Thumbs up: +11
Pretty much every album that's caught my attention over the year, including non-metal. (Variety is a virtue, y'know )

I'll only be commenting on albums that I've given enough time to really form an opinion on. Chances are albums that failed to interest me beyond a first listen will eventually be removed from the list.

Also pay in mind that there won't be many occasions where I talk about an album I didn't enjoy, simply because I only get albums when I'm pretty certain that I will end up enjoying them.

Updates will (hopefully) be constant.

Created by: Lethrokai | 11.04.2014



1. Swans - To Be Kind
Experimental Noise Rock - There are no words. A mastery of sonic-assault. A build-up of sound to epic proportions. 9.7/10
2. Darren Korb - Transistor Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack / Downtempo - Purely stunning. I have yet to see a video-game where the soundtrack is both so central to the game's world AND a such a complete standout from the game itself. Darren Korb, only two games into his career, has already established himself as my favourite composer of VGM. 9.5/10
3. Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies
Art-Rock / Avant-Indie - Original, diverse, incredibly written and even more incredibly performed. It's not often that a band can convey such a sense of solemn beauty alongside raw power. 9.4/10
4. Gazpacho - Demon
Progressive Art Rock - A breathtaking, original, atmospheric release that shows off a beautiful sense of maturity. What's not to like? 9.2/10
5. Vampillia - My Beautiful Twisted Nightmares In Aurora Rainbow Darkness
Avant-Garde Metal - Considering this band released two albums in less than a month, this is incredible. Pure Japanese avant-garde goodness which I would recommend for any fan of the genre. Haunting, soothing, beastly but beautiful. The title is the perfect description of the album itself. 9.2/10
6. clipping. - CLPPNG
Experimental Hip-Hop/Rap - Incredibly original. Beats range from static to alarm clock noises to synth-rhythms that alter every 10 seconds. "Story 2" has potential to be song of the year. 8.9/10
7. Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
Progressive Rock - Cynic have moved away from their metal roots, adapting to themes that really fit a spacier, more "indie" vibe. That being said, this is still clearly Cynic, and the brilliant textures that riddle this album help make it a definiteive progressive album, and perhaps even Cynic's best yet. 8.7/10
8. Lazer/Wulf - The Beast Of Left And Right
Progressive Metal - Creative, impressive and one hell of a wild ride! This album was built on the idea of a palindrome, and carries out this little experiment perfectly by creating a mirror image of itself. One of the most innovative instrumental metal albums ever made, and possibly the best instrumental prog metal album out there. 8.7/10
9. Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Wonky / Indietronica / Hip-Hop - Some of the filthiest electronic stuff you'll find out there. 8.6/10
10. Destrage - Are You Kidding Me? No.
AreYouKiddingMeCore - Incredibly creative and unique, taking on tendencies from ALL OVER the spectrum, this is perhaps the best metalcore-related release I've seen to date. 8.6/10
11. BADBADNOTGOOD - III
Instrumental Jazz-Fusion/Hip-Hop - While it isn't as good as the masterpiece that was BBNG2, these guys seem unable to release anything substandard. Great stuff. 8.6/10
12. Kishi Bashi - Lighght
Indie/Art Pop - An absolutely beautiful album that perfectly portrays a feeling of happiness. Brilliant production also fuses the use of synths and violins to give the album its very own unique soundscape. 8.5/10
13. Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary
Abstract Hip-Hop - Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic team up yet again, and the effects are great. As expected, lyricism is phenominal. What wasn't expected was just how good the beats are too. On one final note, FUNDRAISER CONCEEEEEERT! 8.5/10
14. Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Progressive Rock / Ambient - Cool, calm and collected. Possibly my favourite Riverside related release to date. 8.5/10
15. Troldhaugen - Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez
Avant-Garde Metal - An absolute joy to listen to, a musical representation of monstrous fun. Recommended for fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra. 8.5/10
16. Sukekiyo - Immortalis
Alternative Metal - Kyo does it once again. Solid, unique alternative metal from start to finish. 8.5/10
17. Flying Lotus - You're Dead
Wonky / Nu Jazz Fusion / Experimental Glitch-Hop - With a mesmerising feel of jazz, a smooth sense of hip-hop, and some incredible creativity and lack of limitations in putting it together, this is a release you do NOT want to miss. 8.4/10
18. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
Art Pop / Indie Pop - A brilliant sophomore release, showing that these guys are no fluke. They perfectly execute the creation of an atmosphere completely of their own. 8.4/10
19. Death Grips - Niggas On The Moon: The Powers That B (Disc 1)
Experimental Hip-Hop - A fantastic 1st parter to Death Grips' final release, with Bjork's vocal samples providing a central beauty to Ride's harsh aggression. 8.4/10
20. Grey Widow - I
Black/Doom/Noise/Sludge - Heavy, heavy stuff. Generally not my usual alley, but this was damn well executed. 8.4/10
21. tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Art-Pop / Freak-Folk - A strong release with unique composition and a fun Afro-American edge for variety. Bonus points for genuinely impressive utitilisation of looping. 8.4/10
22. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Art Pop - Great production. Great performance. Incredibly original, and really shows off just how good an art pop release can be. Even the lyricism on this thing is great. 8.3/10
23. Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy
Abstract Hip-Hop - Creative, smooth and free-flowing. Definitely a hip-hop album worth checking out. 8.3/10
24. Sophie - Lemonade / Hard
Bubblegum Dance / UK Bass - Those vocals are just SO obnoxious! ....so why am I loving it so much? Beautiful "tin-pan" sounding beats make this one of the most original and special releases I've heard all year. 8.3/10
25. Vampillia - The Divine Move
Avant-Garde Metal - Brilliant avant-garde stuff that really fuses brutality with a Japanese flair of beauty. 8.3/10
26. Idylls - Prayer For Terrene
Hardcore / Mathcore - AGGRESSION! 8.3/10
27. Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum
Black Metal / Grindcore - Anaal Nathrakh knew exactly what they wanted to go for, and they did damn good work with it. Does a great job at adding a more melodic side to the scene, adding a number of new tricks to the box too. 8.3/10
28. Schizoid Lloyd - The Last Note in God's Magnum Opus
Progressive/Avant-Garde Metal - A solid debut, with an interesting take on the Leprous-esque prog/avant-garde metal area. 8.2/10
29. Toehider - What Kind Of Creature Am I?
Progressive Rock - The definition of having a good time with rock. Playful, over-the-top, humorous, but most importantly, a damn good/unique release, which makes it even more surprising that it was all written/performed by one man. Oh, and that man has a voice that could put most of the legends to shame. 8.2/10
30. '68 - In Humor And Sadness
Post-Hardcore / Noise Rock - Heavy hitting stuff that's really close to reaching Future Of The Left levels of greatness. 8.2/10
31. Snarky Puppy - We Like It Here
Jazz-Fusion / Prog Rock - Perhaps the best live album of the year, and maybe even of all time. Absolutely outstanding performance. 8.2/10
32. Liars - Mess
Experimental Electronic Rock - Really unique and creative. I can't exactly elaborate further than that, other than by saying it makes for some great music memes too. FACTS ARE FACTS AND FICTION'S FICTION. 8.2/10
33. Odonis Odonis - Hard Boiled Soft Boiled
Noise Rock - It can be hard hitting and softly subtle at times. I now get the title. 8.2/10
34. The Liturgists - Vapor
Devotional - This EP is the closest anything has ever gotten me to persuading me to start believing in God. Absolutely beautiful music. 8.1/10
35. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
Electronic Trip-Hop / Experimental Rock - Pretty much Manes with a female vocalist, but whoever said that was a bad thing? 8.1/10
36. Amerigo Gazaway - Yaasin Gaye: The Departure (Part 1)
Mashup/Conscious Hip-Hop - A great, soulful mashup that really captures the essence of both sides of the coin, Yaasin and Gaye. 8.1/10
37. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Art-Pop / Trip-Hop - Hypnotisingly addictive. Can cycle you through the full range of emotions. 8.1/10
38. Sohn - Tremors
Art Pop - Solid induction of electronics and vocal-splicing to make quite the original art pop release. 8.1/10
39. Sunn O))) - Soused [Collaboration]
