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3) Hip Hop
...album, and then tell me why I should listen to it. Thanks.
1) converge - i can't think of that good a reasons to listen to hardcore
2) slayer - because it rocks so very hard
3) wu tang clan - because they're the best rap group of all time by a million miles. i can't understand why people wouldn't listen to them
hardcore- american nightmare/give up the ghost. the lyrics are amazing!
metallllll-not sure really
hip hop- rahzel, if that counts.
1) Not sure
2) Megadeath - Peace Sells But Who's Buying (i think), good times from my early teem metal years
3) Ultramagnetic Mc's - Critical Beatdown. Its proper old skool rap, can't beat a it of kool keith and sampled to death by The Prodigy
Fucking cracker of a record.
So so good.
I've recently got back into it...there's so much to discover within it as well, not to mention it technically being excellent too.
1) Converge - Jane Doe.
Reason: it's the best hardcore album ever released ever bar none.
2) Mastodon - Blood Mountain (seconded)
3) Lisence to Ill - Beastie Boys
Reason: it is funny, musically varied, crammed full of energy and classics.
I fancy putting on Funcrusher Plus in a bit. I've only really scratched the surface with them though. Anything with El-P is worth a go though.
but for now i shal say 2) Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power. i think. there are a few more modern albums that i listen to now, but i struggle to call them metal rather than mathcore or something similarly silly. as a metal album, this has some of the grooviest riffs ever written, uber-powerfull vocals, and a guitarist who used to call himself diamond darrell!
but I wouldn't be hounded out if I said Sick Of It All, right? Because that's my answer if they are technically hardcore. Scratch The Surface OWNS.
Metal wise I'd probably back up the Blood Mountain answers, but again I'm woefully underqualified to answer these questions really.
My favourite hip-hop album is a tie between Get Free by Dead Prez or The Black Album by Jay-Z.
hardcore band than converge, i'd say.
Hardcore: Minor Threat Complete Discog
Metal: Master Of Reality
Rap: Low End Theory or Nation of Millions
Their debut was brutal but exceptionally poorly produced; the second certainly wasn't squeaky clean, so it retained how totally fucking raw they sound, but made it slightly easier on the ears. Such a stellar release...brutal, slightly experimental, passionate and Icelandic :)
2. Strapping Young Lad - City
anything with Devin Townsend's name on it is pretty good, but this is just FASTFASTFAST, off-the-hook metal with tongue firmly in cheek sometimes. The whole thing just sounds so EVIL. Totally intense with some good synth work thrown in for good measure.
3. Not my favourites, but i'm going to put Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow and Madvillain - Madvillainy. Both are so varied, yet still manage to make the experience so coherent.
Very tough to decide, I mean there's obviously so much variety and quantity in each genre. However:
!) Black Flag - Damaged. I still get totally fired up and excited listening to this record now, years and years after first hearing it. Thirsty And Miserable is one of my favourite songs ever, and their influence is unquestionable. Plus, its Flag dude!
") Metallica - Master Of Puppets. I used to feel guilty about still liking this record so much, but it really is amazing. I can completely forgive everything thats happened to them/they've become for this album, and obviously Battery in particular. Clearly not the heaviest of metal, but fantastically enjoyable nonetheless.
£) Epmd - Strictly Business. This was the hardest one to decide. Wu-Tang and related projects, Eric B & Rakim, Percee P, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Ultramagnetic MCs, Clipse, Pete Rock, Kool Keith, Lil Wayne, Biggie and loads more could all get it on any other day, but I've been playing this record loads lately and its just brilliant. I'm Housing is so fantastic, you can just listen to it again and again.
1) converge-no heroes.i know i know it should be jane doe but i just love no heroes so much.and it may not technically be hardocre (not quite sure what is) but it makes me want to break things and generally jump about so thats why
2) mastodon-blood mountain. it really is just fantastic.thats it.i dont know what else to say that hasnt already been said.
3) i dont really own much hip hop.i have NWA's greatest hits & the 3 kanye west albums.i love the first kanye album.so il say that.
kanye west-the college dropout
"its less flabby"
Give Up The Ghost - Background Music
Ah, Wes...such a tortured soul. Before Some Girls there was Give Up The Ghost who made brutal, stupidly fast hardcore that was laced with spite and venom. Great lyrics as well.
