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01.01.15 Sputnik, Like Noplace Is There 11.22.14 Overlooked In 2014
10.09.14 Seeing Opeth Tomorrow09.29.14 2014 Recs
08.24.14 Opeth Album Artwork Ranked05.23.14 Albums Where The Title Track Is The Bes
05.02.14 Autobiographies03.23.14 El Classico
01.28.14 Obituary Ranked01.08.14 Recs Based On These Bad Boys
01.01.14 3+ For 201311.15.13 Vocalists Needed
09.22.13 500 Ratings09.15.13 Rap Recs
09.06.13 Awesome Production/tone 08.07.13 Fantasy Soccer
07.19.13 Top 25 Opeth03.17.13 Black Metal Hangover
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Sputnik, Like Noplace Is There

2014 ranked. Some of these I didn't get round to listening as much as I should have.
100Barghest
The Virtuous Purge


Blackened Death Metal:
Pretty monotonous but if you?re looking for some mind-numbingly heavy death metal then this
is worth a listen.
99La Dispute
Rooms of the House


Indie Rock:
This is pretty chilled and has its moments here and there but it pales in comparison to their
first two, so on that count it?s a bit of a disappointment. It seems they?ve lost their fire that
once made them so renowned.
98Cheatahs
Cheatahs


Shoegaze:
This is pleasant I guess. I actually really liked this at first but it grew off me a bit for
whatever reason.
The Swan
97Entrapment
Lamentations of the Flesh


Death Metal:
Old school-style death metal in the vain of Swedish bands like Entombed and Dismember with
a slightly more melodic edge. This isn?t exactly a goldmine of amazing riffs and it doesn?t
really do anything to ?reinvent the wheel? but it?s a pretty solid record overall with some
noticeable parts scattered throughout. A decent listen if you?re looking for some new ?old
school? bands.
Abhorrence of the Unborn
96Seprevation
Consumed


Death Metal:
This has some really cool parts scattered throughout but kind of feels monotonous by the end,
worth a listen though if you're an old school death metal enthusiast.
95Indian
From All Purity


Doom Metal/Noise:
This record is absolutely unrelenting. There?s absolutely no letup from the crushing, gigantic
riffs and wretched vocals throughout the entirety of the album. Can feel overbearing and a bit
direct sometimes but pretty good nonetheless.
94Opeth
Pale Communion


Progressive Rock:
Some parts of this I love and some parts I hate. For example, Eternal Rains is such a brilliant
album opener and Cusp of Eternity is a hard grower too. However Goblin and River just do
nothing for me at all. It?s a good album but could have been so much better.
Eternal Rains Will Come
93Vindensang
Alpha


Ambient/Black Metal:
A pretty chill record with some heavy moments here and there. Can become very repetitve
and dull sometimes.
92Hirax
Immortal Legacy


Thrash Metal:
This is pretty standard thrash. The music itself is good but the modern day production makes
everything sound a little bit flat. That said, there are some real good moments on here and
the guitarwork is impressive overall.
91Agalloch
The Serpent and the Sphere


Black Metal:
A big disappointment given how awesome Marrow and Faustian were, and this lacks the knack
for brilliant songwriting that Agalloch have developed. However, there are some real
atmospheric moments here which save this from being a dud.
The Astral Dialogue
90Lvcifyre
Svn Eater


Blackened Death Metal:
This is reeeeeaally evil-sounding and creates a really dark atmosphere. There?s not an awful
lot of interesting individual riffs and can become fairly tedious but it?s a solid record.
89Warfather
Orchestrating the Apocalypse


Death Metal:
Looking at the cover art, I was expecting something really overly polished for some reason
but this is kinda the opposite. I also had no idea this was Steve Tucker?s band. There?s some
cool riffs here and there but nothing too fancy, and the snare is waaaaay too high in the mix.
88Sedna
Sedna


Atmospheric Sludge Metal:
Honestly I had no idea what genre this falls into so I?ve taken a guess but I?d say it?s
somewhere in between sludge and black metal. Some pretty atmospheric parts here and there
that contrast fairly nicely with the heavier parts, although this record does lose my attention
in places.
87Ben Howard
I Forget Where We Were


Indie Folk:
I?ve always had a slight soft spot for this guy cause he grew up near me, and I think this
record is better than his debut, of which I wasn?t huge on. This is definitely darker and slightly
more brooding.
End of the Affair
86Bruma
Redescubriendo el Invierno...


