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

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i prefer alice in chains to slayer

― pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname)

GET OUT.

"Hey, We're Clubbing!" (Police Squad) (jim), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 11:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's possible to like both AIC AND slayer, y'knaa. (though slayer are obviously vastly superior.)

mastodon are now just OK. for me, they peaked with remission and have been on a steady but shallow decline ever since. I admire the fact that they keep pushing their sound, I'm just not keen on where it's gone.

m the g, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 11:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not a fan, either. Mastodon = everything that is and always has been wrong with metal.

― ilxor, Monday, 6 April 2009 23:29 (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Yeah I don't really get this... yr saying that they encapsulate everything that's bad about the genre for 35, 40 years? That seems weird esp cos a lot of their hataz seem to consider them v much a product of modern metal tastes and fashions. (Don't have a comment on their new album cos I've not heard it.)

GARU GLITTER (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 11:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not a fan, either. Mastodon = everything that is and always has been wrong with metal.

WTF dude? I think you better back this up a little bit. I can get not being into the band, but being "everything that is and always has been wrong with metal?", seriously? Worse than fourth-rate hair metal? Worse than shameless nu-metal? I mean, fuck, come on.

display names have been changed to protect the innocent (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 12:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was just being dramatic for entertainment value, in case that wasn't plainly obvious. I like Roxette better than Slayer, personally, if I actually have to rank them on a single scale, so I claim no purist high-ground here.

In this non-purist vein, in fact, I'm enjoying this new "gothic avant-garde metal" album by Ensoph, in kind of the same way that I'm still (vastly) enjoying Artifact. Enthusiastically goofy excess. I think there's some divide in here that has to do with whether your idea of compelling evil is more HR Giger and HP Lovecraft, or more Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Tarantino.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 13:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

or both.

\m/ piece n' luv \m/ (Ioannis), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 13:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

New EP/DVD from our poll winners


Torche
Healer/Across the Shields (with Bonus DVD) (Orange) (LP) http://www.allthatisheavy.com/info.asp?item_num=ATH-5908

http://www.allthatisheavy.com/info.asp?item_num=ATH-5907 (purple)

or uk
http://www.recordstore.co.uk/productdetail.jsp?productPK=unittest-ZHVQxKz15Uwn9lRZpN3IEb-1 (dunno what colour i guess black?)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 13:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

ATH sold out now.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 18:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

i got mine. It's really good.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 8 April 2009 21:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

at last. the harvey milk album is coming on vinyl. Pre-order is up at hydrahead

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 16 April 2009 23:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Stonerrock.coms Top 28 albums of 2008
http://www.stonerrock.com/features/index.asp?FeatureID=155

1. Melvins - Nude with Boots (6670 Pts)
2. Torche - Meanderthal (6285 Pts)
3. Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion`s Skull (6080 Pts)
4. The Sword - Gods of the Earth (5965 Pts)
5. Brant Bjork - Punk Rock Guilt (5520 Pts)
6. Black Mountain - In the Future (5435 Pts)
7. Colour Haze - All (5420 Pts)
8. Boris - Smile (4700 Pts)
9. Dozer - Beyond Colossal (4300 Pts)
10. Ufomammut - Idolum (4135 Pts)
11. Graveyard - Graveyard (3025 Pts)
12. Grand Magus - Iron Will (2805 Pts)
13. Harvey Milk - Life... The Best Game in Town (2430 Pts)
14. Metallica - Death Magnetic (2365 Pts)
15. Dead Meadow - Old Growth (2275 Pts)
16. Blood Ceremony - Blood Ceremony (2190 Pts)
17. Farflung - A Wound In Eternity (2075 Pts)
18. Earthless - Live at Roadburn (2055 Pts)
19. Eagles Of Death Metal - Heart On (2045 Pts)
20. Opeth - Watershed (1860 Pts)
21. Clutch - Full Fathom Five (1845 Pts)
22. The Atomic Bitchwax - 4 (1820 Pts)
23. 5ive - Hesperus (1760 Pts)
24. The Gates of Slumber – Conqueror (1680 Pts)
25. Witch - Paralyzed (1610 Pts)
26. Ancestors - Neptune with Fire (1370 Pts)
27. Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1 (1350 Pts)
28. Coffins - Buried Death (1340 Pts)

Here's everyones votes http://www.stonerrock.com/features/top28community.asp

Mine
pfunkboy

1. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
2. Torche - Meanderthal
3. Harvey Milk - Life . . . the Best Game in Town
4. 5ive - Hesperus
5. Grails - Doomsdayer`s Holiday
6. Asva - What You Don`t Know Is Frontier
7. The Goslings - Occasion
8. Earth - The Bees Made Honey...
9. Ocean - Pantheon Of The Lesser
10. Moss - Sub Templum

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 7 May 2009 23:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Here is the master list of all 651 albums (with votes)
http://www.stonerrock.com/features/top28master.asp

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 7 May 2009 23:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

I didnt win the prize of $280 worth of music from ATH :(

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 8 May 2009 12:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, really stoked for that.

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Friday, 8 May 2009 16:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

i got an email saying the harvey milk vinyl shipped.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 8 May 2009 16:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

ok that tour makes me feel better about skipping Torche when they came through town (unless they dont come through here, in which case i will be doubly stupid i guess)

Esprit de Corpsgrinder Fisher (jjjusten), Friday, 8 May 2009 16:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

i heard they skipped your town

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 8 May 2009 23:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

see now thats just mean

Esprit de Corpsgrinder Fisher (jjjusten), Friday, 8 May 2009 23:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

:(

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 9 May 2009 23:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Mastodan aren't metal anymore--they're rock n roll, man, vanilla division.

i, grey, Sunday, 10 May 2009 06:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 10 May 2009 06:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I got the Torche Meanderthal demos tape. I cant rip tapes though, sorry.
Anyone got any faves of 2009? I think the YOB album could be a frontrunner for me.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 10 July 2009 23:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

ok there is now going to be a repress
http://www.bluecollardistro.com/hydrahead/product_info.php?products_id=3498&cPath=4_255&store=

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 11 July 2009 00:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

Before TORCHE were recording their masterpiece of an album, Meanderthal, they were completely unorganized and quickly trying to scramble for material to put the album together. This recording, engineered by Torche's own Jonathan Nunez, documents the band pre-Meanderthal showcasing seven rougher, rawer, heavier and slightly different versions of tracks later recorded at God City with Kurt Ballou. An essential for any serious Torche fan... and the unserious ones too."
2nd pressing: Limited to 400 copies.

Track Listing:

1. Triumph Of Venus
2. Grenades
3. Pirhana
4. Speed Of The Nail
5. Sandstorm
6. Healer
7. Across The Shields

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 11 July 2009 00:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

fyi, the robotic empire store had that torche demos cs for five bucks a few weeks ago. I guess it was the original pressing? ordered mine there but it still hasn't come yet so I can't say for sure.

imo, eight bucks is a little pricey for what this. plus, hydrahead charges ripoff prices for shipping!

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Saturday, 11 July 2009 17:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I want to get this (and the Wold tape on the same label actually) but the price is making me halt. If someone gets it in the UK (tho the person I was banking said prolly not) it'll be four quid tops most likely

At War With False Nose (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure what pressing it was but I got the original a month ago.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

i would bet the tape would be £8 min in the UK.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

On a vaguely related note, got the new Southern Lord reissue of Thou's 'Tyrant' LP - I say related cos it was £8.50 from the distro I grabbed it from and £16 at my local indie emporium (tho I felt like I was telling teacher when I mentioned this to dude). Thou don't get enough props on here

At War With False Nose (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp I'm basing that on getting the tape ish of 'Cthonic Rites' by Moss, on the same label, for possibly as little as £3 from a distro here

At War With False Nose (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

the only metal albums on my best of '09 are Buried Inside, Cattle Decapitation, Defeatist & Blut Aus Nord and I don't expect the Buried inside to make the cut

very boring year for metal imo

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

J0hn - weren't you talking up the Bloody Panda a few months ago? (I don't feel like scanning the thread to check)

It finally sees release next month so the rest of us will get to hear it. I have high hopes.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh that's right is that out? totally not bein' that guy it's just that I got to hear it really early, sometime late last year, and it slips my mind. but yeah it's great, will make my overall '09 list easy.

