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Thank You Scientist – Maps of Non-Existent Places

So far, 2012 has been a glorious year for underground music in the eyes of many, and will likely be looked upon fondly in retrospect. Genres such as prog and death metal, the latter especially, have enjoyed a creative outburst and have given us a plethora of releases that look capable of enduring the test of time and becoming trademark classics. However, one other genre that has not received as much recognition this year, despite producing equally timeless masterpieces, is jazz fusion, specifically the metal-y kind of jazz fusion. With diverse, original, and downright awesome releases from the likes of Diablo Swing Orchestra, Trioscapes, and T.R.A.M., this niche subgenre has quickly started rising as of late, although overshadowed by its bigger brothers.