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This is my personal list based on the albums i've enjoyed listening to the most this year, consider it a best to worst based on all the albums i've checked out from 2014. Bear in mind i'm a power metal fan for the most part - also this list does not reflect the views of others on MS, but some of the albums here are pretty decent and you should check some of them out.!!!!

Created by: Sword_Chant | 31.08.2014



1. Galneryus - Vetelgyus
Japanese Power Metal ✮✮✮✮✮
2. Equilibrium - Erdentempel
Viking Folk Metal ✮✮✮✮✮
3. Arch Enemy - War Eternal
Melodic Death Metal/Gothenburg ✮✮✮✮½
4. Ancient Bards - A New Dawn Ending
Power Symphonic Metal ✮✮✮✮½
5. The Algorithm - OCTOPUS4
Instrumental Djent ✮✮✮✮½
6. Neurotech - Infra Versus Ultra
Melodic Industrial Metal ✮✮✮✮½
7. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
Ambient Black Metal ✮✮✮✮½
8. Sólstafir - Ótta
Icelandic Post Metal ✮✮✮✮½
9. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
Death Metal ✮✮✮✮½
10. Overkill - White Devil Armory
Thrash Metal ✮✮✮✮½
11. Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto
Power Folk Metal ✮✮✮✮½
12. Sonata Arctica - Pariah's Child
Power Metal ✮✮✮✮½
13. DragonForce - Maximum Overload
Power ✮✮✮✮½
14. Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
Death Metal ✮✮✮✮½
15. Alestorm - Sunset On The Golden Age
Folk/Power Metal ✮✮✮✮½
16. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
Ambient ✮✮✮✮
17. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
Black Metal/Neofolk ✮✮✮✮
18. Angra - Secret Garden
Progressive Power Metal ✮✮✮✮
19. At The Gates - At War With Reality
Gothenburg ✮✮✮✮
20. Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
Gothenburg ✮✮✮✮
21. Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Extreme Power Metal ✮✮✮✮
22. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
Heavy/Thrash Metal ✮✮✮✮
23. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Alternative Metal ✮✮✮✮
24. Demon Hunter - Extremist
Metalcore ✮✮✮✮
25. Pryapisme - Blastbit Rococollider
Metal Made Into 8-Bit ✮✮✮✮
26. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
Progressive ✮✮✮✮
27. Alcest - Shelter
Shoegaze ✮✮✮✮
28. Kauan - Muistumia
Folk Doom Metal ✮✮✮✮
29. Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown
Power ✮✮✮✮
30. Blues Pills - Blues Pills
Psychadelic Rock ✮✮✮✮
31. Epica - The Quantum Enigma
Symphonic Metal ✮✮✮✮
32. Skindred - Kill The Power
Reggae Metal ✮✮✮✮
33. Quantum Fantay - Terragaia
Instrumental Progressive Rock ✮✮✮✮
34. Twilight Force - Tales Of Ancient Prophecies
Power/Symphonic ✮✮✮✮
35. Spectral Lore - III
Atmospheric Black Metal ✮✮✮✮
36. Saor - Aura
Folk / Atmospheric Black Metal ✮✮✮✮
37. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
Extreme Progressive Metal ✮✮✮½
38. Grave Digger - Return Of The Reaper [Album Version]
Heavy Metal ✮✮✮½
39. Unisonic - Light Of Dawn
Power Metal ✮✮✮½
40. Nightingale - Retribution
Progressive Metal ✮✮✮½
41. Electric Wizard - Time To Die
Doom/Stoner Metal ✮✮✮½
42. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
Black Metal ✮✮✮½
43. Sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartography
Post Rock ✮✮✮½
44. Septicflesh - Titan
Death Metal / Symphonic ✮✮✮½
45. Accept - Blind Rage
Heavy Metal ✮✮✮½
46. Deathstars - The Perfect Cult
Industrial ✮✮✮½
47. Amaranthe - Massive Addictive
Power/Industrial Metal ✮✮✮½
48. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Melodic Death ✮✮✮½
49. HammerFall - (r)Evolution
Power ✮✮✮½
50. Threshold - For The Journey
Progressive Metal ✮✮✮½
51. Cavalera Conspiracy - Pandemonium
Heavy/Thrash Metal ✮✮✮½
52. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Celtic Black/Folk Metal ✮✮✮½
53. Warmen - First Of The Five Elements
Progressive Power Metal ✮✮✮½
54. Irreversible - Surface
Atmospheric Sludge ✮✮✮½
55. Megaton Leviathan - Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell
Drone ✮✮✮½
56. Empyrium - The Turn Of The Tides
Neofolk ✮✮✮½
57. Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
Post / Alternative Metal ✮✮✮½
58. Opeth - Pale Communion
Progressive Rock ✮✮✮½
59. Job For A Cowboy - Sun Eater
Death Metal ✮✮✮½
60. Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
Thrash Metal ✮✮✮
61. Crystal Eyes - Killer
Power Metal ✮✮✮
62. Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls
Heavy Metal ✮✮✮
63. Caliban - Ghost Empire
Metalcore ✮✮✮
64. Ill Niño - Till Death, La Familia
Nu Metal ✮✮✮
65. Hellyeah - Blood For Blood
Heavy Metal ✮✮✮
66. Mushroomhead - The Righteous & The Butterfly
Nu Metal ✮✮½
67. Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
Black Metal ✮✮
68. Aenaon - Extance
Progressive Black Metal ✮½
69. Timo Tolkki's Avalon - Angels Of The Apocalypse
Power Metal ✮
70. In Flames - Siren Charms
Alternative Metal ✮



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Doc Godin - 05.02.2015 at 04:16  
What's so bad about the new Dark Fortress?

(PS- not meant as an attack - you're just one of the first people I've seen who's had such a negative opinion on it. Makes me curious.)
Erik M. - 05.02.2015 at 16:59  
Written by Doc Godin on 05.02.2015 at 04:16

What's so bad about the new Dark Fortress?


Well, the worst thing about that album is that it's WAY too long for its own good. I enjoy long albums, but not when it's that kind of BM. Really kills the replayability for me. I did like the album, but not enough to revisit it (so far).
Sword_Chant - 05.02.2015 at 20:29  
Written by Doc Godin on 05.02.2015 at 04:16

What's so bad about the new Dark Fortress?

(PS- not meant as an attack - you're just one of the first people I've seen who's had such a negative opinion on it. Makes me curious.)


The biggest gripe I had with the Dark Fortress album was that (for me) I found it really boring, I felt like I could only get past a couple of songs, then after that it really struggled to keep my attention. That said, Black Metal is not my all time favourite genre, except for maybe a bit of Dimmu Borgir (in their good ol' days) and Mayhem.

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