What can I say? I’m a Calculating/Irony guy. I respect the pop/mathgrind fusion thing they’re doing now more than I like it.
Also, ironically, I was responsible for a Gorguts anticipation post back in 2012:
I’m the only fan on board (right guys?) and I didn’t think it was that good.
Yeah, I’d say you’re right — I’m a death metal dude at heart, and as Mike’s intro pointed out, death metal more or less won out in 2013.
I’m probably the biggest DEP fan among the people who put this list together. Their run from the mini-LP up through Miss Machine is pretty much flawless IMO. But as they’ve become more poppy and less unhinged over the ensuing releases, they’ve ceased to move me. I respect what they’re doing; I just don’t like it as much as their older stuff.
ATTN Kvohst: knock it off with this silliness and do a Decrepit Spectre full length instead.
” I think this just comes across as a rope-a-dope for the S-Gum crowd. Constant refrain of the charms of Taylor Swift and K-Pop all over the ‘Gum, and then complete Orthodoxy for the Metallica list”
I’ve never written anything about Taylor Swift or K-pop for this site or any other, and I was given absolutely no editorial direction for this piece. (Unless “submit by Monday” counts as editorial direction.) Sometimes a thrash-era Metallica fan is just a thrash-era Metallica fan.
Thanks, man. Given my druthers, I would’ve spent a whole month on this thing and it would’ve been 20,000 words long, haha.
Well, Master of Reality, In the Nightside Eclipse, A Blaze In the Northern Sky, etc., are all obviously classics of the genre as well. (I love Akuma No Uta, but one of these things is not like the other.) But albums of their stature are extremely, extremely rare. You can think that they’re all better than Metallica’s first four while still thinking that said first four tower over virtually all recorded metal. And since those albums are a) obviously of that stature and b) beloved by virtually everybody, from super underground nerd types to people who haven’t listened to any metal aside from Sabbath & the big four, I think there’s a pretty good argument to be made that they’re as good or better than anything the genre has produced. For what it’s worth, I’m not really a Metallica superfan, but it’s tough to pick anything that’s just transparently better.
Also, Led Zep isn’t metal, and Venom were better as a starting point for other bands than they were unto themselves.
Sorry, I think what I meant to say was: you wrote about that gig so well that you are now technically a member of Metallica.
D’oh! Completely forgot about that. Good eye.
That was definitely my intention, actually. Outside of the first four, I think Lulu is the most interesting album in Metallica’s catalog. Unfortunately, “interesting” doesn’t necessarily imply “good.”
Thanks for reading!
Wow, thanks man! I aim to please. I still think Cosmo’s first-four-albums series is the best piece of writing about Metallica ever, though. (No offense to M. Nelson and all of the other fine writers who’ve discussed them, of course.)
You are correct about what you do in comment threads for these.
Honorable mentions from the nerd corner:
Execration – “Ancient Tongue”: These guys are probably the most interesting ‘new’ band playing death metal that can be accurately described as old-school, and their next album is gonna blow up heads. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/execrationnorway/ancient-tongue
New Gigan and Orbweaver: Orbweaver formed when Gigan’s original vocalist/rhythm guitarist split. They have a fair amount in common (lots of clangity-clang chords and weird effects laid over a death metal rhythmic foundation), but they’re different enough to make both worthwhile. Gigan here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2013/08/stream-gigan-electro-stimulated-hallucinatory-response/ ; Orbweaver here: http://orbweaver-official.bandcamp.com/
Earthless – “Uluru Rock”: the best stoned guitar workout you will hear this year, hands down. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15876-uluru-rock/
“I laugh scornfully at such misinterpretations. The blood we use on stage is a magical link; we anoint ourselves in it in order to commune with the powers which are the wellspring of Watain’s work.”
I dunno who he thinks he’s fooling, but he ain’t. This song is a big improvement over the last one they debuted though.
Man, Morrissey’s prose style is even more annoying than his politics.
Thanks! I do try.
Thanks dude! New album coming out this fall.
Apparently Waters has publicly expressed regret that he didn’t find a way to get Floyd on the soundtrack for 2001.
One of the reasons that I was happy to write this piece is because I grew up in a household where almost no classic rock—radio or otherwise—was played. Their music is probably fresher for me than it is for most people.
You have to draw a line somewhere. As I said in the intro, I would’ve liked to count that whole album as a single tune, but that would be a cop-out.
FWIW, as great as “Dogs” is and as awesome as Gilmour’s lead playing is in general, Jimi Hendrix takes my personal cake for best rock soloist ever.
As those who know me can attest, “corporate at a classic rock radio station in florida” pretty much sums me up.