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Zaru's 2014?

So here's my listything for last year. So much stuff I never went back and listened to enough rrbecause new stuff was always coming out resulted in most of the second half of my list being rrconsiderably wibbly wobbly and unorganized. You should get the general gist, though.
48 #47-32 are unordered
because there was simply too much to go through ;_;

Too much great stuff in 2014 for me to really commit to listening to everything enough times to definitely say that this one album I liked was better than this other one I liked. For that reason, the first chunk here are not ordered because I either didn't listen to them enough or just could not rank them among other similar/dissimilar artists. It's more like a greatest hits of 2014 portion, I suppose.
47Sun Worship
Elder Giants

The vocals get on my nerves, but otherwise this is some pretty solid, heavy cascadian-esque bm. Wiz can tell you all about the subtle crust/hardcore influences(?) that run throughout, so trust me when I say there's some subtle crust influences here too, helping to make the music much heavier than other atmos bm acts. Respectable release, although not as amazing as I initially though. Still a band to watch in the future, though.

Atmospherical black metals, now with some flutes! Sorta feels like he wants a piece of that Saor pie by adding the not-so-subtle folk influences here and there, but I can't really blame him. Nor can I complain about the outcome, which is pretty OK.
45 Paramnesia/Unru

Two up-and-coming atmospheric (post-black-ish) black metal bands put out a pretty decent split. One lengthy song each, they both use fairly clean production and are fairly similar to Ash Borer and other Cascadian bands, despite not being from the US. Paramnesia also had a full-length out last year, which wasn't quite powerful enough to get on the list, but was still a respectable listen.
44Volcanic Queen
Faith In Desire

'Sput's own Graveyard proves once again that he's capable of creating groovy experimental music. A lot of cool ideas used throughout, though there's really no consistency with the styles or ideas employed in each track. That can be good or bad, but at the very least it shows that the guy never tries to repeat himself or beat a dead horse.

Pianos of melody!
42Natural Snow Buildings
The Night Country

Weird minimalist folk/noisey drone. It's cool and weird, but it's got a pretty hefty runtime.

Everybody loves some Liz Harris. Lonely piano keys mingle and melt with a single, equally lonely female voice.
40 Todd Terje
It's Album Time

Whoever said 'disco is dead' was and is a liar. Terje brings back the disco balls.

Ambient rock-oriented music that builds into metallic climaxes. It's both chill, and exciting. Tension-building. Nothing amazingly awesome, but still one of the better "chill" albums of the year.

Electronic/pop of dreaminess. Eat your heart out, Lady Gaga.
37Wrekmeister Harmonies
Then It All Came Down

It goes from relaxing acoustic to rather spooky, to heavy sludgy, all in one long 30- minute drone track. It's fairly well-done.
36A Winged Victory for the Sullen

AWVftS get extra points just for bringing more modern attention to the whole "classical music" thing, something many youngtypepeople have probably forgotten about. It's really minimalistic-y, simple classical music movements mixed with a modern take on the ambient genre.
35Sharon Van Etten
Are We There

Sad folkish music!
The Quantum Enigma

It's Epica and it's epic. Great vocals, riffs, and songwriting in general. Of the [metal] bands to employ not-totally-gimicky female vocals, Epica's probably near the top. Album does a fantastic job switching between female vocals and heavier, death metaly riffing. And again, it's pretty epic.
33Racing Glaciers
Ahead Of You Forever

More fun post-rock/ambient!
32Have a Nice Life
The Unnatural World

Not as big on this band as most people, but this was definitely among the better albums of the year. Really weird experimental music.
31 Now this is where it gets
All Wibbly Wobbly

After this point there are a bunch of albums that I can't really decide how to order, so it's really more of just an extended, unordered "honorable mentions of 2014" list. Everything >#30 is unordered.
30Nemesis Sopor

Black metal that's not really post-, but just generally good. And German. Dig it.
Fair Youth

Most people weren't as in to this record in particular, and while it may not be as great as their previous releases, it's still pretty enjoyable post-rock.
The Divination Of Antiquity

A bit overly long, but the quality is all there. Pretty great melodic bm.
The Embers Of The Stars

If anyone was wondering where the new Wodensthrone was, we at least know where all the riffs disappeared too--apparently their keyboardist is also a competent musician when it comes to creating melodic bm in the veins of Black Cascade. Great melodic/atmospheric bm, and it's even getting a CD release. Woohoo! Crappy programmed drums aside, this is definitely one of the better black metal records of the year.
The Satanist

Lost his bride-to-be, almost got put in jail for blasphemy, almost died of leukemia, Nergal's had a rough few years. Because of that, he gets a pass on the cheesy album title--not that he needed it, though, as this is the best album he's done in years. The vocals are THE best he's ever done; his throaty growls sound absolutely fantastic and just complement the excellent musicianship that much more. I usually don't dig death metal that much, but Behemoth really hit a on a good groove with this album.
25Dark Circles

Dark hardcore/black metal. It's got those nasty fun d-beats and those evil blasting bits. What I love about dark hardcore it's is ability to be both fun and evil. And this band most surely achieves that.
24Pianos Become The Teeth
Keep You

It's like post-rock emo and it's really great. Like really great wow such sangs many post-rock woah 4/5.
23Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean

"That girl from Red Sparowes" can sing, and boy is she great. Fantastic acoustic folk/dream pop.
22Yellow Eyes
The Desert Mourns

After their great "Hammer of Night" album last year, the band put out another 15- min EP this year and I really enjoyed it, even if it was only two tracks. Great slightly technical, raw bm.
Roads to the North

Lunn really pulled out all the stops for this one, combining pretty much every one of his previous styles and creating his best record yet. Melodic, atmospheric black metal makes way for blue grass, makes way for spacey post-rock, all somehow coming back to Lunn's signature triumphant, "you can do it!" mid-paced black metal stomps.
Piedmont Apocrypha

Weird psychadelic/drone/post-rock.
19Mare Cognitum
Phobos Monolith

Outer space black metal! I think he really stepped for his third album--this is the best thing he's done yet by quite a bit. Melodic and spacey and ever so blasting.
Bloom and Breathe

Happy singing alt-rock/post-rock? It's dreamy and happy and sings I like it!
17Nic/Old Soul

Nic are known as the band without a name, and on this split they put to bed whatever jokes you might've had about the silliness about their whole "black bar" name. Together they and Old Soul put together a fairly punishing Envy-ripoff-fest of post-rock/screamo that is, for the most part, fast powerful riffs and blast beats. Call it screamo, blackgaze or post-black metal, it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it absolutely rules.
16Lowercase Noises
This Is For Our Sins

Really simple post-rock/ambient that's just really pretty. A banjo plucks a few sad, slow notes, a piano joins in like fashion, then a string instrument. You don't really hear banjos in post-rock, which gives this album a really unique feel. The whole simple minimalist idea also makes it feel a lot more emotional because the speed at which it's played gives it the time and room needed to get where it wants to go, and play the melodies it needs to play, however long it needs to play them.

Excellent indie/post-rock. Pretty vox, pretty melodies. It's hard to rank this next to Gates and Pianos Become the Teeth, but I think this just comes out on top. Slow, sad music.

Disco lives in post-rock sometimes. Oddly enough this ended up being one of my favorite post-rock albums of the year. Post-rock bands often go for the "fun riffing" idea instead of simply creating atmospheres and climaxes, and Brontide definitely succeed at doing that.
13 Of Solitude and Solemn
Starlight's Guide

Although DarkNoctus's recording setup definitely isn't hyper super high quality, he knows how to use what he's got to create some really pretty post-rock/doom metal. There are a lot of good melodies on here and it's thrown together pretty well. He does need to get off his butt and finish recording his new stuff, though. Cough cough wink wink cough
Melting Sun

Herbst's decision to go full-on heavy shoegaze was an odd, but ultimately wonderful decision for Melting Sun.
11Alpha Male Tea Party

Fun mathy sort-of-post-rock, post-rock. Really really fun riffing and melodies.
10Lethian Dreams
Red Silence Lodge

More wonderful heavy shoegaze/doom metal, but this time with great female sings! Such emotions, many vocal-as-instrument, wow!
Love of Cartography

Fun post-rock, great melodies, many good time yes.
8Ardour Loom

If you were sad about the new Wolves in the Throne Room album being totally black metal-less this year, then the [belated] answer to your prayers is Ardour Loom. Their debut is basically two twenty-minute examples of great Two Hunters worship, only with post-rock soundscapes switched in for WitTR's ambient style. It's some of the best post-black metal out there and you definitely need to check it if you like that style of music at all.
To Be Kind

This originally was a bit higher on my list, but there's only so much of Gira's old man lunatic raving you can listen to, and only for so long. A jam band record, this was always going to end up being long, but it's quite a bit too long for comfort. Given that, it's still always fun to listen to the absolute weirdness that is 'To Be Kind.' It's funky, it's experimental, and it's fun in a "watch the drunk person do silly things" kind of way.
6The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There

It's like The Wonder Years but more emo and it's just as good.
5Black Monolith

Blackened crust from the guy who used to tour with deafheaven. It switches from blasting black metal to melodic crust and vice versa with a lot of skill, and makes it easily one of the best bm records of the year.

Another great bm album, and also a great folk record in general. A definite landmark for folk metal, even if the guitars aren't loud enough. Incredible placement of flutes and string instruments make this record almost painfully epic. Add in the triumphant shouted growled vocals and it's almost unreal.
3The Great Old Ones

Best black metal album of the year, and a great step forward for post-black metal. Fantastic instrument layering creates a truly full sound, and the dynamic songwriting keeps everything interesting. It takes a lot of skill to pull off a 7- minute track that's almost non-stop blasting, and TGOo's pull it off flawlessly.

It's fantastic one-woman folk/ambient/world music with crazy good vocals. This album makes me envision Native American tribes, smoke-filled medicine tents, and the clear, bright milky way as it rises over the rolling planes of the old American West. From start to finish it's an amazing experience.
1Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool

One of, if not the best thing Townsend has done. There's nothing quite like his take on country/ambient rock. Che's vocals are fantastic and totally 'make' this album.
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