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Top 5

Lists are fun, so how about I list my 5 favorite albums of the first half of this year? It’s a like a year end top ten list, except it’s like half of it. In no particular order:

Tool – 10,000 Days. What’s to say? It’s Tool. It’s no Lateralus and it has a couple of bad songs, but it’s still very very good.

Daylight Dies – Dismantling Devotion. Excellent doom. Not much more to say.

Russian Circles – Enter. I still don’t know what to call this genre. “Like Pelican and Isis” is not a very concise name. Still, I played this album constantly for about a week. Surprisingly, I didn’t overexpose myself to it, as it’s still very good when I decide to listen to it. My pick for the best of the first half of 2006.

Novembre – Materia. I didn’t really like this at first, but it’s really grown on me. I don’t have any other of their albums, so I kinda grabbed this on a whim. Solid progressive metal.

Thom Yorke – The Eraser. The lead singer of Radiohead, if you don’t know. If you like Kid A, you will definitely enjoy this.

Honorable mention: Katatonia – The Great Cold Distance. Close, but no cigar. I loved Viva Emptiness, but this one feels like they aren’t really going anywhere with their current sound.

Less than honorable mention: Evergrey – Monday Morning Apocalypse. Not impressed. It’s not bad, but after a few excellent albums, it’s a real disappointment. They’re veering awfully close to uninspired nu-metal.

There you go. Seeing as you either don’t care or don’t know who most of those bands are (you poor sheltered people), it probably wasn’t that interesting. But I enjoy it, and that’s what this place is about.

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  1. July 18, 2006 at 10:16 am

    I never know what to call that genre either. I was lumping it in with post-rock, but that ruffled some feathers.

    I think the Evergrey album sounds kind of hair-rockish. I like to give it a spin every once in a while, but it wears thin.

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