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MR Staff Picks: Top Albums of February 2012 (MetalRiotJD)

Posted by JDKleinhans on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM (PST)

And a phenomenal year of metal continues through the month of February. Well, my fellow heathens and cretins, this was another month where I’m literally sweating over my top picks for the month. Let me remind you again, I haven’t listened to every single album that has come out this month. Who has that kind of time!? I wish I did.

And as always, I’m rambling. Just head on over here to see what I think to be this month’s top metal albums. Let the harassing criticism begin!

Honorable Mentions:

The Kandidate – Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death (Napalm)
Christian MistressPossession (Relapse)
CalibanI Am Nemesis (Century Media)
AsphyxDeathhammer (Century Media)
PilgrimMisery Wizard (Metal Blade)

5. GoatwhoreBlood For The Master (Metal Blade)
I’m gonna be honest with you, I’ve never been much of a Goatwhore fan, but this is one hell of a black/death metal album. An acoustic intro? What? But it works perfectly. The rest of the album is brutal and vicious and his filled with blast beats a plenty, thrashy and harmonized riffs, breakneck solos, and some wickedly throat wrenching vocals. Aggressive. Brutal. Getting whiplash just thinking about it.

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4. EluveitieHelvetios (Nuclear Blast)
Surprise, surprise, Helvetios made my Top 5 this month. But give me a break, this is one of the best folk/melodic death metal albums to come out since their last album. Rarely are concept albums done this well, the lyrics are on the verge of being poetry, the dynamics between Chrigels harsh vocals and Anna’s clean vocals is unmatched. Helvetios is a sweeping wartime drama that puts you in the midst of it all.

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3. PallbearerSorrow And Extinction (Profound Lore)
This is some of the best damn doom metal I’ve heard in a very long time. I used to be a huge fan of all things doom, sludge, funeral, etc but eventually the sound became stagnant. Ahab was the last band to draw me into the folds and depths of the sorrowful glory of this sound. Preciously slow and methodical melodies and harmonies, chest shaking drum and bass work, haunting vocals, blend these elements together in just the right amounts and you get Pallbearer. Sorrow and Extinction could very well continue to rise through the ranks and become one of my top albums of the year. I’m already regretting not having it higher on this list.

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2. PsycropticThe Inherited Repression (Nuclear Blast)
Who the hell are these guys and where did they come from!? Well, they’re from Australia, that much I do know. I regretfully admit that I’ve never heard of Psycroptic before. This album is a sexy piece of technical death metal that is sure to stick me for quite some time. This is an album that can easily bring the uninitiated into the world of the tech-death sound.

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1. Napalm DeathUtilitarian (Century Media)

If you haven’t heard of Napalm Death, well then shame on you. And shame on me for not listening to these guys since about 1997. I’m not sure what I’ve been missing, but if Utilitarian is any indication, a hell of a lot. This is a dynamic yet brutal album that blends moments of soft interludes (“Fall on Their Sword”) with the primal brutality of their sociopolitical lyrics for great effect. In the thirty years this band has been together they haven’t lost a step and as always, they don’t give a shit what you or I think of them.

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