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Great Albums: January 2014

Alright, this is really freaking good. I've knew of the blackgaze band Alcest for a longer time, but I never bothered. Now they released their fourth full-length album Shelter and it blew me away. This absolutely nothing to do with black metal; it's soft, gentle, fresh and hopeful. It's as if Sunbather by Deafheaven and Takk by Sigur Ros had a child. Beautiful crescendos, optimistic guitar leads and delicate vocals are spread through the whole 45-minute duration. It's the sound of fairies' wings buzzing. The gorgeous sound of angels singing.
2 Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on EverythingAlbum

I honestly don't even know what to think of this. It's undeniably great, but I believe that I haven't explored the huge sounds of this album, yet. The question is whether I will explore them with more listens or the sounds are just not there. Anyway, this is definitely worth a listen and it's a brilliant early-year release.
PS: The music playing at about 5:00 of Austerity Blues is a win.
Austerity Blues:
3Against Me!
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Album is certainly important and all, but does it make it good? Well, not necessarily, but it surely helps. Easily the best and the worst part of this album are lyrics. They're angry, miserable, self-loathing and brutally honest, but sometimes I get the feeling that it's too much melodrama. Transgender dysphoria is not an easy thing, I suppose.
Paralytic States:

I suppose I like this a bit more than I liked the last Tesseract album. Even though the songs sometimes blend together. It's technical, sometimes quite weird and all the time just pure power. The whole record sounds like receiving punches from Klitschko brothers for 40 minutes straight.
5Have a Nice Life
The Unnatural World

Defenestration Song:
6Lost Years

A solid punk rock album, which can't quite reach the best of the genre due to not-so-great lyrics. The two aforementioned bands that I've recommended were that great mostly because of lyrics. This is still good, though. It's only like 26 minutes long, which is good for an album like this.
Constaza, Can't Stand Ya:
7Iced Earth
Plagues of Babylon

A pretty decent set of power metal tunes. Huge choruses, some great guitar shreds and most of all, an awesome lead singer can be found here. What can't be found though, is bass. Oh and the outro is really pointless and lame, don't even bother.
Pale Blue Light

9 You Blew It!
Keep Doing What You?re Doing

Emo moniker You Blew It! now with some pop-punk influence deliver another solid album. That's the problem, though. The debut was much more than solid, so this is quite a disappointment.
Grey Matter:
10One Star Closer
Another Shape of Purity

This thing definitely had the potential to be great, but just falls short. There are violins, there is some cool ambience, solid production; in short, everything that a good post-rock record needs. The problem is that the tracks are similar to each other and as a result, unmemorable. They also don't make me feel stuff, they're dull and often sound like a machine would do them. All in all, Another Shape of Purity is not a bad album, but it wastes its non-small potential.
PS: This is a one-man project, so I gotta give the guy some credit. He's a one damn talented instrumentalist.
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