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Saturday, 5 January 2013

The Friday Frenzy's Top Tracks of 2012

2012 has been a great year for metal. Check out some of our favorite tracks below, selected by our new team!

In no particular order:

Anaal Nathrakh - The Blood Dimmed Tide - Vanitas

The newest offering from Birmingham's Anaal Nathrakh, 'Vanitas' is a carcophony of industrial black metal grind. The opening track is a howling mess of blastbeats and chugging guitars with an atmosphere which signals the end times.
- Simon

Igorrr - Absolute Psalm - Hallelujah 

Igorr was selected twice by our contributors Catt and Ricky, here's what they have to say about it:

Id go for this off the new Igorrr album .. I love thiss cuz i can dance but its still brutal as fuck!


Igorrr beats everything.
- Ricky

Meshuggah - Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion - Koloss

A fairly simple choice in the end: my favorite song from my favorite metal album of 2012! This song steamrolls along like some kind of evil rhinoceros, crushing anything in its path (honorable mention also goes to 'the hurt that finds you first')

- Scott

Wodensthrone - The Name Of The Wind - Curse

Its a long one I know, but I think its an incredible track that kinda consolidates all the things I love about the album as a whole. HrĂ©owsian's drumming is always understated and tends not to be the usual extreme metal fare; there are blasts a plenty but use of D-beat rhythms and exceptional feel prove there's more than one way to skin a cat. The Name of The Wind really is like a microcosm of the whole album, dynamic and epic,  a mini journey all of its own.

- Jon

Conan - Grim Tormentor - Monnos

Self-styled 'Caveman Battle Doom' from the grim North. Catchy, textured, down-tuned to oblivion, yet accessible. Straight up doom without the bullshit cult trimmings. Monnos is worth a listen in its entirety, but after seeing Conan countless times during the past year, this song never failed to get people moving (quite a feat at the slower shows).
- Craig

Ethernal - Ravens at Dusk - Arkioas

From the bleak wastes of High Wycombe, Ethernal are a 3 piece melodic black metal band. This track 'Ravens at Dusk' along with their album, 'Arkioas' has been the soundtrack to my winter.
- Simon

Ikkadian - Adversary - Of Alpha and Omega

Ikkadian play blackened death metal which sticks out from the crowd, plus they give everything away for free!
- Steve

Amenra Nowena I 9.10 - Mass V

Amenra's Mass V is a post-metal masterpiece  riffs a plenty and chilling passages through melody give the listener a brutal but pleasant experience.

God Seed - Alt Liv - I Begin

Gaahl of Gorgoroth's new project God Seed came into 2012 like a disgusting, beautiful virus. I haven't been able to put this record down since listening, true brilliance. 
- Simon

Agalloch - Faustian Echoes - Faustian Echoes

Being based on Goethe's masterpiece "Faust", definitely makes it the best 2012 song for me. One of my favourite books + one of my favourite bands = an epic 21+ minutes song. Love the Burzum-like intro.

Enslaved - Thoughts like hammers - RIITIIR

And finally this beauty from the new Enslaved album, RIITIIR, which we have had trouble pronouncing all year. 

- Simon

So Happy New Year All From The Team At THE FRIDAY FRENZY  !  

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