The fine people at Halifax Collect asked the great Currentzz what the best albums of 2014 were. Therefore a list was created and delivered. Not all albums can make it to the greatest list of them all but I’m not going to change it just because I forgot an album or two. The list cannot be changed, so says the bloated meatball.
1. Execration – Morbid Dimensions – Duplicate / Hells Headbangers
Is this the best thing to happen to Norway since Soulside Journey? Yes, it is. You simply cannot deny the Voivodian madness that lies within this album!
2. Behemoth – The Satanist – Nuclear Blast
Over the top devil worship and great Deathlike Black Metal can’t go wrong.
3. Hetroertzen – Ain Soph Aur – Lamech
In my opinion Exaltation of Wisdom was just shy of being a masterpiece. Ain Soph Aur is not as strong but still a very good successor.
4. Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus – Season of Mist UA
“Ain over Ego? Surely you kid, Eyvindur.” Do I look like I’m kidding?
5. Menace Ruine – Venus Armata – Profound Lore
When I first heard “Red Sulphur” I knew this one would land high on my list if it all sounded as good. Obviously it did. You can call it mood music if you like to dress up in nothing but a necktie, or you can call it ritual music if you like to dress up like a monk.
6. Bölzer – Soma – Invictus
Like oh so many I was completely entranced by the wolfshook and submitted myself wholeheartedly to the modern version of the Roman Acupuncture-method which doesn’t rip through your skin and bones like in good old ’33. It makes your eyes and ears bleed, though, but that’s all right.
7. Sólstafir – Ótta – Season of Mist
Years from now people will look at Ótta and say that this was the album that really made Sólstafir what they will be then. Bigger than Sigur Rós? Give it five years and a lot of miles on the road and that might just be the case.
8. Sinmara – Aphotic Womb – Terratur Possessions
The band was previously known as Chao and often lumped in the new wave of orthodox Black Metal. Having hopped off that one-way train the band might just make a dent in tomorrow’s Black Metal world.
9. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare – Season of Mist
10. 1349 – Massive Cauldron of Chaos – Indie Recordings
Ten years ago people couldn’t shut up about this band and I couldn’t for the life of me understand what all the fuss was about. With Massive Cauldron of Chaos I am finally ready to agree with the rest of civilization.
10 again, Taake – Stridens Hus – Dark Essence
We started this list in Norway and we’re going to end it there as well. If Taake was a tree the trunk would be made of pure black metal but the branches would be all over the great forest of runaway genres.
This year! A lot of bands did not make the list. Good bands! Bands like Artificial Brain, which I really wanted to squeeze in between some of these albums. Ascension, Avichi, Bloodstorm, The Deathtrip, Den Saakaldte, Fen, Mysticum, Nightsatan, Primordial, Raspberry Bulbs, Teitanblood, Varathron, Voices and Winterfylleth, just to name a few, all made great albums that I would liked to have on this list but one to ten just doesn’t have enough room.