Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bands I've Seen Live

So posts have been slicking of late, alot of reasons for that leading off with that I have the plague. I'm not going to go into the rest, as this is not my own personal bitch session. So here is a half-assed article I've been working on. It's a list of all the bands that I've seen live, that I can remember. I started collecting my ticket stubs from shows when I began college (4 years ago) and alot of these are from that time. Some of the older shows I tried to remember, but I can't quite get the full line ups. I'm working on looking up all the tours I'm not sure about, and will amend this list as they come up.
I'd love to see how many shows any of my readers have been to. I know I'm starting to get some semi-regulars, and many of you are concert goers like me. I realize that some lists would put mine to shame, but I was actually a little surprised with how many bands I have actually seen. And of course I will add to this list over the upcoming months and years.
  1. AC/DC
  2. Alestorm
  3. Alice Cooper
  4. Ankla
  5. Arch Enemy
  6. As I Lay Dying
  7. Bad Actor - 2 Times (Maybe a third in this upcoming week)
  8. Behemoth
  9. The Black Dahlia Murder
  10. Black Label Society
  11. Black Sabbath
  12. Black Tide
  13. Blue Öyster Cult
  14. Brand New Sin
  15. Bury Your Dead
  16. Celtic Frost
  17. Cheap Trick
  18. Chevelle
  19. Chthonic
  20. Cinder - at least 10 times (I toured with these guys for 6 months as a roadie/merch salesman)
  21. Circus Diablo
  22. Clutch
  23. Daath
  24. Deadsy
  25. DevilDriver
  26. Dir En Grey
  27. Disturbed - 3 Times
  28. Eddie Money
  29. Empyrean
  30. Foghat
  31. Gizmachi
  32. Grand Funk Railroad
  33. Hatebreed
  34. The Haunted
  35. Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath with Dio)
  36. Hinder
  37. In Flames
  38. It Dies Today
  39. In This Moment
  40. Killswitch Engage
  41. KoRn - 3 Times
  42. Lordi
  43. Mastadon
  44. MC Chris - 5 Times
  45. Mötley Crüe
  46. Mudvayne
  47. Nile
  48. Papa Roach
  49. Puddle of Mudd
  50. Queensrÿche
  51. Rob Zombie
  52. Shadows Fall
  53. Shinedown
  54. The Showdown
  55. Soapy Tuna - At least 10 times (The alter ego of Cinder, whenever they didn't want to pay their company to play a gig)
  56. Soilwork
  57. Static-X
  58. Styx
  59. Suidakra
  60. The Sword
  61. Theory of A Deadman
  62. Tool
  63. Trivium
  64. Type O Negative
  65. Týr
  66. Velvet Revolver
  67. Wicked Wisdom
As a side note, I have been working on articles, just not finishing them. I am 90% complete with my Týr concert experience as well as working on some new band articles (teaser: one is progressive symphonic folk metal). So have no fear! Updates are in the works.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Current Trend: Old Bands With New Music

Moving away slightly from my last trend, I have been listening to alot of folk rock recently, but still mixing in the folk metal, and I have also been listening to new albums by old bands - bands that haven't released much in the past decade (or more), but have a new album out within the past few years.
The folk is just a continuation from last time, except a little softer. Most of them are celtic punk, but I found a couple of new ones that are reminiscent of Simon And Garfunkel, mixed in with indie rock (Sun Kil Moon and Great Lake Swimmers). Kind of nice, nothing I'll listen to much, but a nice sound to listen to if you're winding down for the night.
I have been pretty disappointed with the new music by old bands, most of it has been very ho-hum, nothing is too exciting. I don't know why I was expecting more, most of these bands are over 30 years old at this point, and have lost their edge. It's not bad, but I wouldn't call any of it 'metal' per se. Most of the bands are the grand-daddies of metal sub-genres, but now it falls mostly into hard rock.

