AOTY 2023
Gojira - Magma
This is when Gojira decided they’d go the extra mile, they’d mix it up even more. And it sounded great, and it brought them many new fans. While Magma has its issues and the album is a tiny bit frontloaded for me personally, it is still a very good album. The first half is quite epic, a versatile and interesting approach and offers progressive metal, sludge metal, and death metal — dammit, The Shooting Star itself is an atmospheric sludge metal and prog crossover, very stoner ... read more
Green Day - Brain Stew / Jaded
Green Day going all cranky, angsty, guitar-heavy, grunge-esque, dirty, messy, careless and so on, so forth at around 1:16 and 1:54 and whatever — Their best single ever… Without question. Both songs are great, they’re just infectious. It is ridiculous being THIS good, THIS catchy. Well, I mean, at least here/back then
Lil Ugly Mane - SPILL
See, now this is why I love this man
Opeth - Ghost Of Perdition
It’s hard to put into words how I feel about this song. Like, how I truly feel — but nonetheless, I’m going to try, yeah? Alrighty then. I will try to limit myself though, keeping it somewhat short and sweet. Ghost of Perdition is quite possibly the perfect song. Not just regarding progressive metal — or should I say, progressive death metal. What I mean is all music as a whole. It has pretty gorgeous melody written all over it, yet it intertwines this ferocious, ... read more
Opeth - Deliverance
Masters Apprentices is a top five Opeth song. Those riffs are unfathomable. The whole album is unbelievable, though. But oh man, Masters Apprentices is going to leave total destruction anywhere it sees fit. This is easily one of their three heaviest albums. It’s a joy to hear, the riffs, guitar work in general tbh, the drumming, Mikael’s cleans and uncleans… it is the definition of engrossing, and utter brilliance..
Exhumed - Necrocracy
This is such a 100% crushing to the bone, break-neck, phenomenal LP — and the Carcass fanfare is lovely. Exhumed went into Melodic Death Metal territory here, kicked ass, chewed some bubblegum, and called it a fucking day. And I loved the shit out of it, I tell you.
Mmm that’s what I’m talking about. They’re at an all time high here, even more so on their predecessor but this here? This is still extremely wonderful. It’s the fucking Golden Ticket to the Chocolate Factory
Cattle Decapitation - Terrasite
All things considered, I don’t see much of an issue with this, it’s not *just* as brutally charged as their previous albums and isn’t on the same level as behemoth’s such as Monolith or Anthropocene, but this is still vicious, heavy and creative enough for me. Cattle is a joy to listen to — even if it’s one of their more—sort of—restrained albums (in general, no. In comparison to aforementioned albums, it is a bit tame) — Nonetheless, I love ... read more
Motörhead - Ace of Spades
Motörhead is one of the best examples I can think of when it comes to a band so unbelievably good with hundreds of terrific songs, yet the vast majority of people focus on ONE SONG of theirs. While it’s a short masterful song, Ace of Spades, it’s not even their best, and this isn’t their best album — but it’s still one of the greatest heavy metal/speed metal… Uhhh, I mean, pure rock and roll albums ever made (yes, rock’n’roll, otherwise ... read more
Opeth - Blackwater Park
I’ve heard Blackwater Park fully a good dozen and a half maybe even closer to two dozen times over the years. This isn’t counting individual songs themselves but the entirety of the Blackwater Park LP. I’ve always loved it. And for most of 2014 all the way through to 2016 this was my favourite Opeth album before it became Ghost Reveries in 2016, Still Life in 2017 — and boy, oh boy, then Morningrise took over 2018/2019. Only very recently did My Arms, Your Hearse join ... read more
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Doesn’t have my favourite song of theirs (Lightbulb Sun) and doesn’t have what I believe is their best song (Arriving Somewhere But Not Here) but it has an array of consistent, excellent songs, some that are beyond spectacular. “Trains”, “Blackest Eyes”, “The Sound of Muzak”, “Wedding Nails”, “Gravity Eyelids”, even “Drown With Me” if you’re listening to the even better 03 special European edition … ... read more
Mastodon - Cold Dark Place
Four songs that didn’t make it on to their albums Once More ‘Round the Sun and Emperor of Sand, never really got it considering the four songs are seriously brilliant, I’d say Toe to Toes is even one of their best songs. Such a great EP. It’s definitely one of my favourite EP releases of all time
Snapcase - Progression Through Unlearning
If you want some raw and manic Metalcore/Post-Hardcore then definitely try out Snapcase. It’s weird, they’re not a Nu Metal band but I can’t help but feel like a couple of the songs here are leaning toward the genre. Regardless this kicks ass and if you’re into said genres it should probably tick some boxes for you, it’s a great album
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
Hell yeah. It’s good old APHEX. Some gorgeous IDM before bed. With the face of nightmares on its cover to keep me warm. And weeping for the fucking end.
Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
This is the album that got me into Mastodon. I mean, properly into them. They had already become my favourite band a few months earlier though, thanks to the release of HIGH ROAD as a single, and their album BLOOD MOUNTAIN which helped me get a lot more into it with the sing COLONY OF BIRCHMEN, which although I had initially heard as far back as 2007, upon hearing in March 2014 it was one of the first few songs to seal the deal. Around March of the year 2014 I began listening to Mastodon, but ... read more
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
Emperor of Sand is an album that I can honestly say means the world to me. This album is so underrated and overlooked, sometimes it saddens me. The songs convey important messages and the concept is a big deal and especially meant something to the writers, the musicians, to Mastodon. Bill, Brent, Brann and Troy put their hearts on the line. The music itself is impeccable. Every song to me is so unbelievable and amazing. There are no exceptions. I think they’re all just so fantastic and ... read more
Converge - Under Duress
I’m thinking… Okay, I might have to up its score. This is now a top 5 Converge song ever. It’s so addictive. Those guitars, so harsh and gritty sounding, such a heavy, face-melting song. It knocks you on your fucking ass. Converge are the ultimate “beat you til you bleed” band. Metalcore and Mathcore — mixed with Sludge Metal— never sounded so rough, vicious, and menacing. Excellent song.
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
I think it goes without saying that King Crimson is not only a legendary progressive rock band, but In the Court of the Crimson King is a timeless classic, a very unique and definitive prog album. This is perhaps one of prog’s top five moments ever. You could argue it’s also their best album. I think it’s definitely one of the best albums of its era, and a definite classic that has exceptional talent throughout. Very good work.
The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
Best Mars Volta album. That’s right.
Opeth - Orchid
RIDICULOUS how underrated this debut album is.. it’s utterly phenomenal.
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