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ADD
01-05-2007, 11:18 PM
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January 5, 2007-- 2006 has come and gone, another year more or less like the rest, and a year that will be remembered for many reasons outside the realm of music. However, that's what I'll be focusing this short essay on, a recap of the year in music, encompassing the albums, the concerts, and even my personal musical growth in 2006.

For me, 2006 marked the year where I attended the most concerts up to this point. Going to rock and metal shows ranks near the very top of things that I love to do most, and this year I witnessed some fantastic shows. Seeing Tool twice in a span of 4 months was quite special, including an intimate small-venue show at the renowed Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA. This was only their third show since the "Lateralus" tour ended in November 2002, so it was truly a performance to be remembered. The second time I caught them was from the pit at the Oakland Arena, with support provided by the stunningly brilliant prog-rock band Isis, who have since captured my most recent musical craze (affectionately known as "fanboyism" ) and have earned my undying support. 5 days after that show I was back in the same venue for this years installation of Gigantour, featuring a sterling lineup that included Overkill, Arch Enemy, Opeth, and of course the mighty Megadeth, who tore through a set of classics and even unveiled for the first time a new song from their upcoming album "United Abominations". Perhaps the most surprising and unique show of the year came in October for Queensryche playing their "Operation: Mindcrime" albums in their entirety. This was my first time seeing the show, and it was easily the best combination of music and stage theatrics I have ever seen. They truly did the story justice, from the acting to the props to the lighting and everything in between, all coupled with the music to illustrate fabulously the harrowing tale behind the 'Mindcrime' story. Of course, the greatest show of the year was delivered by none other than the mighty Iron Fucking Maiden and their sold-out performance in Irvine, CA. Right up there with their show from the "Dance Of Death" tour for my favorite show ever, and was for so many reasons one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The entire journey and that whole vacation will be something I will cherish forever. Finally, the concert year ended with Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Oakland Arena (again), delivering a fully-loaded Christmas show on steroids. I also made it out to a couple of local shows throughout the year, where I discovered one of the best bands my local Peninsula scene has put out since Light This City hit the bigtime: De La Fuente, also known as DLF. I highly anticipate their debut full-length recording, as their demo shows great signs of promise.

As a musician, this past year was really where I began to get a sense of myself as a songwriter and as a player. Being inspired by a wider range of influences than ever before helped me grow in my talent and my ability to write music, which is really the goal of any musician. I have developed a genuine relationship in playing music that it feels like my calling in life, where I know I will go in my future despite what other things I may undertake or what obstacles may come. When something becomes a part of you that deeply, it can never be uprooted. I am ever-grateful for the opportunities I've had to jam out my with my friends, alone spending hours playing both guitar and drums, and (most special of all) getting to jam with my dad as well. Who knows, maybe we'll be the first father-son tandem in metal No matter what though, this year was a pivotal point for me in this area above the rest, simply because of the shift in magnitude it has taken and the role it plays in my life.

Now, finally, to the MUSIC itself. This year I dedicated myself to amassing as many new releases as I could, and with the strength of this years crop of releases this was not difficult at all. As a somewhat-aspiring music journalist I think its important to get a sense of whats happening right now in the world of music and culture you are immersed in, whether that be rap, pop, country, or anything else. Although I clearly associate myself most with metal and consider myself as a straight-up metalhead, I have tastes that are a little broader than that, encompassing a greater span of genres across the musical spectrum. Some people might ask how or why I ended up with so many 2006 releases (I stopped at a fitting 100), but I ask how could you not, with the talent thats out there right now. You don't need to be rich to get a ton of music either, what with downloading so prevlant and music so easily accesible online. Obviously it cannot hold a candle to going out and buying the album, poring over the booklet, taking in the cover art, even to the very scent of the inside sleeve of an LP. However, with so much out there to discover its unfortunate that more people don't go out and just sample some of the stuff thats available online if they don't have the means to go out and splurge at the record store. Obviously this is personal choice, some are perfectly happy carrying on their own way, and that's awesome. But I can't stand when people say there's nothing going on in underground music or metal today, because frankly that's total bullshit.

Anyways, in amassing a range of music from indie folk to cult black metal, mainstream alternative rock to the most intense underground death metal, I have opened up my musical horizons and tastes far wider than I would have ever imagined. Hopefully in the coming years I can expand my tastes even further, because stagnation ultimately leads to boredom, and the day music becomes boring to me is the day that I seriously question my existence and purpose. On a lighter note, this years underground scene was ultimately highlighted by the emergence of what I hypothesize will soon become the new trend in less mainstream pop culture, similar to metalcore today; the post-rock/hardcore/progressive metal scene has erupted with a surge of bands (mostly from the Midwest, fittingly enough) playing melancholic, epic tunes in the vein of genre legends Neurosis and Isis, mixing it with the indie post-rock of bands like Explosions In The Sky and Godspeed! You Black Empreror. There are several key reasons why I feel this is the next step in the underground Hop Topic scene (although it will come out in a repackaged form), and the top two reasons are: this is not difficult music to write and play (generally), and it has a specific target audience it can cater to. Both of these are facets that metalcore has going for it, hence its popularity. However, this sort of counter musical trend is inevitable to me, almost like the dirge of grunge burying the pomp of hair metal (but on a much smaller scale). The scene is still in its infant stages, but beware the hordes of thick-rimmed glasses and messenger bags......the hipster-indie-emo-nerd outcasts who couldnt latch onto the heavy screamo metalcore thing are about to have their day. Hopefully this travesty can be averted, but it seems like the path is being carved. Right now there are enough creatively vital bands to keep the scene relatively fresh and exciting, and it will likely never sink to the depths of the dreaded "-core" bands, but in following the scene closely I can see the pattern forming.

In other rock and metal circles there were some great records to be found from very diverse acts. Several major releases this year from established bands mixed with soon-to-be underground classics made this year quite unique. Black metal has seen the evolution of a few select acts as the much-reverred USBM scene momentarily comes to a slow, while brutal death metal had a big year for tours and releases despite a lack of quality albums (in my opinion, of course, as with everything written here). The generally dormant thrash scene was given a little jolt by a couple of established German acts, while a group of classic heavy metal legends released albums that garnered them even more success. The stoner and doom crusties were out in full force, delivering monolithic slabs of 70's headbangin' drunken foolishness, while the ever-present slew of sleek instrumental prog acts put out several very solid releases themselves.

Overall, I think this year served as a testament to the wonderful state of underground music today, and hopefully next year will bring new heights in every aspect of creative music.

Maiden33
01-05-2007, 11:24 PM
Very nice... I've been considering doing one of these myself, but I don't want the board to get cluttered with every oter person making a thread like this, so I probably won't. It's cool to see somebody do it though.

ChildrenofSodom
01-05-2007, 11:25 PM
FYI-I am not going to read all that. I am shooting for my first 24+ hour adventure...so. I feel reading all that will put me to sleep. No offense.

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:26 PM
Very nice... I've been considering doing one of these myself, but I don't want the board to get cluttered with every oter person making a thread like this, so I probably won't. It's cool to see somebody do it though.
For all the bickering and crap lately thats been going on around the subject I really would honestly like to see you do some kind of melodic metal/power metal roundup of the year because this is one area that I have still yet to really sink my teeth into. It'd be cool to read on and I'm sure you'd do a great job since you know so much about that scene.

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:27 PM
FYI-I am not going to read all that. I am shooting for my first 24+ hour adventure...so. I feel reading all that will put me to sleep. No offense.
:lol: It's short!

ChildrenofSodom
01-05-2007, 11:27 PM
For all the bickering and crap lately thats been going on around the subject I really would honestly like to see you do some kind of melodic metal/power metal roundup of the year because this is one area that I have still yet to really sink my teeth into. It'd be cool to read on and I'm sure you'd do a great job since you know so much about that scene.

I lol'd

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:28 PM
I lol'd
What, I don't know a lot about that and I am trying to broaden my musical horizons as I said :D

ChildrenofSodom
01-05-2007, 11:28 PM
:lol: It's short!

bullshit. I will speed read it, look for words that interest me. Maybe a Ctrl+F for "Kataklysm" "ChildrenofSodom" "Living Martyr" "Ohio", but if none of those pop up I wont bother with it.

ChildrenofSodom
01-05-2007, 11:29 PM
What, I don't know a lot about that and I am trying to broaden my musical horizons as I said :D

I just lol'd again.

Maiden33
01-05-2007, 11:29 PM
For all the bickering and crap lately thats been going on around the subject I really would honestly like to see you do some kind of melodic metal/power metal roundup of the year because this is one area that I have still yet to really sink my teeth into. It'd be cool to read on and I'm sure you'd do a great job since you know so much about that scene.

Then in that case, I'll be doing one within the next couple days.

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:30 PM
bullshit. I will speed read it, look for words that interest me. Maybe a Ctrl+F for "Kataklysm" "ChildrenofSodom" "Living Martyr" "Ohio", but if none of those pop up I wont bother with it.
Fine:tongue:

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:30 PM
I just lol'd again.
That's NOT an invitation for you to do a metalcore one though :cool: ;)

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:31 PM
Then in that case, I'll be doing one within the next couple days.
Right on.

ChildrenofSodom
01-05-2007, 11:32 PM
That's NOT an invitation for you to do a metalcore one though :cool: ;)

Too Late...I will begin typing right now....:D

ADD
01-05-2007, 11:33 PM
Too Late...I will begin typing right now....:D
:lol: Guess I'll have to read it tomorrow then, cuz I'm out...............

ChildrenofSodom
01-05-2007, 11:34 PM
:lol: Guess I'll have to read it tomorrow then, cuz I'm out...............

all you need to know....

AT THE GATES :shred: :shred: :punk: :shred: :shred: :rocker:

ADD
01-06-2007, 10:49 AM
all you need to know....

AT THE GATES :shred: :shred: :punk: :shred: :shred: :rocker:

At The Gates are not fucking metalcore. Besides, I was listening to them when you probably thought that Dio was like, the heaviest shit ever man :D ;)

powerslave_85
01-06-2007, 10:52 AM
Here's my year in review, copied from my blog:

Since the end of 2006 is nearly upon us, I thought I’d pontificate on the best and worst musical happenings of the year.

Top 10 Albums of the Year:
1. Mastodon- Blood Mountain
2. Converge- No Heroes
3. Iron Maiden- A Matter of Life and Death
4. None More Black- This Is Satire
5. The Lawrence Arms- Oh! Calcutta!
6. AFI- Decemberunderground
7. Thursday- A City By the Light Divided
8. Quasi- When the Going Gets Dark
9. Tool- 10,000 Days
10. Brand New- The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Top 10 Metal Albums of the Year:
1. Mastodon- Blood Mountain
2. Converge- No Heroes
3. Iron Maiden- A Matter of Life and Death
4. Amon Amarth- With Oden On Our Side
5. Napalm Death- Smear Campaign
6. Isis- In the Absence of Truth
7. I- Between Two Worlds
8. Ahab- The Call of the Wretched Sea
9. Blind Guardian- A Twist In the Myth
10. Slayer- Christ Illusion

Song of the Year:
Three way tie: Mastodon- "Colony of Birchmen," Converge- "No Heroes," The Lawrence Arms, "The Devil's Takin' Names"

Best Moments of '06:
1. Mastodon continues their rise to the top of the metal world
2. Dio's cameo in Tenacious D's "The Pick of Destiny"
3. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden takes a fan's banner reading "Play the old songs," tears it up in front of him, and goes into the next song from their new album.

Worst Moments of '06:
1. Sleater-Kinney calls it quits
After releasing what could be considered their crowning achievement last year with The Woods, the Portland trio suddenly decided to pack it in for an "indefinite hiatus." Who knows how long that will last. In the meantime, I mourn the loss of one of the most exciting, amazing rock bands of the last 20 years.
2. Hot Water Music breaks up
Not totally unexpected, but heartbreaking nonetheless. 2004's The New What Next showed that the band was going in new, interesting directions, and were continuing to pave the way for post-hardcore bands everywhere. Luckily, they were re-incarnated (sans Chuck Regan) as The Draft, who pick up where HWM left off.
3. Panic! At the Disco continues to exist
Why, God, why??
4. CBGB's Closes Down
A punk institution is forced to close its doors, and a little (but hugely significant) part of music history dies.

The "No Shit, Sherlock" Award:
Guns 'n Roses says "Chinese Democracy" is coming out. It doesn't. No one is shocked.

Most Bizarre Collaboration:
Mike Watt records bass for Kelly Clarkson's next album. Oooookaaaayy...

Best Queen Impression:
1. My Chemical Romance- "Welcome to the Black Parade"
2. Queen with Paul Rodgers

Best Bruce Springsteen Impression:
The Killers- "When You Were Young"

Best Thing From England Since Tea and Crumpets:
Lady Sovereign
A 5 foot, 20-year-old, white British girl who just happens to rap better than most other people. At last, a female rapper who doesn't spend entire songs describing unspeakable sex acts.

Asshole Lead Singer Lifetime Achievement Award: Bono
Buying iPods and Nikes will save Africa, huh? Whatever you say, fuckbag, but I think the 8-year-olds in the Nike sweatshops would have something to say about that.

Song Title of the Year:
"You Suck! But Your Peanut Butter Is Okay" by None More Black

Best Cover:
"Like I Love You," by Dillinger Escape Plan (originally by Justin Timberlake)

Best Music/Concert DVD:
Mastodon- The Workhorse Chronicles
Live footage of almost every single song the band had released to that point, plus great and hilarious interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Worst Music/Concert DVD:
Dillinger Escape Plan- Miss Machine: The DVD
I paid 8 bucks for 3 videos and a handful of shitty quality live footage?

Album Title With Most Exclamation Points:
Against Me!- "Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live In London!!!"

Best Song About Snakes on a Plane:
Cobra Starship- "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)"

ADD
01-06-2007, 10:54 AM
Nice job Nick :party: I didn't you know you had the Ahab album, niiiiiiiiice :metal:

JRA
01-06-2007, 11:48 AM
"Asshole Lead Singer Lifetime Achievement Award: Bono
Buying iPods and Nikes will save Africa, huh? Whatever you say, fuckbag, but I think the 8-year-olds in the Nike sweatshops would have something to say about that."


:lol: :fist:

ADD
01-06-2007, 04:15 PM
"Asshole Lead Singer Lifetime Achievement Award: Bono
Buying iPods and Nikes will save Africa, huh? Whatever you say, fuckbag, but I think the 8-year-olds in the Nike sweatshops would have something to say about that."



Yeah, they would say "Please keep buying so that we can eat and not be forced onto the streets." :hmm:

Div
01-06-2007, 04:24 PM
"Asshole Lead Singer Lifetime Achievement Award: Bono
Buying iPods and Nikes will save Africa, huh? Whatever you say, fuckbag, but I think the 8-year-olds in the Nike sweatshops would have something to say about that."


:lol: :fist:

Yea dude, fuck that guy's opinions. And his music pretty much sucks too.

DethMaiden
01-06-2007, 05:03 PM
I should do this. Very very well-written, Addi, and thanks for mentioning "my" scene :tongue: Now I merely await your top ten list :D

ADD
01-06-2007, 05:59 PM
I should do this. Very very well-written, Addi, and thanks for mentioning "my" scene :tongue: Now I merely await your top ten list :D
:cool:

JRA
01-06-2007, 07:41 PM
I am ever-grateful for the opportunities I've had to jam out my with my friends, alone spending hours playing both guitar and drums, and (most special of all) getting to jam with my dad as well.



:fist: :fist: That is awesome! What instrument does he play?

Fe Maiden
01-07-2007, 07:26 AM
For all the bickering and crap lately thats been going on around the subject I really would honestly like to see you do some kind of melodic metal/power metal roundup of the year because this is one area that I have still yet to really sink my teeth into.:confused: :lol: Are you becoming more open-minded?:D

JRA
01-07-2007, 07:39 AM
:confused: :lol: Are you becoming more open-minded?:D

He probably heard "Heart Of The Unicorn" and now has a total boner for Gamma Ray. :D

ADD
01-07-2007, 02:32 PM
:fist: :fist: That is awesome! What instrument does he play?
He "plays" guitar and drums, but he has no formal training or anything in either one :lol: We have a blast though and he's getting actually much better so its starting to sound good :D

ADD
01-07-2007, 02:33 PM
He probably heard "Heart Of The Unicorn" and now has a total boner for Gamma Ray. :D
:lol:

I just know that there's still a lot of great stuff out there I have yet to disocver, so I wanna try it out.

Fe Maiden
01-08-2007, 11:12 AM
He probably heard "Heart Of The Unicorn" and now has a total boner for Gamma Ray. :DSomehow I find everything in that statement unbelievable!!!

JRA
01-08-2007, 03:38 PM
Not to toot my own horn, but can we all at least nominate this for picture of the year?

http://www.gigantour.com/megadethphoto/092906BOSTON/lo_res/lo_IMG_6879.jpg

ADD
01-08-2007, 03:53 PM
Not to toot my own horn, but can we all at least nominate this for picture of the year?

http://www.gigantour.com/megadethphoto/092906BOSTON/lo_res/lo_IMG_6879.jpg
:lol: I think it should win :metal: :party:

DethMaiden
01-09-2007, 04:48 PM
Enh, I'm not gonna write one. It'd be similar to this except I'd put something about crossing the boundary between primarily metal and primarily prog.