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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"
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) Most notable music news (to me) of 2018: Rush deciding to disband back in January and call it a night.  Rush was 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 these masters live.

Now, my favorite albums of 2018:
1) Graveshadow "Ambition's Price" (metal)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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. 
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