-Happy 4th of...oh damnit, I'm late again. I was good though. I visited my family, saw fireworks, had ribs (wish I brought some home with me...) and that's about it.
Anyways, the "Transformers" movie was pretty good. Sure, it has it's flaws (the mom is really annoying, the use of Linkin Park music), but it's still a lot of fun. Great action, good acting, most of the jokes are hits, great special effects-it's all you want out of a blockbuster. Just turn your mind off, and don't go into it thinking "Oh, it's not the same as G1!"
-I saw a poster for the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie, and well, to David Cross: You are a funny man, but with this,"Scary Movie 2", and "Freakshow" (which you served as producer), I'm starting to think you need a new agent, or at least to think about the movie choices you make.
-Also, "Ratatoullie" is awesome. Next to "Grindhouse", it may be my favorite movie of the year so far.
-Borders is better than Barnes & Noble. How do I know this? Well, I go to a lot of bookstores (I read a lot) so I would know by experience.
-A week ago, we learned that Chris Benoit was murderer.
Since then, things seemed to have cooled down fortunately. The thread about Benoit's death became a complete clusterfuck. Deon made the biggest ass of himself (not that it's a major accomplishment for him) and we didn't learn jack shit about anything, other than Benoit was a fucked up individual.
-I'm going to see an early show of "Transformers" tonight at midnight. Lucky me. I'll tell you how it is next time. The good reviews are good, while the bad ones seem to be clueless, especially the one from Slant Magazine.
Sorry about the tiny update.
-For those who don't know, the whole Benoit thing not only continues to be fucked up, but has become a "media circus", as you might say. Thw Warrior is supposed to give us his Warrior Wisdom on Hannity and Colmes tonight, Nancy "I'm an Insufferable Cunt" Grace has been well, an insufferable cunt, O'Rilley and Geraldo "The Moustache of Time" Rivera have been jackasses, Debra made me feel bad for her, Jericho saved the day by being the most rational, and the WWE folder continues to suck. That last part isn't anything new though.
The real winner as far as embarresment so far, has been Chyna. Here's somebody that's living proof of how one can fall from grace. She's gone from being a notable figure in the wrestling (who was never really a good worker) to becoming a coked up, bordering on fat mess. Her porn tape destroyed the sanity of many (Me, I've seen much worse), and it's a bizarre blend of depressing and hilarious. Just remember: No matter how bad things are, at least you aren't Chyna.
-The Beastie Boys (remember back when they were good?) have a new album made up completely of instrumentals, and it sucks. It's just really boring and unmotivated, without anything that hasn't been done before, only they've done it better (the instrumental breaks in Check Your Head and Ill Communication, the retro cool of In Sound From Way Out), and others have done much better. It's at least a better ablum than To the 5 Burroughs (which had one good single in "C-c-c-check It Out") and Hello Nasty (good singles, nothing else). If anything it's cheap, and probably makes alright background music for those times you wanna smoke pot. Oh, and it does have a few (repeat, a few) decent tracks.
-Finally, here's Rosie O Donnell's daughter
Yes, that's really her. Right now, Tom Selleck is smiling, and I don't blame him. It's amazing that in the world of obnoxius female celebrities, Rosie is the only one who pisses me off.
-Ever since Benoit died, I've been in the WWE folders more than I usually am.
It's true: The place is pathetic.
I haver never seen so much unbelieveably retarded behavior on a message board since I used to lurk Livejournals for laughs. From "SUCK MY COCK CUNT" to Vampiro69's lovely posts to Angle-plex saying "fuck Debra" (yeah, how dare she get beaten like that!) that thread is both the best and the worst thing I have seen in ages. No wonder I quit hanging around that hellhole. That out of the way, Czech pretty much made the best (and funniest) posts in the thread, so he gets a "best poster on TSM" notice. The guy really is my favorite poster.
-Also, Chris was apparently giving his kid steroids, and killed him with the Cripple Crossface. This whole story just keeps getting more and more fucked up.
-Out of boredom last night, I read old threads of wildpegasus being wildpegasus, and I actually wondered how he's taking the whole thing. He must be a wreck, and for some really sick reason, that amuses me. So, since I don't post on The Pit but he does, how's he taking it over there?
I can see the situation: He wanders the streets, drinking Apple Juice, while screaming out "WHYYYYYYYYY?!?!?" at the top of his lungs, as passer bys laugh at him. He enters the weightroom, and gets kicked out for bellyaching. He even thinks of hiring a hooker to ease the pain, but changes his mind when memories of his cousin return. He then goes on to masturbate to his posters of Bret Hart and Astoboy, and then cries himself to sleep.
Meanwhile, his parents are happy, as they see this as leading to his possible death, meaning they won't have to put up with him anymore.
Mean spirited? You bet, but pretty likely.
The torture horror genre is dead. Well almost dead. Thank God.
I liked "Hostel" and it's sequal, in spite of what others have said. I liked the first "Saw" movie. That out of the way, with "Hostel Part II" tanking (and director Eli Roth posting an incredibly whiney entry in his Myspace), and inspite of the movie "Captivity" coming out, people aren't largely going to see people get tortured anymore. Ok, so there's another "Saw" movie, but that's beyond the point.
I think that people are tired of being bombarded with torture flick after torture flick. Hell, Roth has even seemed to have moved beyond the tired subgenre he helped give birth to, and is going on to do an adaptation of Stephen King's "Cell" as his next movie. The director of "Saw" went on to do the dreadful "Dead Silence", which at least saw him try something different. The director of the excellent slasher flick "High Tension" and the remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" is moving on to more creepy supernatural scare. And "28 Weeks" later not only showed that R rated horror can still do good box office, but can still be scary. Several R Rated horror films have proven that you can be scary without endless torture sequences. The problem: They haven't done good box office.
In a way, because of movies like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" and their ilk, R-Rated horror has gotten a bad buzz. Critics now use the tired phrase "torture porn" to describe such movies (really folks, torture porn is the kind of thing you find in Sweeden), and the movie going public has tired of torture. Unfortunately, this has spoiled things for other horror flicks, meaning that much better and more imaginative horror flicks either do poor box office ("Grindhouse", "The Abandoned", "Slither") get limited release ("Black Sheep", "Fido"), or get dumped straight to video ("Gravedancers", "Reincarnation", "Isolation")
People want to be scared again. They don't want to see Elisha Cuthbert get tortured by a deranged maniac. They don't want to see a woman get raped by a mutant. They want to be frightened, not put through an ordeal.
My answer to those who complain about movies that use torture: don't watch them, and they'll go away. Go see original horror movies that deserve respect and attention, like "The Descent" or "The Abandoned."
Horror isn't going to die, it's just at a crossroads. That's ok, because this always happens. The same thing happened with slasher movies in the 80's and self aware horror in the 90's. The next big thing will come eventually, and it will go, only to make way for the new one.
-Matt Young's telling us about his personal life again. Matt, here's some advice: It would be best not to tell people too much about your personal life. Seriously, if there is anything you need to work on, it's that. Not because of people not caring, but because it reflects really badly on you. This is one of the reasons I tend to be hush hush on my personal life. Actually, it's mostly because my personal life is fucking boring, but I digress.
-I'm going to see 1408 tonight. Normally, I don't check out PG-13 rated horror flicks, but it's been getting good reviews, and has a great cast.
-I checked out TNA last night out of boredom, and wasn't too impressed. Sure, Samoa Joe is great, and I love some of the guys there, but it was still kind of boring. It felt a bit like a mix of WCW Nitro and WCW Worldwide. Also, I'm suprised nobody on the boards is now called "Black Machismo." Oh, and poor Jarrett.
-My new favorite Youtube video. It sounds more like a stuck pig than a dog.
-Hillary Clinton chose a Celine Dion song as her campaign song. I would have had her go with Cum Drenched Tits by William H. Nutsack. At least Kerry had the decency to go with Zeppelin.
