Dear Maelstrom readers,
Happy birthday to us! February (yeah, we’re late on wishes for our own
selves) marked our eighth year in existence.
Zine years must be like dog years, because we’re feelin’ oooooollld.
Or maybe it’s more focus on our own bands, or trying to make money to
stay afloat in whatever times we’re living in, or trying to have more
of a life, or waning along with the record industry and the reduced amount of
physical promos labels seem to be sending all the time. It’s actually
perfect that we don’t review downloads... gives us more time to work on
our own shit.
The issue at hand: 94 album reviews, and two interviews, with Nile drummer
George Kollias and Pro-Pain frontman Gary Meskil.
And since it’s the anniversary issue, this means top lists from as many
staff members who gave a shit enough to put them together. Apparently, a couple
of them thought they’d make up for the flakes. Yikes!
- Roberto Martinelli
Roberto Martinelli’s top 10
+ 1 of 2008
01. Nucleus Torn - Knell
02. Coldworld - Melancolie 2
03. Bohren Und Der Club of Gore - Dolores
04. Caina - Temporary Antennae
05. Nadja - Skin Turns to Glass
06. Wrath of the Weak - Alogon
07. At the Head of the Woods - Secrets Beyond Time and Space
08. Myndsnare - Conditioned: Human
09. Vader - XXV
10. Holy Moses - Agony of Death
11. Trancelike Void - Destroying Something Beautiful
Ignacio Coluccio’s thoughts
on albums from 2008:
We had a fair deal of surprises this year, from Cynic and Textures to even
Darkthrone's obviously not-best-of-material-but-decent-anyway. We also had about
as many disappointments (My Bloody Valentine's lackluster live performances,
the worth-one-listen Behemoth album, the overhyped to hell and back but still
shitty Kanye West album...). There's a special place reserved for the inhumanly
average but still surprising Death Magnetic, by Metallica.
On a personal note, every year my "best of" list gets weirder. While
it's also easily over half Japanese, it's not really centered on any genre.
To be honest, I wouldn't call it a "best of the year" list after the
first seven as much as I'd call it a "most interesting albums of the year"
one. I deliberately tried to take one or two I've been addicted to from every
My top 7:
01. Miaou - All Around Us: I'm tempted to call it album of the year. Not because
it's radically different from other post-rock, but because it's so carefully
done. Everything fits, every single part is worthwhile, and it's so good that
you'd be hard-pressed to find a better post rock album released, say, after
2005. And a better 2008 album, honestly. It's hard to find an album with melodies
as catchy, songs as harmonically complex and at the same time easy to listen
to. Addictive, too.
02.- Molina, Juana - Un Dia: As a famous actress here, Juana Molina releasing
her first album came as a shock to many people. She stopped appearing in television
shortly after that, and only got press for her subsequent album releases. Nowadays,
she gets far more attention in the rest of the world than she does here. After
all, Argentina's still an archaic country when it comes to music. Anyway, I
got her first few albums expecting quirky folk, and little more. Honestly, I
was blown away. While minimalistic and mainly atonal, every single thing about
her records showed an inmense musical maturity. Loop pedals were used extensively
and her music was weirdly alive because of it. It was, however, the perfect
example of laid-back. Just what Joni Mitchell and Stockhausen would have recorded
in 2008: acoustic IDM folk (not precisely what they now call "folktronica"),
or something like that. You may like it or not, but she's one of the few artists
that deserve to be listened to by everyone. Un Dia is a whole new world, like
every single one of her albums, but it's more complex than anything she's done,
and as clever. That, and seeing her live reminds you of how good experimental
music can be when played live by actual musicians and not just a laptop.
03. 9MM Parabellum Bullet - Vampire: Their previous album was less than a year
ago, how did they manage to release something as good as Vampire in so little
time? However it was, Vampire is perfect, catchy and unique rock reliant on
weird rhythms, strong songwriting and with a penchant for fast tempo changes
everywhere. As far as rock goes, Vampire's album of the tear.
04. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping: Wait, what the fuck? Did anyone expect
Skeletal Lamping at all? When I heard that they were releasing a new album,
I thought it'd just be Of Montreal abusing their well-earned success for 40
minutes. I thought they'd suck until they eventually split up. Couldn't be more
wrong. Skeletal Lamping is the surreal, sadistic and theatrical mutant brother
of Hissing Fauna. It's no longer "indie baroque electropop," it's...
avant-garde pop... something. Keyword something. But, whatever, pointless descriptions
aside, Skeletal Lamping is a great album full of great ideas and quite out of
05. Zazen Boys - Zazen Boys 4: Also known as Mukai Shutoku's return to the
Mukai Shutoku Acoustic & Electric project. First indie / punk / jrock /
hip-hop, then David Byrne-influenced math rock / post-punk / hip-hop full of
polymeters, crazy structures and, now, disco /dance / funk influences? I won't
say that it isn't an acquired taste and that it's not far from the crazy indie
of Number Girl, but Zazen Boys 4 is as strong an album as their other stuff.
Which is a lot.
06. Sound Horizon - Moira: Moira is so epic that it puts everything else to
shame. Virtually unknown outside Japan, Sound Horizon come to be the most theatrical
band ever. The most theatrical folk / metal / opera/ rock / pop band ever, even.
And Moira is Sound Horizon refined and perfected. Almost 80 minutes of genius,
including vocal work by famous vocal actors and band trademark's Jimang, complete
with a great metal opener and folk ballads all over it.
07. HZM - Pianohead: Atonal piano extraordinaire HZM has always been quirky.
Pianohead, of course, is quirky as well, but for a different reason this time.
It's a...jazz / jpop / instrumental hip-hop / urban album. By a jazz pianist.
With a kind-of-dance song as the main single. And a Tropicalia / Brazilian theme-song.
I'm not here to say it's this year's easiest album to listen to, but it's certainly
his strongest yet. His quirkiness is shown more in its concentrated form here
than it is in Pe'z, it's just that most fans of his jazz stuff won't like it.
If you're at all into pop, jazz and / or instrumental hip-hop, however, grab
Pianohead, if only for the holy-shit-awesome chord progressions and melodies,
and the best track recorded this year, the opener.
Albums Ignacio Coluccio loved but couldn't, for the life of him, rank:
Crow's Claw - Crossfire Barrage: Another virtually unknown-outside- its-niche
thing, Touhou music (and, actually, doujin arrangements in general) has always
been a big hit or miss, mainly because of the huge amount of retarded electronica
versions. If you know your videogame music, however, you surely know Touhou
because, well, its music is just awesome and it has spawned thousands of bands
playing it. Crow's Claw do touhou, and they do it metal style. Crossfire Barrage
is full of melodic death riffs and some of the best melodies ever crafted for
Cubic Star Minimal Orchestra - Birthday: The name might sound kind of odd,
but I honestly can't think of a better one for them. They are the musical equivalent
of cubism, they do everything at the same time from many points of view, and
they feel like a minimalistic electronica / jazz / postrock Orchestra with a
spacy sound. And it's so good it almost feels like your birthday. See? Seriously,
though, as underrated as they are, I've been listening to Birthday for months
and I still haven't gotten tired.
Cynic - Traced in Air: Alright, this surprised me a lot. I'll never understand
just why the first Cynic was so well liked. It bored me, the vocals were so
unfitting that it was almost unbearable and, really, only that “Veil of
Maya” song was actually good. Many years after it, Traced in Air managed
to correct everything. Literally everything. Vocals now fit (even if they are
in the same vein), songs are more compact technically and their riffs are now
coherent. And by coherent, I mean earshatteringly great. I don't really know
what happened but damn, Traced in Air is too good for me to even care.
Demetori - Sendaisoushi ~Offering to the Sukhavati: One of the best touhou-specialized
metal band playing some instantly recognizable songs but with superb thrash
/ metalcore-ish arrangements.
Dir en Grey - Uroboros: I wasn't expecting this. Starting with Gauze, their
sound was getting more extreme but also far more marketable. Sure, nu-ish metal
has always been marketable but they were still original. Then, on Uroboros,
they decided to make stuff epic. Doesn't matter if it's marketable (an almost
10-minute epic, going from ballad to death metal in just some minutes?), but
they've never done something as good as this. While the songs themselves are
very good, the vocals take the cake.
Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armini: Because of this year's absolute lack of new
Joanna Newsom stuff, I just had to search for something at least a tiny bit
similar to listen to. I like to think that Me and Armini is what Joanna Newsom
would play if she were from Iceland, but it's different in some ways. Mainly,
no harp and more modern instrumentation. Still, it's similarly cute-but-serious,
Forefather - Steadfast: as far as newer metal goes, it's all about who's heavier,
who's noisier or who can cram the most melodic breakdowns into each song. Steadfast's
not really heavy, it's not noisy and it doesn't feature retarded breakdowns.
It's a throwback to the good era of Viking (Windir and early Vintersorg, anyone?)
but with a more modern sound, a more acceptable one if you wish, and a far more
melody-based one. It's not Windir, but it's entertaining anyway.
Hanggai - Introducing Hanggai: As a complete stranger to Mongolian folk music,
Hanggai's mix of a (to me) absolutely extraneous kind of music with a punk attitude
reminded me of how much the world has to offer, music-wise. It's not just that
it sounds different. Even at its core, it's something completely out of our
Western mentality (though not as much as, say, African tribal music). Get it
if you feel like realizing just how much broader music is.
Jesu & Battle of Mice - split: Jesu. Battle of Mice. Two songs each. Get
Leo Imai - Fix Neon: Almost-normal rock / pop album with some good artists
as collaborators (Zazen Boys and Kenji Jammer). Weird vocals, but the guy can
certainly compose some strong songs.
Los Campesions! - Hold on Now, Youngster...: Brilliant indie album by a quite
hyped band that surprisingly lives up to it.
Made Out of Babies - The Ruiner: Not much to say besides telling you to go
read my review of it if you want to know just why I loved The Ruiner's freaky
rock /metal / something so much.
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs - Mass of the Fermenting Dregs: Shoegazing post-j-rock
with particularly energetic vocals and interesting riffs far out of the norm,
emphasizing the rock part.
Merzbow - Dolphin Sonar: Iconic Japanoise musician Merzbow doing laptop noise
with beats (albeit much simpler than, say, his own Aqua Necromancer) and a fairly
varied sound. I'd say he's getting much, much better at laptop noise.
Midori - Hello Everyone. Nice to meet you. We are MIDORI.: You know when someone
says something is "crazy music"? They are wrong. That is, unless they
mean the latest Midori. Hello Everyone is the craziest jazz rock album ever
recorded. It's a savage mix of screaming banshee, sometimes out of tune vocals,
Japanese traditional music and the least conventional rock songs I can think
of, all in a jazz context.
Natsumen - ONExMORExSUMMERxSHIT!!!: Incredible mix of free jazz, experimental,
post-rock with some catchy melodies thrown in for good measure. Really short,
but it's Natsumen, who cares?
Nhhmbase - Hamon Cross: Rock bands nowadays tend to focus on sounding louder
than everyone else. Just because of that, it's awesome to see a band that doesn't
give a shit if you don't get a wall of sound but still manages to surprise you.
Math-ish "music major" minimalistic post-rock, Nhhmbase managed to
produce a fun and laid back album while at the same time using and abusing angular
jazz melodies, really particular vocals and complex rhythms. (The weird part?
It's mixed in mono)
Ocrilim - Annwn: If you read my review for it, then I don't think I have anything
to add. Minimalistic Glenn Branca-ish music at its best.
Ostooandell - Music: One of the best j-indie releases of the year. Catchy shoegazer-ish
pop-rock with some brilliant songs in there. It'd be much higher on the list
but it's a really short album considering it has a filler 8-minute instrumental
track. Do get it for the 20 or 25 minutes of fun music.
Parenthetical Girls - Entanglements: Surprisingly good opera pop (not operatic,
thankfully), if I may call it so, with complex arrangements, while still being
subtle. Good stuff.
Parts & Labor - Receivers: Great noisy indie-ish, postpunk-ish album with
grandious choruses and huge songs.
Pe'z - Kurofune no Jazz: Samurai Meets the Enemy: Jazz standard albums aren't
usually all too exciting. We've heard “Milestones” and “Autumn
Leaves” way too many times done by boring, self-indulgent bands, and let's
not even talk about My Funny Valentine or Soul Bossa Nova. The thing is, when
the band playing them is Pe'z, you forget about it and realize just how good
“Milestones” can sound when played by a band full of talent and
energy. Pe'z is that, modern jazz with a natural talent for complex and catchy
melodies, both composed and improvised. While Kurofune no Jazz isn't their strongest
yet, it's an almost perfect standards album.
Pendulum - In Silico: Mainstream, yes, stadium rock, sure, same drum line for
every single song, that one's true, too. Even so, In Silico is the catchiest
stadium rock album ever. Maybe because it's deeply influenced by their previous
drum 'n bass stuff, maybe because they love money, but they managed to turn
their previous music into something that works outsides clubs.
sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus: Jazzy post-rock without many of the genre's cliches.
They are not afraid to play noisy rock or even post-metal sometimes, so bonus
points for them.
Skepticism - Alloy: It's Skepticism. I don't think I need to tell you why Alloy
is such an awesome funeral doom release from one of the genre's finest. Incredible
songs this time around, with a more down-to-earth sound and more traditional
chord progressions but a deep sound and the perfect funeral doom atmosphere.
Textures - Silhouettes: Sure, it's melodic, it's not hard-hitting metal and
it's definitely not like their other stuff. It is, however, original. We haven't
had a delicate Meshuggah ever, but we do now. And, elitism aside, it's miles
ahead of every Meshuggah clone, including newer Meshuggah itself. Except Coprofago,
Samuel Jackson Five, The - Goodbye Melody Mountain: Indie pretentious jazzy
math-post-rock with some serious stuff going on. Get it if you like actual melodies
and complexity in your post rock and not just tremolo picking and orchestras.
Torche - Meanderthal: Torche's self-titled was one of the first albums I reviewed
for Maelstrom. Back then it was a small band that only people really into (post?)
metal knew. Now, Torche is well known, and for a reason. Pop-oriented upbeat
sludgecore, downtuned Jesu-ish guitars, some damn good songs and certainly the
same punch their self-titled had. Good stuff.
Versailles - Prince & Princess: Sure, old school visual kei is dead, we
got it, but who wouldn't like it if modern visual kei were more like like Prince
& Princess? Take X Japan's Art of Life and mix it with the same singer every
new non-metalcore / nu-metal visual kei band has and you get a pretty awesome
mix. Even if the vocalist is totally generic, the riffage is too great to ignore.
Epecially if you like japanese metal.
Avi Shaked’s picks for 2008
Best reissues/archival releases:
01. Kansas – Two for the Show: One of the best live rock albums was finally
given its deserved CD pressing. Not only was "Closet Chronicles" restored,
but there's also a second CD packed with unreleased recordings of songs that
weren't on the original 1978 release. Kansas in its most vibrant form!
02. Strapps – Live at the Rainbow 1977: A fierce and flamboyant live performance
that sees the light of day some thirty years after it was captured on tape,
and still manages to sound as if it was recorded today.
Best new releases:
01. Evergrey – Torn: The most direct and hard hitting metal release to
come out in 2008.
02. Yitzhak Yedid Oud Bass Piano Trio – Suite in Five Movements: Celestial
music that no mortal should miss. A culmination of openness and creativity.
03. Porcupine Tree – Nil Recurring: Porcupine Tree thrills again, with
overflowing, intense yet sensitive set that complements and corresponds with
its previous album (2007's Fear of a Blank Planet).
04. Zappa Plays Zappa – Zappa Plays Zappa DVD: The idea of Frank Zappa's
son performing his father's music might seem suspicious at first, but this is
in fact a masterfully filmed DVD, which captures a tight and refreshing performance
by exciting musicians, including some of Zappa senior's band members.
05. Made out of Babies – The Ruiner: Kyuss meets Tool on this outstanding
hardcore release, featuring the scariest vocal performance by Julie Christmas.
Other selected releases:
06. Judas Priest – Nostradamus: Old but wise, the mighty Priest delivers
its surprising, dramatic attempt at rock opera.
07. Combat Astronomy – Dreams No Longer Hesitate: Refreshing and captivating
08. Tangent – Not as Good as the Book: Neo-prog rarely sounds this good.
09. Yoshida, Tatsuya – Live in the Head: A blow to the head.
Mladen Škot’s reflections
on albums from 2008
Another year, another list... and this time they are numbered. I still maintain
that music isn't competition, but art. With that said, making any sort of top
lists in art is a highly personal thing, so I've ranked them according to how
much they mean to me, or how much fun they brought to this otherwise miserable,
life... and sometimes both. There were many more noteworthy releases, not to
mention the re-releases, but I tried to keep it short. These 15 releases, for
me, always work.
01. Ophidian Forest - Redbad
02. Ekpyrosis - Mensch Aus Gold
03. Janvs - Vega
04. Gamma Ray - Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome (DVD)
05. Ereb Altor - By Honour
06. InSomnius Dei - Illusions of Silence
07. Striborg - Autumnal Melancholy
08. Striborg - Foreboding Silence
09. Cradle of Filth - Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
10. Ansur - Warring Factions
11. Gruenewald - Gruenewald
12. Skyforger - Zobena Dziesma
13. Equilibrium - Sagas
14. Dark Fortress - Eidolon
15. Blood of the Black Owl - A Feral Spirit
Pal Meentzen’s top 10 of 2008
01. Skogyr – Rainchants (very repetitious, but very Pagan and pure, and
Russian to boot)
02. Leviathan – Massive Conspiracy Against All Life 2LP (the red vinyl
release, including the fantastic booklet with Wrest’s illustrations, is
a pleasure to own)
03. The VSS – Nervous Circuits (a good unearthing of US screamo from the
‘90s, with a very appealing rarities bonus package)
04. Velnias – Sovereign Nocturnal (very good US pagan/folk metal with
lots of atmosphere).
05. Hellveto – Neoheresy (More of the same, but by far not as boring as
Graveland’s last album)
06. Killing Joke – Live at the Forum parts 1 & 2. (Their concerts
in the re-united original line-up of 1982 were an event not to be missed for
07. Ophidian Forest – Plains (best multi-national Pagan BM album of 2008)
08. Tjolgtjar - Ikarikitomidun, Lord of the Forest (Tjolgtjar is black metal’s
happy madman. His madness gives me happy nightmares).
09. Xasthur/Black Circle - A Living Hell (not because of the music, but because
of the prettiest BM t-shirt of 2008)
10. Paysage d’ Hiver – Kerker (at last a quality re-issue of one
of his finest projects with dungeon desolation)
11. Horna - Sanojesi Äärelle (a great double album that proves Finland’s
black metal masters are still as productive as could be hoped for).
Joshua Gottlieb’s Partial
Compendium of Things That Made the Slow Motion Apocalypse of 2008 a Little More
- Criteria: it had to rock, son!
- Interesting Development: a burgeoning obsession with power pop, the back catalogue
of The Posies being the epicenter of this temporal shift.
- Not to Worry: I am still so goddamn metal…
- Flailing nut Breathing: the black metal scene continued to eat its young but
still produced enough killer albums to keep me in the fray.
- Welcome Back: Septic Flesh rise again and put out their best album in a decade.
- Standing at the Top: Saturday’s = Youth by M83. The title says it all:
summery, hazy, warm(th), fun, languid, shimmery, filtered and distilled through
a gossamer prism. Heavy? Not by a long shot, but its songs have the preternatural
ability to transport you back to those sunburst, care-free days, carrying the
burden of memory as if it weighed to nothing at all.
The Top Ten:
01. M83 – Saturday’s = Youth
02. Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull
03. Envy / Jesu – Split
04. Slagmaur – Skrekk Lich Kunstler
05. Torche – Meanderthal
06. Half Makeshift – Omen
07. Septic Flesh – Communion
08. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Cipher
09. Gas (Wolfgang Voight) – S/T (cd & book)
10. Exxasens – Polaris
Ten More That Got Me Hot and Bothered on Numerous Occasions (in random order):
Memories Attack, The – S/T
Kerretta – Death in the Future (7”)
Bass Communion – Pacific Codex
Bitter Bitter Weeks – Peace Is Burning Like a River
Nadja / Black Boned Angel – Christ Send Light
Humanfly – II
Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.
Dark Space – III
Zomes – S/T
Animus Mortis – Atrabilis (Residues From Verb & Flesh)
Another Fifty That Often Tickled My Fancy (alphabetized):
5ive – Hesperus
Asbestoscape – S/T
Bongripper – Hate Ashbury
Capricorns – River, Bear Your Bones
Cursed – III
Darkane – Demonic Art
Daturah – Reverie
Esoteric – The Maniacal Valve
Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life
Fun Years, The – Baby, It’s Cold Inside
Gas – Nah Und Fern (4 CD box -- reissue)
Geisha – Die Verbrechen Der Liebe
Genghis Tron – Board up the House
Gnaw Their Tongues – An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood
Gnaw Their Tongues – Dawn Breaks Open Like a Wound That Bleeds Fresh
Hermano – …Into the Exam Room
Gutter Twins, The – Saturnalia
Half Makeshift – Omen
Harlots – Betrayer
Hennes Siste Host – Host
Hey Colossus – Happy Birthday
Jasper TX – In a Cool Monsoon
Jasper TX – Black Sleep
Jesu / Battle Of Mice – Split
Jucifer – L’Autrichienne
Kowloon Walled City – Turk Street
Lento – Earthen
Made out of Babies – The Ruiner
Mayelene and the Sons of Disaster – II
Menace Ruine – Cult of Ruines
Monument of Urns – Absence
Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling
Mouth of the Architect – Quietly
Nada Surf – Lucky
Nadja – Long Dark Twenties (7”)
Nahvalr – S/T
Part Timer – Blue
Planes Mistaken For Stars – We Ride to Fight!
Portishead – Third
Riggs, Dax – We Sing of Only Blood
Rollo Treadway, The – S/T
Samothrace – Life’s Trade
Servile Sect – Stratospheric Passenger
Sixteen Horsepower – Live March 2001
Taint – Secrets and Lies
Thursday / Envy – Split
Ufomammut – Idolum
Verdunkeln – Einblick in den Qualenfall
Vhernen – S/T
Woven Hand – Ten Stones
Brandon Strader’s top 8 of
01. Mirrorthrone - Gangrene
02. Gojira's - The Way of All Flesh03. Cynic's - Traced in Air
04. Rubicon's - The Die is Cast
05. Opeth's - Watershed
06. Firewind's - The Premonition
07. Ayreon's - 01011001
08. Ihsahn's - AngL
Larissa Glasser’s top six
01. Audiopain - The Switch to Turn off Mankind
This brief but neck-breaking release from Oslo’s premier retro-thrash
trio played on continuous repeat mode the entire year. Early ‘80s thrash
abounds with outstanding speed and precision, and this band is proof that you
can take the tried-and-true body odor of early extreme metal, spill some good
imported beer over it, and spit out something fresh and interesting. Awesome
02.Venom – Hell
An absolute bounce-back from the deafening meh of the 2006 Metal Black release.
Although Cronos is the sole remaining member from Venom’s original “classic”
lineup from the 1980s, this may be the best Venom release since that sickening,
03. Hellhammer – Demon Entrails
Although many of Hellhammer’s earliest demo recordings have long since
made the rounds in an — erp — shall we say, “unofficial”
capacity, Century Media’s retrospective is a worthwhile token. Early versions
of what later would become Celtic Frost songs (“Necromantical Screams”
in “Buried Forgotten,” or “Suicidal Winds” in “Maniac”)
should be of interest to those unfamiliar with the ugly beginnings of black
metal — your errant juggalo nephew, perhaps. Just don’t mention
04. Galas, Diamanda – Guilty Guilty Guilty
I can think of no other solo performer who induces such a dark fugue state,
inspires such aural terror, and yet is one of the most irrefutable forces of
consolation in this world. Guilty captures several of Galas’s live renditions
of blues lamentations, crows of the condemned and damned. The production sounds
more immediate and upfront than many of Galas’s previous live recordings.
We can expect a new Diamanda release, You’re My Thrill, later in 2009.
05. Brighter Death Now - Necrose Evangelicum
Owwwwwwwwwwww. Noise necro ambient hell, and mean as a fucking crow. Re-release
of this 1995 abortion with a bonus disc containing 'Unlive in Finland 1996.'
Lone sound artist Roger Karmanik also happens to be the founder of the Cold
Meat Industry label, which should give you some indication of how subterranean
these soundscapes are. If LRADs were legal for civilians to use, I’m sure
this gentleman would add them to his live arsenal. The super-wincing track “Red
Red Rain” is one of the most painful ordeals available to humankind. I
dare ya, I double dare ya, motherfucker.
06. Kreator - At the Pulse of Kapitulation: Live in East Berlin, 1990
German thrash. Beer. 1990 East Berlin, the wall had just come down. Metallica
hadn’t shit on their legacy with The Black Album” yet. Hearken back
to a thrashier time, when extreme aggression was less relative than it is today.
I could watch this live set for a year.
Matthew Ryno's top almost 25 of
01. Opeth - Watershed
02. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder Gods
03. Jeff Loomis - Zero Order Phase
04.East of the Wall - Farmers Almanac
05. Trivium - Shogun
06. Sword, The - Gods of the Earth
07. Unearth - The March
08. All that Remains - Overcome
09. Soulfly - Conquer
10. In Flames - A Sense of Purpose
11. Bleeding Through - Declaration
12. Arsis - We are the Nightmare
13. Korpiklaani - Korven Kuningas
14. Russian Circles - Station
15. AC/DC - Black Ice
16. Firewind - The Premonition
17. Kalmah - For the Revolution
18. Disturbed - Indestructible
19. Moonspell - Night Eternal
20. Testament - The Evil has Landed
21. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
22. Ihsahn - Angl
23. Eluveitie - Slania
24. Haunted, The - Versus