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slapguitarer
12-12-2011, 08:43 PM
I still need to listen to this band :eyes:

What he said.

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 09:06 PM
What he said.

ME 3.

DethMaiden
12-12-2011, 09:41 PM
Y'all should either start with this one or Two Hunters.

Maiden33
12-12-2011, 10:24 PM
http://www.nuclearblast.de/shop/artikel/bilder/hammers-of-misfortune-17th-street/190788.jpg?x=1000&y=1000
3. Hammers of Misfortune - 17th Street
(Metal Blade)

I was as bummed as anybody about the breakup of proggy USBM stalwarts Ludicra, whose album The Tenant was my favorite of last year, but it's pretty clear that Hammers of Misfortune is where John Cobbett's focus is now. And rightly so, if 17th Street is the kind of quality we can get used to. In the past, this band was always a pretty solid step down from Slough Feg in their execution of this whole Lizzy-indebted trad metal thing, but this brings them up to speed. In blending some the prog rock they explored on 2008's Fields/Church of Broken Glass with straight-up classic heavy metal, they wrote nine of the best songs of 2011, each one crawling with soaring vocal hooks and meaty riffs and twin leads and everything else that makes your old Priest and Maiden records great. Cobbett's lyrics are great, too, a mix of personal and political that blurs the two as often as they should coming from a guy who has been as fucked by the system as him. Put this on and hurt your voice trying to sing along.

"The Grain" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ljH3wmbxc)

...Based on this description... I really, REALLY should like this a lot, but what I heard just didn't do it for me. Maybe I need to just get the whole album and give it a shot.

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 07:23 AM
The Grain, Summer Tears, and Going Somewhere would be the songs I'd recommend as gateways into the album.

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 02:12 PM
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/05/Fucked-Up-David-Comes-To-Life.jpg
1. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
(Matador)

Surprise of the century, I know. What can I say? This album challenged me from the first time I spun the promo copy I got at the Quietus back in May and continues to do so seven months later. At this point, it might be not only my favorite album of 2011 but my favorite album ever. There are many reasons for that, but I'll try to outline them quickly.

First of all, and probably most importantly, it makes me feel like I did when I was 12 and first getting into music beyond pop radio. I can't tell you how many times I've scrawled the Fucked Up logo or sketched the dual lightbulb art in my notebook this year, and I'm a goddamn 21-year-old college student. I've watched every video, read every review, interviewed the band, been to two shows, read the lyrics booklet while listening to the album, and basically done everything I can do to get inside this album, and I feel like there's still some great truth that hasn't revealed itself yet. I'm enthusiastic and optimistic and bright-eyed about music in a way that I haven't been since junior high school, and it's thanks to this record.

Second, for as much exists below the surface, at the surface it's fucking amazing. Every song is a rocker, filled to the brim with accessible riffs and vocal hooks and a fat, groovy rhythm section. It's also abrasive. Damian Abraham's bark is in top form here. On past Fucked Up records, I don't think he knew exactly how to employ his limited range, but here, every single take is perfect. There's absolutely no way to improve any of it. All of that exists before you even seriously delve into what else the album has to offer, which brings us to our next point.

It's a concept record, and the concept is actually interesting. It's simultaneously an easy-to-understand love story that drifts through tragedy but eventually resolves. Again, there's more to dig through. It's also a meta story about characters who become conscious that they're characters, cast on a stage night after night, sticking to their script, unable to change their fates. When our lead character finally does, of course, it grants the album title so much more power.

Lastly, what this album represents is as exciting as what it actually contains. In a genre as bent on a fuck-the-system mindset as hardcore punk, making hardcore punk the system and fucking that is the most subversive act of all. This is a 78-minute rock opera with giant melodies that still fits into the punk camp. Suck on that, Johnny Rotten.

I've said this all very poorly because I did it in about five minutes and I've written far too much about this album elsewhere throughout the year, but for my money, Damian Abraham, Sandy Miranda, Jonah Falco, Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker, Ben Cook, David Eliade, Veronica Boisson, Vivian Benson, and Octavio St. Laurent are responsible for the greatest work of recorded music certainly of the year, probably of the decade, and possibly of all time.

"The Other Shoe" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7J4yKS9i6c)

mankvill
12-13-2011, 02:17 PM
You don't say!

ChildrenofSodom
12-13-2011, 02:18 PM
Never heard of em.

mastodon421
12-13-2011, 02:22 PM
NO FUCKING WAY

mankvill
12-13-2011, 02:25 PM
but for my money, Damian Abraham, Sandy Miranda, Jonah Falco, Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker, Ben Cook, David Eliade, Veronica Boisson, Vivian Benson, and Octavio St. Laurent are responsible for the greatest work of recorded music certainly of the year, probably of the decade, and possibly of all time.

that's strange, i didn't know Vektor had so many new members!

larvtard
12-13-2011, 02:35 PM
that's strange, i didn't know Vektor had so many new members!

:fist:

El Gordo
12-13-2011, 04:20 PM
that's strange, i didn't know Vektor had so many new members!

:lol: Your man love for Vektor is disturbing.

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 07:39 PM
I might throw a top 15 live performances up tonight, kinda just want to be done with this. :lol:

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 08:03 PM
So not only did this year produce some pretty amazing recorded material, I also went to more shows than ever before. Most impressively for me is that of the six major Norwegian Second Wave black metal bands, I saw all three that one can actually see with Emperor broken up and Burzum and Darkthrone being projects of the nature that they are: Enslaved, Mayhem and Immortal. Best concert year for me ever, as the wide variety of cities and venues and genres below can attest.

15. Alexander Tucker
The Macbeth, London, May 19
Highlight: Didn't play proper songs from his releases, so, uh, the whole set

14. Enslaved
Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Oct. 2
Highlight: "Ethica Odini"

13. Symphony X
Peabody's, Cleveland, April 29
Highlight: "The Odyssey"

12. Liturgy
Russian Recording, Bloomington, July 8
Highlight: "Sun of Light"

11. Titus Andronicus
Le Poisson Rouge, New York, Nov. 14
Highlight: "A More Perfect Union"

10. Coffinworm
The Bishop, Bloomington, April 16
Highlight: "The Sadistic Rites of Count Tabernacula"

9. Immortal
Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Feb. 22
Highlight: "Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)"

8. Mayhem
Phoenix Hill Tavern, Louisville, Dec. 9
Highlight: "Freezing Moon"

7. Wolves in the Throne Room
The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, Sep. 2
Highlight: "I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rocks and Roots"

6. Fucked Up
Village Underground, London, May 20
Highlight: "The Other Shoe"

5. Judas Priest
US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Nov. 8
Highlight: "Beyond the Realms of Death"

4. Arcade Fire
UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Apr. 24
Highlight: "My Body Is a Cage"

3. Katatonia
Peabody's, Cleveland, Sep. 25
Highlight: "Clean Today"

2. My Dying Bride
O2 Academy Islington, London, May 18
Highlight: "The Dreadful Hours"

1. Fucked Up
Le Poisson Rouge, New York, Nov. 14
Highlight: Honestly can't choose one, please don't make me

mankvill
12-13-2011, 08:06 PM
:bouville:

two glaring omissions that make me want to smack you

Epidemic Reign
12-13-2011, 08:07 PM
3. Katatonia
Peabody's, Cleveland, Sep. 25
Highlight: "Clean Today"

Hell yeah :fist: I was so happy when they played that song here.

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 08:07 PM
:bouville:

two glaring omissions that make me want to smack you

Melt-Banana and Anaal Nathrakh are 16 and 17. ;)


Melt-Banana were legitimately my 15 until I dumped them for Tucker, but dude, Nathrakh were off, Dave was super sick and sound was bad. I had a lot of fun and I never stopped moving, but objectively they didn't stand a chance.

mankvill
12-13-2011, 08:10 PM
Melt-Banana and Anaal Nathrakh are 16 and 17. ;)


Melt-Banana were legitimately my 15 until I dumped them for Tucker, but dude, Nathrakh were off, Dave was super sick and sound was bad. I had a lot of fun and I never stopped moving, but objectively they didn't stand a chance.

*smack*

larvtard
12-13-2011, 08:13 PM
Nathrakh were off, Dave was super sick and sound was bad. I had a lot of fun and I never stopped moving, but objectively they didn't stand a chance.

Didn't you say at the time that they were amazing?

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 08:16 PM
Didn't you say at the time that they were amazing?

Looking back at my thread, I said I had a great time but was largely nonspecific. Post-show euphoria was obviously still set in, but if you look at it from the fact that Dave was sick and his vocals were off and the sound wasn't great, yeah, I can definitely pick 15 better sets.

It was a ton of fun and I in no way regret going, but come on, not every set is perfect, and the 15 listed here basically were. I saw close to 100 bands play live this year.

ravenheart
12-14-2011, 05:53 AM
3. Hammers of Misfortune - 17th Street
(Metal Blade)

Easily the best album on your whole list :finger:

DethMaiden
12-14-2011, 11:09 AM
Biggest possible fuck-up: Not spending enough time with the new Touché Amoré. It's definitely top 25 material and maybe even top 10. Sorry for sucking, manks. :snivel:

DethMaiden
12-14-2011, 09:06 PM
Top 25 Songs of 2011, Because Why Not:

1. Hammers of Misfortune - The Grain
2. Fucked Up - The Other Shoe
3. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Niggas in Paris
4. Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers
5. Wolves in the Throne Room - Thuja Magus Imperium
6. Bon Iver - Holocene
7. Fleet Foxes - The Shrine/An Argument
8. Touché Amoré - The Great Repetition
9. PJ Harvey - Written on the Forehead
10. Altar of Plagues - Neptune Is Dead
11. Frank Ocean - Novacane
12. Rwake - It Was Beautiful But Now It's Sour
13. Kate Bush - Snowed in at Wheeler Street
14. Burzum - Jeg Faller
15. Anaal Nathrakh - Tod Huetet Uebel
16. Girls - Vomit
17. Evergrey - The Phantom Letters
18. Bright Eyes - Shell Games
19. Lady Gaga - The Edge of Glory
20. Death Grips - I Want It I Need It (Death Heated)
21. Lana del Rey - Video Games
22. SubRosa - Whippoorwill
23. Grayceon - Shellmounds
24. Wavves - I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl
25. Clutch - Box Car Shorty's Confession

And a Spotify playlist of the thing:

http://open.spotify.com/user/bradsand/playlist/52HGhmr4UoHxQe5hAp8wxD

treghet
12-14-2011, 09:09 PM
3. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Niggas in Paris

:lol:

DethMaiden
12-14-2011, 09:10 PM
:lol:

Say what you will, Watch the Throne is a huge disappointment as a whole, but that song, man. That song.

treghet
12-14-2011, 09:12 PM
Oh, I wasn't criticizing the album. I just thought the title was ridiculous.

jd091
12-14-2011, 11:54 PM
Say what you will, Watch the Throne is a huge disappointment as a whole, but that song, man. That song.

Saying that it changed the everyday vernacular my friends and I use... yeah, that's a fair position. :lol:

DethMaiden
12-15-2011, 06:11 AM
Saying that it changed the everyday vernacular my friends and I use... yeah, that's a fair position. :lol:

"That shit cray" and "ball so hard" are the it-phrases of 2011.

treghet
12-15-2011, 03:03 PM
"That shit cray" and "ball so hard" are the it-phrases of 2011.

I decided to listen to it... Easily one of the most annoying songs I've heard this year.

powerslave_85
12-15-2011, 03:08 PM
http://youtu.be/WDOQNGGuIz4

DethMaiden
12-15-2011, 03:15 PM
I decided to listen to it... Easily one of the most annoying songs I've heard this year.

Bro...Gucci Gucci...bro.

http://youtu.be/WDOQNGGuIz4

:fist:

ravenheart
12-15-2011, 03:19 PM
"That shit cray" and "ball so hard" are the it-phrases of 2011.

What the hell do those mean?

DethMaiden
12-15-2011, 03:21 PM
"That shit cray" = "That shit's crazy"

"Ball so hard" = kinda just what it sounds like, comes from the line "ball so hard muthafuckas wanna fine me," just means you're on your A-game, kicking ass

larvtard
12-15-2011, 03:22 PM
"That shit cray" and "ball so hard" are the it-phrases of 2011.

Damn, that's where that's from :lol: Fuckin annoying, we're not talking about crayfish dammit.

treghet
12-15-2011, 03:56 PM
Bro...Gucci Gucci...bro.

Hush your mouth. :finger:

jhdeity
12-15-2011, 04:14 PM
"That shit cray" = "That shit's crazy"

"Ball so hard" = kinda just what it sounds like, comes from the line "ball so hard muthafuckas wanna fine me," just means you're on your A-game, kicking ass

Ball So Hard university T-shirts are selling like hotcakes around here since Terrell Suggs said that was his college on MNF. Funny shit

ShatteredFlame
12-15-2011, 04:26 PM
yeah every single night that song is blasting in my dorm hallway at least 3 times. I don't mind it because it is a sick beat.

Gucci Gucci feels like such a bland song, yet I still like it for some reason.

slapguitarer
12-15-2011, 04:32 PM
I've been saying "That shit cray" before 2011.

#i'msocool

mankvill
12-15-2011, 04:34 PM
They say "da shi cray"

hb420
12-18-2011, 10:23 PM
http://junkgod.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/sub-rosa-nhftmo.jpg?w=500&h=500
7. SubRosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones
(Profound Lore)

In the journalism school at IU, we're taught not to use the words "unique" when "distinctive" will suffice because very few things are truly unique. SubRosa are fucking unique. A majority female doom metal band from Utah with two lead electric violinists. I've never heard a record quite like this one, and even though it sounds like a gimmick, it really isn't. This is crushing doom metal, through and through. They really make their unconventional setup work for them, and the triple vocal attack of Rebecca Vernon, Kim Pack, and Sarah Pendleton really shines, especially with their low notes. Speaking of low notes, turn this up loud enough on a decent set of speakers and the bass will literally rip your intestines out through your asshole. It's possibly the heaviest album of the year and certainly one of the best.

"Whippoorwill" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MjeXsw9xNQ)http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/05/Fucked-Up-David-Comes-To-Life.jpg

1. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
(Matador)

Surprise of the century, I know. What can I say? This album challenged me from the first time I spun the promo copy I got at the Quietus back in May and continues to do so seven months later. At this point, it might be not only my favorite album of 2011 but my favorite album ever. There are many reasons for that, but I'll try to outline them quickly.

First of all, and probably most importantly, it makes me feel like I did when I was 12 and first getting into music beyond pop radio. I can't tell you how many times I've scrawled the Fucked Up logo or sketched the dual lightbulb art in my notebook this year, and I'm a goddamn 21-year-old college student. I've watched every video, read every review, interviewed the band, been to two shows, read the lyrics booklet while listening to the album, and basically done everything I can do to get inside this album, and I feel like there's still some great truth that hasn't revealed itself yet. I'm enthusiastic and optimistic and bright-eyed about music in a way that I haven't been since junior high school, and it's thanks to this record.

Second, for as much exists below the surface, at the surface it's fucking amazing. Every song is a rocker, filled to the brim with accessible riffs and vocal hooks and a fat, groovy rhythm section. It's also abrasive. Damian Abraham's bark is in top form here. On past Fucked Up records, I don't think he knew exactly how to employ his limited range, but here, every single take is perfect. There's absolutely no way to improve any of it. All of that exists before you even seriously delve into what else the album has to offer, which brings us to our next point.

It's a concept record, and the concept is actually interesting. It's simultaneously an easy-to-understand love story that drifts through tragedy but eventually resolves. Again, there's more to dig through. It's also a meta story about characters who become conscious that they're characters, cast on a stage night after night, sticking to their script, unable to change their fates. When our lead character finally does, of course, it grants the album title so much more power.

Lastly, what this album represents is as exciting as what it actually contains. In a genre as bent on a fuck-the-system mindset as hardcore punk, making hardcore punk the system and fucking that is the most subversive act of all. This is a 78-minute rock opera with giant melodies that still fits into the punk camp. Suck on that, Johnny Rotten.

I've said this all very poorly because I did it in about five minutes and I've written far too much about this album elsewhere throughout the year, but for my money, Damian Abraham, Sandy Miranda, Jonah Falco, Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker, Ben Cook, David Eliade, Veronica Boisson, Vivian Benson, and Octavio St. Laurent are responsible for the greatest work of recorded music certainly of the year, probably of the decade, and possibly of all time.

"The Other Shoe" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7J4yKS9i6c)

These two are probably right now my biggest why the fuck didn't I listen to this sooner releases. They would have easily made my list, glad to see where 17th Street made #3. Great list though dude.

NickLed19
12-20-2011, 02:19 PM
Say what you will, Watch the Throne is a huge disappointment as a whole, but that song, man. That song.

Amazing song. Seriously.

DethMaiden
12-27-2011, 10:02 PM
Check out some write-ups where I was actually trying here:

http://bit.ly/uy6rSi

hb420
12-28-2011, 02:43 AM
Check out some write-ups where I was actually trying here:

http://bit.ly/uy6rSi

Good stuff man, really thorough.

larvtard
12-28-2011, 08:57 AM
"shouted-from-the-top-of-the-Ozarks vocals"

My god, that describes Rwake's vocals perfectly.

Also, glad I decided to give Bon Iver a chance, that's good stuff for sure.

Natrlhi
12-28-2011, 02:52 PM
These two are probably right now my biggest why the fuck didn't I listen to this sooner releases. They would have easily made my list, glad to see where 17th Street made #3. Great list though dude.

:eek: I didn't realize you had missed out on SubRosa. Dude. Just...dude.

hb420
12-28-2011, 03:28 PM
:eek: I didn't realize you had missed out on SubRosa. Dude. Just...dude.

Yeah I know.....:eyes: That is probably the biggest musical regret for me this year. Really good doom with a unique sound.

DethMaiden
12-28-2011, 03:35 PM
And here's top 5 rewrites:
http://bit.ly/rHhM7i

ravenheart
12-28-2011, 04:58 PM
HIIPSTEEERRR!!

Sorry, it felt like it had been a few pages since someone said it.

Carry on.