January in 164 Albums

Tuesday, 1 January

Ben Raw – Buying Gravity [EP] (experimental electro)

Austin, Texas

Bruno Sanfilippo – Pianette (modern classical)

Barcelona, Spain

Burning Ghosts – American Circus (avant-garde jazz)

Los Angeles, California
On Orenda Records

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Chris Conde – Growing Up Gay (experimental hip-hop)

San Antonio, Texas

Evelyn Drach – Up with the Smoke (art rock)

London, UK

Forests – Spending Eternity in a Japanese Convenience Store (math rock)


Hexeth – Lore [Compilation] (blackened death metal)

Montréal, Québec

MoE – Oslo Janus (IV) (noise rock)

Oslo, Norway
On Conrad Sound

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My Wrist – Fresh (experimental jazz)

West Palm Beach, Florida

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Potion and Car Made of Glass [Split] (experimental death metal, grindcore)

On List of Lakes Arts

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Seeli Kuuppo – Kaamos [EP] (field recording, ambient)

On Terranean Recordings

Solipsismo – Festival de la resurrección [EP] (technical death metal)


Sunjae Lee – Entropy (experimental jazz)

Seoul, South Korea

Yvette Young – Piano (indie rock, chamber music)

San Jose, California

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Wednesday, 2

Rudemanners – Resurrection (hip-hop, electro)

New York, New York

Thursday, 3

Melt Quartet – Tinct [EP] (free jazz)

Canberra, Australia

Todd Harper – Trees (free jazz)

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Friday, 4

City of the Asleep – An Amputated Elliptic Knob of the Cryptocurve Regenerates (various)

Portland, Oregon

Eyrth – Fracture (atmospheric post-metal)

Riga, Latvia

Quantum Trio – Quality Studio Live [2-disc] (jazz fusion, progressive jazz)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rosetta – Sower of Wind (post-rock, ambient)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On Pelagic Records

Shrezzers – Relationships (progressive metal, nu prog)

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saturday, 5

Fantastic Swimmers Concertography – Concerto grosso #14 [EP] (contemporary classical, free jazz)

Minsk, Belarus

Sunday, 6

Jose Carra – Diario de vuelo (jazz fusion)

Málaga, Spain
On Taghrid Records

Lantern – Lost Paragraphs [EP] (blackened death metal)

On Dark Descent Records

Yaldabaoth – That Which Wets the Saccharine Palate (blackened death metal)

Anchorage, Alaska
On Lycaean Triune

Monday, 7

Hum – Hum (free jazz)

Bern, Switzerland
On TVL Rec

Serpent of Gnosis – As I Drink from the Infinite Well of Inebriation [EP] (blackened deathgrind)

Boston, Massachusetts

Sungazer – Volume Ⅱ [EP] (progressive jazz)

Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday, 9

i.o – Last Age // Symbol (free jazz)

Victoria, British Columbia

Krallice – Wolf [EP] (experimental black metal)

New York, New York

Uswa – Cold Spell (atmospheric doom metal)

Helsinki, Finland

Thursday, 10

Kinda Alright – Nice! [EP] (math rock)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Orchid – Miasma [EP] (mathcore)

Bengaluru, India

素数 (Sosuu) – 二 (Ni) / 2 (nu jazz)

Trieste, Italy

Wyxz – Yiy (avant-prog)

United States

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Friday, 11

Aswad Byrant & i.o – Akrasia (free jazz, experimental mathcore)

Victoria, British Columbia

Drofnosura – Voidfever (atmospheric doom metal)

Toronto, Ontario

Emme Phyzema – Dispelling Differences (experimental metal, noise)

Columbus, Ohio

Grand ensemble Koa – Beat (jazz fusion)

On Neuklang

Jinjer – Micro [EP] (progressive metalcore)

On Napalm Records

Moulin banal – Le rythme du maréchal ferrant [EP] (black metal, folk metal)

Montréal, Québec
On Corde Raide Productions

Mo’ynoq – Dreaming in a Dead Language (progressive black metal)

Raleigh, North Carolina

Oroboro – Dyad [EP] (art rock)

Hadley, Massachusetts

Ouzo Bazooka – Transporter (alternative rock)

Tel Aviv, Israel

Plasticbag Facemask – Whited Sepulcher [EP] (progressive deathcore)

