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mastodon421's 2014 in Review: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

It's everyone's favorite time (especially slap's) of the year... My year-end best list!!!!! Here's what you can expect from this thread:

-Top 20 albums (w/write-ups, I'm scaling way back this year)
-EP of the Year
-Top 10 Live Performances
-People bitching about my inclusion of -core bands on the list
-People bitching about the lack of cool kid sludge/doom/death/black/crabgrassgaze band on my list
-An abundance of commas, missing words, adverbs and other quirks of my writing.
-Constant worship of the Based God.
-And possibly some other fun shit along the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you all enjoy the shenanigans.
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Before I get started on the official Top 20 countdown, here's the 5 albums that just missed the cut.

25.CunninLynguists-Strange Journey Volume Three
24.Ne Obliviscaris-Citadel
23.Beyond Creation-Earthborn Evolution
22.Black Crown Initiate-The Wreckage of Stars
21.Arch Enemy-War Eternal
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And without further ado, I present to you the start of this glorious countdown.


20.Son of Aurelius-Under a Western Sun
Son of Aurelius returned from their mini-hiatus armed with a new vocalist and a new sound on their second LP Under a Western Sun. After listening to Under a Western Sun, it's hard to believe that this is the same band that released The Farthest Reaches in 2010. Aside from the occasional death growl and chug riff, there's no traces of the technical death metal that ruled their debut on this record. Instead, the listener is treated to a sprawling and highly rewarding prog record with melo-death undertones. The operatic vocals of Riley McShane perfectly complement the constantly shifting arrangements from the wildly underrated guitarist/bassist duo of Carey Greare and Max Zigman. The chops this band is possesses is amongst the finest in the genre and their abundance of talent is a large part of why this record is so intriguing to listen to. Son of Aurelius covers a lot of new ground on Under a Western Sun and they're better for it. If you're a fan of progressive metal of any kind, you need to check out this record as soon as possible.

Standout Tracks
1.Long Ago
2.The Stoic Speaks
3.Under a Western Sun
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-An abundance of commas, missing words, adverbs.
You had me at grammatical errors.
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19.Darkest Hour-Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour's turn to straight metalcore on their eight LP was met with a lot of resistance from their fans and the metal community on the whole. Personally, I didn't see what all the bitching was about. Prominent use of clean vocals and breakdowns may have entered the fold for the first time in their career, but the same level of excellent musicianship and dedication to decimating the listener with catchy riffs and pure, unadulterated fury is still very much present. The new elements are all used quite well and there's still quite a few gritty, face-melting vintage Darkest Hour tunes to go alongside the more melodic, accessible ones. This may not be the next Deliver Us or Undoing Ruin, but it's a nice change-of-pace for Darkest Hour as a band and yet another worthy entry into their highly underrated discography.

Standout Tracks
1.Rapture in Exile
2.By the Starlight
3.Futurist
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18.Machine Head-Bloodstone & Diamonds
The mighty Machine Head has continued their run of excellence with Bloodstone & Diamonds. It may not be as consistent or groundbreaking as The Blackening or Unto the Locust, but there's still plenty of excellent tracks along the way that showcase their trademark groove metal sound and increasingly improving melodic side. Robb Flynn and co. are in the midst of their finest years as a band, and Bloodstone & Diamonds only adds to their recent reign of dominance.

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1.Eyes of the Dead
2.Now We Die
3.Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
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18.Machine Head-Bloodstone & Diamonds
The mighty Machine Head has continued their run of excellence with Bloodstone & Diamonds. It may not be as consistent or groundbreaking as The Blackening or Unto the Locust, but there's still plenty of excellent tracks along the way that showcase their trademark groove metal sound and increasingly improving melodic side. Robb Flynn and co. are in the midst of their finest years as a band, and Bloodstone & Diamonds only adds to their recent reign of dominance.

Standout Tracks
1.Eyes of the Dead
2.Now We Die
3.Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
Agreed, not deserving of any of the shit it was given.
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Really the only place I've seen this get trashed is on here. I've seen it on a ton of publication's year-end best lists and from what I can gather, the fan reception has been pretty positive on the whole.
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17.Archspire-The Lucid Collective
2014 has been a PHENOMENAL year for technical death metal and this wave of standout releases started with Archspire's The Lucid Collective back in April. The Lucid Collective isn't the epitome of creativity in the genre, but for what it lacks in innovation, it makes up for in earth-shattering musical precision. The guitars are strikingly fast without ever drifting into full-blown wankery, the drums are thunderous and the bass is an understated delight throughout. Beyond Creation and Augury may forever be considered the kings of Canadian tech-death, but Archspire 100% deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those genre darlings.

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1.Fathom Infinite Depth
2.Scream Feeding
3.Joins Us Beyond
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