• King Crimson in the Studio: Ranked

    18 jul 2015, 01:27 av MisterJunior

    My Ranking of King Crimson's Studio Albums

    I created this list on Rate Your Music since RYM is allowed to use the album art for the various records in question and Last.fm is not, and lists like this look more appealing when there's some photos to sexy 'em up a little. Feel free to comment either on RYM or here.
  • Kin-Folk Is A Breath Of Fresh

    17 jul 2015, 12:22 av CrybKeeper

    Coming to us from Big Hungry Entertainment, Kin-Folk featuring guests Dave and D Greezy, are more than fresh - The lyrics and musical arrangements are new, vibrant and unique to the rap and hip hop genre. Kin Folk has his very own style, like no others. The music deserves to be heard by the masses.

    This young man is genuine, raised in the mean streets. Abandoned by his real father, but raised by a great step father, who is African American. Eminem move the hell over, because Kin Folk is for real. He is not a white player, playin' at being a rap star. Kin Folk lived the raw, hard life and grew up his entire life, living the culture and learning the lifestyle first hand.

    His music conveys this, with genuine creativity and experience. Yet, he has the ability to string together hard hitting, emotional lyrics, that easily connect with a wide variety of fans - Being emotional, loving, adventurous, gritty and at times nasty enough to be something completely different from the mainstream rap, which continues to spew out the same tired subject matter, we all have heard over and over again. Kin Folk is truly 'A Breath Of Fresh Air'.

    The latest CD release by Kin Folk features 16 top shelf songs. It is titled, Royalty & Loyalty. Tracks include Kin-Folk featuring Dave and D Greezy in Take You Home, Kin-Folk with D Goode in More Than Friends and Can I Please featuring Sicc Em Chuckie.

    Here is what Kin-Folk had to say, about this latest CD:

    "This is what's up - We got Aleric Banks a.k.a. Rick Tha Rular on this album. Also, D Goode who writes for Wyclef, Diddy, Day 26, Mario Winans and more...Lil Don and all the artist on my label are on this CD. I've been truly blessed to have them all. I mix with Waves Mercury on a Blue Yeti condenser mic and I record on Adobe Audition 3.0."

    The CD release is slated for 9-11-15, but Kin-Folk is accepting pre-orders. Hit him up on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BigHungryEntertainment We can also sample his music on You Tube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=46&v=stuzxdxc5y0 This link also features appearances by Kin-Folks father and fam and the song is called My City Made Me and it describes everything that makes Kin-Folk the artist he is today.

    For those music hungry people out there, who are looking for something different and original, Kin Folk is a big plate of fresh - Come take a taste.
  • Neeshcast: Album of the Week #21

    29 maj 2015, 20:17 av neesh



    On September 20th Coheed and Cambria’s major label debut will turn 10 years old. In celebration, I’ve picked it for this week’s Album of the Week! Make sure to lend an ear to Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness this week!

    Here’s a Spotify playlist including all of our Albums of the Week to date, with the exception of Cage’s Hell’s Winter, Porcupine Tree’s The Sky Moves Sideways, and King Crimson’s Thrak (they’re not in Spotify’s library).

    Jan 7th – 14th: Cage – Hell’s Winter
    Jan 14th – 21st: Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill
    Jan 21st – 28th: 3Wake Pig
    Jan 28th – Feb 4th: RadioheadThe Bends
    Feb 4th – 11th: ThriceVheissu
    Feb 11th – 18th: DeftonesAdrenaline
    Feb 18th - 25th: dredgCatch Without Arms
    Feb 25th - Mar 4th: Mr. BungleDisco Volante
    Mar 4th - 11th: Weerd Science - Friends And Nervous Breakdowns
    Mar 11th - 18th: Jawbreaker - Dear You
    Mar 18th - 25th: Bear vs. Shark - Terrorhawk
    Mar 25th - Apr 1: Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways
    Apr 1st - 8th: Circa Survive - Juturna
    Apr 8th - 15th: Sunny Day Real Estate - LP2
    Apr 15th - 22nd: The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse
    Apr 22nd - 29th: Hum - You’d Prefer An Astronaut
    Apr 29th - May 6th: Gatsbys American Dream - Volcano
    May 6th - 13th: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    May 13th - 20th: The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
    May 20th - 27th: King Crimson - THRAK
    May 20th - June 3rd: Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

