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John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 01:21 PM
Since I am soooo bad at making big lists and usually lose interest after a few posts, I figured I'd make multiple small lists. These won't be TOP 5 IN ORDER, but just my Top 5 favorite's in the following catagories....

Top 5 Album Releases of 2013
Top ? Album Let Downs of 2013
Top 5 Albums that were released in a different year that I first heard this year
Top 5 Live Bands of 2013
Top 5 Shows I Played in 2013

And maybe a couple more if I want to.....

I'll start this whenever I decide to :tongue:

Datjazzfusion
12-18-2013, 01:25 PM
I'll start this whenever I decide to :tongue:

:hmm:

John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 04:19 PM
Changed my "Biggest Let Down" album list to the number of "?". I don't think I've listened to enough to even have 5 since I tend to buy music that I am comfortable with... but I can think of 2 right off the top of my had :D

And Datjazz... I'll try to start tonight :D

Datjazzfusion
12-18-2013, 04:34 PM
And Datjazz... I'll try to start tonight :D

:party:

John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 06:35 PM
LETS GIT THIS STARTED!!!!

As I have posted on here numerous times, I am not the kind of person that really digs too deep with bands. I tend to stick to bands I am comfortable with or bands that are referred to me from trustworthy sources, so I do not have a HUGE knowledge of every underground Black Metal/Thrash/Folk/etc band that releases an EP in only a 7" format limited to 24 copies... plus I don't have much free time to really explore the vast amount of amazing bands available to me. That being said, let us start off with.....


TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2013
***these are not in any certain order, just the albums that stood out to me the most***

1. Finntroll - Blodsvept

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/5/5/365582.jpg?4520

What better way of introducing a top 5 list than to start off with one of my favorite Folk Metal albums of the year, Blodsvept by Finntroll! It's definitely not an album for every body, and takes a lighter and MUCH more fun tone than their prior release, Nifelvind did. Blodsvept has that goofy Finntroll sound that you either love or hate, but also their Dark Trollish sound that they are known for. I wasn't sure if I would like this album, but it took me by surprise and got me doin some jigs in my van while driving home from work! It's too bad they didn't make my top 5 LIVE bands list.... they just missed out to a band that opened for them........ :tp: (OMG A CLUE). Anyway, for those of you into FUN music and goofy stuff, check this album out, or don't.... either way, I HIGHLY enjoyed it!

Check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GclKDei5hHU

John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 06:42 PM
2. Inquinok - Dimension of I

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/2/2/362256.jpg?2554

A band I am not expecting a lot... or any for that matter... of you to know. Inquinok is a Symphonic Black Metal band from here in Seattle, WA, and their third full length release, Dimension of I is without a doubt their strongest release to date! Calling this album "Emperor Worship" is not a stretch at all as you can hear the melodies and drum beats and vocal patterns that Ihsahn would definitely come up with. The first time I heard this album I was stunned, simply stunned. It sounds natural and fluent, yet progressive and energetic at the same time! This album is a great album to check out if you are a fan Emperor, (good) Dimmu Borgir, and other Symphonic Norwegian Black Metal bands. It's surprising this album was recorded by only 2 guys (with a guest guitarist at times) as it sounds HUGE and epic.

Check it out!
Engines Defined - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJl1EJnU55E
Shrouded In Chaos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMfj8MFigjM (TOTAL Emperor)

Datjazzfusion
12-18-2013, 06:46 PM
2. Inquinok - Dimension of I

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/2/2/362256.jpg?2554

A band I am not expecting a lot... or any for that matter... of you to know. Inquinok is a Symphonic Black Metal band from here in Seattle, WA, and their third full length release, Dimension of I is without a doubt their strongest release to date! Calling this album "Emperor Worship" is not a stretch at all as you can hear the melodies and drum beats and vocal patterns that Ihsahn would definitely come up with. The first time I heard this album I was stunned, simply stunned. It sounds natural and fluent, yet progressive and energetic at the same time! This album is a great album to check out if you are a fan Emperor, (good) Dimmu Borgir, and other Symphonic Norwegian Black Metal bands. It's surprising this album was recorded by only 2 guys (with a guest guitarist at times) as it sounds HUGE and epic.

