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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

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 Poll

It’s that time of year again where many talk and post about the best albums of the year just past. 2015 seemed to be a decent year for new music, and I’d invite Fourtheye Readers to participate in our annual Best Albums readers poll.

Entering is easy, just use the Google form below and vote for your top 10 albums. I’ll collect the results over the coming weeks, and then post the final list (as well as my top 10) in early 2016.

For those who like to reminisce, here’s link to my top 10 from 2014, and a link to yours!

Fourtheye Xmas Subscriber Giveaway!

It’s been a little while since I held a Fourtheye Subscriber giveaway, and in order to make up for it I have a couple of cool prizes.

Firstly is a tour shirt from the recent Tool Monster Mash show. The original plan was to have a poster to giveaway, but they sold out too quickly! Thanks to azbay for grabbing this for me!

Monster Mash Shirt Front

Monster Mash Shirt back

Second prize is a a signed copy Puscifer’s latest Money Shot generously donated by Kanaduh. Here’s a pic:

Autographed Money Shot

Here are the rules:

  1. You must be a current subscriber on Xmas Eve 2016 to be eligible
  2. Bronze subscribers get one entry, Silver subscribers two and Gold Subscribers three.
  3. If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll get a bunch of bonus entries depending on how long you’ve been a member.
  4. If you sign up for an annual membership, rather than a single month membership you’ll also get a bunch of bonus entries.

If you’re not sure if your membership is up to date, feel free to send me a message and I’ll let you know. Happy to answer any other Membership related questions as well, via the Contact form!

Head on over to the Membership page for details on how to join, and what you get!

Fourtheye is back!

Well, that was a rather long outage! An unexpected hardware fault, as well as a few IT related mishaps meant a longer than usual downtime for Fourtheye, but fingers crossed we won’t experience that again any time soon! Thankfully there wasn’t much Tool news (despite the promise of a special announcement), and I will be posting about the VIP session in Phoenix shortly.

While I have your attention (as limited as it may be) I would like to point out to those that are unaware that I am planning on getting a limited edition Fourtheye shirt happening sometime soon. I’ll be using crowd funding as a method of pre-ordering these shirts, and this campaign may happen as soon as this weekend. There’s a sample of what the shirt will look like below.

Stay tuned for more details!

Fourtheye shirt!

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014

The poll has closed this years Best Albums of 2014 list, and the votes have been counted! 151 people voted in this years poll, with 671 votes resulting in about 300 albums being nominated this time round. I usually aim to have a top 10, but this time around there was a tie for the final spot, so there’s actually 11 albums in this years list!

I present to you the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014 list!

10. Foundations Of Burden – Pallbearer & The Ape Of God – Old Man Gloom

Equal tenth are two bands that crank out consistently good metal albums. Old Man Gloom, who are a supergroup featuring members of Isis, Converge and Cave-in fooled the world a couple of months ago be releasing a decoy album, and then the real thing. Some would say the decoy is as good as the actual album!

Pallbearer followed up their excellent debut album with a new doom metal classic Foundations of Burden.

9. The Grey Chapter – Slipknot

Nice voting here guys. Never before have I felt the need to doctor the results for the Fourtheye poll, and believe me, the temptation was strong this time around. /end rant

8. To Be Kind – The Swans

The Swans seem to be a firm favorite with Fourtheye readers these days, and for many their latest album didn’t disappoint.

7. The Joy of Motion – Animals As Leaders

Animals As Leaders followed up the excellent Weightless with the equally excellent The Joy Of Motion. Excellent instrumental progressive metal with a formidable live reputation – just don’t call them djent!

6. The Endless River – “Pink Floyd”

This seemingly endless album by parts of Pink Floyd seemed to have been well received by many readers.

5. Clearing The Path To Ascend – Yob

Yob continue on their upward path to become one of the most respected doom metal bands out there. Clearing The Path To Ascend is a great addition to their existing catalogue.

4. Pale Communion – Opeth

Some die-hard fans may argue that Opeth aren’t the same band that they used to be, but for many the 70s prog rock styling of their latest Pale Communion rang true.

3. Syro – Aphex Twin

Richard D. James takes about the same amount of time to produce records as Tool do, and 2014 was the year when the next Aphex Twin album was released by the well know Drum & Bass artist into the wild (the last one, Drukqs was released in 2001 not long after Lateralus). It would appear to have been well received by many Fourtheye readers!

2. Sines – Jakob

Jakob seem to be a regular Tool support act these days (especially when touring Down Under), and in 2014 they released their long awaited album Sines. Instrumental Post-Rock is their genre of choice, and you won’t find many better examples of this going around.

1. Once More ‘Round The Sun – Mastodon

Mastodon’s latest album appears to be regarded as one of their best. As a band they seemed to have moved onto the safer ground of more traditional songwriting rather than the more progressive work of their earlier albums, but the catchiness of the tunes, not to mention the high quality instrumental work have elevated this album to Fourtheye’s favorite of 2014.

Congratulations Mastodon!

Feel free to take a look at my top 10, which shares quite a few (not Slipknot) from this list!

The F Word

Adam Jones now has a Facebook account for those that are interested.  There’s also now a Fourtheye page on Facebook as well if anyone wants to join…

Thanks to Kyle for the tip!

Twitter Updates

Not only does Maynard have a Twitter account, but so now does Fourtheye. Follow us at http://twitter.com/fourtheye to be notified when new articles are posted here. Enjoy!

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