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Only my absolute favourite stuff from 2014.

Resisting the urge to dump everything that sounds potentially good here so I can actually write about the stuff I'm sure I do like. However, all the potentials can be found here should you wish to sift through them.

No order (added as I find them).

Created by: !J.O.O.E.! | 05.04.2014



1. Morbus Chron - Sweven
These guys appear to want a piece of the action that Tribulation got last year with their phenomenal The Formulas of Death album. Like them, they see themselves merging an old-school aesthetic with a modern twist. Death, thrash and progressive metal is blended harmoniously with mature songwriting and superbly organic production to create superlative atmosphere - http://tiny.cc/2b1udx
2. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
If you've been missing the golden days of Drudkh, are pining for the emotionally charged atmospherics of Fen's debut, or feel like Walknut's sophomore will never arrive, then this is truly the album for you. And what a blinder it is; dense and foreboding with a subtle, folky darkness that harkens back to Negură Bunget's 'n Crugu Bradului' - http://tiny.cc/rc1udx
3. Dephosphorus - Ravenous Solemnity
Grecian, space-themed blackened grindcore. As good as it sounds. Far more song-based than your average grind outfit; this record displays an impressive amount of technical mastery and songwriting variation, not to mention a rich and satisfyingly juicy sound. - http://tiny.cc/id1udx
4. Azziard - Vésanie
Another band in the ever lengthening line of modern black metal from France. Not necessarily that original anymore but it certainly exemplifies the deathened black aesthetic of modernity that metal is capable of. Fiercly intense stuff that'll satisfy the Deathspell Omega fan within you - http://tiny.cc/ke1udx
5. Atlas Machine - Elysium
"Ambient black metal" is one of the bandied around terms you'll see these days, but Atlas Machine take it to the most literal level, chopping up segments of intensely thick metal in equal measures with spacious ambient and downtempo electronic music. Nothing of the "dark" variety you often see associated with black metal. For that reason alone this is a bit of an oddity, and a great sounding one at that - http://tiny.cc/ka1udx
6. Bong - Stoner Rock
Bong poke fun at the stoner rock genre by entitling their umpteenth record just that, despite sounding nothing like the sound associated with it. In reality though this is probably closer to "stoner rock" than anything that's fallen out the genre. If you know Bong you'll know what to expect: lengthy tripped out voyages through the vastness of space, your sitar being your faithful companion - http://tiny.cc/6f1udx
7. Coma Void - Coma Void
Still can't place exactly what it is about this I like so much. Something about the interplay of the massively trudging and groovy dirges with the warm melodies sliding over the top of it that really pleases my brain, along with an inherent electronic peculiarity to the affair. Warm and very fuzzy - http://tiny.cc/xg1udx
8. Slough Feg - Digital Resistance
Pretty much the flag bearers for interesting and highly personalised sounding heavy metal. Slough Feg lost a bit of their momentum with their previous album which often became lost within itself, lacking memorable character, but here they make a return to form and deliver, once again, songs that stay more readily in one's memory. Maybe a little thin on the production / guitar tone front but easily forgiveable when they write such good tunes - http://tiny.cc/xh1udx
9. Corpsessed - Abysmal Thresholds
There's a ton of old school death out at the moment, and you could throw a small Lithuanian child into a field and probably hit a guitarist from one of them, but Corpsessed probably stand a little above their peers in terms of delivering sheer cavernousness. Dark, dreary, dank and destructive. Just like your mother is - http://tiny.cc/ui1udx
10. Gnaw Their Tongues & Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema
What do you get when you combine two of the darkest, most delicious bile spewing musical entities that are Gnaw Their Tongues and Alkerdeel? Something sinister that's for sure. Subtle blends of insidious doom, drone, black metal and dark ambient create an aural landscape dripping with death and disease. Even some melancholic melody seeps through. Start 2014 the right way; listen to this - http://tiny.cc/0j1udx
11. Blut Aus Nord - Debemur MoRTi
Debemur Mortii's surprise 100th album release (I think). If you've stumbled onto pretty much any of BaN's recent work then you'll know what to expect here as it's very "standard" where his sound is concerned. Highly industrialised, dissonant black metal that doesn't sound like anything else you've ever heard before outside of the band - http://tiny.cc/tk1udx
12. Warforged - Essence Of The Land
Stunningly good extreme progressive metal EP that combines elements from black metal, hardcore and of a variety of technical metal outputs that ultimately winds up being far more atmospheric than one might expect it to be, owing partially to subtle use of ambient and intertwining melodic leads. Still ballsy as fuck though - http://tiny.cc/cl1udx
13. My Useless Life - Negative Memories
Far from being the biggest DSBM fan, the fact I love this should probably stand as a testament to how good it is. As a friend of mine once said about this: "They're not riffs, they're cadences of futility." Sounds about right to me, this is some paradoxically uplifting and melodic music - http://tiny.cc/em1udx
14. Hooded Menace - Labyrinth of Carrion Breeze
Two moderately lengthy tracks of rabid deathly doom. Not original, nor innovative, it is however wretched as sin and most satisfying to give oneself up to. Which of course you all really want to because being naughty is better than being nice. Menacing, and hooded. Or something. - http://tiny.cc/fn1udx
15. Thy Flesh - Thymiama Mannan
You can pretty much replicate the description of Azziard for this one, except they're from Greece, not France, and not quite as death metally. Either way they belong to that fangled modern-wave of "orthodox" sounding black metal. It's difficult to tire of the sound sometimes, especially when it's so well done - http://tiny.cc/5n1udx
16. Sevendeaths - Concreté Misery
It's not metal, but I don't think many people would take issue with that considering how good it sounds. Quite beautiful retro-electronic, akin to Tangerine Dream, only progressing the sound further. Conjures up science fiction landscapes drenched in a 70s and 80s movie veneer. If that doesn't float your spacecraft then you ain't no friend of mine - http://tiny.cc/0o1udx
17. Nadja - Queller
It's amazing that after so many records Nadja can still deeply impress. This isn't to say they're reinventing the wheel here; this is still Nadja's trademark approach of taking dreampop and shoegaze to the extreme levels of ambient drone, but it's done with such aplomb that the floaty, fuzzed-out dreamscapes sound as good as they always have - http://tiny.cc/xp1udx
18. Merkabah (Poland) - Moloch
Even in 2014, when metal is morphing and twisting, bringing something new and unique out on practically a daily basis, some things still remain more unique than others. Poland's Merkabah are one such example. Some kind of bizarre, avant-garde jazz post-metal. It's deliciously challenging and genre-crushing far beyond human comfort- http://tiny.cc/l442ex
19. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
More Frenchies. The sophomore of Lovecraft-inspired black metallers is a monolith of ultra intense walls of dissonance / harmony interplay. The result is a textured, sometimes epically melodic yet challenging, culmination of their potential that I was lucky enough to experience on a pre-release demo of their first album. They've evolved into a peerless entity - http://tiny.cc/at1udx
20. Psygnosis - Human Be[ing]
Something that you don't see together too often: ambient electronic and death metal. It shouldn't work, but somehow Psygnosis (yet more Frenchies) splice not only these two elements, but also numerous other influences including black metal, industrial metal, and a distinct amount of Gojirisms. Thankfully the overall sound is cohesive, rich and heavy. Unf - http://tiny.cc/2t1udx
21. Moloch - Verwüstung
I'm not altogether familiar with Moloch but from what I understand the band dwell a lot in dark ambient soundscapes. This album, however, is more like old-school black metal sandwiched between a dark ambient intro and outro. Normally something so tired and tested wouldn't make such a list but it's been a while since I was so impressed by old fashioned black metal. Extremely well made stuff - http://tiny.cc/aw1udx
22. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
Still not entirely sure what this is. Extreme progressive metal would come closest, but I think they outdo even Psygnosis in the experimental stakes. Every song quite literally offers something new, be it ambient, djent, death metal or some curious combination of all these things, or something else entirely. Definitely a testament to originality in its most purest form - http://tiny.cc/yw1udx
23. Deadly Carnage - Manthe
Coarse, scorched, post-black metal. I can't say this will win any originality competitions but there's a distinct strength in its songwriting and delivery that's kept me coming back. Could be those searing shrieks, or could be the hints of melancholy scattered throughout. Who knows. It's good though - http://tiny.cc/wy1udx
24. Howls of Ebb - Vigils of the 3rd Eye
