In 2011 I did a baker's dozen of best albums, for the styles we play on the show. (metal, goth + electronica, rock, folk). Last year I kept expecting our station manager to put out the call, but it never came.. So this year I am ploughing right ahead on my own! This time I set no number limits.
It took me a long time to decide this time.. Because I know and can feel the hard work and creativity that went into each one., I categorically refuse to rank order them.. I won't even put them in alphabetical order.. These are the ones I could not help but put on repeat again and again, since they were released this year.. These are the ones that made me notice right away and wouldn't let me go.
They are all exceptional songs, well played, well orchestrated, amazing lyrically, and although many are hook laden, they resonate with beauty, bone-chilling passion, and real soul. How rare is that in today's musical landscape?
I am sure I missed some good albums this year but these are the ones that I heard that I couldn't get out from under my skin - in a good way - and I cannot find it in my heart to say quite which is best. That I leave up to the listener.
(And to the artists below..: Wow! You guys hit the ball right out of the park! Thanks to every one of you for sharing your amazing musical gifts with the rest of us.. Long may you reign. \w/ <3 -evie )
these are e.V.'s picks for the year.
here they are... kicking musical ass and taking names :)
RavenzHeart - (UK) - GOTHIC BALLAD
"Once Upon A Time" Title track EP Available only via Youtube, despite my trying to get him to put it on Bandcamp.. It's the VERY FIRST TRACK on here.
Virtual intelligence (Vi) - (USA)
DARK ELECTRONICA w/ shots of Black Metal.
"Another Sky" from "f AI th" debut LP.
Their debut EP, Interface With God (2012) is also awesome.
Raavittu - (Finland) ROCK
from their self-titled demo.
Scar The Martyr - (USA) METAL
"Cruel Ocean" from "Scar The Martyr" debut LP
Blood Ceremony - (Canada) DOOM ROCK
"Goodbye Gemini" from "The Eldritch Dark"
A Pale Horse Named Death - (USA) MELODIC DOOM
"Cold Dark Mourning" from "Lay My Soul To Waste"
Turisas - (Finland) METAL
"Run Bhang Eater, Run!" from Turisas 2013
the wildest ride on the album!
Daggerplay - Urban Campfire Songs. (Finland) PUNK ROCK
Some down dirty yet uplifting Punk 'n' roll from Helsinki. Just click that first one. What a melody, and what a chorus.! Just ignore the name ;;-)
Hacking The Wave (Italy) is the new INDUSTRIAL solo project, and experiment in open source music of Victor Love of Dope Stars, Inc. Click on the link, above to join Love's artistic experiment. Also check out Mountains of Sand.
An outstanding ACOUSTIC GOTH band, Abney Park (USA) are arguably the granddaddy of SEPIACHORD/ steampunk music.. They have quite the back catalogue to check out.