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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 10. SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Artificiality gets a bad rap. Despite the divide between “natural” and “unnatural” being a nebulous and slippery one, many people are highly invested in establishing and maintaining a hierarchy between the two. These people affix the […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 10. Iglooghost – Clear Tamei [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] By now Iglooghost has solidified himself as one of the most talented producers, being able to take the most frantic drums of Aphex Twin’s and molding it into something that’s altogether his own. Within the splashes of melody lines, one […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 30. Tim Hecker – Konoyo [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Bandcamp] The location: an unnamed New Zealand city, a suburb which I will grant anonymity. A long-disused industrial warehouse, fallen into dilapidation, on the corner of a noisy major thoroughfare and a street which exclusively houses those kind of depots, tin expanses stowing wares […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 50. Horrendous – Idol [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Horrendous’ ascension from rabid Swede-worshiping youngsters to trailblazing veterans has been one of the most compelling arcs to witness in all of death metal history. The way these four Philly natives have progressed over the last six years has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, and […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 10. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Let’s just forget for a moment that the Collector’s Edition of DAMN. ever happened. OK, is it out of your minds? Good. Now let’s also for a moment ignore the nearly invisible thread of a thematic composition, as it’s really the drops of blood that fall […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 15. The Wonder Years – Burst and Decay [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] While not necessarily offering much in new material, The Wonder Years manage to affirm their intentions with this emotionally wrought collection of beautifully arranged acoustic renditions of previous material. Dan Campbell’s vocals ring as self-assured and vibrant as ever, […]

Happy belated New Year! Wishing you all good luck, good health, and good times in 2018. The Jom 100 is comprised of 100 albums released in 2017 that I happened to listen to the most based on the following arbitrary parameters: Scrobbler data Recommendations from users Super-subjective taste based on whatever seemed like a good […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 50. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It feels weird to be kicking off our best of the year list with async. After all, the opener “Andata” is the sort of song associated with endings; it’s a funeral dirge, a reflection of where Sakamoto’s mind was no doubt wandering […]

Sorry, not this Demon King. As I had alluded to in our Q1 mixtape this year, Magna Carta Cartel’s resurrection went hand-in-hand with guitarist/vocalist Martin Persner’s disclosure that he had played with Ghost for seven years. While he does not elaborate as to why he left, a series of teasers unfurled daily on MCC’s social media, […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] “I’ve got no right to be depressed,” whines Will Toledo on Teens of Denial‘s cerebral and prescient opener, “Fill in the Blank”. In it, he complains about nothing in particular, lamenting nothing whilst refusing to form an intelligent or […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Brand New – 3 Demos, Reworked [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] There are some questions as to why 3 Demos, Reworked even exists. Was it a hastily-recorded fixer to smooth over the grumblings when LP5 was delayed once again? Or was it planned out in advance, part of a bigger […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 30. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Jimmy Eat World perhaps saw the biggest return to form of any artist this year. After three albums passed and faced mixed reception from fans and critics alike, Jim Adkins took a step back and dove into more […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 50. SUMAC – What One Becomes [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] With names such as Aaron Turner, Brian Cook, and Nick Yacyshyn at the helm, there’s no doubt SUMAC were born to create thunderous music. Few bands can make such a massive sound with only three members. What One Becomes sees their […]

From an editorial standpoint, the Year-End features are a lot of fun, despite the hectic scheduling and frenetic coordinating necessary to ensure we meet our [perpetually-malleable] deadlines. This is especially true for the Users’ Year-End list, which requires me to rely on the site’s contributing contingent to create the blurbs that complement each album in the feature. […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Love it or hate it, progressive metal is a tough genre to tackle because it takes true skill to balance technicality and emotion. At the same time, it’s another skill to make it sound completely engaging even when it’s nothing […]

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