As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.
We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!
The world’s first extreme metal cruise, Barge to Hell, featuring 40 bands of extreme metal’s best bands is set to depart from Miami, Florida on December 3, 2012 for Nassau, Bahamas and back on December 7, 2012. Tickets are now on sale. The luxury cruise will feature two performances from each band on three different stages, karaoke, and more.
So far 21 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:
ARTILLERY AT THE GATES BELPHEGOR ENSLAVED HACKNEYED HYPOCRISY KAMPFAR KRISIUN LOUDBLAST MOONSPELL MORGOTH PARADISE LOST POSSESSED ROTTING CHRIST SACRED REICH SANCTUARY SEPULTURA SIX FEET UNDER SODOM SOILWORK SOLSTAFIR
Written in the studio in just 12 days, SIX FEET UNDER busts out their new album, Commandment, as if theyâ€™ve had months to write it. Judging by the sound of it, you wouldnâ€™t be able to tell that they wrote the album that quickly as itâ€™s more or less consistent with their past efforts. Commandment brings you all the grossly simple, compact, and easy to follow riffs, tempos, horror movie themes, and vocal lines that SIX FEET UNDER have been known for. However, Commandment fails to be anything more than what is really is â€“ shallow, diet death metal. Itâ€™s difficult to get to the end of the album without being bored to death with its absolute blandness. Itâ€™s not like thereâ€™s some gem of a song waiting as the album progresses. While the components of the album are not particularly horrendous, itâ€™s the sum of these components that do not add to much of anything. Surely, some songs may be better than others but the disparity is negligible. Bonus points go out to anyone who recognizes the MERCYFUL FATE riff-off in â€œBled to Death.â€ If there are any profound messages or topics discussed, few would be compelled to find out. Through it all, SIX FEET UNDER are probably the winners though â€“ putting in less work and getting essentially the same result, which will probably yield more great sales records for them. If you are already a fan or feel as if real death metal is too much to handle, then Commandment is the perfect album for you. (Metal Blade Records)