I thought I would provide a little update about our year-end LISTMANIA extravaganza — partly as a reminder to those who haven’t yet joined in the fun, and partly as a preview of what’s headed your way in the coming weeks.
First, we’ve had a hell of a response to our request for suggestions for our annual list of the year’s “Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs”. Based on the songs that have been recommended by readers to date, coupled with my own list of candidates that I haphazardly compiled as the year went on, the line-up of candidates now includes over 400 songs (!). And that doesn’t yet include all the suggestions by the rest of our staff, most of whom haven’t weighed in yet.
Granted, that list does include some duplicates — individual songs that have been suggested by more than one of our readers (or by me) — but not as many as you might think.
I thought I would also mention that 23 bands have appeared most often in this compilation of suggestions (three or more times): Akhlys, Alkaloid, Barren Earth, Byzantine, Cattle Decapitation, Crypt Sermon, Enslaved, Ereb Altor, Fear Factory, Ghost Bath, InAeona, Keep of Kalessin, Lamb of God, Mgla, Panopticon, Paradise Lost, Rivers of Nihil, Sangus, Sarpanitum, Slugdge, Sulphur Aeon, Tau Cross, and Tribulation.
In past years I’ve done my best to listen or re-listen to every suggested song in the course of compiling our final list. That’s going to be a tall order this year. I may have to break out the adult diapers again in order to get extra time. (If you haven’t yet thrown your own song suggestions into the hopper, you still can… HERE.)
Second, we’ve also had an amazing response to our request for reader lists of the year’s best releases. Not only have the lists been diverse and non-repetitive, there’s been a good discussion in the Comments about the lists posted so far.
From my perspective, the best thing about those lists (apart from being a reminder of albums that you may have heard but might not be front-of-mind here in December) is that they make great trail maps for exploring new music. If you haven’t contributed your own lists yet or taken a look at what has been posted so far, I encourage you to do that… HERE.
Third, we’re going to have another very interesting series of year-end list posts beginning later this month, not only from our own long-time cadre of regular writers but also from a group of invited guests and semi-regular contributors (18 people in all have committed so far). A lot of these names will be familiar if you have indulged in our LISTMANIA series in previous years — I’m pretty damned curious myself to see what they’ve come up with for 2015.
Fourth, and finally, as in years past we’re still going to post year-end lists from “big platform” web sites, just to see what the great unwashed masses out there are being told are the best metal releases of the year.
And that concludes my update. We’ll be bringing more new music your way this weekend. Enjoy the rest of your fucking day.