    A new album is announced every Wednesday night during the Neeshcast between 7-11pm Central on Radio Xenu.
  • Kerrang! Video Premiere - The Kut

    15 maj 2015, 00:46 av criminalrecords

    Kerrang! Magazine premiere the brand new music video by The Kut today (Friday 15th May)!  The track, I Don't Need Therapy is taken from the recent 'Rock Paper Scissors EP' and was directed by Mike Gripz. Watch it from 4pm at http://kerrang.com

    Classic Rock Magazine
    Tracks of the Week
    "Bad Man marks the precise point in the Venn diagram where L7 meets I Wanna Be Your Dog meets Courtney Love, which is equal parts terrifying and a cause for long and rowdy celebration. Punk's not dead, pass it on."

    Kerrang! Magazine 
    "Despite the loud Courtney love references they're more than just Hole II. Mario has an Against Me! Strut to the intro, while DMA is a pounding gem"

    Q Magazine
    Top 5 Tracks To Listen to This Week
    "There's a slice of angst-offloading gutter rock that's a kissing cousin of Hole, but The Kut's scuzz-covered family tree also stretches further back to the garage rampages of The Stooges."
  • Maïak creates one of the best post-rock albums of 2015

    10 apr 2015, 18:56 av Velvetleaf



    Maïak creates one of key post-rock releases of 2015. They created to something big, something to be heard! The album is called “A Very Pleasant Way to Die”.

    Filled with the symbolic weight of a catastrophe that arose as the punishment of man’s guilty arrogance in an outburst remained silent, Maïak delivers a dark and powerful instrumental rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast. Released by Fluttery Records which usually release amazing post-rock, ambient and modern classical albums.

    This post-rock storm comes from Switzerland. If you haven't heard it yet, here they have “A Very Pleasant Way to Die” on Bandcamp.
  • Recommended Release: The Kut - 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP - 20.04.15

    10 apr 2015, 16:59 av criminalrecords

    The Kut are due to release their 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP on Criminal Records, Monday 20th April. This last few months has seen some great support from Scuzz, BBC Introducing, MTV-U, Planet Rock, Kerrang! AXS America, Vevo, Putpat TV and Club NME, and we are delighted to be putting this record out on your radar.

    Listen here >>
    1. I Want You Maniac
    2. Alekhine's Gun
    3. I Don't Need Therapy (clean)
    4. Bad Man

    SUPPORT THE KUT ON LAST FM
    Give the track's a heart here to help The Kut get more exposure on Last FM
    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kut/Alekhine%27s+Gun


    Photography by Joe Brady.

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Tool, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a rock trio born from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, their ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The 2014 record saw immense support from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, AXS, MTV-U, Putpat TV, Vevo and 16 cable channels across the USA.

    Their forthcoming 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP is a quicker than expected follow up to the 'Make Up' EP, and includes horror pop halloween single 'I Want You Maniac'. Alekhine's Gun is second single from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, out 13th April. The Kut release their latest single 'I Don't Need Therapy' on Monday 6th April, which "is about rejecting the ill advice that people try to ram down your throat in the guise of helping you out." The track mixes riot grrrl grunge with contageous riffage and is soon to be accompanied by forthcoming video, produced by Mike Gripz (Boy Better Know / Frisco).

    The debut single from the EP 'I Want You Maniac' was added to the playlists of MTV-U and AXS TV. These US channels joined major UK support from Scuzz TV, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing and Jim Gellatly's New Music Showcase among others. The EP has also been played out in the clubs including Club NME and Medication.

    Pre-order the EP now and get the singles at http://thekut.bandcamp.com

    Or show your support at http://thekut.co.uk | http://thekut.bandcamp.com | http://twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock | http://facebook.com/thekutgirlsrock

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68dzvnPMu4[/youtube]
  • The Kut - 'I Don't Need Therapy' single (Criminal Records)

    5 apr 2015, 15:26 av criminalrecords

    The Kut release the 'I Don't Need Therapy' single and tour dates ahead of their EP release 'Rock Paper Scissors'.

