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Natrlhi
12-31-2011, 07:59 PM
Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

This space reserved for my thread. ;)

BTW, Happy New Year all. :party:


EDIT: So, I decided to post links to all of the highlights in this thread in this first post here.

Consider it an "Interactive Table of Contents to Natrlhi's 2011 End of Year List Orgy", if you will. ;) :cool:


Fifteen Albums That I Didn't Get Around to Listening To This Year (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=442594)

Ten Metal Albums That Straight Up Sucked / Pissed Me Off (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=442661&postcount=35)

Five Metal Albums That Were Good, But Just Aren't My Thing, Man (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=442830&postcount=40)

Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=443184&postcount=50)

Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=444032&postcount=58)

Top Ten Live Shows (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=444399&postcount=66)

Top Ten Live Performances (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=445099&postcount=74)


Natrlhi’s Sexy Sixty – My Sixty (60) Favorite Metal (and a Few Non-Metal) Albums of 2012
60. Botanist – I. The Suicide Tree & II. A Rose from the Dead (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=446997&postcount=84)
59. Rabbits – Lower Forms (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=447007&postcount=86)
58. Rotten Sound – Cursed (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=451771&postcount=97)
57. A Storm of Light – As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=451782&postcount=98)
56. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=452308&postcount=99)
55. Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=452321&postcount=101)
54. Bruce Lamont - Feral Songs for the Epic Decline (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=452328&postcount=104)
53. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=452839&postcount=114)
52. Animals As Leaders - Weightless (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=452844&postcount=116)
51. American Heritage - Sedentary (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=454321&postcount=125)
50. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=454435&postcount=127)
49. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=456043&postcount=135)
48. KEN Mode - Venerable (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=457168&postcount=141)
47. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=457181&postcount=142)
46. Rwake - Rest (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=472292&postcount=157)
45. Dark Castle - Surrender to All Life Beyond Form (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=472341&postcount=158)
44. Demonical - Death Infernal (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=472641&postcount=163)
43. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=472646&postcount=164)
42. Omega Massif - Karpatia (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=472655&postcount=165)
41. Death Grips - Ex-Military (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=472820&postcount=173)
40. U.S. Christmas - The Valley Path (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=473836&postcount=179)
39. deafheaven - Roads to Judah (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=475737&postcount=184)
38. Jungle Rot - Kill on Command (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=475743&postcount=185)
37. Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=475750&postcount=186)
36. Weedeater - Jason...The Dragon (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=475752&postcount=187)
35. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486782&postcount=201)
34. Explosions in the Sky- Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486784&postcount=202)
33. The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486786&postcount=203)
32. Absu - Abzu (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486792&postcount=204)
31. Grails -Deep Politics (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486796&postcount=206)
30. Cynic - Carbon-Based Anatomy (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486798&postcount=207)
29. sleepmakeswaves - ...and so we destroyed everything (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486800&postcount=208)
28. Battles - Gloss Drop (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486801&postcount=209)
27. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486804&postcount=211)
26. Primus - Green Naugahyde (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486806&postcount=212)
25. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486809&postcount=214)
24. Vektor - Outer Isolation (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486812&postcount=215)
23. Batillus -Furnace (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486813&postcount=216)
22. Black Cobra - Invernal (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486817&postcount=217)
21. Tombs - Path of Totality (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486819&postcount=218)
20. Burzum - Fallen (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486954&postcount=221)
19. Obscura - Omnivium (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=486957&postcount=222)
18. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=491363&postcount=233)
17. Helms Alee - Weatherhead (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=491366&postcount=234)
16. Giant Squid - Cenotes (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=492380&postcount=241)
15. Anaal Nathrakh - Passion (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=492387&postcount=242)
14. Landmine Marathon - Gallows (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=492391&postcount=244)
13. Disma - Towards the Megalith (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=500778&postcount=255)
12. Altar of Plagues - Mammal (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=500780&postcount=256)
11. Moonlit Sailor - Colors in Stereo (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=500787&postcount=258)
10. Grayceon - All We Destroy (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=500791&postcount=260)
9. Cormorant - Dwellings (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502168&postcount=268)
8. Indian - Guiltess (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502178&postcount=271)
7. Origin - Entity (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502179&postcount=272)
6. Red Fang - Murder the Mountains (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502182&postcount=273)
5. Russian Circles - Empros (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502184&postcount=274)
4. The Seven Mile Journey - Notes for the Synthesis (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502191&postcount=275)
3. *shels - Plains of the Purple Buffalo (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502202&postcount=276)
2. Bloodiest - Descent (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502203&postcount=277)
1. SubRosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=502206&postcount=278)

Seventhzealot
12-31-2011, 09:13 PM
Happy New Year :D

I look forward to this list ;)

hellawaits77ny
12-31-2011, 09:33 PM
Happy New Year :D

I look forward to this list ;)

X2 on both

hb420
12-31-2011, 09:59 PM
This thread will be supremely awesome. :bowdown:

slapguitarer
01-01-2012, 04:04 AM
This thread will be supremely awesome. :bowdown:

This

ravenheart
01-01-2012, 04:13 AM
Where's my list, pops? :hmm:

illuminatus917
01-01-2012, 05:55 PM
We'll see this thing start rolling sometime in March. ;)

Can't wait though.

Natrlhi
01-01-2012, 06:24 PM
We'll see this thing start rolling sometime in March. ;)

Can't wait though.You're the second goofball I had to correct on this. It'll get rolling presently. It's the finish date that's way the fuck up in the air. :finger:

Natrlhi
01-01-2012, 09:32 PM
...and my top twenty-five is done. The next twenty-five or so are fairly firm as well. Some last-minute shifting around to do, but not tonight. I am spent.

Then there's the other seventy-five or so that I don't know what the fuck to do with...it's a nice problem to have, but crikey fuck did I listen to a lot of albums this year. Most of them, believe it or not, were at least decent in some way. What a fucking year.

Rocco44
01-01-2012, 09:39 PM
...and my top twenty-five is done. The next twenty-five or so are fairly firm as well. Some last-minute shifting around to do, but not tonight. I am spent.

Then there's the other seventy-five or so that I don't know what the fuck to do with...it's a nice problem to have, but crikey fuck did I listen to a lot of albums this year. Most of them, believe it or not, were at least decent in some way. What a fucking year.

For sure. I don't have quite that many but I bet I would if I listened to everything I wanted to listen to this year. I think I'm going to loosely order my 20-60, because I'm going to make myself crazy if try and compare so many albums.

SomewhereInTime72
01-02-2012, 09:11 AM
:lol: :lol: Last minute as fuck.

I don't totally have a lot in common with you but I find your preferences interesting so this should be good fun. ;)

Natrlhi
01-02-2012, 09:26 AM
I think I'm going to loosely order my 20-60, because I'm going to make myself crazy if try and compare so many albums.I did that the last few times, because it was definitely a struggle as you say. I have a new idea I'm thinking about for this time around that might make the whole thing even easier. Stay tuned to see if I decide to do it, and whether or not it works out. ;)

:lol: :lol: Last minute as fuck.:lol: Literally, the last fucking minute. That's how I roll. :cool: :D

I don't totally have a lot in common with you but I find your preferences interesting so this should be good fun. ;)Why, thanks! I hope I can make it worth your while, if only for entertainment purposes more than for musical preference. :snivel:

treghet
02-04-2012, 10:11 PM
...bump

Epidemic Reign
02-04-2012, 10:29 PM
...bump

:D

El Gordo
02-05-2012, 05:12 AM
:lol: I was just thinking about this yesterday!

illuminatus917
02-05-2012, 11:25 AM
I thought about bumping it but I figured I'd already given Natrlhi a hard enough time about his procrastination. :D

Rocco44
02-05-2012, 11:56 AM
I thought about bumping it but I figured I'd already given Natrlhi a hard enough time about his procrastination. :D

Haha, and I thought my procrastination was bad. At least I'm making progress lol

Natrlhi
02-05-2012, 01:04 PM
:lol: Thanks, guys. I realize I deserve all the shit I get for getting started late and working slowly. :(

Believe it or not, I almost posted in here last night, but then I fell asleep early. Soon, though. Very soon. :snivel:

Seventhzealot
02-06-2012, 04:35 PM
:lol: Thanks, guys. I realize I deserve all the shit I get for getting started late and working slowly. :(

Believe it or not, I almost posted in here last night, but then I fell asleep early. Soon, though. Very soon. :snivel:

I'm still waiting for the orgy :D

slapguitarer
02-06-2012, 04:38 PM
I'm still waiting for the orgy :D

You can always join this orgy (http://metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=19055&page=9).

SomewhereInTime72
02-07-2012, 11:38 PM
"Natrlhi's 2011 End of 2012 List Orgy "

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 03:20 PM
"Natrlhi's 2011 End of 2012 List Orgy "That started out being a good joke, but if you had switched the years around it would have made more sense. :tongue:


Anyway...coming soon to a 2011 Year-End List Orgy Near You:


Natrlhi's Sexy Sixty (Top 60 Metal Favorites EDIT: and a few non-metal ones :tongue:)
Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time
Top Ten Live Shows
Top Ten Live Performances
Five Metal Albums That Were Good, But Just Aren't My Thing, Man
Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK
Fifteen Albums That I Didn't Get Around to Listening To This Year
Ten Metal Albums That Straight Up Sucked / Pissed Me Off
Lots of Crying, Bitching, Whining, and Occasionally, Some Agreement and Maybe Even Some Praise
Other Assorted Bullshit

...not necessarily in that order.

No purchase necessary, offer void where prohibited, batteries not included, blah, blah, blah. :blah:

Epidemic Reign
02-08-2012, 03:27 PM
No purchase necessary, offer void where prohibited, batteries not included, blah, blah, blah. :blah:

*May take 6-8 weeks for delivery*

;)

GarageMetal468
02-08-2012, 03:27 PM
Ten Metal Albums That Straight Up Sucked / Pissed Me Off


:lol: I think I may have to do this! There are quite a few I can think of, and that's just right now!

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 03:29 PM
*May take 6-8 weeks for delivery*

;)You dick. That was good, though.

Asshole. :finger:

Seventhzealot
02-08-2012, 04:29 PM
That started out being a good joke, but if you had switched the years around it would have made more sense. :tongue:


Anyway...coming soon to a 2011 Year-End List Orgy Near You:


Natrlhi's Sexy Sixty (Top 60 Metal Favorites EDIT: and a few non-metal ones :tongue:)
Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time
Top Ten Live Shows
Top Ten Live Performances
Five Metal Albums That Were Good, But Just Aren't My Thing, Man
Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK
Fifteen Albums That I Didn't Get Around to Listening To This Year
Ten Metal Albums That Straight Up Sucked / Pissed Me Off
Lots of Crying, Bitching, Whining, and Occasionally, Some Agreement and Maybe Even Some Praise
Other Assorted Bullshit

...not necessarily in that order.

No purchase necessary, offer void where prohibited, batteries not included, blah, blah, blah. :blah:

That's a lot of stuff coming up :lol:

SomewhereInTime72
02-08-2012, 08:05 PM
Sounds like a good thing to me. ;)

Natrlhi
02-08-2012, 08:31 PM
That's a lot of stuff coming up :lol:
My motto: "Why just do something when you can overdo the fuck out of it?"

Seventhzealot
02-08-2012, 09:05 PM
My motto: "Why just do something when you can overdo the fuck out of it?"

I agree. I'm quite the glutton myself ;)

jd091
02-09-2012, 12:10 AM
Holy shit, I cannot wait to read this. :lol:

mastodon421
02-09-2012, 06:24 AM
Holy shit, I cannot wait to read this. :lol:

Me too, except we will have to wait till Feburary 2013 to see the list;)

Natrlhi
02-09-2012, 09:09 AM
So I was driving to work today, thinking about the fact that I got the list of 120 albums I listened to in 2011 finalized yesterday, so I could finally start posting in this thread. I was excited to get started, and wondered to myself why it had taken so long. Then I remembered that in the last two months, I have:


Taken my older son sled riding one weekend.
Taken him tobogganing another weekend.
Taken him "camping" (ok, so we stayed at a lodge with a pool, but still :D) for three days.
Traveled to Las Vegas for work for a week in December.
Traveled to Birmingham, AL for work for a few days, also in December.
Traveled to Austin, TX for work for a week in January.
Hosted various family members at our house over the holidays.
Worked a lot of overtime trying to get three revisions of the budget for my project done, at management's request.
Done my P90X workouts on a fairly consistent basis (an hour to ninety minutes per workout, about four times a week on average).
Paid the bills, put the kids to bed, and occasionally spent some time with my wife.
...and during that time, I've still managed to write reviews for the new Red Fang (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/red-fang-murder-the-mountains/), Tombs (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/tombs-path-of-totality/) and Black Cobra (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/black-cobra-invernal/), not to mention having finalized my Top 25 Albums, Top 5 Live Shows and Favorite Live Release for that same web site as well back in early January (did I mention that the pinnacle of my list has been published elsewhere for about five or six weeks now? no? oops! :finger:).

So then I decided to take it easy on myself and accept that when this shit gets done, it gets done.

[/overlongjustification]

Sssoooooo...here's how this party is gonna go down:


Fifteen Albums That I Didn't Get Around to Listening To This Year
Ten Metal Albums That Straight Up Sucked / Pissed Me Off
Five Metal Albums That Were Good, But Just Aren't My Thing, Man
Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK
Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time
Top Ten Live Shows
Top Ten Live Performances
Natrlhi's Sexy Sixty (Top 60 Metal Favorites EDIT: and a few non-metal ones )

In all honesty, I should be halfway through the list of 120 albums before the end of this weekend, because they're all figured out now, and I don't plan on providing descriptions for much except the Sexy Sixty (and several of those are already done, too).

Seventhzealot
02-09-2012, 09:48 AM
I have to say I'm going to like a lot of what comes up here seeing as how a lot of our musical tastes overlap ;)

Also, kudos for putting all this together man!:party:

Natrlhi
02-09-2012, 10:17 AM
OK, so I'll dribble a few of the less momentous lists out there this afternoon. First up is my customary list of stuff I didn't get around to hearing. It's longer this year than ever, which is part of the reason I've gotten off to a slow start. I kept hearing good stuff throughout January, but at some point I just had to cut it off and say "enough".

So here is the list of albums I meant to include, but just couldn't:

Fifteen Albums That I Didn't Get Around to Listening To This Year

Cave In - White Silence
Liturgy - Aesthethica
Children of Bodom - Relentless Reckless Forever
Chimaira - The Age of Hell
Deicide - To Hell with God
Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
Septicflesh - The Great Mass
Shining (Swe) - VII: Född Förlorare
The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual
Noisear - Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
Boris - New Album
Boris - Heavy Rocks
Boris - Attention Please
Saviours - Death's Procession
Gridlink - Orphan

(:(:(:(:(:()x3

(Caveat: I actually did listen to a few of these, but not enough that I could render any sort of fair opinion.)

Natrlhi
02-09-2012, 01:46 PM
This next list might generate more discussion. I'm not going to post much detail here at first. We can hash it out if there's anything to discuss later - I have a poker game to get to in fifteen minutes.

Ten Metal Albums That Straight Up Sucked / Pissed Me Off

This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket
Who are you people, and what have you done with one of my most favorite post-rock bands EVER?!?

Witch Mountain - South of Salem
Should have been better, based on other stuff I've heard from them.

Karma to Burn - V
Should have been MUCH better, based on other stuff I've heard from them.

Young Widows - In and Out of Youth and Lightness
Should have been better, based on their previous album.

Blood Ceremony - Living with the Ancients
Should have been MUCH better, based on their previous album.

Pestilence - Doctrine
Wasn't expecting much, but even their last album was better than this.

Junius - Reports from the Threshold of Death
I listened to them once and liked what I heard, but the vocals on this make me ill.

Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal?
Who are you people, and what have you done with my favorite aggro-anarcho-electronic punk band EVER?!?

Lazarus A.D. - Black Rivers Flow
Should have been better, based on their previous album.

Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
I still don't even know what the fuck to say on this one.

El Gordo
02-09-2012, 01:50 PM
Nat, kudos on actually doing this. I can't even imagine where I'd find the time to do something this extensive -- and I don't even have kids. Life is busy! That's why I just post my top ten in the general thread and leave it at that. If it takes you a year to post, then so be it. The fact that you even attempt this shit speaks volumes about the size and metallic nature of your testicles. Or, it may just speak volumes about your bullheaded stubbornness and general idiocy. At any rate, I'm looking forward to what else you've got to say about the year that was 2011.

illuminatus917
02-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Junius - Reports from the Threshold of Death
I listened to them once and liked what I heard, but the vocals on this make me ill.

