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  • Garo's top 50 of 2011

    6 jan. 2012, 23h10m

    Yay.

    50- Hannah Peel- The Broken Wave
    Favourite song: Song For The Sea

    49-Sirenia - The Enigma of Life
    Favourite song: All My Dreams

    48- BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG
    Favourite song - Title Theme / Saria's Song / Song Of Storms

    47-Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
    Favourite song: Youlogy

    46-Zee Avi - Ghostbird
    Favourite song: Milestone Moon

    45- Florence and The Machine - Ceremonials
    Favourite song: What the Water Gave Me

    44- Novembers Doom - Aphotic
    Favourite song: What Could Have Been

    43-Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
    Favourite song: Keep Me There

    42-Leaves’ Eyes - Meredead
    Favourite song: Krakevisa

    41-Light Bearer - Lapsus
    Favourite song: Armoury Choir

    40- Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
    Favourite song: Rich Kids Blues

    39-Fen - Epoch
    Favourite song: Carrier of Echoes

    38- Charlotte Martin - Dancing on Needles
    Favourite song: Volcano

    37-Emmy the Great- Virtue
    Favourite song: Paper Forest (In the afterglow of Rapture)

    36- Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
    Favourite song: Battle of Trees

    35- Boris - Attention Please
    Favourite song: Spoon

    34-Feist- Metals
    Favourite song: Bittersweet Melodies

    33- Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
    Favourite song: We Have Everything

    32-Zola Jesus - Conatus
    Favourite song: Vessel

    31- Benighted in Sodom - Reverse Baptism
    Favourite song: Sweetness Depraved

    30- Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
    Favourite song: Stairway to the Skies

    29- Blackfield - Welcome to my DNA
    Favourite song: Blood

    28- Peggy Sue - Acrobats
    Favourite song: Cut My Teeth

    27- Joan as Police Woman- The Deep Field
    Favourite song: Nervous

    26-Chelsea Wolfe - Ἀποκάλυψις
    Favourite song: Demons

    25- Veronica Falls- Veronica Falls
    Favourite song: Found Love in a Graveyard

    24-Little Scream - The Golden Record
    Favourite song: Boatman

    23- Little Dragon - Ritual Union
    Favourite song: Nightlight

    22- Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
    Favourite song: Our Hearts Are Wrong

    21- Natalia Kills - Perfectionist
    Favourite song: Mirrors

    20-EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
    Favourite song: Anteroom

    19- Silent Stream of Godless Elegy - Navaz
    Favourite song: Slava

    18- The Dø - Both Ways Open Jaws
    Favourite song: Too Insistent

    17-Sarah Fimm - Near Infinite Possibility
    Favourite song: Soul Let Swim

    16- Ulver - Wars of the Roses
    Favourite song: February MMX

    15- Unexpect- Fables of the Sleepless Empire
    Favourite song: Orange Vigilantes

    14- Phideaux - Snowtorch
    Favourite song: Helix

    13-Ava Inferi - Onyx
    Favourite song: Majesty

    12- Swarms - Old Raves End
    Favourite song: Flikr of ur Eyes

    11- Emika - Emika
    Favourite song: Professional Loving

    10- Austra - Feel It Break
    Favourite song: Hate Crime

    9- Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
    Favourite song: Desire

    8-PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
    Favourite song: All and Everyone

    7- Braids - Native Speaker
    Favourite song: Glass Deers

    6-Laura Stevenson and the Cans - Sit Resist
    Favourite song: The Healthy One

    5- Paatos - Breathing
    Favourite song: Breathing

    4-Selah Sue - Selah Sue
    Favourite song: This World

    3- Laura Marling- A Creature I Don’t Know
    Favourite song: The Beast

    2- Émilie Simon- Franky Knight
    Favourite song: Mon Chevalier
    Alternate: Jetaimejetaimejetaime

    1. St. Vincent- Strange Mercy
    Favourite song: Surgeon
    Alternate: Cheerleader






    Song of the year
    Laura Marling - The Beast

    Laura Marling - Salinas
    Émilie Simon - Mon Chevalier
    St. Vincent - Surgeon
    Novembers Doom - What Could Have Been

    Live show of the year
    St. Vincent

    Weirdest shit of the year

    Death Grips, just... Death Grips.

