Metal as Fuck's Top 25 Australian Metal Releases of 2014

It's been a cracking year for heavy music in Australia - here's what we thought was the cream of the crop!

25. Darker Half - Never Surrender (Own Label)

24. Disentomb - Misery (New Standard Elite)

23. The Seer - Prologue (Own Label)

22. 4 Dead in 5 Seconds - Bestiary: The Book of Beasts (Own Label)

21. Divine Ascension - Liberator (Vicisolum Productions)

20. Massive - Full Throttle (Earache)

19. Eye of the Enemy - The Vengeance Paradox (Rockstar Records)

18. Mar Mortuum - Nihilistic Advance (Impure Sounds)

17. Autumn's Dawn - Gone (Eisenwald)

16. Child - Child (Own Label)

15. Sydonia - Reality Kicks (Price War)

14. Bastardizer - Enforcers of Evil (Heavy Forces/Hells Vomit)

13. The Helix Nebula - Meridian (Own Label)

12. Woods of Desolation - As the Stars (Northern Silence Productions)

11. Hell City Glamours - Deux (Own Label)

10. Aeon of Horus - Existence (Own Label)

Canberra's Aeon of Horus made a massive leap forward with Existence, their second full-lengther. Astounding in it's vision, ambition and, most importantly, execution, Existence is the sound  of a band coming of age and ready to take the world by storm.

9. Aversions Crown - Tyrant (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

This Brisbane outfit attained new heights of skull-disintigrating brutality with Tyrant, Much more than your typical deathcore by numbers, as our own Victor Burton so eloquently put it, Tyrant sees the band taking their rightful place on the world stage with devestating aplomb.

8. Norse - Pest (Loose Change Records)

Coming at the listener 'with all the sharpness of a shower of kitchen knives' according to MaF's Albert Petersen, Norse are a very special proposition indeed. Blackened death or black with a tinge of death? Whichever way you want to describe it, Pest was a nasty little package of metal goodness.

7. Voyager - V (Own Label)

Epic soundscapes, punishing riffage, surgically precise soloing - it's all present and correct on V, perhaps Voyager's most complete offering. Add to all that the inimitable vocals of Daniel Estrin and you've got a pretty special package of prog metal mastery.

6. Vanishing Point - Distant is the Sun (AFM Records)

Melbourne's Vanishing Point described this album themselves as being a little more technical than their past releases; whilst that's true enough, they should also have said that's it's full of all the good stuff we've come to know and love from the band - beautiful melody, heads down, double-kick fuelled mayhem, spine tingling vocals... Sure we knew what to expect from Distant... - and we weren't let down.

5. Segression - Painted in Blood (Murder Machine Records)

We could go on at length about just what a stunning return this was from the Wollongong bruisers, but Albert Petersen - that man again - summed it up in just three words - "It goes off'. 

4. Alkira - Juggernaut (Own Label)

 "With stellar tunes from start to finish, Alkira are helping to keep thrash alive down under and abroad. Thrash till Death!". That's what Victor Burton thought of Juggernaut, and there's not much more to add. Classy, unforgiving thrash with a welcome edge of humour, This album couldn't have been named better.

3. Hadal Maw - Senium (Own Label)

"Senium clings to the inside of the listener's ears like some kind of vile pus' said MaF reviewer Matt Foster. Can you think of a better recommendation? Didn't think so.

2. Troldhaugen - Obzkure Anekdotez for Maniakal Massez (Bird's Robe)

Coming on like the Diablo Swing Orchestra with a severe case of musical ADHD, Troldhaugen plunder every style of music under the metal sun and throw them into a furiously masticating cement mixer. The result? Pure audio nirvana. 

1. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel (Season of Mist)

Could there have been any other choice this year? We don't think so. Citadel was, and is, absolutely breathtaking in the scope of it's ambition, the precision of it's execution and the totality of the devestation it leaves in it's wake. A complete guide to extreme metal in 2014, it's a release that sees Ne Obliviscaris standing on the edge of world domination. 2015 promises to be a year of wild accomplishment for this most deserving of outfits.