88. Pig Destroyer, ‘Terrifyer’ (2004)

A year ago, I was listening to four bands on heavy rotation that I called the “Barnyard Tetrad”. They were Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Lamb of God, and Pig Destroyer. I don’t know what it is about having a domesticated animal in the bands name. It works. The next album is by the last of theContinue reading “88. Pig Destroyer, ‘Terrifyer’ (2004)”

89. Nightwish, “Once” (2004)

The importance of expertise, professional judgement, and knowledge has never been more evident; yet many of us celebrate wrongness, stupidity, and a stubborn refusal to face facts as what…bravery? Heroism? Or my favorite: common sense. I’ve always thought that I was on the side of the former. Not all opinions are equal, and I’ll listenContinue reading “89. Nightwish, “Once” (2004)”

91. Naked City, ‘Torture Garden’ (1990)

Here are some experiences I’ve had in the last 3 months. 1. I watched my neighbor’s house burn. 2. In attempting to fix a tail-light on my car, I ended up doing enough damage to it to require $600 in repairs. 3. I moved out of a store aisle because a single person on theContinue reading “91. Naked City, ‘Torture Garden’ (1990)”

92. Eyehategod, ‘Take as Needed for Pain’ (1993)

n the process of reviewing the Rolling Stone Top 100 Metal Albums, I fully expected the following two things to happen: 1. I would run across an album that I prejudged as not being worth my time, and find (to my delight) that I was wrong. 2. I would listen to an album that soundedContinue reading “92. Eyehategod, ‘Take as Needed for Pain’ (1993)”

93. White Zombie, ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One’ (1992)

In Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas, The Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band are defeated in a talent contest by the Riverbottom Nightmare Band. The Jug Band represents wholesomeness, honest work, and the simplicity of a country life. The Riverbottom Nightmare band represent excess, confidence, and aggression. The Jug Band plays old timey jug band stuff. TheContinue reading “93. White Zombie, ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One’ (1992)”

94. Deafheaven, ‘Sunbather’ (2013)

The Balkanization of metal into genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub genres, is a bit of an elephant in the room. The taxonomist in me thinks classification is fun and worthwhile. The musician not so much. I like lots of different kinds of music, and it follows that I like lots of different kinds of metal. I’mContinue reading “94. Deafheaven, ‘Sunbather’ (2013)”

95. Dream Theater, ‘Images and Words’ (1992).

About 17 years ago, I was in a band with two of the best musicians I have ever known. We were a three-piece, with my brother William on bass guitar, and Kris Games on drums. To this day, with my own meager chops I don’t know how on earth I was allowed to play guitarContinue reading “95. Dream Theater, ‘Images and Words’ (1992).”

97. Gojira, ‘From Mars to Sirius’ (2005)

I’m familiar with the next album, but have only listened to it in bits and pieces. On mixes and whatnot. This album is like Dark Side of the Moon or Graceland. You have to swallow it whole. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for days, trying to make up my mind about what I wantContinue reading “97. Gojira, ‘From Mars to Sirius’ (2005)”