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Jac's 1st Quarter 2014

So I managed to compile 20 of my favourite albums from this year so far, and ranked them very roughly (because knowing me the ranking will be completely different in 2 weeks). Enjoy.
1Artificial Brain
Labyrinth Constellation

Only 4.5 from this year so far. Basically, Labyrinth Constellation is a superbly balanced mix of influences, with the most obvious one being Gorguts. However, there's also some Immolation, Demilich, Deathspell Omega and even a touch of Voivod here and there. Absorbing Black Ignition is probably my fav track of the year as well, brilliant album.
2Volcanic Queen
Faith in Desire

Absolutely adore this guy's gritty textures, ominous soundscapes, sparse little feedback tones and groovy beats it just transcends through sound forever more. Can easily see this in a lot of people's end of year lists, will certainly be on mine.
Caverns of Katabasis

Excellent death/doom from this one-man band from Oregon. Got a really strong Disembowelment vibe going on among other things, just needs some Tuvan throat singing and the illusion will be complete.

Feel this album is a little underrated despite getting two 4 reviews. Pretty sure I've said before that I like the darker, most atmosphere oriented tracks and that's still the case, though the gap between the beat-driven ones has narrowed pretty significantly.
Abysmal Thresholds

This is basically what happens when you take the instrumentation of Finndeath and merge it with the crushing production typical of old school Swedeath. I like NoTrap but saying the production on this is "poor" is a little silly, album rules.
6Kangding Ray
Solens Arc

Random album I found scouring some lists on RYM and I'm glad I did, because it's the perfect album to just throw on and be absorbed into your surroundings. Really chilled, really engrossing, do check it out.
7Morbus Chron

Not the second coming as some people have touted it as, but it is an excellent OSDM record regardless and has some of the best production of any album I've heard this year.

Twinkly, glitchy, nuanced IDM with really cool, almost surreal atmospheres. Pretty overlooked unfortunately.
9Howls of Ebb
Vigils of the 3rd Eye

Filthy, atonal, blackened death metal, like the soundtrack to a corpse being devoured by hundreds of rabid rats or some other lame analogy. Was introduced to me pretty recently so it's definitely got time to grow as well.
10Oneohtrix Point Never
Commissions I

Only listened to this yesterday but that was enough time to warrant a place here, first track is definitely my favourite with all the glimmering pleasantries but the other two are arguably more interesting, if not a little less focused but whatever.
The Satanist

Hail Stan [emslash] hard etc.
12Reverend Desaad
Elemental Raga II: Fire Starter

Certified Best Potsycore of 2014 (so far), would probs be a blast blazed
Sinister Ceremonies

Just some really cool OSDM with awesome production and riffs and that's all that really matters so m/m/m

Glad Captain put me onto this because it's pre cool. Beat driven tracks rule but the Terminator 2 industrial-like ones rule even harder.
15Woods of Desolation
As The Stars

"This black metal album has poor production" - retard. Anyways, complain about the trebly sound engineering all you like it still sounds good in my ears and it's all uplifting and makes me feel warm and fuzzy so there we are.
16Sunn O))) and Ulver

Was sorta boring at first but then it just clicked and I zoned out in contentment the rest is history album rulez
17Soluna ((Sunnae))
The Reverend.Cosmic ((Divine Polaric))

Potsy should just confine himself and his associates to a studio and make eclectic beatz for ever and ever.
18Audrey Fall

Can understand why some people would be put off by an instrumental post-metal album but I recommend you people to check it out regardless, good riffins and cool soundscapes what's not to like exactly?
19Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

As good as the title is ludicrous. Vox initially had me scratching my head but they grew on me pretty quickly.
20Of Solitude and Solemn
Starlight's Guide

Reverberant, dynamic metal beyond categorisation from Sputnik's own Noctus, really good stuff.
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