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Artwork Poll: The Mars Volta Vs. Khold

Posted in Polls with tags , , , on 07/06/2022 by kurtorzeck

In what was a refreshing gust of good news for a change, The Mars Volta — entrants on the top 10 list of the Bad Penny’s favorite albums of the 2000s — announced their reunion last month. Shortly thereafter, Norway’s unholy terrors, Khold, dropped one of the best metal records of the year so far.

What do those events have in common, you ask?

Terrifying bald men.

This is not a poll about whether The Mars Volta or Khold is a better band. That would be silly. Instead, this poll targets a far more fascinating question: Which of the two dudes depicted on the bands’ album art would make you pee your pants faster if you encountered him in person — or, even worse, were stuck with him in a confined space … forever?

The Mars Volta’s De-Loused in the Comatorium album cover

(By the way, ever notice the terrified kid standing in the doorway in the distance? Haha, this album cover rules.)

Khold’s Svartsyn album cover

Please vote! We really don’t care!

Best Albums Of The 2000s

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/31/2009 by kurtorzeck

1. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (Interscope)
2. IsisOceanic (Ipecac)
• Bad Penny interview: “Isis’ Aaron Turner In ’02: Oceanic Is ‘The Best Material We’ve Ever Written’
• Bad Penny essay: “Isis’ Oceanic: Mystery Revealed?
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Best Albums Of 2005

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , on 12/30/2009 by kurtorzeck

1. System of a DownHypnotize (American/Columbia)
2. System of a DownMezmerize – (American/Columbia)
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Best Albums Of 2003

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12/30/2009 by kurtorzeck

1. The Mars VoltaDe-Loused in the Comatorium(Universal): A perfect hour’s worth of death-defying, acrobatic saga rock by the most ambitious rookie squad in years.
2. Electric Six – Fire (Beggars XL): Novelty and frivolity reach frighteningly infectious heights on this guilty treasure. Blondie would be jealous. Continue reading