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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
18Clipping
CLPPNG


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
16Chevelle
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
15Mastodon
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
13Boris
Noise


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
12Eyehategod
Eyehategod


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
7Swans
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
Sweven


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
5Cryptodira
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
3Comrades
Safekeeper


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
1Locktender
Rodin


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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