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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] “I’ve got no right to be depressed,” whines Will Toledo on Teens of Denial‘s cerebral and prescient opener, “Fill in the Blank”. In it, he complains about nothing in particular, lamenting nothing whilst refusing to form an intelligent or […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Brand New – 3 Demos, Reworked [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] There are some questions as to why 3 Demos, Reworked even exists. Was it a hastily-recorded fixer to smooth over the grumblings when LP5 was delayed once again? Or was it planned out in advance, part of a bigger […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 30. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Jimmy Eat World perhaps saw the biggest return to form of any artist this year. After three albums passed and faced mixed reception from fans and critics alike, Jim Adkins took a step back and dove into more […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 50. SUMAC – What One Becomes [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] With names such as Aaron Turner, Brian Cook, and Nick Yacyshyn at the helm, there’s no doubt SUMAC were born to create thunderous music. Few bands can make such a massive sound with only three members. What One Becomes sees their […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. The Dear Hunter – Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] What started as an ambitious project became a jaw-dropping odyssey that got bigger and better with each act. Undoubtedly, The Color Spectrum – and even Migrant to a certain extent – have helped expand […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Someday, when books are written about Kanye West’s career and all his artistic decisions are carved open, The Life of Pablo will come to be seen as an enduring pseudo-autobiotragedy – a modern day Station to Station or Astral […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Alcest – Kodama [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] The atmosphere of Japanese folklore comes alive through Alcest’s vision in the euphoric odyssey of Kodama. While predecessor Shelter was an enjoyable diversion from what was expected, this sees Alcest once again emphasizing sweeping post-rock atmospheres colliding with intense metal soundscapes. “Je Suis D’ailleurs”, “Untouched”, […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Love it or hate it, progressive metal is a tough genre to tackle because it takes true skill to balance technicality and emotion. At the same time, it’s another skill to make it sound completely engaging even when it’s nothing […]

Oh, you thought this was going to be the Top Ten LPs of 2015 feature? It’s okay. You can come back tomorrow (maybe) for the 10-1 LPs. –Jom 10 (tie). Foreign Fields – What I Kept in Hiding [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] 10 (tie). Plini – The End of Everything [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It took me a long time to come around to Choose Your Weapon. Even as an avid fan of their debut, the follow-up is incomparably perplexing. Every time you start to wrap your head around the groove, tracks […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird Is Home [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Despite expanding his sound to fill a much broader scope, Kristian Matsson’s fourth full length shares a vital component with its predecessors: an unmistakable feeling of connection with the listener. Deemed his most […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Dance Gavin Dance – Instant Gratification [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Holy shit. Hooooooooooooooooooly shit, you guys. Just picture me, sitting here, profound grin across my face as I read every single comment about Bring Me The Horizon coming in at #42… Let’s just say I’m truly thankful to be able to join […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Cult Leader – Lightless Walk [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] In 2012, I felt a renewed faith in “heavy” music. When Gaza dropped No Absolutes In Human Suffering, it was refreshing, to say the least. Three years later, Cult Leader have risen from the ashes and released an album mired in […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Fightstar – Behind the Devil’s Back [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Following a surprise hiatus and the ongoing reunion rumors of front-man Charlie Simpson’s seemingly buried boy-band past, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that 2009’s superb Be Human would be Fightstar’s swan song. However, the English post-hardcore, come-alternative metal quartet […]

10. Sun Kil Moon – Benji Official Site // Spotify // Facebook Carissa Stream: ‘Carissa’ (6:55) The fact Mark Kozelek’s “dispute” with The War on Drugs has overshadowed Benji in press coverage speaks volumes for how fucking stupid it was, but at least it proved Mark doesn’t hold anything back. When he spends an album […]

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