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Better Late Than Never !

Quite recently, I had the real pleasure of catching an interview on the BBC with John Lydon.  Of course, he is better known as, Johnny Rotten, of the notorious Sex Pistols.  What a guy.  His sense of humanity, his intelligence and his general indignation @ the BS of the world came shining through.  How did I miss the fact that he hosted a show on the Discovery Channel called Mega Bugs?  Speaking of missing things, the comedian Patton Oswalt and I have at least one thing in common; we both missed the whole punk thing as it was happening in real time.  Check out, track 13 on his 2007 album, Werewolves and Lollipops.  It’s very funny, and you’ll get the point.  My point is, despite the spitting, the blood, the filth, the mayhem and the ear damage, punk rock brought us some amazing humans who make the world a more interesting place to be in.  Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Joe Strummer, and of course, John Lydon, to name a few.  So despite the fact, that I missed it all the first time around, my appreciation for punk continues to grow.  Better late than never.

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Electronic Chart Toppers for December

Top Electronic Music for the last month of 2012 (in order) 1. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes; 2. Boys Noize – Out Of The Black; 3.Flume – Flume; 4. Lindstrom – Smalhans; 5. Daphni – Jiaolong.

Music not enough? Want to see the videos? Check them out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZsQ56MSMNk

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Loud Rock Charts: 12/11

It’s that time of the year again. The time where we can all just stop giving two fucks about life and be as lazy as we want and drink eggnog till we die from heart congestion.

In all seriousness, this is the last week of charts, and what a year it has been. We’ve seen some phenomenal records and some disappointments, but overall, 2012 has been grandiose for us headbangers. I can only hope 2013 will reach the same sensationalism, but with bands like Cynic, Cult of Luna, The Ocean, and Scale the Summit already prepping their new studio albums, I doubt we have much to worry about.

1 HATEBREED “Put It To The Torch” [Single] Razor And Tie
2 DEPARTURES Teenage Haze No Sleep

 

 

 

 

1 DEFTONES Koi No Yokan Warner Brothers
2 ALL THAT REMAINS A War You Cannot Win Razor and Tie
3 GAMMA RAY Skeletons And Majesties Eagle Rock
4 DAVEY SUICIDE Put Our Trust In Suicide [EP] Standby
5 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
6 CRADLE OF FILTH The Manticore And Other Horrors Nuclear Blast
7 AUGUST BURNS RED Sleddin’ Hill: A Holiday Album Solid State
8 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
9 MY DYING BRIDE A Map Of All Our Failures Peaceville
10 DOWNFALL OF GAIA Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes Metal Blade

A Preview Of What 2013 Has In Store For Us Metalheads

2012 has brought upon us mere mortals some fantastic records. Big name bands, like Gojira, Enslaved, and Neurosis, have all presented amazing, high quality full length features that are sure to be regarding by some as instant classics, perhaps even winning an album of the year award or two. Even more obscure bands, such as Cloudkicker and Ne Obliviscaris, have been releasing phenomenal records. However, the 2012 year is almost to a close, and now is as good a time as any to start looking forward to 2013 and what potential masterpieces we can begin eagerly anticipating for.

 Cult of Luna Ready to Melt Our Faces

Cult of Luna, a post metal band hailing from Sweden, is set to drop Vertikal, their first record in 5 years. If their last two releases were indicative of anything, it’s that CoL are in the process of becoming one of the finest post metal outfits of our generation. Whether or not Vertikal will live up to the standard that’s become synonymous with the band, time can only tell.

 

BTBAM/Coheed/Russian Circles Tour

2013 will have just started, and already the biggest tour of the year (arguably) starts in February. Announced officially on November 5th, this tour features some of the best live acts in our generation, with Russian Circles opening and BTBAM co-headlining beside Coheed and Cambria. Prepare your anuses people. This won’t just be the most anticipated concert of the year, it’ll also be the geekiest.

