• Top 5 live albums

    Set 2 2010, 13h48

    Not a biggest live album fan but here's a few gems with arguments.
    Only official (audio) releases accepted.

    1. King Crimson - Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984
    Simply stunning performance collected from the two final concerts before breaking up (and reforming ten years after). All the 80s tracks are better than album versions. And the rest aren't bad either.

    2. Stone - Free
    I remember this being one of the first Stone records I ever listened to. Again the songs are collected from two evenings but I don't mind as the setlist and playing are tight as hell. Even better than on studio albums, if that's possible. And damn the sounds are good. The crowd noise after Vengeance Of The Ghostriders is quite hilarious if listened carefully.

    3. Primus - Suck On This
    You just can't go wrong starting your debut release with Rush's YYZ. I don't know if the songs are from one evening or many, but I think this is the greatest Primus album. Flawless victory!

    4. Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony In Deep C
    Only live recorded material here (uncounting afterwards released studio version of Move), which I think is quite rare - at least in rock/metal circles. Don't really care about the story but music - man it's good. A Sign + Deeper Into The Mud + The Struggle For Life And Death Of "Knowledge" must be one of the best Finnish death metal (or whatever they are) tunes I've heard. Hats off for the symphony orchestra for blending so smoothly with the band. Unlike most of the symphony + metal stuff I've heard..
    Nothing that special on the rest of the album but so what when the first half is So Fine (hah!). Tomi Koivusaari's vocals are great as always. Also the female singer is quite tolerable, way better than Tarja Turunen on the 1999's follow-up, Evangelicum.
    Btw, I have some weird pressing of the album with the whole thing in one 60min track. But it's ok.

    5. Nasum - Doombringer
    Intense and brutal grinding with killer sounds. Also the lenght is just fine concidering the genre and my nerves. Luckily I got to see them before the tsunami, at Tuska festival in Helsinki 2004.

    Honourable mentions:
    6. Rush - Different Stages
    7. Pekka Pohjola - Heavy Jazz
    8. Martti Servo ja Napander - Avatkaa ovi!!
    9. Nirvana - Unplugged In New York
    10. Meshuggah - Alive
    + bonus: Slayer - Live Undead (not really live)
  • music of 2008

    Jan 6 2009, 2h23

    Top albums/EPs/demos/etc. - on a scale of 4 to 10:

    Cynic - Traced In Air

    Dian - Here & Now [cds]
    Enslaved - Vertebrae
    Hail of Bullets - ...Of Frost and War
    Hebosagil / Viisikko -split
    Meshuggah - obZen
    Secret Chiefs 3 - Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9
    Septicflesh - Communion
    Scars on Broadway - Scars On Broadway
    Scarsick - Hide [demo]
    The Jiva Orchestra - Julmuuden Hurma [ep]
    Viikate - V-DVD 1: Viikate-videogaala [dvd]

    5ive - Hesperus
    Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery
    Eleanoora Rosenholm - Älä kysy kuolleilta, he sanoivat
    Esoteric - The Maniac Vale
    Exxasens - Polaris
    Gojira - The Way of All Flesh
    Hebosagil - Colossal
    Impish - Evolution 2(008) [demo]
    Mattip - Save The King
    Nasum - Doombringer
    Opeth - Watershed
    Origin - Antithesis
    Ristirasite - Aikasi on loppu
    Russian Circles - Station
    Steven Wilson - Insurgentes
    Sydän, sydän - Usko itseesi
    TV on the Radio - Dear Science
    Ufomammut - Idolum
    YUP - Vapauden kaupungit

    Between the Buried and Me - Colors Live
    Bloodbath - The Wacken Carnage [cd/dvd]
    Eleanoora Rosenholm - Tammen varjossa [ep]
    Electric Wizard / Reverend Bizarre -split
    Kayo Dot - Blue Lambency Downward
    Medeia - Medeia [ep]
    Mike Patton - A Perfect Place -soundtrack
    Mouth of the Architect - Quietly
    Mystic Grave - Doom, Death, Darkness [ep]
    Napoleon Skullfukk - Torture Metal [demo]
    Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV
    Porcupine Tree - We Lost the Skyline
    Sara - Veden äärelle
    Scarlett Johansson - Anywhere I Lay My Head
    Seith - Alas
    Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
    Stam1na - Raja
    Trinacria - Travel Now Journey Infinitely

    Asa - Loppuasukas
    Bloodbath - Unblessing The Purity [ep]
    Frontlines - Demo I
    KYPCK - Черно
    Metallica - Death Magnetic
    Quest For Blood with Yukihiro Isso - Quest for Blood
    Rotten Sound - Cycles
    Teardown - Cyanotic [demo]
    To-Mera - Delusions
    Von Hertzen Brothers - Love Remains the Same

    Cryptopsy - The Unspoken King
    Dominici - O3: A Trilogy (Part 3)
    Textures - Silhouettes
    The Amenta - n0n

    Cavalera Conspiracy - Inflikted

    Some interesting records yet to hear (properly):
    Ayreon - 01011001
    Biomechanical - Cannibalised
    Boris - Smile
    Circle - Hollywood
    Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
    Diablo - Icaros
    Disare - Promo 2008
    Don Caballero - Punkgasm
    Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
    Falconer - Among Beggars and Thieves
    Farmers Market - Surfin' USSR
    Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living
    Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday
    Havoc Unit - h.IV+
    Ihsahn - angL
    Jesse - Kaikki!
    Jex Thoth - Jex Thoth
    John Zorn - Filmworks XIX: The Rain Horse
    Julma-Henri & Syrjäytyneet - SRJTNT VOL. 1
    Keep of Kalessin - Kolossus
    King's X - XV
    Lauri Porra - All Children Have Superpowers
    Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul
    Malpractice - Triangular
    Medeia - Cult
    Melvins - Nude With Boots
    Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
    Paavoharju - Laulu laakson kukista
    Pariisin Kevät - Meteoriitti
    Portishead - Third
    Reversion - King of Deceit
    Satyricon - The Age Of Nero
    Sabot - Further Conversations
    Sculptured - Embodiment: Collapsing Under the Weight of God
    Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    Six Feet Under - Death Rituals
    Skepticism - Alloy
    Soulfly - Conquer
    Swallow The Sun - Plague of Butterflies
    Testament - The Formation Of Damnation
    The Haunted - Versus
    The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
    Total Devastation - Honour the Disorder
    Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
    Zimmer's Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil... We Were in League with Satan

    Top concerts:
    - Cynic @ Dante's Highlight, Helsinki, Finland 15.12.
    - Absoluuttinen Nollapiste @ 45 Special, Oulu, Finland 4.7.
    - Witchcraft @ Qstock, Oulu, Finland 26.7.
    - Carcass @ Tuska, Helsinki, Finland 27.6.
    - Entombed @ Tuska, Helsinki, Finland 27.6.
    - Enslaved @ Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland 14.12.
    - Aqua de Annique @ Qstock, Oulu, Finland 26.7.
    - Viisikko @ 45 Special, Oulu, Finland 12.6.
    - Countervela @ Park 57, Oulu, Finland 15.11.
    - 5 x Random Mullet @ Oulu, Finland

    So, again pretty good year with music. Mainly because of Cynic, but I was delighted most by the quality of some local bands' recordings. Great stuff!