Best of 2014 – Brat

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Best of 2014 – Brat

1. Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending
Ancient Bards – A New Dawn Ending

A perfect example of how to do female-fronted symphonic power metal. Strength, melody, speed and colour. A must have album for every lover of this genre.

Second year in a row my top pick is a female-front band. 2014 has been a good year for women in metal. It has been a year of metal feasting with so many of the ‘big’ names releasing albums, but I seem to have enjoyed listening to the newer bands this year.

2. Arion – Last of Us

Arion – Last of Us
Arion – Last of Us

3. Kissin’ Dynamite – Megalomania

Kissin’ Dynamite – Megalomania
Kissin’ Dynamite – Megalomania

4. Xandria – Sacrificum

Xandria
Xandria – Sacrificum

5. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died

Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died
Sanctuary – The Year The Sun Died

6. Amberian Dawn – Magic Forest
7. Sonata Arctica – Pariah’s Child
8. Riot V – Unleash the Fire
9. Astral Domine – Astral Domine
10. Diabulus in Musica – Argia
11. Iron Savior – Rise of the Hero
12. Vanishing Point – Distant is the Sun
13. Sabaton – Heroes
14. Edguy – Space Police-Defenders of the Crown
15. Dynazty – Renatus
16. Arkona – Yav (Явь)
17. Red Circuit – Haze of Nemesis
18. Vintersorg – Naturbål
19. Triosphere – The Heart of the Matter
20. DragonForce – Maximum Overload

Best New Band

Arion – Last of Us

A warm melodic metal/power metal listen that had me humming along with the melodies after only one listen. A brilliant release for such a young band. They were one of the contenders to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 with the song ‘Lost’ from this album. I have expectations of listening to greater material as this band matures.

Best Live Album

Vicious Rumors – Live You to Death 2 American Punishment

Vicious Rumors – Live You to Death 2 American Punishment
Vicious Rumors – Live You to Death 2 American Punishment

Best Remake/Special Box Set/Rerelease Album

LORD – The Dungeon Era box set

LORD ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE 'THE DUNGEON ERA' BOX SET
LORD ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE
‘THE DUNGEON ERA’ BOX SET

Special mentions:

Mob Rules – Timekeeper, 20th Anniversary Box

Vauxdvihl – To Dimension Logic

Best Concert

Steel Assassins Festival 2014

Steel Assassins 2014posterRock – hard metal Top 3

  1. H.E.A.T. – Tearing Down the Walls

    1. H.E.A.T. – Tearing Down the Walls
    H.E.A.T. – Tearing Down the Walls
  2. Magnum – Escape from the Shadow Garden

    Magnum – Escape from the Shadow Garden
    Magnum – Escape from the Shadow Garden
  3. Brother Firetribe – Diamond in the Firepit

    Brother Firetribe – Diamond in the Firepit
    Brother Firetribe – Diamond in the Firepit

Best Pop-metal Album

Delain – The Human Contradiction

Delain – The Human Contradiction
Delain – The Human Contradiction

Best Industrial Album

Subway to Sally – MitGift

Subway to Sally – MitGift
Subway to Sally – MitGift

2014 Disappointments

I was expecting a new release from Swedish band, Nation, but none came.

Missing a lot of releases this year which may have made the top 20:
Sebastian Bach – Give Em Hell
Crazy Lixx – Crazy Lixx
Hammerfall – (r)Evolution
Eyefear – The Inception of Darkness
Primal Fear – Delivering the Black
Voyager – V
Timo Tolkki’s Avalon Part 2 (actually haven’t even heard Part 1)
White Widdow – Crossfire
Allen/Lande – The Great Divide

2015 Hopes

Nightwish music will have grown its testicles back now that Floor Jansen is singing.