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10. Rush – Clockwork Angels

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Rush’s latest musical endeavor was without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Clockwork Angels, at its core, is a reflection of both the trio’s past artistic accomplishments as well as their latest aspirations. It’s a musical collage of both old and new characteristics, formulating yet another captivating release from the biggest name in Progressive Rock today. Clockwork Angels shows Rush returning yet again to a conceptual theme, one that revolves around a young man’s quest through a world consumed by chaos. We, as the listeners, journey along with him, encountering pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, as well as discovering lost cities and everything else that inhabits this peculiar realm of sci-fi fantasy. As for the instrumental aspect of the album, we continue to find Rush steering further away from the lengthy compositional epics, but while still managing to retain the same level of artistry. Instead of having us dwell into elongated voyages of elaborate musicianship, Rush have compressed all of their eclectic range of influences into a more accessible collection of dynamic hard rock songs. Clockwork Angels tends to have its foot in a lot of musical territories once explored by Rush, with each song exhibiting an array of stylistic variations that incorporates everything from their typical Progressive and metal sounds, to Fusion-esque solo passages, and spacey atmospheres. It’s rather comforting to see that Rush have yet to lose their touch, and even though its been 38 years since their initial debut, Rush are still able to return with an effort that shows everyone why they will always be regarded as one of the biggest names in Progressive Rock. – PaperbackWriter

Stream ‘Headlong Flight’ here.

9. Death Grips – The Money Store

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You either love it or hate it. I for one, love it. I’ll ask the same question I posed in my review of the album: has anyone ever taken into consideration just how scarce of a sub-genre industrial hip hop is? That’s not to say that The Money Store is automatically good just because it’s unique, but it’s undeniably unlike anything else. Indeed, there’s really nothing quite like The Money Store, it takes the blistering punk-paced fury of Atari Teenage Riot’s digital hardcore music, and then sticks a dirty, used heroin needle in it and injects it with so many samples, experimental mannerisms, and industrial noise that it practically reinvents alternative hip hop from the ground up, and creates a morbid and disturbing portrait of an unstable psyche and inhumanely cold emotion in the process. Think Throbbing Gristle as a hip hop outfit. Hip hop has never been this nonsensically aggressive, unintelligibly unhinged, and just plain violent; and beats have rarely owed this much to raw noise music. MC Ride’s lyrics are barely comprehensible and are breathlessly delivered straight out of his strained throat in nearly schizophrenic behavior, but in a way, it doesn’t take itself too seriously or delve into the underlying emotion too much, making all the blind rage in MC Ride’s cryptic chants catchy and hooky fun. Since concentration is primarily on Ride’s flow and not so much his lyrics, Death Grips kind of resemble a rock band in this way as well. It’s hard to get into, it can even be viewed as detrimental by some, but this is a rare example of music that can be despised for the same exact reasons it can be adored, and that’s a really noteworthy case. – breakingthefragile

Stream ‘The Fever (Aye Aye)’ here.

8. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

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It’s kind of funny to think of just how far Frank Ocean has come thus far. Let’s face it, R&B – especially that which receives ample radio attention – is almost always abysmal, and Tyler, the Creator was supposed to be the big breakout artist from the Odd Future collective, seemingly overshadowing the others. Given that I’m not partial to the genre and I pretty much detest most members of said collective, Frank Ocean being my cup of tea seemed dubious at best. Luckily, Channel Orange lays any disbelief to rest and firmly cements Ocean’s position as one of the most important artists in the genre.

Channel Orange sees Ocean find the perfect dichotomy between experimentation and accessibility, making it seem like a logical progression from 2011’s Nostalgia, Ultra, an album whose best songs borrowed from other established artists to yield a new aesthetic meaning (‘Strawberry Swing’, ‘Nature Feels’). This time around, Ocean presents us with a much fuller product – one that greatly rewards repeat listens. This is largely because of Ocean’s greatest asset (besides the obvious): his ability to employ literary devices through an engaging and insightful narrative. Instead of asserting sexuality and objectifying women as many of his contemporaries are wont to do, Ocean hones in on unrequited love, addresses issues regarding class disparity, and dabbles in existentialism. It’s an evocative collection of short stories, but Channel Orange isn’t just a platform for Ocean’s lyrical prowess. His idiosyncratic styling doesn’t overstep his ability to turn a ridiculously infectious hook: ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’ and ‘Monks’ recall Usher’s heydey material as Ocean suavely croons over hauntingly beautiful melodies.

Honestly, I could go on and on, but most of you know how incredible this album is. It really doesn’t matter what music you’re into, there’s undoubtedly something here for everyone. Channel Orange is the product of great dedication and attention to detail, and upon closer examination, Ocean appears more experienced and worldly than his contemporaries. Despite a few very minor inconsistencies here and there, Ocean seems to have created an opus in his first proper album. He’s witty, outspoken, and culturally and economically conscious; in ‘Super Rich Kids’ he speaks of economic inequality in a scathing and humorous way: “The maid comes around too much / Parents ain’t around enough / Too many joy rides in daddy’s jaguar / Too many white lies – and white lines”. Easily a  contender for album of the year. – Gyromania

Stream ‘Pyramids’ here.

7. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

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When you hear There’s No Leaving Now, you’re not only hearing art from the same Kristian Matsson who crafted 2010’s masterpiece, The Wild Hunt, you’re also hearing the same delicate soul summarising the human condition’s fragility; its strengths and weaknesses; its most unpredictable of aspects, beyond some of even the most revered of story tellers history has offered.  It’s a divine feeling, really, to experience this tender, forgotten art, where music and lyrics carry weight well beyond what their material forms (sounds and words) could possibly ever desire.  Matsson’s ten, diverse little pieces here—from gorgeous piano balladry, to balmy acoustic upstrokes with flashes of electricity—are fragmentary thoughts open for interpretation, penned from the elementary realms of songwriting.  Like floating abstract shards meandering their way through our consciousness before passively disappearing, they require no effort to appreciate their delicate nature or their covert subtleties that grow from repeated listens.  In just over thirty minutes, Matsson’s greatest gift is perhaps in convincing us that his candidly authentic and thoughtful approach to the man vs. guitar dynamic requires no alteration from its current familiar form; at this point, it is quite simply untouchable.  Beautiful.  The future remains bright. – Taylormemer

Stream ‘There’s No Leaving Now’ here.

6. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is The Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

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While numerous contemporary art pop artists heavily rely on excess and elaborate arrangements, Fiona Apple opts for unorthodox minimalism on her first album in seven years. The Idler Wheel… is all about subtle piano balladry, and this approach to songcraft works wonders for Apple whose eccentric, if vulnerable personality is now at the forefront, perfectly bare and not muddled by any unnecessary studio tricks. That’s the reason why The Idler Wheel… is so profoundly personal, tackling Apple’s neurotic tendencies and fears with raw intensity. It also makes complete sense that the artist’s vivid voice and trusty piano playing are supplemented with Charley Drayton’s equally important percussion work, that gives the record an eerie, often idiosyncratic vibe. Even in its most rhythmically non-conventional moments though, The Idler Wheel… revolves around alluring melodies which, along with Fiona’s truly unique vision, largely make for its resounding triumph. – greg84

Stream ‘Hot Knife’ here.

5. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m A.A. d city

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Year-end writeups provide a perfect climate for polemicism, and so I say: the speed-of-light canonization of this album was and continues to be some straight bullshit. It’s not that the album isn’t good enough to be considered a classic–it is, very much so–but I think there are some problematic implications attached to such a label, and I so love Kendrick Lamar’s first studio album that it would pain me to see it crumble under the shadow of its own misdirected hype. A “classic” album is often one you need to hear, its towering legacy a shamefully empty checkmark in your bucket list until that fateful moment you choose to grapple with the beast. The term connotes, of course, a great work, but more than that it’s just plain work. It’s Ulysses, or The Wall, or Fanny and Alexander.

None of this is meant to cast aspersions upon those works, but good kid, m.A.A.d city is something entirely different. I find it rather akin to something like The Catcher in the Rye (let me finish), its status as a “classic” contending with its complete lack of obedience in fitting into that label. For a solid month I wasn’t sure I liked this masterful album because it didn’t seem serious enough. Kendrick’s now oft-quoted “ya bish” chorus to ‘Money Trees’ is subversively catchy and funny but it seems perhaps like a gesture of non-commitment to the momentous thrust of the album’s bildungsroman-esque narrative structure. ‘m.A.A.d city’ too: its beat going supremely dumb, Lamar breathless, the whole thing a little ridiculous.

What’s beautiful about this album, then, is that it doesn’t draw those unnecessary lines in the sand between the “highbrow” and the “lowbrow”. ‘Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst’ is, as you all should know, the best song of the year, but it’s also the perfect (sorta-)closer, bathing even that chorus to ‘Backseat Freestyle’ in its golden light. By the time ‘Compton’ rolls around, I recall Kendrick rapping about Sherane texting him lewd pictures while he drives his mom’s car around, and it feels like gospel. It’s Kanye West that might have summed up this feeling most coherently in ‘Clique’: “Maybe they get money, buy a business / I’d rather buy 80 gold chains and go ign’ant.” Holden Caulfield just wanted to catch the kids in the rye. Kendrick just wants to sing about you. Fuck your canon: this is not at all what a classic album sounds like, but it’s the one true classic to come out this year. – Robertsona

Stream ‘Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst’ here.

4. Swans – The Seer

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Gargantuan, monolithic, colossal, whatever words you use to describe it, The Seer is a humongous album, and it’s better for it. Despite being one minute shy of a two hour running time, The Seer never feels bloated or draining, it immediately engulfs listeners and casts them into its unsettling nightmare universe; maintaining an immerse stranglehold on listeners throughout. Shedding most of their industrial layers for post-rock composition methods, The Seer is a frighteningly effective album that proves Swans are still making music at the apex of their talent thirty years into their career.

Fans debate about how Swans crafted much “better” albums than this back in their heyday, but the main reason why The Seer is so impressive is because it’s a different beast entirely from their earlier masterpieces like Soundtracks for the Blind and White Light from the Mouth of Infinity. The fact that this band can completely reinvent themselves and their sound this late into their career by accumulating all of what has gone into their ever-evolving sound over the course of thirty years, and then still manage to produce something out of it that’s new and changes their direction, while retaining a core identity and sacrificing none of their power, is a truly remarkable achievement. Especially for a group that is only on their second album after a 13 year hiatus. – breakingthefragile

Stream ‘The Seer’ here.

3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

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To say this year’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s release came out of nowhere would be the most extreme form of understatement. After all, the post-rock group has, throughout their career, carved the very definition of what it means to be a post-rock group in the first place. If ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! had been traditionally marketed to us music connoiseurs, we’d have milked the excitement out of the release after just a few hours, inevitably hyping it up to F#A# status out of sheer euphoria. So while it was initially puzzling that Godspeed didn’t even hint towards its incoming release, the decision makes much more sense ever since the dust has settled. Because ‘Allelujah appeared out of nowhere, flashing onto music blogs across the globe, seasoned Godspeed fans were able to forego the anticipation and jump right back into yet another atmospheric daze.

Even though ‘Allelujah was presented to us in such an abrupt manner, it’s clear the post-rock titans have been planning the affair methodically, and with the utmost precision. Godspeed You! Black Emperor has crafted some of their most rewarding tracks yet, by conjuring the proper imagery and then letting the music come patiently. My personal experience with Godspeed arrived this past October, and it put all the pieces of the group’s puzzle into perspective. The flashing film reels, the words scrawled onto the projector screen – all the ingredients accompanied the music so remarkably well. And this was my first experience with ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, a glimpse into the desolate imagery Godspeed’s latest release encapsulates.

Things aren’t always so grim here, though, and that’s why the album’s one drone track ‘Their Helicopters’ Sing’ is unforgettable. The movement steps out of the album’s ever-bending musical agenda for one moment to capture, strikingly, the feeling of relief. Sure, it’s relief sandwiched between two pieces of musical destruction and then construction, respectively (it’s astonishing, really, how astutely ‘We Drift Like Worried Fire’ answers the questions regarding chaos posed in ‘Mladic’,) but the respite from the restless nature this album possesses resolves any doubts as to whether Godspeed are capable of pushing post-rock boundaries even further. Perhaps it was silly to even have questioned Godspeed in the first place, because in one breath the group has exceeded all our expectations, and has left the world wholly satisfied. – OmahaStylee94

Stream ‘We Drift Like Worried Fire’ here.

2. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

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Converge… A strong word, it is used to describe the efficiency of mathematical algorithms, processes or groups of people in coming about an optimal solution to a real-world problem, in view of the available resources. Since 1990, the punk/hardcore circuit has been quoting the same term for the description of essential metallic punk/hardcore. Initially self-proclaimed as “hardcore kids with leftover Slayer riffs”, the crew from Salem, Massachusetts, released three awesome albums between 1996 and 2001 and ranked among the elite of the scene. The ferociously bleak vocals of Jacob Bannon, along with the unmatched technical proficiency found in the “out of this world” rhythm section of Newton/Koller and the dissonant guitars of Kurt Ballou, helped in creating and perfecting a frantic blend of tech punk/hardcore that stood above any given competition.

