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June 25, 2010

Top Ten Metal Albums of 2010 … so far

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I don’t often write top ten music lists, because my taste in music has been called a) eclectic, and b) horrible. I don’t regard myself as an authority on what sounds good and what’s technically brilliant, as I’m a hopeless musician myself.

Nevertheless, a couple of readers have been bugging me for a top ten list, and it does seem silly to write a metal blog and hardly ever talk about music, so I thought I’d discuss some of my favorite releases of this year. In no particular order. Plus, this way you will see how awful I am at reviewing albums, and will stop bugging me to review albums.

1. Shining – Blackjazz

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Shining – Blackjazz

The lads at No Clean Singing brought this band to my attention, and I’m thankful for it. The fifth release from Norwegian avant-garde black metallers blows on the assumption that nothing new or interesting is going on in metal. I’ve never liked the term “avant-garde” which seems to be a catch-all for “fucking weird shit” but it’s an apt description here. I love the concept of mixing metal and free jazz, but I’ve never heard the two integrated in a cohesive manner until Blackjazz.

It’s like the soundtrack from some future science-fiction jungle jazzhall, space-junkie Fear and Loathing in Los Vagas. It’s not headbanging music .. it’s almost fit for a dance club. A dance club of your nightmares. Vocalist Jørgen Munkeby channels Frank Zappa. There’s a saxaphone. There’s a cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schitzoid Man” that you won’t believe. You’ll either love Blackjazz or hate it, but you can’t argue – it’s bloody unique.

2. Eluveitie – Everything Remains as it Never Was

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Eluveitie – Everything Remains as it Never Was

Swiss Eluveitie is a recent love of mine. I’ve heard them on and off for the last couple of years but it wasn’t till a friend in Germany raved about them I actually sat down to listen to them. Slania, stands as their best record, and – like most bands – every other album must stand in comparison to it.

Everything Remains as it Never Was continues the Eluveitie signature sound – melodic death overlayed with multiple folk instruments, and high, almost metalcore vocals. I say “almost” metalcore, because I think associating metalcore with Eluveitie is a bit of an insult. There’s a sophistication here – a depth of sound – that metalcore lacks.

At first listen Eluveitie seem disorganised, a mish-mash of random sounds thrown together. But by the third listen you can begin to understand the theme and melody, and the sound just “licks”. You think “Fuck, this is awesome.” Everthing Remains … is not especially ground-breaking, it’s the same formula Eluveitie have used since their debut, but I don’t believe a band necessarily has to recreate themselves every album. As long as they put out an album of wicked metal songs, I’m still a fan. And this is exactly that.

3. Cynic – Re-Traced (EP)

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Cynic – Re-traced EP

I am probably going to get flamed for this choice. Revisiting your own songs is often a sore point with fans, and as a band, it can be a seriously stupid idea. I remember when Linkin Park (sorry to mention them in an article about metal) where huge, and they brought out a highly successful debut and everyone wanted more more more Linkin Park, and they decided to release a remix album. Dumb idea guys. But the time their second album Meteora was released, no one cared about Linkin Park any more.

However, I personally enjoy the concept of a song as a fluid entity, never entirely finished but able to be reworked and recreated. I love how Cynic have taken these familiar songs in a different, softer direction. “Evolutionary” (reimagining “Evolutionary Slayer”) strips down the harsh vocals, and replaces the heavy riffs with acoustic guitar. The soaring melody and clever structure of the song becomes the main focus. On “King” (“King of Those Who Know”) the drums and bass carry the song, coming to the fore to show their chops.

No one is really sure if “Re-Traced” was an interesting side-project of the band, or an indication of a new musical direction. I would be happy to buy a full length album of new material that sounded like this – it was nice to tone down the brutal for a little bit.

3. Gamma Ray – To the Metal

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Gamma Ray – To the Metal

Maybe I’m biased, because I saw them live last year, and that made me pay more attention, but I think To the Metal is one of the better power metal releases of the year (this will change when Blind Guardian’s new album comes out). After Land of the Free came out and became known as Land of the Bland, they had to “bring it” on their next release, and brought it they did. It’s the Gamma Ray we know and love, doing what Gamma Ray do best – melodic speed metal as only the Germans know how.

Beautiful, cheesy, feel-good lyrics, catchy hooks and headbanging riffs. Nothing groundbreaking – just pure heavy metal.

4. Burzum – Belus

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Burzum – Belus

I’ve mentioned before how my love of Burzum’s music outweighs my repugnance of Varg’s various crimes. Sometimes you have to set aside differences and try to appreciate art on its own merits. Belus delivers on everything it promised. Varg’s vocals have moved away from his shrieks, which I kind of miss, but his more ordinary black metal rasp does feel a bit pleasenter on the ear. A reviewer called the songs “the same as usual – minimalistic and hypnotising”, and he said exactly what I would have said. You won’t find anything new, or some breakthrough genius here, but you do find the same misanthropic magic from the previous “metal” Burzum records.

Of all Burzum’s album, Belus has by far the best production (which isn’t saying much) and I think the shift from analogue to digital has been helpful here. A recommendation for those familiar and appreciative of the ambience of black metal.

5. The Vision Bleak – Set Sail to Mystery

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The Vision Bleak – Set Sail to Mystery

The title of this album always makes me think of those old Nancy Drew books. Another German band – this time a duo of gothic metallers – who stand at the forefront of their genre. One reviewer said “not only entertaining … but educational” – referring to the numerous references to gothic literature and tropes. Think Cradle of Filth without the pretension. I love anything that can evoke an atmosphere of dread – and The Vision Bleak do this with authenticity and skill.

“I dined with the Swans” is my favorite track – perhaps an unorthodox choice, but the interplay of melody creates a perfect atmosphere. I want to create a painting now called “I dined with the Swans”. If you thought “gothic metal” was a signifier for “toned-down pop-rock guitars with female vocals”, then you need to hear The Vision Bleak.

6. Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR

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Orphaned Land – the Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR

A Jewish folk-metal band from Jerusalam, Orphaned Land came to my attention through the Global Metal. “The never ending way …” is their best album yet, and if you wanted an album to see if you would like this band, this would be the album I recommend. Exquisite interplay of the folk and metal elements, and an overall improvement in song structure that seems clearly influenced by bands like Opeth, make this a stand-out album for 2010.

While many folk bands are opting for fun, catchy drinking songs, Orphaned Land have used their music to create an emotional, soaring epic of pain and hope and salvation. No wonder it took 6 years for them to write – they took their time getting it right, and that effort shines through on this brilliant album. I am still discovering details of “the never ending way …”

7. Svartsot – Mulmets Visor

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Svartsot – Mulmets Viser

I interviewed Svartsot back in May, and – although I prefer their first album, Ravnenes Saga, over this one – Mulmets Viser gives us much to enjoy. Ravnenes Saga is a catchy melodic death metal album ala Amon Amarth with a whistle following the guitar melodies. On Mulmets Viser, Svartsot bring in more folk instruments and counter-melodies to create a more interesting and dynamic sound. They’re moving away from “death metal with a tin whistle” and into territory now glutted with other folk metal bands. I think their superior ear for catchy riffs will see them through in the end, but for now they seem to have moved away from a distinct, although perhaps to some boring, sound into the realm of “just like everybody else”.

Being just like everybody else isn’t a bad thing when you release a great album, however, which they have. It’s fun, it’s catchy, it’ll get your neck rolling. I like it.

8. Krokus – Hoodoo

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Krokus – Hoodoo

I first heard of Krokus four years ago, when I went with a group of friends to a metal tribute night and a bunch of guys in the pit started heckling the band. “Play some Krokus!” they would yell over and over. Of course, the chant was taken up by most of the venue, since Krokus is such a silly name, and of course the band didn’t know any Krokus, so after every song they would say “and that was Krokus’ ‘Enter Sandman'”, and “From Krokus’ seminal record Chaos AD …” It was great fun, and I had to look up Krokus when I got home.

I own a couple of albums, and they are mediocre. I think that was the joke. I expected Hoodoo to be the same, but it’s actually quite good. The original lineup are back after a 20 year hiatus and are kicking the ass of the Swiss music charts. If you’re looking for a record blazing with pure old-school rock’n’roll, ala ACDC, with a little metal thrown in, Hoodoo is it for 2010. They cover “Born to be Wild”, which I think is a little overdone – especially when they don’t exactly wow you with their rendition, but ignore it and listen to the rest of the album. The best song is definitely “Hoodoo Woman” with a little jungle vibe with the drums and sliding guitars. Yeah, its an AC/DC knock-off, but don’t let that spoil an otherwise enjoyable album.

9. Howl – Full of Hell

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Howl – Full of Hell

In trying to keep this list as well-rounded as possible, I present Howl, a sludge band from Rhode Island (called “post-doom” by some reviews but I hate any genre with the word “post” in it). I love how US metal, especially US doom / sludge / stoner metal, has this vibe to it – the atmosphere of all my favorite horror and western films mashed into music.

Full of Hell has this vibe, and more besides. ‘m not a huge stoner / sludge fan, so I can’t tell you if their sound is particularly ground-breaking, or well-received, but I can say that when I listen to it I feel as though I’m inside Alfred Hitchcock’s head, or perhaps the main character of And the Ass Saw the Angel. If you listen to one track, make it “Heavenless”, and then tell me I’m wrong.

10. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

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Sabaton – Coat of Arms

I am a sucker for any metal referencing historical events and people, so Sabaton’s brand of “slightly-less-cheesy-than-usual” power metal based on historic battles totally appeals. Coat of Arms is, again, nothing groun-breaking, but a great power metal albums of headbanging power metal songs about historical battles. Apparently the band asked fans to send in ideas for songs, and you can see the current media trends appearing in the lyrical themes – the title track concerns brave Leonidas and the Spartans fighting without hope against the Persian hordes. No cheesy “This is Sparta!” spoken word sections, which was a wise decision. “Screaming Eagles” is about dog-fighting (planes, not dogs). There’s a bit of chaff on this album – which doesn’t approach Art of War in its structure or delivery, but the wheat makes it a worthwhile buy.

See – this is why I don’t write music reviews. I don’t know what to say beyond “Yeah, it’s pretty good.”. Anyway, please feel free to agree / disagree with any of my choices, and list your favorites in the comments so I an see what I’m missing out on. I haven’t included tracks because (I bet you figured) I’ll be featuring a lot of these bands in this week’s Metal Mixtape.

Have at it!

40 Comments on “Top Ten Metal Albums of 2010 … so far

DKdeathbat
April 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare is # 1. fuck all who trash talk A7X. They are the most creative metal artist, thats why people are listening to them cause they are creative and heavy. idk any of these bands on this list and i listen to nothing but metalcore, metal, rock and idk these bands.

BYRON SHELLEY INJEELI
March 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

if not DISTURBED, then others bands like Korn or then more mainstream bands should be mentioned. the sad thing is, Metal unfortunately isnt very mainstream to begin with. Theyre too many popstars out there like justin bieber, gaga, and katy perry.

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Byron Shelley Injeeli

Byron Injeeli
March 14, 2011 at 5:51 am

its sad that bands like DISTURBED dont get on these lists. I totally respect all these bands but I think that Disturbed deserves a little more recognition.

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steff
March 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

@Byron – I think Disturbed are moving from strength to strength with every album (they’ve come a long way since “The Sickness”, but I don’t honestly think they put out one of the BEST releases last year. I’d love to hear your list of the best albums of 2010, though!

Wesley
February 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

Nice random top 10 list, very well written as well! I’m going to check out some of the bands I don’t recognise, you have converted me to your eclectic ways ;)

Rock on \m/

Tatozwerg
February 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’m surprised you have not included the helloween album 7 sinners

NewMetalRelease
December 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Nice list, ecclectic !! Now that 2010 is nearly over, I think one has to add Motorhead’s latest album in the list. Get it guys, it’s a master piece.

GDubya
December 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm

You are reviewing Burzum and state something about the vocals being more “pleasant” and the production being better!?!?

Huh? A Black Metal release?!?! Vocals pleasant and better production!?

steff
December 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

@GDubya: What I said, taken from the review above, was “Varg’s vocals have moved away from his shrieks, which I kind of miss, but his more ordinary black metal rasp does feel a bit pleasenter on the ear.” – meaning, that in comparison the the shrieked vocals which were very prominent on the earlier Burzum releases, this rasp is more menacing and less “Argh, what the fuck is THAT?” Easier on the ear, yes. Though, you are right, definitely not pleasant.

I also said “Belus has by far the best production (which isn’t saying much)” which I think sums up your second point perfectly. Out of every Burzum album, I think the production on this is the best. But it’s not “clean” by any stretch. I think this is one of the few Burzum albums recorded in an actual studio, but I could be wrong on that.

Alah
December 24, 2010 at 12:57 am

This is a pretty weak list, soo many better albums were released this year, deathspell omegas new album, immolation’s, weapon- from the devils tomb, to be a few but to each his own i guess.

steff
December 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

This was my list from halfway through the year. My end of year list might be more to your liking, but then, as you say, to each their own :)
http://steffmetal.com/top-10-metal-albums-2010/

adri
November 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

i like nightmare from a7x shoulb be on the list

steff
November 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

@TEA – argh, see, I hadn’t even HEARD the new Accept album when I wrote this list. Crazy. I’m writing another one at the moment, and it’s VERY different. Blood of the Nations is the best album of the year.

I haven’t listened to Poetry for the Poisoned for exactly the reason you said, because their last effort was so dissappointing. I’ll give it a spin this week, I thinks :)

steff
November 15, 2010 at 12:50 am

@Envy – I was joking :). Don’t worry so much! You’re right, I don’t like Avenged Sevenfold’s music much, but that doesn’t mean I’d go and spit on them or anything. Hell, big hails for them for doing their own thing and making a success out of it – and I admire that, even if I wouldn’t go to a gig.

But then, you’re right in that they definitely play metal better than I play metal, since I am an uncordinated tone deaf blind girl. I do play a mean Irish tin whistle, though :)

\m/ Steff

Envy
November 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I just wonder why are people spitting on Avenged Sevenfold. They are making quality music and they are better then most of the bands in the world, not reversed as you said. If you can make any song which is actually listenable then give yourself right to spit on some other band. Everyone have different taste in music like in everything else so put your comment and opinion without insulting and bitching. I can listen to anything anyway, won’t hate any music. Cheers

Life is Music ;)

TEA
November 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Hey guys, here are a few awesome 2010 recommendations as well:

Firewind – Days of Defiance (power/heavy/melodic metal, very high quality)

Accept – Blood of the Nations (classic heavy metal, amazing comeback, the heaviest material they have ever written, I was shocked how great it is)

Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned (power heavy metal, awesome comeback after a shitty last album)

Avantasia – Wicked Symphony (melodic power metal, Tobias Sammet)

Carl
November 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Personally, I like eclecticism . I mean, not just my tastes, but my actual spelling tends that way.

People who whine about Burzum’s politics or philosophy are…whiners. Just the music matters.

Good releases from the USA this year include:
Twilight ‘Monument To Time End’
Krieg ‘The Isolationist’
Nachtmystium ‘Addicts’
Woe ‘Quietly, Undramatically’

From Denmark:
Angantyr ‘Svig’

From Norway( mostly):
Dimmu Borgir ‘Abrahadabra’

Best Of Fortune,
Carl

steff
November 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

@Carl – ecclectic spelling is OK by me. I ADORE that Twilight album, but haven’t heard any of the others you mentioned (will remedy that forthwith). Haven’t heard the new Dimmu but all reviews point towards it being something rather special. I’m going to be doing another list in December, and my choices will have changed quite a bit.

Diana
October 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Will all due respect.. this is why people should not do top 10 lists

Ryan
September 30, 2010 at 5:51 am

I love your reviews…you are a natural!

DrWhite
September 12, 2010 at 12:03 am

If my Margaret Sanger comment seems unrelated to the topic let me clarify. To some people Margaret Sanger is a liberal icon and a champion of women’s rights to others shes a racist champion of the eugenics movement. The same goes for Varg. Is he just a white nationalist or a great artist? It depends who is doing the judging. You can listen to music without being in agreement with the artist. The purpose of art is to make you think or to move you in some way. Listening to Burzum isnt tacist support for “genocide” unless you support genocide already just like listening to George Michael isnt support for the gay community unless of course you already support the gay community(if you dont know who George Michael is just substitute Michael Jackson and pedophiles). If you listen to Thriller are you supporting child molestation? Extreme music isnt extreme unless it deals with taboos in society. If you think its ok to listen to music about violence, murder, and anti-christianity but then all of a sudden have a problem when that music includes things you find taboo like racism maybe you need to reflect on why that is. Is it ok to insult christians but not muslims? Is it ok to insult 2 billion people but not 1 billion? Personally I find it refreshing when anybody has the stones to confront the liberal establishment with something truly offensive instead of the typical liberal approved safe “satanism”.

steff
September 12, 2010 at 12:53 am

@DrWhite – I understand where you’re coming from. Often, to get your message across, you have to be a bit shocking. It’s the people who shock and stir up controversy who succeed in what they set out to do – which is to make people think. To question to status-quo. And questioning – getting people to think – is ALWAYS a good thing. Everybody decides for him or herself where to draw the line. For some people, certain issues hold a lot of emotional weight,. For example, I’m pretty OK with most things but I have a lot of trouble listening to songs or watching movies that glorify rape. That topic to me crosses the line between what I am happy to listen to and what I am not. I don’t think that others who listen to those songs or watch those movies are awful people, just like Adastra doesn’t think people who listen to Burzum are white supremacists (otherwise, she wouldn’t read this website :)), but everyone draws their own line in the sand.

And it is odd how people can be OK about some things and not OK about others. People are very strange creatures, really. Your Margaret Sanger example explains that perfectly. My husband often uses Mother Theresa as an example – because she refused to give contraception to mothers in the countries she performed missionary work in. She did so much incredible work but also promoted arcane and repressive sexuality to thousands of women. There are numerous other examples throughout history – like Winston Churchell (held up as a hero of WWII, but really, was successful because you had to have someone as ruthless as Hitler to triumph over Germany). I suppose it comes down to people doing the best they can with what they’re given, but people are people. They cannot change the world without causing a little chaos and carnage.

DrWhite
September 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Cool top 10 btw. I have that howl album and it rules. Lets see …My top 10 this year(or maybe the end of last year starting around september or october up until this september)…(in no order)
1.Howl – Full Of Hell
2.Zoroaster – Matador
3.Watain – Lawless Darkness
4.Swallow The Sun – New Moon
5.Portal – Swarth
6.Impetuous Ritual – Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence
7.Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth
8.Dark Tranquility – We Are The Void
9.High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine
10.Ihsahn – After

DrWhite
September 11, 2010 at 11:19 pm

To be honest I find adastras moral selectiveness pretty ridiculous. We are talking about heavy metal here. The whole point of heavy metal is that it deals with taboos. You dont mind listening to music about people urinating on Jesus Christ’s face but you find a mans beliefs in white supremacy “repugnant”? I think the whole point of Burzum is to stick a middle finger in the face of pretentious liberals. BTW black metal is basically about fascism as are ALL youth movements. So if you dont like it dont listen. Are you going to evaluate every single musicians belief system before you listen to their music?

P.S. Margaret Sanger is celebrated as a womans rights icon even though in reality she believed in eugenics and created Planned Parenthood as a way to elimate the “inferior” …google Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project if you dont believe me.

Antares
August 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Great list, man. It’s great to read a reviews well-written like yours, you should write more in the future. What I would recommend so far this year:

– Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (Dark Funeral)
– The Never Ending Way Of Orwarrior (Orphaned Land)
– Eparistera Daimones (Triptykon)
– Bleeding Through (Bleeding Through)
– Full Of Hell (Howl)
– Heirs To Thievery (Misery Index)
– Abuse (Wormrot)
– Polarity (Decrepit Birth)
– The Final Frontier (iron Maiden)
– At The Edge Of Time (Blind Guardian)

steff
August 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

@Antares – thanks for the list, dude. I’ve just heard the “Heirs to Thievery” album the other day, and BG will definitely be in my end-of-year roundup. I shall check out some of those others, for sure.

ArticulationOfAnimosity
August 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

that is neat \m/

Jude Fernando
August 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Wow thanks for introducing me to vision bleak:) It reminds me of ahab. Do you like Ahab?

IIII
July 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

You completely forgot about Blaze Bayley’s Promise and Terror album. I hate you so much. Well, no, I hate this top 10 so much. Except for the Gamma Ray album.

steff
July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

@IIII Do you know, I haven’t even listened to it yet. Shall take your advice and give it a spin.

jay
July 23, 2010 at 8:49 am

better than what the US is listening to, shitty bands like avenged sevenfold, and BS.

thanks for showing me some good bands,

yeah i agree with adastra and you

steff
July 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Thanks for reading, Jay! Yes, most bands in the world are better than Avenged Sevenfold :)

samantha
July 6, 2010 at 2:33 am

great going

Islander
June 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Your reply to adastra: one of the best things I’ve read in ages. Seriously.

steff
June 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

@Islander – Thank you for saying so! I think I am terrible – I can’t write much more than 50-100 words on an album – I just don’t know what to say, apart from “listen to it and then we can discuss it.” Honestly, if you don’t like power metal, you probably won’t like any of those power metal albums – they’re just power metal, really. When the new Blind Guardian comes out, that would be the one to listen to – I still think they are the best power metal band around today.

steff
June 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

@adastra – you are right, I think. I live down in a little isolated corner of the world and yes, genocide is not something many New Zealanders are exposed to firsthand – I certainly can’t say it’s something I’ve experienced, apart from hearing a few stories in from people we met in the Middle East. I bet if I lived somewhere where it was part of my experience, I’d feel differently about Burzum.

I don’t buy Varg’s albums because I don’t want to give my money to someone who might use it for bad things. I also don’t wear Burzum shirts because I think wearing a shirt shows your support for more than just the music. But I do try, when listening and reviewing music, to ignore things like the band’s political, racial or cultural leanings, and see if the music itself can teach me something. There’s a benefit to taking music completly in its social context, of course, but I try to seperate the two because I like to judge a band by the music they produce, not their thoughts on life, which will inevitably differ from mine due to completly different life experiences.

I think the whole black metal thing is fascinating. All the shit went down when they were teens. I remember what boys I knew were like when they were sixteen, and i can begin to understand – they thought they knew everything, that they were invincible, their brains weren’t wired to see the consequences of their actions, they thought they were revolutionaries, that they could change the world. But they were just kids. Now you see many of them distancing themselves from those earlier crimes, trying to keep black metal “grymm” and “kvlt” without resorting to actually doing anything rather than making music. Many of them seem kind of embarrassed by it.

But Varg was one of the few that took it so far, he ended up in jail, removed largely from the period where black metal swung from being more about the crime to more about the music. He’s a person who loves to reinvent himself – in truth, he doesn’t even know what he believes (he constantly contradicts himself in his writings, although some of that might be due to inconsistances in english translations). He likes, I think, to have a cause to fight for, to write about, to be in the media for, but he gets bored when no one listens to him, and changes his mind again. He’s been a satanist, an Asatru, a national-socialist … and what is he now? kind of a hippy? I don’t think he’s a danger to any one anymore – and mostly truly smart people (the ones who can be the most dangerous) can see through his bullshit. I think his influence over the ideals of people in the scene has mostly been mullified.

v
June 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

In no particular order:

I really haven’t liked 10 albums so far this year:( Tbest one was the Meshuggah Live box set but that doesn’t really count!

Here is what I would recommend so far this year:

1. Textures – Silhouettes
2. Ihsahn – After
3. Darkthrone – Circle the Wagons
4. The Ocean Collective – Heliocentric
5. Kayo Dot – Coyote
6. Soilwork – The Panic Broadcast

Islander
June 25, 2010 at 5:22 am

Thoughts about this post:

(a) You should write MORE music reviews because you’re really good at it!

(b) Fascinating and eclectic (you said it!) list of albums. I get too confused when I start trying to narrow my 2010 favorites into a list of Top 10 albums, but I definitely agree that the new ones from Shining, Eluveitie, Cynic, Burzum, Orphaned Land, and Howl are praiseworthy. I haven’t heard the others you name, but now I’m motivated to check them out (despite my general distaste for power metal).

(c) Laffed my ass off at the story about the Krokus chant and the tribute band’s response.

(d) I understand adastra’s aghastness (is that a word?) at seeing Burzum and Orphaned Land together on the same list, but I hope that liking an artist’s music doesn’t imply any approval of the artist’s personal beliefs or what they’ve done with their lives outside of music — because I like the Burzum album too.

(e) You should write MORE reviews.

adastra
June 25, 2010 at 1:17 am

I’m a bit shocked to see Burzum in the same list as Orphaned Land. No matter how good the music may be (it’s always a matter of personal taste, I myself don’t like it), I find the thought of supporting someone who himself supports the idea of genocide repugnant. When I see people with Burzum shirts, I want to vomit (as alternative to beating them up. I’m not strong enough to do that).

Maybe it’s more present in my head because I live in a country where this happened quite recently.

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