October man. Wow. Wow, man. October. Wow. Wow. Just wow.

With all that wowing out of the way, it’s actually been really easy to decide what the Record o’ the Month for October should be: the one Steel Druhm doesn’t like. In my continued quest to not allow him to rubber stamp everything that reminds him of his wasted youth, I’ve begun carefully crafting every Record o’ the Month post with the specific goal of quashing his choices. Once again I have succeeded in my goal to let that silly man in a gorilla suit know who’s in charge: Angry Metal Guy. So here you go.

Record o' the Month for October - Beaten to Death

Beaten to Death is the best grindcore band since Nasum. I said that on Twitter days before the review was posted, unbeknownst to Jean Luc Ricard. He said the same thing. Why? Because it’s fucking true. Beaten to Death‘s quixotic style, vaguely ironic approach, and Norwegian girl jeans would make them the hate object of true metal guys everywhere if it weren’t for the fact that they’re still kind of obscure. But they won’t be obscure for long if I have my way. Unplugged pulses with energy, frantic songs, indie pop guitar tone, and features the song-title of the year in “Papyrus Containing the Spell to Summon the Breath of Life Enshrined in the Collected Scrolls of Sheryl Crow.” But don’t think that Beaten to Death‘s latest record is just a good laugh that you’ll forget. The reason it ranks this high—and over stiff competition—is because the songs, the feel, the riffs, and frantic melodic approach to grind are engaging as hell. Just really solid heavy metal.

Runner(s) up: 

Avatarium_The Girl With The Raven MaskAvatarium // Girl with the Raven Mask — Of course, bear in mind that October was a good month for metal. In a lot of other months this year Girl with the Raven Mask would be a top pick. Leif Edling’s newest project features an outstanding singer in Jennie-Ann Smith, and combined with some fantastic song writing and beautiful performances, GwtRM really took both Steel Druhm and myself by storm. Girl with the Raven Mask is an unusual album, bridging ’70s doom with a psychedelic undertone and Jennie-Ann’s nearly jazzy vocals. And while I was impressed, Druhm was all aflutter: “This is album of the year material,” he drooled, “it grabbed me […] and it will grab you too. It’s not a traditional doom album,” but who needs that when you’ve got a raven mask?

Killing Joke - PylonKilling Joke // Pylon — It’s not often that we give out perfect scores. So after we trolled the fuck out of the author of the review—that would be one Grymm Grymmerkins, of Grymmerville, Grymmida—we were all forced to sit down and listen to Killing Joke‘s latest album. Turns out, Pylon is an album that doesn’t suck. Sure, it might not be White Wizzard, but it most surely hits all the right notes, showing a band that is stubbornly defying Angry Metal Guy’s Law of Diminishing Recordings™. Grymm lathered Pylon in praise: “I was just hoping that Killing Joke would bring us some decent songs. Instead, they released an emphatic statement of intent, proclaiming that complacency, ignorance, and lack of empathy will not be tolerated on their watch. Timely, yet timeless.”

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  • I can’t believe you called them heavy metal after they DISTINCTLY TOLD YOU NOT TO. Shameless.

    • El_Cuervo

      Flawless victory.

    • To be honest, I thought someone was going to “obvious troll is obvious” me.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      He done dared and did that.

  • My objectively superior selection was relegated to runner up (again), but the fire still burns….

    • El_Cuervo

      I was with you on Nechochwen but Beaten to Death is my preference here.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Trivium. Oh, wait… that was last month.

    • lol. Quit choosing records with a DR3 and maybe I’d choose them.

  • Will Atheling

    Good choice, will make the site a bit easier on the eye.

    • You wot m8?

      But… But… Space Wizards…

      • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

        And cosmic rAaAaAge

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    “Beaten to Death is the best grindcore band since Nasum.” Did Gridlink suddenly become Dr. Dre or something? Because y’all forgot about Gridlink.

    • Grymm

      I miss Gridlink so much, it hurts.

    • Gridlink were great, but Beaten to Death are better.

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        Up until the comma you’re correct, after that it loses the plot and spirals into madness.

        • You’d question a man with such a might Star Trek pun? No credibility at all.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Of all the odd hills for my credibility to die upon, this one was pretty unexpected.

  • tomasjacobi

    Good choices. Beaten to Death and Avatarium are great. I don’t care for Killing Joke at all, but I guess that since I didn’t outright hate Pylon it must mean that it’s a really good album for people who do like them.

