Been a great year for new music. Here is my top 10:
1 New Model Army – Today is a Good Day
NMA probably hit a career low with their Strange Brotherhood album (which still contained some great tracks…but best listened to live). Since then the albums have been getting consistently better with each release. This one sees them at their anthemic best. Watch the album sampler here or what the title track here.
2 Eden House – Smoke and Mirrors
Probably does them a bit of an injustice to call them a goff supergroup. The brain child of Stephen Carey (ex-This Burning Effigy) and featuring various members/ex-members of Fields of the Nephilim/Nefilim/Faith and the Muse/All About Eve etc. Quality gothy proggy folky music. See for yourself here or here.
3 Crippled Black Phoenix – The Ressurectionists and Night Raider
Main reason I checked this lot out was because they were supporting New Model Army on the UK tour. Liked what I heard…and even better live. You can hear tracks from this album in session here. Elements of rock, prog, folk, post-rock.
4 Senser – How to do Battle
A welcome return from the rap/metal crossover act. Quality stuff certainly on a par with their early material. Resistance Now!!
5 Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Probably my favourite post-rock act. This is their latest (and IMHO) best release. Check out Burial at Sea.
6 Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
Definitely a supergroup. Sounds like Queens of the Stone Age with a bit of Led Zep thrown in. Not a bad thing and not surprising given the band members. Live video here.
7 Soulsavers – Broken
Mainly got into them because I’m a big fan of Mark Lanegan who does the vocals on this album. Mixture of folk, gospel and rock. Have a listen.
8 Ricky Warwick – Belfast Confetti
Great collection of songs from former Almighty frontman. Title track can be seen here.
9 And So I Watch You From Afar – And So I Watch You From Afar
Often get pigeoned holed as post-rock from what I can tell, but really just good quality instrumental rock music. Check out this video.
10 Jello Biafra – Audacity of Hype
Good stuff from former Dead Kennedy’s front man. Loud, angry punk/rock.