Metallica - Death Magnetic
  • The long-awaited album by thrash gods Metallica. I like to pretend that St. Anger never happened, and it seems so does the band. Death Magnetic is very different then their previous attempt at the new market, much better - not as good as The Black Album or previous, but way better then Load or Re-Load. I've already said something about this release, but now that I've heard it a few times (and that I don't remember what I put the last time) I'll weigh in again. You can tell that they listened (at least partially) to the numerous complaints from St. Anger, although the production quality is still in the gutter. Death Magnetic tried to mix the thrash days of old, with the hard rock times of now. Almost every song is over five minutes, and has several different segments and breakdowns, a throwback to their older days. Again, not a bad album, by far their best in almost twenty years, but not great. I'd like to see them work on this formula and perfet it for their next release.
Rush - Snakes And Arrows
  • Snake And Arrows is one of the only albums this month that is both by an old band and that I haven't listened to before. I can't say anything negative about it, being a Rush fan I hear all the things I love about them, the intricate drum work (Neil Peart is God) and the flowing guitar and bass. But I also haven't really enjoyed a Rush album sense Moving Pictures, released way back in 1981. Every release after '81 has been...well I don't know really, its been kind of boring. My friend Sloth (check out his blog) would disagree, as Rush is his favorite band, he could go on for hours about how "this song means such-and-such" and why Geddy Lee should be the next president (if he weren't Canadian), but not me. Actualy this past statement isn't 100% true, I did like Rush's cover EP, Feedback, that came out in 2004. But as I said, if you are a Rushophile (Rush lover, get it?) then pick it up, but if you feel, as I do, that they haven't released anything amazing in 20+ years (aside from Feedback) then you might want to pass this one over.
Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
  • Ah, which brings me to The Axl Rose Project, oh wait no - it's Guns N' Roses (I can't take credit for that name, it was my friend Krotch). So I walked into this album, trying to keep an open mind, but it was difficult. The only song I enjoyed off of the album was their single, "Better," and that's probably only because I've heard it 50 times on the radio at work. The album would be alot better if you don't think of it as a GNR album, if you look at it as The Axl Rose Project, it seems to get better. Unfortunately, I can't get passed what a dick Axl has been. I loved classic GNR, I liked Velvet Revolver (which just shows that the rest of the guys still have it), but this album just falls flat. Rose tries to do too much with too little, the album cris-crosses genres randomly, it has too many "guest performers" to count (If you can even call them guest performers, it's just a list of people that were "members" of GNR over the past 20 years, who then Axl got angry at and fired).
Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life And Death
  • Another of my favorite bands that's new album really doesn't match their heyday. As the same with Rush, I don't think that Maiden has released anything great sense Fear of The Dark, in 1992, and again I have a friend who would hit me if he heard me besmirching their good name. But oh well, you can't please them all. A Matter of Life And Death is, well a so-so album. I got the promo for "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg" months before the album came out, and as such it is the only song I enjoyed on my re-listen to the album. It's not a bad disc, it's just kind of boring, nothing really stands out in any way. The songs are all long in length, with only one under five minutes, but most don't need to be. They seem to just go on and on for no reason other then they can. Actually, going back and looking at my Rush paragraph, these albums are surprisingly similar, well in the aspects of my reviews at least. If you're a fan, buy it, it you're a weekend warrior (casual listener) it's easy enough to forget about.
So there you have it, the albums and bands that have been occupying my time of late. Of course there are more, lots more, but I haven't posted in a while and I didn't want to wait for me to finish these other albums to write about them, maybe I'll write a part two eventually.
Other bands and albums on my list:
AC/DC - Black Ice
Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider
Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution
Mötley Crüe - Saints of Los Angeles
Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Guest Post: Gryphyn Bloodheart - Tyr/Alestorm Concert

Another guest post from my friend Gryphyn Bloodheart, about the concert we went to, at the small local venue BackBooth. The band lineup for the show was (in order of performance) Empyrean, Suidakra, Alestorm, and Tyr.

"Look out Johan! Heri Joensen is in town!

