Monday, June 30, 2014
The Top Ten Metal Albums of 2014 .... so far
Metal Sucks has put out their progress report card for the year, and gods know the sort of mall metal those guys are pushing, with exception of our friend Grim Kim . So it is time look at whats the best of real metal, according to my Last FM, this is based off of what has been in the heaviest rotation on the ole iPod so here we go.
10- Black Anvil's "Hail Death"
It is losing a little steam with me now , but when it came out this slab of hooky black thrash with the hardcore leanings the band tried to deny got quite a few spins.
9- Young and In the Way - 'When Life Comes to Death"-
Not sure if this one will make the purge for the road trip to the beach this week, but it's dark metallic hardcore tinged with black metal, that is darker nastier and heavier than the Black Anvil album, often making me think of what Converge might sound like if they were less spastic and into black metal.
8- Hexis-" Abalam"-
This might be the heaviest album of the year. That doesn't mean it's the most well written, but to be as heavy as it is there is something there in the songs to have earned this many listens or I was a lot angrier earlier in the year.
Behemoth might have made it on many lessor lists, this album hit the place for me that Behemoth use to when they were worth half a shit.
6- Cynic -"Kindly Bent to Free Us"
Since coming out of the closet, you have to rethink the meaning of the album title. This almost isn't metal , but it is well written and well played and likely to see a return for the beach trip.
5- Alaskan - "Despair Erosion Loss"
The vocals are what hinder this album for me , but there are some great riffs and dynamics other wise that had me returning to it. Not sure if this will make it to the top ten of the year or not.
4-Night Fell- the Living Ever Mourn
So here we get into the following four bands that have the staying power to make the end of the year list. This hits all the right dark spots for me to have staying power.
3-Mayhem- Esoteric Warfare
The best "real" black metal album thus far as the two after this one only have elements or used to be black metal. Mayhem keeps it as true as fuck with out sounding shit , nor are they afraid to try new things.
2- Hail Spirit Noir-"Oi Magoi"
This one was crazy in all the right ways. Taking what a band like Opeth does and black metalling it up a t bit without resorting to all the tired old tricks of the trade.
1- Agalloch-"the Serpent and the Sphere"
The mood of this album has earned it a lot of listens and I am a fan of their past work so was eager to hear this one.