Did you hear their split with Rosetta? You might not like it either, because the vocals are obviously the same as they are on Reports From the Threshold of Death, but I thought the split was better than the album. "A Dark Day With Night" is not only unquestionably better than any track on Reports, but it's arguably worth at least as much, if not more, than the sum of all the the tracks on that album. Just a really cool song.

hellawaits77ny
02-09-2012, 08:20 PM
Holy shit!!! That is an orgy! Definately look forward to following this.

Natrlhi
02-09-2012, 08:34 PM
The fact that you even attempt this shit speaks volumes about the size and metallic nature of your testicles. Or, it may just speak volumes about your bullheaded stubbornness and general idiocy.Thanks!

I am most definitely stubborn, and most probably an idiot, so you've got me pegged on those two counts. I won't confirm or deny any details about my testicles, though. That's some private shit right there. :lol:

I will say that we are expecting our third kid sometime in August, and this is the third time in a row that we've tried for all of like five fucking minutes (I'm speaking figuratively here, not literally), and BOOM - baby. So you do the math. ;) :cool:

Did you hear their split with Rosetta? You might not like it either, because the vocals are obviously the same as they are on Reports From the Threshold of Death, but I thought the split was better than the album. "A Dark Day With Night" is not only unquestionably better than any track on Reports, but it's arguably worth at least as much, if not more, than the sum of all the the tracks on that album. Just a really cool song.It's comments like these that I love, because they make me want to dig deeper and find out more. I will definitely research that one, my brother. Thanks for the tip. :fist:

Holy shit!!! That is an orgy! Definately look forward to following this.My year-end threads usually are. As I said before, excess is kinda my thing. :D

Natrlhi
02-09-2012, 08:39 PM
So here's another morsel for y'all before I go to bed for tonight. This list includes five albums which I listened to and just could not place anywhere in the Sexy Sixty, simply because while I listen to them and realize there's definitely some awesomeness going on there, they just aren't my cup of tea. Maybe it's the vocals, or maybe it's something else, but each one of these has a fatal flaw that just kills it for me, but I realize why others might love it.

In truth, this list could probably be longer, too. These are just the primary ones that came to mind for me.


Five Metal Albums That Were Good, But Just Aren't My Thing, Man


3 - The Ghost You Gave to Me
Gallhammer - The End
Hammers of Misfortune - 17th Street
40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
Crowbar - Sever the Wicked Hand

Seventhzealot
02-09-2012, 08:43 PM
Hammers of Misfortune - 17th Street

Crowbar - Sever the Wicked Hand


I feel the same about these two. I mean I liked them when they came out but sadly neither have any replay value for me :(

Epidemic Reign
02-09-2012, 08:46 PM
I had no idea Gallhammer even released new material last year. I'll have to check it out, I enjoyed the first two albums.

I'm a bit disappointed to hear about Pestilence, that's one that I've been meaning to get around to. I actually really enjoyed Resurrection Macabre and hoped that the new one would be as good or better.

moobys37
02-09-2012, 09:04 PM
Top Ten Live Shows
Top Ten Live Performances


If you don't mention we saw a Cobalt song I'm going to punch you next time I see you :lovedup:

SomewhereInTime72
02-09-2012, 09:30 PM
Deicide - To Hell with God
Boris - New Album
Boris - Heavy Rocks
Boris - Attention Please

you fool :(

treghet
02-09-2012, 10:29 PM
you fool :(

I have to say, although the new Deicide album was good, there were much better death metal releases in 2011.

SomewhereInTime72
02-09-2012, 10:33 PM
I have to say, although the new Deicide album was good, there were much better death metal releases in 2011.

Well while it definitely wasn't one of my favorites I certainly consider it a better album than "skippable." I just saw that and felt it wasn't something someone should have missed out on. :lol:

hellawaits77ny
02-10-2012, 01:05 AM
Yep, 'To Hell w/ God' is one you should definately check out. I ranked it much higher than most. It was my #2 album of 2011.

illuminatus917
02-10-2012, 08:11 AM
there were much better death metal releases in 2011.

Execration, for instance.

Natrlhi
02-10-2012, 08:20 AM
Thanks for all the comments, fellers. :fist:

@moobs: Not to worry - I shan't skip an opportunity to mention that awesome fact.

Re: Boris - yeah, I was bummed to have had to skip those. It wasn't a conscious choice based on some sort of logic - it just happened. I did listen to "Attention Please" (that was the pop album, right?). It was interesting, but to be honest it probably would have just moved from the list it was on to the one I posted afterward (i.e. "not my thing"). Just being honest. I enjoyed Boris live, though. They are a real hoot, and talented as fuck. :rocker:

Re: Deicide - same kind of comment there. Not a conscious choice, but I've never been more than a casual fan of theirs if I'm honest. I'd definitely be willing to check their latest album out and be proven wrong, though.

Natrlhi
02-10-2012, 09:00 PM
So. This next list might result in a few comments as well. These were albums that I felt were basically decent, but for the most part, I would label almost everything on here as "good, but should have been better". For the record, I liked all of these albums to some extent, but in general the few tracks or moments that appealed to me were not enough to give the albums in question much repeat listening value for me.


Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK

Darkest Hour - The Human Romance
Not a bad effort from a metalcore band I can actually tolerate, but I thought Unearth's 2011 album was much better than this.

Mastodon - The Hunter
Come at me, Mastofans. I love this band, and this album definitely had its moments, but the experimental tracks on here just ruined it for me because I didn't like them and it made the album seem like it was somewhat slapped together.

Sourvein - Black Fangs
I just feel like I should have liked this more, considering how much I like this genre. It didn't suck, but it didn't wow me either.

Revocation - Chaos of Forms
I loved their previous album. I'm either over these guys already, or this album was inferior to "Existence Is Futile". The problem is, I don't care enough about them to figure it out anymore. Damn shame, that - but at the end of the day I just felt I had better music to spend my time on in 2011 than this.

Decapitated - Carnival Is Forever
Good death metal. At times, VERY good death metal. Somewhere from beginning to end, though, I just lost interest.

Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
See "Decapitated - Carnival is Forever".

Destruction - Day of Reckoning
Way, way, way, WAY fucking better than D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. - the problem is, that's not saying much. This album definitely brought back some memories of past albums of theirs that I liked, but in the end I still find myself wanting another album like "Release from Agony.", and it's never gonna happen.

Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
Better than their last, but failed to excite me the way "Beyond the Permafrost" did. These guys were surprisingly "meh" when I saw them open for Obscura last summer, too.

Vile - Metamorphosis
Again, no "wow". Just OK.

Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
I might be done with these guys on album. They were loads of fun live, but their studio stuff just doesn't get my rocks off the way it should.

Black Tusk - Set the Dial
I loved their last release. This one was just OK. It had some great moments, but the awesome factor was only present from time to time on this one.

Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
Not a bad album, but definitely this was way weaker than their previous two. It felt pretty much phoned in to me (with a few exceptions, but still).

Braveyoung - We Are Lonely Animals
I guess I just like these guys' material as Giant better. This is OK stuff, but I found it somewhat boring to be honest.

Gates of Slumber - The Wretch
I've never been more than a casual fan of this band, and this album failed to convince me to change my mind about that.

Maim - Deceased to Exist
This album had some moments that made me sit up and take notice, but in the end, they were too few and far between to make me care enough to check it out past a few partial listens.


So that's it. A bunch of bubble albums. I don't hate them enough to rail on them, but I don't like them enough to struggle with how to rank them against one another, so they ended up here...in limbo. If you feel strongly about one of these, state your case and maybe I'll give it another shot. I have been known to have a short attention span from time to time, so I may have missed something in this group of albums.

treghet
02-10-2012, 09:12 PM
Revocation - Chaos of Forms
I loved their previous album. I'm either over these guys already, or this album was inferior to "Existence Is Futile". The problem is, I don't care enough about them to figure it out anymore. Damn shame, that - but at the end of the day I just felt I had better music to spend my time on in 2011 than this.

I felt the same. There were a few tracks I really loved, but as a whole this is nothing compared to Existence Is Futile.


Destruction - Day of Reckoning
Way, way, way, WAY fucking better than D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. - the problem is, that's not saying much. This album definitely brought back some memories of past albums of theirs that I liked, but in the end I still find myself wanting another album like "Release from Agony.", and it's never gonna happen.

I didn't expect much from this record, but it has some good moments. I'd be happy if they just put out something on par with The Antichrist.

SomewhereInTime72
02-10-2012, 10:58 PM
Agreed on all counts on the albums on that list that I've actually heard. All pretty disappointing (because I expected better than ok).

Rocco44
02-11-2012, 01:44 AM
Agreed on all counts on the albums on that list that I've actually heard. All pretty disappointing (because I expected better than ok).

This exactly. Only disagree about Witch Mountain, although I haven't listened to any other material from them.

GarageMetal468
02-11-2012, 06:44 AM
Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK

Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
See "Decapitated - Carnival is Forever".



:flame:

Seventhzealot
02-11-2012, 09:10 AM
I actually enjoyed South of Salem but then it was the first record I'd heard by them so I don't know if I should be disappointed ;)

mastodon421
02-11-2012, 09:39 AM
Yeah, I can't agree with Darkest Hour, Mastodon, Skeletonwitch and (especially) Revocation making your albums that are just alright. All of those albums made by top 20 (the latter 3 made my top 10). I know this might be just be crazy-ass opinion, but I though Chaos of Forms absolutely DESTROYED Revocation's earlier work. I mean I fucking love Existence is Futile, but Chaos of Forms just crushes it on every single level. Every single on the album kicks a ton of fucking ass, I can't say the same about Existence is Futile. It's the more mature, refined, faster, more melodic nd unpredictable version of Revocation and it's easily their best work to date imo.

Natrlhi
02-13-2012, 02:03 PM
Thanks everybody for your comments. It seems as if the majority of the heartburn was around Witch Mountain and Revocation being on the list. I don't hate either one, but I just expected more from each.

I listened to them both again today based on the number of comments made, and I still feel that Witch Mountain was subpar compared to what I had hoped it would be. It was just OK to me.

At first, I was thinking I had fucked up on Revocation (because the album starts out rather strongly), but as I continued to listen I figured out what had turned me off before. The answer actually stems from one of the observations which was made above. The album is more fully developed that their last one, for sure, in that there is more variety and some excellent songwriting going on, but therein lay the problem for me as well. I guess I was just impressed with Revocation in the past with how they could keep up the speed and the heaviness for so long without losing my attention, but on this album, they start to wander around from tech death to thrash to more jazz-influenced, progressive stuff, and to me it seemed a little unfocused. There's nothing wrong with experimentation, it just seems to have taken a bit of the edge off that was such a hallmark of theirs on previous albums - and by the term "edge" I mean brutal heaviness coupled ever so carefully with a perfect level of super-clean precision.

In other words, to me, their previous album was like a perfectly honed attack on my senses, whereas this one is still technically impressive, yet explorative at the same time, so it lacks the punch of the previous one.

It's a bit hard for me to explain, but that's my best effort - which probably means that there's a good chance I'm wrong about what I'm saying...so in the end it may just be a matter of taste.

But yeah, Witch Mountain was kinda bland to me. That one is easy to explain. :D

Natrlhi
02-13-2012, 02:18 PM
This next list can be summed up by the following smiley: :snivel:

These are albums that I feel had a real chance of climbing into the upper echelons of my list, if I had had the chance to spend more time with them, but alas. A few of these are here because I only got to listen to them a handful of times. There are some potential growers on the list (Loss and Yob, for example), as well as some which showed early promise but never made it back into my listening queue (such as Unearth and Tides from Nebula). There are even a couple that I know are damn good (Flourishing, Evan Brewer, Thomas Giles), but because I ran out of time, I just didn't know where to put them in my list in order to do them justice.

So, I thought I would feature them here. They are in no particular order, but suffice to say that I liked them all, and wish I could have listened to them more.

Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time


Tides from Nebula - Earthshine
Yob - Atma
Evan Brewer - Alone
Loss - Despond
Thomas Giles - Pulse
Krallice - Diotima
ChthoniC - Taskago Army
Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils
Hail!Hornet - Disperse the Curse
Unearth - Darkness in the Light
Delta Cepheid - Entity
Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
Brutal Truth - End Time
Jesu - Ascension
Lionize - Destruction Manual

EDIT: My wager is that maybe half of these may have ended up in my top forty somewhere...

masterguy49
02-13-2012, 02:30 PM
Fifteen Metal Albums That Were Just OK

Darkest Hour - The Human Romance
Not a bad effort from a metalcore band I can actually tolerate, but I thought Unearth's 2011 album was much better than this.

Mastodon - The Hunter
Come at me, Mastofans. I love this band, and this album definitely had its moments, but the experimental tracks on here just ruined it for me because I didn't like them and it made the album seem like it was somewhat slapped together.

Revocation - Chaos of Forms
I loved their previous album. I'm either over these guys already, or this album was inferior to "Existence Is Futile". The problem is, I don't care enough about them to figure it out anymore. Damn shame, that - but at the end of the day I just felt I had better music to spend my time on in 2011 than this.

Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
See "Decapitated - Carnival is Forever".

Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
Better than their last, but failed to excite me the way "Beyond the Permafrost" did. These guys were surprisingly "meh" when I saw them open for Obscura last summer, too.

:hmm:


Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time


Yob - Atma
Loss - Despond
Thomas Giles - Pulse
Unearth - Darkness in the Light

EDIT: My wager is that maybe half of these may have ended up in my top forty somewhere...
:hecho:

larvtard
02-13-2012, 02:49 PM
Thanks everybody for your comments. It seems as if the majority of the heartburn was around Witch Mountain and Revocation being on the list. I don't hate either one, but I just expected more from each.

I listened to them both again today based on the number of comments made, and I still feel that Witch Mountain was subpar compared to what I had hoped it would be. It was just OK to me.

At first, I was thinking I had fucked up on Revocation (because the album starts out rather strongly), but as I continued to listen I figured out what had turned me off before. The answer actually stems from one of the observations which was made above. The album is more fully developed that their last one, for sure, in that there is more variety and some excellent songwriting going on, but therein lay the problem for me as well. I guess I was just impressed with Revocation in the past with how they could keep up the speed and the heaviness for so long without losing my attention, but on this album, they start to wander around from tech death to thrash to more jazz-influenced, progressive stuff, and to me it seemed a little unfocused. There's nothing wrong with experimentation, it just seems to have taken a bit of the edge off that was such a hallmark of theirs on previous albums - and by the term "edge" I mean brutal heaviness coupled ever so carefully with a perfect level of super-clean precision.

In other words, to me, their previous album was like a perfectly honed attack on my senses, whereas this one is still technically impressive, yet explorative at the same time, so it lacks the punch of the previous one.

It's a bit hard for me to explain, but that's my best effort - which probably means that there's a good chance I'm wrong about what I'm saying...so in the end it may just be a matter of taste.


No man, I totally gotcha. Their new one is way more out there, so many diverse influences, etc. I like it just as much as their previous two, if not more, but I completely understand why someone wouldn't like it as much. I dunno if it's unfocused per se, but it's definitely not straight-up Revocation-style tech-death this time around.

slapguitarer
02-13-2012, 03:33 PM
Fifteen Metal Albums That I Probably Would Have Loved, Given More Time


Yob - Atma
Loss - Despond
Thomas Giles - Pulse



All of those are awesome records.

Seventhzealot
02-13-2012, 03:53 PM
You definitely need to give more time to Loss. You won't regret it ;)

illuminatus917
02-13-2012, 06:30 PM
Tides from Nebula - Earthshine
Loss - Despond


THIS IS AN OUTRAGE


You definitely need to give more time to Loss. You won't regret it ;)

This

Natrlhi
02-14-2012, 06:25 AM
THIS IS AN OUTRAGELike I said, I probably would have loved them, given more time. An album being on this list is a good thing. :D

...and yeah. I do plan to give some more time to Yob and Loss. I already know Thomas Giles is good, because I listened to it a lot back when it came out. I guess I just didn't have a good feeling about where to put it in my list, and I ran out of time to listen to that and several others who were kinda left hanging out there with no obvious place to put them.

Natrlhi
02-14-2012, 09:20 AM
:flame:

:hmm:Yeah, guys. I just thought the new Exhumed was rather same-sounding after a while. I mean, they have an awesome sound, don't get me wrong, but a little variety in songs wouldn't have hurt this album if you know what I'm saying. Still like the band, still like the album - just didn't unconditionally, absolutely :lovedup: it.

No man, I totally gotcha. Their new one is way more out there, so many diverse influences, etc. I like it just as much as their previous two, if not more, but I completely understand why someone wouldn't like it as much. I dunno if it's unfocused per se, but it's definitely not straight-up Revocation-style tech-death this time around.Exactly. That's all I'm saying. I guess I was just more of a fan of their previous direct assault style rather than their new noodling prog/tech style (which is incidentally why I preferred Origin over Obscura this year as well, even though both were phenomenal).

Natrlhi
02-14-2012, 01:58 PM
OK, so here's another chapter for the orgy:


Top Ten Live Shows


Helmet / St. Vitus / Crowbar / Kylesa / Red Fang / Howl / The Atlas Moth - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - March 26, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16395)

Russian Circles / deafheaven / If These Trees Could Talk - Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH) - November 18, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18732)

Primus / Dirtfoot - Stubb’s BBQ (Austin, TX) - May 24, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16987)

Yakuza / The Atlas Moth / Batillus / The Swan King - Subterranean (Chicago, IL) - November 23, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18950)

Pentagram / Pelican / Alpinist / Masakari / Early Graves / Aeges - The Mezzanine (San Francisco, CA) - August 16, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=19551)

Origin / Hate Eternal / Vital Remains / Abysmal Dawn - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - July 6, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17348)

An Evening with…Amon Amarth - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - July 6, 2011 Petrovar's Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16768)

100,000 Leagues Under My Nutsack / Bruce Lamont / Man’s Gin - Now That’s Class (Cleveland, OH) - September 4, 2011 Moobys37's Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17939)

Obscura / Skeletonwitch / Solipsist / Moths / Inoculation - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - July 27, 2011 JD's Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17561)

Kylesa / Rosetta / Fight Amp - 31st St. Pub (Pittsburgh, PA) - January 21, 2011 Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=15769)


Note: I didn't include the U2 show in this list, because it's kinda like comparing apples and oranges. If I were to try to stick it in here, it would probably show up somewhere around Yakuza and Power of the Riff, though. Here's a link to the Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17647) just in case anyone is interested.

EDIT: I also didn't include the Mike Doughty show I saw on 11/13/11, even though it was FUCKING AWESOME. I never did write a gig report for that show, because I thought there'd be zero interest on here, but if anybody is interested I could do one.

mankvill
02-14-2012, 05:15 PM
Our #1 shows were (basically) the same! <3

Natrlhi
02-14-2012, 05:25 PM
:fist:

jd091
02-14-2012, 05:32 PM
Origiiiiiiiiiiin :shred:

moobys37
02-14-2012, 05:54 PM
Bruce Lamont / Man’s Gin - Now That’s Class (Cleveland, OH) - September 4, 2011 Moobys37's Gig Report (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17939)

HOW DARE YOU FORGET 100,000 LEAGUES UNDER MY NUTSACK!?!?!

:lol:

jd091
02-14-2012, 06:46 PM
HOW DARE YOU FORGET 100,000 LEAGUES UNDER MY NUTSACK!?!?!

:lol:

No joke, last time I was at Now That's Class I saw a sticker on the wall for 'em and had to take a picture with it of my phone. Cannot believe that name. :lol:

Natrlhi
02-15-2012, 06:34 AM
HOW DARE YOU FORGET 100,000 LEAGUES UNDER MY NUTSACK!?!?!

:lol::lol: Fair enough. Post edited.

Natrlhi
02-15-2012, 06:42 AM
Origiiiiiiiiiiin :shred:
Wait until you see the next list...best individual performances by a band. :rocker:

Natrlhi
02-16-2012, 10:48 AM
So...as promised:

Top Ten Performances by Individual Bands in 2011


Origin - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - July 6, 2011
Holy shit. Just, holy fucking shit. This was my third time seeing these guys - both of the previous shows were with their previous vocalist James Lee (who is very good, by the way), but this time they brought a whole new level of intensity that was just off the fucking charts. I didn't even have to think twice about making this the top performance of the year. I love all of the other bands on this list, but Origin brought the heat that night like I've never seen them do before. I banged my head so hard I was sore for days (and I work out regularly, thank you :D). As I said (or at least implied) in my gig report, Jason Keyser is a fantastic addition to this already phenomenal crew. I mean, this set was so intense that I literally felt incited that night - like something inside me was welling up and making me want to run around and destroy shit. Now THAT's a fucking good metal gig. :D
Kylesa - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - March 26, 2011 (Metalliance Tour)
With all due respect to Wino, Kylesa's performance was the best of the night, hands down - and I'm not the only person who thought so. I saw them earlier in the year in Pittsburgh, and due to some issues beyond their control - as well as some things they could have done better - their set then was nowehere near as good as this one. They effortlessly barreled through an hour-long set of some of the finest, catchiest, head-bangiest sludge this side of Baroness, and the light show and audio effects and everything else was just icing on the cake. They were spot-on for this gig, and in my opinion, they stole the show.

Russian Circles - Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH) - November 18, 2011
I've seen these guys four times now, and I have to say that every time I see them, their performances get better and better. They absolutely brought the fucking house down with their set this night. They use a few technical tricks to get the job done - because after all, there's only three of them - but they make it sound like there are four or five musicians up there on stage with their amazing huge wall of sound. Crushingly beautiful, these guys are. Plus, I finally got to meet one of them (Dave), and he was nowhere near the quiet hermit-type I expected, but rather a really friendly and pleasantly outgoing guy.

Primus - Stubb’s BBQ (Austin, TX) - May 24, 2011
It was Primus. What the fuck else do you need me to say, here? :lol: Actually, there are a few things worth mentioning. First, the only thing better than a Primus show where they play a bunch of old favorites is a Primus show where they play a bunch of old favorites mixed in with a bunch of new material from the new album they just released after having been on hiatus for over a fucking decade. Second, Les's stage banter - not to mention his prowess as a musician - has never been more entertaining. Primus shows are more than just three guys on stage slapping out some tunes - they are immersive, explorative experiences which are slightly different every time, but never, ever boring.

Yakuza - Subterranean (Chicago, IL) - November 23, 2011
The word of the night here was "intensity". This outfit can bend genres like nobody's business, launching from a relatively low-key bout of noodling psychedelia to a savagely vicious, straight-for-the-throat thrash attack, and they do it effortlessly, almost as if on a whim. One minute, Bruce is standing stark-still with eyes closed, squeezing mournful notes from the mouth of his saxophone, and the next minute he has the mic cord wrapped around his hands (and sometimes other body parts) and is doubled over, screaming his lungs out with a fury. The other musicians in the band are extremely talented, too - and together, these cats will take you on an adrenaline-fueled trip through psychedelic jungles you never knew existed.

Pelican - The Mezzanine (San Francisco, CA) - August 16, 2011
The masters of the riff brought about ten tons of awesome to the Mezzanine on this, the second night of the Power of the Riff festival in the city by the bay. Their infectious chugging chords were as tight as ever, and they got the heads banging like no other band did that night. I think I even saw some bartenders and security staff getting into the act. :D Plus, they pulled out some old gems that night that I hadn't heard in the three or four other times I've seen these guys before (like "Last Day of Winter", "GW" and the legendary "Mammoth" :bowdown:), so that was a real bonus as well.

Man’s Gin - Now That’s Class (Cleveland, OH) - September 4, 2011
This was a mini-tour with Erik Wunder from Man's Gin / Cobalt and Bruce Lamont from Yakuza / Bloodiest, and it was in one of my most (and least) favorite little dive bars with a skateboard ramp in Cleveburg. I heard about this rather at the last minute, and holy shit am I glad that I was able to make it out to this show. There were probably only thirty or so people in the place that night, and the gig was essentially free (unless you made it a point to go shove some money in the bartender's hand and tell her to give it to the band), but you'd never know it if you watched a video of the band on stage that night. They played several highlights from the Smiling Dogs album, but my favorite by far was the awesomely catchy "Stone on My Head". I'm so glad I got a chance to see them play that song live (and they looked like they had a lot of fun playing it, too :D). Plus, they played a fucking Cobalt song ("Dry Body" from Gin), and moobs and I got to witness that shit live, so yeah. :fist:

Howl - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - March 26, 2011 (Metalliance Tour)
Holy crap. I was really looking forward to seeing these guys play live someday, but when I got the chance to do so I had no idea they would be my second-favorite band on this incredibly well-stacked bill. Nevertheless, Howl came out that night and seized the audience by the collective throat that night for about thirty minutes or so, and even though that's not much time, people were looking at each other in bewilderment afterward saying, "who the fuck was THAT?!?" As I've said before, I love it when a band I already know about affects a crowd this way, and other than some folks who hadn't seen Kylesa before either, these guys shocked more motherfuckers in that place that night than any other band. Plus, they're even heavier live than on album. :eek:

Red Fang - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - March 26, 2011 (Metalliance Tour)
Similarly to Howl, these guys are one of the other reasons I attended the Metalliance Tour, and similarly to Howl, they knocked the ball out of the fucking park. I had a chance to meet their guitarist David Sullivan before their set, and I told him that I was loving their latest album Murder the Mountains (and that I would be writing a review to that effect :cool:), and he seemed genuinely flattered. Really nice guy. They played hits from that album as well as their self-titled debut LP, and the entire crowd loved them. Their songs are heavy yet catchy, serious yet fun. These guys seem to have a hell of a work ethic (despite being pictured as a bunch of beer-swilling slacker stoners in their video for "Prehistoric Dog"), and added to their obvious wealth of natural talent, this makes for a hell of a couple of albums, and also one hell of a live show.

Amon Amarth - Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH) - July 6, 2011
If ever a band who makes music that sounds like it's coming from a bunch of Vikings looked the part, then Amon Amarth does. They look exactly like what they sound like on album - five long-haired, bearded Swedish dudes named Ted, Fredrik, Olavi and not one but TWO guys named Johan. And that's before they even put on their stage gear. :D Yes, these guys are truly a bunch of beer-swilling Vikings, and yes, their music suits their reality (and vice cersa). But the thing that makes an Amon Amarth show special is that not only is their music infectious and well-written, but it's also, frankly, just one hell of a lot of fun. Smiles abounded that night, both on the faces of the fans as well as the faces of the band members, and a rowdy good time was had by all as these surly Swedes took us all on a journey through two full sets of Viking-ey goodness.

Natrlhi
02-20-2012, 07:08 AM
So not one comment in four days? Man, I'm genuinely disappointed.

Not even one from JD re: Origin being number one?

I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother finishing this.

smearCampaign
02-20-2012, 07:22 AM
So not one comment in four days? Man, I'm genuinely disappointed.

Not even one from JD re: Origin being number one?

I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother finishing this.

I somehow missed your last post. That's a pretty great list of shows. I can't argue with your number 4 :D

The Metalliance Tour was fucking great last year and this list just makes me mad about this years lineup. Every band was killer last year.

Origin was incredible as well they totally upstaged Hate Eternal the night I saw them IMO.

Super jealous of the Yakuza and Man's Gin shows also. :rocker:

larvtard
02-20-2012, 07:27 AM
Fuck yeah Origin! :rocker:
Initially I was pissed that I missed Amon Amarth, but since they're only #10 on your list, I can let it go. Besides, I don't even like their music that much, I just heard they were amazing live from multiple people on this forum and elsewhere.
Wish Metalliance had come closer to me...

slapguitarer
02-20-2012, 11:33 AM
So not one comment in four days? Man, I'm genuinely disappointed.
I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother finishing this.

Psh, c'mon man. I know that feel, but that didn't stop me from continuing my list.

Of the those 10, I only saw 2, and I agree on Red Fang. Amon Amarth was really fun too, but not top 10 for me.

Seventhzealot
02-21-2012, 02:11 PM
So not one comment in four days? Man, I'm genuinely disappointed.


I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother finishing this.

Well come on now. I haven't seen several of those bands live(I know, I know. Shame on me!) and so didn't really know what to say :eyes: Now get started with the list already :D

jd091
02-21-2012, 02:53 PM
So not one comment in four days? Man, I'm genuinely disappointed.

Not even one from JD re: Origin being number one?

I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother finishing this.


Shoot, I accidentally unsubscribed from this thread. Yeah, Origin was awesome! Probably my 3rd favorite performance of the year, behind Dillinger Escape Plan and Terror.

illuminatus917
02-21-2012, 03:39 PM
So not one comment in four days? Man, I'm genuinely disappointed.

Not even one from JD re: Origin being number one?

I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother finishing this.

Pssshh please. You haven't even started your list yet and you have more comments than most EOY threads with finished lists.

;)

Natrlhi
02-21-2012, 05:51 PM
L:lol:L at those who were giving me grief for commenting even though I "haven't started my list yet". Fuck's sake, I'm already halfway done!

Remember I said I listened to 120 albums? All that's left is the Sexy Sixty. I've listed everything else. Ergo, halfway through. ;)

Plus, I added my lists of live shows / performances.

Anyway, I can see the interest is not dead. Yay, passive-aggressiveness!

I'll try to get a bunch of albums from the Sexy Sixty up tomorrow. Here are some vague hints:

#60 has instrumentation which I guarantee you've never heard played in metal (if at all).
#59 is named after some very non-metal creatures.
#58 is a grind band I heard at MDF the year I went.
#57 is from a side-project of a former member of one of my favorite groups from Brooklyn.
#56 is a non-metal album, also connected to NYC.

Good luck, bitches.

Natrlhi
02-22-2012, 11:26 AM
No guesses? Fine, you pussies.

First post of the final list is coming soon...

Natrlhi
02-22-2012, 11:42 AM
Natrlhi’s Sexy Sixty – My Sixty (60) Favorite Metal (and a Few Non-Metal) Albums of 2012

So here goes with this beast. To set the tone for this final list in my “Best of 2011 List Orgy”, I’ll just reiterate that this list is simply a forced ranking of the top 50th percentile of albums I listened to this year. I listened to 120, give or take. Thus, there are sixty albums listed here. The math is pretty simple. Most of these are metal albums. A few are not. I may have missed some things. If you don’t see something in here, check the other lists I’ve posted. Maybe it’s there. If not, shout it out and maybe I’ll listen to it.

Final comment: As with all lists of this nature, the forced ranking aspect is less meaningful at the beginning, and more so at the end. Translation: If you think #57 is better than #53, then fine. You’re right. I’m not gonna argue with you about it. If you think #11 is better than #5, then fine. You’re wrong. I’m not gonna argue with you about it – but I will fight you. Just name the time and place.

So…let’s do this.


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60. Botanist – I. The Suicide Tree & II. A Rose from the Dead

This is without a doubt the finest black metal album by a one-man outfit featuring hammered dulcimer that's ever been written. Period. Hands down. (Pause for dramatic effect.)

What's that?

:wtf:, you say?

Indeed, WTF.

All I can say is, it sounds a hell of a lot better than it should. I mean, the concept is just fucking out there. However, I have to admit - it kinda works for me. The only thing is, it only works for about a half hour or so. After that, this stuff begins sounding rather repetitive, and I've had enough. Thing is, this is a DOUBLE FUCKING ALBUM. The first one is about thirty minutes long...just right, in my opinion. The second one is about forty-five minutes long. If you can make it through that one, then good for you. If you can make it through both of them, then you are truly an avant-garde music nerd of epic proportions. Or, you've accepted a dare.

EDIT: Need / want more info? There's a really good review of this album located here (http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/09/02/140122676/botanist-one-man-hammered-dulcimer-black-metal-no-really) (and no, I didn't write it ;)).

jd091
02-22-2012, 11:50 AM
No guesses? Fine, you pussies.

First post of the final list is coming soon...

:lol:

Natrlhi
02-22-2012, 12:13 PM
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59. Rabbits – Lower Forms

There is an incredibly sexy and witty online review of this album here (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/rabbits-lower-forms/). Enjoy. :cool:

Natrlhi
02-22-2012, 12:41 PM
Note that I'm doing a post for each album so I can link to each of them separately from the first page of this thread, thereby creating a clickable list of links to the various albums in the Sexy Sixty. I thought it might be useful.

I also did it for all of the individual lists that I've posted thus far.

Yeah, I stole the idea from others who did something similar with their lists.

Wanna fight about it?

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly33wtyhPZ1r509up.jpg

illuminatus917
02-22-2012, 01:40 PM
So are all the reviewers for that site from Metal Set Lists?

Does Chris Poling post here too?

jd091
02-22-2012, 01:53 PM
So are all the reviewers for that site from Metal Set Lists?

Does Chris Poling post here too?

Gee, I wonder who the fuck that is... ;)

illuminatus917
02-22-2012, 02:04 PM
Gee, I wonder who the fuck that is... ;)

Goddamnit, you can't be serious. I honestly didn't know his name.

That would explain though why out of all the 2011 EOY lists I saw posted on that site, the one by Chris Poling was light years better than all the others. :)

Natrlhi
02-23-2012, 07:43 AM
Goddamnit, you can't be serious. I honestly didn't know his name.

