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Yes, I changed everything up again. It's just a best of 2014 list now. Short and to the point.

Here's all the best shit I've found. Take a look.

Here's what the stupid symbols mean:

❤: Very Entertained (ordered according to preference)
♫: Entertained (ordered alphabetically)

Leave some recommendations!

Created by: Zaphod | 23.01.2014



1. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
❤ Blackened Psychedelic Rock
2. Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
❤ Cabaret Rock
3. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 02: Parallel Infinities - The Abscinded Universe
❤ Space Opera 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 Metal
7. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
❤ Atmospheric Technical Death Metal
8. Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs
❤ Doom Metal
9. The Oath - The Oath
❤ Heavy Metal
10. Monsterworks - Universe
❤ Progressive 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. Bölzer - Soma
♫ Black/Death Metal
15. Cormorant - Earth Diver
♫ Progressive Melodeath
16. Dephosphorus - Ravenous Solemnity
♫ Blackened Grindcore or Astrogrind
17. Devin Townsend - Casualties Of Cool
♫ Bluesy Country Shenanigans
18. Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
♫ Power Metal Duh
19. Gazpacho - Demon
♫ Atmospheric Rock
20. Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless
♫ Black/Death/Thrash Goodness
21. Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
♫ Sludgy Smudgy Stoner Metal
22. Indian - From All Purity
♫ Ear-Rape
23. Kuolemanlaakso - Tulijoutsen
♫ Progressive Death Doom Metal
24. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
♫ Black 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. Slough Feg - Digital Resistance
♫ Heavy Metal
29. Warforged - Essence Of The Land
♫ Technical Deathcore



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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.
Chobo_jokeR - 26.07.2014 at 02:23  
Nice to see Slugdge and Fallujah in the top few. I just started listening to Slugdge…was definitely missing out. One review I read said Slugdge sounds like the lovechild of Anaal Nathrakh and Mastodon, and I am inclined to agree lol. I really like that Fallujah album too. It's quite beautiful.
Zaphod - 26.07.2014 at 12:48  
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 26.07.2014 at 02:23

One review I read said Slugdge sounds like the lovechild of Anaal Nathrakh and Mastodon, and I am inclined to agree

Yeah, I could definitely see that

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