Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 6


It was a mistake for me to expect it would be easier to rank the albums in the top half of my selection because I play them more often. If anything it was more challenging than extracting a Top 30 from all the excellent releases of 2014, and that was just in the metal section. The task was no easier when it came to choosing my top prog and jazz.

I know this sounds like a dreadful cliché, but all the albums in my three lists are winners. First, however…

Sports Match of 2014


The annual Rugby Championship is the world’s premier rugby competition since it includes the three consistently best teams in the world – the New Zealand All Blacks, the South African Springboks and the Australian Wallabies – as well as the next-best team in the southern hemisphere, the Argentine Pumas. New Zealand has reigned supreme in recent years and did again in 2014. However, the Springboks gave one of their mightiest performances when they edged out the All Blacks 27-25 on 4 October in a start-to-finish nail-biter. It intensely pleased this African Mammal to see the better team on the day triumph over the best team in the world.


Countdown: Metal Albums

15. Texas Hippie Coalition – Ride On
(USA, Red Dirt Metal)


14. Bloodhunter – Bloodhunter
(Spain, Melodic Death/Black Metal)


13. Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater
(USA, Death Metal)


Countdown: Progressive Rock Albums

5. Cosmograf – Capacitor
(UK, Neo-Progressive Rock)


Countdown: Jazz & Jazz-Related Albums

5. Moraine – Groundswell
(USA, Eclectic Jazz-Prog Fusion)




About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on December 15, 2014, in Best of 2014 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I didn’t get a chance to listen to Job For A Cowboy at all, but Texas Hippie Coalition got some spins and it’s pretty cool sludge. Bloodhunter is pretty intense as is the vocalist.

  2. ChristopherMammal

    I’ve liked Job For A Cowboy for a few years. “Sun Eater” is as good as anything they’ve done, IMO.

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