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The Top 10 Songs Of The Decade

January 12, 2010 2 comments

Here it is, the post I’ve been promising for awhile, and just haven’t gotten around to writing yet… because I’m lazy. I Hate My Life And This Music Tells Me Why’s Top 10 Songs of the 2000 – 2009 decade!

*cricket chirping*

Anyway. These songs are the absolute best of the best, there’s none better than them. If you have not heard any of these songs, correct that right now. Because you want to hear them all. And remember, even those that ended up low, are still awe-inspiring, and should be listened to. Take note, though; this is universal, not just metal.

The Rule still stands: One song per artist.

LET’S BEGIN! (Song – Album – Artist)

NUMBER 10!

Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly – Darklight – HIM

HIM is amazing, but you probably knew that already. Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly demonstrates that better than any other song by the Love Metal (wtf?) group. Dark lyrics, alternative-sounding guitars, and Ville’s kick-ass voice make this one of the ages, even if its a little cliché.

NUMBER 9!

Capital G – Year Zero – Nine Inch Nails

Quite possibly the silliest song on this list, Capital G is one of those songs that a message so blatant, so painfully, painfully obvious, that you still don’t quite know what it means. Seriously. It talks about some sort of powerful figure, but I can’t figure out if Trent is talking about George Bush or God. Whichever, this song has everything that makes Nine Inch Nails great.

NUMBER 8!

Sticks And Stones – Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge – The Pierces

I doubt you’ve ever heard of The Pierces. In fact, I’d bet money on it. Well, you need to change that fact. The Pierces are one of the most bizarre duos to ever emerge, but they’re also one of the most talented. Sticks And Stones? Just brilliant. Creepy atmosphere, a quick, fun beat, and some gorgeous singing make for an excellent performance.

NUMBER 7!

Down With The Sickness – The Sickness – Disturbed

Down With The Sickness is one of metal’s most iconic songs, and with good reasoning. The classic drum intro, David’s monkey-like “Oh-A-A-A-A!” thing, and the screaming raging bridge all make Down With The Sickness the masterpiece it is today.

NUMBER 6!

Stop The Fight – Are We There Yet? – Violetta

I could not find album art large enough for display, so here’s a picture of a kitty-sniper:

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH VIOLETTA

If you’ve been on this blog for any more than five seconds, then you’ve heard me dribble on and on… and on… and on… and then on some more about Violetta. A local alternative-rock band from Columbus, Ohio.  They’re mindblowingly incredible, and you should hear them. NOW. Stop The Fight is my personal favorite song from the Columbus quintet, and… well… goddamit, I’m running out of things to say again. Just, go listen to it. Right now. Go. http://www.myspace.com/violettarocks

NUMBER 5!

mOBSCENE – The Golden Age Of Grotesque – Marilyn Manson

I love Marilyn Manson, plain and simple. I love The Golden Age Of Grotesque, plain and simple. I love mOBSCENE, simply without question. Words cannot describe its win. Go listen to it.

NUMBER 4:

Die Mother Fucker Die – Life – Dope

Straight out of my choice for 2nd best album of the decade, Die Mother Fucker Die is one of Dope’s most iconic songs. Its one of the most powerful, heavy, and rockin’ songs you’ll ever hear. And the U.S. Military used it when interrogating P.O.W.s! Isn’t that fun!?

NUMBER 3!

Oblivion – Crack The Skye – Mastodon

It’s not an IHMLatMTMW list with Crack The Skye, now is it? And I only say that because of how simply incredible this album really is. I know I’ve gone on about it over and over and over again, but I wouldn’t without reason. Oblivion is a huge reason. The opening track to this masterpiece, it really sets you up for the rest of the album, with Brent, Troy and Brann seamlessly switching vocal parts being the primary aspect of this song. Words cannot do it much more justice though, like a lot of these songs, so go hear it.

NUMBER 2:

Welcome To The Black Parade – The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

After being the supposed cause of a 13 year-old girl’s death, it was hard to believe that anyone would listen to My Chemical Romance. Well, anyone with a brain would realize that it wasn’t MCR’s fault the girl committed suicide. Because Welcome To The Black Parade is truly all about living your life, and getting through your problems, and “not taking anyone’s fucking shit!” (To quote Gerard Way). It makes you want to do just those things. It’s a brilliant song, with a marching-band style at the beginning and closers of the song, and one of the most amazing bridges in the history of bridges.

Finally…

NUMBER 1:

Freaxxx – I’m Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It! – brokeNCYDE

Wait, wait, waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait. No. Just… no. Let’s try this again.

FOR REAL THIS TIME!

Number 1:

In The End – Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

While many criticize Linkin Park for the mediocrity of their last release, Minutes To Midnight, the classic album Hybrid Theory slipped away from the mainstream. In The End is what could only be described as an absolute musical masterpiece. The beautiful piano, the only example of good rap in history, and Chester’s amazing voice all combine into this song. Everything that’s great about Linkin Park is in this song, tenfold. I grew up listening to this song, and even today, its still my favorite song in the history of ever. Why? Because. It’s godly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing In The End, go, listen to it, and have your ears filled with one of the greatest songs ever recorded.

Well, uh, that’s it! This is definitely the last of the “Of The Decade” posts… unless I decide to do another one… unlikely, though. Happy (late) New Year! Here’s to another decade of wonderful music! … and hopefully the end of The Jonas Brothers.


Categories: Countdown, Feature

Top 5 Drummers Of The Decade

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

We all know the importance of the drummer in a band. Without them, any band would probably fail at keeping together. They add another layer to the music that, in a lot of cases, can make you go “Wow!”. These drummers are the ones who have shown the most skill, the most creativity, and the most awesome.

NUMBER 5:

Bränn Dailor of MASTODON

Scoring points for writing a bad ass song, Dailor probably beats out all of these guys in terms of singing and drumming at the same time. He’s the king of rolls, and has one of the awesomest looking sets in metal. Polka-dots, bitches.

NUMBER 4:

Mike Wengren of DISTURBED

Being in one of the greatest bands ever automatically scores you some cool points in my book, but Mike gets this spot for mainly one reason. The opening to Down With The Sickness. Everyone knows it! Its such a simple beat, but yet its such an iconic one in metal culture, that it can be recognized by a pack of metal heads who don’t even care about Disturbed. He’s a kick-ass drummer outside of that intro, though, don’t worry.

NUMBER 3:

Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiński of BEHEMOTH

While he may not be the best looking in this countdown, he’s certainly one of the most talented. Bonus points for having some the craziest legs out there. Seriously. Just go listen to any Behemoth song, he keeps the double-bass going for the whole song almost every time. Inferno practically wrote the book on hitting a snare drum really fast… with one hand.

NUMBER 2:

Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT

Now, many would sit there and think, Joey isn’t number one!? Well, no, he isn’t. A lot of Joey’s recognition comes from the crazy shit his drum kit does on stage. Turning upside down, exposing a pentagram light underneath it, and he does all that while playing a solo? Yea, that’s neat. But when it comes to sheer talent, one beats out even this heavy-metal legend. That’s not to say that he’s bad though, he wouldn’t be here without the awesome amounts of talent.

NUMBER 1:

Jimmy “The Rev.” Sullivan of AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Yea, you knew it was coming. I spent all of yesterday sobbing my heart out on Twitter, listening to A7X, and mourning the loss of this great drummer. It was hard to guess that he wouldn’t top my list. But! He isn’t there just because of his tragic death two nights ago, he would have been in this spot anyways. The Rev added a whole ‘nother element to A7X’s music, and made himself into more than just the drummer. Back in the band’s more metalcore-ish days, he played like a true metal drummer, roaring bass, pounding snares, and everything else, but then with that transition to hard-rock with the release of their self-titled album in ’07? He really showed his stuff. Taking away from the clichés of the genre, and really showing his creativity and skill. It’s safe to say that, even if Avenged does find another drummer, they could only hope of matching the talent, personality, and creativity that was Jimmy “The Rev.” Sullivan. May he rest in peace.

Of course, as I write Jimmy’s piece, Warmness Of The Soul by A7X comes on… (Look it up. Sad song)

Alright, I’ll try to stop crying for five seconds! Next countdown: The Biggest OMGWTF Moments in Music of the 2000s!

Categories: Countdown, Feature

Top 10 Metal Albums Of The Decade

December 29, 2009 2 comments

Okay, fuck the BLITEOTW posts. Those were getting boring. Let’s just say that me and my entire family got consumed by zombies. Whatev’.

ANYWAY! With the end of the decade (What the hell do we call this decade, anyway? The ‘oties’?) upon us, it is time to name the greatest music to come out of it. This will – hopefully – be the first of many posts  in which I name the greatest of something from the 2000s. For this post, we’re going to start off simple; The greatest metal albums of 2010… and honorable mentions. These choices weren’t easy ones, that’s for sure, but these albums truly are epic, and show us just what the artist who produced it is made of. Even those that scored low on the list still come with my absolute highest recommendation.

And finally, there’s one rule: Only one album per artist.

NUMBER 10:

Nightwish – Wishmaster – 2001

Wishmaster is the third outing from symphonic metal band Nightwish, who is one of the most popular groups of the genre. Wishmaster demonstrates everything that makes Nightwish, Nightwish, and then improves on their formula even more. The symphony in the background, the mind-blowing vocals from Tarja, and the now-classic song The Kinslayer makes Wishmaster a god’s work.

NUMBER 9:

Arch Enemy – Rise Of The Tyrant – 2007

Arch Enemy is one of the most powerful bands in the Melodic Death Metal sub-genre, and Rise Of The Tyrant shows this better than no other. The band’s bizarre vocals – which are only bizarre because their lead is female – and insane guitar playing and at their peak in Tyrant, and it all just sounds great.

NUMBER 8:

Lordi – The Arockalypse – 2006

I can tell you’re laughing in your seat. But I’m dead serious. While many criticize Lordi for being the single cheesiest band in history, I love them. There’s nothing better than a good round of Lordi to get your spirits up and make you feel good about life! Why? Because it’s the FREAKIN’ AROCKALYPSE. Lordi is one of those bands that is only good if you don’t take them seriously, and if you don’t take The Arockalypse seriously, it really is a great album.

NUMBER 7:

Moonspell – Night Eternal – 2008

Moonspell is a band that I don’t recall ever mentioning until now, and for that I apologize. Why? ‘Cause they’re one of the freakin’ greatest metal bands ever, and Night Eternal proves that. Roaring vocals, more guitar solos than ever before, and some crazy female vocals make for the awesomest thing out of 2008… well, almost the awesomest thing from ’08.

NUMBER 6:

Five Finger Death Punch – War Is The Answer – 2009

Five Finger Death Punch is one of metal’s lesser known groups, and that needs to change. They’re a sound that rivals even that of current super-powers like SlipKnot and Metallica. War Is The Answer is the recently released second album from Five Finger, and… I’m running out of things to say about how awesome these albums are. Just, take my word for it. It’s badass.

NUMBER 5:

Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists – 2005

I’m sure you’ve heard of Disturbed before. They’re one of the most popular artists in the metal genre, and they deserve that attention. Ten Thousand Fists has everything that makes Disturbed great; beautiful singing, entrancing guitars, and pounding drums… and… God I’m running out of shit to say.

NUMBER 4:

Cradle of Filth – Midian – 2000

Being the oldest album on this list, it’s easy to say that Midian has aged well. This album showed just what Cradle of Filth has to offer, and it set them up to become the metal gods that they are now.

NUMBER 3:

SlipKnot – All Hope Is Gone – 2008

SlipKnot is quite simply the biggest super power in metal culture. They’ve been around for a solid decade now, and they show no sign of stopping. All Hope Is Gone is the roaring, screeching, tearing, mind-blowingly awesome masterpiece from the ‘Knot. In my opinion, it easily beating out Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, which many fans consider their best.

NUMBER 2

Dope – Life – 2001

Dope is the band that first got me into metal, and Life is the first album I heard from this industrial/speed metal quartet. Its still one of my favorites. No Regrets – the group’s ’09 release – is a strong contender for this spot, but it doesn’t quite beat on the classic that is Life.

Finally…

NUMBER 1:

Mastodon – Crack The Skye – 2009

You probably saw this coming if you’ve been following this blog for awhile. Crack The Skye is not only the best album of 2009, but it’s quite simply the greatest album (Not just metal) of this decade. Every single second of it is a great one, with its trippy sounds, progressive style, and creative story that, while it makes no sense, is still great. If you haven’t heard Crack The Skye yet, you need to go do that right now. Seriously. Go. Shoo. Have you listened to it yet? Then what the hell are you waiting for!? Do it! DO IT NAAOOOUUGGHHH!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

These albums were great, but not quite great enough to make the final cut. Take note that these all still come with my highest recommendation.

Lamb of God – Wrath – 2009

Lamb of God may be one of the biggest names in metal, and even though Wrath was their most impressive album, it still doesn’t beat out the beauty of the others on this list. It fell short on the fact that the songs sound very, very similar after awhile and get boring. Wrath loses its steam after awhile. But its still great.

Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire – 2008

Scream Aim Fire was definitely an improvement over Bullet‘s previous, mediocre album, The Poison, but it suffered from the same issues that Wrath had. It just got old.

Albums that broke the only rule:

These albums are great, but one album from the same artist beat it. Plain and simple.

  • Mastodon – Blood Mountain – 2006
  • Nightwish – Once – 2004
  • SlipKnot – Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) – 2004
  • Five Finger Death Punch – The Way Of The Fist – 2007

Well, that’s it, kids! I’m haven’t quite decided what the next countdown in this series will be, but it’ll be here eventually. Really.

Categories: Countdown, Feature, Metal

I’ll Do It All Again, With No Regrets…

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

No Regrets-era (Current) Dope

Once upon a time, there was a story. A story who’s main idea was centered around two songs – I can’t remember one of them. But the other? I’ll never forget it. That song was Take Your Best Shot, by Dope. I had no clue who this “Dope” fella was, but, honestly, when I first saw the name, I figured it was some bullshit rap artist. So, I go and take a look on Playlist.com for this song, and listened.

From that point on; I was hooked to metal. The gritty riffs, the intense drumming, and the sound of Edsel screaming the word “shot” at the top of his lungs, it entranced me. I was rude enough to have not worn headphones, and my dad overheard the loud, wailing noises emanating from my laptop. He turned, and said, “What the hell is that?” I looked up from the computer, and said, “I have no idea… but I like it.” The look on his face was priceless.

I can thank Dope for a lot of things, aside from bringing some of my favorite songs into this world. But, had I never discovered Dope, I might not be sitting here, writing this, my iPod may instead be filled with the likes of Lady Gaga and Britney Spears (The thought pains me). But, on the other hand, my pessimistic outlook on life may be different, but I don’t always consider that a curse. I suppose I’m rambling now. But, why the hell do I matter? This is a post about the band itself, not my own opinion on them… okay, that’s a lie. SHUDDUP! I’m just trying to think of a good way to lead into a biography type-thing!

Dope formed in 1997 by Edsel Dope (Born as Brian Ebejer), who took charge of lead vocals and song writing, his brother, Simon, who played keyboards, Preston Nash on drums, Tripp Eisen on bass, and Lanson Lang on guitar. The band quickly took over the New York club scene, and after a rather minimal amount of shows, they were signed into the label Epic Records. In 1999, their first record, Felons & Revolutionaries was released. It features twelve tracks, including the covers of “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A., and “You Spin Me Right ‘Round (Like A Record)” by Dead Or Alive. The album has (To this day) sold approximately 236,000 copies. This debut album featured a very industrial album – no different than that of Nine Inch Nails. The cover of “You Spin Me Round” was released as a single, and placed the band on the #37 spot on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Charts, which gained the band a great deal of attention that, to quote Edsel, “We weren’t quite ready for that attention.”

After the release of Felons, Tripp – who had taken the guitarist position after Lanson left – was replaced with Virus, who is still in lead guitar spot. Preston was also replaced by Racci “Sketchy” Shay on drums. Finally; Sloane Jentry had taken the bass spot, leaving Edsel and Simon as the only two remaining members from the original band. After these changes, the band soon began work on the follow up to Felons, which would be entitled Life. The two singles, Now Or Never, and Slipping Away, hit the charts on #28 and #29 respectively. This brought an eventual success of the album, which hit #180 on the charts. After this album, Simon left to go into video game design. Edsel backed his brother’s decision to leave 100%. Edsel Dope is now the only remaining founding member of Dope.

Fun Fact!: The song “Die Mother Fucker Die” from Life was used by the U.S. Army as interrogation-music-type-stuff when interrogating P.O.Ws! Edsel claims this was one of the best points of his career.

Group Therapy-era Dope

After Life, Dope left Epic and joined Artemis Records, a New York-based independent label. Acey Slade (Who had played lead through Life), left the group, and Virus became the only guitar player. The band has since been a quartet. The band began work on Group Therapy, which was released in 2003, and featured the single I Am”. After putting out a shit-ton of videos for Group Therapy, the band started work on their fourth album – this time without any member-changes! What a shock! American Apathy brought the band back to their Industrial-metal roots, and included a cover of Depeche Mode‘s “People Are People”. The album hit #1 in the ‘Top Heatseekers’ chart, a first for the band.

Fun Fact!: After American Apathy, Edsel got rid of the dred-locks he had throughout the band’s entire career up to that point.

Four years later, all we have is a song entitled Nothing For Me Here on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as a bonus track. Dope continued touring, and recording. We knew the groups’ fifth album would be entitled No Regrets, we just had no clue when it would come out. The single “Violence” appeared in late 2008, and the release date for No Regrets finally appeared soon after. On March 10th, 2009, this fifth album from Dope appeared on the stands. It charted at #88 on the charts, and sold over 6,200 copies in the first week. This makes ‘No Regrets’ the group’s most successful album to date, and lemme tell ya, it deserves that. Without question, ‘No Regrets’ is the best work from the quartet, and even Virus agrees!

Today, Dope continues touring, rocking, and being badass. Even if Edsel got rid of his dreds. But, I owe a lot to these guys, because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.

Whoohoo… first post on WordPress!
Categories: Dope, Feature, Metal