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Top 20 of 2004Top 20 of 2004: FortyMinutesWest's PicksFortyMinutesWest's Picks (2004)
Reviewer Rating: 5
If 2003 was a bad year to be a musician, 2004 was a lot of the same, with countless break ups, deaths, and break-ins. Itís always a sad day when a band loses its gear, whether it be from an accident or a crack head looking for some quick cash. Well, except when it happens to Count The Stars, that shitís funny. The passing of quality bands like Warsawpack and The Missing 23rd really put a damper on things for a while, but I wouldnít worry about a shortage of bands, for every band we lose, there are approximately 16 Bane side projects in the works. There were some remarkable moments this year, we even saw the return of Social Distortion, yep, they actually released the album.
There was an election this year, but you already know about that. If you donít know about it, Chuck Norris won.
Of course, no pointless, rambling intro about the year that was would be complete without some whining about the NHL lockout. Itís December already, Rico Fata should be a Ė23 by now, itís just not right. Bring in replacement players, I really donít care, watching some ECHLers skate around would be more entertaining than watching schmucks like Brian Holzinger anyway. Iíd like to end this on a positive note, so Iíll conclude this poorly written intro with this: Lasse Pirjeta is still the coolest name ever, and apple flavored altoids kick ass.Top 10 Of 2004
#10. Social Distortion - Sex, Love And Rock N Roll
Time Bomb Records
This might not be Social Dís best album, but it rocks harder than most of the stuff that came out this year.
#9. Crime In Stereo - Explosives And The Will To Use Them
This is one of the freshest sounding hardcore albumís Iíve heard in a long time. Every track will stick in your head forever and have you singing along in your car.
#8. Pig Destroyer - Terrifyer
Pig Destroyerís latest shows the band expanding their sound a bit, with sexy results.
#7. Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
Bad Religion is my favorite band of all time; almost any release of theirs is a guaranteed hit with me.
#6. Tusk - Tree of No Return
Tortuga (Hydra Head)
Featuring members of the almighty Pelican, Tusk delivers bizarre avant-garde grind based around the concept of a drifter lost in woods.
#5. Psyopus - Ideas of Reference
Black Market Activities
With The Dillinger Escape Plan going in a new direction, someone else needed to pick of the tech thing and run with it, Psyopus is a prime candidate. Brilliant drumming and otherworldly guitar playing make this release a must have.
#4. Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
With their last release being one of my favorite albums of all time, and with a new vocalist and a new direction, I was worried that these guys couldnít live up to that legacy. However, Miss Machine was far from a disappointment. Mike Pattonís influence on this band is obvious
#3. Submission Hold - What Holds Back The Elephant
G7 Welcoming Committee Records
Submission Holdís releases for Ebuillition were incredible, and their G7 debut is no less impressive. Jenís powerful vocal delivery and the bandís always politically savvy lyrics make this release stand out from the sea of other bands doing the political thing this year.
#2. Isis - Panopticon
In any other year, Isis would have been at the top of this list. Still, this second place rating doesnít change the fact that this is an amazing record. This band can do no wrong.
#1. Circle Takes The Square - As The Roots Undo
As I said before, in any other year Isis would have been at the top of this list. However, Circle Takes The Square emerged as the clear favorites to take this spot as soon as I began working on this list. If you donít already own this, you need to..
Unearth, Champion, All Else Failed, Mastodon, Converge, The Blinding Light, A Voice In The Wire, Arsis, Antimaniax
Album that would have made the list if it came out a month earlier: Jesu-JesuAnticipated releases of 2005
Death by Stereo, Propagandhi, Choke, Shai Hulud retrospective, Bane, Street DogsBand that needs to be signed in 2005
KervinBiggest Turnaround of 2004
No Warning, and boy does their new CD suck.2004 Mixtape
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