It's with an ever-renewed pleasure that the author and administrator of
Powhertz makes the list of the songs he liked the most during the past
year, for an 18th straight year. As every year, I remind my readers
that the elligible songs are the official singles released throughout
the year, and that this chart doesn't aim to portray the songs Powhertz
thinks are the best nor even necessarly those he prefers now, but
rather those he liked the most during the year.
But before I start, I feel the need for justice to be made. In March,
the metal world was shocked by the death of David Brockie, singer of
band Gwar since its foundation in 1982. Although social media were
flooded by tributes to this man and his prominent Oderus Urungus
character, traditional medias did not seem to have a single word on it.
Although the cause of his death seemed like a mystery at first, it was
established later that it was an overdose of heroin, that devastating
drug that also took away Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Sid Vicious (Sex
Pistols), Bradley Nowell (Sublime) and many other artists. R.I.P. to
this Canadian who, at 50 years old, leaved this world too early.
But in all honesty, Powhertz did not know David Brockie before he died,
and did not know very well Gwar's body of work. This death, although
therefore not a big shock to me. The loss that really shocked me,
probably more than any artist's since the tragic assassination of
Dimebag Darrell in 2004, has happened on November 1st but took me at
least one month to discover as the medias shamelessly ignored it so
badly! At the age of only 48, Wayne Static, the undisputed leader
(singer, guitarist, keyboardist, author, composer) of band Static-X,
has passed away during his sleep. In his case, drugs would not be in
cause. It might be linked to health issues he's had in the past 2
years, but the family doesn't have more details to give on the subject
for the moment. Wayne Static was one of the most characteristic faces
of rock, with his unbelievable hair that defy gravity, and his long
beard dressed as a ponytail. Apart from his unique look, he was the
main engine behind album Wisconsin
Death Trip (1999), certainly amongst
the 20 albums that marked me the most in my life. Neither the album nor
its singles have ever climbed very high in the charts, but they built a
good credibility over the years. The album went platinum (1 million
copies sold in the U.S.A.) two years after its release, and its first
single, Push It, slowly
became a classic of industrial metal. Powhertz
liked this album so much that he eventually also purchased 3 (Machine,
Beneath... Between... Beyond..., Start a War) of the 6 CDs that
followed. Static-X is really part of my music library, and even though
the band had announced its separation in 2013, the early departure of
Wayne seems to have left a hole. Honor to him and shame to the medias
that made excessively bad work in covering this sad event. As a little
tribute, Powhertz proposes to you this
in Static-X' career.
Crédit photo :
We are now reaching the moment you were waiting for! As ever, I
recommend you to first and foremost consult the article before skipping
to the Grooveshark
playlists. Speaking of playlists, I
recommend you more that ever the YouTube playlist, since many songs on
the chart are not available on Grooveshark, including the #3, which is
kind of a problem!...
Weak presence of electric
Somewhat heavy, but should be
okay for a large majority of listeners
A true heavyweight, sensible
ears keep away!
The Negative One
Ouch! My first
reaction was : "... Are you OK, guys ?". It's the first song the band
releases since the death of their bassist Paul Gray (1972-2010) they
loved so much, and it looks so dark, so tormented, as if they never
really went through this!
I was also finding that they were getting back to a sound closer to the
first 2 albums', a sound I was finding less mature. And although the
drumming is not bad at all, I would have hoped for an epic masterpiece
of drums, to show without any possible doubt that the band was keeping
a strict excellence commitment for this instrument despite firing its
star drummer Joey Jordison. But we end up getting over those first
impressions, and we listen to it again, and again... After 4 or 5
spins, I had understood much more things than the 1st time, and I ended
up telling myself that this would surely be worth a
top 10. After many more spins, I got the evidence that it had the the
makings of a #1 candidate... and long before the end of the year, there
wasn't any doubt left in my mind that The
One was the song that had the highest effect on me in
2014. Unlike last year, we have this year a very solid #1 that clearly
stands out of its closest competitors.
Last year, I was concluding my paragraph on Scar the Martyr's (new band
of Slipknot's drummer) Blood Host
by saying : Will Slipknot manage to make even better in 2014
with its much-anticipated return on disc? The bar is high, but we'll
Well, incredibly, they did it! A second #1 for Slipknot in my annual
charts (after Psychosocial in
2008) and a 3rd consecutive year in my top 7 for its singer Corey
Taylor. The track is also nominated for "best metal performancel" at
the Grammys that will take place in February. This title would be fully
The highest entry in
my chart by a new band since TTC in 2007! What a beginning! Stardust just has everything:
powerful, melodious, catchy, a super nice sound... I loved it! Despite
its release in December 2013
(ruled elligible for 2014 because it was released at the very end of
2013, and I discovered it in January 2014), I never got bored of it and
I'm still listening to it 12 months later.
Three Days Grace
Following the somewhat savage departure of its excellent singer Adam
Gontier in January 2013 (technically in December 2012, but publicly
announced in January 2013), I was skeptical for the next step in Three
Days Grace's career. A so good rock
singer had to be very hard to replace. Painkiller was the first test on
disc for their new singer Matt Walst, formerly singer of My Darkest
Days and brother of Three Days
Grace's bassist... and this test is successfully passed! Of course I
still prefer the voice of Gontier, but Walst does a good job in this
touching song. Or at least, very touching for me as it was reaching its
peak at the same moment that girlfriend was having difficult times at
the hospital! The right chorus at the right moment! I, I can be your painkiller,
killer, killer You'll love me 'til it's all
over, over 'Cause I'm the shoulder you cry
on The dose that you die on I, I can be your painkiller,
No, Three Days Grace isn't dead! It is already amonst the greatest
bands in history of Canadian rock, and who knows if this new chapter
will allow it to go even further...
Note : I for long seriously considered Painkiller for my #1 of the year,
but my attraction for Stardust
has been more constant throughout the year (the peak of Painkiller in April-May being a
little stronger, but Stardust
seemed to get back over it in the months that followed).
A largely underrated
very good track from a band I've been admiring for a while now (since
the release of song Divinations
in 2009), and that I now admire more than ever. Very nice riff that
stands out of the ordinary, and a magical long part between 2:30 and
3:30. Only the chorus might be a little weaker, but not enough for it
to really be a problem.
Dead but Rising
Some pure pleasure!
My favorite to date from the Danish band, which means even more than Still
Counting, The Hangman's Body
Count and A Warrior's Call
! Unbelievable that this was only an album's 5th single! Volbeat has
really become something serious!
Les Trois Accords
In the top 3 songs
that made me laugh the most from album J'aime ta Grand-mère,
alongside the title track and Son
était Parfait. I was really happy that Exercice was picked as a radio
single, with its funny and catchy chorus : "J'envie tous les enfants bedonnants qui ne
font pas d'exercice, oh ho oh ho oh! Je rêve d'être une
seule fois avec toi, sans avoir mal aux cuisses!" [free
translation from Powhertz : I envy
all the fat-belly kids who don't do exercise, oh ho oh ho oh! I dream
of being you just one time, without having my thighs hurt]
My favorite from
Trivium to date! We definitely hear the influence of Disturbed's David
Draiman (who participated to the making of this album), and it's not a
bad thing for me! The guitars are so boring during the choruses
actually, but the vocal side is just so good and catchy that we
completely this weakness! The drumming is always very catchy though,
even during the choruses.
Note : very disappointing that the record company didn't even
condescend to make a video for this hit, 2nd single from the album
(after Strife at the end of
I'm Glad You're Dead
I'm a little shy to
like so much a song called "I'm Glad
You're Dead", but musically, that falls right in my tastes! Like
Seether, this is halfway between grunge and the kind of modern hard
rock that I love. A very well-done and carefully crafted track, with a
good sound. If it wasn't of the lyrics, it would certainly be 2
positions higher, and who knows, maybe even more...
Depths of Madness
Released at the end
of 2013, but I accept it for the 2014 chart. I was unsure of the voice
at first, but I got used to it, and finally I love this track from the
Montréal-based metal band! Simultaneously very powerful and very
melodious, with a great musicians performance! We're not/no longer
talking of a garage band here, it's really a wonderful work of pros!
This will however be Karkaos' last video with its singer Veronica, who
was replaced by a new singer (Viky Boyer) in 2014 for unknown reasons.
Sick Like Me
In This Moment
What a solid
follow-up for Maria Brink's troup! I really liked that In This Moment
had become with its previous album, but I didn't really think that the
1st single of the following album would be even better than their big
hit Blood! I'm not necessarly
saying this a great composition, by the way I heard it played live on
the radio and it was pretty bad! But the studio recording of this track
is so solid, and the chorus so "enveloping" ("Even at my ugliest
you always say I'm beautiful"). A very successful return! As a
bonus, a very colorful video co-signed by
Words as Weapons
Relatively light (at
least, for Seether!), but extremely catchy, as much for the drumming
than for the vocals (including the lyrics). A beautiful song!
Another very solid
single from album Outlaw
Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, faithful to Volbeat's winning
recipe: a very sustained rythm guitar, and a second guitar that's very
well-used to propel the power even further in some moments or to add
another track in some other moments. It's a heck of a rock track!
Seriously, a SEVENTH
single from the album?!? Almost anybody would have been very happy to
have a track of this caliber for its album's FIRST single!
Walk with Knowledge Wisely
performance from a band apparently active since 1988 (source:
Wikipedia), that I discovered only this year with this song! It's
already pretty good from the start, but it's starting from 3:25 that
Windstein's band really makes me go crazy! A very toughly disputed #13,
paradoxically much closer to the top 10 than the #14.
You Will Know my Name
I may be the only
one to see a little kitsch side to it, but at the end of the day it's
just good! A sublime teamwork by the 2 guitarists, a very
well-structured track, just a little violins excerpt just at the right
moment (all the rest of this little symphony is greatly achieved by the
3 base instruments), a very good result! I would have just liked that
the singer vary a bit more her voice and also use her beautiful clean
voice rather than simply screaming from the beginning 'til the end,
which went close to cost it a few positions in this ranking (but let's
be tolerant!). The part of the lyrics that I like the most and that she
renders so well : "There's something
me and I know it's good, I'm not evil, just misunderstood.".
By the way, let's talk a little bit about this singer! I did not know
the former band of singer Alissa White-Gluz, The Agonist, nor Alissa
herself. So, I went from one surprise to another: surprised that Arch
Enemy's singer decides to quit, pleasantly surprised that she chose a
sexy girl (often named amongst the "hottest chicks in
metal" by the Revolver magazine) to replace her, than pleasantly
surprised and proud to discover that this
Alissa was from here, a Montrealer who achieveher dream to be at the
head of one of her favorite bands! Hey, from their native Sweden, it's
the little girl from
Montréal that they wanted! What a spectacular success!
I would have liked to also hear one more album from her with The
Agonist, which she wanted to do, but her former band decided otherwise
and was quick to replace her after she announced she was hired by Arch
This Means War
A little slow for
Avenged Sevenfold, but the guitar riff is so good, and the singer M.
Shadows just as great as ever, and that ends up being a great success
What a performance
from the drummer! He's the main singer on this song (the band runs at 3
singers, who all went to take singing lessons before recording this new
album!), and he delivers some very energetic drumming at the same time!
The guitars are very good in the verses, but relatively weak during
choruses; it's really the drumming and singing that lead the way! I
also like very much the bassist's contribution for the voice at the end
of choruses, tainted of special effects. Actually, The Motherload doesn't have much to
envy to High Road (#4 in this
chart) and might have had an even better result if it was released
earlier in the year, and/or it has played more often on the radio.
Drop Dead Cynical
disadvantaged by its late release,
and it yet manages to crack my 20 without any hesitation! I think we
can still call this metal, but it's an accessible form of metal that I
would not really be shy to play to my mother! Do I find this "pop" or
boring for it? NOT AT ALL! It's a collection of so many things which
result sounds big, very big! I also like the richness of this
Swedish-Danish band to mix 3 completely different voices in a same
song, including the beautiful Elize's who hereby delivers a very nice
performance. We'll keep an eye on this band!
Take out the Gunman
A very weak riff and
a somewhat deceiving composition for the 1st single of a Chevelle
album, but Chevelle is so efficient, it makes great things with less!
The use of the cow bell in the verses creates an interesting effect,
the guitar solo is another good moment, the lyrics make you think, and
I love the 2nd guitar that comes in from 3:43. At the end of the day,
the whole sounds very good, and the "deceiving" composition is still
definitely worth an annual top 20!
All Who Remain
Beware the Darkness
A rare soft song in
my year-end chart! ;) I like it even better than Howl! It is wonderful and touching.
It's giving me chills just to think about this line repeated several
times during the song: "When
you leave this life the world will be a darker place for all who remain.".
The Devil in I
(not by much!) to align a 2nd song in my
top 20! What a successful return for these metal veterans! This time,
the percussion (the drums and particular additional percussions from
members #3 and #6, characteristic of Slipknot) are really put very much
ahead, erasing my little doubt related to the firing of their star
drummer Joey Jordison. The song starts well with a nice intro, at a way
too low volume though (it seems to be planned so that we raise the
volume, then getting hit hard by the "real" start of the song!). It
goes on just as well with melodious guitars and yet another good,
enraged vocal performance by Corey Taylor!
Boisjoli the former Star Académie participant! Can you believe
that! I liked this song immediately the 1st time she sang it on T.V.,
and continued to listen to it all year long. Many instruments
contribute to this nice sound, and Brigitte delivers with her usual
Nice guitar, strings
just at the right moment... I just got bored of the vocal aspect and
the lyrics (except definitely when it says: "When it hits it shakes me
to the core and makes me stronger than before") during the year,
which allowed a few songs to surpass it at the end of the year... but a
#22 of a good year remains nonetheless excellent!
Really great! The
accordion truly gives them a unique sound, somwehat like the banjo was
making Mumford & Sons sound unique when they came in with Little Lion Man in 2009. And it's
nothing against Little
Man (which was, by the way, my #38 of 2010), but I find Come With me Now even more worked,
more complete, much more interesting. I can only have praise for this
song. It should have worth a top 20, but I'm human so I have my
I keep preferring Smells Like a
Freakshow, which was proposing one of the best guitar riffs of
the last few years, but Bloody
Angel really confirmed to me the status of the Swedish band as
one of the best metal acts in the world right now. An extremely well
assembled track with a long but efficient introduction, a nice
development and a perfect arrangement of the beautiful and the hard.
I liked Soldiers (mmy #29 of 2012), but
none of the other 2 singles off of the album, nor Full Circle that also played on
Sirius XM radio without being an official single, so my mind was set
that Otherwise would probably remain for a "one hit wonder" to me.
Error! The new
album has brought a new 1st single, and it is just as good as the 1st
single (Soldiers) from the
previous album! A good rock song, and I love the intensity of the "Looking for a
sav, looking for a savior", with the many voice tracks and the
instruments that accompany them well.
The much anticipated
return of Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters, after their absolutely phenomenal
success of 2011. The bar was high, extremely high, too high maybe. I
was expecting from them my #1 of the year, which did not materialize at
all. I did like Something From
Nothing pretty much, but not enough to look forward to my top
10, result of a somewhat slow start (not really any intensity before
2:45), a main riff that I find relatively ordinary and a precise aspect
of the sound that I like less. But still,
I will not talk badly about this song! A rare development song (not too
much verse-chorus-verse) this year, a nice rise, a strong peak of
interesting lyrics and a good guitarist "trip" with no less than 4
guitars (members Dave, Pat and
Chris, plus guest guitarist Rock Nielsen from Cheap Trick). Something From Nothing is not a
failure, the bar was just too high! A #27, but a very strong #27!
A kind of heavy
ambiance that reminds me a bit of Nirvana's Incesticide, in probably even
better! I particularly love the intro riff (repeated also before the
2nd verse) and the "Hunter eats
hunter hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
hoo" part that starts at 3:55
Genious! I am
missing words to describe how good this song is! Very impressive for
the very first single of a new artist! Left to see is whether we're
assisting to the emergence of a prodigious new artist, or if he already
develired it all with first track. In all honesty, I can already say
that I did not like the 2nd single, Mot
Critic without being
depressing or just improper. The opening sentence has some punch ("J'suis
fesse") and they even make us laugh later with "Je chanterai mon
blues, les pieds dans' boose... en regardant dans ta blouse!".
The social critic goes on both sides : the State that has a hard time
helping a middle class that "gets poorer", and those people not any
smarter who go on to buy under credit an always bigger TV! Something to
make us think on several fronts! Anyhow, it is clearly my favorite from
the Cowboys in 5 years. Good job!
Far from being my
favorite from Godsmack's prolific career, it's an excellent
retrospective song that feels good! The whole first verse is really a
pleasure : Time to rewind back to 1995
when we were nothing Walking through the streets of
Boston, no one listening No one caring about the empty
rooms we played Until they all showed up one day Then we took the stage,
This excerpt is also inspiring : Seeing millions of people rage
when we take the stage
It crowns an extraordinary career, and nothing leads to think it's over
Linkin Park has
finally found back its mojo!!! It's a good thing, because it's in their
nu metal style that they're at their best! I really liked Breaking the Habit
(2004) and even (at a lesser extent) Shadow
(2008), but the fact remains that Linkin Park is first and foremost an
enraged rock band that is at its best when the voice of Chester
"angry" and the guitars properly support the electronic side
(not the opposite). Burn it Down
(2012) had been such a deception; the band was telling us to prepare
for a back to their roots, and they came up with this
terrible first single pop, boring and not a single bit original! They
did not repeat the same mistake this time and really got their job done
with the first single from their new album The Hunting Party, Guilty all the Same.
In my chart for last
year, I was expressing my surprise to write in a Korn track with just a
single guitar in my electric guitar scale. Well, the loud Korn of the
1st decade of the
2000s is really dead, because they did it again in 2014 with another
song with a single guitar ("weak presence of electric guitar(s)") ! Hater, unlike what its title may
have us think, has absolutely no teeth. However, its relevant lyrics
(under the theme of bullying) and its catchy chorus are still making it
one of the best songs of the year. The video is also different from
what Korn got us used to, but it's very good nonetheless. It actually
has some similarities with the video for Slipknot's The Devil in I .
The return from
singer Brett Scallions after a 4-year absence appears to be a good
thing. Soul to Preach
to is, in my opinion, one of the best in Fuel's career (by the
way, I didn't like the mega-hit Hemorrhage
Hands) of 2000), with guitars that rock more then ever
before, where melody and power meet.
Despite its low
originality (still with very clear influences from Marilyn Manson,
Orgy, etc.), Motionless in White successfully passes the test of the
2nd hit. It's some good industrial rock, that sounds like a wall of
brick without neglecting the melody in the choruses.
OK, the "real Korn"
still exists! It was not obvious, with the 1st and 3rd singles Never Never and Hater, that Korn was still into
hard rock! A successful rock track embellished with electronic effects,
and not the opposite.
Note: released in Dec. 2013, but late enough to get into my year 2014.
What a hit for a new
band! I've always seen this track a little bit like a pop song
disguised into a hard rock track,
which was not preventing my from considering it for a top 20 earlier
this year, but finally the too hot competition has ended up pushing it
to the limit of the top 40. But let's make it clear, it's too great for
a #39! This proves the abundance of very good songs this year!
Very good cover from
the Sacred Reich's song (1990) by the famous Montrealers of Kataklysm.
The English-language Montréal is actually particularly well
represented in my chart this year, with Karkaos at #9 and Arch Enemy's
new singer at #14.
What a good idea to
invite Daron (guitarist of cult band System of a
Down)! We easily recognize Daron's guitar in this song, and the result
might be the closest thing to a SOAD song since the band's separation
(more than Figure it Out of
Serj Tankian? What do you think?).
I still haven't
become a fan of singer Myles Kennedy, but I can't remain indifferent to
these guitars! The only "sad" thing with this track: the 1st minute is
my favorite, while I am someone who like to keep the best for the end!
I didn't like it
immediately with its somewhat "electric ballad" style, but the guitar
and the singing of the choruses ended up being catchy, for instance
with the sound effects on the "Go"'s
and the "Drown"'s in the chorus. And it's another troubling video, a
little less marking than Figure it
out, but not far behind!
mid-December, it is certainly a little disadvantaged in this chart. But
the true question is why not having released it as the album's 1st
single?!? Isn't it obvious that Deep
Six is better than Third Day
of a Seven Day Binge ? No? On top of that, they produced a music
video for this one and not for the first one, isn't it a proof they
knew that Deep Six would be a
better seller? Oh well...
New album for the
2nd band of Richard Zven Kruspe, best known for his role of Rammstein's
lead guitarist. Its first single Eat
You Alive isn't very original and obviously doesn't have as much
personality as some Rammstein, but the melody is catchy and Richard
does a pretty good job with his voice, for someone for whom it's not
supposed to be his specialty, and for whom English is not the primary
language (he's German). This 1st single is very successful, and its
700,000 views on YouTube are a demonstration of people's interest for
this 2nd band of Kruspe.
Lacks of melody,
definitely among Chevelle's worst singles of the past few years, but
they've become so efficient that they don't even need to have a big
catchy melody no more to make a hit! It sounds very well! I
particularly enjoy the part at 3:35 where they come back with "Force you to go" and bang!, they
unload everything they have!
Inferior to Elegy, the song that made me
discover this Italian extreme metal band and occupied my #37 last year,
but that's still in the same pretty unique genre of high quality. I
found it not very catchy, I was never having this song stuck in my head
this year, but I was always happy to listen to it.
For those who would
not know HellYeah, it is basically a metal band uniting Chad Gray
(Mudvayne singer) and
Vinnie Paul (drummer of legendary metal band Pantera). They came back
with a new album this year, and although I found this first single
somewhat "dumb", it stuck in my head and I did like it! Obviously, it
is mandatory to like Gray's very characteristic voice, which must be
playing on the nerves of many, but me I have absolutely no problem with
I did not really
like it at first. We must say that except for the short invigorating
segment starting at 2:22, they seem to have kind of lost their
virility! But again, a catchy melody that get stuck in our head, and I
find myself at the end of the year wondering where to rank this one...
and it looks like the answer would be the #60! Note : for those who
would not know The Used, they are 12-13 years veterans whose best song
in career remains, according to me, The
Bird and the Worm, my #10 of 2007.
aussi convaincant que Painkiller,
sont intéressantes, j'aime beaucoup
le petit bout avant les refrains, le refrain lui-même d'ailleurs
devient accrocheur après quelque temps, et j'aime beaucoup
certains effets sonores créés à partir de la
criard et peu mélodieux, mais puissant et encore du bon
métal. Aussi morbide qu'elle puisse paraître au premier
abord, la phrase "All flesh is equal
when burnt" dans les refrains est lourde de sens et
honnêtement très intéressante.
Will Know my Name, mais je suis forcé d'admettre que No More Regrets est très
puissante et devient relativement accrocheuse à la longue!
Encore une fois, j'aurais clairement préféré une
voix mieux dosée avec un peu de la belle voix "propre" d'Alissa
et non seulement des cris du début à la fin, mais bon, il
faut passer par-dessus ça en bout de ligne et apprécier
ce qu'on a!
accrocheur ni très recherché, mais c'est un beau son de
Pumpkins comme on veut en entendre. Ce sont les guitares
des Pumpkins, la voix des Pumpkins, du vrai Pumpkins (même si, je
répète, c'est loin d'être leur meilleure!).
Un retour de Moist!!
Je n'avais pas vu venir celle-là! Ce groupe phare du rock
canadien des années '90, avec ses classiques albums Silver et Creature, s'était
séparé en 2001 mais voilà qu'il renaît 15
ans après la parution de son dernier album solo! Trois des cinq
membres originaux (dont le chanteur David Usher et le guitariste Mark
Makoway, les deux plus importants pour le son de Moist!) sont de
retour, et la nouvelle chanson Mechanical
cadre bien avec le son du groupe chouchou des Canadiens.
C'est sûr qu'ils ont fait encore mieux dans les années
'90, mais c'est quand même très respectable.
Rise Against dans une pièce engagée et pertinente, non
sans rappeler Ready to Fall.
Il faut absolument voir le vidéoclip, qui lui me rappelle le
très pertinent Another Way to
Die de Disturbed.
sortie trop tard dans l'année, qui aurait pu mériter un
meilleur sort. Très bon, très accrocheur, et
phénomène à peu près unique dans le rock :
c'est un groupe majoritairement composé de Noirs! Ça
apporte une saveur différente à ce qu'on est
habitués d'entendre, c'est rafraîchissant! Longue vie
à ce groupe de Brooklyn!
Je ne comprends pas
n'avoir jamais entendu ça à la radio! C'est Wikipedia qui
m'avait appris que c'était sorti comme extrait de l'album!... En
tout cas, c'est une assez bonne pièce (définitivement
moins que Bring to Life), et
j'apprécie la contribution de John Cooper (chanteur de Skillet),
l'homme à qui on doit la découverte de We as Human.
défi de remplacer Mitch
Lucker (décédé dans un accident de moto en 2012),
les musiciens font bien leur travail, même les paroles ont leurs
bons passages, mon préféré étant : "Speak up, sing this with me : WE'RE ALL
Je n'aime pas le
refrain (que je trouve "quétaine"), mais j'aime l'intro, les
couplets et la finale. Très loin de Trenches et Deal With the Devil, mais c'est un
retour très acceptable après Torn to Pieces que je n'ai vraiment
pas aimée du tout.
Clairement celle que
j'ai préféré parmi les 3 extraits radio sortis par
ce nouveau groupe en 2014. D'ailleurs, ne vous surprenez pas de ne pas
voir Heaven Knows, un des
grands succès rock de l'année, dans mon décompte
personnel! Je ne l'ai pas aimée du tout! Follow me Down par contre a
beaucoup de chien. Encore une autre qui est peut-être
désavantagée par sa sortie tardive dans l'année.
Vous avez bien lu,
Live! On n'en entendait tellement plus parler, je pensais comme vous
que le groupe n'existait plus! Eh bien, Wikipedia a réponse
à (presque) tout! ;) En fait, ils avaient sorti un album
en 2006, mais cet album avait été largement
ignoré, donc ça faisait 11 ans depuis leur dernier album
minimalement populaire et 17 ans depuis leur dernier BON album, Secret Samadhi (qui contenait les
succès Lakini's Juice,
Freaks et Turn my Head). Normal qu'on ne
pensait plus à eux! Mais ce n'est pas tout : leur chanteur
vedette, Ed Kowalczyk, avait discrètement quitté le
groupe en 2009, pendant ce qui devait être une pause de 2 ans
pour le groupe. Il a été remplacé en 2012 par un
nouveau chanteur, Chris Shinn, et The
Through est la 1ere chanson issue de cette
nouvelle union. Rien d'exceptionnel, mais ce n'est
définitivement pas mauvais! La voix de Shinn surprend tellement
elle est comparable à celle de Kowalczyk, pourtant un
très bon chanteur qui aurait dû être plus difficile
que ça à remplacer! C'est juste vraiment dommage pour eux
que la chanson aie aussi peu attiré l'attention du public, avec
à peine plus de 50 000 vues sur YouTube et rien de mieux qu'un
#30 au palmarès "Mainstream rock" (pas Rock au complet,
là!) du Billboard américain. Les gens boudent-ils le
Manque beaucoup de
"punch" pour un 1er extrait du "shock rocker" Manson! J'étais
très déçu sur le coup, mais en fin de compte ce
n'est pas si mauvais et je suis convaincu que ça mérite
au moins une petite place dans ce décompte.
à la radio cette année, je l'ai découverte pendant
ma rédaction de ce décompte! Ça la
désavantage énormément ici, probablement que les
grands vétérans de 311
auraient mérité un meilleur sort!
Du Hast, de Motionless
in White. Extrait de la compilation Punk Goes
90s Vol. 2 (et non de l'album de Motionless in White), j'ai
cette reprise n'apportait rien par rapport à l'originale de
Je l'écouterais si elle jouait à la radio, mais jamais je
volontairement écouter celle-ci plutôt qu'écouter
Vultures Fly, d'Avatar.
C'est clairement une pièce de top 15
(je dirais probablement même autour d'un #4!), mais il y a eu
confusion autour de son statut. En septembre, Avatar avait
laissé entendre que Vultures
Fly allait devenir le 3e extrait de
l'album Hail the Apocalypse
en novembre. Rendu en novembre, la radio
satellite Sirius XM a effectivement commencé à la jouer,
mention NULLE PART (site Web d'Avatar, Facebook d'Avatar,
presse, Wikipedia, pas même un article indépendant
Google!) que c'était effectivement devenu un extrait officiel.
Finalement, après ce silence de plusieurs mois, le groupe lance
le vidéoclip de la chanson sur YouTube en janvier, au moment
XM a pratiquement fini de jouer la chanson!... Pour le présent
exercice, je considérerai Vultures
Fly comme un extrait paru en 2015 et
non en 2014.
The regrets' corner
Like every year, there are a few songs that Powhertz discovered and
loved during the year, but are not elligible for the current chart
because they were released before 2014. Those in bold in the below list are big ones
that would have ranked high this year if they were elligible:
Bitch Came Back [Theory of a Deadman] 2011 Before I Forget [Slipknot] 2005
(I heard this song before 2014, maybe twice, but never realized how
awesome it was!)
Jumpdafuckup [Soulfly feat. Corey Taylor] 2000
Fucking an Animal [GWAR] 1999
Snap your Fingers Snap your Neck [Prong] 1994 !
Sick of you [GWAR] 1990 !
Top Sucks !
And in respect of the tradition, we end up with a top of the worst
songs of the year! And the competition is so strong this year!! I took
note of 6 of a very similar level, very hard to rank between them! Some
tough choices, but here we go!
1. [Nicki Minaj] Anaconda
Ils ont fait un vidéoclip et oublié d'écrire une
chanson pour aller avec! Alors Nicki Minaj, toujours aussi brillante,
s'est débrouillée comme elle pouvait en parlant le plus
vulgairement possible de ses grosses fesses et de son mépris
pour les "skinny bitches", toujours avec sa voix de canard
désagréable! Non mais sérieusement, Anaconda est d'une
médiocrité abrutissante! C'est celle que je choisis comme
la pire des pires en 2014.
2. [Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea] Booty
Pourquoi ne pas rester dans le domaine des fesses! Incroyable mais
vrai, 2 gros hits portant vulgairement sur les fesses cette
année, et honnêtement l'un est aussi médiocre que
l'autre! Heureusement que le vidéoclip a un certain
3. [PSY feat. Snoop Dogg] Hangover
PSY savait qu'il aurait été préférable
qu'il se retire après Gangnam
Style, mais il voulait essayer de continuer et il a
minimisé les risques en s'associant à un chanteur
"crédible"... et le résultat est épouvantable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkMNOlYcpHg
4. [Mika] Boum Boum Boum
Décidément, le sexe est omniprésent dans la pop
cette année, et ce même dans la pop soit-disant "adulte"!
Le thème me rappelle beaucoup Boom,
Boom!! des Vengaboys, rien d'original en passant! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MPtXUeUznY
Mention spéciale également pour Torn to Pieces du groupe
américain Pop Evil. J'aime bien ce groupe pourtant, mais j'ai
été incapable de supporter Torn to Pieces! Pas seulement parce
que c'est une ballade ultra quétaine, mais aussi à cause
des grincements qui me faisaient toujours demander s'il y avait un
problème mécanique dans ma voiture!!! Je changeais de
poste de radio à chaque fois, je n'aimais vraiment pas
May 2015 be a great year everybody!
Rankings finished on 2015/01/22, article completed on