Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Band: Meshuggah - Not For Me

So I have several friends that listen to the harsher of the metal genres, new wave of American heavy metal (NWOAHM), death metal, black metal and extreme/experimental, and they are always trying to get me to go to some show or listen to some band. And, as my tastes have changed over the past year, with a shift to the more aggressive, more brutal genres (thank viking/folk metal for that), I decided to give some of them a try,
Now, I have no problem with most NWOAHM bands, sometimes the screaming becomes a little much, but I can handle that, I can enjoy it. I like Zimmer's Hole, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead (even if you don't think they qualify), and others.
Same with black metal, sometimes it gets to screechy, and the overt anti-religion values get to me on occasion (I'm not religious, but everyone has their line). But once again, I can take it. Some I don't mind are Mercyful Fate and King Diamond (alot less then NWOAHM), cuz when I want to learn about a new genre, I start with the best.
One genre I haven't been able to get into has been death metal. I really don't like the guttural, un-understandable lyrics. But once again I'm trying to give some a shot. I had a friend point out Amon Amarth to me, and after hearing a few of their songs, I really didn't mind it too much. I have every intention of picking up an album and giving it a solid listen. More on that when I get around to it.
But anyway, back on what this article is really about - Meshuggah. I believe these guys fall somewhere on the avant-garde experimental death something-or-another progressive metal list. I don't know, I couldn't handle it. The album I listened to was their newer one (I'm not sure if the new one is out yet), obZen. I like the drumming throughout, but it was over shadowed by the wailing guitars, which never seemed to have a point, and the screeched lyrics. I listened to the entire album, to try to get a solid feel, and I don't think I caught one word until the second to last song, where they have a slower section. I started out thinking that it wasn't too bad, that maybe I could listen to it, but by the third song I was done. I still finished the album, but I was barely listening, only checking into my iTunes to see how many songs were left on the disc.
So while I'm not saying that it's a bad band/album (I don't have the experience with this genre to make a decent opinion), I am saying that I will never listen to it again, and I'm not sure what to do with the other two albums I have...

So let me know your taste on Meshuggah, or any bands that I might enjoy that are "avant-garde experimental death something-or-another progressive metal." I'd like to find one I can stand.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Radio Show

This past Wednesday I started my weekly web radio show, "New Rock/Old Rock." A show dedicated to playing what should be on the radio, but isn't. This show was one where I worked out the kinks and figured out what I was really going to be doing. The next one should go off without a hitch.

The show is every Wednesday from 10p-12a US Eastern Standard Time. There is an opening for the show from 8p-10p too, so I am trying to acquire that time slot as well. The show is on music within the rock community (as if you couldn't guess), and focuses on hard rock and metal.
Each week I'll post the track listing and any special guests, so keep checking.

And if you want, you can listen here!

Because of this show, school work, fraternity stuff, and the blossoming of a relationship, I have been quite consumed away from the Internet. I will attempt to rectify this, this week (I have a couple days of free time).

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Band: Orange Sky

Now normally I go searching for new music, but sometimes new music is thrust upon me. That's how it was for Orange Sky. Recently the Reggae-Rockers came to Orlando for a show at a local bar, and to help promote they contacted Heavy Metal Knights, a heavy metal enthusiasts club at the University of Central Florida (my Alma Mater). So we got a stage in the middle of the school, set up sound equipment and passed out fliers. The plan was for Orange Sky to play a short-5 song gig in the middle of the student square. This could not be, as someone in the crew forgot some wiring for their guitar, so instead we just blared their album over the P.A. system for five hours, while promoting their show and a CD signing that they were having in the CD store on Campus.
So we hung out all day, and then went to the signing, where i picked up their album (plus two more) and got it signed. The band was pretty chill. A bunch of big guys, with islander accents, who seemed ADD, they kept running back and forth between signing albums and perusing the shop's wares. These guys were hilarious. I got to chit-chat with them, got a signed CD, a pic and talked a little bit to the camera guy following them around. It was pretty bad-ass.

But anyway, on to their album. They recently released their second album, Dis Iz Voodoo, and are starting their U.S. tour this week. First off, getting away from the only islander metal-esq band to come out in a while, (Skindrid), Orange Sky plays a mix of reggae, rock and metal. About half of the songs are quick, thrash-style songs, with shouted lyrics about drugs, war and peace. These are the better songs. The other half is slower, and you can definitely feel their Caribbean influence. While these songs aren't horrible, the singer's voice doesn't carry well. Alot of the slow songs have him holding out a note or phrase, and it just gets annoying. But it is a nice mix. If you don't necessarily like fast-paced metal, the slower bits might be for you, but not me.

All in all, it is a decent album, and meeting the guys deffinately makes me like it more. If you want to try something new, something close to Sublime, but heavyier. Check out Orange Sky.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

No Iron Maiden For Me

I was hoping to write this post about how elated I was to be going to see the best god-damned band in the world - Iron Maiden - but alas, it is not to be. It's not because I couldn't get tickets, I was on tickemaster at 11:58pm when they were to go on sale (they didn't actually go on sale till 12:08am, which brought it's own share of heart pounding), and I got some decent seated tickets. So I put in my information and proceeded to check out with my two Iron Maiden tickets, at their ONLY U.S. stop on their tour, very happy with myself. It was then I saw the over all totall - $146!!
Needless to say, this was a shock. Looking back at my purchase the tickets were $54 and change, which I was fine with, then there was the ticketmaster fee, the location fee, tax, and elivery fee, bringing them to over 70 bucks a pop. Well I double checked with the guy I was going with, to make sure that the price was ok. He had a hard time scrounging together the $60 he thought he needed. Now it was closer to $80, and after the cost of gas and food and crap, over $100 a person. He couldn't handle that, and while I could, it would have made my life difficult for some time. So we both agreed to catch them next time, something I've been saying for at least 8 years...
So, while this begins as a rant about failing at seeing Iron Maiden, it now becomes a rant about outrageous ticket prices and the bullshit hidden charges for ticketmaster and the like. I'm not going to invest too much time, because we all know about this crap, but sometimes it needs to be said. I get that ticket prices are expensive, I do, I don't like it, but it's a business. I also see hoe tickemaster has to put charges in their products. But there is no need for these to be hidden. They should be in the price from the get-go. And the venue itself shouldn't have their own charges. We are already paying to go there, and for parking, and for food, and for whatever else. This is just another bit of gouging the consumer that shouldn't be, expecially in today's rocky economic environment.
Alright that is it. That's my rant, I'm satisfied. I'm still not going to see Iron Maiden....unless someone out there likes my rant and wants to invite me along? I'll pay for gas and food, or just your ticket, whichever you'd like.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Guest Post: Gryphyn Bloodheart - A Late Start Into Metal

This post was sent to me by Gryphyn Bloodheart, the President of the local Heavy Metal Club, here in Orlando. It depicts her discovery of metal, and her views on music. Hopefully I will have a few more guest posts to add to this site:

"As president of the Heavy Metal Knights at UCF, it's a little embarrassing to confess to people that I've only known metal for three or four years now.

Let me explain: far beyond in the depths of Buttfuck, Nowhere, I was trapped, listening to and singing along with whatever music my mom played in the pickup truck. That, as you can surely guess, was country music. I knew nothing else until I was twelve, when, inspired by my sister's differing musical tastes in this “rock” music, I turned my radio dial for, as far as I could tell, the first time in history, and started listening to rock. “Hm... this 'rock music'... it is intriguing,” I thought. So for a while there I enjoyed System of a Down, Three Days Grace, A Perfect Circle, and whatever else they happened to play on the radio. It took a while to ween myself off of Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, and the Dixie Chicks, so I kept switching back and forth between stations, like a child who can't seem to break the habit of thumb-sucking. The conversion was eventually complete after a year or so, but occasionally to this day, when I'm feeling a little nostalgic or homesick, I'll turn my radio to a country station or listen to something from one of my old country CDs. A good friend got me into Flogging Molly and brought me to a show in Ybor City, which ended up being my first pit experience. It was a blast then, just as it is now. It wasn't until I met my current boyfriend, Jesse, that I discovered a more deviant kind of music.

