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Pitchforkarms' 2014

As if any of you care (you don't), here's what I've been thinking about 2014 thus far. I'm not going to mention the really low rated ones like Black Tongue. These are my some of my favorites, some disappointments, and some surprises.
20Animals as Leaders
The Joy of Motion

Ehhhh, it's a little boring. The great parts are overshadowed by chugz and the wank
is just not good enough to draw you in. Not bad, just another AaL album. 2.9/3
19Killer Be Killed
Killer Be Killed

WAY better than expected, but still not great. Puciato is the bomb, but it's pretty
generic and lame at times. Jams though if you're lookin to headbang 3/5

Rap that is supposed to be really "experimental". Its alright but doesn't pique my
interest throughout. Some great tracks though. 3.2/5
17 Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No

Actually thought I'd like this way more. The clean vox aren't my cup of tea, and it's a
little stale, but it still jams hard. 3.5/5
La Gargola

Actually kind of experimental for this type of group. I enjoy this more than I thought
I would. Something else that is good that may be heard on the radio. 3.5/5
Once More 'Round the Sun

Better than The Hunter, which is pretty easy to do. Not really what I was hoping to
hear, but this band is past what I want to hear from them. Good music that I may
hear on the radio. 3.5/5
14Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown

Not as great as everyone says, but I've been enjoying it. Sounds pretty much like
ETID should. 3.5/5

It's Boris guys. They strike again with a solid record that lacks a bit of the power of
their past work. 3.7/5

Heavy......... This makes me hate god. 3.7/5
11The Kindred
Life in Lucidity

Cool new-age prog-metal with wailing vocals. Not for everyone for sure. 3.7/5
10Tides of Man
Young and Courageous

ToM drop the plastic post-hardcore facade and pick up a very nice post-rock aura that
has a lot more emotion than anything they used to do. Solid. 3.7/5
9Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool

Really unique ambient country with awesome guitar and vocal work. It's guilty of
having a little bit of filler though. Devin Townsend rules all. 3.8/5
8Dead Congregation
Promulgation of the Fall

Death-metal (a little doom in there sometimes) that shreds, hard. 3.8/5
To Be Kind

A little lengthy, it drags at time but the highlights more than make up for it. Swans do
it once again. 3.8/5
6Morbus Chron

Very well written death-metal mixed with some cool prog. Vocals can be off-putting at
times, but it slays so it doesn't matter. 4/5
An Unmarked Grave

EP from a really diverse band who play an eclectic style of progressive death-metal
and post-metal and even some hardcore. Not as good as previous release but a great
2 song EP nonetheless. 4/5
4The Mire
Glass Cathedrals

It's like if Meshuggah played post-metal. The density is really entrancing. If it was
any longer, it would be a little repetitive. 4.1/5

Post-rock mixed with some atmospheric alternative and the heavier side of post-
hardcore. Really moving and passionate. 4.5/5
2The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Some of the most cathartic and emotional music I've heard in quite a long time.
Catchy, intelligent, and powerful. 4.7/5

Hardcore tinged post-metal with epic songwriting. My favorite of the year so far and
one of my favorites ever. 5/5
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