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With more and more reviewers on board this year the 'Overall' Best Of 2014 was always going to be an impossible task - so instead we've taken the Best of all of our reviewers lists to give you a couple of new lists - the 'Highly Recommended' which you should all hear and the 'Honourable Mentions' list whch might be a bit more genre specfic - but all are albums which really stood out for us in 2014...

The Highly Recommended

Crobot - Something Supernatural | Harem Scarem - Thirteen | Blues Pills - Blues Pills | Rated X - Rated X | California Breed - California Breed | Work of Art - Framework | Lover Under Cover - Into the Night One Thousand Years - Get Your Rabbit’s Foot and Run | H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down the Walls | Rival Sons - Great western Valkyrie | Exodus - Blood In Blood Out

The Honourable Mentions

Steel Panther - All You Can Eat | Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican | Slash - World on Fire | Accept - Blind Rage | Tesla - Simplicity | Kix - Rock Your Face Off | Ace Frehley - Space Invader


Mark's Best of 2014

top albums OF 2014

2014 was a tough year to pick a 'Best Of' as quite frankly there heve been a lot of great albums out there this year, but few that were able to stand above the pack. I ended up with a list of 75 genuine contenders this year from the 600 or so albums I really took time to listen to (out of a record 3215 releases submitted for review and 366 reviewed in 2014)...

And you know what? This year I really enjoyed it all, although I know the positions would change as soon as I posted this, and so in no particular order:


Work of Art - Framework | Crobot - Something Supernatural | Harem Scarem - Thirteen | Blues Pills - Blues Pills | Donnie Vie - The White Album | Saturn - Ascending (Live in Space) | Mother Road - Drive |Rated X - Rated X | Tesla - Simplicity | California Breed - California Breed | Lover Under Cover - Into the Night One Thousand Years - Get Your Rabbit’s Foot and Run | Monster Magnet - Milking the Stars | The Quireboys - Black Eyed Sons | Big Elf - Into the Maelstrom | Kruk - Before | Drive By Truckers - English Oceans | Black Wolf - The Hunt | Kyng - Burn the Serum |Rivals Sons - Great western Valkyrie | Crazy Lixx - Crazy | Ragdoll - Ragdoll Rewound


Black Wolf - The Hunt | Kyng - Burn the Serum |Rivals Sons - Great western Valkyrie | Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx |Brother Firetribe - Diamond in the Firepit | KXM - KXM | Rubicon Cross - Rubicon Cross | Transvaal Diamond Syndicate - Estranged Blues | Ace Frehley - Space Invader | Kix - Rock Your Face Off | Magnum - Escape From the Shadow Garden | Ragdoll - Ragdoll Rewound | Free Spirit - All the Shades of Darkened Light | Love Cream - First Taste | Night By Night - NxN


Diablo Blvd - Follow the Deadlights | Lonely Kamel - Shit City | Gotthard - Bang | Pet the Preacher - The Cave and the Sunlight | Grand Magus - Triumph and Power | Brant Bjork and the Low Punk Desert Band - Black Power Flower | Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints | Mike Tramp - Museum | Vanishing Point - Distant is the Sun | The Vines - Wicked Nature | Admiral SIr Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em | Spiders and Snakes - Year of the Snake


2014 was a strangely quiet year for Top Rock acts downunder though we made up for it with plenty of Metal/. This is at least a category I can put down a Top 10 list for though:



Andrew's Best of 2014

top 10 albums

2014 has been a pretty good year for rock and metal music. Some surprises here and there and some albums that were simply expected to be good anyway. So here is my top 10 from bottom to top album for the year.

10 - Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Kicking off the list at number 10, it was great to see the mighty Foo Fighters finally put out an album that really gained my interest. After their first 3 albums which were amazing stuff, I lost interest in their later stuff over the years but this latest album brings back some of the moods and vibes of "The Color And The Shape" and most interestingly is how the songs came together. Well done Mr Grohl!

9 - Ringworm - Hammer Of The Witch
I'm not usually a big fan of the hardcore genre (Hatebreed being the exception) but this album caught my attention in 2014 and I'm glad it did as it's a great album with a lot of groove and violently heavy!

8 - Revocation - Deathless
It's hard to pinpoint what genre this band belongs to as they tend to incporporate various styles in such a great fashion but they are as metal as it gets either way. Every album seems to get heavier and heavier and Deathless has some of the most aggressive songs in their career.

7 - Blues Pills - Blues Pills
After being blown away catching them on tour last year and grabbing their "Devilman" EP, it was great to see this blues/soul rock band put out a full release. Some of the songs are on the EP but have been re-worked and sound even better. And Elin Larsson easily has one of the best voices in the business.

6 - Overkill - White Devil Armory
Overkill have been pretty consistent on their last few releases and this album continued that with an amazing album that was more than just a solid release. Bobby Blitz still sounds great if not better even after all these years.

5 - Lost Society - Terror Hungry
This Finnish thrash metal band put out a killer album in 2014. While you won't hear anything particularly new here, it's the attitude and energy that the band put out that make this a stellar release. Plus it's got some addictive, catchy riffs all over the place!

4 - Obituary - Inked In Blood
The death metal legends from Florida have come back big in 2014 with a slaughterhouse album that is slick but raw at the same time and full of heavy, heavy groove that Obituary are known for. It's hard to not like this album and it deserved a spot in my top 10.

3 - Crisix - Rise Then Rest
Hailing from Spain, this thrash metal band put out a debut album only a couple of years ago that was a blistering thrasher of an album but this sophomore effort somehow topped it. Pure thrash metal modernised and tight as a pig's arse!

2 - Corrosion Of Conformity - IX
The 2nd album from COC featuring the "Animosity" lineup that is without Pepper Keenan and it's a huge improvement over the previous effort. Songs like "Nectar" and "On Your Way" are full of that COC attitude and riffs that fans love them for. Brilliant album.

1 - Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
Zetro is back! And he returns to a killer album from the Bay Area thrashers that is probably the best thing since "Tempo Of The Damned" which ironically or coincidentally was the last album Zetro appeared on an Exodus album. Go figure! From the brilliant title track to "Salt The Wound" featuring none other than founding ex-member and current Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, this album is in your face thrash plain and simple. Album of the year!

top 5 live shows

I went to quite a few gigs in 2014 and saw some bands that I thought I would never see live. It was hard to narrow it down to 5 but the list is pretty much the best gigs that I saw in the year. Notable mentions not in the list include seeing Testament and Down at Soundwave Festival, catching Cannibal Corpse at their headlining show and seeing Revocation as a support band twice.

Death Angel / Kreator - April 20th 2014 - Perth
Probably one of the most epic thrash metal combinations, this was a brilliant show featuring 2 legends in the business. Despite Kreator being the headliner, I felt Death Angel came out on top on the night but both bands were absolute killer.

Sepultura - October 3rd 2014 - Melbourne
I'm probably in the minority here when I say that I actually love the later Sepultura stuff as much as the older stuff with Max Cavalera. And seeing them live confirmed for me that despite the general consensus that it's not the same Sepultura, I for one thought they put on a brilliant show and proved they were still as heavy as ever.

Carcass - June 12th 2014 - Perth
This show turned out even better than I expected it to be. The fact that a huge crowd turned up for it in a city known for being unpredictable in turnouts for midweek gigs, this was an absolutely fun show to see.

Havok - February 6th 2014 - Sydney
Being a huge fan of this band but never thought I would get the chance to see them live as they are mostly an underground band from the US, it was an immense pleasure seeing these guys kick one hell of a thrash show in Sydney.

COC - July 26th 2014 - Melbourne
Another band that I can now tick off my bucket list, this was a great show. Loud as hell, heavy as fuck and an awesome vibe the whole night. Great stuff!

Leslii's Best of 2014



The Rest of the Team's

Top 10's of 2014


by The Rockpit