another year comes to an end. 2019 has been an exciting musical year
and it definitely allowed this decade to go out with a bang. As usual
I put together a small list of records that particularly stood out to
me, which you can either use as inspiration for a last minute gift or
just to pass the time during the (boring) holidays!
– Once Upon A Time In Bakersfield
is one of those artists that can’t really be put into a specific
genre and so far each of his three records sounded fairly different.
The style of this one appealed less to me than the other ones’, but
nevertheless it still is a killer record for those sad boy moments.
Also, added bonus: I got to experience him live in London this year,
which was an absolute blast!
Travis – There’s A Place I Want To Take You
was very excited when it was announced that one of my favorite
vocalists was finally releasing the follow-up to his 2014 solo
record. The fact that it includes a studio version of one of my
favorite songs (It’s
by him, which he only performed live thus far, definitely added
immensely to how much I liked this album.
With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost
been a SWS
for quite a while now and I stuck to them even through their two
less-stellar records, this year it all paid off because their sixth
record might just be my favorite one thus far. A real retour-de-force
and an absolute beast live!
#7 Fusion Bomb – Concrete Jungle (review)
there were quite a few very solid Luxembourgish releases this year, I
think it’s safe to say that Fusion
trumped them all. The ferocity of their debut full-length is just out
of this world and the immense success they’ve had locally and
internationally speaks volumes. If you haven’t jumped into the Slam
yet, what are you waiting for?
You Scientist – Terraformer
writing reviews and “having to” listen to new music regularly, I
am usually very reluctant to get into new bands. But when a friend of
mine sent me the title track of this record, I immediately fell in
love and went ahead and ordered it immediately. The video clip alone
is worth your while, and the whole album will keep your ear holes
busy for a while.
Me The Horizon – amo
since their style change BMTH
been either loved or hated by the music scene. Their newest release
saw some more musical experimentation and, at least in my eyes, it
led to a beautiful result. Nihilist
has such a spacey vibe that when I first heard it, I had to check if
I was still on planet earth.
Loose – A Different Shade Of Blue
had first properly noticed Knocked
in 2017 when I saw them open for
Comeback Kid & Every Time I Die
and they definitely delivered a powerful show, but it wasn’t enough
to win me over. However, when they released the first single off
their second record this year it blew me away completely. I
recommended the record to friends as the most genuinely hate-filled
record since IOWA,
and a high-speed ride on the highway while being dragged behind the
car, naked, while somebody punches you in the face simultaneously.
– Peach Club
band that strayed very far away from their post-hardcore roots, and
opted for a much more pop-orientated sound, where it absolutely paid
is an experience from start to finish that will have you shaking your
butt and crying your heart out just minutes later. Give it a listen!
– Beautiful Oblivion
was a nearly perfect record, which is why it landed so high on my
list back when it was released. The follow-up is something else for
sure, since it lacks screams almost entirely, but this to me is the
sound. While it is not for everyone, I would recommend a listen to
Nova Charisma – Exposition I & II
Origami Button – Button Season
Unimagined – Friendless
Wolf & Bear – Wolf & Bear EP
Continuing the tradition of the EP shout-outs: Nova Charisma is a side-project of Hail The Sun‘s Donovan Melero on vocals and Royal Coda‘s Sergio Medina on guitar that is very experimental and their two EPs are very varied releases. Origami Button is a band that really caught me with their melodic approach to post-hardcore and their EP has been in my playlist at different times all throughout the year. Unimagined is a horror-themed post-hardcore band that has a very unique vibe and is a perfect pallet cleanser. Finally, Wolf & Bear are a band that have enormous potential and it is, once again, proven on this amazing EP.
Royal Coda – Compassion
Secret Band – LP2
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
said it once before: if Slipknot
a record, it is a given that it will land on my top ten somewhere.
This year they managed to make it to my number one spot because We
Are Not Your Kind
was definitely what I wanted after a, in hindsight, mediocre fifth
released their second full-length by surprise on 4/20 this year and
when I first listened to it on my train ride from Vienna to
Bratislava, I smiled the entire time. This is, by far, the most
ferocious album of the year for me, despite being with filled with
utter nonsensical lyrics, and if you do not like this record, I do
not like you. I kid. I think. Last but not least, Royal
followed their fairly good debut with an amazing album this year and
it’s been on heavy rotation since its release a bit more than six
in all, 2019 was a super interesting musical year, with many unlisted
records from all sorts of genres that I discovered and thoroughly
enjoyed. However, I am salivating when I’m thinking about 2020,
because it will see the release of the tenth studio record by my
the new Eidola
is also finally due to be released, as well as a new Every
Time I Die
album. Locally, most likely the new Scarred
at some point and some other interesting releases fairly early in the
year. So, with that being said, I hope to be able to welcome you back
next decade! Party hard and be safe!