The Best Djent / Math Metal - Metal Storm Awards 2015

1.  TesseracT - Polaris 284
2.  Pomegranate Tiger - Boundless 79
3.  SikTh - Opacities [EP] 69
4.  Vola - Inmazes 37
5.  Shattered Skies - The World We Used To Know 22
  Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega (write-in vote) 22
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There is much to absorb in Boundless, as the band's sound has evolved since their debut. Pomegranate Tiger continue to come up with idiosyncratic rhythm gymnastics but this album's mood is darker. Progressive, melodic and djenty, Boundless lives up to its name and surprises at every turn, keeping you invested in the instrumental ride.

It's been scientifically proven that everyone has a fetish for some technical guitar, and The World We Used To Know is here to answer the call. But if you're criminally unimpressed, Shattered Skies keeps things classy by offering plenty of other dramatic musical goodies beyond palm-muted riffs, such as the infectious vocal hooks which twist and soar like a dragon so even fans of power metal can connect with them.

After a long nine-year wait since their last release and subsequent untimely demise, the mighty SikTh have risen from the ashes and picked up exactly where they left off without even missing a beat. As one of the pioneers of this genre, SikTh needs little introduction, and although this mini-album could be deemed as playing it 'safe' considering there is little deviation from the style/sound of their last album Death Of A Dead Day, there is no denying that it is a winning formula, as SikTh still sound as glorious as ever.

No matter how you look at it, TesseracT and Daniel Tompkins belong together. The pieces just fit and that is noticeable in the music. On their third album, Polaris, the band play to their strengths and focus mostly on their softer, more melody-driven side. Sticking to their guns and continuing to eye progression, TesseracT are more composed this time. Still skillful and dreamy, Polaris opens new doors for them to explore.

You could be forgiven for thinking djent is dead - that is, until you've heard this little dynamite called Inmazes. The djenty chugs and ambience are all present and correct, plus they're juxtaposed with a good measure of bouncy electronic beats, but it's the catchy yet diverse nature of the vocals that really makes it such a euphoric listen. Inmazing!