Top 5 Albums Of The Year So Far…

Just for fun, I want to share with you my top five albums of the year so far. These albums are great and I think they’ll be contenders for the end of the year list that is just SO much fun to put together. So far we have the following:

5: Exotic Animal Petting ZooTree of Tongues. This awesome gem was an unexpected gift sent to me for review. I’ve never heard of the band until earlier this year and the album just continues to get played to this day. I rocked this shit while in the garage yesterday! It’s really good.

4: Cannibal CorpseTorture. It just came out but this one is on a continuous loop , I listen to it twice a day at least. The songs on the album are just so fucking entertaining. It takes no time at all to fully enjoy this album for what it is.

3: Plague Widow2012 EP. A new band with a big sound. This is how you do death grind. Songs are short, to the point and incredibly heavy. If you haven’t checked out Plague Widow yet after all of these posts I’ve been making you are a fucking retard.

2: CrossesEP II. Not metal, actually far from it. Chino Moreno/Shaun Lopez/Chuck Doom come together to write some beautiful music. It’s slow & tragic yet romantic. Crosses is one of the best side projects to have come out in recent years.

1: Woods of YpresWoods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light. Words cannot describe my love for this album. The bands final album, Woods V, is a really tough album for me to listen to and sing along to all the way through and not get a tear built up. I miss David Gold and this is his amazing last work of art. This album inspires me, it motivates me, it calms me and it makes me think. Not to mention the tunes are fucking good, this is a different take on doom. It’s not just toned down guitars and growling, it’s singing….really good singing. David’s lowest vocal tone ever, and the fact there are so many instruments contributing to the sound on this album makes Woods V that much more unique. Also, even with all of the heavy death metal put out so far this year, nothing makes me headbang harder then the part on “Alternate Ending” on the 1:48 mark, the doom breakdown is so fucking good. I love this album. RIP David Gold, you’ve inspired more than any man ever has.

PLAGUE WIDOW – “Assimilated Subconscious” – live at KDVS | Raise The Dead

Plague Widow bringing straight up death metal to some poor radio station and their listener base. I hope they were ready for them because Plague Widow punishes, in a good way. Like bear hugging a toddler. Anyways, here is the band performing their song Assimilated Subconscious for Raise The Dead -KDVS, DAVIS 90.3FM

Check out their new EP here on Bandcamp.

Album Review! PLAGUE WIDOW – Plague Widow EP

Newcomers from Sacramento, CA known as Plague Widow came together and recorded this EP last winter and just released it through Buriedinhell Records. This 3 piece death/grind band produces a straight forward metal attack that is filled with lightening fast riffs, blistering drumming and deep monstrous vocals. Vocals usually tend to stay on the low end with a couple of high registered screams on the EP. Drumming is always going non-stop; Tons of blasts, fills and interesting patterns when the music isn’t out for blood. Guitar is tuned low but that adds to the brutality and it’s used for actual tremolo riffing and sinister chords. Not just open string palm mutes and breakdown shit, Hal Rotter’s guitar work is sheer madness and his technique and style is quite deranged; he is trying to kill you with his guitar. Throw all three of these together and you have one solid EP, just murderous death metal that is some of the finest I’ve heard so far this year.

My only complaint isn’t even about the music itself, I find the music ultra satisfying and headbang worthy. I’d blast this shit in my garage/office or car anytime. It’s the obnoxious interlude/intro/outro stuff that takes up 45% of the EP’s space. I don’t find it necessary nor interesting to listen to. I skip them every single time, unless I am just too busy to switch it out. Even then I’m thinking to myself “Come the fuck on, get to the music”. The songs are rather short too but they are so good you can listen to them over and over and they still held my interest even after 10 full listens back to back. The EP is solid and just incredibly heavy, so if you’re a fan of death/grind you’ll appreciate the self titled EP that Plague Widow has released.

Pros: The music is straight up death metal riffs, blast beats and growls. Great production. 8.5 minutes of some of the best death metal so far this year.

Cons: Songs are rather short, the non music crap should be cut from the next EP or full length.

4 out of 5

WRECK-OMMENDATION: PLAGUE WIDOW & PAINFUL QUANDARY

I usually only choose one band for this weekly segment but since I missed out on last weeks post I figured, fuck it! This week we have some new bands making some fucking heavy music: Plague Widow and Painful Quandary.

Plague Widow is from Sacramento, CA and their approach to heavy music is just a constant barrage of in your face death metal. “Their EP they just released is fucking awesome. Plague Widow have merged rapid fire, no-bullshit grinding death metal with sinister, blackened passages. A furious & uncompromising display of refined discordant-Death & Grind.” Well said.

The next band is from the opposite side of the country in Callaway, FL. Florida, the home of good American death metal….and Painful Quandary continue on this tradition. Their attack to your ears is appalling, foul, evil and horrendous….and I FUCKING LOVE IT. These guys fucking get it. They make great death metal.

Both of these bands are quickly becoming my new favorites and I hope they do the same to you.

Be sure to “like” their Facebook pages!!!! Click here for Plague Widow & click here for Painful Quandary! Enjoy!

PLAGUE WIDOW: HOLY FUCK YOU WILL HEADBANG! NEW SONG POSTED!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Plague Widow track:

I usually use the term “beautiful” to describe something that is delicate, calm and relaxing. However, this is beautiful blackened death grind. This shit is furious and I dare you to not move your head. You cannot help it. The song is rather short but it’s the most sinister thing I’ve heard so far this year! It’s quick and to the point. Straight up metal, music to kill to. Self Titled EP available sometime in 2012 (No exact date has been set) on Buriedinhell Records.