I wrote this with in depth description up to #20 before accidentally hitting back and rlosing it all. So here it ris again with much briefer summaries.
Alcest loses any semblance of black metal but it still sounds pretty.
Sludgy, ugly goodness.
|48||The Black Keys|
No radio hits to be found here, but an excellent bluesy album.
|47||Have a Nice Life|
The Unnatural World
Not Deathconsciousness but probably more focused I'd say in the songwriting department.
These guys blend black and death metal so gloriously.
Bit of a letdown after Wasting Light but still solid. Documentary was superb.
Sad lo-fi piano tunes that really works well with this time year.
|43|| ||Thom Yorke|
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Won't make you forget about Radiohead, but interesting IDM nonetheless.
|42||Andrew Jackson Jihad|
Pretty disappointing for me personally since Knife Man is one of my favorite albums, but it's a
great folk/punk romp.
Would be higher up if I hadn't heard most of the album on previous EP's. Chino's voice is
godly. Favorites are Bitches Brew and Option.
Primitive and Deadly
Droning psychedelic goodness that's best experienced with headphones in the dark.
To Be Kind
I'm not sure I'll ever really "get" Swans (and lord knows I've tried) but if I'm in the right
mood for them they can still leave me floored.
|38||How to Dress Well|
What Is This Heart?
Pretty electro/r&b stuff with an unfortunate album cover.
|37||The Afghan Whigs|
Do to the Beast
Not on par with their 90's output but a fantastic reunion album anyways.
|36||Job for a Cowboy|
After dismissing them after their deathcore days my friend implored me to listen to this and I
wasn't disappointed. Great tech death.
Roads to the North
Mixes black metal and bluegrass in a way that's not forced nor cheesy.
Fantastic death metal with a black metal vibe and folk flourishes.
Haven't heard all the pikes because there's a shit ton but this is the best I've heard this year.
Everything good about Buckethead can be found on this one.
|32||Devin Townsend Project|
First disc is incredible with it's epic wall of sound vibe. Second disc let's up a bit with the silly
concept, but musically it's still a treat. Great album overall.
Omar and Cedric from ATDI and TMV team up again with a surprisingly upbeat affair full of
energy and catchy hooks.
The Endless River
This could never live up to what they've done in the past, but on it's own it's Floyd being
Floyd. You know the sound by know.
Opeth continues in this more proggy direction and though I miss the metal side of them I will
say this is a step above Heritage and still a worthwhile listen.
Upside Down Mountain
One of Oberst's most immediately enjoyable albums that any fan of his or folk music in
general should enjoy.
|27||The Smashing Pumpkins|
Monuments to an Elegy
Say what you want about Corgan but the dude can still write a song. This is Smashing
Pumpkins in name only since it's basically Corgan on every instrument but the songs are solid
alt rock and that's all that matters.
A natural progression from their debut, Citadel sees them focus more on songwriting and
creating a more cinematic experience. Epic in all sense of the word.
|25||Run the Jewels|
Run the Jewels 2
Didn't listen to too much rap this year but this was pretty great. I'm probably in the minority
in saying I like the first album better but this shows that El-P and Killer Mike still have some
rocket sauce left in them.
A Skeletal Domain
Favorite CC by far. Love the thrashy nature of this.
Buddies and I played this to death over the summer. As it stands it kind of grew off me a bit
from where I thought it would end up initially, but still a memorable effort.
|22||Thee Silver Mount Zion|
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
I have to admit I haven't followed this offshoot of GY!BE too closely so when the vocals crept
in at the beginning it kind of threw me, but I grew to enjoy them. Post-rock with a punk
Covers all the bases with Boris. Drones, fuzz/stonger metal, shoegaze, ambience. It can all be
found here and pulled off with flying colors.
Great Western Valkyrie
There aren't too many acts out there waving the rock flag anymore. Sure you have the Foo
Fighters and Jack White maybe, but there's aren't too many bands out there just playing down
to earth bluesy rock music. Well enter the Rivals Sons and this great album. Sounds like
something out of the early 70's in the best possible way.
Shadows of the Dying Sun
If you've heard Insomnium by now then you definitely know the formula and it doesn't change
much here, but damn do they pull it off well.
I'd to throw in the counterpart to this album, Hope, to the #18 spot. Cope sees MO at their
most brash and "heavy" whereas Hope lifts any sort of aggression there was and reveals the
beauty behind these song. I wish they could have mixed the two albums together in some way
to make a single well rounded effort though.
One of my favorite BM releases from the year. I'm a sucker for folk tinged BM and Saor pulls
it off very tastefully here without sounding tacky.
|16|| ||Damien Rice|
My Favorite Faded Fantasy
I've only listened a handful of times because it just leaves me so emotionally floored after
each listen. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
Time to Die
More riffs and fuzzier than ever, Electric Wizard seems to be getting stronger with age which
Sort of similar to Blunderbuss but with enough new stuff to make it interesting. Jack White is
one of the true "rockstars" of this generation.
|13|| ||Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties|
We Don't Have Each Other
Singer from The Wonder Years creates a heartbreaking Americana album.
Coffins on Io
After the behemoth that was Hubardo, Coffins on Io is a sigh of relief. More melody with a
gothic/80's vibe to things. Toby Driver knows how to keep you on your toes with each release.
Lantlos shows Alcest how to properly drop the "black" from a blackgaze band.
|10||The Gaslight Anthem|
A band that I think suffers from comparing what they're doing with what they've done. Get
Hurt sees them branching out a bit from the Springsteen worship and sounds a bit more
modern than their previous efforts. But the songs are still there, the hooks are still there, and
the stories told in the lyrics are still there. A worthy addition to their discography.
A pretty daunting listen, but a worthwhile one too. I think of it as if Sigur Ros met Death Cab
Once More 'Round the Sun
The band that made Leviathan is gone, but there's no need to fret because Mastodon has
shown they are more than capable of crafting rip roaring tune are rip roaring tune without
concept of mountain sasquatches and killer whales. More The Hunter than Remission, OMRTS
shows Mastodon adopting a song by song album that is still pummeling and catchy.
Can't say I've heard too much Neofolk/Classical stuff outside of Vali or early Ulver, but this
album is gorgeous. It's one of those listens where you can shut off the world and be taken
somewhere serene and calm.
Monster of an album. With over an hour and a half of material here it's not easy to digest, but
just know that Spectral Lore has shown here there's still plenty more to offer from black
|5||Kenn Nardi |
Dancing with the Past
A behemoth of a record with 28 songs and over 2 hours of music, Dancing with the Past a
sampling of so many different styles of metal from the Anacrusis frontman. There's thrash,
doom, power, and almost any subgenre of metal you can find here. The only fault is it's
massive length which makes it's replay value limited, but it's that same massiveness that
provides all these different styles.
What it sounds like if The Gaslight Anthem was closer to hardcore than Springsteen. Has an
honesty to it that's refreshing and really tells a great story.
|3||Casualties of Cool|
Casualties of Cool
Leave it to Devin Townsend to release and ambient/country record. Doesn't sound like it
should work but if you've heard by now it certainly does. The spacey ambient mixed with the
acoustic plucking of Townsend send you to another world where the female vocals swirl
around you. After hearing Ghost by DT I thought I had heard the ambient Devy, but this is
completely different and completely wonderful.
Absolutely worth the wait. I've always been more of a fan of his SA 85-82 stuff than say his
Druqks stuff. So while listening to this and getting a more ambient vibe I immediately fell in
love. Comeback album of the year.
|1||The War on Drugs|
Lost in the Dream
A record that stick with you for a long time. This was the soundtrack to many moments of my
life this past year and I don't think I'll ever forget it. Americana meets shoegaze is a lazy way
to summarize it because it hits on a much deeper level. It's nostalgia in music form and my
favorite album from this year.