5 Ene 2015, 15:57
20 Dic 2014, 22:35What a year, I'd say! Many band saw huge changes in their line-ups while managing to keep former quality (or even to increase it). One good example is Sabaton with great Heroes -album. We also saw an anticipated reunion. This year stoner rock is absent from my list although Wo Fat put out an awesome album (and Brant Bjork released new stuff). I just listened so much more these other albums, so it felt proper to leave those two out. Machine Head deserves credits for their new Bloodstone & Diamonds -album. Definitively better than the Locust but stretching to epic 70 + minutes, it is sometimes tranquilizing to listen it through and I dropped it. But Let's cut the crap, here are my picks for 2014.
At the Gates - At War With Reality
I think three years ago nobody believed this album would ever be released. Slaughter of the Soul is one of my all-time favorite metal albums and I was a bit skeptical when I heard of the new At the Gates album. Luckily there is no reason to be worried. Despite of 19 years in between, At War With Reality sounds exactly as it should sound: a continuum of SOTS but not any way copying it.
Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
I was quite excited when I heard Nick Holmes is the new lead growler of Bloodbath. Old dog still knows the trick and he sounds surprisingly evil, just as it should be. Grand Morbid Funeral is an instant classic, old school death metal at its best. Bloodbath sounds refreshed and itself at the same time.
Insomnium - Shadows of the dying Sun
I wasn't particularly fond of the two earlier Insomnium albums. They introduced clean singing in Across the Dark album and it sounded a bit strange. The production in those albums was also horrible. Luckily in Shadows of the Dying Sun all these annoying things have been dealt with and the result is brilliant and beautiful album that also sounds good. The songs works also in live, as I managed to witness thrice this year.
Casualities of Cool - Casualities of Cool
A perfect late night album (or actually two albums) from Devin Townsend and also a project that returned my faith in Devin (which has been missing for many albums). Take bumchaka-beat from Johnny Cash, add some ambient and mix it with that wall of sound so typical for Devin and what do you get: a country music from outer space. Also one of the best gigs this year. Highly recommended album for everyone.
Arch Enemy - War Eternal
It was a bit of a shock to hear Angela stepping aside, I have always liked her superb attitude and natural live charisma, but the fact is that Arch Enemy needed some refreshment. The replacement was almost perfect Alissa White-Gluz form The Agonist. Her energy is easily heard throughout the new album making it one of the most-fun-to-listen albums in this year. Angela, however, is much better live performer since Alissa’s performance is clearly intended to younger audience. I guess this gain some – loose some scenario.
Crowbar - Symmetry in Black
Funny thing, I know this album is good but now that I must write something about it, it is less clear what exactly. If something in Symmetry in Black stands out that would be riffs. They are huge, crushing even. Secondly, the haunting vocals of Kirk Windstein create such an atmosphere from where no light escapes. A bit surprisingly this album stole the sludge crown from EYEHATEGOD this year.
The Haunted - Exit Wounds
I was pretty sure that we saw the end of The Haunted when departure of both Peter Dolving and Anders Björler, but once again I was happily surprised. Marco Aro is just perfect replacement of Dolving. Latest two albums were clear migration toward the In Flames path and Exit Wounds put nice end to it. This album is pure ass kicking metal and I love it. There is so much missed energy in Aro’s performance it is almost purifying. Exit Wounds is straightforward album and yes, not as interesting as The Dead Eye was, but more importantly it is important turning back before point of no return for this band. I’m looking forward to see them live as soon as possible.
Misery Index - Killing Gods
Misery Index is one of my favorite technical death metal bands. They have their unique way to make music and every album is diamond, there aren’t week ones. Killing Gods has been my training sound track from the moment it was released. The power, intensity and speed in this music keep me going.
Archspire - The Lucid Collective
I picked this up from a local metal fanzine recommendation and I love every second of it! Technical death metal is usually fast guitar and complex playing but these guys do twice as fast. Completely insane and so much fun.
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
It is interesting how along the document Sonic Highways one can develop a deeper relationship to the music when the ideas and events behind the lyrics are known. I kind of hoped a bit more aggressive and faster Foo Fighters album, but now that I know the story and idea behind making this record, it is just perfect the way it is. I am not making any kind of synopsis, there is a document made for that. It is also worth remembering that everybody is aging and that will affect how you see the world and also what kind of music you want to compose.
Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
Mastodon continues its path toward more progressive and less metallic, some might say also more commercial sound. Their previous album The Hunter already pointed to this direction, but where it didn’t quite deliver Once More ‘Round the Sun succeeds. This time the album works better as a whole and bands musical identity is easily audible.
Bruce Springsteen - high Hopes
I would be a bad fan unless the new Springsteen album wouldn’t be in my album of the year –list. This was actually better that earlier Wrecking Ball and Tom Morello adds some extra spice on it. There are some warm ups and some cover songs but it contains some true jewels like Harry’s Place (it could easily be a theme from The Sporanos) and beautiful Down in the Hole. Conclusion: world is likely to a bit better place since this came out.
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Definitively the heaviest album released in 2014. In many ways this is the best album of the year. But to be able to listen to this, one must have a certain state of mind. This has so crushing and dark atmosphere that I often pick something else. The world of Thomas Gabriel Fischer is just dark as the disturbed the artwork of H.R.Giger.
The best EP in 2014 is:
Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty
The title goes to Peter Gabriel performing So-album back to front at Hartwall Arena.
That’s all folks, happy holidays!
30 Ene 2014, 8:11One album per week seem reasonable, don't you think?
1. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
2. Carcass - Swansong
3. King Diamond - The Puppet Master
4. Venom - Fallen Angels
5. The Sword - Apocryphon
6. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
7. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
8. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
9. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
10. Insomnium - Shadow of the Dying Sun (Limited Edition)
11. Vallenfyre - Splinters
12. Down - Down IV, Part II
13. Bruce Springsteen - American Dream (Vinyl EP)
14. Sabaton - Heroes (Limited Digibook)
15. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
16. Arch Enemy - War Eternal (Limited Edition)
17. Crowbar - Symmetry In Black
18. Wo Fat - Black Code
19. Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence Deluxe Edition
20. Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
21. Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
22. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em
23. Wo Fat - Conjuring
24. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
25. Vista Chino - Peace
26. Eyehategod - Eyehategod
27. Corrosion of Conformity - IX
28. Archspire - The Lucid Collective
29. The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (Deluxe Edition)
30. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
31. Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
32. Pantera - Reinventing The Steel
33. Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill
34. Sepultura - Arise
35. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
36. Sepultura - Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation
37. Sepultura - Roots
38. Sepultura - Schizoprenia
39. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
40. Casualties of Cool - Casualties of Cool (2 CD edition)
41. At the Gates - At War With Reality
42. Ghost Brigade - IV: One With The Storm
43. Pink Floyd - Endless River
44. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
45. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
46. Deserted Fear - My Empire
47. Deserted Fear - Kingdom Of Worms
48. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
49. Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band - Black Flower Power
50. Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
51. Misery Index - Killing Gods
52. The Haunted - Exit Wounds
28 Dic 2013, 14:58Best albums of the 2013
It’s listing time folks. This year turned to be a fine year after all (although I bought much less albums than in previous years). One may wonder why, but simply because I wanted to concentrate more to the music instead of collecting madly more albums. Interestingly, I was quite sure that my list would have been filled with metal and I kept saying that throughout the year. Now that I have listed everything, the selection appears to be quite versatile. I hope someone may find this list at least a bit interesting…
Carcass – Surgical Steel
This is perhaps the best album of the year and one of the strongest return albums I’ve heard. Death metal with melodic twist, just the way I like it. Maybe mixing ended up a bit clinical, but it is not bad in any way.
Annihilator – Feast
Judged by how much fun I’ve gained from this album, the album of the year would belong to this, but in fact the biggest fun came from the bonus disc which contained many remastered old classics. Feast itself is a great album and deserves this position.
Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
The sophomore album of the new AIC is not, in my opinion, as good as the “Black Gives Way to Blue”, but still strong release and many killer tracks.
Soulfly – Savages
Soulfly is getting heavier with every release. “Savages” became of my favorite SF albums and contains absolutely craziest song name of the year: Ayatollah of Rock ‘n Rolla featuring Clutch singer Neal Fallon.
Megadeth – Super Collider
This is much better record than credited for. Period. MD had a small “lump” (that’s the th1rt3en), but Super Collider climbed back to the “at least decent” level. This is very versatile record (I find that to be only a good thing) containing faster tracks and slower ones, but in addition to that, the tempo within the songs also varies. This is the thing in this album. OK, some of the most dedicated (and idiotic) fans must have hated it, but guess what. Screw you : )
Cult of Luna – Vertikal
Vertikal is amazing sonic trip into the world of Blade Runner from these Swedish post metal masters. Definitively not the easiest album to listen to and needs a certain mood to be fully appreciated but I still rank this album very high.
Autopsy – The Headless Ritual
A perfect example of how old school death metal is supposed to be: dirty, filthy, gore-filled musical abuse.
Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
This is my personal favorite chill-out album of the year. I liked the Felt Mountain a lot, and this is pretty much similar without dance pop elements. Works also well as a background music.
Jex Thoth – Blood Moon Rise
Hipsters didn’t like this album. Well, for me that’s one more reason to like it! Other reason is that Blood Moon Rise is just great: epic, beautiful, and Jex. I think I need to see JT live gig again if they tour the area.
Nick Cave and the bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
This is another mood album for those late evenings or darker thoughts. Nick plays slow and beautifully, but continues thematically in the darker side of the life.
Amorphis – Circle
Domestic metal masters made once again a fine album. This is somewhat a synthesis of Tomi Joutsen era, but at the same time, introducing many new elements (e.g. black metal). Clean vocals are also emphasized more than before, which gives nice contrast to growling parts.
Audrey Horne – Youngblood
This band deserves more attention, I insist (and we want another gig in Helsinki)! AH has always been writing songs about human relationships and in their stories usually things are not so well. Youngblood continues the tradition, but musically this is more energetic than Le Fol ever was. Shortly put: very good and interesting hard rock, but awfully unknown.
Dark Tranquillity – Construct
When one of my favorite bands releases a new album, it is always a pleasure. Construct was, I think, a right album to for them to do in this point. They still continued to evolve, but more importantly, they maintained their distinct “DT” sound. Just get a new base player ASAP and future will be bright for you.
Vista Chino – Peace
It is a bit difficult to ignore an album with Brant Bjork and John Garcia calling the shots. I somehow managed to do so, until this December so this is a last minute arrival. Great desert rock record.
Endless Boogie – Long Island
One of the biggest surprises of the year 2013. I knew nothing about them until I read a review of Long Island. A trip to a strange world where people just jam and boogie goes on forever.
Monster Magnet – Last Patrol
I really don’t know if this belongs to this list, I haven’t listened this enough to say it. But, what else a fan boy could to but to add this. Time will tell my final opinion, but so far it is OK.
Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
This must be the strangest album I’ve heard for a while, but I oddly like it a lot. Darkthrone continues to explore the frontiers of metal music and does that with skill and style. Their song writing capabilities are more than evident after this record.
Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure
Another fan boy statement. A better Hypocrisy album, nothing new here, just good metal.
Best gig of the 2013 -title goes to Annihilator. Their live performance were second to none: intensity, skill, speed and most of all the vocals were just unbelievable.
10 Nov 2013, 21:45Wed 6 Nov – Annihilator Feast On Europe Tour 2013
For a starters I reveal that this gig went easily to my top five ever. I've seen quite a many bands so it tells pretty much everything. Now that I got that off my back, let's concentrate to the details. First, these guys can play. Second, in addition to that they are damn good entertainers. Third, they make damn good music. For those rare occasions those three things happens to combine the end result is unforgettable event.
In the middle of moshing and grinning like a lunatic, I wondered why this band hasn't got any more attention. The venue (Nosturi) was pretty full, but not sold out - and it was indeed a Friday night. OK, if I try really hard, I might be able to understand that Avenged Sevenfold gig on the same evening could have some influence on the issue, but come on people! Annihilator's performance were completely flawless. That technical mastery and incredible teamwork was something every music fan should witness at least once in their life time.
Those of you who continued reading are prolly interested in the band (unless you're my friends, hi guys!) and thence you are also interested in the set list so here it comes:
1. Alison Hell
3. Knight Jumps Queen
4. Reduced to Ash
5. Set the World on Fire
6. Refresh the Demon
7. Never, Neverland
8. No Zone
9. The Fun Palace
12. Second to None
13. I Am in Command
14. Phoenix Rising / Sounds Good to Me / Snake In the Grass
(Here we had a nice drum solo and I must say that they are seldom as entertaining as this was)
15. No Way Out
16. Smear Campaign
17. Time Bomb
21. King of the Kill
So, as you see pure gold. A few songs from the Feast and rest of them were classics. Pretty much everything one can ask for. More of these and I'll continue writing this darn reviews! I promise.
19 Ene 2013, 14:24Fri 18 Jan – Frank Turner, Jaakko & Jay
After realizing the undeniable greatness of this artist I was eager to see the famous live show. I was more than pleased when local ticket agency announced Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls gig a Tavastia club in the heart of Helsinki.
Frank has this rare ability to use words in a popular manner and still tell stories. In fact the other such songwriter is Bruce Springsteen and I noticed several similarities between those two artists along the show. Both of them get the audience to participate, they really are able to make a connection with the crowd. This has an advantage to make the evening special.
Tavastia was already almost full when I arrived. Amazing duo Jaakko and Jay were in the middle of their gig and I merged in the audience to investigate. I knew nothing about them, but from the first song I got this feeling that the essence of punk rock were strongly present. I really enjoyed the show although I doubt that I'd buy their albums. Some stuff just don't work as a record.
At 22.15 (or something like that) we finally got into the business and Mr Turner entered the stage along the Sleeping Souls. He opened the evening With Four Simple Words first just singing it. Then followed The Road, Peggy Sang The Blues and Reasons Not To Be An Idiot and Glory Hallelujah and everybody just went nuts. I love the way he introduces a song by telling a little story, sometimes related directly (or not at all) to the song. Frank played also material from the upcoming new studio album (Recovery and Tattoos) which one can already pre-order (the release was some day in April, if I recall correctly). One of the highlights was I Still Believe, it for a change seemed that almost everybody knew the words so pretty fantastic sounding moments followed.
During the encore song Photosynthesis we did "the sitting thing" that turned out to be a classical act in Frank's show. Another example of the crown participation he carries out.
This was really a Show, with capital S. It was also such a positive experience I'll remember for long time, in fact I doubt I'll ever forget it. First time is always first time, and I'm lucky and privileged bastard because I was there.
Thank you Frank.
Set list for the evening (might be right, or might be not, feel free to correct me):
Four Simple Words
Peggy Sang the Blues
Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
The Real Damage
The Fastest Way Back Home
The Ballad of Me and My Friends
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
I Am Disappeared
One Foot Before the Other
Long Live The Queen
Try This at Home
I Still Believe
If Ever I Stray
13 Ene 2013, 15:131. Nate Hall - A Great River
2. Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed
3. Down - Down IV: The Purple EP (Vinyl)
4. Frank Turner Love Ire & Song
5. Down - Diary of a Mad Band
6. Pink Floyd - The Discovery Box
7. Nils Lofgren - Old School
8. The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built
9. Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live
10. Nils Lofgren Band - Live
11. Cult of Luna - Vertikal
12. Amorphis - Circle
13. Hypocrisy - End of Disclosure
14. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
15. Audrey Horne - Youngblood
16. Wishbone Ash - 40th Anniversary - Live in London
17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
18. Antimatter - Fear Of A Unique Identity
19. Corrosion of Conformity - Eye For An Eye -reissue
20. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
21. Dark Tranquillity - Construct
22. Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
23. Megadeth - Super Collider
24. Sound City - Real To Reel
25. Stone - Complete
26. Annihilator - Feast (2 CD Limited Edition)
27. Immolation - Kingdom of Conspiracy
28. Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
29.Monster Magnet - Last Patrol
30. Carcass - Surgical Steel
31. Soulfly - Savages
32. The Sword - Apocryphon
16 Dic 2012, 10:24I sometimes wonder why this is so fun to make these lists. Anyway, this year was very good year, I found again many new favorites and made a personal record buying new albums during one year.
Here are a few albums that deserves mention:
Best albums of the 2012
Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
The best metal album from the best thrash band at the moment. While some dinosaurs are less successful, Testament keep delivering and actually improving. De luxe -version contains three brilliant cover versions as well.
Down - Down IV, part I: The Purple EP
Highly anticipated first EP of new Down package of four EPs. Smoky, crushingly heavy and groovy stuff from the New Orleans sludge gods. Anselmo sounds better that in a long time. Featured track: Misfortune Teller
Witchcraft - Legend
With this album Witchcraft steals the leading position in Swedish retro rock scene from Graveyard. Great comeback album with superb production and brilliant songs.
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
Definitively my summer album of 2012. They seem to have finally found their own style (the Springsteen worship times are almost over), and I think they're better than ever. Such a great rock album and de luxe -edition contains two nice bonus songs as well. Featured Track: Keepsake
Hot Water Music - Exister
Chuck is fine folk singer, but somehow to me he sounds better while fronting HWM. I just love how his vocal performance kicks so many punk singers' asses and give a whole lot more street cred to the message. Definitively my training album of the year.
Corrosion of Conformity - Corrosion of Conformity
The original line-up from Animosity era put out such a tough album. It takes only three to rock 'n roll, or so it seems. Interesting mixture of old and new, the self titled album took some more listening before really opening up. It also seems that the power trio is enough to put out intensive live performance as well. Later, It was informed that Pepper Keenan decided to join Down full-time, but luckily the future seems to be bright for C.O.C.
Katatonia - Dead End Kings
New Katatonia is always an important event. Interestingly, the release seems to be dark and rainy fall/early winter, which is actually a perfect time to listen to Katatonia. Nothing new or groundbreaking here and they continue in the spirit of their former album Night is the New Day. I don't mind. Dead End Kings is not a straightforward album, it doesn't contain obvious hit songs. Instead, its beauty is in the details and nuances that make it more interesting. All the important Katatonia elements are still there, if you're willing to discover them.
Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
Another important and highly anticipated album for me. In a way, this sounds like a synthesis of Eye of Every Storm and Given to the Rising, both albums I particularly like. Neurosis isn't the easiest music and usually need a certain mood. Only time will tell, will this be my favorite album, but all the needed elements are present.
The Sword - Apocryphon
I wasn't aware of this until it came out. Why, I really can't tell. I loved their previous record and I guess I just couldn't believe they'd put out next so soon. Anyway, Apocryphon is out and it sounds great. I haven't had enough time to listen it more carefully, but pretty similar stuff as Warp Riders.
Orange Goblin - Eulogy For The Damned
One of the early year releases I almost forgot. Brilliant stoner album from the UK based veterans. Listen to The Fog and you'll understand why this album is listed here. The rest of the songs ain't bad either.
High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
Heviest album of the year? Maybe not, but getting close at least. Slight problem of this album (and as a matter of fact of previous one too) is slight unevenness. There are many brilliant songs but also some more mediocre ones too. Nevertheless, when you need to consume some beer and whiskey, this album is your soundtrack of choice. Featured track: King of Days.
Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times and The Tides
Better known from his band Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo is a gifted songwriter. Here he experiments with more traditional rock in the spirit of Neil Young. Yes, influence is clearly present, but where Neil sounds, well...Neil, Between the Tides and the Times expands and explores more. I probably started to listen to this, because it sounded like Neil, but later I found it to be a great addition to my playlist. Good rock record, that's what this is.
Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth
One interesting comeback was the return of the Diamond Dave. He is a showman from the beginning and hasn't lost his edge. I think that A different Kind of Truth is actually quite good record. It rocks, it rolls and it grooves. It is entertaining and makes you wanna party. Welcome back Eddie. Welcome back Dave. Rock 'n roll needed you. We needed you. Featured track: China Town.
Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
I usually don't listen to this kind of music (I actually don't even know why, since it seems to be rather good). I bought this album solely after I read a review written so that it got me interested. This epic ambient/electronic/whatever masterpiece has given so many hours of enjoyment during this year. I learned that this is also one of the comeback albums of this year. Featured track: Opium.
Nate Hall - A Great River
This found its way to my list on the eleventh hour. Nate Hall is (perhaps) better known as a front man and guitarist of U.S. Christmas. His has very distinct voice and he usually uses echo to tune his singing. The result is unique. Every listening is a journey to world beyond, to "the other side". I don't know where, but I like to be there.
Other albums worth mentioning:
Bob Mould - Silver Age, OM - Advaitic Songs, Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol, Soen - Cognitive, Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill, Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral, Six Feet Under - Undead, Graveyard - Lights Out
Best EPs of the 2012
Down - Down IV, part I: The Purple EP
Corrosion of Conformity - Megalodon
Agalloch - Faustian Echoes
Dark Tranquillity - Zero Distance
Best Gigs of the 2012
Agalloch @ Korjaamo 7.4.2012
Judas Priest @ Jäähalli 22.4.2012
Brice Springsteen @ Olympiastadion 31.7.2012
Corrosion of Conformity @ Tavastia 14.8.2012
The Revival Tour @ Tavastia 30.10.2012
18 Ene 2012, 12:34It seems CD nowadays don't cost a thing.
1. Dave Matthews Band - Crash
2. Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
3. Neil Young - On The Beach
4. Neil Young - Freedom
5. Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
6. Bob Dylan - MTV Unplugged
7. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
8. Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club
9. Billy Ocean - Tear Down These Walls
10. Dolly Parton - The Grass Is Blue
11. Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby
12. The Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse
13. Live - Secret Samadhi
14. Live - V
15. Live - The Distance To Here
16. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
17. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
18. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
19. Bruce Springsteen - Live in Dublin
20. Disma - Towards The Megalith
21. Alanis Morissette - MTV Unplugged
22. The Corrs - MTV Unplugged
23. Kiss - MTV Unplugged
24. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
25. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
26. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live In New York City
27. Rory Gallagher Original Album Classics 5 CD -box
28. Between the Buried and Me - Colors
29. J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - The Road To Escalado
30. B.B. King & Eric Clapton - Riding With the King
31. O'Death - Outside
32. Vallenfyre - The Fragile king
33. Switch Opens - Switch Opens
34. Monkey3 - Beyond The Black Sky
35. Cannabis Corpse - Beneath Grow Light Thou Shalt Rise
36. Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
37. Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth
38. Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
39. Orange Goblin - The Eulogy For The Damned
40. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
41. Corrosion of Conformity - Corrosion of Conformity
42. Soen - Cognitive
43. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
44. Soulfly - Enslaved
45. Neil Young - Zuma
46. Neil Young - Mirror Ball
47. Neil Young - Greatest Hits
48. Neil Young - Prairie Wind
49. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday At Devil Dirt
50. Neil Young - Neil Young
51. Neil Young - Fork On The Road
52. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk
53. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
54. Obscura - Omnivium
55. Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
56. De Lirium's Order - Veniversum
57. Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth
58. Mustasch - The New Sound Of The True Best
59. Mustasch - Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven
60. Agalloch - Whitedivisiongrey LP
62. Van Halen - Driver Down
63. Neil Young - Comes A Time
64. Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP
65. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad of the Broken Seas
66. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Bloodlust
67. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
68. Helhorse - For Wolves and Vultures
69. Herder - Herder
70. Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And Tides
71. Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue The Complete Sessions
72. Astrosonic - Quatrant
73. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
74. Van Halen - Fair Warning
75. Origin - Antithesis
76. Chuck Ragan - Covering Ground
77. Astrosoniq - Speeder People
78. Acid King - Busse Woods
79. Hot Water Music - Exister
80. Death Hawks - Death & Decay
81. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
82. Ancestors - In Dreams and Time
83. Kyuss - Wretch
84. Sabaton - Carolus Rex
85. Cory Branan - Mutt
86. Six Feet Under - Undead
87. Be'lakor - Of Breath and Bone
88. Abhordium - When Depravity Incarnates
89. Jess and the Ancient Ones - Jess and the Ancient Ones
90. Corrosion of Conformity - American Volume Dealer
91. Switch Opens - Joint Clash
92. Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
93. Jack White - Blunderbuss
94. Mad Season - Above
95. Gojira - L' Enfant Sauvage
96. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
97. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
98. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
99.Led Zeppelin - I (LP, USA Press)
100. Led Zeppelin - II (LP, USA Press)
101. Led Zeppelin - IV (LP, USA Press)
102. Baroness - Yellow & Green (LP)
103. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
104. Katatonia - Long Cold Distance
105. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
106. Katatonia - For Funerals To Come...
107. Bob Dylan - Tempest 2LP+CD
108. Down - Down IV part I, The purple EP
109. Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall
110. Neil Young - Rugged Glory
111. Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
112. Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
113. Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
114. Hooded Menace - Effigilies of Evil
115. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
116. Enslaved - RIITIIR
117. Katatonia - Dance of December Souls
118. Mark Knopfler - Privateering
119. Bob Mould - Silver Age
120. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
121. Om - Advaitic Songs
122. Graveyard - Lights Out
123. Witchcraft - Legend
124. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
125. Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill
126. Sixty Watt Shaman - Seeds of Decay
22 Dic 2011, 12:25Another year behind and it is once again the time to make top lists of everything encountered during the year. Musically 2011 was very nice if not even great and my musical taste got broader which is evident from the top albums –list. Well, I don’t mind, world is filled with great music waiting to be discovered and only sad thing is that there is never enough time to check it all out. I’m not going to write any reviews because nobody reads them anyway, just some words why particular record is on my list. This listing is not in any particular order (unless stated otherwise), they are way too different for that. Or how would you compare Vader and Kate Bush?
Vader – Welcome to Morbid Reich
Welcome to the Morbid Reich was one of the toughest new releases for me and it is awesome death metal made in old school spirit all over it.
Obscura – Omnivium
Obscura put out incredible technical and complex album. This is interesting, challenging and great death metal.
Vektor – Outer Isolation
The Black Future lifted the expectations high and Outer Isolation claimed them beautifully. Brilliant progressive thrash metal from these young Americans.
Machine Head – Unto the Locust
At first I didn’t like this one at all, but then I somehow continued and now it is one of the top notches of the year. Nice groove/thrash metal with progressive touch. Highly recommended album.
Amorphis – The Beginning of Times
Kalevala saga continues and this, I think, is best of them all. Again an album that opens slowly but when it does, it is most rewarding. I believe this will bear time better than the previous three records.
Ghost Brigade – Until the Fear No Longer Defines Us
Their job wasn’t the easiest one after the great Isolation Songs. Until the Fear No Longer Defines Us is a step further and time will tell which one I prefer in the long run. Great album.
The Haunted – Unseen
The Haunted kept renewing their expression and we how are more open minded were please with the end result. This might be the last album with Peter and with The Dead Eye it is one of the best they've made.
Megadeth – TH1RT3EN
A bit compulsory fan boy addition, but I honestly preferred this over Anthrax’s Worship Music. I hate really the way the name is spelled…
Mastodon – The Hunter
Mastodon is great band because you never know what they put out next. Every album is different and yet great. Classy artist put out perhaps the most pop orientated record thus far and yes, I love it.
The Gates of Slumber – The Wretch
Honest, slow old school doom with crushing riffs swarming all over you.
Wo Fat – Noche Del Chupacabra
Take some fuzzy stoner riffs, add some psychedelic flavors, and blend it with some elements from improvisations from jam session you get Noche Del Chupacabra. Perhaps not in the same level as Psychedelonaut was, but still great album.
Monkey3 – Beyond the Black Sky
Amazing instrumental stoner and psychedelic rock from Switzerland. A bit of a surprise and late-bloomer for me, but here it is. Rightfully.
Opeth – Heritage
Heritage is another watershed album. Plenty of fans hated this album because it is not metal, but I think they should try to see beyond that. Heritage is a tribute to all that made Opeth in the first place. Great retro progressive rock.
Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
I think this is perhaps the best album of the year. Musically brilliant retro psychedelic rock record and sonically of superb quality, a rare feature nowadays. Awesome and really worth all the hype.
Black Spiders – Sons of the North
Honest hard rock from UK. I had the luck to witness their live performance and it further strengthened their entry to this list. Though stuff, do check them out.
Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil & Deep Blue Sea
Black Stone Cherry is my favorite new southern rock band and I anticipated this release very much. I turned out to be even better than I expected. Nice riffs and catchy songs and genius composition made this one my summer record of choice. It though works well with other seasons too.
Plain Ride – Stonebridge
Plain Ride is a side project of Janne Westerlund from Circle.Stonebrigde is pretty original album featuring different kinds of song from the broad field of rock music. Give this one a spin!
O’Death – Outside
Another late additions recommended by a friend. I like a lot of Iron & Wine and O’Death gives me similar vibes. Outside is much more easier to appreciate that their previous release. Great alternative country music at its best.
Dave Alvin – Eleven Eleven
Man with the voice and guitar, best parts from blues and country and you get Eleven Eleven. I think Dave Alvin is just behind the late master Johnny Cash in storytelling.
The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
Another side project that rises above the main band. The Gaslight Anthem is nice, but I think when Brian Fallon is not bound to Springsteen worship, he can express himself better and Elsie is a rock solid statement for that. In a way this is thematically a film noir –record, dark, nostalgic, and beautiful.
Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
Kate is a magical woman with magical voice that has matured like a classy red wine. 50 Words for Snow is relaxing album and just perfect while waiting the snow to come.
Some other stuff I had absolutely not enough time to listen to, but showed great potential to enter this list: The Wounded Kings - The Chapel of the Black Hand (sounded awesome), Elder - Dead Roots Stirring, Deceased - Surreal Overdose, Origin - Entity, Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach Old Dog New Tricks, Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All, You Handsome Devil - The Hell, You Say.
Best EPs of the year:
Scion A/V released two magnificent digital EPs totally free. Both releases are very promising what comes to new albums...
Immolation - Providence
Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods
Best gigs of 2011
Graveyard @ DOM
Pentagram @ Korjaamo
Monster Magnet @ Tavastia
Riverside @ Nosturi
Opeth @ Jäähalli