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Finally, I reached my desired milestone of 1,000 ratings I set out to get when I first joined this site. Through this site and community, I've been able to experience new albums I never even considering jamming before and checking out plenty of new artists since joining two years back. So, in honor of that, here is a list of my 10 favorite records I've checked out since joining Sputnik. Enjoy.
Starting this off with a nice Sputnik user record from our very own Beardog. Back when I was spitting out reviews constantly, this user put forth his own record and I thought “why not try this out and write for it.” And, to say I was impressed would be an understatement… I was absolutely stunned by this record! Everlasting, Ever-fleeting is just as diverse as it is cohesive, transitioning from atmospheric orchestration, to Breaking Benjamin-esque alt-metal, to even black metal influence. From a simple solo project of someone on this site, it is truly an outstanding record for its kind. Get ready for some new Kars Landman!
To Pimp a Butterfly
This is a bit of a weird one to consider on this list when accounting for the fact that Kendrick Lamar is definitely a popular artist out in the music industry… but if it wasn’t for Sputnik, I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to check out his stuff in all honesty. You see, before joining Sputnik, I was this edgy teenager that thought he was way better for not listening to rap and only listening to “metal,” so I wouldn’t dare listen to him. Man was I wrong. Here, not only is the musical aspect and the beats of the album created so interestingly, but the pure intelligence contained within the lyricism is impressive. The storytelling aspect of this record leaves me speechless each time and only reveals more of the moral to me each and every spin.
|8||Dance Gavin Dance|
Despite Dance Gavin Dance’s impressive discography, this is easily the highlight of it all. Even with the (rather short) loss of Jon Mess, hope seemed somewhat lost with Will Swan taking over on harsh vocals, yet that’s what truly makes this album as enjoyable as it is. With the already top notch instrumentation of a band who has found their groove, the breath of fresh life in the vocals was just the icing on the cake for a record like this. Although DGD seems to be having a bit of a decline in uniqueness and originality, there’s no denying the absolute ferocity contained within this peak of their career.
Nearer My God
Ah yes, a SowingSeason hype train album. I remember seeing Sowing lift this album up on a pedestal in 2018, ranking the songs and praising it in every way he could essentially… and he definitely wasn’t wrong. The interesting concoction of poppier elements and beats with a style not far off from the likes of Brand New amalgamates into an absolutely fantastic experience of an album. Most importantly… Five Cups is an absolute beauty of a track that really bridges the two halves of the album together seamlessly. This will sooner or later end up as a 5 for me, no doubt.
Another Sputnik project from our very own Dewinged. This short and sweet EP is nothing but perfect to me. The intense beauty from the first chord explosion in “Sol” sucked me in and never let me go… and that still happens with every single spin of this project. Mixing shoegaze with more rock elements coalesce into a magnificent record of atmosphere and ambience, hooking the listener instantaneously. I can’t wait to hear more from you Dewinged if you’re reading this.
|5||Dir En Grey|
A newcomer to the list, this record absolutely blew me away on the first listen. And the second listen. And the third… you get the point. The dynamic ability contained within this album is outstanding, easily moving through a variety of genres, styles, and atmospheres without feeling disjointed in the least. What really draws me in with each listen is Kyo’s insane range and talent, moving from beautiful singing to terrifying screeching. I don’t know many people personally who would ever even consider listening to a monstrous album of this sort, so I have to thank Sputnik for making me even consider this record.
From the Gallery of Sleep
I’m usually not a guy who particularly enjoys instrumental albums, especially ones that top out at over an hour long. But this… this is more than just an instrumental album. It’s an experiment that takes you throughout it’s chaotic, yet dream-like atmosphere. Gliding through a variety of intensities, Night Verses’ first instrumental output transitions from moments of fierce aggression (No. 0, Vice Waves) to instances of serene tranquility (Infinity Beach) without hesitating once. For most bands, the loss of a vocalist signifies an end of an era. For Night Verses, it was truly the beginning of one for them.
Man, it’s been a while since I’ve last heard an album in the worship realm of music that has this big of an impact. After finding out about these guys from one of Lucman’s lists on some of the best Christian artists that are underrated (thank you sir), I absolutely fell in love with this record. Mixing post-hardcore and some heavier metal elements, Behold blends powerful spiritual imagery with climatic, atmospheric instrumentation that leaves you dumbfounded in the midst of its immersive soundscape, a truly beautiful album.
I was a bit late to the party with this band, but shout out to SowingSeason’s amazing review of the EP that set me up for the true beauty contained within mewithoutYou’s final output. You could easily bring up the debate on whether this or Brother, Sister is better, but this was simply more impactful to me. The pure diversity within the record, moving from the abrasive moments of the opener, to the darkness of Dormouse Sighs (which, for the record, is my favorite mwY song), to the muddied climax of the closer, this album has it all, and is an absolute highlight throughout my time on Sputnik so far.
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
This is simply my favorite album to listen to. Period. From the opening croons of the intro of Sowing Season to the final strums of the beautiful chords on Handcuffs, this record is perfect. Although initially one of those occasional albums I would throw on when I had nothing better to spin, this album has easily become an every other week occurrence in my rotation, always managing to leave me floored by its progression. If it wasn’t for Sputnik, I wouldn’t have ever given this the time of day, and thus would have never experienced such an outstanding record.
|Although I haven't been the most active of users over the past couple years, I've definitely enjoyed exploring new music daily because of this site!!|
Some more bands that I've come to love because of this site:
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ulcerate, Black Peaks, Converge, Copeland, Emery, Katatonia, O'Brother, Swans, The Dear Hunter, and plenty of others that just aren't coming to mind right now
|Good stuff man, congrats on hitting the 1k milestone! Love 8 and 4 a lot, and I always got lots of recs for ya if you want ;]|
|Haha, you know I'm gonna hit you up for those recs sooner or later, you haven't hit me with one that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed yet|
|Cool stuff. Wasn’t too long ago that I hit the same mark it feels like, yet I’ll hit 4000 in 2020 I bet|
|Congrats dude! Yep without Sput, there are countless artists I might have never discovered. |
|Thanks guys!! Yea, my music taste definitely wouldn’t be as varied without this sit for sure|
|thanks m8, trying to name all the bands and artists I got to know from this site would be such an undertaking. Gotta love Sputnik. Gonna check 'My Epic' for sure, also, cool list (even without my inclusion haha)|