Atmospheric Black Metal/Folk:
Atmospheric black metal with a very strong folk influence. This is a cool listen and puts me
into a trancelike state, but can be a little long-winded.
85Miserable Failure
Hope


Grindcore::
Not much you can say about a record that?s only 4 minutes long. Goes hard.
84Necros Christos
Nine Graves


Death Metal:
Pretty cool record with good production and a dark atmosphere, which is accentuated by the
numerous acoustic interludes throughout. Fairly boring in places though. Pretty long for an EP
too.
83Transatlantic
Kaleidoscope


Progressive Rock:
Some old school-sounding prog that takes heavy influence from 70s bands without sounding
like rip offs. A little cheesy and overblown in places.
82Autopsy
Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves


Death Metal:
Pretty much a no-frills, straight up death metal record. I haven?t checked out their newer
stuff, their most recent album I?ve listened to being Mental Funeral so I can?t really comment
on their progress as a band overall, however this felt like their old stuff with new-sounding
production. Solid listen.
81Basement Torture Killings
A Night of Brutal Torture


Grindcore:
This kinda straddles the line between standard death metal and grind. Some tasty riffs
scattered throughout this.
Basement Bitch
80Vader
Tibi Et Igni


Death Metal:
Another solid addition to a pretty popular discography. The riffing styles are top notch on this
although the production is a little too clean for my liking and I?m not a huge fan of the vocals
either.
79Monument of Misanthropy
Anger Mismanagement


Brutal Death Metal:
Fairly typical BDM album with some awesome shrieks from the vocalist.
78Impetuous Ritual
Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence


Death Metal:
This record is an absolute monster. I really wasn?t sure about this at first because after all
this is basically just a huge wall of noise, but once I got more used to it I realised how much
of an effect this has on me when I listen to it. Caverncore taken to its absolute limit.
77Ifing
Against This Weald


Black Metal/Folk Metal:
Some pretty nice blackened folk metal. Songwriting is adventurous (two of the three songs
reaching well over 10 minutes) and this sounds slightly more pessimistic than most other
blackened folk bands so don?t go expecting something Windir-sounding.
76Audrey Fall
Mitau


Post Metal:
We all know the famous saying, ?never judge a book by its cover?. Unfortunately I did that
somewhat with this record, as the brilliant album artwork lead me to expect something a lot
more atmospheric than this. That said, this is more than a worthy addition to the collection of
any post metal fan.
75Sithu Aye
Pulse


Progressive Metal:
This guy is hella talented and the guitarwork on here is awesome but if you?ve ever heard a
modern day progressive metal album before then you know what to expect with this.
74Alaskan
Despair, Erosion, Loss


Post-Metal/Sludge Metal:
A pretty hard-hitting post-metal/sludge release that doesn?t do too much to differ from the
genre but is still pretty crushing and heavy. Free on Bandcamp so definitely take a listen if
you can.
73Novo Amor
Woodgate, NY


Indie Folk:
Bon Iver-esque indie folk. There?s not a lot of material on this but this is really promising and
I?ll definitely check out an LP if it comes out.
Cold
72Corpsessed
Abysmal Thresholds


Death Metal:
This was an infuriating album in some respects. The music itself is right up my street with its
dark, brooding atmosphere in true Finnish style, but the production is terrible, and not the
?good? type of bad production which makes everything sound raw and gritty. Hopefully this will
get a remaster some day because the music itself is really superb.
71Akrotheism
Behold the Son of Plagues


Black Metal:
This has pretty clean production for a black metal record but I feel that it?s a brilliant starter
for people who want to get into black metal but can?t look past the common production values.
Very overlooked and awesome cover art too.
70Bolzer
Soma


Death Metal:
Just release a full length already jeez.
69iamthemorning
Miscellany


Neo-classical:
Wasn?t really a huge fan of this for most of the year, but with repeated listens this has grown
on me. With strong female vocals and a soft use of the piano, as well as other more ?classical?
sounding instruments, the songwriting on here is really good, with a strong knack for writing
effortless key changes.
68Behemoth
The Satanist


Blackened Death Metal:
I?ve surprisingly never listened to Behemoth before this album so this was my first taste of
the Polish band. There are some parts here that are surprisingly catchy, and although this isn?t
anything special, this has enough fist-pumping moments to make me want to check out their
other stuff in the new year.
Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
67Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


Experimental Rock:
This is nothing like the only other record I?ve checked out by these guys (He Has Left Us?),
and I think it?s fair to say this has somewhat of a punk ethos. I didn?t really like this all that
much at first but there?s something quite magnetic about this album that I can?t put my finger
on, that has meant it has grown on me over time. The triumphantly beautiful ?What We Loved
Was Not Enough? is probably my song of the year.
What We Loved Was Not Enough
66Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
You Will Eventually Be Forgotten


Emo:
This is a cool album but considerably worse than their debut. Instrumentally I think this is
really good but there?s something about Keith?s vocals that are cringeworthy on here, even for
his standards. I think it?s the polished approach he takes on this, it just doesn?t suit the music
as well. Still though, this brings the feels in places.
It's So Much Darker When a Light Goes Out Than it Would Have Been if it Had Never Shone
65Cannabis Corpse
From Wisdom to Baked


Death Metal:
In hindsight, it was obvious that I was to like this band. Their guitar tone and riffing style is
textbook Cannibal Corpse (as I guessed by their name) and although they?re obviously not as
good as the band they pay homage to, this is still a great listen.
64Beyond Creation
Earthborn Evolution


Technical Death Metal:
I was a big fan of Beyond Creation?s debut but there?s something about this that feels slightly
inferior to it. I think the band is tighter here and the songwriting is more focussed but there?s
less highlights than on the debut. There?s not many things on here that make me think ?wow?
like on The Aura.
63Frameworks
Loom


Post Hardcore/Screamo:
Some pretty cool post hardcore/screamo with veeeeeeeeeeery subtle blues influences here
and there. Production leaves a little to be desired though.
62Machine Head
Bloodstone and Diamonds


Groove Metal:
Although a great record in its own right, this is no where near the level of their last two
albums for me. A lot of fat could have been trimmed off this and there?s times where the
record feels a little directionless, but that said, there?s still plenty on here to keep Machine
Head fans happy.
Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
61Ethereal Riffian
Aeonian


Stoner Metal:
This was the first record I checked out this year and it?s pretty awesome. Has a very crushing
yet psychedelic feel to it.
60Cormorant
Earth Diver


Progressive Black Metal:
This is a pretty hard record to categorise because there is a very wide range of styles used
here, including black metal, sludge metal and progressive metal. I wasn?t as mad on this as
everyone else seemed to be on here when this first came out but this is still a really good
record with some hard-hitting riffs and amazing production.
59Lantlos
Melting Sun


Shoegaze:
A very lush album with interesting textures and dynamics. Sounds exactly like the title would
suggest.
58Morbus Chron
Sweven


Progressive Death Metal:
This has gained great acclaim on this site and overall so I don?t need to say too much about it.
This is another album I didn?t really get as much as everyone else seemed to but it?s still a
great listen with a lot of weird sounding riffs and great vocals.
57Manners
Pale Blue Light


Post Hardcore:
The vocalist of this band is so goddamn passionate; his vocals on the end of ?Rent? give me
serious goosebumps. This album is melancholy and just totally pissed off in places, if a bit
lacking in the production side somewhat.
Rent
56Horrendous
Ecdysis


Death Metal
This has received fuck loads of attention since its release and I think that its a tad overrated
but nevertheless still a great album, and very different to what Dark Descent Records usually
release.
55A Sense of Gravity
Travail


Progressive Metal:
If the rest of this album was as good as Stormborn then this would be my album of the year.
It isn?t however, and there are quite a few unmemorable moments here and there. However,
this is still a really fun record to jam, and manages to avoid the mindset of mindless wankery
that a lot of prog metal bands fall into. Although this album is insanlely technical, it feels a lot
more tasteful and well-crafted than their counterparts.
Stormborn
54Vanhelgd
Relics of Sulphur Salvation


Death Metal:
Imagine if Dismember made music that had slightly more of a doom influence, and this is
what it?d sound like. Rules.
53Old Man Gloom
The Ape of God I


Sludge Metal:
2014 wasn?t a great year for sludge metal in my opinion, so this was somewhat of a relief for
me. Some bone-crunching riffs here and awesome, thick production that makes everything
sound absolutely crushing.
52Woods of Desolation
As the Stars


Black Metal:
Some pretty cool black metal. This is basically a 35 minute wall of sound that sounds heavy
yet oddly warm and inviting. Drums are a little too low in the mix, however.
51Murmur
Murmur


Avant-Garde Metal:
Whatever you think of this record, there is no denying that this is truly intriguing. Having said
this, it does tend to lose me every now and again due to its experimental nature, but if you
want something really unconventional to listen to then this is for you. Insane percussion on
here too.
50Triptykon
Melana Chasmata


Doom Metal/Gothic Metal:
I really loved the macabre, gothic atmosphere on this, and the fact that it didn?t seem
confined to any particular genre. However, I think it dragged on a little too long for my liking.
Had this as a 4 originally but had to downgrade to a 3.5, however it?s still an awesome record.
Tree of Suffocating Souls
49Diocletian
Gesundrian


Blackened Death Metal:
This is an absolutely furious record, and you pretty much know what to expect just looking at
the cover art. Not many death metal bands can achieve this level of genuine ferocity.
Beast Atop the Trapezoid
48Comeback Kid
Die Knowing


Hardcore:
A great hardcore record with some absolutely monstrous grooves. This is yet another band I?d
heard of but never checked out so this was a great introduction to them.
I Depend, I Control
47The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream


Indie Rock:
The soundtrack to a hazy summer?s day. The songwriting on this is brilliant, and the guitar
tone is one of the lushest on display for this year.
Under the Pressure
46Vales
Wilt and Rise


Post-Harcore/Screamo:
After the cult following this band gained with their EP ?Clarity?, I was pretty excited for this
release. This is definitely more polished than the aforementioned EP, and while they?re not
exactly doing anything new in this current climate of post-hardcore/screamo bands, this is still
an impassioned performance from all members of the band well worthy of a listen if you?re
into the genre.
Waterfalls
45Eyehategod
Eyehategod


Sludge Metal:
I was so stoked for this considering that earlier this year I?d gotten into Eyehategod big time,
so this was an album I almost literally could not wait for. I think the modern-day production
on this doesn?t really suit the band that much, however there?s some tasty riffs on this thing
and it?s basically Eyehategod doing what they do best so props.
Parish Motel Sickness
44Artificial Brain
Labyrinth Constellation


Technical Death Metal:
I didn?t really feel this as much as a lot of people seemed to, but I still appreciate this as a
great record. If you haven?t heard this then you shouldn?t expect anything particular orthodox
when you do listen to it. The whole record has a real alien-like feel to it, with some really
odd-sounding riffs and seriously deep growls.
43Cannibal Corpse
A Skeletal Domain


Death Metal:
This is a Cannibal Corpse record.
42Wo Fat
The Conjuring


Stoner Metal:
An incredibly groovy stoner metal album. Some of the riffs on here are so bluesy and the
guitar tone is perfect for this type of music.
The Conjuring
41Deadwood
Picturing a Sense of Loss


Black Metal:
The cover for this was very enticing so I checked this out almost purely based on that. This
record is a lot less dark than the cover suggests, instead taking a far more melodic and often
beautiful approach.
40Innsmouth
Consumed by Elder Sign


