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300%_Density
12-20-2013, 11:18 AM
Guess I ended up listening to alot more new music this year than I thought I did. I'm going to start w/ albums that I listened to that I either hated or it didn't quite make my Top 10.

American Head Charge - Shoot EP: I've loved these guys for so many years. Loved their Trepidation/War of Art albums, and The Feeding had a few good songs. I was just thrilled that they finally got their shit together and put something out. I like this but don't love it. It still has more of a Feeding feel to it than it does War of Art but I'm hopeful next year they will release a full length album.
Standout Tracks: Rock N Roll Nigger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK5lI6Y3sjE) Sugars Of Someday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvmARKXVkfw)

Chimaira - Crown of Phantoms: I've been a supporter of theirs for 10 years. The band is pretty much gutted, and if they keep releasing albums like this, they won't make it any longer. This sounds like the most uninspired album they've put out in their career, (this coming from someone who still enjoyed The Age of Hell they put out few years ago).
No Standout Tracks

Hatebreed - The Divinity of Purpose: Another one that is decent, but not great. Theirs a few songs I like but the rest is just kinda meh to me. It's a step up from their S/T but not by much. I think MPF said it already about this. If you're a big Hatebreed fan you'll love this, if you're not, this won't change your opinion.
Standout Track: Own Your World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC4kOtLe5R8&list=PLDl3gU5STUgnTFKVPUB5GOfSSJHEEbi-v)

Korn - Paradigm Shift: I'm still incredibly bummed out about how disappointing this turned out to be. Getting Head back should have been their kick in the ass and instead it's more of the same. Riffs are boring and uninteresting. Fieldy didn't hardly sound like he even played on this. Good or bad he has a distinctive bass sound and none of these bass lines sound like Korn. I've pretty much given up on Korn at this point.
Standout(ish) Track: Prey For Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOpVCVCFKkA)

Megadeth - Super Collider: Really what else is there to say about this that hasn't been said already? Which sucks, after hearing Kingmaker I was really getting excited. I still think it's a great song, I finally warmed up to Dance In The Rain & Cold Sweat is a great cover. Everything else is just terrible.
Standout Track: Cold Sweat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TbgUeRwYwI)

Rob Zombie - Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor: Easily the worst named album of 2013, hands down. I've kinda given up on Rob too. I'd still have to say it's a step up from Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (which sucked) but it's not saying alot. I would still say Teenage Nosferatu Pussy is the best thing he's done since the Educated Horses album. He said this was supposed to be more in the vein of the White Zombie years. Not even close Rob.
Standout Track: Teenage Nosferatu Pussy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6Bz3gobA0s)

Sepultura - The Mediator...Blah blah blah: Obviously Roots is an album that divides the Sepultura fanbase, I didn't know what to think of this w/ Ross Robinson doing this. I'm still a fan of Roots and I was thinking that hopefully this album would get them the momentum that they've been lacking since Max left. To me that answer would be a no. I was hoping for better but it's not. Songs are just boring, no memorable riffs. Just another post-Max album for Sepultrua.
Standout Track: None Really

Volbeat - Outlaws & Shady Ladies or something like that: Man this shit is awful. Their career in making quality music is downward sloping while their popularity is upward sloping. I don't get it, and I've given up trying to understand. But the positive side is the song w/ King Diamond is fantastic. It's too bad thats the only redeemable quality to this album. I'm finding myself hating their singers voice as much as I hate Eddie Vedder's voice.
Standout Track: Room 24 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPHPhII997w)

Hatriot - Heroes of Orgin: I've gotta say I found this to be not as good as I had hoped. I love the Souza-Exodus era and I figured this would probably be along those lines. To me it just sounds like b-sides off of Tempo Of The Damned.
Standout Track: Weapons Of Class Destruction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJqeuyW5O00)

Warbeast - Destroy: I really loved Krush The Enemy alot. It was super catchy and super thrashy. This album has its moments but to me it seemed like it just fell a little flat of Krush.
Standout Track: War Of The World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMcHbcKvLYE)

Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood I wasn't the biggest fan of Relentless Retribution, to me this album kicks the hell out of it. This was a real tough call to leave it out of my Top 10.
Standout Track: Fallen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdIoQz7SFUM)

Deicide - In The Minds of Evil I really liked To Hell With God. To me this falls just barely under To Hell but really not by much. For me, I found the first half of the album alot stronger than the 2nd half. At the end of the day its a solid Deicide album. Their albums after Serpents have all been a little hit and miss but this album more than holds its own.
Standout Track: Godkill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCsNOUJhLbw)

I'm gonna cut this off for right now but hopefully I should be back either tonight or tomorrow to continue my honorable mention list and then get to my Top 10.

dcmetal108
12-20-2013, 12:20 PM
I might be the one person who truly loves the new Hatebreed but I'm also prolly the biggest Hatebreed fan on here.

300%_Density
12-20-2013, 06:57 PM
Still continuing all the albums I listened to that did not make the cut:

Ghost - Infestissumam: This was another one that was close to making my Top 10. I really liked this album, truth be told I think I actually like it more than I do their 1st album which I haven't heard a ton of people say. For me I think my favorite track has to be Ghuleh/Zombie Queen, some of hated the novelty of the cover but their ABBA cover has got to be one of my favorite covers I've ever heard.
Standout Track: Ghuleh/Zombie Queen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQDaWoWwqdM)

Phil Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exit: Letdown imo. It's good to hear that Phil is back to actually doing some harsher vocals that he hasn't done in years but I just found this boring and alot of it sounds the same to me. There really isn't anything memorable to me on this album. It strikes me as the kind of album you might like in 2013 but by 2014 its already been used as a drink coaster. Too bad the better songs he did as a solo artist was on the split w/ Warbeast from earlier this year (or maybe last, I don't remember).
Standout Track: Not a damn thing

NIN - Hesitation Marks: Probably my #1 letdown this year. After not doing an album for awhile I might have had my hopes up too high. The last great thing I think they've done was Year Zero (which is my all time favorite NIN album) and the releases after that were sub par. This just didn't do much for me, the electronic aspect of this album reminded me more of Pretty Hate Machine and some of those other remix albums that were more electronic heavy as opposed to some of their less electronic material. I've tried several times to listen and try to like it and I just can't get into it. The keyboards and synths are just incredibly cheesy and lack the edge that earlier albums had. Maybe someday it'll catch on but atleast now it doesn't work for me.

Ministry - From Beer To Eternity: This is another album that I had huge hopes for that fell a little bit flat to me, but I've lightened up on in the last few months. First listen I was pissed, I absolutely hated it but gave it another shot. To me it has more of a Filth Pig feel to it which was one of my least favorite Ministry albums. The songs are longer and a little slower which I don't think works for Ministry as well as other bands. Hail To His Majesty & Thanx But No Thanx are the standout tracks for me as well as going back and doing another TV which is now TV4. Overall it seems very inconsistent even when compared to Relapse which I was surprised at how much I liked it. Kinda like the Hatebreed album, if you like Ministry then you'll probably like this, if you don't like Ministry this won't change your mind.
Standout Tracks: Thanx But No Thanx (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq6T9q1TYao) Hail To His Majesty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8EM53NhZR4)

Motorhead - Aftershock: This was #11 for me and just barely had to leave it off which I might change my mind over time. This is one of the best albums they've put out since the 2000s. The last few albums usually had a few good songs and the rest was filler. This was not like those previous albums. You can tell that the extra time between this and The World Is Yours is noticeable. Fantastic mix of that classic Motorhead sound with Motorhead's take on the blues. Phil's solos are better than they've been in several albums. I really hope they get the chance to do alot of touring for this album. Hopefully if they do they will do more than 2 new songs like they seem to do when they tour for new albums. Get better Lemmy!!!!
Standout Tracks: Lost Woman Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qkf5zNtUNY&list=PLpT0dtVUhyM7yFv6owVkHNN-UZCca3pDO) Going To Mexico (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCKqyubVzkA&list=PLpT0dtVUhyM7yFv6owVkHNN-UZCca3pDO)

I'm going to call this good for tonight but should get to update this a little bit more for those who have been reading.

John The Drummer
12-20-2013, 08:16 PM
Digging the list and opinions, mang! :rocker:

300%_Density
12-21-2013, 09:53 PM
Got 3 more then it's top 10 time. I'll add the standout tracks when I'm not on my phone.

GWAR - Battle Maximus: I gotta say few months ago I probably would have thought a little higher of this album but it's fallen out of favor w/ me a little over the last few months. What I will say is I'm glad they got someone to replace Corey. Seeing them as a 4 piece was great to see them working through losing a friend and band mate but musically it didn't sound great. Corey's input was definitely lost on this as I think it's probably the weakest they've done in a few albums. Honestly it's still a GWAR album. It just feels like it's missing something the last few albums had.

Red Fang - Whales & Leeches: Red Fang just keeps on banging out quality albums. I really liked this album but I don't think I could say I loved it as much as Murder The Mountains but I could see myself loving it more as I listen to it. I think the top half of the album was a little stronger than the 2nd half is what kept this from making my list.

Soulfly - Savages: So there's a good amount of Soulfly/Max hate on here that is pretty fairly deserved. The last few albums for me have been 2-3 songs I love and the rest is meh. This album is the same way but the bright spots are bright IMO. My favorite (Clutch bias warning) is " Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla" yes the name is lame but a great song plus Neil is a guest vocalist, and he does some harsh vocals not seen since the Transnational days 20 years ago. K.C.S. is another highlight, this one w/ Mitch Harris of Napalm Death fame. Good song that has the Soulfly groove w/ the screams of a Napalm Death song. You should be noticing a pattern. Last song I enjoyed was El Comegente w/ Tony Campos sharing vocals & the song being done in Portuguese. It's a song that takes the Latin influences that Soulfly is known for with a fun jam session towards the end of the song. The common theme for Soulfly has always been the guests Max brings for his albums. It's not as strong as the surprisingly good Enslaved album but has a few tracks worth checking out.

300%_Density
12-21-2013, 10:45 PM
#10: Suicidal Tendencies - 13

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Well this is probably going to be the only "wtf were you thinking picking this album?" But I'll explain myself first. IMO this is the album that should have came out after Lights..Camera...Revolution. Everything after this came out has overall been a disappointment overall with a few random tracks I've enjoyed. I only wish Mike hadn't waited 13 years for an album. I hated another "13" album but it's been 13 studio albums, 13 year wait, 13 new songs so I get it but atleast makes sense. I know there's a gripe about how this current version of the band isn't up to par, after seeing them live I couldn't disagree more. Tons of energy, the bass is just as funky. Of course there's no Mike Clark or Rocky George but they fit in very well for them. If Mike chooses a better setlist & cut the talking down I don't think there'd be as much complaining.

Unfortunately the years of the thrashier ST are probably gone but this still has the mix of crossover/funk appeal that drew me into ST years ago. Shake It Out is a perfect opener for the album that sets the tone. Smash It is one of my favorite tracks on here, I saw originally there were skaters & Metal Mullisha guys who were on the track and feared the worst but they stay in the background and you can forget they are even in the song. I won't review every song on here. There's a good amount of hits and there's still a few misses. For those who like the funkier side of ST I'd suggest "Till My Last Breath" absolutely funky bass lines that they've always been known for. I still think the biggest highlight is "Slam City". It's a fun song that you can just imagine huge pits at a Suicidal show, (and there was) that's one of the things I love about ST is there's so many songs of theirs are just so fun to listen to and this is one that qualifies as fun with a fun chorus.

For any who have read the previous posts, yes I picked this (barely) over the new Motörhead. In all honesty, it came down to me just liking more songs than Aftershock. Maybe if it came out 6 months ago I'd feel different but as of now I'm putting 13 as my #10.

Standout Tracks: Slam City (http://youtu.be/5ntqJTKey8Q) - Smash It (http://youtu.be/ECGFdBnw7xc)

300%_Density
12-21-2013, 11:37 PM
#9: Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

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I've gotta say, atleast I was honest about this album. AIC was following up an album that I actually saw described as "the best comeback album since Back In Black". Very strong words & huge expectations. I'll be honest, this isn't as good as Black Gives Way To Blue but there's no way it could have been.

This album is actually a lot darker & moodier than BGWTB, which is surprising given the title and the fact that it was their first album since Layne. Hollow was the 1st song/single released and it took awhile to grow on me but I grew to like it. Then I heard Stone and it was mind blowing. When you think of AIC groove isn't a word that springs to mind but this song has it plus it's really one of the more simple riffs that I've heard on an AIC song. And I love the lyrics ("what makes you want to carve your initials in me?) as well. That is a new song that shouldn't ever leave the AIC setlist. There's more than just great singles, Phantom Limb (moody & sludgy) & Pretty Done (great haunting chorus). 2 songs that probably have been overshadowed by the big singles from the album, I absolutely despise Voices. Such a crappy made for radio song. Outside of that misstep, I wish they would have cut even 1 of the slow prodding songs on here. At 70 mins the album drags on in places. I love AIC when they strip down and do acoustic stuff. Unfortunately a lot of the slower stuff on here just really doesn't go anywhere. Uptempo stuff just absolutely carries this album. My only other slight complain is i got the feeling from listening to this that I did after hearin SOAD - Hypnotize years ago. I thought " why is Daron doing so much more & Serj doing so much less in the vocals"? Same thing here. Outside of the riffs, I associate the harmonizing between Jerry & Layne/William as what makes their sound so special. Jerry seems to have taken over the lions share of the vocals which I don't think works as well as when Jerry comes in and harmonizes w/ William/Layne.

As we all know, good hard rock albums are hard to find & usually not my thing but AIC are always going to be that exception that makes it ok to like a hard rock record. There's not too many left to enjoy anymore but this is one I feel should still be enjoyed. If you haven't listened to Stone, do it now and I dare you to not find it catchy and have it stick in your head.

Standout Track: Stone (http://youtu.be/NIhUZcntloU)

hellawaits77ny
12-22-2013, 05:31 AM
I like your list so far. I'm with you on a lot. Korn was a big disappointment. Other than Prey For Me, the album flat out stinks. Considering Head is back, makes it even more disappointing.

Hatebreed was disappointing for me, as well. Yes it was better than their self titles effort, but not by much.

Deicide was solid, albeit basic. One of those albums that, to me at least, has nothing really outstanding, but you can listen to the whole album.

Natrlhi
12-22-2013, 02:35 PM
NIN - Hesitation Marks: Probably my #1 letdown this year. After not doing an album for awhile I might have had my hopes up too high. The last great thing I think they've done was Year Zero (which is my all time favorite NIN album) and the releases after that were sub par. This just didn't do much for me, the electronic aspect of this album reminded me more of Pretty Hate Machine and some of those other remix albums that were more electronic heavy as opposed to some of their less electronic material. I've tried several times to listen and try to like it and I just can't get into it. The keyboards and synths are just incredibly cheesy and lack the edge that earlier albums had. Maybe someday it'll catch on but atleast now it doesn't work for me.I've got to disagree with you on this one, but I know exactly why I liked it and you didn't. I agree it sounds a lot like "Pretty Hate Machine", and to you that's a bad thing and to me that's the best thing ever. PHM is one of my favorite albums of all time, and in any genre.

300%_Density
12-22-2013, 02:50 PM
I've got to disagree with you on this one, but I know exactly why I liked it and you didn't. I agree it sounds a lot like "Pretty Hate Machine", and to you that's a bad thing and to me that's the best thing ever. PHM is one of my favorite albums of all time, and in any genre.

Yea I think I remember seeing you disagree with me when I made the comment when it came out. Like some albums I might give it 6 months or so and try it again. Abrasive is how I generally like NIN. The album is a lot of things and as we both know it's not that abrasive.

Natrlhi
12-22-2013, 02:57 PM
Yea I think I remember seeing you disagree with me when I made the comment when it came out. Like some albums I might give it 6 months or so and try it again. Abrasive is how I generally like NIN. The album is a lot of things and as we both know it's not that abrasive.
Totally agree. Abrasive it ain't.

Speaking of which, I do like the abrasive side, too, but to me they're almost like two different bands. It all depends on my mood. I'll spin "The Downward Spiral" when I want to rage or when I'm working out, but I needs me some PHM when I'm in the mood to trip out and get all introspective and shit. :lol:

300%_Density
12-22-2013, 10:09 PM
#8: Carcass - Surgical Steel

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So many years in the making. I was worried that this wasn't going to hold up w/ the rest of the Carcass discography. I would have to say for the most part the answer to that question is yes. I felt this was a risk for Carcass. As much as some felt Swansong hurt their legacy, a half assed return would have hurt them even worse.

I know everybody falls under different Carcass that they prefer. This is probably blasphemy but first 2 albums, don't care for them. To me it seems like they had the worst production values & because of that a lot of people love these 2 and hate everything after. Now Necroticism, that album to me is the best shit they've ever done. Just untouchable IMO. Don't like Heartwork at all, too clean, just doesn't have the balls Necroticism does. I loved the concept behind Swansong, didn't like a lot of the songs but lived the death n' roll concept they were going for. If this album had almost any other name it would have been better received IMO. To me it feels a little bit like Surgical Steel took after a little bit of Heartwork. & Necroticism. As soon as you start out with "Thrasher's Abattoir" you can immediately tell this album will not be a letdown. While "Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard" feels like it could have followed up "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" 22 years ago with its progressive twin guitar attack which I feel was the biggest highlight of the album.

That being said, I know I've seen this as #1 by several magazines/web sites. It's a really great top 10 album but I feel any site that has this #1 is going off name recognition and not from the actual material. I think that anybody who loves Carcass after 1989 will find this to be the album they've been waiting for since 1996 (some since after Heartwork).

Standout Track: Noncompliance To ASTM F 899-12 Standard (http://youtu.be/nwczYW4c9yM)

300%_Density
12-22-2013, 11:00 PM
#7: The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer

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This feels like a natural progression that has been coming ever since Miss Machine. Everything that came before Miss Machine were complex song structures and odd time signatures. Usually almost any other band who simplifies their songs & music will make progressively shittier music & fans will cry sell out. To DEP this statement is dead wrong. Simple isn't always bad. Less is more.

I look forward to new DEP every few years because I always want to see what new ideas are brought to the table. They manage to mesh brutality, technical proficiency & as of late some of the most infectious choruses. Album starts out w/ one of my favorites "Prancer". It feels like Greg is doing just as much screaming but yet the lyrics seem easier to understand. This is another example of a great chorus as well & it stuck in my head quickly. "When I Lost My Bet" & "Understanding Decay" are great examples of Dillinger using the jazzy interludes that they've used for years. My favorite song on here is "Nothing's Funny". This would have almost been the best song to use as their first single. Brutal at certain points but features mostly clean singing from Greg with one of their best choruses they've ever written period, "Eventually the jokes aren’t free/and Nothing’s ever fun/and Nothing’s funny."

I don't think they out did themselves from Option Paralysis, (which I absolutely loved) but even if it's not better that's no slight to this album. I still have yet to hear DEP make a bad album and this album will not start that streak. They've made an album that is still accessible & still manages to have balls.

Standout Tracks: Nothing's Funny (http://youtu.be/pbwDFaLAeIo)
When I Lost My Bet (http://youtu.be/UeBFEanVsp4)

mankvill
12-22-2013, 11:15 PM
WRONG ALBUM ART

I recently rediscovered my love of that album. So good :3

300%_Density
12-23-2013, 05:22 AM
WRONG ALBUM ART

I recently rediscovered my love of that album. So good :3

FIXED! 1 AM is tough for us old people. :cool:

300%_Density
12-26-2013, 10:26 AM
#6 Nails - Abandon All Life

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Wow. That is the first thing that I could even think of when I first heard Nails. I'm a little late to the Nails party. I first heard of Nails from this board and I finally got around to checking them out back in the summer of this year and I listened to Unsilent Death & then Abandon All Life one after the other. All I could even think of was wow.

This album might be the epitome of an album that has ABSOLUTELY no filler. This album is just so absolutely unrelentingly crushing. I kinda think of listening to this album like you are in a boxing match. The shorter songs just feels like you are getting quick jabs and longer songs like Wide Open Wound & Suum Cuique feels like you're just getting head blow after head blow before getting knocked out. Being a fan of early Napalm Death I definitely like the short quick songs on here. To me, where I think this album shines the most is on those 2 longer songs that I mentioned. I think of these as similar to the Cannibal Corpse songs that I love the most are the ones that are slower songs that just adds to the heaviness of the songs. That's the only thing that I would have changed from this masterpiece of an album is having them add even like 1 more song thats over 2:00 in length.

I'm really just running out of different ways to say how great of an album this is & how great of a band Nails is as well. If this album doesn't hit the Metalsetlists end of year Top 10 I would consider that to be a huge upset.

Stand Out Tracks:
The Whole Damn Album, Seriously its 17 minutes. Just listen to the whole thing. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt1gYAMICpc)

300%_Density
12-26-2013, 11:33 AM
#5 Power Trip - Manifest Decimation

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Power Trip is yet another reason why I absolutely love this board so much. I had never heard of Power Trip until I was reading the 2013 thread in the album reviews section. I looked them up and I was just blown away. When I found out they played crossover/thrash, I knew that there was really going to be no way that I wouldn't love this and holy shit was I right.

Although after several lessons. I'm really thinking this feels to me more like a full on thrash album with a hint of crossover. This definitely doesn't have the feel of thrash from 2013. After my 1st listen the only album that I kept thinking about was how much listening to this reminded me of Bonded By Blood. The music reminded me so much of early Exodus and vocally there were several times where it reminded me of Paul Baloff. Tracks 1-8, there are no weak tracks, no let downs, no lulls in the action. For me the album really picks up when we get to Conditioned To Death which starts out sounding like something that could have been on Kill Em All. Murderers Row is the next track and it is my favorite. Great groove, great solo, just a monster of a track. And to continue my Exodus comparison Crossbreaker is the next track with a beginning that takes me back to Braindead with a great bassline.

I cannot think of a debut album (excluding the 7" they released last year) that I loved more than this album in a very long time. I like the Municipal Waste & Toxic Holocaust types of thrash that they both make. But this is on another level from the type of thrash that those types of bands are making. If you have not heard this and you like early Metallica, Exodus, Possessed, etc. then go out and do it right now.

Stand out tracks:
Murderer's Row (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Fy1B6OWP8&list=PLZYJehnOyybi360F2vB_h1qkf58l_426O)
Conditioned To Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hSJbqpDVDY&list=PLZYJehnOyybi360F2vB_h1qkf58l_426O)

illninoese
12-26-2013, 03:07 PM
American Head Charge - Shoot EP: I've loved these guys for so many years. Loved their Trepidation/War of Art albums, and The Feeding had a few good songs. I was just thrilled that they finally got their shit together and put something out. I like this but don't love it. It still has more of a Feeding feel to it than it does War of Art but I'm hopeful next year they will release a full length album.
Standout Tracks: Rock N Roll Nigger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK5lI6Y3sjE) Sugars Of Someday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvmARKXVkfw)


Glad to see another American Head Charge fan on here. I mainly had the same thoughts after I finished listening to the EP. I enjoyed it quite a lot.....much more than I had expected. It raises the bar for the new album so I hope they can do it.

300%_Density
12-26-2013, 05:40 PM
Glad to see another American Head Charge fan on here. I mainly had the same thoughts after I finished listening to the EP. I enjoyed it quite a lot.....much more than I had expected. It raises the bar for the new album so I hope they can do it.

I still absolutely love AHC. Not a whole lot of bands that I still follow from that 2000-2001 time period but they are still one of my favorites. Can't wait for the new album.

illninoese
12-26-2013, 06:58 PM
I still absolutely love AHC. Not a whole lot of bands that I still follow from that 2000-2001 time period but they are still one of my favorites. Can't wait for the new album.

One of the biggest letdowns of the year for me was the tour not coming to FL. I've never seen them on a venue live before. Bryan Ottoson died literally 2 days before they came to Orlando with Mudvayne and AHC dropped off. The Feeding had just come out and I was so amped to see some of the songs live. Extremely underrated band imo.

300%_Density
12-26-2013, 10:01 PM
One of the biggest letdowns of the year for me was the tour not coming to FL. I've never seen them on a venue live before. Bryan Ottoson died literally 2 days before they came to Orlando with Mudvayne and AHC dropped off. The Feeding had just come out and I was so amped to see some of the songs live. Extremely underrated band imo.

I'm still waiting to see them too. I might have seen them at Ozzfest '01 but I have little to no memory of that day other than it was rainy. Hopefully next year. I find that first album very underrated.

300%_Density
01-01-2014, 11:17 AM
Hopefully everybody had a good and safe New Years. I woke up at 10:30 and feelin way better now. Since we are starting our year end lists here I wanted to get this knocked out. On w/ the countdown.

#4 Dream Theater - Dream Theater

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Over 20+ years of being together and I still think Dream Theater is one of the more consistent bands as far as albums go. From their first 4 albums, w/ the exception of Images & Words, those albums just seemed to lack a certain something. Everything after Falling Into Infinity have all been fantastic albums. Their new S/T does nothing put continue the great streak of albums that DT has had since 1999.

Out of 9 total tracks, subtracting 2 of the songs because honestly I'm just not a huge fan of instrumentals, there are 5 songs of the remaining 7 songs that I think are really great on this album. Alot of people probably already heard The Enemy Inside when it got released as the 1st single. I fell in love w/ that song as soon as I heard it. It just has all the elements that are great about DT into a great 6 minute song. It may not be the best song on the album but its very deserving of a Grammy nomination. The Looking Glass is another highlight, even more shocking, its only 4:53. Its more stripped down straight up metal/hard rock song w/o too many of their more proggy elements. For this song less is definitely more, great infectious chorus. Sometimes its kind of nice to have a DT song that isn't 6-7+ mins even though I do like the longer songs as well. Also really like The Bigger Picture & Behind The Veil. The Bigger Picture being a little more mellow and Behind The Veil being a little more uptempo but both w/ a common theme of having just huge infectious chorus'.

The gem of this album is the 22 minute monster that is Illumination Theory. Their longest track since the title track off Octavarium. There's so much to go into it's tough to know where to start. It's 1 song that is broken into 5 different parts. Part 1: Paradoxe de la Lumičre Noire - starts out as a slower piece that really sets the stage for the whole song, starts slow and keeps building to the next part. Part 2: Live, Die, Kill - is a straight up hard rocker with some fantastic key work by Jordan. Part 3: The Embracing Circle - slows everything down and gives us a little break, has a very orchestral feel to it. Part 4: The Pursuit of Truth - this is where it gets even better, its even more uptempo than part 2. Crazy keyboard work, fantastic drumming, Petrucci doing what makes him so great. My favorite part of the song. Part 5: Surrender, Trust & Passion - this to me is kind of the inverse of part 1, starts out as uptempo and progressively slows down and finally ending w/ a beautiful piano outro. I'm not normally a fan of songs this long, usually half of it is just boring and drags. This one really doesn't do that at all. Part 3 is the only part that might drag a little, instead of it being 4 min piece, maybe cut it in half. But really that's my only minor complaint. For anybody who enjoys this type of music and hasn't heard this song, you owe it to yourself to take 22 minutes out of your day and give this song a shot.

Surrender to Reason didn't do much for me, kind of a mid tempo song that doesn't really go anywhere to me. Loved the keys in the song but the rest of it is just kinda meh to me. I knew after hearing it once I hated Along For The Ride. I love DT ballads when they are done right and this is just not one of their better songs. To me it reeks of radio ballad. But still not liking 2 out of 7 songs is pretty good to me. This is a band who really hasn't done too much wrong in the last 15 years (sans the Portnoy drama / drummer audition stuff on YouTube) and they continue to make beautiful amazing music.

Illumination Theory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFMDGSWhHbo)
The Enemy Inside (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIOGd61XqCI)

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01-01-2014, 11:57 AM
#3 Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clock Work

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This album to me seems like it's been one of those albums that has so many varying opinions, all the way from being considered one of the biggest letdowns of the year to this being one of the best things they've ever done. Obviously based on my ranking, I find this to be one of the better albums they've done in their career. After a couple listens I'll admit I was letdown as well. Having nothing short of an all star team of guests I was expecting something different. After giving it some time I fell in love and found it to be one of the best hard rock albums I've ever heard.

One thing was sure after 1 listen. "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" was one of my favorite songs I heard this whole year. That is the most Kyuss-ish thing I have heard from Josh Homme since he was in Kyuss. That song is just so slow and heavy with one of the most amazing bass sounds that I've ever heard. Even if you gave up on QOTSA but love Kyuss, I would strongly suggest atleast giving this song a listen. I Sat By The Ocean sounds exactly like a song I would want to listen to while lounging by the ocean. Just a great hard rock song with a great chorus. Its a pretty simple song with a lot of groove. First few times I heard My God Is The Sun I was a little underwhelmed but again after a few times it finally stuck w/ me. A really great choice for a first single. Kalopsia was initially a disappointment to me when I saw that was the song Reznor was in. I expected so much more, then after another listen I was in love w/ it. Starting off so slow and quiet with the best chorus in this whole album, and with Reznor putting in some guitar that have that Reznor sound and him also doing some backup vocals as well. Its kind of half really beautiful mellow song and then half harder edged song. Smooth Sailing, goddamn there haven't been too many songs I've heard that are catchier than this song. Probably one of the catchiest songs they've ever done in their career. With one of the best lyrics of the year "I blow my load over the status quo". If this isn't catchy to you then you might be dead.

Obviously I, much like other QOTSA fans, long for the Rated R/Songs For The Dead days. The thing of it is, I don't think we are going to get albums like that anymore. I think there will be elements of those albums into future albums but I don't see it happening and honestly if they make gems like this I am more than ok with that. This album went #1 when it came out and there's few times where I see someone w/ the #1 album where I think yea that album deserves to be #1. This does deserve all the praise that it's got. This might just be the album that moves them up to that next level. I was just amazed at seeing the picture posted on here where the Barclays Center (Arena? I don't remember) was so packed for them. I love that they are getting those sized crowds because I think they deserve it. If you are someone that has an open mind when listening to other genres of metal/hard rock give this one a chance.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhaIb30mJiQ&list=PLozlBbCIaUbFnIzPZAJvq2Z55rqYk3QsK)
Kalopsia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8fuMoW0HAA&list=PLozlBbCIaUbFnIzPZAJvq2Z55rqYk3QsK)

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01-01-2014, 03:13 PM
#2 Black Sabbath - 13

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Well when I first heard this was going to actually happen I was just as nervous about it as I was excited (which was alot). It is a ballsy move to try and release a new album at this point for Sabbath. Their legacy is obviously already set, there's really no way to dent that armor. But if they released some shitty half assed album then that's something that the 3 of them would have had to live down the rest of their lives as the last thing they put out under the Black Sabbath name. IMO this album has more than exceeded my expectations. Here's where alot my find this blasphemous, I even enjoyed this more than I did Vol. 4. Truth be told I just don't like a whole lot of songs from Vol. 4. There's a few I like on it, but overall I just don't like that album very much. And obviously its stronger than Technical Ecstasy & Never Say Die as a whole.

What got me excited from interviews is that Rubin wanted them to go back to their early bluesier sound. I love the Sabbath that are just balls out like "Symptom of the Universe" but where I love them the most are like alot of the very first album where you can really hear the blues influences. "End Of The Beginning" has a similar quality to the song "Black Sabbath" just not quite as eerie/doomy sounding as the original. But damn that Iommi riff in that after the song picks up, absolutely crushing. Obviously alot of us have already heard God Is Dead?, the 2nd half of that song is another Iommi crushing riff. Loner is ok, seems like they almost ripped themselves off as it has a very N.I.B. feel to it, not my favorite song, its just ok. Zeitgeist doesn't do much for me in the same way that Planet Caravan doesn't really do much for me. You like one, you'll like the other. If you don't like one, you won't like the other. Age of Reason & Damaged Soul are 2 of the best songs on the album, and frankly it's not even close that those are the best 2 songs. Age of Reason has one of my favorite Iommi riffs in the middle of that song that is just so incredibly heavy and Damaged Soul is Tony with a bluesy riff that just makes that whole song absolutely amazing. I liked seeing that they were starting to play Age of Reason on some of their more recent shows, now we just need to hope they do Damaged Soul next. The part I found the coolest about the whole album was the last minute or 2 of Dear Father. I think the song is alright, not great, not bad but alright. The part I love is after the song where you start hearing the bells from the song Black Sabbath, then they started in with the rain. I had goosebumps the first time I heard that. I kinda hope this is the last album. Hearing that at the end felt like Black Sabbath closure, like in the last (soon to be) 44 years that the first album came out they've come full circle and they are going to end right at the same place they began. Can't think of a better ending than that.

I really don't care about the other bs politics that seem to come up when Sabbath are brought up. I don't care about the Bill Ward crap. The petty back and forth legal crap has been going on with bands for probably as long as records have been made, it is what it is, its unfortunate. If they think that Bill would have sounded like shit and didn't think he had the chops to record or tour then they are looking out for the album which I'm fine w/. All I want is a new Black Sabbath album that sounds just as good as their '70s stuff and in my mind they have no doubt accomplished that.

Age of Reason (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM0Y0rLi0CM)
Damaged Soul (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g_ofeSNkHo)

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01-01-2014, 05:20 PM
#1 Clutch - Earth Rocker

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Sometimes when I think about end of year stuff I struggle trying to come up with what I enjoyed the most out of that year. Tell you the truth, this wasn't really even in doubt for me. After this came out in March I pretty much knew that nothing will better than this. Before a band's album comes out you always here the cliches "are best album" "our heaviest album" or whatever, we've all read the press releases. We all hear the same shit and how often do we hear something and become disappointed with it (ahem Mr. Mustaine I'm looking at you) where the final product is nothing like it was described in press releases/interviews? This is everything that it was hyped up to be and Clutch absolutely delivers on their promise.

2009's Strange Creatures From the West had it's moments (like all Clutch releases have) but it really felt to me as the weakest link in the Clutch catalog. Apparently having toured w/ Thin Lizzy & Motorhead gave them that much needed kick in the ass to make a kickass rock record. Beginning to end this is an album that hits hard and never lets up, with the exception of Gone Cold which I'll get to later. This is the 1st Clutch album that I didn't have to bother skipping a track or 2 since the s/t album.

Earth Rocker was a perfect song to release as the first single and to put as the first track on the album. This song pretty much sums up what this whole album is about which is just a straight ahead rocking song w/ tons of groove. Crucial Velocity is easily one of the highlights of the album, I haven't heard very many people who love Clutch that don't find this to be one of their favorites on the album, I can only imagine how well it goes over in a live setting. Personally, D.C. Sound Attack is my favorite song on this album, I love the cowbell jam in the middle of the song, its just one of the catchiest numbers they've ever done, for a band like Clutch that has made a career on making alot of catchy songs that is a huge compliment. The only thing I don't like about this is Gone Cold. Alot of people love this song, I don't get it. I get that on an 11 song album you put a slow song in the middle to break it up and allow the listener a break. Lyrically it is dull, I love the almost rubbery sounding bass in the song. Thats cool they want to do an acoustic song but this just doesn't work. Better lyrics and I'm sure I'd love it, I can still listen to it but its just not my favorite. The other highlight of this is Cyborg Bette which is another very uptempo song which talks of girls not treating him well, and robot women and it is lyrically one of my favorite songs Clutch has done. I could really go on about every song on the album but I figured I would try to keep from rambling and just hit the high points.

Thank you Clutch for being one of the few bands who has actually followed through on the pre hype of an album. I feel sorry for Clutch who has to actually follow up this monster of an album.

Full Album (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYSOT_YgHjA)
Crucial Velocity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lVXVZ5ATwg)
D.C. Sound Attack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXIzmM1DaW8)

Coma323
01-01-2014, 05:41 PM
Not too mention the album art for Earth Rocker fuckin' rocks! The songs also translate live very well.

SomewhereInTime72
01-01-2014, 10:03 PM
Awesome top 2. I didn't love 13 that much, but pretty much everything you said in the review is spot on. And it's hard to really say anything about Earth Rocker that hasn't been said. It's just the best album of the year, no contest. :cool:

jhdeity
01-01-2014, 10:37 PM
Awesome top 2. I didn't love 13 that much, but pretty much everything you said in the review is spot on. And it's hard to really say anything about Earth Rocker that hasn't been said. It's just the best album of the year, no contest. :cool:

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hellawaits77ny
01-02-2014, 06:09 AM
Very nice review of '13'. I personally thought the album was great, and am suprised it's not on more AOTY lists here. The way you describe 'The end....." is perfect.

MetalIsArt
01-02-2014, 06:27 AM
Iommi's riffs will crush you all :bouville: