ILX METAL ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2008 RESULTS (NOW COUNTING DOWN THE TOP TEN, BTW)

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Not that surprised - I liked the Amon Amarth, but didn't get caught by it. I wouldn't have even heard it if it wasn't talked about so enthusiastically by some posters, as it is not my usual cup of tea.

Glad to see Ocean do so well.

-bunch of x-posts

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 22:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

21

Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday (Temporary Residence) 118 Points (2 Number One Votes)

and now over to Glenn for some stats...

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 23:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

It was I who picked Hammers of Misfortune for #1. I've never heard anything by them prior to these albums, but they just fulfill this love I have for 70s rock bands with long songs with lots of great passages (I like to refer to them as Songs with Parts), that are like epic journeys. Songs by bands like Rush, Boston, Kansas, and Yes. But the weird thing is that I am not a big fan of any of those bands other than one or two songs each, and HoM doesn't really sound like any one of them in particular. Anyway, I surprised myself by voting for them. All year I figured I'd be telling everyone that Nachtmystium did the best metal album of the year. :)

fwiw (rockapads), Thursday, 22 January 2009 00:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

Songs by bands like Rush, Boston, Kansas, and Yes. But the weird thing is that I am not a big fan of any of those bands other than one or two songs each

heh neither am I, but i dig the Hammers Of Misfortune album.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 01:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Here's the stats recap of 50-21 (Rank - Points - Total Votes - #1 Votes - Artist - Album):

50 - 48 - 3 - 0 - Racebannon - Acid or Blood
50 - 48 - 3 - 1 - Zebulon Pike - Intransience
48 - 50 - 4 - 0 - Blue Sabbath Black Cheer - Untitled
48 - 50 - 3 - 0 - Gnaw Their Tongues - An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood
47 - 52 - 5 - 0 - Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
45 - 54 - 4 - 0 - Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness
45 - 54 - 4 - 0 - Withered - Folie Circulaire
43 - 55 - 4 - 0 - Metallica - Death Magnetic
43 - 55 - 6 - 0 - Unearthly Trance - Electrocution
42 - 59 - 4 - 1 - Blood Ceremony - Blood Ceremony
41 - 60 - 4 - 1 - Disfear - Live the Storm
40 - 61 - 4 - 0 - Marnie Stern - This Is It And I Am It And You Are It
39 - 62 - 5 - 0 - Darkspace - III
38 - 63 - 6 - 0 - Intronaut - Prehistoricisms
37 - 66 - 5 - 0 - Jex Thoth - Jex Thoth
36 - 68 - 6 - 0 - Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
35 - 70 - 5 - 0 - Witch - Paralyzed
34 - 71 - 3 - 1 - Hammers of Misfortune - Fields/Church of Broken Glass
33 - 72 - 6 - 0 - Ascend - Ample Fire Within
32 - 78 - 6 - 0 - Jesu - Why Are We Not Perfect
31 - 81 - 6 - 0 - Moonspell - Night Eternal
30 - 83 - 6 - 0 - The Gates of Slumber - Conqueror
28 - 88 - 7 - 0 - Earthless - Live at Roadburn
28 - 88 - 8 - 0 - UFOmammut - Idolum
26 - 89 - 6 - 0 - Moss - Sub Templum
26 - 89 - 5 - 0 - Wetnurse - Invisible City
25 - 98 - 5 - 1 - The Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
24 - 100 - 6 - 0 - Ocean - Pantheon of the Lesser
23 - 109 - 8 - 0 - Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
22 - 111 - 8 - 0 - Coffins - Buried Death
21 - 118 - 7 - 2 - Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 22 January 2009 02:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

And I'll start the top 20 countdown.........

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 03:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Tomorrow (Later today UK time)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 03:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday (Important Records) 118 Points (2 Number One Votes)

I think this was on Temporary Residence, if I recall correctly.

The year's other Grails album (sadly not nominated) was on Important.

ilxor, Thursday, 22 January 2009 03:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ahh yes. You are right. Not only do I own it and all the other Grails albums, I voted for it too. It just said on the site i checked that it was on Important. Oh well, if john justen sees this maybe he will change it if he has the time.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 03:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

fixed

Barackman Hussein Overdrive (John Justen), Thursday, 22 January 2009 04:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

And now we enter the top twenty..

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

20

Sunn 0))) - Domkirke (Southern Lord} 123 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't heard Domkirke yet. Will remedy this today.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

the top 20 has kicked off in fine style

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

Domkirke = great.
Must check that Moss album. The Masonic Temple-like cover looks promising.

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 22 January 2009 14:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

I had to start this countdown the week P&J was announced eh?
CURSES

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

19

Cynic - Traced in Air (Season of Mist) 126 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 for 2 in the top 20 so far that I've still yet to hear.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Me too!

