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Datjazzfusion
01-01-2013, 11:48 AM
Unfortunately, being a relatively new fan and disciple of the glorious deity that is metal :bowdown: , I shall attempt (albeit with a substantial chance of failure) a time-honored tradition of Metalsetlists: List albums with a specific theme (Year, Overall Favorites, etc.) for the hell of it and present a brief synopsis of the represented album.

Feel encouraged to critique, comment, criticize, commend, or castrate ( the latter, which I would rather not fall victim to :snivel: ) me on the albums of choice, writing style, blibbity blabbity blah.

Join me on this doomed quest of A Noob's Personal Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century.

slapguitarer
01-01-2013, 12:22 PM
This should go in the "album reviews" sub-forum.

Datjazzfusion
01-01-2013, 01:09 PM
This should go in the "album reviews" sub-forum.

Alright thanks.
How do I change subforums?

ravenheart
01-01-2013, 01:29 PM
Alright thanks.
How do I change subforums?

You can't, you'll have to wait for a mod to do it for you. It'll happen like magic ;)

mankvill
01-01-2013, 01:45 PM
Now it's in the right forum! So go go go!

Datjazzfusion
01-01-2013, 01:59 PM
Now it's in the right forum! So go go go!

One last question: How do I post album artwork?

Thanks for your time.

mankvill
01-01-2013, 02:19 PM
One last question: How do I post album artwork?

Thanks for your time.

Take the URL of the picture and post it like this:

[ IMG]http://www.yourimage.com/albumart.jpg[ /IMG]

Just take the spaces out before IMG and /IMG

Datjazzfusion
01-01-2013, 03:37 PM
These albums will not be in order as I am inept at ranking these 21 glorious masterpieces of metal. Thus, they will be in random order
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Absu-Absu
Year: 2009
Genre: Blackened Thrash with some Progressive tendencies

Absu, a Texan three-piece, conjured this unholy maelstrom of Blackened Thrash (or self-dubbed "Mythical Occult Metal") into existence relatively late in there expansive career as a band. Absu prides themselves on their outstanding ability to compose eviscerating, aggressive, technical and rapid as hell albeit surprisingly catchy songs. Although, every member emulates their technical prowess at their respective instruments, Proscriptor McGovern, Absu's undeniably talented frontman and drummer AND vocalist :eek:, stands a notch (or thousand) above the other impressive musicians in his company. His drumming style is plagued with near malicious aggression through the signature (and almost over incorporated) blast beats which he keeps fresh and pleasing to the ears through his finesse and precision he incorporates. Along with the usual black metal blast beats and double bass, his drumming is further intensified and unique through the incorporation of "thrashy" and jazzy and "proggy" drum techniques as well that keep me interested (Escpecially within the track "... Of the Dead Who Never Rest in Their Tombs Are the Attendance of Familiar Spirits") The guitars are chock full of riffs and solos to keep the majority of fans of black metal and thrash metal satisfied (Highlighted in songs such as "Night Fire Canonization" and "Amy") Overall, I advocate this album to fans of bludgeoning musical compositions and tight musicianship while able to still maintain enough twists and turns to keep the listeners interested.

Short Version: Absu's self titled is near godly. Buy this. NAO.










Well this was my first write up ever so please feel free to critique or grant me some sage advice. Was the write up too long, too short, or was my write up sufficient? Or was certain aspects and information lacking?

larvtard
01-01-2013, 03:40 PM
Absu-Absu


Nice, this would probably be in my top 30 or so. Amazing album, and I much prefer it to Tara; I just don't understand why I'm seemingly the only one who feels this way.

mankvill
01-01-2013, 03:51 PM
That might be my favorite Absu album. I listened to it non-stop when I first got it. So fucking good.

adamclark52
01-01-2013, 04:13 PM
Nice, this would probably be in my top 30 or so. Amazing album, and I much prefer it to Tara; I just don't understand why I'm seemingly the only one who feels this way.

It's the only Absu album I've ever owned but I really enjoy it.

Datjazzfusion
01-01-2013, 04:29 PM
As I stated earlier, does anyone have any suggestions on my writing?

adamclark52
01-01-2013, 04:31 PM
As I stated earlier, does anyone have any suggestions on my writing?

Keep it short and simple. You'll keep peoples interest that way. Your first review there was pretty much the perfect length.

Datjazzfusion
01-01-2013, 05:44 PM
Next album was released in 2002.
Any guesses?

slapguitarer
01-01-2013, 06:35 PM
Mastodon's Remission?

John The Drummer
01-01-2013, 07:23 PM
great start!
i feel we will get along very well ;)

Rocco44
01-01-2013, 10:39 PM
Mastodon's Remission?

This would make me really happy. The Mantle, Deliverance, Versus The World, Alive Or Just Breathing, and The Odyssey would as well.

Datjazzfusion
07-01-2013, 06:35 PM
Well...Fuck my ADD.

Datjazzfusion
07-01-2013, 07:42 PM
Mastodon's Remission?

Well half a year ago, DIS GUY!

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/9/5/4/3954.jpg
Released 2002
Progressive Sludge
Mastodon - Remission
Take a look at this horse. Now look back at yourself. Now at the horse. Now.... fuck this. YES! This horse heard this colossus of an album, thus the result of the album cover. Mastodon decimated the metal scene with something indubitably unique, Crushing, festering sludge fused with exceptional Progressive and technical tendencies. The album bludgeons the listener with heavy, mammoth-esque riffs from the get go along with numerous fills. These drum fills working in tandem with the riffs create an album engaging and inviting. The fills man. THE FUCKING FILLS. Extremely jazz influenced percussion breathes a breath of new life into the drums of a magnanimous amount of other sludge/doom artists. The wonderful trifecta of "Crusher Destroyer" "March of the Fire Ants" and "Where Strides the Behemoth" open up this album with heavy as hell metal. After this they delve into an indubitably more progressive territory with cuts such as "Ol'e Nessie" While near the end of the album they meld the two stratospheres of sludge and prog nearly seemlessly. However, Mastodon embracing a jam heavy.... fun? track with MOTHER FUCKING PUNCHER.
All in all just listen to this album. All of You.
Mastodon's best work.

adamclark52
07-01-2013, 07:50 PM
Two for two bud. Just post a little faster ;). Once i retire I plan on moving to an island with a bag of cheesies and two hot asian girls and I don't want to hold it up because I'm waiting for number one.

slapguitarer
07-01-2013, 09:51 PM
Swag

Datjazzfusion
07-02-2013, 04:08 PM
See. No waiting 6 months.
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Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
2001
Experimental Deathgrind

Think Nile, with technical prowess and a middle eastern groove. Now grind it up into something that proceeds to invade my ears as being extremely unique. Very Progressive riffs and experimental touches make this grind album stand out from the pack of a rather sloppy, and minimally engaging genre. Do not get me wrong I listen to Grind a solid amount, alas I am extremely finicky with what I am listening to. This is one conjures a fair amount of melody, brutallity, and technicality into a grandiose unique package, fans of metal should experience.
All the songs are well structured and stand out in their own way.

This album is phenomenal.
This review is not, it fails to get it justice :eyes:

Datjazzfusion
07-02-2013, 06:57 PM
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Vektor - Black Future
2009
Progressive Thrash

I actually discovered this album while lurking the demonic corridors of Metalsetlists. THANK YOU! Not much can be said that has not already been, Numerous human entities claim it is the best thrash in the past few decades. I am wholeheartedly torn. Half the time I agree, the other part I think it is overrated but I think it is always a damn fantastic album, and will always remain one of the reigning tyrants of modern thrash. Vektor shoves more tasteful riffage into each of their songs than Scarface inhales boatloads of crack. "Hunger for Violence" has some goddamn tasty riffs. The only thing that may off put human entities from enjoying the pure, unadulterated riffing sex that is Black Future would be the vocals, alas my love for riffs and tolerance for the vast majority of vocal types I remain unaffected.
Riffs.
Riffs.
Riffs.
Oh My God Riffs.

Datjazzfusion
07-02-2013, 07:16 PM
Swag

Out of curiosity, how do i post links to songs?

slapguitarer
07-02-2013, 08:02 PM
Here's what you do. Find the song you want on youtube and copy the link. Post in in this format

[U R L ="http://urlforthesongyou.want"]name of song[/ U R L]

Obviously a real URL goes in the quotes, and remove the spaces

When it works it'll look like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JKPbn54g_w)

kalfitegrdan
07-02-2013, 09:16 PM
like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JKPbn54g_w)

:lovedup:

Rocco44
07-06-2013, 02:19 PM
There is nothing "noob" about this list. Some solid fucking albums so far.

John The Drummer
07-06-2013, 02:24 PM
See. No waiting 6 months.
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Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
2001
Experimental Deathgrind

Think Nile, with technical prowess and a middle eastern groove. Now grind it up into something that proceeds to invade my ears as being extremely unique. Very Progressive riffs and experimental touches make this grind album stand out from the pack of a rather sloppy, and minimally engaging genre. Do not get me wrong I listen to Grind a solid amount, alas I am extremely finicky with what I am listening to. This is one conjures a fair amount of melody, brutallity, and technicality into a grandiose unique package, fans of metal should experience.
All the songs are well structured and stand out in their own way.

This album is phenomenal.
This review is not, it fails to get it justice :eyes:

I've never heard this band, but I am intrigued with your write up, I'll have to give it a listen!

IrritatedTrout
07-07-2013, 04:29 PM
Back when I liked that kind of music I thought Elvenefris was awesome. Very unique.

Datjazzfusion
08-07-2013, 04:54 PM
I am a lazy twat

Datjazzfusion
08-07-2013, 05:03 PM
17
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Cormorant - Dwellings

2011
Progressive Black Metal

Dwellings, the sophomore effort by the bay area outfit Cormorant is an album meant to be listened through thoroughly in order to be fully appreciated but once it clicks.... it explodes. They have conjured a very unique sound in spite of wearing their influences upon their sleeves. "The First Man" kicks off Dwellings phenomenally before leading into countless other equally fantastic and powerful tracks.

This album is best listened to with your eyes closed and meditative so you can fully appreciate it. Take 55 minutes out of your day and do something nice for yourself.

Datjazzfusion
08-07-2013, 05:08 PM
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Nocturnal - The Black Dahlia Murder

My gateway drug of metal music. While indubitably not the best album of the 21st century. This album will always hold a special place within the confines of my metal infected heart.

Favorite Track: Deathmask Divine

Datjazzfusion
08-07-2013, 05:23 PM
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Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
2004
Technical Melodic Death Metal

Death metal is a genre that has become over saturated as of late. Bands of the genre that boast about being technical, while indisputably talented at their respected instruments, are basically just masturbating those instruments in order to force every note to cum outwards, leaving the listener unimpressed, unfazed, and ultimately un-infatuated with the genre of Death metal due to the lack of creative song writing and structure. However, Arsis debut LP "A Celebration of Guilt" is a glorious exception to this trend of late. Arsis shows the ignorant plebs in Brain Drill how Technical Death Metal is truly done. The riffs are extremely technical while maintaining structure and substance as all decent music should have. The riffs are relentless, bludgeoning while still requiring a fair amount of solid musicianship AND maintaining substance? WHAT MORE DO YOU ASK FOR? The rest of the band, drums, rhythm, bass are able to meet the technicality and make one hell of an album.

Arsis bleeds technicality, substance, melody, songwriting, and catchiness (Yes, it is still catchy as hell while remaining technical) into one metal masterpiece that should not be ignored.

Datjazzfusion
08-07-2013, 05:29 PM
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Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
Progressive Death Metal

If you have not listened to this album, reevaluate your life.

HOW TO REEVALUATE YOUR LIFE! CLICK BELOW!
Life Reevaluation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP5RGSH02Sk)

TheWildAndTheYoung
08-07-2013, 05:53 PM
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Nocturnal - The Black Dahlia Murder

My gateway drug of metal music. While indubitably not the best album of the 21st century. This album will always hold a special place within the confines of my metal infected heart.

Favorite Track: Deathmask Divine

I actually checked this out since I'm currently trying to get into some melodic death metal, and I actually kinda like this record.The riffs are incredibly hooky, and I like the lead singer's style of singing where it is isn't just an overdose of growls, just a lot more shrieks.That album cover is also pretty sick.

XDoomsayerX
08-07-2013, 09:41 PM
I actually checked this out since I'm currently trying to get into some melodic death metal, and I actually kinda like this record.The riffs are incredibly hooky, and I like the lead singer's style of singing where it is isn't just an overdose of growls, just a lot more shrieks.That album cover is also pretty sick.

Holy shit your left or right nut drop?

JK brah TBDM is pure awesomeness! :rocker:

adamclark52
08-07-2013, 11:54 PM
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/6/2/9/162985.jpg?5754
Nocturnal - The Black Dahlia Murder

My gateway drug of metal music. While indubitably not the best album of the 21st century. This album will always hold a special place within the confines of my metal infected heart.

Favorite Track: Deathmask Divine

Good album, the title track has some wicked guitar riffs. And it's one of my favorite t-shirts.

AnthG
08-08-2013, 08:02 AM
Nocturnal - The Black Dahlia Murder

My gateway drug of metal music. While indubitably not the best album of the 21st century. This album will always hold a special place within the confines of my metal infected heart.

Favorite Track: Deathmask Divine

I recently just got into Black Dahlia Murder over the last few months and have listened to all their studio albums now, and this is probably my favourite of their's. The chorus on "Everything Went Black" is just so hooky and awesome.

adamclark52
08-09-2013, 07:57 AM
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Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
2004
Technical Melodic Death Metal

Death metal is a genre that has become over saturated as of late. Bands of the genre that boast about being technical, while indisputably talented at their respected instruments, are basically just masturbating those instruments in order to force every note to cum outwards, leaving the listener unimpressed, unfazed, and ultimately un-infatuated with the genre of Death metal due to the lack of creative song writing and structure. However, Arsis debut LP "A Celebration of Guilt" is a glorious exception to this trend of late. Arsis shows the ignorant plebs in Brain Drill how Technical Death Metal is truly done. The riffs are extremely technical while maintaining structure and substance as all decent music should have. The riffs are relentless, bludgeoning while still requiring a fair amount of solid musicianship AND maintaining substance? WHAT MORE DO YOU ASK FOR? The rest of the band, drums, rhythm, bass are able to meet the technicality and make one hell of an album.

