Monday, January 04, 2010
The Great Cessation
YOB is one of those bands I had heard of, but had not heard. After the dissolution of the band, and formation of Middian, I was aware that they were out there and were a respected Doom band. But it wasn't until the release this year of The Great Cessation that I heard these guys. And what an introduction it was. This album is fabulous. It is the distilled essence of Doom. And it is suffocatingly heavy, in the truest sense of the word heavy.
With the conclusion of the "Reality Dream" trilogy, Riverside had to move on. I was a bit apprhensive about where that move would take them, honestly. But not to worry. The wrote an album dealing with our frantic "high definition" lives (cleverly titled so the initials of the album are ADHD) that is their most urgent, energetic release yet. This is a fantastic album, and one of my favorites of theirs.
6. Katatonia: Night is the New Day
4. OSI: Blood
And coming in at a tie for the top spot, I just couldn't pick one of these over the other.
Supergroups can be tricky. Too often they fail under the egos and styles of the individual members. On their debut album, Shrinebuilder bucks that trend. Retaining all the style and individuality of the comprising members, yet effectively creating something entirely new, Al Cisneros and company deliver a record of truly epic proprotions. This is much more than the sum of its individual parts, and a monster of an album.
For Lies I Sire
My Dying Bride was a new introduction for me this year, and proved to be one of the most impressive. For Lies I Sire is a masterpiece in atmosphere building. With the reintroduction of violins, the music becomes that much more haunting and eerie. Turn out the lights, crank up the volume, and prepare to be moved. It was a tough call, but after repeat listens, this is my favorite album of the year.
So there you have it, 10 (actually 11) fantastic albums from a pretty darn good year in music. I'm looking forward to what 2010 brings.