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Underappreciated Bands And Their Best Albums

A lot of my favorite bands are seemingly unheard of or vastly unappreciated here on Sputnik. Here's the top 10 and their best albums.
1I Am Spoonbender
Buy Hidden Persuaders

A brilliant review can actually be found from Trey Spencer on this site, but only eight votes besides his have been cast! The album is free, so check it out.
2Kevin Gilbert
The Shaming Of The True

This is basically The Wall's weird, unloved brother. A concept album about a rock star, the album sorts quickly through funk rock, a capella, trance, and hard rock in a brilliant fashion. Although Kevin Gilbert was a bit of a prog guy, this album defies all boundaries and is truly a masterpiece of modern music.
3Breather Resist

Breather Resist is all the members of Young Widows working with an insane screamer on a metalcore album. They utilize bizarre time signatures and phrasing, completely original tonalities, and Kurt Ballou's masterful production to produce one of the most crushing albums I've ever heard. I consider this on par with We Are the Romans and Jane Doe as far as heavy music goes.
Talk Like Blood

5The Paper Chase
Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know

These guys make brilliant, highly emotional art/noise/punk/indie/whatever. They are very minimalist and use strictly dissonant guitars, harsh vocals, frantic drumming, and very basic pop sensibilities. Very hard to describe, but very emotional and cathartic to listen to. I've only heard this album, but it's fantastic.
6The Vogue
As Brass and Satin

Soundoff: The Vogue have a very unique style of music, by using minimalist sensibilities and synthesizers to create their bizarre post-hardcore-esque music, their music is strangely atmospheric for their type, and it creates a very enveloping, dream-like sound. The Vogue's unique musical style is powered equally by the strong, angsty vocals of a young Johnny Whitney, the thick, textured keyboard playing of K.C. Wescott, and the avant-punk guitar stylings of genius Devin Welch. But the true magic of the band is in their brilliant songwriting, where each song is created with utmost care to create a unique texture and feel for every set of lyrics, making the album quite an experience. Featuring guitarist Devin Welch of Past Lives!
Body Stories

Really original, enjoyable experimental punk that uses biting grooves to create their edge. Featuring guitarist Devin Welch of Past Lives!
8Helms Alee
Night Terror

Helms Alee combines crushing fuzzy heavy sections with throat-shredding hardcore screaming with really unique, experimental calm sections with lots of crazy guitar.
9Femme Fatale
From the Abundance of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks

Death From Above 1979's bassist, Jesse F. Keeler, has a one man band noise-punk outfit called Femme Fatale that is completely fucking insane. Songs never reach over 4 minutes long and cycle through more musical ideas than most bands would put in 2 songs in usually 3 minutes or less. Completely mad but with tons of pop sensibilities mixed in with the noise to create memorable, fun music rather than just extremely aggressive tunes.
10Melt Banana

Melt Banan makes frantic dissonant cyber noise punk with a 4 foot tall Asian woman as their vocalist who likes making random yelping noises. If this deion entices you, you'll like it.
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