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Gnaw is probably my favourite metal-related release of 09 but not actually that metal so ehhhhh. New Nachtmystium EP is good I think. Cobalt and L'acephale (see Gnaw - black metal band not kicking out a lot of BM) are good. Loads of stuff I've not heard obv

At War With False Nose (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

and there's a new havohej coming, that could be good

for the most part though practically everything is like zzzzzzzzzz this shit is giving stagnation a bad name

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

I really like the new Yob and Minsk albums.

Bloody Panda tour dates (great live band, see 'em if you can):

July 21 Bethlehem, PA @ Burners
July 22 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/Woe)
July 23 Washington, DC @ The Red And The Black (w/Salome)
July 24 Richmond, VA @ Nara Sushi (w/Dysrhythmia)
July 25 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox (w/Dark Castle)
July 27 Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
July 28 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
July 30 Miami, FL @ Goo (w/Dark Castle & Maruta)
July 31 TBA (w/Dark Castle)
Aug 1 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn (w/Dark Castle & Withered)
Aug 2 New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge
Aug 3 Baton Rouge, LA @ Lacey’s House (w/Thou)
Aug 5 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music (w/Zucura)
Aug 6 Nashville, TN @ The End
Aug 7 Indianapolis, IN @ Casa Del Kotex (w/Black Arrows Of Filth And Impurity)
Aug 8 Chicago, IL @ White Star Bar (w/Giant Squid, Grayceon, Lord Mantis)
Aug 9 Columbus, OH @ The Summit (w/Lord Mantis)
Aug 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's (w/Giant Squid, Grayceon)
Aug 12 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Aug 13 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
Aug 14 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
Aug 15 Portland, ME @ New Systems Laundary (w/Ocean)
Aug 16 Boston, MA @ Church
Aug 18 TBA
Aug 19 TBA
Aug 20 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
Aug 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

the blut aus nord is still (BY FAR) the best metal record I've heard this year. so much stronger than TWWTG that it's not even funny.

and yeah, I'd agree, not too many other standouts this year.

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Monday, 13 July 2009 14:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

thou are pretty cool too, yeah. I like that they host high quality mp3s of everything they put out + upcoming stuff + unreleased stuff on their site:

http://noladiy.org/mp3/thou/

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Monday, 13 July 2009 15:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

More Thou vinyl due out soon I think

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 22:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, seems like it. I think that they have a bunch of splits due soon.

have you heard the sabbath covers lp? (through the empires of eternal void) have to say, I was a little disappointed. they don't really vary up the material much at all and what's up with 3/4 of the material coming from master of reality? a little lame considering sabbath have such a deep back catalog.

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

no, not heard about it.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

It was hella limited but you might still find copies. It's not Thou's crowning glory exactly but I enjoyed it fine enough

Pissed Jenas (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

I have never bought any Thou because theres so much and it would cost me a fortune to get it all. Money is tight.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, there is a bunch. but in general, I've found thou stuff to be reasonably priced. they don't gouge like some bands do, anyway. maybe bc they're vegan punx.

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

anyway, it's cool that they have mp3s of their whole catalog right up on their site. respect.

picture me lolin' (Alan N), Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

there's a split coming with Salome that I will get.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 16 July 2009 16:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

tbh i'm glad some of you who pay attention closer than i do are feelin the "boring year" thing. i like the blut au nord but haven't listened to it much, and the kylesa album is really good. i guess i will check out yob too, but that's about all i've been really into from 09.

north sea jazz dit weekend (call all destroyer), Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

I haven't found it a boring year at all

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 16 July 2009 20:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Baroness,Orthodox,Om will be joining Mastodon in this years top ten I think.
If we run a metal poll at the end of the year that is -- depends on the interest.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 4 September 2009 00:22 (5 years ago) Permalink


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