-Band of the moment: The Angelic Process, who are like Doom Metal meets The Swans meets My Bloody Valentine meets Sigur Ros. I love this stuff, and their new album is in my future purchases list.
-I mentioned Dr. Dre's The Chronic, and I can't believe that I forgot how awesome that album really is. The production is so top notch, it's practically a joke (I'm a sucker for really good hip hop production), and damnit, "Lyrical Gangbang" is underrated. I should probably do a "best hip hop albums of all time" list, but that would be too hard.
-This is what Scientoligists actually believe. I really, really hope that someday, this whole cult disappears. Then again, there are people who believe that they are dragons, they just aren't dangerous.
Yeah, sorry for the boring entry.
-Well, Raw ended on a disappointing note, though it's good to see Steph only had a few minutes on the mic. Already, some people are complaining about the Vince angle, saying "Oh, it's direspectful to Sherri" or "it's taking up too much time and we don't see as much in ring action as we want." Well, 1.) Get off your fucking high horses. The WWE had no idea Sherri was going to die. Nobody knew Sherri was going to die. End of story. They can't just quit right now, because it would make no sense storyline wise. Besides, you are watching WWE, you don't expect morality or good taste from something Vince McMahon is responsible for. 2.) I can understand people not liking that the storyline is taking up too much airtime. If you don't like that, go watch TNA. They are known more for in ring action. Until then, I will continue to enjoy the stupidity and awesomeness of the "Vince is dead" storyline, as well as the return of Snitsky next week.
Come on folks, it's predetermined. You know it, I know it, anybody with brain matter knows it. So don't take it so seriously. Either enjoy it or don't watch it. It's that easy. I don't watch wrestling to complain about it on the internet. I watch it to be entertained by good matches and goofy storylines.
-In music, I've been listening to a lot of what is referred to as No Wave, as well as a lot of old Punk-Funk and Mutant Disco music. Seriously, this is some geat stuff.
-Also, I've been listening to a lot of Blac Sabbath, or at least three albums: Black Sabbath, Master of Reality, and Vol. 4. I'd say Vol. 4 is their best: The riffs are great, the lyrics are top notch, and it just flat out rocks.
-I was listening to the song "Fuck Wit Dre Day" last night, and I noticed something: Dr. Dre and co. seem to like to talk about gay sex. Examples:
Homophobia and dissing opponents, or something else? Either way, I love the album The Chronic, but this is a pretty gay song when you think about it. Not even Elton John wrote anything that gay.
-Apparently, some people are taking the "Death" of Vince a little too seriously, sending letters to the company and calling them. I already posted this picture, but:
Anywho, this is still awesome, or at least for the time being. I enjoy great in ring work as much as the next smark, but this is the kind of thing I love: Stories that are incredibly stupid, but are still fun because of their stupidity. Let's face it, while the WWE has done things that are so dumb they're dumb (Katie Vick, operating on "J.R.s ass"), they are also masters of so dumb it's great. And nobody does this like the WWE. What does NWA TNA have: VKM trying to sabatoge WWE shows. Granted, DX did the same thing, but it still doesn't excuse TNA's boredome factor, or at least to me.
-Now, onto music: Last time, I mentioned the worst albums of the year so far, yet I forgot to mention the new one from The Stooges albu. Granted, they haven't done an album together since the early 70's, but it still sucks, especially considering that this is the band that gve us Funhouse and Raw Power.
I also mentioned Timbaland's Shock Value.and whoo boy, is that bad. Granted, he's not a bad producer, but he should stick to that. There isn't a single interesting moment on here, from the song "Bounce" (no Missy Elliot, I don't want to see your ass n' titties. Nobody wants to) to collaborating with Fall Out Boy (who deserve a special place in hell for covering "Love will Tear us Apart), and the list goes on. This and the new Stooges albums are the years worse so far, though Timbaland wins it for the album being a ridiculous achivement in ego.
-What's the wort new show on TV? Why, its "Lil' Bush", the new cartoon on Comedy Central. Using tired "BUSH IZ STOOPID" and Bill Clinton jokes that went out as soon as Billy boy left office, as well as the worst attempts at political satire since Rolling Stone in the past few years, even the biggest Bush hater will hate this pile of shit. Unless you are Rolling Stone, who seem to like the show. Yeah, it's not like they are still relevent or anything...
-I watched "Smoking Aces" last night. Here's another movie that runs out of steam in the last third or so, complete with a dreadful plot twist. Still, I think it's worth checking out at least one. Alicia Keyes is in it (and absoulutely smoking hot), as are the funniest pair of Neo -Nazi brothers ever, Jason Bateman (I did not need to see him in bra and panties) and a hyperactive kid on ritalin who does kung fu and pops a major boner.
-Iran hates porn apparently, and is hanging those who are pornstars. Come on, at least have respect for the Pornstars. The fact that they do what they do is an impressive mix of bravery and lack of self confidence.
I knew a guy back in High School who wanted to be a pornstar. I wonder if he ever realized that many male pornstars have to start out by doing gay porn...
-Oh, we're nearing the middle of 2007, and there's been some good, and some bad, and some so-so in the music front. Here's the general thoughts on it:
Good and great:
LCD Soundsystem-Sound of Silver
Boris & Michio Kurihara-Rainbow
Redman-Red Gone Wild: Thee Album
Nine Inch Nails-Year Zero (Never liked them, but this is a great album)
Queens of the Stone Age-Era Vulgaris (great album title though)
Sister Vanilla-Little Pop Rock
Throbbing Gristle-Part Two - The Endless Not (Apparently, the first and original industrial band should have stayed away from each other. A real disappointment, though there's some good moments)
Explosions in the Sky-All the Sudden I Miss Everyone
Timbaland-Timbaland Presents Shock Therapy (Worst album of 2007 so far)
The Bravery-The Sun and the Moon
Adult-Why Bother? (Why bother indeed)
Mika-Life in Cartoon Motion
Marilyn Manson-Eat Me, Drink Me (Granted, he always sucked, but now it's just embarrising. At least it's not as bad as Golden Age of Grotesque.)
Satellite Party-Satellite Party (Perry, it's time to just stop.)
The new Chris Cornell album
Vince, you old bastard, you did it: You got me to post in the WWE folders again.
In case you haven't seen it, Vince got in his lime last night at the end of Raw, and
Yep, they killed the Mr. McMahon character. Or at least for a while.
This is awesome. Yeah, it's dumb, but that's why it's great. TNA may have some of the better workers, but they can't come up with something like this. They come up with bullshit like VKM tormenting the WWE or Ron Killings doing horrible raps dissing the WWE. This is one of the reasons why compared to Vince, no matter how bad the product is (it's actually been decent lately), is still more interesting and better than TNA. I only watch TNA every now and again. I watch WWE more. Hell, it's got me posting in the WWE folders again, which I haven't done in ages.
I am talking about wrestling again, which I haven't done in ages. I haven't been this interested in a long time. This folks, is good television.
Of course, Vince will return. But for now, let's enjoy it.
-I'm back. I had to do finals, and I went to my brothers graduation party (beer was good, party was so-so), and I saw "Hostel Part II" (pretty good)
-Paris Hilton went to jail, and I don't care. Seriously, why does anybody still give a shit about this woman? She's completley worthless, has contributed nothing to society, yet people won't shut up about her. I don't care, and I don't want to hear about her.
Just thought you should know.
-Finally, here's a man singing while fucking a girl's ass. NSFW obviously, but great none the less.
Sorry for the boring journal entry.
The fact that they allowed shit like this. At least they are deleting it. Here's some choice quotes, with choice crazy bolded.
So, why would they (Livejournal) even let shit like this exist on their website in the first place?
Jesus Christ, isn't that illegal?
Lady, you write fanporn. You aren't Stephen King Or Ambrose Bierce or William Burroughs. You aren't a legitimate author.
See comment # 3
In short: Fans are sickos and need to be neutered.
If you write a story like that, you are a fucking pedophile. End of discussion.
Apparently, Harry Potter fans are middle agerd, sexually repressed housewives who feel the need to write about underaged fictional characters fucking one another.
That's 4,468 people who should be in jail for most likely owning kiddie porn.
In short, the internet is the ultimate support group for the completely disgusting.
As I'm typing this, "The Shield" season finale is on
In case you didn't know, Inc. hates me. I mean he really hates me. He says I'm nothing. I got pissed off over this.
Well now, I don't know what to do. I gave up, and decided what the hell, let him waste his time. I did nothing to him, but what can I do? Nothing. So he hates me. Whatever. I lost my cool, and it was a mistake.
I'm not that bad of a poster, am I?
Right now, I'm rethinking my role on TSM. I'm still going to post. I'm not going to quit just because a few people think I'm pathetic. That out of the way, I need to chill out. I can't just yell at someone over the internet, since that accomplishes diddly shit.
Maybe I should join the Pit. Granted, Rapemaster MikeSC and wildpegasus post there, and I'm not too wild about them. But I need to start posting somewhere beside here. I have no interest in say, DVDVR's boards. Fark? Don't like it too much. Something Awful? I'm not paying to post somewhere. Wrestlecrap? You must be fucking kidding me.
I'm I still pissed? Yes, a little. I didn't do shit to Inc, and he insults me. What's his problem. However, I'm not going to argue with him, since it's a waste of time.
I've been posting here for almost three years. I've loved it for the most part. I've met some great people and posters. I'm not going to quit just because somebody I never met in my life doesn't like me. I do need to work on some things though. I need to quit trying to be cool with everybody. Some people are assholes, but I'll just have to deal with it. The fact that I lost my cool is rather hypocritical, since I insult certain posters as well. So I should take a few punches. It was only a matter of time before someone ripped on me. I guess I had it coming.
The point of all this is that I'm trying to show some humility here. I'll go back to being the same old Gary Floyd that you love/hate/ignore. I'll go back to posting pictures that amuse some and annoy others. Don't like it? Too bad.
So there you have it. I'm sorry I lost my cool. I don't want to fight anymore. Let's just go back to sort of tolerating one another.
Oh, and Matt, I don't want to be your "nigga."
R.Kelly is insane. He's also a lyrical genius. Or he's inane. Either way, he's R.Kelly, and he's a goledn shower loving pedophile who loves bad lyrical puns and metaphors for sex. Here's a few songs that are proof.
"You Remind Me of Something"
Last but not least, "Sex Planet
I rest my case.
May 29th, 2007: Leena's reign of terror ends.
I'm suprised this happened, to be honest. Sure, she's been banned before (and will probably return) but I'm suprised she lasted this long. She was a pain in the ass, and nobody but Matt Young liked her. She was a female version of MikeSC, only occasionaly funny, and also prone to start arguments. She also was incredibly insecure, with no known "friends" outside of myspace and this forum (some poeple actually liked her...God knows why.) She posted pictures of shit in WP threads, which was still less upsetting than WP. She pissed off Carlito Brigante, which was always funny.
And now she's gone.
I personally won't miss her. I stopped caring about her a long time ago. I did defend her once, but that was just to get to Oblivious Heel (who was that anyways?) So anything about her stopped interesting me.
So yeah, good riddence, or good bye, I guess.
-Well, happy memorial day. Or not. Depends on who you are. Me, I'm spending it in my dorm, sweating like a pig. Don't know why, since the air conditioner is on full blast.
-Yesterday, my brother finally graduated from Highschool. It's strange seeing this happen, since I still remember him as a newborn in my mother's arms. It may be cliche, but they really do grow up fast. Anyways, I'm really proud of him. He's training to become a physician, and is going to spend the summer the same as always: working and relaxing at home.
-Good news for fellow horror nerds: "From Beyond" and "The Burning" come out on Sept. 11th, 2007. So yeah, something good coming out of 9/11. I can't wait for "From Beyond", it's a wonderfully deranged movie.
-Finally, Charles Nelson Reilly died, which is a shame. I always liked the guy, and he's always quotable, so RIP Charlie.
