20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

The year in heavy from Scott to Slipknot

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Melvins, 'Hold It In'

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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