|My musical journey thru 2015|
A lot of good stuff and utter trash dropped this year like every other year. Also haven't gotten the chance to listen to a bunch of shit on my radar since because work has been so crazy.
|1||Icarus the Owl|
Haven't given this the full listen yet, but I'm loving the variety this has. Although I prefer Kris Crummett's mixing job on their ST, 4 albums and no huge missteps makes this band a real treat
This is such a nice little EP. A bit more of a mainstream feel compared to Pinata but Freddie pulls it off well. Three fire tracks, with White Range being on my playlist constantly. 4/5
Midwest Monsters 2
The most hilarious thing I've bumped all year. awful all-around but the Gibbs verse was hungry tbh. 1.1/5
|4||All That Remains|
The Order of Things
All of Phil's outspoken-ness set aside, this is painfully mediocre and the mix is kind of bad. but I'm not seeing why it's as awful as people say. 2.5/5
I can't keep up with the guy this year. I heard he is putting out an album every day in October, holy fuck. Anyways, there's some really long intense jam tracks here with solos. Pretty par for the course 3/5
|6||From First to Last|
I thought Throne to the Wolves was pretty neat. While the mix was better here, it's clear that they watered down their sound to become Periphery-lite for Spencer. Not awful, but a disappointment.
Dug this a lot, but I don't know too much about this genre. Recs are appreciated on this
Awesome, I loved the inclusion of a revamped Perfect Pillow. I wish they'd mix in more of their older, more spastic style with their newer, clean sound though. 4/5
|9||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
This is absolutely awful for casual listening, but if you have the time to invest in it, it's a gorgeous record that maybe could have shortened the noise sections just a tad. 4/5
The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
Listening to this, along with most of his albums, it's clear that this pedophile has at least a shred of potential. Even with all the solid production and other tools he's given here he'll never fully realize the flashes of quality he shows. 2.4/5
Evermore: The Art of Duality
This is criminally underrated. It's cool how, at least from my listening, it's separated into a more personal half, and a closing half dedicated to bangers.
|12||Coheed and Cambria|
The Color Before The Sun
Definitely not their best, definitely not their worst. Atlas and Peace to the Mountain are great. It's also insanely catchy, dat chorus in Eraser. 3.6/5
Silence in the Snow
I used to be a HUGE Trivium fan when I was 12. I hated their last album. This was a big surprise, it's still pretty cheesy but it riffs really hard. 3.1/5
Jay Rock is a very consistent rapper. His last album was solid, but was a bit all over the place and overlong. This is a nice cohesive package (I like nice packages) with a fire Black Hippy track. 3.7/5
A unique blend of other people's sounds. 3.5/5
|16||Dance Gavin Dance|
Great to have Kris back on board here. As a huge fanboy this is an awesome culmination of all their sounds. My one complaint is that Tilian's choruses could have been catchier for the most part, I found myself more stoked for Mess's parts 90% of the time. 4.4/5
I'm not sure if I don't get it or something. I love TSOPTC. Everything here sounds nice enough but it's REALLY boring for their standards. 3/5
Lacks depth perception 2/5
|19||Drake and Future|
What a Time to Be Alive
Two talented guys here. I heard this was made in 5 days or 2 weeks or something. Unfortunately, while there is some quality here, it all sounds so rushed with tacked on verses. 30 for 30 is by far the best thing here. 3/5
|20||I The Mighty|
way better production than Satori. I enjoy the experimentation sometimes too. I'm not really sure which album I like more atm. 4/5
|21||August Burns Red|
Found in Far Away Places
imo this is Leveler's experimentation done correctly with a way better mix. There's a lot of the same here, and I found myself hard-pressed to remember many standout moments, but I definitely enjoyed it in the moment.
|22||The Black Dahlia Murder|
I haven't bothered with this yet, is it just more of the same? Solid at least?
Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend
I shouldn't take this one seriously but it was hella repetitive and brought the ZzZs 2.1/5
|24||Twista & Do Or Die|
All you really need here is Aquafina but still fast verses 3/5
Even though I would've liked to hear more of Dre on the mic, this was definitely the best output we were gonna get from him, a lot of great tracks here. 4/5
|26||The Dear Hunter|
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
My first Dear Hunter album, and wow, I was blown away. This is definitely the most colorful thing I have heard all year. Delving into their discog soon. 4.5/5
To Pimp a Butterfly
Hard to digest sometimes, but it deserves the circle-jerk it's receiving, definitely a limp biscuit I would eat. 4.5/5
|29||Sleeping With Sirens|
I don't know why I tried. After Feel's terrible production I was excited for anything from them with a better mix. Sadly I don't think they are even able to produce something at the standard of their first two even if they wanted to. 2.5/5
Expected to hate this but it was pretty catchy for the most part despite being pretty fucking dumb. 3/5
Behind the Devil's Back
Haven't listened to Fightstar yet, good place to start?
Short, but has some terrifying bangers
Some catchy djenty metalcore. Nothing groundbreaking, but these guys are close to home and crazy talented. 3.6/5
The Album About Nothing
underrated album from an irrelevant rapper, the Seinfeld inclusions are really weird but they work somehow.
Rotten Candy Cane
The best thing I've heard from Buckethead this year, has a variety of his styles on display. 3.5/5
Tetsuo & Youth
My first full Lupe album, a bit overlong but it was well-crafted. Mural is absolutely insane
Terry and Baby Blue >>>>>>>>.
|39||Tyler, the Creator|
This was good sometimes, but I have no idea what the hell is going on or what he was trying to achieve here. 3/5
a decent mix, and not terrible, but insanely plain. 2.5/5
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
does anyone else watch Power? I'm on season two now, pretty fire show
The Documentary 2
stoked to hear this
A Maze of Recycled Creeds
also insanely stoked for this
loved sunbather so also gonna try this okay bye