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Metal Hammer writers' albums of the year 2014

Metal Hammer staff pick their top albums of the year

As the year is winding down and we start thinking about just how fantastic 2014 was for the world of rock and metal, we thought we'd share with you the records that us idiots thought were the best of the past 12 months. Do you agree with us?

Alexander Milas / Editor-In-Chief

  1. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  2. Solstafir **Ótta **Season Of Mist
  3. Crowbar **Symmetry In Black **Century Media
  4. Machine Head **Bloodstones & Diamonds **Roadrunner
  5. Opeth **Pale Communion **Roadrunner
  6. Slipknot **.5: The Gray Chapter **Roadrunner
  7. Marmozets **The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets **Roadrunner
  8. Mastodon **Once More Around The Sun **Warner
  9. Casualties Of Cool **Casualties Of Cool **Self-Released
  10. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  11. Lionize **Jetpack Soundtrack **Weathermaker
  12. Xerath **III **Candlelight
  13. Triptykon **Melana Chasmata **Century Media
  14. Orange Goblin **Back From The Abyss **Candlelight
  15. Skyharbor **Guiding Lights **Basick
  16. Suicide Silence **You Can't Stop Me **Nuclear Blast
  17. Primus **Primus & The Chocolate Factory… **ATO
  18. Savage Messiah **The Fateful Dark **Earache
  19. Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus **Spirit Knife **Small Stone
  20. Accept **Blind Rage **Nuclear Blast

Merlin Alderslade / Deputy Editor

  1. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  2. Hang The Bastard **Sex In The Seventh Circle **Century Media
  3. Suicide Silence **You Can't Stop Me **Nuclear Blast
  4. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Nuclear Blast
  5. Marmozets **The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets **Roadrunner
  6. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  7. Enabler **La Fin Absolue Du Monde **Century Media
  8. Beartooth **Disgusting **Red Bull
  9. Architects **Lost Forever // Lost Together **Epitaph
  10. Crowbar **Symmetry In Black **Century Media
  11. Upon A Burning Body **The World Is My Enemy Now **Sumerian
  12. Martyr Defiled **Siege Of Amida **Siege Of Amida
  13. Winterfylleth **The Divination Of Antiquity **Candlelight
  14. Black Moth **Condemned To Hope **New Heavy Sounds
  15. I Killed The Prom Queen **Beloved **Epitaph
  16. Trap Them **Blissfucker **Southern Lord
  17. Mastodon **Once More Round The Sun **Warner
  18. At The Gates **At War With Reality **Century Media
  19. Miss May I **Rise Of The Lion **Rise
  20. Brutality Will Prevail **Suspension Of Consciousness **Siege Of Amida

Vanessa Thorpe / Production Editor

  1. Marmozets **The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets **Roadrunner
  2. Mastodon **Once More ’Round The Sun **Roadrunner
  3. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Roadrunner
  4. Blues Pills **Blues Pills **Nuclear Blast
  5. Black Moth **Condemned To Hope **New Heavy Sounds
  6. Devin Townsend **Z2 **Inside Out
  7. Upon A Burning Body **The World Is My Enemy Now **Sumerian
  8. Killer Be Killed **Killer Be Killed **Nuclear Blast
  9. Slipknot **.5: The Gray Chapter **Roadrunner
  10. Sólstafir **Ótta **Season Of Mist
  11. Casualties Of Cool **IX **Candlelight
  12. Crobot **Something Supernatural **Wind-up
  13. Truckfighters **Universe **Fuzzorama
  14. Opeth **Pale Communion **Roadrunner
  15. Blackberry Smoke **The Whippoorwill **Earache
  16. Orange Goblin **Back From The Abyss **Candlelight
  17. Cynic **Kindly Bent To Free Us **Season Of Mist
  18. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  19. Down **IV Part II **Down
  20. Cavalera Conspiracy **Pandemonium **Napalm