I still have the first pair of mix CDs he burned for me, and that's what first got me into metal. Stratovarius, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Manowar among others - there's hardly a bad song on those CDs. He also burned for me a copy of Queensryche's 1988 album “Operation: Mindcrime” which, once I started really listening to it and realized it was a concept album, got me absolutely fucking hooked. Being a well-behaved, straight-A(ish) I.B. student, I never would have accepted any of these things from the trouble-making, drug-dealing bastard that kept trying to get me to skip Calculus class and smoke a “twenty sack” with his buddies and him. But to be totally honest, when he forced me to take a demo copy of the shitty little local band he played bass for, I fell for him a little when I listened to it.

Since this adventure of musical discovery (and courtship), I have been to several concerts that don't involve twang-y vocals and hay rides. My first was Queensryche, opening for Judas Priest. I didn't know who Judas Priest was back then. It turns out, this was one of the shows Judas Priest did just after Rob Halford started touring with the band again after leaving many years prior. It probably seems funny to some of the metal heads reading this, to hear me, of all people, saying that there was a time I didn't know who Judas Priest or Rob Halford were. Yes, it is embarrassing. But I was psyched about seeing Geoff Tate up there on stage in St. Pete. I began jumping up and down in my seat and squealing when Geoff announced the sequel to “Operation: Mindcrime”, and kept asking Jesse if he'd heard the announcement while the band played “I'm American”. “Yes dear, I heard it. Will you please calm down now?”

After that, I saw Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Label Society, Queensryche (again and again), Amon Amarth, Iced Earth (with Into Eternity), Dragonforce, Turisas, Powerglove, Alice Cooper, and Dio (in Black Sabbath as Heaven And Hell). Jesse's dad (also named Jesse, who we usually call “Big Jess”) was crucial in my early metal years in exposing me to these new (at least to me) acts. Sometimes I didn't know how legendary these people were, and Jesse was critical in filling me in on all the trivia and back story of these major metal players.

But despite their best efforts in educating me on metal, I always feel ten steps behind everyone else. Jesse was raised on metal from the cradle, and sometimes it feels like everyone else around me was too. When people ask what kind of metal I like, I may respond that I'm a big fan of prog metal, to which they often respond “So you like Mastadon/Opeth/etc?” I'm sure I blush when they say this and I'm forced to confess that I've never really listened to this or that band. Any time I'm confronted with a new person with whom all I share is metal, they usually start listing off a bunch of their favorite bands, none of which I've ever heard of. I'm always afraid to ask them about their bands, because I'm never really sure if there's a couple among them that I'm OBLIGED to know about, that I might be ostracized for NOT knowing about.

I sometimes wish that, like Jesse, my baby bottles had been full of molten metal, and my parents played Iron Maiden on loop while I slept in my crib. But, then again, I don't know if I would have liked to have missed “Bring on the Rain”, “Wide Open Spaces”, and “Achy Breaky Heart”. It seems like country has some songs that are brutal enough to be metal, like Charlie Daniels' “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, Reba McEntire's “Fancy”, or Garth Brooks' “The Thunder Rolls”. But, unfortunately, metalheads don't generally know THESE kind of classics.

Which brings me to my fondness of folk metal. With folk metal, it seems like there's always a way to compromise between your culture and metal. Oftentimes, when bands incorporate traditional musical styles or traditional instruments, or even use metal to tell the lore of their culture, I feel particularly thrilled, even hopeful. I don't generally like thrash, but when I heard some of Sepultura's “Roots”, I was very excited by the band's exploration of their culture.

One day, someone is going to make a special brand of American folk metal, just for me, and I'll be waiting. Perhaps, even, it is already out there, and I just don't know about it yet. That's the beauty of metal; there's always more of it, and it's a battle to explore it all."

Monday, February 9, 2009

Current Trend: Folk Metal

For those who were worried about my previous trend, don't be; I'm back. I have once again turned a 180 and am back in the belly of the beast, and by that I of course mean METAL!! This time, however, it's a new venture (as far as you know), this month my focus has been on Folk Metal.
For those who don't know folk metal is a sub-genre of power metal, where it keeps the sangs about war and magic and whatnot, but adds elements of either folk instruments or folkish ideals. The instruments include the flute, accordion, banjo, mandolin, violin, as well as native folk instruments like Latavian kokle, the Estonian torupill, the Finnish kantele, the oud and the saz. There are many different sub-classes of folk metal, with alot of different genres integrating folk sounds into their music. Most keep to that same idea of musical topics, most choosing a particular avenue to head down and stick with it. Many sing a mix of traditional songs of their homeland (or the homeland they which to emulate) and songs that are originals, but still have that old-time sound to them, well most of them, I doubt there was alot of heavy metal pirates in the 17th century.
Although I have alot of folk metal, some of it is way out there, so far that I can't really get behind it (Empylver - Wood Woud Would. God that was so weird). But these are a few of the artists that I have been listening to over and over.
  • Skyclad - The pioneer of folk metal, if it wasn't for these guys, folk metal wouldn't be what it is today, so much thanks for Skyclad for existing. Right from their first album, you knew that this was going to hang on. All of their songs are super folky, with several instruments and different chord progressions per song. I haven't heard too much of this group (I only have two albums, Wayward Sons of Mother Earth and A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol), but what I have heard I have enjoyed thoroughly.
  • Turisas - A Finnish folk metal band, named after the Finnish god of war, these guys' first album, titled Battle Metal, solidified their place in the folk metal halls. With songs of battle (as you may have guessed), chanting marching music, and hymn to the gods, Turisas is everything that is right with folk metal. They have both growled lyrics and melodic singing, often times with melodies that remind me of bards singing in castles of old. Their second release, The Varangian Way, continued their mauling of the airwaves. This release was more melodic then their last venture, which to me is a good thing. I can't wait for their next release, I hope it is soon.
  • Tyr - Tyr is more laid back then most on this list. While they do perform folk metal, it is often times slower, long pieces, with several parts throughout. Their music is closer to what I envision the music of the medieval times to be. Lots of harmonies, both in vocals as well in instruments. I only have two of their albums, How Far To Asgaard (the title track is my favorite by them), and Ragnarok (as the title suggests, this album was more up-tempo then the previous). They have a new album out this year, scheduled for April, and had one come out last year (which I did not know about until this writing). I'm going to do my best to find these albums, because I like their music, and because I am seeing them and Alestorm (see below) live on March 1, in Orlando.
  • Alestorm - A new band in the small sub-sub-genre of pirate metal. These guys keep up the flag that bands like Running Wild have hoisted. Their debut album, Captain Morgan's Revenge, was a (cannon)ball's to the wall joy ride of rum and treasure. Every song off that album is good. My favorites are the title track and "Nancy The Tavern Wench." I recently received their new EP, Leviathan, and was glad to see that it was along the same lines as their full-length. I can't wait to see them live, I'm sure they will be amazing.
  • Falconer - Falconer was one of the first (if not the very first) folk metal band I'd ever heard. It was 3 years ago (almost exactly) and I had just discovered the marvels of Last.FM. I was blown away by this new genre I had found. It was a long time before I heard anymore of their stuff, only catching a song here or there on my web radio, but just this past December, I found their entire discography. So I am working my way through their albums, and I like what I am hearing. I will continue listening and enjoying the symphonic folk.
So there you have it, the big five in my folk metal music collection. As I said I have alot more bands, and am doing my best to work through them all, but there are so many bands that require my attention, it's hard to say with any definite assurance that it will ever get done.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Awesome Websites For The Collector: Part 3 - Web Radio

I have alot of music, both legally gained and gained by "questionable" means, but one thing is for sure, I would not know as much as I do (about bands and websites) without reading other people's work. So I am passing the knowledge on to whomever needs it.

[Note]: I am not condoning the illegal download of music, or anything. Although I have partook in that pastime before, I am currently a member of several legal sites, and I enjoy the physical trading of CD's (of which I'm not sure of the legality).

Web Radio
  • Last.FM - My favorite. It has the largest web page library (not music) out of any web radio I've found. This is due to the fact that anyone can edit the pages (another wikipedia-like music site). I signed up for this 3 years ago and I love it. It keeps track of all the songs I play on its radio, my iTunes, and my iPod. I'm sure other sites can do that too, but these guys were the first. It's hosted out of the UK, so it has a more varied music collection. It has a stand-alone player that you can download, or you don't have to, but it runs better with the player. You don't have to sign up to use the service, and you will lose nothing, except the count of how many songs you're playing and when.
  • Pandora - Another one like Last.FM, one of the originals (to my knowledge). It too has the option of a downloaded player, but doesn't put as much emphasis on it. It doesn't make you sign up, but it becomes hard to listen to what you want if you don't. You get about 5 or 6 songs then it prompts you to sign up to hear more. You can exit the program (your Internet browser) and do it again, for another 5 songs. Kind of annoying, if you don't want to create a profile.
  • Musicovery - A very interesting view on the web-radio. While the selection isn't great, and it is kind of difficult to hear a certain artist (at least compared to Pandora or Last.FM), the way it is organized and looks makes up for it (sorta). I can't really describe how it is, you have to see it for yourself. It's like it makes a "web" of songs, and takes you down the path. You can see what songs are coming up (something that the others don't do), so you can plan accordingly. It definitely focuses on the mainstream, with some variation on different genres like funk or blues. Another interesting aspect of it, is how it searches for songs. You can't search artist, only genre (you check off the ones you want) and your "mood." Moods range from dark/positive to energetic/calm and anywhere in between. I'm not sure what they all mean, but it's still something different. Musicovery is for the casual listener, looking for the same old, with a new spin.
  • Slacker - I haven't used this one, so I can't claim it is good or bad. But I found it, so I'm sharing it. It's US only. Giving it a quick once-over, I like that you can pause the songs (most other web radios you can't), and it looks cool and loads quickly.
I only really use Last.FM, so I've only spent minimal time on the others. If you have a differing view, or know something about these, feel free to post! I'd like to know, and I'm sure someone else would enjoy hearing a little more about pros and cons of each.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Awesome Websites For The Collector: Part 2 - Dowload Sites

I have alot of music, both legally gained and gained by "questionable" means, but one thing is for sure, I would not know as much as I do (about bands and websites) without reading other people's work. So I am passing the knowledge on to whomever needs it.

[Note]: I am not condoning the illegal download of music, or anything. Although I have partook in that pastime before, I am currently a member of several legal sites, and I enjoy the physical trading of CD's (of which I'm not sure of the legality).

Download Sites
Sites I know about that you can download entire albums. These are not for individual tracks. They also use third-party websites as hosts, such as RapidShare and MegaUpload. If you don't know how to work these (or .rar files) don't bother, I'm not explaining it here. Also I'm only listing the few I know off the top of my head. There are literally thousands, and I'm not spending hours researching them all for you. Here are just a few that I know are good.
  • Bunalti - This is my favorite download site, made up of almost all metal and rock bands (with a few oddities mixed in). It is hosted in Turkey (hence the name, it means "our pain" for whatever reason), and thus it is hard to read some of the posts, but most of them have English translations. Its structured like a forum would be, but it also has a handy search engine, which works pretty well, but sometimes has a problem with the order of its results. For example if I wanted to search for "Iron Savior" it would first come up with the works of Iron Maiden (understandable), but then it would have 10 bands that have an album with the name "Savior" in the title, before letting you see the page you want. There needs to be a way to limit your search to artists or albums. Also it is nearly impossible to find compilation albums by several artists (such as a Tribute album, or a soundtrack). But I still used this site more then any other.
  • Musire - For anyone who used AlbumBase before it went belly up, this is pretty much the same. It is a simple search engine for download files. Search by album or artist. The biggest problem is that it has alot of dead links, or links that lead to password-protected files, with no way to learn the password. Not bad but not great.
  • Filez - A RapidShare-only search engine. Very easy to use, but also very hard to find what you're looking for. It searches all RapidShare, including video or text files (and alot of porn). Also they are organised by file name, not band or album name. So if you are looking for Judas Priest, you might need to search Judas_Priest, or JudasPriest. A last call search engine.
  • AlbumWash Forum - Just a straight-forward forum dedicated to posting links for music. It hosts all genres and types. There just isn't a way search so you are left to either wait for something good to be posted or scrounge every page looking.
There is also a large section of sites are are formed in Blog format (such as this one). Instead of searching and listing them all I'm going to leave you with a site that does just that: Searches the Net for new Download Blogs: Freewave.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Awesome Websites For The Collector: Part 1 - Music Encyclopedias

I have alot of music, both legally gained and gained by "questionable" means, but one thing is for sure, I would not know as much as I do (about bands and websites) without reading other people's work. So I am passing the knowledge on to whomever needs it.

[Note]: I am not condoning the illegal download of music, or anything. Although I have partook in that pastime before, I am currently a member of several legal sites, and I enjoy the physical trading of CD's (of which I'm not sure of the legality).

Music Encyclopedias
These sites are what I use to write this blog, to correctly title the songs in my library, and to find new and exciting bands:
  • Wikipedia - Not the best for accuracy, but it often times links to useful sites. Alot of which are listed below. Also they are almost always linked to the Band's web site. So you can easily double-check most of the material.
  • Encyclopedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - The Wikipedia for metal music, although I trust this site alot more. There are alot of sites out there that claim to have the largest collection of music, but I believe that Encyclopedia Metallum has it. Having over 84,000 bands, all broken up by genre, letter, or country, with an easy to use search engine, this is easily one of the most ambitious sites I have ever seen. My only complaint is that it is hard to directly link to any band page, as they host the searches within the homepage, not opening a stand-alone page. Also, if you couldn't guess from the title, it's only for metal bands, with any non-metal bands being removed (by the administrators).
  • Last.FM - Not only a great site for web radio (my favorite), it also hosts quite a large collection of band pages. Often nothing more then a paragraph explaining the band, it's not enough to really learn much, but it can let you know the genre and you can listen to a track or two, a handy guide if you're interested in the band but not sure about it's music.
  • The Prog Archives - I just found this one about a week ago, and haven't searched it very far. It seems to be a review site for progressive bands, which is nice, as it can be hard to find any info on prog bands. Although most of the bands I searched for had a page, not alot of them had any more info then just the band's name and release. If you are really big into progressive rock/metal then this would be a great site to have, if not I'd just pass it over.
  • Metal From Finland - As the title suggests, this web site deals solely with artists from Finland. It is broken bu by genre, and has an artist of the week, but is quite limited. I love Finish metal, so I use this site to find new artists, but as I said, it is for a small piece of the music pie.
  • Allmusic - The epitome of music encyclopedia websites. This site is trying to have EVERYTHING. Every genre, every band, every album, ever. They do a pretty good job overall, but alot of the lesser known artists (which is the only reason I frequent music encyclopedias, for the info that other sites don't have) have nothing but their discography page. This site focuses on mostly pop or mainstream rock, so for someone like me, who listens to alot of metal and alot of stuff off the grid, it can be frustrating at times. My biggest gripe is that each page takes forever to load up, often times erroring and making me start again. For a website that plans to have millions of pages, you would think they would have better page recall and bandwidth to handle the plethora of people visiting. But hey, that's just me.
  • Rock Detector (or Music Might as it is known now) - It used to be another website where you could submit your own articles for different bands and whatnot. Which of course made it just as reliable as Wikipedia, but it was still useful for some of the more out-there artists, as well as finding information about rare EPs or demos the band released. I hadn't been on it for a while and when I came back it had the different title (still the same web site though). I guess some guy named Gary Sharpe-Young bought it in September of 2008 and is now doing all the submissions manually. The page says on it's FAQ that you can mail (read: snail mail) him any updates, all the way in New Zealand. So I don't know what is going on exactly with that. But it still has several thousand artists, and so is still useful as a location to read up on an artist.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Albums Listened To In January

