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I go to all the trouble to add hyperlinks to every gig report I've done in the last year, and you can't even be bothered to click on one of them?!?

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No, but seriously, they didn't play "Generation of Ghosts". Wish they had, but as you know their songs are long and they had already played a full hour or more. At least we got "Hate and Heartache" and "A Beautiful Corpse" (as a mash-up with "A Vivid Chaos" ). I love "Quietly", don't you? It's MotA's masterpiece at the moment.

EDIT: It would have been extra awesome if they had played "Generation of Ghosts" and Julie Christmas were to have popped out from backstage to do her vocal parts.
Haha sorry, I was really tired last night so I just seen Mouth of the Architect, typed my comment, then passed out! But yeah, Quietly is amazing, I would love to hear any of it live., but Generation is my favorite, so dark and haunting. I would imagine, in a small venue, dim lighting and the right kinda backdrop these guys would be heavier than any death metal band you care to name!
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You had it at #18 on your list.
I always thought you were much higher on them than me...
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:55 PM
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If nothing else I really regret missing some bands listed or not being into those bands at the time.
Speaking of which...

Top Ten Missed Shows
1. 5/28/10 - 5/30/10 – Maryland Death Fest: Gorguts, Possessed, D.R.I., Watain, Trap Them, Autopsy, Sodom, Asphyx, Jucifer, Obituary, Entombed, Pestilence, Gorod, Gridlink, 16 …
2. 4/23/10 - 4/24/10 – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival: Mastodon, BTBAM, Baroness, Cro-Mags, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch
3. 12/29/10 – Clutch / Kylesa / Righteous Fool – House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)
4. 7/26/10 – Black Cobra / Howl / Struck By Lightning – The Summit (Columbus, OH)
5. 8/1/10 – Cynic / IntrOnaut / Dysrhythmia – Magic Stick (Detroit, MI)
6. 11/20/10 – Skeletonwitch / Landmine Marathon – Frankie’s (Toledo, OH)
7. 10/10/10 – American Carnage Tour, Leg 2: Slayer / Megadeth / Anthrax – LC Pavilion (Columbus, OH)
8. 10/15/10 – High on Fire / Kylesa / Torche – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
9. 4/7/10 – Weedeater / Black Tusk / Gates of Slumber / Struck By Lightning – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
10. 11/19/10 – Darkest Hour / Veil of Maya / Periphery / Revocation – Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH)


Also, here is a list of the best of the best in terms of live performances by individual bands this year:

Top 25 Live Performances
1. Primus – 8/3/10 – Tower City Amphitheater (Cleveland, OH)
2. Nile – 1/20/10 – Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH)
3. Red Sparowes – 4/18/10 – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
4. High on Fire – 4/3/10 – Skully’s (Columbus, OH)
5. Triptykon – 10/13/10 – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
6. Watain – 12/1/10 – Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH)
7. Voivod – 3/13/10 – (Scion Rock Fest – Columbus, OH)
8. Arch Enemy – 1/29/10 – House of Blues (Chicago, IL)
9. Landmine Marathon – 3/13/10 – (Scion Rock Fest – Columbus, OH)
10. Caspian – 9/13/10 – Beachland Tavern (Cleveland, OH)
11. Pelican – 3/13/10 – (Scion Rock Fest – Columbus, OH)
12. Mouth of the Architect – 4/10/10 – Now That’s Class (Lakewood, OH)
13. Cannibal Corpse – 3/13/10 – (Scion Rock Fest – Columbus, OH)
14. Struck by Lightning – 3/13/10 – (Scion Rock Fest – Columbus, OH)
15. Dreaming Dead – 1/20/10 – Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH)
16. Karma to Burn – 12/8/10 – House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)
17. Fang Island – 4/18/10 – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
18. Exodus – 1/29/10 – House of Blues (Chicago, IL)
19. Bison B.C. – 4/3/10 – Skully’s (Columbus, OH)
20. The Sword – 12/8/10 – House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)
21. Fu Manchu – 9/9/10 – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
22. Priestess – 4/3/10 – Skully’s (Columbus, OH)
23. Black Cobra – 4/3/10 – Skully’s (Columbus, OH)
24. Black Tusk – 9/9/10 – Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)
25. Arsis – 6/4/10 – Peabody’s (Cleveland, OH)
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:18 AM
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All righty then. The level of insanity at work has finally leveled off to "head above water" status, which is as good as it's probably going to get, so let's see if I can't get my album list done in about the next week or two. (The rankings have actually been finalized for quite a while now, I just haven't had time to make the official list with comments for each album.)

Before anybody makes any smart-ass posts about how late it is to be doing this, I offer the following:
  1. You're right. So what. Fuck off. It's my list. Go read about how scary girls are or look at pictures of lasagna if you don't like it.
  2. I didn't get started on last year's list until January 26, but it took me until March 6th to complete - so there's technically still room for improvement over last year's performance.
  3. The music I like is much more awesome than the music you like, so you should be honored to even be reading this thread.
  4. In cases where the music I like is the same as the music you like, it is merely a coincidence. My tastes in metal are correct. Yours are merely "randomly accurate at times".
  5. If you're still reading at this point, you're obviously one of the folks who wants to be here, so thanks for reading and enjoy. Sorry it took so long.



Natrlhi's Forced Ranking of Fifty-Eight Metal Albums I Listened to Which Were Released in 2010, Several of Which Were Fucking Awesome, Many of Which Were Quite Good, and a Few of Which...Well, Not So Much

Like last year, just a few caveats before I begin:
  • I included non-metal albums in a separate category this year, as I mentioned previously in this thread.
  • Live albums, EP's and compilation albums are also in a separate category this year, again as I mentioned previously.
  • The stuff that I really feel strongly about is in the top thirty or so albums, and the bottom five or so. I didn't stress out too much about the relative ranking of the middle twenty or so, and neither should you. It would have taken me forever to analyze the shit out of the relative rankings of albums in the middle, so if a band or album you like gets ranked higher or lower than another one in the middle of the list, you can file a complaint through the proper channels, and I will probably ignore it.
So that's it - here goes nothing.

Oh, and one more thing - I usually give special mentions to albums that I didn't have time to listen to, and although I'm sure they would have made my list, I couldn't give them a fair shot, so I just leave them out. This year, that happened with just two albums (which would have made the total an even sixty):

Burzum - Belus
Alcest - Écailles de Lune

Apologies to those two albums, and their fans. The Nat only has so much fucking time on his hands.

All right - enough screwing around...



58. Grave – Burial Ground
I've said before that if you want to listen to a death metal band that's still around making music today that sounds like old-school Death (music-wise, that is - there is no vocalist that will ever match Chuck), then Grave is your band. I still stand by that statement. The difference is, I still listen to my early Death albums, but every time a new Grave album comes out, I listen to it and say to myself, "yup - sounds like old-school Death", and then that's it. I rarely return. I don't hate this album, there's just not a damn thing about it that makes me want to come back for more.



57. 1349 - Demonoir
I've never really gotten into 1349 before. I listened to this in preparation for their tour with Triptykon. It's OK. Watain kicks 1349's ass all over the place, though - in every conceivable way - and other bands are also capable of the task as well. Oh well, looks like I'm still not a 1349 fan. As Owen Wilson said in "You, Me & Dupree" - we tried, right?



56. Cephalic Carnage - Misled by Certainty
Nothing pisses me off more than technical-for-the-sake-of-technical death metal. OK, that's not true. Many things piss me off a lot more than that, but not many things make me turn around and head the other direction more quickly when it comes to extreme metal. Cephalic Carnage's previous album almost did, but I did like it to at least some degree. Not so much with this one. They went full retard here. It's just a lot of skill without any real reason to come back and listen to it again. Frankly, it makes me just a little sad. This band could be awesome if they had that "je ne sais quoi" that bands like Necrophagist, Origin and a few others possess, but sadly I'm still looking for it with these guys. The silver lining is, at least I'm still looking.



55. Ihsahn - After
Ah, shit. This one. I don't want to do this one - I really don't. All right, fuck it. Here goes. The music is awesome (most of the time). The vocals fucking destroy this for me. That's it. I was loathe to say it because I'm sure at least someone will assume that I don't like anything with clean vocals in it, but as I've said many times, that's just not the case. I like tons of stuff with clean vocals (The Ocean's "Heliocentric" is this year's #3, for fuck's sake), but when I hear clean vox that sound completely out of place, or don't have a purpose in the song, or sound forced, or are just plain grating to my nerves without any real explanation other than that, then I cringe and turn away. Such is the case with some (and I repeat - SOME) Opeth, and BTBAM, and Enslaved, and a ton of other shit that I'd probably otherwise like. But not this. Sorry, kids - I just couldn't get into this album at all. Satan knows I tried.



54. Brain Drill - Quantum Catastrophe
I wrote a review of this for Jukebox:Metal earlier in the year. Let me try to paraphrase here without looking back: "Good album. Better than their last - in fact, best from them so far. Not bad if you're really a fan of this sub-genre, but there are others in the game who do it much better." Now I'll click on the link and see if I got it right...yup, pretty much nailed it. So, we're done here.



53. Melvins - The Bride Screamed Murder
Oh, Melvins. Why don't I like you guys more? I feel like I should, but I just don't get what you do sometimes. There are flashes of brilliance throughout your catalog of music, including this album. You're kooky. You're wierd. You're different. You're not afraid to take chances, and you don't give a fuck what anybody else thinks. You're talented. I should love you guys...but sadly, I don't. I respect you all day long - and I'll probably even see you live one day - but somehow I just don't see me ever actually owning a Melvins album. I'll keep listening, though - just in case I finally "get it".

Your most humble and apologetic almost-fan,
The Nat



52. Unearthly Trance - V
I've tried these guys on for size before as well, and nothing ever came of it. Sadly, this album isn't going to change that. I can see the appeal for some folks. It's heavy, dense, sludgy stuff - to be sure. It's like molasses that has lots of long-chain organic stuff in it. It's like a heavy, dense beer such as Guiness. There's a lot floating around in here, and it took some craftsmanship to make it, but it ain't for everybody. Fans of super-sludge - this may your thing - but I'm pretty sure it ain't mine.



51. Jucifer - Throned in Blood
See also, "Melvins".

This album marks the third time I've tried to fall in love with this band, and the third time the experiment has failed. I totally get why people love them, and I've heard their live performances are the stuff of legend. I will definitely see them live one day - and maybe on that day, I'll finally fall in love. Until then, three strikes and...I don't know what happens after that.

EDIT: Amber definitely gets to stay on my "Females in metal that really BRING IT!!!" list, though - because I've seen videos and she really does fucking bring it.
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is 58-53 supposed to be the worst albums of the year? Cos those got off easy.
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is 58-53 supposed to be the worst albums of the year? Cos those got off easy.
Of course not. They're the least best of all the stuff I listened to in 2010. I'll change the title of my list just for you, though (see above).


EDIT: Part 2 (#50 through #41) coming soon...stay tuned.
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OK. Here is a compromise - five more now, and five more later...if I stay awake. I'm starting to feel a major case of Chinese disease (dragon ass) coming on here.



50. U.S. Christmas - Run Thick in the Night
My first experience with this band was when I saw them open for Baroness in 2009 in Detroit. I was impressed. There were about six or seven people on stage, playing many guitars, a violin and a variety of percussion instruments. They made a wall of sludge that was a force to be reckoned with. On album, however, the sheer scope of what this band does – or perhaps more specifically what they are – is somewhat lost…or at least it is on me anyway. This album just didn’t blow me away like the band themselves did when I saw them live. It’s good stuff – don’t get me wrong – and fans of sludgy bands such as Minsk would do well to take notice.



49. A Silver Mt. Zion - Kollapse Tradixionales
I really like ASMZ. I was thrilled when I heard they had a new album coming out in 2010. However, after listening to this album a few times, I really didn’t hear anything that grabbed my attention and demanded it such as the track “God Bless Our Dead Marines” from 2005’s “Horses in the Sky”. Such is the conundrum with bands such as ASMZ or their forbears, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Hooks are not what they do. It’s all about emotion and atmosphere with bands like this. Their songs often develop slowly, and sometimes there isn’t a whole lot going on. I’m a fan of this style sometimes, but still there has to be something on an album which just grabs me and doesn’t let me forget to come back for more. That didn’t really happen with this album.



48. Withered - Dualitas
Like U.S. Christmas - and many other bands - my first experience with Withered was at a live show of theirs (opening for The Ocean in 2008). As with USX, I was impressed. My thoughts at the time were that I had never heard a band quite like Withered before, and to this day, that assessment still holds. At their core, I suppose they are a black metal band, but they definitely exhibit a heavy post-rock influence as well. Their previous two albums have been critically acclaimed, and there is no reason to believe this one won’t be as well. Every time I listen to this album, I uncover more and more to like. It’s heavy, dense and extreme – as well as very well-executed and well-produced.



47. Zoroaster - Matador
I have to laugh here at this point. The arrangement of this list has nothing to do with the following statement, I swear. My first real experience with Zoroaster was seeing them live opening for Burst (sound familiar? ). The thing I’ll always remember about Zoroaster from that show is how incredibly LOUD they were (are). They are also as heavy as a lead shot put – ten feet in diameter – on Jupiter. On album, this is my first real listen to them, and I have to say I’m impressed. All of the howling, doomy, riffy, stoner-y, sludgy goodness I remember from that first night in Detroit is present and accounted for on “Matador”. Recommended for fans of Sleep, Acid Bath and Eyehategod.



46. Coliseum - House with a Curse
What to say about this one? Well, how about this – I’m almost ready to reprise the open letter to Melvins and do yet another take on the same theme, but let’s face it…Coliseum just isn’t in the same category as Melvins in terms of status – at least, not yet. However, if they keep making albums like this – coupled with their literally relentless touring work ethic – it won’t be long. I’ve missed or passed on numerous opportunities to see Coliseum play live, and based on this album I think that’s about to change soon. There is a bit of a groove here that beckons me back for more. It’s not just another modern punk wannabe effort with some metal tendencies sprinkled in to increase its appeal to a wider audience. This album is a true D.I.Y. piece of work, and a damned fun listen to boot. Cheers to Coliseum – I hope to finally see you soon.
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49. A Silver Mt. Zion - Kollapse Tradixionales
I really like ASMZ. I was thrilled when I heard they had a new album coming out in 2010. However, after listening to this album a few times, I really didn’t hear anything that grabbed my attention and demanded it such as the track “God Bless Our Dead Marines” from 2005’s “Horses in the Sky”. Such is the conundrum with bands such as ASMZ or their forbears, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Hooks are not what they do. It’s all about emotion and atmosphere with bands like this. Their songs often develop slowly, and sometimes there isn’t a whole lot going on. I’m a fan of this style sometimes, but still there has to be something on an album which just grabs me and doesn’t let me forget to come back for more. That didn’t really happen with this album.
The answer is the "Metal Bird" duo.

With that said, God Bless Our Dead Marines > I Built/I Fed
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