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poll-resultsAll this week we’ve been posting the results of our staff poll of the best releases of 2014. Find out your choices for Album of the Year and an aggregated Top 25 of Reader choices after the jump.

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Hello once again! We’ve already written a whole lot about albums from this year that we loved, but as you could probably tell from our individual staff top 10 lists, there were a whole slew of albums that individuals in the group adored but were unable to crack our aggregate top 50. We all try to listen to as much music as humanly possible throughout the year, but we are also humans with jobs and lives and families, and there are times that some of us just flat-out miss out on some great stuff. So that’s what the below entries are about. Consider these a few of our personal “honorable mentions.” And if there are any albums from our lists or here that you still think we missed out on, feel free to share them in the comments.

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Welcome back! We just gave you our official staff Top 50 list, but we’re dedicating today to breaking things down and giving you a peek at some of the picks from our individual staff members. In this post you’ll find lists of the top 10 albums from every staff writer and editor who participated in our internal poll this month. As you’ll see, even though our aggregated list appears to make some pretty large preferential statements in itself, when broken down to individuals there’s an even wider array of tastes and opinions on display.

In just a bit you’ll get to read about some of the albums listed here in our “Outliers” post. But for now, enjoy your lists upon lists!

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Let’s keep it brief, okay folks? This is the second part of our Top 50, Album of the Year list. At the end, you’ll find our Top 10, while tomorrow we’ll have individual staff members’ top 10 lists and our Outliers section: albums that were placed on individual top 10’s but didn’t make the Top 50 list.

The albums you’ll find here were ones that had broad consensus among our large group of staff writers and editors as truly excellent representations of the worlds of metal and other heavy music this year. No doubt you’ll find things to quibble with, but we’re proud of this list and the entries therein.

If you haven’t yet, check out Part I of this list, listing numbers 50 to 26. Alright, OK, no more words. Let’s get to it!

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Welcome, one and all, to the Heavy Blog Is Heavy Album of the Year list! This year, we did something a bit different. Instead of running staff members’ top 25 or top 10 lists, we went all sophisticated and created a composite Top 50 list. We’ll leave the statistical games behind the scenes but suffice it to say that we didn’t just vote on the list and its order. More subtly, this list represents the different rankings staff members gave albums on scale of 1-25. After we’re done running the complete list, we’ll also have a section where you can peep each member’s top 10 and an Outliers list: albums that made individual top 10’s but not the final Top 50.

The albums that you see below, from 50-26, are many of which we might call “wildcards.” Many of these albums either took us by complete surprise or are in genres we don’t normally cover on the website. Rather than restrict our list to just metal releases though, we wanted this list to be a true reflection of the full tastes of our eclectic staff.

I’ll shut up now, OK? Head on over the jump for the full list. 2014 was an amazing year and we thank each and everyone of you for being with us for it. We can’t wait for 2015! Let’s get to it.

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sbsshThe world is filled with music, some of it great some less so. So find out the latest collection of “Shit Brian Shields Should Hear” and maybe you should too after the jump.

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favorite-videosYears after the demise of Headbangers Ball metal bands continue to put out music videos, most destined for a spot on YouTube and maybe some niche cable TV channel. Compare your favorite Heavy Music Video to ours after the jump.

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farewell1We’ve been taking your votes for a couple of weeks for the Top 25 albums of 2014. Voting closes at Midnight (Eastern Time) tonight and then we start tabulating the hundreds of votes we’ve received. Find out how you, our readers are voting for the 2014 Album of the Year after the jump.

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sectioned1In Scotland the winters are long and the search for great music is intense.  Find out what Pedram Valiani of Sectioned is (really) listening to after the jump.

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tgiving-dinnerIt’s Thanksgiving, a time for football, feast, and showing the rich relatives how well you’ve turned out. Help us put together a playlist for the occasion after the break.

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