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30. The Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

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It’s a slick and polished album, the closest he’s ever come to mainstream rock and – dare I say – pop. While an album as polished as this may be an area as of yet unexplored by Townsend and other metal guitarist’s solo work as well, the mainstream rock sound isn’t new territory in general even if it’s new to him, and he unfortunately falls to some of the genre’s conventions here and there. Still though, even if it’s sound isn’t too experimental, Townsend seamlessly slides into this poppy new sound, boasting a powerful contrast between technical riffage and poppy melodies, and most pop music would sound a hell of a lot better if it was helmed by Townsend as skillfully as it is here on Epicloud. – breakingthefragile

Stream ‘Kingdom’ here.

29. Amenra – Mass V

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Mass V does nothing but further cement Amenra’s place in the upper echelon of sludge/post-metal. Drawing influences from the heralded Neurosis, Amenra specialize in the creation of dark atmospheres that are combined with heavy, downtuned riffs. Unlike most of their peers, though, Amenra’s brand of dark, sludgy post-metal manages to sound invariably vigorous because all their records have excellent, oppressing atmospheres. They feel alive and pull the listener in, tingling his senses and forcefully taking control of his emotions. You can always get lost in an Amenra record, and Mass V is their best yet. The darkness and especially despair that the band strive to encapsulate in aural form take a firm grip on the listener just a few minutes into ‘Deadborn and Buried’, the album’s opener, and never let go. On the contrary, Amenra focus on abiding ascension of tension, with each passing second of the album forcing the listener to dig deeper  into the depths of his inner thoughts. The album is only a little over 40 minutes long but it envelops in a way that time stops for its duration, since Mass V sounds so organic and real in its bleakness (even the album cover channels it, being of a defunct World War II bunker in Northern France). The best way to describe Mass V would be to compare it to a dark trip to the spiritual world. It’s haunting, but exciting and, in its own way, beautiful at the same time. Take the trip is all I can recommend. – Metalstyles

Stream ‘Boden’ here.

28. Dark Time Sunshine – ANX

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ANX is one manipulative beast. It convinces the listener, very steadily, that it isn’t capable of convincing us of anything. At first the release is exciting, sure, but it doesn’t really seem to possess the breadth of 2010’s Vessel. Things change, though, and after some time ANX actually upstages its predecessor with two very pivotal functions: uniformity and self-assurance. This album is bold in all the best ways, from killer features to incredibly ambitious beats per Zavala. ANX is meek when the music calls for it, too, which makes sense considering the album’s theme of anxiety. The title track handles the subject of panic attacks as sensitively as one would expect, and the song even replicates the sensation frighteningly well, with the hazy ambiance echoing Onry’s narration about his trip to Aspen. There’s something deeper here, the indisputable feeling of acceptance. Everyone’s a victim more than they’ll own up to, and no amount of foolhardiness will change that. But there’s something beautiful about what one can do upon accepting it, upon letting the immutable things go. At the end of the day that’s why ANX has stuck with me, because the album’s a call-to-arms against what we can change. We may not have all the cards in our hand, but we’ve got enough. – OmahaStylee94

Stream ‘Take My Hand’ here.

27. High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis

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I liked Snakes For The Divine, but it sure as hell was the weakest High On Fire album out of the last four they had released. The title track brought the metal, but many of the other cuts were too drawn out, often suffering from a lack of variation, overly polished production, or lack of creative fire. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t, but as a whole, the record was devoid of the special spark that Blessed Black Wings and Death Is This Communion had. Taking this into account, it’s an utmost pleasure to proclaim that De Vermis Mysteriis is a heavy-hitting banger of an album and features a reignited High On Fire. Not since Blessed Black Wings has the band sounded this convincing and fresh. De Vermis Mysteriis contains a whole bucket full of enticing sludge riffs that are aided by the gritty production courtesy of Kurt Ballou. The faster tracks here (‘Bloody Knuckles’, ‘Fertile Green’) are delightfully forceful and the slower ones (‘King of Days’, ‘Warhorn’) feature massive riffs. There’s nothing to dislike about De Vermis Mysteriis if you’re a fan of metal: it’s instrumentally powerful, the songwriting on offer is great, the solos and leads are really tasteful, Matt Pike’s gruff vocals are some of his best, and High On Fire have made sure that the word “dull” wouldn’t creep anywhere near their latest offering. Simply put, if you love metal, you’ll also love this album. – Metalstyles

Stream ‘King Of Days’ here.

26. Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay

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The usual batch of winding, caustic, thundering compositions you’d expect from post-metal titans Neurosis. Being among the dwindling number of surviving bands in the post-metal genre, – that was a small community to begin with – Neurosis are still, on the tenth studio album into their career, venturing into unique territory in both dark ambient music and progressive death metal. At this point, they’ve only refined their talent of seamlessly blending droning elements and sludgy riffs together to the point of absolute mastery. Post-metal may be dead, but Neurosis have proved with this album that they are the honor to be found in the genre’s decay. – breakingthefragile

Stream ‘My Heart For Deliverance’ here.

25. Aesop Rock – Skelethon

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I’ve repeatedly made the bold claim that Skelethon is the strongest release yet from Aesop Rock, and I still stand by it. Chalk it up to nostalgia if you must – the album essentially served as my Comic-Con tour guide, after all – but the assumption is far from the truth. Indeed, Skelethon is the most concise and controlled Ian Bavitz has ever been, the most sensible the Bronx-raised rapper has ever approached the microphone. The beats are bombastic, hissing and popping about as much as Aesop’s multisyllabic rhymes themselves. These two important ingredients to Skelethon, music and lyrics, coexist in a very tightly-knit manner. It’s impossible to imagine what ‘Grace’ would sound like without Aesop’s eccentric lyrics, because the track’s tailored for them: the reverse frequently feels true, too. But where Skelethon truly succeeds is not only in maintaining the listeners’ interest, but piquing it throughout its runtime. Aesop’s latest actually packs the biggest punch towards its denouement, with ‘Saturn Missiles’ signifying that the end’s near. And the song is the greatest one here because it perfectly displays how poignant Ian Bavitz has become, both as emcee and musician. The track is frantic and impatient, and does something very pivotal for those listening closely enough: it marks the first time Aesop Rock’s music has felt truly vital in hip-hop. – OmahaStylee94

Stream ‘Saturn Missiiles’ here.

24. Tame Impala – Lonerism

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Tame Impala have always focused on solely one concept when approaching their music, combining the abstract instrumentation of Psychedelic rock with the catchy melodic ornaments of Pop, and that’s what makes the group’s sound so infectiously irresistible. It’s music that flourishes in eccentric and cosmic atmospheres, yet still manages to remain accessible enough for even the average music enthusiast to enjoy. Lonerism isn’t too different from its predecessor, Innerspeaker. Whether it’s the lo-fi approach to its production or the disorienting surreal textures that coat its sound, making Lonerism an all the more gratifying album for fans and certainly a brilliant sequel. Lyrically, Lonerism returns to the familiar themes of adolescent woes. The sexual and social awkwardness, personal insecurities, and the ever wavering concern of what the future holds- Kevin Parker explores all of these sentimental thoughts inside a psychedelic scenery meant to alter our perception, while describing situations so personal and emotionally universal, that it’s as if he’s directly illustrating moments from our own life. If given the chance, Lonerism has the potential to mesmerize the listener right out of reality. From dream-like soundscapes that surround us in a trippy haze of sensuous delight, to hard-hitting and abrasive rock grooves, Tame Impala spare no expense at introducing us to all of the different musical styles that comprise their artistic aspirations. – PaperbackWriter

Stream ‘Why Won’t They Talk To Me?’ here.

23. Anathema – Weather Systems

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Anathema’s Weather Systems reveals that the tinkering minds of the Cavanagh brothers, the band’s creative impetus, while buried deep in the books of song writing, still remain fresh and effective.  It was a pleasant surprise; the predecessor, 2010’s We’re Here Because We’re Here, pledged a high approval with its entrenched anthemic quality. Was it even possible to further cement their journey into contemporary prog?  The Cavanaghs answer this in slightly less than an hour—an hour that honestly feels half its length—through towering build-ups, contrasting textures and a lingering sense of melancholy.  Such elements, tried and tested with success previously, perform their tasks to similar degrees, only this time with flawlessly unquestionable efficiency where not a single minute feels wasted.  The compositions themselves, with familiarly melodic and haunting cores, bloom not only under a patchwork of shimmering guitars, a calmed piano and the subtle fracture of Lee Douglas’ vocals (see ‘Untouchable, Part 2’ as a prime example of all three), but also alongside the pleasant additions of glittery strings and Christer Cederberg’s golden production.  The brilliance that ensues from the entire ensemble succeeds in cradling powerful emotion (mainly conducted between the voices of Vincent Cavanagh and Douglas) that tastes bittersweet, where even the most desperate of calls sound gleaming and positive.  Certainly, Anathema’s yearning to rise from an undergrowth of shadows and out into the sky isn’t yet complete, but it’s damn close; Weather Systems, in fact, brings it closer than ever. – Taylormemer

Stream ‘The Beginning And The End’ here.

22. Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

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It wouldn’t be unfair to call Ex Lives the perfect summation of Every Time I Die as a group. The album features everything that’s made them the household name they are in the metalcore scene: killer, southern-tinged riffs, impressive sonic force, sharp delivery, Keith Buckley’s distinctive vocals – it’s all here. Ex Lives doesn’t exactly offer anything new from the band’s perspective, but it does give the listener a taste of Every Time I Die at their greatest, and that’s all that should be asked for. After 2009’s New Junk Aesthetic, I (for whatever reason) found it hard to believe the band could return with an album just as intense and fun as that one, but Every Time I Die did it. A perfect continuation from said record, Ex Lives manages to keep the tension levels up from the first frantic seconds of ‘Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space’ to the last ascending tribal melodies of ‘Indian Giver’ (if we exclude the bonus tracks, which are, unsurprisingly, just as fine as the rest of the album). It’s dashing, riffy, and most importantly, fun metalcore. Grab your helmet and your balls, because with Ex Lives you’re in for a wild ride. — Metalstyles

Stream ‘I Suck (Blood)’ here.

21. Grizzly Bear – Shields

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Just how much Shields shows all the possible places that Grizzly Bear can take their sound is truly something to behold. They’re very exploratory artists, finding a place to firmly plant their sound where they can cast a line out to delve into other areas. Shields has a consistent central texture that is earthy and organic, yet its vast atmosphere is flourishing with the decorative color scheme of baroque pop, which makes for a contrast that is distinct and works. Shields is many things; it’s artsy, colorful, rustic, rocking, deep, psychedelic, and it all works together well because Grizzly Bear layers all these elements with remarkable craft in a way that is above all, ridiculously hooky and infectious. – breakingthefragile

Stream ‘Yet Again’ here.

20. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal Of I

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Portal of I is a work of art. There is simply no other way to put it. It’s an embodiment of both imagination and ambition, amalgamating a vast variety of genres to compose a unique sound that coaxes the attention of the listener with ease. At times the music is utterly abrasive, releasing the impassioned yet discordant essence of Extreme Metal, but Portal of I also enthusiastically ventures into other territories as well. Whether it be Jazzy instrumental segments like that in ‘Of The Leper Butterflies’, or classical folk arrangements reminiscent of traditional Celtic melodies which are most evident in a song like ‘And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope’. This is truly a remarkable album, and what makes it so impactive is that the band is able to fuse all of these influences in a way that sounds so natural, as if it were no challenging task at all. Portal of I really has something for everyone, containing enough brutality for the headbangers, while exhibiting enough experimental credibility to intrigue those who seek more elaborate songwriting. Ne Obliviscaris serve to remind us what the true essence of Progressive music is supposed to be- to push the dynamics of music while focusing to incite an emotional response from the audience rather than impressing them with displays of overly complex musicianship. – PaperbackWriter

Stream ‘And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope’ here.

19. The Chariot – One Wing

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The first word that comes to mind when listening to The Chariot’s One Wing is blistering. There isn’t a moment on this album where you don’t feel the fierce intensity of the band, even in its most contemplative passages. It’s a crazed affair built around the chaotic brand of hardcore, yet The Chariot revel in making this brief 30-minute ride intoxicating. They merge their ferocious, oddly reassuring style with ostensibly eccentric, left-field detours into piano balladry, ambient and even spaghetti western music. Decidedly these eyebrow-raising segments provide the disc with a breath of fresh air that breaks through a relentless onslaught. There’s no place for randomness though with every track deliberately planned and structured. All in all, The Chariot show limitless potential for growth and One Wing is their most cohesive and ambitious record thus far. – greg84

Stream ‘Tongues’ here.

18. Niechec – Smierc W Miekkim Futerku

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The golden age of Jazz is certainly long gone, though it remains all but forgotten. There are still a vast number of musicians that continue to keep the spontaneous virtuosity of the genre alive. Niechęć may not be a name that is instantly familiar to most, but they’re a group that deserves the attention of any modern day Jazz fan. Niechęć combines the improvised musical aesthetics of traditional Bebop and blends it with a modern day twist that incorporates elements of both rock and electronic music. Don’t think of this album as a typical Jazz experience though, Śmierć w miękkim futerku is an endeavor into a deranged musical experience. The music fluctuates under its own agenda, as each instrument seems to be utterly infatuated with the notion of being as unpredictable as possible. One minute we’re helplessly spellbound by a calming saxophone solo, and before we even realize the change in scenery, we find ourselves us descending into an abyss of cacophonic discord. The musicianship may be working on a more obscure level here, but the sensations and reactions they want their music to inspire within the listener are executed with absolute perfection. Śmierć w miękkim futerku is a haunting and wild voyage through expertly constructed chaos. – PaperbackWriter

Stream ‘Niespokojny Relaks’ here.

17. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

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The iconic man, who wanted to become a poet and ended up a musician instead, has crafted yet another phenomenal album that is an outright testimonial to a process of refinement that has been incrementally becoming more artful, insightful, and tasteful over the past two decades ab initio of his career. Depending on who one asks, the reasons given for why Transcendental Youth commonly made many people’s list of favourite albums from 2012 will likely vary only marginally. It is pretty clear that there are two main aspects that strongly accentuate the release. The first is that the lyrical content of each track paired with the beautiful guitar, piano and brass melodies provide a valuable piece for music aficionados, as well as the veriest music tyros, to appreciate and enjoy alike. The second is that there are a myriad of wise -albeit prophetic quotes that highlight and lend perspective. Darnielle’s friend John Hodgman had described each song as being “about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won’t stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them”. That statement was perhaps strengthened when built on by an assertion from moderator Channing Freeman when he reviewed the album. He claimed that “what you find in Transcendental Youth aren’t answers to any big questions, but instead questions to a bunch of answers that never meant anything before but now seem exceedingly important”. Thus it is clear that the album is not only rich instrumentally, but also offers deep insight through the fictional stories of others in neatly articulated segments of the lyrics. So, while Transcendental Youth may be at an arms-length from being classic, it was certainly one of the best and most important releases of the past year, as future Mountain Goat albums will likely be for their irrespective future years too. – Eclecticist

Stream ‘Lakeside View Apartments Suite’ here.

16. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

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Let’s be honest, Japandroids looked forward to the 2 year tour following their debut album a lot more than they actually did recording it in the studio. The sole reason they’re in the music business is because they simply love performing their music, which is music made to be best performed live. They don’t want to feel as if they’re containing and limiting the volume and energy of their live songs with studio recordings and refining. For good measure, Japandroids figure that the only way Celebration Rock is going to top their debut Post-Nothing, is if it follows the same strategy they use in making each concert they do best the preceding one, and that strategy is simply raising their personal standard bar of how loud and noisy they can make their music. The duo cram this album full of songs best suited being heard in an arena, where all the fist-pump inducing anthems would exhibit the extent of their purpose in the raw element of rush. Celebration Rock still brings the punk out of rock, and the rock out of punk, all with such exuberant noise and head banging power, that regardless of if it’s more of the same, it’s still impressive that this much marvelous power can come from only two people. – breakingthefragile

Stream ‘Fire’s Highway’ here.

15. Anberlin – Vital

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Maturity is vital. In the most literal way, if one does not grow, they cannot continue to live and many bands have found this to be true. Innovation and reinvention is the key to having a career longer than two albums- Anberlin has done both. They have shed basically all traces of pop-punk that dominated their first three albums. It would be too easy to make songs with shallow verses that exist just to lead to a golden hook for a decade; it’s time to move on. This is alt-rock: on the surface, it’s even lost all of its Christian influences. Sure, there are songs like ‘God, Drugs & Sex’ that are drab, but it’s still a well-constructed song with a decent meaning. The ballads are stronger than ever, the album’s opening combination of ‘Self-Starter’ and ‘Little Tyrants’ is an aural assault that hits extremely hard and all the hooks are still catchy without trying too hard to be. Vital is different and not because it has to be, it’s because it wants to be. – FromDaHood

Stream ‘Little Tyrants’ here.

14. mewithoutYou – Ten Stories

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At first I couldn’t help but think Ten Stories would be another It’s All Crazy, It’s All False… For one, Ten Stories is an allegorical representation of a fictional train crash filled with circus animals in 19th century Montana. The lead single and first song ‘February 1878′ illustrates the story of this circus train being derailed in the icy Pacific Northwest by an elephant. The album chronicles the tales of select animals as they seek refuge and figure out what to do in the aftermath of said wreckage. So right off the bat it already sounds like it sets itself up to be another whimsical tale that’ll no doubt play out similarly to their previous record, but it’s a surprisingly welcome nod to past ideas. Contrary to what’s been circulating via the net, Ten Stories sounds nothing like [A--> B] Life or Brother, Sister, but songs like ‘February 1878′ and ‘Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume’ unmistakably hearken back to the days of Catch For Us the Foxes.

Personally, I like to think of Ten Stories as an album divided into two halves: the first half being very pop-centric (barring ‘February 1878′), and the latter being a revisitation of some of mewithoutYou’s post-hardcore roots, as well as a plunge into a more atmospheric mood. Aaron Weiss is still as skillful a songwriter as he’s ever been, and he hammers lines with a deft display of conviction, but Ten Stories is certainly a different kind of mewithoutYou album. However, despite it being a fictional concept record revolving around an absurdly quirky premise that ultimately sees Weiss stepping outside of the persona he’s created for himself, the struggle with accepting God is an ongoing and integral part of his writing, subtle as it may seem even when he’s omitting the veil: “I don’t know if I know/Though some with certainty insist no certainty exists!” (‘Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume’). Weiss still employs the use of metaphor in his writing, but Ten Stories seems like a great middle-ground between the old and the new; Weiss never comes across as suffocatingly abstract or reminiscent, it’s seemingly a perfect blend. Songs like ‘Elephant in the Dock’, ‘Nine Stories’ and ‘Cardiff Giant’ might detract from the album’s momentum, but Ten Stories is undeniably an acceptable and wholeheartedly enjoyable segue from It’s All Crazy! It’s All False!. – Gyromania

Stream ‘Grist For The Malady Mill’ here.

13. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

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I’m not sure if Until the Quiet Comes is Flying Lotus’s best album–Los Angeles and Cosmogramma, the other two in what I’m now totally calling his Big Three, are at least as good–but it feels like some sort of apex. Steven Ellison, formerly just some Adult Swim-watching facsimile of J Dilla, has now fully transformed hip-hop into his own metaphysical playground. UTQC is where he metamorphosizes into an artist of John Donne-like stature, twisting and inverting the structural components of his futuristic beats until they seriously seem to exist somewhere outside themselves. I don’t even know what that means and I don’t expect you to, but it’s something undeniably there in the percussive polypeptides that frame this profoundly easygoing follow-up to Cosmogramma, which now sounds like an album of Top 40 Radio hits when stuck next to this beautiful mess of an album. The charm of UTQC is almost paradoxical, suggesting its full-blown jams rather than directly presenting them to us–that is, until the ecstatic ‘Me Yesterday//Corded,’ its climax rendered all the more potent by the relentless subtlety with which it is surrounded. Skeptics might assume that Ellison’s new-yet-ages-old approach is informed by the DMT he and Thundercat dreamily praise halfway through the album. I might be old-fashioned, but I think the answer hews somewhat closer to that third track: this is Ellison’s warped little version of ‘Heave(N)’. You’re all invited. – Robertsona

Stream ‘See Thru To U’ here.

12. Coheed And Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension

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Considering the back-to-basics approach taken on The Afterman: Ascension, it’s clear Year of the Black Rainbow was a calculated experiment. The inclusion of Chris Pennie, a drummer as well-versed in arithmetic as music, undeniably had much to do with the shift. However, Coheed and Cambria’s 2012 release shows its fans the group is still aware of its strengths. The first half of the The Afterman is chock-full of catchy anthems, heartwarming ballads and aggressive fan-pleasers, a surefire sign Claudio and crew aren’t messing around. It’s rewarding as a long-term Coheed fan, too, to see the return to form the group has employed here. I can’t pen down exactly who said it, but I recall someone writing about how this album is, more than anything, a collection of what Coheed and Cambria do best. This is the best way to put it, because each moment of Ascension hones the group’s sound rather than expanding upon it. The album’s brevity surely helps, too, with each powerful track receiving more attention. In the end, though, there’s no doubt Coheed and Cambria are back, and The Afterman: Ascension will go down in history as one of their most celebrated releases yet. – OmahaStylee94

Stream ‘The Afterman’ here.

11. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

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It requires a lot of guts to call your album R.A.P. Music and place the picture of your son on the cover. You need to take into account that your endeavour may be dismissed as overly straightforward or pretentious by an increasingly superficial audience. However, the new Killer Mike record truly lives up to its title standing for everything that hip hop should encompass in 2012. It’s the kind of defiant rap that was popular two decades ago, but it feels surprisingly in touch with the economically uncertain times we’re living in now. Aptly then, the LP abounds in anger, with Mike bashing an increasing commercialization of hip hop, dishonest cops and political corruption. The scope of interest in his lyrics is much wider though. His delivery often tends to be narratively inclined (‘JoJo’s Chillin’) or even greatly inspirational, like in the record’s blissful, double-punch climax consisting of autobiographical ‘Willie Burke Sherwood’ and the title track that’s a poignant ode to the music that respects its heritage.

It’s not only Killer Mike who’s throwing his heart and soul into his craft on R.A.P. Music. At one point he states “This album was created entirely by Jamie and Mike“, acknowledging the enormous contribution of El-P. As unexpected a rapper/producer collaboration as it may be, El-P complements Mike’s impeccable flow with his futuristic blend of Southern rap and soul to startling effect. The fact that the music has been crafted with hardly any guest appearances is only a testament to Jamie and Mike’s genuine talent cutting through every single moment of this seminal album. – greg84

Stream ‘Willie Burke Sherwood’ here.

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50-31 // 10-1





Kris.
01.18.13
ugh devin townsend seriously?


but coheed at 12 is a nice surprise, way to go userbase!

but you all still suck for the rest of it

Irving
01.18.13
Lol DTP.

The rest of the list is, actually, quite ace. Nice one guys.

ILJ
01.18.13
glad 14 is so high

and that coheed album isn't all that good.

ugh devin townsend seriously? [2]

NightProwler
01.18.13
Yeah, 28 is here, sweet. Don't care for much of the rest, though. But I am EXCITED for the last 10 albums

fish.
01.18.13
ignimbrite gonna have to eat his wordsss

ugh devin townsend seriously? [3]

Xenophanes
01.18.13
Wow. There are some crazy awesome choices, then 12 sorta kills it, along with Devin and Ne Oblivicaris. The feature looks amazing though guys, nice work. It's just too bad this is what you had to work with.

Cygnatti
01.18.13
amenra whoa

Keyblade
01.18.13
wtf is 30 doing here? 17 and 18 (which i'm very happy to see here) are what saves this

greg84
01.18.13
Devin and The Japandroids are probably the worst entries on the entire list imo. Otherwise, this installment is pretty ok. Surprisngly it wasn't very tough to get used to it Xeno.

Cygnatti
01.18.13
18 rules

taylormemer
01.18.13
Yeah pretty good instalment. Lol at dtp though poor alex

johnnydeking29
01.18.13
Good to see Anathema and Coheed so high

Irving
01.18.13
Frankly, the thing which the User list has going for it (and the Staff one doesn't) is a large voting demographic. It's easier to get consensus and to filter out anomalies that way.

Well that, and the fact that I have crap taste.

Recspecs
01.18.13
Why is Coheed so goddamn high?

greg84
01.18.13
@Irving:
Yes, but on the other hand you get plenty of records that are here largely because they're very popular, so called populist choices.

Omaha
01.18.13
You guys think this is surprising, don't you?

HAVE YOU LET YOURSELVES FORGET ABOUT JON MESS?

taylormemer
01.18.13
" Well that, and the fact that I have crap taste."

That actually goes to Davey hands down.

Omaha
01.18.13
Plus, y'know, FlyLo, DTS, Aesop, Niechec, Anathema

=]

greg84
01.18.13
I found new ETID slightly disappointing, but The Chariot definitely delivered.

Willie
01.18.13
Damn. So far this list seems to be imply that the tastes of the staff are totally out of alignment with the user base. Say it isn't so!

Omaha
01.18.13
"I found new ETID slightly disappointing,"

I'll be disappointed until the group makes another album like The Big Dirty.

sustainthesatan
01.18.13
20 is top 3 material

taylormemer
01.18.13
lol, I was going to actually respond to that, but no way.

ILJ
01.18.13
I'm glad The Chariot is finally getting some love.

ILJ
01.18.13
"I found new ETID slightly disappointing"

do you even want to be dead with your friends?

MichaelSnoxall
01.18.13
Look at all the hevydevy hate. Epicloud ruled, it's in a good place.

theacademy
01.18.13
Lol at wanting another Big Dirty.


greg84
01.18.13
^ this ETID track is awesome, but just too many songs blend for me on this record, I prefer New Junk Aesthetic.

greg84
01.18.13
*was referring to ILJAJLM's comment

theacademy
01.18.13
Also obligatory haha coheed beat japandroids get fucked everyone who disagrees with me bahahaha

ILJ
01.18.13
The flow of the album was a little weird admittedly. They should have scattered the shorter more intense tracks throughout.

theacademy
01.18.13
Whatever the point is that nja and xl were both way better than the big dirty

greg84
01.18.13
Also... leave it to the Polish band Niechec to introduce some (very welcome) jazz to the users' list.

theacademy
01.18.13
Ugh jazz.

greg84
01.18.13
If the contribs were to make this list Niechec would be definitely in the top 5.

greg84
01.18.13
as many as 5 contribs have given it a 4 or higher

taylormemer
01.18.13
So what?

theacademy
01.18.13
If the users voted how they actually felt, niesicec or whatever would be number 1 actually

theacademy
01.18.13
Source: the charts

greg84
01.18.13
I guess the only problem could've been a relatively small number of ratings

Irving
01.18.13
@greg:

"Yes, but on the other hand you get plenty of records that are here largely because they're very popular, so called populist choices."

Well, maybe they're popular for a reason?

omnipanzer
01.18.13
50-11 I think there are maybe 2 albums I care about so far.

foxxxythnksustnk
01.18.13
HAVE YOU LET YOURSELVES FORGET ABOUT JON MESS? [2]

greg84
01.18.13
@Irving:

You're right, but the reasons of hype are sometimes questionable. People just tend to vote on well-known Sputnik bands even when their records are not very good in comparison to their previous work.

wabbit
01.18.13
well this is embarrassing

foxxxythnksustnk
01.18.13
also i still dont kno why these lists never include links to the album pages on sputnik

foxxxythnksustnk
01.18.13
nvm they do just not the one i was trying to click niechehesff fffss or something

foxblood
01.18.13
dig this far less than 50-31

Hep Kat
01.18.13
i just puked

i puked

i am a puker

fish.
01.18.13
I think there's only 3 or 4 albums on this list so far I actually like, but that probably means I should just check out more of these

sustainthesatan
01.18.13
ne obliviscaris should be much higher

fish.
01.18.13
Gonna give this Niechec thing a try, looks interesting

TheNexus100
01.18.13
hahah 2 albums above a 3 and one ive never heard good job user base

zxlkho
01.18.13
god devin townsend just sucks

fish.
01.18.13
"one ive never heard good job user base"
cos it's everyone else's fault that you haven't listened to an album

nice

if anything it's good that lesser known stuff gets onto here

Insurrection
01.18.13
Lol @ the Devin Townsend hate

foxxxythnksustnk
01.18.13
anarchist he is saying hes heard all but 1 nd only 2 were above a 3 dont want to make u look dumb but it had to be said sorry!!!!!!!!!!!

CK
01.18.13
But that DTP album wasn't even all that good =[

fish.
01.18.13
should've worded it better

either way it's really dumb to complain about a list like this not catering to your own tastes

chambered99
01.18.13
well at least niechec made it

InfamousGrouse
01.18.13
sweet i've heard 5 of these

Insurrection
01.18.13
It's far from his best but it's still great because, well, it's fucking Devin Townsend. People that really believe it sucks/he sucks are lol

CK
01.18.13
Nah it doesn't SUCK, I have it at a three. Just not his best.

Eclecticist
01.18.13
sweet, my soundoff for Transcendental Youth reads great even a few days later

Tyrael
01.18.13
Haha this is so fucking great

I'm not even mad over the inclusion of Japanturds cuz fuck yea Ne Obliviscaris, Amenra, The Chariot

way to go, userbase

FromDaHood
01.18.13
This portion of the list is pretty decent

Propose
01.18.13
i'd take 50-31 over those any day

kingsoby1
01.18.13
very good list guys

AtomicWaste
01.18.13
Yeah, the fact that Epicloud is on here is a joke. Album was unfortunate aside from "Kingdom."

Rest of the list is fine.

kingsoby1
01.18.13
about a million times better than 50-31 :-]

AtomicWaste
01.18.13
But I dunno. Maybe the fact that it's on here is saying something about 2012. I felt like 2012 wasn't that great.

fish.
01.18.13
It wasn't. Although I said that about 2011 this time last year and I spent the whole of last year listening to brilliant stuff from 2011 I missed.

Days of Future Passed
01.18.13
Glad to see 11 so high. Looks like the top 10 will be pretty predictable.

XingKing
01.18.13
Holy shit, this has been the best Top albums out of the staff and users so far for 2012. I am actually happy for once

fish.
01.18.13
channel orange, gkmc, c4c (shame this will come above rap music), the money store, all we love we leave behind, koi no yokan, the seer, clockwork angels, allelujah! and there's no leaving now

probably

YankeeDudel
01.18.13
Solid enough.

kingsoby1
01.18.13
hopefully not the money store

fish.
01.18.13
I'd be amazed if it didn't come up

will probably be in the bottom half

greg84
01.18.13
I'd be glad if 11 replaced one of the albums from the top10

mindleviticus
01.18.13
Japandroids are so boring it's not even funny

Days of Future Passed
01.18.13
"c4c (shame this will come above rap music)"

Agreed, wasn't a huge fan of C4C.

Emim
01.18.13
You fuckers hating on heavy devy

SowingSeason
01.18.13
15 to 11 is pretty damn sweet

omnipanzer
01.18.13
We're talking about the issues but keeping it funky.

Lucid
01.18.13
at least this is an improvement over the first section

fish.
01.18.13
of course it's an improvement, they're higher ranked albums

klap
01.18.13
leave these poor sick monkeys alone omni

XingKing
01.18.13
"of course it's an improvement, they're higher ranked albums"

You would think that a Top 50 would include nothing but good albums, but the previous list actually didn't adhere to that archaic rule

Keyblade
01.18.13
"It's far from his best but it's still great because, well, it's fucking Devin Townsend. People that really believe it sucks/he sucks are lol"

I'm a huge devy fan and I think epicloud is boring as fuck. you sound like a mindless fangirl

kingsoby1
01.18.13
epicloud has some cool tracks but a lot of stupid ones too. probably a 2.5 or 3/5

Insurrection
01.18.13
Well that's good for you but I was aiming that at the people talking shit about Devin Townsend in general

Ignimbrite
01.18.13
THANK YOU JESUS Amenra is on here after all

YankeeDudel
01.18.13
The user list has def been better than the staff one so far. Although Anberlin still stinks.

SgtPepper
01.18.13
I was actually surprised Niechec even made it all, I didnt really see a lot of people voting for it, I guess it got more momentum by the end. It's a fantastic record really, I enjoyed it very much. I'm glad to see that everyone has been enjoying it just as well. Sobhi was the one that found out about it, so he's really to thank for that.

@Greg
Actually Poland has offered some really talented Jazz musicians, example would be Tomasz Stanko. He's a trumpet player, does a lot of avant-garde jazz stuff, he's done some really impressive work.

YankeeDudel
01.18.13
yea paper Stanko is that dude

SgtPepper
01.18.13
Yeah, he's great.

kingsoby1
01.18.13
unfortunately i was the only one on staff that probably even listened to niechec

Trebor.
01.18.13
I voted for Townsend, Coheed, and Mountain Goats teehee

greg84
01.18.13
Ah yeah. I'm actually familiar with his music and some other Polish jazz bands. He's great.

elephantREVOLUTION
01.18.13
i really enjoy this

EaglesBecomeVultures
01.18.13
Hell yeah 18

Calc
01.18.13
still no tree of tongues....

Tyrael
01.18.13
You make me really sad sometimes potsy :[

Keyblade
01.18.13
"Well that's good for you but I was aiming that at the people talking shit about Devin Townsend in general"

oh so you didn't refer to epicloud at all huh. must've imagined that

fromtheinside
01.18.13
"before i got to 23 i was gonna say this was way better than the first shit list but actually no its just as bad"

agreed, this is awful

fromtheinside
01.18.13
edgy

Calc
01.18.13
i gave up after seeing this..

EaglesBecomeVultures
01.18.13
Typo in Niechec
"We find ourselves us"

SgtPepper
01.19.13
Oh fuck, sorry about that. By the way, is your name a reference to Josh Homme's bands by any chance?

EaglesBecomeVultures
01.19.13
Nah man its a Converge song

iSkane
01.19.13
Good list. Weird either way that El-P either isn't on the list or is top 10. Also glad 16 is here, but disappointed not top 10.

LifeAsAChipmunk
01.19.13
thought this list was easily > 50-31 list

anberlin is coo too

Aids
01.19.13
lots of dumb metal as expected, but nice to see lots of my favourites placing so high (tMG, JPNDRDS, FlyLo)

good shit, better shit than the first section anyway

Aids
01.19.13
officially no iNTRiKeT though, damn, I honestly thought it had a shot. One of these days a user album will sneak in...

SgtPepper
01.19.13
@eagles
Oh, my apologies then.

MisterTornado
01.19.13
Still no Gimu must be in top 10 yup gonna be in top 10

Irving
01.19.13
"officially no iNTRiKeT though, damn, I honestly thought it had a shot. One of these days a user album will sneak in..."

It could be #10? =)?

Aids
01.19.13
I don't think so, besides my vote I think only two other people had it in their list. I put it at #1, but I don't see that being enough for a top 30 finish, let alone top 10..

robertsona
01.19.13
FLYLO FOREVER

DarthMann
01.19.13
FUCK NO TMG DIDNT MAKE TOP 10 NOOOOOOPO FUCK YOU SWANS THAT ALBVUM WASNT EVEN THAT GOOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Aids
01.19.13
The write-up for The Mountain Goats is damn awful, why did you pick that guy?

write-up for FlyLo is class

DarthMann
01.19.13
downtown north past the airport

DarthMann
01.19.13
yea i kno lmao he aint even contrib

robertsona
01.19.13
thanks i put on my robert christgau shades 2 write that one

DarthMann
01.19.13
thanks i put on my robert christgau shades 2 okay i wrote it what next

robertsona
01.19.13
haha Dam your crazy..O_O

Deviant.
01.19.13
"The write-up for The Mountain Goats is damn awful, why did you pick that guy?"

I'll be honest - none of it makes a lick of sense, but it was a last minute thing and I needed words

Gyromania
01.19.13
"The write-up for The Mountain Goats is damn awful, why did you pick that guy?"

i picked the writer for that. sorry you're so disappointed.

someguest
01.19.13
I am not a fan of this list. There's a lot of boring albums here.

DarthMann
01.19.13
you shoulda picked me i woulda been like

yo so i wuz walkin down the street listening to transcendental youth and i wuz like transcendendtal youth im a youth so i should become transcendental and so i did thanks to this album aoty 2012

Gyromania
01.19.13
linguistic equivalent of the short bus

Deviant.
01.19.13
Shut up Darth

Aids
01.19.13
"i picked the writer for that. sorry you're so disappointed. "

haha it's ok, don't go all passive-aggresive on me. to be honest actually, after reading this whole thing, a lot of these write-ups are pretty weak, but ah well.

someguest
01.19.13
It's because I didn't write any of them, Aids.

Aids
01.19.13
ah

someguest
01.19.13
I'm doing comedy now.

Bugger.

DarthMann
01.19.13
"Shut up Darth"

you considering it

Gyromania
01.19.13
we'll have to get you to show us how it's done next time.

robertsona
01.19.13
every writeup on this list is so ill

DarthMann
01.19.13
i should just take over this site honestly i feel i believe

someguest
01.19.13
I guess I'm just disappointed that I wasn't even asked. But hey, talent goes widely unrecognized. You can't really fault ignorance.

DarthMann
01.19.13
i would like make fullstops banned and if anyone uses them they themselves get banned ahhh what a world it would be

someguest
01.19.13
Cut your hair and get laid, maggot breath.

DarthMann
01.19.13
getting one soon and no not interested sorry

BigSimo
01.19.13
as usual, dominated by useless post-hardcore and alt rock

clercqie
01.19.13
Sweet, Amenra is on here! List is looking good so far, lots of stuff I still have to check out.

The writeups are a bit hit or miss, but Robertsona's FlyLo piece is really good. Love his writing; his Andy Stott review was great as well. Chances of Stott in the top 10 are probably pretty slim, though.

LifeAsAChipmunk
01.19.13
"as usual, dominated by useless post-hardcore and alt rock"

there isn't a whole lot of alt rock on here. most hipster bands don't count as alt rock, more like indie pop or alt/indie.

and seriously,what post hardcore is on here?


paxman
01.19.13
Lol can't even get the acronym right for flylo

robertsona
01.19.13
LOL oops

Omaha
01.19.13
I really like the write-ups on this one. You damn naysayers you.

I especially enjoyed Hernan's Niechec, and Robertson's FlyLo piece.

Ignimbrite
01.19.13
""as usual, dominated by useless post-hardcore and alt rock"

yeah bro, there's approximately one post-hardcore album on here

toxin.
01.19.13
"as usual, dominated by useless post-hardcore and alt rock"
bro don't hate on Anberlin or I'll have to beat you to a pulp and then throw you into my OJ

wacknizzle
01.19.13
Good list. I knew Amenra would make it on here somewhere. Been loving new Grizzly Bear as of late.

demigod!
01.19.13
only listened to 11, glad it made it that high.

wacknizzle
01.19.13
I knew it was gonna make it high up, pretty much everyone loved it. I couldn't get into it myself.

BigSimo
01.19.13
sorry you guys are right i glanced at this list and thought there was more alt rock and post-hardcore than there is; i am at fault. i think anathema and coheed & cambria triggered my frustration.

Aids
01.19.13
"we'll have to get you to show us how it's done next time. "

how did I know you would say almost exactly this?

Gyromania
01.20.13
how did i know that you would say that you knew that i was going to say that?

Irving
01.20.13
^ lol Canadians

Guys you're like, supposed to say sorry to each other every five sentences!!

demigod!
01.20.13
sorry irving

Aids
01.20.13
alright this is turning into some Inception shit here, I'm out

bottom line: list is shit, lol butts

demigod!
01.20.13
still cant believe Epicloud got that high

Xenophanes
01.20.13
Greg I remember reading that you thought this list was betterthan the staff's....I can't even comprehend that statement.

Metalstyles
01.20.13
There's a shocking answer to that: you have different tastes.

Xenophanes
01.20.13
Some of these are subjectively bad.

Kidding, but no shit that's why.

greg84
01.20.13
Well. I really like variety on here. It's probably the most diverse list of albums I've seen on any site. Plus, it's no surprise that some of my personal favorites made the cut.

I'm not saying that I like or have heard every album on here of course.

Omaha
01.20.13
Yeah, I prefer the variety on this one.

Metalstyles
01.20.13
"Kidding, but no shit that's why."

Indeed it is and that's why I was kind of baffled that you out of all people would want to restart a flinging contest here (because, let's be honest, it was a reaction seeking comment).

Omaha
01.20.13
I'm pretty sure he was just messing around - don't take his comment too seriously.

Gyromania
01.20.13
lol inception. "THERE'S SO MANY LAYERS!"

FromDaHood
01.20.13
WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER

Klekticist
01.22.13
I like how the links to different parts of the list open in new tabs.

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