Best of 2014 – Corey’s Honorable Mentions, Part 3

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Hello, everyone.

As you can see, we’re moving right along with our favorite listens of the past year. Hopefully you’ve been able to keep up after the first two days. It’s a lot to cover in a week (but oh, so worth it). Just a few more days until we reveal our Final Fours on the podcast. But for now, let’s keep moving through my 2014 Honorable Mentions. Today’s entries are…

 Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise)

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It’s hard to believe the Atlanta-based prog metallers have been around for 15 years. I remember when their first full-length, Remission, came out in 2002. Since then, they’ve put out five more full-lengths, each one taking the band in a bit of a different direction. Following the release of The Hunter back in 2011, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The fact is, it has always taken some time, usually three or four listens, for me to really appreciate a Mastodon record. That wasn’t the case here. This is a solid listen from start to finish with very few weak moments. It managed to catch my attention immediately. Yes, this band has become a fixture in the mainstream metal world, but not by accident. They have consistently put out quality albums, each with their own unique feel to them. This is no different.

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche Recordings)

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One of our favorite things to do here is talk about comeback albums. (See: Carcass, At the Gates, etc.) We also tend to be fans of the industrial side of the metal world. As such, Godflesh fits right in on my list with A World Lit Only By Fire. It had only been 13 years since Hymns came out, and I won’t lie, I had just about forgotten about these guys. Not to worry, after this thing, that won’t be happening again for a long time. I mean, in all fairness, we had an idea of what we were going to be into thanks to the Decline & Fall EP that preceded this release. My appetite had been whetted and this built on the EP perfectly. It’s a thunderous, mechanical listen that falls right in line with all the things that make Godflesh great. This album is a must at the top of everyone’s ‘Comeback of the Year’ list for 2014.

Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation (Profound Lore)

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This is the debut LP for the Nashville, Tennessee black metal group, Alraune. I’m going to waste no time and file these guys into my ‘Best New Discoveries of 2014’ category. Yes, this is a relatively quick listen, clocking in at 38 minutes. But make no mistake, this is pure, evil, aggressive black metal–the way it’s meant to sound and be heard. It does a phenomenal job of easing you into comfort with it’s chime-filled medieval tones in the album’s ‘Prelude’ and the opening minutes of ‘Simulacra’ before once again returning to the punishing riffs and howling screams that define the album. Alraune shoots high and doesn’t once miss. The Process of Self-Immolation bites and claws its way to a spot among the best black metal albums of 2014.

Three days down, two to go. I’m just getting warmed up. “Hey! Ho! Let’s fucking go! Hey! Ho! Let’s get up and rock n’ roll!”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up. 

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