Category Archives: Best of 2014

Reggie’s Top 10 Non-Metal Things of 2014 Part II of II


imageOther than metal, I like other things in the entertainment industry.  Usually, videogames occupy a considerable about of my time, but this year it was binge watching lots of TV.  As with my other end-year entertainment lists, not everything here was specifically a 2014 release.  It is on this list because it is new to me though I think you will find that the final season of most things here are from 2014.  What else do you like besides metal and music?  This edition is part 2 of 2 featuring #5-1.

5.  True Detective – TV – HBO

Having Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey certainly helps draw in viewers.  Besides the fact that they are on board and I believe producing it, the storytelling was excellent.  The show takes place over eight episodes and focuses on one case that forever changes the character’s lives.  It comes from the perspective of interviews and flashbacks.  The show is graphic, dark, twisted, and pretty much everything you would expect from HBO and then some.  From what I heard, each season will feature new actors and a new story…the next one allegedly featuring Colin Farrell.  Sounds like another winner in the making.

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RoundTable Roundup – Metal State’s Top 15 of 2014!


tech-trends-2014By now you may have seen our individual end-of-year best albums.  If not, our main page is littered with individual lists of what rocked our worlds this year.  Please, check it out.  For those who stopped by, you probably noticed that we at Metal State have varied taste in metal.  Only a few albums made it across multiple annual lists.  Having said that, another list is about to get thrown into the mix; a first for this website.

Throughout the year we put together collective reviews we coined as “roundtable” reviews.  With all four reviewers providing comments on these reviews, we present to you our Top 15, strictly by the numbers.  It is worth noting that some of our roundtable reviews sometimes only include three of four reviewers.  To be fair, we left those albums off this list.  This Top 15 reflects only those albums where all of us could provide comments.  Read the rest of this entry

VK Lynne’s Top Albums of 2014


VK LynneI have a deeply personal interest in sharing VK Lynne’s Top Ten – we may soon be in-laws. Her voice has agreed to marry my speakers as soon as my speakers pay the bride price in dark chocolate. How long do you think it’ll take them to collect three tons of chocolate?

At the risk of sounding slightly effusive, I have to say VK is wonderful. Her voice sounds like the taste of dark chocolate. She’s witty, highly intelligent, an excellent writer, and she works her butt off in her music. It’s not only her own projects that gain from her endless energy. She was a co-founder of Eve’s Apple, a worldwide community of professional female singers. For several years MFVF, the annual Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium, opened with a group concert by members of Eve’s Apple. VK is a crusader and champion for women in metal.

This year she’s done an album with the prog metal outfit stOrk, which I listed in my best albums of 2014. Her more recent project is the multinational From Light Rose The Angels (FLRTA), who perform melodic rock and metal. I said she would be in BIG trouble if she didn’t rank those two albums where they deserved to be, which is high up in her estimation. VK was pleased to be able to salute the super musicians she’s worked with.

Meet VK on her Facebook page and FLRTA on their Facebook page. Here’s VK’s top ten.

10. stOrk – Broken Pieces

9. Leah – Kings & Queens

8. Dark Sarah – Episode 1

7. Xandria – Sacrificium

6. Delain – The Human Contradiction

5. Within Temptation – Hydra

4. Stream of Passion – A War of Our Own

3. Enemy of Reality – Rejected Gods

2. White Empress – Rise of the Empress

1. From Light Rose the Angels – self-titled EP

 

 

Reggie’s Top 10 Non-Metal Things of 2014 Part I of II


imageOther than metal, I like other things in the entertainment industry.  Usually, videogames occupy a considerable about of my time, but this year it was binge watching lots of TV.  As with my other end-year entertainment lists, not everything here was specifically a 2014 release.  It is on this list because it is new to me though I think you will find that the final season of most things here are from 2014.  What else do you like besides metal and music?  This edition is part 1 of 2 featuring #10-6. 

10.  The Walking Dead Season 2 – Xbox One 

Not a big year in gaming for this guy.  I played some fun ones, but the only one that grabbed with me with the storyline is The Walking Dead Season 2 (five episodes).  The sequel to the stunner of a Telltale game is a pretty solid game.  Of course, lots of dialogue and decision-making allow for an immersive experience.  My only beef with the game are that the episodes are too short.  Otherwise, it’s not as great as the first season, but still quite fun to play and worth continuing this zombie experience.

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Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 2)


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The list continues from part 1

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Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 1)


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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 10


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I thought I might surprise myself with my selection of metal albums of the year, and I certainly did. My jazz and prog rock lists are much as I expected them to be; not so my metal list. This may be the first year this century that there’s no symphonic metal among my favourite albums. It may also be my first list this century that isn’t dominated by prog metal. Death seems to be my flavour of the year, with black metal also coming to the fore.

Before I plonk my top albums onto the page, I must make two other Best Of awards for 2014.

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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 9


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There’s a healthy, deathly flavour to my penultimate metal favourites of 2014. Who would have thought death could bring such joy to anyone? My prog and jazz runners-up are both in conceptual counterpoint to the metal. I reckon that’s also healthy.

Have I mentioned how health-conscious I am? I exercise as little as possible. In that way I spare myself from exposure to injury or an accelerated pulse rate. Your heart can beat only so many times before it wears out, you know.

 

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Mik’s Favourite Music Videos 2014


Nader Sadek – Re:Mechanic

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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 8


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As I’ve mentioned to the other Metal State writers, I’m already planning a short article for the end of January or thereabouts on Overlooked Gems of 2014. Although I’m happy with my lists so far, I’ve seen other lists that include albums I want to know better. In addition, there have been a couple of solid releases in the short time since I started posting my Best Of.

When it comes to my Very Best Of, however – including today’s posts – I wouldn’t change or add anything. I’ve done enough of that already while I was sorting out my favourites.

 

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