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Most Innovative Albums In 2018

For the last decade, all I’ve heard was criticism of the modern music scene. Whether it’s metal or rock, people looked at music with pessimism. While many people believe that good music is a thing of the past, and that innovation died with the rise of the 21st century, that is certainly not true. Some of the greatest most innovative music was released in 2018 and we will cover 5 Albums that we consider to be the most innovative Albums in 2018!

The albums are shared in no particular order.

Most Innovative Albums In 2018

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy

Christian Muenzner strikes again with a Prog Death Masterpiece, possibly the greatest. This album combines the composition and innovation of progressive music with the brutality/riffage of Technical Death Metal. Imagine YES meets Nile, yet with further depth to the music somehow. Alkaloid‘s Liquid Anatomy is a true masterpiece.

Buy album and merchandise >HERE<

Ostura – The Room

This is not only one of the greatest pieces of music this year, it has such great cinematic elements that it should just be labeled “Art”. While concept albums are perhaps a thing of the past, Ostura have somewhat refined the idea of a concept album and twisted it into a series of mood swings trapped within the different vocalists/characters. And although it may seem that the guitars try to overshadow the rest of the instruments in metal, in this album, the guitars actually served the composition and the rest of the “symphony”.

You can Buy or Stream the full album >HERE<

Polyphia – New Levels New Devils

I don’t even know what the genre is anymore, it is so innovative and refreshing that I found myself checking if I was still listening to Polyphia. The fusion of Jazz, Djent, and Prog Rock all into one style, Polyphia possibly created a new genre of music. It will come as no surprise to me if a new wave is born as a result of such a sound. Mark my words, Polyphia have given birth to a new beast!

You can stream or buy the album >HERE<

Jason Becker – Triumphant Hearts

28 years ago, Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS and was given 3-5 years to live.

Yet here it is, another masterpiece of a record. Jason composed the entire album using nothing but his eyes, yes he is that good. The album isn’t a rock album by convention, for its composition sets it apart as classical music. Featured on the record are some of the world’s greatest axemen such as Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, Paul Gilbert, and countless more!

You can stream or order your copy >Here<

Revocation – The Outer Ones

Last but not least is Revocation’s latest endeavor into the experimental realm. This is by no means your run of the mill tech death album. It is layers of Jazz and Fusion hidden under distortion and blast beats. The album is sheer proof of Revocation’s progress from a thrash metal band from Boston to a mature band with a unique sound.

Buy album >HERE<

These were our 5 most innovative albums in 2018. The selection wasn’t limited to Metal but also included more rock-based styles. We hope you liked our selection, and if you have any albums that you think should have made the list, kindly suggest them in the comments section below.

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Jason Becker NEW ALBUM In The Making

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM in the making

Jason Becker is an American guitarist and composer, and one of the greatest shredders ever. During his teenage years,  he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albumsSpeed Metal Symphony” in 1987 and “Go Off!” in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album “Perpetual Burn” in 1988, also through Shrapnel Records. He later joined David Lee Roth’s band and recorded one album with him, “A Little Ain’t Enough”.

Jason Becker ALS diagnosis and new music plans

Becker’s performing career was cut short by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die. The ‘living wires’ which connect your brain to your muscles degenerate, leading to a loss of mobility, loss of speech, and eventually impact the ability to breathe. In 1996, Becker lost the ability to speak. Now he communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, Jason refused to let ALS silence him so he still composes music and a new album is on its way!!

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM crowdfunding campaign

Now, clearly Jason won’t be able to play his music himself. As a result, he decided to gather many of his friends to contribute. In the video below for his new Indiegogo campaign, he explains that he needs support from his fans to pay for the studio time and all the related expenses for making the album. He also announces a list of guest guitarists which is off the charts: Joe Satriani, Aleks Sever, Jeff Loomis, Trevor Rabin, Steve Morse, Gus G, Chris Broderick, and more. The rewards for contributing range from T-shirts and downloads to autographed guitars and sharing your guitar performance video on his page. This is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to one of the greats and help make his music come to life. Therefore, check out the video and if you feel moved to contribute, you can do so here :https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jason-becker-s-new-album-music-guitar#/

“My bro Jason Becker is making a new album and I`ll be playing on a track for it this week! He has written a stunning piece of music, can not wait to play it! The guy is my constant inspiration…” – Marty Freedman (Oct 25, 2016)

Jason Becker NEW ALBUM


Jason Becker NEW ALBUM

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