The next team member to reveal their top ten is Jacob. He has done his end of year review is a different and whimsical style.

Words from the Editor: Jacob has been a fantastic member of the team. His passion for the magazine shows through his great ideas he presents forward and his strong ability to think outside the box when writing content. He has also been a key part in helping to push mental health awareness for the mag by sharing his story about depression and doing a research article into body dyspmorphia.

Hi everyone. Almost every year on my personal social media accounts I release my favourite releases of the year, but this year was special. This year was the year I wrote about music not just for my own satisfaction but in an attempt to provide an honest opinion of music under a critical eye. That’s why instead of my usual style I’ve provided my ten favourite albums. In limerick form!

In the ultimate month of the year,
Here’s a list of albums I held quite dear,
Some are quite big,
And others quite small,
And some of them are going to be quite weird.

10. Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites

Egyptian themed death metal,
Is enough to test your mettle,
I can’t get Long Shadows of Dread,
Out of my head,
I’ll die before I can get it unsettled.

9. Candlemass – The Door To Doom

The band Candlemass remain reliable,
And any compliment is justifiable,
I loved the octopus,
Which caused a fuss,
Because it was too loud to be deniable.

8. Sabaton – The Great War

Look, I know I said I’d be doing this top ten in limerick form and for the most part I have but I won’t for this album. SABATON have a history of making history enjoyable to learn about but treating the horrific nature of some of the events with the utmost respect. This album is not different in that regard and to provide a sentiment about it in anything other than plain writing seems disrespectful. This album is fantastic, the album ends with In Flanders Field, a song that sent chills throughout my body because it so beautifully contrasted to the bombastic nature of SABATON’s signature sound.

7. Devin Townsend – Empath

Townsend’s work is some I’m quite fond-a,
And on this album it sounds like there’s some Enya,
It’s still quite heavy,
And it’s definitely Devy,
It’s not Deconstruction but it’s on par.

6. Alcest – Spiritual Instinct

This is a return to form for Alcest,
And certainly garnered no protest,
It’s not Souvernirs,
But garnered some cheers,
And to Neige’s musicianship I’ll attest

5. Morass Of Molasses – The Ties That Bind

Imagine a thick heavy Stew,
It’s what their Bandcamp says to do,
It’s heavy with riffs,
And great musical gifts
Listen if you haven’t, it’s past due.

4. And Now the Owls Are Smiling – The Comforting Grip Of Misery

The comforting grip of misery,
Is on here because of Winter’s Elegy,
I can’t get over that song,
And I don’t care if I’m wrong,
But it is some kind of bewitchery.

3. Arx Atrata – The Path Untravelled

Arx Atrata – The Path Untravelled,
Was an album that left me unravelled,
It has multi-genre appeal,
And a really great feel,
It’s perfect for those that want to dabble

2. Tool – Fear Inoculum

Fear Inoculum was released this year,
To great acclaim and cheers,
Thirteen years was too long,
To hear another song,
But Tool have a new fan right here.

NUMBER 1: Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

An obvious mention to Opeth,
A band I consider to be one of the dope-est,
In Cauda Venenum was great,
And Dignity’s growl carried weight,
So it goes on this list with no protest.

PS. I stole this idea from Yahtzee,
But we’re different kinds of paparazzi,
He does games
And these rhymes are lame,
And I’ve broken the format partly.

Happy new year everyone!

Happy new year to you Jacob and thank you for your hard work.

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