Great write up.
My 2 cents:
1. Iron Maiden
2. Piece of Mind
4. Seventh Son
5. Somewhere in Time
6. Number of the Beast (I know I am in the extreme minority here)
Yes! I didn’t even know it had been released!
And If Cynic is not progressive metal, then what is it?
Not everything can be Wormed or Portal.
Will there come a day when Slayer is no longer considered metal because of Araya’s ‘clean’ singing?
Maybe this is a slightly different point than the “metal or not” question, but rock as a genre kinda doesn’t exist anymore. If something is loud, electric guitar-driven, not cutesy or readily license-able, and somewhat elliptical in 2014 it most comfortably fits under the category of metal by default.
Any 20 year-old writer who lacks the wisdom to conceal their age should not be taken seriously.
Next thing you’re gonna tell me is that there aren’t really hundreds of Super Bowl ticket holders so jacked to see Bruno Mars that they rush the stage and so they have to pay people to do that.
Every guy wishes to look like a fey English man? Speak for yourself.
This is outstanding.
Nobody who can read gives a fuck about Miley Cyrus.
The Chili Peppers have always been a parody (of funk music for white kids.). They became a self parody somewhere around 1999 when autotune was invented and suddenly Kiedis became a crooner who could sing on key. (And I mean no disrespect to Flea who is is a great bass player and a very funny character actor.)
I’d definitely include “View To A Kill”. A great movie theme song and Brandon Flowers really takes his vocal range to the limit which gives the song some serious urgency that perfectly balances out the obligatory Bond kitsch.
If you’re gonna put two “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” songs in the top four how could “New Moon On Monday” not be one of them?
Also “Save A Prayer”. Flowers at his most poignant.
I , in no way, enjoy or endorse the enjoyment of listening to Foster The People but to say they are “years past their one hit” is simultaneously both an exaggeration and a falsehood. Their huge hit was inescapable a little more than two years ago and they have another song that is a pretty big hit right now.
I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with you. The eighties were the glory days for metal. Maiden, Priest, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth (pretty much all of the biggest metal bands of all time aside from Sabbath) were all at the height of their powers and the term “power metal” didn’t yet exist (as pretty much everything aside from thrash would be considered “power metal” by today’s standards). Metal did not actively retreat. It quickly waned in popularity as “alternative rock” took away most of its audience, Metallica and Megadeth watered down their sound to for broader but shallower appeal and most of the other flagship bands either went through detrimental lineup changes, went on extended hiatus or broke up altogether. All that was left of metal by the early-to-mid-nineties WAS the underground (aside from Slayer and Pantera). The Wingers and Warrants may have hastened the genre’s decline in popularity but you can’t blame those types of bands for Metallica hiring Bob Rock, Megadeth going Nashville, Priest firing Halford, “Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter”, etc.
Yes, but blast beats and shrieking vocals (plus tremolo-picked gtr) are about half of the pillars of the sound of black metal right there.
The chords and chord progressions on Sunbather are reminiscent of MBV, especially toward the beginning of the album.
I think Sunbather is wildly overrated as well. Don’t get me wrong. I like it just fine but it is not anywhere close to being most compelling thing I’ve heard in recent years, although major-key black-ish metal IS something I had never quite heard before.
That said, I am loving the metal coverage around these parts and the year-end list in particular. It’s just that the Gris, Inter Arma and Windhand are all more compelling than Sunbather to my ears, let alone things from recent years like Years Past Matter, Marrow of the Spirit or the last two Opeth albums.
You don’t think she has people for that as well? A lady worth half a billion can easily have a “hipness” consultant as surely as she has hair, wardrobe and makeup people.
It is absurd that she (and JT, Kanye, JZ, etc.) is covered here and elsewhere alongside musicians slugging it out in the real world. It’s like having Ben Bernanke and an adjunct economics professor at your local junior college having their work critiqued and dissected alongside one another with equal weight and measure.
Aren’t there enough outlets to read about Beyonce?
Beyonce doesn’t care about astronaut people.
Finally, you can download ‘Lazy Eye’, ‘Panic Switch and ‘Bloody Mary’ from one single, solitary webpage instead of having to go through the time-robbing rigamarole of having to shuffle through three pages on iTunes. Man, 2014! The Future!
Liturgy was a complete figment of Pitchfork hype; a competent metal band who talked and blogged as if it was revolutionizing the genre and was the first ever to lend it philosophical heft, which is a pretty damned condescending and belittling tact to take toward a 40-year old genre of music. Indie rock critics who didn’t know anything about metal believed their BS (in philosophy) and they became the token metal band in the indie blogosphere for a spell, but I daresay, thanks to columns like this one, we’ve come a long way ever since.
I saw DEP at Summer Slaughter last summer and they were so boring I left halfway through their set. The singer did a great stage dive, though.
1. Master of Puppets
2. …And Justice For All
3. Ride The Lightning
4. Kill’em All
5. Check, please
Well, if Allmusic, Wikipedia and Rolling Stone all say it then it must be true.
It’s like the whole music world lost its goddamn mind!
“On The Beach” as #1 is a little much.
1. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
2. After The Goldrush
3. Tonight’s The Night
4. Rust Never Sleeps
5. Sleeps With Angels (not bloated at all IMO- Crazy Horse has never sounded better post-Whitten)
6. Harvest Moon
9. Dead Man (by what tortured logic is this disqualified again?)
10. On The Beach
‘Trick of the Tail’ is a forgotten masterpiece and holds its own amongst anything from the Gabriel era (sure Lamb and Foxtrot are better but not so much that they wipe the floor with ‘Trick’). ‘Wind and Wuthering’ is solid as well. For my money, the real line of demarcation for Genesis is when Steve Hackett left the band as Trick and W & W have much more in common with the Gabriel era than the ‘And then there were 3′ (or the Patrick Bateman) era.
the difference between Deafheaven and Liturgy is that Deafheaven’s sound itself ‘indie-rock-gentrified’ (and I don’t mean that pejoratively) whereas Liturgy are an average current black metal band that were overhyped by people who apparently have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to metal and just took the band’s word for it that they were putting some post-baccalareate artistic sheen on a genre that the ‘AnCo/LCD-worshipping set’ otherwise assumed to be the province of backwater meatheads.
I like this album just fine but y’all need a more powerful way-back machine. ‘Twas the year our lord double-aught seven, and nary an iPhone had flashes in their camera…
One guy takes the MTV VMAs way too seriously and is now a Kardashian in law. The other is a wannabe freemason who is becoming a sports agent. Come on stereogum, why not just go whole hog and start covering the exploits of Perez Hilton and Scott Boras. Enquiring minds want to know!