The Best Albums of 2014: Toilet ov Hell Community Picks

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Last week we asked you guys to help us determine the best records of 2014 and damn did you guys deliver. More than 500(!!!) records went up for vote. How does that much music even exist?? Of all the records submitted, here are the ten that gathered the most votes. Presenting: The Toilet ov Hell’s 2014 Albums of the Year as chosen by you, the Toilet ov Hell community.

10. Black Crown InitiateThe Wreckage of Stars (31 Votes)
9. PanopticonRoads to the North (31 Votes)
8. Job For A Cowboy Sun Eater (33 Votes)
7. YobClearing the Path to Ascend (33 Votes)
6. TriptykonMelana Chasmata (34 Votes)
5. Fallujah The Flesh Prevails (35 Votes)
4. Blut Aus NordMemoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry (36 Votes)
3. MastodonOnce More ‘Round The Sun (38 Votes)
2. BehemothThe Satanist (49 Votes)
1. Artificial BrainLabyrinth Constellation (50 Votes)

There you have it. Artificial Brain’s debut record just barely edges out Behemoth for the number 1 spot. What do you think? Did you guys make the right picks or did you all collectively blow it? Let’s argue below!

 

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  • Ferris Mueller

    1. Triptycon – Melana Chasmata

    The rest in no particular order:
    Vallenfyre – Splinters
    Agalloch – The Serpent & The Spear
    Noble Beast – Noble Beast
    PallBearer – Foundations of Burden
    Dog Fashion Disco – Sweet Nothings
    Decembre Noir – A discouraged believer
    Novembers Doom – Bled White
    Revocation – Deathless
    Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of The Merciless

    Honorable:
    Steel Panther – AYCE
    Skindred – Kill The Power

    *Prepared to be flushed*

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Forgot about DFD completely,

    • Death

      That’s a list worth flushing.
      *flushes*

      • I disagree, probably because I like music, but Vallenfyre, noble beast, revocation>>>>

        • Death

          *I disagree, probably because I’m a big fat mollusk
          ftfy

    • Pagliacci is Krampvs

      Steel Panther invalidates the entire list.

      • Ferris Mueller

        Well good thing I didn’t list Taylor Swift 1989

        • Pagliacci is Krampvs

          My head would asplode.

    • Xan

      I like your list. Novembers Doom’s album was my favorite album this year.
      Edit: I meant to say that it was my favorite in your list.

      • tertius_decimus

        Wasn’t aware Novembers Doom have released something. Thanks!

        • Xan

          It is really good. Not as good as The Pale Haunt Departure (in my opinion) but still a worthy edition to their discography.

          • tertius_decimus

            The Pale Haunt Departure and The Novella Reservoir are my favorites in their disco.

          • Ferris Mueller

            I didn’t care for the new ND at first listen, but it really grew on me. Seems to be more cleans and introspection in this album compared to prior releases.

          • Xan

            Same with me. It just goes to show that a piece of music should be listened to multiple times before a judgement is made (unless it is lolbuttz).

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    This is the first list where I actually recognize all 10! I enjoy about half of them.

  • Blunt Ass Nord……………………….

  • #ToiletOvHellSealOfApproval

  • GL

    Great discussion on the other page guys. Thanks for keeping it lively! I love a good discussion 🙂

    GL

  • Justin Nowlin

    I truly believe “The Satanist” is this years greatest record. It’s been out since February and I still can’t get enough of it. “O Father O Satan O Sun!” gives me chills everytime I listen to it. Can’t wait to see Behemoth for the first time on February 8th!

    • Ferris Mueller

      Damnit I’ve tried at least 3 times and can’t get into The Satanist and don’t really care for any of Behemoth’s other work either. But everyone else thinks they’re the bees knees?

      • Justin Nowlin

        The Satanist and Demi-god are by far their best works. They’re top notch in fact. Everything else is either okay or just good.

      • OldMetalHead

        I was never a big Behemoth fan before, but I really enjoyed all of The Satanist. “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” just fucking rips!

      • i liked Behemoth’s death ‘n roll approach years ago, it got me into heavier stuff. now that i’m over their old stuff, i really do appreciate the Satanist’s black metal personality and the fact that they eased off the slick production (i.e. vocal layering) of older albums.

    • Death

      It was supposed to be in my top 10, but better albums came.

      • Justin Nowlin

        Sometimes that happens. Maybe if it would’ve came out in October it’d be on your list. I thought Triptykon would be on my list but it eventually wore off of me. The albums on my list were more recent releases.

        • Death

          It’s probably my favourite Behemoth album. It will stay in my honourable mentions.

          • What did you think of Current 93’s newest?

          • Death

            I enjoyed it quite a lot. It’s not as good as their 90s stuff, but still quite good. It ended up on my list.

          • Did you post your list elsewhere? I don’t remember seeing it.

          • Death

            Oh yeah! I have completely forgotten to post it.

  • Death

    Oooh, I liked two of those!
    Unrelated: I am digging Dragon Age Inquisition.

    • Xan

      It’s a good game, though, I still prefer Dragon Age Origins.

      • Death

        I haven’t played it enough to cast my vote. Origins was pretty dimmadarn good.

        • Herr Schmitty

          They’re both truly excellent. Side note: The first 8-10 hours of Inquisition are basically a tutorial. After that, the game reaaaaaaalllllllyyyy opens up, assuming you do mostly ‘main quest’ shit early on. Don’t be afraid: leave the Hinterlands when you’re done doing the story quests there. You can come back and do the side-quest stuff later. You won’t regret it.

          • Death

            I left the Hinterlands to do the main stuff.

          • Herr Schmitty

            That was a wise decision, sir.

            I stayed in the Hinterlands too long and over-leveled.

          • Death

            I almost got rekt by bears.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            #GetRektEvaryDay

          • Death

            Oh honey, you couldn’t even rek a disabled baby.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I try and I try. Why can’t I be like all the other bears?

          • VVorld Peace

            Did someone de-claw you?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            @Death, never fall for someone so malicious I tell you

          • Death

            I’ve got the charm

    • DAI>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • OldMetalHead

      I just finished Shadow of Mordor. Dragon Age is next on my list.

      • God

        Many people I know complain that Shadow of Mordor has no replay value. But hell, I just enjoy hunting all the different orcs.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    TRIPTYKON reminds me that I don’t listen to CELTIC FROST enough, just like MIDNIGHT reminds me that I don’t listen to VENOM enough…the ARTIFICIAL BRAIN artwork/album is excellent. I see YOB up there, so my jimmies are suitably coddled and caressed.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    We all collectively blew it.
    (Actually most of these are decent, some even very good. One of the less disturbing lists released this year.)

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I hope mine was one of the more disturbing lists this year.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I actually liked most of it, so no. Am sorry

        • Please give us Karhu’s Top 10 “Top 10 of 2014” Lists of 2014.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Sarcasm or no, I shall deliver

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            10. McNulty
            9. MoshOff
            8. Death
            7. Stockhausen
            6. Grandmaster Joe
            5. HessianHunter
            4. “C” (I still haven’t checked out all the bands, but if the rest are as good, this may move to #1)
            3. Howard Dean
            2. Edward
            1. W

            I don’t even recall all the lists that weren’t included in the actual posts.

            No Honorable Mentions.

          • tis an honor to be on the list!

          • Scrimm

            🙁

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I don’t even remember if you submitted anything or not, if I recall correct our tastes do meet in multiple river-crossings

          • it’s on here now… but if you add anyone else ima be knocked off 🙁

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I didn’t edit, but his list was very strong. It’s your lucky day it seems, me forgetting things like that.

          • Death

            I see that my list was better than yours 🙂

          • VVorld Peace
          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            *sniff* I’ve always wanted pink harnesses.

          • Replace Sea of Bones with Child Abuse or Circle though. I forgot it was last year, tee hee. But thanks <3

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            The new Circle was grrrreat.

  • Gvrp

    My list, in no particular order:

    1. Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion
    2. Artificial Brain- Labryrinth Constellation
    3. Black Crown Initiate- The Wreckage of Stars
    4. Bloodshot Dawn – Demons
    5. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III
    6. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
    7. Incantation – Dirges of Elysium
    8. Inanimate Existence – A Never Ending Cycle of Atonement
    9. Job For a Cowboy – Sun Eater
    10. Pyrrhon – The Mother of Virtues

    Honorable Mentions –
    The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li
    Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
    Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds
    Teitanblood – Death
    Dying Out Flame – Shiva Rudrastakam
    Behemoth – The Satanist

    • Death

      Your number one pick destroyed my dreams. Only tears now.

      • Gvrp

        Don’t lie to me, you don’t have feelings.

        • Death

          ….

        • Guacamole Jim

          LEAVE DEATH ALONE

    • Stockhausen

      Nice mix!

    • Mr. Bojangles

      mm dat blowjob for a cowboy tho

      • Gvrp

        I sperged
        in slow mo

  • George Clarke

    p sure its supposed to be “Blunt Ass Nord”

    its okay we all make typos sometimes

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      GC!

      • MoshOff

        EN4E!

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          MO!

          • GL

            I am glad this is a thing 🙂

            GL

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            GL!

      • George Clarke

        Eddy!

        can i call u eddy?

        • Gvrp

          Eddy baby

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Sure. A lot of people used to call me ‘Fast Eddie’ but it was not a way I ever referred to myself.

          • Lacertilian

            wasn’t that the Motorhead guitarist?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            It’s quite possible. There was also a ‘Leave it to Beaver’ character named Eddie Heskel.

  • Justin Nowlin

    This is going to get a giant flush, but I really enjoyed Miss May I’s new release “Rise of the Lion”. I like how much charisma their frontman Levi has.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      The kvlt stench is too great for this message to reach anyone on this blog. Posting third wave metalcore is asking for crucifixion.

      • Justin Nowlin

        Saw them at Mayhem and Knotfest. I thought they’d just be a shitty Warped Tour band, but the dudes know how to play some fairly decent metal.

        • Mr. Bojangles

          I’ve always liked them enough to listen to them. No complaints, but definitely would never make my top 10.

          • Justin Nowlin

            Oh they’re not even in my top 20. Just wanted to give them a little love.

  • Brock Samson

    My top ten
    1. Infestus- The reflecting Void
    2. Blut Aus Nord- Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
    3. Triptykon- Melana Chasmata
    4. Nux Vomica- Nux Vomica
    5. Lvcifyre- Svn Eater
    6. Teitan Blood- Death
    7. Behemoth- The Satanist
    8. Krieg- Transient
    9. Take Over and Destroy- Vacant Face
    10. Gridlink- Longhena

    • Pagliacci is Krampvs

      On an unrelated note, please go back to being a body guard for the Ventures, Brock. I really can’t take much more of Sgt. Hatred.

      • Brock Samson

        Isn’t it Sgt. Venture now because he had the H tattoo on his face replaced with a V?

        • Pagliacci is Krampvs

          I’ll never accept the name change. He’s a Venture poser.

          • Brock Samson

            Accept no substitutions. The originals are still the best

      • KJM

        Next season things are gonna get really weird, especially when The Monarch figures out what really happened to his Dad.

    • VVorld Peace

      Nux Vomica!

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I need to listen to Krieg’s Transient again, soon.

  • so basically KSoFM’s list?

    • GL

      lolololololo

      GL

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Out of that list I do need to get Blut Aus Nord, YOB, and Panopticon. Fuck the rest, especially the second half of that Triptykon album. Does no one realize Tom G. can’t write riffs for shit anymore? Am I the only cunting one?

      • I thought I was the only one unimpressed by that.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          The first few tracks were pretty decent. Then he shits the bed, with bland bullshit riffs, that apparently nobody seems to notice.

          • hard with. i think Tom brings it on the faster songs, but that’s about it

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The groove on Breathing is classic Frost though. I’ll give you that.

          • KJM

            The 5 songs I like on it are good enough for me.

        • Xan

          I wasn’t a big fan of the new Triptykon either.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I played it once or twice *shrugs*

      • VVorld Peace

        I really enjoyed that Yob album. Question: do you like Blood of Kingu? Have I asked you that before?

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          BoK >>>>>>>>>

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I’ve heard the name, is this the one from Ukraine?

          • VVorld Peace

            Yup. Alter ego of Drudkh. Way more black and not folky at all.

          • CT-12

            Didn’t know there was an association with Drudkh, may have to check out

          • VVorld Peace

            Definitely do, Taco Man.

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    I’m inspired and humbled by a community which selects Labyrinth Constellation as its favorite album of the year. Well done guys!

    • Xan

      I still need to listen to it more. I wish my mind would hurry up and feel like listening to death metal again so I can truly absorb the mastery.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        What are you going to do until then?

        • Xan

          #stayvoid

          • Stockhausen

            That was the right answer. The only answer.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    GODFLESH!!!!!

  • Xan

    My top ten: (I might have already posted it but I can’t remember)
    1. Dead Congregation – Promulgation to the Fall
    2. Novembers Doom – Bled White
    3. Ceremonial Castings – Cthulhu
    4. Twilight Force – Tales of Ancient Prophecies
    5. Panopticon – Roads to the North
    6. Vanhelgd – Relics of Sulphur Salvation
    7. Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us
    8. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
    9. Gormathon – Following the Beast
    10. Behemoth – The Satanist
    Honorable Mentions: Winter of Sin – Violence Reigns Supreme, Rigor Mortis – Slaves to the Grave, and Pripjat – Sons of Tschernobyl

    • tertius_decimus

      “Kindly Bent” disappointed massively. It’s just another Aeon Spoke album which shouldn’t come up under Cynic banner.

      • Xan

        I liked it.

      • Herr Schmitty

        It’s not terrible, but the Contortionist made that same album and did it much better.

        • tertius_decimus

          Shoulda check this out. Thank you.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      I think your list is the first I’ve seen to include Novembers Doom. I haven’t check it out yet but I’ve been meaning to. The Pale Haunt Departure was one of my favorite Death/Doom jams back when I first discovered the band.

      • Xan

        Novembers Doom is awesome. Paul has amazing growls and cleans. I think The Pale Haunt Departure is their best album to date but Bled White was an excellent contender. I still love giving Amid Its Hallowed Mirth a spin every couple months because it so raw and brutal.

      • Xan

        It is possible that my list could change more. I still have about 80 albums that came out this year that I’ve yet to listen to.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I hope I can stand behind this list for more than two whole days.

    10. Taylor Swift – 1989
    9. Earth – Primitve & Deadly
    8. Crib45 – Marching Through The Borderlands
    7. Gridlink – Longhena
    6. Koljosen Tiekiista – K.A.A.K.K.O
    5. Opium Warlords – Taste My Sword Of Understanding
    4. Whispered – shogunate Macabre
    3. Soen – Tellurian
    2. Blunt Ass Nord – MVIII: Saturnian Poetry
    1. Kuolemanlaakso – Tulijoutsen

    Honorable Mentions

    Demilich – 20th Adversary of Emptiness
    Solstafir – Otta
    Swans – To Be Kind
    Killitorous – Party, Grind
    Dirge – Hyperion

    • Fuck yea love that Killitorous album. gridlink and whispered are awesome too. STAY KATY

      • Justin Nowlin

        I went to a Katy Perry concert (she hates metal), and had a terrific time. She asked me the other day if I’d go see Taylor Swift with her and I respectfully declined. I can’t stank Taylor Swift’s music.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          #TeamTayTay4Ever

        • The thing I like about Katy is that she’s actually got pipes. She doesn’t need to enhance her voice to sound good. She also has really nice..uh.. personalities……

          • Justin Nowlin

            She can also write some of the catchiest hooks! And plus, all of her songs are about sex. Sex is a lot more interesting than breakups.

          • “so let me get you in your birthday suit… it’s time to bring out the big balloons”
            i gotta use the bathroom. *runs away

          • Justin Nowlin

            I’d stay in my seat and say please bring the balloons.

          • Ironically, she used to be a gospel singer.

          • Justin Nowlin

            And she wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms because magic is for Satan.

        • new phrase “i can’t stank”!

    • Brock Samson

      Demilich almost made it into my top ten. The only reason it didn’t is because I really have to be in the right mood to listen to that beast

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        For me the only reason not to put it #1 was, it’s not an album per se.

      • Xan

        I didn’t include it because it wasn’t new material. If I were to include remasters, compilations, EPs, and demos in my list, it would look somewhat different. The remaster of Death’s Leprosy would be #1.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Almost the same, except
          Demilich>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Death

          • Xan

            I disagree.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            So do I

    • Death

      Instant flush for Swans not being on the list! Also max flush for Taylor Swift.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        *Twas a hard decision between Swans and TayTay, she won.

        • Death

          Blasphemy!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s my nature

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Also, I feel bad for not having Kriegsmachine there.

    • I upvoted just because you’re a good bear!

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        And to thee, utterly, a hymn of praisee.

  • OldMetalHead

    How far down the list was Ne Obliviscaris? I’m still really digging that.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Follow that link at the top of the story and check it out! I want to see where Dead Congregation came in, I knew it was close.

  • GL

    My list is short. I did not have any trouble keeping it small.

    5. In Flames: Siren Charms
    4. KXM: KXM
    3. Lazer/Wulf: The Beast of Left and Right
    2. Devin Townsend Project: Sky Blue
    1. Conquering Dystopia: Conquering Dystopia

    Conquering Dystopia is the absolute tits. I could understand Nevermore lovers not liking Loomis’s new riffs, but I came into liking Loomis after the split. I am confident that Conquering Dystopia is one of my favorite all time LPs.

    GL

    • i had never heard of KXM until now. great licks George! dang, Ray Luzier can drum…

    • Flush all but Lazer/Wulf.

      AK

      • GL

        Ann,

        I am sorry you dislike my list!

        Your frand,

        GL

        • Still luv yew.

          Your boofrand,

          AK’s FP

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      I admire your bravery in championing the new In Flames. Many jimmies shall be rustled…

    • Mr. Bojangles

      more like inflamers amirite gusy

    • KJM

      Lazer/Wulf FTW

  • Death

    Okay, here’s my shitty list.
    10. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
    9. Opeth – Pale Communion
    8. Current 93 – I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell: A Channel
    7. Mama Longhorn – Enter The Rhythm Tank
    6. Circle – Leviatan
    5. Manes – Be All End All
    4. Abigor – Leytmotif Luzifer
    3. Swans – To Be Kind
    2. Kayo Dot – Coffins on Io
    1. Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (both, as they technically are a double album)

    Honorable mentions:
    Behemoth
    Ghost Brigade
    Godflesh

    • Circle…hnnnnnggggg

    • BLVKKBEVRD’S WVNDERLVST

      List sucks, Kill yourself now plz.

      actually it isn’t bad.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      This is surprisingly pleasant list.

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

      Hey this list is great.

      • Death

        Tack så mycket

    • OldMetalHead

      I listened to the Opeth three times yesterday. I do like it, but it totally reminds me of 70’s Yes.

    • Justin Nowlin

      I really liked Opeth’s new album. It may not be metal, but it’s still a great album. Also, good call on both Old Man Gloom albums.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      10. bad
      9. nope
      8. awful
      7. terrible
      6. horrific
      5. atrocious
      4. dreadful
      3. lousy
      2. poor
      1. unacceptable

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        You’re just making up words now, like “Atrocious”, I mean, what is that even? Silly pus

        • Mr. Bojangles

          I don’t know, I found it in the thesaurus. You expect me to know things?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            No, not really

          • Mr. Bojangles

            “omg lyke…mr bojangles can’t even form a cohesive sentence ! LOL!”

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Pretty much

      • Death

        Thanks sis

    • Guacamole Jim

      This is a good list. Mad props, Death. I suppose having high standards means you end up liking good music.

    • VVorld Peace

      Interestingly, I actually liked the fake Ape of God better.

      • Death

        Well, one can’t sexually please everyone.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Someone should screen cap this as proof you liked this many albums in 2014.

      • Justin Nowlin

        I found this incredibly funny.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          You have a face now!

          • Justin Nowlin

            I figured I needed something better than a pink *flush*

      • Death

        I hope Jack the Mollusk sees this.

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      We have similar taste Death. I will need to check out Circle and I haven’t listened to Current 93 in years.

      • Death

        Circle is great. Most of their stuff is experimental rock or krautrock (sometimes a lot of heavy metal influence). The album on my list was a folk album.

  • Really solid list! Only one I mind being there; the others are all good, even if they weren’t on my own list. Good tastes, ToHers!

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Which one? I’m a curious nipple…

    • if you aren’t a fan of bands going soft, it’d be Mastodon?
      if you aren’t a fan of poor production, it’d be Fallujah?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        If you aren’t fan of boredom it’d be Behemoth?

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          Zing!!

        • I’m not the biggest fan of Behemoth, but this is probably their best album. I like the title track quite a bit, but it’s definitely not on my list of best albums this year.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s better than many, but I generally don’t like Behemoth, regardless of the era.

      • You could be onto something here. . .

        • so which is it?!?!

          • HATED the Fallujah album. It’s not just production that’s the problem, though that’s part of it. Part of the reason the production is poor is to hide the fact that there are no riffs, no balls. The rhythm guitars are so low in the mix because they only do one thing: chugguchugguchugguchug. The too frequent solos remind me (not in a good way) of Steve Vai or Joe Satriani. I actually deleted this album from all my hard drives.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Artificial Brain has a bright future if they keep it up. Looking forward to more from them.

  • Simon PhoenixKing

    Not bad. I can dig Artificial Brain being number one.

    On another note, I still have not listened to Clearing the Path… As a YOB fan this must be rectified.

    • Stockhausen

      It’s an excellent cure for insomnia.

      I kid, go for it.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Get to it man! Clearing the Path is fantastic!

    • VVorld Peace

      It’s a grand album

  • Scrimm

    Only one of my choices made it up there but that is still pretty solid list. Except for Behemoth.

    • Stockhausen

      I concur. That album was tl;dr, evil band is evil.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Not a fan of The Satanist?

      • Scrimm

        Can’t say I am. The band has always bored me.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I’m no expert on their music, but I did enjoy The Satanist a good deal. I thought it was less an effort to sound like real evil and more campy theatrics.

          • Scrimm

            I will say it sounded better than the other stuff I’ve heard.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    The Great Mr. Bojangles shares his top 10 with you, and it does not include The Way of The Fist:

    10. Decapitated – Blood Mantra
    9. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars
    8. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
    7. Psychostick – Revenge of the Vengeance
    6. Bloodshot Dawn – Demons
    5. Revocation – Deathless
    4. At the Gates – At War With Reality
    3. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun
    2. Unearth – Watchers of Rule
    1. Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      +10 for Psychostick! I didn’t even know that band still existed. I just remember the Beer song. BEER IS GOOD!! BEER IS GOOD!! LET’S GO DRINK SOME BEEEER!!!

      • Mr. Bojangles
        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          This is the greatest thing ever. Because boobs.

          • Mr. Bojangles

            I had the opportunity to see them a month or two back, and didn’t. Such regret.

    • Death

      The worst list so far? My mom thinks so.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        Brb let me check the fucks that I have left…
        wait…
        wait…
        wait…

        -34

    • Justin Nowlin

      I really enjoyed Unearth, Revocation, and Architects new releases. And I’ve tried to get into the new At the Gates, but it lacked something for me. It was very bland in my opinion. Definitely not a bad album though.

    • Mr Bojangles list >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Mr. Bojangles

        is that your jizz flying out in rapid fashion?

    • I back this list pretty ferkin hard, you beautiful big-boned feline, you.

    • P.S. I just saw Architects w/ The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die last week. So fucking good.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        I saw dem last nite

  • Stockhausen

    Thanks for compiling all that madness Joe! Sorry for self-upvoting and not being sorry for it.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      F*ck this Thantifaxath F*ck*** crushes! I F*ush*ng love it! Utterly unto thee I reveal my hymn of praise.

      • Stockhausen

        Bow before the might of Sacred White Noise! I was surprised that it didn’t end up on more lists, and this list. That album is a study in crushing evil.

  • CT-12

    This is mah lerst that I can think up of off the top of my head, so I might be missing a few. Also, needless to say, I didn’t get to listen to enough albums this year (ref. Yob, Revocation, Artificial Brain, etc) to really have it be a “final” list to round out 2014, not to mention Nov/Dec releases (we really should have a 2014 AOTY check up in February to see if our lists have changed at all). Anyhow, here it is!

    1. Kenn Nardi – Dancing With the Past
    2. Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion
    3. Ghost Bath – Funeral
    4. Eyehategod – S/T
    5. Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind
    6. Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire
    7. Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us
    8. Take Over and Destroy – Vacant Face
    9. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun
    10. Blood Farmers – Headless Eyes

    Honorable mentions: Zom, Pyrrhon, Foreseen, Archspire, and undoubtedly many others

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      What’s a Kennardi?

      • CT-12

        I’m actually in the process of writing up a formal review for that album. Have you ever heard of Anacrusis? They’re an old prog/alt thrash band and long story short, Kenn Nardi was their primary songwriter, so this is their new album. Fucking great stuff dude, you should check it out.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Will, after Thantifaxath ends
          #TooGoodToPause

    • CT-12

      And I already forgot Thantifaxath *sigh*

    • I dig the album checkup idea.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Eyehategod was pretty underrated by our community imo

      • Justin Nowlin

        Mike Williams…. a lyrical genius.

      • CT-12

        Dude, that album is easily my favorite EHG album ever. Just so well done and a great representation of their sound as a whole. I love some of those really swinging songs in there. Great album.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I must say that I wasn’t initially too happy with a more hardcore-ish and less sludgy album, but it really brings forth the magnifcence of the groove and sludge when it does hit.

    • Justin Nowlin

      Eyehategod’s album is freaking great man! And I can’t get into Animals as Leaders. They play good, heavy music. I wish they’d throw some vocals in then I’m sure I’d love them.

      • CT-12

        EHG FANS UNITE! Yeah, AAL seems to be an acquired taste within the toilet, I personally fucking love them. Give the first album or this one a few more spins if you’re looking to get more into them; first album’s one of my favs of all time.

        • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

          I will be sure to do so.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Can’t believe I never heard of Blood Farmers before, psychotronic trash horror obsessed doom is like a perfect combo for me. Listening now, ‘s hitting the spot.

      Naturally the film The Headless Eyes is a must see.

      • CT-12

        Fuck yeah dude, so glad you like them, highly underrated. “Permanent Brain Damage” and their self-titled are fucking unflushable doom records. I’ve been slowly working on a lil write up for Blood Farmers, look out for it in the future (whenever I actually get the damn thing fully wrote haha).

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Kurt Ballou will produce the new High On Fire

  • Scrimm

    Put mine on facebook but here it is again:

    10. Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds
    9. Anihhilated – XII Steps To Ruination
    8. Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
    7. Desecravity – Orphic Signs
    6. Septycal Gorge – Scourge of the Formless Breed
    5. Hideous Divinity – Cobra Verde
    4. Artificial Brain – Labrynthine Constellation
    3. Origin – Omnipresent
    2. Blood of Kingu – Dart Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon
    1. Internal Bleeding – Imperium

    H.M.
    Inanimate Existence – A Never Ending Cycle of Atonement, Horrendous – Ecdysis, Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails, A Hill To Die Upon – Holy Despair, Bloodtruth – Obedience, Misery Index – The Killing Gods, Swallowed – Lunarterial, Omnihility – Deathscapes of the Subconscious, Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever, Archspire

    Best cover art
    Septycal Gorge – Scourge of the Formless Breed
    Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III
    Decimation – Reign of Ungodly Creation
    Archspire – The Lucid Collective
    Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
    Mass Infection – For I Am Genocide

    Whiff of the year
    In Flames – Siren Charms

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Dammit. This is a great list.

      • Scrimm

        Thanks. A lot of latecomers really changed it up.

    • VVorld Peace

      Presidential Seal of Approval for the tall man.

      • Scrimm

        Definitely more technical stuff on there than I would usually go for but I aint complaining.

    • Scrimm, you are a lucky recipient of the “i am going to give each of these a listen” award.

      • Scrimm

        Awesome. Hope you find something to enjoy.

        • it’s mainly the names (aside from the bands I do recognize: BC, AB, and Origin). i feel like i’m going to be purchasing a lot of new death metal!

          • Scrimm

            Yeah the list is heavy on the death this year.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Since I’m sure you’re all dying to know, here’s the Nip’s Picks-
    10. Destrage- Are You Kidding Me? No.
    9. Cannibal Corpse- A Skeletal Domain
    8. Gridlink- Longhena
    7. EYEHATEGOD- s/t
    6. Mastodon- Once More ‘Round the Sun
    5. Triptykon- Melana Chasmata
    4. Artificial Brain- Labrynthine Constellation
    3. Arsafes- RATOCRACY
    2. A Pregnant Light- My Game Doesn’t Have a Name
    1. Blut Aus Nord- Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

  • NefariousDude

    My list in no particular order:

    Lord Mantis
    Behemoth
    Mutilation Rites
    Real Estate – great indie rock (hate me)
    Artificial Brain
    Fuck the Facts Abandoned ep – endless emptiness is my jam
    Nero Di Marte – italian post metal awesomeness
    Pallbearer
    Todd Terje – groovy nu disco
    Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti – Collage of insanity

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      *hates you*

      • NefariousDude

        i love that dudes style of singing/screaming whatever the hell it is. first track is a masterpiece.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I was thinking of including it too, but I didn’t give it enough listens compared to many others.

          • Same here–and I’d also give them the “most improved” reward from their last album. That drummer needed to calm the fuck down.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Haven’t checked other than this here Derivae

          • The last one shows promise, but the drummer just faps all over the whole thing. There’s no moment of silence or room for any song parts to breathe. He’s clearly a very talented drummer, but fills do not have to be inserted at the end of every bar. The new one seems really good though, but I haven’t heard it enough yet.

    • I like dat Real Estate. H8 dat Ariel Pink doe

      • NefariousDude

        dinosaur carebears doe. I enjoyed before today but i didnt like mature themes. The new album is pretty groovy, like a retro animal collective.

        edit: I also like shit with really complicated productions. so im all over dat flying lotus too

        • George Clarke

          the new flylo was sooooo good

        • You’d probably like Ziltoid 2, then.

          • NefariousDude

            I listened to the album with universe in a ball on it a few years ago. I’ll have to check out that dude again.

  • Johnny Thrashn’Crunch

    Mine, strike this poser down and I’ll become more powerful than you could possibly imagine
    1 Behemoth The Satanist
    2 Opeth Pale Communion
    3 Revocation Deathless
    4 Thomas Giles Modern Noise
    5 Midnight No Mercy For Mayhem
    6 Mastodon Once More ‘Round The Sun
    7 Cannabis Corpse From Wisdom To Baked
    8 Destrage Are You Kidding Me? No
    9 Killer Be Killed S/T
    10 Allegaeon Elements Of The Infinite

    • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

      You have a fantastic list my firend.

      • Johnny Thrashn’Crunch

        Thank you my friend

        • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

          You should check out Nachash by Krokodil. It’s a great album. Heavy riffs and heavy grooves.

    • Death

      That’s a pretty ok list. I quite enjoyed Pale Communion as well.

      • Johnny Thrashn’Crunch

        Holy shit, I wasn’t expecting that.

  • None of you nerds picked power metal, posers

  • JWG

    I pared my ‘metal’ album AOTY list down from 50 to 40. May have to post it through an indirect link to avoid a TLDR post.

    Here are my not-metal A(s)OTY ordered by Month of release. Consider it half a list of a dozen (instead of 10), because I just couldn’t agree with myself on the other half.

    Sam Roberts Band – Lo Fantasy (Rock, February)
    Sit Down, Servant!!! – [Self-Titled] (Instrumental “Dub” Blues-Rock, June)
    Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun (Comedy / Various Genres, July)
    Blues Pills – [Self Titled] (Blues Rock, July)
    Lights – Little Machines (Electropop / New-New Wave, September)
    Purson – In The Meantime (Psychedelic Rock / Blues Rock, October)

    Also: I have Opeth on my ‘metal’ list. It just wasn’t worth the Jimmy Rustling to put it here.

  • J.R.

    Not enough Noble Beast

  • thexenosapien

    I too am late to the party. Here’s my favorites:
    1. Inferi
    All others in no order (too lazy to put album titles):
    Coprocephalic
    Artificial Brain
    Voices
    The contortionist
    Behemoth
    Primitive man
    Fuck the facts
    Archspire
    Alterbeast
    Baring Teeth
    Woods of Desolation
    Bloodbath
    Hoth
    and some other ill shit

    • VVorld Peace

      I dig.

  • Rob M

    Panopticon, Blut Aus Nord..and Im out

  • Stan Laurel

    Here goes. Toilet paper at the ready.

    10. Wovenwar – Wovenwar
    9. Exmortus – Slave to the Sword
    8. Bloodshot Dawn – Demons
    7. Accept – Blind Rage
    6. Black Anvil – Hail Death
    5. Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No
    4. Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere
    3. Darkest Hour – Darkest Hour
    2. Son of Aurelius – Under a Western Sun
    1. Musk Ox – Woodfall

    • VVorld Peace

      That’s one of the more unique lists I’ve seen. Props for Wovenwar.

      • Stan Laurel

        Ha. I’ve been a voyeur on this site for a while and I knew that I’d get some flak for a ‘pop’ pick but the Wovenwar album has riffs that are more tightly packed than a tin of sardines. You can also tell when one song ends and another starts which is a bonus.

  • Finally listening to Artificial Brain, and my initial response was:

    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/062/f/0/dios_mio_by_trooper04-d4rn3ih.jpg

    THIS SHIT IS FUCKING SICK AS HELL! Sounds like a tighter, more tightly wound Back Door To Asylum, and thicker than an anvil made of pig shits. Gracias, Toilet, gracias!