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Top 15 cd's of 2009!!!

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by Wherewolf, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. KYF_Cincinnati

    KYF_Cincinnati The Metal Professor

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    Great list. I checked out ANVIL CHORUS on their MySpace page... I like it. A true melting pot of influences, not an easy thing to do, but it works. Good stuff.

    - KYF
  2. drmetal8

    drmetal8 Graphic Design

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  3. wayland smithers

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    Here are two Top 20s from Metal Asylum

    1. Megadeth – Endgame
    2. Candlemass – Death Magic Doom
    3. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle
    4. House Of Lords – Cartesian Dreams
    5. Lazarus A.D. – The Onslaught
    6. Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings
    7. Winger – Karma
    8. Outloud - We’ll Rock You To Hell And Back Again
    9. HammerFall - No Sacrifice No Victory
    10. Primal Fear - 16:6 (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead)
    11. Artillery – When Death Comes
    12. Grave Digger – Ballads of a Hangman
    13. Lynch Mob - Smoke And Mirrors
    14. Mantic Ritual – Executioner
    15. Immortal – All Shall Fall
    16. Ace Frehley – Anomaly
    17. Almah – Fragile Equality
    18. Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know
    19. Sacred Oath – Sacred Oath
    20. Ravage - The End Of Tomorrow
    1. Outloud – We’ll Rock You To Hell And Back Again
    2. Alex Beyrodt - Voodoo Circle
    3. Dark The Suns – All Ends In Silence
    4. Forest Stream – The Crown Of Winter
    5. While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose
    6. Cage - Science Of Annihilation
    7. Blood Tsunami - Grand Feast For Vultures
    8. Primal Fear - 16.6 Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
    9. Wilde Starr – Arrival
    10. Immortal – All Shall Fall
    11. Amberian Dawn - The Clouds Of Northern Thunder
    12. Disaster Peace - Disaster Peace
    13. Insomnium – Across The Dark
    14. Amorphis - Skyforger
    15. Artillery – When Death Comes
    16. God Dethroned - Passiondale
    17. Necrophobic – Death To All
    18. Candlemass – Death Magic Doom
    19. Wino – Punctured Equilibrium
    20. Nightrage - Wearing A Martyr’s Crown

    Read the rest here
  4. Pellaz

    Pellaz Tigron of Immanion

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    Okay, here's my list.

    • Amorphis- Skyforger
    • Redemption- Snowfall on Judgment Day
    • DTP "Addicted" and "Ki"
    • Týr – By The Light of The Northern Star
    • Vreid - Milorg
    • Samael- Above
    • Bloodbound- Tabula Rasa
    • Immortal- All Shall Fall
    • Dethklok – Dethalbum II
    • Megadeth - Endgame
    • Between the Buried & Me - The Great Misdirect
    • Nile - Those Whom The Gods Detest
    • Behemoth - Evangelion
    • Satyricon - The Age of Nero
    • Therion - The Miskolc Experience
    • Scale the Summit - Carving Desert Canyons
    • Old Man's Child - Slaves of the World
    • Suidakra - Crógacht
    • Korpiklaani - Karkelo
    • Graveworm - Diabolical Figures
    • Dommin - Love Is Gone
    • Insomnium - Across the Dark
    • The 69 Eyes -- Back In Blood
    • Agathodaimon - Phoenix
    • Faith and the Muse - :tatsu: (EP)
    • Ozric Tentacles -- The YumYum Tree
    • VNV Nation - Of Faith, Power and Glory
  5. Soundscape

    Soundscape Member

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    95-51 (missing the cut)

    Devin Townsend - Addicted
    Devin Townsend Ki
    Gavin Castleton - Home
    Paper Route - Absence
    Shadow Gallery - Digital Ghosts
    U2 - No Line on the Horizon
    Microfilm - The Bay of Future Passed
    God Help the Girl - God Help the Girl
    St. Vincent - Actor
    Archive - Controlling Crowds Part IV
    Courtney Yasmineh - Beautiful Lonely
    3 - Revisions
    Transatlantic - The Whirlwind
    BrainFreeze - Focus
    Phideaux - Number Seven
    Rx Bandits - Mandala
    Modern Skirts - All of Us in Our Night
    Operahouse - Escape From the Sun
    Persefone - Shin-ken
    OneRepublic - Waking Up
    Other Lives - Other Lives
    Pain of Salvation - Linoleum [EP]
    August Burns Red - Constellations
    Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest
    Job for a Cowboy - Ruination
    Skidmore Fountain - Cloudless Blue
    BLK JKS - After Robots
    Vektor - Black Future
    Hotel of the Laughing Tree - Old Dominion [EP]
    The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
    Imogen Heap - Ellipse
    Behemoth - Evangelion
    Marillion - Less Is More
    Murder by Death - Finch
    Between the Buried and Me - The Great Misdirect
    Do Make Say Think - Other Truths
    Headlights - Wildlife
    Russian Circles - Geneva
    From Monument to Masses -On Little Known Frequencies
    Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
    Mastodon - Crack the Skye
    Karnivool - Sound Awake
    Muse - The Resistance
    As Tall as Lions - You Can't Take It With You
    Obscura - Cosmogenesis


    50. The Arusha Accord - The Echo Verses
    49. The Swell Season - Strict Joy
    48. Baroness - Blue Record
    47. The Mars Volta - Octahedron
    46. Yeah Yeah Yeah's – It's Blitz
    45. Total Babe - Heatwave
    44. Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
    43. Lights on the Highway - Amanita Muscaria
    42. Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings
    41. The Boy Will Drown - Fetish
    40. Solstafir - Kold
    39. Graph - EP 2 (EP)
    38. Oceansize - Home and Minor (EP)
    37. Warpaint - Exquisite Corpse (EP)
    36. 100Ft Snowman - Juggling Knives (EP)
    35. Brooke Waggoner - Go Easy Little Doves
    34. Scott Matthews - Elsewhere
    33. Water & Bodies - Water & Bodies (EP)
    32. Doves - Kingdom of Rust
    31. Painted in Exile - Revitalized (EP)
    30. The Most Serene Republic - ...And the Ever Expanding Universe
    29. Shelter Red - Strike a Mortal Terror
    28. Mute Math - Armistice
    27. Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
    26. Porcupine Tree - The Incident
    25. The Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
    24. The Antlers - Hospice
    23. The House Harkonnen - Vol.6
    22. Sholi - Sholi
    21. The Kris Norris Projekt - Icons of the Illogical
    20. Grammatics - Grammatics
    19. Malajube - Labyrinthes
    18. Sound & Shape - The Love Electric (EP)
    17. maudlin of the Well - Part the Second
    16. My Latest Novel - Death and Entrances
    15. Ramona Falls - Intuit
    14. Archive - Controlling Crowds
    13. Greg Herriges - Telluric Currents
    12. Karen O - Where the Wild Things Are
    11. Kiss Kiss - The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left
    10. note. - my city of ghosts, stars and hours
    9. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
    8. Long Distance Calling - Avoid the Light
    7. Umphrey's McGee - Mantis
    6. Pure Reason Revolution - Amor Vincit Omnia
    3c. dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion
    3b. The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
    3a. Mew - No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories the World is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away
    2. Soundscape - Grave New World
    1. Kevin Gilbert - Nuts/Bolts
  6. Kaosaur

    Kaosaur Member

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    Really don't know where you're coming from on this list of turkeys.

    I'm gathering the ones I really take issue with fell into the "overhyped" category because there's a ton of stuff on this list that I was really excited about and listened to all year. I didn't think it was possible to be that jaded but this board always surprises me.
  7. Cheiron

    Cheiron Member

    Jan 11, 2006
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    Just remember, if you got these albums freely from bands/labels to do reviews, you must say so ;)
  8. General Zod

    General Zod Ruler of Australia

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    I have to say, I've never known quite what to think of lists like this one. They always strike me as intentionally diverse. I'm not sure how anyone could possibly have enough time in their day to keep their finger on the pulse of so many genres and sub-genres. That said, if some people can truly appreciate this kind of musical diversity, I say kudos. I wish I could.

  9. Cheiron

    Cheiron Member

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    How many new albums do you think you listen to a year?

    I bet I listened to well over a 100 2009 releases. But, I neglected to keep track, and thus cannot rank them as such. I don't think its difficult to keep a finger on the pulse, by visiting a couple forums or review sites, though it is difficult to get deeper. For example, I like jazz, but I don't know 99.9% of the material being releases every year. Same with progressive rock, and certain forms of indie rock. But I'd say with metal that I'm closer to knowing or being familiar with about 25%. I decided to keep my list brief this year and focus on what I really liked, and maybe somebody else who likes some of what I listed will find something else on my list to give a try. A list of a 100 or so albums in some arbitrary ranking system (not explained at all) with no descriptions of the bands, seems altogether worthless.
  10. General Zod

    General Zod Ruler of Australia

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    It depends on how you measure that. I'd say I check out somewhere between 300 - 400 bands a year. What does "check out" mean? Anything from listening to a song on MySpace or YouTube to sitting through the entire CD two or three times. Obviously, those bands whose CDs I buy, I listen to quite a bit more. Interestingly, my purchasing habits have been trending downward...

    2003 - 96
    2004 - 79
    2005 - 77
    2006 - 74
    2007 - 61
    2008 - 59
    2009 - 56

    I'd attribute the above trend to age. I've become more discerning. I no longer feel a need to buy CDs that will invariably do little more than collect dust on my shelves.

    Same here. With the non-Metal genres I enjoy, I suspect I'm missing a ton of good music, simply because I'm not in the loop with the genre.