The music itself, however, would feel as rather “incomplete”, if it wasn’t complemented with the profoundly symbolic album art and lyrics of vocalist Jacob Bannon. Going through all their album art layouts, titles and song lyrics, one cannot help but see that Converge revolve perpetually around the sense of failure and loss and their ongoing impact over the human flesh and mentality. The band’s new effort All We Love We Leave Behind is no exception. Converge further suppressed the experimentation and diversity that made their three previous albums so special in the first place, for the sake of the all out fury and madness of their days of old, and succeeded anew. The lyrics are as bitter as before, yet they are probably the best the band had ever had to work with. Regardless of the type of music everyone is deeply fond of, Converge turn out to be our collective scream against the shadows that darken our lifetimes; a scream that most of us tend to suppress within our guts, when forever comes crushing.  – Voivod

Stream ‘Aimless Arrow’ here.

1. Deftones – Koi No Yokan

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It might come as a forgone conclusion for some that Koi No Yokan would easily top this list strictly because the album had been enormously hyped long before its release date. The outcome could have been totally different though if the seventh Deftones album wouldn’t have fulfilled the high expectations of their fans. Even though Koi No Yokan won’t probably have the same impact as Around the Fur and White Pony that basically defined nu-metal in the time of its glory, the record’s universal allure is hardly disputable.

Koi No Yokan ideally encapsulates the quintet’s signature sound which contrasts wistful melodies and ethereal atmospherics with relentlessly heavy arrangements. With a regained passion for creating music, Deftones are more concerned about consistent songwriting than innovation, and that attitude paradoxically has turned out to be extremely rewarding for them. The album feels more expansive than their previous three releases delivering songs that feel both familiar and adventurous enough to impress even their strongest detractors. On top of that are Chino Moreno’s versatile vocals that seem more passionate and emotionally wrenching than ever before. Koi No Yokan glitters with supreme melodies as much as crushes with massive riffs showcasing the band’s most accomplished material in over a decade. – greg84

Stream ‘Tempest’ here.

EPs

50-31 // 30-11

Contributing Reviewers: AliW1993 | AngelofDeathbreakingthefragile | DarkNoctus | greg84 | Gyromania | Metalstyles | OmahaStylee94PaperbackWriter | Robertsona | Taylormemer | Voivod

Special thanks to: AggravatedYeti | Eclecticist | FromDaHood | Silentpotato | Understanding In A Crash





Deviant.
01.21.13
Cheers to the contribs for busting a hump to finish this - good work guys

Trebor.
01.21.13
Rush, Death Grips, Godspeed and Kendrick right on


klap
01.21.13
fiona apple in a worthy position

fromtheinside
01.21.13
ugh, one, seriously? shouldn't even be on the list

Trebor.
01.21.13
Every Converge album besides Jane Doe is a 3.5

demigod!
01.21.13
trebor is wrong

demigod!
01.21.13
so very very wrong

Omaha
01.21.13
AW YEAH

PistolPete
01.21.13
deftones deserve a spot on the top ten, but 1 is a bit much...was just a solid Deftones album

2 on the other hand was aoty =)

Relinquished
01.21.13
deftones lol

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
Deftones YEA NICCA WHAT UP AIDS

Trebor.
01.21.13
But it's just another Converge record, nothing special

demigod!
01.21.13
it was a good album but not even close to aoty and thats from a Converge fanboy

Chortles
01.21.13
uhh

mynameischan
01.21.13
hey alex robertson

nice work

MadKungFu
01.21.13
I neither love nor hate 9. It's more of a bemused shrug sort of emotion.

Winesburgohio
01.21.13
Whoever robertsona is yr write-ups are great, excellent.

The rest of them are pretty good i guess. 8's use of 'dichotomy' is infelicitous tho,make it balance or something

BassDemon333
01.21.13
Awesome list, so glad to see Converge and Deftones the top 2

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
"But it's just another Converge record, nothing special"

Converge will surely never reach the sonic boundary pushing and experimental gasping of Alkaline Trio.

Trebor.
01.21.13
Alkaline Trio are better agreed

demigod!
01.21.13
fuck Alkaline Trio

fromtheinside
01.21.13
where are these melodies everybody's talking about on koi? and the riffs? heavy? bah.

otherwise solid write up greg

Insurrection
01.21.13
1 is right, that's all that matters . Good to see converge and Kendrick up here too

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
haaaaaaaaaa!!!!

zxlkho
01.21.13
fuck. converge should be 1.

wabbit
01.21.13
bunch of false hip hop and deftones.



Other than that it's okay. Swans and Converge rocked

Propose
01.21.13
deftones lmao

fromtheinside
01.21.13
kendric should be 1. this ruins my night for the second time in a row, thanks a lot sputnik, i'm not even going to mcdonalds anymore.

Jacquibim
01.21.13
Ugh!

Propose
01.21.13
50-30 was the best

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
Nah I feel like The Seer is the the album that would have satisfied the most people. Its popular enough to have gotten the votes and experimental enough to still be hip. Kendrick, Deftones, Converge, Godspeed, and Rush were all good but none of them seem like a good #1.

SgtPepper
01.21.13
"Kendric should be 1. this ruins my night for the second time in a row, thanks a lot sputnik, i'm not even going to mcdonalds anymore."

You should still go. Get yourself a Royale with Cheese and an Oreo McFlurry, It'll cheer you right up.

demigod!
01.21.13
yeah this top ten is kinda bad / extremely predictable

Propose
01.21.13
i agree that the seer should be 1 and i dont even like it

MO
01.21.13
man taylor rules

Trebor.
01.21.13
It's a shame Based Jam missed the cut

MisterTornado
01.21.13
So Gimu got too many votes and had to be deleted from list OKAY makes sense

DANcore
01.21.13
Fuck the top two. If those albums had been released by any band not named Converge or Deftones, they wouldnt be on this list at all

Days of Future Passed
01.21.13
Good work guys. Really digging that Kendrick writeup.

Gyromania
01.21.13
from here on we can expect to see a shit tonne of posts from users bitching about deftones.

anyway, i actually like the top 10, despite not really caring much at all for the money store.

