The past 12 months have been a fertile period in rock music, with some incredibly impressive, new bands bringing fresh ideas to the table as well as veteran acts continuing to evolve and cover unexplored ground. The following list represents some of the very best releases of the year, whether they be math, punk, doom, post-rock, metal, hardcore, sludge, psychedelia or prog. Regardless of categorisation, one thing is becoming abundantly clear; as genre boundaries continue to increasingly blur, alternative music is becoming an ever-advancing experimental playing field that continues to break the rules and innovate. Anathema have long shed their gothic doom metal roots and become something far more compelling as time has gone on. Each album has shown a gradual progression and thankfully, this shows no signs of stopping on their 11 th full-length The Optimist. Taking the experimental electronic flourishes from the latter half of their previous album Distant Satellites and running with them, The Optimist picks up on a story the band left behind 16 years ago on their critically acclaimed sixth album A Fine Day to Exit. This distinction is important; whilst gloriously grandiose, Heartless never feels meandering or laborious, particularly once the stoner ambience draws you in and puts you under its spell.
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The songs on their impending debut album Living Arrangements incorporate intoxicatingly lush arrangements, rhythmic urgency and strange electronic vistas. Keep your ears at the ready this spring. These Britons have been in the game for a while, which means you need to start listening as soon as possible.
The tour wasn't meant to push men aside, rather "celebrate the fact that woman finally have a strong voice. We just want to make things a little more balanced. Considering Sugar Ray started out as a funk metal band, the upbeat summer-friendly jam "Fly" was quite a departure and surprise for Mark McGrath and Co. We know it, but we can't resist. This is a song against bosses. F--k the middle management!