2021: Jul-Dec

At around 450 album, I've been averaging something like 75 new albums per month since the start of 2021, not to mention albums I only listen to 1-2 songs of before moving on. It's been intense, and I'm hoping the lifting of restrictions will mean I get through slightly less music in the rest of this year, but let's see what the rest of 2021 has in store musically.

Created by: musclassia | 02.07.2021

1. Between The Buried And Me - Colors II
[9.0] - Possibly the best BTBAM since Parallax II, great to see them pushing the intensity again whilst still maintaining the great melodicism, and the long songs are all very strong.
2. Year Of No Light - Consolamentum
[8.5] - A highly enjoyable return from these guys, who make some of the finest instrumental post-metal.
3. LLNN - Unmaker
[8.5] - Dense AF sludgy industrial post-metal with abrasion and atmosphere to spare.
4. Noctambulist - The Barren Form
[8.5] - Impressive Ulcerate worship; Infintesimal will be one of the best death metal songs this year.
5. Terminus - The Silent Bell Toll
[8.5] - Fucking great stoner album with dense (Green Druid level) riffs combined with high-pitched vocals.
6. Sun Of The Suns - TIIT
[8.5] - Juggernaut of a tech-death/deathcore album.
7. Fractal Universe - The Impassable Horizon
[8.0] - Really digging this prog death/tech-death approach.
8. Papangu - Holoceno
[8.0] - Pretty wild interpretation of the Magma zeuhl sound.
9. Musk Ox - Inheritance
[8.0] - The title track of this album is haunting.
10. Woman Is The Earth - Dust Of Forever
[8.0] - Very solid melodically inclined black metal album with strong atmosphere and riffs.
11. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - The World Inside
[8.0] - Strong return from these guys with more well-crafted heavy post-rock.
12. The Devouring Void - Hypnagogic Hallucinations
[8.0] - Well-balanced black metal record that manages to bring some viciousness, but also some melancholy and blackgaze tones, along with surprising but well-incorporated occasional clean vocals.
13. No Living Witness - Cosmic Simulacra
[8.0] - Diverse and slightly overwhelming prog array of different black/death sounds, ranging from Fallujah to meloblack to blackgaze and more.
14. Froglord - The Mystic Toad
[8.0] - Very fun frog-themed sludge with some quality riffs.
15. Low Flying Hawks - Fuyu
[8.0] - Nice at-times gaze-y, at-times sludgy, at-times doomy stoner metal.
16. Agrypnie - Metamorphosis
[8.0] - Powerful black/meloblack/blackgaze effort, a bit overlong but some nice range and force to it.
17. Leiþa - Sisyphus
[8.0] - Satisfyingly relentless black with some sick riffs and quality occasional hooks, particularly the emphatic closer.
18. Dola - Czasy
[8.0] - More avant-garde/psychedelic and less doomy than I remember the self-titled debut being, this is out there but very good.
19. Yoo Doo Right - Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose
[8.0] - Very cool post-rock-tinged psychedelic rock with some really strong songs on it.
20. Lykhaeon - Opprobrium
[8.0] - Intimidating, cavernous black/death/doom.
21. At The Gates - The Nightmare Of Being
[8.0] - Very strong effort slightly hampered by Lindberg's waning vocals.
22. Telomēre - Where Are We Still
[8.0] - Really nice prog/math debut with plenty of clean post-hardcore/math rock sections juxtaposed with some real heaviness.
23. Fawn Limbs - Darwin Falls
[8.0] - Definitely the best thing from this project so far, it's still chaotic but the sound has expanded to feel more rounded and adventurous, and the blistering technical grind assaults aren't overly abrasive.
24. Inferi - Vile Genesis
[8.0] - Exciting melo-tech-death release.
25. Ophidian I - Desolate
[8.0] - Too technical to the detriment of the natural feel of the music at times, but conversely also has some surprisingly gripping moments, as well as a healthy consideration of melody.
26. Phinehas - The Fire Itself
[8.0] - Thoroughly enjoyable Killswitch worship.
27. Emeka Ogbah - Beyond The Yellow Haze
[8.0] - Really nice ambient electronica combined with field recordings from Lagos.
28. Leprous - Aphelion
[8.0] - The strings and art pop sensibilities of Pitfalls are present, but combined with proggier, rockier instrumentation and more potent writing.
29. Teramaze - And The Beauty They Perceive
[8.0] - Dean Wells continues to shine as a vocalist, and Teramaze somehow produce a third solid record within a year.
30. Mastiff - Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth
[8.0] - Ballistic hardcore/sludge done to a fine standard.
31. Wolves In The Throne Room - Primordial Arcana
[8.0] - I didn't remember this band being so melodic from the times I listened to them long ago, but this was very easy-going listening.
32. Qrixkuor - Poison Palinopsia
[8.0] - Cavernous death metal epic with a ferocious production, albeit slightly long-winded writing.
33. Lightning Bug - A Color Of The Sky
[8.0] - Gentle and evocative dreamy pop/shoegaze.
34. Rivers Of Nihil - The Work
[8.0] - It's still got a good amount of the charm of Where The Owls..., but is also missing a few things for me.
35. Stahv - Cold Plunge
[8.0] - Really good improv ambient electronica.
36. Moon Unit - Differences In Language And Lifestyle
[8.0] - Impressive alt/prog rock/metal debut with hip-hop scattered in, got some Faith No More vibes amongst other influences and sounds pretty great.
37. Fluisteraars - Gegrepen Door De Geest Der Zielsontluiking
[8.0] - Another good interpretation of their meloblack/blackgaze style.
38. Kalmhain - Thanatos
[8.0] - Sometimes symphonic, sometimes melodic, sometimes ferocious, it's an impressive blackened effort.
39. Diskord - Degenerations
[8.0] - Coming a long time after their last onslaught of cacophony, these off-kilter death metal guys throw out more impressive weirdness.
40. Graveslave - No Center
[8.0] - Impressive extreme metal debut that adds grind, black and other influences to a death metal base to very good effect.
41. Eastern High - Halo
[8.0] - Nice condensed prog record with short songs, nice melodies, occasional Viking-esque melodies and rich Voyager-esque vocals.
42. Los Males Del Mundo - Descent Towards Death
[8.0] - Slightly melodic, slightly blackgaze-y, slightly atmospheric, slightly infernal - sits comfortably at the intersection of a few different black(ened) metal approaches and sounds pretty good.
43. Burial In The Sky - The Consumed Self
[8.0] - A few bum notes with the clean vocals, but this is otherwise a very enjoyable prog-death release.
44. Adjy - The Idyll Opus (I​-​VI)
[7.5] - 90+-min indie odyssey - a bit too indie for my tastes at times, but surprisingly great considering the length.
45. Anakim - The Elysian Void
[7.5] - Another strong prog death album in a year packed with them, Bearer Of The Sacred Flame had some killer solos in it.
46. Mesa - Collapse
[7.5] - Very promising extreme prog effort with some contorted yet engaging heavier riffing as well as some lovely melodic bits (particularly A Final Snowfall As The Dawn Of Man Flickers).
47. Lorna Shore - ...And I Return To Nothingness
[7.5] - Good display of the quality of these guys; really enjoyed the super-synth-heavy title track.
48. Apallic - Edge Of Desolation
[7.5] - Some rough edges, but a very competent prog-tinged melodeath record.
49. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
[7.5] - The band show off on several times how they've still got the magic on this album; however, there's still too many sections that drag for it to be an all-round excellent listen.
50. Redemptus - Blackhearted
[7.5] - Slightly hardcore-tinged but relatively conventional post-metal that sounds very good.
51. Trna - Istok
[7.5] - The more twee sections were a bit much, but when it went more serious, such as on Burning Bridges, I liked that.
52. Blak - El Tall d'Escil·la
[7.5] - Powerful crescendocore post-rock on the heavier end of the spectrum (with bursts of double bass rolls or harsh vocals).
53. Wormwood - Arkivet
[7.5] - Nothing wild, but acutely melodic black metal made well.
54. Nothing Noble - Modern Dismay
[7.5] - Another good entry in this year's djent-sphere, got pummelling grooves, math-y technicality, bursts of genuine extremity, and a general forceful approach, plus a bit of blackgaze on the song that features Mol and a couple that follow it. Quite varied this one is.
55. Bulb - Moderately Fast, Adequately Furious
[7.5] - Wouldn't pick it over the Periphery material, but there's some really nice ideas on this solo album, particularly the strings on Two Brothers.
