MS Awards 2014 - Staff Picks!!


Written by: Darkside Momo
Published: 17.03.2015


Finally the end of the 2014 Metal Storm Awards!

Staff-picking went relatively smoothly this year. Some battles were fierce - we for example almost got a melodeath pick tie (and no, that didn't include Insomnium ), while the consensus came quickly for others.

Anyway, we've been lagging behind quite a bit so, without further ado, here they are!


2014 Metal Storm Staff Picks



Alternative Metal
Eden Circus - Marula

Ambiant / Drone Metal
Menace Ruine - Venus Armata

Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Black Metal
The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li

Death Metal
Morbus Chron - Sweven

Djent / Math Metal
The Contortionist - Language

Doom Metal
Helevorn - Compassion Forlorn

Extreme Doom Metal
Profetus - As All Seasons Die

Extreme Progressive Metal
Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi

Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Saor - Aura

Gothic Metal
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Grindcore
Dephosphorus - Ravenous Solemnity

Hard Rock
Earth - Primitive And Deadly

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Fjørt - D'accord

Heavy / Melodic Metal
Slough Feg - Digital Resistance

Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Novembers Doom - Bled White

Melodic Black Metal / Metalgaze
Fen - Carrion Skies

Metalgaze
Lantlôs - Melting Sun

Post-Metal
Sólstafir - Ótta

Power Metal
Triosphere - The Heart Of The Matter

Progressive Metal
Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema

Sludge / Stoner Metal
Truckfighters - Universe

Symphonic Metal
Xerath - III

Thrash Metal
Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Anopheli - A Hunger Rarely Sated

Debut
Nasheim - Solens Vemod





Once again, thank you all for voting, and we hope you had as much fun as we did, (re)discovering great new music!

The Metalstorm Awards Team




 



Written on 17.03.2015 by Once your regular Hellfest reporter, now retired. I (strangely enough) listen to a lot of metal. And enjoy good beers, comics, novels and role-playing games.


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18.03.2015 - 07:02
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Now these are the incredible picks which matches mine. Big and fat fuck you to all who voted for useless records in MS '14.

Couple of picks missed out and currently I am checking out all those.
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18.03.2015 - 07:52
The Melting Snow
Novembers Doom is Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal? -_-
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18.03.2015 - 11:15
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by The Melting Snow on 18.03.2015 at 07:52

Novembers Doom is Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal? -_-

That's the name of the category in which it was nominated.
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18.03.2015 - 12:45
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by The Melting Snow on 18.03.2015 at 07:52

Novembers Doom is Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal? -_-


Yes, they are melodeath nowadays and have been that for quite some time now.
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18.03.2015 - 14:52
Dark Forever
Ruído Sonoro
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.03.2015 at 12:45

Written by The Melting Snow on 18.03.2015 at 07:52

Novembers Doom is Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal? -_-


Yes, they are melodeath nowadays and have been that for quite some time now.


Only on MetalStorm it seems. No Doom at all? I have a playlist with 50 different Melodic Death Metal bands and none sound nowhere near Novembers Doom.
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18.03.2015 - 17:57
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Dark Forever on 18.03.2015 at 14:52

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.03.2015 at 12:45

Written by The Melting Snow on 18.03.2015 at 07:52

Novembers Doom is Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal? -_-


Yes, they are melodeath nowadays and have been that for quite some time now.


Only on MetalStorm it seems. No Doom at all? I have a playlist with 50 different Melodic Death Metal bands and none sound nowhere near Novembers Doom.



The have been melodeath ever since I.N.R.I.. Yes, no doom at all since that album. Playing slow at times does not equate to playing doom at times.
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18.03.2015 - 20:21
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.03.2015 at 07:02

Big and fat fuck you to all who voted for useless records in MS '14.


Please kindly tell us which ones were useless, oh Mighty Judge of Quality.
And please forgive us lowly maggots for having different tastes than Your Royal Highness.
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Hate - Indestructible Pillar
Cradle of Filth - Heartbreak and Seance
Dark Tranquillity - Nothing To No One
Immolation - Swarm of Terror
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18.03.2015 - 20:47
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Daniell on 18.03.2015 at 20:21

Please kindly tell us which ones were useless, oh Mighty Judge of Quality.
And please forgive us lowly maggots for having different tastes than Your Royal Highness.

I think he meant the users who voted for albums.
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19.03.2015 - 06:07
Maco
Handbanana
What about the bands feedback?
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21.03.2015 - 21:17
VforVendetta
You Staff, surely have terrible taste!
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21.03.2015 - 22:54
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by VforVendetta on 21.03.2015 at 21:17

You Staff, surely have terrible taste!



Would love to know who your picks were, so I could say the same about you taste
Btw, I don't agree with quite a few of our staff picks to be honest. But that's the problem with a big staff voting.
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22.03.2015 - 03:14
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.03.2015 at 22:54

Btw, I don't agree with quite a few of our staff picks to be honest. But that's the problem with a big staff voting.

I'm pretty sure none of us fully agree with the results to be honest I certainly don't
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22.03.2015 - 07:32
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Darkside Momo on 22.03.2015 at 03:14

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.03.2015 at 22:54

Btw, I don't agree with quite a few of our staff picks to be honest. But that's the problem with a big staff voting.

I'm pretty sure none of us fully agree with the results to be honest I certainly don't


There must be kvetch among staff when it comes to picks but for me, it looks pretty decent.

So, hooray!
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22.03.2015 - 09:10
Frudd
Account deleted
Yay
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22.03.2015 - 16:09
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Darkside Momo on 22.03.2015 at 03:14

I'm pretty sure none of us fully agree with the results to be honest I certainly don't

Really the only major disagreements I have here are with Avantgarde and Sludge, which should've gone to Lux Occulta and Coffinworm, in my opinion. All the other genres are either legit, or I just don't like enough to care
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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22.03.2015 - 16:17
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Apothecary on 22.03.2015 at 16:09

Written by Darkside Momo on 22.03.2015 at 03:14

I'm pretty sure none of us fully agree with the results to be honest I certainly don't

Really the only major disagreements I have here are with Avantgarde and Sludge, which should've gone to Lux Occulta and Coffinworm, in my opinion. All the other genres are either legit, or I just don't like enough to care

Totally agree with you about Lux Occulta

@ Cynic Metalhead: obviously, yeah they look decent, and good enough as a whole. On a personal level, sometimes it's another matter
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22.03.2015 - 16:25
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by VforVendetta on 21.03.2015 at 21:17

You Staff, surely have terrible taste!

While I appreciate your attempts to bring revolutionary dissent and fear to the tyrannical Metal Storm hierarchy, V, it must be noted that your tactics are rather weak. For future reference, phosphorous grenades, nail bombs, and anti-personnel fragmentation mines tend to do the trick.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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22.03.2015 - 18:46
Dangerboner
:D
Ugh, most of these picks are so soft
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22.03.2015 - 19:00
VforVendetta
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.03.2015 at 22:54


Would love to know who your picks were, so I could say the same about you taste

Haha!
Actually, it sounds my taste is terrible too, since non of my best albums was not even on the final list!
Although, I believe 2014 was not a shining year for Metal Scene, I had enjoyed some albums a lot which are as below:

Ambient, Dark Folk: Musk Ox - Woodfall
Doom Metal: Frequency Of Butterfly Wings - The Weight Of Existence
Extreme Progressive Metal: Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
Hard Rock: Order Of Israfel - Wisdom
Heavy / Melodic Metal: Adrenaline Mob - Men Of Honor
Melodic Black Metal: Holdaar - Времена Уходящи&
Metalgaze: Empyrium - The Turn Of The Tides
Post-Metal: Sólstafir - Ótta
Melodic Death Metal: Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Best Debut Album: Twilight's Embrace - By Darkness Undone

Sadly, you, guys, put Ghost Brigade and Solstafir in one category, so I didnt have any other option in melodeath.
Now, you have reason to laugh!
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22.03.2015 - 20:02
VforVendetta
Written by Apothecary on 22.03.2015 at 16:25

Written by VforVendetta on 21.03.2015 at 21:17

You Staff, surely have terrible taste!

While I appreciate your attempts to bring revolutionary dissent and fear to the tyrannical Metal Storm hierarchy, V, it must be noted that your tactics are rather weak. For future reference, phosphorous grenades, nail bombs, and anti-personnel fragmentation mines tend to do the trick.


Good suggestions! I'll think about it! Maybe I hire you, Pharmacist, in my army, to break down the rule of this Arch Enemy - Metal Storm -
Apart from this, In my own language, we have a famous saying, which is hard to translate in English but it somehow says,
<< If friends eat each others' meat, they don't throw away each others' bones! >>
We are friends, all of us are drowned into ocean of this rare and awesome music genre, whatever we are diverse, we have a same blood! even, if your blood is terrible!
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25.03.2015 - 06:08
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.03.2015 at 22:54

Btw, I don't agree with quite a few of our staff picks to be honest. But that's the problem with a big staff voting.


they are the collective picks. we all have our right to publish our own lists/picks/whatever. i cannot complain, truthfully. my fave Industrial won (not a shock) and Extreme Doom had a trio of finalists I would have been happy with, including Profetus.

My fave Black Metal didn't even make the cut. And while I was mildly upset Chaos Moon didn't make the BM cut, Doom was perhaps symbolic of the entire year. N.E.A. Not. Even. Arsed. I voted Blood Flowers, but they didn't move my like entries in years past did.

Granted I had some real life issues impact the year - the big move and all - but for the most part it just seemed largely mediocre. to the point i didn't even bother with a year end column, article, or even lazy ass list.

We're not even 90 days in to 2015 and I'm already far more excited about what's come out.
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22.04.2015 - 19:20
Guib
Thrash Talker
Wow... really ? That's your fucking pick for thrash...

*shrugs* ... oh well -_-
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22.04.2015 - 22:08
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by Guib on 22.04.2015 at 19:20

Wow... really ? That's your fucking pick for thrash...

*shrugs* ... oh well -_-

Agreed. I'm not complaining, it's a great album and there wasn't much else offered in 2014 in the thrash department, but I cannot believe people actually hear thrash in Goatwhore. Always been straight-up blackened death to me.
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23.04.2015 - 04:40
Guib
Thrash Talker
I mean I get there's thrash in the album, I totally do, never said there wasn't any thrash in Goatwhore -_- but ... really ?
It wouldn't be anything close from being best ''thrash'' of 2014 for me.
-_- This shit's beyond me.

I do admit it's a solid work though...
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23.04.2015 - 23:01
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I agree. Thrash wasn't really a thing last year... Or any year for a damn while ago. Preferences aside, I'm extremely surprised that some people can't hear thrash in the latest couple of albums by Goatwhore. My oinion of them only got confirmed when I saw them live... That shit is so thrash.

I personally prefer Body Count though.
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23.04.2015 - 23:22
Darkside Momo
Retired
Well Body Count (good one, I'd say) was considered for Hardcore, not Thrash.

As for Goatwhore, come on... nom'ing them in death? WTF, seriously? Black, maybe... but seriously thrash was the best of those (damn those crossgenres bands ), and indeed it blex the (uninspired) competition out of the water
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24.04.2015 - 21:13
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by deadone on 24.04.2015 at 04:34

Written by Darkside Momo on 23.04.2015 at 23:22

Well Body Count (good one, I'd say) was considered for Hardcore, not Thrash.


Interesting as it is a crossover album which falls in the thrash categroy.


Crossover is a fence-thing. They have shit-tons of hardcore just as well as thrash. I'd still consider ghoul for thrash but I agree with Revocation. Oh well.
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Like you could kiss my ass
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