Not a Sunn fan, but I'll try to hear the Cynic.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Sunn 0))) is terrific.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

I liked Sunn live, but all of their albums have bored the piss out of me. What about this one will make me think otherwise?

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

there's not much you'll like about this one if you didn't like anything previously, i'd say. i'm a bit the reverse. love the records (particularly 'black one'), and was a little bit underwhelmed by the live show...

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think I don't have a good enough, or loud enough, soundsystem to play records like the Sunn catalog. Live, the volume made their music truly visceral; on record, I can't quite replicate that "gut feeling."

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 22 January 2009 16:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Just did an interview with Paul Masvidal of Cynic for next week's OC Weekly. Thoughtful guy!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

A large % of what SunnO))) do is tightly tied in with the live performance and the 'spiritual' concept of the group. I.e. they started as essentially a covers band - an Earth tribute group - which was then gradually developed into a devotional gesture towards some of the key aspects of heavy metal itself, hence the robes and the mock stern nodding and all the palaaver.

So you don't often get the sense of this on record but on this one, the fact that it's live from Bergen Cathedral and they get to bust loose on the church organ and Atilla does some weird hybrid Gregorian chant/Yat Kha throat singing (along with the awesome packaging).

And at the end of the day what does it say about the liberality of Norwegian society.

"Hey, we've got Atilla Csihar on the phone. Him and Gregg and Steven want to play live in the cathedral."
"Atilla from Mayhem? That weird Satanist/nihilist/whateverthefuck group that burned all those churches down a few miles away?"
"The very same padre."
"Well, I haven't got a problem if you haven't. But tell him he can't have the 24th - we've got the Prurient and Christian Death double header that night."

I still think that after seeing them live (which gives the albums an extra resonance) you can't beat the Boris collab 'Altar' but that's probably because it's almost song based and a lot more conventional in some ways.

Doran, Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

And as if by magik: SunnO))) have just announced live dates. I don't know how to put links in on here.

Doran, Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

Just copy/paste the link and it'll automatically convert to HTML.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 January 2009 17:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

18

Asva - What You Don't Know Is Frontier (Southern Records) 126 Points (1 Number One vote)

Terrific album, a real step up from their last excellent album, recommend this thoroughly to any fan of Sunn 0))) . This could easily have been my no1 album and wasn't far away from being so. Check this out if you haven't already. Especially the vinyl version which has terrific packaging --- pfunkboy

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 18:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

My Asva blurb: if you stand at Sunn O))) and face towards Altar, your ass is pointing towards Asva.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 22 January 2009 18:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

They're the butt of that joke.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 January 2009 18:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

17

Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life (Moribund Records)
128 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 18:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard Leviathan but that sleeve art is most momentous.

Doran, Thursday, 22 January 2009 19:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

the sleeve art alone makes this thread a must read. it wouldn't be nearly as interesting without the awesome cover art, that is.

Ioannis, Thursday, 22 January 2009 19:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

the asva album is just glorious.

but I don't really associate what they do with what sunn o)))) do, really. there's a doomy element in there, certainly, but they have this vast, beautiful, elegant quality that's more in line with, say, eyvind kang or latter-day earth (which is a very different beast from the one that inspired sunn o)))'s crushing low-frequency abuse).

m the g, Thursday, 22 January 2009 19:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

16

Krallice - Krallice (Profound Lore) 137 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 19:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

another gem...

m the g, Thursday, 22 January 2009 19:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

15

Caïna - Temporary Antennae (Profound Lore) 140 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 20:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

Good placing for Krallice! I don't recall much chat on rolling metal 08 (which I think I read most of even if I didn't post a great deal)

I'm Throwing Small Arms Around Powys (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 22 January 2009 20:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

Anyone wish to help out with blurbs for the top 10 albums?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 20:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

Good placing for Krallice! I don't recall much chat on rolling metal 08

Yeah, there was a good amount of Krallice talk scattered around.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 22 January 2009 20:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

There was? Well that's good too!

I'm Throwing Small Arms Around Powys (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 22 January 2009 20:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

There was enough Krallice talk that I redownloaded the album after having given up on it the first time. But I didn't like it any better the second time, either. I just kept wanting it to sound more like Leviathan, and eventually I remembered I could spent the time listening to Leviathan more, instead.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

14

Melvins - Nude With Boots (Ipecac) 141 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

A bit of a shock coming up at No 13. One of the (so i thought) front runners for no1 didn't do as well as expected. It's fans on the rolling metal thread failed to turn up I suppose.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

But lets build some suspense :)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

I have a feeling I know what it is, but guessing now might make me a meanderthal neanderthal.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

You like to wager on that?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, not now that you've worded it like that.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 22 January 2009 22:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

13

Enslaved - Vertebrae (Indie Recordings) 145 Points

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 January 2009 22:06 (5 years ago) Permalink


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