so here it is. my top ten favorite records of 2007. the list was hard this year, mostly due to the fact that jesu, xasthur, minus the bear, and nadja all put out multiple releases. i regret to say that i didn't get a chance to listen to the new thrice double e.p. or the new dillinger escape plan that i've heard nothing but amazing things about, otherwise, i'm sure both of these woulda made the cut. well, here it is:
10. Nadja- Radiance of Shadows
It was a close call between this record and Touched, but in all fairness, i downloaded Touched digitally from two different places and never got the chance to hear the first track, mutagen, or the tracklist in the way it was intended. other than that, i chose Nadja's Radiance of Shadows because it's tasteful blend of (heavy) shoegaze and drone, two things i love. standout track: "now i am become death, destroyer of worlds"
9. The Fall of Troy- Manipulator
This was a very anticipated release for me, and tons and tons of plays and replays proved that t.f.o.t. really could outdo their amazing previous album, doppelganger. standout tracks: "seattlantis" and "a man. a plan. a canal. panama"
8. Hopesfall- Magnetic North
At first, i was skeptical about this album, because i thought it would kinda be a re-hashing of a types, their previous album that moved away from melodic hardcore into atmospheric, almost-pop rock. i was wrong in my skepticism. standout tracks: "swamp kittens" and "i can do this on an island"
7. Blaqk Audio- Cex Cells
Dark dance-pop. This album surprised me in its solidity, and it's not just an electronic A.F.I., either. standout track: "cities of night"
6. Jesu- Lifeline ep
I know, I know. It's only a four-track ep. A very solid four-track ep. More of Jesu's signature take on shoegaze moving slowly into a pop (but not in a bad way) direction. standout track: "lifeline"
5. Coheed and Cambria- Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV volume 2: No World For Tomorrow
What can I say? I love Coheed, no matter what. From the time I heard "delirium trigger" on a sampler cd before their first record was released and listened to that song 21 times in a row, through sub-plot songs about racist serial killers and seemingly misogynistic horror stories, this band will always be a favorite of mine, not to mention a favorite of many of my friends as well, as this band has helped us through a lot of hard times. Initially, NWFT was difficult for me to get into, probably because it sounds more "poppy" and less "proggy" than previous releases. I was discouraged, to say the least, but a little time proved this record to meet and almost exceed my ridiculous expectations. standout tracks: "feathers" and "justice in murder"
4. Bloc Party- A Weekend in the City
Alot darker than previous efforts, with very well written lyrics, this album seems borderline conceptual, but I can't be sure. Either way. this album blew my mind and I believe far surpassed "silent alarm" in amazingness. standout tracks: "the prayer," "uniform," and "kreuzberg"
3. Pelican- City of Echoes
While i think that instrumental metal or just instrumental music in general is gaining popularity and becoming more and more generic as often popular genres and sub-sub-sub genres do, this record did not fail to grab my attention and hold it throughout City of Echoes, often finding myself putting this album on repeat when the lights went out and my head hit the pillow. standout tracks: "city of labels" and "wind with hands"
2. Jesu- Conqueror
I know, I know. Jesu made the list twice. They also released 3 albums this year, one of which was super-limited and only available through Justin Broadrick's Avalanche Inc. imprint via internet order. I was surprised by Conqueror's less abrasive approach to the sound first conceived on the heartache ep and the self-titled debut. While the two aforementioned records still somewhat championed the Godflesh sound (heavy droning guitars and shouted vocals) Conqueror seemed to be more influenced by early shoegaze ala My Bloody Valentine. It was a pleasant and welcomed surprise at that. standout tracks: "medicine" and "stanlow"
and the numero uno...
1. Minus the Bear- Planet of Ice
I admit that when i heard the preview track for this record, Dr. L'ling, i was a little nervous. It seemed to be a departure of epic proportion for a band I had come to love for their very own signature guitar tone and very complex rhythmic interplay, namely between twin guitars, synth and drums. But, when i bought the album and listened to it in its entirety, the anxiety faded away. More tales of drunken, sexual endeavors delivered in transcendent pop fashion, just the way I (and i presume other mtb fans) like it. standout tracks: "ice monster" and "when we escape"<br>
i actually just copied and pasted this from my myspace blog.NadjaThe Fall of TroyHopesfallBlaqk AudioCoheed and CambriaBloc PartyPelicanJesuMinus the Bear