Best of 2017: Edge of Haze

Edge of Haze

In keeping with the theme of guest “best of 2017” lists, today we have a top ten from Finland’s melodic rockers Edge of Haze who just last month released their latest full length Deluge. Their list represents a great cross section of like minded and sounding bands from across the rock and metal spectrum. Check out what picks they have to share and stick around for a stream of their newest album. 

Edge of Haze’s Best of 2017

1. Leprous – Malina

Definitely the hottest prog band right now. Their last few records have been absolutely amazing. Malina is no exception. One of my favourite bands and albums. Song pick: “Mirage”

2. Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar

I’ve been following Ulver for nearly 10 years now and they seem to reinvent themselves with every album. Really enjoy the groovy top-notch sonic atmospheres on display here. Song pick: “Transverberation”

3. Mew – Visuals

Not their best record but that being said there’s some great tunes here! Outstanding production. Soothing and impecable music. Song pick: “85 Videos”

4. Soen – Lykaia

This band has always bothered me for sounding so alike to a bunch of different bands, especially Opeth and Tool. This time there’s no excuses though, as Soen delivers one of the most pleasant albums of the year. Great blend between modern and traditional prog metal. Song pick: “Orison”

5. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

Guaranteed Mogwai quality. The Scottish post-rock masters have outdone themselves once again. Song pick: “Party in the Dark”

6. The Contortionist – Clairvoyant

Great and different modern prog metal album. Some noted they sound a lot like us in Edge Of Haze and I can see where they are coming at! A new discovery for me and really enjoyed it. Song pick: “The Clairvoyant”

7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

These Canadians have something special cooking. Highly experimental, ambient-oriented post-rock-fusion that really takes some delving into. Song pick: “Bosses Hang, Pt. I”

8. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

Phil Elverum delivers an extremely emotional musical diary following the death of his wife, wherein he opens his feelings from days and months after her death to cancer. Bleak and numbing record that should be judged equally as much as poetry, literature and music. Song pick: “Ravens”

9. Anathema – The Optimist

Complex and beautiful prog rock concept album. Despite some of the songs being a bit bland and ambiguous the entity speaks volumes. Gotta keep giving it more spins. Song pick: “Endless Ways”

10. Thundercat – Drunk

Very inspirational record from a productional standpoint. Love the blending of funk, electronic music and prog rock. Versatile and enjoyable tracks throughout. Song pick: “Lava Lamp”

Many thanks to Edge of Haze for their time and picks. For more information on the band, visit their Facebook page and be sure to check out their Bandcamp page as well. Take a listen to Deluge immediately below.

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