It was actually a pretty easy process to pick my top 10 albums for 2009. All I had to do was look at what was played the most on my last.fm and itunes, filter by year, do some balancing to account for differing release dates, and there you have it- behavioral based research! I had [...]
Name: Dirt Communion From: Reno, NV Shares DNA With: Down, Goatwhore, The Sword Feels Like: A dirty communion on the banks of the Mississippi River Key to Success: I don’t know about you, but I generally never tire of the heavy, southern metal sound. Needs To Work On: Some of the vocals could use a [...]
Name: Sylosis From: Reading, UK Shares DNA With: Metallica, Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Pantera Feels Like: A bunch of my favorite metal bands put in a blender and made into something extra delish. Key to Success: Well crafted songs + well produced = WIN. Plus I’ve heard they are excellent live. And accents. HRC loves [...]
Name: Black River From: Poland Shares DNA With: Technically, Vader and Behemoth…but sounds more like Black Label Society and Rob Zombie Feels Like: A death metal spaghetti western Key to Success: Um, just look at them! OK, they sound good, too. Needs To Work On: An American tour
Name: White Rhino From: Austin, TX Shares DNA With: Motorhead, QotSA, Valient Thorr Feels Like: Riding a mechanical bull at a punk club Key to Success: youtube clips reveal a good stage presence, and they are hitting the pavement Needs To Work On: coming to SF
Name: dogs of winter From: Brooklyn Shares DNA With: Mastodon, Underoath, Apocalyptica, The New Regime Feels Like: Reading Kurt Vonnegut while listening to some metal from the last 4 decades on shuffle Key to Success: strong guitar and harmonizing vocals are easily dramatic Needs To Work On: album sounds a bit disjointed
Name: Goblin Cock From: San Diego Shares DNA With: Well, technically speaking, Pinback. But really, Goon Moon, Jane’s Addiction, QOTSA Feels Like: Trudging through a swamp licking a lollipop Key to Success: It’s about as accessible as metal gets, due to the indie rock roots. And the name is quite endearing. Needs to Work on: [...]
Name: JAW From: Winnipeg Shares DNA with: Tool, Metallica, Pantera Feels Like: Being punched and then hugged on repeat. Key to Success: Pleases both those that like screamers and those that like melodies Needs to Work On: Their logo…I wanted to like it, but I can’t.