2014 has been an incredible year for the heavy music scene. There has been a release out there that can appeal to any music taste and that’s certainly something to praise. As always though, we are here to present to you our favorites of the year and express just how much we enjoyed these releases.
10. Set It Off – ‘Duality’
As much as pop music gets a bad rap (or promotes bad rap), Set It Off made me proud to be a pop fan with ‘Duality’. Unashamedly over-the-top (“The Haunting” starts out as a depressing lament only to burst into a triumphant declaration of superiority), catchy and downright more mature than many of their peers, Set It Off set out to bridge the darkness of our rock world with the conventions and tight songwriting of the mainstream world. The result was absolutely successful with larger than life tracks like “Why Worry” and “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” being a ton of fun.
9. The Amity Affliction – ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’
Taking a page from Bring Me The Horizon’s much-publicized refinement with ‘Sempiternal’, The Amity Affliction crafted an album bigger than anything they’ve previously released. Pittsburgh, Let The Ocean Take Me and Gave It All are already fan-favorites for good reason – They act as anthems for the weighed-down (har har) and weary, something this scene needs more of and something Amity deliver with confidence. A passionate record.
8. Crown The Empire – ‘The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways’
Already being hailed as an overnight success story Crown The Empire had huge shoes to fill with album #2. They instead grew bigger feet and completely outdid themselves with ‘The Resistance…’ The band manifested a deeper, more interesting world with the record, and with it became far better musicians than ‘The Fallout’ ever hinted at as being possible. “Machines” and “Rise of The Runaways”, in particular, should allow CTE to fill any arena they damn well please. But the metallic direction of “Bloodline” and “Johnny’s Rebellion” will please any bonafide headbanger. An artsy wonderland that is enjoyable to explore more than a few times.