The Best of 2014

This post was originally written for No Clean Singing. It’ll go up there in a couple of days (hopefully), but for the non-zero number of people that might see this, here it is early.

Another year, another list. I’ve always enjoyed doing these lists, starting way back in 2009 when I made my first post on The Number of the Blog. Since then I’ve managed to make one every year, with various amounts of effort put into them. It’s weird that I consider my main stretch of internet blogging to have been with Number of the Blog, yet I only made two lists for that, while this will be the fourth I’ve written for No Clean Singing. Anyways, my adoptive home has asked me back to write for them again, and I’m all too happy to do so.

2014 wasn’t quite the year 2013 was. Last year it felt like there was a huge deluge of just great releases coming from every corner of the planet. This year I really had to think about my top 20. The top 10 was easy, but after that it was a struggle to think of the truly great great albums that came out this year. Not to say that numbers 20 through 11 are forgettable albums. I think they’re all great. It’s just that last year the struggle came from whittling it down to twenty as there were so many albums I wanted to talk about that I couldn’t fit on the list. Some of this might be jadedness as I’ve listened to a lot of stuff that people have thought is awesome, and if I had heard it like two or three years ago I would’ve been all aboard that shit. But now I just get a “yeah that’s cool” reaction to so much shit. It’s kind of depressing, but it does make the stuff that breaks through all the better.

What follows is my list. The honorable mentions are in alphabetical order. Click the name to go to an album stream or youtube clip or whatever. For my top twenty, most of them should have the streams beneath the album art. Some I couldn’t find embeddable links so just click on the album art to get to the music.

PS: If you’re wondering where Dead Congregation is, it’s not on here because it’s a mediocre mass of nothing riffs wrapped in drums that sound like butt.

Honorable Mentions: Items in bold I strongly recommend
Ad Infinitum – Woven Within
Alcest -Shelter
Anthem – Absolute World
Anthropomorphia – Rites ov Perversion
Arizmenda – Stillbirth in the Temple of Venus
Bölzer РSoma
Ceremonial Castings – Cthulu
Children of Technology – Future Decay
Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds
Darkspace – Dark Space III I
Deathhammer – Evil Power
Deep Mountains – Lake of Solace
Diocletian – Gesundrian
Divine Ascension – Liberator
Domains – Sinister Ceremonies
Dragonforce – Maximum Overload (Yes I’m serious)
Earth and Pillars – Earth I
Empyrium – The Turn of the Tides
Execration – Morbid Dimensions
Fen – Carrion Skies
Have a Nice Life – The Unnatural World
High Spirits – You Are Here
Impetuous Ritual – Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Kuolemanlaakso – Tulijousten
Marissa Nadler – July
Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem
Nuclearhammer – Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer
Phlebotomized – Immense Intense Suspense / Skycontact Reissue
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Reverorum Ib Malacht – De Mysteriis Dom Christi
Saor – Aura
Satan’s Satyrs – Die Screaming
Schammasch – Contradiction
Skull Fist – Chasing the Dream
Solstafir – Otta
Spectral Lore – III
Teitanblood – Death
Tengger Cavalry – Ancient Call
Triumphant – Herald the Unsung
Valdrin – Beyond the Forest
Vanhelgd – Relics of Sulphur Salvation
Volahn – Aq’ab’al
While Heaven Wept – Suspended at Aphelion
Woods of Desolation – As the Stars

And now, the top 20

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