's favourite releases of 2015: part 2


Which are the best djent releases of 2015?

Last week, we announced positions 10 through 4 in the top 10 releases of 2015. Today, we're announcing the top 3! Once again, we want to thank everyone who participated and shared their favourites with us, as well as all the bands who put out tons of awesome music for us to enjoy!

In a couple of weeks' time, we'll also posting our editors' picks of 2015, to highlight some awesome albums that might have slipped under the radar. Stay tuned for that! top 10 releases of 2015

10. Novallo - Novallo II

9. Novelists - Souvenirs

8. Northlane - Node

8. David Maxim Micic - ECO

7. Intervals - The Shape Of Colour

6. Jakub Żytecki - Wishful Lotus Proof

5. SikTh - Opacities

4. Vola - Inmazes

3. Veil Of Maya - Matriarch

While it can be said that Veil Of Maya started out as one of the early spearheads of a brand of Deathcore that experiments with more complex rhythmic structures and off-time staccato as one of their dominant stylistic devices, along with After The Burial and with Born Of Osiris joining the fray a bit later down the line, they never quite joined in with their brethren-in-style in terms of their experimentation with electronic and more easy-listening melodic elements.
Banking on consistency and nuance adjustments instead, they remained a go-to riff machine but maybe also a bit short on surprises and with coherent structures never exactly becoming their strongest suit.

In that light, ‘Matriarch’ may just mark a rather unexpected spike in their development, with the addition of calmer melodic sections complemented by clean vocals, courtesy of their new vocalist Lukas Magyar. The consistent and evenly paced use of a more nuanced element of melodic relief throughout the album does not only come as a slight surprise, it also lends its songs melodic arcs that render them more cohesive, generating, in their interaction, a more coherent overall picture. One that is strengthened by a tightly woven thematic yarn, centered around strong female fictional characters.

Veil Of Maya - Matriarch: staying consistent while adding an unexpected new element enables one of the band's most coherent and well-rounded works to date.

2. Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha

2. Periphery - Juggernaut: Omega

If one would tell the story of Periphery's stylistic development as a path from a -core centric approach towards a more Progressive Metal oriented one, then ‘Juggernaut’ would probably figure as an integral milestone in that journey. A double album, a concept album, a work show but also a coherent narration. It stands as a monolithic first shot at something that one might call “opus” with a certain honoring gravity.

And while not every part of it might flow and sit perfectly, ‘Juggernaut’ still goes far beyond mere ambition, with its first chapter ‘Alpha’ oriented towards a typical song-organized album structure but already balancing meticulously between the more melodic sensibilities of 'Periphery II' and the drier, heavier grooves of their earlier material; experimenting with less conventional song structures, ambiance-focused interludes and electronic elements here and there... just to lead into the dramatic, more outwardly conceptual, and also darker second part ‘Omega’. A progression that does showcase all the elements woven into Periphery's sound, while connecting them in a freer, more playful way and taking a thorough peek into the further potential to be drawn from and further paths open to be be taken.

Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega: a first hugely ambitious attempt at telling a larger story utilizing their musical devices that shows not only a band with the will to go beyond their horizon, but also one with the ability to do so.

1. TesseracT - Polaris

Again, Tesseract find themselves in a strange situation. Shaken up, having parted with the fourth singer in their history. Yet, as well as another shakeup, one may also see this new stage as one of consolidation, as it doesn’t mark the entry of a new singer but the return of Daniel Tompkins. And it isn’t entirely unwarranted to say that ‘Polaris’ as an album, too, is shaped by shakeup and change just as much as consolidation.

It offers a musical picture not painted in the broad conceptual strokes and meandering movements one might have expected; but rather one drawn in comparatively truncated and straight lines. Offering more focused and concisely structured songs that clearly stand out as such against each other, even revolving around a clearly and instantly identifiable chorus more often than not. Structures that, at the same time, function as a safe and clearly defined space for the signature elements of Tesseract's sound to play out in with heightened effectivity and immediacy.

TesseracT - Polaris: unsacrificial limits on Tesseract's long-honed patterns create a breathing room that may just have drawn out some of their best song material to date.

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pjholtum wrote:

I hope that Tesseract and Periphery are paying quite a bit of money for this promotion...3 disappointing albums

Yeah, they paid a lot of good money to have the userbase, which includes yourself, vote more times for releases by popular bands than for others. I hope you're enjoying that fat paycheck you and the others received! Who knew when it came to open polls that the most popular releases would win?
Don't let common sense get in the way of your fedora-fuelled sleuthing tho. Wink

I hope that Tesseract and Periphery are paying quite a bit of money for this promotion...3 disappointing albums

It really sucks that Inmazes disappeared from Spotify... when it did, they posted something like "you'll see why soon, don't worry" on Facebook. But that was months ago.

All the albums (except VOLA - Inmazes) as Spotify playlist here:

My number one is... number one :]
Soooo good to know members of this site know what good music really stands for :]

I was turned off by Juggernaut when the cheapest preorder was, like, $40. What was that about? For a double album that is BARELY long enough to justify two discs, with tons of filler. I don't know...It felt like a step backwards to me, but I remain a loyal fan.

VOLA in 4th... Not bad, not bad. Smile