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« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2019, 07:40:55 AM »

I posted my favorites via Instagram but since then I changed shit up a bit. Some things dropped in the order other things rose up the ranks but these are my best of's:

Top 10 PE/Industrial releases of 2018

1. Kontinent-Pornography of Power *****
2. Detrimental Effect-Be My Enemy **** 3/4
3. Agonal Lust-Modern Atrocities **** 3/4
4. Interior One-Revenge Against Society **** 3/4
5. Serration-Machine Survival **** 1/2
6. Anenzaphalia-Magenta **** 1/2
7. Augere Concret-Cephalophore **** 1/2
8. Deterge- One For the Gipper **** 1/2
9. Control-Blood Will Rain ****
10. Linekraft-Engineering Analysis For Inner Death****

Honorable Mentions: Heretic Grail Discography, The Vomit Arsonist-Further, Striations-Vietnamization, Obsidian Needles-Coronal Mass Ejection, and Geography Of Hell-Hiroshima 1945/Nagasaki 1945.

Top Harsh Noise of 2018

1. Wince-Bullets For German Radio *****
2. Worth-The Steps *****
3. Wince-The Older Generation **** 3/4
4. Body Carve-Guts In Red Plastic **** 3/4
5. Bacillus-Serial Infector **** 1/2
6. Striations-Trauma Code ****
7. Primordial Wound-Research Byproduct Disposal ****
8. Blind Date-Open Trap ****
9. Skin Graft-Afflict ****
10. Cooter-Besmirched For Bedwetting ****

Honorable Mentions- Facialmess-Eastern View, Cackle Car-Idling 1, Shredded Nerve-Final Vision, and Sentenced-Extinguishment.

Top 10 PE/Industrial/Noise/Experimental splits, singles, comps, misc of 2018

1. Mania/Deterge-Lay Waste/Future of Pulse *****
2. Am Not-Unpunished : Appendix *****
3. Wonderland Club-Pageant **** 3/4
4. Deterge/Heretic Grail-Split **** 3/4
5. V/A-Missing and Exploited Children **** 1/2
6. FFH-Zyklon and Leather **** 1/2
7. V/A-A Group Of Sexual Perverts 2 **** 1/2
8. Soaplands-S/T **** 1/2
9. V/A- Before Man Was, War Waited For Him **** 1/2
10. Alfarmania-The Waiting Grave: Live In Finland 2015/2017  ****


Top 10 Metal/Hardcore/Other Shit I Barely Listen to of 2018

1. Vile Gash-Nightmare In A Damaged Brain *****
2. Jesus Piece-Only Self *****
3. City Hunter-Deep Blood *****
4. Sect Pig- Crooked Backs **** 3/4
5. Akitsa-Credo **** 3/4
6. Archgoat-The Lucefarian Crown **** 3/4
7. Cadaver Dog-Dying Breed **** 1/2
8. Sissy Spacek-Trash Staging **** 1/2
9. Vein-Errorzone ****
10. Pig Destroyer-Headcage ****

Top 10 best Hip Hop releases of 2018

1. Roc Marciano-RR2: The Bitter Dose *****
2. Benny The Butcher-Tana Talk 3 *****
3. Pusha T-Daytona *****
4. The Hermit and The Recluse-Orpheus *****
5. Westside Gunn-Supreme Blientele *****
6. Roc Marciano-Behold A Dark Horse **** 3/4
7. Dark Lo and V Don- Timeless **** 1/2
8. Westside Gunn-Hitler Wears Hermès 6 **** 1/2
9. SmooVth and Giallo Point-Medellin II: Don Fabio **** 1/2
10. Conway The Machine-Blakk Tape **** 1/2
 
Honorable mention:
Earl Sweatshirt-Some Rap Songs, Freddie Gibbs-Freddie, Benny The Butcher & 38 Spesh-Stabbed & Shot, Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y & Alchemist-Fetti, Conway The Machine-Everybody Is F.O.O.D. 1 & 2, Dark Lo-Bucketlist, Benny The Butcher-A Friend Of Ours, Knowledge The Pirate-Flintlock, and Roc Marciano & DJ Muggs-Kaos.

