This was originally posted on my brother’s blog - so the wording is for his audience.
I have so much music for y’all. This year I decided to do two versions of my Top Albums list; one without any death metal and one with the heavy stuff. I’m considerate like that. For each album, I list the general genre and links to Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube (some sources more official than others on YouTube).
I also call out a couple of EPs that I really liked and at the end are a list of honorable mentions (in no particular order).
The Heavy Stuff
- Rivers of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name — Technical Death Metal: or or
- Omnium Gatherum - The Burning Cold — Melodic Death Metal: or or
- Psycroptic - As the Kingdom Drowns — Technical Death Metal: or or
- Amorphis - Queen of Time — Metal: or or
- Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology — Death Metal: or or
Now, I also understand that a lot of people are not, shall we say, fans of death metal. This is for y’all.
- Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions — Rock: or or
- Good Tiger - We Will All Be Gone — Rock: or or
- Andy James - Arrival — Instrumental Rock: or or
- Paul Wardingham - Electromancer — Instrumental Rock: or or
- Set and Setting - Tabula Rasa — Post Rock: or or
I also want to call out a couple of EPs that came out this year that I though were really good.
These are the albums that were in the running for the other lists but did not make it. These are still really good albums, but the lists have to be capped somewhere.
- Alkaloid - Liquid Anatomy — Death Metal: or or
- Beyond Creation - Algorythm — Technical Death Metal: or or
- Harakiri for the Sky - Arson — Metal: or or
- Moonshade - Sun Dethroned — Melodic Death Metal: or or
- Nita Strauss - Controlled Chaos — Instrumental Rock: or or
- The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic — Post Rock: or or
- Parasite, Inc. - Dead and Alive — Metal: or or
- Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit — Metal/Soul/Experimental: or or