That would explain though why out of all the 2011 EOY lists I saw posted on that site, the one by Chris Poling was light years better than all the others. :)...as well as the fact that those reviews are so much sexier than most of the others on that site. :cool:

Not to mention the fact that the ones by "that guy" are the ones I always quote in my threads. :eyes: :D

Natrlhi
02-23-2012, 07:48 AM
So are all the reviewers for that site from Metal Set Lists?But seriously, no. One of the most prolific reviewers on that site is not from this forum. The guy who runs it is, though (ravenheart).

illuminatus917
02-23-2012, 01:47 PM
But seriously, no. One of the most prolific reviewers on that site is not from this forum.

Yeah, the one who had Nightwish and Turisas in his top 5? :lol:

He should join here.

GarageMetal468
02-23-2012, 05:28 PM
I'm gonna guess #58 is Gridlink? I'm guessing you went to MDF 2 years ago...

Natrlhi
02-27-2012, 10:19 AM
I'm gonna guess #58 is Gridlink? I'm guessing you went to MDF 2 years ago...Nope. :(

Sadly, Gridlink was on the list of stuff I didn't get around to listening to enough to allow me to render an informed opinion (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?p=442594#post442594).

I'll post the album later today, hopefully along with a few others. Sorry I've been scarce lately - it was a busy weekend. Speaking of which - my dad and I took my older son to see Monster Jam on Saturday, and it was cool as hell. It's been a long time since I've been to one of those, and it was even more fun than I remember. My son loved it. Even my dad had a blast. :fist:

Natrlhi
03-09-2012, 08:09 PM
...and of course by "later today" I meant "in twelve fucking days".

Sorry, guys. I don't know how I can expect to keep interest going in this thread if I keep going AWOL from it for days / weeks at a time, but such is the busy life of a busy metalhead / chemical engineer / father-of-two-soon-to-be-four.

Anyhoo - without further ado...here comes number 58 (and hopefully a few more).

Natrlhi
03-09-2012, 08:30 PM
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58. Rotten Sound – Cursed

This is the sixth studio album in this Finnish grindcore outfit's catalog, which dates back almost fifteen years (the band itself has been in existence for nearly twenty). That alone is impressive, but what's even more impressive is that, in a genre where it can be really difficult to distinguish one band's sound from another at times, Rotten Sound has managed to stay so unique and relevant for as long as they have. I am a true sucker for the buzzsaw guitar tone of bands like Dismember, and although it's somewhat rare to find that in this genre, some bands such as Trap Them and Sweden's Exhale do provide ample doses of it within their grindcore framework. So does Rotten Sound, but unlike the aforementioned bands, they aren't afraid to slow the proceedings down once in a while and let that nasty guitar tone breathe a little - and when they do, the result is just magic to this grindfan's ears. The first example of this is about fifty seconds into the album's second track "Superior" (which is to say, less than two minutes into the album as a whole). The groovy-yet-still-heavy-and-grindy-as-fuck riff found at this point is one of my most favorite musical moments of 2011 - I swear to Satan. The rest of this album just makes me smile, too. This shit is just awesome. The blood-curdling, drawn-out screams of vocalist and co-founder Keijo Niinimaa during the slower parts of this album are just bliss :bliss:, and the riffs that surround them are just as awesome.

Natrlhi
03-09-2012, 10:09 PM
#57 is from a side-project of a former member of one of my favorite groups from Brooklyn.This is the hint I gave for this album, but it's technically not correct (or perhaps not complicated enough, I guess).

What I should have said is, "#57 is from the current band of a founding member of a side-project of one of my favorite groups from Brooklyn".

The "favorite group from Brooklyn" is the inimitable Made Out of Babies. The side project is the short-lived Battle of Mice, founded by MooB's Julie Christmas and Josh Graham (Neurosis, ex-Red Sparowes). His current band is, of course, the sludgy post-metal outfit A Storm of Light.


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57. A Storm of Light – As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade

In trying to figure out what to say about ASoL's third album, I found myself somewhat at a loss, so I went to the band's web page hoping for a bit of inspiration. There, I read a description of the album which included a blurb about it being their "most song-oriented and most musically inclined release to date". I can relate to that. The songs aren't quite as sprawling and vast in terms of scope as the band's first two albums, but this certainly doesn't mean that they aren't as heavy. The sludgy, Neurosis-esque bottom end of ASoL's sound is still as prevalent as ever, but I suppose the song structure is a bit more traditional by comparison. Another thing I read about the album was the range of guest appearances on it. I knew that the legendary Jarboe had done some vocal work on here (found on the album's second and eighth tracks, the former of which being one of the best tracks on the album), but I didn't realize that there were also appearances by folks ranging from Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum/The Book Of Knots) and Carla Kihlstedt (also of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum/The Book Of Knots) to Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and even indie rock darling Nerissa Campbell (who also collaborated on ASoL's first two albums as well). At any rate, despite the ever-so-slightly-more-traditional song structure on display here, this is still a very dense album, and like its two predecessors, it requires some repeated listening in order to fully appreciate. It is yet another impressive release from a band who should probably be a hundred times more well-known than they are, but for some reason I still prefer the band's exquisitely awesome sophomore release to this one (by the way, Jarboe does some really awesome vocal work on that album as well). That said, this is still a fantastic album, and it comes highly recommended to fans of Neurosis, post-metal or sludge in general, or any of the other bands mentioned above.

Natrlhi
03-12-2012, 09:18 AM
OK, so here's another one.

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56. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2

This is the first (but not last) non-metal record in the Sexy Sixty, and if you ask me, it's a triumphant return to form for a legendary, trend-setting band. 2007's "The Mix-Up" was interesting, and while not a rap album, had The Beastie Boys' signature all over it. I wasn't really a big fan of their releases in 1988 (Hello Nasty) and 2004 (To the 5 Boroughs), and so I'd somewhat written these guys off as a bunch of middle aged knob-twiddlers who might just end up spending the rest of their careers doing production work, collaborations with various rappers and pop stars and riding the occasional summer festival train. This album, however, proves the Beasties still have the mojo to summon the flow from back in the day. In fact, while the title of this album is "Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2", I would make a motion that perhaps it could be renamed "Ill Communication, Part 2". My only complaint is that it might be a tad too long, and it seems to lose some steam towards the end, but still, I enjoyed this album a lot more than I expected to, and I've revisited it many times with pleasure.

smearCampaign
03-12-2012, 10:07 AM
Great selections and great write-ups as well. This thread is a treat to read, thanks Nat. :fist:

Natrlhi
03-12-2012, 10:09 AM
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55. Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance

Maybe it's my growing interest in black metal that made me take a more open-minded approach to this album, but all I know is that every other time I've tried listening to this band I have come away with a feeling of "that certainly wasn't bad, but I can't really explain why I would consider it good". Until this album. I admit that since I've never really gotten into this band, this one could be no better than all the others, or perhaps even worse, but based on other stuff I've read about it, this is one of Belphegor's best works. All I know is that, in addition to the significant black metal influence here, this album is composed of some truly brutal heavy tracks, and at times, I'm almost reminded of albums such as Nile's "Those Whom The Gods Detest" (yes, seriously). The title track is especially good, combining a brutally fast and heavy, nearly continuous blast-beat assault with some nice creepy vocal effects and other atmospheric elements to create a really memorable composition that made me sit up and take notice. Belphegor, you now have my attention.

Natrlhi
03-12-2012, 10:10 AM
Great selections and great write-ups as well. This thread is a treat to read, thanks Nat. :fist:Awww, thanks. :blush: :cool:

Just for that, I'll do another. :D

smearCampaign
03-12-2012, 10:43 AM
Awww, thanks. :blush: :cool:

Just for that, I'll do another. :D

Yay! More procrastination for me. :party:

Natrlhi
03-12-2012, 10:54 AM
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54. Bruce Lamont - Feral Songs for the Epic Decline

This is the first solo release from a guy about whom I've learned a whole lot this past year. First of all, he is the saxophone-wielding, screaming / singing frontman and one of the lead creative forces behind Chicago's doom/sludge/post-metal outfit Yakuza. He also fills a very similar role in the Illinois-based metal all-star collective Bloodiest, who had one of the most awesome releases of 2011. Lastly, in addition to being one of the folks who runs the Empty Bottle, a metal-oriented venue in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood, he is a major figure in the Chicagoland metal scene and one hell of a nice guy. I saw him perform twice this year, once on tour with Man's Gin promoting this album and once as a headliner for a show with Batillus, The Atlas Moth and Yakuza. Both times, his performance left me speechless. What he does on this album is very psychedelic, tribal-sounding and atmospheric. I don't use drugs (anymore??? :cool:), but if I did, this would be a great album to use them to. There are a lot of loops, delays and other effects at play, and even though one might be tempted to write off music which uses technology so heavily as "taking the easy way out", as a person who has seen him do this live can attest, it's not easy in the slightest (he just makes it look and sound that way). Any way you slice it, this is a highly interesting album from an extremely prolific and influential musician, and I'm damn glad I had the opportunity to buy a copy of it from the artist himself. Plus, the album cover is fucking kickass, too (duh). :fist:

EDIT: Oh, and lest I forget - the night I bought this CD, I got to see / hear a Cobalt song performed live. So suck it. :metal:

kalfitegrdan
03-12-2012, 09:35 PM
Great list, man. Glad to see some great albums that I didn't expect to see on anybody's lists like, Rotten Sound, Beastie Boys and Belphegor. :fist:

Natrlhi
03-13-2012, 06:27 AM
On deck:

#53 - melodic, majestic depressive black metal with some post-rock influences (from New South Wales)
#52 - sophomore album from a super-progressive instrumental trio of musical prodigies
#51 - Leviathan-era Mastodon songs made in 2011, anyone?
#50 - another awesome grind album, with some more o' that sweet, sweet buzzsaw guitar tone

street_burial
03-13-2012, 06:32 AM
On deck:

#53 - melodic, majestic depressive black metal with some post-rock influences (from New South Wales)

#50 - another awesome grind album, with some more o' that sweet, sweet buzzsaw guitar tone

Woods Of Desolation- Torn Beyond Reason

and

Wormrot- Dirge?

Natrlhi
03-13-2012, 06:55 AM
maybe ;)

ravenheart
03-13-2012, 06:57 AM
This isn't going to be finished until June... at the earliest...

Natrlhi
03-13-2012, 07:47 AM
This isn't going to be finished until June... at the earliest...Oh ye of little faith... ;)

Seventhzealot
03-13-2012, 08:29 AM
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55. Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance

Maybe it's my growing interest in black metal that made me take a more open-minded approach to this album, but all I know is that every other time I've tried listening to this band I have come away with a feeling of "that certainly wasn't bad, but I can't really explain why I would consider it good". Until this album. I admit that since I've never really gotten into this band, this one could be no better than all the others, or perhaps even worse, but based on other stuff I've read about it, this is one of Belphegor's best works. All I know is that, in addition to the significant black metal influence here, this album is composed of some truly brutal heavy tracks, and at times, I'm almost reminded of albums such as Nile's "Those Whom The Gods Detest" (yes, seriously). The title track is especially good, combining a brutally fast and heavy, nearly continuous blast-beat assault with some nice creepy vocal effects and other atmospheric elements to create a really memorable composition that made me sit up and take notice. Belphegor, you now have my attention.

Yep this was a great return of form for them. Glad to see this here! :party:

kalfitegrdan
03-13-2012, 11:59 AM
#52 - sophomore album from a super-progressive instrumental trio of musical prodigies

Animals as Leaders - Weightless?

Obviously, right? Or am I missing something?

Natrlhi
03-13-2012, 01:29 PM
maybe ;)
^

Natrlhi
03-14-2012, 12:30 PM
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53. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason

Streets, you called it. I'm not sure how to start this off, but let's just say that if all black metal sounded like this, I probably would have gotten into the genre a long time ago. (Of course, it's actually the fact that all black metal doesn't sound like this - meaning that there's a great deal of variety in the genre - that keeps me coming back for more...but that's another subject for another thread.) Even though these cats bill themselves as "depressive black metal", the harmonies and major keys used herein give their music an almost hopeful - if not triumphant - feel at times. Plus, the musicianship is top-notch, and these guys are also big fans of the rolling triplet kick drum beats that made me a slave to Bolt Thrower's sound back in the "Realm of Chaos" days. As one reviewer put it, Woods doesn't necessarily break much new ground here, but what they do is so well-executed, it's hard not to fall in love with it. To put it another way, this is quite simply my favorite happysad black metal album of 2011, without a doubt.

Seventhzealot
03-14-2012, 12:43 PM
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53. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason

Streets, you called it. I'm not sure how to start this off, but let's just say that if all black metal sounded like this, I probably would have gotten into the genre a long time ago. (Of course, it's actually the fact that all black metal doesn't sound like this - meaning that there's a great deal of variety in the genre - that keeps me coming back for more...but that's another subject for another thread.) Even though these cats bill themselves as "depressive black metal", the harmonies and major keys used herein give their music an almost hopeful - if not triumphant - feel at times. Plus, the musicianship is top-notch, and these guys are also big fans of the rolling triplet kick drum beats that made me a slave to Bolt Thrower's sound back in the "Realm of Chaos" days. As one reviewer put it, Woods doesn't necessarily break much new ground here, but what they do is so well-executed, it's hard not to fall in love with it. To put it another way, this is quite simply my favorite happysad black metal album of 2011, without a doubt.


:party:

Yep, even though this tagged as depressive bm, there was nothing depressing I found about this much like Alcest but then the latter is quite intentional ;)

Natrlhi
03-14-2012, 12:51 PM
Obviously, right? Or am I missing something?Obviously. ;)

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52. Animals As Leaders - Weightless

OK, so here's the deal. On the one hand, I am somewhat of a sucker for progressive stuff, and even more of a sucker for extremely tight musicianship. That said, I have a very sensitive wankery meter, and one of my biggest turn-offs is when a band goes the one-trick pony route and focuses on technical chops for the sake of technical chops, without the slightest regard for groove or musical appeal. Enter AAL. Now, I'll be honest. Based on what I had heard of these guys, I figured they would be in the wankery category, and I wasn't expecting much - but then I watched their video for "Cafo" from their self-titled album. My reaction was something along the lines of, "holy fuck, are you kidding me?" My skepticism started to melt. I got a copy of the album, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, I started hearing early reports about this one, and again, it sounded like it might be disappointing. All I can say is, it's not. I like this album just as much as their first, if not more. The songs are truly amazing to listen to from a technical point of view (left brain), but my right brain also gets some love when I listen to this because it's catchy and interesting. This album definitely gets my head banging, and at the end of the day, that's what it's all about. Avant-garde / progressive bands who are struggling to figure out why they aren't selling a lot of albums and / or tour tickets need to pay the fuck attention to this band, because this is how über-technical progressive metal is done (bands like Behold...The Arctopus, I'm talking to you).

mastodon421
03-14-2012, 01:14 PM
Obviously. ;)

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52. Animals As Leaders - Weightless

OK, so here's the deal. On the one hand, I am somewhat of a sucker for progressive stuff, and even more of a sucker for extremely tight musicianship. That said, I have a very sensitive wankery meter, and one of my biggest turn-offs is when a band goes the one-trick pony route and focuses on technical chops for the sake of technical chops, without the slightest regard for groove or musical appeal. Enter AAL. Now, I'll be honest. Based on what I had heard of these guys, I figured they would be in the wankery category, and I wasn't expecting much - but then I watched their video for "Cafo" from their self-titled album. My reaction was something along the lines of, "holy fuck, are you kidding me?" My skepticism started to melt. I got a copy of the album, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, I started hearing early reports about this one, and again, it sounded like it might be disappointing. All I can say is, it's not. I like this album just as much as their first, if not more. The songs are truly amazing to listen to from a technical point of view (left brain), but my right brain also gets some love when I listen to this because it's catchy and interesting. This album definitely gets my head banging, and at the end of the day, that's what it's all about. Avant-garde / progressive bands who are struggling to figure out why they aren't selling a lot of albums and / or tour tickets need to pay the fuck attention to this band, because this is how über-technical progressive metal is done (bands like Behold...The Arctopus, I'm talking to you).

Hell yeah :rocker:. Animals As Leaders has always grabbed me for the same reasons. When you have such a great guitar player like Tosin Abasi (who is arguably the best guitarist in all of metal) it could very well be just straight wankery, but he is also a great songwriter. Weightless is without a doubt better than the s/t album. The songwriting is very much improved and the production is a lot cleaner. It also helps that this album actually he has a real band behind him instead of just computerized drums programmed by Misha Mansoor from Periphery.

Dextrimental
03-14-2012, 01:31 PM
Animals As Leaders truly are something to behold I think, as all the band members are incredible, AND they have a seriously catchy nature to their pieces, which, as you, say a lot of instrumental metal lacks, as it usually comes down to just soloing and shredding over a progression of riffs. What I really liked is the actually lack of soloing, there are solos, but their position and how often they occur on the album is unpredictable and means every bit of music was thought out precisely, and nothing is excessive, or is needlessly there.

