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For my personal list, I’ll write about the albums that struck me and that still evoke something when I hear them, or even when I only see their cover art. It’s a very subjective and eclectic list, and shouldn’t be taken as an objective best-of. Instead, I’ll tell you a bit more about what albums I still like, and try to explain why. This list isn’t ranked either; it’s only ordered in alphabetical order of the bands. Let’s move on!

Black Peaks - Statues
The Black Queen - Fever Daydream
Car Bomb - Meta 

Coma Cluster Void have been teasing us for quite some time before their album, Mind Cemeteries, finally dropped. First, it was with pictures of the ten-string guitar, then with names like Mike DiSalvo, and then with musical teasers. It would have been quite easy to miss the mark, in front of such high and intense expectations, but the band more than delivered on their promises, and surpassed what most thought to be unfeasible. The album sets a new bar for rhythmic and harmonic complexity in metal, and it does it so effortlessly, it seems, that I can’t envision anyone challenging their place on the throne anytime soon.

Corima - 天照 (Amaterasu)
Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership
dMu - Synaptic Self
Esperanza Spalding - Emily’s D+Evolution
Fire! - She Sleeps, She sleeps
He Was Eaten by Owls - Chorus 30 from Blues for the Hitchhiking Dead
Little Tybee - Little Tybee
Mammoth - Deviations
The Mercury Tree - Permutations
Öz ürügülüFashion & Welfare
Rorcal - Κρέων (Creon)
Schammasch - Triangle
Shamblemaths - Shamblemaths

That’s it! It’s done. Here’s my personal list of best albums of the year. I tried hard to keep it relatively brief, but there are plenty more albums that were release and that deserve your complete attention. You can start by this list, and then move on to the fifty monthly recommendations we made through the year, and keep your eyes opened because other writers of CTEBCM will be posting their own personal lists as well!

On that note, cheers!