Gojira’s New Tour Dates: U.S, Canada, UK 2013

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Date Venue Location Tickets
Jan 14 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN Tickets RSVP
Jan 15 The Garrick Centre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets RSVP
Jan 16 The Odeon Events Centre Saskatoon, Canada Tickets RSVP
Jan 17 MacEwan Hall Calgary, Canada Tickets RSVP
Jan 19 Vogue Theatre Vancouver, Canada Tickets RSVP
Jan 20 Studio 7 Seattle, WA Tickets RSVP
Jan 21 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR Tickets RSVP
Jan 23 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA Tickets RSVP
Jan 24 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA Tickets RSVP
Jan 25 The Fonda Theatre Hollywood, CA Tickets RSVP
Jan 27 The Glass House Pomona, CA Tickets RSVP
Jan 28 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ Tickets RSVP
Jan 29 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, NM Tickets RSVP
Jan 31 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX Tickets RSVP
Feb 01 The White Rabbit San Antonio, TX Tickets RSVP
Feb 02 Warehouse Live Houston, TX Tickets RSVP
Feb 04 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 05 Masquerade Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP
Feb 07 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD Tickets RSVP
Feb 08 Irving Plaza powered by Klipsch New York, NY Tickets RSVP
Feb 09 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale, PA Tickets RSVP
Feb 10 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI Tickets RSVP
Feb 11 House of Blues Chicago Chicago, IL Tickets RSVP
Feb 13 The Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada Tickets RSVP
Feb 14 Le National Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Feb 15 Palladium Downstairs Worcester, MA Tickets RSVP
Feb 16 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP
Mar 16 Trondheim Metal Festival Trondheim, Norway Tickets RSVP
Mar 18 O2 Academy Sheffield, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 19 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 20 O2 Academy Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 22 O2 Academy Bournemouth Bournemouth, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 23 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 24 O2 Academy Brixton London, United Kingdom Presale RSVP

The 10 Top Metal Albums of 2012

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French metal titans Gojira have a huge feature in Metal Hammer

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Stolen Babies photographed in Los Angeles on 06/11/12.

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It’s that time of year again. Time to cozy up ’round the fireplace, crack open a brewsky, and duke it out over who had the Best Metal Album of the Year. Without further ado, here they are:


10. CVI, Royal Thunder
The music of Royal Thunder, from Atlanta, GA, is almost not metal — and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a welcome reminder that music can be emotionally resonant without being sonically violent or lyrically graphic. The songs on CVI aren’t any of the things metal fans usually revere: they’re not “complicated” or “fast” or “brutal.” In that sense, this might be the most “challenging” album on this list. It’s more classic psychedelic rock than modern metal, and singer MLNY Parsons is like a dark siren from the ’60s reincarnate. She’s the crown jewel in a band that’s unafraid simply to be themselves. Trends be damned.


9. Resolution, Lamb of God
For over a decade, Lamb of God have been the “it” band in American heavy metal. Resolution is their seventh studio album, and it debuted at number three. At this point in their career, LOG are only competing against the bar they’ve set for themselves. Their groove metal is as powerful as ever, and they are terrifyingly strong live. Much has been said this year about singer Randy Blythe’s manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic; after seeing his astonishing command over the NYC audience at the Roseland Ballroom last month (where there were no fans onstage), we can only say: maybe unstable governments should be afraid.


8. Dethalbum III, Dethklok
Here’s the thing about Dethklok: the lyrics are ludicrous, but the music is no joke. Renaissance man Brendon Small takes on songwriting, guitar, and vocal duties — as though masterminding an animated series on Adult Swim wasn’t enough work already. Add Gene Hoglan (Death, Testament) on drums and Bryan Beller (Steve Vai) on bass, and it doesn’t matter that you’re singing about ejaculating fire: you’re going to sound badass. It’s likely no one in human history has or ever will again compose lyrics containing the phrase “epididymal retention” — except Dethklok.


7. Naught, Stolen Babies
Six years after their debut album (with four of those years spent in indefinite hiatus), Los Angeles band Stolen Babies have arrived back on the scene with more of their wonderfully bizarre cabaret metal. Here’s a fun riddle: what sound do you get when you take twin brothers who’ve played with The Dillinger Escape Plan, a reluctant theatre starlet, and an accordion and mix it with the Talking Heads and Edward Gorey-style illustration? Stolen Babies — and Naught lives in a whimsical world of their creation.


6. Yellow & Green, Baroness
“Beautiful” is a word you don’t often hear used to describe heavy metal, but in this instance, it’s totally appropriate. The third studio album by the Savannah, GA, band, Yellow & Green transcends metal, venturing into folk and psychedelic spaces. While Baroness have always explored genres outside of the “sludge” moniker that’s never done them justice, this record finds them pushing beyond their past efforts into musical territory that’s — gasp! — pretty. The instrumental “Green Theme” — with its shifts from a weeping, atmospheric guitar verse into a blossoming, harmonized guitar chorus — is one of the most gorgeous pieces of music you will hear this year.