Check it out!
Engines Defined - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJl1EJnU55E
Shrouded In Chaos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMfj8MFigjM (TOTAL Emperor)

This is why I love end of the year lists. It shows me stuff I missed/never heard about. Will check this out soon.

John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 06:48 PM
3. Sodom - Epitome of Torture

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/8/5/368537.jpg?4818

Would it be too much if I say this is the best Thrash Metal album of the last few years? Well, probably, but as for 2013, this album just took it over. I never was a huge fan of Sodom, I loved Agent Orange (honestly though, how can't you?), and was a fair weather fan of them when I'd hear something good, but Epitome of Torture made me WANT to get into the rest of their catalog. The vocal patterns, the melodies, they energy, it's all here in a perfect little German snack for everyone to enjoy! There are even some elements on this album that may make non-Thrash metal fans enjoy this album. To sum this up, I was not expecting much at all, I strongly felt they were well past their prime, but this album lit a fire under their arses and put them back on the Thrash Titan throne, right where they belong!

Check it out!
Into the Skies of War - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsO80QqAEtA
Epitome of Torture - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOagEbDpaPE

John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 06:57 PM
4. Vreid - Welcome Farewell

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/5/9/1/359175.jpg?1921

I was thinking of calling it a night.... but fuck that hippie shit, lets keep the ball rolling with my number four (and remember, not in any order) album of the year, Welcome Farewell by Sognametal titans, VREID! For those that do not know, Vreid is the post-Windir band of Steingrim, Sture, Hvall and Strom (the main guys of Windir, sans Valfar, RIP) and their latest album shows A LOT of maturity in their writing. It definitely isn't as energetic as, say, Kraft or I Krig, but in my eyes can definitely be put side by side with those two and still sound great! It has that (IMO) more toned down feeling that V had, but with a little more energy. I honestly would have put this one out after Milorg if I were writing the music and could control time, but I can't :) . This may not be my most favorite album by them, but it stood out among all the other releases of this year! Now hopefully they bring the Sogna Brigade Tour to the States :rocker:

Check it out!
The Reap - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ4Z_LjtZLw
Welcome Farewell - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFzu06fwevY

John The Drummer
12-18-2013, 07:05 PM
5. Satyricon - Satyricon

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/8/3/9/383927.jpg?3640

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, then you should know that Satyricon's latest release, nicely titled Satyricon, is one of my most favorite albums to be released this year... and my favorite release that this band has put out in their whole history. YES, I said it, I rate this album above the likes of Nemesis Divina & Dark Medieval Times :eek:. But what exactly is it that makes me love this album so much? Is it Frost's drumming? No. The lyrical content!? Nope! Then what is it!? The reason I love this album is just because of how different it is. Satyricon (the band) is a wild ride when it comes to what genre they play. They started off Black Metal, then turned into a more Black 'n' Roll-ish band, with other things thrown in. Now, I wasn't sure how much I'd like this album, since I thought Age of Nero was quite weak, but this album makes Age of Nero look like it should have been released as a demo... or something :eyes:. This album springs from Melodic (almost on the cusp of classic rock at times) Black Metal, to just very rockin' tunes, to even a song with clean vocals in it (that everyone seems to hate, yet I ADORE). This album sure isn't for everyone, but if you go into it with an open mind then you may find something that you REALLY REALLY REALLY enjoy.

Check it out!
Phoenix - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6PiB4O1tzM
Tro Og Kraft - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaUoPKYOD-8
Necrohaven - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mA1Pn3VdRI

infinitydeth
12-18-2013, 07:29 PM
I like this list because it's honest. I swear some of these lists can get whose more hipster.

mankvill
12-18-2013, 07:38 PM
I like this list because it's honest. I swear some of these lists can get whose more hipster.

right? fuck hipsters, true metal foreva! \m/

what's ur favorit pantera song?

infinitydeth
12-18-2013, 07:56 PM
right? fuck hipsters, true metal foreva! \m/

what's ur favorit pantera song?

