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Surprise, a list! Who doesn’t love to list things they love and present them to the public? I’m sure the good people on Facebook land and beyond have seen the “10 Best Stuffs to Stuff” list, the “Top 5 Best Stuffs” and so on. So allow me introduce you to my pretentious little exhibition. Below are 4 albums I enjoy listening to from jump to splat. Yes you read that right, only 4…because fuck lists in which the total number of items are divisible by 5 and/or 10. Also, don’t try to look for a pattern here. This list is in no particular order, and has very little rhyme or reason attached to it.

Ihsahn's 'After' was released January 26th, 2010 via Candlelight Records Genre: Progressive Black Metal

Ihsahn’s ‘After” was released January 26th, 2010 via Candlelight Records
Genre: Progressive Black Metal

First off is After by Ihsahn. If you’re a Black Metal enthusiast, you know this name and the gr1m fr0stbitten cache of epicness that accompanies it and you can skip the next sentence. Ihsahn, as the front man for Black Metal band Emperor, helped pioneer the genre and shape it throughout its satanic birth and infancy. This album was the thematic end to a conceptual trilogy that began with ‘Adversary’ and ‘angL’. After is big sonically, and what I mean by that is that there is a lot of space that you can just feel at times. Sure, Jens Bogren (Mix/Mastering Engineer) added weight where previous album ‘angl’ lacked it, but combined with Ihsahn’s superb riffing and “guitar orchestration”, combined with his knack for always writing the quintessential ‘complete song’, no track on this album is a skipper. As far as I’m concerned it can go down as one as the best metal albums of all time, and can easily top multiple albums across a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres.

Enya's 'A Day Without Rain' was released November 21st, 2000 via Reprise. Genre: New Age

Enya’s ‘A Day Without Rain’ was released November 21st, 2000 via Reprise.
Genre: New Age

Next up is A Day Without Rain by Enya. No, let me stop you here, Sail Away, Sail Away is not on this album, and it isn’t even the actual name of the song. This album is magnificent as that song was. If you are not into New Age music, you may not know what I’m babbling on about…pfft, there aren’t even any guitars on this record, or breakdowns for that matter. Good point, believe me, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Enya had put together an almost flawless body of work again. In the United States along ADWR went 7x platinum, that’s 7,000,000 copies! It helps that ‘Only Time’ was played repeatedly in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Enya effortlessly navigates chord progressions that were arranged seemingly with a patented technique that dates back to the 1980’s. Enya’s works have garnered international praise and accolades, to which I say…no shit.

Daylight Dies' 'Dismantling Devotion' was released March 7th, 2006 via Candlelight Records Genre: Doom Metal

Daylight Dies’ ‘Dismantling Devotion’ was released March 7th, 2006 via Candlelight Records
Genre: Doom Metal

Replace the stringed instruments with guitars, 80% of the singing with guttural death growls, make the lyrical themes darker and you get Daylight Dies’ 2006 effort ‘Dismantling Devotion. No, I did not mean Killswitch Engage, I mean the North Carolina Doom Metal group Daylight Dies. From top to bottom, there is enough meat here to feed every starving organism on the planet. Hyperbole aside, for a sophomore effort DD took no prisoners with these songs. There is emotion, intensity, and aggression within each song. The melodic content from song to song is rich and ripe with purpose behind the brutal death metal vocals of front man Nathan Ellis. I first ran into this band listening to a My Dying Bride station on Last FM. This band’s strength lays in their composition. Once you get past the slower pace inherent in the Doom Metal genre, you will be able to appreciate this record.

Doomtree independently  released this self titled album July 29th, 2008 Genre: Hip Hop

Doomtree independently released this self titled album July 29th, 2008
Genre: Hip Hop

Last, but surely not least, Doomtree’s self titled effort from 2008, Doomtree. I know what you were thinking, but this is not a metal band…sorry. Doomtree is a hip-hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before you go and dismiss these guys, give this album a listen…and I mean really listen. From top to bottom this album, features thought provoking, and introspective lyrics that come across as genuine as all hell. The instrumentals are raw, and gritty but create a 90’s feel that suites Doomtree’s aura. The rappers that make up this group pride themselves on their individuality, and this group of songs captures that thought process completely.

Do you like the feeling of electronic music but don’t like its repetative movements intended for drug fueled dancing? Do you like rock but wish it focused less on being loud and more on soundscapes? Then push play on these bands. You won’t be disappointed.



Žagar This Hungarian Psychedelic/Jazz/Atmospheric/Rock/Awesome band is one to keep an eye on. They always have something going on. Their style is the perfect hybrid of the electronic feel and drive with the beauty of rock and jazz melodies and analog production. The band has a long list of filmography credits and you can really hear it. Wait until the horns come in at around 2 mins. Forget goosebumps. It’s all about the nipple hardening.


Indigo Sun They are my most recent find and my most favorite at the moment. They’re a jazz fusion band disguised behind electronic productions. Definitely worth checking out.





Stateless Such a wonderfully emotional song. Builds up just enough to lock you in. This London based band started out as your generic rock band but they embraced the idea of adding more electronic elements after meeting DJ Kidkanevil at a hip hop show in Leeds. They have two albums out right now on Spotify.


The best part of this Swedish four-piece group, Wintergatan, is that they aren’t electronic at all. There are no samples. Instead they play a range of homemade and unorthodox instruments along with some more conventional ones to create a foreign yet familiarized sound. The lead here is the accordion and oh boy has one never sounded better.
Their popular track Sommarfågel was featured as our Song of the Day back in July.


Jaga Jazzist has been around since the 90’s but have been the forefront of the new age of jazz. These Norwegians take jazz whole heartedly and incorporate every genre and instrument they can come up with. Every song is a new experience. They’re not for everyone but if you enjoy driving beats and head spinning melodies they might be for you.


Incubus okay so they’ve been around for a while and for all intents and purposes, they suck now. Since the line-up changes and their increasingly mainstream standings they haven’t been the same.
If you’re looking for a rocking band that throws in ample amounts of electronic sections they’re a good band to start with. Their earlier work; eg. their first album: Fungus Among Us, is my favorite which resembled the beginning of funk metal but they’ve toned down and tuned out since that work of perfection.



You can check out these bands and some of their other songs on this nifty little playlist I created for all you. I know, I’m awesome, but keep it in your pants you perverts.

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Everyone loves a great performance by his or her favorite artists; no really, it is true! Hundreds of thousands rush to Ozzfest, Warped Tour, and the like to see their bands tear it up each year, and each year the talent is up to par, or least they are supposed to be. Standing in a sea of people all day waiting for the headliner can become quite a chore when you have to endure horrible support bands…and if the headliners let you down, you would be ready to flip a table. Not all musicians have the stage chops to carry a crowd through a set. However, their god awful on stage performance should not leave you to with the thought that they are god awful musicians overall…wait, let me finish Kanye.

Events like American R&B diva Beyonce’s lip-syncing the American National Anthem and last month’s air guitar scandal at Super Bowl XLVIII leave many with a salty taste in their mouths concerning musical performances. Cynics across the interweb’s social sphere drew the conclusion that the days of live pop performances are over. Fans found themselves doubting the ability of their favorite artists, and others merely chalked it up to the decline of talent in the modern day music industry. Oh ye of little faith. Fret not; you can still enjoy great performances while cherishing the talent behind what you see.

Rock out...hard!

Rock out…hard!

A typical musical act’s purpose is to present a combination of musicianship and showmanship that is as infectious, magnetic, and powerful as possible. In a controlled environment like the studio, focusing such raw unrestricted energy can prove to be a challenge. Modern day tricks like ‘elastic audio’ can fix stray grooves, and auto-tune rules the modern day recording vocalist music, but nothing beats a solid take or two. Reduced labor, computer processing, and the amount of coffee needed for endless nights of editing are benefits of having “one take Jakes” in the studio. Nevertheless, a hybrid will get the job done, and earn a healthier living than the other two one trick ponies.

Read more at: Underground Press

Stateless is great genre hybrid of electronic/rock/and hip-hop. Similar to our our boy Childish Gambino  in this respect but with a bigger focus on melody in the alternative rock landscape.

