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12.02.17 TRISOMIE 21: Don't you forget us #1012.01.17 November 2017 resumé
11.19.17 bunch of stuff to mess you up... or not11.01.17 October 2017 resumé
10.26.17 Uni's on a review roll10.25.17 Rec Roulette Round 11: Unique Review
10.10.17 Rec Roulette Round 10: Mr. Worldwide10.06.17 SAD LOVERS AND GIANTS: Don't you forget
10.04.17 September 2017 resumé10.03.17 SIX FINGER SATELLITE: Don't you forget
10.02.17 Rec Roulette Round 9: The Year at Large10.01.17 THE EX: Don't you forget us #7
09.26.17 Rec Roulette Round 8: The Soul Redeems 09.25.17 SAVAGE REPUBLIC: Don't you forget us #6
09.24.17 Uni's 2017 Tourney09.22.17 FOR AGAINST: Don't you forget us #5
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Uni's 2017 Tourney

I've fallen a bit behind on my 2017 listenings (as opposed to my 2016 experience) and there hasn't been an album I would actually love front-to-back this year, so you have the power to change that. Gimme dem 2k17 shit, yo.
1Forest Swords
Compassion


bgillesp
Fairly simple, no-nonsense, straightforward electronic album of pleasant tunes. It may not exactly have a staying value, but it is a worthwhile experience nontheless.
3.51
2Spirit Adrift
Curse of Conception


bgillesp
(been meaning to check it out)
3Monte Luna
Monte Luna


bgillesp
4The Necromancers
Servants of the Salem Girl


bgillesp
This gives me such a dad-metal boner! This is the kind of thing kids think their Metal obsessed uncles listen to. And y'know what? Those kids can go fuck themselves, this rocks hard.
4.11
5yMusic
First


bgillesp
6Exquirla
Para Quienes Aún Viven


bgillesp
This requires more listens, so far my feelings are positive, but I'll need more time on this one.
N/A
UPDATE: Yeah, this definitely opens up its full charm on repeated listens. At first I thought it was just another one of those overlong, tiring Post-whatever experiences with some actually intriguing shamanistic nods and influences. But as the time went on, I realised it was growing on me more and more. It does get somewhat tiring eventually, but the explosive, engulfing, magnetic and crushing moments of unusual vocal and instrumental interplay did all the tricks they needed to, in order to win me over. It's a doozie.
4.13
7Fen
Winter


bgillesp
8Desperate Journalist
Grow Up


TwigTW
Desperate Journalist are desperate to make some of that washed-out Post-Punk-ish revivalism-esque blandness. Some decent tune here and there, mostly fine vocals and I suppose they do what they can with the Lo-Fi, over-accessible, linear, straightforward and dreaded out style they chose. But that doesn't change the fact that it is what it is, a boring ol' Lo-Fi, over-accessible, linear, straightforward and dreaded out style. You'll have to do more than that to impress me.
2.60
9Gold
Optimist


hansoloshotfirst
This ain't your typical cocky Hard Rock for cocks. This that atmospheric, patient and lucid Hard Rock for the artsy mustache-rockin' fams. This that creative shit, bruv. This that good shite, bruv.
3.88
10Grift
Arvet


hansoloshotfirst
I appreciate the simplicity and the more or less traditional approach to At.BM, but there is just something non-descript about this album. It's just kind of drab with subpar production and instrumentation and even more subpar vocals.
3.15
11Akercocke
Renaissance in Extremis


bgillesp
Man, I am not a fan of this guy's growls. Then again, I am not a fan of growls in general so... The instrumentation, production and the clean vocals were all great and made it worth it, but the growls are just laughable and out of place.
3.64
12Falls of Rauros
Vigilance Perennial


BlackwaterPork
Oh yes, baby. This is my kind of stuff. I love metal in general, but this kind of skeletal, folksy Black Metal is my bread and butter. Rapid and brutal, but also with a fair amount of soul and beauty to it. That's the stuff.
4.31
13Ryuichi Sakamoto
Async


Frippertronics
An album of strange peace. It draws you in with a firm, but soft grip and it doesn't let you go from its naturally calming embrace. I really don't know what to say. It's beautifully freeing. I now understand why you wanted everyone to listen to it so badly, Fripp.
4.44
14Ariel Pink
Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