Psychdelic Drone - A surprisingly beautiful fusion between Sunn O))) and Scott Walker. Definitely left its mark. 8.1/10
40. Messenger - Illusory Blues
Progressive Folk Rock - Great prog folk, raised carefully as a seedling until it matured perfectly. 8.1/10
41. Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
Mathcore / Metalcore - While not quite as surprising as, let's say, a TDEP album, we've definitely got a solid mathcore album on our hands here. 8/10
42. Tipper - Forward Escape
IDM / Glitch - "How to make electronic music blink neon lights in a colorful way that soothes your soul" - The Album. 8/10
43. Ariel Pink - pom pom
Psychedelic Pop / Hypnagogic Pop - A really versatile release that knows how to hit you from left-field every now and then. A few tracks drag it down, but just as many raise it far above your typical release of its type. 8/10
44. White Hinterland - Baby
Art Pop - An incredibly pure-hearted release, where the effort that went into it really shows. 8/10
45. Los Random - Pidanoma
Experimental Prog Metal - Fun and addictive, but with a much darker edge to it this time around. 8/10
46. Fungoid Stream - Prehuman Shapes
Borderline Funeral Doom - Gripping and incredibly unique. One of those weird cases where I end up saying you have to "experience it" instead of just "listening to it". 8/10
47. Words Of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder
Progressive Melodeath - These guys might be to 2014 what Persefone was to 2013. 7.9/10
48. Devin Townsend - Casualties Of Cool
Country-Rock / Ambient - While it does occasionally get monotonous at points, this is a solid release all the way through, and definitely worthy of the Devin Townsend label. 7.9/10
49. Closure In Moscow - Pink Lemonade
Prog-Rock / Post-Hardcore - Is this a Mars Volta rip-off... maybe. But I'll be damned if it doesn't pull off the style in great fashion. 7.9/10
50. Lantlôs - Melting Sun
Blackgaze - Definitely a key album to make its way into the rising Blackgaze scene. While I'm still having trouble getting into the sound, this album definitely does nail it. Yet another album where I'd probably say it deserves a score higher than what I give it. 7.9/10
51. Half-Handed Cloud - Flying Scroll Flight Control
Art Pop / Chamber Pop - While overpacked with religious references and so stereotypically "indie" that it'll make you chuckle to yourself, the execution of this album is damn near flawless for its style. 7.9/10
52. Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi - Käkkyrällään
Experimental Rock - It's great when flaunting its experimental goodness, but gets dulled whenever its not. Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad here. 7.9/10
53. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Heartland Folk Rock - These guys really know how to set the mood. Definitely recommended for those long car-drives where you want to get "Lost In The Dream". 7.9/10
54. Numbers - Three
Progressive Metalcore - FINALLY we get something actually interesting from that djent-influenced metalcore scene. It's about bloody time. 7.8/10
55. DVA - NIPOMO
Folktronica - Incredibly varied and original take to the sound. Definitely a lot of promise showing through. 7.8/10
56. "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
Comedy Rock - While comedy music doesn't often get good praise, this is a perfect example of how to do it right. Weird Al is back, and fresher than ever. 7.8/10
57. Benevolent - The Covenant
Extreme Prog Metal - Really driving stuff, with a sound I haven't heard done this well in a LONG time. 7.8/10
58. Epica - The Quantum Enigma
Symphonic Metal - This should be the bar for how symphonic metal should be done. Everything is done right, but just never steps beyond the boundaries that it sets. 7.8/10
59. Juçara Marçal - Encarnado
Vanguarda Paulista - Yeah... I don't know what that genre means either... What I do know is that this album has no bass or drums, yet manages to shine greatly thanks to the amazing latin vocals, guitar lines and other various instruments that are brought into the mix. 7.7/10
60. Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House
Neo-Psychedelia - Not quite as interesting or grabbing as his works in Animal Collective, instead going for a more straightforward, poppy sound. However, it's still solidly executed. 7.7/10
61. Anathema - Distant Satellites
Atmospheric Rock - Anathema capture that signature beauty of theirs once again, though it's not quite as astounding as its predecessor Weather Systems. 7.7/10
62. Murmur - Murmur
Avant-Black - Beautifully constructed. 7.7/10
63. Sisyphus - Sisyphus
Experimental Hip-Hop - A really nice fusion of hip-hop, electronics and art pop. 7.7/10
64. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
Cabaret Prog - Unique and fun, but can outstay its welcome sometimes. 7.7/10
65. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
Prog-Black - ...as in it literally alternates between 70s prog rock and black metal. And it does it pretty damn well too. 7.7/10
66. Serdce - Timelessness
Progressive Metal - A great fusion of many great names in the genre such as Cynic, Dream Theater and Symphony X to create something completely of its own. 7.7/10
67. Jack White - Lazaretto
Blues Rock - A brand new take on the genre, with solid results. 7.7/10
68. Rome - A Passage To Rhodesia
Neofolk / Martial Industrial - Like a Neofolk Type O Negative. Interesting to say the least. 7.6/10
69. KOOL A.D. - WORD O.K.
Abstract Hip-Hop - The guy's got a hilariously charming personality that really shines through in his words, and the laid back beats are all that you need for lazing on a Sunday afternoon. 7.6/10
70. Anubis Gate - Horizons
Prog-Power - I generally don't enjoy PP releases to often. This is one of the clear exceptions. 7.6/10
71. Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings
Crossover Prog - Good fun. 7.6/10
72. Mondkopf - Hadès
Dark Ambient Electronic - Forboding in multiple colours. 7.6/10
73. - Missing Character
Experimental Electronic - A lot of hits and misses. Fortunately, the misses are short and sweet, whereas the hits take up most of the album. 7.6/10
74. Young Fathers - Dead
Abstract Hip-Hop - A really nice ethnic vibe to add to the relaxed-but-powerful music. 7.6/10
75. Babymetal - Babymetal
Idol Metal - Know what? I'll say it. Everyone's going to judge this album for its gimmick, but there's actually some pretty decent stuff underneath the smoke and mirrors. Solidly written. 7.5/10
76. Too Many Zooz - F Note
Brass - Pure, unfiltered fun. The three-piece drumset is perfect for the sound, and gives new meaning to "more cowbell". 7.5/10
77. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
Progressive Metal - They've managed to be a bit more versatile with the Dream Theater brand of prog metal, which is honestly quite a feat. The electronic touches, while minor, are what make this album stand out. 7.5/10
78. Fabio Zuffanti - La Quarta Vittima
Progressive Rock - Takes the usual cliches of prog rock (jazz flute, Hammonds etc.) but utilises them in a unique and refreshing manner. 7.5/10
79. Skalpel - Simple
Nu Jazz - A great EP that keeps up with Skalpel's previous works in terms of quality. 7.5/10
80. Fire! Orchestra - Enter
Avant-Garde Jazz / Progressive Rock - Has some beautiful songwriting involved, but just too much random chaos going on at certain points. 7.5/10
81. Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Indie Rock - Overall, a well done release. Good to see this stuff being recognised by mainstream media too. 7.4/10
82. Pyrapisme - Blastbit Rococollider
8-Bit - A great retro-rendition of their completely wacky release. 7.4/10
83. Fennesz - Bécs
Electroacoustic Glitch / Ambient - A solid and unique execution that I can definitely recognise, but unfortunately can't enjoy too much. This album is better than the rating I give it. 7.3/10
84. Jordan Rudess - Explorations
Modern Classical - A good fusion between Rudess' skill on his Steinway and the colour that the orchestra adds to the mix. 7.3/10
85. Opeth - Pale Communion
Progressive Rock - Overall a far more solid style shift than Heritage... however PC seems to lack any sort of standout tracks, which greatly hinders it. A good album in need of something "more". 7.3/10
86. Narrow House - Thanathonaut
Doom Metal - Solid doom, but not much more than that. Feels good most of the time, but somewhat missing at others. 7.3/10
87. Blues Pills - Blues Pills
Blues Rock - Both a fresh and well-done execution of the style. Special props go out to the female vocals. 7.3/10
88. Carla Bozulich - Boy
Experimental Rock - Definitely creative and unique, but had its moments where I was just wondering where the heck it was taking me. 7.3/10
89. Dragonforce - Maximum Overload
Power Metal - It looks like Dragonforce is finally growing up. Still littered with a few "gotta go fast!" tracks, but now there's also a good amount of solid power metal to balance it out. 7.3/10
