Dec 292014


For the last month we’ve been rolling out a multitude of year-end lists written for our site by musicians, fans, fellow bloggers, and our own humble staff, but we’re still keeping an eye open for lists that appear at what I’ve been calling “big platform” web sites, i.e., entertainment portals with big audiences that don’t cater only to metalheads. Today, Pitchfork unveiled its list of “The Best Metal Albums of 2014”.

It’s actually a collection of multiple lists, leading off with a personal Top 25 compiled by Pitchfork writer Brandon Stosuy (author of the “Show No Mercy” column), followed by separate selections by other Pitchfork metal contributors, including Kim Kelly, Zoe Camp, Grayson Currin, Jason Heller, and Andy O’Connor, as well as David Castillo of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus bar.

After the jump, you’ll see Stosuy’s Top 25, and by following this link you can read his thoughts about each selection and listen to sample songs; the additional lists contributed by the other Pitchfork metal writers can be found at the same place.

As for the list itself, it includes many names that have been appearing, well, everywhere (e.g., YOB, Pallbearer, and Godflesh), but it also includes some names that, although deserving, will likely appeal to a much narrower slice of listeners (e.g., Thantifaxath, Teitanblood, Krieg, and Diocletian). But perhaps the biggest surprise — and a welcome one — is the album that landed in the No. 1 spot.



25.  Planning For Burial – Desideratum

24.  Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

23.  Lantlôs – Melting Sun

22.  Wreck & Reference – Want

21.  Mutilation Rites – Harbinger

20.  Atriarch – An Unending Pathway

19.  Teitanblood – Death

18.  Gridlink – Longhena

17.  Krieg – Transient

16.  Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

15.  Diocletian – Gesundrian

14.  Eyehategod – Eyehategod

13.  Inter Arma – The Cavern

12.  Morbus Chron – Sweven

11.  Primordial – Where Greater Men have Fallen

10.  Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall

09.  Indian – From All Purity

08.  Woods of Desolation – As the Stars

07.  Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

06.  Blut Aus Nord – Memorial Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

05.  Nux Vomica – Nux Vomica

04.  Tombs – Savage Gold

03.  YOB – Clearing the Path To Ascend

02.  Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

01.  Thou – Heathen


  1. “Thou”? That’s laughable! Gorguts put out the best METAL album this year – don’t deny it. Stop trying to be different – you’re only appealing to hipsters. Have fun with that. I thought i’d found a credible metal music site to frequent. Apparently not – laters!

  2. Some good stuff on this list.

    At the risk of being called closed-minded, I just don’t understand why Wreck and Reference is considered a metal artist. I like the album just fine–it’s dark and atmospheric and noisy and on The Flenser and all that–but it doesn’t sound like metal. Is there a precedent that I’m not aware of, or is this a brand new kind of music that just had to be categorized?

    • I agree and feel similarly about the inclusion of Lantlos. A fine album in its own right, but stripped of all of what I consider to be the calling cards of metal.

  3. it’s an ok list : )

  4. Obligatory appreciation comment for the criminally overlooked Nux Vomica record.

  5. “Inter Arm?” Sounds painful.

  6. Strange list – I listened to only two of these albums and I’m not even remotely interested in the rest of them. But it is interesting to see other opinions as well, regardless if you agree with them or not. So far, the most interesting lists (at least for me) were Austin Lunn’s list and Vonlughlio’s list.
    Sadly, no Duskmourn on any of the lists so far – probably because it was released only a few weeks ago.

  7. I’m really having a hard time figuring out why Pallbearer is placing as high as they are on so many lists. I’ve got that album, and it’s ok. However, for that style of doom, I’d place The Wounded Kings – Consolamentum much, much higher, and I’ve not seen it on any lists, anywhere.

    • Agreed, I would like to offer Slomatics and Cardinal Wyrm to the list of doom bands that deserve more accolades then Pallbearer has been getting. I’ll have to check out The Wounded Kings. 😛

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