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  • Top 10 Albums of 2008

    10 Ene 2009, 20:24

    10. Children of Bodom

    Blooddrunk

    Children of Bodom's followup album to 2005's Are You Dead Yet took a more thrashier approach than previous releases from the band. Nevertheless the album still manages to pack together a decent bunch of songs from the group whilst still maintaining to show off their technical prowess. It fails to have the kick of previous albums and few songs here will become live staples but it's still worth a listen.

    Listen To: Blooddrunk; Tie My Rope; Banned from Heaven

    9. Slipknot

    All Hope Is Gone

    All Hope Is Gone is rumoured to be the last album from this Iowan nine piece and after listening to this album it looks like they won't be missed much from me anymore. Whilst the album has an absolute blinder in the form of lead single 'Psychosocial' and another decent followup single 'Dead Memories' the rest of the album just seems like a set of filler tracks. As much as I hate to compare the band with Corey Taylor's alter ego Stone Sour, it seems to spill through on tracks like 'Sulfur' and the sub-par power ballad 'Snuff'. Whilst the album still has its highlights it fails to deliver as much Slipknot as you would expect from the band.

    Listen To: Psychosocial; Dead Memories; Butcher's Hook

    8. Guns N' Roses

    Chinese Democracy

    The last Guns N' Roses album of original material was released when I was the ripe old age of 1. Now at 18 the followup to Use Your Illusion has surfaced. A lot of hype has been circulating the album over recent years with internet arguments such as 'There is no album' and 'It's not the original Guns N' Roses'. My response? Shutup and stop complaining. The original Guns N' Roses will not be reuniting anytime soon, Slash always was overrated and Axl Rose is a pretentious perfectionist. Anyway opinions aside this isn't a bad album. Well the second half of it is but the first half is a decent batch of songs. When opener Chinese Democracy kicks in it doesn't deliver the knockout blow most people were expecting but still satisfies. Follow up track Shackler's Revenge sounds messy and over produced initally but it settles in to become a pseudo industrial mash up with a catchy hook. Although the stand out track on this album without question is track three Better. A pounding rhythm, schizophrenic riffs and the catchiest chorus on the album blows away any song on this album. Overall whilst the rest of the album dips downhill into piano led ballads and more industrial references it seems like the album would have had delivered more of a blow if it was actually released in 1999 when the music seemed to be relevant, nevertheless it's not a total disappointment and Axl's songwriting still shines through. Here's hope for the next album now he gets the chance to start from scratch again.

    Listen To: Chinese Democracy; Shackler's Revenge; Better

    7. Motörhead

    Motörizer

    Not many bad words to say about this album. It's been one of the few albums released this year where I can listen to it from start to finish without getting bored and sticking another album on. That's pretty much the only reason it's in my list this year. And the fact that its the first set of Motörhead songs that have put me off 'Ace of Spades'

    Listen To: Runaround Man; Teach You How to Sing the Blues; When The Eagle Screams; Rock Out; English Rose

    6. Kid Rock

    Rock N Roll Jesus

    Kid Rock was hailed as the most surprising success story of 1998 when he burst onto the scene then disappeared. He then became the most suprising success story of 2008 aswell, with his hit summer smash 'All Summer Long' which was the soundtrack to many a people's summer this year. Although due to this he has become a one hit wonder with many a people who didn't give the album a listen, but quite frankly who can blame them? Still the first half of this album is packed full of songs such as 'Amen' and Roll On which showcase Rock's songwriting credibility. The second half of this album is an absolute let-down considering all the decent tracks on the first half. Unfortunately after this fluke of an album I can't see Kid Rock coming out with anything to top even this album again.

    Listen To: Rock N Roll Jesus; Amen; All Summer Long; Roll On; So Hott

    5. Bullet for My Valentine

    Scream Aim Fire

    Overlooked in many critics album of the year lists this year due to the album being released so early on in January. Around this time last year I believe. This album was a joy from start to finish bar the song 'Take It Out On Me' which to me sounded like the band were trying to write their own version of 'Domination' by Pantera. As soon as the title track 'Scream Aim Fire' kicks in we can see that this album means business and the album thunders through a relentless punding of drums, riffs and insane solos. Pausing for the bands two slow points 'Hearts Burst Into Fire' and 'Say Goodnight' which shows the boys don't need to play fast to sound good. An overall success for the band and after listening one can only wonder how they will manage to top this.

