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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #70 on: December 12, 2017, 01:23:06 PM »
Would anyone want me to make Official Top 2017 Albums Thread? If yes, should I use scores from this thread or would all of you want to list your favorites again (in case something changed)? Or I might just do it here?
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #71 on: December 12, 2017, 01:30:20 PM »
I think here is ok, leave some days to let folks refine their lists before counting the votes - I could help you with that :P

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #72 on: December 12, 2017, 01:40:33 PM »
How about waiting until the year is over to count :P
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« Reply #73 on: December 12, 2017, 01:50:28 PM »
Of course. Just wanted to make everyone aware that their latest list will count (or you can just edit the old list).
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #74 on: December 12, 2017, 02:57:44 PM »
Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony

Savage Messiah - Hand Of Fate

Threshold - Legends of the Shires

MindMaze - Resolve

Pyramaze- Contingent

I’ve had half a dozen albums in that 5th place. Might still change before the year is out.

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« Reply #75 on: December 12, 2017, 03:12:12 PM »
1. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
2. Leprous - Malina
3. Artificial Language - The Observer

I approve of this.

Also add the Mastodon EP to that. That stuff is killer.

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« Reply #76 on: December 12, 2017, 03:32:30 PM »
Of course. Just wanted to make everyone aware that their latest list will count (or you can just edit the old list).

How will you make the list?
5 points for 1st spot
1 point for 5th spot etc....?

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« Reply #77 on: December 12, 2017, 03:39:43 PM »
Of course. Just wanted to make everyone aware that their latest list will count (or you can just edit the old list).

How will you make the list?
5 points for 1st spot
1 point for 5th spot etc....?
Yep.
And if someone doesn't want to (can't) rank them, then maybe 1 point each?
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #78 on: December 12, 2017, 03:58:58 PM »
Here's a pretty much final list of every album I've listened to this year, from worst to best, with my thoughts. Only have two albums [QotSA and Trivium] left to listen to, and I'll edit them in when I do. Y'know, assuming I remember. Also, long post warning!

20. Igorr - Savage Sinsuoid (2.0/5.0)

I've aired my opinions of this album in the Igorr thread, but I'll summarize: this album as a lot of really good moments, and writes a bunch of styles fairly well, but it doesn't worry about actually making sure those styles mesh together or any of the songs flow at all. The album often focuses on experimentation for its own sake rather than making any musical sense. Could be better, honestly.

19. Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom (2.5/5.0)

This album's a bit of a chaotic jumble. It has some cool moments, but after a while the album just gets tiring to listen to. Probably not my cup of tea over all.

18. Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony (2.5/5.0)

With all the hype that surrounded this album, I was pretty disappointed after listening to it. This is one of the most cookie cutter prog metal albums I've ever heard. There's a decent song or two here or there, but almost everything on the album is mediocre at best. And some songs (like "Figaro's Whore" and "Opus Maximus") are actually just plain bad. Not a fan of the mix either, as I can't hear Derek Sherinian's keyboard parts half the time and the guitar and bass tones don't mix very well if you ask me.

And no, the band's ridiculous social medial comments did not effect my rating at all.

17. Converge - The Dusk in Us (3.0/5.0)

I've seen this in the middle of a couple of "Album of the Year" listings, so I figure I'd give this a spin. It's okay. Not great, not terrible, but just okay. I've seen a lot of comments about how great this band is live, but so far their studio work has fallen flat on me. Some good riffs and grooves scattered here and there, but the vocals are not even close to how I prefer harsh vocals. Not my cup of tea.

16. Incubus - 8 (3.0/5.0)

After dropping the fantastic Trust Fall Side A EP, my expectations for their 8th album were pretty high. This album proved to be a bit of a disappointment, and probably their worst album I've heard to-date. I'm not a huge fan of the production (especially the guitar tone) or the lyrics, and not many tracks stand out to me now.

15. Hadise - Şampiyon (3.5/5.0)

As far as pop albums go, this one's pretty solid. The title track's an outright banger, and there's some good stuff sprinkled throughout the album. This was a pretty good introduction to Turkish Pop music. Only ranked so low because there's a lot of stuff that was much better.

14. Paramore - After Laughter (3.5/5.0)

Paramore is a band that's hit or miss for me a lot of the time. When they pump out a really good song (Misery Business, Fences, crushcrushcrush, Ignorance, Ain't It Fun, Still Into You, All I Wanted Was You, etc.), that song tends to kick some serious butt. But a lot of their songs just don't do it for me. This album is probably their weakest of the four I've heard, and a lot of the songs fall in to that second category. This could be a grower, but so far it hasn't clicked.

13. Steven Wilson - To the Bone (3.5/5.0)

I could pretty much write the description for this by cutting and pasting blurbs from previous comments. It didn't hit me as strongly as the last four releases (including 4 1/2), but I still feel like it needs some time to grow on me. But, as of now, I haven't had much of an urge to go and listen to it again. Pretty decent, but there was just better stuff this year.

12. Краснознамённая дивизия имени моей бабушки - Посмертные приключения (4.0/5.0)

Yes, that's the actual band name. This album left a pretty good first impression on me, but I haven't really felt the need to revisit it that often. It's got a fun, bouncy atmosphere and mixes elements of Russian Folk, Chamber Pop, and Indie Rock together very cohesively. Very nice album overall.

11. Infected Mushroom - Return to the Sauce (4.0/5.0)

This year, I've tried to put at least some effort into getting into electronic music, and Infected Mushroom was a group that I had come across once or twice on Spotify's Radio and decided to listen to an album by them. Overall, this album's really good, and has a lot more varying moods and textures than a lot of electronic music I've heard so far. There's a lot of really good grooves in here, and it's an album that's hard not to bob your head to. It definitely makes me want to check out the rest of their discography!

10. Persefone - Aathma (4.0/5.0)

I'm still fairly new to Persefone (I just discovered them for the first time a few months ago), but this is probably the weakest of the three albums I've heard so far. It's still good, but it just didn't hit the spot quite like Core or Shin-ken did. Ah well.

The next three albums on the list are pretty close together in terms of quality, so they're pretty much interchangeable.

09. Mastodon - Cold Dark Place (4.0/5.0)

I was a bit surprised to hear Mastodon was dropping an EP right after releasing an album, and I can't say I'm disappointed that they did. This is some quality work here, and it fits in quite nicely with the rest of Mastodon's discography in terms of quality. I really love the acoustic intro to "Toe to Toes", it's one of my favorite moments from any Mastodon song. Probably selfish of me, but I wish there was more songs on this EP.

08. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand (4.0/5.0)

This album sounds like a mix of every other Mastodon album to date. There were moments that sounded like Crack the Skye, The Hunter, Once More Round the Sun, and even Leviathan and Blood Mountain a little. Some solid riffing, and a lot of cool moments and melodies. Not their strongest outing, but overall a really solid addition to their discography. Probably should listen to it more.

It definitely has worst album artwork of the year tho. Yeesh.

07. Flux Conduct - Yetzer Hara (4.0/5.0)

This is probably the most recent addition to this list, and I stumbled upon it by chance in the what album are you listening to thread. I mainly listened to it because of how freaking cool the album artwork is (a bit amusing coming right after Emperor of Sand in this list) and I can't say I'm disappointed that I did. The first track's a bit of a hiccup, but after that the quality gets much better, and this instantly became one of my favorite djent albums.

06. Epica - The Solace System (4.0/5.0)

Epica was firing on all cylinders for this EP, and it really feels like an extension of The Holographic Principle (which was another really solid album from last year). The EP feels pretty contained in itself, and didn't really leave me wanting after it was over. Solid songwriting overall, and Simone Simmons is...well, Simone Simmons. Can't beat that voice. Also, that riff in "The Wheel of Destiny" is delicious. Highlight of the album for me.

05. Taylor Swift - reputation (4.0/5.0)

Probably a weird thing to admit on a Dream Theater forum, but I'm actually a fairly big Swiftie. I've been pretty pumped for this album throughout the year, especially after she dropped two fantastic singles in the form of "Look What You Made Me Do" and "...ready for it?" (which is borderline metal at times. I'm not even kidding, you can almost headbang to that song). I was a bit disappointed that it had a delayed release towards Spotify, but I gave it a listen when it finally dropped and liked what I heard. One of her stronger albums so far and a worth successor to 1989. Like most Taylor Swift albums (and pop albums in general), it has some fat on it, but the overall quality is fairly high and there's some solid bangers on it.

04. Ayreon - The Source (4.0/5.0)

I can't believe this actually came out this year. It feels like it's been ages since this album dropped, and that's really a testament to how long this year has been. Ayreon always hits a pretty consistently high level of quality for me, and this album is no exception. There's a couple of duds on the album, but rock operas are more about the overall package. The album is a good addition to the Ayreon Rock Opera Cycle, and features some of his better work story-wise imo. I also like all the references to 101001101 in the album, and I wish he would do more things like that in Ayreon albums. Also, this is probably one of my favorite "casts" that he's assembled so far, and the singing is fantastic.

03. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pacifisticuffs (4.5/5.0)

I was anticipating that this album would rank super highly, especially after I've been waiting almost 3 years for it (since the initial release of Jigsaw Hustle back in 2014). These guys did not disappoint me, and the album has been worth the wait. It doesn't quite live up to Pandora's Pinata (not a fault against it, PP was just that good), but there's a lot of really fun songs on this album and I've spun it quite a few times in the short time since it came out. Only major fault with it is that there's way too many short intro/interlude/outro pieces that don't fit the album very well (although, I did notice that the themes from "Climbing the Eyewall" show up a few times in those tracks so that was cool). The new singer fits the band like a glove, and I love the addition of a string quartet throughout the album. The album's their most classically focused since Butcher's Ballroom in terms of composition, which I appreciate greatly, and it has some of their most intricate and complex arrangements to date. Also, it's almost annoyingly catchy.

02. Lorde - Melodrama (5.0/5.0)

Without a doubt, the best pop album of the last decade (and probably even longer than that). A consistently great album from start to finish, that really illustrates what it's like to come of age in modern times. A huge step up from the already great Pure Heroine, this is a great display of maturity in both songwriting and composition. The album has an almost narrative like feel, but more in the sense of an emotional journey rather than an actual story. You really get taken on a rollercoaster with this album, and it's easy to latch on to the emotions being presented here. It peels back the layer of gold paint, and shows just how empty a lot of the youth and party culture of today is and how empty it makes us youngins feel. Might be a bit of a controversial opinion, but Lorde feels like the Nirvana of this generation, essentially painting a perfect picture of what it feels like to grow up in this day and age. The melodies are consistently fantastic and catchy, and her singing has improved by miles since Pure Heroine (there's also a lot more Kate Bush influence here, which is something I thought I'd mention). The production is top notch, and has gotten a lot better since Pure Heroine. Just an amazing and mature album.

And my album of the year is....

01. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn (5.0/5.0)

You ever listened to an album that sounds amazing on the first listen, and then somehow manages to grow on you even more? That's this album for me. This album is quite honestly a masterwork. NeO has built upon every facet of their style introduced in the past two albums, and pushed their compositional abilities to the max. The album loosely (again, loosely) follow the scheme of a four movement sonata: a weighty first movement (Libra), a more energetic second movement (Intra Venus), a slow third movement (Eyrie), and a finale (Urn). The band plays around with transforming a cyclic theme (heard most prominently in Libra Pt 2), and some reoccurring riffs and patterns (the introduction arpeggios to Intra Venus, for example) to give the album a more unified feel. And that's what the album feels like: a completely unified whole. Each song on the album stands strong on its own, but takes on a whole new life in context. This is an album that is completely focused in artistic vision, and there's not a trace of fat to be found on it. Each moment perfectly flows from one to the next, and shows (much like Portal of I and Citadel) how metal can be strangely beautiful. The playing is top notch, as always, and it feels like they've grown from already being great musicians. There's always something new to discover with each listen, and another layer of depth to be uncovered. An album that's both emotionally and musically complex, and quite honestly one of the finest albums ever made.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #79 on: December 12, 2017, 04:06:14 PM »
07. Flux Conduct - Yetzer Hara (4.0/5.0)

This is probably the most recent addition to this list, and I stumbled upon it by chance in the what album are you listening to thread. I mainly listened to it because of how freaking cool the album artwork is (a bit amusing coming right after Emperor of Sand in this list) and I can't say I'm disappointed that I did. The first track's a bit of a hiccup, but after that the quality gets much better, and this instantly became one of my favorite djent albums.


I'm glad you checked it out. Make sure to check out the album Qatsi too. It's purely instrumental, but has some awesome music.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #80 on: December 12, 2017, 05:15:21 PM »
I'm in the process of relistening to all the 2017 albums I've previously checked out (and the ones I'd forgotten to check out) and ranking them.

I'll give a work-in-progress as soon as I can. Some are really growing on me and some have literally done nothing for me. Been a better year than I'd realised.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #81 on: December 12, 2017, 06:15:40 PM »
So, work in progress:

Amazing:

1. Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
2. Leprous - Malina
3. Artificial Language - The Observer
4. The Hirsch Effekt - Eskapist
5. Steven Wilson - To the Bone
6. The Dear Hunter - All is as All Should Be (EP)

Very good:

7. Odd Logic - Effigy
8. Set and Setting - Reflectionless
9. Enslaved - E
10. Pain of Salvation - Passing Light of Day
11. Trivium - The Sin and the Sentence
12. Caligula's Horse - In Contact

Good:

13. Adimiron - Et Liber Eris
14. Eidola - To Speak, To Listen
15. Soen - Lykaia
16. The King Blues - The Gospel Truth
17. Persefone - Aathma
18. Vangough - Warpaint
19. Stone Sour - Hydrograd
20. Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

Average:

21. Nobuo Uematsu & Distant Worlds Orchestra - Distant Worlds IV: More Music From Final Fantasy
22. Elder - Reflections From a Floating World
23. Anathema - The Optimist
24. Mastodon - Cold Dark Place (EP)
25. James McAllister, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens - Planetarium
26. Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid
27. Sikth - The Future in Whose Eyes?
28. Disperse - Foreword
29. Brand New - Science Fiction
30. The Faceless - In Becoming a Ghost
31. Rise Against - Wolves
32. Me and That Man - Songs of Love and Death

Disappointing:

33. David Maxim Micic - Who Bit the Moon
34. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pacifisticuffs
35. Paradise Lost - Medusa
36. Ayreon - The Source
37. Rancid - Trouble Maker


Still to rank:

Adrift for Days - A Sleepless Grey
And So I Watch You from Afar - The Endless Shimmering
Arcadea - Arcadea
Bent Knee - Land Animal
Circa Survive - The Amulet
The Contortionist - Claivoyant
Cyhra - Letters to Myself
The Earth and I - The Candleman
The Flatliners - Inviting Light
The Great Discord - The Rabbit Hole
Junius - Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light
Kepler Ten - Delta-V
Mogwai - Every Country's Sun
Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
Nova Collective - The Further Side
The Ongoing Concept - Places
Pallbearer - Heartless
Progenie Terrestre Pura - OltreLuna
Solstafir - Berdreyminn
Sons of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony
Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caeser
VUUR - In This Moment We Are Free - Cities
Xanthochroid - Of Erthe and Axen: Act I
Xanthochroid - Of Erthe and Axen: Act II


Yea, I'll hopefully finish this ranking by the end of the month  :corn

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #82 on: December 12, 2017, 10:54:47 PM »
After doing some rethinking, here's where I stand, especially after listening to Mastodon's Emperor of Sand album.  Don't know why it took me long enough to listen to it.  Probably thought that there was no way, with the way people praise Mastodon and this album, it can live up to the expectations I had set, but it did, and it was an enjoyable listen.

1. Ed Sheeran's Divide
2. Steven Wilson's To The Bone
3. Big Wreck's Grace Street
4. Trivium's The Sin and the Sentence
5. Mastodon's Emperor of Sand (probably can go up another slot or two after more listens to it)

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #83 on: December 13, 2017, 07:05:56 PM »
In no order

Gizmodrome -- Gizmodrome

Roger Waters -- Is This The Life We Really Want?

Robert Plant -- Carry Fire

John Zorn -- Garden Of Earthly Delights

Marco Minnemann -- Borrego


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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #84 on: December 14, 2017, 12:25:21 PM »
Top 5 albums:

Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?
Threshold - Legends Of The Shires
Steven Wilson - To The Bone
Foo Fighters - Concrete And Gold

Honorable mentions:

Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day
Mastodon - Cold Dark Place EP
Europe - Walk The Earth
Mando Diao - Good Times
Liam Gallagher - As You Were
TC & I - Great Aspirations EP
Pugwash - Silverlake

Favourite songs throughout the year:

Noel Gallagher - If Love Is The Law
Steven Wilson - People Who Eat Darkness
Mastodon - Roots Remain
Mastodon - Toe To Toes
Threshold - Small Dark Lines
Europe - Kingdom United
Liam Gallagher - Doesn't Have To Be That Way
Mando Diao - Watch Me Now
Pugwash - The Perfect Summer
Foo Fighters - The Line

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« Reply #85 on: December 14, 2017, 12:26:22 PM »
I have only heard 3 all the way

Living Colour- Shade.            By far the best of the year. Amazing as always

Geoff tat'es Operation Mindcrime A New Reality.    Some really strong tracks, on my second listen and really enyoing it

Sons of Apollo....Major over hyped disappointment

Well if you count Sound tracks, The Logan one is very good and atmospheric. 

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« Reply #86 on: December 14, 2017, 12:56:30 PM »
Sons of Apollo wins "top album" more or less by default.  There was just scant good music released this year, unfortunately. 

This statement is wrong.

So wrong.

Bosk... there's lots of FANTASTIC music out there - even for your tastes.  I suspect that you simply don't have the wherewithal and/or time to go out and search/find it - and that's fine, not everyone wants to or has time to listen to dozens or hundreds of albums in a year.  But to say there was scant good music released this year is a rather myopic statement.
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« Reply #87 on: December 14, 2017, 01:19:06 PM »
Sons of Apollo wins "top album" more or less by default.  There was just scant good music released this year, unfortunately. 

This statement is wrong.

So wrong.

Bosk... there's lots of FANTASTIC music out there - even for your tastes.  I suspect that you simply don't have the wherewithal and/or time to go out and search/find it - and that's fine, not everyone wants to or has time to listen to dozens or hundreds of albums in a year.  But to say there was scant good music released this year is a rather myopic statement.

I had no idea myself until I saw this thread. I will have to check out Mastodon and POS at the very least.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #88 on: December 14, 2017, 01:31:31 PM »
big big train, soen, mastodon EP, threshold, ayreon
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« Reply #89 on: December 14, 2017, 01:44:58 PM »
big big train, soen, mastodon EP, threshold, ayreon
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Wait...which BBT album? They released TWO this year... :lol

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #90 on: December 14, 2017, 02:13:49 PM »
1. Anubis Gate - Covered in Black
2. The Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic
3. VUUR - In This Moment We Are Free
4. Threshold - Legends of the Shires
5. Ayreon - The Source

The only other new album I listened to was Serenity's new one, which I didn't like very much. The other five were all great though.

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« Reply #91 on: December 14, 2017, 02:22:33 PM »
big big train, soen, mastodon EP, threshold, ayreon
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Wait...which BBT album? They released TWO this year... :lol

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #92 on: December 14, 2017, 04:00:05 PM »
I plan on doing a top 100 of 2017 at some point in January. So far I've listened to 253 albums enough to be able to rank them, but I have several more that I need to give a few more listens to. And yes I listen to a lot of new music every year.....

As of right now my top 5 are...
1. Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Finisterre
2. The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
3. The Hirsch Effekt - Eskapist
4. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
5. Caligula's Horse - In Contact

These could change at any time up to the end of the year though.

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« Reply #93 on: December 14, 2017, 04:40:46 PM »
I plan on doing a top 100 of 2017 at some point in January. So far I've listened to 253 albums enough to be able to rank them, but I have several more that I need to give a few more listens to. And yes I listen to a lot of new music every year.....

As of right now my top 5 are...
1. Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Finisterre
2. The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
3. The Hirsch Effekt - Eskapist
4. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
5. Caligula's Horse - In Contact

These could change at any time up to the end of the year though.


Oh yes, I forgot some I listened to in the first few months

1. Rgstys Iu Ytsgr. "Yes it is me"
2. The Skinny Potatoes "An Ode to the Ides of March"
3. Le Flen Twa Ami "Tu et moi tot de flenchermeiger"
4. Itsy Bitsy "A twice spun spider tale, part 8"
5. Der Beerst est bestt ven koold "yeager non da enu"


I just felt left out with rare and completely unknown bands...

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #94 on: December 15, 2017, 05:11:24 AM »
Oh yes, I forgot some I listened to in the first few months

1. Rgstys Iu Ytsgr. "Yes it is me"
2. The Skinny Potatoes "An Ode to the Ides of March"
3. Le Flen Twa Ami "Tu et moi tot de flenchermeiger"
4. Itsy Bitsy "A twice spun spider tale, part 8"
5. Der Beerst est bestt ven koold "yeager non da enu"

These are not real bands, right?
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #95 on: December 15, 2017, 05:22:28 AM »
I plan on doing a top 100 of 2017 at some point in January. So far I've listened to 253 albums enough to be able to rank them, but I have several more that I need to give a few more listens to. And yes I listen to a lot of new music every year.....

As of right now my top 5 are...
1. Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Finisterre
2. The Great Old Ones - EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
3. The Hirsch Effekt - Eskapist
4. Ne Obliviscaris - Urn
5. Caligula's Horse - In Contact

These could change at any time up to the end of the year though.


Oh yes, I forgot some I listened to in the first few months

1. Rgstys Iu Ytsgr. "Yes it is me"
2. The Skinny Potatoes "An Ode to the Ides of March"
3. Le Flen Twa Ami "Tu et moi tot de flenchermeiger"
4. Itsy Bitsy "A twice spun spider tale, part 8"
5. Der Beerst est bestt ven koold "yeager non da enu"


I just felt left out with rare and completely unknown bands...
I don't know what to tell you if you consider Ne Obliviscaris and Caligula's Horse to be rare and completely unknown :lol that's crazy talk
I nosedive, to the FURNAAACE

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #96 on: December 15, 2017, 05:34:29 AM »
I don't know what to tell you if you consider Ne Obliviscaris and Caligula's Horse to be rare and completely unknown :lol that's crazy talk

Saying those two bands aren't obscure is a bubble of sorts, unfortunately. Those kind of reactions are funny nevertheless :lol
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #97 on: December 15, 2017, 08:49:08 AM »
Oh yes, I forgot some I listened to in the first few months

1. Rgstys Iu Ytsgr. "Yes it is me"
2. The Skinny Potatoes "An Ode to the Ides of March"
3. Le Flen Twa Ami "Tu et moi tot de flenchermeiger"
4. Itsy Bitsy "A twice spun spider tale, part 8"
5. Der Beerst est bestt ven koold "yeager non da enu"

These are not real bands, right?

No I was just kidding. :)

I am amazed how many bands are out there I have NO idea about. Then again people give me a weird look when I tell them I like Dream Theater or even Fates Warning. I am glad no one took it as me making fun of the post, more poking fun at myself or the tremendous amount of bands out there.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #98 on: December 15, 2017, 08:53:12 AM »
Not sure how I'd rank them, but I enjoyed these the most this year:

The Dark Element
Iced Earth - Incorruptible
Act of Defiance - Old Scars, New Wounds
Kreator - Gods of Violence
The Haunted - Strength in Numbers

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #99 on: December 15, 2017, 09:17:01 AM »
i havent officially made my list but these are towards the top

steven wilson- to the bone
toehider- good
pain of salvation- passing light of day
big big train- grimspound
the contortionist- clairvoyant

these would be further down

caligulas horse- in contact
mastodon- emperor of sand
sons of apollo- psychotic symphony
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #100 on: December 15, 2017, 10:21:33 AM »
i havent officially made my list but these are towards the top

steven wilson- to the bone
toehider- good
pain of salvation- passing light of day
big big train- grimspound
the contortionist- clairvoyant

these would be further down

caligulas horse- in contact
mastodon- emperor of sand
sons of apollo- psychotic symphony
leprous- manila

Because o f this thread I checked out the new Mastodon and Pain of Salvation. Mastodon was good but I feel like I've been there done that. Still very good though. Amazing musicians. Pain of Salvation so far is really really good. I am about 8 or 9 tracks in.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #101 on: December 15, 2017, 11:04:38 AM »
I've only procured 7 albums from 2017.

One More Light - Linkin Park (okay)
Wolves - Rise Against (good)
The Mission - Styx (very good)
Mosaic - 311 (very good)
Walk into a Storm - The Lone Bellow (very good)
Psychotic Symphony - Sons of Apollo (okay)
Reputation - Taylor Swift (have not listened - this is my wife's)

It's rare that I get an album from a band or artist I'm not already familiar with. I will say that 311 and Styx are long-time favorites of mine that did NOT disappoint with their new albums. The Lone Bellow and Rise Against are newer favorites of mine. TLB have 3 really good albums out now, and will from now on be a day-one buy for me. RA have made up for a few lack-luster albums with Wolves. One More Light was an album I was only interested in after Chester died; I was a fan up until MTM, and then fell off the bandwagon. I've since picked up their latest four albums, and while I like OML (especially the title track), it's probably #6 out of 7 for their albums. Psychotic Symphony has a few good songs (first 3 songs are great), then a few good riffs (Divine Addiction riff is nasty), but otherwise forgettable. And the instrumental is a mess at the end of the album. Top 5 would probably go: Mosaic, Walk Into a Storm, The Mission, Wolves... and, I dunno, Psychotic Symphony, I guess.

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #102 on: December 15, 2017, 03:29:53 PM »
Updated thanks to this thread

Mastodon's Emperor of Sand ...Very good but I think it sounds too similar to past albums
Steven Wilson To the Bone...very refreshing. I am one of the few that did not like the Raven because it to me sounded to hard to be prog but this is very surprising.
Geoff Tate's The New Reality...after 2 listens, I really like it but like I said I can only see myself going back to possibly 3 songs
Living Colour Shade...LOVE IT. My favorite of the year
Sons of Apollo ....HUGE disappointment. Way over hyped with almost zero pay off
Pain of Salvation A very solid and cohesive concept album. The heavy parts are great, nice and complicated without hitting you over the head with it. The mellow parts are moving and emotional
Anubis Gate...also very good but sounds too similar to their previous releases
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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #103 on: December 15, 2017, 03:37:58 PM »
Mastodon- Emperor of Sand
Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day
Witherfall - Noctures and Requiems
The Nightflight Orchestra - Amber Galactic
Ayreon - The Source

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Re: Top 5 2017 Albums
« Reply #104 on: December 18, 2017, 02:44:21 PM »
Ninjabait...How did you ever hear of this band. Even if I wanted to buy it off my Amazon mp3 app I couldn't even search for it.

Краснознамённая дивизия имени моей бабушки - Посмертные приключения (4.0/5.0)

Yes, that's the actual band name. This album left a pretty good first impression on me, but I haven't really felt the need to revisit it that often. It's got a fun, bouncy atmosphere and mixes elements of Russian Folk, Chamber Pop, and Indie Rock together very cohesively. Very nice album overall.