Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 1)
15. Nexilva – Eschatologies (atmospheric deathcore) – Whenever I’m in need for uplifting, empowering energy, this is my album of choice. Nexilva is a young band with a knack for fun compositions and classy, pitch black grooves, delivered with plenty of thundering enthusiasm.
14. Piano – Salvage Architecture (alternative rock/prog) – “Salvage Architecture” is less pop-ish than Piano’s previous releases, but it’s still easy listening. Every song is elegant and dense with mesmerizing lyrics and melodies that stay in my head for a long time.
13. Opus Of A Machine – Simulacra (progressive rock) – Zac Greensill (also guitarist in the brilliant Caligula’s Horse) is the reason I checked out this album and their melancholic, memorable songs quickly grew on me. It’s a highly captivating debut and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for these lovely guys.
12. Young and In The Way – When Life Comes To Death (black/crust) – Nasty, misanthropic anger, furious hatred and snarls. Because that’s exactly what one needs when life gets tough. Fuck this life, we are nothing, embrace extinction!
11. Exist Immortal – Darkness Of An Age (prog metal) – Another excellent debut, for reasons unknown this one took me forever to like and not even after seeing the band live did I get their music. It slowly changed and now I can’t live without it. Full of personality and dark charm; wherever you turn your ears there’s another catchy melody waiting to be heard and more growls and grooves to swing your hairy ones to.
The very best EP’s:
Orion – Yugen – Possibly my most played record this year, I love this one dearly. Listen here
Mountains Under Oceans – EP – Magical instrumental post-y music. Listen here
Core of iO – With Gravity As My Hostess – Fun earworms with a unique sound. Listen here
Posted on December 19, 2014, in Best of 2014, News and tagged Best of 2014, Core of iO, Exist Immortal, Mountains Under Oceans, Nexilva, Opus of a machine, orion, Piano, Trap Them, Young and In the Way. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.