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04.10.14 7 Years Of Sputnik: Albums 200-101 04.10.14 7 Years Of Sputnik: Albums 200-101
12.16.13 7 Years Of Sputnik: Eps04.08.12 Break Up
12.03.11 5 Years Of Sputnik 07.03.11 I'm Now A Paraplegic
02.06.11 Wtf12.16.10 The Moshlist
12.02.10 4 Years On This Bitch11.20.10 Schoolies!
11.06.10 The Saddest Songs10.19.10 Blindmute Loli
10.19.10 Blindmute Loli09.27.10 My 2010 So Far
08.10.10 Hardcore Recs07.24.10 Good Mic Amps?
07.24.10 Good Mic Amps?07.16.10 09: A Retrospective
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5 Years Of Sputnik

It's been five years now since I first signed up on Sputnik. While that doesn't quite make me ra founding member, it does mean I've rbeen here for a fucking long time. In those 5 years rI've become a rlegal adult, finished high school, lost my virginity and very nearly rlost my rlife. Now I find myself two weeks away from being rdischarged from a 6 month stay in rhospital, a paraplegic. It's been rmy tradition to post my favourite albums on the anniversary rof my rsigning up each year, so here it is again, in a little more detail.
White Pony

This was my favourite album five years ago when I joined up, and I still is
now. I still get shivers listening to it. It's the darker side of sex, and boy is it
sexy. Nothing I can say could live up to how perfect White Pony is. Listen to
Knife Party from the original release webcast of the album:
2Misery Signals

On an emotional level, there is nothing that comes close to this record for
me. Every scream, every breakdown, every melody just GETS to me. This is
the album I've cried to countless times. Listen to Set in Motion:
3Ling Tosite Sigure
Inspiration is DEAD

This is the sound of growing up. Or more specifically, the moments after you
realise you need to but before you actually have to. It's all that pent up
anxiety and tension exploding in one last night of almost innocent, raucous
fun. The vocals may not be to everyone's taste, but the guitarist is one of
those rare gems whose instrument is really just an extension of himself.
4 Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet & Mogwai
The Fountain OST

Stunning beautiful. Gorgeous and transcendent in all the same ways as the
actual movie. This is the last album on this list that I see as absolutely,
unchangeably perfect. Listen to Together We Will Live Forever:
5Poison the Well
You Come Before You

While Controller got higher in this list for purely emotional reasons, You
Come Before You is probably the real moment that metalcore hit it's peak.
The Opposite of December pioneered a style, The Tropic Rot invented
surfcore, but You Come Before You just got it so so so right. Check out
Zombies Are Good For Your Health:
Jane Doe

C'mon, you guys know the drill. Watch The Broken Vow:
7Bloc Party
A Weekend in the City

Before Kele went to shit, he was writing brilliant, socially conscious lyrics
while his band were playing electronically inspired indie rock without
actually being electronic. Watch Hunting for Witches:
8Fear Before
The Always Open Mouth

One of the most extraordinarily different and out of the blue albums I've
heard. Where the fuck this came from no-one knows, but it's Fear Before at
their most genius. Taking a wild source of influences and styles, throwing
them together and somehow making it a completely cohesive and smoothly
flowing record is no small order. Drowning the Old Hag:
9Modern Life is War

It's the album that redefined modern hardcore, and theres a pretty fucking
good reason why everyone's been copying this template ever since it was
released. There's just something about the sound that gets into your heart
and makes you want to scream the lyrics to anyone who'll listen. It's the
soundtrack to the middle classed and disenfranchised. I'm Not Ready:
10The Butterfly Effect

Clint's magical voice is what really makes this album. Beautiful in its dealing
with the death of a loved one, it can be a really haunting listen for me. In A
11HORSE the Band
Desperate Living

Despite their birth as a joke band, HORSE abandoned this (mostly) on
Desperate Living. Sure, the keyboard overblows the emotions, but thats
half the point. Desperate Living is painted in big, hyperactive blobs and
when a genuinely stupid song like Science Police crops up you know its just
part of the picture. The Failure of All Things (probably the most serious song
on the album):
Lost in the Sound of Separation

No other album I've heard has encapsulated the very sound of desperation
and confusion that Underoath managed here. I'm not religious, and yet my
own struggles with the idea of a God are weirdly applicable with this very,
very Christian band. So there you go. Emergency Broadcast:
13Against Me!
Reinventing Axl Rose

The exuberant energy of Reinventing Axl Rose is probably one of the most
addictive things I've ever encountered. Match that up with the fucking
gorgeous spring weather and I can't help but smile like a nutter. Walking is
Still Honest:
The Shape of Punk to Come

