Leviathin’s List of 2009′s Most Epic Albums Part 2
5. Mastodon - Crack the Skye (Reprise)
There is often much debate over which Mastodon album is the best, which one is the worse, etc. but it cannot be denied that their latest is still nothing short of epic. The album is literally taking you through an adventure with space travel, usurping of thrones and devils. Seriously, read this article sometime, its really interesting. Its more progressive than previous entries and the music videos for the songs are AMAZING. Some of the best I have every seen.
4. The Black Dahlia Murder – Deflorate (Metal Blade)
These guys just keep getting better and better. Yet again, they fail to raise the bar with their newest release. While I might not be able to sing along to every song and every guitar riff like I still can on Unhallowed, without a doubt their musicianship has continued to improve with every album. Every track is awesome. This is one I can just play on loop and not get bored.
3. Baroness - The Blue Record (Relapse)
This is something everyone can gather round, as was proved here at KZSC. Nobody was immune to the awesome artwork of John Baizley (the singer/rythm guitarist) or the music itself. Our music director Caitlin was even willing to go see them in San Fransisco, and while me and Tooth Gnasher and Tooth Grinder (aka Stephanie our Station Manager and Tim our Volunteer Coordinator) might not agree on music all the time, Baroness was something we all agreed had passed the bar in terms of combining melodic sounds and awesome guitar riffs with hardcore/metalcore singing. This album would most likely be on our collective Top 10 list.
2. Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect (Victory)
Even though I didn’t think it was possible, this album is more progressive than the 2007 hit Colors. In the same way though, its impossible to compare to Colors directly because they are so different. From the melancholy track “Mirrors” that goes straight into the hardcore track “Obfuscation” to the poppy piano riff in the beginning of “Fossil Genera” to the steel guitar playing on “Desert of Song” and finally the epic that is “Swim to the Moon” this cd takes you on a ride and bring something new to the table every time you pop it into your CD Player.
1. Scale the Summit – Carving Desert Canyons (Prosthetic)
This album is my number one for a couple reasons; if I want to do homework and can’t be distracted by lyrics, if I’m taking a girl on a date, but can’t stand to let her listen to her “Britney Spears” or “Lil Wayne” then I pop in this album. She can’t complain about scary vocals or anything because there are none. This album is a major step up from their 2007 album Monument. Each song has its own distinct sound and the technical level of the musicians is amazing. It also contains what is probably my number one played song of the year, “The Great Plains”. I can’t really explain why its my favorite song, it’s almost like comfort food.