90. A.C.T - Circus Pandemonium
Progressive Rock - Some fun, theatrical concept prog with circus themes that Ayreon fans may enjoy. 7.3/10
91. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Nu Disco - Incredibly catchy. Some songs have potential to be song of the year. Others fall flat though. 7.2/10
92. The Algorithm - Octopus4
Electro-djent - While clearly a niche sound, this is The Algorithm's best work to date by far. Good variety, but I just think the sound's gotten a bit old for these ears. 7.2/10
93. Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
Alternative Metal - Solid. 7.2/10
94. Imogen Heap - Sparks
Electronic Art Pop - Occasional moments of mainstream pop mediocrity stop this album from reaching its full potential. That being said, however, Imogen Heap's technological innovation is as good as it's ever been. 7.2/10
95. Behemoth - The Satanist
That-One-Album-Every-Metalhead-Is-Climaxing-To - Overrated? Definitely. Bad? Definitely not. 7.2/10
96. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Silence
Mashup / Comedy - Lion King porn grooves, bluegrass SOAD, Austin Powers and much, much more. Hilarious, though not particularly interesting from a musical standpoint. 7.2/10
97. Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
Psychedelic Drone - Does what it does, and does it well. Will put you in a good trance. 7.2/10
98. Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion
Instrumental Prog Metal / Djent - While I can sense the new, creative ways they've utilised it, this is stil the exact same core sound that we've grown to hear from most of these types of bands. 7.1/10
99. Buffalo Daughter - Konjac-tion
Shibuya-kei / Indietronica - Catchy, quirky, fun and jerky. 7.1/10
100. TEEN - The Way And Colour
Psychedelic R&B - Makes you wonder why this combination of genres isn't more commonplace. A solid sound.
101. Benighted - Carnivore Sublime
Brutal Death / Grindcore - Pretty fun, considering I'm not really one for the br00tal side of metal. 7.1/10
102. The L-Train - Moonrise: A Symphonic Metal Opera
Symphonic Metal - Pretty well executed, especially considering it's a fan-project. That said, the vocals do hold this performance back. Nice Symphony X/Nightwish/Ayreon vibe to it. 7.1/10
103. Sleaford Mods - Divide And Exit
Post-Punk / Spoken Word - Oh so British... 7.1/10
104. Periphery - Clear
Djent - Did what it was meant to do, and showed off Periphery's full diversity. 7/10
105. The Lawrence Arms - Metropole
Punk Rock - Fun stuff. Not too original, but still a good listen. 7/10
106. Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
Avant-Garde Metal / Alternative Metal - It's pretty solid, but I couldn't help but feel like I wanted a bit... more... especially from these guys. 7/10
107. Cities Aviv - Come To Life
Experimental Hip-Hop - Musically beautiful, but I can't stand the MC's voice. 7/10
108. Iisa - Iisa
Indie Pop - Good fun. Nothing special, but entertaining music. 7/10
109. Current 93 - I Am the Last Of All the Field That Fell: A Channel
Avant-Folk - Interesting poetry, but I can't give a score yet... really hard to pin down. 7/10
110. Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus
Progressive Folk Rock - It's decently written, and contains that ol' Tull flair, but Ian's lack of voice is starting to show nowadays... 7/10
111. Evian Christ - Waterfall
Instrumental Hip-Hop / Trap - One of the only trap albums I can listen to. 7/10
112. Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
Prog-Power Metal - It's good, but I don't get what the big deal is about these guys. It's above average prog-power. 7/10
113. -
Alternative Rock - 'S Alright, I guess. 7/10
114. Sockweb - Werewolf
Grindcore - Brutorable stuff made by a father-daughter duo. Quality is surprisingly good considering that part of the vocal performance and all of the lyrics are on behalf of a child. 6.9/10
115. Big Ups - Eighteen Hours Of Static
Post-Hardcore / Noise Rock - Depending on your listening experience this can be anything from painfully annoying to fist-pumpingly strong. Fortunately for me, I found it to be the latter... most of the time. 6.9/10
116. Alcest - Shelter
Shoegaze - Great stuff half of the time, but the other half is completely dull 6.8/10
117. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Contemporary Folk - Powerfully blunt lyricism backed up by a decent band. Wears on you after a while though. 6.8/10
118. Issues - Issues
Trancecore - Someone actually put effort into the originality of their generic metalcore? Well I'll be damned. 6.8/10
119. Peculate - In Two (A)
Extreme Progressive Metal - Absolute insanity that may occasionally go a little TOO far. 6.8/10
120. - No Mythologies To Follow
Electropop - Not one of the best of its genre, but it'll suffice. 6.7/10
121. Whispered - Shogunate Macabre
Melodeath - Fun at first, but the effects wear off quick. 6.6/10
122. The Bug - Angels & Devils
UK Bass / Grime - Some songs are quite unique, rich and entertaining. Others are completely void of any substance. 6.5/10
123. Phantogram - Voices
Indietronica - Well written, well performed, but just largely uninteresting. 6.4/10
124. Aenaon - Extance
Prog-Black - Has some great ideas thrown in there, but doesn't really bring anything too "new" to the table. 6.2/10
125. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
Progressive Stoner Metal - At this point, I don't know if I'm just not feeling it with these guys, or if they're not the band for me. Either way, Once More 'Round The Sun just seems... unimpressive. Average, but hardly anything worth noting. 6.1/10
126. David Crosby - CROZ
Folk Rock - The guy still has it in him... but what he has is rather uninteresting. 6/10
127. Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom
Experimental Rock / Synth-Punk - BLACK DICK BLACK DICK BLAAAAAAACK DICK! 6/10
128. Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Indie/Art Pop - While it definitely has great, soothing instrumentation, the vocals (which are the main focus are the album) fall flat for me. 5.7/10
129. Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds
Mashup / Comedy - Smash Mouth, Shrek Jokes, whatever more you need to piss people off. Here it is. Probably the lesser of the album duo though. 5.5/10
130. Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope
Prog Rock - You know the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Transatlantic pretty much runs by this motto, and now I just get bored with them. 5.4/10
131. Big Giant Circles - The Glory Days
Chiptune - Presents a rather fresh sound to chiptune, but the trick wears off about 10 songs in... did I mention this album is over 30 songs long? 5.2/10
132. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
Nu-Metal / Alternative Rock - Definitely a step up from their previous releases. A bunch of great tracks on here, but also many that just make you want to listen to Korn or something... I dunno. 5.1/10
133. Dream The Electric Sheep - Heretics
Progressive Rock - I can't understand why people are liking this one so much... It's just riddled with cliches and cheese that the prog scene already has too much of. Still has some noteworthy moments though. 5/10
134. Trust - Joyland
Synth Pop - The melodies are good, but the vocals are a huge turn-off. 5/10
135. Mechina - Xenon
Industrial - Loved it on my first listen. Couldn't get through it on my subsequent attempts. Weird... 5/10
136. Within Temptation - Hydra
Symphonic Metal - ... 5/10
137. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island
Anti-Folk - Easily his most commercial release yet, which is worrying considering his whole persona was built on being an "anti"-catalyst. 4.9/10
138. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love
Post-Hardcore / Noise Rock - This album has hype... but I just don't get it. The production is either a major turn-on or turn-off, but for me it was the latter. 4.9/10
139. Shlomo & Jeremih - No More
UK Bass / Contemporary R&B - A great starting track followed by wave after wave of mediocrity. Such a shame... 4.8/10
140. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags
Indie Rock - Uninteresting. That is all. 4.5/10
141. Pharrell Williams - G I R L
Contemporary R&B - Has one or two really good songs, but the rest is just fluff. 4.4/10
142. Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence
Wannabe Art Pop - Almost insultingly melodramatic, this is an album that has an obsession with being "deep", but has no musical substance with which to actually do so. 3.1/10
143. Foxygen - ...And Star Power
Pyschedelic Pop - The perfect example of how to butcher any sort of good production. 2.3/10
144. ALBUMS I NEED MORE LISTENS OF TO RATE - PLEASE SUGGEST WHICH I SHOULD LISTEN TO FIRST
145. Ab-Soul - These Days...
West-Coast Hip-Hop
146. Actress - Ghettoville
Microhouse
147. Agalloch - The Serpent And The Sphere
Atmospheric Black Metal
148. Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
Technical Melodeath
149. Amerigo Gazaway - Yaasin Gaye: The Return (Part 2)
Mashup / Conscious Hip-Hop PRIORITY
150. Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone
Indie-Folk/Pop
151. Antemasque - Antemasque
Post-Hardcore PRIORITY
152. Anubis - Hitchhiking To Byzantium
Prog Rock
153. Aphex Twin - Syro
IDM PRIORITY
154. Arca - Xen
Wonky / Glitch-Hop
155. Atomic Ape - Swarm!
Avant-Prog
156. Auric - Auric
Blackened Sludge Metal
157. Banks - Goddess
Alternative R&B
158. Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Industrial / Dark Ambient PRIORITY
159. Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below
Hip-Hop
160. Blonde Redhead - Barragan
Dream Pop / Indie Rock
161. Boris - Noise
Post-Rock PRIORITY
162. Botanist - VI: Flora
Experimental Black Metal PRIORITY
163. Busdriver - Perfect Hair
Abstract Hip-Hop PRIORITY
164. Car Seat Hedrest - How To Leave Town
Indie Pop / Lo-Fi PRIORITY
165. Chimurenga Renaissance - riZe vadZimu riZe
Experimental Hip-Hop PRIORITY
166. Clockwork Indigo - Clockwork Indigo EP
Hardcore Hip-Hop
167. Clouds - Doliu
Atmospheric Doom Metal
168. The Contortionist - Language
Progressive Metal / Djent
169. Copeland - Because I'm Worth It
Art Pop / IDM
170. Cybernetika - Solar Nexus
Psytrance / D'n'B
171. Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World
Dance-Punk PRIORITY
172. Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita
Indie/Experimental Rock PRIORITY
173. Destiny Potato - LUN
Djent PRIORITY
174. Devin Townsend -
Progressive Metal PRIORITY
175. Diamond Version - CI
Glitch
176. Dirge - Hyperion
Atmospheric Sludge Metal
177. Dope Body - LIFER
Noise Rock / Post-Hardcore PRIORITY
178. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
Synth-Pop / Art Pop
179. Esben And The Witch - A New Nature
Ethereal Wave / Post-Rock PRIORITY
180. Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
Progressive Metal
181. FKA Twigs - LP1
Art Pop / Alternative R&B PRIORITY
182. Flying Colors - Second Nature
Progressive Rock
183. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Gangsta Rap PRIORITY
184. Galneryus - Vetelgyus
Power Metal
185. Goat - Commune
Psychedelic Rock
186. Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire
Industrial Metal PRIORITY
187. GoGo Penguin - v2.0
Jazz Fusion PRIORITY
188. Grey Skies Fallen - The Many Sides Of Truth
Progressive Melodeath
189. Haken - Restoration
Progressive Metal PRIORITY
190. Hauschka - Abandoned City
Modern Classical
191. Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
Atmospheric Sludge
192. Herder - Gods
Stoner Doom
193. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Folktronica / Art Pop
194. Iamthemorning - Belighted
Chamber Folk / Progressive Art Rock PRIORITY
195. Icarus The Owl - Icarus The Owl
Post-Hardcore
196. Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love
Post-Punk / Art Punk PRIORITY
197. In Flames - Siren Charms
Alternative Metal
198. Intervals - A Voice Within
Djent
199. IQ - The Road Of Bones
Neo-Prog
200. Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes Of Voice
Art Pop / Avant-Garde PRIORITY
201. Johann Sebastian Punk - More Lovely And More Temperate
Art Rock
202. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny
Synth-Punk / Neo-Psychedelia PRIORITY
203. Kangding Ray - Solens Arc
Minimal Techno
204. Kashiwa Daisuke - 9 Songs
Glitch-Pop PRIORITY
205. Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19
Deep House PRIORITY
206. Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io
Avant-Garde / Art Rock PRIORITY
207. Keaton Henson - Romantic Works
Modern Classical
208. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pikapika Fantajin
J-Pop / Synth-Pop PRIORITY
209. Lone - Reality Testing
House / Wonky
210. Lux Occulta - Kołysanki
Avant-Garde Metal
211. Manes - Be All End All
Experimental Rock / Electronic Trip-Hop PRIORITY
212. Mantar - Death By Burning
Sludge
213. Marco Minnemann - Eeps
Progressive Rock
214. Marissa Nadler - July
Contemporary Folk / Singer-Songwriter
215. Markéta Irglová - Muna
Indie Folk PRIORITY
216. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
Black Metal
217. Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]
Conscious Hip-Hop
218. Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
Experimental / Abstract Hip-Hop
219. Moab - Billow
Stoner Doom
220. Moanaa - Descent
Post-Metal
221. Monolord - Empress Rising
Stoner Doom
222. Morbus Chron - Sweven
Prog-Death - A lot of people hype this one. I haven't seen why yet.
223. Musk Ox - Woodfall
Dark Chamber Folk
224. My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand
Chamber Pop
225. Nadja - Queller
Ambient Drone
226. Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country
Drone / Psychedelic Folk PRIORITY
227. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
Progressive Metal PRIORITY
228. North Atlantic Oscillation - The Third Day
Experimental Progressive Rock PRIORITY
229. Olga Bell - Krai
Avant-Folk / Art Pop
230. Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I
Progressive Electronic PRIORITY
231. The Osiris Club - Blazing Worlds
Psychedelic Prog Rock
232. Otto A Totland - Pinô
Modern Classical
233. Ought - More Than Any Other Day
Art Punk / Post-Punk
234. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Chamber Pop / Art Pop
235. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Art Pop
236. Perturbator - Dangerous Days
Synthwave / Horror Synth PRIORITY
237. Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniform
Post-Rock
238. Philip Selway - Weatherhouse
Singer-Songwriter / Contemporary Folk
239. Phish - Fuego
Jam-Band / Progressive Rock
240. The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
Progressive Alt-Rock
241. Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Progressive Rock PRIORITY
242. Porter Robinson - Worlds
Electropop / Glitch Pop
243. Quirke - Acid Beth
UK Bass
244. Rabbit Rabbit - Rabbit Rabbit Radio Vol. 2
Experimental Folk / Art Pop PRIORITY
245. The Raveonettes - Pe'ahi
Noise Pop / Dream Pop
246. Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
Hard Rock
247. Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
Folk Rock
248. Roll The Dice - Until Silence
Electronic / Modern Classical
249. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Alternative Rock / Stoner Rock
250. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
Hardcore/Experimental Hip-Hop PRIORITY
251. Sadistik - Ultraviolet
Conscious Hip-Hop PRIORITY
252. Sage Francis - Copper Gone
Conscious Hip-Hop PRIORITY
253. Sane Masayuki - lucent indigo
Electronic
254. Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies - Earth Air Spirit Water Fire
Experimental Psychedelic Rock / Krautrock PRIORITY
255. Septicflesh - Titan
Extreme Symphonic Metal
256. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
Abstract/Experimental Hip-Hop
257. Slash - World On Fire
Hard Rock
258. Sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartogrphy
Post-Rock
259. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Alternative Metal / Nu Metal
260. Slows Down - The Way Down Leering / On The Street
Chamber Pop
261. The Soundcarriers - Entropicalia
Neo-Psychedelia
262. Spoon - They Want My Soul
Indie Rock
263. Synaesthesia - Synaesthesia
Crossover Prog
264. Tempel - On The Steps Of The Temple
Atmospheric Sludge Metal
265. Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
Black Metal
266. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light Onto Everything
Post Art Rock
267. Thine - The Dead City Blueprint
Progressive Alt-Rock
268. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Glitch Pop / Electronic
269. Thou - Heathen
Sludge-Doom
270. Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence
Jazz Fusion
271. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Doom Metal
272. Ty Segall - Manipulator
Psychedelic Garage Rock
273. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
Death Metal
274. Venetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozer
Breakcore
275. Voyager - V
Progressive Metal
276. We All Die (Laughing) - Thoughtscanning
Prog Metal
277. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Power Pop / Alternative Rock
278. White Suns - Totem
Noise
279. WIFE - What's Between
Electronic
280. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos
Ambient / Modern Classical
281. Wo Fat - The Conjuring
Psychedelic Doom Metal
282. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
Progressive Electronic
283. Woods - With Light And With Love
Psychedelic Folk Rock
284. Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate
Psychedelic Folk Rock
285. Wovenwar - Wovenwar
Alternative Metal
286. Zammuto - Anchor
Art Pop / Folktronica PRIORITY
287. 7for4 - Splash
Jazz Fusion / Prog Rock PRIORITY
288. 和楽器バンド (Wagakki Band) - ボカロ三昧 (Vocalo Zanmai)
Visual Kei / Folk Metal PRIORITY
289. きのこ帝国 (Kinoku Teikoku) - フェイクワールドワンダーランド
Alternative Rock / Shoegaze PRIORITY



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Uldreth - 11.04.2014 at 20:54  
Does you intro text mean that anything you didn't comment on you didn't like on the first listen and will ignore them from now on?

Or I no understand halp please. At any rate that Cloud Nothings album is way too cool for that to happen to it.
Karlabos - 11.04.2014 at 20:57  
That's a lot of releases. I think I'll have listened to more than 80 2014's releases in the midst of 2018 or so
Lethrokai - 11.04.2014 at 21:18  
Written by Uldreth on 11.04.2014 at 20:54

Does you intro text mean that anything you didn't comment on you didn't like on the first listen and will ignore them from now on?

Or I no understand halp please. At any rate that Cloud Nothings album is way too cool for that to happen to it.

The only stuff I don't comment on is stuff where I haven't formed a solid opinion on it yet.

However, if there is an album where I don't enjoy it much following the first listen, then it'll probably be deleted from the list.

Cloud Nothings is just one that I haven't really made my mind up on yet. It will take a few more listens before I can really talk about it. Hope that clears things up.
Lethrokai - 29.05.2014 at 13:31  
EDIT TIME:

Firstly I've decided to rearrange albums in order of rating, because people seem to like that.
Secondly, I've decided to switch to decimals, simply because it helps me order these albums better.

REMOVED:
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Audrey Fall - Mitau
The Body - I Shall Die Here
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights
Chiodos - Devil
Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else
CyHi The Prynce - Black Hystori Project
Damien Jurado - Brothers And Sisters
Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
La Dispute - The Rooms Of The House
Temples - Sun Structures
Wild Beasts - Present Tense

ADDED:
Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion
Anubis Gate - Horizons
Atomic Ape - Swarm!
Cities Aviv - Come To Life
Destiny Potato - LUN
Destrage - Are You Kidding Me? No.
Gazpacho - Demon
Grey Widow - I
Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
Iisa - Iisa
Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I
Peculate - In Two (A)
Pyrapisme - Blastbit Rococollider
Sukekiyo - Immortalis
Swans - To Be Kind
Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise
Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Too Many Zooz - F Note
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Vampillia - Divine Move

--------------------------

Let me know which of the albums I haven't given enough listens to yet I should check out first!
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.05.2014 at 17:46  
Good to see so many non-MS bands. Too many lists focus on stuff only featured on this site.

You should listen to Grey Widow next. I'l be seeing them in a couple of hours
Lethrokai - 29.05.2014 at 20:56  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.05.2014 at 17:46

Good to see so many non-MS bands. Too many lists focus on stuff only featured on this site.

You should listen to Grey Widow next. I'l be seeing them in a couple of hours


Yeah, I like to keep the music I listen to diverse, cos there's just too much great stuff out there, and you're really doing yourself a disservice if you limit yourself to one particular area.

And yeah, I guess Grey Widow is next on my listening list then! I'm still kinda hesitant towards black-ish metal (still haven't found that one good transition album for me) but I liked what I heard in previews. Enjoy your show (you lucky bastard)!
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.05.2014 at 21:00  
Written by Lethrokai on 29.05.2014 at 20:56

Yeah, I like to keep the music I listen to diverse, cos there's just too much great stuff out there, and you're really doing yourself a disservice if you limit yourself to one particular area.

And yeah, I guess Grey Widow is next on my listening list then! I'm still kinda hesitant towards black-ish metal (still haven't found that one good transition album for me) but I liked what I heard in previews. Enjoy your show (you lucky bastard)!

Couldn't agree more, my sentiments exactly.

Well Grey Widow are mostly sludge I'd say, but with a black metal tone and a few elements, but it's quite a dirty and harsh album so might not be your thing.

Cheers
Lethrokai - 30.05.2014 at 18:34  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.05.2014 at 21:00

Written by Lethrokai on 29.05.2014 at 20:56

Yeah, I like to keep the music I listen to diverse, cos there's just too much great stuff out there, and you're really doing yourself a disservice if you limit yourself to one particular area.

And yeah, I guess Grey Widow is next on my listening list then! I'm still kinda hesitant towards black-ish metal (still haven't found that one good transition album for me) but I liked what I heard in previews. Enjoy your show (you lucky bastard)!

Couldn't agree more, my sentiments exactly.

Well Grey Widow are mostly sludge I'd say, but with a black metal tone and a few elements, but it's quite a dirty and harsh album so might not be your thing.

Cheers


Well, I managed to get a listen to the first half of the album through, and I'm actually quite enjoying it! Those guitar tones man... and it's also nice to hear a good variety in the vocals too.

How was the show anyway?
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.05.2014 at 18:39  
Written by Lethrokai on 30.05.2014 at 18:34


Well, I managed to get a listen to the first half of the album through, and I'm actually quite enjoying it! Those guitar tones man... and it's also nice to hear a good variety in the vocals too.

How was the show anyway?

Sweet, glad you aren't hating it

Actually it was one the heaviest gigs I think I've ever been to. One of the few times I think I should probably wear ear plugs. The sound was spot on too, so pretty happy about that.
Lethrokai - 30.05.2014 at 22:09  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.05.2014 at 18:39


Sweet, glad you aren't hating it

Actually it was one the heaviest gigs I think I've ever been to. One of the few times I think I should probably wear ear plugs. The sound was spot on too, so pretty happy about that.


Speaking of "loud-as-fuck" bands, have you listened to the new Swans album? That stuff's beautiful! (at least, to me it is, as you can probably tell from this list)
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.05.2014 at 04:29  
Written by Lethrokai on 30.05.2014 at 22:09


Speaking of "loud-as-fuck" bands, have you listened to the new Swans album? That stuff's beautiful! (at least, to me it is, as you can probably tell from this list)

I haven't got round to it yet. I went to listen to it on Spotify and saw how long the album was and realised I wasn't prepared for something like that quite yet. I'll get on it soon, when I've psyched myself up enough...
Lethrokai - 31.05.2014 at 09:42  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.05.2014 at 04:29


I haven't got round to it yet. I went to listen to it on Spotify and saw how long the album was and realised I wasn't prepared for something like that quite yet. I'll get on it soon, when I've psyched myself up enough...