 

Scale the Summit Will Give Us Another Summit to Scale

Letchford and company have been making a name for themselves as one of the best instrumental outfits currently around. Their last album, The Collective, was a great example of premium virtuoso guitar work.  According to the band, “We just started work on our next album. The material we have written so far is definitely pushing us into new territory.” In fact, the band very recently posted a new album teaser over on their YouTube home page. According to the  video, the record is called The Migration, and will drop sometime  in  Spring 2013.

An Amalgamation Of Promising New Material

Some more artists that have been hinting about dropping new releases  in 2013, but with much less details surrounding the albums, are Chimp Spanner, The Ocean, and Cynic. The Ocean have mentioned that they’re considering creating a full fledged instrumental album, which would be new for them, whereas Cynic and Chimp Spanner have been updating their respective Facebook pages with lots of teases about their new album in the works.

DISAPPOINTED

While I’m sure 2013 will be a good year for music, it’s just not going to be able to live up to the sheer amount of greatness that 2012 exuded. We’re all being spoiled this year, and I’ve sure as hell made certain not to waste this opportunity of awesome metalness this year. Have you?

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Rock Charts!

Its December once again! Time for caroling, gingerbread houses, domesticated trees, and indie rock. The year is finishing off strong with great new releases from Bat For Lashes, Titus Andronicus, the Babies, and more. Be sure to keep it locked here on the Great 88 to hear the sweet sweet sounds of brand new rock ‘n’ roll.

 

 

Here’s our CMJ Top 30 for the week of December 4th…

1 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man EMI
2 TY SEGALL Twins Drag City
3 TITUS ANDRONICUS Local Business XL
4 SLAM DUNK Welcome To Miami File Under: Music
5 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold Asthmatic Kitty
6 TAME IMPALA Lonerism Modular
7 BABIES Our House On The Hill Woodsist
8 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud Polyvinyl
9 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch GBV Inc.
10 SPYRALS The Spyrals Mock
11 ALT-J An Awesome Wave Canvasback
12 PRINCE RAMA Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World Paw Tracks
13 TAMARYN Tender New Signs Mexican Summer
14 GARY CLARK JR. Blak And Blu Warner Brothers
15 BARBARAS 2006-2008 Goner
16 SAN CISCO Awkward Fat Possum
17 SCOTT AND CHARLENE’S WEDDING Para Vista Social Club Critical Heights
18 EX-CULT Ex-Cult Goner
19 CLINIC Free Reign Domino
20 SIC ALPS Sic Alps Drag City
21 SUN AIRWAY Soft Fall Dead Oceans
22 EL PERRO DEL MAR The Pale Fire Control Group
23 SKY FERREIRA Ghost Capitol
24 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985 Goofin’
25 PEACE The World Is Too Much With Us Suicide Squeeze
26 HARLAN Night Loop Still Beat
27 BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Boracay Planet Om
28 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS “Gremlins Crawl” [Single] Volar
29 DIAMOND RINGS Free Dimensional Astralwerks
30 TORO Y MOI So Many Details [7-inch] Carpark

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Loud Rock Charts: 12/4

As the year slowly comes to a close, new releases will begin to shrink in size. However, that does not by any means represent the quality of the records. This week sees Cult of Luna’s newest record, Vertikal, on display, with the 2nd track off of the album currently up for stream here: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/cult-of-luna-i-the-weapon-single-stream/. If the single is indicative of the entire album, it’s going to be one hell of a release.

1 CULT OF LUNA “I: The Weapon” [Single] Density
2 CODE ORANGE KIDS Love Is Love/Return To Dust Deathwish

 

 

 

 

1 DEFTONES Koi No Yokan Warner Brothers
2 ALL THAT REMAINS A War You Cannot Win Razor and Tie
3 CRADLE OF FILTH The Manticore And Other Horrors Nuclear Blast
4 HAARP MACHINE Disclosure Sumerian
5 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
6 DORO Raise Your Fist Nuclear Blast
7 ANAAL NATHRAKH Vanitas Candlelight
8 HEARTIST Nothing You Didn’t Deserve [EP] Roadrunner
9 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
10 AUGUST BURNS RED Sleddin’ Hill: A Holiday Album Solid State