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WHAT’S THE SOUND OF…NOVEMBER?!

Overall, 2016 was a really strange year full of surreal events. However, the second last month of the year, cold and rainy November, brought us some amazing records, which I will gladly share with you!


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Artist: Cultural Lungs

Album: Fortress

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: November 1

Personal rating: 8/10

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Really relaxed and laid-back progressive rock. I really like the timbre of the vocals and the overall mood!


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Artist: Across Waters

Album: A House Not Built With Hands

Genre: Post Rock

Release date: November 1

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This album finds its place among the collection of great post rock records released in 2016. Expect great dynamics and a rich sound.


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Artist: Uyama Hiroto

Album: Freeform Jazz

Genre: Jazz/Hip Hop/Electronic/Downtempo

Release date: November 2

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Soundporn. Feel the vibes, relax to the bass. This is a meditative experience, full of downtempo beats, jazzy elements and Japanese folklore!


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Artist: You Always Knew Me Last Week

Album: Haunter

Genre: Math Rock/Hip Hop/Electronic/Experimental

Release date: November 2

Personal rating: 9/10

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YAKMLW‘s second EP in 2016 is even better than the first one. This vivid and natural sounding blend of different styles is nothing but extraordinary and deserves everyone’s praise. Don’t miss this gem.


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Artist: Goodbye, Kings

Album: Vento

Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock

Release date: November 2

Release date: 8/10

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This album was originally meant to be a movie soundtrack, but unfortunately the movie never happened. To imagine a movie which deserves this majestic soundtrack is a very pleasing task and I close my eyes and imagine the great images that could fit this incredible music!


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Artist: Earth Moves

Album: The Truth Is Our Bodies

Genre: Post Metal/Black Metal/Screamo

Release date: November 4

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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Caught with the first noise and gracefully released with the last one. This is what music should do, evoking emotions and memories down to your deepest self, reminding you of the abstract force music is capable of.


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Artist: Noise Trail Immersion

Album: Womb

Genre: Mathcore/Atmospheric Post Hardcore

Release date: November 4

Personal rating: 8/10

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I’ve been a big fan of NTI since their first self-titled EP, and they continued to amaze me with their new album Womb. Dark, wide, epic and detailed!


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Artist: Slowly Rolling Camera

Album: All Things

Genre: Jazz/Soul/Trip Hop

Release date: November 4

Personal rating: 9/10

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This simply blew me away. I adore every second of this album.


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Artist: Philter

Album: The Campfire Tales

Genre: Ambient/Eletronic/IDM

Release date: November 4

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Put on your headphones and enjoy The Campfire Tales.  Even the biggest pile of sedatives can’t you relax like this.


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Artist: Strobes

Album: Brokespeak

Genre: Math Rock/Electronic/Experimental

Release date: November 4

Personal rating: 8/10

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Strobes is one of the closest things to Battles, and I can’t think of a better compliment.


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Artist: Silent Island

Album: Equator

Genre: Post Rock

Release date: November 8

Personal rating: 8/10

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I really like album artwork with whales. Whales are amazing. Additionally, this EP features Csarnogurszky István Csarnogurszky István from musicformessier!


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Artist: Behold…The Arctopus

Album: Cognitive Emancipation

Genre: Experimental Metal

Release date: November 8

Personal rating: 9/10

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I have a simple rule: If Colin Marston is part of something, it will be on this feature.


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Artist: Telos

Album: Telos

Genre: Blackened Mathcore

Release date: November 11

Personal rating: 9/10

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Hello chaos, morituri te salutant. This is an angry, gritty and dark pile of hate and I love it.


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Artist: A Tribe Called Quest

Album: We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

Genre: Hip Hop

Release date: November 11

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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Upon the announcement that ATCQ would be back for a new album, I reverted into this little fanboy who was stunned during his first listening session of The Low End Theory. I was simply happy to get a new album and was even more surprised that these guys (RIP Phife Dawg) can still rule the rap game.


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Artist: Hidden Orchestra

Album: Wingbeats

Genre: Nu Jazz/Electronic/Ambient

Release date: November 11

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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If you like Hidden Orchestra, you’ll like them even more after this EP.


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Artist: Owel

Album: Dear Me

Genre: Indie/Post Rock

Release date: November 11

Personal rating: 8/10

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You may have recognized that I become cozy during the autumn.  Owel’s Dear Me is perfectly sweet, cuddly and suited for the crisp chill of the season.


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Artist: Maschine

Album: Naturalis

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: November 18

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Maybe one of the greatest “classic” prog records since Haken’s Affinity.


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Artist: Ştiu Nu Ştiu

Album: Fake End

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal/Shoegaze/Experimental

Release date: November 18

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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Do you know the meme with the shepherd (I think his name is Pacha) from The Emperor’s New Groove? THIS!


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Artist: Dungen

Album: Häxan

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Release date: November 18

Personal rating: 9/10

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You don’t need drugs to enter the next spiritual level. Just click play on this record.


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Artist: Diana

Album: Familiar Touch

Genre: Retrowave/Synthwave

Release date: November 18

Personal rating: 8/10

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Let’s time travel.


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Artist: Deer Belling Café

Album: Wait For The Jazz

Genre: Math Rock/Fusion

Release date: November 21

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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This sneaky little record came out of nowhere, just waiting for the exact moment when I finished my AOTY list….And then booooooom. Jokes aside, this is absolutely brilliant and every one should check this out.


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Artist: Polar Bears In The Universe

Album: Meltdown

Genre: Post Rock/Ambient

Release date: November 23

Personal rating: 8/10

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Okay, okay, I promise, this is the last cozy/sweet record on this article. Really. Straight metal from now on.


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Artist: World’s End Girlfriend

Album: Last Waltz

Genre: Post Rock/Electronic/Experimental

Release date: November 24

Personal rating: 9/10

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(Just kidding) I love World’s End Girlfriend. Really. Such an amazing band. Thanks for every release.


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Artist: Toy Mountains

Album: I Swore I’d Never Speak Of This Again

Genre: Progressive/Indie Rock

Release date: November 25

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This is an amazing mixture out of indie, britpop, math rock and prog rock. Catchy but never cheesy.


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Artist: Convulsing

Album: Errata

Genre: Atmospheric Death Metal/Post Metal

Release date: November 26

Personal rating: 9/10

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One of the best death metal records of the year. This is dark, gritty and wonderful. If you’re searching for a more gloomy version of Departé, try this!


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