By Peter Lindblad
|Crowbar's 'Symmetry in Black' is|
our pick as the best album of 2014
Such conditions were prevalent in the world of heavy metal, however, what with the blackened, cataclysmic audio devastation wrought this year by the likes of Obituary, Yob, Goatwhore, Eyehategod, Wo Fat, Crowbar and Corrosion of Conformity.
Old reliable alternative-metal punishers Prong brought forth another blistering, hard-hitting screed on the ugly state of the world, while one of the band's former guitarists, a veteran sideman named Monte Pittman who's played with Madonna, of all people, released a solo album that not only showed off a diverse set of chops, but also had some solid songwriting to boot.
And then there were the '80s artists that somehow succeeded, against almost insurmountable odds, to recapture the magic of yesterday, like Winger, Tesla, Sebastian Bach, House of Lords, Rubicon Cross and their frontman C.J. Snare of Firehouse fame, and Red Dragon Cartel, featuring the long-exiled Jake E. Lee.
Whittling the best of 2014 down to a final five was no easy task. Without any more delay, here then are the top five albums of the year:
|Tesla - Simplicity 2014|
|Winger - Better Days Ahead 2014|
|Goatwhore - Constricting Rage of the|
|Mastodon - Once More 'Round|
the Sun 2014
|Crowbar - Symmetry in Black 2014|