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COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

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COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

 

Sorry for the delay. SXSW. Does it every year. A week-and-a-half of horror films, parties, BBQ, interviews, and heavy metal concerts kicks my ass every time. I need another week just to get my bearings straight afterwards. Hell, I even moderated a panel with Clown from Slipknot and Mike IX from Eyehategod where we showed pictures of decapitated naked men and dead deer. And we went on AFTER Bruce Springsteen!

As a result, I have just now caught up on my February metal listening and, man, all I can say is what a perfectly shitty month. Don’t get me wrong, the Bleeders I’ve chosen are all solid efforts. It’s just the rest of them, and there were a fuck-ton of ’em (maybe 160 releases???), were astoundingly crappy. More Blowers than ever.

As usual, there will be bands on my Meh’ers and Blowers lists that you guys may like. I could care less if you think I’m an idiot for not liking them. I’d rather hear why you think those bands deserved to be ranked higher. Be an advocate, not an asshole.

I’m grateful that March is already looking way better with excellent releases from Meshuggah, Primitive Weapons, Every Time I Die, Ministry, Black Sheep Wall, and more.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

Here are the February 2012 releases that got under my skin, burrowed their way into my brain, made my ears bleed, or simply tickled my unmentionables:COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS

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

 

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)The 11th Hour – Lacrima Mortis (Napalm Records)

 One of the worst things about extreme metal is that so much of what is going on gets lost in either shitty mixes or the maniacal maelstrom created by the musicians themselves. Being able to discern lyrics or to pick out an intricate guitar melody or a simple drum pattern can get subsumed in the quest to be the heaviest, the fastest, the most br00tal. Dutch doomsters The 11th Hour, however, understand that it is not necessary to flail away at their instruments for an hour or to scream incoherently to prove your worth on the scale of heavy. Instead, they focus on mega-ton guitars, measured and methodical drumming, and clean, higher-pitched vocals by guitarist/lead vocalist Ed Warby to convey their ultimate take on doom and despair. As a result, each instrument is heard clearly, each vocal line takes on a greater impact, and when harsh vocalist Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste) barrels his way in, it adds even more tension to the overall soundscape. I can easily imagine a Gothic burlesque girl performing a seductive strip-tease in front of a room of drooling freaks desperate for an explosive payoff while listening to this record. Doomonic!

YouTube It! –> “We All Die Alone”

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)4ARM – Submission For Liberty (Rising Records)

 I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it again — thrash ain’t dead! As long as groups like Australia’s 4ARM keep releasing killer material like this, thrash, not neo-thrash or nü-thrash or whatever other bullshit label is ascribed to this type of music, will remain a viable musical entity. All the old-school tenets are on display from beefy riffs to propulsive snare-driven drumming to heavy, yet audible (and good) vocals. Led by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Danny Tomb, 4ARM harkens back to the classic thrash of early Metallica by way of modern day Machine Head. Brilliant drumming from Andy Hinterreiter and solid, fairly inventive lead guitar from Johnny Glovasa. There are dozens of riffs on display here, with just as many hooks, that I’m sure will have hundreds of goats thrown each night they hit the stage.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Asphyx – Deathhammer (Century Media Records)

I’d certainly cough up my hard-earned money to hear Possessed vocalist and thrash legend Jeff Becerra front a blackened doom thrash band, wouldn’t you? Of course, this is actually a different vocal legend, Martin Van Drunen (Pestilence, Hail of Bullets), at the helm, and when he barks out “This is true death metal, you bastards!” you know you are in for a glorious Cenobitic ride of pain and pleasure. Strong guitar work loaded with memorable riffs, with hints of Tom G. Warrior on display, coupled with a clean production that never strips away the grit or the intensity of the playing. The division of speed and doom may throw off some listeners unfamiliar with Asphyx’s raison d’etre, but they should instead revel in the diversity of evil sounds and varying speeds on offer.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Goatwhore – Blood For The Master (Metal Blade Records)

What would be the Cajun equivalent to meat ‘n taters metal? Sausage & red beans metal? Crawfish and boudin metal? Hell, I’m not sure, but whatever it is, that’s what Goatwhore is to these ears. A tasty, reliable dish with some serious kick to it that you know will always leave you satisfied. Those familiar with the New Orleans band know the recipe — black metal combined with Bay Area thrash spiced with some bluesy motorcycle rock. It may not redefine metal in any way, shape, or form, but it’s not trying to either. Drop the needle, feel the instantaneous blast of your epidermis being removed, and bang your skinless face until the whole place is a mess. Metal’s version of “sucking the head.”

