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mankvill
12-05-2009, 11:52 PM
I'm getting a jump on it this year. This will be a multi-post thread. My final list (it needs one more listen-over for revisions) will be posted last. I'll start with easy stuff and as it gets closer to 2010, the list will eventually finish itself. Feel free to post in between my posts!

I'll start it off easy:

Mankvill's Top 5 "Surprise" Live Bands Of 2009
This is for bands that I didn't necessarily think I would like or that I didn't know of until I saw them live and they made a good impression on me.

5.

The Black Dahlia Murder
July 20th
Omaha, NE
Highlights: Statutory Ape, Elder Misanthropy, Everything Went Black
Review HERE
(http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10821)
I've seen this band 4 times now without ever meaning to (?!) and I've actually kind of liked them live. This show was great (it was an off-date of Mayhem Fest headlined by Cannibal Corpse and featuring Behemoth and God Forbid) and TBDM really has quite unmatched live energy. I remember that "Elder Misanthropy" was an immense standout and "Statutory Ape" and "Everything Went Black" were fantastic live. Almost stole the show from Cannibal Corpse. Almost

4.

Styx
June 4th
Kansas City, MO
Highlights: Too Much Time On My Hands, Come Sail Away, Renegade
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10427)

Yes, THAT Styx. I went to this show with my parents. REO Speedwagon headlined, but you'd have no idea if you just went to see Styx. They have so many classic songs that are meant to be sung along with a huge crowd, and although Dennis DeYoung isn't in the band anymore, his replacement does an admirable job of taking over his duties. "Come Sail Away" was the best crowd sing along all year.

3.

Trap Them
July 23rd
Kansas City, MO
Highlights: n/a
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10843)

Barney from Napalm Death says this band renewed his faith in current heavy music, and he's totally right. Total aggression, this band is MADE for small bar/club shows. Even basement shows. It's impossible not to circle pit to this band. I don't have an exact setlist, but it was all insane.

2.

Revocation
June 11th
Baltimore, MD
Highlights: The Brain Scrambles, ReaniManiac
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10483)

Imagine my surprise from flying halfway across the country to see Quo Vadis to have them easily upstaged by a three-piece thrash band! The injection of old school punk with their sound made them so infectious. I bought their album as soon as I could after this show. They're on tour soon, everyone should make it a priority to see Revocation.

1.

Art Brut
November 7th
Lawrence, KS
Highlights: Modern Art, Emily Kane, My Little Brother
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=11813)

"Surprised" doesn't even begin to explain my experience with Art Brut. I won free tickets to this show and my indie snob friend LOVES them. And the opening bands were pretty much indie hipster garbage. But Art Brut completely blew me away. Equal parts The Clash, The Smiths, The Dead Kennedys and Interpol, every single song was high energy and their frontman Eddie Argos is far and away one of the best I've ever seen.

Honorable mentions: Reverend Horton Heat, Priestess, Lamb of God

DethMaiden
12-06-2009, 08:17 AM
Oh, did Lamb of God "surprise" you with how shitty they were?

mastodon421
12-06-2009, 08:35 AM
BDM brings it live and everything you said is right on the money.

SomewhereInTime72
12-06-2009, 10:42 AM
Styx are a fuckin' great live band.

mankvill
12-06-2009, 11:40 AM
Oh, did Lamb of God "surprise" you with how shitty they were?

My expectations were so low that they could do nothing but surprise. :lol:

To be honest, maybe I should substitute them with As I Lay Dying. They wiped the floor with Lamb of God, to the chagrin of all the kids there.

TonyD
12-06-2009, 03:54 PM
When did you see Priestess? I saw them a few years back and they were pretty good.

mankvill
12-06-2009, 04:58 PM
When did you see Priestess? I saw them a few years back and they were pretty good.

Opened up for GWAR.

mankvill
12-06-2009, 05:31 PM
Mankvill's Top 5 Worst Live Bands Of 2009
Flat-out gave the worst performances of the year.

5.

Job For A Cowboy
July 21st
Kansas City, KS
Review HERE (http://metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10832)

I thought that maybe their newest album, "Ruination", would at least make them a bit more tolerable live, they still were completely disappointing. The small bits of "Knee Deep" and "Entombment Of A Machine" that I find appealing were lost on the big outdoor stages of Mayhem Fest.

4.

Chester French
September 4th
Kansas City, KS
Review HERE (http://metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=11201)

Chester French was an embarassment. They relied way too heavily on the "Look at us, we're white and we're rapping! How hilarious!" vibe that they doomed themselves to terrible self-parody by the end of their first song. Ironically, the second stage had Mac Lethal on it, a Caucasian Kansas City native rapper who has more hip-hop talent in one freestyle than Chester French has in two albums.

3.

Whitechapel
July 21st
Kansas City, KS
Review HERE (http://metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10832)

When you lose count of how many breakdowns are in a song within the first minute of the bands very first song, you know that the deathcore gimmick has worn out its welcome. Three guitarists (THREE) playing open-stringed breakdowns all the time is a good waste of instruments.

2.

Suicide Silence
December 5th
Kansas City, MO
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=12040)

I can't explain to you how hilarious it is to hear for an Olly Sykes look-alike to call for a circle pit before every song, but the song contains nothing but breakdowns. What little talent there is in this band is wasted on by-the-books deathcore and mediocrity that even their hilariously bad lyrics can't even save them as a gimmick act.

1.

Killswitch Engage
July 21st
Kansas City, KS
Review HERE (http://metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10832)

There comes a time when a fad has reached its peak and the biggest users of the fad are pulling at strings to remain on top. Killswitch Engage has resorted to being over the top "silly" and making fun of people who don't like their music (read: people with good taste in music). Pathetic.

DethMaiden
12-06-2009, 06:09 PM
I'm a little disappointed that you hated KSE so much, even more than two deathcore acts. I think their old(er) shit is pretty much as good as metalcore gets. Haven't seen 'em live though, maybe they suck in that environment.

rjturtle9
12-06-2009, 06:15 PM
Wow three of those were on the same bill. How bad was that :lol:

Wizzbang11
12-06-2009, 06:19 PM
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Killswitch Engage
July 21st
Kansas City, KS
Review HERE (http://metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10832)

There comes a time when a fad has reached its peak and the biggest users of the fad are pulling at strings to remain on top. Killswitch Engage has resorted to being over the top "silly" and making fun of people who don't like their music (read: people with good taste in music). Pathetic.

I despise KSE, but not because of the silliness.
And if you mean by making fun of people saying things like "is this a tampon convention" etc. then I will agree with you, but I actually find making fun of individual crowdspeople pretty entertaining.

mankvill
12-06-2009, 06:45 PM
I've already defended myself and argued until my face was blue with y'all. :D

idrinkwine732
12-06-2009, 07:32 PM
I'm a little disappointed that you hated KSE so much, even more than two deathcore acts. I think their old(er) shit is pretty much as good as metalcore gets. Haven't seen 'em live though, maybe they suck in that environment.

In my opinion, Alive or Just Breathing is the best* metalcore album.

mankvill
12-06-2009, 11:08 PM
Mankvill's Top 10 Live Performances Of 2009
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10.

Warbringer
December 5th
Kansas City, MO
Highlights: Living In A Whirlwind, Total War, Combat Shock
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=12040)

The third time I saw Warbringer, they really solidified why I think they're the best straight-up new thrash band today. Insane energy, vocals and guitars were spot-on, and the drummer tore everyone a new one. And the setlist was near perfect. Headlining tour, plz!

9.

Cannibal Corpse
July 20th
Omaha, NE
Highlights: A Skull Full Of Maggots, Death Walking Terror, Pit Of Zombies
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10821)

The first of three times I've seen Cannibal Corpse this year, but the only headlining show. They pulled out 20 songs and completely decimated the place. "Hammer Smashed Face" is without a doubt one of the greatest live death metal songs ever played!

8.

High On Fire
October 12th
Kansas City, MO
Highlights: Cometh Down Hessian, Waste Of Tiamat, Rumors Of War
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=11552)

A band must be good to make such an immense impression with an opening set of about 30 minutes. High On Fire are, without a doubt, the greatest metal band of the 00's, and they proved it live, even with such a short set. Matt Pike is the greatest riff-player in metal today, and they're loud enough to make Lemmy proud. Insane solos abound and a HoF show. :light:

7.

Quo Vadis
June 11th
Baltimore, MD
Highlights: Absolution (Element Of The Ensemble Part II), On The Shores Of Ithaka, Legions Of The Betrayed

So many factors went into this. It was their 2nd-ever US show, I had flown halfway across the country for it, and Quo Vadis was one of the first metal bands I'd ever heard! A few technical problems couldn't hinder them from playing a high energy show with amazing musicianship. They should be so much more popular!

6.

Skeletonwitch
July 23rd
Kansas City, MO
Highlights: Within My Blood, Fire From The Sky, Crushed Beyond Dust
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10843)

My love for this band is pretty well documented, but this was the most high-energy show I've ever been a part of. This was the equivalent of seeing Metallica play a show in your basement with Dave Mustaine: legendary. "Within My Blood" is one of the greatest endings to any live concert and Skeletonwitch are one of the greatest live bands of all time.

5.

Peelander-Z
October 1st
Lawrence, KS
Highlights: Everything, Mad Tiger
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=11443)

I could write page upon page explaining why this concert was the most fun I've ever had at a music event, but it wouldn't get across just how amazing it was. The most I can do is urge you to watch these (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peelander-z+lawrence&search_type=&aq=f) videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1ac2A5Vk_0) and multiply it by 1000. Crowd participation at its' greatest.

4.

Testament
Kansas City, MO
June 6th
Highlights: The Preacher, D.N.R., Disciples Of The Watch
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=10446)

At the time of this shows, I'd seen Slayer, Exodus, and Metallica live in concert. Testament blew all those bands away in every aspect of their live show. Chuck Billy is awesome playing air guitar along with Alex Skolnick and is menacing on "D.N.R.". They deserve every ounce of respect available for being a classic thrash band. They're one of the best.

3.

Dragonforce
Kansas City, MO
September 28th
Highlights: Where Dragons Rule, Valley Of The Damned, Disciples Of Babylon
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=11417)

zomg poser!1! I've been a Dragonforce fan for a long, long time and I'd been dying to see them headline here. They were everything I expected and quite a bit more. Sorry detractors, the sound from Herman Ri and Sam were fantastic all night long, and the crowd sang along with every single song. Awesome to finally have heard those songs live after waiting so long!

2.

Ben Folds
Lawrence, KS
October 26th
Highlights: Evaporated, Song For The Dumped, Such Great Heights
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=11684)

Easily the best of the six times I've seen Ben Folds. It was the first time (or so I'm inclined to believe) in a while he did a completely solo show: just him and a piano. "Evaporated" is far and away my favorite Ben Folds Five song and it gave me chills when he played it. "Song For The Dumped" was fantastic live with great crowd participation, and "Such Great Heights" might be a cover, but it's totally Ben's song now.

1.

Megadeth
Kansas City, MO
December 5th
Highlights: Everything, Sweating Bullets, Peace Sells, Everything, A Tout Le Monde, Everything, Tornado Of Souls, Hangar 18, Everything, Everything, Everything
Review HERE (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=12040)

This might be the best performance I've ever seen. Going into this concert, I assumed the crowd would sing along to Holy Wars and Symphony Of Destruction, but the highlight of the night was when the crowd took over the vocals for "Sweating Bullets". It was just one moment during a magical night full of instant concert classics. I will tell my grandchildren and make them tell their grandchildren about just how amazing it is to scream your lungs out to the chorus of "Peace Sells" with a thousand of your closest metalhead friends. Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick are probably the two most talented guitarists I've ever seen live. Their insane technicality was only more impressive that their solos were amazingly 100% accurate to the source material. I'm still re-living the night in my head and probably will for the next few months.

Honorable mentions: GWAR, Weezer, Mastodon, Art Brut

mastodon421
12-07-2009, 03:11 AM
I'm a little disappointed that you hated KSE so much, even more than two deathcore acts. I think their old(er) shit is pretty much as good as metalcore gets. Haven't seen 'em live though, maybe they suck in that environment.


I found KSE awesome live. If you enjoy them on disc you will proably enjoy them live.

mankvill
12-07-2009, 11:49 PM
Mankvill's End Of Year Albums List 2009!
This is it! The moment you've all been waiting for. From the best to the worst and everything in between. I'm starting off with just one album, the worst, so I can have a nice, even number for the rest of the list. Without further aideu...the worst CD I heard this year:

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Dth - The Concealers

Century Media/Roadrunner
April 20th
Highlights: Sharpen The Blades, Self-Corruption Manifesto, The Unbinding Truth

To be completely honest, this is the only album I've heard all year that I would out and out call "bad". And I feel a little remorse that it has to be Dth, a band I was pretty happy to know about a few years ago. Unfortunately, everything that made this band semi-unique and interesting is pretty much down the drain by now. I'll start with the good on this album: Kevin Talley is the drummer! I mean, no, he's not nearly as good here as he was with Dying Fetus or Misery Index and his talent is definitely repressed by the mediocrity of the songwriting, but hey. It's Kevin Talley! What little there is improves what it can. And there's a couple of shining solos on the album as well. Out of left field is the song "The Unbinding Truth" that has a totally wild Neo-Classical solo (seriously) near the end of the song. It's unexpectedly awesome. But what talent is peeked at there is stored away for the rest of the album.

Dth was a fun band that was equal parts industrial and death metal, and I really did enjoy their album The Hinderers. However, it's almost as if this album is made by a completely different band. Their sound is about as death metal now as Trivium is. In fact, the Trivium metalcore sound is alive and well all over these tracks. Pseudo-breakdowns, uninspired riffing, and the new vocalist would be much more at home with a hardcore band. And forget about anything "industrial" or interesting except for a few seconds on about two tracks where a keyboards breaks through before being cast back into the shadows. And then there's a completely useless, almost "techno" sounding track near the end of the album. Embarassing.

Next post will be 40 - 35!

Natrlhi
12-08-2009, 09:38 AM
^ This opinion is officially approved by The Nat.

Yeah, I agree with everything you said. Their previous album was much better than their latest. It will be near the bottom of my list, also.

DethMaiden
12-08-2009, 10:46 AM
Didn't hear this, but they were sooooooo bad the two times I've seen them live.

mankvill
12-08-2009, 01:50 PM
Didn't hear this, but they were sooooooo bad the two times I've seen them live.

I really liked them when I saw them, but it was opening for Dark Funeral, they had their last singer, and they hadn't released The Concealers yet. :D

DethMaiden
12-08-2009, 04:12 PM
I really liked them when I saw them, but it was opening for Dark Funeral, they had their last singer, and they hadn't released The Concealers yet. :D

Ozzfest and opening for DragonForce=bad and boring and "c'mon bro, let's mosh"tastic.

mankvill
12-08-2009, 05:03 PM
Ozzfest and opening for DragonForce=bad and boring and "c'mon bro, let's mosh"tastic.

I wanted to see them at Ozzfest, but they didn't show for some reason. :(

mankvill
12-10-2009, 12:55 PM
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Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution
April 14th
Highlights: Get a Therapist...Spare the World, Powder Burn, Global Good Guy

It really sucks that I have to put this album so low, because by all means, it's a pretty good album. It's just that it's very average for someone who is well versed in the grind/death metal world. While Brutal Truth is known for having some of the best grindcore releases around, Evolution Through Revolution just seems to be complacent by going through the numbers in creating an album. One thing I noticed, which kind of seems silly, is that the songs themselves on average are too long for typical grindcore songs. They seem to lose their punch quickly. If they were more towards the death metal side of the spectrum, maybe it'd be for the better, but it's not, and they just sound too strung out.

But the Brutal Truth you know and love is still alive on this CD. Kevin Sharpe still has great vocals that are a staple of the genre, and a couple of gems shine through. It's just too bad that the music to fit the vocals sounds like it's something that's already been done before and done better by either Napalm Death or Pig Destroyer. Again, this isn't a bad album, just extremely underwhelming. Show this CD to new Brutal Truth fans to get them into their older, better releases.

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Xasthur - All Reflections Drained
April 21st
Highlights: Maze Of Oppression, Masquerade Of Incisions

I'm a fan of this type of black metal usually, but something went wrong on this release. A band like Wolves In The Throne Room creates epic soundscapes with their music. Xasthur here just kind of uncomfortably noodles in and out of several different types of this kind of black metal that he usually is a master of creating. The album doesn't create a mindset for the listener other than waiting to hear the big payoff, which ultimately never comes. And the production is the other big tiff. Although Xasthur is known for his bad production, it ultimately holds the music back and keeps me from really getting into the music and losing myself in it. Bad production can't be the only reason that happens: the LLN had notoriously bad production, but all of those releases had heart. Xasthur didn't put his heart into this album.

That's not to say this release is without its merits, though. Maze Of Oppression does a good job (halfway through) of creating a creepy/beautiful atmosphere. But enjoy the vocals while you can. They are extremely absent more than they should be on this album. Masquerade Of Incisions is another good one, assuming you last through the long intro. All Reflections Drained should be viewed as a more experimental side to Xasthur. Although this was a miss, I have no doubt Malefic will get back on track soon.

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Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions
May 5th
Highlights: Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia), Aghartha

If you weren't a fan of Sunn O))) before, this album probably won't change your position. But if you are a fan of Sunn O))), you'd probably like it. But I'm put off because it is more experimental than it is drone. Yes, it's interesting to see how they incorporate a choir and stringed and horn instruments into their music, and yes it can create a unique and creepy vibe through the music (what Sunn O))) album DOESN'T?), but there is little in the way of heavy drone/doom in this album. Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia) is extremely heavy, and Attila Csihar's vocals are inhuman as ever, but something seems to be lacking. A layer underneath the music that gives it its' foundation, perhaps.

This album will be the dividing point among Sunn O))) fans: fans who like them because of crushing drone, or fans that like them for more experimental noise. The album, in my opinion, would be much more in favor of the experimental fan. Although the drone is there, it's not nearly enough to satisfy the crushing power you'd expect from this crazy group.

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Suffocation - Blood Oath
July 14th
Highlights: Come Hell Or High Priest, Images Of Purgatory, Provoking The Disturbed

Suffocation is a great band, there's no doubt about that. But whereas their self-titled album a few years ago was filled to the brim with brutality and unrelenting death metal, it seems the legendary band has taken a step back on this album unfortunately. They seem to want to add the "brutal" to their "death metal" genre with this release, because it seems like the mid-paced riffing of bands like Devourment have become the focus, rather than the fast paced stuff from their past albums. That's not a huge loss, though. The songs themselves are alright, albeit disappointing in the long run. Some of the guitarists just seem bored throughout the album.

Come Hell Or High Priest, on the other hand, sounds like a staple Suffocation song through and through. The guitars and drums work here to induce as much headbanging as possible. Images Of Purgatory is another neck-breaker with awesome solos. However, it's not enough to bring this album to greatness. It sits comfortably with being "good" and maybe that's alright for Suffocation right now.

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Whole Wheat Bread - Hearts Of Hoodlums
January 20th
Highlights: Bombs Away, Lower Class Man, New Age Southern Baptist Nigga From Da Hood

Hey, it can't be all metal all the time, can it? Whole Wheat Bread created a pretty addicting pop/punk album, although it is paper-thin. Although criticizing a pop/punk album for depth seems stupid, the songs on this album will make you jump, make you smile, but they don't provoke very much else. And, honestly, that's what I expected from this album. Bombs Away is an a dark anthem for street life and songs like Girlfriend Like This remind Whole Wheat Bread's audience just how junior high they can be in their songwriting: "I don't care if it burns when I piss/I ain't never had no girlfriend like this/I don't care what nobody say/If you don't like her, you're probably gay"

The only large fault I can find with this album is that the actual "punk" moments on this record are far and few between. While Lower Class Man and I Can't Think might induce some pretty awesome circle pits, compared to their last album, this is not a punk album. It seems Whole Wheat Bread might be stretching the pop/"punk" title a bit thin, but for now, it works.

Also: there's a song called "New Age Southern Baptist Nigga From Da Hood". "I'm down with Jesus/He is my homeboy/He smoke the reefer/He break the law"

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DethMaiden
12-10-2009, 01:04 PM
Your blurb on Blood Oath forgets to mention how boring it is. That was my "Yes, This Is Death Metal" album of the year.

mankvill
12-10-2009, 01:10 PM
Your blurb on Blood Oath forgets to mention how boring it is. That was my "Yes, This Is Death Metal" album of the year.

Yup. It's a by-the-books death metal CD. A lot of bands were afraid to step outside their comfort zone this year.

idrinkwine732
12-10-2009, 02:37 PM
Do a top 10 coolest album covers, that's the real prize.

mankvill
12-10-2009, 05:05 PM
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Goatwhore - Carving Out The Eyes Of God
June 23rd
Highlights: Apocalyptic Havoc, Carving Out The Eyes Of God, To Mourn And Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways

Goatwhore haven't released a bad album yet, and this is probably their most accesible. They defintely put the "death" in blackened death metal with this. The album opens up with a definite neck-breaker and does a pretty good job at keeping that pace up throughout the whole album. I will admit that unless you're pretty familiar with Goatwhore, the vocals could take a little getting used to. Not quite black metal, not quite death metal, and at times kind of uncomfortably in the middle. But the music makes up for it. The intensity and aggression is pretty much at an 11 the entire time. They do slow it down on a couple songs, but those songs are great as well.

However, that's kind of why this album is a let-down after a while. The songs sound way too much alike. You can definitely lose your place in the album if you aren't paying attention. It would be nice to have a little bit more melodic places, maybe throw in a couple face-melting solos, but they're absent. Not a bad album at all, though. In fact, one of the better ones from Goatwhore.

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Havok - Burn
June 2nd
Highlights: Morbid Symmetry, Ivory Tower

What do you get when you combine early Testament, Exodus, and Metallica? Havok. But what do you get when you don't add anything to make it your own creation? Something uninspiring and forgettable. Even if you're a fan of the recent "nu-thrash" movement like I am, Havok definitely does not impress with their latest album. It seems like while they can create a standard thrash metal song and they have the technicality, it's almost as if Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood have already done it before and done it so much better. If you're looking for a solid recent thrash album, Havok isn't too far near the top of the pile, but it will serve its purpose as to what a "nu-thrash" album should have.

One thing I can't stand about this album though is the vocals. Stop trying to sound like Paul Baloff! Only he could do it! In the end, there's just nothing too special about these songs. They follow the standard thrash formula and they don't make an effort to really inject it with any of their own personality.

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Muse - The Resistance
September 14th
Highlights: Resistance, United States Of Eurasia/Collateral Damage, Unnatural Selection

Disappointment of the year for me. If any other band had released The Resistance, I'm sure I'd feel completely different about it, but I can't help but compare this to the near-perfect Black Holes And Revelations that they released in 2006. While there are some songs that remind you just how rocking that Muse can be (United States of Eurasia, Unnatural Selection), it seems that the band decided to emulate more than their fair share of Queen and David Bowie on The Resistance. Don't expect any amazing solos or chilling songs to be everywhere on this album like they have been in the past. And I understand that Muse is not a metal band, but even Queen had some amazing and hard rockin' songs. Guiding Light and Undisclosed Desires really do feel like they'd be more at home on a Bowie album and the Exogenesis triplet doesn't really go anywhere.

But, Muse still knows how to write brilliant songs. Unnatural Selection is one of the best songs of the year by far, and fans of past Muse albums will be happy with United States of Eurasia and Resistance. This CD may not be as in-your-face as Black Holes...was, but it certainly tries.

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Peelander-Z - P-Pop-High School
April 14th
Highlights: Panda-III, Autograph, Super Health, Handsome

You'd be hard-pressed to find another release this year that has barely any depth but succeeds so much in making memorable songs and will induce a smile on every fan of pop/punk than P-Pop-High School. The songs are standard punk rock songs with lyrics covering the deep subjects such as learning Japanese, zombies, duct tape, autographs, ninja's, and people named Mike. Beautiful Sundae's lyrics are mostly just the day's of the week sang over a standard punk song. But it's these reasons why Peelander-Z is awesome. They make simple and fun music that most anyone can enjoy if they have an open mind. Just don't expect to find something mind-blowing about their music.

And they have one of the best live show's ever. EVER.

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General Surgery - Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism
March
Highlights: Retrained Remains, Virulent Corpus Dispersement.

Warning: If you don't like the early work's of Carcass, stay away. General Surgery pretty much has their name tattooed on all of their work. But if you're okay with a bit of Carcass worship, you'll find a pretty good dose of death metal and grindcore here. There's also a surprisngly good amount of "groove" on this album as well.

The first listen will probably leave you wanting more. This is just a Carcass-inspired death metal record after all. But General Surgery may have made the album Carcass would've made this year had they not broken up. I can hear Carcass in the music, but also Impaled, Bolt Thrower, Dismember, and any almagamation of awesome death metal bands. This is old-school death metal through and through, but the sound has been updated a good bit with great production, great solos, and a great atmosphere created throughout the album. If they could create more memorable songs, General Surgery could easily release a Top 10 album next time.

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Wizzbang11
12-10-2009, 05:16 PM
I can hear Carcass in the music, but also Impaled
Ha.


That General Surgery album was awesome. I agree with it not being memorable, and I prefer Left Hand Pathology, but it's definitely badass music.

And I have never heard Havok, but their logo/album color scheme is reaaaallly awesome.

JuuKun
12-10-2009, 06:26 PM
Corpus in Extremis :party:

I'll agree with Wizzbang, I prefer Left Hand Pathology as well (If These Walls Could Talk & Ambulance Chaser :drool: ), but CIE is still one of my favorites for the year.

mankvill
12-14-2009, 02:30 PM
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Kreator - Hordes Of Chaos
January 19th
Highlights: Escalation, Radical Resistance, Destroy What Destroys You

This is by no means a bad album, even when compared to old school Kreator, but it seems that Kreator has fallen into pattern of releasing albums that are good, but don't strive for greatness. Most of this album is "Hey, we're Kreator, we can still make some good metal albums to make up for that terrible stuff in the 90's!", with a few moments of brilliance and a few moments of embarassment thrown in for good measure.

Some of the lyrics are laughably bad ("Now this conflict deep inside/My hate I can no longer hide") but if you can put the cheese factor aside, there are truly some riffs and solo's here to make the old Kreator of yesteryear proud. Especially devestating are "Destroy What Destroys You" and "Demon Prince" whereas "Radical Resistance" is probably the closest you'll get to a straight-up thrash attack on this album, and what an attack it is. Kreator is in a comfortable position with this release, but I hope they can improve upon this good release.

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Mantic Ritual - Executioner
February 27th
Highlights: Executioner, Death And Destruction

I'm a sucker for this nu-thrash, and Mantic Ritual does a good job at it. Not to mention that I think Dave Watson has the best vocals for a band like this. He can hit notes but also shriek approvingly at times. There's talent all around this band. All parts of the band come together to make songs like "Executioner" and "Death And Destruction" extremely memorable. Actually, the whole fist half of this CD is pretty much amazing. Solo's come at you a mile a minute.

But the same really can't be said about the second half. Sure, it's good, but you can really lose yourself in this album if you're not careful, and not in the good way I mean. Starting with "Souls", the songs are good, but just nothing too memorable. Still a great CD. With some tweaks, could've been far and away the album of the year.

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The Black Dahlia Murder - Deflorate
September 15th
Highlights: A Selection Unnatural, Christ Deformed, Death Panorama

I'll say it again and again and again and again and again: vocalists in metalcore bands should strive to sound like Trevor Strnad. Best vocalist in that genre, even though I'm going to go ahead and say TBDM are barely "core" anymore, instead fully embracing the melodic death metal style. At The Gates would be proud of this album for sure. It's just as fast and crazy as any of their other albums. The addition of Ryan Knight (ex-Arsis) makes all the difference in the world. But, this album isn't too special. It's pretty much what you'd expect from this band at this stage in their life, but maybe that's precisely what they need. Non-fans of this band should even check it out.

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Kylesa - Static Tensions
March 17th
Highlights: Scapegoat, Said And Done, Unknown Awareness

This album starts out with a bang. These first couple of songs are heavy, and why I love sludge metal. The lyrics are pretty great throughout as well: "I put my hand to your heart/And let the bullet burn your blood/You seem to me Death incarnate/Raper of life, killer of love". It's impossible to not bang your head to the opening track or, say, "Said And Done" which is absolutely chilling in how good it is.

But then it turns into why I hate sludge metal. Instead of going for balls-out heaviness, it kinda turns into some droning psych-metal thing. Not unlike a heavy version of Pink Floyd (whom they cover!). I guess that's some people's thing, but it's not mine. I want this album to be so, so much higher on my list. I'm sorry Nat. :(

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Obituary - Darkest Day
June 30th
Highlights: Lost Inside, Payback

If you didn't like Xectuioner's Return, Darkest Day isn't going to convince you. It's mostly Xecutioner's Return Pt. II, but long-time Obituary fans will probably find it more appealing than the album before it, but just by a smidge. It has the fast songs (at least fast by Obituary's standards), and it has the slow-paced songs that John Tardy is famous for. But that's about it. Again, you're kind of slow if you come into a recent Obituary album expecting it to show you things you've never seen before. But Obituary is sort of like Motorhead: pretty much the same album, but they keep improving on each album before it and keep churning out solid metal. I just hope they don't turn into that Motorhead formula, but make boring, uninspired metal in the future (see: AC/DC).

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DethMaiden
12-14-2009, 04:13 PM
Whoa, weird picks for the highlights on Hordes of Chaos. The opening one-two punch is definitely the best thing about that album.

SomewhereInTime72
12-14-2009, 04:29 PM
Whoa, weird picks for the highlights on Hordes of Chaos. The opening one-two punch is definitely the best thing about that album.

I might have to agree. Warcurse is possibly my favorite song on the album for it's sheer awesomeness. The title track just sets you up like "hellz yeaaah" and then that drum intro comes in for Warcurse and you know your ass is in the process of getting kicked to pieces.

edit: Hordes of Chaos is gonna rank way higher than 30 for me. But then again, I think I've only heard about 25 albums that are list-worthy this year anyway...

mankvill
12-14-2009, 04:41 PM
It's not a bad album. :)

jhdeity
12-15-2009, 04:33 AM
Whoa, weird picks for the highlights on Hordes of Chaos. The opening one-two punch is definitely the best thing about that album.

Totally agtree with that. 3 songs in I was man enough to realize this cd belonged back on my list and top 20 maybe even. There are some cornball lyrics but over half of this album is great stuff.

I heard Daath yesterday and liked it better than some of these others. They're a band I'd like to see live.

I haven't been an Obituary fan since I saw them play with Sadus and Sepultura on the Chaos AD Tour. I just hate boring, plodding along music but I will say their new cd is the best thing I've ever heard from them. When you mix the faster songs in you almost crave the slow shit.

My list is getting ridiculously long but I've heard close to 100 cd's this year too...

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 06:13 AM
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Kylesa - Static Tensions
March 17th
Highlights: Scapegoat, Said And Done, Unknown Awareness

This album starts out with a bang. These first couple of songs are heavy, and why I love sludge metal. The lyrics are pretty great throughout as well: "I put my hand to your heart/And let the bullet burn your blood/You seem to me Death incarnate/Raper of life, killer of love". It's impossible to not bang your head to the opening track or, say, "Said And Done" which is absolutely chilling in how good it is.

But then it turns into why I hate sludge metal. Instead of going for balls-out heaviness, it kinda turns into some droning psych-metal thing. Not unlike a heavy version of Pink Floyd (whom they cover!). I guess that's some people's thing, but it's not mine. I want this album to be so, so much higher on my list. I'm sorry Nat. :(
I'm sorry, too - sorry to learn that you're starting to lose your sense of hearing (and judgment) at such a young age. Pity.

;)

P.S. - Laura Pleasants would like to have a word with you about the song "Only One" (among others), with regard to your highlighted comment above.

DethMaiden
12-15-2009, 06:15 AM
I'm sorry, too - sorry to learn that you're starting to lose your sense of hearing (and judgment) at such a young age. Pity.

;)

Kylesa would maybe not make my top 50 this year. :snivel:

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 06:19 AM
Kylesa would maybe not make my top 50 this year. :snivel:

How many times did you actually listen to "Static Tensions"?

DethMaiden
12-15-2009, 06:23 AM
How many times did you actually listen to "Static Tensions"?

Twice. I know we had this argument with the Giant Squid album too, but if something doesn't grab me and make me wanna give it another chance, there's no reason to keep trying to force myself to like it just because I want to. Blue Record didn't grab me at first, but by the second listen I really liked a few songs and on further listens I found the nuances I had missed. But the point is, it FORCED me to relisten. Kylesa and Giant Squid didn't; I'd only be listening because I wanted to like it to keep my metal cred. ;)

jhdeity
12-15-2009, 06:30 AM
After reading these last reviews I want to check out Manic Ritual and Havok just because I love thrash. I can't find Static Tensions for under $15.99 and that ain't happening until I hear some of it 1st. I hope I get to at least hear it to see if it belongs on my list. Kylesa has never really grabbed me but I haven't given them enough listens either.

Listening to Crack The Skye again. Am I the only one who thinks some of the instrumental versions are better than the originals? Must be the weather...

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 06:33 AM
Twice. I know we had this argument with the Giant Squid album too, but if something doesn't grab me and make me wanna give it another chance, there's no reason to keep trying to force myself to like it just because I want to. Blue Record didn't grab me at first, but by the second listen I really liked a few songs and on further listens I found the nuances I had missed. But the point is, it FORCED me to relisten. Kylesa and Giant Squid didn't; I'd only be listening because I wanted to like it to keep my metal cred. ;)

Well sure, that's the answer I expected (basically). Where you and I differ is that I went into it expecting it to be just decent, and by the time I was done with the first listen, I was literally grinning from ear to ear and saying out loud (with no one else in the room to hear me, mind you...:eyes:)..."Got DAMN that's a good fucking album!!!".

So attention was demanded on my part, but quite frankly they had me by the third or fourth song. It was hands-down my best "first listen" of the year - bar none - and obviously it's grown on me shit tons more since then.

Oh well - we can't agree on everything. At least I gots Da Tony in my corner on this one. ;)

P.S. - Giant Squid had to grow for me, but this one didn't.

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 06:37 AM
After reading these last reviews I want to check out Manic Ritual and Havok just because I love thrash. I can't find Static Tensions for under $15.99 and that ain't happening until I hear some of it 1st. I hope I get to at least hear it to see if it belongs on my list. Kylesa has never really grabbed me but I haven't given them enough listens either.

Listening to Crack The Skye again. Am I the only one who thinks some of the instrumental versions are better than the originals? Must be the weather...

Kylesa's first two albums didn't grab me, either (although I like them more now than I did before). The third album was pretty good. This one is off-the-charts good (at least, I think so). I suggest starting with "Static Tensions" and working your way backward.

DethMaiden
12-15-2009, 06:37 AM
Well sure, that's the answer I expected (basically). Where you and I differ is that I went into it execting it to be just decent, and by the time I was done with the first listen, I was literally grinning from ear to ear and saying out loud (with no one else in the room to hear me, mind you...:eyes:)..."Got DAMN that's a good fucking album!!!".

So attention was demanded on my part, but quite frankly they had me by the third or fourth song. It was hands-down my best "first listen" of the year - bar none - and obviously it's grown on me shit tons more since then.

Oh well - we can't agree on everything. At least I gots Da Tony in my corner on this one. ;)

P.S. - Giant Squid had to grow for me, but this one didn't.

Well that's cool. I'm sure I loved shit this year that you didn't care to hear twice as well. Diff'rent strokes.

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 06:40 AM
Kylesa would maybe not make my top 50 this year. :snivel:

Oh, and they are SO. FUCKING. GOOD. Live - at least, the whole crowd at the Mastodon show last May seemed to think so. The dual drummers are used to excellent effect, and Laura is just as much of a badass as Phillip on that stage. One of the best shows of the year.

mankvill
12-15-2009, 12:16 PM
P.S. - Laura Pleasants would like to have a word with you about the song "Only One" (among others), with regard to your highlighted comment above.

Mmm. She can have a word with me about anything any time she wants.

And mah penis. :)

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 12:53 PM
Mmm. She can have a word with me about anything any time she wants.

And mah penis. :)

:lol:

jhdeity
12-15-2009, 01:10 PM
Kylesa's first two albums didn't grab me, either (although I like them more now than I did before). The third album was pretty good. This one is off-the-charts good (at least, I think so). I suggest starting with "Static Tensions" and working your way backward.

Yeah I own the split with Cream Abdul Babar and To Walk a Middle Course. I liked both just not really enough to buy the last 2. Are those the best ones?

Natrlhi
12-15-2009, 08:37 PM
Yeah I own the split with Cream Abdul Babar and To Walk a Middle Course. I liked both just not really enough to buy the last 2. Are those the best ones?

Yes.

IMO, Static Tensions > Time Will Fuse Its Worth > To Walk a Middle Course > Kylesa

idrinkwine732
12-15-2009, 09:34 PM
Static Tenstions is probably their best yet, its one of those albums I have had in my mind a lot recently.

mankvill
12-16-2009, 01:07 AM
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Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know
April 28th
Highlights: Bible Black, Eating The Cannibals, Rock & Roll Angel

Probably a lot of people's most anticipated album of the year. Hell, it's probably a lot of people's most anticipated album of the decade! That being said, it's probably a lot of people's biggest let-down of the year. I actually think this album is pretty fantastic if you don't compare it to past offerings from Black Sabbath, and look at it as a doom album instead of a straight-up heavy metal album. The gang's all here on the album and they all sound great, especially Dio, but when doesn't he sound great?

The only fault about this album is that some of the songs are pretty forgettable. The first two songs of the album, "Atom & Evil" and "Fear", kind of plod along, albeit crushingly heavy. "Bible Black" really channels the Black Sabbath of yesteryear and make for a really great, and REALLY heavy, rest of the album.

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Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague
February 3rd
Highlights: Shatter Their Bones, Evisceration Plague, To Decompose

If 2006's "Kill" was the album to circle pit to, "Evisceration Plague" is the album to just bang your head to until it's sore. Sonically not that different than their last album, that's awesome for Corpse. This is a killer album, literally and figuratively. The mid-tempo songs are here, the fast songs are here, the time signature changes, the awesome bass playing, the crisp, clear drums...they're all here. This album might be the best Cannibal Corpse album of the decade if it wasn't so hard to choose between this and "Kill". The title track gives "Death Walking Terror" a run for its money for the heaviest song ever live. If Cannibal Corpse can progress past this already fantastic formula for death metal albums, they can easily release one of the best death metal albums ever written. They just have to take that next step, no matter how many they kill in the way.

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Obscura - Cosmogenesis
February 17th
Highlights: The Anticosmic Overload, Universe Momentum, Orbital Elements

Anyone who is a fan of Gorguts, Atheist, Cynic, etc. needs to check out this band. Tired of too many bands hopping on the bandwagon to make technical/progressive death metal? Here's a band who has their chops and make the music extremely well. If you can stand the unrelenting technicality and can stomach some proggyness in your death metal, this will easily become an album you blast many, many times.

THAT BASS! I love the sounds that come from the bass in this band. Is it fretless? I'm not sure, but at times in channels any wide range of instruments and gives the music a distinct sound that only furthers how good it is. And while they are definitely technical (off the charts in some places) and definitely progressive (clean vox!), they are still a death metal band, and even the purest of pure death metal fans should be able to bang their head to "Cosmogenesis".

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The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
October 13th
Highlights: n/a

If you couldn't tell by the album cover, The Flaming Lips have released the weirdest album of the year, and the scariest album of the year. Seriously. Don't listen to this album at night with the lights off. "Experimental" doesn't even begin to describe these songs. If you were hooked on the pop/rock hooks of their previous three albums, you'll find seldom of that here. But if you revel in this type of experimentation, you'll love "Embryonic". This is still Lips' material, just extremely experimental with a generally creepy vibe.

The problem with this album is that when The Flaming Lips make "normal" pop/rock records, they are some of the best you'll ever hear. "The Soft Bulletin" and "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots" topped critics lists time and time again. Not to say that that means "Embryonic" is less than stellar by default, I just can't help but wonder how amazing an album it'd be without all the experimentation. But, it is The Flaming Lips after all. You never know what you're gonna get.

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Gorod - Process Of A New Decline
June 1st
Highlights: Programmers Of Decline, Splinters Of Life

Upset by the lack of new Necrophagist material? Don't worry, Gorod has it covered. Blistering speed and over-the-top technicality are what you can expect from this album. Where Obscura had the prog part done quite nicely, there is nothing but technical death metal here, and it's executed very nicely. Where Necrophagist might take a breather to throw in some intricate technical interludes, this album is pretty much straight-up headbanging through the whole thing. A couple of notches up on the technicality rating (already at an 11) would jettison this band into legendary status.

jhdeity
12-16-2009, 04:13 AM
Listening to Obscura now. Definitely different than anything I've ever heard. I'm glad a few people listed these guys early and I had a chance to check them out.

I wouldn't go as far as to say H&H that high is FAIL! but it just means you clearly didn't listen to (or open yourself up to) enough music this year my friend.

I know we all rate cd's differently but shouldn't things like...

Will this cd still be relevant in a few years? Will I ever listen to it again? Will I listen to it when I'm 26 even? cough cough (Anaal Nakrath)

And most importantly... Do I want to hear these songs live? Will then translate well live and be more powerful and memorable?

If you ask yourself those questions, H&H might be Fail! Just sayin'

SomewhereInTime72
12-16-2009, 09:11 AM
Fail is a verb. :(

Natrlhi
12-16-2009, 09:38 AM
Fail is a verb. :(
:agree: :lol:

daimonos
12-16-2009, 11:16 AM
25.

THAT BASS! I love the sounds that come from the bass in this band. Is it fretless? I'm not sure, but at times in channels any wide range of instruments and gives the music a distinct sound that only furthers how good it is. And while they are definitely technical (off the charts in some places) and definitely progressive (clean vox!), they are still a death metal band, and even the purest of pure death metal fans should be able to bang their head to "Cosmogenesis".


yes it is a fretless bass :rocker:

mankvill
12-16-2009, 11:59 AM
I wouldn't go as far as to say H&H that high is FAIL! but it just means you clearly didn't listen to (or open yourself up to) enough music this year my friend.

I know we all rate cd's differently but shouldn't things like...

Will this cd still be relevant in a few years? Will I ever listen to it again? Will I listen to it when I'm 26 even? cough cough (Anaal Nakrath)

And most importantly... Do I want to hear these songs live? Will then translate well live and be more powerful and memorable?

If you ask yourself those questions, H&H might be Fail! Just sayin'

...what? I honestly have no idea what you're trying to get across, especially the bolded part. I rate CD's as I listen to them. I don't (or try not to) hold them up to their past CD's, because that's a pretty shit way of rating. As for rating them on whether or not I'd like to hear the songs live, that's stupid as well. Xasthur doesn't play live. And a band like The Flaming Lips probably would play very little of their new album live. Not to mention that most bands don't sound like they do on album, or they interpret their songs differently in a live setting.

And I've been listening to Anaal Nathrakh for four years, I'm sure another six (or 100) won't be a problem. :tongue:

It's my opinion, that's all.

DethMaiden
12-16-2009, 12:05 PM
jhdeity have made some stupid points, but Heaven and Hell's album was one of the worst things I heard all year. Simply not sucking isn't enough; unmemorability is a far worse crime than being bad and at least challenging my ears.

mankvill
12-16-2009, 12:11 PM
jhdeity have made some stupid points, but Heaven and Hell's album was one of the worst things I heard all year. Simply not sucking isn't enough; unmemorability is a far worse crime than being bad and at least challenging my ears.

Apparently you haven't heard Daath. :lol:

I dunno, I haven't listened to much doom metal, and I at first really didn't like it as well, but after I gave it a second chance, it grew on me much more.

Opinions are like assholes, I want to violate them.

jhdeity
12-16-2009, 12:42 PM
I like your write-ups just making some observations. Maybe I put too much though into my lists because mine change dramatically from week to week as music sinks in and/or dissipates with each listen.

And Fail! is a verb, pro-noun, hypothetical or whatever you need it to me. It's universally effective in any context. hahaha

I'm curious how many people have Heaven & Hell rated over Alice in Chains or try to claim one is metal and one isn't. I had similar expectations for both cd's and one surpassed my expectations and the other failed miserably in my eyes.

If Anaal had better vocals they would be incredible. That pig squeal is just about the dumbest shit I've ever heard. When the guy sings it fits the music perfectly. Once again just opinions though...

mankvill
12-16-2009, 12:45 PM
I like your write-ups just making some observations. Maybe I put too much though into my lists because mine change dramatically from week to week as music sinks in and/or dissipates with each listen.

And Fail! is a verb, pro-noun, hypothetical or whatever you need it to me. It's universally effective in any context. hahaha

I'm curious how many people have Heaven & Hell rated over Alice in Chains or try to claim one is metal and one isn't. I had similar expectations for both cd's and one surpassed my expectations and the other failed miserably in my eyes.

If Anaal had better vocals they would be incredible. That pig squeal is just about the dumbest shit I've ever heard. When the guy sings it fits the music perfectly. Once again just opinions though...

I think Dave Hunt is the best extreme metal vocalist ever! No pig squeels there, just low lows and high highs! Although if you're listening to them for the first time, I'd recommend their first and their second CD instead.

jhdeity
12-16-2009, 01:24 PM
Yeah I bought the new one and those screams from the grave are obnoxious to my ears. It literally sounds like his balls are in a vice to me. I can handle 1 or 2 well placed screams but it's every song and sometimes for an entire verse.

The 1st 1:10 of More of Fire than Blood is incredible to me then he has to do the high scream/low growl until 1:43 when it's great again. By far my favorite song on the cd but that 33 seconds are tough to listen to. I don't mind it at the end because it fits.

Is there less of that screaming in the older stuff? That dude can sing. Like actually sing.

mankvill
12-16-2009, 01:44 PM
Yeah I bought the new one and those screams from the grave are obnoxious to my ears. It literally sounds like his balls are in a vice to me. I can handle 1 or 2 well placed screams but it's every song and sometimes for an entire verse.

The 1st 1:10 of More of Fire than Blood is incredible to me then he has to do the high scream/low growl until 1:43 when it's great again. By far my favorite song on the cd but that 33 seconds are tough to listen to. I don't mind it at the end because it fits.

Is there less of that screaming in the older stuff? That dude can sing. Like actually sing.

Oh, well, if you like the singing (PUSSY! :finger: ) I'd recommend Eschaton or Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here. The Codex Necro is the most extreme extreme metal release of all time, but Domine Non Es Dignus is their most accessible because it's basically blackened death metal.

jhdeity
12-16-2009, 02:05 PM
There's nothing pussified about decent vocals. I listen to heavy as fukk vocals just not balls in a vice gay shit that's all. People who have no friends and sit around reading lyrics on the internet squealing along must get off on that shit. It's hilarious.

That being said thanks for the heads up on Havok. My kinda shit.

Natrlhi
12-16-2009, 02:06 PM
Yeah I bought the new one and those screams from the grave are obnoxious to my ears. It literally sounds like his balls are in a vice to me. I can handle 1 or 2 well placed screams but it's every song and sometimes for an entire verse.

The 1st 1:10 of More of Fire than Blood is incredible to me then he has to do the high scream/low growl until 1:43 when it's great again. By far my favorite song on the cd but that 33 seconds are tough to listen to. I don't mind it at the end because it fits.

Is there less of that screaming in the older stuff? That dude can sing. Like actually sing.

The fact that he can do both is what a lot of people like about him, I think. It's a matter of preference, I know, and there's no accounting for taste - but you have to admit, it's pretty impressive to be able to get your voice to do both those things so well. That's why, unfortunately, even though I don't like In This Moment all that much, I have to give at least some props to Maria Brink for her extreme range.

While we're on the topic, "The Unbearable Filth of the Soul" has one of the best riffs I have heard all year (and it's been a pretty fuckin' good year, BTW). That song almost doesn't fit the rest of the album, it's so different, but got dammit I just can't stop listening to that awesome riff. :rocker:

jhdeity
12-16-2009, 02:16 PM
I thought that riff was Meshuggah-ish I just can't stand the vocals in that song. Maybe if the vocals were mixed lower but on my system all I hear is blood-curdling scream. I don't know how people can listen to some of that and not get a headache.

My ipod just threw on Isak. Now that's a riff that grabs me and the vocals fit it perfectly. To each his own I guess...

mankvill
12-16-2009, 02:48 PM
People who have no friends and sit around reading lyrics on the internet squealing along must get off on that shit. It's hilarious.

Is this another "YOU DON'T LIKE LAMB OF GOD? OK GO BACK TO UR BASEMENT AND LISTEN TO NECR0 BR00T4L BLACK METUHL THAT ONLY 5 PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY KVLT = BETTER" arguments? Because that's the lamest shit ever. :lol:

Natrlhi
12-16-2009, 08:39 PM
I thought that riff was Meshuggah-ish I just can't stand the vocals in that song. Maybe if the vocals were mixed lower but on my system all I hear is blood-curdling scream. I don't know how people can listen to some of that and not get a headache.