Arsis bleeds technicality, substance, melody, songwriting, and catchiness (Yes, it is still catchy as hell while remaining technical) into one metal masterpiece that should not be ignored.

You pretty much summed up how I feel about most death metal today.

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 02:44 PM
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Nokturnal Mortum - Voice of Steel
2009
Epic Blackened Folk Metal

Nokturnal Mortum's "Voice of Steel" is a stellar example of raw, albeit well produced black metal that has been infected with a numerous Ukrainian and other European folk elements and implications showcased throughout the entirety of the album. The guitar and vocal tone, song structure, and for the lack of a better term, the overall vibe bleeds black metal mentality, alas the overall structure is elevated to gargantuan altitudes of grandeur through the incorporation of European folk-esque melodies, instrumentation, and atmosphere. The duo song combo of Intro/Voice of Steel seamlessly sets up the listener for standard folk elements until being bludgeoned by the raw chugging riff of "Voice of Steel" (song.) Nokturnal Mortum emulates further musical proficiency and grandiose, epic (as a definition; not as the modern bullshit lingo that a 12 year old might say when he tastes his first sip of vodka) through the numerous, differentiating genre infested song dubbed with elements of Black/Folk/Progressive Rock/Ambient/etc.

Nokturnal Mortum truly shines with this album due to the sheer amount of song variations, while in spite being possibly pigeonholed into the genre of Black/Folk Metal (the most obvious genres). Each song has a different mentality into it with multiple levels of groove/rawness/"folkiness"/"dancableness"/The ability for some of the riffs,solos,choruses,folk elements to get stuck in your head, etc. Its hard to suggest a song to check out so I would give the first 3 songs a shot, Voice of Steel - Valkyrie - Ukraine a shot and decide if you want to worship to one of the greatest folk influenced metal albums ever made.

Voice of Steel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3Bm_cNkt1g)
Valkyrie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9c0VXgDi7E)
Ukraine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9OJOx48GE)

mankvill
12-09-2013, 03:34 PM
That album rules

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 03:59 PM
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Ephel Duath - The Painter's Palette
2003

I love Metal (Look at the site I am on), I Love Jazz (Look at my username), Thus this album is definitely in my bag. Progressive Metal mentality that has made love to Miles Davis esque trumpet sections and occasional hardcore punk brutality and heaviness. They meld together phenomenally and I enjoy it. The album has numerous transitions throughout single songs keeping songs fresh. However my only complaint is that Ephel Duath's magnum opus of songwriting is also their mild downfall due to them realizing they have a formula that works, thus making some of the songs similarly structured with some having an emphasis on the jazz, others on the prog, others on the metal,etc. In spite of this, the album rarely gets old if you are in the mood for something of this nature.




Any fans of Jazz Fusion and Metal making an offspring should suggest me some more bands of said ilk. I is nub.

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 04:07 PM
So this is what we have so far. (Once again this order is subjective and I am truly inept at ranking them, thus the numbers are irrelevant.)
21.Absu-Absu
20.Mastodon-Remission
19.Lykathea Aflame-Elvenefris
18.Vektor-Black Future
17.Cormorant-Dwellings
16.The Black Dahlia Murder-Nocturnal
15.Arsis-A Celebration of Guilt
14.Opeth-Blackwater Park
13.Nokturnal Mortum-Voice of Steel
12.Ephel Duath-The Painter's Palette

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 04:30 PM
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Enslaved-Ruun
2006
Progressive Black Metal

Enslaved have an expansive career in the black metal community and has been credited with being part of the infamous 2nd wave black metal scene that was conjured into existence within the confines of primarily Norvvay and other northern European countries. Forming in 1991, Enslaved started as a lo-fi as fuck(see "Yggdrasil"), raw, primal 2nd wave black metal atoned with the "required" screeches, blast beats, and tremolo picking. Since than, the 1990's Enslaved of Black/Viking (Frost, 1994, is still one hell of an album) has adopted a more progressive metal take on their brand of black metal to create a musically artisan artform. Songs such as the eponymous "Ruun" showcase expansive soundscapes that are both soothing and heavy and is chockfull of dynamics and "riffy" goodness. The first riff on the album during the, introduction song "Entroper" is atmospheric....and "rawkin?" 2 types of riffs that usually do not intertwine albeit do so substantially within this album.

