Archive for July, 2009

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far THE TOP 10 BEGINS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 31, 2009 by Jay

Welcome to the top 10.  I would just like to remind anyone looking at these that this is based purely off my own opinion and personal taste.  I hope that anyone following this list (if there is anyone haha) is enjoying it.  Now, back to the list:

 #10 Arch Enemy – Wages of Sin

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The Gothenburg scene just wouldn’t feel complete without Arch Enemy.  The two disc release Wages of Sin solidified AE as one of the best bands to don the Gothenburg label.  This album is an unstoppable force of insane riffs, leads, solos, and growls. Continue reading

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Thor’sday is Pagan Metal Day!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 30, 2009 by Steve H

So every Thursday I’ll be puting up some pagan metal for you losers to listen to. Some of it will be new, some will be not quite as recent.

To start off Korpiklaani’s newest single Vodka. Yes, it sounds like every other fucking Korpiklaani release, but EVERY Korpiklaani release sounds like the last. It’s still awesome. After the jump is a live version of Moonsorrow’s Kylän Päässä, which is always fun to watch.

In other Pagan Metal news, Sweden’s Unleashed signed with Nuclear Blast for their upcoming releases. This is to no ones surprise, since SPV’s label aspects were recently disbanded. Clearly Nuclear Blast needed to add ANOTHER band to their roster, cause getting Korpiklaani, Nile, Suffocation, and a bunch of other more seasoned bands wasen’t enough.

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The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #11

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 28, 2009 by Jay

# 11 Immortal – Sons of Northern Darkness

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From the frostbitten landscapes of Blashyrkh comes the unstoppable force that is Immortal!  Black metallers Immortal have been in the metal scene for 20 years now and never really disappoint, especially not with this album.  Sons of Northern Darkness is truly a classic within black metal, and metal in general. Continue reading

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #12

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 26, 2009 by Jay

#12 Insomnium – Above the Weeping World

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There must be something in that icy water in Finland because the music that comes out of there is just unbelievable.  Insomnium have truly captured my attention as a band to watch.  As soon as I heard their 2006 masterpiece Above the Weeping World I was hooked.  This release is much more emotional than their previous works and for this I am grateful.  The only thing missing from In the Halls of Waiting, and Since the Day it All Came Down was a true emotional touch.   Continue reading

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #13

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 26, 2009 by Jay

#13 Turisas – The Varangian Way

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Hailing from Hämeenlinna Finland come the vicious battle metallers Turisas.  If you don’t know about these guys then you should find out ASAP.  There’s nothing better to bang your head to, or pump your fist to than Turisas’ 2007 release The Varangian Way.    Continue reading

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #14

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 26, 2009 by Jay

#14 Mors Principium Est – The Unborn

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 Finnish melo death band Mors Principium Est is fairly unknown in the metal world which is a terrible shame.  The talent coming from this band is unbelievable and I can easily rank them with Scandinavia’s best melo death bands.  I have seldom heard a band playing this style of music that can create such a full sound, and such a crushing sound.  2005’s The Unborn is MPE firing on all fronts. Continue reading

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #15

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 26, 2009 by Jay

#15 Hypocrisy – Virus

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 Peter Tagtgren is truly a god among men and this is very evident on 2005’s Virus.  Hypocrisy, the child of Sweden’s own Peter Tagtgren (Bloodbath, Malevolent Creation), have been around since 1990 and have changed dramatically over the years moving from thrash, to death, to black to melodic death metal (in no particular order).  This release shows many flavors of Hypocrisy bringing together thrash, death metal and touches of black metal to a primarily melodic death metal album. Continue reading