10. Hammock – Everything and Nothing
A beautifully crafted blend of post-rock, shoegaze, ambience and electronica, if you need an introspective break from the world, Hammock are your ideal soundtrack.
9. 40 Watt Sun – Wider Than The Sky
Another late addition to my playlist this year, 40 Watt Sun‘s newest reminds me of a grittier/doomier version of 90′s grunge, but much more soulful and slow-burning. Great tones, and it fills me with a sense of dread with glimmers of hope.
8. Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
Previous record Guilty of Everything was in my top ten of 2014 and now we come to Nothing‘s latest dreampopgaze effort. It takes everything that was great about GoE and steps it up a notch; I’m very keen to witness this live in early 2017!
7. Alcest – Kodama
An inspiring trip down post/black metal lane, Alcest are doing it better than most and have been for a long time. Let’s hope they continue for many more years.
6. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation
The masters leave us (only for now hopefully) with another epic listening challenge and really, by now we expect nothing less. The Dillinger Escape Plan have truly been pioneers and a massive influence to many, thanks for changing my life!
5. Astronoid – Air
I only heard Astronoid for the first time in late November, but their take on atmosphere and ambience mixed with technical prowess and melody won me over straight away. Refreshingly and happily heavy!
4. Trade Wind – You Make Everything Disappear
Fell in love with this album as soon as I heard it. I recommended it to friends as ‘Thricetones’, and I stand by that call; Trade Wind‘ newest is moving and full of groove and soul.
3. The Black Queen – Fever Daydream
I haven’t stopped listening to The Black Queen all year. So poppy in all the right ways, so dancey in all the right ways. Dillinger’s Greg Puciato shows his full pop potential even moreso than on Dissociation.
2. Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
Some of the most perfectly executed rock songs I’ve heard, Dustin’s voice has developed so well over the years and, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere made me fall in love with Thrice more than any of their other albums yet.
1. Russian Circles – Guidance
The riffs! The crushing bass tone! Dem drums!
Russian Circles became my favourite band and a massive influence after playing with them live, and the nicest guys in the game keep releasing the best albums in their genre. The songwriting on guidance feels more streamlined and to the point than ever, but still allows us to traverse the wide aural canyons created by their immaculate layering of textures. Superb!
Stay tuned for further lists from The Monolith staff, including our overall Best of 2016 list!