2014 Music Explosion – Top 50 Records of the Year!

These were my favorite recordings that were released in 2014. Listed in reverse alphabetical order covering a variety of different artists creating Death Metal, Hardcore Punk, Trip Hop, Underground Rap & Indie Rock.

Wreck and Reference – “Want”, (((Experimental Duo from Davis/Los Angeles)))

Witchrist – “Vritra”, (((Primitive Death Metal Ooze from New Zealand)))

Whirr – “Sway”, (((Gorgeous Shoegaze from Modesto/Oakland))) 

Whirr/Nothing Split, (((Two of the lushest bands in Indie Rock from Oakland & Philly)))

Wallflower – “No Silence”, (((Radical Hardcore Punk from Fresno)))

Vorde – “S/T”, (((Psychedelic Black Metal from Brooklyn)))

Volahn – “Aq’Ab’Al”, (((Psychedelic Black Metal from Long Beach)))


Vermin Womb – “Permanence”, (((Death/Grind from Denver)))

Torture Chamber – “Qayin”, (((Disgusting Bay Area Black Metal from Concord/Antioch)))

Tinashe – DJ SLIM K Presents – “Purple Water”,(((R&B/Pop Singer from Los Angeles)))

Swallowed – “Lunarterial”, (((Death Doom Metal from Finland)))

Spooky Black – “Black Silk”, Slowwwed down by DJ Slim K(((Wavy R&B from St. Paul)))

Sinmara – “Aphotic Womb”, (((Hellish Icelandic Black Metal)))

Sea Witch – “As Above…So Below”, (((Doom Metal from Nova Scotia)))

Savage – “Demo”, (((Hardcore/Grindcore from Seattle)))

Planning for Burial – “Desideratum”, (((Gloomy Shoegaze from New Jersey)))

Pharmakon – “Bestial Burden”, (((Visceral Noise Performance Art from New York)))

PartyNextDoor – “Two” – Slowwwed down by DJ PURPBERRY (((Cloudy R&B/Rap from Canada)))

Occultation – “Silence in the Ancestral House”, (((Doom Metal featuring members of Negative Plane from New York)))

Nothing – “Guilty of Everything”, (((Rock music played by Hardcore folks from Philly)))

Moss – “Carmilla”, (((Doom Metal from The U.K.)))

Midwest Moms, – “Midwest//Moms”, (((Gothic Post-Punk Rock from Fresno)))

Meth Drinker – “Oil”, (((Sludge Misery from New Zealand)))

Khthoniik Cerviiks – “Heptaedrone”, (((Black/Death Metal from Germany)))

Khordelia – “Khordelia”, (((Trip Hop from London)))

Kemo Kemoss – “Rejoice, No Survivors”, (((Indie Rock from Oakland)))

Keeper – “MMXIV”, (((Blackened Sludge from Fresno)))

Hospital Bomber – “Death Welcomed”, (((xBeantownxBeatdownxHardcore from Boston, MASS)))

HD of Bearfaced – “Chess Piece”, (((HD reminds me of 2pac. HD is a Underground Rapper from Oakland)))

H.U. – “The Journey”, (((The Journey was the only cd that I bought in 2014. H.U. is a Underground Rapper from Oakland)))

Graves at Sea/Sourvein Split, (((Doom Metal from Portland & North Carolina))) 

Gnosis of the Witch – (((Global Black Metal Hatred from America & Sweden))) 

Forn – “The Departure of Consciousness”, (((Colossal Doom Metal from Boston, MASS)))

FKA Twigs – “LP1”, (((Trip Hop from England)))

Fiend – “Derailed”, (((Cutthroat Grindcore from Fresno)))

Eyehategod – “S/T”, (((Bayou Sludge Masters – EHG’s first official recording in almost 2 decades!!)))

Electric Wizard – “Time To Die”, (((Lords of Doom Metal from England)))

Drake – “Heat of the Moment”, Slowwwed down by DJ Chris Breezy (((R&B from Toronto)))

Diocletian – “Gesundrian”, (((Black/Death Metal from New Zealand)))

Dead Congregation – “Promulgation of the Fall”, (((Black Death Metal from Greece)))

Deadbeat – “Demo”, (((Hardcore/Powerviolence from Los Angeles)))

Crime Desire – “Your Power”, (((Hardcore Punk from San Diego)))

Cretin – “Stranger”, (((Old School Grindcore from The Bay Area)))

Conan – “Blood Eagle”, (((Doom Metal from The U.K.)))

Coffinworm – “IV.I.VIII.”, (((Technical Black Death Metal from Indianapolis)))

Cemetery Fog – “Towards The Gate”, (((Death Metal from Finland)))

Caronte – “Church of Shamanic Goetia”, (((Doom Metal from Italy)))

Bones – “Skinny”, (((Wavy Cloud Rap from Los Angeles)))

Bohren & Der Club of Gore  – “Piano Nights”, (((Modern Day Masterpiece of Ambient/Jazz from Germany)))  

Arizmenda – “Stillbirth in the Temple of Venus”, (((Psychedelic Black Metal from Long Beach)))

Aphex Twin – “Syro”, (((The Return of Richard D. James!)))


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Eman Jacket

Arthur that’s that shit.

Taylor Bland
Taylor Bland

Midwest Moms lol

Taylor Bland
Taylor Bland

Good list and good to see the new Wizard album on here. Best since Dopethrone IMO

PS, got 2 tix to Portland Electric Wizard show I will sell for no less than $9,730…Kidding, Fuck Scalpers

Dwayne Mahoney

Pharmakon is awesome!

Stephanie Koithan

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Joseph Horowitz

Gotta tread this later

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Roja Krustie

i’m like this shit