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You might as well call this the "shittier and more rambly version of mz's list with very few links to the artists."

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. Qualeaceans - Capture of Ziz
[9.8] Experimental death metal with a little bit of kraut midway for taste. Thanks to mz for bringing this album to my attention!
2. 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.
3. Schammasch - Contradiction
[9.3] An extreme metal tour de force, with some creepy nuances and an astonishing vocal performance all around. This album is actually better than Emptiness's Nothing But the Whole, mainly because it injects some much needed personality to make the album cross the other side.
4. Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io
[9.3] Prog with avant-garde tendencies- probably the closest thing we'll get to the progressive rock album of the year. Toby Driver's impressive vocal performance conjures memories of Peter Gabriel's Genesis days, but his ability to finely control his falsetto is the real icing on the cake. Add the "Future Noir" Blade Runner styled atmosphere, and you've got a winner all around. Fantastic.
5. Stoic Dissention - Autochthon
[9.3] Dissonant black/doom
6. Gazpacho - Demon
[9.3] Progressive rock
7. Los Random - Pidanoma
[9.3] Progressive metal/avant-garde
8. Taurus - No/Thing
[9.0] Alternative/avant-garde
9. Zaum - Oracles
[9.0] Middle-Eastern styled doom from Moncton, NB
10. Space Witch - Space Witch
[9.0] Instrumental psychadelic sludge metal
11. Persisting Absolution - MMXIV
[8.9] A really exciting technical thrash/death metal band that's producing some of the best local music I've heard in a long time. This demo is absolutely enormous. This is fun and technical, like a thrashier version of Gorod without the jazz-based additions. Be sure to check out Barra Xul as well. http://persistingabsolution.bandcamp.com/album/mmxiv
12. Ride for Revenge - Enter the Gauntlet
[8.9] Death metal
13. Execration - Morbid Dimensions
[8.9] Experimental death metal
14. Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation
[8.9] Death metal
15. Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
[8.8] Death metal
16. Benighted - Carnivore Sublime
[8.8] Brutal death metal
17. Trepalium - Voodoo Moonshine
[8.8] Jazz/groovy death metal
18. Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers
[8.8] Dissonant black metal with hardcore touches
19. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
[8.8] Avant-garde djent
20. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
[8.8] Progressive rock
21. Crib45 - Marching Through the Borderlines
[8.7] Post metal/sludge metal
22. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
[8.7] Atmospheric black metal
23. Nero di Marte - Derivae
[8.7] Ulcerate-styled progressive melodeath
24. Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema [Collaboration]
[8.7] Sludge metal
25. Rude - Soul Recall
[8.5] Traditional death metal
26. Wo Fat - The Conjuring
[8.5] Stoner/doom metal
27. Gloomy Sunday - Introduction to the Apocalypse
[8.5] Hardcore
28. Rosetta - Flies to Flame
[8.5]
29. Moanaa - Descent
[8.5]
30. King Bong - Pinng- Or The Underwater Adventures of a Young Cthlulu
[8.4] Psychadelic/stoner metal
31. Amniac - Infinite
[8.4] Post-sludge metal
32. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
[8.4] Traditional doom metal
33. Smallman - Envision
[8.4] Alternative metal
34. Thessa - Exile
[8.3] Instrumental djent/progressive
35. Serdce - Timelessness
[8.3] Progressive metal/technical metal
36. White Suns - Totem
[8.3]
37. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
[8.3]
38. Eden Circus - Marula
[8.3] Post-metal/alternative metal for fans of Karnivool and Soundgarden
39. Hark - Crystalline
[8.3] Stoner doom/sludge rock
40. The Helix Nebula - Meridian [EP]
[8.3] Djent instrumental
41. 7 for 4 - Splash
[8.3] Progressive jazz fusion with a bit of funk, featuring a former member of Sieges Even.
42. AsZension - Biosphere
[8.3] Progressive metal/fusion
43. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
[8.3] Melodic death metal
44. Soen - Tellurian
[8.3] Alternative metal
45. Lazuli - Tant Que L'herbe Est Grasse
[8.3] Progressive rock
46. Dirge - Hyperion
[8.3] Post metal/sludge metal
47. Shattered Hope - Waters of Lethe
[8.3] Doom
48. Mammoth Storm - Rite of Ascension [EP]
[8.3]
49. As We Draw - Mirages
[8.3] Hardcore post-metal
50. Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth
[8.2] The renuited band has released a stunning comeback that paves a new pathway between Eidolon and Feathergun, on the one hand, while straying into even more unique territory. The most unpredictable record in their discography- there are some really unsettling moments and also some tantalizing psychadelic noodlings, along with some downright stunning vocal performances by Drew. Will not disappoint.
51. Deumuseth - Deumuseth
[8.2]
52. The Bellerophon Project - Mental Abscess [EP]
[8.2]
53. Limb - Limb
[8.2] Stoner metal
54. Nibiru - Netrayoni
[8.1] Avant-garde
55. Emptiness - Nothing but the Whole
[8.1] Black/death metal
56. Noneuclid - Metatheosis
[8.1]
57. Lurk - Kaldera
[8.1] Sludge metal
58. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
[8.1] Ambient black
59. Memories of a Dead Man - Ashes of Joy
[8.0] Alternative metal
60. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
[8.0] Technical/instrumental progressive metal
61. Perturbator - Dangerous Days
[8.0] Horror-themed electronic; thanks to Fat & Sassy!
62. Atlas Machine - Elysium
[8.0] Ambient
63. Mindplotter - Depths
[7.9] Djent
64. Giant Squid - Minoans
[7.9] Post metal
65. Perfect Beings - Perfect_Beings
[7.9] Progressive rock
66. Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
[7.8] Progressive metal/fusion
67. Devius - The Absents Presence
[7.7]
68. Ifing - Against This Weald
[7.7]
69. Doom Machine - Doomnation
[7.7] Groove metal
70. Merkabah [POL] - Moloch
[7.7]
71. Fen - Carrion Skies
[7.5]
72. Ævangelist - Writhes in the Murk
[7.5] Some excellent moments here, but from one listen I seem to prefer the approach of OeS.
73. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
[7.5] Progressive metal
74. Ethersens - Your Wandering Ghost
[7.5]
75. Ethereal Riffian - Aeonian
[7.4]
76. Hexis - Abalam
[7.4]
77. Hirsute - Still Waiting
[7.4]
78. Sydonia - Reality Kicks
[7.3] Progressive rock/metal
79. Thou - Heathen
[7.2] Sludge metal
80. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
[7.2] Avant-garde progressive/black metal
81. Altar of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains the Silence
[7.2] Doom metal
82. Warknife - Amorphous
[7.0]
83. Seven [US] - End of the Circle
[7.0] Djent
84. Monsterworks - Universe
[6.3] Progressive
85. Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
[6.3] Avant-garde
86. Alcest - Shelter
[6.2] Atmospheric rock/shoegaze
87. Desolation - V
[5.6]
88. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
[4.5]
89. 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
Diverge - 22.10.2014 at 05:15  
Written by tea[m]ster on 09.10.2014 at 20:15

I forgot who suggested this, but it's a fantastic record.
http://moanaa.bandcamp.com/album/descent

Yeah I saw that in your thread! I'll check it out when I get the chance, I promise.
MechanisT - 09.12.2014 at 14:54  
I think this fits the bill perfectly for you. Top notch progressive not unlike In The Silence, with a hint of dreary atmospherics ala Ghost Brigade.

!J.O.O.E.! - 09.12.2014 at 14:55  
I've never had a peanut butter burger. It sounds nice.
Diverge - 09.12.2014 at 15:10  
Written by MechanisT on 09.12.2014 at 14:54

I think this fits the bill perfectly for you. Top notch progressive not unlike In The Silence, with a hint of dreary atmospherics ala Ghost Brigade.



Ooh thanks for the recommendation, yo. When I'm done with last-minute school stuff, I'll check it out. I also have to check out Ghost Brigade's newest, seeing as most people have rated it a 9.

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.12.2014 at 14:55

I've never had a peanut butter burger. It sounds nice.

Peanut butter burgers are decent- would rank them as a 9 using the Metal Storm ranking system! It's an odd flavour because the peanut butter, typically a dominant sort of flavour in sandwiches, is reduced to being more subtle. It's a little bit messy because the peanut butter coagulates into goo as soon as it is exposed to the warm patty, but it is considered a local delicacy where I'm from. Just don't put too much on the top bun when you first try it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.12.2014 at 15:16  
Written by Diverge on 09.12.2014 at 15:10

Peanut butter burgers are decent- would rank them as a 9 using the Metal Storm ranking system! It's an odd flavour because the peanut butter, typically a dominant sort of flavour in sandwiches, is reduced to being more subtle. It's a little bit messy because the peanut butter coagulates into goo as soon as it is exposed to the warm patty, but it is considered a local delicacy where I'm from. Just don't put too much on the top bun when you first try it.

I don't know of anywhere locally that would do such a thing, but I might consider trying that in my home. I will use your list picture as a guide
mz - 12.12.2014 at 04:44  
Did you know that Qualeaceans shared this list on their fb?

Also, something you might like : Torrential Downpour-Truth Knowledge Vision
Diverge - 13.12.2014 at 01:00  
Written by mz on 12.12.2014 at 04:44

Did you know that Qualeaceans shared this list on their fb?

Also, something you might like : Torrential Downpour-Truth Knowledge Vision

Funny you should mention that. I liked them on Facebook but I didn't see it until now. Cool!!!

As for the album there, I got a chance to hear the first two tracks of it and I'm pretty impressed. When I finish my bloody physics thesis I'll check out the whole thing.
Lethrokai - 15.12.2014 at 16:52  
Will definitely check some of these out. Your no. 2 and 3 (which I won't type out because it's not worth the effort) both caught my interest greatly.

As for recommendations, I'd say check out Bent Knee's "Shiny Eyed Babies"; these guys came out of absolutely nowhere with one of the best art rock albums I've heard.

Also I'd say check out Vampillia's "My Beautiful Twisted Nightmares In Aurora Rainbow Darkness". Avant-Garde metal fused with Japanese traditional music. It really is an absolute treat for avant-garde nuts. I believe "artistically insane" was the term?
Diverge - 16.12.2014 at 05:26  
Written by Lethrokai on 15.12.2014 at 16:52

Will definitely check some of these out. Your no. 2 and 3 (which I won't type out because it's not worth the effort) both caught my interest greatly.

As for recommendations, I'd say check out Bent Knee's "Shiny Eyed Babies"; these guys came out of absolutely nowhere with one of the best art rock albums I've heard.

Also I'd say check out Vampillia's "My Beautiful Twisted Nightmares In Aurora Rainbow Darkness". Avant-Garde metal fused with Japanese traditional music. It really is an absolute treat for avant-garde nuts. I believe "artistically insane" was the term?

Ooh thanks for the recommendation for Bent Knee. I was eyeing that on your list a few days ago and I need to check it out, along with that Swans one. Vampillia's also sounds like it would indeed be up my alley.

My #2 choice is very interesting, although I don't think my description is quite accurate. There's very little metal happening on that one- it's very naturalistic, original music with some obvious jazzy sections. Some listeners don't find an emotional connection to the music, but I think it's pretty engaging. I'm in the minority, though. Hope you enjoy it.

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