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2014-01-01 09:18:40 AM
Considering four or five of the Ten probably are on the Vatican's payroll, it should be easy to set up.
 
2014-01-01 09:25:47 AM
Good job subby. An early contender for link of the year.
 
2014-01-01 09:30:45 AM
there are lots of music nerds at npr, this doesn't surprise me at all.

/metalhead
//worked at an npr station
 
2014-01-01 09:35:56 AM
I am waiting for all the FarkMetalNerds to submit their own top 10 lists of bands nobody else likes.
 
2014-01-01 09:53:17 AM
Not a bad list, all things considered
 
2014-01-01 09:55:52 AM
the Bolzer album rules. havent listened to any of the others on the list. but c'mon...manilla road? satan? how about putting some more relevant modern bands on the list and not some washed up retro shiat.

i would add Fister 'Gemini' and Blut Aus Nord 'What Once Was, Liber III.' i didnt listen to a lot of new albums this year.
 
2014-01-01 09:56:16 AM
Sound Opinions is a show on Chicago NPR...not sure if it's syndicated. They always have the worst possible comments. A few years back their year-end review gushed with praise for a recent "misunderstood" Britney Spears album.

This week the babbling included their metal album of the year. Yeah guys, we trust adult male Britney fans to talk about metal.

This is the same station that dropped jazz, which they used to play every evening and weekend, to go to an all-babble format to make room for schlock like Sound Opinions.

So: 1. Stop playing actual music. 2. Cream your chick jeans over tweenie music.

Why no, I don't contribute any more, how did you guess.
 
2014-01-01 10:18:05 AM
Subby, does this mean altar boys are porn stars now?
 
2014-01-01 10:20:05 AM
I will give them Carcass but that's about it. Here are my top 5 in no particular order

Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults
Wild's Reprisal - Defiance Enthroned
Amiensus - Restoration
Lustre  - Wonder
Crown of Asteria - North

I am more of a black metal guy so keep that in mind

Honorable mention: Watain - the wild hunt and Blood Ceremony the Eldritch dark
 
2014-01-01 10:33:30 AM
My favorite of the year.  Laugh if you want, I don't care.

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2014-01-01 10:38:00 AM

gnarlywizzard: the Bolzer album rules. havent listened to any of the others on the list. but c'mon...manilla road? satan? how about putting some more relevant modern bands on the list and not some washed up retro shiat.

i would add Fister 'Gemini' and Blut Aus Nord 'What Once Was, Liber III.' i didnt listen to a lot of new albums this year.


Well, those WERE two of the best albums this year.   It's not washed up if it still kicks ass.
 
2014-01-01 10:44:34 AM
It would be a lot easier to take this article seriously if they had announcers that didn't sound like college English professors on Quaaludes.
 
2014-01-01 10:52:33 AM
As a prog metal guy, my top albums

TesseracT - Altered State
Haken - The Mountain
Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Illusion Suite - The Iron Cemetery
Disperse - Living Mirrors
Thought Chamber - Psykerion
Divinity Compromised - A World Torn
Prospekt - The Colourless Sunrise
Persona Grata - Reaching Places High Above
Being - Anthropocene

and

The Googles Do Nothing: I am waiting for all the FarkMetalNerds to submit their own top 10 lists of bands nobody else likes.


And we already have our "it sucks because it isn't on the radio" comment.  400k+ views on Youtube (for my top band) is more popular than anything you and I have ever done.
 
2014-01-01 10:55:44 AM

Marquis de Sod: Not a bad list, all things considered


See what you did there
 
2014-01-01 11:05:19 AM

12349876: As a prog metal guy, my top albums


No Fates Warning?
 
2014-01-01 11:05:31 AM
"by Lars Gotrich "

Well, he's got that going for him.
 
2014-01-01 11:10:55 AM
No blues, no metal.
 
2014-01-01 11:10:56 AM
Pig Destroyer's "Book Burner"  came out in 2012, but I didn't get it until may-ish of last year,  and I love it in the same way that I love Noise-core/gabber.  Get the extended version with all the old hardcore covers!

