As 2013 draws to a close, we’ve been giving the site over to artists to let us know what they’ve been listening to. It’s proven to a diverse year for artists and albums alike. You can check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here, and part 5 here. However, we also want to let you know what got us going this year. If you’re so incline, you can read what MI’s Chris Colgan, Zach Shaw, Matt Brown and Bram Teitelman dug. But without further ado, here’s Dissident Aggression’s top albums of the year.
10. Sea of Bones – The Earth Wants Us Dead (self-released)
Connecticut’s masters of ethereal doom delivered their first full-length album in six years and it was well worth the wait. Sea of Bones spends this album stretching and bending the bleakest of doom to their will. Highlights of the album include tracks like “Failure of Light” and the 39 minute (39 minutes!?!) title track. One of the most depressive and overbearing records of the year, in the best way possible.
9. Vastum – Patricidal Lust (20 Buck Spin)
Lyrically speaking, Patricidal Lust may be the darkest and creepiest record of the year. As the band explores the darkest corners of human sexuality (and our inability to control it at times) they deliver the perfect soundtrack to the seediness. San Francisco’s Vastum play death metal in the ways of old, mixing in elements of doom. It’s not unlike a mixture of early Celtic Frost and Obituary with some of the earliest outputs from the great UK doom scene. However you want to classify it, Vastum delivered their best effort to date and an album that will absolutely send you reeling if you aren’t ready for the assault on your senses (and your sense of compassion).
Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I could talk about the elephant in the room in that we, unfortunately, had to skip over Metal By Numbers last week. But I’d rather talk records, specifically how the Metal Insider staff has been posting their top 10′s of the year, myself included. And wouldn’t you know it, some of our picks are on the charts below! Check and see if your favorite records are listed here and then tell us about them.
A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #40, 12,875
This is A Day to Remember’s technical debut on the charts. The album sold 92,000 last week to start. Pretty amazing start for the band, who had to get a court to order that the album could be released after a battle with Victory Records.
Rhapsody of Fire, Dark Wings of Steel (AFM) 540 sold
The band’s tenth album is its first without guitarist Luca Turilli.
Black Flag, What the… (SST) 400 sold
The album with the awful cover is finally out. So is the singer. (more…)
While the Bahamas’ tourism slogan is “It’s Better in the Bahamas.” That wasn’t necessarily the case for the caretaker of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris’ property. His house was robbed of $8,000 worth of things, and the property’s caretaker, Philip Pierre had a knife held to his throat was beaten and left in a pool of blood wrapped in duct tape.
Tribune 242 reports that the robbers broke into the house, at Cable Beach, by sawing through the chains on the front gate of a home on the property that was being used as a site office and storage facility for the guest house. Thankfully the property manager, Charles Beall, said that many of his employees canvassed the island and were able to find two of the gang that broke in, as well as $5,000 worth of stolen property. Steve Harris had no comment on the goings-on.
[Metal Sucks, via Adrian Begrand]
In 1997, Geffen Records released Get Some, the debut album by Santa Barbara’s Snot. The band, a mixture of punk and nu-metal, were fronted by charismatic frontman Lynn Strait. Appearing on the Ozzfest 1998 tour helped increase their exposure both with metal fans and the musicians they toured with. The band started work on their second album, but on December 11, 1998, Strait’s car got hit by a truck, instantly killing him and his boxer, Dobbs, who adorned the cover of Get Some. He was 30.
The band broke up immediately following his death, but his passing resonated with the metal community. Strait hadn’t recorded vocals for the band’s sophomore album, but much of the music had already been recorded. It was decided that his friends in the industry would complete the album. Released in 2000, Strait Up featured vocals from a who’s who of metal, with Max Cavalera, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor, Fred Durst, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and Coal Chamber/Devildriver’s Dez Fafara, among others. One of the few songs not written by Snot, three fourths of Sevendust recorded the acoustic “Angel’s Son,” the album’s most popular song and a touching tribute to Strait. The video for the song is a fitting tribute to Strait, with the band playing around a campfire on a beach in a sort of vigil, steadily growing in attendance as members of Korn, Incubus, System of a Down and more join. Sevendust later released a full band version of the song the following year.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Strait passed, but due to Strait Up and the fans that Snot’s music resonated with, his legacy lives on.
You’re one of the biggest rock bands around, and you’re playing arenas in Mexico City later in the week, your first shows in more than a year. What do you do to warm up? If you’re the Foo Fighters, you play a surprise pizza parlor show. On Monday, the band crammed onto the stage at Rock and Roll Pizza in Moorpark, California to play a 23-song set. Originally, it was supposed to be a set by drummer Taylor Hawkins’ cover band side project Chevy Metal, but Foo fans got the bonus plan. The band will be playing tonight and Friday at Foro Sol in Mexico City with The National, the band’s first shows since September 2012. It’s really hard to find anything to hate about Dave Grohl, especially when he keeps pulling ‘man of the people’ stuff like this. The band plan on recording their next album early next year.