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'09 So Far.

A quarter of the way through, here's my favs. if this list bores you/sucks, try to kick my ass over it: ://jordanjoseph.mybrute.com/
1Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion

Took a little while to grow on me, but this is now like Bazooka Joe in shag carpeting. I can't see how something can surpass this in terms of listenability and accessibility. Not only is it spectacular through and through, but you can listen to this with your grandma and she probably wouldn't have any gufs about it. That's what really makes this great.
Static Tensions

Metal album of the year thus far. The properly utilized dual drumming attack beats your brains out of your head so you can fit the beefy riffs in there. Vocals rule - Laura and Philip mix it up a bit compared to Time Will Fuse Its Worth. The song structure really allows this band to be more effective. Gone are the longer segments in favor of a more Torche-esque approach (obviously a good move) that strikes with clever choruses that never get old. A truly perfect balance of colossal brutality and digestability.
Crack the Skye

Crack the Skye takes Blood Mountain and tames it into a more accessible, expansive, and coherent unit. Where Blood Mountain had psychedelic spazz-outs intermingling with arguably their heaviest material. Crack the Skye has organically flowing epics and mini-epics. It takes a slightly mellower approach to the formula that has taken these guys to the top. There still remain utterly crushing moments throughout the album, but it seems the power of these sections has been enhanced as listeners are not desensitized to the crunch and punch common on previous albums. Mastodon aren't just for metalheads anymore - this is an album for music fans.
Imaginary Sonicscape

Yeah, its a re-release. I've never heard these guys before, picked this up and was instantly blown away. Truly psychedelic, this album can't even be contained within a genre. There's metal, pop-rock, R&B, stuff from every decade from the 50s until now, etc, etc, etc. I can't even describe it all, there's just so much going on - and its somehow coherent.
5Lazarus A.D.
The Onslaught

Thrash - it has been done, and acts like Municipal Waste, Warbringer, and Toxic Holocaust are doing it again. They do good stuff, but never really expand upon what their forefathers have created. Enter Lazarus A.D. From the foundation these guys are rock fucking solid - they write awesome songs. This is thrash in the hands of innovative minds instead of imitators. They tinge thrash with everything good going on in the (insert prefix here)-metal scenes. The dual-vocal attack is perfect, the solos rip, the rhythms complex yet catchy, and the production is stellar. This album basically sets the bar for thrash to come, anything less than this just won't create interest, as The Onslaught is truly an amazing album.
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