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Only my absolute favourite stuff from 2014.

Resisting the urge to dump everything that sounds potentially good here so I can actually write about the stuff I'm sure I do like. However, all the potentials can be found here should you wish to sift through them.

No order (added as I find them).

Created by: !J.O.O.E.! | 05.04.2014



1. Morbus Chron - Sweven
These guys appear to want a piece of the action that Tribulation got last year with their phenomenal The Formulas of Death album. Like them, they see themselves merging an old-school aesthetic with a modern twist. Death, thrash and progressive metal is blended harmoniously with mature songwriting and superbly organic production to create superlative atmosphere - http://tiny.cc/2b1udx
2. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
If you've been missing the golden days of Drudkh, are pining for the emotionally charged atmospherics of Fen's debut, or feel like Walknut's sophomore will never arrive, then this is truly the album for you. And what a blinder it is; dense and foreboding with a subtle, folky darkness that harkens back to Negură Bunget's 'n Crugu Bradului' - http://tiny.cc/rc1udx
3. Dephosphorus - Ravenous Solemnity
Grecian, space-themed blackened grindcore. As good as it sounds. Far more song-based than your average grind outfit; this record displays an impressive amount of technical mastery and songwriting variation, not to mention a rich and satisfyingly juicy sound. - http://tiny.cc/id1udx
4. Azziard - Vésanie
Another band in the ever lengthening line of modern black metal from France. Not necessarily that original anymore but it certainly exemplifies the deathened black aesthetic of modernity that metal is capable of. Fiercly intense stuff that'll satisfy the Deathspell Omega fan within you - http://tiny.cc/ke1udx
5. Atlas Machine - Elysium
"Ambient black metal" is one of the bandied around terms you'll see these days, but Atlas Machine take it to the most literal level, chopping up segments of intensely thick metal in equal measures with spacious ambient and downtempo electronic music. Nothing of the "dark" variety you often see associated with black metal. For that reason alone this is a bit of an oddity, and a great sounding one at that - http://tiny.cc/ka1udx
6. Bong - Stoner Rock
Bong poke fun at the stoner rock genre by entitling their umpteenth record just that, despite sounding nothing like the sound associated with it. In reality though this is probably closer to "stoner rock" than anything that's fallen out the genre. If you know Bong you'll know what to expect: lengthy tripped out voyages through the vastness of space, your sitar being your faithful companion - http://tiny.cc/6f1udx
7. Coma Void - Coma Void
Still can't place exactly what it is about this I like so much. Something about the interplay of the massively trudging and groovy dirges with the warm melodies sliding over the top of it that really pleases my brain, along with an inherent electronic peculiarity to the affair. Warm and very fuzzy - http://tiny.cc/xg1udx
8. Slough Feg - Digital Resistance
Pretty much the flag bearers for interesting and highly personalised sounding heavy metal. Slough Feg lost a bit of their momentum with their previous album which often became lost within itself, lacking memorable character, but here they make a return to form and deliver, once again, songs that stay more readily in one's memory. Maybe a little thin on the production / guitar tone front but easily forgiveable when they write such good tunes - http://tiny.cc/xh1udx
9. Corpsessed - Abysmal Thresholds
There's a ton of old school death out at the moment, and you could throw a small Lithuanian child into a field and probably hit a guitarist from one of them, but Corpsessed probably stand a little above their peers in terms of delivering sheer cavernousness. Dark, dreary, dank and destructive. Just like your mother is - http://tiny.cc/ui1udx
10. Gnaw Their Tongues & Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema
What do you get when you combine two of the darkest, most delicious bile spewing musical entities that are Gnaw Their Tongues and Alkerdeel? Something sinister that's for sure. Subtle blends of insidious doom, drone, black metal and dark ambient create an aural landscape dripping with death and disease. Even some melancholic melody seeps through. Start 2014 the right way; listen to this - http://tiny.cc/0j1udx
11. Blut Aus Nord - Debemur MoRTi
Debemur Mortii's surprise 100th album release (I think). If you've stumbled onto pretty much any of BaN's recent work then you'll know what to expect here as it's very "standard" where his sound is concerned. Highly industrialised, dissonant black metal that doesn't sound like anything else you've ever heard before outside of the band - http://tiny.cc/tk1udx
12. Warforged - Essence Of The Land
Stunningly good extreme progressive metal EP that combines elements from black metal, hardcore and of a variety of technical metal outputs that ultimately winds up being far more atmospheric than one might expect it to be, owing partially to subtle use of ambient and intertwining melodic leads. Still ballsy as fuck though - http://tiny.cc/cl1udx
13. My Useless Life - Negative Memories
Far from being the biggest DSBM fan, the fact I love this should probably stand as a testament to how good it is. As a friend of mine once said about this: "They're not riffs, they're cadences of futility." Sounds about right to me, this is some paradoxically uplifting and melodic music - http://tiny.cc/em1udx
14. Hooded Menace - Labyrinth of Carrion Breeze
Two moderately lengthy tracks of rabid deathly doom. Not original, nor innovative, it is however wretched as sin and most satisfying to give oneself up to. Which of course you all really want to because being naughty is better than being nice. Menacing, and hooded. Or something. - http://tiny.cc/fn1udx
15. Thy Flesh - Thymiama Mannan
You can pretty much replicate the description of Azziard for this one, except they're from Greece, not France, and not quite as death metally. Either way they belong to that fangled modern-wave of "orthodox" sounding black metal. It's difficult to tire of the sound sometimes, especially when it's so well done - http://tiny.cc/5n1udx
16. Sevendeaths - Concreté Misery
It's not metal, but I don't think many people would take issue with that considering how good it sounds. Quite beautiful retro-electronic, akin to Tangerine Dream, only progressing the sound further. Conjures up science fiction landscapes drenched in a 70s and 80s movie veneer. If that doesn't float your spacecraft then you ain't no friend of mine - http://tiny.cc/0o1udx
17. Nadja - Queller
It's amazing that after so many records Nadja can still deeply impress. This isn't to say they're reinventing the wheel here; this is still Nadja's trademark approach of taking dreampop and shoegaze to the extreme levels of ambient drone, but it's done with such aplomb that the floaty, fuzzed-out dreamscapes sound as good as they always have - http://tiny.cc/xp1udx
18. Merkabah (Poland) - Moloch
Even in 2014, when metal is morphing and twisting, bringing something new and unique out on practically a daily basis, some things still remain more unique than others. Poland's Merkabah are one such example. Some kind of bizarre, avant-garde jazz post-metal. It's deliciously challenging and genre-crushing far beyond human comfort- http://tiny.cc/l442ex
19. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
More Frenchies. The sophomore of Lovecraft-inspired black metallers is a monolith of ultra intense walls of dissonance / harmony interplay. The result is a textured, sometimes epically melodic yet challenging, culmination of their potential that I was lucky enough to experience on a pre-release demo of their first album. They've evolved into a peerless entity - http://tiny.cc/at1udx
20. Psygnosis - Human Be[ing]
Something that you don't see together too often: ambient electronic and death metal. It shouldn't work, but somehow Psygnosis (yet more Frenchies) splice not only these two elements, but also numerous other influences including black metal, industrial metal, and a distinct amount of Gojirisms. Thankfully the overall sound is cohesive, rich and heavy. Unf - http://tiny.cc/2t1udx
21. Moloch - Verwüstung
I'm not altogether familiar with Moloch but from what I understand the band dwell a lot in dark ambient soundscapes. This album, however, is more like old-school black metal sandwiched between a dark ambient intro and outro. Normally something so tired and tested wouldn't make such a list but it's been a while since I was so impressed by old fashioned black metal. Extremely well made stuff - http://tiny.cc/aw1udx
22. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
Still not entirely sure what this is. Extreme progressive metal would come closest, but I think they outdo even Psygnosis in the experimental stakes. Every song quite literally offers something new, be it ambient, djent, death metal or some curious combination of all these things, or something else entirely. Definitely a testament to originality in its most purest form - http://tiny.cc/yw1udx
23. Deadly Carnage - Manthe
Coarse, scorched, post-black metal. I can't say this will win any originality competitions but there's a distinct strength in its songwriting and delivery that's kept me coming back. Could be those searing shrieks, or could be the hints of melancholy scattered throughout. Who knows. It's good though - http://tiny.cc/wy1udx
24. Howls of Ebb - Vigils of the 3rd Eye
To think I very nearly let this one slip by. This is truly WEIRD stuff. In my head this is what !T.O.O.H.! would sound like if they played raw, blackened death metal. That might not be that accurate, but there's something about the queer, bendy riffs snaking off in random directions that make me think the mad Czechs would do something rather like it - http://tiny.cc/mz1udx
25. Conan - Blood Eagle
I won't pretend this is a perfect record; some of the tracks clearly aren't as strong as others, but the ones that do hit all the right notes hit them very hard indeed. It's difficult to deny the pleasures of the ultra-heaviness and sexual rhythms on offer here. Have to say Conan also managed something very difficult which was to impress me with a music video, which can be seen in the link. Could spawn a whole series from it I reckon - http://tiny.cc/107vdx
26. The Cosmic Dead - EasterFaust
An absolute monster of swirling psychedelic krautrock and a visual feast of kaleidoscopic colours, patterns, shapes and sounds. Any attempt at rational thought while listening to this will result in nothing less than a total short circuit of the mind. Naturally the only way to approach this is to let it take ahold of you as you tumble down the rabbit hole. Far out, man - http://tiny.cc/3wawdx
27. Epistasis - Light Through Dead Glass
What even is this? It's hard to say. Seemingly loosely based in black metal, but contorted toward the avant-garde, drawing upon sludge and doom's ability to bludgeon, atonal TKDE-like jazz inflections, the odd, classic OSDM riff (see: 'Witch'), amongst other things, all compacted into a sub-half hour experiment curated by a vocalist somewhat reminiscent of Lord Mantis. The whole thing should sound like a mess but really this is as organic and meticulously constructed as anything else I've heard. I don't know what it is but it's beautiful. - http://tinyurl.com/p89h7tt
28. Pye Corner Audio - Black Mill Tapes Vol​.​4
Another retro sort of electronic number. Lots of classic ambient techno synth going on, minimalistic in presence but with a variety of great, often groovy and filmic textures. Debatable when this was released (Bandcamp and RYM say 2013, official Facebook and Discogs say 2014) but I love this kind of thing though so it makes the list - http://tinyurl.com/n9eytks
29. David Andree and John Mason - Call, Response
I love ambient music, but it can be very boring. Creating something out of very little is a challenge and is really based on one's ability to manipulate on a very subtle level. 'Call, Response' might be the first album of its type this year that's attracted me. Feels like a soundtrack to an atmospheric, indie puzzle platformer like 'The Swapper'. Ethereal and painstakingly nuanced - http://tinyurl.com/pmjnoqh
30. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
I don't remember much about the debut, so can't really compare, but going on the merits of this album I can say it's a hugely impressive one. Extremely well crafted mixture of mechanical thrash, pounding, angular doom with a somewhat subtle gothic edge and a general tone and atmosphere I've only really known with Tom G. Warrior related material. Pretty astounding vocal performances too. Could do with having 15 minutes shaved off but on the whole I'm a big fan of this - http://tinyurl.com/pe3dxzj
31. Birds Of Passage - This Kindly Slumber
Drone-cum-ambient with a pop sensibility of the most delicate nature. Music that's little more than a mist floating above a woodland path, with a ghostly, gentle female whispering inhabiting it. Haunting ambiance, perfect music for when you awake before the sun comes up - http://tinyurl.com/oxql7rj
32. Ø - Konstellaatio
It's pretty incredible what artists can do, can make us visualise, by utilising minor components of music and sound. The most very minimal ambient and techno here creates surprisingly huge soundscapes which emphasise the gaps of silence in between as elements of the compositions themselves. That sounds pretty pretentious but then I suppose this is pretty pretentious music - http://tinyurl.com/q46e8v3
33. Suffering Quota - Suffering Quota
Holy walls of grinding noise. Deathy, hardcore-ish grind that really holds nothing back in terms of sheer intensity. Not exactly rewriting the book on ingenuity but sometimes you just want things short, sharp and impactful, qualities which this has in absolute droves. Extra points for its sexy album artwork too - http://tiny.cc/2731dx
34. Terra Tenebrosa - V.I.T.R.I.O.L. - Purging The Tunnels
In typical fashion, Terra Tenebrosa scoff at the idea of genre conventions. This 20 minute EP is an inscrutable journey of industrialised, avant-garde primitivism, an unsettling ambient aura encircling it at every juncture. Not really a band one can describe with any ease, they're probably best experienced first hand. Not an easy task, but then it never is - http://tiny.cc/3ag2dx
35. Krusseldorf - Fractal World
Soft, geometrical shapes in pastel colours bouncing gently off your grey matter. This is uncomplicated ambient IDM with a pleasing emphasis on subtle melodies, without being especially abstract. Pretty ideal for relaxing to, I can't imagine how anyone could ever dislike this style of music really - http://tiny.cc/86r2dx
36. Motoi Sakuraba - Dark Souls II OST
More than likely to be my favourite game this year, its soundtrack is definitely an integral part of its immense quality. While regular travel and exploration is reliant on ambient, atmospheric background sound, the bosses themselves orient on foreboding orchestral and jarring choral theatrical scores. Motoi Sakuraba has created some of the best soundtracks to games, and Dark Souls II is definitely no exception - http://tiny.cc/mgx2dx
37. Peter Christopherson - Time Machines II
Legendary English experimental band Coil released an album back in the late 90s called 'Time Machines' which consisted of 4 songs composed supposedly under the influence and / or inspired by 4 experimental psychedelic drugs that the band were sent by "international chemists," whatever that means. This album appears to be some kind of follow up by Coil member Peter Christopherson who passed away during its production. I'm unsure of any details surrounding this record beyond that, apart from the fact it's been released in an expensive USB, pewter / leather pack, but what I do know is that it's an incredible experimental drone record. Quite immense array of compositional techniques, textures and intensity - http://tiny.cc/apr3dx
38. Necro Deathmort - Martian Cartography
Moving away from his usual droning dark ambient soundscapes, this around Necro Deathmort offers up a moody, pounding techno album. It's really nice to hear something so conventionally rhythm-based also have such a large emphasis on atmosphere and ambience and it doesn't surprise me that it sounds so damn good considering who's doing it. Definitely the kind of thing that would be played in scummy, alien nightclubs. I could definitely see Commander Shepard dancing to this - http://tiny.cc/7mo5dx
39. Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Arguably the best thing from both Impetuous Ritual and Portal since Outre'. Whilst Portal takes death metal to a place of pure nightmare, Impetuous Ritual keep it more secular whilst taking old school death metal to the absolute extreme, just before before falling off the precipice into almost pure ambient noise. The riffs really shine through the walls of sound and positively reek of morbid ominousness, but there are also frequent notes of doomy melancholy seeping through from time to time. It's really quite an immense thing - http://tiny.cc/vmwaex
40. Mannveira - Von Er Eitur
Between Wormlust and Carpe Noctem, Iceland pretty much had 2013's black metal market cornered, and it looks like 2014 isn't going to let up. It's only a 15 minute demo, but Von Er Eitur is a stonkingly good dissonant and dense black metal number with blindingly tight percussion. Reminding me somewhat of Walknut only far more caustic with some delightfully tortured vocals, it's also pretty atmospheric. If this kind of thing evokes an atmosphere for you, anyway - http://tiny.cc/4npeex
41. Oat Oaks - OSBRIV
I don't even know what this is. Released on cassette by some Russians. Crappy name, AWFUL artwork (that's paradoxically pretty rad), but damn, the music is something else. Some kind of ambient, droning black metal that almost seems to have an 80s synthwave vibe to it, ambient electronic oriented instrumental tracks that wouldn't look out of place on Boards of Canada's 'The Campfire Headphase', psychedelic noise rock soundscapes and who knows what else. It's very weird but works together in unity very well, and speaks to me in a big, big way - http://tiny.cc/9iqeex
42. Krieg - Isolation / Transmission
A few years ago I couldn't have envisioned Krieg making a best-of list of mine, but since I randomly decided to check out their 'The Isolationist' album I've had one eye on them ever since. They seem to experimenting away from their typical raw and hate-filled black metal toward something else. This really nice (but far too short) EP sees them playing with melancholic rock with aching, winding background leads contrasted with raspy vocals. The result is really quite pleasant - http://tiny.cc/bojfex
43. Grey Widow - I
Boy randomly discovers super-ultra heavy sludge doom band with black metal and drone doom elements. Boy falls in love. Boy then discovers that said band is playing in town he's living in in 2 weeks. Boy then discovers band is actually partly from the town he lives in. Boy is happy. This shit is fucking heavy and nasty and oh-so good. What Electric Wizard would sound like if they played blackened sludge - http://tiny.cc/zskfex
44. Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers
Deathspell Omecore. That's pretty much how I would describe this. There's quite a bizarre amount of cognitive dissonance going on here. At almost every point here it feels like I'm listening to a brilliant new Deathspell Omega record, but at the same time it's clearly not. Ravaged hardcore rasps permeate, just about, the flailing, blackened discordant riffs to create an instantly recognisable but ultimately different approach to the Ved Buens Ende riff. Great band name too - http://tiny.cc/syfgex
45. Yellow Eyes - The Desert Mourns
Running out of adjectives to describe all the great black metal being released this year. This is another short EP, clocking in at 15 minutes, and consists of relentless, uncompromising and dissonant modern black metal that's thicker and more dense than Paris Hilton. If you like your wall-of-sound black metal that pulls it off with intelligence, subtle melody and furious bravado then this is for you - http://tiny.cc/j88gex
46. Ghoul - Hang Ten
I swear the last time I listened to Ghoul they were little more than Carcass wannabes, but on this great little EP they seem to draw on Misfits even more than before. The result is a seriously fun thrashy and punky upbeat number. Lots of bodalicious and infectious groovy hooks whilst retaining their meaty sound. Top notch surfin' - http://tiny.cc/jxciex
47. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
Everything Infestus do they do better than everyone else in their field of so-called "atmospheric" black metal. Their production and sound is the most rich, punchy and intense without being remotely overproduced, they balance epic melodies with moody, foreboding rhythms and riffs better than anyone else does, the drums have more personality, the vocalist is more confident and annunciates better, as well as sounding like a throaty Mikael Stanne (never a bad thing), and they just write better and more dynamic songs. Pretty safe to say this is the best black metal record I've heard this year so far - http://tiny.cc/vwhkex
48. Taurus - No/Thing
Female-fronted duo of highly experimental droning psychedelic sludge and doom. That's about as well as I can describe this collaboration between a member of each Dark Castle and Purple Rhinestone Eagle. I particularly love the Blut aus Nord-ian bendy riffs which sit exceptionally well within the absolute mire of screeching and wailing vocal feedback, free-form percussion and a curious Eastern and meditational vibe amidst the swirling ambience. Also has Wrest doing vocals in the last track in typical monstrous fashion. Incredible stuff but not for the uninitiated - http://tiny.cc/unjoex
49. Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly
To me Mekong Delta have always been somewhat of a beacon in a barren thrash landscape and one of those bands I often wonder as to why they aren't many times more popular than they are, especially considering how long they've been going, made as many records as they have and been as consistent good as they are. I suppose though calling this thrash isn't quite right, more like technical / progressive speed metal with classical and heavy metal leanings at times, to my ears anyway. Aside from sounding a little too cleanly produced everything about this is right, the songs are diverse and interesting and somewhat Voivod-ian, the clean vocals are absolutely spot on. Also a contender for the worst cover art of all time - http://tiny.cc/871yex
50. Dead Congregation - Promulgation Of The Fall
I find it very difficult to imagine anyone eagerly awaiting for a follow up to the immense 'Graves of the Archangels' will be disappointed with this. Everything that made that record so great is here in droves, along with even darker nuancing and depth. Songs are all brutally punishing as well as murkily toxic with clear influences ranging from Morbid Angel to Incantation. Naturally it's treated to a fantastic production job too, which is something the latest Incantation cannot attest to... - http://tiny.cc/eoqhfx
51. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
Agalloch dun gud. They managed to make an album I can finally say I enjoy. I'm not sure what it is about it that I like, and admittedly I do find two of the tracks to be wildly better than the others, but on the whole they seem to justify the length of album with quality, mature songwriting, varied and dynamic sound and generally being very listenable without taxing the grey matter too much. You can't really ask more than that from a band when they sound as good as they do here - http://tiny.cc/s8shfx
52. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
The circus has come to down! Oh no wait, it's just Major Parkinson. Very wacky, weird and peculiar prog rock with cabaret tendencies and a ton of other influence. Somehow it's all very catchy, bouncy and fun from the get go despite the constant influx of sounds and shapes. Haven't really enjoyed something like this since the last Diablo Swing Orchestra album. The last thing you've expect to come out of Norway - http://tiny.cc/95kpfx
53. Ravcan - Chernobyl Disaster
Jackpot. I'm not gonna lie: of all the themes and subject matters available in music the nuclear power plant disaster of Chernobyl is just about the coolest one (who hasn't dreamed of visiting Pripyat's abandoned theme park?). Ravcan, on the bleakly entitled 'Chernobyl Disaster', perfectly depict exactly that. Radiation soaked, industrialised dark ambient, drone and noise soundscapes conjure up ominous and tangible visual imagery of the abandoned and desolate nature of Ukraine's doomed city. It even features Merzbow on one of the tracks. Ironically glorious - http://tiny.cc/4mwyfx
54. Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here
Searing, blistering and caustic blackened hardcore with pronounced sludge elements. You can't really say fairer than that. Have heard quite a few bands of this ilk in recent times but I think these guys take the proverbial cake in sounding as vicious as possible. Sexual album artwork too - http://tiny.cc/j5z1fx
55. Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus - Spirit Knife
Jeremy Irons has a band! Actually no, he doesn't. This bunch of hippies decided it would be cool to use his name in their band. Fortunately their band is pretty fucking good. Summery-y, jamming, psychedelic rock that keeps it very fun and accessible, due in large part to the fantastatique vocals and memorable melodies - http://tiny.cc/5d01fx
56. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
How many originators / bands inhabiting the very earliest of specific genres, still define the genres they began nearly 30 years later, and even more effectively so than their modern equivalents? Sweet fuck all, that's how many. Mayhem are a rare exception. God these guys are good. This album is seriously noteworthy. Extraordinary technical skill, attention to detail, clever and unique songs, immense sense of dynamic structuring and of course a vocal performance only Attila could deliver. A perfect progression from Ordo's sound whist maintaining enough of it to please. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's an Ordo topper, but given the amount of anticipation levelled at this the fact it's not disappointing in any way is an achievement in itself - http://tiny.cc/j0rjgx
57. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
It's not often I'm convinced something is AotY material after only a couple of songs but Emptiness make that an easy proposition with 'Nothing But The Whole'. I'm pretty sure I knew them from their previous album 'Error' which was some very good blackened death metal. Here, to say they've "matured" in song writing would be an immense understatement. There are flecks of that blackened death feel here and there, but they've progressed their sound into far more polymorphous territories, and the result is a meticulously detailed, highly varied tapestry of songs and structures, all tightly bound together by a singular dark atmosphere. It's quite something - http://tiny.cc/9yjmgx
58. The Oath - The Oath
Well even though female fronted occult rock / doom is becoming pretty old hat these days The Oath somehow manage to dominate pretty much everything I've heard from the sub-genre. Vocals are absolutely spot on but what makes this better than anything else is the total focus is stupidly ass-kicking riffs. Tons of classic doom hooks and relentless heavy rocking pacing. Ballsy as fuck if you ask me, and quite frankly two of the hottest band members I've ever seen. Just a shame they split after this, but they're got themselves a pretty flawless discography because of it - http://tiny.cc/gw4ogx
59. Skáphe - Skáphe
Suffocatingly dense, wall-of-sound ambient black metal with embedded murky dissonance. Lots of bands seem to want to play this contorted, Portal-esque form of black metal these days and few manage to pull it off without sounding like amateurish noise. Skáphe, whoever they are, balance sounds marvellously, making their plane of hellish fuzz transparent to a world of complex sounding freeform instrumentation below, and even conjure a few Gnaw Their Tongues-esque moment while doing it - http://tiny.cc/4d44gx
60. Dweller In The Valley - Younger Dryas
Pretty nice, vitriolic punk-fuelled deathy black metal. If you like it rough, dirty, hard and fast, and also like your music the same way, then this should sort you out for 20 minutes. Short, sharp and not subtle. They also seem to have a bit of a thing for ram's skulls, which is a perfectly natural and healthy obsession - http://tiny.cc/ul74gx
61. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
A fantastic record that Wolves alluded to with their also excellent previous album Celestial Lineage. Here we see them floating away from their metal roots and conjuring a peaceful and ethereal haze of droning ambient and mature electronic fuzz with subtle hints of Sunn O))) in the background. Reminds me of the works of Tangerine Dream and even the utterly magnanimous Murmuüre at points with an almost free-form beauty. It's Wolves, Jim, but only vaguely as we know it - http://tiny.cc/3vqsix
62. Ψυονξηε - Multicolored Libricide
Barely 6 minutes long, more addictive than crack and displaying more creative chops than most full lengths. This utterly compelling Japanese marvel combines black metal, punk, grind, death and a zest for truly organic production which culminates in something that begs to be put on repeat and left so for a long time. The bouncy song dynamics, melody that you want to engorge yourself on and a deliciously raw mixing job has already earned this a place in my favourite numbers this year - http://tiny.cc/64qsix
63. Whisper Room - The Cruelest Month
Headphones + maximum volume. It's the only way to listen to music such as this. The second album of Aidan Baker-related ambient is just that. Shimmering, gently percussion driven soundwaves expanding omni-directionally, coating you like a skin of calm contemplation. Surprisingly detailed through instrumentation and effects, this is music to be enjoyed by all - http://tiny.cc/s4rsix
64. Doctor Livingstone - Contemptus Saeculi
Goosebump-inducing blackened hardcore. Like their French contemporaries, Plebeian Grandstand, they dwell in the modernised fusion of these two extremely complementary areas of music, but unlike them they meld their inescapably abrasiveness sound with lashings of groove, effusive and moody melodies and deliberately dynamic and playful songmanship and generally keeping it more punky. It's bouncy, and grindy, and lovely and you need this - http://tiny.cc/2zytix
65. Wyrdforge - Her Wings Unfold War
A group of friends of mine who have rocked the Brighton circuit for a number of years now and never really got the recognition they deserved. A tumultuous mix of punk-driven death, grind and black metal with production as organic and real as you like. Their shows are nothing short of a whirling dervish but on record there's a sense of seriousness about them which is reflected in their songwriting (and which is definitely not reflected in them in real life!). These guys deserve your love because they're actually really fucking good - http://tiny.cc/zc2tix
66. Funereal Presence - The Archer Takes Aim
A one-man project of the drummer of Negative Plane who goes under the guise of "Bestial Devotion" (hmm....) and funnily enough this really couldn't sound more like Negative Plane if it tried. Clearly he's been taking some lessons from Mr. Nameless Void. It's really not a bad thing though; frantic, old-school feeling black metal with a heavy occult and psychedelic aura. Perhaps a bit less ostentatious than Negative Plane but all the flourishes are there in some degree. Check it out if out you like Negative Plane. The clean vocals are particularly nice and there's a new-era Darkthrone urgency about the whole thing - http://tiny.cc/w74tix
67. Slugdge - Gastronomicon
So that band that sings about slugs went and made another great record that even tops their debut. I'll say it again: no other band I know has the ability to inject as much fun into a serious business genre like blackened death / sludge as they do. They effortlessly seague from bounding blasts of energy, catchy, cavernous grooves to memorable melodies and hooks. They're a tower of unstoppable riffs that places interesting, varied songwriting at the forefront of their music and not just relying on a novelty theme - http://tiny.cc/96guix
68. Bölzer - Soma
The inordinately well-known now (relatively speaking) Bölzer carry on their extremely high quality and rather unique forays into old-school death metal with a modern twist. It's hard to pin down what make them so special. The riffs are thunderous and have an almost sludge quality about them whilst keeping that OSDM tone, but there's also a black metal vein running through it as well. All done in a vaguely unconventional but extremely satisfying way. - http://tiny.cc/sxhuix
69. Menace Ruine - Venus Armata
Whilst they're still there, mostly hiding in the corner of your proverbial eye in the background, the noise-soaken drones play a support role to Geneviève's exceptional and unusual vocals. This is the closest the band has come to revisiting The Die Is Cast which is something I'm quite happy about and the folk without folk music qualities shine through here magnanimously and the result is a strange and unusually sentimental affair. - http://tiny.cc/72vrnx
70. Earth - Primitive and Deadly
If you ignore Mark Lanegan's rather awkward and phoned-in contribution to this, and focus more on Rabia Qazi's conversely fantastic turn, then you'll likely love the rest of Earth's stunning darkly psychedelic take on their modern sound that harkens more back to the Bees than it does the Angel's missteps. Great to see Earth back on form. - http://tiny.cc/c2vrnx
71. Noûs - ἀηδής
It feels like I've been waiting all year for that one killer blackened droning sludge number, and finally it arrived in the form of Australia's Noûs. Comprising only a 20 minute long track but then really that's all your doctor would ever prescribe you as I'm sure any further exposure to this would cause permanent damage, both psychologically and physically. As disgusting and heavy as it is offbeat and unusual. - http://tiny.cc/h1vrnx
72. Disemballerina - Undertaker
Rarely do I hear something as well conceived as it is composed. I don't know much about this kind of music, if one could even pigeon-hole it, but as a cinematic piece of classical driven folk music this is highly complex in its emotional delivery and seemingly devoid of cliché because of it. From subtle sadness to equally ambivalent apocalyptic evocations, you'll have to decipher how to feel yourself. - http://tiny.cc/d0vrnx
73. Halberd - Remnants of Crumbling Empires
Supposedly this is a collaborative project born out of the staff (or members, I'm not sure) of Metal Archives. Quite an interesting concept considering the mixed feelings people have about the website, and while I have no doubt that many of the glowing reviews already received on MA are from friends, they are largely deserved. An intriguing mix and doom and death metal which whilst not being particularly innovative actually ends up sounding quite unique and distinctive. Definitely worth a look. - http://tiny.cc/tzvrnx
74. Phobocosm - Deprived
Part Portal, part Deathspell Omega, all bastarding hell-fest. With one leg firmly entrenched in old school death metal Phobocosm aren't afraid to step out into other territories either. They certainly remind me of a whole bunch of bands that employ blackened dissonance and cavernous aesthetics but they certainly know how use influences to make one smeg of an impact with pure variety, dynamics and even the odd melody here and there. This is a bit of rollercoaster. - http://tiny.cc/azvrnx
75. Aphex Twin - Syro
So last year we had a surprise visit by Boards of Canada and this year it's Aphex Twin's turn. In fact the result in both cases is quite similar. Aphex Twin's Syro is undoubtedly music of the band everyone loves, though it's somewhat sterile in its delivery. I think "Safex Twin" is the most applicable phrase here. Perhaps he spent too much time honing and refining it that a little of the emotion got left behind, but that being said this is still Aphex Twin, and whilst it's not quite as praiseworthy as critics have painted it, it's still a large sight better than most of his peers' work and thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. - http://tiny.cc/jyvrnx
76. Tipper - Forward Escape
If Aphex Twin was the surprise album of this year of that style then this is the surprise find. Frankly I enjoy this much more due to the more organic and warm tones and despite the glitchy nature it's still has a minimalist spaciousness about it. Complex in design but quite specific in its intent. If you like being chilled out whilst having something to engage your brain to then this is electronic music you should probably try out. - http://tiny.cc/mxvrnx
77. Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
I don't listen to a huge amount of hip-hop, and usually when I do it's something offbeat and unusual in sound. This is certainly abstract in sound, though extremely enjoyable to me being drenched in trippy downtempo and IDM proclivities and remaining quite relaxing. Lyrically this is pretty impenetrable; mostly verbose and bizarre inoffensive thought explosions which I'm perfectly fine with as it fits the tone of music quite nicely. Go with the flow. - http://tiny.cc/swvrnx
78. The Contortionist - Language
Another genre that doesn't take up a lot of my time is progressive metal. However when a band uses lashing of ambient soundscaping to accompany any progressive nature then my interest in it increases exponentially. Despite taking what I would consider a risky road in terms of vocals The Contortionist totally nail the execution here. Managing to totally avoid embarssing wailing it's kept backgrounded and soft and the emotional delivery is spot on. To me this is this year's slower and more contemplative rendition of last year's brilliant Level 3 by Last Chance to Reason. Thank God for that. - http://tiny.cc/3vvrnx
79. Perturbator - Dangerous Days
So yeah, "synthwave", probably the most prolific subgenre to kick out albums this year from what I've observed. There are literally dozens of them, all basing themselves around cult 70s and 80s nostalgia, ostensibly because this kind of music is easy to make by anyone with a computer. That being said I love the sound and Perturbator are probably the best of the lot. In fact they're on the Blood Music label, who have an otherwise entirely metal roster of bands. If you like cheesy, sci-fi themed retro electronic music then you might like this. - http://tiny.cc/auvrnx
80. Electric Wizard - Time to Die
As much as I learned to love Black Masses it was always painfully thin in sound and marred by vocals too acerbic for the band. With Time to Die the Wizard seem to have gone full circle and delivered something that's as massively heavy as Dopethrone whilst maintaining the pure green haze of Witchcult Today. This is a magical combination and while it hardly pushes the band forward in terms of innovation it still allows them remain supreme as the premier stoner band of the generation. Not least because this is the closest they've come on record to how they sound on stage. - http://tiny.cc/ktvrnx
81. Occultation - Silence In The Ancestral House
Occultation's debut, Three & Seven, initially wowed me with its Negative Plane-styled female fronted doom. However the album quickly wore off as it seemed a little predicated on novelty (a definite risk with Nameless Void's guitar style, as unique as it is). On Silence In The Ancestral House however, the emphasis on memorable songwriting is far more apparent. I can say with reasonable confidence that this album will be with me a lot longer than its predecessor. That's evolution folks. - http://tiny.cc/usvrnx
82. Audrey Horne - Pure Heavy
Even I have that itch I need to scratch where I yearn for easy-to-digest mainstream metal and rock, and Audrey Horne fulfil that need perfectly. Rifftastic, anthemic and even a bit cheesy, Pure Heavy kick out heavy metal, hard and alternative rock tunes like there was no tomorrow. It's hard to deny the effectiveness of their songwriting and this is the perfect music for your mp3 player. Something that doesn't require a whole lot of thought to enjoy. Cheers guys. - http://tiny.cc/3rvrnx
83. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
Probably Darkspace's most "predictable" album yet. I think that's a good thing though. All the songs pretty much go exactly where you want and expect them to. Chords progress in typically Darkspace-ian fashion which means they're massively melodic and euphoric on top of that ambient background so you get a great interplay of harsh and melodic throughout (though this is by far their most digestible album because of how much focus there is on those melodies). In the same way those great chugging sections break up the structure nicely, as do the harsher, driving black metal blasting passages. Very much gives me a similar feeling to Monolith's 'Interlude Second' EP at quite a few points here. Deep and cosmic stuff. - http://tiny.cc/tqvrnx
84. Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind
Well spin my nipple nuts and send me to Alaska, what a surprisingly good album. Honestly thought this band would die with me only liking Instinct: Decay but I get this album completely. Lots of nice melancholic riffs and melodies (and solos), stripped down rock-y, post-punk-y percussion, catchy songs, nice organic sound, subtle nuances of psychedelia. In fact I think this is better taken as a rock / post-punk record than a black metal one as it succeeds more in that vein. - http://tiny.cc/upvrnx
85. Myrkur - Myrkur
Oh yeah, it's that band with the woman in. Apparently that's still a big thing in music. Truth be told this is a black metal project by a single woman, which is slightly unusual. However the important thing is the music, which turns out to be pretty good. It manages to balance well-written black metal with a raw edge and a folky melancholy and with wonderful, distant angelic vocals. Seemingly though it's not for everyone which I suspect is because it's a little too Burzum-ish for people who don't like it rough, and a little too Alcest-y for people who like it kvlt. In other words wimps and men with massive cars need not apply. - http://tiny.cc/qovrnx
86. Black Rain - Dark Pool
(Not to be confused with the linked Glam band) Now this is something I wish I could find more of. Techno-industrial that eschews all semblance of cliche-ridden cybergoth tendencies, beats and synths. Instead this errs much more toward a purer industrial sound, concentrating on dirty and dark atmospherics with no fear of using repetitive and punishing percussions, thick Lustmord-ian ambience and moody, understated electronics. A shapeless yet finely tuned album, and all the better for it. - http://tiny.cc/ynvrnx
87. Sempiternal Dusk - Sempiternal Dusk
Yep, it's another revivalist OSDM band, chock with classic doomy atmosphere. You've probably heard this before but for some reason it's hard to get sick the sound. It's nothing special really but if you like razor sharp guitars booting out classic death metal riffs from underneath a murky swamp with deep monstrous rasps then you should add this to your collection. - http://tiny.cc/alvrnx
88. Combat Astronomy - Time Distort Nine
I've currently only listened to this the once, mainly owing to the fact it's about 73 hours long, but if you've interested in a lengthy bout of experimental, even ad-hoc, noise rock, free-jazz, industrial djenting, droning drone and probably a few other things then make a slot in your schedule for this. It's not as direct and brilliant as last year's Kundalini Apocalypse which was both more focussed and mental but this is something ideal to throw on in the background whilst you do your string theory homework. - http://tiny.cc/ikvrnx
89. Rosetta - Flies To Flame
I'm not actually too familiar with Rosetta but this half an hour long EP makes me want to check them out further. If there's one thing I appreciate in music nowadays is the ability to create the illusion of vast space and that's exactly what this does. Lots of ambient and instrumental layering and the clever use of extremely embedded vocals give this a very three dimensional aspect and the fleeting melodies add extra dimensions on top of that. One of the better post-metal things I've heard this year - http://tiny.cc/9l0rnx
90. Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io
From such a band with possibly the coolest album name ever you would expect something seriously out-there. In actual fact this is probably the least weird I've ever heard the band. Despite that this could be might favourite album of theirs that I've heard. What we have here is an understated prog rock album with some electronic influence ala Tangerine Dream et al and a little Pink Floyd-ian psychedelia. Apparently influence from darkwave and gothic rock too. The vocal delivery is also rather subdued, even during its more theatrical moments. Aside from a few intentionally disjointed deviations (primarily on 'The Assassination of Adam' which I think would have been best left off the album) this remains a brooding and thought-provoking record. - http://tiny.cc/euksnx
91. Panopticon - Roads To The North
It's bands like Panopticon that make me realise how sucksville most "atmospheric" black metal has become. While most of them toil away with the same trite sounds and melodies Panopticon continue to blow them away with extraordinary explorations of massive walls of intense black metal, epic melancholy and that ever distinctive bluegrass fusion. Even the somewhat masturbatory soloing doesn't feel out of place, nor the almost metalcore-ish moments on the opening track. A masterclass in brilliance. - http://tiny.cc/0uksnx
92. Deaf Center - Recount
To say I love Deaf Center's unique brand of classical-laden minimalism and ambient music would be an understatement. 'Own Splinters' is one of my go-too albums when I find myself awake in the early hours so I was pretty delighted to see this appear on Spotify. While this doesn't approach the highs on said album this two track record does contain that easily discernible sound that I enjoy so much. A nice nostalgia-driven rekindling of an album I adore, rather than an EP-length record that I will listen to purely for the music on it. Hopefully the next record will be a little more expansive. - http://tiny.cc/nblsnx
93. Various Artists - Tliltic Tlapoyauak (Black Twilight Circle compilation)
Usually I couldn't imagine including a compilation on a best of year list but then this is a compilation of Black Twilight Circle bands (bands on Crepusculo Negro and Rhinocervs labels) so you can expect a Borg-level hive mind consistency and style relation going on here. 16 tracks at nearly two hours long, this is a mostly black metal affair with some doom and death metal thrown in. You can expect raw as-you-like sound but with modern approaches in freeform, heavy layered and psychedelic structures. Some of the best artists currently making music so this is a total must-have - http://tiny.cc/ythtnx
94. Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down
An expanding microcosm of experimental drone and numerous other nuances, which begins with the calm ambience of gentle intent, and gradually crescendos through drifting mystical female vocalisations, post-rock inflections and violin disharmony, to the crushing metallic Sunn O)))-isms where the tone and emotion shift intensely and everything collapses in on itself. Despite such a dichotomous ending the journey is completely logical and organic, and leaves quite an impact on the listener - http://tiny.cc/mgo8nx



