According to last.fm and my memory the following list of my favourite albums and artists of 2019 is representative:
Top albums 2019
- Napalm Death – From Enslavement to Obliteration
- Sissy Spacek – Ways of Confusion
- Brutal Truth – End Time
- Pavel Chekov – How Do You Tell People You Have Emotional Baggage from the Breakup of the Soviet Union
- Crass – Best Before 1984
- Gruesome Stuff Relish – Teenage Giallo Grind + Cannibal Ferox Demo
- Terveet Kädet – Terveet Kädet
- World – World
- Cloud Rat – Pollinator
- Noisear – Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
- Iron Lung – Life. Iron Lung. Death.
- Heresy – Face Up to It
- Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
- Deaf Kids – Metaprogramação
- Magrudergrind – II
- Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
- General Surgery – A Collection of Depravation
- John Wiese – Teenage Hallucination: 1992-1999
- Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
- Morbid Angel – Blessed Are the Sick
- Machetazo – Sinfonías Del Terror Ciego
- Full of Hell – Weeping Choir
- Nø Man – Devils Cast Long Shadows
- Ulver – Bergtatt
- Insect Warfare – World Extermination
Top artists 2019
- Napalm Death
- Cloud Rat
- Sissy Spacek
- Terveet Kädet
- Brutal Truth
- Pavel Chekov
- Gruesome Stuff Relish
- Iron Lung
- Insect Warfare
- Melt Banana
- Pig Destroyer
- Cryptic Slaughter
- Black Sabbath
- Hatred Surge
- Full of Hell
- Beastie Boys
- Celtic Frost
Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Kill The Client – Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Kill The Client (7″ split, 2007)
SIDE A: AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED
ASSAULT RIFLE: This is my favourite ANb track ever!!! Annihilate fucking everyone!! Annihilate everything! The toms in the intro drumroll… All about this track rules fucking hard! 10/10.
MOCK EXECUTION: Again a quick and dirty ditty from Hull and Co. Not an outstanding song, but wild and crazy vocals keep it interesting.
ANTI-CHRISTIAN: Love this song forever! Double bass drums and groovy shit all over makes this a total winner. And with a song title that is emotional comfort food for a christianity hating pig as me, it doesn’t get any better….
SIDE B: KILL THE CLIENT
SPARTACUS: “Things will continue to get worse…” Massive and noisy and tight as my ass used to be! All is descriptive of KTC on this split. Spartacus is a great song. Love the vox and the blasts!
99% TURNOVER RATE: Another steady banger. The muffled mix/production rules. Groovy bridge too.
RETALIATE: Retaliate takes off where 99% Turnover Rate left, almost as a second part of the same song – dunno if it’s intentional, but op i røven med det. Det virker!!
Energumeno/Hades Mining Co. _ Freshly Dead (7″ split, 2017)
Energumeno/Hades Mining Co. – Freshly Dead (7″ 2017)
Side A: Energumeno – Rememorando Mierdas Del Pasado.
Energumeno is a band where two of my oldest friends in the wonderful world of noise play, Javi and Manolo are the guys who run R.O.N.F. Records which was the first label to release Kusari Gama Kill many years ago. Still if they weren’t my friends, I’d love their side of the split. Tight noisy noisecore as I like it!
Side B: Hades Mining Co. – Mass Dysentery Insurgency / Anarchy In Your Anal Hole + Sting Like A Butterfly, Fly Like A Bee.
HMC plays a more sloppy noisecore than Energumeno, but not less enjoyable. Loads of references here (or so I think) to all sorts of music. Style wise we’re more in Seven Minutes of Nausea-country. Good fun!
All in all a great 7″ that’s worth buying.
Mike Oldfield – Discovery (1984)
Mike Oldfield – Discovery (1984)
This was as far as I recall one of the first records by Mike Oldfield I heard, the first song I listened to by him was Moonlight Shadow. And thus Crisis would be the first lp by him I laid ears on.
Discovery (or as a local DJ used to pronounce it: Disco Very (sic)), is not my favourite lp by Oldfield, but not the worst either. Personally I guess my eternal # 1 is Ommadawn. What I think about the songs here are as follows:
To France: Obviously an attempt to make Moonlight Shadow 2, and not a bad attempt either. I love the way the lyrics weave around the melody, and Maggie Reilly’s voice is sweet as ever. The guitar solos (both acoustic and electric) also works well for me.
Poison Arrows: This has been ruined for me by the Zombies re-make made a few years back. Still an ok song, I imagine it’s a return to the mood Oldfield had when he made Shadow on the Wall. There is some of the same gloomy-ness. The delay/phaser effect on the drums are supercool. Even the faux werewolf howl in the end comes out not too tacky.
Crystal Gazing: Here we are in Family Man territory, again a return to earlier moods and recipies from Gordon Mikefield. This is not the most exciting song. A bit gumpetung, and too repetitive without being hypnotizing (and me likes monotony when done properly).
Tricks of the Light: Is a song I don’t really like.
Discovery: Again a bit of a Shadow on the Wall feel here. I remember liking this song a lot back when the lp came out, but I was a sucker for powerballads then. Not as much now
Talk About Your Life: I love this song, easily the best song on the record, the vocals are majestic and all comes together in a higher synthesis. It still speaks to me as powerfully as it did in 1984.
Saved by a Bell: A bit of a Disney-banger here. A universe-themed grandiose epic 70’s style rock-ballad. That works!! Much better than the title track. Love it!
The Lake: The final song and the only instrumental on the lp. Starts off with faux pan flutes in delay loop. Urgh, It sucks. Sorry to say, but if I was randomly shuffling through this lp I would never listen to the entire song. And then the progressive stuff comes in. Not good, I really don’t like this. Gumpetungt and uninspired. Western guitar??
My final verdict is that this isn’t Oldfield’s finest hour, but still an ok record to put on once in a while.
Sodom – Demonized (2017)
I ❤️ Sodom! And the Witching Metal demo from 1982 is an old favorite of mine. I was very happy, when I got the news that Floga Records was about to release an lp with the Witching Metal demo and also the Victims Of Death demo from 1984.
This is a great release, and a must have for the connoisseur of early thrash. Enough said, go get it!!
Sedem Minút Strachu – General Fucking (2017)
This is a record you want, if you are at all into noisy stuff. Sedem Minút Strachu – or Seven Minutes of Fear – is the shit for me these days.
This 12″ will no doubt be a classic of the genre.
Listen here: https://sedemminutstrachu.bandcamp.com/album/general-fucking-12lp
And buy it here: http://www.atwarwithfalsenoise.com
Final Exit – Another (S)hits Of Old Vinyls (cd 2014)
It’s all about Final Exit these days. I just got this cd in the mail today, 12 tracks of the Final Exit bits of various split releases. Very catchy and intense stuff here. Sound is brutal, and the playing too. And I mustn’t forget to mention the one minute long feedback that opens the cd. Goddammit I hate high notes, but here it has it’s place. Of the recordings here, I only knew the split with Gonkulator previously.
Super funny fast and noisy stuff here. Go get this baby! Yeah!
Final Exit – Middle Aged Stinking Cowboys 7″
This is one of the best things that happened record wise last year. It’s just a 7″ record – single sided even, but crammed full of western themed noise and groovy country.
Final Exit are a great Japanese band, and after stumbling over this on my facebook stream, I have hunted down some other goodies from them. This record is released on The Child With No Name and Fat Ass Records. I can only urge you to visit both labels’ sites, as there are multiple goodies there!
What I enjoyed in 2016
I have made a spotify playlist of the stuff I’ve listened to the most during the last year. Enjoy: https://open.spotify.com/user/113192134/playlist/09JjIEXbZP9b9C9TvSx4pi
If you aren’t a spotify user, here is the list:
- Napalm Death: Prison Without Walls
- Sissy Spacek: Flipside Drifter
- Noisear: Breaking Bad At The Mulberry
- Wormrot: Exit Fear
- Nails: Made To Make You Fail
- Mortician:: Brutalized
- General Surgery: Viva! Blunt Force Trauma
- ACXDC: Milk Was A Bad Choice
- Regurgitate: Upheaval Of Human Entrails
- Insect Warfare: Mind Ripper
- Wadge: Programmed Deviation
- Extreme Noise Terror: Conned Through Life
- Cloud Rat: Rusting Belt
- Messiah: Future Aggressor
- Slayer: The Final Command
- Carcass: Fermenting Innards
- Mulatu Astatke: Shagu
- Cows: Contamination
- Amon Amarth: One Against All
- Avulsed: Restitire (Baron Rojo)
- Abbath: Ashes Of The Damned
- Mercyful Fate: Welcome Princes Of Hell
- Destruction: Bestial Invasion
- Bathory: For All Those Who Died
- Tribulation: The Motherhood Of God
- Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon
- Sodom: My Atonement
- Anaal Nathrakh: Powerslave (Iron Maiden)
- Agoraphobic Nosebleed: Not A Daughter
- Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard: Y Proffwyd Dwyll