• Best of 2012

    31 dec 2012, 11:23

    2012 was cool but I undoubtedly missed out on a bunch of dope shit; due to a decimated attention span, heightened drug use and, like, studying n shit, I didn't keep up with new music nearly as well as I would've wanted to. My apathy dictated that the bulk of the stuff I checked out were EPs, which, as far as I'm concerned, are the ideal format for a musical release. There's a bunch of albums I'll undoubtedly jizz my pants over when I finally get round to hearing them (Chris Cohen, Converge, HTDW etc) but for now, here's what's good:

    20.Trim - Bandoolou

    LORD OF LORDS is all that needs saying.

    19. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life

    Fast, filthy, crusty, the latter term describes BB's asscrushing riffs just as well as it does my undies an hour after my first listen to this album. If Entombedcore is a trend then i'm DOWN.

    18. Kwes. - Meantime. EP

    'LGOYH' = spine shivers for days.

    17. Grimes - Visions

    Yes, this album is really good. No, it's not the second coming. 'Oblivion', 'Nightmusic' and ''Be a Body' come close enough though.

    16. Nails/Skin Like Iron - Split EP

    Fuck yeah, with just two songs barely cracking 3 minutes in total running time, Todd Jones reaffirm his status as hardcore's MVP… 'Annihilation' does what it advertises and in just 24 seconds, 'Cry Wolf' takes several shits on your favourite band. Oh and Skin Like Iron's stuff is p dope too.

    15. Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired

    Ugh so emosh, 'Comfortable Clothes' and 'Drainage' hit the spot over and over and over when i'm sad and stuff.

    14. Teen Suicide - DC Snuff Film + Goblin Problems EP

    Yeah this is two releases but they put out a bunch this year. Sad, apathetic, fuzzy pop tunes… RIP.

    13. Full Of Hell/Code Orange Kids - Split EP

    Both these bands probably like Gaza and I like them for it, a LOT. I'm a dick for not having heard either of their full-lengths.

    12. Cid Rim- CID RIM

    Intricately constructed headphone suites… rep this if you like warm synths. vaguely jazzy electronics and being rad.

    11. Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering

    Nothing touches I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die but ugh fuck so nasty so vile yeaeearhrrrrrghrrawwwwrrrghhhhhhhh

    10. Torche - Harmonicraft

    Huge ass melodic hooks, soaring vox and occasional crushing-ness… <3 this band 4eva.

    9. Primitive Weapons - The Shadow Gallery

    These guys came out of nowhere and destroyed the competition. The whole album pops hella veins but 'Quitters Anthem' is where it's AT.

    8. Andrew Ashong - Flowers EP

    So damn fawnky, 'Take It Slow' has 2k12's most bumpable bassline… I need more from this guy asap.

    7. LV - Sebenza

    So LV teamed up with 3 South African MCs on this one, to dope effect… put 'Uthando Lwaka' on at your next house party and good times will ensue.

    6. Whores. - Ruiner EP

    CRUSHED AND DESTROYED. Riffs heavy enough to cripple, listen if you like your sludge meaty and manly.

    5. Burial - Kindred EP

    Late night transit tunes… no one makes my commute like Burial.

    4. Merchandise - Children of Desire

    If you ain't no bitch you'll embrace these romantic vibes and get swept up in 'Time'.

    3. Floating Points - Shadows EP

    So sleek, so sexy… This guy knows how to take the time necessary to build up to sploogeworthy heights.

    2. Pig Destroyer - Book Burner

    Best band playing "extreme" music today. Scott Hull and JR Hayes are gods in their fields.

    1. Mister Lies - Hidden Neighbors EP

    Probably not an obvious choice for the 1st spot but the songs on this EP meant more to me throughout the year than any others… 'Cleam' still gives me butterflies <3 <3 <3 listen to this if you like music.

    Also Good

    Shlohmo - Vacation EP
    Burial & Four Tet - Nova 7"
    Narrows - Painted
    Ricky Eat Acid + Arrange - Sketches EP
    Blood Diamonds - Phone Sex EP
    Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend
    Pop. 1280 - The Horror
    Key Nyata - Two Phonkey
    Death Grips - The Money Store
    Brice Woodall - Some Odd Years EP
    Rapturous Grief - Demo + S/T 7"
    Evian Christ - Kings and Them
    Graf Orlock - Los Angeles EP
    mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
    Elvis Depressedly - Mickey's Dead
    Mister Lies & Different Sleep - Mass EP
    SpaceGhostPurrp - Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp
    Why? - Mumps, etc.
    Disclosure - Tenderly/Flow 7"
    Purity Ring - Shrines
    Pyrdamids + Horseback - A Throne Without a King
    White Guilt - S/T 7"
    Cashmere Cat - Mirror Maru EP

    Raddest Sets/Shows:

    1. Harvey Milk @ WORM, Rotterdam
    2. Fuck the Facts @ WORM, Rotterdam
    3. Four Tet @ Plastic People, London
    4. Between the Buried and Me @ Melkweg, Amsterdam
    5. DIIV @ De Kerk, Den Haag

    Stuff I Should Hear/In Need of More Listening:

    Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax 2: Future Sequence
    Baroness - Yellow & Green
    Tame Impala - Lonerism
    Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
    Loma Prieta - IV
    Burning Love - Rotten Thing to Say
    Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
    Mac DeMarco - 2
    DIIV - Oshin
    How to Dress Well - Total Loss
    Unsane - Wreck
    Ghostlimb - Confluence
    Mount Eerie - Clear Moon/Ocean Roar
    Liberteer - Better to Die on Your Feet Than Live on Your Knees
    Joey Bada$$ - 1999
    Dog Shredder - Brass Tactics EP
    16 - Deep Cuts
    JJ DOOM - Key to the Kuffs
    Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay
    No Joy - Negaverse EP
    Early Graves - Red Horse
    U.S. Girls - GEM
    Walsh - Back 2 the High Life
    Symmetry - Themes For an Imaginary Film
    Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.a.a.d. City
    Car Bomb - w^w^^w^w
    The Men - Open Your Heart
  • Best Albums of 2010

    24 nov 2010, 10:33

    Being of fickle mind, here are five of the best albums released in 2010 I only got into after I made this list. These records could easily slot into this post, and might even have been worthy of a top ten placing. Regardless, in no particular order:

    1. Woe - Quietly, Undramatically
    2. Integrity - The Blackest Curse
    3. Pantha du Prince - Black Noise
    4. Ludicra - The Tenant

    Anyway, here's the original list:

    Top 25 Albums:

    1. Dangers - Messy, Isn't It?

    I was pretty surprised when I came to the realisation that this was my favourite album of 2010, but the more I think about it, the more convinced I am. Dangers succeed where so many hardcore bands fail; sure the album has nineteen tracks, but despite almost every track clocking in between one and two-and-a-half minutes, the songs are catchy and memorable without sacrificing any of their speed, intensity or power. Of course, there's still a few relatively straight forward punk songs (Tarantula Type, Goliath) but on songs like Under the Affluence, they show a level of maturity and actual song-craft that most bands can only dream of. Yeah, they're pretentious, but you can practically taste the bile that went into Stay-At-Home Mom's lyrics. Actually, this pretty much applies to every song on this album.

    Essential Track: Under the Affluence

    2. Trash Talk - Eyes & Nines

    By TT standards, this album is almost progressive, in its mammoth 17 minute length. Explode might be my favourite punk/hardcore song of the year, and songs like Vultures, Trudge and Flesh & Blood are pretty much a gigantic middle finger to any idiot who, inexplicably, claims they've sold out.

    Essential Track: Explode

    3. Daughters - Daughters

    Yes, they stopped doing fourty second spazz outs, and they got so much more enjoyable because of it. I'd say there's four truly great songs on this album, and I'm holding out some hope that they haven't totally broken up, seeing as they were so vague about it.

    Essential Track: Our Queens (One is Many, Many Are One)

    4. Black Breath - Heavy Breathing

    Pretty much a flawless combination of heavy as fuck crusty-death metal and driving hardcore. Unholy Virgin and I Am Beyond are absolutely CRUSHING, whereas Wewhocannotbenamed and Virus offer tasty, punked up riffing. Almost everything on this album hits a sweet spot, for me. I spent quite a while thinking this would be my album of the year.

    ET: I Am Beyond

    5. Women - Public Strain

    I didn't like this band, initially; but something prompted me to listen to the song Eyesore, and from then on I was pretty much sold. This album is beautiful in a quirky way, and on songs like Narrow With the Hall and Venice Lockjaw, the vocal melodies actually make me shiver.

    ET: Eyesore

    6. Colour Revolt - The Cradle

    I fail to understand the lukewarm reception to this album. Seems to me like a lot of people automatically assumed it'd suck, seeing as all but one of the members left in between this and Plunder. How can anyone deny the greatness of She Don't Talk or the title track? 8 Years is clearly the standout track, though, both subtle and bitter. mewithoutYou worship or not, this is a great album regardless. It's difficult for me to listen to just one or two tracks from this album, every track is fantastic.

    ET: 8 Years

    7. Kylesa - Spiral Shadow

    Pretty much the first thing that came to mind after listening to this album was 'Static Tensions was better'. I might actually be wrong; almost every song on this album is superb. There's no Scapegoat, but Forsaken pretty much makes up for that. Also, Don't Look Back is as close to an anthem as a band like this will ever get.

    ET: Tired Climb

    8. Lantlôs - .neon

    Surprisingly, the best of the three (!) Neige-related albums on this list. I was completely blown away when I downloaded Pulse/Surreal on a whim. The rest of the album follows suit, I'd say.

    ET: Pulse/Surreal

    9. Les Discrets - Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées

    Ok, so Neige isn't actually in this band, but with Furzy being the driving force behind it, the association is there. This isn't as BM-tinged as Alcest or Peste Noire or whatever, and I'm really glad for that. I remember checking out their MySpace after reading about their split with Alcest, and being blown away after hearing L' Échappée. Against all expectations, their half of the split destroyed the Alcest contribution, and this album picks up where that release left off.

    ET: Sur Les Quais

    10. OFWGKTA - Assorted Releases (Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Ace Creator, Domo Genesis, MellowHype)

    Who knew rape could be such an effective gimmick? These guys (Tyler and Earl especially) have flows most 'experienced' rappers can only dream of, and the absurdity and gonzo-violence of their lyrics is strangely refreshing, practically every song has quotable content. The fact that they write all the beats themselves is awesome, too. FREE EARL.

    Tyler, the Creator - AssMilk
    Earl Sweatshirt - Luper
    Ace Creator - Bitches Brewin'
    Domo Genesis - Rolling Papers
    MellowHype - Chordaroy
    Hodgy Beats - Round and Round

    11. Rosetta - A Determinism of Morality

    Uuh yeah, they REALLY like Isis, but in the best possible way. Ayil and Blue Day For Croatoa are great, and, I'm sorry, but the clean singing on Release is perfect. This is atmospheric and heavy and all that, but I'm glad they got beyond the 80 BPM mire on their older (still awesome) stuff.

    ET: Release

    12. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis

    Any DEP release is pretty much guaranteed a spot on any list I make, and OP is no exception. Farewell, Mona Lisa got me foaming at the mouth when it came out, and the album destroys. Sure, they toned down the experimental-ish flavour of Ire Works (the album which made them the world's best band), and there's no return to the CI-style chaos, but they STILL keeps on developing and evolving. I love this band.

