(To see what this list is all about, read the introductory post via this link.)
I listened to a greater variety of metal this year than ever before, branching out more seriously into certain sub-genres that I had largely neglected in the past. It was fun, but I’m now paying a heavy price.
How heavy? Here’s how heavy: My list of candidates for this year’s selection of the Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs, drawn from my own listening and recommendations from readers and NCS staff, consists of more than 230 songs from over 160 bands.
I’ve explained before that I don’t make my own annual list of the year’s best albums because I have so much trouble comparing large numbers of albums from different genres to each other. Also, I’m indecisive by nature. So how in the world am I going to whittle own a list of more than 230 songs into a smaller group of 20 or 30? Honestly, I have no fucking idea. However, as the Chinese philosopher Laozi wrote, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. So I’m stepping off now . . . and I hope I will find a way to finish the list before old age claims all of us.
Because I felt the need to get this thing going despite the fact that I haven’t finished the final list, I decided to start with a couple of easy decisions. We begin with two great songs by two bands who are favorites of this site and whose 2012 albums have become quite popular across much of metaldom.
Really, it was a foregone conclusion that this list would include something from Gojira’s L’Enfant Sauvage and Meshuggah’s Koloss. All of us here at NCS thoroughly enjoyed the albums. Both of them have appeared on multiple year-end lists we’ve posted here, and they both received multiple glowing reviews:
The hard part was figuring out which songs from each album should be added to the final list, because both albums are replete with songs that were strong candidates. The songs on both albums are not only very good, they’re also memorable, they get you moving, they invite repeat plays and they stand up to repeated listening.
In the end, I made these two choices as the first two entrants on our list of the year’s MOST INFECTIOUS EXTREME METAL SONGS:
GOJIRA: “LIQUID FIRE”
MESHUGGAH: “BREAK THOSE BONES WHOSE SINEWS GAVE IT MOTION”