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Created by: tea[m]ster | 08.02.2014



1. Alaskan - Despair, Erosion, Loss
(atmospheric sludge metal) Their best release yet. Notes that create moods of anguish and up lifting, crushing massive walls of sound filled with verve. 4.0 ↓
2. Alcest - Shelter
(post rock/shoegaze metal) Is this even metal? Who cares. Beautiful and transient odes by the indistinguishable mastermind Neige. 4.7 ↑
3. Allochiria - Omonoia
(post/psychedelic metal) Terrific mixture of post/psychedelic metal and female vox. Obscure Sphinx comparisons are inevitable. Go read R'Vanniths review. 4.6 ↑
4. Coffinworm - IV.I.VIII
(blackened death/doom) A conundrum of chaotic, dark and brutal death metal. Tempo and time changes ensure all these twisted elements compliment and play nice with each other. 4.6 ↑
5. Crib45 - Marching Through The Borderlines
(post/sludge/alt) Very explosive and powerful sludgy/alternative landscapes. Aggressive electronics give off a more industrial feel too. Huge album. 4.5 -
6. Crosses - †††
(alternative/electronic/art rock) Another Chino side project. Electro-pop in the same vain as NIN and The Cure. He is getting blasted for this but I dig it. 3.5 -
7. Dirge - Hyperion
(post/sludge/doom) Yes I'm a fanboy but a contender for 2014 AOTY. Crisper production and guest musicians (even a female vox) shake things up a bit. 4.8 -
8. Dum Dum Girls - Too True
(indie pop/dream pop/noise) '80s alternative feel, I love bone-jarring music but this is a nice change of pace. Sleek and lo-fi, try this for something nostalgic. 3.9 ↓
9. Echoes(UK) - The Pursuit
(post metal/sludge/post hardcore) Huge debut record from the UK. Think CoL's crushing bass and wall of guitars, Rosetta's down-tuned melodies and DSHS hardcore vocals. Emotionally charged with anguish and despair and yet the sound is very affirming. 4.0 -
10. Elysion - Someplace Better
(alt rock/gothic metal) Guilty pleasure. Sometimes I need cheesy, radio friendly, over-produced mid-tempo songs. Oh, and her voice is great. 4.3 ↑
11. Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian
(psych/stoner/doom) Thinking man's music with some great riffs and a few groove metal moments. 4 songs, over 40 minutes of music. Buckle up. 3.5 ↓
12. Fjort - D'Accord
(post hardcore/screamo/crustpunk) Something from this genre I can actually stand ; The vocals are usually the turn-off. Not so here. Delectable riffage and cohesive sound production are additives for success from this little German band. 4.0 -
13. Griefrain - Spring Illusion
(post black metal) Cold and isolated atmosphere much like Fen but the production is a bit more detailed. Bodacious and dramatic, the melodies are pretty original for a genre that's fast becoming universalized. 4.5 -
14. Harakiri For The Sky - Aokigahara
(post rock/shoegaze) Austrian 'hipster" black metal. Yes I said it :) This genre is my new fad at the moment and this record is a prime example of the depressing and mournful melancholic compositions these bands are writing . 4.5 -
15. Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World
(avantgarde/noise/experimental) Hazy, metallic and droning. Versatile shoegazing at its rawest. Very different for me...and addicting. 3.8 -
16. Hegemone - Luminosity
(post black/blackgaze) Distorted and droning guitars giving off indeterminate quality sound. Fuzzy and hazy tone create a dark and sadistic attitude. 3.7 -
17. Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
(alternative/grunge/sludge) Hard to classify. Melodic yet perplexing, distinctive female vox outline moody songs filled with raw energy and harmony 3.6 -
18. I Wish You Were Here - Observers
(post metal/space rock) Russia does it again. Mix post metal with some post hardcore with some spacey elements = a real tripped out experience to some dense guitar riffs. 4.5 ↑
19. Impure Wilhelmina - Black Honey
(post/sludge/alternative) Sludgy post metal with actual melodies. Clean and harsh vox, nice production. Reminds me of Hum and City Of Ships. 4.5 ↑
20. Junius - Days Of The Fallen Sun
(alternative/post rock) Still unique and ambitious but doesn't have the same, rich production as their previous release, the widely acclaimed RFTToD. 3.6 -
21. Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo
(gothic metal) Ever since I heard "Swamped" during the ending credits of "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines" I have been a huge fan. Not their best release to date maybe their "mystique" is wearing off a bit - it is still solid enough for me. Cristina Scabbia's voice is huge...arena rock huge. Her best performance yet. 4.0 -
22. Lantlôs - Melting Sun
(post rock/atmospheric/shoegaze) I've liked Herbst since Líam and this keeps that sound rolling with added vox. Gorgeous atmosphere from front to back guided by excellent production. 5.0 -
23. Lord Mantis - Death Mask
(sludge/industrial) Loud and heavy but yet precise and a lot of detail. Songs are very memorable and I love the vox. 4.5 -
24. Moonlit Sailor - We Come From Exploding Stars
(post rock) Pure, unique sounding post rock ala GIAA and EITS, you can get all their stuff FOR FREE on their BC page. 3.9 -
25. Morowe - S
