• Best Albums of 2011 / Upcoming Releases

    10 Ene 2011, 20:47

    RIP this journal. Here's the upcoming releases I actually care about:
    Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
    Devin Townsend - Ghost 2 (September)
    Nightwish - Storytime (Single September, Album December)
    Old Silver Key (Alcest) - Tales of Wanderings (Sept 16)
    We Came As Romans - Understanding What We've Grown To Be (9/13/11)
    Angels & Airwaves - LOVE PART 2 (11.11.11)
    Lunar Aurora - ? (December, hopefully!)


    2011 Releases:
    1) Format is "Artist - Album (Genre) (Best songs, if I so choose)"
    2) Note that these ratings are based on the album as a whole, not individual songs. This includes production quality, how cohesive all of the songs sound, etc. I definitely prefer concept albums, which progress through a story or similar type of thing.
    3) You will note I have a fairly eclectic taste in music. The fact is, if I listened to the album in it's entirety, it's going in here. If I couldn't finish, it's 2.5 or below, or not in here. Also (obviously) if it's bad it's 2.5 or below.
    4) I feel the need to add "...blew away expectations" or "...disappointment" to the end of some of these. Should be self-explanatory.
    5) Please comment/dispute these and recommend releases I missed!


    1. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason (Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal) (The Inevitable End, November) ...blew away expectations
    2. Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (Deathcore) (Dogs get put down, Last words to rose) ...blew away expectations
    3. Symfonia - In Paradisum (Neoclassical Power Metal) (Fields of Avalon, Forevermore, Don't Let Me Go)
    4. The Project Hate MCMXCIX - "Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)" (Melodic Death Metal) ("Iesus Nazarenus, Servus Mei", "Summoning Majestic War")


    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Tao Of The Dead (Alt/Indie rock) ...blew away expectations
    Dornenreich - Flammentriebe (Black Folk Metal) (Flammenmensch, Erst Deine Träne Löscht Den Brand)
    The Foetal Mind - The Grand Contraction (Atmospheric/Depressive/Instrumental Black Metal) (Silence, The Collapse)
    Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows (Melodeath) (Soul Journeys, Watcher Of The Skies)
    Twinspirits - Legacy (Progressive Metal)
    Winds Of Plague - (Deathcore)


    Burzum - Fallen (Traditional Black Metal) (Jeg Faller, Til Hel og tilbake igjen)
    Condenados - A Painful Journey Into Nihil (Traditional Doom Metal)
    Mercenary - Metamorphosis (Melodeath / Metalcore) (In A River Of Madness, Velvet Lies)
    Power Quest - Blood Alliance (Power Metal) (Better Days, City of Lies)
    Stratovarius - Elysium (Power Metal / Neoclassical) (The Game Never Ends, Move the Mountain)


    Adele - 21 (Singer Songwriter)
    Axenstar - Aftermath (Power Metal) (Agony, Signs of a Lie)
    Bloodbound - Unholy Cross (Heavy/Power Metal)
    Helrunar - Sól (Black / Pagan Metal) (Rattenkönig, Sól)
    Moonsorrow - Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa (Atmospheric/Folk Black Metal) ...disappointment


    Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising (Melodeath) (Töck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II, Doom Over Dead Man)
    Before the Dawn - Deathstar Rising (Melodeath) ...disappointment
    Lifelover - Sjukdom (Depressive Black Metal) (Led By Misfortune, Nedvaknande)
    Scheepers - Scheepers (Heavy Metal) ...disappointment


    Dead Channel - Un-X-pressed (Nu-Metal / Industrial)
    Jennifer Lopez - Love? (pop)


    Holy Cross - Vaterland ("Epic Neo-Classical Metal"... good joke!)






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    2010 Releases worth mentioning, that I missed:


    In This Moment - A Star Crossed Wasteland (Metalcore) (The Gun Show, Blazin, Bonus tracks)
    Jónsi - Go (Ambient Rock?)
    Spirit of the Forest - Kingdom Of Despair (Folk/Atmospheric Black Metal) (EVERYTHING, seriously this band could take on the "big" bands of the genre and win, go check them out!)


    Eisbrecher - Eiszeit (Industrial Nu-Metal)
    Ratt - Infestation (Glam/Heavy Metal)

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    2011 releases I look forward to (Taken mostly from Metal Storm, format is day.month or ········ for unknown, so I went a little OCD with this but it will be hard for me to miss an album release I'm interested in now!!):

    January:
    ········ Helheim - Heiðindómr Ok Mótgang
    ········ Protest the Hero - TBA
    ········ Fen - Epoch
    11.01 Axenstar - Aftermath (Power Metal)
    12.01 MyGrain - Mygrain
    12.01 Stratovarius - Elysium
    14.01 Theatres Des Vampires - Moonlight Waltz
    19.01 Power Quest - Blood Alliance
    26.01 Hibria - Blind Ride
    28.01 Battlelore - Doombound

    February:
    Hypomanie – A City in Mono
    ········ Norther - Circle Regenerated
    ········ ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Tao Of The Dead
    ········ Symphony X - TBA
    ········ Shining - VII - Född Förlorare ...yeah right, this album has been delayed about 12 months already!
    Sleeping Peonies
    01.02 Stryper - The Covering
    04.02 Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows
    04.02 Korpiklaani - Ukon Wacka
    10.02 The Eternal - Under A New Sun
    11.02 Emerald Sun - Regeneration
    14.02 Dornenreich - Flammentriebe
    14.02 Ava Inferi - Onyx
    14.02 Lifelover - Sjukdom
    Feb 15 - Dream Diary - You are the beat (http://kaninerecords.com/dream-diary)
    15.02 Neuraxis - Asylon
    15.02 Ralf Scheepers - Scheepers ... 0_0 nice
    15.02 As Blood Runs Black - Instinct
    21.02 Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa ... THIS.
    22.02 Evergrey - Glorious Collision
    23.02 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
    23.02 DeadLock - Bizarro World
    23.02 Before the Dawn - Deathstar Rising
    25.02 Voodoo Circle - Broken Heart Syndrome
    25.02 Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason ... so says metal archives
    25.02 Mercenary - Metamorphosis
    25.02 Shakra - Back On Track
    25.02 One Man Army and the Undead Quartet - The Dark Epic... ... no idea but sounds interesting by name
    25.02 Visions of Atlantis - Delta
    25.02 Imperia - TBA
    25.02 Jag Panzer - The Scourge Of The Light
    25.02 Stormwarrior - Heathen Warrior
    25.02 Coldspell - Out From The Cold
    28.02 Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece
    28.02 Ixion - To The Void

    March:
    Kladovest - Atmosphere
    ········ Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
    ········ Blackfield - Blackfield III ...omfg!!
    ········ Sonata Arctica - TBA [DVD]
    ········ Paragon - TBA
    ········ Whitesnake - Forevermore
    ········ Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
    ········ Avantasia - The Flying Opera [DVD]
    ········ Myrath - TBA
    ········ Iced Earth - Festivals Of The Wicked [DVD]
    ········ Saxon - TBA
    ········ Divinefire - Eye Of The Storm
    ········ Pagan's Mind - TBA
    ········ Draconian - TBA
    ········ Blood Stain Child - TBA
    04.03 Agnostic Front - TBA
    11.03 Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
    Soundgarden to Release Live on I-5 March 22
    25.03 Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody
    25.03 Wizard - Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes
    25.03 Symfonia ... confirmed release date last i saw
    Crimson Wind, the Italian metal band featuring Thy Majestie singer Alessio Taormina, will release its debut album, "The Wings Of Salvation", on March 25 via Germany's Rock It Up Records.
    Negura Bunget "Focul Viu
    Lantlôs "Lantlôs" re-release with bonus
    29.03 Blackguard - Firefight
    29.03 Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
    29.03 dredg - TBA
    Mar 29 - The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Belong

    April:
    Falconer - Armod
    Alcest - Le Secret re-record ... done as of 10/xx/2010, just waiting on the label
    ········ Samael - Lux Mundi
    ········ Saturnus - TBA
    ········ Iced Earth - TBA
    ········ Primordial - Redemption At The Puritans Hand
    ........ Dragonland - The Return ... confirmed album title
    ········ Leaves' Eyes - TBA
    ········ Fuck the Facts - Die Miserable ...ooooooh
    ········ Rhapsody of Fire - From Chaos To Eternity ...wow, already??
    15.04 The Poodles - Performocracy ... assuming it's live
    29.04 Lake of Tears - Illwill

    May:
    ········ Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
    ········ Arch Enemy - TBA
    ········ Wolf - Legions Of Bastards
    ········ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - A Sense Of Decay ... sounds cool
    ········ Devin Townsend - Ghost
    ········ Enid - TBA
    ········ A Storm of Light - As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
    Moby - Destroyed
    03.05 Prey For Nothing - Against All Good And Evil
    20.05 U.D.O. - Rev Raptor
    20.05 HammerFall - TBA

    June:
    ········ Adagio - TBA
    ········ Venom - TBA
    ········ Wyrd - Death Of The Sun
    ········ Unearth - TBA
    ········ In Flames - TBA
    ········ Absu - Abzu
    ········ Virgin Black - Requiem - Pianissimo
    ········ Exumer - TBA
    ········ Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory ...lol such similar names
    ········ Summoning - TBA (Epic Black Metal) ... Yeah right, this will be pushed to 2012, at least
    ········ Kiss - TBA ... ??????????
    ········ Powerwolf - TBA

    July:
    ········ Gojira - TBA [EP]
    ········ Armory - Empyrean Realms
    ········ Der Weg einer Freiheit - TBA [EP]

    August:
    ········ Nightwish - TBA
    ········ Today Is The Day - TBA
    ········ Lacuna Coil - TBA

    September:
    ········ Vader - Return To The Morbid Reich (working title)
    ········ Steel Assassin - WWII: Metal Of Honor

    October:
    ········ Opeth - TBA

    November:
    ········ Serpentcult - Raised By Wolves .. sounds cool

    December:


    Unknown, but expected in 2010 (No dots - mine carried over from 2010, not from Metal Storm):
    Aesma Daeva ... album is written, needs to be recorded and produced as of 12/xx/2010
    •••••••• Agathodaimon - In Darkness (working Title)
    Albrah - Anjos Sem Asas (Power Prog Metal) ... apparently I made this artist up! No results on google. Perhaps a typo of Almah, or Albra (at least that one exists)???
    Alchemist (Power Progressive Metal) ... "Alchemist are hibernating indefinitely!" as of 01/10/2011 T_T
    •••••••• Alestorm - Back Through Time
    Alkemyst (Power Progressive Metal... not to be confused with Alchemist) ... "working on new album" but no updates on it since at least 2009. Way to alienate your few dedicated fans!
    Amesoeurs ?
    •••••••• Amorphis - TBA
    Amusement Parks On Fire (eh, who knows)
    Anderz Wrethov (Pop but amazing voice, sounds like Andre Matos somewhat) ... Has had solo material on myspace since 2007, announced album in late 2008 and still has not released the first single from it. I give up.
    Andre Matos - hey why not he's release albums about every two years.
    AnnaGrace (Ian Van Dahl) (Dance)
    •••••••• Ark - Aradiokaos
    •••••••• Arkona - TBA
    •••••••• As We Fight - Rockcore [Working Title]
    Atoma (ex-half of Slumber) - Resonance (Epic Atmospheric Doom Metal) ... "Skylight is already recorded and mastered (January 2, 2011), and will be released in the fall of 2011"
    - Unnamed band from second half of Slumber - http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=787563
    Aquaria ... They released past two albums in 2007 and 2009
    Borealis (Symphonic Power Metal) ... two new songs as of January but no news http://www.myspace.com/borealismetal
    •••••••• Charred Walls Of The Damned - TBA
    •••••••• Circus Maximus - TBA
    •••••••• Cloudscape - New Era
    Corpus Christii - Luciferian Frequencies ... done as of 12/29/2010 but again will probably take 2 friggin years to release it
    •••••••• Cult of Luna - TBA
    •••••••• Daylight Dies - TBA
    •••••••• Delain - TBA
    Desire (Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal) ... looking for a keyboard player
    •••••••• Devin Townsend - Z²
    •••••••• Diablo Swing Orchestra - TBA
    •••••••• DragonForce - TBA
    •••••••• Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry
    •••••••• Falconer - Armod
    •••••••• Fates Warning - TBA
    •••••••• Forever Slave - TBA
    •••••••• Frostmoon Eclipse - The End Stands Silent
    Grey Waters - Full-Length
    •••••••• Haggard - TBA
    •••••••• Insomnium - TBA
    Kattah - Eyes Of Sand (Power Metal) ... sounds amazing, track list is set, touring with Angra in 2011, no word of a release date still.
    Kreuzweg Ost - Gott mit uns ... summoning side-project, also heavily delayed! Originally supposed to release mid 2009, still no sign of it. why not put mp3s and a paypal link on your site? That's what I'd do, fvck labels and CDs.

