Sunday Sesh: What Album Are You Most Thankful For?

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Thanksgiving is over, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop reflecting on what’s best in life. In today’s Sunday Sesh, you’re going to spill the beans on an album that has had a huge impact on your life. Grab your hankies and crank those sentimental tunes. It’s time for the nitty gritty.

It could be an album that has had a deep emotional impact on you. It could be the album that reminds you of the happiest moments of your life. It could be an album that recalls dear loved ones. It could be the album that got you into metal. Or, it could just be your favorite album of all time, the one to which you find yourself perpetually called back, like an a sailor drawn by an intangible siren song. The parameter doesn’t matter. Your reason does. Bare your soul.

As cliche as it is, I’d have to say that the album for which I’m most grateful is Metallica‘s …And Justice For All.

Scene: A young high school student is riding in a dusty pick-up truck on a rainy day, driving to another job site. Empty Mountain Dew bottles bounce against empty cans of Copenhagen on the passenger seat. The young man sits in the back seat of the crew cab truck, a warped and filthy cowboy hat next to him. His shirt is stained with mud, and holes are ripped in his jeans from the day’s labor. The mood is a bit somber. The rain means that the young man will likely be cut loose at the end of the day, meaning less money saved for buying that pick-up truck, his first vehicle. The job has been a grind lately. He’s looking forward to the end of summer, to school starting again, to driving and dating and all the possibilities that a new year will bring after the terrible last academic year. Suddenly, his older brother, the haggard-looking man in his twenties in the driver’s seat, looks over at his coworker, another cowboy hat-bedecked laborer in the passenger seat.

L.: Hey, let’s put on some Metallica.

J., the passenger, reaches into a dusty CD case beneath the seat and pulls out a burned copy of …And Justice For All and pops it into the stereo. He skips ahead a few tracks. A clean, somber guitar riff suddenly oozes out of the speakers, instantly catching the young man’s attention. The music is grey like the dam of clouds about to burst above their heads. But there’s something more to it, something intriguing, elusive, seductive.

The young man listens, transfixed as a tale of war-time sorrow and grief unfolds. Suddenly, the clean guitar riff succumbs to the merciless machine-gun blast of a double-bass drum and steely riff. The sky tears open, and for a moment, the entire world is washed away in a deluge of metal and emotion, the young man’s mind drifting deeper and deeper beneath the waves that had been threatening to consume him for the entire year. He had never heard anything like this. The anger, the aggression, that raw pain and fury at injustice and misfortune. He had never heard anything like this, but it resonated with him and all that had transpired in his heart for the last year. He was drowning, yet suddenly there was a light, a buoy, a single glimpse of the sun through the darkness of the abyssal deep. For the next few moments, he surrendered to the waves but never lost sight of that light.

“One” was the first song by Metallica that I ever heard, and I can stake my love of heavy metal purely on that track. Over the next couple of years, as I wrapped up high school, fought depression, and hoped for a bright future, …And Justice For All was always a companion. From the naked vulnerability of “To Live Is to Die” to the pummeling darkness of “Harvester of Sorrow”, Justice resonated with me like no single piece of music ever had before. It kicked open a door that has never since closed, and without the impact that that album had on me, I would likely not be here, writing for this extreme metal blog.

The music has stayed with me. It reminds me of a young man learning responsibility and heartache and fear. Yet it also reminds me of hard work, pride, and hope. Perhaps most importantly, though, it reminds me of my brother, one of the men whom I respect most in this world.

And that is why I am thankful for …And Justice For All.

So tell me. Which album are you most thankful for?

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  • KJM, Shake Zula

    SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT.

  • ┼yree
    • ┼yree
    • Super Nintendo Chalmers

      Fuckin’ Rush.

      Songs about space and talkin’ trees.

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        That’s right, and dont you forget it.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Also songs about getting high and overthrowing oppressive Theocracies and shit.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          All in a day’s work.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Both on the same album even!(2112)

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I was supposed to see Helix open for Motley Crue in 1985 but they canceled.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          I had a Helix tape my dad gave me in 1990 as a gift (Animal House, I think it was?). I barely remember it though.

      • tigeraid

        You gonna sing it, Bubz?

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      HELL YES!
      I was expecting Van Halen from you, this is a happy surprise.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers
    • Dubs

      Still love it.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Still hoping we get a Boston date in January, not looking good though.

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      I would have to say
      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yCXrgASzf50
      Had a rel speshul place in my childhood

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Y’all are making me feel even older than usual. I was 29 when this came out, saw the very last leg of the tour in 1998 for 2 nights in a row.

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          If it makes you feel any older, thats about how old i am now

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Excellent!

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Youre my favorite ol fogie, KJ♡♡♡♡♡

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Thanks. You can stay on my lawn.

      • Lacertilian

        First LSD trip we smoked a quarter of weed in a car parked in a forest listening to this.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    Ez mode answer to this one
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U_GBSs8UUTY

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    I’m most thankful for Coil’s Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 2. My favourite album of all time.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MO2UXQOTi0I

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Damn good pick! Hard to pick the best Coil CD in my book, there’s so many CDs and all of them that I’ve heard are solid as hell.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        There’s going to be a massive reissue project of Coil albums.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          YESYESYESYESYESYESYES. When?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            First batch is already over. Managed to get some from levykuppa x. It’s on a break for a whioe, but will continue

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Well crap. And yay, but also crap. That I missed the first batch. Gotta keep my eyes open for the next.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            They were mostly singles with unreleased tracks and a couple soundtracks. No full albums. Some rumors about the second batch exist.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You can still get Backwards from kuppa x. It was supposed to be released between LSD and Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 1. It’s pretty good.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          *boner intensifies*

          Might be sorta easy to get them all reissued, since almost all the labels that carried them are long out of business and can’t bitch about royalties. Lol, outside of America, they switched labels almost every week.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The project is/was headed by a man who was Sleazy’s friend and who had made an agreement with Sleazy that he’ll get to reissue them. Sleazy was also working on it before he died.

        • WHEN?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I already answered this question, lady. First batch was already, it’s now on a break and will continue.

          • The FULL DISCOG? (Damn straight I’m a lady.)

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I believe eventually it will be their full discog. Also some unreleased material probably.

          • What have they reissued so far? That Backwards thing was kind of a ripoff if you ask me; many of the songs already exist on different albums and I am NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT

            [[[HORSE ROTORVATOR or GTFO]]]

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Wouldn’t saay it was a ripoff. The guy that remastered it was in Coil when they were making the album, so I believe those are the way they were supposed to be on the album. So far they’ve only reissued some early singles (with sime demos and unreleased tracks) and soundtracks. More will come,

          • I NEEDZ HORSEY ROTORVATORVATORVATOR

            [Scatology would also be nice.]

