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  1. Just because you can't go outside doesn't mean Devin has to stop making music. I guess he's doing Twitch streams too.
  2. Illyria dropped a surprise single today. Plz enjoy 🙏 @GeneticBlueprint
  3. I've been waiting for this thread to pop up for awhile now but it's August so it's my time to shine 10. Borknagar - True North 9. Gojira - Magma 8. Khemmis - Absolution 7. Ayreon - The Source 6. Amorphis - The Bee 5. Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale 4. Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crépuscule 3. Epica - The Quantum Enigma 2. Vektor - Terminal Redux 1. Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law I've worked a ton this weekend will fill in why I chose these albums later!
  4. There was a similar thread prior to the board Chernobyl in the music forum; and it was the one thread on that sub-board that was pretty consistently active. But I always loved the rate the last movie you watched thread. This one can be for music! It doesn't necessarily have to be rating an album per se. It can be an artist as a whole or a song individually or anything in between. I just like grouping my music by albums. Cloudkicker - Beacons - 9/10 One of my very favorite albums and definitely his best work. The song titles on this album are taken from a book called The Black Box; a book of transcriptions of black box recordings from plane crashes. The titles are usually the last words on the tape. "We're going in. We're going down." "It's bad. We're hit, man, we are hit." "We are going to invert..." "I admit it now. I was scared." "We were all scared."
  5. So the idea for this thread came about in another thread, here's the story roughly, basically I am checking out the top albums from 1992 list, going down the list and sharing my thoughts. You can go down the same list (THIS IS THE LIST!) and share your own thoughts or share your thoughts about my thoughts or just discuss / reminisce about the good albums and such ( @Bloodporne said he was down for something like that in any case). I'm going down the list, I'm not going to talk about every album, just the ones I have or ones I'm interested in. If you're interested in discussing an album I skipped feel free to bring it up. I'm also posting the list on my own website because, well why not? Finally, I'm only going to do five albums at a time at a frequency of I don't know until I reach the bottom 400 I was looking at (again it's not every album in the 400) because it took so long to listen and think about what to say about each album and write it, etc. - Also note the number, corresponds to the rank on the RYM list. In any case here is the list: 1. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 I got into Aphex Twin somewhat late into the game when I was heavy into IDM during college. Like many other people my first exposure to him was Come to Daddy a song that is mostly a misrepresentation of his music but an enjoyable little diddy for some. Personally I enjoyed it and the bonkers music video that accompanied it. But it wasn't till he released drukqs in 2001 that I really understood his music. Of course from there I would go on to explore his back catalog including this album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Aphex Twin has a varied sound so you rarely hear the same thing twice. Even on the same album songs seem to vary wildly and sounds that are otherwise abrasive end up being fun to listen to. Which brings us to Selected Ambient Works 85-92 his first album with music that allegedly dates back to when he was 13 years old. Historically I couldn't tell you how innovative this album was at the time or what it brought to the table but it sounds like it was a big deal. I enjoy the music on here a great deal, however, a lot of it is not what I would call ambient music (in fact his second album, Selected Ambient Works Volume II, is a lot more ambient than this one. But such a distinction is only a problem if you're specifically looking for ambient music and you see the album title and pick the album up. The album is actually quite upbeat and rhythmic featuring songs with overlapping rhythms. The song Tha for instance has almost a club beat to the drums, but it has some other electronic elements piled on top, one that seems like a very ambient element. My favorite track on the album, Green Calx, is full of strange blips and peeps with some industrial roars thrown in for good measure. But all of this is nice but can we say that this album is absolutely the number 1 album of 1992? Hard to say when you begin the list at number one. I would say it's a good album but there are other albums I would hold in higher regard. Up to this point on this list I would say it's the number one album so far! 2. Rage Against the Machine - Self Titled I already made it clear in the other thread this was an album I enjoyed but just as easily was able to not enjoy at the same time. Upon revisiting it I can see why. The album has a handful of Rage's iconic songs: Killing in the Name, Freedom and Bombtrack, a couple of other good songs, Take the Power Back and Wake Up but after that nothing truly noteworthy. Dare I say a lot of filler tracks? For me a to be an outstanding album and an overall 2nd best album of an entire year, you're gonna have to do a lot better than 5/10. One could argue that the best songs outweigh the not as good ones or that their message was so revolutionary that it propels the album into legendary status. For me, I don't think so. Also, one of the things that turned me off of this album in the past and still today upon re-listening is the "fuck you I won't do what you tell me" like 17 times. So, fuck you I don't think this album is number 2! 3. Alice in Chains - Dirt Alice in Chains is a band I enjoy quite a lot and Dirt is an album I also enjoy very much. This album is arguably their best one. It has 5 of their most iconic songs (Them Bones, Down in a Hole, Rooster, Angry Chair, Would?) but the ones that didn't make the radio (Rain When I Die, Dam that River, Sickman, Hate to Feel) are great as well. This is an album with few weak spots, a lot of songs about heroin and one about Vietnam. What more could you ask for? A masterpiece for sure. Deserving of a top spot for 1992. 