So apparently we’re doing this thing where we talk about 5 albums that came out from 2000-2010 that had a huge influence on us. Here’s what shaped me into a bitter old man with disdain for pretty much everything.
- Cult of Luna- Somewhere Along The Highway. This is literally my favorite album. Not just in this time frame, not just in this genre, literally ever in all of music. It seems ridiculous to be able to pinpoint that, but it just is, so shut up. It has the perfect blend of melody and aggression, of sadness and rage, and of beauty and harshness. While many will argue that their peers Isis and Neurosis have created “better” albums, I dissent.
2. Drudkh- Blood in Our Wells. I have no idea how I heard of this band. Like, I just kinda feel as if one day, this album showed up on my ipod, and it’s never left since. I’ve always been a sucker for atmospheric black metal with somewhat audible production, but the added folk influence, the ripping guitar leads, and the almost hypnotic pacing of the songs make for what is by far one of my favorite black metal albums ever, and is reasonably considered a high point for the genre.
3. Blut Aus Nord- Memoria Vetusta II. Piggybacking on what I said above about my love of atmospheric black metal, this album combines perfect melodies with RIFFS for days. Dude has such an ear for unifying musical themes while avoiding redundancy. While in all honesty, I have enjoyed their less standard (read: totally fucking weird industrial influenced) output more, this is by far one of the strongest albums in Vindsval’s massive oeuvre.
4. Isis-Panopticon. So funny story, one of my closest friends had this CD stuck in the CD player of his car for over a year. He drove everywhere. I never minded. While people tend to prefer Oceanic or Celestial over this album, something about how this seems to be the “saddest” Isis album just grips me. The melodies are by far my favorite of their work.
5. Have a Nice Life- Deathconsciousness. Ever listen to a song ten times in a row? I’ve spent multiple days doing that with Bloodhail, the second song on this album. A perfect mashup of shoegaze, post punk, and post rock. Have a Nice Life is a band I am travelling literally all the way across the country to see. I couldn’t be more excited to do so.