To think I very nearly let this one slip by. This is truly WEIRD stuff. In my head this is what !T.O.O.H.! would sound like if they played raw, blackened death metal. That might not be that accurate, but there's something about the queer, bendy riffs snaking off in random directions that make me think the mad Czechs would do something rather like it - http://tiny.cc/mz1udx
25. Conan - Blood Eagle
I won't pretend this is a perfect record; some of the tracks clearly aren't as strong as others, but the ones that do hit all the right notes hit them very hard indeed. It's difficult to deny the pleasures of the ultra-heaviness and sexual rhythms on offer here. Have to say Conan also managed something very difficult which was to impress me with a music video, which can be seen in the link. Could spawn a whole series from it I reckon - http://tiny.cc/107vdx
26. The Cosmic Dead - EasterFaust
An absolute monster of swirling psychedelic krautrock and a visual feast of kaleidoscopic colours, patterns, shapes and sounds. Any attempt at rational thought while listening to this will result in nothing less than a total short circuit of the mind. Naturally the only way to approach this is to let it take ahold of you as you tumble down the rabbit hole. Far out, man - http://tiny.cc/3wawdx
27. Epistasis - Light Through Dead Glass
What even is this? It's hard to say. Seemingly loosely based in black metal, but contorted toward the avant-garde, drawing upon sludge and doom's ability to bludgeon, atonal TKDE-like jazz inflections, the odd, classic OSDM riff (see: 'Witch'), amongst other things, all compacted into a sub-half hour experiment curated by a vocalist somewhat reminiscent of Lord Mantis. The whole thing should sound like a mess but really this is as organic and meticulously constructed as anything else I've heard. I don't know what it is but it's beautiful. - http://tinyurl.com/p89h7tt
28. Pye Corner Audio - Black Mill Tapes Vol​.​4
Another retro sort of electronic number. Lots of classic ambient techno synth going on, minimalistic in presence but with a variety of great, often groovy and filmic textures. Debatable when this was released (Bandcamp and RYM say 2013, official Facebook and Discogs say 2014) but I love this kind of thing though so it makes the list - http://tinyurl.com/n9eytks
29. David Andree and John Mason - Call, Response
I love ambient music, but it can be very boring. Creating something out of very little is a challenge and is really based on one's ability to manipulate on a very subtle level. 'Call, Response' might be the first album of its type this year that's attracted me. Feels like a soundtrack to an atmospheric, indie puzzle platformer like 'The Swapper'. Ethereal and painstakingly nuanced - http://tinyurl.com/pmjnoqh
30. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
I don't remember much about the debut, so can't really compare, but going on the merits of this album I can say it's a hugely impressive one. Extremely well crafted mixture of mechanical thrash, pounding, angular doom with a somewhat subtle gothic edge and a general tone and atmosphere I've only really known with Tom G. Warrior related material. Pretty astounding vocal performances too. Could do with having 15 minutes shaved off but on the whole I'm a big fan of this - http://tinyurl.com/pe3dxzj
31. Birds Of Passage - This Kindly Slumber
Drone-cum-ambient with a pop sensibility of the most delicate nature. Music that's little more than a mist floating above a woodland path, with a ghostly, gentle female whispering inhabiting it. Haunting ambiance, perfect music for when you awake before the sun comes up - http://tinyurl.com/oxql7rj
32. Ø - Konstellaatio
It's pretty incredible what artists can do, can make us visualise, by utilising minor components of music and sound. The most very minimal ambient and techno here creates surprisingly huge soundscapes which emphasise the gaps of silence in between as elements of the compositions themselves. That sounds pretty pretentious but then I suppose this is pretty pretentious music - http://tinyurl.com/q46e8v3
33. Suffering Quota - Suffering Quota
Holy walls of grinding noise. Deathy, hardcore-ish grind that really holds nothing back in terms of sheer intensity. Not exactly rewriting the book on ingenuity but sometimes you just want things short, sharp and impactful, qualities which this has in absolute droves. Extra points for its sexy album artwork too - http://tiny.cc/2731dx
34. Terra Tenebrosa - V.I.T.R.I.O.L. - Purging The Tunnels
In typical fashion, Terra Tenebrosa scoff at the idea of genre conventions. This 20 minute EP is an inscrutable journey of industrialised, avant-garde primitivism, an unsettling ambient aura encircling it at every juncture. Not really a band one can describe with any ease, they're probably best experienced first hand. Not an easy task, but then it never is - http://tiny.cc/3ag2dx
35. Krusseldorf - Fractal World
Soft, geometrical shapes in pastel colours bouncing gently off your grey matter. This is uncomplicated ambient IDM with a pleasing emphasis on subtle melodies, without being especially abstract. Pretty ideal for relaxing to, I can't imagine how anyone could ever dislike this style of music really - http://tiny.cc/86r2dx
36. Motoi Sakuraba - Dark Souls II OST
More than likely to be my favourite game this year, its soundtrack is definitely an integral part of its immense quality. While regular travel and exploration is reliant on ambient, atmospheric background sound, the bosses themselves orient on foreboding orchestral and jarring choral theatrical scores. Motoi Sakuraba has created some of the best soundtracks to games, and Dark Souls II is definitely no exception - http://tiny.cc/mgx2dx
37. Peter Christopherson - Time Machines II
Legendary English experimental band Coil released an album back in the late 90s called 'Time Machines' which consisted of 4 songs composed supposedly under the influence and / or inspired by 4 experimental psychedelic drugs that the band were sent by "international chemists," whatever that means. This album appears to be some kind of follow up by Coil member Peter Christopherson who passed away during its production. I'm unsure of any details surrounding this record beyond that, apart from the fact it's been released in an expensive USB, pewter / leather pack, but what I do know is that it's an incredible experimental drone record. Quite immense array of compositional techniques, textures and intensity - http://tiny.cc/apr3dx
38. Necro Deathmort - Martian Cartography
Moving away from his usual droning dark ambient soundscapes, this around Necro Deathmort offers up a moody, pounding techno album. It's really nice to hear something so conventionally rhythm-based also have such a large emphasis on atmosphere and ambience and it doesn't surprise me that it sounds so damn good considering who's doing it. Definitely the kind of thing that would be played in scummy, alien nightclubs. I could definitely see Commander Shepard dancing to this - http://tiny.cc/7mo5dx
39. Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Arguably the best thing from both Impetuous Ritual and Portal since Outre'. Whilst Portal takes death metal to a place of pure nightmare, Impetuous Ritual keep it more secular whilst taking old school death metal to the absolute extreme, just before before falling off the precipice into almost pure ambient noise. The riffs really shine through the walls of sound and positively reek of morbid ominousness, but there are also frequent notes of doomy melancholy seeping through from time to time. It's really quite an immense thing - http://tiny.cc/vmwaex
40. Mannveira - Von Er Eitur
Between Wormlust and Carpe Noctem, Iceland pretty much had 2013's black metal market cornered, and it looks like 2014 isn't going to let up. It's only a 15 minute demo, but Von Er Eitur is a stonkingly good dissonant and dense black metal number with blindingly tight percussion. Reminding me somewhat of Walknut only far more caustic with some delightfully tortured vocals, it's also pretty atmospheric. If this kind of thing evokes an atmosphere for you, anyway - http://tiny.cc/4npeex
41. Oat Oaks - OSBRIV
I don't even know what this is. Released on cassette by some Russians. Crappy name, AWFUL artwork (that's paradoxically pretty rad), but damn, the music is something else. Some kind of ambient, droning black metal that almost seems to have an 80s synthwave vibe to it, ambient electronic oriented instrumental tracks that wouldn't look out of place on Boards of Canada's 'The Campfire Headphase', psychedelic noise rock soundscapes and who knows what else. It's very weird but works together in unity very well, and speaks to me in a big, big way - http://tiny.cc/9iqeex
42. Krieg - Isolation / Transmission
A few years ago I couldn't have envisioned Krieg making a best-of list of mine, but since I randomly decided to check out their 'The Isolationist' album I've had one eye on them ever since. They seem to experimenting away from their typical raw and hate-filled black metal toward something else. This really nice (but far too short) EP sees them playing with melancholic rock with aching, winding background leads contrasted with raspy vocals. The result is really quite pleasant - http://tiny.cc/bojfex
43. Grey Widow - I
Boy randomly discovers super-ultra heavy sludge doom band with black metal and drone doom elements. Boy falls in love. Boy then discovers that said band is playing in town he's living in in 2 weeks. Boy then discovers band is actually partly from the town he lives in. Boy is happy. This shit is fucking heavy and nasty and oh-so good. What Electric Wizard would sound like if they played blackened sludge - http://tiny.cc/zskfex
44. Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers
Deathspell Omecore. That's pretty much how I would describe this. There's quite a bizarre amount of cognitive dissonance going on here. At almost every point here it feels like I'm listening to a brilliant new Deathspell Omega record, but at the same time it's clearly not. Ravaged hardcore rasps permeate, just about, the flailing, blackened discordant riffs to create an instantly recognisable but ultimately different approach to the Ved Buens Ende riff. Great band name too - http://tiny.cc/syfgex
45. Yellow Eyes - The Desert Mourns
Running out of adjectives to describe all the great black metal being released this year. This is another short EP, clocking in at 15 minutes, and consists of relentless, uncompromising and dissonant modern black metal that's thicker and more dense than Paris Hilton. If you like your wall-of-sound black metal that pulls it off with intelligence, subtle melody and furious bravado then this is for you - http://tiny.cc/j88gex
46. Ghoul - Hang Ten
I swear the last time I listened to Ghoul they were little more than Carcass wannabes, but on this great little EP they seem to draw on Misfits even more than before. The result is a seriously fun thrashy and punky upbeat number. Lots of bodalicious and infectious groovy hooks whilst retaining their meaty sound. Top notch surfin' - http://tiny.cc/jxciex
47. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
Everything Infestus do they do better than everyone else in their field of so-called "atmospheric" black metal. Their production and sound is the most rich, punchy and intense without being remotely overproduced, they balance epic melodies with moody, foreboding rhythms and riffs better than anyone else does, the drums have more personality, the vocalist is more confident and annunciates better, as well as sounding like a throaty Mikael Stanne (never a bad thing), and they just write better and more dynamic songs. Pretty safe to say this is the best black metal record I've heard this year so far - http://tiny.cc/vwhkex
48. Taurus - No/Thing
Female-fronted duo of highly experimental droning psychedelic sludge and doom. That's about as well as I can describe this collaboration between a member of each Dark Castle and Purple Rhinestone Eagle. I particularly love the Blut aus Nord-ian bendy riffs which sit exceptionally well within the absolute mire of screeching and wailing vocal feedback, free-form percussion and a curious Eastern and meditational vibe amidst the swirling ambience. Also has Wrest doing vocals in the last track in typical monstrous fashion. Incredible stuff but not for the uninitiated - http://tiny.cc/unjoex
49. Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly
To me Mekong Delta have always been somewhat of a beacon in a barren thrash landscape and one of those bands I often wonder as to why they aren't many times more popular than they are, especially considering how long they've been going, made as many records as they have and been as consistent good as they are. I suppose though calling this thrash isn't quite right, more like technical / progressive speed metal with classical and heavy metal leanings at times, to my ears anyway. Aside from sounding a little too cleanly produced everything about this is right, the songs are diverse and interesting and somewhat Voivod-ian, the clean vocals are absolutely spot on. Also a contender for the worst cover art of all time - http://tiny.cc/871yex
50. Dead Congregation - Promulgation Of The Fall
I find it very difficult to imagine anyone eagerly awaiting for a follow up to the immense 'Graves of the Archangels' will be disappointed with this. Everything that made that record so great is here in droves, along with even darker nuancing and depth. Songs are all brutally punishing as well as murkily toxic with clear influences ranging from Morbid Angel to Incantation. Naturally it's treated to a fantastic production job too, which is something the latest Incantation cannot attest to... - http://tiny.cc/eoqhfx
51. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
Agalloch dun gud. They managed to make an album I can finally say I enjoy. I'm not sure what it is about it that I like, and admittedly I do find two of the tracks to be wildly better than the others, but on the whole they seem to justify the length of album with quality, mature songwriting, varied and dynamic sound and generally being very listenable without taxing the grey matter too much. You can't really ask more than that from a band when they sound as good as they do here - http://tiny.cc/s8shfx
52. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
The circus has come to down! Oh no wait, it's just Major Parkinson. Very wacky, weird and peculiar prog rock with cabaret tendencies and a ton of other influence. Somehow it's all very catchy, bouncy and fun from the get go despite the constant influx of sounds and shapes. Haven't really enjoyed something like this since the last Diablo Swing Orchestra album. The last thing you've expect to come out of Norway - http://tiny.cc/95kpfx
53. Ravcan - Chernobyl Disaster
Jackpot. I'm not gonna lie: of all the themes and subject matters available in music the nuclear power plant disaster of Chernobyl is just about the coolest one (who hasn't dreamed of visiting Pripyat's abandoned theme park?). Ravcan, on the bleakly entitled 'Chernobyl Disaster', perfectly depict exactly that. Radiation soaked, industrialised dark ambient, drone and noise soundscapes conjure up ominous and tangible visual imagery of the abandoned and desolate nature of Ukraine's doomed city. It even features Merzbow on one of the tracks. Ironically glorious - http://tiny.cc/4mwyfx
54. Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here
Searing, blistering and caustic blackened hardcore with pronounced sludge elements. You can't really say fairer than that. Have heard quite a few bands of this ilk in recent times but I think these guys take the proverbial cake in sounding as vicious as possible. Sexual album artwork too - http://tiny.cc/j5z1fx
55. Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus - Spirit Knife
Jeremy Irons has a band! Actually no, he doesn't. This bunch of hippies decided it would be cool to use his name in their band. Fortunately their band is pretty fucking good. Summery-y, jamming, psychedelic rock that keeps it very fun and accessible, due in large part to the fantastatique vocals and memorable melodies - http://tiny.cc/5d01fx
56. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
How many originators / bands inhabiting the very earliest of specific genres, still define the genres they began nearly 30 years later, and even more effectively so than their modern equivalents? Sweet fuck all, that's how many. Mayhem are a rare exception. God these guys are good. This album is seriously noteworthy. Extraordinary technical skill, attention to detail, clever and unique songs, immense sense of dynamic structuring and of course a vocal performance only Attila could deliver. A perfect progression from Ordo's sound whist maintaining enough of it to please. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's an Ordo topper, but given the amount of anticipation levelled at this the fact it's not disappointing in any way is an achievement in itself - http://tiny.cc/j0rjgx
57. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
It's not often I'm convinced something is AotY material after only a couple of songs but Emptiness make that an easy proposition with 'Nothing But The Whole'. I'm pretty sure I knew them from their previous album 'Error' which was some very good blackened death metal. Here, to say they've "matured" in song writing would be an immense understatement. There are flecks of that blackened death feel here and there, but they've progressed their sound into far more polymorphous territories, and the result is a meticulously detailed, highly varied tapestry of songs and structures, all tightly bound together by a singular dark atmosphere. It's quite something - http://tiny.cc/9yjmgx
58. The Oath - The Oath
Well even though female fronted occult rock / doom is becoming pretty old hat these days The Oath somehow manage to dominate pretty much everything I've heard from the sub-genre. Vocals are absolutely spot on but what makes this better than anything else is the total focus is stupidly ass-kicking riffs. Tons of classic doom hooks and relentless heavy rocking pacing. Ballsy as fuck if you ask me, and quite frankly two of the hottest band members I've ever seen. Just a shame they split after this, but they're got themselves a pretty flawless discography because of it - http://tiny.cc/gw4ogx
59. Skáphe - Skáphe
Suffocatingly dense, wall-of-sound ambient black metal with embedded murky dissonance. Lots of bands seem to want to play this contorted, Portal-esque form of black metal these days and few manage to pull it off without sounding like amateurish noise. Skáphe, whoever they are, balance sounds marvellously, making their plane of hellish fuzz transparent to a world of complex sounding freeform instrumentation below, and even conjure a few Gnaw Their Tongues-esque moment while doing it - http://tiny.cc/4d44gx
60. Dweller In The Valley - Younger Dryas
Pretty nice, vitriolic punk-fuelled deathy black metal. If you like it rough, dirty, hard and fast, and also like your music the same way, then this should sort you out for 20 minutes. Short, sharp and not subtle. They also seem to have a bit of a thing for ram's skulls, which is a perfectly natural and healthy obsession - http://tiny.cc/ul74gx
61. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
A fantastic record that Wolves alluded to with their also excellent previous album Celestial Lineage. Here we see them floating away from their metal roots and conjuring a peaceful and ethereal haze of droning ambient and mature electronic fuzz with subtle hints of Sunn O))) in the background. Reminds me of the works of Tangerine Dream and even the utterly magnanimous Murmuüre at points with an almost free-form beauty. It's Wolves, Jim, but only vaguely as we know it - http://tiny.cc/3vqsix
62. Ψυονξηε - Multicolored Libricide
Barely 6 minutes long, more addictive than crack and displaying more creative chops than most full lengths. This utterly compelling Japanese marvel combines black metal, punk, grind, death and a zest for truly organic production which culminates in something that begs to be put on repeat and left so for a long time. The bouncy song dynamics, melody that you want to engorge yourself on and a deliciously raw mixing job has already earned this a place in my favourite numbers this year - http://tiny.cc/64qsix
63. Whisper Room - The Cruelest Month
Headphones + maximum volume. It's the only way to listen to music such as this. The second album of Aidan Baker-related ambient is just that. Shimmering, gently percussion driven soundwaves expanding omni-directionally, coating you like a skin of calm contemplation. Surprisingly detailed through instrumentation and effects, this is music to be enjoyed by all - http://tiny.cc/s4rsix
64. Doctor Livingstone - Contemptus Saeculi
Goosebump-inducing blackened hardcore. Like their French contemporaries, Plebeian Grandstand, they dwell in the modernised fusion of these two extremely complementary areas of music, but unlike them they meld their inescapably abrasiveness sound with lashings of groove, effusive and moody melodies and deliberately dynamic and playful songmanship and generally keeping it more punky. It's bouncy, and grindy, and lovely and you need this - http://tiny.cc/2zytix
65. Wyrdforge - Her Wings Unfold War
A group of friends of mine who have rocked the Brighton circuit for a number of years now and never really got the recognition they deserved. A tumultuous mix of punk-driven death, grind and black metal with production as organic and real as you like. Their shows are nothing short of a whirling dervish but on record there's a sense of seriousness about them which is reflected in their songwriting (and which is definitely not reflected in them in real life!). These guys deserve your love because they're actually really fucking good - http://tiny.cc/zc2tix
66. Funereal Presence - The Archer Takes Aim
A one-man project of the drummer of Negative Plane who goes under the guise of "Bestial Devotion" (hmm....) and funnily enough this really couldn't sound more like Negative Plane if it tried. Clearly he's been taking some lessons from Mr. Nameless Void. It's really not a bad thing though; frantic, old-school feeling black metal with a heavy occult and psychedelic aura. Perhaps a bit less ostentatious than Negative Plane but all the flourishes are there in some degree. Check it out if out you like Negative Plane. The clean vocals are particularly nice and there's a new-era Darkthrone urgency about the whole thing - http://tiny.cc/w74tix
67. Slugdge - Gastronomicon
So that band that sings about slugs went and made another great record that even tops their debut. I'll say it again: no other band I know has the ability to inject as much fun into a serious business genre like blackened death / sludge as they do. They effortlessly seague from bounding blasts of energy, catchy, cavernous grooves to memorable melodies and hooks. They're a tower of unstoppable riffs that places interesting, varied songwriting at the forefront of their music and not just relying on a novelty theme - http://tiny.cc/96guix
68. Bölzer - Soma
The inordinately well-known now (relatively speaking) Bölzer carry on their extremely high quality and rather unique forays into old-school death metal with a modern twist. It's hard to pin down what make them so special. The riffs are thunderous and have an almost sludge quality about them whilst keeping that OSDM tone, but there's also a black metal vein running through it as well. All done in a vaguely unconventional but extremely satisfying way. - http://tiny.cc/sxhuix
69. Menace Ruine - Venus Armata
Whilst they're still there, mostly hiding in the corner of your proverbial eye in the background, the noise-soaken drones play a support role to Geneviève's exceptional and unusual vocals. This is the closest the band has come to revisiting The Die Is Cast which is something I'm quite happy about and the folk without folk music qualities shine through here magnanimously and the result is a strange and unusually sentimental affair. - http://tiny.cc/72vrnx
70. Earth - Primitive and Deadly
If you ignore Mark Lanegan's rather awkward and phoned-in contribution to this, and focus more on Rabia Qazi's conversely fantastic turn, then you'll likely love the rest of Earth's stunning darkly psychedelic take on their modern sound that harkens more back to the Bees than it does the Angel's missteps. Great to see Earth back on form. - http://tiny.cc/c2vrnx
71. Noûs - ἀηδής
It feels like I've been waiting all year for that one killer blackened droning sludge number, and finally it arrived in the form of Australia's Noûs. Comprising only a 20 minute long track but then really that's all your doctor would ever prescribe you as I'm sure any further exposure to this would cause permanent damage, both psychologically and physically. As disgusting and heavy as it is offbeat and unusual. - http://tiny.cc/h1vrnx
72. Disemballerina - Undertaker
Rarely do I hear something as well conceived as it is composed. I don't know much about this kind of music, if one could even pigeon-hole it, but as a cinematic piece of classical driven folk music this is highly complex in its emotional delivery and seemingly devoid of cliché because of it. From subtle sadness to equally ambivalent apocalyptic evocations, you'll have to decipher how to feel yourself. - http://tiny.cc/d0vrnx
73. Halberd - Remnants of Crumbling Empires
Supposedly this is a collaborative project born out of the staff (or members, I'm not sure) of Metal Archives. Quite an interesting concept considering the mixed feelings people have about the website, and while I have no doubt that many of the glowing reviews already received on MA are from friends, they are largely deserved. An intriguing mix and doom and death metal which whilst not being particularly innovative actually ends up sounding quite unique and distinctive. Definitely worth a look. - http://tiny.cc/tzvrnx
74. Phobocosm - Deprived
Part Portal, part Deathspell Omega, all bastarding hell-fest. With one leg firmly entrenched in old school death metal Phobocosm aren't afraid to step out into other territories either. They certainly remind me of a whole bunch of bands that employ blackened dissonance and cavernous aesthetics but they certainly know how use influences to make one smeg of an impact with pure variety, dynamics and even the odd melody here and there. This is a bit of rollercoaster. - http://tiny.cc/azvrnx
75. Aphex Twin - Syro
So last year we had a surprise visit by Boards of Canada and this year it's Aphex Twin's turn. In fact the result in both cases is quite similar. Aphex Twin's Syro is undoubtedly music of the band everyone loves, though it's somewhat sterile in its delivery. I think "Safex Twin" is the most applicable phrase here. Perhaps he spent too much time honing and refining it that a little of the emotion got left behind, but that being said this is still Aphex Twin, and whilst it's not quite as praiseworthy as critics have painted it, it's still a large sight better than most of his peers' work and thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. - http://tiny.cc/jyvrnx
76. Tipper - Forward Escape
If Aphex Twin was the surprise album of this year of that style then this is the surprise find. Frankly I enjoy this much more due to the more organic and warm tones and despite the glitchy nature it's still has a minimalist spaciousness about it. Complex in design but quite specific in its intent. If you like being chilled out whilst having something to engage your brain to then this is electronic music you should probably try out. - http://tiny.cc/mxvrnx
77. Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
I don't listen to a huge amount of hip-hop, and usually when I do it's something offbeat and unusual in sound. This is certainly abstract in sound, though extremely enjoyable to me being drenched in trippy downtempo and IDM proclivities and remaining quite relaxing. Lyrically this is pretty impenetrable; mostly verbose and bizarre inoffensive thought explosions which I'm perfectly fine with as it fits the tone of music quite nicely. Go with the flow. - http://tiny.cc/swvrnx
78. The Contortionist - Language
Another genre that doesn't take up a lot of my time is progressive metal. However when a band uses lashing of ambient soundscaping to accompany any progressive nature then my interest in it increases exponentially. Despite taking what I would consider a risky road in terms of vocals The Contortionist totally nail the execution here. Managing to totally avoid embarssing wailing it's kept backgrounded and soft and the emotional delivery is spot on. To me this is this year's slower and more contemplative rendition of last year's brilliant Level 3 by Last Chance to Reason. Thank God for that. - http://tiny.cc/3vvrnx
79. Perturbator - Dangerous Days
So yeah, "synthwave", probably the most prolific subgenre to kick out albums this year from what I've observed. There are literally dozens of them, all basing themselves around cult 70s and 80s nostalgia, ostensibly because this kind of music is easy to make by anyone with a computer. That being said I love the sound and Perturbator are probably the best of the lot. In fact they're on the Blood Music label, who have an otherwise entirely metal roster of bands. If you like cheesy, sci-fi themed retro electronic music then you might like this. - http://tiny.cc/auvrnx
80. Electric Wizard - Time to Die
As much as I learned to love Black Masses it was always painfully thin in sound and marred by vocals too acerbic for the band. With Time to Die the Wizard seem to have gone full circle and delivered something that's as massively heavy as Dopethrone whilst maintaining the pure green haze of Witchcult Today. This is a magical combination and while it hardly pushes the band forward in terms of innovation it still allows them remain supreme as the premier stoner band of the generation. Not least because this is the closest they've come on record to how they sound on stage. - http://tiny.cc/ktvrnx
81. Occultation - Silence In The Ancestral House
Occultation's debut, Three & Seven, initially wowed me with its Negative Plane-styled female fronted doom. However the album quickly wore off as it seemed a little predicated on novelty (a definite risk with Nameless Void's guitar style, as unique as it is). On Silence In The Ancestral House however, the emphasis on memorable songwriting is far more apparent. I can say with reasonable confidence that this album will be with me a lot longer than its predecessor. That's evolution folks. - http://tiny.cc/usvrnx
82. Audrey Horne - Pure Heavy
Even I have that itch I need to scratch where I yearn for easy-to-digest mainstream metal and rock, and Audrey Horne fulfil that need perfectly. Rifftastic, anthemic and even a bit cheesy, Pure Heavy kick out heavy metal, hard and alternative rock tunes like there was no tomorrow. It's hard to deny the effectiveness of their songwriting and this is the perfect music for your mp3 player. Something that doesn't require a whole lot of thought to enjoy. Cheers guys. - http://tiny.cc/3rvrnx
83. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
Probably Darkspace's most "predictable" album yet. I think that's a good thing though. All the songs pretty much go exactly where you want and expect them to. Chords progress in typically Darkspace-ian fashion which means they're massively melodic and euphoric on top of that ambient background so you get a great interplay of harsh and melodic throughout (though this is by far their most digestible album because of how much focus there is on those melodies). In the same way those great chugging sections break up the structure nicely, as do the harsher, driving black metal blasting passages. Very much gives me a similar feeling to Monolith's 'Interlude Second' EP at quite a few points here. Deep and cosmic stuff. - http://tiny.cc/tqvrnx
84. Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind
Well spin my nipple nuts and send me to Alaska, what a surprisingly good album. Honestly thought this band would die with me only liking Instinct: Decay but I get this album completely. Lots of nice melancholic riffs and melodies (and solos), stripped down rock-y, post-punk-y percussion, catchy songs, nice organic sound, subtle nuances of psychedelia. In fact I think this is better taken as a rock / post-punk record than a black metal one as it succeeds more in that vein. - http://tiny.cc/upvrnx
85. Myrkur - Myrkur
Oh yeah, it's that band with the woman in. Apparently that's still a big thing in music. Truth be told this is a black metal project by a single woman, which is slightly unusual. However the important thing is the music, which turns out to be pretty good. It manages to balance well-written black metal with a raw edge and a folky melancholy and with wonderful, distant angelic vocals. Seemingly though it's not for everyone which I suspect is because it's a little too Burzum-ish for people who don't like it rough, and a little too Alcest-y for people who like it kvlt. In other words wimps and men with massive cars need not apply. - http://tiny.cc/qovrnx
86. Black Rain - Dark Pool
(Not to be confused with the linked Glam band) Now this is something I wish I could find more of. Techno-industrial that eschews all semblance of cliche-ridden cybergoth tendencies, beats and synths. Instead this errs much more toward a purer industrial sound, concentrating on dirty and dark atmospherics with no fear of using repetitive and punishing percussions, thick Lustmord-ian ambience and moody, understated electronics. A shapeless yet finely tuned album, and all the better for it. - http://tiny.cc/ynvrnx
87. Sempiternal Dusk - Sempiternal Dusk
Yep, it's another revivalist OSDM band, chock with classic doomy atmosphere. You've probably heard this before but for some reason it's hard to get sick the sound. It's nothing special really but if you like razor sharp guitars booting out classic death metal riffs from underneath a murky swamp with deep monstrous rasps then you should add this to your collection. - http://tiny.cc/alvrnx
88. Combat Astronomy - Time Distort Nine
I've currently only listened to this the once, mainly owing to the fact it's about 73 hours long, but if you've interested in a lengthy bout of experimental, even ad-hoc, noise rock, free-jazz, industrial djenting, droning drone and probably a few other things then make a slot in your schedule for this. It's not as direct and brilliant as last year's Kundalini Apocalypse which was both more focussed and mental but this is something ideal to throw on in the background whilst you do your string theory homework. - http://tiny.cc/ikvrnx
89. Rosetta - Flies To Flame
I'm not actually too familiar with Rosetta but this half an hour long EP makes me want to check them out further. If there's one thing I appreciate in music nowadays is the ability to create the illusion of vast space and that's exactly what this does. Lots of ambient and instrumental layering and the clever use of extremely embedded vocals give this a very three dimensional aspect and the fleeting melodies add extra dimensions on top of that. One of the better post-metal things I've heard this year - http://tiny.cc/9l0rnx
90. Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io
From such a band with possibly the coolest album name ever you would expect something seriously out-there. In actual fact this is probably the least weird I've ever heard the band. Despite that this could be might favourite album of theirs that I've heard. What we have here is an understated prog rock album with some electronic influence ala Tangerine Dream et al and a little Pink Floyd-ian psychedelia. Apparently influence from darkwave and gothic rock too. The vocal delivery is also rather subdued, even during its more theatrical moments. Aside from a few intentionally disjointed deviations (primarily on 'The Assassination of Adam' which I think would have been best left off the album) this remains a brooding and thought-provoking record. - http://tiny.cc/euksnx
91. Panopticon - Roads To The North
It's bands like Panopticon that make me realise how sucksville most "atmospheric" black metal has become. While most of them toil away with the same trite sounds and melodies Panopticon continue to blow them away with extraordinary explorations of massive walls of intense black metal, epic melancholy and that ever distinctive bluegrass fusion. Even the somewhat masturbatory soloing doesn't feel out of place, nor the almost metalcore-ish moments on the opening track. A masterclass in brilliance. - http://tiny.cc/0uksnx
92. Deaf Center - Recount
To say I love Deaf Center's unique brand of classical-laden minimalism and ambient music would be an understatement. 'Own Splinters' is one of my go-too albums when I find myself awake in the early hours so I was pretty delighted to see this appear on Spotify. While this doesn't approach the highs on said album this two track record does contain that easily discernible sound that I enjoy so much. A nice nostalgia-driven rekindling of an album I adore, rather than an EP-length record that I will listen to purely for the music on it. Hopefully the next record will be a little more expansive. - http://tiny.cc/nblsnx
93. Various Artists - Tliltic Tlapoyauak (Black Twilight Circle compilation)
Usually I couldn't imagine including a compilation on a best of year list but then this is a compilation of Black Twilight Circle bands (bands on Crepusculo Negro and Rhinocervs labels) so you can expect a Borg-level hive mind consistency and style relation going on here. 16 tracks at nearly two hours long, this is a mostly black metal affair with some doom and death metal thrown in. You can expect raw as-you-like sound but with modern approaches in freeform, heavy layered and psychedelic structures. Some of the best artists currently making music so this is a total must-have - http://tiny.cc/ythtnx
94. Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down
An expanding microcosm of experimental drone and numerous other nuances, which begins with the calm ambience of gentle intent, and gradually crescendos through drifting mystical female vocalisations, post-rock inflections and violin disharmony, to the crushing metallic Sunn O)))-isms where the tone and emotion shift intensely and everything collapses in on itself. Despite such a dichotomous ending the journey is completely logical and organic, and leaves quite an impact on the listener - http://tiny.cc/mgo8nx