  • Gaia

    Cult Leader for me, superb record.

    • Kronos

      Very good indeed, though the front half isn’t quite as interesting as the back.

    • That is a good album.

  • RuySan

    Does anyone else has problems with the mastering on “Girl with the Raven Mask”? It’s just too loud, to the point of distortion. I had had to listen to Pale Communion three times in a row afterwards to give my ears some rest.

    • Totally agree.

    • I agree. I do like the songs, but I listen to it through tiny speakers so that I can’t hear it.

    • Thatguy

      I agree and it’s part of the reason I don’t like it.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      It’s still a really great record despite.

  • Simon Shrimpton

    Well.. for me the ROTM for October is the one that hasn’t left my CD player.. Brutopia!

    Not exactly the most discerning metal-fans choice I appreciate but dammit it’s FUN!

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      I think we’re the only two people in this thread who legitimately like that record better than Beaten to Death. Brutopia is a ton of fun.

      • Simon Shrimpton

        Failing Brutopia I’d have taken the Enshine album too.. Feeling very sidelined this month!

  • Monsterth Goatom

    I like the sound of the instruments on Unplugged, but, considering the talent, I feel it could have been a much stronger album if they went for more extended songs. Why the insistence on keeping all tracks under two minutes? I feel like I’m listening to a preview of album tracks.

    Anyway, good for them. That’s just my $0.02. For me October was all about Havukruunu, Draconian, Enshine, Vehemence, and, at the top of the heap, Panopticon.

    • I understand but totally disagree – I think they’re the perfect length. Still need to hear that Vehemence record!

    • Pimpolho

      Your list is also great. The hole month was. My pick would probably be Draconian, though.

      • Thatguy

        Draconian sounds great, but on two listens the songs are unmemorable. It may grow on me.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Yea, good stuff. Great vocals.

    • I have to admit, I haven’t even heard Panopticon.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        None of his albums, or just this year’s Autumn Eternal? I’ll assume the latter and say I personally love it, but I know you don’t care for a lot of modern BM (or am I confusing you with someone else?). Most BM is very dark and demonic (nothing wrong there – I love that stuff), but Lund’s music is euphoric, uplifting…and.. I don’t know, “positive?”, though that sounds lame.

      • AndySynn

        They’re (well, “he’s”) very good, but I don’t think there as mindblowingly awesome as a lot of people seem to suggest.

        My conjecture is that a lot of that comes from the fact that Panopticon is/are, in a sense, truly legit American “Folk Metal” (in the true, non-poppy, sense of the term) akin to bands like Negura Bunget, etc… so I’ve seen a lot more American blogs and sites wax lyrical about how great they are, whereas it doesn’t have that veneer of newness/freshness to my ears.

        Plus quite a lot of the riffs are early In Flames melodeathy riffs, given a slightly Black Metal sheen. Which again, is fine, but doesn’t captivate me as much as it seems to do others.

      • Oh the humanity!

        In all seriousness, I do really enjoy Autumn Eternal. It’s what Deafheaven would sound like if their talent matched their popularity.

        Though now that I’ve said that I suppose we’ll get a second review of Autumn Eternal giving it a 1.5.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Gotta get on that Autumn Eternal dude…

  • Kronos

    Don’t you dare to call them heavy metal!

  • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

    October to me means “A Maze of Recycled Creeds”. So fucking brutal and good.

    • Kronos

      Great album. Still, I can’t argue with Beaten to Death; great band.

      • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

        That ska bit still hurts you xD

        • Kronos

          Maybe, but honestly Unplugged is just awesome.

          • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

            I know… Just kidding. Unplugged is awesome but Gorod is just right up my alley :D

          • You’ve a gorod right up your alley? That sounds painful.

          • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

            And it´s not even my BACK alley ¯_ツ_/¯

    • WalrusKing

      I find the lack of gorod on this list… Disturbing

  • Horrendous didn’t win record of the month? I want a refund. Now.

    • Blame Grymm for giving a 5 to that fucking Killing Joke record.

      • This year’s ultimate AMG sin is not giving Anareta a 5. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

        • I’ve heard rumours AMG doesn’t even think it’s particularly great….

          • It happens. For every record I think is the shiznight I’m sure there are plenty of folks who absolutely can’t stand it – and vice-a-verse.

