1st Quarter Of 2016 in Music - Wrap Up

2016 is off to an extremely strong start. Here’s just a list of all of the new albums I’ve listened to from January to March and links to reviews, if applicable.

Doing it a bit different this time, doing it by rating, from greatest to worst. Alphabetical just seemed trivial.

5-Star Albums (8.5 - 10)

4-Star Albums (6.5 - 8)

3-Star Albums (4.5 - 6)

2-Star Albums (2.5 - 4)

  • Killswitch Engage - Incarnate: 4
  • Cozz - Nothin Personal: 3.5

1-Star Albums (0 - 2)

  • None! :D


Top Albums Of 2016 (so far)

  1. AURORA - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend
  2. Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
  3. Deftones - Gore
  4. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
  5. Foxes - All I Need
  6. Daughter - Not To Disappear
  7. Lacey Sturm - Life Screams
  8. HÆLOS - Full Circle
  9. Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
  10. LIGHTS - Midnight Machines

Top Songs Of 2016 (so far)

  1. AURORA - 'Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) (Acoustic)'
  2. Panic! At The Disco - 'Emperor's New Clothes'
  3. Deftones - 'Hearts/Wires'
  4. Foxes - 'Better Love'
  5. Lacey Sturm - 'Rot'
  6. AURORA - 'Through The Eyes Of A Child'
  7. Deftones - 'Phantom Bride'
  8. Dream Theater - 'Moment Of Betrayal'
  9. Daughter - 'New Ways'
  10. Jack Garratt - 'My House Is Your Home'

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Grizfolk - Waking Up The Giants

Alternative rock and electronic Los Angeles outfit Grizfolk’s debut album, Waking Up The Giants is out, and it’s pretty big. Full of huge atmospheres complimented by pulsating synths and loud powerchords, Grizfolk’s premiere is triumphant and definitely will get the masses moving.

The band does a great job at mixing their rock and electronic sound together and balancing them in each track. Opener ‘Into The Barrens’ starts off loud and strong, flaunting its big guitar sound but then falls into a widely electronic-led soundscape. The title track, ‘Waking Up The Giants’ does this too, beginning with an acoustic guitar and a small synth line that builds up into subtle choruses backed by a deep beat and loud synths. In the new single ‘Troublemaker’, vocalist Adam Roth gets some rock n’ roll vibes on top of a standard rock song, backed by brooding synthesizer bass and bent guitar chords. ‘Bob Marley’, while not embodying its namesake, also see Roth using the raspier side of his voice. Pop rock appeal shines strong in songs like ‘Hymnals’ and ’Waiting For You’. Some songs take a simpler approach, such as ‘The Struggle’ which sounds like a quieter Imagine Dragons.

While the first half is chock full of feel-good poppier tracks, the second half is more of a roadtrip album, filled with fantastic folk rock ballads with some great lyrics and tells somewhat of a love story. ‘Waiting For You’ has some country influences (especially in the vocals of the chorus and acoustic guitar), though the synths still prevail as a main component of the song. ‘Vagabonds’ is a standout track on the album, featuring a wonderful bassline from Brendan James, which adds so much color to an already sweet track. It’s during this second half of the album that the band takes a bit of a different direction. ‘Cosmic Angel’ is an acoustic track that builds up into a driving ballad led by guitars and a soft vocal line. ‘Bohemian Bird’ is another poetic tack that begins soft and builds up into something more expansive. The album’s closure track, ‘Wide Awake’, it a representation of everything this album built up to its name: loud guitar choruses and synth walls backing the verses and choruses lead to a triumphant closing track.

Grizfolk’s debut record is a lovely mix of electronic rock combined with alternative rock, something that’s becoming increasingly hard to find a good balance of. Waking Up The Giants does it very well, though the synths do seem more prevalent. The second half of the album is a gold mine of beautiful written tracks, while the first is full of feel good rock songs. A great album to debut on - they definitely have room to grow, but if this album is any indication of their musical possibilities, the future is bright.

Favorite Tracks: Wide Awake, Into The Barrens, Vagabonds, Waiting For You

Least Favorite Tracks: Bob Marley, The Struggle

Rating: 7.5/10


Top Albums Of 2016 (so far):

  1. Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
  2. Daughter - Not To Disappear
  3. David Bowie - 
  5. Savages - Adore Life
  6. Grizfolk - Waking Up The Giants
  7. Rihanna - ANTI