Best Metal Albums of 2014

Please be sure to add some albums you believe were the best this year.

The Top Ten

1 Babymetal - Babymetal

Four guys in a garage love metal and you get a metal band. One idol producer loves metal, works with musicians, song writers, choreographers, and artists to make everything right and you get BABYMETAL. Top it off with the fact that everyone involved has fun doing the performances and making the recordings and you get real metal that is fun to listen to, and doesn't need an explicit tag.

Babymetal are an amazing, fresh new take - not only on metal but on music itself!
I've been a JPop fan and a metal fan for years and hearing my two favourite sounds blended together was amazing! Not only this, Babymetal mixes so many different styles and genres together that it opens the doors to a wider audience, and makes you look into different genres!

The music is out-of-this world amazing, from OUTSTANDING musicians to BEAUTIFUL vocals, I've never experienced such power from music before. Each song has it's own piece of culture and a beautiful message behind it. I know thousands and thousands of metal heads, JPop fans and other genre lovers alike who ADORE Babymetal!

SO glad I got to see them LIVE!

Every track is perfect and distinct. Set up with the kind of character that can pull off an amazing new genre. BABYMETAL definitely have a spectacular path ahead of them, with an awesome debut album! This is not an album to forget decades from now

To take 2 genres that are nothing alike and make it work is nothing short of incredible. Add to that the different sub genres thrown in the songs on this album and you have one of the most original and ground breaking albums I've ever heard.

2 Men Without Armies - Men Without Armies

The great thing about music is everyone has a different pair of ears. What sounds awesome to some, sounds like trash to others. For me its about the guitar player and always has been. If the axeman is a killer I'll like the artist and maybe even the band. Hey, I like Johnny Hiland because he is awesome. The guitar player for Men Without Armies is Brennan Dylan and in my opinion totally awesome & one of the all time greats bar none... And I mean bar none. Frankly, I don't like players who rely on pedals and/or special FX to generate their sound because its not the player making his guitar walk but a board full of gadgets, that anyone can use, creating the sound. Dylan wrings his sound out of the guitar the old fashioned way. That said, he does use a DOD YJM308 overdrive pedal to crank it & that's it. So its safe to say he'll never be sponsored by a pedal manufacturer. Dylan writes all the songs which are melodic, catchy & hard driving so I think Men Without Armies totally rocks. The ...more

Men Without Armies is a guitar driven, hard rocking'metal band from Toronto. If you appreciate great guitar playing and I mean totally awesome guitar work, then I think this band will click with you. Brennan Dylan is the kid behind this 3 piece onslaught and is magic to watch if you are into guitar like I am. His songs are melodic, hard hitting & to the point.

This band is so creative and so underrated. They should be in the top 10's

Awesome!

3 The Satanist - Behemoth

Fantastic album. Sounds like Nergal tried to squeeze in as many awesome musical moments into a 44 minute album as possible. The super heavy production combined with the extra instrumentation like horns create a sound that is so full and malevolent! Best metal album of the past few years and Behemoth's best to date in my opinion

This needs to be number one! It's purely magical and genius! Nothing more needs to be said, there will never be another album that'll even come close to this masterpiece!

LOL, Babymetal at #1 with 24%, and Behemoth far behind with 9%...

4 War Eternal - Arch Enemy
5 Blood In, Blood Out - Exodus
6 Tibi Et Igni - Vader
7 White Devil Armory - Overkill
8 Titan - Septicflesh
9 Once More 'Round the Sun - Mastodon

Heavy. Creative. Innovative. This album is yet another illustration of Mastodon's relevance to the genre and how they continue to push the boundaries of heavy music.

Have always been overlooked by the masses.

10 Plagues of Babylon - Iced Earth

The Contenders

11 Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest

Epic album with epic songs such as the title track and Halls of Valhalla! This should be in the top ten.

12 Our Endless War - Whitechapel
13 Melana Chasmata - Triptykon
14 Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
15 Die Without Hope - Carnifex
16 The Serpent & The Sphere - Agalloch
17 .5: The Gray Chapter - Slipknot

This should be higher.

So Walk with me! And this will be higher!

The best album of the year, just this...

How... how can this be so low?

18 Within Temptation - Hydra
19 Blind Rage - Accept
20 Roads to the North - Panopticon
21 The Beauty of Destruction - Devil You Know

Amazing album.
Best album of 2014.

22 Delivering the Black - Primal Fear
23 The Year the Sun Died - Sanctuary
24 Aura - Saor
25 Instinctus Bestialis - Gorgoroth
26 Grand Morbid Funeral - Bloodbath
27 For Those Which are Asleep - The Skull
28 Clear Ep - Periphery
29 Esoteric Warfare - Mayhem
30 Shadows of the Dying Sun - Insomnium
31 Foundations of Burden - Pallbearer
32 At War With Reality - At the Gates

At the gates is an icon.

One of the best albums of the decade, actually.

33 This Is Your Life - Ronnie James Dio
34 The Wreckage of Stars - Black Crown Initiate
35 Hail the Apocalypse - Avatar
36 Pale Communion - Opeth

It's sad to see In Flames higher than this.

How is this so low?

37 Devil Seed - Wolf
38 Broken Crown Halo - Lacuna Coil
39 Inferno - Marty Friedman
40 Earth Diver - Cormorant
41 Flametal - Flametal

Awesome fusion of real flamenco guitars and very technical instrumental metal.
Intrumentals - Cosmosis, Magnetic Propulsion, Cuatro Cervezas

42 Maximum Overload - DragonForce
43 All You Can Eat - Steel Panther
44 Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
45 A Skeletal Domain - Cannibal Corpse

Spookiest album of 2014.

46 Bloodstone & Diamonds - Machine Head

So many great songs on this album from start to finish, arguably Machine Head's best album taking the best parts from The Blackening and Unto the Locust

I'm sorry but babymetal sucked but this kicked ass best MFH album next to the blackening

47 The Joy of Motion - Animals As Leaders
48 Triple Brutal - Austrian Death Machine
49 The Serpent and the Sphere - Agalloch
50 Ashes to Ashes - Chelsea Grin
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