    Listen here: I Don't Need Therapy (clean)

    The Kut - Rock Paper Scissors EP
    Releases 13.04.15 (Criminal Records)

    Listen here >>
    1. I Want You Maniac
    2. Alekhine's Gun
    3. I Don't Need Therapy (clean)
    4. Bad Man

    Click the play button to listen

    SUPPORT THE KUT ON LAST FM
    Give the track's a heart here to help The Kut get more exposure on Last FM
    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kut/Alekhine%27s+Gun


    Photography by Joe Brady.

    ABOUT THE KUT

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Tool, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a rock trio born from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, their ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The 2014 record saw immense support from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, AXS, MTV-U, Putpat TV, Vevo and 16 cable channels across the USA.

    Their forthcoming 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP is a quicker than expected follow up to the 'Make Up' EP, and includes horror pop halloween single 'I Want You Maniac'. Alekhine's Gun is second single from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, out 13th April. The Kut release their latest single 'I Don't Need Therapy' on Monday 6th April, which "is about rejecting the ill advice that people try to ram down your throat in the guise of helping you out." The track mixes riot grrrl grunge with contageous riffage and is soon to be accompanied by forthcoming video, produced by Mike Gripz (Boy Better Know / Frisco).

    The single is the third from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, with the full record scheduled for release on Monday 13th April via Criminal Records. The EP was again produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / Def Leppard). Lead vocalist Maha postulated that Rock Paper Scissors "probably has the closest resemblance to the material we've been playing out on the live sets this last year".

    The debut single from the EP 'I Want You Maniac' was added to the playlists of MTV-U and AXS TV.  These US channels joined major UK support from Scuzz TV, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing and Jim Gellatly's New Music Showcase among others. The EP has also been played out in the clubs including Club NME and Medication.

    Pre-order the EP now and get the singles at http://thekut.bandcamp.com

    http://thekut.co.uk | http://thekut.bandcamp.com | http://twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68dzvnPMu4[/youtube]
  • Albums of the Week (Neeshcast segment for 2015)

    22 feb 2015, 13:37 av neesh

    Each week I pick a different album, either from 1995 or 2005, for myself and listeners of Neeshcast to lend an ear to. It could be a first listen, or it could be the first in quite some time. Some truly groundbreaking albums came out 10 and 20 years ago. It’s nice to push them back into focus, and reflect on their influence.



    The Album of the Week from Wednesday, February 18, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (week 7) is the third dredg album, Catch Without Arms.

    I've put together a handy Spotify playlist including all of our Albums of the Week to date, with the exception of Cage’s Hell’s Winter, which is not in Spotify’s library.


    I encourage you to lend an ear to the Albums of the Week and share your thoughts! A new album is announced every Wednesday night during the Neeshcast between 7-11pm Central on Radio Xenu.
  • Miles Davis Primer

    28 jan 2015, 11:00 av MisterJunior

    I originally wrote this for a guy on YouTube who expressed a desire to get into Miles Davis, but since I ended up writing so much I thought I would cross-post it here just in case someone happens across this page and is unfamiliar with but curious about Miles as well.

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    Here are 10 albums from Miles Davis that in my opinion make an excellent "primer" of his overall body of work. These are not necessarily the 10 Miles Davis albums I consider to be "the best" but rather the 10 that I feel best capture the various aspects and important phases of his long and very influential and innovative career. I've tried to take into account the albums' accessibility, quality and how representative they are of the particular phase from which they're drawn.

    1. Birth of the Cool - Collection of sides recorded in '49-'50 with larger ensembles. As the title indicates, it was instrumental in the development of the sound, which distinguishes itself from / by generally using slower tempi, larger, more orchestral ensembles and an overall lightness of feel. Another noteworthy thing about this collection is that it gives us Miles' first collaboration with conductor/arranger Gil Evans, with whom he would record several times later in a wholly different but also widely acclaimed style. More on that later.

    2 & 3. Volume 1 & Volume 2 - Early recordings for the legendary Blue Note label. Miles has left behind by this point, this represents a move toward / and finds Miles recording with the likes of Art Blakey, Jackie McLean and Horace Silver. Great stuff recorded between '52-'54.

    4 & 5.Milestones & Kind of Blue - Milestones (1958) is Miles flirting with , the apotheosis of which is the following year's Kind of Blue. The Milestones quintet is basically the same as Kind of Blue's (John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers) except Red Garland is on piano instead of Bill Evans, whose contributions to Kind of Blue were immense (so much so that a box set issued under Evans' name was called [albumartist=Bill Evans]Kind of Evans[/album]) and who played on all of its tracks except the blues number "Freddie Freeloader." Kind of Blue is considered to be one of the greatest jazz albums of all time and rightly so. I think it would commonly be said that if you only own one Miles Davis album it should be Kind of Blue.

    6 & 7. [albumartist=Miles Davis]Miles Ahead[/album] & [albumartist=Miles Davis]Porgy and Bess[/album] - These are two of the great (a blend of Western Classical music and Jazz) that Miles made with Gil Evans, who handled the arrangements of the orchestra who plays along with Miles on these albums. Both are classics. Many people might include [albumartist=Miles Davis]Sketches of Spain[/album] as a better example of this style than one or both of these records but to my mind it's not quite of the same quality, though it is still good and worth buying/hearing.

    8-10. [albumartist=Miles Davis]Miles in the Sky[/album], [albumartist=Miles Davis]In a Silent Way[/album], [albumartist=Miles Davis]A Tribute to Jack Johnson[/album] - Miles in the Sky is the first album where Miles begins to incorporate "electric" instrumentation but it isn't quite a album, instead falling under the heading of , which no one really knows how to define exactly. Anyway, it's a transitional album that doesn't have quite the iron-clad critical reputation that some of the surrounding stuff does, but it's great; the band includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter. In a Silent Way and (A Tribute to) Jack Johnson are both full-blown "electric" albums that include, among others, Hancock, John McLaughlin and Chick Corea contributing. Both are masterpieces; In a Silent Way has a spacier sound to it -- and is in fact sometimes described as -- while Jack Johnson is the most Rock-influenced thing Miles ever recorded in the studio.

    So, there's 10 great albums to get you started on a nice Miles Davis kick. I did not include [albumartist=Miles Davis]Bitches Brew[/album] because it's 90 minutes long and in my opinion is not a good starting point for someone who doesn't yet understand Jazz/Fusion/Miles Davis; I think in jumping into that one you'd find yourself overwhelmed and end up disliking an artist/some music you might otherwise really come to enjoy. I also didn't include [albumartist=Miles Davis]On the Corner[/album], which you may see on various "top albums" lists (Pitchfork, for one, included it on their Top 200 of the 1970s list some years because I personally don't feel that it's a first-rate Miles album and I don't think it's as critical in his development as the others I've listed; it is pretty good but it doesn't have much in the way of vital compositions nor is the band Miles has surrounded himself with as high quality as on the albums I've listed above (only Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock are first rate players of those in the On the Corner band, in my opinion).

    I consider the albums Miles and his first great quintet (Paul Chambers - bass, Philly Joe Jones - drums, John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, Red Garland - piano) recorded for the Prestige label -- [albumartist=Miles Davis]Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet[/album], .[albumartist=Miles Davis]Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet[/album], [albumartist=Miles Davis]Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet[/album], [albumartist=Miles Davis]Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet[/album] -- to be among the peaks of the Hard Bop subgenre as a whole, but since the albums were all recorded at the same sessions and are virtually indistinguishable from one another both stylistically and in terms of quality, and since there are four of them and I wanted to limit this ilst to exactly ten albums, I didn't include them. If you're already familiar with Bebop/Bop/Hard Bop but not Miles, I'd suggest jumping right in with any or all of these four. Volumes 1 & 2 are great collections that chart Miles' development in a fascinating way but these four quintet albums are uniformly excellent.

    As with any great musician who is both a big name and who had a long career, there are a number of tossed-off compilations and live albums out there that aren't worth a damn. Generally the compilations have titles like "Miles for Lovers," "Mellow Miles," etc. These types of things are useless and all but defeat the purpose of listening to Miles Davis. Jazz is different from other genres in that many live albums are actually very good, since much of the point of Jazz lies in group and individual improvisations, soloing, etc. However, there are a lot of labels out there that are unscrupulous as hell, taking audio of poor sonic quality, slapping a title referencing a well known Miles song on there and charging a hefty price tag for it. Much of the time these unscrupulous labels will re-release the same live recordings that have been released under similar circumstances previously, making it easy for the unsuspecting customer to end up with a lot of not just mediocre material but duplicated mediocre material. A good wa to avoid this with Miles is to stick to releases by labels like Blue Note, Prestige and Columbia/CBS. Maybe sometime I'll do another part of this list that includes his best live albums or something.

