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  • Top 10 of 2007

    Jan 1 2008, 0h48


    10. Feist - The Reminder
    Feists last album, Let it Die, was decent. A lot of people were impressed. The Reminder, however, figuratively destroys Let it Die. Not so much in the sense of something violent and horrible, but in the sense of well written songs ranging from bouncy to somber. Very+.
    Highlights: So Sorry, I feel it All, 1234


    9. Rogue Wave - Asleep At Heaven's Gate
    Asleep at Heaven's Gate is Rogue Waves most polished, and longest, album. The average song length is easily over 5 minutes, quite a few a bit longer. It's not so much that those are extremely long songs, but they would be longer than the average. All of that time is well-used.
    Highlights: Harmoniom, Like I needed, Lake Michigan


    8. Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient
    Devin Townsend is my all-time favorite canadian. His discography is vast, his style is varied, and his music is always of high quality. These things, however, could be said of other canadians, some of which also share room on this top 10. Nay, the thing that set's Devin apart is his sense of humor. Self-depreciating, sarcastic, over-the-top silliness abounds on Ziltoid, a concept album about a time-travelling alien that has come to earth for coffee, his powers only fuel. Best described as a combination of elements of his mellow side and his madman of metal side, Ziltoid is a hilariously fun, musically interesting self-parody.
    Highlights: Hyperdrive, Solar Winds


    7. Pain of Salvation - Scarsick
    The first time I listened to Scarsick, there was an immediate response of "what the hells is this madness?" Or maybe more of a wtf. After repeated listens, however, I discovered the secret behind it. Angry, Sarcastic, and full of spite, Scarsick is by far pain of salvations most musically diverse album. The influence of faith no more is no more apparent than in entropia and this album. Combining Rap, Disco, Metal, Rock, and whatever else seemed appropriate, Daniel Gildenlow has alienated at least 50% of his fans with this album. Musicians need to do that like this more often.
    Highlights: Disco Queen, Idiocracy, Enter Rain


    6. Pelican - City of Echoes
    Pelican goes alt-rock/pop? No. But it is by far the most accessible Pelican album, and fans of their early crushing metal riffs may not find much to like in this. That said, for anyone else that does not find themselves burdened with such a predisposition will find a lot to enjoy. A combination of metal riffage, fantastic melodies, vast dynamic contrast, and slightly shorter song lengths save this album from being slightly boring. Not that Pelican is boring when they make longer songs-they're just much easier to digest this time around, and still maintain the quality of musicianship that they've always had.
    Highlights: Spaceship Broken - Parts Needed, Far From Fields, Winds With Hands


    5. Ulver - Shadows of the Sun
    Ulver may have one of the most ridiculously diverse discographies in the history of music, and that is considering the vast number of musicians that make it a habbit of being different. Shadows of the Sun continues the tradition of saying "Forget you, style of previous albums!" Mostly ambient and minimalist music, it is by far one of the most ridiculously gorgeous sounding albums I've ever listened to. It manages to be engaging and emotional yet subdued and calm.
    Highlights: EOS, Shadows of the Sun, Let the Children Go


    4. Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez - Se Dice Bisonte No Bufalo
    Omar has been releasing albums like mad for the past year or so. Just almost ever few months, he pops out another record. However, out of all of them, this is by far the best. Psychadellic Jazz-rock that noodles, builds up, explodes, jives, chugs, and even mellows out from time to time. A far cry from being the wankfest that an album with it's qualities could become, it never strays too far from the foundations of it's songs, while still managing to explore enough interesting places to make it just as good, if not better, than any Mars Volta album.
    Highlights: Rapid Fire Tollbooth, Please Heat this Eventually


    3. Suspyre - A Great Divide
    Suspyre are a power/prog band from New Jersey. Or at least, that's what their first album is best described. They've gone for some far more grand territory, taking up the challenge of combining jazz, classical, and progressive metal into one cohesive dynamic package. It was a beautiful success. Technically featuring only 2 "songs" it is broken up into 12 tracks, at least 3 containing saxaphone parts, definitely something unique to the scope of progressive metal. And metal it is, with enough crunchy riffs to satisfy even the metallist, but also with enough variety and interesting composition to make it appeal to the more refined metalhead.
    Highlights: The Singer, Galactic Backwards Movements, April in the Fall, Alterations in the Ivory


    2. The New Pornographers - Challengers
    What's this? Formulaic pop making it into the top of my list? What madness could posess me to do such a thing? Is it the catchiness? Is it that the song, even though basically verse-chorus-verse in structure remain musically interesting enough, with enough melody and harmony to make someone say "that's sure a lot of melody and harmony?" Is it that the songs are just super fucking good? Is it that Neko Case is one hot bitch? You be the judge.
    Highlights: My Rights Versus Yours, Myriad Habour, Unguided, Go Places


    1.Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
    All of the desperate people are coming out tonight. I have never heard anything as ridiculously original as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. They create completely non-traditional songs w ith unique structure, harmony, melody, rhythm, instrumentation and of questionable genre. They get close to death metal and progressive rock, but never quite go there. They range from sparse delicate section to frenzied craziness. There is something new here, and it's so damn good.

    Honorable Mentions
    Symphony X - Paradise Lost
    Kamelot - Ghost Opera

    Honourable Mention
    Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
  • R.I.P. Oink.cd/oink.me.uk

    Out 23 2007, 15h56

    The former oink.me.uk and oink.cd were taken down in some kind of horrible police raid of sorts, and then they arrested the admin, I believe.

    The music industry strikes again, ruining lives, making me sad, and really pissing me the fuck off.

    Now where am I going to find all the great music I can't find anywhere else because it's just, you know, not known at all?

    This does not bode well for our hero.
  • Death of a Hard Drive

    Set 23 2007, 17h26

    So the Hard Drive that had my 60gb of music on it kicked the bucket today.

    I am going to do things to attempt to recover it. and about 30 of that 60 is on my mp3 player.

    Alas, that is a lot of GB to be missing. MotherFUCK.
  • Bands that should be on guitar hero

    Mai 21 2007, 19h11

    Symphony X, Dream Theater, Edguy, Behold... the Arctopus, Freak Kitchen, Phish, and some other bands.

    I don't know, playing guitar hero is fun and all, but some of the songs are just shitty and annoying.

    I figure if you added those bands to the game the relative awesome-ness would be increased by at least 12201031313 points.

    Just an idea.
  • The Devin Townsend Phenomena

    Abr 9 2007, 20h53

    Elliott Smith = 1,456 plays
    Blind Guardian = 1,323 plays
    The Mars Volta = 1,152 plays
    Pain Of Salvation = 1,140 plays
    Modest Mouse = 1,098 plays
    They Might Be Giants = 1,082 plays
    Broken Social Scene = 1,067

    The Devin Townsend Band = 304
    Devin Townsend = 342
    Strapping Young Lad = 325

    304 + 342 + 325 = 971

    If everything devin did was under one name, He would be #7 and probably moving on up in the world.

    True that.
  • What

    Fev 27 2007, 18h26

    Elliott Smith has been my top artist for the last 2 weeks I think.

    There is probably something behind that.

    Elliott Smith
  • Official Top 10 of 2006

    Dez 14 2006, 20h27

    This is it. IT’S OFFICIAL . Beware.

    10. Isis – In the Absence of Truth (October 31st)
    A solid release from Isis with the basic Isis style, only a bit more dynamic and less hardcore shouts. The album feels like one long song, but not in the bad way. Through crushing chords, and interesting song structures, and interesting harmony, they bring an explosive, trudging, metal album.
    Highlights: Wrists of Kings, Holy Tears, Garden of Light

    9. Strapping Young Lad – The New Black (July 11th)
    An extreme metal project of Devin Townsends, The New Black takes SYL from an incredibly intense thash/industrial act to a more progressive intenste industrial act. The New Black is more melodic than some of SYL ’s earlier albums, which is a bit of a refreshing change. It’s great.
    Highlights: You Suck, Antiproduct, Far Beyond Metal, Almost Again

    8. The Sound of Animals Fighting – Lover, the lord has left us (May 16th)
    A combination of noise, electronica, and progressive rock, The Sound of Animals fighting is a collective of artists in potentially terrible bands that becomes more than the sum of it’s parts. It is not a normal album. The music is challenging, engaging, and altogether exciting. It’s enjoyable and possibly about a horse. Who knows.
    Highlights: SkullFlower, Horses In The Sky, This Heat, The Heretic

    7. The Devin Townsend Band – Synchestra (January 31st)
    Devin Townsend is an amazing artist. His incredible use of odd harmonization, his amazing vocal performances, his eclectic but consistently brilliant discography. The man has made almost 20 albums in the course of 10 years. His creative juices explode with one of his most ambitious releases to date. A concept album that spans an entire 13 songs, with a silly little bonus track. Every song on this one, interlude or otherwise, is a gem in it’s own right. His genre ignorant progressive music is both emotional and technical. Definitely brilliant.
    Highlights: Triumph, Vampira, Pixellate, Notes from Africa

    6. Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain (August 8th)
    Combing harsh whispered vocals, heavy riffs, and post-rock-esque dynamic contrast, Agalloch have created a unique musical experience. Their heavy reliance on atmosphere and dynamics lead to some amazingly intense moments, beautiful and harsh. Very diverse, very unique, very good.
    Highlights: Limbs, Falling Snow, Fire Above, Ice Below

    5. The Album Leaf – Into the Blue Again (Sept 12th)
    Opening with a quiet beautiful piece entitled “This Light,” Into the Blue again is full of lush melody and tear-jerkingly beautiful songwriting. The overall mood of the album is a calmness. In between the sweeping melody lines and the perfectly timed eletronica-esque beats, is a solid album to cuddle to. Or snooze to. Or just be at peace with the world to.
    Highlights: This Light, Always For You, Red Eye, Wishful Thinking

    4. Edguy – Rocket Ride (Sometime during the year)
    Within the last 3 months, I have begun to enjoy this silly metal band from Germany quite a lot. Rocket Ride is a bombastic, well, ride, through a hard-rock/80’s esque metal world, full of hard-hitting riffs and fast-paced guitar work. The most impressive thing about this CD, however, is the fact that you can just feel the testosterone pumping throughout the whole thing. It’s a CD with balls. Huge, hairy, sweaty, german balls.
    Highlights: Sacrifice, Rocket Ride, Wasted Time, Superheroes

    3. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (October 3rd)
    On their Capitol debut, the Decemberists turned up the prog and turned down the folk. The album features 2 songs over 10 minutes long, The Island, which has more of a jammy feel towards the beginning, but ends with a quiet acoustic guitar melody. The Crane Wife 1&2 is basically 2 songs in one, the first being quite amazing, the second being quite mellow. Yes, it’s different than the rest of their releases, yes, it’s a right after a major label signing, and yes, it’s still really good. The End.
    Highlights: The Island, The Crane Wife 1&2, The Crane Wife 3, O! Valencia, Yankee Bayonet

    2. The Mars Volta – Amputechture (September 12th)
    The Mars Volta are an interesting band. Amputechture is a frantic blast of quick guitars, weird effects, and distorted vocals. Taking their explosive brand of prog-rock to new heights, the mars volta have crafted a group of songs that spend time pittering, pattering, building up, and rocking out. I actually saw them play many of these songs live. It was an adventure. The lyrics make no sense, the music goes everywhere, and it never stops. Between Cedric’s intense wails, and Omar’s furious guitar-work, it is, how we say in the business, kick-ass.
    Highlights: Tetragrammaton, Meccamputechture, Day of the Baphomets

    1. Blind Guardian – A Twist in the Myth (September 5th)
    It’s no secret that I love Blind Guardian. It is also no secret that Blind Guardian is the most amazing band in the world. A Twist in The Myth proves that they can be amazing even if they take a bit of a different route. Now, ATITM is not quite as complex as A Night at the Opera, and not quite as epic as Nightfall in Middle-Earth. A interesting combination of thrash, power metal, and some weird new Blind Guardian thing, this CD goes where no Blind Guardian CD has ever gone before. For the first time, Blind Guardian decided to just rock the fuck out. Songs like Another Stranger Me and Otherland have parts that are simply just rocking out. It definitely has a special kick to it. A truly great album from a truly great band.
    Highlights: Entire Album

    Honorable Mentions:

    Amon Amarth – With Oden on Our Side (October 3rd)
    Ultra-Melodic Viking Death Metal? Yes.

    Dragonland – Astronomy (November 16th)
    Power metal… IN SPACE!

    OSI – Free (July 9th)
    Interesting Rock/Electronic/Spacey/Experimental music. Woo.

    And the fancy Honourable Mention.

    Amorphis– Eclipse (March 21st)
    Interesting Prog-Metal with Folky melodies.
  • Amazing

    Set 20 2006, 23h28

    The new Blind Guardian album is amazing. I am madly in love with songs 1-12. Lol.

    To those not hip with the jive, there are 11 tracks plus one bonus alternate version of Fly.

    Cha.
  • A weird thing I do

    Ago 9 2006, 5h59

    Apparently, once a band has reached my top spot, I feel like I can't listen to them anymore because, they are, in fact, #1. So since Elliott Smith isn't #1 anymore, it seems like a REALLY GOOD IDEA to listen to him a lot.

    Ahahahahahaha.

    I am silly.

    Also, I need to listen to King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Pelican more. It just really should be done. I like them a lot more than my listening habbits show.
  • Don't Read This

    Jul 11 2006, 4h18

    I told you not to read it. It's hard to pick out of all the bands I like. But I love the variety. I would place Symphony X in there somewhere if there was room.

    The Idea:
    Name six bands/artists to play at your dream festival.
    - The first act plays 5 songs.
    - The second act plays 5 songs.
    - The third act plays 7 songs.
    - The fourth act plays 7 songs.
    - The fifth act plays 10 songs.
    - The sixth act plays 14 songs.

    1.Lightning Bolt
    a. 2 Morro Morro Land
    b. 13 Monsters
    c. 30,000 Monkeys
    d. Megaghost
    e. Dead Cowboy

    2.Explosions in the Sky
    a. Memorial
    b. Your Hand in Mine
    c. The Only Moment We Were Alone
    d. First Breath After Coma
    e. With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept

    3. Kamelot
    a. Center of the Universe
    b. Descent of the Archangel
    c. Memento Mori
    d. When the Lights go Down
    e. Nothing Ever Dies
    f. The Edge of Paradise
    g. Soul Society

    4. Broken Social Scene
    a. Almost Crimes
    b. 7/4 (Shoreline)
    c. Superconnected
    d. Major Label Debut (Fast)
    e. Stars and Sons
    f. Cause = Time
    g. It's All Gonna Break

    5. The Mars Volta
    a. Son Et Lumiere + Inertiatic ESP
    b. L'via L'viaquez
    c. Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus
    d. Roulette Dares (the haunt of)
    e. Cicatraz ESP
    f. Drunkship of Lanters
    g. Frances the Mute
    h. Televators
    i. Take the Veil Carpin Taxt
    j. Cassandra Gemini

    6. Blind Guardian
    a. Into the Storm
    b. Bright Eyes
    c. The Curse of Feanor
    d. Script for my Requiem
    e. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)
    f. Lord of the Rings
    g. Nightfall
    h. The Bard's Song - In the Forest
    i. When Sorrow Sang
    j. Punishment Divine
    k. Mordred's Song
    l. The Soulforged
    m. And then there was Silence
    n. Mirror Mirror

    this is totally awesome and lame.
    But mine is BIGGER. and better.