56. Act Of Denial - Negative
[7.5] - Solid debut from this Gothenburg super-group, one that sounds very solid when going full-pelt.
57. Trophy Scars - Astral Pariah
[7.5] - Not sure about all the vocals, and not sure how this is post-hardcore, but enjoyed the instrumental side a lot, reminds me a bit of sections on Acts 2 and 3 by The Dear Hunter with the saloon blues vibes.
58. Insomnium - Argent Moon
[7.5] - More consistently strong than Heart Like A Grave across the four songs, but without a song as good as the best from that album.
59. Petroglyphs - Into The Aether
[7.5] - Nothing exceptional, but more enjoyable djent-core, and this one has a pleasant number of moments that sound like Augment by Erra, certainly more than Erra's new album did.
60. Fierce Deity - Power Wisdom Courage
[7.5] - Solid debut that's not necessarily easy to categorize (heavy, hard rock, stoner at times, somewhat proggy), but is reliably enjoyable.
61. Spiritbox - Eternal Blue
[7.5] - Hopefully repeat listens will improve this, but on first listens, the pop-heavy djent sound of their early releases doesn't click quite as well with me on this debut full-length.
62. Maston With L'éclair - Souvenir
[7.5] - Very smooth-listening prog-jazz short effort.
63. Walg - Walg
[7.5] - Rather nice meloblack debut that uses symphonics and folk melodies occasionally but effectively.
64. Ungraven - Ungraven / Slomatics
[7.5] - Good dirty sludge/stoner split.
65. Black Flak And The Nightmare Fighters - Ad Meliora
[7.5] - Nice post-rock effort with pleasant vocals.
66. Eonian - The Nomad
[7.5] - Enjoyably dramatic symphonic melodeath/black EP debut.
67. FM Skyline - Illuminations
[7.5] - If this is chillwave, then I like chillwave, very fun record.
68. Guhts - Blood Feather
[7.5] - Not always sold on the vocals, but there's quite a distinctive feel to this sludge album, it gets almost industrial on one track, goes in more atmospheric directions otherwise.
69. Felled - The Intimate Earth
[7.5] - The use of violin in this slightly lo-fi atmos-black album is very nice; it does a good job of bringing in folky vibes without feeling cheesy.
70. Sugar Horse - The Live Long After
[7.5] - A lot going on here, from hardcore and noise rock to shoegaze and post-metal.
71. Absynth - Plèbe 2178
[7.5] - Fiery stoner doom, similarly intense at times to Green Druid, but a bit more stoner-based, and also with time for the occasional stoner rock jam amidst the roars and huge walls of sound.
72. Súl Ad Astral - Heritage
[7.5] - Cool 20-minute blackgaze track with some really nice post-rock-style builds during it, particularly when the phat tom drumming combines with the delicate tremolo in the latter third of the song.
73. Hail Spirit Noir - Mannequins
[7.5] - Bit of a shame to see a very interesting prog/black band turn into a very conventional synthwave band, but at least it's enjoyable synthwave.
74. Alien Weaponry - Tangaroa
[7.5] - Cool grooves, and I like the indigenous vocal styles.
75. Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
[7.5] - The hipster black metal band go full shoegaze; the outcome is very pleasant, if slightly lacking in personality compared with some of their other efforts.
76. Big Hogg - Pageant Of Beasts
[7.5] - Canterbury sound album with plenty of personality to avoid it feeling like a complete retread of former efforts in the sub-genre, and it's a fun album too.
77. Thyrfing - Vanagandr
[7.5] - Very respectable folk effort, the occasional stodgy trudges outweighed by some strong melodies, particularly rounding out the album.
78. Anette Olzon - Strong
[7.5] - The synths are a bit Blood Stain Child, the symphonics more Olzon-era Nightwish, the melodeath moments more Amaranthe; all of it comes together into something that is very catchy and has some substance to it.
79. Somhos Tomam Conta - Hypnagogia
[7.5] - Muted yet sometimes uplifiting blackgaze-leaning shoegaze effort, with some powerful drumming and occasional screams contrasting with shimmering leads, hushed vocals and curious oscillating electronics.
80. Carnifex - Graveside Confessions
[7.5] - I like the blackened deathcore sound here, although >1 hours is way too much.
