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    Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 9:49am
A bit late for top 10's from last year but nevertheless, here's mine...

Albums eligible for MMA only in the list.

1. Opeth - Pale Communion
2. Mastodon - Once Round The Sun
3. At The Gates - At War With Reality
4. Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls
5. Motorpsycho - Behind The Sun
6. Slash - World On Fire
7. Decapitated - Blood Mantra
8. Grave Digger - Return Of The Reaper
9. Vader - Tibi Et Igni
10. AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
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I am pretty forgetful these days LOL - I forgot about Opeth and their last one was quite good.

And also The Watch - Tracks from the Alps was great although this band is just a Genesis pastiche.


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Here's my top 15. Smile

1. Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
2. Opeth - Pale Communion
3. Anubis Gate - Horizons
4. Insomnium - Shadows of the Dying Sun
5. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
6. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
7. Meadows End - The Sufferwell
8. Misery Index - The Killing Gods
9. Behemoth - The Satanist
10. Decembre Noir - A Discouraged Believer
11. Vanden Plas - Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)
12. Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken
13. Ghost Brigade - IV: One With the Storm
14. Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
15. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution
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I did offer yeah but I can't promise anything timely. Actually Jonas I was going to pitch an alternate idea for this year considering the collab ranks are not that high. Check the AZ in a while. 
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Only if someone signs up to do the visual part of the presentation. Adam has offered that he would do the statistics (correct me if I´m wrong Adam), but he hasn´t got time to do the presentation, which means finding album cover artwork in a good quality, and finding a positive MMA review of each of the releases in the top albums chart.
 
 
 
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Is there going to be a collaborators top albums of 2014?
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Top 5/10? I don't really know, but I think that one of the best albums of 2014 was Conquering Dystopia - Conquering Dystopia (2014)
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OMG, I forgot about Evergrey, their last one was awesome!

also the last Voyager.


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Hmmm.

Some releases I thought were pretty decent:

Accept - Blind Rage (No.5 album)
Amulet - The First
Astral Doors - Notes From The Shadows
Axxis - Kingdom Of The Night
Black Stone Cherry - Magic Mountain
Brainstorm - Firesoul
California Breed - California Breed
The Dagger - The Dagger
Dark Forest - The Awakening
Death Penalty - Death Penalty
Edguy - Space Police
Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken (Album of the year for me)
Grave Digger - Return Of the Reaper
Helstar - This Wicked Nest (No.2 album)
Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon
Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls
Kyng - Burn The Serum
Malpractice - Turning Tides
Medieval Steel - Dark Castle
Messiah's Kiss - Get Your Bulls Out
Metal Inquisitor - Ultima Ratio Regis
Midnight - No Mercy For Mayhem
Midnight Mayhem - Proving Grounds
Mike Le Pond -  Silent Assassins
Orange Goblin - Back from The Abyss
Portrait - Crossroads
Pretty Maids - Louder than Ever
Primal fear - Delivering The Black
Riot - Unleash The Fire
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died (No.3 album)
Sinbreed - Shadows
Slough Feg - Digital Resistance
Vanden Plas - Chronicles...
Voyager - V
Wolf - Devil Seed (N0.4 album)

There are others I don't have time to add presently.

Good year for traditional metal Big smile



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my top 5 for 2014

1. Nightingale - Retribution
2. Soen - Tellurian
3. Enchant - The Great Divide
4. Threshold - For the Journey
5. Helstar - This Wicked Nest

honorable mentions (I'll just list the bands that released albums last year) - Distorted Harmony, Anubis Gate, Eldritch, Vanden Plas, Freak Kitchen, Mothership, Tankard, Steve Rothery. I'll be back if I forgot someone

And as a non-metal, non-prog release, Simple Minds' last album simply entitled Big Music is currently a personal favorite. Big smile


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^Well I did listen to Teramaze, but you´re right it isn´t among my favorites this year.
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I didn't buy all that many 2014 albums (somewhere between 20-30) and I thought overall it was a disappointing year.

1. Within Temptation - Hydra
2. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
3. Threshold - For The Journey
4. Eluveitie - Origins
5. Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals, vol.1

heh, none of my top-5 even made UMUR's list.


2015 should be a much better year.


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Originally posted by aglasshouse aglasshouse wrote:

Jonas, always the over-achiever. LOL

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Originally posted by aglasshouse aglasshouse wrote:

Do they have to be just metal, because I have a few albums that are non-metal.

Also, La Gargola = My top 2014 pick. Wink

If you want, as far as non-metal goes my favorite 2014 album has to be deadmau5's 'While (1<2)'. A true masterpiece of electronic music, probably the best electronic album I've heard actually. Tongue
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And only listened to like three metal albums this year.
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Jonas, always the over-achiever. LOL
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Well this is the list I have to pick from (the 2014 releases I´ve listened to and reviewed):
 
1. Narcotic Wasteland - Narcotic Wasteland
2. Legion of the Damned - Ravenous Plague
3. Los Random - Pidanoma
4. Persuader - The Fiction Maze
5. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 02: Parallel Infinities - The Abscinded Universe
6. Cannabis Corpse - Splatterhash
7. Kayser - Read Your Enemy
8. Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
9. Behemoth - The Satanist
10. Nashville Pussy - Up The Dosage
11. Exmortus - Slave to the Sword
12. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
13. One Machine - The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth
11. Motorpsycho - Behind The Sun
12. Massacre - Back from Beyond
13. A.C.T - Circus Pandemonium
14. Pyrrhon - The Mother of Virtues
15. Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
16. Aborted - Scriptures of the Dead
17. Aborted - The Necrotic Manifesto
18. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
19. Insomnium - Shadows of the Dying Sun
20. Black Anvil - Hail Death
21. Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
22. Mekong Delta - In a Mirror Darkly
23. Coffinworm - IV.I.VIII
24. Slayer - Implode
25. Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
26. Vallenfyre - Splinters
27. Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts
28. California Breed - California Breed
29. Agalloch - The Serpent & the Sphere
30. Misery Index - The Killing Gods
31. Hatriot - Dawn of the New Centurian
32. Anathema - Distant Satellites
33. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
34. Casualties of Cool - Casualties of Cool
35. Overkill - White Devil Armory
36. Opeth - Pale Communion
37. Corrosion of Conformity - IX
38. Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
39. Illdisposed - With the Lost Souls on Our Side
40. ΔLive - Odyssey Pt​.​ I - A Breaking Sphere
41. Morgoth - God is Evil
42. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
43. Entombed A.D. - Back to the Front
44. Manes - Vntrve
45. The Haunted - Exit Wounds
46. Diskord - Oscillations
47. Pictura - The Equilibration of Minds, Vol. I
48. Jane Dark - Doors to Silence
49. Mongol - Chosen by Tengri
50. Ellorsith - 1959
51. Hemotoxin - Alchemist
52. Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation
53. Lelahell - Al Insane​.​.​. The (Re​)​Birth of Abderrahmane
54. Sanctuary - The Year the Sun Died
55. Dig Me No Grave - Cosmic Cult
56. Enchant - The Great Divide
57. Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
58. Electric Wizard - Time to Die
59. Manes - Be All End All
60. Orange Goblin - Back from the Abyss
61. Isomorphic - Evulsion
62. The House of Capricorn - Morning Star Rise
63. Necros Christos - Nine Graves
64. Khaoz - I, Creator of Damnation
65. Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
66. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution
67. Gnaw Their Tongues - Wir essen Seelen in der Nacht
68. Obituary - Inked in Blood
69. Revocation - Deathless
70. At The Gates - At War with Reality
71. Decapitated - Blood Mantra
72. Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
73. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
74. Carcass - Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel
75. P.A.W.N. - The Gift of Awareness
76. Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave
77. Photon - Soothseeker
78. Ripper - Raising the Corpse
79. Vampire Squid - Nautilus World
80. Megascavenger - At the Plateaus of Leng
81. Cretin - Stranger
82. Soilwork - Beyond the Infinite
 
I don´t think it´s been a fantastic year, but there are a couple of Winners on the list above that I´d like to recommend (in no particular order):
 
Cretin - Stranger
Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
At The Gates - At War with Reality
Ellorsith - 1959
ΔLive - Odyssey Pt​.​ I - A Breaking Sphere
Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
Casualties of Cool - Casualties of Cool
Overkill - White Devil Armory
Opeth - Pale Communion
California Breed - California Breed
Vallenfyre - Splinters
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Motorpsycho - Behind The Sun
Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us
Behemoth - The Satanist





 
 
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Do they have to be just metal, because I have a few albums that are non-metal.

Also, La Gargola = My top 2014 pick. Wink
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