to fall in love with this tallest man :P.

Excerpt from the cosmos of Matsson, There’s No Leaving Now is a beautiful gift to us, proves that his songwriting has not aged a bit and is still as gently touching.

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