I was thinking of doing this later in the month, but peer pressure! All the major mainstream pubs have started posting theirs so I thought I would get this over with.
I don't like doing these lists - not this blog, but for other publications I write for. I was telling a friend today that I beleive that a lot of these lists are submitted based on peer pressure. People list albums because they think that other people are going to post them and they do not want the blowback if their list is not somewhat similar to others. And trust me, there is a reason for that paranoia. Commenter's / trolls will call them not "true metalheads" and question their metal credibility. Inevitably, I always submit something and then regret it minutes later: Should I have moved Converge down a bit lower? They /we /I are afraid that their peers will discredit them/ us/me.
However, the older I get the less I fucking care about what others think.
At least that's what I try and convince myself.........
BUT there is a reason for posting this list this year. This was a great year for music. I have not added any of the re-issues, but man, there were some great ones. My most cherished is High on Fire's The Art of Self Defence , because I was actually looking to buy this for years but couldn't find a copy that wasn't imported and would cost me a lot of money. Another great reissue was the remastered Souls at Zero, the 1993 album by Neurosis. I also enjoyed the reissues of the Witchcraft catalogue and Electric Wizard's Witchcult Today.
There were some albums that I listened to that I couldn't bring myself to add to this list. The main one being the new Baroness, Yellow and Green, which was technically a great album, but it didn't resonate with me. The vocals were superb, the production smooth, the lyrics, meh but I found that the songs were meandering and I found my mind wandering. I loved Car Bomb's W^W^^W^W but I couldn't bring myself to add it and honestly, I don't know why. I think that it is an album that you can only listen to at specific time: at the gym, speeding in a stolen car, or perhaps getting ready to stab someone in the throat...really, its a amped-up, kick-ass album.
So here is my list: