GD’s Top 100 Most Dominating Albums From 2000-2009 (30-21)

GD’s Top 100 Most Dominating Albums From 2000-2009 (30-21)

29/06/10  ||  Global Domination

30. Cynic: Traced in air 30. Cynic: Traced in air

Progressive death fusion masters return again after a fifteen year
absence. These guys called it quits and went into all sorts of weird
shit – Paul Masvidal worked in a hospital, Malone went on to teach
music, and I don’t know what the others did, apart from a few musical
projects. But the guys that made “Human” great have come back with a new
record that is even weirder and more out there than the previous one,
Focus. Where that one was already riddled with jazz/fusion weirdness
mixed with death metal, this new one can barely even be called death
metal apart from the growls – it’s like plugging the Mahavishnu
orchestra into a metal band.

All their trademark stuff is still there, though – the wacky
drumming, the weird flowing jazz melodies, and the robot “Paranoid
android” vocals, but it’s been made into a flowing, uplifting whole
without sounding actually happy. Quite the achievement for a band that
has lain dormant (and many thought perished in the annals of time) for
fifteen years.

Full review.


29. Neurosis: Given to the rising 29. Neurosis: Given to the rising

In 2007, after being ripped off by, like, a jillion bands and being
consigned into almost “has been” status, as a result of three
introverted records, Neurosis returned with “Given To The Rising”, their
ninth album in a twenty-plus-years career. And they returned with such a
vengeance, that even the few detractors that had criticized their
previous few efforts stood in awe in front of the elemental powers
unleashed by the Frisco quintet. If you can imagine how it is to have a
boot pressing your face in the mud for almost 71 minutes, then you might
get an idea how “Given To The Rising” sounds like. By ingeniously
combining the unbridled force of their earlier efforts with the nuance
and heartbreaking detail that characterized their latter records and
unleashing the whole with such ferocity that shames bands twenty years
younger than the Neurosis clan, the band goes once again into uncharted
territory of suffocating heaviness and naked sentiment. To call “Given
To The Rising” a masterpiece is an understatement. This record just IS and the question is, can you handle it?

GD review.


28. Panzerchrist: Room service 28. Panzerchrist: Room service

I don’t even know what happened after “Room service” in the Panzer
camp. On this here album they created some wickedly catchy death metal
with killer drumming on top of it all. Great production, insane groove
and memorable songs altogether makes for a shit-heavy piece of plastic.
Also, to have tunes where the actual song title is being growled as the
music starts, for every track, is a nice touch. Cool idea, for sure. Just don’t repeat it.

Which they didn’t, as far as I know.

They pretty much didn’t repeat fucken shit from the recipe heard on
“Room service”. On the follow-up these guys started to infuse black
metal (on a larger scale too) into their death metal and all of a sudden
nothing of the good old sound, as heard here, was left. Panzerchrist
pretty much turned to crap compared to their “old” self over the course
of one album, and they left the world wondering what the fuck
they started smoking to let it happen. Shameful. “Room service” is still
one of the better death metal albums in a long time though. Make no
mistake about that. Now well just have to wait and see if they will ever
redeem themselves.

-Lord K Philipson

27. Mastodon: Remission 27. Mastodon: Remission

From the intriguing cover art to the T-Rex roar to the first
crushing riff, “Remission” is fine fucking debut album. Many would say
that Mastodon has brought a fresh and distinctive sound to the
present-day metal world. This album comprises thrashing energetic bits
as well as some slower (but by no means boring) and more acoustic
tracks. The production is deliciously raw, creating an overall fierce
sound yet it is clean enough to showcase the deft and skillful work of
each individual member. “Remission” is momentous album for the tech/prog
metal genre of the ’00 era. This album is solid enough to stand on its
own, but it is also announcing things to come for Mastodon…


26. Edge of Sanity: Crimson 2 26. Edge of Sanity: Crimson 2

A legendary metal musician who has been in more bands than there’s
hookers in Poland. Who am I talking about? It could’ve been Hulk Hoglan,
but no, it’s Dan the Goose! Swanners in your band is always good news
though, because even when he decides “fuck it, I’ll do this one on my
own, and fuck it, I’ll make it a sequel to one of my best works ever”,
it STILL comes out a fucken masterpiece!

Everything that made “Crimson” so awesome returns in “Crimson 2”,
but now with bonus evil. Swansong can still make one 43 minute death
metal song coherent, engaging, and totally fucken awesome. His growls
are deeper and less intelligible, but the perfect balance of
throw-the-horns riffage, evil atmospherics, badass compositions and
great lyrics make sure “Crimson 2” is as much a classic as “Crimson”.


25. The Haunted: Made me do it 25. The Haunted: Made me do it

With two fifths of At the Gates (being the Björler brothers), The
Haunted are the closest thing the champions of the Most Dominating
Albums of the 90’s came to defending their title. Indeed, if anything
could be considered a title defense, this album is it. Continuing the
melo-swedeath/thrash crossover style of At the Gates, The Haunted serve
up a feast of killer riffs and pounding beats from neck breaking start
to finish. Anyone who listens to this album and doesn’t find their head
nodding uncontrollably is not metal. This is classic headbanging
material right here. (NB: I put the album on while I wrote this, it
took me the whole album to finish this one paragraph because I kept
stopping to listen, sing along, headbang, air guitar, jump around and
just grin like an idiot. God this album rules).

Full coverage.


24. Exodus: Tempo of the damned 24. Exodus: Tempo of the damned

On “Tempo of the Damned” the band’s heavier, more modern sound is
perfectly mixed with Zetro’s classic vocals. You have fast thrashers
like “War is my sheppard” and the pun-tastic “Sealed with a fist”, heavy
as fuck tracks like “Shroud of urine” and “Culling the herd” and
catchy, groovy tunes like “Blacklist” and “Throwin’ down”. It is amazing
that at such a crazy point in the band’s career they made one of the
best thrash albums ever…in the 2000’s, not the fucken 80’s!

It is a shame that Zetro exited staged left again soon
after this came out because if they had kept on this course Exodus could
have truly gotten back to headlining status. I do not hate the stuff
with Rob Dukes after “Tempo of the Damned” but nothing they have done
since has even come close to this. Great songs, excellent production,
and good vocals…a rare but excellent triple combo for an Exodus record! I
will leave you with these wonderful lyrics from “Culling the herd” that
pretty much sum up how I feel about life these days…

The world’s a big cesspit

Of puke and piss and dogshit

But I ain’t gonna be its whore…

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Full review.


23. Amon Amarth: Versus the world 23. Amon Amarth: Versus the world

Sweden’s stalwart Vikings make several appearances on this list…
just like their ancestors made several murderous trips full of raping
and pillaging to foreign shores. “Versus the World” is where it all came
together for Amon Amarth: the memorable songs, the killer riffs, and
the right amount of accessibility. The production on here is much
improved from earlier records, as is the variety between songs.
Personally, I think the albums between this and the killer debut “Once
Sent From the Golden Hall” are good but lacking anything outstanding.
“Versus the World” got Hegg and the boys back on the track to victory.

As far as the band’s output after this it is pretty
enjoyable but lacks the punch and character of “Versus the World”. This
is when Amon Amarth went from a fringe, cult band to a mainstream metal
powerhouse and tracks like “Death in fire”, “Bloodshed”, and “A thousand
years of oppression are what got them there. Hegg’s vocals are
top-notch as usual, the guitars are on point and especially riff heavy,
and the drumming is precise and groovy. This is the most complete Amon
Amarth album to date methinks. Oh wait, incoming Oden brain-seizure…

The gods demand… BLOODSHED!!!

I need to go find a rune-inscribed tree and fuck it immediately. You
keep reading and listening to these Swedish battle lords…and part-time
truck drivers.

Full coverage.


22. Opeth: Ghost Reveries 22. Opeth: Ghost Reveries

Opeth’s hot streak came to an abrupt halt with “Watershed”. What
the hell was up with that Nintendo interlude, dudes? But “Ghost
reveries” is another jewel in the crown of Sweden’s Mellows of the
Marsh. Aside from the usual heavy tunes with some soft stuff thrown in then back to the heavy
formula, the band incorporated some wholly relaxed and downright lovely
material as well. “Atonement” and “Hours of wealth” are haunting, and
“Isolation years” must be one of the most hang-wringingly emotional
songs I’ve ever heard. Not that BackhAirpelt and the gang forgot to
bring the pain. Demonic and sinister, “The grand conjuration” stands
out as a champ in their long discography. Sure there’s some odd choices
shoehorned into the mix in the name of progression, but for the most
part ‘Peth was focused as balls one 11-minute opus after the next. It just
misses the mark of “Blackwater” greatness when Mikey sings, “they are
the trees”. From whence comes this gay? Did I mistakenly pop a Rush
album in?

So yeah, back to “Ghost reveries”. Great songs, very cool
built-for-surround-sound production, and bursting with ideas. I think
the mix of light and dark was pretty ace here, and they’ve hopefully
been chastised by the backlash from “Watershed” enough to venture back
into this territory. More Deep Purple covers, less Super Mario Brothers

Additional coverage.


21. Agalloch: Ashes against the grain 21. Agalloch: Ashes against the grain

Agalloch continued their flawless streak of releases with 2006’s
“Ashes against the grain”, de-emphasizing the acoustic folksy-ness of
“The mantle” in favor of a more energetic, focused, more
straightforwardly metal (but in a good way!) style, with the emphasis
being placed back on the electric riffing, with the acoustic guitars
filling more of a sidekick role.

But, despite the continued changes, Agalloch put in the same
creative, emotionally-potent songwriting here as they’ve done for all
their other albums; the steady build-up that culminates in the
shatteringly-dramatic transition from electric guitar to lonely acoustic
notes (and then right back again) on “Limbs”… the beautiful, endless
energy of “Falling snow”… the serene, tortured majesty of “Fire above,
ice below”… there’s just so much great stuff on this
record, that there’s absolutely no way I can cover it all in this little
write-up (damn you for beating me to the review-punch, Hanging Limbs!).

Anyway, considering that if it wasn’t for “Lateralus”, “Ashes” would be my favorite album of the ’00’s, I’m very, very
happy to see it crack our top 25; always nice to see there are fellow
metalheads of good taste on the staff. Now, hurry up with that fourth
album guys!

Additional coverage.


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