Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

So far, 2014 has presented the world with a slew of new music from brand new artists and some already established acts as well. Some have been genre-defining while others are providing a new perspective to what you may or may not have thought about the artist. Either way, hopefully it is enjoyable to you and resonates to some capacity. Here are a few albums (5 metal and 5 “non-metal”) that I have really fallen in love with over the past few months.

*This list is in no particular order either

 

1. Behemoth – ‘The Satanist”

Here’s an album that I don’t think anyone could have really predicted. One reason being that the prospect of losing Nergal was a strong possibility and the other being that no one expected the album to be as good as it ended up becoming. It’s really leaps and bounds ahead of everything they’ve done in almost every aspect of the band.

2. Cynic – “Kindly Bent to Free Us”

While it’s a very clean album both vocally and lyrically, it’s still metal as fuck. It’s been such a long time since this band have put out a record and again, I think it was miles beyond what people have expected it to be. This was also a big for year for the band because their two guitar players both came out and have received loads of support from their contemporaries.

3. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed

An amazing supergroup that turned out better than I had expected. Would love to know that there is more music planned in the future and that it wasn’t a Damned Things kind of project.

4. Mastodon – “Once More “Round the Sun”

This band simply does not put out bad material and with every album they continually expand their sound and grow as a band that it is almost incomprehensible. I believe the dramatic shift in the band’s style has not been wasted on their die-hard fans.

5.  Trap Them – “Blissfucker”

This band have always exemplified extraordinary rage and sheer brutality that has been unmatched by most bands in their own genre. From start to finish the album obliterates the listeners ears with unrelenting fury, reducing them to a violent, primitive state.

1. Eagulls – Eagulls

Here’s a new band that I think has really taken the college radio world by storm. Packed with hit song after hit song, I think the Eagulls will continue to have people talking for years to come as their career blossoms.

2. Elizabeth & The Catapult – “Like it Never Happened”

Having seen this group in concert a few months back really helps to put their music in perspective and has allowed me to really appreciate them as musicians. Really catchy and fun and they don’t take themselves too seriously, which is equally important. Great well-written record.

3. The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope

Nothing more is to be said here other than it’s mind-blowing. If you’re a guitar player you need to study Nels’ style of playing and creating sounds on that guitar.

4. Pat Metheny – Kin

Another great jazzy-guitar based album that will surely inspire anyone who listens to it. It’s Pat Metheny so not much more needs to be said.

5. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Keeping the guitar theme going, I hope that when Rolling Stone magazine redo’s their “Greatest guitar players” list, they put St. Vincent in. She’s actually wonderful and so is this album. Really worth looking into.

So that’s the list so far. There are still many many many albums to listen to between now and December that will more than likely change the final outcome for my Top 20 of the year. Til then, keep your eyes peeled.

Luke Helker

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