          • I’d’ve put Vhöl on instead of Horrendous.

          • For the record (literally), Vhol is fine but the vocals…ah, the vocals…

        • Monsterth Goatom

          Anareta might be a slow-burner, at least for me. So far I find it a step down from Ecdysis (Ha! I spelled that right on the first try). For what it’s worth, I do agree with your assessment of Söngvar elds og óreiðu.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            I like Anereta quite a bit but Ecdysis was better.

          • El_Cuervo

            Huh. Just seen Alex’s review for Söngvar elds og óreiðu, didn’t realise it was a widely-liked thing, I thought it was pretty underground.

            But either way, TYMHM incoming for it, I think it’s great.

        • I’m frankly shocked. I think that it’s OK, but I think it’s a step down from their previous work.

      • Grymm

        Sorry, Pylon was better, and that’s after many listens to Anareta.

        Ecdysis was a better album than Anareta.

        • I like Vhöl better.

          • A man after my own heart

          • I’m just throwing Grymm a bone, here. He’s my bro.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Fuck yeah the Vhol album is killer

          • André Snyde Lopes

            This is truer. Serious contender for my album of the year.

        • Point for style.

          Style here being a shiv in the gut of all the Anareta fans. For basically no reason.

          When you cut a cabrón, you don’t hold back bro. Respect.

          • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

            For the record, style upvote for that tilde in “cabrón”.

        • André Snyde Lopes

          This is true.

        • André Snyde Lopes

          Pylon was not a 5.0 in my estimation but I’ll be damned if I don’t feel like singing along to “Woah! On frehhhdaaam!”

    • It is insane that Horrendous isn’t even on this list.

      • That would be AMG’s (proper) *2nd* biggest crime of 2015.

        • Thatguy

          For me, it is what makes this list tolerable.

          • Well, you are THAT guy.

          • Thatguy

            Ha.

            I just don’t like it.

          • Did you like the last one? Do you like death metal? (serious questions)

          • Thatguy

            No, I did not. Everyone raved about that too but I’ve listened to it more than a few times and it does nothing for me.

          • My guess is you aren’t much of a classic era death fan (think Floridian 90s death).

            EDIT: That comment was by no means meant to be condescending in any way. Just an inference based on your comments.

          • Thatguy

            Hmm…..not my favourite niche.

          • Thatguy

            And no offence whatsoever taken

          • lennymccall

            See I do LOVE Ecdysis and was so excited for Anareta. But I’m just not feeling it. Loss of previous brutality and it feels like endless repetitive scales to me. So bummed…
            Yes big DM fan.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          I’m surprised that it’s only the second!
          Whats the first?

          • Thatguy

            Yeah, we need to know.

    • El_Cuervo

      Meh. Anareta does very little for me apart from Ozymandias (which is very similar to Titan and therefore amazing) and The Solipsist.

      I prefer Ecdysis.

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        This preferring Ecdysis club is growing stronger. THE FIRE RISES.

      • Grymm

        Ecdysis was a better album.

        • Yes it was, last year that is… :-)

      • You are all incorrect :P

      • JL

        Sum of all Failures is awesome too.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Here here!
      I don’t understand all this Ecdysis is better nonsense either.
      Both are superb with Anareta being a more honed and refined release…

      • I can’t really tell them apart myself but I’d imagine if you can handle the vocals they’re probably good?

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          Well theres no doubt that they’re definitely very similar… but I can hear the step up with Anareta. An observation thats hard to easily define, but to make a blanket statement, it sounds more ‘confident’, On Ecdysis they seemed to have a bit of a formula (a really good one) with their song writing with most of the songs being about the same length of 3 min. On Anareta they’ve expanded their play book and been a bit more expansive with their song writing while also still keeping the album down to a respectable 45min. I also think they’ve been really smart with their vocals. This is just an impression but I think he is ‘singing’ less on this than Ecdysis. While he obviously has a limited range, like a Lemmy or Tomas Lindberg he uses what he’s got really well with a lot of feel and emotion and excellent writing.

          • Am I listening to a different record from everyone else? Anareta is very different from Ecdysis!!

          • I’m at a loss myself. Anareta is just a catchier album through and through.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Yeah I agree. Though it’s quite clearly Horrendous…
            For me ecdysis was an album made by a band who out of nowhere suddenly jump on the table and kick the plates off. Then to their credit a year later they’re back and hanging from the chandeliers.
            It’s a killer slab of metal

  • KingKuranes

    I really like that Avatarium song “Fat Girl Eating Raisinets”.

    • I don’t get it.

      • KingKuranes

        That’s how I hear the song “The Girl with the Raven Mask”

  • KingKuranes

    I’ll just be glad when I don’t have to look at the ridiculous Gloryhammer cover on this site.

    • Scourge

      You do realize year end lists are coming in… well, March so nevermind.

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        OH SHIT that reminds me I need start working on mine in three months’ time. Pressure’s on!

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          I’m confident mine’ll be done by May.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Don’t work yourself too hard, remember to drink plenty of fluids, and shoot for having it mostly done by August.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Thanks. I will make that my plan.

    • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

      I don´t know exactly how to say this in english but if I was AMG I would give the RotM to the 2nd, 3rd and successive printings of Gloryhammer just for laughs and glorious background xD

      • Thatguy

        I do like the background…

        • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

          Trust me on this one, I REALLY love Gloryhammer

      • I give your english there a perfect 5 score bro

        • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

          /grammarbrofist

  • brutal_sushi

    No mention of Enshine – Singularity? Now I’m sad…

    • It’s quite meh, actually.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Vhuuuuutttt????

        • El_Cuervo

          He’s right. Musically it’s solid but I can’t get over how it sound, I really dislike the tone / production.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Ok ok, I’ll give you that. I still just love the music on the album.

          • El Cuervo knows upon which side his bread hath been abuttered.

          • But does he butter the bread with butter or with margarine, I wonder?

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            huh, thats one of the things I really like about this record. It sounds beautiful to my ears!

      • brutal_sushi

        Wholeheartedly disagree, but this is your ship, and I don’t question the Captain!

        • OCCUPY the AMG Ship!!

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Does that make AMG the 1%

          • Hulksteraus

            Well, the Snobbery tagline should have given that away, shouldn’t it?

      • Pimpolho

        Thank you.

      • That’s just crazy talk.

        • I don’t know what you have for this brand of mid-paced melodeath. But I can’t listen to it. Loud. Monotonous. Predictable. Uninteresting.

          • You wot m8?

            So, kinda like Beaten to Death? :D

          • If you’re saying BtD is predictable and monotonous just because you know every song will feature some randomly placed indie style riffs and an angry muppet voice…. well you sir just have no taste! BtD forever!!!

          • BOOM.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          That is crazy talk, its stellar!

    • The fix was in. AMG is currently at war with sad-boy melo-death.

  • Thatguy

    Beaten to Death is fun and Pylon is very good. I didn’t really care for the Avatarium.

    But, at last, a record of the month selection that does’t drive me to despair.

    I still disagree with it though.

    • I’m in the depths of despair over this!

  • Meat Tornado

    Nope. The correct RotM is Kauan: Sorni Nai

    ;)

    • Pimpolho

      That album does nothing for me. Cool atmosphere and all, but almost no memorability.

      • Meat Tornado

        To each their own. I can’t get it out of my head.

    • It’s funny how you have to come here to tell me that because no one reads your blog.

      • Meat Tornado

        I don’t have a blog ;(

        Just come here to make people mad I guess.

        • Aw you don’t make me mad. I was just looking for a way to write “Hey look who’s got an eponymous blog” in a different way.

          • Meat Tornado

            I wish I had a blog that nobody read, trust me. But I only have facebook pages and posts about albums that nobody likes.

          • I feel ya, bro.

          • Hulksteraus

            You turned Kiwi?

      • Meat Tornado

        But I was more just trying to shamelessly spread the word that it’s a great album.

        • tomasjacobi

          I’m with you on Kauan. They’re great and the new album is amazing!

  • Pimpolho

    You could’ve picked almost any album from October and it would still be a contentious choice. I mean, that is true with any month, but the quality of October just makes it more obvious.

  • Thatguy

    As I write I’m listening to Songs From the North. Three albums in one – could have covered all three RoTM spots…

    That is a joke, but should have been one of them.

    • Pimpolho

      But it is from November, isn’t it? I do agree though, that it is one of the best records from this month.

      • Thatguy

        Argh! You are correct. Premature joke. And I’ve cursed it now.

