2015 in Review : Albums of the Year #5 – Mary

It’s that time of the year again! 2015 has definitely been a good year for music and once again, we want to share with you our highlights of this eventful year 2015. Here’s the fifth installment of our Albums of the Year series.

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11329944_10152992765042635_8263822065490628576_n1. STRAY FROM THE PATH – SUBLIMINAL CRIMINALS

With metal / hardcore music being on top form at the moment, there is no doubt I would pick at least one of this year’s releases as my favorite. I didn’t need to dig a lot to pick Stray From The Path’s latest offering as my absolute favorite of 2015. Consisting in 11 tracks totalizing a little over half an hour of music, it’s the type of record that always finishes too soon. Each one of the songs is different, but all of them are equally striking, by the way they sound, obviously, but also because of the themes covered. ‘Subliminal Criminals’ is lyrically engaged and deals with some recent world news and the evil of modern society. The album won’t leave you cold and you’d soon find yourself nodding or even bouncing. Bonus points for the band with the quality guests who make an appearance on this record, as Sam Carter from Architects, Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari) and rapper Cody B Ware, who all highlight Stray From The Path’s diversity in music.
Stray From The Path have definitely taken things to the next level with ‘Subliminal Criminals’ and the only thing we are looking forward to right now is to witness these treasures live again this year!
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 20190_963631377012300_909012725117936235_n2. GENGAHR – A DREAM OUTSIDE

When I discovered Gengahr for the first time, early 2015, they were opening for Alt-J on their (huge) EU tour, alongside Wolf Alice and I have to admit I didn’t pay much attention to them first (also, Wolf Alice did particularly steal the show right after, before Alt-J hypnotized me, apologies)
Looking closer to Gengahr later in the year, I also have to admit they quickly caught my attention, with their mesmerizing indie melodies and then magic happened.
But seriously, Gengahr’s ‘A Dream Outside’ is the perfect companion for every situation in life : it’s so relaxing you’ll be glad to have it in your ears after a tiring day and so lovely you’d simply enjoy listening to it while having a walk outside, or reading a book and it’s definitely so inspiring, you could use it as a motivatior. I found in Gengahr the most amazing lifetime soundtrack and there’s no wonder why this year has been so defining and successful for them. You should probably go give them a listen and catch the band live as soon as possible!
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..1800276_768869409894178_8074338752189855041_n3. MILK TEETH – SAD SACK (EP)

Surely I’ve been listening to these punks a lot! Especially after they toured Europe with Title Fight in May, allowing us to see for ourselves how brilliant they are. ‘Sad Sack’ is a subtle blend of punk and grunge record, which unfolds gradually before completely revealing what Milk Teeth is all about in the second to last, electrifying, chaotic track No Fun. The good thing with Milk Teeth is that every track of theirs comes as a surprise, as none of them sound one like another and this is refreshing. ‘Sad Sack’ contains as many dirty, grungy songs as lovely laid-back ones. There’s not a specific pattern regarding vocals either. Beckie’s soft voice sometimes dominates before Josh Bannister’s raw vocals come and offset it all in an increase of energy. The latter however just parted ways with the band, making us anticipating even more their next release, due later this month, on Hopeless Records.
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10313395_10152903621896989_8398337223861335682_nBonus (because I could not resist) COUNTERPARTS – TRAGEDY WILL FIND US

Counterparts have set themselves in the highest rank of “a force to be reckoned with” in melodic hardcore. ‘Tragedy Will Find Us’ is in fact a subtle blend of strength and delicacy which marks an increase of maturity in the way the Canadians now handle their songwriting. The record will fill your soul from start to finish and I can’t urge you enough to go check it out if you still haven’t. Tracks Thread, debut single Burn, Stranger and Tragedy especially are a must listen (although all of the songs are actually quality ones.) Funny thing is that Counterparts will also be touring Europe pretty soon (is that even a surprise?) alongside no others than Stray From The Path, both supporting Stick To Your Guns’ headline tour.
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And also…

I would also like to give a special mention Wolf Alice and their precious debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ , which all of you guys need to go check out immediately if you enjoy alternative-incongruous-gritty-rock sounds!
In another vein, Blood Youth (ex-Climates) have delivered a fantastic debut EP after having to deal with a situation that’s never easy for any band. They’re now getting ready for their next release and we genuinely can’t wait! While She Sleeps have confirmed their position as one of the strongest bands in their genre with second full length ‘Brainwashed’, released in March, which is a hell of a record, full of huge hits and 100% delivers live.
2015 also marked the return of We Are The Ocean with a brand new album ‘Ark’, that represents a slight shift in the way they make music and sound. Having surprised a lot of old fans, I have to say the surprise was pleasant, as far as I am concerned.
Speaking of musical shifts, we can probably not forget to mention Bring Me The Horizon, who made a bold return with their album ‘That’s The Spirit’. Regardless of what critics can say about it, it’s certainly a smart and daring release, that has definitely marked year 2015.
Finally as a punk rock fan since day 1, I would obviously say that Anti Flag‘s new release ‘American Spring’ was one of my highlights this year and that punk isn’t dead yet. Listen to Sky Is Falling or Brandenburg Gate!
Mary
I have a tendency to seek for new sounds and humbly contribute to its living. I'm a dreamer, I live for today and take the time to appreciate every single thing that life has to offer.

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