Top Live Shows of 2018

1. Genocide Organ-LA
2. Genocide Organ-San Francisco
3. Deterge-LA
4. Anenzephalia-LA
5. Striations-San Francisco
6. Merzbow-Oakland
7. Anenzephalia-Oakland
8. Prurient-Oakland
9. Dagger Lust-Portland
10. Wonderland Club-LA

Top Labels of 2018

1. Unrest Productions
2. Breathing Problem
3. Fusty Cunt
4. Gutter Bloat
5. New Forces
6. Slave Chandelier
7. Bacteria Field
8. Endangered Species
9. Hospital
10. No Rent

Highlights
The release and reception of two of my most important records I've been apart of:

Koufar-My Name Is My Name
Terror Cell Unit-Psalm 137:9

Lowlights
The Bay Area is a cesspool.

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« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2019, 03:22:26 AM »

that list is a thing of beauty! So organized!
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« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2019, 05:35:54 PM »

will have to check out a lot of the stuff mentioned here! listened to himukalt which i hadn't heard of before - great stuff!

grunt - castrate the illusionist
bizarre uproar - verikiima
xe - 18
death in june - essence!
slægt - the wheel (great mix of heavy and black metal - their best yet, imo)
craft - white noise and black metal
clandestine blaze - tranquility of death
akitsa - credo



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« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2019, 10:52:06 PM »

Top 15 LPs

1. Purity Renaissance - Purity Renaissance Aristocratic black metal. When I bought the promo tape earlier in the year, I was floored by it. The mastered LP sounds even better. The music and presentation are everything I find best in terms of black metal.
2. Graustich - Morality Ends My favorite PE/Industrial release of the year. It sounds malicious while keeping it subtle.
3. Circle of Ouroborus - Vangin Laulu Instantly captivated by anything this band releases. Melancholic dark metal.
4. Mania/Deterge - Lay Waste/Future of Pulse Constantly on the turntable this past year. The dedication to the compositions and themes is extremely impressive.
5. Cirrhus - Unimpeachable Madness Masterful USBM that stands on its own.
6. Interior One - Revenge Against Society This record is great in every way - the focus on sounds, mood, and subject matter.
7. Akitsa - Credo A long time favorite, while this record is a bit different than previous efforts, the quality is among their very best.  
8. Clandestine Blaze - Tranquility of Death Did not expect another album so soon after last year's City of Slaughter. Excellent as always. This project feels genuinely "evil" as opposed to the child like mass of overtly "satanic" black metal bands.
9. Terror Cell Unit - Psalm 137:9 The depth of sounds on display is insane. Usually I like to keep an arms distance from art and the process of art, but seeing how these guys operate makes my appreciation for this project increase even more. Genius.
10. BizarreSSMania - II Excellent collaboration. Everything on it sounds huge, yet intimate. The first half of side B is one of my favorite pieces I've heard all year. Unnerving, yet restrained.
11. Geography of Hell - Hiroshima 1945/Nagasaki 1945 This flows so well across both LPs. Well detailed and expertly executed.
12. Candelabrum - Portals Majestic black metal. I've seen complaints regarding how up in the mix the keys are, but I think that is my favorite thing about it.
13. Circle of Ouroborus/Cenotaphe Superb material from two idiosyncratic projects that compliment each other so well.
14. Vernichtung Durch Arbeit - Hungertod Forbidding and dark, very nice.
15. Infernal Darkness - Into Infernal Darkness... Truly depraved music. This is exactly how this sort of metal ought to sound. Makes Perverted Ceremony sound like a gay kids bop band.

Honorable mentions: Vile Gash, Cadaver Dog, City Hunter. Great records that provide a non-gay taste of modern hardcore/punk. I really liked these albums a lot, just found my mood for hardcore/punk reach record low levels.

Still waiting on acquiring some albums that would most likely have made my list like Necropole and Peste Noire. Never got around to buying the latest Lebanon Hanover.


