got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2012: number 2

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Which are the best djent releases of 2012?



Yesterday, we announced number 3 in the got-djent.com top 20 releases of 2012. Today, we're announcing who took the 2nd place. That means there's just one more release to announce, and many of you will probably have figured out who took the first place by now, but nevertheless we're going to wait until tomorrow to announce it. To keep things interesting, we will then also announce the top 20 of freely downloadable releases, which you will definitely want to check out as well!


got-djent.com top 20 releases of 2012








Check out Monday's post to see positions 20 through 11.
Check out Tuesday's post to see positions 10 through 6.
Check out Wednesday's post to see who took the 5th place.
Check out Thursday's post to see who took the 4th place.
Check out yesterday's post to see who took the 3rd place.


2. Monuments - Gnosis

August 27, 2012 - Century Media Records


Monuments have had a rough year since mid-2011. After the immense popularity of their 2010 demo 'We Are The Foundation', they were poised to release their debut record. Yet, all of a sudden, the band's own foundations appeared to be collapsing in on themselves in a whirlwind of confusion. With 'Gnosis' postponed, an arduous search for a worthy replacement for Neema Askari and Greg Pope began. Instrumental mixes languished on a computer somewhere, and an air of resentment and isolation began to build up.

Then, from nothing, they sprang back with even more flair and ambition than before, with a signing to Century Media to prove it. However, uncertainty still surrounded the vocalist charged with re-igniting the potential of this unique mix of musicians: Matt Rose, an unknown face to many, seemed an odd choice at the time. How things have changed: the unease that was once palpable when discussing Monuments (undoubtedly brilliant, but ultimately unable to deliver) seems a long-dispersed notion now that Rose has cemented his role in the Monuments line-up. His honest personality and raw, rough-and-ready approach are a great fit for the Monuments sound, offering a much more direct, hard-hitting vocalisation of the message behind Monuments' music than Neema and Greg would have produced.

Overall, the album is a concise and consistent snapshot of our world today: at times a thunderous breezeblock of infectious groove that slams you about and really gets you pumped, and at other times a beautiful exuberance of melody from which flows the pure emotion of a band that has a vision and a purpose. Browne's characteristic tone, dry as a parched gasp from a dying man in a desert but ten times as fresh, has lost none of its potency and is even added to by a couple of truly yearning guitar solos. Adam Swan has a fine bass tone (if a little under-pronounced in the mix), and Mike Malyan is consistent but again understated, though I'm sure their roles will progress greatly on future work (the live performances offered by the rhythm section of this band are phenomenally tight!).

This album gives a very strongly defined djent feel to the lay listener, and will doubtless appeal to fans of many other genres as well. This is the real reason why Monuments could never fail: the modesty that surrounds them when they can create such all-embracing music is testament to their achievements, and will only yield more impressive results in the future. - Zyglrob

Monuments - Gnosis: a record with its roots deep in the British metal sound, this band have found their feet and will produce many more great things.



To be continued!

Check back tomorrow for the top 20 of freely downloadable releases,
and to see which album made 1st place if you haven't figured it out yet!



Check out Monday's post to see positions 20 through 11.
Check out Tuesday's post to see positions 10 through 6.
Check out Wednesday's post to see who took the 5th place.
Check out Thursday's post to see who took the 4th place.
Check out yesterday's post to see who took the 3rd place.



Check out got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2011.
Check out got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2010.

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I thought this would be # 1

This is djent scene, at the end of the day everyone sounds like Meshuggah lol

And quite honestly, LMNTS > Koloss anyday & anytime of the week (and I've been a die hard Meshuggah fan for more then 10 years now)

Last year it did, yes.

Number one is so obviously "This Time it's Personal", people.

LMNTS? I think those guys tried way too hard to be Meshuggah. And IMO, they failed miserably.

That was 2011, when the top 2 djent releases weren't disappointments.

wait, what happen with Nemertines??? i expected to see them at least in the first 10 places

Vildhjarta has #1 for sure

I thought maybe PII would get second, and LMNTS get first.

At the exact spot Smile

Frankly album disappoint. He is too high in the top.

Raw and powerful great album

Solid album.

check in tomorrow to see Periphery get the #1 spot..