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12.25.14 Linguist2011's Top 25 Albums Of 2014

Linguist2011's Top 25 Albums Of 2014

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25 Monarch
Sabbaracadaver


A soul-destroying sound fusing dreary drone and malevolent sludge metal to culminate in one of the year's bleakest records. Think Melana
Chasmata but recorded in a medieval dungeon. And those female screams are elegantly terrifying.
24Misery Index
The Killing Gods


A belligerent record which is made up of only the most intense and aggressive death metal/grindcore possible.
23 Les Claypool's Duo de Twang
Four Foot Shack


Mmmmm...feel dat twanggg.
22 Occultations
Silence in the Ancestral House


That old school vibe of Gothic, funereal doom and mesmerizing soundscapes is in spades here. An album which sounds as if it was recorded in a
cathedral accompanying some sort of Satanic mass.
21Obliterations
Poison Everything


Punk-fuelled vitriol and venomous bile makes this one of the more visceral records of 2014, a fun record to flay limbs to.
20Revocation
Deathless


Tech thrash/death metallers give us all something more to chew on, an effective sound that definitely proves the band have very talented
chops.
19 Blut aus Nord
Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry


Sweeping atmospheric black metal which is as breathtaking as it is thought-provoking. A stellar third album in the series.
18The Wounded Kings
Consolamentum


Rich Gothic doom metal from the nightmarish moors of Dartmoor.
17Blues Pills
Blues Pills


An enticing debut record which reminds us all of how much there is to love about a damn good blues/soul sound.
16Hail Spirit Noir
Oi Magoi


Psychadelic black metal never sounded so entrancing, but Hail Spirit Noir have still managed to give us a sonic mindfuck with this latest effort.
15Incantation
Dirges of Elysium


Death metal veterans bring that hauntingly devilish old school sound into 2014, and nail it perfectly.
14Animals as Leaders
The Joy of Motion


Vibrant textures and excellent technical musicianship make this one of the more challenging prog metal releases of 2014, but it's worthwhile in
the end.
13 Mastodon
Once more 'Round the Sun


Mastodon go full-on catchy, and they do it very well indeed. Forget the video for "The
Motherload", the music is more important than DAT ASS.
12Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


Further proof that Mr. Townsend is just...cool. Oh yeah, and Che Aimee Dorval is something of
an angel, isn't she?
11Godflesh
A World lit only by Fire


Broadrick brings his old day job back and nails it perfectly. British, gnarly and oh-so-sludgy,
this is Industrial Metal done right-then mixed into a vat of acid.
10Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


Australian extreme prog metallers build on the momentum of their debut and release a
challenging albeit impressive sophomore effort. Those violins are the band's trump card,
essentially.
9Overkill
White Devil Armory


Overkill lay down the perfect trinity of comeback albums with this latest effort, an exercise in
no-frills thrash.
8 Necrophagia
White Worm Cathedral


The Kings of so-called "Horror-Metal" are back in terrifying action, and they've invited all the
monsters to the party. The end result is a gnarly, horrifically excellent death metal sound,
torn to shreds by zombies, vampires, rat witches...you get the idea.
7Triptykon
Melana Chasmata


The album that represents Giger's legendary career as an excellent artist and Fischer's
hauntingly depressive mindset. Dark, torturous extreme metal has rarely sounded as
intoxicating as this.
6Black Anvil
Hail Death


Traditional black metal influences fuse with melodic clean vocal effects and a boiling cauldron
of raw, primitive riffs to offer one of this band's career-defining records.
5Aeon Zen
Ephemera


Up-and-coming UK prog metal beasts prove their worth in one of the year's more thought-
provoking albums. No wonder Devin Townsend continually wants them to support him on his
UK tours.
4Xerath
III


Ambitious, monumental symphonic extreme progressive metal, done in such a way that it's
hard to imagine if the band could do any better.
3Pallbearer
Foundations of Burden


Two albums in, Pallbearer have already proved to the world that they have so much more to
offer than haunting, melancholic doom metal. This sophomore effort sees them spread their
wings and fly ever further into distant musical horizons. Plus "The Ghost I used to Be" is just
beautiful.
2While Heaven Wept
Suspended at Aphelion


It took them a quarter of a century to get to this point, where instead of making half-hearted
doom metal and disappointing a few fans, they offer a complete musical turnaround (started a
couple of albums back) and give delicate, lilting prog metal a spin. The end result is quite
awesome.
1The Great old Ones
Tekeli-Li


This band knew it was going to be a dreary task trying to emulate the nightmarish effects of
Lovecraftian Literature and turn words into mesmerizing, haunting atmospheric black metal,
but with Tekeli-Li, they already have a real career-defining effort safely tucked under their
belts. If ever you need an ideal soundtrack to listen to alongside reading At the Mountains of
Madness, prepare yourself for a mind-bending journey of uncanny darkness.
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