You know that feel: there are some records during the year, magnificent and overlooked records from unknown bands that deserve way more attention. I have collected 25 records like that, each and every one of them special in their own way. You need to listen to them! This list contains releases till the end of July.
No More Pain – The Post Human Condition
NMP’s Progressive Rock opus is a timeless masterpiece, full of fresh ideas and reminiscences of great Prog classics. A must-have for every Prog fan!
Mechina – Acheron
Epic. This monstrous behemoth of Industrial, Groove, and Symphonic Metal is the perfect soundtrack for your interstellar mech war.
Quaoar – Dreamers.Dreaming
Quaoar are a very tasty band from Spain that combines Stoner Rock, Grunge, and Progressive Rock. The tracks are incredible catchy, and the vocals reminds me of the beautiful voices of Chris Cornell or Richie Kotzen.
Young Lions – Blue Isla
I really can’t explain why this record is so outstanding. On the one hand, you have a young Australian band that plays typical radio-friendly Alternative/Indie Rock; on the other hand you can find so much love, creativity and passion in every note and every line. You may think you’ve heard this stuff a thousand times. You’re wrong.
Harkla – Thousands Of Machines
You miss Meshuggah, Vildjharta, and Humanity’s Last Breath? You’re bored by all the overproduced Axe-FX-“we have chugs so we djent” bands out there? These bunch of young guys from Sweden (surprise^^) released their debut record earlier this year. It’s rough, dark and monstrous, and you have to listen to it!
Sanguine Hum – Now We Have A Light
Can’t get enough of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson? Sanguine Hum deliver a more classic, theatric appeal to Progressive Rock, but this record is a beautiful journey. Well composed and spiked with so many wonderful melodies.
Sullen – Post Human
Sullen are my Herod of 2015. You don’t know Herod or Sullen? Shame on you. Both bands deliver an awesome blend of Post and Math Metal. In the vein of great acts like Textures or Eryn Non Dae, Sullen combine heavy-ass grooves with a dark and drowning atmosphere and magnificent vocals!
Silent Nook – Intricacy
These 39 minutes of Ambient, Post Rock, and Trip Hop are one of the most beautiful electronic records I’ve heard in years. Silent Nook is a project from Russia, and that’s everything I know about it. If you don’t speak russian, you have no chance to get any info about this project. But I only need one fact: they’re magnificent.
Dorthia Cottrell – Dorthia Cottrell
Atmosphere is a funny thing. We are used to complex tech porn. But this, Dorthia Cottrell’s first solo record is just atmosphere. A voice, guitar, slides and tons of reverb. Dorthia is the woman behind the mic of Windhand, a Doom Metal band from Richmond, and she brings something to the table. And I can’t get these songs out of my head.
Heights – Phantasia On The High Procession Of Sun, Moon and Countless Stars Above
Okay, you might know about this one. If you know that Tesseract’s Jay Postones is sitting behind the drums in this band, you have to check it out. Heights is so much more than just this spectacular drummer. One of the best Post Rock of the last years, for example. It’s so different from the usual Post Rock stuff, way more riff-orientated. Listen to it!
ThirdEar – Resilience
You’ve ever searched for a band that combines the darkness and cold atmosphere of Meshuggah with the dreamy Alternative Rock-awesomeness of Deftones? You search came to an end. Thirdear is here.
Vivid Illusion – Circumnavigation | A
I don’t think that I found a better song than Vivid Illusion’s “Liquid Walker” in 2015. The song, and the whole record, is a “WHY DO THEY ONLY HAVE 595 LIKES ON FACEBOOK?” kind of thing. This absolutely unique sounding mixture of Ambient, Sludge, Post Metal, and Post Rock is one of a kind. The harmonized vocals are your lullaby, and the massive Post Metal moments are the bucket of water above your head when you awake. But in a good way.
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Solkyri – Sad Boys Club
Math, Post-, and Progressive Rock. Three of my favorite genres. Combine them, like Solkyri’s “Sad Boys Club”, and I will love it. So much energy, and amazing fretwork. And yeah, they are from Australia.
The Lion In Winter – Sleep Well, Avidya
Easily described as “Swancore”, this new wave of bands which play this fresh blend of Progressive Rock and Post Hardcore, The Lion In Winter isn’t a big name. In the shadow of new outputs by Eidola or Dance Gavin Dance, this little band from Tacoma doesn’t get the recognition they deserve. You should change that. Immediately.
Wolfram – Music Of The Heathen
When you search for some info about the Serbian band Wolfram, you will find an interesting genre. Acid Metal. I think the interpretation is free, but for me, and after many rotations of “Music Of The Heathen”, I came to this conclusion: Wolfram is heavy, trippy, and beautiful. Mastodon, Tool and Kyuss came to my mind. Are you convinced?
Grasscut – Everyone Was A Bird
Meet this amazing duo from Brighton. Grasscut plays Ambient/Post Rock/Experimental music. With harmonized vocals. And it’s beautiful.
Rolo Tomassi – Grievances
I wasn’t sure if I should include Rolo Tomassi in this list. I mean, they are kind of famous in the scene, and many of you know them. But everyone should know them. Greivances is simply one of the best records in 2015, and the intensity is on its own level.
Delta Sleep – Twin Galaxies
Besides the two big Japanese Math Rock outputs, Toe and Mouse On The Keys, Delta Sleep’s Twin Galaxies is my favorite in this genre in 2015. The punky, rough attitude is very special and the overall sound is extraordinary. A must-listen, even for people who haven’t had any contact with Math Rock.
Brontosaurus – Our Animal Ways
The perfect weird cocktail, including Experimental, Progressive, Indie Rock, Post Punk, and Art Rock. Brontosaurus are kind of bulky, but give them a change, you won’t regret it.
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And There Stand Empires – III
It’s all about atmosphere. Jazzy Post Rock with Math Rock elements, and a very strange mood. Playful and exalted, And There Stand Empires stay down to earth and reach for the stars.
Psithurism – Sparkles
Beautiful Trip Hop. I recommended this to a very good friend, and hours later I received this message: “These songs, full volume on my speakers. The whole world has to listen to this”.
Time King – Suprœ
These guys are what I’m looking for when I crawl through the internet searching new music. Every note says: “We’re a bunch of friends, and we having fun and playing music together” Unique, fresh, complex, and catchy. A real diamond. Modern Progressive Rock done right.
Hung – Hung
Easily the ugliest cover I’ve seen this year. But one of the best Djent releases. This album has everything.
Sea In The Sky – Visions
It Djents loves Sea In The Sky. Pure zeitgeist. Pop Punk influenced vocals, catchy, plini-esque melodies and and a goofy atmosphere. <3
Rew – Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Sirens Sing Swan Songs
46 likes. This guy, who released one of the most beautiful records I’ve heard in the last month, has only 46 likes on Facebook. This stuff is dreamy, trippy and versatile. Everyone who is into MUSIC should listen to this!
Woah. I’m weary, that was a long list. Hopefully you find something new and support the artists.