My ipod just threw on Isak. Now that's a riff that grabs me and the vocals fit it perfectly. To each his own I guess...

Oh, I fucking love Isak as well - don't even make that mistake. Way more than anything Anal Athkrakh has done, even. Baroness are my niggaz! I'm just saying that I like the main riff in "The Unbearable Filth of the Soul" a shitload as well.

That's why I am twice as cool as either you or Mankvill. You each like only one of those riffs - I thoroughly enjoy them both. :D :cool:

mankvill
12-17-2009, 01:44 AM
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Between The Buried And Me - The Great Misdirect
October 27th
Highlights: Obfuscation, Fossil Genera - A Feed From Cloud Mountain, Swim To The Moon

This album confused me. A lot. At certain points, I wasn't sure if my computer had randomly skipped to another song. But, leave it to BTBAM to cram 700 genre's of music into one album. And I do think this album is better than "Colours". "The Great Misdirect" just has more progressive/technical goodness crammed all into it, and a few HUGE headscratchers, such as the track "Fossil Genera - A Feed From Cloud Mountain". It starts off quite unlike any track I've heard for some time. This is definitely the most unique album on my list.

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Ensiferum - From Afar
September 9th
Highlights: Twilight Tavern, Heathen Throne, Stone Cold Metal

If there's one thing you should take away from this album, it's that Ensiferum has finally made the album they've been trying to make. It's no longer melodic death metal posing as viking metal, it is straight-up folky viking metal that only Ensiferum can make. Too many bands try to make albums like this but fall into completely folk metal (Eleuveitie) or melodic death metal (Amon Amarth). Mithotyn would be proud. The epic melodies are here and the fist-pumping moments are abound throughout the album. The "Heathen Throne" songs are some of the best that Ensiferum has put out, and "Stone Cold Metal" proves that the band still has life left in them after all these years.

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Vreid - Milorg
January 5th
Highlights: Disciplined, Blcher, Milorg

Valfar, the vocalist for Windir, was taken from this earth and from the metal scene much, much too early. However, the band that the remaining members formed, Vreid, would have made him proud, especially with "Milorg". This album is pretty much straight-up black metal without the viking elements which made Windir a uniquely awesome band. Still, this is solid metal. Not right-out folk, but there are folk overtones (how some of the instruments sound, clean vocals) that really help this album to shine. "Disciplined" is probably the best song on the album and really gets the listener into the mindset of what Vreid is really about: pissed off black metal! This band should be much bigger than they are right now.

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Megadeth - Endgame
September 9th
Highlights:

Short version: This is Megadeth's best album in a long time.

Long version: Megadeth shows that they still have it in them to make a killer song. Dave can still bust out thrashtastic songs like "Headcrusher", "This Day We Fight!" and "1,320'" but proves once again that Megadeth are melodic thrash masters with "44 Minutes", "Endgame", and "Bodies". There's even a ballad song here, "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss" and it isn't half-bad either! I feel that although the weakest parts of the album are "The Hand That Feeds" and "The Right To Go Insane", the band is firing on all cylinders and this is an album every Megadeth fan needs to own, even if they have been skeptical of the band for years. With the strongest line-up they've had in recent memory, I'm eager to see what the years coming up will bring from Dave and Co.

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Warbringer - Waking Into Nightmares
May 19th
Highlights: Living In A Whirlwind, Severed Reality, Prey For Death

Best newer thrash band around today. Period. There are some bands that emulate the glory days of thrash, but Warbringer takes that sound, brings it to modern days, and not only doesn't sound like they're cashing in on 80's thrash, they sound like they'd fit in right along at home with them 25 years ago. Every song on this album is vicious from the breakneck speeds to the face-melting solos. And John Kevill is one of the best thrash vocalists there is right now. The right amount of punk and harshness in his vocals come off as incredibly satisfying. If you automatically dismiss any new straight-up, no frills thrash as "posers" then there's no hope for you, turn back now. If you can appreciate a fantastic thrash album when you hear it, you NEED to listen to "Waking Into Nightmares".

jhdeity
12-17-2009, 06:12 AM
Is this another "YOU DON'T LIKE LAMB OF GOD? OK GO BACK TO UR BASEMENT AND LISTEN TO NECR0 BR00T4L BLACK METUHL THAT ONLY 5 PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY KVLT = BETTER" arguments? Because that's the lamest shit ever. :lol:

Actually hating a great band because your uncle touched your pee pee wearing their shirt is the lamest shit ever. I thought we were having some cool banter but obviously you have some deep seeded issues about Lamb of God and it always goes back to that.

Just because some kid in a LOG shirt stole your 8-sided dice doesn't make them bad guy all the time. Get over it Bro.

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 06:13 AM
Is this another "YOU DON'T LIKE LAMB OF GOD? OK GO BACK TO UR BASEMENT AND LISTEN TO NECR0 BR00T4L BLACK METUHL THAT ONLY 5 PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY KVLT = BETTER" arguments? Because that's the lamest shit ever. :lol:

to be honest lately i feel like that about a lot of metalheads nowadays. not with lamb of god though. but a lot of people will give me shit for listening to certain bands because they are too mainstream (because headlining club shows is too mainstream and that automatically means they are too mainsteam for some people listen to :rolleyes:). and some metalheads will say i need to listen to some shitty extreme metal bands or bands i find completely dull so i can keep my metal cred. i'm not gonna force myself to like some bands that i find lame as fuck just so some metalheads see me as having metal cred. if liking some bands that some people may find too mainstream makes me lose metal cred then so fucking be it. makes me ashamed to call myself a metalhead sometimes because how close minded some people can be and can't accept the fact that some people would rather listen to "mainstream" metal bands rather than shitty KVLT bands. there's my random rant.

jhdeity
12-17-2009, 06:20 AM
That's why I am twice as cool as either you or Mankvill. You each like only one of those riffs - I thoroughly enjoy them both. :D :cool:

I can buy that. I'm jamming the new Isis now and while they're not my ideal vocals they fit the music perfectly and aren't obnoxious like Anal Unclewrath.

It's hilarious when people rag Lamb of God for trying to be too tough but then love vocalists who try to scream like their having thei balls ripped off with a pair of pliers. They're all trying too hard to out "brootal" each other. It's played out and stupid to me.

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 06:30 AM
It's hilarious when people rag Lamb of God for trying to be too tough but then love vocalists who try to scream like their having thei balls ripped off with a pair of pliers. They're all trying too hard to out "brootal" each other. It's played out and stupid to me.

this. not just LOG but many "mainstream" metal bands too.

Fe Maiden
12-17-2009, 07:29 AM
Styx are a fuckin' great live band.
Indeed they are! Most younger people have no clue how great Styx truly are!

SomewhereInTime72
12-17-2009, 08:36 AM
:tp: @ lamb of god

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 09:15 AM
:tp: @ lamb of god

i really don't see everyone's problem with LOG (besides that a lot of their fans are idiots). maybe it's because they didn't stay TR00 and got too mainstream so therefore many metalheads can't like them anymore just like MANY other bands. every time i've seen 'em they put on an ace performance. don't see what's to hate.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 09:24 AM
People hate Lamb of God because they are mediocre and they hate Lamb of God fans because of this thread. "You don't like my mediocre band? Instead of defending my band and giving examples of why they're good, I'm going to make fun of you with junior high humor for not liking them because deep down, I can't provide any examples to show where my band is worthwhile. I'll just attack your sexuality/make rape jokes/"kvlt"/"br00tal" jokes because those sure aren't tired or played out".

Hey, I'm not going to knock you if you really like Lamb of God. People have different tastes. But when someone criticizes those tastes, it'd help give the band credibility if you could come back with something other than "ur gay".

I at least know in the end: I win, you lose. Because you listen to Lamb of God. :cool:

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 09:39 AM
People hate Lamb of God because they are mediocre and they hate Lamb of God fans because of this thread. "You don't like my mediocre band? Instead of defending my band and giving examples of why they're good, I'm going to make fun of you with junior high humor for not liking them because deep down, I can't provide any examples to show where my band is worthwhile. I'll just attack your sexuality/make rape jokes/"kvlt"/"br00tal" jokes because those sure aren't tired or played out".

Hey, I'm not going to knock you if you really like Lamb of God. People have different tastes. But when someone criticizes those tastes, it'd help give the band credibility if you could come back with something other than "ur gay".

I at least know in the end: I win, you lose. Because you listen to Lamb of God. :cool:

well i'm not the type of person to bash on someone like that. it just irritates the fuck out of me when people state it as a fact that a band is better than another. in my opinion there's no such thing as a better band. you can be really talented but your band may be very dull. EVERYONE has a different opinion and tastes. and i think it's stupid to hate on a band primarily because of it's fans. i despise most of Suicide Silence's fanbase, but i like their music. and also i'm not even that big of a Lamb of God fan. they put on a great performance, have a hook, and makes you want to rock out. they have my support so i'll definently see them every time they come around my area.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 09:45 AM
well i'm not the type of person to bash on someone like that. it just irritates the fuck out of me when people state it as a fact that a band is better than another. in my opinion there's no such thing as a better band. you can be really talented but your band may be very dull. EVERYONE has a different opinion and tastes. and i think it's stupid to hate on a band primarily because of it's fans. i despise most of Suicide Silence's fanbase, but i like their music. and also i'm not even that big of a Lamb of God fan. they put on a great performance, have a hook, and makes you want to rock out. they have my support so i'll definently see them every time they come around my area.

If having stage energy and a hook are what classifies a great band to you, more power to you. I wish I could do that too.

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 09:56 AM
If having stage energy and a hook are what classifies a great band to you, more power to you. I wish I could do that too.

not exactly there's much more than that. it gives points to me liking the band. IMO, i don't classify a band being really good by how fast the drumming is, how low and BROOTAL the vocals are, etc. sure it means the band is very talented, but that doesn't always equal a band being good IMO. which is why i can't get into many death metal bands. yeah the band has a lot of talent, but IMO it's very dull. you can argue which band has more talent with their instruments, but IMO it's impossible to argue with someone which band is better because everyone has different tastes.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 09:57 AM
IMO, i don't classify a band being really good by how fast the drumming is, how low and BROOTAL the vocals are, etc.

Me neither.

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 10:08 AM
Me neither.

i was and am basically saying i don't classify how good a band is based off how talented the players are.

TonyD
12-17-2009, 10:13 AM
People hate Lamb of God because they are mediocre and they hate Lamb of God fans because of this thread. "You don't like my mediocre band? Instead of defending my band and giving examples of why they're good, I'm going to make fun of you with junior high humor for not liking them because deep down, I can't provide any examples to show where my band is worthwhile. I'll just attack your sexuality/make rape jokes/"kvlt"/"br00tal" jokes because those sure aren't tired or played out".


Now you're just either making shit up that you think these people are saying, or you're hanging out with the wrong crowd.
It's music. Nobody should have to provide examples of why it's ok to listen to.
I still stand behind them because they're a good band. Not the best, but sure as shit not what you make them out to be.
Yes, a lot of their fans are hot topic kids, meatheads and white trash. But why should you even care? If you can't just give it up, you might have a bigger problem with yourself than anything else.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 10:16 AM
Now you're just either making shit up that you think these people are saying, or you're hanging out with the wrong crowd.
It's music. Nobody should have to provide examples of why it's ok to listen to.
I still stand behind them because they're a good band. Not the best, but sure as shit not what you make them out to be.
Yes, a lot of their fans are hot topic kids, meatheads and white trash. But why should you even care? If you can't just give it up, you might have a bigger problem with yourself than anything else.

I have a problem with people criticizing my music but not providing reasons why I shouldn't criticize theirs. If you like Lamb of God, good for you. But don't go around putting others down when they criticize your music.

Disliking a band because of their fans is stupid as fuck. I also dislike Pantera because I think they're mediocre as well, not because they have stupid fans. Or they don't, I don't know.

xStructualDefect
12-17-2009, 10:19 AM
It's music. Nobody should have to provide examples of why it's ok to listen to.
I still stand behind them because they're a good band. Not the best, but sure as shit not what you make them out to be.
Yes, a lot of their fans are hot topic kids, meatheads and white trash.

THIS.

daimonos
12-17-2009, 11:38 AM
People hate Lamb of God because they are mediocre and they hate Lamb of God fans because of this thread. "You don't like my mediocre band? Instead of defending my band and giving examples of why they're good, I'm going to make fun of you with junior high humor for not liking them because deep down, I can't provide any examples to show where my band is worthwhile. I'll just attack your sexuality/make rape jokes/"kvlt"/"br00tal" jokes because those sure aren't tired or played out".

Hey, I'm not going to knock you if you really like Lamb of God. People have different tastes. But when someone criticizes those tastes, it'd help give the band credibility if you could come back with something other than "ur gay".

I at least know in the end: I win, you lose. Because you listen to Lamb of God. :cool:

I was just gonna let this go because I completely understand that different people have different tastes of music. And if you don't like Lamb of God, ok that's fine, I don't care....that's your opinion.

But you just can't sit there and call them mediocre because you don't like them. Thats not the way it works. They are a talented band, Mark is a great guitarist, Chris is a very talented drummer. They're really cool down to earth people. They never got big headed because of the success, they're the same now as they were before, and I think that all you have to say in these arguments is that their music doesn't appeal to you. Don't call them mediocre, because it just makes you come across like you don't know what you're talking about.

Sorry for my little rant hahah, but I just felt it needed to be said. I could give two shits less if you don't like Lamb of God. :D

mankvill
12-17-2009, 12:03 PM
I was just gonna let this go because I completely understand that different people have different tastes of music. And if you don't like Lamb of God, ok that's fine, I don't care....that's your opinion.

But you just can't sit there and call them mediocre because you don't like them. Thats not the way it works. They are a talented band, Mark is a great guitarist, Chris is a very talented drummer. They're really cool down to earth people. They never got big headed because of the success, they're the same now as they were before, and I think that all you have to say in these arguments is that their music doesn't appeal to you. Don't call them mediocre, because it just makes you come across like you don't know what you're talking about.

Sorry for my little rant hahah, but I just felt it needed to be said. I could give two shits less if you don't like Lamb of God. :D

I understand that Lamb of God are really cool, nice, down to Earth guys. Really, I do. So are As I Lay Dying, but I'm not about to say someone makes good music because of how they act in life. I'm only going by what I've heard on album. In my opinion (I guess I should just say that from now on instead of inferring it) I do think Lamb of God is mediocre. Sure, they're better than Killswitch Engage, but (in my opinion) I don't think that's very much.

JuuKun
12-17-2009, 12:06 PM
I've got to say I'm siding with mankvill on this one. Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like people are jumping down his throat for calling LoG mediocre, but no one so far seems to bat an eyelash at any negative comments against less popular bands (ie: Anaal Nathrakh)? What the fuck double standard?

daimonos
12-17-2009, 12:10 PM
I understand that Lamb of God are really cool, nice, down to Earth guys. Really, I do. So are As I Lay Dying, but I'm not about to say someone makes good music because of how they act in life. I'm only going by what I've heard on album. In my opinion (I guess I should just say that from now on instead of inferring it) I do think Lamb of God is mediocre. Sure, they're better than Killswitch Engage, but (in my opinion) I don't think that's very much.

Alright lol. That's fine. I don't really understand the reasoning for mediocre but whatever lol i'm not too worried about it if you don't like them that's cool.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Alright lol. That's fine. I don't really understand the reasoning for mediocre but whatever lol i'm not too worried about it if you don't like them that's cool.

And it's totally fine that you like LoG!

:fist: metal bro's 4 lyfe!

mankvill
12-17-2009, 12:41 PM
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Immortal - All Shall Fall
September 25th
Highlights: Norden On Fire, All Shall Fall

Immortal still have it.

Don't expect anything too radically different from their last couple of releases, but if you loved "Sons Of Northern Darkness" as much as everyone else did (is it possible to not love it?), you'll love "All Shall Fall". It sounds more akin to "Damned In Black" because while it certainly has that epic feeling to the music, there are more instances of this being black metal than blackened thrash like the last few albums were. It's a welcome return, even though Immortal's type of music has never been too bad. When it comes down to it, the type of music will satisfy newer Immortal fans, but the feeling that comes across will definitely satisfy old-school fans. Chilling to the bone.

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Vader - Necropolis
August 21st
Highlights: Never Say My Name, We Are The Horde, Black Metal (Venom Cover)

Vader has continued to make quality death metal for the better part of 15 years now, and "Necropolis" is definitely no exception. Piotr's uniquely identifiable vocals are one of the best things about this album, but the drums are what really stand out to me as well. They really bring the cohesiveness of the entire album together and only add to how insanely crushing these tracks are. You'd be hard pressed to find a better straight-up death metal band around today than Vader.

And if you have the same edition as I do, you'll have two very awesome covers. While the cover of Metallica's "Fight Fire With Fire" is amazing, nothing tops their "Black Metal" cover. This band was made for it. Another outstanding album from the best Polish band today!

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Nile - Those Whom The Gods Detest
November 3rd
Highlights: Kafir!, Hittite Dung Incantation, 4th Arra of Dagon

Althoguh I liked Ithyphallic, it was definitely lacking in being memorable. Nile must've read my thoughts, because this is one of the most brutal, amazing death metal records of the year and one of Nile's best. There's still an abundance of Egyptian feeling in these songs, and I don't think Nile's vocals have ever sounded better. The opening 1-2 punch of "Kafir!" and "Hittite Dung Incantation" are the best of the year. Each song is absolutely vicious and technical without stretching it out too thin.

This album is packed to the brim with riffs, brutal songs, crazy solos, and memorable passages. It's hard not to recommend this album to everyone who has even an iota of interest in current extreme metal.

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Napalm Death - Time Waits For No Slave
January 23rd
Highlights: Time Waits For No Slave, Downbeat Clique, Larceny Of The Heart

Probably the first album this year I fell in love with. Napalm Death is on a hot-streak of amazing grindcore/death metal albums. Many bands try to balance the two, but "Time Waits For No Slave" shows how to do it correctly. I feel kind of at a disadvantage here, because I want to say if you've heard a recent Napalm Death album, you'll know what to expect from their latest release. But Napalm Death must only get better as time goes on. This easily crushes their last two records, and the band show no signs of letting up at any point. There's even a hint of progressiveness to be found here that is just absolutely delicious. But remember, it's Napalm Death: they came to destroy.

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Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
March 31st
Highlights: Ahrimanic Trance, Crystal Ammunition

If you like the expansive, beautiful, and melodic side to black metal, there are little bands around today who make the music as well as Wolves In The Throne Room do. If you can look past the image the band presents, they make near-perfect atmospheric black metal that Xasthur can only dream about. The soundscapes that this album creates are insane. Sometimes, you just have to turn everything off and just focus on the music. That would get you the full potential from this album. I doubt anyone who isn't a fan of this type of black metal will have their minds changed, but anyone who likes the genre, even a bit, should love this album.

TonyD
12-17-2009, 01:16 PM
I have a problem with people criticizing my music but not providing reasons why I shouldn't criticize theirs.

You can't really criticize anything in the -core department while promoting Norma Jean.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 01:27 PM
You can't really criticize anything in the -core department while promoting Norma Jean.

I like metalcore.

Not melodic metalcore.

And Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child is equal parts metalcore and post-hardcore.

edit: and mathcore thrown in for good measure!

mastodon421
12-17-2009, 02:23 PM
Mankvill i have to admire your writing style man. I am writing my list as we speak and noticing how weak my writing is. I am not into some of the bands on your list but i quite enjoy reading your list.

mankvill
12-17-2009, 02:41 PM
Mankvill i have to admire your writing style man. I am writing my list as we speak and noticing how weak my writing is. I am not into some of the bands on your list but i quite enjoy reading your list.

Thanks! It's not the best I've done (usually writing these at 3 AM :lol: ) but that's awesome. :)

DethMaiden
12-17-2009, 08:17 PM
Solid tier, man. Immortal, Nile, and WITTR all put out amazing shit this year. Not sure why I have to look past the image WITTR presents though. :confused:

mankvill
12-17-2009, 08:21 PM
Solid tier, man. Immortal, Nile, and WITTR all put out amazing shit this year. Not sure why I have to look past the image WITTR presents though. :confused:

I just know for a while, it seemed like WITTR were getting pegged down for being "hipsters" which is completely idiotic because they're one of the best USBM bands around today.

DethMaiden
12-17-2009, 08:29 PM
I just know for a while, it seemed like WITTR were getting pegged down for being "hipsters" which is completely idiotic because they're one of the best USBM bands around today.

Ah. Well, Pitchfork hates the new album, so I think they're hipster-proof for now. :D

mankvill
12-17-2009, 08:47 PM
Ah. Well, Pitchfork hates the new album, so I think they're hipster-proof for now. :D

GREAT SUCCESS!

Fires Of Sedition
12-17-2009, 11:38 PM
Dude...where the hell is Wrath by Lamb Of God and Pray For Villains by DevilDriver???

:lol:

mankvill
12-18-2009, 01:02 AM
Dude...where the hell is Wrath by Lamb Of God and Pray For Villains by DevilDriver???

:lol:

#1 and #2, my man.

#1 and #2.

Fires Of Sedition
12-18-2009, 01:18 AM
#1 and #2, my man.

#1 and #2.

Good choices!

jhdeity
12-18-2009, 05:45 AM
And it's totally fine that you like LoG!

:fist: metal bro's 4 lyfe!

This must be a Dorothy Kansas thing because when Lamb of God plays Baltimore it's the most in-crowd cool ass people you'll see at a show. It's not a Hot Topic or scene kids crowd like some of the other bands you listed. No one is playing World of fukkin Warcraft before the show. It's the coolest bartenders, strippers, radio personalities, bar owners and people who matter getting together and enjoying great music. They're singing along, moshing, headbanging, meeting the band and going over to Angel's Rock Bar afterwards for a cool ass afterparty. THAT'S what a great show is about and obviously your issues about certain bands will keep you from experiencing such cool shit.

I let you slide on the "pussy" comment because you're young and naive and I was there before but the metal Bro's shit on top of that makes you look like such a loser it isn't even funny. Like someone said metal people shouldn't be hating on other metal people. We busted ass to get metal and great music back in the forefront and now that it's here quit being an assclown over this -core is great and this -core is for pussies. It's meaningless.

If there's another lesson to be learned here it's be careful what you say to people you might run into someday. Someone who you bag on for being a "Metal Bro" or "Pussy" could easily deliver a forearm shiver to the bridge of someones schnozola during a Nuclear Winter expedition. Something to be conscious of...

Back on the music tip I think you have a cool writing style and agree with a lot of what you say. It's just my opinion but I will say anyone who has Heaven & Hell over Alice in Chains needs an education in music and especially emotion as it pertains to music. The emotion and soul of Black Gives Way to Blue is incredible in this day and age while the new H&H has 3 good songs and so many that are just shallow and lacking.

SomewhereInTime72
12-18-2009, 09:12 AM
This must be a Dorothy Kansas thing because when Lamb of God plays Baltimore it's the most in-crowd cool ass people you'll see at a show. It's not a Hot Topic or scene kids crowd like some of the other bands you listed. No one is playing World of fukkin Warcraft before the show. It's the coolest bartenders, strippers, radio personalities, bar owners and people who matter getting together and enjoying great music. They're singing along, moshing, headbanging, meeting the band and going over to Angel's Rock Bar afterwards for a cool ass afterparty. THAT'S what a great show is about and obviously your issues about certain bands will keep you from experiencing such cool shit.

I let you slide on the "pussy" comment because you're young and naive and I was there before but the metal Bro's shit on top of that makes you look like such a loser it isn't even funny. Like someone said metal people shouldn't be hating on other metal people. We busted ass to get metal and great music back in the forefront and now that it's here quit being an assclown over this -core is great and this -core is for pussies. It's meaningless.

If there's another lesson to be learned here it's be careful what you say to people you might run into someday. Someone who you bag on for being a "Metal Bro" or "Pussy" could easily deliver a forearm shiver to the bridge of someones schnozola during a Nuclear Winter expedition. Something to be conscious of...
the point

your head

DethMaiden
12-18-2009, 09:12 AM
the point

your head

:lol: :fist:

daimonos
12-18-2009, 11:33 AM
This must be a Dorothy Kansas thing because when Lamb of God plays Baltimore it's the most in-crowd cool ass people you'll see at a show. It's not a Hot Topic or scene kids crowd like some of the other bands you listed. No one is playing World of fukkin Warcraft before the show. It's the coolest bartenders, strippers, radio personalities, bar owners and people who matter getting together and enjoying great music. They're singing along, moshing, headbanging, meeting the band and going over to Angel's Rock Bar afterwards for a cool ass afterparty. THAT'S what a great show is about and obviously your issues about certain bands will keep you from experiencing such cool shit.

I let you slide on the "pussy" comment because you're young and naive and I was there before but the metal Bro's shit on top of that makes you look like such a loser it isn't even funny. Like someone said metal people shouldn't be hating on other metal people. We busted ass to get metal and great music back in the forefront and now that it's here quit being an assclown over this -core is great and this -core is for pussies. It's meaningless.

If there's another lesson to be learned here it's be careful what you say to people you might run into someday. Someone who you bag on for being a "Metal Bro" or "Pussy" could easily deliver a forearm shiver to the bridge of someones schnozola during a Nuclear Winter expedition. Something to be conscious of...

Back on the music tip I think you have a cool writing style and agree with a lot of what you say. It's just my opinion but I will say anyone who has Heaven & Hell over Alice in Chains needs an education in music and especially emotion as it pertains to music. The emotion and soul of Black Gives Way to Blue is incredible in this day and age while the new H&H has 3 good songs and so many that are just shallow and lacking.

all good points.

and to Mankvill...

I'm just gonna assume that the metal bro's comment was you being a smartass, but whatever.

It just pisses me off when people sit there and call a band mediocre just because they don't like the band or the style of music that band plays.

But whatever, I'm not gonna sit here and argue with you because it's obviously a waste of both of our time, and I honestly don't care enough.

But yes I have been enjoying reading this list.
Rock on :rocker:

mankvill
12-18-2009, 12:34 PM
hurrrr durrrr

Not even gonna bother responding this time..

all good points.

and to Mankvill...

I'm just gonna assume that the metal bro's comment was you being a smartass, but whatever.

It just pisses me off when people sit there and call a band mediocre just because they don't like the band or the style of music that band plays.

But whatever, I'm not gonna sit here and argue with you because it's obviously a waste of both of our time, and I honestly don't care enough.

But yes I have been enjoying reading this list.
Rock on :rocker:


I wasn't being a dick to you or anything. I'm glad you listen to Lamb of God and not...I dunno...Owl City...or any deathcore band.

I wasn't ironically/mockingly calling you my "metal bro", bro.

:(

daimonos
12-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Not even gonna bother responding this time..




I wasn't being a dick to you or anything. I'm glad you listen to Lamb of God and not...I dunno...Owl City...or any deathcore band.

I wasn't ironically/mockingly calling you my "metal bro", bro.

:(

oh well my bad then lol. i apologize. :)

and for the record...i absolutely hate deathcore. and i've never even heard of Owl City.

mankvill
12-18-2009, 12:43 PM
oh well my bad then lol. i apologize. :)

and for the record...i absolutely hate deathcore. and i've never even heard of Owl City.

:lovedup: Then you're just fine in my book!

daimonos
12-18-2009, 12:44 PM
:lovedup: Then you're just fine in my book!

lol alright :D

Div
12-18-2009, 12:45 PM
It's the coolest bartenders, strippers, radio personalities, bar owners and people who matter getting together and enjoying great music.

.....huh?

so bartenders, strippers and radio DJ's love the fuck out of lamb of god... how does this NOT support mankvill's statement that their fans are a bunch of dumbasses and tools?


I let you slide on the "pussy" comment because you're young and naive and I was there before but the metal Bro's shit on top of that makes you look like such a loser it isn't even funny. Like someone said metal people shouldn't be hating on other metal people. We busted ass to get metal and great music back in the forefront and now that it's here quit being an assclown over this -core is great and this -core is for pussies. It's meaningless.

who gives a shit anymore. shitty metal being on the radio isnt an accomplishment for anyone. if they started playing megadeth's first album on the radio then its a victory, but to have shitty bands like LoG go around saying how "metal" they are just gives people a false impression of what real heavy metal is.


If there's another lesson to be learned here it's be careful what you say to people you might run into someday. Someone who you bag on for being a "Metal Bro" or "Pussy" could easily deliver a forearm shiver to the bridge of someones schnozola during a Nuclear Winter expedition. Something to be conscious of...


wat

jhdeity
12-18-2009, 02:02 PM
.....huh?

so bartenders, strippers and radio DJ's love the fuck out of lamb of god... how does this NOT support mankvill's statement that their fans are a bunch of dumbasses and tools?



Not sure where you're from man but around here if you know the bartenders, etc you get free drinks, free tix, you meet and hang with bands and watching strippers put on a show is always fun unless you swallow swords. I though I explained it perfectly actually. No scene kids, no magic the gathering or world of warcraft losers, no mall kids, just cool, fun people who know how to have a fun time.

What are you 16?

mankvill
12-18-2009, 02:08 PM
hurr

I don't judge on how good a band is by what people like to listen to them, what their live shows are like, how many free drinks I can get for me and my bros, etc. Sorry.

jhdeity
12-18-2009, 02:11 PM
no you wait in line like a little groupie bitch to meet bands and buy their cd that you already have jsut to get them to sign it. FAIL!

I perty with them and really get to know who they are and have real conversations with them.

Just continue with the lists. I made my point, you know what I meant by it.

No need to deal with idiocracy

mankvill
12-18-2009, 02:14 PM
no you wait in line like a little groupie bitch to meet bands and buy their cd that you already have jsut to get them to sign it. FAIL!

I perty with them and really get to know who they are and have real conversations with them.

Just continue with the lists. I made my point, you know what I meant by it.

No need to deal with idiocracy

You're an idiot. You judge a band on how your live experiences are. I judge them on their music. Lamb of God does not make good music (in my opinion :dorky: ). You're butthurt and resort to calling people who don't like their music WoW nerds or whatever played out insults you can think of. Please go see Lamb of God and support them and stay the fuck away from good shows that I'd like to see.

jhdeity
12-18-2009, 02:20 PM
See you at the Deathfest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mankvill
12-18-2009, 02:21 PM
See you at the Deathfest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

whut?

Div
12-18-2009, 03:03 PM
Not sure where you're from man but around here if you know the bartenders, etc you get free drinks, free tix, you meet and hang with bands and watching strippers put on a show is always fun unless you swallow swords. I though I explained it perfectly actually. No scene kids, no magic the gathering or world of warcraft losers, no mall kids, just cool, fun people who know how to have a fun time.

What are you 16?

yes i am sixteen and play magic the gathering, and because of that i cannot drink anyway. perhaps that is why i am able to see that LoG's music is not really that good. perhaps the only reason you enjoy it so much is because you are wasted and surrounded by strippers. but i should point out that the archetypes you listed as "people who matter" are probably just there to party and dont give a shit what band is on stage (either that or its their JOB to be at the show). dont you realize youre playing into their marketing ploy? "hey lets play a show at some bars and strip clubs so the fans are too drunk and distracted by ripe ass tits to realize how shitty our music is"

i dont know, is it just me or do all the most ignorant posts on this board seem to come from LoG fanboys?

DethMaiden
12-18-2009, 07:14 PM
i dont know, is it just me or do all the most ignorant posts on this board seem to come from LoG fanboys?

It's not just you.

idrinkwine732
12-18-2009, 09:26 PM
i dont know, is it just me or do all the most ignorant posts on this board seem to come from LoG fanboys?

I like Lamb of God and I've noticed this as well.

Fires Of Sedition
12-18-2009, 10:15 PM
I like Lamb of God and I've noticed this as well.

Samesies. I've been a big fan of Lamb Of God since before Sacrament, but it kind of sucks being a fan of a band that so many testosterone raged idiots like.

b_halperin
12-18-2009, 10:37 PM
I like Lamb of God and I've noticed this as well.

Samesies. I've been a big fan of Lamb Of God since before Sacrament, but it kind of sucks being a fan of a band that so many testosterone raged idiots like.

samesie samesies

b1indedbyfear
12-18-2009, 10:44 PM
LOG shows are way different now than they use to be. Now its like Hatebreed tough guys in thier 30s, use to be a mix of hardcore and metal people when I first started seeing them.

Fires Of Sedition
12-18-2009, 11:00 PM
LOG shows are way different now than they use to be. Now its like Hatebreed tough guys in thier 30s, use to be a mix of hardcore and metal people when I first started seeing them.

The most recent time I saw them was the best...and Mark wasn't there. The time before that sucked ass though. Almost the entire crowd was a dumbass doucher. None of the band really seem like they think they're tough guys except for Randy. I've yet to meet them but from what I've heard they're really nice in person. I own Killadelphia and Walk With Me In Hell and they seem like nice, cool dudes on both. I can't wait until they come back to Oklahoma with Mark.

mastodon421
12-19-2009, 04:51 AM
The one time i have seen Lamb Of God it was a really good crowd. No scene kids and a only a couple of douchebags for the most part chill people that were for a good time. Proably one of the bette concert experiences i have had recently.

daimonos
12-19-2009, 06:52 AM
The most recent time I saw them was the best...and Mark wasn't there. The time before that sucked ass though. Almost the entire crowd was a dumbass doucher. None of the band really seem like they think they're tough guys except for Randy. I've yet to meet them but from what I've heard they're really nice in person. I own Killadelphia and Walk With Me In Hell and they seem like nice, cool dudes on both. I can't wait until they come back to Oklahoma with Mark.

yeah dude I've had the opportunity to meet the band (with the exception of Mark) and hang out with Chris for a couple hours after a show, and what you've heard about them being nice guys is true. You don't see too many bands around these days that haven't let the success go to their head.

JuuKun
12-19-2009, 10:10 AM
You don't see too many bands around these days that haven't let the success go to their head.

People always say this, but I have yet to meet a metal band whose members have been anything but extremely nice. :confused:

idrinkwine732
12-19-2009, 02:47 PM
People always say this, but I have yet to meet a metal band whose members have been anything but extremely nice. :confused:

Yeah really, I've met quite a few and all of em were really nice, thanking for support, being more kind than I expected them to be.

daimonos
12-19-2009, 02:53 PM
yeah you guys both made good points actually...I guess i just wasn't thinking everything I said through all the way before I said it lol :eyes:

Dextrimental
12-19-2009, 03:37 PM
Id say its coz the assholes and loudmouths are the ones who get press, eg your dave mustains and kerry kings (although I agree with alot of what KK says, hes still a loudmouth), whereas your mark mortons and your Corey Beaulieus just chill out, even in interviews, dont have an opinion on everything, and just do what they do, and have a good time with the fans :)

daimonos
12-19-2009, 03:45 PM
Id say its coz the assholes and loudmouths are the ones who get press, eg your dave mustains and kerry kings (although I agree with alot of what KK says, hes still a loudmouth), whereas your mark mortons and your Corey Beaulieus just chill out, even in interviews, dont have an opinion on everything, and just do what they do, and have a good time with the fans :)

That's more along the lines of what I was thinking.

Fires Of Sedition
12-19-2009, 10:35 PM
People always say this, but I have yet to meet a metal band whose members have been anything but extremely nice. :confused:

Same here with the exception of Bryon Davis from God Forbid. He came out from the guarded bus area for a few seconds and I told him he put on a great show and asked for his autograph. He didn't say anything at all. Pretty much just grunted and signed my ticket like I was bothering him or something. Doc Coyle was really cool though.

idrinkwine732
12-20-2009, 12:13 AM
Same here with the exception of Bryon Davis from God Forbid. He came out from the guarded bus area for a few seconds and I told him he put on a great show and asked for his autograph. He didn't say anything at all. Pretty much just grunted and signed my ticket like I was bothering him or something. Doc Coyle was really cool though.
He was very kind when I met him, maybe you caught him on a bad day, or a day when he remembered he's from New Jersey.

Div
12-20-2009, 01:03 AM
He was very kind when I met him, maybe you caught him on a bad day, or a day when he remembered he's from New Jersey.

that would be enough to ruin my vacation

mastodon421
12-20-2009, 12:36 PM
I've met Byron Davis from God Forbid twice and he was very cool and apprecative.

mankvill
12-20-2009, 02:14 PM
10.

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Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24th
Highlights: The Czar, The Last Baron, Crack The Skye

Mastodon definitely deserves to be regarded as one of the best metal bands of the 2000's, and "Crack The Skye" only caps this decade as one of the best albums Mastodon could've released. Though not as hard-hitting as some of their previous releases, this album is stuffed full with progressive and technical music that should satisfy any fan of rock or metal. I hate to play this card, but the two long songs on this album are definitely its highlights. "The Czar" and "The Last Baron" are inexplicably epic in nature and are never boring to listen to. Each time you start up the 10+ minute tracks, it still feels fresh on the mind. It's very exciting to think about just how Mastodon can top this fantastic album.

