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The Guardian – Unsettling Songs

Posted in Extreme Music, Poll by newmusicexcess on January 22, 2010

As part of the Readers Recommend blog, The Guardian have been running an “unsettling songs” poll for readers of the blog. For the past week they have turned their attention to songs that ‘push you out of your comfort zone’. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/jan/14/readers-recommend-unsettling-songs

After a week they followed this up with a post about the final 10 which were split roughly between songs with unsettling music and those with unsettling lyrics. Here is a list of the final 10 mentioned in the post http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/21/readers-recommend-unsettling-songs:

‘Clara’ – Scott Walker [‘The Drift’, 2006]
’If I Had A Heart’ – Fever Ray [‘Fever Ray’, 2009]
’Gwely Mernans’ – Aphex Twin [‘drukQs’, 2001]
’We Hate You’ – Throbbing Gristle [7” Single, 1979. CD of ‘D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle’] ’Free Jazz’ – Ornette Coleman [‘Free Jazz’, 2001]
’Mack The Knife’ – Bertolt Brecht [‘The Threepenny Opera’, 1928/1929]
’The Kids’ – Lou Reed [‘Berlin’, 1973]
’In Germany Before The War’ – Randy Newman [‘Little Criminals’, 1977]
’Killing Jar’ – Richard Thompson [‘Invisible Means’ – French Frith Kaiser Thompson, 1990]
‘Jugband Blues’- Syd Barrett [‘A Saucerful of Secrets – Pink Floyd, 1968]

I would say, enjoy! But, maybe not.

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Terrorizer – The Top 40 Albums Of 2009 – Critics Choice

Posted in Albums Of The Year, Chart, Extreme Music, Terrorizer by newmusicexcess on January 19, 2010

Looks like the blog is getting extreme music heavy, well, nothing wrong with that.

I have just got the January issue of Terrorizer mailed from the UK to Canada, and it’s that time when they publish various yearly polls. One in particular, I always look forward to, is the Critics Choice Top 40.

I was thinking of also comparing the chart with their Albums of The Month for 2009 in this post, but unfortunately a couple of issues are in my ‘shipping’ goods from the UK and so somewhere on container ship in the Atlantic Ocean at this moment.

So here is just the Critics Choice for 2009, maybe I will save the ‘compare’ for another post.

  1. Converge – Axe To Fall (Epitaph)
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  2. Cobalt – Gin (Profound Lore)
  3. Kylesa – Static Tensions (Prosthetic)
  4. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With Stars (Candlelight)
  5. Napalm Death – Time waits For No Slave (Century Media)
  6. Mastodon – Crack The Skye (Reprise)
  7. Megadeth – Endgame (Roadrunner)
  8. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse (Relapse)
  9. Funeral Mist – Maranatha (Noevdia)
  10. Immortal – All Shall Fall (Nuclear Blast)
  11. Drudkh – Microcosmos (Season Of Mist)
  12. Beherit – Engram (Spinefarm)
  13. Portal – Swarth (Profound Lore)
  14. Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)
  15. Marduk – Wormwood (Regain)
  16. Absu – Absu (Candlelight)
  17. Tombs – Winter Hours (Relapse)
  18. Burnt By The Sun – Heart Of Darkness (Relapse)
  19. Heaven And hell – The Devil You Know (Roadrunner)
  20. Anaal Nathrakh – In The Constellation Of The Black Widow (Candlelight)
  21. Arckanum – ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ (Debemur Morti)
  22. Baroness – Blue Record (Relapse)
  23. Madder Mortem – Eight Ways (Peaceville)
  24. The Devils Blood – The Time Of No Time Evermore (VAN)
  25. Archgoat – The Light-Devouring Darkness (Blasphemous Underground)
  26. Shining – VI Klagopsalmer (Osmose)
  27. Candlemass – Death Magic Doom (Nuclear Blast)
  28. Hacride – Lazarus (Listenable)
  29. Fukpig – Spewings From A Selfish Nation (FETO)
  30. Amorphis – Skyforger (Nuclear Blast)
  31. Brutal Truth – Evolution Through Revolution (Relapse)
  32. Grey Machine – Disconnected (Hydra Head)
  33. Behemoth – Evangelion (Nuclear Blast)
  34. Unanimated – In The Light Of Darkness (Regain)
  35. Obscura – Cosmogenesis (Relapse)
  36. Gnaw Their Tongues – All The Dread, Magnificence Of Perversity (Crucial Blast)
  37. Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder (Neurot)
  38. Teitanblood – Seven Chalices (Noevdia)
  39. Gorgoroth – Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem (Regain)
  40. Evile – Infected Nations (Earache)

Above list appears in Terrorozer Issue 192 Jan 2010 – http://www.terrorizer.com/issue/192

So, in honour of their position at #1, lets have some Converge performing ‘Darkhorse’ live.

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Terrorizer Critics’ Albums Of The Decade

Posted in Albums Of The Decade, Chart, Extreme Music, Terrorizer by newmusicexcess on January 16, 2010

As part of an extensive guide to extreme music in 2000-2009, the recently issued, Terrorizer’s Secret History #2 includes a Top 100 Albums Of The Decade. Here is the extreme 100 in full:

  1. Electric Wizard – Dopethrone (Rise Above, 2000)
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  2. Celtic Frost – Monotheist (Century Media, 2006)
  3. Watain – Sworn Of The Dark (Season Of Mist, 2007)
  4. Converge – Jane Doe (Equal Vision, 2001)
  5. Opeth – Blackwater Park (Music For Nations, 2001)
  6. Negura Bunget – Om (Code 666, 2006)
  7. Deathspell Omega – Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice (Norma Evangelium Diaboli, 2004)
  8. Enslaved – Ruun (Tabu, 2006)
  9. Clutch – Pure Rock Fury (Atlantic, 2001)
  10. Emperor – Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise (Candlelight, 2001)
  11. Immortal – Sons Of Northern Darkness (Nuclear Blast, 2002)
  12. Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death (EMI, 2006)
  13. Pig Destroyer – Terrifyer (Relapse, 2004)
  14. Mastodon – Leviathan (Relapse, 2004)
  15. Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro (Mordgrimm, 2001)
  16. Gojira – From Mars To Sirius (Listenable, 2005)
  17. Meshuggah – Catch Thirtythree (Nuclear Blast, 2005)
  18. Neurosis – A Sun That Never Sets (Relapse, 2001)
  19. Primordial – To The Nameless Dead (Metal Blade, 2007)
  20. Napalm Death – Enemy Of The Music Business (Dreamcatcher, 2000)
  21. Isis – Oceanic (Ipecac, 2002)
  22. Drudkh – Forgotten Legends (Supernal, 2003)
  23. Dissection – Reinkaos (Black Horizon, 2006)
  24. Motorhead – Inferno (Steamhammer/SPV, 2004)
  25. Reverend Bizarre – In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend (Sinister Figure, 2002)
  26. Blut Aus Nord – The Work Which Transforms God (Candlelight, 2003)
  27. Thorns – Thorns (Moonfog, 2001)
  28. Wolf – Black Things (No Fashion, 2002)
  29. Hammers Of Misfortune – The August Engine (Cruz Del Sur, 2003)
  30. Hate Eternal – King Of All Kings (Earache, 2002)
  31. Lightning Bolt – Ride The Skies (Load, 2001)
  32. Ephel Duath – The Painters Palette (Elitist, 2003)
  33. High On Fire – Death Is Communion (Relapse, 2007)
  34. Discordance Axis – The Inalienable Dreamless (Hydra Head, 2000)
  35. Strapping Young Lad – Alien (Century Media, 2005)
  36. Whitehouse – Bird Seed (Susan Lawley, 2003)
  37. Melt-Banana – Cell Scape (A-Zap, 2003)
  38. Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (Earache, 2005)
  39. Bloodbath – Resurrection Through Carnage (Century Media, 2002)
  40. Tool – Lateralus (Zoo, 2001)
  41. Nile – Black Seeds Of Vengeance (Relapse, 2000)
  42. Rammstein – Mutter (UMVD, 2001)
  43. Weakling – Dead As Dreams (Tumult, 2000)
  44. Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal (Metal Blade, 2005)
  45. Cynic – Traced In Air (Season Of Mist, 2008)
  46. Insect Warfare – World Extermination (625 Thrash, 2007)
  47. Nasum – Helvete (Relapse, 2003)
  48. Behemoth – Demigod (Regain, 2004)
  49. Anata – The Conductor’s Departure (Earache, 2006)
  50. Entombed – Serpent Saint: The Ten Amendments (Candlelight, 2007)
  51. Sunn O))) – Black One (Southern Lord, 2005)
  52. Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash (Southern Lord, 2001)
  53. Decapitated – Organic Hallucinosis (Earache, 2006)
  54. Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks (Hydrahead, 2007)
  55. Warning – Watching From A Distance (The Miskatonic Foundation, 2006)
  56. Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine (Relapse, 2004)
  57. Unsane – Visqueen (Ipecac, 2007)
  58. Funeral Mist – Salvation (Norma Evangelium Diaboli, 2003)
  59. Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutation (Earache, 2005)
  60. Between The Buried And Me – Colors (Victory, 2007)
  61. Deicide – The Stench Of Redemption (Earache, 2006)
  62. Necrophagist – Epitaph (Relapse, 2004)
  63. Amorphis – Eclipse (Nuclear Blast, 2006)
  64. Disfear – Live The Storm (Relapse, 2008)
  65. Ensiferum – Ensiferum (Spinefarm, 2001)
  66. Metallica – Death Magnetic (Warner Bros, 2008)
  67. Ulver – Shadows Of The Sun (Jester, 2007)
  68. Wolves In The Throne Room – Diadem Of The 12 Stars (Southern Lord, 2006)
  69. Witchcraft – Firewood (Rise Above, 2005)
  70. Angels Of Light – We Are Him (Young God, 2007)
  71. Darkest Hour – Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation (Victory, 2003)
  72. Kreator – Enemy Of God (Steamhammer/SPV, 2005)
  73. Absu – Tara (Osmose, 2001)
  74. Death Breath – Stinking Up The Night (Black Lodge, 2006)
  75. Melechesh – Sphynx (Osmose, 2003)
  76. Rotting Christ – Theogonia (Season Of Mist, 2007)
  77. The Red Chord – Fused Together In Revolving Doors (Robotic Empire, 2002)
  78. Melvins – (A) Senile Animal (Ipecac, 2006)
  79. Torche – Meanderthal (Hydra Head, 2008)
  80. Anathema – A Natural Disaster (Music For Nations, 2003)
  81. Cathedral – The garden Of Unearthly Delights (Nuclear Blast, 2005)
  82. Turisas – Battle Metal (Century Media, 2004)
  83. Xasthur – Telepathic With The Deceased (Moribund, 2004)
  84. Nightwish – Once (Nuclear Blast, 2004)
  85. Paradise Lost – Paradise Lost (Gun, 2005)
  86. Slough Feg – Traveller (Dragonheart, 2003)
  87. Enforcer – Into The Night (Heavy Artillery, 2008)
  88. Laibach – Wat (Mute, 2003)
  89. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Frozen Corpses Stuffed With Dope (Relapse, 2002)
  90. Nifelheim – Servants Of Darkness (Blacksun, 2000)
  91. Katatonia – The Great Cold Distance (Peaceville, 2006)
  92. Dying Fetus – Stop At Nothing (Relapse, 2003)
  93. Porcupine Tree – Deadwing (Lava, 2005)
  94. Cryptopsy – And Then You’ll Beg (Century Media, 2000)
  95. Morbid Angel – Gateways To Annihilation (Earache, 2000)
  96. Boris – Pink (Caroline, 2005)
  97. Sonata Arctica – Winterhearts Guild (Spinefarm, 2003)
  98. Shining – V: Halmstad (Osmose, 2007)
  99. Satyricon – Now, Diaboolical (Roadrunner, 2006)
  100. Children Of Bodom – Hate Crew Deathroll (Spinefarm, 2003)

So, by way of celebration of their top spot in the Albums Of The Decade lets have some Electric Wizard performing “Dopethrone” live at the Damnation Festival 2009.

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