We decided to do something a little different this year for our 'Best of' roundup. Instead of a master list compiled of submissions from our contributors and writers, we wanted to give our writers a chance to pick their own Top 5 list of the best of the year in music. Over the next three weeks we will be unveiling our writers' picks for the best of 2004.

Every day we will be posting a new Top 5 list from one of our writers, selected at random. At the conclusion we will reveal the master list. We also want to let you take part and will be accepting nominations for a readers' choice list.

Jeff Collins's Top 3 of 2004.

1. Unearth – The Oncoming Storm: Confusingly heavy rhythm guitars collide with a melodic sense reminiscent of old-school Metallica. Guttural vocals, juggernaut drums, and some damn fine dual guitar lines make this one of the year's more notable metal records.
(samples / buy cd | review)

2. Slipknot – Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses: Okay, so it wasn't as cool as their first two CDs, but it was still okay. If the next album doesn't kick some major ass, however… (samples / buy cd | review)

3. Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake: Tight rhythms, kick ass musicians, and a charismatic singer make Lamb of God a serious force to be reckoned with in modern heavy metal. Within a genre defined by very distinct characteristics, they managed to find their voice as a band and clearly stand out amongst their peers. (samples / buy cd)

Check back tomorrow when another member of the antiMusic staff checks in with their top 5 list.

Wait! Be sure to submit your nominations for the Readers' Choice list.

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