Top 20 Albums of the Year

Today I am going to tell you my top twenty albums of the year, but before I get to that I think it would be remiss of me to not mention the death of Lemmy Kilmister.  There are going to be a thousand people writing a thousand words about Lemmy over the next few days.  Most of whom are in a better place to do so than me.  However, for my two pence, the man was rock and roll.  Few have lived as fast and as loud as Lemmy and none of them have done it until the age of 70.  His blend of punk rock attitude with rock and roll has been influential on everyone who likes to play loud and he will he be missed.  In tribute today, I suggest you play your music a lot louder and live life just that little bit wilder.  Anyway, on with the show.

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Faith No More w/ The Pop Group

Heavy metal is generally not seen as a smooth or classy genre.  There’s a lot of grunting, screaming and throwing your body into people.  Yet when Faith No More stroll onto the stage of the O2 Academy dressed all in white and surrounded by flowers, there is definitely an air of sophistication to proceedings.  It’s hard to imagine that just the night before this band was playing in front of the muddy denizens of Download festival.  They are far too clean.

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Faith No More

Some bands are just special.  They have that little bit of something that makes them better than everyone else.  It doesn’t matter whether you like their music or not, you have to respect them, because they are just that good.  One of those bands is Faith No More.  Until their break up at the end of the 90s, they were one of the most challenging and out there bands we had.  When they got back together in 2009, the question was always hanging there as to whether they could be that again.  With Sol Invictus, we finally get our answer.

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