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Metal Albums I'm Enjoying

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Gary Floyd

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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.

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Metal fan here. Reading through your list, it looks like you're into darker stuff than I, but I'll through in a few that I've recently been listening to.

 

Blind Guardian--Twist in the Myth. As good as their previous works, high quality stuff.

 

Manowar--Sons of Odin. I've only heard the 2 songs released on the preview CD. Sure it's over the top and cheesy, but the Gods of War track sounds like nothing else.

 

Hammerfall--Threshold. They continue the downward trend. Not that great, only a couple memorable songs.

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Metal fan here. Reading through your list, it looks like you're into darker stuff than I, but I'll through in a few that I've recently been listening to.

 

Blind Guardian--Twist in the Myth. As good as their previous works, high quality stuff.

 

Manowar--Sons of Odin. I've only heard the 2 songs released on the preview CD. Sure it's over the top and cheesy, but the Gods of War track sounds like nothing else.

 

Hammerfall--Threshold. They continue the downward trend. Not that great, only a couple memorable songs.

Not much of a Blind Guardian or Hammerfall fan. Manowar is good, if only for a laugh since they actually take themselves seriously.

 

The new Gorgoroth album actually isn't too bad, and I don't care for the Norweigen stuff. The drumming is pretty good, and the vocals actually sound scary, which is a rare thing in Black Metal (Black Metal vocals normally annoy me)

 

Also, it's hard to take Black Metal seriously since most of them just look so...goofy. At least Agalloch and Nachtmystium don't wear corpsepaint and spiked wristbands. Honestly, how can guys like Mayhem and Immortal look themselves in the mirror?

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Blood Mountain from Mastodon is in my top 20 albums list...my list is made up of the only albums I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track.

 

favorite tracks:

Caprillian Crest

Sleeping Giant

COlony of Birchmen

 

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Blood Mountain from Mastodon is in my top 20 albums list...my list is made up of the only albums I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track.

 

favorite tracks:

Caprillian Crest

Sleeping Giant

COlony of Birchmen

The whole thing is great. Not as awesome as Leviathan, but close. It narrowly beats out Agalloch and Boris when it comes to Metal album of 2006. "Colony of Birchmen" may be their best song though.

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