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08.09.14 Jac's Fav Metal Of Death 07.15.14 Fav Album First Impressions
07.01.14 Jac's 1st Half 2014 06.25.14 May & June 2014 Digs
06.16.14 Riff Hardness Scale 05.07.14 Everything Is Jams
05.04.14 April 2014 Digs05.01.14 Baby Birds Rule
04.16.14 Jac's Favourite Countries04.03.14 Jac's 1st Quarter 2014
04.02.14 March 2014 Digs03.11.14 Metal Hiatus
03.03.14 February 2014 Digs02.23.14 Criteria For Rating Albums
02.10.14 Jac's 10k Comment Milestone 01.16.14 My Parrots Had A Chick
12.24.13 Christmas Eve11.27.13 Jac's Top 25 Of 2013
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Jac's 1st Half 2014

So it's that time of year when every user and his dog decides to rank his rfavourite albums from rthe first half of the year and I want in, so here's rtwenty-five albums from the first half of 2014 rthat you should all listen to rbecause they're good and I like 'em very much.
25Impetuous Ritual
Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence


Besides Grave Upheaval (who share members with these guys), it would be difficult to think of a death metal band that sounds more cavernous than Impetuous Ritual. To many this album is gonna come across as a 50 minute blur of noise but if you're into this kinda stuff then there's little else out there that will give you a primal assault on your senses quite like this.
24The Doppelgangaz
Peace Kehd


Once again I've neglected Hip Hop this year but of the very few albums I've heard this is the one that stood out pretty easily.
23Oneohtrix Point Never
Commissions I


An interesting electronic EP that features some fairly accessible arrangements to start off with but eventually becomes a little more wayward as it continues, interesting stuff and I verily recommend you all listen to it.
22IDYLLS
Prayer for Terrene


Remember listening to a track from this in plug and thinking "holy hell I need this" and I'm glad I expended the energy to actually go and soulseek it because it really does rule and it what more -core bands in Australia should aspire to sound like.
21Innercity Ensemble
II


Avant-folk with a bit of jazz and free improv woven into the mix. Most of the time it's pretty grounded and rather easy to get into however.
20 Sk'p
Astravel


Really really cool, well produced idm that continues to get no recognition despite my valiant efforts to rep it at any given opportunity.
19Behemoth
The Satanist


I BELIEVE IN SSSSSSAAAAATAN
18Keaton Henson
Romantic Works


This album's place on this list is probably more reflective of my weakness for simple string arrangements and piano work than any overt musical/song writing quality. But regardless if you enjoy stuff like Ludovico Einaudi and Olafur Arnalds then you'll likely enjoy this.
17Volcanic 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.
16Rippikoulu
Ulvaja


Wrote a review on this little 3 song EP and you can catch it here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/62939/Rippikoulu-Ulvaja/
15Symptom
Caverns Of Katabasis


Really cool death doom in the vein of (but obviously not as skull crushingly heavy as) diSEMBOWELMENT with a bit of Ataraxie here and there as well.
14Actress
Ghettoville


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.
13Kangding Ray
Solens Arc


Just some chilled out, down-tempo/idm/dark ambient/whatever that doesn't do anything particularly awe-inspiring but is a surprisingly peaceful listen with enough intricacies to keep you interested should you listen to it as more than background music.
12Triptykon
Melana Chasmata


I haven't given this the listens it deserves considering how much I enjoy it whenever I do. Could obviously have something to with its length, regardless, Black Snow is one of my favourite songs of the year and this album is crushing and heavy and why the hell I keep neglecting it beats me.
11Diocletian
Gesundrian


The gods of death metal are pretty kind to New Zealand having given Ulcerate, Witchrist and these guys to them. Production's a little crisper than WoAAA but still has all that raw energy we came to expect
10Gazpacho
Demon


Not particularly complicated but not exactly straightforward, this album was a pleasant surprise in a year where a lot of lauded releases have been quite disappointing.
9Insomnium
Shadows of the Dying Sun


This is basically just Insomnium refining the formula they've use for their last two albums but hey, it works. Definitely will not change the minds of detractors but for fans of the band it's basically everything they could've asked for.
8Patten
ESTOILE NAIANT


A very recent listen that still has the opportunity to climb the ladder by the end of the year. A genre-bending album that is remarkably difficult to describe, and one of the most interesting I've heard from 2014 for that reason.
7Howls of Ebb
Vigils of The 3rd Eye


Deranged, Lovecraft/Poe inspired death metal that takes cues from Demilich, Mitochondrion and Flourishing but doesn't sound quite like any of them. If you're into spooky, occult, slightly cartoonish horror then this is the album for you.
6Gordon Ashworth
S.T.L.A.


Ambient/musique concete that was featured on my digs list from the last two months even if it did slip under the radar after being released a fair bit earlier. This is an album with a lot of stuff going on at once but it's not demanding to listen to in any way, shape or form.
5Corpsessed
Abysmal Thresholds


Nothing revolutionary just crushing death metal from Finland with one of the most sinister atmospheres you'll hear from any metal album in 2014.
4Ben Frost
A U R O R A


Noisy, dark, atmospheric and tonnes of thematic variety. Very instantly gratifying for something that places such an emphasis on the gradual development and overlapping of ideas. Quite unlike anything I've heard from this year.
3Morbus Chron
Sweven


Supremely dynamic mix of death metal, progressive and psychedelic rock with maniacal vocals. The riffs, song writing and atmosphere were easily enough to warrant a place on this list but the vocal performance gives it that touch of insanity to make it one of my favourites of the year.
2BADBADNOTGOOD
III


Instantly fell in love with this album when I heard it and it's done nothing but grow since then. Interesting mix of instrumental hip-hop and jazz fusion and just a really fun, infectious, and easy listen from front to back.
1Artificial Brain
Labyrinth Constellation


This topped my 1st quarter list as well and it doesn't look like it's gonna be displaced anytime soon. I've done nothing but sing this album's praises from the demented riffage and off kilter drumming to the absolutely superb production courtesy of Colin Marston (who every death metal band should commission to produce their stuff cause he's that good). Looking more and more likely to be AOTY by years' end.
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