Sean Parkinson of West of Hell Picks His Five Favorite Albums of the Year
Leading up to the end of the year, Revolver has asked some of our favorite artists to pick their Top Albums of 2012 and tell us why each record rules. Here, Sean Parkinson (pictured left), guitarist of the heavy-metal band West of Hell, selects his faves.
5. 3 Inches of Blood, Long Live Heavy Metal
"These guys are awesome. Tight sound on this record. They have a 'good times' vibe throughout, with classic riffing. Nods to their heroes like Dio, Thin Lizzy, and Maiden are cool. Manowar couldn't have come up with a better title themselves."
4. Testament, Dark Roots of Earth
"Testament are thrash-metal legends. This album is an inspiring piece of work. If you're a Testament fan, you love this. If you're a thrash fan, you love this. If you don't love this, go away."
3. West of Hell, Spiral Empire
"Well, I gotta pick this one! Not just because it's my album, but OK, mainly because it's my album! I'm stoked this is out and that we are working on the next one now. This album is great because it represents years of hard work and determination from a band that shifted to the other side of the planet just to be able to complete the lineup."
2. Sinate, To the Death
"OK, again, not just picking this one because I used to be in this band. I was stoked when I got my hands on this record. The usual heavy/catchy brand of thrash/death metal from the Sheppard brothers, but with a more mature feel. Awesome."
1, Cannibal Corpse, Torture
"Same high production levels as the last couple of records with Erik Rutan at the helm. Same relentless, bludgeoning, classic death-metal songs. Same gory artwork. There's just something about keeping things consistent. Love Cannibal Corpse. Love this album."