Here’s another entry in the part of our annual LISTMANIA orgy where we re-post lists of metal from “big platform” web sites and print zines — the kind of places that get a lot more eyeballs on them than festering little metal-only hovels like ours.
To justify our selection of Noisey for this part of the series, consider these statistics: Noisey is the on-line music channel of Vice Media, which began as a Montreal-based print magazine in 1994 and has expanded into a global media presence. Noisey was started in 2011 and now has 1,132,220 Facebook followers and (according to this site) receives about 839,500 unique visitors and 1,477,520 page views per day.
Yesterday Noisey published its staff’s list of “The Best 100 Albums of the Year“. By my count, 10 of those albums are metal. Nine of those 10 appear to have made the list as a result of recommendations by Noisey editor Kim Kelly, whose by-line appears on the mini-reviews that accompany those 9 picks. The 10th one is Devil Is Fine by Zeal and Ardor, and a different author’s by-line accompanies that feature.
For those of you who have the time and inclination to listen to genres of music other than metal, you might find some things worth exploring by reading the entire Noisey Best 100 list (here). What I’ve done is extracted the metal titles from the list, along with where they appeared in the ranking — and here they are:
86. Naðra – Allir vegir til glötunar
81. Storm of Sedition – Decivilize
73. Mare Cognitum – Luminiferous Aether
64. Void Omnia – Dying Light
54. King Dude – Sex
53. High Spirits – Motivator
42. Cemetery Piss – Order of the Vulture
30. Cultes Des Ghoules – Coven, Or Evil Ways Instead of Love
20. Oathbreaker – Rheia
6. Zeal and Ardor – Devil Is Fine
Not surprisingly given the source of most of these picks, this list is a hell of a lot closer to my own wheelhouse than most of the other “big platform” metal lists I’ve been re-posting. Granted, it wouldn’t take a lot more to do that than picking something other than Metallica’s new album as the year’s top metal release. But apart from not including Metallica, this grouping of 10 picks includes many albums I thought were great ones this year — and also served as a reminder of several that I never got around to hearing in full (hello Storm of Sedition and Oathbreaker).
I don’t know by what process Noisey determines where to put releases like these among the other 90 albums on the list. It makes my head hurt thinking about how you would compare these albums to releases by such artists (for example) as Frank Ocean, Culture Abuse, Car Seat Headrest, or Sturgill Simpson. But I’m mainly glad to see this kind of music on the list at all.
To check out the full list and to read the mini-reviews for the 10 picks excerpted above, go here: