1. DEFTONES "DIAMOND EYES"
This album is a true return to form with an interesting new 3/4 twist. Definitely the best live band I've seen in a long time! Love the riffs, vocals and drums! The Quicksand bass player definitely complimented the writing approach on this disc! Fantastic for me, but not for the closed-minded community that we are continuously surrounded by, a very welcome change of pace which is very welcome with the ever present stagnation of musical inspiration that I am crying out for.
2. Pendulum "Immersion"
3. Macabre "Human Monsters"
4. Immolation "Majesty & Decay"
5. Enslaved "Axioma Ethica Odini"
ERIK BURKE of Brutal Truth
1. IHSAHN "AFTER"
I've always wanted to meet this dude. Not sure what I'd say exactly other than I'm a huge fan (which is kinda gay) but I love his style. His solo records inspire me to work on my own this year. Each one is different. And bringing sax into the mix is the icing on the cake. Adds a totally different element and feel to the killer metal he's pushing. I look forward to his future work. Fucking awesome!
2. Charred Walls of the Damned "s/t"
3. Jamie Foxx "The Best Night of My Life"
4. Mono "Holy Ground: NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra"
5. Knut "Wonder"
ADRIAN BICKLE of Mournful Congregation
1. BURZUM "BELUS"
When I first heard that Varg was undertaking a new metal Burzum album I was unsure about what to expect. "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" is one of my all time favourite records so my expectations in terms of Burzum are always high. I really felt "Belus" was a great return to form, it contained basically all the factors that had always appealed to me. The hypnotic riffs were there, the right energy and atmosphere was there. This music is timeless.
2. Watain "Lawless Darkness"
3. Stargazer "A Great Work of Age"
4. Enslaved "Axioma Ethica Odini"
5. The Dillinger Escape Plan "Option Paralysis"
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