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ADD
06-23-2008, 02:09 PM
Well we've reached the middle of 2008, and it's already been a hell of a year for new release, so here's my opinion on the shit that's come out that you guys outta be listening to :D


Earth- The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull- this album continues along the same lines as their last couple releases, but here they expand upon the atmospheric droney sound by adding touches of jazz and more streamlined songwriting as opposed to the open-ended soundscapes of Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method. A word I would use to describe the music is "lush", so if you like mellow instrumental music this is a definite winner.


Russian Circles- Station- the very best of the numerous Explosions In The Sky-style bands out there, Station follows in a similar direction to that of their debut album Enter, except here the band gets heavier in a Mastodon sort of way at times, making the delicate balance between the soft and quiet parts more effective because when the beat drops shit really gets rockin'. Their most distinguishable attribute to me is the guitar-tapping melodies, and those are implemented to full effect. The drumming is outstanding too, perfect mix of flair and restraint, finesse and power. So far this is my favorite album of the year, you gotta check it out if you like this kind of music.


Husky- The Sea King- another instrumental album, but more along the lines of Earth in that this album has a wonderful organic and natural feel to it. They have that Americana/southwestern feel to their music, though with a lot of sparse instrumentation. Amazing guitar tone, so warm and vintage. Sit outside in nature with this album on a hot summer day while enjoying a cold drink and you couldn't be in a better place.


Birds Of Prey- Sulfur and Semen- as the title suggests, this thing is all kinds of nasty. I'll admit I wasn't sold on their debut Weight Of The Wound, but this one absolutely rips face. If I were to have kept track I'd guess this is the album I've listened to most this year. The perfect soundtrack to when you're pissed the fuck off and need the cathartic release of fat sun-rusted riffs and brutal acid-gargling vocals, held together by memorable melodies and surprisingly good songwriting.


Against Nature-Much In Little/Descend- if you dig any kind of 70's hard rock then you need to jump on this one. It's all about that feel that captures the sound of chillin out in a basement all That 70's Show-style, just kickin it. Killer vibes all around on these two albums that were released separately but are meant to go together, and if you still need an excuse to listen then go no further and download them straight from the band's website, along with any of their other albums: http://www.againstnature.us/discography/discography.htm


Death Angel- Killing Season- I'm the last person I expected to like this album, but after seeing them play most of the songs live at their record release show back in February I got the album and was very pleasantly surprised. This isn't a bunch of geezers trying to sound like old school thrash and coming off as a terrible parody of themselves (I'm looking at you, other Bay Area thrash metal legends who put out new albums recently....), this is the sound of a hungry band writing the best modern metal I've ever heard. This is the way modern metal needs to sound I think, with the emphasis on great hooks and memorable songs, and Death Angel pull it off perfectly. Yeah there are some songs I skip every time, and my opinion might be biased in that I had absolutely zero expectations, but the iTunes play count doesn't lie. Check it out if you want to hear an album by an old Bay Area band that doesn't sound like Trivium.


Brant Bjork- Punk Rock Guilt- I don't think there is a single musician I've heard that has his own style down quite like Brant Bjork does. His music just oozes pure soul and honesty, and it straight grooves no matter what. The sound is so organic and filled with what I can only describe as happiness and the chillest vibe you'll hear. Some songs on this are brand new, some are re-recorded versions of his old acoustic songs except with full instrumentation, all songs will put a smile on your face and peace in your mind. 'Sol' music.


Colour Haze- All- these guys know how a guitar should sound, and they make the most of it by delivering another piece of pure soul music. Hendrix-meets-Cream-meets-Kyuss, and that's not an exaggeration on any level. Sometimes I'm just in awe of how people can make such beautiful music. It rocks, it's mellow, it swings, it grooves, it's fuckin rad as shit. This is more on the hippie side of things I'll admit, but if you can't get into the vibe then that's too bad because this is a truly special band and possibly their defining release.


Nachtmystium- Assassins: The Black Meddle Part One- as the name would imply, there's a strong Pink Floyd influence in Nachtmystium's brand of black metal on this album, which continues to steer the band away from their early pure black metal roots and further into progressive territory. These guys are kinda turning into the Opeth of black metal I think, though Nachtmystium sway more to the side of post-rock as another influence whereas Opeth sway to the technical side. I have a feeling this album is gonna generate a lot of hype in the metal community and could become a landmark release for extreme metal, and with good reason because this is really a crossroads of styles that meld together very well.


Disfear- Live The Storm- D-beat metal punk, Entombed, Motorhead, Discharge, you know the drill. You will headbang and throw the horns spontaneously. Nothing special to mention except that it might be the best album of this well-worn style that I've ever heard, if only for the fantastic production which puts it over the edge. Perfect guitar tone for this style, great heavy drumming, and the mix brings everything right up front without sounding crowded. Play LOUD.


The Gates Of Slumber- Conqueror- I never really got into this band until this album, which has more balls than Manowar's entire catalog. They adhere pretty strictly to the confines of true doom metal, but the riffs themselves are totally what makes it, along with an expectedly stellar production job by Sanford Parker. The vocals and music sometimes sound like they are literally plagiarizing Wino, but if that's a complaint then you know this album delivers the goods. When they kick into the more traditional heavy metal parts its completely glorious.


Other cool shit that I recommend:

Across Tundras- Western Sky Ride
Siena Root- Far From The Sun
Saviours- Into Abaddon
Hatchet- Awaiting Evil
Merciless Death- Realm Of Terror
Torture Squad- Hellbound
Asva- What You Don't Know Is Frontier
Coffins- Buried Death
Harvey Milk- Life...The Best Game In Town
Tiger Junkies- D-Beat Street Rock 'N Rollers
Soilent Green- Inevitable Collapse In The Presence Of Conviction

mankvill
06-23-2008, 06:16 PM
Very nice!

I have thought about checking out Nachtmystium, but I tend to not because of how they're slapped with the "psychadelic" label more than the "black metal" one. :(

I do not like Pink Floyd, Sam I Am.

DethMaiden
06-23-2008, 07:44 PM
The Earth album is tremendous.

Actually, here's my top 10 as it stands (not much consideration went into this and there's lots of stuff I still need to hear):

1. Opeth- Watershed
2. Genghis Tron- Board Up the House
3. Protest the Hero- Fortress
4. Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
5. Flogging Molly- Float
6. Warrel Dane- Praises to the War Machine
7. Men As Trees- Weltschmerz
8. An Horse- Not Really Scared
9. Judas Priest- Nostradamus (yeah, I've reconsidered it a bit)
10. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes

hot_turkey_ed
06-23-2008, 08:15 PM
The Earth album is tremendous.

Actually, here's my top 10 as it stands (not much consideration went into this and there's lots of stuff I still need to hear):

1. Opeth- Watershed
2. Genghis Tron- Board Up the House
3. Protest the Hero- Fortress
4. Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
5. Flogging Molly- Float
6. Warrel Dane- Praises to the War Machine
7. Men As Trees- Weltschmerz
8. An Horse- Not Really Scared
9. Judas Priest- Nostradamus (yeah, I've reconsidered it a bit)
10. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes

I second Earth's latest album.... :cool:

DethMaiden
06-23-2008, 08:20 PM
So here's my "for fans of" for each of these since some of them are kind of obscure:

1. Opeth- Watershed (Damnation meets Ghost Reveries, simulataneously with more metal shredding a la Arch Enemy)
2. Genghis Tron- Board Up the House (Hm, hip-hop beats, grindcore spazzouts, and vocal-processed clean vocals, meets epic drone)
3. Protest the Hero- Fortress (Between the Buried and Me with more clean vocals)
4. Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (desert rock meets post-rock)
5. Flogging Molly- Float (a more straightforward rock Flogging Molly album)
6. Warrel Dane- Praises to the War Machine (a more power metally Nevermore with more focus on vocals)
7. Men As Trees- Weltschmerz (post-rock with hardcore yelling and awesome awesome samples and strings)
8. An Horse- Not Really Scared (Tegan and Sara meets Modest Mouse)
9. Judas Priest- Nostradamus (you've probably already heard it)
10. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes (Sparrows Swarm and Sing with gospel influence)