    Listen To: Eye of the Storm; Hearts Burst Into Fire; Waking the Demon; Deliver Us From Evil; Say Goodnight

    4. Bring Me the Horizon

    Suicide Season

    To sound horribly clichéd, if you told me this time last year that Bring Me The Horizon would make my Top 10 list this year I would laugh at you, before I shoved my boot up your arse and shaved your fringe off. However this album exceeded every single expectation I had of it (none) and the band have finally found a strong tight sound that doesn;t sound messy. Even the vocals have started to clear themselves up a bit. Opener 'The Comedown' oozes Slipknot influence as does most of the rest of the album. And endless barrage of extreme riffery, breakdowns and nothing messy like their previous examples have shown. A vast improvement on previous album 'Count Your Blessings' which was the third most horrible CD I have ever let myself listen to. What's that? What was second? Their first EP 'This Is What The Edge of Your Seat Was Made For' which was the most horrible mashup and instruments i've ever heard. It sounded like a bunch of 5 year olds were given an instrument each and someone clicked record. Due to the critical acclaim of their new album they have risen in popularity leading to a lot of unhappy emos and scene kids on the internet spurning phrases like 'Yeah well I liked them before they were this popular'. Not realising that if they did like them before this album came out they obviously have a shoddy taste in music. What? The worst album i've ever heard? The new Oasis album 'Dig Out Your Soul'.

    Listen To: The Comedown; Chelsea Smile; It Was Written in Blood; Football Season Is Over; No Need For Introductions, I've Read About You On The Back Of Toilet Doors

    3. Mötley Crüe


    Saints Of Los Angeles

    Like the new Motörhead album I have few bad words to say about this album and also have the ability to listen to this all of the way through without switching it off which is always a plus. Not a return to form for the Crüe but still a great album. Most bands at this point in their career release shoddy album after shoddy album which is clearly not the case here. Great album full of great tracks and nothing else much to say.

    Listen To: Face Down In The Dirt; Saint of Los Angeles; The Animal In Me; This Ain't A Love Song

    2. Trivium

    Shogun

    Trivium's last album The Crusade wasn't necessarily a bad album but compare it to Ascendancy and it seemed bland and lacked the kick in the nuts that a Trivium album needs. Shogun delivers everything the last album missed out on whilst maintaining it's technical proficiency. Opener 'Kirisute Gomen' (roughly translated as 'please stand still whilst I slice your head off) kicks off the album with a tidal barraging of riffery and soloing. The album is a wide scope of the heavy 'Insurrection' and the melodic 'Into The Mouth Of Hell We March'. After 'Ascendancy' people were wondering how Trivium could possibly top it...well they didn't with 'The Crusade', but they definitely did with 'Shogun'. It begs the question again...how can they top this?

    Listen To: Kirisute Gomen; Down From the Sky; Into The Mouth Of Hell We March; Shogun

    1. Metallica

    Death Magnetic

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Well to be honest I knew this would be number one in my list this year when I heard the demo riffs of a song which would later become 'Cyanide'. Very few albums seemed to get me as excited about music again as this one has. Most people say you can tell whether you are going to enjoy an album or not after hearing the first few seconds of the opening song. Well when this song was put into the car stereo and I heard the slow heartbeat of opener ' That Was Just Your Life and then hearing the track progress into a labyrinth of riffs I can hear that the ghosts of 'St Anger', 'Load' and 'Reload' being abolished and Metallica returning to their trademark sounds. Seemed a bit of a prediction after only hearing the first track but then End Of The Line seals the deal. A bouncy groove kicks off the song leading to the return of Mr Hammets mad soloing abilities although the 'wah' is overdone a bit. The rest of the album compliments the band perfectly. They move into old school Metallica ballad territory with 'The Day That Never Comes' and their first instrumental track since '...and Justice for All' with 'Suicide & Redmption'. The only sub-par tracks on this album are still colossal with the track 'The Judas Kiss' which despite its length and its ability to eventually get a bit boring despite it having one of the best choruses on the album. 'My Apocalypse' the closing track lets the whole album down. It's boring and even Hetfield sounds like he's not putting the effort into this one...and this was the track nominated for the Grammy...typical.

    Listen To: That Was Just Your Life, End Of The Line, The Day That Never Comes, Cyanide, The Unforgiven III


    Worst Album of the Year

    Judas Priest

    Nostradamus

    This album is a steaming pile of turd. I had some hope for this album from the fact that it was Judas Priest and that 'Prophecy' sounded quite good live. The album is the cheesiest thing ever made...not even the good cheese like Rick Astley or Journey, the mouldy cheese like Spinal Tap. I have been criticised in the past for not listening to an album all the way through to give it a chance but exceptions can be made here as I have never made it past track five without wanting to do a Van Gogh and cut my ears off or do a Cobain and shoot myself. What? Two Grammys? Go Figure...

    Listen To: British Steel
  • Top 50 Bands

    26 Oct 2008, 17:52

    1.How did you get into no.29? DevilDriver
    Word of mouth

    2. What's the first song you ever heard by no.22? Nine Inch Nails
    The Hand That Feeds

    3. Whats your favorite lyric by no.33? Anthrax
    Four walls surround me, an empty cage.

    4. How did you get into no.49? The Lancashire Hotpots
    Someone played me 'He's Turned Emo' and I got hooked

    5. How many albums by no.13 do you own? Foo Fighters
    Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
    The Colour & The Shape
    In Your Honour

    6. What is your favorite song by no.50? Tenacious D
    Jesus Ranch

    7. Is there a song by no.39 that makes you sad? Arch Enemy
    No

    8. What is your favorite song by no.15? As I Lay Dying
    An Ocean Between Us

    9. What is your favorite song by no.5? Trivium
    Down From the Sky

    10. Is there a song by no.6 that makes you happy? Fightstar
    Hazy Eyes or The English Way

    11. What is the worst song by no.40? Queens of the Stone Age
    3's & 7's

    12. What is your favorite song by no.10? Avenged Sevenfold
    Scream

    13. What is a good memory you have involving no.30? Pendulum
    Seeing them at Download with a stranger ;)

    14. What is your favourite song by no.38? Lostprophets
    It's Not The End Of The World But I Can See It From Here

    15. Is there a song by no.19 that makes you happy? My Chemical Romance
    Famous Last Words

    16. Is there a song by no.no.25 that makes you sad? Lamb of God
    No

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? Kid Rock
    Cowboy

    18. What's your favorite lyric by no.11? Muse
    Noones gonna take me alive

    19. Who is a favorite member of no.1? Metallica
    James Hetfield

    20. Is there a song by no.14 that makes you happy? Oasis
    Little By Little or The Importance of Being Idle

    21. What is a good memory involving no.27? Guns N' Roses
    Probably Jon's band covering Welcome to the Jungle

    22. What is your favorite song by no.16? Korn
    Coming Undone or Twisted Transistor

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by no.47? In Flames
    Take This Life

    24. What is your favorite album by no.18? Dream Theater
    Images & Words or Systematic Chaos

    25. What is your favorite song by no.21? Killswitch Engage
    My Last Serenade

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by no.26? Iron Maiden
    Number of the Beast

    27. What is your favorite album by no.3? Machine Head
    The Blackening

    28. What is you favorite song by no.2? Megadeth
    A Tout le Monde

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by no.32? Lethal Bizzle
    Fire

    30. What is you favorite song by no.8? Mötley Crüe
    Dr. Feelgood or Home Sweet Home

    31. How many times have you seen no.17 live? Gallows
    Just the once

    32. Is there a song by no.44 that makes you happy? Velvet Revolver
    Slither

    33. How did you get into no.12? Kiss
    They were headlining Download that year so I thought I'd check them out and I was very impressed

    34. What is the worst song by no.45? Hellyeah
    To be honest most of them are rubbish

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by no.34? Judas Priest
    Breaking the Law

    36. What was the first song you ever heard by no.48? Annihilator
    Alison Hell

    37. How many times have you seen no.42 live? The Killers
    None yet

    38. What is you favorite song by no.36? Linkin Park
    Faint

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by no.28? Sanctity
    Billy Seals

    40. What is you favorite album by no.7? Children of Bodom
    Hate Crew Deathroll

    41. Is there a song by no.31 that makes you happy? Rage Against the Machine
    Sleep Now in the Fire

    42. What is your favorite album by no.41? Black Tide
    Light From Above

    43. What is your favorite song by no.24? DragonForce
    Starfire

    44. What is a good memory you have involving no.46? Bring Me the Horizon
    Meeting Oli Sykes at Download and holding a photo next to his said saying 'Wanker'

    45. What is your favorite song by no.35? Ozzy Osbourne
    Mama I'm Coming Home

    46. Is there a song by no.9 that makes you happy? Slipknot
    Spit It Out

    47. What is your favorite album by no.4? Bullet for My Valentine
    Scream Aim Fire

    48. Who is your favorite member of no.37? Pantera
    Phil Anselmo

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by no.43? Black Sabbath
    Paranoid

    50. What is your favorite song by no.20? Slayer
    Eyes Of The Insane
  • Sick of The Studio '07 - Wembley Stadium

    9 Jul 2007, 14:50

    Sun 8 Jul – Metallica Sick of the Studio '07

    Quite possibly the greatest day of my life. Started off at 8:50 when Me & Johnny made our way to the train station. The train journey down was a nice calm journey invloving each others wisdom on the wonders of modern football and the premier league. This also included a Midland Mainline newsletter of how good Sheffield was. The four most interesting facts about Sheffield are that:

    1. It's the greenest city in the UK
    2. It has a shopping centre with 257 shops
    3. Something about a statue
    4. Can't remember but they failed to mention any of the football teams once. Shame that their shopping centres are better than their football teams.

    Anyway upon arriving in London we found the first off licence we could and got ourselves 6 beers whilest they were only 99p for before Metallica started. I also got myself a lighter for the song 'Nothing Else Matters'.

    After getting wrong directions from the rudest black man in London we set off on the tube towards Wembley. We had no idea where we were going but we ended up just following a huge group of people with Metallica t-shirts on.

    When we got to Wembley we finished off the beers and had a walk around the stadium to see how big our que was. When we got there the que was empty so we decided to go get some lunch from a food cart. This cart had the biggest 1/4 pounders I had ever seen and some quite tasty chips aswell. We had another two beers at this point then decided to start queing after a few races up and down the Wembley steps.

    When we got to our empty que we found out that it was empty because our que was redirected to another entrance of the stadium. The que was still long when we got there but we were still quite well off for where we were. Then we met our first new friend of the day. Got started when this rude black secuirty guard nudged us out the way to try and get past. This started up jokes about imigration, visas, floating doors and obviously Guam. After a while he went for a piss in a cup and held it up to say 'Anyone fancy a Pint?' And then I grabbed the cup and threw it over the edge and apprently it landed right on top of someone.

    Once the que had started moving and we were inside we managed to get a good spot about two people behind the barrier. Not the front barrier but just outside the golden circle. We stood there for a long time with some other new friends we made making jokes and waiting for all the bands to start. We also noticed the worst security guard ever who had 'Jill' tatooed on his neck, 'Boxing' on his right arm and 'Sex' on his left arm. Naturally we took the piss.

    After a while the support acts came on. Mastodon were good but you couldn't make out much because they were echoing too much in an empty stadium. Plus the bass guitar was at 11 whilst the rest of the band were probably stuck on 10. Although every now and then some guard would stand up on the barier and block our view which led me to shout 'Get The Fuck Down You Gormless Twat'.

    Setlist

    Iron Tusk
    March of the Fire Ants
    Capillarian Crest
    Circle of Cysquatch
    Crystal Skull
    The Wolf Is Loose
    Colony of Birchmen
    Blood & Thunder

    6/10

    Next up were Machine Head and they blew away all the other support acts with a fantastic set which was well received to the chants of 'Machine Fucking Head'. Unfortunately they did not get enough time to play 'Old' or 'Aesthetics of Hate' which I thought was definitely included.

    Setlist

    Clenching The Fists of Dissent
    Imperium
    Take My Scars
    Halo
    Davidian

    9/10

    Next on ws HiM whcih all us us around me were clearly 'thrilled' to see and we were all 'fighting' to get a good place tosee Ville Valo and HiM. Truly the worst band I have ever seen live. Even tried to give them a chance but you couldn't hear Ville Valo singing. All of us around started chanting 'Fuck off Home' when they were walking out. We were waiting for the song to finish to start booing them again but they were clever and decided to let the songs slide into each other. We decided to leave after this and find Ben & Chris. Thank the lord their set was cut short by 10 minutes. Machinehead should have taken their place.

    Setlist

    I don't know and i don't honestly care. I know that they at least played the intro to 'Wings of a Butterfly' and they didn't do 'Killing Loneliness'. And apparently something called 'Soul on Fire'.

    3/10 - 3 Given for at least showing up and trying to get the crowd going but honestly they shouldn't have been there.

    We met up with Ben & Chris and found out that they met Metallica earlier and Chris had high fived him. They also met Scott Ian from Anthrax too. Anyway we got another beer and waited for Metallica to start.

    Everyone was cheerign for Metallica. The biggest cheer when 'The Ecstacy of Gold' started and they jumped into 'Creeping Death'. They thundered through the rest of their set and even played 'No Leaf Clover' for the first time ever. When 'One' started explosions were set off on the stage and they wer so loud that my dad could hear them and he was half a mile away inside his car thinking someone was blowing up the stadium. At that point I tried to get on Johnny's shoulder for a better look but it didn't work. Instead some stranger offered to put me on his shoulders and let me watch from up there and fuck me the view was amazing. The problem was i was sitting down and couldn't get my camera out but no live song I ever see will beat singing slong to 'One by Metallica. At the end their set they did 'Seek & Destroy' as they do and another stranger and Ben helped me up for crowdsurfing. I didn't last very long and ended up falling on some bald guy who wasn't happy. After their last song they took to the stage and announced they would be back next year with a new tour and a new album.

    Setlist

    Creeping Death
    For Whom The Bell Tolls
    Sad But True
    Disposable Heroes
    The Unforgiven
    ...And Justice For All
    The Memory Remains
    The Four Horsemen
    Orion
    Fade To Black
    Master of Puppets
    Battery
    - - - -
    No Leaf Clover
    Nothing Else Matters
    One
    Enter Sandman
    - - - -
    Whiplash
    Seek and Destroy

    No new songs or covers were played but I prefered to sing along songs that were already out and that were actually by Metallica.

    11/10

    The greatest concert I have ever seen and the greatest day of my life so far. I'm definftely seeing them again next time they visit as Lars Ulrich said 'Will you Come On Tour With Us'. And everyone cheered. Great Day.
  • My Top 10 Albums of 2006

    2 Ene 2007, 16:34

    Everyone else has done this so i thought I would be fashion whore and do my own.

    10.Gallows
    Orchestra of Wolves
    I first started listening to this band because they were going to be supporting Bullet for My Valentine on the concert I was going to. They sound like the birthchild of Vinnie Jones & The Sex Pistols. True british punk being ressurected. They can only get bigger in 2007.

    Listen To: In The Belly Of A Shark

    9.Children of Bodom
    Are You Dead Yet? This album is brilliant. I have nothing more to say. Fast solos, heavy riffs and perfect vocals from Alexi Laiho. Some people may argue that they have sold out on this record but the results speak for themselves.

    Listen To: Are You Dead Yet?, Oops I Did It Again

    8.Mastodon
    Blood Mountain
    Beards, riffs, prog metal...and beards!!! With any Mastodon album you need to listen to it all the way through to 'get it'. Each track sounds good enough on their own but when listened through all at the same time it is a masterpiece. Did I mention beards?

    Listen To: Capillarian Crest, Circle of Cysquatch

    7.Stone Sour
    Come What(ever) May
    Stone Sour are now starting to take shape as a proper band. This album showcases all their talents including heavy tracks such as '30/30-150' which sounds aggressive and brutal and anything Corey and James did in Slipknot. Also the ballad 'Through Glass' which got to number 1 spot in the American charts. The way things are looking it looks like the end of Slipknot anyway so things can only go forward for Stone Sour.

    Listen To: Come What(ever) May, Through Glass

    6.Slayer
    Christ Illusion
    Known to many as 'their best album since the 80s'. Their first album after reuniting with their original drummer Dave Lombardo, they unleash a blast of religon-baiting noise. Pure Slayer, just the way we like it.

    Listen To: Cult, Jihad

    5.Iron Maiden
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Iron Maiden attempt a new sound of prog-rock mixed with metal on this record and pull it off succesfully. One of the bands greatest ever albums. On their most recent European tour they had announced that this album would be played from start to finish and they pulled it off succesffuly despite the heavy criticism they recieved. A modern classic from a classic band.

    Listen To: Different World, Brighter Than A Thousand Suns

    4.DragonForce
    Inhuman Rampage
    Holy shit this is the fastest album ever made. One play of this and anything you play afterwards will sound likes it's attempting to chug up the side of a hill. They pack speed and liveliness into this record and it even comes off when they perform it live. This is a revolutionary album from the new kings of power metal.

    Listen To: Through The Fire and Flames, Revolution Deathsquad, Operation Ground and Pound

    3.Fightstar
    Grand Unification
    Make no mistake. Yes Charlie Simpson was in Busted however if you were to hear this without knowing that iw was him you would realise that first this sounds nothing at all like it could be related to Busted. Second you realise that this is actually a great record. It's not a perfect album. It's like Biffy Clyro and Deftones but without the amazing bits however it makes up for the musicianship of Charlie Simpson. From riot starters such as 'Paint Your Target' to ballads such as 'Sleep Well Tonight' it showcases how much of a versatile band Fightstar is. To top it all of their live shows are always immense whether they are playing in front of a festival crowd or their own. They have recently torn up their contract with Island records after they wished for the band to revert to a more 'Busted' pop type of album. It shows now that Charlie has clearly left Busted behind him and looks to a future with Fightstar from now on.

    Listen To: Waste A Moment, Paint Your Target, Hazy Eyes

    2.Trivium
    The Crusade
    On first listen of this album I put it back in its case and dismissed it thinking their previous album 'Ascendancy' was the better album. After listening to it again, then going back to the old album it was clear I was wrong. All of a sudden their last album sounded slower and restraining of Trivium's abilities. The new album is a masterpiece. Although I disagree with most people when they say that this sounds like a Metallica album. You can hear the influnce in the rcord, however it sounds like modern thrash metal. From brutal opener 'Ignition' to the inspired 8 minutes instrumental 'The Crusade' it sounds like a modern masterpiece. Thrash metal is officially back.

    Listen To: Detonation, Entrance of the Conflagration, The Crusade

    1.Muse
    Black Holes and Revelations
    At the start of this year I had no idea who Muse were. I even thought 'Sing for Absolution' was by R.E.M. After this album being rccomended to me by a loyal Muse fan I thought I had nothing to lose by listening to it. To be honest it sounded very strange from my first listen of 'Supermassive Black Hole'. After listening to it for a few tims it sounds like a prog-rock masterpiece. You snake your way through the album then comes up one of the greatest closing tracks of all time. 'Knights of Cydonia' is an epic classic. Listening to it i'm picturing knights riding across a desert on Mars, wearing sombreros. This album is a dazzling scope of what Muse are capable of. It paid of as well with Muse headlining the Reading and Leeds festival this year. They also confirmed their 'Best Band in the UK' status when they were asked to be the first band to play at the new Wembley stadium. Muse have gone from strength to strength over the years and look set to become one of the greatest british band of all time. Let's hope the follow-up is as amazing as this was for everyone.

    Listen To: Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, Knights of Cydonia
  • Hallelujah Praise The Lord!!!

    31 Dic 2006, 19:38

    I finally got this working.

    Lastfm FTW!!!