GD’s Top 100 Most Dominating Albums From 2000-2009 (10-1)

GD’s Top 100 Most Dominating Albums From 2000-2009 (10-1)

09/07/10  ||  Global Domination

10. Tool: Lateralus 10. Tool: Lateralus

Tool’s masterpiece is a brain-fucking trip through the human mind
and soul. The title track may be my favorite song of any band in any
genre. The songs are intricate and progressive but still have a hard
edge to them. The production is perfect and the musicianship is
flawless. “10,000 Days” was a great record but Tool will never top
“Lateralus”. It is the perfect representation of everything the band is
and stands for. Tool is my generation’s Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, and
Black Sabbath all rolled in to one insane, psychedelic metal mess… and I
fucken love it. While “Undertow” and “Aenima” are the perfect
representations of late 20th century anger, “Lateralus” is early 21st
century madness bottled and delivered right to your door.

There are songs on here that reflect the band’s earlier, angrier
years like the blistering “Ticks and leeches” and the pounding opener
“The Grudge”. However more melodic, experimental songs like “Schism”,
“Parabola”, and “The Patient” show that Tool is much more than a band
based on anger and frustration. Maynard and the boys are the most
creative metal/alternative/hard rock band out there and are still
packing arenas for a reason. From Maynard’s distinct vocals to Daney
Carey’s sacred geometric drumming and Adam Jones’ signature heavy,
haunting guitars Tool have it all and no album brings together like

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9. Gojira: The way of all flesh 9. Gojira: The way of all flesh

Every now and again a band will come along and put their own unique
twist on an existing sound to make something truly special. Gojira is
one such band, taking elements of groove and death, and twisting into
something simply mesmerizing and astounding. Admittedly, it does take a
few listens before true appreciation can settle in, such is the
complexity and multi-layered nature of the music. But once it does,
boy, have you got something intricate and special to get lost in. This
isn’t so much an album as it is an experience, an eerie, remarkable,
artful and poetic experience. There is no doubt this album is a
classic, and one definitely deserving of a spot in our top ten.

Full coverage.


8. Opeth: Deliverance 8. Opeth: Deliverance

Mikael Åkerfeldt’s prowess as a songwriter is unquestioned. He is
one of the finest composers the metal world has seen, ever. With Opeth,
he has pushed the genre’s boundaries with virtually every release,
without for one second losing integrity or identity. All nine Opeth
albums are masterpieces for me, and “Deliverance” is the crown jewel,
Åkerfeldt’s magnum opus. It holds one of the best songs of all time (the
title track), the band’s performance is fantastic, the production is
great, hell, even the lyrics are well-written this time around. But what
really sets this record above the rest is how the compositions work
with each other to create a haunting and complete whole. The six songs
tell a ghastly tale filled with passion and emotions ranging from
frantic rage to suicidal despair. The contrasts Opeth so often use are
utilized to great effect, and the song structures seamlessly carry the
momentum forward. Every note is placed in just the right spot to achieve
maximal effect in the listener. Good ol’ Mike, you’re nothing but a
genius. Cheers.

GD review.


7. Gojira: From Mars to Sirius 7. Gojira: From Mars to Sirius

The album that made Gojira a household name (in households that have
at least one crazy metalhead in them) is the album that also sets the
standard for 21st century metal. “From Mars to Sirius” is heavy a fuck,
technically impressive, sounds great, melodic, and just plain awesome. I
have not stopped listening to it since the moment I got it, and I don’t
see any signs of stopping that any time soon. “Ocean planet” alone make
this a winner but killer tracks like “Backbone”, “Flying whales”, and
“Where dragons dwell” only make this sweet slice of whale blubber all
the more sweet. The more recent “ Way of All Flesh” is great, don’t get
me wrong. But “From Mars to Sirius” is the band’s best…so far.

Gojira have it all: talent, great stage presence, and creativity to
back it all up. This is metal that metalheads from all walks of life can
enjoy: massive riffs, breakdowns that make you headbang, and cool
lyrics about whales, the earth burning, and lawyers being evil as fuck.
Every album Gojira has done so far has been excellent, but this is
definitely the best. Even though it is almost four years old it still
sounds new and refreshing, like a cool burst of whale fart, every time I
listen it. This was my pick for numero uno and in my opinion
stands up there with other great albums like “Paranoid”, “Raining
blood”, “The Number of the Beast”, and “Slaughter of soul” in terms of
setting new standards and directions for metal.

Full review.


6. Necrophagist: Epitaph 6. Necrophagist: Epitaph

Ok, we all know that mainman Douchehammed is a… well… douche (can
never stress that enough), but there’s no denying that “Epitaph” is a
fantastic album by all means, created by a complete fucko who’s at least
half-decent at playing, arranging and composing. It’s tech-death at its
finest hour, to put it mildly. Great solos, killer groove, ace
production, insane technicality and so forth. Maybe a bit too
one-dimensional in the vocal department, but The Douche sports a good
growl so it works anyways though some varied vocals would have worked
wonders with the material. Just imagine this album with a grunter like
Jörgen Sandström; someone with variety, extreme power and range in his
growls. Holy shit, that’s be the end of it. One thing though: if
Necrophagist don’t release a new album this year I think we all can
agree that “Epitaph” was just a lucky shot and the pressure became too
great for Douchebastard – hence why he hasn’t released anything new in,
what, 6 years or so…

Anyways, as said – “Epitaph” is a fucken fantastic album. Probably
the best one ever released in the tech-death field. Only becoz Death’s
“Human” can’t really be put into that category. Douche metal is
obviously not a bad thing after all.

