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Fourtheye Best Albums of 2017 Poll

Time flies very quickly these days, so much so that I forgot to create a Fourtheye Best Albums of 2017 poll a little earlier.  Well, without further ado: here it is!

Here’s a list of stuff I’ve enjoyed so far this year, in case you’re stuck for ideas:

  • Sepultura – Machine Messiah
  • Code Orange – Forever
  • Uniform – Wake In Fright
  • Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin
  • Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  • Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes
  • Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now
  • Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy
  • Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  • Dead Kelly – Australian Made
  • Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora
  • Mindsnare – Unholy Rush
  • Pallbearer – Heartless
  • Steel Panther – Lower the Bar
  • Body Count – Bloodlust
  • Havok – Conformicide
  • STNNNG – Veterans of Pleasure
  • The Black Angels – Death Song
  • Terror – The Walls Will Fall
  • Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness
  • He Is Legend – few
  • At The Drive-In – in*ter a*li*a
  • John Frum – A Stirring in the Noos
  • Hiboux – Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up
  • Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Warriors
  • Beast Modulus – Being
  • Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment
  • Bison – You Are Not The Ocean, You Are The Patient
  • 88 Finger Louie – Thank You for Being a Friend
  • Decapitated – Anticult
  • Dead Cross – Dead Cross
  • Justice for the Damned – Dragged Through the Dirt
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast
  • The Contortionist – Clairvoyant
  • Death From Above 1979 – Outrage! Is Now
  • Living Colour – Shade
  • Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage
  • Motherslug – The Electric Dunes of Titan
  • Primus – The Desaturating Seven
  • Metz – Strange Peace
  • Unsane – Sterilize
  • Daniele Luppi – MILANO
  • The Body & Full of Hell – Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
  • Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger of Fate
  • Melvins – A Walk With Love And Death
  • Dyscarnate – With All Their Might
  • Mutoid Man – War Moans
  • The Haunted – Strength In Numbers
  • Glassjaw – Material Control
  • Laibach – ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA
  • Circle – Terminal
  • Full of Hell – Trumpeting Escstacy
  • Propagandhi – Victory Lap
  • Godflesh – Post Self

Feel free to make some suggestions in the comment section below, or in the thread in the Fourtheye Forum.

 

Weekly Update 21-Nov-2017

Long time no news!  Updating weekly appears to be a weak point of mine, but here’s the latest and greatest.  Highlights include:

  • Justin’s Goblin Master bit at Primus shows
  • Daily Grail discuss the importance of Occult Rock
  • A Perfect Circle release video for The Doomed
  • Tool Newsletters: Still a thing!
  • Albums of the last few weeks: Godflesh, Converge, Polaris, Merchant

Oh and in case you missed it, Adam said Tool have re-recorded Opiate.  We all knew this already though right?  I think it was recorded back in 2015 when the guys from Motorhead filmed Tool in the studio.

Justin as the Goblin Master

We all know that Justin featured on the new Primus album as the Goblin Master, but you may not know that Justin also plays this part in their live shows, albeit in video form.  For your enjoyment:

Occult Rock: The Influence of Magick in Modern Rock

Magic with a K is of great importance, and this article from the Daily Grail goes into a bit of history being the occult in modern rock.  It’s got quite a bit on Tool, so worth a read.  It’s got some good photos of the talismanic boards often present at Tool shows.

A Perfect Circle released The Doomed video

Here it is!

Tool Newsletters: Still a thing!

Blair says that Newsletters are still being written, and hopefully one day published!

Q: What happened to the Tool newsletters?  

A: Having first made sure that all of the archived newsletters were recovered during the transfer (initially I had some doubt), I have been checking on the progress of getting them posted ever since.  Recently, the earliest ones (going back to 2000) began to appear on the back end – at which time I was informed that the delay in getting the rest of them up is due to the developers having to import and edit all them manually as a result of the code that our old webmaster used.  Soon (again, according to the folks at Full Screen Direct) they will be displayed and archived in a separate section.  Once this is done, I will also add the newer ones that I have been writing (every month) but not posting until there is a dedicated area. Thank you for your patience.

Albums of the last few weeks!

  • Aussie doom band Merchant put out a stellar release last week.  If Yob is your thing, check this out!
  • Godflesh are a favorite of mine, and have a new album out this week called Post Self.  It’s not bad and worth a listen…
  • Converge are one of the best modern punk bands around, especially if you’re in the the heavier subgenres.  The Dusk In Us is another great addition to their discography.
  • Another Aussie band, this time Polaris put out a good if somewhat forumlaic progressive metal album called The Mortal Coil.

Hellboy’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

You guys have had your turn at selecting a top 10, and after much procrastination it’s time for me to reveal mine.  Over the weekend I might also add the best of the rest – a list of albums that gather lots of votes, but not quite enough for the top 10 or I think you may have missed in general.

I present this list from 1 to 10 in some order of preference.  My opinion on albums changes sometimes on a daily basis, and while it’s safe to assume I like album #1 more than #10, there are others that have a position that may be somewhat interchangeable.

Gojira – Magma

To many the latest Gojira album was a bit of a step down from their earlier work.  While I don’t necessarily disagree with that statement, I feel like this is a really strong album, which is a testament to how fucking great some of their earlier work is!  With some great and unique sounding tracks – no one writes riffs or sounds quite like Gojira.

Every Time I Die – Low Teens

“Metalcore, urghhh” – I hear some of you moan! It’s true that some if it is quite shit, but Every Time I Die are one of the best examples of the genre. It’s got some great songwriting, relentless energy and just fucking rocks. Get behind it!

Red Fang – Only Ghosts

Only Ghosts was released during a period this year stuffed with albums.  It seemed like months passed with not much being released, and then BAM! a bunch of great bands all released albums in a short period of time.  One of these was Red Fang‘s album, which I actually think is one of their best and more mature works.  Surprisingly it get very few votes in the readers top 10!

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

A long time between albums for these guys, and We got it from Here was well worth the wait!  It’s got plenty of great rhymes, excellent sampling and beats and is accompanies by a range of interesting guests.

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah threw away the amp modelling software for this album, and to me have come back with one of their more organic and compelling releasing since Nothing.  While not pushing the limits of their songwriting chops on this album, I found this album to be more cohesive and consistent that their somewhat more diverse last two releases.

Sex Prisoner – Tannhauser Gate

It wouldn’t be a top 10 of mine without at least on grindcore or power violence album, and Sex Prisoner‘s Tannhauser Gate is the best of 2016. 20 minutes of grindy bliss!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

I’m more of a fan of Nick Cave‘s more energetic work (think Grinderman and 90s Bad Seeds) however this album while mellow, is heavily laden with enough emotion that I found it an enticing listen.

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

When I first heard this album, it was a bit “meh, this is ok” and didn’t really expect it to come close to making my top 10.  Much like the last Queens of the Stone Age album (which is relevant as the album is co-written by Josh Homme) it’s a grower, with most tracks offering something for the attentive listener.  I think the final track Paraguay would be close to my favorite track of 2016.

Wrong – Wrong

I’m a really big fan of early Helmet, and clearly Wrong are as well.  In fact several of the tracks on this album sound like borderline plagiarism based on their similarity to tracks from the seminal Strap It On and Meantime albums.  But fuck it – I really enjoyed their tribute of sorts, and is a great listen unlike most recent Helmet albums (though to be fair I enjoyed Dead to the World)

Meek Is Murder – Was

Meek Is Murder are a relatively recent addition to my library.  I was impression with the brand of hardcore on their last EP, and their latest album Was is just as good.  The album is full of energy, great riffs and is done in about 20 minutes.  As all good (non-Tool) albums should be!

Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016

The votes have been counted for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 albums of 2016, and without further ado I present you the list!

1. Deftones – Gore

The Deftones are a firm favorite with Tool fans and typically perform very well in Fourtheye polls.  This time around they have claimed the number 1 spot with the excellent Gore.  Probably one of their more mellow releases, this album gives us a diverse range of sounds from these nu-metal stalwarts.

2. Gojira – Magma

Interesting to see French Metal band Gojira at number 2.  Speaking anecdotally with fans suggested this album was a little disappointing, though it appears to have made the top 10 list of many readers none the less – a testament to their increasing popularity, or possibly a sign that 2016 was a weak one for records?

3 Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Meshuggah are another favorite of Tool fans and it’s no real surprise to see them in this years top 10.  In fact I think The Violent Sleep of Reason is one of their best since Nothing.

4 Russian Circles – Guidance

Instrumental Rock is pretty popular with Tool fans, and former touring buddies Russian Circles are at the top of their game.  While I didn’t think Guidance was quite up to the standard of Memorial, it was still a very solid and atmospheric record.

5. Opeth – Sorceress

Swedish Prog Rock outfit Opeth have put out another 70s themed album along the lines of their last one, and it seems to be pretty well received by Fourtheye readers.  I guess the lack of death growls isn’t a big deal after all?

6. David Bowie – Blackstar

Released days before David Bowie passed away, his strong musical legacy was left intact by a powerful final album.

7. The Swans – The Glowing Man

I can’t say I was a fan of this album, but the Swans remain and popular choice among Fourtheye readers.

8. Cult of Luna & Julia Christmas – Mariner

I actually haven’t listened to this album yet, so it was a bit of a surprise to me that it made the top 10.  I like Cult of Luna so really should have a listen, especially since many of you hold it in high esteem!

9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

The highly anticipated new album from Radiohead came out early in 2016, and seemed to get some mixed reviews.  Despite that, it easily made the top 10 which shows how much Tool fans enjoy their music.

10. Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Dillinger Escape Plan announced their latest album Dissociation earlier this year, and also announced that the band would be calling it quits (though some think it might be a hiatus).

So there we have it – maybe not a whole load of surprises in that top 10, but they are a range of excellent albums.  Stay tuned as over the next couple of days I’ll post my top 10!

 

Fourtheye Readers Poll: Best Albums of 2016

Time has come for our annual Fourtheye readers poll to determine the best albums of 2016.  The same rules as the last few years apply:

  • You can vote for up to 10 albums.  Feel free to vote for less than 10
  • Each vote is worth one point.  The order you enter the albums has no relevance
  • You can only vote for an album once
  • The album must have been released in 2016
  • It must be a studio album – re-issues, live albums, best of collections and such are ineligible.  EPs are ok though!

The poll will close on New Years Eve, with the final results available not long after.  Feel free to post your lists below, or come discuss it in the forum.  I know I personally get a lot out of reading peoples lists, and typically go and listen to many of your non-nu-metal related suggestions.

Fourtheye server move

I’m sure many of you have noticed that Fourtheye has been down the last few days, and also down far too often in the last few months.  Well, enough was enough, and the decision was made to shift the server to a more reliable location, and here we are!

Fingers crossed we won’t see any more downtime in the near future, from either Fourtheye or Tool!

While I’m talking about Fourtheye, let me advertise our Slack channel. Slack is a chat service, which seems to be pretty popular at the moment.  Functionally it’s a bit like a cross between an IRC chat room, and an instant messaging service. A month or so ago I decided to create a Slack chat room, and encourage members of the forum to join. The experiment was somewhat successful, but we’re always keen for more to join us. The catch is you need to be invited via an email address, which then becomes visible to other members of the chat. If you’re like to join us for our often irreverent talks about Tool, music and cat videos, feel free to contact me with an email address you’d like me to invite. If privacy is an issue for you, feel free to register a temporary email to get access – once you’re invited you only need the email address for password recovery.

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Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 results

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 poll! This year it is a genuine Top 10 as there were no ties to deal with. The winner probably won’t surprise anyone, but there are a few surprises further down in the list.

Thanks to all of those who contributed – I counted 644 unique votes this time around, and a list of all albums with two or more votes can be found in the forum. For those interested in my top 10 – stay tuned, as I’ll probably get around to posting it tomorrow!

