Top 30 of 2014 • LP Edition

After more than two years of hard work, as well as some definite procrastination along the way, I have finally finished my list for the best albums of 2014. Yes, you’re reading this correctly – 2014! It should go without saying that this has been, by far, the most difficult list for me to piece together. So much great music was released in that year and I wanted to be sure to do the utmost amount of justice to all the bands who contributed in that time. That being said, it is an absolutely huge sigh of relief to get this off my chest, and I can pretty much guarantee that I will never spend so long on a single post ever again (unless my life depends on it).

As always, I hope you enjoy and are able to find a new band or two to add to your own list of favorites. Let me know what you were listening to in 2014 and/or since then! So many great things happening. Top EP’s of 2015 coming next!


Honorable Mention: Kallisti // EYE


EYE - Kallisti Location:

  • Dubai (UAE)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • God Has His Reasons
  • The Call
  • Lost In A Void That I Know Far Too Well ∆

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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Honorable Mention: The Artifact // Deceptic


Location: Deceptic - The Artifact

  • Göteborg, Sweden 

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Lead Astray
  • The Shining Throne
  • Ocean

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  • N/A

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Honorable Mention: Envision // smallman


Location: Smallman - Envision

  • Asenovgrad (BG)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Vision
  • The Bond
  • Prayer

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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30. Minor Empires // Minor Empires


Minor Empires - Minor Empires

Location:

  • Madrid / Barcelona (ES)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Targets
  • Truth Seeker
  • Numbers

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29. La Gárgola // Chevelle


Chevelle - La Gargola Location:

  • Chicago, IL (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hunter Eats Hunter
  • Under the Knife
  • Choking Game

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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28. Breaching the Sound // Vestascension


Vestascension - Breaching the Sound Location:

  • Baltimore, MD (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Heart Machine
  • An Endless Voyage
  • Burn Your Garden Down

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

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27. Tauri // Surrender the Sun


Surrender the Sun - Tauri Location:

  • Sydney (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Reason
  • Crave
  • Tides

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  • N/A

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26. Wovenwar // Wovenwar


Wovenwar - Wovenwar Location:

  • San Diego, CA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Prophets
  • Tempest
  • Moving Up

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Other Releases:

  • N/A

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25. Lowborn // Anberlin


Anberlin - Lowborn Location:

  • Florida (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hearing Voices
  • We Are Destroyer
  • Stranger Ways

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24. Transmissions // Starset


Starset -Transmissions Location:

  • Columbus, OH (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • It Has Begun
  • Point of No Return
  • Down with the Fallen

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

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23. Distant Satellites // Anathema


Anathema - Distant SatellitesLocation:

  • Liverpool (UK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dusk (Dark is Descending)
  • Distant Satellites
  • The Lost Song (Part 3)

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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22. Outside the Universe // Widek


Location: Widek - Outside the Universe

  • Gdańsk (PL)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Enter Through the Sun (feat. Matthieu Romain & Gru)
  • Ion
  • Spiral

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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21. A Brave New World // Sounds of Sirus


In dedication of vocalist, Josh Day. RIP ~ 2013

Sounds of Sirus - A Brave New WorldLocation:

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Opposite of Thinking
  • Pristiq
  • Daylight Paranoia

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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20. The Joy of Motion // Animals As Leaders


Animals As Leaders - The Joy of Motion Location:

  • Washington D.C. (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Woven Web
  • Air Chrysalis
  • Physical Education

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19. Telescapes // Full Code


Location: Full Code - Telescapes

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • (b)TtM²
  • Aquautomaton
  • Lion

Music Videos:

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  • N/A

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18. Arecibo // Forever the Optimist


 Location: Forever the Optimist - Arecibo

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Revolutions
  • Enter, Circus
  • End of Antics

Music Videos:

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  • N/A

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17. Reflection – ForTiorI


ForTiorI - ReflectionLocation:

Bigburg (DE)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dissent: The Fight
  • Anamnesis: Rebirth
  • Afterworld: Transform

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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16. Simulacra // Opus of a Machine


Location: Opus of a Machine - Simulacra

  • Gold Coast, QLD (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Tuatara
  • The Feeding
  • Hourly Painted Obscurity

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

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15. Time Travelers & Bonfires // Sevendust


Location: Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires

  • Atlanta, GA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Black
  • The Wait
  • Bonfire
  • Denial
  • Come Down

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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14. Walking on a Flashlight Beam // Lunatic Soul


Location: Lunatic Soul - Walking On A Flashlight Beam

  • Warsaw (PL)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Walking on a Flashlight Beam
  • Gutter
  • Shutting Out the Sun
  • Pygmalion’s Ladder
  • Cold

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13. Thrones // Alaya


Location: Alaya - Thrones

  • Chicago, IL (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Poor Gloria
  • White Noise
  • Sleep
  • Paths
  • Inside

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

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12. LUN // Destiny Potato


Location: Destiny Potato - LUN

  • Belgrade (RS)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Indifferent
  • Blue Sun
  • Lost Dream
  • Walls of Thoughts
  • Machine

Music Videos:

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  • N/A

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11. The Gyre // Carthasy


Location: Carthasy - The Gyre

  • Perth (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Echoburst
  • Endorphin
  • Dresden
  • Ascent
  • 6 Underground

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10. Language // The Contortionist


Location: The Contortionist - Language

  • Indianapolis, IN (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Language I: Intuition
  • The Parable
  • Primordial Sound
  • Ebb & Flow
  • Integration

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9. Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth // Rishloo


Location:

Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth 01

  • Seattle, WA (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dead Rope Machine
  • Dark Charade
  • Salutations
  • Winslow
  • Just A Ride

Music Videos:

  • N/A

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8. A Voice Within // Intervals


Location: Intervals - Intervals

  • Toronto & Ontario (CA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Self Surrendered
  •  Moment Marauder
  • Siren Sound
  • The Escape
  • Atlas Hour

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7. Aeons // Stealing Axion


Location: Stealing Axion - Aeons

  • Tacoma, WA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Parallel Futures
  • Lost Awakening
  • Skyline
  • Memories
  • Exiled

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6. Two Thrones // Malrun


Location: Malrun - Two Thrones

  • Aarhus (DK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Eye of Horus
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • Cycle of Abuse
  • Serpent’s Coil
  • The Ghost of You

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5. The Amanuensis // Monuments


Location:

Monuments - The Amanuensis

  • London (UK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Origin of Escape
  • Atlas
  • I, the Creator
  • Saga City
  • The Alchemist

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4. Tellurian // Soen


 Location: Soen - Tellurian

  • Various

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Void
  • Kuraman
  • Ennui
  • The Words
  • Koniskas

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3. Sines // Jakob


 Location: Jakob - Sines

  • Napier, Hawkes Bay (NZ)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Magna Carta
  • Blind Them With Science
  • Resolve
  • Darkness
  • Harmonia

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2. Marula // Eden Circus


Location:

Eden Circus - Marula

  • Hamburg (DE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Her Lovely Hands Upon the Black Earth
  • Summon a Ghost
  • A Desert In Between
  • 101
  • A Shore Uncertainty

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

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1.  Guiding Lights // Skyharbor


Location:

Skyharbor - Guiding Lights

  • Various

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • New Devil
  • Allure
  • Evolution
  • Guiding Lights
  • The Constant

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