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Inspirative – Memories Come Rushing Up To Meet Me Now (Finalkid/Realising Media)

 Instru-metal taken from the same shelves that Explosions In The Sky used to shop from before they met Peter Berg. Airy, jangly bumblebee guitars, followed by seemingly interminable build-ups that eventually unleash full-blown catharsis that make you want to pump a fist to the sky while simultaneously shedding a lone tear, all the while stroking a stray kitten you found in a dank sewer. I kid, sort of. This is heady heavy. Dim the lights, select your mood enhancer of choice, and let the waves crash gently over you until realize you need to get your ass up out of the water before you drown like Whitney Houston after a weekend bender. Tacky, but so goddamned on point it hurts.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Knives Out! – Black Mass Hysteria (Razor To Wrist)

And you thought nü-metal was dead. HA! This is a great fucking hard rockin’ metal album that I had no idea was performed by dudes from such bands as Dog Fashion Disco, Nothingface, HELLYEAH!, and Polkadot Cadaver. Not familiar with the first two bands, though I know who they are, professional courtesy prevents me from expressing my opinion on the third band, and I was a fan of Polkadot Cadaver’s last album, Sex Offender. I could care less what bands these guys are/were in, I just know this record gets the old ’90s metal sound down and right. Think Tool with a more aggressive singer in parts. Think “Bodies”-era Drowning Pool as influenced by Clutch as opposed to whatever the fuck that shit is they’ve been emulating for the last decade. I know it may sound horrid to some of you, but this is a solid rock/metal record that deserves attention. Plus, how bad can album be that has a song called “Swollen Mistress” that’s about fucking a dead hooker?

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Napalm Death – Utilitarian (Century Media Records)

I have no idea how these guys still do it. Okay, so they’re no longer a true grindcore band. Thank, Satan. This is, however, HAF industrial death metal tinged with just enough musical fuckedupness to keep things moving along in a fascinating way. I’m feeling their Swans love now more than ever and wholeheartedly support this expansion of the ND sound. You already know what stellar musicians these guys are and, if you don’t, please go ahead and kill yourself with a Taylor Swiftness. Twenty-first century Napalm Death is a completely different beast from the S.C.U.M.-era band that I first spun on college radio way back in the late ’80s. The modern-day ND still pummels, pulverizes, and grinds down its listeners, they just do it now with an actual sense of melody (okay, rarely), an assured punk rock swagger, and even the occasional Burton C. Bell clean vocal nod to keep shit bouncing. Oh, and there’s that crazy ass sax solo by the legendary John Zorn on “Everyday Pox.”

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Ribozyme – Presenting The Problem (Indie Recordings)

Nine Inch Tools in Chains — that’s the best way to describe these Norwegian rockers. Take the best of ’90s alt-rock, mesh it with some tasteful industrial embellishments, and top it off with some excellent clean vocals and you get probably the least “metal” album I’ll declare a Bleeder all year, but it is absolutely deserving of such high praise. It grooves the fuck out without trying to be hipster cool. It gets you hummin’ and your head a-bobbin’. Hell, it even sounds like they stole John Zorn from Napalm Death for another insane sax interlude. Gasp, there’s even a dubsteppy moment that actually works and doesn’t sound like a teenager’s idiotic bastardization of metal and electronica. These guys have been around for more than a decade. Hopefully, this record will get them the widespread acclaim they deserve.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Sunpocrisy – Samaroid Dioramas (self-released)

 With the death of Isis, the where-the-hell-did-they-disappear-to status of Neurosis, and the unexplained silence of Cult of Luna, the New Favorite Post-Metal Band title is still up for grabs. Last year it was unsigned band Signo Rojo that caught my ear and seemed posed to snatch the moniker. This year, it seems as if another unsigned band may grab that ever elusive banner. I know little to nothing about this Italian six-piece other than they like pyramids, oceans, and bad Photoshopped album covers. The music inside, however, is stellar post-metal reminiscent of the aforementioned pioneers of the movement, but with solid clean vocals to go along with the usual harsh roars. Throw in a few acoustic atmospheric interludes and you have enough to differentiate Sunpocrisy from the pack and, hopefully, allow them to shine on their own.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Witchaven – Terrorstorm (Metalhit.com)

Alright, I’m cheating here. This is actually a re-issue of the 2010 self-released blackened thrash crustfuck by L.A.’s evil purveyors of hate, Witchaven. Raspy vocals placed high in the mix (like I prefer), killer black metal riffs with thrashy overtones, and powerful speed metal drumming are featured here. Although better drum production would have helped and somebody please turn the volume up on the bassist! Otherwise, this is a fun, evil, wicked little slab that will please black metal fans and thrashers alike. Check out “Black Thrash Assault” for the band’s definitive sound.

 

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

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Sadly, the Asphyx (Century Media), Napalm Death (Century Media), Goatwhore (Metal Blade), and most of the The 11th Hour albums (Napalm) are not available on Spotify.

I’m keeping a label tally throughout the year for Bleeders that don’t appear on the #1 streaming service:

BLEEDERS, BY LABEL, NOT ON SPOTIFY

Century Media – 3

Metal Blade – 1

NoiseArt Records – 1

Napalm Records – 1

 

JANUARY ’12 BLEEDERS PLAYLIST

COREY MITCHELL BLEEDERS’ DIGEST TOP 15 METAL ALBUMS OF 2011

 

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)FEBRUARY ’12 MEH’ERS

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

Abominable Putridity – The Anomalies Of Artifical OriginAggression – ViocracyAllerjen – EquilibriumAmoral – BeneathAppollonia – Crimson Shades; Autolatry – Of The Land EP; Autopsy –  All Tomorrow’s FuneralsAvatar – The Black WaltzBlues – Death And TaxesBlutsbrüder – HöllenfeuerclubBroken Mirrors – The Universal DiseaseChasing The Coroner – Sleep When You’re DeadChimp Spanner – All Roads Lead HereChristian Mistress – PossessionCoprolith – Hate Infected EP; Corrosion Of Conformity – s/tCrimson Death – FleshdanceCrimson Shadows – Glory On The BattlefieldThe Dead & Buried – No Forgiveness For TraitorsDemoncy – Enthroned Is The NightDiabulus In Musica –The WandererDjerv – s/tDomination Black – Dimension: DeathDrudkh – Eternakl Turn Of The WheelDyscarnate – And So It Came To Pass; Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 2Edge Of Sanity – KUR-NU-GI-AEktomorf – The AcousticEluveitie – HelvetiosEngel – Songs For The Dead EP; Enochian Theory – Life…And All It EntailsFörgjord – SielunvihollinenFreedom Call – Land Of The Crimson DawnGenus – Origin EP; Grimind – Through The Eyes Of JanusHammer Horde – VinlanderHuman Carnage – Unleash The CarnageHypno5e – Acid Mist TomorrowI The Breather – Truth And PurposeImmolith – StormDragonInsense – Burn In Beautiful FireIrdorath – Dekonstrukteur des FleischesIron Fire – Voyage Of The DamnedLabyrinthe – The Depths Of HellLanfear – This Harmonic ConsonanceLay Down Rotten – Mask Of MaliceLes Discreets – Ariettes Oubliées…Lis Er Stille – NousLost World Order – ParasitesLyriel – LeverageMace – Harp Strings EP; Maligno – The Funeral DomineThe Mariana Hollow – Velvet Black SkyMasterpiece – Heirs Of FreedomMoby Dick – Good ByeMonarch! – Omens EP; Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus – The RemixesMorbid Tales – Planet DeathMorning Ablaze – s/tNecronomicon – InvictusNephelium – Coils Of EntropyNinth Circle – JudeccaNitrogods – s/tOakenshield – LegacyOceanides – MetahumanThe Omega Experiment – s/tOpera Diabolicus – 1614Opera IX – Strix Maledicte In AeternumOrange Goblin – A Eulogy For The DamnedOrbeth – The WayOutcast – Awaken The ReasonPallbearer – Sorrow And ExtinctionPowerdrive – InstinctProject Viremia – The Viremic EPPsycroptic – The Inherited RepressionRage – 21Ram Zet – Freaks In WonderlandRe-Armed – Worldwide HypnotizeThe Ritual – The Devil’s Tongue EP; Ritualization/Temple Of Baal – The Vision Of Fading Mankind split; The Safety Fire – Grind The OceanSektemtum – Aut Caesar Aut NihilThe Seven Year Itch – Beyond This LifeStam1na – NoceboStephan Forté – The Shadows CompendiumStruck A Nerve – s/tSummoner – PhoenixSwallow The Sun – Emerald Forest And The BlackbirdSynapses – ExpiationTerrorizer – Hordes Of ZombiesTrapjaw – Tschandala – Best of 2004-2011Tremors – Island Songs EP; UFO – Seven DeadlyVan Halen – A Different Kind Of TruthVarhorn – Vookhoo The RavenVoices Of Destiny – Power DiveWinterburst – The Mind CaveWitchhammer – The Lost TapesWykked Wytch – The Ultimate Deception


COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)FEBRUARY ’12 BLOWERS

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

 

7 Days Before – Fast Fame fast Fall EP77 – High DecibelsAmberian Dawn – Circus Black; Art Of Shock – Live Forever; Beneath The Massacre – IncongruousBeware The Neverending – The Next LevelA Call To Sincerity – Foundations; Common Dead – Diatribe; Dead Crown – Frozen BloodDear Superstar – Damned ReligionDunderbeist – Black Arts & Crooked TailsFallen Within – 8 Years NewFollow The Captain – The Fourth Kind, The Third World & The Second Thoughts Of One World EP; Holding Sand – Some Things Are Better Left UnsaidImminent Sonic Destruction – Recurring ThemesJoliet – Truth Cannot Be Destroyed By Burning PagesKarnak Seti – In Harmonic EntopyLight Up The Sky – The Devastated EP; Lillian Axe – XI: The Days Before Tomorrow; Live My Last – EPMacabra – Blood-Nurtured NatureMastema – The Burning Of Maggie Wall; Nothing Sacred – Let Us PreyOut Of Mercy – Face Your FearPicture – WarhorsePrimer 55 – The Big F UResurrector Abandoned Souls EP; Rhope Turning Maybes Into RealitySemargl Satanic Pop MetalThe Silence OrigenSkullcrusher Clean SlateSky For Sinners HaeresySoen CognitiveSteel Vengeance Call Off The Dogs: The RemastersStrikemasterVicious NightmareTherapy? A Brief Crack Of LightTo The WindNo More Than ThisTracedawn Lizard DuskVarhornVookhoo The Raven; VengeanceCrystal Eye; Vomitchapel Damnatio Ad Bestias; WarheadThe End Is Here; Ways AcrossInfamous EP; We Follow OneUpside Down & Backwards; We The CreatorAssimilation EP

 

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)

FEBRUARY ’12 MISSES

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

Anguish – Through The Archdemon’s Head; Breag Naofas/t; Carnalation Deathmask; Dawn Of Ashes – Farewell To The Flesh; DesasterThe Arts Of Destruction; DimeslandCreepmoon; ForgjordSielunvihollinen; Funeral Heaven/Plecto Aliquem CapiteAstral Mantras Of Dyslexia split; Funeral Whore – Step Into Damnation; The Kandidate  Facing The Imminent Prospect Of Death;  Nattfog – Mustan Auringon Riitti; Nocturnal TormentThey Come At Night; Ominous CrucifixThe Spell Of DamnationPilgrim Mystery Wizard

 

BEST FEBRUARY ’12 RECORD

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)The 11th Hour – Lacrima Mortis

“We all die alone.”

 


2012 TOP 15 EARLY INCLUSIONS

Let’s see if they make the final cut.

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)The 11th Hour – Lacrima Mortis (February ’12)

 

 

COREY MITCHELL’S FEBRUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST (THE “IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME” EDITION)Ribozyme – Presenting The Problem (February ’12)

 

 

Acheode – Anxiety (January ’12)

Desecravity – Implicit Obedience (January ’12)

*Suicidal Angels – Bloodbath (January ’12)

Vita Imana – Uluh (January ’12)

 

*Bleeder of the Month

 

COREY MITCHELL’S JANUARY ’12 BLEEDERS’ DIGEST

 

YEAR-TO-DATE TALLY:

New Metal Releases Listened to this year – 261

Bleeders – 23

Meh’ers – 170

Blowers – 68

Top 15′ers – 6

 

**Some of these releases are possibly late 2011 sets, first-time U.S. releases, re-issues, 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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Also, be sure to check out Philip Anselmo and Corey Mitchell’s Housecore Horror Film Festival coming to Austin, TX in October 2013.

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