The Best Albums of 2014 – So Far

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As we reach the halfway point of the year, we’ve compiled our list of the top 33 albums of 2014 so far. Our picks range from commercial-rock icons Linkin Park’s heaviest album yet to extreme-metal stalwarts Behemoth’s epic comeback from the brink. We’ve got records by supergroups including current and former members of veteran groups like Sepultura, Deftones, and Killswitch Engage, as well as LPs from fast-rising breakthrough bands like Of Mice & Men and Nothing More.

It’s been a good year so far–as the list below demonstrates–which only makes us more eager to see what other crushing music 2014 will bring us over the next six months.


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  • Victorius

    Mastodon, Behemoth and maybe… Crowbar.

  • Kalen Rollyson

    How did Lacuna Coil’s new terrible album make this list? Its awful

    • Dean Hamack

      Their last two have both been pretty bad.

  • The Captain

    I’m kind of surprised that Sevendust’s Time Travelers & Bonfires didn’t make the list.

  • Martin

    Where is The Quantum Enigma?

  • Kostas Pap

    awfull list..bodycount seriously??:)

  • Don Jeremy

    Steel fucking Panther?

  • Jeremy Peralta

    Well, Conquering Dystopia’s debut full-length didn’t make it on here, so we know this list is not perfect. If you don’t know who they are, members are guitar legend Jeff Loomis, YouTube multi-instrumentalist Keith Merrow, Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse, and uprising drummer Alex Rudinger. Do yourself a solid and listen to them. I assure you, if you like progressive metal and/or instrumentals, you will not be disappointed.

  • Izaias Neto

    i love Pretty Reckless’ album

  • Punkwhovian

    I know it’s really really new, as in I think you can officially buy it July 1, but it’s been streaming online for a while now and is definitely one of the best albums of the year – Every Time I Die’s From Parts Unknown. Fucking amazing.

  • sam

    The Hunting Party is amazing


    Miss May I ??? Seriously??? How come Sebastian Bach’s Give Em Hell isn’t better than miss may I… it’s a joke

  • Roddy

    Voyager – V.

  • Derf

    No Vader? Edguy? or Gamma Ray? But you have Lacuna Coil’s new turd on there? You are overlooking some killer new discs. Way to phone it in Revolver.

  • Peter Raschk

    Killer be killed!!!

  • Jude


  • Ege Kucukoglu

    “Quantum Enigma” from Epica and Steel Panther’s “All You Can Eat” should be there

  • lasrf

    Forgot Cynic’s Kindly Bent to Free Us

  • feg

    no teitanblood? black anvil? agalloch?
    then again, this is revolver, i dont expect much

  • Some Guy

    Chevelle…………………. and they call themselves a metal magazine

  • Ruca


    Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun
    Crematory – Antiserum
    Words Of Farewell – The Black Wild Yonder
    Nightmare – The Aftermath
    Vanishing Point – Distant Is The Sun

  • Evil Angel

    Glad to see Devil You Know on there, I bought that album after I heard ‘My Own’ on Octane and it kicks major ass.

  • TopJimmy

    Steel Panther Rocks! AYCE should be on this list too

  • Ken Swierski

    Nothing more hell yeah!!!

  • Danilo Bsony

    worlds of farewell – the black wild yonder is the one

  • Addie

    Avatar’s Hail The Apocolypse!!

  • Austin Hornbeck

    People should check out the Swedish band Dynazty and their new album Renatus. Best album of the year bar none.

    • Realkman666

      I didn’t check them out.

  • lib1

    The new Behemoth, Enthroned, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, Autopsy, Kyng and Prong slay. I can’t wait to hear the new Priest and Entombed.

  • Mohamed

    Thw hunting party is amazing

  • Mohamed

    The hunting party

  • cimarron

    Gamma Ray – Empire of the Undead
    Primal Fear – Delivering the Black
    Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

    Edguy’s Space Police is an OK album too

    • Bernard McEvoy

      Dude!! Heck yeah those are three of the albums I’ve loved from this year too! Based on first impression of it I actually think I prefer the new Unisonic album to the new Gamma Ray but both are really fucking good. I mean hell it’s Gamma Ray. Priest is unquestionably my favorite band and yeah I feel you on Space Police. It’s a pretty decent record but I liked Age of the Joker more.

  • Hades

    I just threw up. How dare you not put Vader’s new album up here. The contortionist is also amazing.

  • Max Keller

    What about Decapitated – Blood Mantra ?

  • Harrison


  • UrbanCyclist666

    Behemoth. Eyehategod, Mastodon, Tombs, Trap Them, and Triptykon are all good choices. But there are some pretty terrible picks too. Linkin Park? Seriously? Chevelle? And Demon Hunter is not Metal. They are a Christian band (just FYI).

  • PoserCrusher

    Revolver is a commercial stain on a scene they have nonclue about.