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Old 11-20-2018, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another great year of music. I tend to find a lot of stuff across the spectrum that goes under the radar, so hopefully you'll find a few gems among this bunch. Happy Holidays.

~ Derek

30. Karmic Juggernaut - The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of
29. Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury
28. Dead Can Dance - Dionysus
27. Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death In Meatspace
26. Mr. Fingers - Cerebral Hemispheres
25. Lemmings Suicide Myth - Lemmings Suicide Myth
24. Rivers Of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name
23. The Manhattan Transfer - The Junction
22. Palest Hue - City Underground
21. Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
20. VOLA - Applause Of A Distant Crowd
19. Red Sun Rising - Thread
18. Soft Machine - Hidden Details
17. Avantdale Bowling Club - Avantdale Bowling Club
16. Mitch Murder - Selection 5
15. Miracle - The Strife Of Love In A Dream
14. Subsignal - La Muerta
13. Sigh - Heir To Despair
12. Young Gun Silver Fox - AM Waves
11. Deep Space Destructors - Visions From The Void
10. Wayfarer - World's Blood
9. Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temple
8. The Black Queen - Infinite Games
7. R+R=Now - Collagically Speaking
6. The Bad Dreamers - Songs About People Including Myself
5. Kindo – Happy However After
4. 공중도둑 [Mid-Air Thief] – 무너지기 (Crumbling)
3. Bart & The Bedazzled - Blue Motel
2. Shmu - Lead Me To The Glow
1. Perfect Beings - Vier

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30. Karmic Juggernaut - The Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of


Genre(s): Psychedelic Rock, Zeuhl, 70's Prog, Jazz Rock, Math Rock

Sounds Like: Yezda Urfa, Family, Flower Travellin' Band, Mars Volta, early 70's Yes, Frank Zappa


At times coming off as though Jon Anderson of Yes jumped ship and went on a drug-fueled studio rampage with Frank Zappa or the guys from Primus, a pure spirit of experimentation drives the high adrenaline sound of Karmic Juggernaut's debut. From the spacey old school artwork to the hypersonic guitar buzzsawing reminiscent of, say, Blue Cheer or Flower Travellin' Band, there's no mistaking where these guys' hearts lie. But once you see their full schizophrenic yet beautiful potential released on gems such as 'Robotnik' or the feverish 'On Your Mark', it is really hard not to get sucked in.

While the mainstream media makes a big deal about bands like Greta Van Fleet, these guys are a much better example of a talented group of guys bringing the best aspects of 70's acid rock into our present with ablomb.



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Totally stoked for this!
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This is going to be so fuckin' gooooood.
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29. Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury


Genre(s): Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Free Jazz

Sounds Like: Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore


Jazzy in the classic New York City tradition but something of a whiplash inducing metal experience as well, I've been a fan of Imperial Triumphant's approach since they stormed into the spotlight with Abyssal Gods a few years ago. This however, sounds leaps and bounds to me above where they started: the dichotomy between their brassy dexterity and their brutal chops is certainly a highlight, but what ends up growing on you is the songwriting itself, especially centerpiece 'Chernobyl Blues' that spends half its runtime coming off a John Zorn ambient progression before exploding into a howling orgy of pure fury that'll blow you back in your chair if you weren't expecting it. Needless to say, this is not your typical BM outing by any stretch of the imagination: purists beware.



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I listened to Karmic Juggernaut - The Dreams That Stuff Are Made today. The parts that sound a lot like Yes really appealed to me.
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Glad you did. And speaking of the Yes connection between the bands, you might appreciate what they did here.

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Damn they pull that off. Two singers who both can sound like JA.
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Speaking of sounding like Yes, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the new Glass Hammer, Ant.
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^ It's good, but there was some other proggy stuff this year that eclipsed it some for me. You'll see them later on on this thread.


28. Dead Can Dance - Dionysus


Genre(s): World Music, Darkwave / Dark Ambient

Sounds Like: This Mortal Coil, Lycia, Peter Gabriel (soundtrack work), early Enigma, Current 93


The king and queen of the classic 4AD days return in all their ritualistic multicultural glory. While I don't think Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have much to prove after over thirty years of groundbreaking work, I'm always very interested when they emerge from their respective musical cocoons as a pair to guide me into their pleasingly austere and distinctive soundscapes. There are have been plenty of imitators since their early post-punk days after all, but nobody who does the Neoclassical World music thing better.

Split between two long tracks into a deft 30+ minute suite, Dionysus is an exploration into the twists and turns of the long forgotten days of the Bacchanalia. Occasionally 90's sounding keyboard effects aside, the end result is engrossing and covers a wide palette of sounds from multiple corners of the Mediterranean (and a bucketload of different instruments). There are hardly any lyrics to the proceedings, but that contributes to the overall mood of the piece (similar to the feeling I get from sitting in a long time with vocalizations of a Bulgarian choir).

All in all, if you wanted your Darkwave fix for 2018, this will definitely do it



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