Over on Sawtooth Wave, hhbrady poses the following excellent question: what albums are you still listening to at least once month from the past few years?
Nothing from 2011 is allowed onto the list. Essentially, it’s a challenge to name your top 10 emerging classic albums. Which recent records will be hailed in the same breath as Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets or Number of the Beast in another decade?
A little context is needed before I slap it out on the table.
I was obsessed with metal past and present between 1991 and 1994. It was my first real musical love. Yet when metal lost its way, I strayed, plunging deep into jungle, techno, hip-hop, funk, dub, reggae and electronic music for a decade and a half.
It’s only really been the last two years that my love of metal has resurfaced and dominated my listening habits.
In short, I have no continuum. What I was listening to in 2005 was very different to what I’m enjoying now. I have hundreds of CDs that I value as great albums but just never play any more.
While I am working my way back through what I missed during my years lost to metal, this is why my top 10 is biased to more recent releases.
Also, it’s not all metal. So shoot me.
- Baroness – Blue Record (2009) and First & Second (2004/5)
- Kylesa – Static Tensions (2009) and Spiral Shadow (2010)
- Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life (2008)
- Kvelertak – S/T (2010)
- Disfear – Live The Storm (2008)
- The XX – S/T (2009)
- The Sword – Age of Winters (2006)
- Weedeater – God Luck and Good Speed (2007)
- Black Breath – Heavy Breathing (2010)
- Invasion – Master Alchemist (2009)
Honorable Mentions: Roots Manuva – Dub Come Save Me (2002); Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold (2006); That Fucking Tank – Tanknology (2009); Fever Ray – S/T (2009); Okkultokrati – No Light for Mass (2010); High on Fire – Death is This Communion (2007).
What would be in your list? What are your emerging classics?