2014 in metal

La Fin Absolue du Monde album cover2014 perhaps wasn’t a vintage year for metal (certainly not up to 2013’s high standards), but there were still some excellent releases. Future generations will no doubt remember 2014 as the year I started reviewing albums for the finest music web-site on the internet, Angry Metal Guy. I did a top 10 list there, and here I’ve expanded it to my usual top 20 plus stragglers (top 20s were customary at the Snakenet Metal Radio forums – 2014 will also be remembered as the year that web-site finally kicked the bucket, which is sad). Since writing my AMG list I’ve listened to Opeth’s new record a lot more and it’s climbed a few positions, knocking Blut Aus Nord out of the top 10.

1. Enabler – La Fin Absolue du Monde
2. Voices – London
3. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
4. Emptiness – Nothing But the Whole
5. Soen – Tellurian
6. Giant Squid – Minoans
7. Opeth – Pale Communion
8. Gazpacho – Demon
9. Psalm Zero – The Drain
10. Hail Spirit Noir – Oi Magoi
11. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry
12. Matyrdöd – Elddop
13. Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire
14. Horrendous – Ecdysis
15. Portrait – Crossroads
16. Slugdge – Gastronomicon
17. Pyrrhon – The Mother of Virtues
18. Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation
19. Menace Ruine – Venus Armata
20. Solitary Sabred – Redemption Through Force

Spotify playlist (this is missing Slugdge, whose album is on Bandcamp)

Bonus albums:

The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer
Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy
Behemoth – The Satanist
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
Dawnbringer – Night of the Hammer
Doom:VS – Earthless
Elvenking – The Pagan Manifesto
Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless
The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-Li
Hoth – Oathbreaker
Impaled Nazarene – Vigorous and Liberating Death
Kobra and the Lotus – High Priestess
Lantlôs – Melting Sun
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
Morbus Chron – Sweven
Mortals – Cursed to See the Future
Panopticon – Roads to the North
Persuader – The Fiction Maze
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Sólstafir – Ótta
Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise
Vainaja – Kadotetut
YOB – Clearing a Path to Ascend

Loved but not metal:

Devin Townsend – Casualties of Cool
Le Cassette – Left to Our Own Devices
Mild Peril – Matter
Perturbator – Dangerous Days
Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite