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This is it guys. Final five. These are still un-ranked inside the list but every single one of these albums received a wide consensus in our staff group. These are the albums we’ve listened to the most in the past six months and we’d like to share them with you. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far, even if we didn’t agree on every point. We appreciate every single one of you (no tears!) and hope to see you on the other side of this incredible year. Thanks for joining us!

Without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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TesseracT Sonisphere 2014

It has been a very short time since we found out that Ashe O’Hara parted ways with TesseracT, and that the band had regained Dan Tompkins. Now, we have live footage of the band playing a prime cut off  their debut album, One. If you think your heart won’t explode from excitement upon viewing the video, check it out after the jump.

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Tesseract - One

The most important news always seems to pop up just as I’m about to do something else, so forgive me if this is short and sweet, but Tesseract have once again had a switch-up in the vocalist department — parting ways with Ashe O’Hara and regrouping with the vocalist of One, Dan Tompkins. The statement posted on their Facebook page reads:

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Monuments – The Amanuensis


Ever facing delays and setbacks, Monuments’ debut album Gnosis barely missed the boat for the new wave of progressive groove metal — which guitarist John Browne helped form with Tesseract’s Acle Kahney with under-recognized djent progenitors Fellsilent — just as it began to oversaturate the market. Despite landing a critically favorable debut and a dedicated legion of fans, the group’s troubles weren’t soon over. During the Gnosis album cycle, vocalist Matt Rose left the band with dissent, slamming the door shut on further touring in support of the record. In turn, Browne & Co. didn’t make as much new ground as they should have given their pedigree. Now aided by Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery, Ever Forthright) on vocal duties, the group hopes to make up for lost time with their infectious sophomore album The Amanuensis.

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The question of crowd funding music is one that is not going to go away. On the contrary, as more and more platforms enable this sort of transaction we’re probably going to see an increasing number of bands turning towards this source. However, small bands looking to get jump started by their fan base is one thing while established names, often signed to labels, are another. This issue becomes relevant once more, as Skyharbor, best known for their frontman Dan Tompkins (ex-TesseracT) announced today that they will be seeking crowd funding for their upcoming, sophomore album.

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The Odious Go On Hiatus

the odious

The dreaded “H” word has claimed many a band. What starts out as an innocent break from music turns into something indefinite, and often permanent. What’s worse, is that it often strikes when you least expect it. Independent psychedelic prog band The Odious appeared to be doing better than ever, scoring bigger gigs including local support for Tesseract, Intronaut, and Cloudkicker in Oregon a year and a half after their celebrated full-length debut Joint Ventures was released. Unfortunately, the band will soon be going dark for the foreseeable future.

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Alright, listen up. Apparently there’s some mass confusion about acoustic versions among artists, why you do them, and, more importantly, why you’re doing them badly. So badly, in fact, that you’re straight up ruining your own song, both in acoustic and in demeaning the original version by proxy. You need to stop, because you’re an idiot.

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Orion – Yugen

orion yugen

Influence is a divisive subject in any artistic community. Where does influence end and plagiarism begins? How can you define originality and is it more important than skill? The metal community has had its share of controversy on the subject, in recent times as well. We won’t pretend to give a definite answer in this review, but Orion‘s debut album Yugen is a strong case in favor of a view that sees influences and roots as crucial things. Relying on them, cultivating your connection to them and giving them your own voice is a powerful tool for creation. This is evidenced by the fact that when Orion channel their predecessors well,  the album is strong and evocative. It’s when Orion try to strike out on their own, introducing a foreign sound to aforementioned predecessors, that the album loses a lot of its edge and impact. It’s not bad at any point but some parts carry much less force.

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This weekend I took a ten hour round trip to see the very first Cloudkicker live show in Columbus, OH (also featuring Intronaut, who also played double duty in Cloudkicker) and let me tell you, the Cloudkicker hype is very real and it was an unbelievable show. I’m still not entirely sure it even happened, and I have a signed vinyl copy of Beacons — my favorite instrumental record ever — and a limited edition tour poster to prove it.

cloudkicker swag

I understand that I am one of the fortunate few who will be able to catch the first and potentially only proper Cloudkicker tour, so let me try to set the scene as best as I can in the amount of time I have.

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tesseract altered state 8bit

The 21st century is a wonderful place sometimes. Horrors abound, but beauty is also to be had. Weird beauty. Case in point: YouTube user z Smuffanz has rendered TesseracT‘s Altered State into 8-bit. In its entirety. Altered State is already an amazing album, in no small part due to the emotion-drenched instrumentals.

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