Heheh, yeah... It's definitely one of the most demanding listens I've heard in a LONG time.
Lethrokai - 20.07.2014 at 19:12  
UPDATE:

RATED:
Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Grey Widow - I
Sukekiyo - Immortalis
Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Vampillia - The Divine Move

ADDED:
Ab-Soul - These Days...
Actress - Ghettoville
Agalloch - The Serpent And The Sphere
The Algorithm - Octopus4
Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
Amerigo Gazaway - Yaasin Gaye: The Departure (Part 1)
Amerigo Gazaway - Yaasin Gaye: The Return (Part 2)
Anathema - Distant Satellites
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island
Antemasque - Antemasque
Auric - Auric
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Boris - Noise
Closure In Moscow - Pink Lemonade
Clouds - Doliu
Devin Townsend - Casualties Of Cool
Death Grips - Niggas On The Moon: The Powers That B (Disc 1)
Embrace Of Disharmony - Humananke
Epica - The Quantum Enigma
Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
Eyehategod - Eyehategod
Fennesz - Bécs
Fire! Orchestra - Enter
Grey Skies Fallen - The Many Sides Of Truth
Herder - Gods
Icarus The Owl - Icarus The Owl
Idylls - Prayer For Terrene
Intervals - A Voice Within
Jack White - Lazaretto
Keaton Henson - Romantic Works
Kishi Bashi - Lighght
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence
Lantlôs - Melting Sun
Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
Lone - Reality Testing
Lux Occulta - Kołysanki
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
Numbers - Three
Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy
Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniform
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
Sadistik - Ultraviolet
Septicflesh - Titan
Serdce - Timelessness
Skalpel - Simple
Sockweb - Werewolf
Synaesthesia - Synaesthesia
TEEN - The Way And Colour
Toehider - What Kind Of Creature Am I?
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Vader - Tibi Et Igni
Vampillia - My Beautiful Twisted Nightmares In Aurora Rainbow Darkness
Venetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozer
Voyager - V
WIFE - What's Between
Woods - With Light And With Love
Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate

REMOVED:
Ava Luna - Electric Balloon
Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine
Dubmood - Machine
Ilham - 20.07.2014 at 20:31  
You wanted opinions on what to listen to first. I advise you to listen to Idylls as soon as possible.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.07.2014 at 01:44  
I need to check out those hippity-hop albums.
Lethrokai - 20.08.2014 at 15:39  
Written by Ilham on 20.07.2014 at 20:31

You wanted opinions on what to listen to first. I advise you to listen to Idyllis as soon as possible.

Sorry for the late response (completely forgot to check the comments on this for a while), but I'll get right on that.
Lethrokai - 20.08.2014 at 15:40  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.07.2014 at 01:44

I need to check out those hippity-hop albums.

Hope you like.
Ilham - 20.08.2014 at 15:46  
Written by Lethrokai on 20.08.2014 at 15:39
Sorry for the late response (completely forgot to check the comments on this for a while), but I'll get right on that.

No worries. Yeah there's a typo there, I mean Idylls, but you got what I meant. It's seriously a crazy album. And the new Mastodon as well. You have some work to do.
Lethrokai - 20.08.2014 at 16:15  
Written by Ilham on 20.08.2014 at 15:46

Written by Lethrokai on 20.08.2014 at 15:39
Sorry for the late response (completely forgot to check the comments on this for a while), but I'll get right on that.

No worries. Yeah there's a typo there, I mean Idylls, but you got what I meant. It's seriously a crazy album. And the new Mastodon as well. You have some work to do.

I know, haha. And if I updated it now, I'd probably be adding about 30 more albums to the "need to listen" section. It's crazy!

I've actually already listened to the new Mastodon actually. Tbh though, it just hasn't worked for me. Maybe it'll catch on with another few listens, but it's just not made an impact on me yet.
Lethrokai - 21.09.2014 at 18:32  
HUGE UPDATE:
88 new albums added to the list and 34 new ratings given.
...Fuck, I need to update this thing more frequently.


ADDED:
◻ | Missing Character
Alt-J | This Is All Yours
Angus & Julia Stone | Angus & Julia Stone
Anubis | Hitchhiking To Byzantium
Banks | Goddess
Blonde Redhead | Barragan
Blues Pills | Blues Pills
Botanist | VI: Flora
Buffalo Daughter | Konjac-tion
The Bug | Angels & Devils
Busdriver | Perfect Hair
Chimurenga Renaissance | riZe vadZimu riZe
Copeland | Because I'm Worth It
Darren Korb | Transistor Original Soundtrack
Death From Above 1979 | The Physical World
Diamond Version | CI
Distorted Harmony | Chain Reaction
Dog Fashion Disco | Sweet Nothings
Dragonforce | Maximum Overload
East India Youth | Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs | LP1
Goat | Commune
GoGo Penguin | v2.0
Half-Handed Cloud | Flying Scroll Flight Control
Hauschka | Abandoned City
Ian Anderson | Homo Erraticus
Imogen Heap | Sparks
In Flames | Siren Charms
IQ | The Road Of Bones
Johann Sebastian Punk | More Lovely And More Temperate
Kassem Mosse | Workshop 19
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Pikapika Fantajin
Lazer/Wulf | The Beast Of Left And Right
The L-Train | Moonrise: A Symphonic Metal Opera
Messenger | Illusory Blues
Mick Jenkins | The Water[s]
Moab | Billow
Monolord | Empress Rising
Musk Ox | Woodfall
Narrow House | Thanatonaut
Natural Snow Buildings | The Night Country
Neil Cicierega | Mouth Sounds
Neil Cicierega | Mouth Silence
Olga Bell | Krai
Opeth | Pale Communion
The Osiris Club | Blazing Worlds
Otto A Totland | Pinô
Ought | More Than Any Other Day
Owen Pallett | In Conflict
Perturbator | Dangerous Days
Philip Selway | Weatherhouse
Phish | Fuego
The Pineapple Thief | Magnolia
Porter Robinson | Worlds
Quirke | Acid Beth
The Raveonettes | Pe'ahi
Robert Plant | Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
Roll The Dice | Until Silence
Rome | A Passage To Rhodesia
Royal Blood | Royal Blood
Sage Francis | Copper Gone
Sane Masayuki | lucent indigo
Sunn O))) + Scott Walker | Soused
Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies | Earth Air Spirit Water Fire
Shabazz Palaces | Lese Majesty
Shlomo & Jeremih | No More
Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators | World On Fire
Sleaford Mods | Divide And Exit
Sleepmakeswaves | Love Of Cartogrphy
Slows Down | The Way Down Leering / On The Street
Sohn | Tremors
Sophie | Lemonade / Hard
The Soundcarriers | Entropicalia
Spoon | They Want My Soul
Tempel | On The Steps Of The Temple
Thine | The Dead City Blueprint
Tipper | Forward Escape
Trioscapes | Digital Dream Sequence
Troldhaugen | Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez
Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi | Käkkyrällään
Ty Segall | Manipulator
Wo Fat | The Conjuring
Wolves In The Throne Room | Celestite
Wovenwar | Wovenwar
"Weird Al" Yankovic | Mandatory Fun
Zammuto | Anchor
'68 | In Humor And Sadness
7for4 | Splash

REMOVED:
None, because this has been a LONG update and I really can't be bothered. Will probably clear out later.

RATED:
◻ | Missing Character
Alt-J | This Is All Yours
Amerigo Gazaway | Yaasin Gaye: The Departure (Part 1)
Andrew Jackson Jihad | Christmas Island
Blues Pills | Blues Pills
Buffalo Daughter | Konjac-tion
Darren Korb | Transistor Original Soundtrack
Devin Townsend | Casualties Of Cool
Distorted Harmony | Chain Reaction
Dragonforce | Maximum Overload
Every Time I Die | From Parts Unknown
Hail Spirit Noir | Oi Magoi
Half-Handed Cloud | Flying Scroll Flight Control
Idylls | Prayer For Terrene
Imogen Heap | Sparks
Lazer/Wulf | The Beast Of Left And Right
The L-Train | Moonrise: A Symphonic Metal Opera
Lykke Li | I Never Learn
Mastodon | Once More 'Round The Sun
Messenger | Illusory Blues
Neil Cicierega | Mouth Sounds
Neil Cicierega | Mouth Silence
Open Mike Eagle | Dark Comedy
Opeth | Pale Communion
Peculate | In Two (A)
Shlomo & Jeremih | No More
Sleaford Mods | Divide And Exit
Sohn | Tremors
Sophie | Lemonade / Hard
Tipper | Forward Escape
Troldhaugen | Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez
Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi | Käkkyrällään
"Weird Al" Yankovic | Mandatory Fun
'68 | In Humor And Sadness
Ilham - 21.09.2014 at 18:39  
Written by Lethrokai on 20.08.2014 at 16:15

I know, haha. And if I updated it now, I'd probably be adding about 30 more albums to the "need to listen" section. It's crazy!

Well, there's that massive update you talked about. So happy to see Idylls so high up. Told ya .
Lethrokai - 21.09.2014 at 18:41  
Ilham - 21.09.2014 at 19:08  
^This comment just changed the whole perspective of my existence. I never thought you could sum up the meaning of life in one word.
Lethrokai - 21.09.2014 at 19:17  
Written by Ilham on 21.09.2014 at 19:08

^This comment just changed the whole perspective of my existence. I never thought you could sum up the meaning of life in one word.

Whoa, what the fuck? That was meant to be a response to your thing, guess I'll just retype it out.
Lethrokai - 21.09.2014 at 19:17  
Written by Ilham on 21.09.2014 at 18:39

Written by Lethrokai on 20.08.2014 at 16:15

I know, haha. And if I updated it now, I'd probably be adding about 30 more albums to the "need to listen" section. It's crazy!

Well, there's that massive update you talked about. So happy to see Idylls so high up. Told ya .

Yeah, except it ended up being about 60 new albums in the "need to listen" section, instead of 30.
And yeah, you told me alright. They aren't my usual kind of listen, but that's why I love this whole suggestion thing so much. I've already found 2 great bands thanks to it.

Speaking of which, got any suggestions from my new (and hopefully improved) list?
Ilham - 21.09.2014 at 19:26  
Written by Lethrokai on 21.09.2014 at 19:17
Yeah, except it ended up being about 60 new albums in the "need to listen" section, instead of 30.
And yeah, you told me alright. They aren't my usual kind of listen, but that's why I love this whole suggestion thing so much. I've already found 2 great bands thanks to it.

Speaking of which, got any suggestions from my new (and hopefully improved) list?

Yeah that empty comment thing already happened to me once. I just couldn't help but make a lame joke out of it.
My pleasure really, I am trying to push that album on anyone ready to listen to that madness. I have more of the same on my own list, feel free to browse and ask questions.

Now. I actually did. I wrote down clipping, Tobacco, Destrage (I heard of them before but never got around to try that album) and Darren Korb. I didn't want to write down more, I promised myself I'd listen to all the things I have waiting in my folders before getting new stuff. I shall keep you informed.

I really appreciate the fact you include a lot of non-metal by the way, my pickings kinda make it obvious I suppose.
Karlabos - 21.09.2014 at 20:09  
Written by Lethrokai on 21.09.2014 at 18:32

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Pikapika Fantajin

Secretly everyone likes j pop here :3
Btw check Aural Vampire - Razors on the Backstreet
Lethrokai - 21.09.2014 at 23:51  
Written by Ilham on 21.09.2014 at 19:26


Yeah that empty comment thing already happened to me once. I just couldn't help but make a lame joke out of it.
My pleasure really, I am trying to push that album on anyone ready to listen to that madness. I have more of the same on my own list, feel free to browse and ask questions.

Now. I actually did. I wrote down clipping, Tobacco, Destrage (I heard of them before but never got around to try that album) and Darren Korb. I didn't want to write down more, I promised myself I'd listen to all the things I have waiting in my folders before getting new stuff. I shall keep you informed.

I really appreciate the fact you include a lot of non-metal by the way, my pickings kinda make it obvious I suppose.


Thanks, I kinda love getting into the whole spectrum of music, and I feel like this place doesn't really get enough of it. So it's nice to see people wanting to check this stuff out.
As for the guys you mentioned:

clipping. are one of those "gangster" hip-hop bunches, but they actually focus less on the usual gangster stuff, and instead bring a darker side to the scene into the light. Plus their beats are genuinely unique and really creative.
Tobacco is one I actually think you might enjoy a bit. It's basically the electronic version of what you seem to enjoy quite a bit, going by your list. (That being said, don't expect thrashing beats / absolutely shrieking vocals. It's just got such a nasty edge to it for an electronic sound, that I can't help but love.
Destrage is just a fun, wild ride.
The Transistor Soundtrack, while pretty solid on its own, is one I'd seriously recommend taking in with context of the game too. I just feel like it really helps enhance the experience.
Lethrokai - 21.09.2014 at 23:52  
Written by Karlabos on 21.09.2014 at 20:09

Secretly everyone likes j pop here :3
Btw check Aural Vampire - Razors on the Backstreet


I've actually never given a proper listen to any J-Pop. I've just happened to hear a lot of good things about this one.
That said, I will give Aural Vampire a listen, thanks!
Lethrokai - 22.09.2014 at 00:02  
Alright, finally getting around to the removals!

REMOVED THIS UPDATE:

Eyehategod - Eyehategod
Embrace Of Disharmony - Humananke
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Give The People What They Want
Chiodos - Devil


...I'm only just realising that there's no way in hell I'll be able to listen to all of this, but I really want to.
Ilham - 22.09.2014 at 00:08  
Written by Lethrokai on 21.09.2014 at 23:51
Thanks, I kinda love getting into the whole spectrum of music, and I feel like this place doesn't really get enough of it. So it's nice to see people wanting to check this stuff out.
As for the guys you mentioned:

clipping. are one of those "gangster" hip-hop bunches, but they actually focus less on the usual gangster stuff, and instead bring a darker side to the scene into the light. Plus their beats are genuinely unique and really creative.
Tobacco is one I actually think you might enjoy a bit. It's basically the electronic version of what you seem to enjoy quite a bit, going by your list. (That being said, don't expect thrashing beats / absolutely shrieking vocals. It's just got such a nasty edge to it for an electronic sound, that I can't help but love.
Destrage is just a fun, wild ride.
The Transistor Soundtrack, while pretty solid on its own, is one I'd seriously recommend taking in with context of the game too. I just feel like it really helps enhance the experience.

Honestly, described like this, it all sounds great. Thanks for the details, now I know what to start with. Probably Tobacco. Feedback to be expected within 48 hours.

Well this is Metal Storm, you can't expect the talk about music outside of those boundaries to be predominant. But we should collectively make a little effort to keep the general music forum active. I'm not the best example of that, but I try to share my discoveries when I know it might interest someone in particular. Next time if I have a rap/hip-hop suggestion I'll notify you in the relevant thread. I have very wide tastes but still have limited knowledge in some areas, so don't hesitate to do the same.
Lethrokai - 21.11.2014 at 23:40  
BIG UPDATE:
With 50 new albums added, 14 albums rated and 3.5 hours of my time gone by doing this, I'd like to say this update was a success.

ADDED:
Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies
Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary
Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Flying Lotus - You're Dead
Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum
Schizoid Lloyd - The Last Note in God's Magnum Opus
Ariel Pink - pom pom
Foxygen - ...And Star Power
Aphex Twin - Syro
Arca - Xen
Black Milk - If There's A Hell Below...
Car Seat Hedrest - How To Leave Town
Clockwork Indigo - Clockwork Indigo EP
The Contortionist - Language
Cybernetika - Solar Nexus
Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita
Devin Townsend - Z²
Dope Body - LIFER
Esben And The Witch - A New Nature
Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
Flying Colors - Second Nature
Galneryus - Vetelgyus
Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire
Haken - Restoration
Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Iamthemorning - Belighted
Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love
Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes Of Voice
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny
Kashiwa Daisuke - 9 Songs
Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io
Manes - Be All End All
Marco Minnemann - Eeps
Marissa Nadler - July
Markéta Irglová - Muna
Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
Moanaa - Descent
My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand
Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
North Atlantic Oscillation - The Third Day
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Rabbit Rabbit - Rabbit Rabbit Radio Vol. 2
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos
和楽器バンド (Wagakki Band) - ボカロ三昧 (Vocalo Zanmai)
きのこ帝国 (Kinoku Teikoku) - フェイクワールドワンダーランド

REMOVED:
Not removing anything today because updates are a bitch, and I've spent enough time already. Will probably do it sometime in the near future.

