Thumbs up: +21
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. King Bong - Pinng- Or The Underwater Adventures of a Young Cthlulu
[8.4] Psychadelic/stoner metal
21. Amniac - Infinite
[8.4] Post-sludge metal
22. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
[8.4] Traditional doom metal
23. Smallman - Envision
[8.4] Alternative metal
24. Thessa - Exile
[8.3] Instrumental djent/progressive
25. Serdce - Timelessness
[8.3] Progressive metal/technical metal
26. White Suns - Totem
[8.3]
27. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
[8.3]
28. Hark - Crystalline
[8.3] Stoner doom/sludge rock
29. The Helix Nebula - Meridian [EP]
[8.3] Djent instrumental
30. 7 for 4 - Splash
[8.3] Progressive jazz fusion with a bit of funk, featuring a former member of Sieges Even.
31. AsZension - Biosphere
[8.3] Progressive metal/fusion
32. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
[8.3] Melodic death metal
33. Lazuli - Tant Que L'herbe Est Grasse
[8.3] Progressive rock
34. Dirge - Hyperion
[8.3] Post metal/sludge metal
35. Shattered Hope - Waters of Lethe
[8.3] Doom
36. Mammoth Storm - Rite of Ascension [EP]
[8.3]
37. Deumuseth - Deumuseth
[8.2]
38. The Bellerophon Project - Mental Abscess [EP]
[8.2]
39. Limb - Limb
[8.2] Stoner metal
40. Nibiru - Netrayoni
[8.1] Avant-garde
41. Emptiness - Nothing but the Whole
[8.1] Black/death metal
42. Noneuclid - Metatheosis
[8.1]
43. Lurk - Kaldera
[8.1] Sludge metal
44. Memories of a Dead Man - Ashes of Joy
[8.0] Alternative metal
45. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
[8.0] Technical/instrumental progressive metal
46. Perturbator - Dangerous Days
[8.0] Horror-themed electronic; thanks to Fat & Sassy!
47. Atlas Machine - Elysium
[8.0] Ambient
48. Mindplotter - Depths
[7.9] Djent
49. Perfect Beings - Perfect_Beings
[7.9] Progressive rock
50. Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
[7.8] Progressive metal/fusion
51. Devius - The Absents Presence
[7.7]
52. Ifing - Against This Weald
[7.7]
53. Doom Machine - Doomnation
[7.7] Groove metal
54. Merkabah [POL] - Moloch
[7.7]
55. Ævangelist - Writhes in the Murk
[7.5] Some excellent moments here, but from one listen I seem to prefer the approach of OeS.
56. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
[7.5] Progressive metal
57. Ethersens - Your Wandering Ghost
[7.5]
58. Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian
[7.4]
59. Hexis - Abalam
[7.4]
60. Hirsute - Still Waiting
[7.4]
61. Sydonia - Reality Kicks
[7.3] Progressive rock/metal
62. Thou - Heathen
[7.2] Sludge metal
63. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
[7.2] Avant-garde progressive/black metal
64. Altar of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains the Silence
[7.2] Doom metal
65. Warknife - Amorphous
[7.0]
66. Seven [US] - End of the Circle
[7.0] Djent
67. Monsterworks - Universe
[6.3] Progressive
68. Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
[6.3] Avant-garde
69. Alcest - Shelter
[6.2] Atmospheric rock/shoegaze
70. Desolation - V
[5.6]
71. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
[4.5]
72. We All Die (Laughing) - Thoughtscanning
[3.4]



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mz - 29.01.2014 at 23:16  
If this is going to be anything like your 2013 list then count me in
Zaphod - 06.02.2014 at 01:46  
+1 for Peanut Butter Burger ^^
Is the new Cynic available for streaming or something? It's not released yet. Other than that, some good picks, though I obviously disagree with Hail Spirit Noir, since it's my #1 of 2014 at the moment
Diverge - 06.02.2014 at 02:15  
Written by Zaphod on 06.02.2014 at 01:46

+1 for Peanut Butter Burger ^^
Is the new Cynic available for streaming or something? It's not released yet. Other than that, some good picks, though I obviously disagree with Hail Spirit Noir, since it's my #1 of 2014 at the moment

