We’re still not finished posting our own year-end lists — that will continue today and into next week — but this morning I learned about an “international list of lists” that I thought you folks would find interesting.
To the Teeth is the name of a Facebook-based metal blog that began life last May. The proprietor, Dutch journalist Peter van der Ploeg, regularly posts about new extreme metal songs and full releases, and he has a Reddit thread in which he often goes into greater depth about what appears more briefly at To the Teeth on FB.
To compile this “international list of lists”, Peter began by assembling a population of 83 year-end lists. In order to be included in this “list of list” exercise, the original lists had to rank the albums numerically; of course, not all lists do that. The 83 that Peter chose included a total of 558 albums and were drawn from these sources, which include a lot of “big platform” mainstream publications as well as lists from scurrilous metal-only outlets such as our own:
Decibel Magazine, Terrorizer, Invisible Oranges (14 staff lists), PopMatters, Consequence of Sound, Metalstorm, Treble, Rolling Stone, Exclaim!, Loudwire, MetalSucks (8 staff lists), Last Rites (4 staff lists, 1 general), Angry Metal Guy (21 staff lists), No Clean Singing (3 staff lists), Stereogum, To The Teeth (Peter’s own list), FasterLouder, Cvlt Nation (5 genre lists, 1 general), Metal Injection (5 staff lists), Nine Circles (3 staff lists), L.A. Weekly, Heavy Blog Is Heavy (2 staff lists, 1 general), and the personal lists of Kim Kelly (Noisey) and Fenriz (Darkthrone).
Peter then winnowed that group of 558 albums down to 230 by doing such things as deleting any album that only appeared once, even if it was a No. 1 record on a list, and weeding out non-metal albums that appeared on cross-genre lists. He then assigned numerical values to those 230 remaining albums based on their original rankings (giving 10 points to a No. 1 ranking, 9 points to a No. 2, and so forth). Through those calculations, he came up with a Top 50 “list of lists”.
1. Vektor – Terminal Redux
2. Khemmis – Hunted
3. Blood incantation – Starspawn
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
5. Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows
6. Oranssi pazuzu – Värähtelijä
7. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
8. Oathbreaker – Rheia
9. Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
10. Alcest – Kodama
11. Astronoid – Air
12. Mithras – On Strange Loops
13. Anaal Nathrakh – The Whole of the Law
14. Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
15. Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason
16. Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
17. Haken – Affinity
18. Gojira- Magma
19. Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
20. SubRosa – For This We Fought the Battle of Ages