By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
By Steve Weinstein
By Araceli Cruz
Despite new voters recruited from happening young so-called "extreme music" mags, metal albums didn't fare so hot in this year's Pazz & Jop poll: Mastodon's Leviathan finished 60th, followed by Comets on Fire if they count (63), Dungeon if they count (69), Eagles of Death Metal who probably shouldn't count (105), Isis (126), Converge (156), er, the Nirvana box I guess (176), then Velvet Revolver (201), and on and on into the abyss. Optimists might posit that the sheer quantity of not entirely horrible metal records these days works against them in polls like this. Pessimists might add that the inability of most to convey any semblance of a human personality can't help.
(Matador psych-metal album)
Download "At Her Open Door" (MP3)
(Cruz Del Sur power-metal album)
Download "The Masks Will Fall" (MP3)
(Century Media Scandinavian death-metal album) Download "Reborn" (MP3)
Fair Trades and Farewells
(Level Plane screamo-progged art-core EP) Download "Throw Collars to the Wind" (MP3)
(Locomotive Spanish art-metal album) Download "La Costa del Silencio" (MP3)
Into the Now
(Sanctuary stadium-rock album) Sample "Into The Now" (MP3) Sample "Look @ Me" (MP3) Sample "What a Shame" (MP3) Sample "Heaven Nine Eleven" (MP3) Sample "Words Can't Explain" (MP3) Sample "Caught in a Dream"
(Century Media Scandinavian goth-metal album) Downlaod "Cain" (MP3)