This suckers still in the mail but damn just hearing that title track reserves first place for the Canuck Metal Prime Ministers
highs: T.I.T., Ready To Fight, Bombs Away
Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition
Why so heavy? Crushing! Just crushing! The definitive thrash team of Holt/Hunting back in action! The vocalist bores the shit outta me (see "As It Was..") but that doesn't even matter...These riffs are thrash metal defined.
highs: Children of a Worthless God (lose my shit at 0:51-1:18 every fucken time, heaviest recorded thing this year), Riot Act, Funeral Hymn, Bedlam 123
WASP - Dominator
Still rips my head off 10 months later. "There ain't no way out tonight!"
highs: Mercy, The Burning Man, Heaven's Blessed
Darkthrone - F.O.A.D.
highs: the whole journey. it's hard to listen to this in installments
highs: Messages Inside of Me, The Banishment, 3rd Option, Looking for Them, POTD
crushing riffs, endless harmonies and totally infectious tunes. DT never dissappoint and overall this could be their best yet (minus the experimental album closer
highs: Blind at Heart (thrash!), Nothing to No One, Empty Me
highs: The Mirrors of My Soul, Way of the Rope, Breathe Through Me
highs: Dark Horizons, Majestic Presence, Purple Neon Dream, Spritually Bereft (all the Wino tunes)
masters of super speed riffing. well it sure aint making the list for the club beat breakdowns/intro and "tinkle tinkle" kybd bits. WTF dudes!? alright back to the fireball riffage and ultra noodlely shredding. \m/ GO! \m/
Highs: Terminal Liberation, Sinners Defeat, It is Done (scale riff insanity), Finality
as close a return to form as you could possibly hope for. a little too overtly political at times, small price to pay for some pure Mustaine venomous gold though. the gtrs just rip on most tunes.
highs: Sleepwalker, You're Dead, Washington
highs: Unto Others, Paler Shade of White, Hell is Within, Deny
Mediocre at Best:
some of the worst lyrics recorded this year. too bad cause the riffs are decent.
Dimmu - In Sorte Diaboli:
less orchestral for sure which is a needed change but still too same ol', same ol' otherwise.
Impious - Holy Murder Masquerade
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. oh cool riff!!!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.oh.yeah!\m/...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Akercocke - Antichrist:
You can't record the follow up to WTGU DTGU in a cardboard box. There could be some good stuff in here but it's just so damn hard to listen to this thing.
Dissection - Reinkaos
The "let's have an album already" awards '07:
Morbid Angel - let's have a full on FLA transam death metal album w/David Vincent. like now!
Hollenthon - thankfully they're back from the brink this year. another shoe-in for '08