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Old 01-02-2012, 08:54 PM
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Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

This is probably the easiest album to talk about on my list. If you like metal at all, you probably know who Arch Enemy are by now. This sounds like Arch Enemy. Their sound changes in subtle ways at best. However, this made it easy for me to notice that in terms of straight quality, this album is absofuckinglutely superb. This goes beyond the limit of any Arch Enemy album since their decade-previous melodeath masterwork Wages of Sin. The riffs, melodies, solos, and just everything about the songs are basically the same thing Arch Enemy have done for the past 10 years.... but also the best versions of them they've come up with in 10 years.

I honestly wasn't expecting to put this album so high on my list. Being not remotely innovative, and of a style I've been mostly drifting away from in my preferences, my expectations for Khaos Legions was just to be of acceptable quality. After one listen I was basically left with my jaw on the floor from hearing a melodeath album that impressed me more than I've been impressed by the genre in... well, a really long time. There's nothing new about this album, and it's only unique in one way. It may not offer any unfamiliar sounds, but it's uniqueness is just its raw quality which is off the fucking charts in terms of the sheer awesomeness this album brings.

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Really digging your list with the inclusion of KMFDM, Dir en Grey and Boris, and I've never heard of M83 till now but I'm listening to it on Spotify and it's pretty awesome
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Worship Music, manages to display Anthrax shoving away Slayer, Metallica, and even Megadeth to prove themselves as the most relevant of the "big four" thrash bands.
Bold statement.
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Most relevant nowadays is pretty obviously Anthrax for me. Megadeth are the only one whose most recent album comes close to being half as good as Worship Music, and they're still left in the dust. Anthrax aren't my favorite historically but if we're talking the last 3 years or so, then they probably are.
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Damn, that's pretty much exactly what I thought about Khaos Legions. Glad to see it in someone else's top 10. Fucking awesome record.
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Damn, that's pretty much exactly what I thought about Khaos Legions. Glad to see it in someone else's top 10. Fucking awesome record.
It's on my list too, but not quite top 10.
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Most relevant nowadays is pretty obviously Anthrax for me. Megadeth are the only one whose most recent album comes close to being half as good as Worship Music, and they're still left in the dust. Anthrax aren't my favorite historically but if we're talking the last 3 years or so, then they probably are.
I agree with all of this. 6 months ago I wrote Anthrax off, but now..!
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Boris - Heavy Rocks

Finally my top 5 comes around. Starting us off is Boris' 2011 successor to their 2002 album also called Heavy Rocks. It's not the same album, and not even too similar to it's predecessor, but it still is the most logical "next" album for the band of the 4 releases they made this year, sounding like a mix of 2008's Smile, the previous Heavy Rocks, and a little bit of "not sure where that came from but it's definitely Boris." The 2011 Heavy Rocks has a wide variety of music on it, despite being perfectly described by its album title as heavy rock. Some songs are straight up headbanging rockers that can excite the listener to their very core, while others have the airy slow and sludgy heaviness with a melodic core that Boris love to explore. Other songs are almost pop-like with their catchiness but still maintain quite a degree of heaviness and metallic sonic bliss. And then after all that the album culminates by ending with a one and a half minute complete thrash metal face melter. Yeah, this album gets a lot of awesome shit done.

Boris may not have taken my album of the year, but if such a thing were possible they would take my vote for band of the year. Heavy Rocks is an amazing effort by an amazing band, and one of their best albums ever... ever. This is not the kind of music that was good for the year but eventually you stop hyping, this kind of music is timeless. It's absolutely bizarre that this album doesn't get to stand on the top of my list, but that only means there's 4 more to go who's beautiful genitals I can worship even harder.

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Most relevant nowadays is pretty obviously Anthrax for me. Megadeth are the only one whose most recent album comes close to being half as good as Worship Music, and they're still left in the dust. Anthrax aren't my favorite historically but if we're talking the last 3 years or so, then they probably are.
I see what you mean. I didn't mean any disrespect, just saying it's "bold" to say that. Most people would be fearful of getting ripped by fans of the other 3 bands.
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I see what you mean. I didn't mean any disrespect, just saying it's "bold" to say that. Most people would be fearful of getting ripped by fans of the other 3 bands.
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