Acanthus
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Last Active 02-23-14 5:13 pm
Joined 09-05-10

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My 2012

In which Acanthus is filled with a love for downtempo and alternative things.
1Metric
Synthetica


Possibly better than Fantasies, which is shocking. For all the calls of being inconstant I really enjoy almost every song, though the first half of the album is stronger due to the combo of the first few songs.
2Machinae Supremacy
Rise of a Digital Nation


The surprise of the year for me, liking this album. I'd heard about them before but the lead singers voice never really clicked until I heard "Angels" (it also helpe that they put their banner/tracks on TPB, props for that). The lyricism is ambiguous and fits many instances without being pigeon holed into a "gamer only" corner, and the guys really know how to play their instruments.
3GRiZ
Mad Liberation


Dubstep I thoroughly enjoy. He went out and made music he wanted to hear, then released it for free. Not Skrillex-y, not like Benga. More of a bass and funk mixture, including saxophones.
4Kashiwa Daisuke
Re:


Really cool stuff, never heard of the guy before. Glitchy, hip-hop elements, it strikes my fancy.
5Special Providence
Soul Alert


Jazz metal man. Sometimes this reminds me of anime, sometimes video games ("Lazy Boy" especially) and other's lounge music ("K2" was used in one of my more recent mixes, loved how it flows). Really fun, hit me at a time where it would influence me the most musically.
6Front Line Assembly
Airmech


WAAAHHHHH they're not industrial anymore! Shut the fuck up and sit down. Rather than fade into irrelevancy the guys over at FLA decided to do some soundtrack work using a different genre and pulled it off quite well. It's heartening to see industrial bands innovate, rather than continue to repeat the same sound.
7Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling


When I first heard this on Pandora I immediately had to smile, melding violin and electronic elements was just too cool. Interestingly enough this IS gimmicky, but it works. Ms Sterling could have easily opted for a more minimal approach and garned a more underground following, but opted for a wider audience with her dubstep elements; I like it.
8Submotion Orchestra
Fragments


These guys clicked. Hard. Finally. "Blindspot" really drew me in, and is a favorite.
9Protonica
Form Follows Function


I like to call these guys progressive trance, but they're a bit psychedelic too. One of my favorite bands to play at festivals, highly recommend most of their work if you're into more traditional festival music.
10Coheed and Cambria
The Afterman: Ascension


Finally a C&C album I can get into, the last two really weren't my thing. Sadly missed out on seeing them live, but I really enjoy this and eagerly await the second half to be released.
11Chymera
Death By Misadventure


Minimal. Gorgeous. A lot of influences to be found if you're the careful listener type.
12Moonspell
Alpha Noir


Catchy, yet still m/ to the core.
13Epica
Requiem For The Indifferent


Beautiful, though the album seems to flounder towards the end.
14Suis La Lune
Riala


The instrumentation brings this to a whole new level.
15Cyanotic
Medpack Vol. 1


Changing styles, yet still the same strong effort from the band.
16Juno Reactor
From The Land Of The Rising Sun - Inside The React


It's Juno Reactor, what's not to like? Remixes of classic tracks give things a new twist, and gives you hope for a new album.
17The Presets
Pacifica


Catchy, yet not like the previous album. A change at the height of popularity, I applaud the move.
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