I was editing the whole damn Show No Mercy Top 40 Metal albums list and then my fucking browser crashed, so you will just have to look at it here.
Holy crap, Royal Thunder. Shit's great.
They will be, as will Pallbearer and Baroness. I can almost guarantee that. I love these metal lists though. This year was widely acknowledged as not so good for black metal, and it's a boon in disguise, as there are so many other metal sub-genres that created great music. Grind, doom, thrash, hardcore and (in my mind, especially) trad metal all really shone. Between Baroness, Pallbearer, Dawnbringer and now Royal Thunder, I think the old-school metal sounding records from this year are my biggest surprise.
Do you follow the A.V. Club's feature Loud? Covers metal, hardcore, noise, and general other unpleasantries. They did a best of the year list with some interesting sounding stuff. I need to give Pallbearer another chance. I got so turned off by the classic rock vocals that I just wrote the entire thing off. My distaste for classic rock radio is so fucking strong that I've let it ruin a lot of fairly decent music.
For me, that was the stuff I grew up on (along with grunge and 90s alt radio, which is basically classic rock) so I'm loving all these new bands throwing back to those sounds.
I'll check out that A.V. Club feature. Sounds totally up my alley, and after this year I'm going to start following metal in earnest again. Most of the bright spots in rock this year were at least tangentially metal.
One record that I think is vastly underappreciated is Dragged Into Sunlight's new album. Might be my favorite metal album of the year.
What? How did I not hear about that tour?
That list is pretty great, besides omitting Faustcoven's new one. Also I would have had Inverloch in the top 10
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That would be an awesome show if it wasn't for Enslaved. At least I could leave early.
Do you not like Black Metal?
As far as the proto metal sound that was popular this year, I'm surprised Kadavar wasn't on more lists. That record is great
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Not really surprised by Voices From The Lake, Pitchfork has always given serious techno a bit of sideways recognition but it's definitely not a priority, and I'd say that album is maybe too niche for their year end list. Laurel Halo's album really doesn't do it for me, but I guess it's been pretty well regarded this year, although I'm not all that surprised it ended up in the honorable mentions. Again, probably a bit too niche. I still have no idea how WIXIW isn't in the top 20, let alone top 50. It was well reviewed, it's the best Liars album in years and years, and they're an act Pitchfork has always supported.
Last edited by stinkbutt; 12-19-2012 at 07:14 PM.
That's disappointing about Immortal. They put out a few of the best black metal albums. Then again, so did Enslaved. I'm stoked to see them, but I feel like I might have to leave after the twin jet engines of Pallbearer and Royal Thunder.
Enslaved isn't bad live, but he is right they do some cheesy shit, unless you like hand clapping and beating your chest while saying oi.
50. Lambchop - Mr. M
49. Crystal Castles - III
48. Peaking Lights - Lucifer
47. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
46. Rustie - Essential Mix
45. El-P - Cancer for Cure
44. Metz - Metz
43. Mac DeMarco - 2
42. Rick Ross - Rich Forever
41. Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze EP
40. DIIV - Oshin
39. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
38. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
37. Future - Pluto
36. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
35. TNGHT - TNGHT
34. Chairlift - Something
33. Actress - R.I.P.
32. Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips
31. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
30. The Men - Open Your Heart
29. Cat Power - Sun
28. How to Dress Well - Total Loss
27. John Talabot - fIN
26. Julia Holter - Ekstasis
25. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
24. Purity Ring - Shrines
23. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
22. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
21. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
None of their highest 20 reviewed have been accounted for so this will be the top 20 in some order or another...
Frank Ocean "Channel Orange"
Kendrick Lamar "good kid, m.A.A.d city
Godspeed You! Black Emperor "Alleluja! Don't Bend! Ascend!"
Grizzly Bear "Shields"
Beach House "Bloom"
Swans "The Seer"
Fiona Apple "The Idler…"
Tame Impala "Lonerism"
Dirty Projectors "Swing Lo Magellan"
Japandroids "Celebration Rock"
Spiritualized "Sweet Heart Sweet Light"
Ty Segall Band "Slaughterhouse"
Death Grips "The Money Store"
Chromatics "Kill for Love"
Burial "Kindrid EP"
Twin Shadow "Confess"
Killer Mike "RAP Music"
Julia Holter "Ekstasis"
Cloud Nothings "Attack on Memory"
Converge "All We Love We Leave Behind"
I expect Grimes in the top 5, Frank Ocean at number 1.