Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 2)

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The list continues from part 1

a3878740261_1010. Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise (mysterious proggy black)Thantifaxath feed me waves of vicious riffs and brutal noise, alternating the uncomfortably cold atmosphere with wonderful guitar melodies and eerie screams of sadness. It’s beautifully produced and performed with great technical skill and intense emotion. They hold me fettered in their unconventional and frightening universe and it’s a pure pleasure.

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a2276940674_10 9. Destiny Potato – LUN (magic prog-pop)The songs on “LUN” are fresh, vibrant and soulful, I love the guitar work in “Indifferent”, the folk music influence in “Lunatic” and I’ve already played the infectious “Love Song” more times than I can count.  The most dedicated potatoes have been waiting for this record for a good while now, but it was so worth it. Potate! ❤

 

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a0547292893_10 8. The Great Old Ones – Tekeli-li  (atmospheric black) Like its fantastic artwork “Tekeli-li” is ethereal and engaging, densely black and atmospheric. It takes me through twisting terror and colourful beauty, guided by arctic winds and acoustic interludes. Chills.

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1020380 7. Alaya – Thrones (progressive handsome-core)Alaya is three very handsomely dressed guys whose sound is complex and technical, nicely balanced out with plenty of memorable melodies. A warm and powerful voice carries the melodies over the chugging guitars with an overhanging aura of eerie darkness, unexpected and absorbing. These songs provide a perfect sing along-soundtrack to my favourite zombie apocalypse movie.

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a4219833612_10 6. Sumer – The Animal You Are (timeless prog rock/metal) One of my newly found addictions Sumer creates exactly the right balance between modern dynamic prog metal and soulful rock oldies, making the their music appear timeless. This incredibly seductive album floats and flows, it’s oddly relaxing with all its weighty, gritty, tribal introspectiveness. It’s well known that I adore Karnivool, and this is like Karnivool from the 70’s. Simply wonderful.

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code-orange-kids 5. Code Orange – I Am King (grungy horror-hardcore) – Sharp guitars cut their way through thick, unnerving bass lines while whispering, muttering voices can be heard in the distance, making you nervously turn around and wonder if they are real or just a figment of your imagination…. Code Orange brings confusion, desperation and chaos in heavy doses with confidence and integrity – what’s there not to like?

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The-Contortionist-The-Language 4. The Contortionist – Language (lush psychedelic prog metal) – “Too gorgeous for words” would be enough to say, but this album is worth more than that. For me it was a slow grower, until I one day started to wonder how the world have survived all these years without the pure natural beauty and glory that “Language” provides. It’s a lovely and exciting concept album, flowing rhythmically through highs and lows, accentuated by one of the best voices in modern metal. A deep, jazzy, intuitive and amazing piece of music. Listen to the track “Primordial Sound” here.

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download (2) 3. Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together (metalcore with passion) – This album is so much fun! I feel the energy ripping through my ears, crushing everything in its way, it stops for a glorious scream-along chorus and at the exact right moment I’m slammed back into relentless blast beats, angry yelling and fierce breakdowns. A perfect release of energy and emotions, well-produced music with integrity and heart. It’s Architects and this year they are sounding better than ever. Listen to the track “Naysayer” here.

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Centiment-Streets-Of-Rage 2. Centiment – Streets of Rage (gamer metal) – Centiment’s music makes me happy. Happier than a pig in mud, happier than Dracula volunteering at a blood drive, happier than a poor person winning the lottery! These songs perfectly balance  fun and seriousness with a standout singer who’s got a voice with more muscle than Superman! “Streets of Rage” is now one of my favourite albums of all time and has been staying at my #1 spot since its release in the very beginning of this year. It was completely unchallenged, until the next entry on my list arrived in November…

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guidinglights_cover 1. Skyharbor – Guiding Lights (the best progressive music) – Of course Skyharbor was going to melt my heart. They bring me to my knees and pull me under, far below. Devours every part of me… Masterfully composed and sincerely performed, these songs possess a fragile vulnerability I haven’t heard from this band before. Changing between fun uplifting melodies and creeping undertones of discontent and despair, these songs have many interesting stories to tell. “Halogen” in particular brings me to humble tears every time, it’s become my favourite song… of all songs that have ever existed. Skyharbor’s music and lyrics always makes me feel at home. Adding fuel to my own burning fire inside. Guiding me back to my inner peace.

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About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on December 21, 2014, in Best of 2014, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. ChristopherMammal

    What, no Judas Priest?
    Seriously, though, I must play Tekeli-li again.

  2. This part of the list I am much more familiar with. I still haven’t heard much of Code Orange, but Skyharbor I really liked a lot. In fact, it almost made my list which might come as a surprise to you. There are lots of good melodies on that album; I found it quite diverse and a great listen. Architects was pretty good too; I just didn’t get a chance to listen to it at much as I wanted to. The Contortionist was also a nice end-of-year addition to my music library. Oh,Destiny Potato was a strong album as well. Great list and congrats on nailing down just 15 out of a year of soooo much music.

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