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Jac's First Half 2015

Well I'm a week and bit late but time constraints meant I had to catch up on a lot of the stuff I intended to check before July but here we are, hope you like you the list :)
50Chapel of Disease
The Mysterious Ways of Repetitive Art

Death Metal
49Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Deupree

Musique Concrete

47Sulphur Aeon
Gateway to the Antisphere

Death Metal - An improvement over their last album but still blighted by production issues, although not necessarily the same kind this time.
46Viet Cong
Viet Cong


Parallel Landscapes

43Mount Eerie

42Graham Lambkin and Michael Pisaro
Schwarze Riesenfalter

Musique Concrete

UK Bass
Frozen Niagara Falls

Industrial - Among the best he's ever done but I've never been a fan of Prurient, still very very good in it's own right though.
39The Doppelgangaz
Parts Unknown

Hip-hop - Not quite as good as Peace Kehd but that's a pretty high bar to clear, really good.
38Roman Flugel
Sliced Africa

37Spectral Voice
Necrotic Doom

Death Doom Metal - Very nice production for a demo but still nice and raw with all the acoustics preserved.
Blodets Band

Crust Punk
35Chaos Echoes

Experimental Metal - Definitely one of the most interesting and unique albums I've heard all year
Below the Hengiform

Death Metal

Plunderphonics - I've never been very big on this sort stuff but this album manages to break down some of the barriers that keep me from truly appreciating the genre.
32Abyss (CAN)
Heretical Anatomy

Death Metal
31William Basinski

30Peste Noire
La Chaise-Dyable

Black Metal - Not quite as out of there as some of Famine's recent efforts but still very eccentric and entertaining.
29Sumbu Dunia
Sister Nature

Musique Concrete
Fear and Desire

Post-punk - Alienating post-punk with a strong post-hardcore vibe that I really need to revisit because this sounds like it'd be a grower.
Them Corja

Electroacoustic - For some reason this keeps reminding me of that Digimon 2003 game that I had for PS1 when you'd go to some of the industrial maps in the North sector and it's really damn cool but I guess I'm a nerd so w/e
26Faceless Burial
Demo 2015

Death Metal - Raw, uncompromising death metal with plenty of riffs.
Always Offended Never Ashamed

Dark Ambient - Like the sound track to a suspenseful disaster film.
24Gay Kiss
Preservation Measures

Hardcore - Dissonant, multifaceted, detailed and brings the riffs what more do you need?
23Aphex Twin
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2

IDM - Excellent release as usual from Aphex and I really hope he puts out more experiemntal material in this vein because it's more interesting than Syro.
22Obscure Infinity
Perpetual Descending into Nothingness

Death Metal - Riffs!
Growth Without End

Mathcore - Seems I'm in the minority when I say this is an improvement over The Mother of Virtues but this new streamlined (but still very chaotic) direction appeals to me.
20Ozel AB

House - Kind of sounds like it was recorded live in a small club which is probably why it's so easy to connect with.

Techno - As was the case last year with Objekt's album I don't really know how to describe what makes this so good it just is.
18The Slow Death

Funeral Doom Metal - Sort of gives me a worship vibe in places except it's not as "kill yourself and pray you're not remembered" kinda dark, the female vox are definitely the cheery on top and without them this wouldn't be nearly as good.
17Jasmine Guffond
Yellow Bell

Ambient - Found out about this thanks to JT's review and for that I thank him because this beautiful as I expected something endorsed by him to be, listening on open-backs is a must.
Current Mouth

Death Metal - Just some no-frills Finnish death metal with hard riffs n stuff.
15Big Blood
Double Days II

Psychedelic Folk - Ever so slightly campy but still very charismatic folk, it's sister album (Double Days I) is very good as well but this is significantly better imo.
14Sean McCann
Ten Impressions For Piano And Strings

Ambient - Absolutely beautiful soundscapes with a scrupulous attention to detail and if it doesn't move you then you have no feelings and suck a lot.
13Jose Gonzalez
Vestiges and Claws

Indie Folk - Jose Gonzalez just has a knack for extracting maximum poignancy out of such a bare-bones set-up, this album is no exception.
12The Soft Moon

Post-punk - Not exactly the most original album I've ever heard but that doesn't really phase me when the content is this good.
11Gurun Gurun
Kon B

Psychedelic Folk - Completely unhinged, most-assuredly drug-addled freeform folk bullshit that seems to be getting panned a little but I don't know why because this is lovely.

Dark Ambient - First two tracks are more techno but after that it dissolved into a suffocating nebula of perpetual suspense, really good.
9Axis of Light
L'appel du vide

Black Metal - If you think Nattens Madrigal is harsh then you haven't heard this, obviously.

Blackened Death Metal - Huge improvement for the one man band (technically speaking). Having an actual drummer definitely helps which makes me wonder if there was any stylistic delegation on his part because the song-writing has improved tenfold.
7Rutger Zuydervelt

Ambient / Drone - It's crazy how this guy manages to maintain atmosphere and your interest with a perfectly fluid singular track spanning over 30 minutes. This album can be either engaging or peripheral depending on what kind of experience you're after, or the level of attention you dedicate to it at any time.
Söngvar elds og óreiðu

Black Metal - So cold that it burns, the opening track is probably the most intense thing I've heard all year.
5Hiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon

Neo-soul - Smooth and eclectic with ample replay value, this album serves as a reminder that I really do need to delve into soul a lot more than I do ( which is like, not at all :/ )
4Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

Hip Hop - There's nothing to say about this album that hasn't already been said, except I will say I that I enjoy it far more for the beats, instrumentation, lyricism, Kendrick's tongue-in-cheek wit and production than I do the message behind it.
3Ad Nauseam
Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est

Technical Death Metal - Will be dismissed as Gorguts/Deathspell Omega worship by many but Nihil Quam is a superb and surprisingly unique take on an established sound, do check.

Electroacoustic Improv - Absolutely stunning collaboration between Anne Guthrie and some other dude I've never heard of, therapeutic musique for the soul and mind~
1Howls of Ebb
The Marrow Veil

Blackened Death Metal - Incredible mini-LP from a band that I now consider to be among the best DM bands to have debuted this side of 2010, spooky, fucked-up, Lovecraftian goodness.
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