Baysinger’s Top 10 albums of 2014
It’s that time of year again. No, the fat man has already dropped my presents off, but it’s time for me to give you readers a gift—my top 10 list of metal albums for 2014. Many great albums were released this year that didn’t quite make my list, but deserve a mention, including releases from Crowbar, Septic Flesh, Revocation, Triosphere, Ringworm, Exmortus, Carnifex and more.
It was tough to pick only 10 albums out of all the great releases from 2014, as I could easily come up with a top 20 or greater list, but as it is, here is my list of the top 10 metal albums of 2014:
One of the most technical albums of 2014, The Flesh Prevails is a masterpiece of death metal and technical craftsmanship.
While Shadows of the Dying Sun isn’t one of my favorite Insomnium albums, it’s still one of the best melodic death metal albums of 2014.
I covered their 2012 self-titled release, and I must say I am quite impressed by the latest offering, even with the recent lineup changes. IX is quite a “blast from the past” as it brings us back to the very roots that made this band so great.
Eyehategod was dampened by the death of drummer Joe LaCaze (R.I.P.), but this album is one of the best we’ve seen from this band lately. Hardcore and full of bloody brutality, it comes in at number seven on the top ten list.
Sun Eater is the best we’ve seen from these guys in a while. Progressive and technical, it may not be the most brutal album on the list, but it certainly deserves a spot among the best of 2014.
One of the oldest thrash metal bands of all-time is back at it in 2014. I reviewed their 2010 album, and they have shown no signs of slowing down over the last four years. With Exodus, you know what you’re going to get—straight-up, smash-you-in-the-mouth thrash metal that tears your soul open and leaves you bleeding on the floor. Yeah, it’s that intense!
After 26 years of kick ass death metal, Cannibal Corpse is still putting out albums that simply can’t be beat. A Skeletal Domain is the perfect example of dark death metal with some “evil” guitar melodies.
Forty-five years and 17 albums after conception, Judas Priest is still going strong. Redeemer of Souls is, as Glenn Tipton so genuinely stated, “18 songs of pure classic Priest metal.” It is also the first Judas Priest album to debut in the Top 10 (#6), but who gives a shit about mainstream rankings… Judas Priest will always be #1 with us old-school metalheads.
Straight from the slimy center of all that is merciless and unholy comes the sixth offering from Goatwhore. Constricting Rage of the Merciless is as brutal and in-your-fucking-face as a metal album can be.
After the much-deserved success of Evangelion, Behemoth has finally returned in 2014 with The Satanist, the coldest, most-barbarous and downright-chilling album of 2014. This album will suck the life and soul from your body, which is an excellent defining factor for any great metal album.
Hope you enjoyed my Top 10 list. See you in 2015! \m/ METAL \m/