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Rock Sound – Top 75 Albums Of 2010

Posted in Albums Of The Year, Rocksound, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on December 27, 2010

Bring Me the Horizon ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret’

So, here it is, the Rock Sound, Top 75 Albums Of 2010. Enjoy!

  1. Bring Me the Horizon ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret’ (Visible Noise)
  2. Deftones ‘Diamond Eyes’ (Warners)
  3. The Dillinger Escape Plan ‘Option Paralysis’ (Party Smasher / Season of Mist)
  4. Against Me! ‘White Crosses’ (Warners)
  5. My Chemical Romance ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ (Warners)
  6. Comeback Kid ‘Symptoms + Cures’ (Victory)
  7. The Gaslight Anthem ‘American Slang’ (SideOneDummy)
  8. Devil Sold His Soul ‘Blessed & Cursed’ (Century Media)
  9. The Xcerts ‘Scatterbrain’ (Xtra Mile)
  10. Kylesa ‘Spiral Shadow’ (Season Of Mist)
  11. Far ‘At Night We Live’ (Xtra Mile)
  12. You Me At Six ‘Hold Me Down’ (Virgin)
  13. Young Guns ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’ (PIAS)
  14. A Day to Remember ‘What Separates Me From You’ (Victory)
  15. Pianos Become the Teeth ‘Old Pride’ (Topshelf)
  16. Kvelertak ‘Kvelertak’ (Indie Recordings)
  17. The Unwinding Hours ‘The Unwinding Hours’ (Chemikal Underground)
  18. High on Fire ‘Snakes For The Divine’ (E1)
  19. Off With Their Heads ‘In Desolation’ (Epitaph)
  20. Oceansize ‘Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up’ (Superball)
  21. The National ‘High Violet’ (4AD)
  22. Torche ‘Songs For Singles’ (Hydra Head)
  23. The Chariot ‘Long Live’ (Good Fight)
  24. Norma Jean ‘Meridional’ (Razor & Tie)
  25. Kids In Glass Houses ‘Dirt’ (Roadrunner)
  26. Rolo Tomassi ‘Cosmology’ (Hassle)
  27. Stone Sour ‘Audio Secrecy’ (Roadrunner)
  28. Bullet for My Valentine ‘Fever’ (Sony)
  29. Cancer Bats ‘Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones’ (Hassle)
  30. Rinoa ‘An Age Among Them’ (Eyesofsound)
  31. Four Year Strong ‘Enemy Of The World’ (Universal / Decaydance)
  32. Touché Amoré ‘…To The Beat Of A Dead Horse’ (6131)
  33. Lostprophets ‘The Betrayed’ (Visible Noise)
  34. Circa Survive ‘Blue Sky Noise’ (Atlantic)
  35. Weezer ‘Hurley’ (Epitaph)
  36. Crime in Stereo ‘I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone’ (Bridge Nine)
  37. Foals ‘Total Life Forever’ (Transgressive)
  38. 65daysofstatic ‘We Were Exploding Anyway’ (Hassle)
  39. Jimmy Eat World ‘Invented’ (Interscope)
  40. The Swellers ‘Ups And Downsizing’ (Fueled By Ramen)
  41. LaFaro ‘LaFaro’ (Smalltown America)
  42. Parkway Drive ‘Deep Blue’ (Epitaph)
  43. Lower Than Atlantis ‘Far Q’ (A Wolf At Your Door)
  44. Coheed and Cambria ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ (Roadrunner)
  45. Pulled Apart By Horses ‘Pulled Apart By Horses’ (Transgressive)
  46. Crippled Black Phoenix ‘I, Vigilante’ (Invada)
  47. Open Hand ‘Honey’ (Anodyne)
  48. Trash Talk ‘Eyes & Nines’ (Hassle)
  49. Dinosaur Pile-Up ‘Growing Pains’ (Friends Vs Records)
  50. Daughters ‘Daughters’ (Hydra Head)
  51. Smoke Or Fire ‘The Speakeasy’ (Fat Wreck Chords)
  52. Envy ‘Recitation’ (Rock Action)
  53. Les Savy Fav ‘Root For Ruin’ (wichita)
  54. 36 Crazyfists ‘Collisions And Castaways’ (Roadrunner)
  55. The Damned Things ‘Ironiclast’ (Mercury)
  56. The Ocean ‘Heliocentric’ (Metal Blade)
  57. Pendulum ‘Immersion’ (Warners)
  58. Chickenhawk ‘Modern Bodies’ (Brew)
  59. Astrohenge ‘Astrohenge’ (Eyesofsound)
  60. Your Demise ‘The Kids We Used To Be’ (Visible Noise)
  61. Blood Command ‘Ghostclocks’ (Fysisk Format)
  62. Chiodos ‘Illuminaudio’ (Equal Vision)
  63. Sleigh Bells ‘Treats’ (Mom + Pop)
  64. Alkaline Trio ‘This Addiction’ (Heart & Skull / Hassle)
  65. Twilight ‘Monument To Time End’ (Southern Lord)
  66. The Flatliners ‘Cavalcade’ (Fat Wreck Chords)
  67. Grown Ups ‘More Songs’ (Big Scary Monsters)
  68. Melissa Auf der Maur ‘Out Of Our Minds’ (Roadrunner)
  69. The Ascent Of Everest ‘From This Vantage’ (Shelsmusic)
  70. The Wonder Years ‘The Upsides’ (Hopeless / No Sleep)
  71. Coliseum ‘House With A Curse’ (Temporary Residence)
  72. Bison B.C. ‘Dark Ages’ (Metal Blade)
  73. Minus The Bear ‘Omni’ (Dangerbird)
  74. Black Breath ‘Heavy Breathing’ (Southern Lord)
  75. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza ‘Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events’ (Metal Blade)

Terrorizer’s Secret History Of… Death Metal – The 40 Death Metal Records You Must Hear

Posted in Death Metal, List, Terrorizer, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on September 17, 2010

I was rather late off the mark on this one, as it was a while before I got around to ordering this particular Secret History from Terrorizer. Flicking through the issue there is the ever-present Top 40. So, for your delectation and debate, here is, The Death Toll.

  1. Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness [Earache 1989]
  2. Entombed – Left Hand Path [Earache 1990]
  3. Autopsy – Mental Funeral [Peaceville 1991]
  4. Repulsion – Horrified [Necrosis 1989]
  5. Death – Leprosy [Combat 1989]
  6. Carcass – Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious [Earache 1991]
  7. Suffocation – Effigy Of The Forgotten [Roadrunner 1991]
  8. Deicide – Deicide [Roadrunner 1990]
  9. At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul [ Earache 1995]
  10. Bolt Thrower – Realm Of Chaos [Earache 1989]
  11. Possessed – Seven Churches [Combat 1985]
  12. Atheist – Unquestionable Presence [Active 1991]
  13. Obituary – Cause Of Death [1990]
  14. Sepultura – Arise [Roadrunner 1991]
  15. Death Strike – Fuckin’ Death [Nuclear Blast 1991]
  16. Incantation – Onward To Golgotha [Relapse 1992]
  17. Ripping Corpse – Dreaming With The Dead [Maze 1994]
  18. Massacre – From Beyond [Earache 1991]
  19. Cryptopsy – None So Vile [Wrong Again 1996]
  20. Vader – De Profundis [Conquest 1995]
  21. Dismember – Like An Ever Flowing Stream [Nuclear Blast 1991]
  22. Cannibal Corpse – Tomb Of The Mutilated [Metal Blade 1992]
  23. Master – Master [Nuclear Blast 1990]
  24. Nocturnus – The Key [Earache 1990]
  25. Behemoth – Demigod [Regain 2004]
  26. Gorguts – Obscura [Olympic 1998]
  27. Disincarnate – Dreams Of A Carrion Kind [Roadrunner 1993]
  28. Nile – In Their Darkened Shrines [Relapse 2002]
  29. Pestilence – Testimony Of The Ancients [Roadrunner 1991]
  30. Hate Eternal – King Of All Kings [Earache 2002]
  31. Decapitated – Winds Of Creation [Earache 2000]
  32. In Flames – The Jester Race [Wrong Again 1996]
  33. Demilich – Nespithe [Necropolis 1993]
  34. Necrophagia – Season Of The Dead [New Renaissance 1987]
  35. Grave – Into The Grave [Century Media 1991]
  36. Merciless – The Awakening [Deathlike Silence 1990]
  37. Dying Fetus – Destroy The Opposition [Relapse 2000]
  38. Demigod – Slumber Of Sullen Eyes [Drowned 1992]
  39. Devourment – Butcher The Weak [Self-Released 2005]
  40. Order From Chaos – Stillbirth Machine [Decapitated 1993]

Terrorizer – All The Nines – August 2010

Posted in Albums Of The Month, List, Terrorizer, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on August 21, 2010

Another magazine whose subscription I have let run out is Terrorizer. My intention is to now buy just the specials and the issues containing the Writers/Readers polls, as the international subscription to Canada is a bit pricey and with so many of the extreme magazines now  seeming to run the same bands and features every month, it makes more sense just to pick up a monthly copy of Decibel.

So, here is the Album Of The Month* and a list of albums that got 9 or above in Terrorizer’s August 2010 Issue (199):

Decibel – August 2010 – All The Nines

Posted in Albums Of The Month, Decibel, List, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on July 20, 2010

Khoma - A Final Storm

I’ve just been going through this month’s copy of Decibel, my last one through the mail, as my subscription has just run out and I will probably just pick it up from a local newsstand. Here’s a run down of this months new albums that score 9 or more in the review section:

Sadly only a couple of these have turned up on Spotify, so far. I’ve just been checking out Kohma’s, A Final Storm, which is excellent.

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Rocksound – July 2010 – All The Nines

Posted in Albums Of The Month, List, Rocksound by newmusicexcess on July 13, 2010

Blue Sky Noise

As another issue (137) of Rocksound lands in the mailbox,  it’s time to see which of the new albums reviewed in this issue get a score of 9 or above:

Four very different albums by four very different bands. My favourite? Well that’s got to be Blessed & Cured by Devil Sold His Soul. Well, they are from the South East of England, my old stomping ground. Check ‘em out.

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My Top Ten Favourite Debut Albums

Posted in List, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on June 24, 2010

The Alarm - Declaration

Here is my current list of top 10 favourite albums, but, as I listen to so much music, this could change in the next….hour…minute.

  • The Alarm – Declaration
  • Angel Witch – Angel Witch
  • Armoury Show – Waiting For The Floods
  • Billy Talent – Billy Talent
  • Delphic – Acolyte
  • Enter Shikari – Take To The Skies
  • Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
  • Marillion – Script For A Jesters Tear
  • The Sisters Of Mercy – First And Last And Always
  • Suede – Suede

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Decibel: The Top 5 Swedish Black Metal Albums

Posted in Black Metal, List, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on June 10, 2010

Under The Sign Of The Black Mark

There I was, looking for a Top/Best of list to post on the blog today, and when I looked in the mailbox things got a whole lot easier when I discovered that my, just delivered, Decibel issue 69 contained a Top 5 Swedish Black Metal Albums list. So here is is:

  1. Bathory – Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (1987, Black Mark)
  2. Marduk – Opus Nocturne (1994, Osmose)
  3. Watain – Sworn to the Dark (2007, Anja Offensive)
  4. Satanic Slaughter – Satanic Slaughter (1995, Necropolis)
  5. Setherial – Nord (1995, Napalm)

I managed to find all the above, except Satanic Slaughter’s debut, on Spotify.

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Albums Of The Month – June 2010

Posted in Albums Of The Month, List, Revolver, Rocksound, Terrorizer by newmusicexcess on June 3, 2010

Lawless Darkness

I was looking through my June issues for the music magazines that I subscribe to, at the moment (Revolver / Rock Sound / Terrorizer), and thought it would be fun to post a list of the albums from their June reviews that either got the top spot* or scored 9+. Here is the resulting list (where possible I have hyperlinked to the album on Spotify).

  • Revolver
    • Watain – Lawless Darkness*
    • Abscess – Dawn Of Inhumanity
    • Bestial Mockery – Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw
    • Laethora – The Light In Which We All Burn
    • Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle Part II
  • Rock Sound
    • The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang*
    • Blacklist Royals – Semper Liberi
    • Against Me! – White Crosses
    • Four Year Strong – Enemy Of The World
    • Off With Their Heads – In Desolation
    • Kingdom Of Sorrow – Behind The Blackest Tears
    • Lavotchkin – Widow Country
    • Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder
    • This Is Hell – Weight Of The World
  • Terrorizer
    • Watain – Lawless Darkness*
    • Mike Patton – Mondo Cane
    • Ondskapt – Arisen From The Ashes
    • Twilight – Monument To Time End

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The Agony Of A Best Of List

Posted in List by newmusicexcess on May 27, 2010

Evil Cat

It’s Thursday, and that’s the day it’s customary to do a “Best Of List” on the blog.

So, searching for inspiration I asked my wife for a suggestion as to what I should do, “What about your favourite guitar solos”, she said. “Hey, what a great idea”, was my response. I then suggested that it would not include tracks that were essentially just solos from start to finish, like “Eruption”, for instance. It had to be essentially a list of songs which contained solos that made my hair stand on end.

Anyway, in the course of reacquainting myself with various solos from some of my favourite guitarists, I noticed one of the cats, the evil Gigi, was responding to certain things I was listening to. Well, in-between thinking up acts of unspeakable evil to perform during the course of the day, no doubt.

However, my scientific studies were somewhat scuppered when she failed to respond later in the testing by basically falling asleep, a slumber from which no amount of Whitehouse’s “Total Sex” was able to wake her.

Anyway, here’s what has caused a ‘positive’ response thus far:

  • Iron Maiden – The Ides Of March/Wrathchild
  • Pantera – Fucking Hostile
  • Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick – Leading The Rats

Oh well, back to my list of 10 songs containing favourite guitar solos then, although for the first one I have to take Gigi’s lead:

  • Iron Maiden – The Ides Of March/Wrathchild
  • UFO – Rock Bottom (live)
  • Thin Lizzy – Still In Love With You (live)
  • Arch Enemy – The Last Enemy
  • Lamb Of God – Set To Fail
  • Pantera – Domination
  • Rainbow – Stargazer
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Mr Crowley
  • Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  • Judas Priest – Painkiller

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My Top 5 Favourite ‘Rain’ Songs

Posted in List by newmusicexcess on May 20, 2010

For the past week the weather has been really nice here in Dartmouth, NS, but last night the heavens opened and it’s only just starting to clear up now. So, I thought it only fitting to do a rain related post. Yes, here are my favourite ‘rain’ songs:

  • Rain – Madonna


  • Rain – The Cult


  • Rain – Trivium



  • Rain – Creed

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