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02.16.15 A Procrastinator's Guide To 2014 - Top 01.17.14 A Lurker's Guide To 2013 - Top 50 Album
01.16.13 Thann's 50 Of '1201.08.12 Thann's 50 Of '11
04.09.10 Best Drummers In Metal04.04.10 Doom From '09
04.03.10 Metal: Best Of '09 - Top 10 (no Order!)

A Procrastinator's Guide To 2014 - Top 50 Albums

I'm here to fuck up your 2015 by showing you all the kickass music you need to check out from 2014! Oops. Enjoy.
50Angels and Airwaves
The Dream Walker


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxEw3QanhY
49Marissa Nadler
July


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3uH8ipVEmA
48CunninLynguists
Strange Journey Volume Three


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN_hi73t4nI
47Saintseneca
Dark Arc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me2a6hrN-yUYour Reason
46Blut Aus Nord
Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfcyryJjvTA
45Black Monolith
Passenger


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs4WSwlKOeo
44The Great Old Ones
Tekeli-Li


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dzk2PJVu0A
43Panopticon
Roads to the North


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDswlTV0Vhg
42Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2bZ-fEbPDg
41Ben Howard
I Forget Where We Were


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1X6OlJmvN0
40Kangding Ray
Solens Arc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHuuEp4Qql8
39J Mascis
Tied to a Star


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJjfv2xkcK0
38Fen
Carrion Skies


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjbpqTDVBfs&
37Winterfylleth
The Divination Of Antiquity


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f82Ja5pMcg4
36Kishi Bashi
Lighght


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZutRhiFmHM
35Kiasmos
Kiasmos


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQvGlXl95n4
34Foxes in Fiction
Ontario Gothic


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6FrQRFaCb0
33Deaf Center
Recount


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5-9pvWKvRE
32Keaton Henson
Romantic Works


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJYXk0lSxcg
31Hammock
The Sleepover Series, Volume 2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPU_Ta6CoTI
30iamamiwhoami
Blue


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRazgMj_cfE
29Woman Is The Earth
Depths


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIGOjK5TZKM
28Kauan
Muistumia


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISmI4On5eHk
27Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL1P6QXjnJc
26Sun Kil Moon
Benji


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBNdOTu2Wn0
25Musk Ox
Woodfall


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoWL22G8vKk
24Iselia
II: Dawn


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKKPaZvbfxY
23The Tidal Sleep
Vorstellungskraft


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azQ8CMbh42E
22This Will Destroy You
Another Language


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgMWvuahjvc
21The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEdwRRK-Hy4
20Rome
A Passage to Rhodesia


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdVs6Brenl0
19Fabrizio Paterlini
The Art of the Piano


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k46Vw8fOFXo
18Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-S9mtYowPY
17Whirr
Sway


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FntX88FYIocYour Reason
16Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded Fantasy


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUn-k0jzbFs
15Agalloch
The Serpent and the Sphere


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7vlH2BPI2k
14The Jezabels
The Brink


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dVIfObZy9Q
13Alcest
Shelter


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADIEAW65H5oYour Reason
12Downfall of Gaia
Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLoHLHQ5Fds
11The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51h9hFI66Hc
10A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Atomos


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S70a-Z9eTnE
9Otto A Totland
Pino


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9UMD3JKWsw
8Jakob
Sines


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNsNMpU0I3M
7Gates
Bloom and Breathe


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbxb6xfvFaA
6Somos
Temple of Plenty


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMpjYOy7qyI
5Grouper
Ruins


Bleak, subtle, sinister, dark and vast are all perfect descriptions of Liz's work over her entire career of albums so far. Why stop with Ruins? Exactly. She doesn't. In fact, this may honestly be my favorite work of hers so far. Imo, Ruins picks up where Alien Observer left off. That is to say, it continues in the same vein as AO did. This album isn't as quiet and fuzy as AO was, but I like the way this albums comes across more. I can almost see her sitting in a dark room on a stormy day, just playing, thinking, singing, without worrying what it sounds like. From the heart. It is truly a wonder how she puts so much emotion and sadness into the music. Not many other albums this year put in the feelings, heart and honestly Liz seems to have put into this. The sad and distant vocals, the calming ambient and drone like sounds and the simplistic melancholic piano make this a perfect album to get lost in, and fall asleep to without a care in the world. On top of the roughly 40 minute album itself, the bonus disk of almost 50 minutes of stormy, rainy background music fits and compliments the main music perfectly. Perhaps that is what inspired her in the first place, and what ultimately made this album so beautifully haunting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atoXylgyBks
4Mare Cognitum
Phobos Monolith


Space metal!!!! Two words that may turn many off, but for me it grabs attention fully. While many bands have done this bag before, not many have pulled it off (aside from Midnight Odyssey - Funerals From the Astral Sphere back in 2011). Maybe the most recognizable 'space metal' band out there, Darkspace, I feel, even fell short this year of capturing an atmospheric vibe that would have me lost in the stars, streaming across the sky. Not only does this album evoke that kind of feeling, it also seems to dive into a path the likes of Coldworld have traveled down before with it's listeners. An enthralling, suffocating and sinister journey to the soul, crushing me into dust then rebuilding me anew. Over exaggeration aside, I cannot help but get lost in this music, as I do with most atmospheric black metal albums. The constantly churning and moving melodies combined with the relentless vocal delivery go gorgeously together. While not on the level of Aura by Saor in terms of emotion, the technicality is flawless and the structure perfect. Do not miss this journey into the cosmos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSKtLCFrPN4
3Prawn
Kingfisher


Topshelf records have been on a tear these past few years, as one of, if not the best Emo/Punk labels ever. It's no wonder they have such an incredible and huge following, and why their more rare vinyl presses sell out in minutes. Having such success naturally comes from signing incredible bands. Prawn have been on my radar for some time now, but I never really gave their albums a proper listen. My lack of midwest-emo experience made this even more prevalent. However after hearing their split with 'Joie de vivre' earlier this year, I instantly fell in love. This is not just a clich? Emo album, but one driven my post-rock influence, making it really eat at my heart and fill the room with atmosphere and relaxing childhood nostalgia. Having upbeat, energetic, fun summery beats at times, while also knowing when to slow it down, take it easy and showcase the vocals above everything else makes this come across as a very mature and well produced and thought out album, and caught my attention from the start. A most perfect, beautifully crafted Emo album if I ever saw one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0ZHJzpdjUk
2Griefloss
Ruiner


"Grieve the loss of this, Grieve all I am, All I was, for you to forget." - |||
Finding some of the more obscure bands that make some of the greatest music you've ever heard is one of the absolute best things I can think about when it comes to music. The first time I hit play on a relatively unknown album and I'm blown away by how this could have been kept a secret, or be so under the radar makes my heart ache. But then here come the haters more than likely...?Oh look, another pink-covered faux black metal wanna-be band?...well put aside your per-conceived notions, just for once, and take the music and album for what it is. This beautifully constructed masterpiece lives right up at the top of that so called 'Blackgaze movement' that Deafheaven recently took upon itself to lead and influence. Just like 'Sunbather' last year, this album perfectly mixes the black metal, post-rock and shoegaze styles magnificently, dripping with feedback and painful screams, creating an atmospheric and terrifyingly depressing album, unlike any other this year. The lyrics tell a haunting story, and are delivered so powerfully, you can hear the pain and anger this album was made from. I think we may have a contender here for some of the best black metal shrieks in the genre, showcased amazingly on 'Void' from 3:40-4:25, not to mention the chilling cleans. If loving blackgaze is wrong, I don't want to be right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lassKx3SH2c
1Saor
Aura


Listening to this for the first time, it was hard to imagine any other album even coming close at the end of the year to the power, depth and atmosphere this music had. This massive, sprawling album continuously fed my insatiable appetite for grandiose, romantic, soaring and beautiful black metal that many folk albums fail to capture. Bands like Eluveitie and Equilibrium's releases pale in comparison to the brilliant technique and style Saor have obtained this year, and to say this is one of the best black folk/pagan albums to come out in the last 5-10 years wouldn't be a long shot. Not only does this album perfectly capture the mood and artistic style of the cover art, but it also brings in a wintery, cold, harsh feel as well, feeling quite distant at times, but never boring. The folk interludes are some of the best I've ever heard, and fits in to the direction and flow of the album just perfectly. If your looking for something to get your blood pumping full of viking fury, while also conjuring emotionally heart wrenching images, this is the perfect album to do so. Absolute #1 of the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a41bIBvqTP0
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