Artists’ Top Albums of 2014: Part 1/5

Messenger1One of Metal State’s trained hyperspace pigeons has already passed Andromeda on its way to deliver a note in the exotic galaxy inhabited by Metal Sucks. The note, composed entirely in ExoMetal, reads as follows: “Many thanks, Vince and Axl, for letting Mammal dig into your veritable directory of musician’s favourite albums of next year. It looks like 2014 will be a good year for metal.”

By the way, hyperspace pigeons fly faster that the speed of light, so they arrive there before they leave here.

Metal Sucks published the top album lists of 37 metal musicians who represent a good slice of the metal spectrum, from the sweetly lyrical to “Fug, that’s brutal.”

Of those lists, 35 rank albums in order of preference and two are in no particular order. We’re listing the top albums from each of the 35 ranked lists and posting a song from each of the Number 1 albums. We’ll do that in five batches of seven lists each. Have I lost you? Of course not. Metal is more complex than most main types of music. You have to be above average intelligence to play it and/or enjoy it (Mammal’s Book of Everything, 2015).

For the full lists, pop over to Metal Sucks and check out their six (!) pages of complete lists. Here’s where to find them:

Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 6

There are a few extremely gratifying points to note from those lists. One, the 35 lists include 33 different Number One albums. Two, the top three on the various lists extend beyond metal and include electro-rock, punk, alt rock, symphonic prog rock and jazz-prog fusion. Three, and by far the most importantly, there are so many brilliant albums in the complete lists that it would take a year for any one person to soak up and digest all of them. Metal is looking healthier than ever.

 

Alan Averill of Primordial

3. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
2. Nick Cave – Push the Sky Away
1. Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate

 

Bobby Mansfield of The Drip

3. Skinfather – None Will Mourn
2. Misery Index – The Killing Gods
1. Trap Them – Blissfucker

 

Brad Fickeisen of Trap Them

3. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta – Saturnian Poetry
2. Aphex Twin – Syro
1. The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

 

Brandon Gallagher of Old Wounds

3. Obliterations – Poison Everything
2. Phantogram – Voices
1. Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

 

Cameron Miller of Seizures

3. Creative Adult – Psychic Mess
2. Swans – To Be Kind
1. Lust For Youth – International

 

Christopher Cruz of So Hideous

3. Behemoth – The Satanist
2. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
1. Beck – Morning Phase

 

Curran Reynolds of Body Stuff

3. Code Orange Kids – I am King
2. Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy
1. Unit 731 – The Hive Mind

 

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on January 8, 2015, in Best of 2014 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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