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Here are the albums coming up in 2014 that I have heard and will anticipate. Like last year, every album will be in order by what I hear first. Reviews and scores for each album to follow as the year goes.

Created by: Dentura | 04.01.2014

1. Behemoth - The Satanist
[8.75/10] - Okay so I was expecting to hear Alcest's album first, but my copy hasn't come in the mail yet, and it's taking Amazon forever to send it so whatever. As blackened death metal's flag wavers, they definitely emphasize the "blackened" tag more in this album compared to their other recent works (a clear throwback to their earliest scrolls), reminding me a lot of Watain's previous album stylistically speaking, but still distinctly Behemoth. It's good to hear that Behemoth is still able to carry on despite Nergal's previous bout with leukemia and be able to put out a damn good record in the early portion of 2014. Not a bad start I must say.
2. Sunn O))) - Terrestrials [Collaboration]
[8/10] - A very interesting collaboration to say the least, combining the respective talents of Ulver and Sunn 0))) to create a trippy and disorienting ambiance that recalls 1960's psychedelia and modern avant-garde. Whenever I'm just sitting by myself in my room and need to disconnect myself from the outside world, this will certainly put me into a nice daze.
3. Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
[6.5/10] - I thought this would be a great work at first, but I feel like it progressively gets worse with repeated listens. The vocals are rather bland and get kind of annoying after a while and the guitars lack any real edge or punch to them. The songs discuss very abstract thoughts on contact with extraterrestrial beings and are composed of music that reflects vintage and modern prog/jazz fusion music (not a complaint, just saying). There may not be any growls on here, but it's still an alright work to invest your time with (if you want). But yeah, it comes no where close to Focus.
4. Alcest - Shelter
[8.25/10] - A very nice, serene shoe gaze styled affair. I like the risk these men are taking by stripping away their old black metal style in favor of a more delicate, post rock sound. Neige has composed some very gorgeous and moving melodies that makes a long car ride along the coast all that much more pleasant and life-affirming. I look forward to hearing more albums being done in this style, although if they were to return to their black metal sound on future releases then that would be A-okay as well.
5. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
[8.5/10] - Triptykon has returned after four years with another winner. The sound is not all that much different from Eparistera Daimones, but still adds some new tricks into the fold, including some acoustic guitar melodies and a sick blues solo during the last song "Waiting". It also has a slightly more laid-back tone with some of their most hypnotizing riffs to date (works great with weed I can imagine). Very good, solid release from these masters of doom.
6. Coldplay - Ghost Stories
7. Opeth - Pale Communion
8. Wintersun - Time II
9. Pain of Salvation - Falling Home
10. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
11. Astra - Broken Balance
12. Anathema - Distant Satellites
13. Yes - Heaven and Earth

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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