Year end lists are something I both hate and love at the same time. Every December, I get excited about every webzine putting out lists of what they deem to be the best of the best releases in metal and other genres. But I find that this excitement doesn’t last very long, because as days pass by, the lists by different zines start to look very similar containing the same old albums that everybody has become aware of by that point. This redundancy turns my love for year end lists into hatred. So this year, I’ve decided to do something different with my list. I’m gonna list out those albums that are eclipsed by the shadows of the bigger releases. I can assure you, that the following albums are actually as good as (if not even better) the usual big albums you tend to see on such lists. So without further ado…
Hard to pick one over the other, they’re all great records. One of them is even a double, and if you want to count that as two records then that’s fine. It just means that this list goes to 11!
Describing your own music is something most musicians is uncomfortable with. Its easy to go a little overboard and come off as preposterous when you are satisfied with your latest work. Obsidian Kingdom describe themselves as “hard to classify heavy music with plenty of contrast”, and its actually quite fitting. Hailing from Barcelona, Obsidian Kingdom released a couple of EPs before ‘Mantiis’, their first full-length was self-released in 2012, with a limited print. They have since signed with Season of Mist who has reissued the album and brought the band a wider audience.
Yohoho folks! I hope that you’re enjoying your holidays to the fullest. Here’s my list of top 10 albums of two-o-one-four
Here’s my 2014-list of bands and albums to check out. It’s impossible to make a best of-list, but these are some damn good albums. The numbers don’t mean anything. They’re all good.