    ET: Gold Teeth on a Bum

    13. Alcest - Écailles de Lune

    Probably not as good as Souvenirs..., but this album is gorgeous regardless. Somewhere between black metal and shoegaze, whenever I read about this album, the word 'lush' is inevitably used, for good reason. There's some truly beautiful songs here.

    ET: Solar Song

    14. Kvelertak - Kvelertak

    Man this is a fun album. The only reason I bothered to check Kvelertak out was because Ryan McKenney featured on Offernatt (still my favourite song), and I am SO happy I did that. It annoys me when people inexplicably describe them as black metal, the guitar in Ordsmedar Av Rang's chorus is as close as it gets. I don't love this album as much as some people, but this album can almost always get me in a good mood.

    ET: Offernatt

    15. Das Racist - Shut Up, Dude/Sit Down, Man Mixtapes

    Fuck Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Now that I've gotten that out the way, it's safe to say there's some awesome tracks on these mixtapes. Yeah, it's hit or miss most of the time, but You Oughta Know, Luv it Mayne and Rapping 2 U are so great that I don't even care. Sometimes I'm not sure if they're being witty or nonsensical but it works either way.

    You Oughta Know (Shut Up, Dude)
    Rapping 2 U (Sit Down, Man)

    16. Suuns - Zeroes QC

    Restrained and understated and everything, this album is so subtle you almost take for granted how awesome it is. Armed For Peace is great, Fear is great, PVC is great, and the climax of Arena is mindblowing.

    ET: Arena

    17. The Body - All the Waters of the Earth Shall Turn to Blood

    Wow. When I think of sludge, this definitely isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Waters is both challenging and fascinating, and when I heard they used an actual 18-piece choir on some songs (A Body, Even the Saints Knew...) , I was sure it would suck, but I was sooo wrong. This is ugly, twisted and, ultimately, pretty groundbreaking within its genre.

    ET: A Curse

    18. Nails - Unsilent Death

    The whole of this album's twenty minutes is practically consumed by negativity, and destroys because of it. The title track, Scum Will Rise and Lies all play like defeatist anthems, complemented by the harsh, raw production. This isn't great morning music. It wears you down after a while, but that seems to be the point of the album.

    ET: Unsilent Death

    19. Twilight - Monument to Time End

    This didn't completely make up for the horror of the new Nachtmystium album, but it comes pretty close. Monument is more than the sum of its parts; my expectations were pretty low at first, but there's some incredible moments on this album. Despite the harshness of the vocals, Red Fields comes across as elegant, almost, measured in its restraint, and the drawn out outro to 8,000 Years is actually amazing. Here's a 'super group' I can totally get behind.

    ET: 8,000 Years

    20. Early Graves - Goner

    I'd compare this record to Nails' in that they're both completely nihilistic and pissed off. The main difference lies in the vocals, and where Nails attempt to batter the shit out of their listeners, Graves tend to focus more on their riffs, though I hate to say that this record is 'catchier'. It's kind of hard to deny, though, when the chorus of Give Up or Wraiths hits. The title track lays waste, too. Mahk Daniels RIP.

    ET: Goner

    21. Atheist - Jupiter

    Let me be honest: I don't like Unquestionable Presence. I think it's overblown, overrated and, despite what people say, extremely self-indulgent. Somehow, a friend of mine convinced me to give Jupiter a chance, and I'm so glad I did. I was almost convinced I'd lost my appetite for technical metal until I heard this. The band has ridiculous chops, obviously, but they've crafted actual SONGS here, rather than thirty minutes of guitar acrobatics. Second to Sun and and Third Person totally rip, though Live, and Live Again is probably my personal highlight.

    ET: Live, and Live Again.

    22. Ceremony - Rohnert Park

    A lot less punk than Violence and SNMY, in that the band experiments a little more with their song structures, rather than stuffing the album full of RAGE. That's not to say the album doesn't have its fair share of mouth-foamy moments (The Pathos, Nigh to Life), but it's songs like The Doldrums where they're at their most interesting.

    ET: M.C.D.F.

    23. Various Artists - This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2

    Thank you, Scott Hull. TCKF Vol. 1 introduced me to a lot of awesome bands (Magrudergrind, Weekend Nachos, Kill the Client, Maruta...), and while Volume 2 isn't nearly as good, there's a handful of bands I'll definitely hope to see more of, most notablly Strong Intention, Noisear and Owen Hart. However, far and away the best moment on the collection is the solitary Crom track, absolutely killer. I suppose they're Volume 2's Brutal Truth, though, in my opinion, a lot more enjoyable.

    Crom - Hags
    Noisear - Recycled Existence
    Superbad - Pretty Much Always Some of the Time
    Owen Hart - You'll See 8 Year Olds in Hell
    Strong Intention - Holes in the Wall

    24. Wild Nothing - Gemini
    I'm not gonna lie, there's some extremely mediocre songs on Gemini (Bored Games, Our Composition Book), but the 'good' songs here completely make up for that. Summer Holiday, Chinatown and The Witching Hour are all rad.

    ET: Summer Holiday

    25. Watain - Lawless Darkness

    I didn't get into this as much as I thought I would, most likely because I think Sworn to the Dark will stand as their artistic peak, but that doesn't mean this isn't a great album. Reaping Death, of course, is fantastic, as is Death's Cold Dark, though the main reason Lawless Darkness made the list is because of the glory that is Waters of Ain. That song, in all its fourteen minutes, is probably worthy of a place all on its own. The whole track is spectacular, and the solo is as stunning as it is unexpected. Sure, they're hilariously pretentious, but I stopped caring.

    ET: Waters of Ain

    Top 5 EPs:

    1. Torche - Songs For Singles
    Short, punchy and to the point. Every track is 'sweet' in the full sense of the word. I love the longer tracks here, too. I wouldn't even call Torche metal at this point, they've become so much more.

    ET: Out Again

    2. Balam Acab - See Birds
    Guy produces everything using samples from the internet, to wonderful effect. Love the atmosphere throughout this.

    ET: See Birds (Sun)

    3. Pulling Teeth - Paranoid Delusions, Paradise Illusions
    Trash Talk and Ceremony got a lot of attention this year, which must be bitter for this band, because I'd only rank them a little below the aforementioned groups. 'Bloodwolves' was pretty much an obsession for a while, for me.

    ET: Bloodwolves

    4. Girls - Broken Dreams Club

    Album was fantastic, and I'd say BDC is a continuation of that, plus a LOT more lovelorn-ness, obviously. Substance is a pretty terrible song, but Alright and Heartbreaker make it more than worth it. I love Carolina too.

    ET: Heartbreaker

    5. Trap Them- Filth Rations 7"

    I don't like the re-recording of Digital Dogs With Analogue Collars, but the other three songs on the EP kick so much ass. Heavy and crunchy as hell, I don't think anyone can deny how awesome Dead Fathers... and Carnage Incarnate Are.

    ET: Carnage Incarnate

    Almost Made the List:

    In no order, the ten releases that were closest to making it.

    Hayaino Daisuki - The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? EP
    Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles ( II )
    Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats
    Candy Claws - Hidden Lands
    Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
    Wavves - King of the Beach
    Pantha du Prince - Black Noise
    La Dispute/Touche Amore - Searching For a Pulse/The Worth of the World Split EP
    Envy - Recitation
    Electric Wizard - Black Masses

    Also Notable:

    These releases don't really fall into either the album or EP category, but are noteworthy regardless.

    Pissed Jeans - Sam Kinison Woman 7"
    Converge - On My Shield 7"
    Star Slinger - Helicopter (Remix of Deerhunter song)
    Witch House: Boring and annoying on the whole, with a few exceptions (oOoOO, S U R V I V E, Balam Acab. V▲GINA WOLF gets a special mention, only because of the name.)

    Most Overrated:

    1. Baths - Baths
    2. Shining - Blackjazz
    3. Thou - All releases
    4. Sigh - Scenes From Hell
    5. How to Dress Well - All releases

    Most Disappointing:

    1. Nachtmystium - Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II
    I have absolutely no problem with a band developing, but the problem with this album is that their 'evolution' sounds forced and unnatural, whereas Assassins was a more natural (and mindblowing) progression. Blake Judd is a douche, everyone knows that, but I couldn't care less as long as he continues making awesome music, which he failed to do here. I read something about him saying the album sounded like something girls in Brooklyn would dance to, which is total bullshit. It's the sound of him WANTING to be an artist girls in Brooklyn dance to, and the unfortunate fact is that the guy is so deluded that he actually half-believes it. When they put out No Funeral, I was willing to give it a shot, but I've come to the conclusion that this album is garbage, the product of a band striving to be something it's not. I'm praying Judd will come to his senses on the next one.

    2. Lightspeed Champion - Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
    3. of Montreal - False Priest
    4. Cynic - Re-Traced EP
    5. Kill the Client - Set For Extinction

    Other Stuff:

    I'm sure more significant things happened this year, but this is all I can think of right now.

    - RIP Isis, Lewd Acts and probably a whole lot more.

    - Genghis Tron, come back please

    - Magrudergrind Scion 'controversy': This is stupid on a whole other level. These so-called 'sellouts' gave away one of the most satisfying grind moments of the year, for FREE and people somehow find a way to bitch about it. Crusher would probably have been on this list, had it come out a little earlier.

    - The return of Gospel. The new song doesn't touch The Moon is a Dead World standards for me, but it's interesting regardless. Looking forward to more new material.
  • Best Albums of 2009

    25 nov 2009, 11:37

    The following albums would almost certainly be on this list had I listened to them in 2009. I've only allowed myself a maximum of five:

    - Gaza - He is Never Coming Back
    - Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable
    - Lewd Acts - Black Eye Blues
    - Katatonia - Night is the New Day
    - Magrudergrind - Magrudergrind

    Also, looking back, there's a number that would have ranked a lot higher (e.g. Pissed Jeans, Amesoeurs, Girls) and a few that probably wouldn't have made the list or would have been lower down (e.g. Chimaira, Wavves, JFAC).

    My Favourite Albums of 2009

    1. Between the Buried and Me - The Great Misdirect
    Essential Track: Disease, Injury, Madness

    2. Baroness - Blue Record
    Essential Track - Swollen and Halo

    3. Converge - Axe to Fall
    Essential Track - Effigy

    4. Mew - No More Stories...
    ET: Silas the Magic Car

    5. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
    ET: Crack the Skye

    6. The Black Dahlia Murder - Deflorate
    ET: I Will Return

    7. Isis - Wavering Radiant
    ET: Threshold of Transformation

    8. Coalesce - OX
    ET: The Villain We Won't Deny

    9. Why? - Eskimo Snow
    ET: Berkeley By Hearseback

    10. Crystal Antlers - Tentacles
    ET: Andrew

    11. Kylesa - Static Tensions
    ET: Scapegoat

    12. Suicide Silence - No Time to Bleed
    ET: Smoke

    13. dälek – Gutter Tactics
    ET: No Question

    14. City of Ships - Look What God Did to Us
    ET: Complacence in the Nest

    15. The Red Chord – Fed Through the Teeth Machine
    ET: Mouthful Of Precious Stones

    16. Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive
    ET: Bear Witness

    17. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
    ET: Two Weeks

    18. Skeletonwitch - Breathing the Fire
    ET: Stand Fight and Die

    19. Job for a Cowboy - Ruination
    ET: Unfurling a Darkened Gospel

    20. Wavves - Wavvves
    ET: So Bored

    21.Beardfish - Destined Solitaire
    ET: Awaken the Sleeping

    22. Behemoth – Evangelion
    ET: Ov Fire and the Void

    23.Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky - The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry
    ET: Cattle

    24. Cobalt - Gin
    ET: Pregnant Insect

    25. Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic
    ET: Wanderlust

    26. Thursday – Common Existence
    ET: As He Climbed the Dark Mountain

    27. Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want
    ET: Once We Walked in the Sunlight

    28. Darkest Hour – The Eternal Return
    ET: No God

    29. Architects – Hollow Crown
    ET: Early Grave

    30. John Frusciante - The Empyrean
    ET: Unreachable

    31. Brand New - Daisy
    ET: Bed

    32. Pissed Jeans – King of Jeans
    ET: False Jesii Part 2

    33. Japandroids - Post-Nothing
    ET: Young Hearts Spark Fire

    34. Swallow the Sun - New Moon
    ET: These Woods Breathe Evil

    35. The Mars Volta - Octahedron
    ET: Teflon

    36. The Arusha Accord - The Echo Verses
    ET: The New Face of Revenge

    37.Bat for Lashes - Two Moons
    ET: Daniel

    38. Drudkh - Microcosmos
    ET: Distant Cries of Cranes

    39. Girls - Album
    ET: Lust For Life

    40. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
    ET: Sacred Trickster

    41. Gallows - Grey Britain
    ET: The Great Deceiver

    42. Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade
    Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog

    43. Handsome Furs - Face Control
    ET: Officer of Hearts

    44. Buried Inside- Spoils of Failure
    ET: VII

    45. A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
    ET: In Your Heart

    46. Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough
    ET: The Mountain

    47. YOB - The Great Cessation
    ET: Breathing From the Shallows

    48. Lye By Mistake - Fea Jur
    ET: Invincible Bad Ass

    49. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
    ET: Heurt

    50. Chimaira - The Infection
    ET: Coming Alive

    My Favourite EP's of 2009

    1. Torche - Healer/Across the Shields
    ET: Mash it Up

    2.Nachtmystium - Doomsday Derelicts
    ET: Life of Fire

    3. Jesu - Opiate Sun
    ET: Losing Streak

    4. Coalesce - OXEP
    ET: Through Sparrows I Rest

    5. Cave In - Planets of Old
    ET: The Red Trail

    They Had Cool Albums Too...

    Megadeth, Municipal Waste, Dream Theater, Graf Orlock, Polar Bear Club, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Ghostface Killah (except for "Baby"...!), mewithoutYou, Scar Symmetry, Obscura, Goes Cube, Killswitch Engage, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cattle Decapitation, Mono, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Clutch, Nile, Raekwon, Tombs, Dead Swans, Lamb of God, iwrestledabearonce, Struck By Lightning, Russian Circles, Burnt by the Sun, Dinosaur Jr., Camera Obscura, Mount Eerie, Goatwhore, Keelhaul, Napalm Death, Immortal, Pelican, Phoenix, Dark Mountain, Malefice, Suidakra, My Dying Bride, The Color of Violence, Warbringer, DevilDriver, Church of Misery, Diablo Swing Orchestra, The Agonist

    Most Overrated:

    1. Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions
    2. Muse - The Resistance (I hate this album so very much. If I want to listen to Queen, which I don't, then I'll shove my head in a blender. Up yours, Muse. I looked forward to this so much, for nothing.)
    2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
    3. Slayer - World Painted Blood
    4. Suffocation - Blood Oath
    5. Woods - Songs of Shame

    Biggest Disappointments:

    1.Muse - The Resistance
    2 Porcupine Tree - The Incident
    3. The Fall of Troy - In the Unlikely Event
    4. 3 Inches of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom
    5. 3 - Revisions

    Why Are You Alive?
    1. Ace Frehley

    Get Out of My Sight:


    (You sucked when you started, you sucked last year, and you'd suck now if you hadn't broken up. Praise Satan.)


    Burnt By The Sun
    Battle Of Mice