Top 15 EP’s of 2015

2015 was a great year for EP’s. Here is a list of my favorites!


Honorable Mention: Anchor by Birds of Tokyo

Location
Australia

Label
EMI Music

Music Videos
Anchor

Past Releases
› Day One
 (2007)
› Universes (2008)
› Birds of Tokyo (2010)
› March Fires (2014)

Support
Birds of Tokyo Store

BIRDSOFTOKYO.COM

Honorable Mention: Cycles by Dharmata

Location
West Palm Beach, FL (USA)

Label
Independent

Music Videos
Pursuit of Perfection

Past Releases
Dharmata (2012)

Support
 Bandcamp


15. Gone by Watu

Location
Göteborg (SE)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 Gone

 

 

 


14. Bloodlines by Vain Velocity

Location
Thessaloniki (GR)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
End It All

Past Releases
› The Odds Are Even (EP) 
(2009)
› Synergies 
(2011)
 Emerge & See (2013)

Support
 Bandcamp


13. Obedience by Kubark

Location
Milano (IT)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 Bleach

Past Releases
 Kubark (2009)
 Ulysses (2011)

Support
 Bandcamp


12. City of Glass • Sky of White by Absent Hearts

Location
Perth (AU)
Kirkby (UK)

Label
Unsigned

Past Releases
August Earth (2012)

Support
Bandcamp

 


11. With These Hands* by Tell Amarosa

Location
Melbourne (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Support
› Bandcamp

 

 

 

*2014 RELEASE


10. The Calm, the Storm by The Sun Explodes

Location
Carlisle (UK)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 The Unnatural

Past Releases
 Emergence (2012)
 We Build Mountains (2013)

Support
 Bandcamp
Big Cartel


9. Dark Waters by Enova

Location
Phoenix, AZ (USA)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 Hell (Is A Far Way Down) [Lyric Video]

Past Releases
 Counterpart (2012)

 

 


8. Neon by Port Noir

Location
Södertälje (SE)

Label
› Razzia Records
› Century Media Records

Music Videos
Neon

Past Releases
 Puls (2013)

Support
 Port Noir Store

PORTNOIR.COM

7. Iridescent by Majora

Location
Newcastle (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Iridescent (Live in Studio)

Support
Bandcamp

 

 


6. Stellar Circuits by Stellar Circuits

Location
North Carolina (USA)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Penny Dreadful

Support
Bandcamp
Merch Store

STELLARCIRCUITSMUSIC.COM

5. Hats, Gloves, and Grandfather Clocks by Forecast Tomorrow

Location
Sydney (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Despondent Become

Support
Bandcamp

 


4. Latitudes by Red Light Sound

Location
Adelaide (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Latitudes

Past Releases
Signals Fade
(2011)

Support
Bandcamp


3. ‘I’ III I III by To Whom It May

Location
Galveston, TX (USA)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Bypass
Ghost

Support
Bandcamp
To Whom It May Store

TOWHOMITMAY.NET

2. Collide by No Transitory

Location
Aukland (NZ)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Vessel (Lyric Video)
Wingspan (Acoustic)

Support
Bandcamp

 


1. Caripito by Miosis

Location
Gothenburg (SE)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Scotoma

Past Releases
Konvolut
(2007)
› Albedo Adaption
 (2009)

Support
Bandcamp
Miosis Store

MIOSIS.SE

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Top 30 of 2014 • LP Edition

After more than two years of hard work, as well as some definite procrastination along the way, I have finally finished my list for the best albums of 2014. Yes, you’re reading this correctly – 2014! It should go without saying that this has been, by far, the most difficult list for me to piece together. So much great music was released in that year and I wanted to be sure to do the utmost amount of justice to all the bands who contributed in that time. That being said, it is an absolutely huge sigh of relief to get this off my chest, and I can pretty much guarantee that I will never spend so long on a single post ever again (unless my life depends on it).

As always, I hope you enjoy and are able to find a new band or two to add to your own list of favorites. Let me know what you were listening to in 2014 and/or since then! So many great things happening. Top EP’s of 2015 coming next!


Honorable Mention: Kallisti // EYE


EYE - Kallisti Location:

  • Dubai (UAE)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • God Has His Reasons
  • The Call
  • Lost In A Void That I Know Far Too Well ∆

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


Honorable Mention: The Artifact // Deceptic


Location: Deceptic - The Artifact

  • Göteborg, Sweden 

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Lead Astray
  • The Shining Throne
  • Ocean

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


Honorable Mention: Envision // smallman


Location: Smallman - Envision

  • Asenovgrad (BG)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Vision
  • The Bond
  • Prayer

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


30. Minor Empires // Minor Empires


Minor Empires - Minor Empires

Location:

  • Madrid / Barcelona (ES)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Targets
  • Truth Seeker
  • Numbers

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


29. La Gárgola // Chevelle


Chevelle - La Gargola Location:

  • Chicago, IL (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hunter Eats Hunter
  • Under the Knife
  • Choking Game

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


28. Breaching the Sound // Vestascension


Vestascension - Breaching the Sound Location:

  • Baltimore, MD (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Heart Machine
  • An Endless Voyage
  • Burn Your Garden Down

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


27. Tauri // Surrender the Sun


Surrender the Sun - Tauri Location:

  • Sydney (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Reason
  • Crave
  • Tides

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


26. Wovenwar // Wovenwar


Wovenwar - Wovenwar Location:

  • San Diego, CA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Prophets
  • Tempest
  • Moving Up

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


25. Lowborn // Anberlin


Anberlin - Lowborn Location:

  • Florida (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hearing Voices
  • We Are Destroyer
  • Stranger Ways

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


24. Transmissions // Starset


Starset -Transmissions Location:

  • Columbus, OH (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • It Has Begun
  • Point of No Return
  • Down with the Fallen

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


23. Distant Satellites // Anathema


Anathema - Distant SatellitesLocation:

  • Liverpool (UK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dusk (Dark is Descending)
  • Distant Satellites
  • The Lost Song (Part 3)

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


22. Outside the Universe // Widek


Location: Widek - Outside the Universe

  • Gdańsk (PL)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Enter Through the Sun (feat. Matthieu Romain & Gru)
  • Ion
  • Spiral

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


21. A Brave New World // Sounds of Sirus


In dedication of vocalist, Josh Day. RIP ~ 2013

Sounds of Sirus - A Brave New WorldLocation:

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Opposite of Thinking
  • Pristiq
  • Daylight Paranoia

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


20. The Joy of Motion // Animals As Leaders


Animals As Leaders - The Joy of Motion Location:

  • Washington D.C. (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Woven Web
  • Air Chrysalis
  • Physical Education

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


19. Telescapes // Full Code


Location: Full Code - Telescapes

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • (b)TtM²
  • Aquautomaton
  • Lion

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


18. Arecibo // Forever the Optimist


 Location: Forever the Optimist - Arecibo

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Revolutions
  • Enter, Circus
  • End of Antics

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


17. Reflection – ForTiorI


ForTiorI - ReflectionLocation:

Bigburg (DE)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dissent: The Fight
  • Anamnesis: Rebirth
  • Afterworld: Transform

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


16. Simulacra // Opus of a Machine


Location: Opus of a Machine - Simulacra

  • Gold Coast, QLD (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Tuatara
  • The Feeding
  • Hourly Painted Obscurity

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


15. Time Travelers & Bonfires // Sevendust


Location: Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires

  • Atlanta, GA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Black
  • The Wait
  • Bonfire
  • Denial
  • Come Down

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


14. Walking on a Flashlight Beam // Lunatic Soul


Location: Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam

  • Warsaw (PL)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Walking on a Flashlight Beam
  • Gutter
  • Shutting Out the Sun
  • Pygmalion’s Ladder
  • Cold

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


13. Thrones // Alaya


Location: Alaya - Thrones

  • Chicago, IL (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Poor Gloria
  • White Noise
  • Sleep
  • Paths
  • Inside

