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Dyer's Eve
01-01-2010, 12:18 PM
Welcome you bunch of acne-ridden parasites. I have wasted several hours of my life to bring you this so you best bloody appreciate it. Here is, as voted by you, the top 20 metal albums of 2009.



In joint 20th...


Altar of Oblivion - Sinews of Anguish
(Because of a 10-image limitation per post i'm afraid I cannot inlude the album art for this album, my apologies.)


Amorphis - Skyforger
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_HDKa2cHzTu8/SZQYz3IcUyI/AAAAAAAAABE/ZwPxRC8Q9_E/s1600/skyforger.jpg




In joint 18th...


Hacride - Lazarus
http://i42.tinypic.com/9hjgxu.jpg



Absu - Absu
http://uppix.com/f-Absu2497a80900000606b.jpg




In a 3-way tie for joint 15th...


Augury - Fragmentary Evidence
http://elbarametal.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/augury.jpg


Fen - The Malediction Fields
http://spb.fotologs.net/photo/59/29/39/areametal/1229202579149_f.jpg


Behemoth - Evangelion
http://www.cmdistro.com/images/xlarge/31579.jpg




14. Ensiferum - From Afar
http://i25.tinypic.com/mjpkrr.jpg




Annnnd in joint 12th place...


Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings
http://avdibeg.dk/blog/wp-content/uploads/dreamtheater_blackclouds.jpg


Cormorant - Metazoa
http://i26.tinypic.com/2rzaq9g.jpg



11. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
http://i40.tinypic.com/30c6h35.jpg




Stay tuned for the next post for the Top 10...

Dyer's Eve
01-01-2010, 03:38 PM
So here we are, we have reached the last 10 in the countdown. For this part, i'm doing it a little bit different. I have handpicked 9 people to do a small write-up for albums they held in a particular esteem. Some being longer than others...

So heres the UG Metal Forum's Top 10 Metal albums of 2009, and why you should listen to them.



10. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
http://cowsarejustfood.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/cover.jpg

This is what one of our regs had to say about it...

SunnO))) have certainly divided opinion within the metal community. For every person singing their praises there'll be another denouncing them as "refrigerator music", and not without good reason. SunnO))) are a hard band to like if you don't 'get' it. But in Monoliths & Dimensions they've managed to create something beyond the stereotypical wall of droning noise you may associate them with. Ambient bleeps and bloops mix with baroque orchestration via some free jazz trumpet and the demented shrieks of Attila Csihar, whilst the sonic equivalent of waking up under Mount Everest acts as the glue, creating a remarkably cohesive album considering the wild experimentation. Yet even without the bells and whistles Monoliths & Dimensions would remain a great album, because it contains the most accomplished, dynamic and instantly accessible songwriting yet from the trio. This is doom for the new millennium.



And in joint 8th place...


Ahab - The Divinity of Oceans
http://heavenandhell.72pines.com/files/2009/07/231990.jpg

Heres what one of our regulars thinks about this album...


Few bands manage to take listeners on a personal experience that takes them away from their mundane existence. Even fewer bands manage to put the listener in a sense of isolated melancholy as if they're drifting aimlessly about the vast ocean on a small raft with little hope of setting foot on land. Ahab manage this feat with their own brand of crushing nautical funeral doom metal. What's great about their follow up to the spectacular debut, Call of the Wretched Sea, is that it manages to put a fresh take on the great elements they initially set out to explore. It's appropriately slow and the melodies plod along at the pace of that aforementioned raft ebbing its way ever deeper and deeper into the ocean. Production-wise, The Divinity of Oceans takes the listener on a clearer journey than the previous album while retaining the crushing nautical atmosphere. As well, Ahab add in some beautiful elements: the use of clean vocals (as seen in the title track for instance), which highlights the somber mood of the clean guitars and the minimalistic drums. Stylistically, drummer Corny Althammer has also employed a more decorative approach, adding in some rather pleasing cymbal parts and double bass bursts as necessary. In short, it's a great album. Great like Sea, but with some interesting new elements.



Insomnium - Across the Dark
http://www.hollywoodmetal.com/pics/INSOMNIUM-AcrossTheDark.jpg

Heres what one of our newer members had to say... (Sorry Dunc)

3 years ago, Insomnium put out an album which was thought to be the pinnacle of their career. Above the Weeping World showed listeners the more melancholy side of melodeath, with awesome songs and solid riffs. So naturally, there were high hopes for the new album. Across the Dark is possibly Insomnium’s best work yet. With absolutely memorable songs, killer riffs, and great sound quality, AtD is an album to be remembered. Upon the opening of the album, the listener is presented with a soft, saddening acoustic riff, an Insomnium classic. Climbing perfectly into distortion, double-kick and deep growls, Insomnium tells us they’ve still got it.

The album keeps strong, with important mention to Down With the Sun, Which has a riff that kills on it’s own, and is only enhanced by masterful drum changes and Niilo Sevänen’s deep growls. Another mention to Where the Last Wave Broke, with a killer riff from the onset, and an absolutely perfect blend of sing/growl in the chorus.