    Lost Horizon ... been looking for a singer for about 8 years now, please someone go help them out, even if you're terrible! http://www.oncelosthorizon.com/clips/
    •••••••• Lunatica - TBA
    •••••••• Megadeth - TBA
    Naildown
    Necrophagist - TBA (Technical Death Metal) ... was told in I think 2008 at a concert it was coming "soon"... 2008 passed, then 2009, then 2010, don't expect it in 2011 either.
    •••••••• Persuader - The Fiction Maze
    •••••••• Queens of the Stone Age - TBA
    •••••••• Ram-Zet - TBA
    Rapture (Epic Atmospheric Doom Metal) ... Just no. No updates in at least two years. Vaporware. But it doesnt hurt to hope? They are still actively touring though.
    •••••••• Rush - Clockwork Angels
    •••••••• Satyricon - TBA
    •••••••• Secrets of the Moon - Seven Bells
    Serj Tankian - Music Without Borders (Alternative) ... not sure if this is even coming? System of a Down Reunion in 2011 though!!
    Sigur Rós
    Soulspell - The Labyrinth of Truths (Power Metal Opera including Edu Falashi among others)
    Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy)
    Soundgarden
    •••••••• Stormwarrior - If It's Not In Your Bloode... You Will Never Understande! [DVD]
    •••••••• SuidAkrA - Book Of Dowth
    •••••••• Tesla - TBA
    •••••••• The Devil Wears Prada - TBA
    •••••••• The Fall of Every Season - Amends
    •••••••• The Kovenant - Aria Galactica
    •••••••• To/Die/For - TBA (Gothic/Doom Metal)
    Unisonic (Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and Kosta Zafiriou) .. demos done, aim for release spring 2011
    •••••••• Uriah Heep - TBA
    Virus From Hell ...really want ... I think november 2009 it was announced there was a new album, nothing since. Sigh...
    WhoCares "Out of My Mind" - In October 2010 it was announced that Jason Newsted would be joining a supergroup with singer Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, guitarist Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, keyboardist Jon Lord from Deep Purple and drummer Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden.
    •••••••• Winds Of Plague - TBA
    •••••••• Wintersun - Time (Melodic Speed/Black Metal)
    •••••••• Wolves in the Throne Room - TBA
    •••••••• Woods of Ypres - Woods V: You Were The Light
    Xandria ... new singer found, no word of release date still
    •••••••• Xerath - TBA (Symphonic Epic "Film Score" Metal)


    2012, probably (believe me my section for releases that didnt make it out in 2010 was massive, I'll need this):
    ········ Eternal Tears of Sorrow - TBA
    Far Beyond (Epic Black Metal) ... confirmed from artist it will not release in 2011
    ········ Riverside - TBA
  • My favorite (mostly metal) albums of 2010 - Final list!

    30 Dic 2010, 23:55

    I am fairly open-minded (as you should be), so expect any genre in here, though metal is definitely my favorite. However, I usually won't bother to review non-metal releases unless it's one of the extremes - really good, or really bad and I feel like trashing it. Though, I'm just realizing that my taste has shifted away from metal even more this year...

    This is my final list, containing almost every album I have listened to which came out in 2010. I will not be updating this entry any more unless someone enlightens me to something super-fantastic that came out this year that I missed. I can’t believe 2010 is over already, it seems like yesterday it was new years eve, and now it is tomorrow again. I will likely not do a list like this again next year, its too much work. But it's been fun and a good way to keep track of the excessive amounts of music I like. Perhaps next year just a top 20 and other great ones.

    A playlist including one song off each of the top 20 albums and 7 other songs, is up on my blog as of 1/9/11... Go download it (link in my profile)! Songs with an asterisk next to them are on my blog, I will try to get all the top 20 (Except Alex Band due to a complaint) on the blog by the end of January.

    Bold albums are a must-listen! Top 20 are in order, rest of categories are alphabetical. " ...disappointment" means albums I could not wait for did not meet or exceed expectations.

    Keep in mind, I am rating these albums as a whole, not judging it based on the quality of particular songs. For example, if there are no songs that stand out as good, but the album is a concept album that reveals to me the meaning of life through music, it would probably be #1. Production is a BIG part of my review process as well, it's 2010 so I want my albums to sound futuristic, refined and shiny!

    And please comment, either to debate my reviews or to recommend me albums I don't know about!

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    10.0-9.5 (Top 20)
    1. Angra - Aqua (Progressive Power Metal)
    2. Revolution Renaissance - Trinity (Power / Progressive Metal ... make sure to get the bonus track off their website!)
    3. The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth (Chip-tune / Shoegaze)
    4. Arid - Under The Cold Street Lights (Atmospheric / Alternative Rock)
    5. Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (Hip Hop / Soul)
    6. Senmuth - Секененра (Sekenenra) (Symphonic Industrial Metal)
    7. Alex Band - We've All Been There (Alternative Rock)
    8. Pretty Maids - Pandemonium (Heavy / Power Metal)
    9. Mr. Big - What If... (Hard Rock / Hair Metal)
    10. Shining - BlackJazz (Blackened Progressive Avant-Garde Jazz Metal Rock... no, really!)
    11. Heimataerde - Unwesen (Darkwave / Dark Electro / EBM)
    *12. Lantlôs - .neon (Depressive/Suicidal/Atmospheric/Shoegaze Black Metal)
    *13. Les Discrets - Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées (Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze)
    *14. Sofa Surfers - Blindside (Alternative Rock / Trip-Hop / Downtempo / Chillout / Experimental)
    15. Amusement Parks On Fire - Road Eyes (Shoegaze / Post-Rock)
    16. Mar De Grises - Streams Inwards (Experimental Atmospheric Death/Doom Metal)
    17. Dexter Freebish - Shine On (Electro Pop / Hard Rock)
    *18. Analog Rebellion - Ancient Electrons (Indie / Electronic / Pop / Rock)
    *19. Alcest - Écailles de Lune (Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze)
    20. Tetsuo Sakurai - Vital World (Bass Virtuoso / Jazz Fusion)


    9.4-9.0 (Honorable Mentions)
    Alesana - The Emptiness (Post-Hardcore / Screamo)
    Agrypnie - 16[485] ("Avant Garde" Black Metal)
    Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings (Female Fronted Power Metal)
    The Breathing Process - Odyssey (un) Dead (Symphonic/Electronic Deathcore / Melodic Death Metal)
    *Burzum - Belus (Black Metal)
    Counterparts - Prophets (Progressive Melodic Hardcore)
    Decrepitaph - Beyond The Cursed Tombs (Traditional Death Metal)
    Grey Waters - Below the Ever Setting Sun (EP) (Blackened Shoegaze / Emo)
    Joe Satriani - Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards (Instrumental Rock / Guitar Virtuoso)
    Kalmah - 12 Gauge (Melodic Death Metal)
    KHY - Volver a Creer
    MindSplit - CHARMED HUMAN ART OF SIGNIFICANCE (Progressive Metal .. really great for being so unknown!)
    Nanowar of Steel - Into Gay Pride Ride (Power Metal / Experimental / Parody)
    Pay No Respect - Moving On (Hardcore ... another unknown band that doesn't deserve to be)
    Rage - Strings To A Web (Power Metal)
    Ratt - Infestation (Glam/Heavy Metal)
    *Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels (Symphonic Power Metal)
    S.A.W. - Young Rebel (Heavy Metal / Metalcore)
    VersaEmerge - Fixed at Zero (Female Fronted Alternative Rock)
    Wrath of the Weak - Solace (Noise / Ambient Black Metal)


    8.9-8.0 (Great)
    Abandon All Ships - Geeving (Trance-core... once again I am not making this up)
    Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit (Atmospheric Black Folk Metal)
    Anthriel - The Pathway (Progressive Metal)
    Black Sun Aeon - Routa (Doom Death Metal)
    Blind Guardian - At The Edge of Time
    Christopher Lee - Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (Epic Symphonic Film Score Metal)
    Cold Body Radiation - The Great White Emptiness (Blackened Shoegaze / Post-Black Metal)
    Crystal Viper - Legends (Female Fronted Power Metal ... sounds exactly like Dreamaker singer)
    Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (Score / Electronic / Dance)
    Damn - Forbidden Anger (Traditional/Experimental Death Metal)
    Deftones - Diamond Eyes
    Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra (Black Metal)
    Dolarhyde - Dolarhyde (Punk)
    Dopamine - Dopamine EP (Blackened Shoegaze / Post-Black Metal)
    Drudkh - Handful of Stars (Blackened Shoegaze / Post-Black Metal)
    Down - Diary Of A Mad Band (Heavy / Stoner Metal)
    Enos - Chapter 1 (Atmospheric Stoner Metal)
    Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini (Progressive Black Metal)
    Everlasting Rain - Everlasting Rain (Modern metal, death and clean female vocals... unknown, check them out!!)
    Heaven Shall Burn - Invictus (Iconoclast III) (Melodic Death Metal / Hardcore)
    Jorn - Dio (Heavy / Power Metal)
    KISKE-SOMERVILLE - Kiske-Somerville (Melodic Metal)
    Knights Of The Abyss - The Culling Of Wolves (Metalcore)
    Labyrinth - Return To Heaven Denied Pt.II A Midnight Autum's Dream (Power Progressive Metal)
    Lissie - Catching a Tiger (Indie Rock)
    *Mägo de Oz - Gaia III: Atlantia (Folk Power Metal / Folk Rock)
    Nils Patrik Johansson - A Night For Ronnie James Dio (Heavy / Power Metal)
    Oathean - Oathean (Melodic Black Metal)
    Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One (Progressive / Psychedelic style rock)
    Parabelle - Reassembling the Icons
    Powerglove - Saturday Morning Apocalypse (Tony Kakko singing Pokemon... oh right Power Metal)
    Royal Hunt - X (Progressive Power Metal)
    Senmuth - Chambers (Ambient / Atmospheric)
    Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age (ANOTHER Ayreon project - Heavy Progressive Metal)
    Story of the Year - The Constant (Emo)
    Six Magics - Behind The Sorrow (Power Metal)
    The Last Days - When The Tomorrow Is a Grey Day (Ambient / Post-Black Metal / Blackened Shoegaze)
    The Sun Came Up Upon The Left - And The Dreams So Rich In Color (Atmospheric/Drone/Depressive Black Metal)
    Troll - Neo-Satanic Supremacy (Epic Black Metal)
    True - Still Life (Spanish-themed Death Metal)
    Vincent Diamante - Flower: Original Soundtrack From The Video Game (Atmospheric / Ambient)
    Whirling - Faceless Phenomena (Unknown Progressive Black Metal. Give them a try)
    *Wilds Forlorn - The Great Loss (Atmospheric Black Metal / Neoclassical)
    Wurm - Insomnies (Atmospheric Depressive Black Metal)


    7.9-7.0 (Very good)
    A Forest of Stars - Opportunistic Thieves of Spring ("Psychedelic" Black Metal)
    Abigail Williams - In The Absence Of Light (Black Metal)
    Angels & Airwaves - Love (Emo / Post-Punk)
    Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony + Angel of Babylon (Symphonic Power Metal Opera)
    As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise (Metalcore)
    The Birthday Massacre - Pins and needles (Synth / Industrial / Gothic Metal)
    Bitter Frost - Bitter Frost (Melodic / Neo-classical / Blackened Power Metal)
    Coheed and Cambria - Year Of The Black Rainbow (Progressive Rock / Metal)
    Crematory - Infinity (Melodic Death Doom Metal)
    *Deep - In Silence Somber Solace (Groove / Black Metal)
    Ethereal Blue - Essays in rhyme on passion and ethics (Experimental Black Metal)
    Freedom Call - Legend of the Shadowking (Power Metal)
    Forgive Me - Last Drop of Life (DSBM)
    Iron Fire - Metalmorphosized (Power / Heavy Metal)
    Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier (Heavy Metal)
    James LaBrie - Static impulse (Heavy Metal)
    Linkin Park - A thousand suns (I don't honestly know. Which I like)
    Myrath - Desert Call (Indian-themed Heavy Metal)
    Negură Bunget - Maiestrit (Progressive Black Metal)
    Nocturnal Depression - The Cult of Negation (DSBM)
    Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR (Middle-Eastern-themed Progressive Folk Metal)
    Ozzy Osbourne - Scream (Heavy / Doom / Alternative Metal)
    Phenomena - Blind Faith (Hard Rock with lots of guest vocalists such as Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear))
    Red Sparowes - The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer (Instrumental / Post-Rock)
    Serj Tankian - Imperfect Harmonies (Symphonic / Experimental Alternative Rock)
    Russell Allen & Jorn Lande - The Showdown (Heavy / Melodic Metal)
    Sinbreed - When Worlds Collide (Melodic / Heavy / Power Metal)
    Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast (Metalcore / Melodic Death Metal)...disappointment
    Темнозорь - Haunted Dreamscapes (Pagan / Folk Metal)
    Virgin Steele - The Black Light Bacchanalia (Symphonic Power Metal)
    Volbeat - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Elvis Metal)
    Wall of Sleep - When Mountains Roar (Stoner Metal)
    Xasthur - Portal of Sorrow (Raw Ambient/Depressive Black Metal) ...disappointment


    6.9-6.0 (Good)
    Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare (Progressive popcore) ...disappointment
    Amorphis - Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years (Death Metal)
    Cendres de Haine - Bellum Omium Contra Omnes (Experimental scary black metal that will make you sh*t your pants)
    Dark Tranquillity - We Are The Void (Melodic Death Metal) ...disappointment
    December Peals - People Have Demons (Hard Rock)
    Disturbed - Asylum (Alt rock whatever)
    Derdian - New Era, Pt. 3: The Apocalypse (Power Metal)
    Dream Evil - In the Night (Power Metal)
    Edenbridge - Solitaire (Symphonic Female Fronted Metal)Eluveitie - Everything Remains as it Never Was (Melodic Death Metal)
    Elvenking - Red Silent Tides (Folk Metal) ...disappointment
    Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of - 25th Anniversary (Symphonic Power Metal / Etc.) ...disappointment
    Helloween - 7 Sinners (Power Metal) ...disappointment
    HIM - Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (Gothic / Heavy Metal)
    Hoarfrost - Nattlig Självmord (Demo) (Ambient / Atmospheric Black Metal)
    Ill Niño - Dead New World (Metalcore with a spanish edge)
    Kamelot - Poetry for the Poisoned (Power Metal...?)
    Krokus - Hoodoo (Traditional Heavy Metal / Hard Rock)
    Lower Than Atlantis - Far Q (Melodic Hardcore)
    Mekanix - Rise of the Mekanix (Thrash Metal)
    Occultus - Inthial (Black Metal)
    PlayRadioPlay! - Besides, Nothing (B-Sides And Rarities, 2003-2009) (Electronic / Etc.)
    Rhapsody of Fire - The Cold Embrace of Fear
    The Roots - How I Got Over (Hip Hop / Rap ... why so many guest singers?) ... disappointment
    Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Traditional Heavy Metal / Hard Rock) ...disappointment
    Senmuth - Deathknowledge & Lifeperception (Symphonic Ambient? lol)
    Sigh - Scenes From Hell (Experimental Black Metal)
    Various - Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings (Acoustic / Blackened Shoegaze) ... disappointment
    The Vision Bleak - Set Sail To Mystery (Gothic / Doom Metal) ...disappointment
    Tierra Santa - Caminos De Fuego (Straightforward/Traditional Spanish Power Metal)
    We Are the Ocean - Cutting Our Teeth (Screamo)


    6.0-4.0 (Decent)
    1349 - Demonoir (Some kinda demonic black metal)
    Alkaline Trio - This Addiction (Punk / Crap) ...disappointment
    Astral Doors - Requiem of Time (Heavy Metal) ...disappointment
    The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1 (Pop/Minimalist)
    Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky (Celtic / Folk)
    Blaze Bayley - Promise And Terror (Heavy / Power Metal)
    Everwhere - One by One... Dead (Thrash / Death Metal)
    EgoNoir - Reste (Depressive Black Metal)
    Daath - Daath (Technical Death Metal)
    Danger Angel (traditional hard rock)
    Dopefight - Buds (Take one guess as to the genre)
    Drunken Bastards - Horns of the Wasted (Thrash Metal)
    Folkodia - Battlecry
    Fyrnask - Fjorvar Ok Benjar (Ambient Black Metal .. unknown!)
    Greeley Estates - No Rain, No Rainbow (Hardcore)
    Ihsahn - After (Experimental Black Metal)
    Jimmy Eat World - Invented ...disappointment
    Lordi - Babez For Breakfast ... disappointment
    Nàttsòl - Stemning (Black / Viking Metal)
    Orden Ogan - Easton Hope (Epic Melodic Power Metal)
    ReinXeed - Majestic (Power Speed Metal) ...disappointment
    Setherial - Ekpyrosis (Extreme Black metal or something)
    Slash - Slash (Hard Rock)
    Swashbuckle - Crime Always Pays… (Pirate Metal / Thrash)
    Tarja Turunen - ("Gothic" Metal) ...disappointment
    Tarot - Gravity Of Light (Heavy Metal) ...disappointment
    Therion - Sitra Ahra (Symphonic Gothic metal)
    Valkrja - Contamination (Kinda generic Black Metal)


    3.9-0.0 (Burn it to a CD to play Frisbee with)
    Apati - Morgondagen Inställd I Brist På Intresse (Black Rock?) ...disappointment
    Bifrost - Heidenmetal (Folk / Black Metal)
    Black Autumn - (DSBM)
    Darkthrone - Circle the wagons (Death Metal)
    Dead Channel - Destroyer (hardcore, electronic sounds, and nu-metal?)
    DragonForce - Twilight Dementia (Live)
    The Decaying - Binary Assault (Experimental Industrial Metal)
    Exodus (Death?)
    Fear Factory - Mechanize (Very Emo / Mallcore)
    Immolation - Majesty And Decay (death metal)
    Ignite The Ibex - Ignite The Ibex (Fecal matter)
    Nachtmystium - Addicts Black Meddle Pt II (Disco indie pop generic mainstream garbage crap from a former raw brutal depressive black metal band) ...disappointment
    Redrum - World De Termination(Thrash Metal)
    The Seed - From Nowhere to No One (Thrash Metal)
    Unholy Archangel - Obsessed By War
    Wolfsmond - III
  • My Favorite albums of 2010. Updated 12/3

    1 Sep 2010, 19:10

    I am fairly open-minded (as you should be), so expect any genre in here, though metal is definitely my favorite. However, I usually won't bother to review non-metal releases unless it's one of the extremes - really good, or really bad and I feel like trashing it.

    Keep in mind, I am rating these albums as a whole, not judging it based on the quality of particular songs. For example, if there are no songs that stand out as good, but the album is a concept album that reveals to me the meaning of life through music, it would probably be #1. Production is a BIG part of my review process as well, it's 2010 so I want my albums to sound futuristic, refined and shiny!

    Top 10 in order, rest of categories are alphabetical.

    " ...dissapointment" Where albums I really wanted did not meet or exceed expectations.

    bold is a must-listen!!

    And please comment, either to debate my reviews or to recommend me albums I don't know about!

    (If you want to read huge reviews for albums through july, go here. I got tired of doing the reviews and it's too much to read.)

    * = These albums are on my blogspot... click the link in my profile if you want to hear them. ... Watch for a 74-minute "Best of 2010" playlist at the end of the year :)


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    10.0-9.5 (Top 20)
    1. Angra - Aqua (Progressive Power Metal)
    2. Revolution Renaissance - Trinity (Power / Progressive Metal ... make sure to get the bonus track off their website!)
    3. The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth (Chip-tune / Shoegaze)
    4. Arid - Under The Cold Street Lights (Atmospheric / Alternative Rock)
    5. Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (Hip Hop / Soul)
    6. Senmuth - Секененра (Sekenenra) (Symphonic Industrial Metal)
    7. Alex Band - We've All Been There (Alternative Rock)
    8. Pretty Maids - Pandemonium (Heavy / Power Metal)
    9. Mr. Big - What If... (Hard Rock / Hair Metal)
    10. Shining - Black Jazz (Blackened Progressive Avant-Garde Jazz Metal Rock... no, really!)
    11. Heimataerde - Unwesen (Darkwave / Dark Electro / EBM)
    *12. Lantlôs - .neon (Depressive/Suicidal/Atmospheric/Shoegaze Black Metal)
    *13. Les Discrets - Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées (Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze)
    *14. Sofa Surfers - Blindside (Alternative Rock / Trip-Hop / Downtempo / Chillout / Experimental)
    15. Amusement Parks On Fire - Road Eyes (Shoegaze / Post-Rock)
    16. Mar De Grises - Streams Inwards (Experimental Atmospheric Death/Doom Metal)
    17. Dexter Freebish - Shine On (Electro Pop / Hard Rock)
    18. Kalmah - 12 Gauge (Melodic Death Metal)
    *19. Alcest - Écailles de Lune (Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze)
    20. Tetsuo Sakurai - Vital World (Bass Virtuoso / Jazz Fusion)


    9.4-9.0 (Honorable Mentions)
    Abandon All Ships - Geeving (Trance-core... once again I am not making this up)
    Alesana - The Emptiness (Post-Hardcore / Screamo)
    Agrypnie - 16[485] ("Avant Garde" Black Metal)
    *Analog Rebellion - Ancient Electrons (Indie / Electronic / Pop / Rock)
    Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings (Female Fronted Power Metal)
    The Breathing Process - Odyssey (un) Dead (Symphonic/Electronic Deathcore / Melodic Death Metal)
    *Burzum - Belus (Black Metal)
    Counterparts - Prophets (Progressive Melodic Hardcore)
    Decrepitaph - Beyond The Cursed Tombs (Traditional Death Metal)
    Grey Waters - Below the Ever Setting Sun (EP) (Blackened Shoegaze / Emo)
    Joe Satriani - Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards (Instrumental Rock / Guitar Virtuoso)
    KHY - Volver a Creer
    MindSplit - CHARMED HUMAN ART OF SIGNIFICANCE (Progressive Metal .. really great for being so unknown!)
    Nanowar of Steel - Into Gay Pride Ride (Power Metal / Experimental / Parody)
    Pay No Respect - Moving On (Hardcore ... another unknown band that doesn't deserve to be)
    Rage - Strings To A Web (Power Metal)
    *Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels (Symphonic Power Metal)
    S.A.W. - Young Rebel (Heavy Metal / Metalcore)
    VersaEmerge - Fixed at Zero (Female Fronted Alternative Rock)
    Wrath of the Weak - Solace (Noise / Ambient Black Metal)


    8.9-8.0 (Great)
    Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit (Atmospheric Black Folk Metal)
    Anthriel - The Pathway (Progressive Metal)
    Black Sun Aeon - Routa (Doom Death Metal)
    Blind Guardian - At The Edge of Time
    Christopher Lee - Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (Epic Symphonic Film Score Metal)
    Cold Body Radiation - The Great White Emptiness (Blackened Shoegaze / Post-Black Metal)
    Crystal Viper - Legends (Female Fronted Power Metal ... sounds exactly like Dreamaker singer)
    Damn - Forbidden Anger (Traditional/Experimental Death Metal)
    Deftones - Diamond Eyes
    Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra (Black Metal)
    Dolarhyde - Dolarhyde (Punk)
    Dopamine - Dopamine EP (Blackened Shoegaze / Post-Black Metal)
    Drudkh - Handful of Stars (Blackened Shoegaze / Post-Black Metal)
    Down - Diary Of A Mad Band (Heavy / Stoner Metal)
    Enos - Chapter 1 (Atmospheric Stoner Metal)
    Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini (Progressive Black Metal)
    Everlasting Rain - Everlasting Rain (Modern metal, death and clean female vocals... unknown, check them out!!)
    Heaven Shall Burn - Invictus (Iconoclast III) (Melodic Death Metal / Hardcore)
    Jorn - Dio (Heavy / Power Metal)
    KISKE-SOMERVILLE - Kiske-Somerville (Melodic Metal)
    Knights Of The Abyss - The Culling Of Wolves (Metalcore)
    Labyrinth - Return To Heaven Denied Pt.II A Midnight Autum's Dream (Power Progressive Metal)
    Lissie - Catching a Tiger (Indie Rock)
    *Mägo de Oz - Gaia III: Atlantia (Folk Power Metal / Folk Rock)
    Nils Patrik Johansson - A Night For Ronnie James Dio (Heavy / Power Metal)
    Oathean - Oathean (Melodic Black Metal)
    Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One (Progressive / Psychedelic style rock)
    Parabelle - Reassembling the Icons
    Powerglove - Saturday Morning Apocalypse
    (Tony Kakko singing Pokemon... oh right Power Metal)
    Royal Hunt - X (Progressive Power Metal)
    Senmuth - Chambers (Ambient / Atmospheric)
    Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age (ANOTHER Ayreon project - Heavy Progressive Metal)
    Story of the Year - The Constant (Emo)
    Six Magics - Behind The Sorrow (Power Metal)
    The Sun Came Up Upon The Left - And The Dreams So Rich In Color (Atmospheric/Drone/Depressive Black Metal)
    Troll - Neo-Satanic Supremacy (Epic Black Metal)
    True - Still Life (Spanish-themed Death Metal)
    Vincent Diamante - Flower: Original Soundtrack From The Video Game (Atmospheric / Ambient)
    Whirling - Faceless Phenomena (Unknown Progressive Black Metal. Give them a try)
    *Wilds Forlorn - The Great Loss (Atmospheric Black Metal / Neoclassical)
    Wurm - Insomnies (Atmospheric Depressive Black Metal)


    7.9-7.0 (Very good)
    A Forest of Stars - Opportunistic Thieves of Spring ("Psychedelic" Black Metal)
    Abigail Williams - In The Absence Of Light (Black Metal)
    Angels & Airwaves - Love (Emo / Post-Punk)
    Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony + Angel of Babylon (Symphonic Power Metal Opera)
    The Birthday Massacre - Pins and needles (Synth / Industrial / Gothic Metal)
    Bitter Frost - Bitter Frost (Melodic / Neo-classical / Blackened Power Metal)
    Coheed and Cambria - Year Of The Black Rainbow (Progressive Rock / Metal)
    Crematory - Infinity (Melodic Death Doom Metal)
    *Deep - In Silence Somber Solace (Groove / Black Metal)
    Ethereal Blue - Essays in rhyme on passion and ethics (Experimental Black Metal)
    Freedom Call - Legend of the Shadowking (Power Metal)
    Forgive Me - Last Drop of Life (DSBM)
    Iron Fire - Metalmorphosized (Power / Heavy Metal)
    Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier (Heavy Metal)
    James LaBrie - Static impulse (Heavy Metal)
    Linkin Park - A thousand suns (I don't honestly know. Which I like)
    Myrath - Desert Call (Indian-themed Heavy Metal)
    Negură Bunget - Maiestrit (Progressive Black Metal)
    Nocturnal Depression - The Cult of Negation (DSBM)
    Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR (Middle-Eastern-themed Progressive Folk Metal)
    Ozzy Osbourne - Scream (Heavy / Doom / Alternative Metal)
    Phenomena - Blind Faith (Hard Rock with lots of guest vocalists such as Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear))
    Red Sparowes - The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer (Instrumental / Post-Rock)
    Serj Tankian - Imperfect Harmonies (Symphonic / Experimental Alternative Rock)
    Russell Allen & Jorn Lande - The Showdown (Heavy / Melodic Metal)
    Sinbreed - When Worlds Collide (Melodic / Heavy / Power Metal)
    Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast (Metalcore / Melodic Death Metal)...dissapointment
    Темнозорь - Haunted Dreamscapes (Pagan / Folk Metal)
    Virgin Steele - The Black Light Bacchanalia (Symphonic Power Metal)
    Volbeat - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Elvis Metal)
    Wall of Sleep - When Mountains Roar (Stoner Metal)
    Xasthur - Portal of Sorrow (Raw Ambient/Depressive Black Metal) ...dissapointment


    6.9-6.0 (Good)
    Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare (Progressive popcore) ...dissapointment
    Amorphis - Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years (Death Metal)
    Cendres de Haine - Bellum Omium Contra Omnes (Experimental scary black metal that will make you sh*t your pants)
    Dark Tranquillity - We Are The Void (Melodic Death Metal) ...dissapointment
    December Peals - People Have Demons (Hard Rock)
    Disturbed - Asylum (Alt rock whatever)
    Derdian - New Era, Pt. 3: The Apocalypse (Power Metal)
    Dream Evil - In the Night (Power Metal)
    Edenbridge - Solitaire (Symphonic Female Fronted Metal)Eluveitie - Everything Remains as it Never Was (Melodic Death Metal)
    Elvenking - Red Silent Tides (Folk Metal) ...disappointment
    Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of - 25th Anniversary (Symphonic Power Metal / Etc.) ...disappointment
    Helloween - 7 Sinners (Power Metal) ...dissapointment
    HIM - Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (Gothic / Heavy Metal)
    Hoarfrost - Nattlig Självmord (Demo) (Ambient / Atmospheric Black Metal)
    Ill Niño - Dead New World (Metalcore with a spanish edge)
    Kamelot - Poetry for the Poisoned (Power Metal...?)
    Krokus - Hoodoo (Traditional Heavy Metal / Hard Rock)
    Lower Than Atlantis - Far Q (Melodic Hardcore)
    Mekanix - Rise of the Mekanix (Thrash Metal)
    Occultus - Inthial (Black Metal)
    PlayRadioPlay! - Besides, Nothing (B-Sides And Rarities, 2003-2009) (Electronic / Etc.)
    Rhapsody of Fire - The Cold Embrace of Fear
    The Roots - How I Got Over (Hip Hop / Rap ... why so many guest singers?) ... dissapointment
    Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Traditional Heavy Metal / Hard Rock) ...disappointment
    Senmuth - Deathknowledge & Lifeperception (Symphonic Ambient? lol)
    Sigh - Scenes From Hell (Experimental Black Metal)
    Various - Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings (Acoustic / Blackened Shoegaze) ... disappointment
    The Vision Bleak - Set Sail To Mystery (Gothic / Doom Metal) ...disappointment
    Tierra Santa - Caminos De Fuego (Straightforward/Traditional Spanish Power Metal)
    We Are the Ocean - Cutting Our Teeth (Screamo)


    6.0-4.0 (Decent)
    1349 - Demonoir (Some kinda demonic black metal)
    Alkaline Trio - This Addiction (Punk / Crap) ...disappointment
    Astral Doors - Requiem of Time (Heavy Metal) ...disappointment
    The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1 (Pop/Minimalist)
    Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky (Celtic / Folk)
    Blaze Bayley - Promise And Terror (Heavy / Power Metal)
    Everwhere - One by One... Dead (Thrash / Death Metal)
    EgoNoir - Reste (Depressive Black Metal)
    Daath - Daath (Technical Death Metal)
    Danger Angel (traditional hard rock)
    Dopefight - Buds (Take one guess as to the genre)
    Drunken Bastards - Horns of the Wasted (Thrash Metal)
    Folkodia - Battlecry
    Fyrnask - Fjorvar Ok Benjar (Ambient Black Metal .. unknown!)
    Greeley Estates - No Rain, No Rainbow (Hardcore)
    Ihsahn - After (Experimental Black Metal)
    Jimmy Eat World - Invented ...disappointment
    Lordi - Babez For Breakfast ... dissapointment
    Nàttsòl - Stemning (Black / Viking Metal)
    Orden Ogan - Easton Hope (Epic Melodic Power Metal)
    ReinXeed - Majestic (Power Speed Metal) ...disappointment
    Setherial - Ekpyrosis (Extreme Black metal or something)
    Slash - Slash (Hard Rock)
    Swashbuckle - Crime Always Pays… (Pirate Metal / Thrash)
    Tarja Turunen - ("Gothic" Metal) ...disappointment
    Tarot - Gravity Of Light (Heavy Metal) ...disappointment
    Therion - Sitra Ahra (Symphonic Gothic metal)
    Valkrja - Contamination (Kinda generic Black Metal)


    3.9-0.0 (Burn it to a CD to play Frisbee with)
    Apati - Morgondagen Inställd I Brist På Intresse (Black Rock?) ...dissapointment
    Bifrost - Heidenmetal (Folk / Black Metal)
    Black Autumn - (DSBM)
    Darkthrone - Circle the wagons (Death Metal)
    Dead Channel - Destroyer (hardcore, electronic sounds, and nu-metal?)
    DragonForce - Twilight Dementia (Live)
    The Decaying - Binary Assault (Experimental Industrial Metal)
    Exodus (Death?)
    Fear Factory - Mechanize (Very Emo / Mallcore)
    Immolation - Majesty And Decay (death metal)
    Ignite The Ibex - Ignite The Ibex (Fecal matter)
    Nachtmystium - Addicts Black Meddle Pt II (Disco indie pop generic mainstream garbage crap from a former raw brutal depressive black metal band) ...dissapointment
    Redrum - World De Termination(Thrash Metal)
    The Seed - From Nowhere to No One (Thrash Metal)
    Unholy Archangel - Obsessed By War
    Wolfsmond - III


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    "Top 10" Updates:
    March 17 - Almost time for someone to get kicked off the top 10! How exciting.
    March 20 - Rage + Troll kicked. Replaced with Alcest + Les Discrets. I knew they would make it into my list.
    March 27 - True kicked because I simply haven't listened, whereas other albums have been on constant repeat. Replaced with Sofa Surfers.
    April 24 - Sorry I've been pretty busy with school and whatnot, so I am not trying as many albums as I want to, and definitely am not even touching this journal even though I want to. Wilds Forlorn kicked for Mago de oz. Finally, cause i heard this album 2+ weeks ago.)
    June 16 - Tough choice, but had to make room for Lantlos. Sorry Kalmah.
    June 17 - Kicked 8,9,10... Mago De Oz, Counterparts, Six Magics, cause I'm realizing they don't quite match up to the others. Added The Breathing Process because I suddenly realized how revolutionary it sounds.
    July 10 - Not reviewing Senmuth albums anymore unless there's something phenomenal, as the rate of releases is overwhelming. If he takes his time to really flesh out his vision we get something amazing and unique like "Секененра" but most of his releases are good (7/10) at best.
    July 27 - The Breathing Process re-kicked (lol) for some new stuff that I have been very addicted to (Including kalmah which I previously kicked but now I love more, go figure). Tough choice but there's only 10 slots. Have a feeling I'll extend it to 15 or 20 by years end.
    Aug 31 - Alcest kicked for Angra.
    Oct 22 - Burzum and Analog Rebellion kicked because I simply haven't listened. I've been addicted to Arid and Rev. Renaissance.
    Oct 24 - Kalmah kicked for depreciation guild




    Most Looking Forward To (definite top 10 potential):

    June:
    ? - Shaman - Oracle
    29 - Alex Band - We've all been there (vocalist of The Calling)

    July:
    2 - Jorn - Dio
    31 (Japan) - Angra (Power Progressive Metal) - Aqua

    August:
    10 - Kelli Scarr - Piece (Listen here - click add to playlist under each song)
    24 - The Devil Wears Prada - Zombie EP

    Reinxeed, Tarja Turunen

    September:
    ? - Allen-Lande - The Showdown
    ? - Conspiracy - Irremediable
    ? - Corpus Christii - Luciferian Frequencies
    14 - Weezer - Hurley
    14 - Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
    24 - - Kiske/Somerville (Whole album of Michael Kiske + Amanda Somerville duets as on two songs in Indigo Dying, composed by Matt Sinner of Sinner and Primal Fear, and Magnus Karlsson best known for Allen-Lande. Epic written all over it!)
    28 - Jimmy Eat World - Invented
    30 - Disturbed - Asylum

    October:
    19 - Dexter Freebish - Shine on ... f*** yes this just made my day after a crappy day!
    22 - Heimataerde - Unwesen (Dark Electro)
    27 - Virgin Steele - The Black Light Bacchanalia
    31 - Helloween - 7 Sinners
    ? - Alcest - Le Secret re-record (done just waiting on the label)

    November:
    16: Bruce Springsteen - The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story
    Dark Moor – New album ‘Ancestral Romance
    Shaman – New album 'Origins'’

    December:
    ? - Virgin Black - Requiem - pianissimo

    Later 2010...hopefully:
    Aesma Daeva
    - Anderz Wrethov (Pop but amazing voice, sounds like Andre Matos somewhat)
    - Alchemist (Power Progressive Metal)
    - Albrah - Anjos Sem Asas (Power Prog Metal)
    - Alkemyst (Power Progressive Metal... not to be confused with Alchemist)
    - AnnaGrace (Ian Van Dahl) (Dance)
    Aquaria
    - Axenstar (Power Metal)
    - Borealis (Symphonic Power Metal)
    - Desire (Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal)
    - Dexter Freebish (Rock)
    Dimmu Borgir
    Dragonland - The Return
    - Far Beyond (Epic Black Metal)
    - Kamelot (Power Metal)
    - Kattah - Eyes Of Sand (Power Metal)
    Naildown
    - Necrophagist (Technical Death Metal)
    Parabelle
    - Rapture (Epic Atmospheric Doom Metal)
    - Savage Circus (Heavy Power Metal... Blind Guardian clone except better)
    - Serj Tankian - Music Without Borders (Alternative)
    - Shining (Epic Black Metal)
    Soulspell - The Labyrinth of Truths (Power Metal Opera including Edu Falashi among others)
    Symphony X
    - Summoning (Epic Black Metal)
    - To/Die/For (Gothic/Doom Metal)
    - Thriving Ivory (Pop Rock but so good at it and such unique vocalist)
    - Unisonic (Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and Kosta Zafiriou)
    - Wintersun (Melodic Speed/Black Metal)
    - Xerath (Symphonic Epic "Film Score" Metal)
    Xandria

    2011:
    Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason (Jan 2011)
    Moonsorrow (Feb 2011)...finaf***ingly
    Amesoeurs
    25.3.2011- Symfonia
    January 21, 2011 - Mr. Big - What If...
    Virus From Hell
    - Atoma (ex-Slumber) - Resonance (Epic Atmospheric Doom Metal)
  • My favorite albums of 2010 - Updated regularly with my thoughts/reviews!

    9 Feb 2010, 23:16

    New version without reviews. This is the one I will continue to update. - http://www.last.fm/user/hurricane_mario/journal/2010/09/01/3vx1pl_my_favorite_albums_of_2010._updated_91

    I am fairly open-minded (as you should be), so expect any genre in here, though metal is definitely my favorite. However, I usually won't bother to review non-metal releases unless it's one of the extremes - really good, or really bad and I feel like trashing it.

    Keep in mind, I am rating these albums as a whole, not judging it based on the quality of particular songs. For example, if there are no songs that stand out as good, but the album is a concept album that reveals to me the meaning of life through music, it would probably be #1. Production is a BIG part of my review process as well, it's 2010 so I want my albums to sound futuristic, refined and shiny!

    And please comment, either to debate my reviews or to recommend me albums I don't know about!

    * = These albums are on my blogspot... click the link in my profile if you want to hear them.



    - WALL OF TEXT WARNING - (for myraus)
    ... I'm going to make a new one with no reviews, since reviewing them has been not happening anyway the past 2 months.



    Recently added albums: I'm lazy and I'll move these later and/or need another listen to decide.

    Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast (Metalcore / Melodic Death Metal)
    Upon first listen, I think the songs towards the end of the album are the best. I've found this, on popular bands that get mainstream the bonus tracks are often best - Dragonforce, Five Finger Death Punch come to mind. I think it's cause they're like ok albums over so enough trying to make songs as marketable as possible, and play with our passion instead and have some fun. "Enter Dog Of Pavlov" is a great epic progressive sounding track, Sweet Demise is a softer somber song. The rest of the album tries so hard to make one hit single after another... failing mostly. I like their older albums better.

    Nils Patrik Johansson - A Night For Ronnie James Dio (Heavy / Power Metal)
    Have to throw a shoutout in here because here is another Dio-inspired vocalist who did a tribute album, in this case live. He is massively underrated and you have to listen to his stuff. Right now he is in Astral Doors and Lion's Share, and has been in many other albums such as Space Odyssey and even Mägo de Oz's "Belfast". I feel the track listing is better here than Jorn's album, IMO. Only a bootleg is out, but he says he recorded this and may release it officially, I hope and even pray he does, and soon, it just shows how amazing he is, and covering all these amazing songs... *hyperventilates*

    Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare (Progressive popcore)
    Make your fans wait 3 years after a great self titled then release this. Rehashed riffs and passages from other songs, lots of playing fast for the sake of playing fast, acoustic parts for the same reasons. But if you like the other albums you'll still like this. I mean it's solid just uninspired and unoriginal.

    VersaEmerge - Fixed at Zero (Female Fronted Alternative Rock)
    I randomly found this band on tumblr yesterday, and I am so glad I did. The closest comparison I can make is Paramore so if you like them (As most people on earth do..) you will love this. IMO this is even better, just a unique edge Paramore doesn't have. Top 10 maybe?? It was awesome nonetheless.

    Heaven Shall Burn - Invictus (Iconoclast III) (Melodic Death Metal / Hardcore)
    This is not poser heavy, this is real heavy. They continue to advance their interesting blend of genres.

    Darkthrone - Circle the wagons ()
    I know it's supposed to be "true" death metal or whatever but they never did anything for me. This album even less so. Besides Nanowar of Steel is the only true metal of steel.

    Deftones - Diamond Eyes ()
    I don't generally like mainstream music but they have this otherworldly sound. Beautiful yet brutally heavy and dark/atmospheric.


    (8/26 - Gee this journal is falling to shambles. Heres some more recent listens stuff I'll never get to categorizing or reviewing.):
    Drudkh - Handful of Stars
    Folkodia - Battlecry
    Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
    Angra - Aqua
    Blind Guardian - At The Edge of Time
    KHY - Volver a Creer
    Deftones - Diamond Eyes
    Darkthrone - Circle the Wagons
    Lissie - Catching a Tiger
    Heaven Shall Burn - Invictus (Iconoclast III)

    Want to try: Reinxeed

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    10.0-9.5 (Top 10)

    *1. Lantlôs - .neon (Depressive/Suicidal/Atmospheric/Shoegaze Black Metal)
    Yesterday I discovered this came out, and since I had listened to their album and demos before and liked them, I thought ok I should get it. But if someone had ran my face over with a steamroller I would not have been more surprised. This is a band who has matured so much over the past 5 years, from an almost blast-beat-fest on every song, to... this. Every song brings this wave of emotions, varying from anger to introspective to sad. The musical content varies along with it, there are moments of the fast aggressive black metal everyone loves, then there's passages with progressive-sounding beats and also minimalist parts. I don't know what more to say except it must be heard to be believed. New song of the year: "These Nights Were Ours."

    2. Alex Band - We've All Been There (Alternative Rock)
    The Calling fans have waited 5 years for this but the wait is over. Even if you are not a fan I'd say check this out as IMO it is better than The Calling's albums as a whole. The songs do all seem to blend together especially if you turn on 12 second crossface... referring to what I wrote at the top, I think an album should feel like one coherent vision rather than a collection of songs. The songs are all great, and I become a pubescent fangirl when I hear his voice, and I bet you will too. It is a grower album (the best kind) and getting better with each listen! As for the genre I'd have to say Alternative rock, but most songs are ballady and melodic, which I love, and clean vocals rather than the post-grunge vocals everyone in the US does nowadays (Like Godsmack and Nickelback and all that crap). Buy signed album (I did!)

    3. Kalmah - 12 Gauge (Melodic Death Metal)
    This band has always been one of my favorites since I first discovered the genre of melodic death metal. They seem to prove with this, their SIXTH album, that they can do no wrong. They just keep getting better. Unlike the new Dark Tranquillity which was a huge letdown for me. This band just has these epic melodic guitar riffs and epic solos and keyboard countermelodies and amazing death vocals. Let the face-melting commence.

    4. Pretty Maids - Pandemonium (Heavy / Power Metal)
    One of those albums where every song gets better all the way through to the end. Not sure what else to say, you have to experience it for yourself.

    *5. Burzum - Belus (Black Metal)
    This misanthropic Aryan guy is out of prison after 17 years. While on that note, read the story about why he was in there. It was just self defence from some psychopath. One of them was going to die that day whether they liked it or not. I'm sure we've all been trapped in a horrible situation like that... That is where his music comes from I believe.
    So, we have what I beleive a lot of feelings trapped up over the years he was in jail, culminating in this record. It is definitely a spiritual successor to his masterpiece "Filosofem" released in 1996, and is 100% metal because he was not allowed guitars in jail, so I'm sure he missed it. Even the long ambient peice, similar to "Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität" from "Filosofem" is completely electric guitar-driven. That song, "Belus' Tilbakekomst (Konklusjon)" actually reminds me a lot of "Coma" by Austere. Just this droning, repeated melody of a few notes but it really makes a solid song.
    This whole album is not only solid, but a fantastic trip through the intricacies of this man's mind and emotions. I'd say download it if you are a fan of any type of metal, and definitely a candidate for top album of the year. I'm on play 5 or 6 now and every song still feels fresh and amazes me every time. Surprisingly bright cover for a black metal album... makes me think he wants to start fresh, like the sunrise on a new day... Favorite is either track 3 or 6.

    6. Senmuth - Секененра (Sekenenra) (Symphonic Industrial Metal)
    This is an album of epic proportions. It just amazes me how one person can make such a full sound, like there's an entire band or even orchestra. And even more amazing is he made this album in about a month and a half!! This is much different from his first release this year "Chambers" (review elsewhere on this journal). It retains the Egyptian influences but does not utilize them quite so heavily. He still focuses on atmosphere but instead of ambiance, most of the album is Symphonic Industrial Metal (which I didn't realize existed...) then it all culminates in the 16 minute doom-metal-like "Хор Ка-Ем-Уасет". But the best song on it is "Секененра Taa II". This album will just keep slapping you in the face harder and surprising you. Download free off his site!!

    *7. Les Discrets - Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées (Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze)
    A very unique take on what is already a very unique genre. Blackened Shoegaze or Post-Black-Metal. They only have black parts when appropriate. No screams, but blast beats and depressive guitar parts only when they feel appropriate. The album starts out really mysterious, then very heavy and dark. After 20 minutes of amazingness, we get to the title track, which is something straight out of suicidal black metal's book. A crow cawing. A sad acoustic melody. It makes me feel like I'm laying face down in the middle of a forest, lost for a week, and the crow is just waiting for me to die so he can peck at me. It's such an amazing feeling that this song, and this while album gives. Finally, you have another heavy song, like a struggle. But then things start to look a lot brighter, a really light and content, almost cheery melody, like a new beginning after a time of terrible tribulation. I've been through feelings like that, so to relive it and know that I got through and I'm alive is just great. I can connect to it probably more than most people. If you don't like this album, I'd say its because you can't connect with the feelings it evokes.

    *8. Sofa Surfers - Blindside (Alternative Rock / Trip-Hop / Downtempo / Chillout / Experimental)
    After a long delay, the trip-hop gone chillout-rock quartet is back, as of yesterday. They keep their downtempo and relaxed rock style from the previous album, but sound like they are going back to their roots a little, on songs like "Hardwire" and "Heavy Water". Hardwire is a trip-hop song with that relaxed style of rapping that sets this band apart, and Heavy Water is a speedy instrumental rock song. Their lyrics are often unbelievably deep, which keeps you coming back for more, wondering what the true meanings are. My only complaint is the album is too short.
    Edit: Every time I listen I notice new things. I swear this entire track didn't exist the first 4 times I listened. Amazing.

    *9. Analog Rebellion - Ancient Electrons (Indie / Electronic / Pop / Rock)
    I can't express this album by ex-PlayRadioPlay! in words, but I'll try. This really proves the fact that without a record label choking an artist, creativity runs free and we get a masterful and unique album as a result. Each song gives off a different emotion, and the songs are all interconnected seamlessly, making it feel like a unified whole rather than just some songs. The best analogy I can give to how this makes me feel, is the 15 waking hours in a day. It never stops, but it changes. Unexpected things happen, say with the rain interlude in track 7, but then you pick yourself up, re-evaluate things, and move on to track 8. I'm on my second listen now, and I'm sure there will be many more to come. This is one of those albums where you just cannot listen to one song, or you will end up listening to the whole album. The production is just stupendous as well, it sounds... shiny. :D Make sure to check this out, and you owe it to yourself to get it in at least v0 quality. (Or better yet, buy the CD! Direct from his myspace)

    *10. Alcest - Écailles de Lune (Post-Black Metal / Shoegaze)
    In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger (Actually, Austrian Death Machine - Jingle Bells), "why write a new song review, when I can take whatever song review I want!!" ...Here's what others are saying about the album.
    WhatCat wrote: I...f*cking...came. Holy shit!
    BleedBeliever wrote: i`m wet.
    MishMog wrote: Etheral in the right meaning of the word, this is the stuff that dreams are woven by !
    ExistenceMagick wrote: This is the kind of music I literally feel like I couldn't live without. It spreads over your thoughts and memories, and makes everything beautiful.
    LZJH wrote: The last part of this song was surprisingly fitting to watching my dog eating fish skin.


    9.4-9.0 (Honorable Mentions)

    Alesana - The Emptiness (Post-Hardcore / Screamo)
    I am a sucker for concept albums, and this seems to take their already good post-hardcore/screamo sound and take it even further.

    Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings (Female Fronted Power Metal)
    This is worthy of a solid 9.0 but just doesnt quite match the bands in the top 10. This is an underground, unknown band, but it deserves to be as big as Nightwish. It is female-fronted epic symphonic power metal, and the vocalist sounds like Anette... except better. If this is what they can do with money they scraped together from under their couch, I'd love to hear what they could do with 1 million dollars, like nightwish's latest album! I found this only completely randomly, was browsing one of my good friend's last.fm page and thought the name sounded interesting. I'm so glad I did!

    The Breathing Process - Odyssey (un) Dead (Symphonic/Electronic Deathcore / Melodic Death Metal)
    I guess you can't judge a book by it's cover. This album cover is, ironically, an old and tattered book... but this is some really fresh and unique music. It's Melodic Death Metal primarily, but there's many other elements such as doom, electronic, symphonic, and the best part in my opinion is when the female vocalist jumps in for a duet. She has a beautiful voice and it's perfect to contrast the aggressive music going on behind her. Definitely a grower album because you've never heard anything like it. I didn't like it at first and with each time I listen I like it more.

    Counterparts - Prophets (Progressive Melodic Hardcore)
    Progressive Melodic Hardcore. Enough said. No wait. From the intro track I could tell this album would be great. And it is. In a sea of mediocrity (-Arch Enemy lyric) this band proves there is still lots of innovation to be made with hardcore. And it's not just generic heavy hardcore beat for 60 minutes with a guy screaming to cover up the fact that he's an emo... There's actual musical content here, guitar solos, changing tempos and riffs only when it feels appropriate, and even some acoustic interludes. Checked a few of their "similar" artists to be sure... they don't come close.

    Decrepitaph - Beyond The Cursed Tombs (Traditional Death Metal)
    Raw, traditional Death Metal in 2010? Lies. From TEXAS?? More lies!
    But it's not lies, and I am loving this sound. They don't try hard to sound like some other band, the compositions feel natural, and the sound is so heavy it actually does make me want to die ("DEATH metal"). A guitar solo that there is truly no hope of survival to be found in. Vocals from the pits of hell. This is truly how death metal should be (REAL death metal, not the watered down melodeath crap (which I do like, but there's really no skill involved in making it)). Download this right now. This truly is a unique sounding band, I listened to some similar artists to be sure.

    Rage - Strings To A Web (Power Metal)
    How can a nearly 30 year old band sound so full and epic? The 5 part "Empty Hollow" is just so amazing. As is the rest of the album. Every song has these hooks that literally grab you and force you to listen to the songs, and before you know it the album is over and you are sad. Thankfully god invented the repeat button.

    *Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels (Symphonic Power Metal)
    While I could argue that their songs sound rehashed from old riffs on old albums, and some of the song structures seem tired...
    And, I wish they had utilized the Narration more as they did in previous albums. Their albums are each supposed to tell a story - for example the last one was about a band of heros questing to find some ancient book in a cave on a mountain, then when they get it they find out its cursed and try to run out with it. More or less. - but this album just seems like a bunch of songs with similar themes...
    However, this is still a great album from the Epic Power Metal kings. However, it's the non-power metal songs that really shine through for me. "Crystal Moonlight," "Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio" (Dance of Fire and Ice), "Lost In Cold Dreams," "The Frozen Tears Of Angels." They all have a very fresh feeling and I've never heard anything like them from Rhapsody, or any band for that matter.
    The album is growing on me as a whole though, I'd say my favorite song is "Reign of Terror" where they dabble in melodic death metal, quite successfully I may add. You can tell by the length of this review they are one of my favorites, well for good reason.



    8.9-8.0 (Great)

    Black Sun Aeon - Routa (Doom Death Metal)
    Nice doom/death metal from Before the Dawn's vocalist. I need stuff like this to hold me over until new Rapture and Slumber releases come out... in about 40 years...

    Christopher Lee - Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (Epic Symphonic Film Score Metal)
    After hearing that the infamous Christopher Lee... who has done everything from being the original Dracula and Frankenstein in the 1950s, to Lord of the Rings in the 2000s, to singing in a Rhapsody song... was doing a Symphonic Metal Opera/Concept album, I could not believe it. I love concept albums, I love metal/rock operas (there are far too few of them in existence) and I love him (no homo). Even more amazing is the fact that he's like 80 years old, I think. The intro and first two acts were really slow, and barely symphonic or metal at all, and I was starting to think we might have another Saana (Timo Tolkki) on our hands. But I was so wrong. Track 3 ramps right up with a really epic Heavy Metal masterpiece, and it does not let up for the rest of the album. I will definitely have to check out his older two albums sometime, and I hope he releases another album like this in the very near future. I'm not sure if "Iberia" is a bonus track, or a hint at a second album because it ends with "They have betrayed us!". Charlemagne part 2??

    Damn - Forbidden Anger (Traditional/Experimental Death Metal)
    This was good enough to warrant my first update in 2 months. Been so busy. It's traditional raw sounding death metal, but they try so many unique and new things I've never heard I had to call it experimental. Perhaps lacking a bit in focus/direction, but that was just based on one listen through. If you want to hear something truly fresh, give this a listen.

    Dolarhyde - Dolarhyde (Punk)
    It's cool to know someone's keeping that classic care-free punk sound alive. For fans of old blink-182. Almost a dead rip-off of their sound but just the fact it's done so well, and that it's 2010 and this music sounds straight out of 1993. Only complaint is perhaps some songs sound a little too similar. Recommended even if you don't think you're a fan of the genre, it's just fun and great music.

    Jorn - Dio (Heavy / Power Metal)
    A tribute album recorded in less than a month... with that in mind it's really great and a must-listen if you are a fan of either Jorn or Dio. I just wish it had some more non-Dio songs (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, etc.) but I can't argue with the almighty Jorn's song choices... Dio was his main influence to become a singer and sing in this style.

    *Mägo de Oz - Gaia III: Atlantia (Folk Power Metal / Folk Rock)
    While not quite up to par with their epic masterpiece "Gaia II: La Voz Dormida" this is an amazing album. This album quite simply has everything, while still feeling like a unified album. There are somber and slow parts, there are epic power metal songs with flutes in the background, synthesizer solos, there are Folk Rock songs. The song that particularly stood out for me though was "El Violín Del Diablo" featuring Patricia Tapia (ex-Nexx, KHY) on vocals. It's a haunting song, much different from their usual happy partying and dancing style.

    Red Sparowes - The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer (Instrumental / Post-Rock)
    I found this band through seeing their epically long song titles on someone's page. Sadly, the longest song title on this album is 5 words. However, the band retains their completely solid and unique post-rock instrumental sound. I have a feeling this will be moving up my charts. It's just so easy to listen to and relaxing and engaging.

    Royal Hunt - X (Progressive Power Metal)
    Mark Boals surprises me yet again. Towards the beginning of the album he uses growling low vocals rather than the constant high screaming we're used to, and it sounds great. ... need to give this album some more time though.

    Senmuth - Chambers (Ambient / Atmospheric) ... Ankhiteru is similar
    The number of albums this guy puts out is just retarded. He will probably end up being in this journal about 10 times. But somehow they are consistantly solid. And all free off his website!! Not sure how he makes a living, maybe he has another band. Well, the concept of this album just intrigued me so I had to try it. It's like you are going deeper and deeper into chambers of an egyptian pyramid and getting completetly lost and seeing all these old carvings on the wall. The imagery I'm getting is just amazing. It's traditional egyptian type music but it focuses so much on creating atmosphere and ambiance and it does a great job of it.

    Story of the Year - The Constant (Emo)
    Really great album from one of my favorite artists in this genre. Not sure what more to say.

    Six Magics - Behind The Sorrow (Power Metal)
    This is one of the best Power Metal albums I've heard in years. These guys have it down to a science, and they have their PhDs. It's primarily a female fronted album but there are lots of duets with a male vocalist. It is melodic, epic, atmospheric, sometimes heavy and even political (halfway through track 1). Favorite on first listen is either track 1 or track 10, which is the last track and a really great conclusion to a great album.

    The Sun Came Up Upon The Left - And The Dreams So Rich In Color (Atmospheric/Drone/Depressive Black Metal)
    Unknown band in the truest sense of the term. But by being so unknown they try out some of the most unique ideas I've heard in any genre. Mostly it is just drone/ambient black metal, really raw, and actually rather disturbing emotionally. But then riffs and melodies emerge out of the noise, and you are just sucked further into their musical landscape as the album progresses. You must try it if you like these genres.

    Troll - Neo-Satanic Supremacy (Epic Black Metal)
    I found this album was really hard to get into... at my first skim through I hated every song. It is just so evil-sounding, foreboding, and intimidating. But by the third listen, the album has definitely creeped into my soul. This is definitely an Epic Black Metal album similar to Lunar Aurora, Dimmu Borgir, take your pick. "Burn the Witch" could very well be song of 2010. I feel the best albums, in fact, are hard to get into and really "feel" at first listen. A grower album, so to speak. You need to listen to this right now. And if you hate it, just put it on repeat until it's punched you in the face enough times that you love it. It certainly did for me.

    True - Still Life (Spanish-themed Death Metal)
    I could tell from the intro this album was going to be different. It's death metal, but there was a melodic acoustic intro more like you'd hear in power metal. Then the first track started up, and it went into a real heavy death part almost like grindcore. Just when I was about to give up and go to the next track, this acoustic flamenco-sounding guitar came in and brought a smile to my face. This genre definitely needs originality and I've found some here. Also, neat album cover...

    Vincent Diamante - Flower: Original Soundtrack From The Video Game (Atmospheric / Ambient)
    This game came out 1-2 years ago but just was released recently. If you are a fan of Ambient stuff you will cream yourself when you hear this. And buy the game if you have a PS3, it is a real journey and so is the soundtrack. Basically you are a gust of wind blowing through the landscapes and bringing life back to a dying world. If this sounds cool to you or even if not, check it out.

    *Wilds Forlorn - The Great Loss (Atmospheric Black Metal / Neoclassical)
    Angry and intense, yet with almost post-rock sounding guitars at times and a lot of melodic piano parts. One track is completely acoustic, in fact. It is so intense and epic that I could not believe when I saw it was just one guy. The drums are clearly from a machine but you'll forget about that quickly as it is the masterpieces of composition that draws you in. This album will slap you in the face then give you a bottle of milk. Then knock it out of your hand and make you cry.
    Here we have a band that is so unknown that they have not been added to metal-archives yet (Actually, due to metal-archive's stupid rule that you need a physical CD, it cannot be added). Not a band, rather a solo project. He does not deserve this unknown status, in fact with this album he has proven he can play with the big names of black metal, such as Lunar Aurora, Shining, Dimmu Borgir, just to name a few off the top of my head. It's wrong of me to compare this to anyone, because here we have a very unique black metal album.

    Wurm - Insomnies (Atmospheric Depressive Black Metal)
    I have only heard one song but I know I will love the rest. Track 1 was over 22 minutes long. It set the mood with heavy rain coming down outside an open window, with a guy playing a depressive piano riff. Then the mood was set, so they hit you with the classic heavy depressive black metal sound with blast beats. You can tell I've reviewed one too many albums tonight lol but I have to say this sounds like a great album for fans of the genre.



    7.9-7.0 (Very good)

    Angels & Airwaves - Love (Emo / Post-Punk)
    It's more of the same as previous albums (in fact, "Shove" has the same exact melody as "Everything's Magic"), but it's just such a great sound/atmosphere. Some of the themes are VERY emo though. And they are actually serious about it unlike someone like Hawthorne Heights who cannot possibly be serious. On first listen, "Epic Holiday" is my favorite. Some complete throwaway songs "Clever Love" for example, and the overly long intros/outros of each song bring it down. Anyway, the album costs whatever value you think it's worth, from free to 1 billion dollars. Download!

    Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony + Angel of Babylon (Symphonic Power Metal Opera)
    The Wicked Symphony sounds the most like "The Metal Opera Part III" that I've heard from Tobias Sammet since 2004's Edguy's "Hellfire Club." Tracks 2 and 3 are epically amazing, so you need to get it at the very least for those.
    Angel of Babylon definitely shows his experimental side... while it is good, it is nowhere near many of his other albums, including TWS.
    A great collection featuring some of my favorite musicians, HOWEVER I am just realizing I am grading albums here, not songs. The new avantasia albums are a bunch of songs with random themes, with a random guest singer owning each track. The genres vary a lot as well and there is no coherent sound throughout either album.

    Bitter Frost - (Melodic / Neo-classical / Blackened Power Metal)
    When I got this it was a name-your-price download from their site, but a bonus tracks edition was available for 5 dollars minimum. A pricing scheme I really appreciated. As I had no job I took the free option. Now I see there's only a 3 dollar minimum option, lame... Anyway, this is a highly recommended album simply because it is so unique. It's worth 3 dollars, probably more. Basically really solid Black Metal with every other genre of metal blended seamlessly into it. You'll hear folk melodies, power metal riffs, clean vocals, dirty vocals, screams. It's just all great and executed so well.

    Coheed and Cambria - Year Of The Black Rainbow (Progressive Rock / Metal)
    They are not my favorite but this is a really cool and atmospheric type album. May have to try some more older albums eventually.

    Crematory - Infinity (Melodic Death Doom Metal)
    Never listened to them before but they have a decidedly epic sound. They call themselves Gothic Rock/Metal on their myspace, but this sounds more like Melodic Death/Doom, which I love.

    *Deep - In Silence Somber Solace (Groove / Black Metal)
    A very interesting Groove Metal/Black Metal hybrid with raw guitars yet great melodies throughout. COMPLETELY unknown band (it is not one of the 7 listed on the last.fm Deep page), so give them a listen!

    Freedom Call - Legend of the Shadowking (Power Metal)
    Love them, but I have to be honest, this is their worst album to date, with only 2 or 3 standout tracks. However, it's been growing on me as I listen more.

    Myrath - Desert Call (Indian-themed Heavy Metal)
    Deserves brownie points for sheer originality. The indian music + metal combination has been done before (See: Xandria - India) but this is it's own sound. Hampered by a few weak songs though, primarily at the beginning of the album.

    Negură Bunget - Maiestrit (Progressive Black Metal)
    I really enjoyed this album. It seems they are moving more back towards their roots, which I really like. Nice raw atmospheric progressive black metal album. I forgot to review this as I was listening but I'm sure I'll listen again and write a better review here. Probably. (Actually this is a remake of a 2000 album... have to knock it down the chart for that, it doesnt even sound that much different!)

    Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR (Middle-Eastern-themed Progressive Folk Metal)
    First of all, strange title. I really liked their previous album, but could never really get into it. This one is kind of proving to the the same. I applaud them for something so unique, and it definitely has it's great moments, but for now it's going in the "good" category. Perhaps it will grow on me.

    Ozzy Osbourne - Scream (Heavy / Doom / Alternative Metal)
    In short if you liked the previous album you will love this. It's more doom-like but as you can tell by track 2 it is still trying to be overall as commercial as possible. Despite this I really enjoyed the whole album. "I love you all", at just 1 minute is the stand-out for me. Rather than try to describe it I'll let you listen. He is just being humble but it makes a really great song and I wish it was longer. Also "Soul Sucker." Some don't like his processed vocals (he needs it because he's too old to sing right, I guess) but I think they sound cool and appropriate for the type of music.

    Sinbreed - When Worlds Collide (Melodic / Heavy / Power Metal)
    Seems like a solid album in this genre.

    Темнозорь - Haunted Dreamscapes (Pagan / Folk Metal)
    This is a band that is definitely not in it for the money and is not afraid to make something new and unique. I definitely appreciate that. It is folk-black metal but what makes it so unique is the instrument they use, it's some pagan type pipe instrument and it's just enough off tune to make you tilt your head.

    Xasthur - Portal of Sorrow (Raw Ambient/Depressive Black Metal)
    Seems like he's going back to his old, raw, sloppy sound. A tad too sloppy. But it's annoying that all my favorite bands always break up! This is his last album with this band name.



    6.9-6.0 (Good)

    Dark Tranquillity - We Are The Void (Melodic Death Metal)
    I like it, but it doesn't feel fresh and original like their previous album.

    December Peals - People Have Demons (Hard Rock)
    Yeah it says punk on here, but it's a pretty heavy hard rock album. I really like the uniqueness of the singer as well. And great album name, artist name, and album cover.

    Derdian - New Era, Pt. 3: The Apocalypse (Power Metal)
    It's actually underneath my expectations but it's more of the same as their other albums and they have a really solid and unique sound.

    Dream Evil - In the Night (Power Metal)
    I have loved these guys since I heard 2004's masterpiece "The Book of Heavy Metal". Any album that starts with a screamed "METALLLLLLLLLLLL" has to be amazing. But the quality of their releases has been decreasing since then. However, you are quite simply not going to get better Cheese Metal (short for Cheesy Power Metal) than this. The singer sounds a lot more like Primal Fear's vocalist, which is definitely a good thing. The screams in "Bang Your Head" are simply amazing. "The Ballad" is actually quite possibly the most solid song on the album. It's a ballad about drinking beer and wine. Overall, the album sounds a bit stale, but it's still a solid release.

    Edenbridge - Solitaire (Symphonic Female Fronted Metal)
    Not my favorite type of music but when it's done well I like it. So this I like. I guess I did too many reviews today cause I can't think of whatt else to say.

    Eluveitie - Everything Remains as it Never Was (Melodic Death Metal)
    After hearing the intro and the first track of this album I had pretty high hopes. It is melodic death metal with these folk instrument melodies in the background. But as the album went on it was just more of the same over and over. I was gonna see this band at paganfest a couple years ago but they couldn't get into canada for some reason. Maybe I'd like them more if I had but this is just a decent-good album. I definitely like it, but too much repetition and not enough originality.

    Helloween - Unarmed - Best Of - 25th Anniversary (Symphonic Power Metal / Etc.)
    This released in December 24, 2009, but the US release date was March 30th, 2010, so why not...
    This album is creating a lot of controversy. Metal purists are crying like a baby, whereas people with an open mind are defending the band for trying something new. I was really upset at first because 1- This is NOT EVEN CLOSE to what I would call a "best of" for the band. These are my ideas for a true Helloween best of (Scroll down). 2- Why would a band that made one of the most epic true power metal albums of 2007 purposely mutilate their own songs into different genres? But after a few listens, I can confirm this is a solid album. I am open minded, so I like that they tried something different. I'm still rating it objectively, though. This is a weak collection of songs for a "best of" and the reworked versions are for the most part fairly weak. The exception would be "The Keeper´s Trilogy" (Halloween, Keeper of The Seven Keys & King Of 1000 Years) and the really nice female duet "Eagle Fly Free."

    HIM - Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (Gothic / Heavy Metal)
    I like it, but the songs tend to bleed together as they all sound similar.

    Krokus - Hoodoo (Traditional Heavy Metal / Hard Rock)
    Still keeping that early 80s metal sound I love alive... that being said, its the same thing we heard from 100s of bands during that time period, and continue to hear from bands like Saxon and AC/DC as well. Everything has been done already in this genre/style.

    PlayRadioPlay! - Besides, Nothing (B-Sides And Rarities, 2003-2009) (Electronic / Etc.)
    Nowhere near as good as his full length (Analog Rebellion - Ancient Electrons), but that's to be expected because this is just a collection of songs that didn't make albums so he just had them lying around, and decided to master and release them. And they do sound great quality wise... but they're mostly weak songs musically.
    HOWEVER, there are some really spectacular tracks interspersed with piles of dump. I highly recommend...
    Ambient/Soft/Introspective: "We've Been Searching The Sky For Answers (Original Version)",
    Electronic/Dance: "I'm Guessing There's A Pill For That" "The Great Baltimore Fire Of 1904 (Re-Done Version)"
    Hard/Alternative Rock: Last three songs on disk 2. I want a whole album with songs like these three!!!

    Scorpions - Sting In The Tail (Traditional Heavy Metal / Hard Rock)
    The fact that it's their last album ever makes me sad. but from the sounds of it they were starting a downward descent anyway. Whereas their last album Humanity was a melodic heavy metal concept album, here they have gone back to the 80s traditional metal/hard rock style. Which I normally love, but here' it comes off a bit generic and cheesy. Nearly half the songs in the album have "Rock" in the title. Ok, we get it you can rock. Get over yourself and give me a real song. Every song has a nearly identical hard rock beat, there is a lack of melody, but the solos are really nice. Still, they wanted to end on a high note, and it could be argued they did that. They still have a very unique sound especially the singer, and they will be missed.

    Senmuth - Deathknowledge & Lifeperception (Symphonic Ambient? lol)
    Quite literally 19 days after the release of his previous album, Секененра, we have a much more chill album, it is mostly ambient stuff, still with the trumpet/orchestration though. I have to say a respectful, tone it down a notch with the releases. Take a week off, or something, you'll burn out. That's kind of what's happening here. Solid, but a tad boring. But, I'm sure we'll have at least 10 more releases before 2010 is done.

    Sigh - Scenes From Hell (Experimental Black Metal)
    I like that they are trying to expand the genre of black metal, but most of the time it comes off cheesy, like trumpets... why?

    The Vision Bleak - Set Sail To Mystery (Gothic / Doom Metal)
    This is a gothic/doom metal band with horror themes. I am kind of let down by this album. It's not bad, just mostly boring. I have always loved their older stuff more like "Night of the Living Dead" and they are obviously continuing to trend away from it. :(

    We Are the Ocean - Cutting Our Teeth
    Kind of generic post-hardcore Killswitch Engage type stuff, but I rarely listen to this type of thing so I'm really enjoying it. Really nice driving beat and cool melodies, that's all you need.



    6.0-4.0 (Decent)

    Alkaline Trio - This Addiction (Punk / Crap)
    After hearing the great punk title track/single, I was really excited for this album. It turned out to be a boring letdown, with the exception of the title track and "Eating Me Alive".

    Astral Doors - Requiem of Time (Heavy Metal)
    I really loved this band's last album. This one however sounds tired. Really cheesy song titles like "Metal DJ" but nothing engaging to back it up. Nils Patrik Johanssen's voice is really the only reason to listen to this. However, I wish he used the perfect clean voice more and not the growling "I'm so metal" barking dog voice.

    Blaze Bayley - Promise And Terror (Heavy / Power Metal)
    Music is pretty good but very generic, and I just don't understand how people think he is anything better than a decent vocalist.

    Greeley Estates - No Rain, No Rainbow (Hardcore)
    Nice heavy sound, nice title, but where's the originality here? (Hint - It isn't here, lol)

    Hoarfrost - Nattlig Självmord (Demo) (Ambient / Atmospheric Black Metal)
    A poor attempt, at best, at the ambient/atmospheric black metal genre. HOWEVER, they have some really unique ideas here, such as clean female vocals (in black metal? Almost unheard of), and I am really digging their uber-raw yet very listenable production.

    Ihsahn - After (Experimental Black Metal)
    Another band that feels the need to add weird avant garde and experimental elements not because it adds to their music, but simply because they can. I think the one song had like a 5 minute improvised saxophone solo, lol. It's pretty good music, but weird stuff like that... just like, why?

    Nàttsòl - Stemning (Black / Viking Metal)
    Seems solid, but the whole album has the same tempo and same beat and the album feels like a lack of effort overall. They have potential but i'd like to hear something with more feeling.

    Orden Ogan - Easton Hope (Epic Melodic Power Metal)
    Nothing new here, but it's a very solid power metal album and worth checking out for fans of the genre. Nice riffs and the choruses have er... choruses (many vocalists), which is pretty cool. Favorite is probably "All These Dark Years".

    Setherial - Ekpyrosis (Extreme Black metal or something)
    Wasn't listening too close, but it sounded pretty good. I'm keeping it but I doubt I'll ever listen again. Solid stuff but nothing mindblowing.

    Slash - Slash (Hard Rock)
    "Hey, lets get all the mainstream singers together and I'll play generic riffs with generic song structures along with them" - Slash. Why this is self titled I have no idea because the only reason to listen to this is if you like a specific few singers, and Slash's guitar is just an accompaniment. There is Ozzy Osbourne (track 2), The Cult's singer (1), Wolfmother's singer (6), Chris Cornell (5)... the rest are throwaways for me because I don't know the singers much.

    Tarot - Gravity Of Light (Heavy Metal)
    A solid heavy metal album, but nothing more. There is nothing special or new here, and it just sounds like a bunch of songs rather than an album. It can't live up to the previous release, "Crows fly black" and certainly not to Nightwish's Dark Passion Play.



    3.9-0.0 (Burn it to a CD, then burn the CD... throw it into a fire)

    Apati - Morgondagen Inställd I Brist På Intresse (Black Rock?)
    Another dissapointment. Their previous album was an intense depressive black metal album with some rock elements, but here seems like an attempt at blending doom, indie, who knows what else, there's almost no metal to be found here. Not that that's a bad thing (take Alcest's Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde as an example) I appreciate what they tried to do with this album but i wish this album had sounded a bit more like Souvenirs...

    Bifrost - Heidenmetal (Folk / Black Metal)
    Very generic folk/black metal. The playing is good, but the songs sound tired and boring and have been done many times before by better bands. I'm probably deleting it because there's nothing special here.

    Black Autumn - (DSBM)
    Decent but ultimately underwhelming go at the DSBM genre. Kind of boring, not really grabbing my interest. Maybe you'll like it though?

    Dead Channel - Destroyer
    They are a completely unknown band (703 plays on here), and for once I'd say for good reason. They just sound like they are trying sooo hard to combine hardcore, electronic sounds, and nu-metal... and it just doesn't work. I think this combination had a lot of potential, but it just wasn't pulled off well. But if the combination sounds appealing to you, definitely check them out.

    The Decaying - Binary Assault
    I got this because I was wondering what "Experimental Industrial Metal" was. Now I know, and I don't like it. If you might be interested, definitely check them out because no legitimate band deserves as few listeners as 18!

    Fear Factory - Mechanize
    I could never get into their other albums, and this is no different. They just sound like they are trying way too hard rather than letting music flow naturally. Song structures make no sense, the singer is screaming like LISTEN TO HOW HARDCORE I AMMMM IM SCREAMING TO COVER UP THE FACT I CUT MY WRISTS TO FALL ASLEEEPPPPPPPP. The exception being "Final Exit". While I don't think it's phenomenal, it does have some musical content. But then they ruin it again because they're like OHAI we have an ambient side too, so listen to our 5 minute garbage outro annoyingly appended to the track rather than in a new song called "Outro".

    Immolation - Majesty And Decay
    I'm starting to wonder where and why I downloaded all this crap. I must have been drunk. If you want generic boring death metal, look no further.

    Ignite The Ibex - Ignite The Ibex
    MarchIntoTheSea wrote:
    last month
    So far, no good. These guys aren't bad but SOOOOOO generic. Nothing new to bring to the table whatsoever.
    ---- Can't say it better myself. But if that sounds appealing to you, check them out, they need more listeners.

    Nachtmystium - Addicts Black Meddle Pt II (Disco indie pop generic mainstream garbage crap from a former raw brutal depressive black metal band)
    Destined to be my biggest disappointment of the year. I could not finish track 4. Their first demo, in 2000 on tape and mono-only sound, is the rawest and most brutal black metal I ever heard with screams that will pierce your skull. Apparently living in the USA was too much for them to handle... but even their previous album in 2008 was really black and grim, despite clearly moving in a new direction. But now their music has completely degenerated into indie pop garbage. That's what the mindless idiots here love, that's what they want, that's what's on the radio all the time on every station and playing in every small venue nationwide. Some douchebag picks up a guitar, plays a couple notes, sings some retarded lyric over 2 notes and people eat him out. Just no, ok. Just no. Maybe I'll give it a second chance when i feel like being a fa*got.

    The Seed - From Nowhere to No One (Thrash Metal)
    Again, generic. Probably deleting because there's nothing special.

    Unholy Archangel - Obsessed By War
    With a band name so awesome, I expected something amazing... I could not have been more wrong. After a fake sounding MIDI flute intro, you are treated to a guitar riff so raw it's hard to distinguish that it is a riff and not just someone sharpening a pencil or something. Then the drums come in, and they are so sloppy, changing tempos constantly, followed by what sounds like a cross between grindcore vocals and a bear attacking a moose. I'd only say check this out if you are on some kind of shrooms and desire a really bad trip.

    Wolfsmond - III
    Very generic Black Metal. Quickly going through, really don't hear anything worthwhile here. They do have a Burzum cover from 2005 which sounds pretty good, however. So they play well, but they should stay away from composing.
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    "Top 10" Updates:
    March 17 - Almost time for someone to get kicked off the top 10! How exciting.
    March 20 - Rage + Troll kicked. Replaced with Alcest + Les Discrets. I knew they would make it into my list.
    March 27 - True kicked because I simply haven't listened, whereas other albums have been on constant repeat. Replaced with Sofa Surfers.
    April 24 - Sorry I've been pretty busy with school and whatnot, so I am not trying as many albums as I want to, and definitely am not even touching this journal even though I want to. Wilds Forlorn kicked for Mago de oz. Finally, cause i heard this album 2+ weeks ago.)
    June 16 - Tough choice, but had to make room for Lantlos. Sorry Kalmah.
    June 17 - Kicked 8,9,10... Mago De Oz, Counterparts, Six Magics, cause I'm realizing they don't quite match up to the others. Added The Breathing Process because I suddenly realized how revolutionary it sounds.
    July 10 - Not reviewing Senmuth albums anymore unless there's something phenomenal, as the rate of releases is overwhelming. If he takes his time to really flesh out his vision we get something amazing and unique like "Секененра" but most of his releases are good (7/10) at best.
    July 27 - The Breathing Process re-kicked (lol) for some new stuff that I have been very addicted to (Including kalmah which I previously kicked but now I love more, go figure). Tough choice but there's only 10 slots. Have a feeling I'll extend it to 15 or 20 by years end.



    Most Looking Forward To (definite top 10 potential):

    June:
    ? - Shaman - Oracle
    29 - Alex Band - We've all been there (vocalist of The Calling)

    July:
    2 - Jorn - Dio
    31 (Japan) - Angra (Power Progressive Metal) - Aqua

    August:
    10 - Kelli Scarr - Piece (Listen here - click add to playlist under each song)
    24 - The Devil Wears Prada - Zombie EP

    September:
    ? - Allen-Lande - The Showdown
    ? - Conspiracy - Irremediable
    ? - Corpus Christii - Luciferian Frequencies
    ? - Virgin Steele
    14 - Weezer - Hurley
    20 - Dragonland - The Return
    28 - Jimmy Eat World - Invented
    30 - Disturbed - Asylum

    October:

    November:
    16: Bruce Springsteen - The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

    December:
    ? - Virgin Black - Requiem - pianissimo

    Later 2010...hopefully:
    - Anderz Wrethov (Pop but amazing voice, sounds like Andre Matos somewhat)
    - Alchemist (Power Progressive Metal)
    - Albrah - Anjos Sem Asas (Power Prog Metal)
    - Alkemyst (Power Progressive Metal... not to be confused with Alchemist)
    - AnnaGrace (Ian Van Dahl) (Dance)
    - Axenstar (Power Metal)
    - Borealis (Symphonic Power Metal)
    - Desire (Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal)
    - Dexter Freebish (Rock)
    - Far Beyond (Epic Black Metal)
    - Kiske/Somerville (Whole album of Michael Kiske + Amanda Somerville duets as on two songs in Indigo Dying, composed by Matt Sinner of Sinner and Primal Fear, and Magnus Karlsson best known for Allen-Lande. Epic written all over it! Now just write a release date all over it please!!)
    - Kamelot (Power Metal)
    - Kattah - Eyes Of Sand (Power Metal)
    - Necrophagist (Technical Death Metal)
    - Rapture (Epic Atmospheric Doom Metal)
    - Savage Circus (Heavy Power Metal... Blind Guardian clone except better)
    - Serj Tankian - Music Without Borders (Alternative)
    - Shining (Epic Black Metal)
    - Slumber (Epic Atmospheric Doom Metal)
    Soulspell - The Labyrinth of Truths (Power Metal Opera including Edu Falashi among others)
    - Summoning (Epic Black Metal)
    - To/Die/For (Gothic/Doom Metal)
    - Thriving Ivory (Pop Rock but so good at it and such unique vocalist)
    - Unisonic (Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and Kosta Zafiriou)
    - Wintersun (Melodic Speed/Black Metal)
    - Xerath (Symphonic Epic "Film Score" Metal)
  • What would your Helloween "Best of" album be?

    21 Ene 2010, 3:23

    We all know the official Helloween best of album was nowhere near what it could/should have been (read my review here) so if you were to compile an album for the band to rerecord (or preferably not rerecord :P) What would it be?

    (I threw this chronological track list together in like 20 minutes and I have not listened to them in quite some time, so I have two or three choices per album. I'd likely cut it down to 1 or 0 per album if I wanted to spend the time.)

    1. Oernst Of Life (Death Metal - 1984)
    2. Guardians or Cry For Freedom (Walls of Jericho - 1986)
    3. I'm Alive or Twilight of the Gods(Keeper pt. 1 - 1987)
    4. Eagle Fly Free or Rise and Fall, or I want out (Keeper pt. 2 - 1988)
    5. Kids Of The Century or Heavy Metal Hamsters (Pink Bubbles - 1991)
    6. First Time or Giants (Chameleon - 1993)
    7. Where the Rain Grows or Take Me Home (Master of the Rings - 1994)
    8. We Burn or Wake up the Mountain (The Time of the Oath - 1996)
    9. Push or I Can, or Revelation (Better than Raw - 1998)
    10. Mr Torture or The Departed, or The Dark Ride (The Dark Ride - 2000)
    11. Open your Life or Sun 4 the world (Rabbit - 2003)
    12. Silent Rain or Light the Universe (Keeper Legacy - 2005)
    13. The Saints or As Long as I Fall (Gambling - 2007)

    Please feel free to debate these and give your own opinions on what a best of should be! Or, leave without a comment and let this journal fall into internet purgatory. Your choice. :P
  • 1988 - The Year of the Dragon

    28 Jul 2009, 6:16

    stolen from someone

    Dragon people are balls of fire! They are full of vitality and love of life. Always on the run, they drag their faithful band of admirers behind them. Dragons are egotistical, eccentric, demanding, and giving.

    They are proud, direct, and loaded with high ideals which they always try to live up to. Having a zeal for life, they want to live it on a grand scale. They have the potential for accomplishing many great things as long as they don't get too far ahead of themselves. When dragons do something, good or bad, you can be certain their deeds do not go unnoticed! Dragons are always making the news.

    It is next to impossible to win an argument with Dragon people.They intimidate anyone who challenges them. Once you arouse their anger, they keep after you for a very long time. Dragons are extremely loyal to friends and family. When really needed they always come to the rescue. They are the first ones to say "I told you so". In spite of being overly emotional, a Dragon is not sentimental or even romantic. They will just take it for granted that everyone loves them. Although they are stubborn and irrational, they are not petty or begrudging with their favors. It is hard for them to hide their feelings. They don't even try.

    Not being secretive themselves, they can't be expected to keep a confidence for long; but Dragons speak from the heart and are always sincere. Their manners may seem brusque and too direct, but they merely want to get things moving. Being creatures of action, they motivate others, too. They often get into rushes and fail to see the flaws in a situation.Instead of diving in, Dragons need to learn to check things out better. Dragons need purpose in their lives, causes to fight for, and goals to reach. An uninvolved Dragon is a sad sight indeed.

    Dragons consider themselves very strong. They will often bite off more than they can chew. When this happens, they are too proud to ask for help and exhaust themselves. Dragons can do many things well. They may be artists, politicians, doctors, or ministers. When Dragons choose the right profession, they will be successful and devoted. They just can't help winning!

    In romance, Dragons are seldom the losers and are usually the ones breaking hearts. Dragons don't marry too young, and many are content and happier living alone. Dragons will always have more than their share of friends and admirers to keep them company. Dragons are really softies and fall apart if they lose their supporters. They dazzle as long as there is someone who believes in them.
  • Summer Slaughter 3 - Northern Lights, Clifton park, ny

    18 Jul 2009, 4:22

    Fri 17 Jul – Summer Slaughter 3

    First off, to all those hardcore dancing twats, you can do that all you like but dont punch, kick, attack, and jump on top of people. Ever heard of a "mosh pit"? Try it sometime. Douchebags.

    Anyway.. (in reverse order)

    Necrophagist- amazing

    Ensiferum - amazing

    Darkest Hour - good

    Winds Of Plague - WINDS OF FVCKIN PLAGUE! amazing. Oh and i want to find the douche that threw water at the keyboardist and punch him/her in the face. Who does that?

    Dying Fetus - NO SHOW! :(

    Born of Osiris - pretty bad. they try too hard instead of letting it come naturally. The studio albums sound much better.

    Origin - the four musicians all looked amazingly talented, but the collective music they made was generic and boring

    Beneath the Massacre - pretty awesome

    After the Burial - Amazing, i need to listen to them like 24/7 now.

    Decrepit Birth - good

    Blackguard - friggin amazing

    Plague Upon Thee - Really good, i didnt see where the cd's were

    Scarver Protocol - good
  • Sun 12 Oct – Joe Satriani, Mountain

    13 Oct 2008, 3:04

    Sun 12 Oct – Joe Satriani, Mountain

    Mountain was great, reminded me of old Black Sabbath, except more experimental. That song about the whales (forget name) was soooooooo epic.

    Making this short because I'm feeling lazy. Joe Satriani is officially the best guitarist ever. Both composition wise and playing wise. You just have to see it to believe it. It seems so simple when you just listen to an album but to see him doing that insane stuff with the guitar (including playing with his teeth), is just, wow. He Played "Flying in a Blue Dream" and "Revelation" like i wanted, and like 20 other songs. Then ended it off with a 20 minute improv jam with Leslie West from Mountain, who was Satriani's original inspiration.

    The blues song in combination with Joe's baldness reminded me of "Find My Baby" by Moby so now I am listening to Play :D

    I had to do everything to stop myself from bawling during Revelation because it's just so beautiful. I am now convinced that it is the most perfect song of all time. Plus he added a nice new solo towards the end and an actual ending rather than a fade-out.

    I get so pumped after concerts. Since I live on campus and i rode my bike, i rode it back full speed on the highest gear, and wish i had a higher gear because it was really tiring peddling that fast. -_-
  • Sat 11 Oct – Edguy, Crimson Shadows, Borealis, Ash Lee Blade - BOREALIS FTMW

    12 Oct 2008, 9:21

    Sat 11 Oct – Edguy, Crimson Shadows, Borealis, Ash Lee Blade

    1. Crimson Shadows was some really good melodeath, though i did not care for the random, unintelligible vocals. But I'll be listening to them in the future.

    2. Borealis was awesome, way better than last time i saw them, i bought their album, really unique sound. It made my moosehead oh so much more enjoyable.

    3. Ash Lee Blade was really f'ing creepy but I guess that's all they have going for them, since the music is unoriginal. Pretty good but it's all been done before. 50/50 chance I will listen to them again.

    4. Edguy had a very disappointing setlist, skipping older favorites such as Fairytale, Wings of a Dream, Land of the Miracle, etc. instead focusing on songs with the newer hard rock-ish sound: Superheroes, hair force one, lavatory love machine. While those songs are good in their own right they aren't as good as the old power metal songs. And Save Me i had never heard before..................... just wtf. I mean its a good song but it seems more like something Backstreet Boys Michael Kiske would do.

    Thankfully they played "Mysteria", by request from the crowd, but i think they were going to play it regardless. Also for the encore they played "Avantasia" which was great but also more of the melodic hard rock sound. Wish they had played a song from the new album. I mean it comes out next month, PLUS the tour is named after the album. Way to promote the album /not.
  • h8 record labels

    27 Jun 2008, 3:15

    "Hi to all,

    First of all thank you for all the patience you had in these last times despite the lack of news regarding the band.

    We wanted to inform you that we are in the middle of a hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio.

    That's the reason why in the last months we had to keep all strictly confidential and could not release any official declaration that could obviously be used against us from the opposite side. And that's also the reason why we were constricted to stop completely our band's activity. Frankly we are not able to imagine if all this can end in a very close future but we want to assure you that we are ready to fight with all the strength of body and soul in order to protect yours and our beloved band. Yes, aside from these bad events we ask you to not lose your faith in us. As soon as this sad situation will be solved we'll be ready for a great and mighty come back. A new album, a real masterpiece of speed/epic metal, is already composed and ready to be recorded and after its release an immense worldwide tour will finally follow for yours and our extreme satisfaction.

    Stay tuned!
    Rhapsody of Fire
    www.rhapsodyoffire.com "
    - http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=27476172&blogID=409512836&indicate=1


    Same kind of BS is happening with Guns N' Roses and some others I can't think of right now (if you know of any please enlighten me). Keep me from getting my music and I might get angry. You won't like me when I'm angry.

    /corny reference