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Metal Shop Blog #27: Top (insert # here) of 2009!


We do it at the end of every year.  Our Top Whatever We Feel Like of 2009.  Usually it's the Top 20 or Top 25.  At any rate, it's coming up THIS WEEK on Metal Shop.  There were tons of great metal albums released this year.  A few of my personal favorites were Crack the Skye by Mastodon, Those Whom The Gods Detest by Nile, Heart of Darkness by Burnt By The Sun (sleeper album of the year... had no idea it was even good, much less AWESOME when I heard it the first time).

What were YOUR favorite albums of the year?  E-mail us ( or or Facebook us, or leave a comment on this blog and tell us what needs to be on our countdown this week!  We set up our list based on the most requested and asked for albums, with a little sprinkling of personal preference thrown in for good measure.

As for me and my #1 album of the year... well it's not even metal.  Simon Posford is my favorite musician of all time and his main project, Shpongle, put out their fourth album this year after a very long 4 years since the last one.  Needless to say I was very excited to hear this.  Shpongle's music is nearly indescribable, spanning just about every kind of sound you can imagine.  Lots of worldly rhythms, plenty of huge grooves that will make you dance without realizing it, crazy sound effects that will completely tweak your brain and it's perception of what it's trying to process.  It's difficult to explain, so I'll just give you their artist's own interpretation which I think sums it up pretty well:

"Dongle and Mongle are the only two other words rhyming with Shpongle...a strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception, find a new pair of dice... extra numbers and colours an infinite expanding bubble, filled with a bizzare, strange world of dripping halucinatory wallpaper, a garden of earthly delights........... Shpongleland..... a place of well being, and reflective surfaces, morphing like an Anacondas skin and shimmering like a million colour changing squid, at fifty fathoms.. truly unfathomable like seperating water from it's wetness, the Ineffable Mysteries unweave ....."

If you've got 10 minutes to spare check out a track from the album.  It's called "Shpongolese Spoken Here" and it's very glitchy through the first half and chilled out with a big ol dub beat in the second half.  The second half is my favorite part of the entire album.

Let us your favorite albums of the year!  The countdown is THIS WEEK!


12/22/2009 8:55AM
Metal Shop Blog #27: Top (insert # here) of 2009!
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