Daniel's Top 5 of 2016 (So Far)
Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
The always solid Cult of Luna broke their mold with this collaboration with former Made Out of Babies/Battle of Mice vocalist Julie Christmas. The acts are two sides of the same coin, and when they came together they found gold. Julie has always been a favorite of mine, and it's great to hear her again with such an unbelievable band backing her.
Haken – Affinty
I wasn't so sure how this record would go when I read the band was tapping into the 1980's for inspiration. With some exceptions, the 80's are the prog dark ages. In the end, the result is occasionally ridiculous, but in the best way. This album is incredibly fun while still bringing the prog as only Haken can.
Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
Killswitch Engage are a band I loved when I was younger. I never turned on them, but I sort of felt like I outgrew them. While this album isn't the first with Jesse back in Killswitch, it feels like the first time that band as a whole is back. They got me back too.
Gojira – Magma
This is an album by Gojira. That pretty much sums up my love for it.
Cyborg Octopus – Learning to Breathe
I'd imagine that some of you are sick of us gushing about this band by now. Maybe you're not gushing enough? Anyway, if you're into expansive melodic, progressive metal in the realm of Between the Buried and Me this should be your jam. "How expansive?" you may ask, sensually.
Disco? check. Hardcore? Check. Classical? Check. More? Yup.