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I prefer their later more dark ambient and drone stuff, but Horse Rotorvator is pretty good.

          • I’ll confess: Love’s Secret Domain is not a very good album in my not at all humble opinion.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            It’s nowhere near their best, but I like it. The Remote Viewer is one of their best imo. Also really underrated.

          • Is that one full-on ambient? I prefer their melodic stuff.

    • Someone needs to repress the Coil discography RIGHT FUCKIN NOW

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    I can’t remember ever NOT listsning to this album. And will continue to do so until the day I die.
    https://youtu.be/lAc8xRev5L8

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      A few runner-ups…

      Black Sabbath-Paranoid (Blew my mind in two)
      Ramones-Ramones (got me into punk)
      Rush-2112 (first Rush album i heard)
      Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon (no explanation needed)
      Sleep-Sleep’s Holy Mountain (first doom/stoner)
      Cannibal Corpse-The Bleeding (first extreme metal album)

      Plus first 4 Metallica albums and all of Pantera, i got them kind of all at once and that started the dive into the world we know and love.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Animals or Wish You Were Here >>>>>>>>>>>>>> DSOTM

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          co-signed, also any pre-Dark Side BBC sessions.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Echoes was the song that really got me into them, but Dark Side was the first album I heard all the way through and cemented my love for Pink Floyd.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          I like those two better, but Dark Side is the first Floyd album I’d ever heard on its entirety.

        • more beer

          Have to agree with you on this.

      • BEARD-SPLITTER

        Cannibal Corpses Tomb of the Mutilated was a big one for me, tho i came to it late (it came out when i was 6)

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Same here with The Bleeding, i started listening way later.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          Cannibal Corpse was my first concert (Bogart’s in Cincinnati ’96)

          • Zeke

            I saw them in 96 too. My first death metal concert

    • I saw Clutch on that tour. Was impressed.

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        You lucky bastard!

  • D. Lee

    Right there with ya Dubya… AJFA is what did it for me. Even got the cover tattooed on my arm

  • Maik Beninton™

    Meteora, it actually took me a few years to figure out what band was, it would always play it on TV and I would never catch the name of the band or the song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCKw0l8gidw

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    Excellent write up W! And a good topic to discuss, definitely looking forward to everyone’s answers.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    No way in Hades that I’m giving just one answer for this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB0sQQgb_hk

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      AND THIS ONE TOO!!!!!!!!!!

      https://youtu.be/IRYIxZ3Qy7o

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        My first concert.

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          ACDC 4 ME!!!!!!!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Seen them 3 times(1986,1988, 2000).

    • ┼yree

      I had a feeling this would be yours.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        One of many.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I have many as well. The classic Elton John albums up until Blue Moves are also albums I’m thankful for.

      • more beer

        Keep in mind your options were very limited back then.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      I figured this was coming, but still happy to read it. INTO THE VOID!

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot
        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Huh…

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            What getting into the void looks like.

    • more beer

      Me too with this one. I didn’t even need to think about it.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Side 2 is there if you want it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_74l0TR6NA

    • their first 3-4 albums slay

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Bigtime. I liked them best when all they did was make straight up hard rock.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    Forever b thankful for this, as well
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kX8J9Y1YkUU

    • Dubs

      Amon Amarth and Arch Enemy were early “real” metal bands for me too that helped me cross into death metal.

      • BEARD-SPLITTER

        Well, i wouldnt say they were a big stepping stone or anything, for me. But that album can still give me chills.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      DEATH IN FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EsusMoose

    Looking at the most recent one, Solstafir’s Otta has been a great companion during the colder and grayer months since its release. I’m thankful for the comfort it brings during those times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYa6zpxyC-U

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Can’t decide on just a single album, but as far as bands go, definitely Pink Floyd. They got me into music in general, I would have probably never given a shit about the whole thing if it wasn’t for them.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      What’s your favorite Floyd album? I think either Animals or Wish You Were Here for me.

      • Dubs

        Cliche answer again, but The Wall had a big impact on me.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Its not cliche if its true. That album is killer.

        • more beer

          The wall came out when I was in the 9th grade. You have no idea how huge an album it was back then.

      • ┼yree

        Meddle for me. Echoes all day long.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          My favorite Floyd song of all time.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Unfortunately the full performance isn’t up anymore, but if you snoop around on the right torrent networks you can find it. My favorite live Floyd from the KQED 1970 performance.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL0u8MhO-TI

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Cool, thanks.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            This was supposed to be the movie instead of Pompeii but legalities changed things.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Live at Pompeii makes me happy inside.

        • more beer

          I’ve always liked Ummagumma.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Ummagumma proper, or Ummagumma live?

          • more beer

            Both.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Right on. Just checking.

          • more beer

            There were a lot of psychedelics in my youth. Which could have a lot to do with that.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Hahahahaha

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          Momentary Lapse Of Reason for me, followed by Animals.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Animals followed by Final Cut are my favorites

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Nice!

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    Much more recent but this album will forever be dear to me
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=21EIS-U364s

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    GORAKS CLICHE ANSWER!!!!!!!

    https://youtu.be/1E9r6xlN0bk

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      I master, five magics!

      No one will deny you this album.

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    A more recent album that totally blew my mind. There’s just something about the atmosphere that totally entrances me.
    https://youtu.be/py6iHvKbDjs

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Love this one! The Summoning influence is definitely strong with them!

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        Very much so.
        I really enjoy the use of the clean choral vocals and even guitar solos, gives the album an extra bit of excellence.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot
          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            I have now. I will give this album my full attention this afternoon. Thank you.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Epic Norwegian, Summoning-esque black metal from…………. Portland, Oregon?!?! *feeling like those old Pace Picante commercials. “This stuff’s made in New York City!” “New York City?!?!?”*

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            And I’ll slide this one over as well. *slides it over bartender style*

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQrxYycW4TM

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Atmospheric Black Metal Albums is a favorite youtube channel of mine.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            It’s definitely a regular in my rotation, and it’s constantly updated.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Rock and roll!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        One of the first albums I owned, still have it.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          I had that movie with him and Elton John years ago.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEVzzx1tIS4

            EDIT: Yes kids, Elton John was actually a bad ass rocker at one point in his life.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Yep, that’s the one.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            He was a genius once. He hasn’t been since Blue Moves.

    • I can never chose between this and Electric Warrior. All good shit.

  • more beer

    Black Sabbath Master of Reality. Is the album that led me down this lifelong metal path.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Rocket engines burning fuel so fast…

      • more beer

        The whole thing beginning to end.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          It’s a perfect album.

          • more beer

            Yes it is. I still listen to it almost 40 years later.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Rocket engines burning steel beams so fast….

        FTFY

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    On a similar note, i blame this for the countless years of my life spent grinding out lvls and loot
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/EverQuest_Coverart.png

    • which power metal album is this?

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        My initial thought as well

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    selected track from Desolation Boulevard by Sweet

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-cshJv4LeU

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    CDs that I can think of off the top of my head that changed up things for me:

    Angra – Temple Of Shadows (of course)
    Skinny Puppy – Ain’t It Dead Yet?
    Tiamat – A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
    Darkthrone – Transylvanian Hunger (for making me realize that, no matter how bad it gets, music can’t get any worse than this, and it’s uphill from here)
    Haujobb – Matrix
    Cleen – Second Path
    Samael – Passage
    B@l3yMetal – S/T debut
    Joy Division – Substance
    Lush – Split
    Beherit – Drawing Down The Moon
    Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
    And pretty much anything of Mechina

  • Justice was my introduction to metal when I was in 8th grade and “One” was also the first song I ever heard. This was at a time when MTV wasn’t playing anything like this during the day. I’m probably more thankful for their program director for allowing that video to be shown at an hour that people would be awake then at 3 in the morning. Turned out to be a good move for their success.

    • Honorable mentions of thankfulness:
      Gaza – Entire discography
      Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence
      Cursed – II
      Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
      Brutal Truth – Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Reponses
      The Red Chord – Fused Together In Revolving Doors
      The Wu Tang Clan in general

      • more beer

        I’m seeing Pig Destroyer next Saturday.

        • Enjoy if it’s your first time, they always put on a good show.

          • more beer

            I will and I haven’t seen them before. Denver Black Sky has never disappointed. I’ve been to the first 2. They just added Ringworm and Havok to the bill so along with Pig Destroyer and Skinless it should be another good fest.

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        WU-TANG!

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Aw, hell yeah. Everything about that album is good, the riffs, the vocals, the lyrics. My favorite Alice Cooper record.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    And now for some non-metal/rock albums.

    Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
    NWA – Straight Outta Compton
    Run DMC- Raising Hell
    Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation of Millions
    Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

    • KJM, Shake Zula
      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        Or that one.

      • more beer

        I’m sure I told you about seeing them with Sick of it All, Burn and Rest In pieces. That was a crazy show. Nothing like having a riot at an Amnesty International benefit show.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Yep, that must’ve been nuts.

          • more beer

            None of the hip hop kids knew about moshing back then. So the whole show turned into a big fight for a while. Sick of it All were even fighting with people on stage. I was at the bar doing shots with a friend who was a hip hop guy. Just taking it all in. In all honesty I can’t believe they didn’t shut the whole show down. KRS had to come on stage and explain that the white boys mosh and it was normal.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Those were still the early days of mixed genre shows(early 90s). I even remember getting side eye at Samhain in 1986 from the purist Punks because of my long hair and Metal-esque appearance.

          • more beer

            It was certainly a different time. I used to bounce around between jandra’s. There was so much going on and so many good bands. So I got to know a lot of people from the different scenes. Back then you could put hardcore bands and metal band on the same bill. But once you threw hip hop into the mix it got a little crazy.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Haha “white boys mosh” KRS One is awesome.

          • more beer

            Yes he is. BDP played an awesome set that night.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            I can imagine. He has a new album out on bandcamp.

          • more beer

            I will check that out.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            And he’s still going strong after all these years.

    • KJM, Shake Zula
      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        Gah, i can’t believe i forgot that one.

      • more beer

        Saw him tour for this album with Body Count.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Lollapalooza 1991 was where I saw that tour.

          • more beer

            I went to the first couple of those. But the Body Count Ice T show was their tour.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Lucky bastard as well!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It was a good bill. Unfortunately Siouxsie was sick that weekend so she didn’t play.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            That wouldve been so cool! Very unfortunate.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          You lucky bastard!

          • more beer

            I keep telling you I’m old.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            I know, but damn.

            Fyi, i probably won’t stop. If you don’t mind that is.

          • more beer

            No it’s cool man. All in fun.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Still my hero.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Same here. I seriously have no issues with my age, especially since(except for high bp) I’m in better shape now than I was then.

          • more beer

            Me either. Plus we came up in metals golden age. Things were new then.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            You guys rule.

          • Max

            The golden age of metal is seventeen. (Unless, of course, you were 17 during Linkin Park.)

          • more beer

            No the 80’s. The time when all the best shit was coming out!

          • Max

            I’d say it’s the ’90s for me, although that’s merely a generational difference between me and you.

            And I hasten to add that by “the ’90s” I mean in terms of underground metal, NOT in terms of what was happening in mainstream rock generally, which was possibly the most boring phase for music of all. ’93-’96 is when the alternative stuff went all normcore, and man was it fuckin’ dull. Plus after that we had Britpop and then Nu-metal; so yeah – not exactly an exciting time to be living through.

            Looking at it more broadly and in a more objective historical context, if we talk about periods in music that are critically celebrated as being the peaks – like the late ’60s or punk in ’77 – I’d say the closest period my generation had to something like that would have been about 1989-91. That was when rap, rave, extreme metal and alternative rock all really got into their stride. You had Faith No More making it big in about ’89, followed by Public Enemy, then Metallica, then Nirvana by ’91.

            If you think about it, that amounts to quite an upheaval compared to what had been happening on the radio for years beforehand, where it was just Dire Straits and “Hotel California” on constant rotation. I thought that would never end.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            You guys rule..

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot
    • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Paul’s Boutique was and always will be amazing.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      An early one for me as well.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Cocaine…so much cocaine…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3HvmWvkzoI

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Mine is the Crimson Idol followed by Black Sabbath Volume 4.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Vol 4 is so heavy.

      • more beer

        One of my favorite albums of all time.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Most definitely. Its hard to rank the early Sabbath albums, but i know the first 6 including the Dio albums are in my top 5. Somehow it works.

          • more beer

            No it is all good. There are just some I like more than others but still like all of those.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It is.

  • Hubert

    I can’t possibly pick a single album, but these are some highlights.

    Agalloch – The Mantle
    Katatonia – The Great Cold Distance
    Swans – To be Kind
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift your Skinny Fists Like Antenna’s to Heaven.

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      To Be Kind took me a while to get into, especially since it sounded so much like Angels Of Light’s later stuff (which I didn’t like). But eventually I warmed up to it.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Hopefully their album next year will be AMAZING

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          Usually is! Hopefully an all new lineup means Jarboe coming back, but almost no chance of that happening.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Goathony Goatano here, internet’s busiest goat nerd

    • EsusMoose

      Been listening to LYSFLATH and f#a# a lot lately, just fits the atmosphere for the march into winter

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I am also thankful for Dada by Alice Cooper, Vincebus Eruptum, Easter Everywhere, Eliminator and Tres Hombres by ZZ Top and Asia by Asia.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Deguello.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I do enjoy Deguello but not as much as the two I put.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          And rightfully so. I was not trying to say mine was better, just my pick. Tres Hombres has one of the greatest album openers ever.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Dada? That’s an odd pick, even for you. What about ‘Flush The Fashion’?

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        *Flush the Flushion

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I prefer Dada over Flush The Fashion. It’s just such a bizarre album. I bought an original pressing for 10 dollars and I loved it.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I love this and Shades of God.

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Their second to last good one.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        I like them from their debut until “Draconian Times” and I don’t really like them from “One Second” until “Symbol of Life” and I started to appreciate them again since “Paradise Lost”

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          One Second was their last good one, IMO. The new one was fucking awful!

          • I didn’t like the new one at all either. I tried. I thought the two before it were decent.

            A lot of people think it’s just fan-fucking-tastic because they brought back the raaaaaar vocals though…just in time for the overflowing bandwagon.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            His death metal growls sound so forced and almost like he’s coughing up hairballs. Definitely not the tip top growls of Lost Paradise.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Their debut album is the only one I can listen to. And what a fantastic album it is. Call me what you will but the rest of their stuff just seems pretentious and whiny to me.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        Their debut is stunning and I don’t have have unrespectful words for you. If you don’t like the rest of their discography is not a problem and if you want to say it or write it, you have the right to do it.

  • tigeraid

    You kinda beat me to it, honestly. … And Justice For All was THE album for me when I was a disgruntled teen. So angry, so raw, such an outpouring of emotion. Dyer’s Eve was my jam.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6kb5fvv6_A

  • Hotdog Clifford
  • tigeraid

    Actually, speaking of Gorak’s cliche, I’ll add another low-hanging fruit I’m thankful for: Led Zeppelin IV. Without it, I would never have listened to metal in the first place.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbrjRKB586s

    • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Sir Tapir The Based

      One of my least favourite bands in the world
      #UnpopularTapirOpinions

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I’m curious if what I’m about to post will beat it. You’ll know.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I don’t hate Grateful Dead that much. I actually have never listened to them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Saw them with Jerry 3 times, twice without. I’ve also seen Jerry Garcia Band twice as well.

          • more beer

            Once was more than enough for me.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I know.

      • tigeraid
        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Led Zeppelin made other musicians sad when they stole their songs.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Willie Dixon and Jimmy Page considered the matter settled in 1987 to the tune of about 3 million dollars for something that was probably Atlantic Record’s fault anyway(seeing as Zeppelin I gives all proper credit where it’s due). Consider my jimmies rustled.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Not the only case. They’re huge thieves.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            If you’re talking about Randy California, many judges have ruled his case is wholly without merit. Zeppelin did nothing that every other British Rock band of the period wasn’t already doing.Do you hold similar views concerning George Harrison?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            George Harrison was in the Beatles (aka the most overrated band ever). Don’t like the guy.
            Led zeppelin, more like Led Thiefelin

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Ok, at least you’re consistent in your silly views. I won’t leave you out on the front stoop overnight again.

          • Sir Tapir The Based
        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Never discuss this matter here. You’ll only get one-sided responses from people who don’t know the whole story.

          • tigeraid

            Apparently.

            Regardless, my post stands as “albums I’m thankful for” for the reasons stated above. :p

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I can dig it.

    • Lacertilian

      Dude, my album was AJFA all as well. So I scroll down to see you’ve already added it.
      Thought I’d add the album that led me to Metallica, it was Led Zepp IV.
      I’d kinda already elaborated on this back on the first Sunday Sesh (here) so I won’t bother going into details again, just thought it was cool we shared those two in common.

      • tigeraid

        woah, weird! Neat. 😉

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    Damn, almost forgot KMFDM, the band that got me into underground music in the first place!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk5D-ky25Rk

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I had the symbols album back in the day, that was a fun listen

      *slaps self for unironically saying “back in the day”*

  • BobLoblaw

    In no particular order.
    Death-Sound of Perseverance
    Meshuggah-Contradictions Collapse/None
    Emperor-Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
    !T.O.O.H!-Rad a Trest
    Electro Quarterstaff-Gretzky
    Anata-The Conductors Departure
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones-Live at the Quick
    The Mars Volta- Deloused in the Comatorium
    Goratory-Rice on Suede
    And Crotchduster-Big Fat Box of Shit
    All hold a special place for one reason or another.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Seeing The Mars Volta in 2005 was the most Zeppelin-esque concert experience I’ve ever had, and I say that as someone who’s seen The Firm, Outrider tour, Page/Plant, and JP w/The Black Crowes.

      • BobLoblaw

        Saw them a few years ago with Soundgarden. Amazing live.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Solid list.

    • tertius_decimus

      Very surprisisng to see “Rad a Trest” and “The Conductors Departure” in the list. TCD is a fucking masterpiece!

      • BobLoblaw

        Why is that? They are amazing albums. If youre a fan of !T.O.O.H! Look up the “!T.O.O.H! Info pages” on facebook to get some free downloads by them of some of the impossible to find early recordings (may still have some Z Vyssi Vule hard copies) and what i consider to be an underrated album Democratic Solution.

        Of interesting note, both bands were fucked over by the same record label. Effectively killing them. Hoping Anata bounces back soon.

        • tertius_decimus

          Agree wholeheartedly!

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Sorry Blackbeard, but I gotta keep it real.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ojrruaMYYg

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    And, of course, there’s always this one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNsUyxxn2iU

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Always.

  • tertius_decimus

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2tIUzoQwcQ

    This was the starting point for recovering from depression back in 2007. This album discovered the whole new world of progressive rock for me and for that I am thankful.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Charting, more or less, from when I first started to really give a crap about music up to now, a rough breakdown of the albums that have most, and most positively, shaped me as a hoo-man would look like: In Utero, Toxicity, Around the Fur, Surfer Rosa + Come On Pilgrim, Ghost Reveries, Neurosis + Jarboe, Symphonies of Sickness, In the Nightside Eclipse, Australasia, The Hot Rock, The Mother of Virtues.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Loooooooooooooooooved this and Ritual way back when!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Saw this tour, 3 shows on Ritual tour, and 1 more time in 2003. Perry seems to sleepwalk through the shows these days.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot
  • KJM, Shake Zula

    My favorite Motorhead album.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf1bFQldkfo

  • tertius_decimus

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

    One of the most commonly listened piece of masterwork in my book.

  • Eliza

    I’m very grateful for the new Tool album.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      I will be if it ever gets released. I assume you’re not talking about 10K Days.

      • Eliza

        I heard that it will be released in 2016. Still, it could be just a tease and we’ll never get that masterpiece.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Hahahahaha, awesome.

          • Eliza

            If it does, then it will have 10 years after since last album. Just think about that.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            No shit.

          • Eliza

            Yes shit.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Its probably some ancient math equation they’re using to calculate when their albums need to come out. That and star and planet alignments, etc.

          • Eliza

            If you look at the years each album was released, you’ll notice that between Ænima and 10 000 days there is a 10 year difference. I believe that the new album will come out in 2016 based on that pattern, since the last album was released in 2006.
            #ALBUMCONSPIRACIES

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            What about Lateralus?

          • Eliza

            It was just a parody of people who read too deep into things, conspiracy theorists.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          It’ll happen and it will be their last.

          • Eliza

            Let’s hope they will leave with dignity. And that the new album will be as mind-blowing as fans expect it to be.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It’ll be good, but their days of producing another Aenima are behind them.

          • Eliza

            That’s true, but just remaking one of their older albums is not recommended either. Putting together something that is distinct, yet unmistakably theirs is fine.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m sure it will have at least 2-3 songs that will stand the test of time.

          • Eliza

            I think so too.

  • Óðinn
  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross
  • The soundtrack to the darkest of times. Can’t say whether or not it helped me through, but it was there, nonetheless.

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross
    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross
      • CyberneticOrganism

        Into Beefy Man Arm Hugs

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Riding Into The Glory Hole

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Nice one.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          Baby Oil Of The Kings
          Hymn Of The Immortal Boners
          Butt Brothers
          Butts Of My Enemies
          Schlongs In The Wind

          Let The Dongs Decide

      • I personally could never get into this album. Hail and Sign were pretty damned good tho IMO.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Fair enough.

      • tigeraid

        Hail brother!

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Hail!

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Noble Beast’s album is phenomenal.

      https://youtu.be/IYYndrfnPvM

  • Scrimm

    The album that completely changed my life as soon as I heard it. Would not be who I am today without it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meNeY0iDs_I

    • d00d same here!!

      • Scrimm

        Happy dancing!!

    • more beer

      That is how Master of Reality is for me.

  • COAL ROLL

    Deicide: Once upon the Cross.
    hail satan

  • COAL ROLL

    Excellent choice

    • COAL ROLL

      Disqus is fucked

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        has been since last night.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          What’s happening to you gals?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I’m okay now, but it wouldn’t accept posts or claimed that posts had been deleted, that kind of crap.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Hasn’t happened to me at all.
            #NoFunlandMasterRace

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            But you can’t get 90% of Youtube videos over there, so it’s a fair trade.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            That’s not true. I’ve extremely rarely not been able to see a Youtube videeo.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Weird. I’ve heard you complain about it a few times.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You definitely have not. I’ve never had to complain about that.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Confusing you with someone else then.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I think some of our Mexicans have complained about it a few times

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            I can’t recall ever seeing any Mexicans on here. South Americans, you mean?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            What’s South America? There are plenty of Mexicans here.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Just like Finland is 99% Swedes.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yes! And the 1% tapir minority fighting for it’s 5 feet of land.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Leave that one out

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        NOPE.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          YEP

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Leave the Tapir out overnight. It needs a bath.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            In hydrochloric acid!

    • Good winter album.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Low is my favourite of his. The new song he released was fucking grrrrreat! Super excited for his new one.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Hope I get one more chance to see him.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          He’s in space though, not sure when he’ll be back

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8f_XCH3zmM

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          He has a new one coming out, so you may well get to see him.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I think he’s retired from touring. I’ve seen him twice already so it wouldn’t be a total tragedy.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            I’m hoping to see Rodriguez live, since I missed his show in Chicago. He says he’s got a whole bunch of new songs out, so hopefully he’ll get a new one out (after 40+ years!). Touring, though, probably not. He’s in his 70’s and has been losing his sight for quite a while.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Outside is definitely my fave of his.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVgk7wYeZHw

  • CyberneticOrganism

    This was my first true taste of proper Scandinavian black metal, and it still gets heavy rotation the moment the first cold day appears.

  • Old Man Doom

    CtS changed the way I listened to music. It captured my imagination more than any other album or band I had heard before that point in life (as a freshman in high school). I believe it was the only album that I found myself weeping after listening to it completely one time. This was followed quickly by Blood Mountain, which totally captured me in a different yet equally sentimental way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcvdkw6v3fE

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      This and ‘Blood Mountain’ are peak Mastodon.

    • brokensnow

      man do I fell bad for you, and people your age.

    • Tim Wilsön

      I was going to mention this. When SWIM (sorry accounts linked to fb) was in Lake Garda in Italy a few summers ago he listened to this album on a good few tabs of Lucy (Mastodon was my favorite band at the time and still is). Was one of the most intense and beautiful experiances ever; genuinely made SWIM a better person

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    HEAVIEST!!!!!!!!! ALBUM!!!!!!!!!! EVAAAAAAAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    https://youtu.be/dZAKk3kxI1o

    • yiss, possibly my favorite modern metal album! you’re the best Gorak

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      PROOF THAT GORAK IS MCNULTY

      • My first thought precisely.

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        CUZ IT WOULD B WEIRD FOR 2 DIFFERENT METAL BLOG COMMENTER LIKE SAME METAL ALBUM????????

  • my first psilocybin experience involved Genesis. mind-expanding stuff.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u78veh-5Vhs

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Stained Class for me, as far as early Priest goes.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        That’s a good ‘un.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    There are so many albums and songs that have impacted my life. One of the is the unplugged Alice in Chains version of Nutshell. Years ago when I was 21, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease, AKA lymphatic cancer. I had a malignant tumor appear on the right side of my neck, just under my jaw. The entire process of going to the doctor, having test after test, hearing the diagnosis (when a doctor tells you to sit down so he can tell you something, it’s probably not good news…), and discussing the treatment plan, it seemed like a dream. Like I was watching somebody else’s life and it wasn’t really happening to me. I felt numb to the whole thing, until one night after my second chemotherapy treatment…
    The first chemo treatment went well enough. The next day they took a blood sample of me and tye doctor looked at me and said “Your going to the hospital. Now.” Turns out the first chemo treatment completely wiped out all of my white blood cells, meaning I had no immunity to any bug, germ, or virus that might enter body. I was admitted immediately to the hospital and put on neutropenic precautions, i.e. nobody could enter my room without wearing a gown/gloves/mask, etc… I was a boy in a bubble, for all intents and purposes. Still, throughout all of this, I felt numb, like it wasn’t really happening to me. My mother of course was constantly asking if I was ok and I assured her repeatedly I was fine, that none of it bothered me and not to worry. That night, I was alone in the hospital room after recieving my 2nd round of chemo. Being the metalhead that I was, I had long hair that the doctor said would probably start falling out once the chemo b3van to take effect, but there was a chance it may not since some people don’t lose their hair with chemo. I was hoping I would be one of those lucky ones because I had been growing my hair for almost 3 years and it was almost 2ft long at that point. I didn’t want to cut it yet until I knew I had too…
    Well, that night while alone in the hospital and listening to my Ipod that I’d gotten for Christmas, I raised my head off the pillow to turn over and saw hundreds of hairs on the pillow and all around the bed where my head was. The sight was shocking… I knew it was probably going to happen, but when it actually DID happen, it just hit me like a freight train of reality: I was dying… me… not somebody else… it was me in that hospital room, in that bed covered in hair, full of IV lines and alone in the middle of the night… For the first time in my life, I recognized the reality of my own mortality. The song playing through my earbuds on my Ipod was Alice in Chains unplugged version of Nutshell, and when Layne Staley croons the line “I’d feel better dead…,: the floodgates burst and I wept uncontrollably in that hospital bed for God knows how long. I just cried and cried and cried… it all came out… when I finally looked up there were 4 or 5 nurses, the night shift, all staring at me with tears in their faces, not knowing what to do or say to help this sad young cancer patient feel better… I felt embarassed and apologized, and told them I’d be alright and that I had just listened to a sad song on my Ipod… a song I’ll always remember and means so much to me today…

    …I can’t type anymore… here’s the song… love all of you guys, thank you for being a part of my life… <3

    https://youtu.be/rbpS2LfoTKU

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      You kicked cancer’s punk ass like a dead beat dad that owed you money, and you will continue to do so. Treat every day like a victory because it is. Excelsior!
      PS: damned good AIC pick, I’ll come up with one.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Here’s a favorite AIC tune

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwYGDgFzk3Y

    • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Damn…

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        You never know what kind of battle that person who just walked by you is fighting, perhaps by themselves. That’s why it’s always best to tread lightly and treat others with great care.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Most certainly.

    • Dubs

      Whoah.

    • That’s powerful stuff, Nipple. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Stockhausen

      Dang dude. Thanks for sharing, and for being alive.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Damn.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Yep. Life is real.

    • tigeraid

      Love AIC. Never before have yarls been so appropriate.

    • Dagon

      Glad you’re still here, man.

    • Hail, señor nipple!

  • Max

    The one record that can be said to have changed my life above all others is in fact a compilation album: Grindcrusher II from Earache.

    The reason I bought it was on the strength of a record review in the skate mag Thrasher Magazine from a couple of years before (although unbeknownst to me, that review was actually referring to the earlier Grindcrusher I).

    I no longer have the mag, but to this day I can quote the review verbatim:

    “From the bowels of hardcore and death metal comes grindcore. This sampler from our sadistic chums at Earache demonstrates what modern-core mutants can do with equipment possessed by Satan. Morbid Angel are so scary I couldn’t even open my eyes. Then came Carcass and Godflesh – these legions of doom mutilated my poor cat’s ear canal. Napalm Death’s firebombs from hell exploded in and outside of my head. Get the picture? My apartment was devasted. Warning: comes with special 7″ for victims of GRINDCRUSHER.”

    At the time, aged 16, I knew nothing of extreme metal. I knew nothing much of hardcore beyond the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag. But I figured anything called “grindcore” had to be three times as fast, heavy, distorted and blasphemous as anything I’d heard up to that point. I figured correctly, and sought it out.

    It was a double LP. Sides A and C each featured 4 cuts from Earache’s marquee names like Morbid Angel, Carcass, Godflesh, Napalm Death, Entombed and Bolt Thrower. Sides B and D each featured 8 cuts from some of the roster’s more obscure or eclectic acts like Terrorizer, Carnage, Naked City, Sore Throat, Lawnmower Deth, and so on. The liner notes included an extensive cheat-sheet on all the acts for novice posers like myself, and made for a truly interesting read. It described the likes of Mighty Force, Nocturnus, Naked City – all bands that were radically redefining the boundaries of a music scene already so radical that I hadn’t even heard it yet.

    The actual music took a little while for me to adjust to. I was a skater and nominally a punk rocker; with all the prejudices against metal that such kids had back then (“overproduced, guitar solos, silly lyrics about Satan blah blah blah”). I hadn’t grown up with Metallica or Iron Maiden; so there wasn’t any musical precedent to ease my transition into stuff like this.

    At first, the Godflesh cut, a mechanized onslaught entitled “Streetcleaner”, was the only track that I could get into, coming from a non-metal, alternative rock perspective. But something about the rest of it intrigued me enough to keep listening, and before long, the more explicitly “death metal” each cut was, the more I liked it. Terrorizer floored me with their speed. Entombed sent me crazy with their guitar tone. Bolt Thrower, on “World Eater”, buried me with theirs.

    Nothing was ever the same for me after this record. I virtually stopped listening to punk, alternative rock, or indeed anything else. It started me on the journey to identifying as a metalhead whatever ridicule I might get from my peers.

    It was also the start of me becoming a “critical” listener in the sense that I began pondering why the band had made certain production decisions or how they’d achieved their sound. This led to an interest in audio production techniques that eventually solidified into my career as a sound-guy.

    Most importantly, of my seven all-time favourite bands, three (Morbid Angel, Carcass, Entombed) were to be discovered on this compilation. No other record label can boast that sort of influence on me.

    Many years later, I found out from Digby Pearson’s blog-page that the Earache logo’s design was influenced by the Thrasher Magazine logo. Clearly, the whole thing was destiny.

    • Zeke

      Funny. Now that you mention it, relapse/nuclear blast’s compilation “death is just the beginning vol 3” was similarly influential for me. I got it from my friend in exchange for sailing the sea of cheese by primus. It introduced me to dissection before sotlb was released (it had an earlier recording of night’s blood), hypocrisy, celestial season, meshugah, cradle of filth before their debut was released (the first album is great; fight me), and lots of other underground European metal that would become some of my favorite music.

      I’m proud to say I was already into amorphis and kataklsym before I got that compilation, though.

      • Max

        The earlier version of “Night’s Blood” would have been VERY cool to hear at that point. There was a lot of buzz around Dissection back in those days and justifiably so.

        Regarding Cradle of Filth: For all the dismissal of them that received metal wisdom inflicts today, the fact is that their first record was almost universally applauded upon release – as it should have been since it was quite good and certainly a distinct take on black metal. They deserved every bit of their success. The EP they did after that was even better in my opinion. It was only from Dusk and Her Embrace where they started to jump the shark. But I’ve never had anything against ’em, even if the music is now intolerable to me. Nobody can deny that Dani Filth was a great lyricist and a great frontman, too.

        • Zeke

          You’re totally right on with cradle of filth. While they’re considered an embarrassment now, all of my black metal friends were into them in the mid 90s. Vempire was great too (after that I think all the lineup changes did them in).

          However, even though I still dig those first 2 albums, I’ll admit that they have a cheesy over the top quality that wasn’t shared by the other black metal classics of that time. For example, nowadays I’d be more embarrassed to play vempire for a random person than burzum or nightside eclipse.

          • Max

            Yeah, I think I agree on that last assessment.

      • brokensnow

        Forest whispers my name and her ghost in the fog a lyrically some of the best songs ever written.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      That was awesome.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    And, of course, thankful for the new King 810, which is light years better than the overall meathead lolbuttz of their debut.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrC4fKHwZrQ

    And their demo, which is actually pretty technical death metal (not quite like Necrophagist kinda technical though), at least compared to their debut, got leaked:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTa-qIrq9hY

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Still fucking terrible

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Don’t make me hang up your tennis shoes!

      • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

        ……… Tapir 2016! (BTW, this is a temporary avatar I made a few days ago)

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          If I were elected, your flag would only have red.

          • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

            With no tapir?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Maybe a golden Tapir in the middle, but other than that all red

          • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

            But the joke will be lost. Tapir For Supreme Leader Of America, not China (whose flag is almost all red)! We’d definitely vote for you than Trump.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No Tapir Communism for you!

          • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

            Tapir Communism? You promised in your campaign you would destroy , um, embrace. Swedes, and build a wall across Sweden that they’d have to pay for.

          • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

            Give me the signal, I’ll change it. Lol, thought you’d get a kick out of it. Surprised you didn’t see it a couple of days ago.

    • BEARD-SPLITTER
      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Bother listening to the second one on there? You might actually like it, there Mikey (from the Life cereal commercials)!

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          I refuse to believe they even know what anachronism means

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I refuse to believe you know what it means.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot
          • KJM, Shake Zula

            WORLDSTAR!!

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Im not even sure you know what the definition of “it” is.
            https://media1.giphy.com/media/bknp6SfIDXYGc/200w.gif

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Girl you got it, it is what you got, you gotta give it to meeeeeeeee – South Park

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            The more you fight it, the more you’ll surrender to sweet temptation. 😉

            If you read the memos part of their main page, the singer is actually quite intelligent. So pretty sure he knows what it means.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    This album was unavoidable when I was 14.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P03OnaiAd6I

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Lol, same when I was a wee little Supreme Leader. Dad had this playing a lot around the house and in the car when I was a munchkin.

  • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjKI_U9ENwU One of my favorites ever since it was released.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Seeing them on Wednesday!!

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        It’s gonna be good.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Killer album.

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      What did you think of High Country?

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Iz okay.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Be prepared to hear it live.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yep, setlist will be heavy on the last 3 albums.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            They only played 3 songs from their first 2 when i saw them.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            setlist from a Manchester UK September 2015 show
            01 Intro (The Heat Is On & Unicorn Farm)
            02 Buzzards
            03 Tres Brujas
            04 Cloak Of Feathers
            05 High Country
            06 The Dreamthieves
            07 Freya
            08 The Horned Goddess
            09 Empty Temples
            01 Mist And Shadow
            02 Hexenringe
            03 Seven Sisters
            04 Lawless Lands
            05 Ghost Eye
            06 Maiden, Mother & Crone
            07 Dying Earth
            08 Suffer No Fools
            09 Arrows In The Dark

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            For me:
            Unicorn Farm
            Empty temples
            Tres brujas
            Arcane montane
            buzzards
            Tears like diamonds
            7 sisters
            Maiden mother crone
            High country
            Mist and shadow
            Dreamthieves
            Freya
            Horned goddes
            Early snow
            Night city
            Cloak of feathers
            Encore
            Suffer no fools
            Dying Earth

      • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

        Eh, Warp Riders to me has the perfect balance It brought the riffs, the cool sic-fi concept, more riffs, and great damn hooks. Who cares if it wasn’t as ball-crushingly sludgy and doom as the first two, but shit it’s just fuckin great.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          Could not have said it better my self.

          I enjoy High Country quite a bit, but almost as if it were another band.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            There’s a huge Thin Lizzy undercurrent to it.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            i think you mean a HUGE Thin Lizzy undercurrent.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Sure.

          • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

            Yeah with stuff like Lawless Lands, Astraea’s Dream, Night City, etc. You know what I don’t give a shit if Night City sounded more commercial or whatnot, that song in particular with it’s groovy flow, and melodic atmosphere is just pure magick.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Oh, hell yes. There are some seriously groovy moments on that album that are heavy. Screw the naysayers.

            I think my favorite is probably Chronomancer Part 1.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • KJM, Shake Zula

    And one more, their last trve 4 star release imo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaK0qX2kOKo

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Clockwork Angels, Vapor Trails, and Snakes And Arrows were all 4 star, IMSO.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    Not thankful for:

    http://www.revolvermag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-Crown-Death-Is-Not-Dead.png

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-YEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWW!

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    Also thankful for Sly & the Family Stone.
    I couldnt find a link for the whole album, but Stand! is amazing. https://youtu.be/y0tyAHoJEyo

    Also thankful for this masterpiece.
    https://youtu.be/Ga5ZbMMZ6Hk

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot
      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        Damn, that really sucks.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          At least she got to live to a ripe old age. And Sly just got a huge settlement over his song rights. Hopefully he doesn’t put it up his nose, and gets a reunion together. That last reunion was fucking awkward to say the least.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Very true.

            That’d be cool, but i dont know if Sly has it in him. Have you seen him recently?

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Yeah. One can dream, though.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Let’s just stick with being glad he’s still alive and leave it at that.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Who knows? Look at Pentagram’s singer, and he’s touring. Sly was bad, nowhere near to that bad. Shit, I doubt survivors from Stalin’s gulags were that physically broke down.

    • did you see when JJD guest-wrote a Porcelain Throne on this band? it was good!

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        Yes I did, it was a happy surprise that day!

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Better than dragon fucker or weeb music for sure.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        I’d listen to Led Zeppelin over dragon fucker or weeb music.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I’ve been making the Scooby Doo joke since Ghost came out. I love that stuff.

