THE ILM METAL POLL 2011 RESULTS (All lurkers/non metalheads welcome to join in!)

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74 ballots this year (just down on the 80 last year) which is great considering ilx was offline for a while and we had less time to campaign and vote.

So thanks to all of you who voted and i hope you all post your comments on this thread and a bunch of ilxors who don't normally kick it with metal join in too. It's always fun seeing what people think of the albums whether you're into metal or not and we will provide spotify links when available.

Special thanks as always to GLENN as without him none of this would be possible as he does all the hard work. Even moreso this year as we hit a snag with software and glenn had to add the last 2 ballots manually.

And on we go. Will post some results tonight..

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:01 (five years ago) Permalink

LOL i was thinking about adding this and Indian to my ballot but I was like "Nahhh..."

totally need to give this more listens though

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Radical! I've heard 0 metal albums this year and I look forward to incrementing that count!

questino (seandalai), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Did you like it?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:17 (five years ago) Permalink

(not heard it myself but I like that album cover)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Is it possible to get a short one-sentence description for each one? A couple adjectives?

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 01:19 (five years ago) Permalink

yay, first year of this where i have spotify!

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 01:21 (five years ago) Permalink

not really considering i havent heard half of the albums. I am providing links to last.fm though. I have my handsfull at this end y'know just doing this.
And people reading this thread who voted for it can tell us what the album is like!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:22 (five years ago) Permalink

short description of WN: rym lists the album's genre as Powerviolence; this is also the name of a song on the album

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:24 (five years ago) Permalink

http://open.spotify.com/user/mordys/playlist/6FNGd20uP6dyX5W1jzFE6Z

Gonna try to throw all of these in this playlist.

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 01:24 (five years ago) Permalink

if someone following the poll wants to help with descriptions after i post the album I'd be utterly grateful

xp

thanks George!

xps thanks mordy that will save me doing it!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:25 (five years ago) Permalink

^ death metal afaik i call it Siegbran Metal.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Ok, thanks. I could look it up, I realize, but if the purpose of results threads is to get people to listen to stuff they wouldn't have heard otherwise, a few identifying characteristics might help someone decide to listen (or not listen) to something that rated on the poll. Powerviolence sums it up, ty.

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 01:27 (five years ago) Permalink

no prob :D

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:31 (five years ago) Permalink

ha i just realized that the name of the song is Jock Powerviolence

there is also a song called Dubviolence, which I will be playing in outloud here soon

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:31 (five years ago) Permalink

theres enough to do without asking me to do extra stuff. You can volunteer to help!

xps

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:34 (five years ago) Permalink

123. Peste Noire - l'Ordure a l'Etat Pur (237 Points, 9 Votes, 1 #1)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5BPXSzYb1gs/Tdl38gVm-TI/AAAAAAAAAEU/YIAVuRH2ELo/s1600/300.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Peste+Noire

Peste Noire is a medieval black metal band from Avignon, France, formed by La sale Famine de Valfunde in 2000.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:34 (five years ago) Permalink

this is JJJ music correct?

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Hoping Nyan Cat places, or at least some brutal black metal representative.

questino (seandalai), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:36 (five years ago) Permalink

yup henry's fave bm band.

xp's

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:38 (five years ago) Permalink

122. Grails - Deep Politics (242 Points, 7 Votes)
http://www.soundproofmagazine.com/images/articles/5001/grailscover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Grails

Grails are an American instrumental rock band from Portland, Oregon.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:47 (five years ago) Permalink

sweet! my first to place!

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:50 (five years ago) Permalink

your vote got it into the top 125

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:51 (five years ago) Permalink

whoa!

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:55 (five years ago) Permalink

so if anyone shouts DEATH TO FALSE METAL i'll direct them to you.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 01:56 (five years ago) Permalink

ha I'm 99% positively that I gave points to every false metal option available

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

121. Zebulon Pike - Space Is the Corpse of Time (243 Points, 10 Votes)
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/4111/cover_1934111372011_r.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Zebulon+Pike

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, ZEBULON PIKE is an instrumental prog-doom metal band formed in late 2002. Inspired in equal parts by heavy sounds of the 70’s (Mountain, Pentagram, Captain Beyond, early Judas Priest), progressive rock (King Crimson, Rush), and 20th century classical (Bela Bartok, Arvo Part, and many others).

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:08 (five years ago) Permalink

These guys opened for Rwake, and are all kinds of awesome. Their older albums are nice too.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 02:13 (five years ago) Permalink

a certain person loves them

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:17 (five years ago) Permalink

btw i'll do one more for tonight

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:17 (five years ago) Permalink

120. Within Temptation - The Unforgiving (244 Points, 11 Votes)
http://www.cdinzane.com/images/P/WITHIN%20TEMPTATION-UNFORGIVING.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Within+Temptation

Within Temptation is a shite Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 1996 in Waddinxveen, Netherlands. The group consists of Sharon den Adel (vocals), Robert Westerholt (guitars), Jeroen van Veen (bass), Martijn Spierenburg (keyboards), Ruud Adrianus Jolie (guitars) and Mike Coolen (drums). Despite being labeled by the media as a gothic metal band, Within Temptation consider themselves “more a symphonic rock/metal band … we are… no gothic band”.
obviously they are goth.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:32 (five years ago) Permalink

i voted for them, but they're not very good. i played them once for my mom and she was like, "i like this. they sound like evanescence," then after a song or two played she asked, "they're kinda generic aren't they?"

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 02:34 (five years ago) Permalink

haha why did you vote for them then? your vote got them in the rollout!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:39 (five years ago) Permalink

i've since soured on them

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 02:39 (five years ago) Permalink

also, i think they were already the last band on my ballot, so they barely sneaked on in the first place

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 02:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Fans of the band at #126 (inc you lol) are going to be ever so mad at you, they missed out by 4 points. you gave Within Temptation 30 points!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:43 (five years ago) Permalink

30 seems like a lot. is that true? i just listed my 21 picks in order of best to worst. i'm shocked that the worst still got 30 points.

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 02:44 (five years ago) Permalink

and no, im not telling you what missed out. you can sweat on it til the end!

lots of people did the full 50. More than half probably. Glenn can answer that one.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Zeb pike zeb pike zeb pike!!

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:50 (five years ago) Permalink

what does henry have to say about #123?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 02:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Henry's paws are too big for my iPhone, but I will say that isn't nearly as good as last years album, so start there if you are unfamiliar. This one is still worth a listen tho!

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 03:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Re:peste noire.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 03:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Neige from Alcest used to be in them didn't he?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 03:08 (five years ago) Permalink

and doesn't 'Famine' have some ...err... dodgy views?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 03:13 (five years ago) Permalink

btw will resume countdown somewhere between midday and 2pm uk time depending on whether enough people are around posting.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 03:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I will add the genres so we can have a results-by-genre part on needle too like previous years as i know that's quite popular.
btw feel free to make predictions as its a lot of fun at the end where we can see who was closest or who was way off. Predicting later on is a lot easier.
And if anyone has any comments on what is in the countdown so far please post away!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 03:47 (five years ago) Permalink

i predict Pitom in the #1 spot

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 04:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh crap I forgot to vote for them! :(

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 04:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Within Temptation, weird. I've never heard of them. The cover is hilarious. It looks like a young adult mystery, like a slutty Nancy Drew/Trixie Belden and the case of the creepy tweeners who practice occult sacrifices in the woods. Is this band's demographic kids who were too young to read when the first Harry Potter came out?

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 05:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay, based on the small sample size of 3+ tracks of each of these

Disliked - Within Temptation, Azareth
Okay, but wouldn't check again - Zebulon Pike
Liked, but blimey the tracks are long - Peste Noire
Liked, will listen to again - Weekend Nachos, Grails

Looking frwd to the rest of the countdown

pandemic, Monday, 16 January 2012 10:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Grails are the first of my votes to place. Totally false metal!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 10:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure why, because they seem totally my thing, but I'm just not into Weekend Nachos. And yet I have had two picks place already (Peste Noir and Grails).

I predict Uncle Acid will do a lot less well than people think it will - I love the album but really fought as to whether I should vote for it (I did in the end) because it's not really a metal record, it's completely freakbeat. If I'd been more involved in the nominations thread I might have been tempted to veto it. I also predict my #1 will not be higher than #20.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Freakbeat? Not sure where you're getting that from.

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm the only one then.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't have allowed that veto!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Are you all ready for the next one then?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:48 (five years ago) Permalink

go on then!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 12:50 (five years ago) Permalink

119. ISOLE - Born From Shadows (245 Points, 10 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OS-rotM5MUs/TrimzJA4rgI/AAAAAAAADp8/4L3Is_L4XIw/s1600/isole.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Isole

Isole is an epic doom metal band from Gävle, Sweden that is currently signed to napalm records.

there's 2 tracks from it on spotify
http://open.spotify.com/album/2UbbmuH9USIVBcQsaWMAf5

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:01 (five years ago) Permalink

seems stupid to me to only have 2 promo tracks up. Noone is going to buy an album based on hearing 2 tracks anymore

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:13 (five years ago) Permalink

don't have Spotify at work, but it might be a track length thing? What do people think about the record?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:14 (five years ago) Permalink

no, its marked down as a 'Snippet promo version'

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:16 (five years ago) Permalink

not available in the US either

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

TIE
117. Machine Head - Unto the Locust (248 Points, 7 Votes)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VEl8HTceqkw/TqAorEN_RoI/AAAAAAAAFPE/7gRoY2ISHsg/s400/machine+head+unto+the+locust.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Machine+Head

Machine Head is an American metal band, formed in 1992 in Oakland, California. Founded by former Vio-Lence guitarist Robert Flynn and Adam Duce, and has only had 3 personnel changes since its inception. The current lineup of the band comprises of Robb Flynn (vocals, guitar), Adam Duce (bass), Phil Demmel (guitar), and Dave McClain (drums). Machine Head is one of the pioneering bands in the New Wave of American Bandwagon Jumping Heavy Metal.

117. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason (248 Points, 7 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SNSmwiHmkfc/Tay0ntW-n0I/AAAAAAAAHyQ/W9TNs4mXoKQ/s1600/Untitled+1+%25281%2529.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Woods+of+Desolation

Depressive black metal

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought that Machine Head record would have done better. I guess no one stans for them round these parts though.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I really want to check that Machine Head album out actually. Thanks for the reminder.

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, and I totally think top 3 will be Uncle Acid, Liturgy, and YOB though I won't speculate what order it will be

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Mastodon have a top 3 shout IMO.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 13:55 (five years ago) Permalink

TIE
115. Cruachan - Blood on the Black Robe (254 Points, 8 Votes)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6Kd_iYJHCVY/TbFq1mP9qwI/AAAAAAAAAnk/_A_7eV7GtGQ/s1600/296856%255B1%255D.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Cruachan

Folk metal,Celtic metal, Pagan metal

115. KODIAK - Rn-Xe (254 Points, 8 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rtAxGUkcyVc/TqFkRSrVczI/AAAAAAAAASw/sGJlsAEKT7w/s320/Kodiak_N_RnXe.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Kodiak

KODIAK (Germany) are a new 3 piece Funeral Drone/Doom Metal band. Their sound excels as a mixture of monolithic ultraheavy compositions with expressionistic poems. Their algid songs consist of long monotonous build-ups (comparable to a long lonely haunting trip through the arctic) and some seldom parts of eruption, disembarrassment and hope.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, those arctic haunting trips. I still have my haunting license framed in my wall. Comparable, oh so comparable. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is Comparable.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 16 January 2012 14:13 (five years ago) Permalink

But +1 for using "algid" in a sentence.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 16 January 2012 14:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing Corrupted will make the top 10, possibly top 5.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:20 (five years ago) Permalink

guess what's up next..

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:26 (five years ago) Permalink

that blurb for Kodiak makes me want to hear them very much indeed.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

they're good!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

114. Obscura - Omnivium (255 Points, 9 Votes)
http://www.extremedrummers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/press-obscura-omnivium-cover.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Obscura

German technical progressive death metal band Obscura was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I read an article recently where some guy was saying that the reason metal isn't selling at the moment is because most of the 'hip' bands hyped by the metal media 'cant play their instruments'. He went on to say how black metal, doom metal and overrated arty drone bands like Sunn o))) cant play their instruments and that is why they make the 'boring' music they do and how they make for boring experiences at concerts. In stark contrast to the 80s where thrash bands could really play, SING instead of grunt, and put on exciting stage shows. He said that death metal bands could play but ruined it by the vocals, however the likes of Pantera,Sepultura and Machine Head could sell millions as they could play,wrote great songs, were crushing live and didn't try to be elite and kvlt and weren't ashamed to be trying to sell records. If the death metal vocalists had more character like those bands they could lead a renaissance especially if combined with melodic clean vox. He also bemoaned that all the big selling acts were metalcore who all had the same generic grunt vox (he might have a point there at least).
Wish i could remember where it was so I could link it but i've tried to sum it up as best as I could. Anyone agree or disagree on the dude's points?

btw Obscura can play their instruments very well.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

btw it was an american writer. I always get the impression technical proficiency meant more in america.

Also ,lol, he bemoaned the fact that european metal was influencing american metal and how he hated USBM.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

113. MoRkObOt - Morbo (260 Points, 8 Votes)
http://www.supernaturalcat.com/images/bands/morkobot/immagini/morbo.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/MoRkObOt

Since the dawn of the first galaxies the voice of MORKOBOT resounded solemn over the saturated atmospheres of the planets in evolution. Dominator of the magnetic strengths and ancestral regulator of the conscience flows, Morkobot has returned to the Earth through his three messengers LIN,LAN,LEN brutally subdued to his will. On our planet MORKOBOT manifests himself through sonic experimentations that humans call music. Morkobot pervades the darkened minds of LIN,LAN,LEN conducting their notes in sadistic consequential deliriums. come to feed you with the supreme verb! LIN, LAN, LEN.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Little known fact: the band before last is actually made up of half the members of Camera Obscura.

emil.y, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

yay emil.y is here posting!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

morkobot are experimental noise rock btw. Good band.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Really wanted to hear Cruachan -- good chance to do so!

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

+ kerr, presumably some of the gruntvox (tm) is intentionally alienating. i don't think anyone goes into the studio, lays down some cookie monster vocals, and believes that their album is going top 10 on billboard.

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I would be something like 5 million times more interested in Obscura if they were indeed half the members of Camera Obscura. dreampop metal sounds delish!

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:11 (five years ago) Permalink

im not saying they do, but this dude believes it never harmed pantera or sepultura , but only cuz they could really play (i assume). He obviously just prefers singing to grunting and those bands are just an exception. I think he takes DM over BM purely because they can 'play' but would prefer it if they sang more.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

That Morkobot blurb just reminds me of Joe Lean and the LIN, LAN, LEN

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

but of course there are melodic death metal bands out there who can 'play' but dont sell much. Which ruins his point

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Metal IS selling if you look at it from the perspective of independent stores. The manager at Reckless said metal is one of their strongest sellers the past couple years. But that writer is probably talking about mainstream sales figures. And it's probably true that there seem to be fewer bands doing more commercial music, relatively. He's way off point about musicianship. There's plenty of bands with chops that can compete with the best of the 70s proggers and clean vox that aren't selling like blockbusters. Opeth, for example have a solid international following, but I don't think they'll ever be stars on this continent. Though it's hard to find out what the actual sales figures are for bands that hover on the bottom of the charts briefly then drop out. I don't really know how much Opeth or Mastodon or Machine Head are selling.

I thought Obscura and Machine Head would have been higher, though they were just outside my top 50. There's just so much to choose from lately.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

lol @ LIN, LAN, LEN, but the tag cloud does seem to indicate something I could be into.

emil.y, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

listening to Obscura now. Its pretty good but i hate it when he goes into that low register wwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhh cookie monster part. When his vox sound like entombed i like it. Thankfully the parts i dont like are kept to a minimum. I think its well worth checking out even if you dont usually like DM.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

emil.y i think you might like morkobot. I'm sure i played them in outloud before

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

112. Weedeater - Jason...The Dragon (265 Points, 11 Votes)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_atKrCdoiKZ4/TTdMpk2NE7I/AAAAAAAAF4s/6Zr14U_9-4U/s1600/jason-the-dragon.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Weedeater

A 3 piece stoner/sludge/doom metal band from Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, formed in 1998. Features Dave ‘Dixie’ Collins (ex-Buzzov*en, Bongzilla, Sourvein) on bass/vocals, Shep on guitar and Keko on drums.

Weedeater has released Four albums to date, in 2001 they released their debut …And Justice For Y’all and in 2002 they released the follow-up Sixteen Tons, produced by the legendary Billy Anderson. In 2007, the band was signed by Southern Lord Records to release their third album, God Luck And Good Speed, which was produced by Steve Albini.

In 2011 they released a new album - Jason the Dragon

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

So far today I've enjoyed selected tracks from Machine Head, Kodiac, and Obscura. The others not so much. On to morkobot.

pandemic, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought that Machine Head record would have done better. I guess no one stans for them round these parts though.

― good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, January 16, 2012 1:35 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Yes, me too, especially since they are probably one of the handful of bands in the nominations list that people who aren't particularly (or deeply) into metal would recognise, and they've been around for a hell of a long time!

Turrican, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately some of their biggest fans on ilm didn't vote and there is not much I can do about that.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

+1 Grails fan
Will listen to Kodiak today because I like long boring songs, nature, and new words like algid.

Whoa, I remember Weedeater from my Wilmington days, but had completely forgotten about them! Oh memories.

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Weedeater didn't get my help either, was my #55.

xp I do hear the freakbeat in Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. There is a significant 60s garage rock element. I think with all the campaigning from Jimmy Riddle they could make top 5 maybe.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

emil.y i think you might like morkobot. I'm sure i played them in outloud before

― Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, January 16, 2012 3:19 PM (15 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Now you say that I think you may well have done. Maybe chuck another track up next time we're both in?

And yeah, I wouldn't raise an eyebrow at someone calling Uncle Acid freakbeat - not necessarily the over-arching genre of the band, but as an influence I'd say it's there.

emil.y, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Does the bassist from Weedeater still puke every night on stage? That always put me off going to see them.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I read an article recently where some guy was saying that the reason metal isn't selling at the moment is because most of the 'hip' bands hyped by the metal media 'cant play their instruments'. He went on to say how black metal, doom metal and overrated arty drone bands like Sunn o))) cant play their instruments and that is why they make the 'boring' music they do and how they make for boring experiences at concerts. In stark contrast to the 80s where thrash bands could really play, SING instead of grunt, and put on exciting stage shows. He said that death metal bands could play but ruined it by the vocals, however the likes of Pantera,Sepultura and Machine Head could sell millions as they could play,wrote great songs, were crushing live and didn't try to be elite and kvlt and weren't ashamed to be trying to sell records. If the death metal vocalists had more character like those bands they could lead a renaissance especially if combined with melodic clean vox. He also bemoaned that all the big selling acts were metalcore who all had the same generic grunt vox (he might have a point there at least).
Wish i could remember where it was so I could link it but i've tried to sum it up as best as I could. Anyone agree or disagree on the dude's points?

btw Obscura can play their instruments very well.

― Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, January 16, 2012 2:58 PM (27 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I think there's a lot of nonsense in this... there's quite a fair amount of music in all genres of metal created by bands who can 'play their instruments'. All I can glean from that opinion is that the guy in question is just into a particular style of metal, and isn't into others. I think that while metal has had its moments of popularity and commercial success throughout the years at certain times like any other genre has, fundamentally metal music has always been made for a metal audience.

Turrican, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

111. Pharaoh Overlord - Out of Darkness (267 Points, 12 Votes)
http://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-000006083816-muf5iy-crop.jpg?ee7b2d5
http://www.last.fm/music/Pharaoh+Overlord

Finland’s Pharaoh Overlord take huge rock songs and turn them into minimal trance-inducing drones. Drawing influence from 70’s drug rock like Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and krautrock ala Can and Neu!, their 2nd full length sees them venturing further into the void of repetition and psychedelia. Since then they have embraced NWOFHM like their parent band CIRCLE. As well as the more experimental drone influenced album.

Pharaoh Overlord features members of Circle

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Yaaaaaaaaaay Weedeater! My #5! I didn't think it was going to make it. I love that album and I think I'm gonna have to check out their other ones too

Xp. I def need to check out Morkobot and the PO album!

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 15:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Yaaaaay Pharaoh Overlord!
Recommended for anyone who likes to listen to music while running, working, or just walking around being alive.

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Weedeater looks really interesting. How stoner rock is it?

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

running, working, or just walking around being alive.

I don't like doing any of these things, but I've still enjoyed the bits of PO I've heard.

emil.y, Monday, 16 January 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

lol, my sentiments exactly. P.O sound v sprightly. Enjoying it.

pandemic, Monday, 16 January 2012 16:04 (five years ago) Permalink

the album art is abominable however.

pandemic, Monday, 16 January 2012 16:05 (five years ago) Permalink

no, see, listening to PO while running/working/being alive makes doing those things better/more tolerable (depending on your disposition) than they are just by themselves

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Weedeater is v stoner. Has some Southern-fried in it too, though they don't beat you over the head with it, plus they take the piss as well

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 16:17 (five years ago) Permalink

...just like doom/stoner/sludge makes grading 1000 abysmal papers a more palatable activity
i guess i categorize metal based on what activity it makes more tolerable/pleasant for me, but i am a hyperactive gnat

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Weedeater has some rad songs on it and I put it near the bottom of my ballot iirc but it also feels like it was thrown together really quickly

their previous album is better if you want a starting point for them, I think

tumblr white's secret kool-aid drinker (DJ Mencap), Monday, 16 January 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I voted for them because they make a good noise, but the guy's weird squeaky vocals are a bit off-putting. He sounds like he's permanently on the verge of whiting out, which is probably actually the case.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Crap, I own that Pharaoh Overlörd album and I totally forgot it in my list.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Weedeater has some rad songs on it and I put it near the bottom of my ballot iirc but it also feels like it was thrown together really quickly

This.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

well yeah but I was totally down with the "good noise" part; I am definitely going to try to check out their previous album

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked that pharaoh overlord lp quite a bit (except for the terrible, terrible cover, yes) but also forgot to vote for it :-/

weekend nachos is the only thing that I voted for that's showed up so far. it was near the bottom of my list iirc but it satisfies.

liking that kodiak cover and even the lolsy PR blurb. will check that one out.

original bgm, Monday, 16 January 2012 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

110. Septic Flesh - The Great Mass (268 Points, 10 Votes)
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRSiFJS35plMSJLmpv6LQIAm4B64KJY8mZ6YlIlzO1GsoDQAtuSgPfyQHGU
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Septic+Flesh

Hailing from Athens, Attica, Greece, Septic Flesh was founded in 1990. Their sound was a Hellenic brand of death metal mixed with doom metal and gothic metal elements. The band has often been compared to other bands of a similar style, like Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride or Nightfall

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

oh, I like them too

original bgm, Monday, 16 January 2012 17:03 (five years ago) Permalink

nothing about Septic Flesh - the cover, the name, sounds appealing. and then i read "Hellenic death metal mixed with gothic metal elements" and i feel like i should give it a shot

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I really fell in love with that septic flesh album after seeing them live.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:20 (five years ago) Permalink

now I know why he was so keen on a top 125. All his votes fell in that 100-125 range!
*goes to check if jjj voted for within temptation*

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

109. Red Fang - Murder the Mountains (278 Points, 11 Votes)
http://f0.bcbits.com/z/89/68/896814283-1.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Red+Fang

Formed in 2005, Red Fang from Portland, OR is the latest stoner rock effort from long time bros and collaborators Bryan Giles (Last of the Juanitas, Party Time), Aaron Beam (Dark Forces, Lachrymator), David Sullivan (Party Time, Face Down In Shit, Shiny Beast) and John Sherman (Party Time, Bad Wizard, Trumans Water, All Night). The four have boiled down their disparate sounds to create the ONLY sound: RED FANG. Tour to Live.
The band runs on beer.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh also wrt peste noire dudes views (and forgive me but I am posting from iPhone so this will not be the typically erudite pearl of brilliance you might expect from me) he seems to espouse a really cartoonish version of French nationalism which on one level is sorta troubling but the guy is kinda hard to read. I'd be curious what someone with actual French chops would have to say about the lyrics because to me they are a mystery.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:25 (five years ago) Permalink

The band runs on beer.
so does jjj iirc

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Red fang is my stoner rock album of the year, but I am not really into stoner rock that much at this point so do with that what you will.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I like the Red Fang cover.

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Xpost haha well yes.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:27 (five years ago) Permalink

jjj i'll repost this for you as you're on an iphone, but as a geetar shop owner i wondered what you thought of it

I read an article recently where some guy was saying that the reason metal isn't selling at the moment is because most of the 'hip' bands hyped by the metal media 'cant play their instruments'. He went on to say how black metal, doom metal and overrated arty drone bands like Sunn o))) cant play their instruments and that is why they make the 'boring' music they do and how they make for boring experiences at concerts. In stark contrast to the 80s where thrash bands could really play, SING instead of grunt, and put on exciting stage shows. He said that death metal bands could play but ruined it by the vocals, however the likes of Pantera,Sepultura and Machine Head could sell millions as they could play,wrote great songs, were crushing live and didn't try to be elite and kvlt and weren't ashamed to be trying to sell records. If the death metal vocalists had more character like those bands they could lead a renaissance especially if combined with melodic clean vox. He also bemoaned that all the big selling acts were metalcore who all had the same generic grunt vox (he might have a point there at least).
Wish i could remember where it was so I could link it but i've tried to sum it up as best as I could. Anyone agree or disagree on the dude's points?

btw it was an american writer. I always get the impression technical proficiency meant more in america.

Also ,lol, he bemoaned the fact that european metal was influencing american metal and how he hated USBM.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:29 (five years ago) Permalink

My other thought on peste noire is that they are black metal for people who like nww/current 93.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Red fang is my stoner rock album of the year, but I am not really into stoner rock that much at this point so do with that what you will

hmmm I had heard that Red Fang wasn't all that, but maybe I should give them a shot after all...

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:32 (five years ago) Permalink

I had a whole long thing in my head but the short version is that the dude who wrote that article is an idiot.

blurgh (jjjusten), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Red Fang was rated highly on some stoner rock lists, but I don't consider them stoner at all. More in common with Baroness, Kylesa and Black Cobra.

http://redfang.bandcamp.com/

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 17:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't vote in this thing, but I liked that Red Fang album. Very Tad-esque in places imo.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

jjj i want to hear your long form reply!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm off to run downtown and see Hugo with the wife. I'd like to think this poll might actually generate some sales for some of these bands. Can you include the Bandcamp links if they have them? Just a 1 sec Google search.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 17:44 (five years ago) Permalink

108. Windhand - Windhand (289 Points, 9 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.roadburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Windhand.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Windhand

“MORE AMPS. LESS TALENT.”

Windhand are a Sludge/Stoner/Psychedelic Doom/Rock band from Richmond, Virginia.
Their website is: http://www.myspace.com/windhand

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:46 (five years ago) Permalink

OMG!!!!!!!!!

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

this was my #2 and I was convinced it wasnt going to make it; who voted it #1?

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z198/jimmyeightysix/Simpsons/lgmp0296i-didnt-do-it-bart-simpson-.jpg

i did have it lower down in my list i think. I forget who had it at #1. Probably a lurker who frequents outloud!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:51 (five years ago) Permalink

it got 17 points from me

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:53 (five years ago) Permalink

but i'm glad i made george's day!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:54 (five years ago) Permalink

one day he will be able to tell Drugs B Money about that historic day.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:55 (five years ago) Permalink

well thanks lots lurker! and thanks Kerr! I love that album.

xp lol yeah. I can't wait!

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:56 (five years ago) Permalink

also if someone wants to post bandcamp links after i post the latest albums then feel free, but I really have enough to do as it is.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Windhand placing proves one thing CAMPAIGNING FOR ALBUMS ON THE THREAD REALLY WORKS.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:57 (five years ago) Permalink

my browser is awful (it crashes about three times on average when outlouding) so I have never actually clicked on the youtube thread, but I'm going to now

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 17:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I repped hard for Murmuure last year as it was by far my favourite album and it ended up pretty high (between 25 and 30, I think?). My campaign for Police Bastard on the all-time tracks poll was not so successful...

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:02 (five years ago) Permalink

every year some people complain an albums missed out or says the SB-worthy "too low" and they haven't campaigned for it while albums that get campaigned for do much better than expected. I said before the poll that it did work as it had in previous polls and this one appears to be no exception.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder if my #1 will break top 50; nobody campaigned for it in the youtube thread, but it did make a couple high-profile EoY lists...

still I think today will probably end up being my favorite day.

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:07 (five years ago) Permalink

G where you from again?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

southern mid-Michigan

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

107. Acid Witch - Stoned (295 Points, 9 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_95msu-VwXUk/TOH-lgm6WXI/AAAAAAAAA4A/8NXEKVga5rw/s1600/acov_tid131610.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Acid+Witch

From the deepest swamps of Detroit, Michigan come the psychedelic, death-doom duo, the horrific Acid Witch!

Acid Witch draw influence from Halloween, old horror movies, and Marijuana. Their sound can be described as tripped out death metal played at doom tempos, mixed with horror themes.

Acid Witch have two full lengths, the nightmarish “Witchtanic Hallucinations”, and the psychedelic “Stoned”.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

oooo I kept hearing about this around outloud and in ILX and I never got around to checking it out. Need to change that soon!

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:15 (five years ago) Permalink

i assumed you would know them tbh

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

106. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft (303 Points, 10 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/metal/various/Trap_Them_-_Darker_Handcraft_artwork.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Trap+Them

Trap Them is a hardcore/grindcore band from Salem, New Hampshire, formed in 2001.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess this means I should have campaigned on this, as it was my #1, but I kind of thought it was more popular as I saw it on other EOY lists.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Acid Witch was my #3, it's a really fun record, suspect you wouldn't like it if you don't do slightly tongue in cheek stuff.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I tried to tell you all it was worth campaigning! ilxors do tend to trust recommendations from other ilxors than other lists these days tbh

xp

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

btw rock is dead again
Why Rock Music IS Dead.

wonder if that metal dude i mentioned earlier is the us equivalent

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I might check me out some Trap Them; I'm surprised to see them so low too tbh. I thought that album more popular here than how it showed

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

never assume anything with an ILM poll!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

105. Falkenbach - Tiurida (308 Points, 10 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_P9IlAKTqmA8/TS7QIL_z71I/AAAAAAAAAO4/lN77PTzNqsM/s1600/61E91IBk3ZL._SS500_.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Falkenbach

Falkenbach is a one-man German folk/viking metal project created by Vratyas Vakyas (literally, “The Searching Wanderer”). Vratyas Vakyas lived in Iceland for a considerable time, but now lives in Düsseldorf, Germany again. Throughout the band’s lifetime, Falkenbach has progressed from a rawer, more “black” sound towards viking-influenced folk metal with mainly clean vocals. Vakyas’ music is nowdays accompanied by session musicians.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

i assume glenn voted for this

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 19:58 (five years ago) Permalink

104. Vektor - Outer Isolation (313 Points, 11 Votes)
http://f0.bcbits.com/z/46/12/461267658-1.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Vektor

Refusing to be pigeon-holed into any metal sub-genre, Vektor employs an array of intricacy, virtuosity and a wholly unique sound that sets them clearly apart from the growing legions of color-by-numbers thrash bands. They released their debut full length Black Future in November 2009, and the follow up Outer Isolation in December 2011 (both on Heavy Artillery Records).

http://heavyartillery.bandcamp.com/album/outer-isolation

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Throughout the band’s lifetime, Falkenbach has progressed from not at all, sounding *exactly* as they did on their debut fifteen years ago.

Ah nice, most of my top 10 is already done. Surprised about the lack of love for Azarath, while it's not something ILM normally likes, I would think that this was charismatic enough. Basically they do Behemoth, but better than they have done it for at least 10 years, and with way better solos. Same with Septic Flesh...

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

No, I didn't vote for Falkenbach. Plenty of other folk-metal, and plenty of other German bands, but not this one.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 16 January 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

i would say placing at all means ilm liked it siegbran

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:13 (five years ago) Permalink

btw quick poll so please give your answers
do you want this poll to finish on thursday so friday can be spent discussing the results and all the stats?
or do you want it to finish on friday?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink

True 9 votes is not bad at all actually. I'm actually more surprised with the low placement of Woods of Desolation, given the whole post-BM hype and all, WITTR, Krallice, Drudkh etc.

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

No preference, whatever's best/easiest for you

La Lechera, Monday, 16 January 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

finish it on Friday. already moving too quickly to listen to the stuff that looks interesting

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink

i'll go with what the majority wants.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:29 (five years ago) Permalink

i agree with LL

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

this is a lot of work (thx btw) so if you want to spread it out til Friday to make it easier on yourself then have at it

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

its no more hassle to do it over 4 days than 5 tbh

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:37 (five years ago) Permalink

i just know that some people leave work on a friday before it ends and wont see any results til monday so thats why im asking

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:38 (five years ago) Permalink

if we finish on friday then theres only 3 more for tonight

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

103. Black Tusk - Set the Dial (317 Points, 12 Votes)
http://www.relapse.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/364x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/e/setthedialrgb_1.jpg
Spotify

http://www.last.fm/music/Black+Tusk

Black Tusk is a sludge band from Savannah, Georgia, United States formed in 2005

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:48 (five years ago) Permalink

who on ilx are all the big sludge fans? i feel like most of it is totally off my radar

Mordy, Monday, 16 January 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Man, a good chunk of my list has been burned off already. That Machine Head record was in my top five, it's fantastic but I understand why it placed so low on this particular poll.

Meanwhile, I don't understand why ASR is sidetracking his own thread into conversation about a secondhand account of an article that he knows is idiotic?

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

myself, jjj and a bunch of others

btw where is j3ff?

lol xp

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 20:57 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe machine head and others would have done better if people had campaigned for them and persuaded everyone to listen to them.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

102. Animals As Leaders - Weightless (336 Points, 12 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rkOcd4UQDWg/TrO6EY4FnBI/AAAAAAAABIU/_NFoyUaIlek/s1600/Animals-As-Leaders-Weightless.jpg

Animals as Leaders is a Washington, D.C. based instrumental progressive metal project by guitarist Tosin Abasi in 2007. Their self-titled debut album was released in April 2009 by Prosthetic Records.

http://www.last.fm/music/Animals+as+Leaders
Id djent a genre,style or movement? you decide.
but the majority of fans on last.fm certainly think its a genre.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Decent list so far. I really like 90% of that Machine Head record, but that goddamn kiddie's chorus kills all momentum dead.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 16 January 2012 21:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I like that part, I think it adds a nice contrast to the blunt brutality of the rest of the song.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Aw c'mon, that deserved better.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

101. Karma to Burn - V (341 Points, 14 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WE4nYUApQIY/Tc_YFfKZKBI/AAAAAAAABqk/QxLLVQvQ95c/s1600/Life%2BIs%2BPsychedelic.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Karma+To+Burn

Karma to Burn is an American instrumental stoner rock band. The band was formed in 1994, in Hicksville, West Virginia (actually Morgantown, West Virginia, though this was a running joke also reflected in bios of the band on other Web sites). The band is currently located in Los Angeles

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Whoops, I sent in the top 50 I did for MSN in early December and forgot to stick in Vektor. Best thrash album of 2011 right there, it grew on me in a big way over the last month.

A. Begrand, Monday, 16 January 2012 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks for voting though! (same to all of you)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

You're welcome.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Monday, 16 January 2012 22:05 (five years ago) Permalink

You're weclome.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Monday, 16 January 2012 22:13 (five years ago) Permalink

damn cant find a pic of that still game reference

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 22:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Need to check out some of these; all I've done so far is listen to the one Pharaoh Overlord album that's on Spotify (from 2005) and been appropriately impressed.

While you're all waiting for part 2 of the countdown tomorrow, why not put together your ballot for the big ILM poll? The more metal-inclined voters we get, the more metal-inclined the results will be and the more enjoyment you'll get from exposing other ILXors to e.g. your favourite grindcore band. The voting thread is here and the ballot form is here.

questino (seandalai), Monday, 16 January 2012 22:38 (five years ago) Permalink

http://heavyartillery.bandcamp.com/album/outer-isolation (Vektor)
http://blacktusk.bandcamp.com/releases

Windham and Vektor look fun. I look forward to hearing 'em. A pretty high average quality for 125-101, nice start.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 16 January 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah I think it's a pretty good list so far. Yeah there's albums i don't know but they seem to be pretty highly rated in their sub-genres.
Surprised with the within temptation placing. Goth metal has never had any traction round here outside of like 2 posters. It's a concept album, right? Maybe that's what attracted votes?
To anyone who has heard it (or any of the albums in the list, its never too late to chime in even if they were posted ages ago) want to tell us more?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I've heard it and it's ok. Just played it again today, didn't notice it was a concept album apart from maybe some silly spoken word parts. I don't hear much "gothic" metal in it tbh, it's basically a Kelly Clarkson pop/rock album with a little bit of 80s AOR thrown in (I'm hearing bits of Heart, Bon Jovi). I realise I'm not selling this album very well.

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^ Within Temptation, that is.

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 23:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Ahh, so the description way above about it looking like an album for 12 year old girls is accurate then?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 23:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Or for boomers who don't hear "music like this made anymore".

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 23:26 (five years ago) Permalink

bound to do well in the P&J poll then..

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 23:32 (five years ago) Permalink

It's like music from alternative chart-rock universe, where grunge and nu-metal never happened

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 23:34 (five years ago) Permalink

(a parallel universe)

Siegbran, Monday, 16 January 2012 23:34 (five years ago) Permalink

you mean Holland?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 16 January 2012 23:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Wonder if any non metal folks have stuck around to listen to anything. Though I realise the albums at the top end of the poll will be of more interest, I'd still like to see their comments if they did check anything out. If you have and didn't like anything then dont give up! The poll is varied.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:17 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't listen to anything because I'm non metal and just assume most of this stuff sounds like ass. I'm just checking in to see if LULU has shown up yet.

blood jessica shirt (some dude), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:23 (five years ago) Permalink

judging by siegbran/mordys posts you should give Within Temptation a try

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:30 (five years ago) Permalink

we have a loose definition of metal btw

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:33 (five years ago) Permalink

and its a broad broad church full of sub-genres of sub-genres of sub-genres. So to dismiss it as 'ass' is silly. Even though I assume you were joking.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Damn it!! I should of voted... Weekend Nachos and Trap Them were my favs of the year and you guys have em that low?!?! whats wrong with you people?!? lol!!

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:18 (five years ago) Permalink

because guys with beards from hell forgot to vote or didn't reply to emails!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Hey mane long time no see!

xp

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Interested in what lesser known albums people want to place tomorrow (or highly rated albums they want to crash n burn).
Not many predicting what will go top 10. Go on stick your neck out !

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:21 (five years ago) Permalink

just think that 12 months ago Hellbeard crashed into the poll

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm a bad person, what do you want from me! lol!
I totally was looking foward to voting, and I got all your emails and heads up, I was just being, as some of you might say, a wanker.. lol!

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

well we will forgive you if you hang around this week commenting on the albums as they roll out!
ps i bet you like within temptation ;)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:35 (five years ago) Permalink

hey whats up seanwayne! good to see you around here man

blurgh (jjjusten), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:37 (five years ago) Permalink

NO! lol.. Chick singing and symphonic shit? is it metal or Celtic Women?

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

whens the next Hellbeard album?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

And thanks for te welcome back, folks... I didn't know I was missed! Cheers!

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Hellbeard hopes to record within the next few months probably an EP.. We've been down a while, one our guitarists had a apretty major surgery in October to repair the affectas of Bursidis, which is tendonitis for the ball and socket parts of your corpes.. They had to do some pretty major repairs to his shoulder, but they didn't go bionic, which we are all bummed about.. lol
So he is just now playing agian, so rehearsals shall commence shortly, hopefully in a few weeks.. We all have a shit ton of new material to sort through..

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:44 (five years ago) Permalink

you never did send Terrorizer your cd did you?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha!
No... total fail!

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:54 (five years ago) Permalink

you should still send it. Did you send one to Decibel? half of their writers are on ilm i think!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink

btw here is something to discuss. This band finished at #131 in this poll
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/13/norway-top-music-prize
Dont know them at all tbh. Seen the name around but that's it.

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2012/1/13/1326456111600/Taakes-Noregs-Vaapen-007.jpg
Controversial nomination … Norwegian band Taake have lyrics attacking Muslims

A notoriously "anti-Islamic" band has been nominated for Norway's top metal prize. Taake are one of six nominees for a prestigious Spellemann award, despite a song that declares: "To hell with Muhammad and the Muhammadans!"

"Norway will soon awaken!" read the lyrics to Orkan (Hurricane), on Taake's album Noregs Vaapen. The Spellemanns are Norway's equivalent of the Brits or the Grammys, and Noregs Vaapen is nominated for best metal album. Elsewhere on Orkan, singer Ørjan Stedjeberg refers to Muslims' "unforgivable customs" and calls for a new "kingdom" to "shine through [the] bad years, shame and Christian times".

Despite complaints, Spellemann officials defended the band's nomination. "We enjoy full freedom of expression in Norway and [our] jury is not going to censor content in any way," chairman Marte Thorsb told Aftenposten. But the Norwegian Humanist Association argues the lyrics go too far. Norway is still shaken from last summer's "anti-multiculturalist" attacks by Anders Breivik, which left 69 people dead. "In the aftermath of July 22nd [Taake's lyrics] are completely over the edge," said Didrik Søderlind. "I'd imagine Taake aren't particularly proud of these lyrics after Utøya."

Despite lyrics damning Muslims, Taake "do not encourage either violence or racism", Stedjeberg said. "Our view … is that it is shameful to adhere to Christianity or Islam." He also criticised the media for ignoring Taake's (relatively tame) lyrics about Christianity. "Taake has never been a political band," he said.

Stedjeberg's comments come less than four years after he painted a swastika on his chest for a Taake concert in Essen, Germany. In the outcry over that event, he again insisted Taake are "not a political Nazi band". "Our whole concept is built on provocation and anything evil- and death-related," he said.

The Spellemanns will be awarded on Saturday night.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:25 (five years ago) Permalink

oh and if anyone wants to check out youtubes of bands who may or may not have made it please go to ~ YOUTUBE COMPANION THREAD FOR ILM METAL POLL 2011
Also feel free to add stuff as others place here or if you just want ilxors to check out cool stuff.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't vote for them xp

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:08 (five years ago) Permalink

7 people did.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

i get the impression theyre anti-christian anti all religion. but someone who knows more about the band should chime in rather than my guessing

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:49 (five years ago) Permalink

will post next one soon

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Still catching up on yesterday's placings, and by catching up I mean listening to 3 you tubes of the respective albums.

Really dug Windhand, and flat out loved Red Fang! Thank you very much voters, lots to enjoy so far (I'm a non-metaller so this stuff is all new to my ears)

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:38 (five years ago) Permalink

hurrah, posts like that really makes it all worthwhile!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Glenn metal

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:05 (five years ago) Permalink

hmmm ilx seems dead today.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

hi

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:28 (five years ago) Permalink

hey! hoping for anything to place today? or are you just happy with yesterday momentous day?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:28 (five years ago) Permalink

uh I'm hoping for Hills to place today, a lot of the other stuff I voted for I am hoping will place higher

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Liked Trap Them a lot also.

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

TIE
98. Ash Borer - Ash Borer (345 Points, 12 Votes)

http://www.lurkerspath.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Ash-Borer-Ash-Borer.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Ash+Borer

Black Metal from Arcata

98. Disma - Towards the Megalith (345 Points, 12 Votes)
http://www.hellbound.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/disma-towards-the-megalith.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Disma
Disma was formed in January 2007 by guitarists Bill Venner( Incantation, Body of Christ) and Daryl Kahan (Abazagorath, Funebrarum, Assück etc) with the intention of creating some heavy and morbid Death Metal.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Aah but Agrypnie sorts out the men from the boys and I find myself a boy I'm afraid. Too much for my delicate sensibilities.

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

spotify search for Ash Borer said "did you mean Ass Boner?" I knew it was a mistake for them to hire KJB

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

And the first Ash Borer trk I click on is 12 mins long. Oh well, lets give it a go.

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Heard good things about Disma (from lol Pitchfork I believe), so will have to check that one out...

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:08 (five years ago) Permalink

pitchfork has decided death metal is hip now?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

think they were featured in their Show No Mercy column from a while back, which I always thought was a good read.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Ash Borer another one of the ones I rated pretty highly last year. I suspect I am not going to be one of the core voters once the statscock comes into play.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:13 (five years ago) Permalink

you never were!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Troo.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:34 (five years ago) Permalink

97. Jesu - Ascension (346 Points, 11 Votes)
http://www.revolvermag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Jesu-Ascension.jpg?9d7bd4
http://www.last.fm/music/jesu

Jesu (English pronunciation: /jeɪ-sʊ:/ yay-sue) is a band formed in 2003 in Abergele, Wales, United Kingdom by Justin Karl Broadrick following the breakup of Godflesh. Jesu was the name of the last song on the final Godflesh release, Hymns, and Broadrick decided to adopt it as the name of his new project.

Jesu have released most of their music on Hydra Head, a label that specializes in contemplative metal, but lately they've been recording for Calo Verde, the label founded by the Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek. Broadrick has cited the Red House Painters as an inspiration, and it's easy to see how those two could form a mutual admiration society. Jesu, especially on the new Ascension, do a pretty incredible job evoking the feeling of depression through music, its melodies buried under so many oceans of impossibly slow sound that you just barely notice they're there.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Haha, I forgot to vote for this.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

96. Arckanum - Helvitismyrkr (346 Points, 14 Votes)
http://i26.lulzimg.com/a720f2.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Arckanum

Arckanum is a black metal band from Sweden. The band formed in 1992 and features Johan “Shamaatae” Lahger as sole member.

Arckanum is not a “pagan” black metal band. Johan “Shamaatae” Lahger is a practicing chaos-gnostic.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Disma is way low imho, such a great album.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:17 (five years ago) Permalink

The album cover for the Jesu record is gorgeous.

pandemic, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

How nice to see a little IPA on this thread!

I am going to listen to Jesu now because that cover is lovely and it sounds like something I might want to listen to. This album isn't on spotify but there is a lot of other stuff. Thanks!

La Lechera, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Ok why did this guy have to start singing?!

La Lechera, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

95. Wreck of the Hesperus - Light Rotting Out (347 Points, 11 Votes)
http://www.aestheticdeath.com/images/shop/large_168Cess-Pit-People.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Wreck+of+the+Hesperus

Wreck of the Hesperus are a doom metal band from Dublin, Ireland.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

tbqf i think this is the best music poll ILM has to offer.

omar little, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

"Arckanum is not a “pagan” black metal band. Johan “Shamaatae” Lahger is a practicing chaos-gnostic."

Glad that got cleared up.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man, pretty sure I forgot to vote for disma so I'm part of the problem. they're fun live too.

anyone curious about vektor should listen to 'tetrastructural minds' off of that last one. def one of my fave metal tracks of the year.

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:24 (five years ago) Permalink

94. ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker (347 Points, 14 Votes)
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/icsstorm.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/ICS+Vortex

Simen Hestnæs (born March 4th, 1974, in Oslo, Norway), also known as i.c.s. vortex, or simply Vortex, is the current vocalist and bassist of the progressive black metal band Borknagar and the vocalist and guitarist of the doom metal band Lamented Souls. Previously he has also been the vocalist of avant-garde metal band Arcturus and the bassist and background vocalist of the symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:37 (five years ago) Permalink

omar thanks for that!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Good section for me: Agrypnie, Jesu, Arckanum, ICS Vortex. The Agrypnie is nominally an EP, so I didn't vote for it in the P&J album poll, but I put "Augenblick" on my song ballot. Weird how nobody else ever votes for my "singles"...

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

What does the 'avant-garde' descriptor indicate musically in relation to Agrypnie?

emil.y, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:21 (five years ago) Permalink

ok ilx was down for me but i dunno if it was an isp prob or nortons didnt like a site one of the jpegs came from but maybe a mod should look at one of the recent images

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

93. WOODEN STAKE - Black Caped Carnivore (349 Points, 11 Votes)
http://altsphere.com/catalog/1285-1147-thickbox/wooden-stake-black-caped-carnivore-7.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Wooden+Stake

Doom metal with female vocals.

Vanessa Nocera - Vocals, Bass

if you like this check out Murkrat which I stupidly forgot to nominate and are even better.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

where did everyone go? i hope there isn't a dodgy jpeg on here thats now preventing you all connecting

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

92. Rwake - Rest (350 Points, 14 Votes)
http://f0.bcbits.com/z/37/47/3747794631-1.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Rwake

Rwake is a sludge metal band from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, that began as a jamming four-piece in 1996. The band was originally called Wake.

http://rwake.bandcamp.com/

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:43 (five years ago) Permalink

emil.y what do you mean?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Way too low!! lol.. I actually like the fact that these guys with this record have moved away from so much black metal stuff.. more sludge, and more atmosphiric stuff.. Plus, they incorperate guitar solos in a really cool way, and they are never wanky, also fitting.. Not too many bands do that in this genre..

SeanWayne, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, just that 'avant-garde' is somewhat over-used (by myself also), and frequently doesn't actually give you a hint as to what the music will be like. I mean, people use 'avant-garde' in metal terms to mean "sounds a bit like Sunn O)))". Or it could be that they have schooling in the classical avant-garde tradition. Or it could just be that "they're kind of weird"...

xpost

emil.y, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:50 (five years ago) Permalink

well they're not like sunn o))) but i have no musical training so i cant really answer but I'd say its more likely in this case "they're kind of weird"

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:52 (five years ago) Permalink

91. Premonition 13 - 13 (351 Points, 12 Votes)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OD8rFyvoAFw/TrPTckDA4sI/AAAAAAAAFhA/G_QApzn14Uw/s1600/PF.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Premonition+13

WINO

it only needs that 1 word description.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 19:56 (five years ago) Permalink

http://woodenstake.bandcamp.com/track/black-caped-carnivore

I admire the Rwake album, but didn't rank it super high because I can't really enjoy it. Just like they were impressive live, but I also wanted to leave the room after 30 minutes!

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:06 (five years ago) Permalink

okay so the last three albums + Murkrat sound kind of appealing to me

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

90. Anatomy of Habit - S/T (352 Points, 15 Votes, 1 #1)
http://c1.ac-postto.myspacecdn.com/postto01/3/e1a26571742d4246b2832276394f4abb/s.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Anatomy+of+Habit

Anatomy of Habit formed in October 2008, following the dissolution of the group Animal Law. Blake Edwards (percussion; also of Vertonen, ssseepage, Burrow, Series Founders, Startless, Crippled Insectual, ex-Animal Law), Dylan Posa (drums; also of Dylan Posa and Three Cheers for One Dead Man, ex-Cheer Accident, ex-Flying Luttenbachers, ex-Brice-Glace, ex-Animal Law), and Mark Solotroff (vocals; also of BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, A Vague Disquiet, Nightmares, ex-Super Eight Loop, ex-Intrinsic Action, ex-Animal Law) joined forces with Kenny Rasmussen (bass; ex-No Funeral, ex-Radar Eyes) and Greg Ratajczak (guitar; also of Plague Bringer) — the duo originally slated to engineer and produce Animal Law’s abandoned debut album. With less than 20 intense shows under their collective belt since their mid-2009 debut, Anatomy of Habit recently finished work on their first recordings, working with Andrew Ragin of The Atlas Moth at Phase Recording Studios. The band mastered the mini-LP in late-June 2011, with Bob Weston of Shellac, at Chicago Mastering Service. After their initial outings, people have mentioned diverse groups, including Joy Division, Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Killing Joke, Unsane, Bauhaus, My Bloody Valentine, Black Sabbath, The Cure, Jesu, The Sisters of Mercy, Death in June, and even The Doors, when attempting to describe the band. Part post-punk, part death-rock, part early-industrial, part noise-rock, part shoegazer, and part full-on doom-metal, this list of bands at least begins to describe where the powerful five-piece group might be coming from.

http://anatomyofhabit.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anatomy-of-Habit/65210152926
http://www.myspace.com/anatomyofhabit
http://anatomyofhabit.bigcartel.com/

I'm sorta partly responsible for this being here even tho i didn't vote for it.
CAMPAIGNING WORKS FOLKS HERES THE PROOF
now over to the poster who stanned and gave it the #1..

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah that Rwake album is really great. Still haven't heard that new Wino yet though.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Agrypnie is one I heard after I mailed my ballot. I'm sure I've heard one of the earlier records, but can't say it left any impression - this is a great record however. Avant garde my ass btw, it is just good, catchy metal.

I'd like to think that the Arckanum placement is because of me Singing His Praise for the last couple years :) Also I can't decide what's more LOLworthy, Taake taking flak for being anti-muslim after spewing anti-christian bile for almost 20 years, or the fact that they were even nominated for a national award. That record is pretty grim (not too dissimilar to Arckanum, actually).

Siegbran, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:18 (five years ago) Permalink

YAAAAAY Anatomy of Habit!
This band rules so much and let me tell you why:

* a gong
* a skilled vocalist with a low range and a good screaming voice too
* lyrics you can listen to or not, your choice
* super long songs that change a lot but do so gradually
* not too fast, not too slow

went to see them open for russian circles and left before RC played because the crowd was really annoying, but i bought the record on my way out and am not at all sorry about it
big fan over here

La Lechera, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Siegbran you are probably right re your campaigning.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

and there's the happy LL.
her drugs c money moment

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Since theres only like 70 voters campaigning for stuff really works as it only takes 9 or 10 ppl to vote and it gets in, and then new people get to hear awesome music

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:22 (five years ago) Permalink

89. Lifelover - Sjukdom (355 Points, 9 Votes, 1 #1)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wiWNf1FzEkg/TUVPQNnKxMI/AAAAAAAABBE/DDK6klK9PGw/s1600/Lifelover-Sjukdom500.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Lifelover

Lifelover was a metal band hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. They split up after the death of B in 16th September 2011. Their lyrics are mainly focused on pure misery, drugs, hate and death, with elements of sarcasm and irony. Lifelover was formed 1st June 2005 by B and ( ) in Stockholm, Sweden. A demo called “Promo 2005” was recorded the same month, it contained two tracks, but it was never officially released. Their debut Pulver was released by GoatowaRex in July 2006.

On 14 February 2011, Lifelover released their fourth album called Sjukdom.

On 10 September 2011, the band reported through their Facebook page that band member B died the previous day, stating, “We are very sad to report that yesterday our bandmate and brother B has passed away. The concerts today and tomorrow are still to be performed, but in a different form in his honor. This information is valid and in its extreme sadness true. A final statement with further details is to come.”

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:35 (five years ago) Permalink

If you have never heard Pulver go do so now, wonderful album. You wont get vinyl though, it was selling for $200 even before the guy committed suicide.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:36 (five years ago) Permalink

In other words "Lifelover" was a pretty ironic band name, eh?

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

88. Hands of Orlac - S/T (359 Points, 14 Votes)
http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/covers/hands-of-orlac-hands-of-orlac-20110910024903.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Hands+of+Orlac

Italian doom metal band with female vocals.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

great album this

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Jon the Premonition 13 record is good, but not great. More Wino, if you like Wino, you'll like it basically.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

87. Kampfar - Mare (364 Points, 15 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BQxNjUlJaG8/Tb0smGbd0cI/AAAAAAAACtQ/SZ29OiubSL8/s1600/folder.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Kampfar

Kampfar, formed in 1994, was born in the realms of the mighty Mock, in the early times of Norwegian Black Metal. The whole idea is to make music inspired by the nordic nature, folklores and myths

Glenn's becoming a bit of a hivemind centre here isn't he?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:59 (five years ago) Permalink

scary innit?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

whoa, that's a nice cover.

I caught premonition live, and fwiw, I thought they were pretty dull. but I've never been a huge wino guy anyway...

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I like that rwake record a lot btw. nice and grimey.

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:02 (five years ago) Permalink

and I'll admit it - siegbran stanning for arckanum's (excellent) ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ record is what got me back on board with them. still haven't spun the 2011 release yet.

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Hands Of Orlac was my #38. I probably first heard of them through Doomantia:

Hands of Orlac are a band from Rome that plays retro doomy old-school hard rock / heavy metal. The band get their name from the movie of the same name which was made originally in 1924. Of course they come from the great land who seem to produce a lot of this occult driven, horror rock. Some of the very best bands in this genre all come from the region; Abysmal Grief, Black Oath are just two worthy of mentioning but Hands of Orlac are a bit different, at least to my ears. Their style is much more 70's heavy prog mixed with traditional heavy metal than the morbid tones of Abysmal Grief and other such acts. Their main influence is Black Sabbath or to be more precise Tony Iommi...If you are one of those folks that has jumped aboard the Ghost bandwagon, then you will want to check this band out.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:13 (five years ago) Permalink

i sent their album out in the google group actually

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

86. GNAW THEIR TONGUES - Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus (370 Points, 11 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4GCyroSaUX8/TociZGeWG5I/AAAAAAAACJY/BGMiVE3B4P0/s1600/front%2Bgtt.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Gnaw+Their+Tongues

Gnaw Their Tongues is an experimental black metal moniker of Maurice de Jong formed in Drachten, Netherland in 2005. Its named after a verse in the bible.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Glenn has a lot of influence

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:17 (five years ago) Permalink

What's that Kampfar cover even supposed to be?

Siegbran, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

druids in red robes going up a mountain on a starry night?

La Lechera, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

druids with tails? shadowy figures? i like it.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I should probably be flogged for not having heard the Hands of Orloc album yet. Sounds way cool though...

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

i sent their album out in the google group actually

Yes, on Nov 16. But I heard about them in September via Doomantia. It also leaked via Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Angrychairs and Metal Music Blog the day before. It is convenient to be in that Google group in case I do miss something.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I should pay more attention to Hands of Orlac, I think.

So, this year's Gnaw Their Tongues. Better than last year's I think, but still not as good as Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood?

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Hands of Orloc

LOL @ me

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:27 (five years ago) Permalink

85. Ordog - Remorse (371 Points, 15 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_95msu-VwXUk/TUw8w-7U5wI/AAAAAAAABNU/a6GktL3bCM8/s1600/ordogremorse.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Ordog

There are at least four bands called Ordog, which means “Devil” or a satyrical evil creature in Hungarian.

1) A doom metal band from Tornio, Finland formed in 2005. They released two demos titled “I” & “II” which were later compiled on “I-II”. In 2006 they released their debut “Crow and the storm”. In 2008 their 2nd album “Life is too Short for Learning to Live” has been released.

They consists of Aleksi Martikainen (vocals), Valtteri Isometsä (guitars, bass, drums) and Jussi Harju (keyboards). On live gigs they are supported by R. Väänänen, playing drums and K. Huhtala on bass.
Newest info can be found on their official site www.ordogband.com or on MySpace.

Finland really rules at Funeral Doom. So chuffed this album made it, it's awesome! Skepticism/Thergothon fans gets this now!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Think I've heard this one, though I didn't vote for it. Will give it another go...

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

You know whats frustrating about being a fan of metal? I feel like I've listened to a shitload of metal albums from 2011, but this list and the RYM charts remind me that I still haven't even come close to scratching the surface. There's almost too much!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink

there's never too much!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Hence the "almost", its just daunting to look at the list of albums I listened to and realize how much I still missed!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:43 (five years ago) Permalink

sign of a healthy scene creatively innit

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I honestly don't mind this about metal but surely it's more a sign of tons of copycat?

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

*copycat bands

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

again, I kind of like that there are like 200 bands that were really into one darkthrone riff and decided to make a couple albums that sound just like that riff... but it can be a bit wearying sometimes.

original bgm, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:48 (five years ago) Permalink

And we're only covering a small percentage of the sub-genres on ilx really. Mainstream metal or metalcore,nu metal,djent,power metal,thrash metal, screamo ,glam and shitloads of sub-genres dont get mentioned on ilm really. So imagine adding the 'good' albums in those genres to the list.
The rap threads cover the most pop artists through to the underground, we just really tend to go for non mainstream stuff, even if some of the death/black/doom bands are quite successful within their own sub-genre(s)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Did I miss where we (as in ilm) agreed that "djent" was a real genre? Because I certainly didn't sign up for that.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:52 (five years ago) Permalink

84. THE WOUNDED KINGS - In the Chapel of the Black Hand (377 Points, 18 Votes)
http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/thewoundedkingscover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Wounded+Kings

The Wounded Kings of England (Dartmoor) is a doom metal band formed in 2005. They uphold Britain’s occult heritage and aim to produce a unique blend of spectral doom and psychedelic horror with a desolate end of the world vibe filled with suffocating heaviness. Hallmarks are eerie choirs, pianos and the use of space within the slow and mind-bending riffs with haunting female vocals

Band Members:
~ Steve Mills (Guitars, Piano & Organ)
~ Sharie Neyland (Vocals)
~ Alex Kearney (Guitars)
~ Jim Willumsen (Bass)
~ Mike Heath (Drums)
http://www.myspace.com/thewoundedkings2

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

awesome album.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

actually a bunch of albums on my ballot have been in this section too, not just glenn's.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Great, great band. Awesome live as well.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:00 (five years ago) Permalink

a japanese band coming up next. Also known for being good live

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Loudness put out an album last year? Damn, I missed it.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:05 (five years ago) Permalink

83. Boris - Attention Please (382 Points, 14 Votes)
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/02/Boris-Attention-Please.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Boris

Boris (ボリス Borisu) are a Japanese experimental rock band formed in Tokyo in 1992. The band’s original lineup consisted of Atsuo, Takeshi, Wata, and Nagata who was the band’s original drummer. After his departure, Atsuo took over drums and the lineup has remained consistent to this day. Boris draw influence from a huge variety of styles including, but not limited to, psychedelic rock, punk, sludge, doom metal, drone, pop, noise, shoegaze, and ambient. The band’s name is taken from a song on Melvins’ album, Bullhead.

They released their debut full-length album, Absolutego, on their own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since its formation, Boris have released 17 full-length albums, three live albums, six collaborations with Japanese noise legend Merzbow among various other collaborations, and one best album Variations which focused more on the rock side of the band.

Boris saw a huge increase in popularity when Southern Lord reissued their works in North America, garnering them critical acclaim and recognition in music press. Pink, originally released in 2005 in Japan via Diwphalanx, was reissued in 2006 by Southern Lord and met with a very positive reception in the US. Blender magazine and SPIN magazine both named it one of the year’s best albums. The album also made the top of the metal section in Canadian magazine Exclaim’s reader’s poll of that year, and was in the top 10 of Pitchfork Media’s top 50 records of the year.

In 2011, Boris announced plans to release three full-length albums in the same year. The first to be released was New Album, their fifteenth album, on March 16 in Japan. The album consists of mainly j-pop with some elements of psychedelic rock and electronic styles. The next two albums, Heavy Rocks (2011) and Attention Please, were released simultaneously on May 24 through Sargent House. Heavy Rocks shares its name and cover art style with Heavy Rocks, released in 2002 in Japan. Attention Please is mostly noted for featuring lead vocals by Wata on each song. Boris co-headlined a European tour with their new label-mates Russian Circles throughout the summer from June 17 to July 17 and continued touring Europe alone from July 19 to July 24. They will also be headlining a North American fall tour from October 7 to November 12 with various openers including Tera Melos, Asobi Seksu, True Widow, Liturgy, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Coliseum, and Joe Lally.

Boris maintains a Tumblr page at http://borisheavyrocks.tumblr.com/ and an official homepage at http://www.borisheavyrocks.com/

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone see them touring last year?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Haven't seen them since they toured with Nachtmystium and Torche, but that was a fantastic show. I'm actually glad this was Boris because I'm holding out for a much higher placement by a certain other Japanese band.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:22 (five years ago) Permalink

so is jeff

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:25 (five years ago) Permalink

but that might be a different band

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:25 (five years ago) Permalink

or maybe the same. who knows!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

C'mon, Corrupted are top ten, surely?

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

82. The Flight of Sleipnir - Essence of Nine (382 Points, 16 Votes)
http://cache1.bigcartel.com/product_images/38081988/A5cover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Flight+of+Sleipnir

A collaboration between Clayton Cushman (Acheronian Dirge, Ex-Throcult) and David Csicsely (Acheronian Dirge, Nexhymn, Ex- Throcult) to create a project that is lyrically based on Norse mythology and built on a “doomy” foundation with elements of psychedelic and progressive rock.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:27 (five years ago) Permalink

taking it all the way down to 76 tonight. Would have finished earlier but for my internet problems

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Its hard to gauge, there wasn't a lot of chatter about the new album, at least not as much as I expected there to be. But I do know a couple of metal thread people absolutely loved it.

(xp re corrupted)

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:28 (five years ago) Permalink

81. Pitom - Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes (384 Points, 12 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2011-04/1301736176_3cc0b4c1f07d6ec205b7d3b861de9172.jpeg
http://www.last.fm/music/Pitom

Pitom is a very exciting young band from Israel that remains true to the “fusion” aesthetic without succumbing to any of the pretentions sometimes associated with that word. Taking progressive jazz and melding it with elements of rock, punk, prog and traditional Jewish melodies makes for a unique and exciting sound. The band consists of Yoshie Fruchter on guitar, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on bass, Kevin Zubek on drums and Jeremy Brown on violin and viola.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:37 (five years ago) Permalink

!!!

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Such a good album. To celebrate I'll play some tracks in Outloud tnite

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

now you need to sell it to everyone reading the thread now

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Can anyone tell me - do these "doom metal with female vocals" albums actually sound like they have female vocals or do they vocally sound like every other doom metal band it just so happens that it's a female making those noises and not a guy?

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink

This was my review when it came out: http://www.forward.com/articles/135976/

On “Blasphemy,” Fruchter has done no less than undermine the very concept of teshuvah, or repentance, so pivotal in Jewish expression and experience. He posits a universe of uncertainty and fear where we are always begging for forgiveness and — sometimes — left unforgiven. Staked out in the midst of metal, a genre more commonly associated with anti-religious sentiment, Fruchter’s album is ultimately a stunningly and unexpected religious artifact. We are distant from God, and we are troubled, and we are lost, and redemption is very hard to find. It is a vision of life and religion far more terrifying than any devil horns, and darker than the blackest Scandinavian metal.
“Playing music, and playing specifically this music, is like prayer when you’re not in the synagogue,” Fruchter said. Like the most moving prayer experiences, it is unpredictable, inchoate and primordial. It can be terrifying.

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

they're generally clean vox and arent like Salome

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Wounded Kings nearly made my top 30.

http://boris.bandcamp.com/

Having released three albums, there's a chance another Boris album might appear. Kind of overkill -- I thought New Album was a good balance between the other two, but not really metal. There was so much damn actual metal to choose from, I didn't see the point of voting for shoegaze.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:43 (five years ago) Permalink

When has ILM ever passed up the chance to vote for Shoegaze? You saw Jesu up there.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:44 (five years ago) Permalink

WTL for Ash Borer. I thought that was aces.

Frobisher (Viceroy), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:47 (five years ago) Permalink

As this is ILM I'm just going to assume that Fen, Alcest, and Meads of Asphodel place pretty near the top.

Frobisher (Viceroy), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:51 (five years ago) Permalink

I appear not to have voted for any metalgaze this year.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:52 (five years ago) Permalink

hey asr - when you compile the stats and stuff, can you also tag albums by vox (male/female)?

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

The US release eventually was the one Boris album I went with. The inclusion of "Luna" clinched it.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry, the US release of New Album, I mean.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:57 (five years ago) Permalink

not really as i havent heard all the albums and its a bit much too work on top of everything else. but there's been plenty of female singers so far in the countdown

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 22:59 (five years ago) Permalink

also -- wooden stake might have female vox but i can't hear any difference from any other doom vox

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:00 (five years ago) Permalink

80. Dornenreich - Flammentriebe (386 Points, 13 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5FKglh38b_c/ToCm1dLDyII/AAAAAAAAC3E/9CoObcPnJ-Y/s1600/folder.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Dornenreich

Dornenreich is a Melodic Black Metal band from Tyrol, Austria. The name means realm of thorns (noun) or full of thorns (adjective) in German. Founded in 1996, the band has progressed in style from black metal on their first album, Nicht um zu sterben, to what the band describes as “a vision beyond (black) metal, neofolk and ambient” on their latest works.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:00 (five years ago) Permalink

xp hey Mordy did you check out Windhand? They have a female vocalist.

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:03 (five years ago) Permalink

I was wondering about the female vocalist thing too -- I mean, female vocalists have lots of different styles, breathy, growly, operatic, other. Didn't want to press my luck asking for more adjectives though ;)

La Lechera, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:05 (five years ago) Permalink

despite my great interest in, and sometimes even admiration for, i admit i am not quite enough of a connoisseur of the cookie monster vocal to appreciate the subtle differences between male + female practitioners

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I think the female vocalist that have been pointed out so far are, for the most part, clean singers. At least in the stuff that I've heard. Within Temptation certainly. As for the cover art on that one – it's a tie in with a comic book that they cocreated or something. And I like that record all right, but it's really not metal.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:15 (five years ago) Permalink

its some dude music ie bland mallrock for 10 year olds

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

and it sounds like 'ass'

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

78. CIRCLE of OUROBORUS - Eleven Fingers (389 Points, 14 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.handmadebirds.com/store/img/store_images/HB-016.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Circle+of+Ouroborus

Circle of Ouroborus is an experimental black metal and sometime krautrock influenced band from Finland, formed by Antti Klemi and Rauta in 2004. The band’s sound is characterized by lo-fi production, unusual use of clean vocals and sometimes entirely acoustic releases that have very little in common with black metal. Sadness and nature themes seem to be prevalent in their music. While particular influences on their work seem unclear there seems to be an obvious influence of Joy Division, as they covered this band’s classic “She’s Lost Control” on their debut album.

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol that depicts a serpent swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. It has been used to represent many things, but it most generally

TIE
78. Obake - Obake (389 Points, 14 Votes, 1 #1)

http://www.rarenoiserecords.com/jukebox/_images/covers/Obake-Obake.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Obake

Obake is a sludge/doom rock band with noise rock, psychedelic rock and jazz elements formed by Balázs Pándi (The Blood of Heroes), Eraldo Bernocchi (Somma), Massimo Pupillo (Zu) and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (Owls). Their first album (お化け) was released in 2011.

The Obake album is actually on spotify but its marked down as additional tracks to an album by a totally different band but only shows on band page not album page.

If you like Zu check it out

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:26 (five years ago) Permalink

the C.o.U. album is one of the 'weird' albums btw

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:35 (five years ago) Permalink

so emil.y if you're still reading this is one you should try

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:36 (five years ago) Permalink

77. Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (389 Points, 15 Votes)
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/reviewpics/moonsorrow2011cd.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Moonsorrow

Moonsorrow is a self-described ’epic heathen metal’ band formed in Helsinki, Finland in 1995. The group’s earliest formation consisted of cousins Ville Sorvali (vocals and bass) and Henri Sorvali (guitar and keyboards) who released various demos that were much more characteristic as being symphonic black metal, musically, than future folk/viking metal releases. However, their albums contain occasional flashbacks to their black metal roots.

Their newest album, Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa, was released on 21st of February 2011. Moonsorrow had initially stated they would be returning to shorter songs but all the tracks on Varjoina except the interludes are over 10 minutes.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:47 (five years ago) Permalink

oh hey i voted for that

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

you only get the sirens once

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Hey there! Obake was my #1!

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Moonsorrow was my #3 album. It's probably the biggest sounding metal album ever recorded.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

last for tonight coming up then a recap

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

76. Lento - Icon (390 Points, 12 Votes)
http://www.rockfreaks.net/files/a/1310668609.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Lento

Lento is an instrumental doom/space/sludge/psychedelic/post metal collective based in Rome, Italy.
The former members joined in 2004 as a quartet and started working out a sort of introspective and implosive approach, taking their cue from a wide range of influences including seminal bands such as Neurosis, Earth and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. After a short time break, in late 2005, Lento expanded into a five piece act, and began structuring the basement of a more elaborate mood. Incorporating elements of ambient, doom and hardcore, lento has created a perfect opposition between sludge heavy riffs and ambient psychedelic suites. Lento’s tone is a blend of heavily down tuned guitars, apocalyptic slow tempos, systematic drones and resonant
feedbacks, their live sets alternate from hardcore assaults to intimate collapses of the signals.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:13 (five years ago) Permalink

See, now we are getting into the stuff that I expect to do well on an ILM poll. Hipsters.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:15 (five years ago) Permalink

J3ffsTers

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:17 (five years ago) Permalink

wait, "post-metal" is a thing?

rhetorical questino (seandalai), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Been a thing for a while now.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:21 (five years ago) Permalink

yup

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:22 (five years ago) Permalink

btw guys if you all go and vote in THE 2011 ILM SUPER-MEGA YEAR-END ALBUMS 'N' TRACKS POLL™ Voting Thread (ends at MIDNIGHT EST on Friday, January 20th, 2012) johnny fever will not troll metal poll!
seandalai says a couple of metal albums were 1 ballot away from placing in the 77, so go vote!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Any atmospheric doom/sludge/black metal band gets the post-metal tag now. For quite a few years now tbh. But i think saturation point was reached and bands have moved on to other things but there's still a lot of it about. It's the one thing guaranteed to still piss off the metal purists!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Death metal is the next one to get the indie kid treatment though. Deathcore and melodic deathcore are huuuuge so Post Death Metal will happen as those bands go 'serious'

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I will def be voting for Obake, Windhand, and Weedeater in the big poll here pretty soon! xp

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:30 (five years ago) Permalink

But everyone else vote for albums that have a chance of making it!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Direct Link to poll recap & full results

Thoughts?
Predictions?
Hopes?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I predict I will once more have voted for the album in dead last.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:43 (five years ago) Permalink

you try to do that every year though

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:48 (five years ago) Permalink

i predict Turisas in the top 10

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I sawa lot of top album list this year thast had Litutgy at the top of their list... Lets hope you guys did something different.

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Liturgy.. Damn I'm the wosrt typist ever.

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Go check out the metal entries in http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:24 (five years ago) Permalink

and laugh

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

well come on, its the Village Voice, arguably the leading voice in whats hot and not.. heavy music isn''t even a consideration.. Carson Daly has been crowing about Kylesa on his late night show the past few months(has had em on twice), but thats as close as its gonna get for heavy music being excepted by the masses...

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:38 (five years ago) Permalink

(pretty much all of the critics on ilm vote in that poll sean)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

okay, well they don't like heavy music then.. lol!
And you're making my point for me... look at ALL the post on ilm and how little heavy music is on here.. two, maybe three threads at a time maybe, while there is a shit ton of other stuff on here with a lot more traffic.. Just an observation, not a slag by any stretch, and not a very investigative conclusion, just at quick glance, thats what I've seen

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:51 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah but the reason there's a limited # of metal threads is because people want it all on one rolling thread.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Cuz of the frequency in which it gets talked about. I posted in the rolling thread last night, and this afternoon my post was still the last one.. It doesn't get the traffic, and its roughly about the same 10 people that post regularly. Again not a slag, just an observation to the scope of heavy music and where it lies in the mainstream of whats trendy and hip.. But, all the reason I love it that much more.

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:00 (five years ago) Permalink

and that thread gets a lot of posts

lol xp

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Metal still hasn't seen the big stages here in the states like it does in Europe, literally not since the hair metal shit in the 80s, but its always done well over there, so maybe its a bit more in the public eye than here, but only a bit more... Perfect example, the big 4 shows.. what did Europe get 7 shows, we got two.. And where are they all from, oh thats right they're fucking Yanks! lol..

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:03 (five years ago) Permalink

well sean, the reason i do this poll (and the large rollout) is to introduce a lot of heavy music to ilx. It's not just metal thread posters reading this. There's ilxors who dont read that thread as they may only have a passing interest in metal, then theres fuck knows how many lurkers reading it but loads of them vote and even more will be reading this thread.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think this is necessarily a bad thing but i kinda feel like we have this conversation every year? (the one about the metal thread, and the amount that metal is or isn't visible on mainstream ilm?)

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:05 (five years ago) Permalink

but ilm might cover a lot of mainstream music right down to the downright obscure, but metal thread ignores the mainstream really. But i know we cover the better music!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:06 (five years ago) Permalink

oh im not dissing the metal thread. I was just saying to sean why there's not a lot of metal threads, as its all contained on the 1 thread really.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Kerr brought it up.. LOL! wanting us to laugh at the Village Voice poll.

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Bottom line, this site in gerneral is cool for just seeing what else is out there no matter what type of noise it is..

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:09 (five years ago) Permalink

anything in music gets discussed on ilm. Which is great.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:11 (five years ago) Permalink

even your album got discussed, sean!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:51 (five years ago) Permalink

(pretty much all of the critics on ilm vote in that poll sean)

I wish. I was only one of two people who voted for Graveyard and Elder, and of three for Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:27 (five years ago) Permalink

man everything about Acid Witch is so awesome, from the stoner riffs to the graphics to song titles, the band photos, I'm loving those guys.

wolves lacan, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:05 (five years ago) Permalink

agreed!

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I ordered the CD a month ago and still don't have it. Nevertheless, I sure hope more people voted for it here than in Pazz & Jop.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:22 (five years ago) Permalink

^what is this post referring to, Uncle Acid or Acid Witch?

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Oops, Uncle Acid. Slow-azz shipping from U.K.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:52 (five years ago) Permalink

75. Deafheaven - Roads to Judah (390 Points, 16 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pXh2qWKzURs/TWwpYgrjcCI/AAAAAAAAC98/J_YCqGBOpfU/s1600/DFHVNcover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Deafheaven

Based out of San Francisco, CA, Deafheaven started as an isolated project between frontman George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy. After sending the demo to various blogs and receiving overwhelmingly positive reception, they accepted offers to play live shows and added members of Whirl and Temple Of Saturn to form the quintet that today tours as Deafheaven. On July 29th, 2010, Deafheaven played their first show, marking the unofficial genesis of their rise to bay area prominence. Within months of forming, they began receiving interest from numerous record labels and officially signed on with Deathwish Records in December of 2010.

Since signing to Deathwish, Deafheaven has released a limited edition 7” demo, debuted their first full album, Roads to Judah, toured the West Coast; and are currently preparing for a tour of the South West.

Their music is described as “A dizzying hybrid of shoegaze shimmer, hardcore punk passion, emo vulnerability, and black metal intensity.” They have cited a wide range of musical influences, including, but not limited to, Morbid Angel, The Smiths, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Orchid and My Bloody Valentine

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

wonder if sean has an opinion on these guys

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:20 (five years ago) Permalink

interesting list of influences. i don't quite get how they all go together, but i've noticed that no matter how long your list of influences, if it includes 'black metal' it probably sounds mostly like black metal and much less like the other things...

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Black metal is the green bell pepper of influences.

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing they sound like Wolves in the Throne Room, like lots of BM-gaze bands. WitTR haven't been mentioned much for a hight placing, I think they're locked on for top ten, and possibly top five.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

"we're emo in the sense that if you could understand our lyrics, you'd see that they're really quite sensitive."

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Glenn voted for them so ask him!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

74. Raspberry Bulbs - Nature Tries Again (392 Points, 11 Votes, 1 #1)
http://static.boomkat.com/images/433477/333.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Raspberry+Bulbs

Lo-fi black metal/punk by He Who Crushes Teeth, half of Bone Awl.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

i have this lp. It's really good!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Somehow this totally passed me by. Must acquire and listen.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought it was average at best. Like Bone Awl but not as good.

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:54 (five years ago) Permalink

TIE
72. Lantlôs - Agape (392 Points, 14 Votes)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jQYh2SE_X28/TrbKwcfz8ZI/AAAAAAAAB1k/ezMJxUWE-MI/s1600/lantlo%25CC%2582s+-+agape.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Lantl%C3%B4s

Lantlôs was founded in 2005/2006 in Rheda, Germany by Herbst and Angrrau. Some rough demos were recorded and later released on the extremely limited “Îsern Himel” demo tape by the band itself in 2008. Because both Herbst and Angrrau were not satisfied with the sound and “Îsern Himel” was always meant to be a demo, they started to record the debut in their homestudio in September of 2007. After Alboîn joined as a session singer their first line-up was complete. “Lantlôs”, released by ATMF, saw daylight in September of 2008 in combination with the perfect artwork by Fursy Teyssier. Shortly thereafter, Angrrau and Alboîn left Lantlôs. The debut was rereleased on LP via Deviant Records and on tape via Karge Welten in 2009.

In the end of 2007/early 2008 Herbst started to work on the next album”.neon”, and eventually Neige (Alcest) joined Lantlôs as a permanent vocalist. “.neon” was recorded in February 2009. In March 2010 Lantlôs switched to Prophecy Productions. Again Fursy Teyssier delivered even more breathtaking artwork for “.neon” and the new material was released in May 2010.

Herbst and Neige will enter the studio in mid July 2010 to record the third full length.
Herbst words about their following album; “With our new album we’ll tread new paths, both musically and conceptually. In general, the upcoming album will be very vanguard and rather unaccessible and the black metal vibe will be gone almost entirely. Still the record will be much darker than its predecessors, nihilistic, and strange. It’ll be bulky, ugly and will feed off its listeners.”

72. Orchid - Capricorn (392 Points, 14 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2tS5V2eSBB0/TV6qDte3hAI/AAAAAAAABQw/KULYSEW5jsM/s1600/Orchid.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Orchid

2. ORCHID (SF) hail from San Francisco, California. They began playing live in and around San Francisco in early 2008. Since that time they have shared the stage with such heavies as Pentagram, Earthless, Nachtmystium, Fu Manchu, Astra, Slough Feg, Ludicra, and Hammers of Misfortune.

ORCHID signed with German Doom label The Church Within Records in October of 2009 and released their debut EP Through the Devil’s Doorway in December of that year to much praise and critical acclaim from both European and American press.
A full length LP, Capricorn, was released in February of 2011.

www.facebook.com/orchidsf

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

gotta say, mordy's spotify playlist is helping me keep up with this
there are only 4 subscribers?

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Presumably a lot of people are listening to the other polls playlist to help with their ballots

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Well it took me...er..6 hours but I've finally managed to hear a few tracks off each of yesterday's countdown placers. I feel my world is a little topsy turvy right now cos I really liked a surprisingly (to me) large number of 'em.

Very much liked - ICS Vortex, Hands of Orlac, The Wounded Kings, Dornenreich

Fell head over heels for - Premonition 13, Pitom

Coupled with the fact that I spent the early hours of this morning at work blasting the Red Fang album I only discovered yesterday, I'm a bit worried about what's happening to me.

Onto 75 and beyond!

pandemic, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:17 (five years ago) Permalink

http://open.spotify.com/user/mordys/playlist/6FNGd20uP6dyX5W1jzFE6Z

Gonna try to throw all of these in this playlist.

― Mordy,

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Pandemic I wish there was more like you!
Your comments and enthusiasm really makes doing all this worthwhile! (and everyone elses too!)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

once upon a time all of tzadik's stuff was on spotify. alas, no more.

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

the ulcerate album has been growing on me in a major way over the last few days. curious where it will place.

original bgm, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

71. Slough Feg - Made in Poland (395 Points, 13 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/store/image/cache/data/sloughfeg_live-300x300.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Slough+Feg

First ever SLOUGH FEG live, includes 28-page booklet + liner notes by Mike Scalzi and full of color photos!
’The Lord Weird Slough Feg’, whose name is derived from a character in the British mythology-inspired Sláine comics, originates from Central Pennsylvania.

The band relocated to San Francisco, California in 1990 in hopes of resurrecting the ailing ‘true metal’ scene in the United States. The band quickly gained a reputation as, ‘The band San Francisco loved to hate’ by taking a stand against the trends and incorporating stage savagery with strong visual imagery.
The band moved to underground Italian label, Cruz Del Sur in 2005 and shortened their name to simply, ‘Slough Feg’ with the release of ‘Atavism’.
Slough Feg’s style is an eclectic mix of Celtic Folk and Traditional Metal peppered with buckets of energy and lyrical depth.
Bill Magill is known to be a massive fan.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

my cd hasnt arrived yet

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I see what you did there.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

70. EPHELES - Je Suis Autrefois (397 Points, 13 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.drakkar666.com/drakkarproductions/releases/arcd005-EPHELES.gif
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Epheles

Hailing from France, Epheles combines brutal black metal with ambient music

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Siegbran's #1 iirc

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

69. Witch Mountain - South of Salem (398 Points, 22 Votes)
http://f0.bcbits.com/z/33/39/3339993935-1.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Witch+Mountain

Witch Mountain was formed in Portland, OR in 1997 by Rob Wrong and Nate “Nanotear” Carson ).

http://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/releases

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:09 (five years ago) Permalink

people took j3ff literally when he asked everyone to throw a few points to a fellow ilxor

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:10 (five years ago) Permalink

A very respectable placing, congrats Nate!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Hey Witch Mountain!!!

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:19 (five years ago) Permalink

(btw I am way slow to check new stuff out but I am compiling of list of stuff that sounds like interesting)

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

to the tune of hey bo diddley?
xp

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

no youtubes!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

btw do you all bookmark this thread?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

oops sorry xp

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

also yeah I bookmark this thread but I have so many bookmarks it tends to get lost in the shuffle

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

p&j thread is the big thread atm im guessing a lot bookmarked that

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:29 (five years ago) Permalink

68. Condenados - A Painful Journey Into Nihil (406 Points, 14 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fgWUGmN3KLM/TZ47UQ_d9rI/AAAAAAAABfU/dcJp-8jOJxY/s1600/CONDENADOSPainful.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Condenados

This band from Chile performs a dark and heavy Doom Metal, highly influenced by perverted cults like SAINT VITUS, CATHEDRAL, ELECTRIC WIZARD, among others. CONDENADOS will penetrate your soul, and will let you smell an internal rot, through the invocation of ancient demons, inside the sonorous malediction of this band. “THE END HAS FINALLY COME!”

btw we're doing a country map for the poll again this year.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:32 (five years ago) Permalink

which is always interesting. Seandalai/johnny f , you guys fancy doing that for the big poll? Would be interesting to see the geographical make up of the bands voted for.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

is that witch mountain album as stonery as it looks from the cover?

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

also, how can you see how many ppl are subscribing to a playlist?

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:45 (five years ago) Permalink

i clicked on "subscribers"
yesterday i was the first one to subscribe, i think?

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

now there are 7

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess you can't check if it's your playlist?

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

oooh I am way overdue on checking that Condenados album out

pass the hatchet i think i'm gordon (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

yes, yes you are.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

67. Devil - Time to Repent (409 Points, 15 Votes)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RMPB-kGHh3o/TjL7xN6plCI/AAAAAAAACDw/s1DQ7Lm3Fz0/s1600/Devil+Time+to+Repent.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Devil

Doom Metal/Occult rock

Not too different stylewise from Ghost I suppose. Very good album anyway though obv not as good as Ghost.
Title track is a belter though.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:00 (five years ago) Permalink

so check it out!

btw how do americans enjoy this poll now they have access to Spotify?

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

a lot more, obvs!

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

ditto -- it's a totally different experience following a poll when you can listen to ~50% of it right away

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Haven't been feeling today's offerings 75-70 as much, but holy crap Witch Mountain is fantastic!!

pandemic, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

66. Nightwish - Imaginaerum (409 Points, 16 Votes)
http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2011-11/1322510809_front.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Nightwish/

Nightwish is a Goth influenced symphonic girly metal band, formed in the town of Kitee, Finland in 1996. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion) and Anette Olzon (vocals).

Anette Olzon was announced to be the replacement for former vocalist and frontwoman Tarja Turunen in 2007 after the latter was fired in 2005. She has appeared on Dark Passion Play, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places) and Imaginaerum, as well as the two-year Dark Passion Play tour.

The band’s leader, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, composes songs that are often classified as either symphonic metal or power metal; their musical style has also been described as a symphonic metal variant, called opera metal and even in some cases called ‘epic metal’.
Nevertheless, Nightwish is considered one of the main developers of the symphonic metal genre, which encompasses similar bands such as Within Temptation, Therion, Epica, Edenbridge, Lunatica, and Visions of Atlantis.

The original idea of Nightwish was largely inspired by The Gathering, and the idea was to use keyboards, acoustic guitars and the operatic vocals of their then singer Tarja Turunen. This idea was changed in 1997, as a drummer was added, and the acoustic guitar was replaced by an electric guitar.

The idea of using operatic vocals was changed dramatically with their third album Wishmaster (2000), and more so on future albums, especially Dark Passion Play (2007). In 2001, Holopainen asked Sami Vänskä, their bassist since 1998, to leave, and he was replaced with Marco Hietala (Tarot, ex-Sinergy), leaving Sinergy. The bassist would, apart from playing his instrument, also perform male vocals.

Century Child (2002) marked a new change in Nightwish’ music, as they used a live orchestra on several songs, to get a more present feeling of classical music. This was developed further with their US breakthrough Once (2004) and Dark Passion Play (2007), the latter being the first to use orchestra on all of the songs.

In October 2005, after touring for their Once, the four other members of Nightwish decided that it was best to continue Nightwish without Tarja, a feeling they expressed through an open letter.

This was due to the fact that they felt that her husband Marcelo Cabuli and commercial interests had changed her attitude towards Nightwish.
Tuomas Holopainen gave the letter to Tarja after the last concert of the tour. In spring 2007, 35-year-old Anette Olzon from Katrineholm, Sweden was announced to replace Tarja Turunen.

The band released a new single, Eva, featuring their new singer in May, 2007.
It was followed by another single, Amaranth, on August 22, and a studio album in late September entitled Dark Passion Play.
The third international single of the album was Bye Bye Beautiful, released on February 15, 2008, and the next was The Islander, released in May, 2008.

On February 10, 2011, Nightwish announced via their website that the title of their seventh studio album will be Imaginarium. The album released in late 2011, is a concept album telling the story of an old composer on his deathbed, reminiscing of his youth. The album is to be produced alongside a movie with the same name, directed by Stobe Harju, who previously directed the music video for “The Islander”. The first single to be released was Storytime on November 11, 2011. (Storytime Songfacts).

Official site: www.nightwish.com
Their Label’s Nightwish profile: http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/label/music/band/about/70948.nightwish.html

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink

is that witch mountain album as stonery as it looks from the cover?

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink

jeff has way too much influence on il metal btw

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

also another concept girly goth metal album.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:37 (five years ago) Permalink

ok i guess noones interested in Nightwish so i'll post the next one

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink

65. Orthodox - Baal (410 Points, 15 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rAhoVCZsHz4/TcLIWuiMXVI/AAAAAAAABms/AS_QYrijVyM/s1600/orthodox.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Orthodox

Orthodox is a trio from Seville, Spain playing experimental doom metal, inspired by religious folklore and jazz.

“We started with a concept”, could be read in the album cover of the seminal band Earth. The Spanish trio Orthodox could say the same. Their music, their performance, their artwork, everything is made in order to develop their own concept.

The band started in the winter of 2004/05 and the next April they recorded the two themes of Gran Poder, an amazing debut that is just the first stone of the sonic monolith they’re going to build step by step. In this first recording, their musical influences Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Melvins and Sleep get mixed with their peculiar perception of the South-Spanish religious folklore. The result is a liturgical music with obsessive repetitions, minimalism, feedback, distortion and endless drones creating a primitive feeling that leads to trance and remains as a perfect soundtrack for every dark point of Christianity: oppression, sin, suffering, guilt and pain.

Orthodox members come from different bands of the Spanish underground (Tierra, Degüello, The Forge) but is Orthodox the band where they feel free to express themselves and let their personalities sing with a same voice.

Now they are working in new songs with new instrumentation (stand up bass, piano…) and showing influences from John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Morricone, Ligeti and religious music so they can express their spiritually in the heaviest way possible.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

The Nightwish album is their best in ages. I should have ranked it higher on my list.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Orthodox are fkn great.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I give a lot of credit to Jeff. he's got a distinctive, compelling taste in this kind of music, he shares it generously, and he finds really neat, really fun stuff. a good portion of my metal ballot came from him introducing me to stuff.

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Orchid and Witch Mountain were my #28 and 29. I didn't know an ILXr is in Witch Mountain, cool.
http://orchid.bandcamp.com/album/capricorn

I really like The Flight Of Sleipnir. Short album, but two tracks from this year's split EP fills it out nicely. Why haven't I heard of them? Were Winter Solstice II (2009) and Lore (2010) not nearly as good?

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:55 (five years ago) Permalink

that epheles album is stone cold perfect btw

blurgh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:57 (five years ago) Permalink

"You wouldn't like me when I'm Angrrau"

rhetorical questino (seandalai), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

64. Caïna - Hands That Pluck (410 Points, 16 Votes)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0lqMO-dml0U/Tjl__HQmczI/AAAAAAAAAHs/RDwHmv7RJHc/s1600/Ca%25C3%25AFna%2B-%2BHands%2BThat%2BPluck.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Ca%C3%AFna

Caïna is a one-man band, from the United Kingdom (Hampshire / Sussex, England) and created by Andy, known as “A” on early releases. Stylistically drawing from influences as disparate as black and death Metal, drone, dream-pop/shoegaze, neofolk and post-rock, each Caïna release is designed to be a distinct entity with it’s own palette and mood. Amongst the project’s lyrical themes are English myths and legends, literature, the repudiation of religion and the exultation of the individual.

Caïna Discography :

When We Are Grown, We Will Be Strong (EP / 2005)
Age of Thorns (an anti-monotheistic hate monument) (Split / 2006)
The Cold Taste of Perdition (EP / 2006)
The King Beneath (EP / 2006)
Some People Fall (CD / 2006)
I, Mountain (EP / 2007)
Mourner (Full length CD / 2007)
The Heart of the Master (EP / 2007)
Temporary Antennae (Full-length CD/2008)
Krieg/Caïna (split 7”/2009)
Caïna/Process of Guilt (split 10”/2009)
Caïna (EP/2009)
Will Over Worlds (Compilation CD/2011)
Hands that Pluck (Full-length 2CD/2011)
White Medal/Caïna (split/2011)

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:15 (five years ago) Permalink

xp Because I'm AWESOME. Still haven't heard the Nightwish, though.

Mordor, download it for free, or toss them a few bucks to download it, but here's the Witch Mountain record: http://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/releases

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

That is to be the last Caïna release

xp

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Shame, really.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I deliberately put off hearing the Nightwish album until the new year, so I wouldn't have to decide where to cram it in. 2012!

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

63. Loon - S/T (413 Points, 12 Votes)
http://www.speakerfire.com/images/products/preview/11897.jpg

Three-piece female fronted doom metal band from Providence, RI, featuring members of Megasus, Moonshine, and Wake Up On Fire. Loon alternately plays slow and driving sludge/doom with tortured, strangled vocals, and a more mellow, melodic variety of metal with clean vocals and the occasional dose of acoustic folk thrown in.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:41 (five years ago) Permalink

There's a Loon bandcamp page, but looks like a different band. Must hear this!

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah theres a rap act called loon and a shitty electronic pop act called loon

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

62. Krux - III - He Who Sleeps Amongst the Stars (415 Points, 13 Votes)
http://getmetal.org/uploads/posts/2011-11/1321371319_acov_tid158732.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Krux

Krux is a Swedish doom metal band, created by Leif Edling after Candlemass fell apart after the reunion tour.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:54 (five years ago) Permalink

not heard the 1st 2 but I enjoyed this album when i checked it out after it got nominated

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

61. Indian - Guiltless (415 Points, 14 Votes)
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/04/Indian-Guiltless.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Indian

ndian are a Chicago-based doom metal band

Born in different parts of country, brewed in the depths of Chicago, Indian have grown to be chiefs of doom in the Midwest and around the U.S. since their first show in early ‘03. Their slow-sludge guitars, demon-esque vocals and mad smart rhythms make the three piece pure sophisticated evil.
Indian’s first recording, Godslave, released in 2004, quickly became an underground favorite for doomers across the country. The band names influences as Alice Cooper, Miles Davis, and the Melvins. Playing shows with the likes of High On Fire, YOB, Yakuza, Weedeater, Macabre, Alabama Thunderpussy and old friends Buried at Sea, Indian’s live shows continue to grow. Chicago fans regularly schedule late night encores for the band in the numerous clubs they’ve invaded throughout the city. After having toured the Midwest and Southern U.S., the band released their debut full length, The Unquiet Sky on Seventh Rule Recordings in September 2005. In 2007 the band released their follow up album Slights And Abuse , followed by the Sycophant one year later. Both albums were recorded by Sanford Parker at Volume Studios (Lair of the Minotaur, Pelican, Minsk) in Chicago. In the same year their label re-released both albums together on one CD as Slights and Abuse/The Sycophant. Indian’s mix of slow heavy rhythms and tempo sensitive noise create a style raw and pure as punk, but the sound is definitely some of the heaviest, darkest metal you will ever hear.
Guiltless, latest album to date, saw light of day in 2011.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:10 (five years ago) Permalink

i still need to buy this

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

This might just have been the best doom album of the year.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:17 (five years ago) Permalink

i like the cover a lot

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:19 (five years ago) Permalink

I fear that this is the point in the poll where it becomes all doom/drone and I tune out.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

60. Cathis Ord - The Far Shore (419 Points, 14 Votes)
http://images.cryhavok.org/d/20132-1/Cathis+Ord+-+The+Far+Shore.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Cathis+Ord

Cathis Ord is a one-man-band from Great Britain.

(From Cathis Ord myspace):
Dark and melodic prog from the home of all things slow and heavy. Cathis Ord combines elements of Doom, depressive rock and acoustic passages centered around mythical landscapes and epic songs. The debut album ‘The Far Shore’ was released in January 2011.

Nice to see this make it (though I don't think i voted for it) i did rave about this on the sludge/doom thread in 2011 (along with Condenados) so obviously some agreed with me.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

jeff you need to open your mind and ears!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I like the cover: it's pretty cheerful for a metal album.

