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COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LIST

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COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LIST

Last year (and the year before) I got way too busy with this thing called life and missed out on a lot of quality music. I am here to rectify the error of my ways, month by month.

Here are the releases from the first half of the year 2011 that I missed for whatever reason that got under my skin, burrowed their way into my brain, made my ears bleed, or simply tickled my unmentionables:

 

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LIST

FIRST HALF MISSES OF ’11 BLEEDERS

These are the keepers. I expect to spin these throughout the year and longer.

 

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTBatillus – Furnace

Holy Legion of Doom, Batman! This slow, grinding, mass of chaos will pulverize your remaining two senses into complete and utter submission by the time you plow through its 44-minutes of pure aural torture. And that’s a good thing! These Brooklynites lay on the heavy in shovelfuls and it is one bruising, depressing collection of heavy metal somber. It is so good that I would love to get a copy of this album minus the vocals as well, just so I could write more brutal murder scenes for my true crime books. It is that eviscerating and evocative.

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTThe Bronx Casket Co. – Antihero

D.D. Verni, bassist for long-term thrashmasters Overkill, has had this side project for a number of years and this is the first time I’ve heard of it. It is as far removed from his main band as Philip Anselmo’s Christ Inversion was from Pantera, but in the other direction. This is definitely more for fans of Rob Zombie than Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. Yes, it’s commercial hard rock, but thankfully, it rocks hard. There are keyboards, simple chuggery, Anthraxian group backing vocals, silly lyrics, but it manages to get your ass shaking and your head a boppin’. Verni has also taken over vocal chores and does a more than adequate job in that department. Pop open a sixer, roll your car windows down, and hit the open highway while blasting this one at full volume and its appropriateness will be readily apparent.

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTThe Cavalera Conspiracy – Blunt Force Trauma

Best Max product since Roots (sorry, didn’t care for Soulfly)! This is straightforward, meat ‘n taters groove-thrash-death metal with some excellent guitar work from Max and his Soulfly compadre, Marc Rizzo. Plus, any album that can get me to enjoy Roger Miret’s voice is a winner. Motherfucking torture!

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTDødsferd – Spitting With Hatred, the Insignificance of Life

The number of stellar black metal releases this year continues to grow with this bitch of an album. If you like to feel completely exhausted after listening to a BMovement and want to take a shower to scrape all the hell off your body, then this is the album for which you have been waiting. Part punk rock BM, part epic buzzscape, all darkness and despair. These Greeks, led by vocalist Wraith, know how to crack open your skull with a spiked mace, pick apart the shattered remnants of your brain, and feast on your unholy gray matter with their sound. A truly evil headbanging massacre with enough atmospheric passages to allow you to catch your breath, so you can gear up for a second round of self-flagellation. Oh, and best song title of the year so far goes to this incomprehensible gem: “A Pile of Shit; the only Hope of Your World.”

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTFeral – Dragged to the Altar

Getting tired of your death metal being so technical-ed up that you can’t even bang your head to it without causing dry land sea sickness? Welcome to Feral! This is Swedish death metal with extremely gravelly vocals, crunching rhythm guitars, and killer low end. This debut release from the Swedish five-piece is easy to grasp, yet HAF. Plus, there’s something to be said for stellar songwriting over technical wankery and I will choose the former over the latter any day. This is that.

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTTo Cast A Shadow – In Memory Of

I know I should not like this, but I can’t help myself. It combines what should be solid traits from such underwhelming female-fronted PowerGothic Metal bands such as Leaves Eyes, Midnattsol, and Within Temptation with the ridiculously strong positive qualities of an incredible band like SubRosa. No, To Cast A Shadow is nowhere near as good as SubRosa, but it is leaps and bounds beyond those first bands I mentioned. Led by now-former vocalist Gunnhild Huser, these Norwegian gothbangers score big points on their second album with beautiful soaring, but not overreaching, vocals, tasteful guitar interplay, and solid production. Fans of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost will be pleased to discover this band.

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTUntil Your Heart Stops – Errors

Not sure how you can call 19 minutes a full-lengther, but, whatever. UYHS, a Bay Area hardcore unit, kicks out the jams MC5-meets-Black Flag style in short, punchy cadences. Sure, their vocalist hits about three notes throughout the entire record, but they are simply the perfect three notes. Nothing super innovative or OTT brilliant, but definitely HAF. Will get you pumped to jump and down like a five-year-old brat in an inflatable bouncer who has OD’d on a fourth bowl of Apple Jacks.


COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTFIRST HALF MISSES OF ’11 MEH’ERS

Good points throughout the record, but not enough to make we want to revisit it.

Abacinate – Genesis; Above Symmetry – Ripples; Acephalix – Interminable NightAssassin – Breaking the Silence (good album but sounds WAYYYYY too much like Overkill); Assaulter – Boundless!Ava Inferni – OnyxBarnburner – Bangers II: Scum of the Earth (bit of a let down after their great debut album); Bloodiest – DescentDarkest Era – The Last Caress of LightDespise You/Agoraphobic Nosebleed –And On and On… split; Doctor Midnight and The Mercy Cult – I Declare TreasonDrainland – And So Our Troubles Began (almost a Bleeder); Fen/De Arma – Towards the Shores of the End split (Fen is great; De Arma, not so much); Folge Dem Wind – Inhale The Sacred Poison; Indian – GuiltlessJob For A Cowboy – Gloom EP; Lionheart – Built on StruggleMelvins – Sugar Daddy  Live; Moonreich – Loi Martiale; MoonsorrowVarjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (definitely a letdown); Nadiwrath – Nihilistic StenchNecronoclast –  AshesThe New Black – II: Better in BlackNoisear – Subvert the Dominant ParadigmSummon the Crows – One More For the GallowsSvartsyn – Wrath Upon the EarthTyr –  The Lay of ThrymUneven Structure – 8 EPThe Very End – Mercy and MiseryVreid – VVYGR – Hypersleep; The Warriors – See How You Are

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTFIRST HALF MISSES OF ’11 BLOWERS

Not even worth selling on eBay. Do people still do that?

The Browning – s/tBetzefer – Freedom to the Slave MakersCypher Seer – OriginsDotma – Sleep ParalysesHollywood Undead – American Tragedy;  Hyperborean – The Spirit of WarfareLoss – DespondOrchid – CapricornThe Project Hate MCMXCIX – Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)Routasielu – PimeysSolar Fragment – In Our HandsThe Soulless – IsolatedSrodek – Förfall; Various Artists – SIN-atraVirus – The Agent That Shapes the Desert

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTFIRST HALF MISSES OF ’11 MISSES

STILL not able to get my grubby little hands on these platters.

JUNE ’11: Ancient VVisdom – A Godlike InfernoThe Android Meme – Ordo AB ChaoBohren and der Glub of Gore – BeileidBrent Hinds Presents: – Fiends Without a Face and West End MotelElitist – Fear in a Handful of Dust; Engineer – Crooked VoicesFaces of Bayon – Heart of the FireFutur Skullz – s/tGentleman’s Pistols – At Her Majesty’s PleasureHelms Alee –WeatherheadHöllenlärm – Hellish NoiseIsis – Live II: 03.19.03; Isis – Live III: 12.17.04; Khann – ErodeMisguided Aggression – Flood the Common GroundMorne – AsylumNordvargr – Re-AwakenPharaoh – Ten Years EP; Planks – The Darkest of Grays/Solicit to FallS.O.S. – I Owe You Nothing EP; Shraphead – Blind & SeducedSourvein – Black FangTurbid North – OrogenyVarious Artists – Afterparty Massacre SoundtrackVerah Falls – All Our YesterdaysVoiVod – Warriors of Ice Live; White Wizzard – Flying TigersXibalba – Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias

MAY ’11: Across Tundras – SageAlpinist Lichtlærm/Minus MenschAna Kefr – The Burial TreeBackslider/Nimbus – Terrifixsplit; Bringers of Disease – Gospel of PestilenceThe Crevices Below – Below the CrevicesDeath Wolf – s/tDesolate Shrine – Tenebrous TowersDynasty – Truer Living with a Youthful VengeanceForgotten Tomb – Under Saturn RetrogradeGravehill – When All Roads Lead to HellHorde of Hel – LikdaggHrizg – Anthems to DecrepitudeIndestructible Noise Command – Heaven Sent, HellboundIsis – Live I: 9.23.03Rival Sons – Pressure and TimeSatan’s Host – By the Hand of the DevilScelestus – s/tTitle Fight – ShedV8Wankers – Iron CrossroadsWeekend Nachos – WorthlessX Opus – The EpiphanyZombi – Escape Velocity