I don't listen to Pantera. :eyes: :lol:

jhdeity
12-19-2013, 01:03 PM
3. Sodom - Epitome of Torture

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/8/5/368537.jpg?4818

Would it be too much if I say this is the best Thrash Metal album of the last few years? Well, probably, but as for 2013, this album just took it over. I never was a huge fan of Sodom, I loved Agent Orange (honestly though, how can't you?), and was a fair weather fan of them when I'd hear something good, but Epitome of Torture made me WANT to get into the rest of their catalog. The vocal patterns, the melodies, they energy, it's all here in a perfect little German snack for everyone to enjoy! There are even some elements on this album that may make non-Thrash metal fans enjoy this album. To sum this up, I was not expecting much at all, I strongly felt they were well past their prime, but this album lit a fire under their arses and put them back on the Thrash Titan throne, right where they belong!

Check it out!
Into the Skies of War - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsO80QqAEtA
Epitome of Torture - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOagEbDpaPE

I don't expect to see this on many people's Best of 2013 lists but it definitely belongs there.

John The Drummer
12-19-2013, 01:23 PM
This is why I love end of the year lists. It shows me stuff I missed/never heard about. Will check this out soon.

I believe they have all of their albums to download for free on their bandcamp page, definitely worth the free download! http://inquinok.bandcamp.com (sorry if the link is broken.... can't get to it from work)

I like this list because it's honest. I swear some of these lists can get whose more hipster.

Thanks man! I really wanted to do something that was stuff ***I*** enjoyed and stuff that I wanted to do, and not trying to beat around the bush and earn tr00 points or anything. Not that anyone on here does that, but I definitely get that feeling from other sites' lists.

I don't expect to see this on many people's Best of 2013 lists but it definitely belongs there.

Totally, it is a great album that I feel a lot of people overlooked. It BARELY nudged out "Sister" by In Solitude on here.

I'll try to get on with the next section tonight :blaze:

John The Drummer
12-19-2013, 06:56 PM
Top ? (maybe 3) Let Downs of 2013

1. Suffocation - Pinnacle of Bedlam

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/5/9/8/359844.jpg?0816

I know I am going to get a lot of crap for this guy, but this is my opinion and am sticking with it! I would not call myself a huge fan of Suffocation. They do have some great albums (S/T, Effigy), but I find it hard for me to full get into them, at least on CD. Live, on the other hand, is chaos. One of the most entertaining live bands I have ever seen! Pinnacle of Bedlam did not tickle my fancy at all though. I felt it was overly repetitive, uninspired, and bland. I am not saying that it COMPLETELY sucks, it does have some entertaining moments, but as a whole it just does not deliver.

John The Drummer
12-19-2013, 06:58 PM
2. Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/7/6/8/376805.jpg?1505

This album sucked. Next.

John The Drummer
12-19-2013, 07:02 PM
3. Voivod - Target Earth

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/5/6/2/356282.jpg?3424

I must admit that I am no big fan of Voivod. I have enjoyed some of their releases, but they never struck me as a band that I would enjoy. I decided to test out Target Earth and see if my opinion would change. Well.... it wasn't only my decision as a lot of my friends were hyping this album up SO MUCH, making it sound like a masterpiece, I was expecting a lot more, and boy, was I let down. It's not that the album sucks, I am sure some people who like this style think this album is great, it just has no redeeming factor for me, and comes off as quite bland. Again, not saying it sucks, I was just expecting a lot more from the feedback it was getting. To be fair, I am listening to this album as I am typing this, and it sounds better than it did the first couple times I tried listening to it. Anyway, I am sure it is a great album, but definitely not for John The Drummer.

adamclark52
12-20-2013, 01:03 AM
I agree with you on the Suffocation album. It was better than Blood Oath but I think I just buy their albums because it's Suffocation, not because I like their newer sound.

Live they still tear shit up.

John The Drummer
12-20-2013, 05:39 PM
I agree with you on the Suffocation album. It was better than Blood Oath but I think I just buy their albums because it's Suffocation, not because I like their newer sound.

Live they still tear shit up.

I think I may be a bit butthurt over the fact that Mike Smith is no longer their drummer. He was so amazing, his energy, power, stamina, that dude had it all! Their new drummer isn't bad, saw him last year at MDF, but I felt he is lacking in the energy that Mike had, so that could be effecting my view of this album as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PypNCGzsqZg

John The Drummer
12-20-2013, 08:24 PM
Top 5 Albums I Heard This Year That Came Out Other Years

Probably a reallly bad title for this, and I apologize :lol:. This list will be of albums/bands that I heard for the first time (or really got into and loved) this year that came out in other years.... not going to finish it all in one night, but let's get this started :rocker:

1. Gallowbraid - Ashen Eidolon (2010)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/8/4/9/284970.jpg

It was a nice day at work, I was driving around doing my job, and my phone goes off. It's a text from my girlfriend asking if I had ever heard of the band "Gallowbraid", I reply with the usual "No, i have not! Any good?" and she goes on about how good it is! I get home and check it out... and O-M-G, I fell in love.

This album was the best album I heard all year, and it was released 3 years ago! The best description I can give for Gallowbraid is "It's like Agalloch, but only the good parts.... It's those parts you hear on an Agalloch album that you wish they would keep playing, but they don't." It's what I want to hear when I listen to Agalloch, or any other band like Agalloch... ITS JUST AMAZING. Sure, this EP is only 2 long ass songs and 2 instrumentals, but it is just perfect from beginning to end. My lady even gave me her copy of the disc that she bought... and I think I've listened to it so much that it is worn out!

I could go on for days about how much I love this album.... but I will stop here and post a link to a full album YouTube stream. I would strongly suggest listening to it... and if you don't have time to sit through the 10+ minute songs, MAKE TIME. They will be releasing a full length next year :rocker:

SUPPORT THIS BAND!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDeOcJLzoX0

John The Drummer
12-21-2013, 09:12 AM
Correction* If you count the bonus track (which was only available on the vinyl copy, i believe), then there are 3 full long ass songs and 2 instrumentals.

I'll continue my list later today or tomorrow :rocker:

John The Drummer
12-24-2013, 08:41 PM
2. Whirling - Faceless Phenomena (2010)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/6/5/5/265553.jpg

Now, I guess I can say I am kinda cheating with this one in a way. I had heard this album years ago, back when I used to download tons of music, but I never got around to giving it a good spin. I decided to listen to a lot of my older music that I only had burnt copies of, and re-found this masterpiece. I don't know how to describe this album, other than disturbingly beautiful. The music makes you feel like you are walking through an insane asylum, and the vocals (mainly cleans) are haunting with the reverb and tone they produce. This album has easily snuck in to one of my favorite albums of all time. There really isn't much more I can say about this album, as it is in a league of its own. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

TL;DR Version - Listen to this album if you enjoy weird shit.

Globe in Sway - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isHEYZsECDg
The Watcher - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUgTABuzFG4

This music will give you nightmares.

John The Drummer
12-25-2013, 08:27 AM
3. Kingston Wall - I-III (1992-1994)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/412410BHEWL.jpg http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/1372/cover_55138932012_r.jpg http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/1372/cover_1598932012_r.jpg

Christmas Special... the only non-metal band on this whole list... the Finnish Prog Psychedelic Space Rock band, Kingston Wall! I couldn't pick just ONE album out of their 3 they put out in the early to mid nineties to be on this list, so I had to choose the whole trilogy! I had no idea who this band ever was, not the slightest, until my girlfriend introduced them to me and I fell in love. The music is rockin, the drums are :drool: (MPF, you MUST listen to them...) and they are just an all around amazing band. It's a shame their career ended so suddenly, but at least the 3 albums they left us with are all amazing in their own way. I is a more straight up classic rock album in vein of Jimi Hendrix, II is much more experimental and catchy, as well as original, and III-Trilogy is a lot like II... if II were to drop tons of acid before recording.

I would recommend this band to all of you if you enjoy some Psychedelic Prog. This isn't even my favorite style of music, but these albums are just GREAT!

And I Hear You call (I) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNplrZZm5d0
Two Of A Kind (II) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxXCO0ZSZco
Could It Be So (II) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYMtk3lalzY
Another Piece of Cake (III) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN-ti95VUdE

hellawaits77ny
12-25-2013, 08:39 AM
I like this list because it's honest. I swear some of these lists can get whose more hipster.

Yes and yes!

John The Drummer
12-26-2013, 07:04 PM
4. Kampfar - Fra Underverdenen (1999)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/9/8/9/0/9890.jpg

One of the most underrated Norwegian Black Metal bands in the history of forever. Kampfar brings such a different tone to the Black Metal scene. It's not all about blast beats and tremolo picking, not about hailing Satan or performing rituals, but just about the melodies and the atmosphere. And this album, Fra Underverdenen, really shows that. This album was their second album, and I cannot believe that I never heard it until this year! All of the songs are near perfection, and the atmosphere and mental visualizations that the songs bring are great! I would recommend this as one of the best Kampfar albums to start at because it really gives you a great idea as to what they are all about.

I Ondskapens Kunst - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXZaeQzn_SQ
Troll, Død Og Trolldom - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj8hAxMjwbg

illninoese
12-26-2013, 10:26 PM
Top 5 Albums I Heard This Year That Came Out Other Years

Probably a reallly bad title for this, and I apologize :lol:. This list will be of albums/bands that I heard for the first time (or really got into and loved) this year that came out in other years.... not going to finish it all in one night, but let's get this started :rocker:

1. Gallowbraid - Ashen Eidolon (2010)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/8/4/9/284970.jpg

It was a nice day at work, I was driving around doing my job, and my phone goes off. It's a text from my girlfriend asking if I had ever heard of the band "Gallowbraid", I reply with the usual "No, i have not! Any good?" and she goes on about how good it is! I get home and check it out... and O-M-G, I fell in love.

This album was the best album I heard all year, and it was released 3 years ago! The best description I can give for Gallowbraid is "It's like Agalloch, but only the good parts.... It's those parts you hear on an Agalloch album that you wish they would keep playing, but they don't." It's what I want to hear when I listen to Agalloch, or any other band like Agalloch... ITS JUST AMAZING. Sure, this EP is only 2 long ass songs and 2 instrumentals, but it is just perfect from beginning to end. My lady even gave me her copy of the disc that she bought... and I think I've listened to it so much that it is worn out!

I could go on for days about how much I love this album.... but I will stop here and post a link to a full album YouTube stream. I would strongly suggest listening to it... and if you don't have time to sit through the 10+ minute songs, MAKE TIME. They will be releasing a full length next year :rocker:

SUPPORT THIS BAND!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDeOcJLzoX0

This album is amazing so far!!!!!!!!!!!! Dead on with the write up for it. Thanks for the recommendation.

John The Drummer
12-28-2013, 09:47 AM
This album is amazing so far!!!!!!!!!!!! Dead on with the write up for it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Glad you found something you enjoyed! I cannot wait for their next release. Sure this one is only two (or 3, counting the bonus) songs... but goddamn, it is just brilliant!

John The Drummer
12-28-2013, 09:59 AM
5. Panopticon - Kentucky (2012)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/4/3/5/343550.jpg?3731

What better way to wrap up my top 5 new finds of the year than with Kentucky's own Black Metal/Bluegrass trip, Panopticon!

I had never heard of this band prior to 2013, but when I heard that there was a band that mixed Bluegrass instruments with black metal I thought was skeptical, and thought it would be DUMB AS FUCK, especiallly with a name like Panopticon! What is this, a Pantera themed Transformer? I checked out a couple songs on YouTube and thought it was good, but nothing amazing. I found a copy of this album for a good price on my band's labels webstore and decided to give it a true shot... and WOW... I was blown away.

It isn't as "Blackgrass" as some reviews make it out to be (it isn't HEY WE R TEH BLACK METULZ PLAYING TEH BLUEGRASSES IN SONGS LOL). The album is made up of half folk-black metal songs that at times do have bluegrass instruments, and half straight up bluegrass songs! I wasn't sure what to think of it, I really wasn't, but listening to the album from front to back is a trip. You can tell that this guy is very proud of where he is from, and its history. To be honest, the power this album produced brought a tear to my eye. It is so great to hear AMERICAN black metal pay tribute to AMERICAN roots. Who would have thought it could be done so well?

Here is a link to their Bandcamp to stream the whole album. Much like the Gallowbraid EP, this deserves a listen from beginning to end. Just give it a chance and you'll see how well it all melds together... but if you are just wanting a quick sample, click on "Bodies Under the Falls". :rocker:

http://thetruepanopticon.bandcamp.com/album/kentucky

jhdeity
12-28-2013, 12:10 PM
5. Panopticon - Kentucky (2012)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/4/3/5/343550.jpg?3731

What better way to wrap up my top 5 new finds of the year than with Kentucky's own Black Metal/Bluegrass trip, Panopticon!

I had never heard of this band prior to 2013, but when I heard that there was a band that mixed Bluegrass instruments with black metal I thought was skeptical, and thought it would be DUMB AS FUCK, especiallly with a name like Panopticon! What is this, a Pantera themed Transformer? I checked out a couple songs on YouTube and thought it was good, but nothing amazing. I found a copy of this album for a good price on my band's labels webstore and decided to give it a true shot... and WOW... I was blown away.

It isn't as "Blackgrass" as some reviews make it out to be (it isn't HEY WE R TEH BLACK METULZ PLAYING TEH BLUEGRASSES IN SONGS LOL). The album is made up of half folk-black metal songs that at times do have bluegrass instruments, and half straight up bluegrass songs! I wasn't sure what to think of it, I really wasn't, but listening to the album from front to back is a trip. You can tell that this guy is very proud of where he is from, and its history. To be honest, the power this album produced brought a tear to my eye. It is so great to hear AMERICAN black metal pay tribute to AMERICAN roots. Who would have thought it could be done so well?

Here is a link to their Bandcamp to stream the whole album. Much like the Gallowbraid EP, this deserves a listen from beginning to end. Just give it a chance and you'll see how well it all melds together... but if you are just wanting a quick sample, click on "Bodies Under the Falls". :rocker:

http://thetruepanopticon.bandcamp.com/album/kentucky

This is without doubt the weirdest thing I've ever heard. It's not the worst thing I've ever heard and I can picture people who like those kind of vocals liking it. The artwork screams identity crisis but I'm guessing that's what they were going for. I'm old school and bought many, many albums based on artwork and song titles back in the day. I can picture me in a record store just looking at this cover going WTF? for an hour...

John The Drummer
12-29-2013, 03:39 PM
Top 5 Live Bands of 2013

Unlike last year, this was somewhat lacking on shows... at least for quantity... but quality wise... :wow:, 2013 was AMAZING. I would like to touch on two honorable mentions that just barely missed out on my top 5...


GOJIRA and TOMAHAWK.

Gojira was just stunning, but I could not see their whole show as it was running late. SO HEAVY, and I am not even a fan of theirs.

Tomahawk was so great. I have never seen Mike Patton live, so I was stoked. I think their show was lacking a bit since he didn't have all the "analog" effects, and just used everything through his computer, but still a great show.

Now for the real shit.........

:allan:

John The Drummer
12-29-2013, 03:50 PM
5. Metsatoll - November 21 - El Corazon

http://myglobalmind.com/wp-content/gallery/metsatoll-live-at-stage-48-nyc-on-nov-5th-2013-2/metsatoll_11.jpg
*not from Seattle show*

Metsatoll... what else is there to say? Their performance on the Finntroll tour was SUPERB. And even though the sound was absolutely terrible and the guitars were almost completely silent, their energy and power they delivered was like nothing I have ever witnessed before.

My band opened for them back on the Korpiklaani tour last year, but they went on directly after us, so I was forced to miss them due to loading up and getting dinner, so I was bummed, but when I found out they were on this tour I was STOKED. They stole the show, IMHO, but Finntroll was right there with them, so I guess they are a good honorable mention as well.

Sorry if this review is lacking, I am not a major fan of them, or knowledgeable of their material, but damn, if you get a chance to see them, go. They ended their set with a powerful chant which hypnotized everyone in the crowd and made for a great ending to their night.

John The Drummer
12-29-2013, 04:04 PM
4. Trollfest - April 5 - Studio 7

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*not from Seattle show*

Who the fuck is this band and why are they dressed up like bumblebees? What the fuck are they doing? Why do the vocals sound so crappy? Wh....... HOLY SHIT THIS BAND IS AWESOME!!!! This was pretty much my reaction when Trollfest took the stage at Paganfest this year. I wasn't sure what to expect since I had never heard much of them... only a couple tracks on Last.FM radio, but I did not like it, mainly due to the vocals. This show, however, made me a fan. How can you not get up and dance and smile and have a great time???

My girlfriend and I were very confused as to what to do during their set, but once they did the "Melechesh beat" (as many call it) we got STOKED. So for the guy on who says I don't like fun because I hate Alestorm... here ya go :finger: . Definitely one of the most fun bands I had ever seen, it's too bad their next show here (on the Alestorm tour) was covered with terrible sound issues... still fun though!

EDIT: The second time I saw them, on the Alestorm tour, they did the Brittany Spears cover which was SO HYPE.

Here is a video from the Studio 7 show! :D
Karve - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm5Ss2yFxdw

John The Drummer
12-29-2013, 04:13 PM
3. Morbid Angel - November 25 - Studio 7

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*this IS from the Seattle show*

HO.LY.SHIT. I don't know what else could be above such an amazing performance. Let's start this out the right way....

When I heard Morbid Angel was playing in Seattle and doing the whole "Have locals open" deal what do you think I did? Contact Studio 7 of course and tell them we want to open for them, and open we did.

This was my second time seeing Morbid Angel (first time being at MDF last year) and WOW.... I wouldn't say it was better than seeing them in Baltimore, but it was damn near close to it! It was odd though... they didn't show much energy, but the energy was there :rocker:. David Vincent was dominating, Trey was... well... Trey, DestrucThor was next to unnoticeable, and Tim Yeung... TIM YEUNG.... who needs Pete Sandoval when you can have Mr. Yeung behind the kit and making the songs sound 10 times heavier!?

I only stuck around for their "Covenant" set, but goddamn, it was so amazing. Definitely the best sound that I have heard at this venue in a LONG time!

Here is a video of....
RAPTURE!!!!
http://youtu.be/Hj9DmgO9C78?t=2m46s

John The Drummer
12-30-2013, 06:06 PM
2. Heidevolk - April 5 - Studio 7

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*not from Seattle show*

I guess I forgot to mention that these bands were in an actual order... and this number 2 was a long awaited gift... the amazing, HEIDEVOLK! There isn't much I can say about this, except, wow. I wasn't sure how the dual vocals would come across live, but they nailed it. Everything was so perfect, so much energy and power, I think I got a little depressed when they announced that they only had one more song left. I really hope they make it back... would not miss them for [almost] anything!

Clip from the show!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFaPXBf2Mgc

John The Drummer
12-30-2013, 06:13 PM
1. Absu - April 26 - The Highline

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As if none of you guessed this one already.... my number one best live band of the year, by a long shot, the almighty, ABSU.

Like they say, third times a charm, and this show proved this to be true. I had seen Absu back in 2009 (or 08? forgot the exact year) here in Seattle and the sound was horrendous. I saw Absu at MDF X last year, and although it was a great performance on their behalf, I just wasn't feeling it (possibly because I got hit int he no no spot by a random drunk who was flailing his arms everywhere). So Absu... coming to Seattle again?!?!?! Count me in!

I tried my hardest to get my band to open, and was very upset that we didn't get the chance to, but then again, it let me enjoy them much more, and enjoy them I did. From beginning to end they were 100% spot on. Pure perfection, and just.... I don't know, I am at a loss for words at the moment. Absu brings the energy and power that many bands do not, and when they kicked into "Stone of Destiny" with Proscriptor (who is my BIGGEST drum influence of all time) doing solo vocals and a guest drummer filling his place on the throne.... UGH! So amazing, his stage moves and high kicks and everything were so entertaining. Many people made fun of him for his goofy antics, but I think it makes them that much more enjoyable.

And that is why Absu takes NUMBAH ONE, BAND, 2013!!!