Blackened Death Metal:
This record is absolute filth. The guitar tone on this is so thick and grimey and just suits the
aesthetic of the music so well.
39Whispered
Shogunate Macabre


Melodic Death/Power Metal:
This is one of the most interesting metal albums of the year in my opinion. It?s an awesome
melodic death metal record with a huge power metal vibe and eastern folk influences too;
hell, a saxophone even makes its way into here at some point. The guitarwork is definitely the
highlight of this record.
38We All Die (Laughing)
Thoughtscanning


Avant-Garde Metal:
I?ve put this down as avant-garde because I don?t know what fucking genre this is actually in
so that?s my closest guess. This is a very ambitious record/song which sounds so dark and
intense in places but simultaneously beautiful as well.
37Bloodshot Dawn
Demons


Melodic/Technical Death Metal:
This album is all about the leadwork. As much as I think the rhythm section is great, the solos
on here just completely steal the show. I admittedly haven?t listened to this as much as I
should have because it was a late discovery but this will probably end up being a 4 soon.
36nic/Old Soul
Split


Black Metal/Emo:
An interesting split with some extremely beautiful moments throughout. Another record which
I haven?t listened to as much as I should have but that I can see bumping up to a 4 on more
listens.
35Thantifaxath
Sacred White Noise


Black Metal:
Another brilliant Dark Descent release, this is one of the most morbid, nightmarish black
metal records I have ever heard. The riffs and vocals on this are truly warped and induce an
atmosphere of absolute terror.
34Deep Mountains
Lake of Solace


Atmospheric Black Metal:
First LP from this band who seemed to get a fair amount of attention on here after their EP a
few years ago. I was so close to giving this a 4 but there?s just something missing and I don?t
quite know what. There?s some really gorgeous parts of this record, such as the last two songs
which are simple acoustic ballads. I would compare this to Alcest without the shoegaze.
33Old Man Gloom
The Ape of God II


Sludge Metal:
If the blunt, hard-hitting approach of The Ape of God I was comparable to a sledge hammer
then this record could be compared to a strappado due to its more drawn out and prolonged
nature. The songwriting on here is a lot more advanced than the first record, creating a
denser and even more crushing atmosphere.
32Svffer
Lies We Live


Grindcore:
An insanely heavy grindcore record with awesome female vocals and some pounding, ?jagged?
riffs. Feels like being hit by a shit ton of bricks.
31Tiny Moving Parts
Pleasant Living


Emo:
Some really good emo here with the trademark twinkly guitars. Checked them out after their
split with Old Gray.
Sundress
30Lavatory
Morbid Terror


Death Metal:
Yeah this band is basically a complete Left Hand Path rip off but some of the riffs here are so
goddamn awesome. Great vocalist too, would definitely recommend this for fans of the old
school Swedish sound.
29Sport
Bon Voyage


Emo:
This is a record that has a real nostalgic element to it and I can?t quite put my finger on how.
The opening sample, taken from Stand By Me, is a great summary of the overall feeling this
record brings.
Charles Lindbergh
28Old Gray/Tiny Moving Parts
Split


Emo:
On this split there are two different styles of emo that manage to sound really good together.
Old Gray?s side brings the feels whereas TMP?s side manages to sound really catchy and
accessible.
27 Modern Baseball
You?re Gonna Miss It All


Emo/Indie Rock:
This album is just hella fun. Goofy as shit but if you can appreciate that it?s all done in good
humour then it?s easy to realise just how catchy this is.
Broken Cash Machine
26Coffinworm
IV.I.VIII


Blackened Death Metal:
One of the filthiest records of 2014, the sludge, black and death metal influences on this are
pretty much all in equal measure.
25Disentomb
Misery


Brutal Death Metal:
I find BDM pretty insipid in general but this record is different. The riffs are are insanely
technical and the percussion is equally suited. Manages to strike the balance between
technicality yet not being over-indulgent.
24Mare Cognitum
Phobos Monolith


Atmospheric Black Metal:
This is some really cool, cosmic-sounding black metal. Production on this is fantastic and the
songwriting is pretty good too. Kind of sounds like Spectral Lore in places but with more
wretched vocals and far superior production.
23Phobocosm
Deprived


Death Metal:
Pretty much the bleakest record on the list, or one of them anyway. This is just one of many
great releases on Dark Descent Records this year.
22Auroch
Taman Shud


Death Metal:
This is a pretty hard album to describe as it draws on a wide range of death metal subgenres,
but whatever it is, I like it. Some crazy Flo Mounier-esque percussion here too, and at just
under half an hour long, this is very accessible.
21Keaton Henson
Romantic Works


Neo-Classical:
Keaton Henson has become one of my favourite artists in the space of a year, with his debut
album resonating so deeply that it?s become one of my favourite albums of all time. With this
record he took a surprise twist away from his sombre acoustic jams into a more neo-classical
roots, utilising the piano and cello. This album is entirely instrumental, which meant that my
favourite aspect of his music - his heartbreaking and sorrowful lyrics - wouldn?t be present, so
this album could easily have been a dud. However, what came out was a subtly beautiful
album well worthy of acclaim. I don?t like it as much as ?Dear? but it edges ?Birthdays? in my
opinion.
Healah Dancing
20The Mire
Glass Cathedrals


Post-Metal:
Pretty simple sludge/progressive/post/whatever metal but very effective. Very easy to digest
as a whole, and definitely works better as a whole album. Some major groove going on in
places here.
Trance Monolith
19Ricky Eat Acid
Three Love Songs


Ambient:
As I?m pretty new to the ambient genre, I didn?t really know what I was gonna get here, but
this puts me in such a tranquil mood every time I listen to it. I find this is actually pretty
varied in places, especially the more lively nature of ?In My Dreams We?re Almost Touching?.
18Pianos Become the Teeth
Keep You


Indie Rock:
Although I loved Durfey?s vocal style on their first two albums (the very aspect that drew me
into this band in the first place), I still feel this is an excellent album, and possibly even better
than Old Pride. The vocal delivery on this isn?t anything special but there?s a subtlety to the
delivery, as well as the lyrics, that makes this album very poignant. It?s a shame the second
half isn?t quite as good as the first half.
Lesions
17Fallujah
The Flesh Prevails


Technical Death Metal:
This is definitely one of the most interesting metal listens of the year for me. There are a few
minor production issues, compression being one of them, but the songwriting here is fantastic
and the record gives off a real ethereal feel.
16Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded Fantasy


Indie Folk:
The anticipation for this album on my part and the worldwide audience as a whole was crazy,
and this didn?t disappoint. I feel that this finds mid-ground between the lamenting nature of O
and the accessibility of 9, with more emphasis on the whole band instead of just Rice himself.
Although there are a couple songs on here that do nothing for me, the ones that do hit
reeeeeally damn hard.
15Saor
Aura


Atmospheric Black/Blackened Folk Metal:
The Celtic style of black metal is something that is really hit and miss for me, but luckily this
album was a huge hit. The atmosphere here doesn?t feel contrived in the slightest, and if the
production was evened out a bit, this could be an easy 4.5.
14Slugdge
Gastronomicon


Blackened Death Metal:
Honestly, I didn?t hear the sludge in this at all. That said, this is a totally awesome record with
some superb, filthy riffs and wretched vocal performance, as well as a couple melodic
moments here and there too.
13Noah Gundersen
Ledges


Indie Folk:
I was pleasantly surprised by this album. Although this is fairly cliched, there?s something
about Ledges that stands out above the rest of the folky-singer/songwriters this year. I feel it
straddles on the edge of the intricacy of indie folk and the catchiness of pop music.
Poor Man's Son
12Dead Congregation
Promulgation of the Fall


Death Metal:
Although I did have this down as a 4.5 for the first couple months this grew off me ever so
slightly. However, this is still an excellent record, and I find this so easy to get immersed in
compared to other death metal albums. Very apocalyptic vibe here with some awesome doom
influences.
Only Ashes Remain
11Maveth / Embrace of Thorns
A Plague Through the Heavens


