Yeah, I know what you are all thinking- Another list of stuff? Groan grumble groan. And yes that maybe true but this is new territory for me and I promise i wont keep you long, I’LL KEEP YOU FOREVER!
Ok, Slayer reference aside
I have listened to some cracking Metal this year and have recommended the odd one here and there to whomever wants some recommendations. So I thought i would do my top five albums from 2014 that at present I cant live without
These are in no particular order as I really couldnt decide what I liked more as they are quite different even in subtle ways. This is the first time Ive done anything on my blog about Metal
Number #5: Archspire – The Lucid Collective
Archspire are from Canada and i totally discovered them by accident and Im so glad that I did. This album has everything I could ever want. Musically its very technical, which is awesome but the songs are more than just clever arrangements and fantastic musicianship. Its like getting punched by the Hulk and then jumped on by Iron Man in the Hulkbuster whilst trying to keep your jaw off the floor.
Number #4: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
Fallujah are from San Francisco and like Archspire I accidentally discovered them. This album blew me away and since then I have looked at their back catalogue which is just as amazing. Again this on the technical side of Metal, but with a real progressive feel that creates a rather stunning atmospherical recording. Some of the breakdowns will give you goosebumps and the riffs are just an endless onslaught of brilliance. The song in the link was my standout track, the harmonisation of the instruments is just spine tingling. Also the covers of their albums are pretty awesome too.
Number #3: Ne Oblivscaris – Citadel
This is the second album by the Australian, extreme progressive metal outift. And if you thought Fallujah was atmospheric then this album takes all that atmosphere and enhances it. Again this band is another example of fantastic musicianship, and the violin played by Tim Charles, (who also does the bands most lovely clean vocals) adds a real special layer of beauty to this wonderful album. I could talk about this incredibly melodic album for ages as it definitely one that needs to be added to your album collection, and you can slap whatever label you like on it but this is in a class of its own.
Number #2: Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater
This is an interesting one. This is the Arizona metallers fourth album and the first one that I actually liked. With their previous albums I could never connect with it, and I didnt bother with them until this little monster. It has a rawness that the other JfAC albums dont have. The riffs are really crushing and the vocals are much improved from the bands previous efforts but this is a good thing as it is an example of a band that has evolved for the better, in my humble opinion, and It does make me want to give their previous albums another listen. Also the mix of Sun Eater is just lovely.
Number #1: Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion
I adore this band and have always enjoyed their musical marvellousness and lovely time changes. For a three piece band they have such a powerful sound and probably some of the best playing I have heard. The bands lineup comprises of two guitarists (Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes) who play eight string guitars and a very talented drummer (Matt Garstka.) And their intsrumental mastery crosses the genre labels in a very cosmic fashion. Although I loved Weightless (2011) this album is something else and more.
So there we are my dear friends, my top five. All these albums are available now so treat yourself with a bit of Metal. After all, what is Christmas without it, just ask Christopher Lee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVzOve8T39w