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WHAT’S THE SOUND OF…JANUARY 2016?! – DOUBLE FEATURE

Hello 2016! Here we are again, with my 20 favorite records from last month. Enjoy!


Progenitor

 

Artist: Mechina

Album: Progenitor

Genre: Industrial/Symphonic/Math Metal

Release date: 2nd January

Personal rating: 8/10

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One word: EPIC. Mechina is such an epic project, and their new album Progenitor continues the journey.


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Artist: Applesauce Tears

Album: Alpha Drift

Genre: Post/Progressive/Psychedelic Rock

Release date: 5th January

Personal rating: 9/10

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One of the most beautiful records from the very young year. Full of amazing and mesmerizing soundscapes, great compositions and an overall magnificent sound. Don’t sleep on this record!


 

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Artist: Farmhouse Odyssey

Album: Rise Of The Waterfowl

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: 5th January

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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Okay, I have a quest for every proghead. GET. THIS. ALBUM. NOW! Everything about this record is absolutely stunning and amazing. The vocals, the combination of old school prog rock, modern math rock moments and breathtaking songwriting. A very mature record, full of joyful moments and inspiring ideas.


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Artist: David Bowie

Album: Blackstar

Genre: Art Rock

Release date: 8th January

Personal rating: 7.5/10

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I’m not a huge Bowie fan, but everything from his debut album David Bowie to The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust is pure gold for me. He made a huge impact on the whole pop culture, and it’s amazing that his last record is great example of what a genius of an artist he is.


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Artist: Cold Night For Alligators

Album: Course Of Events

Genre: Math/Progressive Metal

Release date: 11th January

Personal rating: 8/10

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Everything about this album screams improvement. A HUGE step forward compared to their previous work, catchy, techy and djenty.


 

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Artist: Gourishankar

Album: The World Unreal

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: 11th January

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Very classic prog rock. Nothing more to add here, just a really good prog rock album.


 

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Artist: Mirkwood

Album: Absolute Radiance

Genre: Math Rock/Experimental

Release date: 12th January

Personal rating: 7/10

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Very beautiful and dreamy little math rock album.

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Artist: Witchcraft

Album: Nucleus

Genre: Blues/Stoner/Psychedelic Rock

Release date: 15th January

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This record makes you wish for an open and lonesome road, a cigar and some good friends on a road trip. Very cool and groovy. Keeping the retro!


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Artist: Dissona

Album: Paleopneumatic

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release date: 15th January

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This album isn’t perfect, but very special and original. The sound is interestingly weird from time to time, but it’s full of character!


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Album: Parkway & Columbia

Album: Transmissions

Genre: Indie/Dream Pop

Release date: 19th January

Personal rating: 8/10

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I have a soft spot for nerdy, goofy 90’s indie. That’s exactly why Parkway & Columbia hit me that hard with their lo-fi/indie/dream pop sound.


 

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Artist: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

Album: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

Genre: Experimental/Noise

Release date: 21st January

Personal rating: 9/10

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What else did you expect if two amazing musicians like Jesu aka Justin Broadrick and Sun Kil Moon aka Mark Kozelek come together and create an album? It’s unique, beautiful, dark and haunting.


 

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Artist: Ulver

Album: ATGCLVLSSCAP

Genre: Ambient/Psychedelic Rock

Release date: 22nd January

Personal rating: 9/10

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After their amazing split with Sunn O))), the amazing Ulver are back with their new album. Recorded live, and mostly improvised, the band released a new highlight of their career and shared “one of the rare moments when musicians together touch something sweeter than they’ve ever found before in rehearsals or performance, beyond the merely collaborative or technically proficient, when their expression becomes as easy and graceful as friendship or love.”


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Artist: The Mute Gods

Album: Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: 22nd January

Personal rating: 7.5/10

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Very solid prog rock from Minnemann, Beggs and King!


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Artist: Latitudes

Album: Old Sunlight

Genre: Post Metal/Sludge

Release date: 22nd January

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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The masters of the massive sound wall, Latitudes, are back with their long-awaited new album Old Sunlight, and let me admit, it’s their best album to date!


 

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Artist: Vox Vocis

Album: In The Arms Of The Sun

Genre: Progressive/Math Rock

Release date: 22nd January

Personal rating: 8/10

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Some nice and catchy math rock from the guys in Vox Vocis.


 

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Artist: Grieved

Album: Grieved

Genre: Hardcore

Release date: 22nd January

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Long time since a hardcore band made it into my list, but I can’t ignore this one. Grieved are one of Sweden’s best upcoming bands, and this album determines this status. Heavy, crusty and full of emotions. That’s how I love my hardcore.


 

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Artist: Protosequence

Album: Schizophrene

Genre: Technical Deathcore

Release date: 24th January

Personal rating: 8/10

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Welcome to the shredfest! Awesome and heavy techy deathcore, full of shredtastic fretaction! Intransigent heavy!


 

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Artist: Toothgrinder

Album: Nocturnal Masquerade

Genre: Progressive/Math Meta

Release date: 29th January

Personal rating: 9/10

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One of the most original modern metal bands out there. Finally we’ve got Toothgrinder’s debut full-length, and yeah, it is that great! Aggressive, rough and melodic. If you ever want to hear bastard out of Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan, here you go!


 

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Artist: Mantra Vega

Album: The Illusion’s Reckoning

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: 29th January

Personal rating: 9/10

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Absolutely beautiful prog rock. Spacey, psychedelic, amazing arrangements. The sound on this record is on point, and for real, ON POINT! Fans of Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree have to listen to this beauty!


 

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Artist: Hexvessel

Album: When We Are Death

Genre: Folk/Progressive Rock

Release date: 29th January

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Hexvessel’s newest record came around with an amazing retro sound, in the vein of the great Hawkind. Don’t sleep on this! I really love the Tito & Tarantula moments!


 

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Artist: The Black Queen

Album: Fever Daydream

Genre: Electronic/Synthwave

Release date: 29th January

Personal rating: 8/10

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Greg Puciato is in this project. Get it.


 

Well played, 2016. Good start. Keep up that level.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Pete Overell

    3 February, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Stoked to start hitting some of these!

  2. Sebastian Taguiang

    4 February, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Sound of djanuary U0001f609

  3. Alonso Pérez González

    4 February, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Can someone really digest more than 20 albums in one month?

  4. Alonso Pérez González

    4 February, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    and I thought I was a master with 4 albums a month D:

  5. Uriah Graves

    7 February, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Here’s what I tore my house apart to in January:
    https://youtu.be/PG9-EzQFDfI
    Danza reincarnated with a new twist.

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