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!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 20:05  
Written by mz on 07.05.2014 at 20:03

Haha agalloch here )
You suck 50% less now

Does that mean I only have to like one more surprising band to be totally out of the suck-zone?
mz - 07.05.2014 at 20:24  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 20:05

Does that mean I only have to like one more surprising band to be totally out of the suck-zone?

Not really, you should also prove your consistency.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 20:27  
Written by mz on 07.05.2014 at 20:24

Not really, you should also prove your consistency.

Hey, I consider myself pretty consistent
mz - 07.05.2014 at 20:47  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 20:27

Hey, I consider myself pretty consistent

Obviously, one cannot judge himself properly.
Alex Fenger - 07.05.2014 at 21:30  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 20:05

Does that mean I only have to like one more surprising band to be totally out of the suck-zone?

Nope. You'll always suck (justkiddingbudloveyouyoudontsuck)
It never really bothered me that you disliked Agalloch, I just get a small to large amount of joy when someone I like enjoys something I love so immensely. I guess that's why recommendations are so rampant on MS.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 21:33  
Written by Alex Fenger on 07.05.2014 at 21:30

Nope. You'll always suck (justkiddingbudloveyouyoudontsuck)
It never really bothered me that you disliked Agalloch, I just get a small to large amount of joy when someone I like enjoys something I love so immensely. I guess that's why recommendations are so rampant on MS.

Well it would be a bit boring if we all liked exactly the same thing anyway :3

(Mz is still a bit weird for not liking Oranssi and Beverast though...)
Alex Fenger - 07.05.2014 at 21:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 21:33

Well it would be a bit boring if we all liked exactly the same thing anyway :3

(Mz is still a bit weird for not liking Oranssi and Beverast though...)

Well MZs a bit special isn't he
mz - 07.05.2014 at 22:11  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 21:33

Well it would be a bit boring if we all liked exactly the same thing anyway :3

(Mz is still a bit weird for not liking Oranssi and Beverast though...)