Well another month, another list. I thought that with all the time I've spent listening to music, this month would have the most albums plaid, but this is not the case. My numbers are up, I'm averaging over 1 album a day, but I would like more. Alot of these albums this month were short, notably the older groups (like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Queen), so there should be more.
Also, I have listened to alot of repeats this month, starting the month with almost no new material, luckily I changed this and went for the new and bold by the end. 24 out of 44 are newly listened, not bad at all.

[Edit] So I wrote all of this on Jan 29th, but I was hurt (I pulled my back) and sick all weekend so I had alot of time to listen to music. I jumped from 34 albums to 44 in two days!

As far as the favorties and hated of the month, I don't think I can do them. This period's works were all pretty solid, with nothing standing out above the rest, or failing miserably. If I had to choose some favorites they would be the works of Rishloo, a new band I found last week, or the Skyclad album, Wayward Sons of Mother Earth, or of course Queen with A Night At The Opera, quite possibly one of the best albums I've ever heard.
On the flipside, if I was to choose a least favorite it would have to be Gnarls Barkley with The Odd Couple and John Frusciante with The Empyrean. Gnarls Barkley only because it's not my style of music, it's a sold album, I just can't get behind it. And John Frusciante's new work is just too out there. It is the definate experimental album, alot of the songs drone on and on with little melody or reason. Again it's decent, but it's not my style.

February is a short month, let's see if we can top this month's numbers!
  1. AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video - Newly Listened!
  2. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
  3. Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider - Newly Listened!
  4. Audioslave - Audioslave
  5. Audioslave - Out Of Exile
  6. Audioslave - Revelations
  7. The Bakerton Group - Space Guitars EP
  8. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) (2 Discs)
  9. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited - Newly Listened!
  10. The Clash - The Clash - Newly Listened!
  11. Coheed & Cambria - The Second Stage Turbine Blade
  12. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country
  13. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  14. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
  15. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Mardi Gras - Newly Listened!
  16. The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free - Newly Listened!
  17. Destroy Destroy Destroy - Battle Sluts - Newly Listened!
  18. Dio - Holy Diver
  19. Dream Theater - Dark Side Of The Moon (Official Bootleg) - Newly Listened!
  20. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
  21. Fiddler's Green - Sports Day At Killaloe - Newly Listened!
  22. Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On - Newly Listened!
  23. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple - Newly Listened!
  24. Green Day - American Idiot
  25. GWAR - War Party - Newly Listened!
  26. The Haunted - The Haunted Made Me Do It
  27. James Blunt - All The Lost Souls
  28. James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
  29. John Frusciante - The Empyrean - Newly Listened!
  30. Judas Priest - Sin After Sin - Newly Listened!
  31. Megadeth - Rust In Peace - Newly Listened!
  32. Queen - A Night At The Opera
  33. Queen - Queen
  34. Queen - Queen II
  35. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
  36. The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers - Newly Listened!
  37. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely - Newly Listened!
  38. Regina Spektor - Songs - Newly Listened!
  39. Rishloo - Eidolon - Newly Listened!
  40. Rishloo - Terras Fames - Newly Listened!
  41. Reel Big Fish - Fame, Fortune, And Fornication - Newly Listened!
  42. Rollins Band - Weight - Newly Listened!
  43. Skyclad - Wayward Sons of Mother Earth - Newly Listened!
  44. Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey - Newly Listened!