got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2015: part 1
For the last month of 2015, all registered users could pick their five favourite djent releases that came out in the past year. Thanks to everyone who shared their favourites with us. As always, it was a challenge to pick just five!
Unfortunately participation was down considerably this year, so we have decided to restrict the results to a top 10 ranking, instead of the usual top 20, to keep the results relevant. But don't worry, we'll make up for that when we share our editors' picks of 2015! There was a tie for the 8th spot, so we've decided to include both on equal footing.
We will be spreading the results across two posts this year. We will announce positions 10 through 4 today, and positions 3 through 1 next week. Without further ado, we present to you the first part of the got-djent.com top 10 of 2015, according to our users.
Well, there you stand, making your comeback after almost ten years, having become a legend while you were away venturing on different paths. In an atmosphere and audience much changed from back when you made your decision -- a lot of it probably shaped by you, but not necessarily what you expected or could have predicted. How do you manage to neither alienate old fans nor new fans? How do you manage all of those expectations?
Sikth choose a surprisingly straightforward approach to those problems. So straightforward, in fact, that it makes you wonder if there ever was any problem to begin with: You continue where you left off and do it damn well. Their more than long awaited and, for a long time rather unlikely, return with ‘Opacities’ is nothing less than everything that is Sikth, compressed into 28 minutes. All the flittering yet grooving guitar runs, jazzy drumming, expressive vocal dialogue, dark poetry and soaring melancholy melodies you could have imagined. Nothing more and absolutely nothing less.
SikTh - Opacities: makes you feel like ‘Death Of A Dead Day’ was just released a year ago... in all the right ways.
Mathy movements to twist your neck sideways, progressive journeys on thick fluffy layered clouds, Pop songs that’d make you let out a satisfied nostalgic sigh if you were to hear them on the radio twenty years from now. Iterating on the ideas showcased on their 2011 EP 'Monsters', Vola manage to weave all of the above into a coherent whole. No harsh switches or stark twists. Rather a complex harmony where Pop and Progressive make the Math dance, Math and Pop make the Progressive caress and Math and Progressive make the Pop challenge.
Shaped by strong melodic and dramatic threads that give every single song its own signature and narrative structure, the entire album is a flow of swell and calming that won’t let you out of its embrace until the last note has faded from view.
Vola - Inmazes: a sheer masterpiece on all levels, be it craftsmanship, clarity of composition, memorability or emotional impact.
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