Re: 2007-2017 Essential Albums

Date:2019-02-01 16:32:42
In Reply To:2007-2017 Essential Albums by Kosh
I doubt your taste and mine have a lot of overlap, but the best of the best of the best for that time period for me:

Flotsam and Jetsam - The Cold
The S/T and their new one are really good, but The Cold was special. AK sang his ass off and the melancholy really added a depth to their music that had been lacking for a long time. It's probably my 2nd favorite F&J behind Drift. That puts it ahead of their classics for me. I'm an outlier, I realize.

Cynic - Traced in Air
The band that perfected tech death returns with a bit mellower fare, but still amazing brilliant. After this one they went off the rails, but Traced in Air is amazing.

Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside channels some 70s prog and really nails it. This is easily their best and one of the best heavy prog discs in a long time.

Vektor - Outer Isolation
Vektor - Terminal Redux
I dunno what else to say. Vektor is the best band in a long time. They play blackened technical thrash, but nobody else in black metal, tech anything, or thrash even remotely compares. Both discs are amazing works of art.

Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs for the Damned and Deliirious
Evil carnvial music meets metal meets swing meets a lot of other styles. This is a raucous, catchy, bombastic ride from start to finish. The understated "Memoirs of a Roadkill" is a nice breather from the chaos, but really a standout track for me.

Lye By Mistake - Fea Jur
Insane instrumental jazzy tech metal. I should really see if any of these guys went on to other things because the chops on this album are insane. Maybe they all died of heart attacks after recording it.

Spawn of Possession - Incurso
A high bar for tech death. Easily the best of the genre in the last 20 years.

Blotted Science - The Machinations of Dementia
Ron Jarzombek outdoes himself. Instrumental tech insanity. This is my favorite of all his work.

Howls of Ebb - Vigils of the 3rd Eye
The creepiest, dirtiest, darkest death metal ever recorded. I apparently am the only fan around these parts, but this one stuck with me like nobody's business. Maybe I was just in a dark place at the time?

There are a ton more great discs in that time period, but those stand out to me. Honorable mentions to Sacral Rage, Braindance, Leprous, Vhol, and Thantifaxath who almost made the cut.

For non-metal, Upsilon Acrux, Lite, Rooftops, and Marnie Stern released some essential math rock. The Mars Volta's farewell album was essential as well.

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