Omaha
01.21.13
"Fuck the top two. If those albums had been released by any band not named Converge or Deftones, they wouldnt be on this list at all"

This is silly though. Context makes or breaks an album, man.

demigod!
01.21.13
fucking deftones

right guys

Gyromania
01.21.13
yeah, robertsonas' kendrick lamar writeup is so friggin good

oltnabrick
01.21.13
lol best top 10 ever

Ignimbrite
01.21.13
2 or 3 should have been 1

Skoj
01.21.13
Cool

CK
01.21.13
I'm a little bit sad that From Indian Lakes is exempt from all or most of the lists I've seen.

Aids
01.21.13
this is the comment where I:

-complain about Deftones and Death Grips
-complain about the (mostly) inadequate write-ups
-profess my love for albums X and Y and also for Robertsona (his writing and not his personality)



Conorman11
01.21.13
This is aight. I'm just another user saying Koi No Yokan isn't that friggin' good.

Whatever though.

theacademy
01.21.13
good list guys

liberi
01.21.13
Really not all that different from staff list.

Cormano
01.21.13
list gave me cancer

CK
01.21.13
Did it now

tommygun
01.21.13
eh

Aids
01.21.13
"This is aight. I'm just another user saying Koi No Yokan isn't that friggin' good.

Whatever though."

same. good attitude though, we need more of that around here.

or maybe we don't who fucking cares idk

CK
01.21.13
It is

wacknizzle
01.21.13
WTF! was that Deftones album really that good? It doesn't look rite maygbe my I's are fucked ^

CK
01.21.13
It was decent, Diamond Eyes was better

demigod!
01.21.13
no it wasn't

CK
01.21.13
Yeah it was =\

Conorman11
01.21.13
agree'd.

Cygnatti
01.21.13
gud list

kinda predictable but gud yeah

CK
01.21.13
Except not sooooooooo

fromtheinside
01.21.13
potato that swans album is good bro

Cygnatti
01.21.13
I think I gave everything on this list except like 10 a 3/5 hm,

CK
01.21.13
Yeah it was predictable. I was hoping maybe I'd learn some new bitchin music by reading this, but it's basically a scrambled version of the staff list

foxblood
01.21.13
1 wow sput lol. at least money store and tallest man are so high

fromtheinside
01.21.13
you could be right cause i haven't been able to really get all the shit i wanted to this year. shoutbox me the years best post metal, i've got a lot of catching up to do

SgtPepper
01.21.13
Is the 'The Money Store' really that good? I've yet to hear anything by those guys.

CK
01.21.13
Actually, another album I haven't seen at all on any user lists was Alcest's latest. Wasn't phenomenal, but just strange not to see it on any lists

foxblood
01.21.13
"Is the 'The Money Store' really that good? I've yet to hear anything by those guys."

it's a really polarizing album and most people either want to 1 it or 5 it. just try it out it's fun regardless

fromtheinside
01.21.13
yes the money store is that good.

SgtPepper
01.21.13
@ckret
That was indeed a good album, but I personally liked Ecaille de Luna better.

SgtPepper
01.21.13
*Lune, sorry I wrote the spanish spelling.

@fooxblood and fromtheinside
I'll download it then, see what I think of it. Thanks.

Curse.
01.21.13
Gotta love the userbase trolling themselves

CK
01.21.13
Oh, definitely. I'm just on a black metal spree at the moment and that was one that came to mind.

CK
01.21.13
^@paperback

fromtheinside
01.21.13
curse that sounds paradoxical

SgtPepper
01.21.13
@ckretice
Me too, actually. Though I've mainly been focusing on the atmospheric/pseudo-prog artists and Alcest was one that I stubbled upon last fall. I really like they're sound, it's a good band.

Curse.
01.21.13
Sputnik is constantly paradoxical

Keyblade
01.21.13
ugh

Iluvatar
01.21.13
number 1 is a joke

alachlahol
01.21.13
someone shoutbox me this years best post metal

CK
01.21.13
It might be a joke, but it's funny watching people complain like bitches

Relinquished
01.21.13
last year's post-metal isn't worth it if you're looking for things past Neurosis and Amenra

Xenophanes
01.21.13
Good God

alachlahol
01.21.13
"if you're looking for things past Neurosis and Amenra"

lookin for post metal not past metal haha kill me

fromtheinside
01.21.13
John Hanson here to clarify. thank the Lord

fromtheinside
01.21.13
but post metal this year is?

dimsim3478
01.21.13
You have to be deaf or Sowing to think the new Converge album is just another Converge album.

CK
01.21.13
Sowing ranked it at a 4.5 and said it was up there with Axe To Fall but just short of Jane Doe. I'm pretty sure he doesn't consider it "just another Converge album."

alachlahol
01.21.13
well considering all their albums are at least 4.5s id say its just like the rest

fromtheinside
01.21.13
but axe to fall was a 3 and they have 2 better albums so I think it's a riddle

CK
01.21.13
Axe To Fall was their favorite of mine

ILJ
01.21.13
swans isn't 1 list is shit

just kidding but really koi no yokan did not deserve 1

dimsim3478
01.21.13
This site consistently operates under the assumption that every Converge album is at least a 4.5.

AutoRock
01.21.13
Rush is tha best.

Kris.
01.21.13
this is embarrassing

CK
01.21.13
Nah, it's entertaining

Kris.
01.21.13
not really

fromtheinside
01.21.13
what's the worst part though? like 7? no? let's just say it guys. 1. 1 is the reason why we all hate sputnik but are clearly ignorant it's drug like effect so we're all clawing back for more night after night. it's fucking 1. and i think we should start doing something about it.

CK
01.21.13
Well listening to people complain about Deftones is

sixdegrees
01.21.13
at least rush made the list

1 is lame but expected.

sustainthesatan
01.21.13
switch 10 and 1 and this was pretty accurate

Kris.
01.21.13
nah, i hate sputnik because the general populace has a two digit IQ. which i guess correlates with the fact that 1 is where it's at.

CK
01.21.13
Then find a different site?

theacademy
01.21.13
great list

i didnt contribute but i love metal so i love it hardest

Kris.
01.21.13
no thanks, i'd rather stay here and be bitter and bitch to new faggy users

Trebor.
01.21.13
agreed

CK
01.21.13
Sweet deal

And Adademy, there's probably one thing on this list you haven't 5'd

fromtheinside
01.21.13
a dade my? this isn't the time or place for this iceland

Kris.
01.21.13
at least he's only half a tard

CK
01.21.13
Dude, I'm Sputnik's official dyslexic, don't yah know?

Kris.
01.21.13
aaaaaaaaaaaaand full tard

CK
01.21.13
Damn straight

theacademy
01.21.13
adademy

Aids
01.21.13
is that what your kids call you?

fromtheinside
01.21.13
can we get a do over?