Fresno, California

The Richmond Avant-Improv Collective – Multiplicity (experimental jazz, free jazz)

Richmond, Virginia
On Thirsty Leaves Music

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Rogue Parade – Stomping Off from Greenwood (jazz fusion)

Chicago, Illinois
On Greenleaf Music

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Soilwork – Verkligheten (melodic death metal)

Helsingborg, Sweden
On Nuclear Blast Records

Swim Team – V (avant-garde punk)

Vancouver, British Columbia

Terry Day, Dominic Lash, and Alex Ward – Midnight and Below (avant-garde jazz)

On Iluso Records

Saturday, 12

Chord – Chord Ⅱ (experimental metal, noise)

New York, New York
On Punos Music

Defacement – Deviant [EP] (blackened death metal)

Utrecht, Netherlands

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Leadtowill – The Leaden Echo [EP] (breakcore, experimental electro)


Monday, 14

Barque – Pyre Builders [EP] (hardcore)

Lille, France

Charlie Dennard – Deep Blue (jazz fusion, modern jazz)

New Orleans, Louisiana

Omni Optometrist – The Power of Love (avant-prog)

Reading, Pennsylvania

Tracteur – Tracteur (experimental rock, world fusion)

Toulouse, France

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Vantana Row – Marme [EP] (crustwave)


Tuesday, 15

Analizator – Čovečanstveno sranje (grindcore)

Novi Sad, Serbia

Barshasketh – Barshasketh (black metal)

Edinburgh, UK
On W.T.C. Productions

Gleb Kanasevich – Asleep (blackened noise, dark ambient)

Bronx, New York

Ill Considered – Ill Considered V (spiritual jazz)

London, UK

Ill Considered – Ill Considered Ⅵ (spiritual jazz)

London, UK

Robert Rich – Tactile Ground [2-disc] (ambient electro)

United States

Ted Byrnes, Michael Foster, and Jacob Wick – Token Breeder (free jazz)

Los Angeles, California
On Hard Angle

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Wednesday, 16

Ил (Il) – Образ пустоты (Obraz pustoty) [EP] (doom metal, sludge metal)

Moscow, Russian Federation

Mart – Magical [EP] (experimental jazz, post-rock)

Ajdovščina, Slovenia

Ragnarökkur – Hold þeirra í tómið dregið [EP] (atmospheric black metal)


Thursday, 17

George Crotty Trio – Four String Nomad (world fusion, jazz)

Toronto, Ontario

Nudo – La última de las burocracias (avant-garde jazz)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phaneronaut – Somatic System (experimental electro)

Munich, Germany

SBTDOH – Escape Escape [EP] (harsh noise)

Milwaukie, Oregon

Steve Strong – Turbo Island (math rock, alternative rock)

On Sapien Records

Ühtceare – El genocidio primordial llevará el nombre infinito de la empatía (atmospheric black metal)

Buenos Aires, Argentina
On Death Kvlt Productions

Friday, 18

Beck Hunters – Has It Been Found? (free jazz)

Sheffield, UK
On Discus Music

Boa Brass Band – Boa Brass Land (big band jazz)

On Boa Prod

Broken Spear – Truth Pieces [EP] (art pop)

On Business Casual

Brought to the Water – Complex (blackened progressive metal)

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Endolith – Chicxulub: The Fossil Record (symphonic progressive death metal)

Tromsø, Norway
On Rob Mules Records


Glitch Black – Age of Machines (darkwave)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gorgon – Elegy (blackened death metal)

Paris, France
On Dusktone

The Great Sabatini & Great Falls [Split] (hardcore, noise rock)

On Hex Records

Hama – Houmeissa (world fusion, synthwave)

Niamey, Niger
On Sahel Sounds

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Helium Horse Fly – Hollowed (experimental rock, avant-garde metal)

Liège, Belgium

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Human Feel – Gold (modern jazz)

Zurich, Switzerland
On Intakt Records

Kadinja – Super 90′ (djent)

Paris, France
On Nuclear Blast

ليل شاكر وصرفند / Layale Chaker and Sarafand – تقاكيل (Taqakil) / Inner Rhyme (world fusion)

On In a Circle Records

Mad Fellaz – (progressive rock)

Bassano Del Grappa, Italy

Mark Lockheart – Days on Earth (jazz fusion)

London, UK
On Edition Records

MRW – Materia prima (progressive metal)

Sosnowiec, Poland

New Thread Quartet – Plastic Facts (contemporary classical)

New York, New York
On New Focus Recordings

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Origami Button – Button Season [EP] (alternative rock)

Chicago, Illinois

Pilgrim – Crosswinds (modern jazz)

Zürich, Switzerland
On Intakt Records

Sadisme – Festering in Telepathic Communion (black metal)

United States
On Grey Matter Productions

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar (progressive rock, jazz)

Berlin, Germany
On Iapetus

Tardigrade Inferno – Mastermind (progressive metal)

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Tim Linghaus – About B. (Memory Sketches B​-​Sides Recordings) [EP] (contemporary classical)

NDS, Germany

Wristmeetrazor – Misery Never Forgets [EP] (mathcore, skramz)

United States
On Prosthetic Records

Xavi Reija, Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, and Dusan Jevtovic – The Sound of the Earth (progressive rock, stoner rock)

Barcelona, Spain
On Moonjune Records

Жертвоприношения (Žertvoprinošenija) – Меньше чем ничто (Men’še čem ničto) (avant-garde black metal)

Saint Petersburg, Russia
On Akt-Produkt

Злурад (Zlurad) – Во благо злу (Vo blago zlu) (noise rock, free rock)

Moscow, Russia
On Addicted Label

Saturday, 19

Tonus – Ear Duration (free jazz)

London, UK

Brian! (Quartet) – Minimum Donation [EP] (experimental rock, avant-garde jazz)

Ithaca, New York

Sunday, 20

Call Us Колос (Kolos) – На связи (Na svjazi) [EP] (post-rock)

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Kelp – Exterior (experimental jazz)

Fukuoka, Japan

Kevin Blanke – In Remembrance of Things That Never Were (avant-garde jazz)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mar – Pressed in the Earth (experimental doom metal)

Providence, Rhode Island

Matt Rappa – Barf Bag (free jazz)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg – Everyone’s in Love and Flowers Pick Themselves [Rerelease] (post-hardcore)

London, UK
On UndergrooveRecords

Monday, 21

Colin Stetson – The Rain like Curses [EP] (modern jazz)

Montréal, Québec
On Kartel Music Group

Danielle Palardy Roger – Cannibale (avant-garde jazz)

Montréal, Québec
On Actuellecd

Dentype – Why So (mathcore, noise rock)

Montréal, Québec

Galena – Sliced [EP] (progressive rock, post-hardcore)

Asheville, North Carolina

Martin Tétreault – Plus de snipettes​!​! (various)

Montréal, Québec
On Actuellecd

The Michael Zucker Ensamble – Strawberry Melt [EP] (jazz fusion, progressive rock)

Denver, Colorado

Noctambulist – Atmospheres of Desolation [EP] (blackened death metal)

On Blood Harvest

Quatuor Bozzini – Phill Niblock: Baobab (avant-garde classical)

Montréal, Québec
On Actuellecd

Vessel of Iniquity – Void of Infinite Horror [EP] (experimental black metal)

On Xenoglossy Productions

Tuesday, 22

Varra – Peppa [EP] (jazz fusion, progressive rock)

Concepción, Chile

Wednesday, 23

Mendel – The Blood, the Sin and the Djinn [EP] (progressive metal)


Thursday, 24

No vale nada – Alter ego (post-hardcore)

On Vox Project

Friday, 25

Altarage – The Approaching Roar (avant-garde death metal)

On Season of Mist

Bloor – Drolleries (avant-garde jazz)

Brooklyn, New York
On Astral Spirits

海老 (Ebi) / Shrimp – 海老 (Ebi) / Shrimp (avant-garde jazz, noise metal)

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
On Panurus Productions

Émile Parisien Quartet – Double Screening (avant-garde jazz)

On ACT Music

Gum Takes Tooth – Arrow (experimental electro, noise rock)

London, UK
On Rocket Recordings

Hifiklub – E Lisboa (experimental rock)

On Shhpuma

Ions – Ions (progressive metalcore)

Prague, Czechia

Izumi Kimura, Barry Guy, and Gerry Hemingway – Illuminated Silence (avant-garde jazz)

Dublin, Ireland
On Fundacja Słuchaj

Jasper Blom – Polyphony [2-disc] (modern jazz, jazz fusion)

Amsterdam, Netherlands
On Whirlwind Recordings

Jeff Ballard – Fairgrounds (modern jazz)

New York, New York
On Edition Records

Lost Crowns – Every Night Something Happens (progressive rock)

London, UK
On Bad Elephant Music

Mecha Maiko – 置屋 (Okiya) [EP] (experimental electro)

Toronto, Ontario
On Zoey Records

Mono – Nowhere Now Here (post-rock)

Tokyo, Japan
On Temporary Residence Ltd.

The Neal Morse Band – The Great Adventure [2-disc] (progressive rock)

Nashville, Tennessee
On Metal Blade Records

Noam Elron – Participant Observation (world fusion, jazz)


Ogmasun – Into the Void (progressive post-metal)

Fribourg, Switzerland
On Cold Smoke Records

Paal Nilssen-Love, Felipe Zenicola, Frode Gjerstad, Kiko Dinucci, and Paulinho Bicolor – New Brazilian Funk (free jazz, funk)

Oslo, Norway
On PNL Records

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Paal Nilssen-Love, Akira Sakata, Kiko Dinucci, Kohei Gomi, and Toshiji Mikawa – New Japanese Noise (free jazz, noise)

Oslo, Norway
On PNL Records

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SeeYouSpaceCowboy – Songs for the Firing Squad [EP] (mathcore)

Berkeley, California
On Pure Noise Records

Slow – IV: Mythologiæ [Rerelease] (doom metal, post-metal)

On Code666

Smogma – Abracasmogma (free jazz, noise)

Paradise Valley, Arizona
On Arachnidiscs

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Sofy Major – Total Dump (noise rock, sludge)

On Corpse Flower Records

Tamara Lukasheva Quartet – Homebridge (jazz fusion)

Cologne, Germany
On Traumton

Tano! – Cants als malsons: Onze ocultismes, sabers perduts i altres petites faules d’ultramar [EP] (post-hardcore)

Girona, Spain

Tear Light from Matter – In statu nascendi (progressive metal, jazz fusion)


Saturday, 26

Light Dweller – Incandescent Crucifix [EP] (atmospheric black metal)

Tempe, Arizona

Sunday, 27

Long Hallways – Close Your Eyes to Travel (post-rock)

Portland, Oregon

Somn – The All​-​Devouring (blackgaze, post-black)

Saint Petersburg, Russia
On Elusive Sound

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Monday, 28

Dead Kiwis – Systematic Home Run [EP] (mathcore)

Lyon, France

Soulmass – The Weakness of Virtue (death metal, doom metal)


Zach Rowden, Jarrett Gilgore, and Ian McColm – First Lapse (avant-garde jazz)

London, UK
On Raw Tonk Records

Tuesday, 29

Mindswimmer – Everytime I Eat My Dreams (jazz fusion, hip-hop)

Chicago, Illinois
On Stellar Nursery Records

The Moon Project – Morphologies [2-disc] (avant-garde classical)

Perth, Australia
On Tone List

Wednesday, 30

Bave – Parallels [EP] (progressive rock)

Detroit, Michigan

An Empty Room – The Palimpsest (doom metal, sludge)

Eugene, Oregon

Rodrigo Pinheiro, Zbigniew Kozera, and Kuba Suchar – Wschód (avant-garde jazz, free jazz)

Lisbon, Portugal
On Clean Feed

Stormhaven – Liquid Imagery (progressive black metal)

Toulouse, France

Thursday, 31

Deadspace – Dirge (atmospheric black metal)

Perth, Australia

Released in January

Iberian Roots Trío – The Wake of an Artist: Tribute to Bernardo Sassetti (experimental jazz)

On Clean Feed

Label page

José Dias – After Silence, Volume 1 (modern jazz)

On Clean Feed

Jørgen Mathisen’s Instant Light – Mayhall’s Object (free jazz)

On Clean Feed

Label page

TGB – III (experimental jazz, jazz fusion)

On Clean Feed

On January 31 2019, this entry was posted.