Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part III – Show No Mercy: Pitchfork’s Metal Picks

Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy published his Top Twenty Metal Albums last month in his Show No Mercy column, and three of our favorite face-melters of the year made the cut!  Weighing in at number six is Enslaved‘s Vertebrae on Nuclear Blast, brilliantly described as, “a smeary, tightly composed collection of progressive psychedelic post-black metal.”

At number ten we have Florida’s tech-minded prog metal elder statesmen, Cynic, with their first album in fifteen years, Traced In Air.  Released via French powerhouse Season of Mist, this reunion album is “a jam-packed, carefully orchestrated King Crimson-style tone poem.”

Darkthrone‘s fourteenth long-player Dark Thrones and Black Flags is sitting pretty at lucky number thirteen.  Stosuy calls the Peaceville release “one hell of a strange and compelling blackened punk collection.”

Check out the full list, along with many of the artists’ own picks, right here.

Sune Rose Wagner Gets His Sune Rose Wagner On

Sune Rose Wagner /Juvenile Delinquent / BUY

Fans of Sune Rose Wagner’s dayjob — jointly fronting sleek noir-rock two-piece The Raveonettes — won’t be disappointed by this stripped down solo venture. That is, if they don’t mind foreign languages. Indeed, the Danish Wagner is offering up this record of vintage Specter pop and hazy half-shoegaze, all delivered in his native tounge. But Danish is a beautiful language, complimenting Wagner’s soothing coo perhaps even better than the English he’s employed on countless Raveonettes releases. The stand out here is the blissful “Beruset of Forhadt,” available for download below.

MP3 : Sune Rose Wagner – Beruset og Forhadt

Sinners Maybe, Winners Definitely

The Holloways are a cheeky lil’ lot from North London who deliver light-hearted pop songs with a classically British flair. Despite having the attitude of a gang of skint kids just looking to have a good time, they’ve had four singles hit the UK Top 40 charts. Their latest offering, full of charming accent-heavy vocals, is the four song EP named after its lead-off track, Sinners & Winners. Playful and inviting, the songs bounce around with jubilant harmonies and infectious melodies. Their upcoming long-player, Tales From The Tarmac, will be released in February with a whole new batch of hopelessly catchy riffs.

Never ones to forget their true fans, The Holloways once played a show on top of their van for a mass of underaged kids who weren’t able to get into a gig. Respect.

The RZA Presents Afro Samurai: Resurrection, 2nd Release From Wu Music Group

This morning Wu Music Group, the newly formed label run by the administrative mind of Mitchell “Divine” Diggs and the creative force of Wu-Tang Clan’s chief architect “The RZA” (and home to all things Wu), announced The RZA Presents Afro Samurai: Resurrection. The album will be the second new release from Wu Music Group, following 2007’s 8 Diagrams.

But this isn’t just any Wu-Tang release. Afro Samurai: Resurrection is the soundtrack to the second season of Afro Samurai, an animated series executive produced by and starring Samuel L. Jackson as a black samurai hell bent on revenge. RZA soundtracked the first season in 2007 with collabos with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and more. Afro Samurai: Resurrection continues the trend with tracks featuring members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and new Wu Music Group proteges such as Boy Jones, the late ODB’s son. RZA’s streaming the first two singles on his Wu Music Tube right now, and the album hits stores on January 27th, the same day season two starts airing on SPIKE TV. True Afro Samurai fans can grab the Afro Samurai: Resurrection video game for PS3 or XBox 360 on the same day and the Afro Samurai: Resurrection DVD with extras on the DVD on February 3rd. Tour dates after the jump.


Top Ten Albums of 2008 – Josh Grabelle (Trustkill)

Trustkill is the brainchild of its current president, Josh Grabelle.  Starting out as a hardcore punk fanzine, it quickly moved into the role of record label when Grabelle decided to release a compilation. The move turned out to be a good one, and Trustkill’s wide array of rock, metal and hardcore releases has now earned them the recognition of being one the most important hardcore labels out there, with such notable albums as Poison the Well’s “Opposite of December.”

So, we asked Josh to let us know what releases he couldn’t stop playing this year.

VOLBEATRock the Rebel/Metal the Devil
FOUR YEAR STRONG – Rise or Die Trying
ANBERLINNew Surrender
RISE AGAINSTAppeal To Reason
Scream Aim Fire

And to refresh your memory, Trustkill put these records out in 2008:

STONERIDER Three Legs Of Trouble BUY
CRASH ROMEO – Gave Me The Clap BUY
TERRORForever Crossing The Line
ADVERSARY Singularity