Talk about other artists here (even though they all rip off Meshuggah)
#325755 by Bookwyrm83
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:09 am
Hi everybody.
Who wants to share their favorite albums for the past year? While 2016 was horrid, it did produce many a musical gem.
Here are my personal favorites and honorable mentions:

1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Cirith Gorgor - Visions of Exalted Lucifer
3. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence
4. Oceans of Slumber - Winter
5. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
6. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
7. Ihsahn - Arktis.
8. Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker
9. Anthrax - For All Kings
10. John Carpenter - Lost Themes II

Honor roll:
Aborted - Retrogore
Inverloch - Distance | Collapsed
Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
Death Angel - The Evil Divide
Black Sabbath - The End
Motörhead - Clean Your Clock
#325756 by swervedriver
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:33 pm
I've really been dropping the ball on following new releases... Only ones I can immediately think of are Transcendence and Meshuggah's "The Violent Sleep of Reason", as I've been pretty much blown away by both of them.
#325760 by EphelDuath666
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Transcendence by DTP, The Violent Sleep of Reason by Meshuggah and Act V by The Dear Hunter for sure, as well as Opeth's Sorceress. Haven't picked up the new Anaal Nathrakh album yet (I keep forgetting) and I assume that might end up on a possible favorites list too. Same goes for the new Venetian Snares album.
Also enjoyed Neurosis's Fires within Fires quite a bit...much more so than their last one.
#325762 by djskrimp
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:31 am
Black Crown Initiate
The Dear Hunter
Frost* "Falling Satellites"
Destrage "A Means To No End"
Katatonia "The Fall of Hearts"
TesseracT "Errai"
Twelve Foot Ninja "Outlier"
Gojira "Magma"
Westfield Massacre
#325769 by Victimlas
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:59 pm
For me:
Haken "Affinity"
Protest the Hero "Pacific Myth"
Dream Theater "The Astonishing"

Honorable mentions:
Messhugah, Gojira and Megadeth
#325770 by Tyroshai
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:57 pm
Red Hot Chili Peppers- 'The Getaway'
Ghost - 'Popestar EP'
Fallujah - 'Dreamless'
Gojira - 'Magma'
Sia - 'This Is Acting'
Textures - 'Phenotype'
Kvelertak - "Nattesferd"
Astronoid - 'Air'
Deftones - 'Gore'
David Bowie - 'Blackstar'
EDIT- Also DTP - 'Trancendence' of course, duh! :P

65Daysofstatic - "No Mans Sky soundtrack: Music for an infinite universe'
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - "Stranger Things soundtrack"

Best new discovery this year:
#325819 by phpGeorge
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:40 pm
I had a real busy 2016 so didnt have enough time to find all the gems out there even if i have heard some of these :). Gonna set up a playlist with all of them!. Ps - Fallujah - 'Dreamless' really rox Tyroshai! Ds.
#325844 by BrunoN
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:40 pm
+1 for Fallujah, Transcendence, Frost* and Textures, all great stuff. I love the Moonsblood by Binary Code too, plus neato EP from Steve Wilson.
#325845 by Octillus
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:49 pm
Stolen from my Facebook at the end of the year:

Albums of the year:
5. Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! Now here's a surprise! This album shows just how brilliant Donald Glover is when he sets his sights on music. Admittedly I was not the hugest fan of his hip hop turn, but I'm whitebread and can't judge that accordingly. However, if you know anything about my love of music, you know how endearing funk is to me and always has been. The only reason this one isn't higher is that the album runs out of steam and the song California is fucking bad.

4. David Bowie - Blackstar. Ah, to be 15 and hearing Bowie for the first time (with truly open ears) - needless to say it set the fucking tone for the year. The album is a lush complicated acceptance of death in a way that we would all wish to have the foresight to achieve. Lazarus probably might've been my song of the year if it wasn't so difficult to listen to - so long, Bowie.

3. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service. The reality is, I tried very hard to get into hip hop when I was in middle school - there's no malice when I say this, it just didn't, for the most part, connect with me emotionally or musically because I don't think I generally had the right ear for it. That said, I did always have a soft spot for Tribe. Needless to say, a powerful and damning account of our culture from those who have been examining it for a long time. I was a little weirded out by the giant backdrop during SNL of Phife, but I appreciate the sentiment where it came from, and man oh man do those words resonate further as we march into oblivion.

2. Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence. What? My favorite artist makes the first album I've really loved of his in 5 years and it comes in second? Honestly, it's probably just the fact that 1/5th of the album isn't original, as much as I appreciate the Ween cover. It's a solemn album by Devin standards, definitely with some of the old Devin Townsend Band groove back involved. I do appreciate what was a generally hopeful tone in the face of sadness, nostalgia, and anger. Some great work from all of the members of the band, but especially Dave Young who really shines on the album. Easily my favorite since Deconstruction. This album gives me hope.

1. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts. Here it is, the beautiful portrait of bleakness that they have been trying to crack for decades. Who knew that all it took was someone who could shred? The production is perfect - and actually encapsulates the feelings of isolation, depression, and just the general hopelessness we can sometimes find ourselves in. Jonas has improved as a singer steadily over time, and the flow from track to track is quite nearly perfect. By the time I get to Passer, I'm just so thoroughly emotionally invested every time. I bought a tshirt damnit.

But I heard these guys this year and can't stop listening to this record:

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