#1 Apostate - Seabourne
Apostate - I love you. Really, I can’t live without this record anymore. When I spent my holiday in Barcelona I listened to this album about 20 times a day on average, and it never lost it’s bombastic effect. Proggy. Melodic. Great Breakdowns. Great voice. Melodic. Melodic. Wait, did I mention it’s melodic? If Apostate would be a potato it would be a really fucking delicious potato. LISTEN TO THIS RECORD NOW.
#2 Painted In Exile - Revitalized
Say what you want, but the rather unknown PIE are my BTBAM. I don’t like BTBAM that much, because their vocalist is too monotonous for me. PIE delivers excellent melodic riffs, a great songwriting and - my cherry on the top - one of the best vocalists I know. He is really great in screaming AND growling and has one of the most unique clean voices in metal. You have to listen to this band, it’s a pleasure for the ears.
#3 Periphery - Periphery
With slight advantage of Tesseract due to the better songwriting, Periphery makes the race for place three. They are in most aspects like Tesseract but a a little bit heavier. The clean voice here is again as great as Tesseract’s. Brilliant.
#4 Tesseract - One
Tesseract is one of my favourite Bands right now. Every time I hear their stuff, I think about Muse jamming with Meshuggah. Tesseract has such an awesome groove in every song and the singer is just brilliant. Also they are alternating a lot between distorted and acoustic stuff - a great plus point for me. Listen to the song “Eden 2.0”.
#5 Ludovico Einaudi - Islands
The advantage of a spotify subscription is, that you discover random music. A masterpiece of random music is the album “Islands” from the pianist Ludovico Einaudi. He’s a master at writing sensual music that calms my mind. He also provided the soundtrack for the great movie “Intouchables”.