And I did, in the very end, get a kiss from him -- just a peck on the cheek, but still, I was giddy over it. I don't know if he hesitated at my request because he's married, or because he saw the monster in the pit with the matching facepaint and fearfully assumed I belonged to him. (Though Heri's kinda buff -- he might be able to take my boyfriend.)Okay, okay, I'll shut up about my obsessive infatuations long enough to talk about the actual music... *sigh* Okay, so Empyrean opened strong, and had a good set, though I thought it rather short. Mind, the whole show felt rather short but I'll get to that more in a bit. I would probably like Empyrean a lot more if it weren't for the vocals. Granted, I have to give him kudos for playing while sick, but I don't like his vocal style, and the band could have carried on without him because their music is great by itself. Aside from the vocals, it's good prog, and Vincent is a fucking monster on that bass! On the last song, he literally looked like he was playing while fucking possessed!
Suidakra bothered me a little when they came on, because I found it a little tacky that almost all of them were wearing their own merchandise. Maybe it's just me, but I find it tacky when bands wear their own stuff while performing. I'd really rather see them wearing band names they love besides themselves. All in all, they were okay, but I wasn't entirely moved by them. They're supposed to be Celtic folk metal from Germany, but sometimes I can hardly hear what makes their music "Celtic folk", besides maybe some of the lyrics.
Alestorm came on, two playing bare-chested, the other in a kilt looking much like a good ol' Scotsman. Man, Scots are tiny! It'd take three of them to match a single Faroese! Anyway, they performed greats like "Captain Morgan's Revenge", "Wenches and Mead", and "Nancy the Tavern Wench", and played them well despite some technical difficulties, so I was quite pleased. By this time I was up at the front, and every time Chris wanted us to pump our fists and chant "HEY HEY HEY!", I was afraid I might HIT HIM. It was also during this performance that the guy next to me, who was pumping his fists quite fanatically, clocked me in the back of the head with his elbow when I was coming up from headbanging.Then Tyr came on. Immediately I noticed what a nice ass Heri has -- SORRY! SORRY! MUSIC! MUSIC! -- Anyway, they performed great in the beginning, but about the middle of the show the guitarist came unplugged suddenly and had to stumble a bit to correct the problem in mid-song. Turned out the plug was a bit loose and would shake out with the vibrations of the stage. A guy at the front with me kept lunging onto the stage to secure the plug to help out, which seemed to work. Until Heri's mic kept cutting out during the songs, which he was visibly pissed about. Heri also kept walking up to the stage right in front of where I was to strut his guitar work. He was so close I could have grabbed his junk if I really wanted to be inappropriate, so it was kind of like getting a lap dance. He did this several times, and when he turned around to stand back behind the mic, I got to see his cute butt again. XD About halfway through the show I stopped headbanging and just got mesmerized by Heri, and how sexy he looked in that leather and the -- FUCK! THE MUSIC! THE MUSIC! -- Anyway, any awesomeness missing from their performance was less about TÝR's inadequacies, and more about equipment failures and a lousy venue. This was my first time at Backbooth, so my first impression was that, like the Dungeon, it would be a very personal, close performance. Unfortunately, it just felt like it was too insufficient for the act. I really would like to see these guys at Firestone or House of Blues instead -- it would definitely be more respectable. One thing I will say I didn't like about their performance; they played an awful lot of songs in Faroese. While a lot of their songs ARE in Faroese, I think they should have catered to their audience and played more of their English songs, which they do have plenty of. They should have limited the Faroese songs to one or two. While it is arguable that one might miss a lot of great songs that way, I like singing along with the band and knowing what they're talking about. As much as I'd love to learn Faroese or any other Scandinavian language, it's not a likely learning project in the near future. To their credit, I will say I love the sound of Faroese when sung, even if I can't read it, and it does add to the overall folky feel of the music to hear them barding away in their native tongue. And, to be fair, even in the Faroese songs, there were some folks who were singing along.

And the show should have been longer. When Tyr left the stage, it felt rather sudden, and we kept chanting for an encore. But, alas, the lights rose and they did not return even to toss us a fucking pick. Perhaps they'd become too frustrated with the inadequacies of the show, or perhaps they were annoyed by the noise coming from the club next door. Whatever it was, the ending was disappointing. Vengefully, I scavenged a drumstick from the stage and threatened to whack them with it til they came back to play "The Hammer of Thor" for me. At least they were hanging around the venue for a while after their performance, so we all had a chance to ogle them, get signatures, chat in German, and steal kisses.

