|Linguist2011's Top 25 Albums Of 2014|
Merry Xmas guys :)
|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.
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.
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.
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
|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.
|18||The Wounded Kings|
Rich Gothic doom metal from the nightmarish moors of Dartmoor.
An enticing debut record which reminds us all of how much there is to love about a damn good blues/soul sound.
|16||Hail Spirit Noir|
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.
|14||Animals 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
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.
|12||Casualties 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?
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.
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,
White Devil Armory
Overkill lay down the perfect trinity of comeback albums with this latest effort, an exercise in
|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.
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.
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.
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
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
|2||While 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
|1||The 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.