Saturday, February 09, 2008

Been meaning to post this

2007 year ender!

Engine - Superholic
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
NoMeansNo - All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt
Zoe Keating - One Cello x 16: Natoma
Shadows Fall - The Art of Balance
Shadows Fall - The War Within
Shadows Fall - Fallout From The War
Shadows Fall - Threads of Life (2007)
HellYeah (2007)
Type O Negative - Dead Again (2007)
Megadeth - United Abominations (2007)
Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet (2007)
Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up
Dream Theater - Sytematic Chaos (special edition) (2007)
Bubblemath - Such Fine Particles In The Universe
Sentenced - Greatest Kills
Magnum - Road to Paradise: Anthology 1978 - 1983
Slave to the Power - Iron Maiden Tribute
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Mastodon - Leviathan
Mozart - Requiem
Machine Head - The Blackening (2007)
Mnemic - Passenger (2007)
Paradigm Blue - LiquidEyes
Nile - Ithyphallic (2007)
Behemoth - The Apostacy (2007)
The Black Dahlia Murder - Nocturnal (2007)
Job For A Cowboy - Genesis (2007)
Psyopus - Our Puzzling Encounters Considered (2007)
Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli (special edition) (2007)
Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck (remaster) (2007)
Mike Keneally - Hat (remaster) (2007)
Van Halen - Diver Down
Rush - Power Windows
Avenged Sevenfold (special edition) (2007)
Coheed & Cambria - No World For Tomorrow (special edition) (2007)
Scorpions - Humanity Hour 1 (2007)
Rush - Snakes & Arrows (2007)

I'm kinda loathe to rate these albums cause the dinky little CD player is...well...dinky.  And sucks.  And barely plays anything anymore.  So a lot of these albums were hardly listened to simply cause the damn thing skips constantly, if it picks the damn albums up at all, making it impossible to listen to them.  It's fucking horrible!  I'm gonna end up going to Walmart to buy a cheap $30 Durabrand piece of shit just to have something to listen to music on.  Surely it'll work better then what I have! (I do have a smaller, also dinky, clock radio piece of shit that plays well but sounds horrible without headphones, and honestly, except albums like Keating and Metheny, I can't just lie/sit there while listening.)

So instead of rating I'll just make a few comments.

Megadeth was excellent, but it's the cast off stuff from The System Has Failed and to me, it shows a little.  Great new band backing Mustaine, but there's...something...missing.  Still a fucking great album.  Rush?  Power Windows...I didn't expect that.  Very 80s new wave but I don't hate it.  It's very interesting.  Snakes and Arrows has its highs and lows, but it's a solid release.  Loving Van Halen's Diver Down.  Didn't realize it was a covers album though.  Was kinda disappointed in the new Nile.  The production stinks.  Also, I got it with Behemoth and Psyopus.  Those are hard to put down.  Psyopus was a fucking mind bender.  Behemoth made a watershed death metal album.  Classic.  New Coheed is pretty good too (Mr. Henry would love it).  Avenged Sevenfold made probably the most fun rock/metal album all year.  Man, I was unsure about this album but, hey, I got it for Christmas.  Dream Theater was a let down.  Again.  They haven't done anything to knock me on my ass since Six Degrees honestly.   The new one has its moments, but honestly it feels...stupid.  The lyrics...what the hell?  Jesus, did Roadrunner make them sign a contract stating they needed to make lyrics for 12 year olds?  Mnemic is like Meshuggah but with melody.  Not bad.  Machine Head are still a bunch of sell outs, except now they sold out to fans of European melodic death metal.  Don't get me wrong, the album is pretty good, but I'm not fooled at all by it.  Shadows Fall are another disappointment.  Art of Balance was pretty good in that it seems to just visit all their old 80s thrash influences.  A couple of songs sound like Kill 'Em All era Metallica.  Fallout From The War, which was an excuse to get out of contract with their label, features leftovers and rarities.  Again, pretty good.  The War Within is forgettable and Threads sucked.  HellYeah was a definite vanity project with a couple of really good singles.  The best stuff that I got in 2007 was Zoe Keating, NoMeansNo, Paradigm Blue, Porcupine Tree, Behemoth, Psyopus and Keneally.

So overall an okay year cursed by my crappy CD player.


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