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


12. LUN // Destiny Potato


Location: Destiny Potato - LUN

  • Belgrade (RS)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Indifferent
  • Blue Sun
  • Lost Dream
  • Walls of Thoughts
  • Machine

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


11. The Gyre // Carthasy


Location: Carthasy - The Gyre

  • Perth (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Echoburst
  • Endorphin
  • Dresden
  • Ascent
  • 6 Underground

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


10. Language // The Contortionist


Location: The Contortionist - Language

  • Indianapolis, IN (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Language I: Intuition
  • The Parable
  • Primordial Sound
  • Ebb & Flow
  • Integration

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


9. Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth // Rishloo


Location:

Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth 01

  • Seattle, WA (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dead Rope Machine
  • Dark Charade
  • Salutations
  • Winslow
  • Just A Ride

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


8. A Voice Within // Intervals


Location: Intervals - Intervals

  • Toronto & Ontario (CA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Self Surrendered
  •  Moment Marauder
  • Siren Sound
  • The Escape
  • Atlas Hour

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


7. Aeons // Stealing Axion


Location: Stealing Axion - Aeons

  • Tacoma, WA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Parallel Futures
  • Lost Awakening
  • Skyline
  • Memories
  • Exiled

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


6. Two Thrones // Malrun


Location: Malrun - Two Thrones

  • Aarhus (DK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Eye of Horus
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • Cycle of Abuse
  • Serpent’s Coil
  • The Ghost of You

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


5. The Amanuensis // Monuments


Location:

Monuments - The Amanuensis

  • London (UK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Origin of Escape
  • Atlas
  • I, the Creator
  • Saga City
  • The Alchemist

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


4. Tellurian // Soen


 Location: Soen - Tellurian

  • Various

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Void
  • Kuraman
  • Ennui
  • The Words
  • Koniskas

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


3. Sines // Jakob


 Location: Jakob - Sines

  • Napier, Hawkes Bay (NZ)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Magna Carta
  • Blind Them With Science
  • Resolve
  • Darkness
  • Harmonia

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


2. Marula // Eden Circus


Location:

Eden Circus - Marula

  • Hamburg (DE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Her Lovely Hands Upon the Black Earth
  • Summon a Ghost
  • A Desert In Between
  • 101
  • A Shore Uncertainty

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


1.  Guiding Lights // Skyharbor


Location:

Skyharbor - Guiding Lights

  • Various

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • New Devil
  • Allure
  • Evolution
  • Guiding Lights
  • The Constant

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:

Top 15 of 2014 • EP Edition

As always, this was a very challenging list to construct, but I’m hoping it effectively highlights the many, excellent EP’s that were released last year (as well as a couple that were released in 2013 – see * [ Notes ] below). Later in the year I’ll be back with the LP Edition, but in the meantime, stay up to date by following The Undertow on Facebook and subscribing to the New Generation Slave on YouTube!


Honorable Mention: Clear // Periphery


Periphery - Clear Location:

  • Washington D.C. (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Zero
  • Pale Aura
  • The Summer Jam

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


15. Mercury Sky // Mercury Sky


Mercury Sky - Mercury Sky Location:

  • Sydney (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Victim to the Sea
  • Blush Scarlet
  • Keeper’s Secrets

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


14. Beyond the Infinite // Soilwork


Soilwork - Beyond the InfiniteLocation:

  • Helsingborg (SE) 

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Forever Lost in Vain
  • Absent Eyes
  • Resisting the Current

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


13. Imperial // Silence is a Virus


Silence is a Virus - Imperial Location:

  • Copenhagen (DK)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • No Erasure
  • The Traffic We Caught
  • Ride

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


12. Eos // Glass Empire


Glass Empire - EosLocation:

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Automota
  • Black Noise
  • Natives

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


11. Vinctus // Misophonia


Misophonia - Vinctus Location:

  • Aarhus (DK)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Disintegration
  • Subjugation
  • Incapacity

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


10. Lesser Key // Lesser Key


Lesser Key - Lesser Key Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • In Passing Through
  • Parallels
  • Intercession

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


9. Stand Apart // Dead Letter Circus


Dead Letter Circus - Stand Apart Location:

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Alone Awake
  • I Am
  • Say Your Prayers

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


8. The Touching of Parallels // Saul


Saul - The Touching of ParallelsLocation:

  • Sioux City, IA (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Touching of Parallels
  • Dividing Hills
  • Eros

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


7. Courage Under Fire // Mass Sky Raid


Mass Sky Raid - Courage Under Fire Location:

  • Gold Coast (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Broken Wires
  • Gone Tomorrow
  • Awake

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:

* [ Note – This EP was released in early 2013, but unfortunately, I was not familiar with Mass Sky Raid until the latter part of last year. Therefore, I felt it would be a sin if I didn’t add Courage Under Fire to my Top EP’s of 2014. ]

6. Kadinja // Kadinja


Kadinja - Kadinja Location:

  • Paris (FR)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Shades
  • We Are One
  • Reflections

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:

* [ Note – This EP was actually released in December, 2013. I hadn’t listened to it enough to add it to my Top EP’s of 2013 list, so here it is in the 2014 list! ]

5. To Shape the Mold // Divot


Divot - To Shape the Mold Location:

  • Elmira, NY (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Stay
  • Divide
  • One Up

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


4. Autumn’s Twilight // Like Thieves


Like Thieves - Autumn's Twilight Location:

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Ghost in the Machine
  • Wake from Eternal Sleep
  • Brave the Day

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


3. Days of the Fallen Sun // Junius


Junius - Days of the Fallen Sun Location:

  • Boston, MA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Time of Perfect Virtue
  • A Day Dark with Night
  • Forgiving the Cleansing Meteor
  • Music Videos:
  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:

 


2. Hindsight // The Occupants


The Occupants (collage) Location:

  • Byron Bay (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Wonderland
  • Hindsight
  • I’ve Been Thinking

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


1. Oceans // The Hungry Mile


The Hungry Mile - Oceans Location:

  • Sydney (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Awake
  • The Heretic
  • Ocean

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


 

Update • New Facebook Page

The-Undertow (Space)

From now on, all things from The Undertow blog and NewGenerationSlave YouTube page will be shared at facebook.com/the.undert0w. Hoping this will be an effective way to connect the world with the music that keeps me going every day. Likes, shares, etc. are greatly appreciated!

In other news, I’m currently working on my “best albums of 2014” lists (for EP’s and LP’s). Stay tuned and have a great winter break.

Top 30 of 2013 • LP Edition

Where to begin… I have had a lot going on this last year and have repeatedly pushed my blog aside. I’ll get straight to the punch though; last year was an incredible for heavy progressive/alternative music. Below is a list of my favorite albums released in 2013. Originally I had started an overview section for each album, like I included with the EP Edition, but after much consideration and procrastination, I simply decided to leave it out this time around. It would have ended up being another year before this was released had I added the same amount of detail for each band.

As always, it was a very long process putting this together and incredibly difficult coming to a final decision about the order to place these albums with my continuously-evolving preferences. There will probably be days I’ll wish I’d done something differently, but it just came time I quit with the edits and got the article out there. So enjoy! I hope to release my top EP & LP lists of 2014 by January of next year. Without further hesitation, I give you my top 30 albums of 2013!


