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    AHA I just remembered where i was talking about Leftoever Crack, there's a ska thread in the rumors section
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    Also, I'd love it if someone were to do a Drone metal list.
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    5/15 - Muse - Mayan
    5/23 - Ceremony - Echoplex (?)
    5/26 - Refused - Roxy
    5/27 - Neutral Milk Hotel - Warner Grand (?)
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    The Germs-GI

    The Germs were the biggest band early on in the LA scene. They were insane, they were dangerous, their lead singer did drugs and started a cult of personality. They also ramped up the anger, nihilism and distortion on the traditional punk sound. They were basically one of the first proto-hardcore bands, and you can hear the roots of Black Flag in their sound. Darby Crash (the singer) flared out after this, ODing without producing another album. Pat Smear, the guitar player, became the second guitar for Nirvana up until Kurt offed himself. There was a movie made about them recently and the band was so impressed with the guy who played Darby that they reformed with him as the singer and have been playing shows. I haven't seen them but I hear they were decent.
    What an absolute blast this album is.
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    5/23 - Ceremony - Echoplex (?)
    5/26 - Refused - Roxy
    5/27 - Neutral Milk Hotel - Warner Grand (?)
    5/30 - Spoon - Wiltern (?)


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    6. Bark Psychosis - Hex

    Now ain't this a little beauty. It definitely mimics a lot of the other selections on this list, I mean the guitar tone of "A Street Scene" and the Laughing Stock opener are just about identical. Even what they are playing may be the same chord, but that isn't the point is it? That is probably a good thing, isn't it? Wouldn't you prefer a musical landscape where artists try to sound like Talk Talk more often than not? I know I would. Back to the album though, this album has a nice pace to it, this is key to it's success. It seems to lure you in, without being overly patient (a constant downfall of modern Post-Rock artists, too often a band will shove a riff down your throat for double digit minutes, shining an ugly light on a misconception on what "dynamics"...it's not that interesting of a riff, man...). A nice understanding of knowing what is too little, and what is too much make these songs flourish with letterhead precision.
    Good god...incredible.
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    Oh fuck yeah, they cover What Goes On by the VU on this album, and it's 8 minutes long, and it's really well done. Fantastic.
    5/15 - Muse - Mayan
    5/23 - Ceremony - Echoplex (?)
    5/26 - Refused - Roxy
    5/27 - Neutral Milk Hotel - Warner Grand (?)
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    Oh fuck yeah, they cover What Goes On by the VU on this album, and it's 8 minutes long, and it's really well done. Fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Still-ill View Post
    10 Essential Dub Albums
    I've had this list on shuffle for the past few hours. Absolutely fantastic summer music, I'm really loving it!
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    5/23 - Ceremony - Echoplex (?)
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    Someone want to tackle UK garage? Or perhaps just a few recommendations if you don't feel like compiling a list of 10 essential albums?

    EDIT* It doesn't have to be strictly UK. Anything essential is welcomed.
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    Courtney Barnett - 6/5 - The Mohawk
    The Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show - 6/27 - Whitewater Amphitheater
    Death Grips - 7/18 - The Mohawk
    Kraftwerk - 9/25 - Bass Concert Hall

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    ^ Seconded.
    5/15 - Muse - Mayan
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    5/26 - Refused - Roxy
    5/27 - Neutral Milk Hotel - Warner Grand (?)
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    "UK Garage" is not what i thought it would be when I looked it up on Wikipedia. I'm curious.
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    I think essential albums would be tough as it's much more of a singles genre. The Run the Road compilation is technically grime, but there's some serious overlap there and it's pretty fantastic.
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    Thanks. I was actually kind of torn on whether to bump this thread of the "The Thread Where You Name an Artist and Someone Else Recommends an Album." If someone just wants to recommend some artists and or mixes that would be great.

    EDIT* Cara recommended Todd Edwards (who I really dug).
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    Courtney Barnett - 6/5 - The Mohawk
    The Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show - 6/27 - Whitewater Amphitheater
    Death Grips - 7/18 - The Mohawk
    Kraftwerk - 9/25 - Bass Concert Hall

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    I don't know where to put this so I'm bumping this wonderful thread!

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    It'd be cool if someone went back through and indexed this and put it in the first post, Patrick.
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    Doom:

    1. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971)

    Sabbath are the godfathers of so many different metal styles. On this record alone they pretty much birthed stoner, sludge and doom metal. The final song, Into the Void, enters with a snarling, deeply downtuned riff that just snarls with evil. It sounds rusty, old and filthy. Then the distorted power chords lock in with the bass and drums for a slow grind, every once in awhile bending notes and sliding through a slow blues. With that, doom metal was born. Some would argue that the title track off the first record (Black Sabbath) is Doom ground zero, or even I Want You (She's So Heavy) by the Beatles, but until Into the Void nobody had put all the pieces together in the way we now think of doom.

    2. Saint Vitus - Born Too Late (1986)

    SST records was most commonly associated with So Cal hardcore punk, but they were supporters of underground metal as well. Saint Vitus openly worshiped Sabbath with their sludgy guitars, and on this one they drafted one of doom's all-time great singers, Wino of The Obsessed. His dark, drunken howl offered a template for many other singers in the style (one of the rare underground metal genres that regularly features "clean" vocals.) The reason this one is such a legend in the doom scene is that the songs are fantastic. Clear Windowpane is heavy while retaining a psychedelic tone and Born Too Late grinds and lurches with great heft. A cornerstone of doom.

    3. Trouble - Psalm 9 (1984)

    Along with Pentagram (not included here because they were a singles band that never released their singles) and Saint Vitus, Trouble completes the unholy trinity of 80s doom bands in my mind. Taking that slow, sludgy Sabbath guitar tone, they differentiate themselves from the others by playing things even slower and more primal. Sometimes the chug of the guitar and the howling vocals almost suggest early Metallica and speed metal, but the guitars come back to those Sabbath licks that define doom.

    4. Sleep - Dopesmoker (1999/2002/2012)

    Perhaps the quintessential doom record, Sleep distilled their mammoth guitar sound, booming bass and pounding drums into one gigantic track of riff-and-bong worship of the first order. Riffs are given room to grow slowly and they morph and cycle throughout the song to great effect. Matt Pike's solos and Al Cisneros' chanted vocals keep things interesting for those less prone to meditating on riff repetition, but the real star of Sleep is their massive sound. They just envelop you on record, and live they are overwhelming. Certain strains of doom metal focus exclusively on riffs and volume, and this is the epitome of those practitioners.

    5. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone (2000)

    Much like Sleep, Electric Wizard play huge, heavy, detuned riffs that cycle over and over. Unlike Sleep, Electric Wizard are all about creating and maintaining a feel of evil and dread in their work. The songs lurch and grind, Jus Osborne's vocals fight through layers of fuzz and grit, and the bass looms large through everything. Each song is a collection of a few riffs, each one absolutely memorable and fantastic, and the low end is just suffocating.

    6. Melvins - Lysol (1992)

    Their previous album, Bullhead, introduced long songs and riff worship into their sludgy mess, but Lysol is basically the blueprint for Dopesmoker and all the long-song stoner riff explorations that have come to define so much of doom. Starting with a 17 minute bomb of heavily detuned guitar and slowly developing rhythms, Lysol is of a piece. Each song melds into the next as the sludge just fills the room. More than any other band here, Melvins let their guitar and bass breathe, allowing tones to ring for a time before going to the next moment, making it a crucial record in the drone metal catalog as well. The B-Side includes a cover of a Flipper track, an influential band on underground doom, punk and sludge.

    7. Candlemass - Nightfall (1988)

    They are essential in the creation of epic doom (their first record was called Epicus Doomus Metallus) and this is my personal favorite of the style. The guitars are a tad bit faster than the typical doom stuff (more like Black Sabbath Volume 4) and the vocals are clearly influenced by Judas Priest, more operatic and soaring than gritty and melodic. This one is full of epic, soaring tracks that take the distorted doom guitar sound and send it sky high.

