Our East Coast Editor, Christopher J. Kelter, tells you what you should have listened to last year

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by Christopher J. Kelter

No honorable mention list this year. Quite frankly, there were a lot of good albums in 2007, but precious few that truly kicked my ass. On any given day there are a few albums from my 11 – 20 picks that could have easily been given serious consideration for being in the Top Ten.

TOP 20 OF 2007

20. Dimmu Borgir – In Sorte Diaboli

The only black metal album to make my Top Twenty list; played the hell out of it when it came out.

19. Down – Over the Under

Bought this one kinda late in the year, but there’s passionate music here.

18. Rush – Snakes & Arrows

Like an old glove, but only it fits better this time around.

17. Dream Theater – Systematic Chaos

Dream Theater does heavy just about as well as they do everything else.

16. Entombed – Serpent Saints

Death ‘n’ roll lives! Entombed keep losing members, but the Entombed sound stays the same.

15. Battles – Mirrored

Possibly the most intriguing release of 2007.

14. Transmission 0 – Memory of a Dream

Heavy is as heavy does.

13. Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris

I can’t believe it has been more than 16 years since Josh Homme entered my musical conscience.

12. Soilwork – Sworn to a Great Divide

Solid effort with huge doses of inspiration.

11. Pelican – City of Echoes

Quite the departure, but amazing nonetheless.

10. Every Time I Die – The Big Dirty

The Southern swing gets bigger and ETID remains one of the more exciting American bands of late.

9. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works

In the end I was a little disappointed with “Ire Works,” but it is still fun to listen to.

8. Neurosis – Given to the Rising

Compelling. Visceral. Impressive.

7. Alchemist – Tripsis

Totally unique and thrilling.

6. Paradise Lost – In Requiem

In a gothic mood? Paradise Lost never disappoints.

5. Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet

Progressive, heavy, and depressing. Lovely stuff.

4. Amorphis – Silent Waters

“Silent Waters” is inspired.

3. Clutch – From Beale Street to Oblivion

I hope people are paying attention to Clutch’s on-going consistency.

2. Dark Tranquillity – Fiction

Perhaps a slight drop in relevancy, but still one of my favorites.

1. Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb

I was attracted to “Phantom Limb” like a moth to flame; and I don’t mind the burns.

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