Sunday, December 21, 2014

Episode #26--My Favorite Albums of 2014--Part 2

Picking up right where I left off last episode, I'm continuing by look back at my favorite rock and metal albums of 2014. One of the things I loved about this year in music was the great mixture of old and new that we got. Legends like AC/DC and Judas Priest put out great albums. We got new albums from '80s and '90s mainstays Winger, Tesla, Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony), Sebastian Bach (Skid row) and Smashing Pumpkins. Modern bands like Lacuna Coil and Sister Sin put out great albums, and we saw Wovenwar rise from the Ashes of As I Lay Dying. Truly a great year for rock and metal, with something for fans of every genre and age.

These last two episodes have not been about ranking my favorite album of the year, but I will say that my absolute favorite album of 2014 is Sister Sin's BLACK LOTUS. In the past couple years they have vaulted to the top of my "favorite bands" list, and they continue to put out amazing albums. I just wish they'd tour the United States sometime soon.

Here's some more of my favorite music of 2014:

AC/DC--Rock or Bust

Winger--Queen Babylon


Lacuna Coil--Nothing Stands in Our Way

Sister Sin--Chaos Royale

Bonus #1: former Megadeth and Cacophony guitarist Marty Friedman released a fierce solo album this year called INFERNO. If you're a fan's of Marty's shredding, you will absolutely love this album. This video for the short cut Hyper Doom is just a taste of what you'll get if you pick up the full album.

Bonus #2: I was never a huge fan of the band As I Lay Dying, but the new effort by former members of that group is called Wovenwar, and it's pretty freaking great. This song "All Rise" is a good representation of their sound,m which is heavy and melodic.

So, that pretty much wrap[s up 2014 for me, but I will be back in the New Year, and I'll be getting back to the '80s rock and metal goodness Sunday Night Videos was founded upon. Happy and safe holidays to all of you! As always, you can catch previous episodes here and on Twitter ( You can tweet me recommendations or get in on the discussion every Sunday night by using the hashtag #SundayNightVideos. Rock on!

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