The first half of the year has gone by, having left us with great music throughout the whole genre spectrum covered by Noisefull. Writers and contributors of the site that focus on rock, metal and alternative efforts gathered together and voted, producing three distinct mid-year lists.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are the best metal records for the first half of 2014. The albums are in reverse order, number one being our favorite.
10. Hail Spirit Noir – Oi Magoi
Whilst predominantly non-conventional, it somehow manages to be rather approachable and enjoyable, something that broadens the potential audience for this record. “Oi Magoi” is an original artistic creation and a uniquely inspired release from a band that is very talented and unafraid to experiment with their sound and take risks.
9. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
No matter how many times I listen to this record, I cannot seem to pinpoint who the main contributor or protagonist is. Each listen, each track and every way I try to approach it gives me a different answer. In their self-titled debut, Killer Be Killed manage kick up the dust, providing us with something fresh and different, all with the satisfaction guarantee of four great musicians.
8. Behemoth – The Satanist
“The Satanist” is an extremely energetic album and displays exactly that each and every second it lasts. It seems that during all this time Nergal was absent, there was some unidentifiable force protecting him and his creativity, giving him inspiration on what to do next. A truly great dark and extreme metal album.
7. Aenaon - Extance
Aenaon manage to very successfully incorporate various musical elements into their own sound. They attempt to portray a multi-faceted dimension to their music by experimenting, utilizing avant-garde approaches, incorporating jazzy atmospheres and excellent technical abilities. In the 66 minutes that it takes to listen to “Extance” from start to finish, you are taken on n adventurous and thrilling musical trip. Each listen reveals something new!
6. Gridlink – Longhena
It is the first time that Gridlink diverge from their usual 10 minute offerings as with “Longhena” they display an extreme and truly progressive work of art. Grind has travelled long and hard to reach this point. Nothing will ever be the same again and the void left in Gridlink’s absence is gigantic. This album is s great example of how grind isn’t simply violence expressed in an audible form. This is art in its most extreme version.
5. Dead Congregation – Promulgation Of The Fall
We love death metal. We love its momentum, its stature its rather controversial nature and its musical instability. More than half of the albums released under this genre sport some of the aforementioned characteristics. We listen to them, we set them apart and they normally end up in the higher spots of our record collection. There are times though when a particular album comes along and just shatters everything we know, redefining all the virtues of the genre. “Promulgation Of The Fall” is one of those albums, reinforcing Dead Congregation’s legendary status in the scene.
4. Grand Magus – Power And Triumph
With their new venture, KB and Co. offer us one of Grand Magus’ most epic moments. Its main theme revolves around the demise of old and kings and the rise to power of new, more ambitious ones. In the same way, that is how I see Grand Magus too. In the absence of “old kings”, they manage to rise to the top. The king is dead… all hail the king!
3. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
Dark, black, heavy, full of anger, sadness, melancholy, and many more that cannot be put in words, the "Melana Chasmata" is a hearing that needs to be felt in order to be fully understood. It is one of these hearings that have the quality and content to leave their mark in time. The new project of the great Tom Gabriel Warrior makes the majority of those that want to say they play extreme music to seem insignificant and possibly makes them to think again.
2. Mastodon – Once More Around The Sun
It is truly admirable how Mastodon managed to make another great album, without staying static, without repeating themselves, but also without trying to present something groundbreaking. This probably has to do with the fact that the band has built a strong musical character and moves right around him, but ultimately that hardly concerns me, especially since each hearing of the "Once More 'Round The Sun" continues to be interesting as much as enjoyable.
1. Need – Orvam: A Song For Home
"Orvam" is an exemplary made album and definitely one of the best and most comprehensive works that this place ever produced in metal. The only thing that this album requires from the listener is a bit of time and attention and this will reward him, offering something different and at the same time of high quality. This album deserves to be the first step, which will lead the Need to the next level.
Editorship: Chris Karadimitris
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