A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.
I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.
#25 Orkenkjott – Onskediktet
‘Onskediktet’ is a really odd, proggy debut album from Norway, with influences from 70’s prog but with a heavier sound. It feels very middle-eastern at times, and it’s not only because the band is called “desert meat” and claim they play “desert rock”. They have an extraordinary vocalist whose voice takes some time to get used to, but I like their unique style, with many weird and amazing moments.
This was indeed a difficult, but interesting challenge. Exactly what I like and look for in music, and mainly in metal, is something I’ve never thought about to a great extent before. And I wouldn’t say it’s important to know either, it’s just a way to get to know myself better (and a good excuse for making another list). It goes a bit deeper and is more specific than just saying “I like <insert genre here>”. These components I’m describing apply to any style of music I listen to.
#8 The rhythm section
Powerful, complicated drums and audible bass. Irresistible grooves and repeating, low-tuned guitars. All of those are very often included in the music I like the most. I enjoy listening through a whole album only following the drum patterns, or the bass lines, if they are interesting enough. A strong, complex rhythm section is the main reason why I love bands like Gojira, Opeth, Tool, TesseracT, The Safety Fire, some black metal and most djent.
Black Crown Initiate – Ghost She Sends
Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2013 part 2 – Shattered Skies, Drewsif Stalin, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor
Bands playing: Colors To Shame, Above The Earth, Immerse, Kartikeya, Shattered Skies, Red Seas Fire, Aeolist, Drewsif Stalin, Destiny Potato, Disperse, Xerath, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor, Veil of Maya
Afterparty: Bilo Super Jam – members from different bands.
This was the day when three of my absolute favourite bands were going to play. And I mean hugely favourite bands. So be warned, I might enter fanboy(girl)-mode. For a general review of the festival and the bands from the first day, check out part 1. I will cover the lineup of Sunday in part 3. These three parts won’t include all the bands playing, not even all of the ones I did end up watching; I’ve only chosen the ones I liked the best.
(THE PHOTOS ARE USED WITH PERMISSION FROM AND ARE COPYRIGHTED TO METALWASP.COM)
In less than a week I’ll be off on a plane to Great Britain to attend U.K Tech Metal Fest 2013. The line up this year is delicious, so I just had to buy a ticket even though it’s “only” a small festival on the countryside, far away in distant country… I’ve been wanting to see TesseracT live for a couple of years now, as well as Uneven Structure and when I saw that Skyharbor was on the line up too, I knew I had to go or I would regret it for the rest of my life.
Another band that is playing on the festival and that I’ve been enjoying a lot lately is the Irish band Shattered Skies. They are soon releasing their first full length album ‘The World We Used To Know’ and ‘15 minutes‘ is the first single + video from it. They make some really catchy, proggy songs with an original sound.