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!