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Old 10-05-2013, 05:28 AM
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Thread dig up.



This was a good thread before it was derailed by the Maiden fanatics.


So, I'll give it a go. The first year I sat down and did an EOY list was 2009, so I'll start there.

2009:
Then: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Now: Cormorant - Metazoa

The last half of that Mumford & Sons record is still powerfully honest and emotional, and one of the best records of that year, but I can't in good conscience rank it above Metazoa, which might be the best melodic death metal album I've heard.

2010:
Then: Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
Now: Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones

This was the year my top 5 was so conflicted. A lot of time was spent in subsequent years reevaluating and rearranging albums. To this day, I still haven't a list from 2010 I'm completely satisfied with. Four albums: Agalloch's, Triptykon's, Alcest's, and Arcade Fire's have all at times been at the #1 spot, as I think they're all completely deserving of that spot. Though of those four, Agalloch's has had the least lasting impact. So if I rewrote the list, it would be the least likely of those albums to be #1.

2011:
Then: The Seven Mile Journey - Notes For the Synthesis
Now: The Seven Mile Journey - Notes For the Synthesis

Still the best 'post-early 2000s GY!BE & ASMZ era' post-rock (full length) album.

2012:
Then: Ahab - The Giant
Now: Ahab - The Giant

Simply a giant of an album. Molded out of funeral doom metal and post-rock (to some degree I think), this album is the embodiment of everything I love about music. In every way more accessible and more listenable than their first two albums, less dense and claustrophobic, more sensitive and resonant, The Giant is the most accomplished and complete Ahab album to date.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:46 PM
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I've been doing this since 1997 but some have been lost to time (and drugs and alcohol...and my old laptop frying). But I usually discover a lot for from a year in the years that follow.

1997
Then: Faith No More – Album of the Year
Now: Ocean Machine - Biomech

1998
Then: Fear Factory - Obsolete
Now: Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka

1999
Then: (probably) Mr. Bungle - California
Now: the Melvins – the Maggot

2000
Then: (probably) Devin Townsend - Physicist
Now: A Silver Mt. Zion – He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Out Rooms

2001
Then: Tool - Lateralus
Now: same

2002
Then: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui U.X.O.
Now: same

2003
Then: Type O Negative – Life is Killing Me
Now: Blut Aus Nord – the Work Which Transforms God

2004
Then: Pig Destroyer - Terrifyer
Now: Silver Mountain Reveries, thee – Pretty Little Lightning Paw

2005
Then: Sigur Ros – Takk…
Now: same

2006
Then: Devin Townsend Band - Synchestra
Now: Enslaved - Ruun

2007
Then: (probably) Rotting Christ – Theogonia
Now: Nadja - Touched

2008
Then: can’t remember
Now: Pig Destroyer - Natasha

2009
Then: (probably) Devin Townsend Project - Addicted
Now: Anaal Nathrakh – In the Constellation of the Black Widow

2010
Then: Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
Now: Nails - Unslient Death

2011
Then: Machine Head – Unto the Locust
Now: Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

2012
Then: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Now: same
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:51 PM
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I've only been keeping official lists since 2008, and I wouldn't change any of mine except for possibly that year, as noted at the end of the previous page of this thread (swapping Burst - Lazarus Bird for Meshuggah - obZen).

My others were:

2009: Cobalt - Gin
2010: High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine
2011: SubRosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones
2012: You'll have to read my year-end thread - which might be finished in December or so of this year - to find out
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I'm just always behind on music. And my tastes do change. In 1998 I probably hadn't heard of Nile and I remember not thinking they were that great in 1999 when my friend bought that album. It wasn't until 2007 that I finally "got" that album. The rest of the changes were just because I never heard those albums until way after they were released. Blut Aus Nord I never heard until early 2011. I can't say what I would've thought about them in 2003. I probably wouldn't have liked it. But maybe I would have. I still really like all those older album of the years but I just found something better, sometimes ten years later.
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I really wish I had been introduced to post-rock at the beginning of high school instead of at the end of high school. I spent entirely too much time during those years listening to metal at the exclusion of everything else, and in hindsight I'm pretty sure if I'd been introduced to different types of music earlier my branching out period would have come much earlier. I don't think I would have been dismissive, I simply lacked exposure.

For that reason I don't resent not starting writing out EOY lists earlier, because looking back on them now there would be a ton of discordance. As it stands, I have very little discordance between then and now, which I partially view as consistency and even "success," but I also attribute it somewhat to the fact that I don't devote large amounts of time to listening to music from years past that never made it to an EOY list. I revisit favorites frequently, but rarely try to discover music of the past. I'm okay with this for two reasons:
1) I don't have the time to find and listen to as much new music as I'd like to, much less the time to find music from preceding years.
2) I genuinely believe the landscape of music is as lush now, in the present, as it's ever been.
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