    Most Improved Artist
    Unexpect

    Album Cover of the year.
    Definitely not Within Temptation

    Clip of the year

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itt0rALeHE8&ob=av2e[/youtube]
  • Garo's top 40 of 2010

    2 jan. 2011, 21h47m

    40- Alice in Videoland - A Million Thoughts and They're All About You (Sweden)
    Favourite Song: Something New

    39- Cathedral– The Guessing Game (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: Funeral Of Dreams

    38- Nechochwen - Azimuths to the Otherworld (United States)
    Favourite Song: At Night May I Roam

    37- Cibelle – Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel (Brazil)
    Favourite Song: Lightworks

    36- Triptykon– Eparistera Daimones (Switzerland)
    Favourite Song: Abyss Within My Soul

    35-Little Women – Throat (United States)
    Favourite Song: Throat IV

    34- Sarah Fimm– Karma Phala (United States)
    Favourite Song: Everything Becomes Whole

    33- Rasputina – Sister Kinderhook (United States)
    Favourite Song: Dark February

    32-Mar De Grises– Stream Inwards (Chile)
    Favourite Song: Sensing the New Orbit

    31- Enslaved– Axioma Ethica Odini (Norway)
    Favourite Song: Ethica Odini

    30- TOKiMONSTA– Cosmic Intoxication (United States)
    Favourite Song: Doing It My Way

    29-Ihsahn – After (Norway)
    Favourite Song: Undercurrent

    28- Anna von Hausswolff – Singing from the Grave (Sweden)
    Favourite Song: Lost At Sea

    27- Aldaaron – Nous Redeviendrons Immortels (France)
    Favourite Song: Royaume

    26- Blood Red Shoes – Fire Like This (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: Keeping It Close

    25- Agua de Annique – Live in Europe (Netherlands)
    Favourite Song: Shrink

    24- Sharon Van Etten – Epic (United States)
    Favourite Song: One Day

    23- Shining – Blackjazz (Norway)
    Favourite Song: The Madness and the Damage Done

    22- Watain – Lawless Darkness (Sweden)
    Favourite Song: Reaping Death

    21- First Aid Kit – The Big Black And The Blue (Sweden)
    Favourite Song: Hard Believer

    20- Luisa Maita– Lero-Lero (Brazil)
    Favourite Song: Alento

    19- Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: The Truth Is In The Dirt

    18- Crystal Castles– Crystal Castles (II) (Canada)
    Favourite Song: Celestica

    17- The Pineapple Thief– Someone Here is Missing (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: So We Row

    16- The Besnard Lakes - ... Are the Roaring Night (Canada)
    Favourite Song: Albatross

    15- Zola Jesus – Stridulum II (United States)
    Favourite Song: Manifest Destiny

    14- Beach House – Teen Dream (United States)
    Favourite Song: Zebra

    13- Les Discrets – Septembre et ses Dernières Pensées (France)
    Favourite Song: Chanson d’Automne

    12- Amy Macdonald – A Curious Thing (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: An Ordinary Life

    11- Sleigh Bells– Treats (United States)
    Favourite Song: Riot Rhythm

    10-Land of Talk– Cloak and Cipher (Canada)
    Favourite Song: Hamburg, Noon



    9- Arcade Fire– The Suburbs ( Canada)
    Favourite Song: Modern Man



    8- School of Seven Bells – Disconnect from Desire (United States)
    Favourite Song: Windstorm



    7- Stars – The Five Ghosts (Canada)
    Favourite Song: We Don’t Want Your Body



    6- Holly Miranda – The Magician’s Private Library (United States)
    Favourite Song: Joints



    5- Julie Christmas – The Bad Wife (United States)
    Favourite Song: July 31st



    4- Blonde Redhead– Penny Sparkle (United States)
    Favourite Song: Black Guitar



    3- Alcest – Écailles de Lune (France)
    Favourite Song: Percées de Lumière



    2- Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: A Simple Mistake


    1-Laura Marling– I Speak Because I Can (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Song: Devil’s Spoke

    States:
    Brazil: 2
    Canada: 5
    Chile: 1
    France: 3
    Netherlands: 1
    Norway: 3
    Sweden: 4
    Switzerland: 1
    United Kingdom: 7
    United States: 13

    Awards

    Song of the year and HMs
    Blonde Redhead - Black Guitar

    Anathema - A Simple Mistake
    Arcade Fire - Modern Man
    Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke
    Laura Marling - Rambling Man

    Cover of the year
    Julie Christmas - If You Go Away

    Most improved artist
    Sharon Van Etten

    DVD of the year
    Regina Spektor - Live in London
    (Note: I have yet to watch it. But I'm going with an educated guess on that one)

    Live show of the year
    Stars, and yes, I've actually been to that one.

    Weirdest **** of the year
    Little Women - Throat. Shining isn't far behind, though.

    Bells of the year
    School of Seven Bells

    Clip of the year
    Hot Chip - I Feel Better

    Random facts
    - My comeback pick last year, Theatre of Tragedy, ended their career in 2010. So, no comeback this year.
    - For the second year in a row, my album of the year was a candidate to the Mercury Prize, and for the second year in a row, it lost.
  • 2010 so far

    10 mai 2010, 20h01m

    Yeah, it's mostly to make an order right now so that it won't look random at the end of the year (Well, nobody would know except me, but still). Could I have done this in Word? Sure. But it's more fun that way.

    1 - Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
    2- Anathema - We're Here because We're Here
    3- Alcest - Écailles de Lune
    4- Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing
    5- Ihsahn - After
    6- Beach House - Teen Dream
    7- Shining - Blackjazz
    8- The Besnard Lakes - ... Are the Roaring Night
    9- Aldaaron - Nous Redeviendrons Immortels
    10- Auf Der Maur - Out of Our Minds
    11- Les Discrets- Septembre et ses Dernières Pensées
    12- Aspera - Ripples
    13 - Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
  • ... And a decade list for the lulz

    16 jan. 2010, 3h20m


    50-Ihsahn- angL (Norway)
    Favourite Songs: Misanthrope, Unhealer


    49- Beirut- Gulag Orkestar (United States)
    Favourite Songs: Gulag Orkestar, Brandenburg


    48- Anathema- A Natural Disaster (United Kingdom)
    Favourite Songs: Are You There?, A Natural Disaster


    47- of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (United States)
    Favourite Songs: Suffer For Fashion, She's A Rejector


    46- Regina Spektor - Songs (United States)
    Favourite Songs: Oedipus, Lacrimosa, Ne Me Quitte Pas (Honorable mention to Lounge for the car sounds)


    45- Lunar Aurora- Elixir of Sorrow (Germany)
    Favourite Songs: Zorn Aus Äonen, Augenblick



    44- Feist - Let It Die (Canada)

    Favourite Songs: Mushaboom, L'Amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours



    43- Pierre Lapointe- La Forêt des Mal-Aimés (Canada)

    Favourite Songs: Deux Par Deux Rassemblés, Endomètre Rebelle



    42- mornful congregation– The June Frost (Australia)

    Favourite songs: Already named on the 2009 list



    41- Cat Power- The Greatest (United States)

    Favourite Songs: The Greatest, Empty Shell



    40- Devin Townsend Project – Addicted (Canada)

    Favourite Songs: Already named on the 2009 list


    39- bat for lashes - Fur and Gold (United Kingdom)
    Favourite songs: Trophy, What's a Girl to Do.


    38-Rasputina- Oh Perilous World (United States)
    Favourite songs: Draconian Crackdown, 1816, The Year without a Summer


    37- Serpentcult - Weight of Light (Belgium)
    Favourite songs: New World Order, Arkanum


    36- To-Mera- Transcendental (United Kingdom)
    Favourite songs: Blood, Born of Ashes


    35- Made Out of Babies- The Ruiner (United States)
    Favourite songs: Cooker, The Major


    34- Regina Spektor - Far (United States)
    Favourite songs: Already named on the 2009 list


    33- Blonde Redhead- Misery is a Butterfly (United States)
    Favourite songs: Misery is a Butterfly, Melody


    32- Émilie Simon - Émilie Simon (France)
    Favourite songs: Dernier Lit, Chanson de Toile


    31- The Foreshadowing- Days of Nothing (Italy)
    Favourite songs: Cold Waste, Departure


    30- Katatonia - Viva Emptiness (Sweden)
    Favourite songs: Criminals, Inside the City of Glass


    29- Melt-Banana- Bambi's Dilemma (Japan)
    Favourite songs: Spider Snipe, The Call of the Vague


    28- Mirrorthrone - Of Wind and Weeping (Switzerland)
    Favourite songs: Florilège Lunatique Occultement Révélateur et Néantisation Caduque Engendrée, Beyond the Mirrorthrone


    27- Opeth - Blackwater Park (Sweden)
    Favourite songs: The Leper Affinity, Harvest


    26- The Gathering - Sleepy Buildings (Netherlands)
    Favourite songs: Amity, The Mirror Waters


    25 - Emperor- Promotheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (Norway)
    Favourite songs:: The Eruption, The Prophet


    24- Shiina Ringo- Shouso Strip (Japan)
    Favourite songs:: Yokushïtsu, Identity, Tsumi To Batsu



    23- Scarling. - So Long, Scarecrow (United States)

    Favourite songs: City Noise, Manorexic, Strapled to the Mattress.


    22- Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead! (United States)
    Favourite songs: Filistata, Tablescrap, Push Button


    21- Portishead - Third (United Kingdom)

    Favourite songs: Silence, The Rip, We Carry On



    20- Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope (United States)

    Favourite songs: Après Moi, Après Moi and Après Moi. Also That Time and Fidelity for being too damn catchy.



    19- Paatos - Silence of Another Kind (Sweden)

    Favourite songs: Shame, There Will Be No Miracles, Is That All?


    18- Opeth - Damnation (Sweden)
    Favourite songs: Windowpane, Death whispered a Lullaby, To rid the Disease


    17- Draconian - Turning Season Within (Sweden)
    Favourite songs: Seasons Apart, Earthbound, The Failure Epiphany


    16- Anorexia Nervosa - New Obscurantis Order (France)
    Favourite songs: Black Death Nonetheless, Le Châtiment de la Rose, Stabat Mater Dolorosa


    15- Bat for Lashes - Two Suns (United Kingdom)
    Favourite songs: Already named


    14- Antimatter - Saviour (United Kingdom)
    Favourite songs: Saviour, Psalms, Flowers


    13- Sirenia - An Elixir for Existence (Norway)
    Favourite songs: Star-Crossed, Save Me From Myself, A Mental Symphony


    12- Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Canada)
    Favourite songs: Intervention, The Well and the Lighthouse, (Antichrist Television Blues)



    11- Moonspell - Night Eternal (Portugal)

    Favourite songs: Night Eternal, Scorpion Flower, Dreamless


    10- Agua de Annique - Air (Netherlands)

    On quality, it shouldn't be there. But, considering it's by far my most listened album on last.fm (Leading by about a thousand), I just had to rank it somewhere here.
    So, as you can guess, Air's biggest quality is just how easy listening it is, and can pretty much be a good pick for any situation, feeling, or place. Anneke van Giersbergen, of The Gathering fame, may never be a brillant songwriter, but still allow the music to flow effortlessly and give enough space for her godly vocals.
    Favourite songs: Witnesses, Ice Water, Trail of Grief, Sunken Soldiers Ball


    9- Jack Off Jill- Clear Hearts Grey Flowers (United States)
    If you asked me to name you something to define my teenager years, this album would probably be the first thing I'd think of.
    Their last effort before their definitive breakup, CHGF is a chaotic effort, highlighted by Jessicka Fodera's raging shrieks and mocking lyrics. One of my favourite albums ever when I need to let some frustration go. Also worth noting, they made quite a good cover of The Cure's hit, Lovesong.
    Favourite songs: Vivica, Star No Star, Strawberry Gashes, Lovesong.


    8- Anathema - A Fine Day to Exit (United Kingdom)
    Can you name many bands that started off as a Doom/Death metal band, to finally find their place as an atmospheric rock band inspired by Pink Floyd and Radiohead?
    Lyrics aside, pretty much everything of what made them a pioneer in their earlier genre is gone. And yet, it actually makes me like this album more. Eternity, Alternative 4 and Judgement showed me a band that was going into a promising direction, but something was always missing. In this sense, AFDTE is probably their most consistent effort of their career for me.
    Favourite songs: Pressure, Leave No Trace, Underworld, Panic


    7- Paatos - Kallocain (Sweden)
    Of all the bands on my list, this one is the only that baffles me the most. They're just so underrated it's criminal.
    Paatos plays a very unique style, sometimes inspired by progressive rock, others by trip-hop artists such as Massive Attack and Portishead. The end result is a beautiful, slow listen that may not be for everybody, but those who are on the lookout for this type of music shouldn't let this one slip.
    Favourite songs: Gasoline, Holding On, Happiness, Won't Be Coming Back


    6- Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (United Kingdom)
    Probably the most well known effort by one of the biggest progressive rock band of the decade, and all too deserving of its popularity. Steven Wilson's songwriting is, as usual, excellent and makes this album a creative, consistent work that never strays too far from its purpose.
    Favourite songs: Blackest Eyes, Trains, The Sound of Muzak, Prodigal.


    5- Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch (United States)
    For her debut on a major label, Regina Spektor couldn't have wished for a better release. Soviet Kitsch actually isn't too far from her self-released albums, as the songs are built almost exclusively around her voice and her piano, except for Your Honor. From the dynamic The Flowers and Us, to the freaking depressive Chemo Limo, Regina displays a control that wasn't always there on Songs and 11:11, while keeping her unique vocal quirks (And they are contagious!)
    Favourite songs: The Flowers, Us, Your Honor, Ghost of Corporate Future, Chemo Limo.


    4- The Gathering - if_then_else (Netherlands)
    Only one year after the release of their magnus opus, How To Measure A Planet?, the quintet went back in the studio and released if_then_else, an album that pretty much split them forever from their metal roots. While this album is not without criticism, especially with some filler tracks in the middle, the band managed to make another 180 turnaround without losing their unique songwriting. And from Analog Park till the end, it's pretty much one of their best strings of songs. And the vocals are, as usual, perfect.
    Favourite songs: Rollercoaster, Amity, Analog Park, Herbal Movement, Saturnine.


    3- The Arcade Fire - Funeral (Canada)
    Probably the only time on my list where influence and personal preferences were in agreement. Fact is, Funeral is a pretty unique listen, and deserves any praise it got. At this point, you probably heard everything you had to hear about this album so I'll just stop here.
    Favourite songs: Neighborhood "1 (Tunnels), Une Année Sans Lumière, Crown of Love, Haiti, Rebellion (Lies)



    2- The Gathering - Home (Netherlands)
    For fans of this band, this marked the end of an era, as the lead singer, Anneke van Giersbergen, left to pursue a solo career. Still, I think it couldn't have a better ending, as the powerful atmosphere combines extremely well with the message the lyrics want to give. As usual, you'll find some uplifting songs, like Shortest Day and Your Troubles Are Over, in contrast to the slower, more desperate songs, like A Noise Severe and Box.
    Favourite songs: Waking Hour, A Noise Severe, Your Troubles Are Over, Box, Home


    1-The Gathering - Souvenirs (Netherlands)
    The Gathering went all out in experimenting different sounds and techniques, without losing themselves into them. In fact, it only contributes to give each song a distinctive attribute over the others (Which was my - minor - criticism of HTMAP?). From some drum & bass in These Good People to borderline psychedelic riffs in Golden Grounds, the songwriting stays strong and true to itself.
    But the main reason this album is at the top is obviously the vocalist. I think at this point you know exactly what I think of Anneke van Giersbergen, and this might be the very best performance of her career. Always in control, she gives each song the edge anyone else wouldn't have been able to.
    Favourite songs: All, but the title track is over the pack



    HMs

    - A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
    - The Gathering - Superheat
    - Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is The World
    - Novembre - Novembrine Waltz
    - Nightwish - Wishmaster
    - Paatos - Timeloss
    - Regina Spektor - 11:11
    - Lily Allen - Alright, Still
    - Opeth - Ghost Reveries
    - Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
    - Sirenia - At Sixes, At Sevens
    - Mika Nakashima - Music

    Awards(Winner will be italicized)

    Garo's band of the decade:

    Arcade Fire
    Draconian
    The Gathering
    Opeth
    Paatos

    Garo's song of the decade (With a tie)
    Agua de Annique - Ice Water
    Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
    The Gathering - Souvenirs
    Paatos - Happiness
    Regina Spektor - Après Moi

    Garo's female vocalist of the decade

    Anneke van Giersbergen
    Jessicka Fodera
    Natasha Khan
    Petronella Netterhalm
    Regina Spektor

    Garo's male vocalist of the decade

    I really have to name one? Seriously? Err... Win Butler I guess. Four others? Oh for the lulz:

    Thom Yorke
    Dani Filth
    Chris Martin
    T-Pain.
  • Garooo's top 30 of 2009

    12 jan. 2010, 2h10m

    I'd make an intro, but... Nah.

    30 - Insomnium - Across the Dark (Sweden)
    Favourite song: The Harrowing Years

    29 - The Chasm - Farseeing the Paranormal Abyss (Mexico)
    Favourite song: The Promised Ravage

    28 - Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career (United Kingdom)
    Favourite song: French Navy

    27 - The Gathering- The West Pole (Netherlands)
    Favourite song: Capital of Nowhere

    26- Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs (France)
    Favourite song: Video Girl

    25 - Katatonia - Night Is The New Day (Sweden)
    Favourite song: Forsaker

    24 - Émilie Simon - The Big Machine (France)
    Favourite song - Dreamland

    23 - Blut aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue with the Stars (France)
    Favourite song: Antithesis of the Flesh

    22- Imogen Heap- Ellipse (United Kingdom)
    Favourite song - First Train Home

    21- Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You. (United Kingdom)
    Favourite song: Everyone's At It

    20 - Hanging Garden - TEOTWAWKI (Finland)
    Favourite song: Times Of Disgrace

    19- Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (France)
    Favourite song - Love Like A Sunset

    18- Immortal - All Shall Fall (Norway)
    Favourite song: Hordes to War

    17- Heathen Foray - The Passage (Austria)
    Favourite song: Fading Tree

    16- Cobalt- Gin (United States)
    Favourite song: Dry Body

    15- Ava Inferi - Blood of Bacchus (Portugal)
    Favourite song: Appeler les Loups

    14- Giant Squid - The Ichtyologist (United States)
    Favourite song: Sevengill

    13- Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor (France)
    Favourite song: À la Mortaille!

    12- St. Vincent - Actor (United States)
    Favourite song: Actor Out Of Work

    11- Agua de Annique - In Your Room (Netherlands)
    Favourite song: Home Again


    10- Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (United Kingdom)
    Favourite song: First Light


    9- Anneke van Giersbergen & Danny Cavanagh - In Parallel (Netherlands)
    Favourite song - A Natural Disaster


    8- Charlotte Gainsbourg- IRM (France)
    Favourite song: Le Chat du Café des Artistes


    7- Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious (Sweden)
    Favourite song: Lucy Fears the Morning Star


    6- Porcupine Tree- The Incident (United Kingdom)
    Favourite song: Black Dahlia


    5- Theatre of Tragedy - Forever Is The World (Norway)
    Favourite song: A Nine Days Wonder


    4- mornful congregation- The June Frost (Australia)
    Favourite song: The June Frost


    3- Devin Townsend Project- Addicted (Canada)
    Favourite songs: Bend It Like Bender!, Supercrush!, Hyperdrive!, Resolve!


    2- Regina Spektor- Far (United States)
    Favourite songs: The Calculation, Blue Lips, Laughing With, Dance Anthem of the 80's, The Sword & The Pen


    1- Bat for Lashes - Two Suns (United Kingdom)
    Favourite songs: Glass, Sleep Alone, Siren Song, Two Planets


    Numbers

    Countries:
    UK: 6
    France: 6
    US: 4
    Sweden: 3
    Netherlands: 3
    Norway: 2
    Mexico: 1
    Austria: 1
    Finland: 1
    Canada: 1
    Australia: 1
    Portugal: 1

    Number of bands/artists with female vocalist
    18

    Awards

    Song of the year
    Devin Townsend Project - Hyperdrive!

    Comeback of the year
    Theatre of Tragedy - Forever is the World

    Most improved artist of the year
    Charlotte Gainsbourg with IRM

    Human of the year
    Anneke van Giersbergen, appearing in four albums

    The Kanye West
    "Yo Paradise Lost, I'm happy for you and Imma let you finish, but The June Frost is one of the best Doom Metal album of all time! Of all time!

    Soundtrack of the year
    (500) Days of Summer

    Cover of the year
    The Gathering - The West Pole

    Videoclip of the year
    Bend It Like Bender! is really well done. So is Actor Out Of Work. And Kanye West had an argument. But, I have to give it to this gem:

  • That thirty questions thing.

    8 mai 2009, 21h45m

    Yep, stole it from someone who stole it from someone else. Who probably stole... anyway.


    1. How did you get into 29?
    Scarling - While I was checking up Jack Off Jill, I saw that the singer formed that band

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Auf Der Maur - Lightning is my Girl

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Jack Off Jill - Two, Humid Teenage Mediocrity and Clear Hearts Grey Flowers

    4. What is your favourite song by 15?
    Rasputina - Howard Hughes

    5. What is your favourite song by 5?
    The Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Lily Allen - A ton, LDN, Smile, Alfie...

    7. What is your favourite song by 10?
    Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Sunset Rubdown - Well, it was one of those days...

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Within Temptation - In Perfect Harmony makes me feel all fuzzy

    10. How many times have you seen 25 live?
    After Forever - none

    11. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Feist - Gatekeeper

    12. What is your favourite album by 11?
    Cat Power - The Greatest

    13. Who is a favourite member of 1?
    The Gathering - ... *Starts crying* ANNIIIIIIIIIIE

    14. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    Stolen Babies - No

    15. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Broken Social Scene - A friend told me she likes them. That's all

    16. What is your favourite song by 16?
    Xandria - In Love with the Darkness

    17. What is your favourite album by 18?
    Theatres des Vampires - Suicide Vampire

    18. What is your favourite song by 21?
    Radiohead - 15 Step

    19. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Opeth - Windowpane

    20. What is your favourite album by 2?
    Agua de Annique - Air. Yeah I know, surprise!

    21. What is you favourite song by 3?
    Anneke - One? ONE?! Jeebus... Amity.

    22. What is you favourite song by 8?
    Nightwish - FantasMic

    23. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    Pierre Lapointe - HA! I saw him once!

    24. What is the worst song by 12?
    Theatre of Tragedy - ... Can I say the whole Storm album?

    25. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Beirut - Elephant Gun

    26. What is you favourite album by 7?
    Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle

    27. What is your favourite song by 24?
    Of Montreal - Suffer for Fashion

    28. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Tristania - Err... no ^^

    29. What is your favourite album by 4?
    Sirenia - An Elixir for Existence

    30. How many albums do you own by 20?
    Emperor - Two
  • An unpopular view on The West Pole

    8 mai 2009, 18h13m

    An user once said on The Gathering shoutbox that if you didn't like The West Pole, why not write a review? I was open to the idea, but I didn't want to write it with my first thoughts. Like some called it a masterpiece way too early for my taste, I probably would have ripped it to shreds. Not exactly constructive.

    So, I gave the whole album more chances, and my opinion indeed has changed. It's not the horror I thought it was, but it's still can be summarized in one word.

    Bland.

    Because, IMO, that's really what it is. The whole album doesn't have any very low point (Outside of You Promised Me a Symphony) but there isn't anything great either.

    First, let's get it out of the way: the vocals. It's pretty clear that Silje isn't Anneke. She's not the only reason I don't like this album, but she doesn't have a voice that I enjoy. Which is all I wanted. I didn't ask for a voice that could pump me up, make me smile or cry, or just forget about anything else around me. There is only one for that. As for the others... I wasn't a fan of Marcela Bovio, and that didn't really change. Anne is a bit underused. She doesn't show much on Capital of Nowhere, and that's a shame, because of the three she's easily the one I liked the most.

    Now, to the actual album. The opener, When Trust Becomes Sound, isn't bad, but that usually was a thing I loved about this band. From Strange Machines to Shortest Day, they hit right on every time. This one does a good job of announcing a more rock-oriented album, so I guess there's that.

    It then becomes a record that, sadly, gets a bit too predictable. While it does slow down at some points, the beautiful contrasts they could pull with any style aren't there. The atmosphere is often lacking, to the point that I wonder what I'm supposed to get. That led me to call YPMAS the lowest point of the album, because it seems out of place and a bit forced. Like they wanted to show a different sound all of a sudden. Some said it reminded them of Forgotten and I can see why. Still, IMO Forgotten followed perfectly A Noise Severe, and that made it such a great combo. If I'm missing something, I'd like to know what

    All that doesn't make it a bad album though. By any other standards, it may have interested me to check out the band previous work. It's good enough to listen to in the background, and have some moments where you'll sing along with Silje (Especially the quite catchy Treasure). But for a band that I considered the best from 95-07, I expected more. Even with the soul of the band gone (Gah, I tried not to say that... But whatever, I still think it's true.)

    Overall, The Gathering did change once again, but this time I don't feel as curious as I did before. There's no urgency to listen to the songs again and again, to find all the hooks, every different notes Silje does, or just dreaming along with the music. And when I actually have to give some effort to listen to it, maybe it's just not made for me.