Sunday Sesh: Post-List Blues

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You spent your entire year developing your album of the year list. You had your methodology for choosing your ten entries scientifically derived and calibrated. You started writing descriptions for the music in June. This was the best of all possible lists. With a self-assured, jaunty grin, you pressed “Publish” on your list. Then, your feelings of elation turned to terror. Bandcamp just pulled up some brand new release, and suddenly, the enormity of your failure becomes reality. You missed an incredible December release, and now your entire list is void and null.

This is a Sunday Sesh to celebrate those late releases.

I feel pretty good about my year-end list. It had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of black metal. Still, in researching Toilet Tuesday this previous week, I discovered something that would have kicked the crap out of a lot of entries on my list. Friends, I am enamored with Batushka‘s Litourgiya. I already wrote about this incredible orthodox black metal album, but let me just reiterate how breathtaking it is. It’s got incredible vocals, towering riffs, and a rhythm section so booming that it could easily fill a cathedral. I’ve been playing this album on repeat all week, and there’s no chance of me stopping. I even navigated through Witching Hour‘s non-user friendly website to import a CD. I could go on and on, but I’ll forego writing my own review because I’m trying to pressure the once-Masterlord into penning one. Honestly, this album floored me and continues to do so.

Here’s your chance. How did you screw up your list? What late-year release would have toppled one of your lower-tier selections? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Yes, that Batushka album is tickling me as well.

  • Eliza

    This is why I’m not a fan of these top 10 lists, there’s no way you can listen to everything that comes out in a year. On top of that, something always shows up at the last second and messes up your list. I agree that Litourgiya is amazing, though.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      I’m a picky old man so narrowing stuff down is easier for me. ^_^

      • Eliza

        I’m the exact opposite. I can never settle down for a number below 100.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    Pale Chalice and Judicator.

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        No, they were just latecomers that wouldve messed up my list. Luckily, i didnt print my list

        • Pale chalice came out in june lol

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I meant that they were on other peoples lists and i didnt listen to them all year. Youre making it difficult for me to repent, Jack

          • I’m suffering at work and so shall you

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Im already suffering, ive dropped about 200 today for last minute gifts

          • ew

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I just buy people stuff i would want lol.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Soooo, treasure chests, rum and shit like that?

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Theres at least one bottle of expensive bourbon under the tree.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Awwww yeah. May i ask what kind?

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Ive already wrapped it and i dont remember. I just picked one top shelf with a fancy box…

            Im going to be the one who ends up drinking all of it anyway

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Haha, right on!

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I might go buy a bottle of absinthe too

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            O_o

          • ^_^

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            >:[

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            “‘_{¤,,,¤}_/”‘

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            O_o

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            o_O

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            8——————–D

          • more beer

            That is the best way to buy Christmas presents. Buy someone something that you will consume the most of.

          • Sound gift giving practice right here.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          The list I made in 2014 would have been so different if created it a couple different times in 2015. I, too, benefited from not printing any kind of top ten this year!

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            EDWARD!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Blackbeard!

            What’s up?

            I’m jamming metal and cleaning my condo. First was that Immortal Bird I posted here somewhere, now I am revisiting All Fours.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            All Fours was so dope. I passed on the vinyl at the local record store. Regretting that

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Next up is gonna be Rust from Harm’s Way, and maybe an older Slugdge album.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Uh oh, time to open that pit up

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Mosh with my cat, lol

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            … or Setter of Unseen Snares, been a minute since I listened to that one.

          • more beer

            All Fours is also a strip club in Albuquerque.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            It does have a very sexual ring to it.

          • more beer

            Yes it does. The people who live in that neighborhood were not amused by the name. For some reason they found it offensive and degrading to women. Yet the ladies who dance there weren’t bothered by it in the least.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Better than like . . . the Fuck Bucket or Ladies No Choice or something

          • more beer

            Or Cum Receptacles.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Hoo Hoo Hut.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Well, those crippling drug habits, therapy for daddy issues, and raising an illegitimate kid isn’t gonna pay for itself!

          • more beer

            By therapy you mean meth?

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            That and krokodil.

          • more beer

            No one in America does Krokodil. It is buyers market for heroin here.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Oh give it time. There are idiots out there who will do ANYTHING. Meth is proof of that much.

          • more beer

            We would have to run out of drugs. That won’t be happening ever. The only places that shit is a problem is places where there isn’t access to heroin.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Smell The Glove was taken?

    • Those didn’t come out in december….

  • Boss the Albatross Ross

    Purple made it on my list, just because i waited until i could hear it to pass judgment and post my list. It has riffs for days.

    But i have found some other 2015 and will continue finding them unfortunately throughout next year.

  • COAL ROLL

    Batista/10

  • If I had known about that Down I Go album a month before my list making, I think I would’ve found a way to work it in there. That album is incredible. And I’ve come across two very fantastic albums this weekend but these will be highlighted in something I’m drafting right now.

  • tigeraid

    Megadeth’s new EP, obv!

    • Eliza

      How high is the hype level?

      • tigeraid

        If you follow Dave Mustaine on Twitter or facebook, the hype is real!

        No but seriously, it might be shit. S’okay I guess.

        • Eliza

          Hehe. You never know.

      • ITS TOO DAMN HIGH!

        • more beer

          YOU SHOULD BE TOO DAMN HIGH!

        • Eliza

          IKR!

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      Kiko’s the only reason I’m even bothering with Megadave nowadays. Judging by Dave’s track record with guitarists, especially ones that are far better than him, Kiko will be back in Angra by the end of the year (woohoo!)

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™
    • Lacertilian

      You slept on that?
      For some reason I thought it was you who showed me that one on release.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Yeah. I am fairly certain today is the first time I heard it.

        Appreciate that, though, lol

        • Lacertilian

          My notoriously terrible memory strikes again.

  • Mysteries by Black Cilice is getting a CD release this month, so I will finally get to hear it. There’s an even chance it would have made my top ten.

    Abyssal’s Annakarenina definitely would have made the list had I purchased/digested it sooner.

    I was also very late to the party on that Aevangelist thing, but I’m not sure how much I like it yet. It’s either brilliant or a total piece of shit.

    • Lacertilian

      Abyssal had their earlier albums up for NameYourPrice around the release of the Antikatownersbutokwithdogs album.

      • 🙁
        Then again, I don’t need THAT MUCH ABYSSAL in my life all at once.

        And, as a katowner, I take umbrage, you filthy quadruped.

        • Come over here (where the lizard cannot hear)… Abyssal’s first albums don’t come close to Antideathamphetamine’s brilliance

        • Lacertilian

          My rustle attempt was successful!
          While I think Antipatrickswaysis is their most accomplished work, the older two are definitely worth the price of free .

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I mentioned this to someone already, but it was interesting to see how fast Aevangelist trended in and out of EOTY popularity. Their last album was on a ton of EOTY lists this year, and I didn’t see it anywhere this year.

      • I had this very thought as the lists were rolling out. I think the album is immediately appealing, but the deeper you listen the less you hear. Then again, I haven’t had it for too long yet and I could fall in love with it tomorrow. What are your thoughts on it?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I thought it was awesome the one time that I listened to it. Very unsettling, like by the end I was wondering when I could turn it off. Mission accomplished!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    You know Witching Hour’s website can be read in English, don’t you?

    • Stanley

      Ha ha. Totally easy to use. Just like all the other online music shops. Not sure what was causing the confusion other than not knowing the difference between the Polish flag and a Union Jack.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      But why would you do that?
      #kurwa

  • Lacertilian

    I don’t regret my selections but I think if Awe’s album came out earlier it would have made a stronger run

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I expected to answer this question with Yellow Eyes, but so far it doesn’t seem that good.
    It good alright, but both the precesing EPs were better and I don’t think it would have had much of a chance to make my list even if it did come out in, say, June.

    • I’d say your feelings resemble my feelings.
      But we don’t feel feelings.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I like the new Yellow Eyes, I’ve been spinning that sumbitch pretty regularly.

      *cries*

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        *There there*

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    One of my favorite releases this year that is list worthy IMO:
    *Kuroi Jukai – S/T; This powerviolence/harsh noise outfit released what is arguably the year’s most aggressive and vitriolic album outside of the power electronics genre. This shit is fucking insane. Eleven tracks of the gnarliest blackened grindcrust/powerviolence suffocating under heaps of distortion and abrasive noise (tracks 4 and 11 are straight up HNW lasting a couple minutes each). A remarkable debut album. Think Nails in a blender with Magrudergrind and Swallowing Bile. Goddamn intense.

    http://aughtvoid.ca/album/kuroi-jukai

    • Count_Breznak

      Hm. Sounds like Watchmaker recorded with a mobile from outside the venue, with the cops showing up halfway through the set. Not bad.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Watchmaker was some friggin’ awesome grind! Sucks they’re not a band anymore, they had such a killer sound.

  • JWEG

    1. I put Draconian’s Sovran on hold at HMV.ca months back, and only just got it a few days ago. It definitely should have been at least noted as a runner-up on my list.

    2. The Canadian domestic release date for Kampfar’s Profan is early January; and until I noticed that Angry Metal Guy (the blog, not the individual) reviewed it very positively I was willing to wait, at which point I started getting antsy. When Angry Metal Guy (the individual, on the blog) made it a runner-up for Record of the Month I became sure I missed another potential AOTY runner-up. I’m doing my best to wait for January 8, but I might crack and buy digital before then (I hate doing so when it’s clear I’m also going to get the physical format though – I’m supposed to be on a student budget).

    3. I was thoroughly impressed by Old Man Doom’s TovH review of Turbid North’s Eyes Alive, but I didn’t get it for a few more weeks. I’ve had it on rotation every other album I play since then, though. It just barely missed the day I finalized my AOTY, but I wasn’t entirely ready to jumble them around. Perhaps I should call this one a definite runner-up, just to split the difference.

    • Been jamming that Turbid North myself quite a but. OMD’s review is spot on.

      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

        Good stuff!

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Sovrans is an excellent album. Youre right, probably not top 10

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Sovran is excellent, almost made my list – ended up dripping it as a honorary mention, found it a little too late to make it all the way I ‘spose.

      I think I’m the only one who didn’t really feel Profan. It was aight, at times even really good. But in no way does it live up to the hype (which I’ve fortunately encountered only after hearing it.

    • tigeraid

      I’ve enjoyed Sovran, but find I need to lie down on the futon with headphones and give it real attention–it’s not car music.

  • J.R.™

    I always say “next year I will make a list I know I will” but then it gets to be December and the albums I’ve jammed are from years prior or whatever. I need to keep a spreadsheet.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Here’s a new jam that Witchhelm posted yesterday. The new album comes out January 1st.

    https://witchhelm.bandcamp.com/album/j-tunn

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Sounds promising.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Both their albums from 2015 are excellent.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    SATAN.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      SATAN.

    • CyberneticOrganism
      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Witchhelm

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          Jotunn is heavy, I like it. Do they have any physical releases, or just digital?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I don’t think so. I know they have merch, but that’s about it.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Okay cool, i couldn’t find anything, just wanted to make doubley sure before i decided to get anything.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Acidhelmwitch

  • it’s all fvcking heresy

    This is why I wait to decide on my best albums until January. Just got a new album yesterday and it kicks fucking ass. Probably dethroned what I had as AotY currently.

  • Waynecro

    I’m digging Purple by Baroness way more than I thought I would.

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      It jams.

  • Max

    Well, I’m waiting right until the end of the year before publishing mine, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Hopefully.

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      That’s the way you do it! I think year end lists should wait until January to be listed.

      • Maik Beninton™

        Yeah, but we are already pretty anxious to know what are the best albums of the year in December.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Uli Jon Roth should have made my top 10.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I’ve been working all day

  • BobLoblaw

    Anybody watched F is for Family yet?

    • Just the first episode. It’s okay.

      • BobLoblaw

        Give it a chance.

  • Maik Beninton™
  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

    This magnificent bastard is a late comer to my top albums of the year, since I just found out about them the other day (throws myself in the boo box. Bring your own scorpions to throw in). Epic, battley black metal filled with tons of widdly diddlies and plenty of high flying Paradise Lost-esque solos. This one choke slammed my gonads from the get go.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7WOng8p24Y

    • ┼yree

      Really good album.

      • Abe-y Metal

        Yep! This got at least 13 repeats before I finally detached myself (for a little while).

  • more beer

    I can not recommend these enough. For those of you who can find them.

    • Boss the Albatross Ross

      That beer is amazing. Soooo good!

      • more beer

        Way up on my list of favorites. Just no fucking doughnuts with them. Apparently Santa Fe Brewing thinks that’s a bad idea.

