If “rock is dead” as some would suggest, someone forgot to tell a wide array of artists in 2014 because the depth and breadth of albums released during the year was almost staggering. And the word “almost” might be unnecessary if I’m entirely honest about it.
This is the fourth time I’ve compiled a year-end album list and the process was noticeably tougher than ever before. The sheer volume of material worth consideration from the past twelve months was astonishing, approximately 200 albums were examined track by track, assessed, sorted, ranked, and in some cases reconsidered a second or third time.
The “rules”, such as they are, remain similar to how I originally described them back in 2011.
“It’s a lot like my college football Top 25, there’s no one absolute factor that puts one entry ahead of another. I’m not putting artistic merit ahead of fun or chart/sales success in front of my own enjoyment. And, as always, I apologize in advance for any errors of omission.”
One thing that has changed from previous years is that EPs are listed separately from full-length albums this time around. The increased number of EPs and the continuing issue of how to compare projects that can vary from as few as 3 tracks to as many as 17 tracks seemed to make this the time to make that adjustment, with list of noteworthy EPs at the end of this entry.
Similar to last year, the top two albums of 2014 were fairly obvious to me before officially starting the year-end process. The rest of the list, well, I found more surprises than disappointments and that made the challenge of ranking them even tougher. If previous years lists could have easily been 50 instead of 25, this year could have easily grown to 100 without a struggle. Please be sure to check my comments that follow the official posting of the Top 25, there are some additional albums worthy of recognition that are included in various sub-categories/genres.
“Dead”? I’d say 2014 proved that there’s still more than enough life left to kick ass in abundance.
And now, without further ado, I proudly present Jon’s Three Cents Top 25 Albums of 2014
25) Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War
24) Primal Fear – Delivering The Black
23) Powerman 5000 – Builders Of The Future
22) AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
21) Fuel – Puppet Strings
20) Anti-Mortem – New Southern
19) Thousand Foot Krutch – Oxygen: Inhale
18) Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
17) Chevelle – La Gargiola
16) Seasons After – Calamity Scars & Memoirs
15) Gus G – I Am The Fire
14) Body Count – Manslaughter
13) Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides
12) Saving Abel – Blood Stained Revolution
11) Hellyeah – Blood For Blood
10) The Treatment – Running With The Dogs
9) Temple Agents – Find The Place
8) Slash f. Myles Kennedy/Conspirators – World On Fire
7) Theory Of A Deadman – Savages
6) Shaman’s Harvest – Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns
5) Three Years Hollow – The Cracks
4) Seether – Isolate & Medicate
3) Nonpoint – The Return
2) Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell
1) Godsmack – 1000hp
Jon’s Three Cents Top 10 EPs of 2014
10) Hessler – Ghost Dance
9) Arson City – Not Coming Home
8) Bad Seed Rising – Charm City
7) Shallowside – Stand Up
6) Red Cannons – Underneath The Floorboards
5) Seventh Tower – Path To Follow
4) Brother Grey – In Irons
3) New Year’s Day – Epidemic
2) Man Made Machine – Undeniable
1) Dead Daisies – Face I Love