So, in conclusion, I've contributed nothing to the conversation and I can't believe you even read this far.  Happy 2014!
 
2014-01-01 11:14:33 AM
i wish i had the time to listen to all those.  i love metal but all these "best of" lists include bands i've never heard of, and it makes me feel bad.  i don't really listen to a lot of serious death metal though.
 
2014-01-01 11:18:27 AM
How about the return of Carcass?
 
2014-01-01 11:21:10 AM
They missed one...

cdn.americansongwriter.com
 
2014-01-01 11:21:17 AM

Kibbler: Sound Opinions is a show on Chicago NPR...not sure if it's syndicated. They always have the worst possible comments. A few years back their year-end review gushed with praise for a recent "misunderstood" Britney Spears album.


Oh yeah, that's with Greg Kot (the good one of the two who writes for the Tribune) and Wilco-worshipper Jim Derogatis, who to his credit is the guy who's been pushing for years the story that R. Kelly is, indeed, a serial rapist. He may have some shiatty music taste but man if he wasn't doing his job properly in not letting that story die.  Sound Opinions can be goofy but occasionally they highlight some new stuff I might not have heard otherwise.
 
2014-01-01 11:26:54 AM

gnarlywizzard: the Bolzer album rules. havent listened to any of the others on the list. but c'mon...manilla road? satan? how about putting some more relevant modern bands on the list and not some washed up retro shiat.

i would add Fister 'Gemini' and Blut Aus Nord 'What Once Was, Liber III.' i didnt listen to a lot of new albums this year.


Out of the samples on that list those were the two I liked the most. Especially Satan.

I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.

I'm not tuned into the metal scene enough to find the good bands with a lead who actually bothers to sing.

Feel free to help me out my fellow Farkers.
 
2014-01-01 11:29:26 AM
OK, I'll say it: Hipster metal!


userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2014-01-01 11:32:25 AM
Not nearly as heavy as the bands listed, but I'm still digging the new Ghost cd.

Looking through Wikipedia's list, I see so much I didn't know about, but here's stuff I really like:
Ghost  - Infestissumam
My Dying Bride - Manuscript
Riverside - Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing
Leprous - Coal
Tesseract - Altered State
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Karnivool - Asymmetry
Carcass - Surgical Steel
Devin Townsend - The Retinal Circus
Ulver - Messe
Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen

Some much more I need to listen to.....

As for 2014, waiting impatiently for the new Alcest
 
2014-01-01 11:32:50 AM
thumbs.newschoolers.com
 
2014-01-01 11:38:36 AM

Boudyro: I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.


Yeah, I'm in the same boat.  I grew up listening to Emperor, Immortal, Paradise Lost, Samael, My Dying Bride, etc., etc.  I just can't seem to find new metal nowadays that doesn't seem to be pale imitations, or at least can put together a complete or near-complete album.  Every once in a while, I'll come across a good single, but it's rare that I find a decent album, and lord knows, I've tried: I've picked a lot of FARK recommendations: Uncle Acid, Orange Goblin, Carach Angren, and so on, but none of them seem to make me want to keep listening beyond a few tracks.  It's usually where they go with blast beats for, well, almost the entire song, or the lead singer starts to, apparently, have a heart attack.
 
2014-01-01 11:39:16 AM
No one on the list that I've heard of.  (glances at my library)  But only 5 full albums I've bought with 2013 release dates.

Ashes of Ares's self titled album.  Matthew Barlow on vocals.
Device - Device.  David Draiman's side project, a bit more Industrial than Disturbed.
Iced Earth - Live in Ancient Kourion.  29 live tracks, though some of are songs up to 20 years old.
Sirenia - Perils of the Deep Blue.  Gothic metal with a Spanish songstress and Norwegian musician and harsh vocalist.  My favorite of the 5.
Vandroya - One.  Brazilian band, female singer.. kinda so-so.
 
2014-01-01 11:44:03 AM

EdenLiesObscured: As for 2014, waiting impatiently for the new Alcest


he's supposed to be releasing another track from the album later today according to his Facebook account. I didn't really like the last track much.
 
2014-01-01 11:44:03 AM
I forgot to add Palms (members from Isis and Deftones)
 
2014-01-01 11:49:46 AM

Alphax: No one on the list that I've heard of.  (glances at my library)  But only 5 full albums I've bought with 2013 release dates.

Ashes of Ares's self titled album.  Matthew Barlow on vocals.
Device - Device.  David Draiman's side project, a bit more Industrial than Disturbed.
Iced Earth - Live in Ancient Kourion.  29 live tracks, though some of are songs up to 20 years old.
Sirenia - Perils of the Deep Blue.  Gothic metal with a Spanish songstress and Norwegian musician and harsh vocalist.  My favorite of the 5.
Vandroya - One.  Brazilian band, female singer.. kinda so-so.


You've never heard of Carcass???
 
2014-01-01 11:51:09 AM

n0nthing: How about the return of Carcass?


How about it?  They're on the list. Though it'll never be Carcass without Ken's awesome sloppy drumming.
 
2014-01-01 11:55:03 AM

devilskware: You've never heard of Carcass???


Aside from as road kill, no.

Listening to the Carcass video in the link.. the music's not bad, but I really need a non-harsh singer in the band.
 
2014-01-01 11:58:35 AM
Soma by Windhand. http://windhandva.bandcamp.com/album/soma
Doom. Beautiful, beautiful, fuzzy doom. Female singer, killer solos, half-hour long closing track, all I need is this and the new Sabbath 13. And also Retrash by Oozing Wound for when I'm feeling lighthearted.

/haven't heard the new Corrections House yet, word is that it's terrifying.
 
2014-01-01 12:07:59 PM
Tesseract
Sky Harbor
Faceless : autotheism
Gojira - le enfant savage
Dream theater
Dark tranquility


Ok...I realize a couple are from 2012...don't care.
 
2014-01-01 12:11:18 PM
Scar the Martyr
 
2014-01-01 12:33:33 PM

12349876: As a prog metal guy, my top albums

TesseracT - Altered State
Haken - The Mountain
Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Illusion Suite - The Iron Cemetery
Disperse - Living Mirrors
Thought Chamber - Psykerion
Divinity Compromised - A World Torn
Prospekt - The Colourless Sunrise
Persona Grata - Reaching Places High Above
Being - Anthropocene

and

The Googles Do Nothing: I am waiting for all the FarkMetalNerds to submit their own top 10 lists of bands nobody else likes.

And we already have our "it sucks because it isn't on the radio" comment.  400k+ views on Youtube (for my top band) is more popular than anything you and I have ever done.


I'm going to have to check some of these out. I thought  DT's new album was a step up from their last effort. Then I heard "Mountain" by Haken. Incredible stuff. I also discovered, through a prog subreddit  this band called Leprous. Their 2013 album "Coal" has been in pretty steady rotation on my musical devices.

This NPR guy seem to pick the same type of stuff every year, which is fine, but for non-metal-enthusiast NPR people it sure paints a limited picture of what metal can be. It's not all screaming and noisy chaos*. There are some great melodic singers who are metal vocalists and drummers who can keep a steady beat while doing all sorts of intricate banging*.

*Some of the death metal and thrashy bands he listed were super loose in the rhythm section to the point of sounding more akin to what I associate with punk. Is this a hallmark of that style? I don't really listen to that style much because of the vocals, but I was really surprised at how close some off those songs seemed to come to falling apart rhythmically.
 
2014-01-01 12:43:48 PM
I love love love the SubRosa album. So good - so, well, pretty. And heavy. Beautifully heavy. I really dig the In Solitude album too - but I haven't listened to nearly as much metal this year so those are actually the only two on the list I've actually listened to.
 
2014-01-01 12:43:54 PM
 I also discovered, through a prog subreddit  this band called Leprous. Their 2013 album "Coal" has been in pretty steady rotation on my musical devices.

While I like "Coal" I think their first 2 cds are significantly better. If you don't have them, get them. The song Waste of Air is insane.
 
2014-01-01 01:01:56 PM

EdenLiesObscured: I also discovered, through a prog subreddit  this band called Leprous. Their 2013 album "Coal" has been in pretty steady rotation on my musical devices.

While I like "Coal" I think their first 2 cds are significantly better. If you don't have them, get them. The song Waste of Air is insane.


Ha, I was actually listening to them on Spotify while writing that post and was noticing that the songs from their earlier albums were really getting my juices flowing more. Funny how that is!

Obviously lists have to be taken with a grain of salt, but Lars' bottom 5 all sound so similar to me and there are so many groups across the whole metal spectrum putting out great music that I wonder how he ended up with so little stylistic variety. Oh well.
 
2014-01-01 01:19:50 PM

zappaisfrank: They missed one...

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That's kind of a major omission.
 
2014-01-01 01:23:27 PM

Boudyro: gnarlywizzard: the Bolzer album rules. havent listened to any of the others on the list. but c'mon...manilla road? satan? how about putting some more relevant modern bands on the list and not some washed up retro shiat.

i would add Fister 'Gemini' and Blut Aus Nord 'What Once Was, Liber III.' i didnt listen to a lot of new albums this year.

Out of the samples on that list those were the two I liked the most. Especially Satan.

I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.

I'm not tuned into the metal scene enough to find the good bands with a lead who actually bothers to sing.

Feel free to help me out my fellow Farkers.


Try Primordial, Ghost, The Devils Blood, In Solitude, or Blood Ceremony
 
2014-01-01 01:35:13 PM
It's nice to see an end of the year list that doesn't include Sunbather or Coloured Sands.

Some of my favourites this year:

Witherscape - The Inheritance (Dan farking Swano)

Vulture Industries - The Tower (Avant-garde/prog)

Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death (raw prog death)

Argus - Beyond the Martyrs (trad/doom)

Vista Chino - Peace (Reformed Kyuss)

Dead Lord - Goodbye Repentance (Thin Lizzy worship, not quite metal, don't care)
 
2014-01-01 01:37:24 PM

ModernPrimitive01: Boudyro: gnarlywizzard: the Bolzer album rules. havent listened to any of the others on the list. but c'mon...manilla road? satan? how about putting some more relevant modern bands on the list and not some washed up retro shiat.

i would add Fister 'Gemini' and Blut Aus Nord 'What Once Was, Liber III.' i didnt listen to a lot of new albums this year.

Out of the samples on that list those were the two I liked the most. Especially Satan.

I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.

I'm not tuned into the metal scene enough to find the good bands with a lead who actually bothers to sing.

Feel free to help me out my fellow Farkers.

Try Primordial, Ghost, The Devils Blood, In Solitude, or Blood Ceremony


This. Also check out Pallbearer and Slough Feg. the latest Opeth record has no growls in it and is better than their other not-death-metal album.
 
2014-01-01 01:40:42 PM

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: zappaisfrank: They missed one...

[cdn.americansongwriter.com image 500x500]

That's kind of a major omission.


Ya think?

Seriously...a legendary band puts together an excellent LP that gives them their first number one ever, they spent the whole year on tour...what the hell?
 
2014-01-01 01:40:43 PM

Boudyro: gnarlywizzard: the Bolzer album rules. havent listened to any of the others on the list. but c'mon...manilla road? satan? how about putting some more relevant modern bands on the list and not some washed up retro shiat.

i would add Fister 'Gemini' and Blut Aus Nord 'What Once Was, Liber III.' i didnt listen to a lot of new albums this year.

Out of the samples on that list those were the two I liked the most. Especially Satan.

I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.

I'm not tuned into the metal scene enough to find the good bands with a lead who actually bothers to sing.

Feel free to help me out my fellow Farkers.


Check out  Desultor. Basically a death metal group with a clean vocalist.
 
2014-01-01 01:56:20 PM

12349876: As a prog metal guy, my top albums

TesseracT - Altered State
Haken - The Mountain
Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Illusion Suite - The Iron Cemetery
Disperse - Living Mirrors
Thought Chamber - Psykerion
Divinity Compromised - A World Torn
Prospekt - The Colourless Sunrise
Persona Grata - Reaching Places High Above
Being - Anthropocene

and

The Googles Do Nothing: I am waiting for all the FarkMetalNerds to submit their own top 10 lists of bands nobody else likes.

And we already have our "it sucks because it isn't on the radio" comment.  400k+ views on Youtube (for my top band) is more popular than anything you and I have ever done.


+1 for Dream Theater... I was afraid after Mike left they would get passé, but they continue to impress...
 
2014-01-01 01:56:56 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Boudyro: I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.

Yeah, I'm in the same boat.  I grew up listening to Emperor, Immortal, Paradise Lost, Samael, My Dying Bride, etc., etc.  I just can't seem to find new metal nowadays that doesn't seem to be pale imitations, or at least can put together a complete or near-complete album.  Every once in a while, I'll come across a good single, but it's rare that I find a decent album, and lord knows, I've tried: I've picked a lot of FARK recommendations: Uncle Acid, Orange Goblin, Carach Angren, and so on, but none of them seem to make me want to keep listening beyond a few tracks.  It's usually where they go with blast beats for, well, almost the entire song, or the lead singer starts to, apparently, have a heart attack.


Do you like female vocalists? Nightwish, Delain, and Within Temptation are all good. I prefer power and symphonic metal, partially because I hate the cookie monster thing. Rhapsody, Lacuna Coil, Tyr, etc. I've also really started to love Sabaton, lately. I suppose they're power metal.

/not the heaviest stuff in the world, but good
 
2014-01-01 01:59:27 PM

ChubbyTiger: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Boudyro: I must be getting old. Because I really want to like modern metal. But it seems like more often than not I listen to a song, and I'm digging the riff, I'm feeling the beat, my head starts to bang, and then some asshole comes along and tries to deep throat the mic while someone shoves a telephone pole up his ass.

Yeah, I'm in the same boat.  I grew up listening to Emperor, Immortal, Paradise Lost, Samael, My Dying Bride, etc., etc.  I just can't seem to find new metal nowadays that doesn't seem to be pale imitations, or at least can put together a complete or near-complete album.  Every once in a while, I'll come across a good single, but it's rare that I find a decent album, and lord knows, I've tried: I've picked a lot of FARK recommendations: Uncle Acid, Orange Goblin, Carach Angren, and so on, but none of them seem to make me want to keep listening beyond a few tracks.  It's usually where they go with blast beats for, well, almost the entire song, or the lead singer starts to, apparently, have a heart attack.

Do you like female vocalists? Nightwish, Delain, and Within Temptation are all good. I prefer power and symphonic metal, partially because I hate the cookie monster thing. Rhapsody, Lacuna Coil, Tyr, etc. I've also really started to love Sabaton, lately. I suppose they're power metal.

/not the heaviest stuff in the world, but good


On the female side make sure you include Lacuna Coil, but you have a great start there...
 
2014-01-01 02:04:00 PM
i looked at some other lists to remember what came out this year and managed to eke out a top five. in no order.

Fister - Gemini sludgy midwest death doom with violin, cello, piano elements. concept album based on the movie 'Dead Ringers.'
Kaosophia - The Origins of Extinction swedish-style orthodox black metal from Ukraine. great frosty/dissonant dual guitar interplay. for fans of Watain and Dissection.
Cultes Des Ghouls - Henbane like a mix of eastern bloc proto-black metal and bestial black/death war metal. Superb atmosphere and tones.
Bölzer - Aura Dismember meets DsO kind of vibe on this one. super riffy fun stuff.
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was...Liber III the best thing Vindsval has done since 'Memoria Vetusta II, and way better than anything in the 777 trilogy.
 
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