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Lit. - 22.05.2014 at 19:22  
Frankly, I'm still surprised Ghoul is on there. Didn't think Joe would like such a poorly produced piece of rubbish.

I love the fact that you're doing EPs though. Why can't other lists do that?
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.05.2014 at 19:24  
Written by Lit. on 22.05.2014 at 19:22

Frankly, I'm still surprised Ghoul is on there. Didn't think Joe would like such a poorly produced piece of rubbish.

I love the fact that you're doing EPs though. Why can't other lists do that?

Nah, I much prefer Ghoul doing fun, punky music instead of trying to be Carcass.
Lit. - 29.05.2014 at 18:33  
Do you like Fungoid Stream? They have a new one out, and it's pretty decent. Seems like it'd be your thing.
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.05.2014 at 19:25  
Written by Lit. on 29.05.2014 at 18:33

Do you like Fungoid Stream? They have a new one out, and it's pretty decent. Seems like it'd be your thing.

I can see that they're a good band but their other album didn't do much for me. I'll check the new one out though. Might speak to me this time.
Korah - 31.05.2014 at 06:58  
You are a machine. Listening, saying, analyzing, understanding, discussing. But what's your preocupations in life ? To ride?
Ilham - 02.06.2014 at 15:17  
Written by Korah on 31.05.2014 at 06:58

You are a machine. Listening, saying, analyzing, understanding, discussing.


Exactly what I was thinking. It almost makes me jealous and angry because I can't put two words together when I try to talk about music, and it doesn't even help if it's music I like. It's depressing really, I'm sure I miss out on a lot of things because of my close to nil ability to analyse music.
Dima - 02.06.2014 at 16:57  
I sometimes have trouble verbalising how I feel about an album. Sometimes when I enjoy and album that Joe does too, I find that we like the same aspects of it but he expresses it in a much better way. You can obviously imagine how frustrating it is when I read his reviews and agree with what he says, as most of the time it's what i want to say but just can't communicate it. Ah well, got 10 years to get to his level ^.^
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.06.2014 at 17:17  
A decade of arguing on the internet will definitely improve one's vocabulary. But I will be your voice in the meantime >:{

Btw, I recommend ctrl + F and searching for the term "ambien" (without "ce" or a "t") on here. It shows my vocabulary isn't that wide. Or maybe it just shows how limited my taste is.
Ilham - 02.06.2014 at 17:27  
Written by Dima on 02.06.2014 at 16:57

I sometimes have trouble verbalising how I feel about an album. Sometimes when I enjoy and album that Joe does too, I find that we like the same aspects of it but he expresses it in a much better way. You can obviously imagine how frustrating it is when I read his reviews and agree with what he says, as most of the time it's what i want to say but just can't communicate it. Ah well, got 10 years to get to his level ^.^


I feel the same way. You have time indeed. Although I don't think I'll get there, I think it's just one of those things I can't do.
It got to a point where I almost stopped reading reviews altogether because it eventually felt like the words I read predetermined what I would think of the music, and it even changed my opinion about it when I had already listened to the album in question. Am I too easily swayed? I would be inclined to say no.

To be honest, I don't think I have read more than a couple of Joe's reviews. But his talents as a reviewer are clearly visible in this list, and it reminded me of how helpless I am when I write about music.

The weirdest thing is that a have a very good written French - and am well renowned for my verve :p. French is my first language, and I have been a reviewer. Not for long, just over 20 reviews, but I really think they sucked. I keep telling myself its my lack of knowledge in the technical aspects, but even just the rambling about what I feel when I listen to the music sounds... pompous and posy and.. Oh fuck me. You get it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.06.2014 at 17:34  
If you read my Shadows Fall, and even The Work Which Transforms God, reviews you'll see that a person can get better as those two are pretty poor. I think I wrote that Shadows Fall one when I was about 22 so people can definitely improve. There'll always be someone better though; I've seen reviews which make mine look positively amateurish.
Dima - 02.06.2014 at 17:48  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.06.2014 at 17:17

A decade of arguing on the internet will definitely improve one's vocabulary. But I will be your voice in the meantime >:{

Btw, I recommend ctrl + F and searching for the term "ambien" (without "ce" or a "t") on here. It shows my vocabulary isn't that wide. Or maybe it just shows how limited my taste is.


Ye the experience would help. I've argued online a lot but that's mainly concerning video games hence why I have an easier time getting my point across with games than I do music.
Dima - 02.06.2014 at 17:51  
Written by Ilham on 02.06.2014 at 17:27


I feel the same way. You have time indeed. Although I don't think I'll get there, I think it's just one of those things I can't do.
It got to a point where I almost stopped reading reviews altogether because it eventually felt like the words I read predetermined what I would think of the music, and it even changed my opinion about it when I had already listened to the album in question. Am I too easily swayed? I would be inclined to say no.

To be honest, I don't think I have read more than a couple of Joe's reviews. But his talents as a reviewer are clearly visible in this list, and it reminded me of how helpless I am when I write about music.

The weirdest thing is that a have a very good written French - and am well renowned for my verve :p. French is my first language, and I have been a reviewer. Not for long, just over 20 reviews, but I really think they sucked. I keep telling myself its my lack of knowledge in the technical aspects, but even just the rambling about what I feel when I listen to the music sounds... pompous and posy and.. Oh fuck me. You get it.


Haha ye. Hmm i'd never get swayed, but it's damn annoying when a review can more appropriately communicate how I feel than me >:( It's just part vocabulary and part experience...and maybe a few other things.
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.06.2014 at 17:55  
Written by Dima on 02.06.2014 at 17:48


Ye the experience would help. I've argued online a lot but that's mainly concerning video games hence why I have an easier time getting my point across with games than I do music.

I'd say video game reviews are harder, as well as being much more valuable. With music you can often get away with just using colourful language but with film and video games there's a lot more objective analysis involved. Everyone online wants to me a music journalist. Too many people really. Just people wanting to look cool and poetic. Something I'm probably guilty of.
Ilham - 02.06.2014 at 18:02  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.06.2014 at 17:55

Just people wanting to look cool and poetic. Something I'm probably guilty of.


That's the pitfall really. I don't know if you are, but I must certainly have been.
Dima - 02.06.2014 at 18:07  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.06.2014 at 17:55

Written by Dima on 02.06.2014 at 17:48


Ye the experience would help. I've argued online a lot but that's mainly concerning video games hence why I have an easier time getting my point across with games than I do music.

I'd say video game reviews are harder, as well as being much more valuable. With music you can often get away with just using colourful language but with film and video games there's a lot more objective analysis involved. Everyone online wants to me a music journalist. Too many people really. Just people wanting to look cool and poetic. Something I'm probably guilty of.


Indeed. Sometimes you may bit a too overly flowery with your tongue but that's ok! haha. Though I think you justify the use of it better than others.
Ilham - 02.06.2014 at 18:12  
Written by Dima on 02.06.2014 at 18:07

Sometimes you may bit a too overly flowery with your tongue but that's ok! haha. Though I think you justify the use of it better than others.


I am having a very hard time refraining from saying more than this: .
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.06.2014 at 18:13  
Wow, even I couldn't detect a euphemism In that sentence.
Dima - 02.06.2014 at 18:14  
Written by Ilham on 02.06.2014 at 18:02

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.06.2014 at 17:55

Just people wanting to look cool and poetic. Something I'm probably guilty of.


That's the pitfall really. I don't know if you are, but I must certainly have been.


I wonder what you think of Adam Sessler the game reviewer. I mean, in a single review he might use maybe 50 words that a standard person wouldn't know the meaning to. Sometimes he forms sentences in such a way that one would understand the words individually but as a structured sentence it might confused the person. Granted he studied literature in college so you can't really blame him for being overly flamboyant with his vocabulary, but one would argue that it's unnecessary as it doesn't really deliver the point across. Personally it doesn't bother me, because of the aforementioned reason, that he studied literature and that I get the general point of what he's trying to convey. If you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jchIi-vR_js
Dima - 02.06.2014 at 18:15  
Written by Ilham on 02.06.2014 at 18:12

Written by Dima on 02.06.2014 at 18:07

Sometimes you may bit a too overly flowery with your tongue but that's ok! haha. Though I think you justify the use of it better than others.


I am having a very hard time refraining from saying more than this: .


