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This is close to my final list for this year.

Created by: Wes | 10.03.2014



1. Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era
2014 - The best album by this band in 10 years, sitting on my #1 until I listen to it so many times that I can judge it as objectively as the below albums.
2. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
2014 With Omnium Gatherum's guitarist, this band has turned themselves around, their best album since their debut, if not their best yet album ever. Fans of OG will be able to recognize some similar melodies or note progressions as on "Beyond", but far from a deja vu experience it feels like the two bands have found the middle ground that they always needed.
3. Scar Symmetry - The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity)
2014 I've been waiting for this for a long time, and without a doubt it's the band's best since Holographic Universe. It may have taken SS and guitarist / song writer Per Nilsson 3 albums per vocalists to find the right balance but he's done it again. This time Per takes up the full song writing reigns and the result, while perhaps not as "good" as the direction seen on Holographic Universe, is without a doubt their most authentic and inspired work since then. It feels like Per had been cooking this up for years, a tie for with the above 2 albums for me for sure.
4. Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
2014 Evergrey is officially back. Some of the most emotion inducing songs I've heard for far too long. Huge surprise and a highly personal release.
5. Ghost Brigade - IV - One With The Storm
2014 My first intro to this band, and the spiritual successor to "Isolation Songs", two all time classics.
6. Soen - Tellurian
2014 Much more than a mix of Opeth and Tool, and definitely more on the Opeth side, for good measures.
7. Delain - The Human Contradiction
2014
8. Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
9. Within Temptation - Hydra
10. Within The Ruins - Phenomena
2014
11. Galneryus - Vetelgyus
2014
12. Devin Townsend -
2014
13. At The Gates - At War With Reality
2014
14. Xerath - III
2014
15. Allen/Lande - The Great Divide
2014
16. Whispered - Shogunate Macabre
17. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
2014
18. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
2014
19. Epica - The Quantum Enigma
2014
20. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
2014
21. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution
2014
22. Allegaeon - Elements Of The Infinite
2014
23. Eluveitie - Origins
2014



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schlakt - 14.11.2014 at 19:05  
Nice list!

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