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Top 10s of 2010: Our Contributors (Part 1)

December 14th, 2010

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It’s that time of year again – 2010 is coming to a close, and we’re left looking back on what’s been another fantastic 12 months in the world of heavy music. Over the past few weeks, we’ve harassed our contributors into making some tough choices – no doubt shedding a few tears along the way – and whittling down 2010’s releases into their own personal Top 10 favourite records put out over the year gone by.

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Album: The Chariot – Long Live

November 15th, 2010

The Chariot
Long Live
Good Fight Music
22 November 2010

By Mike Strata

It’s no coincidence that the cover art for The Chariot’s latest slab of furious dissonance looks more like something one would expect from a hardcore band than a band that is routinely (and quite unflatteringly) labelled as metalcore. The Chariot has always produced DIY, rootsy, frighteningly honest music, and whilst the band might share little in common sonically with bands like Bane and Have Heart, their ethos and aesthetic are similar. From the organic recording of their albums to their ferocious, out of control live shows, for The Chariot it’s all about keeping it real.

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Album: Comeback Kid – Symptoms + Cures

August 19th, 2010

Comeback Kid
Symptoms + Cures
Victory Records
31 August 2010

by Mike Strata

For a moment there it looked for all the world like Comeback Kid were heading down the same career path as late 90s/early 00s melodic hardcore heroes Stretch Arm Strong. Fast, catchy, posi sound? Check. Breakout album leading to more “mainstream” success? Check. Revolving door of member ins and outs? Check.

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Album: Nachtmystium – Black Meddle, Pt II: Addicts

July 12th, 2010

Nachtmystium
Black Meddle Part II: Addicts
Candlelight Records
07 June 2010

by Mike Strata

From Disaronno’s whisky adverts to Andy Gray’s frantic babbling on a Sunday afternoon, the slogan “expect the unexpected” has become so old and tired it makes Zsa Zsa Gabor look positively perky. However, when it comes to describing the audio output of Illinois’ premier psychedelic metal alchemists Nachtmystium over the last few years, there really is no better phrase.

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Album: Bison b.c. – Dark Ages

May 18th, 2010

Bison B.C.
Dark Ages
Metal Blade
13 April 2010

by Mike Strata

Good band names are, clearly, very hard to come by, and whilst “Bison b.c.” may not be top of the band-name class, they certainly deserve some extra points for choosing a name which perfectly evokes their sound. Whether their inspiration comes from the bovine beast of the same name, or perhaps the rock-hard end boss from Streetfighter II, there’s no doubt that the noise the band creates on Dark Ages is as heavy, muscular and powerful as either of their possible namesakes. Emerging from the same primordial stew as their sonic cousins Mastodon and Baroness, Bison b.c. serve up a heady mixture of metal and sludge with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. A mixture which, in theory at least, sounds more than promising….but in reality there’s an unshakeable feeling that something is missing.

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Tour Diary: Between The Buried And Me and The Red Chord blitz Japan

April 16th, 2010

Last month Between The Buried And Me went to Japan for the first time ever, with their buds The Red Chord playing in support. Our man in Japan, Mike Strata, went along for the ride. And he kicked all their asses at Mario Kart.

What do progressive/tech/death metal, preposterous amounts of Mario Kart, masturbation eggs, and the delights of the McGriddle have in common? The answer is (of course) nothing, but for 6 short days, these seemingly disparate elements were thrown together on a trek from one end of Japan to the other as Between The Buried And Me and The Red Chord descended upon the land of the rising sun and went hog wild on a whistlestop tour of its major cities.

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Album: Converge – Axe To Fall

October 19th, 2009

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Converge
Axe To Fall
Epitaph Records
19 October 2009

by Mike Strata

There is a massive temptation to greet every new release from Massachusetts’ favourite sons with a foam-at-the-mouth kind of hysteria usually reserved for teen idols. The devotion inspired by Converge is built on the rock-solid foundation of an almost flawless back catalogue, and so the band find themselves in the rather unenviable position of being expected to deliver a classic album every single time.

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Album: Paramore – brand new eyes

October 3rd, 2009

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Paramore
Brand New Eyes
Fueled By Ramen
28 September 2009

by Mike Strata

Contrary to popular belief, Hayley Williams’ incomprehensibly cringe-inducing appearance on the latest Set Your Goals album did not bring about the end of music. We’re all still here, the hits keep on coming, and a few months on from Ms Williams last indiscretion we have a new Paramore album to digest.

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