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29 Sound-offs

Lots of lists concentrate on announcing a new comment landmark or the promotion of upcoming/written reviews yet none seem to ever capture the beauty of the soundoff! Here's the next 29 soundoffs I'm going to post sporadically over the next few days.
1 Drowning The Light/Acherontas
Drowning The Light/Acherontas


Hailing from both Greece (Acherontas (formerly known as Stutthof)) and Australia (Drowning The Light) this is a split that features raw, atmospheric black metal at its finest. Whether it be the more apocalyptic and dissonant approach displayed by Acherontas or the lush grandeur of Drowning The Light, there is more then enough quality to go around on this short split. Rating: 4
2 Dazd
Dazd


Combing the organic free-flowing vibe of Widespread Panic with crust punk intensity and the dissonance of black metal, Dazd's self titled efforts strange diversity has it remaining to be a hidden gem of last year. Rating: 3.5
3 IV Empire Ov Terror
Interdimensional Slavery


From the name of the album to the cheap, casio keyboards presented on the album over this 2009 reeks of gimmick. Rating: 2
4 L/M/R/W
Drifts


A collaboration of four amazing ambient artists (Leo Fabriek, Mariska Baars, Rutger Zuydervelt, and Wouter van Weldhoven), Drifts is 3 slabs of swooning ambient drone perfect for just sitting back and tapping out. Rating: 4.5
5 Me and Mark
Me and Mark


Four tracks of attitude filled acoustic pop-punk Me and Mark may not be winning any awards for originality but this EPs infectiously catchy nature keeps it the perfect for anyone in a light mood. Rating 3.5
6P.O.D.
Satellite


Bringing back the nostalgia Satellite is a nu-metal classic. With powerhouse singles such as "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation", P.O.D. cemented their stance as a premier nu-metal group with this album. Rating: 4
7 Wereju
The Way Of The Cross


Beautiful melodic ambient drone and no doubt will hold your interest throughout it's hour length. Rating: 4.5
8A Thorn For Every Heart
Things Aren't So Beautiful Now


Excellent post-hardcore. Nice and catchy, yet still with a bit of rawness that keeps it fresh. Definitely not the stuff you hear on the radio (ADTR, ETF, etc...) and an album worth at least a cursory listen. Rating: 4
9 Talvihorros
Let Us Be Thankful We Have Commerce


AWESOME AMBIENTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.
10Aktarum
Gang of Trolls


Troll Metal? Essentially horribly generic melodic death/black metal hybrid with cheesy lyrics about trolls and gay keyboards. Rating: 1.5
11 Arrebato
Muchas Palabras en Poco Tiempo


Blackened crust from Argentina. Nothing revolutionary but entertaining nonetheless. Rating: 3
12Epheles
Les Anges de la derniere Scene


Once again France proves it's worth with another quality black metal band. Perhaps a bit more orchestral and "gothic" compared to their contemporaries, Les Anges de la derniere Scene still features some nice melodic passages, cool riffs and a cold atmosphere. Rating: 4
13 The Killigans
Honor


Don't lie, you know folk punk rules. Nice easy going melodies matched with pop-punks hooks it really doesn't get much better than this. Rating: 4
14Unfathoms
Rogue


lololololololololololololololol
15 Ahulabrum
The Transitivity of Strangness


Raw Black Metal + Aliens = Terribad. Seriously. Rating: 2
16 Bilskirnir
Vorvader


Despite a hopelessly amateurish production job this one man NSBM group from Germany does feature some cool instrumentals. Rating 3
17Eighteen Visions
Vanity


Easily the most balanced 18V product. Visceral metalcore mashed with clean sung choruses (but by no means "mainstream) and excellent musicianship. While later albums saw the band struggling to balance their metalcore roots with doses of melody, on Vanity the balance was flawless. Rating: 4.5
18Eighteen Visions
Eighteen Visions


Forsaking the majority of their metalcore roots, Eighteen Visions on their self titled seem more interested in eye liner and lipstick then music. However, as far as mainstream rock goes, this stands above most. Rating: 3
19Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys


What do you get when you add warm melodies, excellent musicianship and quality songwriting? Los Lonely Boys self titled debut. Rating: 4
20Lustre
Welcome Winter


Obviously inspired by Filosofem era Burzum, Welcome Winter is like the aforementioned classic on steroids. Sure, after awhile it can be taxing to listen to, but overall this droning black metal monolith is an enjoyable listen. Rating: 3.5
21Lugubrum
Albino De Congo


When it comes to "experimental" or "avant-garde" black metal Lugubrum is one of the best in the genre. While earlier always displayed a rawer side of the band, Albino De Congo sees the band really bringing together black metal with the instrumental prowess of jazz. Rating: 4.5
22 M:40
Industrilandskap


A nice balance of crust punk and melody. Oh man is that even 50 characters? Rating 3.5
23 One Morning Left
Panda Heart Penguin


As if the name of the album wasn't quite indicative of what this might be, once more the world is slightly ruined by more generic electronica post-hardcore/metalcore. Points go to the screamer having his moment's where he sounds kinda like Spencer Chamberlain, but otherwise this is a mess of an album. Rating: 1.5
24The Push Kings
Far Places


Owing as much to the Jackson 5 as The Cars in terms of influence, from 1967-1992 there was no musical movement that The Push Kings took for granted. Excellent hooks and excellent diversity make this one of the most underrated albums in the indie pop genre. Rating: 5
25 The Rondelles
Fox


Indie rock/punk that is female fronted and kicks a lot of ass. Seriously tons of it. Rating: 4.5
26Sky Eats Airplane
Everything Perfect On the Wrong Day


Despite later falling into more generic territories Everything Perfect On The Wrong Day is a a great combination of metalcore, Nintendo melodies and post-hardcore hooks. Rating: 4
27Epeus Reichenbach
Etherized


Another astounding 2010 ambient release. Droning, creepy and dense there is nothing more to look for in this album. Rating: 4.5
28 Epic
Of Tears And Blood


Your ReasonSymphonic black metal that suffers from too much repetition. Not awful but forgettable. Rating: 3
29 Rim
Seas, Deserts and Skies


As the name might imply this is just spacey, expansive ambient. Great for falling asleep too. Rating: 4
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