Once again, as part of our year-end LISTMANIA series, we bring you a list of the year’s best metal from a platform other than our own, and one that gets orders of magnitude more eyeballs. As in the case of other “big platform” lists we republish, we do this as a way of peaking at what the wider world sees, since our world is very narrow and subterranean.
And just in case that goofball who saw us re-post Rolling Stone’s list last year decides to get shit-faced and come visit us again, let me just repeat what’s already in the goddamned post title: THIS IS NOT OUR LIST. THIS IS A LIST OF THE 20 BEST METAL ALBUMS COMPILED BY ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE.
The article appears here, with accompanying explanations for the choices. My only comment about this list is: It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Here you go:
P.S. I decided to add another comment. I fully expected to at least recognize every name on the list before I saw it, and therefore wasn’t expecting the list to turn me onto something new (even if I do appreciate the recognition given to many of the bands on this list who deserve it). That turned out to be true — with one exception.
I’m pretty sure I had never heard of Ommadon before. That seemed like a pretty deep cut, and so I went exploring. They’re a two-man group from Glasgow and their 2014 album V (on Bandcamp) consists of 2 songs, one of them 47 minutes long, one of them 40. And it ain’t “accessible”, “easy listening” material.
So far, it’s crawling, teeth-rattling, pavement-cracking doom/drone. After the first 15 minutes I think my spinal cord has started leaking fluid and I may need a spleen transplant soon. Can’t imagine this is anyone’s definition of “hipster approved”, so kudos to RS for calling them out.
20. Twilight – III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb
19. Krokodil – Nachash
18. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
17. Ommadon – V
16. Electric Wizard – Time To Die
15. Tombs – Savage Gold
14. Melvins – Hold It In
13. Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
12. The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation
11. Indian – From All Purity
10. Body Count – Manslaughter
9. Crowbar – Symmetry In Black
8. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun
7. Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
6. Behemoth – The Satanist
5. Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
4. Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God
3. At the Gates – At War With Reality
2. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
1. YOB – Clearing the Path To Ascend