December 31, 2009

A non-committal list of albums released in 2009 that I really enjoyed lots (now with pictures 'n shit)

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Because you know, it's hard for me and a huge emotional confrontation to rank albums because it feels like they are living humans and I don't have the right to tell them that maybe some other album is better or more loved, it would cause lasting damage to their faith in humanity and I would feel really wretched if I did that.

Creature with the Atom Brain - Transylvania
Great and very groovy psychedelic rock that makes Belgium sound like the new San Francisco.
Probably posted shortly.

Martyrdöd - Sekt
Swedish blackened crust, gloriously driving, nihilistic monotony and filth.
Previous album posted here.

Geïst - Galeere
Nautical-themed atmo-black metal album that has been shockingly underrated.
Previous album posted here.

Antony and the Johnsons - The crying light
Unique voice, unique music. I would gladly give up gender certainty for such a voice.
Previous album posted here.

The Urgency - The urgency
Indie rock barely touching on punk energy, the result is criminally catchy.
Probably posted shortly.

Skagos - Ást
Sublime Canadian atmospheric black metal with apparently some left-wing sympathies.
Posted shortly.

Sólstafir - Köld
She destrooooooooys againnnnnnn!! As good as the previous album,
which you can find here.

Rome - Flowers from exile
Best neofolk-ish stuff I heard since Spiritual Front.
Posted in the longer term.

The Cavalcade - Meet you in the rain
Just a five-track twee folk EP but SO captivating!
Posted shortly.

Alcest & Les Discrets - Split
Fine appetiser, especially the Les Discrets part is amazing.
Earlier material by both here (LD), here and here (A).

Austere - To lay like old ashes
Visionary band daringly taking suicidal black metal into new territory.
Posted shortly.

The Exploding Boy - Afterglow
Anachronistic neo-postpunk goodness from Sverige.
Posted shortly.

Powerwolf - Bible of the beast
Campy yet strong power metal with superb vocals.
Earlier album will be posted shortly.

It May Never End - Such is life
Unknown Aussie group, but best post-rock album I've heard all year.
Posted in the longer term.

Der Blaue Reiter - Nuclear Sun
Intriguing, mysterious, distressing martial ambient.
May feature some time or another, or it may not.

VNV Nation - Of faith, power and glory
Once more with feeling: Great and thoughtful EBM/synthpop champions.
Earlier album posted here.

Panopticon - Collapse
Anarcho-black metal guru Lundr proves himself once more. Old gods, no masters! (?)
Posted here on a blog you should be visiting anyway.

Miserere Luminis - Miserere luminis
Collaboration between Gris and Sombres Forêts, luckily the Gris influences win out.
Gris album can be found here.

Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
"Amesoeurs is dead", not with a whimper, with a bang.
Demo and split here.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The pains of being pure at heart
They'll have you gazing at your shoes through tears of joyful misery.
The proof can be found here.


  1. Thanks you! And I'm glad you found a strong connection with The Smiths/Moz. There's something so captivating about Morrissey, and I think through that we sort of find someone we can easily fall in love with. He definitely brightens up my heart, and it's not surprising The Pains have a similar effect.

    This was an awesome list, btw. (aside from maybe all of the black metal I've never heard of.) ;p But even so, you're definitely one of my favorite people to get albums from.

    Have a good new year! I'll for sure check out Antony and the Johnsons in the meantime. (:

  2. I haven't heard most of that, but you make it all sounds so good! Nice list! I look forward to all these future posts you hint at.

  3. Great work! Your list and mine have a lot in common:

  4. Wow...

    My names Neil and i just stumbled across your page after unashamedly doing a Google search for my own music "It May Never End"
    Thanks so much for your kind comments!
    I really want to get the mixdown sorted better as it's all a bedroom studio effort.
    Will give you a shout when i do.
    All the best

  5. Hi Neil, I should thank you instead, for making such great music. Please let me know when you're satisfied with the mix and I will review and post it then if you want me to.

    All the best and thanks for the message.

    Bart / Charles D.