Dom Lawson / Editor-At-Large

  1. Necrophagia **White Worm Cathedral **Season Of Mist
  2. Scott Walker/Sunn O))) **Soused **4AD
  3. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Nuclear Blast
  4. Opeth **Pale Communion **Roadrunner
  5. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  6. Swans **To Be Kind **Young God
  7. Wovenhand **Refractory Obdurate **Deathwish
  8. Nunslaughter **Angelic Dread **Hells Headbangers
  9. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  10. Primordial **Where Greater Men Have Fallen **Metal Blade
  11. Evergrey **Hymns For The Broken **AFM
  12. Bloodbath **Grand Morbid Funeral **Peaceville
  13. Anathema **Distant Satellites **Kscope
  14. Voices **London **Candlelight
  15. Crowbar **Symmetry In Black **Century Media
  16. Triptykon **Melana Chasmata **Century Media
  17. Alaya **Thrones **Basick
  18. Decapitated **Blood Mantra **Nuclear Blast
  19. Slipknot **.5: The Gray Chapter **Roadrunner
  20. Yob **Clearing The Path To Ascend **Neurot

Jonathan Selzer / Reviews and Subterranea Editor

  1. Wovenhand **Refactory Obdurate **Deathwish Inc
  2. Sólstafir **Ótta **Season Of Mist
  3. Primordial **Where Greater Men Have Fallen **Metal Blade
  4. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  5. Electric Wizard **Time To Die **Spinefarm
  6. Scott Walker/Sunn O))) **Soused **4AD
  7. Swans **To Be Kind **Young God
  8. Voices **London **Candlelight
  9. 11Paranoias **Stealing Fire From Heaven **Ritual Productions
  10. Winterfylleth **The Divination Of Antiquity **Candlelight
  11. Selim Lemouchi And His Enemies **Earth Air Spirit Fire Water **Ván
  12. Yob **Clearing The Path To Ascend **Neurot
  13. Mayhem **Esoteric Warfare **Season Of Mist
  14. Messenger **Illusory Blues **Svart
  15. Bong **Stoner Rock **Ritual Productions
  16. Dread Sovereign **All Hell's Martyrs **Ván
  17. Triptykon **Melana Chasmata **Century Media
  18. Anaal Nathrakh **Desideratum **Metal Blade
  19. Opeth **Pale Communion **Roadrunner
  20. Mastodon **Once More 'Round The Sun **Roadrunner

Luke Morton / Online Editor

  1. Marmozets **The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets **Roadrunner
  2. Architects **Lost Forever // Lost Together **Epitaph
  3. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  4. Suicide Silence **You Can't Stop Me **Nuclear Blast
  5. Beartooth **Disgusting **Red Bull
  6. Vanna **VOID **Pure Noise
  7. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Nuclear Blast
  8. Slipknot **.5: The Gray Chapter **Roadrunner
  9. NOTHING **Guilty Of Everything **Relapse
  10. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  11. Islander **Violence & Destruction **Victory
  12. Upon A Burning Body **The World Is My Enemy Now **Sumerian
  13. La Dispute **Rooms Of The House **Better Living
  14. Solstafir **Otta **Season Of Mist
  15. Polar **Shadowed By Vultures **In At The Deep End
  16. Martyr Defiled **No Hope No Morality **Siege Of Amida
  17. Mastodon **Once More 'Round The Sun **Reprise
  18. The Amity Affliction **Let The Ocean Take Me **Roadrunner
  19. Feed The Rhino **The Sorrow And The Sound **Siege Of Amida
  20. Comeback Kid **Die Knowing **Victory

Lewis Somerscales / Art Editor

  1. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  2. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Nuclear Blast
  3. Mastodon **Once More Round The Sun **Roadrunner
  4. Down **Down IV **Roadrunner
  5. Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter Roadrunner
  6. Upon A Burning Body **Album **Label
  7. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  8. Avatar **Hail The Apocalypse **Gain Music
  9. Casualties Of Cool **Casualties Of Cool **Pledgemusic
  10. Black Label Society **Catacombes Of The Black Vatican **Entertainment One
  11. Devin Townsend **Z2 **Inside Out
  12. Suicide Silence **You Can’t Stop Me **Nuclear Blast
  13. Casualties Of Cool **Casualties Of Cool **Pledgemusic
  14. Cannibal Corpse **A Skeletal Domain **Metal Blade
  15. Crowbar **Symmetry In Black **Century Media
  16. At The Gates **At War With Reality **Century Media
  17. The Hell **Groovehammer **Prosthetic
  18. Motionless In White **Reincarnate **Fearless
  19. Killer Be Killed **Killer Be Killed **Nuclear Blast
  20. Cavalera Conspiracy **Pandemonium **Napalm