Entroper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imh9wxBvnoI)

adamclark52
12-09-2013, 04:45 PM
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Enslaved-Ruun
2006
Progressive Black Metal

Enslaved have an expansive career in the black metal community and has been credited with being part of the infamous 2nd wave black metal scene that was conjured into existence within the confines of primarily Norvvay and other northern European countries. Forming in 1991, Enslaved started as a lo-fi as fuck(see "Yggdrasil"), raw, primal 2nd wave black metal atoned with the "required" screeches, blast beats, and tremolo picking. Since than, the 1990's Enslaved of Black/Viking (Frost, 1994, is still one hell of an album) has adopted a more progressive metal take on their brand of black metal to create a musically artisan artform. Songs such as the eponymous "Ruun" showcase expansive soundscapes that are both soothing and heavy and is chockfull of dynamics and "riffy" goodness. The first riff on the album during the, introduction song "Entroper" is atmospheric....and "rawkin?" 2 types of riffs that usually do not intertwine albeit do so substantially within this album.

Entroper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imh9wxBvnoI)

:party:

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 04:51 PM
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Wintersun-Wintersun
2004
Melodic Death Metal/Extreme Power Metal

Jari (the mastermind behind this album) leaving Ensiferum was a double-edged sword for the metal community, Ensiferum lost a great musician albeit the fantastic Metal outfit dubbed Wintersun was formed in all its sexiness. Sexy riffs of varying tempo, sexy vocals of varying pitch (I enjoy the baritone/tenor cleans of Death and the Healing), sexy songs of steadily increasing length, sexy shredding solos, sexy musical technicality, just sexiness abound. The songwriting is goddamn paramount and fucking metal. Its pretty hard to describe an album that has been described so many times quite honestly. Battle Against Time is truly an underrated song that may reduce brain cells do to excessive amount of brain trauma due to all the headbanging.
Songs are fast, and slow. Both equally glorious

Battle Against Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs5727QFhtw)
Death and the Healing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxMkIm5JxkM)

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 04:52 PM
:party:

Thanks for reminding me about this list in MPF's thread.
I finished with finals today, so I am going to try to finish this list up before the end of the month.

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 05:11 PM
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Nevermore-This Godless Endeavor
2005
Riffs... Need I say more?

Riffs? Check. Odd Time Signatures? Check. (Not that matters. But they are fun.) Vocal range spanning numerous octaves? Check. Songwriting of Superb Proportions? Check. Everything I love about Progressive Metal into one convenient package? Let's add up another check to this bitch. Nevermore, (Like the previously listed, Enslaved) formed in the early 90's and (unlike Enslaved) started writing Facefucking Riffs that showcase how a band can be heavy as all hell while having all clean vocals. (I know too many people who think bands are only heavy if they have breakdowns and squeal like some dying farm animal:tp:) Nevermore has never released an album that I have found disappointing, but of the 2000's This Godless Endeavor showcases their capability of writing musical masterpieces the greatest.

This is Modern Heavy Metal at it's finest. No Frills (besides technicality, which is a plus in my book. As the technicality promotes the song writing and is not mindless wankery.) No gimmicks. Just a modern metal masterpiece.

slapguitarer
12-09-2013, 05:17 PM
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Ephel Duath - The Painter's Palette
2003

I love Metal (Look at the site I am on), I Love Jazz (Look at my username), Thus this album is definitely in my bag. Progressive Metal mentality that has made love to Miles Davis esque trumpet sections and occasional hardcore punk brutality and heaviness. They meld together phenomenally and I enjoy it. The album has numerous transitions throughout single songs keeping songs fresh. However my only complaint is that Ephel Duath's magnum opus of songwriting is also their mild downfall due to them realizing they have a formula that works, thus making some of the songs similarly structured with some having an emphasis on the jazz, others on the prog, others on the metal,etc. In spite of this, the album rarely gets old if you are in the mood for something of this nature.




Any fans of Jazz Fusion and Metal making an offspring should suggest me some more bands of said ilk. I is nub.

I'll def check dis out

Onioner
12-09-2013, 05:28 PM
This Godless Endeavor is one of the best modern heavy metal albums, just a total masterpiece. I still regret never getting to see Nevermore live. :(

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 05:28 PM
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Agalloch-The Mantle
2002
Post Atmospheric Blackened Doom Folk

Possibly the most spiritual and somber metal album in earthly existence. The tandem combo of A Celebration for the Death of Man.../In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion defines this spirituality not only through thematic lyrical dwellings " Through vast valleys I wander
To the highest peaks
On pathways through a wild forgotten landscape
In search of God, in spite of man
'til the lost forsaken endless
This is where I choose to tread"
but also through the songwriting itself. While, The Mantle in itself is not dubbed "Atmospheric Insert metal genre here" The Mantle is the paradigm example of how atmosphere through musical instrumentation and occasional minimalism can put a human entity in an entirely separate place spiritually.

