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Nightlights: So It Goes
Dead Ringer: Enjoy The Ride
Candy Hearts/Sister Kisser
Rhapsody of Fire: From Chaos to Eternity
Iced Earth: Festival of the Wicked
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Well June is here, and you know what that means? It’s time for the first half of the year lists. It’s been a fucking great year for music so far in 2011. The top music list I already hate myself for having to knock so many great releases so far down the list but it’s just been stellar release after stellar release. On the movie side of things though it’s been a pretty slow year, so instead of the standard top five for the half I’m only going to do a top three. So let’s go ahead and get this underway!
Top 3 movies – First half of 2011
1. Green Hornet
2. Hangover 2
And the worst movie of the year so far is…
No Strings Attached
Now on to the music, normally I split these into a few posts but because it was a short movie list I’m just cramming everything here. If you didn’t make the list, fear not, there’s still half a year for things to get moved and you’re probably on the list somewhere anyway (if it’s good). I’m also splitting things up a little different this year so there’s actually more lists, you’ll see.
Top 10 albums – First half of 2011
1. Motorhead: The World Is Yours
2. Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off
3. Sundials: Never Settle
4. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
5. Rendondo Beat: Meet Rendondo Beat
6. Power Quest: Blood Alliance
7. Mind Spiders: Mind Spiders
8. The Underground Railroad to Candyland: Knows Your Sins
9. The Dwarves: Are Born Again
10. Spraynard: Funtitled
Top 10 EP’s – First half of 2011
1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
8. The Typos: The Typos
9. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
10. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP
Top 5 splits – First half of 2011
1. Direct Hit/Tit Patrol
2. Dopamines/Dear Landlord
3. The Queers & Killtime
4. Wax Phantom/Criminal Culture
5. Unwelcome Guests/255′s
Top 3 Singles – First half of 2011
1. Mikey Erg: Heart Shaped 12″
2. Brain F: So Dim
3. Big Eyes: Why Can’t I
And I’ll just throw this in for now since there hasn’t been too many demo’s I’ve come across this year (less than 5!!), I hope the second half picks up on this front.
The best Demo of the year so far:
The Masked Intruder: Demo
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Nuclear Blast Records brings us the new album from power metal badasses Blind Guardian! They added an extra bonus by doing a Limited Edition with an entire extra disc, so superfans you might want to be on the lookout to pick that up. Once again Blind Guardian is knocking it out of the park with this power metal masterpiece. They’ve done some amazingly great albums in their time but this album is the best one they’ve done in a long time. And that’s not saying they’ve been in a slump or anything, this album just kicks that much ass. This is a must have for any power metal fans.
‘Sacred Worlds’ The opening sequence here sounds like the score to a Hitchcock film, until the vocals come in then it becomes something more grandiose and from there just gets more metal, finally it becomes a full fucking Blind Guardian metal song. Amazing way to start out an album.
‘Tanelorn (Into The Void)’ Can’t have a metal album without some sweet metal riffs, that’s what you get right out of the gate here. This song just keeps pounding away and does not let up, again a fucking awesome song.
‘Road Of No Release’ An introduction with some piano slowing things down for us, quickly leads into a march that just springs up on you. Over all this song is still pretty good, but comes across pretty weak after the first two songs.
‘Ride Into Obsession’ Back to the sweet riffs, this almost sounds like Dragonforce and Rhapsody of Fire teamed up.
‘Curse My Name’ Some folk injected into the album for this one, I feel like I should be drinking ale at an inn with some Knights.
‘Valkyries’ Another sort of slower power metal tune, something like the third track, still great though.
‘Control The Divine’ I think this is the song I’ll be listening to as armageddon happens, it just seems too perfect not to.
‘War Of The Thrones’ The slowest, and possibly weakest song on the album. I still like this song, just not a lot.
‘A Voice In The Dark’ Bouncing back from that song the band comes out hard and fast with this one and keeps it going, another beast of a song.
‘Wheel Of Time’ Closing out the album is gigantic sounding song, it’s like Blind Guardian is trying to rival Rhapsody of Fire with the big sounding songs. Great closer.
1. Sacred Worlds
2. Tanelorn (Into The Void)
3. Road Of No Release
4. Ride Into Obsession
5. Curse My Name
7. Control The Divine
8. War Of The Thrones
9. A Voice In The Dark
10. Wheel Of Time
Attention people who like bagpipes, folk metal and power metal here’s an album you want to check out. Skiltron combines elements of folk and power metal better than anyone I’ve ever heard and they shovel on heavy doses of bagpipe use just for the hell of it. What you get in return is a pretty damn solid metal album.
‘Bagpipes Of War’ Extreme use of bag pipes here, though not quite as annoying as you may think. Like seriously though the whole song. The rest of it is alright, some good folk metal.
‘Between My Grave And Yours’ A little more metal and a little less folk here, but don’t worry bagpipe fans, they’re still in here too.
‘One Way Journey’ This song is ok, but it’s got some pretty sweet solos in it so that’s more than redeeming for any low points.
‘Awaiting Your Confession’ This is basically a power metal song, and a fucking awesome one. With what seems like rhythm bagpipes being played.
‘A Last Regret’ This is a perfect example of the band’s ability to combine folk and power into an alchemy for some righteous metal jams.
‘The Bonfire Alliance’ Think, Manowar records a folk song and you’ll get the right idea.
‘Storm In Largs’ I feel like I’m listening to the metal album Braveheart.
‘St. Patrick’s Death’ An ok instrumental track.
‘Through The Longest Way’ Heavy doses of early 80′s heavy metal thrown into this song.
‘Join The Clan’ This is my least favorite song on the album, it’s still a good song, it just doesn’t hit like the others do.
‘For Those Who Have Fallen In Battle’ A funeral march type instrumental track.
1. Bagpipes Of War
2. Beetween My Grave And Yours
3. One Way Journey
4. Awaiting Your Confession
5. A Last Regret
6. The Bonfire Alliance
7. Storm In Largs
8. St. Patrick’s Death
9. Through The Longest Way
10. Join The Clan
11. For Those Who Have Fallen In Battle