|Top 10 (a bit more than) first half of 2016|
Finally found the gems I was looking for. Didn't have enough to make a solid enough list until now.
Periphery III: Select Difficulty
I've always shamelessly said that Periphery was one of my favorite bands since they released PI. To me this is their worst album yet (not counting Clear). I still like quite a bit of stuff on this but it mostly feels so by the numbers and safe.
Some long stretches of boredom and lackluster vocals hinder an album filled with potential. Shaping A Single Grain of Sand is such a jam though.
Everything Was Sound
Silent Planet finding their identity by really exploring their Ambient side. It feels a bit samey sometimes but it's really well executed overall.
Theories of Flight
Nothing extraordinary but as far as typical prog metal this couldn't be much better.
A more consistent album than The Mountain but doesn't quite reach the same highs. I especially like how varied the album but everything thing still works with the concept.
So many highlights on this album. Just a perfectly solid Myrath album, which is better than most things.
Started extremely disappointed but after listening to it from start to finish with the lyrics in hand, something clicked. This isn't perfect, but it's almost why I like it so much. There is something honest about it, and the fact that a 2 hour Dream Theater album is almost devoid of needless shredding sections is quite refreshing. I love it, sue me.
Set Course For Andromeda
A progressive instrumental album not based on musicianship but on songwriting and melody? Sign me up anytime.
The Fall of Hearts
Probably their most varied album and feels inspired all the way through.
|1||Thank You Scientist|
Stranger Heads Prevail
Too soon? I don't know. But after multiple listens it's still growing on me. So creative yet focused just enough. Mr. Invisible is my favorite song of the year by a pretty clear margin.