Also, the first album wasn't recorded as a band, it was essentially just Tosin and Misha, who programmed the drums and samples and did some leads, as it was a Tosin solo album at first, but Tosin never liked the idea of it just being about him, so he formed the band for touring the first album and wrote this album with the band in mind.

Good show so far Nat, you'll have this finished just in time for the next thread to suffer :D

slapguitarer
03-14-2012, 04:14 PM
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53. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason



Finally, a good album ;)

Excellent review. :rocker:

SomewhereInTime72
03-16-2012, 12:06 AM
That AAL album is damn good.

jd091
03-16-2012, 07:56 AM
Yeah, AAL was sick. I definitely liked the S/T more as a whole, though.

treghet
03-16-2012, 08:48 AM
I didn't find Weightless to be impressive at all. The songs felt like they had no direction and didn't develop into anything memorable.

w00tasaurus
03-18-2012, 04:29 AM
I didn't find Weightless to be impressive at all. The songs felt like they had no direction and didn't develop into anything memorable.

agreed

Natrlhi
03-19-2012, 09:40 AM
Thanks for the comments, guys. I was out of pocket all weekend spending time with my family.

Time to get back on this, and hopefully accelerate it a bit. I also have a review I'm almost ready to write for Koloss, so it looks like I'll be busy this week...

Natrlhi
03-20-2012, 01:28 PM
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51. American Heritage - Sedentary

So the hint for this one may have been a little misleading, if not vague. I implied that the album has “Leviathan-era Mastodon songs made in 2011” on it, and indeed, I think it does (witness tracks such as “Chaotic Obliteration”). However, there’s a whole lot more going on here than just that. For example, the vocals on this album are reminiscent of those of Black Cobra’s Jason Landrian, but speaking of that band, it’s the drummer for that group (Rafael Martinez) who actually appears on the album, playing bass on a few tracks. Speaking of guest bassists, the band also enlisted the likes of Bill Kelliher of the aforementioned Mastodon (who released a split with American Heritage in 2003), as well as the album’s ubiquitous producer Sanford Parker for bass guitar duties (since they didn’t have a full-time bassist at the time of recording). Some members of this band are from the Chicago area, and some are from the Gainesville / Atlanta area. Speaking of the latter, flavors which also infuse the sounds of such Georgia acts such as Kylesa and Black Tusk, who are both sludge bands at heart, but who also wear their punk influences proudly on their sleeves, are also apparent here. Last but not least, these guys have come up with some pretty interesting song titles on this album. Tracks such as “Fetal Attraction”, “Tomb Cruise”, and the slow-clap inducing “Morbid Angle” prove that while these guys are extremely serious about their commitment to kicking your ass with riff after riff after beautifully heavy, crunching riff, at the same time, they don’t take themselves that seriously at all – and that’s what makes this album so great. The band’s work ethic may indeed be fierce, but the end product – which is hewn together from the blood, sweat and tears of many an artist – seems effortless and consistent throughout.

slapguitarer
03-20-2012, 03:59 PM
That's an album I regret not listening to sooner.

Natrlhi
03-20-2012, 08:12 PM
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50. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft

So here's the grindcore album with the sweet, sweet buzzsaw guitar tone I was talking about in my hint (sorry, Streets - it ain't Wormrot). Before I listened to Sweden's Exhale a year or two ago, this was by far my favorite grind band with this type of sound. I still haven't seen them live yet, but they are still near the top of my must-see list because of how sick their guitar tone and riffs are. This album might just be their best yet, in part because of the production, which is just a bit cleaner than their other albums, while still remaining just fuzzy and dirty enough to still seem well-matched with their signature sound. The band once again owes mad props to Converge workhorse Kurt Ballou for that little favor. The thing that makes this album different from its two predecessors is that there are a few mid-tempo numbers thrown in here, and much like Finnish grindcore masters Rotten Sound did on their 2011 release, this allows that nasty guitar tone to breathe a little and become all that much more infectious. The only thing this album is lacking, if anything, is a true "holy shit" jaw-dropper such as "Fucking Viva" - but hey, you don't hear me complaining about it. Overall, this album is relentless like a pitbull and filthy like a fucking pig - just the way good grindcore should be. :D

street_burial
03-20-2012, 08:15 PM
completely forgot about that album :bouville:

jd091
03-20-2012, 08:20 PM
I always liked that album, but it could never capture my attention for more than a few minutes. I couldn't listen to it all in one sitting. Something about them is just lacking in the catchy department, in my opinion. That being said, they're great live!

Natrlhi
03-20-2012, 08:23 PM
Here are some hints for the next five:

#49 is the first of many slabs of female-fronted awesomeness to grace the Sexy Sixty this year.
#48 is a very similar album to one I just reviewed, except that it was released by Profound Lore and not Translation Loss.
#47 is the first of the plethora of old-school death metal albums released in 2011 to crack the Sexy Sixty.
#46 is a sludge / doom album by a band that I've been trying to like for a while now, and this year's release finally did it for me.
#45 is another doom album, by a band that I had never heard of before last year, and whom I'm really sorry I missed on tour in 2011.

larvtard
03-20-2012, 08:32 PM
It's weird, but I find that a lot of Kurt Ballou-produced bands lack in the live department. I think it's because he's just such an goddamn amazing producer that bands can't live up to their albums on stage :lol:

I really liked the new direction Trap Them took on Handcraft. Less grind, more catchy and fun.

Seventhzealot
03-20-2012, 08:35 PM
Here are some hints for the next five:

#49 is the first of many slabs of female-fronted awesomeness to grace the Sexy Sixty this year.
#48 is a very similar album to one I just reviewed, except that it was released by Profound Lore and not Translation Loss.
#47 is the first of the plethora of old-school death metal albums released in 2011 to crack the Sexy Sixty.
#46 is a sludge / doom album by a band that I've been trying to like for a while now, and this year's release finally did it for me.
#45 is another doom album, by a band that I had never heard of before last year, and whom I'm really sorry I missed on tour in 2011.


#49 - Landmine Marathon
#48 - The Atlas Moth
#47 - Morbus Chron
#46 - YOB
#45 - Rwake

Natrlhi
03-21-2012, 05:35 AM
#49 - Landmine Marathon
#48 - The Atlas Moth
#47 - Morbus Chron
#46 - YOB
#45 - RwakeOne of these is correct, and three out of the remaining four are coming up later in the list. I'll also throw out there that I'm not familiar with Morbus Chron at all (something I should remedy, perhaps), so they're not on the list anywhere.

More coming later today, I hope.

Oh, and @ Larv, good comments. I think you might have something there with the "Ballou Factor". :lol:

EDIT: It makes sense to note that a lot of the bands he produces are somewhat in the hardcore / noisy category, so of course it's gonna be pretty hard to make music like that sound particularly crisp in a live setting.

Seventhzealot
03-21-2012, 06:29 AM
One of these is correct, and three out of the remaining four are coming up later in the list. I'll also throw out there that I'm not familiar with Morbus Chron at all (something I should remedy, perhaps), so they're not on the list anywhere.

More coming later today, I hope.

Oh, and @ Larv, good comments. I think you might have something there with the "Ballou Factor". :lol:

EDIT: It makes sense to note that a lot of the bands he produces are somewhat in the hardcore / noisy category, so of course it's gonna be pretty hard to make music like that sound particularly crisp in a live setting.

Definitely ;)

Natrlhi
03-28-2012, 09:09 AM
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49. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

This album has some good, some bad, and some ugly features.

The good: several tracks (especially at the top of the album) rock VERY hard, and are classic AE melodeath anthems; lots of killer solos (although a few more wouldn't be a bad thing); lots of cool riffs; Angela's vocals work really well on several tracks, even though they are a bit one-dimensional; and the acoustic version of "Snowbound" at the end of the album.

The bad: the album cover (lame); the cheesy spoken word part of the album's intro (the remainder is fine, it's just the spoken part that's fucking silly); the synths during the chorus of "Cruelty Without Beauty" (which is an otherwise solid track); the fact that the bass is nearly undetectable on this album; and some of Angela's vocals border on "thanks, but you're trying too hard".

The ugly: the lyrics...ugh, some of them are just so bad - one would think that a band that's this good otherwise, would try to do a little something to clear up this glaring issue someday, but no.

Overall, I think the good significantly outweighs the bad here, and I still like this album quite a bit. It's not quite as good as some of their earlier work, but it's still solid, and it's better than their last studio release Rise of the Tyrant, which is a good sign.

SomewhereInTime72
03-28-2012, 08:26 PM
the synths during the chorus of "Cruelty Without Beauty" (which is an otherwise solid track);

No, wtf I love that part.

Agreed on all other counts though, even though I've come to expect moldy cheese in lyrical form from AE by now.

kalfitegrdan
03-28-2012, 11:33 PM
Aw, man, I was gonna guess that too. I wasn't too fond of the album until I heard some of the tracks played live. That bumped the album from meh to decent.

Natrlhi
03-29-2012, 09:15 AM
No, wtf I love that part.I did too, at first - but then for some reason it just started sounding cheesy to me upon further listens. To each his own.

Agreed on all other counts though, even though I've come to expect moldy cheese in lyrical form from AE by now.Yeah, that's pretty much true. :lol:

It seems to be getting worse, though. At a certain point, you just gotta say, "got DAMN, that cheese is getting stinky!"

Aw, man, I was gonna guess that too. I wasn't too fond of the album until I heard some of the tracks played live. That bumped the album from meh to decent.Yeah, I actually considered not having it in the Sexy Sixty and replacing it with something else, but I guess I just decided that if Arch Enemy put out a release in any given year, and it didn't suck, it should probably make the list. :lol:

Kinda lame, I guess. The fact is, though, I still get a random urge to listen to the album once in a while, though, and that's more than I can say for the stuff that didn't make the Sexy Sixty.

GarageMetal468
03-29-2012, 09:33 AM
Please tell me 47 is Towards the Megalith

Natrlhi
03-29-2012, 09:40 AM
Please tell me 47 is Towards the MegalithI said OLD SCHOOL death metal, man - not new school. :lol:

(Relax, you'll see that album on my list. The good news is that it is much further up. :fist:)

Natrlhi
04-02-2012, 11:44 AM
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48. KEN Mode - Venerable

So my clue for this one was a bit vague, I admit. The band / album that I think is very similar to this is #51 on my list – American Heritage’s Sedentary. The main point of comparison is primarily in the vocals and the heavy sludge sound on both albums, plus the fact that the exact sonic flavor of both bands is very difficult to classify, genre-wise. Whereas I’d say AH is a sludge band with hardcore / metalcore leanings, I would be more inclined to say that KEN Mode is a sludge band with aspects of grindcore and / or post-hardcore mixed in. Also similarly to AH, this Canadian trio – of which brothers Jesse (guitar, vocals) and Shane (drums) Matthewson have been the only constant members – has been around for approximately a decade. They have released a few albums during that time (this being their fourth), and up until now, they haven’t been on my radar screen – but this album has changed that. The pace of the album is brisk, for the most part – the only time these cats slow down to some extent is when they’re building momentum for another brutal attack on the listener’s senses. For the most part, this is a frenetic ride of screaming mayhem, but all the while the attack is raging, there is a looming sense of organization and structure about it all. In listening to Venerable, I’m reminded in many ways of the inaugural album Serpents by the band Struck by Lightning (also a power trio), which is the new project of ex-Mouth of the Architect bassist Greg Lahm. Besides the nearly relentless assault of the tracks and the superb songwriting that has gone into each one, another point of comparison between Venerable and Serpents is the extremely thick bottom-end and the way that the bass guitar actually leads the songs on many occasions. In the case of SBL, it’s probably due to the fact that Lahm is the main songwriter, but here, the bassist position is one that has been filled and re-filled about four or five times (depending on whether you’re making a distinction between live and studio bassists). At any rate, the music itself is fantastic, the songwriting is excellent, and the superb production by Converge workhorse Kurt Ballou (seriously, does this guy ever SLEEP!??), is just so exceptional in that it allows this extremely heavy music to breathe freely, and thus have an extremely polished edge to go along with its massive heft.

Natrlhi
04-02-2012, 12:53 PM
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47. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal

So as I mentioned in my hint, this is “the first of the plethora of old-school death metal albums released in 2011 to crack the Sexy Sixty”. In hindsight, what I really meant by the term “OSDM albums” is “modern albums made by classic OSDM bands”, not albums made by modern bands who have an OSDM sound (because there are a few of those on my list, too). Anyway, that little clarification aside, this album is obviously the hallmark of the triumphant and much overdue return of these death metal masters, after nearly two decades of non-existence under the “Autopsy” moniker. Perhaps one of the most obvious and straightforward positive aspects about this release is the fact that it clearly sounds like the next logical step the band would have taken after their album Mental Funeral. What’s truly awesome is that that album was released in 1991, which basically means that they have more or less picked up exactly where they left off twenty years ago, without missing a beat. Who else can say this? I’m not sure anyone can. It’s really just so awesome to be able to honestly say that this group of guys just released a genuine death metal album in the classic old-school vein, but that it actually took place in 2011. Just in case you’ve never checked this band out (and by the way, if you haven’t, I really don’t want to know you), give this colossal album a listen and you’ll know exactly why Autopsy is one of the founding fathers of old-school death metal.

illuminatus917
04-11-2012, 01:23 PM
I'm still following this, just so you know. You mustn't get discouraged and quit now.

Natrlhi
04-11-2012, 06:49 PM
I'm still following this, just so you know. You mustn't get discouraged and quit now.Thanks for the kind words, brother. Fear not, I've not despaired of this thing - I've just been really busy with work and family and whatnot. I've only been stopping by here for a few minutes at a time lately....not long enough to get back to this list for any length of time...but I will complete it. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
05-05-2012, 12:25 AM
http://meroveeschild.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/oliver.jpg

larvtard
05-05-2012, 10:27 AM
Honestly Nat, I don't even see the point of finishing this list. You've got a full-time job, you've got a family - you obviously don't have much free time. Why not use it for checking out new music, listening to older shit, etc.? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love your reviews, but you probably have better things to do with your free time (which is probably why you haven't posted an entry in over a month). Just something to think about...

List-writing isn't really necessary if you don't have that much time to do it in the first place. For me, I don't have a job and I'm only enrolled in three classes because I'm a piece of shit - every hour I'm awake is free time :lol: Thus this is a fun task for me.

Natrlhi
05-08-2012, 10:27 PM
http://meroveeschild.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/oliver.jpg:lol: Fucking hilarious! Thanks for the subtle hint. ;)

Thus this is a fun task for me.It's even more fun for me. That's why I do it. I just haven't had a lot of time lately, because life has been the perfect storm of family shit and work shit and other shit lately, all adding up to "Nat is never around a PC with more than a few minutes at a time" these days.

That doesn't mean I don't want to finish this, though - it just means I'm behind as fuck on this and a lot of other low-priority things right now.

Unfortunately, it looks like Andy will end up being right about this thread after all:

This isn't going to be finished until June... at the earliest...

...and you have no idea how much that galls the fuck out of me. ;)

I'll finish this someday, though - even if it short-dicks every cannibal on the Congo.

ImmortalEmperor
05-09-2012, 10:12 AM
I'll finish this someday, though - even if it short-dicks every cannibal on the Congo.

I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you. You can come over to my house and fuck my sister (if I had one). :eyes:

dcmetal108
05-09-2012, 10:18 AM
It might be time to do the best of 2014 list, and Nat will still be working on 2011. ;)

dcmetal108
05-09-2012, 10:18 AM
I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you. You can come over to my house and fuck my sister (if I had one). :eyes:

Please say there is some reference in this that I'm missing. :eyes::eyes:

JRA
05-09-2012, 10:46 AM
Full Metal Jacket.

Natrlhi
05-09-2012, 03:33 PM
I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you. You can come over to my house and fuck my sister (if I had one). :eyes:
:lol: Nice.

Full Metal Jacket.
Exactamundo.

Sepultura69
06-18-2012, 04:25 PM
BUHMPUH

Natrlhi
06-19-2012, 07:47 AM
BUHMPUH

Well, now that the resident crazyperson has asked, I guess I actually have to finish this thing. :tongue:

But seriously, I've been almost completely out of the loop for a while recently, and on the first day I come back to the forum to check out how things are going, this thread gets bumped after several weeks of inactivity.

I'm taking it as a sign.

(Plus, if I start now and do like four or five per day, I can finish it before the year is halfway through. :eyes:)

dcmetal108
06-19-2012, 07:52 AM
At this point do you even remember what order everything was in.

Natrlhi
06-19-2012, 09:53 AM
At this point do you even remember what order everything was in.
The sad part is, I've had the finalized list in a spreadsheet since before the first of the year. The only thing I haven't had the time to do is post all of the damn mini-reviews (partly due to the fact that I actually listen to each album again while I'm writing, so the review actually makes sense to how I feel about the album and not my distant memory of it).

So the short answer is, "yes". :tongue:

Natrlhi
06-19-2012, 10:49 AM
#46 is a sludge / doom album by a band that I've been trying to like for a while now, and this year's release finally did it for me.

#46 - YOB
Not quite, but close. Witness:

http://orlandooomdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/rwake_rest_art.jpg?w=420
46. Rwake - Rest

So as I mentioned in my hint, I’ve been trying to like Rwake for a while now, and their 2011 release finally did it for me. Maybe it was the extra touch of the well-placed atmospheric parts in between the crushing parts, or maybe it was the creative use of things like acoustic guitar here and there, or maybe nothing at all has changed about this band’s sound and I was simply in a better mood or a more open frame of mind when I listened to it, but one way or another, this album managed to not only capture but also hold my interest for many repeated listens. I wouldn’t really expect a sludge outfit from Arkansas to sound like this, but then again I don’t know if I can really say what a sludge outfit from Arkansas “should” sound like. I just know I like this album a lot. It’s crushing and brutal in many places. In others, it is heavy yet beautiful at the same time. At times, it reminds me of Neurosis, and at other times I hear bands like Mastodon at work (in fact, the epic track “The Culling” is at times quite reminiscent of “Hearts Alive”). At any rate, in my humble opinion, this is Rwake’s finest work to date.

Natrlhi
06-19-2012, 01:41 PM
#45 is another doom album, by a band that I had never heard of before last year, and whom I'm really sorry I missed on tour in 2011.

#45 - Rwake
Again, close, but no cigar. As mentioned in the previous mini-review, I had heard Rwake before, but they just hadn’t clicked with me yet. On the other hand, until last year, I had never heard of this band:

http://www.profoundlorerecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DarkCastle-SurrenderToAllLifeBeyondForm.jpg
45. Dark Castle - Surrender to All Life Beyond Form

…and had I heard this colossal album prior to their tour last year with YOB, I definitely would have tried my best to attend the show. Holy fuck. Just, holy fucking fuck. This band absolutely rocks, and what’s more, there are only two people in it. Much like Black Cobra, Jucifer and a few other two-person outfits, Dark Castle manage to make enough noise for about four or five folks. Not only that, but the music is compelling as all get-out. It’s not just your standard run-of-the-mill straightforward doom. It’s more like SubRosa and a handful of other excellent doom bands that know when to be somewhat quiet, and when to knock your fucking socks off. There are dramatic changes in pace, volume and tone throughout this album, but through it all, Dark Castle easily manage to keep the listener’s attention by crafting music that’s so interesting that it’s impossible to lose one's focus on it. On the one hand, the bone-grinding riff that pervades “Seeing Through Time”, one of the album’s most crushing tracks, is simply awesome. On the other hand, there are tracks such as the synth-driven “To Hide Is to Die”, which rely on an eerie sense of mysterious atmospherics punctuated by some truly haunting spoken-word vocals from the mega-talented Stevie Floyd to convey an equally serious sense of dread. All in all, this album is only thirty-three minutes long (perhaps one of the few aspects with which I might take issue), yet it feels like a journey of epic proportions whenever I listen to it. Awesome stuff.

kalfitegrdan
06-19-2012, 10:26 PM
:party:

Natrlhi
06-20-2012, 08:17 AM
:party:

I feel like I'm in the Special Olympics and people are parked at the finish line cheering way louder than is necessary just because it looks like I might finish the race. :lol:

kalfitegrdan
06-20-2012, 08:22 AM
I feel like I'm in the Special Olympics and people are parked at the finish line cheering way louder than is necessary just because it looks like I might finish the race. :lol:

I just really enjoy reading your reviews. You articulate very well and it makes me want to check out things that I normally probably wouldn't at first glance.

Natrlhi
06-20-2012, 08:29 AM
I just really enjoy reading your reviews. You articulate very well and it makes me want to check out things that I normally probably wouldn't at first glance.Thanks, man. It's good to know that the effort pays dividends in the way of folks checking out new stuff that they might have otherwise missed.

Just for that, I'm gonna make another post here in a short while. :D

EDIT: Here's a hint at the next one...I have been listening to it this morning - and no, it's not Collective Soul. ;)

Natrlhi
06-20-2012, 07:24 PM
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44. Demonical - Death Infernal

This album is my first experience with this Swedish death metal outfit, and I can tell you for sure it won't be my last. This may be only their third full-length album, but don't be fooled. Most of these cats are death metal veterans. Two of the founding members were also long-time members of Centinex, and they've been in the death metal game for decades. The first thing that caught my ear was that beautiful sick-ass buzzsaw guitar tone. People who know me, know I'm a sucker for that shit. Then, as I listened intently, I noticed not one or two but at least three or four different styles of death metal on this album, and they are all done well. There are moments of pure old-school death metal, to be sure, but there are also moments where bands such as Unleashed & Amon Amarth are being channeled, and others where the influence of At the Gates and Arch Enemy can be heard in spades. I mean, what more could a general death metal fan want than a band who can not only play several different styles of death metal, but who can do it well, while also making it all sound cohesive? Sounds like a win-win-win to me, folks.

...and did I mention that sweet-ass guitar tone?

Natrlhi
06-20-2012, 07:40 PM
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43. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony

OK, so here's the deal. I've been back and forth on this band for some time now. At first, I checked them out because of the insane amount of love they get on this forum. I liked what I heard, but it didn't take long for me to start dismissing it all as a whole lot of technical wankery. However, being the eternal optimist that I am (:eyes: ;)), I decided to keep my mind open, and when these guys put out something that was not only technically amazing but also compelling to listen to for more than fifteen minutes, I would give them another shot. This album basically did it for me. Not only is the musicianship outstanding, but the atmosphere, production, songwriting and the whole rest of it is all there as well. Plus, I like it. It keeps my attention, and I have a desire to hear it again after it's done. The symphonic bits can be a bit off-putting if you're not in the mood for that sort of thing on that particular day, but luckily the band collectively has a proverbial lead foot on the accelerator often enough that pure power typically wins the day over beauty...and by the way, isn't that the way things generally should be in metal?

Natrlhi
06-20-2012, 08:06 PM
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42. Omega Massif - Karpatia

I first discovered this band a few years ago when I was searching for more post-metal and / or heavy instrumental music to sink my hungry teeth into. Now mind you, this German quartet is labeled as sludge and not exactly post-metal, but in their case I think the line between the two distinctions is rather blurry. To wit, there are moments of fierce up-tempo pounding on this album that definitely fit more in the sludge genre than in post-metal, but there are also three of the six songs on this album which are at least ten minutes long, and the pacing on some of those is much more like something Isis or Mouth of the Architect would do rather than Eyehategod or Acid Bath. At any rate, regardless of what genre they best fit into, this band definitely knows how to keep it heavy. Their first full-length left me a little underwhelmed, but this one grabbed me more strongly. I can hear bits and pieces of some of my favorite bands such as Cult of Luna in this material, and at the same time, these guys seem to have a style which is also almost completely their own, which is to say that I don't think I've heard anything else that's exactly like it. Anyhow, if you're looking for something heavy as fuck, with absolutely no vocals, and don't mind the speed of the ride changing from a nice gallop to an almost maddeningly slow crawl (and back again) from time to time, then go ahead and check this out. A word of caution, though - you have to strap in for this one. Ten or fifteen minutes isn't going to cut it - you have to be down for the full ride, or this isn't going to make much sense. If you are properly prepared, however, this album is a pretty powerful trip.

mastodon421
06-21-2012, 05:34 AM
Fleshgod:rocker:

smearCampaign
06-21-2012, 05:59 AM
I really enjoyed that Demonical album... Fleshgod not nearly as much....

Omega Massif sounds like something I need to check out. Thanks for the recommendation, good sir.

GarageMetal468
06-21-2012, 07:45 AM
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44. Demonical - Death Infernal

This album is my first experience with this Swedish death metal outfit, and I can tell you for sure it won't be my last. This may be only their third full-length album, but don't be fooled. Most of these cats are death metal veterans. Two of the founding members were also long-time members of Centinex, and they've been in the death metal game for decades. The first thing that caught my ear was that beautiful sick-ass buzzsaw guitar tone. People who know me, know I'm a sucker for that shit. Then, as I listened intently, I noticed not one or two but at least three or four different styles of death metal on this album, and they are all done well. There are moments of pure old-school death metal, to be sure, but there are also moments where bands such as Unleashed & Amon Amarth are being channeled, and others where the influence of At the Gates and Arch Enemy can be heard in spades. I mean, what more could a general death metal fan want than a band who can not only play several different styles of death metal, but who can do it well, while also making it all sound cohesive? Sounds like a win-win-win to me, folks.

...and did I mention that sweet-ass guitar tone?

Damn dude. You need to listen to Entombed and Dismember immediately.

w00tasaurus
06-21-2012, 09:40 AM
demonical

wtf, how come I'm just hearing about this band now? I don't recall any discussion about them on this site or elsewhere. It's excellent :)

Natrlhi
06-21-2012, 09:45 AM
Damn dude. You need to listen to Entombed and Dismember immediately.You're preaching to the choir, bud. I'm a big fan of theirs already. :cool:

wtf, how come I'm just hearing about this band now? I don't recall any discussion about them on this site or elsewhere. It's excellent :)I know, right? I felt the same way. Hopefully they'll start getting the exposure they deserve. I had a chance to review this album for an external web site last year, and sadly I dropped the ball on it. Wish I would have gotten to it, though. These guys are great.

smearCampaign
06-21-2012, 11:21 AM
wtf, how come I'm just hearing about this band now? I don't recall any discussion about them on this site or elsewhere. It's excellent :)

Their previous album Hellsworn is really solid too.

w00tasaurus
06-21-2012, 11:26 AM
Their previous album Hellsworn is really solid too.

thanks, I'll check it out!

Natrlhi
06-21-2012, 12:56 PM
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41. Death Grips - Ex-Military

Not that anyone was previously aware of this, but I have been a selective fan of rap music since I discovered an outfit called N.W.A. during my freshman year at college. Over the years, I have enjoyed the lyrical and rhythmic stylings of such various artists as Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Ice T, Public Enemy, Geto Boys and many others. In short, I have heard lots of rap music. I haven’t dug every single thing I’ve heard, but I would definitely say I’ve liked a variety of different styles. However, when a bunch of folks on this forum started making a big deal about this group / album last year, I decided to check it out. All I can say is, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it – and that’s saying a lot. I mean, this definitely isn’t the first time electric guitars have been used in rap before (Body Count did it decades ago), but never before have I heard them featured quite like this. Plus, the rhymes are sick, the beats are infectious, the lyrics are insane but compelling, the samples are extremely well-placed and used to excellent effect (I heard both The Prodigy and Beastie Boys in the one track, and Pet Shop Boys in another!), and the heavy inclinations towards an electronic-inspired sound are all welcome departures from typical rap music. In short, this music is definitely a breath of fresh air in a genre which has become somewhat stagnated with scads of wannabes and sound-alikes. These cats are innovators – blazing new territory with confidence and fierce determination – and the result of their collective passion is one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard in any genre for quite some time.

Natrlhi
06-21-2012, 01:07 PM
Some hints for the next batch:

#40 contains what might be the longest individual song recorded by a metal (or any?) artist last year.

#39 blackened post-metal, anyone?

#38 is a fresh-sounding death metal album by a band who hasn't stood out from the crowd for me...until now.

#37 is another death metal album that, while being very similar to the band's previous work, is still ridiculously good in spite of its predictability (which isn't always a bad thing).

#36 is a fresh-sounding stoner metal album by a band who hasn't stood out from the crowd for me...until now.

w00tasaurus
06-21-2012, 02:26 PM
#40 contains what might be the longest individual song recorded by a metal (or any?) artist last year.

#36 is a fresh-sounding stoner metal album by a band who hasn't stood out from the crowd for me...until now.

40: Mournful Congregation
36: Giant Squid

:)

smearCampaign
06-21-2012, 02:56 PM
#37 is another death metal album that, while being very similar to the band's previous work, is still ridiculously good in spite of its predictability (which isn't always a bad thing).

Vader?

kalfitegrdan
06-21-2012, 10:09 PM
Not that anyone was previously aware of this, but I have been a selective fan of rap music since I discovered an outfit called N.W.A. during my freshman year at college. Over the years, I have enjoyed the lyrical and rhythmic stylings of such various artists as Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Ice T, Public Enemy, Geto Boys and many others. In short, I have heard lots of rap music. I haven’t dug every single thing I’ve heard, but I would definitely say I’ve liked a variety of different styles. However, when a bunch of folks on this forum started making a big deal about this group / album last year, I decided to check it out. All I can say is, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it – and that’s saying a lot. I mean, this definitely isn’t the first time electric guitars have been used in rap before (Body Count did it decades ago), but never before have I heard them featured quite like this. Plus, the rhymes are sick, the beats are infectious, the lyrics are insane but compelling, the samples are extremely well-placed and used to excellent effect (I heard both The Prodigy and Beastie Boys in the one track, and Pet Shop Boys in another!), and the heavy inclinations towards an electronic-inspired sound are all welcome departures from typical rap music. In short, this music is definitely a breath of fresh air in a genre which has become somewhat stagnated with scads of wannabes and sound-alikes. These cats are innovators – blazing new territory with confidence and fierce determination – and the result of their collective passion is one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard in any genre for quite some time.

Really? Recommended tracks? I listened to that Guillotine song and hated it.

Natrlhi
06-26-2012, 11:38 AM
40: Mournful CongregationVERY good guess, but no. The track I'm referring to is actually about five minutes longer than that one. Also, I don't really listen to Mournful Congregation (no particular reason, I just haven't checked them out).

#36 is a fresh-sounding stoner metal album by a band who hasn't stood out from the crowd for me...until now.
36: Giant SquidUmmm...have you looked at my avatar (which hasn't changed in about three years)?

Vader?http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_19UH5Uo-19c/TU9qTA_GqfI/AAAAAAAABVk/VKNB12FXANk/s400/Perhaps-Possibly.jpg

Really? Recommended tracks? I listened to that Guillotine song and hated it.I like pretty much all of it, but I suppose I'd have to say tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 12 are among my favorites.

Natrlhi
06-26-2012, 12:21 PM
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40. U.S. Christmas - The Valley Path

According to the band's page on the web site of their current label (Neurot Recordings): "U.S. Christmas is a band from the Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. The band plays a unique brand of psychedelic, high-volume blues rock that evades any easy classification." I concur. The closest comparison I can make is to sludgy post-metal acts such as Yakuza or Minsk (incidentally, frontman Nate Hall - if indeed this collective actually has a frontperson per se - was wearing a Minsk shirt when I saw them opening for Baroness in 2009). This particular recording from USX, as they are known by their fans, is comprised of a single track which is almost forty minutes long (which in turn consists of approximately five different "movements"). It's tempting to call it an EP, but technically I believe it is considered to be a full-length album. Either way, the epic track is said to be inspired by a concept which was conceived by one of the album's songwriters (I forget who it was, but I read it in an interview somewhere), who said he was sitting on his porch looking across the road at the forest and thinking about what it would sound like if they could write an album that would capture the essence of what was going on inside that forest...or something like that. All I know is that the concept was deep, and indeed, the track sounds like it was inspired by events which were slow-moving, expansive and ancient. The mournful violin of Meghan Mulhearn can often be heard deftly accenting the multitude of guitars and drums that repetitively drive the music. The whole thing just drags the listener in, inducing an almost trance-like state. It's just fantastic stuff. One word of caution, though - this is not an album that can be taken in small doses. It must be experienced in its entirety, if the full effect is to be understood. This isn't something you put on in your car while you're driving to the store. This isn't workout music. You're not going to hear this at a house party (I don't care how "metal" the party is). This is headphone music. This is music that is best enjoyed during downtime, or whilst doing something repetitive that requires little to no focus (like writing a music review, for example ;)). All this being said, even though this album may be somewhat challenging, it is also extremely rewarding.

mastodon421
06-26-2012, 12:49 PM
If you thought Exmillitary was good, check out The Money Store ASAP (If you haven't already). Blows Exmillitary out of the water and hopefully their second album of this year will be just as good.

slapguitarer
06-26-2012, 03:58 PM
I'm no too sure I agree with that, but The Money Store is the tits.

w00tasaurus
06-26-2012, 04:11 PM
Ummm...have you looked at my avatar (which hasn't changed in about three years)?


haha, no I didn't notice :)

Natrlhi
06-27-2012, 10:51 AM
If you thought Exmillitary was good, check out The Money Store ASAP (If you haven't already). Blows Exmillitary out of the water and hopefully their second album of this year will be just as good.I have checked out The Money Store, and hell yeah, it is good. :fist:

Natrlhi
07-07-2012, 08:38 PM
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39. deafheaven - Roads to Judah

Does anybody remember that old Reese's commercial where they go "hey, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter!"? Well, speaking of two great tastes that taste great together, I just love they way bands like deafheaven are fusing black metal with post-metal nowadays. Now don't get me wrong - just because I like stuff from both genres doesn't mean I'm gonna rubber stamp anything that combines the two - in fact, quite the contrary. Combining genres like this can spell disaster when it's not done well, but in this case, the result is damn decent. It definitely doesn't hurt that I got a chance to meet their frontman George Clark at their show with Russian Circles last year, and he's quite the well-spoken, intelligent guy. So in short, everything about this band has impressed me so far. I'm interested to see what they do next.

