One last time, a very happy 2023 to you all! We hope you had an awesome celebration. On this wonderful Friday the 13th, let's hit it with the first Question of the Week for the new year.
And what better way to start, than to take a look back at the road we travelled and celebrate some of the amazing music that came out in the past year. So that's the question, what was your favourite release from 2022? Post 'em below, we'd love to hear what you have to share.
To kick it off, here's some from me:
Firstly, one of my favourite bands Mechina, who I have mentioned many times before on here, dropped their new record Venator at the top of the hour on January 1st 2022. This has since become a tradition and they've dropped a new new record this January 1st, I'm super hyped to check it out soon. About Venator though, man, what a way to kick off the year. It's everything one can expect from Mechina - bonecrunching mechanical riffs, soaring symphonic melodies and catchy vocal hooks. The last few records have been heavily dominated by female vocals and that's great, I enjoyed them a lot, but I would be lying if I didn't tell you that when original vocalist David Holch's mighty growl came back on The Embers of Old Earth, I was jumping up and down and clapping like a seal. The whole record is solid through and through though.
Next up, one of my favourite bands in the world, Finnish titans Amorphis, blessed us with a new album titled Halo. And honestly, it's more of the same as the last 2-3 records, but who cares, when that same means absolute bliss for the ears. Few bands make metal as beautiful as them, while also retaining a solid degree of heaviness. They easily made it into my Wrapped for the 3rd year in a row. I saw Amorphis live this year on an open air festival and the fact that we got hit with very very heavy rain and some technical problems did not stop me from staying and being blown away by the bards of Finland. Amazing stuff as always. Until we meet again! Kiitos!
My boy The Algorithm, French God of computers and memes also blessed us with a new album - Data Renaissance. What an awesome title! And yet again, I am blown away by this man's seemingly infinite creativity when it comes to combining a very wide array of electronic soundscapes with real instrumentation to create these virtual vistas. Deservingly, the Frenchman earned himself a spot in my Wrapped once again.
From futuristic technology to ancient folklore, here come Swedish folk metal giants Grimner with their new album Urfader. More fun folk melodies, more punchy riffs and more fantastic vocals with epic lyrics about Norse legends and tales. These lads never disappoint. Skål!
Sweden wasn't done yet, because the titans from Sabaton also dropped a new record this year - The War to End All Wars, their second World War I themed album. Just as good as the first, this album has a special treat however. After all these years, Sabaton kept their promise and made a song about Bulgaria, and it's AWESOME! It was a once in a lifetime experience to sing this epic tune with thousands of others at their show this year. It was definitely worth the wait!
And while we're on a Bulgarian note, our very own Odd Crew released a melancholic masterpiece titled Dark Matters Pt. 1 this year. And damn, this is an experience! An absolutely amazing album filled with emotion, conveyed through fantastic musicianship. Odd Crew continue to solidify their spot as Bulgaria's best musical export right now. The album title also implies that a Part 2 of this is on the way, so can't wait for that! Keep at it lads, you're doing something incredible! S.P.R.F.!
And to finish off, a single release instead of an album. Bone Cult are a fairly underground electronic music duo from the UK and are, in my humble opinion, criminally underrated. Easily one of the most unique bands to come out in the last decade. This year, they blessed us with one new song, but what a song it is! With the best vocals the band have offered thus far, a really catchy melody and a very entrancing melancholic vibe, I couldn't get enough of this track. It predictably was the most played track on my Wrapped this year.