Terry Bezer / Writer

  1. Marmozets **The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets Roadrunner**
  2. Architects **Lost Forever // Lost Together **Epitaph
  3. Against Me! **Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues **Unknown
  4. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  5. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  6. Issues **Issues **Rise
  7. Suicide Silence **You Can't Stop Me **Century Media
  8. Set It Off **Duality **Unknown
  9. Comeback Kid **Die Knowing **Victory
  10. Neck Deep **Wishful Thinking **Unknown
  11. The Menzingers **Rented World **Unknown
  12. Every Time I Die **From Parts Unknown **Epitaph
  13. Joyce Manor **Never Hungover Again **Unknown
  14. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Roadrunner
  15. Candy Hearts **All The Ways You Let Me Down **Unknown
  16. Mastodon **Once More Round The Sun **Roadrunner
  17. Feed The Rhino **The Sorrow The Sound **Siege Of Amida
  18. Of Mice & Men **Restoring Force **Rise
  19. PUP PUP Unknown
  20. **Beartooth **Disgusting 

Chris Chantler / Writer

  1. Slough Feg **Digital Resistance **Metal Blade
  2. Primordial **Where Greater Men Have Fallen **Metal Blade
  3. Electric Wizard **Time To Die **Spinefarm
  4. Godflesh **A World Lit Only By Fire **Avalanche
  5. Grand Magus **Triumph And Power **Nuclear Blast
  6. Sabaton **Heroes **Nuclear Blast
  7. The Tower **Hic Abundant Leones **Bad Omen
  8. Satan's Host **Virgin Sails **Moribund
  9. Anathema **Distant Satellites **Kscope
  10. Eyehategod **Eyehategod **Century Media
  11. Mayhem **Esoteric Warfare **Season Of Mist
  12. Dark Fortress **Venereal Dawn **Century Media
  13. Autopsy **Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves **Peaceville
  14. Messenger **Illusory Blues **Svart
  15. Rise Of Avernus **L'appel Du Vide **Code666
  16. Black Trip **Goin' Under **SPV
  17. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  18. Mysticum **Planet Satan **Peaceville
  19. 11Paranoias **Stealing Fire From Heaven **Ritual Productions
  20. Coven **Jinx **Self-Released

Joe Daly / Writer

  1. Sólstafir **Ótta **Season of Mist
  2. Insomnium **Shadows Of The Dying Sun **Century Media
  3. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Roadrunner
  4. Alcest **Shelter **Prophecy
  5. Primordial **Where Greater Men Have Fallen **Metal Blade
  6. Triptykon **Melana Chasmata **eOne
  7. With Our Arms To The Sun **A Far Away Wonder **Unconfined Ideas
  8. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  9. The Haunted **Exit Wounds **Century Media
  10. Agalloch **The Serpent & The Sphere **Eisenwald
  11. Atomikylä **Erkale **Future Lunch
  12. Bulletbelt **Rise Of The Banshee **Bulletbelt
  13. Obituary **World Demise **Relapse
  14. Aphyxion **Earth Entangled **Mighty Music
  15. Opeth **Pale Communion **Roadrunner
  16. Animals As Leaders **The Joy Of Motion **Sumerian
  17. Killer Be Killed **Killer Be Killed **Nuclear Blast
  18. Tombs **Savage Gold **Relapse
  19. Black Label Society **Catacombs Of The Black Vatican **eOne
  20. Emit **Spectre Music Of An Antiquary **Crucial Blast

Stephen Hill / Writer

  1. Destrage **Are You Kidding Me? No! **Metal Blade
  2. Against Me! **Transgender Dysphoria Blues **Total Treble Music
  3. Empty Yard Experiment **Kallisti **Self-Released
  4. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Nuclear Blast
  5. Feed The Rhino **The Sorrow And The Sound **Century Media
  6. Rancid **Honor Is All We Know **Epitaph
  7. Mastodon **Once Around The Sun **Roadrunner
  8. Every Time I Die **From Parts Unknown **Epitaph
  9. Hang The Bastard **Sex In The Seventh Circle **Century Media
  10. Killer Be Killed **S/T **Nuclear Blast
  11. Kruger **Adam And Steve **Listenable
  12. Electric Wizard **Time To Die **Spinefarm
  13. Behemoth **The Satanist **Nuclear Blast
  14. Monuments **The Emanuensis **Century Media
  15. Sick Of It All **Last Act Of Defiance **Century Media
  16. Black Moth **Condemned To Hope **NHS
  17. Pixies **Indie Cindy **Pixies Music
  18. Empress A.D. **Still Life Moving Fast **Roadrunner
  19. Suicide Silence **You Can’t Stop Me **Nuclear Blast
  20. The Haunted **Exit Wounds **Century Media

Gavin Lloyd / Writer

  1. Marmozets **The Weird & Wonderful Marmozets **Roadrunner
  2. Issues **Issues **Rise
  3. Slipknot **.5: The Gray Chapter **Roadrunner
  4. Beartooth **Disgusting **Red Bull
  5. Architects **Lost Forever // Lost Together **Epitaph
  6. Steel Panther **All You Can Eat **Kobalt
  7. King 810 **Memoirs of a Murderer **Roadrunner
  8. Machine Head **Bloodstone & Diamonds **Nuclear Blast
  9. Suicide Silence **You Can't Stop Me **Nuclear Blast
  10. Of Mice & Men **Restoring Force **Rise
  11. Mastodon **Once More 'Round The Sun **Reprise
  12. Rise Against **The Blackmarket **DGC
  13. The Hell **Groovehammer **Prosthetic
  14. Motionless In White **Reincarnate **Fearless
  15. Body Count **Manslaughter **Sumerian
  16. Crosses **Crosses **Sumerian
  17. Upon A Burning Body **The World Is My Enemy Now **Sumerian
  18. Coldrain **The Revelation **Hopeless
  19. Miss May I **Rise of the Lion **Rise
  20. Code Orange **I Am King **Deathwish

Dayal Patterson / Writer

  1. Mysticum **Planet Satan **Peaceville
  2. Falkenbach **Asa **Prophecy
  3. Autopsy **Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves **Peaceville
  4. Popcaan **Where We Come From **Mixpak
  5. Agalloch **The Serpent & The Sphere **Eisenwald
  6. Kampfar **Djevelmakt **Indie Recordings
  7. Blut Aus Nord **Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry **Debemur Morti
  8. Alcest **Shelter **Prophecy
  9. Deathtrip,The **Deep Drone Master **Svart
  10. Mayhem **Esoteric Warfare **Season Of Mist
  11. Judas Priest **Redeemer Of Souls **Columbia
  12. Winterfylleth **The Divination Of Antiquity **Candlelight
  13. Sólstafir **Ótta **Season Of Mist
  14. Electric Wizard **Time To Die **Spinefarm
  15. Great Old Ones, The **Tekeli-Li **Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions
  16. 1349 **Massive Cauldron Of Chaos **Indie Recordings
  17. Wolves In The Throne Room **Celestite **Southern Lord
  18. Fen **Carrion Skies **Code666
  19. Earth **Primitive And Deadly **Southern Lord
  20. Voices **London **Candlelight

Adam Rees / Writer

  1. Behemoth **The Satanist Nuclear Blast **Nuclear Blast
  2. Anathema **Distant Satellites **Kscope
  3. Wovenhand **Refractory Obdurate **Deathwish Inc
  4. Opeth **Pale Communion **Roadrunner
  5. At The Gates **At War With Reality **Century Media
  6. Anaal Nathrakh **Desideratum **Metal Blade
  7. Swans **To Be Kind **Young God
  8. King 810 **Memoirs Of A Murderer **Roadrunner
  9. Devin Townsend Project **Z2 **Inside Out
  10. Machine Head **Bloodstones & Diamonds **Roadrunner
  11. Decapitated **Blood Mantra **Nuclear Blast
  12. Winterfylleth **The Divination Of Antiquity **Candlelight
  13. Septicflesh **Titan **Season Of Mist
  14. Sanctuary **The Year The Sun Died **Century Media
  15. Grand Magus **Triumph And Power **Nuclear Blast
  16. Evergrey **Hymns For The Broken **AFM
  17. Body Count **Manslaughter **Sumerian
  18. Architects **Lost Forever//Lost Together **Epitaph
  19. Necrophagia **WhiteWorm Cathedral **Season Of Mist
  20. Within Temptation **Hydra **Roadrunner

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