Well it would be a bit boring if we all liked exactly the same thing anyway :3
mz - 07.05.2014 at 22:11  
Written by Alex Fenger on 07.05.2014 at 21:35

Well MZs a bit special isn't he

That's called being genius ;P
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 22:12  
Written by mz on 07.05.2014 at 22:11

Well it would be a bit boring if we all liked exactly the same thing anyway :3

But there are some things which need to be liked...

Oranssi I could let go, but not Beverast.
mz - 07.05.2014 at 22:12  
But seriously, I really liked the last RotB album. Doesn't it count?
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 22:12  
Written by mz on 07.05.2014 at 22:12

But seriously, I really liked the last RotB album. Doesn't it count?

No because it's the worst one =P
mz - 07.05.2014 at 22:23  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 22:12

No because it's the worst one =P

No way, the more doomy RotB gets it suits better for me. I can anticipate them releasing killer extreme doom metal records if they continue their recent path.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 22:29  
Written by mz on 07.05.2014 at 22:23

No way, the more doomy RotB gets it suits better for me. I can anticipate them releasing killer extreme doom metal records if they continue their recent path.

If he carries on down this route I'm probably going to lose interest. He already made a killer doom album with Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite; brilliantly sounding blackened doom with a few black metal moments, amazing production and some nice twists to the songwriting, compared to Blood Vaults which was really flat and one dimensional sounding, aside from 'Spires, the Wailing City'. Repetitive drumming too. I hope he does something interesting again and sorts the production and percussion out.
mz - 07.05.2014 at 22:34  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 22:29

If he carries on down this route I'm probably going to lose interest. He already made a killer doom album with Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite; brilliantly sounding blackened doom with a few black metal moments, amazing production and some nice twists to the songwriting, compared to Blood Vaults which was really flat and one dimensional sounding, aside from 'Spires, the Wailing City'. Repetitive drumming too. I hope he does something interesting again and sorts the production and percussion out.

Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite is where he started to make me interested and my favorite RotB track is from that album but unfortunately, I think it's too long for its own good and not consistent enough. Admittedly, production is very good, especially compared to his earlier works.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 22:36  
Written by mz on 07.05.2014 at 22:34

Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite is where he started to make me interested and my favorite RotB track is from that album but unfortunately, I think it's too long for its own good and not consistent enough. Admittedly, production is very good, especially compared to his earlier works.

Well I even appreciate the production of Rain Upon The Impure. Actually I'm quite looking forward to listening to that soon on amped up headphones. For me all his albums bar the last one are something very TRoB-ish, whereas the last one sounded like standard doom to me for the most part.
mz - 07.05.2014 at 23:01  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 22:36

For me all his albums bar the last one are something very TRoB-ish, whereas the last one sounded like standard doom to me for the most part.

Well if that's true, I must say that I prefer standard doom to TRoB-ish sound.
Anyway, I am bound to re-check his 1st two albums as soon as possible but really don't think that much would change.
Lit. - 07.05.2014 at 23:38  
I really should get to checking out TRoB. Where should I start?
Erik M. - 08.05.2014 at 00:12  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 21:33

(Mz is still a bit weird for not liking Oranssi and Beverast though...)


Add Sadness and Dolorian to that, which are both awesome (at least I know mz doesn't like the debuts by those bands).
Pazdzioch - 08.05.2014 at 00:12  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 22:36

Well I even appreciate the production of Rain Upon The Impure.

lolwut?!
Erik M. - 08.05.2014 at 00:20  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.05.2014 at 22:12

No because it's the worst one =P


Tell that to Che, who gave it a 9.5.

(I'm assuming mz got his abbreviation wrong (twice) and wanted the write "TRoB")
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.05.2014 at 00:23  
Written by Pazdzioch on 08.05.2014 at 00:12

lolwut?!

I think it has its merits, a certain something about it that I haven't heard before. It's raw, but not in a Darkclone kind of way.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.05.2014 at 00:23  
Written by Erik M. on 08.05.2014 at 00:20

Tell that to Che, who gave it a 9.5.

(I'm assuming mz got his abbreviation wrong (twice) and wanted the write "TRoB")

I think Che has already said he overscored it. I think he said he'd probably give it an 8 / 8.5 now.
Erik M. - 08.05.2014 at 00:26  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.05.2014 at 00:23

I think Che has already said he overscored it. I think he said he'd probably give it an 8 / 8.5 now.


When one reviews a certain album, that person has to make sure it "survived" a decent amount of spins. A rating that's 1-1.5 points lower is pretty extreme, after all. I know he also overscored Old Mornings Dawn, which he now thinks is worthy of an 8 or so (again a full point lower than his review).
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.05.2014 at 00:26  
Written by Lit. on 07.05.2014 at 23:38

I really should get to checking out TRoB. Where should I start?

Well Unlock The Shrine is my favourite; really interesting and unusual sounding doom-ish black metal tracks each separated by ambient and instrumental compositions (which a lot of people don't like. Fair enough I guess). Rain Upon The Impure is an extremely lengthy black metal album with some of the most dense and impenetrable production I've ever heard; which actually gives is a unique sounding quality. Foulest Semen is a brilliant blackened doom album that also has lots of Beverast trademarks in. All are brilliant in their own ways so it doesn't really matter where you start as none really represent TRoB really.
Alex Fenger - 11.05.2014 at 20:43  
Have you listened to the new Owl yet? Because you should
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.05.2014 at 20:47  
Written by Alex Fenger on 11.05.2014 at 20:43

Have you listened to the new Owl yet? Because you should

I haven't actually. I was going to listen to it yesterday but forgotted. Will get on it in a bit.
Dinruth - 13.05.2014 at 11:06  
O_O how much time do you spend listening to music?
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.05.2014 at 13:12  
Written by Dinruth on 13.05.2014 at 11:06

O_O how much time do you spend listening to music?

Too much
Dinruth - 13.05.2014 at 22:20  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.05.2014 at 13:12

Written by Dinruth on 13.05.2014 at 11:06

O_O how much time do you spend listening to music?

Too much


My problem with listening to music is that I rarely have the time to really focus on it .. and if I just listen to it while correcting exams or sth like that, I miss too much of the fine nuances in music .. hell I sometimes don't even remember what I've just listened to the last hour...

.. the other problem is that when I find something that I like, I almost instantly wannt to buy it .. and that drains my money away big time :/
Ilham - 19.05.2014 at 14:41  
Written by Lit. on 07.05.2014 at 23:38

I really should get to checking out TRoB. Where should I start?


Well, start with the beginning, Unlock The Shrine. To be honest, I haven't listened to what he released after, or anything metal after 2009 anyway, but that album still sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it.
mz - 19.05.2014 at 19:18  
Written by Ilham on 19.05.2014 at 14:41

Well, start with the beginning, Unlock The Shrine. To be honest, I haven't listened to what he released after, or anything metal after 2009 anyway, but that album still sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it.

Here we go again
Ilham - 19.05.2014 at 19:44  
Written by mz on 19.05.2014 at 19:18

Here we go again


Haha. Don't feel cornered. I'm gonna say this, it'll make you feel less lonely : I absolutely hate GoT and LoTR. And still consider myself a fan of the genre.
mz - 19.05.2014 at 19:53  
Written by Ilham on 19.05.2014 at 19:44

I'm gonna say this, it'll make you feel less lonely : I

Appreciated, but I will even feel less lonely if you admit your lack of interest in the TRoB's debut
Mr. Doctor - 19.05.2014 at 21:13  
Written by Ilham on 19.05.2014 at 19:44

Written by mz on 19.05.2014 at 19:18

Here we go again

Haha. Don't feel cornered. I'm gonna say this, it'll make you feel less lonely : I absolutely hate GoT and LoTR. And still consider myself a fan of the genre.

I dislike GoT and I'm ok with LoTR (enjoy the movies, the books bore me to death).
It's nice to get it out of my chest. D: Specially when everybody at work is talking about GoT and you don't want to ruin lunch by asking them to shut the fuck up!
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.05.2014 at 21:15  
I've never watched a GoTs. I probably never will.
mz - 19.05.2014 at 21:20  
Hell. GoT is really great.
The moments that it focuses on epic/fantacy shit like dragon are not good but seriously, the characters are really well developed
Lit. - 19.05.2014 at 22:29  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.05.2014 at 21:13

I dislike GoT and I'm ok with LoTR (enjoy the movies, the books bore me to death).
It's nice to get it out of my chest. D: Specially when everybody at work is talking about GoT and you don't want to ruin lunch by asking them to shut the fuck up!

I am so glad I'm not the only instance of this. I tried reading the books but they do nothing for me, not in the way the films do.

And GoT is godawful, books and series.
Ilham - 20.05.2014 at 00:11  
WOW

It's like seeing the light for the first time after travelling a long way through a dark tunnel. I think I just got my place in humanity back. I felt so ostracized before.

My disliking of GoT and LoTR are not arbitrary. To clarify, I don't like GoT because the acting is cheesy, the way the fantasy theme is developed is corny and stereotypical, and the costumes, decors and CGI look HELLA fake. And I watched the whole stupid first season. That's why I don't like the book either, corny.

On LOTR, I don't understand how 1500 pages of made up locations, family trees and absolutely no plot or style is considered literature. Reading a dictionary is more entertaining as well as actually intellectually rewarding. Believe me I tried reading them, as a kid, as a teenager, and as an adult, in both French and English. Oh and the movies are just people walking. They're just walking, sometimes faster, sometimes they stop to talk to trees. Bleh.

Please guys don't give me too much shit for what I just said.
Anyway, back to TRoB : I still think that first album is a gem.
Lit. - 20.05.2014 at 01:53  
Written by Ilham on 20.05.2014 at 00:11

On LOTR, I don't understand how 1500 pages of made up locations, family trees and absolutely no plot or style is considered literature. Reading a dictionary is more entertaining as well as actually intellectually rewarding. Believe me I tried reading them, as a kid, as a teenager, and as an adult, in both French and English. Oh and the movies are just people walking. They're just walking, sometimes faster, sometimes they stop to talk to trees. Bleh.

You had me right up until here, then the little bookworm in my head said "nope" and forced me to stop reading this narrow-minded drivel.

Aside from the fact that there is more to the LotR books than just that, what you dismiss as not being whole point of literature is in fact an important key to fiction: worldbuilding (including the so-called "made-up locations" which is a stupid phrase in itself, because it's a freaking fantasy book. What do you expect the places to be other than fictionalized?). LotR does indeed have a plot and a style, and denying so (on any book really, especially if it's a renowned classic for just that) is not just wrong but stupid. If reading a dictionary is entertaining for you, you seriously have poor or no taste in literature, and have no right to dictate what you decide is literature or not.

Oh, and the movies are awesome. Much more fast-paced and less focusing on the world itself, which is why some people (including myself and likely the good Doctor as well) prefer them to the books. If even that doesn't strike you in any way, maybe you should just avoid fiction altogether.
Ilham - 20.05.2014 at 02:02  
Written by Lit. on 20.05.2014 at 01:53

You had me right up until here, then the little bookworm in my head said "nope" and forced me to stop reading this narrow-minded drivel.

Aside from the fact that there is more to the LotR books than just that, what you dismiss as not being whole point of literature is in fact an important key to fiction: worldbuilding (including the so-called "made-up locations" which is a stupid phrase in itself, because it's a freaking fantasy book. What do you expect the places to be other than fictionalized?). LotR does indeed have a plot and a style, and denying so (on any book really, especially if it's a renowned classic for just that) is not just wrong but stupid. If reading a dictionary is entertaining for you, you seriously have poor or no taste in literature, and have no right to dictate what you decide is literature or not.

Oh, and the movies are awesome. Much more fast-paced and less focusing on the world itself, which is why some people (including myself and likely the good Doctor as well) prefer them to the books. If even that doesn't strike you in any way, maybe you should just avoid fiction altogether.


Fair enough. You're getting a little too heated to be talked with, and you missed the humour in my post, but you got your point across.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.05.2014 at 08:37  
Oh Lit. You're like ants at a picnic.
Lit. - 20.05.2014 at 20:26  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.05.2014 at 08:37

Oh Lit. You're like ants at a picnic.

Wait, what am I? I'm ants at a picnic? Is that what you just said? I'm ants at a picnic. All right, just making sure.

Anyway, books are to me what Mories is to guys like you and Doc.
Cynic Metalhead - 20.05.2014 at 20:48  
Anyway, blizzard titties are to me what books is to Lit and Mories is to Joe and Doc.
InnerSelf - 20.05.2014 at 21:49  
GoT is great. You are not.
Erik M. - 21.05.2014 at 02:18  
"You can't really ask more than that from a band when they sound as good as they do here" (Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere)

Funnily I would say they're at their worst on the new album. Still a great album, but for me still probably their weakest album to date.
Erik M. - 22.05.2014 at 00:20  
Written by Lit. on 19.05.2014 at 22:29

And GoT is godawful, books and series.


You're so cool for hating GoT (though I agree with everything you said about LotR).

Seriously though, what's up with the hate? Sure, GoT is overhyped, but it's still a totally great show. Lots of interesting, diverse characters, great dialogues, nicely created world and visuals, enough story lines to keep you interested (maybe a 1 or 2 too many though), action, suspense, sex, etc. What's not to like? Sure, if you hate fantasy-themed movies/shows in general you'd probably hate GoT as well. And honestly, GoT is FAR less fantasy than most movies. It's not exactly like the Harry Potter franchise (which I dislike, except for a few movies) in which pretty much anything is possible through magic, which is extremely lame and annoying to me. GoT is a nice balance between realistic television and fantasy, unlike many fantasy-themed movies I've seen. Though I must admit that GoT seriously lacks a good, engaging story. That's the only truly bad thing I would say about it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.05.2014 at 00:21  
So, yeah, this list is pretty awesome, amirite? >.>

*cough cough*
Troy Killjoy - 22.05.2014 at 00:34  
Ya, not that the list section is overly moderated or anything, but could we at least gear the topic back to, I don't know, MUSIC? There are enough threads around to discuss TV shows and books if that's what you're looking to do.

PS this list is terrible because I haven't listened to like anything this year so ya.
Mattybu - 22.05.2014 at 05:25  
I'm not going to pretend I know 98% of what's on here but I think I would benefit from exploring some of this shyt, and the descriptions are cool.

I feel like this needs all its visual glory to be plugged as well:


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