APRIL ’11: A Life Divided – PassengerAerial Ruin – Valleys of the EarthAnnihilation Time – IIA.N.S./Ramming – s/t split; Blood Freak – MindscraperBodyfarm – s/tConflicted – Never Be TamedDestrophy – Cry HavocFaithsedge – s/tFormer Thieves – The Language That We SpeakFoundation – When the Smoke ClearsGraviton – MasslessHaeresiarchs Of Dis – In Obsecration of the Seven DarksHeirs – FowlHero In Error – The Highs of New LowsKicker – InnitNegura Bunget – Poarta de Dincolo EP; No Turning Back – Take ControlOvo – Cor CordiumSinister – Altered Since BirthTaletellers – RadicalizerToo Late the Hero – Statement of PurposeTurbocharged – AntiXtianVictims – A Dissident

MARCH ’11: As Likely As Not – Stand Up and Nerve; Assaulter – Boundless; Beehoover – Concrete Catalyst; Cut Your Teeth – CYT II; Fell Voices – Untitled; Goes Cube – In Tides and Drifts; Immortal Dominion – Primortal; Lekamen Illusionen Kallet – The Second Wind; Monsterworks – The God Album; Ruled by Reason – The Dawning of Dystopia; Sacrarium – March to an Inviolable Death; True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth; W.A.I.L. – W.A.I.L.; Withering Soul – No Closure

FEBRUARY ’11: The Defaced – AnomalyDrugs of Faith – CorrodedEngrained – Deep RootedMisery – Evil is Crowned;  Scheepers – ScheepersSpellbound Dazzle – Unreal Fairy TalesThe Swan King – Eyes Like KnivesTimo Tolkki – Saana Warrior of Light Pt. 1

JANUARY ’11: Attackhead – Voices in the Dark; Bruce Lamont – Feral Songs for the Epic Decline; Coldsnap – Perfection; Defiled – In Crisis; Disciplin – Radikale Randgruppe; Mass – ’84 Unchained; Mass – Fighter; Psycho – Pain Addict Pigs; Secret Sphere – The Scent of Human Desire; Skin Culture – The Earth Spits; Volture – Shocking Its Prey

 

BIGGEST FIRST HALF MISSES OF ’11 DISAPPOINTMENTS

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTNothing major here. Just let down by the rather mediocre releases by Moonsorrow and Barnburner. I’m a big fan of both bands, read the OTT praise for both new albums, and felt decidely indifferent about both. Bummer.

 

2011 TOP 15 EARLY INCLUSIONS

Let’s see if they make the final cut.

COREY’S “SH*T I MISSED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2011” BLEEDERS’ LISTBatillus – Furnace (April ’11)

 

 

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (June ’11)

Jungle Rot – Kill On Command (June ’11)

Looking For An Answer – Eterno Treblinka (June ’11)

Origin – Entity (June ’11)

Argus – Boldly Stride the Doomed (May ’11)

Infestus – ExIst (May ’11)

Nader Sadek – In The Flesh (May ’11)

Olde Growth – Olde Growth (May ’11)

Wormrot – Dirge (May ’11)

Cruachan – Blood on the Black Robe (Apr. ’11)

Signo Rojo – promoalbum2011 (Apr. ’11)

American Heritage – Sedentary (Mar. ’11)

KEN Mode – Venerable (Mar. ’11)

Of Legends – Stranded (Mar. ’11)

SubRosa – No Help For the Mighty Ones (Mar. ’11)

DevilDriver – Beast (Feb. ’11)

Horned Almighty – Necro Spirituals (Jan. ’11)

Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm (Jan. ’11)

Tuck From Hell – Thrashing (Jan. ’11)

 

YEAR-TO-DATE TALLY:

Metal Releases Listened to – 356

Bleeders – 103

Meh’ers – 141

Blowers – 112

Top 15′ers – 20

 

PREVIOUS MONTHS’ BLEEDERS

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

 

**Some of these releases are possibly late 2010 sets, first-time U.S. releases, or sneak peeks of upcoming albums.**

-CM

 

Corey Mitchell is a best-selling author of several true crime books and is currently helping Philip H. Anselmo write his autobiography.

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