November 13th, 2008

bending the strings

Yes, it's unending, pointless end-of-year list time again!

Let's start with the one that my readership, such as it is, will care the least about: in alphabetical order, LEONARD'S PICKS FOR THE 30 BEST HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL-ISH ALBUMS OF 2008!

AC/DC, Black Ice
Arsis, We Are the Nightmare
Bison b.c., Quiet Earth
Blood Ceremony, Blood Ceremony
Bonded By Blood, Feed the Beast
Boris, Smile
Chingalera, Dose
Cynic, Traced in Air
Earth, The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Earthless, Live at Roadburn
Esoteric, The Maniacal Vale
Farflung, A Wound in Eternity
Genghis Tron, Board Up the House
Harvey Milk, Life: The Best Game in Town
Ihsahn, angL
In Flames, A Sense of Purpose
Lair of the Minotaur, War Metal Battle Master
Made Out of Babies, The Ruiner
Meshuggah, obZen
Neuraxis, The Thin Line Between
Nine Inch Nails, The Slip
Opeth, Watershed
Sirhan Sirhan, Blood
Slipknot, All Hope is Gone
Soilent Green, Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction
The Sword, Gods of the Earth
Torche, Meanderthal
Total Fucking Destruction, Peace, Love and Total Fucking Destruction
Warbringer, War Without End
Whitechapel, This is Exile

So.
aging gracelessly

Lawn comma instruction to kids to get off of

Three things that annoy me, but also make me feel like a cranky old jerk for being annoyed by:

1. Not being able to recognize any of the people on magazine covers at the supermarket checkout

2. The winos who constantly put the touch on me while I'm walking to work

3. The fact that the PA system in our building has switched from a classical music station to a station featuring Spanish-language covers of "Total Eclipse of the Heart"