Cynic's newest has leaked, and as promised there are no harsh vocals present whatsoever. It's an interesting album and there are a few points that are filled with classic Cynic moments (ie. the opening track), but overall it was a huge step down from Traced in Air and Focus. It kind of plods along, but the minor shift in sound ultimately won me over.
As for HSN, I just can't get into them. I certainly don't think it's a bad record and I am very aware of its unique qualities. I would say, however, that from two listens I couldn't find any tracks that were highlight worthy. I'm clearly an outlier, though. 2014 is just beginning, though, so stay tuned!
Zaphod - 06.02.2014 at 02:24  
Written by Diverge on 06.02.2014 at 02:15

Cynic's newest has leaked, and as promised there are no harsh vocals present whatsoever. It's an interesting album and there are a few points that are filled with classic Cynic moments (ie. the opening track), but overall it was a huge step down from Traced in Air and Focus. It kind of plods along, but the minor shift in sound ultimately won me over.
As for HSN, I just can't get into them. I certainly don't think it's a bad record and I am very aware of its unique qualities. I would say, however, that from two listens I couldn't find any tracks that were highlight worthy. I'm clearly an outlier, though. 2014 is just beginning, though, so stay tuned!

Well, I'm not the biggest Cynic fan, so I don't mind it if they change their sound, I don't really have expectations for that album.
About HSN, it's OK if you don't like them, especially since you can admit it has unique qualities. One of the tracks that really stands out for me is "Mermaid" I just LOVE that one. I can understand if you don't like them though, back in '12 I didn't really get into them either. I knew their debut was something quite fresh/unique, but, for some reason I don't know about (Maybe I didn't give them enough of a chance, or maybe I just "wasn't ready" or something), I only started liking it a few months back. Maybe you should give them another try in a year or two
Anyways, ramble ramble, have a Peanut Butter Burger on me!
Oh, and that Major Parkinson album is indeed great
Chobo_jokeR - 09.02.2014 at 19:15  
+1 for Benighted. Nice start to the list!
tea[m]ster - 11.02.2014 at 22:35  
Never heard of half this stuff...would I like any of it?
Diverge - 12.02.2014 at 01:31  
Written by tea[m]ster on 11.02.2014 at 22:35

Never heard of half this stuff...would I like any of it?

Lethe, Major Parkinson and Ethersens might be up your alley. The rest of it would probably not jive with your tastes.
Oh, and Cynic is always a must for progheads.
R'Vannith - 12.02.2014 at 14:00  
Written by Diverge on 12.02.2014 at 01:31

Cynic is always a must for progheads.


Shameful of me, but I'm not a big fan of Cynic. I admire what they can do I suppose but it's not really music I've immersed myself in.

+1 for the promise of great tunes and fine cuisine!
tea[m]ster - 12.02.2014 at 17:12  
Quote:
Written by Diverge on 12.02.2014 at 01:31


Lethe, Major Parkinson and Ethersens might be up your alley. The rest of it would probably not jive with your tastes.
Oh, and Cynic is always a must for progheads.


Alright brother, I will give em a try and I will keep a close eye on this list.
Erik M. - 12.02.2014 at 21:10  
Written by tea[m]ster on 12.02.2014 at 17:12

Alright brother


He's not your brother, buddy!
Diverge - 13.02.2014 at 08:29  
Written by Erik M. on 12.02.2014 at 21:10

Written by tea[m]ster on 12.02.2014 at 17:12

Alright brother


He's not your brother, buddy!

Haha given all of the great albums he's led me towards, I'd be willing to call him a brother.
Diverge - 13.02.2014 at 08:32  
Written by R'Vannith on 12.02.2014 at 14:00

Written by Diverge on 12.02.2014 at 01:31

Cynic is always a must for progheads.


Shameful of me, but I'm not a big fan of Cynic. I admire what they can do I suppose but it's not really music I've immersed myself in.

+1 for the promise of great tunes and fine cuisine!

To each his own. Cynic prior to CBA is pretty good, in my opinion, but this incarnation of Cynic is different.
Are you going to make a killer list so I can steal enough albums to make a decent list for once?
R'Vannith - 13.02.2014 at 15:09  
Written by Diverge on 13.02.2014 at 08:32

To each his own. Cynic prior to CBA is pretty good, in my opinion, but this incarnation of Cynic is different.
Are you going to make a killer list so I can steal enough albums to make a decent list for once?


I've been considering giving the new Cynic album a try, perhaps it'll appeal to me. Only one way to find out!
Your lists are always informative, and I'm hoping you continue to add some comments to your listens on this one. I'll make a list at some point soon, when I have some material to share that is. At the moment I've dug into about a dozen releases from this year, Twilight Cinema and Oi Magoi being two of those. I've been meaning to check out the new Lurk there, after their grisly debut of a thing.
tea[m]ster - 16.02.2014 at 12:36  
Digging Atlas Machine. A kind of industrial/drone tagging up with some ambient black metal.
Diverge - 16.02.2014 at 17:03  
Written by tea[m]ster on 16.02.2014 at 12:36

Digging Atlas Machine. A kind of industrial/drone tagging up with some ambient black metal.

You can thank Joe for that one. I was really digging that album after two listens, and I might have to increase the rating. The middle to the end of the album was unreal.
tea[m]ster - 16.02.2014 at 18:17  
Written by Diverge on 16.02.2014 at 17:03

I was really digging that album after two listens, and I might have to increase the rating. The middle to the end of the album was unreal.


I will reciprocate.

Blown away by this. Don't let the horrible band name scare you. I haven't heard an instrumental post rock album as good as this since Liam's MMIX.



Whole album isn't on bandcamp, just a single
http://petslimmersoftheyear.bandcamp.com/
Diverge - 17.02.2014 at 03:58  
Written by tea[m]ster on 16.02.2014 at 18:17

Written by Diverge on 16.02.2014 at 17:03

I was really digging that album after two listens, and I might have to increase the rating. The middle to the end of the album was unreal.


I will reciprocate.

Blown away by this. Don't let the horrible band name scare you. I haven't heard an instrumental post rock album as good as this since Liam's MMIX.



Whole album isn't on bandcamp, just a single
http://petslimmersoftheyear.bandcamp.com/

Interesting stuff. I'll have to check out the album soon.
Erik M. - 18.02.2014 at 23:15  
Written by Diverge on 13.02.2014 at 08:29

Haha given all of the great albums he's led me towards, I'd be willing to call him a brother.


Ah too bad, I guess you haven't seen the South Park episode I was referring to. (just google "he's not your friend, buddy" or something like that and you'll see what I meant)
MechanisT - 19.02.2014 at 00:15  
Well...? Where are the descriptions?! >:[
Diverge - 19.02.2014 at 02:33  
Written by MechanisT on 19.02.2014 at 00:15

Well...? Where are the descriptions?! >:[

Haha I'm really busy with school, but I'll get to them soon enough. Don't fret, my friend.
I have a lot to say about Benighted in particular. The most fun I've had with metal in a long time.
Diverge - 19.02.2014 at 02:34  
Written by Erik M. on 18.02.2014 at 23:15

Written by Diverge on 13.02.2014 at 08:29

Haha given all of the great albums he's led me towards, I'd be willing to call him a brother.


Ah too bad, I guess you haven't seen the South Park episode I was referring to. (just google "he's not your friend, buddy" or something like that and you'll see what I meant)

Hehe I was unaware.
Neiluria - 19.02.2014 at 18:43  
There are groups that I do not know in your list.
I'll look at it more closely.
Come see my 2014 list too
Diverge - 23.02.2014 at 06:55  
Written by tea[m]ster on 16.02.2014 at 18:17

Written by Diverge on 16.02.2014 at 17:03

I was really digging that album after two listens, and I might have to increase the rating. The middle to the end of the album was unreal.


I will reciprocate.

Blown away by this. Don't let the horrible band name scare you. I haven't heard an instrumental post rock album as good as this since Liam's MMIX.



Whole album isn't on bandcamp, just a single
http://petslimmersoftheyear.bandcamp.com/


Dude... check out Nibiru now if you are unfamiliar with the group. The double-disc Netrayoni might be up your alley if you're looking for something unique.
Monolithic - 13.03.2014 at 08:32  
Me thinks the new Cynic is porn for jazz-fusion fans.

Funny we have the same taste when it comes to Alcest.
eponymous - 19.03.2014 at 03:30  
Quote:
At points, I cannot help but think of The Doors, but that would leave the theatrical qualities unaccounted for; I honestly don't think I can place this band relative to any other.


