We’re already at the penultimate part of our Ode to 2005. The first two parts included an array of genres and bands and Part 3 is no different! Glen Bushell once again features more of his 2005 faves as my guest writer and he’s uncovered some beautiful gems in this one. Read on for more of our favourite 2005 albums!
CARTEL – Chroma. Label: The Militia Group.
In the sea of pop-rock albums from the 2000’s, something like Chroma got lost in the shuffle when stacked up against some of the bigger names that reached commercial altitudes. That makes the album all that more special, particularly when you revisit it. The opening trifecta of Say Anything (Else), Honestly, and Runaway are as captivating as they are catchy, providing the perfect backdrop to Will Pugh’s coming of age lyrics. It holds up remarkably well in 2020, and is a hidden gem of the genre. GB
ARSIS – A Celebration of Guilt. Label: Earache Records.
Death metal also had a successful year in 2005, with the likes of NILE, DARK TRANQUILITY and ARCH ENEMY releasing career defining records. However, one debut album has achieved cult status in the death metal circles in the form of A Celebration of Guilt, by ARSIS. This little slice of brutality perfectly mixed technical death metal with thrash and melodic death metal into something so bold and fast, the band achieved something so rare – they had found their unique sound with their debut album. MM
CIRCA SURVIVE – Juturna. Label: Equal Vision Records.
Following his departure from SAOSIN, the underground eagerly awaited what Anthony Green would do next. Hooking up with members of THIS DAY FORWARD and TAKEN, CIRCA SURVIVE was born. The album was named Juturna after the Roman Goddess of Fountains, symbolising a new beginning for the members of the band, while lyrically peppered with references to the wonderful movie, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind. Green’s impeccable vocal range soars over intricate layers of guitars and a driving rhythm section, skirting the edges of both alternative rock and post-hardcore. A striking debut from a band who would become a scene staple to this day. GB
BLOC PARTY – Silent Alarm. Label: Wichita Recordings.
When BLOC PARTY emerged with the sublime single Banquet, it was so fresh and exciting it turned indie rock on its head. The band released one of the most innovative and refreshing debut albums of the year with Silent Alarm and it still holds legendary status. Tracks like Helicopter were so fun and different, it was hard not to be swept up in the BLOC PARTY frenzy. Front man Kele Okereke stole the show with his signature voice, and he still does today. A superb example of British indie at its best. MM
THE STARTING LINE – Based On A True Story. Label: Geffen Records.
Major labels were circling the pop punk and emo scene like a pack of wolves in the mid 2000’s. Some made it work, but THE STARTING LINE being picked up by Geffen after the Drive-Thru/MCA merger being absorbed by UMG was a less than pleasant experience. It did result in a more musically intricate, lyrically aggressive, and often bitter album. While there were still nods towards the idea of love and relationships in Kenny Vasoli’s song writing, he used this chance to take shots at the label they desperately fought against to create the album they wanted. GB
IDIOT PILOT – Strange We Should Meet Here. Label: Reprise Records.
Electronic music had a big push in 2005 thanks to the likes of GORILLAZ and THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, but one album ended up being a gem of the underground – IDIOT PILOT’s Strange We Should Meet Here. The duo had huge crossover appeal with the metal scene, especially with tracks The Violent Tango and the euphoric Spark Plug. The charisma of main vocalist Michael Harris and the screams and riotous instrumentation of Daniel Anderson attracted a fair few metalheads to their brand of thoughtful and ballsy electronic rock. And many remained loyal to the band. MM
VALENCIA – This Could Be A Possibility. Label: I Surrender.
VALENCIA’s debut album was another one of those records that got lost in the 2005 shuffle, at least on a broader scale. As is much the case in these situations, it generated underground buzz and was the talk of Myspace while doing the rounds on the file sharing sites of the time. It was 30 minutes of pop punk majesty, which was as emotional as it was catchy. Tracks like The Closest I Am To Living On The Edge, and Will We Ever Know never outstayed their welcome, and sound as fresh now as they did all those years ago. GB
NAPALM DEATH – The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code. Label: Century Media Records.
The grindcore band who need no introduction, NAPALM DEATH dropped some of their best work with The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code. The fathers of innovative, extreme metal changed the game completely by introducing more ‘mainstream’ guest vocalists in the form of Jello Biafra (The Great and the Good), Jamey Jasta (Instruments of Persuasion and Sold Short) and Jeffrey Walker (Pledge Yourself To You) with striking effect. The brutality is relentless, but the riffs and structure continued to shake up the grindcore formula…and they still do today. MM
I AM THE AVALANCHE – S/T. Label: Drive-Thru Records.
Expectations were high for I AM THE AVALANCHE based on Vinnie Caruana’s former band, THE MOVIELIFE. They were one of the most beloved bands of the early ‘00s NY punk scene, so all eyes were on what he was going to do next. Their debut album was pure power-pop that refused to shy away from nagging hooks and melody while keeping that punk edge that was a clear influence. It showed growth in Caruana’s songwriting, too, bringing sarcasm and sincerity in equal measure. 15 years later I AM THE AVALANCHE are still here, with a lot of credit owed to such a strong debut album. GB
THE AUDITION – Controversy Loves Company. Label: Victory Records.
Easily one of the most overlooked emo/pop bands of the era, THE AUDITION were deceptively genius songwriters, but for some reason the band didn’t gain the recognition they deserved. Tracks such as Dance Halls Turn To Ghost Towns and It’s Too Late should have put them on par with PANIC! AT THE DISCO, but alas THE AUDITION didn’t have the gimmicks to make them superstars. Each song on Controversy Loves Co could have been a single, the body of work is that strong. This is one album you absolutely need to rediscover. MM
BANE – The Note. Label: Equal Vision Records.
Coming nearly 4 years after their breakthrough album, Give Blood, the landscape was a little different when BANE released The Note. Hardcore wasn’t as underground as it once was, and more people were catching on. BANE needed to roll with the punches and adapt, yet maintain the essence of the band that made them so special. They added more melody to their songs, while vocalist Aaron Bedard focused his lyrics on personal introspection. It led to tracks like Pot Committed, and the authentic Swan Song being staples of their sets until they called it a day in 2016. GB
THE HURT PROCESS – A Heartbeat Behind. Label: Golf Records.
This year should have seen British metallers THE HURT PROCESS play their comeback show, but for obvious reasons that hasn’t gone ahead. Instead, fans can return to their last album A Heartbeat Behind and listen to the band’s heaviest work. Tracks like Anchor and My Scandinavian Ride push the band into heavy, metalcore territory but the beating heart of post-hardcore remains with the emotive melodies and ballads, including the powerful finale Reading Into It. MM
AS CITIES BURN – Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest. Label: Solid State Records.
While their initial run may have only lasted a few years, AS CITIES BURN released one of best debut albums of 2005. It sits on the heavier side of the post-hardcore fence, with a darker tone than some of the contemporaries. Brothers TJ and Cody Burnette trade off melodic and screamed vocals, with lyrics built around personal experience, poetic references and influences from their Christian background. Perhaps not as big as they should be on this side of the Atlantic at the time, AS CITIES BURN soon became a firm favourite of those who scoured the underground for new music. GB
Honourable Mentions – Rock/Indie
- REUBEN – Very Fast, Very Dangerous
- NINE BLACK ALPS – Everything Is
- CAVE IN – Perfect Pitch Black
- EDITORS – The Back Room
- THE JULIANA THEORY – Deadbeat Sweetheart
- BRIGHT EYES – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
- HARD-FI – Stars of CCTV
- THE RASMUS – Hide From The Sun
- MY AWESOME COMPILATION – Actions
- NIGHTMARE OF YOU – S/T