Christmas shopping for metalheads


Every now and then we have discussion threads here for the community to express their thoughts. As we approach the end of 2014, many of us are busy with last-minute shopping for our friends, many of who are metalheads.

What are the essential albums of 2014? What about other recent (last five years) albums that have stuck with you and make you want to listen repeatedly? Or even metal memorabilia, paraphrenalia and other useful gifts for metalheads.

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13 thoughts on “Christmas shopping for metalheads”

  1. Celtic Frosted Flakes says:

    From this year I’d recommend The Forest Kingdom (Part 1) EP by the British band Hundred. (Their demo was a lot better, but I don’t think it’s widely available in physical format. Listen and judge for yourself From the last 5 years I have the following suggestions:
    1. Cromlech-Ave Mortis
    2. Peste Noire-L’ordure à l’état pur
    3. Atlantean Kodex-The White Goddess
    4. Personal Device-Microorganismos del Mal

    As for paraphernalia, bladed weapons are always welcome! (Guns are for cowards!) Nah, just kidding. Buy your metalhead friends Ride The Tiger by Evola or Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, so that they may lift themselves from their proletarian condition and become true Hessian warriors!

  2. Kingdom_Gone says:

    I don’t know if anyone of you listened to it but Impaled Nazarene’s Vigorous and Liberating Death was the best album of the year, at least for me. Violent and punishing black metal/grindcore only IM can deliver.

  3. Ride The Liger says:

    Store of the Worlds by Sheckley. Old school imaginative science fiction.

  4. Cynical says:

    Best of the last few years:
    Profanatica: Thy Kingdom Cum
    Imprecation: Satanae Tenebris Infinita
    Pseudogod: Deathwomb Catachesis
    Demoncy: Enthroned is the Night
    Praise the Flame: Profane Cult

  5. tiny midget says:

    sorry, i don’t give out gifts, just hugs.

    1. hypocrite says:

      just… BUGS


      Still have to check out that Sammath album. Is the DMU planning on doing a full review of the new At the Gates?

  6. Daniel says:

    Some stuff from this year.

    Demilich 20th Adversary of Emptiness boxset.
    The upcoming Morpheus Descends boxset from Dark Descent.
    Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall LP
    Gridlink (if they are into grind and can take the vox) – Longhena LP

    Extremity Retained
    Isten compilation
    Glorious Times is fun.
    Qvadrivivm Zine final issue.
    Compilation of Death #3

  7. fenrir says:


    Sammath’s Godless Arrogance for the true underground metal’s connoisseur.

    Vader – Tibi et Igni for the upcoming listener just past gateway bands but not ready for the most refined tier just yet.

    Distemtombed – Misery for fans of the brutal sound

    Ripper – Raising the Corpse for those with 80s underground heart

    Varathron – Untrodden Corriders of Hades
    & Sorcier des Glaces – Ritual of the End; for patient listeners of slowly unfolding and not pounding Black Metal

    will be back with more…

  8. torso says:

    Ian Anderson: Homo Erraticus
    Soulburn: The Suffocating Darkness
    Sorcier Des Glaces: Ritual Of The End
    At The Gates: At War With Reality
    Primordial: Where Greater Men Have Fallen
    Varathron: Untrodden Corridors Of Hades
    Swallowed: Lunarterial
    Burzum: Ways Of Yore
    Desecresy: Chasmic Transcendence
    Judas Priest: Redeemer Of Souls

  9. 1349 says:

    (Somehow most things from the last 5 years i listen to repeatedly aren’t quite metal.)
    Summoning – 2013 – Old Mornings Dawn
    Neurosis – 2012 – Honor Found in Decay
    Manowar – 2011 – Battle Hymns MMXI (a re-recording)
    Manowar – 2009 – Thunder in the Sky (EP, 2EP)

    A metalhead must be at the vanguard of society. A leader, intelligent, rich, combat-ready.
    So give him whatever develops him.
    For example, a year membership in a mixed martial arts class.

  10. BB says:

    this year’s metal:
    Sammath – Godless Arrogance
    Domains – Sinister Ceremonies

    this year’s non-metal:
    Michael Pisaro – Continuum Unbound
    Toshiya Tsunoda & Manfred Weder – Detour
    Jürg Frey & Radu Malfatti – II
    Nicked Drake (Gareth Dickson) – Wraiths
    Morton Feldman – Two Pianos and other pieces 1953-1969 (John Tilbury & Philip Thomas)

  11. Belisario says:

    Three albums I like from this year (there were more in 2013):

    Domains – Sinister Ceremonies
    Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds
    Heresiarch – Wælwulf EP

    As for the previous years, this would be a list of what I come back to quite often:

    Summoning – 2013 – Old Mornings Dawn
    Pentagram Chile – 2013 – The Malefice
    Zealotry – 2013 – The Charnel Expanse
    Primordial – 2011 – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand
    Desecresy – 2012 – The Doom Skeptron
    Obsequiae – 2011 – Suspended in the Brume of Eos

    This year’s Sorcier Des Glaces, Desecresy and Dead Congregation were rather disappointing to me.

    I still have to delve more into Primordial and Sammath before I form an opinion, and definitely check out that Varathron of which I hadn’t heard anything about.

  12. hail santa! says:

    Faceplant says new Sammath in 2015. So reserve room for #1 album in each year-end list.

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