Posted by Reggie
Well, here we are again, another end of year list. First, big thanks to you for reading and engaging with us. I have to say, this year’s list is more well-rounded than previous year-end lists. I guess it is because I continue to get exposed to new bands and others that have been out a while, but are new to me. Take my #1 for example. I knew they were out there, but took it took me a while to sit down and have a serious listen. I am glad I did. One major difference between this year and my other lists is the (almost) absence of thrash metal bands. While there are a few, not as much as I would normally have on my list. Seems as though my taste in progressive based metal is expanding. I guess it’s time to see for yourself. Enjoy, and let’s have another great year in metal. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in Best of 2015
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Posted by Irmelinis
Somehow it feels like it’s been a slow beginning of the year, but when I started to look over my lists of albums I’ve listened to and rated, I could gather quite a large collection of favourites. Counted 17 really good releases in 6 months, that’s not bad! Not including all of them, here’s some of my must-listens of 2015:
Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours (hipster black metal)
It’s a very clever mix of frantic black metal and chaotic post-hardcore, with a well structured, intriguing story in the lyrics, impressive drum work and everything else a good, memorable album should have.
Posted by Reggie
Throughout the year, I take all of the albums I like; the ones I think might be Top 15 quality and I put them on a list. In no particular order, they sit until a few months before the end of the year. Then, I start deciding what stays and what goes. Sometimes it’s a tough choice, sometimes I have to listen to a few things again to refresh my memory as to why they were on the list in the first place. But, there is a lot of weeding out, weeding in, and sorting. It’s actually kind of fun and I get to take a break from listening to new things for a short while.
This year, I decided to do a best of (so far) list, just to see where things are going. I haven’t done this before. There have been a small handful of albums that went over well with me and I think they will stay on my list, but overall I have to say that it is not a particularly great year in metal as far as I am concerned. The “wow” factor is just not happening all that much this year…for me. This list is in no particular order. It’s a list of albums I think have the most potential for end-year nods. We do still have a way to go though. Read the rest of this entry →
I hate it when Dark Metal Cat goes gallivanting with feline temptresses and isn’t here to write my intros for me.
By the way, elephants don’t have four knees. That’s a common misconception among people who are interested in knees and/or elephants. Like other mammals, they have knees on their hind legs, not the front pair.
Dark Metal Cat slept last night with one knee on my ear. When I try to move him he bites me. No elephants have ever done that.
Today’s posts probably illustrate one of the main areas where the hybrid metal-jazz-prog Mammal differs from the the hard-hitting metalhead. My top four songs of 2009 all include distinct orchestral strains and a couple of them venture into the experimental realms.
Another area where we may differ markedly is that I am so easily distracted and veer off the topic. Three bees were trapped inside the window and were too stupid too find their way out. Everything stopped while I eased them gently to freedom.
When I started making my annual hit parade lists four months ago I knew Diablo Swing Orchestra and Leprous would be near the top a few times each. I expected one of them to be number one for 2006. When I was doing my bubble-sort and playing song against song, however, a bunch of guys from Finland leapt out of the forest and surprised every one of me.
One day when I’m old and grey—.
Start again. When I’m even older and greyer or hairless, I’ll still be listening to all of these albums pretty often. I work alone in an office at home. I play music while I pretend to be busy. Often I get through ten albums a day. Without music, I’d go mad. My wife says that without metal, I might become sane, but she also says she’s used to my music making the panels on my desk vibrate. She’s lucky she can’t see what it’s doing to my insides.
May 2014 bring all of you great wealth, health, happiness and gut-thumping good metal. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by RiffRaff
Here’s a pair of really neat videos you should feel obligated to check out because they are both awesome.
First up is “When I Lost My Bet”, the new video from Dillinger Escape Plan. If entrails and bloody gloryholes make you squeamish, you may just want to listen to the audio. For the rest of us, this is a really will directed and unique video that really captures the bat shit craziness of DEP perfectly. Check it out!
And second up we have the first video from the upcoming Leprous album Coal for the tune “The Cloak”. This video is damn great with the focus on simplicity really let the dark atmosphere drive the visuals home. I also like that it fits perfectly with the album title and the visuals meld wonderfully with the song to create a wholly engaging experience. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Posted by RiffRaff
Hey all!!! Hope everyone had an awesome holiday season and kick off to the New Year. Now that we are at the start of 2012 I think it’s fair that we release our personal Top 15 Albums of 2011. Making this years list was quite a difficult charge. I’ve been seeing around on the internets that many were disappointed in 2011… Myself, this was one of the best years in metal, ever, making the narrowing down of the best around a bit tricky. There were great follow-ups, amazing breakthrough albums, and some wonderful debut albums. I also discovered many new bands to listen to this year with a good handful cracking my Top 15. If anyone is complaining that “new music sucks”, well they aren’t listening. There is an innumerable amount of great stuff to check out, you just have to have an open mind and give anything that catches your ear a listen (or eye if the album has great artwork). If you do a little searching for your tunes every year will be the best year in music for you(and with the internet finding awesome tunes is so much easier and cheaper than before, until you start finding music you love and going on some shopping sprees 🙂 ). Positive thinking and law of attraction and all that stuff.
When making my list the criteria I used was how often I listened to each album, initial impact and how long that first impression lasted, and how well the album grew on me. I hope you all enjoy my picks and hopefully find some cool new music to listen to. And if you look at my list and think of a band that would be right up my alley, let me know!! And let us know what some of your favorite albums were for 2011. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!