20 BEST METAL SONGS OF 2014
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20 BEST METAL SONGS OF 2014

by Loudwire Staff It’s that time of year again! With 2014 coming to a close, we look back on the metal songs which impacted our ears since Jan. 1. For this list, we’re taking into account fan response, songwriting prowess, popularity, creative progression, technical ability and many more dynamics. After a year’s worth of thought, listening to everything we can get our hands on and keeping our ears to the ground, we give you our choices for the 20 Best Metal Songs of 2014! 20 ‘Heavy Bough’ Alunah British doom act Alunah released the killer ‘Awakening the Forest’ album this year, led by the track ‘Heavy Bough.’ The piece of doom psychedelia is a slow burn which becomes increasingly hypnotic as frontwoman Soph Day begins her calm vocal approach. The rest of ‘Heavy Bough’ is carried by a solid instrumental foundation reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath, though the song consistently maintains its own identity. 20  ‘We Knew Him Well’ Down After the awesome ‘Down IV Part I – The Purple EP’ in 2012, was there ever any doubt that its companion piece would be awesome too? From ‘Down IV – Part II,’ the new track ‘We Knew Him Well’ is pure NOLA sludge. Philip Anselmo‘s vocals are dirty as hell while the instrumental section of Down trudge along with a groove-heavy backdrop. Anselmo has plenty of room to move around vocally in ‘We Knew Him Well,’ and the Pantera legend uses that space to his full advantage. 18 ‘Implode’ Slayer Slayer will always sound like Slayer, but it’s always refreshing when the pinnacle thrash band cranks out a track that feels timeless. Slayer premiered ‘Implode’ at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in what was largely thought to be the show’s high point. Even when performed after immortal Slayer anthems ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘War Ensemble,’ ‘Implode’ sounded strong, fitting in snugly as the final piece of Slayer’s three-song set. The band offered a free download of ‘Implode’ almost immediately after the Golden Gods gig, and we offer our thanks in return. 17  ‘Baring Teeth For Revolt’ Goatwhore Goatwhore is a one-of-a-kind band. They boys have the ability to stick with their death, black and heavy metal roots while creating anthems that will crawl into your ears and stay there. For ‘Baring Teeth for Revolt,’ guitarist Sammy Duet offers an old-school riff over battlecry lyrics like, “We are coming to taste their blood / We are coming defile their gods.” 16  ‘Gloryhole’ Steel Panther Steel Panther have brought heavy metal back once again, this time through a hole drilled inconspicuously into a bathroom stall. From the band’s third album,...

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