Nothing I can say can truly give credit to this album. I just hope people will be willing to take the plunge and envelop themselves in Agalloch's Mantle.

In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pmwndD2EOw)
...And the Great Cold Death of the Earth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLYt-2SaZ8)

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 05:29 PM
This Godless Endeavor is one of the best modern heavy metal albums, just a total masterpiece. I still regret never getting to see Nevermore live. :(

This.
Sad fact: The day I was about to purchase the tickets for the Symphony X/Nevermore/Powerglove tour, is the day Nevermore dropped and shortly broke up.

slapguitarer
12-09-2013, 05:35 PM
This Godless Endeavor is one of the best modern heavy metal albums, just a total masterpiece. I still regret never getting to see Nevermore live. :(

This.
Sad fact: The day I was about to purchase the tickets for the Symphony X/Nevermore/Powerglove tour, is the day Nevermore dropped and shortly broke up.

Yeah man Im still bummed they dropped off that tour. Symphony X and Powerglove were tight doe

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 05:40 PM
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Protest the Hero-Kezia
2005
Riffy Mathcore

One of the few metalcore bands that does not make me want to inject 100% heroin and pray for death due to the gargantuan amount of monotonous breakdown cuntscum riddled shit metal (Every breakdown in this album is wellplaced and showcases some form of psuedo-technicality). Protest the Hero is a troupe of relatively young Canadian musicians who focuses on their instrumentation and song craftsmanship and should not be brushed off due to their image, vocalist, or genre.

Side Note: Probably the most interesting lyrical concept of all their (4) LPs.

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 05:55 PM
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Cattle Decapitation-Monolith of Inhumanity
2012
Progressive Deathgrind


While this album is relatively new, This album is balls out heavy as fuck chock full of downtuned riffs and slams, bass lines, drum fills, evil as fuck vocal sounds, dynamics...... What was that? Dynamics in Deathgrind? Fuck yes there are.

The song "Dead Set on Suicide" is an extremely fun track with riffs, a random bass solo, imitation of someone on a noose vocal sounds, and well placed slams/breakdowns.

While many people complain about the "cleans," I find these gargling, blasphemous ravings to be quite fitting within the confines of the album.

Also the aptly titled, Forced Gender Reassignment, is not a metaphor for anything. If you want some controversial NSFW music video you can search the interwebs for it.

Dead Set on Suicide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBex8Gz62qs)

slapguitarer
12-09-2013, 05:56 PM
Dude it's scary how many of these albums we both love. Kezia is a favorite of mine too

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 06:01 PM
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Between the Buried and Me-Colors
2007


The greatest album that is a single song since Edge of Sanity's Crimson and Sleep's Dopesmoker (the latter probably would have had a shot at the list, butI thought it came out in the 1990's :hecho: to only further prove that this list aptly dubbed "A Noob's Personal Top 21 Metal albums of the 21st Century", but alas I am an ignorant shit.)

Colors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuEz_HvBqZ0)

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 06:04 PM
Dude it's scary how many of these albums we both love. Kezia is a favorite of mine too

I think we discussed our eerie similarity at Agalloch in September. Hopefully, there are some albums you are not familiar with, or you dislike;)

slapguitarer
12-09-2013, 06:08 PM
I think we discussed our eerie similarity at Agalloch in September. Hopefully, there are some albums you are not familiar with, or you dislike;)

Yeah a few, but I think there's more similar than dissimilar. bffs :lovedup:

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 06:12 PM
Yeah a few, but I think there's more similar than dissimilar. bffs :lovedup:

:hug:

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 06:13 PM
Yeah a few, but I think there's more similar than dissimilar. bffs :lovedup:

Also, looking forward to end of the year list. When are you starting?

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 07:02 PM
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Alcest-Écailles de lune
2010
Blackgaze

One of the first times I listened to this record was when I was under the influence of a cocktail of various ADD meds/Antidepressants/Antipsychotics/Neurotransmitter replenishers/Anti-Seizure medication/Anti-anxiety drugs in order to find some sort of curate for my depression and anxiety, and was also asked to meditate. This album is the first album I successfully meditated with, however instead of focusing on the breathing I was focusing on the wonderous "Fairly Land" soundscapes (as I do not speak the French language, in spite being a quater descendent) Neige had conjured within his dreams. One of the few times I felt relaxed, and (somewhat) at peace in a long time. The album hits home with a blend of Post-Rock/Shoegaze/Black Metal that produces a stellar wall of sound everyone should experience. Corny story, but sometimes the mood the music strikes along with the music itself may cause an increased appreciation of an album.

The trifecta opening is practically flawless when in a certain state of mind.

Écailles De Lune Pt. 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk_gIOSHviA)
Écailles De Lune Pt. 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhRNN8BIZxE)
Percées de lumière (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-kW-rxzJ_0)

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 07:18 PM
Being my forgetful self I only wrote down 20 of the top 21 albums of the 21st century.
I have numbers 1 and 2 down. But to fill out the third slot I came up with a three way tie.
IE. I have five albums. 2 were already written in as my personal top 21 albums of the 21st century, but the other 3 were added last minute.
Should I post all three as position number 3?

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 07:42 PM
Fuck it. Here is a three way tie for position 3.
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Anaal Nathrakh-The Codex Necro
2001
Blackened Noisegrind

This album screams malevolence, hatred, and misanthropy. I may not listen to this album all the time but when I am having a rough day, this noisey hatefest is my narcotic of choice. Elements of noise (Merzbow anyone?), Grind, and Black metal make this one of the most extreme albums of the 21st century. Anaal Nathrakh is here, and they will end you.
When Humanity is Cancer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cfskAGScbA)
Pandemonic Hyperblast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtkbIbAovAs)

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ChThonic-Mirror of Retribution
2009
Taiwanese Melodic Black Metal

Read the genre description. Emphasis on the Taiwanese. The vocalist occaisonally plays a damn Erhu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erhu). A very unique and foreign, and extremely melodic take (in regards to the Erhu and keyboards, and riffs, fuck it, its melodic) on Black metal. You can listen to both the English and/or Taiwanese versions. Albeit, if you plan on seeing them live in America they play the English adaptations.
Blooming Blades (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F4asie8SxI)
Forty-Nine Theurgy Chains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66YNWi_nDL0)

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Intronaut-Valley of Smoke
2010
Post/Progressive Metal

FANTASTIC FUCKING SONGS THAT DESERVE ALL CAPS. Dynamics, melodies, technicality, atmosphere, a few polyrhthyms, everything that makes an album monolithic albeit technical AND DIGESTABLE?!??!?! is fucking gold in my book. Fantastic. Honestly, I can't believe I forgot it off my list initially. :bouville: The bass tone on Elegy is glorious.
Elegy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsx29kqAxto)
Miasma (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nqL0JbDB8A)

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 07:48 PM
I will put up the final 2 tomorrow. SO here it is.
1. Unknown
2. Unknown
3. Intronaut-Valley of Smoke/ChThonic-Mirror of Retribution/Anaal Nathrakh-The Codex Necro
4. Alcest-Écailles de lune
5.Between the Buried and Me-Colors
6.Cattle Decapitation-Monolith of Inhumanity
7.Protest the Hero-Kezia
8.Agalloch-The Mantle
9.Nevermore-This Godless Endeavor
10.Wintersun-Wintersun
11.Enslaved-Ruun
12.Ephel Duath-The Painter's Palette
13.Nokturnal Mortum-Voice of Steel
14.Opeth-Blackwater Park
15.Arsis-A Celebration of Guilt
16.The Black Dahlia Murder-Nocturnal
17.Cormorant-Dwellings
18.Vektor-Black Future
19.Lykathea Aflame-Elvenefris
20.Mastodon-Remission
21.Absu-Absu

John The Drummer
12-09-2013, 08:24 PM
Really awesome list so far man! Absu, Nevemore, Agalloch, BTBAM, Wintersun, Enslaved, Opeth, all great picks!

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 08:27 PM
Really awesome list so far man! Absu, Nevemore, Agalloch, BTBAM, Wintersun, Enslaved, Opeth, all great picks!

Thanks a lot man! I have 2 more. I did not mean to do a 3 way tie but as I mentioned earlier... makes it 23 instead of 21 but alas...

slapguitarer
12-09-2013, 09:18 PM
You hitting up the BTBAM/Deafheaven/Intronaut tour?

Datjazzfusion
12-09-2013, 09:20 PM
You hitting up the BTBAM/Deafheaven/Intronaut tour?

What day is it? I will try my damnedest with a orgy like that.

slapguitarer
12-09-2013, 10:13 PM
March 11 at Oakland Metro. A Tuesday. I'm not even too sure I can swing it but if I don't have any midterms the next day I'll more than likely find a way there

adamclark52
12-09-2013, 11:04 PM
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Nevermore-This Godless Endeavor
2005
Riffs... Need I say more?

Riffs? Check. Odd Time Signatures? Check. (Not that matters. But they are fun.) Vocal range spanning numerous octaves? Check. Songwriting of Superb Proportions? Check. Everything I love about Progressive Metal into one convenient package? Let's add up another check to this bitch. Nevermore, (Like the previously listed, Enslaved) formed in the early 90's and (unlike Enslaved) started writing Facefucking Riffs that showcase how a band can be heavy as all hell while having all clean vocals. (I know too many people who think bands are only heavy if they have breakdowns and squeal like some dying farm animal:tp:) Nevermore has never released an album that I have found disappointing, but of the 2000's This Godless Endeavor showcases their capability of writing musical masterpieces the greatest.

This is Modern Heavy Metal at it's finest. No Frills (besides technicality, which is a plus in my book. As the technicality promotes the song writing and is not mindless wankery.) No gimmicks. Just a modern metal masterpiece.

This Godless Endeavor (the song) has my favorite guitar solo of all-time. It's too bad Warrell sings over half of it.

Datjazzfusion
12-10-2013, 12:47 PM
The two albums not listed yet are from Canada and Germany.
Any guesses?

slapguitarer
12-10-2013, 12:48 PM
Obscura?

Datjazzfusion
12-10-2013, 01:00 PM
Obscura?

Well I was going to do 2 honorable mentions to make the list a nice dividable number of 25, and they made that list! I was going to post it after but I will post it now.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/2/3/0/223077.jpg?5137
Obscura-Cosmogenesis

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/3/0/9/23096.jpg
Sleep-Dopesmoker

Datjazzfusion
12-10-2013, 01:22 PM
Lets get this shit done.
NUMBER 2. Canadians first.
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UneXpecT-In a Flesh Aquarium
2006
ADD Metal

UneXpect is a band that is inept at being pigeonholed into a single genre category. UneXpecT consisted of 7 genius musicians in the recording of their magnum opus In a Flesh Aquarium. The members consist of Female clean vocals, harsh male vocals, guitar players, piano, samples, 9-string bass, drums and violin. This album bleeds technicality and has some of the greatest albeit indubitably random transitions in the genre of metal. Progressive Black metal riffage into a sudden waltz, jazz into electronic, operatic backgrounds with overlaying riffs. This is a perfect album for people who need something constantly changing, musically proficient, and hooky as all hell. Batshit crazy. It is a total mindfuck and pretty much sodomizes any band that is dubbed "strange." This is strange. This is textbook definition of strange. An I will never get enough of it.

Datjazzfusion
12-10-2013, 01:32 PM
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Equilibrium-Sagas
2008
Viking/Folk Metal

The Most Dancable Black Metal Album of All Time.
Sometimes there is an album out there that tugs on your heartstrings and brings some form of rapturous joy. Enter Equilibrium. This German metal band makes me damned happy for some reason. The folk elements bring to life such a level of cinematic epicness that it is hard not to grin. Prolog Auf Erden opens the album with something that I believe could be played in tandem to the charge scene in the movie Braveheart (except instead of English and Scottish, the band is of German tongue.) The 16 minute epic Mana, is one of the most moving instrumental metal tracks of all time in my honest opinion. While the riffs are solid, they are not the most technical but in all honesty the folk elements make this album shine and work with the overall album in perfection.

This album gives me an 80 minute escape from reality and puts me in a place where my serotonin depleted brain can experience some form of musical ecstasy. I feel content when I listen to this album.

Datjazzfusion
12-10-2013, 01:33 PM
Really bad reviews on the final reviews. But I am finished!
Thoughts? Comments? Criticisms? Suggestions?
Sorry it took so long.

slapguitarer
12-10-2013, 02:34 PM
Not enough Lil B. 0/10

Datjazzfusion
12-10-2013, 02:44 PM
Not enough Lil B. 0/10

Lil B is too kvlt for me.

Honestly, never heard of him. Can you recommend an album?

Ommie
12-10-2013, 02:46 PM
Honestly, never heard of him. Can you recommend an album?
None of them.

;)

slapguitarer
12-10-2013, 02:48 PM
lol

I wasn't being serious. If you want, just type in Lil B on youtube. But just know that what you may experience is extremely based and will be hard to understand at first.

For serious though, very solid list. I dl'd Ephel Duath's record and will probably check out the other records I don't know on this list. Looking forward to your list for 2013, even if you don't make your own thread.

kalfitegrdan
12-10-2013, 09:44 PM
Sagas is such an amazing album. Great list, man. :fist:

adamclark52
12-10-2013, 11:49 PM
Really bad reviews on the final reviews. But I am finished!
Thoughts? Comments? Criticisms? Suggestions?
Sorry it took so long.

Great list. Some stuff I love and have put on my list, some great stuff I've never heard but enjoyed.