It’s that time of the year again. I’ve listened to 30 albums this year so far (I haven’t reviewed them all). I tried to go back through and listen to candidate “best” ones before making this list, but I didn’t get through all that I wanted to.
Favorites (in alphabetical order):
Cóndor – Duin.
This held up upon listening again. Raw, emotive music drawing on the great romantic composers.
Kjeld – Skym.
I couldn’t really remember much about this one. Listening again was worth it, because it was better than I remembered.
Sickening Horror – Overflow.
I know a lot of you weren’t thrilled by this, but even on listening again, I really like it.
Upsilon Acrux – Sun Square Dialect.
Not really metal, but complicated in all the right ways to create meaningful music.
Irreversible Mechanism – Infinite Fields.
Mature and interesting technical death metal. I need more time before moving it to favorites.
Exhumation – Opus Death.
I didn’t get around to relistening, but from memory, I can’t say it was a favorite. It could move up there by the end of the year.
Not as good as I initially thought:
Leviathan – Scar Sighted.
There is no doubt that this album has some excellent moments. As a whole, I think I overpraised it initially.
Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu.
I honestly expected to be blown away when I listened to this again. I wasn’t.
A Forest of Stars – Beware the Sword You Cannot See.
After hearing excellent things for years, I wanted to experience it myself. Definitely not worth it.
Enslaved – In Times
Leprous – The Congregation.
These were bands I’ve loved in the past. These albums were duds at best.
The stuff I have queued for review, but never got around to it: Jute Gyte, KEN Mode, Monolord, Sigh, Tempel, and Torche.
Does your list look mine? If so, I’d love to hear what I’ve missed.