Blending ‘90s upstate New York metallic hardcore, UK death metal and Scandanavian black metal, Disenlightenment from UK metallic hardcore band MOURNING (Streets of Hate) drew from a broad and diverse range of influences from both metal and hardcore acts of all kinds. Curious about their best offerings released this year, we asked the band to give us their top 10 albums of 2022.
Disenlightenment by MOURNING was self-recorded and produced by the band at Audiolounge studios in Glasgow, UK, mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, IL and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, OR. The album is available for vinyl pre-order now through Streets of Hate set to be shipped in early 2023.
Mourning is Connor – Vocals, Seb – Drums, Sweep – Bass, Rayner – Guitar, Brodie – Guitar.
Best albums of the year 2022, by MOURNING:
1. Envision – And Still
Records like this prove Hardcore can still do something new when bands take risks, the fusing of classic 90’s New Age records sound with the epic gallop of NWOBHM feels like a breath of fresh air.
2. Volcano – Fool to The Game
The snare tone alone warrants a spot by itself, sounds like if Impetigo were a Castle Heights band, disgustingly brutal.
3. Gridiron – No Good At Goodbyes
AOTY, equal parts crushingly heavy, insanely catchy and lyrically hilarious. Disregard anyone dismissing this as ’Nu Metal’ as clearly they don’t know what Nu Metal is or what a great album sounds like.
4. Moment of Truth – A Call Beyond
The best Japanese mosh record to be released from a non Japanese band, the soundtrack to spin kicking yourself all the way down to hell
5. Almighty Watching – Doubtless
CEO of Scheme and co. revitalising the sounds of early 90s post NYHC ala Burn/Dismay, AW accomplish this sound with style and flair when many bands before them have tried and failed.
6. Roc Marciano and The Alchemist – The Elephant Man’s Bones
Two masters of their craft and personal favourites of Seb’s, crazy beats and raps all over this one.
7. DoomCannon – Renaissance
(Seb’s) favourite UK jazz record of this decade so far, beautiful compositions and the drumming is mindblowingly good.
8. Drudkh – All Belong To The Night
It’s Drudkh, nothing else needs to be said.
9. Worm – Bluenothing
Otherworldly, Petrucci level guitar solos over Necromantic blackened Doom.
10. Quest Master – The Twelve Temples
Came out on vinyl this year so kinda counts, the leader in Fantasy synth back again.