The Best Albums of 2014: TovH Editor’s Picks

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Today your friendly editors are sharing their picks for the best of 2014. Ch-ch-check it.

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W.’s Top 10 of 2014


10. Piss Vortex – a2574692715_2Piss Vortex | Independent

Although there are other albums I listened to more than Piss Vortex this year, this band flushed out the competition to secure my number 10 spot for one simple reason: they’re the only ones I know of doing what they do. These mad Danes blend together two of my absolute favorite things: aggressive grind and brain-bending dissonance. On their self-titled release, Piss Vortex have demonstrated that a healthy serving of skronk can make even the nastiest and most piss-and-vinegar-filled grind even nastier and more piss-and-vinegary. Check out “Our Maker’s Invisible Hand” and flush yourself down the world-famous Piss Vortex ov hell.

Listen to — “Our Maker’s Invisible Hand”


9. GTL85-2_GIANT_SQUID_MINOANS_coveriant Squid – Minoans | Translation Loss Records

Giant Squid is one of the most consistently entertaining and captivating bands in modern metal, even if the term “metal” only loosely applies to them. Giant Squid paint with broad strokes from a diverse palette, connecting balmy atmospherics and expansive cinematics into a truly epic story that relays the doomed fate of the inhabitants of Crete. There are plenty of crushing, pelagic riffs that roar and batter like tidal waves, but the lush theatrical and tender moments are just as rewarding. Vocalist Aaron Gregory sounds like a mad, drowned prophet foretelling destruction and peril in a distinctly Tom Waits-esque fashion over the rich cello lines of Jackie Perez Gratz while the more tried and true metal instruments ebb and flow behind them. This album is both a dire listen and a rich experience and definitely deserves a spot on any year-end list.

Listen to — “Mycenaeans”


8. Baring Teeta3196481080_2h – Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins | Willowtip

In 2013, Gorguts firmly planted the flag of dissonant death metal upon the skronk tower they first built with Obscura. In 2014, worthy contenders for the dissonant throne have emerged to join the battle and test their brain-bending alchemy against the legends who trod the astral planes before them. Baring Teeth is one such young band of up-starts. Hailing from Dallas, Texas but purveying a distinctly otherwordly craft, Baring Teeth have won my vote for creating the most hypnotic album of 2014. Rarely do I press repeat immediately after finishing an album, but Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins is so captivating and compelling that it requires multiple listens to drink in its depth and scope. This is inhuman death metal birthed by interdimensional genius.

Listen to — “Visitant”


7. PyrrhonThe Mother of Virtues | Relapse Records

My main metal blog squeeze Ed has already talked ad nauseum about this band, so I’m not going to say too much here. Somewhere between Fever Kingdoms and The Mother of Virtues, alien overlords took over the bodies of Pyrrhon‘s members and forced them to create one of the most esoteric and off-kilter albums you’ll here. This is a paradigm shift for Death Metal, if it can even be considered that, and you’ll need multiple listens before you can even attempt tp wrap your head around it. Disclaimer: it’s totally worth all the time you give it.

Listen to — “White Flag


6. Cloak of Altering – Plague Beasts | Crucial Blast

After listening to Plague Beasts multiple times, I’ve come to believe that Mories may in fact be Caligula and has existed from the morning of the world and shall exist until the last star falls from the night. Although he has temporarily taken the form of Cloak of Altering, he is every artist as he is no artist and is therefore a god within metal. As mercurial and effervescent as it is punishing and hideous, the this form of Mories offers us a lesson in inhuman extremity that far surpasses the known limits of human endurance. Call it black metal. Call it cybergrind. Call it avant-garde. Cloak of Altering by any other name would still be as impenetrable and daunting. A must listen for fans of the extreme.

Listen to — “Chaos Magician of the Abyss”


5. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite | Metal Blade

I’ve been a fan of Allegaeon since their debut full-length Fragments of Form and Function, so although I’ve abandoned the tech death ship before its inevitable collide with a tremendous wankery iceberg, I’m still a fan of these guys from my home state Colorado. What sets Allegaeon apart? The songs, you dullard. While other tech death bands are content to simply masturbate with their instruments onto a song with no discernible shape or function, Allegaeon know how to craft rifts and shifts that serve the function of the song and the album as a whole. Plus, they’ve got a sense of the melodic to boot, and the ever-present fingerprints of NWOBHM giants are still evident here. Even more interesting though, is that Allegaeon are one of two bands on my list carrying the spiritual torch of the now-defunct Nevermore, and I say they fill those shoes better than Jeff Loomis‘s recent projects ever could.

Listen to — “1.618”


4. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died | Century Media

The other band filling that Nevermore-shaped hole in my heart? Why, Sanctuary of course! The revitalized power/prog band carries on where Nevermore’s The Obsidian Conspiracy left off (and is actually superior to that farewell album, in my opinion). Jim Sheppard, and co. continue to march on under the apocalyptic weight of Warrel Dane’s cataclysmic lyrics deftly, and Dane himself sounds as good as ever. This album isn’t terribly extreme, but rather presents a great study in how awesome song-based prog metal really can be.

Listen to — “Let the Serpent Follow Me”


3. Blood of Kingu – Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon | Season of Mist

I’ve already written an extensive review of this album comparing it to a chthonic journey through the inferno, and I stand by that. Ultimately, though, this is a great black metal album that is as savage as it is majestic. Great songwriting with a dedication to detail and a sense of grandeur meets interesting technique and a momentous vocal delivery to create something palpable and memorable. This is my number one black metal release of the year, and I look forward to more from this band.

Listen to “Mother Hydra”


2. Torrential Downpour – Truth Knowledge Vision | Independent

Imagine for a moment that Between the Buried and Me hadn’t plateaued with Colors but rather had continued their natural trajectory out into the stratosphere. In this hypothetical timeline, Torrential Downpour found BTBAM’s space capsule and, in a moment of galactic rivalry, crafted a legendary epic to rival Earth’s offering. That effort is Truth Knowledge Vision. Straddling the line between prog, death metal, and psychedelia, the band plays a melange of genres that they fairly title “space metal” and that is wholly beautiful, wholly demanding, and wholly captivating. The delicate symbiotic relationship between the sublime and violent is on full display here as a testament to all that art may achieve. This album is intoxicating. Strap yourself in for the ride.

