We’ve not written anything in ages because we are lazy & dead inside. Thankfully the end of the year has arrived giving us a chance to round up all those albums we really wanted to review but never got round to because…. I can’t even be bothered to think of an excuse. Sorry kids. Anyway, it has been a pretty spectacular year for music & here are the first 5 albums I could think of that may or may not have come out in 2012.
The original version was one of the ballsiest rock anthems of it’s time, with lyrics such as ‘the fighting has begun’ and ‘death is just a heartbeat away’, and with Gary Moore’s epic, strong voice belting them out. Then, lo and behold, these finnish lads have to go and make it a softy anthem with Tony Kakko’s pussy vocals and the excessive amount of keyboards Sonata Arctica seem to have been putting into their recent albums. This is supposed to be a battle song, not a whingey poem. Gary and Phil must be spinning in their graves.
Easily the best true metal/Doom band around at the moment – this band can do no wrong! Perhaps not quite as amazing as Iron Will, but essential none-the-less. I was initially a bit annoyed when Grand Magus abandoned their doom roots but with their last two releases they’ve blown any doubts I might have harboured right out the water!
Colonel Blast‘s “What on earth was all that shouting about” List. It’s been pretty hard coming up with 10 albums that were released in 2010 that really audially sucked us off big time. Diascorium tried to suck us all off but we flat out refused, between Paul Priest’s owly beak, Bernards carefully constructed tramp chic and Gareths “sideburns on a childs face” look there wasn’t an option we were willing to test with our mighty girth, we considered David Bond for a minute due to his wonderfully conditioned hair and pantene advert looks, but he wasn’t up for offering it up from behind so we weren’t given the option to pretend he was a woman. It doesn’t matter how good that hair looks, it’s still his face that it surrounds.