30. Emergent // Emergent


Emergent - EmergentLocation:

  • Minneapolis, MN (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dead Letters
  • Erode
  • Reflect to Forget

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


29. Dayshell // Dayshell


Location:Dayshell - Dayshell

  • Southern California (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Share With Me
  • Not Coming In
  • I Owe You Nothing

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


28. A Thousand Wings // White Moth Black Butterfly


Location: White Moth Black Butterfly - One Thousand Wings

  • Nottingham (UK)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Paradise
  • Omen
  • Reluctance

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

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27. Endorphinia // Follow the White Rabbit


Location:Follow the White Rabbit - Endorphinia

  • Moscow (RU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • War Song
  • Zzz(Zzz)
  • All Night and Day

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


26. Rescue & Restore // August Burns Red


Location:August Burns Red - Rescue & Restore

  • Lancaster, PA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Fault Line
  • Creative Captivity
  • Spirit Breaker

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


25. Inside/Out // Sleep Parade


Location:Sleep Parade - Inside:Out

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Inside/Out
  • Devil’s Door
  • 2:09

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


24. The Grieving // Shreddy Krueger


Location:

Shreddy Krueger - The Grieving

  • Kelowna, BC (CA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hazel the Apparition
  • In Ruin
  • Empress

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


23. Blacklistt // Blacklistt


Location: Blacklistt - Blacklistt

  • West Auckland (NZ)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Red Hush
  • Icon
  • Always

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

[ as Blindspott ]

Support:


22. Kingdom of Fear // Agent


Location:Agent - Kingdom of Fear

  • London (UK)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dark Dreams
  • Vondelpark
  • Kingdom of Fear

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


21. Anthropocene // Being


Location:Being - Anthropocene

  • Orlando, FL (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Air Atlantic (feat. Spencer Sotelo)
  • Cosmonaut (feat. Misha Mansoor)
  • Arcane Academic (feat. Gabriel Riccio, Travis Orbin & Justin Gosnell)

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


20. Dethroned & Uncrowned // Katatonia


Location: Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned

  • Stockholm (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hypnone
  • The Racing Heart
  • Lethean

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


19. aXiom // Boil


Location:Boil - aXiom

  • Aarus (DK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Darkest
  • Equilibrium
  • Vindication

Music Videos

Other Releases:

Support:


18. Between Here and Lost // Love & Death


Location:Love and Death - Between Here and Lost

  • Various

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Chemicals
  • Whip It
  • My Disaster

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

[as Brian “Head” Welch ]

Support:


17. The Isolation Process // The Isolation Process


Location:The Isolation Process - The Isolation Process

  • Stockholm (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Dead End
  • Victims of the Masses
  • Underneath It All

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


16. Vol 3… Panthalassa // Helm


Location:Helm - Panthalassa

  • Gold Coast, QLD (AU)

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Recommended Tracks:

  • To the Wolves
  • Drag the Anchor
  • Cull

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15. Cornerstone // This Misery Garden


Location:This Misery Garden - Cornerstone

  • Geneva (SE)

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Mr. X (Was Right)
  • Crowded Hallway
  • Holy Clutch

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14. Asymmetry // Karnivool


Location:Karnivool - Asymmetry

  • Perth (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • We Are
  • Aeons
  • Sky Machine

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13. Puls // Port Noir


Port Noir - Puls

Location:

  • Södertälje (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Index
  • Sun dé Man
  • Thorns

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  • N/A

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12. Shrine of New Generation Slaves // Riverside


Riverside - SONGS Location:

  • Warsaw (PL)

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Escalator Shrine
  • Deprived (Irretrievably Lost Imagination)
  • The Depth of Self-Delusion

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11. Black Out the Sun // Sevendust


Location:Sevendust - Black Out the Sun

  • Atlanta, GA (USA)

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Black Out the Sun
  • Decay
  • Faithless

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10. Emerge & See // Vain Velocity


Location: Vain Velocity - Emerge & See

  • Thessaloniki (GR)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Lanthanum
  • Bona Fides
  • Vinegar
  • Junkie Spoon
  • Choreography

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9. Passing Through the Zer0s // Temple of Thieves


Location: Temple of Thieves - Passing Through the Zeros

  • Atlanta, GA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Discovery of Something Greater Than Kelsie Grammar
  • Mr. Hixx
  • Parasite
  • Soul Inside
  • Reaping

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Other Releases:

  • N/A

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8. Lux // Gemini Syndrome


Location:Gemini Syndrome - LUX

  • Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Resurrection
  • Mourning Star
  • Pleasure and Pain
  • Basement
  • Take This

