Slim Jim’s Top Ten of 2010
SHOOTER JENNINGS – Black Ribbons
The 70’s big classic rock – ball trippin’ – brain smokin’ – ear melting heavy tuneage of old is not dead. Shooter Jennings has created the heaviest album of 2010. In pure sonic fury, huge epicness, and massive songwriting. This isn’t Outlaw Country, This isn’t your daddy’s classic rock, this is Shooter Jennings and Hierophant (his band) racing along your brainwaves, fucking with all you thought you knew about music, and tainting what may come in the future. Take a little WHITE STRIPES, sprinkle some MUSE, add a dash of BLACK KEYS, smoke it with some Pink Floyd and dose repeatedly with Shooter himself, and you’ll get Black Ribbons. While the music will kick your ass, the lyrics will fuck with your brain, and the whole experience will make you think this whole fucked up industry could simply be saved if they’d just put out more solid music like this. This album should propel Shooter into Arenas and onto your grid faster than the clap takes hold of your sad tiny withered cock. But it seems the world would rather listen to the likes of sluts like Ke$ha, or 16 year old pubescent boys like Beiber than embrace the monster that is Shooter and Hierophant. WAKE UP people… If you haven’t experienced Black Ribbons… GO NOW. Do it here. You’ll thank me later. Oh, yes, Don’t Feed The Animals… And… FUCK YOU I’m FAMOUS. Did I mention there are 20 songs on this disc? 20! All of them will fuck with you, tie you in psychedelic knots and drip musical ecstasy semen out of your earholes. And don’t forget the indelible STEPHEN KING. Oh yeah, how could I forgot the title track Black Ribbons? It is quite simply the best Bruce Springsteen song that he never wrote.
ELEPAHNT MOUNTAIN – The Last Days of Planet Earth
Joe Altier and Slider from BRAND NEW SIN reunite to form ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN. The best Southern tinged Hard Rock album of the last year or three, and they hail from SYRACUSE, NY! If you’ve heard of BRAND NEW SIN, and have heard their first two records, then you’ll know exactly what ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN sounds like. And you’ll love it. You can spread the herd here.
THE BLACK KEYS – Brothers
Raw. Stripped. Deeper grooves than the ones fading on your wrist. Monochromed Stereophonically challenged. Bluesier than 20 quarts of Papa’s Jambalaya. More soulful than the most devout Methodist. The more I listen to this the more I want to go find all my ex’s. And slap the unloving chaos addicted shit out of them. The ultimate break up album. As it spins right now, I’m thinking it should move UP my top ten list. Fuck it. Ten Cent Pistol just reinforced the fact. And this is now my #3 best album of 2010 (As I originally wrote this, it was set at 7). You can join the Brothers here.
FILTER – The Trouble with Angels
An amazing return for FILTER. Raw, punishing, beautiful. Read my original review here.
ACCEPT – Blood of the Nations
Another reunion of sorts for ACCEPT. A new singer and a new lease on life. A great album that reminds us all why ACCEPT are Fast as a Shark. Read my original review here.
DISTRUBED – Asylum
More melodic than the past albums. More straight forward guitar solos than before. And more David Draiman. What more could you ask from a DISTURBED album? You can join the Asylum here.
SLASH – Slash
Slash gets a bunch of singers to sing on his album instead of going around singing on theirs. Great songs, great singers like Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE), Lemmy (MOTORHEAD), Ian Astbury (THE CULT), Ozzy, Chris Cornell (AUDIOSLAVE, SOUNDGARDEN), and many more. The most notable standout track and singer is Fergie (FERGIE, BLACK EYED PEAS) on the track Beautiful Dangerous. The woman should be singing balls out Rock N Roll all the time, not this pop pap shit with BEP. She has a great voice and holds her own amongst the more traditional and legendary vocalists on this album. You can get Slashed here.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Nightmare
Never a big A7X fan. But after seeing them this year at the Rockstar Uproar Festival with Disturbed I found a new respect for them as a live band. I figured out my problem with the band. M. Shadows has a good voice, but as he sings about dark lyrics, and leads the crowd into chants of ‘fuck you’ his voice has a rather high range to it. Making the music seem lighter and more lilting than the lyrics therefore belying the heaviness of the music. At times making it seem rather jokish or tongue in cheek. However after seeing their amazing performance live, I now get it. And can move past the vocal issue. The album is their best by far. Blazing guitars you’ve come to expect, full stream riffs crunch and chunk along getting your head and feet involved tapping along. Definitely deserving of anyone’s top ten list. You can become the Nightmare here.
EXODUS – Exhibit B: The Human Condition
EXODUS simple continues to pummel you into submission with their latest album. It is the fourth album in their return that does not fail to impress. The one drawback may simply be Rob Dukes‘ dry vocal style. But the brutal beating that you endure while listening to the album more than makes up for the lack of dimensions in his voice. Albums 6 – 10 will continue to beat the ever loving fuck out of your brain and spleen. I have no doubts about this. The band has never sounded better, tighter, or more focused than here. Which can only mean great things on the horizon for us fans. You can witness the Human Condition here.
DEATH ANGEL – Relentless Retribution
Any year is a good year when DEATH ANGEL releases a new album. The most important part of this is that the band promises to tour endlessly for this release. So that means we get more live Death Angel than ever before. And this boys and girls is a good thing. You can read my original review here.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD will release its new album, “Nightmare“, on July 27.
“Nightmare” was produced by Mike Elizondo (DR. DRE, EMINEM) and mixed by Andy Wallace (SEPULTURA, SLAYER, NIRVANA).
“Book of Nightmares” a special release will include the full “Nightmare” album on CD, plus an expanded booklet featuring lyric sheets from the band and exclusive artwork — all packaged in a bound book with a silver-plated “Nightmare” crest. The package also includes a limited 24″ x 36″ lithograph entitled “Death Bat Anatomy” featuring original artwork on textured paper embossed, as well as an instant digital download of AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s current single, “Nightmare“.
“Book of Nightmares” is only for sale from the band’s official web site, AvengedSevenfold.com, where it is currently available for pre-order for $49.99.
“Nightmare” track listing:
Welcome To The Family
Natural Born Killer
So Far Away
God Hates Us
Tonight The World Dies
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival dates:
8/17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
8/18 Kansas City, KS Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
8/2 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheatre
8/21 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/22 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/24 Columbus, OH LC Outdoor Amphitheatre
8/25 Toronto, ONMolson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/27 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain Amphitheatre
8/28 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/29 New York Metro Area, NY TBA
8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
9/1 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/3 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
9/4 Atlanta, GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/5 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
9/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
9/10 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
9/11 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
9/12 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/14 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
9/15 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
9/17 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/18 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9/19 Phoenix, AZ Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
9/21 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
9/22 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/24 Spokane, WA Greyhound Park
9/25 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
9/26 Vancouver, BC TBA
9/28 Edmonton, AB TBA
9/29 Calgary, AB TBA
9/30 Saskatoon, SK TBA
10/2 Winnipeg, MB TBA
10/3 Fargo, ND Fargodome
10/4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum