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|Great Albums: January 2014|
Alright, this is really freaking good. I've knew of the blackgaze band Alcest for a longer time, but I never bothered. Now they released their fourth full-length album Shelter and it blew me away. This absolutely nothing to do with black metal; it's soft, gentle, fresh and hopeful. It's as if Sunbather by Deafheaven and Takk by Sigur Ros had a child. Beautiful crescendos, optimistic guitar leads and delicate vocals are spread through the whole 45-minute duration. It's the sound of fairies' wings buzzing. The gorgeous sound of angels singing.
|2|| ||Thee Silver Mount Zion|
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on EverythingAlbum
I honestly don't even know what to think of this. It's undeniably great, but I believe that I haven't explored the huge sounds of this album, yet. The question is whether I will explore them with more listens or the sounds are just not there. Anyway, this is definitely worth a listen and it's a brilliant early-year release.
PS: The music playing at about 5:00 of Austerity Blues is a win.
Austerity Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-6Rf7C8Kd8
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Album is certainly important and all, but does it make it good? Well, not necessarily, but it surely helps. Easily the best and the worst part of this album are lyrics. They're angry, miserable, self-loathing and brutally honest, but sometimes I get the feeling that it's too much melodrama. Transgender dysphoria is not an easy thing, I suppose.
Paralytic States: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS0KgAUSO-M
I suppose I like this a bit more than I liked the last Tesseract album. Even though the songs sometimes blend together. It's technical, sometimes quite weird and all the time just pure power. The whole record sounds like receiving punches from Klitschko brothers for 40 minutes straight.
|5||Have a Nice Life|
The Unnatural World
Defenestration Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4RBHCsLLI8
A solid punk rock album, which can't quite reach the best of the genre due to not-so-great lyrics. The two aforementioned bands that I've recommended were that great mostly because of lyrics. This is still good, though. It's only like 26 minutes long, which is good for an album like this.
Constaza, Can't Stand Ya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF_ZciB9Ask
Plagues of Babylon
A pretty decent set of power metal tunes. Huge choruses, some great guitar shreds and most of all, an awesome lead singer can be found here. What can't be found though, is bass. Oh and the outro is really pointless and lame, don't even bother.
Pale Blue Light
IF YOU WON'T DEFEND YOURSELF THEN NO ONE WILL
|9|| ||You Blew It!|
Keep Doing What You?re Doing
Emo moniker You Blew It! now with some pop-punk influence deliver another solid album. That's the problem, though. The debut was much more than solid, so this is quite a disappointment.
Grey Matter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSEUniLNSFU
|10||One Star Closer|
Another Shape of Purity
This thing definitely had the potential to be great, but just falls short. There are violins, there is some cool ambience, solid production; in short, everything that a good post-rock record needs. The problem is that the tracks are similar to each other and as a result, unmemorable. They also don't make me feel stuff, they're dull and often sound like a machine would do them. All in all, Another Shape of Purity is not a bad album, but it wastes its non-small potential.
PS: This is a one-man project, so I gotta give the guy some credit. He's a one damn talented instrumentalist.
We Were the Sailors, Though Never Seen a Wave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xblEIQoQZqQ
artwork 2:0 me
|oh yeah another january list|
|And yet, another January list without the Gloaming|
|Mogwai - Rave Tapes|
|2 and 5 rule. haven't heard too many of these tho|
|i plan to listen to some Mogwai, cause they'll be playing at the biggest Slovak festival|