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December 19th, 2014

The Thrash Hits Staff Albums of 2014

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By now you’ve read the one list that really matters – the Thrash Hits Top 10 Albums of 2014 – but now we’re giving you the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the minds that created it. Here are the unedited, unspoiled and unsullied opinions that we crunched together to distill our Top 10. We asked our contributors to tell us what their personal Top 10 records of the last 12 months were, and to justify their top choice to us.

Raziq Rauf, Thrash Hits Editor – follow him on Twitter here: @RAZIQRAUF

Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion

Empress AD – Empress AD
Obliterations – Poison Everything
Young And In The Way – When Life Comes to Death
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
††† – Crosses
Employed To Serve – Change Nothing Regret Everything
Alcest – Shelter
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
Yob – Clearing The Path to Ascend

Hugh Platt, Thrash Hits Deputy Editor – follow him on Twitter here: @HughDoVoodoo

Black Moth – Condemned To Hope

This is how you do a second album. It takes everything that was great about The Killing Jar and adds to it, and shrugs off the minor quibbles that first album had. It has more personality than every boring hype record I’ve been forced to listen to this year. I’ve listened to this record more than most other things put together. It’s fucking marvellous.

Self Defense Family – Try Me
Svalbard and Pariso – Svalbard/Pariso
68′ – In Humor and Sadness
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
††† – Crosses
Obliterations – Poison Everything
Samoans – Rescue
Voices – London
Body Count – Manslaughter

Alex Andrews, international jet-setter and punk aficionado – follow him on Twitter here: @AlexHAndrews

Joyce Manor Never Hungover Again album cover artwork packshot Thrash HitsJoyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

It’s a testament to Joyce Manor’s craft that they’re able to smuggle saccharine 80s synths into one song, write another that sounds remarkably like The Smiths or The Cure – and still bottle the punk rock zeitgeist better than anyone in 2014 without sounding like they’re even trying.

Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Moose Blood – I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge
Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves
The #1s – The Number Ones
The Lawrence Arms – Metropole
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose

Will Beardmore, Thrash Hits Chief Developer and major label creature – follow him on Twitter here: @willbeardmore

Inter Arma – The Cavern

One of those listening experiences I feel compelled to start again as soon as it’s finished, The Cavern captured my heart on the first listen. There’s so many highlights across the 45 minute one track opus, from winding riffs, through stomping doom to virtuosic solos, my highlight being the point at which Windhand’s Dorothia Cottrell steps in for arguably the song’s most epic moment. It’s my album of the year because I cant stop playing it and will be forever enlightened by the incredible journey it takes me on.

Sólstafir – Otta
Marmozets – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Single Mothers – Negative Qualities
Ohhms – Bloom
Mutoid Man – Helium Head
Silver Mt Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

Ruth Booth, fan of Mike Patton and writing fiction – follow her on Twitter here: @ruthmidget

St Vincent – St Vincent

Imagine what Madonna might have become, had she never aged. Imagine parping brass, squelching keyboards, and trampoline bass. Vocals of the sonic and emotional dexterity of a migraine-struck Mike Patton. Songs about masturbation, hasbeens, rattlesnakes, social dissolution, and class WTF drugs on herniated rugs. In 2014, nowt tickled my C-spot quite like this. Metal – keep up, please.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – IX
John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – Live in Concert
RM Hubbert – Ampersand Extras
This Will Destroy You – Another Language
Devin Townsend Project – Z2
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang – Four Foot Shack
Anathema – Distant Satellites
Finch – Back To Oblivion

Cheryl Carter, owner of Bleak Metal and master of optometry – follow her on Twitter here: @Cheryl_Prime

Pallbearer Foundations of Burden album cover artwork packshot Thrash HitsPallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Foundations of Burden is a record that speaks to the masses – it’s emotional, powerful, heavy and at its core there is a spark of hope that lifts the record out of the darkness and into the light. Wallowing in your own misery is fine, but there is a way out and Pallbearer are finding it.

Schammasch – Contradiction
Behemoth – The Satanist
Darkspace – Dark Space III I
Anathema – Distant Satellites
Rome – A Passage to Rhodesia
Alcest – Shelter
Panopticon – Roads To The North
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
Woods of Desolation – As The Stars

Ben Gibson, Instagram superstar and now Rock Sound’s best photographer – follow him on Twitter here: @bengibsonphoto

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

Without being Every Time I Die’s best record to date, From Parts Unknown still has huge moments for me. At first I thought it was too heavy, but then I realised I was just hungover. When I settled in to it, I saw it’s greatness. Even found myself loving that track with whats-his-face from The Gaslight Anthem. The heaviest parts are crushing and enough to make me want to flip a shark through a table. I back it. It may not be my favourite ETID record, or even have a lot on it that I want to hear played live, but it is still my record of the year and the songs I do want to hear live off of it, are dangerously daft.

Krokodil – Nachash
Beartooth – Disgusting
Set It Off – Duality
The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth
Feed The Rhino – The Sorrow And The Sound
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag
McBusted – McBusted

(Ben only nominated 8 records for us, but given that one of his picks was McBusted, we didn’t chase him up for any more)

Adam Graham, “token white guy” in FACT – follow his band on Twitter here: @FACTjapan)

Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You

They may be classed as indie rock these days, but whatever label you stick on PBTT, Keep You is undeniably magnificent – a shimmering, twinkling masterpiece of melancholy. Lock the door, turn out the lights and immerse yourself. They beat Taylor Swift to my number one – shit doesn’t HAPPEN.

Taylor Swift – 1989
Angel Du$t – A.D.
Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden
‘68 – In Humor and Sadness
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
EyehateGod – Eyehategod
Pig Destroyer – Mass & Volume
Comeback Kid – Die Knowing
Indian – From All Purity

David Keevill, who writes our prog column – follow him on Twitter here: @ABrashOutsider

Opeth – Pale Communion

Mikael Akerfeldt may not have considered your feelings with the release of Pale Communion, but I imagine he doesn’t care. Any trappings of Opeth’s earlier life have now fallen away. Gone are the gnawing, downtuned riffs and Akerfeldt’s rasping growl, to be replaced by complex arrangements and melodies so sharp they’ll take your wagging finger off.

Anathema – Distant Satellites
Haken – Restoration EP
Soen – Tellurian
Rise Against – The Black Market
Dream the Electric Sleep – Heretics
Xerath – III
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
The Menzingers – Rented World

Gavin Lloyd, the man who asked “why isn’t my list included?” – follow him on Twitter here: @Gav__Lloyd

Creeper – Creeper

While the obvious influence of early AFI and Alkaline Trio is present throughout the goth-punk that makes up Creeper’s debut, they have dragged it into the 21st century, with a very British spin. Full of raw punk energy, huge melodies and a sense of dark theatrics, it’s exciting and enigmatic.

Marmozets – The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
Set It Off – Duality
The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth
Lower Than Atlantis – Lower Than Atlantis
Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves
Sleepwave – Broken Compass
Beartooth – Disgusting
Falls – Dirtbox
Issues – Issues

Pete Long, who “doesn’t get Twitter” – follow him on Twitter here: @PeatLong

At the Gates – At War with Reality

Slaughter of the Soul grabbed the world’s attention, but the earlier albums grabbed me. There was a raw, desperate melancholy, a twisted world view and sense of melody that I just loved. So a new album channeling that through everything they’d learned was exactly what I wanted from them.

Wild Throne – Blood Maker
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Conan – Blood Eagle
Panopticon – Roads to the North
Tombs – Savage Gold
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
Darkest Era – Severance
Of Spire & Throne – Toll of the Wound
Kampfar – Djevelmakt

Rob McAuslan, former death metal superstar and now island hermit – follow him on Twitter here: @robmcauslan

Pallbearer Foundations of Burden album cover artwork packshot Thrash HitsPallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Now THIS is how you follow up a strong yet flawed debut. Pallbearer mashed 80s goth-pop, prog and radio rock influences into their already potent doom to make one of the few records I haven’t tired of hearing in 2014. Essential listening in an otherwise fairly lean year.

YOB – Clearing The Path To Ascend
Vallenfyre – Splinters
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
While Heaven Wept – Suspended At Aphelion
Pyrrhon – The Mother Of Virtues
Schammasch – Contradiction
Foreseen – Helsinki Savagery
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
Bongripper – Miserable

Agree with our choices? Disagree with our choices? Tough tits, we don’t care what you think. Come and argue with us about it on Twitter anyway.


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