For those who dread the season of Christmas music and having to walk through all of the department stores and hear “Jingle Bells” for the 500th time, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite non-Christmas themed albums that help me get through the winter months. So get comfortable, grab your egg nog, and without further ado, my top five favorite winter albums…
1. Title Fight – Floral Green
Now I’m not really sure why this is one of my favorite albums for the winter months, but this album is just great all on its own, probably my favorite Title Fight album of all time. But for some reason when the snow is falling, this is just a cool album to listen to, in case the cold weather increases your level of angst. For anyone who may not have listened to Title Fight before, just listen to any song on this album and you won’t regret it, as they are one of the best indie-punk bands in the business.
2. Copeland – Ixora
Another great winter album, Copeland deliver a very smooth and relaxing piece of music for anyone staying in on a winter night. Copeland mastered their sound with this album and Aaron Marsh’s vocals are as pure as ever, paired perfectly with playful piano instrumentation that matches the delicacy of snow fall. My personal favorite on the album is “Ordinary” but seriously, every song on this album is great.
3. La Dispute – Rooms of the House
While not all La Dispute fans liked this album as much as their older material, I think this album is their best they’ve ever done. The album shows the band taking a more mellow tone and less post-hardcore sound than in previous albums. This could be considered more of a spoken word album (at some parts), with complementing guitar patterns to match vocalist’s Jordan Dreyer’s storytelling lyrics, only to escalate into the familiar post-hardcore sound where La Dispute came from. If you’ve never had a chance to listen to this album before, be sure to listen to either “Stay Happy There” or “Woman (Reading)”.
4. Isles & Glaciers – The Hearts Of Lonely People
Possibly one of the best supergroups in this music scene was Isles & Glaciers. Which was compiled of vocalists Craig Owens, Jonny Craig, and Vic Fuentes, bassist Matt Goodard (Chiodos), lead guitarist Nick Martin (Sleeping With Sirens, D.R.U.G.S.), guitarist Brian Southall (The Receiving End of Sirens) and drummer Mike Fuentes (Pierce The Veil). This is a very well crafted EP, with the three vocalists and every member bringing their own charisma, persona and talent, they all leave their distinctive mark on each song that is sure to make it easier to bear the winter. One of my favorite parts of this EP are the instrumental tracks, which deliver very dreary and atmospheric sound. Check out “Viola Lion” and “Cemetery Weather”.
5. Being As An Ocean – How We Both Wondrously Perish
Again, this is just one of those albums that is great to listen to during the winter months. Melodic hardcore kings Being As An Ocean bring a refreshing mix of ambience and raw, heavy emotion on their second album. The sound of the album is something that just perfectly matches those gloomy and cold days, with some of the best lyrics that I’ve ever heard that are sure to help you get through those somber, winter days.
Honorable Mention: August Burns Red – Sleddin’ Hill
Now for anyone who enjoys starting a mosh pit in their living room with their friends while putting up the Christmas tree and getting into the Christmas spirit, then this one is for you. With tracks such as “Flurries”, “Frosty the Snowman”, and “Little Drummer Boy”, August Burns Red employ their amazing musical talent into classic Christmas songs to be heard in a way that hasn’t been done before.
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