It might be a bit too early for some of you but I'm personally not waiting for any other albums and I'm procrastinating instead of studying for finals so here goes my list...
1. Scurrilous – Protest the Hero
If I had to listen to one band for the rest of my life it would be Protest the Hero. From the cleaver double entendre's in their lyrics with Rody's amazing vocal rage I really enjoyed this album and found it to be a very fitting continuation from their 2008 album 'Fortress'. My all time favorite progressive band.
2.Maastaden - Vildhjarta
This right here, this is the epitome of progressive music. Vildhjarta is a new band from Sweden with their debut album Maastaden. The entire album from start to finish was very well polished and extremely balanced and well done. Pure Djent goodness. With a very obvious Meshuggah influence.
3. The Discovery – Born of Osiris
A once Deathcore band turned Progressive Death Metal in their second album 'The Discovery' blew me away! The quality of the vocals, the lyrics, the riffs and the well balanced use of progressive elements that weren't thrown in for the sake of showing of skill. I fell in love with this album and it's message. It's a psychedelic trip in a death metal form.
4.The Compass – Circles
Another emerging progressive band with thier debut album The Compass. Definitely worth a listen the entire album was fun with some awesome Djent riffs and a beautiful blend of hard and soft vocals.
5. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care – Explosions in the Sky
Explosions in the sky is a Post Rock instrumental band with very tranquil music. My favorite band to put on in the background while studying or reading a book. Their 6th album 'Take Care, Take Care, Take Care' while shorter than I would have liked did not fail to impress.
6.Camp – Childish Gambino
Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino the actor on on the TV show Community released his debut album 'Camp' has some great songs. Most Hip - Hop albums tend to have no more than 6 songs with 1 or 2 good songs. Gambino released a 13 track album with an amazing collection of songs. Great diversity for every song, phenomenal lyrical flow and enjoyable beats. The album contained quite a bit of comedic relief while not ruining the it's true meaning and the message Gambino was trying to voice.
7.Digital Veil – The Human Abstract
Pretty good progressive metalcore. Pretty good album over all. Nothing revolutionary however.
8.Goblin - Tyler the Creator
Another fantastic Hip - Hop album from one of my favorite rappers Tyler, The Creator, leader of the group Odd Future Wolf Gang. Released his second album 'Goblin' which takes you through song by song that's narrated by a psychologist talking to Tyler. Very dark rapping style.
9.Ritual – Black Dahlia Murder
Classic Black Dahlia Murder. Great album.
10.Angles – The Strokes
I gotta say this album was kind of a let down compared to their last 2006 album 'First Impressions of Earth'. It just felt kind of empty. I guess this is what I should expect from an Indie band that got kinda famous (Arcade Fire's new album was mediocre at best). I still enjoyed it however for The Strokes sound but compared to the last album meh.