Another year. Another year of great metal, comebacks, surprises, letdowns, and everything in between. For Teethofthedivine, it was a transitional year as staff turnover was balanced by amazing output that resulted in new content virtually every day of the year. Former Internal Bleeding vocalist Frank Rini joined our ranks, and a number of fresh-faced, bright-eyed writers entered the fray, allured by free metal and a chance to have their voices heard. A few of the regular, grizzled denizens remained.

However, it was business as usual getting both old and new staff to get their year-end lists submitted. It took weeks of Liam Neeson-like emails and gravelly-voiced threats (“I have particular set of skills, skills that make me a nightmare for writers like you. Get me your list and I’ll think nothing of it. But if you don’t get your list submitted, I will find you and I will send you an everso slightly peeved Facebook message”) to get the lists all submitted in time.

So without further ado, here are the Staff Picks for 2014. Please feel free to share, comment and add your own list.  Here’s to 2015!

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Mikko K.

From year to year, it seems like I never get any better making best of -lists. It’s really hard to put things in order when the reasons for liking an album seem to be connected to whatever the mental state is at the time of listening. So, to make it easy, here’s some of 2014’s metal-related albums (in alphabetical order) that I found blasting more than once, twice or thrice:

Body Count – Manslaughter (Sumerian Records)
Crib45 – Marching Through The Borderlines
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Tief.Tiefer (Nuclear Blast)
Ghost Brigade – IV – One With The Storm (Seasons of Mist)
Ifing – Against This Weald (Blood Music)
Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun (Century Media)
Khroma – Collapse (Inverse)
Mors Principium Est – Dawn of the 5th era (AFM Records)
Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel (Seasons of Mist)
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen (Metal Blade)
Schizoid Lloyd – The Last Note in God’s Magnum Opus (Blood Music)
Serdce – Timelessness (Blood Music)
Soen – Tellurian (Spinefarm Records)
Sólstafir – Ótta (Seasons of Mist)
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata (Century Media)
Vallenfyre – Splinters (Century Media)

My question for 2015 is: Will Arch Enemy actually become good now that Jeff Loomis is with them?



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  1. Commented by: Biff_Tannen

    Hey Adam-

    Where did you find the numbers for your piece about total metal albums being released by year? I’d like to take a gander at that, I was floored to hear there were more metal albums released in 2013 than in all of the 80’s combined!

  2. Commented by: Adam Palm

    Check out the Metal Archives advanced search page. Under the “search albums” tab you can specify a date range and it will spit out everything released during that time with the total number of entries. You can also specify the release type if you want, which is how I figured out that there were 5,905 full-lengths released in 2013 but only 2,939 from the beginning of 1980 to the end of 1989.

  3. Commented by: SRK

    A lot of love for Dark Descent in the staff picks, but to my mind the best thing they released this year wasn’t mentioned: Swallowed – Lunarterial. Totally unhinged.

  4. Commented by: Luke_22

    Really cool reading these lists. As much good shit as I listened to this yesr there’s still tons of stuff to check out. Looking foraard to delving jnto Saor, Archspire and Stargazer especially.

  5. Commented by: Biff_Tannen

    Thanks Adam!

  6. Commented by: xrefused

    Great lists there is plenty I need to catch up on. Just wanna say that An autumn for crippled children rules, they have been pumping out some seriously bleAK shit every year since 2010, and are basically what the cure would be like if they were a BM band.

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