The Best Alternative Metal Album

1.  Soen - Tellurian 279
2.  Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter 217
3.  Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam 95
4.  Eden Circus - Marula 43
5.  Ravenscry - The Attraction Of Opposites 34
6.  Chevelle - La Gárgola 31
7.  Anathema - Distant Satellites (write-in vote) 17
8.  Adimiron - Timelapse 16
  We Are The Catalyst - Monuments 16
10.  November-7 - Awaraxid 7mg 13
11.  ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - IX 10
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810




...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - IX

What a mercifully short album title. After 20 years on the job, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead know how to effortlessly mix their mellow, half-wistful prog with a mature hard rock sound to create a calm but compelling musical journey. IX is yet another feather in the cap of their storied career.

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Adimiron - Timelapse

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What do you get when you mix Gojira with slightly more Gojira? The answer is Adimiron, who on their fourth album are once more positioning themselves as Italy's answer to the fabulous French foursome. They've mastered the grinding, chunky assault of percussive riffage, with a few other tricks up their sleeves. Timelapse is a force to be reckoned with, and possibly Adimiron's best work to date.

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Chevelle - La Gárgola

Chevelle 2004: run-of-the-mill alternative metal of the same ilk as Taproot and Staind, including the obligatory angst-infused power ballads
Chevelle 2014: hard-hitting post-grunge metal with heaps of atmosphere which lets us forget that we haven't heard anything by Maynard James Keenan for quite a while

Sometimes even commercially successful bands can change for the better.

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Eden Circus - Marula

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A cross between post rock and alternative? Yes please. Tool worshiping has been going on for decades and Marula can join the seance except with convoluted, layered ideas for what "post" should sound like today. Gorgeous atmosphere and crisp sound production enhance memorable riffs and song structures throughout this very accessible debut LP.

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Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam

Mariusz Duda of Riverside fame returns with a new solo offering to show us that even within desolation, you may find beauty. The shutters are closed, lights are off, yet the only thing we have to fear is our own darkness. Combining world music with prog rock sensibilities, hypnotic songwriting with a heavenly voice, alternative angst and electronic nuances, this is a man who picks his sounds very carefully. Nothing demands your attention, but rewards it two-fold. Truly a product of a meticulous, musical genius.

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November-7 - Awaraxid 7mg

November-7's sophomore album Awaraxid 7mg is somehow a huge improvement on their already kick-ass debut, with more of everything you loved last time and a few new things to love this time. Songwriting is even more dynamic and the energy level, if you thought it was high before, will blow you away. They exemplify energetic heavy/melodic metal with industrial, electronic, and primarily alternative elements. Songs have immediately unique personalities that play into each other so well so as to create one musical experience. Drums are hard-hitting and guitars still more driving, yet it's the clever melodies, the dark harmonies, and the well-placed electronic elements that will catch (and hold) your attention.

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Ravenscry - The Attraction Of Opposites

Ravenscry's sophomore release takes everything from their debut, improves on it, experiments even more, and serves as a model of how to release an album of classy alternative metal on your own terms. Recorded in the band's own studio, The Attraction Of Opposites delivers tightly wound and introverted riffs, pointed drumming, and unique and polished vocals, all of which demand the listener's attention throughout an album of complex lyrical themes. From the instantly catchy "Missing Words" to the darkly compelling "Noir Desire," Ravenscry deliver an album that walks its own road and takes itself seriously from start to finish.

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Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

The last few years have not been kind to Slipknot. The loss of bassist Paul Gray and then the cryptic departure of Joey Jordison put the prospects of another Slipknot album in doubt - if not its existence, then its quality. For all this personal turmoil and the stylistic changes manifested on All Hope Is Gone, after six long years Slipknot have brought to bear the best of their creative energies. .5: The Gray Chapter represents not only a return to form, but a refinement of what they did best on Iowa and Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. With a varied roster of intriguing compositions and their ever-impressive musicianship, Slipknot have proven that they are not to be counted out.

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Soen - Tellurian

Soen's warm and clear sophomore album brings them further away from the Tool comparison and straight into their own sound. If what Soen sold in Cognitive was so comparable to a plateful of tasty Toolisms, Tellurian is more of a delicatessen with plentiful variety in stock. And it's delicious. The band's attention to track variation has received a new focus, and elaboration on progressive structure and gradual melodic development results in a sound bordering on progressive metal, as opposed to the rather more succinct demonstration of an alternative metal found mix in the debut. Just delicious.

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We Are The Catalyst - Monuments

We Are The Catalyst and their debut LP Monuments is a positive expedition into the realm of artful and captivating metal music. The radio-friendly elements found in the music, captivating vocals, plus a gorgeous production accessible to a broad fan base, mobilizes the atmosphere in unexpected ways. Sadness and gloom are ingredients tethered in the aura with focused energy and contrasts itself well enough to be compared to other cohesive modern metal albums.

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