Farewell 2010 – Pussy Music Edition: DeusExMachina’s Best Unheavy Albums of 2010

Confessions: I don’t really listen to as much metal as I probably should.  In fact, I probably spend more time listening to ‘pussy music’ than metal. *gasp*.  So when I saw Disinformasiya post his opinion on the best that non-metal has to offer, of course lil ‘ol me had to give my two shits.  So here we go (in no order, just random):

The Luna Sequence After Sunfall

Apart from being a metal guy, I am a huge techno buff.  Tiesto, DJ Splash, all that shit.  Also some more obscure, non-raving artists, like Blue Stahli, and here, The Luna Sequence.  Their EP, After Sunfall, fell under my radar for a bit, skipping it to listen to some metal albums that were released recently.  When I finally got to it, oh lordy, was I impressed.  What makes it great is that it contains some form of heaviness, but also remains catchy.  The melodies are instantly rememberable.  The album also sounds HUGE.  The sound waves just grabs at you, draws you in, and you become immersed in epic soundscapes.  Check it out.

Jack WallMass Effect 2 Official Soundtrack

Naturally, I’m also into video games.  The in-game score is one of my main factors of whether I find a game enjoyable.  If it is great, I become immersed in the soundscapes and it draws me to the game. If it’s nothing but noise and doesn’t have any focus, or if it unspectacular, I often find myself struggling to stay in the game.  Luckily, Mass Effect 2 (which is my game of the year, to anyone who cares) had one of the best soundtracks in recent memory.  I probably haven’t heard a soundtrack this good and this immersive since Halo or Knights of the Old Republic.  It is orchestral at some times, but switches completely to electronic out of nowhere.  And when it mixes the two, hot damn, is it glorious!  Even if you aren’t into Mass Effect 2 or video games, definitely check this one out.

Michael Salvatori & Marty O’DonnellHalo: Reach Official Soundtrack

Pure…orchestral…goodness.  Not a single bad track on the soundtrack.  It completely immerses you in the feeling of desperation, and yet, inspiration.  You want to keep playing until you realize that it’s hopeless to win this battle…and you fight on anyway.  Call me what you will, but I can’t think of better orchestral music that Halo’s music, except for Position Music’s Orchestral Series.

God Is An AstronautAge of the Fifth Sun

I checked it out after it appeared on Amnesian’s list of top albums of 2010 and Disinformasiya highly recommended them to me.  As soon as I downloaded the album and pressed play on the first track, I was greeted by beautiful, soaring melodies, cool beats, and awesome soundscapes.  And it never really let up on the whole album.  The album was beautiful.  I definitely recommend those with a taste for pop-rock to check it out.

BucketheadShadows Between The Sky ; Spinal Clock ; Captain EO’s Voyage

Buckethead, who has to be one of the most prolific composers in the history of music, came out with four albums this year, 3 of which are mass produced. Shadows Between The Sky again shows his ability to make some of the best melodies we as humans have ever heard.  Spinal Clock is completely minimalist and experimental, giving the atmosphere that Buckethead felt when he had his spinal injury early this year. Captain EO’s Voyage once more shows his ability to craft beautiful songs with wondrous melodies.  He may be able to shred like a motherfucker, but when he writes songs with melodies and hooks, he’s one of the best out there.  Definitely pick up all three of these albums.

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