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.
PITCHFORK’S TOP 25
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