Top 15 Tapes/10"/Comps

1. White Medal - Jorviking Anything by this project is essential for me and this release is no different. One of my absolite favorite contemporary black metal projects. Really like the leads featured on some of these tracks.
2. Zyklon SS - Moral War It just keeps getting better and better. The samples are woven into the tracks so well. The only con regarding this is the length. What a tease.
3. Blackwatch - In the Company of Dead Heroes This tape is incredible. Blackwatch has a sound and aesthetic of its own that really stands out among everything else currently in vogue. Really like the influence of 90s euro PE/Industrial, yet it avoids falling into tribute traps.
4. Najwyższy - An Orchestration In Shadows Supremely crafted black metal. Absolutely need more of this.
5. Annihilation of Human Faculties - s/t Endangered Species had a great year of top notch releases. This was my favorite of theirs.
6. Missing and Exploited Children compilation Great variation without losing any cohesion. Really stellar material from all contributions. This compilation will certainly be remembered.
7. Striations - Vietnamization The obsession poured into this release is astounding. The end result is no less impressive. Lucky enough to obtain a zine of the artwork made to accompany this release. Vinyl would do this release great justice.
8. FFH - Zyklon and Leather Excellent tape, but now I need to hear more new (and hopefully longer) material.
9. Deterge - Superannuated Considering the length, this never loses focus throughout the 100 or so minutes between both tapes.
10. Concave/Convex - Victory Over Body Fascinating and a bit disturbed, yet you can't stop from indulging. The constant output from this duo across their different monikers is the cream of the crop of modern PE/Industrial.
11. Agonal Lust - Modern Atrocities Deserves every bit of praise garnered. Extremely dark sounds and atmosphere.
12. Concrete Mascara - Decay Sequence Haven't been able to spend as much time with this release, but have been captivated by each listen. This project never disappoints.
13. Ærekær - MMXVII Intriguing and well done blend of dungeon synth with black metal. Not fully one or the other. Alluring and mystical.
14. Reptile Womb - Blood Sacrifice for Serpent God A genuine release that experiments with black metal and noise formulas without any sort of pompous wankery. Ends on a high note with a GG Allin cover.
15. Fless/Lampir My favorite material from both projects, really flows well together.

Highlights
- Ride for Revenge show. Was only able to go the first night. Its great that the promoters didn't just settle for whatever openers for this show as Ride for Revenge is mandatory on its own. They really put effort into curating an all around great show. Powerful headlining set that successfully translated the primitive ritualistic feel of their recordings. Excellent opening sets by all too, especially Reptile Womb.
- Genocide Organ/Anenzephalia U.S.A. shows. Was lucky enough to attend all 4 shows. Each performance was great, however GO's L.A. set stands as perhaps the best I have ever witnessed. Everything about it was perfect - the masterful performance, energy, video, and crowd response. The pre show was also great to be apart of and attend. Aside from the quality acts, it was great to gather everyone for one night. Both weekends provided a great time outside the shows as I got to spend time with people I've been corresponding with for a while and meet new people.
- Akitsa in L.A. Finally was able to witness this band. Excellent set.
- Prurient in L.A. High energy and captivating. Was worried about the use of guitar when I was first told about it, but it worked extremely well.
- Don't want to keep going on and on with shows, but it was a great year for live music personally. Others that stood out was Of the Wand and the Moon, Hellvetron, Nyogthaeblisz.
- Film wise, I didn't get to watch as much this year. Perfect Blue at the cinema was an amazing experience though.
- Fulfilling year spending time with people I value.

Lowlights
- Pest.
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« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2019, 11:47:56 PM »

Carol - 1996 Reconstructed (WEB version has extra tracks)
Control - Blood Will Rain
Control • Genevieve Pasquier • Kommando - Cold War, Hot Love
Dave Phillips - Clearing
Dead Can Dance - Dionysus
Fatum - Edge Of The Wild
Himukalt - Knife Through The Spine
Hum of the Druid - A Strange Export, The Conservative Road Beyond the Bizarre, Down-Home Paganism
Kjostad - Glacial Lake
Sissy Spacek - all the 2018ers
Skin Crime - Ghosts I Have Been
Tarab + Artificial Memory Trace - Obex
Yannick Dauby - Arches

reissues:
Against - Welcome to the Aftermath
Éliane Radigue - Œuvres électroniques
Masonna - Exploring Self-corrosive Noise With Coquette
World - WORLD (discography)

