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Yet Another Best Of 2014 List

Here's my list. As you can tell, I'm not a very big fan of metal and I like to listen to music that's good at rparties.
15Monuments
The Amanuensis


Some may call it criminal to rank these guys above Animals as Leaders' and Skyharbor's more mellow releases this year, but this packs some serious punch. Sometimes you just have to roll down your windows, crank the volume, and blast "The Alchemist" as you drive through your local suburb. Why, yes, offended-looking guy who's trimming his hedges: This goes hard. Best Track - The Alchemist
14 Dust Moth
Dragon Mouth


Deftones with a chick singer. One of the most pleasant, lesser-known gems that came out this year. Best Track - Months
13Rosetta
Flies to Flame


You can read my review I wrote earlier this year on this. It's your typical awesome Rosetta, it just has too much ambiance and filler for an EP. Best track - Pegasus
12Sage Francis
Copper Gone


Sage has always been one of my favorite artists. His wordplay and song concepts are clever and oddly compelling. Unfortunately, I feel as though none of his albums are really solid, start to finish. I always end up cherry picking certain tracks and completely neglecting others. While Copper Gone doesn't really change that it is impressive nonetheless. Best Track - Make 'em Purr
11Mare Cognitum
Phobos Monolith


Black metal: IN SPAAACCCE. Yeah, so Darkspace already does this pretty well but Mare Cognitum has released a true masterpiece this year. Its respect for atmosphere and composition really is what pushes this over into the "must listen" category for fans of metal of any kind. Best Track - Noumenon
10Wreck And Reference
Want


Saw them open for Deafheaven earlier this year. The singer just kinda walked up on stage and started belting out harsh vocals while brandishing his synthpad. While I was initially skeptical, what followed was a heartfelt performance that really moved me in a way I couldn't explain. This album manages to capture that same raw emotion I saw live. Good shit. Best Track - Bankrupt
9Fallujah
The Flesh Prevails


Blah blah, the production makes this otherwise incredible album just good, blah blah, skilled instrumentation, blah blah, dat riff at the end of Sapphire doe... Best Track - Sapphire
8Rishloo
Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth


Rishloo never fails to change things up from their previous works and this album is no different. The songs breathe nicely on this and Andrew Mailloux is still my favorite singer in the genre. Expect a review soon. Best Track - Salutations
7Triptykon
Melana Chasmata


So Emily won't talk to me anymore after I offered to drop her off after work and blasted this album the whole drive there. Melana Chasmata is creepy, heavy, and strangely addicting. EMILYYYY Best Track - In Sleep Of Death
6Gridlink
Longhena


I do not like grind one bit, but somehow this rules. I really can't explain why I can't stop listening. Maybe it's a sign I should give the genre another shot. -45 seconds later- Nope, nevermind. There's always next year. Best Track - Stay Without Me
5Boris
Noise


While the guitar solo alone from the track Angel is enough to put this album on my list, the rest of Noise is enjoyable from start to finish as well. It's interesting how such an eclectic bundle of stylings can flow so well into each other. Best Track - Angel
4The Great Old Ones
Tekeli-li


From the spoken french words in its haunting opening to the tectonic slabs of sound at its conclusion, Tekeli-li shows that post-metal is long from dead. All hail Cthulhu! Best Track - Behind the Mountains
3Behemoth
The Satanist


Considering I've never been a fan of this band at all, I did not expect this to stay firmly rooted in my cd player for almost 4 months straight. The production here is what really sells it. The bass is audible and the drums/vox are at the perfect level. A+. Best Track - The Satanist
2Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


More like 'Shitadel", amirite? But lettuce be cereal. For an album with only 3 real songs, they manage to cover quite a spectrum. There's no "Forget Not"-level song on here, but this album is much more consistent than their previous one. Whether you think they're overhyped or the greatest thing ever, you have to admit that NeO is a rising force in metal today. Best Track - Pyrrhic
1Saor
Aura


A triumph. It sounds as if a black metal band composed the soundtrack to Braveheart and somehow it's the greatest thing I've heard all year. Best Track - Pillars of Earth
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