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Before the Arsies Begin…

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Dear Arse & Ziggles:

As always, I can’t wait for the Arsies to begin. As the suspense builds, I thought I should point out something you may already have noticed: The Arsies is anti-establishment. And that’s not just an opinion statement, I can prove it. Nick Cusworth at Heavy Blog Is Heavy aggregated the best-of metal lists from major metal websites (Stereogum, Loudwire, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, SPIN, Decibel, LA Weekly, Apple Music, Metalsucks, Metal Injection, Metal Hammer, and Pitchfork) to produce one mega list representing the views of the “metal establishment.” The following table compares the results of this list with the 6th Arsies. The lack of overlap is astounding. There are only 8 matches (25% of the Arsies list), and one of them, the new Iron Maiden, was not even on the original list.

* Taken from http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2015/12/23/2015-best-of-meta-list/

On a much less important note, I also included a list of the 50 original studio albums I bought in 2015 for comparison. My tastes also come out as anti-establishment, but this may largely be due to the fact that I listen to more Japanese metal than anyone probably should.

I hope you guys had a great Christmas and have a happy new year!

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January 4, 2016 Re: Before the Arsies Begin… avatar
That's some excellent analysis, JaPaBo. I can't argue with the math! What I can say, however, is that I don't intentionally go against the grain per se. If anything, I...