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MPF
01-03-2010, 06:48 PM
Finally finalized everything for this and I figured "Hey, why not join in on the list threads?"

For those interested Here's what I got:

First off, just missing the cut of The Top 20 of 2009:

30: Baroness- Blue Record
29: Dethklok: Dethalbum II
28: Scale The Summit- Carving Desert Canyons
27: iwrestledabearonce- It's All Happening
26: Russian Circles- Geneva
25: Beardfish- Destined Solitare
24: Susperia- Attitude
23: Goes Cube- Another Day Has Passed
22: CKY- Carver City
21: Amorphis- Skyforger

Now...The Top 20 Of 2009!!!:

20: Them Crooked Vultures
19: Soundscape- Grave New World
18: Transatlantic- The Whirlwind
17: Clutch- Strange Cousins From The West
16: Obscura- Cosmogenesis
15: Sólstafir- Köld
14: Converge- Axe To Fall
13: Freak Kitchen- Land Of The Freaks
12: Maudlin Of The Well- Part The Second
11: The Kris Norris Projekt- Icons Of The Illogical
10: Porcupine Tree- The Incident
9: Mono- Hymn To The Immortal Wind
8: Dream Theater- Black Clouds And Silver Linings
7: Redemption- Snowfall On Judgment Day
6: Devin Townsend- Ki
5: Devin Townsend- Addicted
4: Between The Buried And Me- The Great Misdirect
3: Long Distance Calling- Avoid The Light
2: Mastodon- Crack The Skye
1: Dredg- The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

Top Discoveries of 2009:

5: Them Crooked Vultures
Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, and Dave Grohl= PERFECTION. Possibly the strongest "Supergroup" debuts there will ever be.

4: Goes Cube
To me, these guys are like a more aggressive, but poppier version of Torche. While not as amazing as Torche. I love these guys' style.

3: Susperia
Possibly one of the great new Thrash bands around. Testament, meets Evergrey. I hope these guys will get more recognition soon.

2: Long Distance Calling
The perfect Progressive Post Metal band. These guys will make it BIG in due time. Enough said!

1: Torche
Possibly one of my favorite bands ever. It what would happen if Mastodon, U2, Corrosion Of Conformity, Motorhead, Cathedral and Dredg formed a band. Once I seen them open up for dredg, it was over for me. I am OBSESSED with Torche


And now...the top 6 worst albums of the year:

6: Animals As Leaders- S/T
I totally see the talent in these guys, and with the fact they NOW have a real drummer, their next album will get me some attention, but their debut seems like what I've heard others do before, except with a drum machine. It's good, but just bland IMO.


5: Lacuna Coil- Shallow Life
What the fuck happened to these guys??? They used to be amazing. The only song that caught my attention was Spellbound. It's a good Rock single, but the rest...Fuck, there's the demise of a once great Female-Fronted Metal band.

4: Darkest Hour- The Eternal Return
I LOVE the Kris Norris era of Darkest Hour, but the new album does nothing for me. They regressed in sound. The direction they were going in for Deliver Us was the right way to go. The Eternal Return is basically going back to their hardcore roots, making them sound just like everyone else now a days. I'm sticking with The Kris Norris Projekt which is miles beyond what Darkest Hour was was.

3:Weezer- Raditude
I should be used to this by now from Weezer, For pretty much the last decade it's been great album, shitty album, great album, shitty album. The Red album was phenomenal. Raditude a river (almost pun intended) of shit.

2: Muse- The Resistance
I just can't get into Muse Post-Absolution. I've tried, I really have, but I can't do it. It's just way too Dancey electronica for me. Of course on BH&R there are a few great tracks. On The Resistance, all I can find is the trilogy to be worth listening to. The rest....IMO, it's garbage!!!

1: Chris Cornell- Scream
If you heard even 15 seconds of any song off scream, you understand why this pile of shit is number 1 on the shit-list. To those who haven't, be thankful. All I can say is THANK GOD Soundgarden is back!!!


Thanks all I got, thanks folks!

Natrlhi
01-03-2010, 06:57 PM
First off, just missing the cut of The Top 20 of 2009:

30: Baroness- Blue Record
29: Dethklok: Dethalbum II
28: Scale The Summit- Carving Desert Canyons
27: iwrestledabearonce- It's All Happening
26: Russian Circles- Geneva
25: Beardfish- Destined Solitare
24: Susperia- Attitude
23: Goes Cube- Another Day Has Passed
22: CKY- Carver City
21: Amorphis- Skyforger
:mad: Should be higher (but at least they're on there, I guess).

1: Torche
Possibly one of my favorite bands ever. It what would happen if Mastodon, U2, Corrosion Of Conformity, Motorhead, Cathedral and Dredg formed a band. Once I seen them open up for dredg, it was over for me. I am OBSESSED with Torche
Well, maybe there is hope for you yet. :D

MPF
01-03-2010, 07:09 PM
:mad: Should be higher (but at least they're on there, I guess).


Well, maybe there is hope for you yet. :D

Honestly, the only reason that Baroness isn't higher is because I just bought Blue Record last week. I'm still digesting it. If it was still 2009 within a week, I'm sure it would be in the top 15, if not top 10.

As for Russian Circles, Its a phenomenal record, but it's not Enter. Although it's a huge step up from Station.

Torche is one of my favorite bands ever. They are exactly what I'm looking for in a band. If they would have put out Meanderthal in 2009 it would have gotten the top spot for sure. I'm really hoping they'll be hitting the studio sometime soon.

idrinkwine732
01-03-2010, 07:27 PM
2: Muse- The Resistance
I just can't get into Muse Post-Absolution. I've tried, I really have, but I can't do it. It's just way too Dancey electronica for me. Of course on BH&R there are a few great tracks. On The Resistance, all I can find is the trilogy to be worth listening to. The rest....IMO, it's garbage!!!

Bro..............but for real, that's not a bad list you've got there, I just totally disagree with this. I sort of understand though, as it's completely different from Absolution, which had a bit more rock in it, and probably a bit easier to get into.

MPF
01-03-2010, 07:36 PM
Bro..............but for real, that's not a bad list you've got there, I just totally disagree with this. It's completely different from Absolution, which had a bit more rock in it, and probably a bit easier to get into.

Ah I see you edited your post.

I've been trying, and I still am, but I just don't feel it from these guys anymore, except for Exogenesis: Symphony which is awesome.

idrinkwine732
01-03-2010, 07:54 PM
Ah I see you edited your post.

I've been trying, and I still am, but I just don't feel it from these guys anymore, except for Exogenesis: Symphony which is awesome.

I forgot a few words...

Granted, their older material is miles ahead anything they have or will put out in the future, but I think to say they aren't making quality music anymore is absurd.

MPF
01-03-2010, 09:27 PM
I forgot a few words...

Granted, their older material is miles ahead anything they have or will put out in the future, but I think to say they aren't making quality music anymore is absurd.


I said that first part because I originally wrote that I didn't understand what you meant.

Maybe I just need to keep trying with the new album. Maybe I'll never get it. I'll give it another shot tonight to see if anything changes. My hopes aren't high, but I'll try.

jhdeity
01-04-2010, 06:43 AM
Cool lists. I recently found a Torche cd I didn't know I had. I threw it in because of a recent Jake Leg convo we had on here and I really liked it. Very Helmet-esque for me. Not something I listen to often but I listened to the whole cd and really liked the groove.

ravenheart
01-04-2010, 06:49 AM
3: Susperia
Possibly one of the great new Thrash bands around. Testament, meets Evergrey. I hope these guys will get more recognition soon.

The first two albums are VERY different to how they sound now. Make sure you listen online before diving into those. I agree though, great band. I have all of their albums so far. They're doing OK in Europe in terms of recognition, but not stellar.

ravenheart
01-04-2010, 06:53 AM
2: Long Distance Calling
The perfect Progressive Post Metal band. These guys will make it BIG in due time. Enough said!

This too. Great band.

Makes up for your selection of Them Crooked Vultures :finger:

Sanitarium78
01-04-2010, 09:01 AM
You shouldn't be that disappointed in Lacuna Coil. They've been steadily going downhill musically since Comalies. Don't get me wrong, Comalies is a solid album but nothing like their EP and the first two records. Comalies and Karmacode should've tipped you off that they were just looking to become more mainstream and didn't care much about how good they used to be.

I will admit that Shallow Life does have some good tracks but it's far cry from what they used to be. I for one am not surprised they went the more mainstream sounding route though considering how marketable Cristina is. But it still hasen't got them any gold or platinum albums in the USA so I don't think the change musically has really helped them commercially like they wanted it to over the last 3 albums.

powerslave_85
01-04-2010, 09:08 AM
3:Weezer- Raditude
I should be used to this by now from Weezer, For pretty much the last decade it's been great album, shitty album, great album, shitty album. The Red album was phenomenal. Raditude a river (almost pun intended) of shit.

Seriously? That album was pure shit. Raditude, however, was even worse. By far the worst album I heard this year.

ravenheart
01-04-2010, 09:09 AM
I agree. The early stuff is much better than the rest. Comalies is a good disc, but in a different way. Karmacode was a 3/5 album. Shallow Life is 2/5. Classic case of a band finding the formula to make them popular (Comalies) and repeating it.

Sanitarium78
01-04-2010, 09:24 AM
I agree. The early stuff is much better than the rest. Comalies is a good disc, but in a different way. Karmacode was a 3/5 album. Shallow Life is 2/5. Classic case of a band finding the formula to make them popular (Comalies) and repeating it.

I don't think they did keep the formula that made them popular with Comalies at all. I will admit that the stuff off Karmacode rocks very hard live but on disc it's missing that punch it has live. Karmacode has always left me scratching my head as to what they were trying to accomplish. The guitar riffs sounded like Korn and Slipknot and it really showed they would do anything to become famous in North America. Shallow Life is further proof of that and also proof that the band really doesn't "get it" at all when it comes to trying to sell records. You can't alter your sound that much over the course of 3 albums and expect all the fans you gained here with Comalies to stay with you.

Last I read (it was awhile ago) Comalies has sold somewhere between 250,000-300,000 copies in the US. Can you imagine how successful they could've been over here if the came out with an album that was simular to that instead of whatever the fuck they were trying to do with Karmacode?

ravenheart
01-04-2010, 09:40 AM
It's in that region, yes. With Comalies they surpassed Stuck Mojo as Century Media's biggest selling band of all time (travesty, right there).

But I do think they've gone for more of the same with Shallow Life and Karmacode. More so from Karmacode to Shallow Life (the lead singles off both albums were basically carbon copies) than from Comalies to Karmacode, but it's all the same stuff more or less. Apart from the Eastern styles on a couple of tracks, there was barely anything on Karmacode that I didn't feel like I'd heard before, and even less on Shallow Life.

I actually asked them point blank "what's with the KoRn riffs" and they (Cristina and Andrea) openly admitted KoRn are a big influence and their's was a sound they wanted to incorporate.

MPF
01-04-2010, 04:40 PM
Cool lists. I recently found a Torche cd I didn't know I had. I threw it in because of a recent Jake Leg convo we had on here and I really liked it. Very Helmet-esque for me. Not something I listen to often but I listened to the whole cd and really liked the groove.

That's awesome to hear. Torche has a killer groove. Every release they put out has more and more groove.

The first two albums are VERY different to how they sound now. Make sure you listen online before diving into those. I agree though, great band. I have all of their albums so far. They're doing OK in Europe in terms of recognition, but not stellar.

I do remember hearing that they had more of a Black Metal touch in their first couple albums while the newer releases has more Thrash. My oldest Susperia album is Umlimited. I've yet to find Vindication or Predominance in stores, I'll have to check them out at some point.

This too. Great band.

Makes up for your selection of Them Crooked Vultures :finger:

I'd give anything to see Long Distance Calling tour the US. Maybe 2010/2011 it will happen?

I can't help it man. I love hearing John Paul Jones kicking ass again. I like Josh Homme and becoming less and less of a fan of Dave Grohl, but JPJ is back in form.

You shouldn't be that disappointed in Lacuna Coil. They've been steadily going downhill musically since Comalies. Don't get me wrong, Comalies is a solid album but nothing like their EP and the first two records. Comalies and Karmacode should've tipped you off that they were just looking to become more mainstream and didn't care much about how good they used to be.

No, you're right. When I first heard Lacuna coil my initial thought was "Alright, this is the band that will make people forget about Evenessence" (Or however it's spelled) Then after I listened to Karmacode I realized "These guys are turning into Evenessence". I guess I was just hoping that they would bring back what set them apart from the rest...doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon.

Seriously? That album was pure shit. Raditude, however, was even worse. By far the worst album I heard this year.

I've been a Weezer fan ever since I discovered The Blue Album. The Blue Album, and Pinkerton are their best. Green Album and Maladroit were ok. Make Believe is a pile of Dog Shit. The Red Album gave me hope that they were still capable of writing good music. Raditude.....It made me sick to listen to.

That is why it's my 2nd worst album I listened to...but nothing beats Scream for worst of 2009.