got-djent.com's editors' picks of 2015: part 1

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Which are the best djent releases of 2015?



The got-djent.com moderation team goes through a lot of music in a year. As in previous years, we are concluding our "favourite albums of 2015" series of posts with a number of editors' picks: releases that we felt didn't get the attention they deserve.

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 2015' list. Contrary to our poll, which was based on 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.

Our picks will be split across two posts. Today, we're publishing part 1, with recommendations for 11 albums, as well as streaming, downloading and purchasing options where applicable. 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.

More recommendations are coming in part 2! Stay tuned!




got-djent.com's editors' picks of 2015: part 1





Tyrant Of Death - Ion Legacy

August 15, 2015 - Self-released - Full-length
(blackened) industrial metal, electronica

For fans of: Meshuggah, Anaal Nathrakh, Aborym, orbital cannon exhaust fumes

Alex Rises main project Tyrant Of Death, while always recognizable, never just sat still on one formula. But still, 2015s 'Ion Legacy' could prove a surprise as, in contrast to the more progressive 'Ascendancy', 'Ion Legacy' puts almost its entire weight on rhythm and sheer attack force. The overpowering presence of bass drum, rumbling low ends and machine-like roar stands firmly in the style of D’n’B, while Math Metal riffs, blackened melodies and echoing Industrial ambience fuse with it to create a hybrid that is just as electronic as it is Metal in style. Manic blasts, foreboding ambient cooldowns and menacing mid-tempo crawls relieving each other to create a surprisingly catchy flow that never lets up but also never becomes overbearing. 'Ion Legacy' is a huge, noisy, grinding and raging tour de force of blackened mathy Industrial Metal that should not be missed under any circumstance. - GeN2Mo

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Alex Silkin - Financial Slavery

January 1, 2015 - Rustishka - Full-length
progressive metal, groove, neoclassical, symphonic, shred, instrumental

For fans of: Jeff Loomis, After the Burial, Roma Ivakov, Heavy Metal Ninjas, Sergey Golovin


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Ketha - #​!​%​16​.​7

January 7, 2015 - Instant Classic - EP
math metal, avant-garde, experimental, jazz

For fans of: Ephel Duath, Combat Astronomy, Stanislaw Lem

17 may not exactly be a big amount of minutes. But the distance that a piece of music can cover in 17 minutes? That is a whole other story. Kethas third release '#​!​%​16​.​7' is one of those pieces of music that don’t just cover distance in terms of different elements but also in the way those elements combine to form a journey that takes you through miles and miles of alien spaces and structures. Constructing twisted, sometimes intimate, sometimes majestic soundscapes out of whirling riffs, eerie background and almost whispery harsh vocals, while jazzy drums, saxophone stabs and distant chants combine to create a hazy psychedelic atmosphere. Never really resting on a riff, a melody or a mood for long but always giving it the time it needs, until just a single aspect of it is taken to carry the journey’s next phase. Creating a flow that is playful and restless but with a certain seriousness. Ketha truly take their surreal landscapes painted in Death Metal and Avant-Garde touches a step further here, which is, after their already great releases 'III-ia' and '2nd Sight', once again, definitely a sight you should strongly consider beholding. - GeN2Mo

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Clutter - Obsidian

January 25, 2015 - Self-released - Full-length
technical metalcore, groove, electronic, melodic, progressive metal

For fans of: Periphery, Novallo, Red Seas Fire, Circles, Monuments


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AnovA - Diyu East, Diyu West

January 24, 2015 | August 6, 2015 - unsigned - EP
math metal, avant-garde, electronic, experimental

For fans of: Ram-Zet, Meshuggah, Unexpect

AnovA, as a project, always has been an intriguing take at combining Math Metal, Progressive Metal, Electronica and Classical music into a coherent whole. And while every new step in that experiment proved more than interesting, the EP duo 'Diyu East/West' may just mark the point where all of the parts meaningfully interlock to create a distinct shape. Meshuggah-esque roaring guitar strokes rip through dense, almost symphonic-feeling, layers of synth melodies, while piano figures dance across the convulsing mass and vocals at the edge of screaming relate a tortured melody. Settling in a sound between sludgy movements, weighty classical strokes, touches of traditional Asian music and a strange futuristic tinge that connect with the overall motive of Buddhist underworld in an eerily picturesque fashion. With 'Diyu East' and 'Diyu West', AnovA really become something that lovers of experimental and Avant-Garde minded music must not overlook.
- GeN2Mo

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Andy Hauck - Westerly

July 13, 2015 - Unsigned - EP
progressive metal, progressive rock, cowboys, melodic, technical western rock

For fans of: Sithu Aye, Widek, CHON, Plini


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Coat of Arms - A Shade of Red

April 20, 2015 - Unsigned - Full-length
groove metal, modern metal, metalcore

For fans of: Veil of Maya, Architects, The Advaita Concept

This Dubai-based band came out of nowhere with their new record instantly increasing their fanbase. ‘A Shade of Red’ doesn’t waste any time on preludes diving straight into the fast, groovy riffs, taking the listener by surprise. Catchy melodies, effective shuffling of harsh and clean vocals with a drop of melodic parts and electronic arrangements make the songs catchy and memorable. In case you were looking for something new and refreshing in modern groove metal/metalcore genre, do not miss out this band. - Clarity

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Mindcollision - Urban Playground

October 12, 2015 - Sounds & Media - Full-length
rapcore, rap metal, groove metal, nu-metal, crossover

For fans of: Hacktivist, DVSR, Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, P.O.D.


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Inlayer - Sequence

January 17, 2015 - Unsigned - EP
progressive metal, instrumental

For fans of: Intervals, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Plini, Haunted Shores, Sithu Aye

South-Korean duo Inlayer have only released about 20 minutes of music in total, and this four-track EP constitutes the majority of that, but what they've shared so far is definitely for you if you dig guitar-driven instrumental tech metal. As a relatively new project, Inlayer wear their influences proudly on their sleeve. Each track offers something different: the EP opener 'Mutated Word' will appeal to fans of Haunted Shores and Bulb's solo material, whereas the second track 'Unfine' opens with a distinctly Plini-sounding riff and brings to mind Intervals and Animals As Leaders. 'Repress' features a prominent, unrelenting lead that turns into a solo now and then, with the rhythm section clearly channelling Periphery, and finally 'Subliminate' is a slower-paced closer. Keep an eye out for Inlayer in 2016! - benanne

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Haamoja - Natural Evolution

August 31, 2015 - Unsigned - Full-length
progressive, jazz, fusion, sax, instrumental

For fans of: Sithu Aye, Clément Belio, Plini, CHON, The Helix Nebula


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Pillars In The Sky - What Became of The Kingdom

December 6, 2015 - Unsigned - Full-length
instrumental, video game music, wall of sound, soundscapes, atmospheric

For fans of: Cloudkicker, Sithu Aye, ForTiorI, Animals As Leaders

UK solo instrumentalist Christopher Bowe's brand of progressive metal has always been heavily inspired by Cloudkicker, but with his third full-length he is clearly carving out his own niche. While the music is primarily guitar-driven, there is plenty of synth support and abundant use of major keys. He creates captivating soundscapes and massive walls of sound, with many of the songs segueing into each other, giving the album a feeling of relentlessness and continuity. Highlights include '72 hours remain', with its massive buildup culminating into a chiptune explosion -- final boss music, basically -- and the triumphant album closer 'I know you will!'. - benanne

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Coat of Arms was a good listen. Gotta love down-tuned grooves.

@metalbird - It's certainly a shining example of 'good feel' music - and there's the complexity to focus on if you're not swayed by that, his new E.P is on par, if not better than this album Smile

I can't believe how much I'm enjoying Andy Hauck's stuff! The descriptors written up there made me think "no fuckin' way, man. Not for me" but for some reason I gave it a go anyway. BLOWN. AWAY. So chill, yet rockin' and tight. It's basically one of the best things I never knew I wanted. Seriously. Nice work!