Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Spaceboy, Dec 5, 2005.
I havent really bought any metal albums for a while, have there been any good releases this year?
In what way? I must say recent metal has disappointed me. There was the Megadeth remasters last year, they sounded very synthetic, I am going to have to buy the original Peace Sells... album again...
I really like Bruce Dickinsons "Tyranny of Souls". Very heavy in the same line as "The Chemical Wedding" Bruce's vocals really shine on this new release also! Other than that....
I guess one of the exceptions is Iron Maiden, they have a new album due out next year, thank god.
the debut from Bullet For My Valentine (The Poison) is actually pretty good for a "new metal" (but not in a "nu metal" way) album. it has those cookie monster-type vocals combined with "clean" vocals. pretty aggressive.
i'm not big on current metal but this one caught my ear this year.
Only one. Meshuggah -- Catch Thirty-Three.
Cant stand cookie monster vocals. Once you've heard it done once you really dont need to hear it again.
I have heard bad reports of the Judas Priest album, is it any good?
It has its moments. Nothing special though IMO.
The opening track is AWESOME so it pulls you in. Matter of fact, the first three tracks are very good, indeed. It slows down a bit after than, however.
Not truly "metal," per say, but Stryper's new album is pretty darn good as well.
Unfortunately, gone are the days of the early 80's when it seemed there was a brilliant new album every other week. That's why the majority of my collection is 80's metal... hard to improve on perfection (IMO).
Opeth- Ghost of Reveries
Another masterpiece by one of the few metal bands I still listen to.
Confessor has a new album, "Unravelled," that I can't get enough of. Their drummer is one of the best; he made me completely rethink drumming.
Trephine, from Maryland, put out a self-titled album that always surprises me.
I really enjoyed the new JP album. It almost sounded like it could have came out a year after "TURBO". The tour rocked as well IMHO.
Indukti - S.U.S.A.R.
If you like Tool, this one is a must have, IMO. The music is very similar to Tool's, but it's mostly instrumental. One glaring difference though is Indukti's use of the violin as a lead instrument, if you can imagine that. Excellent Polish band!
Ghost Reveries is quite good too.
I also really like Zero Hour's A Fragile Mind. Kinda proggy, but definitely metal. Pretty cool vocals that remind me a little of Loudness' singer at times.
Oh yeah, Pagan's Mind's Enigmatic: Calling is good too, but when are they ever bad?
Which reminds me of Nevermore. This Godless Endeavor is probably my favorite of theirs yet.
And of course Dream Theater's Octavarium was good too. Not their best, but not their worst either. A pretty solid album.
I'll probably think of more later.
The aforementioned Meshuggah and Opeth albums are excellent, especially the Opeth.
I don't know if it came out this year, but The Dillinger Escape Plan's "Miss Machine" is also worth checking out.
I remember reading back in 92 or so, Marty Friedman of Megadeth talking about recording (I think) Countdown to Extinction digitally and speaking highly about the fact that they could go in and fix little notes without having to recut everything. It seemed like a really cool idea at the time, but little did I know what kind of monster it would become.
Personally, I love the newest Judas Priest album. One of the best albums by a classic metal or hard rock band in a long time. Solid back to front in my opinion. Most of these bands can't even write a great song to put on a greatest hits compilation (i.e. Motley Crue who recorded 4 mediocre new songs - including a Stones cover - one of which never came out in the US, which was the best of the lot), so it's rare for one of them to be inspired enough to put out such a strong album.
I also dug:
-Soul Sirkus (Neal Schon side project with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals)
-the new Stryper
-the new Darkness (guilty pleasure I guess. The vocals are WAY over the top this time. No way they'll ever be able to do some of this live)
-The Casanovas (sort of underground Australian band in the vein of AC/DC of course)
-John Sykes - Bad Boy Live (nice collection of live cuts from all the bands he's been in)
-John 5 - even though he was in Marilyn Manson, this guy can not only shred, but pluck country-style, like nobody's business
-Hollywood Rocks box set
-Iommi - Fused (personally, I liked the DEP Sessions better)
-Black Label Society - Mafia
The new Judas Priest is a very good record. It's the first Priest I bought since Turbo Lover!!
I very much enjoyed the Priest. These were my other favorites of the year
Nevermore - This Godless Endeavour
Chimaira - S/T (outstanding heavy music with great guitar)
Avenged Sevenfold - The City of Evil (young power metal band)
Trivium - Ascendency (great young band)
Corrosion of Conformity - In the Arms of God (They have Stanton Barrett on drums..my album of the year..I'd be interested to see how "hot" this is mastered...has a very original sound)
I don't own it, but that Trivium record is pretty solid. Good old school early Thrash-style riffs. Didn't care for the Avenged Sevenfold. From what I've heard (don't know much about them), didn't they kind of go commercial on this album?
My favorite 2005 metal releases:
Opeth -- Ghost Reveries (my favorite by a lot)
Dark Tranquillity -- Character
High on Fire -- Blessed Black Wings
Pelican -- The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
Cryptopsy -- Once Was Not
Bloodbath -- Nightmares Made Flesh
Some other good ones:
Judas Priest -- Angel of Retribution
Hate Eternal -- I Monarch
Sunn 0 -- Black One
Children of Bodom -- Are You Dead Yet?
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