Perhaps the last of the “big platform” year-end metal lists we will re-post this year, NPR’s Lars Gotrich has today unveiled his line-up of favorite metal albums from the year that’s about to exhale its final breath.
For this of you who’ve been paying attention, earlier this month we jokingly reprinted “just the heavy stuff” from NPR’s overall cross-genre list of the site’s 50 favorite metal albums from 2014 — a list that consisted of one album, Pallbearer’s Foundation of Burden. But although NPR’s resident metal guy only got one slot to fill in that overall list, he got free rein on this new list. And what did he do with all that freedom?
Well, he compiled a list of 10 albums whose hallmark is diversity. Of course, Pallbearer reappears along with one other album that’s becoming (understandably) a near-ubiquitous presence on 2014 year-enders — Triptykon’s Melana Chasmata. But with a nod to High Spirits, he’ll make our man BadWolf a happy camper, and fans of Origin (whose name has appeared almost not at all in the other lists I’ve seen) will likewise be pleased. For myself, I got the biggest grins from seeing Skull Fist, Thou, and Wo Fat (!) on the list. And I’ve also now got some albums I’ve never heard of to go check out (like the one whose cover is partially exposed up above).
So yes, this is an electric grouping and certainly not one that’s devoted to “the usual suspects” this year. To read Lars’ thoughts about each selection and listen to sample songs from each album, go to this location. Here’s the full list (which is unranked):
Gridlink – Longhena
High Spirits – You Are Here
Morbus Chron – Sweven
Origin – Omnipresent
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
Riot V – Unleash the Fire
Skull Fist – Chasing the Dream
Thou – Heathen
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
Wo Fat – The Conjuring
P.S. It turns out that NPR limited Lars to a list of 10. To see his Top 25 list, go here: