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I haven't listened to a whole lot of this year's music, but upon review, I found quite a few nuggets. So with our ears cushioned by our custom headphones, and our heavy-lidded eyes jaded, let us march boldly into this new year; the year before destruction!
Not in any particular order (except for maybe roughly alphabetical)
|2||Arms of Ra|
Arms of Ra
A sludgey, post-hardcoreish little EP that almost went unnoticed. Thankfully I
took the time to track it down because it's rather great. Can't wait for the full
album. Top Track(s): Pyramid
This actually surprised me. I wrote this off rather soon after hearing it, but it's
really grown on me lately. It really does have a similar style to Disambiguation,
but I feel like this one is pulled off better. And even better, its going back to its mathy roots, which sound rather good. Top Track(s): Blood Burner, Bastardizer
|4||Amia Venera Landscape|
The Long Procession
All thanks go to Willie on this one. Kinda funny how hyped up this got with so
little time to go at the end of the year. It's a great fusion of metalcore and I
guess post-metal. It's not the second coming of Converge, but it breathes life and diversity into a genre gasping for it. Top Track(s): Empire, Nicholas
I loved Unquestionable Presence and was very happy to find out that these guys were still making music. I was even happier to find out that music was this
good. Some moments do come off as cheesey though. Top Track(s): Live and Live Again.
|6||The Birthday Massacre|
Pins and Needles
Another thanks to Willie and bloc on this one. I never really thought this would
be my thing, since I never really got into the gothic/mainstream "emo" music
scene, but this is a good reminder not to judge music by an album cover, ha ha.
And damn does she have a great voice. Top Track(s): In the Dark, Sleepwalking.
I love the kind of throwback tribute sound on this. It sounds like hardcore that's
heavily influenced by thrash's heyday and black metal. Top Track(s): I am Beyond.
|8||Wrench in the Works|
This is another one that snuck up on me. I've had this album for several months
now, but it never really clicked enough to give it more than a passing notice. As
I've listened more though, I've noticed how good their more hardcore influenced
brand of metalcore is. Top Track(s): Deathslayer, Vultures.
|9||Called to Arms|
Peril and the Patient
I love the BTBAM influence these guys manage to pull off without coming across as a knockoff. All the band members are great at what they do, but they don't get caught up in technical mastubation as so many similar bands do. Top Track(s): Pleasure In The Trough, A Hedonist at Heart
Just go get this. Now. Sniper has this on his list so you don't even need to listen
to me to know that this is good. Top Track(s): Il y a biens des porcs que ça
ferait bander de t'étouffer, De sorte que plus jamais un instant ne soit magique
(that was a chore just to copy and paste...)
Death is Silent
One of the few hip-hop albums I checked out from this year, and I know there's
probably better, but this is just a great album in its own right. Plus it has a nice
variety of guest spots (read: EVERY TRACK) that keep it from getting stale. Top
Track(s): Rhythm of the Rain, When You Cry
Messy, Isn't It?
Picked this up on a whim at the beginning of the year (this came like the first week of January if I'm not mistaken). I didn't really like hardcore all that much at the time, so it pretty much collected dust up until a couple of months ago. I love the little jazzy interludes between the tracks, and really like the album art for some reason. Top Track(s): Pyramid of Empties, I'll Clap When I'm Impressed.
Metalstyles turned me on to JP Anderson's other band The Shizit a while back,
but I had never really gotten around to listening to Rabbit Junk. When I did, I
found the industrial mixed with poppy female vocals to be a tad irritating (it has
grown on me, however). This album intrigued me when I learned that the
female vocalist (sum grrl) was absent, and also that this was a concept album.
While the bookend parts retain much of Rabbit Junk's core sound (sans sum
grrl), the middle, named "Ghetto Blasphemer" is a welcome change. It takes on a narrative of one of HP Lovecraft's creatures, called a star vampire. The tracks are very death metal influenced, and most importantly the story they weave is
compelling and imaginative (especially with a little research). Top track(s): The
Revenge of Julian Modley
I got this album after only just hearing White Pony. I liked Diamond Eyes and
that was about it. About a month or two ago it hit me and I went over to Best
Buy and got myself a physical copy that hasn't left my car stereo since. Deftones continue to evolve while keeping the core sound that most of us grew up with. Sextape and Prince and Beauty School are just too good. Those are the top tracks, btw.
|15||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
I don't have much to say about this album other than it's a great change of pace
from Ire Works, which was disappointing, and also that this was waaaaaaaaay overrated. Overrated does not mean it isn't good, however, because this really is good. Top track(s): Gold Teeth on a Bum, I Wouldn't If You Didn't
Majesty and Decay
Grabbed this during my somewhat brief death metal binge earlier this year. It
was one of my first encounters with what great modern death metal can be. Since then, if I am in the mood for Immo, I'll throw on Close to a World Below, as it is the much better album. That was (is) a mistake, as this is a great album in its own right, that doesn't need to be compared to past works. Top Track(s): Majesty and Decay, A Glorious Epoch, The Rapture of Ghosts
The vocals remind me of Sikth at times, which is awesome. There's also some pretty good stuff to be found. They could have cut the track lengths a tad though. All in all a good but not outstanding album (even though I rated this SUPER high when I heard it first). Top Track(s): Ain't No Lovin', Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter
So called "black 'n roll", this is a definitely fun album with a great throwback sound. Lots of great solos, riffs and catchy, downright FUN parts. FOSSEGRIM! Top Track(s): Fossegrim, Blodtørst
The Infinite Order
A great return to form from one of the biggest pioneers of Christian metal. The
vocals could be a bit stronger, but it's not a very large detractor at all. I only
wish they had included the two tracks from the Death Machine sampler on here.
