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A Little Introduction:
Contrary to the belief of many ignorant people who
do not have much justification in their claims that this decade had
nothing to offer musically, this decade has so much quality to offer for people of all
personal preference and to all likings that this decade is
arguably better than many of the decades before.
This is my personal retrospective of the decade.
This is a series of 10 blogs, each blog consisting of a certain
amount of albums I found to be fantastic or even perfect that were
released that year.
This is not an absolute list in any way – none of
the albums are in listed order, and many albums I may love may be
missing accidentally. I will simply randomly choose at my own
discretion what albums (can be 3 albums or 10 albums, who knows)
deserve to have some sort of thick review, and then give a list of
many albums and small reviews for each.
I hope this gets some people into some new music –
I hope it is a good read for a few of you. Enjoy.
Following the opening
of a slew of perfect and fantastic albums that came with 2000 (see
the blog post here), 2001 comes in with no surprise to be another
great year. What came in during this particular year was the
progression of what is the genre “screamo”.
It is a genre whose
name is plagued by the idiocy of many people who do not care to
initially dive into the genre. It, for many people, has become a
simply adjective for anything that “screams”. Screamo is not
god-awful Slipknot, or nu-metal crap, neither is it Underoath
garbage. It is not any of that – do not be deceived.
The term screamo
represents a unique variation of punk and post-hardcore, which
combines elements of post-rock, progressive rock, and others. The
progressive nature of “screamo” is amazing – if only the genre
wasn't infected by such a trivially immature name. That, and the
genre died before mid-way of the 2000s, starting at which roughly
around the end of the 1990s. It barely got to live, but its few short
breaths and one or two continuing great bands exemplify respectable
amounts of fantastic albums.
I am writing this as a
defense to a massively misinterpreted genre. There is obviously more
than screamo on this list, however, it may be the one people will
most likely be alienated from due to the genre title. Do not, for the
respect of the very essence of music, avoid the album just because of
the genre title. Listen to it before judgment, at the very least. Not
one song – the WHOLE album. Contact me if you want to hear more
about the genre. There are a large number of artists in which are
heavier than probably half of your metal collection. Try me.
Regardless, enjoy the list!
do not want a soft opener – they begin as if the listener already
knows what to expect. Perfectly, seamlessly, they create what their
title suggests. They create an imaginary soundscape for the listener
to be immersed – through metal. Through the power of metal they
create a soundscape of distinct rhythm and heaviness, with it, they
tear through the cracks of what pretty much any metal band could
never do. They push conventionality to its limits, and experiment
beautifully with everything around them.
layer it all – everything that genuine metal derives itself from
and more. By the time one is half-way done with this powerfully
amazing metal album, they have already gone through not just metal,
but several other genres as well. From metal, to jazz, to avant-garde
electronic music, to classical piano, everything is put together as
if they belonged with each other all along. One can dance with the
rhythm, then one can just sit there and think – simply think.
Simply get lost in the imaginary soundscape they did no fault in
creating and exemplifying.
is the metal album for the decade. This is what is played to slap
across the face the decades before and the bountiful amounts of awful
metal albums today. Imaginary Soundscape is that album that
must listened to before death knocks on an individual's door. What
happened in 2000 is slated as consistent with this album – when
they were going to heaven, when they were enjoying being earthly,
when they moved no where – Sigh created something beyond all three
and punched imagination in the gut.
something terrifyingly atmospheric about an orchestra's beauty –
something all arts, whether it is a movie or a video game, exemplify
when they want to bring out sheer terror. What if we took that terror
that can occur through orchestras, and mix and apply it with the
fierceness, the sheer density of metal?
is what feels as if that mixture came to be. A terrifying notion, but
ironically there is a beauty behind its design – as if the end is
not as horrible as one may feel it to be. Mixing in many genres like
Diabolical Masquerade creates a fierce display of technical prowess
to give to the listener the feeling of death in a different
perspective. Broken into many movements like classical music, this
album takes Sigh's progressive combination of genres in a different
fashion – they create the feeling of terror, death, and make its
inevitable nature beautiful.
and beautiful, they formulate death's design and bring it to the
listener. They give metal justification and show that this is an art
form. Metal is art. Here is the reason.
– All the
Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
yes – look at that long title. It is without a doubt, a screamo
electronically – opening like one is in a hospital waiting for
death to come, when the heart monitor stops, thus is not sadness and
whining that happens after the opening track.
happens is the opposite – life is spurred out, with all the
rhythmic happiness, all the musicianship for positiveness and
aggression, but vocals that show wrath, that show anger and pride!
Not once in this album does lose it's pride and trade it for
weakness. There is a sense of genuine pride throughout this album,
and a fistful of punk anger to punch any metal head so hard they
cough up blood.
is one of the most heartfelt, powerful albums of 2001 – mixing a
complex plethora of genres, ranging from post-hardcore to post-rock
to sheer punk. These guys as a result create a mode to express anger,
desperation, and many more emotions without fear, without a single
whine. Envy makes most metal bands weak to their knees. They show
full and well that intensity in music is not just in metal, and the
intensity of punk did not end years ago. This is one of the greatest,
most unique albums of the decade, and it is nearly flawless in its
is what to play to the idiot who thinks screamo just whines – Envy
will punch them in the face with their music alone.
– And We Washed Our
Weapons in the Sea
was thinking of ending the list at Envy – then I remembered this
album. This album is where the cries and honesty lie. Envy punched
you in the stomach; Frodus invades your intellect.
bass line to crush mountains is where this album begins, and without
losing intensity, Frodus creates a sheer display of quality and heart
wrenching beauty. “I
hear these times are the end, and another one must fall down. I don't
think I believe it, when another one must fall down,”
is what is heard through what feels like a whine, but it feels
heart-wrenchingly honest. The music, never losing intensity, pushes
these lyrics into a beautiful atmosphere of sheer amazement. This
album is nearly perfect in absolutely every way imaginable.
the first two intense, powerful tracks, what is heard is pure
musicianship – instrumentals to the highest degree, where the
lyrics and desperate screaming comes second. The musicianship is one
of the precursors to math rock, as shown through complex melodies as
well as powerful ones.
is definitely one of the few bands I would want to talk about
politics with. “The world is a business” is what they have in
their MySpace, influenced by the movie Network.
Words cannot be any more true. “The
machines never died.”
are an amazing band in political ideal and the musical prowess in
album shows post-hardcore is not dead. They surpass nearly all bands
today who only like the title “hardcore”, but they refuse to
genuinely show it. Frodus does it without trying. An album of sheer
– I'm Happy, and I'm
Singing, and a 1 2 3 4
man who helped recover Sonic Youth from the ashes of stolen
equipment, and helped them form the greatest album of the decade.
Surely, a man worth to respect in my book. He creates a natural,
complex, but yet heart-wealthy piece of perfection on this album.
Entirely glitchy, entirely electronic, he creates soundscapes of
glitchy beauty. Minimalism strikes with electronic atmosphere, and
among the other records that were made around this album years before
and years after, this album is completely out of place. Regardless of
its difference compared to other albums, O'Rourke exemplifies
perfection nonetheless, as if he's been doing this for years straight
until he got it right.
long tracks are what this album consists of, and without a doubt they
are each flawless. Terrifying sounds lie underneath the first track,
which inevitably shows its complete form at the end. It transitions
itself to ticking of experimental beauty on the second track, and
finally reaches itself to a perfect drone-filled end.
album is not for everybody, but to myself, this is an absolutely
perfect album. It is not going to be a well-off listen, however, when
the feelings are unlocked, it is without a doubt a beautiful one. It
is not an album one can really listen to track for track, rather it
is a whole, concise piece of experience that does not need attention
to show off its existence. Absolute necessity to anyone wanting
anything way beyond their conventional album structure.
Other Albums of 2000:
These are essentially
albums I feel need to be listened to, they won't get the huge review,
however, due to time consumption. If you want more info on any of
these albums, just comment me and I'll get back to you. These are all
great albums, simply presented with no huge review. It will make for
an easier read Comment if you want more info on any.
Against Me! -
Crime as Forgiven By...
Against Me!, at this point of the decade, is a stale, mediocre band.
When they released one of their first EPs, particularly this nearly
perfect one, they showed acoustic punk at its very finest. An
undeniable sense of rawness and power, this album is one of fiery
passion that should not be overlooked.
– The Blueprint
His magnum opus, his undeniably strong and diligent piece of work.
The richest rapper in the game, and without a doubt, if anyone can
talk about money and cars, it is this guy. He does not entirely need
to, he has all the class in the world and with the best beats and
flows to ever come out of his mind, this guy hit home with this
album. Popular rap at its finest. The ruler's back, and he knows what
– The Cold Vein
Sure, these guys are not
popular rap, but you know what they are? Proof to any idiot who
thinks rap cannot be atmospheric, attentive to musicianship, or
just...fantastic. This album is a strong blast of unique and powerful
rap. Unconventional, and amazing at doing it. Somehow it puts
backpacker rap to shame at their own thought. Epic musical rap
~ Single hand proof that a
band can stay consistent for years. These are the guys who I
mentioned in the last blog created their own lanaguage. Creating
their own language and utilizing it beautifully, they create a
fantastic trilogy of music. This album is absolutely fantastic, but
sadly a bit hard to find. An album worth picking up if you ever see
maudlin of the
– Leaving Your
These guys do what Dream Theater can never do. They can actually make
a progressive metal album progressive – actually including a
variety of instruments and tightness in their playing to make an
orchestra look baffled. These guys created one of the most
respectable and amazing progressive metal albums this decade. This
album is fantastic by all means.
Further proof that metal is just as artistic as any other form of
– The Argument
The last album before the hiatus – these post-hardcore legends
exemplify musicianship for the first time, and they do an absolutely
amazing job at it. If it wasn't for Frodus' album, this album would
be up there as well. Including pianos, acoustic guitars and a slew of
other instruments to their post-hardcore formula, this band proves
themselves to be a fantastic band. Fantastic, hardcore, and
progressive all at the same time. That does not happen very often. It
is good to see it happen here.
This is my favorite Merzbow album out of his entire discography.
Either you get it or you don't – this is pure noise. Yes, noise.
Nothing but noise. I find this noise-filled album to be fantastic,
and certainly the best album he made after the shift from analog
noise to digital noise. This album is only for those who can
initially love it. Listening to it will pierce your ears if you are
not accustomed to it. This is a truly, truly, harsh album. One of my
Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - New
Geocentric World of Acid Mothers Temple
I had an album from them just last blog, but even that album doesn't
compare to this one. Psychedelic rock with that punch, fire, and
amazement that comes from noise rock. Absolutely recommendable to
anyone who wants to see how psychedelic rock can progress decades
after its awesomely drugged inception. Not accessible in the least,
but freakin' amazing regardless. Psychedelic noise rock amazingly
Okay, Mike Patton can be an ass – but what can you say? Wolfmother
does suck. Horribly. Mike Patton himself is a pretty iffy kind of
musician at times, but at some point he shines as a solid member.
When you place him at the hands of Melvins' lead guitarist, and a
slew of other amazing members from pretty great groups, you get a
nice piece of sheer awesomeness. This album is fantastic, and while a
bit pretentious, sure, it does a great job at doing that. Mike Patton
can truly be a part of some amazing things.
Bolt – Ride
With just a heavily distorted bass and badass drumming, this band has
quite possibly one, if not the, best drummer this decade. This band
is fantastically brutal live, and they do a solid job in the studio
recreating that amazingly intense experience. On a side note, I had a
very very minor seizure watching the video for “13 Monsters”.
I'm going to end it right here
because quite frankly, there are TOO many amazing albums from 2001 I
can put on here but I simply one. Some include:
Hill 2 OST
Bebop Movie OST
of the Lid – The
Tired Sounds Of
– Leaves Turn Inside
– Document #8
Gorilla Museum – Grand
Opening and Closing
hope this gets you into some new music, and I hope this spurs some
conversation, at least! Off to the amazing year that is 2002,
probably my favorite year of them all.
for reading. =)