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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
September 12, 2010
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
August 11, 2010
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
July 4, 2010
June 16, 2010
I really hate the word epic now, because it’s a fact that the word has been over used, beaten into the ground and made useless. When you use to hear the word epic you knew some amazingly cool shit was going down. Thor is picking up a volcano to throw at Godzilla, or two planets just smashed together, something of that magnitude. Now however it’s just shit, but the problem we have here is when the word epic is really the only word that can describe things and that’s where I run into the problem here, because this album is fucking epic. Over an hour of power metal greatness that will leave you wanting to plan an adventure to fight dragons and stab Zeus in the throat. If you’re a power metal fan you most likely already know this band, but if you don’t you can’t go wrong with this one.
‘Dark Frozen World’ A theatrical spoken word intro, with cathedral operatic greatness building until the boiling point!
‘Sea Of Fate’ The intro track cuts right into a shredding guitar solo, the drums come in to add to the almost speed metal sound until the vocals break in at thirty seconds and the mythological power metal starts. The perfect starter song, comes in hard then breaks to the peak of fantasy metal with awesome solos, and operatic vocals.
‘Crystal Moonlight’ This song makes you feel like you’re storming a castle on a mountaintop in the middle of night, rain falling steadily.
‘Reign of Terror’ Some fucking evil sounding shit here at the start, I bet Dracula sits back and listens to this while he’s waiting for Simon Belmont to come. It’s not long before the sweet sweet speed riffs kick in with some more opera like vocals, this time with lots of help.
‘Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio’ More dramatic spoken intros. This is the folk tune of the album, a Satyr most likely wrote the song.
‘Raging Starfire’ As you might imagine from the Raging part of the song name, the metal is back in full force. Speed riffs backing up the soundtrack used to Castle Crash.
‘Lost In Cold Dreams’ A really slow song, not very metal at all really. It’s not bad, but it’s the dud of the album.
‘On The Way To Ainor’ True to their form, following up something slow with another screaming guitar solo…which screeches to a halt for a piano and storyteller type vocals. Which picks back up to metal. It basically continues in the up and down fashion like that the entire time. With the exception of the fucking creepy haunted part at four minutes.
‘The Frozen Tears of Angels’ Another spoken intro, sounds like a movie I wanna see too! This monster clocks in at over eleven minutes, and not to disappoint this might be the best song on the album. It’s got everything I love in metal, long songs, mountain toppling vocals, sweet riffs, fantasy lyrics, it’s all there!
‘Labyrinth of Madness’ An instrumental, a very badass one.
‘Sea of Fate (Orchestral Version)’ An orchestral version of the opening song, it’s a great version but I prefer the original ones pumped full of metal. I’m glad this is around though, sounds like a totally different song.
1. Dark Frozen World
2. Sea Of Fate
3. Crystal Moonlight
4. Reign of Terror
5. Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio
6. Raging Starfire
7. Lost In Cold Dreams
8. On The Way To Ainor
9. The Frozen Tears of Angels
10. Labyrinth of Madness [Bonus Track]
11. Sea of Fate (Orchestral Version) [Bonus Track]