Daily ‘Bang: Dan’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

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Apologies to Abbath and Jens Kidman. Zero apologies to the girl in the middle.

So now that I’ve mostly kicked the (fever? food poisoning? 24 hour bug?) that kept me sidelined on New Year’s Eve, let’s resume with the posting, shall we? And what better way to kick off 2015—albeit a day late—than with a list of New Year’s Resolutions?

I can’t really speak for Corey on this front, but here are some things I hope to follow through on in 2015. We’ll see how many of these actually happen:

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Daily Bang: Corey’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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Not one to miss out on another chance to share ‘The Best of 2014’, get excited to see a complete rundown of all the albums that made it into my Top 25 in a straightforward, easy to read list. That’s right. No reviews, no write-ups… just the list. Quick note, the Top 10 is ordered, the honorable mentions are not. So, without further delay, here they are…

– TOP FOUR –

Behemoth – The Satanist

Sólstafir – Ótta

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

– REMAINING TOP 10 –

Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Saor – Aura

Arkona – Yav

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Enthroned – Sovereigns

– HONORABLE MENTIONS – 

Fen – Carrion Skies

Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Novembers Doom – Bled White

Anathema – Distant Satellites

Vallenfyre – Splinters

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation 

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum 

Devin Townsend – 

Eyehategod – Eyehategod

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

And there you have it! Everything we’ve talked about and reviewed over the past few weeks on both the blog and in our podcast is right here. Yes, I am aware this was promised to you yesterday. Unfortunately some lingering holiday obligations after work prevented me from getting this done yesterday evening. Deal with it. And on that note, I think, just maybe, 2014 is officially a wrap…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

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Daily ‘Bang: Dan’s Top 25 Albums of 2014 — in One List!

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So remember a week ago, when I said we’d each be listing out our Top 25 albums in a single, coherent list? (You know, to make amends for the three-a-day-on-the-blog, plus three-three-and-then-four in our three most recent episodes of the podcast approach that we ended up going with?) Welp, with the holidays coming around, that became a bit of a tall order. But fear not, a week later, here are my Top 25 albums of 2014, listed out in a normal fashion!

— TOP FOUR —

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Cretin – Stranger

Behemoth – The Satanist

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

— REST OF THE TOP 10 (ORDERED) —

Agalloch – The Serpent and the Sphere

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Sólstafir – Ótta

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

Tombs – Savage Gold

— REST OF THE LIST (UNORDERED) —

Alraune – The Process of Self Immolation

Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer

Inter Arma – The Cavern

Thou – Heathen

 Saor – Aura

Devin Townsend Project – 

Earth – Primitive and Deadly

Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Misery Index – The Killing Gods

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

I’m leaving to catch a bus, so I didn’t really have time to Spotify all of these. The good news is: I’m sorry! And also, we’ve embedded these playlists before. So if you haven’t heard any of these yet, for whatever reason, look ’em up in our archives and give ’em a spin. Corey will be back with his Top 25 list later today, so keep eyes peeled. Until then!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

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…

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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 32 (December 13, 2014)

It’s time for Episode 32 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, we’re back with three more albums apiece from our end-of-year Top 25 lists! We also get into the Devin Townsend / Animals as Leaders tour stops in NYC and Boston, respectively, and poke fun at this year’s half-brained attempt to understand metal from the Grammy Awards. Fun for everyone!

All that and much, much more in Episode 32, so check it out!

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