I usually like making best of lists for the year just passed, but I think I’ve failed to do them for the past few years (maybe…) However, as I’ve had a rather busy year, only the music list is a real indicator of what I’ve enjoyed that came out this year. I’ve barely seen any films that were released this year, and I’ve played only 2 games that were release this year (that’s not saying I haven’t played any game though…) So this will be interesting.
Kontinuum – Kyrr
I adored Kontinuum’s debut album and was super excited when Kyrr was released. While it’s not as tremendous as Earth Blood Magic it’s very close, especially as they head towards slightly unfamiliar territory.
Leprous – The Congregation
I’ve been listening to Leprous for a few years/albums now (pretty much when they first toured with Ihsahn.) The Congregation is their most technically proficient album, and probably most different (it’s wildly different from Coal). It’s very vocal driven with a even more electronic elements than previous releases.
Shape Of Despair – Monotony Fields
I’ve been a big fan of Shape of Despair for quite a while now, and of course having no new tracks in several years led to big expectations for Monotony Fields, which were easily met and surpassed. It’s been a while since a doom album has felt so complete, crushing, and having a near perfect closing track in “Written in my Scars”.
Triste L’Hiver – Faire un geste
At the start of this year, I moved to Singapore to work for a few months and didn’t have much of a music collection with me. However, I had been using Bandcamp a bit prior to this, but during my stay, this changed a bit. Through one of my random searches I came across Triste L’Hiver and almost instantly bought their music. Faire un geste is a somewhat experimental album, fusing black metal, electronica, shoegaze, and synthwave. The whole thing is just perfect (as is the follow up Nouveau décret) at this fusion and is really worth a listen, even just for curiosity’s sake.
t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 – アンタラ通信
During my time in NUS, I got really into vaporwave and it’s various subgenres (I’m not well versed in these as the definitions seem to differ). My favourite one by faaarrrr is アンタラ通信 by telepath and I really don’t know what to say about it apart from the embedded track below is mind-blowing. Give the whole album a listen.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso OST
Possibly my favourite anime this year (besides Kancolle and Saekano…) was Your Lie in April, which focuses on a piano prodigy and a violinist. Of course the music was going to be good. It’s also ridiculously emotional in parts, like the show.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Well, yeah. Don’t have to say much. In the seven soundtracks, TFA ranks behind ESB, ROTJ, and ROTS (so fourth). “Rey’s Theme” and “March of the Resistance” are the clear standouts but the whole soundtrack is dynamic and fresh enough that it holds up against the previous six.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Of the few films I saw this year, Fury Road was by far my favourite. Just everything about it was shiny and chrome!
So, since I only played 2 that came out this year, Until Dawn, and Life is Strange, I’ll add to this with a list of games I played this year.
Infamous: First Light: Ahhhh, this was so good (and I hated Infamous 1 and 2 looks boring)
Batman: Arkham City: This took me long enough to finish. Was a glorious mess compared to Asylum but with playable Selina
Watch Dogs: AWFUL
Remember Me: Slightly flawed, stunning OST, great concept & characters
The Order: 1886: This was great, with a great OST and artwork. The story has a really bad non-ending though.
Until Dawn: Kinda bought this randomly, rather enjoyed it (despite the very simplistic story.)
Metal Gear Solid: Fantastic & almost perfect (even the painfully hard Metal Gear battle)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Almost as good as 1, but had far more interesting characters (except for Solidus)
Metal Gear Solid 3: It starts kinda badly but then OH GOD, it’s so good.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Also, so very good. Especially now that it makes much more sense.
Dragon Age: Inquisition + Trespasser: Spent 90 hours on this, definitely need Trespasser to get the actual ending. SERA 5eVER
Life Is Strange: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, this was awesome.
Yep. 2016 has some awesome releases on all fronts, so hopefully more lists again in a year.