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

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Question: how well did the Dragonforce album do on metal magazines 2008 end of year lists?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 19:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

This is the one I dutifully listened to four or five times and . . meh. Is this it?

Soukesian, Friday, 23 January 2009 19:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

Nachtmystium or Dragonforce?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 19:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Nachtmystium left me cold as well.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 January 2009 19:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Well I have to say I really love the Nachtmystium, music is great, and unusually for a black metal band, I love the vocals. I dig it.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 19:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yep, Nachtmystium. I know they're the legends of USBM and all, and it's not a bad album, as such, but it didn't seem near as adventurous as it was written up to be.

Actually, it was the hearty spamalot vocals that kind of killed it for me.

Soukesian, Friday, 23 January 2009 19:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

the hearty spamalot vocals

Amazing. I might have to rip this off.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 January 2009 19:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ned Raggett's Spam-a-lot Pi

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

"We're knights of the round circle..."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

"the knights who say Pi"

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Anyway a clue for album no 5?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's NOT Dragonforce OR Guns N Roses it's....

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bonnie Prince Billy wasn't nominated

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, the Python references and the "it's..." made me think of that.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah I know

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

5

Opeth – Watershed (Roadrunner) 212 Points (1 Number One Album)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

Interesting - lots of people (me included) liked it but only one person loved it.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

how many voted for it?

Ioannis, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

I continue to be of the opinion that Opeth just keeps getting better. The current incarnation of the band is really starting to gel, the keyboards playing a bigger role, Axenrot proving the naysayers wrong, and Akerfeldt's singing voice stronger than ever. Although I will admit that "Porcelain Heart" is the most ordinary Opeth song since the Deliverance album...

A. Begrand, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Opeth: 13 voters here, 9 in P&J. None of those from me.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

seems strange that it didn't do better P&J wise. did pitchfork diss it or something?

Ioannis, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

dis, even.

Ioannis, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

It got mild praise from P-Fork, a polite 7.5.

A. Begrand, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Corny Pop Fuxors clearly didn't vote for it as their token metal album?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think Watershed is a very slight step back from the heights of Ghost Reveries. It just doesn't feel quite as thrilling, despite treading very much in similar waters. Still a fantastic album though.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

A band I just never got into. Best place to start?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 20:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

I only got into them around the release of Ghost Reveries, then started working backwards through the catalog. I'd recommend starting with Damnation and Deliverance, two albums that really show off the bands talents and hint at the directions they'd head with the later albums. That's just me, I'll let the more long-time Opeth fans toss in their two cents.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

Blackwater Park, Still Life, and My Arms, Your Hearse are good starting-off points, but you can't go wrong with any of their albums, really. Damnation is particularly great if you prefer the clean singing only.

A. Begrand, Friday, 23 January 2009 20:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think Watershed was my number one album, but I don't remember. I agree that it's slightly distancing, but man, what a record. I think what did it for me is that it sounds like, for lack of a better word, "Art" to me, but it's something I can actually listen to as opposed to appreciate (unlike Philip Glass or something).

Shmutchered at Shmirth (J3ff T.), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

>I think Watershed is a very slight step back from the heights of Ghost Reveries. It just doesn't feel quite as thrilling, despite treading very much in similar waters.

I couldn't disagree more. I think Watershed is not only a huge improvement over Ghost Reveries (which I thought was basically a culmination of the sound they'd pursued on Blackwater Park and Deliverance, and kind of a place-holder at the same time), but it's also a major left turn - acoustic stuff, female duet vocals, jazz-funk breakdowns...I love this album. I think it's Opeth's best record, and exactly the record they needed to make in 2008. And I'm not just saying all that because Roadrunner flew me to Sweden to hear it, I swear.

unperson, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

As I said in my review: "After rocking out with the crushingly heavy Deep Purple-meets-death prog of Ghost Reveries, they've gone with what can only be described as a natural progression in a totally unexpected direction."

Shmutchered at Shmirth (J3ff T.), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

hmmm

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

Anyone want to know what no4 is?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

give us a clue

djmartian, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think I have worked out the top 4, but will be offline for the rest of the night. So I will guess the order is B, T, E and HM.

straight outta Easter Compton (aldo), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

And there you go. I guess I'm just holding Ghost Reveries in high regard because it was my entry point and the Opeth album I've lived with the longest.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

harvey milk? earth? torche? bloodbath?

djmartian, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bragonforce?

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

Buns N Roses?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

Am I the only one that voted for Dragonforce?

Shmutchered at Shmirth (J3ff T.), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also, don't get me wrong, Ghost Reveries is freaking awesome. Watershed is just freaking awesome in a different way.

Shmutchered at Shmirth (J3ff T.), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

I cannot say. I'm not giving anything away or giving clues to what is up next anymore. People like suspense and not being told what might be next.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

pfunkboy your like a rock chick tease

djmartian, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Final four: She & Him, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes and, of course, U2.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

this isn't spin

djmartian, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

That isn't a rawk chick

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

the question is, will Torche or Harvey Milk take the coveted #1 spot?

fwiw (rockapads), Friday, 23 January 2009 21:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I voted for DragonForce, too.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 23 January 2009 21:36 (5 years ago) Permalink


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