Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Its safe to say Deftones has never made a bad album
Meshuggah – Koloss
Their most “accessible” album. Still impossible to replicate by any band.
Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour
Swans – The Seer
A masterpiece alongside “White Light..” and The Great Annihilator. Brutal, yet beautiful and cinematic.
Cannibal Corpse – Torture
Gore Death Metal at its best this year. No complaints about the production and sound. Metal riffs galore
Deerhoof – Breakup Song
Fun-filled music that does not conform to any standard song structure. Satomi’s cute japanese-y vocals sounds like it could be grating on paper, but it doesn’t! Combined with the thrilling drumming and sweet guitar riffs on display. Breakup Song is the sunniest album this winter.
Soulfly – Enslaved
Gone are the groove, tribal, nu-metal elements of old. Soulfly sounds reinvigorated, the fruits of the thrashy direction they have been heading in the past few albums. A new peak
Neil Young/Crazy Horse -Psychedelic Pill
Strong songwriting and exquisite jams makes this one of the best Neil Young/Crazy Horse albums
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
12 beautifully arranged, mostly melancholic, songs written in a honest, straight-forward style that grabs you on first listen. Chorus lyrics for “Give Out” will just stick in your head. She shows she can rock out too on “Serpents”.