You spent your entire year developing your album of the year list. You had your methodology for choosing your ten entries scientifically derived and calibrated. You started writing descriptions for the music in June. This was the best of all possible lists. With a self-assured, jaunty grin, you pressed “Publish” on your list. Then, your feelings of elation turned to terror. Bandcamp just pulled up some brand new release, and suddenly, the enormity of your failure becomes reality. You missed an incredible December release, and now your entire list is void and null.
This is a Sunday Sesh to celebrate those late releases.
I feel pretty good about my year-end list. It had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of black metal. Still, in researching Toilet Tuesday this previous week, I discovered something that would have kicked the crap out of a lot of entries on my list. Friends, I am enamored with Batushka‘s Litourgiya. I already wrote about this incredible orthodox black metal album, but let me just reiterate how breathtaking it is. It’s got incredible vocals, towering riffs, and a rhythm section so booming that it could easily fill a cathedral. I’ve been playing this album on repeat all week, and there’s no chance of me stopping. I even navigated through Witching Hour‘s non-user friendly website to import a CD. I could go on and on, but I’ll forego writing my own review because I’m trying to pressure the once-Masterlord into penning one. Honestly, this album floored me and continues to do so.
Here’s your chance. How did you screw up your list? What late-year release would have toppled one of your lower-tier selections? Sound off in the comments below.