Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Long Hundred: Redux



A while back I announced that I was working on a series of posts called "100 Albums I'm Glad I Heard Before I Died."; the idea was to write about albums that had a profound effect on me, that changed me in some way, or that I felt lucky to have heard. That was 3 years ago, and I have yet to post a single one. [Anyone who knows me is probably used to big ideas with no follow through.]  Instead, I started a podcast, focused my spare time on writing and recording my death metal project, and grew to despise my own writing thousands of time. Doing a hundred posts seemed like it required more of a time commitment than I was prepared to make.

Well, it's now three years later,  and circumstances have changed. My jiu jitsu gym has moved to a different part of KL, and it takes me 2 hours to get to training everyday. With all this extra time to kill, I've started doing the write-ups. The plan is to post one a week til they're all done.

The basic idea for The Long Hundred hasn't changed. This isn't a "best of" series; there will be no Reign in Blood, no Paranoid, no Left Hand Path. I'm not trying to say that Vader, Krisiun, or Origin are more important than Death or Morbid Angel; just that they're more important to me. Some of these albums I haven't listened to in years. The series is essentially about me trying to document my own musical journey; about how and why a kid who listened to Pantera and Fear Factory in high school turned into an obsessive procurer of obscure noise makers; and how that same kid turned into a guy who thought P.J. Harvey's White Chalk was up there with Anaal Nathrakh and Naglfar as one of the best releases of 2007.

The list has changed a bit since 2012; no doubt it'll change further before the last post is up. This is what it looks like today:

01.    Logical Nonsense - Expand the Hive
02.    Catharsis - Samsara
03.    Old - Formula
04.    Head of David - Dustbowl
05.    The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
06.    Will Haven - El Diablo
  
07.    Turmoil - The Process Of
  
08.    Dan Swanö - Moontower
09.    Carnage - Dark Recollections
10.    Breach - Friction
11.    Hellchild - Bareskin
12.    Gorguts - Obscura
13.    Grotesque - In the Embrace of Evil
14.    Death Is Just The Beginning III
15.    Blackened: The Black Metal Compilation
16.    Northcore: The Polar Scene Compilation
17.    Close Up Magazine # 19: Dolores Records Compilation
18.    Extent #7 Compilation
19.    The Red Chord - Fused Together In The Revolving Doors
20.    Anathema - Eternity
21.    Morgion - Solinari
22.    Samael - Ceremony of Opposites
23.    Meatjack - Trust
24.    In the Woods...  - Omnio
25.    Nasum - Inhale/Exhale
26.    Cream Abdul Babar - The Catalyst to Ruins
27.    Cult of Luna - Salvation
28.    Red Harvest - Hybreed
29.    Crawl - Earth
30.    Repulsion - Horrified
31.    Refused - Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
32.    Left Hand Solution - Fevered
33.    Misery Loves Co. - Misery Loves Co.
34.    Sick of it All - Scratch the Surface
35.    Red Sparowes - At the Soundless Dawn
36.    Behemoth - Satanica
37.    Eucharist - Mirrorworlds
38.    Sacrilege - Lost in the Beauty You Slay
39.    Strapping Young Lad - City
40.    Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine  
41.    Gwynbleidd - Amaranthine/Nostalgia
42.    Vader - Future of the Past
43.    Naglfar - Vittra
44.    Dawn - Slaughtersun
45.    Lord Belial - The Black Curse
46.    Eyes of Fire - Ashes to Embers
47.    Earth Crisis - Firestorm
48.    Snapcase - Progression Through Unlearning
49.    All Out War - For Those Who Were Crucified
50.    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae to the Sky
51.    Glissando - With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards The Burning Sea
52.    Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
53.    PJ Harvey - White Chalk
54.    Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
55.    Dellamorte - Uglier and More Disgusting
56.    Daemon - Seven Deadly Sins
57.    No Fun At All - The Big Knockover
58.    Samiam - You Are Freaking Me Out
59.    Nailbomb - Point Blank
60.    Paradise Lost - Host
61.    Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood
62.    Vader - Black to the Blind
63.    Krisiun - Conquerors of Armageddon
64.    Disfear - A Brutal Sight of War
65.    Hypocrisy - Final Chapter
66.    Vehemence - And God Was Created
67.    Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
68.    The Gathering  - How to Measure a Planet
69.    Eden A.D. - Cycles of Relevance
70.    Kyuss - Sky Valley
71.    John Coltrane - Ascension
72.    Buzzov•en - Sore
73.    Antonio Pinto - Lord of War
74.    Lost Soul - Scream of the Mourning Star
75.    The Haunted - The Haunted
76.    Kreator - Outcast
77.    Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
78.    Godflesh - Selfless
79.    Scar Culture - Inscribe
80.    Evergreen Terrace - Wolfbiker
81.    Judas Priest - British Steel
82.    Halford - Resurrection
83.    Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
84.    Depeche Mode - Violator
85.    Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters
86.    Henry Rollins - Eric the Pilot
87.    Deicide - Once Upon The Cross
88.    Ministry - Filth Pig
89.    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
90.    Opeth - Morningrise
91.    Bill Hicks - Dangerous
92.    Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
93.    The Crown - Crowned in Terror
94.    Origin - Antithesis
95.    Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
96.    At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
97.    Entombed - Clandestine
98.    Napalm Death - Fear Emptiness Despair
99.    Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
100.  Sepultura - Beneath the Remains

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