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Other Releases:

  • N/A

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7. The Living Infinite // Soilwork


Location: Soilwork - The Living Infinite

  • Helsingborg (SE) 

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Parasite Blues
  • Long Live the Misanthrope
  • Rise Above the Sentiment
  • Tongue
  • The Living Infinite I & II

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6. Nothing More // Nothing More *


Location:Nothing More - Nothing More

  • San Antonio, TX / New Orleans, LA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Take A Bullet
  • Jenny
  • This is the Time (Ballast)
  • The Matthew Effect
  • God Went North

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 * [ Note – For those wondering why Nothing More is on this list rather than next year’s… It was released independently by the band in the summer of 2013; then in 2014 it was re-released after NoMo was signed to Eleven Seven Music. ]

5. Infinitas // Circles


Location:Circles - Infinitas

  • Melbourne (AU)

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Verum Infiniti
  • Radiant
  • Erased
  • Visions
  • Another Me

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4. Living Mirrors // Disperse


Location:Disperse - Living Mirrors

  • Kraków (PL)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Choices Over Me
  • Unbroken Shiver
  • Message from Atlantis
  • Profane the Ground
  • Butoh

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Journey Through the Hidden Gardens (2010)

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3. Altered State // Tesseract


Location:Tesseract - Altered State

  • Milton Keynes (UK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Of Mind – Nocturne
  • Of Mind – Exile
  • Of Matter – Retrospect
  • Of Matter – Resist
  • Of Energy – Singularity

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2. The Catalyst Fire // Dead Letter Circus


Location:Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Kachina
  • Lodestar
  • I Am
  • The Cure
  • The Veil

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1. The Tide, the Thief & River’s End // Caligula’s Horse


Location:Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Into the White
  • A Gift to Afterthought
  • Water’s Edge
  • Dark Hair Down
  • All is Quiet by the Wall

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“Considered All the Variables” // Ceterum

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Ever since I first discovered Ceterum, they have been at least one of my top five favorite bands. If you’re on this page looking for new bands (especially if you were led here from the Tool: For the Fans – Pt II post), it would be this one that I would recommend first. You’ll listen through 10 seconds of one song and think to yourself, “These guys must be famous world-wide!” Unfortunately that’s not the case with Ceterum. They have not received even a fraction of the recognition they deserve, and over a year after the release of their debut full length album, Fathom, the band’s Facebook page still has under 1500 “likes!”

That hasn’t ceased to shock me for as long as I’ve been following the band. I am determined to find a way to get their music into more heavy progressive rock/metal fans’ ears. I would also encourage other fans of Ceterum to let as many people know as possible, at least if you have friends who enjoy this kind of music. They truly deserve to be selling thousands of copies of Fathom right now, earning a steady income off their merch, and able to freely work on more music for the enjoyment of their fans and theirselves.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get to the music. Fathom is my pick for “2011 album of the year.” It simply has zero forgettable moments. It’s the kind of album that you’ll just listen to over and over again and never have the satisfaction that you’ve finally listened to it enough. And it’s most certainly a release with no tracks worth skipping over. Lyrically, it is dark and touches on what seem to be struggles that hypothetically anyone might have to endure throughout their lifetime. Although rather than making any specific theme blatantly obvious, Ceterum most often uses metaphorical and poetic phrases so each listener can do the honor of interpreting the music for him/herself. An example of that, and personal favorite of mine, is found in the track “Sidewinders.” The song is themed around the “sidewinder” snake with lines such as, “Hissing absurdities in my eyes; slither out from the filthy hole where you hide…” (All official Ceterum lyrics can be found here.) Ceterum - Proportions

The musicianship throughout each track is just as stunning as the vocal melodies and lyrical content. Although this band in no way copies Tool, I am fairly certain that any Tool fan who has an open mind for Tool-inspired bands will find Ceterum to be an instant hit in their arsenal. Many of the intricate, polyrhythmic drum beats are what could be seen as the strongest highlight the band’s Tool-influenced sound. But they have taken that sound from Adam Jones’ signature drop D all the way down to drop Bb on many of the tracks which gives the music a completely fresh, heavy-hitting vibe.

