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Best Albums of 2014 – TK

This years list has been a struggle to put together. Not due to the lack of great releases, but because of the fact that so few albums managed to maintain top-notch quality throughout the whole album. It’s almost as if I miss the good old days when albums used to be around 30+ minutes. Despite what Yngwie says – sometimes more is not more!

#1
ANAAL NATHRAKH – “Desideratum”
[Metal Blade Records]

“Pure brilliance from start to finish. 11 hit-songs in a row for the first time instead of a couple of killers and the rest fillers. Also a big fan of the electronica/industrial parts that are enhanced further this time around.”

 

#2
BLOODBATH – “Grand Morbid Funeral”
[Peaceville Records]

“I admit not falling in love with “the new Bloodbath” upon the release of the first single track, but I didn’t wanna be too quick to judge either. And am I glad I didn’t since “Grand Mobid Funeral” turned out to be the best Bloodbath release since “Resurrection Through Carnage”.”

#3
BEHEMOTH – “The Satanist”
[Nuclear Blast]

“Last time I felt like this for Behemoth was with “Demigod” and that makes me feel kinda old since that was fucking 10 years ago. Not only did this album awaken my inner beast – it is to me the absolute pinnacle in the bands discography so far.”

 

#4
ABIGOR – “Leytmotif Luzifer (The 7 Temptations of Man)”
[Avantgarde Music]

“”Fractal Possession” (2007) is for me one of the strongest comeback albums, “Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint – An Excursion on Satan’s Fragmenting Principle” (2010) did however sadly disappoint me. This new beast with hymns from this legendary Austrian duo does however not.”   

 

#5
THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX – “There Is No Earth I Will Leave Unscorched”
[Self-released]

The Project Hate MCMXCIX never disappoints. As of late it has been more about whether the new female vocalist will do it for me or not. Well, glady Ellinor Asp gets an A! But, as always it takes some time to get used to it. Rest of the band, riffs, guest musicians and whatnots is brilliant as usual!”

 

#6
THY DARKENED SHADE – “Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet”
[World Terror Committee]

Thy Darkened Shade is somewhat of a hidden gem in the world of black metal (or at least they’ve passed my radar all too unnoticed). I once loved the greek black metal scene (with bands such as Rotting Christ, Varathron, Thou Art Lord etc.) and with releases like this I am once again willing to proclaim my allegiance to the Hellenic Republic. “

 

#7
XERATH – “III”
[Candlelight Records]

“I must admit that when I started compiling this 2014-list, Xerath was in the very top of the list. Sadly the lifespan of the album felt a bit too short since after a while everything sort of just blended together into one long song, sounding the same as the other. But, despite this fact “III” is still one of the albums that I’ve enjoyed the most this year and for that it deserves a spot in the list.”

 

#8
SOREPTION – “Engineering the Void”
[Unique Leader Records]

Soreption do technical death metal the way I enjoy it. Technical, but still with great song-writing and brilliant riffs instead of the wankfest most of todays technical death metal bands tend to turn their albums into. “

 

#9
GOATWHORE – “Constricting Rage Of The Merciless”
[Metal Blade Records]

“”Stupid and idiotic riffs for idiots like me”, that’s how I’d like to describe it. But instead of making both Goatwhore and myself look like idiots I’d rather just dub this album the “Grooviest, thrashiest, blackier, beer-drinking metal album of 2014″.”

#10
DARK FORTRESS – “Venereal Dawn”
[Century Media Records]

“Ok, “Venereal Dawn” might be in the longest run (71 minutes!!), which also made it quite hard for me to fully digest it. But, I did not give up and in the end I ended up listening to one hell of a divers and interesting album.”

Close but no cigar:

At the Gates – “At War with Reality” | Septicflesh – “Titan” | Aenaon – “Extance” | Fides Inversa – “Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans” | Ascension – “The Dead of the World” | Crib 45 – “Marching Through the Borderlines |  Mayhem – “Esoteric Warfare” | Nightbringer – “Ego Dominus Tuus” | Nightingale – “Retribution” | Sons of Crom – “Riddle of Steel” | Vanhelgd – “Relics of Sulphur Salvation” | Vampire – “Vampire”


Article by: TK


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