got-djent.com's editors' picks of 2013: part 2

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Which are the best djent releases of 2013?



The got-djent.com moderation team goes through a lot of music in a year. Last year, we concluded our "favourite albums of 2012" series of posts with a number of editors' picks: releases that we felt didn't get the attention they deserve. We are once again continuing this tradition for 2013.

The got-djent.com moderators are pitching a couple of albums to you that they feel are worth hearing, but didn't make the 'favourite releases of 2013' list. Contrary to our poll, which was based on about 900 site users' votes, the list presented below is based on the opinions of individual got-djent.com staff members, and it is important to be aware that it does not represent the opinion of got-djent.com as a whole. Since it is one of our main goals to be a neutral community platform, we feel that this disclaimer is appropriate and indeed necessary.

Last week, we posted part one of our editors' picks, with 8 awesome albums that you should definitely check out if you haven't. Today, we're posting part 2, with 7 more albums. Part 3 is coming soon!

If a free download link is provided, that means the album was released for free by the artist(s). All free downloads are 100% legal.

Also check out part 1 if you haven't. More recommendations are coming in part 3! Stay tuned!




got-djent.com's editors' picks of 2013: part 2



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Abiogene - Abiogene

September 1st, 2013 - unsigned - Full-length
technical, black metal, atmospheric, piano, thall

For fans of: Ovid's Withering, Vildhjarta, Lorelei, The Faceless

Only a few djent bands have managed to successfully incorporate elements of black metal into their sound. Ovid's Withering probably do this best, and comparing Abiogene's self-titled debut to this band's work is pretty much unavoidable. The melodies and chord progressions create a similar atmosphere right from the start - with Abiogene's approach feeling a bit more modern, perhaps. This can be attributed to the strong influence that Vildhjarta has seemingly exerted on their music, an influence that becomes especially apparent on the album closer 'Technological Singularity'. Atmosphere is really what this album is all about, and a number of well-crafted eerie-sounding piano interludes help to set the mood. In terms of vocals, Austin Criddle's high pitched scream may take some time to get used to, but it suits the music very well. If you like groovy atmospheric metal in the vein of Ovid's Withering, Vildhjarta and The Faceless, check this out. - benanne

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Akeldama - Everything Beautiful

September 6th, 2013 - unsigned - Full-length
ambient, melodic, groove metal

For fans of: TesseracT, Meshuggah, Coheed and Cambria

Tight, precise staccato riffing; lush ambient soundscapes; demonic growls and angelic whispers alike; a story of star-crossed lovers bound by a tragic fate; hope. Akeldama's debut full-length, 'Everything Beautiful', is quite an ambitious effort. The band presents quite simple song structures throughout the record, and relatively simple instrumentation, however, even so, they manage to combine these with beautiful ambiance and turn them into a unique package. Among the double-vocal attack of Connor Reibling and Andrew Zink, however, one notices the thing that most sets the band apart from (most of) its peers, Andrew's clean vocals. His voice has quite an emotional range, which reminds one of TesseracT's own Ashe O'Hara, who makes an appearance in the title track, and also of Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria, in terms of the stunning highs. The vocalists' work throughout the album goes from desperate, to anguished, to hopeful, to happy, and back again with seemingly zero effort. A story of a love that defies death and fate is beautifully told through the band's music. A very strong debut album, take a listen, and go through a journey of loss and suffering, love and longing, to a world where in the end, everything really is beautiful. - Alex93

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Auras - Panacea

January 12th, 2013 - unsigned - EP
crushing, groove, tasty solos

For fans of: Anup Sastry, Intervals, I, The Breather

Auras' debut EP 'Panacea' will appeal to Anup Sastry fans who wished his album had been a lot more violent and had impetuous vocals. That said, the band still manage to insert calmer melodies that induce a gorgeous contrast with the crushing grooves of the album, which the song 'Aporia', featuring a solo by Aaron Marshall of Intervals, is a good example of. Tone- and compositionwise, 'Panacea' sometimes resembles I, The Breather's first album with better production, but incorporates ambient and even electronic influences surprisingly well. - xCessivePressure