    I think that's it for now. Enjoy!
  • My 2014 Year End List

    16 jan 2015, 05:43 av irishtim

    Wow, it's hard to believe it's that time again. Is it just me, or did this year just fly by in a blink. After compiling my list of albums I obtained and listened to, I'm convinced that this year was pretty bland as far as great albums go. There definitely are a few the were stellar, but with the exception of a select few, nothing absolutely blew me away. Enough chatter and on to the list.

    My 10 Favorite*
    *(in alphabetical order)



    Baptists - Bloodmines
    This album has gotten a lot of negative reviews and press complaining that it fell flat in comparison to their debut, Bushcraft. While I agree that this album doesn't come close to the brilliance that Bushcraft was, Bloodmines certainly does not suck. In fact, songs like Vistas, Festered, and Calling are some of my favorites that they've written to date. Nick Yacyshyn also continues to establish himself as one of the best drummers in the heavy music realm with his incredibly technical and speedy delivery.




    Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
    These guys have always been hit and miss with me. I loved Gutter Phenomenon, didn't like The Big Dirty as much; I loved New Junk Aesthetic, but didn't like Ex Lives. It seems like every other album lacked from the previous. By that thinking and reasoning, I should love this new one... and I do. The band also did themselves a favor by enlisting the services of the best producer in the metal scene, Kurt Ballou. The end result is a well produced, technically solid release that does not disappoint.




    Enabler - La Fin Absolute Du Monte
    Their release "All Hail The Void" narrowly missed my cut for the top ten in 2012. This year brought us their follow up full length. Although not as strong as their previous release, this 3-piece from Milwaukee sure knows how to melt faces with their blend of fast pissed off hardcore, punk, metal. Highly recommended for fans of bands such as Converge and All Pigs Must Die.




    Generation of Vipers - Coffin Wisdom
    This was probably my favorite release of 2014. This band fucking slays!!! If you're not familiar with these guys, they play an awesome mix of post-metal and sludge with riffs and rhythms that hit so hard, you'll be picking your teeth up off the floor. If you're into heavy music with growling vocals, chugging dark riffage, and pounding drum rhythms, do yourself a favor and get this album.




    Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
    This band has gotten better with every album in my opinion. Their debut Night Terrors was great, their follow up Weatherhead was even better and made my top ten in 2011. This year, the band releases their best album to date. Great heavy, sludgy song-writing with 3 part, male/female vocal harmonies. I've also said it before and I'll say it again, Hozoji Matheson-margullis is my favorite female drummer and she keeps getting better. She's got some serious chops on this album.




    Minus the Bear - Lost Loves
    I wasn't expecting this album to be this good let alone to crack the exclusive top ten. Don't get me wrong, I love me some MTB, but their last few releases have not lived up to the greatness of their earlier releases. Lost Loves brings back those elements of technical finger tapping and complex song-writing that hooked me in the first place. This album puts to the wayside the simplified and mainstreamed sound of the last few releases and returns the band to their earlier sound that put them on the map.




    Mursa - MRSA
    Here's my curveball in the top ten. This album was a gem of a find while cursing around on Bandcamp one day. This 3-piece band of youngsters from Portland, Oregon solidified their spot in the top ten with an album chalked full of crushing, heavy, sludgy goodness. Looking for that new metal band that no one has ever heard of? Than look no further than these guys. Check it out for yourself, you won't be letdown http://mursa.bandcamp.com




    Run With The Hunted - The Sieve and The Sand
    This was another random discovery while poking around on Bandcamp. Run With The Hunted play a blend of high energy, pissed off, chaotic, hardcore punk that would be a welcome sound in the toughest of mosh pits. I have a hard time not pumping my fists while listening to this album at an ungodly volume. This could easily be the soundtrack to a massive street brawl or neighborhood riot.




    Steaksauce Mustache - The Almighty Aardvoctomalark!
    After years of playing shows, and numerous line-up changes, my hometown Grants Pass, Oregon's own Steaksauce Mustache finally released their debut full length album via Bandcamp. This album is highly recommended for any fans of early The Dillinger Escape Plan, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Arsonists Get All The Girls. Check it our for yourself, name your price @ http://steaksaucemustache.bandcamp.com/releases




    United Nations - The Next Four Years
    It was a long 4 year wait since their epic EP Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures, but it was well worth the wait. This supergroup featuring members of Thursday, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Pianos Become the Teeth, and one of my favorite drummers Ben Koller of Converge, Mutoid Man & All Pigs Must Die to name a few, delivers an all out assault on their second full length album. I can only hope it won't take another 4 long years before we'll from this awesome band again.

    Other Greats*
    *(Not quite top ten)



    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX
    Not my favorite album of theirs, but really good nonetheless. these guys really can't do no wrong in my book.



    Audrey Fall - Mitau
    Really great , , album from this 4-piece band from Latvia.



    Barrows - Red Giant
    This Los Angeles , , caught my attention with their 2011 release, Imprecari Island. This release is just as memorable. Check out for yourself, both releases are name your price @ https://barrowstheband.bandcamp.com



    Dirt Cannon - Tough Love
    Superb , album from a band obviously heavily influenced by bands such as Every Time I Die, He Is Legend and Cancer Bats. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one.



    Ire Wolves - The Ascetic
    Very solid debut from this 3-piece band from Duluth, MN. Recommended for fans of Isis, Cult of Luna or Mouth of the Architect. Find out, name your price, here http://irewolves.bandcamp.com/releases



    Jack And The Bearded Fisherman - Minor Noise
    Don't let their kinda foolish name deter you. This French , band narrowly escaped my top ten in 2011 with their Places To Hide album. They did the same thing in 2014 with this release too.



    Kerretta - Pirohia
    I've love everything this , band has released to date, and this album is no exception.



    La Mar - Tides
    Great , , band from Caracas, Venezuela. I listened to this one a lot.



    Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
    I believe that I mentioned it before that I've came to terms with the fact that gone are the days of the Remission/Leviathan era Mastodon and that they've molded their sound into something different. With that said, I do love me some Mastodon. This album is catchy as hell and it grew on me quite a bit.



    Minerva Superduty - Minerva Superduty
    Anyone who knows me and my musical taste knows that I'm a sucker for a great instrumental band. This was probably my favorite album without vocals in 2014. I couldn't get enough of it. Not to mention they made it a name your price @ http://minervasuperduty.bandcamp.com



    Nero Di Marte - Derivae
    Awesome technical album from this 4-piece band hailing from Bologna, Italy. Recommended for fans of Gojira, Neurosis, and Tool.



    Oceanic - Origin
    When this , , band from Halifax, Nova Scotia locks into one of their many complex and off-time rhythms, it gives me goosebumps. Very solid debut album.


    Good, not great*
    *worth mentioning

    Akela -Akela (Hardcore, Post-Metal)

    Alaskan - Despair, Erosion, Loss (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Alinda - Comets' Tails (Post-Rock)

    Allochiria - Omonoia (Post-Metal)

    Aminals - Dead Air (Hardcore)

    Amniac - Infinite (Sludge)

    Amouth - Awaken (Post-Metal)

    Antethic - Origin (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Appollonia - Dull Parade (Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal, Alt Metal)

    As We Draw - Mirages (Post-Metal, Hardcore)

    Astralia - Atlas (Instrumental Rock)

    Attic - Seasons (Hardcore, Death Metal, Progressive)

    Bear the Mammoth - Yamadori (Post-Rock)

    Becoming The Lion - Automa (Instrumental Rock)

    Beware of Safety - Lotusville (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Bird Eater - Dead Mothers Make The Sun Set (Chaotic Hardcore, Sludge)

    Body Hound - Rhombus Now (Progressive, Math, Instrumental Rock)

    Brontide - Artery (Post-Hardcore)

    Carne - Ville Morgue (Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore, Sludge)

    Challenger Deep - Irreversible (Post-Metal)

    Clover - Vultures (Hardcore)

    Cold Blue Mountain - Old Blood (Post-Metal)

    Comrades - Safekeeper (Instrumental Rock)

    Cotidal - Lunar Day (Post-Metal)

    Deaf Eyes - Deaf Eyes (Instrumental Metal)

    Direwolves - Aegri Somnia (Hardcore)

    Earthship - Withered (Sludge, Post-Metal)

    Echoes and Signals - V (Instrumental Rock)

    Escapethecult - All You Want To (Progressive Rock)

    Exalt - Pale Light - (Hardcore)

    Father Figure - Heavy Meddlers (Progressive, Jazz, Instrumental)

    Giza - I Am The Ocean, I Am The Sea (Instrumental, Sludge, Stoner)

    Gunfight Fever - Gunfight Fever (Instrumental Metal)

    Gust - Gust (Hardcore)

    HawkMoth - Calamitas (Instrumental, Post-Metal)

    Herod - They Were None (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Huldra - Black Tides (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Ilenkus - The Crossing (Hardcore)

    Ilydaen - The Crossing (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    In The Presence of Wolves - Thalassas (Progressive, Post-Hardcore)

    Jakob - Sines (Post-Rock)

    Key of Solomon - Exile (Progressive, Instrumental Metal)

    LANDS - Misanthropy (Post-Metal)

    Lost in the Riots - Move On, Make Trails (Instrumental Rock)

    Mantar - Death By Burning (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Marasme - De Ilums I Ombres (Post-Hardcore, Hardcore)

    The Mercury Tree - Countenance (Progressive, Indie Rock)

    Moanaa - Descent (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Mongrels - Gnawed Bones (Hardcore)

    Moutheater - Passing Key (Noise Rock)

    N.Tesla - Lux Manifesto (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Old Man Gloom - Ape Of God (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragments Of Uniforms (Instrumental Rock)

    Redwood Hill - Collider (Sludge)

    The Return South - The Return South (Instrumental Rock)

    Ritual Mess - Vile Art (Noise Rock)

    Rodha - Welter Through The Ashes (Post-Metal, Sludge)

    The Samuel Jackson Five - Seasons In The Hum (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Save Us From Archon - Thereafter (Math, Instrumental Rock)

    Show Me A Dinosaur - Dust (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Slugdge - Gastronomicon (Hardcore, Sludge)

    Sora Shima - You Are Surrounded (Post-Rock)

    Telepathy - 12 Areas (Instrumental Metal)

    Terraforma - Creatures (Instrumental Rock)

    Terronaut - (Instrumental Rock, Post-Metal)

    These Are My Tombs - Morphosis (Instrumental, Post-Rock)

    Torrential Downpour - Truth Knowledge Vision (Hardcore)

    TotorRo - Home Alone (Instrumental Rock)

    Trade in a Temple - Obsession (Instrumental Metal)

    Trudger - Dormiveglia (Hardcore, Sludge)

    Tsima - Shatter (Post-Metal)

    Watered - Some Are Born Into The Endless Night (Instrumental Rock)

    Yarn Of Norna - Ronové (Post-Metal)

    Yoma - Approaching Silence (Post-Metal)

    Biggest Disappointments



    Giant Squid - Minoans
    I've really enjoyed everything this band had released up to this point. This album fell flat to their previous work. I found it kind of boring and uninventive for their standards.


    He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit
    This makes me really sad that I have to put this one in the disappointment list. I just could not get into this one at all. After about song 4, it just drags and never picks back up to the intensity that they're know for.


    Maybeshewill - Fair Youth
    A big letdown of a release from one of my favorite cinematic instrumental rock bands. Nothing really grabbed me enough to stay interested in this album.


    This Will Destroy You - Another Language
    For a little time there, I though this band would battle Explosions In The Sky for the throne of best instrumental and climactic band. But, in my opinion, this band peaked with their debut EP, Young Mountain. Every album since then has gotten less and less interesting.


    Young and in the Way - When Life Comes To Death
    I was really hoping they would have built on the momentum from their last 3 releases. But this one feels a step in the opposite direction to me.


    Well I think that about wraps it up for 2014. It may seem like I listened to a ton of albums (which I did) but as you might notice, I didn't really have that much to say about the majority of them. All in all, I think this was a pretty down year as a whole as far as great albums goes. It was actually fairly difficult determining my favorite ten.

    As always, your comments, suggestions, two cents, and hate mail is more than welcome. If you feel I missed the mark on something, for sure let me know. It won't hurt my feelings.