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

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 favorite 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 its own piece of culture and a beautiful message behind it.

I know thousands of metalheads, JPop fans, and other genre lovers alike who adore Babymetal! So glad I got to see them live!

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, it's 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 and one of the all-time greats, bar none.

Frankly, I don't like players who rely on pedals and special effects to generate their sound because it's 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, and that's it. So, it's safe to say he'll never be sponsored by a pedal manufacturer.

Dylan writes all the songs which are melodic, catchy, and hard driving, so I think Men Without Armies totally rocks. The good thing about life is everyone is allowed to have an opinion which can be shared or not. Hey man, I can't stand coffee. I like green tea instead. I don't like sugar either, but most of my friends do. My point is, music is a great unifier of people.

If you are sick of posers like I am, guitar players who sound great in the studio but need a studio recorded guitar track to help them out when they play live, then give Brennan Dylan and Men Without Armies a listen. The dude sounds the same live as he does in the studio and that's bloody rare, man. Bloody rare.

3 The Satanist - Behemoth

Fantastic album. It 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, creates 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.

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 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.

The Contenders
11 Plagues of Babylon - Iced Earth
12 Our Endless War - Whitechapel
13 Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
14 Ótta - Sólstafir
15 Melana Chasmata - Triptykon
16 .5: The Gray Chapter - Slipknot

So walk with me. And this will be higher.

The best album of the year. Just this.

17 Die Without Hope - Carnifex
18 Within Temptation - Hydra
19 The Serpent & The Sphere - Agalloch
20 Blind Rage - Accept
21 The Beauty of Destruction - Devil You Know
22 Delivering the Black - Primal Fear
23 Roads to the North - Panopticon
24 The Year the Sun Died - Sanctuary
25 Instinctus Bestialis - Gorgoroth
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