As the end of 2011 approaches, we’ll be reprising once again two of our year-end traditions — and we want your help with both of them.
FIRST, we’re again going to create a list of the The Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs of the year. In case you’ve forgotten, or you’ve become an NCS reader since this time last year, here’s what this is about:
This isn’t a list of the best metal albums of the year. It’s not even our list of the best individual extreme metal songs of the year. Though some of the songs might actually be among the best of the year, creating that kind of list isn’t the objective. That would tax our brains way too much, and frankly this is the time of year when devoting serious effort to anything is just fucking difficult.
Instead, 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, a catchy rhythm, a memorable melody.
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 for listening. It’s the kind of song that has become one of your favorites for some kind of activity — whether it be drinking or smoking a bowl, working out, humping, rolling down the road in some kind of wheeled vehicle with the volume turned up, doing your laundry, doing school work, doing actual paying work, pleasuring yourself while gazing at a photo of me, getting into the right kind of mood or out of the wrong one, or even just day-dreaming.
We’ve got our own working list of candidates, but no doubt we’ve overlooked some gems. So, here’s what we want: Please leave comments below this post with your suggestions — or e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll then pick the winners and start playing those songs for you in groups of two as we get closer to year-end. The first year we did this, I limited the list to 10 songs. Last year, I expanded it to 30 — because it was just too fucking hard to whittle the list down. I don’t know how many songs we’ll feature this year. We’ll see . . .
So, reflect on the music you’ve really been enjoying this year and please let us hear from you.
There’s one more Listmania invitation we want to extend — that’s in the next post.