Best of 2014 – Infamous Butcher 2014
1. Obituary – Inked in Blood
Emerging from the Tampa swamps once more to bludgeon us with grinding death metal, Florida Death Metal legends Obituary return with their 9th studio album. The album is brutal, raw, and very underground demo looking from the artwork and the packaging. This is all intentional, because the album sounds like SLOWLY WE ROT meets CAUSE OF DEATH! Obituary hasn’t changed at all folks, and that is fine by me!
2. Sinister – The Post Apocalyptic Servant
22 years after the classic CROSS THE STYX, Holland’s Sinister continues to crank out brutal death metal. No melodic mamby pamby shit here, just an all out assault on the senses with killer riffs, hammering blast beats, and inhuman guttural growls. For a perfect example of death metal done right, look no further!
3. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
Priest’s glorious return, REDEEMER OF SOULS feels like a blend of all things that make Priest the legendary band that they are. I hear elements of PAINKILLER, BRITISH STEEL, DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH, SAD WINGS OF DESTINY and more here; this one was made for the fans. Metal God Rob Halford is still the best metal vocalist ever, check out “Halls of Valhalla” and “Battle Cry” for proof.
4. Massacre – Back From Beyond
An unlikely comeback with a new lineup of this classic Florida Death Metal band. Newcomers Ed Webb (vocals) and Mike Mazzonetto (drums) blend well with Rick Rozz (guitars) and Terry Butler (bass) to produce killer album of riffs, growls, beats, and mayhem! The album sounds like old school FROM BEYOND era Massacre meets Grave and Cannibal Corpse, I love it!
5. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
Another sick serving of gore from the death metal masters! If Cannibal Corpse is anything it is consistent. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher’s guttural vocals and screams, Alex Webster’s best in the business insane bass playing, blast beats galore, awesome riffs, screaming solos, this album has all the CC goods!
6. Overkill – White Devil Armory
7. Prong – Ruining Lives
8. Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out
9. Crowbar – Symmetry in Black
10. Abysmal Dawn – Obsolescence
11. Vader – Tibi et Lgni
12. Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws, and Graves
13. Incantation – Dirges of Elysium
14. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
15. Tankard – R.I.B.
16. Entombed A.D. – Back to the Front
17. Accept – Blind Rage
18. Thanatos – Global Purification
19. Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless
20. Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon
Hellcannon – Terminal
Cancer – Death Shall Rise
Major Events in Metal
- The return of Judas Priest with REDEEMER OF SOULS and a world tour!
- Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick leave Megadeth
- Steve “Zetro” Souza re-joins Exodus, Terry Butler and Ed Webb leave Massacre, which causes the group to fold.
Predictions for 2015
- New Slayer album with the new lineup
- Mike Portnoy joins Megadeth
- Iron Maiden does a world tour.