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 +1Posted on Jul 9th | re: Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best (30 comments)

Painkiller is definitely the one for me.

BTW, Touch of Evil is easily the greatest song ever written about being sodomized by satan.

 +1Posted on Jul 3rd | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - June 2014 (69 comments)

Lots of great stuff here!

Especially Bastard Sapling, Mournful Congregation and Vuyvr!

I think part of the reason there is a dearth of heavier sounding music in the mainstream is that the attributes that can help something break through in the world of metal are now completely at odds with what works for the mainstream. That is one tricky double gauntlet to run.

 +2Posted on Jul 1st | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - June 2014 (69 comments)

Opeth has done some great things over the past 20 years including Heritage which has entirely melodic vocals.

Windhand is a good, recent doom band with melodic vocals.

Going back quite a few years, Control Denied, which was Chuck Schuldiner’s last work, is essentially Death with a power metal singer.

Unfortunately, while I, too, would like to hear more melodic vocals in metal, the dirty truth is there really aren’t a lot of very convincing melodic metal vocalists around these days. They tend to sound more like early aughts emo singers than Dio.

 +6Posted on Jun 30th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - June 2014 (69 comments)

Please, no more Deafheaven!

While it is hard to see such things in real time, I have a feeling that somewhere in the not-too-distant future, if not already, many, if not most, will have a “what were we thinking?” moment regarding this band. Mine came seeing/hearing them live right after Earth a couple of months ago. On record an uneasy peace is rendered between the blast-beats/metal vocals and the Loveless-influenced major-key chord progressions. However, in person, seeing that pretty boy preen around the stage shrieking was patently ridiculous even on its own terms. Following a hypnotic set by Earth it was frankly embarrassing.

 +1Posted on Jun 15th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (6 comments)

She-foot!

 +1Posted on Jun 15th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (6 comments)

Dynasty!

 0Posted on Jun 14th | re: Rush Albums From Worst To Best (58 comments)

Actually, scratch that. He still wins.

 0Posted on Jun 14th | re: Rush Albums From Worst To Best (58 comments)

This list beat Matthew West’s for sheer lunacy.

 0Posted on Jun 12th | re: Rush Albums From Worst To Best (58 comments)

Aren’t you being a little rough on the Power Windows? It is far from one of their best but it does have Big Money, Manhattan Project and Mystic Rhythms

 +3Posted on Jun 10th | re: Rush Albums From Worst To Best (58 comments)

18. [Test for Echo] – can’t say I know this one well
17. [Vapor Trails] – or this one
16. Clockwork Angels -not the return to form it’s been hyped to be.
15. Counterparts – The grunge album; sonically, it holds up surprisingly well.
14. Roll The Bones – On the one hand there’s the awful title track; on the other hand there’s Bravado
13. Power Windows – the most 80s sounding 80s Rush album (not meant as a compliment)
12. Rush – The Peartless debut with a couple of classics
11. Caress of Steel – They bite off more than they were ready to chew.
10. Hold Your Fire – Thin, but Force Ten and Time Stands Still are a helluva 1-2 punch
9. Presto – Underrated – the last “good” Rush album from start to finish.
8. Fly By Night – The best of their pre-2112 work by a mile.
7. Grace Under Pressure – The last “very good” Rush album.
6. Signals – Underrated – The last “classic” Rush album.
5. A Farewell To Kings – One of their best.
4. Permanent Waves – Starts off with two of their best songs and keeps going strong from there.
3. 2112 – Their first classic. 36 years down; 98 to go!
2. Hemispheres – Rush at their proggiest.
1. Moving Pictures – Not a frame is wasted on this stone-cold classic.