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Re: Rank'em as You Hear Them [2014 Edition]

12/26 Edit: Finally updated!
Weird year for me. As is typical for me, I listened to a fair amount of metal, but very little of it really resonated with me. Only two "metal" albums on my top 10 list (and Mastodon is getting close to that line) which has to be a record low for me. I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean I'm growing up, but who the hell knows. Both Hozier, and The War on Drugs were easy choices for my top two, and I actually just discovered WoD this month, so it might surplant Hozier as I give it more listens. I saw Hozier on SNL and had bought the album before the episode ended. That album could have been written for me. Just about perfect. Emma Ruth Rundle's second solo album was my early choice for album of the year, and it's a shame more people haven't heard it. Brilliantly produced, acoustic stuff, that will haunt you from the first listen.

I've still got a few 2014 albums on my to-listen list that I haven't heard yet, and I think Cloudkicker and Thomas Giles might crack my top-10, but we'll have to see.

Album Rankings


1) Hozier - Hozier
2) The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream


3) Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean -- Seriously, more people need to listen to this one. If you aren't hooked by song 3, there's no hope.
4) Taylor Swift - 1989 -- This is not ironic. I love T-Swift more than any 38-year old has any right to. Don't care.
5) He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit -- Stoner metal genius, and so much fun. Great driving music


6) Lissie - Crying to You EP -- It's covers, but it introduced me to Lissie, and I really love it.
7) Mastodon - Once More Round the Sun -- Years biggest surprise for me. It feels simpler (and almost poppy at times!) than their recent stuff, but that's a good thing.
8) First Aid Kit - Stay Gold -- Damn these Swedes can sing
9) Alpha Male Tea Party - Droids -- Math-rock fun in the vein of And So I Watch You From Afar.
10) Jakob - Sines -- Post-rock legends first new album in 10 years is worth the wait.
ĆGES - Above & Down Below
Audrey Fall - Mitau
December - Torso
Morbus Chron - Sweven
The Pretty Reckless - Going to Hell -- This one is sure fun.
Wild Throne - Bloodmaker EP


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Alcest Shelter
Ambush - Firestorm
At the Gates - At War With Reality
Band of Horses - Acoustic at the Ryman
Beck - Morning Phase
Big Head Todd & The Monsters - Black Bee Hive
Big Wreck - Ghosts
Black Magic - Wizard's Spell
Bongripper - Miserable
Cormorant - Earth Diver
Dawnbringer - Night of the Hammer
Destrage - Are You Kidding Me? No.
Devin Townsend Project - Z˛
Early Man - Thank God You've Got the Answers for Us All
Echoes - The Pursuit
Floor - Oblation
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Glories - Put the Beast Out of Mind
High Spirits - You Are Here
Iced Earth - Plagues of Babylon
Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls
Junius - Days of the Fallen Sun
Lights - Little Machines
Long Distance Calling - Nighthawk
Marty Friedman - Inferno
Mogwai - Rave Tapes
MONO - Rays of Darkness
MONO - The Last Dawn
Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Opeth - Pale Communion -- Please play metal again
Red Dragon Cartel - Red Dragon Cartel
Red Forest - Red Forest EP
Rise Against - The Black Market
Seether - Isolate and Medicate
Shakey Graves - And the War Came
Shakira - Shakira
Skull Fist - Chasing the Dream
sleepmakeswaves - Love of Cartography
Slough Feg - Digital Resistance
Sólstafir - Ótta
Stam1na - SLK
Sunn O))) - Terrestrials
Swans - To Be Kind
Switchfoot - Fading West
Tesla - Simplicity
The Dagger - The Dagger
The Fray - Helios
The Haunted - Exit Wounds
The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
The Used - Imaginary Enemy
This Will Destroy You - Another Language
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away
Warpaint - Warpaint
Watter - This World
Within Temptation - Hydra
Wolf Mother - New Ocean


Weird Al - Mandatory Fun
Amaranthe - Massive Adictive
Anathema - Distant Satellites -- This was the years biggest disappointment for me.
Animals as Leaders - The Joy of Motion
Axel Rudi Pell - Into the Storm
Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Beware of Safety - Lotusville
Black Label Society - Catacombs of the Vatican
Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years
Chevelle - La Gargola
Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
Deathmole - Permanence
Down - IV, Part II
Flyleaf - Between the Stars
Fuel - Puppet Strings
Hammock - The Sleepover Series, Volume 2
Insomnium - Shadows of the Dying Sun
Jack White - Lazaretto
Jennifer Knapp - Set Me Free
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue
Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo
Lady Antebellum - 747
Lily Allen - Sheezus -- Best album title this year
Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
Maybeshewill - Fair Youth
Mike Doughty - Stellar Motel
OK Go - Hungry Ghosts
Periphery - Clear
Pink Floyd - The Endless River -- Endlessly unnecessary
Revocation - Deathless
Robert Plant - Lullaby... and the Ceaseless Roar
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Royal Bliss - Chasing the Sun
Sebastian Bach - Give 'em Hell
Sister Sin - Black Lotus
Spoon - The Want My Soul
Tenggar Cavalry - Ancient Call
Tombs - Savage Gold
Tunturia - Halls of Sky
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend


Broken Bells - After the Disco
Earth - Primitive & Deadly
Kix - Rock Your Face Off
Maroon 5 - V


Adebisi Shank - This is the Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank


Jim Matheos - Halo Effect -- Worst album I heard all year.



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