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm sure Turisas will make it through the sludge, right?

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

My mind and ears are open! I just find far too much of that stuff far too monochromatic for my taste.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Life is too short to listen to boring music.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:31 (five years ago) Permalink

seandalai i really love that cover too. I said so on that rolling thread. It was probably what made me check it out in the first place!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

you can buy it from cdbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cathisord/from/viglink

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

That Krux was my #8. My top doom pick is either Elder, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats or Lord Vicar, depending on what you consider doomy doom. Hope Obrero made the list too.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

fucking Looooooon!

ge0rge l0ch1nsk1 (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

absolutely did not expect to see that make it! Awesome!!!

ge0rge l0ch1nsk1 (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Kerr asked me up thread about Deafheaven... they were in my top 10 for sure. They are really good live too.

SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:35 (five years ago) Permalink

another momentous day for george and lil drugs b and c money in the future

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

59. Anaal Nathrakh - Passion (425 Points, 11 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BoG5XSeJyTA/TYwmv2NfjiI/AAAAAAAAAVw/YjSqLRRQah4/s400/anaalpassion.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Anaal+Nathrakh

Anaal Nathrakh is a metal band formed in Birmingham, UK in 1999 that fuse industrial and grindcore elements into an underlying black metal style. The band is signed to Feto Records, which is run by Anaal Nathrakh’s Mick Kenney and Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, Lock Up, Venomous Concept)

The name comes from Merlin’s Charm of Making in John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981). Given Michael Everson’s transcription, Anaal Nathrakh means “serpent’s breath”.

Anaal Nathrakh is typically described as black metal, despite eschewing the aesthetic of many black metal bands, dressing in a casual manner, as opposed to the theatrical corpsepaint and spiked leather clothing traditionally favored by the black metal subculture.

The band originally started as a raw black metal band, but soon changed to blackened grindcore. Through the use of distorted samples, sound effects and programmed drums, much of its work also falls into the industrial metal category, though the band uses no keyboards.

Lyrics are not published, and, prior to their employment of clean vocals, facetious rumors abounded that the band didn’t have any actual lyrics since the vocals were completely incomprehensible. But from the song titles, increasingly common clean passages, and information given in interviews, the band’s work seems to revolve around apocalyptic themes, the nature of mortality, and misanthropy.

Anaal Nathrakh, like many black metal bands, draw much inspiration from the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, exemplified by such song titles as “Human, All Too Fucking Human” and “Revaluation of All Values.”

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:39 (five years ago) Permalink

look its not doom! jeff was wrong!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

its real metal!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Every time I see "blackened" used as a descriptor I imagine the album is covered in cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and msg.

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

you been reading that metal cookbook again?
http://www.bazillionpoints.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/cover_hellbent-1.jpg

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:45 (five years ago) Permalink

listening to deafhaven again now, its good stuff.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

METALLLLLLLL

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

58. Sungrazer - Mirador (426 Points, 15 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qFO_aqYWpnE/ThyM0Ydl6vI/AAAAAAAAFVQ/TcB1RkJk-Pc/s1600/gsdgdsgdsdggsd.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Sungrazer

This Dutch three-piece delivers what can only be described as mammoth walls of mountainous fuzz. Picture the mighty Kyuss rejoined after a 15-year hiatus! Somehow Sungrazer have been moulded to the very roots of stoner/desert rock, a venture that has so often been tried and, time and time again, never succeeded. Sungrazer are perfect example of how good music can sound when three musicians work in unison and collaborate as a whole.

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:52 (five years ago) Permalink

stoner rock sadly got in a rut in the last 10 years but when it gets it right, it can still be majestic. Sungrazer get it RIGHT!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

countdown will resume til #51 after the outage is over

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

so get your comments in

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:05 (five years ago) Permalink

56. RAVENTALE - Bringer of Heartsore (438 Points, 14 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.solitude-prod.com/releases_bmm/bmm045.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Raventale

Ukrainian Black / Doom Metal project

If you like Drudkh then check them out!

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

real good find for me when i heard their last album and this one is great too.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Siegbran heard them after he voted and thought it was great.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

The decription sounds pretty good, but that name alone would have left me thinking power metal.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

that epheles album is stone cold perfect btw
― blurgh (jjjusten)

It is indeed. My #1 from last year didn't even crack the top 10, either I'm getting better at promoting or I'm starting to merge into the ILM hivemind.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:36 (five years ago) Permalink

(crack the top 100)

Siegbran, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

you're part of the hivemind!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

how many of your picks have placed so far?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink

A couple of thoughts on today thus far (I honestly meant to check in today but life got crazy).

Happy to see some of my favorite records show up - Witch Mountain, Sungrazer and Shooting Guns. My thoughts on each, copied from my tumblr blog:

69. Witch Mountain

It’s getting called doom because it leans toward the slow and heavy sound of the early 70s, but there are some things they do that other doom bands rarely aim for or achieve. Firstly, they swing like motherfuckers (something Sabbath doesn’t get enough credit for, by the way). Nate Carson’s drumming and Dave Hoopaugh’s bass are one unit, the pocket so enveloping it’s like a 40 Hz womb. Secondly, Rob Wrong’s guitar is one of the least Iommi-inspired of anyone mining that “Hand Of Doom” vein; there is a lot of psychedelic rock in his sound (listen to that fuzz and feedback), to these ears owing more to the Hendrix/Uli Jon Roth lineage than the Iommi/Wino side of things. Top that off with vocalist Uta Plotkin’s power blues delivery and this ain’t your everyday doom band.

58. Sungrazer

I like slow, spacey, epic psychedelic hard rock. These guys do it well, and with Mirador, their second album, they’ve achieved something very special. There’s a bit of desert rock ala Kyuss in this one, but it’s got more peyote than Pabst in that groove. I found it worked for all moods, weather and seasons.

57. Shooting Guns

I’m partial to instrumental metal, if only because so many of the vocals drive me nuts. These guys don’t worry about anything beyond monster grooves. Their hypnotic heaviness often reminds me of Loop, minus a bit of the Stooges and amplifying the Hawkwind with a dash of late 80s doom ala The Obsessed or something. Feel the groove, love the groove, live the groove.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to hear the Indian record again - it didn't grab me on the first go 'round and I don't remember giving it another. Should rectify that soon.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I f-ing love Sungrazer. While they're my #12 overall (including non-metal), I didn't vote for them, as I wanted to focus on metal. If there was a stoner rock rut, there certainly isn't this year.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

55. KEN Mode - Venerable (439 Points, 16 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jFJPiB9Ay84/TagGuU1_63I/AAAAAAAAABI/aRsmQy1anZ8/s1600/Venerable_cover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/ken+mode

KEN mode is a metallic noise rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that was formed in Sept, 1999.

http://www.facebook.com/kenmode
http://www.kenmode.bandcamp.com
http://www.twitter.com/kenmodenoise
http://www.myspace.com/kenmode

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink

The Sungrazer record is odd in that if I haven't listened to it for a while it slips in my estimation, but then I throw it on and BAM I'm hooked and loving it.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:46 (five years ago) Permalink

im pretty damn sure sean would've voted for ken mode

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

epheles was def in my top 5

im also still mad at u sonsofbitches for vetoing the ulver album

blurgh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

That KEN Mode record is fantastic, my #13.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

you cant blame me for that
xp

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

ez its been a good poll for you so far

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to check out Sungrazer and Shooting Guns -- slow and groovy are good keywords!

La Lechera, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:51 (five years ago) Permalink

how many albums have you all had placed so far?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:52 (five years ago) Permalink

not too bad. Honestly, there were only about a baker's dozen of metal records I really loved this year. It's the biggest reason my ballot was small; plenty of other records I liked, but couldn't weigh against each other at all.

Looks like 6 of the 20 I voted for so far. But the three I mentioned above are in the batch I loved.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

the other three I voted for are Caïna, Premonition 13 and Rwake.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Shooting Guns are great; another of my votes!

ge0rge l0ch1nsk1 (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Shooting Guns was as close to pimping as I got this year. They have such broad appeal, metallers and non- alike.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 21:58 (five years ago) Permalink

54. The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance (442 Points, 17 Votes)
http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/The-Atlas-Moth-An-Ache-For-The-Distance.jpg

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Atlas+Moth

Hailing from Chicago, The Atlas Moth take their bluesy hometown roots and combine that with New Orleans style sludge & 60s psychedelic.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:01 (five years ago) Permalink

i have this on luminous vinyl (lol)

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Definitely an awesome album, voted for this highly here and on my P+J ballot.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:05 (five years ago) Permalink

53. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising (444 Points, 15 Votes)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6j7SWw1ZYUM/TwMdzOOlt2I/AAAAAAAABvQ/t80Pur_hq5I/s1600/Amon%2BAmarth%2B-%2B2011%2B-%2BSurtur%2BRising.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Amon+Amarth

Deeply rooted in melodic death metal with lyrics centered around Viking history and Norse mythology, Amon Amarth (formerly known as Scum) was formed, with the arrival of Johan Hegg as the new vocalist, in 1992 in Tumba, Sweden, a southern suburb of Stockholm.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Amon Amarth is one of those workhorse metal bands that I like, but don't really love. I can count on them to whip out an enjoyable album every couple of years, but I don't ever really fall in love with them.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:17 (five years ago) Permalink

METALLLLLLLLLLLL

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

\m/

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I respect the crap out of them even if their music isn't my thing. But with the rep they have I definitely want to see them live.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Seriously, how can you not look at that album cover up there and NOT want to go out and slaughter some villages and drink mead from skulls? Come on people, this is the METAL poll, and AA are pretty god damn metal.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:23 (five years ago) Permalink

That guy better watch out, his skirt's just about to catch fire.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:30 (five years ago) Permalink

He's a god. Gods don't worry about petty nuisances like that.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Well don't say he wasn't warned when his bits end up looking like the last sausage on the barbecue.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I never tire of Amon Amarth.

And 13 votes for Shooting Guns! So great to see.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:43 (five years ago) Permalink

52. Tombs - Path of Totality (461 Points, 17 Votes)
http://www.metalinjection.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Tombs_Path_of_Totality-604x604.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Tombs

Formed in January 2007 (Brooklyn, USA), Tombs started as a collaboration between former Anodyne frontman Mike Hill, bassist Dominic Seita (ex-Speedloader) and drummer Justin Ennis (ex-the heuristic). Since then Seita has been replaced by Carson James and Ennis by Andrew Hernandez (ex-Asra). Tombs is the culmination of Hill’s lifetime of work, a crushing, soulful sound, inspired by some diverse, almighty influences: the harsh minimalism of Black Flag , the psychedelic overdrive of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, the emotional ice of Godflesh, the sinister rock of Unsane and The Jesus Lizard, and black metal such as Deathspell Omega and Darkthrone

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:49 (five years ago) Permalink

This was high in the Decibel poll wasn't it?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh it was #1 in Decibel.
btw guys did you know that Tombs aren't in Metal Archives?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:56 (five years ago) Permalink

That's because they're a bunch of hipsters. FALSE METALLLLLLLLL

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, I thought that would have been at least top 15. Are they really considered hipstrz?

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Then all Decibel journos are HIPSTERS then! ALL OF YOU NO EXCEPTIONS!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:02 (five years ago) Permalink

atlas moth - decent record, horrific recording
amon amarth - it's an amon amarth album
tombs - also decent but this is probably the right placement for it in any metal poll

intrigued by sungazer and shooting guns per your decriptions, ez

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:05 (five years ago) Permalink

amon amarth - it's an amon amarth album

lol

original bgm, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:07 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks for doing this y'all

markers, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:07 (five years ago) Permalink

but that's ok, they make real metal. no need to fuck with the metal formula everyone!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

hey markers good to see you here! Going to check anything out? You'remore metal than your hipster buddy ilxor who doesn't listen anymore as its not hip!

or something.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha ha, oops. It was supposed to say, "That's so metal."

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:22 (five years ago) Permalink

51. Lord Vicar - Signs of Osiris (502 Points, 17 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wCsV_Zg47NQ/TsKkL_IscVI/AAAAAAAAEIk/WrfgTGzgMAU/s1600/cover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/lord+vicar

A doom metal band of Peter Vicar (Reverend Bizarre, Orne ). Chritus (Christian Lindersson) from Saint Vitus , Count Raven and Terra Firma on vocals. Gareth Millstead from Centurions Ghost and End of Level Boss on drums. On bass Jussi Myllykoski. They released The Demon Of Freedom 7’’ through I Hate Records, featuring Jim Hunter from Revelation on bass. Debut full-length titled Fear no Pain was released on November 6th 2008 by The Church Within Records.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:30 (five years ago) Permalink

amon amarth - it's an amon amarth album

true but I used to think the same of Moonsorrow, and for some reason they fucking delivered this year.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:39 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.onemetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/surturrising.jpg
Wait I've seen that burning sword before...here it is, made last year:
http://ring.cdandlp.com/osmoseproductions/photo_grande/114189397.jpg

Siegbran, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

who is that?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Long, devastating slices of classic riffage, with that dramatic and possessed singing, with that feel that only Lord Vicar (and, obviously Reverend Bizarre) can deliver. It's that sort of music that feels like an ancient painting from a mysterious land. Its beautiful and unsettling but at the same time catchy, heavy and irresistible. It's an album that feels incredibly dense but at the same time calls for repeat listening.- Doomantia

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

xp - I think it's Lana del Rey's unreleased debut album

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I think i'll end tonight with one more, just to annoy the purists!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:53 (five years ago) Permalink

then after i post that seandalai will ask you all nicely again to vote in the big poll

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

50. Barn Owl - Lost in the Glare (504 Points, 16 Votes)
http://music.is-amazing.com/sites/music.is-amazing.com/files/covers/barn.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Barn+Owl

Barn Owl is a drone / psychedelic band from San Francisco, California, formed by Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras (Elm) in 2006.

“Barn Owl’s specific brand of drone-noise is akin to placing your ear against the Dalai Lama’s stomach and catching the sound of his reincarnation juices flowing” - LA Weekly

http://electrictotem.com/barnowl

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:02 (five years ago) Permalink

49-26 to come tomorrow

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:04 (five years ago) Permalink

oooh, I voted for that pretty high. One of my favorite this year in general.

Frobisher (Viceroy), Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Weird. That was #9 in my experimental/ambient list. I wouldn't have voted for that even if this was the heavy music poll rather than metal. It's not remotely heavy.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

See, I don't really consider Barn Owl metal at all (despite the fact I reviewed them in Decibel).

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I cry (f)owl.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Heh. Will we also see Alexander Tucker, Caretaker, Phaedra, Vladislav Delay, Tim Hecker, Grouper and The Book Of Knots? Peaking Lights? EMA, Austra and Planningtorock? Adele?

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Barn Owl sounds like something I need to check out.

(hope everyone's voting in the big poll btw)

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:15 (five years ago) Permalink

i blame all the journos at Decibel who are all clearly hipsters

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Direct Link to poll recap & full results

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:24 (five years ago) Permalink

i think 21 of my 50 votes have placed so far. how about everyone else?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:33 (five years ago) Permalink

btw Barn Owl don't really sound that different to Earth.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:41 (five years ago) Permalink

And no-one complained when they got in previous polls.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Kerr otm on all accounts; hooray for Barn Owl!!!

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Love Barn Owl, but I file them in with faux Western soundtracks like Scenic and Dead Texan, rather than metal.

Plato’s The Cave In Claymation (Sanpaku), Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Didn't vote for them myself but it's a really really good album.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:50 (five years ago) Permalink

so holy shit this witch mountain album is fab

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:54 (five years ago) Permalink

barn owl's last couple records have been about as consistent and purposeful as amon amarth's

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:56 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe this has already been addressed but is there a spotify playlist for this poll? as per usual i'm catching up on my yearly metals via this poll (i'm barely through 2010 tbh.)

omar little, Thursday, 19 January 2012 01:03 (five years ago) Permalink

there's a youtube thread too if you just want to hear the odd track
~ YOUTUBE COMPANION THREAD FOR ILM METAL POLL 2011

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 02:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Love Barn Owl, but I didn't vote for it here. Didn't really consider it metal.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 04:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry that I missed out on this. Just got back on board today. Nice list!

Nate Carson, Thursday, 19 January 2012 04:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like Barn Owl well enough but not enough to vote for them (I don't think).

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Thursday, 19 January 2012 05:57 (five years ago) Permalink

hey nate! congrats on your 22 votes!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:51 (five years ago) Permalink

hope youre all looking forward to todays results 49-26. Some really good stuff in here.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I will put my hand up and admit I voted for Barn Owl. If we're crying "not metal" then Shooting Guns are a prime candidate too IMO.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone going to predict the top 10 to see if they're right tomorrow?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 10:06 (five years ago) Permalink

hey guys. what'd i miss?

Ioannis, Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Some cool albums

I am sticking with my Uncle Acid/Liturgy/YOB top 3 though I do admit that I forgot about Mastodon, but I maintain that'll place maybe 4th or 5th

Others in the top 10:

Corrupted
WITTR
Esoteric
Psychic Paramount
Subrosa
Indian

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I love that Psychic Paramount record but didn't vote for it. Self-censored it as "not metal."

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:50 (five years ago) Permalink

and Indian placed yesterday.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Corrupted will do well, maybe top 3.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Lol. I forgot Indian already placed. Alright, swap that out with 40 Watt Sun.

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

it was a short night's sleep, wasn't it?

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:13 (five years ago) Permalink

49. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 (505 Points, 18 Votes)
http://www.southernlord.com/press/earthangels1/images/cover_large.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Earth

Earth is an american drone doom band formed in 1990 in Olympia, Washington, United States by Dylan Carlson, Slim Moon, and Greg Babior. They are pioneers in the minimalistic and repetitive form of doom metal known as drone doom.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:15 (five years ago) Permalink

wow, low! I think I would have predicted this as top ten. It's good, but definitely more of the same.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:17 (five years ago) Permalink

I loved The Bees Made Honey... but this record didn't grab me at all. Didn't put me off, just wasn't captivated like I had been before.

Love the cover though.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Their new one has a good cover too, in the same style.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

I hope the new one gets me hooked on the band again.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:33 (five years ago) Permalink

10 subscribers to the spotify playlist btw, if anyone cares

speaking of 10, i only voted for 10 albums, so i guess if the collected works of bruce lamont haven't placed yet, they probably won't :(
campaign for presidetn cancelled

also, has anyone predicted primordial? if not, i predict.

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:41 (five years ago) Permalink

48. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis (506 Points, 18 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_VlhKsYxo4SE/TVLWB3BwWII/AAAAAAAAEWk/JnrsS2TLbGA/s1600/Mitochondrion_Parasignosis_Cover.gif
http://www.last.fm/music/Mitochondrion

“Making quite an impression and becoming a force within the death metal underground with their self-released, now out of print “Archaeaeon” debut, where the band introduced the death metal world with their brand of time-stretching vitriolic complex brutal ambient death metal. The band would inevitably gain the reputation as one of Canada’s most devastating and creative death metal bands today. And, since the state within the current landscape of Canadian death metal today hasn’t really shown its promise in what seems like ages, MITOCHONDRION (who initially hailed from the area that encases the infamous Ross Bay cemetery) would begin to help signal a paradigm shift and lead a movement destined to bring awareness to where the new elite sanctions within the Canadian extreme metal scene now lie.”

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:45 (five years ago) Permalink

the resurgence of death metal continues on ilm even without the votes of some high profile fans.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

or comments.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

well i cant force them to do that. but it would be nice if someone who voted for the album told us why it was so good.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

next one up I've never heard of

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

47. Dalriada - Igeret (507 Points, 20 Votes)
http://www.cdinzane.com/images/P/Dalriada-IGERET.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Dalriada

. The hungarian Dalriada www.dalriada.hu

Dalriada was formed in Sopron, Hungary in February 2003 with the intention of combining metal and Hungarian folk music, thus fostering the incredibly rich heritage of Hungarian folk art. Due to other influences some elements of death and gothic metal are also present.

The word „Dalriada” can be familiar to many people. It’s a historical name, the name of the first kingdom of the Scots, but based on some linguistic studies it may have an ancient Hungarian origin with the meaning of “battle-song”. From 2003 until the end 2006 the name of the band was “Echo Of Dalriada” in order emphasize the Hungarian meaning, but at the beginning of 2007 the name was simplified to “Dalriada” to have a shorter name without English words in it.

The genre of Dalriada’s music is folk metal, since Hungarian folk elements, folk song extracts and even some Hungarian folk-song covers are included in the repertoire of the band. Nonetheless, the music is fundamentally described as metal, with influences ranging from heavy to gothic or death.

The lyrics are mostly sung in Hungarian and almost entirely self-made, with the exception of those taken from folk songs and from the works of a famous Hungarian poet - Janos Arany.


http://www.last.fm/music/Dalriada/+images/23828095
Sleeperblokes still exist

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss49/Yingana/dalriadaband1.jpg
Sleeperblokes still exist

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

ok it doesnt like those pics
lets try this one
http://www.pestiest.hu/kepek/164/galeria/164717_galeria_ze01_zeneaj_dalriada.jpg
Sleeperblokes still exist

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

nice of them to allow their grandad in the band

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't know Dalriada had a new record. Glenn tipped me to their last one a few years back and I liked it. Will have to give this a listen.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Enjoying Condenados -- how does one describe this type of singing? Power belting?

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:14 (five years ago) Permalink

yelling like Wino about covers it.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Liking this Dalriada clip on youtube.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

what's not to like about Hungarians dressed up like Circulus?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Holy crap - this official Dalriada video is full of amazing, amazing awesomeness. Trust me and don't turn it off early.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

hahaha wtf

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

do not switch off early watch til the end

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Dalriada is a much more interesting band than their music is.

Frobisher (Viceroy), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

46. Korpiklaani - Ukon Wacka (509 Points, 17 Votes)
http://www.invisibleoranges.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Korpiklaani-Ukon-Wacka-2011.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Korpiklaani

Korpiklaani is a folk metal band from Lahti, Finland formed in 2003. Korpiklaani is the new name of the band previously called Shaman, that was formed by Jonne Järvelä who still remains the mastermind of Korpiklaani. Whilst Shaman recorded songs in the original Saami language, Korpiklaani recorded most songs in English at first, and mostly Finnish lyrics on their most recent albums.

The music of Korpiklaani ranges from the violin-and-guitar paean to the Finnish god of fermentation Pellonpekko, to the “typical” themed metal Wooden Pints, to Crows Bring The Spring, which is strongly reminiscent of “Ride the Lightning” era Metallica.

There has been some collaboration between Korpiklaani and other bands from the folk metal scene, such as Finntroll, for which Järvelä provided the yoiking for the title track of their album Jaktens Tid, and Skiltron, for which Järvelä provided vocals on the track ‘Praying is Nothing’ from their second full-lenght album.

In the year 2007 Korpiklaani left napalm records to sign with Nuclear Blast Records. They released their new album “Korven Kuningas” in 2008, touring Europe and playing some festivals shortly afterwards. In 2009, they toured the United States and Canada as the headliners for Paganfest II.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

all our lurkers are pretty damn obviously from mainland europe

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

which is more metal than the USA & UK

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Akon & Waka Flocka in a metal mashup?

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:33 (five years ago) Permalink

except for ez snappin & glenn

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:33 (five years ago) Permalink

yes, emil.y

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

you love the finnish folk music maybe you will dig it

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Those last two covers are A++++

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

noone predicted these albums making it

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Hmmmm, maybe, though a lot of folk metal is too metal for my tastes *ducks*. On re-reading that description, I am left wondering... what is "yoiking"?

Also glad to see people start to realise that Earth are borrrring.

xxxpost

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

ez snappin is a duck

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

nme's public schoolboy writers would probably refer to this as fook metal

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

with them being from the north, like

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

someone get Tuomas in here to explain finnish yoiking

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

btw its compulsory to drink mead or real ale while listening to this music

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

lurkers fans of metal in Finno-Ugric languages, obviously. I'm hoping for some Estonian blackened death metal with shoegaze and ambient interludes.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink

there was an estonian band nominated!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:44 (five years ago) Permalink

#267 Metsatoll - Ulg 43 points , 4 votes
From Estonia!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

lol blackened death etc. do you know?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

This next band will be of interest to emil.y

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Nyan Cat?

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm pleasantly surprised to see Korpiklaani make it. It's a really fun album, and right up there with their best work.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:50 (five years ago) Permalink

45. Hell - Human Remains (509 Points, 21 Votes)
http://www.cackblabbath.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/HELL-Human-Remains.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/hell

A NWOBHM era band from Nottingham, England who released a single called ‘Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us’ in 1982. They also released two demos (‘82 and ‘86) as well as a s/t Demo, also know as Scheming Demons. Other songs by Hell include ‘On Earth As Is It In Hell’. They also released a music video to go along with their song “Deathsquad”, which is included on the ‘Save Us…’ single.
In 2008 they reunited with the help of Andy Sneap, and in May 2011 they are to release their first full length album “Human Remains”, containing re-recorded versions of the songs they wrote in the 80s.

Due to a series of unfortunate and tragic events, the band originally folded in 1987, but were generally regarded as being many years ahead of their time, and have been cited as an influence by many notable musicians and bands of the genre. They were amongst the first bands to wear proto-corpse paint as part of their stage show, which features hysterical ranting from a Gargoyle- adorned pulpit, along with the use of a pyrotechnic exploding Bible which caused outrage amongst the clergy when it originally appeared in 1983.

Although they were largely ignored by the media and record companies in the 1980's, their music became known through the underground tape trading phenomenon, and the band achieved a degree of cult status. In 2008 they reunited, and were signed by Nuclear Blast.[1] Their first full-length album, Human Remains, was released May 2011.[2] The album topped at #46 on the German album chart in its first week of release.[3]

Hell was founded in 1982, in Derbyshire, England. They signed to the Belgian label Mausoleum, but two weeks prior to the recording of their debut album, the label collapsed into bankruptcy. Kev Bower subsequently quit the band. He was briefly replaced by Sean Kelley, though Hell split up soon afterwards, which led to the suicide of Dave Halliday by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dave Halliday taught Andy Sneap (later to form heavy metal band Sabbat) to play guitar and Sneap mentions Hell as one of his main influences.[4]

The remaining original members of Hell reunited in 2008 to to finally record their album. Sabbat members Martin Walkyier and Andy Sneap agreed to play on the album to replicate Dave Halliday's vocals and guitar tracks respectively, with Sneap also acting as the producer. Although Walkyier completed recording vocals for the entire album, the band have stated that no-one was really happy with the outcome since Walkyier's voice was so distinctive, and the result sounded "more like an unreleased set of Sabbat songs". Kev Bower's brother David (who is known as David Beckford in his career as a stage and television actor) was invited to do a voiceover for the song 'Plague And Fyre' and subsequently joined the band as lead vocalist, re-recording all the lead vocal parts. Sneap subsequently joined the band as their permanent second guitarist.

The new lineup played their first gig at the MFN club in Nottingham on 20/05/2011, playing songs from Human Remains and also Race Against Time's "Bedtime" as a tribute to David Halliday.[5]This was rapidly followed up by a run of festival shows in Europe and the UK, including Metalfest Open Airs in Switzerland, Germany and Austria, Rockstad Falun in Sweden, Download Festival and Bloodstock Open Air in the UK, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Finland, and Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany. The band then went onto perform on the Sweden Rock Cruise, and closed out 2011 by being awarded Sweden Rock Magazine's '2011 Album Of The Year', as well as attaining position #6 in the Metal Hammer 'Best Of 2011' list.

Hell are most often described as a NWOBHM band, although they have distanced themselves from this movement in several interviews, citing that the NWOBHM movement was already in rapid decline by the time the band formed. Their progressive musical style incorporates elements of thrash, power, symphonic, gothic, speed, doom and black metal, encompassing great variety, and with no two songs ever sounding exactly alike. Underlying lyrical themes in much Hell material focuses on the occult and the darker sides of human nature. Typical themes include a distaste for organised religion, alien abduction, political imprisonment, mental illness, and historical events such as the Black Death and the Bubonic Plague. Although primarily guitar-driven, the band's sound is fleshed out by the intelligent and thoughtful use of keyboards and digital sampling to add depth and texture to the material. Their approach to songwriting is often unorthodox, with numerous complex tempo, time signature and key changes, along with a series of atmospheric, theatrical interludes and introductions to many songs.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:50 (five years ago) Permalink

also time for
which one is emil.y?
http://www.hello-cthulhu.com/images/comics/en/000.gif

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink

and which one is AlexInNYC

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:56 (five years ago) Permalink

i've been wrong before but i believe that emil.y has wings

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:59 (five years ago) Permalink

the Hell album is great btw. Even with the modern production. The 3xLP/2xCD has the original demos too.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

She been drinking the red bull again?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

great year for record covers, apparently! i would listen to all of these just based on the covers.

scott seward, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

44. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(S) (514 Points, 17 Votes)
http://www.lurkerspath.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/777sects.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Blut+aus+Nord

Blut aus Nord is an avant-garde black metal band from Mondeville, France.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

we should have a poll for best album cover, it's true.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

that's another good cover, and a good record too, though not exactly easy listening.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I am so Hello Cthulhu, Ratfucker. Grrrrrr.

I've never heard of Hell before, but nor have I heard of "the MFN club" in Nottingham...

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Hello, Cthulhu!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

i want a Sanrio Hello, Cthulhu backpack

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

have i redeemed myself after the glockenspiel debacle?

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:21 (five years ago) Permalink

43. Burzum - From the Depths of Darkness (524 Points, 15 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.foreverplaguedrecords.com/DesktopModules/CATALooKStore/MakeThumbImage.aspx?fileticket=IfM497cXB_Y%3D&PORTALID=0
Spotify

http://www.last.fm/music/Burzum

Burzum is the solo project of Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Larsson Vikernes, AKA Greven Grishnackh/Count Grishnackh, currently legally named Varg Qisling Larsson Vikernes). He is most famous for being a psychopathic murdering racist anti-Semite piece of shite , but who musically is a genius. No-one really ever talks about the music because he's a psychopathic murdering racist anti-Semite piece of shite.
From the Depths of Darkness is re-recordings of Varg's favourite early Burzum tracks the way he wanted them to be, and isn't a cash grabbing exercise at all, no way.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:27 (five years ago) Permalink

glockenspiel debacle? Were you deciding which one was the most 'metal'?
lol

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

wood you guys do that?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

ROCKENSPIEL

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:37 (five years ago) Permalink

(versus... VILEophone)

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:37 (five years ago) Permalink

42. Anima Morte - The Nightmare Becomes Reality (527 Points, 19 Votes)
http://www.animamorte.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Anima-Morte-The-Nightmare-Becomes-Reality-2011.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/anima+morte

Anima Morte is a progressive rock band coming from Sweden. It is a collaboration of four metal musicians: Fredrik Klingwall (a member of progressive metal act Loch Vostok, thrash/heavy-metal act Machinery and death metal band Flagellation), Daniel Cannerfelt (a member of death metal band Flagellation), Stefan Granberg and Teddy Mцller (the frontman of progressive metal band Loch Vostok, drummer of defunct progressive metal band Mayadome, a member of death metal act Flagellation, horror-thrashers F.K.Ь. and Danish power metal band Wuthering Heights). The band has a discography that apart from “Face the Sea of Darkness” includes one promo-CD and 7” vinyl both titled “Viva Morte!”. “Face the Sea of Darkness” is the first CD issued on American label Dead Beat Media, a sublabel of Razorback Records, focused on metal releases, inspired by horror and 70s.
"The Nightmare Becomes Reality" is their 2nd album.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Awesome album that even Emil.y likes!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

This is really great!

Frobisher (Viceroy), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

viceroy too!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

emil.y go watch this http://vimeo.com/24166512

ANIMA MORTE - THE MAKING OF "THE NIGHTMARE BECOMES REALITY" PART 4/4 (SYNTHESIZERS, PERCUSSION & EFFECTS)
by Anima Morte plus

http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/158/050/158050333_640.jpg

find parts 1,2 and 3 yourself though!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:42 (five years ago) Permalink

and for metal fans here's the making of the guitar parts
http://vimeo.com/23997089

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the whole of that Anima Morte album, though! I have the previous one on my computer, but don't know all of this one. Will definitely check it out.

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:45 (five years ago) Permalink

after you've watched the synth pr0n?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

ok, who srsly voted for burzum in the #1 spot?

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I was meaning to get to that Hell album, would have done it in time for the poll had I known it wasn't just a reissue, but rather new recordings a la Pentagram. Anima Morte is cool spooky, proggy soundtrack music, but really didn't think it was that special.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

41. Elder - Dead Roots Stirring (528 Points, 16 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.roadburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Elder-dead-roots-stirring.jpg

Elder is 3 piece stoner doom band from Boston. They have a self-titled full-length album released in 2008, a second full-length album titled “Dead Roots Stirring”, released 2011, both on MeteorCity records, and a split CD with Hong Kong’s Queen Elephantine on Concrete Lo-Fi Records.

http://www.myspace.com/beholdtheelder

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

didnt dig the hell that much but i also didnt know the story behind it.

no offense to the voters but i think that burzum album is pretty lame.

