2010 in retrospection: Part 2

In my last post, I detailed 20 albums worthy of your attention, and I promised to get you the second half. Well here it is, a spotlight on 10 and some thoughts on maybe 20 more 🙂

Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit:

Now this is rich folk metal, lush, yet haunting, bleak yet tantalizing. A sensation of isolation pursues you through out the album, even when you are rocking back at the occasional moments of ferocity. Spinning traditional instruments and melodies with black, thrash and death metal, Agalloch deliver yet another absurdly beautiful work.

If you like your music complex and addictive, this is right up your alley.

Gorillaz Plastic Beach:

The Gorillaz need no introduction, in fact, by all rights you should already have this fucking album.

Shame on you if you do not.

Every Gorillaz album is a rollercoaster ride of styles and genres, mish-mashed together with the greatest of glee by mad musical professors. Plastic Beaches is no exception, starting slow and groovy, even symphonic. But once Snoop Dogg has explained to you the facts, things get ever more interesting. Albarn and gang have pulled out all the stop, disabled the brakes and then gone on a mescaline bender in the scooter. The album is a delightfully madcap mix of symphonies and electronica, emcees and singers; a real rollicking ride of chaotic harmonies.

Jaga JazzistOne-Armed Bandit:

Jazz-fusion. Instrumental jazz-electronica. Almost corpulently lush, this album resonates with the same over-fed excitement of casinos, and the emotional rush of a crowd in a frenzy. Yet still, it’s got a strong harmonic chord through it that keeps you centered and allows you to take in everything these madmen throw at you.

Headphones are a must for this album.

In VainMantra:

As a second album, this is a doozy. Combining native american, and country music influences, with an Opeth-like approach to death metal, In Vain are one of Norways more fascinating projects.

In Vain is best compared to the likes of Nile, Orphaned Land and Tenochtitlan for their ability to fuse multiple traditional types of music with proggressive (or brutal) death metal. The album in particular could be best compared to Tenochtitlans – Epoch of the Fifth Sun or Orphaned lands – Mabool.

Dive deep and be very impressed by the overwhelming mood and theme in this fantastic recording.

Circus ContraptionThe Show to End All Shows:

More Vaudeville than any previous outing, The Show to End All Shows, FEELS like being under the big-top, the only things missing is the hum of the crowd behind you.

in a way though, it’s like having a personal circus act, and the music, lyrics and feel of the whole recording is one of twisted glee, and mischevious bleak humour; as dark and demented as ever, the band goes the distance and gives you a full length show, which stretches on just long enough to push at that edgy, stuck in the seat feeling you get near the end of the circus.

I’d recommend this to anyone with an interest in the burgeoning vaudeville scenes.

Killing Joke Absolute Dissent:

Killing Joke have only gotten better over the past 3 decades, and the reunion of the original members, brings one of the most powerful albums they have dropped.

Absolute Dissent is a grinding flood of discontent, anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism. It’s a condemnation of the worlds activities, and it’s absolutely fucking mesmerizing. You’ll get nothing ground-breaking, no unexpected musical twists, like a shockingly bizarre instrument. Instead, you get a masterfully crafted work, that draws on thirty years experience ploughing through various sounds and influences. Jaz Coleman and gang are in complete control of their sound, and the evidence is there for you to hear.

Nas/Damian MarleyDistant Relatives:

The hints of what was to come, back on Welcome to Jamrock, were just that: hints. A pale suggestion of the true depth of what these two musicians were going to unleash on you. Full of thought-provoking AND ass-shaking bangers, Distant Relatives is far more intelligent and compelling than you might expect; filled with lyrical zingers, social commentary and truly engaging and body-moving beats.

The addition of musicians like K’naan only increase the albums weight and feel.

You will find yourself drawn in, and shaken about, emotionally and physically. This is the sign of Damians musical maturity and Nas’ undeniable talents.

Gogol BordelloTrans-Continental Hustle:

Be prepared to dance, to get up and throw your arms about. This is the kind of music you drunkenly dance and sing to at home, even your grandparents will find it engaging.

It’s got all the seasoning of Eastern European gypsy tunes, swirling guitars, rippling accordians, resounding vocal harmonies, and extremely dance-able rhythms. yet it retains a strong social maturity, and as always, the band pulls no punches. This is one of the more addictive albums I received last year, and I’m not going to lie, it’s STILL getting daily spins.

Reckless KellySomewhere in Time:

As a tribute to a musician they love, Somewhere in Time is a testament to the bands devotion, for they treat Pinto Benetts songs with the utmost of respect.

Slick, emotional, beautifully orchestrated and produced, this is what the country music of old should sound like when brought into our era. Reckless kelly are a powerfully skilled band, that makes rocking country you feel obligated to atleast tap your feet along. Give yourself a treat, enjoy this bouncing beauty of old school country.

SoilworkThe Panic Broadcast:

The Panic Broadcast is kicking my ass. It has more balls than any 3rd wave Gothenburg band deserves to have. It’s riding on pure old school love, and is arguably the bands most intense outing yet. The first album since Natural Born Chaos to really rock me, this is proof that you can’t write Soilwork out of the game yet. This rocking, pounding, thrash driven smasher is genuinely impressive, and I have to give them credit.

This is a bad ass fucking metal album.
The 8 track mix listen to it.

Now here’s a listing of a bunch of other albums that came my way you may care for:

Sigh – Scenes From Hell
Borknagar – Universal
Free the Robots – Ctl Alt Del
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Finntroll – Nifelvind
Weezer – Hurley
Eluvium – Similes
Drive-by Truckers – the Big To Do
Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
Exodus – Exhibit:B
Dark Tranquillity – We Are the Void
Charred Walls of the Damned – S/T
Vinnie Paz – The Season of the Assassin
Fear Factory – mechanize
Flobots – Survival Story
The Sadies – Darker Circles
Therion – Sitra Arha
Meleches – The Epigenesis
Powerglove – Saturday Morning Apocalypse
Shad – TSOL
Barenaked Ladies – All in Good Time
Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time
Ceschi – The One Man Band Broke Up
MC Frontalot -Zero Day
Cat Empire – Cinema
Deathspell Omega – Paracletus

That’s enough for now. Maybe I’ll pass more names along soon 😉


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2 Responses to 2010 in retrospection: Part 2

  1. Laura thought the Jaga Jazzist album was disjointed; I really liked it.

    The Gorillaz album will always stand as the big album that came out when I was in Groningen last Winter/Spring. The record shop down the street from Laura promoted the hell out of it.

    • Chris says:

      The Jaga Jazzist album was meant to be disjointed. It’s like spending a day ina casino. Very dissorienting and overwhelming 😀

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