Carpathian Forest - The Northern Hemisphere Sepultura - Necromancer Mortuary Drape - Larve Moonblood - Troglodytin Death Courier - The Hauter of the Dark Blasphemy - Darkness Prevails Acheron - 666 Tha Norr - Tyrant of A New Aeon Unanimated - Life Demise Sort Vokter - Grålysning Depressive Silence - Forest of Eternity Swordmaster - Wraths of Time Mütiilation - Black Wind of War Rotting Christ - The Nereid of Esgalduin
This is a proper lesson and example to the question of what a genre ideally sounds like, especially in the case of grindcore the recent years, which in my opinion, most of the bands are completely missing the point. Be careful what you listen to, because Brutal Truth is indeed the truth!
Me posting this in September, which is an eternity later, makes the waiting for next year's event much less. I had thought of continuing last year, but of course I forgot and let's look into that shit now, long after the party's over.
I'm not really surprised any of the bands are featured (maybe a bit for Meshuggah), all of them represent modern American mainstream as hell metal. Success is an important factor in picking artists and in these terms, Mastodon winning is a reasonable outcome and their had a good song here as well. It is a very polarizing band and the truth is, mostly non-metallers like them. So, that means a lot of people.
I also guess Power Trip would have participated in this, if their video clips managed 2 million views on Youtube, or more.
It shouldn't be mentioned how much I prefer Meshuggah to all of the rest. Like, levels above everyone, they shit on them for fun and "Clockworks" is an orgasmic track. I can't talk that warmly about Body Count, who I never listened and don't feel like jumping around with their stuff ("Black Hoodie" covers Sound of da Police, go on and check yourselves). Truth is, they are only relevant in the US.
August Burns Red are the least annoying right after Meshuggah, and I enjoyed the video clip of "Invisible Enemy" more than if it was the band itself jamming on it. The track has some sweet, characteristic ABR sound textures. Code Orange are completely uninteresting to me. I know local Greek hardcore bands that would hit harder than this "hardcore punk" circus.
If I were to put these tracks in terms of personal appeal, it would go like that: Meshuggah, August Burns Red, Mastodon, Body Count, Code Orange.
Arson Cafe's best metal performance for 2017: Enslaved - "Sacred Horse"
Watain - I Am The Earth
Ravencult - Sacrilege of Death
Tsjuder - Lord of Swords
Baptism - Esoteric Spheres
Funeral Mist - Bread to Stone
Hate Forest - Elder Race
Aosoth - Songs Without Lungs
Nazxul - World Oblivion
Sorgsvart - Hedersmann
Korgonthurus - Puhtistuksen Tulet
Thunderbolt - Call from the Ancient Time
Belenos - Terre de Brume
Horna - Nostalgiaa