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10 albums I like

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Since we’re writing lists at Blogcritics these days, here’s mine. It’s not a “best-of” or anything, it’s just 10 random albums from my collection.

Burning Witch – Crippled Lucifer
Excellent compilation of material from this underrated doom metal band. Makes Black Sabbath sound like a boy band.

Cryptopsy – None So Vile
Starts off with a sample from Exorcist III, ends with a sample from Army of Darkness, and in between it’s sheer chaos. Albums like this make me wish I had invested in Darren’s Dance Grooves, so that I might do his patented “pop and lock” routine to the sweet, sweet sounds of “Slit Your Guts” and :Orgiastic Disembowelment.”

Disrupt – Unrest
One of the best hardcore albums of the 90, from one of the best bands to ever come out of Boston. I’d give my right arm for a Disrupt reunion.

Earth – Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars
My girlfriend threatened to break up with me if I ever played this album in her presence again. The first track starts off with an agonizingly slow cover of the opening of “Free Bird” and then just degenerates into droning guitars. The other four tracks on the album come closer to being actual songs, but not but much. Great fun at parties, especially if you don’t like anyone who’s in attendance.

Exhumed – Slaughtercult
They sound like Carcass, and part of their stage act includes a bass player who vomits on command. What’s not to love?

Mayhem – Live in Leipzig
Raw, vicious black metal from one of the most important bands in the genre. The sound quality is not the best, but the songs are great, and front man Dead shrieks the lyrics like a man possessed. The album is terrifying, and yet strangely beautiful at the same time. Sort of like a vagina with teeth.

Napalm Death – Utopia Banished
When I let a friend borrow this album in high school, his mom heard him listening to it and asked him why he was listening to a tape of cows being slaughtered. And to the untrained ear, I suppose it can sound like a bunch of cows being slaughtered. But Utopia Banished is so much more than that. The band eases back on all the blatant death metal influences of Harmony Corruption and lets the grindcore come to the forefront. While a lot of fans prefer the rawer sound of Scum and From Enslavement to Obliteration, I think this is one case where the nice-sounding production doesn’t cripple the brutality. This album was one of the highlights of Napalm Death’s career, and one of the most vicious albums ever released.

Sepultura – Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation
I don’t think the guitars were even in tune when Sepultura recorded this, but I love it anyway. The primitive thrash metal sounds amateurish compared to their classics Arise and Beneath the Remains, but it’s much better than anything Sepultura has released since Chaos A.D. If faced with the choice of saving this CD or my mother from a burning building, my mom would be toast.

Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
Possibly the most abrasive and ear-splitting black metal album ever recorded. Like a bleeding vagina with teeth.

Uncurbed – Punks on Parole
Uncurbed take the traditional Swedish hardcore sound and throw in a little Motorhead influence. One of the finest punk bands currently playing today.

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