I take it you're not acquainted with Tom Waits, then? This is so damn close it could be called worship without much reservation. Especially the vocalist is doing his best impression. On the other hand, you're one of the few who actually has ears good enough to hear this isn't anywhere close to DSO. Well, it's a win-win for me, I love both Waits and DSO, so MP was quite a nice little surprise.
Diverge - 19.03.2014 at 05:30  
Written by eponymous on 19.03.2014 at 03:30

Quote:
At points, I cannot help but think of The Doors, but that would leave the theatrical qualities unaccounted for; I honestly don't think I can place this band relative to any other.


I take it you're not acquainted with Tom Waits, then? This is so damn close it could be called worship without much reservation. Especially the vocalist is doing his best impression. On the other hand, you're one of the few who actually has ears good enough to hear this isn't anywhere close to DSO. Well, it's a win-win for me, I love both Waits and DSO, so MP was quite a nice little surprise.

I am actually not familiar with the music of Tom Waits, although I have heard many great things about him. I will certainly be on the prowl.

Thanks a lot for letting me know your thoughts. It's really funny that people keep comparing it to Diablo Swing Orchestra.
Diverge - 19.03.2014 at 05:34  
Written by Monolithic on 13.03.2014 at 08:32

Me thinks the new Cynic is porn for jazz-fusion fans.

Funny we have the same taste when it comes to Alcest.

The new Cynic has been highly regarded within my circle of musician friends. I'm into jazz fusion a bit, but there was a bit of an engagement issue at the beginning for me. I keep listening and listening to it, though, and it grows on you.
Alcest really nailed it over the last few albums, but this time around, there's not really much to redeem it from mediocrity. Little of interest this time around. You and I seem to have some similar tastes; drop by again with a recommendation some time.
Monolithic - 19.03.2014 at 11:00  
Written by Diverge on 19.03.2014 at 05:34

You and I seem to have some similar tastes; drop by again with a recommendation some time.

Sure thingy. I've been wandering in my comfort zone lately but I'll drop by soon enough.
Monolithic - 23.03.2014 at 11:44  
Alright, here's my first shot: Mourning Dawn - Les Sacrifiés

Black metal with traces of doom metal scattered across the album. You fancy any doom/black metal?
Diverge - 23.03.2014 at 21:58  
Written by Monolithic on 23.03.2014 at 11:44

Alright, here's my first shot: Mourning Dawn - Les Sacrifiés

Black metal with traces of doom metal scattered across the album. You fancy any doom/black metal?

Oh yes. I'll give it a listen when school stops kicking me while I'm down.
tea[m]ster - 26.03.2014 at 16:55  
That Mourning Dawn release has potential. A little "slow" sometimes - I am not a big fan of that kind of doom - now I have to listen to disc 2...enormous album.

Also, I didn't like that Warknife album so much. Like you said, the vocals are the big turnoff. Keep the recs coming.
RavenEffect - 25.04.2014 at 17:40  
Nice to see people are giving Major Parkinson's Twilight Cinema their respective Credit. Its a really good album. Loved your list, +1 from me
Diverge - 26.04.2014 at 14:36  
Written by RavenEffect on 25.04.2014 at 17:40

Nice to see people are giving Major Parkinson's Twilight Cinema their respective Credit. Its a really good album. Loved your list, +1 from me

Yep, Twilight Cinema is amazing, and certainly one of the best albums I have heard this year. Thanks for taking the time to type a message.
Diverge - 26.04.2014 at 14:39  
Written by Monolithic on 23.03.2014 at 11:44

Alright, here's my first shot: Mourning Dawn - Les Sacrifiés

This album is a beast. I've been trying to give it a few full, thorough listens through before evaluating it, a task that will be easier to achieve now that school is done. I've been rating things that are easy to evaluate for a little while, so I just thought I'd justify why it's not on the list yet.
Any more recommendations?
mz - 06.06.2014 at 00:28  
I do believe that once again, we will be in huge disagreement about album of the year. Maybe it's not that bad, but once you mention 3 of the most respected extreme metal bands, deathspell omega, esoteric and gorguts as similar to something, you set the expectation level pretty high.
It's like calling your son Jesus.
Diverge - 06.06.2014 at 01:33  
Written by mz on 06.06.2014 at 00:28

I do believe that once again, we will be in huge disagreement about album of the year. Maybe it's not that bad, but once you mention 3 of the most respected extreme metal bands, deathspell omega, esoteric and gorguts as similar to something, you set the expectation level pretty high.
It's like calling your son Jesus.