    His blog had descriptions for the Top 50. However, they weren't fulll reviews, they were mostly sentence or two blurbs that included the band's origin and genre/sub-genre. Personally, I prefer more descriptive reviews, especially for bands outside the Metal genre.

  11. Soundscape

    Soundscape Member

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    Thanks. I guess I find I fall somewhere in no-man's land frankly, as I rarely encounter others whose tastes cross-over to most of the styles and bands I enjoy.

    While I would hardly call myself the most or as diverse as some people's music taste, I do pride myself at being open to listening to as many things as possible.

    I mean part of it is there is so much music out there, and there are so many genres, and sub-genres, that if one likes to expand what they listen to, there is a wealth of material to at least sample.

    The stuff on my list, really the lists I've made over the last 5 years I'd say, has a lot of "indie" rock, but that's a bit vague.

    I guess I used to be one who would seek out tons of prog and progmetal 10 years ago. And that obvious/overt/blatant style of music isn't as much my thing as it once was. I suppose this newer kind of prog "indie-prog" or "alt-prog" has kind of replaced that as a passion I have. And there's a ton of it being made every year now.

    And Metal, rather than the traditional Dream Theater-influenced progmetal that I was so into 10 years ago, I guess I would say I instead listen to a lot more of the extreme metal. Tech/death, a bit of black, metalcore, jazz and "post-metal" I guess you might include in there.

    While that may seem diverse, I guess I just see it as music that is interesting, has good songwriting or album composition, or just draws a stronger appeal to me than the avg radio-pop or corporate metal (or prog and power metal).

    Others may not seek out music in those ways (or see the music I am referring to having those qualities entirely), but I guess that's how I perceive all the music I hear.

    Time? I work a dayjob that allows me to listen to music or other things (podcasts, radio, etc) nearly 8hours a day. Someone wondered the same thing last year about time, and I think I estimated I spend approximately 1500 hours/year just listening to music (at work. alone). So it may not seem like so much music to take in, if you consider that many hours are spent.
  12. NobleKnight

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    <<Time? I work a dayjob that allows me to listen to music or other things (podcasts, radio, etc) nearly 8hours a day. Someone wondered the same thing last year about time, and I think I estimated I spend approximately 1500 hours/year just listening to music (at work. alone). So it may not seem like so much music to take in, if you consider that many hours are spent.>>

    This is absolutely one thing I LOVE about what I do. I get to listen to music all day long. Now, a lot of those listens take awhile to sink in because I'm always focused on work, but every once in awhile I take time out to crank it up and head bang like a mofo :) That and then I go home and listen to music on Youtube, watch DVD's, and browse boards like this a couple times a week. I don't know how I'd keep up on anything if I couldn't do it at work.
  13. Jibrille

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    I really haven't listened to many albums this year. And more than likely, I probably won't even listen to my real favorite album of 2009 until 2010 (usually happens) but here's a basic list of metal/rock albums I loved so far:

    1. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition Only album I'll put a number next to. I absolutely love this album from beginning to end. I can't listen to a single song without playing the entire album, which is pretty rare for me.
    Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious Nothing too much to say about this. I listened to it for a month straight after PP and it keeps making my playlists no matter what genre they be (I've been listening to a lot of mashups & pop music lately).
    Mastodon - Crack the Skye I was never able to get into their previous albums but I love this one. It was the first album of 2009 that got heavy rotation on my mp3 player.
    dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion Another band I didn't get into until this year despite hearing a lot about. It's a great album to listen to as background music but also has plenty of layers to it when you give it your full attention. Just the right mix of alternative and progressive rock.
    Devin Townsend Project - Addicted This is the last "metal" album of the year that has had a ton of plays in my car. I've probably listened to Bend it Like Bender 50x and In-Ah is such a simplistic but catchy song. It probably helps that this album came while I'd been listening to a lot of pop/dance as it's very much a modern dance influenced album.
    Guilt Machine - On This Perfect Day It took me a week to get into this album but once I did, it also got heavy rotation. It's got enough of the Ayreon sound I love, a singer that sounds great,

    Huge Disappointment:
    Muse - The Resistance There's maybe 2 songs on the album I enjoy and then the album just looses my interest. I can't get into the 3 pt Exogenesis before skipping to the next album a few minutes in. Where something like Green Carnation's Light of Day, Day of Darkness can hold my interest the entire 60 minutes, I cannot give that song more than a few moments of my time before getting bored. And then the few parts I like of other songs are because they're a total rip off of Queen. There's little of their sound I enjoyed on Absolution and Black Holes & Revelations and yet they didn't progress so much as just copy another band's style. If I wanted to listen to Queen, I'd put in A Night at the Opera or Jazz.

    So many people are posting Redemption, that I really need to start spinning that album again. It lost the battle to DSO and then Guilt Machine and got buried once I started listening to a lot of pop.

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