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Top 20 of 2004: FortyMinutesWest's PicksFortyMinutesWest's Picks (2004)
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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. It's 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 shit's funny. The passing of quality bands like Warsawpack and The Missing 23rd really put a damper on things for a while, but I wouldn't 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 don't 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. It's December already, Rico Fata should be a ??23 by now, it's just not right. Bring in replacement players, I really don't care, watching some ECHLers skate around would be more entertaining than watching schmucks like Brian Holzinger anyway. I'd like to end this on a positive note, so I'll 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 D's 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
Blackout/Brightside
This is one of the freshest sounding hardcore album's I've 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
Relapse Records
Pig Destroyer's latest shows the band expanding their sound a bit, with sexy results.
#7. Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
Epitaph Records
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
Relapse Records
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 couldn't live up to that legacy. However, Miss Machine was far from a disappointment. Mike Patton's influence on this band is obvious
#3. Submission Hold - What Holds Back The Elephant
G7 Welcoming Committee Records
Submission Hold's releases for Ebuillition were incredible, and their G7 debut is no less impressive. Jen's powerful vocal delivery and the band's always politically savvy lyrics make this release stand out from the sea of other bands doing the political thing this year.
#2. Isis - Panopticon
Ipecac Recordings
In any other year, Isis would have been at the top of this list. Still, this second place rating doesn't change the fact that this is an amazing record. This band can do no wrong.
#1. Circle Takes The Square - As The Roots Undo
Robotic Empire
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 don't already own this, you need to..
Honorable Mentions

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-Jesu

Anticipated releases of 2005

Death by Stereo, Propagandhi, Choke, Shai Hulud retrospective, Bane, Street Dogs

Band that needs to be signed in 2005

Kervin

Biggest Turnaround of 2004

No Warning, and boy does their new CD suck.

2004 Mixtape
  1. Bad Religion - Let Them Eat War
  2. Thought Riot - On New Tablets
  3. Crime In Stereo - If You Think We're Talking About You, We Are
  4. Social Distortion - Reach For The Sky
  5. Champion - Promises Kept
  6. A Wilhelm Scream - The Rip
  7. Q And Not U - LAX
  8. Stand & Fight - So Much More
  9. Another Breath - Racing A Fading Image
  10. Kervin - Mimic the Accident
  1. Unearth - Bloodlust And The Human Condition
  2. Psyopus - Death, I...
  3. Tusk - Tree Of No Return
  4. Antimaniax - G8
  5. Circle Takes The Square - Crowquill
  6. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - Five Deep On Charlie
  7. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Panasonic Youth
  8. Arsis - The Face Of My Innocence
  9. Through The Eyes Of The Dead - Forever Ends Today
  10. Meshuggah - I

 


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FortyMinutesWest (January 6, 2005)

Good thing you're in Spain, because PA is sinking.

YgTheWarGoat (January 5, 2005)

Nice choices...though I still need to listen to a few of them.

I also enjoy Forty's reviews, but i think I'm also playing favorites.

Wonder why?

Ole!

Anonymous (January 5, 2005)

i agree about kervin - they rock and have an amazingly fresh sound. i urge everyone to check them out!

FortyMinutesWest (January 4, 2005)

Something else to anticipate.

bizzlebrizzle (January 4, 2005)

Suicide File retrospective already came out? Or is that another thing to anticipate?

FortyMinutesWest (January 4, 2005)

Yeah, that too, I knew I forgot something.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

Forty, what about the Suicide File retrospective?

-BSD

bizzlebrizzle (January 3, 2005)

I was definitely hoping that this would be my favorite list since I generally agree with almost all your reviews, but I actually like the one bizzlebrizzle's been posting in every comments section better. I'm kind of surprised Only Crime didn't make it.

Still, the best staff list I've read so far reading them up from the bottom. Kudos.

AHAHHA

Someone appreciates my crazy genius...I feel validated, especially since punknews refused to post that Only Crime review I put a full 5 minutes in to over the summer, although ironically that's a lot more effort than most reviews have.

Actually, Fortyminutes Included shit I would have had I done a top 20,

Also These Arms Are Snakes, Converge, and Terror just missed out.

FortyMinutesWest (January 2, 2005)

If I made a top 20, Only Crime would've made it.

dazed (January 2, 2005)

I was definitely hoping that this would be my favorite list since I generally agree with almost all your reviews, but I actually like the one bizzlebrizzle's been posting in every comments section better. I'm kind of surprised Only Crime didn't make it.

Still, the best staff list I've read so far reading them up from the bottom. Kudos.

theundergroundscene (January 2, 2005)

"This is the only guy on here who actually likes agressive music, the other reviews made me think that maybe this was

bizzlebrizzle (January 1, 2005)

well... your list was short, so you get credit for that. Your actual choices? Easily the worst I've read so far.

What?

This is the only guy on here who actually likes agressive music, the other reviews made me think that maybe this was http://www.pansynews.org

Fortyminuteswest and Sickboi are my favorite reviewers.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

no warning's new cd most definitely sucks....

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

well... your list was short, so you get credit for that. Your actual choices? Easily the worst I've read so far.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

"Dude, that's why the sort by year feature of iTunes totally rules. I've been working on my list for weeks, but then again I'm the "faggy" sort of pretentious asshole that would."

It sure doesn't show up in the writing. Everything you write is so damn sloppy. If you're going to insult people (which you seem to take pleasure in doing), at least find a style that suits your goal.

-GrammarPunk

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2004)

That would have been useful. I totally forgot that the Sex Positions record came out this year, damnit.

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

Dude, that's why the sort by year feature of iTunes totally rules. I've been working on my list for weeks, but then again I'm the "faggy" sort of pretentious asshole that would.

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2004)

"Oh come on, you could have made a longer list than this.
"

Actually, I havent had much time, and I couldn't even remember half of the stuff that came out this year.

Also, I don't really really care for Say Anything

notfeelingcreative (December 31, 2004)

I dunno, I think "sex, love and rock n' roll" may very well be social d's greatest work!

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

yea, i meant ALIVE with the glory of love

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

I am extremely surprised/dissapointed Say Anything "...is a Real Boy" hasn't made any of teh lists...great record that I haven't gotten tired of after almost 5 months of constant listening.

At least "Admit it!" made one of the mix tapes, but "Alice with the Glory of Love!" should've gotten more love...or some love

listen: www.purevolume.com/sayanything

anyone agree with me?
(I also really like the Northstar release, kinda surprised it didn't make one top 20 list here)

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Fuck, I thought the best album by far was Fuck World Trade. The lyrics are right on point with todays world and the production is amazing. I guess they are an acquired taste. Social D's new album is a close second. I don't think I really bought anything else. Morning Glory's The Whole Worls Is Watching is up there as well. Tiger Army III is pretty good also.
Southpaw954

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

My most anticipated for next year:

Paint It Black
Cursed
Kill Your Idols
7 Seconds
The Loved Ones
Propagandhi
Avail
Bigwig
New Mexican Disaster Squad
Bane

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

10.)Wrangler Brutes - Zulu
9.)Sex Positions - Self-Titled
8.)The Gamits - Antidote
7.)Pulley - Matters
6.)Rise Against - Siren Song Of The Counterculture
5.)Still Crossed - Love and Betrayl
4.)Minus The Bear - They Make Beer Commericals Like This
3.)Only Crime - To The Nines
2.)Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
1.)Strung Out - Exile In Oblivion

There's mine

Inspection12e (December 31, 2004)

the circle takes square isn't really that great.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

way to fucking make a shitty list....i could tell you put it together about 5 minutes ago. 40 minutes from a decent list.

burntorangepeel (December 31, 2004)

My top ten:

10. Eminem - Encore (not necessarily punk, but oh well, it's still a good listen)
9. Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards - Viking
8. Tiger Army - III: Ghost Tigers Rise
7. Flogging Molly - Within a Mile of Home
6. Presidents of the United States of America - Love Everybody
5. Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
4. The Vandals - Hollywood Potato Chip (Best Album Title though)
3. Green Day - American Idiot
2. The Living End - Modern ARTillery

and...

1. Descendents - Cool to Be You (This year, I easily listened to this album more than anything else I own. Fantastic.)

Most anticipated albums of 2005: Beck, Sage Francis, AFI, and Transplants.

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

Descent list, especially the Pig Destroyer, DEP, and Isis.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Hey Jesse - You couldn't have made a better list than this though....

How come now one's giving any love to the new Flogging Molly CD? It kicks some major ass...

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

I guess I should really check out Circle Takes the Squares....

-Chinatown

Jesse (December 31, 2004)

Oh come on, you could have made a longer list than this.

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