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-Lord K Philipson

5. Iced Earth: Horror show 5. Iced Earth: Horror show

Though I’m a bit surprised that 2001’s “Horror show” made it this
high (you been stackin’ the votes, Trauma?) I’m not too upset about it,
since it is a great album, one of Iced Earth’s very best, in fact (although they certainly made plenty of other good albums
during the old Barlow era). Anyway, “Horror show” gets its name from
its overall theme, which is that (almost) every track is about a
different icon of horror, like The Wolf Man, Jack The Ripper, and so on,
and it’s an idea that IE puts to brilliant use, since, like on “Fate of
Norns”, every track here has its own unique personality.

“Wolf” is appropriately frenzied and furious, “Damien” is properly
ominous and evil, “Dracula” is suitably tortured and tragic, and so on,
and even though the power ballad “Ghost of freedom”, a cheesily
patriotic tribute-to-fallen-soldiers, really doesn’t fit into the
overall theme, it’s still a really good song.

So, overall, “Horror show” is a highly satisfying, epic, original,
and diverse take on metal, with customarily passionate vocals from Matt
Barlow, who unfortunately, lost interest in the band after 9/11. And,
while I still enjoyed “The glorious burden” (despite Tim Owens’ weaker
vocals), it was definitely a step down for Earth, and even bringing
Barlow back recently hasn’t helped them to regain their former glory. Oh
well, perhaps some day, they’ll get back to the awesome level that they
had on here…

Additional coverage.


4. Septic Flesh: Communion 4. Septic Flesh: Communion

Surprisingly, this is as high up as number four on our top 100s
list. It’s a fantastic album, for sure, but I didn’t expect it to be
this high.

Greek melo-extremity deluxe. This is what you should be expecting.
It’s black/death at its core, obviously – extreme metal as it should be.
But what gives this one its special touch is the little Greek melodies
strewn across the album, all over. It makes the album feel extremely
fresh and rejuvenated, an anomaly between the sterile sounding records
of today. This is not sterile at all – it’s as organic as you could
possibly get in 2008, and that’s from a Greek band (when was the last
time a Greek metal band was worshiped beyond belief?)

And the beauty about it is how epic it sounds. Most death metal
revels in “back to basics” playing, except for guitar solos, but this
sounds grand and sweeping. Dramatic, you might say. There is a real
sense of bombast to the music without it being overbearing and cheesy,
and it makes this album sound a lot more huge than it probably actually
is. One of the few bands, therefore, that can pull this kind of thing
off with aplomb.

Hats off to ye, Greeks, for making an album worth the time and all
of our attention. Good to see a band like this making number four.

Full review.


3. Clutch: Blast tyrant 3. Clutch: Blast tyrant

This was the album that Clutch had to make. The album that took them
from being pretty good to quite remarkable. Fallon’s talents
particularly bloomed on this one with the excellent vocals and layering,
bizarre lyrics, and a far out concept. The booklet is an important part
of the experience (so don’t just be a downloading twat). The peculiar
character art, the fantastical storyline, and all the handwritten little
notes propel this album into a fully executed tale of the outlandish.

“Blast Tyrant’s Atlas of the Invisible World Including Illustrations
of Strange Beasts And Phantoms” is brimming with kick ass songs that
make you either want to drive a pick up truck on the highway or sit in
your room and smoke a joint. The playing is really amazing; not
show-offy, just guys that have been doing it for years. It’s just pure,
unadulterated, to-the-point American rock in all its glory. Clutch shows
what it is to be a real rock and roll band. Blast Tyrant is a package in which everything is done well, and then some.


2. Bolt Thrower: Those once loyal 2. Bolt Thrower: Those once loyal

Huh?! Where’s all this modern stuff coming from? I thought metal ended years ago.

Bolt Thrower are the semi-living proof that a band can lead a
musical career by locking themselves into a basement and listening to
their own stuff – and nothing but their own stuff – and bringing it to
perfection. Consequently, this album has everything that made Bolt
Thrower great, just better. Production, songwriting, groove, melodies,
you name it. All improved. He who is a great metal brain knows that the
stuff they did pre-2005 wasn’t exactly bad either, so making a huge leap
forward from this already exponated position is no small feat, no
matter if they make it sound so simple and natural.

The album is as good a starting point for those unfamiliar with the
band as it is a grand finale to those already familiar with their back
catalogue. “Those once loyal” finally reflects Bolt Thrower’s
awesomeness with a more “competitive” production job that lets all
instruments (special mentioning of course to the finally discernible
bass) shine through appropriately. If you have any interest in mid-paced
death metal, there is no way around this album, and I’m happy to see it
featured as high as it is. Looking at what beat it for the top spot,
I’d even say it deserves number one.

But who cares about a GD list anyway.

Full coverage.


01. Opeth: Blackwater park 01. Opeth: Blackwater park

It is with great pride that I am writing words for what came out on
top as the top album of this past decade. Now, not everyone ranked this
as their number one. Some people didn’t even mention this landmark
album. Clearly their opinion mattered the least because the numbers
spoke and thus spake Zarathustra. Opeth, always progressing, hit their
greatest mark with this album. It flows marvelously, from the tense
beginning up to the very end it shows you that the art of crafting a
great album was not lost in the slightest over the years. Not
quite the concept album it’s predecessors were, it seemed something a
bit more. It was less pretentious, more in your face, and definitely
way more accessible while not dumbing itself down in the slightest.

The production is top notch courtesy of Steve Wilson. The clarity
of every instrument, their balance in the mix, all the best they can
possibly be at the hands of this man. You wouldn’t exactly be doing
yourself a disservice to start your Adventures With Opeth at any point
in your career, but this album truly is something quite majestic and
highly recommended as an entry point, for you can clearly hear where
they came from and where they went.

Don’t believe me? Hell, even a non-staffer professed his love for this masterpiece.


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