This song starts off quiet with a warm accordion to bring you to their trip-hop hook with a great vocal harmony that makes the song increasingly huge. It fades off as a transition to the remainder of the album, leaving you wanting more.

It’s sort of dark, thought provoking, but warm and inviting. Go check out the rest of the tracks on Matilda. It’s a fitting meditative or workout album. Both energetic and pensive.

The four piece hails from foggy London town and are for fans of Dredg, Portishead, and Awolnation.

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You don’t need me to tell you of the sorry state of popular Hip Hip (with or without Kendrick Lamar’s antics). Fret not, there are still rappers out there conscious enough to release music that’s a little bit…er…better. Enter Florida native, Anonymuz with Ascencion X, his 5th mixtape, and it is a strong bunch of songs to say the least. Usually you never really know what you will get with a mixtape. They’re often end up as horribly unfocused, trash cans of previously discarded instrumentals that weren’t produced or composed very well in the first place. With Ascension X you’ll find little of that…

'Ascension X' is a mixtape released via datpiff.com Click picture for tracklist and downloads.

‘Ascension X’ is a mixtape released via datpiff.com
Click picture for tracklist and downloads.

This mixtape is surprisingly easy on the ears, and at first listen it’s easy to hear Anonymuz’s radio friendly aspirations. Cuts like ‘The Song That Never Was’ could easily find itself on heavy rotation on a multitude of pop radio stations (and a Game of Thrones reference always helps marketability). ‘Relena X’ is sure to catch younger ears with it’s Gundam Wing sample and does well to showcase Anonymuz’s lyrical ability. There is a distinct upside to the potential Anonymuz has and the fan-base he can attain through his hyper-modern cadence and flow. If this youngster can stand to sit down and write a more focused and solidly constructed album, there is no doubt he will be a force to be reckoned with. There is wit and charm in this mixtape, and a dash of raw emotion that can fuel more fiery songs in the future. Fans of Immortal Technique and DoomTree have something to latch on to here.

Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail was released July 9th 2013 via Roc Nation/Roc-A-Fella/Universal Genre: Hip Hop

Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail was released July 9th 2013 via Roc Nation/Roc-A-Fella/Universal
Genre: Hip Hop

Jay Z once proclaimed, …so in summation I don’t know who you racing I’m already at the finish line with the flag waving. Well with the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, his arms have apparently become tired. Long gone are the tales of life on the gritty streets of Brooklyn and stories of a young man’s struggle to keep his head above water. In their stead are stories of a more mature, accomplished rapper turned business(..man), as well as his not so subtle lamentations amidst the daily grind of being successful. While these themes may not be totally unfamiliar, this album has a tone about it that makes it almost unbearable to sit through in one uninterrupted listen. From the oddly placed sample/quote of Nirvana’s chorus to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ in the album’s “title” track ‘Holy Grail‘ to his reference to the ever popular “Jay is Illuminati” conspiracy theories in “Heaven“, Jay wants to make it perfectly clear how success has its price..


Aside from all of that nasty stuff, the album may have some saving graces. From the superb production from the likes of Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz, to the star-studded guest appearances (including one from wifey), there is enough here to satiate the appetite of his loyal fans and even win over a couple new ones…ok maybe not. There are a few standouts on the album but they’re few and far in between. “Jay Blue” comes across as an incredible forthcoming ode to his baby daughter, as well as a thoughtful reflection on fatherhood. Sadly the electronics giant Samsung might have given away more albums than Jay Z would have sold on the basis of the album’s musical content…take a moment to imagine if such a world exists.
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Threat Signal's self titled album was released October 7th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records Genre: Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal

Threat Signal’s self titled album was released October 7th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal

Cursive's Mama I'm Swollen was released March 1st, 2009 via Saddle Creek Records Genre: Rock

Cursive’s Mama I’m Swollen was released March 1st, 2009 via Saddle Creek Records
Genre: Rock

SIMS's Bad Time Zoo was released February 15th, 2011 via Doomtree Records Genre: Hip Hop

SIMS’s Bad Time Zoo was released February 15th, 2011 via Doomtree Records
Genre: Hip Hop

Municipal Waste's The Fatal Feast was released April 12th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records Grenre: Crossover Thrash

Municipal Waste’s The Fatal Feast was released April 12th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records
Grenre: Crossover Thrash

Owen's New Leaves was released September 22nd, 2009 via Polyvinyl Record Company Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Indie Rock

Owen’s New Leaves was released September 22nd, 2009 via Polyvinyl Record Company
Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Indie Rock

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Dessa's Parts Of Speech was released June 25th, 2013 via Doomtree Records

Dessa’s Parts Of Speech was released June 25th, 2013 via Doomtree Records

Let’s face it, Hip Hop is committing suicide and is hell-bent on making it as agonizing and tasteless as possible. Enter Dessa of the rap collective Doomtree, helping to bring back a once musically stout genre from the brink of self-destruction. In Parts Of Speech Dessa trades in a the calculated and rough facets of A Badly Broken Code for a less focused and more exploratory approach. The album stays true to what a Dessa record usually presents in that it takes a few listens to appreciate its full context. The moods shift constantly from the quietly reflective The Man I knew to the more energetic Fighting Fish. Nevertheless cuts like Skeleton Key and Call Off Your Ghost provide nice landing spots for listeners who are looking to ease into the album.

I wanted to investigate the idea that a cohesive record isn’t always made cohesive by having twelve songs that sound the same. I figured when you make a mixtape for a friend, you can get away with a range of genres and a lot of dynamic change. Why can’t I approach an album like that? The sequence has to be just right, and we worked hard to nail it, but the thing that holds this record together is the sensibility of the lyrics, rather than a uniform theme. –Dessa

Newcomers to Dessa’s challenging approach to music probably will not survive long enough to engage the album in full. This apparent weakness, however, is something that makes Dessa a unique artist in the current toxic hip hop climate. Her style is refreshing and as she continues to grow one can only hope that history holds her in high esteem. With her intuitive wordplay, reality bending metaphors, and soothing singing voice (oh did I forget to mention her singing?), she deserves a place in every hip hop music library.

Dethfrequency Says: You can find this, and more of her solo albums on Spotify as well as her work with Doomtree and hear her work while she was still a young Filipino pop star… (Kidding, just another hilarious Spotify mistake)

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The Gathering's Disclosure was released November 12th, 2012 via Psychonaut Records Genre: Alternative Rock/New Wave

The Gathering’s Disclosure was released November 12th, 2012 via Psychonaut Records
Genre: Alternative Rock/New Wave

Nine Inch Nails' 24.24.2.2527 Deceased was released April 12th, 2010 via Sefiros Genre: Industrial/Electronic

Nine Inch Nails’ 24.24.2.2527 Deceased was released April 12th, 2010 via Sefiros
Genre: Industrial/Electronic

Symphony X's Iconoclast was released June 21st 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records Genre: Power Metal

Symphony X’s Iconoclast was released June 21st 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Power Metal

Astronautalis's This Is Our Science was released September 13th 2011 via Fake Four Inc.  Genre: Hip Hop

Astronautalis’s This Is Our Science was released September 13th 2011 via Fake Four Inc.
Genre: Hip Hop

Escape The Day's Ghostless was an unreleased album Genre: Post-Rock

Escape The Day’s Ghostless was an unreleased album
Genre: Post-Rock

 

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Soilwork's The Living Infinite was released March 3rd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Soilwork’s The Living Infinite was released March 3rd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

A Badly Broken Code was released January 19th, 2010 via Doomtree Records  Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

A Badly Broken Code was released January 19th, 2010 via Doomtree Records
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

The Audio Guide To Happiness Pt1 was released February  28th, 2011 via EMI Germany. Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

The Audio Guide To Happiness Pt1 was released on February 28th, 2011 via EMI Germany.
Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

Russian Circle's Empros was released October 25th 2011 via Sargent House Genre: Post-Rock/Progressive Rock

Russian Circle’s Empros was released October 25th 2011 via Sargent House
Genre: Post-Rock/Progressive Rock

Dillon's This Silence Kills was released November 11th, 2011 via Bpitch Control  Genre: Indie/Acoustic

Dillon’s This Silence Kills was released November 11th, 2011 via Bpitch Control
Genre: Indie/Acoustic

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