With the pseduo-journalistic M.O. of running a blog comes a free license to write
”best of the year”-lists. I might be a few days late,
but what the hell. Also, it seems from looking at the server logs that band names
are one of the most common ways people end up here from search engines.
The main focus of the list seem to be albums that helped me get through the autumn.
Therefore, a little more Emo than what I would
usually pick. If I’m really bored some other night, I might link up all bands, albums
and song titles so you can go clicky like mad.
- Lost Patrol – Songs about running away
I read an article about Dennis Lyxéns new solo album and it’s focus on a
relationship breakup, which sounded strange (as I’ve always associated Dennis with
strongly political lyrics in all his bands) but interesting. I downloadeded ”Going
going gone” from burningheart.com, the next thing I knew I had listened to it on repeat
for an entire afternoon. I bought the album the same day. The Lost Patrol also performed
what might be last year’s best concert at Debaser in the late summer (but also see
- Dashboard Confessional – A mark, a mission, a brand, a scar
In particular ”Hands Down” which might just be the best song about kissing
a girl for the first time ever, even surpassing Jawbreaker’s ”East Bay Invitational”.
The other songs pale a bit in comparison, but are still very good.
- Moneybrother – Blood Panic
Another album with a epic song that stand out amongs a bunch of what would
otherwise have been considered brilliant songs — ”It’s been hurting all the way with
you Joanna”. My largest regret this year concert-wise is that I missed all chances
to see them live (which in a way is a wierd accomplishment as they’ve seem to played
just about everywhere)
- Nasum – Helvete
I saw these guys at The Shrine early this year, when they gave a incredbly
intense gig with a very well-defined sound. The album was likewise intense, to the
point that I couldn’t take it all in at once. I had to listen to a few songs on repeat
at a time, until I was familiar with the entire album.
- The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the comatorium
This years big hype in hard rock circles, and not unjustified. This album
also took some time to digest, but Televators might be one of the finest, most elaborately
disguised ballads this year. The way it was played at the Stockholm gig this autumn
(at first only with electic piano and vocals) is even better than the album version.
- Entombed – Inferno
I didn’t think much of this when I first got it — another solid death’n
roll album, but nothing spectacular — but after the Debaser gig this september, which
may have been the best gig this year, in fierce competition with The Lost Patrol,
I realized what gems were actually hidden on this album
- MBMA – Nu ännu drygare
This is just an EP, but amazingly varied. The title track is a football-crowd-singalong-hiphop-anthem
of previously unheard proportions (as well as a nice 12-bar-blues-ish chord progression),
”Förr eller senare” is a wonderful narratory song with first-class guest, and ”Småsaker”
is a surprisingly sensitive song.
- Jose González – Veener
I got in way too late on this hype, but this is an amazing demonstration
of how strongly emotions can be conveyed with an acoustic guitar and a voice.
- Sick of it all – Life on the ropes
The first SOIA album produced by themselves, and it feels amazingly vital,
fast, agressive and with just the right amount of melody. And the anthemic (is that
a word?) ”For Now” is wonderful.
- Turbonegro – Scandinavian Leather
I was a little disappointed in this, but then I had very high expectations.
It does not have the energy of ”Ass Cobra” and ”Apocalypse Dudes”, but ”Fuck the World”
and ”Ride with us” are still very good songs.
- Calm – Are we supposed to be…
I went to Club Nirvana with some friends, not expecting anything in particular,
as this band started moshing all over the stage as well as the audience floor, scaring
all of the audience up against the wall. After the first two songs I hated it, after
the following two I loved it.
- MC Solaar – Mach 6
As a whole, this album is not that excellent, but ”Guerilla” and in particular
”La Vie Est Belle” are incredibly good. The latter also have the perfect tempo and
dynamic structure for running, it’s going to help me during this year’s marathon.
- Danko Jones – We Sweat Blood
If this had been a live album, it would likely place higher. The album is
good, but pales in comparison to the live show I saw this autumn.
- Poison The Well – You Come Before You
I liked ”Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder”, and had high hopes for this
Swede-produced major label debut. However, most of the songs did not stick, with the
exception for ”Ghostchant”
- Fireside – Get Shot
Another album that I had high expectations for, and the single ”Throw it
away” as well as the album starter ”All you had” promised much, but I haven’t found
myself coming back to this album often.
- Funeral for a Friend – Casually Dressed & Deep in conversation
I saw the video for ”Juneau” by accident, found it an interesting screamo
song, and downloaded some songs. The emo parts are very good, but I don’t care much
for the heavy metal-ish guitar licks. Still, a good album, now if they could just
play a little less on the next one…
- Hatebreed – The Rise Of Brutality
As this is essentially ”Persevearence” part 2, and that album was one of
the best of last year, maybe this should place higher, but then again, I already have
that album when I’m in the mood for brutal metalcore.
- Östermalm – Aldrig Mer Teater
Again, an album with a really strong starter song (”En Lyckad Kväll På Indian
Star”), that makes me remember the best parts of KSMB, but the rest of the songs don’t
reach the same heights.
- Dimmu Borgir – Death Cult Armageddon
Clearly this year’s best epic symponic black metal album. I haven’t been
much in the mood for that this year, though.
- Lisa Miskovsky – Fallingwater
I loved what Lisa Miskovsky did on the Lost Patrol album. If she had had
Dennis Lyxén as partner for this album instead of that Kent dude, this might have
placed much higher.