Following up the 2013 list five months prior, I’m finally caught up on my year-end lists that are actually published after the year in question had finished. #decemberclickbait

Next up is to create a new WordPress theme to make this site responsive on mobile. I’ll catch up to five years ago eventually.

The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

The Twilight Sad

Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

FatCat Records

Anathema - Distant Satellites

Anathema

Distant Satellites

Kscope

sleepmakeswaves - Love of Cartography

sleepmakeswaves

Love of Cartography

self-released

The Tea Party - The Ocean at the End

The Tea Party

The Ocean at the End

Anthem Entertainment

Opeth - Pale Communion

Opeth

Pale Communion

Roadrunner

At this point Sweden’s Opeth have all but severed their death metal roots. Jazz-fusion elements from 2011’s Heritage are explored further; including Damnation‘s melancholy and dramatic strings of Mikael Åkerfeldt’s Storm Corrosion collaboration with Steven Wilson. He again sheds Opeth’s earlier cookie monster guttural growls, replaced with clean melodic vocals. That beauty is contrasted by menacing keyboards, synthesizers, and organs that stand on equal footing as other instrumentation. There are some moments of guitar heroics but this album does take the jazz approach of recognizing individual contributions. It’s an approach to prog metal that’s esoteric on the surface but quite accessible to any listener that likes a challenge.

Best songs

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – “What We Loved Was Not Enough”
The Twilight Sad – “In Nowheres”
Chevelle – “One Ocean”
The Tea Party – “The Ocean at the End”
Lost in the Trees – “Past Life”
Liars – “Pro Anti Anti”
Godflesh – “Shut Me Down”
Broken Records – “I Won’t Leave You in the Dark”
Manic Street Preachers – “Walk Me to the Bridge”
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders (feat. Sharon Van Etten) – “To Keep & to Be Kept”
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Run2Me”
Iceage – “Glassy Eyed, Dormant And Veiled”
Junius – “Battle in the Sky”
Lantlôs – “Melting Sun IV: Jade Fields”
In-Flight Safety – “Animals”
Big Wreck – “Hey Mama”
Caribou – “Our Love”
††† – “Op†ion”
Peter Murphy – “Low Tar Stars”
Hey Rosetta! – “What Arrows”
Devin Townsend Project – “Universal Flame”
Amplifier – “Black Rainbow”
Against Me! – “Black Me Out”
The Gaslight Anthem – “Dark Places”
Fucked Up – “The Art of Patrons”
Mariachi El Bronx – “Eternal”
Old Man Gloom – “A Hideous Nightmare Lies Upon the World”
Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part of Me”
We Were Promised Jetpacks – “A Part of It”
Crippled Black Phoenix – “You’ll Be Murdered”
Black Map – “And We Explode Pt. 2”