Each time I have listened through Fathom, my whole body has undergone a sensation of chills from the moment the aggressive opening track, “the Architect” begins all the way to the beautiful acoustic guitar work found in the album’s closer and title track, “Fathom.” The band writes music that is flawless dynamically. There will be a peak of sheer chaos from a scream or powerful bass line which will dissipate down to a guitar riff so pure and melodic you won’t even believe it’s the same band… For example toward the end of “Insolence. Recoil.”

Every track is really worth mentioning, but I’ll end this reasonably drawn-out review by saying that the intro of “Aurelia” contains one of the most unique and intriguing guitar riffs I’ve ever heard, “Paramnesia” has one of the most memorable vocal melodies (with the “Focus it gets complicated…”), and the breakdown midway through “Macabre” has recently been another one of my favorite moments.

Whether or not Ceterum is able to get out of their current hiatus will not change the fact that they will have some of my favorite music for as long as I can picture into the future.  Support them, buy their music, and I pray you’re able to find as much enjoyment out of them as I have!

Members:

Jared Amlin – Guitar

Ty Jividen – Vocals

Matter McFarland – Guitar

[Ex-members: Bill Sanchez (Bass) & Jason Broussard (Drums)

– currently with Archetypes & op·aq·ue]

Location:

Cleveland, OH

Label:

Independent

Facebook Bio:

“Initially presenting a complex style derived from numerous elements of ambient metal and progressive rock combined with experimental overtones, Cleveland-based CETERUM continued to hone their moody and melodically dark sound as the project grew into its own. Formed in Great Falls, Montana, in 2001 by Bill Sanchez (bass) and Jason Broussard (drums), the first incarnation was heavily inspired by modern art-rock pioneers Tool and their use of unorthodox song structures and time signatures. Composing adventurous instrumental arrangements, it wasn’t until four years later that the duo finally found the permanent Ceterum 3additions they sought in guitarist Jared Amlin and vocalist Ty Jividen. With a complete lineup, the band began to further evolve, while incorporating other aspects to create their musical identity – atmospheric synths and polyrhythmic experimentation, as well as influences ranging from Porcupine Tree, Meshuggah, Pulse Ultra and Karnivool.

With members hailing from various regions of the country, the quartet permanently relocated to Ohio and began playing small shows and building a devoted following. After being tapped to support bands like Soilwork and Helmet, the group garnered local attention in 2008, but the outfit experienced an unexpected hiatus following a facial injury suffered by Jividen, which left him unable to sing for several months. Upon Jividen’s recovery, CETERUM independently released the EP Proportions a year later – a collaboraCeterum 4tion with multi-platinum, award winning producer Michael Seifert (Dave Matthews Band, Tori Amos). The track ‘Insolence.Recoil’ has since received significant regional airplay reaching all the way to Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as being featured on WJCU’s Metal on Metal program to enthusiastic feedback.

After the release of Proportions, the band continued to write and sonically mature, as guitarist Matt McFarland expanded the lineup to a five-piece. Armed with an arsenal of diverse material after having solidified their own style of dynamic, heavy rock, CETERUM’s debut full-length album is slated for a winter release.”

For Fans Of:Ceterum - Fathom

Progressive Alternative Rock / Hard Rock / Alternative Metal

Albums:

Proportions EP (2009)

Fathom (2011)

Recommended Songs:

“the Architect” / “Paramnesia” / “Insolence. Recoil” / “Aurelia” / Filter (feat. Dominic Cifarelli)” / “Imbue Élan Vital” / “Sidewinders” / “Macabre” / “Revealed Arcane” / “Fathom”

Video:

[This song contains one of my favorite guitar solos of all time.]

Connect:

http://www.ceterumband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ceterum

http://www.youtube.com/user/ceterumband

http://www.last.fm/music/Ceterum