We need help. No, we’re not referring to psychiatric counseling. Of course, we do need that, but we’re afraid that if we got it, this site would become as dull as dishwater. So no psychiatric counseling.
Instead, we need help with music. Two kinds of help, to be specific:
FIRST, we’re going to make an attempt to reprise something we did last December — creating a list of the Ten Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs of the year. After the jump, we’ll reprint last year’s description of what that “Most Infectious” label means. What we’d really like you to do is send us your nominations.
We’ve got our own ideas, but there were a ton of new metal albums released this year, and we sure didn’t hear all of them. Hearing from you would reduce the chances that we’re overlooking songs that really ought to be on our list. Plus, this seems like a good way for all of us to discover some new tunes.
SECOND, without meaning to, we’re on a Finnish metal roll. We certainly didn’t plan it that way, but hey, flexibility’s a good thing, even if you’re not a contortionist. Yesterday we featured Amorphis, and earlier today a band called Before the Dawn. And in one of the comments we got, our UK contributor Andy Synn suggested we have a week-long tribute to Finland. He may have only been half-serious, but it sounded good to us — so we’re gonna roll with that. (more after the jump about what we want from you . . .)
So, without meaning to, we’re two days into a Finland tribute week. Five days to go. Five Finnish bands to spotlight. We write about Finnish bands all the time on this site, but what we’d really like to do is focus on some bands we haven’t written about previously. So please help us out with your ideas. Who should we check out?
And as for that first appeal for help, here’s a reprint of what we wrote when we launched last year’s Ten Most Infectious List. It will give you a better idea what we’re after. One easy way to approach this is just to think about the 2010 songs you find yourself going back to for repeat listening.
Please send us suggestions in response to either or both of our pathetic pleas for help either by leaving a comment on this post, or if you’re the shy and retiring sort, by e-mailing me at:
TEN MOST INFECTIOUS:
Ours isn’t a list of the best metal full-lengths of the year. It’s not even our list of the best individual extreme metal songs of the year. That would tax our brains way too much work, and frankly this is the time of year when devoting serious effort to anything is just fucking difficult.
Ours is a list of the most infectious extreme metal songs we’ve heard this year. We’re talking about songs that produce involuntary physical movement. Even on a crowded bus, subway, or ferry, your head starts banging, your fingers start tapping, your foot starts thumping, your legs start twitching — different people have got different body parts that start convulsing when they hear something that’s got a groove to it.
And to be one of the most infectious songs of the year, it’s got to be something that worms its way into your brain to such an extent you can’t get it out (and wouldn’t want to) — you mentally replay it at unexpected times and you go back to the song repeatedly. You know, when the shit is sick. When it infects you like a disease with no available cure. Again, not necessarily the best of the year, but the most infectious. (And because this is NO CLEAN SINGING, it’s got to be NCS Metal or an “Exception to the Rule” to make our list.)