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Deryk Thomas’ Top 10 Albums of 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Deryk Thomas of RTRFM’s Critical Mass counts down the year’s best in the world of doom, death and thrash metal.

10. SCAR SYMMETRY — The Singularity: Phase I
SS have always released razor sharp futuristic melodic metal, but this is the next step up. It flows well, and cant wait to hear the other chapters.

9. DECAPITATED — Blood Mantra
A fair bit of the technical stuff has gone, in favour of more straight ahead fast paced modern death metal. Great album considering what they’ve been through in recent years.

The best album they’ve done. A real coming of age for the band, like Scott Bishop has pointed out, they’ve figured out how to combine heavy metal sounds with the melodic stuff.

7. AT THE GATES — At War With Reality
At The Gates are back in the studio. Lots of anticipation for this one being one of the top picks for the year. Yeah, it probably is, but it’s a bit ho-hum in the back half of the album. Six other albums were better than it.

6. 1349 — Massive Cauldron of Chaos
A late comer for black metal release of the year. Better production and more adventurous elements to vocals have set this one apart from previous releases.

Jus Osborn, tour Australia already damnit.

4. WORMWOOD — Wormwood
There was a glut of new releases that hit our inboxes recently on Critical Mass, this is one that stood out. It’s the guys out of Doomriders doing a visceral take on doom and sludge. This is an EP. Now this is the first time I’ve bent the rules a little to include a non-full length because A) it’s awesome and B) it’s not exactly a bumper year for heavy metal releases.

3. ANIMALS AS LEADERS — The Joy Of Motion
If you haven’t heard this one yet, reward yourself. Combines djent metal with jazz fusion instrumental stuff. Gets stuck more in your head with each listen and that’s the sign of a “top” album. Saw them at Amps a while back and have been a fan ever since.

2. MASTODON — Once More Round The Sun
Mastodon are the best at what they do. Never got sick of this album since its release. I reckon I listen to it every week or two.

1. TOMBS — Savage Gold
This was always gonna be a contender, and it just grabs you straight away. Primal post-metal riffs and pounding drums. Very basic in approach, every post is a winner on this album.

Anger Management: Decapitated

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Every fortnight, we check in with all things heavy on RTRFM’s Critical Mass show.

Polish tech-death metal masters Decapitated are back again to pulverize eardrums with their latest effort Blood Mantra, the second album in this “comeback era” for the band.

Fellow countrymen Behemoth tend to draw the accolades from the press and the fans, but it’s Decapitated’s resolve and rigidity which earns them a lot of respect. After the death of drummer Vitek Kieltyka and injury to vocalist Covan in a tour bus crash, most bands would fold up and create new projects with the remaining members. Decapitated have stuck to their guns the whole time.

Previous album Carnival Is Forever sent the message that the band is back with a vengeance, and this new album delivers in the same way but with a beefier sound to compliment their fast tempo death metal. They’ve added new drummer Micha? ?ysejko to the mix, picking up right where Krimh left off.

Decapitated are all business with this release with nine tracks of bruising, pummeling, kick-assery, and for me, this is likely to be the best death metal release of 2014.

For fans of Origin, Deeds of Flesh, Severe Torture, Cannibal Corpse and possibly Fine Young Cannibals.

Critical Mass airs every Wednesday from 9PM on RTR FM 92.1.