I really don't think this needs my description at all. It's fuckin' Refused and
they're fuckin' dead. Deadly Rhythm:
15Disney Soundtracks
The Lion King

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've painted my childhood in more
than a little bit of gold, so I'm sure that has an effect on how I view this
album...but only a little, since it's just so brilliantly crafted. I'm not going to
post a link to this one, just go and watch the movie again, if you haven't
already recently since it came out in 3D not long ago (most pointless thing
ever, but whatever, it was cool to see it in the movie theatre).
Automatic for the People

One of the most depressing and shockingly beautiful albums I own. It also
boasts my favourite song, Nightswimming, which I love so much I wrote an
essay on in my end of school exams. Here it is live:
Saturday Night Wrist

I think it becomes pretty obvious by this inclusion that Deftones is my
favourite band, and it's for good reason (as a lot of Sputnik knows judging
by their ratings). If it wasn't for Pink Cellphone, this actually would have
been a lot higher. As it is, the song comes close to ruining the album but
fortunately the rest of the material is just so fucking strong. I couldn't find a
decent live video of my favourite song, Kimdracula, so here's second best.
The Satellite Years

Fuzzy, warm, incomprehensible. Before they wrote boring alt rock, Hopesfall
was writing brilliant emotional hardcore. The Bending:
19Pianos Become the Teeth
Old Pride

Before I had my 'accident' (I threw myself off a balcony), I thought these
guys were ordinary at best. Since my accident, I've found their music
perfectly captures my feelings for whats happened to me. Maybe it's
because they sing about a personal tragedy as well, and its in every note
they play. Cripples Can't Shiver (although I beg to differ, since I broke my
back my bodies central heating doesn't work properly so I get cold A LOT
In Rainbows

Another album you all know, or bloody well should by now. Thom Yorke's
vocals are angelic throughout and the music matches him perfectly. A few
years ago I became convinced I was a bad person, and this is the song I
used to help convince myself that I wasn't:
War All The Time

Geoff Rickley's vocals at their most overwrought, backed by a band at it's
most intense and hyperkinetic. It's also Thursday at their catchiest and
most socially aware. Signals Over the Air:
22More Than Life
Love Let Me Go

I have a very distinct memory of this album. Last year, during the final few
weeks of my high school experience, I found myself sitting on a hill in the
warm Australian sun watching near enough the entire school on one of the
ovals. We were having a soccer competition and so there was a lot of
yelling and fun. It was an extremely friendly and inclusive school and I'd
come to love it even as I began to yearn for life outside of it, whilst I also
found myself falling steadily in love with a girl in a younger grade (who is
now my girlfriend). I was listening to Love Let Me Go, and the moment was
perfect. Scarlet Skyline:
The Artist in the Ambulance

I'm pretty sure Thrice is popular enough on this site for anything I say
about this album to be pretty pointless. A lot of you love it, and I love it for
much the same reasons.
24 Envy
All the Footprints You've Ever Left...

A second Japanese band! In truth Pianos Become the Teeth took their
sound pretty much fully formed from Envy's hands, so I'm not sure why I
prefer them over Envy. But Envy are still fantastic and this album is the
peak of their performance. I've spent countless nights coming home from a
nightshift, walking lamplit streets to the sound of this album. Left Hand:

I'll just let the music speak for itself, COTE:
Lost Ground

One of those bands riding on Modern Life is War's coattails I mentioned
before, except unlike most of them Defeater are taking the sound and
actually expanding on it. Their newest LP is probably the best example of
that, but I prefer this EP for some reason. Maybe it's because it's their
catchiest release, their most fistpumping and mosh worthy. Red, White and
Grey Britain

There aren't many bands that sound more British than Gallows, and there's
one other thing they share in common with me other than their blood - their
absolute distaste for the place. Fuck England. Go sing along to Misery:
28The Angelic Process
Weighing Souls with Sand

The perfect soundtrack to epic daydreams. No live tracks, The Promise of
29Snow Patrol
Eyes Open

I don't listen to radio much, so I never got sick of Chasing Cars. The songs
on this record are so delicate, so perfect in their lyrical construction of a
relationships rise and fall. If Snow Patrol were at all capable of playing
emotions such as anger, this record might well be perfect. As it is, it's pretty
fucking good. Here's that song you all learned to hate, but still reminds you
of that perfect moment with your partner:
30City and Colour
Little Hell

Dallas Green truly excelled himself with his newest release. The delicate,
haunting emotion showed all over Little Hell has stuck with me from the
moment it was released. I first heard it a few days before my accident, and
as soon as I was ready to listen to music again properly (it took a few
months) I rediscovered it. Have a look at the most heartbreaking of the lot,
and one I can unfortunately relate to, Oh, Sister:
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