2014: Top

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All full albums I heard at least 2-3 times from best to worst + special awards

Created by: cbn42 | 27.03.2014

1. Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
+great atmosphere and songwriting -"muddy" vocal mixing //fav. songs: Revelation, Ephemeral, Shadows Of The Dying Sun
2. Shylmagoghnar - Emergence
+inspiring, powerful, well composed +maybe the best debut 2014 -instrumentals are the best songs //fav. songs: I Am The Abyss, Eternal Forest
3. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
+usual Machine Head quality -1st and 2nd half of the album differ a lot (leitmotif) //fav. songs: Now We Die, Killers & Kings, Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
4. Words Of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder
+high quality songwriting +great atmosphere -a few weaker songs //fav. songs: Telltale Notion, In Kingdoms Of Rain, The Outer Rim
5. Sabaton - Heroes
+straight and catchy, yet not cheesy -some stupid "cut off" song endings -too short //fav. songs: Night Witches, To Hell And Back, Hearts Of Iron
6. Dio - Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
[Various Artists] +(almost) all killer, no filler -bad song order -kinda incoherent //fav. songs: The Last In Line, Straight Through The Heart, This Is Your Life
7. Eluveitie - Origins
+constant song quality +coherent theme -sometimes overkill of instruments //fav. songs: King, Celtos, The Silver Sister
8. Equilibrium - Erdentempel
+varied and epic songwriting +a lot of different folk sounds -atmosphere less mystic, more "happy" -"muddy" vocal mixing //fav. songs: Apokalypse, Waldschrein, Aufbruch
9. Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon
+more oldschool sound -weak opener -Volbeat influence //fav. songs: Among The Living Dead, Parasite
10. Pentakill - Smite and Ignite
+big effort for a fictional video game band (LoL) +great choice of singers (Jørn Lande/ZP Theart ) -instrumentals don't fit to the rest //fav. songs: Deathfire Grasp, Thornmail
11. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
+nice guitar work +good mix of modern and classic Slipknot -some weird songs/parts -Stone Sour influence //fav. songs: The Devil In I, Killpop, Custer
12. Epica - The Quantum Enigma
+constant song quality +orchestration and choirs -too long //fav. songs: The Essence Of Silence, Reverence - Living In The Heart, Omen - The Ghoulish Malady
13. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Tief.Tiefer
+good lyric poetry -not enough contrast between CD1("Metal") and 2(Unplugged Covers)//fav. songs: Wo Es Dich Gibt, So Fern, Friede Sei Mit Dir
14. Grailknights - Calling The Choir
+some cool riffs/melodies/ideas -weak opener, some filler -bad song order //fav. songs: Absence Of Gravity, Victorious
15. Sinbreed - Shadows
+very good guitar and drum work -vocals and lyrics are Power Metal cliche //fav. songs: Bleed, Leaving The Road
16. Devil You Know - The Beauty of Destruction
+solid debut/riffing/drumming -Howard Jones below his ability //fav. songs: Seven Years Alone, I Am The Nothing, As Bright As The Darkness
17. In Flames - Siren Charms
+great guest vocals by Emilia Feldt -"Radio Metal" //fav. song: When The World Explodes
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19. //not yet rated: Babymetal
20. ---Best Debut Album---
21. ---Best Unexpected Album---
22. ---Best Song---
23. ---Best Cover Song---
24. ---Best Music Video---
25. ---Biggest Letdown---

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