• Top Albums of 2009 and the Decade!

    24 déc. 2009, 2h57m

    To start things off I would like to point out that my "true" musical taste, as I call it, didn't start until 2004, so most albums I was into before 2004 I've forgotten. 2004 was the year I was introduced to bands like Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold, and Dimmu Borgir. On top of my new found metal taste I had a huge explosion of progressiveness especially between the years 2006 and 2008 which included bands like Dream Theater, Muse, King Crimson, Anekdoten, Katatonia, The Flower Kings, and Between the Buried and Me. Since 2004 the music I've listened to has influenced me beyond anything else.

    I have specific awards that I will also include in this note for those bands and instrumentalists that are best in my opinion in different aspects.

    So 2009 was a pretty damn good year for music. Surprisingly, it was not my top favorite bands that put out the best albums but those bands that I still liked a lot but never really considered all time favorites. Without further ado here is my 2009 Top 10!

    Best of 2009

    1. Between the Buried and Me - The Great Misdirect
    2. Katatonia - Night is the New Day
    3. Lamb of God - Wrath
    4. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
    5. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
    6. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
    7. Porcupine Tree - The Incident
    8. The Mars Volta - Octahedron
    9. dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
    10. Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings

    During 2009 I was fully exposed to bands like The Mars Volta and dredg who I heard a few songs from before but never realized how good they really were! The best additions to my collection of artists were Mastodon and The Dear Hunter. Mastodon's earlier stuff was kinda hard for me to get into but Crack the Skye, like for many others, has blown me away. Now their post 2009 catalogue is easy and fun to listen to. I "get" them now.

    Best new band of the year undoubtedly goes to The Dear Hunter. On the same musical page as The Mars Volta, dredg, and Coheed and Cambria, The Dear Hunter are a band that should be on top of EVERYTHING popular right now. Casey Crescenzo is a fucking genius.

    Between the Buried and Me takes the top spot because they progressed out of Colors! I wasn't sure how they'd do it but they did it! The Great Misdirect is definitely not Colors Part 2, and that's exactly how I wanted it to be!

    The top three bands that I've come to love a lot ended up more progressive and innovative than even my most anticipated releases by Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Muse.

    And now for the first Off Beat Award!! The Biggest Disappointment of 2009!!
    The Winner is.....

    Muse - The Resistance

    What the hell. How does one of my favorite bands put out the worst album of the year. I mean Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree were still decent, but this album sucked... hard. Come on Matt, you had three years to write something good. Katatonia did it, and they are on their 10th album!! Sadness was to be had. Muse has fallen in my books a little bit.

    Ok now we're on to the hard stuff. This is where we dive into the entire decade. But first some more awards!!

    The best years in music this decade!!
    Runner up is... 2003!! and the winner is......


    This year was PACKED with new releases from so many bands. Long awaited releases from bands like Type O Negative, Symphony X, and Rush as long as Top Notch releases from bands like Dream Theater, Explosions in the Sky, Anekdoten, Porcupine Tree, and BTBAM.

    Best drummers of the decade!!

    Martin Lopez, Martin Axenrot, Gavin Harrison, and Blake Richardson! Portnoy would probably be included if LTE and Scenes were 00's releases and not 90's :p

    And Now for my decade's Top 20! I made a self rule of only 1 album per band. I did this because there are too many albums that I liked from the same 5 or 6 bands that it wouldn't be fair to many of the newer bands I've discovered over the last few years. And I certainly want to represent them in my list. These ones were both important and favorite. No between talk either. These albums are beyond anymore words other than "BEST"

    Without further ado.

    20. Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (2005)

    19. Mastodon - Crack the Skye (2009)

    18. Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane (2002)

    17. Meshuggah - ObZen (2008)

    16. Protest the Hero - Fortress (2008)

    15. Gojira - The Way of All Flesh (2008)

    14. Frost* - Milliontown (2006)

    13. Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic: Part Two (2008)

    12. The Tangent - The Music That Died Alone (2003)

    11. The Flower Kings - Unfold The Future (2002)

    The Top Ten Albums Of The Decade

    10. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death (2009)

    9. Muse - Absolution (2003)

    8. System of a Down - Steal This Album! (2002)

    7. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen (2003)

    6. Lamb of God - Sacrament (2006)

    5. Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)

    4. Between the Buried and Me - Colors (2007)

    3. Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance (2006)

    2. Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet (2007)

    And finally... My Number One Album Of The Decade....

