It seems that my musical taste has become quite eclectic, ranging from metal to ambient/drone. I’ve listened to hundreds of bands this year, and a lot of bands deserve to be on this list. I will just post some of the albums that have been continuously played throughout the year.
Although, I’ve been listening to quite a bit of metal and post-metal lately. This year has proved to be an interesting year musically. I’ll place a link to a song from each album. I hope you all take the time to listen to a song. These are albums I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year. This is in no particular order:
A metal/post-hardcore band from France. Reminds me a bit of a heavier mewithoutyou (from the early days) especially in the throaty/emotional vocals. This was one of the first albums I got this year, and it’s been playing throughout the year.
Further Seems Forever “Penny Black”
Earlier this year, I had no idea this band was even back together, let alone releasing a new album. To my surprise, they were back together, and this album was just released a couple months ago. This is everything I remember of old FSF, and it seems like they picked up right where The Moon Is Down left off.
Aeges “The Bridge”
Yeah, this may be filed under a “guilty pleasure” album. But, I can’t help it. These are some catchy tunes. The songs are written in a verse/chorus/verse/bridge style. Reminds me quite a bit of a heavier/sludge-y Foo Fighters.
Krallice “Years Past Matter”
This was a surprising album. You can place this in an experimental, progressive black metal bucket. At first listen, it sounded like it would just be a bunch of guitar wankery, but it wasn’t. The musicianship is technical and spot on, not at all sloppy. The production is good for the genre, which gives it a clean sound.
Baroness “Yellow and Green”
This is the third album from this group, and I’ve been a fan since their Red album. This album is actually a double release, and is not quite as heavy as previous releases, but still a great stoner rock and straight up rock n’ roll album.
I’ve been a fan of this band since their first release, and i’m still a fan with this release. This is a solid indie rock album. Still not as math rock-esque as older releases. This band brings back memories of nighttime summer drives with the windows down and hair blowing in the breeze.
So, I’m not a big fan of off-the-wall guitar wankery, but this album is an exception. This is straight up (spazzy) math rock. This is one of the more fun releases I had the opportunity to listen too this year.
- Balmorhea “Stranger”
- Caspian “Waking Season”
- Circa Survive “Violent Waves”
- The Contortionist “Intrinsic”
- The Calm Blue Sea “Arrivals and Departures”
- mewithoutyou “Ten Stories”
- Between The Buried and Me “The Parallax II: Future Sequence” *A note about this: It’s not that this was a bad album, but I guess I’m sort of getting bored with this style of music.
- Muse “The Second Law”