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Updates: Aug 23- forgot what acts I added.

What a year 2014 has turned out to be. My ratings are suspect- I have a tendency to over-rate things lately, so expect some calamitous drops in rankings soon. That being said, this could be my favourite one since 2009-- I haven't heard many great post metal albums this year, so please send me recommendations if you find any good ones (especially if they are reminiscent of Rosetta). No descriptions this time around- I'm far too busy and it makes for a more succinct list, in my honest opinion. I don't think my writing helps a lot of people out.

Created by: Diverge | 19.01.2014



1. Amogh Symphony - Vectorscan
[9.7] Easily the best avant-garde metal I have heard since uneXpect's Fables of the Sleepless Empire in 2011. This is an absolutely stunning piece of avant-garde jazz fusion metal, remarkable simply because it remains cohesive without skimping out on experimentation/technical guitar work (an enormous challenge that very few of their contemporaries have overcome). This stands light years away from The Quantum Hack Code, and if you didn't already know the name, you wouldn't suspect Vishal made both of these records. A definite album of the year candidate, and my personal favourite Amogh Symphony album.
2. Stoic Dissention - Autochthon
[9.3] Dissonant black/doom
3. Gazpacho - Demon
[9.3] Progressive rock
4. Los Random - Pidanoma
[9.3] Progressive metal/avant-garde
5. Taurus - No/Thing
[9.0] Alternative/avant-garde
6. Zaum - Oracles
[9.0] Middle-Eastern styled doom from Moncton, NB
7. Space Witch - Space Witch
[9.0] Instrumental psychadelic sludge metal
8. Ride for Revenge - Enter the Gauntlet
[8.9] Death metal
9. Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation
[8.9] Death metal
10. Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
[8.8] Death metal
11. Benighted - Carnivore Sublime
[8.8] Brutal death metal
12. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
[8.8] Avant-garde djent
13. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
[8.8] Progressive rock
14. Crib45 - Marching Through the Borderlines
[8.7] Post metal/sludge metal
15. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
[8.7] Atmospheric black metal
16. Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema [Collaboration]
[8.7] Sludge metal
17. Rude - Soul Recall
[8.5] Traditional death metal
18. Wo Fat - The Conjuring
[8.5] Stoner/doom metal
19. Gloomy Sunday - Introduction to the Apocalypse
[8.5] Hardcore
20. Rosetta - Flies to Flame
[8.5]
21. King Bong - Pinng- Or The Underwater Adventures of a Young Cthlulu
[8.4] Psychadelic/stoner metal
22. Amniac - Infinite
[8.4] Post-sludge metal
23. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
[8.4] Traditional doom metal
24. Smallman - Envision
[8.4] Alternative metal
25. Thessa - Exile
[8.3] Instrumental djent/progressive
26. Serdce - Timelessness
[8.3] Progressive metal/technical metal
27. White Suns - Totem
[8.3]
28. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
[8.3]
29. Hark - Crystalline
[8.3] Stoner doom/sludge rock
30. The Helix Nebula - Meridian [EP]
[8.3] Djent instrumental
31. 7 for 4 - Splash
[8.3] Progressive jazz fusion with a bit of funk, featuring a former member of Sieges Even.
32. AsZension - Biosphere
[8.3] Progressive metal/fusion
33. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
[8.3] Melodic death metal
34. Lazuli - Tant Que L'herbe Est Grasse
[8.3] Progressive rock
35. Dirge - Hyperion
[8.3] Post metal/sludge metal
36. Shattered Hope - Waters of Lethe
[8.3] Doom
37. Mammoth Storm - Rite of Ascension [EP]
[8.3]
38. Deumuseth - Deumuseth
[8.2]
39. The Bellerophon Project - Mental Abscess [EP]
[8.2]
40. Limb - Limb
[8.2] Stoner metal
41. Nibiru - Netrayoni
[8.1] Avant-garde
42. Emptiness - Nothing but the Whole
[8.1] Black/death metal
43. Noneuclid - Metatheosis
[8.1]
44. Lurk - Kaldera
[8.1] Sludge metal
45. Memories of a Dead Man - Ashes of Joy
[8.0] Alternative metal
46. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
[8.0] Technical/instrumental progressive metal
47. Perturbator - Dangerous Days
[8.0] Horror-themed electronic; thanks to Fat & Sassy!
48. Atlas Machine - Elysium
[8.0] Ambient
49. Mindplotter - Depths
[7.9] Djent
50. Perfect Beings - Perfect_Beings
[7.9] Progressive rock
51. Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
[7.8] Progressive metal/fusion
52. Devius - The Absents Presence
[7.7]
53. Ifing - Against This Weald
[7.7]
54. Doom Machine - Doomnation
[7.7] Groove metal
55. Merkabah [POL] - Moloch
[7.7]
56. Ævangelist - Writhes in the Murk
[7.5] Some excellent moments here, but from one listen I seem to prefer the approach of OeS.
57. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
[7.5] Progressive metal
58. Ethersens - Your Wandering Ghost
[7.5]
59. Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian
[7.4]
60. Hexis - Abalam
[7.4]
61. Hirsute - Still Waiting
[7.4]
62. Sydonia - Reality Kicks
[7.3] Progressive rock/metal
63. Thou - Heathen
[7.2] Sludge metal
64. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
[7.2] Avant-garde progressive/black metal
65. Altar of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains the Silence
[7.2] Doom metal
66. Warknife - Amorphous
[7.0]
67. Seven [US] - End of the Circle
[7.0] Djent
68. Monsterworks - Universe
[6.3] Progressive
69. Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
[6.3] Avant-garde
70. Alcest - Shelter
[6.2] Atmospheric rock/shoegaze
71. Desolation - V
[5.6]
72. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
[4.5]
73. We All Die (Laughing) - Thoughtscanning
[3.4]



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Diverge - 20.09.2014 at 20:51  
Written by mz on 19.09.2014 at 19:23

Have you heard Dust Sculptures-Far Above The Pines ? Combining post metal, black metal and progressive rock, It strikes me as something you'd like.

I have definitely heard Dust Sculptures before. Did they release something last year as well?
mz - 21.09.2014 at 01:32  
Written by Diverge on 20.09.2014 at 20:51

I have definitely heard Dust Sculptures before. Did they release something last year as well?

I have only recently got familiar with this band. Apparently, he had also released another album named Nostalgia in 2013.
PS: I also edited my previous post as it was not properly linking.
Diverge - 21.09.2014 at 03:08  
Written by mz on 21.09.2014 at 01:32

Written by Diverge on 20.09.2014 at 20:51

I have definitely heard Dust Sculptures before. Did they release something last year as well?

I have only recently got familiar with this band. Apparently, he had also released another album named Nostalgia in 2013.
PS: I also edited my previous post as it was not properly linking.

Yeah I recall listening to them (and funny enough, it was on my 2013 list). I'll give it a gander! Thanks, dude.
tea[m]ster - 09.10.2014 at 20:15  
I forgot who suggested this, but it's a fantastic record.
http://moanaa.bandcamp.com/album/descent

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