    1. Opeth - Blackwater Park (2001)

    Opeth is by far my band of the Decade. It was my gateway drug to other metal, prog, and even jazzier dudes. Watershed or Porcupine Tree's "Fear" would have been the number one album if Blackwater Park didn't come out this decade.

    Some last awards!

    2008 gets the award for "Deadest musical year but every album that did come out all ended up being masterpieces" lawl

    Runner up albums!
    Oceansize - Frames
    Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh
    Anekdoten - A Time Of Day
    Spock's Beard - V

    And my favorite band right now

    Between the Buried and Me!!
    -Alaksa, Colors, and The Great Misdirect have all owned me for a while now, and it's safe to say that BTBAM is my favorite band now.

    To wrap things up.... I know most of you guys haven't heard all of these albums, but if you ever get the chance to hear any of them I assure you it's worth your while in some way. I live for music, and I hope I end up on some random kid's list in the future. That would be pretty cool.
  • 50 Questions about your Top 50

    31 oct. 2009, 0h39m

    1. How did you get into 29? The Mars Volta
    I got a promo copy of Bedlam in Goliath from my work. At first the music was a little too sporadic for me. Then my TMV friends gave me De-Loused and since I've been hooked. Once the new album came out and I heard Cotopaxi is when I think I became a big fan. I have all the albums now.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? Fates Warning
    It had to have been something off of Spectre Within or Awaken the Guardian my friend showed me, and I honestly wasn't blown away. At least not until I heard some of the newer songs played live on Portnoy's latest DVD. I'm much more into the Alder era FW.

    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33? Mastodon
    The first few lines in Crack The Skye (track) are amazing..
    "Blessed visionary, cut me with your sun,
    The rivers ran in blood, spark fueled to fire
    Deep within the endless void
    Searching for a sign
    The vessel forged inside me
    Watches over like the death of the moon"

    4. What is your favorite album by 49? Devin Townsend
    Ziltoid! I remember my friend showing me this album before it was released. I couldn't take it seriously with the cover. I thought this Devin Townsend guy was a little over the top. Well he is! And now that's the reason I like him so much. He writes in a manner of "not giving a fuck" and I love that now that I "get it".

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? The Dear Hunter
    Act's I, II, and III which is pretty much all you can find. I'm not sure if there are other small singles or anything available, so as far as I know I have everything!

    6. What is your favorite song by 50? Genesis
    I'm a big fan of The Knife and Return of The Giant Hogweed. I can't really decide which I like more.

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? Obscura
    Not that I could say. All I have by them is cosmogenesis and it's pretty much in your face tech-death the whole way through. Fucking amazing album though.

    8. What is your favorite album by 15? Bloodbath
    Easily Nightmares Made Flesh. Cancer of the Soul, Soul Evisceration, and of course.. EATEN. SO GOOD

    9. What is your favorite song by 5? Katatonia
    July. If I could combine that string of songs half way through The Great Cold Distance (Rusted, Increase, July, In The White) I would say that, but hands down July is my favorite track.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? Between the Buried and Me
    A few songs! Firstly Shevanel Cut A Flip because of the double break down, Secondly Backwards Marathon because of the final IT'S RAAAAAAAAIIIII!!! The hoedown in Ants Of The Sky as well! haha

    11. What is your favorite album by 40? Necrophagist
    Epitaph solely because of Seven and Diminished to B.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10? Meshuggah
    Pineal Gland Optics. Closely followed by Dancers to a Discordant System.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? The Tangent
    Many of the memories I have of The Tangent involve the track Sun In My Eyes. Anyone who knows this song understands why.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38? Yes
    Heart of the Sunrise for sure.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? Anekdoten
    YES THERE IS! And for a reason that may seem silly to others. On there first album they have a song called Wheel and they land on a suspended 4 chord that doesn't resolve down to the cliche major 3rd. They just hold the 4 for 2 measures and then move to a new part! Makes me so happy cause I get tired of hearing the same cliche lines over and over.

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? dredg
    Sadly none yet. The first chance I had was election night and the second chance I had I was away visiting family

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? Beardfish
    I actually can't remember. I'm assuming it was As the Sun Sets, because I don't think there were any previews that I found. I just heard many good things about them that I found their, at the time, latest album Sleeping In Traffic: Part Two.

    18. What is your favorite album by 11? Camel
    The Snow Goose. The whole album flows so well, like the story it's based off of.

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1? Dream Theater
    It has to be Mike Portnoy. He opened me up to a whole other realm of music with Liquid Tension Experiment and Dream Theater. Being a drummer myself he just came to be one of my biggest inspirations as an artist.

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live? Coheed and Cambria
    Yes at Lollapalooza 2009. Also got to do the meet and greet with them. Lots of fun

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? Helloween
    Oh Helloween, I love those guys. Always reminds me of Nick and John Walsh as they both took part in getting me into them. The concert John and I went to was just an awesome time.

    22. What is your favorite song by 16? Pain of Salvation
    Hmm this is a thinker. I love Rope Ends and Fandango. Also Nightmist. Chainsling is sick too. I'm not too sure if there is a definite best, but if I had to choose it would be Rope Ends.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? Type O Negative
    Love You To Death, and damn was I instantly hooked.

    24. What is your favorite album by 18? Spock's Beard
    V for sure. At the End of the Day and Thoughts Part 2 are easily my two favorite songs by them.

    25. What is your favorite song by 21? Gojira
    Esoteric Surgery definitely.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? Pagan's Mind
    I just realized Dredg and Pagan's Mind are tied at 25 but I saw dredg first. So PM gets this question. It was The Celestine Prophecy. Totally not what I was expecting. Really cool stuff

    27. What is your favorite album by 3? Opeth
    It was always Blackwater Park, but I'm so in love with Watershed still that I think that it's my most favorite now.

    28. What is you favorite song by 2? Porcupine Tree
    The Sound Of Muzak. Easy.

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32? Oceansize
    It was Commemorative T-Shirt. I got the Frames album and a group of us had a listening party to this new band.

    30. What is your favorite song by 8? The Flower Kings
    Monkey Business probably. I love Silent Inferno too, along with Chicken Farmer Song, Last Minute On Earth, and Adam and Eve.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? Symphony X
    Twice. So good the first time I saw them a second.

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Pretty much all of them. I really enjoy the Orion cover.

    33. What is your favorite album by 12? Muse
    I think Origin Of Symmetry is the most consistent even though Absolution has some of my favorite songs.

    34. What is the worst song by 45? Powerglove
    Hmm lets see. I'm not a fan of there Power Rangers cover as there are versions I've heard that were much better

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? Dark Tranquillity
    Another one that I'm not sure of. Probably something off of Character.

    36. What is your favorite album by 48? Andromeda
    The Immunity Zome! It's the only one I have, but damn I love it.

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? Miles Davis
    None goddamnit.

    38. What is your favorite song by 36? OSI
    That would be Go off of Free.

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? Into Eternity
    One I remember! Splintered Visions

    40. What is your favorite album by 7? King Crimson
    This is tough. It's a 3-way tie between Red, Larks' and Discipline.

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    Are You Ready Eddy? cause it's silly.

    42. What is your favorite album by 41? Ayreon
    Probably 01011001 because Jonas is amazing on it along with Gildenlow and Hansi.

    43. What is your favorite song by 24? Frost*
    Definitely Black Light Machine. SO GOOD.

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? Frederik Thordendal
    The reaction my friend had to the drum solo.... anyone who knows understands and probably had the same reaction. I know I did.

    45. What is your favorite song by 35? Protest the Hero
    Bloodmeat and Spoils are my top 2. Probably Bloodmeat first though.

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? Rush
    Faithless because the lyrics are totally how I feel.

    47. What is your favorite album by 4? Lamb of God
    Sacrament by a long shot.

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37? 3
    It has to be Joey Eppard. So Good.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? Dethklok
    The Coffee Jingle of course! If you don't count the theme song.

    50. How many albums do you own by 20? Iron Maiden
    Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Seventh Son, and A Matter Of Life And Death. I also own the flight 666 dvd/cd combo.