YOU Pick the Best Albums of the Year

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This time of year the internet is filled with bloggers tossing off their Best-Of lists. Suddenly, every dingdong with a Xanga and a .net domain is a connoisseur with impeccable taste. WELL I DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR LISTS. And neither should you! Are you content to just read the suggestions of some cheeto-stained metal blogger? FUCK and NO. That’s why YOU’RE going to pick the best albums of the year.

READ THIS SHIT OR ELSE:

  1. We’re doing this all in the comments.
  2. Upvote picks you agree with are best albums of the year.
  3. Make sure you search every comment to ensure someone else did not nominate your choices first. If they did not, leave a NEW comment with the name of the artist and the title of the album you would like to nominate.
  4. Voting ends Saturday night.
  5. THIS IS NOT THE THREAD FOR CIRCLE JERKING.
  6. Have fun!
  • Bloodshot Dawn-Demons

  • Stargazer – A Merging to the Boundless

  • Death

    Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God

  • IronLawnmower

    This is where I realise I don’t think I’ve listened to a single album that was released this year.

    • God

      No joke, when I get home I’m gonna see how much it would be to buy most of these and see where I can listen to them. Apparently I have missed a LOT of albums

      • Dental_Damnation

        Duder, you heard of this thing called streaming yet? Spotify has about 80% of these

  • tertius_decimus

    Misery Index – The Killing Gods.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      good call!

      • tertius_decimus

        This album is my tune on daily basis.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          Quick story: I’m back in school trying to finish as an old fart. Taking Business of Music this semester. Had to to presentation on a music niche in relation to long tail economics. I chose death metal and reached out to Jason through the MI Facebook site to ask questions about the biz. He got back to me and answered every question. He was really cool… it was just last week.

          • TDTR, i feel like i speak for all of us when i say, we want to see this presentation!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Hey JJMN! My presentation, when compared to the writing I read here daily, would probably appear to be written by a middle school child-lol!

            Here is the email response from Jason. He responded to my questions in detail-VERY COOL!

            Hi Mike

            Thanks for the kind words about the album, it came out
            pretty nice we think! Good luck with your studies, I am also interested in the
            music economics these days…interesting times we live in for that! Glad you
            liked the book too…it was a labor of love….I will try and answer your
            questions to the best of my ability:

            1. What type contract is the most prevalent with death metal bands
            currently? Is it 360 or standard or profit sharing?

            I would say the most standard remains the traditional 3 to 4 album deal,
            with weak royalty rates and modest advances. For an new, unknown band on a label
            Relapse, Metal Blade or Season of Mist, they might get an advance offer in the
            3-5K range to record with, for a 3-4 album deal, with all rights going to the
            label in perpetuity. That is the sort of blanket standard ‘give it all away’
            contract a young death metal band might get first. If they are “hot” they can
            get a better deal, and should argue for a better deal. So yes, at the basic
            level, all the way up to the Cannibal Corpses and the Carcasses, the only
            difference would be the size of the advance (higher), the duration of the
            contract (somewhat shorter), better royalty rates and so on. I can say I have
            never heard of 360 deals even entering into death metal anywhere, although I
            might be wrong. A band’s tour money and merch are so important for their
            survival that it remains a taboo thing for labels to touch that, aside from
            asking for major “exclusive” merch design rights and and rights to press “delux”
            editions and formats. If anything, the band managers are are making out more
            than anyone a lot of the time.

            2. Do bands sign publishing deals too? Or does the lack of
            opportunities to exploit death metal compositions negate the need to get a
            publishing deal?

            Yes, most recording contracts also come with a publishing contract from the
            publishing wing of the label, its different for every band depending on how much
            negotiating clout they have, where they stand (proven band or new, uncertain
            band), or how much access the label has to other revenue streams in other media
            industries (usually the bigger the label the more power they have to exploit the
            music elsewhere…although Relapse has been really good at getting bands onto
            HBO programs, including Misery Index on VEEP). But overall, most death metal
            bands are not that big and just get standard recording deals, or even just deal
            ‘memos’ with small one-man indie labels.

            3. Is it true dm bands today really make all their money
            touring and with merch? Do 360 deals make it even harder to make money off merch
            and touring?

            Yes, it has always been the case. Fortunately death metal, and metal fans
            in general, are very dedicated and very materially connected to the bands they
            like. Unlike in other scenes, like Indie rock, metal fans buy shirts and all
            manner of merch and music and really make it a lifestyle, so that allows touring
            death metal bands to access merch money each night that can compliment the show
            guarantee and keep things afloat better. Again, 360 deals I have not heard of
            and I think would not work, unless it was with a Hatebreed or Machine Head type
            band maybe….who have the guaranteed large numbers to justify a massive advance
            on it all, but I just don’t see record labels risking it on death metal
            bands….

            4. Finally, assuming touring is the primary source of
            income how exactly is that calculated? Im sure its negotiated and billing plays
            a part but say 10,000 was grossed at the door. Typically what would mid to
            bigger level dm band take home from that size show?

            Bigger bands like say Opeth, or Carcass on their recent tour, might play a
            room of 500 people and if they sell it out in a random bigger city, at 20$ to
            get in / 10K in income, here is how it might break down (does not include merch
            of course which is a major factor, as well as the value added stuff these days
            like VIP and meet and greet packages) :

            1500K for the openers

            850 to the booking agent

            850 to management

            200 to the soundguy

            300 to the crew

            1500 to bus/driver/gas for the day

            500 to backline rental (if applicable)
            ——-

            $4300 leftover

            Very rough, but those are factors to consider…..

            Mid level to smaller bands would gross in the 2 to $3000 range, and would
            be traveling in vans without the crew etc…and at much lower cost.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff
          • OldMetalHead

            Nice! Hope you got a good grade on it.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Thank you! I’m still waiting for the grade.

          • <3

  • GL

    Conquering Dystopia – Conquering Dystopia

    GL

  • Giant Squid – Minoans

  • VV.

    Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation

    • tertius_decimus

      Crushing stuff!

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        This looks like an early lock for Toilet Ov Void’s favorite album of 2014. Well deserved.

        • Ironically, it totally came out of left field, no one was expecting it to rear it’s ugly head.

        • tertius_decimus

          What strikes me most is that these guys cite Nocturnus as inspiration, which is still one of my most beloved bands since I started to listen metal many years ago. Among many metalheads with whom I had conversations over past 10 years only close friend of mine agreed on how Nocturnus rocked. Other people even haven’t listened to them. Bummer! They deprive themselves of some truly awesome shit.

  • Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

  • GL

    Archspire- The Lucid Collective

    GL

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Pyrrhon – The Mother of Virtues

  • GL

    Arch Enemy – War Eternal

    lolz

    GL

    • VV.

      You’re only supposed to put in 1, GL 🙂

      • GL

        fuck.

        GL

        • VV.

          Nah, I think I misunderstood it.

          • This isn’t FFB, we don’t limit to one post.

          • GL

            FUCK!

            GL

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Gridlink – Longhena

  • A Pregnant Light – My Game Doesn’t Have a Name

  • The Acacia Strain – Coma Witch

  • Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Swans – To Be Kind

  • Bongripper – Miserable

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Another great Ed call. I just got into these guys recently…

  • Noble Beast – Noble Beast

    • J.R.

      there it is! Sad to see it so far down.
      Gotta go replay it for the thousandth time

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Godflesh-A World Lit Only By Fire

    • God

      Shut me down is my fucking jam. Favorite Godflesh song so far.

  • Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars

  • Aborted-The Necrotic Manifesto

  • Death

    Kayo Dot – Coffins on Io

  • Death

    Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      Just listened to that the other day. I must own all their other albums now. I read somewhere that they had an industrial streak for a while. What’s some stuff that sounds more like the newest album?

      • Death

        Their first two albums and Memoria Vetusta II are similiar to the new one. The Work Which Transforms God is in the weirder industrial style and my personal favourite of theirs.

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Gazpacho – Demon

  • Ne Obliviscaris-Citadel

  • Spear

    Whispered – Shogunate Macabre

    • God

      Whispered released a new album?? Shit I’m behind.

      • Spear

        DUDE
        Get on it, man. It’s amazing. Far better than Thousand Swords

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Abigor – Leytmotif Luzifer The 7 Temptations of Man

    • Death

      I love it.

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        It’s my favorite and most listened to black metal album this year.

        • Death

          BaN and Abigor are figthing for the Black Metal album of the year for me. It’s a hard choice.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I know that feels.

  • Beyond Creation-Earthborn Evolution

  • Fallujah-The Flesh Prevails

    • Herr Schmitty

      Just so good. It hasn’t stopped being awesome to me yet!

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall

    • Howard Dean

      I missed this vote completely (I was on vacation), but I voted for this right now, anyway. I don’t care that my vote won’t count–that’s no different than a general election in the United States.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I don’t know how many albums ToH will use for the reader poll, but I feel like PotF will place.

  • Opeth – Pale Communion

    • Show your respects for this altar of daddy prog rock

      • Glad I revisited this one recently, it’s fucking great.

        • JohnnyTrickleDownCrunchyTacoRi

          The Deputy is laying down most of my favourite releases. Good job sir.

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          I was just playing it tonight. I dunno why so many people hate it, other than it is not a metal album lol

  • At the Gates – At War with Reality

  • Abysmal Dawn – Obsolescence

    • Dental_Damnation

      Should be top 5….minimum!

  • MikeHawke

    Slugdge – Gastronomicon

  • Spear

    Saor – Aura

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Cloak of Altering – Plague Beasts

    • Stockhausen

      I love this mess of an album.

      • VV.

        As do I. Upvoted.

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        “what perhaps it lacks in categorization, it makes up for in madness”.

  • Veilburner – The Three Lightbearers

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Couch Slut – My Life as a Woman

    • Tyree

      NICE!

  • VV.

    Baring Teeth – Ghost Chorus among Old Ruins

    • Gvacamole Jim

      Yes yes yes

  • Cormorant – Earth Diver

  • Disforia – The Age of Ether

  • MikeHawke

    Trap Them – Blissfucker

  • Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will

  • Destrage-Are You Kidding Me No?

    • Sooo fucking good.

    • Julien Jip

      Someone with f*ing taste here! Gonna see them next week, bets album of the year, best brainwash of all time.

  • Orange Goblin – Back from the Abyss

    • KJM

      Love it.

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Eyehategod – Eyehategod [S/T]

  • Scrimm

    Internal Bleeding – Imperium

  • VV.

    Blood of Kingu – Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon

    • Scrimm

      This is going fast I was just typing that.

      • VV.

        I know. I keep checking with control f

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Fuck I haven’t even listened to this one.

      • Scrimm

        Fix that dude. It’s great.

  • Death

    Sunn O))) and Scott Walker – Soused

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    The Body & The Haxan Cloak – I Shall Die Here

  • Dawnbringer – Night of the Hammer

  • Tyree

    Sinmara – Aphotic Womb

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Psalm Zero – The Drain

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Run the Jewels – RTJ2

  • Spear

    Fuck the Facts – Abandoned

  • Death

    Sunn O))) and Ulver – Terrestrials

  • MikeHawke

    Fuck You And Die – Elements of Instability

  • TWILIGHT FORCE – TALES OF ANCIENT PROPHECIES

    • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

      #staypower, Two Rivers

  • Tyree

    Necroholocaust – Holocaustic Goat Metal

  • Behemoth – The Satanist

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Tempel- “On the Steps of the Temple”

  • VV.

    Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died

    • God

      Yessssss. This helped tide over my nevermore craving.

  • MindMaze – Back From The Edge

  • GL

    NEVER HEARD OF THESE BANDS – VOL 1. THE FLUSH PREVAILS

    GL

  • Scrimm

    Origin – Omnipresent

  • Tyree

    Swallowed – Lunarterial

    • VV.

      Great album

  • Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed

  • Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Menace Ruine – Venus Armata

  • Vallenfyre – Splinters

  • Seeing all these posts makes me realize how many bands I forgot to consider when deciding a top ten.

    • Spear

      My problem is that I forget things as quickly as I listen to them. Probably the one major pitfall of hearing every fucking thing that comes out every week.

      • Exactly man, first world problems lol.

    • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

      The way I see it, this will be a much better reference for going back and catching albums I’ve missed than any compiled EOTY/AOTY lists. Thats why the toilet is >>>>>>>>

  • Panopticon – Roads to the North

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      uze dudes have re-kindled the black metal fire..this album is excellent.

      • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

        agreed.

    • JohnnyTrickleDownCrunchyTacoRi

      It’s on the Bandcamp wishlist. One day…

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Solstafir – Otta

  • Tyree

    Martyrdöd – Elddop

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Conan – Blood Eagle

    • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

      Hell yes

  • Emeth-Aethyr

    • Scrimm

      Fuck I need to hear that I keep forgetting.

      • Make some time dude, it’s great!

        • Scrimm

          Top of my list now.

        • Scrimm

          Sounds good so far!

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Sunn O)))/Ulver – Terrestrials

    • Death

      Already said it.

      • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

        Wrestle to the death. Winner keeps their submission.

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        I only saw Soused

  • Tyree

    Plebeian Grandstand – Lowgazer

    • Stockhausen

      Love this album.

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Falls of Rauros- “Believe In No Coming Shore”

  • MikeHawke

    Ingurgitating Oblivion – Continuum of Absence

  • Spear

    Inferi – Path of Apotheosis

  • Tyree

    Bastard Feast – Osculom Infame

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Demilich – 20th Adversary of Emptiness

  • dr.derelict

    Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

    • Stockhausen

      Yessssss.

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Ifing- “Against This Weald”

    • somnium163

      YES. Upvote, people. Best epic black metal of the year.

      • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

        I’m glad someone else realizes this!

  • MikeHawke

    UnKured – Mutated Earth

    • I just discovered this band a few days ago. They will be appearing in TDT at some point for sure.

  • Tyree

    Diocleation – Gesondrian

  • Death

    Circle – Leviatan

    • Cockypock Aioli

      NWOFHM!

    • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

      I was unaware of this band, and then I see that they have an absurd amount of material available.

      • Death

        Probably my favourite Finnish band. I wonder how many albums they’ve released while I’ve been typing this comment

  • Tyree

    Svffer – Lies We Live

    • Stockhausen

      Good album.

  • MikeHawke

    NYN – Eventuality

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Nebelung – Palingenesis

  • Tyree

    Coltsblood – Into The Unfathomable Abyss

  • Tyree

    Sacrocurse – Unholier Master

  • Tyree

    Krigblast – Power Till Demise

  • Tyree

    Ad Infinitum – Woven Within

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Pallbearer- “Foundations of Burden”

  • Tyree

    Black Monolith – Passenger

  • Teitanblood – Death

  • Tyree

    Skaphe – S/T

  • Tyree

    Symptom – Caverns of Katabasis

  • Exmortus-Slave to the Sword

  • Tyree

    Disturbance Project – Grita Mientras Puedas

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Atlas Moth- “The Old Believer”

    • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

      I’m mad that you got to this before me Pagliacci!

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      I was starting to believe that I was the only person to love this album.

  • Death

    Mama Longhorn – Enter the Rhythm Tank

  • MikeHawke

    Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII

  • Tyree

    Fórn – The Departure of Consciousness

  • Tyree

    Rort – Warpath

  • Death

    Manes – Be All End All

  • Domains – Sinister Ceremonies

  • tertius_decimus

    Nightingale – Retribution.

  • Nocturnal – Storming Evil

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Inter Arma- “The Cavern”

  • Inanimate Existence- Never Ending Cycle of Atonement

  • Tyree

    Horsehunter – Caged In Flesh

  • Pyre – Human Hecatomb

  • Tyree

    Vermin Womb – Permanence

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion

  • Nasheim – Solens vemod

  • MikeHawke

    Fisthammer – Infallible

  • Gvacamole Jim

    Dirty Loops – Loopified

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Lazer/Wulf – The Beast of Left and Right

  • Infestum-Monuments of Exalted

  • Tyree

    Electric Funeral – Total Funeral

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Agalloch- “The Serpent & The Sphere”

  • Tyree

    Ingurgitating Oblivion – Continuum Of Absence

    • VV.

      I’m intrigued that this album was your skronk of choice.

      • Tyree

        It’s good. Jack pulled through.

        • Underneath all that tech and shit I’m secretly pretty kvlt.

  • Death

    Ghost Brigade – IV: One With The Storm

    • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

      Just you and I, death?

      • Death

        The banished one also liked it.

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Morbus Chron – Sweven

  • Job For A Cowboy-Sun Eater

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      good call

    • SuperPizza

      Was quite the surprise, in a good way.

  • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

    Woccon- “Solace in Decay”

  • Spear

    Earth Rot – Follow the Black Smoke

  • Tyree

    Tardigrada – Widrstand

  • tertius_decimus

    Lux Occulta – Kolysanki.

  • Tyree

    TAURUS – No/Thing

  • Death

    Current 93 – I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell

  • Killitorous-Party, Grind

  • Tyree

    Khthoniik Cerviiks – Heptaedrone

  • VV.

    Ageless Oblivion – Penthos

  • Tyree

    Water Torture – Pillbox

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    Botanist – VI: Flora

  • GL

    Tay Tay Swift – 1989

    lolbuttz

    GL

    • Stay Katy

    • Paris Hilton

      I fucking hate T-Swift for making her single Blank Space so FUCKING CATCHY!

  • Spear

    Phobia – Grind Core

  • Omnihility- Deathscapes of the Subconscious

    • Scrimm

      Beat me to it I was just typing that.

  • Tyree

    Keeper – MMXIV

  • VV.

    Piss Vortex – Piss Vortex

  • VV.

    Myopic/Torrid Husk – Crawling Mountain Apogee

  • Tyree

    Cretin – Stranger

    • GL

      Im in love w/ dis!

      GL

  • Primordium-Aeonian Obsolescence

  • Scrimm

    Desecravity – Orphic Signs

  • Tyree

    NIGHTFELL – THE LIVING EVER MOURN

  • Hadal Maw-Senium

  • Tyree

    Grey Widow – I

  • Scrimm

    Infecting the Swarm – Pathogenesis

  • Tyree

    Buioingola – Dopo l’Apnea

  • Son of Aurelius- Under A Western Sun

  • Manes – Be All End All

    • Death

      Dammit Mcnulty!

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Crib45 – Marching Through The Borderlines.

  • Tyree

    Aureole – Alunar

  • Thomas Giles- Modern Noise

  • VV.

    The Great Old Ones – Antarctica

    • Scrimm

      My bandmates WORSHIP those dudes. I need to listen more.

      • Stockhausen

        They rule. Buttz.

    • Tyree

      I gotz to listen to this again.

      • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

        Yeah, this is one of those albums that I instantly regret not listening to much of. I’d like to see this album make the list.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Fvcking ay Tyree, me too.

  • Soreption- Engineering the Void

  • Tyree

    Labyrinthine – Ancient Obscurity

  • Starkill- Virus of the Mind

  • GL

    Amaranthe- Massive Addictive

    BOOOM!

    GL

    • You just earned some more cool points in my book GL!

      • GL

        It is a massively addictive album. lol! Solid listen!

        GL

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Earth – Primitive and Deadly

  • Spear

    Revocation – Deathless

    • Wow I can’t believe it took this long for this to be posted lol.

      • I CAN.

        • Spear

          I’M SORRY I LIKE FUN, OKAY

        • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

          CRANKY, ARE WE

        • Herr Schmitty

          Deathless = Totes better than Manowar, the gauntlet is thrown!

  • The Seer- Prologue

  • The Pretty Reckless- Going to Hell (where you at mcnulty?)

    • GL

      NO
      -KSOFM

      • Spear

        NO
        -Everyone
        ftfy*

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    • GET OUT.

      • I’m sorry that I’m capable of maintaining an open mind as well as not obsessing over deafhaven. love you though

        • Your mind is so open that your brain fell out.

          • I’m not sure whether this was a good comeback or a half-assed one.

          • GL

            this is a comeback where I would say “that is a good comeback”

            -papjoe

          • Stockhausen

            If you were on Facebook like the rest of the humans, you would know the true lineage, and proper phrasing. GIVE IN.

          • Stockhausen

            Ooooooooh!!!!

          • Johnny James McCrunchy

            Cyndi Lauper >>>> The Pretty Reckless

        • VV.

          I think it could be argued that the Pretty Reckless don’t require an open mind as they’re generic radio rock.

          • We are in a fight. Meh nvm I like some generic radio rock anyway. I still wouldn’t qualify them as that though. If they are radio rock they are the very best of radio rock

          • THE HIT BIRD FLUTTERS!

          • (jack i bet everyone who’s mad at us hasn’t heard the whole album)

          • Its their loss then!

          • Johnny James McCrunchy

            It’s a good rockin’ album, the type of thing I’d put on if I have non metal people over for a bbq or some other such social nonsense, but not AOY material.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Didn’t you already torture 1president?

  • Tyree

    ARIZMENDA – Cum in Your Wound

  • Tyree

    Sea Oleena – Shallow

  • Tyree

    Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean

  • Death

    St. Vincent – St. Vincent

  • Tyree

    Nux Vomica – Nux Vomica

  • Tyree

    Mystruin – Gånget äro ljuset

  • Tyree

    ILL OMEN – Enthroning the Bonds of Abhorrence

  • MoshOff

    Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

  • Scrimm

    A Hill To Die Upon – Holy Despair

    • God

      😀

      • Scrimm

        😀

  • Spear

    A Sound of Thunder – The Lesser Key of Solomon

  • MoshOff

    Epica – The Quantum Enigma

  • MoshOff

    Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

    • God

      This needs to be much higher

      • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

        Missed it earlier. I’m in, for sure.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          BB’s Dvrk work? This is a good thing.

    • Johnny James McCrunchy

      I was let down by it 🙁

  • Tyree

    Lavatory – Morbid Terror

  • Death

    White Suns – Totem

  • MoshOff

    Unearth – Watchers of Rule

    • Dental_Damnation

      This album rules. It’s the most zero fucks given 2014 metalcore record. They literally perfect the genre with this one.

  • IronLawnmower

    Midnight- No Mercy for Mayhem

  • Tyree

    The Dead Mantra – Nemure

  • MoshOff

    Soen – Tellurian

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Vader – Tibi et Igni

    • Tyree

      I keep forgetting about this album and I shouldn’t.

      • Herr Schmitty

        Brother, given the sheer number of albums you listen to on a regular basis and your ability to remember 90% of them, you can be goddamn forgiven for missing one or two. You’re a human encyclopedia metallum.

        I legit wonder whether you or our San Diegan friend possesses more knowledge of underground/bandcamp music. I think you’d give that wizard a run for his money.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Steve, now that is an idea for a post or series for this site. Tyree vs. the infamous “C”, no holds barred competition to the death.

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        It seems everyone forgets it.

  • Darkest Era- Severence

  • MoshOff

    Hannes Grossman – The Radial Covenant

  • Yob- Clearing the Path to Ascend

    • VV.

      Great album

    • Tyree

      Looking forward to that U2 and YOB tour!

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      Marrow FTW

  • Decapitated- Blood Mantra

  • Vainaja- Kadotetut

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

    • Johnny James McCrunchy

      I’m struggling to keep up with your name changes

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        Trying to find a keeper

  • Primordial- Where Greater Men Have Fallen

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Bölzer – Soma

    • Tyree

      Not sure if that counts as an album but sure.

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        Some publications don’t mind if it’s a ep or an lp, so I figured I’ll just throw this here.

        • Tyree

          Hey, I upvoted.

          • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

            Aha, my phone won’t show. I usually miss half of the new comments as well.

  • Thou- Heathen

    • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

      Upvoted hard

  • Louis Quatorze

    Execration – Morbid Dimensions

    • GL

      your avatar >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      GL

  • Coolstorybro

    Eskhaton – Worship Death

  • Scrimm

    Twitch of the Death Nerve – A New Code of Morality

    • Tyree

      Is this the band with the Defeated Sanity drummer?

      • Scrimm

        Yes

        • Tyree

          I remember this band now. Brutal stuff.

          • Scrimm

            He also played on the Abhorrent Castigation album. Haven’t checked that out though.

      • VV.

        Good lord, Defeated Sanity.

        • Tyree

          🙂

    • VV.

      I missed this album. About to check out now.

  • Scrimm

    Septycal Gorge – Scourge of the Formless Breed

  • KJM

    Occultation – Silence In The Ancestral House

  • KJM

    The Wounded Kings – Consolamentum

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Nero di Marte – Derivae

  • GL

    In Flames – Siren Charms

    Suck on it.

    GL

  • KJM

    Purple Hill Witch – Purple Hill Witch

  • Louis Quatorze

    Horrendous – Ecdysis

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Tankard – R.I.B

    • Tyree

      Hahaha! YES! Love these dudes.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Soulburn – The Suffocating Darkness

  • KJM

    Throne – Where Tharsis Sleeps

  • KJM

    Electric Wizard – Time To Die

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Sinmara- Aphotic Womb

    • Tyree

      Got you coverd already BRO.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Thanks, sifting through the list was nauseating. Should have known you would have it.

        • Tyree

          You have more upvotes though. Hails!

    • mother of pearl that’s some good stuff! thanks bby

      • Tyree

        Hell yes McNasty. I did not know you liked Sinmara.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Opium Warlords – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

  • Scrimm

    Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds

  • Brock Samson

    Infestus- The Reflecting Void

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Noneuclid – Metatheosis

    • Stockhausen

      I wanted to like this, but couldn’t do it.

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        What! Why! No! Explain yourself!

        • Stockhausen

          The vocals, man, the vocals. They skeezed me out.

          • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

            No! There’s a multitude of variety in them! Don’t give up just ’cause you’re dead and all.

          • Stockhausen

            I will try for you, Tom Waits.

          • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

            In that case I’ll tell you all my secrets.

  • Brock Samson

    Take Over and Destroy- “Vacant Face”

  • Scrimm

    Scab – Broken Bone Symphony

    • Tyree

      Boooooooo.

      • Scrimm

        Meant to say that was my pick for whiff of the year 😉

        • Tyree

          There we go.

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Fen – Carrion Skies

  • Paris Hilton

    Son of a bitch! Most of my picks have been taken! I’d have to say one of my favorite albums of the year was:

    Periphery- Clear EP (srs)

    Fucking fight me!

    -PH

  • MikeHawke

    Depraved Heretic – Absolution

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

  • Brock Samson

    Darkspace- III I

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    The Underachievers – Cellar Door: Terminus ut Exordium

  • VV.

    Hey folks, just a reminder. Before you type something, “ctr f” to check for it. If it’s already here, upvote it! Upvote what you like.

    • GL

      … and post as many as you like….. 🙂 🙂

      GL

      • Oooooooooooh! I thought we were limited to one! *cracks knuckles and rolls up sleeves with my now mangled fingers*

    • Lacertilian

      Lately my ctrl+F has been only telling me how many occurrences there are on the page and not going to them when I click the arrows or appearing as the yellow lines on the scroll bar. Utterly useless.

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    The Flight of Sleipnir – V.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Satanic Warmaster – Fimbulwinter

  • Brock Samson

    Mare Cognitum- Phobos Monolith

  • Louis Quatorze

    Drowned – Idola Specus

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Tombs – Savage Gold

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Burzum – The Ways of Yore

    • Death

      Lol

      • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

        It was bad-ish, but I couldn’t resist.

  • Louis Quatorze

    Gorgasm – Destined to Violate

  • Reminder: Do a damn ctrl+F search before you recommend something. Also, upvote the things you like.

    • should we also self upvote?

      • Self-upvotes are for NERDS. You’re already throwing down a suggestion, I know you like it.

        • I half expected you to self-upvote this comment, lulz.

        • Stockhausen

          Oh dang, I’ve been self-upvoting. But you know what? Don’t care.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            lol

          • NERD

          • Johnny James McCrunchy

            Self upvoting should be allowed in a voting comment thread. What if your pick is tied with someone elses and the other has upvoted themselves? You need to be able to break the deadlock

          • This is mostly just an annoyance for me. I’ll have to check the upvotes for each entry and subtract the self upvoter

          • JWG

            But if I don’t vote for myself, nobody will even see my choices all the way down on the bottom there. 😉

            (I did, but then took it back. Then did it again, but took it back…)

        • KingPagliacciOvFlushMountain

          Ooooops.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      thank you for this knowledge..i really had no idea how to do this and am now going to use this all the time.

    • Lacertilian

      How many votes do we get each Papa Joe?
      Unlimited?

    • also, lolbuttz

  • Scrimm

    Bloodtruth – Obedience

    • I’m back and forth with this album. It’s good but the unnecessary amount of churchy sound snippets pisses me off.

      • Scrimm

        Kinda the same way. I’m not sure if it’s gonna quite make my list or not.

  • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

    Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

  • Tyree

    Incantation – Dirges of Elysium

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Wolvhammer – Crawling into Black Sun

    • Brock Samson

      I believe it’s Clawing, not Crawling

      • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

        You are write.

  • Brock Samson

    Woods of Desolation- As the Stars

    • EsusMoose

      Why isn’t this a little higher? Because it’s pretty

  • Stockhausen

    Secret Cutter – S/T

  • Brock Samson

    1349- Massive Cauldron of Chaos

  • Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

  • Brock Samson

    Krieg- Transient

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      I love this album and I really love his rant on the Home track !!!

      “The vapid the vane the empty…” “everyone else is just someone else to trample”

  • Brock Samson

    Impaled Nazarene- Vigorous and Liberating Death

  • Dark Fortress- Venereal Dawn

  • Stockhausen

    Thaw – Earth Ground

  • Doom VS – Earthless

  • Code Orange – I Am King

  • Stockhausen

    Wreck and Reference – Want

  • Lantlos – Melting Sun

  • Decapitated – Blood Mantra

    • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

      I think this already was up.

      • I did a search and it didn’t come up with anything.

        • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

          Huh? I’m pretty sure it was. Maybe I done goofed now. I must see to this.

        • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

          I did done goofed! I must visit an optic.

          • They still deleted my original comment 🙁

          • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

            I is sorry if it was my doing. On a phone I’ve no access to ctrl + f.
            (Sorry I is if there wasn’t other post with it that is)

          • It’s no problem, buddy! We shall drink together from the skulls of slain posers soon enough!

          • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

            Skål! Terveydeksi! Kippis ja kulaus!

          • What he said!

  • Sectu-Nefarious

  • KJM

    Akrobatik – Built To Last

  • Schammasch – Contradiction

  • Brock Samson

    Lvcifyre- Svn Eater

  • Stoic Dissension – Autocthon

  • Brock Samson

    Indian- From All Purity

  • Stockhausen

    Labyrinthine – Ancient Obscurity

  • He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    (Reads comments, later found in fetal position trying to comprehend all the brutalz)

  • Acrania – Totalitarian Dystopia

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    Cannabis Corpse-From Wisdom to Baked

  • Scrimm

    Annihilated – XIII Steps to Ruination

  • Stockhausen

    Ævangelist – Writhes in the Murk

    • Rob M

      Good, but not as good as their previous albums

      • Tyree

        Agreed. There was a more rawer and more eerie atmosphere to the earlier stuff.

  • AxetoFall

    Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

  • Brock Samson

    Black Anvil- Hail Death

  • Brock Samson

    Young and in the Way- When Life Comes to Death

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    U2-Songs of Innocence

    • I totally thought about doing this as a joke…couldn’t bring myself to do it.

    • knock that off

      • Akercocke ov Steele

        Ze vheels are already set een motion Meester Bauer. Ju are powerless to stahp me.

    • Wasn’t quite as brutal or icey grim as Tay Tay’s ‘1989’, though.

  • AxetoFall

    Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

    • Hey, look through the comments or do a ctrl+f search once all the comments load, both of your picks have already been mentioned!

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    November’s Doom – Bled White

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Mutilation Rites – Harbinger

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Wo Fat – The Conjuring

    • VV.

      Already here!

      • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

        CONTROL F FAILED ME

        • VV.

          You probably have to load all the comments at the bottom if you’ve refreshed.

          • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

            Meh? Whole comment box is loaded, cntrl F didn’t find it and neither can I?

          • VV.

            Weird. Could have sworn someone posted it. I admit that I am wrong.

          • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

            My thunder, you stoles it!

          • VV.

            I cry pardon, gunslinger.

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind (sry guise, albums good)

    • Brock Samson

      I wanted to like it, but I always found myself bored halfway through it.

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    Tombs-Savage Gold

    • VV.

      That’s here too, buddy.

    • Tyree

      Here already

      • Akercocke ov Steele

        I must’ve not refreshed the page.

  • VV.

    Okay, heads up. If you’ve refreshed the page, you’ll need to load all comments at the bottom to do a proper control f.

  • Tyree

    John Mellencamp – Plain Spoken

    • Tom Waits For Nordling Rites

      °_°

    • KJM

      John Mellencvnt – Forehead Of The Dolphin Gods

  • Stockhausen

    Mephistopheles – Sounds of the End

    • MikeHawke

      Isn’t that from last year?

      • Stockhausen

        OH CRAP. It is, good catch.

        • MikeHawke

          I also wanted to post it, that’s why I immediately noticed. Good album though.

          • Stockhausen

            All sorts of weird, I loved it.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          I still upvoted it..cause I dont care…Im crazy like that.

  • Stockhausen

    Barghest – The Virtuous Purge

  • Stockhausen

    Epistasis – Light Through Dead Glass

    • Tyree

      VERY GOOD!

  • Stockhausen

    Calm Hatchery – Fading Reliefs

  • Tyree

    NOD NOD – NOD NOD

  • God

    Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

    • God

      Scrolled through the whole post. (On mobile) and didn’t see it. Come on guys.

  • Stockhausen

    White Suns – Totem

    • Death

      Yo, it’s been posted already. Good album though.

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron (totally srs)

  • Tyree

    Kvlthammer – Kvlthammer

  • Tyree

    Temple of Dagon – Rituals of the Deep

    • Temple of Dagon

      Glad you dig it! We’re putting out a 7″ on Black Voodoo Records in June 2015 along with a tour to support it. Hope you dig that too

  • Tyree

    FUNEST – Desecrating Obscurity

  • Tyree

    Preludium – Redemption

  • Stockhausen

    Emptiness – Nothing But the Whole

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      Why has this only got 2 votes!??!!?

  • Tyree

    Nidsang – Into The Womb Of Dissolving Flames

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Judas Priest -Redeemer Of Souls
    just because I’m old and love Priest

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      I’m old to man. And Ill tell you what, I loved this album. I jumped off the Priest train for quite a few years. I recently bought this CD before seeing them about a month ago! ITS KICK ASS! I’m a huge Richie Faulkner fan too…

      • FeelTheDarkness

        I really love what Richie brings. I never expected him to be K.K. but to bring his own ideas to the table.
        I think this is a good record coming after Nostradamus or however the fuck it’s spelled.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          agreed!

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless

  • Stockhausen

    Lavatory – Morbid Terror

    • tertius_decimus

      Haha, this one fits to toilet! 😀

  • Stockhausen

    Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Kataplexis – Downpour

  • KJM

    Sinoia Caves – ‘Beyond The Black Rainbow’ Soundtrack

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Auroch – Taman Shud

  • Expire – Pretty Low

  • Monuments – The Amanuensis

  • Scrimm

    Hideous Divinity – Cobra Verde

  • Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

    • KJM

      already listed

      • I see it now. ctrl+F only works when you have the see more comments all the way open

  • Alterbeast – Immortal

  • Tyree

    Muscle and Marrow – The Human Cry

  • Tyree

    Mamiffer – Statu Nascendi

    • Stockhausen

      Gunglifnee – Spimdyboons Beilgderf

  • Tyree

    Marissa Nadler – July

  • Count_Breznak

    Abigor – Leytmotif Luzifer

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Arctic Sleep – Passage of Gaia

  • HessianHunter

    Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors

  • HessianHunter

    Oozing Wound – Earth Suck

  • HessianHunter

    Yautja – Songs of Descent

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Disentomb – Misery (thanks, toilet!)

  • NefariousDude

    LORD MANTIS: DEATH MASK

    • shit son, you’re the first person to mention that one. unbelievable.

      • NefariousDude

        I was very surprised it wasn’t already listed haha. That’s like top 3 for me

  • Count_Breznak

    Omnihility – Deathscapes Of The Subconscious

    • Scrimm

      Already here

      • Count_Breznak

        Oh, right. All the way down there, didn’t load.

        • Scrimm

          I know I’ve come close several times already it’s hard.

  • George Clarke

    Jazz Lingo by Polyphony

  • George Clarke

    FKA Twigs by FKA Twigs

    • VV.

      My wife jams this album all the time.

  • KJM

    Witch Mountain – Mobile Of Angels

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      Fuck you all, I love them and they released an album this year.

      • God

        I loved it. Then again I end up liking a lot of so called “poser” music.

        • Further Down the Metal Hole

          There’s always something lovable about God.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    October File – The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair…

    • HessianHunter

      Dude, a band named after a Die Kreuzen record? I gotta hear it

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        Whoops, just noticed I left out part of the album title. I’ll be honest, I never looked into the origin of the name, but if that gets you giving them a try, go for it! Apparently their style is a mix of post-punk and hardcore. I couldn’t describe it differently, I just know I love them.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Hark – Crystalline

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun (if an EP counts)

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Steamforged – The Endless

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    The Mire – Glass Cathedrals

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Phylogeny – Phylogeny

  • George Clarke

    the powers that b by death grips

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Ab-Soul – These Days . . .

  • BLVCKBEVRD OV THE 3RD KINDBUD

    Axenstar – Where Dreams are Forgotten

  • Tyree

    Human Collapse – Darkness To Fall

  • Xerath – III

  • Tyree

    Human Cull – Stillborn Nation

  • Tyree

    Usnea – Random Cosmic Violence

  • Xan

    Novembers Doom – Bled White

    • Tyree

      I think that one is mentioned.

      • Xan

        I did a Ctrl + F and didn’t find it.

      • Xan

        Fuck, nevermind. I misspelled November.

  • Tyree

    Spawn From Deceit – Woven Promises Unraveled Victims

  • Xan

    Winter of Sin – Violence Reigns Supreme

  • Tyree

    Anopheli – A Hunger Rarely Sated

  • Tyree

    Caino – exegesis

  • Xan

    Ceremonial Castings – Cthulhu

    • God

      I’m a ceremonial castings fanboy. Loved that album

      • Xan

        That hour long ambient track might be one of my most favorite pieces of music ever created. That shit can create a mood.

        • God

          Absolutely. They still haven’t in my opinion topped my favorite album by them which is Salem 1692. I can listen to that on repeat for days

  • Tyree

    Child – Child

  • Tyree

    Halberd – Remnants of Crumbling Empires

  • Xan

    Gormathon – Following the Beast

  • Tyree

    Buckshot Facelift – Living Ghosts of the North Shore

    • Johnny James McCrunchy

      Cool name

  • Xan

    Rigor Mortis – Slaves to the Grave

  • Xan

    Pripjat – Tschernobyl

  • Xan

    Dissolution – Natural Selection

  • Xan

    Belphegor – Conjuring the Dead

    • God

      FORNICATIOOOON *Dweee Dweee dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun* SIX SIX SIX!!!!

  • Death

    Lotus Thief – Rervm

    • Lacertilian

      Just started listening to Nypmhaea Caerulea now after you mentioned it, I liked the band name, then I saw the artwork, then when I read psychedelic it was all over.
      I’m in.
      Thanks Death!

      Edit: I have bought it now too instead of being dodgy.

  • KJM

    Wo Fat – The Conjuring

    • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

      Thunder stealer.

  • Rob M

    Barbarian – Faith Extinguisher

    • wtf lol I haven’t heard of any of the albums you posted.

      • Rob M

        Sounds like youve got some homework to do this weekend

  • Rob M

    Dhwesha – Sthoopa

  • Rob M

    Phobocosm – Deprived

  • Rob M

    Avichi – Catharsis Absolute

    • Tyree

      Fuck, I forgot about this one.

    • Tom Waits For Better Days

      Heck! I forgot this came out this year!

  • Rob M

    Fortress – Unto the Nothing

  • Rob M

    Innsmouth – Consumed by Elder Sign

  • Rob M

    Kriegsmaschine – Enemy of Man

    • Tyree

      Yes! This needs for votes. I just ordered this album from Poland last week.

      EDIT: We need new Mgla too.

  • Rob M

    Nasheim – Solens Vemod

  • Rob M

    Portrait – Crossroads

  • Rob M

    Sorcier des Glaces – Ritual of the End

    • Tyree

      I’m glad you are here man. This fucking rules hard!

      • Rob M

        Hahahaha…knew I could count on you to upvote at least a few of these =D

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Electric Wizard-Time To Die

    • KJM

      Think I already posted that one

  • KJM

    Purson – In The Meantime EP

    • Lady SteelDragon

      So good.

      • KJM

        Have you heard Rosie’s side project ‘Fogie’?

        http://fogie.bandcamp.com/releases

        • Lady SteelDragon

          I have now! Super weird/cool stuff. She is so rad.

          • KJM

            How can one person be that ridiculously talented? I can’t wait for Purson to finally book a serious US tour.

          • Lady SteelDragon

            She is. It took me a bit to warm up to The Circle and the Blue Door, but I am a fan now. A US tour would rule.

  • EsusMoose

    Haken-Restoration

  • SYL!’s 7 Year Old Son

    Burzum- The Ways of Yore

    • KJM

      Hey, how did you escape?!

  • JWG

    Kampfar – Djevelmakt

    [I knew this would be forgotten by year end…]

    • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

      I considered posting it, I really liked their older albums but this one kinda displeased me.

      • JWG

        I know exactly what you mean, but I promised back in January (to nobody in particular) that I’d remember it for a list like this one, even if nobody else did.

        Technically it’s way off the albums I *am* considering for AOTY, but they’re all posted already.

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    WIFE – What’s Between

  • Top 5 I can think of off the top of my head:
    Xerath – III
    Postiljonen – All That We Had Was Lost
    Devin Townsend – Sky Blue/Dark Matters
    Diary Of Dreams – Elegies In Darkness
    Back Door To Asylum – Cerberus Millenia (such a criminally underrated CD!)

  • Low Culture

    Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus

  • JWG

    Spires – the Whisperer

    [… Actually might be my absolute AOTY, because it’s a personal find that exceeded expectations. Also mentioned because it’s practically expected of me at this point…]

  • Low Culture

    Full of Hell & Merzbow – Full of Hell & Merzbow

  • Low Culture

    Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral

  • Low Culture

    Generation of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom

  • JWG

    Slough Feg – Digital Resistance

    February feels like forever ago.

    • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

      Another good one I neglected.

  • NefariousDude

    I guess my reply didn’t send earlier :< I was pretty surprised too! My personal #1 metal album pick

  • JohnnyTrickleDownCrunchyTacoRi

    Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem

  • JohnnyTrickleDownCrunchyTacoRi

    Thomas Giles – Modern Noise

  • CT-12

    Kenn Nardi – Dancing With the Past (I control f’ed and it didn’t show up, so forgive me if it’s already posted)

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    watch top vid(muted_
    while listening to second one

    http://youtu.be/MTjrNVbd2Uo

    http://youtu.be/Hphwfq1wLJs

  • Drowned – Idola Specus

  • Black Anvil – Hail Death

  • Kazz

    Howls of Ebb – Vigils of the 3rd Eye

  • Kazz

    Shroud of Despondency – Tied to a Dying Animal

  • Kazz

    Voyager – V

  • Kazz

    The Wolves of Avalon – Boudicca’s Last Stand

  • Lacertilian

    Nader Sadek – ‘The Malefic: Chapter III’

  • Lacertilian

    Earthship – ‘Withered’

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Godhunter- City of Dust

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Sorxe – Surrounded by Shadows

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Pale Horseman – Mourn The Black Lotus

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Lotus Ash – The Word of God

  • Theres 645 comments on this post, give or take 100 or so for replies to comments. THAT STILL LEAVES OVER 500 ALBUMS

    • Scrimm

      That made the task seem even more daunting. Jeez.

      • Lacertilian

        You going to try them all?

        • Scrimm

          Fuck no I have a hard enough time remembering the stuff I do check out. I’ll certainly try some.

        • Tom Waits For Better Days

          I figured I’ll try at least a song an album before the end of the year. I’ve already given the votes I’m gonna give.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Horseback – Piedmont Apocrypha

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers + Axioms

  • Cory John William Kamermans

    Mysticum – Planet Satan

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    The Haunted – Exit Wounds

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    Obituary – Inked In Blood

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    Scamp – The Deadcalm

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    Trepalium – Voodoo Moonshine (a 6 song EP counts, right? It’s too good not to nominate!)

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    Cloudkicker – Live with Intronaut
    Does it count? It’s too good not too, dammit.

  • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

    Enabler – La Fin
    Absolue Du Monde

    • BLVKKBEVRD DVRKWORK

      Oh snap, I forgot about a new Enabler!?

  • Mr. Bojangles

    Five Finger Death Punch – The Way of the Fist

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      good call dude!

    • Lacertilian

      lolbuttz?

  • Bouroboris

    Pig Destroyer – Mass And Volume

  • Bouroboris

    Coffin Birth – Necrotic Liquefaction

  • Bouroboris

    ICOSA – The Skies Are Ours

  • Bouroboris

    The Mire – Glass Cathedrals

  • Bouroboris

    Hardcore Anal Hydrogen – The Talas Of Satan

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    Titan- Septic Flesh

    • OldMetalHead

      You beat me to it. Love this album!

  • Chirurg

    ACxDC – Antichrist Demoncore

  • Bouroboris

    Cloud Rat – Blind River

  • Guest

    Holy shit! How many pages of comments are there already. I must of scrolled through 10, but I didn’t see:

    Septicflesh – Titan

  • JWG

    I see ALL of the non-Metal choices, and I raise every single one the following:

    Weird Al – Mandatory Fun