Let’s get into it, starting with the most popular album for 2015…

1. Puscifer – Money $hot

Well, I doubt this will come as a real shock to many, as Puscifer, like them or not are fronted by the singer of the band we’re all here to talk about. Money $hot had double the number of votes than the album in the number 2 position. I considered making it ineligible for the poll, but decided against it, since in my opinion at least it is a decent album, though one I don’t think will make my top 10. Those who would rather see this rule out, could perhaps take some solace in the fact that Steven Wilson’s album would have finished tenth had I done so.

Puscifer - Money Shot

2. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Comeback albums have been popular of late, and this year we heard a couple of rippers. The best of which would appear to be Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus. Released independently on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings, the band seem to be a model of how bands should go about reforming after a lengthy break. And they still kick arse live as well!

Faith No More - Sol Invictus

3. Failure – The Heart is a Monster

Also on the comeback trail are California Alt-Rock band Failure. Seemingly more popular now than they were back in the 90s, they released the album The Heart is a Monster which sits right up with the best in their back catalog.

Failure - The Heart is a Monster

4. Ghost – Meliora

Ghost have dropped the BC from their name, and changed their singer, but their scary rock styling still remain a hit with Fourtheye readers. Personally I can’t say I’m a fan at all, but it least they aren’t Slipknot!

Ghost - Meliora

5. Elder – Lore

Elder are a band that have come out of no where for many, and have released on of the best prog/stoner/doom metal albums in years. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, then make sure you do!

6. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Deafheaven seem to be a divisive band these days – some people love them. Others blame them for all the misdeeds hipsters have bestowed upon the world. Personally, I think they’re pretty good, and New Bermuda is almost certainly better than Sunbather.

7. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things

Intronaut are a favorite of Tool fans, especially since Justin has appeared with them on several occasions. The Direction of Last Things is one of their best and heaviest works yet, and well worth a spot on any top 10.

Intronaut - The Direction of Last Things

8. Baroness – Purple

After a horrific bus accident, it’s inspiring to see a band rebuild themselves, crowd fund their own album, and then blow away their fans with some great music.

Baroness - Purple

9. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe‘s haunting voice, combined with a doomy brand of acoustic rock have made this a favorite on the Fourtheye forums for a while now. It’s great to see it earn a spot on our top 10 list!

10. Bjork – Vulnicura

An elder stateswoman of the alternative scene released another standout album in 2015. Bjork’s albums are never boring and almost always worth a listen, as you’re likely to hear something you’ve never heard before…

Bjork - Vulnicura

Best Albums of 2015 poll closing soon!

Just a reminder to you all that the Fourtheye Best Albums of 2015 poll will be closing soon! Head on over the my original post, fill out the form, and then stay tuned for the result sometime after New Years. We have over 100 votes at this point in time, so lets see if we can get a few more!

Fourtheye Subscriber Xmas 2015 giveaway winners!

I hope you all enjoyed a pleasant holiday, and were able to drink as many beers or worship as many Gods as required over the time period. Here at Fourtheye I like to celebrate by giving away shit, and moments ago I drew out a few random names for out subscriber giveaway! The winners are somewhat fitting in that one is a new subscriber, having joined us in the last month, while the other is one who has been a subscriber here at Fourtheye since I started up the whole scam. Anyway, on with the prize giving!

First prize, which is a Tool shirt from the recent Monster Mash show goes to Mabus669.

Second prize – the autographed copy of Puscifer’s Money Shot goes to Sid Barnes.

i will attempt to contact both of you via email, however if you don’t hear from me then feel free to get in touch!

Authographed Money Shot by Puscifer

Tool December 2015 Newsletter released

Blair has posted the Tool December 2015 Newsletter today, no doubt filling your hearts with much Xmas cheer, or humbugs depending on your life view. It doesn’t appear to contain much Tool news, but I’ll leave this part with you:

Oh, I almost forgot the encrypted holiday message: aaAaavvllll(rrrrrgeeeeeeeeeennndddoooocctttwiihhh)uussd.dj5yybmb

And don’t think it says: “All evergreen decorations (wreaths included) should be removed by January 5th.”

Speaking of Xmas – don’t forget that our Subscriber Giveaway closes on the date celebrating the birth of Brian. If you want to be in the running for a copy of Money Shot or a Tool shirt, then get onto it!

Brian of Nazareth

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