IAMTHETREND’s Five Favorite Albums of the Year!

I guess it’s just about that time of the year, the end of the year! With the end of the year always comes recap lists, and this list is comprised of my 5 favorite albums of the year.

So without further adieu:

1. PM TODAY- In Medias Res

This album came out and absolutely blew me away. PM Today’s publicist sent this over to me and up to that point I had never even heard of the band and of course had no idea what to expect. Literally in the first 30 seconds I was HOOKED. The musicianship, lyrics, creativeness of this band is just an incredible. I have never been a person that really listened or got into lyrics but the way Connor Brogan strings together words and delivers them is just too good not to notice.

For Fans of: As Cities Burn, The Dear Hunter, Circa Survive

2. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise

Circa Survive absolutely delivered on their third studio album, Blue Sky Noise. This album from front to back is as close to perfect as you can get. Just when you thought that Anthony Green couldn’t get any better as a vocalist and a lyricist he absolutely blows you away with a level that you never thought existed. What I love about this album most is that I can just start it at the beginning and let it play through without ever having to skip a track. The album tells a complete story and commands attention from front to back.

For Fans of: Anthony Green, Emarosa, Minus the Bear

3. Norma Jean – Meridonial

I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t the biggest fans of The Anti-Mother and Redeemer and had almost given up on Norma Jean, but their latest album “Meridonial” absolutely melted my face. On their latest record the band really just seemed to find some of that magic that had gone missing since O God The Aftermath. I dare you to try and listen to the song A Media Friendly Turn For The Worse and not bang your head a bit.

4. Deftones – Diamond Eyes

Since first hearing Adrenaline, back around 1996, the Deftones have been one of my favorite bands and have always held a special place in my heart. Coming off the mildly disappointing album, Saturday Night Wrist and battling to overcome the loss of bassist Chi Cheng, whom still is in a coma, the Deftones managed to craft their best album since White Pony. Diamond Eyes is a perfect example of the Deftones have remained true to their style, their fans and themselves and quite simply just perfected their songwriting. For me the Deftones remains one of the only bands, if not the only band to escape the Nu-Metal era unscathed. On top of all that they put out one of the best videos I have seen this year with You’ve Seen The Butcher.

For Fans of: Deftones, enough said.

5. Underoath – Disambiguation

Like everyone else I was completely stunned when the last original member of Underoath, Aaron Gillespie announced that he was parting ways with Underoath. My immediate thoughts were this band will never be the same and they will simply not be able to recover, but after hearing the new album I can’t believe how wrong I was. Underoath’s latest album and first without Aaron absolutely shreds in every form. From reading a few interviews it really sounded like UO felt that they were held back from exploring while having Aaron in the band and you can definitely hear that on the newest disc. The band feel completely at home with their new lineup including Daniel Davison (ex-Norma Jean). If anyone has yet to check the new album out in fear that it wont be the same without Aaron, well your right it’s not the same, but it is still completely face melting.


This year myself and my wife were lucky enough to be asked to be in a music video! If you haven’t checked it out yet take a second and watch below. I think I play the part of dead guy pretty well!

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  • Awesome list! My #1 spot is between A Hope For Home’s “Realis”, underOath’s “Disambiguation” or PMToday’s “In Media Res”.

    I do like that Norma Jean song, but have NO RESPECT for it because it is a COMPLETE rip off of Thrice’s “Under a Killing Moon”, therefore would never even come close to touching my top 10, even though the rest of the album is practically flawless!

  • TomPhilibeck

    This is definitely a solid list of albums. I would have to disagree with putting Norma Jean over Underoath, though. They’re definitely both good albums, but I feel Meridional is just another Norma Jean album. (and I love Norma Jean but I feel that they’re repeating the same formula.) I think Underoath definitely did a lot more experimentation and explored some new territory in an effort to produce their most concise record yet.

    Can’t argue at all on your points with “In Medias Res” or “Blue Sky Noise”. Those are without a doubt some amazing albums. I never really got into Deftones, so I don’t have anything to say about them.

  • Underoath could really interchange with Norma Jean for me. I guess it depends what day of the week it is. I think since I have had more time with Meridional I have a small bias on it

  • You think so? Its been a bit since I have listened to Under a Killing Moon, and even when I went back I definitely didnt think it was a COMPLETE rip off. I mean I can hear some traces, but with everything in music you can hear traces of someone else.

  • Oh dude, besides the opening listen to the vers and choruses, and pre choruses for that matter. Its pretty blatant! Still a good song though, but man they did not try to hide it in my opinion haha!

    Still, love your list dude! And that’s awesome you were in a music video!