    • There is literally no chance at all that SftN will end up on the RotM list in November. It is a terrible album and not just because it’s long.

      • El_Cuervo

        You still composing an angsty post about the subject?

        Out of interest, what do you dislike about it so much musically?

        • It’s not a post. It’s a long, table banging monologue which you could easily envision Bernie Sanders giving as he gesticulated wildly and pulled out his hair.

          • Thatguy

            I’m banging the table as I agree with you.

          • Hope you bought it dinner first.

          • Thatguy

            And I knew you’d say that.

          • tomasjacobi

            Bernie Sanders. Oh, you mean President Sanders!

        • Well, it’s more an ironic tribute to StS saving the album.

          I think it’s extremely monotone, both in its composition and production. I find the music to be mind-numbingly boring. Even when the swap styles, my eyes are glazed over within seconds. I particularly tried to give that second record a chance to breathe and it’s simply repetitive. If music could be monochromatic, it would be Swallow the Sun. They’re extraordinarily successful for a band that doesn’t write anything remotely memorable.

          • Pimpolho

            But you do like New Moon and their older stuff, right?

          • Yeah, sure.

          • Monsterth Goatom

            “[M]ind-numbingly boring” brings to mind October Falls’ Kaarna. I honestly gave it a number of listens, but I found it a chore so stay with it to the end (even when sipping coffee on a peaceful, sunny morning : ) ).

            Normally, I agree with a lot of your choices, like Gazpacho, Gloryhammer, and Turisas2013. The last especially took a beating from many metalheads, though I love it (minus the porno interlude).

            Not sure about Songs From the North. I should listen to it again, but right now it seems like one of those things you sit through once, but find hard to justify revisiting (kind of like Attenborough’s Gandhi).

      • Thatguy

        I knew you’d say that.

        • Yes. Because my opinion hasn’t changed. Their music is banal.

  • Luke_22

    Beaten to Death is killer no doubt but Vhol is the criminally underrated hit of the year for me. Also no Horrendous, rabble, rabble, rabble.

    • Vhol will definitely be in my top 10 this year.

    • Vhöl is actually really good. And blame Grymm.

      • Thatguy

        Vhol is great and I blame you.

  • You wot m8?

    Well, these were the albums that I wasn’t too fond of in October, though Avatarium was alright. I don’t think we can even be mad though, I think we all knew the October RotM would be a infuriating clusterfuck. However, I do think that a couple more runners-up could have been mentioned, given how awesome October was… I’ll just be listening to The Visit, Enshine, and Gorod, and I’ll let you enjoy these :D.

    [GwtRM’s title track was damn good though…]

  • Monsterth Goatom

    As we near the end of the year, and there’s talk of AMG staff and their year-end lists, I realize I haven’t seen anything from Noctus in quite a while (in fact, did he do any reviews in 2015?). Has he abandoned ship, or just busy working on another album? : )

    • Kronos

      Noctus hasn’t been around for like two years. I may or may not have killed him for that missing half-point he left off of “Teethed Glory and Injury”

      • Monsterth Goatom

        First HMG goes missing, and now Noctus! To paraphrase Lady Augusta Bracknell, “To lose one reviewer… may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.”

        • Kronos

          It’s like a slaughterhouse in here; a few missing fingers are to be expected. You’ll never even notice if it makes it into the sausage.

          • Monsterth Goatom

            That’s the last time I order AMG’s Apple-Unicorn sausage.

          • Try the Happy Fries.

          • Monsterth Goatom

            As in made with essence of HMG? Oh well, it they’re made in New York at least they’ll be Trans Fat free.

          • My output has slowed primarily because I’m having to type using the raw bloody stumps where my hands used to be.

          • Kronos

            That’s why I moved to one of those eye-based controllers for people suffering from ALS.

    • Noctus wanted to focus on his music. That and Kronos may have killed him.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Sad to see him go, but glad to hear he’s busy with his music. And Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Hmm no, definitely Avatarium for me. Also listened to the Enshine records loads of times, but that’s probably just genre bias.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    The premier grindcore review site of the internet!

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    It’s hard to argue with this list even though I haven’t even got round to BtD.

    Avatarium and Horrendous get equal first place for me
    SATAN and Vhol as runners up. I can’t believe one of these couldn’t find a spot on this list!

  • Tentacles

    Reading through the comments I didn’t realise just how great October was. Avatarium and Panopticon are getting heavy rotation from me, but I agree that Avatarium is a bit loud…doesn’t sound too good on my car stereo. The Panopticon album is great…even better than Roads to the North. I like BTD but probably not enough to warrant a purchase.

    • dude, it’s like 4 bucks. I think you can give up a coffee.

      • Tentacles

        Really? Well okay then! :-)

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Talk about an embarrassment of riches Draconian deserves a shout out for Sovran too.
    An album of it’s caliber would normally strut into a best of the month list.

    • Pimpolho

      Upvote this! Everyone!

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        :)

      • I won’t! I can’t! I want a left vote! Right vote! DIAGONAL VOTE!

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          hit the button hit the button!

  • Qiyamat a tawil

    Thank you so much for introducing me to Beaten To Death. Unplugged is fucking insane and easily one of the best grindcore albums (as you said since Nasum) fusing melody and intensity. Took me a while to get into their first 2 album because of the guitar tone but after it grew on me, it comes out insanely good.

    • What! Another guy what forgot Gridlink? When will it end?!

      • BtD are better!!!

      • Qiyamat a tawil

        Longhena was an amazing record. Cretin’s “Stranger” was also damn amazing. Hell, Omnipresent was amazing. There’s been a shit tonne of good grind records but Unplugged just has that melody man.

  • Ok, here’s the plan everybody. Just take all the albums from October, set fire to them, and play Dismembered from Dismember’s classic Like an Ever Flowing Stream. Then smear yourself in the remains. Feel better? Yeah ya do. Here’s a snickers.

    Speaking of snickers, gosh, Deafheaven got two whole reviews in October! Why isn’t it on this list?

    • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

      I’m getting worried because just today I was listening to “Sunbather” and either I’m getting too old for this shit like Captain Motherfucking Murtaugh (and I seriously doubt it) or Deafheaven are overrated as fuck with their “NO SNICKERSSSSSSSHOEGAZEBLACKMETAL ZARA SHIRT” approach.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Mine would be Killing Joke. That album just hasn’t left my CD player since it’s arrived, and gets better every listen. Satan’s “Atom by Atom” would be number 2. 2 “washed up bands” making great albums in one month? Has the world gone topsy-turvy? Can’t say I disagree with the choices. I just can’t get into grindcore, and hadn’t heard Avatarium yet. It’s on it’s way now, though.

  • Shangsean

    Vhol is not number one on this list, so it is wrong. Killing Joke is on this list, so it is even wronger.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Satan, Vhol, Panopticon, Killing Joke, Horrendous, Beaten to Death, Gorod… That’s more than half of a solid year end list, just in October.

  • JL

    Uh what about Panopticon…? And Horrendous???

  • Zac Melvin-McNutt

    “Beaten To Death is the best grindcore band since Nasum”. I take it you don’t listen to a whole lot of grindcore

  • Oberon

    I pull into port and get a Record of the Month post, and it happens to be the two albums that have been getting beaten to death on my watch.

    BZ gents, BZ

  • Mauro Bossetti

    Every time I read the comments here I wonder why the fuck authors don’t live close to where I live (Florida) in order to have a dozen beers with them while talking about music.

    But hey, you either didn’t live close to where I used to live before (Italy), so screw you. Your loss.

    • Guillotine of Papal Crowns

      Improvise the AMG-Con in some random bar with beer and metal records -> deplete the beer talking about metal-> trash the place -> take selfies with the place on fire as background -> SUCCESSO.

      • Hulksteraus

        Awesomeness!

    • Grymm

      Actually, you are wrong.

      NE Florida here.

    • Well, swing by New York, buy me a dozen beers and I’ll talk your damn ear off on such topics as metal and other metal.

  • Damn I thought Panopticon would easily make it here.

  • madhare

    I got a feature request for your blog system: Could you implement one of those basic archive pages or something similar that lists posts/reviews per month.

    I would love to browse through the reviews of the whole month to get perspective to RotM. Or is there a way to do this already, that I’ve just missed?

    Also, it would help the discussions we get with every RotM: “Why isn’t x here” “-Because x didn’t come out this month.” “Oh yeah…”

  • Kaique N

    No Gazpacho – Molok?

  • herrschobel

    ahhhhhhh…cheers for bringing Beaten to Death to my Attention…SO my cup of tea … brilliant…