20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

The year in heavy from Scott to Slipknot

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Ommadon, 'V'
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17. Ommadon, 'V'

While Yob, Pallbearer and Thou spent 2014 shooting doom metal into the clouds, Glaswegian drone-sludge duo Ommadon were more than content to plunge it deeper in the soil. Their epic V is two album-length tracks on double vinyl — 47 minutes and 39 minutes respectively — that churn and roil with thunder-rumbling, earthquaking riffs that go absolutely nowhere. No noise breakdowns, no pained vocals, no transcendent chorus, no fun. A hypnotic, dead-eyed combination where patience, misanthropy and endurance collide; a zombie chained to a pole walking the same ugly circle. C.W.

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