6. Tom Waits - Bone Machine And now for something completely different. I feel like that is the theme of this album. Singer, songwriter, actor - Is there anything Tom Waits doesn't do? Normally a guy not on my regular rotation but I enjoyed Rain Dogs back in the day. Bone Machine is like his millionth [Editor's note: 10th album] album and has appearances from Les Claypool and Keith Richards among others. The album starts with Earth Died Screaming, a song featured on the 12 Monkeys so you know it's awesome. I'd say this album doesn't have one cohesive sound to it. Some songs Tom is singing to some strange percussion maybe another time he'll be crooning over a steel guitar. There's something for everyone here! That being said it's strange music so probably not for everyone and possibly not for regular consumption. An interesting listen of course and you'll get hipster cred telling people it's in your top ten albums of 1992 but if it was my personal list I don't think it would hang. 8. Faith No More - Angel Dust I'm a big fan of Faith No More and this album is one of their most popular ones, at least probably their highest rated. Personally I would take King for a Day or The Real Thing over this one but that doesn't diminish the quality of the album. I actually feel that 8 is kind of on the low end of things considering the albums that are ahead of it (besides Alice in Chains). A lot of great songs on here (Midlife Crisis, Caffeine, Be Aggressive, A Small Victory). Midlife Crisis is arguably a better radio song than Epic, but you rarely hear it. In fact it's an album maybe that doesn't get a lot of attention despite being one of the band's best. Maybe that's my fault (yes I take the blame for this album not being popular) for not propelling the album to the top of their discography. In conclusion: Oh well! Skipped albums: Pavement - (4) Slanted and Enchanted, (5) REM - Automatic for the People, (7) Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill
  6. Also, major digital news announced: Also, Maynard was again on The Joe Rogan Experience today to announce:
  7. I didn't see this until this morning but Charlie Daniels passed away this past Monday! He has always been one of my favorite musicians and he will definitely be missed! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.billboard.com/amp/articles/columns/country/9413980/charlie-daniels-dead-country-stars-react
  8. Feel free to share any Asian music in this thread and here are some of my favorites to get things started: Edit: I would like to note that this is thread No. 1337 so lets make it great!
  9. The drummer's comments follow on from his recent praise for Donald Trump as “the greatest friend to minorities” John Dolmayan of System of a Down Calls Defunding Police ‘Stupidity’
  10. This is a vague hint but it's been far too long so I hope it's good!
  11. I know there's not that many hip hop heads on this board and I haven't really been into hiphop since the 90's myself, but this was an EVENT last weekend. Since the Quarantine started, Swizz Beats and Timbaland have been promoting these Instagram "battles" between top producers where they go song for song in each other's catalog for bragging rights. Last week's was the best to date. It was a battle featuring two of my favorites The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan vs DJ Premiere formally of Gang Starr (who is one of the most underrated hip hop producers ever in my opinion) This was a pure hip hop head's battle and they dug in the crates in a friendly contest that was notable for how much they admired each other's work. At the end of the day I gave the battle to The RZA... he just had too many classic records having produced most of the Wu-Tang Clan's material including their solo projects but the real winners were the fans. This was a fun communal experience in these dark, fucked up times.
  12. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/culture/2020/4/2/21203736/adam-schlesinger-dead-coronavirus-covid-19-fountains-of-wayne-that-thing-you-do-crazy-ex-girlfriend Fantastic pop song writer. Really liked Fountains of Wayne, saw them live twice and they were great. “That thing you do” is also such perfect throwback 60’s song for the titular movie. He was only 52.
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/03/bill-withers-influential-soul-singer-dies-aged-81
  14. https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-03-30/alan-merrill-dead
  15. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/03/29/us/joe-diffie-coronavirus-death-trnd/index.html
  16. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/03/21/entertainment/kenny-rogers-country-singer-dies/index.html
  17. Back in the day, I did discover a lot of music I ended up loving because of the thread on IGN, so let's bring it back. I'm not a fan of metal elitism so this doesn't have to be all esoteric albums that were made in a basement and a dick measuring contest on how "tr00" your metal taste is, but at the same time first the first person to post an I Prevail album is getting bant. So I'll just start it off with the album that got me into "real" metal Yeah, I'm one of those annoying man crush on Devin Townsend people, and this is the album that got me started on it. All Hail the New Flesh warped my fragile little mind when up to that point, In Flames and Children of Bodom was the extent of my metal knowledge beyond Korn, Slipknot, Slayer, Megadeth, Old Metallica and what not. I'll be seeing DT for the 4th time when he comes to Phoenix this month, though I never did get to see SYL live.
  18. In case you missed it, here's the 2018 top albums list - for the first time ever we came to a consensus #1! (Well me and @GeneticBlueprint make a consensus I suppose) Post your lists, however many you want. I'll make my claim like always I'll have a list in a timely manner then post it super late. I was thinking we could also do a top 10 of the decade too, but maybe save it for another thread.
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