Kaze’s favorite album list for year 2016

Dear readers,
the current article type is one of my favorite; an article that I am working on during the whole year. Every time I am preparing to listen to a new release, I am thinking ‘Let’s see, if this is quite addictive & exceptional!’. If I listen to the album N times in a row (where N >= 30), then it is a potential candidate for my favorite album list! Of course only a few albums are able to make their way in that list. The following albums were released during 2016 except laCasta’s Encyclia which was released in December 2015, and I listened to it for the first time in January 2016. For each album, I provide some information such as a link to a review if there is one, and a link to the bandcamp page of the release, allowing you to easily access the material and check it out for yourself. My favorites for 2016 include 16 releases where only the last 3 are ranked. For me, a favorite album means a 10/10 album and the first 13 albums fall in this category; all of them are quite addictive & extraordinary. But the last 3, they really talked to my soul, that is why I would like to differentiate them from the rest. I hope you enjoy!

16. The Black Furs (Argentina)- Doomed Blues

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Death blues, garage, rock’n’roll

Listen to The Black Furs in Bandcamp


15. Atomikylä (Finland)

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Psychedelic, black metal

Listen to Atomikylä in Bandcamp


14. laCasta (Italy) – Encyclia EP

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Blackened hardcore

Album Review

Listen to laCasta in Bandcamp


13. Baestien (Czech Republic) – Uroboros

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Neocrust

Listen to Baestien in Bandcamp


12. Ancst (Germany) – Moloch

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Blackened crust

Album Review

Listen to Ancst in Bandcamp


11. Eave/Galarre (US) – Split

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Blackgaze, depressive black metal

Listen to Eave/Galarre split in Bandcamp


10. Suuns (Canada) – Hold/Still

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Indie, post-punk

Listen to Suuns in Bandcamp


09. Hemelbestormer (Belgium) – Aether

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Doom, sludge

Listen to Hemelbestormer in Bandcamp


08. Oranssi Pazuzu (Finland) – Värähtelijä

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Psychedelic black metal

Album Review

Listen to Oranssi Pazuzu in Bandcamp


07. Sarabante (Greece) – Poisonous Legacy

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Crust, d-beat

Album Review

Listen to Sarabante in Bandcamp


06. ΚΑΤΑΧΝΙΑ (Greece) – Στη Σκιά Μιας Λαιμητόμου

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Crust punk

Listen to Καταχνιά in bandcamp


05. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas (Sweden & US)- Mariner

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Post-metal

Album Review

Listen to Mariner in Bandcamp


04. Russian Circles (US) – Guidance

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Instrumental post-metal

Listen to Russian Circles in Bandcamp


03. Teksti-TV 666 (Finland) – 1,2,3

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Garage, rock’n’roll

Listen to Teksti-TV 666 in Bandcamp


02. Martyrdöd (Sweden) – List

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Metal, crust, d-beat

Album Review

Listen to Martyrdöd in Bandcamp


01. Morrow (UK) – Covenant Of Teeth

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Neocrust

Album Review

Listen to Morrow in Bandcamp

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Noyades – Go Fast

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We’ re back with yet another review. The sun is shining, the weather is not so bad and i’m listening to ”Go Fast” by Noyades. Noyades is a three piece band from Lyon, France. ”Go Fast”, which was released this October, is their new album. Seven tracks can be found in this album. The band’s music is an exciting mixture of noise rock, psychedelic and punk rock. And, yes they were quite successful at combining these three styles. Their music to me sounds vibrant and exhilarating. I’m refering to songs like ”Replique”. This is the first song of the album. It is also my favorite one. Listening to this song i was like ”Yes, you definitely have my attention”. Nothing could distract me. And what’s really awesome is that the rest of the songs didn’t let me down at all. We’ re talking about really good ideas and of course good written songs. In my opinion these guys know their kraft and they’ re quite passionate about it. Well, that’s the impression i got. Personally i enjoyed this album and i have to admit they’ ve made a fan out of me. So this our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Go Fast”.

Dorre/ Bethmoora – Split

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I’ve said it before and i’m going to say it again. I like split albums. It’s a great way to discover new bands. So today we present to you Dorre and Bethmoora. Dorre is an instrumental/ Psychedelic/ doom metal band from Belgium whereas Bethmoora is a sludge metal band from Danemark. These two bands are going to release a split album on the 1st of November.

Three tracks are included in this album. The first two come from Dorre and the third one from Bethmoora. First of all i have to say that the album’s cover art is simply great. It’s imaginative as it is symmetric. Hats off to the one who designed it. But let’s get back to the music. Dorre and Bethmoora have never been featured on this site before but i have to say i’m definitely down with their music. Dorre deliver instrumental music that’s rather heavy and inspired. I liked their psychedelic doom metal and specifically their song ”Three fell from the Sky”. Bethmoora is kind of a different story. Their track is called ”Succumb”. Here you’ ll find about seventeen minutes of nothing but sludge at its darkest form. In my mind it’s definitely a nice track. I specifically liked their vocals. They sound as raw and brutal as they should be. There were some parts of the song where i slightly lost interest but overall i have to say that i enjoyed this track.

This album is recommended for all doom metal/ sludge fans. As it has already been mentioned the album wil be released on the 1st of november. In the meantime check out these links:

Lae -Break the Clasp

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Lately i’ve been listening to this album and the truth is i liked it a lot. So i thought it would be a good idea to say a few words about it. Lae is a five piece band from Canada. ”Break the Clasp” is their full length, debut album. It was released back in 2014. Until recently i knew nothing about this band. The thing is though, if you dig deep into the underground you’ ll find amazing stuff. In my opinion ”Break the Clasp” is one of those unearthed gems. Thirteen tracks are included in this album. I’m not really sure how to describe their sound. Perhaps that would be pointless. What’s really interesting is that this album was recorded and mixed by Steven Austin. He also did lead vocals. But let us get back to the album. I think that the album’s dysfunctional nature holds a certain degree of charm. The listener will find many bittersweet melodies and definitely tracks that stick to your mind. You could call this music blend of theirs a bit eccentric or even avant garde. Nevertheless there is no doubt in my mind that ”Break the Clasp” is not your typical rock album. Not even by a long shot. Prepare yourself for an awesome ride through magnificent soundscapes. We don’t have a scale here but if we had one this would easily be a 9 out of 10. Yes, it’s that good. Check out these links:

Merkabah – Moloch

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My friend Kaze recently went to the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. He had a great time but also he had the opportunity of checking out many bands. One of the bands he singled out is Merkabah from Poland. So he recommend them to me, adding that i should definitely check out their latest album. Thus i did.

For the record let’s just say that Merkabah is a five piece band from Poland. The band came into existence back in 2007. ”Moloch” which is their latest, full length release was released back in 2014. This album consists of eight songs. ”Moloch” sounds like an orgiastic, jazzy feast. Our journey to disharmonic yet fascinating soundscapes starts with ”Reed Idol”, namely the album’s first song. Here you get a first taste of what it takes to reach Moloch. Moving on we find ”Hilasterion”. What a song this is! I could imagine this as soundtrack to a bacchic ceremeony or something like that. But wait, there’s even more. You  should also check out part 2. ‘The King” gave me the chills. It’s pretty damn heavy as it is an incredibly massive song. Have the courage to enjoy and experience this enchanting fusion of sounds. It is nothing but a hymn to daily pleasures and desires. ”Lille Vies Ager” showed me one thing. When these guys were writing this song, creativity and inspiration were overflowing.

I was not sure what to expect with this band. Surely though the man who recommended me Merkabah was right. ”Moloch” is a great album and all i can say is i can’t wait to listen to this album again. I think the quintet from Warsaw delivered  and they sure as hell made a fan out of me. Before i conclude this review i would also like to recommend this album. Here is a link where you can listen to ”Moloch”:

Korsakov%vol. – N.E.O.

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Korsakov%vol. is a two piece band from Cagliari, Italy. The band was formed back in 2012. Their new album, which is called ”N.E.O.”, was released on the 16th of april. The band sent us a message requesting a review thus i decided to listen to this album.

You can find five tracks in this album. The band’s music is a blend of doom metal, a bit of ambient and psychedelic rock. First song is called ”Phoenix”. Something is reborn here in a strange way. I mean this is an interesting track no doubt where you can find many good ideas like some riffs or those synths. The song has a great intro and from a certain point it keeps ”building”. Nevertheless it didn’t culminate the way i wanted it. I was ecpecting a strong post metal/sludge outbreak. I certainly did not expect those synths at 06:21. Next track is called ”Frankenstein”. I’d like to think of this song as an attempt to describe Dr Frankenstein’s peculiar ways. Or perhaps, i’m totally wrong about this. I have to say i ain’t that sure. ”Patient 0” is the album’s next track. I think it is the album’s most interesting track. It is for sure the track i liked the most. The next track sounds like a small tribute to Deep Purple. It’s perhaps what you’d get if you you’d mix deep purple with drone metal. Last but not least we have ”Mermaids”. Suddenly the mermaids’ song came to an end and as if i were Ulysses i continued my journey to find Ithaca.

O.k i have to be honest. I didn’t really like this album. You can find one or two interesting songs (like ”Patient 0” for example) but the rest of the songs were just ok for me. Gentlemen, i’m sorry but i didn’t get it. Please note though that it’s just one man’s opinion. It’s not necessarily the right opinion. Below you can find some links where you can also listen to ”N.E.O.”: