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My Top 10 Metal Album of 2014
Year end is a holiday time for many people; forget all about how hard your life, your debt, your annoying wife and every burden you have and just enjoy the holiday! Well it’s not that easy if you are a metalhead because you have one last thing to do every year end, create a list of top 10 albums of that particular year.
I personally create my own top 10 album of 2014; I sort these albums in no particular order, because I think it is impossible for me to decide who’s better than whom. So here is the top 10 metal album of 2014.
10. Eluveitie – Origins
The Switzerland’s well known folk metal band released a great album this year, called Origin. Although they only scored 74% at metal archives, I think Origin deserves to be on my list. The combination of traditional musical instruments like Hurdy Gurdy and bagpipe, melodeath riffs, plus Chrigel Glanzmann and Anna Murphy voices are very impressive to me. Don’t forget about the amazing violin that took place as a guitar solo.
9. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
Who doesn’t know this band? One of the pioneers of metal, and has released more than 15 albums; Judas Priest’s Redeemer of souls released on July 2014. The album has a strong heavy metal aura, pretty good riffs and melodies, and Rob Halford’s voice that I think is still amazing.
8. Misery Index – The Killing Gods
Yeah! Misery Index! A great band from the USA, they play death metal with a strong taste of grindcore. The Killing Gods is one of their best albums and scored 88% on metal archive. Jason Netherton has a voice that fit perfectly with death metal/grindcore song, plus fast, catchy, and strong guitar riffs and aggressive drum make this album is in my top 10.
7. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum
A very unique band, consists of 2 guys, plays somewhat black metal tone but also gives a touch of grind and industrial. Well I can’t name the exact genre, it doesn’t matter anyway. What matter is that they just made such a great album this year! They combined everything I mentioned above greatly, they also have a great high pitch vocal. Although the album is not as great as the previous albums, but Desideratum deserves to be in the top 10.
Do you agree with my top 10?
6. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
This album is heavy, and dark, very dark, they played death metal with the elements of doom here and there, what a great album. High distorted guitar, well played drums, and fearsome low growl vocal really made this album.
5. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
A great Swedish death metal band with a new vocalist after Mikael Akerfeldt chose to stay with Opeth. The new vocalist, Nick Holmes is a former vocalist of paradise lost, and he seems to fit perfectly with bloodbath style, he has a powerful voice and good on both high and low. This new album somehow gave me the aura of fear if we look at the album cover and how they play every song in this album.
4. Epica – The Quantum Enigma
The beautiful and talented Simone Simons is doing great again this time, The Quantum Enigma, with a beautiful orchestration everywhere, and the angelic voice of Simone (and the voices of the choir) is what makes this album incredible. Another great aspect is the guitar riffs seem to be more aggressive and colorful, very nice.
3. Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
Although Beyond Creation is fairly new to the technical world, they have successfully won the heart of most of the techdeath lovers with something that is so original and amazingly impressive, the bass playing. Bass is the most stand out element of this album; however I also love how the drummer can keep up greatly with the music, and don’t forget about the vocalist and the guitarist who also did a great job. I really love this album.
2. Cannibal Corpse – The Skeletal Domain
The newest album of a senior death metal monster Cannibal Corpse, I must admit that once again the bass player wins my heart. Alex Webster did a very great job this time, he plays more aggressive and brutal compared to Evisceration Plague or Torture. Corpsegrinder voice is still a beast and don’t get dull at all, the riffs are catchy and brutal, and finally the blast beat drumming will kill us all.
1. Behemoth – The Satanist
Maybe this is the real no.1 for me; Behemoth is blacker than ever with The Satanist. They played a couple of great tracks such as, Amen which is very dark I think that the song is played by a pure black metal band and Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer with fast tempos, and killer melodic part. I also like the lyrics, many people think that they’re trying too hard to look dark, but whatever; this is no.1 metal album for me.
They are a couple of albums that I think need to mention such as Soreption – Engineering the void, 1349 – massive cauldron of chaos, Belphegor – Conjuring the dead, Opeth – Pale communion, and Septicflesh – Titan. Those also are great albums.