In Review: Our 2014 Albums of the Year

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With the end of the year quick approaching, most of us are busy thinking about our top picks for the 2015 year. What did we like? What’s stuck with us for nine months? What upcoming albums are we saving spots for? However, rather than looking forward, I have a different question: did your top picks from last year hold up?

A few days ago, I pressed play (yet again) on my top pick of 2014: Baring Teeth’s Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins. As I immersed myself in the complex layers of aggressive skronk, I began to wonder to myself: would I still say, months later, this was my favourite album of 2014?

I looked back over my list, and felt with certainty were I to rewrite it today, it would look different. My initial love of Mastodon’s Once More ‘Round the Sun has faded over time; I’d much rather have placed the Stockhausen recommended Lux Occulta release, Kołysanki, in its place. Death From Above 1979 would likely have usurped Freak Kitchen’s spot, while Kindly Bent to Free Us may not have even obtained an honourable mention.

Despite not feeling as confident with my year-end list now as when I wrote it, as I listened to my favourite Baring Teeth track, “Mountain”, I felt confident in my choice. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins is one of those rare albums that comes along at just the right moment, yet doesn’t disappoint or grow less interesting over time; quite the contrary. Initially, I found the album quite challenging. I no longer feel the same struggle to understand the music  – which in no part is an indication of the music being simple or temporal, but rather a testament to the music itself. I stand by my original description: this is not an album for the faint of heart, but it is an album for those who enjoy fighting through difficulty to reach a reward, and who embrace the struggle as an essential part of that realization.

After a time of thinking, I posed the same question to the Toilet ov Hell writing crew, to see what they had to say about their own #1 picks for 2014. Though their picks were varied, most of their answers rang with a common theme.


Joe Thrashnkill (A Pregnant LightMy Game Doesn’t Have a Name): “After dozens and dozens of listens, I have completely burned myself out on this record. I don’t want to hear it for another 4 years, at which point I will give it a few dozen repeat spins and burn myself out on it for another few years.”


MoshOff: “Last December I declared Misery Index’s The Killing Gods my album of the year, and with good reason. After ignoring it for the better part of 2014, I started giving it more play time and sort of just forgetting about my increasing neck pain altogether. I’m proud to say that some nine months after the fact, my head is barely being held by anything anymore. Often times I find that albums I grow infatuated with only maintain a top-tier status in my mind for a couple of months and then just get filed under ‘that album was really good, I should listen to it more often.’ That hasn’t been the case with The Killing Gods: if I could, I’d name it my album of the year for 2015 as well. It’s turned out to be one of those rare albums that just gets better with each successive listen, and I really can’t count how many times in the past months I’ve blasted it to get that much needed energy boost in a variety of situations. Misery Index managed to make an album that is simultaneously fast, groovy, technical, melodic, heavy, atmospheric, densely layered and infectiously memorable, all without losing the essence of the grind-influenced quality death metal that they’ve been churning out for the past decade and a half. If it were up to me, The Killing Gods would go down not only as Misery Index’s best album, but as one of the all-time best in the genre. If for some reason you skipped this album, you know what to do.”


James Jimmy McNulty: “My favorite album of 2014 was Abysmal Dawn’s Obsolescence.  So how well does it hold up a year later?  Very well, for its heaping helping of no-frills death metal performed in a modern setting.  Don’t get me wrong, the label ‘no-frills’ isn’t a bad thing at all; it just means the band’s sound is built upon a proven foundation of speed, kick-ass riffs, and and slick solos.  Aside from the production, there’s nothing on this disc to date it.

“Having said all that, I’m not as into this style of music as I was last year…something for which I have all you glorious Toileteers to credit[/blame].  In 2014 most of my top 10 picks could be found at any random Best Buy; this is not the case in 2015.  You all have exposed us to hundreds of bands of all sub-sub-genres of metal, many of which can only be found on Bandcamp.  Expect my top 10 this year to be quite different from last year’s.


Edward: “When the resident avocado-based dip of Dante’s Bowl asked us to contribute some thoughts about our favorite albums from 2014, I leapt at the chance. Interestingly, it was something I had been thinking about and had even written a little about in some god awful Microsoft Word draft . Toilet founder Joe was kind enough to publish my favorite albums of last year for the site, and I choose Pyrrhon’s The Mother of Virtues as my number one pick. Guacamole wanted to know if my pick held up over the year – it did.

“My love affair with Pyrrhon began before the release of The Mother of Virtues, and they delivered on all sides with their 2014 release. The album is a volatile blend of frenetic grind, unhinged death metal, and viscous noise rock, blended seamlessly and wholly oppressive. Some writers for our site accused the band of being a derivative blend of Gorguts-esque skronk and Amphethamine Reptile era noise rock, but I didn’t hear a record like it last year and only a few albums contended to bring Virtues levels of imploding decay. It didn’t hurt when Pyrrhon again delivered the goods on their 2015 EP Growth Without End – they’re one of my favorite bands after all.

“It’s worth mentioning that my most listened album from last year has been Krieg’s TransientIt didn’t even make my list last year, which is an atrocity and I’m not sure what the fuck I was even doing to allow that to happen. I’ve listened to it more than The Mother of Virtues and as much as most releases from this year. It’s nearly flawless in my mind, except for Thurston Moore’s spoken word excerpt in “Home”. I heard a rumor Krieg founder Neill Jameson left in as a fuck off to Moore. Otherwise, it’s a ferocious black metal record throughout. It has undeniable riffs, stomps more than most black metal records, and I can’t get the long, clear screams of “Winter” out of my head, ever.


Leif Bearikson: “Pallbearer still rules, fuck you.”

 

Thanks to all the authors who contributed to this look-over-our-collective-shoulder post. Now it’s your turn: did your year-end top pick make the cut, or would you now place something above it? Share your good music in the comments below.


(Header image: “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali)

 

  • Vote for Jeb

    Guacamole Jim is a bastard man.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Guacamole Jim rides a hoveround.

      • Vote for Jeb

        I also responded to this question, but my answer was snubbed for some reason 🙁

        “Last year, I declared Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation the best album of year. That the community also voted for it should lend enough credibility to my choice, but even a year removed, it still seems like the obvious pick. The songs each stand on their own, unique and powerful, like cyclopean monuments to the lofty heights metal can achieve. This is art and brutality married in a powerful union, one that still seems fresh so far removed from its point of origin.”

        • Vote for Jeb

          Guacamole Jim uses your toothbrush when he stays the night.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Guacamole Jim never washes his hands before returning to work.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim thinks it cool to talk about “music”.

          • Only Music Theory is real.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You just don’t get it bro.

          • Well, I guess I’ll just go smear mud on my ass.

          • can I help?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You would.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Whenever Guacamole Jim visits a Mexican restaurant with a salsa bar, he dips his finger in every type of salsa to see if he’ll like it.

          • Guacamole Jim triple-dips.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No, he quadruple dips in some cases.

          • SOMEONE PLEASE, STOP THIS MAN!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            He should be jailed. He hits on other people’s girlfriends for fun.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim likes to discuss people’s rights.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Guacamole Jim still writes a letter to Santa Clause every year.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I do too. I believe in him.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim’s favorites fairy tale is about his life.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Guac Jim is a MRA.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Incorrect.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Guac Jim still cries every time he watches Aladdin.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim enjoys long walks on the beach and candle light dinner.

          • oh, is it a thing to not cry in Aladdin now?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            He bawls uncontrollably during Field of Dreams but who doesn’t?

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            Guacamole Jim actually likes Charli XCX.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Note that “Sucker” wasn’t mentioned in the list of things I’d have changed on my year-end list…

          • Last Superbowl, 104.2 million pounds of avocados were consumed, mostly in guacamole.

            #GuacFacts

          • Guacamole Jim

            As a variety of chip dip myself, I feel like this is justified.

          • Grammy winner Jason Mraz has an avocado farm on the side that supplies local Chipotle restaurants.

            #GuacFacts

          • Johnny Depp once remarked that Guacamole Jim is quite saucy in person.

            #GuacFacts

          • Guac Jim asks what time your band is playing, then still shows up 5 minutes after you start, and asks if you have any drink tickets left

          • Vote for Jeb

            Guacamole Jim keeps a book of tasteful nude photography on his coffee table.

          • Guac Jim asks if you’ve seen sfw porn in the middle of important business meetings

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Guac Jim is the Lunk they speak of in the Planet Fitness commercials.

          • Guac Jim leaves the toilet seat up when a girl is over

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim has never seen a girl before…in real life.

          • Guac Jim actually lives inside a pocket of reality where his consciousness can only interact with us via the Disqus comments section, and never will inherit a physical form or know the warmth of friendship or love. Guac Jim was born, lives, and will die in the void

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim pees standing up.

          • Guac Jim arrives to work on time

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim always does “the right thing”.

          • Guac Jim brews another pot of coffee if the office is running low

          • Herr Schmitty

            Now generally doing things in good faith for total strangers is some lifelover loser shit, it’s true, but this one doesn’t count.

            If the office drones don’t get their motherfucking coffee on time, the work-day becomes a day of Satanic bloodbaths. And if office drones start indulging in Satanic Bloodbaths at each other’s expense, we’re going to have to start cuddling with kittens and wearing turtleneck sweaters knit by our dead grandmothers to be edgy again, bruh.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim’s favorite Depeche Mode song is Enjoy the Silence.

          • Vote for Jeb

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Guac Jim is a gentleman and a scholar.

          • Guac Jim respects your feelings as a woman and as a friend.

          • Are you calling me a woman?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim’s life is basically Anal Cunt song titles.

          • BobLoblaw
          • Guacamole Jim

            Correct.

            What are they like? Do they smell as good as I imagine?

          • Vote for Jeb

            Their farts smell like hot dogs, but other than that, yah.

          • Their farts smell like *roses and daisys*

            *FTFY

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Guac Jim likes to ask questions on the internet.

          • Óðinn

            Guacamole Jim is a Proctologist.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I actually do this. But I’m sorry. I have committed the unforgivable sin.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Guacamole Jim buys regular swim-trunks because he likes the feel of the netting.

          • Guacamole Jim calls his relatives on their birthdays and sings them the happy birthday song over speakerphone.

          • Guacamole Jim asks to come over, then asks if you have any food

          • Too real. I have a scumbag mooch friend who does this ALL the fucking time. And he’s a fucking giant of a man so he’ll eat an entire bag of chips or box of cheez-its in like 10 minutes.

          • I have a friend I made recently who has done this a couple times. the first time i had some snacks i didn’t want to eat, and the second time i had to eat too, so i made us some wings. Third time i’ll call him out on it though

          • I fucking love Cheez-its.

          • Herr Schmitty

            I don’t buy Cheez-its anymore because I also like weighing less than 260 pounds.

          • You must have… uh.. ate a lot of Cheez-its then?

          • Herr Schmitty

            Me and JJD ate them all as they came off the assembly line, man.

            https://ohbriggsy.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/post-15679-homer-simpson-and-ice-cream-sa-w9d4.gif

          • I’m getting unwanted flashbacks to Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

          • Waynecro

            I haven’t had them in years. They’re full of delicious carbs.

          • Vote for Jeb

            And he also says “cha cha cha” after every verse.

          • And continues with “and many more…on channel four…and scooby doo on channel two…”

      • Guacamole Jim brorides buffalos with his manbros and a faux blondes.

        Solid!

      • Óðinn

        Gross dude. Nobody needs to see that.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck time.

    • Bro, you like Green Day? Fuck time BRO!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLv9wJCnFco

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Fuck, never even heard of this song. Such a shitty fucking band. BRO!

        • Fuck, you ain’t kidding BRO! I just found out about this too.

      • MoshOff

        WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS

        • FUCK TIME!!!

          • MoshOff

            Dude I still listen to some Green Day on occasion but I had no clue this was a thing. Nuke the fucking planet, stat.

          • Yup. Pretty much.

  • So it begins. A new year of total death. Mine still stands from last year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmFQ5mDPSU

    • Lacertilian

      I’m broke this week because of these bloody Icelandic bastards.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Occultation’s ‘Silence In The Ancestral House’ still gets lots of love from me. It will get plenty of spins from me(especially the title track) during the Fall season from now on. A Fall classic.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Currently, ‘Vaenir’ and ‘Hochelaga’ are battling it out in my brain for best of 2015.

  • This album has no artistic integrity or quality, but I don’t care. This is my favorite album of 2014 and the most fun I’ve had with power metal in like ever

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puPEncby2B8

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Yoiks and away!!!!!

      • 100% this album

    • Boss the Ross

      Noble Beast!

  • 2014: The year of only one album.
    http://www.metalinjection.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Lazer-Wulf.jpg
    Enough said!

    • Vote for Jeb

      This was a solid album, GL.

    • glad you like it! hopefully these boys unleash fury soon

      • Lacertilian

        I think them and Oneironaut are my fave JJM rec’s.

    • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

      Liked it as well!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Since I have no memory of what mine was I’m picking a very unlikely choice. My new AOTY from last year is Siren Charms. I’ve listened to it more times this year than any other album from last year and it holds up better than any In Flames album since Colony. I know it’s an unpopular opinion but it is the best album of last year and Ghost is the best album of this year.

    • I believe that you and I are the only two persons in the entire world that enjoyed that album.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I do too.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Ghost is in my top 10(so far)but it’s far from the best of 2015.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Kadavar is a close second followed by Golgotha by JAG’s favorite band starring Blackie Lawless.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          top 10(so far)
          Monolord – Vaenir
          Dopethrone – Hochelaga
          Acid King – Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere
          Ufomammut – Ecate
          ‘Phase IV’ – Soundtrack
          High On Fire – Luminiferous
          Ghost – Meliora
          Czarface – Every Hero Needs A Villain
          Witchhelm – Conjuring
          The Sword – High Country

          This changes only if the new Blood Ceremony shows up by December. The new Clutch may knock one of them out too.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Here’s a more accurate top 10 for me

            Ghost-Meliora
            Kadavar-Berlin
            WASP-Golgotha
            Cattle Decapitiation-The Anthropomorcene Extinction
            Deafheaven-New Bermuda
            The Sword-High Country
            Unidentifed Flying Object-A Conspiracy Of Stars
            Scorpions-Return To Forever
            FM-Heroes and Villains
            High On Fire-Luminiferous

          • This is a diverse list. Nice.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is

          • Óðinn

            Is WASP all Christian Rock now? I heard Blackie went nuts and started believing in Jesus. Or is it business a usual for WASP?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It’s got a little religion in it. It does have some great songs though, including a Crimson Idol outtake.

          • Óðinn

            Thanks, Jim. I guess I should give it a listen at some point. The whole Blackie + religion thing seems odd to me. Of all the 80s Metal bands, maybe other than Slayer, W.A.S.P. is probably one of the last bands I’d have thought would find religion.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            And they won’t sing ‘Fuck Like A Beast’ anymore because of his born again thing.

          • Óðinn

            Booooooo! That’s their signature song.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            That’s his bread and butter, so yeah it’s odd.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            I dunno which is worse: Blackie becoming all born again, or Chris Holmes’ racist rants and him inhabiting the body of the drunk guy from Bumfights.

            http://www.metalinsider.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/holmes.png
            https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IKOmVCpE5oY/UJKiKFMMtjI/AAAAAAAALeM/Vssgwc745GA/s800/7H7E_Rufus_Before.jpg

          • Óðinn

            Yeah, he really does look like a homeless dude. I was very disappointed by his racist statements.

          • Lacertilian

            Fuck, I haven’t listened to Czarface since release week. Have to get back on board now that it’s warming up here.

  • 2015 Albums of Year SO FAR:

    1.) Soilwork, The Ride Majestic
    2.) Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed
    3.) Claret Ash, The Cleansing
    4.) The Gentle Storm, The Diary
    5.) Lynch Mob, Rebel.

    BOOM!

    • Vote for Jeb

      +1 Hg for Claret Ash.

      • Lacertilian

        but silver is Ag?!

    • Herr Schmitty

      Shiiiiiiiit, got both those top 2 in your list!

      (but seriously, how good is The Ride Majestic!? They nailed it.)

      • Yeaaaaah buddy! Real good stuff. It’s the first Soilwork album I’ve listened to because I assumed from their name they were some sort of radio butt rock.

        • Herr Schmitty

          Fun fact: the first two Soilwork albums (Chainheart Machine and Steelbath Suicide) have noticeable elements of thrash, black and death metal sprinkled throughout the tracks. Definitely their ‘heaviest’ material.

          • Fun Fact: I only own two Soilwork albums… Stabbing the Drama (2007) and The Ride Majestic. Gotta kick my own ass for ignoring them so much!

          • Herr Schmitty

            They’re one of those ‘bands that I own every last one of their albums’ groups for me. I don’t have many such bands!

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            I remember getting a promo of Stabbing The Drama ages ago, and quickly forgetting about it. Might have to give it another spin sometime.

            Stabbing The Drama = Toilet slang for loving drama.

      • Soilwork is swooning the shit outta me!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      +1 for Lynch Mob.

      • You rebel, you.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          That’s funny.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      NILE ROCK!!!!!

      • SMASH!!!!!!!!!!

      • did you read my review? can we still be friends?

      • Óðinn

        Would it be possible to have GORAK a review the Nile album too? Or maybe McNulty and GORAK could do a record exchange review?

    • Based Pingu

      Where are all the good albums?

    • I hate thinking about these things, but I guess that Hadean record would be somewhere near the top for me.

      • That record is on a short list that I have not purchased yet (bad timing so far). That and the new Cattle Decap

      • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

        Before I forget, I accidentally bumped into this video and immediately thought of you. :-p (PS, Betty White >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tay Tay)

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI8Vusix-dY

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      This is a list about which I would say: “I would say about this list thusly: None of these albums would make the top 5 of my list but with the exception of one they are good albums, is what I would say about this list”.

    • Hotdog Clifford

      Umm I think you forgot Cattle

  • Vote for Jeb

    One change I would probably make to my 2014 list is substituting in KriegsmaschineEnemy of Man for something.

    • Same.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I’ve only listened to it a few times. Altered States of Divinity has so far hit me a lot stronger.

      • Vote for Jeb

        I bought it when I bought Exercises in Futility, so I’ve gotten to spend some time with it.

        • I’m not as familiar with that one either.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Not too familiar with Altered States, but I’ve listened to Transfigurations a fair number of times.

          • Altered is like 10 minutes shorter than Enemy. I may give that one a go here.

  • The Guacamole Jim appocalypse is upon us….

    At least there is no avatar changes and impersonations going on….

  • Gridlink’s Longhenna was my favorite from last year. It’s firmly cemented there, nothing can touch that one.

  • Boss the Ross

    Clutch – Psychic Warfare

    • ROSS ROSS ROSS, ROSS IS THE BOSS.

  • This one is still holding pretty strong for this year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RFkNeI-pJ8

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      So good.

    • black metal equivalent of sex

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I need help. Someone is blackmailing me over Skype.

    • Herr Schmitty

      How/about what?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        They have footage of me. I need to stop them from releasing it.

        • Herr Schmitty

          You doing anything illegal in the footage?

          If not, I’d say follow Jaromir Jagr’s lead. http://uproxx.com/sports/2015/09/jaromir-jagr-model-blackmail-selfie/

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No. I’m dancing.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Then tell them to release the footage, don’t pay them, and who cares? Nothing wrong with dancing on the internet, even if it looks goofy or bad.

            I’ll dance poorly on the internet, I give no shits!

          • EsusMoose

            So? I mean it sucks but I do a lot of stupid shit on my own like dance, air guitar, talk to myself and I do this arm spinning thing at times that has caused me numerous hand injuries but if someone wanted to blackmail me over it I’d give them a high resolution picture of my middle finger. I don’t know the full depth of it but a little humiliation isn’t worth giving them your time. Now if you were impersonating Indiana Jones then that’s a different story

          • more beer

            As lomg as you’re not dancing naked in a public place you should be okay. You’ll live through a little embarassment.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Its not publically.

          • It’s pubicly.

          • more beer

            But it is naked. Fuck it just own it.

          • flush it friday: nude dancing JJD edition

          • more beer

            Remember there are some things that can’t be unseen.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I will.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Or dancing naked in front of a playground or daycare center. If he didn’t do that, then he should be fine.

        • Based Pingu
        • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

          There’s plenty of money to be made from your sex tape, and a reality show to boot!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Turn Skype off. Problem solved.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It failed.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Damn, nice knowing ya.

    • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

      That’s why you do like I do and sign everything over to my rich uncle in Nigeria.

  • Vote for Jeb

    i think if I had had more time with it, I may have bumped Swallowed up too.

    • RJA

      very good pick – that was an underrated one.

      edit: great cover art too

      • RJA, how is it going?

        • RJA

          good GL, don’t you do work in some kind of engineering related job? I’m here designing a bracket to clamp to the side of a conveyor system.

          • Indeed. I do a bunch of design and analysis work. Solidworks, Abaqus, etc. I did a bracket the other day, too!

            Sweet man

          • RJA

            I’m a half-assed designer. I usually am modifying already existing stuff in either solidworks or autocad.

          • Hey man that works!

      • Vote for Jeb

        I had it as honorable mention, but if I had started jamming it more than a week or two before we wrote our lists, it would have been higher.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Lunarterial, you fools>>>>>>>>>

  • My top album last year was Bloodshot Dawn. Which doesn’t really do much for me anymore. Not something I will go looking for, but at the same time not something i will skip if it comes on.

    • EsusMoose

      I still like some songs but overall the album has lost its edge

    • i blasted that one a few times over the weekend. i think they do a great job of standing out from the crowd.

    • Lacertilian

      Are you fucking kidding?
      Your top last year had to be Archspire.

      • lolololololololol YA BURNT SON

        • Lacertilian

          #StayKek

      • Nope look at the article, twas Bloodshot Dawn. I was wrong obviously, but it was Bloodshot Dawn

        • Lacertilian

          The fact you didn’t reply to that with “ARCHSPIRE” says that you’re slippin’ man.

          • I blame all the evil satanic shit that I’ve been putting in my earholes.

  • Guppusmaximus

    My pick from 2013 still holds up…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=086JRqx0lCA

    • Vote for Jeb
      • Guppusmaximus
      • It was Primitive Man – Scorn for me. Although Aosoth – IV: An Arrow in Heart was not to far behind.

      • Based Pingu

        Raven That Refused to Sing was my favourite that year and I still love it. Vertikal was pretty dank as well.

        • Vote for Jeb

          The dankest. Colored Sands was No. 2.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      PORTAL!!!!! LEPROUS!!!! SKELETONWITCH!!!!! BODOM!!!!!!

      • Based Pingu

        Bodom? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          HALO OV BLOOD ROCKS!!!!! DICK!!!!!!

      • Guppusmaximus

        Are you asserting that any of those tops this killer Suffocation album?! I think not…

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Or all of them, sans Bodom. Take your pick…

          • Guppusmaximus

            Not even close, man. Hate to disagree,but, that Portal album sounds like a cacophony of imperfection compared to the mighty Suffocation.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I’ve never been a big on Suffocation meself.

          • Based Pingu

            We are agreeing again, sis. Come here.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            *comes, there*

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            *gets both of you together and…………..*

          • Guppusmaximus

            I’m just a biased OSDM fan (when it’s done right) raised on the classics…

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          SUFFOCATION SOLID!!!!!!! NOT BEST OV YEAR!!!!!!

          • Guppusmaximus

            To me it was… It brought the distinct & clearly defined growls , brutal riffs & funkin groove back to a genre that has been crowded with retro-nostalgic posers and technical shredders with no melodic cohesion for quite some time now. It was a crime that Suffocation didn’t reap the rewards for such a brilliant album and got overlooked for that crap Carcass released.

    • EsusMoose

      This, Sunbather and Leprous are all still incredibly solid
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZMTDcqKnQ

      • Guppusmaximus

        Yea, Leprous’ last album is definitely much better than their new one, imho.

        • EsusMoose

          I didn’t fully get into their last one till their new one came out and I agree it’s a better record but they’re still both quite good

          • Guppusmaximus

            I agree somewhat…To me, it’s like they found a pretty decent progression from Bilateral to Coal in terms of honing in on memorable riffs and then threw it out the window just to be more experimental. IMHO, as musicians they just sound limited when they try to deviate from what they are used to.

          • BAM! can’t beat Bilateral.

  • COAL ROLL

    2015 Top 10
    1-10: MGLA

    • …said everyone but me

      • Based Pingu

        OH YOU

        • whether it’s deserved is not for me to decide, for i have no strong opinion of them; but the hype is certainly strong with the band.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        And me.

      • & Moi.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    1. Pissgrave- Suicide Euphoria. Such a profound album. Absolutely stellar from start to finish and if I ever sound that pretentious ever again I’ll have to step off a bridge.

  • Hubert

    I still regularly listen to To Be Kind. Still an amazing record that I think will stay with me for a long time. I stopped listening some of the other picks from last year though. Mostly because I feel like I’ve got my fill from those records. I don’t listen to Roads to the North much anymore but I still think it’s stellar.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      To Be Kind is super good. It just feels even longer than it is. Excitebike for new Swans. That is all.

      • Based Pingu

        My Swans live album shipped yesterday.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I was conflicted about ordering it, decided against it. Already feel bad about it.

        • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

          Sweet! Did they release the new CD yet? I remember you telling me it’s the last one with the current lineup (crossing my fingers and hoping that might mean Jarboe is coming back, but I highly doubt that).

          • Based Pingu

            They’re releasing it next year.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Swans boner intensifies!

          • Based Pingu

            Yeah and after that members are changing. I wonder who will the new memhers be.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Hopefully Jarboe somewhere in there!

          • Based Pingu

            I doubt it

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Yeah, but one can dream. If you’ve ever heard this song, you know their relationship was rocky for a while. Part of what made that dark magic, though.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeNc4tI5km8

    • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

      It took a while to grow on me, but once it did………. wow! Gira never disappoints, though some of his side projects, like his solo CDs (especially Drainland) and The Body Lovers require a specific mood to even listen to it.

  • EsusMoose

    Favorite LP-Lantlos Melting sun: Still good, I haven’t played it in a while so it’s a great thing to hear again
    Favorite EP (technically my top release of last year): Haken-Resoration: I burnt myself out on this after 20 or so listens. Probably could still enjoy it.
    Looks like 1) Closure in Moscow’s Pink Lemonade, 2) Artificial Brian and then 3) Solstafir 4)lantlos, 5) Haken, 6) Giant Squid, 7) Woods of Desolation, then I don’t know

    • bruv, this might be the first time i’ve seen Closure in Moscow mentioned on the site. noice!

      • EsusMoose

        I thought someone did a review of it, probably our favorite chip dip but I liked it last year but didn’t really process the last few songs which I finally got this summer and dam I was jamming it a lot.

      • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

        Speaking of Russia, Back Door To Asylum’s last one was one of my faves of last year.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XntttaHKC8Q

    • Based Pingu

      That Solstafir album was dank. Probably my second favourite from last year. Still listen to it regularly.

  • Last year’s Artificial Brain, Animals As Leaders, Baring Teeth, Pyrrhon, Inanimate Existence, Blut Aus Nord still do it for me, off the top of my head.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Gurp, this is actually a good list.

      • 2014 was The Skronkening, hard to go wrong.

    • EsusMoose

      I keep forgetting AAL’s last album was released last year, I’m excited to hear Javier’s new side project’s album

      • Mestis? Is he putting out a follow-up to Basal Ganglia?

        • EsusMoose

          Yeah comes out in less that month if I remember

    • Boss the Ross

      Joy of Motion was killer.

  • Boss the Ross

    Noble Beast!
    In all its Power Metal Glory!

  • Old Man Doom

    My love for Once More ‘Round the Sun has faded as well, unfortunately. In retrospect, I would definitely have to place The Great Old Ones at the top of my list. Tekeli-Li is goddamn solid. Also, even though they snuck in at the very end of the year, I would place the new Anima Morte album much higher than I did.

    • EsusMoose

      I always giggle when saying Tekeli-li as I mispronouce it Tek kli kli. But solid album, great source material as well to take inspiration from

  • JWEG

    I looked through all the comments on both those pages. Neither are where I posted my own metal AOTY, and I don’t have the patience to reconstruct it.

    I do, though, remember that I struggled in the end with the decision to include albums that actually only came out in November (Primordial, Spires). Can’t recall if either of them made it as a result of that self-debate, but if either did then it would be my pick for AOTY with most longevity in my playlist. If both did, both qualify.

    On my non-metal AOTY my #1 pick (Lights’ “Little Machines”) definitely still stands up. I might actually be more into it than my upcoming 2015 pop AOTY. But not by much.

    • Vote for Jeb

      What’s your 1025 pop AOTY?

      • JWEG

        The exact years of composition of my favourite 11th century tunes are beyond my research ability. They’re obviously all anonymous plainchant, though.

        As for 2015, I’m getting lots of mileage (kilometerage?) from CRJ’s “Emotion”.

        • Vote for Jeb

          You’re a good man. Aside from my girl Carly Rae, I’ve probably been enjoy Jess Glynne most.

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            I actually want to check out the new Hillary Duff, esp. since I loved ‘Sparks’/

        • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

          Damn good pick! Her new one is a dreampop masterpiece.

      • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

        So far, mine’s the new Carly Ray Jespen, by a million miles.

  • Scrimm

    Mine would be very different.

  • JamesGrimm

    Good pics by all……with the exception og LB….

  • Max

    My pick was Beyond Creation’s Earthborn Evolution. I stand by it.

    • Lacertilian

      I spun that again the other day, the title track is still captivating.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    Last year’s Top 10. Looking back, I could possibly trade out Atlas Moth for The Flight of Sleipnir- “V.”

    1 Tempel- “On the Steps of the Temple”

    2 Opeth- “Pale Communion”

    3 Mastodon- “Once More ‘Round the Sun”

    4 Panopticon- “Roads to the North”

    5 Falls of Rauros- “Believe In No Coming Shore”

    6 Ifing- “Against This Weald”

    7. Pallbearer- “Foundations of Burden”

    8. Atlas Moth- “The Old Believer”

    9. Inter Arma- “The Cavern”

    10. Agalloch- “The Serpent & the Sphere”

    • Vote for Jeb

      How you feel about new Tempel?

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt

        It’s on my 1st draft for my top 10 for this year. I may have to expand it to a top 15 the way it’s going though.

    • Lacertilian

      On The Steps Of The Temple>>>>>>>>>

  • Artificial Brain and Atriarch were at the top. These still stand. Don’t remember what else was on the list. Nothing much would change, as I hardly bought enough music last year to fill out a 10-album list.

  • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

    Shit, I even forget what album was my favorite of last year.

  • Rob M

    Shit…I can barely remember what I listened to three hours ago let alone last year.

    Didnt Dead Congregation come out last?…Yeah, lets go with that because it was awesome

  • Codename: The Black Jew

    Hi. I’m new. Wuz qood??

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    The song Winter on Krieg’s ‘Transient’ is an Amebix cover. Listen to more Amebix.
    https://youtu.be/hNTc47Qxa5s

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    Krieg’s Transient holds up quite well too in case you were wondering ^.^

  • My top 3 were:

    1- Primordial
    2- Yob
    3- Thou

    Revisiting almost a year later and I think that I would make Yob my AOTY, Thou #2, and Primordial #3