Both of those are stronger than anything on The Infinite Order. Top Track(s): Nietzsche's Madness, Overkill Exposure, Apostasy
|20||More than Life|
Love Let Me Go
Well let me first get the BOOBS out of the way. Honestly that and the fact that
fti wrote the review are what interested me in checking this out. I wasn't
disappointed, as this is one of the most emotionally wrenching albums I've ever
heard. Top Track(s): Love Let Me Go, Daisy Hill, Silent Gray
Take sputnik band numero uno, Coverage and slap them together with Nails and you'll have an idea of what this French band sounds like. It's fast, intense,
and -not to be cliche- it is brutal. Plus the album art is pretty badass. Top Track(s): Par Pertes et Profits, Arkhangelsk, 53%
Coldest Winter; Darkest Reaches of the Mind
Another great hardcore album that is straightforward in its delivery and pissed off about something. I just hope the semi-colon doesn't screw up the album art... Top Track(s): I Am Sin, Fear the Sleep, Slow Burn
Nothing I can say about this that hasn't been said better and sooner by Willie.
Top Track(s): Waves Over Valhalla, Raudedauden
A short, but insanely aggressive EP that caught a lot of people by surprise. They quickly drew comparisons to Converge (of course), which for once were well-founded. It's a shame that they broke up, but at least we have this much. Top Track(s): Failgiver, My Hands are Cold
|25|| ||The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza|
Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events
This was my guilty pleasure for the year. I love the frantic feel that the guitars have, especially when it's juxtaposed against the usually slow plodding screams. The vocals are also more monotonous, but they sound a lot better than they did on the s/t (new vocalist? idk). This is the music I blast when me and my bros hop out of our raised Chevy Blazer to beat some scenesters. Top Track(s): Passenger 57, W.A.L.L.S., Hour of the Time
(and/or albums I haven't had proper time to listen to)
Curse of the Red River
|29||Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire|
Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation
The Medication Generation
At Night We Live
Blood in the Gears
|38|| ||To Speak of Wolves|
Myself < Letting Go
stupid album art
|39||The Breathing Process|
|40||Woe of Tyrants|
|41||Shadow of the Colossus|
Shadow of the Colossus
A Thousand Suns
Just kidding! it's not even very many suns
|Whew...I am so relieved that I didn't have to redo this.|
Anyway, bitch about what isn't(or is) on here!
|at least this is different from everyone else's lists|
|Live and Live Again is probably least favorite song on Jupiter. |
Lots of good stuff though...except I think for Mantra you meant to put "Mannefall" instead of "Aint No Lovin" as the recommended track unless you actually meant to recommend that minute long interlude before Mississippi.
Yeah, I've been finding a lot of tracks like that labeled wrong. Thanks, I'd edit it but then it would screw things up.
"at least this is different from everyone else's lists"
The question is: in a good way?
|If I remember correctly those were the only two that were mislabeled on Mantra. Mannefall should be the second track, and Aint No Lovin is the third track and just an interlude to Mississippi. I think Dark Prophets and Circle of Agony were switched in the tracklisting also, Dark Prophets should be fifth and Circle of Agony should be 7th.|
|Both of those are in their right places. Odd.|
|good list mimsy, although you sure listened to a lot of shit this year|
|Pssh, I only listen to the most elite and obscure music known to man.|
|loved the cleans on the to speak of wolves album|
|Yeah, he's definitely one of my favorite vocalists in that genre.|
and wtf throats broke up? uncool
|2 as in Arms of Ra or Norma Jean?|
|Arms of ra|
|stfu, drIRE, you know this list is smexy|
And yeah, that's a fairly accurate description, wyan.
|6 is the smexiest. |
|It does rather bring the smex|
|Dude, Twelve Foot Ninja?|
|hey mime im drunk on webcame on http://tinychat.com/sputnik|
|I don't have a working webcam, bro!|
And crap, I totally forgot about TFN. I'd edit but I'm too afraid of losing my artwork.
|Oh wait, you said webcame......nvm|
|It's not even very many suns. |
|I like Blackout and Wretches and Kings though|
|Blackout is definitely ace.|
6 is kin- or should I say queen? And very clever, making your list after everyone else.
|Yup, 6 is tups, I mean tops.|
|I just wanted to make a best of when 2010 was, you know, actually over.|
|"6 is tups"|
Was wondering what this meant, but then I saw what I wrote in the previous post. Very nice.
|lol, as in "kintups". Whatever happened to that cigarette?|
|Heh heh heh...oh Zach....Sooooooooo naive....|
|Needs moar Emery.|
|Everything needs more Emery, Ross. |
"Heh heh heh...oh Zach....Sooooooooo naive...."
I'm in the mood for some pizza
|If only there was a machine that could make pizza anytime I wanted...|
|Right here buddy! I just had pizza by the way.|
|Also you should probably listen to Kerouac.|
|Sounds like a Russian military base that I must infiltrate to save the free world from those commie bastards.|
|appreciate the props :)|
|hey nice list Mimsy.|
also, whoa, Throats broke up for reals?
|good pick on Norma Jean|
|No prob, Jamie. Just keep the music coming ;)|
@Veigh: Yeah... it sucks. You're also like the first person to actually compliment the list.
@brute: I'm really digging that album as of late. Especially the ending to Anthem of the Angry Brides.
|List is incredibly good.|
The end is near.
|I repeat, Kerouac.|
|Description for 18 is bang on|
|I can't listen to Blodtorst without laughing tbh. Reat of the album is ace.|
|All the album is ace. Mjod's video is ace. Kvelertak is ace. Norway is ace.|
I repeat, Kerouac. 
|Rodrigo complimenting my list??? THE END IS NEAR|
And I will listen to this "Kerouac"
|Is sooooo good|