The Horns Up Top 10: Baroness

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Welcome back, everyone. Hope everyone made it through the weekend okay.

For this week’s edition of The Horns Up Top 10, I’m going to take a look back at Baroness. I’ll admit, I was a bit late to the party listening to the Savannah sludge quartet. It wasn’t until 2012’s Yellow and Green double album that I really got into them, and then…go figure…this happened. Over the coming months, I immersed myself in their back catalog, and eventually wound up seeing them in New York a year (almost to the day) after the accident. They’re one of those bands I try never to go too long without listening to, as no matter which style you catch them with—be it their early, aggressive sludge sounds or their later, more introspective material—they’ll find a way to kick your ass.

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The Horns Up Top 10: In Flames

Well, this is certainly an ambitious decision, isn’t it? Forming in 1990 and remaining active ever since, In Flames have released 11 full length albums, most recently last year’s Siren Charms. There’s no shortage of material to work with for a Top 10 list. They were one of the pioneers of the Gothenburg death metal scene and have become one of the most recognizable bands both inside the metal community and out.

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The Horns Up Top 10: Enslaved

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With a new album dropping on March 10th, the time is ripe for a quick review of just how amazing Enslaved is. Haugesund, Norway’s finest have been plying their trade since 1991, and have been described as many, many different types of metal over the years. If you had to sum it up—and please do not do so by labeling them “viking metal”—they’re probably best described as “progressive-extreme-blackened-death-metal.” Or something like that.

Regardless, in their 24 years, they’ve released a whopping 12 LPs, three EPs, two splits (with Emperor and Satyricon, no less!) and two DVDs. That’s a monumental amount of work for a band of any genre, but even more significant is how they’ve evolved from an experimental band to a truly progressive and influential one. So without further ado, here’s a list of my personal Top 10 Enslaved songs: Continue reading

The Horns Up Top 10: Mastodon

Happy Monday, metalheads! Or I guess by now, it’s technically Tuesday. So I’m late on this. Later than Quickies, in fact. But hey, when blogging’s not your day job, these things happen. At any rate, it’s time for another edition of The Horns Up Top 10. This week’s artist doesn’t really need any introduction–but we’re of course going to give you one anyway. It’s Mastodon.

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As a photo of the band at the Grammy Awards might hint at, Mastodon’s perhaps the single best-known contemporary metal band among mainstream circles. Over a nearly-15-year career, the band’s covered more than its share of ground: six albums, Grammy nominations, a major-label record deal and, most importantly, zero lineup changes. By evolving their sound so dramatically during that time, they’ve become a band that just dares you to try and ignore what they’re working on. You may no longer like them as much as you used to–or at all–but when they’re working on something new, you’ll wind up at least checking it out sooner or later, if only to be able to remain part of the conversation. Continue reading

The Horns Up Top 10: AC/DC

Metal Monday! Dan here. Welcome to another edition of The Horns Up Top 10. This week, we’re going to take a look through ten songs from the band that represented my first (non-nü metal) foray into heavy music: the mighty AC/DC.

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With 41 years, 15 albums and countless classic tunes under their belts, it’s hard to overstate AC/DC’s importance to hard rock and heavy metal. As a music listener, hearing “Highway to Hell” in the credits of Adam Sandler’s movie Little Nicky (I know…I know…) was my personal catalyst toward an interest in heavy music. (Okay, an interest in real heavy music–I was a KoRn and Static-X kid before that.) Fourteen years later, I’ve never looked back. Continue reading