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Best of 2013

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by TENTH DREAMER DECEIVER, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. General Zod

    General Zod Ruler of Australia

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    Without a doubt. If the cover was a black and white photo of an emaciated Norwegian dude, standing in the woods in corpse paint, this would be my album of the year. :heh:
     
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    Well it's like I said - I think the band is wholly unoriginal and does nothing new, but sold itself rather successfully on its image. The actual artwork is pretty nifty and cool, and it's caught on with a ton of people, including Apple - enough to use it at their press conference. My thing, and what Zod and DC I suppose are also of the opinion of is that we're not talking about "most successful" band of 2013, but rather the best albums of 2013. I'm not saying that people aren't allowed to enjoy Sunbather because everyone has different opinions and music is subjective and all that of course. Nothing I or anyone else says can take away the fact that people like the record and thus there's merit to that. But on the other hand, I do wonder if the same crowd really listened to all of the emergent bands from 2005-2008 that did ostensibly the same thing and (IMO) much better at that.
     
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    What Zod meant to say is that he has a hard on for tall, blonde lumberjacks who wear makeup. :lol:
     
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    While I generally prefer a little more bite to my post rock / metal, I did really enjoy that. I could listen to "Unmake The Wild Light" all day.
     
  5. TENTH DREAMER DECEIVER

    TENTH DREAMER DECEIVER Halcyon Way Sufferer

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  6. AeonicSlumber

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    We get it already, you don't like music.
     
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    It's funny because I feel like this same argument could be made for Ghost, or the any number of bands who are quite plainly ripping off Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Don't get me wrong, I dig the Ghost albums a lot, but it's nothing new. And they were on top of everyone's lists a few years ago.
     
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    I love Ghost but I agree that much of that band's success lies in both its image and its mystique. However, I also argue that Ghost is actually musically unique. Their singer might resemble King (sometimes), but they sound pretty much nothing like MF and I do challenge you to find a riff of theirs that stands out as something off a Fate album. While Ghost WAS late to the party to that retro 70's occult rock rejuvenation that's been going on - popularized by bands like Graveyard and Witchcraft - none of those bands sound anything like Ghost. Neither do those bands sound anything like each other. IMO, Deafheaven is literally interchangeable with many of their peers who came out before them.
     
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    You don't need to be groundbreaking to write good songs or make an album of the year.

    The difference between Deafheaven and Ghost is that everyone, including people who don't listen to or follow Metal and would have no way of knowing what's breaking ground in Metal anyway, is hailing Deafheaven as new, innovative, genre-blending geniuses -- when the truth is that what they are doing has already been done.

    Ghost, on the other hand, has received nothing but Mercyful Fate comparisons from the start and that's not even really a fair comparison. High-pitched vox, Satanic lyrics, and over the top theatrics to not make you a King clone...
     
  10. General Zod

    General Zod Ruler of Australia

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    This. 99% of the music praised in here, regardless of sub-genre, is not praised because it's groundbreaking, just because it's enjoyable.
     
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    "in here" being the operative words.
     
  12. nomisofsiman

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    This completely. You can have a completely solid and album of the year contender without it being new. Let's face it; there's very few "new" things that can be done.

    And as far as comparisons to Ghost, they're much more in tune with Blue Oyster Cult than Mercyful Fate. I've never understood that comparison.
     
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    Looking forward to you posting your 2013 list.
     
  14. AeonicSlumber

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    Sure, I made it a while ago actually:

    Top 10:
    Killswitch Engage - Disarm The Descent
    A Day To Remember - Common Courtesy
    Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
    Kavinsky - Outrun
    Kvellertak - Mier
    Tesseract - Altered State
    Disperse - Living Mirrors
    Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire
    Carcass - Surgical Steel
    My Bloody Valentine - mbv

    It depends on how you define "new" imo since we're talking about music, and you could easily say there's no such thing as "new" music if we're talking about vibrations in the air that all get certain emotional responses out of. But largely speaking, I PERSONALLY, base all my favorite albums on which bands put out the most cutting edge and unique records (to my ears). "Good songs" are a bonus, but it has to be more than that for me. I have to really feel like I can't hear this song anywhere else for me to be inspired enough to listen to it on repeat and then ultimately say "this is one of my favorite albums of the year".
     
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    How good is that ADTR record? I've listened to some snippets and it sounds okay. And I'm tempted to buy it simply because of the story behind it, and to help support their fight. And what did you pay for the new MBV?
     
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    If you like What Seperates' production and poppier songwriting but missed the heaviness of Homesick, CC is definitely a must listen. I forgot how much I paid for mbv. I think $15 or $20? I got the digital version.
     
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    I just don't get it =/
     
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    San Eutocio New Metal Member

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    Hi everyone. My first serious post on the forum. I hope I can make it to the festival in 2014!
    shit, it looks like I miss a lot of bands this year. What the hell I was doing? Trying to get hold of a few albums i've seen in list that it looks like matches my taste.

    Albums that I really loved this year:
    Carcass - Surgical Steel
    DGM - Momentum
    Haken - The Mountain
    Withem - The point of You
    Scale the Summit - The Migration
    Jardin de la Croix - 187 Steps to cross the universe

    Those 6 are the ones that I would put above the rest for me.
    Then I have enjoyed:
    Dream Theater - s/t
    Persefone - Spiritual Migration
    Royal Hunt - A life to die for
    Carving Colours - No way but forwards
    Artillery - Legions
    Sorcery - Legacy of blood
    Protest the Hero - Volition
    Saxon - Sacrifice
    Jeff Loomis - Requiem for the living (ep)
    Death Mechanism - 21st Century
    Exhumed - Necrocracy
    F.K.Ü - Rise of the mosh mongers
    Graveyard - The Sea Grave
    Sorcery - Arrival at Six
    Violator - Scenarios of Brutality

    Just ok:
    Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes
    Queensryche - Queensryche
    The Flower Kings - Desolation Rose
    Epysode - Fantasmagoria
    Revocation - Revocation
    Darkthrone - The Undergrone Resistance (except Leave no cross unturned which I love it!)
    Artlantica - Across the seven seas


    Still need to spin it properly:
    Hell - Curse and Chapter
    Satan's Host - Virgn Sails
    Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth
    Attacker - Giants of Canaan
    Death Angel - the Dreams call for blood
    Thought Chamber - Psykerion
    Hybrid - Angst
    Metal Church - Generation Nothing
    Mortillery - Origin of exctiontion

    Dissapointed:
    Warbringer - IV Empires Collapse
    Tad Morose - Revenant
    Havok - Unnatural Selection
    Animations - Private Ghetto
    Ashes of Ares - s/t

    Happy 2014 to everyone.
     

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