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Owen W

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Metal
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  1. Só Quem Viu o Relâmpago à Sua Direita Sabe
    by Kaatayra
    Chama Terra, Chama Chuva Chama Terra, Chama Chuva
    Take atmospheric black metal, play it on acoustic instruments, and add the local flair of Brazilian folk music, and you get something truly special. The clarity of the folk presentation makes these compositions shine all the brighter. The Panopticon comparison is an obvious one, but it also reminds me of how Agalloch combined subtle beauty and loud power in their music, and blended them seamlessly. Bom trabalho!
  2. Thunder in the Mountains
    by Dzö-nga
    Flames in the Sky Flames in the Sky
    I'm a sucker for folk-influenced melodic black metal, but this is some top-tier stuff. The melodies are soaring and easy to get lost in. The folk embellishments are tasteful, yet have a commanding presence. The word "epic" tends to get overused in describing many things, but this album earns the descriptor.
  3. Brave Faces Everyone
    by Spanish Love Songs
    Self-Destruction (as a sensible career choice) Self-Destruction (as a sensible career choice)
    Relentlessly catchy emo / pop punk that maintains a high standard of quality as it stays faithful to the core of it's style. Dylan Slocum's warbly delivery is perfect for delivering the cutting lyrics about the Millennial experience, capturing generational angst poetically and memorably. It's a devastating album, and I'll be coming back for that devastation over and over again.
  4. Desert Dove
    by Michaela Anne
    One Heart One Heart
    Take the lyrical bite of early Kacey Musgraves and the lush instrumentation of later Kacey Musgraves, bump up the atmospherics and add some amazing performances from the backing band, and make it somehow even catchier, and you have Desert Dove. Michaela Anne is carving a wonderful sound for herself in country, easy to get lost in and yet substantive and satisfying.
  5. Grief Creature
    by Mary Lambert
    Easy to Leave (feat. Maiah Manser) Easy to Leave (feat. Maiah Manser)
    Over her signature blend of indie pop and singer/songwriter, punctuated with spoken word, Mary paints a cathartic picture of her trauma and mental illness, turning her worst struggles into beautiful art. Elevating these songs is her blunt yet poetic writing style, managing to be memorable without being cryptic. It's one of the most difficult and emotionally harrowing listening experiences I've had in the 2010s, and one of the most rewarding.
  6. There Existed an Addiction to Blood
    by clipping.
    Club Down (with Sarah Bernat) Club Down (with Sarah Bernat)
    clipping. took horrorcore and made it truly frightening. The experimental instrumentals are unsettling in a way that matches the macabre subject matter. Daveed's speedy and technical rapping and memorable writing and storytelling make great contrast to the atmospheric instrumentals, making them all the more frightening. One of the most harrowing albums I've ever listened to.
  7. The Heavens Are Not On Fire...
    by Wills Dissolve
    The heavens are not on fire The heavens are not on fire
    Brooding progressive death doom metal that never loses itself to technicality for its own sake. The instrumentals are precisely played, but don't lose their human touch in the process. Rather than going for flash, the band makes music that's technical while still being emotionally evocative. The songs transition between acoustic-backed interludes, death doom instrumentals, and all-out death metal seamlessly, united by a somber mood.
  8. Outstrider
    by Abbath
    HECATE HECATE
    A huge improvement over the self-titled album, this album sounds like Abbath picking up where Immortal left off with All Shall Fall. And given that All Shall Fall is my favorite Immortal album, that's fine by me. This album share's that album's uncanny knack for melody, finding it in both fast and mid-paced tracks. And the grand production gives the album even more scope.
  9. Wish You Were Gay
    by Claud
    Now this is what a song with that title is supposed to be about. Claud conveys the feeling of wanting someone who could never be attracted to you with specificity and relatabilitiy. The simple piano-driven instrumental matches Claud's somber delivery perfectly. And the framing is perfect, accepting of reality yet still despondent and yearning. All mlm/wlw folks know this feeling, and Claud has captured it in song.
  10. Realm Breaker
    by Mechina
    A slightly more atmospheric take on Mechina's cyber metal sound, but no less grand. Mel's vocals sound amazing as they soar over the instrumental. Can't wait for the album!
