2009 Top 10
Iwrestledabearonce - It's All Happening http://www.myspace.com/iwrestledabearonce I realize that talking about a sub-genre of music is a cop out. You either like music or you don't. This album defines that music should have no limits. The limits you impose on yourself and when you do you miss out on the greatest things this world of music has to offer. Poison The Well - The Tropic Rot http://www.myspace.com/poisonthewell This album always leaves me speechless when I listen to it. And every time I hear it, it takes me to places within myself. It takes me back to situations and enables me to relive them. If you are open to this record, it will open up to you and it will reward you. Last Lights - No Past, No Present, No Future http://www.myspace.com/lastlights This album defines what the underground should stand for and where it should go in the future. It's like the lost tablets about the secrets to the future and the past. These lost and forgotten musical interludes have much to teach us about what happened and what will happen. Sleeping Giant - Son Of Thunder http://www.myspace.com/sleepingxgiant There hasn't being a more spiritual album in this scene for a long time. This music will guide you through torment and doubt. It might also guide you into the light. These hymns might cause you to reach out to others and commit good deeds, or abstain yourself from actions you might later regret. Life can either be simple or more complicated depending who you listen to. Sleeping Giant will lay the cards on the table for you to choose your path, choose wisely. Dance Gavin Dance - Happiness http://www.myspace.com/dancegavindance No band around reaches the musicality that Dance Gavin Dance do. They are from a different dimension if you compare their sound to what anyone else out there is doing. A lot of bands decide to follow others; Dance Gavin Dance chose to make their own path. The most remarkable thing about this album is that it proves that a band can lose one of the greatest singers this scene has heard, and still do something great without him. This is musical poetry in full bloom. This album leaves no doubt that this is probably one of the greatest bands to step into this scene, ever. I Am Committing A Sin - S/T http://www.myspace.com/iamcommittingasin Only 6 songs, but it carries enough weight to challenge any of these album toe-to-toe. The lack of distortion gives this album a clear advantage over many records out there. The lack of distortion reveals a flawless record. This recording doesn't rely on tricks to get its point across. It's an experience unlike any other to listen to this type of music delivered the way I Am Committing A Sin delivers it. Vanna - A New Hope http://www.myspace.com/vanna It was a close race between Vanna & A Day To Remember, but ultimately the Boston boys won out. Vanna's record has a longer life, it's not syrupy sweet, and it has more emotional depth. This album has a maturity and an honest voice to it. If you are a fan of the style this album will leave a lot of your favorites behind. The great aspect of this one is that it doesn't get too sweet to ruin what it's trying to set up. Hatebreed - S/T http://www.myspace.com/hatebreed This album makes it here not because it's a comeback album, it's here because it delivers what it is supposed to: The heaviest record this year. I like this album better than the classic Hatebreed because it actually manages to expand its horizons while still staying true to its roots. All the albums I like have something in common; they all have wide musical range, and this one does too. It reaches places which can only guarantee that this band will be on top for years to come. This album delivers hard on all fronts. Despised Icon - Day Of Mourning http://www.myspace.com/despisedicon There isn't a harder album around. The depth of heavy explored on this album cannot be duplicated. This album will make most feel an out of body experience, while mortal and violent thoughts will plague listeners to the point that they might transfer those feeling into actions. The bilingual aspect of this album opens the door to others who might not believe that this type of music is not only for English speaking people. This is the blueprint for the future of heavy music. Starring Janet Leigh - Spectrum http://www.myspace.com/starringjanetleigh This album is all over the place; it's a long winding road with many interruptions along the way. It's stop-and-go, and stop again, record. Extremely technical but still manages to get a great basic groove going despite itself. I find myself generally not enjoying technical albums because they tend to lack emotion. I find most technical albums lose their voice in the hope of making it complicated. This album for me accomplishes both.