ADD
06-23-2008, 08:39 PM
So here's my "for fans of" for each of these since some of them are kind of obscure:

1. Opeth- Watershed (Damnation meets Ghost Reveries, simulataneously with more metal shredding a la Arch Enemy)
2. Genghis Tron- Board Up the House (Hm, hip-hop beats, grindcore spazzouts, and vocal-processed clean vocals, meets epic drone)
3. Protest the Hero- Fortress (Between the Buried and Me with more clean vocals)
4. Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (desert rock meets post-rock)
5. Flogging Molly- Float (a more straightforward rock Flogging Molly album)
6. Warrel Dane- Praises to the War Machine (a more power metally Nevermore with more focus on vocals)
7. Men As Trees- Weltschmerz (post-rock with hardcore yelling and awesome awesome samples and strings)
8. An Horse- Not Really Scared (Tegan and Sara meets Modest Mouse)
9. Judas Priest- Nostradamus (you've probably already heard it)
10. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes (Sparrows Swarm and Sing with gospel influence)

I started to listen to that Opeth album but I couldn't really get into it so I put on something else. I'll give it a fair shot at some point though. Thanks for the little write-ups, I might check some of it out :cool: Fleet Foxes seems pretty interesting.

DethMaiden
06-23-2008, 08:44 PM
Fleet Foxes seems pretty interesting.

Yeah it is, I think sometimes the kitsch of it outweighs the strength of the material, but for what it's worth it's a fascinating little album.

powerslave_85
06-23-2008, 09:55 PM
Man, I've heard maybe one album so far this year that's worthy of making the year-end list.

mankvill
06-23-2008, 11:59 PM
too bad i really pick up mostly old stuff. :(

although this year I have gotten several '08 albums.

Deicide's newest comes to mind as a good one (in my opinion)

ravenheart
06-24-2008, 01:44 AM
X-World/5, Warrel Dane, Headhunter, Wednesday 13, Pyramaze, King's X and Dominici are top of my list so far.

The new ones from Dezperadoz, Sahg, Priest and Brainstorm are also up there.

SomewhereInTime72
06-24-2008, 10:04 AM
My favorites of this year so far are the new Opeth and Boris albums.

Though, I haven't heard a lot of what's been posted, so I'll probably want to check those out too.

Oh, and the Coffins album is fucking awesome too.

Maiden33
06-24-2008, 01:49 PM
Royal Hunt, Pyramaze, Firewind, Avantasia, and Jorn would be my current top 5. I badly need to listen to a few albums yet, but as a whole this year isn't really impressing me much, I LOVE my top 2 albums, and I haven't heard anything yet this year that I felt sucked, but generally not really a ton of stuff has been grabbing me.

JuuKun
06-26-2008, 12:41 PM
Top one so far is Ihsahn - angL

Others near the top currently: (alphabetical, not in ranked order)
Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave
Kataklysm - Prevail
Moonspell - Night Eternal
Opeth - Watershed
Vader - XXV (If it counts)

Angelripper
06-27-2008, 07:32 AM
Protest the Hero. :rocker:
Nostradamus. :rocker:

Spiral_Slave
06-29-2008, 05:48 PM
Here's my top ten as it stands now.

01. Kalmah - For The Revolution ( Can't believe no one's mentioned this! )
02. Death Angel - Killing Season
03. Firewind - The Premonition
04. Avantasia - The Scarecrow
05. Norther - N
06. Eluveitie - Slania
07. Judas Priest - Nostradamus
08. Children Of Bodom - Blooddrunk
09. Pyramaze - Immortal
10. Warbringer - War Without End

Although I'm sure the new Amon Amarth and Battlelore will shake this up.

theWolfisLOOSE
06-30-2008, 02:46 PM
2008 albums that have stayed in my itunes, either because I didn't listen to it yet, but more likely cause it's nasty
now revised

Arsis - We Are the Nightmare
Ayreon - 01011001
Canvas Solaris - The Atomized Dream
Daylight Dies - Lost to the Living
Draconian - Turning Season Within
Equilibrium - Sagas
Into Eternity - The Incurable Tragedy
Isole - Bliss of Solitude
Kalmah - For the Revolution
Mirrorthrone - Gangrene
Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky
Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. 1
Norther - N
Opeth - Watershed
Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
Testament - The Formation of Damnation

DethMaiden
07-28-2008, 08:03 PM
Revised (first of a shitload of revisions I'm sure, haha):

1. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
2. Mouth of the Architect- Quietly
3. Opeth- Watershed
4. Protest the Hero- Fortress
5. Flogging Molly- Float
6. Warrel Dane- Praises to the War Machine
7. Genghis Tron- Board Up the House
8. Judas Priest- Nostradamus
9. Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
10. An Horse- Not Really Scared

Div
07-28-2008, 11:31 PM
fuck 2008!!!

DethMaiden
07-28-2008, 11:48 PM
fuck 2008!!!

It hasn't been as good as 2007, that's for sure. But there's been a fair share of good stuff.

Div
07-29-2008, 09:53 AM
It hasn't been as good as 2007, that's for sure. But there's been a fair share of good stuff.

Im sure there's gotta be something out there, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll try to use August to find the good stuff.

DethMaiden
08-15-2008, 09:24 PM
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!

I'm going to hit 100 and 2006 Addi and 2007 Brady this shit!

SomewhereInTime72
08-15-2008, 09:26 PM
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!

I'm going to hit 100 and 2006 Addi and 2007 Brady this shit!

Did you somehow plan 100 purchases or what?

DethMaiden
08-15-2008, 09:33 PM
Did you somehow plan 100 purchases or what?

Nay. I discovered torrents. :eyes:

SomewhereInTime72
08-15-2008, 09:42 PM
Nay. I discovered torrents. :eyes:

:eyes: :eyes:

Way to be several years behind.

:eyes::eyes::eyes:

DethMaiden
08-15-2008, 10:43 PM
:eyes: :eyes:

Way to be several years behind.

:eyes::eyes::eyes:

Yeah. I know. :eyes:

ADD
08-15-2008, 11:24 PM
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!

I'm going to hit 100 and 2006 Addi and 2007 Brady this shit!

Bout time you did it, I'm sure you'll put ours to shame :D

Checking in on 2008, the summer hasn't really provided a lot of kickass new stuff, the year got off to a great start but has slowed down considerably since. Still I think it'll come out holding strong against '07 and '06 for sure.

ChildrenofSodom
08-15-2008, 11:37 PM
Nay. I discovered torrents. :eyes:

"I dont download..I support the artists."

hahaha

Well...I can't rank them yet...but of what I have heard from this year, I really like:

-Warrel Dane - Praises to the War Machine
-Opeth - Watershed
-Judas Preist - Nostradamus
-Immortal Technique - 3rd World
-Ihsahn - angL
-Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
-Black Tide -Light From Above
-Mouth of the Architect - Quietly

The new Bullet for my Valentine isnt too bad, need to listen a little more and overcome some past notions. Ghost Riders in the Sky alone isnt going to win me over on Blooddrunk by Children of Bodom. I need to listen to the new Flogging Molly and Genghis Tron a little more to get a better feel (honestly havent played all the way through.)

Still need to get my hands on the new Virgin Black (Requiem Fortissimo). And the new Amon Amarth is going to SLAY!

DethMaiden
08-16-2008, 08:55 AM
"I dont download..I support the artists."

hahaha


I do support the artists...if they deserve my support. I'm still gonna buy the albums that impress me enough, but I simply can't afford to buy every album I want to hear on a whim.

Maiden33
08-16-2008, 11:27 AM
I do support the artists...if they deserve my support. I'm still gonna buy the albums that impress me enough, but I simply can't afford to buy every album I want to hear on a whim.

Good, then in that case, download all the albums I've been recommending and pushing. :D

theWolfisLOOSE
08-18-2008, 10:58 PM
Well, it ain't metal, but it's certainly funky!

S.M.V. - Thunder

the allstar bass group with Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten

and im gonna see them tomorrow :party:

in the metal world, definitely one of the top albums so far this year
Equilibrium - Sagas

Div
08-20-2008, 07:44 PM
Nay. I discovered torrents. :eyes:


I hope you also discovered Peer Guardian aswell. Some musicians/labels are dicks and you could get introuble if caught, better to play it safe.

DethMaiden
08-21-2008, 09:58 AM
I hope you also discovered Peer Guardian aswell. Some musicians/labels are dicks and you could get introuble if caught, better to play it safe.

I'm contemplating just saying fuck it and only hearing 50 through streams and legitimate buying, because my friend introduced me to the shadowy underworld and honestly I don't think all the security to not get caught is worth it. I didn't realize it was such a big thing, I figured everyone was just openly downloading music. Apparently I need five proxy passwords and a fake ID to fucking do this.

Div
08-21-2008, 12:08 PM
I'm contemplating just saying fuck it and only hearing 50 through streams and legitimate buying, because my friend introduced me to the shadowy underworld and honestly I don't think all the security to not get caught is worth it. I didn't realize it was such a big thing, I figured everyone was just openly downloading music. Apparently I need five proxy passwords and a fake ID to fucking do this.


Your bittorrent client (Azureus, BitComet, uTorrent, etc) should have built in protection features, but other than that the only thing you really should need is Peer Guardian ( http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/ ) think of it like a condom for the internet, it's not going to protect you 100% of the time, but you're much safer with it than without and the chances of it failing you are very small.

If by chance you do get caught, they will send a letter to your ISP requesting you cease and desist (this happened to me before I got Peer Guardian from downloading House) or else they'll shut off your internet. But if you stay away from products put out by major corporations (like NBC Universal) and have PG on than you really don't have anything to worry about, especially sense most metal bands are pretty obscure and some would rather have you download their music for free, like it, and go see them live, as opposed to passing over them alltogether becuase you don't have the money for their CD. Just don't forget to turn PG off when you're done cause it might make some websites lag.

ADD
08-21-2008, 04:21 PM
You would never get in trouble if you did it like I do.

www.blogsearch.google.com

"Genghis Tron- Board Up The House" Bam. Pretty much anything you could ever want is hosted on some site like Megaupload or Rapidshare somewhere on the web.

Div
08-21-2008, 04:48 PM
Oh yea, Rapidshare is amazing and you're not really at any risk. I think it's like $20 a month and you can find just about any kind of movie, game, music, w/e you want on there.

Benjamin Breeg
08-21-2008, 09:00 PM
So here's my "for fans of" for each of these since some of them are kind of obscure:

1. Opeth- Watershed (Damnation meets Ghost Reveries, simulataneously with more metal shredding a la Arch Enemy)
2. Genghis Tron- Board Up the House (Hm, hip-hop beats, grindcore spazzouts, and vocal-processed clean vocals, meets epic drone)
3. Protest the Hero- Fortress (Between the Buried and Me with more clean vocals)
4. Earth- The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (desert rock meets post-rock)
5. Flogging Molly- Float (a more straightforward rock Flogging Molly album)
6. Warrel Dane- Praises to the War Machine (a more power metally Nevermore with more focus on vocals)
7. Men As Trees- Weltschmerz (post-rock with hardcore yelling and awesome awesome samples and strings)
8. An Horse- Not Really Scared (Tegan and Sara meets Modest Mouse)
9. Judas Priest- Nostradamus (you've probably already heard it)
10. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes (Sparrows Swarm and Sing with gospel influence)


An Horse, nice. They are a local band from here in Brisbane, Australia. :party:


My favs so far this year

Opeth - Watershed
Judas Priest - Nostradamus (i love it!)
Testament - The Formation Of Damnation
Meshuggah - obZen
Soulfly - Conquer

DethMaiden
08-21-2008, 10:07 PM
An Horse, nice. They are a local band from here in Brisbane, Australia. :party:



It's quite a good little EP. It might be difficult to justify giving top ten props come January since it's only five songs, but they're gonna be great.

DethMaiden
08-21-2008, 10:08 PM
Also motivation for only hitting 50 rather than 100, this year is kinda sucky compared to the last couple.

maidenpriest
08-25-2008, 08:35 PM
eh...havent heard too many good albums so far this year imo. esp metal wise. been more of a hard rock year for me so far. here is my list...

Shinedown- Sound of Madness
Disturbed- Indestructible
Testament-Formation of Damnation
Opeth- Watershed
Iced Earth - Crucible of Man
Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown (like 3 songs)

insipidzombie
08-25-2008, 09:09 PM
My top 10, in no particular order:

Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
Enslaved - Vertebrae
Meshuggah - obZen
Tyr - Land
Arsis - We Are the Nightmare
Eluveitie - Slania
Kataklysm - Prevail
Opeth - Watershed
Testament - The Formation of Damnation
Genghis Tron - Board Up the House

NostraThomas420
09-04-2008, 11:14 PM
Where is the love for testament? The new cd is on FIRE

Maiden33
09-05-2008, 08:45 AM
Current Top 10 (out of like 26 or 27 albums)

1.Pyramaze - Immortal
2.Royal Hunt - Collision Course: Paradox 2
3.Firewind - The Premonition
4.Avantasia - The Scarecrow
5.Jorn - Lonely are the Brave
6.Circle II Circle - Delusions of Grandeur
7.Evergrey - Torn
8.Brainstorm - Downburst
9.Revolution Renassaince - New Era
10.Communic - Payment of Existence

Div
09-05-2008, 08:49 AM
Where is the love for testament? The new cd is on FIRE

only because it crashed and burned

SomewhereInTime72
09-08-2008, 10:01 AM
Here's my definite top 5 for the year thus far:

1. Boris - Smile
2. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV
3. Opeth - Watershed
4. Motorhead - Motorizer
5. Judas Priest - Nostradamus

Other contenders for my year-end top ten would be the new In Flames album, as well as the Eluveitie and Torche albums. :cool:

edit: Though I still haven't heard Death Magnetic yet, and it's sounding like it might have a chance :eek:. And there's a few more albums that I'd like to hear other than that one as well. :D

overkiller
11-05-2008, 07:22 PM
Here's my tentative top 10--I really haven't heard much from this year:

1. Rome - Masse Mensch Material
2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
3. Agalloch - The White EP
4. Gridlink - Amber Gray
5. Sigur Ros - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
6. Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags
7. No Age - Nouns
8. Cynic - Traced in Air
9. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
10. Judas Priest - Nostradamus

Other than that, I've only heard Opeth - Watershed, which I pretty much hated (big surprise, although lately I've given them another chance and realized that Still Life and Blackwater Park really do have some solid stuff on them)

On my list to hear are:

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Nas - Nas
The Monolith Deathcult - Trivmvirate
God is an Astronaut - s/t
Enslaved - Vertebrae
Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull



Also, hi guys. :D

powerslave_85
11-05-2008, 07:23 PM
BRADY! Welcome back, dude :horns:

overkiller
11-05-2008, 07:24 PM
BRADY! Welcome back, dude :horns:

Thanks. :cool: I'll definitely be around for the year-end top 10 business, but I dunno how much I'll be around after that. Writing a senior thesis sucks :hecho: