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Year End Lists

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan [Official site] // [Spotify] Whether you love Periphery or hate them, you can’t ignore them. Well, you can, but where’s the fun in that? 2019 was a pretty huge year for the shitposting meme-lords of the progressive metal world. They started their own record label and released Hail Stan, which […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Nostromo (CHE) – Narrenschiff [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] Sailing Narrenschiff (aka “Ship of Fools”) is like getting your ass kicked for 20 minutes straight by a bunch of deranged Swiss freaks. Nevertheless, this massive display of power never really gets out of control, just like an experienced fighter who always delivers his blows at the right moments. […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 30. Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel [Official site] // [Spotify] Sonic Citadel is a timely reminder of exactly how much colour and joy can be packed into a solid noise rock album. While last year’s big name releases in that field (Daughters and KEN Mode) were harrowing and monochromatic, Lightning Bolt smash their way through every […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 50. Prince Daddy and The Hyena – Cosmic Thrill Seekers [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] In case you couldn’t tell from that gloriously stupid band name, Prince Daddy are a bit of an audacious bunch. Cosmic Thrill Seekers is the most ambitious emo release of the 2010s and can be counted as one of the best, too. Hung loosely […]

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 […]

25-11  |  10-1 10) Sepulcher – Panoptic Horror Genre: Death Metal  |  Bandcamp Despite how fantastic of a sales pitch it is, I can’t help but feel like I’m doing Panoptic Horror a disservice by describing it as “Hell Awaits era Slayer meets crust punk.” That feeling mostly comes down to the fact that, although they’re […]

25-11  |  10-1 25) Yung Lean – Poison Ivy Genre: Hip-Hop  |  Official Site I feel somewhat reticent talking about Yung Lean, let alone his latest, Poison Ivy. Whatever I write drips with ignorance, despite my love for the 22-minute project; and in some sense, that’s unavoidable. An air of mystique has always seemed to surround the […]

Welcome back to the greatest show on the internet! The SMA’s have returned! Duh – Sowing’s Music Awards?  It’s cute that you pretended to forget – it’s only the biggest name in sputnik user profile, end-of-year, blog-based award shows.  It’s kind of a big deal. So anyway, after a one year absence, the SMA’s are […]

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, […]

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 […]

Many of you guys know the deal here. I’ve done the best album ranks for each year of sputnik’s existence starting here. Briefly, when users were complaining about the lack of charts, I made a post with the current year end rankings. For those who are too lazy to click links, these are the top […]

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