As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
With the release of I Shall Die Here and their slew of recent collaborations, The Body has somehow gotten even more experimental with their already experimental style of noise/metal/whatever by straying into catchier, even poppier territory. The interesting combination of noisy, yet highly structured songwriting as well as frequent collaborator Chrissy Wolpert’s sung vocals mixing with Chip King’s signature distorted howls in the background reinforces that feeling of genres intermingling, but also creates something new and original.
It’s been a fun week for new black metal releases or just even catching up on some of the ones I may have missed. This week’s From The Void even features something a little different than your typical black metal as well as some heavy hitting high end releases. But let’s not drag this on any further shall we? Here are my favorite black metal albums I listened to this past week. Remember to click the name/title to listen to the music for yourself!
Review by Danny Katz
Before I begin, I have a confession to make; I hated Deathspell Omega. I first heard them by way of their full length, Si Monumentum Reqvires, Circumspice, and just well, wasn’t into it. It was too cacophonous. I could barely make out structure to some of the songs. The vocals were off putting for some odd reason. I tried with every subsequent release of theirs too, as they were generating a lot of praise from sources I generally trusted. It didn’t do anything for me. Until it did.