Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse

Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agorapocalypse:

The last thing that comes to mind when one things of Agoraphobic Nosebleed is females. Well you better start since Kat, from the band Salome, has joined this constantly changing project. Her vocals are fierce enough to hold up with any of the guys, but still it’s a nice change and really adds to the songs. Another big change is the way the band has slowed down. This album seems almost glacially slow compared to Altered States of America, but that’s not a bad thing. Rather songs are usually made up of at least two parts. This adds depth and variety, curing the one weakness the band ever had. Also Scott Hull has been really practicing with his digital work station since the drum beats have never sound better. Also his playing is just top notch on this album. While it was a wait, Agorapocalypse completely delivers and maybe a high point for extreme music in 2009.

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Glasses – Self Titled EP

Glasses Self Titled EP:

It’s made in Germany! You know the German’s make good stuff, even hardcore music. This is defiantly angry stuff. Musically it’s very sold. Nothing super new, but done so well that you don’t mind. The female screams add a bit of a nice twist. She also screams about pissing a lot, so if you’re into that and hardcore music you should have a super boner.

Rating: 12/15 assuming that you’re wondering if the singer is hot or not and not if the music is any good.

Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb

Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb:

Vicious is the best way to describe this album. JR Hayes’ vocals have never sounded angrier, snarling through the tracks like enraged animal. Scott Hull shows off his skills in full. He easily switches from shredding riffs to something equally heavy, but catchy. This is all bolster by the new drummer who’s ability to not only keep up with Hull, but also add some grove is impressive. An artistic high point for this band.

Rating: 14/15 songs that should be the plots of movies

Death-Live in L.A.: Death and Raw

Death Live in L.A.: Death and Raw:

A killer set from the true architects of death metal. Other than the recording quality theres nothing here that isn’t exactly what I want from death metal. Vicious screaming, intricate but catchy riffs, fast solos, a strong multi-faceted rhythm section, and great lyrics. One of the best live metal albums I’ve ever come across.

Rating: 15/15 forgotten classics

Negative Approach-Tied Down

Negative Approach Tied Down:

One of the most vicious acts to emerge from 80’s hardcore. John Brannon’s nihilistic lyrics and hoarse yell mesh perfectly with the bands simple yet inventive approach to three chord punk. Unfortunately these guys haven’t been canonized to the extent that Black Flag, Minor Threat and The Dead Kennedys have. Negative Approaches material matches or exceeds the contributions of any of those more well known groups, pick this one up and find that out for yourself.

Rating: 15/15 one man slam dances

Blood for Blood- Livin’ in Exile

Blood for Blood Livin’ in Exile:

If you’re drunk and angry, you really can’t do better than this album. Its fast, its angry, its drunk but also intelligent and insightful. This is a no bullshit record.

Rating 13/15 Brawling drunks

Black Ships – Omens

Black Ships Omens:

“Omens” is the sound of an active quarry: Loud, explosive, and crushing. The guitars are suitable distorted, while the bass is down tuned to the point of sounding almost out of tune. The vocals roar out, incomprehensible but you know he’s shouting about angry things like being late for the bus. The drums anchor down the sound keeping simple rhythms that pound like war drums. The whole affair sounds like it was recorded with the Pro-Tools Wall O’ Sludge plugin. Black Ships avoid the one pitfall of many similar bands in this genre, that all songs sound the same. Rather the songs are similar in sound, but different enough to keep the listener engaged.

Rating: 13/15 Oil spills that are on fire.