By Brandon Ringo
So far, 2014 has been a complete blur musically. In this day and age of bands being basically forced to put out records and tour constantly to survive, it has been very hard to keep up thus far with all the new releases.
Alas, I have done my best to compile my list of the best albums released between January and the end of June. The scary part of this whole thing is… when you see my most anticipated records still to come list, you’ll see that some of the best stuff of the year still hasn’t come out yet.
50. Decembre Noir – A Discouraged Believer
Incredibly sad, emotionally crushing doom reminiscent of similar of older Katatonia.
49. Diocletian – Gesundrian
Incredibly heavy, old school blackened death metal with the rumble and stomp of 500 tanks rolling over you.
48. Nausea – Condemned To The System
A big ole dirty, rotten slab of old school death/grind from the legendary voice of Terrorizer.
47. Down Among The Dead Men – Down Among The Dead Men
Brutal, old school death metal done absolutely perfect.
46. Indian – From All Purity
Slow, brooding, hateful and robotic. Post-apocalyptic doom from the deepest depths of hell.
45. Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch
Fundamentally perfect old school hardcore from the masters of the craft.
44. Black Anvil – Hail Death
Black metal done with an old school touch, but just rocking enough to sound relevant and interesting.
43. Exmortus – Slave To The Sword
Shred, shredding, shreddiest!
42. Archspire – The Lucid Collective
Technical death metal that’s interesting enough to hold your attention and chaotic enough to make you stop paying for guitar lessons.
41. Mastodon – Once More Round The Sun
As far as rock albums go, this record is awesome. As far as Mastodon records go, it doesn’t hold up quite as well, but is a grower, not a shower.
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