December marks the end of my first calendar year with the Skullsnbones family. It has been quite the ride. Never a dull moment. My top 10 shots and top 10 albums were picked from moments I found to be sentimental. Being that this was my first run with Skullsnbones, I had a lot of first time moments that I will never forget. Fortunately parts of that experience as a photographer can be shared. My taste in music has changed a bit as I lean towards listening more to that I can identify with or have fond memories of. Sentimentality can change your taste, especially if you’ve had a chance to know more about the person behind the music.
10: Kill Devil Hill – Revolution Rise
Rex Brown’s latest musical endeavor which can be reminiscent of some 90’s hard rock. A great album to listen to on long drives with its rocking, yet laid back vibes. Seriously consider checking this album out if you’re a fan of old Alice in Chains, Fireball Ministry, etc.
9: The Browning – Hypernova
Electronic Dethcore? Yes! The Browning’s sophomore full length album is out. Techno and a lot of screaming. This album is a trip!
8: Holy Grail – Ride the Void
Young guns kicking it old school. This is their second album, and it rocks! It’s totally old meets new. Reminds me of something like Jeff Scott Soto with a modern sound.
7: Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods
I love the production quality of this album! If you’re into them and haven’t checked this album out, hurry up already! If you’re new to them, it’s a great workout album.
6: Tesseract – Altered State
With the first album, I thought they were going in a good direction. I’m glad they continued to. This second album is great and my favorite part is when Chris Barretto (Monuments, Ever Forthright, ex-Periphery) lays down the sax. When I’m not listening to crazy music, I’m probably listening to Tesseract.
5: Chimaira – Crown of Phantoms
As much as I enjoy the record, I was bummed out about missing their show in NYC because it was days after breaking my foot at the Phil Anselmo gig.
4: Soulfly – Savages
Metal Mark described this album best in his interview with Max at BB Kings. It’s a solid Soulfly album. Big fan of Marc Rizzo’s tone in the opening track.
3: Black Sabbath – 13
Bummer about Bill Ward not being on the record, Mark pointed that out too. Fortunately it’s forgiveable, this album fits perfectly with the rest of the Black Sabbath collection.
2: Watain – The Wild Hunt
I didn’t get into Watain until I was scheduled to take pictures at one of their shows. Started checking them out the night before and into the day of the show in a constant marathon. They are amazing at what they do and in my humble opinion, this is their best record so far.
1: Philip H. Anselmo &The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only
I broke my foot at a Phil & the Illegals show. By harnessing that monstrous energy coming off the stage, I managed to limp around and get my pictures. The album reminds me of how intense that moment was. My favorite track is the title track.
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