2014 EOY Album List


I'm almost a year late posting this list, but hey, better late than never.  I have it in pen and ink from exactly 365 days ago, so there has been no change between then and now.  2014 was a stronger year than 2013 (if you like what I like), but still not as strong as any year between 2009 and 2012. 

1. Sólstafir - Ótta  

I was introduced to Sólstafir when Svartir sandar was released in 2011. I didn't hear Köld until 2013, but when I did it became one of my favorite albums of all time (and by that I mean an all-time top 10 album - Köld is a glimpse of near perfection). This album is their second best, in my opinion, and coupled with the excellent Masterpiece of Bitterness and the two aforementioned, Solstafir has become not only the premier metal band from Iceland, but the premier band from Iceland. And yes, that's taking into consideration even the mighty Sigur Rós.

At this point they have all but finished shedding their viking/black metal skin for something all together more inspiring and transcendental, and I couldn't be happier. With this album Sólstafir presents: A Taste Of Iceland, written entirely in the native tongue. An avenue through which to, for fifty-seven minutes and twenty-four seconds, become acquainted with the remote outpost of the world that so few know or ever see.

2. Saor - Aura  

Read a blurb about this album here.

3. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata  

I just wrote a blog about this album here.

4. Jakob - Sines  

5. Thantifaxath - Sacred White Noise  

Read a blurb about this album here.

6. Profetus - As All Seasons Die  

Read a blurb about this album here.

7. Cross Vault - Spectres of Revocable Loss  

8. ARAKK - Self & Distance (demo)  

Read a blurb about this album here.

9. Falls of Rauros - Believe In No Coming Shore  

10. Giant Squid - Minoans  

11. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden  

12. Moonlit Sailor - We Came From Exploding Stars  

13. Emptiness - Nothing But the Whole  

14. Morbus Chron - Sweven  

15. Insomnium - Shadows of the Dying Sun  

16. Mournful Congregation - Concrescence Of The Sophia (EP)  

17. Woods of Desolation - As The Stars  

18. Teitanblood - Death  

19. This Will Destroy You - Another Language  

20. Fen - Carrion Skies  

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