Here are some videos of their set.... :rocker:

First 30 minute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEfnNxJwRiA
Stone of Destiny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LL8Mhg3ohM

John The Drummer
12-31-2013, 01:11 PM
So there are my lists. Hope you guys enjoyed my terrible reviewing skills and found something you have either never heard of or been interested in hearing :D

I might do one more list for shits and giggles, "Top 5 Shows I Played" with short reviews. There were a couple real stand out shows (Denver) that I'd like to review again/post about, so there we go!

John The Drummer
12-31-2013, 05:17 PM
The not that anyone cares Top 5 Shows I Played in 2013

5. September 15 @ The Tonic Lounge | Sickness In September (Portland, OR)

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Here is a funny one. I played 16 shows in total this year, and some how the most embarrassing show that my band has ever performed made it on at number 5! I won't go into detail, we laugh about it now, but its just funny at how sloppy we were..... yet people still loved us!!! I feel this show was one of my strongest performances because, given the situation we were in, I decided to step it up; hit my drums harder; show as much energy as possible; make sure everyone in the crowd had a good time!

Plus, it was our first show in Portland, OR, and we were headlining this Metal Fest :lol: . I am just VERY glad my girlfriend came down and we were able to go around the city and have fun :)

John The Drummer
12-31-2013, 05:22 PM
4. June 15 @ Bushwacker’s Saloon (Denver, CO)

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*Here is an image of one of the guys at this venue who looked like the bassist of Korpiklaani*

What a great show. This was the 4th (3rd day for us, we missed the first night) day of the Troops Of Death tour we did with our friends in Thou Shall Kill, and it was by far the best! We hit the Bushwacker's Saloon in Denver on a Saturday night. The rest of our shows had been on week nights, so obviously no one was out to support 2 unknown out of town bands those nights, but this show was AMAZING. The crowd was so fun, they wanted more and more, and at the end of the night they were all cheering for us while we were loading up and thanking us for traveling there. Nearly everyone shook my hand, and we made a lot of really good connections. I hate touring, but I would love to go back to Denver and play there again!

John The Drummer
12-31-2013, 05:25 PM
3. November 25 @ Studio 7 w/ Morbid Angel

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I don't know how this is only at the 3rd best show of the year, but it is. Opening for Morbid Angel was a dream come true. One of the most legendary Death Metal bands in history, and we got the chance to open for them. The crowd was pretty awesome, lots of pits, lots of cheering... and even some chodes up in the bar booing us during our whole set :tp:, but we still had a blast. Not much can be said about this show, other then it was great to play with such legends!

Here is a video of our set that my friend took....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOe_K8Jr4G4

John The Drummer
12-31-2013, 05:31 PM
2. March 22 @ El Corazon w/ Nile

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Just barely nudging the Morbid Angel show out of number two would be opening for Nile. It isn't every day that you get to share the stage with one of the best drummers in the whole world... it also isn't every day that someone throws their sweatshirt at you while your playing a show.... :eyes: . Well at this show, both of those things happened! I think the crowd was just A LITTLE more on fire at this one then they were at Morbid Angel..... ok, a lot more. I was talking with security and they had to throw out a couple people who were fighting because the pit got so brutal during our set. I'm not tooting my own horn, but that's pretty sick.

Here is a short vid from this show...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqdyZwW3CmQ

John The Drummer
12-31-2013, 05:36 PM
1. June 1 @ Uncle Sam’s | BJ Annette Memorial Show

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Topping off my list is one of the most memorable shows of the year, the First Annual BJ Annette Memorial "Fest". This was an all day fest organized by WADM/NYDM to pay tribute to one of the nicest, most caring, and greatest guys in the metal community, BJ. I was really great friends with him, and he helped me through some rough times. He was also great friends with our singer, who mentioned that if it weren't for BJ, he wouldn't have a band. So it was awesome to play such a great and meaningful show. Plus, it was outside, which has a whole different feeling than playing inside a building! :rocker:

John The Drummer
01-03-2014, 06:56 PM
Just listened to the new Tribulation... I really want to redo my list... and make it a top 10... EASILY right in the middle there :rocker:

mankvill
01-03-2014, 07:15 PM
Just listened to the new Tribulation... I really want to redo my list... and make it a top 10... EASILY right in the middle there :rocker:

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