20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

The year in heavy from Scott to Slipknot

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The Austerity Program, 'Beyond Calculation'

12. The Austerity Program, 'Beyond Calculation'

Too neat for pigfuck, too nasty for indie rock, Austerity Program have eked out a unique place within heavy rock with their swirling collages of drum-machine rhythms, undulating bass riffs and nihilistic narratives. Without frontman Justin Foley's nerdy diatribes, the duo's harsh industrial chug would come off like a metal take on organ-grinder music. But he's got quirky stories for days, like the one about a four-foot tall dude named Jake who spits in food and pisses in pools ("Song 30") as well as first-person takes on home foreclosure ("Song 32") and some apocalyptic visions ("Song 33"). K.G.

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