Metal as Fuck's Top 100 Metal Releases of 2014: Numbers 25-1

Join us as we unveil our top-rated metal releases of 2014...

25. Audrey Horne - Pure Heavy (Napalm Records)

'That’s right. This is a nigh on perfect modern heavy rock record. Buy or die!' - Scott Adams, MaF, August 2014

 

24. Animals as Leaders - The Joy of Motion (Sumerian Records)

'Witness three of the most talented minds in music today bringing joy to all'. - Rodey Tsapralis, MaF, December 2014

 

23. Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche Recordings)

'Sod Gil Scott Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Godflesh have rewritten the soundtrack to the dissolution of all existing orders... I need a lie down'. - Albert Petersen, MaF, September 2014

 

22. Amaranthe - Massive Addictive (Spinefarm Records)

'Every generation has it's entry level metal band - why shouldn't this one's be Amaranthe?' - Ferrum Templor, Maf, September 2014

 

21. Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare (Season of Mist)

'Esoteric Warfare works on all levels, re-establishing Mayhem as kings of the black metal genre. Ave Satanas!' - Albert Petersen, MaF, June 2014

 

20. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen (Metal Blade)

'Weild Lightning to Split the Sun stands as perhaps one of the greates album closing tracks of 2014' - Rodey Tsapralis, MaF December 2014

 

19. Septicflesh - Titan (Season of Mist)

'To name a favourite track is about as difficult as naming a favourite child'. - Carrie Gibson, MaF July 2014

 

18. Chrome Division - Infernal Rock Eternal (Nuclear Blast)

'A glorious celebration of hedonistic, loud and unapologetic rock n’roll that’s an absolute joy to listen to. Absolutely essential stuff'. - Scott Adams, MaF, January 2014

 

17. Vanishing Point - Distant is the Sun (AFM Records)

'Their most satisfying, accomplished and completely enjoyable album yet'. - Scott Adams, MaF, December 2014

 

16. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry (Debemur Morti Productions

'The epic, melodic black metal on offer here is some of the best the genre has produced for a long time'. - Matt Foster, MaF, December 2014

 

15. Vader - Tibi et Igni (Nuclear Blast)

'It's quintessential Vader, nothing more, nothing less - you know what's coming, but that doesn't make it any less crushingly effective". - Scott Adams, MaF, December 2014

 

14. Crystal Eyes - Killer (Massacre Records)

'A band at the very top of its game that deserves to be heard by a worldwide audience, Crystal Eyes have produced an absolute heavy metal masterpiece with Killer'. - Ferrum Templor, MaF, July 2014

 

13. Accept - Blind Rage (Nuclear Blast)

'Blind Rage delivers on the promise of the first two albums released by this version of Accept, further cementing the German-American collective’s reputation amongst the true Gods of the traditional metal genre'. - Scott Adams, MaF, August 2014

 

12. Striker - City of Gold (Napalm Records)

'One of the finest pure metal albums released in the last few years. Monstrously good stuff'. - Scott Adams, MaF, September 2014

 

11. Devin Townsend - (HevyDevy)

'A perfectly balanced feast though non fans may find it to be an over-indulgent bloat-fest - they can get fucked though'. - Albert Petersen, MaF, November 2014

 

10. Primal Fear - Delivering the Black (Frontiers Records)

'Every track here is a diamond, and I guarantee that this is an album that you’ll keep returning to in 2014 if it’s good, honest, heavy metal kicks you’re after... Full marks to all concerned!" - Ferrum Templor, MaF, January 2014

 

 

 

 

9. Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear Blast)

'I hate the phrase 'all killer no filler' but it really can be applied to Blood In, Blood Out. Exodus are back!' - Micky Strong, MaF, October 2014

 

8. Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken (AFM Records)

'When all is said and done, Hymns for the Broken is a truly MASTERFUL record, choc full of emotion, rammed to the gunwhales with soul, oozing with class and dripping with conviction'. - LK Strykes, MaF, September 2014

 

7. Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun (Reprise)

'As heavy, awe striking, and mystifying as the beast the band is named for'. - Rodey Tsapralis, MaF, December 2014

 

6. Overkill - White Devil Armory (Nuclear Blast)

'Frighteningly good stuff - one of the must-have metal records of 2014'. - Scott Adams, MaF, July 2014

 

5. At the Gates - At War With Reality (Century Media)

'At War With Reality does not disappoint; after years of innumerable bands ripping off their sound, At the Gates show the world how melodic death metal should be done. Long may they reign'. - Victor Burton, MaF, December 2014 

 

 

4. Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain (Metal Blade)

'Short, succinct, and to the point, A Skeletal Domain leaves you hungry for more Cannibal Corpse - exactly how a band want listeners to feel'. - Victor Burton, MaF, September 2014 

 

3. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel (Season of Mist)

'Citadel marks a new chapter for Ne Obliviscaris. They’ve shown they can take a strong foundation and build on it. Their song-writing is more intricate, their creative vision grander in scope, and this album is a triumph in every sense of the word'.- Matt Foster, MaF, November 2011

 

2. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata (Century Media)

'The despondency portrayed on Triptykon’s second album is so vast in its scope and deep in its emotional integrity - and so crushingly, incontrovertibly real - you’ll need a dose of the happy pills after listening to the record to maintain some sort of equilibrium' - Scott Adams, MaF, April 2014

 

1. Behemoth - The Satanist (EVP/Rocket)

'This album is without doubt the real deal, and it’s to be hoped thst as Nergal returns to his full strength and vigour that that recovery is mirrored by Behemoth as a whole. If it is, then the fruits of the highest echelons of metal grandeur are surely within the band’s reach'. - Scott Adams, MaF, February 2014