This album is definitely one of, if not the best, album of 2009. It is the epitome of Insomnium’s work, and a perfect blend of melancholy orchestration and Heavy Melodic Death metal. A definite epic.




7. Baroness - Blue Record
http://prollyisnotprobably.com/baroness_blue_record-thumb.jpg

And heres another bloke and his opinion.

One day I was in chapters (a local book store) and they happened to be selling magazines. Looking through them, I stumbled upon one with Baroness on the front cover and I read the article on them, intrigued by the description I quickly put the Blue Album on my “To buy” list. So a week goes by and I notice this album in my local CD store. Me and a friend of mine quickly grab it, rush to the counter and buy it. Knowing somewhat what to expect, I put it in my CD player. I was hooked right from the get go. Everything Baroness did on this album captivated me. Right from the opener Bullhead’s Psalm we are greeted with one tasty guitar tone that stays throughout the whole record. Okay now, let me talk to you about why they captivated me. First of all, Baroness are a different sounding group than most metal bands nowadays, mixing Metal with Indie and a hint of rock and somewhat punk influenced type of sound. They are not afraid to try anything or do it for that matter, they seem very confident in what they are trying to do and do it so superbly. Some of my favourite tracks on this album are Swollen and Halo, Steel that sleeps the eye, War Wisdom and Rhyme, and A Horse Called Golgotha. Swollen and Halo takes all the above said genres and mixes them smoothly and does not create a forced sound at all. Steel That Sleeps the eye is just a song to relax too, you put it on and it just feels like there’s a light in this world. War, Wisdom and Rhyme is just the band making a metal song the way a metal song should be made, and A Horse Called Golgotha is just so catchy and has the best guitar solo on the album that will have guitar freaks talking about it for ages. The lyrics grabbed my attention too, I am not sure of the concept but I really envy the way they were written and the listener can feel there has been thought put into them and nothing is rushed. Baroness, please keep going for a long time. You are a light in our little metal world. This is why I think Blue Album should be 2009’s highest point in Metal or any genre for that matter. Baroness, please keep doing what you are doing and one day these guys will be regarded by many as legends.




6. Isis - Wavering Radiant
http://img.hipersonica.com/2009/05/wavering.jpg

Here's what our favourite British colon *ahem*, Column cleaner had to say about it...

Now, have ‘Oceanic‘ and ‘Panopticon’ been cornerstones in every beard-metallers collection? Sure, but they were pretty difficult to listen to as anything but ‘works of art’, with all the stuffiness and pretension that comes with that tag. What ‘Wavering Radiant’ sounds like is the work of a band who have finally found such security in their sound and how it works that they can just make 'music' and not have to strive for some kind of masterpiece. That’s what makes it so great; the gorgeous melodies and stunning soundscapes live and breathe without worry. And Isis needn’t worry, as they’ve made the best album of their career, by far.




Stay tuned for the Top 5...

Dyer's Eve
01-01-2010, 04:13 PM
5. Portal - Swarth
http://zero1blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/portal-swarth.jpg

Here's what a man with a tangerine name wants to tell you about this...

Where does this stuff come from? Seriously, try to draw a line, starting at Possessed, going through Morbid Angel and Atheist and Entombed through to the rest of the death metal genre, and try to connect it to Portal. See? You can't do it. Maybe the closest you could come is Gorguts, but it's still a stretch. Other bands have done "strange," but Portal can only be described as the ultimate mindfuck; a dark, twisted, evil, completely-batshit-insane mindfuck.

When you listen to Swarth, you feel like you're being swallowed into a massive, bottomless abyss, like there's this giant black formless mass devouring everything in it's path, and you're standing right in front of it, unable to move, unable to breath, unable to do anything but watch in horror as it eats you too and leaves your soul spiralling into an unescapable prison of torment and terror. There is no hope, no light, not the slightest bit of joy to found, just impenetrable blackness. Portal are the only band I've found that can do this. I've heard music that's just as strange, just as chaotic, just as dark, but never all three.

This is death metal in the loosest possible sense; it's harsh and heavy like death metal, but that's where the similarities end. This is an entirely different beast. Here, you have very little of what can actually be called "riffs." The guitars are mostly swells and noises, and when there is something that can be called a riff, it's still extremely chaotic. Portal are more about creating atmosphere, and that's not atmosphere in the "let's throw in some post-rock shtuff and call it artsy" sense; this is the core atmosphere of most death metal brought out to the forefront and expanded into something legitimately scary.

And when you realize that these guys are influenced by Lovecraft, it all makes sense; this sounds exactly like something that would come out of one of his novels. If Cthulu needed a soundtrack to devour souls to, this would be it.

This is definitely something that you need to be in the right mood for, but nothing else can do it better. So listen, and be glad the kids who shot up Columbine weren't exposed to this.




4. Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest
http://www.teethofthedivine.com/site/uploads/2009/10/nile-thosewhomthegodsdetest.jpg

Here's what UG's resident Brick-Shithouse had to say...

After their often debated 2008 release, "Ithyphallic" it seemed that Nile's fans were divided as to what to think of the band. While many enjoyed the album, no one could deny that it was quite different from its predecessors and even their most hardcore fanbase was left wondering what was to come the next time around. Even I had said that I thought that they should take a break and retool shortly before 'Those Whom The Gods Detest' leaked on internet file sharing sites... Never have I been happier to have been proven wrong. The riffs on this album (one of the main crying points from fans on the previous effort) are intense and powerful while being catchy enough to stay in your head long after your first listen. The anthemic hook from 'Iskander d'Hul Karnon' that comes in at 1:37 is unlike anything the band has ever produced and often pops into my head without warning at work.

As for the rest, briefly, the unique way in which Egyptian elements are used this time around are hit or miss and the chanting style often resorted to in the songs may leave many feeling that they could have worked on the lyrics a bit more... But overall these are things that make the songs stand out and lend a unique atmosphere. Many will also be happy to hear the return of Karl Sanders' gutturals which are used to great effect to break up the monotony this time around. Also, George Kollias' drumming is still just as crushing as ever while seeming to switch things up a lot more than they have on previous releases. Those Whom The Gods Detest comes as a solid recommendation from me to anyone who enjoys solid Death Metal riffing.




3. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/images/8752.jpg

Heres what Rufio's Santa Hat has to say about it.

It's a little disorienting to go into Crack the Skye without knowing that human drum machine Brann Dailor is singing lead vocals in the verses of Oblivion, the album's opener and like the other opening tracks of their previous albums, one of the strongest tracks on the album. Mastodon drift more into prog rock territory on Crack the Skye, but it is by no means a low point, as it works extremely well for them and they seem to have hit their stride, whereas previous albums had some truly great songs, but some very forgettable songs. However, from the 7 songs, there are many memorable little vocal melodies or riffs that make the songs distinctly stand out from one another, rather than blending in and becoming part of the background. One of the greatest moments on Crack the Skye is the introduction to the title track, which I think has one of the most beautifully seamless transitions from calm, melodic, clean guitars to what can only be described as being 'damn heavy'. This part features Scott Kelly of Neurosis, and let's face it, it's not a Mastodon album if it doesn't have an appearance from Scott Kelly. The album's closing track, The Last Baron, is everything it should be: Massive, epic, and providing closure for the slightly bizarre story the album is set against. What makes Crack the Skye one of the best albums on 2009 is that it has enough catchy, superficial value to be instantly likeable, but the songs also have enough raw technical prowess and depth that you can listen to it numerous times and still enjoy it.




2. Between the Buried and Me - The Great Misdirect
http://www.hardcore-not-porn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/between_the_buried_and_me_-_the_great_misdirect.jpg

Here's what a Convict has to say about it...

G'day mate, this album is an absolute beaut, a right rip-snorter. If this album were a cricketer, it'd be Shane Warne. And you can call me his wife.

OK, OK, heres what he actually said about it...

Between The Buried And Me have always been a band where any, and all risks are taken to try and create something different, something unique, something suitably strange. With their 6th studio release, The Great Misdirect, BTBAM have expanded on all aspects of their repertoire, and in doing so, they have managed to carve a niche for themselves as “that little ol’ band from North Carolina.” The Great Misdirect is a plesant melting pot of all the ideas and styles BTBAM has cultivated over the years. The Colorsesque proggy goodness is abundant, the silly, novelty sections are toned down, to greater effect,and the Silent Circus style metalcore assault returns. Opening with “Mirrors”, BTBAM work their way through their eerie clean guitar intros, into a nice jazz influenced instrumental break (complete with bass solo), before returning to the eerie once more for a slow descent into “Obfuscation.” To be honest, feels like the weakest track on the album. While it has all the right ingredients to be a great BTBAM song, it just feels like a template. Something to write over and take ideas from, rather than a complete song. Not to say it’s ‘bad’, but it just feels a little stale. However, considering the quality of the rest of the album, this could be put down to sheer “warming up for the real party.” Disease Injury, Madness picks up the pace, with it’s intense riffing and beautiful clean melodies. Fossil Genera brings out the weird for a while, with some inventive chord progressions and a catchy approach to piano based madness. “Desert of Song” is a quaint little song that somehow reminds me of Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Bob Segar all at once. Swim To The Moon finishes the album, a 17 minute tour-de-force of a piece. Some reviews had made mention of it’s extravagent length, it’s complete disregard for song structure and the twisting patterns as proof of BTBAM’s care more for being technical than song writing. This is an oversight.. The song is a strictly, straight forward affair. Dream Theater progginess meets BTBAM’s signature flair for flashy writing. It’s long, yes, but it works just as well as any instrumental outro to bring the album to it’s close. BTBAM have created a true piece of art and they deserve any and all the praise this album has garnered for them.





Stay tuned for the Number One album of 2009...

Dyer's Eve
01-01-2010, 05:02 PM
Gentlemen and Gentlemen, I present to you, The unanimous winner of the (not-so) prestigous UG Metal Forum Album of 2009 award...





































The Devin Townsend Project - Addicted
http://zoinks.tv/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/The-Devin-Townsend-Project-Addicted-.jpg

Heres what a Scouser has to say about it...

Its proper boss is this, I wouldn't mind doing that Anneke up the wrong 'un aswell.

Heres what a Canadian has to say about it...

Eh look, we won something, we never win things eh. Go Maple Leafs.

Heres what Frasier Crane has to say about it...

Now Niles, I don't think you quite grasp the scale of such an undertaking, the interwoven harmonies and the delicate balance of vocal stylings are as such that they are resemblant of the Cygnet's evolution into the gracious swan.

Heres what an Ironic Gaahl has to say about it...

*sips wine*



Gay.

And most importantly, here's what I have to say about it...

Devin Townsend is a man who can split opinions. Just like marmite. And this, the second album of the planned four under the 'Devin Townsend Project' monicker, is certainly no different. No doubt your Metal purists would scoff at the concept of Addicted, but as most who have a clue can probably figure out, Mr. Townsend isn't really one to give a shit. It's what makes the man so special, never one to pander for an audience. And his disregard of general convention is part of what makes this album so damn good.

For those not in the know, Addicted is Devin Townsend's attempt at a pop album, per se. But as you can well imagine, Devin's rather skewered vision of Pop is a far cry from the tatt that inhabits the Top 40. Thick textures and upbeat atmospheres are the call of the day, no more better represented than in songs like 'Resolve!' and the re-recording of the Ziltoid track 'Hyperdrive!', with Miss. Von Giersbergen contributing a whole new energy to these already unique compositions.

Overall this album's message is one of positivity. No more evident than in Devin's excursion into the land of cheesy Euro-pop that is 'Bend it Like Bender!'. It's an album thats built to put a smile on your face, give you an uplifting feeling and remind you that life isn't a total crock of shit.

It's times like this you'd be forgiven for thinking the man pisses champagne and shits belgian chocolate, I can't think of anyone else who could take such an idea and craft it into something not only listenable, but damn well enjoyable. Addicted is yet another testament to his seemingly unlimited creativity and with it has maintained his arguably impeccable record of going such a long time without releasing anything that can be considered a bad record. Heres to Devin and all of his future musical endeavors.

:cheers:





And with that, a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this and made it a worthwhile feature. And thank you all for being so patient in waiting for the results. I hope it was worth the wait.

Enjoy this for now, for the next feature is just around the corner...

VampireGoldfish
01-01-2010, 05:04 PM
Addicted is alright

illuminatiano
01-01-2010, 05:11 PM
damn good list.

duncang
01-01-2010, 05:13 PM
I just realised how stupid I was not to put Ahab in my top 5.

But also, now would be a good time to finally listen to Ki and Addicted properly, eh?

progbass
01-01-2010, 05:13 PM
dissappointed not to see Drudkh on there

props for Isis, Fen, Baroness, and Cormorant though

Sunn too!

Psychopathology
01-01-2010, 05:15 PM
1. Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder
http://prollyisnotprobably.com/Shrinebuilder-thumb.jpg

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Stranglehold
01-01-2010, 05:17 PM
Loving the guest reviewers :haha

Other than that - well written reviews of some terrible, terrible albums.

VampireGoldfish
01-01-2010, 05:20 PM
Loving the guest reviewers :haha

Other than that - well written reviews of some terrible, terrible albums.

I know right?

There's a decent amount of good albums on it though, better then I had hoped for.

P1ayingW1thF1re
01-01-2010, 05:22 PM
Great to see Augury, Cormorant, BtBaM (although I didn't like TGM that much) and some others on the list.

What the hell happened to Fleshgod Apocalypse? Thought they got a lot of votes :shrug:

Dyer's Eve
01-01-2010, 05:23 PM
^They did, but they were mostly 4th or 5th place and didn't quite get enough points in the end.

Stranglehold
01-01-2010, 05:24 PM
I know right?

There's a decent amount of good albums on it though, better then I had hoped for.

True, I suppose im only giving out because none of the excellent black or death metal albums released this year made it...cant win em all.

EDIT: Just spotted Absu, good show.

Kepulix
01-01-2010, 05:40 PM
Good list guys! There's Absu and... yeah

ctfod
01-01-2010, 05:46 PM
To be honest, I'd prefer it if Frasier did the full review of Addicted.

linfield4466
01-01-2010, 05:51 PM
Seems like a list of generally decent bands releasing sub par material.

InvaderTSN
01-01-2010, 06:04 PM
Surprised Anaal Nathrakh didn't make it.

Contraband
01-01-2010, 06:09 PM
Well done, chaps (to those who participated, excellent reviews). And a splendid job well done by our very own Scouser lad.

I can't say I'm pleased about a good chunk of the list, but I'm not surprised. Hell, I would have changed about 80% of my list based on what I've heard from '09 after I posted my first list.

Call me a *** and **** me in the ass, but I just did not understand the releases from BTBAM, Nile, Augury, Obscura, Dream Theater and Behemoth among albums I've heard properly. They range from stylistically/instrumentally amusing in places to just downright boring way too many times to let go and just enjoy (and often in the course of one song).

That said, it was a semi-decent list. I'm not surprised that albums like Shrinebuilder's s/t didn't make it on there as much as I and many others thought it was fantastic. Still, the reviewers make my day. Dyers, you need to make use of people's talent more often :p: You find the right folks to do the right thing.

The Frayed Ends
01-01-2010, 06:15 PM
Addicted can go fuck itself. If I wanted to listen to watered-down SYL, then I'd... oh wait, I wouldn't want to listen to watered-down SYL.

Vermintide
01-01-2010, 06:16 PM
I didn't even vote, but where's my goddamn Artillery?

The Frayed Ends
01-01-2010, 06:19 PM
I didn't even vote, but where's my goddamn Artillery?
I think I was the only one who voted for it. :haha:

CG Man16
01-01-2010, 06:24 PM
I am dissapoint.

webbtje
01-01-2010, 06:24 PM
Well done, chaps (to those who participated, excellent reviews). And a splendid job well done by our very own Scouser lad.



*sharp intake of breath*

romencer17
01-01-2010, 06:46 PM
it's an alright list I suppose.

Ahab, Sunn, Portal. I'm content.

eazy-c
01-01-2010, 06:48 PM
*sharp intake of breath*

:haha:

ride-the-spiral
01-01-2010, 07:03 PM
Pretty good I suppose, can't really complain.

Nice to see Hacride get placed, would've wanted Cybion on there too though.

illuminatiano
01-01-2010, 07:08 PM
Pretty good I suppose, can't really complain.

Nice to see Hacride get placed, would've wanted Cybion on there too though.

indeed, I was surprised at that.

I wish Gojira, Gorod and Hacride would do a tour together in the United States. I would yell at them in French and annoy the Americans quite a lot.

ride-the-spiral
01-01-2010, 07:12 PM
indeed, I was surprised at that.

I wish Gojira, Gorod and Hacride would do a tour together in the United States. I would yell at them in French and annoy the Americans quite a lot.

That'd be quite a tour. Although I don't like Gorod much.

Haha I somehow doubt you'd be the only one there to understand "Vous etes awesome!" :D

illuminatiano
01-01-2010, 07:13 PM
That'd be quite a tour. Although I don't like Gorod much.

Haha I somehow doubt you'd be the only one there to understand "Vous etes awesome!" :D

Really ? Have you heard Leading Vision ?

Fantastic album. At least listen to the song "Hidden Genocide".

raincoffin
01-01-2010, 07:21 PM
This article is stellar. Some of the albums on it are not.

...

The hell with it. I don't care.

fallenangel20
01-01-2010, 07:26 PM
YAAAYYYYY!!!!

BTBAM nor Mastodon won. :p:


Cool to see Addicted win, but I was just more concerned with BTBAM and Mastodon not winning. :p:


Good list. I'll have to check out all the ones I missed from the list. :cheers:

Dyer's Eve
01-01-2010, 07:41 PM
And a splendid job well done by our very own Scouser lad.

:eek:

These kind of comments are punishable by DEATH.

Minkaro
01-01-2010, 07:44 PM
I was just more concerned with BTBAM and Mastodon not winning. :p:

I like you.

eazy-c
01-01-2010, 07:44 PM
Listening to that snoozefest would be punishment indeed.

ride-the-spiral
01-01-2010, 07:48 PM
Really ? Have you heard Leading Vision ?

Fantastic album. At least listen to the song "Hidden Genocide".

This is pretty good, probably take a few more listens for me to like it but I'll definitely give the album a few spins. :peace:

ctfod
01-01-2010, 07:57 PM
Listening to that snoozefest would be punishment indeed.
What, BTBAM?

eazy-c
01-01-2010, 07:59 PM
No, Death.

ctfod
01-01-2010, 08:22 PM
wat

Scourge441
01-01-2010, 08:56 PM
I'd hesitate to call Addicted a metal album, and I wouldn't put Nile anywhere near the top ten, and Metazoa should be higher.

Other than that, no real complaints.

illuminatiano
01-01-2010, 08:58 PM
Be quiet ! Addicted is amazing :haha:

ctfod
01-01-2010, 09:05 PM
HEEEEEEEY BOOOOOOY
WHERE YA GOING WITH THAT LITTLE TOOOOOOY?

illuminatiano
01-01-2010, 09:09 PM
There's a uuuuniiiiivvveerrrrsssseee iinnn a baaaaaallll

restless_thrash
01-01-2010, 09:52 PM
I, quite frankly like the albums, and think they deserve the top of the list.

isabiggles
01-01-2010, 10:06 PM
Trust a guitar forum to have this kind of taste in metal.

eazy-c
01-01-2010, 10:08 PM
Fair bit of non-wank in there TBH.

Scout1011
01-01-2010, 10:13 PM
I've only listened to two of these albums, but they were good. I really don't stay up to date with new releases :(

isabiggles
01-01-2010, 10:21 PM
Fair bit of non-wank in there TBH.

No power, no thrash, no trad (though admittedly few traditional metal albums have been released lately. Most of it is death/doom/prog sort of stuff.

It's weird.. most other forums would've come up with something different.

Magero
01-01-2010, 10:26 PM
Absolutely lovin' Dyer's commentary.

And I'll have you know that Shane Warne had nothing very little to do with my writing of that review :mad:

progbass
01-01-2010, 10:28 PM
:haha

did you actually write up the convict bit, or was that Dyer's takin a piss on you?

Magero
01-01-2010, 10:34 PM
That was Dyers, had no clue until about 30 seconds ago :haha

progbass
01-01-2010, 10:44 PM
heh, his side commentaries were hilarious imo.

Especially the Fraiser and Ironic Ghaal

ride-the-spiral
01-01-2010, 10:49 PM
The Ghaal quote was just pure win.

Butt Rayge
01-01-2010, 10:52 PM
Sweet.

Cormorant, Dream Theater, Baroness and ISIS were all in my list.

Only Black Pyramid missed out. Although they probably wouldn't be in the list if I had listened to Addicted.I still haven't. Maybe I should...

SeveredSurvival
01-01-2010, 11:45 PM
Mastodon should be way down way IMO, maybe at least 10th or 11th, Dream Theater meh.... that album's a piece of shit.

Butt Rayge
01-01-2010, 11:59 PM
I'm glad BTBAM didn't win but I'm still disappointed they're on the list at all.

Emenius Sleepus
01-02-2010, 12:18 AM
no surprises in this list, but a lot of boring albums.

Riffmast
01-02-2010, 01:05 AM
Diocletian should of been number one.............. not like that would ever happen though haha

RAH7747
01-02-2010, 03:27 AM
Dyer's commentary FTW! hilarious! :haha:


*sips wine*


Gay.


:haha:

Cianyx
01-02-2010, 03:50 AM
I lol'd at the Maggie comment. It seems that the top 20 are better than the top 10

las7
01-02-2010, 05:41 AM
Surprised Anaal Nathrakh didn't make it.

+1

Also what the fack are DT even doing on this list?

fumb duck
01-02-2010, 05:58 AM
i liked DT album but i dont think it deserves number 1 metal album (maybe hard rock) of 09 + get rid of evangelion and monoliths and dementions and this would be a pretty sweet list.. or atleast better then the ones on list on the frontpage of ug.

Butt Rayge
01-02-2010, 07:26 AM
+1

Also what the fack are DT even doing on this list?
Fuck you, that's what!

:p:

destroy_techno
01-02-2010, 07:46 AM
Bleehhh list

Good reviews though

I guess I can't be allowed to be dissapointed when I didnt bother voting :p:

Deplorable
01-02-2010, 07:48 AM
The list is ok, kind of not in the order i'd like though. Also, no Irepress, I was hoping it would get a placeing :sad:

we_built_a_tree
01-02-2010, 08:55 AM
I think I was the only one who voted for it. :haha:
No, I did too. Damn the metal forum and it's lack of appreciation for ye olde thrash.

EDIT: olde as in old-schoolish. And good.

Senor Kristian
01-02-2010, 09:04 AM
Ha! I only know 4 albums on that list. Time to give some of those bands a try, huh?

Minkaro
01-02-2010, 10:41 AM
The Amorphis album was the only one that interested me (that I hadn't heard).

Good stuff.

AnnihiSlateR
01-02-2010, 10:48 AM
personally I am a little dissapointed. oh well...

Dyer's Eve
01-02-2010, 11:27 AM
Ye cannae please anyone on here eh...

I was a bit dissappointed Paradise Lost and While Heaven Wept got so few votes. But as for the list, theres doubtlessly far worse lists out there. Like anyone mine would differ a good amount, but it's not a trainwreck.

SeveredSurvival
01-02-2010, 11:41 AM
I read a Decibel review on the Paradise Lost cd and they gave it a 9/10 might have to get my hands on it and While Heaven Wept got 8/10 in the magazine as well.

Senor Kristian
01-02-2010, 11:50 AM
The new Paradise Lost is amazing. A return to their older style. With class!

Just gave Amorphis a listen. I enjoyed it

metallicafan616
01-02-2010, 02:08 PM
would people say thats portals best album yet?

romencer17
01-02-2010, 02:29 PM
get rid of monoliths and dementions and this would be a pretty sweet list.

:wtf:

Contraband
01-02-2010, 02:55 PM
:eek:

These kind of comments are punishable by DEATH.

:daisy: Why, does the term Scouser have negative connotations? I thought it was a good thing. I'm from Canada, remember?

Dyer's Eve
01-02-2010, 02:59 PM
A Scouser is reference to someone who hails from Liverpool.

And kind sir, I am most certainly not a Scouser.

eazy-c
01-02-2010, 02:59 PM
A Scouser is basically a sub-human.

