2014: From Professor JokeR's Perspective


I'll start off by saying that I wasn't planning on doing a list so early on in the year, but I've come across numerous albums that I'd like to share with people who enjoy my lists (or people who hate my lists).

This list will be a little different than my 2013 list. I created that list at the end of the year, and then decreased it to my Top 25 of 2013. This list will be a compilation of all 2014 albums I've come across and given a listen.

The rules for the list:
The album was released in 2014 (to the best of my knowledge, or someone else correcting me);
Each album included on the list will receive at minimum one (1) listen;
Albums will receive a grade from the professor ranging from A+ to F-, grading scheme will follow;
Albums can move up and down in grade as I see fit;
The list will have the albums pooled into their respective grade and listed alphabetically within that grade;
My opinion of the genre will be included;
I will include the number of times I have listened to the album in its entirety, generally if it receives a B- and up it will receive numerous spins (remember I said I only need to give it one to grade it).

UPDATE:
The top 10 are now listed in order. The rest remained alphabetical.
Grading scheme:
A+ (95 - 100)
A (90 - 94)
A- (85 - 89)
B+ (80 - 84)
B (75 - 79)
B- (70 - 74)
C+ (65 - 69)
C (60 - 64)
C- (55 - 59)
D+ (50 - 54)
D (45 - 49)
D- (40 - 44)
F+ (35 - 39)
F (30 - 34)
F- (1 - 29)

When an album receives a grade, use common sense with rounding. For example, an album may receive a 9 on metal storm, but an A- (85 - 89) on my list, which would round to a 9.

Please feel free to leave recommendations below if you'd like me to grade an album you are enjoying or love. Do not be butt hurt if I give it an unsatisfactory (in your opinion) grade. Keep in mind the tastes of my list. If you recommend an avant-garde progressive noisecore album I will give it an honest listen. But it may receive a poor grade from my stand point, as that is a genre I most likely wouldn't enjoy. Who knows though, there may be surprises.

Happy listening!

