Best Albums of 2014

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014

The poll has closed this years Best Albums of 2014 list, and the votes have been counted! 151 people voted in this years poll, with 671 votes resulting in about 300 albums being nominated this time round. I usually aim to have a top 10, but this time around there was a tie for the final spot, so there’s actually 11 albums in this years list!

I present to you the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014 list!

10. Foundations Of Burden – Pallbearer & The Ape Of God – Old Man Gloom

Equal tenth are two bands that crank out consistently good metal albums. Old Man Gloom, who are a supergroup featuring members of Isis, Converge and Cave-in fooled the world a couple of months ago be releasing a decoy album, and then the real thing. Some would say the decoy is as good as the actual album!

Pallbearer followed up their excellent debut album with a new doom metal classic Foundations of Burden.

9. The Grey Chapter – Slipknot

Nice voting here guys. Never before have I felt the need to doctor the results for the Fourtheye poll, and believe me, the temptation was strong this time around. /end rant

8. To Be Kind – The Swans

The Swans seem to be a firm favorite with Fourtheye readers these days, and for many their latest album didn’t disappoint.

7. The Joy of Motion – Animals As Leaders

Animals As Leaders followed up the excellent Weightless with the equally excellent The Joy Of Motion. Excellent instrumental progressive metal with a formidable live reputation – just don’t call them djent!

6. The Endless River – “Pink Floyd”

This seemingly endless album by parts of Pink Floyd seemed to have been well received by many readers.

5. Clearing The Path To Ascend – Yob

Yob continue on their upward path to become one of the most respected doom metal bands out there. Clearing The Path To Ascend is a great addition to their existing catalogue.

4. Pale Communion – Opeth

Some die-hard fans may argue that Opeth aren’t the same band that they used to be, but for many the 70s prog rock styling of their latest Pale Communion rang true.

3. Syro – Aphex Twin

Richard D. James takes about the same amount of time to produce records as Tool do, and 2014 was the year when the next Aphex Twin album was released by the well know Drum & Bass artist into the wild (the last one, Drukqs was released in 2001 not long after Lateralus). It would appear to have been well received by many Fourtheye readers!

2. Sines – Jakob

Jakob seem to be a regular Tool support act these days (especially when touring Down Under), and in 2014 they released their long awaited album Sines. Instrumental Post-Rock is their genre of choice, and you won’t find many better examples of this going around.

1. Once More ‘Round The Sun – Mastodon

Mastodon’s latest album appears to be regarded as one of their best. As a band they seemed to have moved onto the safer ground of more traditional songwriting rather than the more progressive work of their earlier albums, but the catchiness of the tunes, not to mention the high quality instrumental work have elevated this album to Fourtheye’s favorite of 2014.

Congratulations Mastodon!

Feel free to take a look at my top 10, which shares quite a few (not Slipknot) from this list!

My Top 10 Albums of 2014

It’s taken me a while (mostly since I’ve been away) but after much procrastination I’ve finally come up with my Top 10 Albums for 2014. This year, I found I had trouble making a top 10, not because I hadn’t listened to much, but because I felt while there were many good albums, there weren’t that many that moved into the great “automatic top 10” selection category.

Still, in the time honored tradition of websites around the world, a top 10 must be created, so here we go. As usual, this is in no particular order…

The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

This is the first of the two math-rock type albums in my list, and this New York based two-piece have released a great beat heavy slab of rock, with some quite humorous lyrics if you’re into that kind of thing. It sounds somewhere between Big Black and Shellac.

Shellac – Dude Incredible

Speaking of Shellac, they finally released their latest album Dude Incredible. These guys take about as long as Tool to release put out records, though they have day jobs and therefore a better excuse. Like Tool, they also release what I consider to be consistently good albums and this one is no exception. It sounds exactly like you’d expect a Shellac album to, and despite petering out a little towards the end, is an easy inclusion for me in my top 10.

ACxDC – Antichrist Demoncore

There wasn’t much power-violence of grindcore in the readers top 10 sadly, but I’m here to address that balance by naming this great album in the top 10. High energy from beginning to end, with protest laden lyrics (if you can make them out). Just as a good grind album should be.

Lord Mantis – Death Mask

I know almost nothing about these guys. What I do know is that they put out a heavy as fuck metal album, which is definitely one of the best metal releases of 2014.

Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Much hyped (here on Fourtheye anyway) doom metal act Yob released their latest Clearing The Path To Ascend this year, and for the most part they didn’t disappoint. The only criticisms I have of this album are inherent to the genre, but didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying this bands progression.

Philm – Fire From The Evening Sun

The debut album by this band (who feature Dave Lombardo on drums) made my list a couple of years ago, and their followup album in my opinion is just as good. For the most part, it’s more of the same – heavy rock though this time around with a few less of the atmospheric interludes of the first album. I can’t quite nail what I really like about this band, but I keep coming back to them regardless.

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Mastodon aren’t the same prog-metal band they were back in the day, and while many (myself included) lament this, I did think their latest was a fine album. It continues down the path laid by The Hunter, except the riffs a catchier, and the vocals easier to sing along with. Will their next album take them into Foo Fighters territory? Who knows, but I dug this one.

Opeth – Pale Communion

I’ve never been a fan of Opeth, I always found their style of prog-metal a little too cheesy for my liking. Funny then that they should release an album which many of their old fans dislike, but I think is actually pretty good. Sure, it’s largely unoriginal 70s sounding prog, but they seem to have done away with some of the wankery that put me off their early works.

Skinfather – None Will Mourn

Grimy fuzzy metal with a slightly old school death metal sound. Some fantastic riffs over the course of a unrelenting 30 minutes.

Update: It seems I forgot completely about the Lazer/Wulf album should actually be in my top 10. Sorry Killer Be Killed!

Lazer/Wulf – The Beast of Left and Right

Instrumental rock doesn’t usually do a whole lot for me, but these guys have released a ripper of an album this year. A concept album of sorts, it’s marketed as being somewhat palindromic. That’s not really the case, but the album is made up of a bunch of riffs played forwards, backwards and a range of other ways that clash together to make a great listen.

There were a bunch of other albums I considered for the top 10, but of course I couldn’t include them all. Ask me again in 10 months time, and there’s a decent chance I’d swap in one of the following into my list:

  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
  • Code Orange – I Am King
  • The Contortionist – Language
  • John Zorn – The Last Judgement

Fourtheye Readers Best Album of 2014 poll closing soon!

Thanks to all of you who’ve voted in the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014 poll. Plenty of great suggestions have come in so far! Don’t forget that the poll closes on New Years Eve (Australian time, which is about 12 hours ahead of US time), so if you’re planning on submitting your list, please do so soon.

Here’s another list of suggestions from Fourtheye Readers:

  • Too Bright – Perfume Genius
  • Z2 – Devin Townsend
  • Once More ‘Round the Sun – Mastodon
  • To Be Kind – The Swans
  • RTJ2 – Run The Jewels
  • Pale Communion – Opeth
  • Volume X – Trans Am
  • Benji – Sun Kil Moon

Use the form below to submit your entry!

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Fourtheye Readers Best Album of 2014 poll online!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and also to vote on which albums were the best for the year! For the last couple of years we’ve had a Fourtheye Readers Best Album poll, and this year we’re doing it again!

This poll will let you vote for the albums you’ve enjoyed this year, and may also give you a few tips as to what other albums Tool fans are enjoying at the moment. Some would say that 2014 has been a quiet year for musical releases, but none the less, there are plenty of great albums out there. Here’s a few suggestions taken from the Best Albums of 2014 thread in the forum:

And I’m sure there are many others. Please use the form below to register your entries. Voting closes sometime on New Years Eve!

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