81. Sneaker Pimps - Squaring The Circle
[7.5] - Prefer the songs that lean closer to trip-hop and have Simonne Jones on, but generally makes for rather nice listening.
82. Mannveira - Vítahringur
[7.5] - Very competent and at times enthralling dissonant BM debut.
83. Lvcifyre - The Broken Seal
[7.5] - Aggressive, occasionally slightly dissonant DM that also has some groove and punch, sounds good.
84. Noctambulist (NED) - Noctambulist I: Elegieën
[7.5] - Pleasant blackgaze predominantly on the lighter side, but with some nice emotions in its heavier patches.
85. Wizardthrone - Hypercube Necrodimensions
[7.5] - Extreme power album, an exercise in excess but good fun whilst doing it.
86. Night Crowned - Hädanfärd
[7.5] - Good slice of symphonic-tinged dramatic meloblack.
87. Wizzerd - Turned To Stone Chapter III: Wizzerd vs. Merlin
[7.5] - I liked Wizzerd's stoner doom jam; the funk on Merlin's song was a bit off, but still a decent track.
88. Butcher In The Fog - Exonerate Me, Baby
[7.5] - A tricky album to nail down, featuring aspects of doom, stoner, punk, thrash and more, but it all sounds pretty good, particularly on the doomier tracks with some nice lead guitar stuff.
89. Morningstar Delirium - Morningstar Delirium
[7.5] - Nice dark ambient/electronic album from Dreadnought/Flight Of Sleipnir members, although track 3 was a bit iffy.
90. Sawtooth Monk - Goddess Empress
[7.5] - Nice quick blast of synth-heavy instrumental rock.
91. Gravewalker - As The Earth Grew Dark
[7.5] - Some exciting lead guitar work elevates this competent deathcore debut.
92. Asylum - Sharpen
[7.5] - Another good tech-/prog death album out this year, but at 80 mins, it's much longer than the rest, and not good enough in comparison to make up for this.
93. Ulver - Hexahedron (Live At Henie Onstad Kunstsenter)
[7.5] - The very drone-y opening track is a bit too much for me, but the more upbeat ambient electronica later on is very nice, as is the more direct and bass-heavy A Fearful Symmetry.
94. Sermon Of Flames - I Have Seen The Light, And It Was Repulsive
[7.5] - Ballistic, repulsive black-tinged dissonant death metal.
95. Unreqvited - Beautiful Ghosts
[7.5] - Very bright synth-heavy blackgaze, makes for very easy listening.
96. Azure - Of Brine And Angel's Beaks
[7.5] - Lengthy power/prog album with some quirkiness and intriguing melodic work; I like it overall, but didn't quite click with their style or vocals as much as I might've expected.
97. Brainstorm - Wall Of Skulls
[7.5] - Bit too trad-heavy at times, but generally respectable power metal record.
98. Lee Gamble - A Million Pieces Of You
[7.5] - Nice low-key UK electronica.
99. Tangents - Timeslips & Chimeras
[7.5] - Enjoyably atmospheric jazz fusion record; "Debris" is class.
100. Gosudar - Morbid Despotic Ritual
[7.5] - OSDM-leaning without being a complete rip-off; it throws out some pretty sick riffs and grooves, but there's also occasional moments that fall a tad flat for me.
101. Confusing Paradise - Qualia
[7.5] - Very competent djentcore debut with decent vocal hooks and djenty grooves, plus the occasional surprise (e.g. the blackgaze-style assault opening Mnemosyne).
102. Enshine - Transcending Fire
[7.5] - A good return from this project, even if I would prefer to get the full new Atoma album.
103. Erdve - Savigaila
[7.5] - The hardcore abrasiveness seems amplified here, a decision that I don't think works to the band's favour, as the best moments remain the more approachable sections in line with their debut.
104. Dok Wol - Avenoir
[7.5] - Nice post-rock-leaning djent EP.
105. Portrait - At One With None
[7.5] - Between the King Diamond-isms with the vocals and the energy of the instrumentals, this is going to be one of the better classic heavy-sounding albums of this period.
106. Aborted - ManiaCult
[7.5] - Sounds like 90s Carcass making brutal death.
107. Beyond Grace - Our Kingdom Undone
[7.5] - Decent tech-death in a year of better tech-/prog-death.
108. Modern Rites - Monuments
[7.5] - Good, if unexceptional, melodic-tinged black metal release.
109. Headshrinker - Callous Indifference
[7.5] - Nice mix of death, doom, grind, blackened tones and some weirdness in a nasty debut package.
110. Decoherence - System I
[7.5] - It's a good dissonant industrial BM album, but I clicked more with Unitarity.
111. Crescent - Carving The Fires Of Akhet
[7.5] - Nice to hear a non-brutal Egyptian-themed death metal band, although occasionally I felt the songs were lacking a bit in momentum.
112. Netherbird - Arete
[7.5] - Very competent meloblack, but not that notable beyond that.
113. Starless - Hope Is Leaving You
[7.5] - Good alt-y post-rock album with vocals, can get quite heavy at times, I generally like it, although there's moments (particularly the last song) that are less appealing.
114. Carcass - Torn Arteries
[7.5] - Generally decent, does feel a bit dry though.
115. Angel Olsen - Aisles
[7.5] - Nice cover EP, Olsen offers nice spins on the likes of Gloria.
116. Synestia - Ashes
[7.5] - Nice symph-tinged deathcore EP debut.
117. Elderblood - Achrony
[7.5] - Dramatic, flamboyant synth-tinged black metal, good enough fun.
118. Sorcia - Death By Design
[7.5] - Tasty stoner doom single-song EP, it starts off a bit meh but really grows into itself during the quiet, atmospheric midsection.
119. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - The Divine Horsemen
[7.5] - As scattered and inconsistent as you might expect for an improvised double album recorded in 2 days; the short songs feel very throwaway quite often, but there's some very high-quality moments in the longer tracks.
120. Wormwitch - Wolf Hex
[7.5] - Just as 'decent, but not quite my thing' as the last one.
121. Devoid Of Thought - Outer World Graves
[7.5] - Cacophonic but regularly hard-hitting death metal debut.
122. Apathy Noir - At The Edge Of The World
[7.5] - Nice melodeath/doom record with plenty of nice guitar melodies in here.
123. Ruadh - Eternal
[7.5] - Good steady improvement of their Saor-esque style.
124. Maarja Nuut - Hinged
[7.5] - Quite weird avant-garde electronica/art pop, strangely compelling.
125. Desperate Journalist - Maximum Sorrow!
[7.5] - A modern post-punk record that feels a bit more modern than most, this is quite enjoyable.
126. Blunt Horse/Grilth - Split
[7.5] - Fairly intense sludge band joins force with murky sludge-stoner doom band to produce something chunky and mostly satisfying, bar some occasional excesses in unpleasantness.
127. Groza - The Redemptive End
[7.5] - Very heavy on blackgaze tremolo for substantial portions; some parts are straighter black metal, so there is some range.
128. Low Roar - Maybe Tomorrow
[7.5] - Touching subdued and melancholic ambient electronic/indie record.
129. A Sea Of Dead Trees - Garmonbozia
[7.5] - Pleasantly dreamy indie-tinged shoegaze/post-rock.
130. Lantlôs - Wildhund
[7.5] - Unfortunately, still haven't quite got this band's appeal.
131. Black Flak And The Nightmare Fighters - Ad Meliora
[7.5] - Nice, if slightly overlong and dragging at times, proggy indie-tinged post-rock album.
132. Eternal Valley - Kingdom Of Misery
[7.5] - Heavily tremolo-dominated blackgaze with some nice atmosphere.
133. Cosmic Void - All Is Lost In Time
[7.5] - Another respectable post-black EP from the underground, although this gloomy effort is a bit less inspiring than the likes of Bezkresy.
134. Naia Izumi - A Residency In The Los Angeles Area
[7.5] - Cool brand of soul with some interesting math influences.
135. Intercessor - Sola
[7.5] - Meaty djentcore debut, one that refrains from cleans, which affects the memorability a bit.
136. Arcane Existence - Colossus
[7.5] - Somewhat 'rough around the edges' symphonic black album, but with a talented vocalist and some meat behind the extravagancy.
137. King Woman - Celestial Blues
[7.5] - I like the Chelsea Wolfe vibes of the songs in the quieter moments, but the sound overall isn't quite gripping enough for me.
138. Nightlife - New Low
[7.0] - Ambitious new EP that brings djent instrumentation into R&B; R&B is very much not my thing, but on the first two songs, the fusion works great when they bring the more metal side out.
139. Sadness (USA) - Rain Chamber
[7.0] - Not too fond of the harsh vocals, but this brief blackgaze venture is otherwise quite evocative.
140. Antediluvian - The Divine Punishment
[7.0] - On the one hand, this is a very impressively hellish concoction; on the other hand, I really hate listening to it. Hard to judge an album like this.