I really can't lay blame on the bands for the problems with the performances; honestly, Backbooth just sucks. They can't keep a mic running, and the dicks next door play crappy music, and also I can't parallel park to save my life. Ultimately, I was pleased with the bands and just displeased with Backbooth."

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bands I Love: Clutch - Part 2

So I love Clutch, and rather then write a long story about my love for them (which I will get to eventually) I am just going to post a list of my favorite songs of theirs. Now by favorite I mean about 40, they have so many amazing songs.
(The bolded songs are my choices)
By Album:
Pure Rock Fury
Pure Rock Fury continued on the path of their previous album, Jam Room, although with added success. It still holds onto the raw rock/metal sound, but is much better produced. Still in the vein of stoner rock, this album is the stepping stone to the groove-oriented band that they become with their next few releases. "Pure Rock Fury" is a balls-to-the-wall shout-at-the-top-of-your-lungs kind of song. "Open Up the Border" and the updated version of "Sinkemlow" are nice groove songs. "Careful With That Mic..." is Clutch's only(to date) rap song. It sounds odd to say, but it is actually quite good. It's all about how other bands rely on repeating lyrics and catchy gimmicks to make it big, while bands like Clutch are constantly re-inventing themselves. A very true statement, looking at the next three releases.

  1. "American Sleep" – 4:18
  2. "Pure Rock Fury" – 3:21
  3. "Open Up The Border" – 3:45
  4. "Careful With That Mic..." – 3:27
  5. "Red Horse Rainbow" – 5:58
  6. "The Great Outdoors!" – 3:47
  7. "Smoke Banshee" – 3:33
  8. "Frankenstein" – 5:41
  9. "Sinkemlow" – 3:55
  10. "Immortal" – 3:39
  11. "Brazenhead" – 6:28
  12. "Drink To The Dead" – 5:58
Blast Tyrant
Blast Tyrant was the first Clutch album to fully embrace rock and funk into it's sound. This is one of my favorite albums by them, as you can see almost every song is good. The entire album is in the same key and overall groove sound, and as such it is easy to pick out songs off of this album. Some stand-outs include "Profits of Doom," "The Mob Goes Wild,' "Cypress Grove," "The Regulator," and "Ghost." "The Regulator," and "Ghost" are in battle for my favorite Clutch song, each one is amazing. I love the opening tri-guitar riff in"The Regulator," and I love the lyrics in "Ghost." Too difficult to choose.
  1. "Mercury" – 3:00
  2. "Profits of Doom" – 3:12
  3. "The Mob Goes Wild" – 3:32
  4. "Cypress Grove" – 2:45
  5. "Promoter (of Earthbound Causes)" – 3:14
  6. "The Regulator" – 5:25
  7. "Worm Drink" – 3:13
  8. "Army of Bono" – 4:36
  9. "Spleen Merchant" – 2:38
  10. "(In the Wake of) The Swollen Goat" – 3:01
  11. "Weathermaker" – 0:47
  12. "Subtle Hustle" – 2:46
  13. "Ghost" – 4:37
  14. "(Notes from the Trial of) La Curandera" – 5:49
  15. "WYSIWYG" – 5:45
Robot Hive/Exodus
song I heard, thanks to my Dad's Robot Hive/Exodus was the first Clutch album that I owned, and the song "10001110101" was the very first song I heard, due to my Dad's Sirus Satellite Radio. And although this album has less memorable songs then Blast Tyrant, it is my favorite album by them. Listening to every song back-to-back is more of an experience then their other discs. Robot Hive/Exodus seems to be more religiously oriented than any other Clutch CD, with the songs "Burning Beard," "Gullah," and "Mice And Gods" touching on some sort of religion either explicitly or implicitly. This is also the first album that features keyboards, having added the instrument to the band. Because of this new instrument, the keyboards are very heavy in some of the songs, something that I think goes well with the subject matter on this album. "10001110101" is a whimsical song about nothing. All of the lyrics are random, and have no purpose. But it still is a great song.

  1. "The Incomparable Mr. Flannery" – 3:43
  2. "Burning Beard" – 4:00
  3. "Gullah" – 4:24
  4. "Mice and Gods" – 3:55
  5. "Pulaski Skyway" – 4:09
  6. "Never Be Moved" – 4:04
  7. "10001110101" – 5:00
  8. "Small Upsetters" – 2:38
  9. "Circus Maximus" – 3:42
  10. "Tripping The Alarm" – 2:25
  11. "10,000 Witnesses" – 3:29
  12. "Land Of Pleasant Living" – 4:06
  13. "Gravel Road" – 5:18
  14. "Who's Been Talking?" – 3:46
From Beale Street To Oblivion
Their most blues-oriented album, From Beale Street To Oblivion, was the first Clutch album to be released while I was a fan (the others being released prior to my knowing that the band existed). This album is my Dad's favorite (yes my Father is a Clutch fan too), because of the heavy blues lines and slower songs. While Robot Hive/Exodus favored the keyboard, From Beale Street To Oblivion favors the vocals. Many of the songs are stripped down to their bear minimum, with very little distortion on the guitars. The stand-out hit of the album, and also the first single, is "Electric Worry." This song reminds my Dad of Frank Zappa and The Mothers, with the deep vocals and the lone guitar-lick segments. I don't know much about Zappa, except for one or two of his albums, but I enjoy it for the song's music and lyrics. It's a love song of sorts, or a song after the love has ended.
  1. "You Can't Stop Progress" – 2:40
  2. "Power Player" – 3:06
  3. "The Devil & Me" – 3:57
  4. "White's Ferry" – 5:24
  5. "Child of the City" – 3:53
  6. "Electric Worry" – 5:14
  7. "One Eye Dollar" – 1:23
  8. "Rapture of Riddley Walker" – 4:09
  9. "When Vegans Attack" – 4:56
  10. "Opossum Minister" – 4:28
  11. "Black Umbrella" – 4:05
  12. "Mr. Shiny Cadillackness" – 5:11

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring Break!

So, as of yesterday at 8pm I am on Spring Break! That means a full week of sitting on the beach drinking every kind of liquor I can get my hands on. So needless to say, updates will be sporadic at best.
Tomorrow I will post the second installment of my list of The Best of Clutch, and eventually I'll write about the concerts I've been to this week, and probably a list of all the bands I've seen in my relatively short life.
Oh that's right, I went to two concerts this week (would have been three but I have to work tonight, and miss Flogging Molly). On Monday I saw Týr with Alestorm, Suidakra and Empyrean, and last night I got a free ticket to see Mötley Crüe with Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and The Last Vegas. So I have to to finish my reviews of those shows, but they probably wont be up here until late next week.

I wish everyone a good couple of weeks, whether you are working, partying or just living.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bands I Love: Clutch - Part 1

So I love the band Clutch, and rather then write a long story about my love for them (which I will get to eventually) I am just going to post a list of my favorite songs of theirs. Now by favorite I mean about 40, they have so many amazing songs.
(The bolded songs are my choices)
Translational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths
Translational Speedway League was the first full album of Clutch's that I had. What appealed me to this album, and would eventually repel me as well, was their stoner-metal feel. At the time I was busy discovering new music (Spring 2006) and I liked what I heard. After I got their other albums and started enjoying their funk/blues feel, Translational Speedway League fell to the wayside. So while I used to listen to this album alot more frequently, I now am bored by it
  1. "A Shogun Named Marcus" – 2:52
  2. "El Jefe Speaks" – 3:49
  3. "Binge and Purge" – 6:29
  4. "12 Ounce Epilogue" – 2:49
  5. "Bacchanal" – 4:11
  6. "Milk of Human Kindness" – 4:17
  7. "Rats" – 2:45
  8. "Earthworm" – 4:31
  9. "Heirloom 13" – 5:34
  10. "Walking in the Great Shining Path of Monster Trucks" – 3:43
  11. "Effigy" – 5:09
Their next, self-titled, release was alot more laid back, falling into the stoner rock/metal category. It has an over-exposed, heavy feed-back feel. And although I do like this one more then Translational Speedway League, it doesn't compare to what Clutch would become. I like "Big News I" and "Big News II", especially back to back, where their similarities and differences can be easily discernible. "Texan Book of the Dead" is a great song, and the chorus makes me laugh every time; it uses the tag lines from children's' songs, like "BINGO" and "Nick-Nack-Paddy-Wack."
  1. "Big News I" – 5:13
  2. "Big News II" – 2:23
  3. "Rock n' Roll Outlaw" – 2:59
  4. "Texan Book of the Dead" – 2:57
  5. "Escape from the Prison Planet" – 4:53
  6. "Spacegrass" – 6:33
  7. "I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth" – 4:27
  8. "Tight Like That" – 4:49
  9. "Animal Farm" – 2:01
  10. "Droid" – 4:43
  11. "The House That Peterbilt" – 3:32
  12. "7 Jam" – 6:18
  13. "Tim Sult vs. The Greys" – 4:11
The Elephant Riders
The Elephant Riders continues on the stoner feel from their self-titled album, but also Incorporated the more whimsical sound and lyrics that would become prevalent in later releases. It still has the lead singer shouting more than singing, but also starts integrating heavy bass lines and groove rhythms. "The Elephant Riders," "Eight Times Miss October," and "The Dragonfly" all have the same feel and sound to them, making it easy to tell they are off the same album. "Ship of Gold" I like alot because of the off-beat of the drums, with the hi-hat(the cymbal sound) constantly in the background. "Green Buckets" is a song that seems quite different from the rest of the album; it's a song in three parts. Part 1: A song about a man who is tired of being alone in his house, and his hunt for a wife for the winter. Part 2: The man's disbelief at the concept of recycling (hence the name (green recycling buckets)). Part 3: The man finds a woman and tries to convince her to move in, by showing that he has alot of food and beer and how he can make anything she needs, they won't have to leave the house for a full year. Very odd to say the least.
  1. "The Elephant Riders" – 3:50
  2. "Ship Of Gold" – 4:22
  3. "Eight Times Over Miss October" – 4:21
  4. "The Soapmakers" – 2:57
  5. "The Yeti" – 4:59
  6. "Muchas Veces" – 5:44
  7. "Green Buckets" – 3:52
  8. "Wishbone" – 3:43
  9. "Crackerjack" – 5:10
  10. "The Dragonfly" – 10:16 *Contains a Hidden Track*
Jam Room
Jam Room was a limited-release album, produced off the band's own label. This was between major label releases, and it shows it. The album has a grittier sound then Clutch or The Elephant Riders. While recording-wise it sounds closer to Translational Speedway League, the songs themselves, in music and vocal sense, were closer to The Elephant Riders. I was fairly disapointed with this album. The only stand-outs are "Release The Kracken" (which sounds close to "Open Up The Border" off of the next album, Pure Rock Fury), and "Sink 'Em Low" (which was later re-recorded with different lyrics as "Sinkemlow" on the Pure Rock Fury Album as well). "One Eyed Dollar" was also re-recorded for From Beale Street to Oblivion.
  1. "Who Wants to Rock?" – 1:24
  2. "Big Fat Pig" – 4:53
  3. "Going to Market" – 2:00
  4. "One Eye Dollar" – 1:13
  5. "Raised By Horses" – 3:20
  6. "Bertha's Big Back Yard" – 0:26
  7. "Gnome Enthusiast" – 3:14
  8. "Swamp Boat Upside Down" – 3:24
  9. "Basket of Eggs" – 4:58
  10. "Release the Kraken" – 3:35
  11. "The Drifter" – 4:29
  12. "I Send Pictures" – 3:35
  13. "Sink 'Em Low" – 3:56
  14. "Super Duper" – 2:58
  15. "Release the Dub" – 3:44

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Albums Listened To In February

So the shortest month is now over, and I have almost the most music played this month (if not the most)! I'm not really sure how this has happened, but I think it's because of all the classic albums I listened to. I have those entire albums on my iPod, so I could travel and play.

The best album of this month is definitely Wizard with Thor. I liked the heavy power metal feel (well they are power metal, so that's to be expected) with their themes. I have a couple more of their albums, and I will need to listen to them in March.
Runner up, I loved Hindu Love Gods's only album. A bunch of old blues covers done in a more modern theme. A great showing of Warren Zevon and friends.

The worst by far: Empylver - Wood Woud Would. This album was horrible. I had really high hopes too. As of late I've been listening to alot of folk music, and Empylver is folk metal from China, a first for my collection. I was expecting all sorts of Chinese themes and instruments, but I was let down. Instead it sounded like a industrial band who tried mixing folk themes into their music. The music was boring, the singing (what little of it there was) was more muttered over then anything else. I would say to stay away from this band.
Runner up is Meshuggah with obZen. Not necessarily because the album was bad, but because it's not my style and I couldn't get into it. (see more here).
Another close one was Doomy Ballads by Big Boss. Again, not for any real reason, except that it was boring. There was only one up-beat song on the album, which should have been apparent from the title, but I like doom metal, and to me this was a poor showing.

As a side note, I noticed half way through the month that the albums I was listening to were falling very nicely into the Alphabet. By February 15th I had 18 of the 26 letters covered. So I decided to go the entire way with it. If you look you'll see that from 'A' to 'Z' every letter has an artist. Mostly this was by accident but a few artists I had to struggle with. The Xandria album I had to get just to make it work, I have no other 'X's' in my library. And I'll probably never listen to it again, but I needed it.

  1. 16 - Bridges To Burn - Newly Listened!
  2. 3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down - Newly Listened!
  3. Abstrakt Algebra - Dactylis Glomerata: Abstrakt Algebra - Newly Listened!
  4. AC/DC - Back In Black
  5. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
  6. Alestorm - Leviathan (EP) - Newly Listened!
  7. The Answer - Everyday Demons - Newly Listened!
  8. The Bakerton Group - El Rojo - Newly Listened!
  9. Baroness - The Red Album
  10. Big Boss - Doomy Ballads - Newly Listened!
  11. The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers Soundtrack
  12. Boston - Boston
  13. Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream - Newly Listened!
  14. Crooked X - Crooked X - Newly Listened!
  15. Deep Purple - Purpendicular - Newly Listened!
  16. Empyrean - EP
  17. Empylver - Wood Woud Would - Newly Listened!
  18. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand - Newly Listened!
  19. George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Haircut - Newly Listened!
  20. Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II
  21. HammerFall - Masterpieces - Newly Listened!
  22. Hindu Love Gods - Hindu Love Gods - Newly Listened!
  23. Holy Dio - A Tribute To The Voice of Metal: Ronnie James Dio (2 Discs) - Newly Listened!
  24. Holy Martyr - Still At War - Newly Listened!
  25. Iron Man - Submission (EP) - Newly Listened!
  26. Johnny Cash - American V: A Hundred Highways - Newly Listened!
  27. Kamelot - The Black Halo
  28. KoЯn - Untouchables
  29. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
  30. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
  31. Meshuggah - obZen - Newly Listened!
  32. Nativity In Black I: A Tribute To Black Sabbath
  33. Nativity In Black II: A Tribute To Black Sabbath
  34. Orange Sky - Dat Iz Voodoo - Newly Listened!
  35. Pink Floyd - The Wall (2 Disks)
  36. Queen -A Day At The Races - Newly Listened!
  37. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
  38. Rebellion - Miklagard - The History Of The Vikings Vol. 2
  39. Rebellion - Sagas Of Iceland - The History Of The Vikings Vol. I
  40. Reel Big Fish & Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer - Duet All Night Long
  41. Reel Big Fish - Turn The Radio Off
  42. Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch - Newly Listened!
  43. Rodney Carrington - Live: C'mon Laugh You Bastards
  44. Stone Gods - Silver Spoons & Broken Bones
  45. Styx - The Grand Illusion
  46. The Tossers - On A Fine Spring Evening - Newly Listened!
  47. Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever - Newly Listened!
  48. UFO - Lights Out - Newly Listened!
  49. Van Canto - Hero - Newly Listened!
  50. Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy - Newly Listened!
  51. We're A Happy Family: A Tribute To Ramones
  52. Wizard - Thor - Newly Listened!
  53. Xandria - India - Newly Listened!
  54. Yes - 90125 - Newly Listened!
  55. Zimmer's Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil...We Were In League With Satan