Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just relax

I should be ready to release my Top 40 Albums of 2010 shortly but this post is just a bit of a disclaimer so to speak.
If you read my list and say to yourself (or to me) "Where the hell is Band X?" its absence can be explained by one of three reasons:
a) It sucked
b) my complicated decision making process did not warrant it a Top 40 spot. Just assume it was #41.
c) I never got around to listening to it for whatever reason.
Examples of such are as follows: a) HELLYEAH, Ozzy, Christian Mistress b) Enslaved, Torche, Integrity and c) Tryptikon (or however its spelled), Agalloch, dozens of others.
Please save your questions til the end of the list.
Thank you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top 5 Albums of 2010 that I just couldn't put on my real list.

The following are the Top 5 albums that I really enjoyed but couldn't put on my actual Top 40 Albums of 2010 List. For various reasons. Such as, I have always loved this band but there is nothing special or different on this album that makes it any better or worse that the rest of their albums.
In no particular order:

Monster Magnet - Mastermind: I have always loved MM. This album is full of cool riffs and great hooks. But so is every other MM album. Some songs actually sound like they have taken riffs from previous albums. I still love it though.

Lair of the Minotaur - Evil Power: Not as good as the last album but still lots of fun.

Arson Anthem - Insecurity Notoriety: It's Phil Anselmo and Mike Williams. I shouldn't have to say more. A nice quick listen but nothing to set it apart from the pack. Again, plenty of fun.

Karma to Burn - Appalachian Incantation: KTB continues to pump out wicked jams. But other than the song titles/numbers, I have a hard time distinguishing songs from albums. That said, I'd listen to this any time. You can't knock quality instru-metal.

Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy: This one of those bands that I try to like but I can't really love them. The music itself is exceptional but I am not a fan of the vocals. I included this one more because I feel guilty for not digging it more.