20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

The year in heavy from Scott to Slipknot

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Body Count, 'Manslaughter'

10. Body Count, 'Manslaughter'

Who says a cranky 56-year-old TV star can't make some of the most entertaining metal of 2014? Beyond assembling the most dexterous line-up of his band's 20-year career, there's a wily and comedic twist to many of Ice-T's latest rants. The title track eulogizes "manhood" as a casualty of our post-adult era; "Talk Shit, Get Shot" is a watch-what-you-say anthem from someone with a very engaged Twitter audience, and "Institutionalized 2014" fast-forwards the suburban angst of the Suicidal Tendencies classic into middle age: Ice fends off a self-righteous vegan, an overseas ISP customer service agent, and an Xbox-hating nag of a wife. Plus two versions of "99 Problems" for the kids who think Jay-Z came up with that one up himself. K.H.

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