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 filthy little metal-only hovels like ours.
Rolling Stone magazine should need no introduction, so I’m not going to provide one. Last year we didn’t include a Rolling Stone metal list in our year-end LISTMANIA series — because they didn’t publish one. I thought they’d jettisoned the idea permanently, but their Top 10 metal list has made a return this year — and it’s better than I expected it would be.
For one thing, Panopticon’s latest album made the list, and that alone brought a big smile to my face. And there were other pleasant choices I wasn’t expecting to see (e.g., Skepticism and Portal). Of course, there were some others that weren’t surprising at all (e.g., all of the top 5), given the propensity of places like Rolling Stone to shower big names with the biggest praise, though to be clear I’m not suggesting any of those albums is bad.
Also, just to be extra-clear, even after all these years: This is not our list. This is Rolling Stone‘s list.
10. Panopticon: ‘…And Again Into the Light’
9. King Woman: ‘Celestial Blues’
8. Skepticism: ‘Companion’
7. Portal: ‘Avow’
6. Tribulation: ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’
5. Converge: ‘Bloodmoon: I’
4. Carcass: ‘Torn Arteries’
3. Gojira: ‘Fortitude’
2. Mastodon: ‘Hushed and Grim’
1. Iron Maiden: ‘Senjutsu’