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Top 40 Albums of 2017 (40-21)


Honorable Mention:

Converge, The Dusk in Us

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Luciferian Towers

Greet Death, Dixieland

Shannon Lay, Living Water

Oddisee, The Iceberg

Pile, A Hairshirt of Purpose

St. Vincent, Masseduction

Kamasi Washington, Harmony in Difference EP

Why, Moh Lhean

Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun

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Top Albums of the Year 2000 (20-11)

20.  Enon – Believo!

John Schmersal played guitar for the seminal 90’s outfit, Brainiac.  Brainiac disbanded after the death of Timmy Taylor and Schmersal started Enon.  Believo! was as informed by Brainiac as they were by Guided by Voices, Prince, Les Savy Fav, Beck and the Breeders.  I can think of no other awesome band’s lead singer dying and then a lesser known member coming forth and kicking so much ass (besides Foo Fighters of course…. Pause…. More Pause……. NOT!).  – Ho Chi Unser Jr.

19. Blackalicious – Nia

Reminds me of old school 80s rap, mixed with A Tribe Called Quest, mixed with their own unique dopeasfuck shit.  Lots of flute (almost reminds me of Gil Scott-Heron in places, they may even sample him), funk, cultural politics, excellent lyrics and choruses to sing along to.  Lyricist the Gift of Gab and DJ-producer Chief Xcel produced a high point with their debut that they really haven’t yet topped (although most critics would say Blazing Arrow does, not sure I agree). – Songssuck

If all hip hop albums were this innovative and fresh, no one would ever list rap as the genre they hate.  – Kid Kilowatt

18.  Antaeus – Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan

Antaeus are a black metal band from France.  Their motto is: “anti-Music, anti-God, anti-You.  They are overtly satanic.  Every song is a furied, blast beated affair and CYFAWS is their debut.  Sounds like a recipe for dooshiness and disaster, right?  Well usually, yes.  But in Antaeus’ case one would be wrong to assume that.  CYFAWS is a brilliant debut.  It is the year 2010 and we now know that France is a breeding ground for amazing black metal.  And even though their Satanic and antisocial shtick should be boring and pathetic they seem devout enough for it to become almost legit.  But how can I get over the fact that the songs are just one blast beat after another?  I don’t quite know myself, but they vary it up enough and at times the band’s weirdness shines through into some glorious whatthefuckness. – Songssuck

What?  I am supposed to be writing a review?  Sorry, I was too busy cutting my flesh and worshipping Satain.  – Dr. Anonymous

17.  Crooked Fingers – s/t

Like falling down in a deep dark well, with almost no hope of being rescued.  Then you find a hidden cache of alcohol and decide it’s not such a bad place.  The solo joint of Eric Bachmann, the dude from Archers of Loaf.  Much different from the Loaf however, more like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen all rolled up.  Actually it’s nothing like that either.  Fuck.  – Pthestudp

For an album not known for its melodies, this mother really gets stuck in your head.  One of the few albums you get the feeling you will be listening to in fifty years.  —  Suzy Creamcheese

16.  Enslaved – Mardraum: Beyond the Within

Nachmystium get all the credit, but Enslaved were really the first to incorporate “Pink Floyd” into their black metal.  So fucking epic, makes me want to get on some tights and fuck shit up with swords, mainly people’s throats.  Mixes furious speed with slowed down guitar harmonies, prog, classic rock, punkish riffage and post-rock into a violent black metal stew.  Black viking prog: how’s that for another one?  Just might be the black metal album to get all you nonblackmetallisteningwussies hooked.  – Pthestudp

Majestic + Black Metal?  Impossible?  Maybe, but Enslaved don’t give a shit what you think.  – Willie Rambo Strider

15. 764 Hero – Weekends of Sound

I always thought that the Built to Spill comparisons were lazy.  But I can hear it; a moodier BTS (the band kinda has that Pacific Northwest 90s sound, and hey that is how I heard about them, the BTS comparisons).  But take this seriously, cos BTS didn’t release anything this good in the 00s.  Band named after the number to call to report car pool violators. – Ho Chi Unser Jr.

Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and Death Cab for Cutie all hit the big time while maybe my favorite of the 90’s Pacific Northwest bands wallows in obscurity.  If you like any of those bands, or Neil Young for that matter, you owe it to yourself to check this album out.  – Dr. Anonymous

14.  Hot Snakes – Automatic Midnight

In high school, some friends of mine built a skate park in an empty cul de sac.  We spent most every afternoon there, skating, hanging out and building new ramps.  Looking back, it was a very constructive way to spend our time; cos as soon as they tore it down to make room for a new church we all started drinking.  Normally right about now I would start talking to you about the positives of kids having a place to hang out and legally blowing off a little steam.  And how it is a lot easier to say no to drugs when they have healthy activities as an alternative.  But in hindsight, it wouldn’t have mattered in my case anyways.  You see, skate park or no, I would have started drinking after discovering this album.  Listening to Automatic Midnight makes me want to shotgun beers while I am hanging out with buddies at the skate park just before we take the drinking show on the road while blaring it with the windows down.  Why?  It’s not cos of the lyrics, they have nothing to do with any of that.  Well, actually I am not sure about that; I am always too busy thrashing around while this album spins to analyze lyrics.  – Pthestudp

Makes me want to fuck every girl in the world while quaffing beer and riding my motorcycle.  – Johnny Goodyear

13. Necrofrost – In a misty soar and on it swampy floor

The sound of a bear lumbering drunkenly through the forest.  – Pthestudp

Whenever Pthestudp makes me listen to black metal, I request Necrofrost.  – Suzy Creamcheese

Besides having some of the greatest song titles ever (like:“Rapacious Forests in Ultimate Sleep”), “Grimm of Decembers Mailune” sounds like Necrofrost kicked the shit out of Metallica backstage and came out trying to play “Memory Remains.”  They of course were too fucked up to do so and soon gave up.  – Songssuck

12.  Circle – Andexelt

A wizard, attempting to make a powerful potion put Neu’s 2, 80’s cheese metal (it may have been Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance), a chunk of outer space, leaves from the WTF tree, a 1970’s horror flick, five drops from the Repetition vial, a pinch of flute, and some drone into his cauldron.  Can you guess what came of the concoction?  — Suzy Creamcheese

Coolest thing I ever did: leave all my friends and Animal Collective to go see Circle.  Lamest thing I ever did: leave the Circle show cos the girl who was with me wanted to go somewhere else.  I am wishing 2010 Dr. Anonymous could slap the shit out of 2006 (or so) Dr. Anonymous.  The best thing to ever come out of Finland.  – Dr. Anonymous

11. The Lord Weird Slough Feg – Down Among the Deadmen

In the year 1011, Brad Childress was fired and I became the offensive coordinator for the Norse Vikings.  We had taken some lumps from the North American Indians and the Christians were continually organizing against us.   It seemed we could no longer get it up for the big battles, our confidence was at an all time low and our civilization was on the decline.  Some wanted to retreat to Iceland.  But I knew our formula could win again, we just needed a boost.  It came in the form of installing speakers aboard the longships.  Slough Feg’s 13 songs about flying ships, epic battles, knights, cauldrons filled with blood, troll kings, demons and the dark lord were all we needed to gear us up for battle.  – Pthestudp

Seriously, if you like metal and don’t know Slough Feg, something is wrong.  – Willie Rambo Strider


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