Contraband
01-02-2010, 03:13 PM
A Scouser is reference to someone who hails from Liverpool.

And kind sir, I am most certainly not a Scouser.

Aye, I figured the Liverpool thing.

I've seen you lads use it for a while and decided it was a casual household title in the UK. ;) No, in all seriousness I figured that however insulting the term is in real life, internet use just strips it of all its punch.

But who knows, had you not cleared that up, I might have taken a long-before planned trip to the UK in the summer and called everyone there a Scouser as if it was like calling them lad. :p:

isabiggles
01-02-2010, 03:35 PM
Aye, I figured the Liverpool thing.

I've seen you lads use it for a while and decided it was a casual household title in the UK. ;) No, in all seriousness I figured that however insulting the term is in real life, internet use just strips it of all its punch.

But who knows, had you not cleared that up, I might have taken a long-before planned trip to the UK in the summer and called everyone there a Scouser as if it was like calling them lad. :p:

Sorry, I had to bold everything that you canadians just aren't allowed to say ever :p:

The same way that any Englishman will sound like a dick for saying asshole.

eazy-c
01-02-2010, 03:39 PM
There's this American guy I know and he says Scottish things but with a really generic American accent.

Shit's hilarious.

diminishedtobme
01-02-2010, 03:49 PM
I didnt like this year. Odd list too.

ctfod
01-02-2010, 04:04 PM
There's this American guy I know and he says Scottish things but with a really generic American accent.

Shit's hilarious.
Shit's so cash brah

I can imagine you doing that in a kind of Simon Neil accent, and it sounds horrendous.

eazy-c
01-02-2010, 04:08 PM
Simon Neil has a very effeminate accent. What you trying to say here?

ctfod
01-02-2010, 04:09 PM
That you have a wonderful alt-rock voice.












and ur a homo lololol

webbtje
01-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Biffy are, like, total gays.

Emenius Sleepus
01-02-2010, 04:34 PM
Ye cannae please anyone on here eh...

I was a bit dissappointed Paradise Lost and While Heaven Wept got so few votes. But as for the list, theres doubtlessly far worse lists out there. Like anyone mine would differ a good amount, but it's not a trainwreck.

agreed; it didn't include Lamb of God, and for that alone I'm grateful. Several albums that deserved a place didn't get a mention but considering how many were released last year at all, it's not such a surprise. As in, among all the albums I listened to for the first time last year, about 40 of them were from 2009.

ctfod
01-02-2010, 04:36 PM
Lamb of God > Half the bands on that list.

eazy-c
01-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Biffy are, like, total gays.

:mad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKtUraLYdiU

Manliest song ever.

webbtje
01-02-2010, 04:45 PM
Nah, I loves the Biffy. The Captain is shite though.

eazy-c
01-02-2010, 04:48 PM
It's genius live. I'm a bit of a fanboi though. I have some of the blue flag from the new album cover :D

That Wootten Bassett thread is an abomination btw, I don't know why you're bothering.

webbtje
01-02-2010, 04:51 PM
It's that or an essay. I'm also watching Top Gear so it evens out.

Linqua5150
01-03-2010, 04:24 AM
i shit myself when devin was given the number one spot. w00t!

blommen
01-03-2010, 08:21 AM
would have liked to see artillery there

ajili777
01-03-2010, 08:23 PM
looking forward to this year

andyscoot
01-04-2010, 12:48 PM
Disapointed to see Anaal Nathrakh's newest wasn't on there.

ctfod
01-04-2010, 12:50 PM
Mr. Townsend's response via Twitter:

@Linqua - Holy crap! Thats unbelievably humbling, wow...thank you! Man! ...more to come, the 3rd album is a doooozy...

http://twitter.com/Dvntownsend

King ofKumbucha
01-04-2010, 12:59 PM
Brick Shithouse :haha:

No community list is ever going to be a complete crowd pleaser. Best you can ask for is not a shit-show quality and hopefully some entertaining commentary. Thanks to Dyers for being the dedicated mod that he is and organizing the whole thing :cheers:

andyscoot
01-04-2010, 05:14 PM
It's quite cool that Devin took notice of this.

Ozzy87_2
01-04-2010, 06:26 PM
I feel so old, don't really have time to catch up on all the new bands that are coming every year. Glad that Devin won although I haven't heard the album but it made sure that BTBAM or Mastodon didn't win which would have been a shame.

raincoffin
01-04-2010, 07:57 PM
^ Agreed.

On the topic of Dev's twitter, he's a pretty funny guy :haha:

When I get worked up, I like to punish myself with ridiculously spicy food, Plan for 5 am: Poop a red hot, upside down, cast iron pineapple.

illuminatiano
01-04-2010, 08:37 PM
Disapointed to see Anaal Nathrakh's newest wasn't on there.

I tried to listen to that record, I really did.

But the vocals...

InvaderTSN
01-04-2010, 09:03 PM
^ Agreed.

On the topic of Dev's twitter, he's a pretty funny guy :haha:

:haha

I tried to listen to that record, I really did.

But the vocals...

I personally love them, but I can see why it's a turn off.

Linqua5150
01-05-2010, 05:03 AM
after showing him this thread on twitter:

@linqua Holy crap! Thats unbelievably humbling, wow...thank you! Man! ...more to come, the 3rd album is a doooozy...

EDIT: lol beaten to my own post

andyscoot
01-05-2010, 06:06 AM
I personally love them, but I can see why it's a turn off.

+1

They just add so much to the album for me, i wouldn't have them any other way

Monkey Biscuits
01-07-2010, 08:32 PM
Suprised to see five albums I own there. Good shit

...but am I the only one that liked Evisceration Plague?

InvaderTSN
01-07-2010, 08:51 PM
I liked it, but I wouldn't consider it a top album.

fallenangel20
01-07-2010, 11:09 PM
I was hoping Irepress made an appearance. :(

I know at least three or four others posted it, along with me, and was kind of hoping for Sol Eye Sea I to be listed rather low, since I knew it didn't have the votes to top the list.


But, alas, I'm fine with it. At least I have the satisfaction that I know what the REAL album of the year is. :p:

Deplorable
01-08-2010, 04:56 AM
I was hoping Irepress made an appearance. :(

I know at least three or four others posted it, along with me, and was kind of hoping for Sol Eye Sea I to be listed rather low, since I knew it didn't have the votes to top the list.


But, alas, I'm fine with it. At least I have the satisfaction that I know what the REAL album of the year is. :p:

Hell yeah

michal23
01-08-2010, 09:48 AM
I'm disappointed with Amorphis, Dream Theater and Mastodon.

Absolutely thrilled with Sunn, though.

GisleAune
01-08-2010, 04:38 PM
I am not a big fan of lists like this. It's impossible to make a fair list EVERYONE can agree with. This list has a great variety, but there are somebody (me) that haven't heard anything on that list ('cept Ensiferum's album). This list has a bit of a brutal bias on it in my opinion.

andyscoot
01-08-2010, 06:25 PM
I am not a big fan of lists like this. It's impossible to make a fair list EVERYONE can agree with. This list has a great variety, but there are somebody (me) that haven't heard anything on that list ('cept Ensiferum's album). This list has a bit of a brutal bias on it in my opinion.

We voted for it...

It's the top album, as voted by the folks on this forum, so if anything, it's representative of what we like.

MoogleRancha
01-08-2010, 07:02 PM
I am not a big fan of lists like this. It's impossible to make a fair list EVERYONE can agree with. This list has a great variety, but there are somebody (me) that haven't heard anything on that list ('cept Ensiferum's album). This list has a bit of a brutal bias on it in my opinion.

Really? And you figured this all out by yourself?

Contraband
01-08-2010, 07:17 PM
I am not a big fan of lists like this. It's impossible to make a fair list EVERYONE can agree with. This list has a great variety, but there are somebody (me) that haven't heard anything on that list ('cept Ensiferum's album). This list has a bit of a brutal bias on it in my opinion.

Doesn't the fact that you know just about nothing on the list ring any bells or erect any red flags in your head that say "hey, maybe I should hear those albums?". No?

And bias? Really? No way. I didn't know a product of a collection of opinions could be....*gasp*....opinionated....

isabiggles
01-08-2010, 07:27 PM
The metal forum has managed to humble Devin Townsend?...

What the hell?

webbtje
01-08-2010, 08:18 PM
I am not a big fan of lists like this. It's impossible to make a fair list EVERYONE can agree with. This list has a great variety, but there are somebody (me) that haven't heard anything on that list ('cept Ensiferum's album). This list has a bit of a brutal bias on it in my opinion.


Oh no, it represents what the metal forum likes! Shit! Run!

raincoffin
01-08-2010, 10:54 PM
Absolutely thrilled with Sunn, though.

Well deserved place. They've come a hell of a long way.

Sandor138
01-08-2010, 11:47 PM
Why is there no Skyfire in this list?

AnnihiSlateR
01-09-2010, 07:10 AM
Why is there no Skyfire in this list?
Not enough people voted for it :rolleyes:

ctfod
01-09-2010, 03:52 PM
I am not a big fan of lists like this. It's impossible to make a fair list EVERYONE can agree with. This list has a great variety, but there are somebody (me) that haven't heard anything on that list ('cept Ensiferum's album). This list has a bit of a brutal bias on it in my opinion.
*Checks forum title*

Shabadoo
01-09-2010, 10:35 PM
I'd have like to seen Tyr on the list but guess I can't complain since I didn't vote. Like the list though, it's given me a ton of bands to look into.

Butt Rayge
01-10-2010, 02:20 AM
And bias? Really? No way. I didn't know a product of a collection of opinions could be....*gasp*....opinionated....
He must be joking.

Opinions aren't biased.

MoogleRancha
01-10-2010, 02:27 AM
Is that the putrid smell of

BIAS

my nostrils have caught wind of?