Rather than counting down the days until we can celebrate Christmas, this year we’re bringing you a series of metal posts will be celebrating the countdown until we don’t have to be inundated with Christmas music and decorations everywhere. To coincide with this countdown we’ll be posting our top 25 metal (and metal-ish) albums of 2012. 25 days of hell, 25 rad metal albums to make up for it.
As the fog dissipated from their uncertain future following the release of I Am God Songs, Black Sheep Wall finally release the much-anticipated follow-up to their 2008 album this year, No Matter Where It Ends. I’d be lying if I said to you that this album isn’t among the heaviest sludge albums I’ve ever heard. Black Sheep Wall might have ditched most of the hardcore influence from their first record, but Trae Malone’s vocals are as oppressively heavy as ever, same goes for Scott Turner’s guitar work and Jackson Thompson’s drum work. Incredibly thick, churning chords and trudging drum patterns assimilate into a trance-inducing cacophony, assisted by the fact that everything on the album is massively loud, rarely exceeding a slow, lumbering speed. Lasting about an hour, No Matter Where It Ends is one huge, lengthy slab of pure heaviness that isn’t to be missed by anyone who really loves slow, heavy sludge metal.