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We’re back! Yesterday, we kicked off our mid-year list with some truly crushing albums, ranging from the heavy to the progressive to the down right insane. As this list keeps going, it’s going to become quite clear just how good 2014 has been to us. Seriously, can any of you remember a year filled with more amazing and exciting records? And in the first half of it, as well? We’re not planning on stopping any time soon!

Without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily arranged list of awesome albums from 2014 so far. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.

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Lord Mantis – Death Mask

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Imagine the most horrific/traumatic thing that has occurred in your life. Now, imagine that event in audio form and stretched out over the course of 7 tracks that clock in at 48 minutes. This is a perfect representation of the new Lord Mantis record, Death Mask. This is a journey that you have to be fully willing to embark on, as it is not for the faint of heart or the weak willed. It is a grueling slog that will make you question your existence and whether or not you should end it immediately. It will lead you down narrow hallways filled with corpses, vast caverns that light could not survive in, and mud thickened by the blood of weary travelers who just couldn’t live any longer or walk any further. Believe it or not, this is all meant positively.

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2014 has seen a peculiar abundance of blackened doom and sludge. Relapse Records put out albums from two big players in the niche genre simultaneously in January with the latest efforts from Indian (review here) and Culted, and other big names such as Thou and Lord Mantis are just around the corner. In case your year just wasn’t bleak enough or you figure today’s a good day to harm yourself or others, Indiana’s Coffinworm are streaming their new album IV.I.VIII in its entirety at Stereogum.

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There’s definitely something wrong with Lord Mantis. And I mean that in the best way possible, because the sounds they conjure on ‘Body Choke‘, taken from their upcoming new album Death Mask, are, to put it lightly, unearthly. It’s a nauseous cesspool of sludge, doom and black metal — culminating in an atmosphere so bleak and oppressive that there’s a good chance it may even collapse on itself.

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If you didn’t catch Lord Mantis‘ Pervertor a couple of years back, you missed out on one of the filthiest and sludgiest black metal records in recent memory. Thankfully though, there’s time to repent, as the group are readying their new album, entitled Death Mask, for later this year on April 15th through Profound Lore.

And, the general rule of thumb is, a sickeningly heavy album needs sickeningly heavy artwork to accompany it. Death Mask aims for something a little more memorable though. It’s distinctly NSFW, so jump in at your own risk.

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If the whole ‘Avant-garde Week’ thing didn’t tip you off, we’re quite partial to a bit of mind-bending insanity here at Heavy Blog. So, consider this our very own corner to discuss music that answers the question ‘why?!’ with a resounding ‘why the fuck not?’

First up, is the new collaboration between the black metal/noise phenomenon that is Gnaw Their Tongues and the sludge-ridden Belgian dirge of Alkerdeel. Together they spewed forth a nineteen minute swandive into a pit of sludge and dirty needles by the name of ‘Dyodyo Asema‘, put together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Belgian label ConSouling Sounds, and an equally disgusting video that you can view below:

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Who the hell is Famt Wang, you ask?! He’s a graphic artist who has done shirt designs for the likes of Reflections and Bound by Exile, he is the creator of a line of limited edition guitar picks for Carnifex, Dweller, and Ophidian I, and member of up-and-coming death metal band Blue Waffle (for the love of Christ, don’t Google them). He reached out to us concerning his very own Top 10 list and we were happy to oblige! Read his thoughts on the year below.

So, I wanted my top 10 list to not get lost in my 1,000,000 blog posts a day on Facebook; so I asked my friend over at Heavy Blog is Heavy to post it for me. Luckily they all think my music taste is great and that I’m funny as fuck, or I wouldn’t have been worked into the last day of publishing. 2012, has been a year full of jacking off, bad relationships, and somewhat decent music; at least for me. Communications was my focus for this year, and laying low. I think I got high more then anything in the last year and just blasted music. 2013 will be much more productive; my band will actually make real music and not fuck up splits with other bands, I’ll produce more guitar picks, and I’ll still smoke way too much weed. Here’s my top 10 releases of 2012.

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