Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Sludgelord Presents: Phil Weller's Top 25 Records of 2014



25) American Heritage – Prolapse


Their swansong and one hell of one at that. Only six original tracks here, with three covers concluding the record but nevertheless merciless.

24) Melvins - Hold It In


Melvins plus the Butthole Surfers: Cacophonic chaos

23) Yossi Sassi - Desert Butterflies




The ex-Orpaned Land guitarist has crafted a record as beautiful as it is diverse.


22) Serpent Venom - Of Things Seen and Unseen


 

Gritty doom metal. Staggering live.


21) With Our Arms To The Sun - A Far Away Wonder



Cinematic and captivating, this mostly instrumental record is full.of moving, experimental prog rock.





The Swedes have reached a new level of brilliance with a sound truly unique.


19) The Vintage Caravan - Voyage



Classic rock with subtle progressive twists and bursting with energy. A very young band too.


18) Marty Friedman - Inferno
 

Smattered with guests, these are some inspired collaborations from a fantastic guitarist.


17) Goya / Wounded Giant - Split EP (2015 Release)



One half is slow, evil doom, the other more succinct and punchy. A perfect split EP.




Crisply produced thrash / death metal, they continue to build on their self-titled record with palpable results.


15) Collibus - The False Awakening



Prog metal excellence. A cacophony of exceptional guitar work and incredible vocals.



14) Pineapple Thief – Magnolia

 

Simply gorgeous compositions. Perfect for mellow evenings.


13) Floor – Oblation



Sludge pop. Riffs dirtier than a pig in mud but more contagious than Ebola.

The Sludgelord review: http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2014/05/floor-oblation-album-review.html

12) Slash - World's on Fire



Slash and Myles deliver huge rock songs once more.


11) Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed



Four unique and supremely talented musicians combine and the results are just as we fanatically imagined.


10) Sky Valley Mistress - Rivals, Hounds & Rebel Sisters



Full of fuzz, attitude and swagger.



9) Æges - Above & Down Below

 

Nasty riffs juxtaposed with soaring, spine-chilling melodies. A fantastic band.

The Sludgelord review: http://thesludgelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/ges-above-down-below-album-review.html?m=1

8) Witchrider - Unmountable Stairs



A record that's just grabbed me. So groovy, so fun.


7) Corrosion of Conformity – IX



COC do what COC do best. Tarquinius Superbus is one of the songs of the year.


6) Paul Gilbert - Stone Pushing Uphill Man

 

Only one song has vocals, the guitar is the voice here and it sings like an angel. His tones cut right through me.



5) Machine Head - Bloodstone and Diamonds



Metal titans in every sense of the word. Now We Die is a perfectly crafted anthem.


4) Opeth - Pale Communion



Vastly diverse and original, amass with sublime musicianship, Opeth really are a stunning band.


3) Wild Throne - Blood Maker
 

If only this were a full length record. Absolutely sensational. Short but incredibly powerful.


2) Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun



More accessible and psychedelic as they ever have been, but just as alluring. Packed with riffs.


1) Destrage - Are You Kidding Me, No?



Forever astounding, this is pure insanity. Such an ambitious album. Still noticing nuances with every listen. The title track is just unstoppable.



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