As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2014. They also have to be new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for next year, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!
It’s no secret, Metal-Rules.com loves Accept. In 2010 we voted Accept’s comeback album, BLOOD OF THE NATIONS as the #1 album of the year. Then in 2012, the album STALINGRAD was voted to #3. Now in 2014, the third album since their comeback, BLIND RAGE, is voted to #1.
Accept’s Wolf Hoffmann commented on their placement: “This is fantastic news! 2014 has been an amazing year for Accept and this now comes as a nice surprise at the beginning of 2015! We could not be happier with the reception for ‘Blind Rage’ – it’s a huge honor to be voted Number One. Thanks to Metal-Rules.com and of course a very special thanks to our fan community worldwide!! I hope to see you again soon…“
To end off 2014 Black Label Society took Hatebreed and the Butcher Babies on tour across Canada with a trek through the US to finish off January 2015. The New Year’s Eve gig, titled the “Sock Hop O’ Doom 2015” happened to be in Calgary, Alta., at Flames Central. Doors weren’t opening until 8:30pm and the VIP meet and greet ran a bit late so the show didn’t start until 9:30pm. This gave people lots of time to enjoy some beverages (although it seems many had already been drinking since earlier in the evening) and purchase some Black Label Society knitted Christmas style sweaters.
We are so excited for today’s announcement since its definitely something special. For a long time we have had the plans for doing a special and totally unique show in Germany and now that has become a reality.
In July we will organize Sabaton Open Air / Noch Ein Bier Fest, a headline concert where people for sure will get a unique show.
For this concert we have chosen the stunning (and famous from Rock Hard Festival) Amphiteatre in Gelsenkirchen and as support on this show we will bring some bands we know that you fans have requested. Our touring colleagues in Powerwolf & Korpiklaani as well as our old bandmates in Civil War.
So, there is the Sabaton Open Air / Rockstad:Falun festival in our hometown Falun, there is the Sabaton Cruise on the Baltic Sea and now there is also Sabaton Open Air / Noch Ein Bier Fest in Germany!
Against the Plagues are excited to announce upcoming EP release : “EXTERMINATION EVENT”. Full release will be available on top Digital Music Retailers including ITUNES on January 6th, 2015. EP will include two new tracks and full production videos released by Varyen Entertainment in partnership with Kake Multimedia.
“Extermination Event” was recorded at Belle City Sound with engineer/producer Chris Wisco (Lazarus AD, Novembers Doom, Origin, Jungle Rot) and mastered by Trevor Sadler MasterM.I.N.D. Productions(Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Triumph).
Cover art is made by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Immortal).
Black Star Riders is a rock band formed in late 2012 from the ashes of the latest line-up of Thin Lizzy . The band released its first album, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE, in May of 2013 and the sophomore album, THE KILLER INSTINCT, is scheduled for release in early 2015. The band’s singer / guitarist Ricky Warwick (The Almighty) and guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) arrived in rainy Helsinki in early December to promote the upcoming album and here is what they had to say. Read on!
3 years after the commercially successful “Serpent Sermon” and a long world tour, the Marduk horde is headed back to war with a new disturbing artillery called “Frontschwein”. Released by Century Media, this 13th destructive offering contains most of all the elements that made the success of the cult classic “Panzer Division Marduk” (World War II concept & imagery, brutal compositions, high-speed-drumming) but also shows a rawer sound and a few mid-tempo tracks.
We have asked some questions to Morgan Håkansson the eternal commander of this cult Swedish legion in order to know his thoughts about these new belligerent songs and if he’s nostalgic about their early years, after almost 25 years devoted to pure evil black metal art. Read the rest of this entry »
CHASTAIN has announced that they will be releasing a new album in 2015. The title of the new album will be “We Bleed Metal.” The group lineup will be the same as on the 2013/2014 albums “Surrender To No One” and “Surrender To No One: Uncut.”
Leather Leone- Vocals
David T. Chastain- Guitars
Mike Skimmerhorn- Bass
Stian Kristoffersen- Drums
Leather says: “Coming back at you…. Running on a higher vibration …….Metal rules us. New material, new excitement and another chance to bleed Metal in your face. The return of an old disease……We Bleed Metal!”
The band will finish the recording later this month in Atlanta, GA.
The year 2014 proved to be a difficult one, which included many personal tragedies. Thankfully there was an abundance of great albums to dig into, and while I might have missed a few of the better ones, the following 20 albums were the best of what I actually heard this year.
1. Iced Earth – Plagues Of Babylon
Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon
Since Stu Block joined the band, Schaeffer seems to have hit a true creative spurt. PLAGUES OF BABYLON contains the bands signature mechanistic riffs, melodic intros and the inspired god-like vocals of Block. It was a great album to kick off 2014, released way back in January and one that holds its own among the best of the band’s catalog.
The German power metal squad Blind Guardian is going to unleash their 10th album called BEYOND THE RED MIRROR. The band’s vocalist Hansi Kürsch and the guitarist André Olbrich visited Finland on the long promotional trip and sat down to talk about the forthcoming album as well as the upcoming massive orchestral album. Of course we talked about their progression over these years.
The third of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza’s first ever instructional DVD, “Intense Mega Drumming”, an exclusive sneak preview of rare and never before seen video footage from the “Menza Mega Vault”, “A Decade Of Deth” with clips featuring Dime Bag Darrell, Phil Anselmo Pantera, Scott Weiland and Eric Kretz, Stone Temple Pilots, can be viewed below.According to a press release, the “Intense Mega Drumming” DVD will be “educational, entertaining and will feature Menza’s years of playing drums in MEGADETH with tons of tips and tricks from his arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player. In addition to the DVD will include a bonus disc of exclusive out of control backstage footage, plus rare live concert footage of Pantera, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, just to name a few.