Ryan Kroner

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Album Edits 219

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Last Active 04-17-15 8:05 pm
Joined 09-16-11

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12.18.14 Ignimbrite's 2014 (extra based edition)11.21.14 Vinyl Is The Reason I Am Broke
11.18.14 The Ape Of God10.28.14 World Series
10.26.14 John Wick09.29.14 I'm Going To New Zealand!
09.18.14 Geology08.28.14 Malazan Book Of The Fallen?
07.23.14 In This Moment, I Am Euphoric07.01.14 Geophysics Jams
06.27.14 Ignimbrite's 2014.5: Now and Later06.09.14 Jams That Y'all Should Jam
09.15.13 Ozymandias (BB SPOILERS)08.25.13 College Road Trip Jams
06.16.13 ABR ranked02.25.13 New Paysage D'hiver Rules
02.12.13 Kroner Gets Swole.02.07.13 2013 Dig Sauce
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Ignimbrite's 2014 (extra based edition)
The Satanist

I've never really liked these guys. This album changed that. The closer is the best
thing ever.
Lift a Sail

Fuck you all.
18Pet Slimmers of the Year
Fragments of Uniforms

Instrumental post-metal done extremely right.
17Nero di Marte

It's literally Ulcerate with way more post-metal than death metal and weirder
vocals. It's also almost fantastic enough to make the wait for the next Ulcerate
album bearable. The drummer is awesome.
16The Great Old Ones

Post-metal/black metal combinations have a tendency to be boring, unoriginal,
cheesy, or all of the above. This is none of those things.
15This Will Destroy You
Another Language

This Will Destroy You combine the beauty of the self-titled with the
experimentalism of Tunnel Blanket. This is easily their best album yet.

This is the best straight-up post-metal you'll hear all year.
In Humor and Sadness

I honestly don't think that post-Long Live Josh Scogin is even capable of
disappointing me.
12Dead Congregation
Promulgation of the Fall

Dark Space III I

Between this and Gravity, I've been pretty thoroughly convinced never to become
an astronaut.
Roads to the North

Lunn combines the songwriting of Collapse with the experimentation of Kentucky
and the aggression of Social Disservices and excises most of the weak parts of
each of those albums. His best yet.
9Ben Howard
I Forget Where We Were

Howard strays from the straightforward, if really enjoyable, indie folk stuff of his
debut to make something a lot darker, more atmospheric, and more unique.
8Ghost Brigade
IV - One with the Storm

It's the exact same thing as their last few albums. It's also just as good as, if not
better than, their last few albums.
When Last We Met

In the post-rock realm, sleepmakeswaves may have disappointed me this year,
but Damascus did not. God damn.
6Downfall of Gaia
Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay

It's a lot like their debut, but dirtier, darker, and infinitely more evil. Post-metal
and crust punk influences are toned down in favor of a heavier black metal tint,
and they end up sounding a bit like a filthy, crusty Altar of Plagues at points. And,
my friends, it works.
Bloom and Breathe

stupid twinkly whiney crescendocore bullshit
4Old Man Gloom
The Ape of God II

This slot also includes the other The Ape of God, but I'm listing this one because I
have a slight preference for it. They both come incredibly close to topping Seminar
II as their best work, and are undoubtedly the best thing Aaron Turner has been
involved in since ISIS broke up. SUMAC is sounding pretty cool, though.

Dankest, heaviest, most oppressive album of 2014. The "We are the stone that starts the avalanche!" bit in Free Will
might be the best piece of music I've heard this year.

It isn't the perfect album that Solace - or, arguably, Cale:Drew - was, but god
damn if this isn't further proof that Jakob are the greatest non-Canadian post-rock
band in existence. Everyone else should quit. Damascus can stay, though. They're
pretty chill.

This is the one 5 I've given this year. Aura is beautiful, brutal, aggressive,
emotional, and cathartic. Atmospheric black metal does not get better than this.
To think that this guy was involved with Falloch at one point...
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