Frippertronics
A fairly fine album that doesn't alwys grip, but is charming overall with that pretty distorted almost-DIY-sound-a-like feel to it.
3.81
15The Horrors
V


Frivolous
Well, the band definitely feel confident about their transition into this sort of Industrial Electropunk direction they took and they flow freely in the streams of it. It's quite obvious that this transition was thought through and isn't just some spontaneous trend-blending many other bands do. My only real gripe with it is that its songwriting is more often than not a tad underwhelming and not all that memorable. Overall, it's a fine album, but not the most striking.
3.68
16Kiko Dinucci
Cortes Curtos


Frivolous
The strangest of the accessible and the most fun of the weird records this year. Kiko Dinucci delivers some truly bind-bending, perspective-twisting and perception-shifting obscurity that is as hard to swallow as it is fun to attempt to do so.
4.05
17Landlady
The World Is A Loud Place


Frivolous
This album's lightheartedness and inherently positive attitude just makes my day. It is not only catchy and fun, it is also instrumentally rich and musically intriguing. I was thinkingg for quite some time, whether or not this is one of those fun-for-one-time records worth a 4.0 (7/10) or an actually really great record worth a full 4.5 (8/10). But I think my final decision is not baseless, for I do have a crazy tendency to return to this echoic wonderland.
4.40
18Kirin J. Callinan
Bravado


Frivolous
Yeah... no, thank you. but the t/t was nice
2.12
19Alex Cameron
Forced Witness


Frivolous
This album is just pretty. It's as relaxing an instrument-led music as you get. Its inherent carefree attitude and lovesick themes are all gleeful and full of life, even though they are presented with a certain level of nonchalancy. It's a great record, even if a tad too simplistic.
3.82
20Kevin Morby
City Music


Frivolous
This was surprisingly pleasant. It had that slightly silly and cheeky charm to it, but ultimately feels incredibly soulful and sweet. Yeah, I don't have a lot more to say, it's just really nice.
3.84
21Motorpsycho
The Tower


BlazinBlitzer
It's a hell of a ride. A tiring, dizzying and long, but a ride nonetheless.
3.88
22Purefilth
Unhuman Forms Prevail


nocuffin
About the most brutal, insane and tiring thing I've heard all year. My ears hurt.
3.51
23Toshiya Tsunoda
Extract From Field Recordings I-IV


nocuffin
24Hedon
Demo


nocuffin
Let me just put it this way: the intro to this EP is extremely promising, it is mysterious, dark and has a nice tune to it, but is layered on top of some obscure distortion. That's a really cool musical concept and one that naturally intrigued me... then the rest of the album kicked in.... yeah.
Intro rating: 3.50
All together: 1.34
25Emmure
Look at Yourself


nocuffin
How do you do this, nocuffin? How come the only (Chino Amobi doesn't count) remotely bearable album on your monster rec list is a godfucking Emmure dogshit album? This is atrocious, alright, but at least it has some sort of... structure...
1.94
26Marion (Noise)
Through the Veil a Building Falls


nocuffin
27Vomir
Black Bag Chapter II


nocuffin
28Yung Bambi
NVRLND


nocuffin
still
a
miss,
sach
1.9
29Chino Amobi
Paradiso


nocuffin
This album feels like a near-magical odyssey. Its style, its atmosphere and the songwriting all create some kind of crazy, but systematically orderly world. It's like Alice in Beaurocratically Structured Wonderland. Only thing, it does overstay its welcome a bit, but the striking and overwhelming nature of it all makes it worth it.
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/75322/Chino-Amobi-Paradiso/
4.39
30Bilious
Feel What I Feel


nocuffin
You are the king of shit nobody needs, wants or even thinks about, sach. "Feel What I Feel"? Yeah, I feel you have a tinnitus.
2.00
31Moss Harvest
Taking Care


nocuffin
I don't know what to think about this. I am not an expert on this sort of music. I adon not know how to interpret this sort of music. I don't know what to think of this. I mean, I actually managed to like it. It's not music per se, but it has a certain solitary, foggy and chilling atmosphere to it that really got under my skin. Yeah... I don't know.... It's good, I guess...
4.00
32chxpo
snowstorm