Down I Go - Tyrant
I'm not going to stop raving about this. Technical/jazz/metal from 4 guys obsessed with 12 Tyrannical leaders. If you don't own anything by Down I Go, this is an excellent place to start. They even have a string section on the last track 'Ivan the Terrible' which compliments the heaviness beautifully and trumpets on 'King Henry VIII' (don't run away.)
MC Lars - The Graduate
Proper-nerdcore rap from a Nintendo geek. Sings about Moby Dick, ipods, internet relationships, lampoons emo and uses the tetris theme during a piss-take of So Solid Crew's '21 Seconds.' ACE.
They're not really hardcore. This isn't a proper album. None of that matters. Listen good.
2) Godflesh - Pure. Listen if you want to be crushed time and time again. There's heavier metal, sure, but none that has such a profound effect on me every time I listen to it. Awe-inspiring music.
3)Beastie Boys - Pauls Boutique. My stock answer is normally Liquid Swords, but I've been listening to Paul's Boutique constantly for about 3 weeks. And it's incredible. Anyone who thinks they don't like the Beastie Boys needs to listen to this.
if you're talking about the track offa Generic?
I prefer it to Generic.
2.Machine Head - Burn My Eyes cos it's well good innit
it is great, and one of my all time most listened records due to it being in my walkman for years
the blackening was meant to be a return to form. It wasn't. Although better than one of two of their records.
i still don't think they have more than 1.5 great albums
Brutal, epic, beautiful, inventive. amazing riffs and intensity, better than Converge.
2. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us
Just to buck the Mastodon trend really. Fantastic riffs and guitar work, ferocious drumming, layered melodies galore. well worth a listen.
3. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Great lyrics and production, ahead of it's time, not too gangstery.
just trying to stir up some shit really. I do prefer them though, but I've been listening to Jane Doe quite a bit recently.
1) Weekend Nachos - Punish and Destroy Vinyl-only HxC masterpiece, that strikes the perfect balance between thrashing insanity and down-tuned sludgy groove.
2)Slough Feg - Traveller The most underrated band in metal: fact! Their sound is difficult to describe; it's sort of a cross between NWOBHM and hard rock, but don't let that put you off, Feg side step the genre's cheesier aspects to deliver something truly memorable and unique. Plus, the album's concept revolves around a space pirate toppling an empire of evil psionic dog men!
3) I don't think I've ever listened to a hip-hop record in my life. Shame on me.
1) American nightmare - Year one
Because AN did it better. This showcases all their best stuff from their best releases. (later went on to change their name to Give Up The Ghost)
2) DEP - Calculating infinity
Because if you dont own this you're a fool.
NB: Mastodon - Leviathan is better than Blood Mountain!
3) De La Soul - 3 Feet high and rising
Because its summer, and its the perfect hip hop album for summer!
as the next man, but Blood Mountain is musically superior.
Oh and people who prefer 'We are the Romans' (great though it is) to 'Jane Doe' - why is this? I appreciate Botch and admire them, but they don't fire my emotions like Converge do.
Never been a big fan of Converge!
Because I hate the vocals on Converge records and it puts me off listening to them.
For that reason ive not listened to them in about 3 or 4 years, so can't be more particular than that!
different strokes for different folks.
1. Converge - Jane Doe. Just incredible. I bought it years ago and it still blows me away every time I hear it. Some of the slower, doomier tracks are incredibly beautiful too, almost shoegaze. In fact, I might put it on now.
2. Boris - Pink. So intense and varied, yet always totally enjoyable and ridiculously OTT. The production is brilliant as well, so many layers and such attention to detail.
3. Either Absence by Dalek or Subtle's For Hero: For Fool. It really depends on my mood; both are sprawling and take multiple listens to really grasp. The production on the Dalek album is brilliant, and sonically it's so inventive. Lyrically, I don't think anyone can match Subtle, and I love the fact that they create this whole self-contained world and that you can never quite pin down what's going on musically (at least I can't).
It's so dense and just wow.
I think it's even better because I genuinely have no clue how he comes up with most of the sounds on that record.
1) Husker Du - Land Speed Record
I could've picked a later Husker record, but I didn't cause this one is the most hardcore. 2 tracks, eleven songs, recorded live and sounding like metal machinery spinning around the room. Energetic, sloppy, angry and very loud, it's an awesome album.
2) Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley
Is it metal? I think so. Space sized riffs, great bass groove, and one of the best and most unique vocals in my opinion. Garcia half screams and half howls as one of the best bands ever really shines. Demon Cleaner is one of my favourite ever songs, mainly due to Homme's muted guitar.
3)Only Built 4 Cuban Linx- Raekwon
I should say Liquid Swords here. But the fact is that while GZA simmers right on the line of brilliance for an entire album, Raekwon oversteps that line on several occasions on Cuban Linx. Rainy Dayz makes good use of a soul sample, something I usually hate. Guillotine is absolutely mindblowing in the way he constructs his rhymes and Verbal Intercourse is exactly that. Yeah, it's overlong, and there's irritating skits and filler, but the first time I heard it my jaw actually dropped at how soothing and angry 'kwon sounds in the same track.
Really? Just shows how ignorant I am of genre labels. Actually what is metalcore? An album that could fit into 1) and 2)?
and tell me it's not hardcore
fair enough the later stuff when more college rock, but the first few records are SO fast and loud.
i'll have a think about my 3 records.
I like a bit of Bob Mould of an afternoon. Does it still sound like it was recorded in a bass-free treble factory like later Husker Du records?
Zen Arcade was fairly bassy, surely?
I dunno, it's pretty crunchy sounding, to my ears at least. We're not talking hip hop bass frequencies here, but it's pretty gnarly sounding.
which to me sounds like it was pressed onto cellophane rather than vinyl.
but that's very late Du, ain't it?
black sabbath master of reality
saul williams s/t
H/C = Minor Threat Discography CD
because great singalong tunes + fierce passion = dynamite
Metal = Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
because killer riffs, silly evil lyrics, perfect combination of super-speediness and catchy tunes
HipHop = Public Enemy "It Takes a Nation of Millions to hold us Back"
because it makes a wimpy-ass white boy like myself feel like raging against the evil white imperialists. And it fucking rocks.
1) Big Black - songs about fucking
(noise-metal? post-hardcore? whatever)
2) Megadeth - peace sells...
auto-reversed on my walkman from about 1990-1993 to DEATH. It's all about the coda to Wake Up Dead.
Death, dead, death...
3) De La Soul - 3 feet high...
(my 6 year old niece: "play the mr monkey mr fish one again uncle Ian!")
1)Sick Of It All - Death To Tyrants, one of the strongest politically charged rousing hardcore albums I've heard in recent times.
2)Baroness - The Red Album, amazing dynamics, textures and riffs which stray outside of the standard metal template to take in stoner and prog influences, not unlike mastodon who would have been my other choice
3)Dead Prez - Get Free, amazing production flow and lyrics
1) Jane Doe
i imagine you've already listened to it plenty
2) Down I Go - Tyrant
cos it's shit hot?
3) Gorrliaz - Demon Days
i have no idea whatsoever how this got so far up
I haven't listened to Converge for ages.
If I secure a job over the next few days, I'm going to go see them. Are you going to either of the dates?
1) Black Flag - My War
Modern Life Is War - My Love, My Way
MLIW is easily my favourite hardcore album of (not so) recent years.
3) E&A - E&A
Combining awesome lyrics, flow, beats and scratching. Everyone needs this album. Much better than their first.
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Because its dark and its incredible. Closest to it recently is probably El-P - Ill sleep when you're dead.
Aesop Rock - Float
Because he's completely unique, and this is much understated classic!
Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Because in a year that gave us the aformentioned El-P album, for another hip hop album to better it is some feat.
is almost certainly my favourite hip hop album, come to think of it. if you don't have it phil, obvs get it. better than el-p definitely
I don't think I've give it enough active listening time. Battle for Asgard is great.
Hardcore - HATEBREED 'The Rise Of brutality' This album has some seriously good shredding on it. Doomsayer, Beholder Of Justice, Confide In No-one. Strangely uplifting music & lyrical content.
Metal - SLAYER - 'Seasons In The Abyss'. Cos everyone picks 'reign In Blood' and this is equally as good, If not a bit for varied. the track 'Spirit In Black' is beyond amazing.
Hip Hop - BLACK ELVIS 'Lost In Space' (AKA Kool Keith)...this has a lot of good tracks on. Livin' Astro, Master Of The Game & I'm Seeing Robots.