APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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SEPTIC FLESH – The Great Mass

Epic. Grandiose. Powerful. SEPTIC FLESH‘s The Great Mass sweeps away the overwhelming majority of metal with its colossal art. The band describe themselves as “symphonic death metal,” but that really doesn’t convey just how great they are. The album is an experience more than it is simply a collection of excellent music.

Sonically, there are just so many different elements that compose the album. Vocally, you have hellish, deep death metal growls, clean vocals (both male and female) as well as choirs. The metal component is composed of invincible guitar melodies, clean guitars, distorted guitars/bass, a healthy variety of rhythmic diversity, and brutality. The band can blast with and be as brutal as any of their peers but that is just one dimension to their sound. Most of all, the grandiose sounds of a full orchestra provides the epic and decadent feel. There’s nothing quite like hearing pianos, horns, stringed instruments, and operatic choirs conjuring up the atmosphere.

Structurally, The Great Mass is very dynamic. The level of sophistication and craftsmanship in the songwriting/arrangements is rarely matched in extreme metal. The orchestral and vocal choir arrangements play an integral role in the songs yet never overpower the metal elements of SEPTIC FLESH nor the song itself. Yes, SEPTIC FLESH easily make DIMMU BORGIR seem tame in this aspect. The Great Mass is on par with a movie or neo-classical score.

The bottom line is that these Greek gods have created a masterpiece. The passion, soul, and flawless execution cannot be denied. Any darling of the metal media world would be hard pressed to create a comparable work. All hail SEPTIC FLESH! (Season of Mist)

BEHEMOTH Announces Evangelia Amerika Tour with SEPTIC FLESH and SHINING

BEHEMOTH has announced the Evangelia Amerika Tour. The band will once again be returning to North American soil in 2010. This is their first tour in the region since their massively successful summer with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest. Following Mayhem, BEHEMOTH‘s Evangelion reached enormous heights, coming in at #56 on the Billboard Top 200, #61 on Canada’s Top 200, and three weeks straight at #1 in Poland before being certified gold in their home country.

Supporting BEHEMOTHh on the tour will be SEPTIC FLESH from Greece and SHINING from Sweden.

Tickets will go on sale beginning on November 20th with a November 19th pre-sale through Artist Arena here: https://tix.artistarena.com/behemoth/

Tour dates:

01/07 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
01/08 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx
01/09 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
01/10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
01/11 Tampa, FL State Theatre
01/13 Austin, TX Emo’s
01/15 Tucson, AZ The Rock
01/16 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
01/17 San Francisco, CA Slims
01/18 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
01/19 Seattle, WA El Corazon
01/21 Calgary, AB Republik
01/22 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
01/23 Regina, SK The District
01/24 Winnipeg, MB WECC
01/25 St. Paul, MN Station 4
01/26 Chicago, IL House of Blues
01/27 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
01/28 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
01/30 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre