TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2009
Deflorate was released this year on September 17. The Black Dahlia Murder has always been one of my favorite death metal/grindcore bands. This album in particular was extremely good. Thanks to Ryan Knight (who replaced Kempainen), Deflorate took a different but more classic turn. The vocals, courtesy of (Trevor) Strnad are just as brutal and enticing as their previous albums. The lyrics on this album are what anybody could expect from TBDM, being gory and delicious. Any metal fan can totally just eat this stuff up. So for anyone craving some powerful, hardcore, heavy bass with gutturals and blast beats, pop Deflorate into your disk drive. The Black Dahlia Murder will not disappoint your thirst for brutality.
Yes. I am a GaGa fan, and I am proud of it. She is one of the most intriguing, genius, and inspiring people in the industry right now. She isn’t afraid to take risks, and she is comfortable with who she is. ANYWAY. The Fame Monster was released on November 18, 2009 as the sequel to GaGa’s first album, The Fame. GaGa talked with Barbra Walters in in interview about the album, explaining that the songs and the name of the album were about fear and how she overcomes her fear. Each “monster” as she calls them are fears that she’s had to face in her career. For example, “Bad Romance” is the fear of love – the romance monster. What makes this album so good is that GaGa’s empire just keeps building off of the strange and exciting content she puts out there. Her image and songs confuse and dazzle the general public, making them love or hate her. Either way, this world is obsessing over Lady GaGa. The Fame Monster is once again a brilliant and contagious album.
Redlist is a name that Hip Hop fans will be hearing very often within the next 5 years. Redlist is an underground hip hop artist from Boston, MA who already has two albums under his belt.Headache Music 3.1 was released on October 31, 2009. Redlist records in his own home studio and produces his own beats. Headache Music 3.1 features collaborations with HW, Loud Neighbors, DJ Emoh, Lady Sauce and Mac Lethal. Redlist is all about improving his sound and stepping up to the plate with something truly unique that not just anyone will be able to digest. Headache Music 3.1 is his best work to date. The beats are solid, the mixing is exceptional, and Redlist himself sounds “wicked dope”. Any listener can tell that this album was crafted with lots of well-spent time writing and producing. I’d say that the top three songs to check out are “Epicenter”, “Dead to Me” and “Push Forward”. Redlist has a true talent and a definite place in hip hop. Take a listen on his Myspace at myspace.com/redlistics so you can hear the power for yourself.
On September 8, 2009, hundreds of Saosin fans’ stomachs churned with excitement and nerves as they listened to In Search of Solid Ground. With a mix of new songs and some altered, re-done oldies, this album was a HUGE surprise. I was a little scared that the band was tampering with “Love Maker” by not only changing the name, but adding/switching/messing with the lyrics and rhythm. HOWEVER – I love it. I think the changes that we made were genius and perfect. I fell in love with “Changing” as soon as I heard the first ten seconds of it, and then when I got to the chorus my love grew stronger. I also enjoyed “On My Own” and “The Alarming Sound of a Still Small Voice”. In Search of Solid Ground is one of my favorite albums this year because Saosin took something that was already wonderful and bumped it up a notch. Love love love.
Uhm, why not? I love me some Katherine Katz. Girl screaming vocals? YES PLEASE. Seriously, Agoraphobic Nosebleed is one of my favorites. Just the name makes my metal senses tingle! Agorapocalypse was released on April 14, 2009 in the United States and then April 20 for the rest of the world to have. Now I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t enjoy thrashing to this perfect example of grindcore. This album is a “liberal dose of madness” (M. Norton, Justin. “Agorapocalypse review”. About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 13, 2009.) . “Question of Integrity” is probably my favorite track on the album because of how simple and awesome it is. Agorapocalypse is one of my favorites almost solely because I love female screamers, and Katherine Katz made my dream come true. However, Scott Hull is just as amazing and I will continue to worship his work for years to come.
Best Concert of 2009 – Porcupine Tree & King’s X @ House of Blues
I had never seen or heard of King’s X, the band that was opening for Porcupine Tree, before this concert. My boyfriend and his family insisted on taking me, saying that I would love them beyond imagination. I was so psyched! After walking through ‘the Fens’ (Fenway Park district) of Boston and arriving at the brand new House of Blues, we went inside to see the show. As soon as Doug Pinnik came on stage and hit that first power cord on his custom bass, I fell in love. King’s X is an American rock power trio that will blow your mind and make you reconsider your life’s purpose. There is nothing more life-changing than being in Pinnik’s presence and witnessing his awesomeness. His voice and his words make you shiver with intensity. When they closed their performance with an extra-long version of “Over My Head”, I wanted and wondered so much more. Pinnik threw in a speech right in the middle of the song and talked about ‘not letting anyone change who you are, if you want to do something, go out and just do it’. That show changed everything I thought about my life and my purpose. King’s X is so inspiring. If you ever get the chance to see them PLEASE do yourself a favor and go.