19. Krokodil, 'Nachash'
A U.K. side project cobbled together from members of Gallows, sikTh and other bands only Brits care about, Krokodil were thrust into the spotlight this year when their guitarist Alex Venturella's hand tattoos betrayed the fact that he was the new bass player in Slipknot. But really, the group deserved the attention on its own merits. The six-piece's first full-length — the most arresting metal debut of 2014 — revels in the blood and thunder of early Mastodon, the burly groove-core of Coalesce and, occasionally, the calm-before-the-storm chill-outs of Mogwai. B.G.