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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Metal Minute's Top 25 of 2007

You knew it was coming, but it's also coming as part of a joint venture with many other scribes such as Heavy Metal Time Machine, Heavy Metal Addiction, Hard Rock Hideout, Rock 'n Roll and Meandering Nonsense, Rock of Ages, Bring Back Glam and others...

I already compiled my best-of list for Metal Maniacs and AMP magazine, so this is what I consider my 25 Immaculate Receptions for 2007 with one late runner-up. As metal continues to diversify and expand, it gets much harder to choose the best of the best. There are countless albums who didn't make the list that deserve to be otherwise. You know me and you know who you are; it's nothing personal and I love you just the same. Chalk it up on a very active metal scene with a ridiculous amount of practitioners. That being said, I came to the conclusion that Between the Buried and Me's Colors deserves top honors for the year. You've read my review here at The Metal Minute, nothing else needs said other than astonishing...

So, without further pomposity, here's my list. Scroll to the bottom and visit these other fine writers for their year-end picks as well...



1. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - Colors
2. TITAN - A Raining Sun of Light and Love, For You and You and You
3. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Two Hunters
4. THE ABSENCE – Riders of the Plague
5. LIZZY BORDEN – Appointment With Death
6. LONG DISTANCE CALLING – Satellite Bay
7. BAD BRAINS – Build a Nation
8. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Era Vulgaris
9. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Nocturnal
10. YAKUZA – Transmutations
11. OBITUARY – Xecutioner’s Return
12. HIMSA – Summon in Thunder
13. NILE – Ithyphallic
14. PRIZE COUNTRY – Lottery of Recognition
15. DAATH – The Hinderers
16. ROSETTA – Wake/Lift
17. UDO - Mastercutor
18. SCORPIONS – Humanity Hour 1
19. AMPLIFIED HEAT – How Do You Like the Sound of That
20. CHRIS CAFFERY – Needles and Pins
21. EVERY TIME I DIE – The Big Dirty
22. SKELETONWITCH – Behind the Permafrost
23. OM - Pilgrimage
24. THE RED CHORD – Prey for Eyes
25. KAMELOT – Ghost Opera

Runner-Up: OCTOBER FILE - Holy Armour in the Jaws of God


Please also visit these pages:

Bring Back Glam Bring Back Glam

Axeman Axeman

Hard Rock Hideout Hard Rock Hideout

Heavy Metal Addiction Heavy Metal Addiction

Heavy Metal Time Machine Heavy Metal Time Machine

Imagine Echoes Imagine Echoes

Layla’s Classic Rock Faves Layla's Classic Rock Faves

Raise Your Fists Raise Your Fists

Rock of Ages Rock of Ages

Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense

12 comments:

David Amulet said...

I haven't heard several of these, but the ones I have I agree with. I almost put Mastodon on my list this year because I didn't get it until the turn of the year and it's so good ... but thankfully I realized the 2006 release before I made an ass of myself (at least for the date thin).

Happy New Year!

-- david

rock_of_ages said...

I got a lot out of both the QOTSA album and especially the UDO album... but neither made my list!

all the best for 2008

Allyson said...

Wow - we don't have any of the same choices. I'll agree, the new Scorpions is a good disc.

Happy New Year!

Allyson B. Crawford
www.bringbackglam.com

JP said...

Our only choices in common: Amplified Heat and Om, although I heard and liked a lot of the other albums on the list. Era Vulgaris really did very little for me though - maybe because there were so very many better stoner releases this year from Orange Goblin, Hidden Hand, Fu Manchu (who also released a solid return-to-form album to boot) and Mustasch, to name just a few of the top of my mind.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

David, Happy New Year to you too, bro! Yeah, I think Mastodon was my #2 pick last year behind Isis, though it was a front runner for a good while.

Rock, good to see you, man!

Allyson, I wasn't surprised we didn't match, but one that I wish I could've snuck into the picks was the new Hanoi Rocks.

JP, no doubt the Fu was awesome this year...HH was great, though I'm bummed they broke up (I saw Wino walking around the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year too, lol)....I haven't listened to Mustach yet. I know in 2008 there'll be some sneakers that are like, "Damn, how'd I miss THAT?"

Brian Shields said...

Glad you’re enjoying the BTBAM. Check out my interview with the band in which they discuss Colors at http://www.whitenoisemetal.com

Also, here’s a video I shot of them playing Informal Gluttony in Oakland California in October:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXyy0a_OFlQ

Enjoy.

Brian

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Awesome, Brian! I also did an interview with them for Hails & Horns magazine, which will hopefully have a section running here at The Metal Minute. Thanks for checking in, brother...

Anonymous said...

hells ya! prize country is fuckin incredible!

cjk_44 said...

Ray and Everyone: Happy New Year to all!

Ray, I had Isis as my #1 album last year, too. Glad to hear someone else shared the same opinion.

I love Top Ten/Twenty/Thirty list. I think it's great to see the diversity on everyone's lists. And it makes me realize how much good stuff was released that I didn't get a chance to hear.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

oh yeah, I geeked over Isis last year, plus it came at the time my uncle passed, so it was excellent therapy...yeah, I also think we all help each other ferret out good music with diverse pick lists

Happy New Year everybody!

Anon, I think I know who you are buddy... :)

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