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30 Dic 2010, 17:24
1) The Octopus
UK progressive rock, space rock
It may not be the best album of the year but it sure as hell deserves the top spot. Simply because this is not an ordinary album, well, double album that is. Written across three to four years, The Octopus is an experience. A product of hard work and incredible talent. The three guys of Amplifier have spilled their blood for this album and it shows. The Octopus is filled with genius pieces of music. It's monumental, a monolith of music. Massive riffs, like one on "Interglacial Spell" with fanfares blowing in the backround, the wall of guitars on "The Sick Rose" with a poem by William Blake. Sludge influences on "Fall of the Empire." The list goes on. It's fresh and original and blows the recent releases of Porcupine Tree and even this years Oceansize album out of the water. I'm sure, upon further listening The Octopus most definately prove to be the best album of year and even more, and since it was released so late in the year when websites are already releasing their top albums lists; I sure hope they will get the recogniton they deserve.
The Octopus will get a "official" release on 31/01/2011,
until then grab yourself a copy here.
2) ...All We Are Now
Homesick for Space
USA space rock, post-rock
FRA hardcore, metal, sludge
4) Self-Preserved While the Bodies Float Up
UK progressive rock, post-rock
5) We're Here Because We're Here
UK progressive rock, post-rock
USA hip hop, pop
FIN pop, indie
8) Eleven. Return and Revert
UK progressive rock, indie
9) A New Bohemia
FIN indie, rock
10) A Final Storm
SWE metal, experimental
Marrow of the Spirit
USA black metal, folk
A Swarm of the Sun
SWE metal, industrial, experimental
Blue Sky Noise
USA indie, rock
NOR progressive rock, experimental
Valley of Smoke
USA metal, sludge
26 Dic 2009, 15:36Top Ten Records
01 :: Stomacher :: Sentimental Education
indie rock, experimental, pop
02 :: Gazpacho :: Tick Tock
progressive rock, ambient
03 :: Isis :: Wavering Radiant
progressive metal, post-rock, sludge
04 :: Jeniferever :: Spring Tides
indie, ambient, post-rock
05 :: IRA :: Visions of a Landscape
progressive rock, post-rock
06 :: Eleventh He Reaches London :: Hollow Be My Name
post-hardcore, experimental, rock
07 :: Red Number Two :: These Things Take Time
progressive rock, post-rock, indie
08 :: Callisto :: Providence
progressive metal, post-rock
09 :: Irreversible :: Light
progressive metal, experimental
10 :: Junius :: The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
space rock, progressive rock, post-punk
Swallow the Sun :: New Moon
doom, death metal, black metal
Jesper Kyd :: Assassin's Creed II OST
ambient, contemporary classical
Giant Squid :: The Ichthyologist
progressive rock, doom metal
Kylesa :: Static Tensions
hardcore, metal, crust
Katatonia :: Night is the New Day
rock, doom metal, alternative
Tagcloud of 2009
17 Dic 2008, 0:38
Gojira: The Way of All Flesh
progressive metal, death metal
Cult of Luna: Eternal Kingdom
progressive metal, sludge
Sara: Veden äärelle
alternative, indie rock
Amenra: Mass IIII
sludge, doom metal
hardcore, experimental, post-rock
Tuvalu: Viimeiset hetket ovat käsillä!
progressive rock, experimental, indie
Burst: Lazarus Bird
hardcore, progressive metal
Disco Ensemble: Magic Recoveries
indie rock, punk, post-hardcore
Black Mountain: In the Future
psychedelic rock, indie rock
27 Dic 2007, 11:58albums of the year of the sludge
Wings of Lead Over Dormant Seas
A Modicum of Truth
Poison the Well
Given to the Rising
The Ritual Fires of Abandonment
Fear of a Blank Planet
and Nil Recurring
Dead in the Water
Echoes... in the Ruins
24 Dic 2006, 0:08[top ten]
1. Albert React - Sonos Aeterno
Albert React returns with one hell of a follow-up to 2003's debut Confluence & Scrapes. I had high hopes for Sonos, ever since they posted a few demos on their myspace back in 2005. Now I can happily say Albert React has claimed every bit of that excitement. Half way through 06', an e-card was put up on their site, I have to admit that I ripped it, burned it, and listened to it, heavily. I purchased the cd later of course. Sonos Aeterno, "to eternalize sound," with an ambitious title like that you can't fuck up. From start to finish the album flows together. Guitars create almost post-rockish landcapes, and blend with Gabe's astounding vocal harmonies. In addition to Gabe marvellous use of vocal chords, the guitarist Andrew appears on couple of songs bringing a fresh voice to the mix. Sonos is emotionally heavy, you can almost taste the bitterness. I can't speak of this album without praising it on every sentence. The album is nearly flawless and absolutely gorgeus work of art. Go and listen.
2. Lvmen - Mondo
Six years later with six new songs comes Mondo, the new album by the czech hardcore orchestra. And those six years can be heard, Mondo is fucking fantastic in all aspects. The use of two (and probably more) vocalists, high and low, creates fearsome attack. Reminds me of the late hardcore act Haste. Dark, heavy, groovy, and mixed with old movie sound clips. It all comes down to fast sonic bursts of pure energy. Mondo is a perfect sludgy hardcore album. Only one downside: I have no fucking idea about the lyrics except the clean singing on #13.
3. Scarlet - This Was Always Meant to Fall Apart
Not many good metalcore releases came out this year. That doesn't mean Scarlet's new opus isn't the only good one but it's absolutely gorgeus album. Scarlet's sophomore This Was Always Meant to Fall Apart easily defeats their debut album. With a new lineup and heavenly lead singer. Or who sings the clean parts? Because it sounds just like on the debut, on which to my understanding was the guitarist singing.
4. Tool - 10,000 Days
After a slight disappointment, Tool's long awaited album builds up slowly and finds itself. You need to listen to it a lot until it's candy to your ears. If you take a break from listening to 10,000 Days, it's not nearly as good as after listening to it a month straight. Finally saw Tool this year and it was something way beyond anything I've experienced before. They really need to get back here. Creepiest album art ever.
5. Aereogramme - My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go
Actually this album has only been released in Japan, but I consider it an '06 album and because there is no 'gramme on this list. Aereogramme is one the best discoveries I've made this year. The way they combine ballads with some well-placed heavy parts is breathtaking. I love this band. Beautiful shit and a beautiful album.
6. Tuvalu - Pimeä saartaa meitä!
No clear guitars can be heard, instead some fine use of effect pedals. They help to create absolutely fabulous futuristic atmospheres, and completely original sound. The album's theme flows somewhere in the mids of machine romantics and the up-beat of modern techno. The point being in not creating a mass of sounds but an informative disorder, the mood of watching multiple televisions at the same time. Ah, fuck... go read their biography.
7. Giant Squid - Metridium Fields
I heard about Giant Squid not until December on Decoymusic's top of 2006 lists. If I had heard it before, it could have been higher. Their sound can be described as doom with some progressive elements. Powered by a husband and wife, both playing guitars and singing. Signed to the acclaimed label The End Records, which I recently discovered. They got some pretty awesome bands. Anyways, Metridium Fields is a very, very good disc. The 20-minute ender is orgasmic.
8. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Probably my most anticipated album this year doesn't disappoint. Has its weaker points such as the unnecessary Pink Cellphone. They just keep getting better and better. Solid effort but doesn't top the self-titled album, which is criminally underrated. Witnessed them live this summer and needless to say I was blown away.
9. Khoma - The Second Wave
Tsunami remains as one of best records that has ever come out of Sweden. I had never listened to a record where heaviness and emotion collide with such a beautiful result. One h later, The Second Wave does it all and is more focused on the emotion. It's still heavy as fuck. The final track, the re-recorded "One of Us Must Hang" was so much better on "Tsunami" because it was on middle of the album, and its instrumental end worked better as it was sort of an beautiful interlude. Overall, the other two re-recorded songs hasn't lost their touch. Tsunami was perfection, The Second Wave is greatness. They really need to come tour Finland again with Culf of Luna.
10. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Believe the hype. The best part of the brand new Brand New is the fuckin' nice riffs, and Jesse Lacey's yelling. Luca could be my favourite song of the year. There is no hint of the pop-punk past they have. It's even better than Deja Entendu. I was expecting a great album but not nearly as good as what I got. It's interesting to see what direction they go on the next album.
Junius - Blood is Bright ep
I can't remember if any band has hit me so fast than Junius did with this ep. It was the second song and I was totally hooked. Post-rock meets space rock meets The Cure, it sounds awesome.
Thursday - A City by the Light Divided
Portugal. The Man - Waiter: "You Vultures!"
Sikth - Death of a Dead Day
Maj Karma - Ukkonen
Brazil - The Philosophy of Velocity
Dead Poetic - Vices
Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along the Highway
In Reverent Fear - Stomacher
36 Crazyfists - Rest Inside the Flames
Lapko - Scandal
Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
Peace Burial at Sea - Peace Burial at Sea
He Is Legend - Suck Out the Poison
Med, meh and meh. I was expecting a similar record to Finch's Say Hello to Sunshine. What the fuck happened to the singer's good voice?! Now he sounds like a damn heavy chain-smoker. And what's with the Jesus-look?
mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
What has happened to aggression? Now they sound just like any other indie band out there.
The Mars Volta - Amputechture
I guess I just want another De-Loused.
Viikate are always so much fun live. Deftones were better than Tool. Mainly because the retarted audience making fucking moshpits and ruining everyone else's experience. It was nice talking to Herra Ylppö during the Tool gig, he's actually very similar to Maynard. Tuvalu's performance of Kiitospäivän ilta was spectacular. A fucking great gig. Almost better than Tool. I saw Sara live three times this year, the first one was the best one. It was intense and the songs sounded a lot heavier. Jorma's hot. Went to my first goth concert this year, I felt a little out of place.
Viikate (Klubi, Ruisrock, Tammerfest)
Deftones (Provinssirock, Seinäjoki)
Tool (Ruisrock, Turku)
Tuvalu (Klubi, Tampere)
Sara (Rocktown, Hämeenlinna)
Maj Karma (Klubi, Tampere)
In Flames (Provinssirock, Seinäjoki)
Moonspell (Klubi, Tampere)
Plain Fade (Klubi, Tampere)
3 Dic 2005, 18:17Album of the year
Finch says hello to sunshine
They should have named the album say hello to our fucking progression. Finch tried to completely redefine themselves with this album, and in all honesty they did. In fact they completely shed the skin that they had been in for so long and decided to create something different and original for this album, and that they did. Much more darker, matured, and complete than their predecessor What It Is to Burn. I must admit that I wasn't much impressed by the demos that leaked into the Internet but when I heard the finished effort, my god, I didn't listen to much anything else than Say Hello to Sunshine for a fucking month. I love this album in a personal kind of way. I think the lyrics are incredible (much darker and better than before), the vocals are top notch (very Mike Pattonish, which is not bad at all), and the music is just off the wall and the band sounds really tight and focused. The songs are simple but something in them just clicks. All of them are simply grade A.
The sad part about this album was how their fans reacted to it. Not many liked the new album and the new redefined sound at all, and spitted it all on the band. I was a fan of WIITB, but now compared to SHTS, it's light years away. It's a shame.
Also this album is fantastic when combined with Doom 3.
The Album Top (not in particular order)
Circa Survive - Juturna
dredg - Catch Without Arms
Armor for Sleep - What to Do When You Are Dead
Million Dead - Harmony No Harmony
Copeland - In Motion
Vaux - Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice
Chiodos - All's Well That Ends Well
System of a Down - Mezmerize/Hypnotize
Cave In - Perfect Pitch Black
Facing New York - Facing New York
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Viikate - Unholan urut
Funeral for a Friend - Hours
Scarling. - So Long, Scarecrow
Sigur Rós at the House of Cultures was amazing, beautiful and probably all the other adjectives to descripe being incredible. Office Building had their last gig, which was great and sad all the same, the longing atmosphere was present. Wish I had known this band before. Nine Inch Nails were fuckin ace. Fantômas, The Mars Volta, and Mew were sweet. I don't really remember that much about Mew, oh well. Lapko, Deep Insight, and Disco Ensemble on tour together was good shit. Good times indeed.