2014 – A year filled with excitement and enthusiasm, especially in the Metal music scene. Some of the biggest bands released albums during the 365 day period. Start reading now and you’ll enjoy some of the flashbacks and recent album releases of this awesome year!
The 1991 formed death metal band is from Poland and is known to play a huge role in the Polish extreme metal underground. Their tenth album The Satanist, released by Nuclear Blast Records is quite mind blowing as there are horror induced riffs, black metal lyrics and some blindingly quick death metal. Quite a masterpiece, you can say.
Intervals are a progressive metal band from Toronto, Ontario. The Canadians were one of the purely rare underground instrumental bands until their latest studio album, A Voice Within which featured vocals for the first time ever! The band had always been open to taking on a singer, but simply never felt the need to add one although did make a great decision, as the vocals went great with the melodic side of the band.
The Joy of Motion is the third album by American instrumental progressive metal group, Animals as Leaders. This album was released by Sumerian Records on March 24 in Europe, the 25th in North America and then the 28th in Australia. Animals as Leaders always put out amazing music, with their ideas. The instrumental band killed this album, with the wide range of musical styles.
The LA band formed by Zack Wylde have released a total of two live albums, two complication albums, one EP, three video albums, and now the ninth studio album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican. The album consists of a good mix of bluesy mid-tempo tracks, along with some of their “typical” heavy stuff. They definitely have a large fan base.
Body Count is a California band with front man, our very own Ice-T. He co-founded the group with lead guitarist Ernie C. Manslaughter and now it is their fifth album, released by Sumerian Records. One word to describe these guys and the album itself is badass. Songs to check out from Manslaughter are “Cop Killer” along with “Talk Shit, Get Shot.” Hearing these songs live at Mayhem Festival this year was quite entertaining, as many fans rapped along.
The American heavy metal band formed in the early 2000’s and has released six studio albums. The most recent of them all is Once More ‘Round the Sun. On April 17, Mastodon released the album’s first single, “High Road,” with Reprise Records. There was also and still is a lot of controversy on their song “The Motherload” as it is filled with an insane amount of twerking. This rose the topic of what real music is. Many people didn’t agree with this and hated the twerking, but the real question is, what is the true meaning of the Mastodon music video?
Chelsea Grin is an American deathcore band signed to Artery Recordings. During their time as a band, they have released a total of two EP’S and three full-length albums which include the latest, Ashes to Ashes. This album is said to be Chelsea Grin’s most elaborate composition up to date, with its very interesting symphonic melodies, dark ambience elements and dual guitar shredding.
From England is 1969 band Judas Priest who released their seventeenth studio album, Redeemer of Souls. They are quite known around the world for their twin lead guitars, wide vocal ranges and introducing leather and studs look into heavy metal. The widely recognized band has sold over 45 million albums worldwide!
Volumes are an American metalcore band from Los Angeles who was founded in 2009. They released their first EP in 2010, called The Concept of Dreaming and in 2014 released No Sleep. “Across the Bed” is definitely a tune that stands out, with its deep lyrics that catches the ear nicely leading to the hardcore, unique style of the band. They were also at Warped this year and brought a nice crowd to the stage.
Formed in 1995, from Washington D.C. is melodic death metal band Darkest Hour. They have been around for a while and have been known for a few of their many albums such as Undoing Ruin, Deliver Us, The Eternal Return, and most recently their self titled album. This album is different from most of their previous material, as there are many more clean vocals than usual. It’s a masterpiece really.
The Texas band released their most recent album, The World Is My Enemy Now. This is UABB’s third album with Sumerian Records. This band is known to be crazy and fun especially in one of my favourites, “Texas Blood Money.” The vocals sound great and guitars are heavy. We also cannot forget their public stunt early this year where they joked that Danny was abducted. It’s like the boy who cried wolf!
With Roadrunner Records, this is the eleventh studio album released by Opeth. This Swedish heavy metal band always has some sort of interesting twist to it. Sometimes their songs can be jazzy, some romantic-sounding, a mix of blues, folk and much, much more. This album was a nice mix of them all. It’s not often you find bands with a mix like this.
Since 1990 is Swedish metal band, In Flames. They have released a total of eleven studio albums, three EPs plus a live DVD. In 2008, they officially sold over 2 million records throughout the world. Siren Charms was released in the US via Sony Music Entertainment and is said to be much different than their older albums. It is nothing like the “vintage” In Flames which consisted of a “20th century” melodic death metal sound, but is still metal.
This band can be described in one word – brutal. The American death metal band, Cannibal Corpse, recently released their thirteenth studio album, produced at Audiohammer Studios by Mark Lewis. This album is purely dark, angry, gory and filled with brutal energy. It’s something you’d expect from Cannibal Corpse – something that only fans would understand.
.5: The Gray Chapter is the fifth major label studio album by American heavy metal band Slipknot. Earlier this year, there were a few complications. We were all wondering who would replace fired drummer Joey Jordison and who would fill take the place of the late Paul Grey. Slipknot quietly pulled something together and successfully created The Gray Chapter. There were many mixed feelings about this album – many people thought they were changing their style too much, meanwhile some liked it. But at the end of the day it’s their music and they can compose it how they’d like. I personally enjoyed the album.
You Can’t Stop Me is the fourth album by deathcore band Suicide Silence. It was released on July 14 by Nuclear Blast. Two years ago was when late vocalist Mitch Lucker passed away in a motorcycle accident. Suicide Silence did continue as a band and had an addition of Eddie Hermida as their vocalist. The album topped the charts with the passion it took to compose. Their album featured George Fisher of Cannibal Corpse making a nice, brutal twist, as well as The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato in “Monster Within.”
Lugal Ki En is the third album by American deathcore band Rings of Saturn released on October 14, 2014. This album was very creative and technical, like their usual material. The aliencore band definitely kicked ass with this album as they produced technical music with a fast-tempo, guitar sweeps and a harmonic effect with ambient elements… and ofcourse, lyrics that deal with space invasion and extraterrestrial life.
Australian band Aversions Crown is another deathcore band, with three guitarists and their fancy eight string guitars. Their last album was released in 2011, after they formed in 2010. Tyrant consists of extraterrestrial encounters, nightmares, barrage and more cool stuff. The instrumental is also pretty damn insane. For those looking for new music, head straight to Aversions Crown cause this stuff is very original.