Overkiller's 100 Albums of 2007
Okay, since I've been promising this thread for so long and my work on it is still not finished, I've decided to do it as an ongoing thing. I'm gonna post my ranking of the 100 albums I heard from 2007 in segments as I continue to finish it up. At the time I'm posting this I have nearly 80 albums mini-reviewed. Also I figure if I post the list bit by bit instead of bombarding you with 100 albums all at once, you'll all be more likely to actually read what I wrote. :D
Just as a disclaimer, as you'll probably notice, I was lazier with some albums than others, and this is reflected in the length and quality of each mini-review. Those reviews that I actually put effort into have been an exercise in criticism for me--as has this whole project, really. Also, the reviews for the releases at the bottom of my list are not of the highest quality, so don't write me off yet if you don't like them. ;) Here goes...
Edit: Oh, one other thing. Keep in mind that no albums "didn't make it" onto my list, so #100 is the worst thing I heard this year, etc.
The 10 Worst
[B]100. Megadeth - [I]United Abominations[/I][/B]
Jesus fucking christ, it has a song called “Amerikhastan”. Worst album of 2007. Congrats Dave.
[B]99. Dååth - [I]The Hinderers[/I][/B]
I first gave this album a chance because it was being bashed by so many tr00-heads and praised by others as “experimental” death metal or something. Wasn’t worth a second thought. This is absolute mallcore crap that wants to be Dimmu Borgir and ends up sounding like DevilDriver with electronics. Avoid at all costs.
[B]98. Manowar - [I]Gods of War[/I][/B]
Absolutely the biggest disappointment of 2007 for me. After hearing the EP/single/whatever [i]The Sons of Odin[/i] (the “Immortal Edition”, haha), which sees Manowar at their most Wagnerian—bombastic, epic, dark even—near the end of 2006, I was extremely excited for the forthcoming full-length [i]Gods of War[/i]. Finally, the new album leaked and I got my hands on it sometime in February or so. The extent to which it failed to keep the promise made by [i]The Sons of Odin[/i] practically broke my heart, and it set in motion a falling-out with Manowar that persists to today. As you may have heard already, nearly HALF of this album consists of spoken-word or orchestral interludes. Now, in theory I suppose it [i]could[/i] work, if done by the right band with the right talent. However, Joey DeMaio shows us at every turn on this shitpile that Manowar are not that band and they do not possess that talent. The spoken-word parts sound like Joey reading fucking poorly-written Wikipedia articles on various Norse deities into a microphone, and they’re [i]so goddamn long[/i]. The orchestral interludes have a few moments of listenability, but fuck, Manowar has simply lost sight of the difference between “epic” and “retarded”. Even the metal on here is substandard (see “Loki God of Fire” and “Die For Metal” [who the fuck rips off the “Kashmir” riff!?], and the ballad “Blood Brothers”, which is just a poor imitation of the wonderfully cheesy “Courage” from [i]Louder Than Hell[/i]), and the great tracks that appeared on [i]The Sons of Odin[/i] are slightly modified, which was completely unnecessary. Did we need those extra silly choir vocals? No! Adams sounded great all by himself on the EP! Fuck! This album sucks! Manowar is dead!
[B]97. W.A.S.P. - [I]Dominator[/I][/B]
Another big disappointment. I hadn’t set my expectations too high for this one, considering the overall blandness of the [i]Neon God[/i] albums, but still, a single positive review and an irrational love for W.A.S.P. allowed me to keep some hope. The result was painful. Once again Blackie Lawless has nothing new to offer, except it seems that now in the 2000s, every time he repeats his formulas, the resulting music just gets worse and worse. I barely got through this entire album, and I have no desire to ever hear it again.
[B]96. 3 Inches of Blood - [I]Fire Up the Blades[/I][/B]
My hatred for this album borders on irrational. I downloaded it, listened to it once and immediately deleted it in utter disgust. Every fucking second of this album is torturously average or just plain [i]bad[/i]. The vocals are some of the worst shit I have ever heard—the mock Halford/King Diamond voices are NOT funny, and they DON’T sound good. There is nothing “old-school” about this album. 3 Inches of Blood are the musical equivalent of Dethklok Metalocalypse—a joke that throws together all the clichés of metal into a plastic package of uninteresting tripe so that the mainstream can eat it up as the latest fad and pretend like they understand its roots. I don’t care if I’m the only person here who doesn’t cream their pants over this album; this is absolutely worthless, throwaway garbage. Makes me ashamed to call myself a metal fan.
[B]95. Dimmu Borgir - [I]In Sorte Diaboli[/I][/B]
By now we all know what to expect from Dimmu Borgir, and this doesn’t let down our expectations. Seemingly endless awful symphonic metal chock full of stupid ideas and riffs that go nowhere. It was hard enough for me to sit through this entire turd, I really don’t want to spend much time going on about it here.
[B]94. Kamelot - [I]Ghost Opera[/I][/B]
Sometimes I like Kamelot. [i]Ghost Opera[/i] is not one of those times. The whole thing was exceedingly boring and gave me no reason to re-listen--there was nothing on this album that I wouldn’t be able find on other, better Kamelot releases.
[B]93. Redemption - [I]The Origins of Ruin[/I][/B]
Surprise surprise, I hated another one of the albums that everybody's jerking off to for reasons beyond me. What the hell is so special about this? All I hear is fairly typical to mediocre power/prog metal, needlessly down-tuned to pretend its heavy, with flat, wimpy, unemotional vocals. Some of this even sounds like a pale, unengaging version of (pre-2007) Symphony X to me. Maybe if they had a vocalist that wasn't so fucking deadpan and annoying this would be better, but even the music is just not that interesting. Also, most of the lyrics are painfully bad. I wanted to like this album. I really did. But I could barely make it through the entire hour of playing time.
[B]92. King Diamond - [I]Give Me Your Soul... Please[/I][/B]
Wow, what a disappointment. When the god-awful album title was announced way back when, I was afraid it was an indication of things to come, but considering the King’s general cheesiness and peculiar grasp on the English language, I didn’t let it lower my expectations. Unfortunately, that only led to a bigger letdown. Everything about this album is sub-par for King—the plot is just stupid (even by KD standards!), the storytelling is ineffective and nonsensical, and the music is just bland, bland, bland. The only time there’s really any semblance of quality is when Andy is simply ripping off Painkiller riffs. Boo.
[B]91. Nine Inch Nails - [I]Year Zero[/I][/B]
Basically terrible, and a good sign Trent should hang it up or focus on other projects. There are a precious few moments on here that actually got my head bobbing (“Survivalism” ain’t bad), but the recycled ideas and god-awful vocals (what happened?) are just more than I can stomach.
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]100. Megadeth - [I]United Abominations[/I][/B][/QUOTE]
Pretty bad, but c'mon this is not the worst of 2007.
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]99. Dååth - [I]The Hinderers[/I][/B] [/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]97. W.A.S.P. - [I]Dominator[/I][/B] [/QUOTE]
Didn't really sway me either way, definitely didn't think it was as bad as you made it out to be though.
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]96. 3 Inches of Blood - [I]Fire Up the Blades[/I][/B][/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]95. Dimmu Borgir - [I]In Sorte Diaboli[/I][/B][/QUOTE]
Now this is the worst album I heard all year.
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]93. Redemption - [I]The Origins of Ruin[/I][/B][/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]92. King Diamond - [I]Give Me Your Soul... Please[/I][/B]
Initially liked it, but hasn't had any staying power for me. Probably won't ever listen to it again.
[QUOTE=overkiller;177726][B]91. Nine Inch Nails - [I]Year Zero[/I][/B][/QUOTE]
Quite a few big names for the bottom of the list.
But I've got no problem if the good albums ARE at the top
I'm totally looking forward to the rest of the list, plus this way I get to comment on a lot of shit I heard but someone else gets to do the work of writing the review :D
I can't believe I didnt buy a single fucking new album this year. I'll have to check the rest of this list for recommendations.
There's no way Megadeth was worse than Iced Earth. :tongue: Heck, I'd say it was better than the Redemption album, which I basically agree with you about, although I haven't even been able to bring myself to listen to all the way through. I liked Gimme Your Soul... and Year Zero though. I don't really understand your problem with em. Also you basically nailed my feelings about Ghost Opera, which in my opinion was a MUCH bigger disappointment than United Abominations. I look forward to the rest of this list. I don't think I'll agree, but your opinions are pretty interesting. ;)
This is the shit I'm talking about. :fist:
Despite two of my top ten being in your bottom ten, I dig this so far and can't wait for the rest. You're right about Megadeth and King Diamond though. :zzz:
[B]92. King Diamond - [I]Give Me Your Soul... Please[/I][/B]
The only time there’s really any semblance of quality is when Andy is simply ripping off Painkiller riffs. Boo.
Which is ironic considering the "Metal Meltdown" riff was on Abagail; 4 years before Painkiller came out.
Haha, Megadeth at 100. Priceless.
Kamelot and Redemption WAY higher for me, though.
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