My list of 2007. It’s short and poorly written because I really didn’t feel like writing anything, but I thought it’d be lame to just post a list. Enjoy it, or don’t. It’s cool.
10. Between the Buried and Me-Colors
I pretty much flat out said this band wouldn’t be on my top list but oh well. BTBAM is a band I find hard to get in to, and this CD isn’t an exception. Even with that, I still can’t deny the musicianship and complete awesomeness of this album. If I had half the talent these guys have I’d be pretty happy.
And maybe adding this to my list will prevent flaming.
9. War From A Harlots Mouth-Transmetropolitan
CI Records was having a big sale and I decided to pull four CDs at random from the dollar bin. I’m really glad that this was one of them. It’s got some crazy offtime grindy hardcore that you can just go nuts to. I really hope these guys get bigger. To top off the awesomeness, this CD probably has one of the coolest breakdowns I’ve heard.
8. Every Time I Die-The Big Dirty
I fucking love Every Time I Die, and in my opinion they have yet to release a bad album. The Big Dirty is probably my top favorite ETID album. It has some great rock tunes with hardcore mixed in. I really hope they stick with this direction. Oh, and they have awesome facial hair. That makes the albums sound better, I swear. Seriously.
7. Maximum the Hormone-Bu Ikikaesu
This band is absolutely nuts. J-pop, metal, hardcore, grindcore, punk, everything. Every member does vocals, which go from female, to screams and growls, to rap, to singing, to gang vocals. I was amazed at how tight a band could be with all the crazy stuff going on. This is a very easy album to listen to the whole way through because it’s an album that just doesn’t get boring. If you’re going to try any Japanese band, make it these guys.
6. John Zorn-Six Litanies For Heliogabalus
My first words listen to this album were “Holy balls”. This is the first avant-garde band I’ve really ever tried, and of course I tried it because I found out Mike Patton did all the vocals for it. He never says a word, but does all the vocals. It’s nuts. I was really surprised I liked this album because at first to me it was just a clusterfuck of noise. Eventually it sunk in and I started enjoying it.
Oh, and how can anything with an eight minute Mike Patton vocal solo be bad?
5. Alcest-Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde
This album is beautiful. I think Matt was right when he said there was some black metal to it, but it’s beautiful. Saying that, don’t turn this one down just because you don’t like black metal. The vocals aren’t those crazy raspy highs or anything like that. They’re all clean. This album is just so good to sit back and chill to. Matt has yet to try and get me in to a band that I don’t like.
4. Kiss Kiss-Reality Vs. The Optimist
My first thought listening to this album was “sounds kind of like Cursive”, but that is in no way a bad thing. The vocals on the album are great, but to me what really shines is the music itself. It doesn’t rely heavily on guitar and bass, but more on other stringed instruments. This is one a few albums that manages to be heavy without crazy distorted guitars or breakdowns, and I like that.
3. Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass
Aesop is hands down my favorite rapper. His lyrics are deep and his flow is great. I like hearing rap that doesn’t completely rot out the few brain cells I have left flickering in my head. This is another album where the music itself really shines. I’m not sure about this, but it actually sounds like a lot of the instruments used on this album are real and not all done with computers, and that’s something I want to here more of. If you want to get in to rap, this is the album to start with.
2. Thrice-The Alchemy Index Vols. 1& 2: Fire & Water
Starting with Vheissu, Thrice took a different direction. This two EP set really does come through with what I would think fire and water would sound like in musical form. Fire is the heavier album, using more distortion and Dustin’s yelling. Water has a more drown out feel, using a lot of reverb and some computer generated stuff. I think it’s a great idea to release four EPs based on the four elements and so far it’s turning out great. I’m excited to hear earth and wind, earth being acoustic, and wind being a culmination of the other three.
1. The Dillinger Escape Plan-Ire Works
I’m pretty sure a lot of people would disagree, but I think the albums with Greg on them are better than their older ones (minus Irony is a Dead Scene, but mostly because I have a boner for Mike Patton). To me this album flows together almost as if it were one song and I rarely skip through any of the tracks. Greg said it’s hard to put together their songs and memorize it all and I can definitely imagine it’s true. These guys must roll dice to figure out time signatures or something. I was really skeptical about this album after I heard they lost Chris Pennie to Coheed and their second guitarist left but this album still managed to be amazing. Also, seeing their live show makes this album even better. That sounds ridiculous, but their show completely embodies their sound. I felt like punching babies and eating bald eagle while I saw them. In short, amazing vocals, amazing guitar, amazing bass, amazing drums. Thank you Dillinger for being totally fucking awesome.
I feel kind of weird putting a band that sounds like Mike Patton ahead of an album Mike Patton was featured on…
Here are some albums I got this year that I’m pretty pissed about…
The Showdown-Temptation Come My Way
Way to be an amazing death metal/hardcoreish band that I really enjoyed to this crap, Pantallica. And seriously… I saw you guys play a show and you played ALL NEW SONGS. Please break up.
The Agony Scene-Get Damned
The old stuff wasn’t anything amazing, but this album is pretty much crap. I bought it for like nine bucks and I still think I wasted money. All the music is uninteresting, and the lyrics are annoyingly antireligious. I can’t believe I was mildly excited for this album.
Dir en grey-Marrow of a Bone
These guys are a guilty pleasure and I get all kinds of shit for them but I don’t care. This album isn’t HORRIBLE, but everything before this was so much better. More aggressive heaviness doesn’t mean you’re going to make a better album. I think the what I thought were great vocals got worse, and that’s sad, because he’s got a good set of pipes. I heard the new single and really liked it and I’m hoping their next CD follows the single…
Serj Tankian-Elect the Dead
This album isn’t shitty, but it’s nothing that I thought the front man of System of a Down would release. I was excited about this, but when I got it all it really is is System of a Down lite. C’mon, Serj, you can do better than this.
Coheed and Cambria-No World for Tomorrow
I’m sure everyone I know who knows me reading this just went “OMGWTF”. This album closes the story amazingly and it‘s a good ending, but music wise, mer. Their older albums were one great track after another, but this album has a few standout tracks and the rest are just ok. I think this came in number 11 when I arranged everything, but even if an album is good it can still be a disappointment.
A Life Once Lost-Iron Gag
Way to go from groovey techy stuff to openly admitting you’re ripping Lamb of God off. Bob, go back to screaming like you used to. The Randy Blythe wannabe shit just doesn’t cut it. Again, an ok band not being ok anymore.