Created by: Chobo_jokeR | 08.02.2014



1. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution
A / 13 / Technical Death
2. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
A / 17 / Dissonant Technical Death
3. Ophis - Abhorrence In Opulence
A / 9 / Death Doom
4. Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
A / 16 / Post, Alternative
5. Infestus - The Reflecting Void
A / 17 / Black
6. Thou - Heathen
A / 25 / Sludge Doom
7. Mournful Congregation - Concrescence Of The Sophia
A / 16 / Funeral Doom
8. Nightfell - The Living Ever Mourn
A / 10 / Death Doom
9. Fen - Carrion Skies
A / 6 / Post Black
10. Nero Di Marte - Derivae
A / 8 / Extreme Progressive, Alternative
11. Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
A / 20 / Atmospheric Black
12. Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence
A / 16 / Dissonant Death
13. Inanimate Existence - A Never-ending Cycle Of Atonement
A / 6 / Brutal Death, Technical Death
14. Inter Arma - The Cavern
A / 5 / Blackened Sludge
15. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
A / 9 / Black
16. Slugdge - Gastronomicon
A / 19 / Blackened Sludge
17. The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li
A / 16 / Atmospheric Black
18. Alraune - The Process Of Self-Immolation
A- / 3 / Black
19. Altar Of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains The Silence
A- / 10 / Stoner Death Doom
20. At The Gates - At War With Reality
A- / 4 / Melodic Death
21. Bast - Spectres
A- / 10 / Black Sludge Doom
22. Behemoth - The Satanist
A- / 15 / Atmospheric Blackened Death
23. Cormorant - Earth Diver
A- / 6 / Melodic Death, Progressive
24. Deadwood - Picturing A Sense Of Loss
A- / 1 / Atmospheric Post Black
25. Doom:VS - Earthless
A- / 3 / Funeral, Death Doom
26. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
A- / 4 / Blackened Death
27. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
A- / 16 / Atmospheric Death, Progressive/Technical Death
28. Misery Index - The Killing Gods
A- / 4 / Deathgrind
29. Prostitute Disfigurement - From Crotch To Crown
A- / 13 / Melodic Technical Brutal Death
30. Soen - Tellurian
A- / 6 / Progressive, Alternative
31. StarGazer - A Merging To The Boundless
A- / 2 / Avantgarde Black/Death
32. Tombs - Savage Gold
A- / 3 / Blackened Post-Sludge
33. Vanhelgd - Relics Of Sulphur Salvation
A- / 10 / Death
34. Abysmal Dawn - Obsolescence
B+ / 4 / Technical Death
35. Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion
B+ / 8 / Instrumental Progressive
36. Baring Teeth - Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins
B+ / 1 / Dissonant Technical Death
37. Benighted - Carnivore Sublime
B+ / 17 / Groovy Brutal Death
38. Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
B+ / 3 / Death
39. Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
B+ / 2 / Atmospheric Black
40. Clouds - Doliu
B+ / 3 / Atmospheric Doom
41. Coffinworm - IV.I.VIII
B+ / 5 / Blackened Sludge Doom
42. Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn
B+ / 1 / Melodic Black
43. Dead Congregation - Promulgation Of The Fall
B+ / 4 / Death
44. Dirge - Hyperion
B+ / 3 / Atmospheric Sludge
45. Earth - Primitive And Deadly
B+ / 2 / Psychedelic Rock, Drone
46. Empyrium - The Turn Of The Tides
B+ / 4 / Neofolk
47. Fungoid Stream - Prehuman Shapes
B+ / 2 / Funeral Doom
48. Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless
B+ / 5 / Blackened Thrash, Blackened Death
49. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
B+ / 5 / Psychedelic Progressive Black
50. Helevorn - Compassion Forlorn
B+ / 1 / Gothic Doom
51. Horrendous - Ecdysis
B+ / 1 / Death
52. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
B+ / 11 / Progressive Stoner
53. Moanaa - Descent
B+ / 1 / Atmospheric Sludge, Post
54. Morbus Chron - Sweven
B+ / 5 / Death, Progressive
55. Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
B+ / 1 / Gothenburg
56. Nasheim - Solens vemod
B+ / 6 / Atmospheric Black
57. Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
B+ / 2 / Doom
58. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
B+ / 3 / Pagan Black
59. Profetus - As All Seasons Die
B+ / 5 / Funeral Doom
60. Psalm Zero - The Drain
B+ / 3 / Experimental, Alternative
61. Pyrrhon - The Mother Of Virtues
B+ / 4 / Avantgarde, Dissonant Technical Death
62. Spectral Lore - III
B+ / 1 / Ambient, Atmospheric Black
63. Stoic Dissention - Autochton
B+ / 3 / Black Doom
64. The Atlas Moth - The Old Believer
B+ / 7 / Sludge, Stoner
65. The Mire - Glass Cathedrals
B+ / 1 / Post
66. Trudger - Dormiveglia
B+ / 1 / Sludge
67. Woods Of Desolation - As The Stars
B+ / 3 / Atmospheric Black
68. Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend
B+ / 2 / Stoner, Doom
69. Alkerdeel - Dyodyo Asema [Collaboration]
B / 3 / Experimental Blackened Sludge Noise
70. Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves
B / 1 / Death
71. Beneath - The Barren Throne
B / 2 / Brutal, Technical Death
72. Blut Aus Nord - Debemur MoRTi
B / 2 / Industrial Black
73. Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
B / 1 / Progressive
74. Dephosphorus - Ravenous Solemnity
B / 2 / Blackened Grindcore
75. Dying Sun - Transcendence
B / 2 / Atmospheric Doom
76. Giant Squid - Minoans
B / 1 / Post, Doom
77. Ghost Bath - Funeral
B / 1 / Atmospheric Black, Shoegaze
78. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
B / 3 / Technical Death
79. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
B / 1 / Speed Progressive Death
80. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
B / 20 / Melodic Death
81. Issues - Issues
B / 30 / Pop Techno Metalcore with tinges of R&B
82. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 02: Parallel Infinities - The Abscinded Universe
B / 2 / Progressive Death
83. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
B / 1 / Atmospheric Death
84. Maat - As We Create The Hope From Above
B / 1 / Egyptian-themed Brutal Death
85. Mourning Dawn - Les Sacrifiés
B / 4 / Doomy Depressive Black
86. Panopticon - Roads To The North
B / 1 / Atmospheric Black
87. Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers
B / 2 / Black, Hardcore
88. Old Iron - Cordyceps
B / 1 / Sludge
89. Shattered Hope - Waters Of Lethe
B / 3 / Death Doom
90. Slow - Unsleep
B / 1 / Funeral Doom
91. Tellusian - Collision
B / 1 / Progressive-Technical Grind
92. The Vita Sound Project - American Werewolf In London
B / 3 / Instrumental Progressive Doom with movie sound clips
93. Wijlen Wij - Coronachs Of The Ω
B / 3 / Funeral Doom
94. Alaskan - Despair, Erosion, Loss
B- / 2 / Sludge
95. Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
B- / 1 / Technical Death
96. Bergrizen - Scherbengericht
B- / 1 / Atmospheric Black
97. Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom To Baked
B- / 1 / Death
98. Corpsessed - Abysmal Thresholds
B- / 1 / Death
99. Darkspace - Dark Space III I
B - / 1 / Ambient Black
100. Descend Into Despair - The Bearer Of All Storms
B- / 1 / Funeral Doom
101. Ea - A Etilla
B- / 2 / Atmospheric Funeral Doom
102. Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
B - / 3 / Power
103. Eye Of Solitude - Dear Insanity
B- / 1 / Funeral, Death
104. Incantation - Dirges Of Elysium
B- / 2 / Doomy Death
105. Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
B- / 16 / Groove Thrash
106. Lantlôs - Melting Sun
B- / 2 / Post, Shoegaze
107. Lord Mantis - Death Mask
B- / 2 / Blackened Sludge
108. Nihilo - Dum Spiro Spero
B- / 1 / Death
109. Origin - Omnipresent
B- / 1 / Technical Death
110. Revocation - Deathless
B- / 1 / Technical Death, Thrash
111. Septicflesh - Titan
B- / 1 / Symphonic Death
112. Soreption - Engineering The Void
B- / 1 / Technical Death
113. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
B- / 2 / Blackened Thrash, Death
114. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
B- / 1 / Death
115. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite
B- / 4 / Ambient
116. Woe Unto Me - A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness
B- / 1 / Funeral Doom
117. A Very Old Ghost Behind The Farm - La Came Crude
C+ / 1 / Stoner Sludge Doom
118. Aborted - The Necrotic Manifesto
C+ / 3 / "Brutal" Death
119. Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum
C+ / 1 / Black, Grindcore
120. Anubis Gate - Horizons
C+ / 1 / Progressive, Power
121. Atomikylä - Erkale
C+ / 1 / Psychedelic Doom, Drone
122. Burrow - Mother
C+ / 1 / Progressive Sludge Rock
123. Decomposed [SWE] - Devouring
C+ / 1 / Death
124. Eyehategod - Eyehategod
C+ / 1 / Sludge, Doom
125. Giants Of The Mountain - Moon Worship
C+ / 1 / Progressive Death
126. Hollow My Eyes - Separate
C+ / 1 / Progressive Deathcore
127. Lurk - Kaldera
C+ / 1 / Blackened Sludge
128. Opeth - Pale Communion
C+ / 2 / Progressive
129. The Kennedy Veil - Trinity Of Falsehood
C+ / 1 / Modern Brutal Death
130. Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
C / 1 / Death
131. Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia
C / 1 / Instrumental Progressive
132. Enthroned - Sovereigns
C / 1 / Black
133. Falloch - This Island, Our Funeral
C / 1 / Folkish Post
134. I Killed The Prom Queen - Beloved
C / 1 / Melodic Metalcore
135. Illusions Play - The Fading Light
C / 1 / Symphonic Funeral Doom
136. Of Mice & Men - Restoring Force
C / 1 / Metalcore-Hardcore
137. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
C / 1 / Extreme Progressive
138. Redwood Hill - Collider
C / 1 / Post Black
139. Aenaon - Extance
C- / 1 / Avant-garde Progressive Black
140. Bong - Stoner Rock
C- / 1 / Drone
141. Freedom Call - Beyond
C- / 1 / Power
142. Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon
D+ / 1 / Heavy Power
143. Indian - From All Purity
D+ / 1 / Blackened Sludge
144. Raped By Pigs - Squealing To The New World
D+ / 1 / Slamming Brutal Death
145. Hexis - Abalam
D / 1 / Blackened Post-Hardcore
146. Phaze I - Uprising
D / 1 / Blackened Thrash
147. Alcest - Shelter
F+ / 1 / Shoegaze
148. Progenie Terrestre Pura - Asteroidi
F / 1 / Electronic / Ambient
149. Decapitated - Blood Mantra
F / 1 / "Technical Death", but not really
150. In Flames - Siren Charms
F- / 1 / Melodic Rubbish



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03.07.2014 - 05:10
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Did you check out Plebeian Grandstand yet? Amazing record.
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03.07.2014 - 05:59
Chobo_jokeR
Written by tea[m]ster on 03.07.2014 at 05:10

Did you check out Plebeian Grandstand yet? Amazing record.


Just finished giving it a spin. It is definitely good. As soon as I looked up they were from France their sound made a lot of sense to me. The first song I heard some Blut Aus Nord and then also got a Deathspell Omega vibe at times too. Thanks for the recommendation!
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14.07.2014 - 06:00
Diverge
Thanks for checking out Stoic Dissention. Sorry to hear it wasn't quite your thing- I personally think it's close to perfect for my tastes.
Give me a few recs- I'm behind on the times, brother.
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16.07.2014 - 00:35
Mattybu
I can't say I've listened to one album on this list but I have to say, pretty impressive that you added how many times you heard each album.
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18.07.2014 - 23:15
Chobo_jokeR
Written by Diverge on 14.07.2014 at 06:00

Thanks for checking out Stoic Dissention. Sorry to hear it wasn't quite your thing- I personally think it's close to perfect for my tastes.
Give me a few recs- I'm behind on the times, brother.


I think an 8-8.4 (B+) rating is pretty darn good haha. I certainly enjoyed it on an initial listen, and I'll be giving it more. I fell asleep to it the other night, which was peaceful. I've been listening to Faal's latest a lot recently, which I hold in very high esteem, so that may have affected my expectations.

I'm listening to the new Fallujah now, and its great. I saw you have some death / brutal death on your list so I'd suggest that. It's more tech / prog death though. I'd recommended the new ones from Infestus, Mayhem, Goatwhore, Artificial Brain, Inanimate Existence, and Mournful Congregation to name a few.

I listened to a couple of tunes off of Wolvhammer's new album, which were good so I will be checking out the rest of it soon.

Thanks for checking my list!

EDIT: Also I really like the new Atlas Moth too.
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18.07.2014 - 23:17
Chobo_jokeR
Written by Mattybu on 16.07.2014 at 00:35

I can't say I've listened to one album on this list but I have to say, pretty impressive that you added how many times you heard each album.


Not one hey? Well that's OK too haha. Well I try to make my list a little different from others, and I thought that plus the grading scale was a little unique.

Thanks for checking the list regardless
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19.07.2014 - 02:26
Mattybu
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 18.07.2014 at 23:17

Written by Mattybu on 16.07.2014 at 00:35

I can't say I've listened to one album on this list but I have to say, pretty impressive that you added how many times you heard each album.


Not one hey? Well that's OK too haha. Well I try to make my list a little different from others, and I thought that plus the grading scale was a little unique.

Thanks for checking the list regardless


Well I have heard 5 or so minutes of a song from the Hannes Grossmann album, that's all for what's on here though. But the information you provide about the albums does make your list interesting.
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27.07.2014 - 01:42
Neachy
Great list, man. I just thought I'd recommend Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation and Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
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No Gods. No Masters.
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28.07.2014 - 01:59
Chobo_jokeR
Written by Neachy on 27.07.2014 at 01:42

Great list, man. I just thought I'd recommend Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation and Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract


Thanks! Your list is great too. We have several similar albums at the top.

Thanks for recommending those two albums. I had both of them on my "to listen to" queue, but I bumped them up after your recommendation. I've only given each album one listen, so far.

Vanhelgd will likely be a solid B+ or A- on my list after one listen, could fluctuate. As you commented on your list…the riffs are excellent and there are so many of them. Catchy stuff and still true to its sound.

Chaos Moon will likely be a solid B or B+ on my list after one listen, could fluctuate. Didn't quite dig it as much as you did, but it is certainly good stuff. I love a good atmo-black album, so it was a pleasure to listen to.

If you have any more recs, keep em coming!
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23.10.2014 - 22:20
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Listening to Dying Sun release, again. I'm warming up to it Monolithic sound, reminds me of Dirge, but with a more emphasis on doom of course.
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25.10.2014 - 07:07
Chobo_jokeR
Written by tea[m]ster on 23.10.2014 at 22:20

Listening to Dying Sun release, again. I'm warming up to it Monolithic sound, reminds me of Dirge, but with a more emphasis on doom of course.


Its been quite some time since I've spun it, trying to get caught up on all the new stuff that keeps coming out. I saw you gave Falloch's new album a strong rating. I enjoyed their last one, so I will be checking that out soon.
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01.12.2014 - 18:39
Diverge
Glad to see someone really enjoyed the new Fen album! It's a nice little shift in approach that I imagined would have a bit more appeal to some folks.
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03.12.2014 - 07:34
Chobo_jokeR
Written by Diverge on 01.12.2014 at 18:39

Glad to see someone really enjoyed the new Fen album! It's a nice little shift in approach that I imagined would have a bit more appeal to some folks.


I've enjoyed all of their offerings. Each is a little different, providing the listener with something new on each album. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I think Epoch is still my favourite from them. They are quietly becoming one of my favourites to just throw on and listen to at any given time. From your comments on their page, I gather you were a little underwhelmed by the album?
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03.12.2014 - 15:14
Diverge
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 03.12.2014 at 07:34

Written by Diverge on 01.12.2014 at 18:39

Glad to see someone really enjoyed the new Fen album! It's a nice little shift in approach that I imagined would have a bit more appeal to some folks.


I've enjoyed all of their offerings. Each is a little different, providing the listener with something new on each album. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I think Epoch is still my favourite from them. They are quietly becoming one of my favourites to just throw on and listen to at any given time. From your comments on their page, I gather you were a little underwhelmed by the album?

I think I can agree with that assessment. As for Carrion Skies, for some reason or another I couldn't get captivated. It was still a good album, though.
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