Month: December 2017

End Of The Year List 2017: Best Albums

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I present to you all… The Top 25 Best Albums of 2017

I encourage you to vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

THIS LIST IS IN ORDER!!!

Honorable Mention:

Brand New- Science Fiction
The Melvins- A Walk With Love and Death
Depeche Mode- Spirit
Archspire- Relentless Mutation
Ryan Adams- Prisoner
Cons- The Burden Of Knowing Why
Polkadot Cadaver- Get Possessed
Glassjaw- Material Control

25) Foo Fighters- Concrete and Gold

24) Black Wail- Chromium Homes

23) Black Map- In Droves

22) L.A. Guns- The Missing Peace

21) Black Mare- Death Magick Mother

20) Wear Your Wounds- Wear Your Wounds/Dunedevil

19) Scour- Red EP

18) Mastodon- A Cold Dark Place

17) Chelsea Wolfe- Hiss Spun

16) 10 Years- (how to live) As Ghosts

15) King Woman- Created In The Image Of Suffering

14) Trivium- The Sin and The Sentence

13) God Mother- Vilseldd

12) Darkest Hour- Godless Prophets and The Migrant Flora

11) Eighteen Visions- XVIII

10) Dead Cross- Dead Cross

09) Nine Inch Nails- Add Violence

08) Converge- The Dusk In Us

07) Royal Thunder- Wick

06) Pallbearer- Heartless

05) Less Art- Strangled Light

04) With Our Arms To The Sun- Orenda

03) Spotlights- Seismic

02) Mutoid Man- War Moans

01) Mastodon- Emperor Of Sand

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End Of The Year List 2017: Best Vocalist

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2017 End Of The Year Lists, the Top 10 Vocalists. The stipulation is that, an album/EP had to have been released this year.

Vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!

01) Stephen Brodsky- Mutoid Man
02) Jacob Bannon- Converge/Wear Your Wounds
03) Ben Flanagan- Black Map
04) Josh Breckinridge- With Our Arms To The Sun
05) Brett Campbell- Pallbearer
06) Phil Lewis- L.A. Guns
07) Mlny Parsonz- Royal Thunder
08) Mike Minnick- Less Art
09) Kristina Esfandiari- King Woman
10) Chelsea Wolfe- Chelsea Wolfe

End Of The Year List 2017: Best Guitarist

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2017 End Of The Year Lists, the Top 10 Guitarists. The stipulation is that, an album/EP had to have been released this year.

Vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!

 

01) Stephen Brodsky- Mutoid Man
02) Kurt Ballou- Converge
03) Mark Engles- Black Map
04) Mario Quintero- Spotlights
05) Ryan Adams- Ryan Adams
06) Tommy Victor- Prong
07) Tom Morello- Prophets of Rage
08) Chelsea Wolfe- Chelsea Wolfe
09) Bryan Tulao- Chelsea Wolfe
10) Mike Tarlazzi- Black Wail

Live Review: Spotlights at The Echo

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When a band puts out a tremendous album my expectations for seeing them live tend to go up. Last night at The Echo, I had the pleasure of checking out Spotlights live and I left the show in awe of how great they were. As a three piece band, the amount of volume they emitted from the stage was astonishing and bright. Every song they played was tremendous. Their recent album Seismic is a true gem of 2017 and their live show cements the band as a force to be reckoned with. Guitarist/vocalist Mario Quintero, bassist/vocalist Sarah Quintero and drummer Chris Enriquez tore through their set with the utmost precision and passion. Songs like “Learn To Breathe,” “Seismic,” and “Ghost Of  A Glowing Forest,” and “What Is This, Where Are We,” decimated the audience. During their set I couldn’t help but look around at the crowd to see their reaction to Spotlights and the sea of heads swaying along with the music was a sight to see. Seeing Spotlights at a venue like The Echo was the perfect place to see them. The intimate setting really lets those in the audience become fully engrossed in the music and the hypnotic nature of the band.  I strongly suggest everyone going to see Spotlights when they come through your town. I can’t wait to see what’s to come for them, as they are definitely a band to look out for.

Review and Photo By: Brian Lacy

End Of The Year List 2017: Best Drummer

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2017 End Of The Year Lists, the Top 10 Drummers. The stipulation is that, an album/EP had to have been released this year.

Vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!

 

01) Ben Koller- Converge/Mutoid Man
02) Brann Dailor- Mastodon
03) Chris Robyn- Black Map
04) Riley Breckinridge- Less Art
05) Evan Diprima- Royal Thunder
06) Mark Lierly- Pallbearer
07) Alex Bent- Trivium
08) Adam Jarvis- Scour
09) Aaron Harris- Spotlights
10) Roy Mayorga- Stone Sour

End Of The Year List 2017: Best Bassist

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2017 End Of The Year Lists, the top 10 bassists. The stipulation is that,  an album/EP had to have been released this year.

Vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!

01) Nick Cageao- Mutoid Man
02) Nate Newton- Converge
03) Joseph Breckinridge Jr- With Our Arms To The Sun
04) Troy Sanders- Mastodon
05) Mlny Parsonz- Royal Thunder
06) Ian Miller- Less Art
07) Sarah Quintero- Spotlights
08) Joseph D. Roland- Pallbearer
09) Susan Lutin- Black Wail
10) Ben Flanagan- Black Map

End Of The Year List 2017: Best Guitar Duo

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s End Of The Year Lists 2017, are the top 10 guitar duos. The stipulation is that, they had to have released an album this year.

I encourage you to vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!

01) Tracii Guns and Michael Grant- L.A. Guns
02) Josh Breckinridge and Joseph Leary- With Our Arms To The Sun
03) Ed Breckinridge and Jon Howell- Less Art
04) Brett Campbell and Devin Holt- Pallbearer
05) Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds- Mastodon
06) Mike Schleibaum and Mike Carrigan- Darkest Hour
07) Josh Weaver and Will Fiore- Royal Thunder
08) Derek Engemann and Chase Fraser- Scour
09) Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu- Trivium
10) Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Dave Grohl- Foo Fighters