slave to the sword

This is a post for those that asked to see our individual year end lists. It is far too early on a Monday morning for me to justify why each of these albums is ending up where it is on the list, so I’ll just defend myself later in the comments if necessary.

1 Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
2 Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars
3 Black Map – …And We Explode
4 Within The Ruins – Phenomena
5 Polar – Shadowed By Vultures
6 Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
7 Castle – Under Siege
8 He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
9 Exmortus – Slave To The Sword
10 Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
11 At The Gates – At War With Reality
12 Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
13 Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
14 Dawnbringer – Night Of The Hammer
15 Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
16 Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
17 Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
18 Monuments – The Amanuensis
19 Unearth – Watchers of Rule
20 Serdce – Timelessness
21 Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
22 Pet The Preacher – The Cave & The Sunlight
23 Revocation – Deathless
24 Gormathon – Following The Beast
25 Bury Tomorrow – Runes

This is it, freaks!  Our Top 20 Albums of 2014!  We all know lists are super subjective and semi-bullshit, but they at least make for good conversation/argument and give you some idea of albums that should be worth your time.  Also, we are review show…we kinda have to do it.

This time, though, we went strictly with our guts.  We each did one draft of our lists before combining them to the final one. No nitpicking and arguing “objectivity” with ourselves.  No giving a shit if placing X higher than Y was trve or kvlt.  What you see is an honest reaction to going over all  200+ albums we reviewed and picking what we liked best.  Obviously our individual lists were longer – and surprisingly diverse considering how many times Nick and I give things the same ratings – but we are both quite pleased with the final rundown.  Maybe we’ll share those personal lists later, but for now, get listening then leave us comments telling us how wrong we are so we can tell you you’re probably right, but argue anyway.

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Alright, since this is going up really late, I’ll keep this short. We have four brandy new albums with four cool-ass songs to go with them.  We also have two live reviews from Brian’s recent ventures into NYC.  All that info is below. Get listening!  (And sorry for the slackin’ in postin’.)

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Reviews: Behemoth – The Satanist (Metal Blade); Exmortus – Slave to the Sword (Prosthetic); Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (Nuclear Blast); Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun (Prosthetic)

Live Reviews: “World Construct Tour” feat. Dark Tranquillity, Omnium Gatherum, Exmortus @ Stage 48, New York, NY on February 3, 2014; “Deceiver of the Gods Tour” feat. Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Skeletonwitch @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY on February 4, 2014

(During the Junius review, I (Brian) believe I stated that the EP would not be released on CD.  That information is not correct.   It is available on limited edition vinyl, CD, or digital download.)

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