Offering my preliminary candidates with hopes that the good folks of Sputnik can offer me more music to consider before the end. I feel like I'm putting up Christmas decorations by doing this but you know what I bet those people got bored too. I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a few albums I've liked that came out this year too.
Everybody Is Going to Heaven
My flirtation with "pop punk" has been short lived in serious following and fairly picky due to the disposition of the genre but this was impressive. I'd like to find more groups of this grungier sort.
|13||Veil of Maya|
Wasn't sure what to expect and it took me a while to enjoy this one, but it helped VOM stay relevant while retaining the elements that I've come to know and love them for.
|12||Miss May I|
A return to form that I'm not sure anyone expected. Not a weak moment for the first time in their careers maybe since the first record, and a solidified spot among Mayhem metal bands for as long as they so please.
|11||Lamb of God|
VII: Sturm und Drang
I wasn't too impressed by the prior two releases so it's great to see they're still going at it strong.
|10||Scale the Summit|
More instrumental groups like this, slower pace or not would be nice to know of.
Surprise of the year, a great adjustment for the more melodic vocals of Marcus Bridge.
Silence in the Snow
Roots they claim, and roots it is. The marriage of Heafy's comfort zone vocally and Draiman's influence wasn't nearly as listenable as any of the previous offerings nor as enjoyable as this one. The old Trivium is dead and gone (pun intended) and the new Trivium parades a sound focused on practical flow, minimalist groove, and live power. Mourn and move on.
The Book of Souls
Hail to the true kings.
|6||Haste the Day|
The most confident record I have heard all year. An amalgam of everything Haste the Day has represented over their discography and completely devoid of attempt to please anybody but themselves, yet so refreshing. Welcome back.
Juggernaut: Alpha / Omega
A conceptual masterpiece of it's own kind. It comes as sacrilege to the prog fans of old but I am not ignorant to the inevitable.
|4||Between the Buried and Me|
Another conceptual masterpiece by the kings. All the precision that Parallax was missing and more. I want an Opeth/BTBAM prog tour.. Take TesseracT too.
Till the End
The review I wrote on this album will tell you pretty much everything you need to know. This is the closest thing I've ever heard to Ascendancy so, as a massive Trivium fan, this is ear candy.
To Pimp a Butterfly
I have been deprived of good rap/hip hop (excuse my genre ignorance) for far too long. First album of the type that I've enjoyed in the last 10 years and I wish I knew of more worthy candidates for the year.
Something had been missing, and the return of Daniel Tompkins triggered that change.