Best Of The Decade
It takes a certain amount of hubris to declare that you know what the best of something is, as it declares that your taste is of more importance that anyone else’s. It takes twice as much hubris, however, to try and define the entire musical output of a decade into one top 5 chart. So that’s what we’ve done.
Using the highly scientific method of mocking each others choices and moaning like little whiny bitches over how hard it was to choose, we took everybody’s top 20 choices and boiled them down through the dedicated practice of counting numbers to the list you have below. As well as that, since they always say you should show your workings, we’ve decided to show you everybody’s top 20s, along with their pitiful attempts at reasoning their choices for the top ten.
So without further ado, here are the 100% official Demon Pigeon Best 5 Albums of the Decade:
The case for Andrew WK, as put forth by Dan Cairns: “I genuinely believe that the world would be a better place if every citizen was forced to sit down and listen to this album. Wars would stop, beer would flow, and there would be no such thing as rape, as everybody would want to do it with everyone else anyway. It’s like a self help book for people too cool to read. I remember he played Party Hard on Top of the Pops years ago and it was amazing, but my Grandad was watching it with me and he called it a bloody racket. He’s dead now though, so Andrew WK wins.”
The case for Clutch, put forward by Paul Stephenson: “If you don’t know how good this album is then you need your fucking head examined. Big meaty party riffs, brilliant lyrics, perfect party album. You know that nosebleed Andrew WanK has on the front of his album? It’s because he’d been listening to Clutch.”
The case for the Deftones, put forward by Andi Hamilton: “A fucking masterpiece. While Nu-Metal was shitting its pants and dying a hilarious death by the way of Papa Roach and Disturbed, Deftones were evolving into one of the best metal bands on the planet. Already far more interesting than their peers due to Around The Fur, this was the album that pushed them into a league of one.”
The Case for Tool, put forward by Eric Hanneman: “I didn’t like Lateralus much when I first heard it. In fact, it took until after the release of 10,000 Days for me to go back and appreciate it properly. I am an idiot. It is one of the finest albums of all time. Listen to it.”
The case for Queens of the Stone Age, put forward by James Swallow: “A record featuring members of Kyuss, Nirvana and Screaming Trees was always going to be fucking brilliant wasn’t it? This album should have been called ‘Rock Club Dancefloor Fillers Vol.1’. Track after track of wonderfully constructed and instantly accessable yet delightfully scuzzy bangers to drive a muscle car off a bridge to.”
So there you go. Personally I think it’s a fucking disgrace, and I’ve a good mind to write to both the Daily Mail and my local MP. And here’s the evidence of how we got into such a silly state of affairs:
Dan Cairns, Co Editor: Hello my loves. I present to you the ten best records of the last ten miserable years. Naturally, it’s all a bit of fun and all personal opinion, but at the end of the day, if you don’t agree with these, it’s a stone cold, scientific fact that you’re probably a cunt. Some of them aren’t even metal, but I write here and you don’t, so in the words of Josef Fritzl… suck it.
1. Andrew WK- I Get Wet: I genuinely believe that the world would be a better place if every citizen was forced to sit down and listen to this album. Wars would stop, beer would flow, and there would be no such thing as rape, as everybody would want to do it with everyone else anyway. It’s like a self help book for people too cool to read. I remember he played Party Hard on Top of the Pops years ago and it was amazing, but my Grandad was watching it with me and he called it a bloody racket. He’s dead now though, so Andrew WK wins.
2. Shellac- 1000 Hurts: I couldn’t not really. Let’s face facts. I am a bitter, middle class, male geek who hasn’t had half as much sex as he deserves. This album was MADE for me. It’s the polar opposite of I Get Wet. Seriously, if Steve Albini was at a party he’d glass someone. He sang songs about getting cheated on and squirrels on this record, so naturally I love it.
3. Radiohead- Kid A: This is what martian interior decorators listen to. How to Disappear Completely is the best song about having a nervous breakdown ever. 10 years on (I feel so horribly fucking old) it still sounds ethereal and lovely. I used to listen to this before going to school, weeping. Now I listen to Napalm Death before going to work. I’m still weeping though.
4. Neurosis- A Sun That Never Sets: This is the kind of music men from UFC listen to when they’re walking the dog, staring into a Rorschach sunset, pondering how best to piledrive their next opponent in a Mayor Mike Haggar-esque fury. It’s gruff, delicate and balls out heavy. Neurosis write riffs that make men cry and go ‘FUCK YEAH!’ at the same time, so it comes out as ‘FUCKYEAAAAWAAHAARRRRGGGGHHHH…’
5. Pig Destroyer- Terrifyer: The best grindcore album ever. Hands down. I used to play this at obnoxiously loud volume to piss off the dickheads I was surrounded by at Uni. It was the worst time looking back. Kids, everyone’ll tell you Uni will be the best time of your life. They’re lying. Yeah, it seems all lovely for a bit but then you realise just what a bunch of fucking morons you’re lumped in with and they’ll listen to the same Muse and Rammstein albums and you’ll realise you’re in a town with people you have NOTHING in common with and they’re so stupid that they get into fistfights about whether football or rugby is better and blah blah fucking blah. Anyway, Katherine Katz (aka. my future wife) of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Salome makes a guest appearance on this album, roaring like the petite blonde firecracker that she is. It’s love man.
6. Will Haven- Carpe Diem: If I’m ever in a band (it’ll happen one day once I find people who I’m not liable to have a massive fall out with because they’re Hadron Collider sized fucking plebs) I want the guitar tone that is on this album. There’s a bit in Saga where they stab away at the same note for about a minute and it is absolutely the best thing ever. Better than a wanky widdly solo dredged up by fucking Dream Theatre or something anyway. Fuck that band. Fuck them in the arse.
7. Converge- Jane Doe: Hands down, the best break up album ever. If you’re like me, you’ll be used to putting this album on quite a lot, after some foul heartless beast with a vagina and a face like Ugly Betty renders you nigh on suicidal for the umpteenth time. WHORES. Anyway, Converge have never sounded better. All the stuff they’ve released since has been excellent as well, but they dredged up some kind of demon on this record. Jacob Bannon’s larynx is probably as knackered as my ex girlfriend’s vagina.
8. Alec Empire- Intelligence and Sacrifice: This album is nuts. Disc 1 is full of raging fucking punk/gabba/metal/glitch madness. Disc 2 is a progressive ambient work called The Ladder. If you don’t like any facet of this record you are probably Nick Griffin. Having said that, he does have a bionic eye, which is pretty fucking badass really.
9. Down II- A Bustle In Your Hedgerow: I remember I got this album way back in 2002 when we went on a family holiday to Gibraltar. I would have been like 16. Anyway, it was a pretty rubbish holiday and it rained all the time and the only thing to do in Gibraltar is go up a massive rock. But there were these monkeys on the massive rock and they jump on your head and everything. It was fucking amazing.
10. Strapping Young Lad- Alien: It isn’t as good as City (then again, nothing is) but my God man. It has the best opening trio of songs ever, and Shitstorm is the most excellently violent thing. Devin Townsend is far too healthy and happy now. Homeboy should trip off his tits again, grow back the skullet, and write another batshit industrial metal album. Wahey, yeah good for you Dev, you’re all happy and at peace and zen anSHUT UP I’M NOT HAPPY I WANT YOU TO BE MENTAL AGAIN YOU ARE ON THIS EARTH TO FEED MY RAGING DESPICABLE MIDDLE CLASS ANGST.
The best of the rest:
11. Today Is The Day- Sadness Will Prevail
12. Cave In- Jupiter
13. Deathspell Omega- Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem
14. Ion Dissonance- Solace
15. High On Fire- Blessed Black Wings
16. Soilent Green- A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down
17. Venetian Snares- Winnipeg is a Frozen Shithole
18. Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Yanqui U.X.O
19. Dresden Dolls- Yes Virginia
20. Cannibal Corpse- Kill
1. Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works: Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed the pop nous of Justin Timberlake with the unhinged mind of Mike Patton and then set the whole thing to dazzlingly technical mathcore? Well thankfully Dillinger did, and produced the greatest album of the last 20 years. Fact.
2. Clutch – Blast Tyrant: If you don’t know how good this album is then you need your fucking head examined. Big meaty party riffs, brilliant lyrics, perfect party album. You know that nosebleed Andrew WanK has on the front of his album? It’s because he’d been listening to Clutch.
3. Converge – Jane Doe: Best hardcore album in history, it’s like being attacked by a legion of dwarves inflicting minuscule paper cuts. But in a good way. Quite simply the most unique and interesting thing hardcore has ever done. Everyone else should just give up.
4. Neurosis – A Sun That Never Sets: This album should have been the soundtrack to the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Seriously, try listening to Neurosis when you are reading fantasy. It’s mental. This album makes Morrissey look like the weird monkey things in Waybaloo. The most righteous piece of depression and a great argument for coming off Valium.
5. Mastodon – Blood Mountain: Most people reading this will probably be annoyed that I picked this over Leviathan, and they probably have a point. But while Leviathan is a brilliantly realised metal masterpiece, Blood Mountain makes me as giddy and giggly as when I first discovered Guns and Roses as a kid. I still guffaw with child-like joy when I hear it today. The wankiest and most brilliant speed-prog ever.
6. Tool – 10,000 Days: A master class in how to do everything. Want to know how to build a song to a crescendo? Go here. Want to play drums? Go here. Want to know how to sing? Go here. Want to say goodbye to your dead Mum with a two-part 17 minute epic? You guessed it. As close as Tool are ever likely to get to their masterpiece Aenima.
7. Radiohead – Hail To The Thief: It took me while to work out which Radiohead album should go on this list, but while it may not have been the best received of their albums, listening back to it now Hail is a claustrophobic clusterfuck of an album, dense and brilliant.
8. Isis – Panapticon: Isis may stick solidly to the tried and tested formula of ‘big riff, slow bit, heavy chorus, now the build, ooooooh fuck I just came a bit there.’ But it’s big and beautiful and heavy where it needs to be, and if you’re Isis, that’s all you ever really need to do in my books, and Panapticon is as good as it gets.
9. Sigur Ros – Takk: This may be as far away from metal as you can conceivably be, but this is a glistening beautiful example of what can be done with music, taking in the scope of classical music, indie, even the atmospherics of post hardcore, there’s a reason it’s used on every soundtrack and ident you’ve ever seen (although not commercial adverts, they also have integrity) and that’s because it’s brilliant.
10. Deftones – White Pony: Nearly ten years old and White Pony now sounds like the last great album to wrap up the ridiculousness of the Nu Metal scene. Unfortunately nobody else realised, and Linkin Park are still going and Limp Bizkit are back. But this album had a refreshing maturity that eschewed the laziness of a stagnant scene and ten years on still sounds as interesting and vital as it did back then.
The best of the rest:
11. Strapping Young Lad – The New Black
12. Lamb Of God – New American Gospel
13. Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know…
14. At The Drive In – Relationship of Command
15. Today Is The Day – Sadness Will Prevail
16. Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
17. Meshuggah – Obzen
18. Cave In – Jupiter
19. Knut – Challenger
20. Portishead – Third
1. IQ - Dark Matter: An album that changed the way I look at music. Like listening to a radio telescope trained on a distant planet populated entirely by ambulatory sentient church organs, all having a massive row about who left the toilet seat up. Or down. I’ve no idea how an ambulatory sentient church organ micturates, do you? Epic, pretentious, unutterably complicated, and yet completely mind-blowing.
2. Karma to Burn – Almost Heathen: That so many instrumental stoner bands have cropped up in the last decade is a testament to the formula that Karma to Burn hit upon – and this record is its apotheosis. A solid egg of sludge, where every tune’s a killer, and it’s the music that’s shoved firmly to the foreground, rather than some preening cock warbling on about some shit or other.
3. Medeski Martin & Wood – The Dropper: It’s not metal, it’s experimental jazz fusion, but the world doesn’t begin and end with guitars, you know. Dip into this and you’ll find a maelstrom of hammond grooves fighting it out with hulky, bulky drum lines like horny cats in July. Nearly ten years old now, this untouchable record, and it’s still sounding unique.
4. Mastodon – Leviathan: An astonishing album you can’t help but love. The middle eight of Blood and Thunder is the most evocative rendition of all-consuming Victorian hatred yet heard by human ears. Though the world of music is clogged with concept albums about Moby Dick, even if another dozen were released next week, there will always be room for this one.
5. Bad Religion – Empire Strikes First: The return in 2001 of Brett Gurewitz and the addition of human dynamo Brooks Wackerman on drums unexpectedly propelled these elder statesmen of punk back to something like their classic form, but it wasn’t until this record that the whole thing really gelled. An album that deserves to stand alongside the best examples of the genre.
6. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Plastic Fang: Not my favourite JSBX record by any means, but definitely my favourite of this decade. Ideally you’d come to this album via Now I Got Worry, Orange or Acme, the true classics of the JSBX catalogue. But there’s a great deal to like here, and it beats the piss out of your Strokes or your White Stripes.
7. Mogwai – The Hawk is Howling: ‘Texture’ is the correct word to sum this record up. A massive, grooving thing, devoid of human vocals, as all music should be, it switches back and forth between colossal dynamic riffing and gently melancholic reverie. On top of that, Pitchfork gave it 4.5 out of 10 which is enough by itself to qualify it for this list.
8. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf: The record that marks the turning point in the Queens’ career. Nothing they’ve done since even remotely approaches the quality on display here, as the robotic machine-rock of Rated R is exploded into something breathtaking. Then the two best things about the line-up (Lanegan and Oliveri) disappeared, and along with them, all my interest in QOTSA.
9. Super Furry Animals – Love Kraft: I could recommend this album on the basis of just two tunes – Atomik Lust and Cabin Fever. Both are beautifully lush, slow, sweeping love songs with a psychedelic twist and a potency so incredible, they now know me by name at the abortion clinic. Yet there’s so much more to this record’s credit than those two songs, far more than I could adequately articulate in this space. Just listen to it and then just love it.
10. Mark Lanegan Band – Bubblegum: The gravelliest man in rock proves that gentle subtlety and heart-aching melancholy can be every bit as arresting and powerful as screaming and shouting and banging on things. An album of unrelenting darkness, with songs that, at times, are barely even there, it nevertheless manages to ring the odd chime of optimism. A fantastic album from a staggeringly talented lyricist.
Best of the rest:
11. Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull
12. Portishead – Third
13. Air – The Virgin Suicides
14. Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
15. cLOUDDEAD – cLOUDDEAD
16. CAKE - Comfort Eagle
17. The Black Keys – Thickfreakness
18. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
19. Scissorfight – Mantrapping for Sport and Profit
20. Stanton Moore – III
1. Burial – Untrue: The sound of rainy nighttime shortcuts through estates with bad reputations. A record equal parts dark, danceable and depressing. We’ve heard albums described similarly but the beautifully distorted vocals add a crushing air of sadness to the proceedings which stays with you for days.
2. Knuckledust – Time Won’t Heal This: Hardcore bands sing about betrayal, loyalty, self-doubt and social issues all the time (or at least used to), but very few make you truly believe that what they are saying genuinely affects them.TWHT is a masterclass in lyrical and musical punishment that hasn’t been bettered (even by the band themselves) in ten years.
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell: YYYs are reminiscent of The Ramones in that they were limited by musical ability but have songwriting chops that people would sell their toilets for. At it’s most rocking (Cold Light) Fever To Tell is Sabbath meets T-Rex and at it’s softest moment (Maps) is like The Pretenders covered by the most beautiful drunk woman you’ve ever heard.
4. Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender: 52m05s of “awww!”. Pretty little ditties that sound like they were recorded by a musically gifted seven year-old girl who has had too many Smarties and is showing off at a family gathering. The critical plaudits awarded at the time of release were well deserved.
5. Goatsnake – Trampled Under Hoof: Doomy Stoner groove that gives you a Cheshire Cat grin and a bangover from hell each and every time without fail. Their cover of Saint Vitus’ Burial At Sea is still one of the most crushing songs I’ve ever heard. Plus I’m a sucker for records with Goats on the sleeve.
6. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein: Vast Aire and Vordul Mega’s debut album (and the first full-length released by EL-P’s Definitive Jux label) is just something else. Futuristic beats coupled with an unusual rhyme style created a true classic. Musically and lyrically “out there” (ugh); if Ghostface and Raekwon grew up on Blade Runner and Mortal Kombat instead of The Killer and cocaine their output would probably sound quite similar.
7. Irate – 1134: Like some hellish collaboration between Metallica and District 9, the Bronx’s finest produced a true Metalcore classic. Featuring possibly the best guitarist and drummer Hardcore has ever given us and one hell of a set of lungs in Phil Vibes. They fully succeeded in helping you create incredible visuals to their tales of Police brutality, lost loved ones and a few tracks about smacking people around the head with pipes, which are always welcome.
8. The Bird and the Bee – The Bird and the Bee: Indie Pop genius. Incredibly well produced, every track on this could have been (and should have been) a #1 single. Sounding somewhere between The Cardigans and Lily Allen (TBATB member Greg Kurstin produced Lily’s last album in it’s entirety and three tracks from her debut) it brings nothing but smiles and a few erections. God bless Eric Wareheim for introducing the world to them.
9. Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf: A record featuring members of Kyuss, Nirvana and Screaming Trees was always going to be fucking brilliant wasn’t it? This album should have been called ‘Rock Club Dancefloor Fillers Vol.1’. Track after track of wonderfully constructed and instantly accessable yet delightfully scuzzy bangers to drive a muscle car off a bridge to.
10. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker: I hate the term “Alt-Country”, but this record taught me there was more to early 00’s Country than men in sequined denim shirts with Madonna-mics flying around on wires above stadiums filled with drunk 40-somethings. So for that reason alone I’ve grown to embrace that term. An album’s title has never been more fitting. Try to hold the tears back as Ryan croaks his way through Oh My Sweet Carolina with Emmylou Harris. Stunning.
The best of the rest
11. Integrity – To Die For
12. EL-P – Fantastic Damage
13. Darkthrone – The Cult Is Alive
14. Witchcraft – Firewood
15. Plastician – Beg To Differ
16. Mastodon – Remission
17. Circulus – The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent
18. High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings
19. Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow
20. Ringworm – Justice Replaced By Revenge
1. Mark Lanegan – Field Songs: Mark Lanegan is a tough dude and he’s seen some tough times. Listen to this album and you know it has been worth it. With Screaming Trees, QOTSA, his solo work and myriad side-projects Lanegan has produced some of his generation’s finest music but this one tops the lot.
2. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago: When Justin Vernon retreated to a log cabin to cry about his girlfriend, cultivate his beard and scratch about on an old guitar, the result should have been a disaster. Instead, he somehow fashioned a classic. Immediately upon hearing this, I knew I wanted to go on listening to it forever.
3. Clutch – Blast Tyrant: Part-way along their evolution from skinny hardcore dudes to burly bluesmen Clutch birthed Blast Tyrant. It’s their heaviest, most switched on album and never gets boring.
4. Tool – Lateralus. I didn’t like Lateralus much when I first heard it. In fact, it took until after the release of 10,000 Days for me to go back and appreciate it properly. I am an idiot. It is one of the finest albums of all time. Listen to it.
5. Mastodon – Crack the Skye: Here Mastodon produced what is simultaneously their most complex and most accessible album so far, with baffling lyrics about wormholes and Rasputin to boot. Here, they have produced towering epic that establishes them as the world’s best metal band. Great beards too.
6. QOTSA - Songs for the Deaf: This was QOTSA at the peak of their powers. While their eponmymous debut is more cohesive, this had the better songs and avoided the unfocussed sprawl that has started to affect later albums.
7. A Perfect Circle – Mer de Noms: Maynard’s other band with the only really good album they’ve produced.
8. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin: People said they sounded like My Morning Jacket, but the big difference is, Band of Horses know how to write amazing songs. This continues my favoured motif of bearded men singing sad songs.
9. Tom Waits – Orphans: Tom Waits is a multi-faceted genius and this triple album shows everything he’s capable of. I hope he lives forever.
10. Soulsavers – It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s How You Land: Soulsavers realised that if you want to make a good album, the best thing you can do is draft in Mark Lanegan. These are languid movie soundtracks accompanied by the greatest voice in rock and the album includes an even better version of Kingdom of Rain than the original.
The best of the rest
11. Black Mountain – In the Future
12. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
13. Devotchka – A Mad and Faithful Telling
14. Baroness – The Blue Record
15. Why? – Alopecia
16. Deftones – White Pony
17. The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia
18. At the Drive In – Relationship of Command
19. The Twilight Singers – Powder Burns
20. Fantomas – The Director’s Cut
As the great Lance Storm once said, if I could be serious for a moment. Picking a top 10 albums from the last decade has been, predicatably, an utter ballache for me. I turned 16 in 2000 and started my downward spiral of metamorphosis into the miserable cunt that sits in front of this PC screen. I also started spending a significant amount of my time listening to music and actually caring about it. Oh, and masturbating, but that’s a totally different list altogether.
So, basically, this is supposed to be a top 10 albums from my formative years, which in all honesty is impossible, so this is really just a list of ten of the most noteworthy that I will no doubt regret before this is even published. I’ll probably keep it fairly metal centric, or it’ll never, ever get done – meaning amazing albums by Art Brut, Bon Iver, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and countless others are going to have to accept an “honourary mention”.
Also, most of it will be the same as Dan’s, as we’re both part of a secret government experiment which involved giving two schoolkids shitloads of nu-metal to listen to and see how they end up in ten years time.
Broken and bitter husks of men, is the answer.
1. Deftones – White Pony: A fucking masterpiece. While Nu-Metal was shitting its pants and dying a hilarious death by the way of Papa Roach and Disturbed, Deftones were evolving into one of the best metal bands on the planet. Already far more interesting than their peers due to Around The Fur, this was the album that pushed them into a league of one.
2. Tool – Lateralus: Tool are basically amazing and I don’t feel I have to explain this.
3. Andrew WK – I Get Wet: Basically, a fucking flawless tribute to the art of getting as heroically fucked up as possible. The musical equivalent of a night on the tiles, dancing like a twat and some embarrassing yet totally fucking awesome sex with the girl of your dreams at the end of it all. Plus, the guy is a complete lunatic, a combination of Rob Zombie and Mr. Motivator. Also has the sexiest album art of the decade.
4. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R: Should have been called “Awesome songs about drugs and fucking”. I like all of Homme’s output with Queens, but this album had all of his songwriting with the added edge of the utterly unhinged Nick Oliveri. It was a toss up between this and Songs for the Deaf, as I love them both equally, but that album didn’t have Rob Halford on it.
5. At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command: Brilliantly, I fucking hate both Sparta AND the Mars Volta, but it turns out if you smash both of those bands together you get the single most important punk band since Refused. If you listen to Cosmonaut and don’t want to jump around like a retard on Christmas morning then you’ve gone wrong somewhere. They had a bunch of excellent albums, recorded this masterpiece and looked like they were about to make it big, then they exploded. Most people my age lie about seeing them live. Naturally, I saw them LIVE twice and one time they were shite. Stick that in your facehole, if you believe me, of course.
6. A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms: I didn’t get on with Thirteenth Step – it seemed to “diet Tool” for my tastes – but Mer De Noms hit it out of the fucking park. Most of them are love songs, too, showing once and for all I do have a softer side, but don’t fucking tell anyone.
7. Will Haven – Carpe Diem: This album LIVED in my CD player for about a year. This was a CD played that also doubled up as my alarm clock. When the forboding intro of the title track began, I knew I only had seconds before I was subjected to a fucking ferocious noise. Heavy, rhythmic – even simplistic – riffs hammer home the pure anger they clearly wanted to capture on this album. Eventually, it scared the shit out of an unsuspecting ex-girlfriend once upon a morning and was eventually forced to replace it, which is about as brilliant a review of a metal album you’d want to hear, no?
8. Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary: This album is a bunch of incredible pop-punk songs about booze, drugs, women and Satan. These topics worked well for Black Sabbath and they work really fucking well for these masterful songwriters. A pretty much perfect album, completely filler-free.
9. 65daysofstatic – One Time For All Time: The best electro-post rock outfit to come out of Sheffield in, well, ever. Saying that, I bet if there WAS another electro-post rock band in Sheffield, they wouldn’t be as good as these boys.
10. The Icarus Line – Penance Soiree: Another album about drugs and fucking, this time by Los Angeles sleazers The Icarus Line. Their first album was a crazy night out with the Stooges and Guns n’ Roses, whereas this one is the dark, bitter comedown. It is loud, obnoxious and fucking brilliant.
11 – Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
12 – Every Time I Die – Hot Damn!
13 – Mastodon – Crack The Skye
14 – Lightning Bolt – Beautiful Rainbow
15 – The White Stripes – Elephant
16 – Desaparecidos – Read Music Speak Spanish
17 – Jay Z – The Black Album
18 – My Vitriol – Finelines
19 – Thrice – The Artist In The Ambulance
20 – Girl Talk – Night Ripper