20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

The year in heavy from Scott to Slipknot

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Melvins, 'Hold It In'
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14. Melvins, 'Hold It In'

Though not exactly the most mature statement of their career ("Piss Pisstopherson," anyone?), Hold It In is easily the most delightful Melvins record in a decade. Absorbing two of the Butthole Surfers — guitar texture visionary Paul Leary and hard-throbbing bassist Jeff Pinkus — the album hearkens back to the no-holds-barred eclecticism of both bands' brief mid-Nineties major label runs. That means a (mostly) straight-ahead Gibby-styled alt-metal screamer like "Brass Cupcake" can sit next to a cymbal-washed drone experiment like "Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit." There's room for weirdo rockabilly metal ("Eyes on You"), a vocoder-rocker like Neil Young's underloved Trans ("You Can Make Me Wait") and something that sounds like a demented parody of Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger ("Nine Yards"). C.W.

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