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Celestial Flesh - Eos

June 18th, 2013 - unsigned - Full-length
instrumental, progressive death, atmospheric

For fans of: Meshuggah, Gojira, RXYZYXR

This one-man band is described by its only member Eric Michal as the following: "Influenced by artists like Meshuggah, Gojira, Tool, and a variety of artists across multiple genres, Celestial Flesh is modern metal with old school sensibility." That's pretty much exactly what you can expect from this release. The best elements from the three mentioned bands brilliantly combined and performed on over 10 instrumental tracks. Sometimes a little more death metal, sometimes more rhythm-based and groovier, sometimes a bit more ambient, but mostly covered in a dark shimmery atmosphere. Especially the technical parts of 'Eos' remind of RXYZYXR, without going too much in the math metal direction though. - CroOZza

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Dorthal - Arid Landscape

April 15th, 2013 - unsigned - Full-length
instrumental, jazz, saxophone, French

For fans of: Meshuggah, Exivious, Animals as Leaders, Innerty, Wanzwa

The understated, reflective jazzy leanings of Dorthal have been appparent since 2012's 'Cell Regeneration', but on 'Arid Landscape' they fuse beautifully with his characteristic slow, earthy chugs to produce a full realisation of this immensely satisfying fusion sound. The addition of saxophone to this album has really livened and varied the musical colours he has to work with considerably, and the tasteful use of multiple guitar playing techniques and stylish bass licks, along with a slightly more unorthodox harmonic apporach - you're rarely able to say "that's minor", such are the sudden modal changes - add a lot of intrigue and vibrancy that most music that features detuned grooves substantially lacks. The album is also extremely dynamically varied, giving the correct impression that Clément is a composer who knows what he's doing and what he wants to do. Bref: a reincarnation of the spirit of King Crimson, with dollops of the modal jazz and free jazz pioneered by Miles Davis or John Coltrane, and the brooding chugginess of modern metal residing in a meaty underlayer providing a heavier focus to the sound. The thinking man's bullet, floating in a starry ether of fusion where no harm will come to anyone. - Zyglrob

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Fall In Archaea - Aura Magenta

December 24th, 2013 - unsigned - Full-length
metal, progressive, melodic, dissonant

For fans of: Danza, Periphery, Ion Dissonance, Glass Cloud, Structures, Reflections, Frontierer

Although Reflections were one of the first bands to fill the gap that The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza have left behind, Fall In Archaea followed shortly after with a unique spin on the genre. Blending a variety of other genres and sounds, as is the case with most progressive releases, 'Aura Magenta' features fast, heavy, dissonant low-tuned riffs complemented by even faster but melodic lead sections, resembling the guitar work of Glass Cloud. The vocals display a similar variety of styles, combining both aggressive screaming and some conventional singing similar perhaps to Periphery. The album may seem difficult to grasp at first, but it is all worth it just for the ending in the final track 'Consume / Control'. A great progressive metal album worthy of active listening. - overdark

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Fifth Quadrant - Frost

September 1st, 2013 - unsigned - Full-length
instrumental, jazz, fusion, ambient

For fans of: Sithu Aye, Plini, Chimp Spanner

Fifth Quadrant is a solo project by Marcus Söderberg (Sweden), who is another one of these young aspiring, incredibly talented composers like David Maxim Micic, Jakub Żytecki, Sithu Aye or Plini. Especially with the latter two he has a lot in common, but he is able to put his own tasty flavour in it, particularly in the form of beautiful piano melodies which are often flowing in the back, creating a nice contrast with the heavier parts. Yet once again it's the great variable guitar work, full of feelings and emotions, complexity and simplicity, that produces most of the fascinating dreamy-jazzy ambience, and one or the other, let's call it, "Chimp Spanner moment". People who love this kind of instrumental prog metal will definitely have a lot of fun with this pearl. All of this can also be found in near perfection on the latest single 'Perceptional', which I warmly recommend you to check out as well. - CroOZza

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