APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2016

VirusAnother strong year is in the books for heavy music, so strong that making a year end list seemed unfair to every release that we did not include in our lists.  The underground continues to thrive with releases from legendary bands such as DARK FUNERAL, VADER, and NEUROSIS that will stand the test of time. Actually, most of the long running bands did not fail to meet or exceed expectations.  Thrash metal pioneers, MEGADETH, VOIVOD, and TESTAMENT, certainly released excellent records.  What is more important is that 2016 saw a lot of great releases from less trendy, more obscure bands.

Trees of EternityThis past year is personally notable as lost a dear friend and contributor, Brandon Stratton AKA rocknro11chef13.  As a small tribute, we’ve included albums that he would’ve likely picked for his year end list.  Life is short, my friends.  Embrace it.

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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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WORMROT took the metal storm last year with the arrival the band’s incinerating debut, Abuse, which saw the band embark on a relentless touring schedule scoring legions of new fans along the way with their explosive live performances. Dirge sees the Singaporean three-piece (no, they still haven’t added a bassist) try to up the speed stakes even more with their latest 18 minutes scorcher. While the length of the “album” may seem a bit short, the sheer velocity of the songs might actually make anything longer excessive and difficult to digest. Once again recorded at TNT Studio, the razor sharp mix cuts through speakers with ample intensity. Despite the seemingly inhuman tempos created by blast master Fitri, the mix successfully captures all the fury one might experience at a WORMROT show. Vocalist Arif growls, snarls, and screeches like a demon possessed by NAPALM DEATH‘s Barney Greenway crossed with PHOBIA‘s Shane MacLachlan as guitarist Rasyid weaves an onslaught of guitarwork drawing from a seemingly endless stockpile of top notch grind riffs. 25 crushers in 18 minutes, gets the job done and quickly , but I leave the band to sum it up best as they did on track 3: “No time to sob over broken hearts, All Go, No Emo!” (Earache Records)

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Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line Up Announced: MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, MUNICIPAL WASTE, More

The full line up for this year’s Scion Rock Fest, which was just revealed to take place on March 5th in Pomona, CA, was announced today. Here is the full line up:


According to the poster, more bands will be added, and of course, the line up is always subject to change.

RSVP list for the free event opens tomorrow at http://www.scion.com/rock. Also, be sure to follow Scion A/V Metal on Facebook for all the lastest updates.

WORMROT Recording New Album January 2011

WORMROT will be heading into Singapore’s TNT Music Productions this January to record a brand new album entitled Dirge. Frontman Arif Rot is highly excited about the band’s new material and wants the world to know about it:

“We are definitely stoked to get this album out. We are working extra hard on this one. EXTRA FUCKING HARDER THAN ABUSE. We are currently in the rehearsal studio still writing songs and making some minor adjustments and what not. If you are digging Abuse and also from our latest split with I ABHOR, then u might dig the new album. We’ll be in the studio for ‘DIRGE‘ first week of January. NEW YEAR WITH A NEW DOSAGE OF GRIND!”

WORMROT‘s new album is due out in Spring 2011.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2010

December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy!
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On Abuse, Singapore’s WORMROT offer up a generous 23 tracks in 22 minutes (perfect grind length) of relentless, ferocious grindcore. Drummer Fitri leads the charge with an assortment insanely fast blast beats, flurries of double bass and general cymbal-smashing mayhem. Vocalist Arif can hit the gutterals if he has to but can mix it up with high vocal shrieks and “core” vocals as needed. There’s no time for technical, mastubatory shreddery so guitarist Rasyid relies on delivering plenty of crunchy, aggressive riffing to get the job done. No bassist? No problem, as the three-piece keep the pace furious and unrelenting throughout the short, but sweet running time. While most of the songs keep with grindcore’s pent-up political slant, WORMROT isn’t without a sense of humor as evidenced on “Blasphemy My Ass” and their cover of the YEAH YEAH YEAH‘s “Rich.” The speed keeps coming throughout the 23 tracks, but the band also exhibits a bit of melody on “Fuck I’m Drunk” and the halftime section of “Blasphemy My Ass.” Vocalist Arif also did an excellent job on the mix from TNT Studios as the album cuts through with razor sharp, crystal clear clarity without sacrificing the band’s crusty edge. Despite wearing their influences on their sleeves (the band champions the sounds of NAPALM DEATH, PHOBIA, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, etc.), Abuse unleashes the fury with such conviction, it hardly matters. Abuse delivers grindcore the way it was meant to be played. (Earache Records)