History will not look kindly on you putting Windhand at 17 while arguably the best album from one of metal’s greatest bands languishes way down at 48. Switch those two, then replace Windhand with either Subrosa or Avatarium, and MAYBE you’re getting close (although Carcass should still be higher than 17)!
Is it OK for Arcade Fire to have a dress code at their concerts? Yes. Is it OK for me to think they’re the most unbelievably annoying, pretentious band in the world? Also yes.
1. “This guy” is not a journalist, he’s a critic. A critic’s job is absolutely not to “report on a non-bias point of view”; it’s to give his critical opinion of a piece of work, which you clearly don’t realize.
2. No need for the quotation marks around “misogynistic and homophobic.” Em’s lyrics are not quote-unquote misogynist and homophobic, they’re just misogynist and homophobic, period.
3. “If you don’t enjoy “misogynistic and homophobic” lyrics then you will not enjoy the album”. Conversely, if you enjoy the album, then you do enjoy misogyny and homophobia, which is probably not something you want to be publicizing too much, at least not if you want to be taken seriously.
If the Da Mafia 6ix tape doesn’t show up within the next 6 hours or so, my Halloween is going to be very disappointing.
I’m sure this wasn’t the intention, but the main effect this list had on me was to make me curious to give Lulu another (i.e. a second) listen, just to see if my take on it would be any different now. Other than that, great write-up, although since I go back and forth between Metallica and Maiden as my all-time favourite band, I obviously have my own list – I’d have Justice at #2 (possibly #1 depending on the day) and Load higher than St. Anger (yes, SA is heavier and more aggressive, but Load still has better songs).
I’m having a Speakerboxxx/Love Below kind of reaction to this album, in that I really like the first half, but having listened to the second half once, I never need to hear most of it again. (Note: “Kush Coma” is the “Hey Ya” in this analogy).
I know why Carcass didn’t get the AOTW nod, and I know it already leaked more than six weeks ago, but seriously, if you have even the remotest interest in metal, just go buy it; if any album deserves your financial support, Surgical Steel is it.
Also out today is the awesome new Gorguts album, which to a certain subset of your readers (and possibly your staff, if my take on Michael Nelson’s tastes is correct) is the real album of the week.
I don’t think it’s their best album (that would be Arise), but it’s still a beast, and it includes probably my favourite Sepultura song in “Nomad”. I saw them with Pantera and Biohazard at Maple Leaf Gardens on this tour, and again when they were headlining clubs with Fudge Tunnel and Nailbomb, and they killed both times; too bad they’ve never really been the same since (Roots is nowhere near “truly great” status in my books).
Not that I was expecting otherwise, but wow, this is REALLY bad.
All ten entries on this list should be “4th of July.” OK, maybe nine.
Well, I’m not a music writer, but I’ll admit to liking Chinese Democracy too, there’s no way it was ever going to get a fair assessment from critics given its (and Axl’s) long and sordid history, but there are definitely some really good songs on it. Although I still have trouble thinking of it (and of this new song, which isn’t bad but just kind of meh) as a Guns N’ Roses album, it’s definitely an Axl solo project in my mind.
I remember being really disappointed with that album when it first came out, partly due to the loss of Jason Isbell (who wrote several of my favourite DBT songs). I like it much better now (it’s nothing if not a grower), but I’d still have it much lower in my personal rankings, more like #6 or #7.
I’m buying this the day it comes out; trying really, REALLY hard to hold out until I actually have it in my hands, but holy crap are you ever making it difficult.
Great to see some DBT coverage on Stereogum – I can’t say I agree with the rankings (I have Dirty South a lot higher, and BTCD a lot lower), but really, you could throw a dart at this list blindfolded and still hit a great album. “Greatest extant American rock and roll band” indeed.
(Also, just to nitpick, Isbell’s goddamn love is lonely, not dirty)
Wow, the Carcass album has leaked, more than six weeks before the street date – I’m guessing the Nuclear Blast office isn’t a very happy place to be right now! There’s no doubt I’m buying it the day it comes out, but it’s going to take some serious willpower not to check out the leak, especially given the raves it’s been getting.
I cannot WAIT to get my hands on the Carcass album. As for this month, I was surprised by how much I liked Phil Anselmo’s new solo album; angry and noisy and hell but still strangely catchy. Best thing he’s done in a while, IMO.
Yes, I know I’m older than the average Stereogum reader, thanks for rubbing it in :)
Seriously though, if Stereogum is going to cover metal (and you’ve been doing a good job of it lately), a write-up on one of the best/most important albums in the genre’s history shouldn’t be ruled out; if anything, maybe it would inspire some of your younger readership to check out a great album they may not have heard.
It’s “Mayonaise” for me, but this is in my top 5 albums of all time (if you’d asked me in high school it would have been #1 by a landslide), so really, pick any song.
Now where’s the “Kill ‘Em All Turns 30″ write-up?
Yeah, Tom, you really need to go listen to Temples of Boom again, it’s anything but “negligible”. It’s the Cypress Hill album I go back to most often; it’s much more “dark and moody and inward” than Black Sunday, for one thing. I have it as at least the equal of Black Sunday, maybe even better production-wise.
I’d have 13 higher (around #10), Heaven & Hell lower (#7), and Master of Reality at #1, but still an interesting list. If nothing else it’s inspired me to go back and revisit some of the albums I hadn’t listened to in a while, which is always a good thing; Never Say Die is better than I remembered!
I’m more than willing to listen to the latter-day output, there’s some great stuff on those albums, Final Frontier in particular; honestly, it bugs me when people dismiss them out of hand (then again, I’m biased as Maiden are my favourite band).
For the record:
2. Number of the Beast
3. Piece of Mind
4. Seventh Son
5. Somewhere in Time
6. Iron Maiden
8. Final Frontier
9. Matter of Life & Death
10. No Prayer for the Dying
11. Brave New World
12. Dance of Death
13. Fear of the Dark
14. The X Factor
15. Virtual XI
Can’t believe this – Jeff Hanneman is not EVER supposed to die, let alone at age 49. Incredibly sad news.
Making hipsters look foolish is like shooting fish in a barrel.
I have an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets.