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01.07.14 In(somniac) 2013 09.25.13 Broken Ankle
09.13.13 Reviewsomniac03.09.13 Recent Digs(omniac)
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04.20.12 Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend04.16.12 Fuddling Over Writing
04.03.12 New Fucking Tigers Jaw Rules12.30.11 New Year's Resolutions
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10.22.11 How Does Sputnik Feel...10.05.11 The Definitive Metalcore List
10.04.11 Attn: Pretentious Turds07.09.11 Fail The Sun To Shine
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In(somniac) 2013

Plebesomniac top 10 cop-out laziness. This was rather hastily made, even rthough the list was more or less set in my head. Relatively few rlast-minute inclusions.
10Shadow of the Colossus
END GAME


Heavy, aggressive, but ultimately positive is probably the best way to sum up END GAME. Insurgence is an oppressive abomination of a song, but for someone who revels in unapologetic deathcore, this LP sates a primal hunger that was previously reserved for the occasional All Shall Perish binge. It's an album that makes me miss having hair long enough to properly flagellate my forehead in awed reverence.
9The National
Trouble Will Find Me


One of those albums that is best enjoyed when one's attention is blissfully elsewhere. That's not to say Trouble Will Find Me is boring; it just isn't quite corporeal enough to demand your full attention. Reliant almost to a fault on a subdued atmosphere kept interesting the occasional drum cadence and long, winding melody, the album asks and assumes very little of its listener, but plays on just the same. Nowhere is this more evident than on "Don't Swallow the Cap," whose easygoing but pervasively melancholic rhythm straddles anguish with a knowing but dogged persistence.
8K Sera
Collisions and Near Misses


To be perfectly honest, K Sera makes the list mostly by virtue of nearly filling the anticipatory void that The Dear Hunter's Migrant left me with, which I suppose is more a function of how meager my exposure to new music was this year. If the two albums could cross-fertilize in LD/TA split EP-fashion, I would be a happy listener indeed. Unfortunately, K Sera's debut full-length nearly misses fully realizing its potential, though whether that's a result of being slightly too unpolished or too derivative of The Dear Hunter's Acts, I am unsure. Frankly, I've got too much on my mind to give a damn.
7State Faults
Resonate/Desperate


Hell if I don't find myself baffled by how this band's vocalist kept me from really giving the music a chance for so long. The first time I heard a Brother Bear's Head in the Clouds, I quickly convinced myself that the band was essentially little more than an oddity of skramz; they might as well have been Circle Takes the Square in 2011, for all their admittedly creative brand of screamo appealed to me. Fast forward two years, and Resonate/Desperate, though initially glossed over in much the same fashion, finally clicked with me after a friend's acclaim won them a second opinion. The previously too-abrasive screams seem now more passionate and less a pretension employed for the sake of generic cohesion. Resonate/Desperate plays like the spiritual successor to a rich legacy of screamo. Ultimately, the crisp drumming and delicate but tortured melodies peppered in between the blaring screams make this a standout record that manages to be different enough to feel creative without sounding radically unfamiliar.
6Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond the Sun


Perhaps an obligatory inclusion, wherein my relationship with fervent, genuine-if-artistically-unremarkable hardcore inexplicably makes this record connect with me on an instinctive level. Frankly, if I'm being critical, this record is only excellent in light of what it is; Shai Hulud perfectly encapsulating and subsequently unleashing every sentiment of disillusion and overall pessimism towards the world at large and the people who seem content to merely exist in it. Reach Beyond the Sun appeals to wishes for a simpler world where ethics and morality is black and white, a world where the heroes you read about in stories exist. The struggle is real, just not glorious.
5Counterparts
The Difference Between Hell and Home


Shit, man. Counterparts blessedly still approach their music with reckless virtuosity and a seemingly infallible ability to arrange the same elements of melodic hardcore in a manner far more interesting than their peers can manage. Songs like "Wither" and "Outlier" invariably find me mentally going back to the days of sweaty hardcore shows in shitty venues, thrashing about, expending my energy like my life depended on it. At which point, my more well-adjusted friends usually raise an eyebrow at me and tell me to grow up.
4The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer


Fast. Heavy. Fast and heavy. MAAAAATH. A lot of fast and a lot of heavy. Repeat ad infinitum.
3Lemaitre
Relativity 3


This is another inclusion that, to some critics, would further damage any credibility this list had to begin with. A four-song EP at 3?! Yes. Relativity 3 is infectiously fun, captivating from the first note to the last. Continuum might as well be the anthem to the unrestrained youth part of me longs to be full-time. Thankfully, I'm not, because even though it would inevitably make me much more affable at parties, it's more vapid indulgence than I can stand full- time. But perhaps even that is saved by Cut to Black's ability to close out the EP in a way that perfectly encapsulates that time of the night when all the extraneous relations you socialize with have long gone home, and you find your social gathering suddenly an intimate, if drunken affair between you and your dearest friends. Those fleeting moments where you find yourself uninhibited in a beautifully positive way, shed bare of all pretension and completely comfortable. So yes, an EP at 3. Deal with it, or something.
2Erra
Augment


The junsomniac still junz. Erra's sophomore full-length got an asburd amount of playtime from me this year, and again, that's probably a function of my music taste being somewhat stagnant this year. Akin to a finally of-age young adult slowly phasing out of the irreverent pounding of keystone lights and ubiquitous drinking games that tended to dominate my social landscape in years past, Augment represents a maturation, if not a complete change from those habits in musical terms. Metalcore is probably my favorite genre, and I'm okay with that, even if nobody else is. I've found my favorite kinds of beer (yes, dammit, it's the IPA/Pale Ale, drink one of Deschutes' Red Chairs before you judge), and am learning to appreciate minor differences in taste when the overall sound that I enjoy and identify with is already defined, which is a lot like my relationship with beer in that sense too. Only I don't drink beer nearly as much as I listen to metalcore. I'm not sure which is worse for my health either.
1 Balance and Composure
The Things We Think We're Missing


Another album whose evocative elements forge an experience that reaches beyond the simple variation of wavelengths resonating against an eardrum, more than synaptic currents finding consonance and meaning in a cloud of grey matter. At times exquisite in its naked fragility, The Things We Think We're Missing is an intimate affair, and if it's not the groundbreaking juggernaut that will change the course of a genre, that's just fine. Songs like "Parachute" and "Tiny Raindrop" sit atop my comfort zone while "Enemy" manages to make unsettling truths consonant.
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