Jan 142015

 

Rumor has it that Andy Synn will eventually be delivering his annual list of favorite songs, but with that exception, our 2014 edition of LISTMANIA has finally drawn to a close. Or to put it differently, since we’re halfway through 2014′s first month, I decided it was time to wrap it up.

Our 2014 series of lists was another extensive one — we posted more than 30 lists with accompanying commentary. Some of these were lists that appeared at other “big platform” web sites or magazines — places with large audiences, many of which cover musical genres well beyond metal. We also published our own staff lists, of course. But the largest group of list posts came from guest writers — NCS readers, band members, and fellow bloggers/writers. Plus, we also received many lists in reader comments on THIS POST.

In this article I’m collecting links to all of the 2014 year-end lists that we published, divided into categories and listed within each category in the order of their appearance. For people who are looking for the best metal that 2014 had to offer, I think these lists provide a tremendous resource.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to 2014 LISTMANIA and to everyone who made time to read what we pulled together.

 

MAGAZINES / “BIG PLATFORM” SITES

DECIBEL

Revolver

PopMatters

Rolling Stone

SPIN

Stereogum

Pitchfork

NPR

 

BAND MEMBERS

Ayloss (Spectral Lore)

Neill Jameson (Krieg)

Austin Lunn (Panopticon, Seidr)

Patrick Bruss (Crypticus)

Jesse Zuretti (The Binary Code)

Jacobo Córdova (Majestic Downfall, Zombiefication)

Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade)

Cretos Filthgrinder (A Band of Orcs)

Johan Huldtgren (Obitus)

“B” (Station Dysthymia)

Gronk! (A Band of Orcs)

 

FELLOW BLOGGERS/WRITERS

Ben C.

Deckard Cain

Professor D. Grover the XIIIth

Tr00 Nate

Wil Cifer (best black metal)

Dan Barkasi

Alain Mower

Ben Smasher

Wil Cifer (non-black-metal)

 

OTHER GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

Vonlughlio

SurgicalBrute

eiterorm

 

NCS STAFF AND REGULAR/IRREGULAR CONTRIBUTORS

Grant Skelton

KevinP

Austin Weber

DGR

Andy Synn

BadWolf (non-metal list)

Leperkahn

6 Responses to “2014 LISTMANIA WRAP-UP”

  1. SurgicalBrute says:

    Hey, Im a contributor..I contribute witty repartee

  2. this year’s listmania was great, it introduced to several awesome albums that i had missed : )

  3. Chris. says:

    I’m happy The Haunted got a mention. Unless I missed something, I am slightly disheartened that Xerath’s III and Arsafes’ Ratocracy were not.

  4. Tr00 Nate says:

    You left me off this list! >:C

    • Islander says:

      HELLFIRE AND DAMNATION! I have now added you. I screwed up and forgot to tag your list with the “Listmania 2014” tag when I posted it, and so when I used that to call up all the lists in writing this wrap-up, yours wasn’t there. I wonder who else I’ve slighted…

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