5. Years Past Matter, Krallice
Dense and intricately composed, Years Past Matter, by Brooklyn’s Krallice, takes the listener on a journey through six songs, most of which run longer than 10 minutes each. The tracks are titled only by increasing repetitions of the letter “i”, as though someone’s cat applied paw to laptop key, and the results became the song names. (How does one distinguish between songs onstage when reading a setlist of tunes like “iiiiiiiiii” and “iiiiiiiii”?) The album pummels the brain with constantly changing time signatures amidst a wall of multi-layered guitars. Even if we can’t pronounce the songs, we admire the craftsmanship therein.


4. Harmonicraft, Torche
Here’s another metal anomaly: happy metal that’s not power metal. Harmonicraft seems infused by sunshine from Torche’s hometown of Miami. The band have been mislabeled sludge, perhaps due to their Southern origins, but there is nothing swampy about their up-tempo tunes with ample use of major chords (shocking!), which lend a cheerful mood to the album. Somehow it’s heavy and sunny at the same time — a surprising musical juxtaposition that’s refreshing amidst the doom and gloom of typical metal fare.


3. Son of Perdition, Wretched
The chilling, classical-style organ and chorale on “Oblivion,” the opening track of Son of Perdition, sets an intellectual tone for this third album by Charlotte, NC, death metal band Wretched. Yes, we just used the words “intellectual” and “death metal” in the same sentence. Now get this: the main chord progression of the punishing second track follows that of the choral opening. And then there’s a jazz outing in “The Stellar Sunset of Evolution,” a trilogy of instrumentals revealing the breadth of styles these musicians are capable of. It’s a stunning album.


2. Illud Divinum Insanus — The Remixes, Morbid Angel/various artists
Illud Divinum Insanus, the 2012 studio album by Morbid Angel, sucked. Inconceivably, the two-disc album of the same songs, remixed by electronic and industrial artists from around the globe, is fucking phenomenal. It’s as though inserting guitarist and vocalist Trey Azagthoth (one of the OGs of death metal in the ’80s) into electronic subgenres like dubstep has not only transformed one of Morbid Angel’s worst albums into a work of collaborative brilliance (with most of the credit going to the remixing artists); it’s also elevated electronic music into novel realms of darkness. We’d even venture to say it’s created a new genre (deathstep?). There may be metal purists reading this who think we’re kidding. We’re not.


1. L’Enfant Sauvage, Gojira
French technical death metal band Gojira are some of the most highly skilled musicians playing today. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier (rhythm guitar/vocals and drums, respectively) write elegant compositions with mind-bending song structures. In performance, their precision and athleticism are elite, rivaling classically trained professionals. The title track alone on L’Enfant Sauvage renders it worthy of this list. Have a listen to the contrasting themes just in that one song — the impenetrable rhythms in the beginning followed by the space created by the lead guitar. No one in metal writes music this complicated yet so perfectly balanced. From beginning to end, this album is peerless.

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Unruly Hearts’ 20 Top Songs of 2012

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Brooklyn Bridge park looking at Manhattan

Here they are fresh from the press! Thanks to our readers who contributed to the Top 20 Songs of 2012.

20.Beach House – On the Sea

19.Alabama Shakes – Be Mine

18.Hospitality – Eight Avenue

17.Fiona Apple – Left Alone

16.Kindness – That’s Alright (World, you need a change of mind)

15.Jake Bugg – Taste It

14.Jack White – Sixteen Saltines

13.Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

12.Willis Drummond – Munduari kondenatuak

11.Jesse Malin – Brooklyn

10.Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute

9.The Walkmen – We Can’t Be Beat

8.Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

7.The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

6.Gojira – Explosia (L’Enfant Sauvage)

5.The Killing Floor – Grace

4.The Killers – Runaways

3.The Gaslight Anthem – ’45’

2.Neil Young – Walk Like A Giant

1.Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce

Unruly Hearts’ 20 Top Albums of 2012

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So here they are!
Thanks to our readers who contributed to the Top 20 Albums of 2012.

** Click on the album title to view the artist’s playlist. **

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20. Andrew Bird – Break it yourself

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19. Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again

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18. Delta Spirit: Delta Spirit

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17. Matthew Ryan: In The Dusk of Everything

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16. Erik Truffaz – El Tiempo de la Revolucion

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15. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

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14. Rhett Miller – The Dreamer

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13. Tame Impala – Lonerism

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12. Beth Orton – Sugaring Season

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11. Jack White – Blunderbuss

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10. The Walkmen – Heaven

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9. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage

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8. Mumford & Sons – Babel

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7. Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland

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6. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

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5. Neil Young – Psychedelic

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4. The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

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3. The Killers – Battle Born

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2.The Black Keys – El Camino

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1.Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

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