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Death Metal: The Next Level

Within the past ten years or so, death metal seems to have really taken off into some bolder, more unorthodox territory. It hasn't gotten quite as crazy as its black metal cousin has, but nonetheless, a good amount of younger bands have taken strides towards creative, interesting new twists on the classic death metal sound. This list essentially seeks to illustrate this trend.

1. Nile - In Their Darkened Shrines
2. Portal - Outre'
3. Skeleton Of God - Primordial Dominion
4. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
5. Chaos Echœs - Tone Of Things To Come

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Created by Apothecary on 20.10.2017

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Progressive Metal Bands For People Who Hate Prog

Progressive metal has some of the most creative musicians in metal, but the tendency for progressive bands to make extremely long, technical songs with no sense of structure can be turnoff to some people, and often these bands take themselves too seriously, making them unenjoyable for people who like their metal to have some good rock n' roll fun. These bands frequently avoid such prog cliches, they are completely capable of writing a pop song without sacrificing complexity if they choose to, and weave a range of influences in creative and even fun ways.

1. Devin Townsend - Accelerated Evolution
2. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
3. Toe Hider - What Kind of Creature Am I?
4. Coheed and Cambria - Volume 4
5. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

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Created by Ganondox on 16.10.2015

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Favorites From 2014

It's been quite the shitty year for me, lots of studying and a shitstorm of unfortunate personal events ... I only listened to 40 albums or so from 2014, these are my favorites.

1. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
2. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
3. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
4. Ophis - Abhorrence In Opulence
5. Darkspace - Dark Space III I

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Created by InnerSelf on 14.01.2015

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Top 20 Albums Of 2014

Just the best albums of 2014.

1. Morbus Chron - Sweven
2. Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation
3. Corpsessed - Abysmal Thresholds
4. Horrendous - Ecdysis
5. Miasmal - Cursed Redeemer

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Created by Koen Smits on 10.01.2015

Metal Top 100 (myFavorites 2014)

1. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
2. Septicflesh - Titan
3. Entombed A.D. - Back To The Front
4. Pain Of Salvation - Falling Home
5. At The Gates - At War With Reality

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Created by Alexbridger on 02.01.2015

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Top 20 albums of 2014

Great year, especially when it comes to melodic stuff. So glad that At the Gates and Empyrium delivered something solid. Even happier that Vanhelga really has become a "Lifelover 2", only darker. Although I am dissapointed that Deathstars didn't release a #1 album.

1. Harakiri For The Sky - Aokigahara
2. Twilight Force - Tales Of Ancient Prophecies
3. Saor - Aura
4. Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
5. Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum

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Created by Warman on 21.12.2014

Metal Storm Awards 2014 Predictions: Who Are The Favorites?

One of the most anticipated activities in MS is to decide which are
the outstanding albums of the year. In this list, some favorites are presented for this coveted award.

1. Soen - Tellurian
2. Aenaon - Extance
3. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
4. Morbus Chron - Sweven
5. Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion

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Created by DoomRules on 05.12.2014

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2014- MZ's Favorite Albums

2014 was great year, especially for black metal. Here are my most favorite records of the year. Open to suggestions, as always.
Edit: I might have a little of change in the order of albums at the end.

1. Qualeaceans - Capture Of Ziz
2. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
3. Schammasch - Contradiction
4. Execration - Morbid Dimensions
5. Darkspace - Dark Space III I

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Created by mz on 20.10.2014

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2014 Cont.

Cos, y'know, same shiz different year. Ran out of space again so will post final album opinions in comments.

1. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
2. Dirge - Hyperion
3. Nero Di Marte - Derivae
4. Steve Rothery - The Ghosts Of Pripyat
5. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere

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Created by musclassia on 28.09.2014

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2014: Mikyz Fait Le Menage

For Posterity. In No Particular Order. I'm certain I missed some quality releases, so I might update the list some time. Cheers.

1. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
2. Botanist - VI: Flora
3. Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind
4. Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus
5. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

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Created by Mikyz on 26.09.2014

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My Favorite Albums Of 2014

1. Septicflesh - titan
2. Tengger cavalry - ancient call
3. Avatar - hail the apocalypse
4. Allegaeon - elements of the infinite
5. Devin Townsend - z2

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Created by DJ Cosimoto on 18.09.2014

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Top Album 2014 by Pelagial

1. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
2. Psygnosis - Human Be[ing]
3. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
4. Descend - Wither
5. Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend

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Created by Pelagial on 03.08.2014

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Best Albums Of 2014

1. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
2. Behemoth - The Satanist
3. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
4. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
5. ††† (Crosses) - †††

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Created by Enemy of Reality on 30.07.2014

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2014 - Leth's List Of Likables (Non-Metal Inclusive)

Pretty much every album that's caught my attention over the year, including non-metal. (Variety is a virtue, y'know )

I'll only be commenting on albums that I've given enough time to really form an opinion on. Chances are albums that failed to interest me beyond a first listen will eventually be removed from the list.

1. Swans - To Be Kind
2. Darren Korb - Transistor Original Soundtrack
3. Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies
4. Gazpacho - Demon
5. Vampillia - My Beautiful Twisted Nightmares In Aurora Rainbow Darkness

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Created by Lethrokai on 11.04.2014

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Dos Mil Catorce

Same as every year, my list of 2014 albums I listen and care to give a rating to.

1. Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
2. Los Random - Pidanoma
3. The Atlas Moth - The Old Believer
4. Giant Squid - Minoans
5. Behemoth - The Satanist

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Created by Unhealer on 10.03.2014