    8. Jesu - Jesu (2004)

    The guitars burn slowly out of the gate, always evoking the image of space detritus burning up as it enters the atmosphere in my mind. The slow, dark sound would be overbearing in its weight if it weren't for the ethereal vocals that glide over the top. Later Jesu records betray more of a debt to shoegaze, but this one is a doomy, post-metal/shoegaze mash that will worm its way into your head and never let go.

    9. Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend (2014)

    Yob have been doing long, dark, crushing doom songs for around 20 years. They reached a new peak last year with Clearing the Path to Ascend. Each song is fully constructed rather than relying on the power of the riffs. Marrow, the last song, alternates screams and beautiful vocals and reaches a crescendo that would make GYB!E jealous. Massive, beautiful music, these guys are still expanding what doom can do.

    10. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden (2014)

    Combine slow, sludgy, Sleep sounds with Yob's gift for long-form songcraft, Candlemass' sense of the epic and Black Sabbath's melodic vocals, and you get Pallbearer. These guys are probably the biggest stars on the new doom scene, which is really thriving. They play huge, catchy and heavy doom, full of head-banging riffs and memorable melodies. Both of their records are fantastic and well worth hearing, but this one has the edge for more nuanced playing and better songs.

    Further listening:
    SubRosa - More Constant Than The Gods
    My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans
    Church of Misery - Master of Brutality
    Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium
    Goatsnake - Flower of Disease
    The Obsessed - Lunar Wound
    Paradise Lost - Gothic
    Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
    Eyehategod - Take As Needed For Pain
    Down - NoLa
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    Fuck yeah Bmack! I love Sleep, and of course Sabbath, but don't know much more about the Doom genre. Definitely going to check these out!

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    Sludge Metal:

    Sludge mixes Black Sabbath-y doom riffs, hardcore punk and southern rock into a distinctly grooving, heavy and ugly style of metal. Expect lots of downtuned guitars, catchy riffs and TONS of distortion.

    1. Black Flag - My War (1984)

    Hardcore punk right? That's what Black Flag was all about! Well, this album wound up pissing off a bunch of punks when it was released in '84. The band had been caught in a protracted lawsuit that kept them from releasing music for three years, so fans who hadn't seen them live were unprepared for the changes that they had made to their sound. The a-side of the record is a continuation of the classic Black Flag punk style. Side B, though, has three songs with slow, ugly riffs, dark and brooding lyrics, tons of distortion and heavy, heavy rhythms. It's basically a punk rock take on Black Sabbath, and it is the direct ancestor of sludge metal.

    2. Kyuss - Blues For the Red Sun (1992)

    The filth that defines sludge for many people is nowhere near this record, which is very cleanly produced, but the songs themselves bear the distinct mark of the best sludge works. Heavy, distorted riffs, pounding drums, a mix of punk, metal and classic rock and a groove underneath it all. Kyuss probably aren't thought of as sludge partially because, when they were as good as they were here, they transcended genres and just became great rock music. Every song on this one is a beast, but Thumb, Green Machine, Molten Universe and Thong Song are hall of famers.

    3. Alice in Chains - Dirt (1992)

    Not traditionally thought of as a sludge record, this bears many of the signs of the early classics. A mix of punk, metal and classic rock, dark lyrical themes, uncommonly heavy guitars and some strangely catchy moments. Plus, it's just a great record.

    4. Eyehategod - Dopesick (1996)

    The poster children for sludge. Eyehategod turn their guitars to 12 (any time one isn't playing, it's letting out peals of feedback), their vocalist vomits out anti-social lyrics, the guitars play riffs that sound like the unholy mix of Sabbath, Flag and Skynyrd, and they just bash away at max volume. Take As Needed For Pain is the more influential album, but Dopesick is just excellent from front to back, and features both their slower, more dirgey and faster, almost-hardcore sides.

    5. Melvins - Gluey Porch Treatments (1987)

    Before they got long and slow, before they got weird and noisy, Melvins played short, screaming and filthy slow punk rock songs. They are, along with My War side B, the essential documents in the birth of sludge. Extremely distorted and overdriven guitars, bellowed and screamed vocals, slow tempos and a sneaky sense of rhythm all cohere here to make the first excellent Melvins record, and the first full sludge metal release.

    6. Harvey Milk - Life...The Best Game in Town (2008)

    Oppressively ugly, sparsely haunting, oddly beautiful: Harvey Milk covers quite a bit of terrain on this, their high-water mark and most widely-recognized album. They were early practitioners of the sludge sound in the 90s, and this was their comeback after a hiatus. They incorporate psychedelia, folk, alt-rock and whatever else they can find into the mess. Opener Death Goes to the Winner is a harsh blast of music with references to VU and Modern Lovers. Few make bleak, uncompromising music that is as worth exploring as Harvey Milk.

    7. Baroness - Red Album (2007)

    During the mid-00s, the Georgia sludge scene exploded, with Harvey Milk, Mastodon, Kylesa and Baroness all making their mark. This, Baroness' first album, most retains their sludge-metal characteristics. The songs tend to be long, slow and heavy, but each track also has moments of lightness that shine through and point towards Baroness' increasing pop songcraft. Rays on Pinion alternates guttural vocals and ecstatic guitar playing and The Birthing features soaring vocal harmonies. They show their southern rock bona fides with some fantastic guitar duels and an ear for rhythms. These guys have gotten less sludgy, but have stayed just as great.

    8. Down - Nola (1995)

    More groove and boogie might be what you'd expect when the group prominently features Phil Anselmo of Pantera, but Down is more than just a side project for, at the time, metal's biggest front-man. Featuring members of Crowbar, Eyehategod and Corrosion of Conformity, Down is a true sludge metal supergroup. Unlike so many groups of talented players, however, Down consistently comes together to write great shit. They lean more towards the southern rock end of the equation, with great swinging riffs backing Phil's all-mighty bellow.

    9. Torche - Meanderthal (2008)

    Torche takes sludge and injects a dose of bubblegum. There are hints of catchy melodies and riffs/songs that would fit right in on mainstream rock radio amidst all the distortion an chaos. Later albums would add even more sweetness, but this one still shows Torche dripping in sludge.

    10. Sadgiqacea - False Prism (2013)

    These guys start with a sludgy tone and lots of ugly vocals, and then they stretch way out into the psychedelic aether. These four songs are long, knotty, proggy and weird, full of equal parts grit and splendor. At times they'll make you forget you're listening to metal for a bit, then they drop back into the pummeling heaviness that is their base. They incorporate tons of other styles, and were part of a great couple of years for blackened sludge stylings.
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    I have read this thread a million times over the years, but tonight, I read it as "Primus: 10 Essential Albums"
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    Doom:

    1. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971)

    Sabbath are the godfathers of so many different metal styles. On this record alone they pretty much birthed stoner, sludge and doom metal. The final song, Into the Void, enters with a snarling, deeply downtuned riff that just snarls with evil. It sounds rusty, old and filthy. Then the distorted power chords lock in with the bass and drums for a slow grind, every once in awhile bending notes and sliding through a slow blues. With that, doom metal was born. Some would argue that the title track off the first record (Black Sabbath) is Doom ground zero, or even I Want You (She's So Heavy) by the Beatles, but until Into the Void nobody had put all the pieces together in the way we now think of doom.

    2. Saint Vitus - Born Too Late (1986)

    SST records was most commonly associated with So Cal hardcore punk, but they were supporters of underground metal as well. Saint Vitus openly worshiped Sabbath with their sludgy guitars, and on this one they drafted one of doom's all-time great singers, Wino of The Obsessed. His dark, drunken howl offered a template for many other singers in the style (one of the rare underground metal genres that regularly features "clean" vocals.) The reason this one is such a legend in the doom scene is that the songs are fantastic. Clear Windowpane is heavy while retaining a psychedelic tone and Born Too Late grinds and lurches with great heft. A cornerstone of doom.

    3. Trouble - Psalm 9 (1984)

    Along with Pentagram (not included here because they were a singles band that never released their singles) and Saint Vitus, Trouble completes the unholy trinity of 80s doom bands in my mind. Taking that slow, sludgy Sabbath guitar tone, they differentiate themselves from the others by playing things even slower and more primal. Sometimes the chug of the guitar and the howling vocals almost suggest early Metallica and speed metal, but the guitars come back to those Sabbath licks that define doom.

    4. Sleep - Dopesmoker (1999/2002/2012)

    Perhaps the quintessential doom record, Sleep distilled their mammoth guitar sound, booming bass and pounding drums into one gigantic track of riff-and-bong worship of the first order. Riffs are given room to grow slowly and they morph and cycle throughout the song to great effect. Matt Pike's solos and Al Cisneros' chanted vocals keep things interesting for those less prone to meditating on riff repetition, but the real star of Sleep is their massive sound. They just envelop you on record, and live they are overwhelming. Certain strains of doom metal focus exclusively on riffs and volume, and this is the epitome of those practitioners.

    5. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone (2000)

    Much like Sleep, Electric Wizard play huge, heavy, detuned riffs that cycle over and over. Unlike Sleep, Electric Wizard are all about creating and maintaining a feel of evil and dread in their work. The songs lurch and grind, Jus Osborne's vocals fight through layers of fuzz and grit, and the bass looms large through everything. Each song is a collection of a few riffs, each one absolutely memorable and fantastic, and the low end is just suffocating.

    6. Melvins - Lysol (1992)

    Their previous album, Bullhead, introduced long songs and riff worship into their sludgy mess, but Lysol is basically the blueprint for Dopesmoker and all the long-song stoner riff explorations that have come to define so much of doom. Starting with a 17 minute bomb of heavily detuned guitar and slowly developing rhythms, Lysol is of a piece. Each song melds into the next as the sludge just fills the room. More than any other band here, Melvins let their guitar and bass breathe, allowing tones to ring for a time before going to the next moment, making it a crucial record in the drone metal catalog as well. The B-Side includes a cover of a Flipper track, an influential band on underground doom, punk and sludge.

    7. Candlemass - Nightfall (1988)

    They are essential in the creation of epic doom (their first record was called Epicus Doomus Metallus) and this is my personal favorite of the style. The guitars are a tad bit faster than the typical doom stuff (more like Black Sabbath Volume 4) and the vocals are clearly influenced by Judas Priest, more operatic and soaring than gritty and melodic. This one is full of epic, soaring tracks that take the distorted doom guitar sound and send it sky high.

    8. Jesu - Jesu (2004)

    The guitars burn slowly out of the gate, always evoking the image of space detritus burning up as it enters the atmosphere in my mind. The slow, dark sound would be overbearing in its weight if it weren't for the ethereal vocals that glide over the top. Later Jesu records betray more of a debt to shoegaze, but this one is a doomy, post-metal/shoegaze mash that will worm its way into your head and never let go.

    9. Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend (2014)

    Yob have been doing long, dark, crushing doom songs for around 20 years. They reached a new peak last year with Clearing the Path to Ascend. Each song is fully constructed rather than relying on the power of the riffs. Marrow, the last song, alternates screams and beautiful vocals and reaches a crescendo that would make GYB!E jealous. Massive, beautiful music, these guys are still expanding what doom can do.

    10. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden (2014)

    Combine slow, sludgy, Sleep sounds with Yob's gift for long-form songcraft, Candlemass' sense of the epic and Black Sabbath's melodic vocals, and you get Pallbearer. These guys are probably the biggest stars on the new doom scene, which is really thriving. They play huge, catchy and heavy doom, full of head-banging riffs and memorable melodies. Both of their records are fantastic and well worth hearing, but this one has the edge for more nuanced playing and better songs.

    Further listening:
    SubRosa - More Constant Than The Gods
    My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans
    Church of Misery - Master of Brutality
    Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium
    Goatsnake - Flower of Disease
    The Obsessed - Lunar Wound
    Paradise Lost - Gothic
    Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
    Eyehategod - Take As Needed For Pain
    Down - NoLa
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    Thanks bmack. Lots of good stuff right here.
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