Best Albums of 2014

2014 may not have been a year where something comes out of nowhere or a particular album grabs the cultural zeitgeist while at the same time appealing to my sensibilities, but it did reconfirm certain artists who have crafted terrific work in the past as well as introduced me to a few under the radar gems. So, without further ado, I entreat you to indulge in the auditory smorgasbord that is my favorite 25 albums of 2014! The year has come and gone, but the music lingers.

by Jericho Cerrona
January 12, 2015

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Celestite Wolves in the Throne Room
Black metal duo Aaron and Nathan Weaver take a bold left turn into the throwback era of otherworldly, 1980's sci-fi soundtracks with Celestite; a shape-shifting and altogether brilliant record that will have many metal fans dumbstruck with disbelief. Gone are the thunderous drums and menacing vocals, replaced by analog synthesizers and ambient soundscapes. In other words, more Brian Eno than blast beat wreckage, but this is more than simply pastiche. A beautiful, harrowing, exhilarating, and contemplative auditory experience.
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