MKH Top Ten Of 2014:
I will begin with saying that 2014 was an incredible year for new music. As you can see, my top 3 are all #1 – they are all tied for first place. It was quite difficult to not put 20-30 albums in this year’s top releases, it is also a feat to put things “in order” – but I shall attempt to!
1. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
Slipknot’s “(sic)” was the first song Trivium ever played live. We performed it in 2000 at The Lake Brantley High School’s Battle Of The Bands when I was 12/13 years old. Needless to say, Slipknot has been a favorite band of mine for ages. Having rotating favorites between the first and third albums, I had no idea what was to come of their fifth.
“.5″ for me, is the greatest Slipknot album yet. “Override” and “Custer” are my two new favorite Slipknot songs. The dimensions and depths and layers to this album are staggering. The brutality is as harsh as ever on the record, the melody is more passionate and infectious as ever. This album is the pinnacle of all things Slipknot. Mind-blowing.
1. Behemoth – The Satanist
“The Satanist” without question is the best in Death Metal, Black Metal, Extreme Metal, and Metal of the year. Having always been a massive Behemoth fan, I feel with their newest opus, they have ventured into a darkness unlike anything previous. “O Father O Satan O Sun” and “The Satanist” explore new tempos and territories uncharted before by Behemoth. These slower, more melodic, more menacing tracks are equally as heavy and destructive as anything they’ve done previously. “The Satanist” has so many layers and worlds within the music – it’s more like Mozart’s Requiem than simply Black Metal; although – this is the most Black Metal thing Behemoth has done yet – in the sense it’s revolutionized Black Metal all over again.
1. マキシマムザホルモン (Makishimamu Za Horumon/ Maximum The Hormone) – 予襲復讐 (Yoshū Fukushū)
Outside of Japan, Maximum The Hormone isn’t quite a household name just yet. But to put in in perspective, I had the privilege to see MTH play in front of 20,000 people in Osaka a few years back and I easily put it in one of the greatest shows I’ve seen in my life time. The entire crowd knew every word, hand motion; it was as if the crowd was part of the performance.
“Yoshū” captures everything I love about Maximum The Hormone. It’s melodic, spastic, heavy, insane, indescribable, bizarre, hilarious, passionate, manic, beautiful, serious… It’s all things Japan defined by a band. If I absolutely must compare MTH to bands or genres, think: Pantera, Faith No More, The Misfits, Rage Against The Machine, Black Flag and all the insanity that is Japanimation. Although… that still doesn’t quite define them.