It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2017 rapidly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a crazy year of highs and lows it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in it’s 7th year, Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists/musicians/labels and promoters of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
As we come to the finale of our annual end of year tradition, we continue to let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our final take over comes from Liverpool instrumental post rock band Kusanagi. The band have had an incredible year with the long awaited return with their outstanding second full length Aeon. With various tours, festival appearances and a growing fanbase, 2017 has been the year of Kusanagi. We now hand over to Dan of Kusanagi in our final rad releases to see what records have made their last 12 months…
Top 5 albums of the year
1. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Just a great modern prog metal band, showing they can still pull out an absolute beast of an album.For Me this album was a grower at first, but its just got a great feel about it that gets better the more you listen too it.Some of the Guitar lines are so well crafted.Bill and Brents intertwining melodies and riffs just punch at you throughout,with a sense of grace and purpose, taking you on a journey through each song .The bass and drums lock in and create this circus like groove which takes the album to another world.The vocals all work together so well, Brann and Troys particularly stand out on Songs like Ancient Kingdom, Steambreather, jaguar god, Word to the wise.A return to form for a great band.
2. Gallops – Bronze Mystic
Literally not stopped listening to this album since it came out.Quite a brilliant piece of work, mixing samples, beats,synths and guitars.Bronze mystic has such a great mix of melodies and rhythm, has a nostalgic feel to it.At times the songs are dark and brooding and others uplifting.Top album.Favourite tracks Pale Force, Dark Jewel, professional weapon.
3. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
Another excellent album from Mogwai.A brilliant fusion of electro beats and post rock.At times its slow and meandering and others huge noise rock instrumentals.The album has a brash youthfulness too it, gritty and insular.Mogwai back to their best after a few years of experimentation.Favourite tracks Coolverine, Old Poisons, 20 size
4. ASIWYFA – Endless Shimmering
One of the best live bands on the planet have come back with a monster of an album. They have gone back to the first albums roots and updated it to give us a bold and at times beautiful album.Guitars zip n zag while the drums and bass lock in with some exceptional grooves.There are riffs within riffs and some melodies that will have you dancing your feet off.A great record full of musical joy just a great band doing what they do best.Favourite Tracks Dying Giant, A slow unfolding of wings, Three Triangles.
5. Code Orange – Forever
Saw these guys support Gojira earlier in the year, and was blown away at how good they were. They are ferocious live, hard hitting metal, infused with glitchy, almost industrial moments and a grunge/noise rock side to add to their bow.Think converge and Gojira and add a sonic youth twist and youve got Code Orange. Forever is a great modern Metal album and these guys are going to be huge.Favourite tracks Forever, Bleeding the Blur, The Mud.
Deftones – Manchester Apollo
One of our favourite bands, Deftones just owned it that night.They pretty much played most of Around the Fur, Diamond Eyes and White Pony. Chino was on form and gleefully bouncing around the stage. The atmosphere was great, they played through twenty or so songs. As a massive Deftones fan and seen them a few times over the years definitely one of my favourite gigs.
2018 Acts To Watch-
Bands to look out for and that we think will own it in 2018 are Codices, Poly-math, Blanket, New Ghost, Only Echoes Remain. Weve been lucky to play with most of them and they are all great bands and top guys.
Our plans for 2018 is too get playing more gigs around the UK and start writing for the next album. Possibly get another UK tour booked and play a few festivals if can.
A huge thank you to Dan and all of the band, we can’t wait for another new album and we wish you all the best for 2018.