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If you're wondering what all those crazy symbols mean, keep reading this introductory text.

This list ranks all the albums I've listened to (that were released in 2014) and lists all (or most of) the ones I'm planning on listening to. I decided to get rid of the albums I didn't enjoy, because... Well... Why would I want to keep them here?

❤: Loved it (ordered according to preference)
♫: Very entertained (ordered alphabetically)
✔: Entertained (ordered alphabetically)

This list is completely personal, it's made by me and for me, because I find I listen to a lot more music because of this list and it's helpful to keep track of the ones I want to listen to (more often.) However, that doesn't mean that you can't benefit from this list! If you discover that you have similar tastes to mine then it might be a good idea to follow this list and discover great music this year! Yay! AND: If you find yourself enjoying a lot of the albums I marked "❤" or "♫" you can always leave some recommendations! Really though, recommendations are much appreciated (even if your tastes are not that similar, but you can't find your favorite 2014 album anywhere on the list. Just put it in an anger-filled ALL-CAPS comment.)

Please don't take the genres too literally, they're just a general indicator, I'm not an expert.

Created by: Zaphod | 23.01.2014



1. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
❤ Progressive Black Metal
2. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
❤ Progressive Cabaret Rock
3. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 02: Parallel Infinities - The Abscinded Universe
❤ Progressive Space Death Metal
4. Slugdge - Gastronomicon
❤ Blackened Death/Slu(d)g(e) Metal
5. Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares
❤ Electro Avantgarde Metal
6. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
❤ Progressive Stoner (I guess) Metal
7. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
❤ Progressive/Technical Death Metal
8. Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs
❤ Doom Metal
9. The Oath - The Oath
❤ Heavy Metal
10. Aenaon - Extance
♫ Avantgarde Black Metal
11. Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema [Collaboration]
♫ Experimental Drone Black Metal
12. Altar Of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains The Silence
♫ Stoner/Death Doom Metal
13. Bast - Spectres
♫ Black/Sludge/Doom Metal
14. Cormorant - Earth Diver
♫ Progressive Melodeath
15. Dephosphorus - Ravenous Solemnity
♫ Blackened Grindcore or Astrogrind
16. Devin Townsend - Casualties Of Cool
♫ Bluesy Country Shenanigans
17. Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
♫ Power Metal Duh
18. Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless
♫ Black/Death/Thrash Goodness
19. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
♫ Black Metal
20. Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
♫ Sludgy Smudgy Stoner Metal
21. Indian - From All Purity
♫ Ear-Rape
22. Kuolemanlaakso - Tulijoutsen
♫ Progressive Death Doom Metal
23. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
♫ Black Metal
24. Monsterworks - Universe
♫ Progressive Metal
25. Morbus Chron - Sweven
♫ Progressive Death/Thrash Metal
26. Mournful Congregation - Concrescence Of The Sophia
♫ Funeral Doom Metal
27. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
♫ Black Metal
28. Serdce - Timelessness
♫ Progressive Technical Death Metal
29. Slough Feg - Digital Resistance
♫ Heavy Metal
30. Warforged - Essence Of The Land
♫ Technical Deathcore
31. This is where the "top of the year list" ends. What follows is just some music worth checking out:
32. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
✔ Atmospheric Black Metal
33. Ashen Horde - Sanguinum Vindicta
✔ Progressive Black Metal
34. Astrophobos - Remnants Of Forgotten Horrors
✔ Black Metal
35. Behemoth - The Satanist
✔ Death Metal
36. Black Harvest - Abject
✔ Technical Progressive Death/Black Metal
37. Coffinworm - IV.I.VIII
✔ Black/Sludge/Doom Metal
38. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
✔ (Instrumental) Progressive Metal
39. Contrastic - Jařmo
✔ Death Metal/Grindcore
40. Dawn Of Destiny - F.E.A.R.
✔ Power Metal
41. Delain - The Human Contradiction
✔ Symphonic Metal
42. Dirge - Hyperion
✔ Atmospheric Sludge Metal
43. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
✔ Progressive Metal
44. Fever Sea - Fever Sea
✔ A Bit Of Everything?
45. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
✔ Technical Death Metal
46. Hirsute - Still Waiting
✔ Death Doom Metal
47. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
✔ Superfastmodeshredderificcheesymelodicmetalonspeed
48. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
✔ Melodic Metal With Growls
49. Iron Savior - Rise Of The Hero
✔ Power Metal
50. Janvs - Nigredo
✔ Black Metal
51. Kampfar - Djevelmakt
✔ Folk Black Metal
52. Lurk - Kaldera
✔ Sludge/Doom Metal
53. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
✔ Black/Death Metal
54. Mechina - Xenon
✔ Symphonic Death Metal
55. Noble Beast - Noble Beast
✔ Power Metal
56. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
✔ Progressive Death Metal
57. Opeth - Pale Communion
✔ (Not Very) Progressive Rock
58. Persuader - The Fiction Maze
✔ Power Metal
59. Pilgrim - II: Void Worship
✔ Doom Metal
60. Primalfrost - Prosperous Visions
✔ Extreme Power
61. Prostitute Disfigurement - From Crotch To Crown
✔ Brutal Death Metal
62. Random - Pidanoma
✔ Progressive Metal
63. Septicflesh - Titan
✔ Symphonic Metal
64. Soulmass - The Painted World
✔ Death Metal
65. The Wounded Kings - Consolamentum
✔ Doom Metal
66. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
✔ Tom G Warrior Metal
67. Vallenfyre - Splinters
✔ Death Metal
68. Wild Throne - Blood Maker
✔ Progressive Stoner(?) Metal
69. Wolvhammer - Clawing Into Black Sun
✔ Blackened Sludge Metal
70. Here's what I'm hoping to listen to:
71. Accept - Blind Rage
72. Anathema - Distant Satellites
73. Ancient Ascendant - Echoes And Cinder
74. Ancient Bards - A New Dawn Ending
75. Appearance Of Nothing - A New Beginning
76. Archspire - The Lucid Collective
77. Arkona - Явь
78. Atlas Machine - Elysium
79. Aurora Borealis - Worldshapers
80. Axxis - Kingdom Of The Night II
81. Bölzer - Soma
82. Cancerous Womb - Born Of A Cancerous Womb
83. Cloak Of Altering - Plague Beasts
84. Dark Forest (UK) - The Awakening
85. Dark Lunacy - The Day Of Victory
86. Darkest Horizon - The Grand Continuum
87. Dead Hills - Ouroboric
88. Doom:VS - Earthless
89. Ea - A Etilla
90. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
91. Ending Quest - The Summoning
92. Epica - The Quantum Enigma
93. Exodia - Hellbringer
94. Falconer - Black Moon Rising
95. Fisthammer - Infallible
96. Frequency Drift - Over
97. Grey Skies Fallen - The Many Sides Of Truth
98. Hark - Crystalline
99. Holy Moses - Redefined Mayhem
100. Horn Of The Rhyno - Summoning Deliverance
101. Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
102. Inanimate Existence - A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement
103. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
104. John Gallow - Violet Dreams
105. Judicator - At The Expense Of Humanity
106. Junius - Days of the Fallen Sun
107. Katatonia - Kocytean
108. Kypck - Имена на стене
109. Lantlôs - Melting Sun
110. Lord Symphony - The Lord's Wisdom
111. Lorelei - Lore Of Lies
112. Macbeth - Neo-Gothic Propaganda
113. Monsterworks - Overhaul
114. Myrkur - Myrkur
115. Nocturnal Breed - Napalm Nights
116. Novembers Doom - Bled White
117. Palefeather - Palefeather
118. Pharaoh's Curse - Pharaoh's Curse
119. Portrait - Crossroads
120. Ringworm - Hammer Of The Witch
121. Rintrah - Salt Of The Earth
122. Shattered Hope - Waters Of Lethe
123. Shear - Katharsis
124. Sigh - Graveward
125. Sight Of Emptiness - Instincts
126. Soreption - Engineering The Void
127. Spectral Lore - III
128. Tengger Cavalry - Ancient Call
129. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
130. The Mire - Glass Cathedrals
131. The Weight - Suffer Eternal
132. Thou - Heathen
133. Tombs - Savage Gold
134. Trap Them - Blissfucker
135. Triggerfinger - By Absence Of The Sun
136. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
137. Vanishing Point - Distant Is The Sun
138. Vintersorg - Naturbål
139. Waldgeflüster - Meine Fesseln
140. Wijlen Wij - Coronachs Of The Ω
141. Wild Throne - Blood Maker
142. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
143. Woods Of Desolation - As The Stars
144. Words Of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder



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MechanisT - 24.01.2014 at 16:58  
I like where this is going. You should make this a yearly list after you're done listening, Zap. It'd be interesting to see how your tastes match up with mine.
Lit. - 24.01.2014 at 19:46  
Concerning the image, I guess an alternate name for the list could be "AM I NOT ENTERTAINED?!"
Zaphod - 24.01.2014 at 21:02  
Written by MechanisT on 24.01.2014 at 16:58

I like where this is going. You should make this a yearly list after you're done listening, Zap. It'd be interesting to see how your tastes match up with mine.

We'll see how it goes, but I might end up doing more
And I guess one of the main differences between you and me would be that you'd just have way more albums on your list and I don't like most djent, that too.
Written by Lit. on 24.01.2014 at 19:46

Concerning the image, I guess an alternate name for the list could be "AM I NOT ENTERTAINED?!"


I'll think about it, I'm actually still looking for a better image
Erik M. - 24.01.2014 at 21:52  
A checklist of sorts, eh? Pretty good idea. I've only listened to three 2014 albums: Hail Spirit Noir (great or even excellent album), Mechina (great stuff) and Alcest (very enjoyable relaxing music, I don't see what's so bad about it... must be cool to hate it for not being metal ).
Zaphod - 24.01.2014 at 21:59  
Written by Erik M. on 24.01.2014 at 21:52

A checklist of sorts, eh? Pretty good idea. But damn man, you've listened to a lot of new albums already in such a short time. I've only listened to 3 2014 albums: Hail Spirit Noir (great or even excellent album), Mechina (great stuff) and Alcest (very enjoyable relaxing music, I don't see what's so bad about it... must be cool to hate it for not being metal ).

For now I still have time to listen to a lot of stuff, but starting February I won't, which is why I made this list
Also, I don't hate the new Alcest, I would even say the new one is quite solid, but I just don't feel like listening to it again (not that I listen to their other albums that much). As I hope you know, I'm not afraid of music that's not metal
Scratch that, I listened to more music in February than in any other month in my life
Erik M. - 24.01.2014 at 22:41  
Written by Zaphod on 24.01.2014 at 21:59

For now I still have time to listen to a lot of stuff, but starting February I won't, which is why I made this list
Also, I don't hate the new Alcest, I would even say the new one is quite solid, but I just don't feel like listening to it again (not that I listen to their other albums that much). As I hope you know, I'm not afraid of music that's not metal


Yeah, I know you also listen to non-metal stuff but I've seen people who hate the new Alcest because it's not metal. Obviously you're not one of those people.

But I get what you're saying. Having only spun it twice, I feel like it's nice relaxing stuff but not overly interesting music to listen to, in contrary to, say, the new Hail Spirit Noir.
Zaphod - 24.01.2014 at 22:52  
Written by Erik M. on 24.01.2014 at 22:41

Yeah, I know you also listen to non-metal stuff but I've seen people who hate the new Alcest because it's not metal. Obviously you're not one of those people.

But I get what you're saying. Having only spun it twice, I feel like it's nice relaxing stuff but not overly interesting music to listen to, in contrary to, say, the new Hail Spirit Noir.

Yeah Oi Magoi is quite a gem (and very fun to pronounce in all sorts of different accents)
Zaphod - 25.01.2014 at 11:52  
Okay, I changed it up, looks better this way.
MechanisT - 29.01.2014 at 22:41  
How's the new Contrastic EP? Is it worth my time, or has redundancy crept in their sound? Asking this coz I'm not too big on EPs, but this one's definitely piqued an interest.
Zaphod - 29.01.2014 at 23:41  
Written by MechanisT on 29.01.2014 at 22:41

How's the new Contrastic EP? Is it worth my time, or has redundancy crept in their sound? Asking this coz I'm not too big on EPs, but this one's definitely piqued an interest.

Well, let's just say it entertained me, but not longer than 5 minutes. Because the whole thing literally isn't longer than five minutes. It's definitely worth your time since it barely takes any to listen to. I must say I was hesitant to put it on this list, but I decided to just put everything I listen to that's released in 2014 in here.
Has redundancy crept in their sound? A little bit. The two songs are not of the same quality found on the full-length in my opinion. It's all the way at the bottom of the albums marked "✔" for a reason, but it did entertain me.
Now, in the time it takes you to read this reply, you could have actually just listened to the damn thing (it's on bandcamp)
MechanisT - 29.01.2014 at 23:58  
Written by Zaphod on 29.01.2014 at 23:41

Written by MechanisT on 29.01.2014 at 22:41

How's the new Contrastic EP? Is it worth my time, or has redundancy crept in their sound? Asking this coz I'm not too big on EPs, but this one's definitely piqued an interest.

Well, let's just say it entertained me, but not longer than 5 minutes. Because the whole thing literally isn't longer than five minutes. It's definitely worth your time since it barely takes any to listen to. I must say I was hesitant to put it on this list, but I decided to just put everything I listen to that's released in 2014 in here.
Has redundancy crept in their sound? A little bit. The two songs are not of the same quality found on the full-length in my opinion. It's all the way at the bottom of the albums marked "✔" for a reason, but it did entertain me.
Now, in the time it takes you to read this reply, you could have actually just listened to the damn thing (it's on bandcamp)


True. I guess I shouldn't be too picky on them for being rusty. I'll be picking this one up along the way then. Thanks for the detailed feedback matey.
And well, that's the thing. I'm hardly gonna have any time for doing even that this year so... unless it's extremely enticing, expect me to not bother trying to listen to everything/anything that comes my way. :p
Zaphod - 30.01.2014 at 00:08  
Written by MechanisT on 29.01.2014 at 23:58

True. I guess I shouldn't be too picky on them for being rusty. I'll be picking this one up along the way then. Thanks for the detailed feedback matey.
And well, that's the thing. I'm hardly gonna have any time for doing even that this year so... unless it's extremely enticing, expect me to not bother trying to listen to everything/anything that comes my way. :p

So I guess we can't expect another mega-list?
And same here by the way. Starting next week I probably won't be able to listen to a lot either, so I'll just keep adding stuff to this list whenever I get the chance and then hopefully listen to most of it in August.
deadone - 30.01.2014 at 02:59  
Interesting list. I am looking forward to following it!
Zaphod - 30.01.2014 at 22:50  
Written by deadone on 30.01.2014 at 02:59

Interesting list. I am looking forward to following it!

Thank you very much
Lethrokai - 14.02.2014 at 13:25  
Hit the nail on the head with Kaleidoscope. I will have to disagree with you on Kindly Bent To Free Us Though.
Zaphod - 14.02.2014 at 16:11  
Written by Lethrokai on 14.02.2014 at 13:25

Hit the nail on the head with Kaleidoscope. I will have to disagree with you on Kindly Bent To Free Us Though.

Haha, I'm just messing around in those lower ranked albums, but cool to see someone agree
Now I don't think Kindly Bent To Free Us is bad, I just didn't enjoy it that much but I can see it has quality. (And just for your information, I'm not a big Cynic fan so it's not like their change of sound disappointed me or anything)
Lethrokai - 15.02.2014 at 11:50  
Written by Zaphod on 14.02.2014 at 16:11

Written by Lethrokai on 14.02.2014 at 13:25

Hit the nail on the head with Kaleidoscope. I will have to disagree with you on Kindly Bent To Free Us Though.

Haha, I'm just messing around in those lower ranked albums, but cool to see someone agree
Now I don't think Kindly Bent To Free Us is bad, I just didn't enjoy it that much but I can see it has quality. (And just for your information, I'm not a big Cynic fan so it's not like their change of sound disappointed me or anything)

Of course. Kindly Bent To Free Us will be one of THOSE albums that will contain the full range of opinions, and finding someone who didn't enjoy it really won't be hard. I just personally found it to be their best release yet!
Zaphod - 15.02.2014 at 17:42  
Written by Lethrokai on 15.02.2014 at 11:50

Of course. Kindly Bent To Free Us will be one of THOSE albums that will contain the full range of opinions, and finding someone who didn't enjoy it really won't be hard.

Agreed, it will definitely divide people
Zaphod - 17.02.2014 at 04:07  
I'm changing this fucking list up constantly. Can't decide where I want it to go
Neiluria - 19.02.2014 at 12:45  
Good list, I invite you to see my top
Zaphod - 19.02.2014 at 14:13  
Written by Neiluria on 19.02.2014 at 12:45

Good list, I invite you to see my top

I accept your invitation.
Erik M. - 23.02.2014 at 23:23  
"Grandpa Power Metal"? That seriously cracks me up. What does that even mean?
Zaphod - 23.02.2014 at 23:34  
Written by Erik M. on 23.02.2014 at 23:23

"Grandpa Power Metal"? That seriously cracks me up. What does that even mean?

Haha, I don't know, it just sounds like a bunch of old guys trying to do power metal to me.
Erik M. - 23.02.2014 at 23:37  
Written by Zaphod on 23.02.2014 at 23:34

Haha, I don't know, it just sounds like a bunch of old guys trying to do power metal to me.


Hahaha, too bad your genre-tags aren't official tags because otherwise it would be funny as hell.
Zaphod - 28.02.2014 at 01:23  
Written by Erik M. on 23.02.2014 at 23:37

Hahaha, too bad your genre-tags aren't official tags because otherwise it would be funny as hell.

Metal can be pretty ridiculous at times, so I like to make fun of it every now and then
By the way, check out the newly-added awards section.
Starchild - 28.02.2014 at 21:04  
Damn, that Lethe album is awesome, thanks

and yes, great list, definitely one i will follow on regular basis
Karlabos - 28.02.2014 at 21:14  
Isn't Janvs - Nigredo from 2004? Or is there a re-released version?
Edit: Nevermind. There's indeed a new one. Must hear it then =)
Zaphod - 04.03.2014 at 15:54  
Written by Karlabos on 28.02.2014 at 21:14

Isn't Janvs - Nigredo from 2004? Or is there a re-released version?
Edit: Nevermind. There's indeed a new one. Must hear it then =)

I had never heard this band before and it said 2014, so yeah :p
Zaphod - 05.03.2014 at 17:41  
Written by Starchild on 28.02.2014 at 21:04

Damn, that Lethe album is awesome, thanks

Glad I could help someone find great music I think I originally found that one on Divergenceless's 2014 list.
It's indeed an awesome album though, I can't stop listening to it...
Korah - 08.05.2014 at 01:31  
Nice list, it will helps me! You're very Black and I'm looking for good black albums lately . I'll check your top 20!
Zaphod - 26.06.2014 at 01:31  
Alright, getting back on track with the list making thing. I have 3-ish months of released to catch up on though.
Erik M. - 27.06.2014 at 23:38  
You've been busy with studying I assume? Haven't seen you around often last couple of months.
Zaphod - 28.06.2014 at 00:24  
Written by Erik M. on 27.06.2014 at 23:38

You've been busy with studying I assume? Haven't seen you around often last couple of months.

Nope, travelling. I took the semester off and went to South America. I'm still there but now I don't live in a place without internet anymore
Erik M. - 28.06.2014 at 00:29  
Written by Zaphod on 28.06.2014 at 00:24

Nope, travelling. I took the semester off and went to South America. I'm still there but now I don't live in a place without internet anymore


Ah, sounds great. Hope you're having a good time there.
Zaphod - 28.06.2014 at 00:32  
Written by Erik M. on 28.06.2014 at 00:29

Ah, sounds great. Hope you're having a good time there.

Well, I am missing Graspop at this very moment, but other than that, yeah, great times were had
Erik M. - 28.06.2014 at 00:41  
Written by Zaphod on 28.06.2014 at 00:32

Well, I am missing Graspop at this very moment, but other than that, yeah, great times were had


Strange you like Graspop so much. A friend of mine wanted me to come along with him and a group of others whom I don't know, but I really didn't want to go. I care much more about the line-up than about drinking beer on the camping. In others words: in my opinion the line-up totally sucks.
Zaphod - 28.06.2014 at 01:01  
Written by Erik M. on 28.06.2014 at 00:41

Strange you like Graspop so much. A friend of mine wanted me to come along with him and a group of others whom I don't know, but I really didn't want to go. I care much more about the line-up than about drinking beer on the camping. In others words: in my opinion the line-up totally sucks.

Sure, the line-up in general sucks, but I still want to see Opeth, Enslaved, Nile, Gojira, Mastodon, Gamma Ray, etc.
Partying on the camping is for after the concerts, but even so I just generally have a lot more fun at a festival than I do anywhere else.

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