• Top 1000 Albums (1970-2009) - Part I (2000-2009)

    23 Nov 2009, 12:42 by Funkafonik

    Alright, as we near the end of this first Y2K decade, it's time to take a look back at all the best Albums that have been released in the last 40+ years.

    I'll start off this extensive research with 2000, up until 2009. I'll then go back to 1980, all the way up to 1999, to then wrap things up with the 70s and before.

    I'll be choosing my Top 25 Albums for each year; an ordered Top 10, and ~15 others worth mentioning. I'm also considering the live albums and EPs (~5), but they have their own section since songs on these have usually been released on official releases. The final result will be a Top 1000 for Official Albums, and Top ~250 for Live/EP albums.

    These are general rankings of how I see them today, but note that I haven't necessarily discovered and enjoyed all these albums on their released years, some I discovered years later. So these are also based on how important (to me) some of these albums were at the time.

    (**) are the complete albums I was into at that time;
  • Bands Seen Live

    29 Jan 2009, 14:22 by Funkafonik

    Here's my list of all the shows I've seen so far. (This list will keep getting updated as I see new ones)


    Nuno Bettencourt (total - 12 times)
    Mike Portnoy (DT + 2 clinics / 1998 - Montreal / 1999 - Winnipeg)

    Dream Theater (10 times / 1997 - Toronto / 1998 - Montreal / 2000 - Germany & France / 2004 - London & Ottawa / 2006-2009-2010 - Montreal / 2011 - Quebec City)
    Gary Cherone (6 times / 1995, 2001, 2004 & 2008 - Toronto, Boston 3x, Worcester & New York)
    Population 1 / DramaGods (5 times / 2004 - New York
    & New England)
    Derek Sherinian (5 times / 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002 x2 - Toronto, Montreal x3, Porto Alegre)
    Mourning Widows (4 times / 2000 & 2001 - Boston & New England)
    Def Leppard (4 times / 1996 & 2000 - Montreal / 2003 & 2004 - London)
    Mike Mangini (4 times / 1995, 1999, 2004, 2011 - Toronto, Montreal 2x, Quebec City)
  • 2008 through my headphones

    29 Dec 2008, 23:13 by Grindak

    The Best 20 (first place was obvious this year):

    Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
    Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
    Lustmord - Other
    Methadrone - Sterility
    Rome - Masse Mensch Material
    Resurrection - Mistaken For Dead
    Hail of Bullets - ...of Frost And War
    Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React
    Facebreaker - Dead Rotten And Hungry
    Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
    Virus - The Black Flux
    Dead Congregation - Graves of The Archangels
    Phobia - 22 Acts Of Random Violence
    Harold Budd & Clive Wright - A Song For Lost Blossoms
    Kill the Client - Cleptocracy
    Lull - Like A Slow River
    P.H.O.B.O.S. - Anaedipal
    Fuck the Facts - Disgorge Mexico
    Atomine Elektrine - The Deep Invisible
    Isole - Bliss of Solitude

    Very good:

    Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations
    Agoraphobic Nosebleed & Insect Warfare - split
    Alio Die & Martina Galvagni - Eleusian Lullaby
    Atrium Carceri - Souyuan
    Aura Noir - Hades Rise
    Benediction - Killing Music
  • An extensive list of 2008 forthcoming releases!

    29 Jan 2008, 18:47 by richtaylor521

    Since I still need to scribe some write-ups for some of the albums on my best of ‘07 list, I figured I’d post this.

    Question marks (?) indicate artists that have stated they’re writing new material, but an ‘08 release is not definite; although, at an educated guess- I’d say an ‘08 release is likely.

    Bold font are albums I’m looking forward to. Bold font plus red are albums I’m really looking forward to.

    If there’s any mistakes please let me know. Feel free to post releases I’ve missed, also.

    ¡Forward, Russia! ~ Life Processes
    (+44) ~ tba
    (Damn) This Desert Air ~ TBA
    10 Years ~ Divisions
    1997 ~ tba
    3 Doors Down ~ tba
    311 ~ tba
    36 Crazyfists ~ tba
    50 Cent ~ Before I Self Destruct
    7th Son ~ tba
    Æthenor ~ Faking Gold and Murder
    ABC ~ Traffic
    A Breach on Heaven ~ Through the Mirror (leaked)
    A Different Breed Of Killer ~ tba
    A Hill to Die Upon ~ tba
    A Loss for Words ~ tba
    A Shoreline Dream ~ tba
    A Silver Mt. Zion ~ 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons (leaked)
    A Skylit Drive ~ tba?
  • Flesh - 'Temple of whores' 2cd'06

    4 Apr 2007, 22:41 by szymonita

    'Scent of underground - scent of whore & beer'

    Well, Flesh isn't a band that will change your view on whole Swedish scene. It's a solo project of past member of 'Maze of torment' band - Pete Flesh (so now you know the influence of bands name). His new effort called 'Temple of whores' is certainly dedicated to a people who would like to smell a whiff of glory days of death metal.

    So to begin with, this album is strongly in vein of Slayer, Kreator or Entombed to mention just the most influential. You will fell it from the very beginning to the raw end. 'Temple of whores' is a great instance of how good underground album should be. Catchy and aggressive riffs mixed with harsh Pete's voice and middle - peace percussion is a decent meal for death metal fan.

    The production from the 'Abyss Studio' is quite good. Raw and crusty (with typical stench of dirt) but legible enough to recognize bass and other instruments.

    Of course this album isn't impeccable. …
  • Favorite Albums - 90s

    8 Jan 2007, 17:38 by Funkafonik

    Here's my list of favorite albums, listed by year of release, from 1990 to 1999.

    These are general rankings of how I see them today and based on the Last.FM playcounts (2005-now) put through my formula:

    Total of each Album's Song's (running time X playcount)
    Album's Total Running Time

    Thanks to MediaMonkey, that formula gives the Albums' REAL playcounts, taking every song's lenght/playcount into consideration. You'll see the result besides each albums, along with my 10* Rating, and total % these ratings give each Year.

    Note that I haven't necessarily discovered and enjoyed all these albums on their released years, some I discovered years later. So these are also based on how important (to me) some of these albums were at the time.

    (**) are the complete albums I was into at that time;
    (*) are albums that contained only a few song(s) I was into or listened to;
    and those without are albums I discovered years later.