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Posted Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:34pm by Darin Tambascio

In an effort to cover all the great recordings that came out in 2014, I've separated out the EPs from the full length recordings. To define what albums are EPs, I look at the total length of the album and the amount of songs. If the album is under 30 minutes and contains less than seven songs, I call it an EP. For example, Reign in Blood by Slayer is under 30 minutes but there are 10 songs, so I would not call it an EP. But these are my random rules, so whatever, here is my list:

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Tags: cloudkicker, The Cruelest Animal, Electric Wurms, epistasis, Geryon, Godflesh, The Great Wall, J. Robbins, krallice, Kraftwerk, Mogwai
Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 11:55am by Ian Beabout

A few folks have asked me for my Top 10 record picks of 2014. Although, this is by no means a comprehensive list - I don't have time to hear - the following are a few studio albums that have made a strong impression on me. That's not to say these are the only good albums released this year (they aren't), but these are the ones I might pick for a top 10 if I were to do one (there's more than 10 here).

In other words, if you haven't heard any of these yet, and you find you agree with me on some things, you may want to put these on the old Christmas list!

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Tags: Best of 2014, Knifeworld, Necromonkey, Ut Gret, the cellar and point, MoeTar, Stars in Battledress, Atomic Ape, PoiL, Happy Family, Aranis, Led Bib, Gong
Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 8:53am by Clayton Michaels

Because man cannot live on metal alone, here’s a list of my 10 favorite non-metal releases of 2014. My tastes tend to be kind of eclectic, so there should be a little something on this list to appeal to everyone.

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Tags: Emma Ruth Rundle, Cymbals Eat Guitars, You Blew It!, Cloud Nothings, Greensky Bluegrass, Self Defense Family, Swans, Pianos Become the Teeth, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:02am by Clayton Michaels

2014 turned out to be one of the strongest years for metal in recent memory, making the compiling of this list something of a challenge. It seemed like a particularly strong year for black metal, which comprises half of my list.

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Tags: Best metal albums of 2014, Winterfylleth, Woods of Desolation, Opeth, Panpoticon, Giant Squid, Gridline, Primordial, Pallbearer, Pharmakon, Falls of Rauros, black metal, grind, noise, prog metal
Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 1:40pm by Ian Beabout

On Saturday, November 8th, I took a pilgramage to the Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, a venue that has hosted countless progressive rock acts over the past 20 years. The venue, a recording studio, a rehearsal space, and a venue wrapped into one, hosted four live bands to celebrate its 20th anniversary, including The Knells, Frogg Cafe, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, and Discipline.

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Tags: Orion Sound Studios, The Knells, Frogg Cafe, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, Discipline


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