considerations:
Grunt - Castrate the Illusionist
Herz Juhning - Samsara
Martyria - self-titled
Offerbeest - Afrika
S.E.T.I. - Sleep Environments for Interplanetary Travel (10 hours)
Zygome - Demo 2018

labels:
Malignant
New Forces
Radio Raheem
Unrest Productions

haven't heard:
Alberich - Precursor
Am Not - Incursions
Am Not - Unpunished : Appendix
Cirrhus - Unimpeachable Madness
Fire + Ice - Wanderer 10"
Graustich - Morality Ends
Incapacitants - Breath Of Insect
Incapacitants - Zouvneree
Jeph Jerman – The Bray Harp
Militia - Ambiorix
Tarab - Housekeeping
Tomb Mold - Cerulean Salvation
Tomb Mold - Manor of Infinite Forms
Walker Phillips - My Love Sunday
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« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2019, 01:30:04 AM »

Damn, some have listened a lot. Wake me up in 2020, maybe by then I will have heard more than a handful. (Why haven't I heard the new Control yet? need to get on that soon)

Still, favorites of 2018 thus far are

1. Novelist ‎– Novelist Guy [MMMYEH Records]
Genre: Grime / UK rap
Knowing Novelists output for quite a while, this album is very different than I thought it would be. Can we still call this Grime? Very slow, heavy and personal. Beats and electronics are minimalist and clean with a good production. Took a while to fully appreciate it, but damn, takes the throne of 2018 by miles.

Can't wait for Pk or YGG to drop theirs. Vision Crew too, please?

2. Uniform ‎– The Long Walk [Sacred Bones]
Genre: fuckedd noise rock
Even more striped-down than their previous record. Catchy, bare-bones rock on overblown amps destroying all fidelity. RAW, OVERBLOWN AND BURNED OUT.

3. Feberdröm ‎– Blind Eden [Emesis]
Genre: Power Electronics
Standout noise/electronics release for me. Fuck, worthwhile follow up on Flood Of Misery. Negative, heavy atmosphere and electronic grit makes me smile.

4. Restive Plaggona ‎– Bonded Labor [Several Minor Promises]
Genre: Techno with a melancholic vibe to it
Why not this but Unready To Exist is pressed to vinyl is a mystery to me, not that UTE is bad but the tracks are less finished and I find the songwriting better on Bonded Labor. But that's good for me, as I don't really buy vinyl anymore and cassette is cheaper! Anyway, Restive Plaggona is great and always comes up with new melodies and structures that I like. Sometimes I wish the tracks are a bit more complex and less depended on arpeggios, but I guess it's simplicity is also it's strength. So, I really like this release but also wouldn't mind if he would take a break and develop a more complex album, or maybe add some drum breaks or percussion, acid leads, surreal vocals, things like that.

5. The Grime Show: Grandmixxer with PK [Rinse FM]
Genre: Grime
Bring the best Grime DJ and rapper together and you get fire. Strong performance of both and those Pk flows, no stopping for 30 minutes, sick.

Special highlights are Cosey Fanny Tutti Magazines bundles and Ellen von Unwerths VON zine. Both not cheap (esp. the Magazine bundles, with shipping to Europe it was a lot) but for sure worth it. Choose the wrong career looking at those!

For live shows I can't remember too much, and now I feel bad for that. I think Author & Punisher takes it, as always amazing live performance and sound.

Edit: Looking at the Curios & Oddities issued on cassette and record topic, I will add going to the thrift store and finding awesome tapes as a highlight as well. Especially finding tapes of religious or spiritual themed qualities, either prayers, motivations or help for life and local choirs, amazing what you can find in the rubbish of others.
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« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2019, 09:16:48 PM »

CHAOS CASCADE // releases and live!
All from Obsessive Fundamental Realism was over the mediocre.
I only have first re-release from Veprisuicida on IR but that hit straight to the sweet spot.

Not too many that i not like from Filth&Violence and all hail to ruski perversions.

Haven`t heard all releases of last year but releases that are golden was all those 3 " from FA, UNCLEAN, Sex Noise comp, CONTORTUS, KSNK, MASKHEAD, YANA, ENTARTUN, SCATMOTHER+, SICK SEED, SNUFF, XE, LEGION OF ANDROMEDA, KALIYOGANOISE and Kazumoto Endo(!)... there must be more since this year was year of quality noise.

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« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2019, 10:14:38 PM »

Edit: Looking at the Curios & Oddities issued on cassette and record topic, I will add going to the thrift store and finding awesome tapes as a highlight as well. Especially finding tapes of religious or spiritual themed qualities, either prayers, motivations or help for life and local choirs, amazing what you can find in the rubbish of others.

You're telling me! Recently scored were two tapes of some weird therapy instruction/certification-type seminars, one of which deals with some hypnosis BS. Really good excerpts featuring anecdotes about patients, case histories, etc - been trying to copy some good moments for a certain Finnish friend for use in his work but it's slow-going as they're both C120s!
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All from Obsessive Fundamental Realism was over the mediocre.

all hail to ruski perversions.

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« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2019, 07:18:56 PM »

This might be the most useful incarnation of this thread I've seen on this board, gave me the push to check out a bunch of stuff I'd missed. In particular, it was a good reminder to catch up on some of the heavy electronics I'd missed... Graustich LP on Tordon Ljud is fantastic, been spinning that constantly the past few weeks. Bacteria Field Jake is spot-on with his review of the Operation Cleansweep record - both that it was too expensive so I didn't grab a copy (I think it was more than $50 in distros?) and that it is really good, a bit more high energy and dynamic without losing their usual plodding heaviness. I also failed to notice the Small Cruel Party - Island of Sleep reissue... catching up with that one now...
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« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2019, 10:34:47 PM »

Dave Phillips 'Clearing' (Spalt-ung/Licht-ung)
I want to like his work more than I do.  It's disjointed, or something, in a way I can't deal with well.  Truly difficult listening for me.  But this one isn't.  This is genuinely scary and menacing.  Could easily be a horror soundtrack.
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« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2019, 09:50:49 PM »

I also failed to notice the Small Cruel Party - Island of Sleep reissue... catching up with that one now...
It would be worth pointing out, then, a very late 19 December 2018 reissue: Resin, Parched, Chthonic LP on Ferns Recordings. It is supposedly reworked. Not having ever heard the original 1991 cassette, I have no idea how much. It is a quite different tonal palette than Islands of Sleep. Noisy. Brooding. Drone-ish. Excellent. The one that dropped well below my awareness is the *brand new* recording ἡσυχασμός ["Complacency"].
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« Reply #42 on: January 14, 2019, 11:41:53 PM »

This might be the most useful incarnation of this thread I've seen on this board, gave me the push to check out a bunch of stuff I'd missed. In particular, it was a good reminder to catch up on some of the heavy electronics I'd missed... Graustich LP on Tordon Ljud is fantastic, been spinning that constantly the past few weeks. Bacteria Field Jake is spot-on with his review of the Operation Cleansweep record - both that it was too expensive so I didn't grab a copy (I think it was more than $50 in distros?) and that it is really good, a bit more high energy and dynamic without losing their usual plodding heaviness. I also failed to notice the Small Cruel Party - Island of Sleep reissue... catching up with that one now...
the graustich lp seems like it is worth buying, besides not having heard the whole thing.. i don't have a turntable rn, but think about buying it anyways. the 7" on f&v was great, only gave the tape one listen and wasn't impressed then.. maybe i'll have to listen again. "nelson" track from diversity tape sounded great! thinking about ordering that one too.  will have to get the operation cleansweep record also, reason for not mentioning it as one of the years best is that i haven't heard the whole thing. very nice thread!
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« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2019, 08:15:29 PM »



haven't heard:

Fire + Ice - Wanderer 10"


Thanks for bringing this one up. Didn't know about this, really.

When checking out the song-list it seems warming up some oldies but goldies in studio. The first track being almighty Drag Girls in the Sunset.
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« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2019, 11:51:29 PM »

a few revisions to my list:  Himukalt, Offerbeest, and Hum of the Druid (3 releases in 2018).
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