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Skeletonwitch - Breathing The Fire
October 13th
Highlights: Crushed Beyond Dust, Where The Light Has Failed, Strangled By Unseen Hands

This album doesn't even come close to "Beyond The Permafrost", but it's still a really fantastic album. Skeletonwitch has taken away most of the epic melodies that make their previous album almost sound like a demonic Viking and has in turn crammed "Breathing The Fire" full of riffs, solos, and everything in between. Fans of the last album will like the songs "Released From The Catacombs" and "Strangled By Unseen Hands", but the rest of the album should satisfy the cravings of every blackened thrash fan who listens. However, the best song on this album is undoubtedly the brutally catchy "Crushed Beyond Dust". It'll be stuck in your head for weeks.

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Slayer - World Painted Blood
November 3rd
Highlights: Unit 731, Psychopathy Red, Public Display of Dismemberment

I think that in 2006, Celtic Frost's "Monotheist" was the album of the year not just for being an awesome album, but for injecting new life into Celtic Frost when people were afraid it wasn't going to be good. That's how I feel about "World Painted Blood". Every release since Seasons In The Abyss has been debated between metalheads, but in my opinion, this album finally has Slayer on the right path (mostly) since 1990. "Unit 731" and "Snuff" should satisfy fans of Slayer's old-school thrash sound, and "Psychopathy Red" just might be one of the greatest Slayer songs. They also slow things down and change them up like songs "Beauty Through Order" and "Playing With Dolls" and get varying degrees of success. I think that Slayer is finally back on track with this album. It's great.

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Cattle Decapitation - The Harvest Floor
January 20th
Highlights: Tooth Enamel And Concrete, The Ripe Beneath The Rind, Into The Public Bath

Truly one of the first albums I fell in love with this year. Forget everything you knew about Cattle Decpaitation, these guys make some of the best progressive death metal/grindcore you'll find today. The technicality borders on near God-like quantities and Travis Ryan still stands as one of my favorite extreme metal vocalists ever. There are several times on this album where my jaw drops and I hit the rewind button to listen to a section again, such as the weird killswitched vocal effects on "The Ripe Beneath The Rind" or the crazy tempo changes on the drums throughout the entire album. Easily the best record that Cattle Decapitation has done. Each song sounds completely unique and memorable, right down to the final song on the album. Should be considered mandatory listening in the following years to come.

And "Into The Public Bath" has the grossest lyrics ever.

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Gorgoroth - Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt
October 21st
Highlights: Building A Man, Prayer, New Breed

After what seems like an eternity of lawsuits and court hearings and even a time where two Gorgoroth's existed, the band finally returns to their roots with "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt". This album signals the return of vocalist Pest who did vocals on what I consider to be Gorgoroth's best album "Under The Sign Of Hell". And it shows. This album sounds like it could have been released back in the 90's for Gorgoroth. It is just good, old-fashioned Norwegian black metal. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is better than anyhting they did with Gaahl. With "Quanots..." they reclaim that old Norwegian BM sound that kind of has viking metal overtones that really give this album a unique sound. If you like black metal of any kind, you owe it to yourself to hear this.

DethMaiden
12-20-2009, 04:46 PM
To each his own but goddamn World Painted Blood (and Monotheist) fucking sucks. :tongue:

I agree about Breathing the Fire. Can't quite put it in my top tier for the year, partly because it falls so far short of Beyond the Permafrost, but it's definitely a good album. Looking forward to the next one - it's kind of do or die for them in my opinion. It needs to be VERY good or I'm kind of done with them. All they've really done so far is proved that they can play riffs fast.

mankvill
12-20-2009, 04:53 PM
To each his own but goddamn World Painted Blood (and Monotheist) fucking sucks. :tongue:

get out you

daimonos
12-20-2009, 04:58 PM
I think that in 2006, Celtic Frost's "Monotheist" was the album of the year not just for being an awesome album, but for injecting new life into Celtic Frost when people were afraid it wasn't going to be good. That's how I feel about "World Painted Blood". Every release since Seasons In The Abyss has been debated between metalheads, but in my opinion, this album finally has Slayer on the right path (mostly) since 1990. "Unit 731" and "Snuff" should satisfy fans of Slayer's old-school thrash sound, and "Psychopathy Red" just might be one of the greatest Slayer songs. They also slow things down and change them up like songs "Beauty Through Dismemberment" and "Playing With Dolls" and get varying degrees of success. I think that Slayer is finally back on track with this album. It's great.



:tongue:

mankvill
12-20-2009, 05:01 PM
:tongue:

WOAH thanks for catching that. :lol:

daimonos
12-20-2009, 05:27 PM
WOAH thanks for catching that. :lol:

lol you got it :)

SomewhereInTime72
12-20-2009, 06:03 PM
(and Monotheist) fucking sucks. :tongue:


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idrinkwine732
12-20-2009, 07:38 PM
WPB wasn't good in my opinion. I would have put Skeletonwitch just a smidge down and moved up Crack the Skye, but I really like your list so far.

mankvill
12-20-2009, 07:40 PM
WPB wasn't good in my opinion. I would have put Skeletonwitch just a smidge down and moved up Crack the Skye, but I really like your list so far.

Slayer's my 2nd favorite band ever, so maybe there's a bit of bias. :D

davidis138
12-20-2009, 07:49 PM
get out you

:lol: :lol:

I think it's an awesome album. It's like Reign meets Christ Illusion. Good stuff :allan:

mastodon421
12-21-2009, 12:33 PM
Skeletonwitch is in the exact same spot in my list.

idrinkwine732
12-21-2009, 04:47 PM
Slayer's my 2nd favorite band ever, so maybe there's a bit of bias. :D

Don't get me wrong, Slayer's one of my favorites too, but I just was hoping for something a bit better. Psychopathy Red is by far one of the best Slayer tracks in a looonggg time though.

mankvill
12-22-2009, 11:55 PM
5.

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Revocation - Existence Is Futile
September 29th
Highlights: The Brain Scramblers, ReaniManiac, Pestilence Reigns

This is how metal should sound. This amazing three-piece take elements of thrash, death, speed, grindcore, and hardcore punk and mash it all together into one amazing album that everyone should hear. "Existence Is Futile" was released in the latter half of the year, but almost every single song on this album has been burned into my brain by how catchy, how technical, how amazing they sound. In a world where the "next big" metal band just seems to be pandering to another fad for another generation of kids, Revocation comes along and blows the entire scene away. This album has the catchy solo's of the 80's thrash scene, the speed of the hardcore punk scene, and the technicality of every great tech-metal band out there today, but Revocation balances them out so perfectly that one element doesn't drown out the other.

Don't be fooled: songtitles like "Deathonomics" and "The Brain Scramblers" are not campy, gimmicky songs. Revocation is a completely serious metal band. The musicianship in this album can attest to that. They will be meteoric in 2010.

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Dying Fetus - Descend Into Depravity
September 15th
Highlights: Your Treachery Will Die With You, Hopeless Insurrection, Conceived Into Enslavement

Dying Fetus has made death metal fun again. Seriously, you will find yourself re-listening to this song many times because of how fresh and enjoyable the songs are. After a few standard albums where it seemed that Fetus was just plodding along, they really have embraced their technical side, just like they did for the amazing "Killing On Adrenaline", and the outcome is nothing short of fantastic. The bass and drum playing here are also of note: they're fast, and they don't miss a note. Really good musicians here.

Dying Fetus is still here. There are tons of chugging riffs, guttural vocals, and insanely fast double kicks, but the technicality to the songs, whether it's a quick riff or an insane solo, really kick this album up to 11.

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Drudkh - Microcosmos
July 14th
Highlights: The entire album, Далекий Крик Журавлів (Distant Cries of Cranes), Ars Poetica

If you like bands like Temnozor and Wolves In The Throne Room, you'll love Drudkh. They are the best band making this type of black metal right now. And "Microcosmos" is either their best album or their second best (behind "Blood In Our Wells"). This is not an album you can put on while driving down the highway to kill some time. This album requires your full attention, but in return, you get some of the most beautifully crafted atmospheres that black metal can create. What sets Drudkh apart from other types of bands like this, is that they take the atmospheric part of their music a step further and throw in some guitar solos to really spice stuff up. Drudkh has never released a bad album, and this not only continues the streak, but really puts the band high on a pedestal above others.

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Absu - Absu
February 16th
Highlights: The entire album, 13 Globes, Amy, In the Name of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee

If it wasn't for the fact that my favorite band released an album this year, "Absu" would be far and away my number one album. I haven't gone a week without listening to this album since I've purchased it, and it'll probably stay that way for a long time to come. Absu has decided to step back from the balls-out thrash attack that was "Tara" and definitely lives up to their claim of mythological occult black metal tag they've imposed on themselves. Sure, at this point it's just Proscriptor's band, but the music has never sounded better. There's a certain quality that makes this band sound uniquely mysterious, kind of how Attila Csihar brought that same quality to Mayhem back in the day. There are no "black metal" songs or "thrash metal" songs on this album. They are all "Absu songs" and that's really the best you can describe them. Anyone with even an iota of interest in black metal, thrash metal, or fantastic metal in general needs to pick up this album ASAP

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Anaal Nathrakh - In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
June 29th
Highlights: The entire album.

Who didn't see this coming? My favorite band released an album this year. Instant #1.

Anaal Nathrakh takes a step backward with "In the Constellation...", but it turn takes 3 steps forward. This album is the closest they've come to re-creating the perfect misanthropic masterpiece that is "The Codex Necro", but is the best extreme metal you'll hear all year. It's all what you've come to expect from Anaal Nathrakh: black metal, grindcore, death metal, heavy metal, industrial - all of these rolled into one and given its own unique touch with the brilliant instrumentalist that is Mick Kenny and my absolute favorite #1 "how are these voices coming out of a human?" vocalist of all time, Dave Hunt.

Fans of "The Codex Necro" and "When Fire Rains Down..." will find pleasure in the more harsh tracks, such as "I Am The Wrath Of Gods And The Desolation Of The Earth" and "Terror In The Mind Of God" for their raw sounding, extremely aggressive "necro" metal sound, whereas fans of the more "epic" stylings found on later albums like "Domine Non Es Dignus" and "Hell Is Empty..." will definitely like the soaringly epic songs like "More Of Fire Than Blood" and the title track.

A guest musician from the Mexican metal band "Repvblika" does vocals on "Oil Upon The Sores Of Lepers" and it works well with Dave Hunt. Old-school fans will take extreme pleasure in knowing they've re-recorded the awesome "Satanarchrist" which only improves upon the original. And the album closer "Blood Eagles Carved On The Backs Of Innocents" is another sonic torment in the vein of "Pandemonic Hyperblast" that veers so close to pure insanity that it leaves me with chills after it finishes.

I'm left with just two words after listening to this album:

Holy.
Shit.

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Albums I didn't get around to this year:

Baroness - The Blue Album
Coalesce - Ox
ChthoniC - Mirror Of Retribution
Municipal Waste - Massive Aggressive
Hypocrisy - A Taste Of Extreme Divinity
Destryer 666 - Phoenix Rising
Cobalt - Gin
Asphyx - Death...The Brutal Way
Behemoth - Evangelion
Dark Funeral - Angelus Exuro pro Eternus (although it isn't released in the US til January)
God Dethroned - Passiondale
Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul

Everything else, I really didn't have any interest in.

DVD's up next!

idrinkwine732
12-23-2009, 12:54 AM
Dying Fetus over Revocation eh? hmm....

Whether they'd make your list or not, you should really get to the Blue Album, Evangelion and Gin, because they're all amazing.

Natrlhi
12-23-2009, 06:22 AM
Whether they'd make your list or not, you should really get to the Blue Album, Evangelion and Gin, because they're all amazing.

:agree:

Actually, you missed some outlandishly good stuff this year, bro (but at least you're somewhat aware of it :)). I agree with Wine (especially regarding Gin - I think that album is right in your wheelhouse, to be honest), and I would also add Coalesce, ChthoniC, Hypocrisy and Asphyx to the list as well. Plus, there are a whole slew of others, but I guess they would fall into the category of "no interest to Mankvill".

Anyway, I really enjoyed your list. Anaal Nathrakh really knocked the ball out of the park with ...Widow. I haven't heard Absu yet, but I might after your review (and holy SHIT is that album cover tits).

Nicely done, bro. :fist:

The_jman
12-24-2009, 09:38 PM
Not sure I'm really into much of the music on your list, but I really enjoyed reading your reviews. you're a good writer. Thanks for sharing!