2007 has also brought a wagonload of good albums that would already pale my 2006 top list.
The best for the first 4 months is Fear of a Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree, which I would call their best work yet. It’s only 6 tracks in 50 minutes, but so intense it almost hurts.
Rush have a new album out, which is good, but I am still getting used to it, as it sounds like driving with closed handbrake feels - very good songs, but too slow for me. It’s getting really good reviews, and most of them talk down on Vapor Trails, their last album, which I (as of now) still think of as a good album, and a better one than Snakes&Arrows. Well, it might change, but I need some time and don’t have the motivation to listen to S&A all the time (Especially this week was Old Death metal week, so they didn’t quite fit in…)
The second best album this year comes from Machine Head. The Blackening is a fantastic powerful piece, I’d say it’s already a classic! It came as a bit of a surprise to me that I like it second best of the albums this year, that really says a lot about how good it is!
Threshold released a great album, but it’s a bit clean to stay exciting in the long run - by that I might to keep it in heavy rotation for weeks, where Pharaoh still are (But with a 2006 album). Fantastic songs.
There are more solid releases, Masterplan for example.
And there’s so much coming: Symphony X, Dream Theater(which I have mixed feelings about after the preview track) and probably a ton more. Great year for Metal!
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