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Fourtheye Readers Top 10 Albums of 2017

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 Albums of 2017.  The poll didn’t get a huge amount of entries this year (partially my fault, since I didn’t push it too hard) but also a reflection of lower traffic these days on Fourtheye (I think partly to to many now consuming Tool news via various Social Media channels rather than older style websites).

Anyway, without further delay, here are the results, as well as my thoughts on these albums.

1. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Seeing this as number 1 on this list wasn’t a huge surprise for me (in fact it’ll rate quite highly on my list as well).  Mastodon are a band that inspire plenty of discussion, mostly people lamenting that they’re not as good as they used to be.  While I don’t disagree, I the band aren’t trying to be that same band that recorded Leviathan.  Emperor of Sand is the best album they’ve put out this decade, and could well be the high point of modern-era Mastodon.

2. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Queens of the Stone Age are a long time favorite of Tool fans, and while I thought this album was pretty forgettable, it seems to be good enough that many of you nominated it.  QOTSA notably brought on a pop producer for this album, which added a subtle pop vibe to the album, but ultimately was let down by bland songwriting.

3. At The Drive In – In*ter*a*lia

Relationship of Command was an easy 10/10 album.  A few years back At The Drive In reformed, and as many reformed acts do wrote a new album, this time without one of their main songwriters.  The results were mixed I though, some great tracks, and a bunch of filler.

4. Code Orange – Forever

Another album that will be featuring in my top 10 – Code Orange delivered a great album full of hardcore punk with several surprising moments.  The album covers a range of punk moments, but also unexpectedly shifts into grunge, pop and even Nine Inch Nails sounding moments.

5. Pallbearer – Heartless

I’m not a huge fan of these guys, so only listened to this album once or twice.  Pallbearer seem to be pretty popular among Tool fans though, and they’ve featured in these lists several times before.

6. Primus – The Desaturating Seven

Primus delivered another concept album, this time based on a children’s book The Rainbow Goblins.  It features Justin Chancellor narrating on track 1 in case you missed it!  I really enjoyed this album, it was step in a more progressive direction, which I think suits Primus really well.  Only drawback was that it felt like a really short album.

7. Leprous – Malina

Never listened to this band before, and have it playing while I write this.  Wikipedia tells me Leprous are a Norwegian progressive metal band.  Based on what I’ve heard I’d categorise them a bit more as rock.  The album isn’t bad – if Karnivool (and the like) are your thing then you’d likely enjoy it.

8. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

The last Elder album was pretty great, and while this one didn’t quite live it to that, it’s a really solid effort from a very talented band!

9. Converge – The Dusk in Us

Converge are one of those punk bands that are considered cool enough that they are automatic inclusions into many top 10 lists.  While I really like Converge, I didn’t think this album was anything special.  If modern hardcore punk is your think though, make sure you check it out!

10. Steven Wilson – To The Bone

Well know progressive rock artist Steven Wilson is one who often rates highly among Tool fans.  I listened to this album a few times earlier this year, and it sounds almost exactly like a Steven Wilson album.  You know whether or not you’re going to enjoy this even before you listen!

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 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 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!

Best of 2013 poll closing soon!

Just a reminder to you all that the Fourtheye Readers Best of 2013 Poll will be closing over the weekend, most likely Sunday night Australian time. Get you votes in if you want them to count! Thanks to the 180 of you who have already voted – a much better response than last years!

Here’s the form. If the embedding doesn’t work for you, then visit the poll in a separate window here.

Update: Poll is now closed – thanks for taking part!

Fourtheye Readers 2013 Album of the Year Poll

It’s the time of year where not only to we swear allegiance to baby Jesus and commercialism, but we also tend to compile best of lists. Last year we had a successful Album of the Year Poll, and this year we shall do the same! Below is an embedded Google Form which will allow you to enter in your favorite albums, from which I shall compile a top 10 based on the number of votes received.

The rules for voting are as follows:

  • Only vote for an albums once! I’ll be checking the data for duplicates, so let’s not waste both of our time.
  • Albums must be released in 2013. This seems kind of obvious really…
  • Please try and use the format . For example Laterlaus – Tool. This will make my life easier when I count the votes.
  • Order is not important. Each nomination received only one vote.
  • If you can’t think of 10 albums, then feel free to vote for less.
  • Make sure you use the form. Entries made via the comments below won’t be counted!
  • No troll votes please. Lists full of Taylor Swifts and Justin Biebers will most likely be ignored.

Here’s the form. If the embedding doesn’t work for you, then visit the poll in a separate window here.

Entries will close on Friday the 13th! Good luck!

Best Albums of 2012 Poll closing!

Just a quick reminder that the Best Albums of 2012 poll will be closing tonight, so make sure you get your votes in! I’ll be publishing the results, as well as my best albums of the year sometime in the next couple of days.

Synchtube session underway!

Every Friday for the last couple of months we’ve been holding a Fourtheye chat & music session using the popular Synchtube website. These have been quite successful, and this morning we’re playing a range of the best tracks from 2012. Feel free to join us! You can also get a preview of the new forums if you ask nicely!

Speaking of the best of 2012, don’t forget you still have a week or so to submit your choices for the Fourtheye Best Albums of 2012 poll!

Fourtheye Best Albums of 2012 readers poll

The time of year when we rate and compare things to other things is arriving, and this year I am asking Fourtheye readers for their assistance. The rules are relatively simple – vote for up to ten of your favorite albums from 2012. I shall then collect and collate the results, and present to you all the Top 10 Fourtheye Readers albums of 2012. Visit the 2012 Readers Poll page to submit your votes!

The poll will close on New Years Eve, so you have a few weeks to contemplate your selections. Suggestions are welcomed in the comments below, or check out the shortlist, which contains every album nominated so far…

The Selection Process...

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