Deviant.
01.21.13
Only if you think it's a really big deal to worry about such things

AliW1993
01.21.13
Second year in a row a run-of-the-mill album from a sputnik favourite has topped the list.

Yawn.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
only if it makes this list better...

Captain North
01.21.13
Well done contribs. Good write ups all around.

And lol @ fromtheinside. You used to be cool man

fromtheinside
01.21.13
wait. what happened? i'm still chilling!!! i promise.

demigod!
01.21.13
what was userbase aoty last year anyways?

AliW1993
01.21.13
Thrice

Captain North
01.21.13
The bitching man. The bitching.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
my exact thoughts @silentpotato

lou1000
01.21.13
I was pleased with the EP list and the staff list but this is ridiculous. Koi No Yokan was not the best album of 2012. + why the fuck were people 5ing it when it came out.

Captain North
01.21.13
Also you guys are kinda missing the point. Getting number 1 doesn't really means its the best album, just the one that pleased the most people.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
except defining every single goddamn album that was released every single year since music became a thing is kind of a big deal to me north.

Deviant.
01.21.13
"wait. what happened? i'm still chilling!!! i promise."

Yeah you're just like Eric. Disappear for awhile, and come back upset and complaining. Good shit

BigSimo
01.21.13
popularity contest with deftones at no.1....but i can agree with this top 10.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
oh dev. that hurt. that cut me deep man.i'm not complaining anywhere though!

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
damn this is the worst top ten I could ever have imagined

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
damn this is the worst top ten I could ever have imagined

DaveyBoy
01.21.13
Well, I'm shocked re: #1. Hell, I was shocked when it made the Staff Top 10. Then again, it was just as much through bits & pieces votes than anyone thinking it was the best of 2012... So, to that end, Captain North is correct in what he states.

Either/Or, this whole feature came out great. Well done to everyone who contributing in writing blurbs and/or putting it together.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
Well, yeah, but...I don't want to imagine it being worse.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
Well, yeah, but...I don't want to imagine it being worse.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
but that in turn means that it's deserving of it's status though of damn near classic. if it's an album that affects so many it's meant to be looked upon with a certain awe. koi is completely ill deserving of that title.

greg84
01.21.13
Ah. Come on. Everybody who thought Deftones wouldn't win this is just being silly. I'd known that before the voting even started.

greg84
01.21.13
Great job Deviant at putting this all together. The feature looks awesome.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
So this is devs fault? we need someone to blame here

Aids
01.21.13
yeah except for all the suck

nice, good one

fromtheinside
01.21.13
i didn't even vote this year so this list is like void.

here, i'll clear things up.

gaza
pierce the veil
chevelle
converge
death grips
godspeed you! black emperor
frank ocean
Fromindianlakes
flylo
hop along / el-p

fromtheinside
01.21.13
i didn't include album titles cause my internet provider charges by the word i'm pretty sure, so yeah. otherwise word is bond..

GnarlyShillelagh
01.21.13
is that what you think the top albums of the year were?

demigod!
01.21.13
nice choices but wheres the new Killer MIke?

also new godspeed wasnt thaaaat good

fromtheinside
01.21.13
yeah are you begging to differ? please beg to differ...

greg84
01.21.13
Killer Mike was at 11. I'd put it higher for sure.

Deviant.
01.21.13
"i didn't even vote this year so this list is like void.

here, i'll clear things up.

gaza
pierce the veil
chevelle
converge
death grips
godspeed you! black emperor
frank ocean
Fromindianlakes
flylo
hop along / el-p"

omg, could you fuck off

fromtheinside
01.21.13
omg dev, please, calm down.

Deviant.
01.21.13
That's ironic given that probably half the comments here are from you spitting the dummy. And then in a bolt of some absurd clarity, you decided that in the same thread where you've just lambasted half the site for their collective taste that you'd then throw in your personal top 10!! Ahhh, sheer genius!

Aids
01.21.13
Deviant you seem extra pissy today man what's up baby talk to me.

greg84
01.21.13
I'm surprised because his picks are certainly much more in line with this list than mine. So really you've got nothing to complain about dude.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
thats cbs genius right there. cue laugh track

Deviant.
01.21.13
"Deviant you seem extra pissy today man what's up baby talk to me."

I'm in the best of spirits actually!

DarthMann
01.21.13
HOLY SHIT HOW DID DEFTONES GET 1 WHAT THE FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

DarthMann
01.21.13
omg this list pissed me off as expected but actually its not that bad actually yeah it is very predictable top 10

Jacquibim
01.21.13
Tell me your feels, Darth.

DarthMann
01.21.13
idk im happy that fiona apple made it but thats about it kinda surprised frank ocean got so high pissed about death grips dgaf bout anything else at all

DarthMann
01.21.13
lmao why do i even care good list best albums of the year

Lambda
01.21.13
Deftones should NOT be #1. Good albums in the top 10, but the order is all screwed up lol.

Lambda
01.21.13
Good work with this though :D

fish.
01.21.13
this is what happens when you have a populist vote. would be interesting to see the breakdown of the votes. i.e. which albums were voted for most, which albums were placed in the top 3 most.

Biggest surprise is El-P not coming up anywhere in the top 50. Shame Andy Stott and Grimes didn't get a place

SpiritCrusher2
01.21.13
this sucks [43534]

DarthMann
01.21.13
acad asked for them fishy

fish.
01.21.13
where?

taylormemer
01.21.13
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=617713

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
I love all these apart from 8, 9 and 10, but I honestly expected more from this. Oh well, doesn't really affect me.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
I love all these apart from 8, 9 and 10, but I honestly expected more from this. Oh well, doesn't really affect me.

Tyrael
01.21.13
Yay 9

decent enough list I guess, even though it was quite predictable :]

fish.
01.21.13
thanks taylor

Tyrael
01.21.13
That's neat

good job acad

pmmets07
01.21.13
this is the most boring top 10 imaginable

Captain North
01.21.13
If it wasn't predictable then there would be a large amount of votes coming from some other third party that's not Sputnik. Of course it's bloody predictable.

Crawl
01.21.13
lol fiona apple and death shits don't deserve being in this list.

omnipanzer
01.21.13
8 and 1 are to high imho.
Great write up on 6 Greg48.

johnnydeking29
01.21.13
Godspeed is way too high, should be around 20

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
Id like to know what transcendental album people think was the best of 2012. Judging by most of you complaining I bet it sucks. Sup.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
I'm the only one, but my top album of the year was ANX.

Not saying it was transcendental, not even saying it should be in the top ten. I just would have preferred a slightly less predictable top 10.

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
Yea and if Dark Time Sunshine blew up to Deftones level then youd be complaining how predictable theyd be too. That album was good but please if thats why you're bitchin then shush.

SpiritCrusher2
01.21.13
I'm surprised how there's no Vanitas by Anaal Nathrakh anywhere in the top 50, considering how many (worse) metal albums got on the list.

SpiritCrusher2
01.21.13
actually I'm not surprised, just disappointed because it's one of my favs

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
"Yea and if Dark Time Sunshine blew up to Deftones level then youd be complaining how predictable theyd be too."


Uh, yeah? That's how the thing works? If Deftones was an overlooked release but still well-received and a great album, I'd want it to get more exposure and a higher ranking.

But no, it's one of the biggest albums of the year by a very popular band. If DTS was as big as Deftones and ANX was as widely received and critically acclaimed, of course it would be more obvious and I'd be saying, "Well, it'd be nice if this list featured some less well-known stuff"


It'd still be my AOTY, though. Just like Koi No Yokan is one of my albums of the year, I just think it'd be nice to have a list that grants a little more exposure to overlooked bands.

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
Its just funny because outside of maybe 2-3 lists every 2012 list has been predictable, generic, and/or shitty. Not that a bunch of the albums on this list arent good, but its a popularity contest so what did you all expect. Your favorite little bandcamp powerviolence, drone, psybient, neoclassical darkwave, and musique concrete albums to get the top 5? That little unknown gem you think is so amazing didnt make the list, suck it up god damnit.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
You're the one making a big deal, asking people to tell you what their top albums were.

Hep Kat
01.21.13
ahahaHhAHAHAHahaha

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
"I just think it'd be nice to have a list that grants a little more exposure to overlooked bands."

So you really dont know how this works then. If you want exposure for unknown bands then make a list with em or review em. These lists are popularity contests for the simple fact that more people know the more popular albums, and thus get more votes. Its not that hard.

And yea I always like to know what amazing albums Im apparently missing out on. Surely sputnik's elite in this thread have a whole lot of 2012 albums that will change my life ha.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
Damn, you're a douche.

Calc
01.21.13
For such an faux-elitist site number 1 is interesting to see

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
Speechless huh. Ya know I thought you were going to say Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Snox. That would have been cute.

MichaelSnoxall
01.21.13
first time ever when staff list is better than user list [2]

Keyblade
01.21.13
"drone, psybient, neoclassical darkwave"

hey these genres rool man

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
U missed the point Key. The closest thing to a drone album that would ever sniff the top spot would be The Seer, and for neoclassical darkwave (amazing name btw ha) would be Anastasis by Dead Can Dance. The fact that Anastasis didnt even make this list should tell you what to expect.

theacademy
01.21.13
what a wonderful list

killrobotmusic
01.21.13
I guessed that 1-4 would be where they were on this list (which isn't really going out on a limb, is it), though not particularly in the order they were in.

johnnydeking29
01.21.13
first time ever when staff list is better than user list [3]


Irving
01.21.13
Lol oh yeah there wasn't any Grimes was there?



Tyrael
01.21.13
'Lol oh yeah there wasn't any Grimes was there?'

Nope, I was quite surprised about it myself

fish.
01.21.13
no el-p is a bigger surprise

though I prefer Grimes

robertsona
01.21.13
list goes so ignant

Tyrael
01.21.13
'list goes so ignant'

I looked up 'ignant' and it said: the ignorant way of saying ignorant

fucking lol

Recspecs
01.21.13
Fuck

Recspecs
01.21.13
Burn in hell greg84 you fucking piece of shit.

smith1
01.21.13
top 3 is SO sputnik.

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
1. Swans
2. Kendrick
3. Max Richter
4. Godspeed
5. Grizzly Bear
6. Converge
7. Fiona Apple
8. Tame Impala
9. Beach House
10. Killer Mike
11. Enslaved
12. Dead Can Dance
13. Ne Obliviscaris
14. Neil Young
15. Moonrise Kingdom
16. Deftones
17. Anathema
18. Frank Ocean
19. BTBAM
20, Anglagard
21. Dr John
22. Andy Stott
23. Steve Wilson
24. Rush
25. More Principium Est
26. Austin Wintory
27. Dordeduh
28. Tallest Man On Earth
29. Be'lakor
30. Death Grips
31. Aesop Rock
32. Atoma
33. Testament
34. Wintersun
35. Om
36. Threshold
37. Jonny Greenwood
38. Aeternam
39. King Tears Bat Trip
40. Goat
41. Blut Aus Nord
42. El-P
43. Big Big Train
44. Kamelot
45. Alt-J
46. Bob Dylan
47. Aluk Todolo
48. Spiritualized
49. Scott Walker
50. Wadada Leo Smith

^ Those are the top 50 2012 rated albums on RYM. Now they're heavily weighted by the amount of ratings so its mainly just the popular shit, but.basically Sputnik isnt the only site that likes Swans, Deftones, Converge, Kendrick, and Godspeed. I dont know why people keep thinking that unless they never go on any other site. Popular albums get more votes. Who woulda thought.

Omaha
01.21.13
"Burn in hell greg84 you fucking piece of shit."

???

theacademy
01.21.13
urgh we're no better than the scum of the earth aka rym

Kris.
01.21.13
pitchfork, our last salvation

theacademy
01.21.13
SAVE US PFORK

Keyblade
01.21.13
"U missed the point Key. The closest thing to a drone album that would ever sniff the top spot would be The Seer, and for neoclassical darkwave (amazing name btw ha) would be Anastasis by Dead Can Dance. The fact that Anastasis didnt even make this list should tell you what to expect."

I know man I was just messing. I voted for Anastasis too :'(. The ones I voted for that made it were Atoma,, Mount Eerie, The Mountain Goats, Beardfish and Niechec...5/10 so I'm not complaining.

Tyrael
01.21.13
Omaha there was a whole discussion on facebook about this list (mainly the 50-31 portion of it) and how it was apparently a reflection of people with awful taste like greg84...

It was, ironically, instigated by the stupidest faux-elitist bitch this site has ever seen. (Seanemone)

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
pitchforks list is basically the same cept less metal, more indie pop

theacademy
01.21.13
ughhh what happened to us

we used to be all about the best shit like metal and rap and good shit

ugh what happened to the site that used to be all about like converge and godspeed and like deftones... take me back to THAT site


fish.
01.21.13
pitchfork is way too focused on dull electronic/indie stuff

FromDaHood
01.21.13
Ugh Rush in the Top 10 how many of Sonic's alts got to vote?
I also don't really understand Robertsona's Kendrick write-up but I like it a lot.

