I do love a list and I do openly admit to being like the shop owner in the movie ‘High Fidelity’. I am constantly rewriting lists or inventing new ones, ’10 greatest bands from the East Midlands’,’10 biggest album let downs’ or maybe ’10 most enjoyable lists to compile’. So here is a new way of compiling this years list, now I have to admit that this was not my idea, I stumbled upon it whilst looking online, however, I forget where I first saw it, therefore it is unfortunate that I am unable to credit the author (sorry if you are reading this). The basic idea is I wrote down my top 32 albums of this year, which in my opinion has been a vintage year for great music. I have left out Compilations, (Cardinal Fuzz’s Stay Holy would win that for the White Manna track alone), Live albums ( Hills win by a country mile) and what I call staples Saxon,Maiden, Pete Morton etc. Each album was then drawn out of hat by wonderful wife and children and the battle for number 1 album begins. Its all a bit of fun and to be honest every single one of these albums are brilliant otherwise they wouldn’t be here.
Evening Fires-Where I’ve Been Is Places…. Vs Trembling Bells-The Sovereign Self
Gnaw Their Tongues-L.V. Vs Hills-Frid
Sunn O)))-Kannon Vs Teeth Of The Sea-Highly Deadly…..
Gnoomes-Ngan! Vs Zone 6- Love Monster
Early Mammal-Take A Lover Vs Workin’ Man Noise Unit-Play Loud
Dead Sea Apes- Spectral Domain Vs Hey Colossus- Radio Static High
Shit & Shine-54 Synth… Vs Cathode Ray Eyes- Eyes In The Melancholy Palm
Josefin Ohrn and the Liberation- Horse Dance Vs Hey Colossus-In Black And Gold
You’re Smiling Now…- Population iv Vs 10000 Rusos- S/T
Sonic Jesus-Neither Virtue Nor Anger Vs The Left Outsides-The Shape Of Things To Come
Follakzoid -iii Vs Worshiper-S/T
White Manna-Pan Vs Blown Out- Jet Black Hallucinations
Evil Blizzard-Everybody Come To The Church Vs The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol-Masters Of The Molehill
Gnod-Infinity Machines Vs The Citradels-A Night Of Contemporary Feedback Music
Minami Deutsch- S/T Vs Les Sorciers Du Theil – Polyte Deshaies
Sleaford Mods-Key Markets Vs The Myrrors-Arena Negra
So there you have it, no links,no picture and no videos. Just a massive head to head battle. The 16 winners will go into a hat to be drawn again.