Here are my albums of the year (shamelessly linked where I’ve written about them). As always, I’ve been buried by the number of spectacular releases this year, the majority of which I’ve discovered through the wonderful outlets that continue to allow me to write for them. So, Thrash Hits, Prog and The Quietus, thank you for taking the time to make my words appear more coherent than they actually are.
2014, I feel, will be cool. I’m on the cusp of doing more with the writey part of my life, which makes this a very interesting time. I know, what a mug to be jumping on this particular rickety bandwagon just as journalism is dragging its seeping cadaver into the gutter. Regardless of what the naysayers will proclaim, I think the survival of writing in 2014 will demonstrate just how versatile outlets can be. I’d be lying to say that I’m not excited to be, at least, a minuscule part of this.
Bright eyed optimism is terribly uncool, I am thoroughly aware.
What a rambling tit, eh? Anyway, have at ye:
Touché Amoré navigate the tendrils of the human psyche more clearly than any other band in existence. Is Survived By sees the band in an introspective mood, but that doesn’t stop the record exploding with indignation at the grotesque inadequacies in society. Every track is deeply personal, yet every one speaks to the mass of disaffected youth who can’t imagine cementing a legacy in a technologically advanced, but socially atavistic, world.
3. Blue October – Sway
4. Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer
6. Riverside – Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
7. The Defiled – Daggers
8. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
9. A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy
12. Protest the Hero – Volition
13. Leprous – Coal
14. Fierce and the Dead – Spooky Action
15. Steven Wilson – The Raven Who Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
18. Ghost – Infestissumam
19. TesseracT – Altered State
20. Humanfly – Awesome Science