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Old 12-10-2011, 07:57 PM
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I didn't like Surtur Rising at all really. For some reason it wasn't a disappointment though. I guess I feel like that with a band like Amon Amarth it's inevitable that they poop out something mediocre once in a while.
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I didn't listen to Surtur Rising very much, I listened to it a couple times and then set it aside. There was some interesting guitar work there but the album didn't really blow me away. I intend on picking it up again in the near future and listening further but I wasn't really in the mood for it at the time.

If I had been in a position to see them on tour this year I probably would have listened to it more, but alas I had to miss it.
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Surtur Rising is a confusing album. The stuff that's good is fucking awesome (Tock's Taunt especially the riff is ), but there are a few subpar tracks that bring it down a decent amount.
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21. Animals as Leaders - Weightless



I discovered Animals as Leaders debut album early this year and I was pretty impressed by it. To me their music is like really, really good video game music. At times it reminds me of the F-Zero X soundtrack (my favorite video game soundtrack ever). I was interested in hearing how they will progress on the next album and I think they certainly topped the self titled with this one. Electronic music is something that never interested me at all but the way AaL infuses it into their music is pretty cool. Tosin Abasi has gotta be one of, if not the greatest guitarist of our generation. Sometimes when I listen to him play I can't help but question if he's really human. On the opening track "An Infinite Regression" he uses this strange guitar technique where it's like he's playing a bass solo with an 8 string guitar. It's really fuckin cool.

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If you like the slap technique that Tosin uses on Infinte Regression, check out Victor Wooten. I'm pretty sure Tosin got that technique from Victor. Excellent bass player.
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If you like the slap technique that Tosin uses on Infinte Regression, check out Victor Wooten. I'm pretty sure Tosin got that technique from Victor. Excellent bass player.
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20. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light



Probably the only mainstream rock album your gonna see on this list. Foo Fighters have always been good at writing simple, catchy tunes. Pretty much any track on this 11 track affair could be a single. By far my favorite track on this disc is White Limo, i'd love to hear these guys make more songs like this. Other highlights include the slower number I Should Have Known and the triumphant ending of Walk. I kinda forgot about this album a few months after it came out but it was nice revisiting it for this list. I like to have bands like Foo Fighters in my library cause not everybody wants to listen to Carnivore.

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19. Havok - Time is Up



Havok aren't the most original thrash band to come out in recent years but they are sure as hell better then the average Exodus clone. To me Time is Up isn't just one of those new thrash albums that's only good for the novelty of having an old school thrash sound, I think if this was released in 87 it could possibly be considered a classic in the genre. Vocalist David Sanchez has one of the best thrash voices I've heard in any newer band. The guitar work on here is sick, and some of the songs are really catchy. I think I speak for many of us when I say the thrash revival has gotten boring but Havok does it right. I am very much looking forward to seeing these guys in February.

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Wasting Light is easily the best Foo Fighters record since The Colour and the Shape.
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