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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.

1. Between The Buried And Me - Colors II
2. Year Of No Light - Consolamentum
3. LLNN - Unmaker
4. Noctambulist - The Barren Form
5. Terminus - The Silent Bell Toll

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Created by musclassia on 02.07.2021

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2021: Jan-Jun

After clocking well over 700 albums in 2020, I'm hoping 2021 will be a bit busier IRL and thus slightly less comprehensively covered in these lists, but let's see - with all the new strains emerging, who TF knows when we might return to a semblance of normality. Until then, I'll be trying to make sure that nothing noteworthy passes my radar.

1. Vulgaris - Asundre
2. Dvne - Etemen Ænka
3. Heliocentric - Ishmael
4. Decline Of The I - Johannes
5. Dordeduh - Har

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Created by musclassia on 24.01.2021

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Top 30 Of 2020: A Non-exhaustive Summary Of Some Of The Highlights Of The Lowlight Year

I don't think these are necessarily the best 30 albums of this year, but they're the ones that have I guess endured in my psyche and inspiried revisits more than most others. I was tempted to do a top 50, but after around #26 or so, I found myself confronted with about 50 albums that could've conceivably made it in, most of which I hadn't relistened to enough to rank above the others with confidence.

1. Psychonaut - Unfold The God Man
2. Elder - Omens
3. Enslaved - Utgard
4. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Ascension
5. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea

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Created by musclassia on 29.12.2020

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2020: Jul-Dec

Just about finished the first half of the year without losing too much to the character limit; I have learnt to make these list descriptions increasingly pithy

1. Enslaved - Utgard
2. Wills Dissolve - Echoes
3. Wayfarer - A Romance With Violence
4. Aversio Humanitatis - Behold The Silent Dwellers
5. Lucid Planet - Lucid Planet II

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Created by musclassia on 01.07.2020

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2020: Jan-Jun

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And I'm not broke yet.

Character limit maxed in mid-May (lockdown increased my music intake too much), so needed to cut down some entries.

I also gave up listing all the potential MSA candidates I ploughed through in late December

1. Psychonaut - Unfold The God Man
2. Elder - Omens
3. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Ascension
4. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
5. Barishi - Old Smoke

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Created by musclassia on 16.01.2020

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150 Albums To Become An Adult To: 2010-2019

I began this decade in my final year of high school, in the early phases of my metal journey (Mastodon, Machine Head, Dream Theater, Pantera and Avenged Sevenfold were still recent discoveries). One Masters degree and one PhD later, I'm now a tax-paying Londonian, and have ploughed through what must be comfortably over 2000 new releases during the previous ten years. To commemorate the end of a turbulent decade, I've put together a list of the albums that have stuck with me throughout this decade - I wouldn't consider this to be a 'best albums' list, as there have been some truly ingenious works released in more avant-garde territories, but ultimately these are the albums that have ended up dominating my listening habits, or otherwise making a sufficient impression to make this list.

1. Sylosis - Monolith
2. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
3. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
4. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
5. Cult Of Luna - Vertikal

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Created by musclassia on 27.12.2019

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2019: The Curtain Call (Jul-Dec)

I've just turned 27, I guess if I'm lucky I'll live long enough to finish this list.

1. Cult Of Luna - A Dawn To Fear
2. Schammasch - Hearts Of No Light
3. Abigail Williams - Walk Beyond The Dark
4. Disillusion - The Liberation
5. Esoteric - A Pyrrhic Existence

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Created by musclassia on 12.07.2019

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2019: The Curtain Call (Jan-Jun)

Cos Radu won't leave me alone

1. Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree - Grandmother
2. Dreadnought - Emergence
3. Methadone Skies - Different Layers Of Fear
4. A Secret Revealed - Sacrifices
5. Cartographs - Wilt & Blossom

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Created by musclassia on 09.01.2019

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2018: Let's Get It On! (Jul-Dec)

I'll be spending 2 months in the US so probably won't manage to beat the 130-odd albums I heard in the first half of the year, but I'll do my best.

1. Dirge - Lost Empyrean
2. Ingrina - Etter Lys
3. Between The Buried And Me - Automata
4. King Buffalo - Longing To Be The Mountain
5. A Forest Of Stars - Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes

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Created by musclassia on 09.07.2018

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2018: Let's Get It On! (Jan-Jun)

Actually getting onto this year relatively early, let's see what it's got in store for us all.

1. Weedpecker - III
2. Amorphis - Queen Of Time
3. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
4. Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
5. Aviations - The Light Years

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Created by musclassia on 12.01.2018

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2017, Part 2: But I Haven't Finished The First Half Yet!

Still got plenty of stuff to catch up from Q1 and Q2 from this year, but will probably end up checking out some stuff from second half of 2017 before I'm done with all of that, so here's this list.

1. Mastodon - Cold Dark Place
2. The Contortionist - Clairvoyant
3. Passages - Lucid
4. Enslaved - E
5. Dvne - Asheran

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Created by musclassia on 05.07.2017

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2017, Part 1: It's February Already?!?

Getting started on this later than usual

1. Persefone - Aathma
2. Schammasch - The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite
3. Au-Dessus - End Of Chapter
4. Heretoir - The Circle
5. Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand

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Created by musclassia on 21.02.2017

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2016: Keeping Up With The Joneses (Jul-Dec)

Very late starting on this one, been rather unable to keep up with releases over the summer so will try to catch up on as many cool releases as possible in the last couple of months of the year. Be prepared for pithy reviews

1. Ortega - Sacred States
2. Riverside - Eye Of The Soundscape
3. Oathbreaker - Rheia
4. Devin Townsend - Transcendence
5. Allegaeon - Proponent For Sentience

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Created by musclassia on 06.10.2016

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Current Top 100, 5 Years On

Back when I joined the site in 2011, I did a customary top 100 album list. Every year since then, when I've looked back at it it's become increasingly unrecognisable from my own tastes. Seeing bands I once listened to daily vanish from my playlists, new bands emerge as favourites, and bands even come and go in my reckonings during that time period (Iced Earth, Alcest, even Pain Of Salvation and more certainly peaked in my listening habits around 2011-12 to slowly vanish into obscurity). Now that it's just gone 5 years since I did that list, I thought I might do an updated list just to see how much my tastes have shifted. Whilst compiling the list, I pretty much worked on gut instinct, which was weird as I found myself almost disregarding albums I know I like whilst promoting albums I'm honestly undecided on - it almost seemed to veer away from album quality at times to embracing a subconscious effect the albums have had. Anyway, here it is, plus some honorable mentions that I was surprised missed out.

1. Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Sylosis - Monolith
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
4. Agalloch - The Mantle
5. Protest The Hero - Kezia

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Created by musclassia on 23.03.2016

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2016: Keeping Up With The Joneses (Jan-Jun)

For me more than you, as the sheer amount of music in the world has turned me into a goldfish as far as remembering what I've listened to and what I thought of it. However, if you find something cool from here, more power you my friend!

1. Cult Of Luna - Mariner [Collaboration]
2. Fallujah - Dreamless
3. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
4. Death Grips - The Bottomless Pit
5. Iamthemorning - Lighthouse

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Created by musclassia on 05.02.2016