nocuffin
no
thank
you
1.50
33Chip Lionel
Legs Back Feet Half


nocuffin
34Yan Jun and Ben Owen
Swimming Salt 游泳的盐


nocuffin
35Enbilulugugal
Offerings to Curlyton


nocuffin
The picture on the cover is not just some random thematic image, it is actually the scientifically proven aftermath of listening to this album. I look like that now. I don't think I've experienced a more pointless album this year.
1.64
36We Also Let Blood
Please Do Not Chase the Clouds


nocuffin
no, fuck you, won't even try. you can't seriously like this, you psycho...
0.00
37Plagues (Noise)
Death Is Salvation


nocuffin
I'll tell you what, I've had more pleasant experiences in my life. This album is inherently unlikeable and that's its whole charm. It is awful from on all fronts, but then again, that's what it aims for.
3.06
38Bereft (USA-WI)
Lands


hesperus
This is crushing and heavy as fuck, but at the same time really forgettable. The growling vocals also don't do it for me. On the other hand, the fast and monstrous parts and the shrieking vocals, they are actually good.
3.23
39Alter
Pendulum


hesperus
Yeah, right, okay... This is ridiculously boring. I had a difficulty going through this on first sit, second sit, I doubt there will ever be a third, fourth I guarantee will never come.. It's just so... uneventful... at all. I'm really baffled by how little is going on.
2.32
40Pile
A Hairshirt of Purpose


Frivolous
Distorted, pissed and intriguingly cynical in a lot of ways. There is enough interesting material for me to call it a decent album, but there is also a lot, lot, lot of water.
3.40
41Guerilla Toss
GT Ultra


Frivolous
Oce good thing I can tell you about this is that it is indeed unusual. The vocals are gratinga and obnoxious, but not something I've heard like a million times. Then again, it's not something I want to hear more than once.
3.16
42Meat Wave
The Incessant


Frivolous
You found a Post-Punk album I haven't heard, kudos. I appreciate the striking instrumentation and the shredding emotional vocals, but the album suffers from a lacking songwriting and samey music. It's fine, but nothing beyond special.
3.45
43Richard Dawson
Peasant


Frivolous
44Samsara Blues Experiment
One with the Universe


Frivolous
Stoner Psych! You got me Stoner Psych. It is as rapid, dizzying (in a good way) and tiring as a good Stoner Psych album should be. But it also carries the tradition of the genre, by which I mean that this, just like most other such albums, is way too long for its own good. It is good indeed, but it goes on for- seemingly- ever.
3.72
45Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon


Frivolous
Well, I can tell you for sure that it is pleasant. I just really can't get into it. It sounds too one-dimensional, samey and utterly forgettable for me.
2.43
46Cherry Glazerr
Apocalipstick


Dewinged
From seeing the cover I knew I was not going to like it, but I was acually pleasantly surprised that this is only half that washed out, dreadful, glossy, pomade of a drab Dream Pop Rock record. It actually does have its cool instrumetnal moments... not enough to make it interesting to listen to, though.
2.69
47Of Once and Future Band
Once & Future Band


Dewinged
Rush and Queen and their retarded child. Going in, I had an equal amount of no idea of what to expect. And going away now, I am not sure I got anything at all. It's a bit blissful, a bit whimsical... something. Prog Pop? I dunno, I guess. It's enjoyable, instrumentally interesting and it entertains for what it's worth. I just have no idea, what else to say. So yeah, I am literarily stalling.
3.27
48Toothless
The Pace of the Passing


Dewinged
49A/T/O/S
Outboxed


Dewinged
50Kairon IRSE!
Ruination


Dewinged
Surprise, surprise, Dewinged brought it again with an incredibly off-the-hook album full of spacy production and trippy instrumentation. I'm not blown away or anything, the songwriting could still improve a tad. But it is still a good-timer.
4.20
51Louise Burns
Young Mopes


Dewinged
Quite a sweet little easy-to-listen-to album, but also a tad forgettable one. It's unfortunate, because there are some genuinely sweet tunes on here. It's just so one-time-only and expendable.
3.08
52Shannon Wright
Division


Dewinged
This sounds like it has all the potential to be engulfing, enthralling, engrossing and all the other adjectives starting with en- that mean something good. But I just felt let down a lot of the times by the lackluster execution. The instrumental arrangement needs to pop a little better, Shannon's vocals do not carry anything and the production needs to get either less fuzzy or fuzz it out to the max. As of right now, this seems to be a beta-stage concept for an overwhelming artsy album that could be great, but falls apart. It's a disappointment, really.
2.96
53Persefone
Aathma


Dewinged
I really want to like this, I really do, but it is just so "epic-over-substance". It's forgettable at best and even when it's not, it is just way too bloated and silly with how seriously it takes itself. The growls are also not exactly the best. I am not a fan, but I tried to be.
2.66
54Colour Haze
In Her Garden


Dewinged
This was quite intriguing at the very least, the subdued instrumentation and the trippy riffs were enticing, but the songwriting felt unexciting, tedious and way too long. Also the vocals, while occasional, did annoy me.
3.22
55Junius
Eternal Rituals For The Accretion of Light


Dewinged
This thing is beastly. There is a near-demonic presence on this record. It feels like a journey through the underworld. But not the christian kind, the cool Hades kind. And the melodies and their intensity reaches from stunning to corny and silly, but still fun.
3.77
56Parlor Walls
Opposites


Dewinged
This just isn't interesting... like at all.. I think the problem is in me.
2.56
57Clark
Death Peak


Dewinged
It's almost amazing how little engaging material is on here. I can hear each song trying to get that wreched momentum, proper kick or at least anything remotely resembling interesting music, but it is just so ridiculously underwhelming directionless and never leading to anything on each and every goddamn song.
1.89
58Nodachi
Beyond Death Beyond Reason


Dewinged
Dewinged's best rec is also the shortest one. It's a quick EP, but with some ridiculously beautiful tunes and shifting, varieted instrumental and stylistic patterns. It bends and turns and twists and is fucking awesome. You done good, Dew.
4.36
59Soup (NO)
Remedies


Dewinged
60Tigerwine
Die With Your Tongue Out


Dewinged
61Trans Am
California Hotel


Dewinged
You know how they say that something has 'too much water'? Well, here it sounds like there was a literal water tank between the band playing the instruments and teh recording mechanisms. Why is this so muffled? Ugh.
2.44
62Au-Dessus
End of Chapter


teamster
Magnetic and monolithic. This album has a pure beauty hidden behind a wall of over-the-top brutality. It tries so hard to be epic that it.... well... succeeds, actually.
3.75
63Venenum
Trance of Death


Evokaphile
You've hit gold, mate. This is exactly the kind of hellish, nightmares-inducing beastly metal I like to dig my teeth into. The undeniable atmosphere of menace and the incredibly intricate instrumental work just keep you gripped and hooked all the way through. It's an immaculate piece and I love it. Thank you!
4.34
64Sneaks
It's a Myth


butcherbabe
Yeah, I can't really understand why does this have a Post-Punk tag, cause there is maybe only some Post-Punk-like bass on one or two tracks, but otherwise it's a complete Art-Poppy thing. But the blandest, most boring and almost unbearably tiringly obnoxiously monotone. The beats you can find on a synthesiser for kids with about the vocal abilities of one such kid.
1.21
65Ensnared
Dysangelium


bgillesp
This is how I like my Death Metal. It's brutal, hellish, dismal and ruthless. My only gripe is that it is kind of messy and a lot of the times, if the volume is a notch too high, the music becomes basically unintelligible, but that's hardly an album-ruiner.
3.96
66Hubris
Apocryphal Gravity


teamster
I like the lot of it, from the cosmic atmosphere to the aerial instrumentation, but this album is just really patience testing. It functions on building atmosphere and momentum that never does deliver. Song after song I was hoping to at least get a memorable crescendo, as you do, but it never really comes. This is just all throughout underwhelming. Sorry.
2.76
67Sean Price
Imperius Rex


DikkoZinner
On one hand, this might as well be one of the best throwbacks to the 90s. On the other, the album doesn't have as big a staying power as it builds up to have. The songs crush, rattle and engulf. They are powerful and I will definitely jam them again... but not as a full album, I don't think.
3.68
68Ghost Spirit
Ghost Spirit


brainmelter
Goodness, you gave me Screamo? Thank you! I just wish that the production wasn't so messy.
3.73
69Citizen
As You Please


ZombieToyDuck
70Enter Shikari
The Spark


ZombieToyDuck
Enter Shikari were never a band I'd be particularly fond of, but I will admit that there was something to their music that could have been potentially appealing if done right. The Spark is nearing to that. It's an unexpectedly jolly and upbeat album, considering their previous stuff. Often too forgettable and silly, but fun while it lasts.
3.49
71The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers


ZombieToyDuck
72McCafferty
Thanks. Sorry. Sure.


ZombieToyDuck
Well, it was about time I get back on that McCafferty bandwagon. And seeing how much I love this kind of upbeat, snarky, down-to-earth Pop-Punk-induced Emo, this should have been right up my alley. And yes it was. It's a brilliantly played, fun as fuck little EP with some bittersweet lyrics and headsmashing songwriting. Yay for them. Hope it doesn't turn out that they too fuck kids or something. You did good tho, DNS.
4.38
73Ho99o9
United States Of Horror


ZombieToyDuck
74J.I.D
The Never Story


ZombieToyDuck
J.I.D.'s delivery is quite decent and the production is mostly solid too, but my ajor gripe with the album is that it doesn't have anything much to it, besides the technical side of it all. It just exists for the sake of existing and sounding fairly okay, but I really can't hear anything outstandingly memorable on here.
3.36
75Novo Amor
Bathing Beach


neekafat
76Fazerdaze
Morningside


budgie
This is surely nice, but it did not grip me almost at all. It's extremely drab and forgettable. The atmosphere put me to sleep half of the time and the songwriting itself was completely boring. At least it sounds pleasant, so I guess it could have been worse.
2.23
77She-Devils
She-Devils


budgie
Kind of sweet, kind of redundant, kind of boring, kind of sugary, although never to a point of being too unbearable in its tackiness. Still, no great musical revelations either.
2.46
78Vansire
Reflections And Reveries


budgie
79Hazel English
Just Give In / Never Going Home


budgie
80Dreadnought
A Wake In Sacred Waves


bgillesp
This has some gut, this has some style. However, be it for the often teeny-tiny bit underwhelming production or the dragging songwriting, I just couldn't get into it all that much. It's a fine album, but it isn't particularly outstanding.
3.70
81Dvanov
For Gathering Dust


bgillesp
Some nice instrumentation, some decent songwriting, some pretty vocals, some intriguing lyrics. It's an album that pretty much has a chunk of anything good enough to make it digestable and often times pleasant. I do admit that at times when it gets grandiose I love it, but it's inconsistent in that way.
3.76
82Porter Ray
Watercolor


ZombieToyDuck
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/75558/Porter-Ray-Watercolor/
3.86
83Dvne
Asheran


bgillesp
84Igorrr
Savage Sinusoid


AsleepInTheBack
The hell are you? Seriously, what in the world is this.... I can't really quite wrap my head around it, but I'd describe it as "if Benjamin Clementine did Metal". I need to go lie down and rest.
4.41
85Intestinal Disgorge
Sonic Shrapnel


AnimalsAsSummit
Let me hereby state for the future that I do not enjoy Grindcore or any of its stylistic siblings (Goregrind, Borecore, Grindmind or whatever they're called) in the slightest. Just letting you know.
1.67
86Caddywhompus
Odd Hours


AsleepInTheBack
87Angelo De Augustine
Swim Inside the Moon


AsleepInTheBack
88Vysoké Čelo
Űrutazás


AsleepInTheBack
89The White Buffalo
Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights


bgillesp
90Tricky
Ununiform


bgillesp
91J. Roddy Walston and The Business
Destroyers of the Soft Life


bgillesp
92Christian Scott
Diaspora


bgillesp

+The Emancipation Procrastination

+Ruler Rebel
93Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing


bgillesp (and SitruK in Adventures in Death Metal)
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggghhhhhhhh....
the most boring album on this list, hands down. Not only is it absolutely unengaging, start to finish, the production on here is also one of the worst of all on a metal album this year. It's just a completely unbearable drag all throughout.
2.24
94Havukruunu
Kelle Surut Soi


bgillesp
95Thundercat
Drunk


bgillesp
96Ralph
Ralph-EP


ZombieToyDuck
97Steve Roden
walking from savoonga to gambell


beggingfornudes
(have a feeling this account is fake...)
98Pregnant Whale Pain
Blank


ZombieToyDuck
99Electric Eye
From the Poisonous Tree


bgillesp
100Moonchild
Voyager


bgillesp
101Rata Negra
Oido Absoluto


bgillesp
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