HAHAHA
Ilham - 02.06.2014 at 18:23  
Written by Dima on 02.06.2014 at 18:14

I wonder what you think of Adam Sessler the game reviewer. I mean, in a single review he might use maybe 50 words that a standard person wouldn't know the meaning to. Sometimes he forms sentences in such a way that one would understand the words individually but as a structured sentence it might confused the person. Granted he studied literature in college so you can't really blame him for being overly flamboyant with his vocabulary, but one would argue that it's unnecessary as it doesn't really deliver the point across. Personally it doesn't bother me, because of the aforementioned reason, that he studied literature and that I get the general point of what he's trying to convey. If you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jchIi-vR_js


Oh I know this guy, he got a couple interviews on a French cable channel dedicated to video games. Yeah, great reviews, it just bugs me to watch him because he reminds me of someone and I can never remember who it is. But, to bring this back to where it started, I really don't think it's a matter of vocabulary or writing skills. As I said, and I think my correct level in English might be an indication of that; my French, my mother tongue, is excellent. My main problem is analysing music. I just can't.
Alex Fenger - 10.06.2014 at 19:02  
Listened to Skaphe and was very very impressed. Nice find indeed
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.06.2014 at 19:08  
Written by Alex Fenger on 10.06.2014 at 19:02

Listened to Skaphe and was very very impressed. Nice find indeed

They have a good sound. Pretty intense stuff.
Apothecary - 14.06.2014 at 05:10  
Here's something I think you might like. Turkish instrumental black metal, digs into a delightfully dark atmosphere at a lot of points too. Found these guys digging through BM albums of this year on MA, it's pretty solid stuff.
Erik M. - 22.06.2014 at 23:16  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.06.2014 at 17:17

Btw, I recommend ctrl + F and searching for the term "ambien" (without "ce" or a "t") on here. It shows my vocabulary isn't that wide. Or maybe it just shows how limited my taste is.


Either you like to use that word a lot or you're just really into ambient music, or both.
mz - 01.07.2014 at 00:53  
Have you heard of blown out ? Bong's guitarist doing psychedelic rock. You might like it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.07.2014 at 00:55  
Written by mz on 01.07.2014 at 00:53

Have you heard of blown out ? Bong's guitarist doing psychedelic rock. You might like it.

Pretty sure i just saw that on my Facebook news feed for something I'll give it a go. Have kind of fallen out of phase of listening to new music at the moment though.
mz - 01.07.2014 at 01:07  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.07.2014 at 00:55

Have kind of fallen out of phase of listening to new music at the moment though.

Could have known it from the lack of update on this list in last weeks. Not bad for me, though as I'm pretty busy and cant listen to your new haunts these days =p .
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.07.2014 at 01:11  
Written by mz on 01.07.2014 at 01:07

Could have known it from the lack of update on this list in last weeks. Not bad for me, though as I'm pretty busy and cant listen to your new haunts these days =p .

Being away from the internet for a week threw me out of whack and I can't be arsed to trawl back through my usual channels =P
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.07.2014 at 15:38  
Written by Apothecary on 14.06.2014 at 05:10

Here's something I think you might like. Turkish instrumental black metal, digs into a delightfully dark atmosphere at a lot of points too. Found these guys digging through BM albums of this year on MA, it's pretty solid stuff.

This is quite unique sounding. It has an almost lo-fi MIDI quality about it.
Apothecary - 02.07.2014 at 22:34  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.07.2014 at 15:38

Written by Apothecary on 14.06.2014 at 05:10

Here's something I think you might like. Turkish instrumental black metal, digs into a delightfully dark atmosphere at a lot of points too. Found these guys digging through BM albums of this year on MA, it's pretty solid stuff.

This is quite unique sounding. It has an almost lo-fi MIDI quality about it.

MIDI?
Ilham - 02.07.2014 at 22:42  
Written by Apothecary on 02.07.2014 at 22:34

MIDI?

This for all the technical details.

Otherwise MIDI is this, and it brings back great memories :
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.07.2014 at 22:53  
Written by Ilham on 02.07.2014 at 22:42

This for all the technical details .

Woman, you need to stop putting quotation marks in your links. It dun messes dem up.

But damn, Doom had some immense tunes.

I used to love this particular tune when I was younger. So good.

Ilham - 02.07.2014 at 23:21  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.07.2014 at 22:53

Woman, you need to stop putting quotation marks in your links. It dun messes dem up.

I'm sorry for confusing different codes, oh great Lord of the Internet.
Doom was cool indeed.
Lit. - 10.07.2014 at 23:59  
I knew it! I knew I'd see Wolves on here!

Anyway, loving this list. Discovered Plebian Grandstand and Ravcan and they are awesome.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:00  
Written by Lit. on 10.07.2014 at 23:59

I knew it! I knew I'd see Wolves on here!

Anyway, loving this list. Discovered Plebian Grandstand and Ravcan and they are awesome.

Yeah I'm pretty enraptured with Wolves.

That Plebian Grandstand record is something else though. It's just mind blowing.
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 00:07  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:00

That Plebian Grandstand record is something else though. It's just mind blowing.

Funny enough, yesterday I directed a shout at you with a link to a Plebian Grandstand track saying you'd probably love it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:08  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 00:07

Funny enough, yesterday I directed a shout at you with a link to a Plebian Grandstand track saying you'd probably love it.

Whereabouts was that? Didn't see it. I certainly would have piped up.
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 00:12  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:08

Whereabouts was that? Didn't see it. I certainly would have piped up.

I don't know, my usual hours, around midnight or later. It was from Lowgazers so it wouldn't have been news to you though .
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:14  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 00:12

I don't know, my usual hours, around midnight or later. It was from Lowgazers so it wouldn't have been news to you though .

Oh well, everything worked out gravy in the end.
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 00:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:14

Oh well, everything worked out gravy in the end.

I stumbled upon a goldmine when it comes to dissonant hardcore and other hardcore infused variations of extreme metal. I only share with the worthy.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:36  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 00:35

I stumbled upon a goldmine when it comes to dissonant hardcore and other hardcore infused variations of extreme metal. I only share with the worthy.

It's ok, I know about Johan already =P
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 00:42  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:36

It's ok, I know about Johan already =P

Ouch.

Acknowledge me. I exist.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:45  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 00:42

Ouch.

Acknowledge me. I exist.

Ha.

Actually though I know about Sectioned. I think my housemate turned me onto them. Didn't know about this release though so many fanks for the heads up. These guys hit hard.
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 00:47  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:45

Actually though I know about Sectioned. I think my housemate turned me onto them. Didn't know about this release though so many fanks for the heads up. These guys hit hard.

I am useless.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:48  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 00:47

I am useless.

:'( far from it.
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 00:56  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:48

:'( far from it.

Awww. Ok. I give you this in return.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:58  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 00:56

Awww. Ok. I give you this in return.

Aww thanks. I think you showed me that the other day though but I appreciate it =P
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 01:01  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:58

Aww thanks. I think you showed me that the other day though but I appreciate it =P

So you actually listen. I know I already did .
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 01:02  
Written by Ilham on 11.07.2014 at 01:01

So you actually listen. I know I already did .

Oh you
Ilham - 11.07.2014 at 01:13  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 01:02

Oh you



Now. Watch this. Black-infused core from where I studied. The animation is great.


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