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Matt’s Top 15 Albums of 2014!!!


tumblr_static_cm4blpgifnwo8wokk0wo4scscIt’s that time of year again for arbitrary lists of really great albums that were released since the last time I did one of these things.  Contributing to my absolute burnout of writing about kick ass metal bands, I can not think of another year where there were just so damn many stellar records released.  I simply had to say fuck it, step back, and enjoy the great stuff I already had.  Sure, I missed out on some great stuff, but on the other hand, all killer no filler.  To try to make up for the insane amount of great albums this year I’ve expanded my usual 10 to 15 and will have an honorable mentions post sometime in the near future.  I hope you find yourself something cool to listen to with this list or at least nod in agreement with some of my picks.  Thanks for reading, sticking with AMSOM, and being awesome and stuff.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Tales from Bandcamp: Aura by Saor


a1739750011_10Rolling hills, mystical lakes, breathtaking valleys, etc.  All those wonderful things you think of when you think of the Hinterlands of Scotland are magnificently personified through the music of one man band Saor.  Heavy on the awe and wonder of nature this atmospheric blend of folk and black metal simply awes.  The folksy layers build a shamanistic sense of wonder while the flurries of the black metal make you feel as if you are a fallen leaf being carried along gusts of wind down and out of the majestic Scottish landscapes.

To say Saor’s recently released album Aura is anything less than a masterpiece would be a gross understatement.  With production that sounds both sharp yet maintains that warm tone I look for in my ‘nature metal’ and songs that are as engaging as they are epic this is one record that you can not miss this year.  If bands like Moonsorrow, Panopticon, Vintersorg, or Wolves in the Throne Room do wonders to your ear drums, I implore you to click the play button of the Bandcamp stream below.  And, as always if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you will, click that buy button.  Let us know how much you loved the album in the comments!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

For more Saor give ’em a ‘like’ on Facebook, check out the equally awesome debut record Roots on Bandcamp, and get tons of other info on the official site.