The season of lists is upon us! To jump start the first of many lists to come, here is a top 5 list of some of my favorite albums and EPs that I have discovered this year. Enjoy!
1 / The Hirsch Effekt – Holon : Agnosie
Overall, this is probably one of my favorite finds altogether (Thanks Trent!). This three piece from Hannover, Germany plays a hectic blend of Experimental Metal and Mathcore. This album has a healthy mix of insane riffs and softer songs such as “Tombeau” and “Emphysema”. Their heavier riffs have a very strong The Dillinger Escape Plan influence.
Check out their song “Agnosie”:
2 / Purity – Little Park
Purity is a Melodic Hardcore / Post Rock band from Canberra, Australia. They have an emphasis on spoken word. Their lyrics are quite emotional and the instrumentation is the perfect blend of hardcore and post-rock. One of my favorite melodic hardcore finds, this is one of my favorite releases across the genre.
Check out their song “Ashley”:
3 / Brother Wolf – Birthright EP
Brother Wolf is a Melodic Metalcore / Post Hardcore band from Shreveport, Louisiana. Their music is just the right blend of aggressive screams and soaring clean vocals. The instrumentation dances between heavy and melodic, adding to the texture and complimenting the vocals perfectly.
Check out their music video for “On Tall Towers”:
4 / Forever Losing Sleep – I Lost Myself Again.
Forever Losing Sleep is an Ambient Indie Rock / Post Hardcore band from New Jersey. Their album “I Lost Myself Again.” is an emotional roller coaster and will leave you wanting more. The lyrics are highly relatable and the instrumentals add to the emotion being conveyed in each track.
Check out their music video for “I Lost Myself Again”:
5 / Terra Alive – The Road To West Egg
This band and EP are insane. They’re a cool mix of Math Rock with a bit of Rap thrown in. They are from Bakersfield, California. The Road To West Egg is their most recent EP, and in my opinion their best. They have a lot of releases up on bandcamp though, so if you like what you hear check them all out. They just recently put out a new song called “Puzzles” too (also perfect).
Check out their music video for “Colossal Titan”: