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Favorite albums of 2018
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:35:42 AM »
I know 2018 isn't over just yet, but it's been such an incredible year for music (at least for me) that I'm ready to jump the gun a little on this "let's share our favorite music of 2018" thread. 

Before I get into my favorite albums, let's get some side stuff out of the way: 

A) My Favorite music video of 2018: Dream State "New Waves" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-HxW40mKDU
It's a simple, yet powerful video.  I love how the band is in a bright room with all the positive affirmations and it occasionally cuts to CJ in a dark room fighting with all her negative thoughts. 

B) Sadface music news of 2018: Rush deciding to disband and call it a night.  (Rush were one of the best bands to ever walk the Earth.  Geddy Lee was a bass god, Neil Peart was a drum god, Alex Lifeson was one of the finest guitarists out there, and their music was always evolving.  I'm sad that I never got to see them live.)

C) Happyface music news of 2018: After years of disbandment, Just Die! (an amazing hardcore band from North Carolina) reformed back in October.  (I met them at a basement show in 2010 and they quickly became my favorite hardcore band because their music was intense yet heartfelt and they were just amazing people.)
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Now, my favorite albums of 2018:
1) Graveshadow "Ambition's Price" (metal)
https://graveshadow.bandcamp.com/album/ambitions-price
I can't stop listening to this album.  I haven't been thrilled with Graveshadow's past work, despite being a fan of Heather's incredible vocals.  However, I'm all about second chances and am glad I gave Ambition's Price a listen.  This album straight up crushes like it's spent 3 years at the gym and gained several kilograms of Hulk muscle.   

2) Dream State "Recovery" (rock)
https://dreamstate-uk.bandcamp.com/album/recovery
Not only can I not stop listening to this album, I wish I had the magic to have every student in the high school I teach at listen to this.  Dream State has poppy hooks, raw heaviness, heartfelt lyrics that send sincerely positive messages, and the palpable heart and soul in CJ's voice is a gut punch.  I also like that she doesn't wear ridiculous "sex kitten" outfits.  She's a jeans and t-shirt gal who lets her music do the talking.  Definitely one of the coolest new bands I've come across. 

3) Skeletonwitch "Devouring Radiant Light" (metal)
https://skeletonwitch.bandcamp.com/album/devouring-radiant-light
I respect 2007's Beyond the Permafrost as a modern metal classic, but I vastly prefer listening to this album as it's more my style of metal.  I love the direction Skeletonwitch is going in with their new vocalist. 

4) Raymond Strife "Go For The Gusto" (hip-hop)
https://raymondstrife.bandcamp.com/album/go-for-the-gusto
I've known Ray for years and he's always been a unique voice in hip-hop.  This accidental concept album that sees Ray at his most ambitiously creative is simply unreal.

5) Rivers of Nihil "Where Owls Know My Name" (metal)
https://riversofnihil.bandcamp.com/album/where-owls-know-my-name
This album was less an album and more of an esoteric spiritual journey

6) Bangladeafy! "Ribboncutter" (genre= a deaf bassist and a south-Asian drummer playing whatever they damn well please)
https://bangladeafy.bandcamp.com/album/ribboncutter
Bangladeafy!'s already mind-melting music is taken up several notches with this crazy-nuts album that will liquefy your brains into soup. 

7) TIE: Dysmorphic "An Illusive Progress" and Apophys "Devoratis" (metal)
https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/an-illusive-progress
https://ultimatemassacreproductions.bandcamp.com/album/devoratis
I haven't been a fan of 2010's era technical death metal.  A lot of it was just soundalike technical-wankery-riff-salad.  However, Dysmorphic and Apophys both showcase intriguing and well thought-out songwriting chops here along with musical complexity.  Both albums are pretty much on equal footing, though I prefer Dysmorphic's bass and Apophys' vocals.   

8) KR Arguelles "Seeker" (solo guitar in the vein of Joe Satriani)
https://krkups.bandcamp.com/album/seeker
I love guitar.  I love video games.  I love guitar music inspired by video games.  This guy needs to be on a legit video game soundtrack.

9) Damian Coccio "Inner Ponds" (jazz/new wave)
https://damiancoccio.bandcamp.com/album/inner-ponds
These solo bass guitar compositions are the kind of music you just want to let wash over you  and inspire deeper thoughts while you're sitting in a parlor contemplating. 

10) Diamante "Coming in Hot" (power pop/rock)
http://diamanteofficialmusic.com/
This was my biggest surprise of the year.  Somehow, the song "Bulletproof" caught my ear and said, "give this artist a chance."  I'm glad I did.  I thought it would be a decent power-pop album I could jam with every once in a while, but it turned out to be a totally rocking record!  I feel like Diamante occupies that limbo where it's too heavy for the radio/top-40 pop crowd but not heavy enough for the "rawk!" crowd. 

Honorable mention) Tessitura "Unearth the Underworld" (metal)
https://tessiturametal.bandcamp.com/
Just some good, solid, soulful, thrashy melodic death metal.   
« Last Edit: December 08, 2018, 12:08:11 PM by Goblin Shark »
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