Blackened Death Metal
I came into this with high expectations given how much of a Maveth fanboy I am, and this
definitely delivered. As I wrote in my review for this, I felt Maveth?s dizzying and more
drawn-out approach complemented Embrace of Thorn?s blunt and forceful style perfectly.
Definitely an overlooked record within the metal strata for this year.
The Call of the Lord I
10The Visit
Between Worlds


Avant-Garde:
Such an easy album to listen to yet very unconventional. This just feels so apocalyptic and
melancholy, and the avant-garde nature of the vocals complement the manic cello passages
superbly.
9Revocation
Deathless


Thrash Metal:
I?d heard pretty negative things about this band before I listened to Deathless so naturally I
was a little apprehensive. However I went into this with an open mind and I was hella
impressed. The energy and technicality in this album is impressive to say the least, and the
crisp modern-day production helps accentuate the guitarwork in such a way that not many
thrash metal bands get right in this day and age.
A Debt Owed to the Grave
8Damascus
When Last We Met


Post Rock/Post Metal:
This is some really good post rock that has some really heavy moments, perhaps tilting it
slightly towards Pelican-esque post metal. Some of the build ups on here are fantastic, and it?s
pretty accessible for its genre too.
Everything Was Burning
7Rishloo
Living as Ghosts With Buildings as Teeth


Progressive Rock:
This is a double-edged sword for me. The first half of this album is 5-worthy (and I don?t give
out 5s that easily) and if the second half were as good this would be my AOTY. Sadly, the
second half doesn?t produce the same feeling for me as the first half, so this misses out on my
top 5 for inconsistency reasons. That said, this is an amazing record in places and I?m so glad
they reunited.
Dark Charade
6Musk Ox
Woodfall


Neofolk:
A brilliant neofolk album that manages to sound huge without using any electronic
instruments. The arrangements here are beautiful and the cellos and violins give this a real
tasteful edge. This was something I was keen to check out after finding out that one of the
member?s had performed the acoustic interludes on Agalloch?s release this year, and it
sounded exactly how I expected it to.
Part IV: Above the Clouds
5Spectral Lore
III


Atmospheric Black Metal:
I put off checking this for a long time due to its lengthy runtime but I am so glad I got round
to listening to this. This is easily my favourite black metal album this year, and it?s sooooo
close to a 4.5 for me (it will probably end up being one in the new year as I feel like it?s going
to keep getting better with each listen). The first couple tracks are nothing all that special but
the rest of the album is gorgeous.
Drifting Through Moss and Ancient Stone
4Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


Progressive Metal:
This is leaps and bounds above Portal of I. The songwriting here is much more coherent and
concise (despite the song lengths still being long) and the clean vocals are so much better. At
just over forty minutes long, this is far easier to listen to than their debut, and the actual
content is better too. Brilliant musicianship on display here.
Painters of the Tempest (Part II)
3Grouper
Ruins


Ambient:
I?d never heard of Grouper before this album, and I checked this out based on the album
cover. Expecting something black metal-based based on the cover alone, I have to say this
surprised me a lot, but over time this has grown on me more and more. The simplicity of this
album is what makes it special, and Liz Harris? tender vocals and delicate lyrics are a perfect
match for the often-solemn piano that accompanies them.
Clearing
2Locktender
Rodin


Post-Metal:
I came into this album not expecting all that much but man was I wrong. Other than Citadel,
this was the only album from this year that blew me away the first time I heard it, and it
continues to impress me more and more with every listen. Brilliant post-metal here, with very
simply-yet-effective riffs, yet very ambitious songwriting. One of the most sorrowful albums
of the year.
The Man With the Broken Nose
1The Hotelier
Home, Like Noplace Is There


Emo/Indie Rock:
Although this isn?t anything new or original, this is the album that I connected with the most
from this year. As radiant as it is morose, this record covers all parts of the emotional
spectrum. The brilliant songwriting and genuinely heartfelt lyrics produce what is my favourite
album of 2014. This is a record I can see staying with me for a very long time.
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