Sean Gresens' Top 10 Albums of 2012
Fuck long-winded reviews. This isn't the place for it. This is a best-of list. Especially with the chaotic violence you'll find below, you'd probably get through five songs quicker than reading a shitty paragraph about them. However, I won't be a total dick and leave you out in the cold. You still get a sum-up gist of the good shits on my list… quick and dirty… just like the songs I love… in 140 characters or less.
10. Rise and Fall – Faith
Crusty D-beat you can shake your ass to. Unrelenting whirlwind of fists and boots in a sweaty basement. The soundtrack for brick wall punching.
The closest thing to Botch in existence. Mixing ethereal intelligence with Hulk-smash abrasiveness. Hypnotic and throat-shreddingly lovely.
Holy fuck. No, dude, seriously. One hell of an abusive grind debut. Meticulous attention to violent detail. Ends the repetitive grind trend.
I hope the Elvis nod is intentional, cuz this messy hardcore fuckin grooves. If you like your chaos sexy, look no further; neck punch swing.
Grindcore godfathers, pushing the grind-rules envelope while never compromising that heavy rage we've all grown to love. Don't ever quit me.
Finally, the Buffalo boys are back with just the right amount of sleaze and muscle. This is the album that should have followed 'Hot Damn'.
SLC's resident harbingers of apocalyptic cacophony, delivering another slab of relentless punishment via your speakers. Simply delicious.
The one band that keeps getting better with age. Redefining pummeling destruction once again, the craftsmanship of this record is staggering.
Grind brilliance in a return to the short song. JR's screams are what dreams are made of. Also, a handful of sick, old school hardcore covers.
I can't believe I have to convince you again about these guys. They can do no wrong. Just perfect, passionate, chaotic violence… So eat it.
Non-Metal Honorable Mention
Jawbreaker meets Grade? I seriously needed this right now. Thank you kids for making me feel old. Don't stop doing what your doing.
Good old-fashioned triumphant melodic hardcore, surprisingly not from Minnesota or Gainesville. Simply restores my faith in the genre.