Top 10 of 2017 (in one sentence each)

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Top 10 of 2017 (in one sentence each)

Postby outprogged42 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:43 pm

The full top 30 with 3 sentences each is on my Facebook; this is the short version.

10. Exquirla - Para Quienes Aun Viven
-A darkly atmospheric piece of post-rock/metal with all-Spanish lyrics and a spectral flamenco singer that creates a singularly haunting mood breaking out at its climaxes into rushes of pure epicness.
9. Disperse - Foreword
-Startlingly unique and uncategorizable fusion of pop, jazz, djent, prog, metal, and indie, very technical in a subtle and mellow way while being incredibly poignant and intimate in a sense very few prog bands can achieve.
8. MindMaze - Resolve
-A quite heavy and technical ride through thrash-influenced prog-power whose concept runs the gamut of a gut-wrenching ride of emotions from anger, rage, despair, self-reproach, blame, guilt, and eventually recovery.
7. David Maxim Micic - Who Bit the Moon
-The best djent-related album of 2017, being beautifully emotional and soothing as much as it is creative, original, and proggy, maybe even exceeding the level of the monumental Plini full-length debut from last year.
6. Daniel Cavanagh - Monochrome
-Danny doing what he does better than anyone, making gorgeously textured songs with minimalist lyricism about love, peace, and redemption, outdoing Anathema's own release from this year quite mightily.
5. Pyramaze - Contingent
-The new incarnation of this band just continues improving, with stronger production, a more unified feel, a timely and well-made "concept," and a never-ending barrage of riffs to complement one of the best keyboardist in the entire biz.
4. Lights & Motion - Dear Avalanche
-A surprise to see this type of post-rock music on this board (I won't be offended if nobody here likes this), but completely deserved as its ability to paint incredibly detailed and tremendously uplifting cinematic murals with music is absolutely unmatched by any other artist I know of, and this guy (it's all one person) has never executed it more professionally or written it better to date.
3. Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day
-Taking another leaf out of the bandname's book by translating a horrible near-death experience into a cathartic musical journey through hell and back, and masterfully bridging the modern and classic PoS styles to create a unique sonic hybrid we'll probably never see replicated with Ragnar gone.
2. Threshold - Legends of the Shires
-Possibly the best Threshold album ever, wickedly progressive on a level we haven't seen since the 90's yet with 20+ years of polish and refinement those albums never had, and with its conceptual underpinnings of enduring a hard-knock life and emerging a stronger person, very timely at release date and will be hugely inspiring for many years to come.
1. Persefone - Aathma
-Its conceptual theme of the soul's eternality and transcendence of the known world is more than just words, as Aathma is simply music from another dimension of reality - impossible technicality and savage heaviness are juxtaposed with serenity and spiritual harmony with such zenlike grace as to be inhuman.

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