Best Metal Albums of 2014

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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

NOD in agreement

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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 - GuitarFreak

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. - GuitarFreak

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


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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%... - Metal_Treasure

4 War Eternal - Arch Enemy
5 Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
6 Tibi Et Igni - Vader
7 Titan - Septicflesh
8 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.

9 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.

10 Our Endless War - Whitechapel

The Contenders

11 Blood In, Blood Out - Exodus
12 Melana Chasmata - Triptykon
13 Within Temptation - Hydra
14 The Beauty of Destruction - Devil You Know

Amazing album.
Best album of 2014. - gemcloben

15 .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...

Should be higher

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16 Delivering the Black - Primal Fear
17 The Serpent & The Sphere - Agalloch
18 Instinctus Bestialis - Gorgoroth
19 Die Without Hope - Carnifex
20 Roads to the North - Panopticon
21 Clear Ep - Periphery
22 Plagues of Babylon - Iced Earth
23 Esoteric Warfare - Mayhem
24 Foundations of Burden - Pallbearer
25 At War With Reality - At the Gates

At the gates is an icon.

One of the best albums of the decade, actually.

26 Shadows of the Dying Sun - Insomnium
27 This Is Your Life - Ronnie James Dio
28 White Devil Armory - Overkill
29 The Wreckage of Stars - Black Crown Initiate
30 Pale Communion - Opeth

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

How is this so low?

31 Kaleidoscope - Transatlantic
32 Broken Crown Halo - Lacuna Coil
33 Inferno - Marty Friedman
34 Earth Diver - Cormorant
35 Flametal - Flametal

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

36 Second Nature - Flying Colors
37 Tulijoutsen - Kuolemanlaakso
38 Forlorn Graves - Dungeons of Blood
39 Misery - Disentomb
40 Maximum Overload - DragonForce
41 Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
42 A Skeletal Domain - Cannibal Corpse

I knew it would be on here

Spookiest album of 2014.

43 Gesundrian - Diocletian
44 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

45 Fimbulwinter - Satanic Warmaster
46 Death - Teitanblood
47 Dirges of Elysium - Incantation
48 The Joy of Motion - Animals As Leaders
49 Triple Brutal - Austrian Death Machine
50 The Serpent and the Sphere - Agalloch
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
2. Tibi Et Igni - Vader
3. Titan - Septicflesh
1. Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
2. Melana Chasmata - Triptykon
3. The Satanist - Behemoth
1. Misery - Disentomb
2. Tulijoutsen - Kuolemanlaakso
3. Forlorn Graves - Dungeons of Blood

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