  11. Weeping Choir
    by Full of Hell
    Armory of Obsidian Glass Armory of Obsidian Glass
    Expertly crafted grindcore that'll bash your face in with virtuosity. Punctuated by enough varied moments to keep it interesting, like the sludgy dirge of Armory of Obsidian Glass, and the shouted/screeched vocal double-up of Aria of Jeweled Tears. It took five albums, starting with Full of Hell & Merzbow, for Full of Hell to convert me, but with this one, they finally made me a fan.
  12. ​Unterm Gipfelthron
    by RAUHNÅCHT
    Zwischen den Jahren Zwischen den Jahren
    That cover just screamed that I would love this album, and boy was it right. Folksy melodic black metal with a dash of atmospherics that splits the difference between Cnoc An Tursa's The Giants of Auld and Cân Bardd's The Last Rain, both very positive comparisons in my book. Even the folksy interlude is just as compelling as the main tracks, and hard feat to pull off.
  13. This Was Supposed To Be Fun
    by Epic Beard Men, B Dolan, Sage Francis
    Hedges Hedges
    Epic Beard Men improve on their already-great debut in every way. The flows and rhyme schemes are sicker, the song topics are more cutting, and the production is more varied. While it might not go as hard as the debut on average, they still managed to make an album without any lulls. And while all the songs are great, "Hedges" is one of the most chilling songs I've heard all year. Run the Jewels, you guys have competition.
  14. Lunar Falls
    by Suldusk
    Aphasia Aphasia
    Easily one of the best albums of the year. Suldusk weaves effortlessly between atmospheric neo-folk and doomy black metal in a way that's reminiscent of Agalloch, a comparison I do not make lightly. The folksy songs weave together the metal songs while still being compelling on their own in a way that reminds me of The Mantle. Emily's haunting vocals unite both styles, while the piercing screams accentuate the climaxes. Absolutely gorgeous.
  15. The Last Rain
    by Cân Bardd
    Celestial Horizon Celestial Horizon
    With a massive improvement in production quality, this album feels like Cân Bardd finally delivering on their potential. The band draws on a lot of styles as they put together their take on atmospheric folk black metal, with a strong core of Gallowbraid influence and moments that remind me of Elderwind or Wolves in the Throne Room. The result is sweeping, meditative, and grand.
  16. Wiaca
    by SUNDAYS
    Passengers Choir Passengers Choir
    From the opening notes, I knew this was something special. The instrumentation is lush without being overpowering, easy to fall into like your favorite pillow. Usually the vocals are my sticking point with most indie folk, but Magnus somehow rockets right past that reservation. This album feels like drinking a glass of lemonade on a breezy summer day.
  17. Forgotten Paths
    by Saor
    Bròn Bròn
    Just as Saor's previous two albums made me feel like I was beholding the expansive landscape on their cover, this one makes me feel as if I'm in the woods on the cover. Trading some of their trademark atmosphere for more visceral songwriting, it sounds like Saor are leaning more heavily on their pagan black metal influence than their atmospheric black metal base. The album has an earthier sound, like we've descended from those mountains to see what's in those woods. And I like what we've found.
  18. Black Secret Beyond Of Nature
    by CHORIA
    Age of Sky Age of Sky
    If Winterfylleth did a cover album of Cnoc an Tursa songs circa The Giants of Auld, the results would probably sound like Black Secret Beyond of Nature. The core of their sound is atmospheric black metal, but there's just enough melodic foundation, and just enough folksy touches, to make the songs more varied, emotive, and memorable.
  19. Solace & Solitude
    by Valhalore
    Guardians of Time (Acoustic) Guardians of Time (Acoustic)
    In the recent trend of metal bands releasing folk EPs, Valhalore distinguish themselves from the rest by bringing the bombast from their viking metal sound to these folk compositions. Filled with lush strings, woodwinds, and harmonies, these songs still create a presence as powerful as Valhalore's metal songs, while showing how strong the band's melodies are by stripping back the presentation. With this EP, Valhalore have proven they can make acoustic music as captivating as their metal music.
  20. The Bleakness Of Our Constant
    by Eneferens
    Weight Of The Mind's Periapt Weight Of The Mind's Periapt
    Eneferens makes his return to atmospheric black metal carrying quite a bit of influence from his neofolk detour. But the genre hopping doesn't end there, from Alcest-style blackgaze with clean vocals that even sound like Neige, to a doom metal track that fits the flow of the album way better than it should, to post metal gluing it all together. But though the sounds are fairly distinct from one another, Eneferens makes them all a joy to listen to.