        • Boss the Albatross Ross

          Ha! I don’t know, i might have to try that…

          I like the can a lot as well. It’s really simple, but pretty funny.

          • more beer

            I know it’s just funny it says “Not for use with doughnuts” on the can. Their Happy Camper IPA , Black IPA, and Saison 88 are all very good. They don’t brew too many beers but the ones they do brew are all very good.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross
          • more beer

            I would have bought it too. Just for my Beer bottle collection. I have some of these too.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            I bought it for the collection, and one for my dad. Tastes pretty bad. Kinda bums me out. But i kind of expected it to be bad.

          • more beer

            Yea me too. I wouldn’t even drink it knowing that.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Buy it for collection only, they come in singles, so 3 bucks is worth it.

          • more beer

            Yea I would do the same. I have a pretty extensive beer bottle collection.

          • more beer

            The only good beers I’ve that had band names were from Trve, Black Sky and Three Floyd’s.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            I’d have to wonder what Insania (Geoff Tate’s wine) tastes like. Pickled sweat socks? Thunderbird with a liquefied bologna chaser?

          • more beer

            I don’t really drink wine. So it doesn’t matter to me.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Real Ale did an Iron Swan Ale for The Sword. It was pretty good.

            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b1/6c/13/b16c13c9de277b1674e7c967899fdffa.jpg

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Looked like this.

          • more beer

            Right on.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            That’s tasty!

          • more beer

            Very.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Looking at the design, I’d imagine it tastes something like Stack, Axe Head, Natty Daddy or Earthquake.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Pretty much, unfortunately.

          • more beer

            You gotta be kidding me. Why bother putting that shit on the bottom of the can about purity laws.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            This HAS too have adjuncts. German purity, my ass.

          • more beer

            Fucking liars!

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Not the first time Germans have had some fucked up ideas about ‘purity’.

            Too soon?

          • more beer

            They take their beers pretty seriously.

          • more beer

            It says German Beer. Plus in brewed in accordance with the with German purity laws. So I will bet it is much better than that crap you call beer.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Probably not. I hate virtually every German beer I’ve ever had. When it comes to import beers, Brazil, Ireland, Czech Repub, and Polish beers are tops in my book.

          • more beer

            Budweiser is a Czech beer you know. You have the worst palate for beer of anyone ever.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Not the Budweiser we get over here, which I hate.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_trademark_dispute

          • more beer

            That’s all trademark stuff. It has nothing to do with the recipe.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
          • more beer

            I’ve had the second one on a few occasions

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            It’s pretty easy to find, from what I can tell. The others you gotta dig for.

          • more beer

            Probably not. We have a liquor store’s that are like Walmarts.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Lucky you. Most of the fancy stuff around here are over at the oft-overpriced ABC stores or the even more overpriced places like World Market or Farm Fresh.

          • more beer

            The ABC stores there suck in a huge way.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Yep!

          • more beer

            We have much better beers in Colorado than any of those.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Probably, but we were talking imports, remember?

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I only accept freedom beers

  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

    What would happen in real life life if Bugs Bunny stuck a carrot in the barrel of Elmer Fudd’s gun?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVuWs1n2sQk

  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      She’s awesome.

      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

        Terrible actress, but good lordy is she hot!

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I like the “I don’t give a fuck” attitude.

          • Abe-y Metal

            Lol, comes with the whole Colombian package!

  • Abe-y Metal

    Gentlemen, behold…………. Abe-y Metal!!!!!

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    After a couple more spins, i will say the new Abigail Williams is better than i initially thought. It still doesnt fondle me correctly tho

    • BobLoblaw

      ..

  • Abe-y Metal
  • ┼yree

    Hype.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
      • ┼yree

        That’s me at work today. Meat Loaf shirt and all.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Dont feel bad, i gotta work all the way up until christmas day.

          • ┼yree

            Aw, bummer. I work one day today and I fly down to Tampa tomorrow. It’ll be a long day today.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Longest day ever.

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Yeah, if I’m lucky i can get off early on Christmas eve.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            I should have a half day on xmas eve. I say should. Theyll probably load me up

          • Boss the Albatross Ross

            Damn, that blows.

  • Celtic Frosty

    There’s some shit I never got around to really absorbing until the last week or so. Dead to a Dying World might be my biggest regret. I never feel too bad about anything that comes out after my list is published. That can’t really be helped.