Our 2013 Top 10 (or top 12 as it turned out) list was filled with the usual assortment of 20 year old bands that we’ve all heard before. One of the problems with running a poll like this is that it inevitably becomes a popularity contest.
However, many of us are interested into listening to something a little different, or a little newer. Below, I present the Top 10 albums that come from non-mainstream and/or new artists that you may (or may not) have heard of before.
I applied a series of rules to come up with this list, bands that are older than 15 years have been eliminated, as have any with high selling (gold or better) albums. I’ve also knocked out a number of super groups. Karnivool could claim to be part of this list, however since they did make the top 12, I’ve removed them!
With that in mind, here are the next 10 best albums from bands you may not have heard of:
Habitual Levitations – Intronaut
Memorial – Russian Circles
Altered State – Tesseract
Shaking The Habitual – The Knife
Pelagial – The Ocean
Shrine of New Generation Slaves – Riverside
Ultraviolet – Kylesa
Forever Becoming – Pelican
Sunbather – Deafheaven
Whales And Leeches – Red Fang
“bands that are older than 15 years have been eliminated”
Oh alright, I guess it wasn’t such a terrible idea after all.
Blues pills has an ep out and it is really good. Janice Joplin type blues rock with killer guitar work
The Knife is the best band ever formed and Full of Fire is the best song ever created by anyone.
Glad to see the Ocean on that list. They have a song called metaphysics of a hangman which I think is one of my favorites. Hadn’t heard much about them otherwise.
No love for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats? So many people sleeping on this band.
@Bogart Uncle Acid are good. Didn’t know they had a new album out will go give it a listen. Check out that band Blues Pills they are freaking good.
Crikey – they’re my 2nd fav band after Tool!
Yes, they’re older than 15yrs, but just released a bombshell comeback album (While a Nation Sleeps…). They’re a bit of an acquired taste with a big range from ballads to hardcore. Songs are short but many still progressive and tell a story. So much emotion too.
Tool fans should check out tracks like Altar of God, Bathory’s Sainthood, My Life in the Knife Trade and Nostalgic for Guillotines.
Fourtheye is directly reflecting what we see with regard to the presence of TOOL… dormancy…
Did anyone see Drunk Chancellor and Lohner on Instagram? I’ll assume they were drunk…