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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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And the list marches on. We’ve covered a myriad variety of metal so far and it’s a been a blast. Some of the albums already on the list definitely enjoyed a few more spins, just to remember exactly how good they are. As we charge towards that illustrious top five, the quality is not going to stop. We’re slowly climbing our way towards albums that were either hotly disputed in the group or enjoyed an overwhelming amount of consensus. Brace yourselves, here we go again!

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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We’re sure that you’ve heard of French electronic project The Algorithm‘s sophomore album OCTOPUS4, out now on Basick Records. I can’t stop going on about it, and it’ll seriously end up on my year-end retrospective of the best albums that 2014 has to offer. This is no mere electronic record; there’s elements of progressive metal and nearly tongue-in-cheek retrofuturism that makes OCTOPUS4 a fun and engaging listen.

Basick Records have been kind enough to hook us up with five free download codes for the record, and all you have to do to enter a random drawing is send an email with the headline “will_smith” to mail(at)heavybl0gisheavy.com. We’ll choose the winners this Friday. Good luck!

 

– JR

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The Algorithm‘s upcoming sophomore album OCTOPUS4 will probably end up on my top 20 albums of 2014 despite not actually being metal. The mish-mash of electronic music and prog is too fun to ignore, and OCTOPUS4 sees French musician Remi Gallego at his best thus far. Look no further than the oddity that is ‘will_smith‘, one of my favorites from the album, to get a feel for the insane world that is The Algorithm. Stream the track after the jump.

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The Algorithm – OCTOPUS4

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Remi Gallego’s The Algorithm is likely an anomaly in the listening habits of thousands of listeners; the France-based electronic act is marketed almost exclusively to those interested in tech metal and djent. Indeed, The Algorithm is overtly influenced by and born out of the djent movement and surrounding online scene — going as far as recruiting Monuments drummer Mike Malyan for live shows — but Gallego has since blossomed into a legitimate force in electronic music, bridging the gap and offering crossover appeal. The Algorithm as we know it on the sophomore album OCTOPUS4 is a far cry from the avant-garde djent style that the early demos had implied.

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So apparently that attempted Kickstarter campaign to get the in-development indie PC game Pirates vs Privateers lead to nowhere despite the involvement from the increasingly popular The Algorithm, so the sophomore album from the French metal-influenced electronic act Octopus4 will no longer be exclusive to the campaign. In fact, a new single from the album, ‘synthesiz3r‘ has just been made available and you can stream it below.

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Electronic/metal oddity The Algorithm isn’t content with following up a celebrated debut Polymorphic Code with a standard conventional release; the act’s sophomore full-length album OCTOPUS4 will come exclusively to backers for an impending sci-fi shoot-em-up game titled Pirates VS Privateers. Though, it might be a bit hard to get.

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basick discovery

Basick Records are definitely one of the better labels out there right now, especially in terms of forward-thinking progressive metal. Their lineup includes bands such as The Algorithm, Uneven Structure, Dissipate and Glass Cloud, just to give you an idea. Anyways, they’re now doing a new promotion called ‘The Summer Of Discovery’, and it sounds like a pretty good deal.

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Award shows in the metal world, much like lists, are a necessary evil. Nothing quite gets people talking as much as an organisation declaring that something is ‘the best’ in it’s field and, whether it’s civil or not, there’s usually some interesting points raised. So, with that in mind, let’s take a gander at the results of the latest Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, one of the biggest if not the biggest UK metal award show of the year.

First up, congratulations are obviously in order for The Algorithm, winning Best Underground Band — going by their debut Polymorphic Code, released late last year through Basick, they definitely deserve it. Bleed From Within snatched up the award for Best New Band and, while I haven’t got round to checking out their latest Uprising yet, I can get behind that too. Giving Gojira the award for Best Live Band is a no-brainer, on their most recent UK run they blew Ghost off the stage — a band that are widely revered for their live show. Finally, Brian Blessed got the ‘Spirit Of Hammer’ Award. If any of you disagree with that, I don’t even know what is wrong with you.

On the other hand, Black Sabbath‘s 13 winning best album artwork is a little questionable — it’s not bad by any means, but it’s a little straightforward. Also, I have to admit Stone Sour beating out Deftones for Best International Band and Asking Alexandria nixing Kvelertak in Best Breakthrough Band irked me a bit.

You can read the full list after the jump, courtesy of the omniscient PRP:

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A.I.(d).

The melding of electronic music and metal is getting more and more common these days with the expansion of music taste and the increase in technology and affordable studio equipment. While the French one man band  A.I.(d). isn’t as overt with the blend than the likes of The Algorithm, Lou Majdanek’s musical project creates some of the strangest and most avante garde music in the current metal scene by cutting up and pitch shifting guitar tracks and programming glitchy synths that blend together with the syncopated chugs in a haze of hectic music making you question what instruments are being played.

It’s all really cool. Especially since the composition is this thoughtful. Majdanek’s goal is to make his music nearly impossible to perform live and he has surely achieved his goal, as I’m sure the rest of his upcoming album Still Unknown will. A new track titled ‘Dramatic Lazyness‘ (sic) has been made available (below) and if you’re into bizarre music, then look no further. This track is one of the more straightforward tracks that the project has released, but things still tend to get hectic.

- CD & JR

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