I’d say the Decibel list is really good overall, although I’m definitely surprised to see Machine Head and Mastodon on there – I’m a fan of both bands, but in both cases I don’t think their 2014 albums are their best work by any means. MH at #12 especially is way too high – not that I don’t like the album, I do, but I don’t LOVE it, certainly not one of the best of the year IMO. Definitely a few glaring omissions too.
Well, there goes my afternoon…
Metallica are one of my all-time favourite bands, I think there are some great songs from the Load/Reload era, but man, do I ever hate “Fuel”. I don’t know why they insist on playing it all the time, arguably the worst song in their entire discography.
Sorry, don’t mean to pick on you Wesley, I just hate how there’s always so much whining in the AOTW comments section, all the “how dare you not pick MY favourite album!” comments get old fast. (Also, I have a wife and twins, you know us married dudes with kids have to stick together).
Yeah, I only like music writers who agree with everything I like! And get off my lawn!
(Seriously though, “things that teenagers love”? Settle down there, Grandpa Simpson. You can like radio pop, but “married dudes with kids” can’t? Sorry, wrong).
What a ripoff, they totally stole that album cover from Comecon:
(What, you don’t think they’re familiar with obscure early-90s Swedish death metal? Come on, it’s totally possible!)
I happen to belong to that certain vintage of rap dork – between this and the new M.O.P. EP dropping next week, I’m very happy indeed.
The charge has apparently been dropped:
Hey Phil – have a drink on me!
Ha, I never made the Pike/Lemmy connection before, but now that you mention it, you’re totally right!
I don’t know KTB, but I would highly recommend SubRosa, their latest album (More Constant Than The Gods) was one of my favourites of last year. Epic female-fronted doom with electric violins – I guess Windhand would be the closest comparison, although SubRosa are a bit less “droney” and their singer is more expressive. Anyway, well worth checking out.
I would also highly recommend the new Alunah album (Awakening the Forest), which is in the same vein, fairly straightforward doom, just great songs/riffs. And Gaz Jennings from Cathedral has a new band called Death Penalty, their new album (self-titled) is also great – more uptempo than the previously mentioned bands but still fairly sludgy/doomy, closer to High On Fire I would say. (Speaking of Cathedral, that’s another band you should check out if you don’t already know them, I’m guessing they’d be right up your alley, especially their first album, Forest of Equilibrium from 1991).