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12.29.14 The Year In Metal, 2014: Volume Ii12.10.14 A Year In Metal, 2014: Volume I

The Year In Metal, 2014: Volume Ii

Continuation of Volume I.
Leytmotif Luzifer

"Leytmotif Luzifer" is the nasty occult black metal album you need this year. It's a concept album of sorts. Something like a black mass or whatnot. It's dirty and decidedly weird with some of the most eerie vocals you'll hear all year. But gimmicks aside, this ol' band knows how to make a big, bold, quality black metal album. It's full of surprises and never once lets up.
Beyond the Forest

"Beyond the Forest" is the first album in a long time that I listened to in one sitting. And I can't really put my finger on the reason for this. It's creepy and dark black metal, sure, but there is a lot of that nowadays. But where Valdrin excels is bringing just about every facet of black metal into one incredible package. Through in some death metal style intensity and what you have is a chilling and emotionally draining piece of music. There's so much to discuss that this blurb could not do it justice. It's black metal nearly perfected. Everyone should hear this.
Blood Eagle

I've been enjoying sitting in my car and letting this album wash over me. With the speakers surrounding me it feels like I'm drowning in a thick miasma or being sucked into a warm sandpit. Conan claim to be the heaviest band in the world, and while it's silly to proclaim such a thing, it is truly a testament to this oppressively dense doom band.
Amidst the Trees

I don't know how I feel about this retro throwback black metal album. On the one hand it kind of reminds me of old Burzum, which is sort of cool I guess. But on the other hand it borders on the inane and cheesy. The ghostly vocals and etheral production are fascinating, however, as they give a haunting and soft quality to the music.
5Wrought Iron
Rejoice and Transcend

"Rejoice and Transcend" is a filthy death metal record with lots of fun old school black metal sensibilities. Firmly planted in the 90s aesthetic, it's a fierce and confident piece of overt heaviness.
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