Natrlhi
07-07-2012, 08:52 PM
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38. Jungle Rot - Kill on Command

Now in keeping with the hint that I gave, I will stipulate that I haven't listened to any of this band's previous material in earnest, but I have tried some of it out, and I just don't seem to remember being that impressed. It was good, but it sounded like so much other death metal I'd heard before, that I just filed it under "more of the same". However, that all changed with this album. I can't really say what it was - whether the production was just a touch better, or the riffs were just a little bit catchier, or the overall tone of the album was just a bit more intense, or what (probably a little bit of "all of the above") - but these guys got my attention for sure with this one. It's the first Jungle Rot album that not only made me want to listen to it again, but I even started watching out for them on tour so I could check them out live. Speaking of which, I don't remember the reason I had to miss their show with Deicide in Cleveland a few months ago, but I can tell you that they were definitely the primary reason I wanted to go. Plus, how could you not love an album with such awesome cover art? ;)

Natrlhi
07-07-2012, 09:23 PM
#37 is another death metal album that, while being very similar to the band's previous work, is still ridiculously good in spite of its predictability (which isn't always a bad thing).
Vader?
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_19UH5Uo-19c/TU9qTA_GqfI/AAAAAAAABVk/VKNB12FXANk/s400/Perhaps-Possibly.jpg

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37. Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Yeah, the man nailed it - and quite frankly, so did Vader. Again. It's almost getting to the point that you can predict exactly what the next Vader album is going to sound like - all you have to do is listen to the one before it (or the one before that). Yet, while this syndrome is the kiss of death for a great many bands, it is the crown jewel for others (bands such as Bolt Thrower, Amon Amarth, Unleashed and Entombed come to mind). I don't really know why some bands get away with it and others don't - and I'm as guilty as anyone at being "inconsistent" in this regard - but all I know is that as I listened to this album for the first time, I sat there and nodded my head and I remember thinking two things: "yup, it sounds pretty much like the last one", and "I can't wait to press play again when it's over". What else can one say?

Natrlhi
07-07-2012, 09:41 PM
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36. Weedeater - Jason...The Dragon

Now in keeping with the hint that I gave, I will stipulate that I haven't listened to much of this band's previous material in earnest, but I have tried some of it out, and I just don't seem to remember being that impressed. It was good, but it sounded like so much other stoner metal I'd heard before, that I just filed it under "more of the same". However, that all changed with this album. I can't really say what it was - whether the production was just a touch better, or the riffs were just a little bit catchier, or the overall tone of the album was just a bit more compelling, or what (probably a little bit of "all of the above") - but these guys got my attention for sure with this one. It's the first Weedeater album that not only made me want to listen to it again, but I even started watching out for them on tour so I could check them out live. Speaking of which, I don't remember the reason I had to miss their show with ASG and Cough in Pittsburgh a few months ago, but I can tell you that they were definitely the primary reason I wanted to go.

Does the above look familiar? Well that's because I quoted it verbatim (almost), because it fits. But seriously, this is the album that really got me interested in Weedeater. Everything they did before this was mildly interesting to me at best (granted, I hadn't spent much time with their material, but I'd like to think there was a reason for that) - but this one grabbed my attention like a motherfucker. It's a bit short, but it's fantastic. If I knew their previous material more, I might be willing to hazard a guess that this is their best album yet.

Natrlhi
07-07-2012, 10:07 PM
Some hints for the next batch:

#35 is a black metal album by a band who hasn't stood out from the crowd for me...until now.

#34 is a post-metal / post-rock album that may not be as legendary as the band's previous work (yet), but was still extremely good IMO.

#33 is an excellent album from a band whom many refer to as a post-metal outfit, and while I might debate that, I can't totally disagree.

#32 technical black metal, anyone?

#31 is an album that's just barely metal, and few folks on this site have even heard of (much less listened to), but more's the pity because it fucking rules.

GarageMetal468
07-07-2012, 11:03 PM
Some hints for the next batch:

#35 is a black metal album by a band who hasn't stood out from the crowd for me...until now.

Taake?

#32 technical black metal, anyone?

When I think technical black metal I think Direwolf, but I'm gonna guess it's Taake again? I dunno, that's all I can think of.

Natrlhi
07-07-2012, 11:21 PM
No, but I have a fun idea - you should keep guessing Taake for every one and see if it eventually ends up being the correct answer. :lol:

GarageMetal468
07-07-2012, 11:31 PM
No, but I have a fun idea - you should keep guessing Taake for every one and see if it eventually ends up being the correct answer. :lol:

Sounds good! :D


#31 is an album that's just barely metal, and few folks on this site have even heard of (much less listened to), but more's the pity because it fucking rules.

Is it Taake?!??!!

Natrlhi
07-08-2012, 06:57 PM
Is it Taake?!??!!Yes!

Wait...no. It's not.

Natrlhi
08-14-2012, 07:00 PM
Holy shit is this getting embarrassing.

So...stick a fork in this or finish it? At this point, it's more of a bad joke at my expense than anything else...

slapguitarer
08-14-2012, 07:03 PM
Just post the final list.

illuminatus917
08-14-2012, 07:04 PM
Post it without reviews. I'd like to see again how similar it was to mine.

Natrlhi
08-14-2012, 07:07 PM
Just post the final list.Sheeit, where's the fun in that?

slapguitarer
08-14-2012, 07:19 PM
Sheeit, where's the fun in that?

I get to judge your character solely on what albums were in your Top 10 of 2011.

illuminatus917
08-14-2012, 07:33 PM
I get to judge your character solely on what albums were in your Top 10 of 2011.

Then he's of the utmost character. He had a killer top 10.

mankvill
08-14-2012, 10:21 PM
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#

BAND NAME

ALBUM NAME

One or two sentences about the album.

Standout tracks:

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Feel free to quote that to make it go faster.

Natrlhi
08-15-2012, 05:12 AM
^ That's exactly what I've been doing, you frigging goofball. The two key exceptions are that I've been writing a bit more than two sentences (which really isn't what makes it take long), and that I haven't been naming standout tracks (which WOULD make it take longer, because then I'd have to listen to everything on the album and make choices).

The real issue is that I have so many other important tasks to do, that I can seldom justify taking time out to do this. When I do it, it's not really all that time-consuming. I just have to get back into it and force it to completion, that's all. I was just checking to see if anybody is even interested at this point.

Thanks for the sage advice, though. What would I do without you, son? :lovedup:

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 08:18 PM
Fuck it. I'm going to try to finish this. I'm home alone on Saturday night, the girls are sleeping (for the moment), and I'm bored.

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35. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage

Not much to say about this one, other than it's a highly solid black metal album by a band that others have made a much bigger deal about for a much longer time than I have. However, it was enough to make me take notice more than I have before. I've nothing against this band, I've just never appreciated them that much until listening to this album a few times.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 08:25 PM
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34. Explosions in the Sky- Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

So yeah - I don't quite get how so many people said they were disappointed by this release. I fucking loved it, and I still do. I mean, from the addicting snare rhythm that drives the first track through the whole rest of the album, I found nothing but layer after layer of great stuff. The only thing that stops this from being another "The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place", in my mind, is that it just simply has not been around long enough to be called a "classic" EITS album. Other than that, I don't see what all the anti-fuss is about. This is yet another kickass instrumental post-rock album from one of the best bands in the business. Period.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 08:33 PM
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33. The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance

So I tried a few years ago to like this band, and their material upto that point just didn't quite cut it for me. They were good, but not great. Then I saw them live (opening for another band). They were quite good. Their stock went up a few points. Then they released this. Holy shit. I love it. Hell, the third track alone (the incredibly bombastic "Holes in the Desert") alone is worth the price of admission. This band is going places, I think. Too bad they sucked ass live when I saw them for the second time opening for Yakuza in Chicago last year. I think they were just too tired from the tour, or drunk from the homecoming with all their friends (or maybe a bit of both). Still, this album is definitely worth checking out if you like angsty post-metal with plenty of layered, screaming vocals.

EDIT: Plus, that album cover it tits. Literally.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 08:47 PM
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32. Absu - Abzu

Apologies to the other albums - the only decent photo of the album cover I could find for this one was larger than the ones I've been using for all the other albums I've quoted thus far. But then again, it's Absu, so fuck the rest of those albums. In all seriousness, though - it's Absu. They are incapable of making a bad record, I think. If you like your black metal fast, aggressive and tight as fuck, then these guys are the ones you want (either them, or maybe Anaal Nathrakh, but I'll talk more about AN later, if you get my drift). Anyway, this album just simply rips. That's it. If you're a fan, then you already know what I'm talking about. If not, then I don't advise you check this out, because quite frankly, you can't handle it.

illuminatus917
09-08-2012, 08:53 PM
Oh shit, we're on a roll. :party: :fist:

I definitely agree with your placement of Celestial Lineage. A fine album, but not BM album of the year status or anything like that.


Apologies to the other albums - the only decent photo of the album cover I could find for this one was larger than the ones I've been using for all the other albums I've quoted thus far.

This is what I use...

http://www.picresize.com/

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 08:56 PM
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31. Grails -Deep Politics

So I'm not sure how many people on this forum know about this incredible band, but if you don't, you should. At their core, they are basically an instrumental post-rock / post-metal outfit - but the reality of this band is that they are so much more than that. Their masterpiece is still 2007's "Burning Off Impurities", I think, but this album is right up there among their best. This is one of their trippier outings, to be sure. Some of it reminds me of 1970's psychedlic movie soundtrack music. It's just...hard to describe what Grails does in mere words. Suffice to say that if you like trippy, experimental instrumental post-rock, then you owe it to yourself to check this band out. This is one of their better albums. Their whole catalog is good, but it varies quite a bit from one album to the next, so a little exploring is advised if you're going to give them a serious chance.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 09:06 PM
This is what I use...

http://www.picresize.com/Thanks for the link. I'll have to check that out.

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30. Cynic - Carbon-Based Anatomy

It's Cynic. Come on. Of course it's fucking awesome. The only thing that prevents this album from being higher on this list is that it's an EP, and so by nature, it's short and therefore suffers from the disadvantage that most EP's do in that they have to hit all the harder in a shorter period of time in order to climb up a list like this. This album does, though. I mean, the title track is simply unreal. So good. "Box Up My Bones" is another great track, too. Even the so-called "filler" tracks serve their purpose very nicely, which is to make this admittedly brief album an enticing glimpse of what this band is capable of producing. I'm looking forward to their next full-length with highest expectations.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 09:17 PM
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29. sleepmakeswaves - ...and so we destroyed everything

Almost as if they were making a subtle nod to post-rock phenoms TWDY, these Aussies decided to do them one better and name the album "...and so we destroyed everything" (emphasis added by yours truly). Indeed. This album truly does just that. I have to admit that this is my first true foray into this band's work, but judging by the comments made by several folks on this forum whose opinions I trust, I knew I'd like them a great deal. I especially love how triumphant this music often is. It's like a bad mood's worst fucking enemy. Note that I ranked this album just a bit higher than this year's release from EITS, and that is neither a coincidence, nor an oversight, nor a decision that I took lightly. This album straight up deserves it. It's simply fucking fantastic.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 09:28 PM
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28. Battles - Gloss Drop

...and now for what might be the most non-metal entry on my list this year - Battles. Holy shit, though - metal or not - this album is simply fucking phenomenal. I mean, the musicianship on this thing is simply off the charts. I've been a fan of these guys for several years now, but this is definitely their magnus opus thus far. I mean, seriously. This is just so good. For those not familiar, this band is an experimental rock three-piece from New York City who have been wowing audiences with their unique blend of rock, electronics and jazz for over a decade now. The thing about this band is, that it's one thing to be experimental, it's another thing to be talented, and it's still another thing entirely to be interesting. These guys hit the nail square on the head on all three accounts, and as I said, they've never done a better job of it than they've done here. Prepare to have your bottom jaw hit the floor.

mankvill
09-08-2012, 09:33 PM
IT'S HAPPENING

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 09:38 PM
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27. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

Technically, this album is pretty far from being metal as well, but thanks to the guitars that feature heavily in this band's songs, they've managed to capture the attention of quite a few metalheads. At their core, though, this French duo is an electronic group, and on this album in particular, their sound is almost as much disco as it is metal. At the same time, though, it's hard for any music lover to deny the infectious appeal of tracks such as "Horsepower", "Canon" and the mega grand-slam "Civilization". It's like Queen filtered through Paul Oakenfold's mixing board or something. I don't know quite how to describe it, but this album is just so damned cool I could (and often have) play it on loop for hours.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 09:56 PM
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26. Primus - Green Naugahyde

With all due deference to He Who Never Posts Here Anymore...your indifference to / disdain for this band is just something that we'll have to agree to disagree on. For me, Primus is a band that's just about impossible to categorize, and so it came as no surprise to me to hear that they are the only band to have their own genre on iTunes (which is quite simply listed as "Primus"). One of the saddest days in music for me was when I heard that this band were calling it quits, and the news was even tougher to take because in all the time I had been a fan, I had never seen them live. Fast forward to today, and I've now seen them twice since they reunited, and then they released this album. Let's just say that if you think they were going to pick up where the severely anti-climatic "Antipop" left off, think again. This album is a triumphant return to form for this unique and awesome band. Tracks like "Hennepin Crawler", "Tragedy's a' Comin' " and "Last Salmon Man" prove that these guys haven't lost their edge one bit. The phenomenally creepy "Jilly's on Smack" might just be one of the best songs they've ever written. Primus is back, bitches!

illuminatus917
09-08-2012, 10:06 PM
With all due deference to He Who Never Posts Here Anymore...your indifference to / disdain for this band is just something that we'll have to agree to disagree on. For me, Primus is a band that's just about impossible to categorize, and so it came as no surprise to me to hear that they are the only band to have their own genre on iTunes (which is quite simply listed as "Primus"). One of the saddest days in music for me was when I heard that this band were calling it quits, and the news was even tougher to take because in all the time I had been a fan, I had never seen them live. Fast forward to today, and I've now seen them twice since they reunited, and then they released this album. Let's just say that if you think they were going to pick up where the severely anti-climatic "Antipop" left off, think again. This album is a triumphant return to form for this unique and awesome band. Tracks like "Hennepin Crawler", "Tragedy's a' Comin' " and "Last Salmon Man" prove that these guys haven't lost their edge one bit. The phenomenally creepy "Jilly's on Smack" might just be one of the best songs they've ever written. Primus is back, bitches!

We can just refer to him as this from now on. :lol: And capitalize the first letter of each word out of respect.

I guess this list just wouldn't be right without some curve balls, as He Who Never Posts Here Anymore put it (I think?) an EOY list or two ago. Battle? Justice? Yeah... never heard of these bands. :eyes:

At least I have stuff to look up now that I know I looked over last year.

When I wake up at 12:00pm tomorrow this list better be finished.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 10:10 PM
IT'S HAPPENINGshut the fuck up or you will jinx it you fucker

But seriously...Top 25 time, bitches.

So, would now be a bad time to mention that my top 25 has actually been posted on the internet since around the first of the year? True story. For those of you who know where it is, thanks for not ruining the incredibly anti-climactic surprise. :D

Anyhoo, thanks for hanging in there. Moving on:

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25. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Interesting title aside, this album is just another day at the office for one of the founding bands in post-rock...which is to say that the album is simply fucking incredible. The bittersweet part of this, perhaps, is that Mogwai has been so good at what they do, and for so long, that folks have just come to expect an album like this from this band, and so no one is surprised anymore. At any rate, here's the non-shocker of the day: Mogwai has knocked the fucking ball out of the park again. Ho hum, I guess. Go on about your business, I suppose. Nothing to see here - just another incredible album from Mogwai. Move along.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 10:20 PM
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24. Vektor - Outer Isolation

This one might get some panties in a twist. I know, I know - these guys are as often accused of being over-rated as they are of being deified by their rabid fan base (several of whom are regulars on this forum, as we all know). The truth of the matter as far as I'm concerned is that, while Vektor may or may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, and may or may not be the best nu-thrash band out there today, they are still damned talented, damned interesting, and they sound a shitload like Voivod to me, which is something that no other band that has ever existed can claim (and it's a truly high compliment in my book). So, love them or hate them, here they sit at number 24 on my list. I'm sure no one will be happy about this, because the haters will say that they should be much lower and the fanboys will say that they should be at the very top, but I'd like to think I'm just enough of a centrist to have parked them just about right where I think they belong - a very respectable spot for a very respectable album.

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 10:32 PM
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23. Batillus -Furnace

The short explanation on this one is that, the first time I heard it, I hated it. Then, I found out that Batillus were playing a show I was going to see, so I listened to this album again. I found some stuff I liked. Then I listened more, and found more stuff I liked. Then, I saw them live. Holy shit. It was like getting run over by a tank. A tank being driven by Moby Fucking Dick. Repeatedly. Now I love this album. The payoff may take a while to get to sometimes, but when you do - for example, the driving part in the middle of "...And the World Is As Night to Them" - holy fucking shit is it worth it. Sweet Satan, that section of that song is awesome. So it goes that I'm beginning to learn that, in order to appreciate truly good doom music, sometimes you have to learn to be patient. Very patient. However, as the old saying goes, truly fucking bombastically awesome things come to he who waits. Or something like that. :D

tl;dr: HOLY FUCKING SHIT BATMAN THIS ALBUM IS :bricks::bricks::bricks:

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 10:59 PM
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22. Black Cobra - Invernal

I hadn't heard much of this band's material before I saw them on tour a few years ago with High on Fire, but what I saw that night got me interested. However, aside from an unhealthy addiction to the track "Chronosphere", my interest in this band was rather fleeting as I quickly passed on to other more interesting things. Then they released this album. Wow. Now this is some fantastic stuff. Riffy as all get-out, I'm telling ya. The production is better, too, and it allows the listener to hear everything that's going on in this sludgy maelstrom. Quite simply, this is Black Cobra's best work yet, and it's like a shot of steroids for a band that was probably already going places. Now they're just going to rage all the harder on their way to awesomeness, and I can't say I'm disappointed with that fact.

Also, I think this dude totally hit the nail on the head (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/black-cobra-invernal/) regarding this album. ;)

Natrlhi
09-08-2012, 11:12 PM
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21. Tombs - Path of Totality

Lest I get into a bunching of the panties with someone on this forum whose musical opinion I highly respect (mostly because he likes a lot of what I like :D), I think I'll just let this incredibly sexy online review (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/tombs-path-of-totality/) do most of the talking for me. Suffice to say that, the more I listen to this album, the more I realize why it got as much hype as it did last year. It's just so much better than the band's previous work, and although the production has a lot to do with it, it's so much more than that. I just think it's better written, better executed, and just an all-around better album. It's just a fantastic album, in my opinion - regardless of the hype factor.

treghet
09-08-2012, 11:31 PM
Holy shit all these posts just came out of nowhere!

Natrlhi
09-09-2012, 07:10 AM
Holy shit all these posts just came out of nowhere!Yeah, like I said at the top of page 21, I was bored and unoccupied. See what I'm capable of when I actually have some time on my hands for a change? ;)

Natrlhi
09-09-2012, 06:37 PM
http://www.soundshock.com/ArticleImage/News/Burzum-Fallen.jpg
20. Burzum - Fallen

I have to admit that I don't actually have a lot of experience with Burzum's material, but I remember not being all that impressed with the release previous to this one. It was one of those albums where it was easy to acknowledge the talent involved, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. This album, however, is quite different. It's much more melodic than I ever expected a band such as Burzum to be, and there are periods of quietness and atmospherics and just sheer...beauty. I mean, the track "Jeg Faller" alone is worth the price of admission - it's literally trance-inducing. In short, this is officially the album that got me interested in Burzum.

Natrlhi
09-09-2012, 06:54 PM
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19. Obscura - Omnivium

Now this guy right here (http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/obscura-omnivium/) knows what the fuck he is talking about. ;)

Aside from the above review, I'll just throw this little teaser out there. I don't know where the actual post is, but somewhere on this forum I can remember making a comment that this album might be the best tech death album that would come out last year, and for a while I was right, but eventually there was actually one album that topped it. Still, tracks such as "Septuagint", "Vortex Omnivium" and especially the extremely heavy "Ocean Gateways" prove that this is still one of the best technical death metal albums ever made.

LogicBomb
09-10-2012, 03:35 PM
I don't know where the actual post is, but somewhere on this forum I can remember making a comment that this album might be the best tech death album that would come out last year, and for a while I was right, but eventually there was actually one album that topped it.

ULCERATE

And if it isn't, it should be.

Natrlhi
09-10-2012, 07:06 PM
ULCERATE

And if it isn't, it should be.We shall see. ;)

illuminatus917
09-10-2012, 07:13 PM
ULCERATE

And if it isn't, it should be.

It's probably Origin.

I realize why it got as much hype as it did last year.

So you admit it then. ;)

Natrlhi
09-11-2012, 04:55 AM
It's probably Origin....because The Nat isn't cool enough to listen to Ulcerate. Is that what you're implying?!? ;)

So you admit it then. ;):lol: Sure, whilst simultaneously implying that the hype was more or less justified. :finger:

Sepultura69
10-02-2012, 06:22 PM
I'd like an order of "bump" please. With extra "Bump" on the side, thank you. Bump.

illuminatus917
10-02-2012, 06:24 PM
I'd like an order of "bump" please. With extra "Bump" on the side, thank you. Bump.

Do they serve that at Caspian?

Natrlhi
10-02-2012, 06:38 PM
I'd like an order of "bump" please. With extra "Bump" on the side, thank you. Bump.Duly noted! I'll see what I can muster up in a bit.

Do they serve that at Caspian?eye confus :confused:

Sepultura69
10-02-2012, 07:25 PM
eye confus :confused:

http://69.90.209.121/showthread.php?t=16228

Scroll down until you get to my post. :lol:

illuminatus917
10-02-2012, 07:35 PM
Sep69's always talking about that damn restaurant :lol:

Natrlhi
10-02-2012, 07:47 PM
Oh yeah, now I remember that conversation. I thought you were talking about the band and their new album somehow... :eyes:

Anyways, I think I'll make a few posts in here before I head upstairs for bed. So where was I?

Natrlhi
10-02-2012, 07:54 PM
Ah yes...number 18. Well, I'm a bit confused right now, because I specifically remember writing a mini-review for this, but it must have been deleted somehow, or not posted correctly. I'll look for it tomorrow when I have access to the laptop I was using at the time. Suffice to say it was this little gem:

http://musosguide.com/public_html/musos.wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/FUCKED-UP-DAVID-COMES-TO-LIFE-300x300.jpg
18. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Like I said, I'll try to find the blurb I wrote and post it later. If I can't find it, I'll write a new one.

EDIT: I never found it. So...what I remember from the blurb I wrote was that that it had something to do with the fact that this album is actually a concept album - an almost 80-minute long rock opera in four acts, to be exact - which tells a story about a character named David who works in a light bulb factory, and there's something about a girl named Veronica, and falling in love, and somebody dies, and shit like that...but mostly it was about how Fucked Up had a lot of balls making an album like this, considering they reside squarely in a genre where song lengths are typically measured in chunks of a minute or two, and the closest thing to a concept album is that all of the songs on an album are about the same subject such as hating the government, or something like that. At any rate, it's an ambitious album by a band that's so much more than your typical run-of-the-mill punk outfit, and as such, it deserves your attention.

Natrlhi
10-02-2012, 08:13 PM
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17. Helms Alee - Weatherhead

This is only the second LP from Seattle's sludgy power trio Helms Alee. Their debut album was one of my favorite releases from a band that I hadn't heard before back in 2008 when it came out. With expectations set dangerously high, I anxiously checked this out when it dropped and I was stunned. It might sound cliche to say this about a band that only has two albums out, but holy moley did these guys improve on their songwriting, musicianship, and basically every aspect of their craft since the previous album - and that album itself was stellar! Suffice to say that this isn't your typical stoner / sludge album. These folks have a very distinctive sound - in part because all three of them - two girls and a guy - share vocal duties equally, and in part because they love to bend and twist time signatures, pace, tone, vocal styles and just about every aspect of their music like they're purposely trying to lose the listener in the funnest game of "follow the leader" ever conceived. The thing is, they are so good at keeping the hook in your upper lip, that you're just dragged along helplessly while you simply sit back and enjoy the ride. It's really progressive stuff for a sludge band, but it's a load of fun, and very compelling. This band is terribly under-rated in my opinion, but hopefully this album will help to start changing that.

Natrlhi
10-02-2012, 08:20 PM
...and the girls are getting up, so I gotta go. Wifey isn't home from work yet. Just when I was getting on a roll, too.

Here are some fun clues to keep y'all busy...

The next one is the highest-ranking EP on my list. It shouldn't be hard to figure out...

The one after that can best be described as, "what pure rage sounds like".

The next one includes some of the best Bolt Thrower worship since Bolt Thrower themselves.

The one after that is by a death metal band who would be much better if they would only try to be heavy or something.

slapguitarer
10-02-2012, 08:47 PM
Weatherhead is an awesome, awesome record. So much fun to listen to. It wasn't all that high on my list, but my love for it grew in the beginning of this year.

illuminatus917
10-02-2012, 09:02 PM
...and the girls are getting up, so I gotta go. Wifey isn't home from work yet. Just when I was getting on a roll, too.

When I was a young child my loving parents used to keep me awake (by engaging me in rigorous activity) until midnight or later so when I finally did go to sleep, at the same time they did, I wouldn't wake up in the middle of the night and in turn wake them up.

Suffice to say I was probably the only infant in K-Mart at 11:30pm three nights a week.

(Hint, I just proposed a solution to prevent the very problem you're facing right now: force your children to stay awake until you decide to go to bed.)

;)

And you're probably wondering why you're reading parenting advice from a 22-year old. :lol: Carry on with the list.

Natrlhi
10-03-2012, 08:24 AM
When I was a young child my loving parents used to keep me awake (by engaging me in rigorous activity) until midnight or later so when I finally did go to sleep, at the same time they did, I wouldn't wake up in the middle of the night and in turn wake them up.

Suffice to say I was probably the only infant in K-Mart at 11:30pm three nights a week.

(Hint, I just proposed a solution to prevent the very problem you're facing right now: force your children to stay awake until you decide to go to bed.)

;)

And you're probably wondering why you're reading parenting advice from a 22-year old. :lol: Carry on with the list.:lol: Well actually, your advice was right on the money, and in fact I was basically already doing what you suggested, with one primary exception. Since they're only two months old, there's not much we can do to keep them awake and active aside from holding them and carrying them around, in which case they still tend to fall asleep. So, I had them in their swings in the living room, and when they woke up, it was time for the last feeding of the day and then off to bed.

What you suggested above is how we do things with our boys, though, in the summer time. The longer they stay up, the more we get to sleep in the morning. That shit doesn't fly when school starts, though. Keeping them awake is like signing our own death warrants in that case, because then the older one (who's in first grade) doesn't want to get up and the morning is pure hell for us. If I had kept them up past 9:00 last night, my wife would have strangled me because she's the one who would have had to deal with them this morning (I leave for work before his bus comes).

Needless to say, they were in bed at 8:50, because I fear my wife's wrath more than Satan himself. :nag: >>> :dfork:

DethMaiden
10-03-2012, 09:24 AM
Ah yes...number 18. Well, I'm a bit confused right now, because I specifically remember writing a mini-review for this, but it must have been deleted somehow, or not posted correctly. I'll look for it tomorrow when I have access to the laptop I was using at the time. Suffice to say it was this little gem:

http://musosguide.com/public_html/musos.wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/FUCKED-UP-DAVID-COMES-TO-LIFE-300x300.jpg
18. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Like I said, I'll try to find the blurb I wrote and post it later. If I can't find it, I'll write a new one.

This album sucks.

Natrlhi
10-03-2012, 10:31 AM
This album sucks.I call bullshit on your bullshit, you bullshitter. :D

Natrlhi
10-08-2012, 07:53 PM
Here are some fun clues to keep y'all busy...

The next one is the highest-ranking EP on my list. It shouldn't be hard to figure out...
So, not one fucking guess? You people are no fun. Anyway,

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61wyFiPjqPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
16. Giant Squid - Cenotes

So here's perhaps the least shocking album on the list. What might be a bit shocking, though, is that the album isn't rated even higher than it is, but hey - I'm trying to be honest here. The five songs which appear on this EP are great - there's no doubt about that - but the primary issues with this album as a whole are that it's simply too short, and to a lesser degree, that due to the album's brevity, it just doesn't quite seem fully-developed. However, at only five tracks, it's still well over thirty minutes long, and like I said the songs themselves are fantastic. Kudos to Jackie Gratz for taking even more risk on vocals, and to both her and Aaron for not only taking their song writing to new levels, but also for getting even more personal in the subject matter. Everything about this album indicates that the next full batch of songs by this one-of-a-kind band will be utterly fantastic, and after all, that's pretty much everything an EP should do.

...by the way, I also updated the review for Fucked Up above if you care to check it out.

Natrlhi
10-08-2012, 08:31 PM
Here are some fun clues to keep y'all busy...

The one after that can best be described as, "what pure rage sounds like".


http://pixhost.me/avaxhome/41/38/001b3841_medium.jpeg
15. Anaal Nathrakh - Passion

Shortest possible review is that it's not quite as ridiculously good as it's predecessor, but that it's still amazingly good. Slightly longer version is that, even though the album as a whole doesn't quite maintain the insane level of intensity as "Black Widow", there are still plenty of shockingly awesome moments. For example, even though the above clue "what rage sounds like" could be an apt description of not only the entire album as well as the whole of Anaal Nathrakh's catalog in general, the thing I really had in mind when I came up with the clue was one of the album's highlights - the almost scary "Tod Huetet Uebel", where the screaming vocals transcend mere death growls to become something different entirely. I specifically remember feeling almost concerned for the artist shreiking away into the microphone when I first heard this track. I couldn't tell if it was fear or rage that I was actually hearing, but it sure as fuck got my attention. The rest of the album is the same way - it's just...extremely intense - and so, so good.

illuminatus917
10-08-2012, 09:13 PM
I read once that when Medieval China actually used to execute people by sawing them in half from the groin up, they would force people to sit under the victim so the guts would spill out on them.

Natrlhi
10-08-2012, 09:16 PM
The next one includes some of the best Bolt Thrower worship since Bolt Thrower themselves.

http://meatmeadmetal.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/lm-gallows-300x300.jpg
14. Landmine Marathon - Gallows

Much like Arch Enemy, who proudly wear their love for grindcore founding fathers Carcass on their sleeves, Landmine Marathon make no secrets about the influence that the legends in Bolt Thrower have had on their sound (and even if they didn't admit it outright, one could hear it within a few minutes of listening). Also similarly to Arch Enemy, this band has a female screamer at the front of the stage who, although she admittedly may not be at all difficult to watch, can certainly hold her own with any dude in the business. The thing that really makes this band great, though, has less to do with who the frontperson is than it does with the fact that their riffs, like Bolt Thrower's, are just so unforgettably, ridiculously good. When these folks settle into one of their deep, infectious grooves and just start grinding shit up like a gigantic war machine, all I want to do is bang my head and thrash around and break shit. It's that simple. The music speaks for itself. No gimmicks necessary. This band eats other bands for a nice between-meals snack, and this is one of their best albums. Period.

Natrlhi
10-08-2012, 09:22 PM
I read once that when Medieval China actually used to execute people by sawing them in half from the groin up, they would force people to sit under the victim so the guts would spill out on them.
What a lovely story, young man. Now go get some therapy.

Sepultura69
12-05-2012, 12:32 AM
REVIVE POWERS--ACTIVATE!!!

Must not let this thread die!!! The year is over but the list isn't!! :hmm::hecho:

Natrlhi
12-05-2012, 02:56 PM
REVIVE POWERS--ACTIVATE!!!

Must not let this thread die!!! The year is over but the list isn't!! :hmm::hecho:
:lol: I don't know what would be more embarrassing at this point: finishing it or not finishing it.

Natrlhi
12-05-2012, 08:42 PM
Maybe I actually will finish this. I only had thirteen albums to go when I stopped the last time, and I already have reviews written for seven of them. Plus, the albums still deserve mentioning - even if they came out last year.

SomewhereInTime72
12-05-2012, 08:47 PM
Do it! :horns:

illuminatus917
12-05-2012, 08:47 PM
Plus, the albums still deserve mentioning - even if they came out last year.

Some of the albums that have yet to appear in this list are better than anything that came out this year.