I wonder if the return of Pemberton and the expansion of Squamish will actually hurt Sasquatch ticket sales this year. My guess is no, but I bet it (err, they) will take a longer time to sell out this year.
Woo hoo! Love when these threads get started. Gets me all kinds of excited for a new year of music.
Right now my most anticipated album of 2014 by far is the new release from Alcest. They've been masterfully blending black metal, folk, shoegaze, and dreampop sounds throughout their career, but this upcoming album moves them away from the extreme elements into a purely shoegaze/dreampop sound. The last band that made a conscious effort to essentially remove the metal from their music was Opeth, and as a result they lost me as a fan. I took it as a, "We're sick of metal, so here's some prog-rock wankery" type move, and I personally found it to be an absolute disaster of a career move which led to them putting out their worst album to date. On the contrary, everything about this decision by Alcest seems to be a smart and organic step in the natural progression of their sound. I don't see it as them turning their backs on the metal community or the fans that support them, but more as an exploration of some of the most interesting aspects of their music. Even more exciting is that they brought in Sigur Ros' producer Birgir Jón Birgisson to aid with the album, so I'm certain he'll bring some extra ideas to the table as well.
Did you catch the latest NIN tour? I swear that album was written with the intention of being the soundtrack to Trent's concept for the visual experience. Those songs were living and breathing organisms when he played them live.
This album has been slowly sinking in since I first heard it, and I think I'm finally at the point where I can say this is not only one of my favorite releases of the year, but possibly my favorite album they've ever put out.
This is absolutely mindblowing. Before, during, and after footage of a house and neighborhood being destroyed by a tornado. It seriously looks like an atomic bomb was dropped outside of this guy's back yard.