Category Archives: Best of 2014
I 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.
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
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.
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.
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.