141. A Night In Texas - The Divine Dichotomy - Chapter I
[7.0] - Fairly neat deathcore with some nice melodic/symphonic flairs and decent riffs/breakdowns, although perhaps merging the best of the two chapters into a single album would've been the best option.
142. Cavern Deep - Cavern Deep
[7.0] - Sludgy/stoner doom album with trad doom vocals, it's an interesting mix but maybe a heavier vocal approach would have worked slightly better.
143. Seven Spires - Gods Of Debauchery
[7.0] - Why the hell is this nearly 80 minutes long?!
144. Dawn Fades - Ode
[7.0] - Quite interesting record in the post-metal/doom/metalgaze intersection, but doesn't quite have the ideas to back it up.
145. Catalyst - The Eternal Sleep
[7.0] - Enjoyable and well-produced, but fairly generic, djent-core debut EP.
146. Amaro Freitas - Sankofa
[7.0] - Pleasant piano-driven jazz, few parts don't click for me but it's quite easy listening with some delicate playing.
147. Shiva - Planet Eater
[7.0] - At-times djenty deathcore record with some decent melodic/atmospheric hints amidst some fairly satisfying riffs/grooves.
148. Born Of Osiris - Angel Or Alien
[7.0] - Bit too long, but they make a reasonable job of transitioning from deathcore to a more djent-y metalcore sound.
149. White Stones - Dancing Into Oblivion
[7.0] - Still clear death-Opeth influence, albeit perhaps less so, but still not something that's particularly engaging.
150. Lord Of The Lost - Judas
[7.0] - I generally enjoyed this, but it has no excuse being nearly 2 hours long. Take the best 45 minutes' worth of songs and this would be 0.5-1 points higher.
151. Times Of Grace - Songs Of Loss And Separation
[7.0] - A collection of pleasant, albeit somewhat unremarkable, tracks.
152. Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power
[7.0] - Bit too 'over the place' musically, so that every song that I like is followed by one I'm less into, but it's a very respectable effort.
153. Koreless - Agor
[7.0] - Some nice vibes on this album, but some of the more glitchy effects can tend to grate a bit.
154. Bleeding Sorrow - Drowning
[7.0] - Stirringly pleasant blackgaze/meloblack hindered by some fairly offputting vocals.
155. Towards Atlantis Lights - When The Ashes Devoured The Sun
[7.0] - The industrial feel of the percussion is quite cool, but there's a slight lack of thickness to the heavier sections here, considering that it's funeral doom.
156. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy - A Cult That Worships The God Of Death
[7.0] - Draining post-/sludge/noise/hardcore album with some cool moments but also some abrasiveness that enters into tedium, a bit like Old Man Gloom.
157. Fallfiftyfeet - Twisted World Perspective
[7.0] - Decent mathcore effort with plenty of frenetic musicianship and some decent vocal hooks, but not quite a Motion Mosaic-level release.
158. Khabal - The Divine Deception
[7.0] - Deathcore, mostly mid-tempo and not overloaded with breakdowns, it's a bit more on the death metal side of things, but is enjoyable.
159. Scythelord - Earth Boiling Dystopia
[7.0] - I'm not huge on the vocals, and there's some proggier moments that don't work (e.g. opening of Rod Of Asclepius), but it's decent thrash.
160. Underdark - Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re​-​Entry
[6.5] - A decent effort ranging from euphoric blackgaze to harsher territory, but doesn't offer enough for me to elevate it above other similar acts.
161. Jinjer - Wallflowers
[6.5] - The alt influences in the vocals really make parts of this record irritating, even if the instrumentation otherwise pushes in quite extreme directions.
162. A Night In Texas - The Divine Dichotomy - Chapter II
[6.5] - Reasonable, although slightly less interesting than Chapter I.
163. 71TONMAN - War Is Peace // Peace Is Slavery
[6.5] - Suitably grim sludgy death/doom, although the 9-minute noise track to finish off a 23-minute EP was a bit much.
164. Domination Campaign - Onward To Glory
[6.0] - Death metal spin-off from Psycroptic, it's adequate but a bit lowest common denominator mid-tempo chugging.
165. Sculptured - The Liminal Phase
[5.5] - Potentially promising Orphaned Land-esque prog fatally undermined by an awful production.

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
[ More lists by musclassia ]


‹‹ Back to Lists
Comments: 8   Visited by: 49 users
04.07.2021 - 19:06
Lost To Apathy
Question for you, Matt. With the sheer amount of new music you listen to - especially given the number of in depth reviews you write - how often do you find yourself revisiting any of those 450 albums? And do you even manage to return to classics/favourites from previous years? I struggle to keep up while listening to a tiny fraction of the new stuff you do!
"Pay no heed to anyone and do what seems right to yourself." - Franz Kafka, The Trial
05.07.2021 - 00:23

Written by LordFezzington on 04.07.2021 at 19:06

Question for you, Matt. With the sheer amount of new music you listen to - especially given the number of in depth reviews you write - how often do you find yourself revisiting any of those 450 albums? And do you even manage to return to classics/favourites from previous years? I struggle to keep up while listening to a tiny fraction of the new stuff you do!

It's certainly a challenge, the albums that really grab me in a year, I do find the time to go back to them sometimes. The ones that I'm imprssed by on first listen but not decided if it's something I'll listen to long-term, I leave them in a queue to check out, but that can take months to get round to doing relistens. I sometimes find myself taking shorts breaks from finding new stuff just to give myself a chance to enjoy the things I already know, but there are albums that slip through the cracks
06.07.2021 - 08:48
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
One can categorize them into MS excel basis of listening habits. I don't keep mine, but I know it's get relatively easy to follow up to the albums you need to listen/revisit.
06.07.2021 - 18:31
Lost To Apathy
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 06.07.2021 at 08:48

One can categorize them into MS excel basis of listening habits. I don't keep mine, but I know it's get relatively easy to follow up to the albums you need to listen/revisit.

I've started doing that. But while a spreadsheet might remind you of what was good, it doesn't create extra time to listen again.
"Pay no heed to anyone and do what seems right to yourself." - Franz Kafka, The Trial
07.07.2021 - 18:48

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 06.07.2021 at 08:48

One can categorize them into MS excel basis of listening habits. I don't keep mine, but I know it's get relatively easy to follow up to the albums you need to listen/revisit.

I leave albums on the database that I'm unsure about on my wishlist (ones that I'm confident I won't revisit I remove, ones I know I will I download and add to collection) - for albums not on the database, I usually just leave a tab open on my browser to remind myself to give it another blast, but those albums are mostly related to clandestine cuts or the non-metal article, in which case I'll have to give them a couple of spins in order to write them up. Still, having an excel spreadsheet to track everything in wouldn't be a bad idea
21.07.2021 - 10:54

Froglord should be here, that album had some killer riffs.
Ride a horse that's cleaving through the air and space of dreams.
21.07.2021 - 11:15

Written by Mehrad on 21.07.2021 at 10:54

Froglord should be here, that album had some killer riff.

That's why it is, #4

Edit: Or do you mean on the website? You could suggest them to be added, I sadly don't have the power to add bands
21.07.2021 - 11:20

Written by musclassia on 21.07.2021 at 11:15

do you mean on the website? You could suggest them to be added, I sadly don't have the power to add bands

Yup I meant on MS, and I'm going to suggest them right now.
Ride a horse that's cleaving through the air and space of dreams.

Hits total: 944 | This month: 222