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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

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.
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.

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

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.
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 Oh yeah, and Che Aimee Dorval is something of an angel, isn't she?
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

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.
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 get the idea.
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

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.

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

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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