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:06 (five years ago) Permalink

ok, who srsly voted for burzum in the #1 spot?

lets not go down that route please. I don't want people being put off voting like they do in the other ILM poll (the anco debacle) because of reactions by posters.

Mordy you like Burzum anyway.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:07 (five years ago) Permalink

it's a real sad story behind the Hell album but I'm glad it's working out for the remaining members. It's a really good album. Pagan Altar also do the re-recording of old tracks they never got the chance too and they have made 3 terrific albums from it so hopefully there's more to come from Hell.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

40. Old Silver Key - Tales of Wanderings (528 Points, 20 Votes, 1 #1)
http://distro.todestrieb.co.uk/images/large/covers16/old-silver-key-tales-of-wanderings_LRG.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/old+silver+key

Old Silver Key is the new band born from the hyperactive mind of Drudkh mainman Roman Sayenko and consisting of four Drudkh members plus French artist Neige (Alcest, Amesoeurs) on vocals. OSK’s debut album is entitled “Tales of Wanderings” and has been released on September 16th 2011. (Season of Mist label).

Line-up:
Neige - vocals
Roman - guitar
Thurios - guitar
Krechet - bass
Vlad - drums, keyboards, piano

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:18 (five years ago) Permalink

This album grew on me after i got over the fact it wasn't a heavy album like I had hoped for. It's shoegaze.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:19 (five years ago) Permalink

So I might like it then?

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Thumbs up from me on that Elder album

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

The Old Silver Key album is weak in my opinion. Both sides could have done better, and nothing really meshes.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Elder was my #1. The only explanation that it wasn't top 10 could only be that 16 people heard it. Right? My blurb:

Emphasizing a heavily distorted, doomy sound, they're the latest to merge aspects of doom with stoner rock's melodies and sticky riffs. They describe themselves as "a sonic interpretation of the forces that surround us; the pounding waves of ancient seas, the weight of stone colossi rising up from the earth and the endlessness of inflamed, majestic skies." Or alternately, "like Ufomammut fucking Black Sabbath sideways." However you want to describe it, Dead Roots Stirring is immediately addictive, and has stayed at the top of my playlist for months.

http://beholdtheelder.bandcamp.com/album/dead-roots-stirring

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

just 16 people

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Elder also topped the Stoner HiVe poll, #4 in Stoned Sun Vibrations, #5 at The Obelisk and #7 at Doomantia.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Elder was nice but wasn't a favorite. I do regret not voting for the Ufesas record though. It's owned my January so far.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:54 (five years ago) Permalink

that blut aus nord is decent but also seriously disappointing after the masterful memoria vetusta ii imo

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:04 (five years ago) Permalink

after you've watched the synth pr0n?

*spotifies furiously*

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:06 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man, never even heard of anima morte before but this is GREAT so far!

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

bear in mind I kind of love any horror prog

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

39. Blut Aus Nord - 777/The Desanctification (537 Points, 21 Votes)
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/11/Blut-Aus-Nord-777-The-Desanctification-608x608.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Blut+aus+Nord

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

ok that elder album is awesome, and yeah i had not heard it until just now

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

i read a review of the band Alcest and so i'm listening to their new album now

it's supposed to be black metal, the review said shoegazer too, which i kinda get

overall though it feels a lot more like 90s bands like Hum or Chavez to me than metal, it's cool though, i don't know if they are trv kvlt though :|

it doesn't really seem like black metal at least to me, but i'm no expert

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:36 (five years ago) Permalink

38. Blood Stain Child - Epsilon (540 Points, 18 Votes, 1 #1)
http://getmetal.org/uploads/posts/2011-06/1308262697_blood-stain-child-e-psilon.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Blood+stain+child

Blood Stain Child is a trance metal band from the city of Osaka, Japan. They are influenced by techno, gothic, rock and also visual kei elements.
The band formed under the name “VisionQuest” in 1999, but reformed under the name Blood Stain Child in 2000.

BIOGRAPHY

Blood Stain Child was formed in 2000 by Ryo (vocals, bass), Ryu (guitar), Daiki (guitar), Aki (keyboards), and Violator (drums). In August 2000, Blood Stain Child recorded their first demo, which consisted of the songs “Silence of Northern Hell”, “Requiem”, and “Legend of Dark”. The band sent that demo to a radio station and the DJ enjoyed the music so much that he recommended the band to the record label, M&I Company, who eventually signed Blood Stain Child.
A notable feature of Blood Stain Child is their tendency to incorporate both dance and trance related themes and elements into their music. The band’s sound includes death vocals complemented at times by clean vocals.

Current members:

Sophia - vocals (2010)
Ryo – bass, vocals (2000–present)
Ryu Kuriyama – guitar (2000–present)
G.S.R – guitar (2007–present)
Aki – keyboards (2000–present)
GAMI - drums (2010)


http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/51720701/Blood+Stain+Child+bst.jpg
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/53818275/Blood+Stain+Child+SOPHIAchantilly.jpg
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/53817967/Blood+Stain+Child+RYU.jpg

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

i agree w/you about the alcest album m@tt - altho the thing is that black metal has kinda porous boundries these days. still if you played the album for me w/o identifying it, i wouldnt hear any trad BM influence at all really.

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:41 (five years ago) Permalink

great album xp

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah like i still crank hum and chavez on the regular, also reminds me a little of the later period unwound stuff too

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Aw, I was hoping for top 10 for BSC. RAGE QUIT.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

overall though it feels a lot more like 90s bands like Hum or Chavez to me than metal

this is somewaht true though imo alcest are wayyyyy too tepid rhythmically to merit comparison to those kinds of bands.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess I should have campaigned harder for Elder. I posted a YouTube link with the entire album on the Sandbox.

Regarding Alcest, Neige, Aegnor and Argoth had some demos that were black metal in 2001, but with the latter two left, it quickly became basically shoegaze, or metalgaze. I loved Souvenirs d'un autre monde (2007), but everything sort of sounds the same and I hadn't been inspired to hear the latest.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

jeff, was bsc your #2? (assuming turisas was your #1)

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

i know im being captain negative today and all but oh man i do not get or even vaguely enjoy blood stain child sorry peeps

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

that's because you have taste mr justen

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, souvenirs is great but I haven't felt the need to explore much else either (x-post)

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

overall though it feels a lot more like 90s bands like Hum or Chavez to me than metal

this is somewaht true though imo alcest are wayyyyy too tepid rhythmically to merit comparison to those kinds of bands.

― call all destroyer, Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:44 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yeah i don't prefer it, a lot of the black metal stuff i've heard has p boring drum parts, it's almost like a skiffle type beat to me, or a johnny cash beat with shitloads of cymbal shit

but i'm digging this, the prettier and less metal this record is the better imo

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

also curious who gave bsc a #1 vote (tho legit curious, not judgy)

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they were my number two selection. Love love love that record. Just total insanity.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Aw, I was hoping for top 10 for BSC. RAGE QUIT.

― Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.),

you really have unrealistic expectations.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

ok that elder album is awesome, and yeah i had not heard it until just now

― blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:33 PM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark

i just listened to one song, but i would have voted it if i had bothered to listen to it before.
oh well, next time!

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

BSC record is p samey but really hits the spot if I'm in the mood for trancey melodic death jams w/excellent gigantic choruses (admittedly not a mood I'm often in...)

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I think I can pretty much single-handedly take credit for BSC placing at all, much less this high.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

that cover looks like final fantasy

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

j3ff is totally the ilx BSC patient zero

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

cosplay trance dance melodic death metal

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

jeffs ideal genre really
cosplay + republica + trivium

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

m@tt if you want some black metal with depth i think that Epheles album is the best of the year. if you want some black metal with the batshit crazy, give Peste Noire a try.

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

drumming on the epheles is also crazy crazy good and a lot more varied altho its still mostly 10000 mph

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

More In Flames than Trivium, really.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Otherwise that is an accurate statement.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

i wanna know what smithy and phil think.
I know skot will love it.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

just wait til jeff gets it to place in the big ilm poll

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

37. Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg (549 Points, 18 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-arfUgWrwX4g/TryzpfEmtUI/AAAAAAAAJLU/TA2C2h2j5fk/s1600/Cover.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Thy+Catafalque

Thy Catafalque is an avantgarde post-black metal act from Makó, Hungary since 1998 but are now based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Thy Catafalque were born in 1998 in a small town of Hungary playing traditional, epic black metal in the beginning by tamás kátai (Gire) and János Juhász. Just after their first and only demo KaOtic Productions decided to release their first album in 1999 entitled Sublunary Tragedies, followed by the second record Microcosmos in 2001.

Throughout the passing years the music became more and more experimental with deep touches of electronic and folklorish influences feeding from their homeland in Central Europe. Meanwhile KaOtic Productions ceased to exist, so the third album Tűnő Idő Tárlat (An Exhibition of Vanishing Time) came to sunlight as a self-financed production in 2004. By this time lyrics turned into Hungarian and music turned out to be the most diverse and atmospheric experimentum coming out from the band. Cosmic music from micro to macro, from matter to spirit and then back into the ashes.

This world is about to be painted by more vivid colours in the latest release entitled Róka Hasa Rádió released by Epidemie Records on the 12th of May, 2009 and in November 2009 by Soyuz Music. The main concept behind the album is the relationship between the ever evolving, solid and massive physical matter and the fragileness of human and all living spirits throughout distant childhood memories and scientific explanations of nature. Revolving, rotating movements of past and future, colours, sounds, long lost scents by a strange transmission from a timeless radio.

Guest appearences by Zoltán Kónya and Balázs Hermann (Gire), Attila Bakos (Woodland Choir, Taranis), Ágnes Tóth (The Moon and the Nightspirit), Ádám Tóth (Mocun).

During the recordings Tamás Kátai left to Edinburgh, United Kingdom and finished the album there. Currently he is staying there.

After the very well appreciated Róka Hasa Rádió album, Epidemie Records decided to print a re-issue of the previous recording of Thy Catafalque entitled Tűnő Idő Tárlat. It had been released by the band itself in 2004 in a very small scale. Limited to 500 pieces of beautful digipak, the music is untouched while the artwork is renewed.

Thy Catafalque CDs are distributed by Lethal Conflict worldwide and Soyuz Music in Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Originally released in 2004, Tűnő Idő Tárlat was re-released in limited digipak version by Epidemie Records in 2010.

In 2011 Thy Catafalque has signed to Season Of Mist. The fifth album entitled Rengeteg was released on 11 November 2011 in Europe and 10 January 2012 in North-America. All the instruments have been reccorded by Tamás Kátai alone this time, as János Juhász left the band in 2011. Guest musicians: Attila Bakos (Woodland Choir, Taranis) - all clean male vocals, Ágnes Tóth (The Moon And The Nightspirit) - female vocals, Mihály Simkó-Várnagy - cello.

English translation of all the lyrics of Rengeteg: http://metalstorm.net/bands/lyrics.php?album_id=55793&band_id=&bandname=Thy+Catafalque

http://www.thycatafalque.hu
http://www.reverbnation.com/thycatafalque
http://www.myspace.com/thycatafalque
http://www.season-of-mist.com

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Excellent album this but had not heard until after I saw the results and checked it out.
Yes its more Glenn Metal.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:08 (five years ago) Permalink

ASR, how many voters would you say are ilx regulars and how many are lurkers/off-site voters?

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:08 (five years ago) Permalink

listening to BSC again and now I kind of want a BSC album produced by yasutaka nakata. preferably emulating sugarless girl era capsule.

"stargazer" is GREAT man

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i've had the exact same thought about BSC + nakata

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:10 (five years ago) Permalink

ha! I can almost hear it and it would rule.

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

i dont know mordy as i only added nicknames from people who i recognised. The lurkers are pretty obv ilm regulars rather than from other sites as i googled looking to see if it came up anywhere plus most of them have voted in the previous polls.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

still, without them it wouldn't be much of a poll as getting blood out of stone is easier than getting metal regulars voting I'm sad to say.
Lurkers also seem to be varied in taste so it at least makes for interesting results.

Campaigning over the year but ESPECIALLY in the poll threads really does make a difference though. Lots of examples but BSC really proves it if you weren't convinced earlier by the others.

so THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:17 (five years ago) Permalink

another japanese band coming up next

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:22 (five years ago) Permalink

is it heavy rock?

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:26 (five years ago) Permalink

finally, Loudness!

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

36. Boris - Heavy Rocks (551 Points, 19 Votes)
http://cdn.pitchfork.com/media/heavyrocks.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Boris/

Boris (ボリス Borisu) are a Japanese experimental rock band formed in Tokyo in 1992. The band’s original lineup consisted of Atsuo, Takeshi, Wata, and Nagata who was the band’s original drummer. After his departure, Atsuo took over drums and the lineup has remained consistent to this day. Boris draw influence from a huge variety of styles including, but not limited to, psychedelic rock, punk, sludge, doom metal, drone, pop, noise, shoegaze, and ambient. The band’s name is taken from a song on Melvins’ album, Bullhead.

They released their debut full-length album, Absolutego, on their own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since its formation, Boris have released 17 full-length albums, three live albums, six collaborations with Japanese noise legend Merzbow among various other collaborations, and one best album Variations which focused more on the rock side of the band.

Boris saw a huge increase in popularity when Southern Lord reissued their works in North America, garnering them critical acclaim and recognition in music press. Pink, originally released in 2005 in Japan via Diwphalanx, was reissued in 2006 by Southern Lord and met with a very positive reception in the US. Blender magazine and SPIN magazine both named it one of the year’s best albums. The album also made the top of the metal section in Canadian magazine Exclaim’s reader’s poll of that year, and was in the top 10 of Pitchfork Media’s top 50 records of the year.

In 2011, Boris announced plans to release three full-length albums in the same year. The first to be released was New Album, their fifteenth album, on March 16 in Japan. The album consists of mainly j-pop with some elements of psychedelic rock and electronic styles. The next two albums, Heavy Rocks (2011) and Attention Please, were released simultaneously on May 24 through Sargent House. Heavy Rocks shares its name and cover art style with Heavy Rocks, released in 2002 in Japan. Attention Please is mostly noted for featuring lead vocals by Wata on each song. Boris co-headlined a European tour with their new label-mates Russian Circles throughout the summer from June 17 to July 17 and continued touring Europe alone from July 19 to July 24. They will also be headlining a North American fall tour from October 7 to November 12 with various openers including Tera Melos, Asobi Seksu, True Widow, Liturgy, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Coliseum, and Joe Lally.

Boris maintains a Tumblr page at borisheavyrocks.tumblr.com and an official homepage at www.borisheavyrocks.com.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:35 (five years ago) Permalink

good album.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Am I right in thinking there was a song off that one that I liked in outloud? Being not a fan of Boris (though a fan of some of their collaborations) I'd be heartened by that. Though I guess it sounds more like New Album might be it, if that's j-pop & psych.

emil.y, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

I think you liked Party Boy which was on Attention Please and New Album

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

new album was japanese only but got a US release in December.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

pretty Boris cover

Mordy, Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I had a feeling Thy Catafalque would place pretty high, it's really likeable, excellent sound, interesting experimental bits, but also just good METAL. Mitochondrion's an excellent record too, thunderous and brutal but not yr standard DM. Dalriada is by far the best folk metal record I've heard this year but yeah goofy as fuck.

Siegbran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

35. Morne - Asylum (557 Points, 19 Votes)
http://www.code7music.com/store/images/Morne_Cover_HighRes.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/morne

Morne was a concept that began with many trials and tribulations. The band was founded by Milosz Gassan in 2005, and while there were many interested individuals in making the project happen, only one lineup had the dedication and passion to make the band a reality. In 2007, Milosz was joined by Max Furst (bass) and Kevin Adams (drums) and it was here where Morne began to create and develop the band’s distinct sound heard today. After just a few months of rehearsal, the band entered a studio to record their first demo. As time went on, the songs continued to further shape and evolve. In the following summer of 2008, Morne was joined by Jeff Hayward right before the band’s first formal studio recording session for a split 12” with the UK band Warprayer.

After brief touring and intensive rehearsal, Morne finally unveiled their debut full-length album “Untold Wait” in late 2009. The album was the culmination of over 2 years efforts and hard work as a group. Morne also invited guest musicians Kris Force and Alicia Morgan to contribute their talents and signatures to further the album’s vast concept. Due to artistic and personal differences, the band parted ways with Kevin prior to the album’s release. In his place, Erik Larson stepped up to substitute for their first European tour in the summer of 2009. After nearly one year without a permanent drummer, Morne was joined by Billy Knockenhauer in September of 2010 to perform with the band full-time. The band has also since been joined by Ian Shultz to fulfill the role of permanent keyboard and sound manipulation, helping to complete the band’s live sound.

Morne released their second album Asylum in 2011
www.reverbnation.com/mornecrust
www.morneband.com
www.myspace.com/mornecrust
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Morne/215460167565?ref=mf

bloody brilliant crust/sludge album it is too.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

i think sean might be a fan too?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Several of mine in this run. I was the #1 for BSC, both here and in the P&J, so Jeff and his paltry #2 have nothing to brag about. Mitochondrion is right up there with Leviathan in arresting ugliness. Dalriada had probably my favorite straight folk-metal record, and I think they've been one of the best at that genre for a while now. Thy Catafalque are in a bizarro world all their own.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:22 (five years ago) Permalink

fenriz is really into morne

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:23 (five years ago) Permalink

haha nice

original bgm, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink

34. Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar (558 Points, 16 Votes, 1 #1)
http://ring.cdandlp.com/greyarea/photo_grande/115029848.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/S%C3%B3lstafir

Sólstafir is a metal band from Reykjavík, Iceland which formed in 1995 and currently has four full length releases. The band’s unique style has made it hard to categorize Sólstafir into a specific genre or group of genres.

Sólstafir were formed by 3 friends, Aðalbjörn Tryggvason, Halldór Einarsson and Guðmundur Óli Pálmason in January 1995.

Most critics also had a hard time pinpointing Sólstafir’s music into a specific genre.

Sólstafir’s 4th full length album “Svartir Sandar” will be released on Season of Mist on October 14th in Europe and October 18th in North America.

Superb album.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Discovered the Morne pretty late in the year, but I like it!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Orchid - like, sounds straight outta the 70s
Condenados - like!
Devil - weird vocals, but +/- like

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

HELL YES solstafir

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:43 (five years ago) Permalink

33. Leviathan - True Traitor, True Whore (564 Points, 19 Votes)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-naraRe42ssM/Trbvx-36v-I/AAAAAAAAI60/T-qo2e9srEo/s1600/Cover.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/leviathan

Leviathan, aka Wrest, is a one-man black metal project from San Francisco, California. The band was brought to life in 1998 and was put on hold in Oct. 2007 due to a legal dispute with the record label. Wrest brought the project back in January 2008 to release the latest album. Wrest plays every instrument found in Leviathan’s music; guitar (electric + acoustic), drums, bass, synths, and vocals.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:02 (five years ago) Permalink

As of January 9th, Wrest was arrested and charged with raping his girlfriend with his tattoo tools as well as assaulting her.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:05 (five years ago) Permalink

so i think we will move on

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

32. Cauldron - Burning Fortune (580 Points, 20 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wAYcA7CQZWU/TVpQs9-ZsjI/AAAAAAAADoE/NMeHObzvwM4/s1600/CAPA.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/cauldron

Trad heavy metal/doom

and it rules. Chuck didn't vote here but it was his P&J #1

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I found the Leviathan to be a pretty weak record.

Siegbran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:11 (five years ago) Permalink

album cover has a total Bad News video vibe LOL
xp

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought the Leviathan record was pretty stunning. It and the Mitochondrion album both just barely dropped off my P&J ballot because I'm basically a goopy romantic and there were enough happier things I liked just a tiny bit better. But both are well worth hearing. Wrest's legal issues are an interesting side-issue, but I think if you listen to violent, angry music, you can't really get too offended if it occasionally turns out that its practitioners are accused of doing something violent or angry.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:23 (five years ago) Permalink

btw Cauldron have a song called "Tears Have Come" but the vocalist appears to be singing "Tears of Cum"

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

yes emil.y. I will play that song for you in outloud room tonight

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:28 (five years ago) Permalink

31. In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil (594 Points, 18 Votes)
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/05/In-Solitude-The-World-The-Flesh-The-Devil.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/in+solitude


In Solitude was formed in 2002 in Uppsala, Sweden. The band has released three different demo tapes, followed by the 7” single “Hidden Dangers” on SMP Records including the two songs “Kathedral” and the classic “Hidden Danger (In the Night)”. If you listen to In Solitude’s brand of complex, high-class heavy metal with high-pitched singing, one band springs to your mind immediately: Mercyful Fate. After the demo tapes and the 7” single, In Solitude have taken the next logical step in releasing a full-length album. The vinyl version was released by High Roller Records, the CD came out via Pure Steel Records.
The World. The Flesh. The Devil was released in 2011.

http://www.myspace.com/InSolitudeHeavyMetal

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Another great album.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Cauldron rules. Any young band that loves Dokken and Thor is okay by me.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:35 (five years ago) Permalink

30. Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand (594 Points, 24 Votes)
http://www.metalblade.com/primordialstream/images/image01.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/primordial

Primordial is a Pagan Folk Black Metal band founded in 1987 from County Dublin. They play a unique style of Pagan an History metal, which can best be described as a blend of black and folk metal with strong influences from their Irish roots. Their music and lyrics deal with cultural heritage, struggle, Celtic.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:51 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought that would place higher! I knew it was coming though. I like them a lot.

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay, here's something I don't get. While the dude from Leviathan does seem like a prick in interviews, and if he is guilty he is a scumbag of the highest order, he hasn't actually been convicted of the crime yet (innocent until proven guilty and all that), so I'm not sure why you said we should just move on from him whereas you didn't say something similar about Varg, the convicted unrepentant murdering Nazi scumbag?

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I thought Primordial would rank higher.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:11 (five years ago) Permalink

welllll did you read the burzum write-up?

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:12 (five years ago) Permalink

There is no point in talking about wrest until his court case.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:16 (five years ago) Permalink

29. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal (602 Points, 23 Votes)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jjw1LzROAGY/TdIMaboga4I/AAAAAAAAC1Y/I11u07kOR-k/s1600/Autopsy-Macabre-Eternal-e1301176685928.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Autopsy

Autopsy is an influential death metal band, founded in 1987 in the United States by Chris Reifert after leaving Death. Beginning their career with the ‘Severed Survival’ LP, Autopsy took on a sound similar to that of Scream Bloody Gore era Death, but soon moved on to a doom metal influenced sound for the ‘Retribution For The Dead’ EP. The next full-length, ‘Mental Funeral’, would expand on Autopsy’s “death doom” style of metal, and was met with great critical acclaim. Having completed a successful European tour soon after Mental Funeral, the band reentered the studio to record the ‘Fiend for Blood’ EP, which was followed by their third full-length, ‘Acts Of The Unspeakable’. Autopsy’s last album, 1994’s ‘Shitfun’, was heavily influenced by hardcore punk and would prepare fans for Abscess, Danny Coralles and Chris Reifert’s project after Autopsy’s demise in 1995 ,but as of July 2009, have reunited and 'Macabre Eternal ' was released in 2011

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

I disagree with that actually, because this album is practically begging you to think about what he was charged with. Plus his recent interviews really place him in an unflattering light, even if it ends up with all charges being dropped. I just can't imagine someone with these type of charges hanging over his head so publicly calling attention to it.

(xpost re wrest)

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

\m/

Fucking love that Autopsy album!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I know it's Autopsy and all, but I wasn't really impressed.

Siegbran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Mainly vocal wise I think.

Siegbran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I think the Exhumed album is so much better than the Autopsy one.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Happy to see a few of these make it - Cauldron and In Solitude being classic metal of the highest order. Am surprised a bit by Primordial being this low; I figured it for a top 10 or top 15 placement.

This is a bit of what I wrote about Primordial in my own year-end list:

It’s the record they’ve been leading up to, one that forges ahead with something singular, raw, and I have to say (and love doing so) primordial. This is an album that leaves me physically tired, a worn and brusied feeling in my bones. I’m in awe of the fact that Alan Averill manages the nearly impossible task of melodic bellowing, creating a tuneful wail of unmatched intensity. There are plentiful hooks, and some subtle shifts in beat and tempo that cause me to catch my breath even though I know full well when they are coming. Another band reaching a career high, and I hope they have no plans on stopping.

and In Solitude:

I like Mercyful Fate, but not as much as these Swedes like Mercyful Fate. It’s almost a tribute, but after a while I realized it was just such a solid foundation that I can’t believe more bands haven’t taken that blueprint and laid their own floor plan on top of it. Again, it’s 80s metal, modernized in recording technique and minus the hated gated drums. I’m a sucker for harmonic riffing, and these guys interweave it just enough to catch my ear and make my heart skip a beat. May traditional metal never die.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard that yet, but as far as doomy death goes I like reformed Asphyx better than reformed Autopsy.

Siegbran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:25 (five years ago) Permalink

(xpost)

Siegbran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Why would I actually make sure I had my facts straight before going on a long, poorly phrased rant?

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:36 (five years ago) Permalink

haha

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

28. Today Is the Day - Pain Is a Warning (614 Points, 19 Votes, 1 #1)
http://www.dormitiondesigns.com/images/reviews/todayistheday.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Today+Is+The+Day

Today Is The Day is an experimental rock/metal band founded by Steve Austin and Brad Elrod. The band saw its beginnings take root in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1990s when Today Is The Day released their debut EP, entitled How To Win Friends And Influence People, in 1992. This self-financed release garnered the attention of Amphetamine Reptile Records (AmRep) who signed the band (at this time consisting of Austin on vocals and guitar, Brad Elrod on drums and percussion, and Mike Herrell on bass) in February 1993 and released the full-length Supernova later that year.

yes,bassist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor of Mastodon used to be in the band.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:44 (five years ago) Permalink

thread needs henry

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Another one I thought would place higher.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:51 (five years ago) Permalink

my number one, and henrys as well.

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:51 (five years ago) Permalink

its an ILM poll. Some stuff places higher than expected some lower and some not at all.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I am expecting a number one placement for Turisas.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:54 (five years ago) Permalink

btw anyone with even a passing interest in the noisier side of things really really needs to hear that today is the day album. and all the other today is the day albums for that matter.

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

agreed. today is the day rule

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:56 (five years ago) Permalink

This one is definitely their most accessible. Total rock 'n roll groove going on.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:57 (five years ago) Permalink

27. Grayceon - All We Destroy (645 Points, 19 Votes, 1 #1)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wtaisyBljuI/TV2tKbSFE_I/AAAAAAAAAC4/uOcQkV4i2U8/s1600/allWeDestroy_cover_lowres.jpeg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/grayceon

Grayceon pulls together an extremely diverse range of musical influences and writing styles to create a fresh sound that defies the boundaries of the metal/rock/progressive genres. Compared to King Crimson and Ved Buens Ende, not in sound but in ‘feel’, Grayceon embraces the hard-to-describe-them definition and expects no hard comparisons to be made any time soon.

Alternate low tuning on both cello and guitar, finger picked metal riffs, dreamy double vocals, and unpredictably impeccable drumming all meet to give Grayceon their unique sensibility.


http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/252320/Grayceon.jpg

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:02 (five years ago) Permalink

checking out Today Is The Day on youtube - this is good. No idea why I've never given them a second glance.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

great album and pleased to see it place so high
xp

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked the Grayceon on first listen - I think if you searched the Rolling Metal thread I probably gush over it. However, it was one of those records I liked less the more I heard it. Don't know why, but it kept slipping in my estimation.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I've seen TOTD three times and they've smashed it every time yet am still yet to own any of their records

the last time they played to 15 people max in a room that can hold about 700, it was the most ridiculous thing

I knew a guy in a local metal band called "Bangin' Moon" (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:26 (five years ago) Permalink

*TITD

I knew a guy in a local metal band called "Bangin' Moon" (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:26 (five years ago) Permalink

so who is ready for the last one of the evening?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow. For some reason I always had Today is the Day confused in my head with some shitty metalcore band and avoided them like the plague. Oops.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm ready! Need to leave work soon.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:29 (five years ago) Permalink

26. Virus - The Agent That Shapes the Desert (653 Points, 19 Votes)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--As-c2bJN0w/TZJczEaZdiI/AAAAAAAAAg8/7Q0hQ07IaMw/s1600/Virus+-+The+Agent+That+Shapes+The+Desert.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Virus

Norwegian avant-garde / progressive rock/metal band formed in 2000 by ex- Ved Buens Ende members Czral (Carl-Michael Eide) (ex -Dodheimsgard, ex -Ved Buens Ende, ex - Cadaver Inc, Ex -Ulver, Ex- Satyricon, Aura Noir), Esso (Einar Sjurso) (ex -Ved Buens Ende, ex - Lamented Souls, Beyond Dawn), and Plenum (Petter Berntsen) (ex -Audio Pain, ex- Ved Buens Ende) and signed to the Jester Records label.

Despite a fall from a 4th story window which left him partially paralysed, Czral continues with the band and a new album was released in late 2008.

Both albums released to date have met with critical acclaim from rock and metal media alike, and been praised for their daring musical style.

Albums
2003 - Carheart (Jester Records)
2008 - The Black Flux (Season Of Mist)
2011 - The Agent That Shapes The Desert (Duplicate Records)
Info: www.myspace.com/czral

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Another one that I never got around to last year, really liked The Black Flux.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Another good record.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:34 (five years ago) Permalink

This thread reminds me of a v v v uncomfortable dinner my wife and I had with a couple that was buying one of my father in law's paintings. It was pretty clear early on that they were ultra right wingers and no one we would ever associate with willingly, but it got 1000000x worse when the guy made a comment that ended with "yeah, that's what we call 'em here, 'reggins', so they don't catch on". As I nearly bit through my tongue my wife was squeezing my arm so hard under the table that she drew blood.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:37 (five years ago) Permalink

OMG wrong thread! Mods delete please.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:37 (five years ago) Permalink

serves you right for having dinner with varg and his wife

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

bahahaha

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Hahahaha. No, I had two ilx tabs open, one for general browsing and one to follow this thread and I very obviously posted this in the wrong tab.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

i want to be a helpful mod but i also find that misplaced post extrememly funny, what to do

blurgh (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

could have been worse, you could have had the Anselmo's round.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I just didn't mean to derail this thread in any way.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:47 (five years ago) Permalink

v v v uncomfortable

age is not a number of years but a great experience in life (admrl), Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:48 (five years ago) Permalink

your wife has a fierce grip!

La Lechera, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I like to think it was the rage flowing through her at the time.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

was it against the machine?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:53 (five years ago) Permalink

see this is what happens when people veto the new ulver album

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Ulver fans vote in Virus instead?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Sonbitch, Grayceon should have been my #18 but I somehow missed putting it in my ballot.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Direct Link to poll recap & full results

Join us tomorrow for the top 25!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:08 (five years ago) Permalink

AND MAKE YOUR PREDICTIONS NOW!! Lets see who is closest.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I look forward to ASR getting really angry at me that Turisas landed in the top 25.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Or me getting really angry at ASR that they didn't place at all.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 00:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I did my part Jeff.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:19 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to the results tomorrow. I really hope you all are. They're.... interesting.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:28 (five years ago) Permalink

and as always the posts of "too low" "why did such and such not place" "wtf voted that in!"

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Do you all think this list is diverse?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:41 (five years ago) Permalink

thought primordial would be higher--that's a great record

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:45 (five years ago) Permalink

i was checking out the today is the day on spotify earlier and it's good too--want to go back in their catalog at some point

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:46 (five years ago) Permalink

My internet has been down for most of the day, so late to the party.
So from 60-26 have:
Liked - Tombs, KEN Mode, Shooting Guns, Barn Owl, Morne, Grayceon
Very Much Liked - Boris, Elder, Sungrazer

Looking frwd to the Top 25 tmrw.

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 00:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Bummed about Hills not placing, though that record is not metal at all

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 01:09 (five years ago) Permalink

you can't be too unhappy then. plus look what you did get in!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 01:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm not unhappy; this poll has ruled so far

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Mordy is compiling a spotify playlist for your pleasure everyone.
http://open.spotify.com/user/mordys/playlist/6FNGd20uP6dyX5W1jzFE6Z

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

things that should still place:

- SubRosa
- Uncle Acid
- Esoteric
- YOB

Frobisher (Viceroy), Friday, 20 January 2012 02:27 (five years ago) Permalink

music aside, this thread has some of the best album covers i've seen in forever and some of the worst

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 January 2012 02:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Kerr really wants some predictions. He's worked hard on this, so here's mine.

The top ten I think is probably the easiest to guess. I think I could possibly get as many 8 of them right. In rough order:

YOB - Atma
Hammers Of Misfortune - 17th Street
Mastodon - The Hunter
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - Blood Lust
Corrupted - Garten der Unbewusstheit
Liturgy - Aesthetica
Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
The Gates Of Slumber - The Wretch
40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
Esoteric - Paragon of Dissonance

11-20 is harder. There's probably some obvious black metal album I'm missing. I'll be lucky to get 50% right.

Opeth - Heritage
Pentagram - Last Rites
Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty One
Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
Brutal Truth - End Time
The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre
Blood Ceremony - Living With the Ancients
USX (U.S. Christmas) - The Valley Path
Hull - Beyond the Lightless Sky
Dir en grey - Dum Spiro Spero

21-25 I really have no clue. There are so many worthy candidates. There will be omissions that will shock me, but hopefully it will be balanced by surprises that I haven't heard yet. A couple obvious non-metal albums will probably make it, like Graveyard, which I love dearly but did not vote for, maybe Black Cobra and Lo-Pan. If not those, maybe Gentleman's Pistols, Totimoshi, Freedom Hawk or Ancient VVisdom.

TesseracT - One
Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
Black Cobra - Invernal
White Wizzard - Flying Tigers
Lo-Pan - Salvador

I'm afraid none of these massively awesome albums will make it. If I'm wrong and at least one does, I'll be thrilled.

Green & Wood - Devil's Plan
Obrero - Mortui Vivos Docent
Wo Fat - Noche del Chupacabra
Glitter Wizard - Solar Hits
Leather Nun America - Kult Occult
Dopethrone - Dark Foil
Lazarus A.D. - Black Rivers Flow
Maligno - The Funeral Domine
Argus - Boldly Stride the Doomed

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 05:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I know one of those massively awesome albums got a number 1 placement on one ballot and I'd be happy as hell to see it place.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 05:59 (five years ago) Permalink

im pretty damn sure sean would've voted for ken mode
Oh, be damn sure... I saw them this year as well and they were crushing.. In Fact, I saw them and Deafheaven together, I believe..

Tombs.. I did not enjoy as much as their last record.. where the last one has maybe 25-30% black metal parts, this new one had like 75-80% it seemed to me. They lost me for sure with that.

Generally speaking, I'm getting kinda tired of this move a lot of bands are doing towards a more BM influence. Its getting too much.. And I don't feel that when a band is playing like that, that it feels very fast. Yeah the drums are playing fast, but it always feels to me that they are just playing the faster/smaller subdivisons of the tempo, thus to create a wall of sound like the rest of ther band does with the strumming, not acually playing a fast tempo.. idk, its just getting long in the tooth.. Maybe its seeing a band like Tombs bring more of that in is whats bugging.

On another note.. How the fuck do you guys have time to go through all this shit!!! lol!! Yopu fuckers are animals with keyboards and mouses, yo!.. lol!!

SeanWayne, Friday, 20 January 2012 06:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Gtreen & Wood? Saw them with Black Breath at a small warehouse show in Oakland, they were terrible.. well maybe not terrible, but certiainly not gonna make the list. The chick guitar player was smaokin hot though, and she was one of the guitarists from Black Breath's nuts, which we found hilarious.. But also, a very Hollywood/L.A. type vibe about that band too that was big turn off..

SeanWayne, Friday, 20 January 2012 06:32 (five years ago) Permalink

^ there speaks a drummer, haha

xp

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 06:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm betting Graveyard cracks the top 20, maybe even top 10.

Simon H., Friday, 20 January 2012 06:35 (five years ago) Permalink

fastnbulbous thanks for your predictions!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 06:36 (five years ago) Permalink

There speaks an old man that can't play fast anymore and I'm all bitter about it.. ;P

SeanWayne, Friday, 20 January 2012 07:03 (five years ago) Permalink

poor sean wayne. now get your next album out.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 08:00 (five years ago) Permalink

To help those who want to make predictions here are some EOY magazine results

DECIBEL EOY List:

1. Tombs - Path of Totality
2. Opeth- Heritage
3. Mastodon - The Hunter
4. In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil.
5. Brutal Truth- End Time
6. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
7. YOB - Atma
8. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
9. Inquisition - Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual.......
10. Junius - Reports From The Threshold of Death
11. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
12. Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
13. Exhumed - All Guts, No glory
14. False - False
15. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
16. Revocation - Chaos of Forms
17. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
18. Obscura - Omnivium
19. Drugs of Faith - Corroded
20. Subrosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones
21. Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All
22. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
23. Atriarch - Forever the End
24. Disma - Towards the Megalith
25. Moab - Ab Ovo
26. Gridlink - Orphan
27. Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
28. Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
29. Crowbar - Sever the Wicked Hand
30. Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings
31. Machine Head - Unto the Locust
32. ABSU - Abzu
33. Negative Plane - Stained Glass Revelations
34. Origin - Entity
35. Darkest Era - The Last Caress of Light
36. Deafheaven - Roads to Judah
37. Hammers of Misfortune - 17th Street
38. Krallice - Diotima
39. Rwake - Rest
40. Graf Orlock - Doom Box

Rock-A-Rolla Top 50 Albums

01 The Book Of Knots - Garden Of Fainting Stars (Ipecac)
02 Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Rock Action)
03 Earth - Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 (Southern Lord)
04 Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
05 Boris - Attention Please (Sargent House)
06 Obake - Obake (Rarenoise)
07 Black Cobra - Invernal (Southern Lord)
08 Barn Owl - Lost In The Glare (Thrill Jockey)
09 Loss - Despond (Profound Lore)
10 Wooden Shjips - West (Thrill Jockey)
11 Mike Patton - The Solitude Of Prime Numbers (Ipecac)
12 Grails - Deep Politics (Temporary Residence Ltd)
13 Tombs - Path Of Totality (Relapse)
14 Alva Noto - Univrs (Raster-Noton)
15 Asva - Presences Of Absences (Important)
16 Enablers - Blown Realms And Stalled Explosions (Exile On Mainstream)
17 Hexvessel - Dawnbearer (Svart)
18 Today Is The Day - Pain Is A Warning (Black Market Activities/Good Fight Music)
19 Bloodiest - Descent (Relapse)
20 Killl - Killl (Fysisk Format)
21 Fire! With Jim O' Rourke - Unreleased? (Rune Grammofon)
22 Boris - Heavy Rocks (Sargent House)
23 Remember Remember - The Quickening (Rock Action)
24 Hella - Tripper (Sargent House)
25 Årabrot - Solar Anus (Fysisk Format)
26 The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance (Profound Lore)
27 Mamiffer - Mare Decendrii (Sige/Conspiracy)
28 Gridlink - Orphan (Hydra Head)
29 Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence/Bella Union)
30 Circle - Infektio (Conspiracy)
31 YOB - Atma (Profound Lore)
32 Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones - Metamanoir (Denovali)
33 Blut Aus Nord - 777: The Desanctification (Debemur Morto)
34 A Storm Of Light - As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade (Profound Lore)
39 Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraisoufo - The Ripper At The Heaven Gates Of Dark (Riot Season)
40 Amebix - Sonic Mass (Easy Action)
41 Mika Vainio - Life (...It Eats You Up) (Editions Mego)
42 Birds Of Passage - Winter Lady (Denovalii)
43 Rwake - Rest (Relapse)
44 Conquering Animal Sound - Kammerspiel (Gizeh)
45 Zombi - Escape Velocity (Relapse)
46 Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels (Trust No One)
47 Raoul Sinier - Guilty Cloaks (Ad Noiseam)
48 Ovo - Cor Cordium (Supernatural Cat)
49 Rising - To Solemn Ash (Exile On Mainstream)
50 Skullflower - Fucked on A Pile Of Corpses (Cold Spring)

Terrorizer Top 40 Albums

1 Mastodon - The Hunter
2 Autopsy- Macabre Eternal
3 Trap Them - Darker Handicraft
4 Devin Townsend - Ghost / Deconstruction
5 Amebix - Sonic Mass
6 Altar of Plagues - Mammal
7 Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
8 Blood Ceremony - Living With the Ancients
9 Necros Christos - Doom of the Occult
10 In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil
11 Today Is The Day - Pain Is A Warning
12 Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
13 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
14 The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre
15 Solstafir - Svartir Sandar
16 Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
17 Tombs - Path of Totality
18 Machine Head - Unto the Locust
19 Negative Plane - Stained Glass Revelations
20 Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
21 Ancient Vvisdom - A Godlike Inferno
22 Opeth - Heritage
23 Craft - Void
24 Sonne Adam - Transformation
25 Brutal Truth - End Time
26 Disma - Towards The Megalith
27 Leviathan - True Traitor, True Whore
28 Yob - Atma
29 All Pigs Must Die - God is War
30 Cave In - White Silence
31 Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
32 Will Haven - Voir Dire
33 Decapitated - Carnival is Forever
34 Obscura - Omnivium
35 Rwake - Rest
36 Morbus Chron - Sleepers in the Rift
37 Maim - Deceased To Exist
38 Absu - Abzu
39 Esoteric - Paragon of Dissonance
40 Shining - VII: Fodd Forlorare

Metal Hammer Top 50 albums of 2011

50 Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
49 Primus - Green Naugahyde
48 Arabrot - Solar Anus
47 Hammers Of Misfortune - 17th Street
46 Cerebral Ballzy - S/T
45 YOB - Atma
44 TessaracT - One
43 Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
42 Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
41 Times Of Grace - Hymns Of A Broken Man
40 The Dwarves - The Dwarves Are Born Again
39 Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice
38 Ken Mode - Venerable
37 Altar Of Plagues - Mammal
36 Blood Ceremony - Living With The Ancients
35 Will Haven - Voir Dire
34 Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
33 Wormrot - Dirge
32 Nightwish - Imaginaerum
31 Devin Townsend - Ghost
30 Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
29 Solstafir - Svartir Sandar
28 Foo Fighters - Wasted Light
27 Trivium - In Waves
26 Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist
25 In Solitude - The World,The Flesh,The Devil
24 The Damned Things - Ironiclast
23 Pentagram - Last Rites
22 Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
21 Steel Panther - Balls Out
20 Motorhead - The World Is Yours
19 Black Stone Cherry - Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
18 Ancient VVisdom - A Godlike Inferno
17 Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
16 Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
15 Devildriver - Beast
14 Amebix - Sonic Mass
13 The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre
12 Gentleman's Pistols - At Her Majesty's Pleasure
11 Evile - Five Serpents Teeth
10 Graveyard - Nuclear Blast
9 Skindred - Union Black
8 Black Spiders - Sons Of The North
7 Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
6 Hell - Human Remains
5 Megadeth - Thirt3en
4 Opeth - Heritage
3 Anthrax - Worship Music
2 Machine Head - Unto The Locust

1 MASTODON - THE HUNTER

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 08:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Djevel, Turisas, Absu, Vastum and Burzum also still to come I guess?

Siegbran, Friday, 20 January 2012 08:15 (five years ago) Permalink

smh at there being a band called Dopethrone

they had *better* be good with a name that uninspired

I knew a guy in a local metal band called "Bangin' Moon" (DJ Mencap), Friday, 20 January 2012 08:29 (five years ago) Permalink

not heard it.
Got any predictions mr mencap? I would like to see all of you have a go at predictions so we can see who is closest!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 08:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Of the 50ish to 25 run, I really liked Barn Owl, Earth, Old Silver Key, Elder, Cauldron, Grayceon and Blut Aus Nord. I want to hear Morne, In Solitude and Autopsy.

Top ten prediction (rough order):

Liturgy
YOB
Uncle Acid
Mastodon
Corrupted
Wolves in the Throne Room
Tombs
Gates of Slumber
Skeletonwitch
Esoteric

Wildcards: Fen, Hammers of Misfortune, 40 Watt Sun

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 09:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Tombs was #52

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 09:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Would have started a bit earlier 2 but I had to make a doctors appointment and its for 12 so I'll start when I get back.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 09:32 (five years ago) Permalink

lol oh dear maybe swap out for Gates of Slumber?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 09:41 (five years ago) Permalink

lol again, make that Hammers of Misfortune. It's too early!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 09:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Guessing that Arabrot is still to come. Maybe Batillus?

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Friday, 20 January 2012 10:03 (five years ago) Permalink

69. Witch Mountain

It’s getting called doom because it leans toward the slow and heavy sound of the early 70s, but there are some things they do that other doom bands rarely aim for or achieve. Firstly, they swing like motherfuckers (something Sabbath doesn’t get enough credit for, by the way). Nate Carson’s drumming and Dave Hoopaugh’s bass are one unit, the pocket so enveloping it’s like a 40 Hz womb. Secondly, Rob Wrong’s guitar is one of the least Iommi-inspired of anyone mining that “Hand Of Doom” vein; there is a lot of psychedelic rock in his sound (listen to that fuzz and feedback), to these ears owing more to the Hendrix/Uli Jon Roth lineage than the Iommi/Wino side of things. Top that off with vocalist Uta Plotkin’s power blues delivery and this ain’t your everyday doom band.

EZ Snappin -- you get it, and you are too kind!

Nate Carson, Friday, 20 January 2012 10:59 (five years ago) Permalink

One last reminder to vote in the big ILM poll. Voting closes tonight and without giving anything away, there are a good number of metal albums that would benefit from one or two extra votes...

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Friday, 20 January 2012 13:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Glad you liked my description Nate! A year after our long talk about "the pocket" it was nice to see you guys come out with the best example in ages.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I forgot about Arabrot and Amebix. Substitute them for Lo-Pan and White Wizzard in the 21-25 slot. Maybe Megadeth? Didn't even know Anthrax had an album. I forgot to check out the Shining album. It must not be making as much impact as Blackjazz.

xp I love the sound of that Green & Wood album, just the kind of rough around the edges distortion I like. They sure don't sound very L.A. to me. I wish I were in L.A. right now. I hate snow.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

25. Loss - Despond (670 Points, 24 Votes)
http://luminousdeluge.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/loss-despond.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Loss

Funeral Doom

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:16 (five years ago) Permalink

on profoundlore. Awesome album.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Profound Lore will probably have the most entries in this year's poll, I think?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Of course that made it, dammit. I had that sandwiched between Skeletonwitch and Machine Head on my metal list, but didn't make my top 50.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Direct Link to poll recap & full results

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:34 (five years ago) Permalink

24. Burzum - Fallen (699 Points, 22 Votes, 1 #1)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EXihUu7bbR0/TVqATWwM_eI/AAAAAAAAA2g/gd99UYmGI44/s1600/burzum-fallen.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/burzum

Review

by Eduardo Rivadavia

Varg Vikernes' real-life rehabilitation for murder may have taken close to two decades (in case you've been living under a rock, he's that Norwegian black metal dude who stabbed that other Norwegian black metal dude in 1993), but the creative rehabilitation of his lonesome black metal enterprise, Burzum, took just a few years. Yes, loathe him or loathe him there was simply no denying the return to musical form exemplified on 2010's maddeningly brilliant Belus album, and the same is almost but not quite true of its quickly recorded and suggestively named successor, Fallen, which arrived in stores by early 2011. Here, once again, Vikernes methodically assembles a series of mid-paced, gradually developing black metal movements (see "Jeg Faller," "Valen," "Enhver til Sitt," "Budstikken") out of multiple layers of interlocking riffs and melodies over which he can then improvise additional guitar runs and grunt or shriek or murmur or whisper his Norwegian lyrics to his dark heart's content. The resulting hellish hymnals are at once hypnotically successful (for the most part, barring some odd vocal choices and iffy repetitions) yet also border on predictability by now, and for all their individual merits, all of them uniformly fall short of career-defining precursors like "Stemmen Fra Taarnet," "Jesus' Tod," or even Belus counterpart "Glemselens Elv." For anyone who's wondering, Fallen's only blastbeats are housed in the otherwise like-minded "Vanvidd," and the biggest surprises are found in the meaningless percussive twaddle (some drums, some mysterious stringed instruments) that bookend the album as intro "Fra Verdenstreet" and outro "Til Hel Og Tilbake Igjen." This combination of staying the course and failing to impress when risks are taken ultimately gives Fallen something of a leftover taste and suggests that Varg might want to invest a little more time in conjuring Burzum's next opus…after all, he is now finally free to do so at whim.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

noone ever seems to have an opinion on Burzum, just varg

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:45 (five years ago) Permalink

That particular Burzum album is not too shabby, but I didn't vote for it.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

23. Opeth - Heritage (786 Points, 22 Votes)
http://bandmill.net/bandmill/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Opeth-Heritage.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/opeth

Review

by Thom Jurek

Heritage, Opeth's tenth studio offering, finds the Swedish band abandoning death metal: no growled vocals, no blistering fast power riffs, no blastbeats. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and engineered by Janne Hansson, Heritage is easily Opeth's most musically adventurous -- and indulgent -- recording. Written primarily by vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt, these ten songs are drenched in instrumental interludes, knotty key and chord changes, shifting time signatures, clean vocals, and a keyboard-heavy instrumentation that includes Mellotrons, Rhodes pianos, and Hammond organs -- ironic since keyboardist Per Wiberg left the band after Heritage was completed. Opening with the title track, a haunting solo piano instrumental, it careens into the explosive "The Devil's Orchard," with spectacular, arpeggiatic guitar work by Fredrik Åkesson and matching drums by Martin Axenrot. With a huge, swirling B-3 in the backdrop, it melds progressive metal to prog rock, with Åkerfeldt's clear, clean singing. "I Feel the Dark" marries Åkerfeldt's classical guitar to piano, flute, a droning Martin Mendez bassline, and double-timed, quietly tense drum kit work. "Slither" sounds like Motörhead meeting early-'70s Deep Purple. "Nepenthe" begins as a ballad but shifts toward jazz-rock in the instrumental break before finding its way back to a middle ground with sparse instrumentation and taut dynamics. "Haxprogress" draws real inspiration from King Crimson; Mellotrons and nylon-string guitars give way to Åkerfeldt's crooning, thundering basslines, and syncopated drums. At eight-and-a-half minutes, "Famine" is the album's most abstract cut, with guest Alex Acuña adding Latin percussion to the mix, creating spaciousness in a long intro before giving way to colliding prog rock at the seam where King Crimson's "Larks Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2" meets Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick." "The Lines in My Hand" is the set's most aggressive cut, with a deeply satisfying guitar crunch. "Folklore," with its myriad instrumental and vocal parts, complex melody, and breakbeats, comes off as an eight-minute suite before closing with another jazz- and folk-inflected instrumental entitled "Marrow of the Earth." Love it or hate it, Heritage, for its many excesses -- and stellar conception and execution -- is a brave album. It opens the door for Opeth to pursue many new directions and reinvent themselves as a band.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

I've not heard this record, but the consensus was it was a bit underwhelming, correct? Amazing/ terrible cover though!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 14:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I was initially disappointed, but it ended up really growing me. The band is pretty much 0% metal at this point, but thats not a bad thing.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink

reception was mixed. Lack of metal pissed off a lot of people but was welcomed by others.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink

This is the Opeth record I've been waiting for them to unleash; same themes as always, minus the death metal trappings that have, at times, seemed tacked on to the last couple of records. Great dark prog with heavy moments and motifs.

Plus they wrote a song for Ronnie James. Can't get more metal than that.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Consensus is that it's #23! It's my #4. Mainly 70s inspired prog, but still sounds modern, and Opeth will always be metal, even with acoustic guitars.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Was my #9.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

i dunno, tell that to death metal fans/purists
xp

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Ooh looks like the full album is open on youtube. Lovely piano led opener. Not v metally so far.

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:59 (five years ago) Permalink

my #7

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:59 (five years ago) Permalink

open=up
xp

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 14:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay, some strong recommendations, I will seek it out, thanks! Metal threads are great for people explaining why they like records minus the snark and meta commentary you get on certain other threads.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Unsurprisingly, the material was much heavier live than on the record.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Excited for this today, tbh. Half of my top ten is yet to place.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

dont post ballots or anything but predictions are welcome.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

22. Turisas - Stand Up and Fight (796 Points, 22 Votes, 3 #1s)
http://hangout.altsounds.com/attachments/reviews/7301d1298834176-turisas-stand-fight-album-turisascd.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/turisas

Review

by Tim DiGravina

With Stand Up and Fight, Turisas offer another rousing, invigorating bevy of epic symphonic metal ballads centered on ninth to 11th century Baltic Vikings. Think Andrew Lloyd Webber mashed up with GWAR and a Disney ride. Battle metal crooner/leader Mathias "Warlord" Nygård's boom-and-doom voice commands his Norse warriors to "stand up and fight," "hoist the sails," and protect the front line like Scott Walker or Peter Murphy playing a William Wallace personality type on Broadway. Nygård's rich voice centers and seems to conduct the chugging guitars, pounding drums, and all manner of symphonic accompaniment. Whether he's quietly addressing his clan, calling out for battle, or leading a rousing chant of backup Vikings (singers), Nygård is always a compelling frontman. Where some of their symphonic metal peers linger in evil vibes, Turisas always uplift. There's a Queen-like motivational power throughout the album, and the Viking genre, with its old-world pub atmosphere, is loads of fun. Stand Up and Fight is a delightful ride that gets better and better with each listen.

Cant find a jeff review but he can post one himself.
If he says it's too low then please SB him!

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Three number 1 placements! Outstanding!

Though I have to admit, I only had it at #8.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:15 (five years ago) Permalink

j3ff will be happy. Don't really get into these dudes much, but I love the cover.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:15 (five years ago) Permalink

someone wake that lazy bastard up and tell him he owes those voters money

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:18 (five years ago) Permalink

and no, one of the voters wasn't a hamster (afaik)

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay, just listened to the title track 'Stand Up and Fight'. It is preposterous, but in an enjoyable way. I dunno, surprised myself by liking it. Not too sure if I could last an entire album.

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

These guys are fun; I was beginning to think they'd be a surprise top 10 placing, but am happy with this. I voted for it.

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Blimey, 'Fear The Fear' is good too! In a Sweeney Todd The Musical kinda way.

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

"Hunting Pirates" is so over the top I laugh and sing along like a giddy kid.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

21. Argus - Boldly Stride the Doomed (800 Points, 24 Votes, 2 #1s)
http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ARGUS_boldlyCD.gif
http://www.last.fm/music/argus

Review

by Eduardo Rivadavia

Pennsylvania's Argus made a very strong first impression with their superlative eponymous debut of 2009, but unfortunately not too many people outside a small group of underground heavy metal cognoscenti got word of it. Now, one can only hope that the group's even more accomplished sophomore outing, Boldly Stride the Doomed, will rectify this unjust state of affairs. By all rights, it damn well should -- although using the word "doom" in the album's title actually sells short its much broader creative scope, since Argus, as they did the first time around, stick to slower, dramatic tempos only occasionally (see "The Ladder," the piano-enhanced "42-7-29," the epic-length "Pieces of Your Smile"). In fact, more often than not, and as exemplified by "A Curse on the World," "Wolves of Dusk," and even the album's title track, the band is heard galloping by in full jousting chain mail regalia, twin guitars ringing in unison, in the long tradition of everyone from Iron Maiden to Isen Torr to Grand Magus. No matter what tack they employ, though, perhaps Argus' wisest decision on this second LP was procuring a huge but cleanly separated production that showcases both their songwriting strengths and instrumental prowess, production where even the bass guitar can hold its ground. And when even less distinctive offerings like "Fading Silver Light" and the Crusades-inspired "Durendal" can so easily be rescued from good to great status by emotional guitar solos, it becomes obvious that Argus are firing on all cylinders. Or at least it should be obvious to anyone who actually gets wind of Boldly Stride the Doomed‘s existence -- here's hoping word spreads far and wide.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Glad to see this place so high, since I completely forgot to vote for it!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

on the same label as Slough Feg, Bill Magill will love it!

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:33 (five years ago) Permalink

don't like the look of that nightclub much.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

famous last words

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

One of those #1 votes is mine. Really happy to see it place; honestly, I didn't think there was as much love for it as this placement shows.

This is part of what I wrote on my blog:

As I keep saying, I love retro-metal, and I’ll be damned if these guys aren’t doing it as well as any of their inspirations. Vocalist Brian “Butch” Balich has a tendency to throw in the odd, utterly superfluous “Yeah!” and “Whoa!” and other onomatopoeic exhortations to his band and audience, and each brings a smile or quick “Ha!” from my lips. He also delivers with what I assume is a straight face my favorite line of 2011: “Lost/We run from the light/Our inequity knows no end” When you hear that how can you not throw up a fist at that and celebrate?

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

jeff says doom metal is boring.
i say IT BEAT TURISAS GET IT RIGHT UP YE!

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

i went to the docs today as i had a sore throat (got antibiotics for the infection) my BP was high and now I got a splitting headache. So this next album is a good one for me to listen to while i roll these results out.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

20. Asva - Presences of Absences (845 Points, 25 Votes, 2 #1s)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a6q8TtSbFwg/TiiA0dlQE9I/AAAAAAAACA4/1prTcEW8ee8/s1600/presence+cover.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/asva
http://www.doommantia.com/2011/07/asva-presences-of-absences.html

If someone had to pigeonhole Asva's sound, the category would be Drone, and yet this album has so much more to it. It could be pushed also into Post Metal, but still, a lot of the vastness of this sonic tapestry would be lost. It could be pushed also into Post Metal, but still, a lot of the vastness of this sonic tapestry would be lost. One thing is certain: G.. Stuart Dahlquist has touched something that few musicians touched with this. Some remote, deeply buried frequency of emotional raw power that this majestic sonic art piece awakens.

This is going to be the last album Dahlquist will make as Asva and in that spirit it has the feeling of a final speech from a remote place. It's a testament, an epitaph, something unearthly, almost divine, that isn't concerned with common music structures. It honestly drove me to tears. As weird as it may sound, it did. Possibly, it wont have the same effect to you. It might even bore you. But the best approach to this album could be to free your mind of any prejudice, put it on your stereo, wear headphones, and let it flow into you. The four long pieces that compose it are opened and closed by mysterious “a capella” melodies. While I am not informed enough to know where they're from, they work. Its like being introduced toa ritual. The spiraling sounds then begin. Organs, drums, a sensual and yet unsettling bass build up. The voice of Kayo Dot's Toby Driver chants on, with a hypnotic intensity that simply gets under your skin and trickles inside.

The guitars start creeping inside. The effect is scary yet magnificent. The mood is something that word can't describe, almost like the whole music is screaming for you to simply let yourself be absorbed and enraptured by the crescendo. It's like watching a stark work of art develop under your eyes, the sounds twirling one into the other and creating a melody that doesn't really sound like any other. You could name their first work “What you don't know is frontier” or even some of the original post-rock innovators, but the whole thing is different. More hypnotic. More sober and yet grandiose. The four songs are just like one glorious piece in different movements, they tie together and take you elsewhere.
Simply magnificent. That's the only word that really fits.

Review Written By Andrea Contanzo

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:51 (five years ago) Permalink

absolutely fucking brilliant album.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm feeling sleepy...

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:56 (five years ago) Permalink

you shouldn't have put opeth on then

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 15:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry, that Asva record was a real snore for me. And I liked the last one.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought it was great!

Frobisher (Viceroy), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

I think this year I just lost my ear for that kind of drone. Might come back, might not.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:08 (five years ago) Permalink

19. Fen - Epoch (851 Points, 27 Votes, 1 #1)
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Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/fen
http://dontcountonitreviews.blogspot.com/2011/02/fen-epoch-2011.html

Ever since I heard of Fen about two years ago, I've heard nothing but praise sung for them. From their debut EP "Ancient Sorrow" into this, their second full-length, I've not heard a single bad word about this band. Taking cues from post-rock and shoegaze, but altering it in such a way as to make it more progressive than most within the post-black metal or blackgaze genre.
Showing their true colors, this is an album that doesn't show fear in moving into more melancholy realms that do call back to post-rock music, even within the opening title-track, Epoch. From what I've seen, the fact that these guys have only one guitar player brings something a little bit different to the table, as guitars aren't as overpowering as other groups make them. Not to say there aren't parts on here where the guitars get loud and aggressive, as more than half the album is pretty brutal melodic black metal, but there's a more dreamy quality in the tone of the guitar, not to mention the use of keyboards adding a similar vibe on top of it as well.
But I think it's the dreamy quality of this album that really makes it stick out from both other records from similar bands, not to mention black metal bands in general. The spacey and more atmospheric sections are what really stuck out on this record, to me anyway. Though I do have to say the dynamic between heavy and soft is explored quite a bit throughout this disc, constantly evolving between the two and sometimes going for a sound somewhere in between. This variation definitely justifies the song lengths on this album, as several of these songs end up pushing around eight minutes. Plus, listening to tracks like The Gibbet Elms or Half-Light Eternal, you can't help being encompassed by all the atmosphere that they bring.
Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed this album and it is certainly a refreshing listen. I have always been attracted to unique atmospheres within bands, and I absolutely love the soundscapes found on this record. If you like experimental black metal, I'd suggest you check this out immediately.
Overall Score: 9.5

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Good album, kinda surprised at the high placing though.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink

My 21-25 guesses were a total miss, but great to see ARRRRgus! My #24. I don't think they're as lumbering-slow as most doom, so I consider them more classic metal.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:13 (five years ago) Permalink

good album, lovely cover!

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

the Fen album is fantastic. I big upped it a lot on the rolling bm thread

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Argus are more Iron Maidenites than doom to my ears.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:16 (five years ago) Permalink

glad it went down so well with you all
xp

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Fen - Like the music well enough but can't deal with the 'vocals'.

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:27 (five years ago) Permalink

^^this.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

and THAT is why i am chagrined when i invest 6 min listening to something i like only to find some breathy dude murmuring about his pain at 6:01
scream it, belt it or stfu imo

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

18. Altar of Plagues - Mammal (855 Points, 26 Votes, 1 #1)
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Profoundlore version
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Candlelight version
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/altar+of+plagues

Cork, Ireland’s Altar of Plagues was formed in 2006. Terms that are most frequently used to describe their sound include black metal, ambient and progressive or post metal, though it seems no one description can sum up the acts massive sound. The act themselves consider black metal to be the genre to which they are most attached, but on the contrary they have also been quoted to take influence from acts as diverse as Emperor, Björk and Arvo Pärt.

Review

by Gregory Heaney

At first glance, a black metal album of anguished contemplations about death and inevitability that opens with a nearly 19-minute song would seem impenetrable at best, but on Mammal, the second full-length offering from Irish experimenters Altar of Plagues, the whole thing somehow works. In the way that all great black metal albums are, Mammal isn't alienating so much as it is isolating, making the album not only a collection of songs, but a space in which to ruminate carefully over them. By putting the listener into the appropriate headspace, Altar of Plagues are able to exert total control over the listening experience, taking listeners on a journey that, through all of the brittle production and icy, unforgiving atmosphere, is remarkably thoughtful, introspective, and visceral. This feeling really shines through in how surprisingly dynamic the record is. The songs don't just pummel listeners into submission with their intensity, but are instead more tidal, ebbing and flowing between feverish, blastbeat-laden outbursts and quieter, more expansive passages. Combined with the spaciousness of the production, this push-and-pull approach speaks to a certain inevitability, as if to say that no matter how hard they fight, the songs always have to slow down. As an album, Mammal asks a lot of the listener. It presents an uncomfortable space in which to consider an uncomfortable subject with an austerity that will dispel any notions of black metal being only concerned with the evil or the brutal. Altar of Plagues have created something that's challenging and haunting, and those who are willing to put in the time will find an album that's not just effective, but affective.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

john fix that img tag please

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Turisas's Stand up and Fight is pure musical joy, one of the most inspiring, original, and fearless metal albums since, well, ever. I tried to give it a perfect score in Decibel, and my editor vetoed that, but they will always have a perfect score in my heart.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I bought the previous Turisas CD, The Varangian Way based on similar hype and was pretty disappointed. How does this improve on it?

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

more Vikings

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:42 (five years ago) Permalink

guh fen sounds like a wack version of agalloch

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Stand up and Fight just goes for it. Like I said, it's fearless. Doesn't feel constrained by any conventions or genre requirements.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm probably building it up too much, but it just hit all my buttons in exactly the right way.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

'wack'?

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

ready for a shock low entry?

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

No.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Look what the Decibel hipsters are up to:

Blackened clouds are gathering overhead, and it's all our fault. North America's premier heavy metal magazine is launching the maiden edition of its annual earth-scorching tour this April. The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature not just the long-awaited stateside return of Polish blackened death metal overlords Behemoth, but support from Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, Dutch prog mystics the Devil's Blood and Swedish old-school occultists In Solitude.

Tour dates and other details announced on Jan 24. Hope it's not too off topic, as it does include bands from the poll.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder if I can get a discounted ticket if I promise to leave after the two openers.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:49 (five years ago) Permalink

weird lineup

I don't think I even knew there was an Asva album out last year

Touched By Angel Rangel (DJ Mencap), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

You know there is a rolling metal thread for news like that, right?

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

these two posts super otm

guh fen sounds like a wack version of agalloch

― call all destroyer, Friday, January 20, 2012 10:43 AM (11 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Stand up and Fight just goes for it. Like I said, it's fearless. Doesn't feel constrained by any conventions or genre requirements.

― Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, January 20, 2012 10:44 AM (9 minutes ago) Bookmark

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Fen are awesome and I'll sb anyone who disagrees!

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:58 (five years ago) Permalink

17. Liturgy - Aesthethica (873 Points, 26 Votes, 2 #1s)
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/04/Liturgy-Aesthethica.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/liturgy

Review

by Thom Jurek

It's very tempting to break down Liturgy's sophomore album Aesthethica into the numerous parts that make it up, or point to the band's obvious influences. While Liturgy has gone to great lengths to insist they are a black metal band, the Brooklyn unit -- vocalist/guitarist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, drummer Greg Fox, bassist Tyler Dusenbury, and guitarist Bernard Gann -- is much more. While it's true that Aesthethica reflects and retains the intensity and single-pointed, focused drive of their debut, Renihilation, their musical development -- as composers and players -- is undeniable. Where the former album relied heavily on simple song structures to anchor the overarching furiousness of their attack, Aesthethica, by contrast, is far more sophisticated; enough so to get them barred from the "black metal" club forever by purists. The minimal guitar plinks that intro the opener "High Gold" gain in frequency and become a blur before the entire unit kicks in on full stun. Fox's blastbeats quadruple-time the band, Hendrix shrieks incoherently, and the high-pitched, syncopated wall of guitars suggests an exponentially overblown version of one of Glenn Branca's guitar symphonies, but moves much further off the scale. "True Will" (whose lyrics are transcendentally spiritual) begins with a modern version of vocal polyphony before the violence of instruments creates a startling corridor of noise; before long, however, it reveals a very complex network of tones, sounds, pulses, and textures, and though it seems there are few of them here, actual spaces. Hendrix's screaming sounds more like ecstasy than pain, as if he is indeed communing with God in the outer reaches of the spheres. Each of these 12 tracks is so melodically and dynamically labyrinthine -- not too mention outrageously heavy -- they're exhausting. Other choice cuts include "Returner," "Red Crown," "Sun of Light," and closer "Harmonia" (the last of these at least appears to be slower, but that's deceptive). Aesthethica consists of intricate, sophisticated songs, full of majesty, nearly insane drive, intention, and the frighteningly unleashed power of emotion; and they all rock. Hard. This is extreme music. Period. It may come to define or utterly transcend metal; but it doesn't matter because this album is in its own class. Anyone remotely interested in heavy music needs to encounter Aesthethica at least once.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 16:58 (five years ago) Permalink

*Picks George up off the floor*

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Well I just heard In Solitude for the first time through this, and on the same day it was announced they're touring. I might go because of this poll, just sayin'.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

thank the mercyful fates!

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Glad Liturgy wasn't top 10. Kind of annoying how critics who almost never listen to metal were so apeshit over it.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

but those tr00 kvnts who hate them for being hipsters are equally annoying. I really like both of their albums. Who cares if HH-H is a pretentious twat

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Liturgy - The only nominated album that I had actually heard! 'Veins Of God' is great, and I like the rest just fine.

xxp ha, I'm not a critic obv, but point taken.

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't be a hipster, ASR.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:18 (five years ago) Permalink

16. Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain (874 Points, 27 Votes, 1 #1)
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Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/falloch

Falloch was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2010 by Andy Marshall and Scott McLean

Their sound draws inspiration from a variety of musical styles such as atmospheric rock, metal, post-rock, scottish folk as well as minimalist composers such as Arvo Pärt and Yann Tiersen.

Having a deep connection with nature the band is named after the Falls of Falloch waterfall in Crianlarich. Falloch (“Falach” in Scottish Gaelic) means “hidden/in hiding”.

They started recording their debut album ’Where Distant Spirits Remain’ in 2010. Upon completion they managed to secure legendary producer Ronan Chris Murphy (Ulver, King Crimson etc.) to master the album in early 2011, with the chance to sign to the revered Candlelight Records following shortly after. Their album was released on 26th September to a great critical reception.

http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2011/08/falloch-where-distant-spirits-remain.html

With it coming down to the last days of August, the temperature here in Arkansas is still reaching a hundred and five degrees on some days. After going through the miserable heat wave that took several peoples lives when it got as hot as a hundred sixteen degrees at times, I was more than welcoming winter to completely destroy us and bury me in snow. While the majority of humans will say they love winter during the horrible summers and adore summer when they have to drive to work in the freezing cold, I’ve always been the type of person that could live in the winter-esk conditions, forever. So, what goes good with snow, freezing temperatures and icy roads? If I had to choose a new soundtrack to this coming winter, something that literally embraces winter for everything it is, Falloch’s debut record “When Distant Spirits Remain” is that record that will have you freezing to death.

Creeping very slowly out of the harsh winters of Glasgow, Scotland, this two piece atmospheric/post-rock/folk duo, does a spectacular job of setting a mood and sticking to it. “Where Distant Spirits Remain” paints a picture, a picture that may not make you literally freeze, it will place you in a position of whether or not you should cover up with a couple blankets while this record is spinning. From front to back, this record makes me think of snow mountaintops, lakes that are frozen over and old churches that have been abandon for years. Not to mention, even though this record does have speed and chaos, it’s presented in very small doses and those doses are lethal yet very enjoyable.

The one thing that always came back to my mind while this record was playing is that it’s a soundtrack, it could easily be used in a silent film and even in the background to some films. Even though it can get pretty intense with heaviness and pure

“Where Distant Spirits Remain” is magical, it’s passionate and without a doubt in my mind, this record is the most gorgeous yet honest records I’ve heard in the last several years. Even though I am very confident in knowing Falloch recorded this record inside of a very warm, comfortable studio, I can’t help but want to think that these two guys might of recorded it inside of an empty shack in the middle of nowhere. Now, while several tracks on the record such as “Beyond Embers and The Earth” and “To Walk Amongst The Dead”, may be driven with pure power and heaviness that may lead you to believe these two men could produce a very promising black metal record but it’s the sections of melody that tug at your heartstrings. In all honesty, for a debut record, I haven’t heard anything as flawless and down right gritty as this record is, that’s just the facts to.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, any record that can place images of beautiful landscapes and monstrous mountain covered in pure white snow, that record deserves props on many levels. Hell, even a record that could sooth everything out in my life and tell me everything is going to be okay, that’s a record that will stick with me for a very long time. So the final verdict is this - seven tracks, that’s all this duo needs to give you before you fall madly in love with what they’ve done on this record. Some might argue that Falloch seems to be confused as to what genre they want to be but at the end of the day, you can call them what you want, folk, post-rock, black metal with folk influence, all I know is that Falloch has created a masterpiece, hands down. “Where Distant Spirits Remain” – The one record that can kidnap you and place you into a better situation than you might be in right now.

Official Site - http://falloch.com/

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Creeping very slowly out of the harsh winters of Glasgow, Scotland

Obviously never been to Glasgow

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Great album from Scotland for a change too

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Whose #1 was that?

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't like that Liturgy album; there I said it.

Frobisher (Viceroy), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I wish the black metal voting contingent was a little more vocal. It's not my thing (for the most part), but I'd love to have people with more interest and knowledge discuss their thoughts on these records.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:40 (five years ago) Permalink

15. Krallice - Diotima (899 Points, 28 Votes)
http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2011/07/Krallice-Diotima.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/krallice

Krallice is a New York-based black metal project featuring the guitar work of notorious progressive/experimental metal musicians Colin Marston (Gorguts, Behold… the Arctopus, Byla, Indricothere and others) and Mick Barr (Crom-Tech, Orthrelm, Octis and others), along with Nick McMaster and Lev Weinstein of death metal band Astomatous.

The musical style of Krallice could be described as fairly clean by black metal standards, with long, dynamic songs containing some distinctive progressive metal influences. They’ve been compared to Weakling in some ways, although their music focuses much more on progressive song structures and less on the dissonant droning of Weakling’s Dead as Dreams. They released a self-titled album in 2008 on Profound Lore Records and a follow-up, Dimensional Bleedthrough, on the same label the next year. Double vinyl releases of the two albums were put out by Gilead Media in 2009 and 2010, respectively. A third album, Diotima, followed in 2011, once again on Profound Lore; a vinyl edition, once again by Gilead Media, is expected to ship around September 20, 2011.

Review

by Phil Freeman

The third album by New York-based arty black metal band Krallice is the group's best work to date. Though the songs were mostly written during the same sessions that produced their previous releases, they seem to exhibit evolution, and a gradually expanding sonic palette. The basics of their sound remain the same -- high-pitched tremolo guitar, blasting drums, rumbling and surprisingly full (for black metal) bass -- but some of these songs, the title track and "Telluric Rings" in particular, are downright progressive, their complex structures and pulsing rhythms as reminiscent of Mahavishnu Orchestra or early-'70s King Crimson as of Mayhem or Marduk. The vocals, depending on who's handling them (sometimes it's guitarist Mick Barr, other times bassist Nick McMaster), are either a harsh scream or an ursine roar; the latter is more effective for being unexpected. Krallice, like fellow Brooklynites Liturgy, aren't all that interested in preserving black metal in the amber of tradition. They're taking what they like from the genre and amplifying its power by adding elements from prog rock and minimalism, then stretching the songs to extraordinary length (12-15 minutes at times) in order to push the listener toward cathartic transcendence. At their best, they're an overwhelming sonic force, and Diotima is their best album to date.

Your Host For The Top 25 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:41 (five years ago) Permalink

assuming the liturgy cover is an explicit reference to

http://image.lyricspond.com/image/s/artist-slayer/album-god-hates-us-all/cd-cover.jpg

it was this overlay cardboard card that came over the "real" cover to god hates us all when i bought it in a store

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Phil's review you chose for that Krallice record is really good. kudos.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:43 (five years ago) Permalink

i hope he doesn't mind. I'm taking them from amg if possible, if not, I try to find a good review.
I still want jeff to post his Turisas Decibel review

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink

and yeah lurkers! delurk and give us your opinions!

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Black metal folk are supposed to be too misanthropic to be loquacious about their love of black metal. I don't love nor dislike the Liturgy album. I like some typical "hipster" stuff. It's just an odd choice for a gateway album for non-metalheads.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:48 (five years ago) Permalink

that fen album isn't bad but the vox are sort of a turnoff, like i find myself skipping ahead through some songs on albums to check for growly vox b/c most of the time those just don't work for me. more my problem than the band's or genre's, maybe.

omar little, Friday, 20 January 2012 17:55 (five years ago) Permalink

14. Absu - Abzu (901 Points, 26 Votes, 1 #1)
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spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/absu

American black metal band with a sound informed both by thrash and death metal.

Review

by Eduardo Rivadavia

Like a hibernating curse resurrected out of the depths of antiquity, Texan extreme metal mummies Absu returned from a nine-year recording hiatus in 2009, bearing an eponymous fifth album that fully reconfirmed their status as the world's preeminent -- OK, possibly only -- true purveyors of "mythological occult metal." Never mind that, though: the point here is that Absu have always stood alone, at first for being one of the few American bands to deliver convincing post-Inner Circle black metal during the early '90s, but later because group leader Proscriptor simply refuses to leave his mausoleum without draping his songs in mystifying layers of dense, Lovecraftian arcana. Released in 2011, the curiously named Abzu is no exception, and though apparently assembled quickly relative to its predecessor and marked by a brief running time (just 36 minutes, of which 15 are covered by one epic suite), it too has the regal bearing of a major musical "event." It's also rich in both extreme metal fundamentals and enough amusing quirks to once again distinguish Absu's vision from most of the competition, including piercing squeals ("Earth Ripper"), blackened thrash breakaways ("Skrying in the Spirit Vision"), and Spanish guitars ("Circles of the Oath"), not to mention the oft-recurring Celtic music ingredients. Thematically, the latter track delves into the Kabbalah, another, "Abraxas Connexus," into Gnosticism, and the spectacularly named "Ontologically, It Became Time & Space" into...who the f**k knows (though one suspects a mixture of Greek mythology, the Sothis mythos, and dark matter physics) while conically veering between Bathory and Behemoth and beyond. To put it simply, it's irresistibly confounding. And then there's the aforementioned epic, "A Song for Ea," which unfurls all of six distinct songs within a song, immersed one and all in Sumerian religion and specifically the mythical Abzu, from whence all of the earth's fresh subterranean waters supposedly flow. Catch the drift? Bottom line is that Absu's intriguing musical visions may fade into lengthy silence now and again, but whenever they emerge with something new, fans of thought-provoking black metal would do well to listen up.

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:03 (five years ago) Permalink

I am prob one of the black metal dudes but tbh most of the stuff I liked this year has already placed - I mean I could say that I was meh about liturgy and disappointed with that krallice album I guess.

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:07 (five years ago) Permalink

What about Absu?

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

we're closing in on the top 10 yet noones chatting. Where are the metallers?

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

13. Blood Ceremony - Living With the Ancients (1,014 Points, 31 Votes, 1 #1)
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http://www.last.fm/music/blood+ceremony

Canadian retro-rock quartet Blood Ceremony plod the same groove worn deep by Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, and other blues-rockers in the late '60s and early '70s. Their debut CD was a pretty decent effort, except for the vocalist, who was flat and tuneless. She's gotten better on this one, and her flute playing has improved, too; she multi-tracks herself on "Coven Tree" to excellent effect, sounding almost Ian Anderson-ish as the band cranks up the ultra-analog blooze/proto-metal riffage behind her. This record's sound is impeccable; it really could have been recorded in 1971. They even get the boxy drum sound right, something modern retro-rockers never manage. The lyrics are satanic hokum, calls to the Black Mass and whatnot, much like the similar Sabbath Assembly project, which set hymns written by post-hippie cult the Process Church of the Final Judgment to acid rock riffs. Living with the Ancients will absolutely appeal to fans of early-'70s proto-metal, but Electric Wizard fans should check it out, too; the band's songs have a similar incantatory power.

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Wasn't that impressed with the debut lp but this one is really great.

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Friday night, dude. In the pub already.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:25 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe we should resume monday for the top 10

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Now this is more like it. The Blood Ceremony record is fucking awesome, just nails that sound perfectly. My #2.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

And listening to Corrupted via Subsonic while wearing an Uncle Acid shirt.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh no, I'd rather see it wrap up today. Also, if you wait til Monday it'll be running along with the big ILM poll and that will definitely suck away attention.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Blood Ceremony rock. From my blog (not that anyone but Nate seems to like my write-up):

You know how I said I like retro-80s metal? I like retro-70s metal just as much, if not more. Throw in a dash of proggy hard rock from the era (there’s flute on this thing, in more than one song) and you’re tailoring it more and more to my personal tastes. I’ve also come to really enjoy female vocalists fronting heavy bands, something I could never have imagined as a teenager when I had Lita Ford and Warlock to chose from (I’ve come around a bit on Doro, but not fully) and little else. It seems like more and more the genre is opening up to the idea of female strength and power as valid expression. Kudos to meatheads like me, acknowledging the obvious. Long aside aside, this is a record that, if you told me was lost in a vault after a 1972 recording session I would believe without a shadow of a doubt. Rich and thick sound, with some amazing vintage organ work, Blood Ceremony’s leap from their debut to this album is as big as any I have recently seen. I can’t wait to see where their Hammer films and Devil worshiping asses go from here.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Thats a great and very OTM write-up.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I knew the retro/occult rock of Uncle Acid, The Devil's Blood and Blood Ceremony would score big so I broke my own rule of no non-metal and voted. #15 for Blood Ceremony, bloody good stuff. It's almost proto-metal, like elements of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull...

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:30 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, I like that.
xp

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:30 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks guys.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:31 (five years ago) Permalink

I enjoy seeing peoples reviews on the albums placing here

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

anything I've written up in one place (as opposed to say, Turisas, where my thoughts are spread over lots of blog posts) I'll share here.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Yah, it's better than my blurb from my stoner primer:

In 2008, Toronto, Canada's Blood Ceremony issued their self-titled debut album that features Jethro Tull-inspired flute and female vocalist Alia O'Brien. Named after the 1972 Spanish horror flick Ceremonia Sangrenta, the band mines hundreds of occult themed films as inspiration for their songs. Their second album improves on everything, vocal performance, songwriting and impeccible analog production worthy of the Swedes.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

EZ, can you post a link to your blog? Definitely want to keep up with it!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

It seems like more and more the genre is opening up to the idea of female strength and power as valid expression. Kudos to meatheads like me, acknowledging the obvious.

<3, although "valid" is kind of a scratchy word imo

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

to your credit, you did call yourself a meathead!

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

sure: http://lightbulbhead.tumblr.com/

I just posted a beavis & butthead thing (relavent! They're metal heads!) that made me smile.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

12. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room (1,049 Points, 27 Votes, 1 #1)
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http://www.last.fm/music/40+watt+sun

40 Watt Sun is the music project of singer/guitarist/songwriter Patrick Walker, best known for his previous band, Warning. 40 Watt sun sees Patrick Walker accompanied by drummer/percussionist Christian Leitch, previously best known as the guitarist and founder-member of London-based band The River, and bass player William Spong.

They made their live debut at a small, intimate show at the scream lounge, London, on the 20th December 2009 playing with the London-based band Wake.

The music is characterized by distorted guitars, down-tempo rhythms and strong melodies, and by Patrick Walker’s introspective lyrical themes and poignant vocals.

Their debut album, The Inside Room, was recorded over three days and nights at the library studio in London, produced entirely by the band and engineered and mixed by bassist William Spong. It features five new songs of original material. A bonus song features on the vinyl release. It was released on Cyclone Empire on March 4th 2011.


Review

by Thom Jurek

The reference points for Patrick Walker's emotionally searing, purely melodic brand of doom metal are Justin Broadrick's Jesu project, Bob Mould's bleak rock (à la Black Sheets of Rain), and Michael Stipe's singing at his most nakedly confessional -- though he sounds like no one but himself. Walker's former band, Warning, released one of doom metal's classics in 2006's Watching from a Distance, which created high expectations for any subsequent project. The Inside Room doesn't disappoint. A trio fronted by Walker and featuring engineer William Spong on bass and former Warning drummer Christian Leitch, 40 Watt Sun deliver five songs (ranging from just under seven minutes to nearly 11) that draw on all of his strengths. His protagonists are tortured people; they're literally ripped apart by love, desire, the wish for deliverance, loneliness, and regret. He's unafraid to give them a clear voice, allowing their pain and vulnerability to give them dimension. The pace here is slow to very slow and the guitar is as pronounced as anything in the doom or metal genre, without all the jive, "evil for it's own sake" or faux gothic clichés for lyrics. "I can't see my way when shame is covering my eyes" are the opening words in the album's first track, "Restless." As Leitch's drums plod, accenting each sung line, Spong's bassline adds an element of danger to the clarity in Walker's voice. His guitar lines, from one snail-like chord to the next, reveal the coiled power of chaos that lies just under the surface of his character's frailty. The riff in "Open My Eyes" is spun out one layered, distorted string at a time, with well-placed rim shots and a steady thrumming bassline. The protagonist seeks to express his gratitude to his beloved, all the while seeking to pull her from sinking under the same emotional depths she's pulled him from previously. A subtle second melody creates another series of tensions as the singer finds himself powerless to help affect this change. "Between Times" is the most representative doom tune here, with its words "Carry me over between times/In your red room on quilted blankets/Laying awake in this low light." The gorgeous lyrics (printed in the booklet) are murkier on "Carry Me Home," wrapped in a blanket of fuzz and melancholic menace. "This Alone" is seemingly pastoral in contrast to the rest, but its twinned guitars and basslines underscore the funereal pace of Leitch's drums. It rings, on and on, seemingly forever, even as Walker's voice expends itself, professing love even as it expresses terrible loss and projects total loneliness. The Inside Room is almost monstrously great even as it pushes doom metal to its margins and over them.

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Blood Ceremony was my #5 I think...? That album owns!

Liturgy ended up being #11 or #12; I didn't realize that many people were not enthusiastic about it. I thought it was a lock for top 3.

I'm kind of in the 'meh' boat with it myself, though I love 'Returner' which was some sort of preview track for a blog or something. That track p much is all I need from the album, which didn't get any votes from the big poll from me, though I gave lots to 'Returner' in traxx...

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

so far, pretty impressed w/a lot of these particularly old silver key, grayceon, tombs, rwake, black tusk, blood ceremony, wooden staken, and maybe surprisingly within temptation and nightwish.

40 watt sun is amazing of course imo, i love warning.

omar little, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I used valid because I think that fans of heavy music have often considered female contributions more than just irrelevant and silly but actually invalid, as in, "you have no right to express yourself in this most macho of ways." That was definitely my sense of the community as a teen in the States in the 80s.

I was a meathead, truly. I didn't even question those assumptions as a teen.

lots of xposts

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:41 (five years ago) Permalink

the female side of metal during a certain period was represented to me, unfortunately, as lita ford and girls crawling around on ratt album covers. also my definition of "metal" was very much "103.5 the blaze" (which a chicagoan might get.)

omar little, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Big batch of Erik stuff here today!

on 40 Watt Sun:

Slow epic doom has always been a dark, melancholy genre, though one often suffused with anger and frustration. At least I think so, judging by the unintelligible cookie monster growls and screeching black metal howls that are often par for the course. Here, former Warning vocalist/guitarist Patrick Walker eschews those norms for clear, evocative vocals that are as dark, depressing and self-reflective as any I’ve ever heard. This is one of the most personal records to ever welcome me in (most often that level of personal intensity raises a forbidding wall) and allow a glimpse into the mind of one man in excruciating pain. That the subtle hooks and strong melodies make you want to sing along only hurts all the more.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:43 (five years ago) Permalink

fabulous album

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:43 (five years ago) Permalink

he reminds me in some way (whether or not you find the comparison flattering or valid is up to you) of brendan perry, not in vox exactly but in just clarity and emotional intensity.

omar little, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I can see that.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

40 Watt Sun is what I'd expect non-metal folks to go for over Liturgy. Dangerously, crushingly depressing though. I was trying to listen to it while I started on my year-end lists the first week of December, but our cat had just died and it was just too damn much. I was able to re-listen before this poll, and it made my #10.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

xp - and I have no intention of dominating the conversation with this topic, just wanted to make one last comment -- I guess "valid" was an appropriate word choice then, makes sense. You'll have to excuse me for being a little O_O though; it's like when my mom told me that she was sent home from her first teaching job for wearing pants. The end.

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

totally fair reaction! The scene I grew up in was a real mess.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

40 Watt Sun is what I'd expect non-metal folks to go for over Liturgy.

Or super awesome trv metal dudes like me!

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I think metal has evolved enough since the 80s pop metal scene (which you could debate wasn't even really metal) that female singers are, for the most part, accepted and welcomed. Not to say that there aren't misogynistic pigs in the fan base, no denying that, but I feel like they're in the minority now. Still, as the constant Revolver Hottest Chicks in Metal issues remind us, there's still some way to go before women are accepted on their own terms.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Whiney got mad the last time I brought that issue up

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:56 (five years ago) Permalink

11. The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre (1,056 Points, 29 Votes, 3 #1s)
http://www.nuclearblast.de/shop/artikel/bilder/the-devil-s-blood-the-thousandfold-epicentre-artbook/189455.jpg?x=1000&y=1000
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Devil%27s+Blood

The Devil’s Blood (http://thedevilsblood.com) is an occult rock band from the Netherlands formed in 2006.

“We will serve you with what can best be described as a Satanic Ritual in which crowd participation becomes pivotal. You will wear our blood, you will taste our hunger, you will devour our spiritual release. Although far above you and unattainable for you in the current stages of your evolution, We, the acolytes of His immortal will, welcome you to join us in a night of violence, substance abuse, love and hate. We would just as gladly be a place of worship, a church if you will, for true believers as we would be a left hand exit point for those still on the side of the pure and holy. We would take your offering and redirect it back into The Source of Darkness. We would be your pathway to Chaos. Rejoice, the time of no time evermore is coming.

What can you expect musically?

Without saying too much, or saying nothing at all, you can expect a frenzy of rock n roll flavoured hard rock that speak of times decades past, no modernisms, no trends, no high end sounds. Just Vintage rock music in the vein of Roky Erickson, Black Widow, Coven, Black Sabbath and a rich plethora of sixties and seventies underground psychedelic rock bands too numerous to mention. Although The Devil’s Blood are inspired and fueled by their love for these bands they are not a tribute band in any way or form. Instead we offer new, original, fresh material to strengthen our live rituals and appease our Master’s senses.

So even though The Devil’s Blood play “old time music” they do it with the same creative and artistic drive as their inspirators.”

http://www.doommantia.com/2011/10/devils-blood-thousandfold-epicentre.html

For all our readers with ADD: yes The Thousandfold Epicentre is a brilliant album, yes it gets a 10 and yes you should buy it immediately. So order the album, and then get back here to read the entire review ?. On repeat ever since I got the promo, Thousandfold Epicentre is everything you could have ever hoped for, and more. I’ll try to write some comments that effect the album as a whole. The overall sound is more clearer, and I can think we can properly speak of an so-called ‘epic’ album, in its reach, execution and feel. There is an evident growth in both the craftsmanship or execution of the music by the musicians, and the overall quality of the musical product. I got into The Devil’s Blood when listening to The Time Of No Time Evermore. I got the demo of course, and Come, Reap, but I really started enjoying them with The Time Of No Time Evermore. Why? Because they managed to equal international (and historical) like-minded acts like Jex Thoth, Blood Ceremony, Coven, Black Widow, Roky Erickson, be it musically or inspirationally. The Graveyard Shuffle, I’ll Be Your Ghost and the aforementioned releases gain in my opinion from the quality of the stellar The Time Of No Time Evermore album. And now there is The Thousandfold Epicentre. I’ll try to calm my enthusiasm, but in every way it’s a very important release, both for the band as for the nice niche of occult rock that The Devil’s Blood now commands.

It’s nice to be able to accurately hear the lyrics, Selim (guitar & mastermind of The Devil’s Blood) is a true poet of occult doom, and I think this album can be best appreciated when taken as a whole. That’s why I have the feeling we are dealing with a conceptual album here. I mean conceptual in the way that Selim magically focus his total energy in every single second of this release. He channels this nice Edgar Allen Poe sphere of beautiful hauntedness. For the duration of this album we are totally under his spell and we can delve safely in his poetics of lyrical Satanism, magick and what not.

As for the production, a lot of time must have been invested in adding little touches of extra instruments like various stringed instruments and organ or synthesizer. I was a bit hesitant when I heard the new material live in a tryout show, but hearing the total album with all its great details (and overdubs) it’s just plain magnificent. With this album, The Devil’s Blood aims high and the broad, overall approach works like a charm. If I were to describe the album as a whole, I would say: the tracks on this album really ‘belong’ to one another, and can best be appreciated as a whole, because of the story told in the songs. The construction of the tracks is done slowly, and that is why the impact of the album is so strong. Summed up, well, you get The Thousandfold Epicentre. By now we can safely state that The Devil’s Blood have transcended Jex Thoth and Blood Ceremony, and I can only shiver what their next step in musical occult domination will be. The artwork is beautiful, and I’m really looking forward to my vinyl copy of The Thousandfold Epicentre to fully appreciate the extensive artwork.

As for the songs, let’s delve somewhat deeper into them. Starting with Unending Singularity, this track serves as an intro to On The Wings Of Gloria, a seven minutes plus track that immediately shows you the growth that this band has made. On The Wings Of Gloria has this nice twang in the riff, and the vocals of Mouth introduce us to the new level of songwriting that The Devil’s Blood has achieved. Her voice seems even stronger than on previous releases, and I really love the added distorted background vocals. After four minutes, the energy is released, and we hear nice keys added to the chorus. The guitars and rhythm are in a healthy co-op, and Die The Death continues the sphere of the first track. Dig the la-la-la-la chorus! Within The Charnel House Of Love is another epic track, with nicely tempoed guitars and rhythm section. Cruel Lover is one of the favorites, with a galloping rhythm that will make you drool. After four minutes cosmic sounds are added (giving this and a couple of other tracks loose ‘space rock’ elements). She – we have arrived at track number six – is a straight occult rocker with very clear vocals. She is likely to become a live favorite, with a very memorable chorus and a plain and simple good song. The title track is a personal favorite, because of, well, everything. Just listen to the song and be happy. Oh yeah, the memorable riff I suppose, coupled to the lyrics – I’ll call youre your name – Devil! Fire Burning’s lyrics are penned by Saturnalia Temple’s brethren in occult doom, and the last three tracks – Everlasting Saturnalia, The Madness Of Serpents and Feverdance – really serve as one big monster track. Everlasting Saturnalia is fully centered on Mouth’s beautiful voice, and serves as intro to The Madness Of Serpents. More than eight minutes of occult bliss, and we end the disc (or vinyl) with Feverdance – lasting fifteen minutes plus. The track opens up with Mouth’s vocals hypnotizing you into a state where eventually you have to say farewell of wave goodbye to The Thousandfold Epicentre.

It’s a shame really that my scale goes up to 10 only, I wish I had an reviewer’s scale equivalent of Spinal Tap’s amplifier that goes up to 11… Here is a teaser: At YouTube but you can check more teasers at Van Records @ YouTube . I’m proud to be a Dutchman again :D......10/10

Words: Sandrijn van den Oever

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow! This 40 Watt Sun is great!
xp

pandemic, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

The Devil's Blood is going to be really high up on my end of year list for Decibel this year (which sidesteps the issue of the album coming out in November in Europe and January in the states since the cut off for the list is the end of October anyway). Right now it's the one to beat.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah the only negative thing I can say about 40 watt sun is that they aren't as good as warning was, but warning was incredibly awesome so

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

40 Watt Sun really didn't grab me. No idea why.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Probably because doom is boring :-)

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

heh

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

But seriously, didn't really grab me either. Maybe I just haven't been in the right mindset for music that crushingly depressing?

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Blood stain child has given you ADHD prob

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:04 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^^

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Well I am, and it still didn't grab me like it should have.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, so I only got Devil's Blood (my #14) and Blood Ceremony right for my 21-30 guess. I guess Pentagram and Subrosa will be top 10, and Skeletonwitch, Brutal Truth, USX, Hull and Dir en grey probably won't make it.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:07 (five years ago) Permalink

The Devil's Blood really push all the right buttons for me. Different buttons than Turisas, to be sure, but female vocalist, 70s inspired sound, and insanely catchy songs? Yes please. All the Satan stuff is just icing on top!

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:08 (five years ago) Permalink

So...

YOB - Atma
Hammers Of Misfortune - 17th Street
Mastodon - The Hunter
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - Blood Lust
Corrupted - Garten der Unbewusstheit
Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
The Gates Of Slumber - The Wretch
Esoteric - Paragon of Dissonance
Pentagram - Last Rites
Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty One

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:09 (five years ago) Permalink

The Devil's Blood should be right up my alley for all the reason's J3ff gave, but for some reason it hasn't grabbled me yet. I'll keep it in rotation for a while and see if that changes.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:10 (five years ago) Permalink

What does Satanic icing taste like? Burnt black salt licorice maybe?

I guess now that I think about it, I can understand why 40 Watt Sun doesn't appeal to everyone.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

You know what song I've just realised sums up how the Uncle Acid album feels to me? "Don't Believe A Word" and I'm not sure I wouldn't rather listen to that on repeat.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Before #10 hits, anyone think something else would make the top 10?

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I still think Arabrot might make the top 10.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd definitely rather listen to "Don't Believe A Word".

xpost

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Fastnbulbous - I think you're guesses look pretty good.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I would guess Graveyard over Pentagram. But Graveyard might have lost some votes for not being metal enough. A lot of really excellent death metal hasn't placed so far, and considering the general dislike for the genre on here, I would guess that means it isn't going to place at all.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:15 (five years ago) Permalink

xp I could see that, instead of Subrosa. Argh, I will stick with my prediction.

I could also see Graveyard taking Pentagram's spot. hrm. The suspense.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

probably right on both counts J3ff.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Subrosa is a lock.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't be too surprised if it won, actually.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Hrm. My love of Subrosa faded some, got kind of tired of it, so it's lower in my ballot.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:19 (five years ago) Permalink

mine faded too (I had it at #1 early in the year) but I think it crossed a lot of boundaries.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Pantheist instead of Pentagram maybe?

Agree w EZ about Subrosa. If it made #1 that'd be awesome!

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:21 (five years ago) Permalink

10. Subrosa - No Help for the Mighty Ones (1,080 Points, 30 Votes, 3 #1s)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-piCOV7s6ATU/TsqPE7xq0TI/AAAAAAAABQw/KHFwAoqY4D4/s1600/SUB-ROSA-nhftmo.jpg

http://www.last.fm/music/subrosa

Salt Lake City, Utah's SubRosa extrapolate upon sludge, doom, and stoner rock foundations with contrasting elements drawn from goth, psych, indie rock, and, thanks in part to their predominantly female lineup, an almost subliminal post-riot grrrl vibe to boot. Despite roots reaching as far back as 2005, the band's full-length demo and first album, Strega, both emerged in 2008, and to mixed reviews, since SubRosa were still refining their sound and coping with lineup instability throughout, even up to the following year's Swans Trapped in Ice EP. But, once founding members Rebecca Vernon (guitar, vocals) and Sarah Pendleton (violin, vocals) joined forces with new bandmembers Kim Pack (vocals), Dave Jones (bass), and Zach Hatsis (drums), SubRosa really hit their stride, producing a sophomore full-length cryptically entitled No Help for the Mighty Ones that found release through leading indie metal label Profound Lore in early 2011, this time to major acclaim within the heavy metal community.

Review

by Phil Freeman

This Salt Lake City-based, female-led doom metal band features two violinists as co-lead instrumentalists alongside the usual guitar, bass, and drums, as well as multiple vocalists. The effect is hypnotic and incantatory, and much more interesting than the usual howls and growls of male-fronted, violin-deficient doom bands. Because three-fifths of their membership is female, SubRosa have a unique energy, reminiscent of Bay Area post-black metallers Ludicra but even more psychedelic and haunted. The tribal throb of songs like "Beneath the Crown" and the nearly 12-minute "Stonecarver" (which builds to an almost thrashy peak before downshifting to a crushingly heavy riff in its final third) doesn't inspire headbanging so much as head-nodding, but it's never boring; it's captivating rather than cathartic. There's an occult, retro vibe to their music despite the lack of overt early-'70s signifiers like those found in the work of groups like the Devil's Blood, Blood Ceremony, and Electric Wizard. "The Inheritance" feels like a song that should be howled at the moon, not played in a rock club. No Help for the Mighty Ones is a major statement of artistic purpose; while the album is absolutely not aimed at the metal mainstream, it offers powerful evidence that the genre's vitality can't be questioned.

Your Host For The Top 15 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

So much for that theory.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

the review of 40 Watt Sun Kerr pasted nails a ton of stuff I think is great about the band

I think I've probably said this or something similar before but it would not surprise me if at some point the main dude did a str8 non-metal mopey indie rock album that pissed a lot of ppl off but was actually awesome

Touched By Angel Rangel (DJ Mencap), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:24 (five years ago) Permalink

he was just waiting for us to commit. I had it at #10 on my ballot.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha, nice timing Kerr! I will listen to it while I eat lunch in tribute. Nobody move while I venture into the snow for 5 minutes ;)

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Great timing.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha unlike you guys, I didn't even like the Subrosa until a few weeks ago, when it finally 'clicked'.

xposts kinda lol mostly ;_;

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

from the blog:

When this album dropped last spring I thought it a lock for the very top of my list, and was surprised to find myself placing them here when I put it together. I still think it is an amazing album, changing both my perceptions of doom metal and of my pigeonholing of instrumentation. The strings and female vocals instantly mark this as something different and though it could have been novelty in less capable hands, Subrosa deftly makes it seem like other, more traditional, doom bands are missing something. A welcome addition to my library and a band I will follow with great zeal in the years to come.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess Subrosa are gonna be the highest placing band I know nothing about - was about to say I'd never heard of them but 'Profound Lore' in the blurb jogged my memory albeit v slightly

Touched By Angel Rangel (DJ Mencap), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

trivia: Children of Bodom just won the Emma award (Finnish equivalent for Grammys) for the best metal record. Other nominees were Kotiteollisuus, Amorphis and Moonsorrow.

(and thanks to everyone involved in this poll! I'm just a lurker here and not a true metal fan, but every year these polls are a great way to check out bands I might like.)

coleslaw distraction, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

this album rules

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

We're in the top 10, who do you think will win?

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

YOB or Mastodon, probably the former.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Powerwolf still haven't placed, so I'm holding out hope.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Bullet aren't going to make it, are they?

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:35 (five years ago) Permalink

9. The Gates of Slumber - The Wretch (1,085 Points, 32 Votes, 1 #1)
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http://www.last.fm/music/the+gates+of+slumber

The Gates Of Slumber is a doom metal band from Indianapolis, USA. They play old school style of doom metal in the traditions of Saint Vitus, Cirith Ungol, Candlemass and the likes. Their band name is taken from the Cianide song Gates of Slumber from the album A Descent Into Hell.

Review

by Eduardo Rivadavia

The greatest misconception about the Gates of Slumber is that the Indiana trio is your typical, run-of-the-mill doom band, but anyone who's actually spent time with the group's discography would beg to differ. As of its very first album, the trio has in fact been experimenting with different metallic varieties, ranging from traditional ‘70s vintages to energized ‘80s flavors to a few psychedelic, semi-thrash, and even downright foreign musical elements to, sure, good old-fashioned doom as well. But it wasn't until album number five, 2011's indicatively named The Wretch, that the Gates of Slumber truly embraced the style with which they've been most closely associated for all it's worth -- possibly with the desire to ground themselves in metal's most unpretentious underground tenets once again, following the higher creative ambitions flirted with on 2009's Hymns of Blood and Thunder. Whatever the group's motivations, The Wretch certainly indulges in some of most brazen and unapologetic Saint Vitus worship heard in some time, as evidenced by the grimy snail's trail left by slothful juggernauts such as "Bastards Born," "Day of Farewell," the title track, and the 13-minute colossus "Iron and Fire" in particular. Other offerings do pick up the pace somewhat (see "The Scovrge ov Drvnkenness" [sic], "To the Rack with Them," and the only serious galloping ghost, "Coven of Cain"), but still never leave the Vitus aesthetic behind, and the mildly psychedelic trip undertaken by "Castle of the Devil" -- in obvious tribute to Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan" -- is seriously about as far out as TGOS get here. All of which may well leave some listeners upset at The Wretch's overall lack of invention, but will probably convince others that the Gates of Slumber fully deserve the doom credentials alluded to by their moniker, once and for all.

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I wish Kuma's Corner were closer. I'd order a YOB.

YOB
Smoked Gouda, Bacon, Roasted Red Peppers, Roasted Garlic Mayo - $13

Mastodon
BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, Bacon, Frizzled Onions - $13

Absu
10 oz. Patty, spicy tomatillo salsa, pepperjack, red onion/avocado relish, queso fresco, trio of breaded deep fried chiles - 13.00

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I have enjoyed the Mastadon on multiple occasions, but the High on Fire is my personal favorite in spite of the hot sauce typo

High On Fire
Siracha Hot Chili Sauce, Prosciutto, Roasted Red Pepper, Grilled Pineapple, Sweet Chili Paste

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw Gates Of Slumber open for Pentagram a couple years back. A solid show, but they didn't have a tenth the charisma and presence of Pentagram. Maybe that experience affected my view of their albums.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

it's kinda interesting how some of these albums get highly rated for doing adventurous/interesting/bold/new stuff and some for embracing traditional tropes, almost like doom metal standards

Mordy, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

the YOB is good there! Still have to wait a long time for a table.

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess ulcerate isn't going to place then? that's the way it looks to me. would be a shame as this album has grown on me tremendously over the past few days. I probably would have given it the #1 spot if I were voting today. oh well.

anyway, forgot where I read it, but if "deathspell omega playing death metal" sounds good to you, listen to the destroyers of all immediately. this album totally kills.

original bgm, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Wish I had voted, 'cause at least I would have gotten Motorhead to place. C'mon people - Motorhead record should at least place every year ...

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:46 (five years ago) Permalink

(I misspelled Mastodon too, so classy!)

La Lechera, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

xp High On Fire is indeed my favorite burger there. Looking forward to their next album too :)

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Gates of Slumber album is fucking great!

Mastodon burger at Kuma's is fucking great!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:55 (five years ago) Permalink

alan n otm; the ulcerate album kicked so much ass

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:55 (five years ago) Permalink

so much trad doom on here

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:56 (five years ago) Permalink

As in too much doom? Never! I hope people check out Obrero, Glitter Wizard, Green & Wood even though they didn't make the list.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 19:59 (five years ago) Permalink

8. Pantheïst - Pantheist (1,187 Points, 30 Votes, 2 #1s)
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Pantheist
http://www.last.fm/music/pantheist

Doom metal band, originally based in Belgium and later in the UK, with progressive overtones and a heavy dose of melancholy. Although originally associated with the funeral doom scene, the band has developed a more complex sound in their later work, incorporating elements from progressive and classic rock alongside the original influences from doom metal, classical and ethnic music. Typical for their sound is the creation of a solemn, mystical atmosphere, to which elements such as atmospheric keyboards, acoustic instruments and semi chanted vocals strongly contribute.

http://www.doommantia.com/2011/05/pantheist-pantheist.html

The UK have given us some incredible metallic talent over the years, including the grandfathers of Metal( Judas Priest and Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden to name a few) and even some of my newer favourites as well( like GraVil) as well. I grew up on the NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL movement and that was where my love of this music began, so I love all things British metal. Now the Brits have given us a doom metal tour-DE-force called Pantheist.

Dark and foreboding with a very dank atmosphere made in every note they make, Pantheist rumbles like a sauntering Brontosaurus that can crush anything living in front of them. Funeral or even Progressive Doom is an acquired taste, I admit... but when it is this good, metal-heads seem to gravitate to it regardless. With some of the heaviest yet memorable riffs and the most bleak and haunting lyrics I have come across since Novembers Doom – this band shows just how dark metal can get.

Each song seems to blend into one another seamlessly, creating this pained melancholy that is a vortex into someones tortured mind. No one song is better than the other – making this album that is not a concept album, seem like it as it blends all of this into a tapestry of sorrow and doom haunted retrospective into a persons tortured thinking. It is powerful and scary to behold the stark beauty and painful repercussions of a mind that it troubled.

I found that Pantheist to be a band that is truly full of talent, a wall of power... and also having that understanding of the complexity of human emotion unlike anyone I have listened to. I am now going to hunt down the other album of this band right now... I need to hear more from this band. Seriously this is one of my favourite albums at the moment.... I am going through withdrawals right now........9.5/10
Review Written By Daryl Adolph

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:00 (five years ago) Permalink

hey it's not for me to say how much is too much but i'm not really a trad doom guy is all.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, my number 1 is going to place a LOT higher than I thought it would. Even if it shows up next, its a hell of showing based on initial reactions.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard the Pantheist, but based on this showing I need to!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

damn right you need to. it actually was in the top 5 for ages but fell out near the end.

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

their 1st album O Solitude is a legendary Funeral Doom album but they've moved away from that kind of music for ages now.

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Dare I believe Corrupted can make #1? (Watch them place next)

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Pantheist instead of Pentagram maybe?
― uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money)

Good call mate!

I am completely surprised. They didn't appear in any of the other polls that Kerr listed.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Right on! :) I think the Pentagram album didn't have many acolytes around here...

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

There was a few raves about the Pentagram album when it first came out, but yeah, enthusiasm must have dropped off a lot. There's just so much music competing for people's attention.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah it sort of turned into this, "right on another solid Pentagram album", but then everyone kind of moved on.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

You know what else hadn't made it yet? The Psychic Paramount album. I wonder if no one voted for it cuz it want metal (it was my #3)

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:16 (five years ago) Permalink

7. Mastodon - The Hunter (1,253 Points, 33 Votes, 6 #1s)
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Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/mastodon

by James Christopher Monger

On 2011’s The Hunter, Mastodon abandoned the proggy, conceptual route taken on previous outings, choosing instead to mine the trailblazing, riff-heavy abandon of their 2004 masterpiece, Leviathan. Mastodon's increasingly accessible sound may not land them a hit anytime soon, but cuts like “Black Tongue,” “Curl of the Burl,” and “Balsteroid,” all of which arrive in sequence at the front of the set, show a willingness to write within the parameters of 21st century pop music’s dark side. That’s not to say that the band has pulled its head out of the vastness of space, as there are more than enough tracks here to satisfy fans who prefer the sludgy, drop-D epics of yore to the more organized roar of The Hunter's front end. Fueled by Brãnn Dailor's jazzy, machine-gun drumming, songs like “Octopus Has No Friends,” “All the Heavy Lifting,” and “Bedazzled Fingernails,” despite coming in at under five minutes, are epically arranged, and the surprisingly hummable, bass melody-led swamp monster anthem “Creature Lives” sounds like a Sabbathy, Lovecraftian take on Jane’s Addiction's “Summertime Rolls.” The closest Hunter comes to reaching an apex is on the breathless “Spectrelight,” a relentless three-minute slab of pure unadulterated fury that will probably clock in at around a minute and half live, but it’s an album that doesn’t really need to peak, as it never promises a thing it can’t back up, boldly and loudly.

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I loved it, but did not vote for it here. Was my #3 overall, but it and the Fucked Up album were not metal to my ears.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:16 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost

... and theres my #1!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

psychic paramount album is p killer but it ain't metal

original bgm, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink

six #1s eh?

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Glad to see the high placement on Mastodon, seemed a lot of people around here were lukewarm on it. I was really glad to hear them step away from the epics and go back to just tunes. Plus there was a great sense of humor throughout, nice break from the self-serious stuff.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:22 (five years ago) Permalink

When the singles were released before the Mastodon album, the backlash was brutal, especially for "Curl Of The Burl." Once a band reaches as wide an audience as Mastodon has, there's going to be divided opinions. I think it's a great summary of their strengths from previous albums, and just a couple more simple rockers and space/prog jams don't mean they're not metal. Especially compared to a ton of other non-metal bands on this poll. They're just as fierce live as always, though the sound sucked, but I blame the venue (Riviera).

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I think it's the best Mastodon record, but I don't like them much at all, even now. Not my thing, but I can at least see the appeal more with this one than on the last couple.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

it's not a bad record but it does feel a little slight to my ears

original bgm, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:26 (five years ago) Permalink

8. Pantheïst - Pantheist (1,187 Points, 30 Votes, 2 #1s)

Real music :D

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:27 (five years ago) Permalink

musically i really dig that mastodon record (at least what i've heard of it) but haven't been able to deal with anything they've done vocally for a while now.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Did not expect.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Is this your blog? ;) http://www.nocleansinging.com/

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

6. Esoteric - Paragon of Dissonance (1,344 Points, 35 Votes, 4 #1s)

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Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/esoteric
Funeral Doom Metal band from Birmingham, England

http://www.doommantia.com/2011/11/esoteric-paragon-of-dissonance.html


One of the most consistently good doom bands of the last 20 years has to be Esoteric. These British doomsters have now released 6 full length albums without a dip in quality anywhere. In fact I find it impossible to pick a favorite album from them. From 1994's 'Epistemological Despondency' to this new one with the title 'Paragon of Dissonance' they have always delivered the doomy goods although I don't think they have recorded a 100% classic as yet, they came close with 'The Pernicious Enigma' but still there is always just that tiny, nagging feeling they could do even better.

This new one is the same, so close to being perfect but still lacking that vital element to push it to 10/10 material. Of course there would be many people out there that would be thinking I am wrong and just being too hard to please but this is my opinion and I am sticking with it. This album is huge and I mean 2 CD's worth of huge but it suffers from the Cathedral - The Guessing Game situation of being 2 CD's when one would have made it that much more concise and listenable. Just like that Cathedral album, this effort from Esoteric is a little too long for its own good. The total playing time for this album is some 98 minutes and when you consider there is about 20 minutes total of padding on this album, it could have quite easily on fitted on to a single disc but again as happens with this band, even the padding is good.

The album might run for some 98 minutes but there is still only 7 tracks with the shortest being 7 minutes, the longest 18 minutes. Esoteric are the prog-mans funeral doom band or the thinking mans funeral doom band for the want of another term. The musical scope is just as massive as the sound of the band itself and even the word "epic" seems to understate how grandiose the album is. The thought of a 98 minute funeral doom album would likely send many people in a coma just thinking about it but Esoteric are damn more inspiring than the average funeral doom act. The amount of creative thought that goes into these pieces is staggering but still the sheer length and musical weight of the tracks could prove to be the albums downfall for many people. Even I, a big Esoteric fan had some trouble getting through all of this at first but once I got there, the journey was worth every minute. In comparison to other works, there is not much that is different between this and the 'Maniacal Vale' album. The classical influenced funeral doom element is still the driving force and they continue to clean up their production which oddly doesn't affect the overall, crushing heaviness that some of this album has and there is not many bands that can do that.

The vibe and atmosphere of this album is sheer, flesh-crawling horror but musically, it heads in every direction possible within the funeral doom framework. The opening track, 'Abandonment' is a good example of how they can bleed an idea and still be hypnotic. The first few minutes of this track is just mainly a lead solo with the band being pulverizing in the background. Once the lead work drops away, they head into about 10 minutes of some of the most mesmerizing chilling doom you will ever hear and yet the album has only just began. The track that follows, 'Loss of Will' has more gentle sections of ambience and more classically inspired song-structure. The piano alone is awe-inspiring and the track ends just as it starts to out-stay its welcome. This perfectly executed and well-timed situation isn't always the case on 'Paragon of Dissonance' but these two opening tracks are about as good as it gets. The album is almost split into halves, approach-wise and this is something I didn't really notice at first but disc one is much more ambient and quiet while disc two is heavier and louder and more dramatic.

The two tracks that take up the remaining 26 minutes of the first CD, 'Cipher' and 'Non Being' are an album by themselves. 'Cipher ' strikes me as being the weakest track on the album. For me, it sounds like almost 10 minutes of musical padding. It is interesting enough while it is playing but instantly forgettable once its done with and over. 'Non Being' however is a major highlight. The marching band drumming coupled with stunning and blistering guitar work is flawless and totally captivating for all of its 16 minutes. The first half of the track produces some of the most despondent doom the band has ever produced and even the second half's droning, buzzing noise that sounds like an amplified electrical storm is mesmerizing. The sound has a appalling kind of beauty about it, it makes you feel on edge and frankly, uncomfortable but I for one, can't turn it off. This is cinematic doom at its best that closes CD number one in pure white noise fashion. The question is can you stand this much distortion and noise for this long? It is a challenge, even for the most hardcore of listeners.

Press play on disc two and you have to sit through the 16 minutes of 'Aberration' which you can hear the band in fully charged doom-metal mode. In fact the whole of disc two is far heavier and merciless in its delivery of three very long bleak, punishing epic doom pieces. I like disc two a lot more than disc one but tracks like 'Aberration' do require some patience and a hardcore ear for doom metal. There is heavier bands around than Esoteric but few are as unforgiving as this. It is pure funeral doom that even fans of Ahab, Mournful Congregation, Evoken, and Thergothon might hear as being overblown. 'Aberration' is certainly another track where ideas are being bled to death and the track could have done with a trim but like I have already pointed out, even Esoteric's padded sections are better than most other funeral doom bands.

Another major highlight comes next with 'Disconsolate.' This track starts off bleak and desolate and continues to build becoming aggressive and intensely pummeling. The last half of the track is almost worth buying the album for one, even just for the stunning lead work that is featured. The album ends on the longest track, the 18 minute 'A Torrent of Ills' which carries a similar vibe to disc one's 'Loss of Will.' Have fun getting through this track too, it is overly long, slightly bloated and extended to the point where I doubt if many doom listeners will even listen to it all without climbing the walls first. It is not that is is boring, it is just so damn uncompromising. When it is all over, nearly 100 minutes later, the feeling I am left with is this is a monumental album as usual from Esoteric but an album where they might have gone way overboard with.

With funeral doom albums like this one, the problem is even if they are good, the length of the tracks means it all starts to sound the same after a while. Funeral doom is not big on variation and Esoteric too are guilty of bleeding the same formula repeatedly. All the songs are written in the same way; split into two or three separate movements and it does get a little predictable. The vocals are used as another instrument of doomed torture and the lyrics, well they are neither here or there but sound great within the songs but you will need to read the lyrics if you are to decipher what they all means. Despite these little gripes and question marks raised, Esoteric have made another keeper and 20 years into the bands existence, there is still no drop in quality. Whether this album is better than or just as good as any of their other albums is up to you to decide. All I know for fans of the band, this is essential and for fans of the funeral doom genre, this will most likely win the funeral doom album of the year from most critics and doom metal writers. I don't know if I would go that far myself but yes, this is a monumental piece of work......9/10.

Your Host For The Top 10 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Ironically what some perceive as slightness has attracted new fans. A friend of mine didn't like any of their albums until this one. I really don't think there's that much of a difference.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:34 (five years ago) Permalink

lol @ nocleansinging. my sympathies lie there for sure.

seriously it's not clean singing that i mind (i'm a big pat walker fan) but mastodon's attempts at it which just sound like horrible 8th-generation grunge vocals.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Just playing catch up with this poll right now... really chuffed with the high position for the Pantheist record in particular, I'm listening to it right now... vocally it may not be to everyone's taste, granted, but musically it's brilliant in my opinion!

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:37 (five years ago) Permalink

sound like horrible 8th-generation grunge vocals.

Pretty sure I couldn't disagree with this more. I don't think they're the best singers, but they aren't like Scott Stapp or something.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Also: great to see Subrosa chart so high, I've been quite impressed with the selections from that album that I've heard, and I know I definitely should be taking some time out to give that album a serious couple of deep listens.

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:40 (five years ago) Permalink

hmm, this esoteric record has more....shredding than i would have thought.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I like "Be Here" off the Pantheist record but the rest didn't cohere for me.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

5. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage (1,351 Points, 36 Votes, 2 #1s)
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Spotify

http://www.last.fm/music/Wolves+in+the+Throne+Room

Review

by Eduardo Rivadavia

Over the course of their impressive first three albums, Portland, Oregon-based sibling duo Wolves in the Throne Room have established, arguably even steadily incremented, their place on the front lines of the American black metal scene. But even they recognized the need to broaden their sonic palette during the six-month fermentation process that spawned their fourth long-player, Celestial Lineage, in 2011. Not by turning their backs on those formative Norse black metal origins, mind you (you'll find plenty of buzzsaws, blastbeats, and screeches here), but by daring to introduce even more alien elements into their midst. Hey, everybody's trying it, but few can pull it off in convincing fashion, ensuring that those dalliances with atmospheric passages, reams and reams of background synthesizers, and other non-metallic counterpoints (see all-inclusive opening statement "Thuja Magus Imperium") sound neither forced nor contrived with post-metal intentions (hello, Drudkh!). So let's see here: there's the densely symphonic barrage of "Subterranean Imitation," the ethereal pagan oath of "Woodland Cathedral" (one of several tracks featuring angelic croons from guest Jessika Kenney), the vaguely space rock-inspired melodies and ambience of "Astral Blood," and the dramatic doom-like funeral procession of "Prayer of Transformation." Finally, fleshing out this blackened and charred corpse and proving that WITTR envisioned Celestial Lineage as a complete, album-length experience are two mood-setting instrumental interludes, the phantasmagorical horror movie vignette "Permanent Changes in Consciousness" and the pulsing mechanical resonance of "Rainbow Illness." Heck, the consistently unified lyrics extolling all manner of pagan mysteries and parallel worlds of the mind's eye might have confirmed this sooner, had all of this hellish screaming been anywhere close to intelligible -- but that's black metal, baby, and Wolves in the Throne Room continue to do the genre proud with contributions such as this.

Your Host For The Top 5 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is the best WITTR record yet. Really hit me during a flight down to Austin last fall.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I like "Be Here" off the Pantheist record but the rest didn't cohere for me.

― EZ Snappin, Friday, January 20, 2012 8:42 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Strangely enough, that's probably my least favourite cut on the whole record! Don't get me wrong, I like it, but there's something slightly "power ballad" about it.

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Big batch of Erik stuff here today!

― EZ Snappin, Friday, January 20, 2012 12:43 PM (2 hours ago)

What a difference a few hours makes.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:48 (five years ago) Permalink

lol

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:49 (five years ago) Permalink

"Be Here" is totally a power ballad! A really odd one, but somehow more engaging to me because of it.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:50 (five years ago) Permalink

go on guys guess the order

Your Host For The Top 5 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Pffft. I honestly couldn't... Uncle Acieeed has to be one of them though, surely?

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

can someone make an argument either for or against all the *wailing leads* on this esoteric album? because i am really on the fence.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Indeed best WITTR yet, they've actually become a great band now.

Siegbran, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

What's left? Hammers of Misfortune, corrupted, YOB, and Uncle Acid?

Kerr, have we reqached the albums that are usually a lock for the big poll?

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

hammers placed already

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:53 (five years ago) Permalink

or wait did i confuse them with something else

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i think its the best wittr too

Your Host For The Top 5 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

oh yeah i confused them with gates of slumber which is something i do on the reg

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

and Esoteric are awesome and even LJ would back me up on this

Your Host For The Top 5 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

FWIW, coming from someone who only hears a handful of metal records each year, "Celestial Lineage" is easily my favourite metal album of the past several years.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

can someone make an argument either for or against all the *wailing leads* on this esoteric album? because i am really on the fence.

― call all destroyer, Friday, January 20, 2012 8:52 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I honestly couldn't, because I haven't heard it yet... however you're making me want to check it out simply to see just how much it wails!

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I'll stick with my original guess minus of course the Mastodon.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

5. Tyr
4. Wolf
3. Motorhead
2. Powerwolf
1.Rush

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

it's just weird to be listening to a 16-minute doom song and then have the lead guitarist do a warpspeed run up the neck straight out of 1984.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha, how is that Rush album? I totally forgot about that!

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 20:58 (five years ago) Permalink

4. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust (1,371 Points, 34 Votes, 4 #1s)
http://www.svartrecords.com/shoppe/725-820-thickbox/uncle-acid-and-the-deadbeats-blood-lust-cd.jpg
http://www.last.fm/music/Uncle+Acid+and+the+Deadbeats


Formed in the old wastelands of witchery and paranoia, Cambridgeshire band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats deliver the new sound of 60s terror. This popular beat combo crawled from its secluded hideout in 2009 to record their debut album, ‘Vol. 1’ for Killer Candy Records. With a limited release in 2010, the album was warmly received with the track ‘Witches Garden’ appearing on a Classic Rock Magazine cover CD. The band also drew the attention of Leif Edling from legendary doom band Candlemass, who would later recommend them to Lee Dorrian at Rise Above.

The group’s second album Blood Lust (2011) was recorded in a dilapidated barn known as The Slaughter House. Using old fuzz pedals and broken amps to create a lo fi saturated sound, the entire album was laid to rest on tape in the space of four cold months. Blood Lust tells the story of a drug crazed sadist who embarks on a witchfinding killing spree before meeting his own demise at the withered hands of Satan. The bands intention was to create an audio equivalent of a 60’s exploitation horror film. After a steady start in sales, demand for the album eventually grew beyond all expectations with all pressings quickly selling out, including a Rise Above vinyl pressing of 350 which sold out in just 24 hours.

This bastard band of weirdos will plunder on into the 2012 apocalypse with festival dates and other live appearances in the UK and Europe. The acid nightmare has truly begun…

http://www.doommantia.com/2011/07/uncle-acid-and-deadbeats-blood-lust.html

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats debut went completely unnoticed by me ?. Therefore it’s double the surprise with their sophomore Blood Lust. I have to admit I was drawn to the vintage cover’s art work first, and then some promising words on one of our befriended blogs concerning this album won me over to give this record a spin. Supposedly Uncle Acid et. al. hail from England but in good recent doom tradition there isn’t a whole lot of useful information to be found on these retro doomsters.

As has been proved, I’m a sucker for retro doom, and this is it again for me. The sound is not your typical doom, stoner, heavy psychedelics, etcetera, because Uncle Acid is able to throw that extra spice in the mix which makes (doomy) records worthwhile: a little groove, a little jazz, call it what you want. But it makes perfect sense to me, plus it gives me a perfect companion to the starting summer days – not to mention my vacation – here. To make it clearer: this is music that you can easily headbang to (slowly though) but it’s also perfectly possible to groove to this record.

Qua texts and sphere, you get a lot of horror & knives, but in a nice way, you know? Probably the best way to appreciate a record like this is with your headphones up surrounded by 13 candles. By the way, their debut, called Vol. 1 is worth checking out too. I prefer their latest, but if you want more of Uncle Acid you’ll be glad knowing there is another release to at least have a taste from the same source. As I said, there is not a lot of information on Uncle Acid, plus I’m not sure about the mentioned Killer Candy Records on their Facebook. I wasn’t able to find a corresponding site. On their Big Cartel site you can order one of the limited edition 100 copies of Blood Lust, so with all the media attention (blogspots) going around, the album probably will be sold out before you can say Kung Fu Panda 2.

Allegedly the album was recorded on vintage equipment, but here comes my problem with the marketing of an album like Uncle’s Blood Lust. There just isn’t a lot of material to write on (except for the terrific album) and therefore we have to rely on blogs without any (checkable) reference. So, we let Uncle Acid be a mystery just like Ghost and in the meantime we enjoy the hell out of this album. Cheers!

Your Host For The Top 5 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Er, the live album? Its good. New studio album isn't til later this year.

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jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland is pretty good. Geddy's not in top vocal form (it was early on the tour), but man are they something.

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EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

3. Goatpenis - Depleted Ammunition (1,666 Points, 66 Votes, 6 #1s)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hEGAE8TIT1I/TfwDIw43k2I/AAAAAAAAGyg/sFOeJXEMkNo/s1600/GoatPenis%2B2011%2BDepleted%2BAmmunition.jpg
Spotify
http://www.last.fm/music/Goatpenis

If you haven't heard Goatpenis, they're awesome. They dress up as South American guerrilla fighters and play songs about nuclear warfare and genocide in a raw yet melodic style of black/grind. The music is ultra riff-based: very heavy, ripping, catchy riffs that are a sort of combination of Sarcófago and Napalm Death and almost impossibly savage and brutal vocals ranging from standard growls and screeches to pitch-shifted gurgles right out of fucking nowhere. - Noktorn

Siegbran, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

i have liked wittr a lot up until now but i absolutely love celestial lineage

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

it's just weird to be listening to a 16-minute doom song and then have the lead guitarist do a warpspeed run up the neck straight out of 1984.

― call all destroyer, Friday, January 20, 2012 8:57 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

That's it, I've got to hear this... off to Spotify I go!

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

nice try Siegbran, but put your goatpenis somewhere else!

Your Host For The Top 5 Countdown for Metal Poll (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

That's what she said!

(sorry)

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

xp Ah, so I didn't miss the studio Rush album.

Well Kerr, your campaigning paid off. Not bad for an album that's not really metal, but nonetheless awesome. They finally shipped my CD yesterday nearly a month after I ordered it. They had run out and didn't bother to tell me.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:04 (five years ago) Permalink

btw since i am unlikely to be at a computer for the last part of this rollout i want to thank ratfucker and glenn for all their work on this, esp since i was supposed to help out and co-run it and failed miserably due to timing/work insanity. you dudes are awesome.

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:05 (five years ago) Permalink

and i suck.

blurgh (jjjusten), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:05 (five years ago) Permalink

lol, siegbran

original bgm, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Ah, Uncle Acid made it to #4! I was definitely expecting that record to be 'up there', partly due to Kerr's campaigning and partly because it is (in my opinion) a fucking good record.

LOL @ Siegbran trying to get 'Goatpenis' in there!

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you meddlin' kids!

Siegbran, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:11 (five years ago) Permalink

it's just weird to be listening to a 16-minute doom song and then have the lead guitarist do a warpspeed run up the neck straight out of 1984.

― call all destroyer, Friday, January 20, 2012 8:57 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

love this band and love this part of their sound. adds some grandeur and weight to the proceedings imo.

circa metamophogenesis I really think they were THE most psychedelic metal band around. maybe they still are? new stuff perhaps doesn't go quite as deep but I still think they mop the floor with 99% of the generic doom out there.

original bgm, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:13 (five years ago) Permalink

should I bother w/uncle acid if I think ghost (swe) are boring?

original bgm, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:15 (five years ago) Permalink

The Mastodon is kind of a lazy vote, good album but I can't really get excited about it. Don't think I've pulled it out since I got it. I did notice it made a lot of indie rock lists as the requisite metal pick, so I guess someone really liked it?

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:15 (five years ago) Permalink

They actually aren't that similar to Ghost, the comparison only gets made because they are each doing distinct takes on retro metal.

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jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Jeff the indie listmakers you are referring to are the laziest voters of all

(Except me who was too lazy to listen to Mastodon)

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Well, jeez, sorry guys. I won't vote at all next year if I'm being too "lazy" with my vote.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Uncle Acid sound absolutely nothing like Ghost. They both have a retro sound, granted, but their reference points are completely different.

Turrican, Friday, 20 January 2012 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

uncle acid is way less BOC and more sabbath than ghost imo.