Listen to — “The Offering”


1. Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation | Profound Lore

Let’s be real. You knew I was going to pick the alien death metal overlords in Artificial Brain for the best of 2014. I already told you as much and haven’t stopped raving about Labyrinth Constellation since it dropped back in February. Still, no amount of praise I can heap on this album will be enough. This is, to my humble ears, the pinnacle of dissonant death metal thus far. Harrowing, brilliant tracks each stand alone but also amalgamate to create an album that is both captivating and demanding, ugly and rewarding. Artificial Brain have slain all contenders for the throne atop weird death mountain, and they rule undisputed. If you think death metal has run its course, you obviously didn’t listen to this album. Don’t miss it.

Listen to — “Labyrinth Constellation”


Honorable Mentions:
Swallowed – Lunarterial | Dark Descent | Listen to “Black Phlegm”
Myopic/Torrid Husk – Crawling Mountain Apogee | Grimoire Records | Listen to “Unction in Passing” and “And ballasted the Elk”
SlugdgeGastronomicon | Independent | Listen to “Salters of Madness”


MSD

Masterlord Steel Dragon’s Top 10 of 2014


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10. Pyre – Human Hecatomb | Chaos Records

In my review of Human Hecatomb, I compared all of you to a pig and then to Pyre. Or something like that. But it was a good thing, if I remember correctly. Anyways, Pyre is the best Swedish death metal band from Russia, and in Human Hecatomb they take the OSDM schema (over which they demonstrate a complete and effortless mastery) and add even more headbang for your buck. The boys know their way around a riff like the back of their Boss HM-2s, and Dym Nox’s vocular assault will assblast you back to 1991. This is good, nasty, old-fashioned fun.

Listen to —“Merciless Disease” and “Flesh to Poles”


Teitanblood9. Teitanblood – Death | Norma Evangelium Diaboli

Anyone who hasn’t taken Teitanblood’s suffocating journey to the deepest depths of deep depths is doing metal all wrong in 2014, if you ask this two-bit, 8-bit metal blogger. Death is deadly. You’ll hear this class of death/black described as “controlled chaos,” and while not altogether amiss, I’d argue that “controlled” is too strong a word. Death is unbridled, volatile. The guys in Teitanblood don’t control it, but steer it along, like a Border Collie directing an unruly herd of sheep. Only the herd of sheep is rampant, blackened chaos leaving doomed nothingness in its wake, and the Border Collie is a Satan.

Listen to – “Sleeping Throats of the Antichrist”


Taake8. Taake – Stridens hus | Dark Essence Records

Evidently Taake tried as hard as possible avoid any possibility of being on any end-of-the-year lists by releasing Stridens hus on December 8th. But that didn’t stop this rabid fanboy, no siree. You have to hand it to Hoest, the guy has been remarkably consistent in quality since his late arrival to the second wave of black metal in 1999 with Nattestid ser portens vid. Stridens hus is a welcome addition to his amusingly selfportraitesque discography. You can always count on Taake to provide near-flawless black metal with a uniquely quirky edge. And no, I’m not just talking about the goddamn banjo.

Listen to – “Det fins en prins”


Sacrocurse7. SacrocurseUnholier Master | Iron Bonehead Productions

The credit for discovering this burner goes to our pal Tyree and his indefatigable ransacking of BandcampUnholier Master was his diamond in the rough towering heap of only-slightly less brilliant diamonds. With it, Sacrocurse wrested the war metal throne from worthy Diocletian and previously-mentioned Teitanblood with far more authority than you’d ever expect from a newcomer. Unholier Master is as savagely ripping as it was unforeseen, and it could (and should) serve as a masterclass for bestial death production. Seriously. Everyone make your album sound exactly like this. This is a concise 35 minutes of pure lethality.

Listen to – “C.O.N.V.U.L.S.E.” and “Unholier Master


TF6. Twilight Force – Tales of Ancient Prophecies | Black Lodge Records

Metal is campy in general, and power metal undoubtedly most of all. That being said, the campiest bands in power metal come off as deadpan serious when weighed against Swedish newcomers Twilight Force. Yes, it’s endearing how unapologetically they embrace the clichéd cheese of European power metal (floridly overwrought solos, intentionally over-acted narration, testicle-destroying choruses, multiple mentions of dragons, it’s all here), but it’s the songcraft that’s truly exceptional. Each proper song is somehow catchier than all the others, and if that doesn’t make any sense to you it’s because you haven’t listened to the damn thing and also because it actually doesn’t make sense at all. Christian Hedgren is carried by his outrageous voice to heights no man has reached, and his melodies are wizard magic.

Listen to – “Power of the Ancient Force” and “Twilight Horizon


Stargazer5. StarGazer – A Merging to the Boundless | Nuclear War Now!

A Merging to the Boundless dropped in December and clawed its way up this list in a manner of days. Who knows how far it would’ve gone if it were released earlier and had longer to resonate. I can’t stop listening to the damned thing. A continuation of StarGazer’s freshly original take on metal, drawing from both black and death liberally but synthesizing them with an experimental approach all their own. Their greatest skill is expertly dancing between tonality and atonality, impregnating dissonance with melody and melody with dissonance. Plus, The Great Righteous Destroyer (also known as Damon Good of Mournful Congregation) slaughters the fretless bass.

Listen to – “Black Gammon,” “A Merging into the Boundless,” “The Grand Equalizer


Dead Congregation4. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall | Martyrdoom Productions

Hopefully it’s not a surprise for any of you to hear that there’s been quite the hubbub surrounding Dead Congregation this year. I consider Promulgation of the Fall to be some pretty outstanding proof that sometimes, albeit rarely, that blasted hype train is running on the right tracks. Dead Congregation stand apart from the derivative horde of Incantation clones, daring to take the cavernous order of death metal and drive it forward into new, exciting territory.

Listen to – “Only Ashes Remain” and “Serpentskin


Domains3. Domains – Sinister Ceremonies | The Sinister Flame

In a year of killer death metal, I deem the full-length debut from Spain’s Domains the killerest of all. Clearly not pulling influence from one particular band or specific style, Sinister Ceremonies could be read as a synoptic study of the whole of 90’s death metal; blasting, cruising, and crushing its way through the decade while somehow managing to remain distinctly singular and refreshingly novel. Endless riffs blanketed in thick, doom-ridden smoke trade off with serpentine leads and guitar solos with a satiating tone of pure evil slime. This is exactly what death metal should sound like.

Listen to – “Raped by Darkness” and “Crowned at Dusk


BAN2. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry | Debemur Morti

Howard Dean’s absurdly good review has rendered any additional words regarding Memoria Vetusta III utterly redundant. Thus, I quote from its hallowed lines: “Huge, soaring guitar melodies, tasteful keyboard interplay, a mix of clean and harsh vocals, and the band’s most holistic drumming performance ever combine to create an album rife with immediately memorable passages and a palpable atmosphere, and repeated listens will reveal nuggets of minutiae scattered about the album. The envy of all black metal locker rooms, this album is both a grower and a shower. You will be flattened by your first listen, and prepare to pick your haggard ass up from the floor upon each subsequent spin.”

Listen to – “Paein” and “Tellus Mater


Noble Beast1. Noble Beast – Noble Beast | Tridroid Records

If you know me, you knew this would be here. Deep down you know it belongs here. Or deep down you’re wrong. Not only is Noble Beast an outstanding debut, it’s a perfect album. And I don’t throw the word “perfect” around unless you get me talking about Jon Hamm’s jawline. Singer/guitarist Rob Jalonen’s masterly riffsmithing and baritone croon put the “P” in “USPM,” and remind us there’s room in the genre for muscle (read Randall Thor’s interview with him here). Noble Beast kicks copious amounts of ass from start to finish, and then over and over again because you put it on repeat because it’s so stupid good. A modern power metal classic.

Listen to – “We Burn,” “Behold the Face of Your Enemy,” and “On Wings of Steel


Honorable Mentions:
Sinmara Aphotic Womb | Terratur Possession | Listen to “Cursed Salvation
Nasheim – Solens vemod | Northern Silence Productions | Listen to “Jag fyller…
Swallowed – Lunarterial | Dark Descent Records | Listen to “Arterial Mists of Doom


Joe at the Bar

Joe Thrashnkill’s Top 10 of 2014


Midnight No Mercy for Mayhem10. Midnight No Mercy for Mayhem | Hell’s Headbangers

You’ve somehow made it to this here Internet Web Log (or “blog”, if you will) so you probably have some kind of passing interest in the musical genre known as “Heavy Metal”. Knowing literally nothing else about you, I can confidently say you will love No Mercy for Mayhem. This record is a throwback to the days when “speed metal” was an actual term used by metal fans and not a meaningless descriptor used by clueless writers on network television programs. I highly recommend putting on this record, sipping on 4-5 hundred beers, and pretending to be all evil and stuff.

Listen to – “Evil Like a Knife


Sea Oleena Shallow9. Sea Oleena Shallow | Lefse Records

I was first introduced to Sea Oleana in a rare non-metal entry in our buddy Tyree’s recurring column “Getting Laid at Bandcamp”. Shallow is soft, airy record with gorgeous melodies. Do not be confused, this is not a pop record; you won’t get hooks or choruses or synth lines with Sea Oleena. Listen to this record with the intention of having an out of body experience, floating along in the hazy atmosphere.

Listen to – “If I’m


Punch They Don't Have to Believe8. Punch They Don’t Have to Believe | Deathwish

How do you feel about straightedge, vegan, feminist powerviolence? Personally, I’m a shameless drunk that loves pizza. Feminism is cool though. But powerviolence? That’s my SHIT and Punch have released some of the finest PV records of the last few years. They Don’t Have to Believe may be their finest album yet. If you like your rage of the righteous variety, you must check out this album. It’s a damn shame but rumor has it that this may be their last record : ( If so, I’m glad Punch closed it on such a high note.

Listen to – “Worth More Than Your Opinion


The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream7. The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream | Secretly Canadian

I’m a dude that could be described as “tight-wound”. I work too many hours, don’t sleep much, and I’m constantly nervous. Lost in the Dream is a perfect emotional salve for uptight nerds like me. The record is a strange amalgamation of Dylan-esque vocals, light country influences, 70s classic rock, a few bales of marijuana smoke, and a downer or two to top off the whole concoction. Put this record on with some headphones and go explore a new area of town. Just go for a walk with Lost in the Dream and do exactly that.

Listen to – “Under the Pressure,” “Red Eyes,” and “Disappearing


Expre - Pretty Low6. Expire Pretty Low | Bridge Nine

“Refuse to let my life be reduced to rubble,

When the shit keep piling up, get a shovel”

This is by far the best hardcore record of 2014. If you have merely a passing interest in the genre, you must check out Pretty Low.

Listen to – “Pretty Low,” “Second Face


Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music5. Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music | Independent

To so many educated folks with a few brain cells to rub together, country music is anathema. It is a damned shame. For decades, talentless hacks like Tim McGraw and Toby Keith have left a big black mark on a genre that is loaded with brilliant artists. Thank God for Sturgill Simpson, an independent artist in Nashville who has shattered expectations and (very recently) achieved mainstream success. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is heartfelt and weird and spacey. I love it and I want you to as well.

Listen to – “Turtles All the Way Down” and “The Promise


Code Orange I am King4. Code Orange KidsI am King | Deathwish

With I am King Code Orange made a massive change to the Hardcore-for-evil-kids formula they nailed on 2012’s Love Is Love/Return to Dust in addition to just dropping the “Kids” from their moniker. I am King is an aesthetically interesting blend of dark 90’s Alternative rock and heavier than heavy metal. Note the extreme changes between low-key opener “I am King” to the massive fuck-all breakdown that constitutes the entirety of “Slowburn”. I have no idea how Code Orange can top this record in terms of heaviness but I am not ready.

Listen to – “Slowburn” and “Dreams in Inertia


Iron Reagan - The Tyranny of Will3. Iron Reagan The Tyranny of Will | Relapse

Tony Foresta and Phil Hall spearheaded the neo-thrash revival of the mid-2000s with Municipal Waste. Not content with just releasing a bunch of great records for party bros to get smashed to, they set their sights on punk/metal hybrid crossover with Iron Reagan. The Tyranny of Will is by far their best work yet with some of the catchiest tunes of the year. Be careful: these songs will work their way into your head and could cause you to exclaim anti-social sentiments at the worst possible time. Sorry sis. But to be fair, your kid IS an asshole.

Listen to – “Broken Bottles,” and “Close to Toast”, “Your Kid’s an Asshole


Panopticon - Roads to the North2. Panopticon Roads to the North | Bindrune Recordings

 

I’m really not sure what else I can add to the mountains of praise Roads to the North has so deservedly received. This record is a brilliant blend of blistering black metal and traditional folk and if you haven’t listened to it yet you have fucked up.

 

Listen to – “The Echoes of a Disharmonic Evensong,” “Where Mountains Pierce the Sky,” and “One Last Fire (The Long Road Pt I)


A Pregnant Light - My Game Doesn't Have a Name1. A Pregnant Light My Game Doesn’t Have a Name | Colloquial Sound Recordings

Damien Master left his bedroom and entered a studio to record the latest album for his one-man black metal-ish project A Pregnant Light. Though Master describes APL as “Purple Metal” and he shouts through much of the record with a haggard hardcore bark, My Game Doesn’t Have a Name doesn’t have much in common with any kind of metal. This record exists in a cross-section between Fucked Up‘s later releases, Woods 5‘s emotional resonance, and the sparkling 80s sounds of The Smiths or even Eddie Money. The massive drums and hauntingly melodic guitar work throughout the record combine with Damien’s wounded clean vocals and his crushing barks to create a perfect, fist-pumping document and the best album of 2014.

Listen to – “Born to Ruin,” “Fresh Flower Offering (Purple Night),” and “You Cut Me From a Magazine I Didn’t Know I was In


Honorable Mentions:
Haken Restoration | Inside Out Music | Listen to “Crystallised | Read the review
Martyrdöd Elddop | Southern Lord | Listen to “Mer Skada Än Nytta
Godflesh A World Lit Only by Fire | Avalanche | Listen to “New Dark Ages


 

  • Death
    • I think Mark Kozelek is starting to lose it in his middle age.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Didn’t WOD hit back?

      • I don’t think so. iirc they were a little hurt because they’re fans. To be fair, none of this shit made sense.

        • Our Fortress Is Burning

          In his defense, I think we’ve all wanted to tell a bunch of stupid rednecks to shut the fuck at some point in our lives.

      • Death

        I think they called him a douche and an idiot.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          @Joe, oh I thought they too made a song. Also, to heck with Sun-Kim Moon

    • Our Fortress Is Burning

      Nice. I think I’ll cover that song.

  • Finally got around to listening to PIss Vortex. Hot Damn!

    • VVorld Peace

      You got skronk in my grind.

      • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

        SGROND

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I almost rushed that onto my list, too.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Was somebody comolainig how Piss Vlrtex wasn’t on the interwebs but for a few song? Or was it just me?

  • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

    There were some interesting choices here (<3 the Twilight Force appreciation i've seen around lately). Nothing to be butthurt over. 8/10 yarrrs for all of you! (no The Old Believer)

  • HessianHunter

    STAY NOBLE BEAST

    • GL

      STAY CUTE AS FUCK

      GL

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Whoa W, that’s a damn fine list. Also, Whoa Joe, that’s a damn awful list (Jk, it’s actually pretty good). That banner picture is glorious.

    • You’re glorious.

      • GL

        So are we Savatage friends now, lol? I appreciate the kind words on last weeks ROTW.

        GL

        • High five!

          • GL

            I swear that is one of the greatest songs ever created! The solo is glorious!

            GL

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          I love Savatage! Streets is an amazing album as is Gutter Ballet!

          • KJM

            Saw them back in 1987 long before Jon Oliva achieved maximum density.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Comfort eating, still isn’t over ‘is brother.

          • more beer

            I drank a bunch of beers with him at a Motorhead show in 95 or 96.

      • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

        Your list is boring.

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST
        • HOW DARE YOU.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Masterlord (I almost called you by your real name here, lol) I thought your list was tight. Don’t listen to the goat.

          • KJM

            I give it 1 out of 5 bong hitz.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Make this your new thing, KJ

          • KJM

            I will! Except when Death(AKA The Loofah) is around, then it will be 1 syringe out of 5.

          • Death

            1 meth spoon out of 5.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            meth spoon? NEW BAND NAME I CALL IT

          • KJM

            I don’t like speedy drugs.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            So no Sativa for you then. Have to find you a new present for festivus.

          • KJM

            Sativa, Indica, I’ll take any strain.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            But… but… It’s energizing, like speedy.
            #MakeSense

          • KJM

            When I say speedy I mean Cocaine, Meth, stuff like that. The energy you get from a good Sativa is much different.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Well…but… I… *exits*

          • Lacertilian

            Ruderalis?

          • KJM

            Sure.

          • Death

            Vitun narkkarit.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Ef you, hippie!

          • Death

            Shhhhhh, no tears.
            #JoEnsimmäinenKannabispiikkiVoiTappaa

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            <— ex speed addict

          • KJM

            Glad to see you’ve managed to kick. Stick with the herb!

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            being 6 foot tall and 160lbs is no fun. now 210 pure slab of muscle and resin. edit: prolly might be under 200 from this cut cycle, actually.

          • more beer

            Best rating system ever.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      W has had the closest list to mine thus far I think (he has excellent taste, that’s why) and I knew a couple of his albums that weren’t on mine were going to wind up here.

      • Part of what’s great about this place is that there are bits of my list on most other lists, and tons of stuff I never even knew about. I’ve had to just stop getting new stuff so I can catch up!

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Next year I vow to give less of a crap about new music or keeping up with the joneses.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Why?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            To become a trve br00tal elitist.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Oh, Ed. Errbody already knows you’re the trillest.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            That wasn’t really why anyways, lol.

    • VVorld Peace

      You’re my favorite thing on four legs.

  • GL

    Joe,

    I am surprised to see a black metal album as your #2.

    GL

    • It’s all the crazy instrumentation on that album. It just does it for me!

      • Leif Bearikson

        The opening to “Where Mountains Pierce the Sky” might be the most beautiful thing I’ve heard all year.

  • IronLawnmower

    Of this list I have heard about 5 and I own one. No Mercy for Mayhem is the absolute dogs bollocks.

    • Howard Dean

      I don’t know if that is a compliment or an insult.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Insult! (?)

      • IronLawnmower

        It owns.

  • Leif Bearikson

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “You’re Kid’s an Asshole” is the song of the year

  • Lol no Yob what a bunch of posers

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

      4 songs at 15 minutes each <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

      not as good as other YOB albums <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • VVorld Peace

      I actually really enjoyed that album.

    • Mike Scheidt needs to ignore Yob and focus more on Vhol

      • shots fired

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Vhol ain’t that miraculous.

        • Marrow is the musical equivalent of dying and going to valhalla

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            YOB is love, YOB is death.

          • Death

            Don’t tell me what I am!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ll tell what you want… No, wait, What I want.

          • Death

            Hesalainen riistoporvari!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Ime sykkivää!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Wow, their website is actially called yobislove

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I hope Tony Martin answers my request for an interview with him for this glorious site. This site could use an interview of someone as big as him considering he was in Black Sabbath from 1987-1995.

  • Sorry guys, I know this isn’t a free swim (all these lists are awesome BTW!), but have you guys seen this yet? If this isn’t metal, I don’t know what is.

    http://youtu.be/YWNWi-ZWL3c

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Looks pretty sweet in my opinion.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      No Mel = No Max
      ~MelFax~

      • Boo!

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          More like Boo Hoo!

          • Mel is Mad Max IRL; we don’t need another hero!

          • tina turner m/

          • Lacertilian

            When she sung the Goldeneye theme song I developed some respect.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            More like, We don’t need another movie!

    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      mel gibson=anti israel

      mad max franchise=pro libtard–and was generally pro jewish—
      until mel broke the covenant–by turning against israel—in his pro u.n. “anti semitism” media psyop

      a new divide in the u;n propaganda war—–a loss of ka ballah for one

      and a new light for another

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    Great lists and write ups all around.

    Also, as always, thanks for all the work you guys do and have done to make this possible.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Also, the featured image for this story is amazing. Lol.

      • I’ll admit I’m pretty proud of it.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          +1 for putting Blut Aus Nord on your list.

        • Further Down the Metal Hole

          Although quite large, the size of the heads (especially W.’s) seems perfect.

  • HessianHunter

    I am embarrassed that I didn’t remember Torrential Downpour’s record came out this year. That shit is bananas.

    • VVorld Peace

      Luvved it!

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    W: Your list is rad, will check Torrwntial Downpour after the one in here ends.

    • VVorld Peace

      Thanks, homie. I really didn’t expect to love that album as much as I do.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Checked it, it’s marvelous.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      Spoiler Alert: It’s really good. #NotReallyASpoiler

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Masterlord: Yep.
      Joe: Disturbing lack of… whatevs. And Panopticon, yey.

      • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

        I said it before, any list with Panopticon is a good list.

  • Justin Nowlin

    My top 10:

    10. Dear Youth- The Ghost Inside

    9. Once More ‘Round the Sun- Mastodon

    8. Nachash- Krokodil

    7. The Flesh Prevails- Fallujah

    6. Killer Be Killed- Killer Be Killed

    5. Deathless- Revocation

    4. Sun Eater- Job For a Cowboy

    3. Our Endless War- Whitechapel

    2. .5 The Gray Chapter- Slipknot

    1. The Satanist- Behemoth

    My honorable mentions include

    Blissfucker- Trap Them

    Savage Gold- Tombs

    Eyehategod- Eyehategod

    Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

      Your list makes my brain hurt.

      • Justin Nowlin

        Why’s that?

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

          Some of your honorable mentions should be in your list!

          • Justin Nowlin

            I love the honorable mentions, but my I’m quite happy with my list. I feel it has a great variety of subgenres. Plus these are albums that I deeply connected with.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            If you put Trap Them and Tombs where Slipknot and JFAC were, I’d consider making sex to your list.

          • Justin Nowlin

            I loved Sun Eater and .% The Gray Chapter.I like the new direction JFAC is going. Album reminded me of early Opeth. As for .5 The Gray Chapter, Slipknot is what started it all for me. Any time they’re within 5 hours of me, I’m there. Nothing beats the feeling of Nostalgia for me.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            I saw Slipknot at Ozzfest in… would have to be 99 or 2000. Maybe. I was not impressed.

          • Justin Nowlin

            They’re production now a days is impressive. Much better gateway band than FFDP or A7X. To this day it’s my dream to meet Corey Taylor. It’s been my dream since I was 10.

          • Lacertilian

            I don’t think any of my dreams as a 10 y/o would bring any joy now I’m 30.
            Dreams from my early-20’s however…

          • Justin Nowlin

            Well I’m only 18 so it’s been an 8 year dream.

    • you and i are going to get alone just beautifully (so long as you don’t read my review of Slipknot’s new album)

      • Justin Nowlin

        I’m not a butthurt Slipknot fan. I understand why people don’t like them, but they were the band that got me into metal. Your opinion is your own opinion and I respect that. .5 The Gray Chapter made me feel like when I was 10 and just heard metal for the first time and that’s why I loved it.

    • GL

      I am listening to Whitechapels album now, I listened to Fullajahs new one this morning. Word.

      GL

      • Justin Nowlin

        The Fallujah album is just incredible. I wish it were a little better produced, but other than that it’s flawless. And Our Endless War is one of my favorite albums to workout to. It’s heavy and has so much emotion.

        • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

          The biggest complaint about Fallujah i’ve heard is that the album is over-produced, if anything. I happen to love the fact that its LOUD. It made my list, as well as a lot of other peoples’.

        • The new Whitechapel didn’t do much for me but “Let Me Burn” goes SO dang hard.

          • GL

            THE MOUTH OF HELL IS OPEN WIDE TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            GL

          • Justin Nowlin

            That shit live is incredible. I was at Knotfest and I got chills. Phil has a powerful voice!

          • Justin Nowlin

            I like the emotion and moodiness in “Diggs Road”. I also like how Whitechapel is straying from deathcore. It’s obviously not as dramatic as JFAC, but you can hear that they’re maturing as songwriters.

          • Diggs Road is a mean track. And yeah, I’m liking the improvement in their songwriting/structure.

          • Justin Nowlin

            Is it just me or does “Fall of the Hypocrites” have a Dying Fetus feel to it?

    • Howard Dean

      *flush*

      (You had to get your first one at some point)

      • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

        that’s 0 Byahs!?

        • you’ve brightened my day (moreso than usual) with those multiple Aubrey Plazas.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            a world without aubrey plaza is one I dont want to live in

        • Howard Dean

          Pretty much. List gets a half-byah for having Eyehategod in the honorable mentions.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Trap Them and Tombs got no love around here. So i’d give him 4/10 byahs

      • Justin Nowlin

        I’m not here to please other people’s taste so I’m not surprised that I got my first flush so quickly.

        • We’re all swimming in the flush!! Everyone here were flushed. It’s like a entering rite 😀 enjoy your head in the toilet!

        • KJM

          We all get flushed at one time or another.

          • Justin Nowlin

            I don’t take it personally. In my short 18 years of life I’ve learned that for as many people who agree with you on something, there will be just as many who don’t.

          • Just be yourself, respectful and bring good music that at least 2 people enjoy to have fun here 🙂 that’s the main rule. (And bring food, we like to eat, too).

          • KJM

            It’s a term of endearment.
            Damn, you whipper snappers make me feel like I should be in a retirement home right about now(age 47).

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            *calls “A Place for Mom” from the commercials*

          • I just made $25 when you placed that call. Thanx bro

          • KJM i hope i’m as unflushable as you when i reach that age!

          • KJM

            Thanks!

          • OldMetalHead

            1967 Baby!

          • I dig your list except for Slipknot and Whitechapel. I like Whitechapel but I found Our Endless War to be quite a disappointment.

          • I liked Mastodon 🙂

          • KJM

            Their last 2 discs just didn’t do it for me.

          • It’s not a perfect record, but I enjoyed it. I liked more the old too.

          • KJM

            “Once More” is much better than “The Hunter” by far however.

          • now we agree! 😉 The Hunter was pretty boring to me.

          • KJM

            BTW, I found my friend in Argentina. She was away from home busy with family stuff and wasn’t online.

          • Hey, cool, K.! 🙂

          • KJM

            I also have a friend in Tehran, Iran that I get concerned about when I don’t hear from her for a while.

          • I’ve read a lot of crazy stories of that country :/

          • KJM

            Over there Metal is considered Satanic and blasphemy is a serious crime.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Much like America.

          • KJM

            I’m not likely to get arrested and jailed for going to an Iron Maiden concert though. The scene there is completely underground.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            I was, ofc, being facetious. I’ll go back to r/atheism now. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

          • Justin Nowlin

            I like songs from The Hunter, but it’s not great as a whole. I loved OMRTS as a whole.

          • Rattata

            Concur

        • Howard Dean

          As you start to fall asleep tonight, you will hear the soft echo of *flush* in the distance. And it will haunt you.

          *flush*

          In all honestly, I’m just fucking with you. People’s tastes are people’s tastes.

        • (psst…. don’t take it personal. jimmy rustlin’ is mandatory in the porcelain mansion)

          • Justin Nowlin

            I don’t take it personal. I’m sure I’ll flush somebody at some point

          • ooh! can your first be one of the power metal dorks?

          • Justin Nowlin

            I hate power metal. Singing about Dragons is so edgy

          • Jimmy likes In This Moment and thus is a prime candidate for your first ever flush.

          • Justin Nowlin

            You know what, their song “Whore” is pretty cool. Plus Maria Brink is hot. I enjoy the Butcher Babies.

          • *flush*

          • Justin Nowlin

            Nothing like good looking women leading a metal band. Do I listen to that stuff on my own time? No. Would I go see them live? Yes. I like women and heavy metal.

          • Then you should listen to some
            women in real heavy metal!

            http://youtu.be/TQd_0EUsxQQ

          • stoner/doom scene in terms of female inclusion>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • KJM

            Bigtime. 3 of my top discs this year feature Female vocalists and 2 others have Women on guitar and bass.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            i see your CASTLE and raise you
            http://youtu.be/3BqZxLuEgGA

          • Simon PhoenixKing

            And if those aren’t your thing.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3SqpCTuhLY

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Death doesn’t like, ergo, a perfect candidate.

          • …and nothing’s in reach for Dragonforce 🙁
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA9lPZSkuDE

          • KJM

            Some of us call it “Dragon Fucker” music.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            dont make me smack you sober mcnulty

    • old_man_doom

      Good on you for including the Krokodil album. “Riders of the Sun” is heavy as all fuck.

      • Justin Nowlin

        That album has some of the heaviest riffs and grooves.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      Deathless is one of the best metal albums to come out in years, in my opinion. Gonna be a classic.

      • Justin Nowlin

        Totally agree. All of those guys are extremely talented musicians, especially Dave. I really hope they can continue growing.

  • Scrimm

    Two of W’s picks made it onto my list, that’s all from these. Nice diversity.

  • Torrential Downpour Snapple Cap Fact, saw the lead singer and company in the same parking garage last Saturday after they attended the Madball Show and we the AAL and Devy show. I hope more people catch them.

    • Stockhausen

      Torrential Downpour >>>>>>>>>>>

  • +1, RT and like. #LinkSealOfApproval

    • VVorld Peace

      Link what are your new albums to check out?

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I can’t think of any albums to check out that are current but you can check out Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia. They fucking rule and their bass player released a good album not long ago,

      • From this lists:

        W.: Allegaeon.
        Masterlord: Noble Beast.
        Joe: Panopticon.

        I’m going baby steps in my picks of each list, because I don’t have enough time >_<).

        • VVorld Peace

          Those are great choices!

          • Thank you! From you list I would like to hear Artificial Brain to see what’s all that fuss with that record. I’m very picky with techy death

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation = 2014’s Gorguts’s Colored Sands.

          • VVorld Peace

            I wouldn’t call it tech Death

          • Ed named Gorguts in that sentence… It’s that SKRONK everyone talks about?

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            *tells Link to listen to Dodecahedron*

          • VVorld Peace

            Backed. Although they’re more BM than DM

          • Last time I listened Skronk Merol my stomach twisted a lot. Like if I eated a plate of black beans. (I think I eated black beans, in fact…)

          • VVorld Peace

            Yup. Or Dissonant Death Metal. or Weird Death.

          • Lacertilian

            StaySkronk

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Really? I always kinda thought it was tech-deathy.

          • VVorld Peace

            I think Gorguts changed the rules and spawned a new subgenre. Artificial Brain and Archspire sound nothing alike. I consider dissonant death and tech death two different things, and since I’m a blogger now, I’m allowed to make things up as I go 😉

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Baby steps >>>>>>

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

      No MSPaint glory?

  • Howard Dean

    Great lists, editors! Real good shit.

    Joe making me proud with the Midnight pick! Byah! Also: I saw Sturgill Simpson live this past summer. He opened for the Zac Brown Band.

    “Pyre is the best Swedish death metal band from Russia.” MSD, I am going to buy that CD today. Great list (and not just because we picked 4 of the same albums)!

    W definitely has the skronk-iest list so far. That’s a whole lotta dissonance! Nice list, W! (P.S. I still haven’t listened to Swallowed; should probably rectify that).

    • VVorld Peace

      HD, I can’t see you not liking Swallowed.

      • Howard Dean

        Will need to get it at some point. The trouble I’m having now is deciding what to buy, because though there is a lot of great shit coming out presently, there are TONS of awesome releases from the past that I want to buy.

        Here’s a typical day of me browsing the interwebs: “Oh, that’s the new Swallowed album. I’ve heard good things. Maybe I’ll buy it.” [checks eBay] “Oh shit! Original pressing Unchain the Wolves CD for sale! I fucking love Destroyer 666!” [buys Unchain the Wolves] “Wait, what band was I going to check out again?”

        • A worthy distraction.

        • Simon PhoenixKing

          Phoenix Rising >>>>> Unchain the Wolves

          • Howard Dean

            Totally agreed. Phoenix Rising is my favorite. I like all their stuff, though. Cold Steel… For An Iron Age is really gnarly, too.

    • Byah!

      • Howard Dean

        Noice!

    • Scrimm

      Yeah you should.

      • do you have a top 10? i can’t browse your profile (2private4me)

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Blood of Kingu might be on there.

          • Scrimm

            It is. Lonely black metal this year.

        • Scrimm

          I’m still trying to figure out the bottom half, I’ll post it shortly. I need to change some of my privacy settings. I never use any social media stuff except for with you guys anyways.

          • VVorld Peace

            I’m curious to see your list too!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Third. I wanna see that shizzz

          • Howard Dean

            Fourth’d. We need the Tall Man’s ghoulish list!

          • aw, c’mere you! >—-(^_^)—-<

  • JWG

    I’ve narrowed mine down to a top 50… After a lot of self-negotiation, sexing-guessing, hand-wringing, and possible bribery I might get it down to 20.

    This year’s album selection was way too good. 2015 will seriously have to step up now.

    • VVorld Peace

      I don’t think 2015 will match up. Besides, we need a down year to make our lives easier.

      • KJM

        I’m already looking forward to the new Saturnalia Temple disc and the LONNNNGG awaited release of the Phase IV Soundtrack.

      • King Record Exec: “okay bands, no music in 2015… those Toilet people need a year to rest”

        • VVorld Peace

          Backed

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I’d still buy as much albums as this year. Most releases I haven’t yet bought from this year.

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        …and our wallets heavier again.

    • It’s looking good so far, We got Cattle Decap, Ouroboros, Gojira, Sylosis, Deivos, lamb of god, TDBM, Vale of Pnath, Unhuman and more!

      • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

        Abigail Williams. That is all.

        • Blind Guardian. That is actually all.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Oooooh, that too. Also, I srsly hope Liturgy will rustle jimmies next year.

          • I have no doubt jimmies will be rustled.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            My jimmies are already tingling

          • My jimmies just combusted at the mention of their name.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            *writes his own manifesto about 3rd wave american BM bands*
            *doesn’t rustle nearly enough jimmies*

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I hope Hunter has read and misunderstood lots more philosophy since Aesthetica.

          • Howard Dean

            I think he pretty well got put in his place after he dropped the manifesto, but you never know. Narcissists seldom if ever take any hints, and pushy pseudo-intellectuals always have something new to say.

            Liturgy has faded into obscurity a bit since the rise of the Deafheaven monster. It will be interesting to see if the a new album (and/or foot-in-mouth manifesto) will allow Hunt-Hendrix to recapture a bit of that Pitchfork/Vice fellatio he lost.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            *keeps listening to Deafheaven and Liturgy*

          • Howard Dean

            Honestly, I don’t care what people listen to. I’m just saying that Hunt-Hendrix is kind of a smarmy, no-it-all asshole who drew the collective ire of a music scene by anointing his music with the transcendental label–thereby defining it as “better” and more advanced than everything else. He always rubbed me as an Ivy League kid from an upper-middle class family who felt he needed to justify being in a metal band by inventing a phony philosophy and declaring himself something that he is not. And he got a lot of shit for it, notably by Chris Grigg from Woe. Accordingly, I am not looking forward to what he has to offer in the future–musically or pseudo-philosophically.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            I honestly dont care much about all the hate for his manifesto. Or what he calls it. I just care that it doesn’t sound like every other BM-worship band out there. Aesthetica WAS something new, transcendental or not.

            also, lets hope Woe puts out a new album next year? They only keep getting better. I didn’t realize Grigg had so much to say about Hendrix. Maybe i’ll go looking for that.

          • Howard Dean

            Definitely do. He wrote a very well put together response to Hunt-Hendrix. It’s out there on the interwebs if you search for it.

            I agree about Woe. I enjoy what they have done so far, and look forward to future stuff. I really liked Quietly, Undramatically.

            As for Liturgy’s music: I’ve only heard Aesthetica, and it didn’t do much for me. It just sounded like odd, jangly chords played erratically, with a bunch of raspy, high-pitched screeches over the top. And I actually don’t mind odd, jangly chords (my favorite band is Deathspell Omega). Liturgy’s music just doesn’t go anywhere. It never created a single moment of atmosphere, texture, or enjoyment for me.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            It had hooks doe. Dem jangly hooks.

          • I wasn’t too impressed with their new song honestly.

          • One does not simply impress with old Power Metal bands, just enjoy their mighty sounds forged with the dragon flames

          • new song? i thought they stopped after Follow the Blind

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            There is a new EP/live tracks out called Twilight of the Gods

        • Howard Dean

          Abigail Williams…

          *flush*

          (Becoming was decent WitTR worship, actually)

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            *flushes Howard Dean*

          • Howard Dean

            I request to beflushed down a separate toilet than the one I used to flush Abigail Williams. I’d rather not share a septic tank with them.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            You’ll get the one we flushed babymetal down… actualllyyyyyyyy… no i wanna be flushed down that one /perversion

      • Armageddon is my Archspire, mr. Jack jajajaja.. I will name that band the entire year

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        JB before I die in obskvrity I’m gonna get you interested in The Body & Thou’s collaborative album.

        • O Rly?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Indeed.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Placed my order for the clear vinyl when there were 6 left %_% super excited.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I guess a lot of people think it is a split, but it’s actually a collaboration. Imagine how heavy it’s going to be.

      • Justin Nowlin

        I get to see Cattle Decap in Fresno for thefirst time, I’m so stoked. I’m still waiting to see Gojira live, they’re one of my favorite bands.

      • Maybe New Immolation and Dying Fetus too.

        • Howard Dean

          Fuck yes. Really looking forward to new Dying Fetus. Reign Supreme was their best album in years!

          Hoping Immolation has some magic left. Majesty and Decay and Kingdom of Conspiracy left me feeling a little lukewarm.

          • What would make 2015 for me is if Cephalic Carnage released anything an EP a new album, anything.

          • Howard Dean

            They are such a cool band, all over the place with their sound and style. I really loved Anomalies. Definitely my favorite of theirs. Did you ever see the video where a fight breaks out in the pit during a Cephalic Carnage show, and the band just starts playing “Eye of the Tiger” without missing a beat? Fucking awesome!

          • Shiiiit, googling that now.

          • VVorld Peace

            Dying Fetus and Cephalic Carnage >>>>>>>>>>>>

            I used to use CC to troll my non-metal friends.

          • Lacertilian

            and then toured with Gorod & The Red Chord.

      • Simon PhoenixKing

        Orator, Melechesh, and Sadistic Intent. 2015 is gonna be a good year.

        EDIT: …and Mithras

      • Lacertilian

        New Ouroboros & Psycroptic in the same year, Australia will never look the same!

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        If Mr. Bauer hasn’t preordered the new Sylosis, I may just have to commit suicide.

        • I pre ordered it the second it became a possibility lol.

          • Further Down the Metal Hole

            Faith in Bauerism restored.

    • JWG

      Side note, to multiple typos…

      I seriously need a larger screened phone, or at least a bigger keypad. Probably would have one if not for all the dough I spent on music instead.

    • KJM

      I’m intrigued.

      • JWG

        I’ll probably post the long-list somewhere and then link to it this evening. I don’t have the file with me at the moment.

        Reconstructing even an unordered list (it is unordered) that long from memory could take until this evening anyway…

  • Justin Nowlin

    I wish Cannibal Slayer 666 was here 🙁

    • KJM

      Drag his/her ass over here!

      • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

        too busy fapping to FFB

      • Justin Nowlin

        I know his real identity. Really cool guy actually. I wonder what Death’s like.

        • Death

          Death is like Death is here.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            Sad lonely man who hates everything, sitting in a room with his Corgis hating me 🙁

          • Death

            I’m not that sad. Nice try r/atheism man.

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            I bet your Corgis are super cuddly

          • Death

            They are.

        • KJM

          Here’s a pic of him.

          • Death

            Here’s a pic of KJM

          • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

            shots fired

  • 10. Marty Freidman- Inferno
    9.Soreption- Engineering the Void
    8 Behemoth- The Satanist
    7. Archspire- The Lucid Collective
    6.Black Crown Initiate- The Wreckage Of Stars
    5. Revocation- Deathless
    4.Destrage- Are You Kidding Me? NO
    3.Artificial Brain- Labyrinth Constellation
    2. Abysmal Dawn- Obsolescence
    1. Misery Index- The Killing Gods
    H.M.- Triptykon , Killer Be killed, Vader, Dead Congregation, Iron Regan, JFAC, Son Of Aurelius, Beyond Creation, Cannibal Corpse, Mastodon.

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S VNHEVLTHY LVST

      I’m surprised with all the Destrage love i’ve seen around here. I really only liked 2 songs off that album.

    • Howard Dean

      *flush*

      Just kidding. +5 for Artificial Brain, Triptykon, Vader, Dead Congregation, and Misery Index.

    • VVorld Peace

      Pretty solid list!

    • Lacertilian

      5/10 on my list too, also your H.Ms are pretty similar.

    • good to see more AD love

  • Mr. Bojangles
    • Howard Dean

      Mistah B’jangles sayz “needz moar Massachusetts metalcorez!!!!!1”

      • Mr. Bojangles

        Howard Dean sayz “need moar biog black dildoz in my assholezL!LOL!” but he can’t cause there’s one in his MOUTH!

  • MoshOff

    Maybe I’m not Mark who works at Arby’s, maybe I’m Onox the Cortuitous, Slayer of the Brightrealm!

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Loving that Sacrocurse right now at work MSD. Damn that’s kick ass! The cover caught my eye had to check it out first…

  • Stockhausen

    Excellent lists, benevolent overlords. Thank you for your wisdom (srs).

  • ok, no one is listing Raunchy – Vices Virtues Visions.Anywhere. it’s a “gothenburg” masterpiece that is just going completely under the radar. c’mon.

    • i mean i get it, we all gotta look professional and esoteric but don’t ignore the skeletons in the closet. they’re still there making you happy.

      • I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never heard of this band. I think everyone was being super honest and open when making their lists.

  • Simon PhoenixKing

    I almost forgot. Masterlord gets my seal of approval for his list. We are probably the only two dudes in the metal blogsphere who understand the greatness of Sinister Ceremonies.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Fantastic picks, oh ye mighty leaders! You do us all proud. One website, under Joe (and MSD and W.)!!!

  • And kudos to Masterlord for picking Twilight Force! Fucking amazing and insanely underrated band!

  • Lacertilian

    @joethrashnkill:disqus +1 for Iron Reagan.

  • Lacertilian

    While I await the ToH readers list I will post my hastily made list.
    I have resisted this long without bothering but I feel like getting my rustle on.
    1. Revocation – Deathless
    2. Tempel – On The Steps Of The Temple
    3. Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater
    4. Soreption – Engineering The Void
    5. Archspire – Lucid Collective
    6. Orange Goblin – Back From The Abyss
    7. Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation
    8. Iron Reagan – The Tyranny Of Will
    9. Killer Be Killed
    10. Nader Sadek – The Malefic: Chapter III

    Close contenders – Abysmal Dawn, Bloodshot Dawn, Origin, Earthship, BCI & AAL.
    I also enjoyed Opeth’s album but it was more prog-rock than metal so not included.
    RTJ2.

    • Death

      Flush that list!

      • Lacertilian

        No Lotus Thief on your list?

        • Death

          It was good, but not that good.

          • Lacertilian

            I’ve never heard anything like it, kinda mixes two things I enjoy – Tame Impala style psychedelic vocals with metal.
            Does Death have any more similar artists up his elaborate black sleeves?

    • VVorld Peace

      Interesting choice, my reptilian friend. I can dig.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    I’m always amazed that so many can narrow their list down to 10. I’ve given it a few tries and I fail horribly.

  • Brouroboris

    Hey everyone.
    Posting my list cos im a poser who follows the trends.

    1. The Mire – Glass Cathedrals
    2. Archspire – The Lucid Collective
    3. Behemoth – The Satanist
    4. Coffin Birth – Necrotic Liquefaction
    5. Slugdge – Gastronomicon
    6. ICOSA – The Skies Are Ours
    7. Hardcore Anal Hydrogen – The Talas Of Satan
    8. Gridlink – Longhena
    9. Closure In Moscow – Pink Lemonade
    10.Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII

    HMs:

    Orgone – The Joyless Parson
    Piss Vortex – Piss Vortex

    Opeth – Pale Communion