81.) Kristoffer Gildenlow- Rust
I had no idea that Kristoffer was going to keep going with music after he left Pain Of Salvation, which I am still very, very bummed about. This is about the most mellow album that I have enjoyed (outside Post Rock) in a very long time. Like his brother Daniel, Kristoffer has a very soothing voice, but unlike Pain Of Salvation, this is 100% laid back, Mellow, relaxing and Folky. Its the kind of album you put on just as you are about to head for bed. there are those that feel the dimension of POS changed after Kristoffer left, but this album proves that Daniel really was in charge the whole time and would have went into the direction they did anyways. Kristoffer pulled a Ritchie Blackmore on us, and that's totally cool with me.
82.) Lacuna Coil- Adrenaline
WHY DO I KEEP TRYING WITH THESE GUYS?!?!?!?! Every album I get suckered in a by a song or two that is ok, followed by such mediocrity/ It starts off good then just dies off very quickly, like every other Lacuna Coil album since they got recognition. It depresses the hell out of me because I know they are capable of so much more but choose not to. I will fall for it again on the next album again I'm sure. Oh well....
83.) Call Me No One- Last Parade
Who says good Hard Rock is dead? It's not, it just smells funny! haha Badass Radio hard Rock is out there but most stations choose not to accept it in favor of well...crap! Call me No One is a side project of Sevendust that is just so damn killer. It's very catchy, heavy, and simply awesome from start to finish. Its not groundbreaking Rock or anything of the likes its just solid Hard Rock that deserves to be heard check it out and keep good Radio Hard Rock alive.
84.) Dragony- Legends
Symphonic Power Metal is usually really one sided and has two speeds. Metal and Ballad. And that is the case here as well. If you are a symphonic Power Metal fan, there is nothing new here but it fits in with all Symphonic Power Metal that you love and enjoy. the epic symphony, the speed, the heroic vocals. It's got it all. I think once the band develops and releases more album there will be more imagination behind it, but this is good stuff.
85.) Vesperian Sorrow- Stormwinds Of Ages
Symphonic (Well Synth driven anyways) Death Metal This is surprisingly good stuff. It mainly focuses on the Symphonic side of Metal with Death Metal just a tad out of the foreground. There is also moments of Black Metal as well but I believe a lot of that has to do with the Symphonic moments I'm not too familiar with the combination presented before me, but it really fits well together. If you need the wild combination of Synth Driven Death Metal, go forth and check this out!
86.) The Pilgrim- Misery Wizard
Oh yes, another fantastic Doom Metal album. There is a very heavy Sleep vibe on this album and of course mixed with Sabbath. The one good feature on this album compared to most in the genre is that the vocals are for the most part clean and understandable, which makes it a lot more fun to listen to. I really advise checking this one out for some standout Stoner Doom Metal.
87.) Stolen Babies- Naught
Stolen Babies is one of the finest Avant Garde Metal bands going today. Naught definitely is more in the Metal vein while keeping all the Vaudeville and Circus styles they are known for. It is a fantastic album full of dynamics and great songwriting. Its very understandable why Devin Townsend wanted them on the DTP/Katatonia tour. Get it!
88.) Slash- Apocalyptic Love
Myles Kennedy has taken over for full vocal duties in Slash's live band and on this album. He is my favorite hard Rock singer currently going and I dare say one of my favorite singers ever. But this album is absolutely Cock Rock. It's not meant to be one of those albums that is meant to deep or though provoking. It's from the guitarist of Guns N Roses, its going to be a Cock Rock album full of cheese and 80's flavor. And that is ok. It does kinda knock it down for me in the rock rock category, but it is a good album none the less. Check it out for a fun Rock album.
89.) Pig Destroyer- Book Burner
What is there to say about Pig Destroyer that hasn't already been said? they are one of the finest Grindcore bands to ever exist. Book Burner is actually one of the more, if not the most accessible Pig Destroyer albums. There is a lot of dynamics for a Grindcore band that's not just random noise and blast beats. There are actually songs on this one! haha While not my favorite album of the genre to come out, its is very badass and deserves a good listen. If you wanted a reason to enjoy Grindcore, Book Burner should be able to help you out.
90.) Eye Empire- Impact
Simply Put I love these guys. it is a Hard Rock Supergroup featuring members of Sevendust and Submersed. Its very though provoking Hard Rock. My favorite thing about this album besides the over all hard Rock vibe is the life dynamics, it goes from depressing to happy and everything in between, and fires on all cylinders. It's a very impressive album and I can see these guys making far if they choose to pursue it more then just a side project.
91.) Prong- Carved Into Stone
Prong has been one of my favorite bands for quite some time. They are much more then Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck. They are very badass Groove Metal and a very damn technical band at that. Carved into Stone is just a fun, killer album that hits very pinpoint you'd want from Prong, and I'd say one of their most well balanced albums to date. Enjoy this one, it's so very rare for a band to be around as long as Prong and write this damn good of an album!
92.) Grave- Endless Procession Of Souls
One of my favorite things about Grave is that they are not about being the fastest, or most technical, or the most brutal Death Metal band. They are about wring damn good Death metal songs, and that is why they have always been one of my favorite Death Metal bands. There is zero need for blast beats in Grave. Its Groovin' it's heavy, it's damn good songs. And it's exactly what I want in a death metal album. Great songwriting and Dynamics. While not my favorite Death Metal album of the year, it's super close.
93.) Naglfar- Teras
While this is an album in particular I haven't been able to give my full attention to, I do know this is one seriously killer Black Metal album. The production is nice and very tight, the musicality and songwriting is awesome and it should suit the needs of all Black Metal fans out there. it has the right atmosphere for all subgenres of Black Metal. Gotta love it!
94.) Suspyre- Suspyre
Prog Metal fans rejoice! Suspyre is back and kicking more ass than ever before. If Symphony X didn't just focus on the Metal side about them, they would be what Suspyre are now. It's an outstanding Prog Metal album that I don't get why it's not getting more praise. Maybe in due time...I Hope
95.) Bonded By Blood- The Aftermath
Int he Aftermath of yet another lineup change, I think BOB has finally found their sound. it's very much a Thrash Metal album, but it's a bit more as well. there are some slower paced songs and Mid-Tempo. its not just about speed and technicality, although that's in here as well. it's a dynamic Thrash album, and again, not my favorite Thrash album, but still very damn good.
96.) Dumbsaint- Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form
This is a very strange Post Rock album to me. In that there is not the typical HIGH LOW HIGH LOW, or LOW HIGH LOW HIGH Post Rock songwriting. It sometimes stays heavy all the way through, or soft all the way through. it's a much more aggressive Post Rock album than you would normally find. To me that is a great thing because it shows there can be even more dynamics in Post Rock than there already are. Definitely check this one out for some aggressive Post Rock, it will take you by surprise.
97.) Pepe Deluxe- Queen Of The Wave
I....I have no idea how to categorize this album. There is every single type of ROCK genre in this album, Hard Rock, Surf Pop, Blues, Hip Hop. This literally can please any music fan out there, especially those of you with an open mind. It does take a couple listens to really appreciate this album if you don't know what to expect from it, but once it clicks....OOOOOOOOOOOH YEEEEEEAAAHHHHH. This is probably 3rd in my favorite non-metal albums of the year, but that said I rank it very damn high. GET IT, GET IT NOW!
98.) Swallow The Sun- Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
Oh yes, Folk Metal. This is an album i am once again surprised not to see more people drooling over. This may very well be their finest work and it feels as though it fell to the wayside. It has impeccable musicianship and songwriting and damn good production at that. The only downside I can see for some people is the length of the songs, but given that it is Swallow the Sun, what did you expect? Give this very underrated album a chance, it deserves it.
99.) Eluveitie- Halvetios
This album is at number 21 for me. It was in my Top 20 pretty much all year since it was released. The only reason it is at number twenty one and not in my top 20 is a few surprise albums that I never expected to make it that far. A fantastic Folk Metal concept album that hits all the right spots and draws you in and doesn't let you go. this is the best Eluveitie album, without a shadow of a doubt. it makes you wanna go into an epic battle and come out victorious!
100.) Aviyn- Aviyn
Given the description that was in the promo, I did not expect to like these guys much. Breakdowns, Djent and Post Hardcore style cleans. But I am actually pleasantly surprised by it. Not as much as I could have been but this is actually quite impressive for the genre. It's not something I would go back to all the time, but upon hearing it, I quite enjoy it and is one of the finer albums to come out of this style, also their cover of Deftones Diamond Eye is the best Deftones cover I've heard to date. If you can withstand breakdowns and Djent at all, check it out!
Ok that's 100 album down, which is about 90-75 more albums then most people I know will check out in a year. and I still have almost 27GBs of music left to go through. I hope you guys have found at least one album to check out and enjoy in this list, if you have, I have done my job so far. if not. I got a lot more to show you.
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