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The Lords Of Metal Top 30 - 2014

By: Evil Dr. Smith

Here they are: the thirty best records of 2014 according to Lords Of Metal! Almost our complete crew (35) have decided which albums didn’t make it to their personal Top 12 list (it’s mostly a case of deduction). You can see those lists also in this issue (online january the third).

While these personal lists were processed, something became quite clear: three pretty “extreme” albums really stood out. For a long time it was Behemoth that was gaining for the number one position, but eventually Triptykon and near the end also Primordial caught up. So Triptykon became the most popular album of 2014 here at Lords Of Metal. Something they did as well with their previous album ‘Eparistera Daimones’ in 2010. Also ‘Monotheist’ of Celtic Frost gained a very high place back in 2006 (fourth place), so it’s clear that we are pretty charmed by the works of mister Fischer.

Another thing that became clear is that the Top 3 became a sweep by European metal bands. Even the complete Top 10 is pretty much dominated by European metal. Only Warrel Dane with his comeback album with Sanctuary and the guys from Mastodon and OverKill represent American metal. Lords Of Metal isn’t afraid to show some pride for Dutch metal, and although they’re not presented in the Top 10, Delain, Vandenberg’s Moonkings, Within Temptation, Epica, Thanatos and MaYan did made it to our Top 30.

Pretty remarkable (or not) is the absence of albums by legendary, popular of highly acclaimed band as AC/DC, Judas Priest, At The Gates, Obituary, Autopsy, Arch Enemy, Devin Townsend Project, Gamma Ray, Vader, Job For A Cowboy, Cannibal Corpse, Iced Earth, Entombed A.D., Slash, Wolfmother, Lordi (…) and even Slipknot and Machine Head: in our collective eyes and ears simply not good enough. Another remarkable thing is the relatively high position of Abigor, which delivered possibly their best album in the twenty-year career, and the presence of the rather obscure solo album by Airbag-guitarist Bjorn Riise, which truly is a Pink Floydian masterpiece and much (much!) better than ‘Endless River’.

Note: the albums in the personal Top 12 lists were given the following points:
number 1 (25 points), no. 2 (22 point), no. 3 (20), no. 4 (18), no. 5 (17), no. 6 (16) […], no. 12 (10)

1. TRIPTYKON - Melana Chasmata (193 points/10 lists)
Prophetic quote of Pim’s review: “The nine songs are varied and showcase a mixture of death, doom and black metal. The overall sound is really heavy courtesy of the great production by Tom Gabriel Warrior and V. Santura. […] ‘Eparistera Daimones’ was chosen as the best album of 2010 on this website. I can predict that the same will happen to ‘Melana Chasmata’ as I think there won’t be a better album this year.”

2.PRIMORDIAL - Where Greater Men Have Fallen (183/9)

3. BEHEMOTH – The Satanist (170/10)

4. OPETH – Pale Communion (112/7)

5. SANCTUARY - The Year The Sun Died (105/6)

6. BLUES PILLS – Blues Pills (99/6)

7. OVERKILL – White Devil Armory (70/4)

8. SEPTICFLESH – Titan (65/4)

9. MASTODON - Once More ‘Round The Sun (64/4)

10. MORBUS CHRON – Sweven (63/4)

11. Thanatos – Global Purification (62/5)
12. Vandenberg’s Moonkings – Vandenberg’s Moonkings (62/4)
13. Abigor - Leytmotif Luzifer (The Seven Temptations Of Man) (62/3)
14. Exodus – Blood In Blood Out (60/4)
15. Delain – The Human Contradiction (59/4)
16. MaYan – Antagonise (56/4)
17. Swallowed – Lunarterial (56/3)
18. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare (55/3)
18. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie (55/3)
20. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral (52/3)
21. Within Temptation – Hydra (50/3)
21. Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend (50/3)
23. Sólstafir - Ótta (49/3)
24. Bjorn Riis - , Lullabies in a Car Crash (48/3)
25. Swans – To Be Kind (47/3)
26. Agalloch - The serpent and the sphere (47/2)
26. Epica – The Quantum Enigma (47/2)
26. The Tea Party – The Ocean At The End (47/2)
29. Anathema - Distant Satellites (46/3)
29. Horrendous – Ecdysis (46/3)

Bubbling under:
Vallenfyre – Splinters (41/4)
Iced Earth – Plagues Of Babylon (40/3)
Body Count – Manslaughter (40/2)

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