Friday, March 11, 2011

The Trouble With Lists

Early last month I made a list of my top 25 favorite metal bands. I stated at the time how subjective and variable it was, and my recent listening patterns bear that out quite distinctly. What have I been playing recently? Well for one thing I've played a ton of old death metal, most of which I've covered in recent posts, and pretty much none of which made that initial list. What else? Well, I've been listening to Unleashed, Burzum, Enslaved, and Windir. The last two of those are bands I particularly enjoy, yet they are also absent from that list.

My point is, making a list like that can be hard, and no matter how much effort you put into it or how effective it may be as a general guide, there are going to be holes. Looking at it, I can understand why I included all the bands I did, yet half or more of them haven't been getting any play on my ipod in the past month, while other bands which I could also consider for such a list have been blasting away almost non-stop.

On a side note, the new Weedeater came out this month, as did the new Burzum, and Vintersorg and Amon Amarth are releasing their newest albums in a couple weeks. Good stuff, hopefully.


  1. I definitely know what you mean. I've made a handful of lists on my blog over the years (and have a few sitting on the back burner of my mind), and I rarely stay 100% happy with them after a few months.

  2. Yeah. I don't regret making that list, and I don't even regret my selections... but it can still be frustrating when it seems like you have 70 bands that you'd like to put on a list of 25.