(avantgarde/experimental/post black metal) This is some unique stuff. Hard to describe. Plenty of ideas and concepts (Krautrock, psych, and industrial) lathered together but in some sort of variance. 4.0 ↑
26. Mortals - Cursed To See The Future
(sludge/doom/drone) All female outfit playing thick, dense music. The production is great and the aura is monolithic. 4.5 -
27. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
(atmospheric black metal) One-man band creating mystifying soundscapes making you feel like you are trudging through a dreamlike timberland. For fans of Fen and the like. 4.3 -
28. Näo - III
(industrial/electronic/post) Electronica and ambient textures braided with rich guitars and booming drums. The synthesizers are the strongest part of the music. 3.5 -
29. Nux Vomica - Nux Vomica
(experimental/post black metal) A really incredulous mixture of genres. Three loooong songs displaying an assortment of sludge, post, punk, black and psych ideas. You will need some serious stamina to trudge through them all. 3.8 -
30. Outwailed - Observant
(post metal) I love Isis clones and that's exactly what this is. Repeated musical themes and crescendo-style songs. Distortion. Scratchy howling vox. Love it. 4.2 -
31. Pet Slimmers Of The Year - Fragments Of Uniforms
(post metal) Just dam good instrumental (very sparse vocal content) post metal. Accessible guitar frameworks translate into very notable songs. The layered guitars add some real verve. 4.9 ↑
32. Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers
(crust punk/grindcore/sludge) Throw black metal, screamo, hardcore, death metal and whatever else you want into this metal potpourri of diabolical madness. 4.5 ↓
33. Relic Point - VIXI
(blackened sludge/doom) High quality release from Russia. Song structures are basically all the same but have enough tempo changes to hold your attention. Feel the hatred. 4.4 ↑
34. Revival Hymns - Pauho
(post rock/slowcore) Dream-like soundscapes and heavy interludes in perfect synchronization here. Tremendous song writing along with top notch production. 4.5 ↑
35. Rintrah - Salt Of The Earth
(post/psychedelic/prog metal) Interesting mix of genres. It's been done before but this still sounds refreshing. Reminds me of Baroness but a bit more evil. 4.0 -
36. Rolling Through The Universe - Machines In The Sky
(sludge/doom metal) Loud, drawn out and expansive, this shit from the oaks of the American Northwest is as dreary as their homeland. 4.1 -
37. Sleepstream - They Flew In Censored Skies
(instrumental post rock) Building on their debut, this post rock band from Greece has all the intangibles to hang with the big boys in the crowded post genre. 4.5 -
38. The Mire - Glass Cathedrals
(post/prog) Precise mixture of progressive metal's tight compositions and post metal's lush landscapes and aesthetic appeal. Waited 3 years for this. 3.7 -
39. The Sound Of Rescue - Forms
(instrumental post rock) 3 brothers playing this kind of spacey, astral, euphoric post rock. Ambient and atmospheric intervals make you want to lose yourself 4.4 ↓
40. These Are My Tombs - Morphosis
(post metal) Transcending and ardent songs that take you on the proverbial roller coaster of emotions. For fans of The Atlas Moth and Vestiges. 3.9 -
41. This Social Coil - After The Day Before
(post rock/alt/indie) Something different, non-metal. I really love this album. Check out my review please. You may be tempted. 4.8 ↑
42. Thou - Heathen
(sludge/doom) Layers of organized guitar fuzz and deep, impenetrable bass and drums lay the ground work for some caustic sludge metal. Beware, it's heavy as fuck. 4.5 ↓
43. Tides Of Man - Young and Courageous
(instrumental post rock) SSDB, but this sticks out in the crammed post-rock crowd, probably because of the shade of prog metal camouflaged in the music. 3.8 -
44. Winds With Hands - Untitled
(instrumental post metal) Nothing ground breaking but I so love that Isis sound. A soothing semblance of dark, sullen atmosphere reverberates through the music. Plug in, sit back and chill. 4.6 -
45. When Icarus Falls - Circles
(post metal/atmospheric sludge metal) Another CoL clone done very well. This EP has a small but impressive array of songs covering everything from astral moments to dark and haunting riffage to thick bass lines and drums. Hopefully this is a prelude to a huge LP. 3.9 -
46. Woods Of Desolation - As The Stars
(atmospheric black metal) First time listening to this band. Tremolo picked melodies lined in coarse, analog production. Gorgeous. Sounds so much like Fen. 3.8 ↓
47. Yarn Of Norna - Ronové
(atmospheric sludge metal) Along with Poland I think Russia is right in the midst of a post metal uprising. I like when bands trend back to that old CoL sound. Nothing fancy but powerful waves of layered guitars, deep bass and a man screaming his head off. 4.0 -
48. Yautja - Songs Of Descent
(death/grindcore/sludge metal) LoL, the songs are about a minute long! Seriously, wtf is this crap! Just when you get into a song, its done! But I will keep listening cause it pounds the hell out of me. 3.5 -
49. Ypres - Ypres
(post/sludge/atmo) Isis-clone alert. Stay away if are sick and tired of the same old stuff. Run far away. Or listen to this, get drawn in, if you are addicted to this sound...like me. 3.5 ↓



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Diverge - 12.02.2014 at 01:53  
Now these are the kind of releases I'm looking for. I'll check them out at the end of the week.

Nice start to the list, mate.
R'Vannith - 12.02.2014 at 14:05  
Some of these sound promising, judging from your words (an added bonus to your yearly list for sure!). I'll try Elysion first.
Pazdzioch - 12.02.2014 at 18:33  
Nothing "post" when it comes to WoD imo, simply atmo black.
Neiluria - 19.02.2014 at 17:03  
There are a lot of bands do not know That I in your list.
I'm curious, I'll pick a few
Rodney - 19.02.2014 at 23:31  
Nice to see so many off-site bands featured. I'll have to try and keep up with your list this year some good picks so far.
Monolithic - 26.02.2014 at 11:33  
Mourning Dawn, Jay. Mourning Dawn is missing.
Diverge - 06.03.2014 at 04:52  
Hmm nice choice for AOTY so far...I must admit that Dirge's newest didn't quite capture me entirely. I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10, but I thought the last half of it was awesome.
tea[m]ster - 07.03.2014 at 01:53  
Written by Diverge on 06.03.2014 at 04:52

Hmm nice choice for AOTY so far...I must admit that Dirge's newest didn't quite capture me entirely. I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10, but I thought the last half of it was awesome.


It lives up to my high expectations. I won't say too much more about it because I am working on a review for it
R'Vannith - 21.04.2014 at 10:21  
I've never heard Greek post-metal and all of sudden I'm treated to two great releases, Allochiria's Omonoia and Sleepstream's They Flew In Censored Skies. Nice stuff.

A Russian rise in the genre sounds interesting, will definitely be having a listen to Yarn of Norna. The new Crib45 album might be of interest to you, has a fair bit of that early CoL sound as well, I'd say.
Uldreth - 21.04.2014 at 14:12  


Check this out man, not metal but I'd say you'd dig this.
tea[m]ster - 21.04.2014 at 17:12  
Written by R'Vannith on 21.04.2014 at 10:21

The new Crib45 album might be of interest to you


Thanks for the rec, I will check it out. There are a lot of Russian suggestions on my list, it's quite amazing!
tea[m]ster - 21.04.2014 at 17:15  
Written by Uldreth on 21.04.2014 at 14:12

Check this out man, not metal but I'd say you'd dig this.


Some garage rock, nice. I'd say there is some punk influence as well.
Uldreth - 21.04.2014 at 18:03  
Written by tea[m]ster on 21.04.2014 at 17:15

Written by Uldreth on 21.04.2014 at 14:12

Check this out man, not metal but I'd say you'd dig this.


Some garage rock, nice. I'd say there is some punk influence as well.

Yeah there is defo some punk here, I'd say this is lo-fi noise punk/pop with some post-hardcore influences.

Also Chino getting blasted for Crosses?
Weird cause on most forums/sites I've been at, Crosses was really praised.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.04.2014 at 18:04  
Why are you surprised at a grind album having minute long songs? That's a standard characteristic of grindcore. For example.
Mr. Doctor - 21.04.2014 at 19:55  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.04.2014 at 18:04

Why are you surprised at a grind album having minute long songs? That's a standard characteristic of grindcore. For example.


Woah really? NO WAY!!!

Nah but seriously. Rule #1 for grindcore listening: Listening to songs is stupid. You listen to albums.
It's the whole that is much greater than the sum of the parts. I actually don't care about songs in general, no matter the genre... I care more about the overall feeling of the album.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.04.2014 at 20:02  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 21.04.2014 at 19:55


Woah really? NO WAY!!!

Nah but seriously. Rule #1 for grindcore listening: Listening to songs is stupid. You listen to albums.
It's the whole that is much greater than the sum of the parts. I actually don't care about songs in general, no matter the genre... I care more about the overall feeling of the album.

Pretty much. Occasionally there'll be a particularly standout track but on the whole albums should be viewed as albums, and not as a collection of songs. That's called a compilation.
R'Vannith - 22.04.2014 at 12:46  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.04.2014 at 18:04

Why are you surprised at a grind album having minute long songs? That's a standard characteristic of grindcore. For example.


Perhaps the sound of that one isn't predominantly grindcore, which might make the short track lengths a bit surprising if it has more to do with death or sludge.

That Bestial Machinery album, 136 tracks!? Surely that's a record or something?!
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.04.2014 at 12:57  
Written by R'Vannith on 22.04.2014 at 12:46


Perhaps the sound of that one isn't predominantly grindcore, which might make the short track lengths a bit surprising if it has more to do with death or sludge.

That Bestial Machinery album, 136 tracks!? Surely that's a record or something?!

I had a listen, it sounded like pretty standard grind to me more or less haha. Quite good though.

I think that record is technically a compilation so probably doesn't count. Actually Nasum has a compilation with 150 tracks on so they have Agoraphobic Nosebleed beat.
tea[m]ster - 23.04.2014 at 18:58  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.04.2014 at 18:04

Why are you surprised at a grind album having minute long songs? That's a standard characteristic of grindcore.


A bit of shock for me you know JOOE. I am used to those 10 minute marathon songs. That release is certainly different for me, surprising I like it
tea[m]ster - 23.04.2014 at 18:59  
Written by R'Vannith on 22.04.2014 at 12:46

Perhaps the sound of that one isn't predominantly grindcore, which might make the short track lengths a bit surprising if it has more to do with death or sludge.


You sir, are my fucking hero...couldn't have said it better myself.
Monolithic - 01.06.2014 at 20:22  
I suggest the Crib45 album as well. :] Those Finns are wonderful.
tea[m]ster - 04.06.2014 at 02:45  
Written by Monolithic on 01.06.2014 at 20:22

I suggest the Crib45 album as well. :] Those Finns are wonderful.


Yea, I've listened to it a few times now. It's pretty good. I need a few more spins to grasp wth they are doing
tea[m]ster - 22.06.2014 at 19:24  
Written by Monolithic on 01.06.2014 at 20:22

I suggest the Crib45 album as well. :] Those Finns are wonderful.


Been digging this. Very powerful sound.
Monolithic - 27.06.2014 at 21:53  
And here's another suggestion I'd drop here. Pretty much what I ask for from post-metal. lol

http://vindensang.bandcamp.com/
tea[m]ster - 03.07.2014 at 04:26  
Written by Monolithic on 27.06.2014 at 21:53

And here's another suggestion I'd drop here. Pretty much what I ask for from post-metal. lol

http://vindensang.bandcamp.com/


I promise I will check this out over the weekend. Just reading the comments on the BC page has got me fired up. Can't wait to listen.
Monolithic - 06.08.2014 at 23:52  
Well I've come back with another suggestion and this time, something with a tones of ethereal melancholy.

Transients from Foreverinmotion
Diverge - 08.08.2014 at 06:07  
Written by Monolithic on 06.08.2014 at 23:52

Well I've come back with another suggestion and this time, something with a tones of ethereal melancholy.

Transients from Foreverinmotion

This is pretty sweet, dude. Thanks for the inadvertent rec!
Monolithic - 08.08.2014 at 15:42  
Written by Diverge on 08.08.2014 at 06:07

This is pretty sweet, dude. Thanks for the inadvertent rec!

My pleasure.
tea[m]ster - 10.08.2014 at 18:35  
Written by Monolithic on 06.08.2014 at 23:52

Well I've come back with another suggestion and this time, something with a tones of ethereal melancholy.

Transients from Foreverinmotion


Didn't like the Vindersang album, but thanks anyways. I will check the latest rec from you...keep 'em coming!

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