So here I am a year later, I’ve added more than 2,000 extra songs to my iPod since last year and will continue to do so next year but in no particular order here are my favourite albums I got this year:
Periphery - Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal
This album is by far THE most awesome album of the year. ‘Djent’ has truly become a favourite genre of mine and Periphery blew away my expectations when I heard early samples. Key tracks are ‘Muramasa’, ‘Ragnarok’, ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’ and ‘Masamune’. If you love metal and you haven’t got this… get this.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
‘Trouble’ is one of those albums that I hate to love. The cover is as odd as Orlando Higginbottom’s musician alias yet still I love it. The tracks ‘Your Love’, ‘Shimmer‘ and ‘Garden’ are soothing to the ears. It was a good buy.
The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code
‘Polymorphic Code’ is a rare gem from an almost anonymity from France who have superbly combined the stop-starting beats of djent and dubstep with included electronics such as 8-bit and synthesized guitar riffs. The result is mind-blowing and will take the faint-hearted a while to fully appreciate this extremely dynamic record. Key tracks are ‘Trojans’, ‘Access Granted’ and ’Warp Gate Exploit’.
Sylosis have seemed to have forgotten about the melodic metalcore roots of old as they have fully adopted thrash metal and use it from start to finish. I haven’t had enough time to listen to this properly but my favourite tracks at the moment are ‘Behind The Sun’ ‘A Dying Vine’ and ’All Is Not Well’.
Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
Some may disagree but A Flash Flood Of Colour has made me think twice about Enter Shikari. A band I once hated and now love thanks to an album most see as ‘too soft’. Tracks like ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’, Constellations‘ and ’Arguing With Thermometers‘ are gems of awesomeness and parts of the album make use of Rou Reynolds easing that scream.
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
My indie favourite from this year. ‘Beacon’ also blew away expectations from T.D.C.C.’s last album only by varying the drum beat. The lyrics are also far better and understandable and makes a real easy listen for anyone. My favourite track from this is ‘Spring’.
Gojira - L’Enfant Sauvage
I’ve listened to Wild Child as much as Periphery II this year and continues to impress me every time I listen to it. I thought Gojira could get no better when they released their last album yet they have succeeded. It isn’t as mechanical as The Way of All Flesh but it gains charisma and is just as heavy. My suggested key tracks are ’Explosia’, ‘The Axe’, ‘The Fall’ and (on the bonus CD) ‘My Last Creation’.
Baroness - Yellow and Green
Baroness’ double album includes Green, the lighter album of the two, and Yellow. This was a surprise as I expected similar tunage to Red and Blue. Instead this is mellower, softer and more acoustic. I still love it and John Baizley’s awesome artwork. Key tracks include ‘Little Things’ and ‘Board Up The House’.
Orbital - Wonky
After being given a heap of Orbital albums last year there weren’t any apart from the first album and Altogether that I could say I really liked. Then the duo released this. House fills most of the album until you get to ‘Distractions’ and that’s where things hit off. The end of that track synth into bliss with ‘Stringy Acid’ and then drops afterwards into dubstep with ‘Beelzedub’. Those three tracks make this album almost unmissable.
Demon Hunter - True Defiance
My favourite Christian metalheads from last year came back with a follow-up to The World Is A Thorn. True Defiance isn’t as harsh but still provides all a metalhead needs: melodic rhythm, double-bass drumming, shouty vocals and the sense that they don’t worship some demonic deity. My favourite tracks are ‘My Destiny’, ‘Someone To Hate’ and ‘This I Know’.
Literally loving it.
A little screen-printing project I made over last week at uni for a Christmas fair.