16. November's Doom - Aphotic
I only developed a taste for Doom in the last year, and this record has a lot to do with that. It was simply a style of music I had not fully immersed myself in or explored, due to hearing some of the wrong bands in the wrong setting. This record really changed that, it was the gateway to me understanding Doom metal, and as such it was set in stone it would be one of my favorite records of the year. This is a truly gargantuan release, November's Doom have it all it seems, pounding rhythm's, awesome harmonies, and the contrast between the growled and cleaner vocals is incredibly well done, it doesn't sound as forced as some other bands make it sound. I don't know enough about Doom to feel confident enough to write much more about this, so I'll just say to check it out and leave it at that!
Harvest Scythe - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYjJipO0xC8