2014 saw many interesting stories unfold in the world of Rock and Metal. There were a few untimely deaths and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the fallen rock stars. On November 1st, Wayne Static the founder and frontman of Static-X passed away at 48 years old. In September, the music world lost yet another musical icon, Robert Young who was the founder and guitarist of the alternative rock band Primal Scream. In April, former KORN guitarist Shane Gibson died of a blood clot...he was only 35. There were a number of other musical stars that lost their battle with life in 2014. These stories truly show us how short life really is.
2014 also saw Motley Crue take to the arenas for their farewell tour. The tour is still going on and will end sometime in 2015. Early in 2014, bassist Gregg Christian of Testament departed the band. As I Lay Dying disbanded due to many issues, mainly the six year jail sentence of frontman Tim Lambesis for an apparent plot to murder his wife. In June, Exodus announced the departure of lead vocalist Rob Dukes and the return of longtime frontman Steve Souza. Then in a huge surprise move, Drummer Shawn Drover and Guitarist Chris Broderick both announced that they were leaving Megadeth. Both musicians cited creative differences for the reason of their departure. Dave Mustaine also lost his mother-in-law as law enforcement officials finally found her body after a three month search. She apparently died of natural causes.
Ok, so along with all of the news, there were many great albums released in 2014. Just like last year, I will pick my Top albums of the year. As a huge Heavy Metal fan, I of course have my favorite styles and bands. I will try and remain impartial and will base my picks on the success of the albums, the anticipation, and the overall composition of the album including musical style, lyrics, and tempo. So here are my Top 20 Albums of 2014...obviously this list is based on my knowledge and listening prowess:
20) IN FLAMES- SIREN CHARMS
18) MASTODON- ONCE MORE ROUND THE SUN
16) ACE FREHLEY- SPACE INVADER