Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Favorite Extreme Music Albums of 2009's First Half Part One

It's August thus part of the second half of 2009 and I am late in making my top extreme metal/hardcore albums of 2009 from January to June. But whatever as it's still acceptable.

10. Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution
More than 10 years since 1997's Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom, it's indeed a great return of blasting noisy and sometimes jazzy deathgrind thanks to the very rapid stylings of Richard Hoak while a bearded Kevin Sharp does the catchy aggressive vocals to Minutemen's "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs". It helps relieve the strong efforts of Dan and Erik doing the outrageous riffs on Evolution.

9. Isis - Wavering Radiant
In short what Wavering Radiant is, a combination of the past (Celestial) and the recent (Oceanic - In The Absence Of Truth). Maintained by the experimental foundation used in the previous three records, it doesn't display redundancy as it has *drum roll* RIFFING! It's entertaining to see Isis try to expand by wisely regressing in some degrees to prevent being part of the NeruIsis syndrome and still remain a characteristic entity.

8. Napalm Death - Time Waits For Slave
Although redundancy is a bad thing, it can be a good thing when there great content behind the constituency. That's where Napalm Death comes in where they continue on their deathgrind glory in the vein of Scum and From Enslavement To Obliteration. It's still full force and Barney Greenway will shout at you no matter what you threaten him with.

7. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
Unless you give me Symbolic or Obscura, I will not really listen to technical death metal except for Obscura (of course the group) as they don't rely too much on technicality over catchy material as they use necessary balance to attract both audiences who loved the reunion of Gorguts or simply loves the old school.

6. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
It's something by Neige and what does it mean? Very attractive and warming melodies. Although Amesoeurs is not Alcest, it shares the same function but darkens the path with aggressive black metal with shoegazing similar to Brave Murder Day but kicks it up a notch with fast pieces like "Heurt". If you wanted clean singing in something frantic and hard, listen to Audrey's singing range and her patterns. Too bad we cannot have more after their immediate disbandment.

Other great listens:
  • War From A Harlots Mouth - In Shoals
  • Narrows - New Distances
  • Gallows - Grey Britain
  • Graf Orlock - Destination Time: Today
  • Pulling Teeth - Paranoid Delusions/Paradise Illusions
Part Two coming real soon.

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