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An Alphabet Of Bands

Just a list of bands I like or have a connection to... BUT only one for each letter of the alphabet.
1Armored Saint
March of the Saint

This band is so vastly underappreciated. March of the Saint and Raising Fear are heavy metal staples for me, and they should be for you too.
Red Album

Baroness is by far one of the most creative, interesting, and fun to listen to bands I've ever gotten into. This album is classic, and the other colors aren't too shabby either.
3Christian Mistress

I've only ever gotten my hands on Possession, but God DAMN does this album rule! The fact that Christian Mistress are getting back to touring makes me excited for whatever material they put out next.
4Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

I don't profess to be an expert in classic hardcore, but this is where you should start if you want to get into the genre. The musicianship is probably only rivaled by Bad Brains or NoMeansNo, and Biafra's lyrics are far and away the most captivating, and hilarious of any 80's hardcore.
5Explosions in the Sky
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Although EITS are a seminal post-rock group, after Take Care, Take Care, Take Care I feel that they've finally run out of ideas. Don't get me wrong, I still love this band, but it'll take a serious wake up call for them to return to the artistic triumph of TEINACDP.
6Fair To Midland
Arrows and Anchors

I'm proud that this is a Texas band, and that they're from a city so far removed from the truly awesome music scenes here (Sulfur Springs to be exact). It's a shame I never got to see them live before what appears to have been their break up.
From Mars To Sirius

This band (and album) is one of the first that truly mesmerized me. The opening riff on "Ocean Planet" is stellar, I remember being compelled to play it over again before I went on listening to the rest of FMTS. A great musical discovery for me pointed out by my metal-ass dad.
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II

I've yet to listen to this, but I've always seen it in my (aforementioned) metal-ass dad's C.D. collection, and that cover is so damn cheesy, but not in a bad way like Manowar. I'm excited for this one.

I'll never be able to stress enough how important this album was for me.
10The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland

It's been almost 50 years since Hendrix' creative genius was recorded into 3 perfect albums, and all 3 of them are still as perfect as they were back in the 60's.
11KEN mode

Gonna see these guys with Inter Arma and Russian Circles on Feb 9th. If that show isn't as hardon inducing as I imagine it to be I may kill myself.
Throwing Copper

This band had one really good album (this one), one pretty good (Mental Jewelry) and a complete shit one (Secret Samadhi) that convinced me they weren't worth following after Throwing Copper. Still Live has some great sentimental value for me.

Having only heard of this band 40 minutes before I first saw them live (w/ Deafheaven) makes it all the better that I now know them. Probably the most organic discovery of a new band I've ever had.
Times of Grace

The mighty Neurosis. I really don't think I can say anything else about them that hasn't already been said on this sight. But I don't think many people can say they've seen Steve Von Till rip out his guitar strings from the bridge after the final song of a Neurosis set.

Bought this used at Good Records because of the schweet Roger Dean cover art. Turns out the band is just as good. Should definitely get some more of these guys.
Pork Soda

One of the most unique bands of all time. I can't think of a band that sound quite like they do. I will readily admit that really means "I can't think of a band that sound quite like Les Claypool does", but Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander are some of the most underrated musicians in rock because of their close proximity to the best bassist born in the USA.
17Queens of the Stone Age
Era Vulgaris

Best mainstream rock of the 2000's I'd say, still need to listen to Songs For The Deaf though.
Clockwork Angels

Best band ever. FACT

Om + Neurosis + Melvins + Saint Vitus = they need to release another album.
10,000 Days

Their last 2 albums are excellent, but they get such a bad rap for reasons I cannot comprehend. The should get their asses moving on the much rumored up-coming release though.
21Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Mind Control

The Beatles' vocals never sounded so good.

Alex Lifeson's one off solo project. Quite enjoyable, but just knowing the glory of Rush detracts from what is otherwise a solid avant-rock outing.
23We Lost The Sea
The Quietest Place On Earth

I've only heard "Forgotten People" off of this, but if the rest of the album is as good as that song is, I'm in for a treat. Really is tragic what happened though.
All Reflections Drained

Never listened to this guy and I'm not sure if I'm going to, but he was part of a great Noisey doc on Black Metal solo artists, so, yeah.

Relayer is just as good as Close To The Edge. That's really all I wanna say.
26Frank Zappa

So glad that I only started getting into Zappa after I had learned to actually appreciate music. Discovering all his classics that I haven't heard is going to be awesome.
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