Our first post in the new Sphere of influence series earlier this year was very well received, so here is the next installment! In this series of posts, we'll be showcasing artists with common influences and similar styles. In this one, we're listing some artists whose music is influenced by, has influenced, or just sounds similar to Cloudkicker.
Some of these bands and projects err more on the side of post-rock than progressive metal, but when you think about it, so does a lot of Cloudkicker's music. What all of them have in common is that atmosphere is of paramount importance in their sound. And: no vocals! We hope all Cloudkicker fans will find a couple of new things to enjoy on this list!
Last week, we announced positions 20 through 4 in the got-djent.com top 20 releases of 2014. Today, we're announcing the top 3! We're also announcing the top 10 of freely downloadable releases of 2014. 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 few weeks' time, we'll also posting our editors' picks of 2014, to highlight some awesome albums that might have slipped under the radar. Stay tuned for that!
In the past few weeks, all registered users could pick their five favourite djent releases of 2014. Thanks to everyone who shared their favourites with us. A lot of albums came out this year, so picking just five was a challenging task!
In total, 417 people participated, down from 825 last year - a considerable drop. The reason is evident: Facebook's measures to reduce the reach of content posted by pages have been affecting us over the past year, just like they have been affecting many other websites, bands and organizations in this scene.
Facebook has been our main promotion channel for a long time, but also an important channel to communicate with our regular readers. Over the past year it has become clear that it no longer fulfills either of those functions adequately. It doesn't look like this will get any better soon, so keep spreading the word about got-djent.com while we figure out how to expand our reach again (both on Facebook and in general) - and more importantly, do the same for your favourite bands and musicians! Suggestions and ideas are welcome!
Anyway, onto the main matter: we will be spreading the results across a number of posts, to make things a bit more interesting. We will split the results in three parts (not seven as in previous years). We will announce positions 20 through 11 today, positions 10 through 4 on Wednesday, and the top 3 on Friday.
More than 40% of the releases in our database can be downloaded for free, so we are also including a top 10 of freely downloadable releases, which will be revealed on Friday as well. Stay tuned for that!
Without further ado, we present to you the first part of the got-djent.com top 20 of 2014, according to our users. We have a bunch of ties this year, including a huge 5-way tie for the 20th spot, so we decided the only fair thing to do was to include all of them. More good music is better, right? Enjoy!