Every November here at NCS we renew a few year-end traditions that have been a part of our site since the early days, and I thought now would be a good time for a reminder, since we depend on our readers for help in rolling them out.
First of all, we’re approaching another birthday for our putrid site. We made our first post on November 21, 2009, and by resorting to higher math with the aid of a calculator, I’ve determined that in 10 days we will be five years old! We won’t need your help with that celebration when the blessed day arrives — we’re capable of patting ourselves on the back all by ourselves. We do accept presents; cash is preferred.
Second, we will soon be starting our year-end LISTMANIA series. There are three parts to that endeavor: We publish year-end lists of metal’s best albums that we find on certain “big platform” websites and zines; we publish year-end lists by our own staff writers and by special guests; and we provide a platform for our readers to post their own lists of favorite releases from the year that’s nearing an end.
We’ll need your help on that last part, so put your thinking caps on and start winnowing down what you’ve heard into the best of the best — we’ll invite you to start sharing your lists in about 2 weeks.
Third, in late December I’ll start rolling out my list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. I’ll need your help with that series, too: Early next week I’ll invite our readers to recommend songs released in 2014 that they’ve found to be most infectious (for newcomers, I’ll explain what that means in the invitation).
I listen to a lot of music every year, but I’ve not yet achieved a state of complete omniscience, and so I overlook things. With your help I can become part of a giant diseased hive mind of metal. I always look forward to that.
We have other year-end traditions, such as sacrificing annoying neighbor children as propitiation to the gods of metal, but those are performed in private.
So, now you’ve been warned. Start getting ready…