In retrospect, Esoteric was probably a stretch but I do definitely hear some Gorguts and Deathspell in there. I only meant to imply that they were clear influences in the music, which is predominantly Fen-like. Indeed, the album has been getting some acclaim in the underground and for good reason- after a few listens, I can honestly say I enjoy this album a little more than Fen's work (and I'm a Fen fanboy).
Chobo_jokeR - 09.06.2014 at 07:16  
Eager to hear Stoic Dissension after your comparison to Fen's Epoch.
Zaphod - 13.08.2014 at 03:25  
I like that there's a lot of non-MS stuff on here. Listening to Taurus right now and it sounds promising so far.
Diverge - 13.08.2014 at 04:30  
Written by Zaphod on 13.08.2014 at 03:25

I like that there's a lot of non-MS stuff on here. Listening to Taurus right now and it sounds promising so far.

Another one I stole from Joe. Thanks, though.
Diverge - 13.08.2014 at 06:05  
Written by Zaphod on 13.08.2014 at 03:25


Oh yeah, and if you get the chance, you should check out Smallman's Envision album. I highly doubt it'll end up making your list, but it's probably my favourite alternative metal album released this year and an album I feel more people should know about!
Zaphod - 13.08.2014 at 12:09  
Written by Diverge on 13.08.2014 at 06:05

Oh yeah, and if you get the chance, you should check out Smallman's Envision album. I highly doubt it'll end up making your list,

I don't know man, it actually might, that first song on bandcamp was really good :p I'll listen to the full thing when I get the chance.
(just FYI, I don't dislike alternative metal, I just haven't explored a lot of it besides Faith No More )
Diverge - 14.08.2014 at 04:06  
Written by Zaphod on 13.08.2014 at 12:09

Written by Diverge on 13.08.2014 at 06:05

Oh yeah, and if you get the chance, you should check out Smallman's Envision album. I highly doubt it'll end up making your list,

I don't know man, it actually might, that first song on bandcamp was really good :p I'll listen to the full thing when I get the chance.
(just FYI, I don't dislike alternative metal, I just haven't explored a lot of it besides Faith No More )

Yeah, alternative metal is an odd little genre. It's been a pretty shitty year for alt metal if I had to be honest, although the new Rishloo might make up for it still. In 2013, it was pretty much all I was listening to. I have a soft spot for it even if many of the genre's largest stars produce albums in which only 75% of the songs are truly great. I really like the way Smallman incorporate the bagpipe at times, and the vocalist (while not unique) manages to bring me back for repeated listens.
MechanisT - 08.09.2014 at 15:51  
This, I think, would be up your alley. Awesome, unconventional post-metal/post-hardcore for the win.

Ilham - 08.09.2014 at 15:54  
I second the As We Draw recommendation.
Diverge - 10.09.2014 at 05:46  
Written by MechanisT on 08.09.2014 at 15:51

This, I think, would be up your alley. Awesome, unconventional post-metal/post-hardcore for the win.



I've definitely heard the name. I'll give it a listen through!
tea[m]ster - 12.09.2014 at 04:39  
Written by Ilham on 08.09.2014 at 15:54

I second the As We Draw recommendation.


try this too...

http://fjort.bandcamp.com/
Diverge - 12.09.2014 at 05:23  
As We Draw was fucking massive. Downloading Lines Breaking Circles now.

As for Fjort, the first track was also pretty sweet. I will download that one as well!
Ilham - 12.09.2014 at 12:27  
Written by tea[m]ster on 12.09.2014 at 04:39

try this too...

http://fjort.bandcamp.com/

I've had these guys on my "to listen to" list for a while, it'll speed up the process, thanks.
Ilham - 18.09.2014 at 23:58  
Written by Diverge on 12.09.2014 at 05:23

As We Draw was fucking massive. Downloading Lines Breaking Circles now.

As for Fjort, the first track was also pretty sweet. I will download that one as well!

I found Lines Breaking Circles less interesting and too similar to the big names in post-metal they must be taking their inspiration from. But it's still a nice album, I love the sudden screamo moments. Although I wouldn't mind hearing a remaster of it in the future, if they ever make one.
By the way they did a 3-way split with Euglena and Hexis. Worth checking out, especially for Euglena. Hexis, you must already know them by now.

What did you think of FJØRT?
mz - 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.

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