Going through the albums I listened to from the year used to be one of my favorite things. I got to rediscover all of my favorite albums by listening to them one more time before making a year end list. Each year this has gotten harder and harder, because I’ve listened to more and more. I kept track of everything in a text file and at this moment is 54 albums long.
It would be completely unreasonable to go through all of those again. This means that as a first pass I go off of memory which is a little unfair. I can certainly throw out many immediately that I recall being terrible, but I know there were some great things I don’t remember all that well.
In any event, all that is to say that I could be overlooking something. Instead of doing a “Top 10” or some artificial number, I’m going to list as many as I thought were excellent as I recall.
My list in alphabetical order:
Amogh Symphony – Vectorscan
Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation
Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII
Lord Mantis – Death Mask
Sammath – Godless Arrogance
Stimpy Lockjaw – Stimpy Lockjaw
Serdce – Timelessness
Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise
I think Artificial Brain is one of the ones I’d call attention to. It is really easy to forget this released, since it has been a whole year. But I still come back to it when I’m in the mood. The Serdce continues to impress me (except for those few cringeworthy parts). That album does prog right.
Jute Gyte – Vast Chains (for its daring into microtonality)
Clément Belio – Contrast
Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity
The Belio has a fantastic amount of variety and some excellent composing/playing. Unfortunately, it got a bit djenty for too extended periods of time for me to truly love it. The Winterfylleth reminds me a little of Deafheaven’s Sunbather but less pretentious/indie rock and more black metal.
Stuff I claimed to like in the review, but am confused about on the most recent listen:
Archspire – Lucid Collective
Just one is not too bad.
Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (I can’t believe I missed this release)
Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry (I’ve been waiting for Google to get this one, but still waiting)
Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars
Too Much Hype:
Behemoth – The Satanist
Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us
Origin – Omnipresent
Panopticon – Roads to the North
Let me know if my list is similar to yours and I’ve missed something.