        • Ground Beef Booger Riot

          You hate Led Zeppelin?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            He hates everything.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            We do agree on stuff like Coil, Swans and the oddball collective that was. Not sure if he likes the other bands from that scene, like NON, Nurse With Wound, etc. Oh, and he does like Scorpion Wind (which is the first time I’ve heard of anyone else who’s listened to them) and Death In June (who I saw live at their infamous Chicago concert).

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I dig NWW. Haven’t listened to that much Boyd Rice, but he got guud stuff. Also really really really like Current 93.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            That we totally agree on! I don’t know much NON or Boyd Rice either. I saw him with Death In June and Luftwaffee back home, and he was boring as fuck. To be honest, Luftwaffe was way better than both, but you could tell DIJ didn’t want to be there for obvious reasons.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Hey now, I’m not the one who said it! It actually got posted up by one of my FB friends.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Ah, don’t shoot the messenger, eh?

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            That’s what killed the carrier pigeons!

    • Óðinn

      Disagree, but respect your right to have your own opinion. I know that Ghost divides opinions.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Pro tip: don’t respect weebs

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Indeed. I suppose I have to give the new CD a try. I listened to one of the new songs, and it still made me laugh. Toss me a recommendation and I’ll check it out.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          If you don’t like their previous stuff, you won’t like this one. Their second album is my favorite.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Eh, hit me up with a new one. I’ll give it a try.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            This ‘Majesty’ song isn’t half bad. Kinda sounds like a mix of Sponge and a riffier Pentagram.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            ‘Absolution’, even though it has the dreaded ‘desire/fire’ rhyme scheme.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Found out why that Menace video got taken down.

            http://www.metalinsider.net/video/mitch-harris-menace-debut-new-music-video-for-drowning-in-density

            I want to kick every easily offended helicopter nanny state asshole in the balls right now. Fuck, that video was fucking amazing! It’s gonna take me some work to find it again.

        • EsusMoose

          Off the new one I like, Cirice, He is, Mummy Dust, From the Pinnacle to the Pit, and Absolution, of those I’d recommend all but “He is”, as it is a lighter track. Mummy Dust has silly lyrics but I dig the riffs, Cirice has a cool feel to it, Absolution is catchy, From the Pinnacle has a sick bass riff

    • ME GORAK B.C.™
  • The Satan Ov Hell

    Probably Songs About Fucking, noise-rock in general gave rise to most of the stuff I love most.

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Like Season To Risk?

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    I started listening to the new Ghost a bit more, and………………. feel free to rub it in, I love it so far! RUB IT IN AND MAKE IT HURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bender

    Long time lurker, first post! Since this is the “thankful” edition, I wanted to say thank you to the creators and all the contributors to this site. I’ve learned about a ton of great bands from the articles and the comment section alike. This site has really expanded my horizons. Thank you everyone, happy holidays 🙂 🙂

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    Some really bad news. Sinead O’Connor just tried to kill herself. 🙁

    http://www.tmz.com/2015/11/29/sinead-oconnor-suicide-note/#disqus_thread

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Man, she’s had some serious issues since the 90s. I liked her 1st 2 albums.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        I loved Universal Mother (Tyree and I talked about ‘Fire On Babylon’ months ago), and her stuff with Conjure One. Amazing singer, and amazing voice, but yeah, the issues from incest haven’t quite gone away. Wishing Shane from the Pogues would get up off his drunken, heroin laced ass and repay her for getting at least one foot of his out of the grave on this one, but doubtful.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iJRmD_u6Y0

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Shane’s lucky to be alive himself. I wouldn’t count on him being able to help anybody.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      I can only get down with old mars volta

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I like it all except for Noctourniquet(sp?).

  • ProfoundHatred

    Shai Hulud- Hearts once nourished with hope and compassion. I was already into a lot of punk and thrash at the time, but the raw, sincere misanthropy of Shai Hulud resonated with me in a way that nothing else has to this day.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    One song that marked a definite moment time for me, when I learned my fiance at the time had a miscarriage. Also says a lot about my dislike for the very ideal of a god. Definitely a heartbreaking song from one of the people you’d least expect it from.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/FoGzXvZRy6M/mqdefault.jpg

  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    First Tom Waits album I heard
    https://youtu.be/kH-lDwh7o1U

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      OH FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Tom made what should be the anthem for my beloved (fuck you Rahm) town!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcA2_g04pMU

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Best Tom Waits album to hear.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        ‘Blood Money’ is still my favorite, and ‘Bad Like Me;. As if Tom Waits does anything wrong.

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          I like Mule Variations quite a bit as well.

      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        I’m glad we could agree.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I believe that’s the first time.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            And on an excellent record!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I can see from your profile pic that we can agree on one other amazing album.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Tapir, I don’t care what they say, you’re a good guy… For the most part.

    • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot
    • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

      Old school 80’s Hungarian metal.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5htjpbKcrU

    • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot
    • KJM, Shake Zula
      • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

        I love this video. Tom Waits interviews are always entertaining.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    Joe, deep undercover, as he’s absent from the revelry.

    https://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2865/9545/original.jpg?w=600&h

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Also, here’s a relatively recent addition to albums I’m thankful for. This song is real good shit and it makes me ponder my mortality:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY8tCKXe4VU

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Girl, you couldn’t bite my wire.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    Last song I’ll post for the night, and the title and song sums up this whole article. Get well, Sinead!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj_xKA5C2vU

  • brokensnow

    Hum- Downward is heavenward.

    https://youtu.be/xARKR6i-RHs

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Loved their debut CD back in ’95! They’ve done a few concerts in Chicago years back and are quite big there. ‘Stars’ of course is a shoegaze classic.

  • Óðinn
  • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

    Is the Riff Of The Week next week no Iron Maiden? Already submitted mine, but had to wonder.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Probably

      • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

        Goooooooooooooooooooooooooood! I love Maiden, but it’s low hanging fruit on this one. That and Motorhead (love them too, but low hanging fruit).

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          Im pretty sure the Iron Maiden ban stays strong, like the Bolt Thrower one

          • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

            Good! I love both, but give some love to the underground. The Ba-byMetol ban still sucks balls, though.

  • A Squirt Of Electric Love Snot

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MByL9tQ4nXA

    A get well song for Sinead O’Connor, from another of Ireland’s best.

  • Tim Wilsön

    My favorite album seems to change almost daily man. Anyways Koi No Yokan came out around the time I went to Barcelona for the first time, around December time. SInce i’m a bit of a night owl (okay i do have insomnia lol) I have memories of just wandering aimlessly round the city at night in the snow, with all the cool christmas nights burning bright and illuminating the streets; while listening to this album on headphones. Maaan good times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIgNBxNvAJg