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Old 12-08-2011, 09:39 AM
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Fuck it, might as well put my chips on the table!

I'll do my top 25, which aren't in any order except for the top 5, and top live performances and E.P.'s as well!

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25. TesseracT - One



I fucking hate djent. I truly do. I hate the trend and how all of it's fans seem so ignorant of Meshuggah and how they're the ones who were doing this long before anyone else. That being said, that doesn't stop this from being a dam good debut, and a solid record. When I first heard TesseracT, I didn't dig it at all, but seeing them live made me re-evaluate them, and give their E.P., Concealing Fate, a proper try. I was floored, and when I found out their debut record was that E.P. plus 5 other tracks, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. This is a seriously solid prog-tinged metal release, with lots of heavy riffs and big ambient sections to sick your teeth into. Songs like Nascent and Eden show a band with a serious penchant for writing catchy but diverse songs, with few repeating sections, but maintaining a hook nontheless, compelling the listener on. The Concealing Fate E.P., tracks 3-9, is as good as it ever was, and fits nicely as a 6 movement epic in the middle of the album. Although this isn't to everyone's taste, if you enjoy stuff like Animals As Leaders, and music that is just a little bit off the beaten track, I can't recommend this enough.


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Old 12-08-2011, 04:39 PM
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I was a big fan of this record as well.
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24. SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones



This has proven to be a rather popular record on this board, and rightfully so. This is a quality record, with a distinctive, some would even say unique, twist on the doom metal style. A majority female band, this is equal parts heavy and beautiful, with a mix of violins, sludgey guitar, drum. down-tuned bass and a mix of clean and growled vocals. The songs vary in length from 6 minutes to 13, and at no point feels boring or over/under done, with some beautiful violin led motifs leading straight into sludgey growled sections without missing a beat and feeling completely natural in the music. I'm not a huge doom fan, but this one really stood out to me, and all of the ingredients are there for anyone else to feel the same.

The Inheritance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivx1HrKqMpQ
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24. SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones
I don't know whether to high five you or slap you for this. At least it's on your list, so I guess I'll do neither.

EDIT: You did say they weren't in any order except for the top five, so I'll just assume it would have been #6.
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I don't know whether to high five you or slap you for this. At least it's on your list, so I guess I'll do neither.

EDIT: You did say they weren't in any order except for the top five, so I'll just assume it would have been #6.
SubRosa is definitely top ten It's just the top 5 fell into place for me very easily, and I couldn't rank most of the rest properly, so I just decided fuck it, put them in a playlist on my computer, hit shuffle, review them in that order!
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Love that Subrosa album and I'm glad it's top ten. Just a personal preference, but I think a loosely ordered list is better than a randomly ordered one.
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23. Protest The Hero - Scurrilous



When it comes to tech-metal, few bands are capable of what Protest do, which is write songs usually lower than 5 minutes in length, with huge hooks, and still retain a high level of technical playing. This album is another shining example of this, with catchy chorus sections and lead lines, lots of punch in the songs, and a lot to chew on if you're in anyway a musician. After Fortress, the pressure was on to follow-up with something just as pristine production wise, just as technical, and more importantly, just as memorable. In my opinion, they succeeded, as C'est La Vie demonstrates on the opening track, with a punchy rhythm and huge melody line, and this continues throughout the entire record, with songs like Moonlight, Tapestry, The Reign Of Unending Terror and Sex Tapes keeping up the momentum throughout, and more importantly, keeping the record memorable.

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22. Anthrax - Worship Music



When I seen Anthrax in 2,009 with Dan Nelson, they performed Fight 'Em Til You Can't, and I was excited. The song sounded fucking awesome live. Then, Dan gets the boot and Anthrax enter a sort of perpetual free-fall for 2 years, trying to sort out a permanent singer and get this new album out there to the fans. The result of this two year wait however, is a dam fucking good record. Joey Belladonna back at the helm feels all too natural for these guys, despite there being one or two tracks where his vocals don't quite work with the music. The lead single, 'Fight 'Em Til You Can't', has a great hook in the chorus, with Anthrax seemingly taking a more melodic route with this album, which isn't totally untrue, but that's not to say there's plenty of aggression. Indeed, tracks like 'Earth On Hell', 'The Devil You Know' and 'Crawl' show one of thrash metals oldest institutions still fighting fit and ready to bang your fucking head. The mid section of the album is bookended with two instrumental intros, called 'Hymns', which hold within them a ballad of sorts in tribute to our fallen Dimebag and Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P to both) called 'In The End' a,d my personal favorite song on the record 'The Giant', with the band proclaiming they'll never change, and this proves to take the listener on a little journey through the softer side of these guys, as we tend to forget how old they are, and how much they've been through as members of the metal community. This is a dam good record, listen to it. Loud.

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Old 12-11-2011, 08:09 AM
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21. Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination



There's really very little to be said about this Skeletonwitch record. If you like Skeletonwitch, chances are you'll dig this quite a lot. With a retro thrash movement of sorts happening over the last 4/5 years, Skeletonwitch came onto the scene to do something a little different, merging elements of folk/black metal into the tried and tested thrash metal formula, and to great effect. This is just a great metal record from start to finish. Grab some beer, get some pussy, and turn this shit up LOUD.

Erased And Forgotten - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYLiRPUy5Hc
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