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This year, I will try to listen to less music more. That is, I won't go out of my way to hear and list every possible album I sort of dig on the first spin, and the ones I do include I aim to know thoroughly. A lot of the albums I include tentatively will probably get deleted, too. Without further preamble, interesting albums in no particular order:

Created by: IronAngel | 26.03.2014



1. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi (Psychedelic/Progressive (Black) Metal)
2. Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World (Lo-Fi/Post-Punk/Shoegaze/Drone)
3. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (Post-Rock/Artsy Noise Rock)
4. Bohren & der Club of Gore - Piano Nights (Ambient Jazz)
5. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Lo-Fi Singer-Songwriter/Indie Folk)
6. Warpaint - Warpaint (Dream Pop/Trip Hop)
7. Scandinavian Music Group - Terminal 2 (Art Pop/Rock.)
8. Iisa - Iisa (Indie/Electropop.)
9. Michel Cloup Duo - Minuit Dans Tes Bras (Art Rock/Post-Rock)
10. Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Contemporary Folk)
11. Otto A Totland - Minô (Modern Classical)
12. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares (Electronic Rock/Trip-Rock)
13. Sevendeaths - Concretè Misery (Progressive Electronic/Drone)
14. Tara Jane O'Neil - Where Shine New Lights (Dream Pop/Ambient Pop)
15. Birds of Passage - This Kindly Slumber (Ambient (Pop))
16. Snowbird - Moon (Dream Pop)
17. Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine (Art Pop/Genre Clusterfuck)
18. Nadja - Queller (Shoegaze/Drone Metal)
19. St. Vincent - St. Vincent (Art Pop)
20. The Wounded Kings - Consolamentum (Traditional Doom)
21. Current 93 - I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell (A Channel) (Neofolk/Avant-Folk)
22. Mondkopf - Hadès (Electronic/Dark Ambient)
23. Francis Harris - Minutes of Sleep (Microhouse/Ambient)
24. Tycho - Awake (Electronic/Downtempo)
25. Dirge - Hyperion (Atmospheric Sludge)
26. Chinawoman - Let's Part In Style (Art Pop/Slowcore)
27. Thou - Heathen (Sludge/Doom)
28. Conan - Blood Eagle (Doom/Sludge)
29. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (Contemporary Folk)
30. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata (Hip Hop)
31. La Dispute - Rooms of the House (Post-Hardcore)
32. Slough Feg - Digital Resistance (Heavy Metal)
33. Kuolemanlaakso - Tulijoutsen (Death Doom)
34. Christina Vantzou - No. 2 (Ambient/Modern Classical)
35. Wijlen Wij - Coronachs Of The Ω (Funeral Doom)
36. Teebs - E s t a r a (Ambient/Downtempo. Glitchy, pleasant, and BoC-inspired.)
37. Bvdub - I'll Only Break Your Heart (Ambient Techno/Pop)
38. Valentin Stip - Sigh (IDM/Microhouse)
39. Golden Retriever - Seer (Ambient/Progressive Electronic)
40. Krusseldorf - Fractal World (IDM/Downtempo)
41. David Andree & Josh Mason - Call, Response (Ambient)
42. Orcas - Yearling (Dream Pop/Ambient)
43. CunninLynguists - Strange Journey Volume Three (Hip Hop)
44. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project (Art Pop/Jazzy R&B/Trip Hop)
45. Kangding Ray - Solens Arc (Minimal Techno)
46. Nebelung - Palingenesis (Neofolk/Dark Folk)
47. Allochiria - Omonoia (Atmospheric Sludge)
48. Junius - Days Of The Fallen Sun (Post-Rock/Alt-Rock.)
49. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata (Thrash/Doom)
50. Swans - To Be Kind (Experimental Rock)
51. Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate (Alt-Country/Psychedelic Folk Rock)
52. BADBADNOTGOOD - III (Nu Jazz)
53. Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines (Singer-Songwriter/Adult Contemporary)
54. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Contemporary Folk/Singer-Songwriter)
55. Owen Pallett - In Conflict (Art Pop/Chamber Pop)
56. Godflesh - Decline & Fall (Industrial Metal)
57. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare (Black Metal)
58. Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi - Käkkyrällään (Alternative Rock/Punk/Metal)
59. Joose Keskitalo - Ylösnousemus (Singer-Songwriter/Folk)
60. Boris - Noise (Post-Rock/Shoegaze/Atmosludge/J-Rock and stuff.)
61. Blut Aus Nord - Triunity [Split] (With P.H.O.B.O.S. Industrial Black/Doom)
62. Lantlôs - Melting Sun (Shoegaze/Post-Rock)
63. Fennesz - Bécs (Ambient/Electroacoustic)
64. Planning For Burial - Desideratum (Drone/Shoegaze)
65. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold (Folk Pop)
66. Venetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozer (Breakcore)
67. Pilgrim - II: Void Worship (Traditional Doom)
68. Hundreds - Aftermath (Dream Pop/Indie Pop)
69. Jess Williamson - Native State (Folk)
70. Wreck And Reference - Want (Noise Rock/Experimental Rock)
71. Sage Francis - Copper Gone (Hip Hop)
72. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pika Pika Fantajin (J-Pop)
73. Bong - Stoner Rock (Drone Doom)



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!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 23:08  
Written by Erik M. on 07.05.2014 at 23:03

Often bands that play epic metal, whether it's doom, black or heavy, all have a similar kind of bombastic drumming. Lyrical themes, often fantasy and mythology, are also a thing they have in common. Generally the music is rather uplifting, although I know that's pretty subjective. I linked that T-Shirt to point it out, not to prove it hence why I wrote "prove".

I don't think I've ever heard drumming define a genre by itself, aside from perhaps martial music. I'm not sure you get what "bombastic" means but I would never call Candlemass or Summonings drums that. Messiah was arguably a bombastic vocalist though, but then so are a lot of vocalists. And thousand of bands sing about fantasy and mythology and aren't regarded as "epic." Your argument mostly hangs on the idea that it's uplifting which is as you rightly pointed purely is down to the individual.

I'm glad to see we've come to an agreement here
Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 23:17  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 23:08

I don't think I've ever heard drumming define a genre by itself, aside from perhaps martial music. I'm not sure you get what "bombastic" means but I would never call Candlemass or Summonings drums that. Messiah was arguably a bombastic vocalist though, but then so are a lot of vocalists. And thousand of bands sing about fantasy and mythology and aren't regarded as "epic." Your argument mostly hangs on the idea that it's uplifting which is as you rightly pointed purely down to the individual.

I'm glad to see we've come to an agreement here


Nope, we haven't come to an agreement. What I mean by bombastic drums that create an epic feeling/atmosphere? Here you go:



I rest my case.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 23:20  
Written by Erik M. on 07.05.2014 at 23:17

Nope, we haven't come to an agreement. What I mean by bombastic drums that create an epic feeling/atmosphere? Here you go:

I rest my case.

You rest your case on the statement: "bombastic drums that create an epic feeling/atmosphere"

*facepalm*

Using the so-called elements you're trying to prove exist as part of the "proof" itself is definitely a new level of special from you
Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 23:37  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 23:20

You rest your case on the statement: "bombastic drums that create an epic feeling/atmosphere"

*facepalm*

Using the so-called elements you're trying to prove exist as part of the "proof" itself is definitely a new level of special from you


Okay, I admit I was somewhat trying to annoy you with my last post (I mean, come on, I'm not going to use circular logic, am I?).

The thing is, I never said it's a fact that it's epic black metal. I said that it's a generally accepted genre-tag and that Summoning is generally viewed as an epic black metal band. I know that doesn't necessarily make it true, but the reason an "epic" genre-tag is used is to differentiate between the styles of certain bands, like Summoning/Caladan Brood and say, Nasheim. Those bands can all be labelled as atmospheric black metal or just simply as black metal (since you think the "atmospheric" tag is nonsense as well), but that only makes the genre-tag less accurate. Fine by me if you don't care about that, but I do.

However, I do agree it's subjective to a certain extent, I never said it wasn't. You and Alex were the ones who claim it to be 100% subjective and that is just wrong, which I was trying to point out.
Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 23:46  
But I do think the vast majority will agree with me on this, even though it's of course not 100% objective. That's the thing with art-related things: never is anything totally objective or subjective. When judging music, it mostly boils down to opinions, but never 100%. The fact that almost no-one seems to understand this annoys me sometimes.
Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 23:52  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 23:20

You rest your case on the statement: "bombastic drums that create an epic feeling/atmosphere"

*facepalm*

Using the so-called elements you're trying to prove exist as part of the "proof" itself is definitely a new level of special from you


Btw, I find it funny you do apparently accept the genre-tag DSBM or at least DBM. Just a thing that just now came to mind. Isn't something that is labelled as "depressive" just as subjective as labelling something "epic"? I'd say it is, but that still doesn't mean it's entirely subjective. However, if you agree with that, then we can finally end this discussion.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.05.2014 at 00:29  
Written by Erik M. on 07.05.2014 at 23:52

Btw, I find it funny you do apparently accept the genre-tag DSBM or at least DBM. Just a thing that just now came to mind. Isn't something that is labelled as "depressive" just as subjective as labelling something "epic"? I'd say it is, but that still doesn't mean it's entirely subjective. However, if you agree with that, then we can finally end this discussion.

Not really. I don't think anyone would say depressive characteristics are even slightly ambiguous. If someone is singing about pain, sadness and wanting to kill themselves then that's not really open to interpretation. Epic though, on the other hand, seems to me to be a lot more vague.

It's true though that DSBM is really only defined by the lyrics. Musically it could easily fall into regular black metal or ambient black metal most of the time, although on the whole I'd say it's a much more definable sound and image with probably a lot more similar sounding bands within it, as opposed to "epic" bands that play melancholic doom metal along with "epic" bands that play synthed-up black-ish metal and really share very little or anything in common.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.05.2014 at 00:33  
Written by Erik M. on 07.05.2014 at 23:37

The thing is, I never said it's a fact that it's epic black metal. I said that it's a generally accepted genre-tag and that Summoning is generally viewed as an epic black metal band. I know that doesn't necessarily make it true, but the reason an "epic" genre-tag is used is to differentiate between the styles of certain bands, like Summoning/Caladan Brood and say, Nasheim. Those bands can all be labelled as atmospheric black metal or just simply as black metal (since you think the "atmospheric" tag is nonsense as well), but that only makes the genre-tag less accurate. Fine by me if you don't care about that, but I do.

However, I do agree it's subjective to a certain extent, I never said it wasn't. You and Alex were the ones who claim it to be 100% subjective and that is just wrong, which I was trying to point out.

Well "dark metal" is also a commonly accepted genre tag, and I think most of us here would disagree it's a nonsense genre. Just because it's used in a lot of places doesn't mean it shouldn't be open to discussion and scrutiny.

The only aspects of "epic" that isn't 100% subjective are the lyrical contents because that's really the only concrete, tangible term outside of metal that could relate to it. I think the idea that you think there's such a thing as epic drums is rather amusing As long as there's people that don't agree, within a logical and balanced perspective, of a certain feeling or emotion relating to a particular term or word, the idea of "epic" and "atmospheric" might as well be 100% subjective in this context, even if some people do agree with each other, because it becomes an inaccurate or misleading way to umbrella bands together.
PocketMetal - 18.05.2014 at 16:36  
Have you listened to the new Wye Oak yet? Since you like Warpaint I thought maybe you'll enjoy them too.
IronAngel - 18.05.2014 at 20:12  
Written by PocketMetal on 18.05.2014 at 16:36

Have you listened to the new Wye Oak yet? Since you like Warpaint I thought maybe you'll enjoy them too.


No I haven't. I've only ever heard their single Civilian (I think in 2011), but the full album never got on Spotify and I didn't care enough to look it up elsewhere. Thanks for the rec, I'll be sure to listen to it.

New Tori Amos is surprisingly good, by the way. It's still a bit hit-and-miss, but possibly her best album since Scarlet's Walk. I personally think she lost her magic after From the Choirgirl Hotel, but on a few songs she's still got it.
PocketMetal - 18.05.2014 at 22:37  
Written by IronAngel on 18.05.2014 at 20:12


New Tori Amos is surprisingly good, by the way. It's still a bit hit-and-miss, but possibly her best album since Scarlet's Walk. I personally think she lost her magic after From the Choirgirl Hotel, but on a few songs she's still got it.


Yeah I like the new Tori Amos, there are some really good songs like "Trouble's Lament" and "Giant's Rolling Pin". I generally like female-fronted art/indie rock as a genre.
tea[m]ster - 25.05.2014 at 18:30  
Here is one you might dig brother. Nothing available to play on the bandcamp page Just do a google search
Features vocals by Andrea Gibson.

http://hunt.bandcamp.com/album/dark-come-sooner

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