Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
#75: Grace for Drowning by Steven Wilson
Going from touching and heartfelt to eerie and scary this album just hits every emotion that one can experience while listening to music. He also takes you through journeys with unexpected twists and turns that will leave you with surprise and awe at every bend. The top-notch prog-rock borders on metal territory at times, and is welcome to cross over and visit anytime. The lyric writing is superb as well, while being a bit cryptic at times, Mr. Wilson uses his words to build an image or emotion and when placed upon the backdrop of his music they create a tightly woven listening experience. IMHO this is some of Mr. Wilson’s best work and fans of all music should give this a listen, it’s just, wow. I also love the trio of music videos released for the album, the work that Lasse Hoile does with Steven is just A/V bliss.
Autumn is now into full swing and my personal favorite months of the year are starting up. The leaves are changing into various majestic colors, the climate is finally bearable(I hate the heat), Halloween and Thanksgiving is approaching, and the NFL is full effect(J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!!). This week I wanted to select a song that fit with the season, so I present to you “Green Man” by Type-o-Negative off the perfect October album, October Rust. There are a plethora of great autumn sounding songs on October Rust but went with “Green Man” because it’s the most “naturey” sounding song on the record, green is my favorite color, and the idea came to me by a buddy with a very green name…(and the Jets wear green 😉 ). Hope you all enjoy!!! RIP Peter Steele. Peace Love and Metal!!!
What’s all of your favorite albums and/or songs to listen to in the Autumn season?
Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material. Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers. And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song. If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal
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