YankeeDudel
01.21.13
yea as long as its indie sounding-ish they'll give it an 8.5 though

Kris.
01.21.13
anarchistfish is way too focused on not getting jokes and being an awful user

fish.
01.21.13
I got the joke

Doesn't take away from what I said

FromDaHood
01.21.13
At least Pitchfork recognized that Grimes was awesome

fish.
01.21.13
nb. jokes are usually funny

fish.
01.21.13
"At least Pitchfork recognized that Grimes was awesome"
true

theacademy
01.21.13
"anarchistfish is way too focused on not getting jokes and being an awful user"

lol THIS

fish.
01.21.13
what jokes

all I see are unfunny attempts at witty remarks

ok then

EaglesBecomeVultures
01.21.13
On one hand, Dark Time Sunshine and FlyLo at least made the user list
On the other hand, 9 and 1

Evreaia
01.21.13
eugh, the rest of the list was better than this

alachlahol
01.21.13
i knew greg would predict this years #1 hes that good

KeithStone582
01.21.13
1 and 2 made me laugh.

AdamE
01.21.13
i'm surprised more people aren't complaining about EL-P not being on here, especially with killer mike at 11 (they are equally good). and why are none of the users who voted for deftones defending it on here. i guess i would have to see how the rating system works but why are people so surprised. it is at #8 of albums that got over 50 votes on here and #8 on metacritic. predictable yes, but why would users pick an obscure album for the sake of it being obscure over a popular album that is better. i'm not even saying it's the best of the year but everybodys heard it and its great. not everybody has heard other obscure albums even if they are great. very simple!

SeaAnemone
01.21.13
deftones at #1? damn this site just can't get enough alt/indie I guess

Emim
01.21.13
And the world kept spinning somehow

clercqie
01.21.13
Definitely my least favorite part of the list, but overall I'm quite happy with it. Nice work on the writeups again guys.

Scoot
01.21.13
was this ever in doubt

Atari
01.21.13
deftones don't belong on this list ugh

TooLateToGoBack
01.21.13
eww, Death Grips. Decent list; glad people liked the Fiona record.

fromtheinside
01.21.13
i'm glad emim pointed out the world still spinning because i was wondering

Buzzkillr
01.21.13
lol'd at number one. what a bad fucking joke

Emim
01.21.13
There were some scientific concerns about this much concentrated butthurt.

SeaAnemone
01.21.13
Indicators of being a horrible user:

- using the word "butthurt"
- deftones
- lolhawks

fromtheinside
01.21.13
eric bringing the hostility

Kris.
01.21.13
so sputnikmusic released therir end of the year list and theres not even any cradle of filth on it theres like not much metal which isnt metal at all dang wheres the riffs i don't even know list=jams i listen to while my mom drives me to the supermarket

Emim
01.21.13
-caring

SeaAnemone
01.21.13
- 4.5/5

Emim
01.21.13
Eric's hostility is like a cool autumn breeze

theacademy
01.21.13
everyone here is a horrible user excpt basically me and like bloc

Kris.
01.21.13
wtf acad fuck u thought we was bros

Xenophanes
01.21.13
At least Fiona is in a better position than on the staff list.


The take away here is that it's a shame robertsona doesn't actually contribute. Would be nice to have him around more, his write ups were solid as hell.

Omaha
01.21.13
"so sputnikmusic released therir end of the year list and theres not even any cradle of filth on it theres like not much metal which isnt metal at all dang wheres the riffs i don't even know list=jams i listen to while my mom drives me to the supermarket" [2]

alachlahol
01.21.13
"The take away here is that it's a shame robertsona doesn't actually contribute. Would be nice to have him around more, his write ups were solid as hell."

posting in the nicki minaj thread is a full time job hehe

FromDaHood
01.21.13
I'd prefer to believe that I'm a neutral user. Like a 4.5/5 kinda user.

theacademy
01.21.13
lolrobertsona

Thor
01.21.13
Should have been Swans but overall the best year end list the site has had in a long time.

Emim
01.21.13
THE GOD OF THUNDER HAS SPOKEN

Captain North
01.21.13
Also, the guy saying Deftones was one of the biggest releases of the year: I presume you mean on this site? Cos they're not exactly a huge deal outside of it. I mean, it wasn't even on pitchforks radar.

Wizard
01.21.13
The number one album on this list is one of the worst things I've put myself through this year. No word of a lie.

Wizard
01.22.13
And Captain said it best above me, should put all of you to rest.

fromtheinside
01.22.13
all hail pitchfork

Captain North
01.22.13
That's not even what I meant fromtheinside. Just saying, they're not exactly mainstream,

TheFonz123
01.22.13
Deftones are clearly a famous, mainstream band. Why is this even a debate, they ARE mainstream

TheFonz123
01.22.13
you are aware they have sold over ten million copies, right? They might not be as mainstream as they were, but that's becuase they've been around so long.

Spag
01.22.13
lol 1 and 2.

paxman
01.22.13
"Also, the guy saying Deftones was one of the biggest releases of the year: I presume you mean on this site? Cos they're not exactly a huge deal outside of it. I mean, it wasn't even on pitchforks radar."

Deftones aren't a big deal outside of Sputnik? Okay.

Captain North
01.22.13
...the venues theyre playing on their australian tour beg to differ. The one I'm going to is at a place CONSIDERABLY smaller than where Godspeed and refused played, and only marginally bigger than where converge is playing.theyre kind of in the grey area between well known and underground.

TheFonz123
01.22.13
no, they are not. like I said, they are not as mainstream as they were, but they have been regularly headlining shows, AND that album received massive critical acclaim from everyone EXCEPT sputnik. Read metacritic, this year they have been more popular outside than inside sputnik

TheFonz123
01.22.13
"...the venues theyre playing on their australian tour beg to differ. The one I'm going to is at a place CONSIDERABLY smaller than where Godspeed and refused played, and only marginally bigger than where converge is playing.theyre kind of in the grey area between well known and underground. "



You're basing all of this off of one tour? Are you trolling?

Captain North
01.22.13
(I posted before I read your second post, my bad). And yeah, they were fairly popular but that was like a decade ago.

TheFonz123
01.22.13
Diamond eyes sold pretty well (relatively speaking) and Koi No Yoken was critically acclaimed this year across the board except for sputnik. SPutnik is going through some trend where pretending as though deftones is overrated is the thing to do, but that's just sputnik

Cygnatti
01.22.13
new say anything album sucked

Captain North
01.22.13
Critical acclaim =/= popularity

fromtheinside
01.22.13
except koi is boring

Ovrot
01.22.13
Rush should be 1

Disgraceful

DarthMann
01.22.13
yeah deftones is really getting pushed aside by sputnik
just look at that number 1 position!

Gyromania
01.22.13
users vote deftones as their album of the year and then spend 300 posts bitching about it.

Tyrael
01.22.13
ilu Matthew

DarthMann
01.22.13
i didnt vote deftones motherfucking motherfucker

DarthMann
01.22.13
oh sweet we hanging shit on seananenome fuck you eric u cunt go back to italy

Gyromania
01.22.13
ilu 2 babi

robertsona
01.22.13
deftones are ill

DarthMann
01.22.13
sweet 123 albums from 2012, 110 more than i had from 2011 lol

Omaha
01.22.13
"SPutnik is going through some trend where pretending as though deftones is overrated is the thing to do, but that's just sputnik"

Or, y'know, some people here just didn't like it???

FromDaHood
01.22.13
Three of Deftones' albums have gone platinum, it's just that their popularity has waned since Nu Metal isn't really a trend anymore

Captain North
01.22.13
Yeah but they haven't played no metal since around the fur. White pony was their commercial peak and it was their break away from nu metal. I realise I am now off topic

YankeeDudel
01.22.13
Are you really debating if the Deftones are popular outside of sputnik? i posted RYM's list for this exact reason you silly silly man. plus 2 songs of koi no yokan have almost a million views, and a bunch of songs off diamond eyes have over a million. i mean fuck go on another site besides pitchfork.

YankeeDudel
01.22.13
actually diamond eyes has a bunch of songs pushin 4-6 mill on youtube. cant get much more popular than that unless you're metallica or some shiz

Cygnatti
01.22.13
I don't think they're debating that. It seem like they're debating over deftones popularity as a whole/in general...

YankeeDudel
01.22.13
well compared to psy and bieber nothing is very popular. but they're more popular than godspeed, converge, death grips, tallest man on earth, and swans. they're about tied with fiona apple. rush, frank ocean, and kendrick are more popular. deftones are about as popular as a heavy-ish band is going to get today.

Propose
01.22.13
Stupid room mate thinks anything that isn't played on the radio is obscure/ underground

Aids
01.22.13
"users vote deftones as their album of the year and then spend 300 posts bitching about it. "

yes because one individual user = entire userbase

fromtheinside
01.22.13
mastodon is more popular than deftones

DarthMann
01.22.13
mastodon are hugely popular, so are opeth

toxin.
01.22.13
this was pretty predictable
no clue wtf #9 is tho

Deviant.
01.22.13
"Indicators of being a horrible user:

- using the word "butthurt"
- deftones
- lolhawks"

You missed out leaving and then coming back

Deviant.
01.22.13
"yes because one individual user = entire userbase"

Also, it seems that the majority of the complaints in here are centered around #1, so....

Aids
01.22.13
yeah,

-half(ish) of the userbase loved Koi No Yokan and included it in their top 10s==>it wins #1 overall
-half(ish) of the userbase thinks Koi No Yokan is super overrated and shouldn't be in a top 50, let alone top 10 ==> flips shit when it gets proclaimed ALBUM OF THE YEAR by a random group of basement dwelling misfits

it's not rocket science

DarthMann
01.22.13
"You missed out leaving and then coming back"

ouchhhh

Insurrection
01.22.13
Sputnik always bashes whatever 'overhyped' bands are popular on the site. First BtBaM, now Deftones

Deviant.
01.22.13
I don't think anyone really assumed it to be rocket science, I'm just pointing out that it's more than just an isolated incident. There's a general disdain against that entry, not just one basement dwelling neanderthal ;)

Aids
01.22.13
ug ug, deftones BAD


(but yeah I gotcha, I misread your DOT DOT DOT)

fromtheinside
01.22.13
i've skipped my last 4 meals because of it so yeah i'd say it's a pretty big deal

Captain North
01.22.13
I'm not entirely sure YouTube views are a proper estimate of popularity, I dunno, their tour just seems pretty small for a band that's meant to be so popular. I know they're MORE popular than a few years ago, since they actually sold it out this time and quite quickly...but yeah, just weird that they're playing venues only slightly bigger than converge? At this point I'm not saying they aren't that popular. Just that it's odd.

DarthMann
01.22.13
he also missed 'leaving the site because avery cagle says youre a nerd'

FromDaHood
01.22.13
I think it depends because when they opened for System of a Down they played at the second biggest venue in east Michigan

SAPoodle
01.22.13
2 is 1

Storm In A Teacup
01.23.13
Smh y'all need some storm tea in your musical listening cups. Too much obscure blandness on here and not enough fun.

HSThomas
01.23.13
Glad to see Rush up so high. There's a seat reserved in Hell though for every user who voted for the top 5 for being a bunch of close-minded sheep.

Storm In A Teacup
01.23.13
Makes me wanna call them all ******* for their circle-jerk voting but hey I didn't vote so it's whatever.

Plus I don't want to be banned...

But I'm thinking it!!!

KILL
01.25.13
rush lives

Storm In A Teacup
01.25.13
In 2012 they got a little closer to all our hearts.

PaperTigers
01.25.13
The Deftones hate is a little weird. With the way these albums are voted on, the top albums aren't necessarily the ones that people thought were truly special - it's just the ones that the most people enjoyed.

geasoftime
01.26.13
Weak list

Storm In A Teacup
01.26.13
I love Deftones and I love the new album, but c'mon #1? We might as well call this Sputnikmusic's List of 2012 Albums That We All Agree Aren't Bad and Few People Speak Out Against. Then Deftones being at number one makes sense, but you can not convince me that Koi No Yokon deserves to be in the top 5 and same with Kendrick Lamaar, Swans, Godspeed, or Converge. I know it's not the fault of people who made this list and I think that the setup and write-ups are fantastic. I just don't like the communities apparent ******* taste.

Seriously some of you are the true definition of hype train ****riding and that taste in your mouth is $***.

Trebor.
01.26.13
"The Deftones hate is a little weird. With the way these albums are voted on, the top albums aren't necessarily the ones that people thought were truly special - it's just the ones that the most people enjoyed."

No, the way they do it, albums that get put as number 1 on people's lists get a shit ton more points than lower ranking ones, so a ton of people had to have put Deftones as number 1 on their list, not just on their list at all

KILL
01.26.13
fuck deftones agreed

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