-Last Friday, I finally got to see the crazy preacher dude I told you about last time. The guy himself is a riot, and dances around a whole lot. Really, he does a little footwork. He also has a tendancy to smack his bible and shove it in people's faces. Anyways, he railed on and on about homosexuals (I hear he did a lot of ranting about Catholics when I wasn't there), so I told him "You know, gor a guy who rails on about homosexuals a lot, you sure do have a pretty gay hat." Afterwards, a gay guy walked up to me and said "I agree with ya dude." I haven't seen the crazy preacher since, though next time, I'll probably recite the theme from "Fresh Prince of Bell Air" to him.
-I do have an excuse for not doing many journal entries lately: I've been knee deep in homework. I've had to finish reports, and finals are coming up, so there's the sad excuse.
-Good news: "Masters of Horror" has been renewed for a third season.
-Finally, Italian exploitation and horror director Bruno Mattei (aka "Vincent Dawn") has died. While none of his movies ("Hell of the Living Dead", "The Other Hell", "SS Extermination Love Camp", and "Rats: Night of Terror") were actually good, they were at least so good they were bad, in a MST3K sort of way.
-Lately down at the quad at the university (it's by the library-I'm at Wright State, BTW) there has been this crazy preacher guy. I say he's crazy because he hates gays, Catholics, Liberals, and a host of the other usual suspects (insert joke by kkktookmybabyaway here). I haven't gotten to see him yet (a few of my friends have) but I've been wanting to, since I could use a good laugh. Also, he has about 15 or more people yelling at him, so I probably wouldn't have a word in.
There were also two old guys outside two days ago (same day as the crazy preacher) protesting the war. I kind of felt bad for them. I mean, two people? That's not too good.
-Fred Phelps is still at it (like you are suprised), ready to picket Jerry Falwells funeral (Phelps is one of the few people one Earth who almost makes Falwell look good-almost), and putting together a lovely video called God Hates the World.
-Remember when it was announced that Prince Harry was going to serve in Iraq? Think Again. I guess his family found out that war is dangerous. That out of the way, you knew there was no way in hell he was going to fight over there.
-Finally, tonight's the season finale of "The Office", which I'm looking forward to. What can i say, I love the show (especially Mindy Kaling, who plays the uber adorable Kelly Kapoor. To hell with Pam, I like Kelly)
Ever since I got an IPod, I've had albums on it that are favorites on that IPod, Thing is, that list tends to change, so here's soe current favorites.
The Slits-Cut-A reggae producer produces a band from an all femal punk band who aren't that good with their instruments (what punk band back in the day was?) and makes this badass album. It's a punk/postpunk classic, with plenty of reggae/dub rhythms, sardonic lyrics, and plenty of attitude.
James Brown-Black Caesar OST-Soundtrack Brown did for a Blaxspotation flick is pretty damn catchy, with classics like "The Boss" and "Down and Out in New York City." A realy underrated gem.
Cabaret Voltaire-Code-OOP and hard to find, this album is probably the groups most accessible release, filled with electro and funk groves while still not losing any of their identity.
Joy Division-Closer-The band's second (and last) studio album predicts the oncoming goth and new wave movements coming together. Also may be the most depressing album ever recorded.
EPMD-Strictly Buisiness-Old school hip hop at it's best, with plenty of samples, catchy beats, and awesome rhymes. Also the first hip hop album I know of to reference Steve Martin.
Scientist-Heavyweight Dub Champion-Pretty short, but awesome dub reggae album.
Agalloch-Not Unlike the Waves-I already mentioned this in the "Metal Albums I'm enjoying" entry.
Henry Mancini-A Touch of Evil OST-Hell yes. Soundtrack to a classic film noir movie directed by Orson Welles, and full of old scholl rock, afro cuban rhythms, sleezy horns, old west style pianos, and other such things
Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab-Vampyros Lesbos Sexadelic Dance Party-Another awesome soundtrack (to a pretty bad movie) features plenty of organ, mod style fuzzy guitars, sitars, trombones, and other old school psychedelic sounds. Great stuff.
-Well, Jerry Falwell kicked the bucket, and will most likely live in a personal hell of homosexuals. He'll be missed by-ah, who am I kidding? I always hated the fucker, so good riddence. I'm not going to celebrate, but I sure as hell won't miss him.
-Oh, I'm suprised it took me this long, but I added people to my friends list: The people I added:
Coat is my Father
If you want added, let me know.
-I saw "28 Weeks Later" on Friday, and it's great. I'd dare to say that it's just as good as the first one. It's a bit more depressing than the fisrt one, since there is no hope in this one, unlike "28 Days Later", where there was some hope. Also, to quote Joe Bob Briggs, "Anyone can die at any moment." I like to call that the "Psycho" rule, since some people who you expect to live don't. I won't tell you who, you have to see for yourself.
-Remember when I ranted about Kirk Cameron and his jackass buddies on my rant last week? Well, he's still at it, trying to prove that God exists on ABC news. If you didn't see it, here's how it went: Cameron made an idiot of himself while giving shitty evangelical responses that you'd see from a televangelist, and the Athiest did the typical "make fundies look stupid" stuff while having the charisma of a snail. So basically, I learned nothing from it, though it once again shows that people from both sides can be annoying. You can see it on the ABC news website, and on Google video. Oh, the Kelly chick was hot though, and had really great tits.
That out of the way, I'm going to repeat myself in a way, but shut the fuck up Cameron. Nobody is trying to turn you into an Athiest, so drop the Goddamn persecution comples. Christians make up the majority when it comes to religion in the U.S., so nobodies persecuting you.
Also, have you ever noticed that these kinds of debates never teach us anything?
-New Order broke up. I would be upset, but let's face it, their last two albums were horrible, and it was pretty much about time to break up. So yeah, good for them.
Let's face it, a lot of us like Metal. Sure, some of us don't admit it, and I never considered myself a diehard metal fan, but we do, be it Metallica or Maiden or Slayer or all of those. Anywho, here's some metal albums I've been enjoying so far, in no particular order.
Agalloch-Ashes Against the Grain-This is actually pretty awesome. It's black metal (never cared for most of it-or at least the Norweigen stuff) but it's great. It could best be described as Gorgoroth (without the cliche satanism) meets Katatonia meets Sigur Ros meets Pink Floyd meets My Bloody Valentine.
Mastodon-Leviathan and Blood Mountain-Holy shit, the drumming. If you claim to enjoy metal but don't like Mastodon, then you don't really enjoy metal. Seriously, give them a shot, they are fucking awesome. Hell, they let guys from the Mars Volta on Mountain, and they didn't ruin it. That's saying something.
Slayer-Reign in Blood-Need I say more?
Athiest-Unquestionable Prescence and Elements-Death Metal with jazz-inspired chord progressions. Not the only Death Metal band to do this, but one of the few to do it right. See also: Cynic's Focus, Gorgut's Obscura, and Pestilence's Spheres.
Sleep-Dopesmoker and Sleep's Holy Mountain-The Ultimate Stoner Metal albums, with riffs that are so sludgey, they roll like molasses. See also: Electric Wizard's Dopethrone.
Boris-Rainbow, Pink, and Amplifier Worship-Hell yes. The best Doom Metal band on the planet, and one of my favorite bands that are more recent. Rainbow is more psychedelic rock than metal, but it's still great.
Wolves in the Throne Room-Diadem of 12 Stars-Black metal that's really long (4 songs, a 60 minute album), but every minute counts. Contains elements of folk music, and bit of post rock.
Nachtmystium-Instinct: Decay-While it has the cliched low-fi production that annoys me, here's a Black Metal album that's still worth it. Featuring elements of psychedelia and post punk, it's pretty diverse. Oh, and the song "Chosen By No One" rules.
Sigh-Imaginary Sonicscape-Black Metal from Japan that's awesome. Sure, it's Black Metal, and it has the symphonic cliches, but it also has elements of psychedelia, electro, dub, jazz, and reggae. It's like Mr. Bungle if they did a Black Metal album, and it rules.