1. Hate eternal – Phoenix from the Ashes
(Blasting death fromfrån U$ of A)
2. Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu
(Perfect old man artrock!)
3. Obnoxius youth – The Eternal Void
(Ponk/Metal from Swedistan....GÖÖÖLD!)
4. Ross the Boss - Hailstorm
(Republican trve Heavy metal)
5. Portrait - Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae
(Badass heavy from Shweden)
6. Antichrist – Forbbiden Worlds
(Briliant Old school metal from Växsjö)
7. Cannabis Corpse – Beneath the Grow Lights thou shall rise
(Brootal weed death)
8. Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination
(Speeding the US)
9. Vektor – OUTER ISOLATION
(Arty scifi thrash US)
10. Brutal Truth – End Time
(Dady grind tim…USA)
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Suffocation – Bloodoath, Suffocation & Souls to Deny
Helvetets Port – Man with the Chains
Anal Cunt – Fuckin A
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
Skyforger – Kurbas
Ross the Boss – New Metal leader
Tribulation – The Horror
In Solitude – In Solitude
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax – The big 4 DVD
Devourment – Butcher the Weak
Hey! Here are 10 albums that made me laugh, cry and headbang in my studio 2009:
1. Helvetes Port - Exodus to Hell
2. Steel Panther - Death to all but metal
3. brokenCYEDE - I hate it but the kids like it
4. Blessed by a Broken Heart - Pedal to the Metal
5. Pathology - Age of Onset
6. Nile - Thom the Goods Deteste
7. Teitan Blood - Seven Chalices
8. Katharsis - 4th Reich
9. Skeletonwitch - Breathing the Fire
10. Vektor - Black Future
2008 has been the worst year in my life. Im glad its gone and I hope it never comes back. The music I listened to last year was most with a happy vibe, compared to earlier play lists. I guess the grotesque hate rape kill music is meant for happy times.
Fast heavy metal with high pitched vocals.
With Iron Maiden as an exception, I have always had a hard time getting into metal with clean singing. All this changed 2008, don't know what happened. Maybe Im maturating or something. The favorites has been:
1. Mercyful Fate
Danish new wave of heavy metal from early 80ies, with the legendary King Diamonds falsetto as a trade mark. Love the cover of their first EP. A crucified girl with pentagram string panties, surrounded by ghouls. Devils Eye are the most possessed singing ever recorded.
2. 3 Inches of Blood
Amazing new band from Canada. Their album Fire up the Blades, was the album that triggered my fascination with this musical genre.
Judas Preist singer Rob Halford made two albums in 2000 (Resurection) and 2002 (Crucible). Both of them totally passed me by then, but are now 2 of my favorites ever. Long live the METAL GOD!
Mercyful Fate was an awesome band, but the material from the reunion never managed to create any magic. A young band from Sweden, Portrait are the ones to pick up the torch. Their first, self titled album is so amazing you think its actually recorded 1983 and not 2008.
5. Vallient Thorr
Well, actually not clean vocals heavy metal, rather a mix of punk and AC/DC and some metal. Their album Immortalizer spinning almost non stop in my iTunes :P
The Ancient death metal Kult
Swedish Dismember returnes with a new drummer and a new album. Not hiding their influences at all, the offer a mix of Autopsy, Repulsion, Iron Maiden and Swedish chainsaw death metal guitar.
â€œDismemberâ€ is their best album in their career, since the debute â€œLike an everflowing Streamâ€.
7. Acid Witch
This year Razorback Records (www.razorbackrecords.com) released some rely heavy death metal, made the true and only wayâ€¦.repugnant and putrid. Acid Witch is a funny one, mixing slow old school death metal with psychedelic rock and hamond organ. Sounds stupid but works excellent.
8. Hooded Menace
â€œFullfill the Curesâ€ is the debut by Hooded Menace from Finland, out on Razorback Records. Slow heavy doom death, drawing influences from Candlemass, early death metal and the Spanish horror movies â€œTomb of the blind deadâ€. Its so excellent it sounds totally like Finnish 1992 death metal.
At the end of 2008 Razorback released yet another epitome of slow heavy darkness. â€œCondemned Cathedralâ€ embodies everything that was so great with death metal in 1989. It like a case studies of this music genre when it was created in basements by teenagers, not knowing what legacy it would leav behind.
10. Resistant Culture
I picked up â€œWelcome to Realityâ€ because it was Jesse Pintardos last recording before he died from diabetes. Grind Crust from California, with tight metal production. Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower and Discharge are the corner stones, but what makes it stand out is the Native Indian Chanting in some songs. At first I thought it was a joke, then I listened for the amusement and now Im totally into it.
The Big Thrash Metal Revival
2008 was the year when 80ies Thrash Metal was coming back big. You could see kids with patch wests a white reebok hightops, left and right and labels released albums with nuclear zombies and vector based logos on, happily licking up this new trend. I checked out the most, but have been kind of picky.
Return of the gigants. Have been out of the metalica loop for almost 15 years, but *Chough*downloaded* chaugh* Death Magnetic to check it out. Andâ€¦it wasent that bad. These old hacks finally made something that reminded of why they once were great. This made me go back and listen through everything they ever done, even St. Anger and Load/ ReLoad. But I didnâ€™t stop there, I got hold of all their demos, a bunch (30+) live bootlegst and rewatched the â€œSome kind of Monsterâ€ movie. This was a sweet thing, kind of like squashing the beef with some old friend and catching up again. Man, listening to Kill em All today, and it still cutting it like back in the day.
Why get excited about the young blood, when the old ones are still around and doing it better than any one else? Everything Exodus put out since the reunion is awesome.
Well, maybe not really retro thashâ€¦vocals are black metal and itâ€™s a lot of blast beats and death metal in the music. I just see them at labeled retro thrash a lot so I put em in hereâ€¦.excellent band though. Beyond the Permafrost is my favourite if I hav to pick one from 2008.
14. Cannabis Corpse
Definitely not retro thrash, but the pet project of Land Phil of Municipal Waste that definitely is retro thrash. A Cannibal Corpse tribute band mixed with good weed. Everything is excellent with this band. Loved everything Cannibal Corpse done, but not the last one as much as I wanted to. The Cannabis version saved the day by doing it all right, humor, warmth and catchy, brutal death metal.
Hail mighty Bud Monster!
Some Jazz to spice it up
15. Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Milford Graves
I thought the day of great jazz died with Albert Ayler and John Coltrane in 1968, but I was wrong, thank you. Contemporary legendary gigants Anthony Braxton, William Parker & Milford Graves comes together for first time. Recorded and mixed by Bill Laswell for excellent sound, this is a masterpiece equall to the stuff from the good old times.
On the album Double Sunrise Over Neptune William Parker delivers some contemporary big band jazz, with some of todayâ€™s best players. Funky, catchy, melodic vs. atonal and complex.
The Avant Gard called to say it want back its clichÃ©s
I love Pendereckis St. Luck Passin. Can you belive I was happy when I found out there was two sequals. St. Luck is about the crusificaton of Christ, Jutrznia/ Utrenya is about the death, mourning and resurrection. Just as over the top crazy passionate if not even more, than the first one.
Bruno Maderna & Luigi Nono
Italian modernism, excellent stuff. Can someone explain why I missed out on the two above guys?
Anyway, Nono is very extreme and harse in the 60ies and 70ies (i.e. good stuff) and mellows out in the 80ies (ok stuff). Maderna was lucky to die young, and therefore missing out on the wanky part of his career. A modernist sound with a touch of romantics and mysticism. The three oboe concerts are a good place to start.
Discovered a Canadian composer thanks to a tips from the Anthony Braxton Yahoo group. Completely unknown to me, but thanks to Innova records almost his entire output is available.
Lots of percussion, quotation and dramatic gestures. Very much like John Zorn, George Crumb, Harry Partch and other north American composers. A true gem.
OK, music lovers, that was my playlist for 2008. Same time, next year. Till then, keep all ears open, the horns flying and the art coming.
|Hey! Thanx for asking, I love doing top 10s :) See the attatchment for my list....if you need any more info or anything, let me know.
All best, Kalle
1. Coffins - everything
Japans heaviest band? Well, maybe one of two. If Corrupted is the crusty big brother, Coffins is the repugnant, snotty little brother. Drawing influences from the true source, like Autopsy, Carnage, early Asphyx, Venom etc. I worship everything they released so far, but it was â€œThe other side of Basphemyâ€ that pulled me into the Coffins.
2. Virginia metal tie:
Battlemaster- Warthirsting and Winterbound
Cannabis Corpse - Blunted at Birth
Lately Virginia has bred a bunch of new killer bands. One of them Battlemaster. Still on indie label, doing DIY tours. A leathaly catchy mix of technical death metal, melodic black metal and a bouncy thrashy touch. Awesome Dungeons and Dragons lyrics, like This mead is making me Warlike, a song about getting drunk on a tavern and starting a brawl with dwarfs and elfs. Awesome! The singer is also in the Cannibal Corpse and Weed tribute band Cannabis Corpse, under the pseudonym Weedgrinder. Also in that band we find Landfill from Municipal Waste and his brother Hallhammer.
Cannabis Corpse band photo:
3. Florida death metal tie:
Obituary - Xecutioners Return
Denial Fiend - They Rise
Obituary are back! Well, this is their second album since the reunion, but now the song writing is back in shape! actually it's the best they done since Cause of Death (Yet frozen in time has their best sound ever). Also the have Ralph Santolla in the band (ex- Death, Deicide, Sebastian Bach) and he provides some mean leads, just like James Murphy did back on Cause!
Denial Fiend are a new band of old veterans! Kam Lee from Mantas/Death/Massacre and Terry Butler Death/Massacre/Six Feet under. Its not far away from their other bands, old school death metal, but some cool hard core and horror punk influences have slipped in and made things more fun.
Denial Fiend: http://www.myspace.com/denialfiendband
4. Yngwie Malmsteen - 4 first albums
Sweden's biggest rock star, totally under rated in his native country's music history.
He have had some trouble develop his idees the last years, and also a lot of other problems but still, the early stuff ripps.
5. Brutal Truth - Live in Oslo
The best thing that happened in metal this year was that Brutal Truth has reunited. To make this even better, they came to Oslo to grind. I also got a chance to talk to Dan Liker (the Brian Wilson of extreme metal), who was super cool, and told that a new album was in progress.
Yeeeeessssssssssss!! now get that god damn Overlord Exterminator album out too!!!
Dan Liker pic:
6. Waking the Cadaver - Perverse Recollections Of A Necromangler
Slam Groove Death Metal is the best when its done right, and Waking the Cadaver from New Jesrey is doing just that. Maybe not up there with Devourment (yet) but Perverse Recollections Of A Necromangler is an excellent debut. A warning, there are some heavy wigger looks going on in the band. I can handle it, but if you're sensitive for such thing, try avoiding look at CD inlays etc.
7. Slugathor - Circle of death
Slugathor from Finland are doing old school, Bolt Thrower style death metal, with a hint of black metal necro ugliness. Soumi Finland Death Metal!
8. Tetsu Arrey - II
Japanese hard core have taken some hard blows this year with the death of the singer from Disclose and also Paintbox. These tragedies was a trigger for rediscovering a lot these cool bands. One of my favourites of all time is Tetsu Arrey! the opening track of II, â€œGOâ€ must be something of the heaviest and coolest ever recorded.
Tetsu Arrey pic:
9. Ghoul - Splatterthrash
The guys from Impaled released a new album just a few weeks ago, and that was damn close to make my list! but it didn't. Instead I want to plug their side project Ghoul, where two of the Impaled members appears hooded and under synonym: death metal meets thrash meets surf rock meets Tales from the Crypt real life cartoons. Excellent!
10. Dekapitator - The storm before the calm
Old forgotten 80ies thrash metal is always a great place to look for good music. The freshness of that era can never be recreated in today's poser infested musical scene. or can it? Maybe there is one exception, and that is if Matt Harvey is in the band. this guy knows his metal and he totally shows that in Dekapitator. Everything is there, including the most important, the true FEELING! Live for metal, kill for Dekapitator.
list#27 by Kalle Runeson. Painter in Oslo. Check out his weblog!
|Hey Ron. Thanks for asking me to do this...Im a sucker for writing top lists
If there is a god, music is his gift to mankind…I love to be wrapped in new stuff all the time…from the top of my head, here is some stuff that has been on my playlist 2006 (most stuff from last months…well, well…here we go.)
Knives of Resistance - Prisca Sapientia
A great thing that happened this year was getting to know Tony Spykidelic Wilson and his music. Hot of the press on the Aurora Borealis label. Anyone remotely interested in electronic music, psychedelic, black metal & whatever should check this out. Mandatory!
myspace.com/knivesovresistance Label: aurora-b.com
My Braxton collection increased with 30+ CD in 2006. Two that stand out and became specially dear are the Trillium R opera 4 CD box, and the present 4 Compositions ( Ulrichsberg ) 2005 Phonomanie VIII 4CD.
Municipal Waste Hazardous Mutation
This stuff caught my eye cause of the Ed Repka cover....also caught em live in Australia when I visited in August...this lead to kick start my total thrash revival......Thraaaaash!!!!
Mp3: Unleash The Bastards
Mp3: Toxic Revolution
Brutal Truth - Sounds of the Animal Kingdom/Kill Trend Suicide
Woo-ho . After 10 years of silence, they are back and reformed the remasterd re-release of Sound of the animal Kingdom brought back many good memories.
Missed them out when they were around, love everything they done. Check em out here:
myspace.com/dystopia / angelfire.com/pe/nausea/one
Noothgrush Erode the Person (compilation)
Yet another post humus goldie discoverery. Crusty, sludgy, doomy and heavy as fukk. Featuring ex Winter member.
Impaled Northern Moonforest
Scariest band on earth:
Bob Dorough Devil May Care
Vocal jazz that, so sweet and happy it annihilates a bad mood in no time.
|Honouree Mentioning: Merciful Fate, Sodom, Bloodstorm, Manticore, Eugene Chadbourne, Krzysztof Penderecki, Destruction, Iron Maiden, Nuclear Death, Woody Guthrie, Mob 47, Emperor, yada, yada, yada .|
|Kalle Runeson 15-12-06 posted by RvdE 14-01-07|
|Honouree Mentioning: Death Breath, Hirax, Hellhammer, Kuru|
|Kalle Runeson 15-12-06 posted by RvdE 14-01-07|