Exclaim!'s Best of 2013: Top 10 Metal & Hardcore Albums



9. Corrections House
Last City Zero
(Neurot)

New project Corrections House are a collaboration between influential musicians Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Sanford Parker (Minsk). What has made their full-length debut, Last City Zero, one of the best releases of the year is a rather unexpected, yet brilliant sound. It's not simply a combination of each of their bands' sounds, although each member brings elements of their own unique background to the table. Last City Zero features a dominant industrial influence, while maintaining an extremely dark, brooding atmosphere throughout. Sections of droning noise and doom weave through and loop around cacophonous industrial segments ("Serve or Survive"), while mechanical, percussive beats dominate at other times ("Bullets and Graves" and "Dirt Poor and Mentally Ill").

Experimental effects and an unorthodox use of saxophone are present in a constant spiral of dramatic dissonance, making Last City Zero chaotic and complex, but the album also surprises with moments of natural, simplistic sounds and clean, deep vocals, exemplified by the mystical "Run Through the Night." Elsewhere, the stripped-down, spoken word title track contains intense, raw emotion. Featuring exceptionally negative, depressing and apocalyptic vibes, Last City Zero is brooding and corrosive, but in the most beautiful way possible. (Denise Falzon)