RATED:
Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies
Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary
Lunatic Soul - Walking on a Flashlight Beam
Flying Lotus - You're Dead
Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum
Schizoid Lloyd - The Last Note in God's Magnum Opus
Sunn O))) & Scott Walker - Soused
Ariel Pink - pom pom
Anathema - Distant Satellites
Rome - A Passage To Rhodesia
Narrow House - Thanathonaut
Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus
The Bug - Angels & Devils
Foxygen - ...And Star Power
Alex Fenger - 22.11.2014 at 00:11  
Hail Mary Mallon's latest is currently my favorite non-metal album of the year, with Swans close behind. You should check this out
Ilham - 22.11.2014 at 01:05  
You like your updates to be far apart from each other, and massive .
Lethrokai - 22.11.2014 at 01:16  
Written by Ilham on 22.11.2014 at 01:05

You like your updates to be far apart from each other, and massive .

Makes em feel special.
But seriously, I should probably do them more often. 3-4 hours on a single update is NOT fun.
Lethrokai - 22.11.2014 at 01:21  
Written by Alex Fenger on 22.11.2014 at 00:11

Hail Mary Mallon's latest is currently my favorite non-metal album of the year, with Swans close behind. You should check this out

As you can probably tell, love both of those.
And a new project my the Mondkopf guy? Will definitely give it a look. Thanks man.
Ilham - 22.11.2014 at 01:29  
Written by Lethrokai on 22.11.2014 at 01:16

Makes em feel special.
But seriously, I should probably do them more often. 3-4 hours on a single update is NOT fun.

Not that I'm looking for excuses for my own laziness, but I'm sure I'd have listened to your suggestions if you posted more often in this thread . I really think this is the most diverse list of 2014, and one of the most interesting for me at the moment.
You also don't seem to listen to too many at a time, too bad you're that busy.
Mary N. - 22.11.2014 at 10:42  
Babymetal ?!
Lethrokai - 22.11.2014 at 18:09  
Written by Mary N. on 22.11.2014 at 10:42

Babymetal ?!

Yeah, funnily enough I thought it was alright. I feel like people tend to judge it based on the gimmick (both lovers and haters), but the music itself is actually pretty good from my POV. That being said there were still many other albums I prefered from this year, as the list shows. I just thought it was a good album is all. Fuck the chocolate song though, that one was awful.
Lethrokai - 22.11.2014 at 18:13  
Written by Ilham on 22.11.2014 at 01:29

Not that I'm looking for excuses for my own laziness, but I'm sure I'd have listened to your suggestions if you posted more often in this thread . I really think this is the most diverse list of 2014, and one of the most interesting for me at the moment.
You also don't seem to listen to too many at a time, too bad you're that busy.


My schedule for listening to albums really just comes down to whenever I have free time. I try to listen to as much as I can, but I also like revisiting ones I love a lot (otherwise it would feel like a waste) so there's also that.
Anyway, I do want to try and update more frequently. I even marked some of the albums on the "Still To Listen" part of the list as "Prioritised" so that I can easily remember to get round to them quicker.

Thanks for the praises though. I'm really trying to make something of this music stuff right now, so I'm glad you like it.
Alex Fenger - 22.11.2014 at 19:51  
Written by Lethrokai on 22.11.2014 at 01:21

As you can probably tell, love both of those.
And a new project my the Mondkopf guy? Will definitely give it a look. Thanks man.

Yes I can tell. Have you listened to the Extreme Precautions yet? I just listened to the new Bent Knee, and I am absolutely astonished at how good it is. Fucking unbelievable musicianship on all parts in that release, and it actually might have taken over Mary Mallon as favorite non-metal release of the year. I'm probably going to listen to it obsessively for the next few days, so thanks for that.
Ilham - 23.11.2014 at 00:45  
Written by Lethrokai on 22.11.2014 at 18:13

My schedule for listening to albums really just comes down to whenever I have free time. I try to listen to as much as I can, but I also like revisiting ones I love a lot (otherwise it would feel like a waste) so there's also that.
Anyway, I do want to try and update more frequently. I even marked some of the albums on the "Still To Listen" part of the list as "Prioritised" so that I can easily remember to get round to them quicker.

Thanks for the praises though. I'm really trying to make something of this music stuff right now, so I'm glad you like it.

Hey, I wasn't asking for justifications, really. I understood that if you could, you would . Good idea for a system. Can I suggest your prioritise Perturbator? If you're familiar with his work, you know it's not going to revolutionise your view of music, but it's a great piece of retrosynth.
Since yesterday I promised myself I'd strike through some of the recs on my list, and I started with yours. clipping was just awesome. Story 2 is just impressive, those synths, the crescendo. Fuck me. Thanks for that one.
Alex Fenger - 23.11.2014 at 19:54  
Hey you should definitely check this out. Really fucking good hip-hop/rap with some various electronic elements thrown around and super-catchy choruses.

Lethrokai - 23.11.2014 at 22:54  
Written by Alex Fenger on 22.11.2014 at 19:51

Yes I can tell. Have you listened to the Extreme Precautions yet? I just listened to the new Bent Knee, and I am absolutely astonished at how good it is. Fucking unbelievable musicianship on all parts in that release, and it actually might have taken over Mary Mallon as favorite non-metal release of the year. I'm probably going to listen to it obsessively for the next few days, so thanks for that.


Yeah, Bent Knee was album that came completely out of nowhere and absolutely blew me away. They nail it live as well, from the videos I've seen.
As for the Extreme Precautions, haven't given it a proper listen yet (heck, haven't had the time to give anything a proper listen in the last few days) but the little bits I've heard are definitely promising.

Quote:

Hey you should definitely check this out. Really fucking good hip-hop/rap with some various electronic elements thrown around and super-catchy choruses.


Thanks man, have added it to my list. Will definitely give it a listen.
Lethrokai - 23.11.2014 at 22:59  
Written by Ilham on 23.11.2014 at 00:45

Hey, I wasn't asking for justifications, really. I understood that if you could, you would . Good idea for a system. Can I suggest your prioritise Perturbator? If you're familiar with his work, you know it's not going to revolutionise your view of music, but it's a great piece of retrosynth.
Since yesterday I promised myself I'd strike through some of the recs on my list, and I started with yours. clipping was just awesome. Story 2 is just impressive, those synths, the crescendo. Fuck me. Thanks for that one.


Alright then, have added Perturbator to the priority list. Glad you liked CLPPNG; it really is amazing.
Also, I'd recommend that you check out the Bent Knee album I added to the list in this last update. That one is special, at least, for me it is.
Ilham - 23.11.2014 at 23:22  
Written by Lethrokai on 23.11.2014 at 22:59

Alright then, have added Perturbator to the priority list. Glad you liked CLPPNG; it really is amazing.
Also, I'd recommend that you check out the Bent Knee album I added to the list in this last update. That one is special, at least, for me it is.

Between today and yesterday I also listened to Tobacco, which was a little less to my liking, but it was still a fresh and entertaining listen. I added Bent Knee to my list of recs. Thanks Dan .
Lethrokai - 24.11.2014 at 14:56  
Written by Ilham on 23.11.2014 at 23:22

Between today and yesterday I also listened to Tobacco, which was a little less to my liking, but it was still a fresh and entertaining listen. I added Bent Knee to my list of recs. Thanks Dan .

No probs.... err... don't think I ever got your name?
Ilham - 24.11.2014 at 15:15  
Written by Lethrokai on 24.11.2014 at 14:56

No probs.... err... don't think I ever got your name?

It's written all over the forum. Ilham is my real name . Pronounced "IL - AM" the same way you'd pronounce "ill" and the "am" of "amigo". < That's the European smooth way of pronouncing it.
Lethrokai - 24.11.2014 at 15:30  
Written by Ilham on 24.11.2014 at 15:15

It's written all over the forum. Ilham is my real name . Pronounced "IL - AM" the same way you'd pronounce "ill" and the "am" of "amigo". < That's the European smooth way of pronouncing it.


Ah alright then, first time I've ever seen that name before.
Ilham - 24.11.2014 at 15:44  
Written by Lethrokai on 24.11.2014 at 15:30

Ah alright then, first time I've ever seen that name before.

Completely normal: old-fashioned androgynous Arab name of Persian origin. It's as if I were named Montgomerya or something .

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