Monday, December 14, 2009

Something Something 2003

2003. Uh, let's see. I graduated high school, spent part of the year as a music major, my first band recorded an album and broke up, I did lots of questionable things, and some amazing albums got released!

Devin Townsend Band's Accelerated Evolution is one of the best albums ever forever. Really Dev at the top of his game. Every song is totally killer. Great music to fall asleep to, great music to rock out to, great music to drive to. I don't think there's a bad time to listen to this album. Dev pulls out all the stops vocally. The instrumental parts are all pretty simple but there's enough of them to have a thick, dense, warm blanket of a sound. The above song is from the pop end of the album's spectrum, and always makes me smile. Dev's Strapping Young Lad also put out an album this year but I was never that into that particular album, I confess.

The whole world loved the Postal Service pretty much instantly, and not without reason. What a great pop album. Sure, Ben Gibbard enunciates words to an irritating degree, it doesn't mean he can't produce great dancey songs with the better aspects of indie quirkiness.

FUCK YEAH. DECHRISTIANIZE. Oh yeah this was back around the brief time when I called myself a Satanist. Didn't last but whatever, listen to this album. So heavy and epic and RAWWWWWR. The drum sound on this album completely punishes. Glen Benton, you are ridiculous and I salute you. It's all about the time around 2 and a half minutes in where the guitar lead starts.

Probot was an awesome album aaaaagh. I've said it before, I'll say it again: Dave Grohl knows what rocking is all about. What rocking is about is putting together a whole bunch of people who can rock and just rocking for the shit of it. And so he did that. Cronos, Snake, and Kim Thayill on the same album? Yes and yes and yes.

Folk metal o how I love thee. I don't quite remember how I got into it but I do know that as soon as Ásmegin's Hin Vordende Sod & Sø was released in the states I bought it and listened the shit out of it. Fiddle parts, lyrics in Norwegian, Lars Nedland singing, little dancey parts. I was all about it and I was in love.

We all heard this song so many times that year. You guys know what it's about, come on. Surprisingly hard to find the video for this on YouTube.

Other things: Damnation by Opeth (I saw Opeth TWICE this year!), Elephant by The White Stripes, White1 by Sunn0))), Volcano by Satyricon, As the Palaces Burn by Lamb of God, Rabbit Don't Come Easy by Helloween, Room on Fire by The Strokes, and Dance of Death by Iron Maiden


Blogger Mac said...

Going through these, I'm pretty sure we existed in parallel musical universes this far into the decade, a few songs aside. I just had a revisiting of the Postal Service though, and we are on the same page there. And I like Mr. Gibbard's enunciation, because I have the worst lyric comprehension ever.

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