2007 for me was a year of new turning points in music all together. You saw the fad of metalcore steady out and more bands rising out of that thankfully, with new rhythms and a better direction. The metal world grew for the better this year, unlike in 2006 I feel. More bands tried new things. Yes, some labels completely died out (ala Trustkill and their constant need to sign post hardcore copycats), but other labels shined like Prosthetic, Metal Blade, Victory and Ferret. Some bands forgot the meaning of music, while others grew new life. This was a tough decision year and hopefully it will be like that in 2008. So, below are my favorite albums of 2007…
10. Animosity – Animal
Animosity have proven the grounds that they are the front runners in the deathcore scene, which is just starting to blossom. Animal is also a brutal masterpiece for the year, and for the band. They definitely turned the corner from solid to great. Hopefully a solid year of touring in ’08 will bring us more great music in ’09.
Best song: “Animal”
9. Darkest Hour – Deliver Us
Some people think that ‘Deliver Us’ was a let down from ‘Undoing Ruin’, others think otherwise. Whichever side of the spectrum you are on, you don’t have much to complain about since both are beautiful albums in their own right. Darkest Hour continue to bring chaotic music to the front of the metal scene.
Best Song: “A Paradox With Flies”
8. Killwhitneydead – Hell To Pay
Lot of people hate this band. Lot of people like this band. Personally, I love them. From solid guitar work, angry vocals to just plain crazy samples, Killwhitneydead are just fun. Want some road rage? Listen to “Hell To Pay”. Killwhitneydead will hopefully tear it up for years to come, and you should go see them live, very fun.
Best Song: “Kill Them With Kindness”
7. Himsa – Summon In Thunder
Himsa have come down a long long road. From starting way back when as a grunge/punk band, to becoming a grunge metal band. Finally, losing all its members except the founding bassist, becoming a true heavy metal band. They have since been a heavy metal band for 3 full length albums, each progressively getting more technical and heavily influenced from death/black metal. “Summon in Thunder” is nothing shy of amazing and it should be in any metalheads collection.
Best Song: “Ruin Them”
6. Through The Eyes Of The Dead – Malice
Through The Eyes Of The Dead have gone through some changes recently, most noticeably though was the addition of a new front man. With this addition, TTEOTD have gone from a deathcore band caught in the act to a truly powerful force in the death metal world. Malice is heavy hitting, angry metal at its finest. Malice combines the intensity of their previous work, with a new vocal assault and some more technicalities.
Best Song: “To Wage A War”
5. Oceansize – Frames
To quote Robby, “Gotta love the 10 minute epics” is an understatement. This album is nothing shy of brilliant. The drumming however is what builds this album. The suspenseful build up on some of the songs is just nerve wrenching. This is a must own for anyone who loves music for music.
Best Song: “Only Twin”
4. Hopesfall – Magnetic North
Hopesfall have definitely reemerged themselves since their previous endeavors. Growing as a band through out the years has brought wonderful things to this band, despite losing some past fans because they are “not heavy enough”. Magnetic North just proves this band as musicians. Each song on this album tells a wonderful tale through beautiful guitar work and great vocals. Hopesfall are not heavy anymore, more alternative, but definitely outshine the rest.
Best Song: “Secondhand Surgery”
3. Evergreen Terrace – Wolfbiker
Evergreen Terrace’s “Wolfbiker” has done nothing but sit in my CD player and never leave it. The is by far the most energetic and fun album of ’07. From the great metal riffs, the quick punk drum rolls or the multiple vocals, this is an amazing album. I would also recommend watching their music video, definitely a cool video. I hope these guys never hang it up, it is just to much fun. Best song: “The First Baptist Church Of Jacksonville”
Best song: “The The First Baptist Church Of Jacksonville”
2. Modern Life Is War – Midnight In America
This is the best hardcore band of the 00’s. They have found a real way to slow hardcore down and add extreme passion to it without compromising any sound. Each song on here tells a depressing tale of state of society as a whole. No chorus’, no breakdowns only raw emotion through out this 30+ minute album. This is definitely the hardcore album of the year.
Best song: “Stagger Lee”
1. Between The Buried And Me – Colors
I have to agree with our fellow comrade Robby on this one, although I bumped it up a spot. This is the best album of the year, I feel for all genres of music. Between the Buried and Me have captured all genres with this progressive album; ranging from rock – jazz – metal – punk – blues. BTBAM have done nothing but grow as a band each and every album.
Best song: “Sun of Nothing”
2007 Honorable Mentions:
Kaddisfly – Set Sail The Prairie
Killwhitneydead – Nothing Less, Nothing More
Circa Survive – On Letting Go
A Day To Remember – For Those Who Have Heart