We present You our two top lists. Top 10 albums of year 2014. Enjoy listening and feel free to leave some thoughts!
– Rimmon & Witness To The Void
1. Posthumous Blasphemer – Exhumation of Sacred Impunity
Postuhumous Blasphemer has declared a brutal, yet very technical war with this album. Every little movement is eradicated with precision and vulgar praise of evil. Great artwork and masterful soloing without recurrence is simply unforgettable.
2. Inferi – The Path Of Apotheosis
Epic, symphonic, technical death metal like You’ve never heard before. Devastating with truly neoclassical feel to it. I’ts more like audiobook than only a cd. Inferi tells dark and mad, imaginitive tales. Fantastic journey with amazing background.
3. Hannes Grossmann – The Radial Covenant
Hannes is a great multi instrumentalist. He created very captivating piece of music with more than amazing guest list. Every guitarist added great value to the compositions, making this something like vademecum of tech death.
4. Archspire – The Lucid Collective
“The Lucid Collective” is a great value to the tech scene. They recorded complex free album once again and still pushes the boundaries. Rhythm friendly, aggressive and crushingly virtuosic. Powerful vocals are the next intstrument of decapitation.
5. Rings Of Saturn – Lugal Ki En
Alien energy as its finest! I was sceptical about this release at first. The odd virtuosity was a drawback of some sort but when I got deeper into the music – I understood the “alien concept” once again. One of the craziest release of the year.
6. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
I must say it again. “The Flash Prevails” is epic! Their older record was amazing because of differentiation. This one is so consistent in it’s concept that I couldn’t believe! Melodic lines are astounding – they show how much effort was put in composing newest Fallujah child.
7. Soreption – Engineering The Void
Some didn’t like the surgical violence put in the release. But this potential flaw was a sign of advance for me. Strict and narrow path marks amazing piece of technical death.
8. Alterbeast – Immortal
This is a serious blast! Sick melodies driven by infernal hate. Pure armageddon I should say. Intensity beyond all reason. High flies and big dropdowns. This beast is a killer. Stellar sound is worth mentioning too!
9. Conquering Dystopia – Conquering Dystopia
Spacious passages and low gravity riffage makes this album a highest class. Loomis / Merrow connection is very dynamic and inspiring. Sometimes chilling and sometimes furious like a river. Runs down with unstoppable power.
10. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage Of Stars
Best clean vocals I’ve heard in a while. Seriously amusing release. Very progressive, dynamic and diverse. Stops, fly through. Migrate from one mood to another. Rich vibe and colorful passages makes this a big experience.
– List by Rimmon
1. Gridlink – Longhena
Longhena may not be death metal, but it is, without question, the album for the year in 2014. Absolutely no one achieves frantic like Gridlink, and the few moments for a breath in these 21 minutes of grinding madness only allow for more upcoming fury. Peerless, in the truest definition of the word.
2. Auroch – Taman Shud
I never listen to records twice in a row. Never. The night I bought Taman Shud, a focused, refined piece of unparalleled technical darkness, I listened to it three times without pause. And then again the next day.
3. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
Never has music this technical and heavy been so uplifting. The Flesh Prevails transcends to the level of masterpiece in every facet, especially the skull-crushing, conscience-enlightening production. I wasn’t a fan of Fallujah prior to this record and I was won over instantly.
4. Alterbeast – Immortal
Blending neo-classical elements with equal parts Viraemia and Black Dahlia Murder, Alterbeast crafted the debut of the year with effective use of dynamic melody and a touch of catchiness amongst compositional wizardry. Cue the most memorable line of 2014 – the bellow of “No use for you!” on “Vile Remnants.”
5. Archspire – The Lucid Collective
After releasing the best technical debut in years, Archspire took the easy route, and decided to just write something better. Their strings consist of an 8-string and a 7-string guitar, and a 6-string fretless bass – what more needs to be said? I wish I could go back in time to give this a perfect score.
6. Origin – Omnipresent
On Omnipresent the rulers of cosmic death metal took a step in a different direction, focusing more on a punchy grind aesthetic. Hail space, hail sweeping extremity – all hail the return of Origin!
7. Omnihility – Deathscapes of the Subconscious
Previously Omnihility occupied a space somewhere between Origin and Nile. These influences can still be heard on Deathscapes, but on this second full-length Omnihility steps into their own twisted realm of disgust and darkness, as well as moments of jaw-dropping fretboard fireworks.
8. Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
Earthborn Evolution makes the progressive leanings of bands like Obscura look like amateur hour. The bass production has more rubber than a tire factory, while the rest of the record maintains a level of metal beyond that of an ironworks.
9. Rings of Saturn – Lugal Ki En
The reason Lugal En Ki (essentially based on the simple dynamic of essentially based on a simple dynamic – extreme weedly parts paired against thick, ultra heavy riffs and augmented with alien sounds) merits mention in the top 10 rests within a simple concept: it’s just fun.
10. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
Dynamic, memorable, melodic, classical, virtuoso, deathy… er, wait, one of those isn’t a word. Whatever. They all describe Elements, wherein Allegaeon (thankfully) regained their stride in the Form and Function we have all missed since 2010.
– List by Witness To The Void